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Jul. 27th, 2017 05:04 am
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* "Trump DoJ pick recently represented Putin-aligned Russian bank:"

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* "CBO: 'Skinny Repeal' would increase premiums by 20%:"

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* "Trump sloppy tweet attack on transgender US troops sparks outrage:"

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* "Trump spurns serving transgender US military with careless ban:"

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* "Sen. Duckworth: Trump actions on transgender ban 'sickening':"

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* "Exclusive - Transgender Veterans React to Trump's Trans Military Ban :"

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* Props to both Rachel Maddow and Trevor Noah for having Trans People on their shows to talk about Trans People in the Military instead of going the lazy route that is so often the standard (talking about trans folk without inviting us to the table or just calling up white cis man Dan savage who has a problematic history with transfolk even though he has shown improvement). I extra appreciated that trans men were represented (and particularly the trans man of colour on Rachel Maddow) as so often it's only white women's voices who get heard in these situation. (To be clear, I've nothing against white women being included, it's just that when it's only white women talking it is a problem. Ex: Caitlyn Jenner getting privileged over people who actually know what they are talking about and have an intersectional perspective like Janet mock. Representation matters and trans men of colour are right up there with non-binary folk for getting little to no representation in media. It is hugely important that people see different kinds of trans people, particularly to trans youth who so seldom get to see anyone like themselves out there).

* "The GOP Fails to Repeal Obamacare (Again) & Trump Targets Trans Soldiers:"

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* "The Strain, Season 4, Episode 2: The Blood Tax:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/the-strain-season-4-episode-2-blood-tax.html

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here:
https://lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/chechnya-en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com

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Jul. 27th, 2017 02:46 am
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* "North Korea threatens nuclear strike on US:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/north-korea-threatens-nuclear-strike-us/

* "House overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions bill:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/iran-sanctions-bill/index.html

* "Russia Warns of ‘Painful’ Response If Trump Backs U.S. Sanctions:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-26/russia-says-new-u-s-sanctions-killing-chances-for-improved-ties

* "White House: Trump wants Sessions to do his job:" http://www.politico.com/trump-twitter-attacks-jeff-sessions-240981

* The protests worked and 7 Republicans voted against today's ACA Repeal. This doesn't stop them from continuing to try, but it's progress.

If any of the following is your senator, please call to thank them for saying "No" to repeal: Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, John McCain, Rob Portman and Lamar Alexander. This is important as it makes them more likely to keep saying no, as Sen. Collins has made clear when referencing all the positive feedback she's been getting for protecting her constituents.

* The next round of ACA repeal vote is to be a "Skinny Repeal" which will rob about 16 million working Americans and their children of health care and crash the insurance market creating massive chaos.

This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/
Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* Well this is terrifying. "Poll: 45% of Republicans Favor Shutting Down ‘Biased’ Media Outlets:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/poll-45-of-republicans-favor-shutting-down-biased-media-outlets

* "US creates stricter rules for sanctuary city grant money in crackdown:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/26/us-creates-stricter-rules-for-sanctuary-city-grant-money-in-crackdown

* "California police arrest black teen girl who they mistook for a large, bald black man:" https://mic.com/articles/182021/bakersfield-california-police-arrest-black-teen-girl-who-they-mistook-for-a-large-bald-black-man?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=movement&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.b5EuJXQgn

* It’s not official policy yet, so now is an excellent time to start protesting. "Trump Says Transgender People Can't Serve In Military:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/26/539470211/trump-says-transgender-people-cant-serve-in-military

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is doing an ACLU Trans Troops fundraiser: http://blackphoenixalchemylab.tumblr.com/post/163460177503/emergency-fundraiser-to-help-supporters-of-trans#notes

* 45 insists that this is a cost saving measure, even though total health care costs for every trans person in the military (including reserves) combines costs about 1/60th of what we are spending on 45's golf outings this year. here's an idea, rather than destabilize combat units by summarily discharging people for a bullshit reason over the objections of military commanders, Gen. Mattis, and the Pentagon, why don't we just cancel one or two of 45's golf outings? Or take it out of the military's viagra budget? McCain and even Orrin fucking Hatch are against this.

