Pod Save America

Jul. 27th, 2017 09:21 pm
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Three former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — started a media empire they named "Crooked Media," a hat-tip to Donald Trump. Their flagship podcast is Pod Save America, a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.

Hang out at [community profile] podsaveamerica to discuss this podcasts and others by Crooked Media - Pod Save the People, Pod Save the World, Lovett or Leave It, and With Friends Like These.

In this community, we'll have discussion posts about each podcast. Talk about the guests, the conversations, whatever grievances were aired during the ads (lol). We'll also have posts about targeted activism. For example, during Resistance Recesses, you can discuss in the comments if/what you did. (The podcasts themselves frequently suggest specific action items for listeners.)

Listen to all of the podcasts, or just 1 or 2. No pressure.

five(ish) good things

Jul. 27th, 2017 06:13 pm
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I recycled some papers I needed to get rid of.

I will see some people I like tonight... and... I saw two(ish) new friends yesterday.

I got new books yesterday.

The sun shining.



Jul. 27th, 2017 06:07 pm
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Re U.S. politics:

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The characters I liked best? The bad guys. They were hard-working citizens who got screwed out of jobs that were legally contracted as theirs. So they decided to do something else, by selling alien equipment.

Context contains spoilers for a movie currently in theatres.

More Nature Sounds

Jul. 27th, 2017 05:49 pm
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House sparrows twittering away; water sounds in background. (audio with still picture in video format) Rather loud. 13 minutes.

Two videos for this topic… Basket of mewing kittens in yard: (audio with low-quality video and voiceover description). Content Warning: In the first video, the person gets a good deep scratch for moving them out of the basket. The kitties are not thrilled to be transported outside. 5 minutes per video.

Happy bunny hopping and honking. (video and audio). Bunny hops on person’s bed and snuffles happily at person. Less than 1 minute.

Goldfinch song. (audio in video format, with still picture) One nearby and several background goldfinches. Less than 1 minute.

Stellar jay calls. (video complication with title cards, brief muzak) Okay, technically it’s Steller’s jay, but the former is a better description.

Allen’s hummingbird. (audio in video format, with still picture) Background indistinct human voices and machinery.

Coyote yips and howls. (video and audio) Background bird and animal noises and faint mechanical humming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA6RBioito4

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Jul. 28th, 2017 01:47 am
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Jul. 27th, 2017 03:58 pm
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(rape warning)

....do you not WANT my money, Marvel? For any fucking thing? Because real life already punches me in the face with this shit already. I don't need my hobby to do it too.
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Posted by Andrew Bleiman


On July 6, a 12-year-old Snow Leopard named Helen gave birth to a female cub at Woodland Park Zoo.

The new cub is the first offspring for mom and her 12-year-old mate, Dhirin (pronounced as dir-in). Helen has given birth to two previous litters, with a different mate.

The mom and cub are currently in an off-view maternity den, to allow bonding and proper nursing, in a quieter setting. Zoo staff has been monitoring the mother and cub through a closed-circuit system to watch for normal behaviors.

The Zoo anticipates putting the cub and mom in the outdoor exhibit in late September. Woodland Park Zoo will be providing updates about the cub and will host a public naming via their blog and Facebook page.

As part of the exemplary animal care and health program for the Zoo’s thousand-plus animals, animal health staff performed a neonatal exam on July 20, the first time the newborn cub was handled. At that time, the cub weighed 2.6 pounds.

“Our overall assessment is the cub appears to be healthy. Her eyelids are beginning to open—one eye is already open and one remains closed—the eyelids normally open around two weeks. Her belly was full of milk, which means the cub is nursing and being nourished,” said Dr. Darin Collins, Woodland Park Zoo’s director of animal health.

Veterinarians will perform health check-ups every couple of weeks for weight monitoring, vaccinations, and critical blood and fecal sampling.

“Helen’s track record of providing excellent maternal skills to her past cubs continues with this cub. She’s nurturing her cub very well, they’re bonding and the cub appears to be progressing normally,” said Deanna DeBo, an animal collection manager at Woodland Park Zoo.


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4_2017_07_20 snow leopard kitten-5wmPhoto Credits: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo

The cub’s parents, Helen and Dhirin, were paired under the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP), a conservation breeding program across accredited zoos to help ensure a healthy, self-sustaining population of Snow Leopards. Helen has lived at Woodland Park Zoo since 2008, and Dhirin arrived from Oklahoma City Zoo in 2014.

