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Posted by Scott Lemieux


What a country:

Several dozen people assembled outside the White House Saturday to demand an investigation into the unfounded Internet rumor known as “Pizzagate.”

Wearing T-shirts and holding banners defending the conspiracy theory — which falsely linked Hillary Clinton to an alleged child-sex-trafficking ring operating out of a D.C. pizza parlor — protesters took turns climbing onto an elevated stage in Lafayette Square to demand politicians and mainstream news media take their claims seriously.

“I don’t have any doubt that Pizzagate is real,” said Kori Hayes, a corrections officer who drove with his wife and three kids to Washington from Middleburg, Fla., on Friday night for the event. “But nothing is being said about it.”

The demonstration came a day after the widely debunked conspiracy theory suffered two further blows.

On Friday, a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to weapons and assault charges in connection to an ill-fated attempt to expose the alleged sex-trafficking operation.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, admitted traveling to Comet Ping Pong in Northwest Washington on Dec. 4, anticipating a violent confrontation over his personal investigation of Pizzagate. He entered the restaurant holding an assault rifle, prompting a panicked evacuation by workers and customers. Welch fired the rifle at least once while searching for evidence of child sex abuse. After finding none, he surrendered to police.

Also on Friday, Alex Jones, a conspiracy-loving media personality who pushed the Pizzagate narrative, apologized for his role in spreading the viral story.

Alex Jones is a cuck!

Meanwhile, if like me you were curious what the “code words” in the Podesta EMAILS! that revealed a secret pedophile ring were, here you go:

My question: by troofer standards of evidence, what pizza menu doesn’t reveal a secret pedophile ring?


Old telephone weirdness

Mar. 25th, 2017 09:36 pm
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Something jogged my memory today of a weird telephone incident that happened when I lived at the Menno Simons Centre during my first two years of university (so, 2000–2002).

There was a communal phone line which I made a habit of answering. Many people there also had their own phones (I think some landlines and some cellphones, but it's long enough ago that I'm not certain about that.)

The communal phone line rang and I answered it, on the downstairs phone. I said "Hello", and the person on the other end said "Hello", and we had a few confusing exchanges until we realized that the phone had rung on both ends - neither of us had called the other.

We then established that he was the father of one of the other residents, and had (I think) just been talking to her - but on her own phone line, not the communal line. (I can't recall if she had a cellphone or a landline.)

There was no obvious explanation for how the glitch could have happened, or how the phone system could have made a connection between her phone line and the communal phone line. (I'm half inclined to think that she had a cellphone precisely because it makes it even more inexplicable - if it was a landline, perhaps some physical connection had a glitch, and I feel like I had mentally ruled out that possibility back when the incident was fresher in memory.)

A general update

Mar. 26th, 2017 01:20 am
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--I keep meaning to post various things here, but then I'm either not at the computer, or if I am, I'm also in a "stare blankly at the screen rather than stringing words together" mode.

--Writing anything resembling fiction is happening even less. I just poked my writing tracker, and I wrote a whopping ~800 words last month, and so far, nothing at all this month. (I'm at under 3000 words for the year so far, which I needed to look up to check in at [dreamwidth.org profile] inkingitout.) My brain feels both empty and sludgy. It's very weird and I actively dislike it, but I haven't even been opening WIP files and staring at them, which is more my usual not-writing MO.

--Casual Job resumes for the spring session in about a month--which is to say, about a month later than usual. We suspect it'll only last for a month or so (presumably followed by our office keeping me and the other seasonal folks on for four additional weeks to clear the inevitable spring-session backlog), which is not wallet-cheering news.

--On the freelancing front, I just recently finished Maid-sama! and am finishing My Love Story!! for VIZ, and I also seem to have two Seven Seas series with only one volume remaining. That doesn't leave me with a worryingly-low number of titles, fortunately (I think I still have eight between the two publishers), but it's a lot wrapping up all at once.

--We're not at the point of booking plane tickets yet, but [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I are starting to work out when we're probably going to be in Toronto next. It feels like it's been forever. (It hasn't. We were there last August.) So that's a thing I'm very much looking forward to.

