A partial list of good and worthwhile things the GOP is out to destroy. February 24, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Works Roundup.
Tags: environmentalist, health insurance, it's the economy stupid, Politics, religion, support our troops
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A federal civilian hiring freeze ordered by President Donald Trump has forced at least two Army bases to indefinitely suspend some child care programs. Okay, louder for the folks in the back: Republicans do not support our troops. They pay lip service when it’s convenient and screw them over once it’s not. The party that gives a damn about the military is the Democrats.
“[The Obamacare removal of health-insurance lifetime limits] took effect September 23, 2010. Timmy was born September 29. On December 17, he surpassed $1 million worth of bills in the neonatal intensive care unit. He didn’t leave the NICU until he was 6 months old.” One of the many American children that Republicans don’t care about.
“In El Paso, 11-year-old Rudy Smith lost most of the therapy services that helped him cope with cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy, which plagues him with 50 to 100 seizures a day. His mother says she’s having trouble getting prescriptions filled, and the insurance company keeps sending her incorrect or faulty medical supplies.” A subset of the many children in Texas that Republicans don’t care about.
“I thought I should try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration, in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens. I lasted eight days.”
One more way the Trump administration is killing jobs: he’s on track to devastate our tourism industry. “A drop of that magnitude, if continued, would reduce the value of foreign travel within the U.S. by billions of dollars. And the number of jobs supported by foreign tourists and their expenditures in the United States—and thus lost—would easily exceed hundreds of thousands of workers in hotels, restaurants, transportation, stores, tour operations, travel agencies, and the like.”
A case from 2011, with lessons for today: “Cash gets angry when people tell him that his Hispanic workforce was taking jobs away from Americans. Since the new law began two weeks ago only two American citizens have come by his farm asking for work.”
Thousands of photographs showing what America looked like before the EPA. (Hint: there’s a whole lot of smog.)
Tuesday Works Roundup, 2/21/17 February 21, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in But I'm A Cat Person, Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup.
Tags: art, Comics, Femslash February, Homestuck, Homura/Madoka, Moana, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Suits, The Little Mermaid
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Dreambubble Girls (art | Meenah/Vriska | worksafe)
Suits and Tie-Pulling (art | Mike/Harvey | worksafe)
This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Celebrating the 6th anniversary. Now here’s what you missed on bicp….
This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Rowan and Violet are now officially Friends, the kind who look out for each other.
Tags: copyright, free stuff, it's the economy stupid, Politics, racism, religion
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Leaving Westboro Baptist: “When Brittany Murphy died, Phelps-Roper had seen the disparity between her reaction and that of the rest of the church as a sign that something was wrong with her. Now the contradiction of her mother’s glee and her own sadness made her wonder if something was wrong with the church.”
Leaving Stormfront: “But the unstated truth was that Derek was becoming more and more confused about exactly what he believed. Sometimes he looked through posts on Stormfront, hoping to reaffirm his ideology, but now the message threads about Obama’s birth certificate or DNA tests for citizenship just seemed bizarre and conspiratorial. He stopped posting on Stormfront. He began inventing excuses to get out of his radio show, leaving his father alone on the air each morning to explain why Derek wouldn’t be calling in.”
“Justin Bainbridge is 27 and works two jobs, but he wasn’t allowed to start saving money for his future until a few months ago. Bainbridge has Down syndrome, and like other people with disabilities who receive government benefits, he can’t have more than $2,000 in savings. If he does, he would start to lose those much-needed benefits. But a new type of savings vehicle is giving Bainbridge, and others, a chance to save more cash.”
“I moved my whole company to a five-hour workday where everyone works from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over a year later, we’re sticking with it.”
“As of [February 7], all images of public-domain works in The Met collection are available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). So whether you’re an artist or a designer, an educator or a student, a professional or a hobbyist, you now have more than 375,000 images of artworks from our collection to use, share, and remix—without restriction.”
Tags: health insurance, it's the economy stupid, Politics, racism
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“Good people devoted to and focused on a single good cause come to see — precisely because of that devotion — the connections and intersections of that cause and of other good and worthy causes. They recognize the truth of the holy scripture that says ‘We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.'”
“The CEO of a popular fast food chain said this week that he was “stunned” to see profits soar each time California passed minimum wage increases.” Your customers have more money, they buy more of your product! Shocking.
“Iceland tops the European table for the cleanest-living teens. The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016.” A lot of it would be easy to duplicate in the US (more afterschool programs!), although I don’t think “nationwide curfew on teenagers” would fly.
