This Week in Nazi-Punching

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:15 pm
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A video of a Nazi in Seattle getting punched and knocked out has been making the rounds. Responses range from satisfaction and celebration to the predictable cries of “So much for the tolerant left” and the related “Violence makes us as bad as them and plays right into their hands.”

A few things to consider…

1. According to one witness, the punch happened after the Nazi called a man an “ape” and threw a banana at him. With the disclaimer that I’m not a lawyer, that sounds like assault to me. I’m guessing Assault in the Fourth Degree. In other words, the punching was a response to an assault by the Nazi.

The witness who talks about the banana-throwing also says he was high on THC. I haven’t seen anyone disputing his account, but I haven’t seen corroboration, either.

2.Remember when George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, and people like Geraldo Rivera said it was because Martin was wearing a hoodie, and that made Martin a potentially dangerous “suspicious character”? Utter bullshit, I know. But if our legal system let Zimmerman plead self-defense, saying he was afraid because Martin was wearing a hoodie, doesn’t that same argument apply against someone wearing a fucking swastika?

We’re talking about a symbol that announces, “I support genocide of those who aren’t white, aren’t straight, aren’t able-bodied…”

3. Buzzfeed presents this as anti-fascists tracking a Neo-Nazi to beat him up. While antifa Twitter appears to have been talking about this guy, there’s no evidence that the punch was thrown by someone who’s part of that movement. And even if he was, the guy didn’t throw a punch until after the Nazi committed assault (see point #1).

Those Tweets quoted on Buzzfeed also suggest the Nazi was armed, which could add to the self-defense argument in point #2.

Is Nazi-punching right? Is it legal? As any role-player will tell you, there’s a difference between whether something is lawful and whether it’s good.

The “victim” has every right to press charges. But for some reason, he didn’t want to talk to police about the incident.

Was punching this guy a good thing? I mean, there’s a difference between comic books and real life. The Nazi was standing in front of some sort of tile wall. He could have struck his head on the corner after being punched, or when he fell to the ground. In other words, there’s a chance–albeit probably a slim one–that this could have killed him.

My country and culture glorify violence. I’d much rather avoid violence when possible. I think most rational people would. But there are times it’s necessary to fight, to choose to defend yourself and others. I think it’s important to understand the potential consequences of that choice.

Multiple accounts agree this man was harassing people on the bus, and later on the street. He was a self-proclaimed Nazi. Police say they received calls that he was instigating fights, and it sounds like he escalated from verbal harassment to physical assault … at which point another man put him down, halting any further escalation.

I don’t know exactly what I would have done in that situation, but I see nothing to make me condemn or second-guess this man’s choice in the face of a dangerous Nazi.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Sometimes It's the Little Things

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:36 pm
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It doesn't take much to improve my mood, a lot of the time.

Today it was a surprise short story royalty check in the morning mail.

Not a large one . . . given that most short story payments are lucky if they make in into the low three figures, most short story royalties tend to be in the exceedingly low two figures. If that. (If a short story payment is a tank, maybe two tanks, of gas, then a typical short story royalty check is maybe a couple of quarts of motor oil.) But still, a royalty check is a royalty check, and not yet another piece of junk mail from Capital One, trying to sell me a credit card.

As they say back where I come from, it beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
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And then there are days like this.

This afternoon I decided, for good and sufficient reasons, that it was time to use one of boxes of brownie mix that I've got in my pantry stash. (Every so often, the grocery store puts them on sale for a dollar, and when they do I stock up.) This process, let it be known, is not rocket science: Prep the pan, empty the box into a bowl, add the oil and the water and the two eggs, mix, pour into pan, and cook. Even a functioning maladroit like me on an off day can manage it, and get chocolaty goodness at the end of it.

All went well until it was time to mix in the two eggs. I took the first egg, and tapped it on the tabletop to crack it, as one does . . . only this egg must have had a super-thin shell, because it didn't just crack, it burst all the way open all around and left me with a raw egg lying on the tabletop and dripping onto the floor.

Cleanup operations ensued.

Once the floor and the tabletop were egg-free again, I went over to the refrigerator to take out another egg, in order to replace the one that never made it into the mixing bowl. And yes, I know I should have taken the egg box all the way out of the refrigerator, instead of merely lifting up the lid and reaching into it, but in my defense, I've performed the same move dozens of times without having the egg roll in my fingers and slip off them onto the refrigerator shelf . . . and then evade my fingers a second time and crash onto the floor. (Yes, maybe I could have grabbed faster, but the way things were going, I would just have ended up with a fistful of liquid egg and broken shell.)

More cleanup operations ensued.

Then, finally, I was able to finish mixing the brownies and get them into the oven. From which I have just removed them, and they are done and awaiting cutting. And the oven is now heating up the half-ham I bought last Wednesday, which will be tonight's dinner. Probably with raisin sauce, because raisin sauce is dead easy.

(But then, I thought the same thing about cracking eggs.)

