Teen Wolf sorrow

Sep. 23rd, 2017 05:54 pm
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So tomorrow is the series finale of Teen Wolf.

This feels weird to me because honestly the only season I watched while airing was S3A. I haven't watched any since and I watched S1-2 while I was really sick and on pain meds. I have no idea what's going on this season other than everyone's still in HS and Derek's on the run from the law but he was also only in 3 eps total or something? Apparently Kate is also back to torture Derek more. No one told Stiles anything but what that "anything" is, no idea (a monster turning people to stone? And Gerard Argent?). Scott and Malia are together and okay. Also, Jeff Davis has a lot of problems with the way he treats his actors, his characters, and his plots. TW may be the most plot hole riddled show I've ever seen. It's one of the worst for queerbaiting and apparently he's also screwing over Stydia fans (which I am not a fan of the ship, but I'm pretty sure sometime last year he said they were end game or something and that seems a little rude).

I also won't get to watch the episode because I'll be at work.

Despite all this, TW has this strange place in my heart thanks to fandom and fanfic. And I'm honestly sad that there will not be more in the Stiles-Scott BFF story, or the Lydia is am amazing being who rules at everything, or the "can Jeff please stop torturing Derek with his abuser and can Sterek truly, rightfully happen". I'm sad there won't be new clips to make manips from or new plot holes to make Sterek fix-its.

It's not that Sterek will go away or even TW (I think it's getting some absurd reboot in 2 years, IDK, IDK, fuck you Jeff Davis). But whenever a show stops airing, its fandom dies, even if some people keep making fics and art. And I'm sad to see that go. I know all the actors deserve better and TW fans deserve to have the show end (like SPN fans; please let the show DIE CW FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY). I'm sad in the same way I was when SGA died and those AMAZING McShep writers moved onto fandoms I couldn't follow (or, some moved on to TW which was a boon but who knows now?). TW and Sterek will begin to fade and even when fresh blood discovers it 5 years after, it still won't be the same, you know? It won't have that same burning passion of fandom's light.

I suppose I can just hope for an additional season 7 to come out 10+ years from now ala XF and Twin Peaks to bring the fandom back to life, if only to bemoan the bad writing and get sentimental over how their babies have grown.

RIP TW fandom: may you go on to new fandoms (that I'm in) with maybe, for once, a canon queer ship. You deserve that.

RIP Lydia. May you go onto MIT like all the best fics and become the best math/physics genius ever, or eventually run the country and save it from itself. Hell, do both.

RIP, Stiles: may you be the best next Fox Mulder working for the FBI.

RIP, Derek: may you finally escape Kate Argent's grasp, find peace with yourself and your past. And fucking put a ring on Stiles.

RIP, TW. You deserved better than Jeff Davis.

More Disaster Relief Links

Sep. 21st, 2017 07:38 am
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Because the hits just keep coming. Give what you can, if you can.

Fundraiser by St. John's Rescue: St. John Victims of Hurricane Irma. This is an island-based charity and rescue group.

Harvey HELP is a fundraiser started by educators for their college students who've affected by Hurricane Harvey in order to provide grants to help keep them in school. It hasn't attracted much attention, sadly.

21 US Virgin Island's Relief Fund is the fundraiser organized by former San Antonio Spurs star, Tim Duncan.

Hurricane Irma and Maria Relief for the Caribbean:

Catholic Charities USA

Global Giving

Save the Children

UNICEF.

Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico was mentioned in an interview on MSNBC by a government official, name unremembered.

This made me remember that Habitat for Humanity helps low income people build houses all over the world, including the USA.

Habit for Humanity of Florida. This site has info for victims, too.

Houston Habitat for Humanity.

From Fortune.com, here is a long list of places to donate for Mexico.
Here’s How You Can Help Mexico Earthquake Victims. It includes the usual suspects as well as some local organizations.

And since I'm an Episcopalian and a "socialist," here is a link for Episcopal Relief and Development.
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Linda Ronstadt - Silver Wings

I wonder how she's doing these days. I don't know that I'd want to live anymore, not being able to sing.

Sigh. This world is so sad. 






 

Links (plus some commentary)

Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:00 am
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I wish there was something positive to report. Instead, here's your daily reminder that millions of Americans are still at risk of losing their healthcare.

That's why we need to keep making those Calls to Kill Trumpcare.

The Guardian: Senate aims for healthcare vote next week as Obama condemns repeal effort

The Rachel Maddow blog: On health care, the GOP literally doesn’t know what it’s doing.

Tell me about it.

NYT: Republican Leaders Defy Bipartisan Opposition to Health Law Repeal.

Esquire: The Republicans Aren't Even Pretending This Is About Healthcare Anymore They're too tired to lie. But they're not too tired to vote for this piece of crap masquerading as actual legislation.