Cubs are born helpless, with their eyes closed; for several weeks they rely on their mothers for nutrition. To minimize disturbance, staff have minimal physical contact with the new family. Since Snow Leopards are solitary animals in the wild, the father lives separately from the cub; guests can see Dhirin in the Snow Leopard Exhibit.

Snow Leopards are classified as “Endangered” by the IUCN. The species is a moderately large cat native to the high mountain ranges of Central Asia and Russia, including in Afghanistan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal and Pakistan. According to the Seattle-based Snow Leopard Trust, the population of these endangered big cats in the wild is estimated to be between 3,920 and 6,390.

Woodland Park Zoo has long been a conservation partner with the Snow Leopard Trust; the two organizations are partnering with Kyrgyzstan's State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry to protect the Snow Leopards of the Tian Shan Mountains. Research cameras set up in the Sarychat Ertash reserve allow researchers to monitor the area's Snow Leopard population, which they estimate to be around 18 cats.

Woodland Park Zoo has been caring for Snow Leopards since the zoo’s first Snow Leopards arrived in 1972 from the USSR. Under the Snow Leopard SSP, 35 cubs have been born at the Zoo and have helped diversify the genetic pool of the managed population.

“This is a significant birth for Snow Leopards in zoos in North America and around the world. These majestic cats are important conservation ambassadors for their species in the wild. By experiencing these cats here, zoo guests and the community can become emotionally connected and become inspired to learn more about how to save this endangered cat that is struggling to survive in its range countries,” said Dr. Jennifer Pramuk, a curator at Woodland Park Zoo.

To help ensure the future of Snow Leopards in their native range, the zoo asks the community to support the zoo and the Snow Leopard Trust, and pledge never to buy or sell illegal animal products on the black market.

The Snow Leopard Trust was created in 1981 by late Woodland Park Zoo staff member, Helen Freeman. She is also the namesake of Helen, the mother of the newborn cub. Through innovative programs, effective partnerships, and the latest science, the SLT is saving these endangered cats and improving the lives of people who live in the snow leopard countries of Central Asia.

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Field camera shots of Snow Leopards in Tian Shan Mountains/Kyrgyzstan :



Say It in Verse #025

Jul. 27th, 2017 10:18 pm
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What happened today that made you grateful? Did you say thank you at the time? Say it in verse.

Poems do not have to match the prompt exactly. Prompts are only meant to inspire and be a jumping off point for your own creativity.

Poems can be posted directly in the comments or as a link to your own journal.

City of a Thousand Planets

Jul. 27th, 2017 10:40 pm
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Saw it VOSTFR 3D.

Way back when I first saw the trailer for this movie, I went HOLY SHIT THEY'RE ADAPTING L'AMBASSADEUR DES OMBRES? THAT'S MY FAVOURITE. Well. I was right, but also, I was wrong.

It has a lot similarities with L'ambassadeur des Ombres, but some major changes make it a story with a different theme/message. I'm not saying the new story has a bad theme/message -- it's a good message and I can understand the reasoning behind the changes -- but it is 100% a different message. Idk, the original Ambassadeur des Ombres comic (especially the ending!) blew my tiny mind when I read it as a child and this movie would not have. Although these changes gave us the opening scene, set to Bowie's Space Oddity, which is pretty lovely.

It's a decent movie, I guess, but it's a bad adaptation.

For example, the movie implies Laureline is from the future, which NO. The really cool thing about Laureline is that she's from the mid-Middle Ages, circa 1000CE, and used Valérian as her ticket out of that hellhole. Then she becomes a space-time cop. She is the best. Also she's a redhead.

Not sure why the Shingouz go by a different name. That seems like a pointless change.

In a way the changes -- Laureline's hair colour, the names (not how you say Valérian, Alpha vs Point central), etc -- made it easier to think of this as its own thing, rather than an adaptation.

I came out of the movie shipping Laureline/Bubble the most out of everything. I did not ship Laureline/Valérian at all. I would ship Laureline/Neza first (he recognised her temper, hahaha).

I was kind of really disappointed that Laureline seemed to be one of only two women in the Earth military. Nice future there :/ There are some vaguely sexist moments that rubbed me the wrong way, as well.

  • BUBBLE WAS GREAT. Bring back Bubble for the sequel!
  • The heist was pretty cool.
In conclusion, good visuals, bad adapatation, decent-ish movie.

