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Monday works roundup, 12/31/2018 December 31, 2018

Posted by Erin Ptah in Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup.
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Leif & Thorn
Me And My Cat, We Match (art | WiB, Cat in Black | worksafe)
Handstand (sketch | Thorn | worksafe)
Slow dancing (sketch | WiB/Iona | worksafe)
Warm Winter Vacation (art | Leif/Thorn, Tiernan | worksafe)

Daily/Colbert
The Colberts Take Tumblr (comic | Stephen, liberal!Stephen | G)
An “Into the Colbert-Verse” Christmas (comic | Stephen, liberal!Stephen | G)

Sailor Moon
Saturn Pride (art | Hotaru | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Trans Woman Pride Stamp (stamp)
Chibi Alefina (commission, worksafe)
Trans Man Pride Stamp (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Walker contemplates firing a bunch of people to cheer herself up.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
This episode of Hedge & Grassie takes a turn nobody saw coming. (Or at least, none of y’all commented about it.)

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Burns & Allen Transcript: Gracie’s Christmas Party (1947-12-25) December 31, 2018

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The year is 1947 — specifically, Christmas 1947. Totò is right in the middle of being Italy’s greatest comedian; corporal punishment is still treated lightly enough to come up in casual jokes; and Gracie Allen, for the first and last time in her entire career, has called in sick to work.

Yes, it’s the one and only episode where Gracie’s lines are handled by someone else — the marvelously talented Jane Wyman. (Just a year later, Wyman won the Academy Award for Best Actress, along with the first of her three Golden Globes.)

Download the episode here (this one doesn’t seem to be on YouTube), and read the transcript below. (Previous transcripts.)

There’s a couple question marks left where I couldn’t quite catch a word. If you can tell what they’re saying, please comment and let me know! (more…)

I wish we could stop calling it a “government shutdown.” December 31, 2018

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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It makes people think every government program is coming to a screeching halt — and if there are no visible effects on their lives, their next thought will be “wow, what do we need government for anyway??”

Even though, if the operation of the federal government did really shut down, they would Notice.

Imagine if all flights were grounded because the TSA wasn’t in service. Imagine if Social Security checks went on hold, and Medicare service stopped being covered. Imagine no mail being delivered. Imagine how everyone with an international business would feel if the borders were actually closed, even for a very short time. Imagine not a single member of the Secret Service being on-duty.

And, on a slight time-delay, imagine the outbreaks of e.coli that could happen while the FDA isn’t checking your food, or the terrorist attacks that could be planned while the FBI isn’t listening.

What’s really happening is “lots of government employees are continuing to come to work without getting paid.”

…which is kind of amazing, if you think about it. Anyone who doesn’t work in public service: imagine if your boss said “hey, listen, you’re not getting your next paycheck, but keep coming to work anyway, we’ll have you covered eventually.” You wouldn’t believe it for a second. You’d assume there was bankruptcy on the horizon. Maybe you’d stay long enough to raid the supply closet, but the next day would be spent sleeping in, watching Netflix, and updating your resume.

(Congress, btw, is not included in this deferment. Because of course they’re not.)

(December talking meme.)