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Dec. 25th, 2016

Tyrion

I'm pretty confidant I'm done reading for this year, so... to be continued....

It's funny, too, because we have given out so many books as gifts.... I know the kiddo is finally getting her kindle, too. And FINALLY I am going to have time off. I had to use it or lose it, because I've had so little time off this year. But I'm not letting my week get sidetracked by books. Not any book. I want to work out, I want to clean up this house, and I want to knock a few craft and sewing projects off my list so I can make a path in my home office again.
The bathroom is done, too, but still needs the trim. So here is where I start the to-read list for 2017. I expect now that I have my much worked-for promotion, this year more focus will be on health and wellness, which includes a lot more reading. The first few will be the carryovers I didn't get to this year, not necessarily the order in which they get read, obvs. I should also add 12 blanks to fill in my book club choices. I will have to add to this over the year, no doubt.

1. Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth - Chris Stringer
2. The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain - Judit Horstman
3. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
4. All the Light We Cannot See -Anthony Doerr
5. The Girl in the Ice - Robert Bryndza
5. Doing Good Better - William MacAskill
6. Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
7. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.
8. Mudbound - Hillary Jordana
9. Dust to Dust - Tami Hoag
10. Prior Bad Acts - Tami Hoag
11. The Alphabet House - Jussi Adler-Olsen
12. The Hanging Girl - Jussi Adler-Olsen
13. Why Nations Fail - Daron Acemoglu
14. Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want - Nicholas Epley
15. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America - Nancy Isenberg
16. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
17. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.D. Vance
18. Everything We Keep - Kerry Lonsdale
19. First Frost - Sarah Addison Allen
20. The Night Circus - Erin Morganstern
21. The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs - Nick Trout
22. An Edible History of Humanity - Tom Standage
23. The Death and Life of Bobby Z - Don Winslow
24. The Copper Beech - Maeve Binchy
25. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman
26. Kissing the Witch - Emma Donoghue
27. Troll - Johanna Sinisalo
28. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
29. A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray
30. In the Woods - Tana French
31. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
32. Three Moments of an Explosion - China Miéville
33. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
34. The Book of Speculation - Erica Swyler
35. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
36. The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained - Will Buckingham
37. Girls Like Us -Rachel Lloyd

Dec. 6th, 2016

bite the power

Small great things have so much power...

Wow. I usually roll my eyes when I read reviews calling a book important. It just seems so pretentious. But the various things I've read really intrigued me, and I am so glad I read it. We can say what we like about the ending feeling contrived or too tidy. People will no doubt criticize Picoult for assuming the voice of a black character. I wouldn't ordinarily jump to someone's defense for that, but this book is really ballsy, I think. And I see where she was going with it. She's not here to be the savior of blacks, she is writing to people like herself. Because racism doesn't just belong to blacks. Of course we can't speak to their experiences. That's not what I mean. But racism is our history. Mine, yours, our country's. Say it isn't your fault all day, but you still participate. You still reap rewards you aren't even aware of. Read not just this book, but also the author's note. I only worry she is preaching to the choir and those "slightly racist" aunts we all have will be too uncomfortable to read.

I have read a lot of reviews who criticize her for including so much of Turk's point of view. They didn't feel it was necessary, but I completely disagree. Showing the human side of his character is very important. Know thine enemy and all that.... But seriously, don't kid yourselves. Ignoring them obviously will not make them go away. Look at our presidential election aftermath.
I think this book is a good place to start some important conversations. Hopefully not just with the people who look like we do, but it's still a great start.

And personally, at the risk of kind of spoiling things, I needed this ending. Lately so much of the world and particularly our country seems to be taking the crazy out for celebration. I feel the horror may just be warming up. Pay attention. You can't have ignorance without ignore.

Nov. 15th, 2016

42

another book turned novel

I am a big fan of the Department Q novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Tonight I got to watch the movie made from the first book in the series, The Keeper of Lost Causes. It's in Danish, but you can get it subtitled in English.
It's great! Fares Fares plays Assad, the miracle of an assistant, and looks exactly like the Assad in my imagination! While I didn't ever think of the lead character as hot, the actor who plays him makes that work.
The acting is good, and somehow these foreign movies seem to not mess with the stories so much. I give it two thumbs up AND a fist bump.
Also, if you like Scandinavian thrillers and haven't tried Adler-Olsen, get on it.

Nov. 4th, 2016

amazon barbie

You should read this

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=SR&utm_campaign=SR&sr_source=lift_facebook

This is the piece of the election no one seems to understand.

Oct. 10th, 2016

calvin and hobbes

SNL did not disappoint



Oct. 9th, 2016

long haired radical

Donate your parkas to Hell, people, I am agreeing with all kinds of Republicans

“The G.O.P., in putting Trump at the top of the ticket, is endorsing a brand of populism rooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism.”
Henry M. Paulson Jr.
Treasury secretary under President George W. Bush


More than 100 Republican national security leaders, including Michael Chertoff, Kenneth Adelmen, James Glassman, and Frances Townsend signed a letter in March saying they could not support a party ticket with Trump on it. The Republicans nominated Trump, anyway. Some of these same people were part of the group of 50 senior national security officials from Republican administrations who signed a letter declaring that Mr. Trump would put the country’s security at risk. Some of those names you may recognize are Negroponte, Hayden, and Waxman. Will Hurd of Texas is one of the many who called for Trump to step down. Texas! That's bad, y'all. Real bad. Kay Granger of Texas has withdrawn support as well.

