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[personal profile] rachelmanija:
Are you worried about nuclear war? I am too. Keep reading for a way to stop it with one simple action.

Maybe you feel small and powerless. But many snowflakes make an avalanche. If we all move in the same direction, we'll be unstoppable. We will only fail if we choose not to act.

Trump has the power to order a pre-emptive nuclear strike for any reason - or no reason at all. He's always shadowed by a man with a briefcase of codes, called the "nuclear football," to enable him to launch nuclear missiles at any time. It would take less than five minutes from his order to the missiles being launched, and no one could stop him. Republican Senator Bob Corker says Trump is leading us into World War III. I believe him.

But we don't have to stand by and let it happen. Let's pull away that football!

Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.) Passing those bills may literally save the world.

More at
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Stygian Syzygy: “[The GOP are] the ones who promised their constituents they would do some simple things like repeal and replace Obamacare, get real tax reform and tax relief for their constituents, put ISIS in retreat if not full-on defeat, and keep us safe and prosperous,” Conway said Wednesday during an appearance on Fox News.
Stygian Syzygy: simple things.
Stygian Syzygy: ... simple
old-fashioned hurgusburgus: ...
Stygian Syzygy: something here is simple, that's for sure.
old-fashioned hurgusburgus: LOL
old-fashioned hurgusburgus: harsh
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" 'Commander' Spicer?"
" 'Commander'? Seriously? Commander of what?"
"...the U.S.S. WTF?"
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‘1984’ sales soar after Trump claims, ‘alternative facts’:
First published in 1949, Orwell’s classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak” topped the best-seller list of as of Tuesday evening.

Well I flippin' well hope so!

I wonder if people are buying it for themselves, or if e.g. people are buying quantities to distribute, or something like that.

eta: Apparently the publisher has ordered a new print run to meet demand. crikey.
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@GinaMelton60: I always wonder...what do you clean a gold plated toilet bowl with? You can't just slap one of those Tidy Bowl things on there.
‏@wendyjgmom: The Trumps do not shit.
‏@GinaMelton60: That explains so much.

(on Twitter, 1/9/2017
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via [ profile] elenbarathi...

The Beasts Who Fought for Fairyland Until the Very End and Further Still
Catherynne M. Valente
[reposted with the general permission granted at the end of the story]

Ever since the election, people have been telling me to shut up and go back to Fairyland. Be silent. Be good. Accept. Submit. Stop talking about politics. Stick to fairy tales. (As if fairy tales have ever not been about politics.) Go back to Fairyland. Go back to Fairyland.

So I did. Please enjoy this story set before the events of
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. If you’d prefer to read this elsewhere, see the bottom of the page for downloads.

Once upon a time, three rather large and unusual creatures grew very tired indeed of fighting, day and night and day again, fighting the same overwhelming and unyielding enemies, fighting with all their large and scaly might, as well as their claws, teeth, flaming breath, and occasionally, walloping rune-carved giant’s hammers they found lying about where others had fallen. Because the sun was setting rosy in the sky, and because they could hardly bear to put one foot in front of the other, and because, at long last, their fates had been tucked firmly into bed and told to stay there or else, these three rather large and unusual beasts sat down upon a rather large and filthy hill in a country called Fairyland. The hill was filthy because a great battle had been fought there. Bronze and wicker and glass armor lay everywhere strewn about. Swords and axes and scissors and needles and a million thousand arrows turned that hill into a pincushion. Each arrow was fletched in feathers that once belonged to immortal birds so wise that if you asked them to tell you the meaning of life, they would have an answer, and it would be short, and easy to understand, and as true as tea. The three creatures sat carefully on their haunches inside a prickly prison of blades and bows and bucklers. Read more... )
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ugh no thank you brain I do not want dreams about the primary election tomorrow bleh WHY u do the thing
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Holy CARP are there a lot of candidates for US senator from California on the June primary ballot. Thirty-four (34). No joke. Apparently since 2010 this is an "open primary" position meaning that anyone registered with any party may vote for any candidate of any party, but even were that not so, I'd be facing seven Democratic party candidates. Thanks a lot, Barbara Boxer (who chose not to seek re-election). And I have literally never heard of any of these people except the current CA Attorney General, Kamala Harris, because the presidential circus bloodbath has totally overshadowed everything else lately (except maybe Ro Khanna vs Mike Honda, round 2, FIGHT! I miss being in Anna Eshoo's House district :P ).

