Americans who can find North and South Korea on a map are more likely to prefer diplomacy to war.
Which country is our strongest ally? After dumping (on) Britain and Europe, Republicans are leaning toward Australia.
Being forgetful may mean your brain is working properly. Do I really have to remember the essay I wrote for the NYS English Regents exam?
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer's dissent warns that the US is turning into a prison state. She's not wrong. Read this.
Body shape analysis with kittens.
Obama on the Trumplackofcare bill. Ignore the grandiosity of the webpage and drop down to the speech. And the Congressional Budget Office's crunched numbers show 22 million would lose health care. Essentially, it is the cynical and uncaring RetroRepublicans trading lives for tax cuts.
And an editorial on why people are in politics, and how this week will define them. Quoting ( behind the cut: )
EDIT 6-27-17: Someone has thoughtfully posted a copycat recipe. This will be useful after the special concludes in August. Meanwhile go throw money at the people who invented this, in hopes they will make more awesome food.
Doing things out of order now... because the rest of them are all the intensive things i haven't actually done yet haha. :P
Our one word for 2017 is visibility, which came around after much waffling, as mentioned in our The Real LJ Idol entry (LJ), and we defined it as an acronym that overlaps with our Core Desired Feelings (LJ):
Your own value.
December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)
Different types of exercise affect different parts of the brain.
A disillusioned Reaganite explains why he's not a Democrat. Read this one.
Nobel-winning economists oppose Trumpcareless.
Ways to stay motivated in this shit-shellacked era of epic stupid.
Kentuckians are represented in the Senate by McConnell and Rand Paul. They have a lot to lose if Trumpuncare passes, and they're letting McConnell know that.
Salvatore Dali's body is being exhumed for a paternity test that may give a lot of his estate to someone nobody expected.
How much traffic on Eclipse Day, Aug. 21?
Gay Pride marchers carrying a Star of David were kicked out of the Chicago parade.
Russia has recalled the ambassador at the center of the Trump investigation.
A review of the status of TrumpnoIdontcare, from The Slatest.
How Harry Potter enchanted the world.
How Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and some Christians dress for worship.
America's 11 most interesting mayors.
Technology catches up with tech workers in India.
How gay should a gay bar be?
Congress, Amartya Sen and the Saudi-imposed famine in Yemen.
Dogs calming cheetahs.
EDIT 6/27/17: Round 2, I watered plants. Then I hauled 4 garden carts full of brush from previous projects to the brush pile in the ritual meadow. I have not yet picked up the giant ring of trimmings around the purple-and-white garden though.
EDIT 6/27/17: Round 3, I sprayed week killer in the old raspberry patch and in the streetside yard. In some places there is poison ivy as far as the eye can see. >_< I expected that, because it is a "bandage" plant that appeared in disturbed earth, but I do not want it here. I have firmly suggested that Gaia patch the ground with something else, such as the grass I spent two weeks planting there. Some of the grass has grown in beautifully, but other areas remain stubbornly bare dirt or noxious weeds. Ah well, it's a work in progress.
- PWP / smut
- feelings / introspection
- missing scenes / codas
- in-character dialog makes my heart race
- illegal drugs (inc. marijuana)
- animal abuse / death
- alpha / beta / omega and bestiality
- bodily fluids (kink and non-kink)
- pregnancy & kid-fic
- first person POV
- out of character characters
- crossovers / aus
- Lauren Cooper / Zita Cruz
- Karma Ashcroft / Zita Cruz
- Bayley / Asuka
- Alicia Fox / Eva Marie
- Alexa Bliss / Carmella
- Abigail / Haley
- Maru / Penny
Jack was the kind of character that I wish I'd met when I was older -- I think I met him once when I was 4, which wasn't that memorable. As I said, he was a baker, and he was engaged to this girl that everyone in the family liked (which might have been difficult, since Jack was the youngest of 9 and the family tended to be protective of their littlest brother, never mind that he was in his 20s.) And on the day of the wedding ... she didn't show up. Neither did his best man. They'd eloped.
It broke his heart. He couldn't stay in the Ottawa Valley any more; it was just too uncomfortable. So he took a job as a cook on a ranch in Alberta, took the train west, and came back at Christmas when he could. He taught my mom to knit, because he knew how to knit his own socks, and held her skeins of yarn for her while she wound them into balls, telling her stories of the ranch all the time. He taught her how to make piecrust, and a cake that wouldn't fall, and a lot more. Nellie would write to him and get frustrated when he didn't reply -- someone from the ranch would stop at the post office in town once a week or so -- so after two attempts that got no answer one year she put on the address, "If not claimed within two weeks, addressee is deceased; please return to sender." He wrote back really fast after that, and made a big joke of it.
When he came back during World War I, both his parents were dead (his mother a few years earlier but his father died in about 1917-1918) and were buried out in the little cemetery by the river church, without a headstone. He went around to visit all his brothers and sisters, asking for a little money to pay a stone cutter, and got nowhere. And yeah, he could understand that farmers and small merchants had a hard time during wartime, but there was family pride at stake too. So he dug into his own pocket, and one day a gravestone, a tall, elegant granite marker, appeared over their graves. Engraved on it was, "Sacred to the memory of Daniel and Catherine McNeely," and their dates and I think (it's been a while since I saw it) a pious verse of some sort. But in another line, underneath, "Erected by their son, John McNeely." (Never mind his three older brothers, and five sisters.) Nobody in the family took it badly, and some found it really funny, but under it all people were grateful that it had been done. And they all thought it was very much a Jack thing to do.
