30 Day Music Meme day 12

May. 26th, 2017 09:26 am
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When I was 12, Everything I do (I do it for you) was number one for 16 weeks. Everyone was talking about Bryan Adams. So I listened to everything he'd released at that point, and that's why even though I was wee at the time it was released, it's going into the pre-teen slot. Imagine a lonely, depressed 12 year old in a 3 bed semi in a small town. Then I heard this, and it was like all the hope in the world wrapped up in one small Canadian.

The Best Was Yet To Come by Bryan Adams.

Helsinki (and points elsewhere)

May. 26th, 2017 08:03 am
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I recently realised that in going to Helsinki this August, I will be further north than I have been before. Edinburgh holds that record for me right now (assuming I'm not wrong in assuming Edinburgh is slightly north of Glasgow).

I don't think any transatlantic flights I've taken would have gone to any higher latitudes (I've only flown to New York, Boston and Orlando).

Furthest south in Europe I've been will have been some point I can't determine on the southern coast of western Crete, from where I could see the island of Gavdos that contains that contains the actual southernmost land of continental Europe. Furthest east would be the island of Santorini. Furthest west in Europe would be Lisbon. I've also been to the Canary Islands, which are European, and further south and west, but part of the African continental plate.

Slightly further east in absolute terms is the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. Also in South Africa is furthest absolute south I've been, the Cape of Good Hope. (Which is not the southernmost point in Africa, but Cape Algulhas was a bit too far out of our way.)

Which leaves west. I've long thought my westernmost place was Key West in Florida, but is in fact the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Which contained no choo-choos that I could find, alas.

Just One Thing (26 May 2017)

May. 26th, 2017 08:08 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

SIFF hot take May 25, 2017 at 11:28PM

May. 26th, 2017 06:28 am
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Vampire Cleanup Department sheer pleasure. Hong Kong comedy adventure about a young man who joins a special branch of the sanitation department. it's sentimental and charming, and the hopping vampires are at turns silly and scary. recommended.

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May. 25th, 2017 11:05 pm
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Thanks to a community I read here on DW*, I have learned there's a whole area of K-beauty products that I was oblivious to.

Gold. As in actual gold, the metal, included in sheet masks, facial cremes, primers, and toners.

Now, I will admit, the wacky skin mask sheets are like catnip to me, which is why I own something called SNAIL BEE ESSENCE. (To be fair, my skin really likes that mask, but still. SNAIL BEE ESSENCE.) But gold! There is something so deliriously ridiculous and over-the-top about smearing gold on your face that I'm completely charmed by the idea.

Plus, as an added bonus, the mangled translation of product text is something to behold. How can you not want a cosmetic product with sell text like It's one of the masks that could make my face super soft inside out! You can feel the softness just by pressing into your cheeks and it gives that "boing boing" effect, loosely translated to "bouncy bouncy".

BOING BOING. BOUNCY BOUNCY. Sure, let's apply those adjectives to skin!



*This will possibly out me to other people on that anon community, but I think I already know the (two?) people who read my DW and that comm.

Denis Johnson, 1949 - 2017

May. 25th, 2017 10:48 pm
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Writer Chris Offutt reports on Twitter:

Based on the high number of mourning authors on my Twitter feed right now, it's fair to characterize Johnson as a writer's writer — one of the greats, a talent so advanced that it mystifies peers.

Jesus's Son has to be one of the best short story collections of the 20th century, and The Name of the World is a magnificent short novel about grief and loss and people-shaped holes in lives. As news of Johnson's passing spreads, I expect many people to be pulling The Name of the World off their bookshelves tonight.

GOTG

May. 25th, 2017 10:33 pm
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So I saw Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 tonight, and spoilers still use a Walkman )

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In other news, I would really like to go a year or two without a family medical emergency, y'all. But with luck I'll be able to make Lance Armstrong jokes with P. for the rest of our lives...
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Eliza Newlin Carney at The American Prospect writes—Ethics Watchdog Can Only Do So Much. To really take on the Trump administration, the Office of Government Ethics would need a stronger arsenal:

For more than 30 years, watchdogs have pleaded in vain with Congress to strengthen the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), an independent agency set up in the wake of Watergate to ward off executive branch conflicts of interest.

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Now, lawmakers may finally take notice. Until this year, it’s been easy for Congress to overlook the OGE’s relative lack of clout, sleepy profile, and reluctance to take forceful action. After all, until now all presidents have voluntarily followed fixed ethics conventions, such as disclosing their taxes and placing their assets into blind trusts, and have stood squarely behind the OGE in its inevitable clashes with other federal agencies.

But Donald Trump’s determination to throw those conventions out the window, and his administration’s moves to not only reject OGE’s advice but block it from doing its job, have made it impossible to ignore just how tightly the ethics agency’s hands are tied—as OGE Director Walter M. Shaub Jr.’s recent showdown with Trump’s Office of Management and Budget clearly illustrates.

