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John Oliver weighed in on Trump’s hateful reaction to protests of racial discrimination by black players and allies in the NFL, following remarks by the president over the weekend.

Said Trump, referring to Colin Kaepernick and others: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!'”

Said Oliver: “Kaepernick’s own mother, incidentally, magnificently responding, ‘I guess that makes me a proud bitch.'”

Oliver also added that Trump has really hit rock bottom on this:

“Even NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denounced the president’s comments. And when you have lost the moral f**king high ground to Roger Goodell, something is horribly wrong.”

Watch the segment up top.

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A portrait by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens of one of the most famous gay men in history has been found in Glasgow, Scotland and restored to its original beauty.

The painting, missing for four centuries, features George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, thought to have been James VI and I’s lover,

James was King of Scotland as James VI from July of 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on March 24, 1603 until his death. The painting and its restoration are the subject of a BBC show called Britain’s Lost Masterpieces.

The Guardian reports:

Although the Duke of Buckingham’s personal relationship with James VI and I is much debated, the king referred to Buckingham as his husband, and their relationship scandalised the court. In 1628, the duke was assassinated at the age of 35, three years after James died.

It was known that Rubens had painted a portrait of Buckingham in about 1625, but the work had been regarded as lost by art historians for almost 400 years.

Grosvenor said: “The chance to discover a portrait of such a pivotal figure in British history by one of the greatest artists who ever lived has been thrillingly exciting.

“I hope it inspires many people to visit Glasgow’s museums, some of the finest in the country. ”


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Gordon Thomson

Gordon Thomson, who played villainous Adam Carrington on the ’80s ABC hit Dynasty, has come out as gay.

Thomson spoke at length with Tim Teeman at The Daily Beast:

“It’s not something I’ve ever announced,” he says of his sexuality. “I’m assuming that people know, and now that I’m my age that’s fine. I don’t go out of my way because it’s my generation, I think. I’m probably as homophobic as any gay man alive because of my background.”

Thomson was born and raised in Ottawa, studied English at McGill University in Montreal, and before Dynasty had done stage work (Jesus in GodspellLove’s Labour’s Lost), as well as daytime soap (Ryan’s Hope). He was a very young-looking 37 when he got the role of Adam Carrington, who was supposed to be in his mid-twenties.

“When I was growing up it [homosexuality] was a crime, and then classified as a mental illness. It was not until Pierre Trudeau was prime minister of Canada when I was 23, 24 years old, did it cease being a crime, and it was not until I was nearly 30 that it stopped being classified as a mental illness in the U.S. So you’re dealing with that. And the shame, the breathtaking lack of self-esteem, has only just begun to seep out of my soul.”

Really, this reporter says, because that sounds like an awfully long time of feeling bad about oneself.

“Oh yes, absolutely, absolutely,” Thomson replies quietly.

Thomson also talks about life in the closet as a Hollywood actor, how Dynasty treated gay characters (Steven Carrington), what he thinks of the upcoming reboot (“utter sh*t), and why he never wants to have a partner.

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Will Grace theme

The cast of Will & Grace — Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes — showed up on Jimmy Fallon on Friday night to talk about the upcoming reboot. They were introduced singing a new version of the show’s theme song with lyrics.

The show premieres this Thursday September 28 at 9 pm


They also talked about how the reboot came out and previewed the opening scene (which includes a Caitlyn Jenner joke).


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On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia. The changes also follow ProPublica’s launch of…

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NFL Trump

Donald Trump continued a three-day, 11 tweet tirade Monday morning blasting black players and their allies in the NFL for standing up against hate and racial discrimination, also retweeting a call to boycott the NFL organization.

The tirade played out amid a show of defiance from players on all 28 NFL teams.

Tweeted Trump:

“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect…….our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do! … Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand! … If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend! …

NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S. … Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings! … Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag — we MUST honor and respect it! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! … Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy! …

So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear! … Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag! … The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”

Trump also retweeted a call to boycott the NFL:

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Short Trip

Sep. 25th, 2017 01:31 pm
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Short Trip

What a beautiful and lovely meditative way to start the week. Short Trip is a 5-minute interactive illustration (you can’t really call it a game) by Alexander Perrin…simply use the left and right arrow keys to move. I won’t say anymore; just go play it (with the sound on).

