Seven Quick Takes Friday: Bite Me Edition

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1) Current mood:

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Bite me. Seriously.

2) Sirfetch’d is real. It exists. On one hand, I’m excited–Farfetch’d finally got an evolution!–but on the other, I’m skittish. What if we only see this Pokémon in this series of games alone? Also, this guy is a Sword exclusive, so I have the feeling Prime might insist I take Shield. We’ll see.

3) Just our luck: the Brewers game that Prime and I managed to see was a loss. That sucks, but the wonderful reception that Manny Machado got at Miller Park did warm my heart. (And by “wonderful” I mean the jackass was booed solidly every time he stepped up to the plate and was jeered when he struck out. Yeah, nobody likes that little shithead, believe me.)

4) Whoever designed the first undercoat comb for cats deserves a Nobel Prize. I’m not kidding. Ever since I grabbed one for Lulu, she’s had no mats in her coat. None. The first time I used it the comb got two knots out of her fur with little effort. It’s a lot easier and safer than trying to clip the mats out and it’s far less stressful for Lulu. I don’t know how I was coping without it.

5) Our weather is now typical autumn: overcast and rainy. I’m not a fan.

6) As always:

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This is your weekly reminder that #FacebookIsTrash.

7) We’ve hired at least one new person for Member Service but it’s still a mess at the doors. I seriously hope we get things straightened out in the next several weeks or the holidays will be an unmitigated disaster.I

That’s all for this round. Stop by again, same bot time, same bot channel, for more ruminations and potential flatulations. Until then, see you!

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Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 21

It’s time once more for all the news and views that you can peruse! It’s another Weekly Reader! As always, if you want to be part of the action, drop a link or three in the comments! To share is to care.

Facebook removed doctors’ fact-check of false anti-abortion video because Ted Cruz complained (from Salon): “Facebook flagged the videos on Aug. 30, BuzzFeed News reported, adding a link to the fact-check next to the videos and notifying followers of the Live Action page that the videos had been rated as false.”

‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence (from Politico): “In interviews over the past eight months, they depicted how Falwell and his wife, Becki, consolidated power at Liberty University and how Falwell presides over a culture of self-dealing, directing university resources into projects and real estate deals in which his friends and family have stood to make personal financial gains. Among the previously unreported revelations are Falwell’s decision to hire his son Trey’s company to manage a shopping center owned by the university, Falwell’s advocacy for loans given by the university to his friends, and Falwell’s awarding university contracts to businesses owned by his friends.”

Why does the Dept. of OB/GYN at the University of Utah offer a premarital exam for women? (from Dr. Jen Gunter): “It is a patriarchal myth that the first time a woman has sex with a penis that it will be a scary, painful and bloody experience. If you want to keep women virginal, it’s handy to reinforce. To see this on an OB/GYN website at a University is horrific.”

She was shot dead by the Nazis in 1942. Her secret diary is to be published after 70 years in a bank vault (from CNN): “Renia was murdered in July 1942 at the age of 18 when the Nazis discovered her hiding in an attic. She left the diary with her boyfriend, who wrote the chilling, heartbreaking last lines in the journal: “Three shots! Three lives lost! All I can hear are shots, shots.””

Alaska’s Swimsuit Scandal Unfairly Polices Young Girls’ Bodies (from Medium): “A 17-year-old swimmer from Anchorage, Alaska, was disqualified from a race that she won on Friday, because of what officials called a “uniform violation.” Though the teen wore a suit issued by her team at Dimond High School, in accordance with uniform regulations, and it matched the styles worn by her competitors, she was the only athlete who was disqualified. Why, you may ask? Because she was targeted for the way the suit fit her curvier, fuller-figured body.”

A Heavily Pregnant Migrant Crossed the U.S. Border Experiencing Contractions. American Doctors Stopped Her Labor, Then Sent Her Back to Mexico (from Time): “Agents took her to the hospital, where doctors gave her medication to stop the contractions. And then, according to the woman and her lawyer, she was almost immediately sent back to Mexico. There, she joined the more than 38,000 people forced to wait across the border for immigration court hearings under a rapidly expanding Trump administration policy. And her plight highlights the health risks and perils presented by the “Remain in Mexico” program.”

Senator: Mark Zuckerberg should face “the possibility of a prison term” (from ars technica): “Technology companies, Wyden argued, have “done practically everything wrong since the 2016 election.” He said he recently told technology companies: “If you don’t get serious on moderation, you’re going to have a lot of people coming after you.””

Medicaid’s Dark Secret (from The Atlantic): “The trouble began when her mother started showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. For a while, one of Tawanda’s brothers cared for Edna, but he was sick himself and died in 2004. A guardian of the state admitted Edna into a nursing home and signed her up for the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth. Tawanda was relieved that her mother was being cared for while she was busy arranging her brother’s funeral. But when she arrived in Boston from Brooklyn, where she and her husband had settled, she heard rumors about MassHealth “robbing people of their homes” as reimbursement for their medical bills.”