When he died in the late 1960s, after several years in a nursing home back in the Ottawa Valley, near family, he was buried near his parents, and the marker was altered to add his name and dates.
So, please, use Uncle Jack's Piecrust Recipe, and welcome, and pass it along. I don't want it to vanish into the place where good memories go when nobody remembers them any more.
I have a linkback poem, "The Emulsification of Humankind" (14 verses, Torn World).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
( New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )
So I’m on vacation and totally forgot to actually get my twitter contact info while I was gone so I can’t… do the polls.
Sorry about the hiatus! We’ll be back with the poll next Monday (the 3rd) and pick up the updates again on the following Thursday.
- Obamaâ€™s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putinâ€™s election assault (not "collude"; the exact word used is "punish", yet the Orangado can predictably go from denying Russian meddling to blaming Obama for it so fast we get whiplash)
- But as long as Putin denies it, it's just fine. It got him elected, so why not let it happen again?
- Amy Suskind started a Weekly List of this administration's more authoritarian turns "so youâ€™ll remember." Here's her list.
- The Senate health-care bill: worse than the Houseâ€™s. How much worse and ripple effects on all but the richest 400 Americans - yes, you read that right! - at the next link.
- GOP Medicaid cuts hurt much more than health care. The richest 400 Americans will each get, on average, a $13 million tax break, the bulk of which is paid for by shredding Medicaid. But Medicaid is vastly undervalued; the ripple effects of taking it from our people and economy are nearly endless.
- Democrats will keep losing, unless they do this (*ahem*, may I add, and unless they also do this).
- Who can stop Russian meddling in our elections? Only Congress *author busy not holding breath*
- Amazon now offers reduced fee Prime membership - $5.99 per month for low income earners. "Normal" Prime membership is $99, which in theory would be $8.25 per month, but only if you paid $99 at sign-up to lock in the price, so many people actually pay what I did before "cheaper Prime" came along - $10.99 per month/$131.88 per year - the usual $99 plus a $32.88 Poor People's Poverty Tax.
- Also check out four more ways to get Prime on the cheap.
- Amazon ended unlimited cloud storage pretty much the same week I had to jump cloud storage services...*grinds teeth into dust*
- For cord-cutting Prime members now there's Amazon TV (pick your poison. Yay?).
- From the email I got, as Amazon has no explainer and Google has nothing indexed: "Nowâ€™s the perfect time to take advantage of a game-changing Prime exclusive benefitâ€”Amazon Channels, the first truly a la carte TV service. You can create a lineup you love from over 100 channels, and only pay for the ones you wantâ€”no cable required. You get a 7-day free trial of all of our channels, and you can watch anywhere and cancel anytime."
- About the above - I haven't signed up and will probably be unable to. I also don't know anyone who's signed up. Comcast controls most of the fiber in my area and with them it's cheaper to pay for a TV and Internet package (called the "Double Play") than to just have Internet, so that's mostly what's been stopping me. Will take reviews, though (preferably from people I already know)!
- The search for Goldilocks, indeed. The author says the latest version of Firefox (54) has e10s (multi-process/multi-threaded like Chrome but a max four processes), but it does not have this. I'm using it on an x64 machine with two processors/8GB of RAM, so I can definitively say it has no e10s.
- Before posting, I found an updated article which says (emphasis mine): "Electrolysis still isnâ€™t on for all users. â€śRoughly half of Firefoxâ€™s user population is using multiple content processes, but Mozilla will be expanding the number over the next few months based on extension compatibility, accessibility support work and other factors,â€ť a Mozilla spokesperson told VentureBeat. To check if youâ€™re in the Electrolysis group, type â€śabout:supportâ€ť into the URL bar and check to see if it says â€ś1/1 (Enabled by default)â€ť under the Multiprocess Windows line item."
- While I'm on the topic of Mozilla doing what Mozilla does, and as I made solarbird aware of, standard Firefox add-ons are on their way out, ostensibly to make room for the e10s that they claim exist which for many of us, still don't. People aren't exactly keen on this.
- Without add-ons as we know them, Firefox basically turns into Opera on Webkit. And though they're killing add-ons as we know them first, a complete browser engine re-write is also on the way. "firefox why u so", indeed!
- With this, the author proves he can turn something as ho-hum as a relatively obscure invention into an epic tale that covers everything from original sin to the rise and fall of civilizations to the sad state of mankind's eternal economic Shangri-La. He's also - did I mention this - a great writer.
1. School: i enjoy being able to take classes for free and i feel comfortable with a lot of the staff and students.
2. Starting all the podcast discussion groups: it's just so much fun running discussions and it helps me keep up with canons.
3. Volunteering: I'm really happy with my volunteer job at the shelter. I always feel accomplished and it's nice having cats to socialize.
December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)