kittydesade: (randomity (nopejr))
Ich habe Kopfschmerzen. :/ Which is timely.

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My tits are alligators your argument is invalid. Seriously, I want that. If I weren't in the middle of negotiating a Massive Life Purchase I would be all over that like Sorcerers on emotional chain-jerking. Also in wildlife news, but more along the lines of Wait, SERIOUSLY? someone was spray painting hawks. I'm not sure whether to be irked that they're spray painting hawks or impressed because they're spray painting hawks. Probably irked. A man with two hearts survived a double heart attack, and I really can't put it much more plainly than that, and finally, rest in peace, great lady.

So, I've been seeing a lot about the Black March stuff, and I actually think it's a fabulous idea, with a couple of exceptions. I will still be buying books... from used bookstores. To support my local business and maybe pass along some books so other people will buy more from that author. I will be buying books... from authors where I can buy from them direct. I will still buy music, if I see the musicians selling their CDs. Or can get them from the musician's website. Admittedly, if March goes the way I think it will I won't be buying much that isn't household stuff, but I will be avoiding the big corporations and buying local, direct, etc, as much as I can. Because as nice as it is to stick it to the money-grubbing bastards, it's also nice to support the creators I love.

More cheerful news! Cuddle meme, only not quite. Leave me a fandom and two/three/four characters and I will come up with a short piece of cuddly fiction! Because obviously I don't have enough writing to do.

And, actually, I should go do some of that, plus some of that modding thing since I am supposedly a responsible mod and adult. Stop laughing.
kittydesade: (set 'em up)
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Well. Um. The new year certainly brought a new charge of energy. (The new year of my faith, that is, obviously not the secular new year.) I've got some plans I'm slowly implementing, I'm doing better, my energy is up. I like this feeling.

Let's see. In the category of things that are awesome. First: John "Nuke 'Em" Sheridan. Really, Bester's damn lucky he never pissed Sheridan off too much. Then this happened, for which there is not enough capslocky glee in the world. Anne Rice is throwing down against Stephanie Meyer, for which there is not enough popcorn in the world. I actually like maybe two of Anne Rice's books, and still waffle on reading Stephanie Meyer's at all on the basis that I'm pretty damn sure I will loathe the heart out of them, but that doesn't mean I have to think better of either of the women themselves than that they are incredibly silly and a touch vapid. And, hmm. There was one other thing. Oh! Yahoo coughed up a picture of a lightning-touched volcano. Which is infinitely awesome. Boom de ya da.

I suppose I should get back to work on writing, my one fic, my Lucien (Underworld) fic although for that to happen he has to stop being so purple I want to throttle him, and bashing my OBB into shape. My posting date for HBB looks eminently do-able, that one's in much better shape, and I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of this juggling all the writing thing. Of course, the moment I say that is the moment when I take on too much and it all piles on top of me, but until then I'm going to enjoy not actually having too many projects for me to handle.

The icon is because this has become one of my new mantras. I have so damn many things to do, the only way for me to keep track of it all is to, well. Set 'em up. Knock 'em down.

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kittydesade: (leaf in the wind)
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Drowning. In. Paperwork. Thankfully this isn't so much a matter of drowning in stuff to do as clearing out paperwork related to completed things or obsolete or irrelevant things and stacking up all the paperwork I have to do something about. Which is a surprisingly little stack. ... And there is now a small pile of plastic bags on my desk. Why is there a small pile of plastic bags on my desk?

Weird.

Note to self: if there is breathing room at the end of the day, which it's finally looking as though there might be that doesn't involve me being exhausted, try to finish cleaning off/out the desk. I've already evicted the now-well-dead birthday flowers from weeks ago, and a bunch of stacks of papers, and my standing clipboard is back to where it should be with all my paperwork on it. Now I just have to clean out the rest of this garbage and probably get rid of some paperwork that can be shredded and/or burned. Not sure where I'm going to do that. Maybe send it home with the Lurking Bandit and have him burn it in the stove.

Oogh. Oh! Apparently, living organisms really can live on caffeine. They're bacteria though, so don't get your hopes up. I had something else I meant to say but now I've completely forgotten it. Instead, you get Rachel Maddow's highlighter. Hee.

Um. Um um. Busy work morning, but hopefully easing up now that I've had some lunch and gone through my freaking desk, so there's that. Two Big Bangs to work on, and a novel to edit, and that's more than enough to keep me busy if I run out of paperwork to sort through. Ooh, plus a fanfic short to write that I had an idea for the other day. Which means it's probably time to get my ass moving and open those docs so they're there.


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Get married by quantum physics! Seriously, this ought to be a Eureka plot.

Also, this. You keep using that Constitution. I do not think it means what you think it means.


Finished one pink fingerless glove! Cheated and just rush finished it without making it as long as I meant to, because I decided I wanted to try another design. Then weighted the yarn I had left and realized I probably had enough to do a pair of gloves in that other design AND a mate for the one I already made. Score, because having just one pink fingerless glove would probably be very weird.

So, yeah. Our cat Artemis died; she had been living out at the farm for the last... oh, over ten years by now. How old am I. Well, since I went off to college, because she used to be my DC cat, and then when I left home Mom gave her to the farm. Probably one of the few instances of a parent telling a child the pet went to live on a nice farm and it was actually the case. The farm is sort of the dumping ground for pets we can't take care of anymore. And by the time that happened Artemis was already probably ... six years old or so, so... well, she lived to be a respectable age for a cat. Apparently the past few days she hadn't been eating at all, although she'd been drinking fine. Her voice was strong, hadn't lost any weight that anyone could notice. The Beej took her outside a bit the other day, and she wandered down to the blueberry patch before coming back up to the house. The Dye Giant said he knew she was wrong some way because she let him pick her up, and she's always been a one or two people only cat. And this morning, she was gone. Love you, baby black kitty girl. See you on the other side, where our bodies never fail.

(At some point I should dig out my old pictures of kitten!Artemis and young!me.)

It's funny how we attach to things. Some people will say oh, it's just a cat... not people I know, thank god, although I'm not as upset as I might be if it were, say, Mikey. She was an old kitty, she'd had a good run. I remember her when we were all younger and lived in the same house, though, always running, having adventures, never stopping to be petted. Her sister cat, Tigra, was much more sedate and guarded my door and slept on my chest. She was the wild one, though, Artemis. We attach to our pets. People in prison make pets out of roaches and rats. Or cats and dogs, if there's a prison program. I remember when we lived with the boy's parents Gretchen-kitty and I had conversations, long meowy conversations, and she'd come under the blankets and sleep by your feet. (She's still around, just up north there.) Alan was HUGE. Seriously, this cat's 25 pounds or so, and he wasn't too sociable but he wouldn't run away if you went to pet him. He's white with blue eyes, or gray with blue eyes since he goes out and gets dirty a lot. Gracie's the small one, she's very talkative but also very adventurous, doesn't stay still to be petted a lot but when she wants pets she can be demanding.

