The Independent: Steve Bannon: Trump 'decides to remove chief strategist' from White House role
CBS live updates (warning: autoplays stuff)
"A person close to Bannon" said it was TOTALLY HIS IDEA Y'ALL, IT'S ALL PART OF HIS MASTER PLAN DON'T YOU SEE.
I went to go to post that OMG I FOUND MY KEYS I FOUND MY KEYS and realized that my further annoyance about lyme and doxy and stuff I thought had posted on probably Monday or Tuesday in fact did not post. Hence no forthcoming comments. Anyway, that's below, and somewhat old news since my current whining is about eating with doxy. But!
OMG I FOUND MY KEYS I FOUND MY KEYS the main keychain that had gone missing in a 5 min run in and out of the apartment that had my bikeshare fob (fortunately can use credit card but more cumbersome) and that had my MAILBOX KEY (far more important; I had my mail held at the post office the last couple weeks lest it get sent back) and less importantly but still annoying, my music quality earplugs. As well as someone else's key who wouldn't be happy. In my final packing for Missouri visit / eclipse I decided to grab my normal binocs for during totality presuming we aren't clouded. And the keys were somehow next to that shelving, only visible with me sitting on the floor looking into the bottom part of the shelving. I've been using my backup house and car keys since the end of the Fringe Festival, and fortunately had made a new dup of the car a week prior.
I'd just yesterday come close to buying a new bikeshare fob, and did make another dup of my house key. Timing, we has it.
Re the lyme stuff, tired. Been on the doxy since Monday night; i don't remember it being nearly this annoying re timing of eating before, but I was keeping different hours then and probably not sweating the empty stomach quite as much. And didn't know that green smoothies are full of calcium then either. I think I'm going to buy some probiotics. Figure tired (have had my share of Mandatory Nap Land) in the last couple weeks is a combination of actually starting to do the for reals Lyme thing some time in between "no I don't have symptoms i want a titer anyway" til now; learned in the past week that feeling crappy with some fever maybe 4 or so weeks out is pretty classic, and if you look a few posts back I had that right on time.
Have sent a note about that back to doc's office; don't hugely care how they respond, as I'm currently treating appropriately. It doesn't look like the ID society has particularly different guidelines, but <a href=https://www.hopkinsarthritis.org/
OneMed responded last night that they'd forward to my PCP (the one on record I'd been thinking to change, who hasn't seen me in rather some while). I'll decide in the next couple weeks whether there's much need to try to seek any official second opinion. IDDocFriend reminded me that most people treat and it's fine, and even if it isn't fully fine it isn't standardly Ruined His Knee or Tried To Eat Her Brain - I seem to just know a bunch in that subset.
Gotta finish packing.
Original post, that I'd been mildly surprised nobody was saying anything about:
Subj: Y'know it really bothers me
- that I had to argue to get a lyme titer in the first place, with the assertion being that the 200mg doxy i took on the way down the mountain should have handled it. Because Oh Noes I Might Then Have to Rx for a couple weeks [the same antibiotics in the same dose that dermatologists put people on for months and months, and that I used for similar purposes for months and months before getting sick of the food restrictions]
- that the titer came back as indicative of recent infection
- that while CDC recs apparently say 10-21 days, other research indicates an at best 50-80% success rate at 21 days or less
- that seriously, they want to dick around with, no joke, potentially my entire future health over a week or two of an antibiotic that I had a month's worth in my fridge, originally written with 3 refills, except it was filled in 2013 and doxy is one of the few things that maybe becomes toxic when too old. (It'd been written by a dermatologist when I was breaking out a lot; I'd balked at the price, but later filled it in order to have it available for the prophylactic dose after camping.)
Fortunately there are other ways to acquire a more full course, but of course that means pointing out this is fscking insane is something I can't actually do, because then I have to admit going around them. Or maybe not; I suppose i can have some of this argument in the next few weeks.
Solidarity Cville: Donate -- suggestions and links for local groups to support
Indivisble: Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville - Find an Event
The Nation: Here’s What You Can Do After Charlottesville
Indivisible: Are Your Members of Congress Doing Enough to Respond to the Charlottesville Terrorist Attack? -- though this is several days old and therefore lacks a script for HOLY FUCK THE PRESIDENT IS DEFENDING NEO-NAZIS (EVEN MORE) WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
SPLC releases new edition of Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide after Charlottesville attack
Politico: GOP chairmen resist hearings on white supremacy
They don't want it. Demand it.
plaidadder: Three Democratic members of the House have introduced a censure resolution.
You can read the text here.
Censure is a formal reprimand. It is not legally binding, but it is rare, and Sends a Message. MoveOn.org originally organized around a campaign to get Congress to censure Clinton instead of impeaching him.
This may be an attempt to accomplish something less difficult than impeachment; or it may be a trial run to see how many Republicans are ready to jump from the Trump Train.
