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UK Cover for COLD WELCOME [Jan. 20th, 2017|08:30 am]
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GOP's War on American People: Death Panels Edition [Jan. 14th, 2017|05:46 pm]
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The GOP is determined to destroy the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood, as part of dismantling the "social safety net" that replaced the robber-baron attitudes of the 19th and early 20th century.   It does not matter to the GOP Congressional members that the same social safety net benefitted their families and themselves since the first part was put into place.  It does not matter to them that lives were saved, that the nation as a whole became healthier with every addition to the safety net, that "the Greatest Generation" was able to be what it was because of that safety net.  That even earlier attempts to create a Public Health Service that promoted water treatment and sewage treatment by municipalities, so that people didn't die in epidemics of water-borne diseases...promoted immunizations that saved thousands of lives, administered by public health nurses...that the foundations of a healthy society--uncontaminated water, uncontaminated food supply, uncontaminated air to breathe, safe housing...that all those things were only accomplished within the social safety net enforced by, and largely funded by, the government--small governments in towns, larger ones in counties, states, and federally.

So the GOP in  House and Senate both voted to remove protections from the ACA, with the intent of repealing it completely.   And to replace it?   Nothing yet.  Vague proposals that would return many people back to the inadequate health care that they had before the ACA brought 30 million people some security in access to health care.  What this means is that people will die for lack of health care that the ACA was supplying in the past few years.  Others will go bankrupt, lose their homes, lose their jobs, because they cannot afford the health care they need.  That someone in their family needs.  The GOP doesn't care.

Remember 4 years ago in one of the early Republican "debates between potential candidates, Republicans attending were asked "What about the people who can't afford insurance or the medical care they need for a critical illness?"   And someone yelled "Let 'em die!" and the crowd applauded, cheered, laughed.   That's what the GOP is like.  "Let 'em die."  Because they see anyone needing help as "worthless."   "Losers."   Mitt Romney four years before that said 47% of Americans were "freeloaders."  Former Nevada Congressman Hardy said disabled people were "a drain on society."   With leadership like that it's no wonder that the GOP is full of angry haters, eager to attack anyone who doesn't fall in line;   For example: some tweets from a very angry GOP woman: "People in this country are poor because they CHOOSE to be (in other words, "losers") and in response to someone saying they found the cost of ACA reasonable:  "That is because good Americans are subsidizing your worthless asses."  Since I'm not in the business of sending hasslers to someone else's space, I'm not naming her.)   But the overall effect (with the hard right hating people of color, most women, the disabled, immigrants, foreigners, anyone they suspect might need something) is that the life the GOP considers worth saving is the fertilized egg, because the fertilized egg is inexpensive.  Once that fertilized egg is born, it's a liability and it might as well die if it has any problems.

So the GOP, having collected their tight little body of haters, who are basically people scared of anyone not like themselves and fear-biting everyone else like a chihuahua trembling on someone's lap, defines "different" as "worthless," and "losers," and "libtards," now gleefully celebrates knocking millions of people out of the ability to access medical care, while at the same time creating chaos in the medical field, where jobs will be lost (with the fallout that those people, at least some of them, will lose their homes, will not be able to send their kids to school, will slide right down into poverty.  But since "People are poor because they CHOOSE to be," there's no help for them there, of course.  Trump is the lap into which all the chihuahuas are now packed, shivering and snarling and snapping at at anyone who comes close.  The GOP doesn't care if the country gets sicker, if the lifespan drops, if maternal/infant mortality rises, if medical costs drive people into bankruptcy, if people who could work as long as they got their medicine lose their jobs because they don't.  They dream the impossible dream of a country with only ups and upper ups of income, and no taxes, but still (somehow) a labor force taking care of the gritty bits they don't want to do themselves.

Why do I call this Death Panels?  Because once again everything the GOP accuses the Democrats of is something the GOP is doing--has been doing--and wants to divert attention from.   Remember the Death Panels scares that the GOP threw out about the ACA?  Omigosh if there's government funded medicine then someone's going to create Death Panels to tell you it's your turn to die.  In reality, the GOP, by destroying the ACA (and Medicare, which they also have their eye on) is telling more than 30 million people "You're worthless...just DIE, why don't you?  Get sick you can just DIE.  Get hit by a car, or shot by a criminal, or have a road cave in under you, you might just as well DIE because we're not going to let you have any health care you can't pay for all by yourself.  Worthless scum.  Loser."   It's Death Panel under a new name...several new names, like "conservative values" or "fiscal responsibility."  It still means that other people think you're worthless and you should just die.  The ACA never had "death panels."  The GOP is enacting them.

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Because They Can [Jan. 9th, 2017|04:42 pm]
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The federal week in review:

1. Pres-Elect fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.

2. House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service, SES positions, or political appointee's salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. We now know why they wanted names and positions of people in Energy and State.

3. Senate schedules 6 simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Pres-Elect's first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing any concentrated coverage or protest.

4. House GOP expressly forbids the Congressional Budget Office from reporting or tracking ANY costs related to the repeal of the ACA.

5. Pres-Elect continues to throw the intelligence community under the bus to protect Putin, despite the growing mountain of evidence that the Russians deliberately interfered in our election.

6. Pres-Elect breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.

7. Pres-Elect threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the US nor will take jobs out of the US.

8. House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department--for example, FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule based on lobbyists not science. Don't like that endangered species designation, Congress kills it.