I could tell you all of my current cats' personalities, fill up paragraphs and paragraphs. They're a part of our lives. I don't need to set an alarm clock because I know they'll crawl all over me and wake me up to be fed; I imagine that, as they get older or pass away and we get new cats, the ones still remaining will teach the new ones that same thing and it'll go on and on. I don't really mind. I like my cats. I like cats in general. It's just... it's funny how we attach. Not just to our pets, but to little things like Murdock's fierce looks that quickly change to "what? I'm a cute little kitten, me." or the way he headbutted my ass the other day. I'm so not kidding. He has this habit of waiting till your back is turned and then pouncing and literally grabbing onto your ass with his paws; thankfully he's gotten better about not sinking his claws in, I think he's learned that we don't have fur the way he does. And yesterday he sort of tried and just ended up slamming his head into the lower curve of my ass. It was hilarious.

Little things, like the way Mikey comes and jams his head against me any way he can when he's hungry, or when I'm asleep he comes and lays on my back. Or if he's hungry and I'm asleep he comes up, lays on my chest, puts his head against mind and lets out a low, LOUD meow. Just one, mind you. It's like he knows he just needs to say it once and I'll open my eyes and, yes, probably glare at him, but eventually get up and feed him. And Maggie likes to be petted on her own terms, but if you hold out a finger she'll come up and bump her head against it as if to say, kay. Your offering is acceptable. Michelle is the sweetest of the cats, she is pretty easygoing and doesn't charge up and meow in your face like Mikey. She also does an adorable meerkat impression. On command. And we attach to these things. Their habits. The little things we remember.

So it goes.
kittydesade: (caterpillar brain)
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Apparently we really are the new Soviet Union. I remember my grandfather talking about the Soviet Union when I was very little. I remember him going over there when I was a child to fix the economy, an arcane process having to do with a large, very official looking building where I went to Christmas parties and many long words I didn't understand at the time. But it involved him taking blue jeans to use as currency, and coming back with books of fairy tales and big fur hats.

I understand it better now, I think.

England is trying to become more like us while we try to become more like Russia. For all that none of these are in the very broad and overall sense an inherently bad thing, the political and economic implications are, um. Well. Yeah.

Also, I have no idea what's up with South Carolina but, damn. As a friend of mine said, we're living in The Onion.

Vocab Score (Russian):
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kittydesade: (morning ugh)
As always, please do link, reblog, etc. Wisconsin affairs are here as usual or here on DW, previous entries are here on LJ or here on DW.

We're adding a couple of states today: Michigan, for some less directly union-related issues and Idaho, for fuckery that snuck up on me and now requires thinking on and looking into. Because I know that's what you all wanted, more states caught up in this collective bargaining whirlwind. Yay. As always, although I don't think I've explicitly stated this here recently, if you have fuckery or just something that should be paid attention to share with us, please do so.

Ohio
* USA Today via Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 2 GOP reps have been replaced on the House committee reviewing the collective bargaining bill. These two reps also sit on a budget committee, and have stated that they wish to give their full attention to that.
* Ohio News Channel describes Kasich's State of the State address. He says he will not raise taxes, but he wants to create jobs and address sentencing reform and education reform as well as the collective bargaining issue. They also have a report on protesters against Senate Bill 5.
* The Columbus Dispatch reports that House Republicans expect the bill to pass easily, and offers examples of further modifications that might be made to the bill.
* The LA Times provides another description of Kasich's State of the State address, as well as a transcript.

Indiana
* The AFL-CIO announces a rally tomorrow at the Indiana State House building.
* Local News reports that the out of state Senators might attend, and also that Minority Leader Bauer sent a letter to Majority Leader Bosma seeking clarification of the Republicans' position. IndyStar confirms and offers more details.
* This IndyStar Editorial observes that this has grown into more of an overt movement and a stand for beliefs and principles in addition to the political maneuvering.
* Local News reports that the Senate President Pro Tem believes the Democrats are staying away until they've formed an exit strategy where they can save face.
* The Post Tribune has a brief description of the Chamber adjourning for the week.
* The Post Tribune announces a Town Hall meeting for the Indiana House Democrats, information on the link.

New Jersey
* North Jersey dot com describes a report which states the teachers' union spent 6.6 M on an ad campaign against Christie's education cuts.
* Local New Jersey News also reports that Gov. Christie's poll numbers are dropping over the last couple of weeks.
* The New Jersey Herald announces public budget hearings, and how to attend them.
* Currently, the NJ budget proposal would slash education and cut jobs of teachers for the blind.
* And another article offers fact-checking on Christie's budget boasts.
* Bloomberg Business discusses public opinion of public worker benefits.

Iowa
* The DeMoines Register illustrates what the collective bargaining bill would actually do. It also includes a link to the bill.
* Forbes reports on Iowans speaking to lawmakers at a Monday hearing on the bill, most of them against it. The Iowa Independent covers a labor rally yesterday.
* The Chicago Tribune reports that the Iowa House has opened up debate on the bill.

Michigan
* Once again, the bill text
* Business Insider reports that protesters are demonstrating at Michigan's Capitol building, comparing it to Wisconsin.
* Detroit Free Press also covers a rally from yesterday.

Tennessee
* Local Tennessee News reports that a bill to prevent teachers unions from voting members onto the state pension board has passed the Senate. A summary paragraph is phrased thusly: "The proposal would transfer the authority to appoint the three teacher members who serve on the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System's trustee board from the Tennessee Education Association to speakers of the Senate and House, which are both controlled by Republicans."
* The Times Free Press has more on that bill as well.
* NPR reports on a teacher rally against anti-union bills.
* Cookville Times reports on Senate Democrats voicing their concern over these bills.
* The Republic describes Tennessee business leaders supporting a proposal from Gov. Haslam to make it harder for teachers to get and keep tenure.

Idaho
* Fox News and Yahoo News report that a bill was just passed into law in Idaho curtailing teachers' collective bargaining rights. The Governor is expected to sign it soon.
* The Daily Kos goes into some more detail on the bill.

Nevada
There's mention of a Nevada bill running a similar course on Yahoo, as pointed out by a DW commenter, but I can't find anything on a first pass of Nevada press to elaborate. Suggestions, links anyone? Previously used google terms are "Nevada" "collective bargaining" I love my source.
* SB 78 - which is mostly a transparency requirement, making collective bargaining procedures available to the public so they don't seem so shrouded in mystery, though it allows for the temporary freeze on raises and promotions if there is no money. However any such freezes must be revisited & addressed upon the renewal of the agreement.
* SB 41 - Eliminates mandatory collective bargaining. This is the one that is liable to be the most controversial. It's from the governor. It says local governments can bargain with unions, but they don't have to do so. However, [in the words of my source] the Democrats still hold power here, and they got elected by unions--they won't shoot themselves that much in the foot and lose what little power they have left.
* S.B. 162 - Eliminates 2 things that are required to be bargained about--how layoff are done and the policies for transferring teachers, but leaves everything else in place.
* And there are murmurings of other things to come, but so far that's all they are, murmurings.
kittydesade: (bitch please)
It's that time again! As always, Wisconsin matters are here as usual or here on DW, please reblog and repost this anywhere you like, previous entries are here on LJ or here on DW. Let me know if you're reposting, too, I do have the Pingback Gort enabled but as we on LJ have seen lately, notifications aren't always reliable, and on DW Gort does not exist at all.