The fight centers on Shaub’s request in April that all agencies hand over information on how many ethics waivers have been granted to onetime lobbyists who now have administration positions. Although a Trump executive order bars such former lobbyists from working on issues on which they’ve lobbied within the last two years, his administration has nonetheless hired dozens of lobbyists to work on matters that impact their recent lobbying clients. And unlike prior presidents, Trump has refused to publicly disclose or justify the lobbyist waivers. [...]

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2005FBI: Newsweek was right:

The American Civil Liberties Union released the memo and a series of other FBI documents it obtained from the government under court order through the Freedom of Information Act.

"Personally, he has nothing against the United States. The guards in the detention facility do not treat him well. Their behavior is bad. About five months ago, the guards beat the detainees. They flushed a Koran in the toilet," the FBI agent wrote."

The guards dance around when the detainees are trying to pray. The guards still do these things," the FBI agent wrote.Darn it. Now who can the wingers blame for setbacks in Afghanistan and Iraq?

n today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin bodyslams the news roundup. Trumpcare’s so bad, it brings Republicans to (fake) tears. Who’s planning (and forgiving) Kushner’s Shabbat jaunts? Was Comey duped by the Russians? GunFAIL’s legacy: inconsistency in how accidents are treated.

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Comic for May 26, 2017

May. 26th, 2017 11:59 pm
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Dilbert readers - Please visit Dilbert.com to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to Dilbert.com.

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May. 26th, 2017 06:29 am
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It has reached that time of the year when leaving my windows open at night makes my flat much more pleasant
but
means my neighbours back from the pub drama doesn't even need to raise voices to keep me awake, and then neighbours start getting up and having loud cars around six.

not much sleep yet
but it's lovely weather.

two more [community profile] once_upon_fic recs

May. 26th, 2017 01:12 am
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Swanwing (7586 words) by Gehayi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: De vilde Svaner | The Wild Swans - Hans Christian Andersen
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Prince/Princess, King/Queen, Prince/Noblewoman, Prince/Nobleman, Prince/Artist
Characters: Brødre | Brothers (De vilde svaner | The Wild Swans), Elisa (De vilde svaner | The Wild Swans)
Additional Tags: Canon Disabled Character, Disabled Character, Minor Original Character(s), Female Character of Color, Male Character of Color, non-binary original character - Freeform, Quests, Cold Weather, Mountains, Mythical Beings & Creatures, Wings, Noodle Incidents, Magic, Magic-Users, Spells & Enchantments
Summary:

A prince with a wing for an arm, the target of mocking words and cruel attacks, goes on a quest to find healing and happiness.




La Rose au Boué (13097 words) by ZeldaQueen
Chapters: 6/6
Fandom: La Belle et la Bête | Beauty and the Beast
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Belle/La Bête | Beast/Beauty (La Belle et la Bête)
Characters: Belle | Beauty (La Belle et la Bête), La Bête | The Beast (La Belle et la Bête)
Additional Tags: Fairy Tale Retellings
Summary:

The loss of the Fairy Queen leaves all of fairydom desperate to find a new monarch. Two fairies compete for the throne, in a duel by champions. One chooses a young prince left on his own as his mother fights in a war. The other, a beautiful, kind girl whose family has undergone great misfortune.

When a merchant angers a Beast, his daughter travels to the creature's palace to live out her life as his companion. All is not as it seems in this enchanted place though, where magic and secrets lurk in every room...

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Polls closed tonight in Montana at 10 PM ET, where voters are choosing a successor to former Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, who represents the state’s lone congressional district and resigned to join Donald Trump’s cabinet earlier this year. The candidates are wealthy Republican businessman Greg Gianforte, who lost a bid for governor last year, and Democrat Rob Quist, a popular folk musician.

Gianforte stunned the political world when he physically attacked a reporter the day before Election Day and was charged with assault. However, a large proportion of votes (perhaps two-thirds or more) were cast before the incident. Trump won Montana by a 56-35 margin last fall. Win or lose, Gianforte is scheduled to appear in court by June 7.

Robert Yoon of Inside Elections has put together a helpful look at the key counties to watch as the returns come in.

Results: Secretary of State | AP (statewide, by county)

Friday, May 26, 2017 · 4:54:12 AM +00:00 · David Nir

With most precincts either fully or partially reporting in, the AP called the race for Gianforte a little while ago. He currently leads Quist 51-44.

Friday, May 26, 2017 · 4:57:56 AM +00:00 · David Nir

Some final thought as we close out the night. There’s no question that this result feels disappointing to a lot of people. But Gianforte’s 7-point margin means this race was fully 13 points closer than Trump’s 20-point victory last fall. In fact, this was the tightest House race in Montana in 17 years, when Republicans won by 5 points in the 2000 elections. What’s more, outside Republican groups, including the NRCC and the Congressional Leadership Fund, spent heavily—almost $6 million—to ensure Gianforte’s victory.

