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Kel Cheris is a gifted mathematician underemployed as an infantry officer. Shuos Jedao is the technological ghost of a genocidal general. Together, they fight crime, where "crime" is defined as heresy against the calendar. In Yoon Ha Lee's brilliant device, a calendar is a social contract from which physics - and hence, weaponry - flow. Calendrical heresy disables these weapons and thus undermines the power of the state.

If you love bold, original world-building, reflections on colonialism, and complicated relationships between clever protagonists who have every reason to distrust one another, you'll eat up the Machineries of Empire series as avidly as I did. If military SF and n-dimensional chess sound like a bit of a slog, see if you can stick with it anyway. The language and imagery are utterly gorgeous, and these very timely stories have a great deal to say about complicity, responsibility, and the mechanisms of societal control.

Dream Act 2017 introduced

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:31 pm
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From United We Dream, info@unitedwedream.org:
The Dream Act of 2017 has been introduced in the Senate to protect DACA recipients. It has four sponsors: Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY). United We Dream asks for peole to telephone their Attorney General. The number they give is (832) 610-3896.

Their suggested message is "I am calling to ask the Attorney General to come out publicly to defend the DACA program. This program has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth across the country and it must be protected. I expect my attorney general to support the immigrant community and protect DACA."

This Week in Fandom, Volume 56

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:44 pm
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This Week in Fandom

This week in fandom: Reaction to the 13th Doctor, Photobucket & SoundCloud problems, and stats on female sports fans: https://goo.gl/gCTfC1

BAJI Webinars

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:48 am
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The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (www.blackalliance.org) is having two webinars on the State of Black Immigrants. Part 1 is July 18, tomorrow, at 5pm; part 2 is July 25, both 5 pm EST. Registration: goo.gl/u8Eckc.

The Senate Trumpcare bill is dead!

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:20 pm
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Four Republican senators have come out against the Senate's ACA replacement bill.

(Of course, McConnell is now moving to repeal with no replacement, so the fight's not over yet. Keep calling!)

But I have to celebrate this moment. If someone had told me in January that we'd get this far, I wouldn't have believed it! With luck, they'll find out that the straight repeal is just as unworkable as they thought it would be in February when they decided against it. And either way, we've made them spend six months on internal backstabbing, badmouthing, and time wasting that they can't get back, and a lot of ill will generated within the Republican caucus that won't be forgiven without a lot of effort.
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The Queer As Folk US Brian/Justin Fanfiction Archive is coming to the AO3! Learn more here: https://goo.gl/YMZj5S

Run to Win training

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:43 pm
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Link for sign-ups for in-person training and webinars for Emily's List Run to Win project (to teach women how to be more effective political candidates): https://secure.emilyslist.org/Trainings-Information.

Elections 2017 Q&A and Chats

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:10 am
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We're hosting live chat sessions with the OTW election candidates! Click the link to find out dates, times, and how to join, plus answers to the Q&A questions you submitted: https://goo.gl/Q5rKet

ACTION: Battle for Net Neutrality

Jul. 12th, 2017 07:06 am
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Haven't seen anyone posting about this, so here we are (copied from the Net Neutrality Day of Action materials from Battle for the Net):


On July 12, 2017, websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Learn how you can join the protest and spread the word at https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12/.


Right now, new FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has a plan to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies immense control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, the FCC will give companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T control over what we can see and do on the Internet, with the power to slow down or block websites and charge apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience.


If we lose net neutrality, we could soon face an Internet where some of your favorite websites are forced into a slow lane online, while deep-pocketed companies who can afford expensive new “prioritization” fees have special fast lane access to Internet users – tilting the playing field in their favor.



I have only to add that I want my internet full of dynamic, accessible, user-created content and free exchange of information and the opportunity to get to know people, rather than passively consuming corporate-sponsored media. I want all of you guys in my life, not whatever big cable wants me to read and watch.

This Week in Fandom, Volume 55

Jul. 11th, 2017 03:29 pm
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This Week in Fandom

This week in fandom: Many moments are being had, fan/producer interaction, and the neural network writes fanfiction: https://goo.gl/EiSPSG

more about wonder woman

Jul. 11th, 2017 12:57 pm
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Alaina Leary at Teen Vogue:

How Disfigured Villain's like Wonder Woman's 'Dr. Poison' perpetuate stigma

Similar to previous linked articles here, but includes a wider critique of media by including Voldemort, Darth Vader, and others.

Game of Thrones

Jul. 11th, 2017 05:43 am
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Neda Ulabe for All Things Considered at NPR:

Game of Thrones finds fans among disability rights activists too

You can read or listen to this piece.

Layout: New York Evening [Fluid]

Jul. 10th, 2017 05:15 pm
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preview

Original layout using this Creative-Commons-licensed Manhattan panorama.

Live preview | Screenshot

Title: New York Evening (Fluid)
Credit to: [personal profile] erinptah
Base style: Tabula Rasa
Type: Full layout in CSS
Best resolution: 1024x768+
Tested in: Firefox, Chrome
Features: customizable, variable-width, 2 columns


Click thru for code & instructions.

New Founders Every Election App

Jul. 9th, 2017 06:36 pm
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I hope I got the goddamn link right THIS TIME...(if not, try wallofus.org, it's in the current post

New Founders, which seems to be a coalition that includes Wall of Us, has an "Every Election" app--when you sign up, you indicate your address, and they give you a list or Google map of all the elections you're eligible to vote in, and you can ping your friends and family to tell them to vote too. For elections that are way-down-ticket, literally a handful of votes can swing the election.

https://www.wallofus.org/posts/140/everyelection-app?utm_source=Wall+of+Us+Newsletter&utm_campaign=62e6c69ce6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cc0b966781-62e6c69ce6-46521285

Five Things Rachel G. Said

Jul. 9th, 2017 11:36 am
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said


"I’ve used fanfic archives, Yahoo Groups, LiveJournal, Fanfiction.net, AO3, and tumblr among others so I know just how important what OTW does is for fandom. I’ve seen the good (even great), bad, and ugly that can from fandom and I still keep coming back for more. I can’t get enough of seeing and reading other fans’ passion for the things that I love."

In Five Things, graphics volunteer Rachel G discusses what she creates for the OTW and what she likes about the results: https://goo.gl/UgBcsY

Site history!

Jul. 9th, 2017 02:00 am
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Light Flight made site history moments ago by getting dominance three times in a row - despite Nature putting up an amazing fight and 20% "battle weariness" from the previous victories. Any other Acolights now out of money? (Don't worry, Ice and Water are conquesting next!) Any non-Acolights now completely full of money? (You're welcome!)

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