Investigators of Infernal Incidents

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:31 pm
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So, I've spent the past six days re-watching The Talons of Weng-Chiang in honour of the death of Trevor Baxter. I'm always happy to have a reason to return to this bit of the Hinchcliff era (regardless of its evident flaws re: Being Hella Racist) although I could wish for a different excuse this time around.

The eternally surprising thing about Jago and Litefoot is that they don't even meet each other until part way through the fifth episode. And yet, the minute that Litefoot opens the door and Jago mistakes him for his own servant, something truly magical happens and they become the ultimate Holmes double act. It's partly the writing, partly the acting and partly an extraordinary chemistry between Benjamin and Baxter that makes their bonding feel inevitable instead of misplaced. Even before Big Finish came along I found it impossible not to imagine their lives continuing outside the frame. Much as I can't imagine Ian and Barbara not getting married, I could never imagine Jago and Litefoot not being Best Friends Forever and having lots more adventures in Victorian London.

Fortunately Big Finish ensured that they finally got their spin-off show, and IMHO it's some of the best stuff they've ever done, in large part because the leads are a complete joy to listen to no matter what they're doing. One of those pairs of actors who could read a phone book at each other and make it funny or touching or both at once.

Apparently Trevor Baxter used to joke that he'd have nothing to live for if they cancelled the series, and I don't think you can say fairer than a run of thirteen box sets (plus extras!) that was only ended by the death of one half of the principal players. I hope he knew just how much his work was appreciated by fans everywhere.

Question of the Day

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:00 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

Suggested by Shaker Brenda A.: "What movies have you lately had to stop flipping channels to watch — if only to finish the scene?"

The Matrix. Because obviously!

The Monday Blogaround

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:30 pm
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This blogaround brought to you by rainclouds.

Recommended Reading:

Josephine Hazelton: [Content Note: Street harassment; white cis male centrism] The Shocking Connection Between Street Harassment and Street Lighting

Tomicka Robinson: Some States Are Turning the Tide in Funding Child Care — Others Should Follow

Corinne Green: [CN: Trans hatred; nativism] Policy Desk: New Attacks in Texas

Andy Towle: Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz to Bring First Gay Characters to Star Trek TV Series in Onscreen Romance

Rhett Jones: Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

Michael Nuñez: Tech Company Offers Freaky Microchip Implants to Employees

And finally!, the original warriors against fake news, could use your help, if you can spare it.

Leave your links and recommendations in comments. Self-promotion welcome and encouraged!

For the Record

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:30 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

This is a tactic that is really beginning to wear on my last good nerve. Every time someone tries to center facts of what happened during the election into the conversation, especially facts around who supported Hillary Clinton and why, we are accused of "relitigating the election."

That is not relitigation. That is part of a Sisyphean effort to stop privileged people yet again rewriting history in such a way that writes women and marginalized men out of history altogether, for the express purpose of centering white men.
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You don't hear this from the Democrats; they like to tell you just the opposite, and they didn't even know the bill. They run out; they say, "Death, death, death." Well, Obamacare is death! That's the one that's death. And besides that, it's failing — so you won't have it, anyway.
I don't even know what to say anymore. There are people who get really annoyed with me when I call the Republican Party a white supremacist death cult, but tell me where the fuck I'm wrong. (Actually, don't even try. Because I'm not.)

Daily Dose of Cute

Jul. 24th, 2017 02:30 pm
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image of Sophie the Torbie Cat making a squinchy face as she scratches her ear with her back foot
Perfectly captured backfoot-scratching squinchy cat expression.

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

We Resist: Day 186

Jul. 24th, 2017 01:15 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Here are some things in the news today:

Earlier today by me: Jared Kushner Is Not a Crook!


Paul Krugman at the New York Times: Health Care Is Still in Danger. "[N]either Mitch McConnell nor the White House have given up on their efforts to deprive millions of health care. In fact, on Saturday the tweeter-in-chief, once again breaking long-established rules of decorum, called on the audience at a military ceremony, the commissioning of a new aircraft carrier, to pressure the Senate to pass that bill. This has many people I know worried that we may see a repeat of what happened in the spring: with the media spotlight shining elsewhere, the usual suspects may ram a horrible bill through. And the House would quickly pass whatever the Senate comes up with. So this is actually a moment of great risk."

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link] David Durenberger at USA Today: Former GOP Senator: Resist the Bullying — Don't Vote for a Mystery Health Care Bill. "What do you do when you are a U.S. senator and the president wants you to vote for a health care bill that could radically change health care? You ask questions. You hold hearings. You understand what it would mean to your constituents. You listen to those who know the system. And when it doesn't add up, you vote against it."