* "Trump Reinstates Trans Military Service Ban:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/trump-reinstates-trans-military-service.html

* "Black Trans Advocacy Statement Concerning The Senate Passage Of SB 3:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/07/black-trans-advocacy-statement_26.html

* "Our President Needs The Validation Of Boy Scouts:"

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* "Cookie Jeff Sessions Fires Back At President Trump:"

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* "Donald Trump Performs Shakespeare’s Soliloquies:" http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/donald-trump-performs-shakespeares-soliloquies

* "Dunkirk is a Major Victory Adapting a Devastating Defeat:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/dunkirk-major-victory-adapting-devastating-defeat/

* :D http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07252017.shtml

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/163475550346/moonbian-hey-i-know-reblogging-posts-about-how

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here:
https://lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/en
https://help.lgbtnet.org/chechnya-en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com

2017/60: Touch -- Claire North

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:48 am
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2017/60: Touch -- Claire North
Everyone needs a hobby, and everyone was mine. [p. 67]


Somewhere in London, in a dark alley, in the past, a woman is murdered. But she doesn't want to die alone: she reaches out and touches her murderer ... and becomes him, looking down at the corpse of his victim.
no spoilers )

Poem for Thursday and Citi Field

Jul. 27th, 2017 12:34 am
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What the Businessman Said )

I had no vehicle on Wednesday, so Alice and Avery came to visit and we spent the better part of the afternoon chasing down Pokemon raids. Despite being out many coins for raid passes, I had a fairly good day -- I caught another Articuno and won a Lugia raid that got me lots of rare candy even though I didn't catch the Lugia -- but we couldn't get enough people for a successful Tyranitar raid so I still don't have one, and Avery didn't catch any of the legendaries at the raids we won, so he was frustrated.

We may do more raiding to help Avery get a legendary on Friday. When we weren't raiding, we had lunch at Cava and watched Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. Adam was in College Park until very late in the evening and missed all this fun. The rest of my day was chores, though I got to do some of them while Paul and I watched the Nationals make an unexpectedly impressive comeback against the Brewers, which was lovely! Here is Citi Field when the Mets did the same against the As on Saturday:

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Seeing the Mets )

Books Meme + Update

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:35 pm
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Tomorrow my husband has an appointment to see someone who isn't his doctor because his doctor is on vacation. He's feeling worse rather than better. Maybe he needs a different antibiotic. We'll see.

I'm tired and distracted. I'm thinking about defaulting on my kidlit exchange. I can't focus on writing.

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Books I finished:

Jane's Warlord by Angela Knight. This is yet another time-travel romance. The time-travel plot is silly but when isn't it? The serial killer plot is even worse but that's not why you're reading this book. The romance is standard fare. Warrior Boy from the future travels back in time to save newspaper girl, they have the best sex like ever, and girl returns with boy to his own time (and planet--did I mention he's not from Earth?) and they live happily ever after. She gets to take her cat, too. Luckily, the universe doesn't break from the strain. If you like your heroes to be hyper-masculine, super-human sex machines and enjoy sex scenes featuring bondage without safe-words between total strangers, this might be just what you're looking for. How do I even rate something like this? One star because it was a quick read, especially since I skimmed the sex scenes.

Time and Again by Jack Finney. It's an illustrated novel from 1970. Spoilers ) I thought the premise of the book was intriguing enough to keep reading but the execution left something to be desired. I solved the big mystery at the center of the novel by the end of the paragraph in which it was introduced. The romance fell flat. The ending was a complete dud. The style was serviceable Two lukewarm stars.

Books I abandoned:

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. I checked this out because of the Amazon series, which I can't watch. A consolation prize? I know it's a classic but dammit, the book is boring. I didn't care about the characters. The plot seemed inconsequential, which given the premise, is pathetic. Maybe the series is better written. Anyway, after 67 pages, I'm done with it.

The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble. You should know that I have read and enjoyed a number of Drabble's books. This was not one of them. It was about genetics and the English class system. I didn't get through an entire chapter of this turkey. Books about unpleasant characters leading unpleasant lives need a hook and she didn't provide one.

