President Trump has been tweeting about the Mueller report for almost 12 hours now.
Donald J. Trump
Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.
April 18, 2019
I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!
April 18, 2019
What? Just fucking what? How is this guy still in office? How is he not IN JAIL?
what even is this bullshit
That's not exonerated! Not exonerated, not exonerated, not exonerated!!
11 instances of obstruction, oh my. And that looks a lot like a Scottish verdict on the collusion, too.
WELP between this and the Endgame leak fandom social media will certainly not explode!
also, I really don't think anyone who has mental health issues and is having a bad time right now should watch this episode, or at least not without reading a summary
ETA Arjun Gupta is fucking amazing
An intended hug :) pic.twitter.com/8YVX3Y3s3l— Arjun Gupta (@ArjunGuptaBK) April 8, 2019
and all of his replies in this thread https://twitter.com/ArjunGuptaBK/
Plot idea: Lysse's tavern is popular among adventurers, mercenaries, and treasure-hunters. She hears fragments of stories. Talks childhoods with some. Helps a kid who is away from home for the first time and homesick (not that she understands what that feels like). While also talking with the people who help her run the tavern--Arden, the chef, Vetch, the waiter, and Glen, the guard who helps Vetch on busy nights. Lysse handles the bar. She likes mixing drinks and talking with people. Big things happen in the background that affect those that enter the tavern, but Lysse does not affect those events. She hears about and comments on them only.
The story is really about Lysse and her unacknowledged desire to go out into the world and meet interesting people and do amazing things pushed up against her love for her family and the responsibility she feels to maintain the legacy now that she is the only one who can. It either ends with her deciding to leave or just before that. She gets an offer from a group to travel with them. They're leaving in the mid-morning. And it ends with her waking and going downstairs unsure whether she is walking to the kitchen or through it. Or something like that. Or with her going to bed, mind spinning with opportunity and uncertain whether, when morning comes, she'll bake bread or pack and leave.
A History of Europe by JM Roberts. Not a great book, but not a bad one either. It really falls apart in the last section, what with trying to account for the end of the Soviet era as it was happening and in attempting to defend indefensible Thatcherite policies. I found the focus on Western Europe after the fall of the HRE really irritating, but Roberts was old school Oxford and it shows. The point of zooming through this brick was to figure out what I wanted to read more about.
currently reading: Medieval Europe by Chris Wickham. Published 2016 and it shows, what with the focus on archaeology, texts, and economics. I really appreciate his use of "unfree" to describe people who weren't quite slaves but also weren't at liberty. The prose, however, is both super-dense and assumes a familiarity with the subject that I don't really have yet. But what I wanted was something to show me how feudalism happened, what was there before aristocracies, where the money went, etc., and this is doing that.
If anyone has recs of early medieval Eurasian history, plz comment? I already know I want to find a good history of Byzantium and the East. And also the Magyars. And also...well, everything that was elided as the "Dark Ages" back in World Civ, because the scholarship has come so far.
Happy Zombie Weekend!
so much growing. The other day mom asked for a portion of my asparagus fern. I pulled it out of the pot to find it entirely root bound, every bit of dirt from just under the mulch to the bottom of the pot GONE. Wow. I have a sneaking feeling that's the case for everything, but there's only so much root pruning and repotting I can manage, esp given my stupid fatigue levels. Doh!
What I Just Finished Reading
A Big Ship at the Edge of the World, by Alex White. This was blurbed as being "the next Firefly", but, sorry, we already have a book series for that, Becky Chambers' Wayfarers. I couldn't keep track of what was going on in "Big Ship", didn't like any of the characters, and magic as an addition to space opera really didn't work for me. Too bad, because this book is the first of a series, but I don't think I'll be continuing.
Of course the giant space opera series I am continuing is The Expanse, and I'm almost down to the end (of the giant novels, there are a bunch of novellas too). Babylon's Ashes had a bit more soap opera/family drama than the previous books, but there will still plenty of explosions, so I was happy.
What I Am Currently Reading
More of The Expanse: Persepolis Rising, in which thirty years have passed, and our heroes are finally thinking about retirement. Doesn't look like that's going to go very smoothly, though.
The Overstory by Richard Powers, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the other day, and is ENTIRELY DESERVED - what a great and powerful book.
What I Am Reading Next
Waiting for me at the library: Atlas Alone, by Emma Newman, and Upon A Burning Throne, by Ashok K. Banker, epic fantasy based on South Asian mythology, which I'm looking forward to as a break from all the space opera!
( Cute spoilers )
....//face in hands fuck what is this fandom doing to me (I blame ranalore. I blame her so much. It was her and musesfool and gwyn I think. BUT MOSTLY RANA)
(ONE person didn't get an emoji, can you figure out who it is? No, not Thanos or his gauntlet, I just didn't want them.) (Wait, no actually it's two!) Argh, mine is missing Dr Strange. But he's there.