Ohio
* Senate Bill 5
* The Cincinnati Enquirer and a couple other news stations have an AP report summarizing the last few days of the bill and announcing the hearings to start Tuesday afternoon, continuing Wednesday and Thursday. Vouchers will be issued to members of the public who want to attend.
* WHIO TV is airing a special report tonight at 7pm on the financial crisis in Ohio, for all those who are in the area and might want to see it.
* The Columbus Dispatch describes Kasich readying his State of the State speech. They also reported on a protest over Senate Bill 5.
* Local news also reports on a different rally in Cleveland, with Al Sharpton.

Indiana
* This IndyStar article describes one of the bills the Democrats object to, which would put a state-determined cap on tuition costs. This other article describes more potential fallout from the voucher bill.
* A local news channel reports on fines still to be levied, with the added tidbit that apparently some State Senators have been back in their home districts for a bit.
* The Post-Tribune has an article describing a historical author's point of view. The author asserts that mismanagement, not unions, are to blame for the current economic crisis and that to handicap unions is to set even non-union workers back decades in terms of legal and social progress.

Iowa
* The Quad-City Times reports that a big crowd is expected for the public hearing tonight on the bill restricting collective bargaining rights.
* The same paper also reports that Gov. Terry Brandstad issued an executive order decreeing that state agencies must issue a job-impact statement whenever they write new regulations.

New Jersey
Nothing new on New Jersey at the moment. Still watching there, though, so I leave this here as a place-holder.

Tennessee
* People's World covers a rally by Tennessee teachers and also gives bill numbers for the bills in question being protested. Those bills are: HB 159/SB 136, HB 130/SB 113, HB 367/SB 0624, SB 102/HB 565, HB 160/SB 139, HB 598/SB 630.
* The Tennessean goes into some discussion of the Democrats and Republicans' arguments over job creation plans.

Now featuring: Michigan Fuckery! (thanks to [personal profile] lireavue)
* Voice of Detroit: House Bill 4214 in Michigan. "It permits the installation of a local dictator, subject to no laws except that they answer to the state treasurer, for a municipal government in a state of "financial emergency" (as determined by the state government). This person is then empowered to sell off any public assets belonging to the city, unilaterally change any contract the city has made, fire any appointed official, overrule any elected official, and disincorporate the city."
* Here is an article from the Voice of Detroit.
* And here is some testimony

Not so much today, but since a lot of these bills are in hearings and discussions now, that's to be expected. At some point this week I'll go over all the states again and make sure nothing else is going on that I/you should be aware of.

One of the hardest things about doing these link roundups is that these aren't my states. These aren't always your states. Sometimes this isn't even your country. ... Possibly a lot of the time, I've lost track of the percentage of USians to non-USians on my flist. And sometimes it's hard to think what you can do, and sometimes it's hard to care.

But I've brought this up before, and this is exactly why it's true: the importance of staying informed. You can do this. You can read these articles, do your own searching, read the bill text and ask for help interpreting them. You can look at your local news channels, talk to your local congresscritters when they're in the area, see what their positions are on the issues currently being addressed. Most state governments these days have websites that will help you see what the issues being addressed are. Be informed. Do some research; it takes an hour of your time on a weekend or a day off, and it doesn't change so fast that you need to do it so frequently. And then, when you're informed, have an opinion and make that opinion known. Write to your newspaper. Write to your congresscritter, both local and overall state. Vote. I cannot stress that part enough, fucking vote. If you can. And make sure you vote informed. Make sure you pay attention not to the TV commercials, which are usually good for search term collecting but little else, but to the person's voting history and where they say they stand on certain issues versus what legislation they've enacted or pushed for before, what they've done. Their history. It takes only a few hours in an election year, local elections or state. It's not that hard, especially these days, with the internet and all its bounty. It's like doing your taxes, you might not want to do it, but once you've done it then you know, and contrary to what the news would have you believe politicians don't flip flop all over the place that quickly or that often. Some do. But not all.

And once you've gotten informed, even if you don't vote, talk to people. And even more important than talking, listen. Ask questions. Listen to the answers. Make your opinion heard, and respect the opinions of other people as well. Some of them will disagree, and that's fine. Part of, an increasingly big part of why Scott Walker is getting so much flak these days is because he flat out refuses to compromise with people who disagree with him. Don't be that guy. Sen. Fitzgerald wrote a very rude letter to Sen. Miller telling him, essentially, to shut up and get back in line and get railroaded. Don't be that guy. Listen. Learn. Get informed, discuss, talk, and make your voice heard. Make your voice heard respectfully. Supposedly, last I checked, the United States of America was a democracy. And a functional democracy can't exist without two things: people willing to make their voices heard and register their opinion, and people willing to listen to the opinions of others so things can get done.

I'm not saying you have to agree with me. Hell, it should be pretty easy to see where I stand from my colorful commentary and what articles I've chosen to link to. But I am saying that I want you to at least read the bills, read some US history, know where this is coming from and think about what it's leading to, and then talk and debate and listen to other people's theories, because for sure they have them. Respect, and knowledge, and informed opinions, and making full use of this amazing creation called a democracy. Because it's a beautiful thing, it really is. I do believe that.
kittydesade: (history will teach us nothing)
And we're back, jadeds and gentlepersons. For your friendly neighborhood news aggregator's sanity and for the sake of not exhausting myself again, we're going to go to a M-W-F approach. Or a screw this, no one's listening anyway approach, so please, sound off if you're reading? Have a brownie if you know where the entry subject comes from.

Ohio
* The San Francisco Chronicle reports Gov. Kasich saying that when the bill passes the House, he'll sign it with little fanfare. This indicates a fair bit of confidence.
* The Dayton Daily News offers a comparison between Wisconsin and Ohio. Yesterday, the newspaper reported a Godwin's invocation, and there is a video link. (For those of you who don't hang out on the internet too much, Godwin's Law states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." The facts the Senator invoking Godwin's cites, however, are true.)
* Central Ohio news reports on teachers' opinions on Senate Bill 5. The article also states that "if Senate Bill 5 passes it will go into effect after the current contract with the teachers union expires on July 31st 2012."
* The Cincinnati Enquirer has an interesting take/point on the removal of a State Senator from the committee on Senate Bill 5 in order to get the bill to a vote. Apparently, they're housemates.
* And here is the text of Senate Bill 5.

Indiana
* It may or may not be related to the bill, but IndyStar reports that the Secretary of State in Indiana was indicted on charges of voter fraud, theft, and perjury. He is being pressured (by both sides) to temporarily step down until the charges can be resolved one way or another, but refusing.
* Indy Star also reports fines are also being levied against the fled Democrats, to the tune of $250/day. This will begin Monday. There is precedent for levying the fines, but not for actually having to pay them. We'll see.

New Jersey
* Nothing specifically union, but the North Jersey Herald I believe has some interesting news on partisan politics and Gov. Christie's veto of 9 bills supposedly to spur job creation.
* Elsewhere, an AP story reported here by the North Jersey Herald describes Gov Christie calling the Illinois governor Quinn a "disaster." Quinn had no strong words to say in return, or at least, not that kind.

Tennessee
* Nothing on unions. The Tennessean reports that the GOP claims it is open to discussing concerns about the anti-Shariah bill.
* This opinion article from the Knoxville News gives another opinion on the Tennessee Education Association, as well as other teacher's organizations.

Overall, it looks like most of the country is waiting on public hearings and other procedural things, except the big three. (Which I define here as Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin.) We'll see what happens on Monday.
kittydesade: (jane gets no nice things)
Okay. Wow. I wasn't going to do one of these for a while, give myself and you all a break, but then I saw a headline that pissed me off. And heard a few more things that are going to go up later. This isn't reality anymore, it's a farce.

