I decided to stay up anyway so I could book my rides at 5. Still don't know why I didn't try sleeping after that, so I read and puttered around. That was my entire day apparently. Well, having a fun back-and-forth with Brian about aspects of our upcoming get-together; placing my grocery order; and chasing cats, too, including Grumpy who decided to remain AWOL. Decided against doing the laundry until SuM came home from work and breathlessly announced she was going away until Sunday afternoon. So, with the house to myself (and assorted cats), I decided to get it over with. At least I managed to stay awake for most of Jeopardy! But I did doze off earlier.

Had a meagre dinner (I think one warm bagel and the last glass of Sauvignon Blanc qualifies). But I'm not feeling hungry. After the laundry was done, the pain in my right leg began to leech out. I'm ready to head to bed and read for a wee bit. And, then, universe, please may I have some more (sleep)? I am SO crossing my fingers.
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([personal profile] twistedchick May. 26th, 2017 06:39 pm)
It's public now that Trump's son-in-law is the focal point of the Russia investigation -- but Jeff Sessions didn't disclose his Russian contacts when he applied for his security clearance. And Michael Flynn gets more subpoenas and a reminder that he's not getting immunity from prosecution for anything.

The NEA statement on being asked to close by Trump.

The Pentagon's response when Trump blew his mouth off in the Philippines: "We do not talk about subs. Ever."

The science behind why people lie. Very relevant to the current politics.

The House has dismantled a permits system that gave us protection against pesticides in our common water supplies. What do they think we're drinking, imported champagne?

The Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Trump's travel ban, again. Here's the published opinion. Do read this, just for the list of who's bringing the lawsuit. Quoting from this document:

The question for this Court, distilled to its essential form, is whether the
Constitution, as the Supreme Court declared in Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. (4 Wall.) 2,
120 (1866), remains “a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace.” And if
so, whether it protects Plaintiffs’ right to challenge an Executive Order that in text speaks
with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance,
animus, and discrimination. Surely the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment yet
stands as an untiring sentinel for the protection of one of our most cherished founding
principles—that government shall not establish any religious orthodoxy, or favor or
disfavor one religion over another. Congress granted the President broad power to deny
entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the
President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to
individuals across this nation. Therefore, for the reasons that follow, we affirm in
substantial part the district court’s issuance of a nationwide preliminary injunction as to
Section 2(c) of the challenged Executive Order....


Former CIA Director John Brennan urges us to resist.

The Senate seeks a lifetime ban on Congressmen returning as lobbyists.

The ACLU demands an immediate end to using drivers' license photos for law enforcement facial recognition.

***

What happens when ou leave 15,000 coins on a sidewalk in London?

I know I linked this before, but it deserves to be here again, because it's beautiful.
Eobard Thawne’s personal timeline was logically impacted by the Legends when they got the Armageddon virus released five years early, in 2147. That meant it’s before instead of after his birth. Mass casualties would decimate a different set of people, potentially killing his parents, definitely removing people he would otherwise know.

Per Degaton’s reign was accelerated and if his reach was truly global Eobard grew up under his rule, or rather Savage’s, after the betrayal. He’d have been 15 in 2166, when the Legends took out Savage. He’d be 24 in 2175 when the Time Masters say the Thanagarians invade.

... do they still do that?
I have no idea how that end of time is meant to look now.

But what could it have looked like before?

Read more... )

Still, the future the Legends fought to change might have very little resembled the one Thawne came from.

Or it might have all the clues to piece together a number of interesting personalities for him...
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([personal profile] vamysteryfan May. 26th, 2017 04:46 pm)
After 7 or 8 consecutive days of gloom and rain, we finally had some sun this morning. Changes everything, doesn't it? Alas, it's clouding over again, just in time for rush hour. We have a 3-day weekend coming up. I plan to stay in the jammies as long as possible. Please pass over a cabana boy to keep me company.
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([personal profile] rydra_wong May. 26th, 2017 08:10 pm)
(X-posting to [community profile] thisfinecrew.)