So then, WHY is the media making tonight's debate all about the women who showed up for a press conference with the Donald? Is this 8th grade?
For the record, and yes, it is on record - more than one, Hillary Clinton tried to get out of representing a child rapist when she worked legal aid. She had to do her job. She did it. She showed that under duress and even when repulsed, she is capable of Getting.Shit.Done. She did not laugh at the girl later, no matter what Facebook or the Donald have told you. Every single thing has been presented out of context. And the last time I checked, Bill wasn't the Clinton running for office. Also, why is my Facebook feed full of idiots comparing bragging about being able to sexually assault women with reading Shades of Gray? If you're going to be belligerant and proud of your ignorance, then yes, that makes you a bonafied moron.
You think he will protect America? You think he will make the right economic decisions for America? No, you want to "turn things around" and get it back to the way it used to be. You know, when instead of asking to be allowed at the table and treated like human citizens blacks had to drink from separate water fountains and enter through the back and the best hope for a woman's future was to stay married to someone who could support her. And don't make me talk about how gays had it.
I know I said I wouldn't denigrate Trump supporters, and I'm sticking by that. I don't have to. They do it themselves every time they open their mouths to spew support for that vile blathering turdbag narcissist.
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Oct. 8th, 2016

robin

Gather around children, let's talk about your friend Jill

Are you thinking of voting for Jill Stein? I mean, sure, even she knows there isn't the smallest chance she will win. She's not even going to be on all of the states' ballots. But you want to send a message to the establishment, right? So let's talk about that message for a minute.
Basically, if you want to not have to read this entire post, you can stop here with the short version: The message you're sending is that you can't be bothered to educate yourself and you just want people around who agree with your emotions and are not to be taken too seriously, only pandered to. Why do I say this? Partly because you're wrong about Clinton, which I will do a separate post about, and partly because you are wrong about Jill Stein, which is what this post is about.
Now the explainer part:
I'm not anti-Stein simply because I am anti-Trump. By now I hope all rational-minded adults see him for what he is and don't like the idea of a reality tv star and con man leading the country. He's racist, mysoginistic, homophobic, and promotes violence, so maybe we want to think about who he actually wants to represent in this country. He lacks any and all of the important legal and/or political experience. Which brings me to Jill Stein. Stein has the leisure of getting in front of news cameras and riling up the pissed off Sanders supporters with all sorts of great talks, because she knows she will absolutely not win the election and have to back up any of it. In fact, while she will say something I agree with now and then, she is mainly talking out of her ass because she has never held an elective office, not ever. She has no idea how to try and commandeer her way through all of the multiple conflicting interests while navigating her way through emergent issues, ever-changing priorities, global needs, and roughly half the country being angry with her and not actually knowing why. She has had no trial by fire, only supporters following her around and taking cutesie selfies on social media. There is no domestic or foreign policy experience in her personal history. Environmental activist, you say? Then why is she anti-nuclear power? She can't be bothered to educate herself on more than one issue, either, I guess. Feminist activist, you say? Then why is she trying to throw the election against someone who has literally dedicated the majority of her adult life to feminist ideals and principles? Stein hasn't had to balance anything on nearly the scale of a presidency. So why do you think voting for her is a good idea? What are you telling the country? Here's what I think about your vote for Jill Stein: It is to this election what those stupid middle finger pictures are to social media. You are telling the world you care more about not getting your way than you do ANY of the issues. Please stop with the sideways ball caps.
I will not tell you to not vote. I will not tell you to just stay home. Although, if you are that ignorant about the issues, it's definitely a good idea to spend some time at home getting educated. This isn't about winning an argument on Facebook. This isn't even about just our country's leadership, anymore. This is quickly becoming a global issue because we have some things we need to do as a species. We are facing some tough questions and choices, and we need someone who is (at the very least!) familiar with what those are.
Way back when the choice was Clinton v. Obama, I was in Obama's corner all the way. Never because I found Hillary unfit for the job or in any way unqualified. I just knew her chances at that time were terrible, and that Obama was the bringer of hope. People in my daughter's generation don't even know why they don't trust her, because the right has been after her since before they were born. She was a "feminazi" and a liberal pariah, according to the right (seemingly) forever. I think as they realized how much of a contender she was and how the political climate was changing, some brilliant marketing mind came up with the whole bought and owned "conservative-lite" label. But I digress. I knew way back when Obama could actually win. And since he's won, we have seen universal health care (which she has been championing since before her first stint living in the White House and looks to improve upon), some states legalizing marijuana, legalization of gay marriage, and a host of other changes she at some point down the line has had a hand in pushing through. Now is her time. She can do this. We're ready, and so is she.
If you truly want to change the system, start locally. Because those elections are happening, too. My own community is faced with some huge changes that can potentially make or break us as a town. That's where you start, though, and that's where the changes begin.
You already know Jill Stein can't win this election. Letting Trump have the office is a mistake the entire wold could end up paying for. So at least please think about what you are actually doing.

