THE RETURN OF THE VERTEBRATE PRESS

Feb. 24th, 2017 04:05 pm
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I can safely say that I have never seen a POTUS call up a press conference for the sole apparent purpose of telling the press that they suck.

Until now.

Anyway, between that, Sean Spicer’s debut briefing, the hilariously deranged online poll and Trump’s opening rally for his re-election campaign in Florida, it’s pretty clear to me what's going on here:

1. Trump’s criteria for “fake news”, apparently, is “any media report that criticizes him or anyone who works for him, or asks any question that he doesn’t want to be asked, or corrects him when he or someone in his admin says something that turns out to be not true”. In other words, any news story that doesn’t stick to the script or alternate reality in his head.

2. Trump is basically throwing red meat to the base that got him elected, because he knows they have the same criteria as he does for “fake news”, and that they hate the Biased LameStream Media as much as he does. I’m sure Trump fans absolutely love the spectacle of gathering all the media in one place just to have a go at them because they would totally do the same thing if they had that kind of power.

3. Trump has decided that if the media is just going to “lie” about him (even if that means reporting what he actually says and does, and correcting him when he says things that are false), then he’s going to do a workaround and talk to the American People™ directly without relying on the media as a go-between.

This one is actually kind of understandable in the sense that he’s not the first POTUS to prefer direct communication to get his ideas out to them, especially in the age of mass media. Sometimes Presidents want to get in front of the people and talk unedited, especially for major policy announcements, whether it’s a live TV broadcast, fireside chats, or town-hall meetings. Trump’s preferred communications media just happens to be 3am batshit tweetstorms and ego-fueled campaign rallies.

4. But it’s pretty clear there’s more to this than Trump wanting people to hear what he has to say without reading/seeing it second hand in the news. Trump’s real beef with the media is that he has no control over them and what they write about him, and it’s clearly driving him crazy – partly because his ego can’t stand it, and (I suspect) partly because – like his supporters (and, to be fair, a lot of his detractors) – he is convinced that his worldview is well-informed and correct and therefore only he knows The Truth About Everything, and therefore anything that deviates from that viewpoint is not only “fake”, but maliciously so.

Which might be less of a problem if Trump didn’t consider Fox & Friends, Hannity, Breitbart and Infowars to be good examples of objective and factual reporting –because of course they support his worldview rather than question it. Which is what he wants.

5. In a way, on a subconscious macro level, this is a public debate on the role of media in a democracy. Is it supposed to be the Fourth Estate – an unofficial extra set of checks and balances that curbs government power and corruption by exposing, questioning and criticizing government policies? Or is it meant to be a glorified steno pool that reports whatever politicians say without question?

Personally, I think it’s the former. There are people (like Trump, at the moment) who will argue the latter – that “objective” media should report the facts in front of you and nothing else. But I’ve noticed the people who support this view only tend to do so when it’s their party in control of the govt.

It doesn’t mean the media isn't above criticism when it does a bad job, and Trump fans may argue that Trump is doing exactly that. I could take that argument seriously if Trump was up there pointing out specific examples of where a news report outright made up a story or quote and then pointed out exactly why they’re false. But so far, all he’s really done is whine about how everyone is obsessed with unimportant off-message distractions – like Michael Flynn, other alleged Russia connections, the presence of Steve Bannon and his relations with white nationalist/supremacist/anti-Semitic groups, Trump’s tax returns, possible conflicts of interest involving his business dealings, Kellyanne Conway pimping Ivanka products, etc.

If Trump et al want to make the case that media is fake news, they need a better argument than “If they were doing their job, they wouldn’t report negative things about us, they would just report what we say” – especially when “what we say” tends to include things that literally did not happen (see: Bowling Green, Sweden).

6. But again, I don't think Trump is trying to make a case. He’s just saying what he thinks and playing to the base that already buys into both his “alternative facts” worldview and the Mainstream (i.e. Liberal) Media Lies About Everything meme in general – the same base that got him elected.

7. As for that rally in Florida, I’m sure Trump thought the purpose was to bypass the media and go direct to the people. But I’m also sure another purpose is so Trump can finally be in a room full of tens of thousands of people who love him and agree with everything he says. It’s pretty obvious he enjoys running for POTUS more than actually being POTUS – not least since part of the POTUS gig involves putting up with the media.

