Adorable new outfit for Emma.

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:44 pm
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The sweater and leggings are from the new Meet accessory pack, the mesh skirt is also new. 



The new Meet outfit is gorgeous, but it's not available separately yet. 






Pokémon: Venting, by DeLiz

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:06 am
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RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Pikachu, Meowth, Ash

FIC SUMMARY:
Meowth and Pikachu got locked in a cupboard. Pikachu is unimpressed by this, but he's currently unimpressed by a lot of things, so that's normal. Meowth, being the wonderful friendly nemesis he is, decides this is a fact worth exploring.

You know, just for kicks.

RECCER'S NOTES: After a few hiccups, my laptop decided to keep on living after all. Hurray! (This was the monthly reminder to BACK UP YOUR SHIT, kids, brought you by CloseShaveINC.) Let's see if I can't catch up.

A cat, a cupboard, a very angry electric mouse. Meowth works well as the narrator; while essentially a decent person, he's also enough of an arsehole to thoroughly enjoy Pikachu's frustration. (And Meowth's narration means we don't need to hear Pikachu's words, because that would be... weird.)

Another Sweet Senior Story: Beau

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:11 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto



I've got one last Senior story to share today, and I think I've saved the best for last. To me, it illustrates the commitment and devotion our Humane Society has to every animal -- even these special, very hard to place cases. It took a long time to find a spot for this Senior but they did not give up on this cat.

Here goes:

Found hiding under a car at a local shopping center, Beau needed some help. A Good Samaritan scooped Beau up and brought him to the shelter. That was a good day for this older gentleman; he no longer had to be alone or scared.

Handsome Beau needed to shed a few pounds and has a slight incontinence problem – making placement a little more challenging for this aging fellow. But the Humane Society is committed to Making Happy Happen for all the healthy animals that come through their doors. In 2016 the shelter found homes for 3,972 cats and returned 179 cats to their owners.

Beau had always been a house cat, however, with his incontinence problem the shelter couldn’t find a home willing to take on that challenge. At 13 years of being inside becoming an outside cat was not a safe option for Beau.

After several weeks of trying to find a good fit, staff decided to think outside the box with regards to Beau, perhaps the right barn placement could work.

Beau couldn’t go to just any barn though; he needed lots of human contact, food provided for him (his hunting days are over) and barn doors that are closed at night. After establishing those parameters, a staff member knew just the place for Beau, her mom’s barn!

Because of his special circumstances, it took Beau 48 days to find his happy ending. At an average cost of $35 per day to care for healthy senior cats Beau’s care cost approximately $1,680. The Humane Society could not do this life-saving work without the generosity of this caring community.



I'm so grateful the HS was able to go that extra mile for this big love.  

Stories like this can happen because we help provide the resources -- that's why today's Senior Cat day is so important.

We met our awesome $5000 matching donation challenge that our dear Cynthia presented today, but that doesn't mean Senior Cat Day is over -- we're still collecting donations for the Seniors until 7:00 AM tomorrow.

To make a tax-deductible donation to help this special population of cats, please visit our fundraising page.

Thank you for listening, and thanks to everyone who's contributed to this awesome day.










Fic Corner Scribbler Letter

Jun. 28th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Clearing Up Some Confusion

Jun. 28th, 2017 04:09 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Some questions have come up about our new fundraising platform. I thought I would address them in a blog post in hopes of making things a little less confusing for everyone.

The big one is the "Donate Now" button VS the "Join Laurie's Team" button. 

If you want to make a donation to our campaign to help the homeless cats and kittens, click on the "Donate Now" button and enter your information in the required fields. This is what 99.9% of you probably want to do.  



If you were interested in becoming a fundraiser and soliciting donations for TEAM IBKC,  click on the "Join Laurie's Team" button. Most of you probably don't want to do that, but if you did, we would, of course, welcome a helping hand. 



As I mentioned earlier today, you can now make an "anonymous" donation. To do that, click on the "Donate Now" button which will take you to this page:




See that little box by the arrow? Just click that then enter your information in all of the necessary fields.