If only they cared. But they definitely don't!

Matt Shuham at TPM: Trump Tells AP Reporter Asking About Obamacare Repeal Effort: 'Quiet'. "According to a pool report, reporters were 'unexpectedly summoned' into the East Room of the White House [on Monday morning] to observe a photo-op with Trump and White House interns. A reporter, who Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein identified as the Associated Press' Catherine Lucey, asked Trump if he thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign. Trump didn't answer, but video of the exchange shows him rolling his eyes, to laughter from the interns. Lucey then asked Trump if he had anything to say about Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal effort. 'Quiet,' he said, to more laughter from the interns."

[CN: Misogyny; violent rhetoric] Aaron Rupar at ThinkProgress: GOP Congressman Blames Health Care Struggles on 'Repugnant' Republican 'Female Senators'. "Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) is livid at the inability of the Senate to repeal Obamacare, and he knows exactly who to blame: the Republican women of the Senate. During a radio interview on a Corpus Christi station last Friday, Farenthold said he finds it 'absolutely repugnant' that 'the Senate does not have the courage to do some of the things that every Republican in the Senate promised to do.' Farenthold singled out female senators for opposing the repeal of Obamacare, before suggesting that if they were men, he'd ask them to settle things with a gunfight. 'Some of the people that are opposed to this [i.e., repealing Obamacare] — there are some female senators from the northeast,' Farenthold said. 'If it was a guy from south Texas I might ask them to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.'"

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Wendy Dent, Ed Pilkington, and Shaun Walker at the Guardian: Jared Kushner Sealed Real Estate Deal with Oligarch's Firm Cited in Money-Laundering Case.
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, who acts as his senior White House adviser, secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now being probed by members of Congress.

A Guardian investigation has established a series of overlapping ties and relationships involving alleged Russian money laundering, New York real estate deals and members of Trump’s inner circle. They include a 2015 sale of part of the old New York Times building in Manhattan involving Kushner and a billionaire real estate tycoon and diamond mogul, Lev Leviev.

...Leviev, a global tycoon known as the "king of diamonds," was a business partner of the Russian-owned company Prevezon Holdings that was at the center of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit launched in New York. Under the leadership of US attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump in March, prosecutors pursued Prevezon for allegedly attempting to use Manhattan real estate deals to launder money stolen from the Russian treasury.

The scam had been uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, an accountant who died in 2009 in a Moscow jail in suspicious circumstances. US sanctions against Russia imposed after Magnitsky's death were a central topic of conversation at the notorious Trump Tower meeting last June between Kushner, Donald Trump Jr, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin.
There is much more at the link. Lots of threads pulled together well here.

Robin Eberhardt at the Hill: Putin Told Trump That Russian Hackers Were Too Good to Get Caught. "Russian President Vladimir Putin told [Donald] Trump that Russian hackers wouldn't have gotten caught if they did hack Democratic groups because they're too skilled at spying, The New York Times reported Monday. Trump has since repeated the claim, according to White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci told CNN's 'State of the Union' on Sunday that someone told him that if Moscow hacked the Democratic National Committee, 'you would have never seen it. You would have never had any evidence of them, meaning that they're super-confident in their deception skills and hacking.' Pressed by host Jake Tapper on who told him that, Scaramucci said it was Trump himself."

Mike Allen at Axios: Trump Ponders Rudy Giuliani for Attorney General. "Trump is so unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has raised the possibility of bringing back Rudolph Giuliani to head the Justice Department, according to West Wing confidants. ...Trump often muses about possible personnel moves that he never makes, sometimes just to gauge the listener's reaction. So the Giuliani balloon may go nowhere." Or, you know, it will end up with the waking nightmare of Rudy Giuliani leading the Justice Department.

Meanwhile, in other White House staffing news... Jonathan Swan at Axios: Trump Wishes Reince Would Take the Hint. "A much-discussed question at the top of the White House: Just what magnitude of indignity would it take for Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to resign? [Donald] Trump knew that appointing Anthony Scaramucci as communications director would humiliate Reince, who fought hard against it. ...Reince has redefined what it means to be the White House Chief of Staff — and not in a good way. It's unclear at this point how he survives much longer, and the breeziness with which [Trump] humiliates him has even his enemies wincing in sympathy." Good lord.

