Apr. 25th, 2019 02:55 pm
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A quick post before I head off to the airport for a conference -- I made a flashfic!

Title: So brave!
Fandom: Guardian
Contents: Spoilers! Implied time travel, Guo Changcheng POV, flashfic I wrote in a meeting this morning, ~700 words
Note: This was inspired by a post at the plot bunny farm, but doesn't actually manage to fill the plot bunny at all, darn it.

So brave! at [community profile] fan_flashworks
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AO3 lawyers on the EU digital single market directive, which is one of the more readable explanations about Article 13 (now actually Article 15, just for extra confusion) I've come across.

An NPR article about Inuit parenting and the use of play and non-violence to help children learn emotional regulation. The approach makes sense to me, but working out to put even some of it into practice is hard (not least, rewriting my own ingrained habits of response).

This long interview with Lexi Alexander, one of the few women directors working in Hollywood, has lots of absolutely fascinating stuff about film technique, and an overall theme of "technical choices have societal consequences", which of course is relevant to my own field of software development. I was also struck by her reflection on being "one of the boys" without deliberately intending to do so (also relevant to my field), about what's the point of having more women leaders if they replicate the same unfairnesses as men do. I was reminded of Reni Eddo-Lodge's line in Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race, "when [white feminism] has won, things will look much the same. Injustice will thrive, but there will be more women in charge of it."

[115/365] hustings

Apr. 25th, 2019 10:32 pm
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Proud of Andrew. He's a candidate in our area for upcoming local city council elections so he got invited to a hustings tonight.

He did a totally badass job of putting forward what seem like basic points but that are mostly missing from partisan politics: no platform for fascists, freedom of movement is a good thing, we have costed plans to make the city better in a manifesto called "Not Putting Up with This Shit Anymore."

In previous years there'd been shouting and nastiness from activists in another party so Andrew was dreading the hustings but he came away amazed at how much nicer this was -- and that was with a few troublemakers in the corner near me who shouted over people and ranted at any opportunity.

Andrew got lots of applause, the room was friendly, he might've even won us a vote or two.

It's hard for him to do stuff like this because autism but I think that also makes him good at it: like Greta Thunberg says, autism "makes me see things from outside the box. I don’t easily fall for lies, I can see through things." The article goes on to say "The result of her simplistic approach, fuelled by her condition, is that she has presented this issue with more clarity and competence." And -- while I'm not happy about the word "simplistic" here, I know what the writer means, I just wish he could've used a less negative-sounding word -- I've always thought this is true of Andrew as well.
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Posted by Associated Press

Nouman Raja was the first person in Florida in nearly 30 years to be convicted and sentenced for an on-duty killing — and one of only a few nationwide.
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Posted by Associated Press

The man took the blame for what he called an "accident" and said "these situations occur when there is human error."

“As tolerated”

Apr. 25th, 2019 12:28 pm
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My doctors keep telling me to walk, bear weight on my foot, etc. “as tolerated,” but nothing on the Internet or from my doctors seems to explain what “as tolerated“ actually means. It seems to be a “cover your ass” recommendation for doctors, shifting legal responsibility onto patients.

Most of the information I found online basically says that “as tolerated” means you should just use “common sense” ... well, my “common sense” regarding tolerating discomfort is not very “common.” I’ll tolerate a hell of a lot. In fact, I was told by numerous people (including doctors) that my tolerating walking on a broken bone for 7+ months was a bad thing ... that I shouldn’t trust my sense of what “as tolerated” means. So telling me to do things “as tolerated” or to use my “common sense“ really doesn’t work for me ... but none of my doctors will be more specific.

It leaves me very confused about how much I should walk, how much I should use my foot, etc. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what is reasonable and what is not. I do know that everyone told me that my judgment in this regard was wrong in the past, when I was walking on the broken bone, but I have no information about how to change my definition.

So Shannon is always telling me not to walk on my foot when it hurts, but I am confused by this concept of using my foot “as tolerated.“ I don’t know what it means, and so I don’t know what to do. It’s very frustrating and, to be honest, pretty upsetting, because every single day I’m questioning my own judgment and also my own behavior. I don’t know if I’m doing things correctly or doing things wrong. And no one will tell me. I am just stumbling around in the dark.

And stumbling around in the dark is probably not good for my foot. 

Did NYC Ban Hot Dogs?

Apr. 25th, 2019 06:35 pm
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Posted by Dan Evon

Government-run facilities in New York City are definitely cutting back on processed meats.

🗯️ The I-Word

Apr. 25th, 2019 06:55 pm
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userpic=trumpI’ve been thinking a lot about the I-word: “impeachment”. Although early on I was hopeful for it, I began to agree with Speaker Pelosi that to initiate the process might actually increase Trump’s popularity, especially if there was no chance of his removal by the Senate. I did think that investigation was vitally important, especially if it was timed right to bring out information during the 2020 campaign.