Also, the same law that means I can vote for anyone in the Senate primary means that the top two candidates will be taken for the November ballot, i.e. it could conceivably be two Republicans. oo er.
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enotsola: Gov Perry is calling a special session to actually vote on the bill
silveth: oh what the actual fuck
enotsola: ahhh... so,the special session was made basically for the repubs of texas to push things through.. they made it so that instead of 2/3 vote on half this stuff, all they needed was a majority
silveth: what a bunch of assholes
enotsola: so magically things they couldn't push through beforehand would be successful.
silveth: i wonder if you can recall a governor in texas, because that is a low trick there
enotsola: - bloody hell.. at least news is covering it now though
enotsola: Eventually, he returned to the then-empty Senate chamber and declared that while the bill had passed, he didn't have time to sign it, so it wasn't approved. In return for declaring the measure dead, Democrats promised not to question the date of the vote any further.
enotsola: And ya, apparently Perry is just going to call special sessions until he wins.

(Unfortunately, I feel like there's a good chance his is the majority view in Texas and that that majority would approve of what he is doing.)
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khalheyokha: I used to be a witchcraft blog. but then I took an election to the knee

down-rodeo: angry republicans saying “i’m moving to *w/e country*” hahahha i’ll help you pack your fucking bags. :)
sammy-manson: If they come up to Canada they’ll be in for the biggest surprise of their life

juliaew: awh man everyone made so many “MOVING TO CANADA!!!” jokes before and now that Obama won I’m picturing a sad Canada just standing there with a pillow and sleeping bag like “so you guys aren’t coming over, eh? oh… that’s okay….”

Is this my potential soul mate? Or a creeper in the night?

Canadian Border Patrol [says]: oh thank god

IT IS 4:30 AM

fuckyeahskip: if romney wins everyone should wear an obama mask and surround the white house
scoutfinches: remember remember the sixth of november
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66.3% ( 16,233 of 24,491 ) precincts partially reporting as of November 7, 2012, 12:42 a.m.

Yes 30 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education 3,600,257 52.3% 3,283,989 47.7%

--Guys, this proposition directly affects how many people get laid off at my district and college and more specifically, how many may get laid off right in my department. The last "worst case scenario" cuts plan submitted to and approved by the Board of Trustees called for potential elimination (of course, it depends on more factors than this tax measure) of 6 out of 10 classified (vs. faculty or management) positions in the Library. Part of the reason the lists were done the way they were was to try to get it through the Faculty Association's heads that we cannot continue to function with a cuts-only scenario that involves no concessions from the bargaining units (pay cuts, furloughs, whatever), but still, the passage of this proposition is extremely important to turn a potential horrible clusterfuck into a still-very-bad-but-not-quite-so-impossibly-crippling situation.

Library gets hit disproportionately hard because we are considered "non-instructional", despite the fact that librarians are faculty and do do some instruction, under a law that requires 50% or more of the budget of the college to be spent on classroom instruction. So there comes a point where you cannot by law cut any more faculty and have to start disproportionately cutting into other things. I don't disagree with the purpose of the law - it's to prevent things like recently happened at SF City College where they had been spending extremely out of line amounts on administration. But in this particular case it means things, ah, suck to our particular ass-mar.
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Kind of astonished at the length of lines I've been seeing in some polling place photos. I just walked right up to one of the two empty stations (out of three available, plus one electronic voting machine for some reason) at my polling place. I don't know whether it's good or bad - I mean, long lines are surely a pain in the ass, but at least it means people are actually getting out and voting, right? (It may also be the case that my district has a large number of vote-by-mail voters, or something. My mother is a permanent vote-by-mail.)
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Snoop Penguin says:
Yay free birth control for women
But this is the third biggest attack on the US in history
according to republicans.

exploot says:
attack on the US?