After you make your donation you'll receive an automated thank you note from the shelter. With the old system, the fundraisers were able to customize our message to the donors, but with the new one, we're not.  So, this thank you message goes out to everyone who makes a donation to Dog-A-Thon, not just us kitty people, and the way the note is worded, it makes it sounds like our donations go to more than just the kitties. Please know that if you donated to the IBKC page it will absolutely go to the cats and kittens. And if you give on one of our days devoted to a program, like today, when we're raising money for the Senior Cats, it will be directed to that program. I talked with the shelter to see if there was a fix for this, and currently,  there isn't a way around it. I'm sorry.


I've heard from many of that you are disappointed that there's no field to leave a comment when making a donation. I'm sorry, the system just doesn't allow for that. I'm going to create a page where we can all leave comments and share why we gave and who we gave in honor of,  but I need a day or two to make that happen. As soon as this place exists I will let you know.  I miss that feature too -- I'm sorry it's not there.

SO, things function a little differently with the new system, but ultimately the end results are the same: lives are being saved and homeless cats and kittens are being helped thanks to you kind-hearted kitty-loving folks.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.  And thank you for your generosity. You are amazing.

Now, how about some cute? Will that help?

I hope so!

xoxo Laurie


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Question of the Day

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:00 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

Suggested by Shaker KitSileya: "Have you ever made something yourself, as a child or an adult, that you are very proud of? What is it? (A dinner you cooked, or a piece of crafts you did at school, or a letter you wrote, for example.)"

I'm very proud of some of the things I've written here. That's a lazy and obvious answer, but it's also true!

The Wednesday Blogaround

Jun. 28th, 2017 05:45 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

This blogaround brought to you by toast.

Recommended Reading:

Marrion Johnson, Transgender Law Center: Meet the People Behind Our 2017 Plan of Resistance

Keith Reid-Cleveland: [Content Note: Police harassment; racism] Black Man Devonte Shipman Threatened with Jail Time for Jaywalking

Ciara O'Rourke: In Quest for Cuts, National Park Service Eyes Private Sector Takeovers

Kaila Hale-Stern: [CN: Play violence; demeaning euphemisms for sex workers] This Comic About How Girls Actually Play with Dolls Is So Spot-On

Rae Paoletta: New Evidence of an Ancient Neolithic Skull Cult Proves Humans Have Always Been Metal

And Happy Blogiversary to Fannie!!! ♥

Leave your links and recommendations in comments. Self-promotion welcome and encouraged!

Teefies a la kitten.

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:00 pm
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*pops head in* *provides cat*



Altair brings the play-with-me-so-I-can-eat-your-hand teefies.

Pookie

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:30 pm
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Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please join me in giving a huge paws up for our newest Star Kit, Pookie. She is 9 weeks old from Virginia.

Pookie

Pookie was brought in from outside, She was the only one out of her litter and she’s extremely fluffy and lovable.

Pookie

Pookie

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Posted by Melissa McEwan

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link.]

This fucking guy:
[Donald] Trump claimed Wednesday that Senate Republicans have a "big surprise" on their healthcare bill, while also declaring the measure is coming "along very well."

"Healthcare is working along very well," Trump said after meeting with baseball players from the Chicago Cubs, according to a White House press pool report. "We're gonna have a big surprise. We have a great healthcare package."

When asked for further clarification about his remarks, the president repeated his claim about a big surprise.

"We're going to have a great, great surprise," he said.
Is it that you're throwing the bill in the fucking trash and agreeing to work with Democrats to improve upon Obamacare? Because, unless that's it, it ain't a GREAT SURPRISE.

Imagine being a human being so bereft of even the most infinitesimal modicum of empathy or basic decency that while people are showing up at their senators' offices to beg those senators not to kill them, you think it's cool to tease a "surprise" on healthcare legislation. What a piece of shit he is.

This isn't your garbage reality show, Donald Trump. Try to be a president for one fucking second. Goddammit.

