ot: Ursula Vernon in Iceland

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 10:31 am
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Ursula Vernon, who just won the Best Novelette Hugo, stopped in Iceland en route to WorldCon. She was with her husband Kevin, his cousin, Amy, & their friend Tina. They storified the trip, here:

https://storify.com/RebelsHeart/ursula-vernon-and-friends-vs-iceland

There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.

Beetle Eyes and Bubotuber Pus, Katie/Marcus

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 04:20 pm
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Title: Beetle Eyes and Bubotuber Pus
Author: [personal profile] rosevalleynb
Rating:PG
Relationships: Katie Bell/Marcus Flint
Series:Part 3 of One of These Days
Summary:


‘I wanna lick your face.’

Bell had said it. Marcus was sure she had, Bole and Pucey had heard her too. Girls like her - -well, girls in general, did not say such things to him. Nor did they sniff his neck or stand so close that he could feel their tits pressed against his back. Bell had done all those things. To top it off, she kept staring at him like in the same way his perpetually dieting Aunt Beatrice looked at chocolate cake after a week-long fasting.

Or

Marcus Flint has an admirer and he's being an utter tool about it.

Sequel to Scrubbing Cauldrons.



AO3 || LJ

Beetle Eyes and Bubotuber Pus, Katie/Marcus

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 04:16 pm
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Title: Beetle Eyes and Bubotuber Pus
Author: [personal profile] rosevalleynb
Rating:PG
Relationships: Katie Bell/Marcus Flint
Series:Part 3 of One of These Days
Summary:


‘I wanna lick your face.’

Bell had said it. Marcus was sure she had, Bole and Pucey had heard her too. Girls like her - -well, girls in general, did not say such things to him. Nor did they sniff his neck or stand so close that he could feel their tits pressed against his back. Bell had done all those things. To top it off, she kept staring at him like in the same way his perpetually dieting Aunt Beatrice looked at chocolate cake after a week-long fasting.

Or

Marcus Flint has an admirer and he's being an utter tool about it.

Sequel to Scrubbing Cauldrons.



AO3 || LJ
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DEAR MISS MANNERS: My stepfather’s grandson’s wedding is black-tie optional, and my stepfather’s children are renting him a tux. My mom, who is 90, thought she would wear a nice pants outfit with a dressy jacket, and is resistant to buying something new. She has been through a lot this year (treatment for lymphoma, cancer surgery, and she recently fell and broke her pelvis, so she is in a lot of pain).

I and my three sisters (my mom’s only children) live on the opposite coast, but we are now being pressured by the mother of the groom (my stepfather’s daughter) and my stepfather to see that she is outfitted appropriately -- not just for the wedding, but also for the rehearsal dinner (cocktail attire) and the wedding breakfast to be held the day after the wedding.

They have also expressed concerns about the shoes my mother prefers (very safe, comfortable, but not at all dressy). My sister even heard my stepfather tell her that if she doesn’t get something new to wear, she can stay home and not attend the wedding or other events.

My mother doesn’t stand up for herself, unfortunately. Two of us will be traveling to see her soon, and plan to take her shopping. My sister is even purchasing a few things for my mom that she will bring with her, in the hopes that maybe something will fit and work for this event.

Personally, I think it is extremely superficial of them to dictate what she wears (especially since the wedding is six months from now!). If it were me, I would just be thrilled they are both well enough to attend, regardless of how they are dressed.

Is my mother wrong to resist the request to buy something more formal? Or should the step-family back off?

GENTLE READER: What happened to the “optional” part?

While Miss Manners always advocates dressing properly for the occasion -- and generally abhors “optional,” as it just invites chaos -- the particulars of your mother’s dress seem to be unduly fixated upon here. There is certainly a lot of undue angst being put into this poor woman’s wardrobe that seemingly requires three separate outfits and uncomfortable, possibly dangerous, shoes.

If your mother can reasonably be jollied into the shopping expedition or accepts one of your sister’s choices for one new outfit, fine. But if not, please talk to your stepfather about “backing off.” Surely this cannot really be worth all of this fuss.

uh, ciao!

