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(на картинке - израильский посол вручает Путину верительные грамоты)


Говорящая голова мида РФ Маша "Танцорка" Захарова назвала "предательством" тот факт, что Израиль не повлиял на Польшу и не заставил ее включить Россию в состав участников мемориального проекта в лагере смерти Собибор (другие участники, кроме П. и И. - Словакия и Нидерланды). Мемориал будет посвящен ЕДИНСТВЕННОМУ успешному восстанию евреев в лагере уничтожения, когда группа заключенных под руководством советского офицера Александра Печерского разгромила охрану и с боем прорвалась на восток, в леса Белоруссии.

Россия, конечно, имеет прямое отношение к этой героической истории, Александр Печерский был россиянином (умер в 1990 году в Ростове). Насколько известно, до самой смерти он не был реабилитирован (отбыл в штрафбате), после 1948 года несколько лет не мог найти никакой работы (был отовсюду уволен как еврей), потом до пенсии работал рабочим в цеху.

Но предатель - Израиль, это уж само собой (справедливости ради, буквально несколько лет назад началась героизация Печерского, в 2010 наконец на его доме появилась мемориальная доска, а в 2016 Путин наградил его посмертно орденом Мужества - через 29 лет после того, как вышел голливудский фильм о Печерском "Побег из Собибора").

Израильский мид дал ответ, что "ни одна государственная инстанция Израиля не возражает против участия России", но Москва, похоже, не удовлетворена и продолжает сурово супить брови на Иерусалим.
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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS JeannetteIn the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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This was extremely entertaining, and taught me a great deal about the WACKED-OUT science of the late 19th century, with its paleocrystic seas and thermal gateways. It also provides excellent competence porn, as George De Long, his chief engineer George Melville, and the ship's doctor James Ambler were all insanely good at their jobs, and had plenty of opportunities to show it in the two years the U.S.S. Jeannette was trapped in the Arctic pack ice. (There's a fabulous piece of CSI: Jeannette as Dr. Ambler tracked down the cause of the lead poisoning that was slowly killing the crew.) 20 of the 33 members of the crew, including De Long, died in Siberia after exhibiting more epic heroism than should have been allowed to end in failure (but history, unlike fiction, does not care about your heroism), and the Jeannette's voyage remains eclipsed by the Erebus and the Terror

Trigger warning: aside from the ghastly deaths of De Long, Ambler, and most of the crew, horrible and cruel things happen to sled dogs, polar bears, and innumerable Arctic birds.

The audio book reader was competent and mostly a pleasure to listen to, except for his habit of raising the pitch of his voice when quoting women's writing and lowering the pitch of his voice when quoting men. This makes all the men sound excessively MANLY, and makes Emma De Long sound like a simpering idiot, when it's clear she was anything but.



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Prompt for 2017-08-20

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:15 am
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Today's prompt is "a day of roses".

Sunday Sweets: Filibuster Edition

Aug. 20th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

A friend once told me, "I love all your posts, but I have to admit, on Sundays you could really write anything. I'm just there for the gorgeous cakes."

Hey, works for me! So, let's see, all I need is to pull together a bunch of amazing cakes, like this:

(By BMT Cake Designs)

...and then fill up the page with whatever I want. It's a Sweets filibuster!

 

Does anybody have a copy of Green Eggs and Ham?
No? Ok, never mind. I'll improvise.

(By Jessicakes)

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art far more fair than she.

 

(By Mike's Amazing Cakes)

A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V ... and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

 

(By Mishelle Handy Cakes, pic by David Baxter Photography)

I read some 4 and 5 star reviews by those who used this device successfully to change a baby while driving. On that basis, I bought one. I put my baby on it and drove for over an hour. It did not change. Same baby. I am glad it worked for some people but I will be returning mine.

 

(By Cotton and Crumbs)

I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.

 

(By Iced and Dazzle, pic by Erin Schaefgen Photography)

I hated her... SOOO... much, it - flame, flames? Flames, on the side of my face, breathing - breath, heaving breaths. Heaving breaths... Heathing...

 

(By Cakes Decor member Ria123)

Up up down down left right left right B A start.

 

(By Lovely Cakes)

"You are using Bonetti's defense against me, ah?"
"I thought it fitting, considering the rocky terrain."
"Naturally, you must expect me to attack with Capo Ferro."
"Naturally, but I find that Thibault cancels out Capo Ferro, don't you?"

 

(By Rosebud Cakes)

...and I believe you should put a woman on a pedestal.. high enough so you can look up her dress. And I believe in equality, equality for everyone.. no matter how stupid they are, or how much better I am than they are. And, people say I'm crazy for believing this, but I believe that robots are stealing my luggage.

