Multifandom: Halfamoon 2015

Jan. 30th, 2015 07:24 pm
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Half a Moon is a fourteen day multifandom challenge celebrating female characters, which will run from February 1 through Valentine’s Day.

We have some really cool stuff planned like a Friending meme, daily prompt posts, a rec meme, a podfic anthology...

Halfamoon is on Livejournal, Dreamwidth and Tumblr.

Hope to see you participate!
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Posted by Hemant Mehta

It’s been fascinating watching the American Family Association work hard to suddenly distance themselves from the most vocal bigot on their payroll, Bryan Fischer (below). Even though they stripped him of his direct connections to the group the other night, he continues to host his show Focal Point under AFA’s umbrella.

This week, the AFA asked the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop attributing Fischer’s hateful comments to them, to which SPLC President Richard Cohen responded with a more tactfully-worded version of you’ve got to be shitting me.

The fact that the AFA is continuing to allow Mr. Fischer to host a daily radio show and blog on its website also makes us question the AFA’s sincerity. Sponsoring Mr. Fischer’s racism, anti-Semitism, and hatred of the Muslim and the LGBT communities in the name of “diversity” says as much about the AFA as it does about Mr. Fischer.

Is there nothing beyond the pale in the AFA’s view? Does the AFA believe that statements such as these have a place on its airwaves? Is this what the AFA considers “diversity”?

Without ending Mr. Fischer’s talk show, without apologizing for the bigoted statements that he, Mr. Wildmon, and others associated with the AFA have made, and without making it crystal clear that the AFA will not tolerate any such statements in the future, the AFA’s 11th-hour disavowal of Mr. Fischer appears to serve only one purpose: to give the AFA a degree of plausible deniability while it continues to spew hateful rhetoric. It’s a shell game and a transparent one at that.

Daaaaaamn.

Kyle Mantyla at Right Wing Watch adds:

… the AFA has literally accomplished nothing with this stunt [firing Fischer] and has completely failed to distance itself from Fischer’s utterly despicable views. The primary venues though which Fischer has managed to spread his bigotry for the last six years have always been owned, operated, and funded by the American Family Association and that relationship appears to remain intact.

Stripping Fischer of his title as AFA spokesman in no way alleviates the AFA of its responsibility for Fischer’s toxic views given that the only reason Fischer even has a platform from which to spread those views is because AFA is providing it to him and paying him to spread them!

From the very start of Fischer’s time at AFA, the organization has pathetically attempted to have it both ways: providing the very microphone from which Fischer speaks while simultaneously claiming that it bears no responsibility for the message that he sends.

The AFA’s latest effort to rid itself of Fischer’s rancid reputation is little more than a rhetorical accounting trick aimed at creating the false impression that the organization has wiped Fischer’s bigotry off of its books.

This is the problem with conservative Christian groups. They’ve spewed so much hate over the years, yet believe that a leadership change (or a firing) will wipe the slate clean for them. It doesn’t work like that. AFA leaders still believe horrible things about LGBT people and want to create policy that would discriminate against them. They have immense political power and they’ll continue to make life harder for those who are oppressed by their beliefs, with or without Fischer spewing his rhetoric.

But make no mistake: AFA officials haven’t completely distanced themselves from Fischer or his views. They continue to pay for and staff and distribute his radio show. Until they sever all connections with him and take back every anti-gay thing they’ve ever said — which they won’t and probably never will — there’s no reason to stop calling them a hate group or believe they’ve turned over a new leaf.


B'tulot e10

Jan. 30th, 2015 08:10 pm
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*swears copiously and in capslock* Shachar Magen is a fucking troll. "Rounded ending" fuck you. This is officially worse than the end of S1 of Ptzuim BaRosh oh my god fuck you.

* And we still don't know if Uzi actually has the condition (his "emphysema", what Sarah said about his bones) or if that's psychosomatic.

* I knew I saw a woman's hand there in the trailer. And I knew it couldn't be Shelly.

* Haim and Neri both need to get drunk. Or smoke something. I wholeheartedly approve of Haim breaking into Uzi's stash, he's earned it.

* Wardrobe put Haim in blue, which is usually Shelly's colour. And then they put both Roie and Shelly in grey for that scene and Shelly's in a long-sleeved shirt for the first time and OH BABIES. (Roie, darling, you know something's off. Why else would you be denying so hard?)

* Roy Nick was breaking my heart in that scene. And Irit Sheleg completely sold Ruthie's Moment. Sasson Gabai and Tzahi Halevi were both excellent as expected. Shawn Mongosa gets points, too. Acting on this show continues to be absolutely fucking amazing.