And in new White House staffing news... [CN: Misogyny] Casey Quinlan at ThinkProgress: Anthony Scaramucci Advises Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Her Hair and Makeup. "Newly installed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci commented on Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' appearance during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's 'State of the Union.' ...After his noting [that Sanders 'does a great job' and is 'incredibly authentic' but could] be 'incrementally better,' Scaramucci focused on Sanders' appearance. 'The only thing I ask Sarah — Sarah if you're watching — I love the hair and makeup person that we had on Friday, so I'd like to continue to use the hair and makeup person,' he added." Cool guy.

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[CN: Islamophobia; hate crimes] Khizr Khan at the Washington Post: Attacks on American Muslims Are un-American: Under Trump, They're on the Rise. "Has our president paused to wonder why his campaign and election have coincided with such attacks? ...ACT for America's founder, Brigitte Gabriel, had said that a practicing Muslim who believes the words of the Koran 'cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States.' Lest you think this view is relegated to the political extremes, virtually identical language — 'devout Muslims cannot truthfully swear the oath to become citizens of the United States of America' — has been used by the American Center for Law and Justice, whose founder, Jay Sekulow, is part of Trump's personal legal team. As a Muslim, a patriotic American and a Gold Star father, these false assertions offend me deeply."

[CN: Nativism; abuse] Jonathan Blitzer at the New Yorker: A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out.
The agent's decision to allow me to write about our conversations came after learning that ice was making a push, beginning this week, to arrest young undocumented immigrants who were part of a large wave of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border in recent years and who, until now, had been allowed to live in the U.S. Rather than detaining these young people, the government had placed them in the care of families around the country. Most of them are trying to lead new lives as American transplants, going to school and working.

ICE now plans to pursue those who have turned eighteen since crossing the border, and who, as a result, qualify for detention as legal adults. "I don't see the point in it," the agent said. "The plan is to take them back into custody, and then figure it out. I don't understand it. We're doing it because we can, and it bothers the hell out of me."

The agent went on, "The whole idea is targeting kids. I know that technically they meet the legal definition of being adults. Fine. But if they were my kids travelling in a foreign country, I wouldn't be O.K. with this. We're not doing what we tell people we do. If you look next month, or at the end of this month, at the people in custody, it's people who've been here for years. They're supposed to be in high school."
Goddammit. This fucking administration.

Samantha Page at ThinkProgress: Trump Administration Officially Files to Make It Easier to Frack Public Lands. "The Department of the Interior intends to repeal an Obama-era rule designed to prevent fracking companies operating on public lands from polluting water supplies. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Monday submitted a proposed revocation to the Federal Register to wipe from the books a rule that required fracking operators on public lands to disclose chemicals used in fracking and to ensure certain precautions are taken around clean water sources." Seethe.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?

Presenting: "The Left"

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:15 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

[Content Note: Rape culture; harassment.]

So, here's the basic gist: During the campaign last year, I tweeted something about being a rape survivor in response to some of Donald Trump's fuckery. A bunch of conservatives, as well as a bunch of "progressive" dudes, had a great time mocking it.

One of the leftist dudes who publicly mocked me is Felix Biederman, one of the co-hosts of the Chapo Trap House podcast. If you don't know anything about CTH, here's one recent example of their particular brand of leftist politics (in which people like me are branded neoliberal shills, when they're being polite):

[If you can't view the screencap embedded in the tweet, it is a passage from an article reading: "They're tired of sitting, slouched and bored, elbows on the table, at the kids' table. And unlike the purely anarchic alt-righters doing it 'for the lulz,' the alt-left offers a coherent, practical, progressive political agenda. As Chapo co-founder Will Menaker put it on a recent episode of the show, addressing an imagined audience pragmatist liberals and centrists: 'Yes, let's come together. But get this through your f–king head: you must bend the knee to us. Not the other way around. You have been proven as failures, and your entire worldview has been discredited.'"]

So, Biederman was repeatedly asked about having publicly mocked me for being a rape survivor. And then someone posted about it on Reddit. And then Biederman replied by "apologizing" (to his fans) and then lying about why he hadn't personally apologized to me, claiming I had him blocked on Twitter.

I do not have, nor have I ever had, him blocked. It's just a straight-up fucking lie.

Anyway. I have been tweeting about all of this horseshit this morning, and here are those tweets compiled in a Twitter moment, for anyone who would like to see and/or share them: Here's Something You Might Want to Know About Chapo Trap House.

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On another note: These fuckers make $72,706 a month for their podcast. A MONTH. That is significantly more than I make in an entire year.