Mes stars à moi (Arles 4 et fin)

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:10 pm
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Dune Varela, Temple d’après musée, aluminium, tirage photographie, impact de balles, photo de l’auteur

Un des intérêts des Rencontres d’Arles, à mes yeux, c’est d’y découvrir des personnalités fortes, des expositions marquantes de photographes inspirés, des stars d’aujourd’hui ou de demain, quoi. Certains sont des gloires connues, et, par rapport à l’image que l’on a déjà d’eux, on peut être séduit (la rétrospective très complète des premières années d’Annie Leibovitz) ou un peu déçu (les images trop anecdotiques de Joel Meyerowitz à ses débuts, toujours prêt à trouver le détail qui amuse, sans plus), voire très déçu (la mise en scène grotesque de Roger Ballen). Mais les découvertes sont bien plus intéressantes, ces noms qu’on connaissait vaguement, dont on avait vu ici ou là une reproduction, et dont on découvre soudain la force. Et d’abord Dune Varela, lauréate du Prix BMW (bien meilleur que les deux années précédentes). Son exposition explore la matérialité de la photographie et son lien avec la décadence, la décrépitude, la ruine. Photographiant des vestiges de temples antiques ou récupérant d’anciennes photographies, elle désacralise ses images en les tirant sur des supports fragiles comme le plâtre ou incongrus comme la céramique, et elle les détruit, les brisant en morceaux ou tirant (oui, bien sûr, polysémie) sur elles au pistolet. Les trous dans l’image, tout comme ses images très courbétiennes de grottes profondes, donnent le vertige : quel infini y a-t-il derrière, au fond du fond ? C’est à la fois un travail mélancolique sur la ruine et un travail iconoclaste sur l’image et sa profanation. Si l’artiste évoque Niki de saint-Phalle, je suis plus enclin à penser à ceux qui créent la photographie en tirant, comme Jean-François Lecourt, ou à ceux qui annoncent la mort de la photographie comme Valter Ventura ou Mr. Pippin (dont l’exposition à Pompidou fera l’objet d’une prochaine critique ici). C’est en tout cas une des meilleures expositions cette année, tant par sa densité que par son originalité.

Masahisa Fukase, Hibi, 1990, photo de l’auteur

Autre découverte, bien plus étrange, Masahisa Fukase , dont la vie tragique l’oblige presque à empreindre son oeuvre d’autobiographie : obsession de l’autoportrait, identification au chat, au corbeau, autodestruction et dérision. Incurable égoïste, je ne sais, mais narcissique désabusé et ironique sans aucun doute. Ses portraits de famille décalés traduisent une facette de sa psyché, son rapport ambigu avec son père et sa culpabilité, et aussi la mort de son père et la photo de ses ossements. Pour oublier cette angoisse, la fête, les femmes, l’alcool, embrasser Araki (et bien d’autres) sur la bouche, et chuter, ivre, dans l’escalier d’un bar pour passer ensuite 20 ans dans le coma avant de mourir. Mais, au-delà de ces photographies humaines, trop humaines, il y a aussi de petites merveilles formelles, comme ces fissures du bitume, négatifs repeints à l’aquarelle. Cela a-t-il à voir avec la divination traditionnelle sur carapace fêlée de tortue ? Je ne sais, mais incongrûment m’est venue à l’esprit la phrase christique de Michel Audiard : « Bienheureux les fêlés car ils laissent passer la lumière ». Qui sait ?

Karlheinz Weinberger, Swiss Rebels, photo de l’auteur

Autre forte personnalité cachée sous les habits sages de magasinier à l’usine Siemens, le Zurichois Karlheinz Weinberger donna libre cours (photographique) à sa passion pour les éphèbes, de préférence populaires et musclés. Ce ne serait qu’une resucée helvète de von Gloeden (il va même à Lampedusa, plus sauvage que Taormina) si l’exposition ne montrait aussi, à côté des plastiques homo-érotiques, son côté rebelle (sur papier photo), son intérêt pour les marginaux, les déclassés, les blousons noirs, les motards, les loubards, tous ces amants de liberté dans le carcan suisse. Quand marginalité sexuelle et déclassement social se rejoignent, on a un cocktail révolutionnaire à la Genet, entre audace de l’affirmation de soi et refus des normes. Plutôt que le pompiste Esso vu partout cet été, à l’endroit comme à l’envers, je vous offre une moto en feu : serait-ce un rite funèbre comme chez les Gitans de Mathieu Pernot ?