Books in the pipeline:

The third and final book in the kid-lit series I'm reviewing for my kid-lit book exchange. Title withheld.

When bed is best!

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:22 pm
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Today was definitely that kind of day. At least I managed to sleep all the way to within a couple of minutes before my alarm for 7:00. After I'd successfully booked my trips for next week's pub night, I returned to bed where I read for a while. Then I slipped off into a long nap, waking up after 3. Okay, time to watch Peppa Pig cartoons (as some were on the verge of being erased due to capacity issues). As has become far too common, I did doze off again during the news. Okay, so no sports or entertainment happened. At least I managed to stay awake during my game shows.

Spent a little time on the computer. What with the idiotic news from DC this morning, I don't even want to think of that ... [expletive deleted]. It's enough to simply highlight what Canada's stance has been on trans inclusion in the military since the early 1990s!!!!!

Anyway, time to fill my brain with more palatable things, such as reading. Even though I'm halfway through my second go of "Rogue One", I want to read the Trek book. Oh, decisions, decisions.

W00t!

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:07 pm
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Guess what? They did it! This time my second dose of Spinraza is swirling around in my spinal column. It was still pretty difficult this time although they did make some adjustments. I got a CT scan in addition to fluoroscope. I guess the CT gave them a little more information. Apparently I have a lot of bone in the way of some natural access points. The one place they’ve managed to be successful is a fairly small hole and they’ve got to approach it at just the right angle. They worked on me for about an hour. Having gone through this the day before, Tuesday’s hour was about my limit.

Another adjustment they made, was not putting me on the table until the doctors were ready to proceed. I still had to wait while they checked my spine out with the fluoroscope, but at least all the time I was on the table they were working towards the injection. I’m going to have a long conversation with the doctors in the near future. There must be some way they can make this process easier. I’m not so worried about getting my “loading” doses but I am concerned about the continuing process of getting these shots. I have a third dose in two weeks and then a fourth dose a month after that. Then I need to get a dose every four months for the rest of my life. I guess I will deal if I have to but it’s a discouraging prospect.

I’m going to try to respond to everyone individually, but if I don’t get to you, please know that all of your support with the support of my family makes it possible for me to go through this. I think I’ve noticed some improvements in my physical status, but I hesitate to talk about it much this early in the process. I will keep people informed.

Wednesday in July Is For Fiction

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:07 pm
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      . . . . I may have read more fiction this month of July than in all of 2015 - 2016 and the first half of 2017 put together. 

This means novels that I started and read straight through, completing them to the last page.  I pick up a lot of fiction and give up on the book by the end of the first chapters, as well as many others where I get about half or two thirds through and quit due to do not care, and also, why is this so much longer than it needed to be? 

So July's fiction reading is much more than usual, that’s for sure.  Staying home alone during the brutally hot, polluted and humid 8 days that el V was off to hot and humid Cuba, and feeling physically crummy is probably responsible -- that, and maybe some novels I wanted to read.  


Brookmyre, Christopher. (2016) Black Widow.


Right after finishing this novel, which I'd picked off the shelves without any prior knowledge of either the book or the author, I learned Black Widow was just award the UK's Crime Writers' Association Golden Dagger award for 2016.


Nerd pop culture references all the way through, which gets wearing and doesn't wear well for readers of the future. The investigator of the mystery, and primary narrator is really too old for this stuff, so it was annoying as hell.  But since many of the other  characters were nerds and young and live in that culture I kept page turning / reading, until fairly close to the end I got all too familiar sensation that comes with trying read fiction, which is "Isn't this over yet?????" -- "gads, this is at least 50 pages too long!" --  so skipped to the end to find out who did it and why. Spoiler alerts!   


SPOILER CONTENT HERE


Read more... )


SPOILER CONTENT ENDS


Pop culture / nerd culture, you bet he does GOT too.  Feh.  He and his ending let me down, as endings so often do.


However the following books all have satisfying endings.


Cleeves, Ann (2016) Cold Earth.