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Germany just got a 13% vote for the populist anti-foreigner party. In 2015 Britain also got a 13% vote for their populist anti-foreigner party.

In Germany that will result in them getting some MPs in a separate party, and their centre-right party will do a deal with someone more central (their centre-left party last time, probably the Greens and the liberals this time around). Total influence of the far-right: almost zero.

In Britain this resulted in the Conservatives basically implementing the manifesto commitments of UKIP in order to stop their party fragmenting. Total influence of the far-right: Brexit.

This is _entirely_ down to the voting system. Germany has basically had the equivalent of a Lab+Con coalition for most of the last ten years, and the parties are constantly moderated by having to work with each other. Even France's two-tier presidential elections allowed people to vote for a relative outsider.

In Britain you end up with two main parties which spend all of their time scrambling to keep both wings together. It's a political system which, frankly, encourages extremism by making the more central politicians reliant on the further-out wings of their parties.

Finished with the bag!

Sep. 29th, 2017 08:09 pm
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Carefully cut out the superman logo. Carefully started sewing. Realized I'd carelessly put it wrong side up (that is, the side with the ink). Ripped out the stitches, flipped it - d'oh! Silly me, I should've flipped it when I drew it!

Well, it's done now. Thankfully, I expected errors and bought a lot of extra felt.

The funny thing is that all his classmates, their families just drew on the bags with Sharpies. His mom asked me to do it due to lack of time, but I can't draw! I even had somebody else do the stencils for me! So now it looks like I put in way more effort than anybody else (despite the fact that I can see all the errors glaring out at me), but really, I just can't draw. Cutting and sewing is a LOT easier for me.

"Clash of the Titans!"

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:30 am
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I'm not sure why, but according to my dad everything has to be done immediately. It's been a bit of a power struggle between us. He'll show up in either my bedroom or the computer room and insist that [fill in the blank] must be done right now. And when I resist — perhaps because I'm not feeling well or because I'm in the middle of something — dad lets out a loud sound of exasperation and then actually pouts. He'll next try to construct some sort of reason to justify his position, nearly all of which start with "Well, something might happen to prevent us from doing [fill in the blank]." Yes, and the world might end tomorrow. Ye gods. I've so far stood my ground whenever this happens and let him go back to his den to sulk.

This is his house and he's been living alone since mom died, which means he's not used to listening to someone else when it comes to decision making. But these are issues affecting me not him (and not terribly important issues, at that). I will give in occasionally just to humor him, but he's either going to spend a lot of time fuming in front of his TV about his uncooperative son or he's just going to give up. I hope it's the latter.

I've really been enjoying the weather in Portland. The days start off chilly (but not cold) and then tend to warm up by noon. The cool nights also make falling asleep easier. Even the rain last week was pleasant. Rain drops here are different than in the Bay Area, and I wouldn't mind taking a walk during a shower one of these days.

Now for Another Hot Guy.

Interesting Links for 24-09-2017

Sep. 24th, 2017 12:00 pm
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But honestly, I'm not sure I want to. It's harder to cut felt than I realized!

(Is "logo" the right word? Should I say "sigil" or "symbol" or "shield"?)


The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art

When growing their penises for the season, ducks bend to social pressure

The Hobbit Was Almost Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Growing Up Neanderthal

The Banned 1910s Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan

Millions of new genes in human microbiome

Present-Day Devices as Props

These jellyfish don’t have brains, but still somehow seem to sleep

The mysterious group that’s picking Breitbart apart, one tweet at a time

Getting emotional after failure helps you improve next time, study finds (Who'da thunkit?)