Usual stuff: Wisconsin matters are here as usual or here on DW, please reblog and repost this anywhere you like, previous entries are here on LJ or here on DW. I'm going to try and find the text of the bills in question in a couple days, when amendments have settled down, but bill texts should (may?) still be up on the preceding two posts. Since it's early in the day in Eastern Standard time, there haven't been a lot of developments, so we'll see what happens as the day goes on.


Ohio
* Cleveland.com reports that the Ohio Senate Republicans removed a committee member and replaced him in order to ensure their bill passed.
* Then, this local news station reported that the bill indeed passed. 7-5, all four Democrats and one Republican voting against. The bill is summarized in this article thus: "It would ban public worker strikes and establish penalties for those who participate in walkouts. It would let unionized workers negotiate wages, hours and safety conditions but not benefits."
* The Dayton Daily News provides a cluster of articles, including a more comprehensive look at yesterday's protest involving 8,500 people and Catholic bishops speaking out against taking away collective bargaining rights.
* NPR reports this afternoon that the bill passed by a narrow margin, with six Republicans and the Democrats against. It now goes to the House.

Indiana
* The Indy Channel and the Post Tribune both report that the Democratic Leader in Indiana returned to speak with the Republican House Speaker. The Indy Channel reports the five bills still in major contention as "HB1216, HB1203, HB1538, HB1003 and HB1479."
* Tangential, the Indiana News Center reports that the New Haven Chamber of Commerce (NE Indiana, apparently) met with lawmakers yesterday to discuss bills they favor. Unions were indeed mentioned.

New Jersey
* NJ.com/Statehouse Bureau reports that a schedule for Gov. Christie's budget proposal has been released. It will take place over three days, over the rest of March.
* The same source also reports that Christie claims to be behind collective bargaining. A quote from Gov. Christie: "While I was governor I've said the opposite: lets get rid of civil service and let everything be collectively bargained." There are also two links at the bottom which I will reproduce here.
* A blog entry discussing labor, Wisconsin, and New Jersey
* And an article from Feb 18 saying that Christie supports Walker's decision and strong budget measures. I post this here mostly for comparison, as between Feb 18 and today, March 2, there has been a significant shift in mood.

Tennessee
* The Tennessean reports that a bill reforming the teacher tenure process has passed committee and heads towards a Senate vote. Towards the end of the article it also reports that this was with the advocacy of the Professional Educators of Tennessee group, which claims that restrictions from another group, the Tennessee Education Association, have impeded their ability to organize. The TEA has their doubts about this bill but no major objections are described in the article.
* News Channel 15 concurs. The reservation seems to be that the teacher ranking system has not been put into effect and therefore its efficiency is untested.
* The Tennessean also reports on that anti-Shariah law bill, and the State Senator who introduced the bill says that it exempts the peaceful practice of Islam. The bill also claims that Shariah law requires its followers to overthrow US national and state governments. A constitutional law scholar at a local university summarizes the problems with the bill.
* This blog entry on the Knoxville News also popped up and struck me as interesting, describing a potential for government interference, subsidizing and/or tax-exempting certain newspapers, with the government deciding what the definition of a newspaper is. I might have to look into this more.

Iowa
* The DesMoines Register says that Iowa Republicans are accusing Iowa Democrats of inciting a Wisconsin like atmosphere.
* The Iowa House Democrats Page lists a public hearing scheduled for March 7th.
* A local news station reports that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he will not try to end the collective bargaining rights of state employee unions. He does want reductions and is seeking changes in contracts themselves, and states that he wants to remove insurance from bargaining, but not the bargaining rights themselves.
* The Chicago Tribune has a little more and goes into Branstad's history with unions. It also seems to be an AP sourced story.
* The DesMoines register reports public employee union members are incensed about a plan to outsource school jobs.

More as it develops.
kittydesade: (guitar girl)
And for those of you just joining us on tonight's linkspam, hi! I'm Jag. You probably got rerouted here from my friend [personal profile] lireavue, we are the Folk Song Army. Not really. I speak three languages somewhat badly, am studying three more, practicing guitar, and I work in a little family shop in the Blue Ridge mountains. When I'm not rounding up links for everyone to froth over I'm really very boring, and spend most of my time whining about how much writing I have to do, being scatterbrained, cursing out the latest guitar chord to piss me off, or babbling incoherently to all you poor folk over the internet. Welcome. I'll try to be as concise and rational, and maybe even normal, as I can on these linkspams. Outside of that, all bets are off. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. And yes, it is all right to link to this/these posts.

Once again, these are the bills I can find text for:


* The Iowa Bill
* The Ohio Bill
* The Indiana Bill, or one of them
* The Nevada Bill

Ohio
* Not actually related to labor laws (or at least not that kind of labor) but this whole fetus testifying thing from the Dayton Daily News was so strange I had to link it.
* This article from the website In These Times isn't related to the Ohio Bill but it is related to labor struggles, this time against a big corporation rather than against government legislation.
* The Dayton Daily News reports that Sen Shannon Jones, who initially put forward the bill, now introduced an amendment that claims to address concerns on all sides.
* The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Gov John Kasich claims that SB 5 will create jobs by saving money now spent on union contracts. He emphasizes both the amount of money spent on union jobs and that the bill would still allow unions to negotiate on wages and "some working conditions."
* Local Ohio News reports the committee meeting to discuss amendments to the bill at 10 am tomorrow. It also reports in greater detail that safety conditions and work hours will still be negotiable, but health care benefits and pension pickups will not, and caps for vacation and sick time will be reduced. This news station also has the opinions of some Fire and Police personnel.
* Other local sources have more to say on the subject.

Indiana
* IndyStar reports that the Democratic leader in exile is talking about a discussion with the House Speaker on amendments that could address the Democrats' concerns, specifically about school vouchers.
* Indiana onPolitix backs this up, but has little else to say.
* A local Indianapolis news channel suggests it's mixed messages all across the board. Supposedly there is a talk scheduled in Indianapolis for tomorrow. It also goes into some small details about the Democratic finances, specifically that they're giving back their daily spending stipend for each day they are out of state, and paying for the hotel via donations.

New Jersey
* This headline from Local NJ news reads "Ex-counsel for N.J. public employee relations group says he was fired for being an 'obstacle' to Christie's plans." The article itself says he was a 25 year veteran, that he was told he was terminated, and that he and his office sided with employee unions on the matter of a Black Friday holiday for government employees. It also states: "Commissioners and members of the Labor and Employment Board of the New Jersey Bar Association expressed outrage over Mitnz’s departure, saying it raised fears the commission would no longer be able to act independently of the administration."
* Another columnist for the Star-Ledger has a similar story relating to somewhat different circumstances, but even so.
* Bloomberg Business reports a firefighters and police rally on behalf of public safety. It also explicitly states that no sick-outs or work slowdowns are planned.
* Here is an interesting article from the Examiner on the subject of health care and who exactly is pushing for what. The Senate President Stephen Sweeney (a Democrat) is apparently working with Christie on some issues, much to everyone's chagrin and anger. Note that earlier, apparently, the Democrats were united against Christie's plans.
* This Philadelphia enquirer article describes, in brief, a bunch of opinions on a bunch of different sides, Democrats, building-sector unions, and public worker unions. Interestingly, the latter two do not entirely agree.

