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There are gun laws that make people safer, and then there are gun laws the NRA likes. February 28, 2018

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“After the Newtown massacre of schoolchildren in 2012, President Obama issued an executive order instructing the CDC to “conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it.” But the agency has refused unless it receives a specific appropriation to cover the research. Congress played its obligatory role in acting as the NRA’s cat’s-paw by repeatedly rejecting bills to provide $10 million for the work.”

“The [Johns Hopkins Bloomberg] survey, believed to be the first nationally representative sample in 15 years to examine gun storage practices in U.S. households, found that 54 percent of gun owners reported not storing all their guns safely.

“When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were also outside the school and had not entered.” Good Guys With Guns are batting 0 for 4 so far.

Police in Amarillo shot an innocent man who helped foil a possible church shooting.” That’s right, these Good Guys With Guns shot more innocent people than the armed hostage-taker did.

“Rather than fault the ideologues or the National Rifle Association (NRA), which advocate and promote the ownership and use of high-capacity assault weapons, gun extremists blame the FBI and local law enforcement, though that law enforcement went to the Parkland assailant’s house 39 times but had no legal authority to take him into custody, to disarm him, or to require him to seek mental health treatment.” When the NRA gets laws passed that even the police agree make us less safe.

Here’s some good news:

“After Connecticut’s General Assembly passed the package of gun laws, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, signed it into law, gun-related deaths started to drop. According to the chief medical examiner’s office in Connecticut, the number of deaths resulting from firearms — including homicides, suicides and accidents — fell to 164 in 2016, from 226 in 2012.

Every time gun deaths come up in the news, there’s some article about a factor I hadn’t even thought about, but that seems so obvious once it was pointed out. Like this (which doubles as more good news):

“ThinkProgress asked more than two dozen corporations that offer incentives to NRA members whether they plan to continue their relationships with the gun lobby. A growing number of those companies have ended their relationship with the NRA since this list was initially published.”

And this:

“An aspect of gun control that other countries practice that doesn’t come up in America a lot is ammunition control. In Japan, if you’re one of the privileged few allowed to own a gun (and only shotguns and rifles are legal), you have to return all your spent cartridges if you want to buy any more. In Israel, after you’ve purchased the one gun you’re allowed to own, you’re given a box of 50 bullets, and that’s it. You can’t buy any ammunition anywhere, that’s your lifetime supply, although a shooting range will provide you with more, but only for use at that range. Even in countries with more relaxed gun control laws, like Switzerland and Serbia, buying ammunition requires all the same paperwork as buying a gun (mental health records, criminal records, etc) and you can only buy ammo for the gun you own. Gun control advocates in the US should consider placing an emphasis on ammunition control in addition to everything else.


Tuesday Works Roundup, 2/27 February 27, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Gents in suits (sketch | Bennett, Cohen | worksafe)
Fuzzy Battle (sketch | Reseda, Cybele, Patrick | worksafe)
Seven Magical Years (art | Being ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Sweet shower moments (sketches | Leif/Thorn, Tiernan | worksafe)
Sapphire-Bloodstone-Obsidian Hexafusion (gemsona art | Thorn, Del, WiB | worksafe)

Shirtsleeves (art | Peter/Brockdorff | worksafe)

PhD Survival Guide (commissioned cover art, worksafe)
Olive Grove (commissioned character art, worksafe)
Vampire Window (art nouveau graphic)
Cat-Ear Frames (art nouveau graphic)
Biron (commissioned character art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick is having a quiet sleepless night.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Holly talks about mage history and leveling-up.

Multifandom Recommendations, 2/23/18 February 23, 2018

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  • Animorphs | Elfangor, team | G | the AU where they’re 3
    The little boy closest to him, sitting on the ground in a pose that suggests he fell over backwards from looking up too enthusiastically, pulls the thumb he was sucking out of his mouth and breaks the silence. “Are you an alien?”

  • Hellsing | Integra/Alucard | M | Cling
    They taste and taste, until finally, they devour.

    Or, a series of moments and firsts between Integra Hellsing and Alucard.