“My oldest sister is dead (2013), from colon cancer. No Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, no screening. My youngest sister lives despite ovarian cancer. Her Obamacare meant screening, surgery, treatment.”
Leaked audio from Republicans who have no idea WTF to do after repealing the ACA. And are scared of the political consequences of the clusterf@#k.
No wonder Republicans are the only ones to complain about in-person voter fraud: they’re the only ones anybody can find committing it.
“Official FBI guidelines acknowledge that white supremacists and right-wing extremists have infiltrated U.S. law enforcement agencies.”
“At least 13 Jewish Community Centers were evacuated [January 31], after the third wave of bomb threats this month was made against the religious centers. This latest spate of threats, which came in between 10 a.m. and noon, targeted JCCs in at least 11 states and is being investigated by the FBI. ”
Sharpie swastikas in the NYC subway, versus a car’s worth of people with Purell. There are lots of ways to fight Nazis besides punching.
Multifandom Works Roundup, 2/13/17 February 13, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup.
Tags: art, Danganronpa, Dreamworks Home, Femslash February, Gravity Falls, Harry Potter, Homestuck, Legend of Korra, Moana, Steven Universe, The Little Mermaid, yuri
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You Were My Hope (art | Mikan/Ibuki | worksafe)
Pacific Pines Embrace (art | Mabel/Pacifica | worksafe)
This time I’ll be the catgirl (art | Tonks/Hermione | worksafe)
Soft Lips, Sharp Blades (art | Vriska/Aranea | worksafe)
Legend of Korra
That’s Some Good Handmaidening (art | Korra/Asami | worksafe)
I Am A Girl Who Loves My Planet (art | Tip, Moana | worksafe)
That Scavenging Collector (comic | Moana/Ariel, Maui | G)
Figure drawings 2-11-17 (sketches, NSFW)
This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh s2 is out! February 11, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches.
Tags: Dreamworks Home
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I’m torn between wanting to binge the whole season overnight, and wanting to savor it one episode at a time. At this point I’m halfway through.
The good: References to book continuity. References to season 1. DieAnne is back! The Tip-Oh friendship is strong as ever, shattering some egregious tropes along the way. Lots of good lines, and the occasional bursting into song.
The bad: Some wince-worthy gender politics. Lots of bodily-function jokes. I can’t tell if there have been more in general this season, or if I just blanked the last round from memory. In specific, all of episode s04B is an extended fart joke. Was that necessary, show?
Any reference to the seven glorious Boov genders is catnip to me, and episode 01A gets right to it: Boy Boy Girl Band, featuring a singer named Boy Boy George.
“Their Boov hearts are breaking from disappointment!” “That’s a THING?!” “Yes! It totally is.”
In other noncishetero news, Oh gets a crush on a human boy in 02A (in the process of trying to flirt on Tip’s behalf). The boy doesn’t return it, and is pretty weirded out, but it feels like that’s because Oh is an alien — there’s no reference to gender being the weird part. I mean, very likely they kept it vague for the sake of plausible deniability, but. The lack of no-homo’ing is nice.
Oh’s impression of Tip with a crush: “I am going through human puberty emotions!”
When it turns out the boy only likes Tip because she’s cute, she gets a great outburst: “Cute is an accident! Personality is hard!”
I think the animators have gotten bored with drawing the standard Boov shape all the time. They’re going really wild with exaggerated body shapes, nostricle styles, and random colors and features.
Time loop in 02B! With bonus rips in the fabric of spacetime, temporarily fixed with duct tape.
Okay, background: the original novel has a sequel, in which Tip sneaks off to visit the Boov colony on a moon of Jupiter, and Oh struggles to invent a time machine which can retcon all his mistakes from the Gorg invasion. Here, there’s a time machine, but it doesn’t reference anything else in the books — Oh whips it up overnight when Tip has a bad day.
Lovely continuity with s1 in 03A. PomPom the pageant contestant reappears, as does the magnificent DieAnne from the Angerdome, with more muscles than ever. Tip becomes DieAnne’s peace mentor! It’s a tough job! DieAnne still tries to solve everything with punching! This is 100% going to be Jasper in a few seasons of Steven Universe, you watch.
Bodyswapping in 03B, with an impressively solid plot reason why it takes ages for people to notice that a cat brain is in Tip’s body. And then it plunges into horrifying chimera territory when the cat starts talking. Not okay!