 

(By Cakes By Beth)

A king cake is a type of cake associated in a number of countries with the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season, and in other places with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras / Carnival. The cake often has a small plastic baby (said to represent Baby Jesus) inside (or sometimes placed underneath), and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations.

 

(By Party Flavors Custom Cakes, photo by Amanda McMahon Photography)

1. Take ice tray over to the sink and fill it with cold water.
2. Place the water-filled ice tray back in the freezer.
3. Shut the door to the freezer.

 

(By Neli Josefson)

During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

That's it! The filibuster's over.

Thank goodness these Sweets speak for themselves.

*****

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Title: One Piece Omake Collection
Author: Syr
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: One Piece
Pairings: Gen
Rating: General
Length: 24:09
Size: 33.6MB
Music: Adventure World by Delicatessen & Dark Water by Mikko Tarmia
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: Five things that could have happened in One Piece. Includes: Chubby Bunny with swords, Pants eating ice cream, Reindeer puberty, Franky's Cyborg Index, Maze Castle, and Anatomy questions.

Link: mp3

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3

UBC: Reis, Damned Women

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:51 am
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Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New EnglandDamned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England by Elizabeth Reis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I hate starting a review with "this book was meh," but . . . this book was meh.

Reis' thesis is that in seventeenth-century Puritan New England, when everyone was obsessed with scrutinizing their souls for signs of damnation or salvation, and when a central event in a person's life was likely to be their conversion testimony (you stand up in front of the church you want to join and tell the church members how you came to realize that (a) you were a sinful crawling worm and (b) God had chosen you to be among the Elect regardless), while men tended to say that their sinful actions corrupted their souls, women were much more likely to say that their corrupted souls led them to sinful actions. She talks about how this led (or might have led) to women's confessions of witchcraft--if you view sin as a continuum, and if your corrupted soul means you cannot deny that you are sinful at heart, then how can you be certain that you aren't a witch?

Reis proves her thesis, and it's a subject I'm quite interested in, but the book itself just . . . meh. It was a book. I read it. If you're researching the subject either of Puritan witchcraft or the experience of Puritan women, it's definitely worth reading. Otherwise, not so much.



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Aug. 20th, 2017 12:28 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] gmh and [personal profile] ravurian!
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Posted by Andrew Bleiman

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As thousands of viewers watched via live webcam on August 10, Izala the Southern White Rhinoceros gave birth to a healthy female calf at Burgers’ Zoo.

Zoo staff members were anxious about the birth because Izala’s first calf was stillborn in January 2016. It is not uncommon for a White Rhino’s first pregnancy to be unsuccessful. Fortunately, this calf appears healthy and strong, and she was walking and nursing within just hours of birth.

The lively calf, named Wiesje, runs and plays in her large exhibit, with Izala usually trotting close behind.

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Seven Rhinos have been born at Burgers’ Zoo in the past 17 years, and around 12 are born each year in European zoos. Last year, 22 Rhino births occurred in European zoos, due in part to increased cooperation among zoos. This cooperation resulted in more Rhinos being transferred among zoos into more favorable breeding situations.

While other Rhino species live mostly solitary lives, White Rhinos live in small social groups which typically include adult females and their young.  Males’ territories overlap those of females. Researchers have learned that the hormonal cycles of lower-ranking females in these groups are suppressed, resulting in only higher-ranking females being bred.

In zoos, this research has a practical application: moving a young female to a new environment increase the odds that her hormonal cycle will be restored, which improves the odds that she will breed. Thus Izala, who lived at the Kolmarden Zoo with her mother, was brought to Burgers’ Zoo so she could successfully breed and rear her own baby.

Southern White Rhinos are the largest of all five Rhino species, and are also the most numerous in the wild, with about 20,000 individuals found mainly in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. 

Southern White Rhinos are listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The main threat remains poaching for the illegal Rhino horn trade. As prices for Rhino horn increase, hunting increases as well. Rhino horn, which is used for ornamental purposes and in Traditional Asian Medicine, is made of solid keratin, the same material in human fingernails.  It has no proven medical benefits, yet has driven some Rhino species to the brink of extinction: only about 60 Javan Rhinos and 200 Sumatran Rhinos remain in Asia.

See more photos of Wiesje and Izala below.

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Bleah.

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:14 am
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Last night was humid and oppressive, and I barely slept. Not surprisingly, I am in a vile, vile mood this morning.

I could seriously handle having the farm sale actually go through. (After damn-near five years, the lawyer is actually working on it. Nevertheless, these things, even when they are apparently at last proceeding, proceed at a stately pace.)

