...All right, screw it, we're all adults here and I'm still pissed about it. I had some alone time yesterday. Two hours and a full pack of AA batteries later, all I got was numb junk, a sore arm, and a slow back-burner rage that comes from two hours of "oh, come on, it's RIGHT THERE!!!" Lots of firecrackers were lit, but there was no bang. I bitched to my Effexor buddy (who's recently added Welbutrin to the family) and her first response was "Oh thank God it's not just me." So I decided to ask my friend who's a sexology major / psych major. She'd never heard of any research done on this problem. So I'd like to give her some data to work with.
Sudden edit: I see that there's the existence of a side effect tag called Anorgasmia. Is that this thing, is that its name? How common is it? ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?!
Gosh, do you think coming up with something constitutional might be difficult? Maybe that's why the White House has finally involved the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security in formulating the ban. It's a pity those pesky analysts at DHS have produced a draft report that disputes that citizens of the banned nations pose a threat.
DHS issued memos placing the vast majority of the U.S.'s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.
But Mexico isn't happy with the plan to deport all undocumented immigrants back to Mexico (even if they're not Mexican)
Santa Cruz’s police chief accused DHS of turning a raid targeting violent gang members into a secret immigration sweep.
It's going to be hard to recruit the ICE and Border Patrol agents needed to enforce any order.
The ACLU and other groups have promised to challenge the crackdown on undocumented immigrants
Border Patrol demanded the ID of everyone on a domestic flight before allowing them to deplane.
Meanwhile, the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient detained and accused of gang affiliation based on an apparently doctored statement, continues. I've struggled to find updates on this, so please let me know if you have better sources, but it seems his lawyers are refusing a bond hearing in immigration court, arguing the case belongs in federal court, not immigration court.
Check out our muslim ban, immigration, DACA and protest tags for actions you can take, such as places that will need donations and protests you could attend.
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Apparently we are living in a YA dystopian novel, and I for one welcome our new teenage girl leaders.
A classic example he uses is that Republicans talk about removing "regulations" -- which are in fact "public protections" (e.g. for clean water and air) that they want to do away with.
He's got a lot of stuff on his blog, but here's a couple of places to start:
A Minority President: Why the Polls Failed, And What the Majority Can Do
Ten points for Democracy Activists
A lengthy (20-minute) interview on PBS
Lakoff is aiming to establish a "Citizens’ Communication Network" -- I'm not exactly sure what he has in mind with this, but he suggests you can "unofficially join" by following him on Facebook or Twitter for more information and insights while he sets it up.
Thanx to Making Light.
He stopped calling himself a libertarian, after an effort to run for office (governor of NY) on the Libertarian ticket that ended about as well as such things usually do. He somewhat reratted to conservatism, working as a stockbroker and writing bios of malefactors of great wealth (starting with Donald Trump). He never lost his distrust of the State, though, particularly on lifestyle issues. He wrote many books on many topics, though for me he never recaptured the greatness of It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand.
"The Great Detective," Delia Sherman; tor.com, February 17, 2016
Steampunk and spiritualism, in an alternate literary universe where noted mechanical inventor Sir Arthur Cwmlech and his apprentice Miss Tacy Gof turn to colleague Mycroft Holmes and his masterwork the Reasoning Machine to solve a mysterious theft. A young Doctor Watson, recently returned from Afghanistan, seeks a new life as an inventor. All that is missing from the tale is the Great Detective himself - and if he does not yet exist, then surely someone will have to invent him. A light and witty tale that should appeal to fans of Holmes and the steampunk genre alike.
"Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies," Brooke Bolander; Uncanny magazine, November 2016
This was a short piece, essentially flash fiction, a stunning gut-punch. Hard to read, hard to breathe afterward. Searing and powerful indictment of male entitlement and rape culture.
"Seasons of Glass and Iron," Amal El-Motar; first published in The Starlit World (2016), reprinted online at Uncanny Magazine
There are many fairy tales about women. Women who must do impossible things, or accept impossible circumstances, because of men. Men who say they love them, men who want to test them, men who want to woo and win them. Sometimes, though, these women walk out of those tales and live their own lives instead, creating new kinds of tales.
"Lullaby for a Lost World," Aliette de Bodard; Tor.com, June 8, 2016
De Bodard has said that of this story that it is "a sort of answer to “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (one of my absolute favourite short stories)." It is very much a story about the prices paid for security, stability, and the like - and who makes the decisions on what prices are acceptable, and who pays those prices. A worthy counterpart to the story that inspired it.
