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Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.) Passing those bills may literally save the world.

How to save the world:

1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.

2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.

3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.

There is more information in the original link by [personal profile] rachelmanija.
dragonyphoenix: Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise (katchoo)
Mmm, I picked up a movie called Sunshine because some site rec'd it based on my interest in Defying Gravity. The three trailers were all horror movies the last - the only title I recall - being 28 days later. Huh. Do ya think I'm watching a horror flick? 
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There was a young man
From Cork who got limericks
And haikus confused


Oct. 8th, 2017 11:05 am
dragonyphoenix: Francine from Strangers in Paradise (Francine)
I had to resort to the straighten up the house method of searching for my cell phone. Happily it turned up in the living room under a pile of books. Yay!

But, oops!, Kat found fish I'd moved from the freezer to the fridge and forgotten about in the stress of finding my car window bashed in. I don't think she's happy to have to toss food. ;-(


Oct. 7th, 2017 08:26 pm
dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
After driving all over creation looking at cars, my cell phone is missing. Grrr

Two auto accidents, one of which has me taking PT. A deliberately broken window in my car. Something else that I'm spacing now. Whoever the hell has cursed me can just lay off now!
dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
When Trump goes crazy attacking American rights, I keep coming back to comparing the situation to when Caligula ruled the Roman world. (I'm basing my comparisons to the BBC production of I, Claudius which I'm guesstimating is historically accurate.) Caligula did some whacked out shit! The one event that stands out is turning his palace into a brothel and forcing Senator's wives into prostitution. And yet people still couldn't act effectively to stop him.

And I wonder how far this administration will go before we can act effectively to stop them.
dragonyphoenix: Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise (katchoo)
I dreamt that I was on a ship along with a Cthulhu cult. People were being converted / mind controlled so that they would sacrifice themselves to Cthulhu. I think the sacrifices were to allow Cthulhu to manifest in our world. I'm not sure why they had to be willing sacrifices, why people couldn't just be killed without being converted.

Thinking of the current politically induced violence, such as ignoring Puerto Rico and thereby allowing its citizens to die, I was reminded of ancient civilizations in South America (Mayan? Aztec?) where human sacrifice, in large numbers, was part of the political / religious system. And that led me to Whedon's Cabin in the Woods where sacrifices are used to keep demons asleep.

Aargh! and now I lost where I was going with this! ;-(


Oct. 7th, 2017 07:59 am
dragonyphoenix: Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise (katchoo)
I use my cell phone as an alarm clock. It's set for godawful early and doesn't have an option for me to pick days so it's set all the time. After yesterday's awfulness, I forgot to turn it off and left it in the living room. It not only woke my but also my roommate Kat. She glared and said "That was rude." before lumbering back to bed.

I looked on Merriam-Webster and their definition does not support this, bu I thought that rude meant something offensive that was done on purpose. If it wasn't deliberate, does that still count as rude? 

Note: this comes out of feeling hurt by her comment. About 45 minutes after the wake-up call, I was lying in bed and heard Emma, Kat's dog, moving about. I got out of bed to walk Emma so that Kat, who has chronic pain, wouldn't have to. The rude comment came after we were back in the house. It sort of felt like a slap in the face since I'd just gotten back from walking her dog.

dragonyphoenix: (blue flower)

Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda
English version by Alastair Reid

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth
let’s not speak in any language,
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines,
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victory with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

dragonyphoenix: Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise (katchoo)
My car was just towed away. As I was watching, I was thinking of a trip my Mom and I took to a retreat weekend in Virginia. It was about an hour south of where I lived and on the way back we stopped at a German restaurant. Mom had the venison which...

My car was towed away this morning. As I watched, I remembered a vacation Mom and I took. I don't know if it was this car or the previous, but letting this car go brought back those memories. On the way back, we'd stopped at a German restaurant where Mom had venison. She raved about it for  years, amazed that it didn't taste gamey.

I'm not sure why letting my car go is bringing up memories of my Mom, but I do now understand why I took today off from work. I needed time to grieve.

my kitty

Oct. 6th, 2017 08:00 am
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My kittie Soul popped up on Facebook this morning. I've been feeling melancholy. My car being towed away (today) feels like I'm leaving another piece of Virginia behind. When she passed, I took a macrame piece I'd made, one with long string that we used to play with together, and left it at the arboretum near Reston so a part of her, or maybe my memory of Soul, could rest someplace lovely.

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I'm not sure that Frankenstien vs. the Space Monster counts as horror, but it looks like cheesy bad B-movie fun!

dragonyphoenix: (raven)

Mysteries, Yes By Mary Oliver

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say
"Look!" and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their head

dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (blackadder)
Image may contain: sky, car, tree and outdoor

My car window was smashed-in in two places last night. ;-(       It’s worse now. We opened the front door to get info on the car’s model, and when we shut the door the whole window caved in.

Waiting for the police to come take a look, but I have no way to get to work today.

dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (blackadder)
I had a copy of The Death of Narcissia Black but lost it when my old computer died. ;-(    It's an amazing fanfic and I wish I still had a copy so I could reread it. You can read a rec of it here to get an idea why I'm bummed.
dragonyphoenix: (Frida and God)

Hiba Schahbaz, b. 1981, Pakistan
 Self-Portrait as Eve (after Dürer)
USA (2016)
Tea, watercolor, ink, poster paint on twinrocker

In the Indo-Persian tradition of miniatures, figures are painted exclusively in profile or three-quarter view, never making eye contact with the viewer. In Western art, the subjects will look at the viewer, but often times it’s really just the artist they are looking at, as seen in the cold hard gaze of Olympia, scornful of Manet’s commodification of her body for his own use.

In Schahbaz’s paintings, she gazes back at herself, finally able to make direct eye contact with the person who had been faceless for years. This eye contact came about last year when Schahbaz scaled up from the traditional miniature size paintings of 10 x 5 inches to paintings that were both life sized and larger than life.

Suddenly, her nudes became more than portraits of herself: they became portraits of the Goddess whose presence overwhelms and envelops the viewer in a feeling of serenity that is as sacred as it is empowering. “I think I’ve spent like 90% of my life trying to accept that I’m a female and that’s OK,” she told The Huffington Post, giving voice to a dynamic that women struggle with on an intimate level.

Schabaz tells Crave, “As a woman in Pakistan, my identity was in regards to everyone else. There were all these rules as a woman and none of them involved self-expression or being an individual. Here in New York, women are so powerful. We are allowed to have opinions, our own thoughts, our own lives. I’m just internalizing that in a way, coming emotionally to terms with my life and learning how to interact with the greater world.”

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Copied from a tumblr post.

I am very excited to once again bring you the ficathon featuring our favorite witch, Willow Rosenberg. This is my on-going attempt to try to get more Willow-centric stories written. So pick your favorite pairing and sign up to help spread the Willow love.

Sign ups: September 24, 2017 - October 7, 2017
Assignments Sent Out: October 8, 2017
Stories Due: December 17, 2017

You can view the rules here.

You can read the prompts and sign up here.

While the Ficathon is being hosted on LiveJournal, you do not need an LJ account to participate. You can sign up (comment) as Anonymous and give your fandom name in the form.

Let’s keep the Willow love going across multiple platforms!
Please pimp far and wide.


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