The latest of her Jimmy Perez Shetland series.  It was slow-going, particularly in getting going, in an almost exact replication of the first Jimmy Perez - Shetland Islands book I read. In fact, the location is where the first one took place even. This in an on going problem in almost all of her Shetland books. though not in the television adaptations.


One of the many pleasures I receive from reading Cleeves (she's the author of Yorkshire's Vera Stanhope novels too -- the first one of which, The Crow Trap, originally published in 1999, I finally got to read last month!  And it was the very best of the Vera novels I've read so far), is how different the television series are from the books.  Both the Vera and Shetland tv series are among my big watching pleasures.  These provide good lessons in how to adapt successfully from print to screen. The first lesson, may well be the most important -- the casting makes all the difference, and when it's perfect, the visual adaptation may well be more compelling than the print, without being in the least faithful to the plots or even who the characters are -- but then television has its own rules, which may not be necessary for the page.  As said, an education in writing.


French, Tana; (2008) The Likeness.

 

I’ve read all of Irish writer French’s novels almost as soon as they were published in the US, except this, her second one.  It was involving, though the pretext, that divine, insulated group of college kids who are interested only in each other is rather more than tired. But so talented a writer as French (rather like the great talent that was Daphne Du Maurier for our age)  did something fresh with it. The problem, though, is is that they really aren’t kids, and don’t even feel in the early 20’s. So how does this undercover female detective protag manage, since, even though older than the 'kids', still her experience seems too deep for her early 30’s, as she says she is, even though she supposedly looks a lot younger.


But hey, it’s hot, I read in the bed, with the a/c cranked until deep into the night.  I turned the pages compulsively. This passed the hours most agreeably until I could relax enough and sleep while el V was in Cuba.


Leon, Donna (2016) The Waters of Eternal Youth: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. 


Venice is drowning in tourists and their crap, immigrants, the mob and general corruption of everything.  But still, despite everything being online these days, the Commissario and his family continue to read the classics and eat the most wonderful meals at least three times a day.


Rankin, Ian. (2016) Rather Be The Devil.


Rankin's hard drinking, chain smoking, 60's rock and roller, rule breaking, ass kicking, Scott's cynic Rebus is retired from Edinburgh's police force. It's all caught up with him after many books in the Rebus series.  He's not smoking, but coughing disgusting crap with a shadow on his lung, trying to cut back on drinking.  But he’s still dueling with Big Ger, frustrating Siobhan Clarke and everyone who cares for him, but going to the center of what has happened in the past that has bled into the bloody present. Another change in Rebus --  the proverbial lone wolf detector, he's one of three -- and actually cooperating as much as Rebus can cooperate with them. This means the narrative provides additional povs beyond Rebus's in this convoluted case, which is about – what exactly? The disappearance of a banker, who seems to be connected to all sorts of nefarious financial deals, drugs, gambling, homicide – and, well, not Russians, but Ukrainians, laundering money in and through Scotland. But then Rankin's Rebus has never about the case, really, but about the wild ride he takes you on..


In the end, again, Rebus's nemesis, and in these later novels, now at least a frenemy, if not friend, Big Ger Cafferty’s back, old as he is -- as old as Rebus, but he's not over the hill yet, any more than is Rebus. But Rebus has learned to work with others, as much as Rebus can: Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke, and the male officer promoted and moved over her, to international crime, Malcolm Fox. They all get what they want. Further, Rebus still has his girlfriend from the previous book, Deborah Quant, who works post mortems for Edinburgh, has since the last book acquired a dog named Brillo – and he’s lost weight.  Neither Big Ger nor Rebus are anywhere near down for the count yet, and they glory in it -- and that they have both proved they are both still at the top of their intersecting game.


It was good reading for a hot and humid July weekend in NYC.


Today the weather is splendid, a perfect July summer day.  There's enough July left that I may be able to get in yet another novel. Tonight I begin an historical set colonial Manhattan of 1746. I've been looking forward to this one. 


Spufford, Francis (2017) Golden Hill.


 If I am able to finish this one (it's not long) it would make a grand total of six -- 6 -- novels, I read this month!