Inspiring Acts of Resistance

Jun. 28th, 2017 03:30 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

image of stormclouds over a field of flowers, to which I've added text reading: RESISTANCE IS FERTILE
Since there is so much to resist every day, here is a thread in which we can talk about the things we're seeing other people doing—or the things we're doing ourselves—as both inspiration, suggestion, and a bulwark against despair.

Share things you have seen that moved you, or actions you are taking. Please also feel welcome and encouraged to share links to Twitter users and/or news sites engaged in resistance that you recommend following.

* * *

Today, I'll give a shout-out to the Handmaid's Tale protesters who showed up at the U.S. Capitol yesterday to protest the Republicans' "healthcare" bill.


SHAME. SHAME. SHAME.

High-five to the Texas ladies, including my friends @meadowgirl and @ohthemaryd, who started this particular act of resistance.

Not all superheroes wear capes. BUT SOME DO.

Sunny's Bright Future

Jun. 28th, 2017 01:52 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Have you been watching the total climb? We're having a great day today, and we're only $1080 away from completing Cynthia's generous $5000 match! And it's ALL going towards our Senior Cat Fund today! It's clear that we all have a soft spot for the Seniors. THANK YOU for being so generous and helping this special population out!

I always love a good adoption tale, especially when it has such a happy outcome like it did for Sunny. Thank you so much, Claudia, for sharing her sweet story with us today!

Everyone, I would like you to meet Sunny:



Sunny was ready for some stability for her senior years. When her longtime owner passed away a family friend took Sunny in, and things were going great for a time, but then Sunny’s new friend had to move to a nursing home. 

Left behind, friends and family were working together to check on Sunny and make sure she had the basics like food and water. But Sunny wanted what all cats want; a home with someone she could call her own, and a lap to cuddle up on. 

Realizing it was time for some help a family member brought Sunny to the Humane Society. It was definitely the right thing to do. The shelter is committed to Making Happy Happen for every healthy animal. Despite missing a few teeth Sunny passed her initial health exam and soon became available for adoption. Senior cats take an average of 8 days to get adopted, but it only took this beautiful orange tabby two days to find her new home! 

Within minutes Sunny’s new mom just knew she would make a wonderful companion and couldn’t wait to take her home. Fortunately, the Humane Society is there to help transition these precious cats from one owner to the next. 



I'm so happy that after such a rough patch things really turned around for Sunny! Her future is so bright!

To help Senior Cats like Sunny, please consider making a donation today! All that we raise until 7:00 AM tomorrow (Pacific Time) will help build our Senior Cat Fund. To make your tax-deductable donation, please visit our FUNdraising page.

THANK YOU!
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

[Content Note: Racism; anti-Semitism; Islamophobia; misogyny; abuse.]

Julia Angwin and Hannes Grassegger have written a terrific piece for ProPublica, bluntly titled: "Facebook's Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children." It's a long read, but well worth your time and attention, so settle in.

I will just quickly highlight this passage, whence comes the title for my post (emphasis mine):
By 2008, the company had begun expanding internationally but its censorship rulebook was still just a single page with a list of material to be excised, such as images of nudity and Hitler. "At the bottom of the page it said, 'Take down anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable,'" said Dave Willner, who joined Facebook's content team that year.

Willner, who reviewed about 15,000 photos a day, soon found the rules were not rigorous enough. He and some colleagues worked to develop a coherent philosophy underpinning the rules, while refining the rules themselves. Soon he was promoted to head the content policy team.

By the time he left Facebook in 2013, Willner had shepherded a 15,000-word rulebook that remains the basis for many of Facebook's content standards today.

"There is no path that makes people happy," Willner said. "All the rules are mildly upsetting." Because of the volume of decisions — many millions per day — the approach is "more utilitarian than we are used to in our justice system," he said. "It's fundamentally not rights-oriented."
Well, that's refreshingly frank and ALSO TERRIBLE.

