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Jan. 22nd, 2017 11:16 am
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I am skimming congress.gov (formerly thomas.loc.gov; it has been updated, apparently) to look at newly introduced bills -- those that arrived since Jan. 1. Here are some that you may wish to read and write to your Congresspeople about. I'm providing the bill number -- HR (House Resolution) or S (Senate) or HJR or SJR (joint resolutions introduced in the House or Senate), plus the number indicating the order in which it was introduced; the sponsor; the summary or short text; and the current status. It can take some days for the full text of bills or summaries to appear, particularly when there are hundreds of them in the pipe. These are only a sampling of what is there -- feel free to go there and look for yourself, it's public information.

Bills are introduced, read twice and sent to committee; they must pass review in committee and sometimes in subcommittee as well before coming back to the floor for a vote by the House or Senate. Please bear in mind: thousands of bills are introduced that are sent to committee and die in committee at the end of the legislative session -- bills are not carried over from one session to another. Some are introduced as a threat, so that one group can say to another, "if you don't back me on this, I'll push through something you can't stand." Consider that at times the behavior of our elected officials closely resembles that of a kindergarten playground -- though at other times it is far, far better.

I am doing this so that you can contact your Congresspeople and Senator with *concrete* matters to support or oppose. Call or write, give the number of the bill, tell them that you support or oppose it and why. Calling works better; they keep a tally of calls from constituents, with what is supported or opposed.

Behind cut, for length. )

unpopular fandom opinions time

Jan. 22nd, 2017 09:39 am
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So, last Thursday I went to my first one-on-one, hideously expensive, pilates class with a physical therapist.

It went... good and bad. health stuff )

Also bad because the class was in a basement room with no heating and it's January and pilates is done shoe-less, and well, lo and behold I spent the entire weekend sick and I'm still sick at work today.

Circling back to the title of this post: I hence spent the weekend passed out in bed and rereading Captive Prince.

Gosh I still love those books A LOT. Like I've reread them multiple times but on this reread I'm still like "ugh I just want to be home reading, I have to read more" even though I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS so what's the rush, really.

I wasn't sure how I'd feel about these books after the dust of book 3 settled. I thought book 3 was structurally less good than the other two, and more specifically, I thought a particular choice the author made kind of ruined all the previous characterizations for me and made the books not add up.

I know before book 3 came out there was a heated debate in the fandom on captive prince spoilers )

Daily Happiness

Jan. 22nd, 2017 12:13 am
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1. As much as I've been enjoying the rain, it was nice to have a break from it today.

2. I hired a new person at work today, someone to help with some of the office stuff that isn't getting done, and maybe do some other random stuff around the store. Hopefully she works out!

3. I got another chapter of manga finished up this evening. I have Monday off and no big plans, so I'm hoping to get the last of this month's chapters done then.

4. This afternoon Carla texted me a picture...Molly and Jasper curled up on the sofa together! They weren't quite touching, but were happily curled up right next to each other. What sweeties!

Swing Left

Jan. 22nd, 2017 05:05 am
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jkmpGK on January 21, 2017 at 07:52PM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, politics, PDWCrosspost2

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

Thinking Before You Inform

Jan. 21st, 2017 07:15 pm
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1) Not a particularly bright idea to tell border guards you're planning to attend a protest instead of, say, going shopping. But while banning their entry is questionable it really doesn't justify requiring those individuals to get a visa to enter the U.S. when it's normally not needed for your nationality. They've essentially been put on a no-fly list now.

2) Interesting to see that the percentage of LGBT minorities who self-identify is higher than that of whites in the U.S. That means that about 40% of LGBT individuals in the U.S. are part of another minority group.

3) Some interesting tidbits from this analysis of the New York Times' strategic plan. For example: Read more... )

4) Somewhat related to the above, a study about how rating businesses affects service and profits. It made me speculate how this could affect news coverage if individual stories could be rated.
Read more... )

5) I was finding this discussion of fan studies interesting until I came to a screeching halt at this pronouncement:

"Although most fanfiction is written in the first person, “Ae Fond Kiss” is told in the third person and shifts between focalizers, both male and female."

It's possible that the author meant most Austen fanfic, or even Austen fanfic at that particular fan site. But I thought I'd throw this out there -- does anyone else think most fanfic is first person (rather than third as I would have claimed)?Read more... )
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WPost: A sea of pink-hatted protesters.

CNN: Global protests.

More pictures from around the world.

NYTimes: We're here and we're not going away.

Daily Kos: All the marches were bigger than expected.

A huge crowd, but the march stil happened.

But not everyone made it. Canadians planing to go were turned back at the border, after being photographed and fingerprinted.

The Women's March was peaceful; no arrests. That can't be said of every protest this weekend, everywhere.

Photos from yesterday and today.

***

This is what has happened while the marches took place, and just before them:

Trump issued an executive order scaling back portions of the Affordable Care Act. He also put a freeze on new regulations. And he removed the fee cut for mortgages that Obama put in place, so it now costs more to buy a house.

This is an explanation of what the ACA changes mean.

