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Dec. 8th, 2016 04:44 pm
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Hail the Traveler!

I always thought of John Glenn as the real Captain America -- not just because of his WWII and Korean service, and his time as a US Senator, but because he never told a convenient lie to cover an inconvenient truth. You asked him a question, you got an answer, whether it was one you liked or not. He was absolutely a man of integrity.

May he reach beyond the sky and send us more like himself.

curiouser and curiouser

Dec. 8th, 2016 11:17 am
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According to my Toronto contact, Kay was buried *with a graveside service* (???) on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Which was the same time that I was phoned to be told there wouldn't be one. I have no idea whether it occurred or not, though I am more inclined to trust my florist.

And the name she is buried under is Judy Kay Simpson. (I never heard of her being called Judy.) This is her online obituary.. There is a place to leave memories.

My Plover steno dictionary

Dec. 8th, 2016 02:12 pm
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Here are some interesting definitions from my personal Plover steno dictionary.

Proper nouns

I have a habit of setting up proper nouns with -LZ on the right hand. (It's unlikely to clash with anything; there's no reason beyond that.) So for example:

"K-LZ": "King's Cross",
"SP-LZ": "St Pancras",

(K-LZ and SP-LZ were for typing out this story.)


"KR-GS": "{^~|”}",
"KR-GZ": "{^~|\"}",
"KW-GS": "{~|“^}",
"KW-GZ": "{~|\"^}",
In the standard dictionary, KW-GS and KR-GS are open and close quotes, respectively. I've remapped them to curly quotes. The straight quotes are moved to KW-GZ and KR-GZ in case I need them.

"-RBS": "{^,” said}",
"SKHRAPLS": "{^!” said}",
Separate chords for typing things like comma, close quote, "said", These save me a lot of time. SKHRAPLS also avoids writing a capital S in, for example, "Woof!" Said the dog (because the exclamation mark makes Plover think you've started a new sentence).

"R-R": "{^}{#Return}{#Return}{^}{-|}",
"R-RS": "{^}{#Return}{#Return}{^}“{^}{-|}",
Because I can never remember the chord for "new paragraph".

"TK-RB": "{^—}",
TK-RB is the standard stroke for a dash, but here it's remapped to an em dash.

"TEUL": "until",
"TIL": "till",
In the standard dictionary, these are until and 'til, respectively. I have remapped them because 'til is not a thing.
"OG": "oh",
"PH-R": "Mr {-|}",
"PH-RS": "Mrs {-|}",
"SED": "said",
"THO": "though",
"WAOEU": "why"
The standard strokes for oh and Mr are bizarre and unmemorable.

Statist plot

Dec. 8th, 2016 09:05 am
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Consistently, the Koch Bros are trying to save us from public libraries.


Dec. 8th, 2016 06:23 am
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Somehow it is not surprising that there are two news stories in the same day about eating shit. A court ruled that coal miners are allowed to tell the boss to do it if he tries to make them engage in unsafe practices, and the pope, no less, said it’s what the peddlers of fake news are trying to get their customers to do.

Thanx to Metafilter and Charles P. Pierce, respectively.

ETA: Three times makes a tradition.

Poker is a woman’s game

Dec. 8th, 2016 06:10 am
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Gambling is the one vice I never had, but I enjoyed this account of a woman beating men at their own games.

Thanx to Metafilter


Dec. 8th, 2016 05:24 am
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"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life." -- John Lennon (b. 1940-10-09, d. 1980-12-07)

Five-faced funny farm

Dec. 7th, 2016 05:55 am
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The Pentagon could save an obviously wasted $125 billion if it wanted to.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.


Dec. 7th, 2016 05:24 am
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"People keep saying to me, 'as a comedian, aren't you just a little bit happy that Trump won?' And I gotta say, that makes me want to stab those peope in the eye with a fondue fork." -- Stephen Colbert, on the CBS television program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 2016-11-30 (during his "Midnight Confessions" bit)

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Dec. 6th, 2016 04:38 pm
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Apparently both my Canadian friend who contacted me about Nightowl's death, and the arrangements, and I were lied to by the West Virginians, one in particular. Charles Chandler, whom I was told is a minister in some denomination, who told the funeral home, which told me, that Kay would have a memorial in Toronto -- but told her Toronto friends that she would have a service in West Virginia.

I had a phone call from my florist today. He said he had talked with the florist in West Virginia and with the funeral home, and he had learned that there was not going to be a graveside service of any kind -- despite the assurances of Chandler, who is one of her relatives, that he was going to perform one. (She's just going to be dumped in the wet ground by strangers, with nobody there to say a friendly word.) Did I want to cancel my order?

Fucking no.

I told him that I had ordered a spray of flowers for her grave and I want them to be there on her grave whether that so-called minister is officially there or not. (I find it very hard to comprehend anyone being a minister and lying about reading a burial service over his relative -- he is her cousin.) I don't want her buried like Mozart in an unnamed hole, with no sign that she was ever cared for. He said he would make sure the flowers were there.

Kay Lynne Simpson deserves better than this. Everyone deserves better than this.

