Yup, he decided to use the attack on Parliament as an excuse to insult (and misrepresent) the Mayor of London while the incident was still live.
Everyone at Westminster was still in lockdown and trapped in the chamber or their offices while he was Tweeting.
I can't think why he thought London's British-Pakistani Muslim mayor was an appropriate target at a time like this, except that that's a lie, I totally can, because it's really fucking obvious.
Also, the risk of terror attacks is an inevitable part of living in a big city (and I am more than old enough to remember when it was the IRA).
OK, this is cool and hopeful: a new technology for dealing with oil spills.
This is a fab resource for fic- and genre-writers, I believe.
At times they sounded like villains from a Michael Crichton novel. Russian scientists fight to save the earth from climate change by restoring the Pleistocene grasslands in the Siberian Arctic. This includes re-establishing herds of bison, musk oxen, wild horses -- and woolly mammoths. These Russians are bringing back the ice age to protect the future.
You might need to see this toad with a hat.
You might also need to see the art for this awesome mashup.
Politics is all moving too fast to keep up! Argh. Also, eeps.
A few political links:
Resist repeal of the ACA.
I rarely get into professional stuff here, but I thought I’d share something today. I spent part of this week in training, learning how to comply with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. What’s that, you say? ( let me tell you a story. )
Anyway, that’s my little lecture about how the administrative state is responsible for saving tens of millions of birds nationwide.
The real bombshell of the House Intelligence/Trump/Russia hearing happened in the hallway. AKA someone's either ignorant as an upstream rock, or else lying in front of cameras.
Yes, the FBI did wiretap Trump Tower -- to keep track of the Russian mobsters.
Trumpery fired Preet Bharara as a prosecuting US attorney -- so now he'll teach kids at NYU how to be as tough and critical and prosecutorial as he is.
Farewell, David Rockefeller.
Gorsuch, abortion and the concept of personhood.
White Pride and prejudice. I am not entirely in agreement with their version of what liberal thnking entails.
Trump's exaggerated new border rules keep all the Africans from the African Summit in LA. This is *ridiculous*.
An actual war criminal may become the US's second leading diplomat. Pass me the vomit bowl; I cannot stand this man.
These cities are divesting from the banks that support the Dakota pipeline.
The NY state attorney general has hired an attorney to go after Trump full time -- and he knows the territory.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Ivanka Trump's company over unfair competition.
The country is a mess. Meet the fixers. 50 people with ideas, guts and ability who are making change.
Apologies for typos; my eyes are very tired today.
- Can neuroscience change our minds? by Hilary and Steven Rose. Steven Rose was a big influence on getting me into bioscience, so I excited to learn that he's written a new book about debunking neurobollocks, a subject close to my heart. And that he's written it in collaboration with his wife, a sociologist of science.
- Three non-fiction books to give as belated bar mitzvah presents: I went with A history of God by Karen Armstrong, 1491 by Charles Mann, and The undercover economist by Tim Harford in the end. I reckon that gives a reasonable spread of perspectives, periods and cultures to get a curious teenager started.
- A whole bunch of mostly novels for a not-very-sekrit plot.
- This is a letter to my son by KJ Kabza, as recommended, and edited by rushthatspeaks. It's a near-future story about a trans girl, which has minimal overt transphobia but quite a lot of cis people being clueless, and also it's about parent death among other themes.
- Why Lemonade is for Black women by Dominique Matti, via sonia. Very powerful essay about intersectionality between gender and race. I've not actually seen Lemonade yet, because everything I've read about it suggests it's a large, complex work of art which I need to set aside time to concentrate on, I can't just listen to the songs in the background. And I'm a bit intimidated by the medium of a "visual album".
Up next: I am thinking to pick up How to be both by Ali Smith, which has been on my to-read pile for a while. We'll see.
I wanted to draw your attention to a lovely, new feature in BMO which went out with this week's push: auto-linking to GitHub issues.
Now, in a Bugzilla bug's comments, if you reference a GitHub issue, such as
mozilla-bteam/bmo#26, Bugzilla converts that to a link to the issue on GitHub.
This will save you some typing in the future, and if you used this format in earlier comments, they'll be linkified as well.
If you come across a false positive, please file a bug against bugzilla.mozilla.org::General.
The original bug: 1309112 - Detect and linkify GitHub issue in comment
(I'll post a reminder on the day itself.)
There are examples of past AMAs with a staggering variety of sf/f authors, which make for some fun reading if you need a time-killer. =)
Okay, back to final revisions on Revenant Gun!
(I am exempting from this those of you who work in government or the military and *have* to deal with war and conflict in your occupation.)