Snopes explains, at least in part, the changes to the White House website that removed LGBT and climate change information from immediate access.

Media Matters provides a thorough discussion of how Trump is violating the Constitution by ignoring the emoluments clause. This is an impeachable offense. But that will take bipartisan support in the House, which is notable for not understanding how to do that.

Last, week, under the cover of a media bliss-out except among Koch funded right-wing channels, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would effectively repeal future standard setting under every important environmental, public health, consumer protection, labor standards, occupational safety and civil rights law on the books. The bill, called the REINS Act, requires that any future major regulation adopted by an Executive Agency—say a new toxic chemical standard required by the recently enacted Chemical Safety Act, or a new consumer protection rule about some innovative but untested kind of food additive—must be approved by a specific resolution in each House of Congress within 70 days to take effect.

Oh, by the way, at CIA HQ, Trump suggested loosening restrictions on torture, and declared war on ISIL.


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In the era of Trump, learning how to be an active bystander to protect victims of harassment.

And in Virginia, a *Republican-led* majority killed a proposed anti-trans 'bathroom bill'.

Something you can say to people who demand that you accept Trump's presidency now.
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Some of you who moved here from LJ may recall that I used to have a community there, The Free Speech Zone, where people could post news that wasn't hitting the major media. As of today, the FSZ is closed at LJ -- [personal profile] zenlizard kept it going there until now, but has bowed to the inevitability of LJ going down the drain and closed both it and his LJ account.

Here's my question: is there a need for a Free Speech Zone community on Dreamwidth? Would it be helpful for organization or publicity or news or anything? Most of the posts would have to come from community members -- I don't have the energy to add that on as a daily or weekly job -- but I could moderate, or [personal profile] zenlizard could.

I don't know enough about other venues -- tumblr, instagram -- to know if it would fit in there or be useful.

What do you all think? Yes? No? Thanks, but its time is over?

Today

Jan. 21st, 2017 09:26 pm
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Out walking today with friends. Out for eight hours; walking for about three hours. The rest was travel, traffic jams and pub. I came home grumpy.

I need to think about why I walk, what I want from from a day out with boots and rucksack, and what I should be doing next

More specifically FUCK the Malverns. A there-and-back, dog-walkers-delight, bloody tedious lump of a ridge walk. "It won't be muddy", they said. They were right. It wasn't muddy. But it was boring. And I have done it before. And before. And before. And I never ever want to do it again.
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I am not calling this new group taking over the executive function of government an administration. I am calling it an occupation, by people unwanted by the majority of us, and obtained through illegal and unethical means. It is a coup, obtained through the assistance of an unfriendly foreign state -- and as such deserved and requires resistance.

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Jan. 21st, 2017 01:40 pm
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The Russian long game -- what the Kremlin wants, and how we can fight it.

The leaders in the Kremlin don’t care about any individual American winning or losing. They care about America as a nation losing....Perhaps the hardest thing for all of us to wrap our heads around: No matter what is true or not, and no matter what information may eventually be confirmed or completely discredited, the Kremlin has successfully created the perception that it has direct influence on the president-elect of the United States, and that he is making decisions in Russia’s best interest. This is an impression that will be enormously hard for Trump to free himself from, absent a coherent policy that is clear on the Russian threat to our country.

Please read the whole thing. It is thoughtful and complex and factual -- and essential.
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Occupation, day 2

DC law groups offer free aid to marchers arrested this weekend.

Obama had bigger crowds. The only inaugural I can think of where this was bigger was GHW Bush, which I attended -- it was well below freezing, with a sharp wind off the Tidal Basin. I stood behind the nearest possible reflecting pool, close enough I could see his hand on the Bible -- and behind me was nobody. A few people to the side, no more. Empty space from me to the Washington Monument and beyond to the Lincoln. I don't know the official number count.

Yes Magazine: Protests are fine -- but here's a to-do list for lasting change.

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Calling up our Boddhisattva citizen -- why wisdom, compassion and commitment matter. And not just for Buddhists.

Five yoga practices for surviving this weekend.

On not knowing what's next.

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Speechmaking -- an ignored (not lost, but ignored) art yesterday:

George Will (yes, I cannot remember linking to him before, either): A most dreadful inaugural address.

Vanity Fair: Fact-checking Trump's speech.

An inaugural for Red America alone. And no, not Native tribes.

"America First" -- a phrase with ugly Nazi echoes in history.

Belated MJD - Three Things

Jan. 21st, 2017 09:38 am
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A belated hello to all the new people who friended me in the friending meme. I'm sorry to have flaked out on posting. I had the best of intentions. This isn't my best time of the year. It used to be November/December was the tough time, but the last two years it has been January/February. So, I know why I can't get it in gear, but that doesn't help me actually pull it together.

I wanted to contribute to MJD, because being joyful is a thing that is important. Here are some things which make me want to throw my head back and cheer.

Defiance )

The Once )

3. You! Even though I'm having a bit of a time replying to or leaving comments, I'm loving the activity here at DW. It's really wonderful. Thanks for making the community so active. That truly is a happy-making thing.

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