Jan. 5th, 2017

morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j61IOf at January 04, 2017 at 03:00PM  

How Democrats can defeat the repeal of Obamacare:

“And it worked. TV news and newspaper headlines all attributed the reversal to Donald Trump’s supposedly heroic tweet on the subject, which didn’t even oppose the move, just its timing. But in reality, as reporters working Capitol Hill reported, what really turned the tide was the public backlash, namely the flood of angry phone calls and emails to Republicans’ offices complaining about the move to gut the OCE. Republican members got spooked enough to quickly reverse themselves. “

Please if you live in a Republican district (house or senate), please call your rep. Even as few as 20 phone calls a day can make a difference.

TBH we most likely won't be able to defeat the "repeal" but we may force them to have a plan ti place before they take away health care for millions of Americas.

If you do call, tweet or FB your friends and tell them: "Would you kick a friend out of a moving car and tell them: BRB?"

No repeal without replace.


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Tags:original post by me, politics, activism, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hUvMyv at January 04, 2017 at 04:22PM
From the Mediawest Convention Blog:

We are sorry to report Paulle Jung-Morvant (PM Alexander) passed away January 4, 2017.

A fund was set up prior to her passing to cover her final expenses.

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Tags:original post by me, DWCrosspost, fandom history
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morgandawn: (Ariel Yes?)
 Someone kindly pointed out that there is a way for paid subscribers on DW to filter out posts on their reading pages by tag.

I will try to tag my political posts either "politics" or "activism" - since I am cross-posting from tumblr, the tags will have to be applied manually so there may be a delay.

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I wish there was a way for DW readers to filter out specific posts.

People with paid DW accounts can filter which of your posts they see based on your DW tags.

When I go to "Manage Filters", choose "Default filter", and then click on your name, I get these choices:

Show only content that ...
... is rated [anything(show all content)/safe or non-explicit/safe for work only]
... and the entry is tagged with [any/all/none]
of the selected tags:
(no tags selected)
Available tags (click to select):

activism[18] resistance[1] ......

So, you can tag your political posts, and readers who are burnt-out on politics can filter them out (but that is only available to readers with a paid account. Still, better than nothing.)

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2j8iCfp at January 05, 2017 at 07:00AM

The very bad reason Jeff Sessions is ‘very unhappy’:

This is one of the many reasons US citizens are worried about Jeff Sessions being US Attorney General. For one, he supports government forfeiture without due process:

“For Christos and Markela Sourovelis, for whom the worst thing was losing their home, “Room 101” was Courtroom 478 in City Hall. This “courtroom’s” name is Orwellian: There was neither judge nor jury in it. There the city government enriched itself — more than $64 million in a recent 11-year span — by disregarding due process requirements in order to seize and sell the property of people who have not been accused, never mind convicted, of a crime.”

Please call your Senators to tell them to stop Jeff Sessions. Congress refused to confirm him as federal judge in the 1980s and his record has only gotten worse.   Confirmation hearings are next week (Jan 10, 2017). Scripts and who to call here:  
http://ift.tt/2j8qGww

Tags:original post by me, stop jeff sessions, activism, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hWAYSz at January 05, 2017 at 08:04AM

Fanvid History Stash, I: "Us" (Free, how?):

Tags:fanvids, vidding, fandom history, vidding history, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iFIguH at January 04, 2017 at 07:29PM
escapadecon:

A new scholarship for 2017 has been endowed through the efforts of our transgender mistresses of technology, Evelyn D.

The scholarship is need based and applications are open to anyone identifying as non-binary or transgender.

To apply or nominate a fellow fan email EscapadeEvelynScholarship@gmail.com with name and preferred pronouns of the potential recipient, the best way to contact them, an introduction, and one thing Escapade or slash fandom in general could do to improve visibility or awareness of gender non-conforming issues. The ideas will be shared with the fan community so be sure to let us know if you do not wish to be credited.