Sparkly work stories 2

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:37 pm
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 In a new-employee training session on what to do in an emergency, one of the "emergencies" covered is people with guns attacking the Capitol. The speaker (a former marine) describes various places that would be good to hide in, and then discusses what to do if you get stuck in a large, open room, such as this one. "Just getting out of their line of sight will make you a lot safer," he says. "Hide behind the statue of Andrew Jackson. He's already taken one bullet, he'll be fine."


Follow-up: Sparkly told one of eir coworkers this story, and he was under the impression it was Aaron Burr who shot Andrew Jackson.

PostSecret in Pennsylvania

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:01 pm
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Posted by Frank

PostSecret Live! comes to Pennsylvania, Tuesday, in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall at West Chester University.

This event is open to the public and there will be an ASL Interpreter.
Buy tickets online Here

At a recent event, I recorded the ASL Interpreter on stage with me as we listened to an audio collage of final voice mail messages. Messages forever saved by loved ones and shared with the PostSecret community (gets emotional).


Final Voice Mail Messages

Classic Secrets

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:59 pm
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Posted by Frank

Please contribute translations in the comments below.  I will post them as they arrive. Thanks.

As soon as I saw you at the airport, I realized that I did not miss you at all. And I do not love you at all. Excuse me…


front back

Death now feels like home.


There’s no place like home.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:45 pm
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I should really catch up before another week runs away from me.

Mon, March 13 - Sun, March 19
Spring Break: taxes, snow, sleep training, etc )

Mon, March 20-Sat, March 25
Since I slacked off on grading last week, I was paying for it this week. I have until Wednesday to catch up. Most days are pretty ordinary. Bear is home every night this week, so more cooking but also nice since he takes over the time between dinner and bed and I can take a break. I made spinach lasagna today, which came out really well- love the new oven.

Last week, Tanya has discovered my box of CDs, and since then I organized them in a tower. But she loves putting a CD into the CD player in the living room, turning it on herself and dancing to it. Mostly she goes for pretty covers and wants the same CD over and over. For a while it was Lady Gaga, then she wanted some K's Choice, Rasputina and James Marsters because those three were homemade in colorful CD cases. And Jason Mraz. And just recently she took my "Dr Horrible" CD from the shelf (which has a few random songs on it too since it was a CD backup from my downloads) and she's been turning that on a lot. (She thinks that her stuffed toys Dr. Dog and Froggy are singing on it, since when I told her it was called Dr. Horrible, she associated it with her toy Dr. Dog).

Well, at least it's Saturday

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:16 pm
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Kid still sick, but not feverish. Hopefully the queasy will go away over the weekend.

Spouse very tired despite nap. Probably part of the sickness. Greeeaaaaat.

Watched the episode of DS9 where Odo gets his shapeshifting back. Well-done pair of A-plot/B-plot. Bittersweet.

...crap, I need to edit. *headdesk* So darn sleepy. Ravenpenny, poke me tomorrow in DMs. *headdesk*

Havva Quote
w_______ says, "Hmm. What's the smallest set of Archangels for which "if none of these is for it, you're not getting it approved" holds true? (Assuming something which would need approval beyond mutually-cooperating-because-friendly Archangels, anyway.)"
w_______ says, "I'm guessing it would include both Yves and Dominic, and probably Laurence, but I'm not sure who else."
f___ says, "If both Novalis /and/ Michael say NO, it's probably a bad idea."
w_______ says, "True enough!"
f___ says, "If Novalis, Michael, Janus, and Dominic /all/ say NO, then you should probably feel bad about having even asked in the first place."
--Yes. Yes, you should.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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Title: Immutable, or, Five Times Obi-Wan Kenobi Compromised His Jedi Ethics for Anakin Skywalker
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Reader: reena_jenkins
Coverartist: [archiveofourown.org profile] reena_jenkins
Rating: PG-13
Fandoms: Star Wars Prequel Movies
Pairings: Obi-Wan Kenobi/Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala/Anakin Skywalker
Warnings: Canon-Typical Violence, Misuse of the Force, Codependency, Jedi Code, During Canon, Obi-Wan is Emotionally Compromised, Clone Wars
Length: 00:16:28 

Author's Summary: "I think that I would betray my vows for him."

Clone Wars-era. Anakin/Obi-Wan, Anakin/Padme.

Download Link: You can download this podfic as an mp3 right over here (thank you, paraka, for hosting me).

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We’re still deep in AU territory here.
Cya died in If I Die Young.

