"They keep the radio on up front here all day long. The news snippets come from FOX, on the hour. If you're just a casual listener they make it sound as if Trump is achieving all these things he says. Tax reform? I just heard it will be done on Wednesday. I bet there are tens of millions of people who believe he is doing or has done this stuff he boasts about. It's really remarkable. His bullshit is working. He pretends he has accomplishments and it sounds like he does." -- Kay, Balloon Juice, comments [thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]
The Supreme Court is dealing with separation of church and state again. Watch for fireworks.
A user's guide for who to blame if the government shuts dwn on Saturday.
The new chancellor of State University of New York -- all of it -- is a woman engineer, Kristina Johnson.
New Orleans has begun taking down Confederate monuments, by popular demand after the Dylan Roof shootings.
I am unsure whether this article on passport changes is up to date -- does anyone know?
Making art at the March for Science.
What 'snowflakes' get right about free speech.
Country songs women should sing instead of men. And whyever not?
The art of having no idea -- another approach to brainstorming.
Can we turn farms into greenhouse gas sponges?
"As an opener, I'd like to state that elves are certainly NOT cliché. It doesn't matter if they all have pointy ears, or they all live a long time, or even if they all like forests. It doesn't matter if they're short or tall or both. It doesn't matter if they're related to forest spirits or even angels. Regardless of how many elves are like one another or how many elves appear in how many books, elves are NOT cliché.
"Well, for one, an elf is a creature. How can a creature be a cliché? Is a human clichcliché? They certainly do appear in a lot of books! How about dragons? Now there's a popular subject! Are dragons clichcliché as well? Well what about vampires too? Or werewolves? Or bats? Or rabbits? Or mice? Or owls? Or crows? Cats??"
-- Robert Fanney [via goodreads]
[Happy birthday to wayward-va!]
Also ate breakfast and lunch, went outside with Beautifulcat and adjusted the plastic covering the crack in the Folly so the current rain won't come in, coaxed her in, let her out again, coaxed her back in again.
And went through my usual five mailboxes of email. And posted twice to DW with links.
And it's only 2:25 pm.
I expect that when I am off these meds I'll probably sleep for most of a week.
A video of the spring tide at Turnagain Arm, Alaska.
An oral history of some Southern hamburger styles.
Spend a dollar on drug treatment -- save more on crime reduction.
Bernie Sanders has made a big mistake. Here it is, and why it's a mistake: he underestimated the importance of complete health care access for women, including complete reproductive freedom.
Ghost in the Ghost -- an examination and review of 'Ghost in the Shell', including some thoughts on Scarlett Johannson and her role.
The Handmaid's Tale is a warning to conservative women -- the rest of us already know it's possible. And a NYTimes review of it.
An internet language built around love of dogs.
The real Charlotte Gray killed Nazis with her bare hands and had a 5 million franc bounty on her head -- and was sexy as hell along with it. Meet Nancy Wake.
There was one parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence -- at the National Archives. Now another has surfaced -- in England.
Wonkette: Tax-dodging Nazi sovereign citizen furries forced to cancel their Denver furry convention. Yes, really.
Thoughts on embracing change in marriages.
Who's talking in Trump's ear (that he listens to?)
FBI director Comey tried to shield his agency frm politics -- and ended up influencing the election.
More people marched for science than attended the Inaugural. Did you doubt it?
Trump kicked out the Surgeon General. Why? Possibly because he is against vaping?
You want science? We got science! Here is Google's list of books on science by title and subject. I'm talking free books on all sorts of things, videos, TED talks and more.
Voters are just saying no to Trump.
In Illinois, a constitutent tells her Congressman, You should not be governing my body with your religion.
In Louisiana, jailing rape survivors who won't testify. Somehow I don't think that's part of the Code Napoleon.
In California, legalizing the sale of food made at home created a thousand local businesses.
Trump is playing chicken with Congress between the budget and the wall.
There's a connection between measles and all other childhood diseases.
Life can be difficult. These comics can make it a little easier.
The 11 (regional) nations of the US. A slightly different way to slice the map.
"One lesson America needs to understand is that the Holocaust did not begin with killing or gassing, but rather with words.
"In my work as a scholar of American Jewish history, I examine the Jewish experience in the United States and consider whether the near-obliteration of European Jewry could have been avoided through the adoption of different policies by countries throughout the world in the 1930s. For example, the experience of the infamous SS St. Louis teaches us the important power of executive orders, the words they use, and the messages they send -- not only to those immigrants who clamor to come to the United States but also to the larger world.
"The SS St. Louis left Hamburg in May 1939, carrying 937 German Jews -- many of whom had been imprisoned in concentration camps -- seeking to flee Nazi Germany. They all had valid visas for entry in the coming years but had to leave Germany immediately for their safety. Denied entry to the United States out of the preposterous popular misconception of their being German spies, the 937 Jews were sent back to Europe to await the calling up of their visa numbers. These passengers resettled in Europe, but many fell back into Nazi hands. As a result, over a quarter of these US visa-holding Jews perished in the Holocaust."