* ...all the drama was almost enough to forget that utterly hilarious moment at the beginning. "Nothing stresses this man. Except his daughter." "Well she stresses me too!" "You and everyone else. It's what she does best." "...wait."

Attack of the 50 Foot Linkspam

Jan. 30th, 2015 05:53 pm
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  • At 90, She’s Designing Tech for Aging Boomers | All Tech Considered (January 19): “In Silicon Valley’s youth-obsessed culture, 40-year-olds get plastic surgery to fit in. But IDEO, the firm that famously developed the first mouse for Apple, has a 90-year-old designer on staff.”
  • One Week of Harassment on Twitter | Feminist Frequency (January 27): [CW: harassment, misogyny, rape and death threats] “Ever since I began my Tropes vs Women in Video Games project, two and a half years ago, I’ve been harassed on a daily basis by irate gamers angry at my critiques of sexism in video games. It can sometimes be difficult to effectively communicate just how bad this sustained intimidation campaign really is. So I’ve taken the liberty of collecting a week’s worth of hateful messages sent to me on Twitter.”
  • Reasons you were not promoted that are totally unrelated to gender | McSweeneys (January 27): [Humor] “You’re abrasive, for example that time when you asked for a raise. It was awkward and you made the men on the senior leadership team uncomfortable.”
  • 7 Tips for Women at Science Conferences | Absolutely Maybe (January 18): “Make it easy for the people who want to know who you are: they shouldn’t have to drum up the nerve or time to track you down and ask. It’s not only polite, it’s in all our interests for women not to model self-effacement to other women. And notice how people cross-reference others too. When you’ve got the mic, you can use it to draw attention to others who don’t get enough of it. Breaking down the GOBSAT status quo (“good ol’ boys sitting around a table”) needs to happen at every level that creates those networks in the first place.”
  • Tech’s High Barrier to Entry for the Underprivileged | Medium (January 25): “As a community, we need to make it less difficult for those from underprivileged backgrounds.”
  • Lessons from a Night Playing Hearts with the Notable Women in Computing Playing Card Deck | Kickstarter (January 25): “The experience was clearly uncomfortable and confusing for the 3 guy friends at my party. They complained. Though they are good guys, as those are the only kind I feed my special mulled cider to, I do not think they had ever thought about how 71% of all face-cards are men in regular decks, or that Kings always beat Queens. I don’t think they have a lot of experience being out of power or outnumbered and I would not wish it to be a regular occurrence for them. It is not fun.”
  • Gender Bias in Academe: An Annotated Bibliography of Important Recent Studies | HASTAC (January 26): “The often unconscious and unintentional biases against women, including in academe, have been well documented in the autobiographical writings of authors such as Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Patricia Williams, and bell hooks. But is the experience they document merely “subjective”?  Several recent social science research studies, using strictly controlled methodologies, suggest that these first-person accounts of discrimination are representative, not simply anecdotal.”

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The Never Will I Ever Meme

Jan. 30th, 2015 11:58 am
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Never Will I Ever meme: Name three fics you think I will never, ever, ever write. In return, I may attempt to write a snippet of one of them.

Sanofi's Search

Jan. 30th, 2015 12:35 pm
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Have you noticed that Sanofi hasn't named a replacement yet for their ousted CEO Chris Viehbacher? It doesn't seem to be for lack of trying. Stories have come out over the last few months about various people who have been said to have been under consideration, but. . .nothing. This story from Reuters says that the problem is that people don't really understand what happened to Viehbacher - which presumably makes it harder for them to figure out how to keep it from happening to them.

"The trouble with finding a successor hinges on the fact that we don't know the real reason he was fired, and because a lot of people are asking themselves questions about the subject," said an industry insider who has spoken to some potential candidates.

"The very low pay-off he received only reinforces the idea that the reasons he was fired are not the ones that have been talked about."

Well, I'm out of the running, at least. My French is pretty awful. But if you're fluent, and don't mind stepping into a darkened room that someone else recently disappeared from, the opportunity still awaits.

New Release – Beyond Limits

Jan. 30th, 2015 05:22 pm
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Today’s Featured New Release is Beyond Limits ($6.99 Kindle), the eighth novel in the Tracers series by Laura Griffin [Pocket Books / Simon and Schuster].

Book Description
An FBI agent and a Navy SEAL race against time in New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin’s newest Tracers novel. “Griffin delivers the goods!” (Publishers Weekly)

FBI agent Elizabeth LeBlanc is still caught in the aftermath of her last big case when she runs into the one man from her past who is sure to rock her equilibrium even more. Navy SEAL Derek Vaughn is back home from a harrowing rescue mission in which he found evidence of a secret terror cell on US soil. Elizabeth knows he’ll do anything to unravel the plot—including seducing her for information. And despite the risks involved, she’s tempted to let him. Together with the forensics experts at the Delphi Center, Derek and Elizabeth are closing in on the truth, but it may not be fast enough to avert a devastating attack…

Following in the bestselling tradition of the Tracers series, including Exposed, Scorched, and Twisted, Beyond Limits pulls out all the stops with Griffin’s most gripping thriller yet.

