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The fact that Donald Trump might very well be a Russian asset, and has definitely tried to obstruct justice (on top of every horrible other thing about him that he hasn't bothered trying to hide) isn't enough to keep big Republican donors away, not anymore. The millionaires and billionaires who bankrolled George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney (but spurned Trump in 2016) are going all-in for Trump 2020.

On May 7, elite big-moneyed Republicans will formally unveil their Trump project at "a closed-door event with Trump 2020 aides," which will undoubtedly be at the Trump D.C. hotel so he can make even more money off of it. Party officials explained to Politico that the plan will be that "high-performing bundlers who collect at least $25,000 for Trump Victory, a joint Trump 2020-Republican National Committee fundraising vehicle, will earn rewards like invitations to campaign-sponsored retreats, briefings and dinners." Probably at Trump properties, where he can make an additional buck off of them. Because Republicans love them some grift.

It gets grosser. "Party officials have been reaching out to top fundraisers in recent weeks and wooing them with the prospect of joining 'raiser clubs,' with names like 45 Club, Trump Train and Builders Club." Like this is all completely normal and Trump isn't burning the whole country down around our ears. Of course, they're still reaping the benefits of his big tax scam, and they're probably all old enough that they don't particularly give a shit that the republic is being destroyed. They're well-insulated from it, and figure their progeny will inherit so much from them, they'll be protected as well.

The Republican Party should just plaster a big gold TRUMP on party headquarters and call it good.

The most Toronto tweet that has ever happened

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 04:30 pm
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Context for non-Canadians: Heather Mallick is among the several local journalists who cannot appear to write a coherent article from start to finish and remains employed despite a surplus of young journalists who would do a better job for much less money. She wrote a column today about stabbing a raccoon with a fork and how the raccoon possibly wanted to have sex with her??? I don't know. It's very incoherent and so many bad things happen in the world that it's really delightful that the entire city can come together to laugh at this.

If you're worried, the raccoon is fine.
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Posted by Syren Nagakyrie

In 2018, the United States’ national Earth Overshoot Day occurred on March 15th. This means that if the entire globe consumed natural resources at the rate of the United States, humanity would surpass Earth’s capacity to sustain us halfway through March, the third month of the year. Only five other countries preceded the US: Qatar (February 9th), Luxembourg (February 19th), the United Arab Emigrates (March 4th), Mongolia (March 6th), and Bahrain (March 12th). Thanks to countries consuming less than us, humanity’s overall Earth Overshoot Day wasn’t until August 1st last year—still the earliest on record.

Continue Reading at Making Earth Day Every Day — Pat Mosley, LMBT, Permaculture

Peacock on the lawn

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 09:18 pm
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I'm finding it increasingly difficult to post given how long it's been since I last posted publicly. I miss posting every day. It also doesn't help that we're on holiday in rural Norfolk where the internet speeds are generally terrible no matter what method you use, so even uploading one photo is a tooth-grindingly tedious affair. And since I'm on holiday, the weather is good, and I brought my dSLR and favourite lenses, I'm taking a looooot of photos. Therefore, I'm going to cheat and post the same photo I posted to a community, because it took so flippin' long to get it on Flickr.

Peacock on the lawn
The warm weather has seen the overwintering imagos emerge from their hiding places. Keiki and Humuhumu found this peacock (butterfly) on the lawn, soaking up the sun and sipping from the daisies. We also found a tatty comma and a bright brimstone. There are also a great many freshly hatched cabbage whites, orange tips and holly blues battling feistily over the burdock flowers.

I was also pleased to hear the distinctive call of a cuckoo, which was a comfort given that their numbers have been declining for many years, though we haven't managed to spot it yet.

Rec [Fic]: Relatives & Relativity by Yahtzee

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 09:15 pm
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Title: Relatives & Relativity
Creator: [archiveofourown.org profile] Yahtzee
Rating: G
Word Count/Length/Size: 17,942 words
Creator's Summary: "Elinor – do you think it could be real – that he could – that he might be a magician?"/ "His speech is rather rough, dearest. More likely he is a day-labourer from the North."
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Elinor & Marianne Dashwood
Warnings/Notes: None.

Reasons for reccing: I wouldn't want the 'short' theme for this month to prevent anyone reccing longer Nine fic, so I've fished up an old one but a very good one. It's set pre-Rose for the Doctor and is perfectly in character for both canons (no mean feat when one of them is Austen), and is a wonderful read, and is both humorous and bittersweet.

Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/71046/chapters/94080

(Also here at the Teaspoon.)

Fox in Socks

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 07:31 pm
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posted by Neil Gaiman
Back in May 2017, I agreed to read the Cheesecake Factory Menu to raise money for refugees. They had to get to $500,000. It was the idea of Sara J Benincasa, comedian, writer and activist. People started donating. We all hoped that Cheesecake Factory would come in and donate enough at the end to get us up to the total, but they didn't seem very interested. So, given that enough money had been donated to reach the intermediate goal of me reading Dr Seuss's Fox in Socks, I agreed cheerfully to read Fox in Socks.  But the question was... when?

Because almost immediately I went off to work on Good Omens. And my life was put on hold for two years.

When I came back from making Good Omens, it was top of the list of things I needed to do. Fortunately, I'd been practising for two years, or at least, reading Fox in Socks to Ash. Here you go...

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Peacock on the lawn

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 09:13 pm
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Peacock on the lawn
Am visiting Norfolk (UK) this weekend, and the glorious weather has brought out the butterflies. We found this peacock on the lawn; given its somewhat tattered condition, it's probably a freshly emerged overwintering imago.
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Sun's Shadow (642 words) by SkyRose
Chapters: 1/1
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Fandom: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Charlotte "Charlie" Newton/Charlie Oakley
Characters: Charlotte "Charlie" Newton, Charlie Oakley
Additional Tags: Incest, Pre-Canon
Summary: Young Charlotte Newton had just received a telegram from her dear uncle inviting her to spend New Year’s with him.
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Stephen Miller’s obsession with immigrants is so deep-seated that during an official visit to France last year, the White House aide apparently interrupted some downtime along the Seine to take a phone call in which he “spent several minutes loudly pressing administration officials on the other end of the line to deport an individual who had been detained by immigration authorities,” Politico reports. 

That any 30-something White House aide is ordering around federal immigration officials or directing officials on how to decide individual immigration cases seems out of bounds, but this is the Trump administration we’re talking about, and, in particular, Stephen Miller, who has reportedly been a hateful asshole even as far back as his teen years, when he disowned a friend just for being Latino.

Now that this ghoul has the power to make the lives of many more brown people miserable, he’s been busy doing just that, reportedly calling “administration officials at all levels” to pressure them “about changes to immigration rules and regulations, and [demand] stepped-up enforcement.” In private meetings, unnamed officials say, Miller rants about “immigrant criminals” and other garbage, while effectively firing top administration officials he feels weren’t being shitty enough to immigrants. 

It’s disturbing that anyone would ever think that a government that has carried out state-sanctioned kidnapping at its southern border, for example, isn’t cruel enough, but that’s who and what he is. Once again, he’s obsessed. “It’s not an overstatement to say Stephen Miller wakes up every morning thinking about illegal immigration,” another unnamed source told Politico, “and goes to sleep thinking about it as well.”

What a comment, considering Miller appears to have no problem with his boss’ businesses abusing undocumented workers. Told about the Politico piece, one of these former workers, Sandra Diaz, said that “when Stephen Miller goes to sleep at Trump properties, like Bedminster, he is sleeping in a bed made by undocumented immigrants. When he wakes up, he is fed by them. The same is true for the Trump family. They rely on our labor even as they attack us and our communities. What a bunch of hypocrites. Cruel, demeaning hypocrites.”

Cruel, demeaning hypocrites that should be held accountable. Last week, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, invited Miller to testify in front of lawmakers. The chair acknowledged that getting White House advisers to testify before congressional committees isn’t all that common. But Miller’s acting like a department head, so he should be treated like one. Drag him in.

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Stephen Moore, Donald Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve nominee, spent the early 2000s writing noxious sexist commentary that will only make him more controversial … and will probably thrill Donald Trump. Moore took shots at his own wife for voting Democratic, but his major issue was with women in—or anywhere near—sports.

Moore responded to the news of a woman refereeing an NCAA men’s game by writing that “The NCAA has been touting this as example of how progressive they are. I see it as an obscenity. Is there no area in life where men can take vacation from women? What's next? Women invited to bachelor parties? Women in combat? (Oh yeah, they've done that already.) Why can't women ref the women's games and men the men's games. I can't wait to see the first lady ref have a run in with Bobby Knight.” 