The question, of course, is if the approach to moderation is "fundamentally not rights-oriented," to what is it oriented? Profits, is the simple answer — but because Facebook's primary profit-making enterprise is data collection on its users, I think the true answer is slightly more complex and sinister, as they try to balance the appearance of safety for users with the ruthless exploitation and tolerance of abuse of those users for their advertisers.

One additional observation: There's nothing in the article about the flagging of content by users. And I suspect that plays a huge role in how moderating decisions get made.

I know from experience, that conservatives (and "far-leftists" who imagine they're not conservatives) spend an inordinate amount of time tracking and policing and reporting people they don't like.

I suspect that progressives generally spend a lot less time focused on the people we don't like, and have a much lower impulse for tracking and reporting.

What does that mean on Facebook? It's very likely that's going to influence how people who receive reports on flagged content respond as moderators.

Similarly, the options that Facebook provides for reporting inappropriate content shape those reports in a very particular way:

Option 1: It's annoying or not interesting
Option 2: I think it shouldn't be on Facebook
Option 3: It's a false news story
Option 4: It's spam

That's it. There's not even an option for reporting something as harmful, abusive, etc.

If I were going to report abusive content — let's say racist content, for this example — I'm not going to choose "annoying or not interesting," because I find racist content rather more problematic than "annoying."

I would choose "I think it shouldn't be on Facebook," which is the only subjective option of the four. My report gets submitted already prefaced with "I think," as opposed to my being able to definitively say it doesn't belong, though I would be able to definitively say it's annoying, even though that is arguable more subjective than whether abusive material "shouldn't be on Facebook."

That doesn't seem incidental. And I strongly suspect that who reports content, and how it gets reported, has a major impact on the deeply problematic aspects of Facebook's secret censorship strategy.

Daily Dose of Cute

Jun. 28th, 2017 01:30 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

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How am I even supposed to process this abundance of cuteness?!

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

We Resist: Day 160

Jun. 28th, 2017 12:15 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Here are some things in the news today:

Earlier today by me: Mike Pence Takes Charge on Senate "Healthcare" Bill and Cyberattacks Caused Surgery Delays; Breach at Nuclear Power Plant Being Investigated.

REMINDER: KEEP CALLING YOUR SENATORS TO TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON TRUMPCARE.

A few really terrific things to read on healthcare — terrific and utterly heart-wrenching:

[Content Note: Racism] Anna Maria Barry-Jester at FiveThirtyEight: The Health Care System Is Leaving the Southern Black Belt Behind.
The Black Belt refers to a stretch of land in the U.S. South whose fertile soil drew white colonists and plantation owners centuries ago. After hundreds of thousands of people were forced there as slaves, the region became the center of rural, black America. Today, the name describes predominantly rural counties where a large share of the population is African-American. The area is one of the most persistently poor in the country, and residents have some of the most limited economic prospects. Life expectancies are among the shortest in the U.S., and poor health outcomes are common...

Yes, measuring who's insured illuminates one way by which people have access to the health care system, but it's only part of the picture. The term "access to health care" has a standardized federal definition that's much broader: "the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health outcomes."

And there's a list of metrics to measure it. Researchers consider structural barriers, such as distance to a hospital or how many health professionals work in an area, to be important. As are metrics that gauge whether a patient can find a health care provider that she trusts and can communicate with well enough to get the services she needs.

...In Alabama, Black Belt counties have fewer primary care physicians, dentists, and mental health providers per resident than other counties. They also tend to have the highest rates of uninsured people. Poverty rates, which are associated with limited access to care, are also high.
Leah McElrath at Shareblue: My Father Is One of the Vulnerable Seniors Most at Risk from GOP's Cruel Medicaid Cuts. "More than 1.4 million Americans are receiving nursing home or other long-term care paid for by Medicaid. One of them is my father. My father is now 77 years old and has a rare form of dementia. When he became unable to care for himself in his home, I took him into my home and cared for him there. But when I was no longer able financially, physically, and emotionally able to do so, my father moved to a Medicaid-funded facility. To qualify for Medicaid funding for long-term care, you have to meet two types of criteria: financial and medical. To put it bluntly, you have to be both very poor and very infirm."

Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress: This Is How Trumpcare Will Be a Death Sentence. "Jon [who has cystic fibrosis] says that Obamacare, which enabled him to remain insured after he lost his employer-provided plan, 'definitely saved me from bankruptcy, and quite possibly saved my life.' Now, however, Senate Republicans are pushing a bill that would deny millions of Americans of the security that Jon enjoyed when his illness left him unable to obtain insurance through an employer. ...Had this legislation been in effect when Jon became too sick to work, he very well may be dead."

Eric Meyer on Twitter: "This is my daughter Rebecca in 2013. She was 5¼ years old when I took this [photo], and less than three days later, she almost died on an ER bed. ...Later, there were weeks on weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. After that was done, we came home for more chemotherapy. ...The treatments didn't work. She died at home less than ten months after her cancer was discovered, June 7th, 2014, her sixth birthday. In those ten months, the total retail cost of her procedures and treatments was $1,691,627.45. Almost one point seven million US dollars. ...Without insurance, even if we'd been able to get the insurer's rate, we'd have gone bankrupt. All investments, home, everything gone. If pre-existing conditions had prevented us from being covered, or if we'd been less fortunate and unable to afford premiums—bankrupted. So Rebecca's brother and sister would have suffered her death, AND the loss of their home and what little remained normal in their lives."

This last piece isn't just about healthcare, but it's extremely relevant. Kayla Chadwick at the Huffington Post: I Don't Know How to Explain to You That You Should Care About Other People.
Like many Americans, I'm having politics fatigue. Or, to be more specific, arguing-about-politics fatigue.

I haven't run out of salient points or evidence for my political perspective, but there is a particular stumbling block I keep running into when trying to reach across the proverbial aisle and have those "difficult conversations" so smugly suggested by think piece after think piece:

I don't know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people.

...I don't know how to convince someone how to experience the basic human emotion of empathy. I cannot have one more conversation with someone who is content to see millions of people suffer needlessly in exchange for a tax cut that statistically they'll never see (do you make anywhere close to the median American salary? Less? Congrats, this tax break is not for you).

I cannot have political debates with these people. Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society, how to be a good person, and why any of that matters.
SAME.

* * *

[CN: Sexual harassment] Donald Trump is a disgusting disgrace, part whatever in an endless series:


If you're wondering if there are any people on Twitter brave enough not to let me get away with saying this is sexual harassment when it is clearly just a compliment, of course there are hahahahahaha OF COURSE THERE ARE.

* * *

Esme Cribb at TPM: GOP Rep Laments Budget Inaction: 'We Just Simply Don't Know How to Govern'. "Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) on Tuesday bemoaned House Republicans' apparent inability to bring a budget resolution to a vote on the chamber floor amid internal differences and higher-profile policy goals. 'We just simply don't know how to govern,' Womack, a member of the House Budget Committee, told the Washington Post. 'It's almost like we're serving in the minority right now.' He said a budget resolution for 2018 'should have been put to bed a long time ago.'" Indeed. But Republicans really don't have any idea how to govern, and their ideas are all garbage, so.

Oliver Milman at the Guardian: EPA Seeks to Scrap Rule Protecting Drinking Water for Third of Americans. "The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to dismantle the federal clean water rule, which protects waterways that provide drinking water for about a third of the US population. The EPA, with the US army, has proposed scrapping the rule in order to conduct a 'substantive re-evaluation' of which rivers, streams, wetlands, and other bodies of water should be protected by the federal government. 'We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation's farmers and businesses,' said Scott Pruitt, administrator of the EPA. Pruitt said the EPA would swiftly redefine clean water regulations in a 'thoughtful, transparent, and collaborative' way with other agencies and the public."

LOL! They'll "thoughtfully" figure out how to poison us. Terrific.