May be price matched at B&N, eBooks.com, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.

        
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Posted by Hemant Mehta

A few days ago, I posted about the new “Adrenal Health Expert” at About.com, Dr. Josh Axe (below).

He promoted a lot of questionable products and ideas, in my opinion, but the biggest problem was that his personal site warned against the supposed dangers of vaccines. He was an anti-vaxxer being touted as a health “expert.”

I still haven’t heard back from About.com despite my inquiry. However, after that posting went up, company CEO Neil Vogel tweeted and retweeted a couple of pro-vaccine messages (coincidence? I don’t know):

And, wouldn’t you know it, Dr. Axe’s information is no longer found on the Adrenal Health page. It looks like he is no longer working for them. There’s no indication of any statement on the matter made by Axe.

Well, good on you, About.com. Maybe you’ll learn to vet a few of these experts a little more thoroughly next time.


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thefandomsarerising:

roguesgxllery:

peppermonster:

thorsbaratitty:

seriously just listen to thor okay folks

He is the Elrond of the MCU. He is older and wiser than everyone and tells everyone to not do the thing. People do the thing anyways. 

#weird how the fandom always reduces him to someone who yells about poptarts and cant figure out midgard tech??? weird

Thor is the smart one everyone. Get that in your heads.

Share a Little Sunshine

Jan. 30th, 2015 09:35 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

That sure looks like a nice puddle of sunshine, Charlene. 

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I bet your fur is getting all toasty and warm in all that glorious sun. It must feel REAL nice.  

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Do you think you might be able to move over a smidge so I can join you? It's the only patch of sunshine in the house right now, and I think there might be room for both of us if you slid over just a bit, Charlene. 

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Sorry, Wylla, but I don't think there's room.  Now, could you please move a little to your left. You're casting a shadow.  

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You can have it tomorrow. I'm SURE it will be sunny tomorrow, Wylla.  

Kindle Daily Deals 01/30/15

Jan. 30th, 2015 04:48 pm
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Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, get 62% off on a Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD 1080p 16MP Waterproof Sports Action Video Camera.

In the Bonus Deal of the Day, get 33% off on HeadFoams Headphones for Kids, with several colors to choose from.

The Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the UK is Mysteries for 99p.

This weekend’s Buy 1 NOOK Book, Get a NOOK Book FREE in Barnes & Noble stores is: History Books (well, not textbooks, though, and some are fairly modern “history”).

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is The Crucifix Killer ($1.99), by Chris Carter [Simon & Schuster UK].

Book Description
The first Robert Hunter thriller, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of One by One and An Evil Mind
When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her face – while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck has been carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer.

But that’s impossible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this therefore be a copycat killer? Or could the unthinkable be true? Is the real killer still out there, ready to embark once again on a vicious and violent killing spree, selecting his victims seemingly at random, taunting Robert Hunter with his inability to catch him?

Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining.


More Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the US
Romance The Fire of Home ($1.99) by Alexis Harrington [Montlake Romance] – Western Historical Romance
SciFi & Fantasy Dissension ($1.99) the first novel in The Blood Inheritance Trilogy by Adrienne Monson [Jolly Fish Press]
Humor & Entertainment How to Succeed at Aging Without Really Dying ($1.99) by Lyla Blake Ward [Lake Union Publishing]
Kids The Mysterious Benedict Society ($0.99) by Trenton Lee Stewart [Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette] – Grade Level: 3 – 7; School Library Journal Starred Review

        
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An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery ($1.99 Kindle, Kobo), by Charles Todd [HarperCollins], is the Kobo Daily Deal, price matched on Kindle. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Book Description
World War I nurse Bess Crawford, introduced in A Duty to the Dead, returns in an exciting new mystery in which a murder draws her inexorably into the sights of a cunning killer

It is the early summer of 1917. Bess Crawford has returned to England from the trenches of France with a convoy of severely wounded men. One of her patients is a young pilot who has been burned beyond recognition, and who clings to life and the photo of his wife that is pinned to his tunic.

While passing through a London train station, Bess notices a woman bidding an emotional farewell to an officer, her grief heart-wrenching. And then Bess realizes that she seems familiar. In fact, she’s the woman in the pilot’s photo, but the man she is seeing off is not her husband.

