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More stories of police officers who mysteriously still have their jobs. October 23, 2017

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People killed by police in the US, 2017. Currently at 970.

“Police in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night fatally shot a deaf man who they say was advancing toward them with a metal pipe as witnesses yelled that the man was deaf and could not hear them.” Fire those cops. They’re not competent to do the job. Justice for Magdiel Sanchez.

“An unarmed 15 y/o child died after being shot in the head by Balch Springs PD (TX). A cop shot muliple rounds into a car filled with teens.” Justice for Jordan Edwards.

“Three of the gunshots fired by officers Jason Anderson and Steven McNew struck Lyles in the front of the torso and chest, three struck her in the back or rear of her arm, and one grazed the side of her ribs, according to the report. Several of the wounds would have been life-threatening on their own, including the one that cut through her uterus and the fetus.” Dear lord, any kind of justice for Charleena Lyles.

Security officers can even feel attacked by black people who do not, strictly speaking, exist: “Emergency dispatch audio said the at-large suspect was a black man wearing a navy blue sweatshirt and black jeans […] After the search failed to find any suspect, Mr Ahlers admitted to police he had accidentally shot himself.

To be clear, sometimes the cops do kill white people: “A 21-year-old Georgia Tech student, who was the president of the campus Pride Alliance, was shot and killed by a Georgia Tech police officer, according to a statement released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.” Justice for Scout Schultz.

And here’s a case where the cop was black, and got himself in a panic after shooting at a white couple: “A Sevier County Sheriff’s Office deputy opened fire without warning in a mobile home park, suffered an apparent panic attack four minutes later and was forcibly disarmed by a paramedic.” The people he shot at were then jailed for more than a month for “assault.”

Notice how the people who talk about Black Lives Matter are still standing up and saying these last two incidents are unjust. The “all lives matter!” crowd is…mysteriously absent. Funny how that works.

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Monday roundup, 10/23/17 October 23, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
We’ll Call You (art | Walker, Gaillard, Köhler | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
A hope-we-don’t-get-caught kiss (comic | Leif/Thorn | G)
Making Keyite A Thing (comic | Leif/Thorn | G)

Hellsing
Ultimate Sailor Alex + Enrica (art | Anderson, Maxwell | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailors Heinkel x Yumie (art | Heinkel/Yumie | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Alucard x Walter (art | Girlycard/Walter | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawing 10-21-17 (life drawing, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Sparrow’s gonna get the hang of teleporting any week now.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Happy second anniversary to the comic! Also, Violet has a solo adventure.

Monday Works Roundup, 10/16/17 October 16, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
We Are The Crystal Masters (art | Bianca, Miranda, Sparrow, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Moss and Thorn (art | Moss, Thorn | worksafe)
Rebuilding (wallpaper | Mata, Pato | worksafe)
Gone Floating (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Teaching something new (sketch | Birch/Annie | worksafe)
Cooking together (sketch | Leif, Katya | worksafe)
Objectified Objects (art | Leif/Thorn, Katya | NSFW-ish)

Hellsing
Ultimate Sailors Pip x Seras (art | Seras/Pip | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Kim (art | Kim | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Ensnared Juri (art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

Rick and Morty
You Would Be Great On The Council (sketch | Rick/Rick | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figures, Hands, and Feet (life drawing, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Jany tries her hand at hacking! Not on her own, thankfully.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif gets an update from Katya, and wants to go visit Thorn…if he can finish his work first.

Puerto Rico needs help, there are still too many Americans being shot, and Trump is a vile human being. October 5, 2017

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The numbers have been in for years: “…and came back with an unambiguous conclusion: states that made it easier for their citizens to go armed in public had higher levels of non-fatal violent crime than those states that restricted the right to carry.” (Levels of fatal violent crime, to be clear, aren’t lower. They were unaffected.)

But for some people, it will never sink in until it gets personal.

The guitarist who was playing at the Las Vegas massacre finally got it: “We actually have members of our crew with CHL [concealed handgun license] licenses, and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless. We couldn’t touch them for fear the police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us.”

GEE, YA THINK.