But as I’ve begun to see this administration’s reaction to the House’s attempt at oversight, I’m re-thinking my position. I’m also thinking that we may need to have multiple impeachment proceedings, with different charges. What started my latest thinking was articles like: “Trump’s high-stakes subpoena battle with House Democrats, explained” or Trump’s plan to go to the Supreme Court over Impeachment, or Trump directing his administration not to respond to subpoenas. It seems like a party that was 100% supportive of Congress doing its oversight role when Clinton or Obama was in office thinks it should abdicate that role when it is one of their own in office. Here’s a relevant quote from the linked Vox article:

President Donald Trump, while portraying himself as the victim in a political war, is foiling an aggressive House Democratic majority’s investigations with historic fervor by refusing to comply with many subpoenas and other oversight requests.

On one level, this is nothing new. Prior Congresses and White Houses have certainly found themselves at odds over how much information to disclose. But the blanket defiance of the Trump administration has reached a new level of obstruction in recent days.

“That’s about as blatant an obstruction of the lawful processes of a coequal branch of government as I’ve ever seen,” Laurence Tribe, a Harvard constitutional scholar, told the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin on Wednesday.

According to Politico, citing House Democratic sources, the Trump administration has denied or delayed the release of information sought by Democratic committees on more than 30 occasions, and half a dozen administration officials have refused to appear before House panels.

As such, I do think Congress should start impeachment proceedings, but initially not for charges based in the Mueller report (or at least, those wouldn’t be the primary charge). Rather, the primary charge should be abdication and failure to uphold the oath of office. As has been repeatedly demonstrated, this President has ignored the constitution through Executive Orders (later to be found unconstitutional), and directives to his staff (that are either unconstitutional or that thwart the constitution). The President has the responsibility to follow and uphold the Constitution, and he hasn’t done that. Making that clear in an impeachment charge would put the focus on something American, and would force his supporters to either recognize his behavior is unconstitutional, or publicly go on record as supporting unconstitutional behavior. In particular, it would make clear Congress’ oversight role and his thwarting thereof, and might — just might — push him into complying with the oversight. At that point, impeachment could be tabled and investigations could begin. Depending on their findings and the timing, the subject of impeachment could come back to the House. But the important thing is compelling Trump to comply with the subpoenas and to do a proper investigation. Congress has few tools to compel the President and his staff to comply — and the court process to do so would take forever — but impeachment proceeding could provide the necessary leverage.

As noted before, Congress has an oversight role to ensure the President does not abuse authority and acts in accordance with his oath of office. It has undertaken this role historically, from Teapot Dome to Watergate, from Iran-Contra to the “Blue Dress”, from the investigations into the Bush Administration to those of Hillary. This President should not be able to escape the scrutiny built into our Constitution, which he has sworn to uphold.

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things I'd like to tell authors

Apr. 25th, 2019 10:37 am
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The ones who write scholarly articles for journals, of course. (The one thing I want to tell fiction authors is: if your characters are British nobility, they can't be Lord First-name and Lord Last-name at the same time.)

1. Ellipses indicate omitted words from within a quote. Therefore they serve no logical purpose at the beginnings or ends of quoted passages, so don't put them there.

2. Also, don't put brackets around ellipses. That was an innovation the MLA came up with some thirty years ago, as a way to distinguish supplied ellipses from ones in the original quoted text. But soon enough they realized that 1) original ellipses are uncommon, and can easily be handled with a note reading "ellipses in original"; 2) the brackets are bone-ugly. So they eliminated the rule. Get the message; it's been decades now.

3. Check the names of people you cite. Especially check Tolkien character names for accents and other diacritics.

4. Use the editions of Tolkien's books listed in our style sheet. If you don't have access to those, use ## for page numbers and we'll insert them. And for the sake of Ilúvatar and all the little Valar, if you're going to quote from The Book of Lost Tales, DON'T USE THE DEL REY PAPERBACKS! Like every mass-market paperback reprint ever made, they have entirely different pagination from the originals. And especially don't use them without telling us. You will just confuse people.
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Posted by Associated Press

The giraffe population in Africa has declined by about 40 percent in the past three decades, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

instagram cross-post

Apr. 25th, 2019 03:59 pm
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Love these doors. Especially the random feathers stuck in a horseshoe, lol.
Read more... )

Meanwhile in London

Apr. 25th, 2019 03:31 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

There are massive skeletons floating over crowds of humans while Charles Darwin looks on approvingly. As he would.

Also, I have an event tonight at Forbidden Planet here in London at 6pm which you should come to if you happen to be in the area.

That is all. Tomorrow in Budapest!

(no subject)

Apr. 25th, 2019 11:50 am
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You know what I love in fiction?

Sleepy mornings. Characters in their pajamas with unbrushed hair and no makeup lazily walking around. Especially if the character is someone who is usually meticulously groomed. The level of intimacy in letting someone see you just as you are.

Yeah. I like that.

CNN: Tracking Misery

Apr. 25th, 2019 11:47 am
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A lot of people are going to a lot of effort to produce this result by design, as we know from the news.


Good Moves

Apr. 25th, 2019 11:36 am
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So Facebook's been busted. Somewhat.


Also, another ecologically responsible measure by the Trudeau administration that will be undone by a new fascist international-friendly regime if the election in October is steered in any of several horrific directions:


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