Oct. 2nd, 2016

amazon barbie

How about those debates?

Aug. 6th, 2016

amazon barbie

Thinking of moving to Canada?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIH-J3uLN3E

He's worth the watch.

Jul. 29th, 2016

bite the power

I'm not a Romney fan, but...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUrARccpVZ4 I need to get the video embedded, but whatever, LJ.

Here's a Bill Maher video that is entertaining: https://www.facebook.com/Maher/videos/10153878332067297/

And finally, can we all take a moment and reflect on what would happen if a liberal or any Democrat were on video saying these things?:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-clinton-emails.html?_r=0
That spoiled entitled idiot is going to make America safer? Really?
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Jul. 19th, 2016

bite the power

How is anyone going to say they don't see it?

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/melania-trump-michelle-obama-speech/index.html The GOP's convention opened up with a speech plagiarized from a popular DEMOCRAT. They are also in trouble (just as they are every single election) for using music without permission. It's just a GOP thing. Rich entitled old white men cliches are there for a reason, yo.

I know I am beating a dead horse here. I know every other post mentions how surreal the ridiculousness is with the GOP. But someone from their camp invoked My Little Pony defending her speech. Twilight Sparkles or something. That's for real. Oh and the speech uses a verse from the Rickroll song. That part is actually funny.
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Jul. 17th, 2016

bite the power

Watch out world!!!

http://www.fgtnews.com/entertainment/scott-baio-says-he-will-speak-in-support-of-donald-trump-at-republican-national-convention/

Trump has Chachi.

That's for real. There is nothing else I need to say about this. The Republicans are their own SNL skit.

Jun. 9th, 2016

big red

This deserves to stay public

https://www.facebook.com/DeFrancoNation/videos/10154252026224407/

Although let's be brutally honest for just a moment. This is a motherfucker whose daddy gave him all he wanted his whole life. He got into Stanford, he pretty much got out of a rape charge, and when he leaves college, it will be to the kind of job you can only get from graduating Stanford. He can be a successful businessman, probably dropping rufies in his female coworkers' drinks and fucking them behind dumpsters or in the back of his Beemer.
Until everyone is outraged by this kind of thing, nothing is going to get changed. Those "good Christian" fathers who care about nothing more than the sacredness of their daughters' virginities need to be realizing it could also happen to their little princesses and step up to bat. These "good Christian" Samaritans who are all up in arms about trans women being able to use women's bathrooms because they fear for the safety of their wives, girlfriends, sisters, and daughters need to step up to bat. And should you come up on a white guy from a good school raping someone behind a dumpster, whether drunk or sober, awake or unconscious, you should probably get real and just step up with a bat.

Jun. 7th, 2016

anti-social

This journal has gone to friends only

This journal is now friends only. I love making new friends, and I love sharing ideas. But I also like having a little control over who is reading and/or using my journal.

Jan. 3rd, 2016

42

Let's get this book list started!

Given what a busy year 2015 was, full of 12 hour days, classes, medical appointments, and other adventures, I am not going to be too hard on myself about the books I did or didn't finish. Out of the 31 listed, I managed to get to all but two. That's better than I thought I'd do, if we're being honest. So we'll drag those two over to this list and add to it.

1. The Almost Nearly Perfect People - Michael Booth (started in 2015 and carried over)
2. Defending Jacob - William Landay
3. Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth - Chris Stringer
4. The Blood of Flowers - Anita Amirrezvani
5. The Shepherd's Crown- Terry Pratchett
6. What She Left Behind - Ellen Marie Wiseman
7. After the Crash - Michel Bussi
8. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
9. The Book of Bright Ideas - Sandra Kring
10. All the Light We Cannot See -Anthony Doerr
11. Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult
12. The Supervisor's Companion - Jeanne Thomas Hugg
13. We Install - Harry Turtledove
14. The Way of Vastu - Michael and Robin Mastro
15. Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs
16. Deeper Than the Dead - Tami Hoag
17. The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
18. An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

19. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - JK Rowling & Co.
20. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
21. The Dovekeepers - Alice Hoffman
22. A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir
23. The Girl in the Ice - Robert Bryndza
24. Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman
25. The Life We Bury - Allen Eskens
26. Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett (it's a re-read, so sue me)
27. A Life of Bright Ideas - Sandra Kring
28. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher
29. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck - Sarah Knight
30. Making Money - Terry Pratchett
31. I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh
32. A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
33. Midnight Sun- Jo Nesbo
34. You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero
35. Weird Minnesota - Eric Dregni
36. Ashes to Ashes- Tami Hoag
37. The Lovers Dictionary - David Levithan
38. Marly's Ghost - David Levithan (very small YA book - does it count?)
39. The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett another reread