Tennessee
* A brief from the Chattanooga Times Free Press suggests the Tennessee bill is likely to pass.
* The Tennessean suggests a compromise giving school boards the option of negotiating with teachers is in reach. Exactly how effective this will be is yet to be determined.
* Also unrelated to unions, but these articles discuss a bill being advanced in Tennessee that would make following Shariah law a felony. Go ahead and froth, I'm too tired to.

Iowa
* Deals have been struck in DesMoines with unions, indicating that dealing is still on the table statewide.
* The governor's tour promoting his job creation plan as described in this local news network does not mention collective bargaining rights or unions.

I'm not seeing anything new in Kansas or Nevada, but I'm also about at falling over exhausted stage and can't even muster rage over the Shariah law situation, so I'm going to call it here and attempt to find you some information tomorrow, guys. Thank you for watching.
kittydesade: (what about eternity)
Previous entries on this particular (and potential future) political fuckery to be found now under the tag "chair leg of truth," because the chair leg is wise and does not lie. DW | LJ

* Yahoo News has a short roundup summary.

* The Iowa Bill
* The Ohio Bill
* The Indiana Bill, or one of them
* The Nevada Bill



Ohio
* Reuters reports that the Ohio vote could come as early as Wednesday.
* Dayton Daily News reports that Republicans claim no ideas for improving their bill have been put forth.
* A local news channel summarizes the bill.
* The Columbus Dispatch has the latest news. A fifth hearing has been scheduled.
* As previously stated, the bill prohibits strikes for public employees and bargaining for non-wage conditions such as benefits, sick time, or vacation. Some public workers can bargain beyond that; the Columbus Dispatch gives the example that police officers and firefighters could bargain on safety issues. This bill is supported by Ohio Gov. John Kasich but not written by him. State Senator Shannon Jones sponsored the bill, and Ohio only requires a simple majority to be able to vote. It is called Ohio Senate Bill 5.
* This seems to be the text of the bill.

Indiana
* A PDF of the bill in question
* Reuters reports that the Democrats are still holding the standstill until all the bills come off the table.
* Fox News reports the same, with commentary from Gov. Mitch Daniels.
* The Star Press article goes more into their accommodations: yes, there is a hot tub, but the Democrats themselves or the party and not the taxpayers will pay for the accommodations.
* This article from the Courier-Journal in Kentucky and Southern Indiana describes one of the bills as being a voucher program for children to use public money to attend private schools. This article mentions a bill that would end the secret ballot system used when workers vote to unionize.
* I'm seriously on the verge of calling the damn Comfort Suites and asking if I can get a list of the 11 fucking bills. You guys, I swear. I have the secret ballot one, the voucher program one, the collective bargaining one, and then "a bunch of labor and education related bills, and the state budget."

New Jersey
* Christie weighs in on Collective Bargaining rights, reported by CBS news.
* The Daily Targum from Rutgers has an article on the rally dated from today.
* Still no definitive word on any union-busting going on in New Jersey. However, there is a lot of finger-pointing going on both at and from the Unions.

Tennessee
* Tri-Cities.com reports a Johnson City teachers' protest.
* The Times Free Press reports that the Tennessee Tea Party is urging pressure on lawmakers to pass legislation that would strip the teacher's association of their collective bargaining powers. There is also some description of a rift between Republicans.
* This article from the Tennessean yesterday offers an analysis of the benefits and drawbacks of the Teacher's Education Association, the organisation in question.

Iowa
* Bloomberg Business reports that an Iowa House committee approved removing insurance and layoff procedures from the list of items that must be negotiated. Bloomberg reports that it is likely to pass the House but may stall in Senate, where the Democrats hold the majority and are very much opposed.
* The Iowa Independent supports this and includes a link to what appears to be the bill text.
* And here is a PDF version

Kansas
* The Kansas City Star addresses the issue both overall and specific to that state. And Missouri.

Nevada
* The Las Vegas Review-Journal indicates that collective bargaining law changes are unlikely to happen.

* No other discernible update on either Tennessee, and no update on Vermont or Idaho.
kittydesade: (Default)
For those of you who don't know (which is probably most of you) "Si se puede" is the motto of the United Farm Workers from way back when. Obama may or may not have been thinking of this when he used it in his presidential campaign, but it was translated as such. (The motto, for those of you international who may by now have forgotten or never knew, is "Yes, we can!" and can also be translated as "Si, podemos." And Now You Know.)

All right. Maybe this will be the last link roundup for a little while. Walker seems to be continuing in his vein of pustule-ridden festering two-dollar whorebaggery, so ... yeah.

Here begins my attempt to be neutral and calm. This is the way it is. As always, go ahead and reblog. Carrying the Banner Part 1 LJ | DW and Part 2 LJ | DW

Overall
* A Gallup Poll shows considerable support for preserving collective bargaining/union bargaining rights.
* Fox News has reversed the results of the Gallup poll.
* MSNBC offers a puzzle breakdown for those of us who are getting dizzy following all the play.


Ohio
* AJC and UPI report that the Ohio anti-collective bargaining bill has been modified to allow dealing for wages, but it still prohibits strikes for public employees and bargaining for non-wage conditions such as benefits, sick time, or vacation. This bill is supported by Ohio Gov. John Kasich but not written by him. State Senator Shannon Jones sponsored the bill, and Ohio only requires a simple majority to be able to vote.
* Here is an official statement dated yesterday from State Sen Grendell regarding the bill.
* The bill in question is called Senate Bill 5, although a quick throttling of Google gives me nothing other than news articles.

Indiana
* The State Column reported yesterday that Mitch Daniels slammed Democrats for being irresponsible and holding hostage the democratic process, in roughly that language.
* IndyStar dot com reports that the deadline to pass bills has been moved to next Friday as of a little after 10 am today. Democrats have released a list of 11 bills they want altered or removed.
* Indiana's Senate Bill, for your searching, to limit teacher collective bargaining to wages and wage related benefits only is Senate Bill 575.
* The South Bend Tribune has another article on the subject, but I still can't find a list of the 11 bills.

Florida
* I'm not catching any headlines as to Florida Gov. Rick Scott changing position or making any new official statement on the subject of union-busting and collective bargaining bills today.

New Jersey
* Bloomberg Business reports that Christie is holding homeowner tax credits until he gets "state unions and their legislative allies" to give up some benefits. This is from yesterday; two days ago I rounded up some summaries of Christie's budget proposals and discussions here: LJ | DW
* Tangential, the LA Times reports that a rift between the Governor of Connecticut and Gov. Christie of New Jersey is widening over the union issue.
* A New Jersey paper describes NJ Democrats considering fleeing the state as well. The columnist considers Christie's budget speech from Tuesday to be full of mixed messages both from him and the surrounding State Senators

Tennessee
* The Knoxville News Sentinel reports on a union rally in Tennessee. Towards the middle of the article it describes more of the political processes going on. Some discussions of the Health Care Bill that passed nationally, recently, also feature.

Vermont
* This Progressive Party bulletin was the most recent thing I could find on the bill banning teacher strikes. It does have a sort of bullet-point timeline towards the end.