Rebekah Entralgo at ThinkProgress: Trump Uses Twitter Feed to Sell Book for Fox News Personality, Blurring Ethical Lines. Tuesday morning [Donald] Trump retweeted a tweet by Fox News commentator Eric Bolling promoting his upcoming book titled, 'The Swamp.' The book, subtitled 'Washington's Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It,' co-opts Trump's popular campaign slogan of his promise to 'drain the swamp in Washington.' This promotion of commercial products could potentially violate a ban that prohibits federal employees from endorsing any 'product, service, or enterprise.' ...This incident is an example of Trump's inability to let go of his businessman persona." And an example of Trump's inability to control his impulses.

Todd Bishop at GeekWire: Trump Targets Amazon over 'Internet Taxes' in New Tweet Criticizing Bezos-Owned Washington Post. "Donald Trump resurfaced his complaints against Amazon this morning in a tweet targeting the Washington Post’s coverage of his administration: 'The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!' The tweet follows a report by the Washington Post last night about a fake, framed Time magazine cover that hangs in Trump's golf clubs. It's not clear what Trump meant by 'internet taxes' in this context, but Amazon collects sales tax on purchases in every state where it's required, and the company supports national legislation that would require remote sellers to collect sales tax regardless of location. The Washington Post is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, not by Amazon."

There are a lot of concerning things about Donald Trump, to say the very least. Among them is the toxic combination of his vengefulness and his ignorance. He doesn't understand that Amazon doesn't own the Washington Post, so he might do something like propose a tax on internet purchases to punish Amazon for something the Washington Post did. It's incredible. And that's one of the least damaging acts of misplaced revenge he's likely to take. Terrifying.

* * *

David Corn at Mother Jones: We Already Know Trump Betrayed America.
The Trump-Russia scandal is the subject of multiple investigations that may or may not unearth new revelations, but this much is already certain: Donald Trump is guilty.

...Explicit collusion may yet be proved by the FBI investigation overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller or by other ongoing probes. But even if it is not, a harsh verdict can be pronounced: Trump actively and enthusiastically aided and abetted Russian President Vladimir Putin's plot against America. This is the scandal. It already exists—in plain sight.

...This country needs a thorough and public investigation to sort out how the Russian operation worked, how US intelligence and the Obama administration responded, and how Trump and his associates interacted with Russia and WikiLeaks. But whatever happened out of public view, the existing record is already conclusively shameful. Trump and his crew were active enablers of Putin's operation to subvert an American election. That is fire, not smoke. That is scandal enough.
Yep. It's one of the great frustrations of this outrage that the brazenness of Trump's and his associates' behavior is routinely used to excuse it.

Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman at the Washington Post: Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Files as Foreign Agent for Ukraine Work. "A consulting firm led by Paul Manafort, who chaired Donald Trump's presidential campaign for several months last year, retroactively filed forms Tuesday showing that his firm received $17.1 million over two years from a political party that dominated Ukraine before its leader fled to Russia in 2014. Manafort disclosed the total payments his firm received between 2012 and 2014 in a Foreign Agents Registration Act filing late Tuesday that was submitted to the U.S. Justice Department. The report makes Manafort the second former senior Trump adviser to acknowledge the need to disclose work for foreign interests."

That refers, of course, to Manafort's work for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Putin then-prime minister of Ukraine, for whom Bernie Sanders' chief strategist Tad Devine also worked. [Relatedly.]

[CN: Video may autoplay at link] Kevin Johnson at USA Today: Donald Trump and His Team Hired an Army of Lawyers for Russia Investigation. Who Made the List? "In what has become a near-full employment opportunity for the defense bar, even some of Trump's lawyers have lawyers. Michael Cohen, another longtime Trump business attorney who is not part of the Russia team, recently hired former federal prosecutor Stephen Ryan after congressional investigators sought information from him last month about possible contacts with Russia. The Trump team has expanded its constellation of legal expertise to keep pace not only with Mueller's inquiry but with parallel investigations at least three congressional committees are pursuing, including the Senate and House intelligence panels and the Senate Judiciary Committee."

* * *


That lock-out may be because the Trump administration didn't want the world seeing the Justice Department actually engaging in justice work by honoring Gavin Grimm.