Here’s some news for Moore: Any woman who makes it to be the first refereeing in a given level of men’s sports has already encountered plenty of bullies, and triumphed despite them.

Moore didn’t stop there, though. In the hectoring tones of the bully who thinks being a dickwagon shows how funny he is, he went on to write “Here's the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything.” Har har har. Oh, but there’s more. “There is, of course, an exception to this rule. Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like Bonnie Bernstein. The fact that Bonnie knows nothing about basketball is entirely irrelevant.” Yes! He totally went to “women should be permitted in the boys club if and only if I personally want to objectify them” territory. He even took it a step further, calling for Bernstein to do her reporting while wearing a halter top.

This is a man who was trying waaaaay too hard, and what he was trying at was showing himself to be a sexist, bullying prick. In short, it was just the thing to really cement Trump’s view that this is someone who should have a major say in the U.S. economy.

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Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The extremely exoneratey report: What you missed on Sunday Kos … Resurrection from the ashes, by Denise Oliver Velez After the Barr hoax, press has no reason to ever believe Trump team again, by Eric Boehlert Trump and Barr bring three decades of GOP criminality full circle, by Jon Perr Trump colluded with Russia and obstructed justice. Right wing won't care—but independents just might, by Ian Reifowitz Election 2020: Who's got policies? Who's got platitudes, by Sher Watts Spooner Trump's immigration plans are all about pain, fear, cowardice, bigotry, and punishment, by Frank Vyan Walton Sen. Bernie Sanders' Fox News town hall: a template for a Democrat in the foxhole, by Egberto Willies Politicians are not celebrities, and we are constituents, not fans, by Mark E Andersen Unqualified boob has announcement about another unqualified boob: x

My friend Herman Cain, a truly wonderful man, has asked me not to nominate him for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board. I will respect his wishes. Herman is a great American who truly loves our Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019

On this Earth Day:

Ms. Doud-Martin works for U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she recently led a successful effort to make the school’s Chou Hall the “greenest academic building in the country.”

This year it was certified as TRUE Platinum Zero Waste, meaning the building sends almost nothing to the landfill. Like, ever.

“We encourage a ‘pack in, pack out’ mentality, like going into a forest,” Ms. Doud-Martin told me.

And on this Earth Day, a depressing guide:

Here And Now: These Maps Show How Climate Change Has Already Transformed The Earth

Our planet is in the grip of rapid climate change. Explore how your city has already changed.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Seth Moulton is running for president, everybody! Greg Dworkin joined in a full 2 hour show on that exciting news, with a brief 119 minute detour into consideration of the censure, impeachment, and/or defeat of the current president. x Embedded Content

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lols from the net

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 09:09 pm

Sakuracon, a list

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 01:03 pm
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  •  So many great costumes, most of which I had no idea who they were supposed to be!
  • So many pretty gothic lolita outfits, which gave me the chance to see some specific brand prints in real life!
  • One of the vendors in Artist Alley was selling a wall hanging of the standard fedora-wearing "M'lady" dudes, done in the hyper-waifu style. I cracked up.
  • The expected non-stop internal monologue of "CHILD WHERE ARE YOUR PANTS?!"
  • Even I, the designated Stunt Extrovert for my friends, gets overwhelmed by convention crowds these days.
  • The Infamous BlueJay getting a hotel room with a kitchen was a genius move.
  • Every convention venue ever needs to have better A/C.
  • Why, in the year of our lord 2019, are there still convention attendees who don't understand basic hygiene? Bathing! Deodorant! Brushing your teeth! All very important things.
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  • Wired explains what would be the point of a crewed mission to the South Pole of the Moon, and what challenges remain.

  • Evan Gough at Universe Today notes the evidence for the surprising depth and complex hydrological cycles of the methane lakes of Titan.

  • Matt Williams at Universe Today reports on the interest of NASA in dispatching a low-cost mission to the Neptune moon Triton.

  • Universe Today looks at the nearby barred spiral galaxy of Messier 83, just 15 million light-years away.

  • Universe Today notes the recent disproof of the theory that dark matter is made up of primordial black holes.

coming soon: a limited edition hardcover novella

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 08:06 pm
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Posted by Wil

In 2017, I wrote and published a novella called Dead Trees Give No Shelter. It’s a supernatural horror story about a man who is haunted by the memory of his younger brother’s death when they were children. In my story, he returns to the town he grew up in, looking for some closure and resolution to his brother’s senseless death, and he finds much, much more than he was expecting.