Idaho
* This article from someplace called All Headline News describes a President's Day teachers rally and refers to State Senate Bills 1108, 1110 and 1113. The article is dated Feb 22, 2011. Gov. Otter advocates this bill as offering incentivizing bonuses? Unions seem to claim it will eliminate teachers' collective bargaining rights and replace them with computers. Looking this up now.
* Here is a statement from the Governor on the subject.
* Bill status and text for Senate Bill 1110 and Senate Bill 1113. Here is also the text of State Senate Bill 1108, which was passed in 2009.
* The Spokesman Review says that State Senate Bill 1113 has been pulled. This is dated yesterday.


Iowa
* Washington Independent reports that Iowa has a bill in committee that makes numerous changes to collective bargaining rules. If this link goes dead I have copied the article text detailing several of these changes.
* Local TV also reports.

Kansas
* Nebraska TV reports that the Kansas House approved the bill prohibiting unions from using member money to provide political funds and donations. It now goes to Senate.
* No other word on collective bargaining rights in Kansas

Nevada
* Again, this is the text of the bill that supposedly would eliminate mandatory collective bargaining for government employees. Protesters in that state agree.
* However, the Las Vegas Sun indicates that Gov. Sandoval won't lay down a hard line, the metaphor they use, on the subject of collective bargaining. The article specifically compares to Gov. Walker. The article also states that Americans for Prosperity is pushing the collective bargaining changes in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin.


Nothing new on Rhode Island, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, or Utah... I think that's it. As always, drop me links if something else turns up. I'll probably check this over again before I leave work.
kittydesade: (rampage)
Part 1 is here. I'm rather glad now that I went with Newsies instead of Spider Jerusalem, which is the other thing that occurs to me right now. Spider is considerably less suitable for general public consumption. Not that I would mind a filthy assistant.

Overall, today, I'm seeing a lot of "Is [my state] next?" type articles. Thankfully, the blogs I'm seeing also cite bills, so we can all read and judge for ourselves what the language in the bills are, if not what the climate of the state is, necessarily, if we don't live there. I also found this AFSCME site (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) which, although it says members only, does have links to a lot of relevant laws sorted in alphabetical order by state.

Maryland/Virginia
DelMarVa Now (Delware/Maryland/Virginia) describes a discussion between the governors of Maryland and Virginia, but no action yet in either state.
This article in the Richmond Times details more of Virginia's position currently on unions: they have very few and the right-to-work provision is deeply embedded, as well as a 1993 law prohibiting collective bargaining by public sector workers.

Nebraska
This is an older article (Feb 6) by a local Nebraska newspaper, I'm looking for something more recent.

Nevada
This blog refers to this bill, which, the blog author says, "would eliminate mandatory collective bargaining for local government employees." I invite you to read and determine for yourself at the moment.

New Mexico
This blog mostly talks about Wisconsin, but it also cites this bill, claiming it eliminates collective bargaining rights for child care workers, and this bill, claiming it would make collective bargaining sessions public.
This article also goes into the New Mexico collective bargaining issue, and indicates that a repeal of those rights doesn't seem likely to happen.

North Carolina
The Miami-Dade Herald, of all places, was the first link that popped up about protesters calling an end to the ban on collective bargaining for public employees. This article agrees, and as an article up above under Virginia says, North Carolina prohibits collective bargaining. (HUH, says this NC resident, I did not know that.)

Utah
This Salt Lake Tribune article leads with "A Utah-based group has started the process to recall eight Wisconsin Democratic state senators from office." Elsewhere, I saw that state employees collective bargaining rights were being rallied for, but I couldn't immediately find any sources of a bill in Utah.

And I think, think, mind you.. that that's all the states.
kittydesade: (never again is what you swore)
Seriously, you guys, I've got the Newsies in my head something fierce. ETA: 10:30 AM 2/23/2011 and I am finishing up link roundup in between day job stuff, which is thankfully quietish. We'll see how far I get.

Reblog away. Leave comments if you have fuckery having to do with collective bargaining rights and union busting to report. This started because [personal profile] lireavue (whose excellent transcripts of Wisconsin fuckery are here and who also has links of goodness) needed help and because I got a wild hair about seeing where else was going on. I'm going to try to keep updating this over the next day or so as I've done before; it seems to be a thing I do.


Overall
New York Times reports
Salon reports

The summation seems to be that states passing so-called "union busting" laws are New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana (which already issued an executive order ending collective bargaining [for public sector? confirm] in 2005 "In Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican who is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2012, issued an executive order on his first day as governor in 2005 that ended collective bargaining for state employees"), Tennessee, and Florida. Pennsylvania also is looking at drastic cost-cutting measures but the spokesman for the governor there has said "“We’ll begin negotiations with the public-sector unions and anticipate we’ll conduct those in good faith."



Ohio
Bloomberg News: Ohio union protests
FOX News; you have been warned; they have been known to make shit up. That said, I have not read the article and cannot speak for what other sites confirm and what they have made up or spun.
WTOL Local (Ohio) News

A bill to eliminate collective-bargaining rights for state workers and limit collective-bargaining rights of local employees as well as teachers, firefighters, police, and university employees to wages only is before the Ohio Senate. Direct quote from Bloomburg "The state is facing an $8 billion budget shortfall in the next biennium, and governments and school districts need flexibility to manage their costs, said Senator Shannon Jones, the bill’s sponsor." Ohio only requires a simple majority to vote, so the stall tactic that worked in Wisconsin is not available as the Republicans do have the simple majority.



Indiana

Local Indystar Reporting

As of 3.40 local time there, "Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures." Democrats have left the state and are refusing to return until the bill limiting private and public-sector unions is dropped or amended. This is still in flux
The 2005 Executive Orders archive for Indiana if anyone wants to go archive diving, I'm going to spend another couple minutes here and then move on.



Florida
Florida Union Busting Begins from Daily Kos. The language is not impartial and I am considering removing this from the link roundup.
Contradicting that, Miami CBS says that Governor Scott vows no union busting in Florida. He seems to plan to increase employees paying into their pensions, but says that "as long as people know what they're doing, collective bargaining is fine."
Politico also reports that Gov. Rick Scott supports collective bargaining rights but also that he is looking forward to the discussion Wisconsin generates around the country. This article also cites former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Gov. Mike Huckabee have spoken out in favor of the bills banning collective bargaining rights.



New Jersey
Policker NJ seems to indicate some confusion within the government as to whether or not any "union busting" will be going on. The Senate Government says no, Governor Christie seems to indicate support for Walker's bill.
WNYC discusses mostly New Jersey's budget, but it looks as though part of the reason why this is now a hot zone for the union turmoil is because public employee contracts are up for renegotiation in June and this makes a budget issue. Christie wants to see the state's retirement age raised and workers pay more for their pension benefits. Quote: "Christie balanced his last $29 billion dollar budget by not making a required $3 billion dollar pension payment. Out on the town hall circuit, Christie has said that due to bipartisan mismanagement of the state pension funds, there is currently a $54 billion dollar unfunded liability. He’s said without concessions on both pensions and health benefits, state workers face the prospect that the plans will go under."
Politico reports that Christie sees this as a class clash, the taxpayers who pay for the benefits that other people get. (I've watched the video and he does not mention collective bargaining rights. His rhetoric is combative and aggressive but he does not mention collective bargaining rights.)