More book-references in 05B, which features a group of Boov-hating preteen boys. Softened from the original, though. Instead of being an angry resistance in an underground hideout because the Boov invaded their planet and kidnapped their families, this is far post-invasion, and they’re mad because a Boov broke one kid’s bike.
Okay, you know the trope where a villain tries to sabotage a friendship by telling the people lies about each other, and it drives a wedge between them for long-term angst, even though the whole plan would fall apart if the friends just had a five-minute conversation about what was going on?
The boys try that on Tip and Oh. And it fails miserably, because they always talk to each other, and sort out the problem within like thirty seconds. This is great.
“Slushious is kind. She would never use baby ducks for evil!”
Slushious gets an AI voice in 07B. Cool! …It’s a female voice, and it exists for the sake of a plot about her becoming murderously jealous of Tip’s friendship with Oh. Less cool.
So it has a couple episodes that are incredibly skippable, but the good bits are excellent, and I’m excited to binge and/or savor the rest of the season.
Cops that don’t shoot getting sacked; cops that beat a kid on his own porch not even getting charged February 6, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: gun control, police brutality, racism
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People killed by police, 2017. The final total for 2016 was 1,153. This year, we’re already up to 124. It’s February.
White people shooting cops, to pointed silence from the #BlueLivesMatter crowd:
“Bill Jones, 35, allegedly shot two police officers after a standoff on Wednesday. Unlike the number of black men who’ve been shot at when police mistook cell phones for guns, Jones survived his tense standoff with police.” (He’s white. But you knew that.)
Two police officers were shot and killed, and I’m guessing you didn’t hear about it: “There was no massive national freak-out over these killings as there has been whenever the suspect is a person of color or has an Arabic-sounding name. The man accused of these killings is a white guy. Scott Michael Greene — whose home reportedly features a Trump/Pence sign in the front lawn — was allegedly upset with police after he was forced to leave a high school football game because he was waving a Confederate flag and threatening black students.”
“The Detroit man charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and weapons felony firearm for killing a 19-year-old woman on his porch was found guilty on all counts [on August 4].” Justice for Renisha McBride.
“Officer Marco Proano faces two federal civil rights charges for the 2013 shooting [at a car full of teenagers; they survived], which was caught on a dash cam.”
“They sit next to Mr. Crutcher’s daughter in class. They are her friends. Nearly every student has a tissue as we read the article together.”
“He gives the officers his ID, which lists the address as his residence, and he suggests the officers ask a neighbor to verify that he lives there. ” Dejuan Yourse, thankfully still alive, beaten by police for sitting on his own front porch.
Police brutality through the looking glass:
“Give the Weirton, W.Va., police chief some credit. He’s come up with a new spin on the the same problem. He just fired a cop for not killing someone.“
Multifandom works roundup, 1/30/17 January 30, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup.
Tags: Hello From The Magic Tavern, Labyrinth, Sailor Moon
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Leif & Thorn
Leif & Thorn Chibi Ensemble, stage 2 (chibis | Leif/Thorn, lots and lots of others | worksafe)
In the sparkling springtime (sketches | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Surf’s Up (art | Mata/Pato, Ivy | worksafe)
Vampire Castle (art | scenery | worksafe)
Hello From The Magic Tavern/Labyrinth
Should You Need Us…. (art | Usidore, Arnie/Sarah, Chunt, Jareth | worksafe)
This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Annie gets back to the surface, and Rowan gets a new musical obsession.
Notice when the #AllLivesMatter crowd doesn’t show up January 27, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: gun control, Politics, racism, religion
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“Immediately after the reports, BLM was blamed because Black people are violent threats who hate police, right? But that entire narrative was wrong—it turned out that the perpetrators were two white men who were far from affiliated with BLM. At that point, the Blue/All Lives Matter crew dropped the subject, not because it suddenly didn’t matter that the cops had died, but because the people who had killed them were no longer part of the threat group.”
“British police used a Taser on a black man they thought was a robber. He was their race-relations adviser.”
“Police officers responding to a burglar alarm fatally shot a homeowner, who had grabbed a gun when he spotted an intruder, after shots were fired in their direction as they arrived at his house.”
(Although most news stories about cops shooting homeowners involve a black victim, you can also read about the occasional white guy getting shot in his own house. Along with his dog.)
“Dozens of Jewish Community Centers in the U.S. were evacuated [January 18], including in Manhattan and California’s Bay Area, after receiving near-simultaneous bomb threats, according to various local reports.”
Millions of Shia Muslims made the pilgrimage of Arbaeen this fall, in defiance of Daesh’s threats and deadly attacks against the pilgrims.