Look, buddy, we could have used you five or ten or twenty massacres ago. But you’re here now, and that’s better than nothing. Maybe you can help us figure out how to talk to the kind of person you used to be.

You know, when I was in grade school, they never taught us that Puerto Rico was part of the US. It literally never came up.

“Now a former foreign disaster assistance chief under President Barack Obama, who said he was trying ‘to be balanced’ regarding Trump’s handling of the situation because he knows ‘how hard this stuff is,’ said that the report has finally made him snap — ‘so mad I could spit.’

The family had almost run out of drinking water. Their isolated community of Caonillas had received no aid from the local or federal government, residents said. And they had no way to make the perilous trek to town; the winding roads had been obliterated and six of the family’s cars had been stored in a garage that collapsed, crushing five of the vehicles and sending the sixth sliding down the mountainside and into a river.”

And Trump is showing up and chucking rolls of paper towels into the crowd, like the bouquet at the wedding, like a prize on a game show, because he thinks this is entertainment. Because he doesn’t care. Because he is a disgusting stain on the soul of humanity.

Monday-ish Works Roundup, 10/3/17 October 3, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Fashionable Slogans (art | Sparrow, Bianca, Timothy, Miranda, Jany | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Leif & Thorn Calendar Vol. 1 (calendar! | Leif/Thorn, Kale | worksafe)
Hy Fashion -AI ver.- (art | Hyacinth | worksafe)

Ava’s Demon
Flaming Arrow (art | Ava/Odin | worksafe)

Game of Thrones
Fire and Ice (sketch | Jon/Dany | worksafe)
Saving the North (sketch | Jon/Sansa | worksafe)

Hellsing, Saint Tail, Madeline, TCR
Shine Profiles – The Catholics (art | Maxwell, Anderson, Heinkel, Yumie/ko, Timothy, Madeline, Renaldo, Seira, Meimi, “Stephen” | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings (sketches, NSFW-ish)
ION Officers (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Your questions! My answers! Exciting behind-the-scenes content! By which I mean thumbnails.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn chats with subordinates old and new, but feels Leif’s absence . . .

#WebcomicWednesday: Webcomic fandoms in Yuletide 2017 September 27, 2017

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The tag set for Yuletide 2017, the annual holiday small-fandom fic exchange, is out!

This post filters it down to the webcomics, along with all the available characters to offer/request. Scan it for old favorites that you’ve always wanted to read or write fic for…and as for the ones you’ve never heard of, now is the perfect time to give them a try.

Always Raining Here
Adrian Hlaváček, Carter Brooks, Jason Keller, Maria Wong

Apothecia
Spore Alien, Jessie

Demon of the Underground
Annie, Jasper Samsid, Merritt, Pogo

Digger (Comic)
Jhalm, Digger-of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnels, Murai, Shadowchild

Dumbing of Age
Becky MacIntyre, Carla Rutten, Danny Wilcox, Dina Saruyama, Ethan Siegal, Sal Walkerton

An Easy Target
Choi Yule, Ha Kyung Soo

Elsewhere University
Antler Fae, Boy With Frog’s Eyes, Girl With Hollow Back, Stolen Musician

Girl Genius
Axel Higgs, Bangladesh DuPree, Jenka (Girl Genius), Zeetha Daughter of Chump

Gunnerkrigg Court
Antimony Carver, Coyote, Katerina Donlan, Paz Cadena-Blanco, Reynardine, Robot

Hark! A Vagrant
Dr. Sara Josephine Baker, Nemesis, Pirate

How To Be A Werewolf
Elias Ross, Malaya Dysangco Walters, Marisa Salcedo, Vincent Dysangco Walters

Kill Six Billion Demons
Jagganoth, Nyave Anyadis, Allison Ruth, Cio, Incubus, Mottom, White Chain, Zoss

Knights-Errant
Anton, Beppe

Lackadaisy
Atlas May, Dorian “Zib” Zibowski, Elsa Bastion, Ivy Pepper, Mitzi May, Mordecai Heller, Nico Savoy, Serafine Savoy, Viktor Vasko

