Feb. 23rd, 2017

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Feb. 23rd, 2017 12:00 pm
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“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
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a woman where my spouse worked was named Stormy Weatherly

The fella thinks there should be a penalty for parents who name their kids baaaadly.  Me, I was named after a hurricane and a friend of the family so it fit format (Older brother, older sister both had DE as their initials.  Younger brother inherited Dad’s name, which also fit format) - that’s bad enough, neh?

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Trial of Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu - Wikipedia:

What’s going through my head these days.

I was very much in majority those days, a “millennial” in today’s vernacular (a bright, intelligent twenty/thirty-something) - leading edge of Gen X, in truth.

What was found after that?  The worst - raising the bar for what “the worst” really was.

But what I remember is how this all ended.  Is it beginning here?  Not the same way that did - but.

Resist.  This sitch ended, but the toll was  - well, the worst.  The illogic of waste, after all, if the value of the lives lost isn’t reason enough, neh?

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The Trump team put out a survey a while ago about the mainstream media. Apparently they didn’t like the answers so they sent it out again but only to Trump supporters.

Here’s the link so you can let them know what you think about the mainstream media.


This is still the worst survey I’ve ever seen in my life, but fuck it up again. A survey’s not a survey if you only give it to people who’ll give you the answers you want to your leading questions.
Also, this survey does require some personal information, but if it’s like the last one, you can make up fake ones and it’ll accept them.

Taking this survey for grins and it asked if I believe that “people of faith have been unfairly characterized by the media”

oh definitely Jews and Muslims suffer from unfortunate characterization all the time, especially from Fox News - oh is that not what you meant?

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Someone out there is waiting for your new stories. 

Someone out there is reading your stories to get through a rough day. 

Someone out there is recommending your fanfics to others with glee. 

Someone out there is appreciating all the hard work you put into your stories. 

Your writing is important. 

Your fanfiction is important. 

Never think your content doesn’t matter to a fandom, because your content might just be the only thing that makes someone else feel like they’re not alone when it comes to shipping certain characters together. 

Please keep writing. 

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Off-duty LAPD officer fires gun during physical struggle with Latino teenage boy

An armed off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired his weapon during a scuffle with a 13-year-old boy on Tuesday, sparking protests in Anaheim, California, on Wednesday night.

According to KTLA 5, the Anaheim Police Department cited kids continually walking on the officer’s lawn as the reason for the altercation. Cell phone footage, however, suggests there’s more to the story.

A bystander began filming once the struggle was already underway and later posted the video to YouTube. 

In it, a teenage boy in a hooded sweatshirt pushes back against a bald man in a blue checkered shirt who is holding him by the collar. Read more (2/23/17 6:40 AM)

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thank goodness someone was recording the whole debacle, wth cop putting a gun to a kid for fucking walking across his lawn? ARREST COP FIRE HIS ASS

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Hundreds of cities are extinguished by unexplained cataracts appearing at mid levels of banking towers and battering the cities below with millions of liters of incredibly clean water.  The remnants of effective government pour money into equipment to navigate and tame the new swamp cities.  

Rand Paul delivers a speech from the padded crown of an aluminium tower, mounted on 4 massive barges, shifting through the ruins by banks of fan engines on 3 sides. The loud speakers and antennas broadcast his speech to the uncountable gathered amphibious trucks and small boats of a formerly thriving American city:

Battered wet

Rot and musk

Silt and bones

Skipping stones

Eternal life awaits

Just past the gates

Of my Father’s Funeral City

And after a cacophony of fans cranking  up and powering on, he glides away. 350,000,000 dead

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How can a veteran, or conservative, or pretty much anyone, support Trump?

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“The thing that helps protect trans students is respecting who they are and treating them like their other—like their peers… We know that with support and protections, trans students have comparable mental health outcomes to non-trans students, and, without them, they face rates of suicide attempts nine times their peers… The reality is that kids will be harmed by this. And, you know, I can’t say it more strongly, but the blood is on the hands of these lawmakers, who are making it a priority to make vulnerable kids feel less safe.”
- Chase Strangio, staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & AIDS Project, on the Trump administration’s rollback of protections for trans students in public schools. See the full interview: “Kids Will Be Harmed by This": Trump Admin Rolls Back Protections for Transgender Students (via democracynow) http://ift.tt/eA8V8J
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As the US government ramps up its insistence that visitors (and US citizens) unlock their devices and provide their social media accounts, the solution have run the gamut from extreme technological caution, abandoning mobile devices while traveling, or asking the government to rethink its policy. But Maciej Cegłowski has another solution: a “travel mode” for our social media accounts.

Here’s the crux: “We don’t take our other valuables with us when we travel—we leave the important stuff at home, or in a safe place. But Facebook and Google don’t give us similar control over our valuable data. With these online services, it’s all or nothing.”

Cegłowski’s proposal is for a timed “trip mode” during which our social media only allows us to access a few days’ worth of material. It would be irrevocable, so you couldn’t be ordered to disable it during a border crossing.

Google already does this, but only for googlers. The Google employees I know who travel to China say that when they go abroad, their managers and IT support arrange to constrain their accounts, so they can only see a subset of their email and access a subset of Google’s internal servers while traveling, typically with an otherwise blank Chromebook that is dropped in a shredder when they return to the USA.

Cegłowski is right that telling people to maintain monotonically perfect operational security is unrealistic; he’s right that being able to afford travel doesn’t mean you’re able to afford a spare laptop and phone; he’s right that lying to border guards is a radioactively bad idea; and that doing nothing potentially puts your friends and loved ones at risk. He discounts (seemingly out of hand) the possibility of putting curbs on government intrusion, possibly because fixing this in the USA still leaves us vulnerable at other countries’ borders – but of course, other countries often take their lead from the US in these matters.

Google already has internal procedures to protect its trade secrets while its employees travel – getting these measures in place for all of us would only be for the good. And as Cegłowski says, “If you want to put an always-on microphone in my home, then protect me at the border.”


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As an atheist, putting my hand on the Bible and saying an oath before testifying to a court is less likely to get me to tell the truth than a pinkey promise

When my parents were fighting for custody, I was old enough to have a say, so they put me under oath to assure I was being honest with my feelings. Using my best serious face, knowing what was coming, when offered the bible to swear on, I requested to swear on the secretary’s hole punch, “because it’s far more honest. It says it’s going to punch a hole, and it does, best God I’ve seen today.” My mom buried her face in her hands, my dad sighed and rubbed his forehead. The judge almost choked on his water before telling the bailiff “find this young lady a hole punch!”

Tag what you’d swear with

I ask people to swear by anything they hold of value - period.  I know better.

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Taking away the reassurances and protections people had is not the religion you claim.

We see you.

Is this the New Living Translation that compares God’s Light to a Flashlight in the Darkness?

Here’s the Relevant passages from Malachi in the King James Bible

 Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation. (Trump)

From The Message Bible (one of my favorites, woke AF and takes no crap from anyone.):

“Yes, I’m on my way to visit you with Judgment.  I’ll present compelling evidence against sorcerers, adulterers, liars, those who exploit workers, those who take advantage of widows and orphans, those who are inhospitable to the homeless–anyone and everyone who doesn’t honor me.”  A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”

I’d say this illustration is God jogging his elbow.  XD

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“If you have been brutally broken, but still have the courage to be gentle to others then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself.”
- Nikita Gill
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