Democratic organizations, meanwhile, put in just $650,000 for Quist, though the candidate’s own fundraising was exceptionally strong. (Quist said he’d raised $6 million for his campaign; Gianforte appears to have raised less, though he self-funded at least $1.5 million.) At this point, it’s unclear how much—or even whether—Gianforte’s violent election eve outburst affected the final margin, though with perhaps as much as two-thirds of the vote cast early, the impact was necessarily going to be limited.

In the end, while Democrats once again wound up moving the needle back toward blue, it wasn’t far enough to overcome Montana’s strong red tilt. As we said at the outset when Daily Kos first endorsed Rob Quist, this was always going to be a very difficult contest to win. But it’s no accident that Trump (or Steve Bannon) chose congressmen from historically Republican districts for his cabinet—they weren’t going to give Democrats any easy pickup opportunities.

Fortunately for Democrats, Trump did screw up at least one appointment, since Georgia’s traditionally dark red 6th District has turned into a very competitive race. But even more importantly, the playing field for next year’s midterms is much more favorable for Team Blue than it’s been in the handful of special elections that have taken place this year.

And in addition to sending grassroots enthusiasm through the roof, Trump has also inspired huge numbers of Democratic candidates to jump into House races across the country. We've been analyzing elections for a long time, and we haven't seen recruitment like this in a decade—when Democrats were in the midst of enjoying two successive wave elections. Republicans might be breathing a sigh of relief that their morally reprehensible candidate won on Thursday night, but they should still be worried about 2018.

As for Gianforte, he still has to appear in court by June 7. Depending on the outcome of his legal proceedings, he could yet find himself vulnerable next year, whether in a primary or a general election.

Anyhow, thank you all for joining us, and tune back in on June 20 for our next election liveblog!

Friday, May 26, 2017 · 5:14:02 AM +00:00 · David Nir

Okay, one last thing. Here’s a link to a spreadsheet we’ve been continually updating ever since Trump’s election. It lists all of the special elections (both at the legislative and congressional level) that have pitted one Democrat versus one Republican. As you can see, in 12 of 18 races, Democrats have improved on the 2016 presidential margins, and we’ve actually flipped two GOP-held seats. Our average gain has been 11 percent.

This is an enormous turnaround from 2013, when Democrats who ran that year trailed Barack Obama’s performance from 2012 by an average of 12 points. And please bear in mind that there are lots of districts that will be up for election next year where an 11-point swing in our favor will be lights-out for Republicans.

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Polls closed tonight in Montana at 10 PM ET, where voters are choosing a successor to former Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, who represents the state’s lone congressional district and resigned to join Donald Trump’s cabinet earlier this year. The candidates are wealthy Republican businessman Greg Gianforte, who lost a bid for governor last year, and Democrat Rob Quist, a popular folk musician.

Gianforte stunned the political world when he physically attacked a reporter the day before Election Day and was charged with assault. However, a large proportion of votes (perhaps two-thirds or more) were cast before the incident. Trump won Montana by a 56-35 margin last fall. Win or lose, Gianforte is scheduled to appear in court by June 7.

Robert Yoon of Inside Elections has put together a helpful look at the key counties to watch as the returns come in.

Results: Secretary of State | AP (statewide, by county)

Friday, May 26, 2017 · 4:13:35 AM +00:00 · David Nir

Both the AP and the SoS have Gianforte up 50-44, though as we’ve noted throughout the night, they have different ways of tallying precincts. The AP just does a traditional “precincts reporting” count that says 66% of all precincts have reported in. The SoS, meanwhile, differentiates between precincts that are “partially” in (47%) and “fully” in (34%). We are taking the “partially” to mean that only the early vote has been counted in those precincts.

Friday, May 26, 2017 · 4:17:45 AM +00:00 · David Nir

And one note (because this confused us, too!): When a precinct gets fully counted, the SoS moves it from the “partially” counted pile to the “fully” counted pile, so the “partially” counted number will at some point start to decrease. Put another way, if you add up the percentages of both piles, you can see what proportion of precincts we’ve gotten at least some data from. The SoS says that’s 81%, but the AP, through whatever formula they’re using, only says 66%.

Friday, May 26, 2017 · 4:28:55 AM +00:00 · David Nir

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Friday, May 26, 2017 · 4:34:43 AM +00:00 · David Nir

The New York Times just called the race for Gianforte, who currently leads 51-44. The AP has not yet called the race, however.

Friday, May 26, 2017 · 4:36:15 AM +00:00 · David Nir

And now the AP has called it:

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