Lady of the Shard
Acolyte, Old God, Radiant Goddess

Leftover Soup
Carol, Ellen, Lily, Nicole

Leif & Thorn
Agent Delphinium, Matatuhi Kaihanga, Olive Romarin, Patotara Kaihanga, Rowan Muscade, Violet Dupont, Leif of Sønheim, Thorn Estragon

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
Amal Chakravarthy, TJ Freeman

Long Exposure
Javier Osorio, Jonas Wagner, Mitch Mueller, Scratch Dyer

Monster Pulse
Abel Elizondo, Bina Blum, Nancy, Wanda Lulenski

Namesake
Alice Purcell, Emma Crewe, Selva Chopper, Warrick Chopper

No End
Jenna Reid, Jeremy Edison, Ramona Taylor, Tristan Khouri | Cotton

Oglaf
Orc Captain, Greir, Navaan, Snow Queen, Vanka

The Order of the Stick
Belkar, Bitterleaf Elan, Haley Starshine, Vaarsuvius

Questionable Content
Brun, Clinton Augustus, Elliot, Hannelore “Hanners” Ellicott-Chatham, Pintsize, Shame Orb, Yelling Bird, Bubbles, Faye Whitaker

A Redtail’s Dream
Åsa Skärsholm, Ellu Viitanen, Hannu Viitanen, Jonna Kuikka, Joona Kuikka, Jouko Kuikka, Kielo Miettinen, Kokko, Paju Kinnunen, Riikka Skärsholm, Samuli Tiira, Swan of Tuonela | Tuonelan Joutsen, Ville

Riot Nrrd
Maria Ortiz, Nhi Nguyen, Samantha Jay, Wren Watanabe

Saint For Rent
Jingtian Demort, Kanon, Meilü

Slavonica
Czesia, Luba, Mojmira, Sambor

Sleepless Domain
Kokoro, Tessa Quinn, Undine, Zoe

Small Trolls
Jáhko Hammarström, Veeti Harmonsuo

Stand Still Stay Silent
Agneta, Emil Västerström, Ensi Hotakainen, Lalli Hotakainen, Mikkel Madsen, Onni Hotakainen, Reynir Árnason, Sigrun Eide, Siv Västerström, Tuuri Hotakainen, Kitty

Starfighter
Abel, Cain, Deimos, Praxis

Subnormality
Pink Haired Girl, Sphynx, Zoe Muggs, Ethel

Sunstone
Alan Benson, Allison Carter, Anne, Lisa Williams

Unfather
Kyunghee, Sihyun

Unknown Code
Hammer the Pixel, Kim Bo Gang, Song Ji You, Yoon Phil

Wilde Life
Darcy Flores, Eliza Proctor, Oscar Wilde (Wilde Life), Clifford Norman

Year in Hereafter
Jaakko Ilmarinen, Mikael Lapintaival, Sakari Harmonsuo, Siiri Harmonsuo, Veeti Harmonsuo

Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic
Charlotte, Elzear’bith, Gren Razortooth, Lucas Greyfort, Cadugan, Clover Firelight

“I talked with the federal authorities two weeks ago, asking for additional federal assistance, I was told point-blank ‘no’.” September 26, 2017

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Paul Ryan’s tax postcard, explained: “The form’s simplicity makes its priorities clear: No matter what rates are applied or which deductions or credits are allowed, a worker would end up paying twice as much in taxes as an investor with the same income.

GOP sheriffs reportedly under pressure from Trump to break the law. Good on them for standing their ground. (Are Democratic sheriffs not getting credit for resisting, or simply not being asked?)

Oregon governor asked the Trump adminstratiion for wildfire support: “I talked with the federal authorities two weeks ago, asking for additional federal assistance, I was told point-blank ‘no’.”

“In the 35 years between their jobs as janitors, corporations across America have flocked to a new management theory: Focus on core competence and outsource the rest. The approach has made companies more nimble and more productive, and delivered huge profits for shareholders. It has also fueled inequality and helps explain why many working-class Americans are struggling even in an ostensibly healthy economy.

“My supervisor, for example, runs a large department. He was just promoted to a new, even more demanding position, but his position running the department will not be filled. He will now be doing what is a 60-to-70-hour job ‘on the side.’

