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Posted by Fred Clark

Kelly J. Baker studied one of the darker corners of American history, writing Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930. Baker wishes this was simply the esoteric specialty of a historian, but her topic of study remains disturbingly relevant today. She’s written about that continuing relevance in a Religion & Culture [Read More...]

#resist spreadsheet

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:41 pm
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Spreadsheet of actions fighting AHCA/BCRA; you can add your own group's actions to the spreadsheet:


Link for Public Comments on BCRA

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:13 am
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HHS is accepting public comments on the AHCA/Better Care Reconciliation Act. All you have to do is either sign your name to a canned comment, or write your own:

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Posted by Mark Oshiro

In the twenty-second episode of the second season of Gargoyles, MY BRAIN IS BROKEN. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Gargoyles.

Trigger Warning: For consent.


I don’t know what I was shocked my more: the complicated time travel plot or the fact that the Wyrd Sisters (STILL CALLING THEM THAT) were actually one of the main players in this drama. So often I find that mystical characters like them in fantasy novels aren’t primary characters or agents but simply a means of affecting the story for the real main character. Here, though, they not only affect the story, but they have a motivation of their own: they want revenge on the three humans (especially the Magus) who used magic to enter Avalon. They’re furious over what the Magus did, and the Archmage exploits that for his own gain

My god, the Archmage. I suppose this is an example of one of those closed circle paradoxes in time travel, where the origin of something exists within the loop itself. Once you start thinking about who saved the Archmage when he plunged into that canyon, I am certain your brain will hurt as much as mine did. But the complicated path that the Archmage takes is strangely logical, too, and watching the future version of him cycle back in time in order to put his younger self into a repeating circle was satisfying. In this, we learn how important so many other events were to this plot for revenge. We know why it was vital to see the Magus attack and temporarily defeat the Wyrd Sisters. All of the ambiguity surrounding the Wyrd Sister’s actions earlier this season now makes a lot of sense. They got involved with the fight between Macbeth, Demona, and the gargoyles not out of some desire to sow chaos, and they didn’t pull the two of them out of the world out of a desire to be responsible for their actions. (OH MY GOD, I WAS SO WRONG.) No, they wanted to manipulate and control Demona and Macbeth because the Archmage told them to. It helped to distract Goliath so the eye of Odin and the Phoenix’s Gate could be stolen! And how fucked up is it that they’re both under a spell that compels them to fight for the Archmage, something I imagine neither of them would do on their own? (Seriously, it’s disturbing to see Demona attack other gargoyles, y’all.)

It’s a lot to process as a viewer, so I can’t even begin to imagine what this is going to be like for Goliath and Elisa. Despite a warning, they don’t even know what they’re walking into! Plus, it’s already overwhelming to be on Avalon because THERE ARE MORE GARGOYLES. As far as I could count, about two thirds of the eggs survived. (We still don’t know the fate of the boat with Tom’s mother and the other princess, whose name I don’t recall, and that has a third of the eggs.) There are TWO DOZEN new gargoyles, all of whom are also ill-equipped to fight in any battles because they’ve lived in peace on Avalon for YEARS. We don’t learn a whole lot about what life has been like on Avalon, but little that is revealed here is AWESOME. First of all, let’s talk about gargoyle clans, because CHILDREN BELONG TO THE WHOLE CLAN. Community parenting! (There’s gotta be fics that explore the gargoyles as one big poly family. There HAVE to be.) So, that seems to suggest that gargoyles don’t really care who their individual, biological parents are because they place meaning in the group as a whole, which helps explain why the Manhattan clan is so close. (And why Demona’s betrayal must hurt, too.)

We also get to meet two new gargoyles who are named: Angela and Gabriel. I shall immediately worry that they won’t survive this arc because I have learned to not trust good things on television. (Gargoyles is no exception. While death doesn’t really feature on this show, the writers have still found ways of punching me in the heart.) The gargoyles of Avalon have heard stories about Goliath, but we know very, very little about these new characters. What are they like? What might they want to do if they escape Avalon? CAN EVERYONE BE ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY??? That’s now canonically possible, so don’t judge me.

The video for “Avalon, Part II” can be downloaded here for $0.99.

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Mark Predicts ‘A Wizard of Mars’

Jun. 27th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Posted by Mark Oshiro

It continues to astound me just how fast I feel like I’m moving through this series, but HERE WE ARE, COUSINS. I’m about to start my ninth (!!!!!) Young Wizards book. Before we begin that, however, let’s take one look back at Wizards at War.

Oh, I tried.