Gene editing of human embryos in UK reveals new fertility clue

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

Women Are Spending Years In Prison Because Wyoming Won’t Let Them Into Its All-Male Boot Camp

Views among college students regarding the First Amendment: Results from a new survey

How Canada has been secretly giving asylum to gay people in Chechnya fleeing persecution

Thousands gather to protest arrests over Catalonian vote

Spain to send extra police to try to halt Catalan referendum

Whites Have Huge Wealth Edge Over Blacks (but Don’t Know It)

Lightning storms triggered by exhaust from cargo ships

Washington Just Sued a Giant Private Prison Company for Paying Immigrant Workers $1 Per Day

These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War

In Battle Over Tax Cuts, It’s Republicans vs. Economists

174 Television Stations Are Being Forced To Air Trump Propaganda Disguised As News

Some forcibly arrested in St. Louis weren't protesting

'Repeal and Go Fuck Yourself' Is in Full Effect

How a federal agent got away with terrorizing his Brazilian ex-girlfriend — even as she repeatedly begged the US government to stop him.

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far (Wow. And yet, so not surprising....)

Too late, China and America see North Korea the same way

As always, my reach exceeds my grasp

Sep. 26th, 2017 01:18 pm
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I spent an inordinate amount of time arduously sewing together a Batman logo - only to find at the end that I'd miscentered it!

Welp, it's for a pre-k student, I'm not redoing it. He'll neither notice nor care.


Leather, Grown in a Lab Without Cows

These hermit crabs shack up inside living coral instead of mere shells

The Split Pants That Are China’s Alternative to Diapers

Children of today are better at delaying gratification than previous generations

A Brainless Slime That Shares Memories by Fusing

Hot chicken was the Prince family legacy — then Nashville transformed it into an icon, and now everybody wants a piece

Ultra-light aluminum: Chemists report breakthrough in material design

'Family Matters' House Will Be Demolished, Replaced With Condos

How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever

Why Did India Have Ten Million Fewer Childhood Deaths Than Predicted?

By ganging up, HIV antibodies may defeat the virus

Conversions From Islam in Europe and Beyond

Black, Jewish And Avoiding The Synagogue On The High Holy Days

Earthquakes are even harder to predict than we thought

Mexico City’s People Power

Broad swath of US deemed environmentally suitable for mosquitoes that transmit disease

Why Wages Aren’t Growing

Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

Trump's 'election integrity' group is waging war on the right to vote

Puerto Rico Puts Its Prisons Near Flood Zones. After Hurricane Maria, thousands of families await news. (Seriously, look at that map!)

Failing dam creates new crisis on Puerto Rico amid flooding from Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico's power system is "basically destroyed", the US Virgin Islands are under a 24 hour curfew

Why Do Border Deaths Persist When the Number of Border Crossings Is Falling?

Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation

The Economic Costs of Domestic Violence

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

For Decades, Nazis Have Been Germany's Shame. But Is That About To Change?

Southeast Asia's Rohingya Refugee Crisis Reaches a Terrible Peak (Photos)
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I've been paying attention to the many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)* and what's been really obvious in the last year is that the Republican majority don't actually want to repeal it.

There seem to be three different groups:
1) Republican Senators who can see that Obamacare is actually about as right-wing a way to have universal healthcare as you can get**, and don't actually want to get rid of it.
2) Republican Senators who may or may not be in favour of Obamacare, but can see that their constituents are now attached to their healthcare, will be furious if they lose it, and only have a slim majority which they are terrified of losing at the next election.
3) Republican Senators who really are against Obamacare.

The problem here is that all three groups need to pretend that they're in category (3), because they've spent the last decade telling their supporters how terrible Obamacare is, to the point where there are voters who support all of the individual parts of the bill, and even the "Affordable Care Act" but will be will be against Obamacare.

And the longer the ACA exists, and the more that voters understand about it (as is happening the more Republicans talk about it) the more popular it gets. To the point where a majority of the public are now in favour of it***. But the Republican Party now has a central point of belief that "Obamacare is bad".

Which means that in order to be against it, but not actually remove it, we're left with a few Republican Senators taking it in turns to vote against repeal, on various largely spurious grounds. Being very careful to say "Oh no, I hate Obamacare as much as the next person. But I can't vote to repeal it this time, because of a minor provision. Maybe next time." - and then the next time a _different_ Republican Senator can do exactly the same thing.