The New Jersey Newsroom discusses Christie's proposed budget. In it he seems to want to cut Medicaid further than he has already and make up for it in people's personal budgets with property tax rebates. He also wants to increase charter school funding and private schools. No word on unions in this, necessarily, this is here because he's giving the same reason for any union-busting legislation as Walker, which is budget shortfalls.




Tennessee
The Mountain Press indicates that the TN bill is limited to teachers. Other public employees would still be able to bargain through a union.
Local TV News seems to bear that out and discusses a protest march and counter protest by the Tennessee Tea Party.
This local press article also includes a paragraph of intent from the bill's initial sponsor.


Vermont
This local news article describes a bill that would ban teacher strikes. It is dated Feb 21. However, also according to this article, this is one of only two states in New England that does not ban teacher strikes.
This is an OP-ED piece dated Feb 18 that says that a recent bill "would mandate all early education, after school program and home child care workers to join in statewide collective bargaining." The author believes this would be a bad thing and lists reasons why.


Rhode Island
This article suggests Rhode Island may be the next to see a collective-bargaining rights bill of some kind.

Colorado
Article dated Feb 8 Local press describes a bill to end collective bargaining by state employees as dying in Senate committee. The bill's sponsor, a Republican senator, will continue to press.

Idaho
Bloomberg reports that "House Republicans have pushed through two bills aimed at undermining union influence." Idaho is already a right-to-work state. These bills eliminate contractors needing to work with unions to take government jobs and forbids unions to use their membership dues to subsidize wages to help contractors with union workers win projects. The article does not mention collective bargaining rights, as other states have done. This article has since disappeared.
This blog article from Spokesman.com describes a bill introduced to ban public sector collective bargaining, but the Senator who introduced it does not plan to advance it.

Iowa
The Quad-City Times reports a small-scale protest both in support of Wisconsin and against the advancement of a bill in the State House that will change the way the state bargains with unionized employees. It allows employees to negotiate directly with their employers. "It also requires that wage and benefit comparables take into consideration both public and private wages and benefits. Health insurance and retirement plans would be exempted from mandatory bargaining."
Bloomberg also reports, but Rep Lance Horbach who heads the House Labor Committee has said that they are "keeping collective bargaining."


Kansas
LJ World, which also seems to have a PDF of the bill, introduces legislation that would prohibit unions and labor groups from using dues, fees, or deductions for political purposes.
A local news channel says teachers in particular feel they are under attack.


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More states as I do more infodiving
kittydesade: (history will teach us nothing)
It's like some bizarre cross between Risk and tabletop RPGs. Okay, everyone, that was a Total Party (haha) Kill, everyone roll up new governments.

I mean, seriously?? The Palestinian government is preparing to resign for elections, Tunisia's President quit, prompting a mass exodus that's driving Italy nuts, and they're already facing the righteous wrath of their women in the face of their President's asshaberdasherie. Yemen is going nuts, so is Bahrain,, both of them seem to be somewhat less ... polite? Lucky? Than Egypt. I've heard things about Saudi Arabia, but Syria may still be keeping its head down. Oh, and let's not forget Algiers. I just. I don't... I'm sure there's historical precedent for this somewhere, and if I think hard enough I can probably even find one, but it's 10.30 at night and my brain was about to shut down when Anna pasted me the bit about the Palestinian government and I choked on an Oreo.

And part of me is eager and hopeful and wants to see what comes of this. These are good things. Change is a good thing, democratic government that happens because the people want it and not because the United States of Jackassery decides that these countries need to be People's Democratic Republics of Whatever. It's a Trope, I'm serious, and I do not link you because that site is made of evil gravity, but it seems to be a trope and a tradition that the more synonym's for "free people" and "democracy" a country jams in the title, the less free it actually is. I'm pretty sure the US is to blame for a handful of them. Go covert ops. Anyway.

And then a part of me remembers what revolution really usually is. It's people getting angry, it's people in power getting desperate, it's people in power funding people with weapons to deal with the people getting angry, and a whole lot of pent up emotions and boiling over and eventually a whole lot of corpses. Sometimes not so many, but usually at least some. And then a whole lot of rebuilding. Even if you do win, even if it is somewhat peaceful, as Egypt does, there's still the recovery process. All that adrenaline in all those people easing down, and nothing comes with a quick fix. You can't just push a reset button. Trash still needs to be collected, criminals still need to be caught, the streets still need to be maintained. Children need to go to school, usually. Hospitals need to function, government hospitals, some of them. And these are all things that can't just stop because the government is being overhauled from the inside out. Which makes it even more complicated, and take even longer. Hell, we're still working on getting our own house in order, and we haven't even had a revolution in a couple hundred years. (Yet.) It takes time. And all that frustration, and all that desperation, it needs to go somewhere, right?

That's not even touching on the effect this is going to have on us in the United States, or other governments that, let's face it, are used to the Middle East and North Africa (among others) being a hotbed of soft dictatorship. We're used to having things be the way they've been for the last thirty years. Whatever happens, things will not be the same. And we have to deal with that. And given that at least in the US the split between parties and their policies just keep growing, I can only hope that we'll deal with that peacefully, diplomatically, and with open minds. Really, really hope.

And I guess what it comes down to is there is so much energy being ramped up in that area, all that energy has to go somewhere. It can overturn in chaos and panic and destruction, or we can somehow ride it all out as a planet of reasonable, interconnected people... interconnected in ways we've never been before. And manage to make this world a little better at the end of it.

I'm tired. I'm going to finish my writing and go to bed, I apologize if I've made some offensive generalizations with this post, I'm not thinking too clearly right now. Polite discussions are welcome, though I probably won't try to tag back till tomorrow morning.

Good god, y'all.
kittydesade: (walking on sunshine)
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So, that didn't happen. And by that I mean either languages or guitar last night. In favor of getting to bed early and sleeping all the sleep I didn't sleep last night. Argh.

I combat the yawning don'-wannas with Bruce Boxleitner onnahorse. Do want.

Seriously, I don't know what it is about sweet guys on horseback, but that will get me every time. Both in the libido and in the heartstrings. Maybe just because I love to ride, used to do it all the time, and actually used to go out riding with an ex-boyfriend on his horses at his place a lot. Especially down here. But there's something about sweet guys on horses and I just fall over backwards with this blissful stupid grin on my face. (I also kind of wonder if Jeff Bridges rides, but that's more to do with him and westerns lately than anything else.)

Oogh. Too much to do, too little time to do it in. I managed to finish up a preliminary sort of all my googledocs last night, annoying as the new system is. And as sensitive, or maybe that's just my touchpad? But it seems like every time I try to touch the little arrow square thing to open or close a file tree it goes straight to that folder, excuse me, collection. What the fuck is up with the new nomenclature? What was wrong with the old nomenclature? Anyway, it goes straight to that instead of opening or closing it on the menu panel. And I still don't know how to close the fucking preview window. Which crowds out a third of the damn screen on my pocket ninja and really irritates me.