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Why Absence Isn't Making My Heart Grow Fonder [Jan. 7th, 2017|09:06 pm]
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I have many things I'd like to write and post here.  However, I'm physically limited these days in how many words I can write.  I have a novel to finish, a long official report to compile, and deadlines on both.  I also have to show up on my own current-project blog because it's only three months until Book Day for COLD WELCOME, and make at least token dashes into Twitter and Facebook.  Which means...I'm not here, saying all those trenchant, important things about What's Going On or (perhaps more usefully)  Writing in the Present Moment.   And I apologize.  Twenty years ago--even ten years ago--I could have done it all.  Now I can't.  Reality bites.  BUT I have a whole satchel full of ideas for when I've met both deadlines and slept a week to recover therefrom.  Meanwhile, here's a picture of a deer in the backyard eating acorns and then deciding it was time to leave, on December 27, 2016:

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Publisher Decisions and Boycott Fallout [Dec. 29th, 2016|06:27 pm]
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So today the news came out that Simon and Schuster, a formerly independent major publisher now owned by CBS, has offered a $250,000 advance to Milo Yiannopoulos for his book on himself.   This is not a person I admire.  The thought of his getting a book contract doesn't please me, and the thought of his getting an advance so much higher than I've ever had (or likely will have unless inflation goes through the roof)  disgusts me.  I have already been told (by someone who thought I was published by S&S) that they would no longer buy my books because they're boycotting Simon and Schuster in response to this deal.

People are certainly free to do what they think is right, but since most people know damn all about publishing, I'm writing this to explain how boycotting all of S&S's books is unlikely to hurt either Simon & Schuster or Milo Yiannopoulos, but will definitely hurt a large number of writers who didn't make that decision, didn't know about that decision, couldn't have affected it if they'd known that decision, and cannot get out of the contracts they now hold with S&S without paying a large penalty.

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Making Do [Nov. 19th, 2016|05:02 pm]
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There's another name for this now, but when I was growing up, my mother could make useful things (and did) out of all sorts of stuff.  Nothing was thrown away (it might be given away) as long as it had any use in it.  She made end tables out of apple boxes, painted them so they were bright an attractive.  She had other furniture, but mostly she combined materials she could get cheaply and made them into what she needed, and most had more than one purpose.   When we moved from Austin to San Antonio, into a small house (not the 'tiny house' being touted today, but 750 square feet) it did not have much storage (understatement) and she came up from south Texas with a lot of wood and masonite already cut to size; the masonite became sliding panels on the tiny screened entrance fo the kitchen, and the plywood became four 18" cubes with lids, in which I stored (in heavy plastic tubs) flour for baking bread.  That was in...1973 or early '74.   The cubes have been used for other storage, too, like yarn, magazines, toys.

But the years have not been kind to the faux woodgrain finish we put on them, and I wanted to use them again, so I bought paint Thursday and R- painted them that afternoon.  Here they are in the process of going from brown "wood" to solid dark green:

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And here they are set up where they will be, in the living room that last year got new carpet and new furniture.  Pretty spiffy.  One at each end of the large couch, two in the space between.   We played a game of Chinese checkers to celebrate.

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it's a narrow space between the loveseat and couch; the geometry of the room (where doors are placed) makes this necessary.  But the 18 inch cubes fit perfectly   When the paint is fully cured (they dry to touch in a couple of hours but curing to "you can wash it with soap and water" is said to take 14 days)  I'll take the lids back outside and give them a good polyurethane top coat.
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Unfamiliar Butterfly (Common Mestra) [Nov. 14th, 2016|05:25 pm]
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Today I noticed an unfamilar small butterfly--quite a few of them in fact--flying low above the grass and occasionally perching with wings folded (more rarely, with wings open briefly.)  From a distance (and with my eyesight!) they appeared to be cream and orange.  When photographed (and the photographs put into the computer)  the dorsal side of the forewings was basically white with some gray markings and a little bit of orange (three "dots) on the trailng edge; the hind wings were mostly orange with white spots and dark gray edging.

Butterfly--white-orange2-11-14-16
Note longer white hairs protruding below the abdomen in this individual.
I saw what looked like courting behavior in some of these, but was unable to photograph it .
IDed by cdozo as Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)
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Test of Formatting. [Nov. 13th, 2016|05:06 pm]
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This is a test of LiveJournal's formatting of text, since some of the text in the previous post was not formatted correctly, although it looked good in the editing pane.  There's not an easy "word wrap" fix in LJ, so there's no apparent way to fix a post that doesn't handle word wrap on its own.  This amount of text should wrap into the usual space.  Let's see if it does.  If it does, then I will try an additional bit of text added after this one and a "break" function.

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And the "finished" sock pictures [Nov. 11th, 2016|04:19 pm]
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First Wearing, for Photo Only
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The obligatory sock post... [Nov. 8th, 2016|10:48 am]
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This is a short obligatory sock post between political posts.     Here is a sock (not a pair yet, you'll notice) that combined three different yarns from three different manufacturers.  It is, though you can't tell it from this picture, the left sock of the pair:


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Navy blue yarn from my mother's stash; purchased white and gray yarn

You can see the double stitches along the bottom, where the two yarns were each carried along the striped, working a stitch with both yarns at beginning and end of stripes, and once in the middle of each stripe.
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