2. How long can you go without using phrases or idioms derived from sports, any sports? How often do you hear them in conversation?
3. Do you notice any difference between war idioms and sports idioms?
What I read
Finished JA Jance, Cruel Intent, and am sufficiently prepossessed by the Ali Reynolds series to download the boxsets of the next three and a couple of novellas.
However, decided that perhaps I should take a little break and read something else, so I read Simon Brett, The Strangling on the Stage (2014), one of the Fethering mysteries, though I'm not sure one reads these for the actual, you know, mystery plot. This one had amdram luvvies.
Patricia Craig, Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading (2015) - charity shop find, about which I found myself a bit meh - it didn't seem to me to quite mesh the various elements, but that may have been me - even before the William Mayne apologism. I wanted perhaps more about the books themselves?
Robin Stevens, Jolly Foul Play (2016) from local indie bookshop sale shelf - I'm still not entirely sold on Hazel Wong - I feel there's a place somewhere between 'perpetuating Orientalist stereotypes' and having her be a standard 1930s boarding school girl who happens to be Chinese - but this did, I think, introduce some complexity in relationships and I think I shall be reading others in the series.
On the go
I am still very much enjoying the ongoing serial by Avoliot, The Course of Honour.
Still intermittently plugging on with the Inchbald bio - still not up to Wollstonecraft interactions.
The Dorothy Wrench bio is still very much backburnered - somehow I just slip off it whenever I pick it up.
No idea, find myself between books.
In general, folks really appreciated the film. A filmmaker mentor & friend said she nailed the memoir format; Christine & D's hairdresser confirmed that D succeeded in making the film about their family and not about Christine's transition. I think it does a lovely job of communicating that a difference like being transgendered can be accepted by bible based faith family members, and that it provides some help in being compassionate. (Left unanswered, given the initial filmed responses, what if a son had come out as gay in their family. The cognitive dissonance of Christine & i remaining together is expressed in a few comments.)
There was appreciation for our willingness to be vulnerable, and that awareness of vulnerability -- seeing yourself on the big screen with a hundred or so mostly strangers -- is bouncing around in both my & Christine's emotions. The next year will be festivals and some point the NC PBS station. I know there are some Texas festivals D's applied to.
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Meanwhile, Christine's aunt died, the last member of her mother's generation. We drove up to the little country town for the graveside service yesterday. It was simple, which i appreciated but perhaps not Christine. The closing reading was of the rapture as described in Revelations. We were the city cousins, particularly with D's Fluevog high heels in pink and black, her grey tights with black flowers and birds, her fit-and-flare black dress, and her capelet with pink chenille embellished on the black net. (I'm forgetting what that textile work is called.)
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I'm sick, although pine trees are entering into the pollen season.
(And sometimes it just produces random bits of information like "We knew someone who slept with Bernstein!" As another friend commented, didn't everyone?)
robynbender wrote me a long and fascinating e-mail which she's given me permission to post below:
I agree that Trump is uniquely terrifying, due to his highly-impaired state, and due to the presence of Bannon and others working behind him. And there's unique threat in climate change, and how close we are to points of no return, which we didn't know in the 1970s.
At the time we didn't realize how addled Nixon was, but we knew he was very mean, vengeful, and righteously at war with his enemies. And he felt very dangerous because he was so much more competent and smart and ambitious than Trump, and eager to be a major player on the world stage, and had gathered very competent people around him eager to do bad things. The organized serial killer, in [Friend]'s terms, and a very energetic one who had Big Ideas.
He actually had come in, and gotten re-elected, with a strong victory against very fragmented opponents. (The greatest irony of the break in being, he had a lock on the election by the time it happened.) He had the support of the middle-american and southern-strategy "Silent Majority" (viz, nearly all my family and extended kin, for sure) who firmly believed any protesters or dissidents were dirty, long-haired, drug-addled, sex-crazed, godless hippies (sometimes in league with scary Negroes, Black Panthers, etc.) So he felt to me like a juggernaut, having mown down morally-solid but too-left-wing candidates RFK, McCarthy, and McGovern over two elections. The resistance was generally quite young, and mobilized by the generational threat of the military Draft as much as by any other issue. He was a power center for a lot of hate, and he cast my friends and me as wrong, degenerate, and a danger to the Republic just for be-ing. LBJ had built up social helps with the War on Poverty, Medicare, etc.; domestically, Nixon started the process of sending federal services "back to the states" and putting money into "drug enforcement" and other "law and order" priorities.
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If you were there, I'd love to hear your perspectives too.