On the plus side, slightly clearer over yesterday's explosion of irritation. I've narrowed it down to the two things that irritate me: first, the preponderance of fandom and even a lot of original fiction writers to either write their fanfic or advertise it by leading with the slash. Which a) gives rise to way, way too many stories where the focus is the romantic/sexual relationship and b) half those relationships are badly written anyway and c) I hate the whole romance novel genre anyway. The second was much more specific, wherein someone described their story as having "unavoidable gay sex". Now, I understand that they probably meant "this is a story I'm writing so, as with most of the rest of my writing, it will almost inevitably have gay sex" but unavoidable sex is not a phrase I think I want to see ever again. It sounds, honestly, like rape. At least it does to me. It sounds like sex justified by I couldn't help it she/he/it was just so sexy, it was unavoidable, it's beyond my control and that just... no. So, there's that.

Tab clearing! Uncle Warren wrote a great piece on killing your stories. In a wonderful show of solidarity, Muslim leaders visited Auschwitz. Iowa State House is dominated by fuckheads will vote on banning gay marriage, and Yemen's president also says he won't seek another term. You have been informed.

OH. AND. Who just unlocked the skill "Make Healthy Bento in 10 minutes or less"? OH YEAH THAT WOULD BE ME.
kittydesade: (bad day)
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AUGH JEFF BRIDGES GET OFF MY TV. Stupid damn Hyundai commercials. Maybe I shouldn't have watched Iron Man, Tron: Legacy, and True Grit all in about five days.

No, Jag, Dark Knight is not going to help you be un-cranky and un-depressed.

Flying squid, on the other hand, will. I for one welcome my cephalopod overlords.

This study disproves or at least does a lot to stomp on the theory that women who have abortions will necessarily or predominantly suffer mental health setbacks as a result. There are... all sorts of things I could say about both sides, but I'm just going to leave this link here for now.

So, um. My day. Actually, my weekend. I managed to wrench my back somehow on Friday, not as bad as before but enough that I was walking around like my hips didn't, um, hip. And standing was an issue, the whole sharp shooting pain and weakness and all of that. I went home only a little early, though. And then promptly got lost in the book list and forgot to post the Japanese I'd done, argh. On the plus side, I passed out early? Saturday was better.

TODAY. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT TODAY. I get up. I make breakfast, I start picking up a little around the apartment. I get a phone call from my mother, which goes a bit weirdly but I get to talk to my brother, which is good. The boy comes out, stumbling, checks his email and news, makes breakfast, goes back to the bedroom for something and then all I hear is "Oh shit!" And what's happened? We have a quarter inch of water in our utility room. And it's pouring down the walls. And when he gets in and starts trying to see why the fuck we have water pouring down our walls, it starts pouring out of the light socket onto his shoulder. So I yelped at him and he got the fuck out of there and we found the breakers and turned off electricity to that whole side of the apartment. Meanwhile I'm on the phone to the maintenance emergency line, the boy's getting the catboxes and litter and huge bag of cat food and everything out of there and mopping up the floor, and both of us swearing like, respectively, theatre techs and sailors.

And finally maintenance comes in and, oh, what's going on? THE FUCKING UPSTAIRS NEIGHBORS PULLED THEIR WASHING MACHINE OUT OF THE WALL AND LEFT THE WATER ON AND GUSHING ALL OVER THE FLOOR. They're moving and apparently this is the smartest way they could come up with to get their washing machine out of the apartment. And they didn't think that maybe water gushing all over the place was something that affected not only them, but the apartment around them. Or maybe they didn't care. I have a hand and a half sword down here. Two of them, actually. I'm sure that if they don't mind water gushing out all over the place, they won't ... oh, never mind.

I have laundry in the dryer, I have cookie dough chilling and buttercream frosting. I'm going to curl up and watch baby Christian Bale sing and dance and be cute on the TV and pretend the first half of this day didn't happen.
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Apparently it is the season of miracles. Honestly? That whole thing has just once again made me miss the days of Cronkite, Murrow, newscasters who believed in the responsibility and integrity of their work and their duty to report the news. Not commentate on it or assign value to it. Not sling sensitive information around willy nilly without a care for the consequences. And so on and so forth. Also, Moore needs a smack in the head half the time these days, maybe more. Speaking of people whose crusades we can sometimes sympathize with but whose personal actions we may not like very much.

Also, this. Fingerbones! This is in addition to them thinking they found one of Amelia Earhart's fingerbones on an island not far from her plotted destination. I really, really need to start reading science journals more often. They have such fascinating stuff in them! And now I want to know more about this supposed new species of human.

Trying to decide if I should also conjugate the perfective/completed verbs on that list above. Hmm.

I have done my pinch hits! And am now eyeing the long list of pinch hits I didn't get that I kind of still want to do anyway, that I might end up doing for treats. And debating whether or not I want to do them tonight. Ultimately, probably not. The apartment could use picked up and I still have a buttload of fiber to spin. I'm getting better about not overtwisting, although someone since pointed out that overtwisting isn't always bad if you only do it a little. I just... argh. Debate debate. So many skills I want to have perfectly, so little time to shoehorn practicing all of them in. And yet, I do it anyway.

Um. Thingie. Human Target last night was disappointing, but not surprising considering Christmas episodes are always kind of tricky. Exercising int he morning is going way better and more productive when I turn the internet off for that hour, why had I forgotten this? Something to remember. Christmas last minute surge is on us, heh. And here I thought it wasn't going to happen. However, today is the last day for us to ship anything since UPS won't pick up from us tomorrow, so, that saves me that worry anyway. Off to the trenches for two more days!
kittydesade: (daft faerie bastard)
Oh, never mind, no Russian this morning, my concentration is completely shot after waking up every couple hours last night. No sleep-deprivation headache, but my concentration is shot to shit.

Let's close some tabs instead. Ted Koppel mourns real news. Which is kind of like what I end up thinking every time I watch Good Night and Good Luck. There are serious reasons why I don't watch TV news much anymore. Wires and lights in a box, indeed.

This is kind of horrifying. It's about five days old, but it's still horrifying. It's about what happens to a bunch of protesters in Westminster, in England, who were protesting new Education funding or lack thereof. I read it and then thought, for about five seconds, jeez, at least we in the US know how to treat our protesters fairly. And then I remembered Kent State. No, not really. That's a newsworthy low, though.

This footage of aurora borealis was more heartening, though. Beautiful time-lapse photography, set to beautiful music.

I've given up on Nano for this year; I didn't break 10k by the 20th, and at that rate I just don't feel the need to prove myself strongly enough to push that hard. 5k per day, or something thereabouts. I'll continue the story, I just won't put it up as Nano. That said, though, I'll probably put up the bits I do have and keep updating slowly as time passes. Then possibly stuff it all together and edit it. We'll see. Right now I have Yuletide, which I've outlined, and a bunch of bingos to do. And two novels by other people to read over and edit, and several big bangs to plan for. And other big bangs to read. So it's still a busy writing and editing time.

Murdock has grown at least a couple inches in length since last I measured him and he is a precocious little shit. I can't leave a water or milk glass down without him sticking his face in it and drinking. And he just now got a cup stuck on his head and started backing around the living room wearing it on his face. His unsympathetic kitty mommy laughed until he got it off. He's also a very clingy cat; he curled up on my lap and would not let me exercise this morning. Every time I sat down to stretch he curled up on my lap. Adorable, if annoying. We'll work it out.

And I finished my first pair of fingerless gloves! Which pleases me to no end, seriously. They're bright purple, and they're kind of awkward in places, but goddamn I knitted myself a pair of fingerless gloves. This is awesome.

(This icon has nothing to do with anything on the post, I just wanted to show it off because it amuses me.)

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