And I can't do anything more. I do not have the strength to drive 500 miles in the winter to make sure the flowers are there. I can't even tell you how much this hurts. She was bright and cheerful and fun and loved to raise a glass with friends. I am raising a glass to her -- to hell with the IBS for once. I wrote to my friend in Toronto and asked that the fen up there raise a glass to her also -- though I am sure they already have.

And may God deal with Charles Chandler as may be.

ETA: It's not a matter of religion, but of respect for her. If she had not wanted a service, and had specified that in the arrangements she made beforehand, Chandler should have said so. To mislead her friends by lying about when and where -- and to my mind not to have some service up in Toronto where she lived for 30 years, even a simple memorial gathering for her friends -- that is reprehensible.
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Not forgotten

Dec. 6th, 2016 01:39 pm
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Killed for being intelligent women. December 6 1989
Geneviève Bergeron (b. 1968), civil engineering student.
Hélène Colgan (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward (b. 1968), chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick (b. 1960), materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière (b. 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department.
Maryse Leclair (b. 1966), materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier (b. 1961), mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard (b. 1968), materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte (b. 1969), materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (b. 1958), nursing student.

Awake! Awake!

Dec. 6th, 2016 11:21 am
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If you don't read anything else today, read this. It is written by my friend, Chuck Fager, who for decades ran Quaker House, a peacemaking place next to Fort Bragg -- Quaker House advised soldiers and those considering the military about their rights, the kind of thing that recruiters fail to mention.

Chuck did a little digging into the background of the mercenary company TigerSwan, which is at Standing Rock --- and his post on it was disappeared. Here are the details.

ETA: Since there seem to be some questions about that, I am copying the post under the cut: more )

ETA: I had pulled up the post in a separate tab and copied it; when I reloaded it, it was missing.
ETA again: Another attempt in the continuing saga.
ETA yet again: another try.

ETA the whateverth: And from another site, the original Tigerswan post about the mercenaries at Standing Rock.


Dec. 6th, 2016 07:12 am
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As a child, I took an IQ test. The authorities never told me my score but said I was in the top 1%. Over the years I have come to a frightening realization: It’s true. 99% of humanity is stupider than I am, and I don’t know shit. (Millions of Americans trust Donald Trump.) Unsurprisingly, there is a similar distribution of computer skills.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker


Dec. 6th, 2016 05:24 am
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"Unusual for his time, Nicholas became a saint because of the quality of his life, not the nature of his death, as he was not martyred, as were most saints of that era." -- Carol Myers, quoted in "Why St. Nicholas puts candy in boots and stole our hearts" by Sertan Sanderson, 2015-12-04

"Some might say that we have lost the saintly seriousness of the season, that we have made it too lighthearted and silly and forgotten the real meaning of things. But it is good for us to laugh, and to laugh at ourselves, be a little silly and ridiculous, and even a little childish." -- Professor Adam English, ibid

Today is:
Gregorian: 2016 December 06 -- Saint Nicholas' Day
Julian: 2016 November 23
Hebew: 5777 Kislev 06
Islamic: 1438 Rabi`al-Awwal 06
Persian: 1395 Azar 16
Indian: 1938 Agrahayana 15
Coptic: 1733 Hathor 27

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Dec. 5th, 2016 05:59 pm
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Watch both hands, not just the one in view. And watch who hands what to whom, and what is being handed around. And follow the money. The art of the scam.

There goes the neighborhood

Dec. 5th, 2016 06:09 am
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Bud Selig joins Bowie Kuhn and the other immortals in the Baseball Hall of Fame. As King Kaufman said, “Can you remember the last time you went nine months without hearing the words ‘firestorm of controversy’ in relation to something Bud Selig did?” He was a Godawful commissioner, but it turns out he did something even worse. As the news story says,
He repeatedly said he never would become commissioner, but he blocked Texas Rangers owner George W. Bush from taking the job, leading Bush to run for governor of Texas and later president.


Dec. 5th, 2016 05:45 am
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Haters gaming the search engines to tell us Jews, women, and Muslims are evil.

Thanx to Metafilter


Dec. 5th, 2016 05:24 am
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"Someone please explain to me how baking a cake for a gay wedding supports gay marriage but voting for a racist isn't supporting racism." -- @TianaGuptill, 2016-11-27

"@TianaGuptill excellent point! Has anyone been able to answer that question because I would love to hear the answer." -- @athenalmwatkins, 2016-11-28

"@athenalmwatkins Literally no one has tried to explain. My words have been shared all over social media, still nothing." -- @TianaGuptill, 2016-11-28


Dec. 4th, 2016 11:20 am
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A white American woman in the Heartland underwent female genital mutilation for the crime of self-molestation at age 3. She doesn’t want it to happen to anyone else.


Dec. 4th, 2016 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-11-30:

"Mr. Trump should have laughed off the recount in Wisconsin as a quixotic waste of time from a defeated opponent. Instead, he is treating the matter as a personal affront. How, then, will he react if tensions rise in the South China sea, the Baltics or the Middle East?"