  1. Darryl will appear! YES. I AM SO HAPPY.
  2. So will Sker’ret, Filif, and Roshaun. See, they didn’t go home at the end of the last book, so I’m guessing that they’ll stick around to deal with the thingAnd they did! And then The Thing dealt with them.
  3. The “thing” being that some huge war is going to start on Mars. I… I guess, Mark? Did I think that because one of the books had “Mars” in the title that this would BE on Mars?
  4. It will be between wizards who support the Powers and wizards that support the Lone One. Well, I was wrong on this one. Or was I? Actually, yeah, I’ll count this as wrong.
  5. Most of it won’t take place on Mars, though. Well, this is true entirely by accident.
  6. The main threat: Earth. Nope. EVERYTHING. LITERALLY EVERYTHING.
  7. The Lone One will reference what Nita and Kit did in Wizard’s HolidayOh gods, It didn’t, did It? 
  8. A LOT OF WIZARDS WILL DIE. LIKE, A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT. Look at me, trying to prepare myself. 
  9. Nita’s and Dairine’s dad will have to get involved in the action at one point. I don’t know if what actually happened counts as this, but he’s got a major scene in the middle of the book when Nita goes home. So… yes?
  10. The phone call that Nita got at the end of Wizard’s Holiday will be revealed to be from Tom. Hi, Tom! I’m glad you and Carl are okay.
  11. We will meet more new wizards than I can count. SO MANY NEW WIZARDS.
  12. There will be a huge battle on Earth at some point. NOPE.
  13. Roshaun and Dairine will talk about their ~feelings~ for one another. WHAT THE FUCK, MARK, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE.
  14. This book will ALSO end on a cliffhanger. Thankfully, it did not. It just hurt a whole lot.

All right, my fellow Young Wizards fans. Here’s what I think will happen in book nine:

Predictions for A Wizard of Mars

  1. The titular wizard is Roshaun.
  2. Because THAT’S WHERE HE WENT.
  3. So I think this whole book is about rescuing Roshaun, and they find him on Mars. For… a reason.
  4. I don’t know what that reason is.
  5. We will also see a healed Ronan as part of the action!
  6. Darryl will be there, too.
  7. And there will be an update on Tuyet and Nguyet, who survived the battle on the moon.
  8. Kit’s family will have adopted a new dog.
  9. This book will also take place during summer vacation, so the three young wizards won’t be in school.
  10. The Lone One has some sort of “presence” on Mars, which is why the book is focused on that.
  11. Kit and Nita will explore the possibility of dating in this book. (IT’S BOUND TO HAPPEN.)
  12. This book will also address the emotional toll of past events on Dairine.
  14. We will meet a new young wizard!
  15. There will be a big climactic battle on Mars.
  16. I’M NOT READY.

Onwards, cousins!

I am thrilled to confirm that I will be a Guest at CrossingsCon 2017! Badges are now available, so COME HANG OUT WITH ME THIS SUMMER.


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Education Nation

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:29 am
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DeRay speaks with Andy Slavitt, the former head of Obamacare for 3 years, who provides a brief update on the status of the healthcare legislation. Clint Smith I back and joins DeRay, Sam and Brittany to discuss the news, including recent studies about discrimination and news about adoption and other issues. Former Secretary of Education John King joins to discuss the state of public education , reflections on the current administration and what's to come. Also, Kelly Ward who is leading the nation's redistricting work tells us what's at stake and what we can do. 

Will Michiru Remember?

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:03 am
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Posted by michiruneptune

Author: michiruneptune
Sailor Moon
English, Rated: T
Chapters: 5, Words: 9,054, Reviews: 7, Rated: T, In-Progress
An issue between Haruka and Michiru causes one of them to have a serious issue hurting the other. Will their friends be able to help them settle the dispute or will it be too late? *Disclaimer I do not own any of the Sailor Moon or Sailor Moon Crystal Characters. All the rights for the characters goes to the creators of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal.*
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Posted by fictoryismine

Author: fictoryismine
Sailor Moon
English, Rated: M
Chapters: 6, Words: 66,472, Reviews: 6, Rated: M, In-Progress
One day they will usher in the benevolent reign of Neo-Queen Serenity over Crystal Tokyo but for now the sailor senshi are just trying to graduate high school. While trying to cope with the fall out of a war that no one else knows about. Chapter 1 is mostly Reinako There will be Makoami There will be Harumichi

The Power of Jealousy

Jun. 26th, 2017 07:23 pm
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Posted by Satan'sPuppies

Author: Satan'sPuppies
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ
English, Rated: K+
Characters: [Sayaka M., Kyosuke K.] Hitomi S., OC
Chapters: 2, Words: 1,305, Reviews: 0, Rated: K+, In-Progress
Sayaka is saved from turning into a witch, charmed by a new transfer student she begins a new seed on life while Kyosuke's relationship with Hitomi begins to fail.