Coming into possession of a significant amount of money wouldn't actually get rid of any of the things that are currently making my baseline mood less than perfectly serene. It wouldn't make my poor brother magically healthy again, and it wouldn't make the state of the internet in general any less bitter and rancorous, and it wouldn't remove the pestilential butt-pimple on the body politic that is our current president . . .but it would by God at least make all of them easier to put up with.

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Aug. 20th, 2017 08:19 pm
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I may be a bit sweary behind the cut.

Teen Wolf 06x13 )

Just saying.

writing update

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:59 am
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Okay, so here's where I am, writing-wise. I'm on chapter 4 (of 7) adding the edits from the paper printout to Lost County, Book 1 of the original fantasy series. I'm planning on going on from that to edit #2 Carnshire's Most Haunted and #3 Chaos Theory and get working readable versions with stable continuity so that I can approach publishers with all 3 initially and say THIS IS A 6 BOOK SERIES. Because I'm not interested if I can't get them published as a block with the possibility of adding more in the future. I'd rather self publish and keep my own control over the work.

Meanwhile I'm also working on #4 which is the interlinked short stories, hoping to work on the opening story in the next few weeks, and I'm planning to work on one or two novellas from that for this year's NaNoWriMo (depending how long they turn out). I'm also still picking at #6 which was last year's NaNo, and will probably attempt to finish that one as well by the end of the year. That leaves me with #5 which has about 60k written but may not yet be halfway through, and hopefully that won't be too difficult to pull together with the rest already complete, but we'll see.

No idea what this means for the fanfiction, some of which I have completed or partial drafts of and may intermittently post or work on if the impulse takes me. Things have not really settled down yet, even though it's now been over a year. I'm kind of feeling it as this being the time to get the original stuff out there, else it might never happen. Book 1 especially has a technology-dependent plotline and actually the last decade has kind of aged into the premise of the story more with the advance of interconnected technology and WiFi, I think, rather than dated it since I first started writing. But I don't want to leave it too much longer and risk it looking out of date by the time it's published.

I'm really hoping I can finally be getting somewhere with this in the early half of next year. Fingers crossed.

QotD

Aug. 20th, 2017 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-05-10:

"One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we're idling in front of our computer screens. What if instead of tabbing over to the web browser in search of some nugget of gossip or news, or opening up a mindless game such as Angry Birds, we could instead scratch the itch by engaging in a meaningful activity, such as learning a foreign language?

"If five million people can be convinced to log into Zynga's Facebook game Farmville each day to water a virtual garden and literally watch the grass grow on their computer screens, surely, Ed [Cooke] believes, there must be a way to co-opt those same neural circuits that reward mindless gaming to make learning more addictive and enjoyable. That's the great ambition of Memrise, and it points towards a future where we're constantly learning in tiny chunks of our downtime."

-- Joshua Foer, on British memory champion Ed Cooke's online learning company, Memrise.

[ https://www.theguardian.com/education/2012/nov/09/learn-language-in-three-months]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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Aug. 20th, 2017 02:02 am
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I also successfully made from-scratch caramel and tempered chocolate.

So I feel pretty good about myself, even though I burned the first batch of cookies.

I don't have any pictures, but I plan on getting a few pics before they all get eaten.

The Defenders (Review)

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:41 am
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Reader, I marathoned it. It being shorter than any previous Marvel Netflix series, this didn’t take that long. (No filler episodes.) Above cut judgment: overall plot meh, worth watching for the character interaction, with my particular highlights being Jessica & Matt, Luke & Jessica, Luke & Danny (I haven’t watched Iron Fist, nor do I intend to watch it now, but the scenes with Luke were the occasions when Danny shook off blandness and became an entertaining character), and all four spending an entire episode stuck in a Chinese Restaurant. Also Matt & Spoilery character, Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver’s character) & Madame Gao, Alexandra & Spoilery character.

heavy spoilers beneath the cut )

Daily Happiness

Aug. 20th, 2017 01:31 am
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1. Had some leftover curry tonight for dinner and it was so good and I'm sad there's only a little bit left, so I think I'm going to have to make that again this coming week. (I'm glad the weather's cool enough that I feel like cooking again.)

2. Over the past couple days two slacker employees turned in their two weeks notice, which saved me the trouble of having to fire them.

3. Speaking of cooler weather, Chloe's been cuddling up in the bed again now that it's not so hot.

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Title: Daredevil  (on my AO3)
Artist: [personal profile] mific 
Rating:  Gen
Fandom:  Daredevil (and the Defenders)
Character:  Matt Murdock
Content Notes: No AO3 warnings apply. Pencil drawing, colored in photoshop, with a digitally painted background. 



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