It gets really wonderful reviews on Goodreads (3.99/5.0), which is pretty cool, and a nice surprise for me, because I never looked until just now.

If you’re intrigued (and I hope you are), you can get it on Kindle, as an audiobook that I narrated, from Overdrive, or from me directly in multiple formats with no DRM.

It hasn’t been available in print, because I didn’t think it was a big enough piece of work to justify the expense and time involved in putting together a print run, but that’s about to change.

Earlier this year, I read this novella from Stephen King called ELEVATION. It didn’t feel too small to be in print, and I didn’t feel like I’d spent too much money on it, so I decided to take a chance, and hired my pal Will Hindmarch to do a hardback book design for me. He put together something beautiful and special, that I just love.

It’s going to be a very short print run, of just 250 books. I just uploaded the files for the printer, so it should be available in a few weeks. Normally, I wouldn’t say anything until it was ready, but I’m super excited to share this, and I hope 250 of you will be as excited to have a copy of your own.

toasted pecan cake

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 07:36 pm
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Posted by deb

When it’s quiet around here, it generally means one of two things: 1. I’ve been cooking a series of duds, or certainly nothing good enough to clear my throat into this microphone and sign the praises of. Or 2. We’re heading for another episode of Just What Has Deb Gotten Herself Into This Time (see: any Friendsgiving or wedding cake adventure). A couple weeks ago was the former; last week was resoundingly the latter.

what you'll needgrind toasted pecanswhip egg whiteswhisk whisk

I took over first night Seder (a ceremonial dinner on the first two nights of Passover) duties last year, instituted Harry Potter haggadahs, and it was all going well until I got to planning this year’s meal (seemingly: writing potatoes, carrots, onions, eggs, almonds on a grocery list over and over again), decided we needed to shake up the guest list a little — really, I think I just miss my dad making bad jokes and trying to get us to stick even a tiny bit to the prescribed topic — and suddenly we were 17 (plus a waitlist; “only in the Smitten Kitchen…” a friend said), we definitely didn’t have this many chairs or table space, my fridge and freezer were bursting at the seams (the ice cube tray got evicted), and I haven’t even gotten into the part where a chef came over that morning to teach me a new dish that had nothing to do with Passover (but promise something fun is coming). The whole week was a heady mix of panic and delight. Someone is going to tell me it’s because I’m a Gemini, but truly the only thing that motivates me is being at the edge of a disaster, and that’s where the bulk of this month has vanished to.

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Monday, April 22nd, 2019 08:45 pm
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I managed not to talk about the Magicians in therapy on Friday, but it was close. I don't think [a] my therapist would understand at all, or [b] it would be a good use of my time. I like my current therapist more than any one I've had, but no one can ever be equally helpful in all areas. I'm trying to do things other than think about the goddamn Magicians -- before the finale, in the two months I spent consuming Magicians and writing fic, this was possible, even for quite long periods, but right now it's hard. I've written 6K of Magicians fic over yesterday and today. It helps. My initial response was to want to walk away from the show, but I'm not going to do that: it feels too much to me like giving the show-runners all the power. I want to enjoy these characters and this space, and create my own stories about my bisexual depressed idiot son, and I don't want them to take that away from me. [If you don't know what I'm talking about, and want to know, there are details of the Season 4 Magicians finale and why we're all having a collective breakdown in [personal profile] greywash's fantastic letter to the creators.]

I saw my mother-in-law on Saturday, which is always interesting because we do not speak the language -- not a metaphor, she speaks Polish and Ukranian and I only speak English. L translates for a while, then they chat, then she and her mother disagree and I can see L getting more and more stressed and I quietly sip my coffee and pat her leg and wonder if we can go home soon. Yesterday my parents had a dinner together with L and me and a friend of theirs which was weird as hell -- I think there may come a time when we can do things together again, but they only split three months ago. My dad is supposed to be fully moving out next week. We need time to process before we can sit down together. I made a truly great chocolate mousse though, which L and I ate in the kitchen afterwards.

Went to the beach today -- just half an hour under the wide sky strong wind; huge flat estuary sand; mournful geese and curlews -- which helped my brain a lot. Picked up sea-urchin shells, saw little crabs, flounders. I haven't been sleeping much.

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