 

Accidental pumpkins

Jul. 26th, 2017 09:01 pm
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We decided to try growing butternut squash for the first time this year, and I thought I'd improve our chances by buying some grafted plants.

It turns out that the root stock is pumpkin:



(We've chopped off the bits with pumpkin leaves, now!)

Ridiculous fanfic idea

Jul. 26th, 2017 02:11 pm
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Voldemort needs a nose. So he tries to steal Rudolph's. Merry havoc ensues. Literally.
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The Toast makes a one-day-only return appearance today! "Link Roundup!"

Yesterday [dreamwidth.org profile] bluemeridian posted a batch of MCU and Wonder Woman recs.

"‘Wrath of Khan’ Returning to Theaters for 35th Anniversary".

"Orbit Turns 10: Take a Look at a Decade of Milestones". [The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] misbegotten, the Cincinnati Zoo has successfully reunited Fiona-the-hop with both of her parents. Adorable hippo pictures ahoy!

From 2014, but via Twitter today: "BitchTapes: American Protest Music". [Bitch Media]

"The Fourth Messenger at the 2017 New York Musical Festival". [ViennaTeng.com] (Includes purchase links for the soundtrack and script.) [ETA: Refers to a concluded run, not an upcoming one.]

On Atlas Obscura:

--"NASA Just Released Hundreds of Historic Space and Aviation Videos".

--"These Endangered Pygmy Rabbits Survived a Wildfire by Heading Underground".

--"Why It Took Scientists So Long to Figure Out Where Babies Come From: Human conception was still basically a total mystery until as recently as 1875".

--"The Odor ‘Wheel’ Decoding the Smell of Old Books".

--"The Dormouse-Fattening Jars of Ancient Rome".

--"People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes".

--"Found: Never-Developed Photos of Mount St. Helens Erupting".

--"These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books".



On Mental Floss:

--"The Golden Girls Are Starring in Their Own Version of Clue".

--"This Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element".

Anniversary -- And, Now, Mexico

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:34 am
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      . . . . For an anniversary day that was as difficult and frustrating for us both -- involving computers of course! -- it ended special, so soft, tender, relaxing.

Ned's been working with the Adobe InDesign program, which he pays $30 a month for, to do his Cuban travel brochures.  As these digital / online brochures feature many photographs (he's not lost his terrific eye for taking pictures, that's for sure!) and InDesign doesn't bother to provide actual, you know, directions and instructions, just menus, when it comes to formatting for the vast variety of devices and platforms, this is very difficult.  That was his frustrations yesterday.  Mine was zotzing my Outlook Live.com contacts, etc.  Fortunately, we both basically prevailed.

We failed, however, at coming up with a plan for anything special by which to observe our anniversary.  The weather was lovely -- cool and not humid.  So we strolled about, stopping at two different tapas places.  So many really good ones, run by Spaniards, have opened in the last 10 years here. The walking smoothed out our jagged nerves. The tapas were delicious -- plus I had some of the best wine I've ever drunk, and most flavorful olive oil for dipping and saucing. We planned our fantasy trip to Spain while dipping, nibbling and sighing with pleasure.

We walked back in the dark to our own neighborhood, very mildly buzzing from the two glasses of wine we'd had.  We finished at the Bistro, with champagne and chocolate mousse.  The people were as welcoming and pleased to see us as ever.  Our amigo, the maître d, upon our entrance, immediately programmed Cuban musician Lecuona's magnificent piano on the music system.  The Bistro's front was open to the street and air. It was still too early for the riotous young to throng the sidewalks howling and yelling. Both the street front and the restaurant were quiet (unlike the cavernous tapas restaurants filled with shrieking females, yelling bombastic boys and thud thud thud syntho euro disco pop. We sat with our champers and gazed goofily into each others' eyes, holding hands and talking, talking, talking.

What did we talk about?  

We talked about October, which isn't far away at all.

     . . . . October is filled up, with the Cuba Rumbazo, Baranquilla's Jazz Festival (Colombia) -- and then, the second half, the Veracruz (state), Mexico American Slave Coast event.