ETA: Politico: Pelosi endorses censure of Trump over Charlottesville response -- apparently at least 79 Democrats have signed.
Not directly Charlottesville-related, but interesting and could be worth asking your reps to support:
H.R.1987 - Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act
To steal Wikipedia's explanation: "This bill would replace the Cabinet as the body that, together with the Vice President, determines whether Section 4 should be invoked. Under the bill, an eleven-member commission would conduct an examination of the President when directed to do so by a concurrent resolution of the Congress."
(Which, basically, shifts the power to forcibly 25th-Amendment the President back towards Congress to a greater degree, as opposed to depending entirely on the Cabinet which that President apppointed.)
by Gideon Marcus
90% of science fiction is crap. But then, 90% of everything is crap.
The author of that statement, which seems to be supported by overwhelming evidence, is Ted Sturgeon. This is a fellow who has been writing since 1939, so he knows whereof he speaks. Sturgeon has, in his dozens of published works, established a reputation for thoughtful excellence, marking the vanguard of our genre.
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has devoted nearly half of its pages this month to a new Sturgeon work and several biographical articles. This is fitting; Sturgeon's style of literary sf would seem most at home in the most literary of sf mags (though he has, in fact, appeared multiple times in most of the good ones). And given that much, if not 90%, of the latest issues of F&SF has not been very good, including a healthy dose of Sturgeon is a surefire way to being on the right side of Sturgeon's Law.
Without further ado, the September 1962 Fantasy and Science Fiction:
(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)
Like many of us, I’ve been struggling to process what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend, and what’s been happening in this country for a while now. The racism and hatred and violence didn’t magically appear out of nowhere. It’s been building up for a long time…in fact, much of it has always been there. It’s just boiling over into the open right now, making it harder (but obviously not impossible) to look away and pretend it’s not happening.
Part of the argument I’ve seen centers around free speech and the First Amendment. Free speech is a right, an important one, and rights apply to everyone. Even people you dislike and disagree with.
But freedom of speech in this country is not and has never been limitless. From the U.S. Federal Courts, here are a few examples of actions not legally protected by freedom of speech:
- Students making an obscene speech at a school-sponsored event.
- Making/distributing obscene materials.
- Inciting actions that would harm others (e.g., Shouting “fire” in a crowded theater.)
Now, here are some of the “alt-right” protesters who gathered in Charlottesville.
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
Gonna be a busy fall, bookwise. Just preordered new books from Kat Howard, Ann Leckie, eBear, and Steve Brust. Need to get on with that Great Big Dragarea Reread prior to late October. At least the eBear won't demand my immediate attention: reading Book One Of A Trilogy is a mistake I try to avoid making when the author is known to write bound book-fragments.
I biked for an hour and a half yesterday, going to a small get-together that may be the kind of thing I'm looking for. Mostly, a good ride, if overly sweaty, and tough going uphill. There's an exhilaration in a steep downhill, though, and a long gentle decline makes for a pleasant coast.
It occurred to me last week that my hip problem likely isn't just from wallet-induced sciatica. It's also possibly a result of babying my right ankle (and hence leg) for several months after I twisted it pretty sharply (CW: depiction of trauma, neither graphic nor permanent). So there's that.
Erin pointed out awhile ago that I do a lot of railing against the Confederacy (sometimes on FB, sometimes in person). I grew up hating everything about the South: the weather, the people, the history, the culture. I've mellowed on that a lot in the last decade or so, but Treason In Defence Of Slavery still gets me wound up. I think it's that it's a reminder of everything I hated about the South. Or maybe just that it's a part of my upbringing that's still acceptable to hate.
And in actual significant news, I've lost a friend over the breakup. One that I know of, I mean. I'd hoped for some compassion and understanding but it was not to be. I'm sad, and a little surprised, but only a little: she's prickly, far more invested in Emily's emotional state, and I suspect skeptical of the whole poly thing anyhow. (A conclusion I draw from sentences like "Since November I've watched you break up with Emily in slow motion.") Losing friends I care about doesn't get any easier. Especially not when they've been good friends and sources of support in the past. Oh well. She's not quite burned the bridge, I guess. She's poured gasoline on the bridge, offered me a book of matches, and walked away. Best I can do is not actually light the fire and be here if and when she changes her mind.
Overall? Still flailing around, still trying to sort out what I want my life to look like and how to make it look like that.
Mei Changsu's reason for existence is just about to be completed, but what about Lin Shu? The man wearing Lin Shu's body is not a nineteen year old battle wizard impervious to cold and pain anymore. The mask is less a defense than a wall.
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I honestly have no clue if that's accidentally or "accidentally", and maybe he's trying to separate himself from the Charlottesville marchers by dismissing them as "losers" and positioning himself as more rational/reasonable than Trump on North Korea before he gets fired, or what the actual fuck. Especially given that he was reportedly delighted and "proud" about Trump's press conference statements.