Please limit applications and nominations to those who would otherwise be unable to attend for financial reasons.

Please reblog, retweet, and otherwise help signal boost!

Escapadehttp://ift.tt/2iFxp47

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Tags:escapadecon, fan conventions, slash convention, lgbtq, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hVhpH3 at January 05, 2017 at 08:29AM

potofsoup:

So, I had a shared blog on tumblr called learningtocomic, where me and a couple of friends would occasionally post things about our comicking shenanigans, and oftentimes use it as a platform for thinking through various aspects of the comicking process.  It had a respectable 200+ followers.

And then it got deleted due to tumblr stupidity.

That’s…. that’s a lot of content that has now disappeared into thin air.  I’m still waiting for a response from tumblr support before I go around salvaging what I can, but in the meantime, I’m thinking a lot about the content that we create here, for free, and put up on this here website.

Server space isn’t free.  Designing and maintaining a web platform isn’t free.  Any web platform needs developers to make it usable, support personnel to keep it a safe and sane space, and good management who actually considers our needs.  When a service is “free”, it means that at least one of those things is missing.  Tumblr doesn’t consider our needs.  LJ is poorly managed.  DW could probably use some more personnel, and has very little server space.

Right now, what with the LJ servers moving to Russia, and some predictions that the Russian company wants to gradually phase out the American (money-losing) side of LJ, I hear that many LJ people are decamping to DW.  With Yahoo basically in freefall, I think tumblr will die in a few years.  Already, various fandoms are going in different directions: imzy, discourse, etc.

Further fracturing of fandom aside, that doesn’t solve the problem that we keep expecting hosting and web platforms to be free.  Fandom, which generates a lot of free content (and accompanying wank), requires hosting and web platforms that aren’t free.  Because free actually means “our sales and marketing team is bigger than our development team”.  Free means “we are selling your information to the advertisers”.  Free means “oops we deleted all of your content but we don’t give a fuck because you’re not actually our customer.”

So we are faced with two options:
(1) migrate from site to site like digital vagrants, losing content and communities along the way, or
(2) pay.


I’m not saying that *everyone* has to pay.  Half of fandom are still in school, and another quarter are working 2 jobs and barely making ends meet.  But my experiences in fandom has also really shown me its generosity.  I recently was putting together a fan anthology, and had a payment process that was “pay what you can if you have financial trouble” coupled with “chip in $5 or $10 if you can help”, and the donations not only covered the people who couldn’t afford full price, but also covered incidental printing and shipping costs.

Which is to say – it’s doable, if we don’t take web platforms for granted.  If, when we migrate to the next place, we say “let us pay what we can” instead of diving straight into creating beautiful works of art (and then scrolling past the flame wars.)

For me, the next space is Dreamwidth – it is already fan friendly and has half of the features that I want.  And for the other half – well, if I want something, pay for it, right?  So, here is my plan of action:
1) 
buy a DW paid account, even though I don’t have any use for its current paid features.   Because its developers need money if I want them to improve the site.  (And heck, I pay much more for Netflix.)
2) 
make some suggestions to DW for features that would make the site better.  (Top on my list: option to buy image hosting, ease of posting to different accounts, ability to reblog)
3) start consolidating my creative content on DW, and crossposting there.  (Maybe other people might slowly move there, as well, especially if the site is given the financial strength to improve.)
4) pay for fanart, fanfics, original writing, original art, etc.  Because the work we create is also worth something. 



Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, dreamwidth, alas, just after I'd moved back to LJ, good thing DW allows crossposting, jsyk -- if you report someone's blog, a careless tumblr support person might delete all of that person's blogs, even the completely unreleated blogs that they're a member of, fandom meta, potofsoup, fandom history, DWCrosspost

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hVln2g at January 05, 2017 at 08:27AM
man-from-uncle-slash-recs:

The weirdest muncle zine covers I’ve found so far. They are, in order, The Dunwich Affair (1985, 1990), The P.U.N. From U.N.C.L.E. # 1 (1991), The Curse of the Round Robin (1989), and Hello…Goodbye (1981). The Curse of the Round Robin is slash. The rest are gen. The sheer diversity is fascinating. The first is a novel-length Lovecraft crossover, the second is a book of jokes and puns, the third is, presumably, a round robin, and the last is the script for a muncle/Beatles crossover play. (Images from fanlore.)

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, man from uncle, fanzines, fanart, fanfic, fandom history, man-from-uncle-slash-recs, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hVgPJD at January 05, 2017 at 08:37AM

Dreamwidth is a good place, we need to keep it going and alive, so if you can, buy a paid account to support a fan friendly environment with a great track rerecord on privacy and fair use, then please do so.

Right now I’ve been cross-posting mainly political posts to DW, which understandably has caused a few people to unsubscribe there.  I wish there was a way for DW readers to filter out specific posts. I also wish there was a way to cross-post without stripping all the embedded links and formatting (I have to manually replace the text with each cross-post and only after the cross-post which comes at irregular hours).  But I will try cross-posting a few more fandom posts and see how it works.

Tags:not a reblog, original post by me, dreamwidth, tumblr, DWCrosspost
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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iUqx0g at January 05, 2017 at 09:00AM

Fanvid History Stash, II:


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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iMn7jc at January 05, 2017 at 09:15AM


Massive recall of cat food underway:

meret118:

Multiple cat food companies have voluntarily recalled dozens of their products over concerns the pets could get sick from eating them. Certain cans of cat fold from 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty did not have the proper amount of thiamine, which is also known as Vitamin B1, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which announced the recall Tuesday.

The products affected were all distributed for retail between Dec. 20 and Tuesday. A full list of the canned cat food recalled follows below:

9Lives

Meaty Pate Chicken and Tuna 13 oz.

Meaty Pate Seafood Platter 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate Seafood Platter, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate Super Supper 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate Super Supper, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate Super Supper 13 oz.

Meaty Pate with Chicken and Seafood, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate with Chicken and Tuna 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate with Chicken Dinner 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate with Liver and Chicken, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate with Ocean Whitefish 5.5 oz.

Seafood Poultry Variety Pack 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate with Chicken & Tuna, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

EverPet

Mixed Grill Dinner 13 oz.

Special Kitty

Beef and Liver Dinner 13 oz.

Classic Tuna Dinner 13 oz.

Mixed Grill Dinner with printed wrap, 12 pack of 13 oz. cans

Mixed Grill Dinner without printed wrap 13 oz.

Super Supper 13 oz.

As of Wednesday morning, there was no information about parent company J.M. Smucker offering any refunds for the potentially affected cat food. Instead, the company instructed customers who purchased any of the above products to stop feeding their cats the food and to call 1-800-828-9980 or email consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com.

Low levels of thiamine could result in a cat having symptoms ranging from a lack of an appetite to seizures. While thiamine deficiency can be serious for cats, it can be treated if detected early.

A separate recall of cat food was issued in June when products from the Rad Cat Raw Diet may have been contaminated with either Salmonella or Listeria, or both, the FDA announced at the time.


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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
*Is there a DW users/support community?* I know I submitted a help ticket
on this last year about the problems I am having with post by email, *but
don;t remember if it was resolved.*

Basically, where can I get some user support/eyes on my problem: namely
when posting by email, all formatting is stripped. <http://dreamwidth.org>

edited: there seems to be little rhyme or reason to how the post by email "converts" (or does not convert).

I did find my older support request:


https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/see_request?id=31560

If you want to post by email, you have to manually hand code every email with html code or markdown. This severely limits the ability to use DW except via their web interface. The mobile email post method cannot be used to pass through emails with formatting intact so it limits my ability to allow DW to interact with the rest of the online services.

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