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 05:59 pm
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Name: Alicia Joan or AJ
Age: 25
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I am an acquired taste but overall very easy to get along with! A friendly, bisexual, karaoke-fiend that loves to write/roleplay, draw, and watch disturbing videos willingly at night. I'm a sucker for being creeped out. Have I mentioned I'm a weirdo? But a weirdo who loves to make friends!

Top 5 fandoms: To be quite honest, it's really only American Horror Story, Preacher, annddd The Office. I am constantly watching The Office. I realize it's been over for quite a while but that means nothing! Nothing, I say!

I mostly post about: My personal life and what-have-you. If not that: an article, new music I've discovered, maybe a selfie here or there, and pix of my pups! I just recently registered on the site so I have very few posts up right now.

I rarely post about: Politics, only because I use FB primarily for that. But I am not opposed to following folks that do, as I like to engage in discussion sometimes - especially if you're looking for one!

My three last posts were about: My loneliness and lack of friends, haha. I promise that will change and is not a constant. I was simply amusing myself. ;)

How often do you post? I will probably start out posting often but it may slow down as I have adult things that need my attention more. I'm taking care of my dad at the moment and that's where most of my focus is at when not here or other social platforms!

How about commenting? I will likely comment more than post. But that's so I keep in touch with everyone. My life doesn't provide a great deal of interesting things to talk about right now, so! I'm also trying this new thing where I don't dwell on negative crap like I used to. It's working out nicely! 

(This doesn't describe my day, but the kid's face cracks me up and I have a similar distaste for vodka myself, haha.)



PFAW Fact Sheets for Recess

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 07:05 pm
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People for the American Way has one-page fact sheets (great for tabling and canvassing!) about, e.g., the Mueller Russia investigation, voter suppression, separation of church and state, and opposing white supremacist hate:

http://act.pfaw.org/go/529?t=3&akid=126%2E3037677%2EcD6eBT

The site has lots of other tools and graphics too.

(no subject)

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Title: a few words ao3 // dw
Rating: R
Pairing(s)/Characters: Ron, Harry, Lily
Word Count/ Art Medium: 598
Warnings (if any): n/a
Disclaimer: i own nothing
Summary: After the issues with Albus, Harry is struggling to connect with Lily so goes to her Godfather Ron hoping for an insight. He gets something.

a few words

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Title: a few words ao3 // dw
Rating: R
Pairing(s)/Characters: Ron, Harry, Lily
Word Count/ Art Medium: 598
Warnings (if any): n/a
Disclaimer: i own nothing
Summary: After the issues with Albus, Harry is struggling to connect with Lily so goes to her Godfather Ron hoping for an insight. He gets something.

Women's Convention Detroit October 27-29

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 08:28 am
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The Women's March organization is holding a convention in Detroit on October 27-29 (Friday-Sunday): "an inaugural conference that will bring thousands of women and femmes of all backgrounds" together for "three days of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building." Base registration fee is $295 but there are scholarships available.

I C&Pd the registration link, if it doesn't work try womensmarch.com.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-presents-the-inaugural-womens-convention-2017-tickets-36830022589?link_id=1&can_id=8a862b6f2873206cd5111e31602e9c90&source=email-happy-mothers-day-thank-you-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2&email_referrer=happy-mothers-day-thank-you-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2&email_subject=announcing-the-womens-convention

Soviet Army officer training, career paths, etc

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 08:04 am
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So, I have another character being drawn up (by another player) for the same game for which I posted highly detailed questions about Israel (admittedly probably too detailed) - only he's playing Russia, and he's trying to draw up a character who served in the Soviet Army as an officer semi-realistically. (It's *after* the character's military career that everything goes interesting.)

I want to write him a summary of the Soviet Army officer's career path, what service branches are available, etc., but nothing I can find tells me the basic stuff. It's all focused on generals and stuff. (Looked on Wiki, looked on Google, neither helped. I found a monograph on dtic.mil that was from 1975 and provided *some* detail, but expected me the reader to know more than I do to make sense of stuff.)

