( Defenders, the good and the bad )
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It encapsulates both the jaw-dropping awfulness and bizarreness of the Orange Supremacist era, and the extent to which the mainstream media has gotten so appalled that they're dropping their usual false equivalency. I mean the old "both sides have a point," which works when both sides DO have a point, but does not when you're talking about Nazis vs. anti-Nazis or Cheetolini vs. human beings with empathy. Also, it made me laugh.
Yesterday post-rally hederahelix and I were discussing this.
"It's just so surreal," she said. "Hey... Is that a camel?"
I looked over. The U-haul next to us had a giant camel painted on the side.
Below the camel, as if in explanation of why a U-haul would be decorated with a giant camel, were a few lines of Wikipedia-esque notes on camels, something like "A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back."
Bill Potts, Bill & 12, Bill/Heather:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow bypurplefringe
Bill Potts (+Heather) by Extraordinary
someone to stay by myclara
promise by helenmildred
Darling I Do by Hella Snowy
PROMISE by Lily Black
If you know of any other good Bill vids, please send them my way!
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Ongoing actions and activities
Sunday August 20 Ready to Resist call
Asssorted Charlottesville resource links
Indivisible have made a map - counter protests
Charlottesville - where to donate money
Petition: stop Trump from pardoning Joe Arpaio
"Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act"
Day of Action: Defend DACA
PFAW Fact Sheets for Recess
Friends of the Earth Call Script for NAFTA
Women's Convention Detroit October 27-29
Solidarity with Charlottesville - find or plan a community event to show you're standing with the people in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against white supremacy.
Find every election you're eligible to vote in with the EveryElection app
Town Halls: Congress is in recess, so find out when (if!) your representatives are holding town halls at Town Hall Project
Recess toolkits from MoveOn.org and Indivisible (check the comments)
So, what have you all been up to in the last week or are planning to get involved in next week?
This week I...
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
called my governor
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attended a town hall
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committed to action in the coming week
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Note: Gallifreyan will be indicated by the use of « and » any other language uses "". It seemed the simplest solution.
With many, many thanks to luckweaver, not just for the loan of the Redjay, but also for writing most of the chapter. ♥
( A Long Way from Sherwood: Chapter 6 )
- Funko Four and his 2D Tardis.
- Reading, books 2017: 84.
79. Calling Major Tom, by David M Barnett, 2017, very soft science fiction novel, and I mean soft in every sense of the word. The point of view characters are Thomas Major the first astronaut travelling one-way to Mars, Gladys Ormerod a 70 year old grandmother with dementia, Ellie Ormerod a 15 year old granddaughter trying to keep her parentless poverty-line family together, and James Ormerod a 10 year old grandson who might want to be a scientist. Other characters abound and are decently fleshed out, including a Black teenager from Ellie's class at school who is called Delil (I don't think I've ever met a Delisle who spells his name Delil but anything's possible in Wigan, I suppose). The plot is ridiculous and sentimental, and pays tributes to It's A Wonderful Life as well as Space Oddity, although it also reminded me of an Ealing comedy by managing to be funny while telling uncomfortable truths about society but without being realism. Warning: contains a brief incident of mild racism from one of the pov characters, although not portrayed from her pov, but written skillfully, and frankly actually painfully amusing in the way that socially embarrassing older relatives sometimes are when they're -ist from decades old habit but with no current malice and one doesn't know whether to flinch or laugh at them. (4/5, goodreads = 140 ratings / 62 reviews 4/5)
• Unrepresentative quote: When BriSpA's Chief of Multi-Platform Safeguarding, Craig, was in the Royal Navy he was generally known as Hammerhead due to his habit of smashing his head against doors, walls and other heads after too much drink. Those days are in Craig's past, as is the nickname, though he sometimes uses a variation of it when he frequents certain online forums that require a certain level of anonymity. At least until an assignation is organised in a dark nightclub, or sometimes on a moonlit heath, where for the purposes of identification he carries a dog lead though, of course, he owns no dog. Craig does own two cats, named Ethel and Frank. He will know he has found true love when he meets someone who knows that those are the names of the parents of Judy Garland. He is still waiting.
• Another unrepresentative quote: And that but hangs there in the still air between them, buoyed on the heady scent of flowers in Laura's garden, threaded with the lazy flight path of droning bees, suspended from the brittle, drifting spiderwebs.
Splitting the party is kind of old at this point. You would think by now that all of the players would know better. (Which episode had the CI's commenting "The party is never so split that you can't split it farther"? Wasn't that Episode III?) [Ed.: It was #832.]