And I haven't had a raise in a very, very long time — despite the fact that this community has continued to grow, here and on Twitter.

Please, if you can afford to become a subscriber to Shakesville, or even make a one-time donation, I would deeply appreciate it.

Film Corner: Dunkirk

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:00 am
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

promotional image for the film Dunkirk, featuring the movie title over a photo of a young white male solidier in the sand, with other soliders in the background, as they keep low to the ground during air bombing

I saw Christopher Nolan's new film Dunkirk this weekend. I am a huge Nolan fan, and love most of his films (sorry, Insomnia, but you're garbage!), and Dunkirk is among my very favorites.

It isn't often that I would strongly recommend a war movie, no less a war movie about such a particular time and place that leaves virtually no speaking roles for women and none for people of color. But Dunkirk is a World War II story worth telling, at this moment.

Many reviewers have, quite rightly, noted that the story of the Dunkirk evacuation is one not well-known to most Americans. It is a story we should know, however: Dunkirk was a pivotal point in World War II. Had the British troops been forced to surrender, as was a real possibility, the trajectory of the war would have been very different indeed.

It is a story about the decisions we make, a story about survival during the onslaught of fascism, and a story about how the fate of nations can turn on the commitment of average people to being extraordinary when freedom demands it.

Anyway. Go see it.

Now, of course, I have to talk about Tom Hardy for a moment.

image of Tom Hardy as a spitfire pilot wearing an oxygen mask that covers most of his face in Dunkirk

[Content Note: Video autoplays at link] If you'd like to see a neat interview with Tom Hardy, talking about working in the spitfire, the acting of his Dunkirk role, and working with Chris Nolan, here you go.

Jared Kushner Is Not a Crook!

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:45 am
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

image of Jared Kushner's face photoshopped over Richard Nixon's in his iconic 'I am not a crook' moment; the presidential seal on the podium has also been replaced with a MAGA sticker
"I am not a colluder!"

Here's an interesting juxtaposition of news articles today:

Rebecca Ballhaus at the Wall Street Journal: Jared Kushner Releases Details on Previously Undisclosed Contact with Russian Ambassador. "Jared Kushner, [Donald] Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, on Monday released details of his contacts with Russian officials and businesspeople in the two years since Mr. Trump launched his presidential campaign, including a previously undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. in April 2016." Oh.

Jeff Mason at Reuters: Kushner, in Statement, Says 'I Did Not Collude' with Foreign Government. "Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said in a statement to congressional committees on Monday that he 'did not collude' with Russia or seek back channels with Moscow last year. ...Kushner said he had 'perhaps four contacts with Russian representatives' during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition period after Trump's victory." Oh.

Well, that clears everything up.

Obviously, Kushner was just having normal, non-colluding meetings with Russians, like everyone does. Geez.
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, quoted in the Washington Post over the weekend:
"When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don't blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself," Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview previewing the new plan. "So what did we do wrong? People didn't know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that."
Goddammit. There are so many things wrong with that load of horseshit, I hardly know where to begin, but I'll start here: I can't even imagine how much Vladimir Putin loves that quote.

Just think about what a huge boner Putin has over the fact that he hated Hillary Clinton so much that he interfered in an election to defeat her and elect Donald Trump, and now the leadership of Clinton's own party is blaming her and insisting that blaming Russia is a deflection of responsibility.

You know who else likes that quote?

Thanks a fuckload, Schumer.

Please join your pals Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in having an entire stadium of fucking seats.

If people didn't know what Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party stood for, it was categorically not because Hillary Clinton failed to articulate those things. She was absolutely relentless with her message of breaking down barriers so that everyone would have the same opportunities. She gave speech after speech detailing her values and her policy plans. She had the most robust campaign website I have ever seen. She spoke to as many voters one-on-one as any human running for the United States presidency possibly could have.

Everything that was in her control to communicate that message, she did.

It was not in her control whether people listened. And it was not in her control that the media often chose to aim their cameras at an empty podium where Trump would appear at some point in the afternoon rather than at her giving a stump speech full of her detailed proposals.

Here's something else that happened this weekend:

Chris Cuomo, the host of CNN's "New Day," the news network's flagship morning news show, doesn't know that Clinton's campaign slogan wasn't "I'm with Her." And arrogantly shames her based on his garbage mistake!

Maybe that sort of shit has more to do with why people weren't more keenly aware of the Democrats' agenda than a failure of Hillary Clinton.

Someone remind Chuck Schumer that she was a good enough messenger, after all, to win the popular fucking vote.