“Virtually all the top political jobs below Carson remained vacant. Carson himself was barely to be seen — he never made the walk-through of the building customary of past new secretaries. ‘It was just nothing,’ said one career employee. ‘I’ve never been so bored in my life. No agenda, nothing to move forward or push back against. Just nothing.’

“We find that white Trump supporters randomly exposed to a black (versus a white) man in the context of soliciting their support for a housing-assistance policy were more opposed to the policy, angrier about the policy, and more likely to blame beneficiaries for their situation.

“But it’s the degree to which the alt-righters differed from the comparison sample that’s most striking — especially when it came to measures of dehumanization, support for collective white action, and admitting to harassing others online..”

“Mr. Hermansson, who was sent undercover by the British anti-racist watchdog group Hope Not Hate, spent months insinuating himself into the alt-right, using his Swedish nationality (many neo-Nazis are obsessed with Sweden because of its “Nordic” heritage) as a way in. It wasn’t always easy. ‘You want to punch them in the face,’ he told me of the people he met undercover.

Monday Works Roundup, 9/25/17 September 25, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Spotlight Noir (art | Walker, Cohen, Being ensemble | worksafe)
Glam and Dapper (art | Camellia, Reseda, Kara Lynn, Jany | worksafe)
Rising From The Ruins (art | a whole Being ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Blue Sea Glass (comic | Gem!Leif/Thorn, WiB, fusion | worksafe)
A Magical Flight (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Hellsing(/Sailor Moon)
Sailor Hellsing sketchpile (sketches | ensemble | worksafe)
The Hellsings (art | Integra, Alucard, Walter, Seras, Pip, Jeeves, Arthur, Thien, Penwood, Integra’s mom | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Ribboned Wrists (art | Madoka | worksafe, suggestive)

General/Miscellaneous
Moon Windows (art nouveau graphic, worksafe)
Priests and Clubs (commissioned art, worksafe)
Comfort sketchpile (sketches | Sunset Shimmer, Adagio Dazzle, Moana, Te Fiti, Stephen, Sam, Pocket Gloria Steinem | worksafe)
Handy Escape (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cybele recompiles! Did the experiment work?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn lays the foreshadowing for a Significant Contest.

“Even a single page of bullet points on the country seemed to tax the president’s attention span.” September 15, 2017

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“A self-described “email prankster” in the UK fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials, including an episode where he convinced the White House official tasked with cyber security that he was Jared Kushner and received that official’s private email address unsolicited.”

“Among [McMaster’s] biggest challenges was holding the attention of the president. […] Trump had little time for in-depth briefings on Afghanistan’s history, its complicated politics or its seemingly endless civil war. Even a single page of bullet points on the country seemed to tax the president’s attention span on the subject, said senior White House officials.”

From August: “Residents told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that at least 100 civilians had been killed [by US-led airstrikes on Raqqa] since Sunday, with 55 civilians killed in the eastern neighbourhoods of Bedou and al-Sukhani on Monday.”

And my eleven-year-old asked me what that sticker meant, and what did it have to do with Trump, and weren’t we not supposed to use words like that.”

Meanwhile, when people were lining up for a Hillary Clinton book signing (starting the night before), she sent her staff to deliver them pizzas. Imagine having someone like that in the Oval Office. Imagine.

Good news about escaping from Irma, Chechnya, and/or the KKK September 10, 2017

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The last flight out of Puerto Rico, ninja’ing its way out the narrow spiral between the body of Hurricane Irma and one of the arms. These pilots, and the people on the ground who plotted that flight, deserve some kind of medal.

“They helped him get job training. They helped him get counseling. And now, as a former white supremacist himself, he will receive training on how to help other people. It’s a very individual program and it really works.” The important work of Life After Hate (whose government funding got cut under this administration, because of course).

I was a neo-Nazi. Then I fell in love with a black woman.” It’s more complicated and less Pollyanna than the headline suggests, but the progress is genuine.

“For three months, the [Canadian] federal government has been secretly spiriting gay Chechen men from Russia to Canada, under a clandestine program unique in the world.”

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all our letters could be published in the future in a more enlightened time. Then all the world could see how in love we are.