None of which means that Obamacare is safe. It's balanced on a bunch of senators believing that if they repeal it they'll lose their jobs. So every time a repeal bill is put forward they have to be persuaded _again_ that the public still cares. And I am very grateful for my US friends who are involved in getting people to phone their representatives every time it comes up.

But I am moderately hopeful that we'll make it through to the mid-terms without it being repealed. Because I don't think that a majority of the senate actually wants it to be.****

*There were over 50 of these between 2011 and 2014, goodness knows how many we're up to now
**Not surprising, as it's very similar to RomneyCare.
***But only 17% of registered Republicans. It's the swing voters who have moved.
****But don't trust me. This is just my impression from what I've read from, frankly, a long way away.
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One of my constants is The Simpsons Tapped Out game on my iPad. It's amazing that such a simple game has provided countless hours of fun for me, but that's part of its design. You get to create your own Springfield, and the creators are constantly adding new buildings and new characters to play with.

I've created my own Gayborhood in my Springfield, bordered with the rainbow crosswalks that were part of the recent Pride celebration. I always see that some of the Gay characters are dancing outside of the steel mill (which doubled as a Gay club in the show). The same goes for having some of the Lesbian characters visit the She/She Lounge. Gotta support those Gay businesses!

Not all of the buildings are specifically Gay, but I've grouped some pink-colored buildings because they seem to fit. I'm looking forward to the upcoming Halloween 2017 theme, which is always a major event.

Now for Another Hot Guy for Caturday.

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Things are proceeding apace, as things have a tendency to do. I haven't quite settled into my new routine here at dad's house, but I'm getting there. My bedroom is almost complete — only the Broadway posters remain to be hung. I can see how it will become my sanctuary. So far, dad is respecting what a closed door represents, though he still pops up unexpectedly (and unannounced) in the computer room. One thing that I've learned is that I need to do things like my laundry whenever dad is working at the golf course (as he is this morning). I forgot and left a load of my laundry in the drier yesterday and (of course) he went through it. I wonder if he read the "Size Does Matter" t-shirt that was part of that load?

There are moments when the enormity of this change hits hard. When it does, it feels as if the floor beneath me has suddenly vanished and my stomach drops about three stories. I try to work through those spells, though it's tough to maintain an even keel. But I think I'll enjoy Portland on the whole. Staff members in stores are uniformly pleasant and polite, which is a nice change from California. There's also a wide variety of stores in the area, which is also a pleasant change. Land values and rental prices in California limit the amount of businesses that can prosper there; here, there are often four or five fast food chains doing business right next to each other (and apparently thriving). It still surprises me. I haven't asked dad to take me to Dairy Queen yet as I'm saving that for a personal treat.

Now Another Hot Guy for Caturday.

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Stephen Curry

Shortly after making controversial comments about the NFL, President Donald Trump moved on to the NBA. On Saturday morning he tweeted that the Golden State Warriors–the 2017 NBA Champions–are no longer invited to the White House. It’s not clear whether his statement is referring to the entire team or just Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “Going to…

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Russell Tovey Ray

The CW is planning a four-part crossover series of its Arrow-verse this fall, airing on November 27 and 28, and they’ve tapped out actor Russell Tovey to play gay superhero The Ray. Additionally, Tovey will voice the character on the animated series based on the character which was announced in July.

EW reports:

The Ray first appeared in a 1973 issue of Justice League of America; the animated series’ Ray will be closer to the version of the character in DC’s Multiversity series, which updated the Freedom Fighters to look more like current-day Americans. Freedom Fighters: The Ray will debut on The CW’s digital channel in 2017.

Last year, CW boss Mark Pedowitz hinted that The Ray would eventually show up in one of The CW’s live-action Arrow-verse shows — much like Megalyn E.K.’s Vixen on Arrow.

Here’s the character description for The Ray from July’s announcement, as well as a trailer for the animated series.

Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.

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