"It is as though we are all trapped in an abusive relationship with the next U.S. president."

-- John Ibbitson

[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-two-sides-of-trump/article33083881/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Glenda Wall)

Because It Heals My Heart

Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:46 pm
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Springsteen looks like such a kid in this, although I think he was actually close to 30 at the time. The in-concert energy is palpable even over the Intarwebs, both among the band members and out in the audience.

Looking at this and listening to it just makes me feel so much better. Because even today, the Boss still loves us and stands up for what's right.

ETA: The video embed service on DW seems to be messing up—it doesn't load, and at one point I got an error that the server (on DW) wasn't responding. You can view it over at LJ or use the YouTube link. It's a live performance of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" from 1988.

Lipstick, Powder, & Paint

Dec. 3rd, 2016 05:41 am
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As my friend Stef Maruch says, the notion of having to put on a clown face every day to come across as properly female is scary. Like sex and so many other things, makeup is something people should do if they want to, but should be purely optional. Hillary Clinton, having lost the election, has decided to forgo that particular option. If the forces of truth, justice, and the American way connect on one of their Hail Mary passes (recount or faithless electors), not only will we have immeasurably better governance, but there will be the small pleasure of knowing that the millions of Americans who voted for Trump because he has a prick (as well as being one) have a woman president who doesn’t even play along with their silly rules for face painting.

Thanx to Metafilter


Dec. 3rd, 2016 05:24 am
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"As a veteran of many an electoral defeat at the polls, may I remind you of the proper Texan attitude toward slaughter at the polls?

"A few years before Billie Carr died this September at age 74, a friend called to ask how she was doing. 'Well,' she said, 'They just impeached my boy up in Washington, there's not a Democrat left in statewide office in Texas, the Republicans have taken every judgeship in Harris County, and yesterday I found out I have cancer.'


"'I think I'll go out and get a pregnancy test because with my luck, it'll come back positive.'"

-- Molly Ivins (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)

Health Care

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:45 am
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I am one of those liberal elitist pigs who want to use the armed power of the state to force the American people to live under the yoke of a system where they can get sick without being financially ruined. Donald Trump has been elected after promising to save the people from it, but now that appears to be no more likely than getting Goldman Sachs out of the Treasury Dept. Charles Pierce discusses how that’s workin out for ya. One theory I’ve heard is that is that Obamacare will be replaced by Trumpcare, which will be an identical balance of mercy for the sick and disabled with continuing to allow the insurance gangs to steal with both hands and a few prostheses but will be freed of the Black Muslim cooties that make the present system intolerable for so many.


Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:24 am
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"Time spent with cats is never wasted." -- unknown, probably not Sigmund Freud, to whom it is usually attributed

Perrine: circa 2001 -- 2016-12-01

Dec. 1st, 2016 07:55 pm
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My sweet, sweet Perrine, the cat who squeaked, drama-kitty, who wandered into my life thirteen and a half years ago mostly starved and proceeded to give me affection, stories, and the occasional live mouse over the years, died around 18:45 tonight after an undetermined illness[*].

I am not thinking straight. I'm not sure I'm really thinking. My head seems to have turned into a snot-factory. If you want to know how I'm doing ... I don't know yet. I'll figure that out when I can think again.

I got thirteen and a half years of stories. She got thirteen and a quarter years of better health than she came to me with, and a human to sleep on. Thirteen years ... wasn't enough.

2016 really fucking sucks.

[*] Blood tests and physical exaam ruled out most of the easy-to-treat stuff and all of the easy-to-diagnose things, so we were in a "try to treat the symptoms and watch for more clues" stage.

Race Krispies

Dec. 1st, 2016 02:04 pm
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Kellogg’s has stopped advertising with Breitbart, which is accusing them of “economic censorship” (a contradiction in terms to alleged Free Marketers unless it is being done to them). Here are some tasteless replies.

How it started

Dec. 1st, 2016 10:24 am
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Gamerhate metastasized into the Alt Reich.

Failed libertarian

Dec. 1st, 2016 06:21 am
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[personal profile] supergee
Unsurprising psychological study of libertarians:
1. Libertarians will value liberty more strongly and consistently than liberals or conservatives, at the expense of other moral concerns.
2. Libertarians will rely upon emotion less – and reason more – than will either liberals or conservatives.
3. Libertarians will be more individualistic and less collectivist compared to both liberals and conservatives.
That explains why I wanted to be a libertarian, though I have long since decided that a lot of problems such as Tragedy of the Commons, Coordination Problem, Externalities, etc., keep it from working.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker

There’s no place like Chrome

Dec. 1st, 2016 05:49 am
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Apparently, Firefox has a bug that makes it even less trustworthy than the Net usually is, so I have installed Chrome and am using it for the duration, with redoing passwords and other fun stuff. The continuing saga of computers becoming the sort of thing I want to use computers to deal with.


Dec. 1st, 2016 05:24 am
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"All of my peers died of AIDS, and I have no one to celebrate my past or my journey, or to help me pass down stories to the next generation. We lost an entire generation of storytellers with HIV." -- David Mixner

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