Siren Song

Jun. 27th, 2017 02:54 am
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Posted by <a href="/users/jadewolf/pseuds/jadewolf" rel="author">jadewolf</a>


Maui & Tamatoa encounter a legendary marsh dweller who can lure even a demigod towards doom. A one-shot in the "Future Legend" universe.

Words: 7991, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 3 of A Future Imperfect

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Posted by Adam Bash

Truth is a condition, not a quality. It is just a one where there could be a zero.

SAYER is voiced, written, and produced by Adam Bash.

Intro and outro music composed by Jesse “Main Finger” Gregory.

This episode also features the following music:
Embracing The Sunrise (Kai Engel) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

In Time

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:41 pm
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Posted by <a href="/users/ErinPtah/pseuds/ErinPtah" rel="author">ErinPtah</a>


The other of my rare real!Stephen fics.

In an effort to save his life, Jon keeps pulling a Run Lola Run on Stephen's personal history.

Words: 1471, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Summer Sunshine 30/84

Jun. 27th, 2017 04:01 am
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Posted by Erin Ptah

Leif: Uh . . . do you not know . . . ?

Thorn: I read that legally, you don’t have one now . . . right?

But you get it back as a result of working off your debt. So what was it? Can I know?

Leif: It’s . . .

. . . not considered polite to ask.

Thorn: Oh! I am sorry. I won’t ask again. Do you want another drink? They have free ones here, if you like water.

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New DW Communities

[dreamwidth.org profile] drawesome is "a friendly community of fan-artists who enjoy drawing. We hope to inspire and motivate each other to practice and hone our drawing skills in a stress-free, supportive environment."

[dreamwidth.org profile] comicsroundtable is "a fannish community for comics discussion, reviews, and general chat."

Fannish/Geeky Things

Neat Twitter thread on Wonder Woman costuming, written by a costume designer.

"Wonder Woman Actor Says Chief Is Actually a Demi-God". [io9]

"Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women".

"More Murderbot Adventures from Martha Wells". [Tor.com]


"Disney Princesses Reimagined Years Later As Queens By Daughters And Mothers". "The main idea was to portray the relationship between a true mother and daughter as the same princesses a generation apart to show the similarities, the features that are alike." (Related ~10-minute YouTube video, which I haven't watched.)

"Report Finds Diverse Movies Outperform White Ones At Every Level".

"Declawing: A new study shows we can’t look the other way".

"Host a Silent Reading Party in 7 Easy Steps". [Book Riot]

"Why Honeybees Are The Wrong Problem To Solve".

"Invention Saves Wildlife From Drowning in Swimming Pools".

"Sitka artist designs slinky dress from 20,000 salmon bones".

"How I use comic books as a learning tool in my social studies classroom". [March 2016]

On Atlas Obscura:

--"Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company".

--"Jupiter Is Even Weirder Than We Thought".

--"Laurel Dinosaur Park: This dig site outside D.C. is known for its exceptionally high density of baby dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs".

--"The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool".

Episode 48: Theta Scenario

Jun. 27th, 2017 02:11 am
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Please be advised this episode of Wolf 359 contains mentions of violence, death, and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

As Eiffel, Minkowski, Hera, and Lovelace try to decide how to allocate their limited resources, Kepler finally reveals some of Goddard Futuristics's most deeply held secrets. Before the crew can consider the existential implications of these revelations, however, they'll need to deal with their own growing fears, insecurities, and personal conflicts. Plus, snake-filled pits, educated guesses, paradigm shifts, impractical human emotions, and the remainder of our musical program.

Tonight's episode features Julia Morizawa in the role of Commander Zhang. It also features The Waltz of the Flowers, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


Jun. 26th, 2017 12:54 pm
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Posted by EnraptureSins

Author: EnraptureSins
Sailor Moon
English, Rated: T
Characters: [Ami M./Amy/Sailor Mercury, Zoicite/Zoycite]
Chapters: 17, Words: 12,620, Reviews: 59, Rated: T, In-Progress
[UNEDITED] Ami, a renowned cold-hearted maiden, is one of the few skeptics that turn to reasoning the abnormal instead of blaming it on a supernatural whim. So it was no surprise when she finds an odd woman stranded outside her home sputtering nonsense that Ami brushed it off as the woman being hysterical. That is until she met him.

Prolonged Silences

Jun. 26th, 2017 07:29 pm
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Posted by <a href="/users/paperjamBipper/pseuds/paperjamBipper" rel="author">paperjamBipper</a>


Going a thousand years without any form of physical affection can really tend to leave a person craving it. Moana gets that. But what she didn't know, what she isn't aware of, is that just two short years out of her best friend's company is apparently long enough to leave her craving it, too.

Words: 2256, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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