We're the lead 'act' so to speak for Vera Cruz's (city) annual Jazz Festival and the accompanying academic symposium at the city's campus of Universidad Veracruzana (the home campus is in Xalapa.   

So, having to put away Far From Anywhere for now, it feels as though I'm working to write a whole new and different Slave Coast as I swot up the research on Mexico. 

Even most US historians do not yet know in their bones, just how different slavery was here, when compared with just about everywhere at every time. They do not understand how thoroughly our economic and social slavery system affected all the aspects of our national history, the consequences of which remain fundamental sources of national conflict today.

So Mexican historians won't know this either. Compared to the Caribbean and Brazil, Venezuela, etc. few Africans were brought to Mexico (the largest percentage to what is now the state of Veracruz), and most of those came in the 16th and 17th centuries. Slavery in Mexico was abolished already in 1829, just as the Cotton Kingdom in Dixie was ramping up and Indian Removal was Jackson's number one priority. 

We're doing the keynote address at the university track of the festival, so the focus has to be on how our slavery, its system and consequent slaveocracy affected Mexico, including the Texas "republic',  the Mexican-American War, the vast territory the US acquired that up to then had been Mexico - New Spain's -- and particularly what it meant that the US possessed previously Mexican California and the Southwest. 

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Emperor Maximilian of Mexico and wife Charlotte (Carlota) -- the world's most attractive couple -- not!

Further, it has to include the takeover by France during the War of the Rebellion over US slavery, and the Union - US response. 
 In 1866 General Philip Sheridan was in charge of transferring supplies and weapons to the Mexican Liberal army ( by now, of which the Union had a huge surplus), including some 30,000 rifles directly from the Baton Rouge Arsenal in Louisiana. Long before that, while Buchanan was still in office, the Union was deeply concerned about French incursion into its hemisphere. There were desperate proposals from the foundering CSA at the hapless Hampton Roads Conference of 1865 that this terrible war could be over if the US joined forces with the CSA to take France out of Mexico. One can imagine how Lincoln -- and Grant -- snorted at that proposal for peace that would leave slavery intact -- Grant who always maintained that the only reason for the Mexican American War in the first place was to expand slavery.

By 1867, Seward shifted American policy from thinly veiled sympathy to the republican government of Juárez to open threat of war to induce a French withdrawal. Seward had invoked the Monroe Doctrine and later stated in 1868, "The Monroe Doctrine, which eight years ago was merely a theory, is now an irreversible fact."

None of this was the focus of The American Slave Coast. Of course it's reference, but not presented in granular detail, with facts, figures and other stats that are part of presenting and doing seminars with an international cast of Spanish speaking academics, scholars and intellectuals.

The art part, with the music for the Jazz Festival etc., that's all up to Ned and Donald Harrison.  But the academic track, for obvious reasons, is pretty much up to me. I have to research and write it. Then Ned has to translate it into Spanish. it's a lot to get ready in these few short weeks.

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Jul. 26th, 2017 08:27 am
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* I am not and have never been a fan of the house of Hanover/Windsor, am no fan of monarchy, and I side eye modern royals just generally, but I do honestly appreciate Prince Harry talking about seeking psychiatric help for dealing with his grief at the loss of his mother, because any fucking thing we can do to destigmatize getting psychiatric help is important.

* "Scotland just generated enough renewable energy to power itself for six days:" http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/scotland-renewable-wind-energy-power-electricity-three-million-homes-118-per-cent-of-households-a7855846.html

* "'Unprecedented' outbreak of dengue fever plagues Sri Lanka:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/health/sri-lanka-dengue-fever/index.html

* "Rola Hallam - How CanDo Is Responding to the Health Care Crisis in Syria - Extended Interview:"

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* "Trump boy scout Jamboree speech angers parents:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40715185

* "The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump's hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/donald-trump-boy-scouts-speech/index.html

* It’s not over and the ruling is not all bad. Do not deregister. We need to vote these people out. "U.S. judge allows Trump election commission to seek voting data:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-vote-idUSKBN1A92HX

* "Trump's faint praise for Sessions: 'Time will tell':" http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-rips-jeff-sessions-being-very-weak-clinton-leakers-n786211