Brief healthcare rant )

Other links

The Conversation: Flood Insurance is Broken. Here are some ways to fix it.

NYT: Harvey and Irma Wiped Out Our Kitchens. Still, We Cook.

Lit Hub: Life On the Road and In a Walmart Parking Lot. Review of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder.

About the same author and book, in the NYT: On the Road With the Casualties of the Great Recession.

Why Are Americans Less Charitable Than They Used to Be? Researchers found that the losses of the Great Recession do not entirely explain why people aren’t giving very much money to charity. Maybe it's because they feel they have to donate to groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and NARAL, which are defending our democracy instead?

On a lighter note, from Lit Hub: 10 Famous Book Hoarders. My husband is a non-famous book hoarder. "No, Dad is an everything hoarder," our son pointed out. He has a point. Sigh.

BBC: The island people with a climate change escape plan. I'm glad to hear that someone has a plan.

That's Not My Age (a style blog for women over 50): Street Style Forever at London Fashion Week. Now I love seeing all the high falutin' old ladies in tennis shoes--it validates my own style-not-quite-choices but I'm having a harder time with the shirtdresses over blue jeans look. I'm trying to keep an open mind.

DON'T GIVE UP

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:27 am
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There is so much going on in the news but we can't allow ourselves to forget that the Republican-controlled Senate is poised to take healthcare away from tens of millions of Americans.

Sign up, make calls, attend protests if you are able. Post the INDIVISIBLE website on Facebook. If you live in one of the key states, beg your friends and family to call up their Senators. Make a contribution to INDIVISIBLE or to the resistance group of your choice. DON'T GIVE UP.

Calls to Kill Trumpcare.

We can't let the Senate get away with this. Healthcare represents one sixth of the U.S. economy. If they do this terrible thing, it will only embolden them. They'll keep on doing it, crafting their incoherent, evil legislation in secret, with the end goal being to transfer more and more money into the hands of their donor class: the big multinational corporations--because thanks to our Supreme Court, corporations are people too--and the mega-wealthy one percenters. We must understand this: the Republicans in Congress won't stop until ordinary Americans are completely at the mercy of the ruling class.

We do not live in a democracy. I know, it's hard to accept. It goes against everything I was taught, everything I want to believe about my country. But the very fact that the Republicans in Congress are going ahead with their nefarious plans despite knowing full well that the overwhelming majority of Americans want the Affordable Care Act fixed, not repealed, confirms that. These senators want to serve their rich masters, not their constituents, and if we don't stop them somehow, they will.

And if wanting my fellow Americans to have decent healthcare makes me a socialist, Senator Lindsey Graham, well, fine then. I'M A SOCIALIST.

Please note that under Senator Graham's bill, his state will actually gain funding. Could this plan be more cynical, more devious, or more venal?

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I know I'm sounding like a broken record (wow, there's a metaphor about to lose its relevance) but September is National Disaster Preparedness Month for a reason. I beg of you--if you don't have your supplies laid in and your plan in place, it is never too soon--or too late--to start working on it.

If it seems like I'm obsessed with disaster planning, well, you're right. I am. Maybe it's because unlike hurricanes, which give people time to panic, sit in lines at the gas station, and debate whether or not to evacuate, California's earthquakes give us no warning. Waiting for the storm of the century to hit makes people feel helpless because by the time they get home from work, the bottled water is gone from the grocery shelves, and so are the flashlights, and the kind of baby formula that doesn't need refrigeration.

Earthquakes. Just. Happen. We never know when or where the next one will hit. People who live in earthquake country should all be making preparations well in advance. If we don't, we're taking a huge risk. (And dammit I hate risk.) And we're due, FUCK IT, we're overdue for a bad one in California. Or two. Look at what just happened in Mexico: two catastrophic quakes in two weeks! Hundreds of dead, dozens of collapsed buildings, including two schools full of children, thousands upon thousands of homes lying in rubble.

The Mexico City quake struck on the 32th anniversary of the 1985 quake that destroyed the city, mere hours after their yearly commemorative earthquake drill. I have no words.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico just took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria.

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It's overwhelming, I know it is. But we have to keep making those calls.

Yeah. I'm not panicked at all.

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:54 am
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From USA TODAY: UNITED NATIONS – In a bracing speech to the United Nations, President Trump threatened Tuesday to "destroy" North Korea if it does not give up its nuclear weapons program.

Is he trying to start a war? For real?

A "bracing speech"? WTF, USA TODAY.

We cannot let ourselves get derailed by the shitstorm the Trump administration calls their foreign policy. We still have to make those phone calls to stop Trumpcare.

