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December Talking Meme November 30, 2018

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Pick a day! Give me a topic! I will write at least 100 words about it.

Nabbed from muccamukk.

* * Full list of dates & prompts here! * *

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The latest adventures of “good guys with guns” November 23, 2018

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People killed by police in the US, 2018. Discontinued by the volunteer maintainer at the end of July, at 720.

“Roberson was wearing his uniform, including a hat emblazoned with the word “security,” and was holding a firearm he was licensed to carry. Midlothian police confirmed that two officers responded to the scene at the bar on Sunday and that one of them opened fire.” He WAS the “good guy with a gun,” and that’s what got him shot and killed by another “good guy with a gun.”

“Dallas police said Friday they are seeking a warrant for manslaughter against one of their own after an off-duty officer entered the wrong apartment in her building and killed a man who [actually lived there].” That’s right, she didn’t even pretend to be investigating a suspected crime, she just walked into a guy’s apartment and killed him. Justice for Botham Shem Jean.

They saw a car full of black people sitting in front of a Walmart, and they decided that was suspicious. They just began pouring bullets … It’s irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It’s mind-boggling, the use of force.” Justice for Diante Yarber.

[A police spokesperson] confirmed that Washington had a valid concealed carry permit. Washington was a Navy veteran and an employee with the United States Postal Service since 1998. He worked with the collections unit as a letter carrier at the main office in downtown Portland, where he also served as the union shop steward.” Justice for Jason Erik Washington.

“Banning large magazines and bump stocks was part of PERF’s call to limit the availability of high-power firearms. The Waffle House shooting also raised the issue of “red flag” laws, under which authorities are empowered to seize weapons from those who show signs of mental illness or other crises. Police had earlier taken guns from the Waffle House shooter, but his father apparently returned them to him.”

This last one, this is the big one. The way to stop this bad guy with a gun was to stop him from having guns, and the law had him clocked before the shooting, but with NRA-tied hands they weren’t able to follow through.

Monday Works Roundup, 11/19 (Chroma Key, Rainbow Six, Sailor Moon, etc) November 20, 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
Collar Blush (sketch | Kara Lynn/Jany | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Backsword Hearts (wallpaper | Artie, Juniper | worksafe)
Kamen Gardener W (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Chroma Key
Chroma Puns (comic | Fuchsia | G)

Rainbow Six
Rainbow Frost (chibi | Frost | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Uranus Pride (art | Haruka | worksafe)
Pluto Pride (art | Setsuna | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Lesbian Labrys Pride Stamp (stamp)
Chibi Devil (reward chibi, worksafe)
Bear Pride Stamp (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Jany and Miranda touch base with each other’s backstories, Beings, and broadcasting prospects.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Acai gives the Woman in Black some backstory.

All the miscellaneous links I’ve been hoarding up through the midterms November 7, 2018

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Trying to actually clear out my to-post pile — from political, technical, and fannish links alike.


Useful:

“Am I really just lazy?: A helpful key to why you are not doing that thing you know you are supposed to be doing.

Many of us are taught to make sure our sites can be used via keyboard. Why is that, and what is it like in practice? Chris Ashton did an experiment to find out.” Great article, prompted me to review my own sites and make some updates.

“At the end of June, through Comic Tea Party, I surveyed webcomic/indie comic readers and gathered data on their reading habits. This included questions about reading frequency and how they interacted with the comics they read. The survey received 188 responses, and today I would like to go through the data and share what we have learned.”


Depressing:

The YouTubers taking this challenge are very young, and they are making fetish content for adults. They just don’t know it.” Creepy. (Article from 2016.)

Bowles knew the sedative was “dripping into her veins” and that at any second she would cede control to a surgeon who had just revealed his intention to do something she’d explicitly asked him not to do. She felt panicked, but her body was unable to move. She recalls saying no twice, repeating that she wanted to be flat.”

Many parents and their kids are becoming more and more immersed in the fandoms surrounding their favorite shows, movies, and books. The below article by guest contributor Sean Z. is an in-depth look at the recent history of fandom and some of the pitfalls we should all be aware of and be discussing with our kids.


Uplifting:

The intersex community is counting on doctors to improve the treatment conditions our community has inherited. We dream of a world in which diverse sex traits are once again seen as natural variations, as they are in some cultures — not problems to be fixed. It can be intimidating to be called upon to rebuild a paradigm. But at least there’s a step-by-step guide.”

So, hey, it seems like George Takei is cool. (And literally did get targeted by Russia-based propaganda networks.)


Miscellaneous:

If Le Guin’s hand-drawn map of the icebound planet Gethen is somewhat obscure, it’s perhaps because it seems to pop up for the first time only in the endpapers of The Hainish Novels & Stories. Published in 2017, the year before the author’s death.”

“The Dutch firm Ecory was commissioned to research the impact of piracy for several months, eventually submitting a 304-page report to the EU in May 2015. […] illegal downloads and streams can actually boost legal sales of games, according to the report. The only negative link the report found was with major blockbuster films.” (So guess what was the only part of the report that got released?)

“Not since the angel Gabriel visited Muhammad in a cave around 610 AD, informing him that he is God’s prophet, has there been a new globally influential religion with hundreds of millions of followers. Though the world’s religions are very dynamic, and major faiths continue to shift and evolve in ritual and doctrine, the world today is dominated by the same four faiths that dominated the globe a millennium ago: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. According to a 2012 Pew study, 92 percent of religiously affiliated people around the globe belong to one of these four faiths.” An investigation on some of the cults and mini-religions growing today, and why it’s been so long since one of them made it big.

Monday Works Roundup, 11/5 (Sailor Moon, webcomics) November 5, 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
BICP Chibisplosion Wallpaper 1 (doodles | Sparrow, Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)
BICP Chibisplosion Wallpaper 2 (doodles | Camellia, Reseda, Walker, Blake, Miranda, Poe, Cybele | worksafe)
It’s Important To Vote (comic | BICP ensemble | G)

Leif & Thorn
Three Years of Leif & Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Halloween Ladies (sketch | Hotaru, Chibiusa, Serenity | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 23 – Shoulda drawn this ahead of time (comic, G)
Lesbian Flag With Labrys Stamp – Base (stamp)
Halloween Celestial (exchange art, worksafe)
Polyamorous Flag Stamp – Base (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Vote. It’s important.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The Woman in Black takes refuge from the rain…in the home of one of the few people who remembers her face.