Here's a thought:

If you disapprove of politicians beating up journalists (or winking at other politicians' beating up journalists) and have some spare cash, one possible action would be to contribute to the Guardian -- whose journalist, Ben Jacobs, got beaten up.

There are various options for becoming a member and paying a regular subscription, but you can also make a one-off contribution.

Although they're a British newspaper, their coverage of US issues is very very strong.

They would like to note (in an e-mail sent out to members) that they recently ran pieces including GOP candidate Greg Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies and Trump diehards stay loyal in Montana's 'white man's country' – video:

In that interview, the Guardian's west coast bureau chief, Paul Lewis, challenged Gianforte over his support of Trump's executive order that threatens more than two dozen national monuments in America, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana.
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([personal profile] beccaelizabeth May. 26th, 2017 03:24 pm)
Today's daydream: lady demonstrates superpower, gets reaction like 'wow that's hot'

and I know that sounds like it happens a lot but I was just looking at gifs on tumblr and it's like women with power are scary and hot, but because they're wearing tight whatsits and doing wiggly walk. And like it's their power that is scary and their body that is hot.

I want a lady to be dressed like Winter Soldier and doing the stompy boots murder walk
demonstrate power
and the power is hot.

It feels quite distinct.

Read more... )

I just wanted a guy who'd look at me like Gomez looks at Morticia, specifically because I'd just demonstrated I could kick his arse.
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([personal profile] rydra_wong May. 26th, 2017 01:08 pm)
What happens if the new Republican rep for Montana is now convicted of assault?

He appears to have "declined" a further interview requested by local law enforcement (which, much like "declining" a subpoena, is one of those things I didn't know you could do).

But he's apologized (or "apologized") for having "made a mistake".

(A "mistake" that allegedly involved grabbing someone by the neck with both hands, body-slamming them to the floor, then repeatedly punching them.)

Paul Ryan (displaying all the guts and principle we have come to expect from him) took the bold stand of saying Gianforte should apologize. Other Republicans seem to feel that Ben Jacobs should apologize for having wickedly provoked Gianforte to attack him by being a liberal journalist in public.
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([personal profile] claudia603 May. 26th, 2017 06:33 am)

Happy Birthday to the marvelously lovely [livejournal.com profile] addie71!!!



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I hope you are well taken care of today by your family and you have as sweet a day as you!!

♥ ♥ ♥
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([personal profile] beccaelizabeth May. 26th, 2017 06:29 am)
It has reached that time of the year when leaving my windows open at night makes my flat much more pleasant
but
means my neighbours back from the pub drama doesn't even need to raise voices to keep me awake, and then neighbours start getting up and having loud cars around six.

not much sleep yet
but it's lovely weather.
Charlie Chaplin's Love Yourself Manifesto (which he may or may not have written; there is some confusion about this, but I am keeping the name on it as that is how I have heard of it...) behind cut for length )
The universe granted my request for some decent sleep, but still threw in a wrinkle. How? By waking me up at 5:57. ::groans:: Luckily, I withstood any ridiculous notion of getting out of bed, rolled over onto my back, and managed to fall asleep again. Didn't wake up until 11:27. Now, that is much better. I think the universe was aided by rain, something that might merely be a soporific aid for me, but had more unwelcome results for the city. More overflowing banks, water creeping up, flowing over sidewalks and streets, flooding homes. I think there are many people who may be having second-third-fourth thoughts of the presumed advantages of having a lakefront home.

The first thing I did upon waking was to wash out a whole bunch of soup containers to go into recycling later. Unfortunately, I was standing for so long that my right foot went to sleep and my foreleg seized up. So I had to stumble back to bed just to try to shake off the agony. I am so not a happy camper. Anyway, I finally called and booked both my hair services and a pedicure (dropping the manicure for the moment), both for next Friday. It'll mean a really long day at the mall, but I'd rather have one trip only.

Tried my best to stay awake in the evening, though I dozed through the sports section. Later, I watched the penultimate epi of MasterChef Canada. Aww, my fave didn't get into the finale. Sigh. Other than that, I've begun a new book, "The Life of Pi". Seems quirky but I think I'll like it. Anyway, fading quickly, so I'm off to bed again.
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