Lessons Trump Supporters Are Teaching Their Children (from John Pavlovitz): “I wonder if people supporting this President and this Administration realize what they’re teaching their children; what boosting his tweets and applauding his rally rants and celebrating his legislative assaults on vulnerable people is telling them.

Whether they realize it or not, they’re teaching them…”

Chick-fil-A’s many controversies, explained (from Vox): “These controversies also shined a light on the fact that the Cathys regularly made donations to charities known for discriminating against LGBTQ people.”

Why I photographed 100 vulvas (from The BBC–NSFW! Nudity!): “In 2017, she focused her lens on penises to examine the concept of masculinity.

Now, her latest work puts vulvas and vaginas in the spotlight thanks to her new book Womanhood: The Bare Reality and forthcoming Channel 4 documentary: 100 Vaginas.”

‘Have you noticed white people never move out of your way?’ The politics of the pavement (from gal-dem): “For the last year I’ve been ‘holding my space’ on the pavement. I’ve been barged into, scowled at and everything in between, for simply deciding not to move out of the way. I used to think that stepping off a narrow pavement to let a group pass was just the polite thing to do, until I realised not everybody would do it. Some people walk with the belief that even the Earth should reposition itself to suit their chosen path. Here I am in the UK, millions of miles removed from the American South. But to me, the hierarchy is still obvious.”

A woman says her cries for help were ignored as she gave birth in jail. Her story is one of many. (from Vox): “Sanchez was 26 years old and more than eight months pregnant in 2018 when she was admitted to the Denver County Jail on charges related to identity theft. Weeks later, at around 5 am on July 31, she began having contractions. She writhed in pain on a thin mattress as she went into labor, an hours-long ordeal where she continually screamed and pleaded for jail staff and nurses to get her and her soon-to-be-born child to a hospital.

Shortly before 11 am, Sanchez gave birth to a baby boy inside her cell, without any assistance, pain relief, or medical aid. Her ordeal was captured on a surveillance video and shown on a live video feed that jail officials are expected to monitor at all times.”

That’s all for now. Stop by again for more information that you might find interesting. Until then, happy reading!

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Take Me Out

Don’t ask.

Current location: Miller Park. Taking in a Brewers game. First one of the year. Longer post later.

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Three and a Half Decades

I had just gotten out of school a couple of hours before; idly, I had been surfing the channels. Already I had taken in a showing of GI Joe on WGN TV; locally, WGN was known in NC as “the Chicago channel” because of the area it served. At that age, Chicago seemed like a foreign country, some mysterious landscape that I could only view from a distance but never visit.

I had no idea how much my life would change in the resulting years, but I digress as always.

After watching the credits to GI Joe, a few commercials aired and the opening music to Transformers started to play. With a shrug, I watched. I didn’t expect much, really, as I wasn’t a fan at that point.

By the end of the first episode, that changed. Boy, did that ever change.

Thirty five years later, here I am: a first generation Transformers fan, married to another first generation Transformers fan who happens to be a Prime. I’ve attended Transformer conventions. I’ve met voice actors. I’ve started conversations with people I barely know because we were both fans. Truthfully, I never thought that cartoon would be such an influence on my life. It doesn’t seem possible. But the effect it had on me was undeniable.

Which is why I’m going to start posting my thoughts about Transformers here on Tuesdays: it’s Thirty Five Years, Thirty Five Thoughts. It’ll range from the silly to the sublime, if you will. It’ll be random thoughts about conventions, thoughts on characters, things that happened to me as a fan that helped to make me who I am today. So look for it, starting next Tuesday. Hope to see you then!

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And Today in Fuckery…

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I can’t even today. Seriously. Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for part time employees. I just can’t even.

Whole Foods claims that the percentage of its workforce that’ll be affected by the cost-cutting measure, and therefore no longer eligible to purchase employer-provided health care, is less than 2 percent. (That equates to nearly 2,000 people.) One affected employee, who’s worked for Whole Foods for 15 years, told BI they were “in shock,” as the company’s benefits options were why they held on to the job.

So explain to me again how this whole “trickle down” thing works? Isn’t Bezos supposed to share his wealth because he’s making so much money? Instead, it seems that the opposite effect is true.

It’s like the whole “trickle down” thing is a steaming pile of bullshit. Who would have thought? Other than people who have a functional brain, I mean. 🙄

Gotta at least appreciate the snark in this article:

The spokesperson made sure to include a reminder that Whole Foods employees can still enjoy a 20 percent discount on groceries, which, it turns out, will not save your life in the event of a medical emergency.

It won’t help with the resulting medical bills, either. Just saying.

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The opening to Wildfire. This lasted a couple of seasons at most and left a lot of unanswered questions.

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Behind Closed Doors

It’s been another shitty week, so we’re gonna turn this mother into a kitty week. So here are some cats, waiting (not so) patiently for their humans. Enjoy!

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