We Won't Betrumped Again

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:42 am
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INDIVISIBLE just unveiled a new calling tool for folks in Blue States who want to help stop Trumpcare: Calls to Kill TrumpCare. We can't call our Senators--well, we can but mine are both Democrats and they are not the problem here. But we can make calls to our counterparts in key Red States and ask them to call their Senators.

How California — yes, California — could make a Trump reelection more difficult. YES!

Atlas Obscura: Found: 30 Lost English Words That May Deserve a Comeback.

Well, well, well. I think "betrump" deserves a comeback. Betrump: To deceive, cheat; to elude, slip from. Examples: I think our entire country is getting betrumped on a daily basis. Don't let yourselves get betrumped! Curses! Betrumped again! See what I mean? So useful. So accurate.

During Irma’s Power Outages, Some Houses Kept The Lights On With Solar And Batteries. Of course, if the roof has blown off or the living room has been flooded, having solar power doesn't mean all that much. Also, we're paying to help folks rebuild in the same flood zones over and over again. Maybe that needs to change?

USA TODAY: Dear Texas, how many times do we have to rebuild the same house? (You're next Florida). It's a reasonable question, imho.

Two years before NFIP was created, the 1966 Presidential Task Force on Federal Flood Control Policy warned that a badly run program 'could exacerbate the whole problem of flood losses. For the federal government to subsidize low premium disaster insurance ... would be to invite economic waste of great magnitude.' That sage advice was ignored.

The Atlantic: Has Climate Change Intensified 2017’s Western Wildfires? Long story, short: Yes. It has.

VOX: The brilliant, infuriating, boring, hypnotic Ken Burns documentary on The Vietnam War. The documentarian’s latest miniseries for PBS is a staggering achievement — and maybe his best work. I watched the first episode. It was good. I learned new things about Vietnam and its history. We keep making the same mistakes, over and over again. This has to stop.

Nabeel has gone Home

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:42 am
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I was shutting down for the night, when I saw this.

I never had any direct contact with him, not even online. But something about him was special. 

I am sorry for his family and friends. My heart aches especially for his little girl. But I am glad we will never again see his dark eyes full of pain and confusion. 

Only that beautiful smile.

No more suffering for you, dear brother. I can't wait to meet you one day and tell you, "Thank you for staying faithful to Christ, even through the horror of this final year."






I love this girl so much!

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:23 pm
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As an amateur singer, I know how exhausting it is to sing. (Both emotionally and physically.) People who aren't singers might not really understand how much breath it takes to sing properly and sing well. The fact that Mary can do this with her limited lung capacity is nothing short of amazing.

But more than that, I know it's from the heart. That's what touches me the most.




Oh, I haven't heard this in years!

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:13 pm
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Such powerful lyrics!



Alleluia Alleluia
For our Lord God Almighty reigns
Alleluia Alleluia
For our Load God Almighty reigns
Alleluia
Holy holy
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
You are Holy
Holy
Are You Lord God Almighty?
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Amen







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Sep. 16th, 2017 09:36 pm
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Re-reading Gone With the Wind has been so deeply meaningful to me this time around. I've gotten to the burning of Atlanta, and her return home afteward.

I feel her exhaustion, the weight of having to care for others, and the impotent rage that comes when you can do so little, while there's so much to be done. I feel the crushing weight of it all. 

I love this movie so, so much!


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This is a signal boost of a post on Livejournal. Read here about efforts to contact authors who posted fanfiction on the Alpha Gate, a wonderful and long-established archive for Stargate SG-1 which is moving to the Archive Of Our Own.

Please take a gander at the list of authors and see if you know how to contact any of them about the archive's move.

Thanks to [personal profile] princessofgeeks for the heads up. Please spread the word if you can.

The Zombie Bill

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:11 am
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ARGH.

From Slate: Republicans Are Seriously Getting Optimistic About Passing Obamacare Repeal Again.

That's bad enough but that's not the worst part.

My colleague Jordan Weissmann has written about how the Graham-Cassidy bill is not the moderate compromise its backers make it out to be. The bill would essentially collapse Obamacare’s market subsidies and Medicaid expansion by replacing them with block grants allotted to each state to design their own health systems, with few strings attached. Those grants would be determined by a complex formula that, relative to current law, punishes large blue states or those that expanded Medicaid while rewarding red states that didn’t. Like previous GOP bills, Graham-Cassidy would also set slow-growing per-capita caps on traditional Medicaid, and allow states to waive out of core Obamacare insurance regulations. It would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.


That's right. This bill punishes states like California and New York for expanding Medicaid under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act while rewarding the states that didn't. It takes money away from my state because we provided healthcare benefits for our residents and gives it to the likes of TEXAS, which didn't. TEXAS!

