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Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker IrishUp: "Have you ever come up with a portmanteau? What's your favorite?"As you've no doubt noticed, I invent portmanteaus all the time, when there isn't an existing word that will do, lol. I have two favorites: Kyriarchetype, because it's so useful, and clusterfucktastrophe, because it's so evocative.

An Observation

If someone who didn't know me tried to guess what kind of person I am based exclusively on my desk things, they'd probably get pretty close. ????What could someone tell about you from your desk?

Dianne Feinstein Wants You to Know the Truth

Earlier this afternoon, Senator Dianne Feinstein released the full transcript [pdf] of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fusion GPS head Glenn Simpson's testimony, released just now by Sen. Show More Summary

Trump Comes for Documented Immigrants

As you may have noticed, I have spent the better part of a year warning that the Trump administration was signalling their intent to come after documented immigrants.Naturally, I've been accused of alarmism, hyperbole, paranoia, andShow More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

The Watch Dog watches. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

We Resist: Day 355

One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have...Show More Summary

Dear Men: I Am Not a Character in Your Story

[Content Note: Misogyny.]It happened again. I was doing laps in the pool when I noticed a man in the lane next to me start to time his laps to mine. I was pivoting too quickly at the end of each length for him to start a conversation,...Show More Summary

Stop Prosecuting Girls for Sexting

When Jane Doe was 14 years old, she sent a revealing selfie to a boy she liked. He kept a copy and, without Jane’s consent, shared it with other students at their Minnesota school. Jane had to endure humiliating sexual harassment — and now, prosecutors are charging her with felony distribution of child pornography, threatening […]

This Is Really Neat

Look, my priority is still the discovery of another dimension to which I can escape forever, but this is still pretty cool, I guess.Ryan F. Mandelbaum at Gizmodo: Two Experiments Show Fourth Spatial Dimension Effect. To the best of our...Show More Summary

There Is Something Wrong with the President

For reasons frustrating, inexplicable, and pathetic, the political press has decided only now, a year into Donald Trump's presidency, to have a conversation about his psychological fitness for the job — despite the fact that his grotesque...Show More Summary

Oprah won the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and her acceptance speech was everything

Last night, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Golden Globes. She started her shattering speech by recounting a moment from her own childhood, watching Sidney Poitier become the first black man to receive a Best Actor Oscar in 1964. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker catvoncat: "When you write by hand, do you have a preferred writing instrument? A particular type of pen or pencil or other implement? A particular type/color of ink?"I prefer pen to pencil, and my favorite is a very cheesy touristy pen with my name on it that Iain bought for me at the Hoover Dam on a business trip. :)

Monday Links!

This list o' links brought to you by freezing rain. (Ugh!)Recommended Reading:Jenn Fang at Reappropriate: [Content Note: Racism] (Re)Constructing Asian Masculinity: Trump and the "Racial Castration" of Kim Jong UnSamuel James at Black...Show More Summary

The Seventh Sentence on Page 169

Whatever book you're reading right now, turn to page 169 and share the seventh sentence. No titles. Just the sentence. Let's see what story we end up telling together, in these series of isolated sentences!"The pressure to be a perfect wife, mother, and daughter can be unbearable."[Previously.]

This Doesn't Honor Any Women at All

[Content Note: Misogyny.]It wasn't enough for NBC to tweet that Oprah Winfrey should be president based on one speech, then delete the tweet, then blame a "third party agency" for tweeting something they claim was "not meant to be aShow More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Zelda, our half-husky dog, is blowing her coat. During a grooming session, Olivia the Cat decided to be "helpful" by lying in the massive amount of fur I was discarding beside Zelly and me. pic.twitter.com/p6c8WlpFLO — Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) January 7, 2018 Then she decided to groom herself in the middle of the fur pile. Show More Summary

We Resist: Day 354

One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have...Show More Summary

Trump Effectively Orders 200,000 People to Leave U.S.

[Content Note: Nativism; white supremacy; abuse.]The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program is an immigration statute established by Congress as part of the Immigration Act of 1990, which grants safety to eligible nationals from countries...Show More Summary

The Golden Globes Thread

[Content Note: Rape culture.]I didn't watch the Golden Globes last night, because I didn't have the wherewithal to watch a bunch of wealthy, powerful women talking about how "things are going to be different now!" and wealthy, powerful men posturing about how they totes care about sexual harassment and assault. Show More Summary

Trump Is a Stable Genius, Surrounded by Other Stable Geniuses

On Saturday, during his morning tweetshitz, Donald Trump tweeted a pronouncement that he is a "very stable genius."....to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that! — Donald J. Show More Summary

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