And Um. Didn’t stay dead. She’d planned for that.

Then Cal wrote Don’t Just Survive,

So I wrote Stay Alive. Your Job is to Stay Alive.

Then Cal wrote A Child Named Thistle

So here’s Thistle.

Read more... )

Black cockatoos

Mar. 26th, 2017 11:51 am
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Christmas Eve last year:

Went outside my parents' house and heard a bird call that didn't fit. Took me a minute to realise that it was a yellow-tailed black cockatoo call. Not something I normally hear/see near my parents' house in Australia. Quickly grabbed my sis' camera with her awesome zoom lens to get photos, as the two cockatoos were pretty high in the banksia (I think) tree.

Black Cockatoo nomming on a banksia nut, beak on to the camera

4 more below the cut )


Mar. 25th, 2017 08:27 pm
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Reader, I am really fucking tired. *insert long tedious explanation of the past week involving hospital, fainting, copious vomiting (different days, different family members), family visit, 3 playdates, and ending with my current location in hotel room in Disneyworld*

Everyone is okay now but OMG.

HOWEVER I am actually here to share this vidding zine what lim made, which I was so thrilled to participate in:


I think it is really quite awesome and full of interesting and joyful and fannish thought in the very best way. My own contribution was to rave on about [personal profile] sisabet's vid Bad Romance, which spoiler alert is one of my most favorite vids and if you want to know why GO LOOK AT THE SHINY.


still need a new body

Mar. 25th, 2017 08:12 pm
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[personal profile] lannamichaels

So, the new muscle pain: it's lower back, hips, and upper thighs. This can make sitting uncomfortale, and also getting in and out of bed. (this morning was an ordeal)

I managed to get more of the Pain Meds Of Last Resort from the doc, but I can't combine it with one of my meds and I'm very cautious about combining it with others, so it remains Of Last Resort.

The muscle pain of ten-on-the-pain-scale i-can't-move doom I usually have is neck/shoulder, or my bad leg. I've had lower back pain before, but not like this. Also, my sides ache sometimes when I cough (I don't understand at all). This pain seems to come and go, at least, but it's still there. Sometimes it feels like it's my lower spine just being really angry.

Ideas for stretches/ways to sit or stand up/good ways to get in and out of bed/tricks or whatnot? I've been doing massage and also using sticky heating pads. I'm really hoping that this is somehow (????) a side effect of the bad cough and will go away once this cough goes away, but... well, either way, I still have to live with it.

(of course, through all of this, I'm still having shoulder pain and cramps because of course i am)

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Really, nothing but Call the Midwife thoughts, these days. [personal profile] gabolange and I talked on the phone last weekend for over two hours, and probably an hour and 45 minutes of that was CtM. It's nutso. Active fangirling! Who knew we still had it in us!

So season 6 has now concluded. And partly--thank god? This is the first show I've actively fangirled during a currently airing season in a looooong time, and it was stupidly stressful. I would say that Tumblr is the worst, but actually, I think the UK media tabloids are the actual worst, and then Tumblr just magnifies it. So much crazy sensationalized spoiler stuff leaked to the press so far in advance of the episodes!!! And if some intern at Radio Times didn't get fired at some point, there is no justice in the world.

If my feelings about the experience of watching in real time were largely negative, my feelings about the series itself were spoilers! )

Interestingly, I dealt with my feelings about the Turner plot by writing a story that jumped the queue of several things I'd already been working on, and isn't actually about my own feelings by the time it all got transformed, but it was therapeutic nonetheless. And, um, I wrote a fic. For real, with beta and all that jazz--first time in a very long time. It feels good!

In case anyone is interested: Over the Hills and Far Away, gen, Timothy and Shelagh on family and change, post 6.08.

And because this thing is totally a team endeavor, [personal profile] gabolange also just published a fic that does some season 6 fixing, and it's excellent: Mercy of the Fallen, four conversations that should have happened during 6.04 (Patrick and Timothy, Trixie and Tom, Delia and Shelagh, Shelagh and Patrick)

Of course, [personal profile] gabolange has also been writing me the season 2 Sister Bernadette and Doctor Turner are sneaking around AU, first two parts here and here. In case I'm not the only one who needs really hot and slightly OOC nun sex fic in their lives.


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