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link roundup 6/23/17

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:09 am
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Dropping back in with a few links! Feel free to drop others in comments.

Supreme Court sets higher bar for stripping citizenship (Reuters). The justices ruled 9-0 that a naturalized American citizen cannot be stripped of citizenship if a lie or omission on immigration forms was irrelevant to the government's original decision to grant entry into the United States.

[Seattle] Landlords Are Now Required to Provide Voter Registration Info (Seattle Met). Very cool look at how voting accessibility can be addressed on the city level.

Steyer to plow $7.5 million into voter mobilization efforts (Politico). Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Thursday he will put more than $7.5 million into an effort to register and turn out young voters in eight states ahead of the midterm elections.

2 links for the 22nd of June 2017

Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:15 pm
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When Fan Conventions Exclude Deaf people, they fail everyone
by Alex Lu, at the Establishment

https://theestablishment.co/when-fan-conventions-exclude-deaf-people-they-fail-everyone-a138b0182b04

Creation Entertainment’s refusal to provide access comes at a time when the inclusion of people with disabilities at fan conventions is increasingly recognized as an issue.

How Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Manage That 'Big Sick' Illness in Real Life
by Ashley Lee, at the Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/big-sick-emilys-illness-is-real-based-a-distressing-true-story-1015698

It’s not ideal to fall in love with someone who’s in a coma, but that’s what happens to Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick — and in real life. The Silicon Valley actor co-wrote the romantic dramedy with wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their actual courtship (Zoe Kazan portrays her onscreen, and Holly Hunter and Ray Romano play her parents).

The titular sickness remains unnamed throughout most of the movie, as it was to Gordon for much of her life.
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On Garden Pollinators

Jun. 20th, 2017 05:59 pm
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 Over the years, I've noticed that my garden has a range of different pollinators. Sure, the European honey bees do show up, but it's for the big events, like almond or lemon trees in blossom. Less glamorous pollinators, like native bumble bees and various flies do the everyday pollination of my squash, eggplant and plum trees. 

Here's a link to an article that describes the connection between the honey bee and modern agriculture, and points out that in a thriving diverse ecosystem (like our gardens) we still can rely on the more natural range of pollinators.

www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/06/13/532729268/why-honeybees-are-the-wrong-problem-to-solve
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Uncanny Magazine: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction / Year 4: Kickstarter coming in July

http://uncannymagazine.com/uncanny-magazine-disabled-people-destroy-science-fictionyear-4-kickstarter-coming-july/

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction will be an issue of Uncanny Magazine 100% written and edited by disabled creators– an official continuation of Lightspeed Magazine’s immensely popular and award-winning Destroy series of special issues. The Kickstarter will launch July 24 and run through August 23.

climate change website

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:02 pm
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The city of Boston has put up a climate change website that republishes EPA and other federal government stuff that the current administration has scrubbed:

http://climatechangedata.boston.gov/

The top of the home page identifies it as a City of Boston site, and says
The City of Boston wishes to acknowledge and attribute this information to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for the decades of work that they have done to advance the fight against climate change. While this information may not be readily available on the agency’s webpage right now, here in Boston we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it.

I haven't explored very much yet, but there's a lot there.

Weekly Check in June 18

Jun. 18th, 2017 06:06 pm
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Happy Father's Day. Sorry for missing last week's check in.

The theme of this week seems to be Secrecy in the Senate to Screw us on Healthcare.

Housekeeping
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird who is our tag guru. Both [personal profile] tanaqui and I are very grateful for the help.