  • Sailor Moon | Usagi/Mamoru, team | G | What If
    Setsuna sighed, picked up her teacup. “Fine. You two…” she clicked her tongue. Muttered something under her breath that sounded a lot like, “Pair of idiots,” as she sipped her tea, but that couldn’t be right, Usagi thought. Setsuna’s teacup clinked back into the saucer and everything went white.
    series:sailor moon,pairing:usagi_mamoru,fic:one-shot,trope:timetravel

  • Hellsing | Integra/Seras | T | Morning Glories
    Seras may live for centuries. Integra won’t. Written for the prompt “morning glory” in the Femslashficlets language of flowers prompt table challenge.

  • Jeeves | Jeeves/Bertie | M | A Present for Jeeves
    If Jeeves had been there, he would have been able to tell me exactly how to rifle through a fellow’s belongings with minimal disturbance and maximal efficiency, but he wasn’t there, which was rather to the point as it was in Jeeves’s bedroom that I was doing said rifling.
    fic:one-shot,series:jeeves & wooster,pairing:jeeves_wooster

  • Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie | T | Jeeves and the Brighton Birthday
    Have I told you about Jeeves? My man, you know; in every sense, these past few years. I must have, though the circumstances of our changed relation might be a story worth telling in itself. So, pull up a chair, select a beverage of your choice, and let us begin: It started, as these things often do, with a summer, an absence, and a telegram.
    fic:one-shot,pairing:jeeves_wooster,series:jeeves & wooster

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Madoka/Hitomi/Sayaka | M | Girls Can Love Girls!
    Hitomi is invited to a sleepover one night with her good friends Madoka and Sayaka. After an enjoyable few hours, she’s shocked to hear that the two of them are dating. But that shock is nothing compared to the following news that they want to date her too. But that shock is nothing compared to what they’re willing to do to get her to agree.
    fic:one-shot,series:puella magi madoka magica,trope:polyamory,pairing:madoka_sayaka_hitomi,yuri

Multifandom Recommendations, 2/16/18 February 16, 2018

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  • Sailor Moon | Usagi/Mamoru, Ami, Rei | T | Foiled Plans
    As she hopped her shoes on in the elevator, Usagi’s brain flipped through her options. Rei was dismissed out of hand, Makoto considered briefly – but Usagi didn’t need tea and sympathy, nor did she need anyone beat up (at least, not yet).
    series:sailor moon,fic:one-shot,pairing:usagi_mamoru

Always remember that there are things we can do. NRA-backed politicians just won’t do them. February 15, 2018

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Including links I’ve been saving since last year.

School Shooting in Kentucky Was Nation’s 11th of Year. It Was Jan. 23.

“The 32-year-olds connected immediately. They joked about their mutual love of golf. He recommended new beers for her to try as she showed him the large floral tattoo covering much of her back. They realized that they were both staying at the Luxor.” A heartbreaking profile from the Vegas shooting.

“If Cruz’s role is confirmed, the Parkland school shooting would be the second school shooting by a white supremacist in the past two months. ”

When you’re on that list, lying about it in order to buy a gun is a federal felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Yet of the thousands of denials referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, federal prosecutors pursued charges in only 20 cases in 2015, the latest year for which figures are available.”

“Gun violence researchers say that no law can eliminate the risk of mass shootings, which are unpredictable and represent a small minority of gun homicides over all. But there are a handful of policies that could reduce the likelihood of such events, or reduce the number of people killed when such shootings do occur. And several of them have strong public support.

Monday Works Roundup, 2/12/18 February 12, 2018

Posted by Erin Ptah in But I'm A Cat Person, Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup.
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But I’m A Cat Person
Falconry Glove (art | Miranda, Poe | worksafe)
Bunny Hoodies (art | Cybele, Bennett | worksafe)
Hardware Wives Meet Cute (comic | Constance, Sharon, Sparrow | G)

Leif & Thorn(/various)
Character vs. Inspiration: Rhódon (comic | Rhódon, Madoka, Rose Quartz | G)
Sword x Plant (sketches | Leif/Thorn | NSFW-ish)

Super Sailors Hellsing (art | Integra, baobhan sith | worksafe)

I Know Your Name (art | Moana, Te Ka | worksafe)

Webcomic Woes 5 – Uncooperative weather (comic, G)
Purple polka dot background (free pattern, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Baby Imri survives his first meeting with vampire Stanczia, and signs himself up for a second.

