giandujakiss: (festivids)
Woo hoo!

(First year without me - *sniff*. But it's awesome to see!)
giandujakiss: (ginsburg)
let the record reflect that the majority of Americans voted against this.
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that is, Senator Elizabeth Warren -

Her office apparently is telling people that if you oppose ACA repeal, there are 5 GOP Senators who have expressed the most doubt. Especially if you live in their states (and possibly even if you don't?), it's most helpful to call these people:

Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824

(via)
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Loved it. Yes, there's stuff to critique but I'm just gonna float on idealism for a while.

Taraji Henson in particular was riveting; there was something just so compelling about her performance.

The theater was about half full - which is actually pretty good, considering the timing. Kids and adults, and people actually cheered and clapped at several points.

Definitely go see.
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But the reality is I have only been reading Dreamwidth for a while; at this point, it probably makes sense to just stick to Dreamwidth for future updates. So, if you want to keep up with whatever I happen to post (honest most of my activity is on tumblr/twitter right now but I still post as well), best to follow the Dreamwidth.

Happy New Year!
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how for most of these George Michael songs, I literally haven't heard them in decades - but it turns out I still know every lyric cold. "Make it Big" was one of the very first rock albums I ever owned - on vinyl, naturally (along with Duran Duran's "Duran Duran" (apparently the 1983 reissue), Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and Asia's "Alpha," yes that's right, fight me) - and I practically wore the thing out.

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Several episodes. Never saw it before. I am so conflicted.

I love the crafts aspect. I know nothing about fashion, but it's still fun to see what people come up with, and to have my own opinions on the aesthetics even if they differ from the judges' opinions. The episodes I saw also were relatively inclusive, in that they featured designers and judges of a mix of genders, orientations, races, and nationalities. I like that a lot.

But it really bothers me that there's an unstated presumption that fashion is for women - because women are decorative. (Have there been challenges involving male designs? It wouldn't surprise me, but the default, to the point where it's entirely unstated, is women). And that leads to this unfortunate dynamic where women models - called "girls" by everyone involved - are treated as furniture. It's the same models throughout the competition, and they never speak, I don't even know if we learn their names. They may as well be mannequins, and it's hard to watch the models sitting silently while everyone else around them comments on their hair, their makeup, and basically treats them as semi-sentient hangers.
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is a terrible terrible movie that wastes some amazing actors.

I know literally nothing about the game, which may color my opinion somewhat, but I Wikipedia'ed it after the movie, and ... no, I think this is just yet another reason why games should not be movies.

(To be fair, based on the Wiki game description, I think possibly it could have been a very good movie. This - was not that movie.)

There are so many many things I could talk about - the wooden dialogue and the nonsensical plot and the absolute nonstop fight sequences that replace anything like characterization -seriously, we don't know the first thing about Fassbender's character and he's the hero - but there's just one very specific point that I will single out to criticize.

Spoilers )

I think at some point I have to recognize that Fassbender will never, ever make a movie that appeals to me as much as XMFC.
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am I the only person who thinks the story feels different if you imagine it's a boy child instead of a girl child? Like, would we think it's noble for a father figure to insist that a prodigy boy not get the best education so that the boy can have his childhood? Or is that something we only say about girls?

I mean, there's plenty of evidence that early on, girls and boys have the same interest in math, and that girls tend to drop out in part because they aren't pressured to continue - when they say they want to stop, adults let them, and but adults push boys to carry on.

I think it was Katrina vanden Heuvel who wrote that it's only with girls where we say, "Well, you can go off to cure cancer, or you can be a wife and mother - it's your choice." We never present these as choices for boys.

The premise of Gifted seems to fall into the same category for me.
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Buck Up, Democrats, and Fight Like Republicans

We're doomed because the Democrats are staggeringly weak-willed. Donald Trump is a cartoon villain who is rising to power on the back of a foreign dictator who attacked our electoral process, who is appointing comical, mustache-twirling villains to his cabinet posts, and the Democrats are fucking silent. In some cases, people call their congresspeople and are told directly, hey, we're in the minority, nothing we can do.

