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Kitty needs home. Or might have one, but kitty home-taker will need support to help keep kitten.

Good morning. Let's start with this: the white male terrorism problem in the tabletop gaming arena.

The realities associated with deciding to go no-contact with your abusers, including the parts where you have to consider other vectors, that you might lose a lot more than your abuser, and that having a support system in place that's Team You is very helpful.

Because grief is ambiguous and doesn't proceed in a straight line from more to less.

Despite this, there is a need for optimism, and it may best come from art. (Like Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat. Or women-focused Star Wars shorts.)

It might also come from remembering things, like Captain Kirk, as they are, instead of as what we think they are. And from Dwayne Johnson being a pikachu for his daughter.

It's not, however, coming from policies that don't promote diverse works and use the power they have as a juggernaut to bring up books that aren't necessarily going to sell forever, but are going to do well and bring in all sorts of new readers. And not from the story of the person who desperately wishes to be black, but doesn't have the experience or the coloration for it to have happened.

It is certainly not coming from the company that injured a passenger after demanding that he leave so that staff could board a flight, that dragged a person off the plane at the demand of a computer, and that did not make a substantive apology until well after the incident had happened and pressure applied. The corporation does not always have to win, and frankly, probably shouldn't most of the time. Here's what sort of apology should have been the base for the proper one.

A quick break while we talk a little bit more about the exodus - the history of Dreamwidth post is accumulating all sorts of tips, tricks, and introductions. Then there's this pair of batch-exporting your images from Livejournal and how to manage your images on Dreamwidth. And a script you can use to retain some access without agreeing to the new User Terms, a way of getting your ad-blocker to potentially do the same, fast ways of getting yourself imported in, or at least exported out, making the place a little less boxy, claiming an OpenID you may have used previously, creating a version of spoiler tags, and, ah, yes, many reasons why getting out now is a good idea.

A way of getting started in your new home, which doesn't have to happen all at once.

What might be the very best is this Dreamwidth Starter Kit, produced by [personal profile] bisharp.

Threats, vandalism, and destrucion of property by white supremacists have caused the Jewish congregation of Umea to disband.

The Syrian government is alleged to have used chemical weapons against civillians in territories not held by government forces.

Canada is not the utopia that many in the States would like it to be. (It may yet be still several leagues better than the States, but it is not perfect. For one thing, before joining, Newfoundlanders attempted to exterminate their corrupt prime minister using a disaffected mob of 10,000 or more.)

Some schools require elementary-age students to be humiliated for having a negative balance on their lunch accounts, whether by stamping them, refusing them food, or making them do work in the kitchen to make up the difference.

The absence of statuary of women is a thing born in and reinforcing patriarchal attitudes, no really. If you are not wearing plus sizes, like any other request for allyship, listening to those who are, and avoiding hurting them, is very important. That way you can be the person that doesn't get in the way of someone feeling good about themselves.

A PDF of how a very famous piece of art was determined to be a forgery.

The art of someone accurately depicting the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.

One and a half million documents from the slavery era will be digitized to assist in genealogical research and knowledge for African-Americans.

The unenforceability of fetishy contracts, because of their very nature.

Fandom can retrain itself to put more weight and interest in promoting and writing stories that contain well-written minorities. It doesn't mean that it has to stop enjoying good works about privileged people, but that it can enjoy and promote works with marginalized people more. And works by marginalized people, as well. This is not a new concept - Shakespeare was working on the idea that a world where women are respected is one that can save itself from tragedy.

It can also do better about its convention committees, and avoid apologetics for serial harassers who have been removed from concoms for their behavior. (If it can't avoid that, it should listen to the letters being sent by possible GoH with their misgivings and worries. Or the letters sent by actual GoH withdrawing themselves from the convention because of the apologetics.) Best of all would have been to listen to the other conventions' reasons for excluding people and deciding they have a point, which eventually, yes, there was exclusion, but only after pressure.

Allyship is a continuous process, a verb without end, and often, without accolade.

Twenty-five years of Sailor Moon means a concert series. Twenty years on from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the titular character holds up well in the face of the repeated apocalypses. A Korean reimagining of Sherlock Holmes that makes her a housewife with a difficult mother-in-law.