Healthcare - McConnell wants the trumpcare vote to happen before the July 4th recess. That's two weeks away.
Healthcare Call Scripts from Indivisble
Indivisible Guide: Contact for Senate Staffers
Senate Contact Info
Stop #TrumpCare Senate Call-In Day
Trumpcare Toolkit

Activism
Hustle and Slack: MoveOn Text Team Training
Action Checklist

LGBT+
Pride Month: Donate to LGBT+ groups

Russia

Brennan Center Report on Trump-Russia Investigation

Climate Change
Mississippi River Alliance
Indivisible: Defending the Climate in Local Action

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18505 This week in activism
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


I

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called my one senator
5 (45.5%)

called my other senator
4 (36.4%)

called my representative
1 (9.1%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
2 (18.2%)

called my city reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
5 (45.5%)

attended a town hall
1 (9.1%)

donated moeny to a cause
2 (18.2%)

attended an in person sctivist group
2 (18.2%)

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participated in online phone training
1 (10.0%)

went to a protest
2 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
1 (10.0%)

took care of myself
6 (60.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (20.0%)

did something else
1 (10.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (30.0%)



Orange is the new black

Jun. 18th, 2017 01:43 pm
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We Need to Talk about the Ableism of Orange is the New Black by Alex Haagaard, at Medium

[CW: ableist slurs, ableist abuse, ableist violence, filicide] and discussion of prisons

A Cordelia's Honor plotbunny

Jun. 17th, 2017 11:26 pm
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Thought up by Royce Day on the Bujold mailing list:
Honestly, there's a fanfic to written about what the poor Betan
Ambassador to Barrayar was doing during the whole mess with Cordelia's
defection to Barrayar, marriage to a war criminal, and then bringing
back Vordarian's head at the climax of the coup.
That is a fic I would love to read.
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One of the dozens of political messages today asking me for money was from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The headline was "Washington Post: The Senate's Three Tools on Health Care: Sabotage, Speed, and Secrecy."

Nobody expects the Senate Inquisition!
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For folks like me with a Democratic Senators:

The Indivisible Guide has your back: It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan. The Senate is trying to do what the House of Representatives did in May: jam through its TrumpCare bill in secrecy, without public hearings, without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, and without knowing its full impact on American families. That’s why the time to put on the pressure is now. We’ve put together new resources and an action plan to help.



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Why talk to the monkey when the organ grinder's line isn't busy?

Contacts for the staff person handling health care issues for each senator: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/senate-health-care-staffers/

Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing

Jun. 16th, 2017 05:40 pm
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A table of official Senate twitter IDs, Senate staff twitter IDs, campaign/other, and Facebook info for the Senate:

http://www.socialseer.com/resources/us-senator-twitter-accounts/

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Jun. 16th, 2017 03:41 pm
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A thinning ponytail is an abomination unto Nuggan. :\

Bujo Gear in Unexpected Places

Jun. 16th, 2017 05:27 pm
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I went for a little ramble today and on a whim popped into the gift shop for the Tower of London and found... these:



It's certainly not where I expected to find tea cup sticky tabs and washi tape (although they don't call it that, of course), but I snapped them right up!

Have you found Bujo supplies in unexpected places?

Monthly and Weekly Spreads

Jun. 15th, 2017 09:42 pm
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I've been Bujo-ing in various incarnations for a couple of years now, and while I'm great at the journaling and collections aspects of Bujo, the use of it as a planner I constantly fall down on. I make a spread for the week or the month and then completely forget about it. Oops.

I know there are a eleventy-billion examples of logs and spreads on the 'net, but I'm wondering which sorts of monthly/weekly spreads/logs have been most successful for the community in keeping you organized? Which ones haven't worked? Why? How much info do you put on it? Elaborate? Minimalist? How often do you refer to it? How do you keep it from getting lost and forgotten 30 pages later?

(I feel like this is a ridiculous question, but clearly I haven't found a good answer on my own.)
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“The coalescence of femslash as a metafandom unto itself may have paradoxically contributed to a bird's-eye view of its marginality. As we might glean from the primacy of slash as the unmarked term (denoting same-sex couples in general and male-male couples in particular), F/F remains underrepresented not only in scholarly research but also arguably in fandom overall (compared to M/M and also to het [heterosexual] and gen [nonsexual] fiction and art).

Femslash fans often frame their experience in this way, as was the case at the "Where's the F/F?" panel at the May 2015 WisCon feminist science fiction convention in Madison, Wisconsin. The conversation took as a jumping-off point detailed statistics, compiled by destinationtoast, on fan fiction posted at Archive of Our Own.”