"Things with Beards," Sam J. Miller; Clarkesworld, June 2016
A meditation on monsters and how they walk undetected in the world, both the monsters and evil aliens of speculative fiction (the backstory of the protagonist evokes the classic sf/horror film The Thing), and the monsters that have always been a part of the human race, the callous, the cruel, the killers of those who are labeled less than human.
"You'll Surely Drown Here if You Stay," Alyssa Wong;
Uncanny Magazine, May 2016
A young boy with an uncanny heritage to communicate with, and control, the dead is forced to use his powers for the greed of others. A supernatural Western with a deep friendship that survives dead and retribution at its heart.
"An Ocean the Color of Bruises," Isabel Yap; Uncanny Magazine, July 2016
Five young people, former college friends, take a vacation together to a second-class resort with a tragic past. When that past awakens, the quality of their own lives is called into question.
"A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflower," Alyssa Wong; Tor.com, March 2, 2016
A story about two sisters with unimaginable power, the depth of grief and guilt, and the futility of trying to change the past. Deep truths about grieving, accepting and moving on - and the tragedy of refusing to do so.
"Red in Tooth and Cog," Cat Rambo; originally published in Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2016, republished online February 21, 2017
A young woman frequenting a park has her phone stolen by an unlikely culprit, leading her to discover a new ecosystem in development. An interesting perspective on the definitions of life.
“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories”, Jason Sanford; Beneath Ceaseless Skies, March 17, 2016
Sanford's novelette is set in what seems to be a far distant future, long after the ecological disasters of pollution and the exploitation of natural resources have resulted in massive social change and, one infers, biological engineering on a vast scale. The land is infused with "grains" - semi-sentient beings, possibly organic, possibly cybernetic, it's never made clear - that infect people thereafter known as anchors - who are responsible for protecting the land and its ecosystems. Anyone not part of an anchor's family is doomed to a nomadic existence, destroyed by the anchors and other beings created/controlled by the grains if they tarry to long in one place, or injure the land in any way. Frere-Jones is an anchor dissatisfied with the way the grains control the anchors and limit the lives of the nomadic day-fellows. Her husband, who shared her opinions, was killed by the grains, and if they could replace her, Frere-Jones suspects the grains would kill her too.
I was both intrigued and dissatisfied with this novelette. I enjoyed the themes of rebellion and of sacrifice, but I was frustrated at knowing so little about the grains, the biomorphing of the anchors, and how it all came to be that way. Perhaps a longer format might have allowed more worldbuilding.
Had he ever stolen the breath from Rosie's lungs and given her his own? Had ever he woken up early to heat a warming pan because he knew how cold her feet got in winter? Could she feel the sunshine just by smelling his hair? Did he kiss that spot right under her ear just to see her squirm? Did she know how lucky she was?
(Or, Frodo holds baby Elanor and comes to a few conclusions.)
Words: 2928, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
- Fandoms: The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
- Rating: General Audiences
- Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
- Categories: F/M, M/M
- Characters: Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamgee, Rose Cotton, Elanor Gardner
- Relationships: Frodo Baggins/Sam Gamgee, Rose Cotton/Sam Gamgee
- Additional Tags: Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Baby Hobbits, Aftermath, book universe? movie universe? that's for YOU to decide buddy, this is post relationship so like i promise you it's ABOUT them but y'know, rose is there because i love her, but sam/frodo is still my main b, sad frodo
Did I mention he's an asshole?
"Listen, we know that getting to WisCon is not economically feasible for everyone. That’s why we have our Member Assistance Fund. Maybe you need gas money, or a plane ticket, or a hotel room, or even just dogsitting. We might be able to help."
WisCon welcomes nominations -- and it's absolutely encouraged for you to nominate yourself. The deadline is Wednesday, February 28th, 11:59pm Central Time.
"Panel Surveys are open until March 13. Now’s the chance to give YOUR feedback on what panels will run during WisCon 41. The survey is a big part on how programming is decided every year!"
You do need a wiscon.net account to indicate your interest in attending, participating on, and/or moderating panels, but -- as I understand it -- it's ok if you haven't yet bought a WisCon registration.
-bowl of witch hazel and water
-bowl of blessed thistle and soil
-bowl with a feather and incense dust
-lit white candle
-candle dyed orange with cinnamon and turmeric, inscribed with his name
-Tower tarot card
earth, air, fire, water
And spirits of the ancestors
I call upon you
Donald J. Trump
So that his malignant works may fail utterly
That he may do no harm
To any human soul
Nor any tree
Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies
bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity
(invert Tower tarot card beneath the orange candle)
in my name
In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness
Bind them in chains
So mote it be! So mote it be! So mote it be!
ETA: Probably better link
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