( BRIEF but GIANT spoilers )
I also did actually like this final mostly retrospective trailer (it did have some Endgame trailer scenes in it near the end, so DON'T WATCH if you want to be completely unspoiled)
This fan tribute is longer, and also, well, kinda more spectacular (also has Endgame trailer scenes in it. No leak footage tho)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M GETTING SUCKED IN AGAIN NOOOOO.
There were many folks mourning the burning of Natre Dame and posting up to the minute pics as well as recollections of visits and the impact of the building.
Meanwhile there was a vocal cadre of the "it's only a building" crowd as well as the usual posts about climatic doom and gloom bearing down on us. For a while it felt like both the future and the past were on fire...
This morning comes the news that much of the structure of the cathedral has survived, including by sheer good fortune the much admired rose windows. The 18thC organ has survived and much of the artwork was rescued thanks to a human chain of fire fighters. Even more astounding (according to the Standard) is that a large crane was deployed to pluck some statues from the roof and keep them out of harms way.
Two French billionaires have already chucked a tonne of Euro's into the pot for restoration and appeals are already out there for expert help and guidance from around the world.
Meanwhile back at home the Extinction Rebellion crowd have closed down Waterloo Bridge and are camped out at Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and other locations stopping traffic and getting the message out about climate change.
Add in the Stop Brexit March, the Climate Change march and the popularity of the Greta Thunberg inspired school strikes and for the first time in a long time I'm seeing a glimmer of light and starting to feel a little bit optimistic.
I am so far enjoying Ashley Goll's batfamily playlists. She has Stephanie, Barbara, Kate, Dick, Jason, and Tim (so far). Her Barbara list isn't my favorite, but her Stephanie one is fantastic. I've not listened to the others yet (hence "so far").
Give them a try.
- Stephanie Brown : Spoiler
- Barbara Gordon : Bat Girl
- Kate Kane : Batwoman
- Dick Grayson : Nightwing
- Jason Todd : Red Hood
- Tim Drake : Red Robin
And here is the Barbara list I really like: Barbara Gordon
- Victor Hugo
Then they set forth to get breakfast. The alchemist and the interstellar archaeologist went first, speaking French; the Gaulish slave and the professor from Indiana followed, speaking Latin, and holding hands. The narrow streets were crowded, bright with sunshine. Above them Notre Dame reared its two towers against the sky. Beside them the Seine rippled softly. It was April in Paris, and on the banks of the river the chestnuts were in bloom.
- Ursula K. le Guin
*"A vast symphony in stone, as it were; the colossal achievement of a man and a nation—one and yet complex—like the Iliades and the Romances to which it is sister—prodigious result of the union of all the resources of an epoch, where on every stone is displayed in a hundred variations the fancy of the craftsman controlled by the genius of the artist; in a word, a sort of human Creation, mighty and prolific, like the divine Creation, of which it seems to have caught the double characteristics—variety and eternity."
"....a vast symphony in stone, so to speak; the colossal work of one man and one people, all together one and complex, like the Iliads and the Romanceros, whose sister it is; prodigious product of the grouping together of all the forces of an epoch, where, upon each stone, one sees the fancy of the workman disciplined by the genius of the artist start forth in a hundred fashions; a sort of human creation, in a word, powerful and fecund as the divine creation of which it seems to have stolen the double character,—variety, eternity." - tr. Isabel Hapgood
I was seven years old when I killed the monster under my bed. I brought one of its long-clawed hands to my parents like Beowulf brandishing Grendel's arm. Now my parents would fold me into their hushed discussions about secret dangers. Finally they would explain the long trips, strange stains, and careful routines they made me memorize and perform. Finally I would be recognized as the capable warrior I knew myself to be. I was Sailor Moon, Clever Vasilisa, Beowulf, and Stephanie Brown. I was Yulia Belsky, seven-year-old monster slayer and ready to know the family mysteries.
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Adrien—he must, he thought, be Adrien at the moment; he could feel a needle in his arm, and the spot on his thigh where another had stuck him, and, well. Medical needle versus magical armor? He wouldn't bet on the needle. He fisted his right hand, thumb in, and drew the thumb out: yeah, no claws, no ring. Possibly no Plagg, though as soon as he thought that, he knew it wasn't true: something in his chest was fluttering, on the wrong side to be his heart. The familiarity of it, given both little jinnīs' ability to fly through things and their need to hide Adrien's being Chat Noir from everyone, and knowing how even with no reason Plagg remembered to stay, he hadn't left Adrien long? Yeah, Adrien's lung was probably the perfect spot for a nap.