Back on duty in France, Bess discovers a newspaper with a drawing of the woman’s face on the front page. Accompanying the drawing is a plea from Scotland Yard seeking information from anyone who has seen her. For it appears that the woman was murdered on the very day Bess encountered her at the station.

Granted leave to speak with Scotland Yard, Bess becomes entangled in the case. Though an arrest is made, she must delve into the depths of her very soul to decide if the police will hang an innocent man or a vicious killer. Exposing the truth is dangerous—and will put her own life on the line.

        
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Today’s Audible Daily Deal is Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier ($7.99 Kindle, $12.59 $1.95 Audible), by Ari Meisel, narrated by Sean Pratt [Gildan Media].

Book Description
“Less is more” – or, more specifically, the less you have to do, the more life you have to live. Efficiency expert Ari Meisel details his “Less Doing” philosophy, which will streamline your life, and make everything easier. In business and our personal lives, it often seems as if the only way to get more done is by putting in more time – more hours at the office, more days running errands. But what if there were a way that we could do less, and free up more time for the things and people we love? If this sounds like what you need, Ari Meisel – TEDx speaker, efficiency consultant, and achievement architect – has the program for you.

In Less Doing, More Living, Meisel explores the fundamental principles of his “Less Doing” philosophy, educating the listener on: Optimizing workflow with 21st-century apps and tools. Creating an “external brain” in the Cloud to do all of your “lower” thinking – like keeping track of appointments, meetings, and ideas. How to use technology to live a paper-free life. The three fundamentals of wellness – fitness, sleep, and nutrition – and technological approaches to improving these areas of life. And so much more! This audiobook will give listeners new tools and techniques for streamlining their workload, being more efficient in their day-to-day activities, and making everything in life easier.

Get the audiobook from Audible.

        
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A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall ($12.74 Kindle, $0.99 B&N), by Will Chancellor [Harper], is today’s Nook Daily Find; no price match yet on Kindle, so be sure to report the lower price and check back in the afternoon. Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

Book Description
A beautiful and compulsively readable literary debut that introduces Owen Burr—an Olympian whose dreams of greatness are dashed and then transformed by an epic journey—and his father, Professor Joseph Burr, who must travel the world to find his son. After his athletic career ends abruptly, Owen flees the country to become an artist. He lands in Berlin where he meets a group of art monsters living in the Teutonic equivalent of Warhol’s Factory. After his son’s abrupt disappearance, Burr dusts off his more speculative ideas in a last-ditch effort to command both Owen’s and the world’s attention.

A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall offers a persuasive vision of faith, ambition, art, family, and the myths we write for ourselves.

Please see this post in regards to backing up your books purchased from B&N.

        
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Posted by Terry Firma

An unidentified man who had come down with the measles has possibly infected unvaccinated children in and around Fresno, California.

Measles, unpleasant for adults but frequently deadly for children, is a highly contagious disease. The virus spreads through the air. Everyone over the age of six months can and should be vaccinated against it. Infants, doctors say, should not.

Tell it to this guy.

The Fresno County Department of Health said there is a confirmed case of measles in Fresno County. Health officials said the infected person, a man in his 40′s, visited the labor and delivery floor of Community Regional Medical Center.

Twice.

That person visited the hospital on two separate occasions between Thursday, January 22 at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 at 9:00 p.m. Community Regional Medical Centers is taking steps to contact patients who were potentially exposed at the hospital.

The carrier visited other places where there are lots of kids around.

The individual is also known to have been at WinCo Foods [a supermarket] … on January 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and at Fashion Fair Mall at the Build A Bear and Disney stores on January 25th from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In his defense: He may not have known he had measles. Symptoms of the disease usually don’t appear for one to two weeks after a person is infected.

Definitely not in his defense: Hey, shithead, we’ve had an unbelievably effective vaccine for more than fifty years. Use it.

Measles was declared eradicated in the United States fifteen years ago, but the CDC says there were 63 confirmed cases of measles in 2010, and 187 in 2013. The most recent CDC report I could find covers January 1 through May 23 of last year. During that period, 288 known cases of measles were tallied, adding up to a 20-year high. If that level held for the year, we ended 2014 with 700 cases. Apparently, we were already up to almost 600 reported cases by early September.

The CDC found that

In the three largest outbreaks of 2014, which account for over a half of all cases this year, transmission occurred after introduction of measles into communities with pockets of persons who were unvaccinated because of philosophical or religious beliefs.

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P.S. Bonus link:

Nearly 70 students from a Riverside County, Calif., high school will miss up to seven days of classes because they haven’t been immunized for measles. Since the … students haven’t been immunized, they need to avoid classes until Feb. 9 unless they confirm they’ve received immunization or show proof of resistance as determined by a Titer test.

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