Ending the Affordable Care Act while at the same time rewarding people in the states that did vote for Trump and punishing people who live in the states that didn't vote him. Wow. Now that's a WIN-WIN.

Those FUCKERS.

More angry ranting )

The INDIVISIBLE website has everything you need to know to help stop this travesty. AGAIN.

You won this before. Now it's time to win it again. Let's #KillTheBill.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 03:18 pm
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I am dying to go to this. We'll see if I am able or if I'm stuck  here. Or if I'm just too sick to even make the trip.

This is the area of the family for whom I used to babysit. I miss the area and I miss that family so, so much. I went back a couple of years ago just to walk around and remember them. I saw their old apartment and the little playground across the street. We spent so much time there.

I admit, I cried.

I don't know how it looks these days, but when I was there, this was one of the most peaceful, beautiful residential areas I'd seen in the city. (The home of He Who Must Not Be Named was just down the street.)

But there was also an "artsy" vibe going on. The Lilltreet Art Center was on the way to their place. 



The Ravenswood Art Walk


This was stunning!

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:39 pm
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I've always loved everything to do with space exploration.

YouTube comments are usually a wasteland of idiocy. But I came upon this today and it was breathtaking. (Just like the video, which is beautiful and unexpectedly moving.)

I don't know if the comments originated with this person or whether they copied it from someone else. Whoever wrote it is an eloquent writer. This is gorgeous. (I broke it up into what I hope are appropriate paragraphs.)

Isn't this beautiful? The narration of the video was good. But I could imagine this one as being even better!

Mushopia


4 months ago

Feel for the scientists and the engineers who made this little probe. To them, it would be nothing short of their child, millions of kilometers away, unseen for twenty years, and taking hours to respond to the simplest of commands, yet it continues to make its parents proud, and delivering what is requested. The suspense and anxiety those mission controllers must have felt in the last twenty years have to result in some kind of emotion bond to that little computer.

Imagine sending your daughter out into the unknown, facing countless dangers and always playing the odds, running on processors two decades old yet still functioning and transmitting massive amounts of data home, never giving up. The little probe has made hundreds of maneuvers, each one painstakingly planned and executed, each one biting into her fuel reserves, each one bringing her closer to her end. Imagine the programmers who gave her the knowledge to keep herself safe, the engineers who designed her to be our eyes and ears, and the flight controllers who worked nonstop for twenty years to keep their child safe. To some it will be their entire career, others their magnum opus, but for all of us Cassini is our trailblazer, for in her footsteps we must follow.

We must continue to send our robotic creations into the abyss, so that someday we might go ourselves, wielding all the knowledge these brave children of ours have collected. Our descendants might never find Cassini after her cremation into Saturn, but they will go where Cassini has gone, see what Cassini has seen, and they will remember her and thank her for leading them there. Cassini might not be able to think as we humans do, or talk as we can, but she is more human than many of us will ever be, she embodies our spirit of courage, curiosity, fascination and exploration, embarking on a one way trip in the hopes that others will follow.

Don't be afraid to shed a tear for our little girl, be afraid that we might let her down, and to squander her efforts. Next time you see a bright star in the low summer sky, glistening over the horizon, just know that Cassini is there, beckoning you to come visit her.














Yuletide nominations are ending soon

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:19 pm
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VERY soon. My Yuletide nominations are as follows:

1. Deviations: The X-Files
Dana Scully (Deviations)
Samantha Mulder (Deviations)
Fox Mulder (Deviations)
Cigarette Smoking Man (Deviations)

2. The Expanse (TV)
Jim Holden (The Expanse TV) - I had to add The Expanse TV to get the nomination accepted because someone else had nominated the same character for the book series. Ditto for Joe Miller.
Joe Miller (The Expanse TV)
Julie Mao
Octavia Muss

3. Interstellar (2013)
Amelia Brand
Joseph Cooper
Murphy Cooper
Tom Cooper

Here's a fantastic one-minute fandom: Has anyone heard of Dixit? I suggested to the nominator that someone should create a Dixit Bingo community. These pictures are more surreal than the average fic Bingo card but I like that about them. I will offer it for sure. Heck, I might even ask for the game for my birthday.
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Daniel Greenfield is such a powerful (and elegant) writer and speaker.

More importantly, as it relates to Islam/jihad and the struggle for survival going on in the West, he has the moral clarity that is so desperately needed. We would do well to heed him.

The entire thing is worth watching - every last word.


HOW SEPTEMBER 11 CHANGED MY LIFE (VIDEO)



Aw, I remember this song!

Sep. 13th, 2017 03:02 pm
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 Jessica Andrews - Who I Am

Not a perfect performance, but that's why I like it.