To quote his draft summary: "(1) Early life.  Born in 1959, he follows a similar course to Putin (joining the military instead, but attached as an "adviser" to one of the Soviet Bloc countries after a tour in Afghanistan which gave him a scar on his upper right arm from a Taliban attack).  He resigned with a TBD officer's rank in the middle of the 1991 coup attempt (a la Putin; he's simply younger) rather than join in the attempt (which he percieved as doomed)."

He's trying to figure it out in more detail than that, but the problem is that he (the player) and I (the GM, one of two, responsible for helping him draw up his character - he does the important work of figuring out policies and stuff, the meat of gameplay, himself) can't find anything much about anything re the company-grade and field-grade officers of the Soviet Army and how they were trained, or how their careers progressed, or anything.

In specific:

1. As the character was born in 1959, presume he enters officer training from civilian life sometime around 1977. How long is his officer training, and how is it decided whether he goes, say, infantry or airborne troops?

2. What's the career path like from initial officer training (including "what rank does he enter service at?" - the materials I can find state "Lieutenant", but the Soviet Army has 3 Lieutenant ranks!) to, say, battalion command?

3. What additional school-type training would he undergo during that career path, and at what times during his career? (I can help the player figure out good tour-of-duty mixes once I have that information.)

4. What service arms existed in the Soviet Army? I often hear of officers referred to as a "Colonel of Infantry", "Colonel of Air Defense", "Colonel of Strategic Rocket Forces" - but what are the possible options for the "of x" formula?

5. Were ordinary officers even assigned as "advisors" to Warsaw Pact forces, or only Political Officers?

I know these are really detailed questions in some regard. I'm trying to keep them general, but even the general stuff is hard to figure out. My objectives for this are:

A. Figure out what rank, highest, would have been plausible for what I'm currently thinking is a fairly obscure-ish Russian serving as a Soviet Army Officer from 1977-1991 - if the player wants lower, cool, but I as GM need to have a clue what's "too high".

B. Figure out what his career would have looked like - where would he have served, at what levels, doing what? (Especially key to figure out when he would have served in Afghanistan.)

C. Figure out if the early life posited is *plausible*.

I thus don't need to know deep details (at least not until a player requests a detailed bio of their Russian adversary from their intel people, at which point I may be back...), but only be able to work out a summary. I can do the hard part of the work myself and with the player, but I need help figuring out the foundational stuff before I begin that.

(Edited to add: Link to something Google *did* dredge up for me, and my note that what I was sent was a draft summary of the character, not a full bio. We'll be working on the full bio once we have the summary agreed to.)

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The "alt-right" (aka totally literal Nazis) will be rallying in multiple cities across America this Saturday and at various other times this month.

There doesn't seem to be any central clearing house of information, so if you'd like to join a counterprotest, I suggest googling with the name of your city. I did that and found that there is an alt-right protest in Los Angeles this Saturday (outside Google, to protest them firing the sexist employee), and a counterprotest which I will be joining. Details on my DW if you're in the area.

Volunteer social tread #70

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 12:02 am
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I'm enjoying having a working keyboard on my laptop again.

What have you been up to?

Sunday August 20 Ready to Resist call

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 04:47 pm
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MoveOn's Ready to Resist call on fighting white supremacy, August 20 at 8 pm (Eastern). Signups: https://act.moveon.org/survey/readytoresist15

A Plaque on Both Your Houses

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 03:35 pm
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History is a record of what happened, not the (much shorter) record of GOOD things that happened. So my advice to courts and legislatures considering Confederate monument cases would be to impose a mandatory injunction keeping the monument there--with a plaque attached saying something like "NAME fought to defend the South's heritage of persecution and exploitation, a disgrace to humanity that exists to this day. NEVER FORGET. Paid for by Black Lives Matter and the NAACP."

Day of Action: Defend DACA

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 07:57 am
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[personal profile] laceblade posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew
Today is a National Day of Action for DACA and Immigrant Youth.

Visit DefendDACA.com to find an event near you, as well as some talking points to use when calling your congressional representatives to ask them to please support DACA.