Yes, there is - you can insist on loudly, publicly resisting, at every opportunity, as a unified wall, reminding everyone that Dems won popular vote (and the most Senate votes), Trump's entirely illegitimate, etc. Keep the Republicans constantly on the defensive, file court challenges to gum up everything Trump wants to do including getting the election results certified - make it difficult to impossible for Trump to do anything because his administration is mired in ongoing disputes. That's what the GOP fucking did to Obama and he won the popular vote, decisively - the reason Trump has so many judicial spots available to him is because the GOP refused to let Obama govern.

But ... fucking crickets, man. If Democrats can't find a way to fight this fundamental threat to America, they are useless.

All I see are rumblings about 2020. 2020? Are you kidding? There aren't going to be elections in 2020. Trump hasn't even gotten into office and he's already threatening to eliminate early voting. Once we have the next terrorist attack on US soil - and that's inevitable, and it'll come under the Trump administration - this country will be locked down like a damn prison. And it's like the Dems can't, or won't, see it.

SPN 12x08

Dec. 9th, 2016 08:54 am
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That was a bit on the nose, wasn't it?
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Google, democracy and the truth about internet search
Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s all I did. I typed: “a-r-e”. And then “j-e-w-s”. Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. And this is what it did. It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: “are jews a race?”, “are jews white?”, “are jews christians?”, and finally, “are jews evil?”

Are Jews evil? It’s not a question I’ve ever thought of asking. I hadn’t gone looking for it. But there it was. I press enter. A page of results appears. This was Google’s question. And this was Google’s answer: Jews are evil. Because there, on my screen, was the proof: an entire page of results, nine out of 10 of which “confirm” this....

Every time someone likes one of these posts on Facebook or visits one of these websites, the scripts are then following you around the web. And this enables data-mining and influencing companies like Cambridge Analytica to precisely target individuals, to follow them around the web, and to send them highly personalised political messages. This is a propaganda machine. It’s targeting people individually to recruit them to an idea. It’s a level of social engineering that I’ve never seen before. They’re capturing people and then keeping them on an emotional leash and never letting them go.”

Cambridge Analytica, an American-owned company based in London, was employed by both the Vote Leave campaign and the Trump campaign....

Steve Bannon, founder of Breitbart News and the newly appointed chief strategist to Trump, is on Cambridge Analytica’s board and it has emerged that the company is in talks to undertake political messaging work for the Trump administration. It claims to have built psychological profiles using 5,000 separate pieces of data on 220 million American voters.

giandujakiss: (Default)
absolutely kills me.  There are so many ways our country is horrifically, dramatically fucked up - and with Clinton, we had a chance of actually moving the ball forward.  And now with Trump, it's like, how can I even contemplate extreme racism and brutality in prisons, because it'll be all we can do to keep the right to vote and prevent a nuclear war?
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Who looks to my Amazon order history whenever I have to figure out my prior addresses for some kind of application?
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We're His Problem Now.  It's a spreadsheet that will be periodically updated with calling scripts regarding the latest issue for protest.  I know this is an unbelievable pain - and difficult for a lot of people - but making noise, all the time, constantly, is probably the only defense we have for what's coming.

One person recommended that it actually be incorporated into a daily or weekly routine - a half hour, an hour, you set aside to make necessary calls.

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God help us the moment we get hit with a terror attack.
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Once Roe v. Wade is overturned, the GOP Congress will prohibit interstate travel to obtain an abortion, so it's pretty much a moot point.
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We're 4 days out, and there are reports of racist/misogynistic/antisemitic threats, violence, and vandalism all over the country, even in liberal strongholds.  Children are engaging in racist taunts in school.

Steve Bannon is being floated as the new Chief of Staff, and he's set up a meeting with Marion Le Pen, who is the niece of Marine Le Pen.

The Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Trump, and we know there's a Trump segment in the FBI that colluded with Giuliani to force Comey to release the letter about a renewed email investigation.

Kris Kobach, who created Arizona's "brown people must show us your papers" law and who, as Kansas Secretary of State, has defied court orders on voting rights, is joining the Trump transition team.

Trump has no interest in being president, which means one of his inner circle will exercise power - I assume that person will be Bannon. Who will handpick judges to fill the slots that the GOP blocked Obama from filling. Just before the new voting restrictions kick in.  If you think he doesn't have a stable of very respectable, very qualified, secret white supremacists in mind, I have a bridge to sell you.

John Yoo - who defended Bush's torture program - is being invited to meet with Trump's transition team. One of the names for the new head of the CIA was an architect of that program.

This is real.  And it gets worse from here.

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