[CN: Disablism] Robyn Powell at Rewire: How Media Coverage of Health-Care Protests by People With Disabilities Missed the Point. "As a woman with a disability, I was so happy to see the extensive local, national, and international coverage of the protests by the media. But while I am thrilled that the protest received so much attention, I am worried that some overlooked its purpose: to draw attention to the very real and devastating consequences people with disabilities will experience if the new health-care bill passes. ...This questioning of the protesters' competence is offensive. As leaders of ADAPT explained to ABC News, this action was planned well in advance. The protesters were at the Capitol because of their fears and outrage concerning the proposed draconian cuts to Medicaid: The House health-care bill included such drastic changes, and ADAPT correctly guessed the Senate bill would be similar."

[CN: Water contamination; racism; class warfare] Yessenia Funes at Colorlines: In East Chicago, Residents Can't Drink Their Water or Play Outside. "People are most familiar with what's happening to the water in Flint, Michigan, but the mostly Black and Hispanic residents of the West Calumet Public Housing Complex in the Indiana neighborhood aren't faring much better. Their soil and water contain lead levels hundreds of times above what the EPA deems safe. Residents were supposed to evacuate from the public housing complex by March 31, 2017... The city has provided the housing complex residents with section 8 housing vouchers, but [some residents have] had trouble finding an apartment that accepts the voucher."

And finally, in good news...

Daniel Boffey at the Guardian: Mayors of 7,400 Cities Vow to Meet Obama's Climate Commitments. "Mayors of more than 7,400 cities across the world have vowed that Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord will spur greater local efforts to combat climate change. At the first meeting of a 'global covenant of mayors,' city leaders from across the US, Europe and elsewhere pledged to work together to keep to the commitments made by Barack Obama two years ago. ...Kassim Reed, the mayor of Atlanta, told reporters he had travelled to Europe to 'send a signal' that US states and cities would execute the policies Obama committed to, whether the current White House occupants agreed or not."

Thank you, Mayors.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?

Head in the Clouds

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:00 am
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Posted by Melissa McEwan


You may have noticed that I love the sky.

I love the clouds, I love sunsets, I love storms, I love the moon and the stars.

When I was a little kid, I could spend long hours lying in the grass, looking up at the sky. In movies, this is frequently a device for conveying a child dreaming of being a pilot or an astronaut — and I imagine in real life there are a few pilots and astronauts, and flight attendants and skydivers and hot air balloon operators, who spent long hours looking up at the sky.

I never dreamed of a career in or beyond the clouds. I just looked at the sky because I love it.

To this day, I still spend as much time as I can looking at the sky, contemplating its contours and colors. It calms me.

Even in the midst of a window-rattling thunderstorm, when the sky sparkles with lightning and the air feel electric, the sky somehow soothes.

It encourages me to breathe. It makes me feel small, in a way that gives me perspective on what stresses me. It gives me a sense of place, when I am starting to feel unmoored.

"You and the clouds," Iain says. Because I am always looking up. Because I am always stopping in my tracks to admire the heavens. Because I am always exclaiming with breathless wonder, "Look at this sky!"

Look at this sky.

I look at the sky, different today than it was yesterday and different from what it will be tomorrow. There is something profoundly comforting to me in that.

Tomorrow will bring a new sky.

Weekday Escape - Retro Edition N°4

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:48 am
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Weekday Escape - Retro Edition N°4

How about a short excursion back in time? Are you ready? Good, four games from past are waiting for you this Wednesday on JIG! With Hottategoya, we are escaping from a functionalist architect's dream, concrete tower with complicated system of... Tagged as: blog, browser, escape, free, gatamari, hottategoya, japanese, kiteretsu, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g, weekday-escape

Family Portrait Fail

Jun. 28th, 2017 08:34 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

This was supposed to be a family portrait. I set up the camera, grabbed five Fellows and lined them up on the couch. I turned around and stepped towards the camera, and in that split second, four Fellows disappeared.

So here's their family portrait.

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Thanks, Robin.

I'll try again tomorrow.

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