-- Rebecca Kobrin, 2017-04-23
"'[Spencer] said that America belongs to white people. His statement that white people face a choice of 'conquer or die' closely echoes Adolf Hitler's view of Jews and that history is a racial struggle for survival,' the museum said. Then it offered a history lesson to anyone who has forgotten: 'The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words.'
"Those words eventually led the Nazi party, which came into power legitimately in Germany, to kill 6 million Jews and millions more Communists, Gypsies, Poles, gay people and people with disabilities."
-- Julie Zauzmer (quoting from a statement from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum), 2016-11-22
[You can find plenty of hits for reminders that the Holocaust began with words. That remains a really important reminder, but also look at the other reminders different authors attach to that one.]
Gregorian: 2017 April 24
Julian: 2017 April 11
Hebrew: 5777 Nisan 28 -- Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day (started last night)
Islamic: 1438 Rajab 27
Persian: 1396 Ordibehesht 04
Indian: 1939 Vaisakha 04
Coptic: 1733 Paremoude 16
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-18:
"If your mind is expansive and unfettered, you will find yourself in a more accommodating world, a place that's endlessly interesting and alive. That quality isn't inherent in the place but in your state of mind. The warrior longs to communicate that all of us have access to our basic goodness and that genuine freedom comes from going beyond labels and projections, beyond bias and prejudice, and taking care of each other." -- Pema Chodron
(submitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)
Yeah, in Georgia the Republicans are trying to rig that run-off election.
Bigoted religious ignorance rules here.
Jeff Sessions has no respect for Hawaii, or judges.
The demise of the Do Not Call list.
A federal court has ruled that women can display their breasts in public. What this article misses is the fact that for decades women who breastfeed in public could be arrested for indecent exposure. This ruling changes that, to the benefit of nursing mothers and babies everywhere. Now if we can just get the duct tape off the nipples in the photo...
People who disagree with Trump on Twitter, may find themselves tracked by the govt. What price dissent? Or privacy?
Remembering the world's oldest person, in the objects she left behind.
For the cost of an iPhone, a wind turbine can power your house for life.
Chechnya's rainbow LGBT underground railroad.
New password guidelines change a lot.
Indiana cancels half a million inactive voter registrations.
Major publisher retracts more than 100 studies because of fake peer reviews.
Kentucky coal company to build largest solar farm and employ all the miners.
Response to a lecturer's unwillingness to provide disability accommodations.
How the US govt. would survive the end of the world.
How the airlines became abusive cartels.
Keith Schiller, the most underestimated person on Trump's team.
The many lives of Pauli Murray.
I never had strong feelings about the death penalty. (I was raised collectivist, so killing one person for the general good seemed more reasonable to me than it does to some.) I never thought it was terribly important to make sure that the individual was smart enough and sane enough to be executed. But if the state is going to kill somebody, the least it can do is take all reasonable means to make sure that they have the actual perp. This is nowhere near the first time that the collective lust to kill has overcome such technicalities. At best the death penalty is one of those nice things we can’t have because people are turds.
Thanx to Radley Balko, who is wonderful about keeping an eye on this sort of thing.
"Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow." -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [via Goodreads]
And so I'm working at brewing my own.
I tried the recipe I found, in a book making one's own suncreens, and the author's grasp of the abilities of oils and so on is larger than her understanding of how to make them. It's obvious from the recipes that she's trying to make an emulsion without an emusifier -- nothing there to keep the water and oil mixed (I still don't see why she wanted water in the first place), and the amount of beeswax in it turned Experiment #1 into a solid white non-wicked candle that smelled interesting and was useless.
Today I tried experiment #2. Olive oil (spf 4-8), sunflower oil (spf unknown, but texturally and chemically close to natural body oils), shea butter to thicken it (spf 8 or so), a teaspoon of carrot oil (spf very high, something like 40?), 2 tablespoons of non-nano zinc powder (high spf). Microwave the oils and butter, add carrot oil when shea butter is melted, whisk in zinc powder (it *will* mix but bits will go to the boottom so this takes a while). Then I added and whisked in a half-teaspoon or so of Bare Minerals powder foundation, which is spf 15, so the mess wouldn't be dead white. Put it in a jar, let it cool and solidify.
What I have is a thin creme that stays on where I put it, doesn't rub off easily, doesn't run. And appears to protect for about a spf 15 level, which is what I was aiming at.
Further experiments will commence when I finish working with this batch.
ETA: SPF is a measurement of how much sun protection is available. SPF 4 means you could be out 4 times as long as without it. It's not an ingredient.
Homeless people eat for free at this immigrant-owned DC restaurant.
The world's first mall for recycled goods.
Mexico used to be a lot bigger -- any chance it'll get the other half of its territory back? That includes Texas, New Mexico, part of Arizona, and up into Colorado.
What grocery stores don't tell you about the info on stickers on produce.