8. Speaking of which, it’s noteworthy that the major media outlets – NYT, WaPo, CNN, etc – have noticeably gone out of their way to call Trump on false statements in their ledes and even their headlines. Which is arguably what they should be doing as part of that role as the Fourth Estate.

That said, I think one reason it’s noticeable is because they haven’t done it for a very long time. I’m convinced that one of the reasons Jon Stewart became a more trustworthy source of news than actual news media was because part of his act was pointing out when politicians and “expert” media pundits were lying, passing on false information or contradicting their own statements. He did that primarily for comedy purposes, but the point was clear: the news media should be doing this (and was certainly capable of it – if a team of comedy writers had the resources to fact-check statements and dig out video clips to back up the jokes, surely CNN does), but isn’t.

Well, they’re doing it now. Here’s hoping they keep doing it long after Trump leaves office in just 47 more months.

Found my spine,

This is dF

good morning, it's 24 february 2017

Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:53 pm
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Item 3 is the kind of thing that - were it to pass - means you should flee the state. No lie.

Item 21: what part of "trying to get the FBI to shut up about Russia" isn't obstruction of justice?

Item 24: Keep on eye on this. The plan may be to flood non-cooperative cities and states with ICE personnel, to the point where ICE presence is overwhelming. This will be where non-cooperation needs to go all the way down. There are several other ICE- and police-state-related stories today as well.

Washington State governor Jay Inslee is acting quickly to remind everyone 1) Fuck you, Trump, and 2) Washington State has its own civil rights protections that do include trans kids. (We're also ready to fight on legal marijuana, which the administration is now hinting it may try to stop.)

Item 4 involves more 'alterations' to reality - if they change the import/export numbers to be wrong, they can make the trade deficit look worse, and gain more support for trade wars. This is very bad, of course, but may well happen.

More on Milo's lies; a Muslim now-former staffer talks about leaving the Trump white house; Matt Schlapp was going to let neo-nazi and overt genocide planner Richard "One Punch [and down]" Spencer attend CPAC, but yanked his membership when people noticed; Trump refers to increased ICE action as a "military operation," which would be 192 kinds of illegal; the FBI is cold-calling Muslims in Seattle and calling it "outreach" but it's all kinds of intimidating; several notes from CPAC; it is UTTERLY INSANE that Trump's desire to RAMP UP NUCLEAR WEAPONS PRODUCTION isn't the lead story here and maybe it should be; more. Good luck.

It's February 24, 2017; this is the news )

Wish us luck, guys...

Feb. 24th, 2017 01:29 am
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Lee has to go back to the docs, again, tomorrow. That makes two doc visits and one immediate care visit so far this week.

We're still trying our best to make sure his bronchitis doesn't morph into full fledged pneumonia. He's on antibiotics and is doing nebulizer treatments of albuteral three times a day. His poor chest, back and stomach are all so sore from all the coughing he's been doing but that gunk has got to come up.

The reason for tomorrow's doc visit is that the whole left side of his face is swollen from what, I think, is an enlarged lymph node. The knot under his left jaw is about the size of a small tennis ball now. The right is swollen, too, but no where near as noticeably as the left. Honest to god I even asked him if he'd ever had the mumps the swelling is so bad. He's had a low grade headache all day from pressure on his Eustachian tubes. Hopefully we'll know more tomorrow when Dr. Donahue exams him.

Poor sweetie, I hate seeing him so miserable.
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Hi guys! I'm going to watch the episode after I get this posted for you, I wanted to get it up early so you wouldn't have to wait so late to see it. It's been a long week, Lee's still sick. We have to go back to the docs, again, tomorrow. Wish us luck, we sure could use it.

The files are almost finished uploading, both MP4 and the AVI formats. As soon as they're done, just follow the links below and then click to download whichever format you'd like best. :)

Click me! )

PS
If you have any problems with the file, or if you need to update your audio/video codecs to play the file, you can find them here:

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Hope that everyone is doing okay. *hugs you hard*

sketches of the day

Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:25 pm
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I felt like practicing rendering figures, and Blacklist was handy, so...