* "AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions:" https://www.apnews.com/966ae4f389064b2b90d84b03d260730e/AP-sources:-Trump-speaks-to-advisers-about-firing-Sessions

* "Jeff Sessions Is Growing ‘Pissed’ at Trump, His Allies Say. And He Doesn’t Plan to Quit.:" http://www.thedailybeast.com/jeff-sessions-is-growing-pissed-at-trump-his-allies-say-and-he-doesnt-plan-to-quit

* "Top Senate Democrat warns Trump over replacing Sessions to derail Russia probe:" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-sessions-schumer-idUSKBN1AA25P

* "Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/24/jared-kushner-new-york-russia-money-laundering

* "What's dangerous about a compromised person in public office:"

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* Contains Ableist and fat shaming language as well as the original death threat. "Sen. Reed on hot mic: I think Trump is crazy:"

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* "Warren: It's up to us to say 'no deal' on GOP health/tax plan:"

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* "Democrats fight for time and transparency on gop health/tax bill:"

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* John McCain's words were very pretty, but it's his actions that count.

* "What’s next for the Senate Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare, in one flowchart:" https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/24/16019984/obamacare-repeal-republican-flow-chart

This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/
Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* Police picked a random house and shot an innocent unarmed upstanding citizen through the door without warning, then lied that they could somehow see that he had a gun through the opaque closed door even though they didn't, then lied that they shouted warning that he should drop the gun they decided to pretend he was holding. The entirely innocent victim was Latino, so want to bet what's going to happen to the men who decided to assassinate him for no reason then lie on a police report? "Officers kill man with no active warrants at wrong house:" http://m.wmctv.com/wmctv/db_401748/contentdetail.htm?full=true&contentguid=AUdiWnEV&pn=&ps=#display

* The Dyke March is even more horrible than previously thought. Turns out they aren't just proudly antisemetic but they hate the very people the march is named after: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163447550187/brigdh-alogicals-so-let-me-get-this-straight

* "Senators Don't Know What's In The Healthcare Plan They Passed:"

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* "The GOP Brings the Dead Health Care Bill Back to Life:"

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* "Stephen Warns Trump About The Dangers Of Self-Pardoning:"

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* "Stephen Introduces His Anthony Scaramucci Impression:"

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* "Trump Really Puts The 'Fraud' In Voter Fraud Commission:"

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* "Donald Jr.'s Meeting Looked An Awful Lot Like 'Ocean's Eleven':"

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* "Weren't We Done With This? - Trump's Travel Ban & Another Bathroom Bill:"

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* When I went out before dawn to take back some library to the time traveling book drop, the breeze was so soft and fresh off the bay that it filled me with delight. As it turns out on returning, I discovered one can smell our lilies out in the hall, but I figure it's more pleasant than the usual mix of pot smoke and other people's nasty cooking.

* The first pinks opened yesterday, but it was one on each spray. Luckily the branch mates opened at dawn, so here are the first four. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/163446414057/the-first-pinks-opened-yesterday-but-it-was-one

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

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https://lgbtnet.org/en
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* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

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* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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What I'm Reading Wednesday

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:42 pm
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It's been ages since I've done this. Again.

Still slowly but surely making my way through The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. I've taken to listening while ironing instead of watching Netflix, so I can get a chapter or two in that way. About 75% of the way through now.

Also still reading The Scarab Path, but I'm quite close to the end. After that, this series will no longer be re-read, because this is as far as I ever got. I do remember the stuff that's going on in the book right now, but I'm quite pleased to not being able to remember what the big mystery was or even if an answer was given yet. I've got a suspicion, but on the other hand rather doubt it can be that simple. Also, more than ever I want to firmly whack a specific character over the head with a shovel. I remember growing to disliking that character over the course of this book the first time around, and it has happened all over again. Very much hope they will get over it. Soon. Soon would be good.

Finally, I've found myself suddenly picking up the first book of the Belgariad series by David Eddings and proceeding to chew through three more and half of a fourth. So actually nearly finished with the series. Again x many. Intend to power straight through the Mallorean series as well afterwards. Familarity = good de-stressor.

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