Michael Wolf, vue d’exposition (Architecture of density, Hong-Kong), photo de l’auteur

Autre figure, Michael Wolf, photographe d’immeubles et de villes, qui bénéficie d’une mise en scène spectaculaire (peut-être un peu trop ?) dans l’Église des Frères Pêcheurs . Moins séduit par son installation un peu convenue de jouets en plastique made in China, j’ai par contre apprécié son regard sur la ville : les immenses tours de Hong-Kong, présentées en très grand format, les détails indiscrets volés aux habitants de Chicago, les passagers hébétés du métro de Tokyo, les chaises rafistolées récoltées dans les rues de Hong-Kong. C’est un peu stéréotypé, mais sa photographie et son propos sont parfaitement cohérents, et une force certaine se dégage de ces installations. Au détail prés que ce natif de Munich dit avoir été « saisi par l’absence de signes de vie dans les rues de Paris », une « ville qui montre peu de signes de modernité à sa surface », et que ce contresens l’a conduit à faire des photos des toits de Paris, lesquelles ne dépareraient pas le présentoir de cartes postales d’une boutique de souvenirs à Montmartre. De quoi enrager, mais le reste vaut la peine.

David Hornillos, Vous les vivants, photo de l’auteur

Enfin, pour conclure les fortes individualités, une personnalité collective, le groupe madrilène Blank Paper, qui présente les travaux d’une dizaine de ses membres et amis : j’y ai admiré une justesse de ton, une intelligence du rapport à la ville et une créativité rafraîchissante. Les cartels étant un peu confus (ou le visiteur un peu fatigué…) , j’espère ne pas faire d’erreurs d’attribution. Les plongées sur les passants d’Antonio Xoubanova, les hommes égarés cheminant entre ciel bleu et terrain vague de David Hornillos et le théâtre de rue de Julian Baron (et son utilisation de la photocopie) m’ont particulièrement intéressé, car témoignant le mieux de cette vision du monde.

De la forte exposition de David Fathi, je parlerai bientôt, dans un billet plus thématique. Pour être exhaustif, j’ai aussi vu les expositions suivantes et n’en dirai qu’un mot :
Levitt France, une documentation sociologico.architecturale
La Sibérie vue par les portes du train
Accidents de la route, voyeurisme sériel de la mort des people sur la route
Lénine déboussolé, anecdotes
Transports Davignon, un film romantique fantasmé, riche châtelain, servante rebelle, érotisme discret
– Une amusante et dérangeante collection de nains et de géants, exotisme et monstruosité
– La théâtralisation documentaire d’Alex Majoli
– Les trois meilleurs étudiants de l’ENSP, et l’exposition des élèves WIP dans une église à la scénographie déroutante
Et je n’ai vu ni Audrey Tautou (Dieu m’en garde, mais c’est bon pour le box-office, je présume), ni Kate Barry, ni les Luxembourgeois, ni la réalité virtuelle. J’oublie quoi ? Le off, sans doute, mais guère eu le temps, hélas. À l’année prochaine !

Pour faciliter votre lecture et nos échanges, j’ai créé un site miroir de ce blog : https://lunettesrouges1.wordpress.com/
Vous pouvez y laisser des commentaires qui ne seront pas intempestivement ‘modérés’, vous pouvez y profiter de la colonne de droite avec tous les liens de ma blog liste, et la possibilité de vous abonner. Désolé pour les images parfois un peu surdimensionnées ici.
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An Open Letter to Thor Odinson

Jul. 27th, 2017 04:17 pm
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Note: I wrote this last evening on my Tumblr blog on a whim. I completely pulled it outta my ass, haha. The title is exactly what you think it'll be, teehee. I hope it makes you smile & laugh, dears. Enjoy!

Dear Mr. Thor Odinson of Asgard,

Good evening, my dear pale-skinned, Viking-in-Valhalla sir. I convey my deepest wishes that this letter finds you and yours in good health. I, too, am in good health...

...Of a sort.

I understand that this letter may in fact appear to you to be unsolicited and untoward. However, you will soon learn that it is for a most urgent and dire purpose.

By courtesy of my dash, it has since come to my attention that you are expecting a third movie in your name and honor. I do confess that, years ago, I attended your first movie in theaters with ambivalence and subsequent minor enjoyment. Indeed, I left the theater with not an ounce of interest piqued in you and your world.

I confess that I did not even bother to attend your second movie in theaters. I also confess that I have managed a grand total of one time to watch it, straight-through on the device known as a DVD.

You may not have enjoyed your times in both Avengers movies, as you have been slighted as though you were a minor, insignificant character. Of a truth, you may have been so slighted that surely you have had the least lines of all the heroes present.

Thus, I understand your excitement for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. I do.

Truly, it does appear that, after scandalously so, so long a time, you and your story shall be done justice. It is being directed by the brilliant, criminally attractive Taika Waititi. The colors are vibrant and robust. The action is gorgeously choreographed. Hela is a worthy, most-terrifying villain. Valkyrie is, as we say, black-black-blackity-black and glorious. The stakes are dangerously high and understandable. And your brother is...present.