Top:
Ink: Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot.
Pen: Aurora Optima 75th Anniversary.
Character: Agent Elizabeth Keen (from a scene in 2.1).

Bottom:
Ink: Robert Oster School Blue.
Pen: Aurora Optima blue chrome.
Character: Samar Navabi (from a scene in 2.2). I am already in love with her.

(Don't worry; your irregular unscheduled catten will return soon.)
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Okay, so, there’s a movement tomorrow to do a witchy spell at the stroke of midnight. Specifically to bind 45, to prevent him from doing any (more) damage to any living human or creature or thing.

I am not a witch. I am not remotely Wiccan. I don't...do spells, not formalized spells, certainly not spells created by other people.

(I have cast-prayed before, on very rare occasion. I quietly lay altars and speak to my goddesses and send the energy out I can and ask for the guidance I need. I regular-pray damn near every night --if you've ever heard me recite the star-wish song1 and then fall silent for a moment, gazing at the sky, you've witnessed it.)

However. However. I am not a witch and probably never will be (though Sir PTerry has a better sales pitch than anything else I've ever seen or heard). But I'm not doing anything else at midnight tomorrow, and I actually have all the components. So much of humanity rests on belief, maybe if I can help add to this one, it'll do some good.

(And even though I'm not twenty-six and mad as hell anymore, I'm still a witchka and will probably never drop the diminutive for myself. Witchka, little witch, it just feels _right_.)

Anyways, you can find the ritual I'm planning to use here, in case that's of interest to you. I've dug through my tarot decks and have all five towers2 charging on my altar3.

Hey, it's more fun than sleeping anyways.

~Sor
MOOP!

1: You know this one. It begins with declarations of light and bright, and then an oft-modified line about the number of stars I've seen that night.

2: Well, okay, technically it's four towers and XVI: (In)Dependance from my hand-drawn major arcana. Which I should *really* scan and post, and even more really finish sometime. I drew it like three-four years ago at this point, and I was surprised looking through it by how much I still like it and relate to it. I renamed a lot of cards though. I don't feel the slightest bit about it, the whole point of tarot is to use it to focus myself.

3: I have an altar now, bytheway. I set it up originally at the Sanctuary, but I actually made a point of moving it when I moved, and maintaining it. I don't do a lot with it, but the big rule is that Nothing Goes On That Shelf Ever unless it's part of the altar stuff. Which is like nine tenths rocks, because boy, do I have a weird and complicated and important relationship with rocks that I should talk about sometime.

I'd post pictures, but you know. Matthew 6:5-6. ;)

Omg you guys!!!!

Feb. 23rd, 2017 09:06 pm
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Guys who was behind me in line at security tonight!!!

You'll never guess.

Elizabeth.

Fucking.

Warren.

And she was fucking awesome.
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Title: Avalanche
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: Lin/Tenzin; OCs
Rating: Teen

Summary: Lin put her whole life on hold to move to the Southern Water Tribe and help protect the Avatar. That was three years ago, and she's ready for a change.

Notes: Sometimes I get a terrible idea that just won't go away. In this case, it was, "AU where Lin goes into politics instead of policing". That, of course, led to, "Um, self, what? How?" This is a bit of worldbuilding for that AU.

Content warnings for Children and Self-Indulgence. Many thanks to AmiraElizabeth for her support, comments and sketches, and Branwyn for her ruthless beta reading.

Read more )
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Because, oh, a world where John met Mycroft first, a world where John's loyalty might not be to Sherlock and the disastrous results of that. Sometimes, the dystopias make you so glad of how canon actually turned out.


you'll never be alone in the bone orchard (9114 words) by Sarah T
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes
Summary:

John Watson meets Mycroft Holmes one day early. The world tilts slightly on its axis.

(no subject)

Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:18 pm
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I take it back, I do need a couple of research books, one to round out my collection of books on this cult and that one, one because a better edition of the whole Key of Solomon chaos was recommended to me. And then I've found three titles/authors on fashion that might also work for research for the whole thing and no, I'm being good and not buying them yet. I would however be getting a couple books out of the library by the same authors if the library website would ever damn work.

(It did after I swore at it, so now I have another book on hold, but oy that took forever.)