So let's point out the obvious puns: nuns, and "habit". The narrator saying, "it's just convent-ional". God, these are bad.
So let's look at the film: we have these space nuns. In setting the scene, Lucasfilm went to the typical (for them) "let's have lots of colorful locals in the establishing shot to make it look like people actually live here, work here, etc." Which is a nice touch.
But they have lines of dialogue here. "If they're exporting sand, then we're farming moisture". They're not just throwaway NPCs; they're somebody that we will see again, in this scene in disguise. Not Jabba's agents. Investigating the star destroyer. Please tell me we don't have another Maul, private investigator.
So let's count sides. Side one is the city, and the star destroyer. Side two is the rebels, and Jabba. Side three is the disguised "nuns on the run".
I'd call for wild mass guessing, but it will all be in the spoiler thread and I'll never see it. But we're seeing something that's going to disrupt this entire campaign, or at the very least this first part on Tatooine.
I guess the GM got those figurines on a whim... ple.
And how could he resist? There was a mass-ive sale.
If he had missed out, he would have been crabbey for a week.
I'm sorry. I'm done now. I'll get me to a punnery.
So... is sand exporting actually a thing they're doing? Does Kamino want to increase its tourism by adding some beaches?
The nice thing about Star Wars is that so much of it makes so little sense, you're basically willing to go along with whatever (unless it's obviously contradictory... cough midi-chlorians cough).
Contrast that with Star Trek, where it's accurate/plausible enough that you notice every little inconsistency and fans (including me) will spend hours discussing these things.
And, just to tie in the nuns with the Star Trek discussion, their outfits remind me a bit of Kai Opaka's outfit on Deep Space Nine. I guess pink-ish red habits with a box-like headpiece is standard fare for space-nuns.
Also, the fic is incredibly awesome and the slow-burn romance is sometimes hilarious and the OC's deserve a novel of their own.
I've been enjoying Jewish Bucky in other fics; it makes a delightful contrast to Steve's well-known Catholicism, and a secret they kept together during the war, possibly along with the secret of their orientation. (Secretly Gay!Steve and Secretly Gay!Bucky are also good headcanons, but it's not like those are remotely unique to this fandom.)
Ring the Bell Backwards was in the Stucky zine from k'start, and it's sweet and achy and hard to read more than once. (In a good way.) Canon-compliant through Civil War, and exactly the kind of plot we have fanfic for - the comics could never do this.
4F by stoatsandwich is a skinny!Steve AU that's a bit darker than my taste for the pairing runs, but when I first ran across it, I slammed through the whole series. Mind the tags; don't read if you don't like that kind of content, because this fic pulls no punches. Also locked to archive accounts.
What's in a Name is shorter, very introspective, and Bucky's Jewish background is part of what helps him rebuild his identity. Says it's the first of a series, but there's no other works, and it's been a couple of years, so it's likely abandoned. But it does nicely stand on its own.
three white horses was posted yesterday, so I'm getting in on the recs game before it shoots to the top of the kudos-sorted lists. Whoa yah, I will read that again. ... Eventually. (Mind the tags & warnings, if you care about that kind of thing.) This is the one that convinced me, "oh hey... this is like a Thing, isn't it? I could go find more fics with this tag?"
And there's more highly-kudosed fics that I haven't read, so I'm looking forward to exploring all those YAAAY.
( heavy spoilers beneath the cut )
I am not playing the "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger" game. It doesn't; it makes us injured and tired and afraid for our families. But I will say: We have endured worse; we fought back white supremacists when they had a lot more political and social pull. The must frustrating part of this whole struggle is the sense of, "weren't we DONE with this part already?"
No, we weren't. We squashed a lot of the overt oppression and racism and left it to fester, in part because we were just so damned tired, and in part with the hope that seeing a thriving nation would show how much healthier, happier, and more prosperous diverse cultures are.
Oops. We forgot that it's not really about having better lives for themselves or their children. It's all about having someone to lash out at, someone they could blame when times are hard and someone to crush when times are good.
I miss the music Leigh Ann would have made, but I am so glad to have the inspiration of the music she left: The Burning Times seems very appropriate this week.
I will not answer hate with fear;We have, sigh, been here before, and we have the tools we need to work against white supremacist poison, anti-gay poison, misogynistic poison, evangelical poison, and all the other toxins that seek to erode a vibrant, inclusive, kaleidoscopic, welcoming, joyfully celebratory society.
Nor with a smug, cheek-turning love;
I will not answer hate with rage;
By strength alone will I not be moved—
Rise up, witches, gather your strength,
And let your power spread and climb;
Earth and all her children need us,
For all face now the Burning Times.