The Budapest bridge between Trump and the Russians.
9 ancient ruins about which we still know little to nothing.
A receding glacier makes a Canadian river vanish in four days.
On Fearless Girl, women and public art: no, seriously, the guy complaining does not have a point.
What happens when women legislate, not just men.
The four-minute workout.
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (b. 1882-01-30, d. 1945-04-12; President of the United States 1933-03-04 to 1945-04-12), Second Inaugural Address, 1937-01-20
Today’s show is devoted to the US drone warfare program, its consequences for targeted populations, and activists’ efforts to stop it. Selay Ghaffar with the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan joins in by phone from Kabul, and explains who the actual victims of drone strikes are. And three California peace activists (Toby Blome, Eleanor Levine and […]
My name is E on Radio 4.
My name is David from our faceless master of science.
My age is just a beautiful-sounding the Tories governing body of the Trinity or the victim's opinion.
My age is pretty shite.
My age is just a beautiful-sounding I will be vexatious to these churches.
I live in the Basic Subjects.
I live in a few weeks and then put them on my way home.
I live in the future of our games.
I was born in Pendleton Oregon USA [nb I have never been to Oregon]
My body is you need anything from me that you have tarantulas of Lords.
My body and mind and body of a monogamous anything.
I am looking for some time ago but this time around I will avoidbringing to some people.
I enjoy working with you and your family and friends.
I enjoy your knuckles of homosexual.
I enjoy being the best of the Archbishop.
My ideal partner is you can look for it to you and I think it was a Christian primary to these but I'd love it--of Lords to my butchness to these things I get freaked.
Resistance work is demanding, y'all.
One of my recent activities was to participate in a panel at Catholic University in DC on whether prolife people can be feminist. It was a fascinating look at the friction between the prolife movement and those folk who are at odds with many of the prolife movement's regressive policies...but really dig those policies that seek to shame, manipulate, and control women.
Anyhoo, I want to correct one thing I said during the discussion. While attempting a clever response to panelists critique of a Teen Vogue article on how folk can support someone who has had an abortion, I had a verbal malfunction and said something along the lines of Teen Vogue gets things wrong.
Teen Vogue gets so much RIGHT and I'll gladly write that 100 times on a chalk board to atone for getting that response SO DAMN WRONG.
Just look at all of these Teen Vogue articles getting shit right!
My opening remarks are below and you can check out a video of the discussion here.
I would like to thank Catholic University for inviting me to participate on this panel. As a Missourian who grew up hearing Missouri native and infamous anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly rail against feminism as a threat to families and peace on earth, I must admit to a certain measure of surprise that people who identify as prolife are seeking inclusion in the feminist movement. I’ve been a reproductive justice organizer and activist for over a decade, so very little shocks me anymore. This one gave me pause.
Feminism is an action agenda to secure the social, economic, and political equality of women. The prolife movement seeks to deny women access to abortion, birth control, fertility treatments, give employers the right to deny coverage for the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare, and defund reproductive healthcare providers. In Missouri, the prolife movement has even pushed legislation that would require a woman get permission from a man to gain access to abortion. In its quest to make abortion illegal and criminalize providers and the women who have abortions by any means necessary, the prolife movement has aligned with regressive politicians who seek to limit access to the vote, push legislation like Stand Your Ground that has denied countless mothers the right to raise their children in safe communities, dismantle and block access to healthcare that would dramatically improve deplorable maternal and infant mortality rates, not to mention provide funding for programs that enable people with disabilities and seniors to live and participate in our communities. Prolife has lifted-up politicians who promote immigration policies that define babies as “anchors” and mothers as “illegal” opportunistic hustlers, and who are moving to destroy environmental protections that will impact the health and safety of future generations.
I live in a city where a 13-year-old child was legally shot dead for ruffling through a car, where Mike Brown was murdered, and where a Black mother named Anna Brown died in agony on a jailhouse floor for having the audacity to seek emergency care without insurance coverage. I live in a region caught in the consequences of the prolife agenda, where there are neighborhoods with an infant mortality rate that is worse than some developing countries, like Uzbekistan and Vietnam. There’s a mandatory 72 hour waiting period for abortion, one provider left in the state, and over 30 bills to further restrict access moving in the legislature, but Black babies are four times more likely to die in their first year than white babies, Black mothers are three times more likely to die after or during childbirth, but we can’t get a hearing on expanding healthcare coverage to try and improve those numbers because the legislature can’t be bothered.
No, one cannot be prolife and be a feminist too.
I can appreciate the attraction of feminism as women seek ways to survive the Trump regime. Our nation is now led by a man who thinks women who experience sexual harassment should just get another job, who has a history of boorish behavior that was alarming in a business context and is horrifying to behold in the commander and chief, and who just floated a budget proposal that threatens the stability of millions of households, particularly those led by women.
It is possible to support, find comfort, and feel empowered by parts of feminism without being feminist. It is not possible to support the prolife movement and be a feminist.