On the New Look

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:15 am
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

So, as you may have noticed, Shakesville has a new look. It's just a cosmetic update: All the functionality is still the same.

Shaker mdevile's amazing Teaspoon Charge banner, which went up in September 2014, was the longest-running banner in Shakesville's 13-year history. I will always love it with one million hearts.

But following the election, it increasingly felt at odds with what I feel like as I'm working every day. Which is not to say I'm not still teaspooning — I most certainly am. But resistance feels more like planting my feet in the ground than it does running forward. Regrettably so.

It's taken me a long time to find an image that better reflects what I'm feeling every day. My profound thanks to the contributors and mods who offered their input on the few images that made it far enough to be shared for feedback.

The new image — train tracks on a bridge to an uncertain destination — resonates strongly with me. Things are changing quickly, and we don't know exactly where we'll end up, but I want to do whatever I can to influence where we go. And to continue to validate the perspective of this community, who's in the same car with me.

Onward together. Stronger together.

Image Credit: Tama66, who has made this image available for use via Pixabay under the Creative Commons CC0.

Orphan Black 5.07.

Jul. 24th, 2017 02:22 pm
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In which there's pay off for severa storylines, hooray! And flashbacks.

Who are you? )
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Welcome to the second half of 2017, which will go by in what feels like three weeks but will also feel like 19 years thanks to Political Shenanigans. Time is weird! Luckily, we have books to get us through it all.

I always enjoy looking at all the books I may read, even the ones that I'm going to have to make hard purchasing decisions about. Out of my anticipated books last time, I've read 10. For a lot of them I'm waiting for them to cycle out of the new collection and into general at the library so I can enjoy all the things I check out for a full, glorious month. I suspect I won't get to some of these until 2018 when my library buys all the late-year release books and cycles the others out of new. I love my library, but I wish the new book check out time was longer than two weeks. Two and a HALF weeks would help me. Alas, alas.

I have my eye on a ton of science fiction IN SPACE this time around. Some of these I suspect I'll buy if my finances work out so I can use them for my space opera challenge. Read more... )

What great-sounding books have I missed? What's everyone else looking forward to?
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The Power

song/artist: “The Power” by Snap! remix "The Power of Bhangra" by Motivo.
length/size/format: 2:29/111MB/mp4

summary: I’ve got the power.
content notes: violence, nudity & explicit sexual content

Celebrating the Sense8 ensemble! Feel the love!

Wynonna Earp 2x07

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As everybody reading this knows, the most curative thing during recovery is binge-watching a television show. Recall my earlier brief notes on iZombie Season Three? One down; four to go: The 100 (still on Netflix, I hope); Orphan Black; Killjoys; and Wynonna Earp.

I looked at the latter two and chose Wynonna Earp. Why? Guess I was feeling Western rather than Westerly, feeling like two sisters as the leads rather than two brothers.

Just three bulletpoints on Wynonna Earp, up to & including 2x07 ''Everybody Knows'' )

Dear Equinox Vidder

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:31 pm
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Time for [community profile] equinox_exchange! I am so excited we're doing Based on Books this round. Books woo! I love all of these sources very much, and would love to get a vid for any of them. I have included some optional details, but I think most of them come down to: anything focusing on any of the women or the ensemble would be great. The only thing I don't particularly want is a vid focusing mostly on a male character in a women-centric source (which all of these are, except FNL, in which I love all the boys too).

Repeating the details from my signup:

Requests for Anne of Green Gables, Mary Poppins, Younger, Love & Friendship, Pride and Prejudice (2005), Anne With an E, Sense and Sensibility (1995), Friday Night Lights )

The Friday Blogaround

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:30 pm
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This blogaround brought to you by lamplight.

Recommended Reading:

Julia Serano: [Content Note: Transphobic narratives] On Transgender People and 'Biological Sex' Myths

Ragen Chastain: [CN: Fat hatred] Slate's Hiring Policy: No Fat Chicks?

Shay Stewart-Bouley: [CN: Misogynoir] My Black life Matters, or Ramblings of Middle Age

Keith Reid-Cleveland: [CN: Police misconduct] Body Camera Footage Shows Baltimore Police Officer Planting Drugs

Russell Brandom: Verizon Admits to Throttling Netflix in Apparent Violation of Net Neutrality

Charline Jao: [CN: Images of violence/guns in video at link] Hit Woman Taraji P. Henson Does Not Mess Around in Proud Mary Trailer

Leave your links and recommendations in comments. Self-promotion welcome and encouraged!
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