Snoop Penguin says:
Literally, one of the republicans fight it said something along the lines of "Pearl Harbour, 9/11, giving women birth control"
I wish I was fucking kidding
but, of course, there's no war on women

exploot says:

Snoop Penguin says:

exploot says:
no, i believe you
i just.. i cannot understand that logic at all
"oh my god, women have to get pregnant as much as possible or it's WAR ON AMERICA"??
and the verb "giving" is bothering me here
cos it's, you know
you only get what we give you
and what we ought to be giving you is SPERM
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J'y'all get a load of this?

Obama Embraces Marriage Equality

I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together ... at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.
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Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Doctors To Not Inform Women Of Prenatal Issues To Prevent Abortions

The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week that gives doctors a free pass to not inform pregnant women of prenatal problems because such information could lead to an abortion.

In other words, doctors can intentionally keep critical health information from pregnant women and can’t be sued for it. ...

Republicans are allowing anti-abortion doctors to keep life threatening information from pregnant women all because they are obsessed with stopping any and all abortions. Women may not know they have a life threatening condition until they die on the emergency room table. And the doctor couldn’t be sued. ...

Doctors should not be allowed to make decisions for pregnant women as a way to prevent abortions.

NB, only their Senate and not their House yet, but still. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.
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Oolon Colluphid says:
Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield is possibly one of the biggest d-bags I've seen evidence of in recent times
He's the guy who started the "Don't say gay" bull

bollocksed monophthong says:

Oolon Colluphid says:
err, bill, but that works

bollocksed monophthong says:

Oolon Colluphid says:
But claims that it is "virtually impossible" for heterosexual intercourse to pass HIV/Aids.. that HIV came from a gay man having sex with a monkey (because all gays are also into bestiality) ... And has also claimed that the "Black Caucus" (black lawmakers group in Tennessee) is racist for not letting him join, and that even the KKK doesn't ban members by race, and are thus less racist

bollocksed monophthong says:
that's way past douchebaggery into ... into ... i don't even fucking know what to call that last bit there
"special" really isn't adequately describing it

Oolon Colluphid says:
Black Caucus member: “Why he chose to focus on the Black Caucus, I have no idea other than he is crazy and a racist.”
The 37-year-old Campfield defended himself Saturday in a message on his Web journal, or blog, under the heading “I too dream.”

bollocksed monophthong says:
well okay
i'm only too happy to judge him not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character
he asked for it
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Via [personal profile] jewelfox:

Like her I'm going to quote a significant chunk of it:

Such ridiculous, destructive bills should never even pass committee review, but we’re not addressing the real problem: the MPAA’s buying power in Congress. This is a campaign finance problem. ... The MPAA is a hate-sink, a front to protect its members from negative PR. ... Yet when we watch their movies, we support them.

Even if we don’t watch their movies in a theater or buy their plastic discs of hostility, we’re still supporting them. If we watch their movies on Netflix or other flat-rate streaming or rental services, the service effectively pays them on our behalf next time they negotiate the rights or buy another disc. And if we pirate their movies, we’re contributing to the statistics that help them convince Congress that these destructive laws are necessary.

They use our support to buy these laws.
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Take our country forward

A lot of activist rhetoric talks about "taking our country back"--from the bankers, from the warmongers, from the straight-white-Christian-male oppressors who benefit from patterns of kyriarchy and discrimination, and so create subtle (and sometimes, not so subtle) laws to reinforce those habits on all levels.
...we're supposed to gloss over the oppressions, overt and covert, of those eras, and presume that, if we All Get Our Act Together, we will be able to give *everyone* all the privileges that the ruling classes of those times had.
Well, one, we can't, and two, we don't want to. One, the privileges of the wealthy-and-powerful of those eras were all built on oppressions.
...There is no "back" that has what we need. We need to look to our history to find all the *good* things, and figure out which of them can be worked into our future.
...If we're going to have a government "of the people, by the people, for the people," we need to take our country forward until we have it.

This is probably beyond the normal limit of a fair-use quote but I hope [personal profile] elf doesn't mind. Dude, just go read it.

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