[Cross-posted to [community profile] podsaveamerica]

Friends of the Earth Call Script for NAFTA

Monday, August 14th, 2017 12:46 pm
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For opposing Trump's version of a renegotiated NAFTA:


Tell your Representative to oppose Trump's NAFTA re-do!
Call 202-224-3121 to be connected with your Representative's office.

**********************************

Here is a sample script of what to say:
Hello, my name is ________ and I am calling from ________. I am calling to urge Representative ________ to publicly oppose Donald Trump’s plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. We need a new NAFTA but not one negotiated by Trump that will be worse for people and the planet than the old one.
I am counting on Rep _______ to represent us in Congress and to stop Trump’s plan to hamstring effective regulation of cancer- causing chemicals and to preclude the adoption of similar legislation by Congress.
Trump’s new NAFTA also threatens to stop future action to save bees that are dying at alarming rates. Scientists have found that neonicotinoid pesticides, manufactured by Bayer and Syngenta, are a leading driver in global bee declines and putting our food system and agricultural economy at risk.
I therefore urge Representative _______ to speak out against Trump’s plan to renegotiate NAFTA. We need a new NAFTA when we get a new and completely different President.
Thank you.
**********************************
Thank you for telling your Representative to oppose the new NAFTA!

Tell us how it went:
Click here to email us feedback on your call or email!

Charlottesville

Monday, August 14th, 2017 05:30 pm
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[twitter.com profile] SaraJBenincasa THREAD: I think it would be cool if tons of folks donated to good Charlottesville-based nonprofits those Nazi jerks would really hate. So...

Expanded version as an article on Medium

I know there are lots of other link lists and recommendations for places to donate floating around, so maybe people could add them in comments?

And, obviously, US people could usefully call their reps and ask them to explicitly condemn white supremacist terrorism (if your reps have already done so, you can phone or send them a card to thank them!).

"Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act"

Sunday, August 13th, 2017 11:07 am
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From [tumblr.com profile] delurkingdetective's post here:

If you’re worried about nuclear war, one actual thing you can do to prevent it is to call your representatives and ask them to cosponsor the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. It would require Trump (and any future president) to get congressional approval to use nuclear weapons as a first strike (as opposed to retaliation after someone uses them first). It was proposed back in January and seems really, really relevant these days.

You can check if your reps are cosponsors here:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/669/cosponsors
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/200/cosponsors

If they’re not a cosponsor, call and ask them to become one.

If they’re already a cosponsor, call them and thank them, and ask them to release a press release reaffirming their support. The more news there is about this, the more likely the GOP leadership will feel pressured to actually deal with this.


And (idea inspired by [personal profile] recessional): if they're already cosponsoring/speaking out, you can send them a thank you card. Representatives get very little positive reinforcement, so any bit they get makes an impact. Reinforce the behaviour you want to encourage!

Weekly Check In August 13

Sunday, August 13th, 2017 09:58 am
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It's been a pretty quiet week in the comm (wish we could say the same for the blabbermouth Minority President…), but I'm sure you've all been busy with your acts of resistance!

One bit of news is that our tag guru [personal profile] redbird is going to have limited internet time for the next week or so. That means it may take a bit longer than the usual super-speedy service for your posts to be tagged and new tags added. (Remember: you can always add existing tags to your posts yourselves.)

Housekeeping (the usual stuff)
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

As we don't always get the time to pull things out of the suggestions post into their own separate posts, it may be worth checking every week (or tracking the post) to see if there's any new information you're interested in.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird, who is our tag guru. Both [personal profile] tassosss and I are very grateful for the help.

Ongoing actions and activities

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?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


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called my one senator
2 (100.0%)

called my other senator
2 (100.0%)

called my representative
2 (100.0%)

called my governor
1 (50.0%)

called my state reps
1 (50.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
0 (0.0%)

attended a town hall
1 (50.0%)

donated money to a cause
1 (50.0%)

attended an in-person activist group
0 (0.0%)

participated in phone/online training
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went to a protest
2 (40.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
2 (40.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (20.0%)

did something else
0 (0.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
0 (0.0%)


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