The live-action Ghost in the Shell with Scarlett Johanson served up a healthy dose of whitewashing when it could have done a lot better. The actresses interviewed highlighted what I thought was the strongest point of the movie - Beat Takeshi.

A small Jyn Erso went to the Star Wars Celebration, and gave out plans of the Death Star to every Leia she found. Including the one that started it all, at least as much as it was possible. And her influence will be felt for quite a while, as she script doctored the movies that she acted in, and she made them better.

Lesbian Power Couples from before the mythic 50s.

Exercises for Self Compassion, as well as guided meditations for the same. The understanding that getting help, if you can, when things go wrong, could be very helpful indeed.

Shame is a social entity, not necessarily an individual one, and reframing it in that way may help people get over shame that is being forced on them. Or that they are internalizing, even if nobody else is telling them they should be ashamed.

Admissions of what happens on bad pain days.

Autism-friendly haircuts often means compassion for the sensory overload, rather than trying to force a child into doing it the NT way. Bits of what neutroatypicality looks like.

Using delayed gratification and mindfulness to learn and practice restraint.

Shopping for clothing as a bigger woman is an exercise in frustration, outside of very specific places. Finding magazines that are body-positive is not easy. Finding people that are body positive, through the abusers and concern trolls, is very difficult. If you want to improve the health and lives of people you think are unhealthy, fight to make sure that they have access to the best healthcare and fight to make sure that healthcare is affordable. Which also means making it possible to have people who are imperfect and yet still able to live a full life.

The Writer's Guild of America might be ready to strike again, a decade after the last strike made the television and movie industry suffer horribly. Which is unfortunate, because the original Beauty and the Beast story would be freaking awesome to adapt.

Young Adult literature is likely to be the space from whence the Good Future, if there is one, originates.

On the matter of convincingly using adult language in stories, or developing alternates. Where magical realism roots itself. The need for sincere commitment to a story to make it work as horror. Watching television as sharpening your writers' toolbox. The realization that you can make people suspend their belief on all sorts of things if you give them a plausible reason to do so.

Write the story that is yours. Send it to places, even the ones you think might not be interested in it, because that, at least, gets someone looking at your work, and the more you submit, perhaps one of them will strike the right way. Understand that sometimes the thing you wrote was not the thing you intended to write. And that sometimes someone will completely mispronounce the thing you tried to make a quick and dirty version of. And that occasionally punctuation decisions will require crossing swords. Give interesting characters, and readers will reward you. Insist on having time to write and on making that the thing you wish to be known for.

A list of books that had significantly polarizing effects on their audience.

Themself is a singular reflexive pronoun, according to the Chicago Manual of Style. w00t! Which builds on the AP's decision to allow for the singular they.

Trying to work out the anatomy that can provide the necessary nutritional intake for a centaur, photographing horses from underneath, the burrows of megafauna, a well-trained dog and their dance partner, the flight patterns of birds, the upgrade of manatees to threatened status, light-up sea creatures, a pit bull missing out on a good home because the UK bans specific breeds from being owned, a chicken with a dinosaur beak, elephants are self-aware, cephalopods that can rework their genes on the fly, the ability of snakes to move so quickly without consequences, the songs of trees, dragging a big creature out by the tail, and a super bloom of wildlflowers in the desert.

Technology tells us to be watchful of the use of Unicode to make something look like what it is not and a vulnerability in versions of Microsoft Word that allowed for the installation of arbitrary code.

Papers turned out to have been reviewed by fakes, because they actually turned their reviews in on time.

Golf ball pieces were inadvendently included in containers of hash browns.

Undereath the city, disused for a long time, rain a railway that carried the post in London. There will be rides available on the mail rail.

Engineers figuring out why shoelaces eventually come untied.

The business reasons why the NES Classic was never going to be a permanent product.

Last for tonight, rearranging the books to promote a different message, knowing which book you need to answer a question, and a literary map of the city of London.

Making friends on teh Internet with GIFs.

And transforming the long-sleeved kimono into a strapless dress.

At the very end, a good luck charm from the Romans.
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