I am acutely pleased to inform you that I have watched the recently-released trailer perhaps no less than 10 times. Truthfully, this is the movie of yours that I intend to see in theaters with great enthusiasm and interest. And so I, too, am quite excited.

But your celebratory thunderstorms sir, are quite frankly getting out of hand.

Far, far out of hand.

I must impress upon you the dire nature of this situation: for the past week and a half, you have allowed sunshine and mostly-clear skies during the early mornings. And onward, from as early as the afternoon to as late as 8 o’clock in the evening-indeed, your fancy is quite random- your thunder rumbles, your lightening flashes, and you command the heavens to release their torrent and downpour upon Midgard, the realm that I and many, many others inhabit.

This has been the order of the days for the past week. And a half.

I and many others are quite certain that you do this not out of malice, but out of excitement. Sir, I do beg you to be considerate of us mortal Midgardians. I, for one, am most inconvenienced. I cannot wear my gorgeous white summer dress with my sky-blue flip flops. I cannot go for an evening walk. I cannot dally in the shower as I co-wash my ‘fro. I cannot abide by this fiendish humidity as it terrorizes my ‘fro.

And unfortunately, the weekly forecast for my area denotes that you shall continue this trend evermore as the summer lasts.

I am asking you, with utmost respect and sincerity, to please feel your excitement as you wish, but also to quell your penchant to summon thunderstorms as it strikes your fancy.

Please, sir. I cannot live.


Best regards,


Tl;dr: One of you Thor stans, come and get your bae and tell him to calm the hell down so I can live.

"Superman", Rachel Platten

Jul. 27th, 2017 04:19 pm
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So put your armor on the ground tonight
'Cause everyone's got to come down sometime

You don't have to be Superman
You don't have to be Superman
You don't have to hold the world in your hands
You've already shown me that you can
Don't have to be Superman

Orbit US turns 10

Jul. 27th, 2017 03:56 pm
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Over the last decade, Orbit US, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, has quickly established itself as one of the premiere publishers of science fiction and fantasy, and a reliable source for everything from innovative works of science fiction to blockbuster epic fantasies. To celebrate the milestone, a selection of landmark Orbit titles is currently available on Nook for just $2.99 each, but we wanted to do more than point you toward some great titles, so we asked Orbit’s publisher, Tim Holman, to share a bit of history. Below his comments, you’ll find a timeline of key dates in Orbit’s history.

More here

end of the line for the iPod

Jul. 27th, 2017 01:48 pm
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This makes me really sad. Apple will still sell you an iPod Touch, which is basically a phoneless iPhone with a starting price of $199, but the days of Apple-branded MP3 players are pretty much done.

I own both the current (now discontinued) models and use them in my car. I still own a bunch of the older models, too, including an iPod Touch which is too old to upgrade past iOS 8. It's been my least favorite iPod.

I doubt the article's hypothesis about lack of Bluetooth support is accurate. The iPod nano does Bluetooth just fine. More likely, Apple just didn't want to keep financing development on the non-iOS software the cheaper iPods use, and iTunes support for same.

I guess I'll do my usual thing of keeping one of my Macs running an older version of iTunes until it burns out or something better comes along.

Meanwhile, I'm getting closer and closer to finally getting an iPhone. Since I last complained about it, my Android phone had a spell of a few weeks where it would spontaneously reboot with no warning, even in the middle of a phone call. Then when we were on vacation a couple of months ago, there was an episode where it told me I had no signal when I was separated from my family, and I ended up walking halfway across the theme park trying to reacquire signal until it occurred to me that the phone was being stupid and I should reboot it. Then a few weeks after that, it started mysteriously eating battery life until Robby reminded me, once again, to shut up and reboot.

At this point I'm tired of fighting with it. I don't expect to be entirely happy with an iPhone either, but at least it will have new and different problems that might be less frustrating. I've only had to reboot a misbehaving iPad two or three times in the six or seven years now that I've owned one. Not two or three times a year - two or three times ever.

the apocalypse (drabble)

Jul. 27th, 2017 07:20 pm
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“One apocalypse, please,” the very polite customer, a lady in a fine dust blue trench coat, requested.

The proprietor went looking through his baubles and artifacts from a hundred million worlds and brought forth the prettiest bauble at last.

“Ah. The knob for the door of creation.”

“Well,” she said with a smile. “You know what they say.”

“All good things come to an end,” he agreed.

She paid him a lovely hundred thousand souls, collected by her favorite sirens, after some amount of haggling, then went out to go back to her own world. Time to shut the door.

February 2017

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