TWC issue No 24 on femslash fandom is out! Read about Grey's Anatomy Wynonna Earp, The 100, Orphan Black, Once Upon a Time, Kpop, Jpop & more! https://goo.gl/n59EMJ
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I just thought this might be of interest to some - there was an amendment passed in Australia earlier today and the Australian Copyright Council has already put up a info sheet about it.

Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Summary: Amends the
Copyright Act 1968
to: replace the exception for persons with a disability and others acting on their behalf with a fair dealing exception; replace the current statutory licences for institutions assisting persons with a print or intellectual disability with a single exception; harmonise and modernise the preservation exceptions for copyright material in libraries, archives and key cultural institutions; consolidate and simplify the statutory licences that allow educational institutions to use works and broadcasts; allow copyright material to be incorporated into educational assessments conducted online; set new standard terms of protection for published and unpublished materials and for Crown copyright in original materials; and update references to ministers and preconditions for making regulations extending or restricting the operation of the Act in relation to foreign countries.

-----------Extract from ACC's newsletter.---------------

Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Act 2017
Passed At Last

Following introduction to Parliament in late March, and debate in May, the Senate has today finally passed the Copyright Amendment Disability & Other Measures Act 2017. The Act streamlines the copyright regime for people with a disability, educational institutions and libraries. The reform was made possible by constructive collaboration between copyright stakeholders as s Senator Fifield acknowledged.

“The Government thanks all those who worked collaboratively to provide constructive feedback on the measures contained in this important legislation.”

We have published an information sheet on the Act and will be updating our materials accordingly.

Our new education titles will cover the amendments in detail

We will also be addressing the amendments in our national seminar series

The Act is accessible here

-----------/Extract from ACC's newsletter.---------------
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MoveOn.org is mobilizing a text team to use tools like Hustle and Slack to text their contacts to get them to support the ACA. Training materials here:

https://front.moveon.org/training/?akid=184573.35944052.693gsB&rd=1&t=13#.WUG_GNwpD3g

The OTW is Recruiting!

Jun. 14th, 2017 10:47 am
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OTW Recruitment Banner by Erin

The OTW is recruiting! We're looking for:

Finance Staff
Support Staff
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Graphics Makers
Translators for Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, and Polish.

Please signal boost & apply today!
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Fran Wilde is a contributor to Invisible 3, Jim Hines & MaryAnne Mohanraj's collection about representation in SF. She's posted a lovely essay on Jim's Dreamwidth


begin quote
It turns out that what I wanted wasn’t the story of a young woman coming to terms with her brace or her body (seriously it’s a fine story, but it didn’t fit me at all—or, rather, it fit me like a brace, constraining and awkward). What I wanted was something to love. I was listening for that familiar thunk on the hull; I just didn’t know it. That recognition that there was a mind inside a cage of muscle, bone, pain, fiberglass, and metal. The acknowledgement that a mind could do things—heroic things! Cool things!—even if the body rebelled.
quote ends


read the whole essay here: http://jimhines.dreamwidth.org/437695.html

This Week in Fandom, Volume 53

Jun. 13th, 2017 02:02 pm
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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: VividCon wrapping up, the definition of fanfiction, Super Junior controversy, and more: https://goo.gl/XWo0wv
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Did you attend WisCon 41 just last month?  We would love your feedback!  We have 2 surveys:

General Survey:  This is about all aspects of the convention, from how you got your information about WisCon to what you thought of the hotel to what you liked / didn't like about our various spaces and events.

Programming Survey:  This is for everyone who attended programming or was on a panel or modded a panel.

Surveys will close on July 15.

We always read all your comments and take into consideration every ranking so that we can continue to shape WisCon into what our members want.  Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts!

Screen Readers and Second Life

Jun. 12th, 2017 09:01 pm
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Hello all. I have not yet tested this out but am planning to do so later this week. But there is now a client that can be used with Second Life, which is accessible for users of screen readers. Actually this client has been around for several years, but the original developer passed away and the new one has updated the client. I can't wait to get started with Second Life. Check out this great article: http://onj.me/2xxc- . Last I checked which was just this past weekend, the latest Mac version of Radegast hadn't been posted to the new site but that may have changed by the time you read this.

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