I had such grand intentions of getting a lot of stuff done today, and I did get most of the regular stuff done today, but then I ended up being so damn exhausted that when I came home I got a pokemon down the block and came back and finished eating dinner and sort of staggered my way through the rest of everything. So let's see, what do I need to remember that I intend to get done over the next few days.

House cleaning is the big one. Which is mostly just putting stuff away, reorganizing the bookshelf with all the stuff I'm going to read on the outside. I really, really need to get more floor to ceiling bookshelves into the office stat, I need more space for my non-fiction books so the fiction books can go where they currently are. Actually. Actually if I pick up the craft room this weekend I might be able to move some of the nonfiction there.Hmm.

Anyway. That's one thing. Another thing will be to finish taking notes on Nerd Girls and then put all the notes in the ongoing projects binder and do a much longer edit on Malachy. Keep writing on the various stories I've been working on, priority to White Lightning stories so I can get those drafted and off to Editrix. Survive Saturday capoeira, I don't know if I'm going to do anything else after that or if I'm just going to come home and clean. Um. Knit, now that I've finally picked up my knitting again as a regular thing and not an I'm going to fuck off and spend the rest of forever knitting so I don't have to think about what's happening. I think that's been my main fear because god knows it's tempting just to pretend that the world outside my town and my house doesn't exist.

If I have extra time this weekend, even taking an hour to clear out the garden and churn up the soil would be a good idea. But I won't count on getting that done. And I have a bunch of books to finish reading, a book of shadows for my baby witches in this novel to sketch out if not write entirely (hey, maybe I can sell that as a tie in) and. Whatever else I usually do to do. I am so tired I am falling over early. Meh.

stuff done: Tuesday-Thursday

Feb. 23rd, 2017 10:44 pm
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1. Cut my fingernails.

2. Asked rental office bosses about getting a week off in late June. They said that should be okay, so... I may actually get to Cass Lake this year!!! \o/

more items under the cut )

13. Got to work rewriting my Cotton Candy Bingo fic, as per my realization that the characters needed to be nicer in general. I have managed to salvage and reuse a bunch of existing dialogue, just tweaked a bit so everyone's friendly rather than annoyed, and I have also tweaked a bit of scene-setting so there is now an obvious physical way to conclude the fic when I get there, instead of having it vaguely peter off into awkward silence. :)

Hiii?

Feb. 23rd, 2017 07:32 pm
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UGH, I feel as though I am coming down with the thing that is going around. I've been working on fighting it off but it was really rough today.

Being behind on grading and getting not enough sleep didn't help, I'm sure.

I finished Binti by Nnedi Okorafor and it was amazing. I didn't realize I was craving space opera that hard. I am looking forward to picking up the novel when I have a little free cash. I've started Grace of Kings by Ken Liu and am enjoying it a lot so far, but I'm not very far in.

Also, I got some kickstarter rewards. Yes, Roya is terrific. Smutty and sensitive and did I mention hot and terrific. I haven't read any of My Monster Boyfriend yet, and I also got my Sorcery 101 Omnibus Book 2 which is now on the shelf. Yay, comics!

Waah, sickness and school.

Some friends are having a housewarming party in Portland this weekend, and I really want to go but I don't know if I can--I just drove up last weekend, I'm up for a wedding in a couple weeks, and then I'm taking up another friend a week or so after that. I'm swamped! Maybe I'll just arrange to come by/stay over with those folks when I'm in the area dropping friend off at PDX.

This term. It has been so difficult. Almost over, which is terrifying. Aieee.
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Almost everything I thought I remembered about the original Battlestar Galactica television series was wrong. I started working on this post after Richard Hatch, the original Apollo passed away. I’d written some thoughts on my memories of the show, and was doing some research to put dates and context to my memories and discovered that my brain had apparently retconned lots of things. Since part of that post had involved recounting discussions that my old friend, Doug, and I had had about the show, and I had recently re-told the story of Doug and the Train Crossing to a friend, I decided to set the Galactica post aside for a while and write about my friend, instead.

Now, the things I misremembered about the series had almost nothing to do with the episodes or the storylines...

(The rest of this Throwback Thursday post is at FontFolly.Net.)

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