I spent all night uploading Hellsing images so I had an excuse to avoid writing February 6, 2018

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…and to be fair, it worked.

I’d sort of resigned myself to never making a fully posted-and-sorted gallery of my Hellsing image folders. Tried a couple of different hosts over the years and none of them suited. Then, after figuring out how to start a Leif & Thorn wiki, I realized my host also has one-click installations for gallery software. A bit of research on comparative features and we were in business.

(A bit more research, and we were getting Piwigo layout customization that’ll stick without being eaten.)

Check out this lovely tag page. Mmmmm.

There were a bunch of anime and OVA screencaps where I didn’t know offhand what episode they were from — if you can pinpoint any of them, drop a line and let me know.

Not yet posted: a buttload of OVA screencaps that are so unsorted, they still have their auto-added VLC filenames. But now I finally have a place to put ’em when they’re ready.

Monday Works Roundup, 2/5/18 February 5, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Everybody Gets A Loaf And A Fish (art | Timothy, Reseda | worksafe)
Dapper Cat Ladies (sketch | Sparrow, Bianca | worksafe)
Sleepy Rabbit (sketch | Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Embassy Beach Episode (art | Róta, Alruna, Geirölul, Sigrún, Brynhildr, Mist | worksafe)
Screw the TOS (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

An Armful of Integra (art | Alucard/Integra | worksafe)

A Boov Calls (art | Tip, Oh | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Lilo & Stitch, /Sailor Moon
The Crystal Cosplayers (art | Lilo, Stitch, uncles, Steven, Lion, Crystal Gems | worksafe)
Rose Warriors (art | Connie, Mamoru | worksafe)

Bookplate Borders (art nouveau, worksafe)
The Druid and the Paladin (commissioned art, worksafe)
Webcomic Woes 3: Getting on the radar (comic, G)
Webcomic Woes 4: Coming out even (comic, G)
Stars and clouds (stock art, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Some final Leif/Thorn cuddling, then it’s on to Valentine vampires.

Yahoo email is…fixed, maybe? February 4, 2018

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Update: I started getting emails again, though some of them are heavily delayed — as of the morning of February 4, I’m still just-getting some things that were sent in the evening of February 1, and there are at least a few still to come.

Tech support said “The engineers let me know that they’ve fixed the issue and everything should be working now.” I kinda suspect this is BS and they have no idea what happened.

But new emails appear to be showing up in realtime. Which is good, because some of the sites where I switched to a Gmail address are still happily sending things to Yahoo.

So, yeah. Go ahead and send things to whichever address you have on record, I guess. They’ll both work, probably.

My Yahoo email just…flat-out stopped working. February 2, 2018

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I haven’t been getting emails since early afternoon, judging by the comments on Leif & Thorn that didn’t make it through.

Figured it out when I tried to send one, and got the error message “Some information below is incorrect. Please double check each field.” In a reply to an email chain where previous replies, same subject and address and everything, had gone through just fine.

Oh, and googling the error gets a ton of abandoned forum posts with long chains of un-addressed users pleading for help to the empty void.

So I’ve spent the better part of the past two hours updating my email with every account I can think of. That includes Leif & Thorn, But I’m A Cat Person, Shine, AO3, ff.net, Lulu, Dreamwidth, Deviantart, Twitter, IFTTT, Tagpacker, Patreon, Project Wonderful, Siteground, 8tracks, this very WordPress account, the NYTimes daily digest, my book club, and my French Word Of The Day. (Still gotta tackle Facebook, TVTropes, ComicRocket, and Neopets…)

The new email is also sailorptah, just on gmail. It’s been around as a backup for a while now. Looks like it’s about to take center stage in a hurry.

So, yeah. If you need to reach me by email for any reason, this would be the time to update your address book.

(Update: Fixed, probably.)