Afghan question for knitters

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:58 pm
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My next big project -- after daughter's afghan, which is now nearly ten years old -- may be a historic afghan pattern by Anne Orr.  It's Tunisian crochet in a worsted-weight yarn (modern equivalent to period "four-fold Germantown").   If I want an afghan I can wash as necessary, throw across couches, throw across laps, lather rinse repeat -- in short, one that will stand up to wear and time, what yarn do you recommend?  This is not a good time for Susie's Heirloom Hand-Dyed Handspun, because the finished product is 57" x 45", give or take gauge. Cheaper is better, but not so cheap as to be itchy or unpleasant to knit  I'm leaning acrylic for durability and washability, but I'm happy to hear what you'd use.   The primary colors are black, grey, and white, with a cross-stitch pattern in tapestry-weight yarn over the top.

Here's a color reproduction from the Dover reprint.   Here's a black-and-white picture of the original afghan, which Katharine Cornell worked on nightly in The Barretts of Wimpole Street.


Links, Reminders, and Misc

Sep. 14th, 2017 01:51 pm
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Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

My 2017 Yuletide noms

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:46 am
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Les Trois Mousquetaires | The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (a.k.a. books only)
Richelieu
D'Artagnan
Milady de Winter
(open slot)

Golden Age of Piracy RPF
Anne Bonny
Mary Read
(open slot)
(open slot)

Greatcoats Series - Sebastien de Castell
Falcio val Mond
Brasti Goodbow
Kest
Valiana

This year, for me, it's swashbuckling all the way! I will do a pimp post later; let me know if you have people you want in the open slots.

Unbelievable.

Sep. 13th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Hotel reservations at the Westin for Arisia opened up yesterday.

This morning, they are already sold out.

Isn't That Always the Way It Goes

Sep. 13th, 2017 12:45 pm
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I found a recipe the other day for slow-cooker ratatouille that comes out properly thick and not like soup.

Because I like ratatouille†, I made it for supper last night, and it came out just right and was delicious.

So of course, I'm the only person in the house who really liked it, which doesn't make it a contender for the regular-rotation list. Maybe the Fridays-in-Lent list, though. (I've got a number of veggie recipes on there, since I kind of agree with the guy who commented that given the price of seafood these days, fish for Lent was less of a fast and more of an indulgence.)
When I first left Texas and came north to Philadelphia for graduate school, I spent my first night there at the house of the rector of the Episcopal church on campus -- I knew absolutely no one in Philly at that point, so in a fit of desperation I'd written to the campus Episcopal chaplain, who was at least a co-religionist, asking for advice on where to stay -- and the rector's wife made ratatouille for dinner, and it was the first time I'd ever had it. So ever since, the dish is associated in my mind with travel and adventure and kindness and new beginnings.

The Tick, Season One

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:43 am
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My introduction to The Tick came in the late 90s, with the animated series. A few of my grad school friends and I would get together each week, eat Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, and watch The Tick (and a few other shows.)

I loved it. I loved the humor, the silliness, the undermining of superhero tropes, and the overall sense of fun.

This was my background as I logged onto Amazon Prime to watch their live-action take on The Tick.

It felt like the entire show was filmed using the same Gritty Angst Filter they used on Batman v Superman. They managed to make The Tick almost entirely joyless.

Spoilers follow…

Read the rest of this entry » )

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Dammit.

Sep. 10th, 2017 12:58 pm
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A few years back, I found what was, for me, the perfect denim skirt -- the Provencial Denim Skirt from Roaman's. I happily bought several iterations of it,purchasing new ones as the older ones wore out. So of course, now that my current set are starting to show some wear, when I go back to the site to check on the current prices, that skirt is no longer there.

This is the way it always goes, with women's fashions. Men's clothing changes maybe once a generation for everybody except the real clothes horses; if a guy finds a suit coat that he likes, he can probably count on buying its clones for the next forty years. If you're female, you're lucky if you can get even half a decade out of something.

Another Grey Day

Sep. 9th, 2017 11:26 am
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It could be worse. I could be living in Florida -- I was born there, after all, and didn't get out until I was almost thirteen.

In the meantime, though, I've got a cold. It crept up on me this past Thursday, and chased me hard all day yesterday, finally putting me down for the count about 9:30 last night. Today I feel . . . well, not good, per se, but better than yesterday. I'm helped by the fact that I've declared this an official I Don't Have to Do Anything day. I plan to take aspirin, drink lots of hot tea, watch mentally undemanding video, and maybe if I'm feeling ambitious I'll run the dishwasher.

Yet more Equifax

Sep. 8th, 2017 12:26 pm
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 The attorney general of New York has protested to Equifax, and they have "clarified" that the waiver of rights to sue only applies to the security-monitoring service itself, and not to the existing security failure.

Expand the last question in the FAQ (https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/frequently-asked-questions/)  to see this clarification.
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You're fine if you use the existing form to check if you're affected, because it doesn't ask for a waiver.  However, don't sign the form Equifax offers for credit monitoring.  In the fine print, it waives your right to join class action suits. 

Are you American? The Equifax leak

Sep. 7th, 2017 04:50 pm
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Equifax just leaked personal info including any or all of birthdates, addresses, Social Security numbers, and/or credit card information for roughly half the adult population.

No.  Really.

To check if you were affected, go here:

https://trustedidpremier.com/eligibility/enroll.html


If you get a date back, you *were* affected; set yourself a calendar reminder to go back to the site on the appropriate date and register for ... something yet to be determined. 

Equifax has known about this since July 29th.  The CFO and two other senior executives sold big chunks of stock three days later.
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ETA: Congratulations to Mel, chosen by the Random Number Generator to win the ARC of Terminal Alliance. And thank you to everyone who donated.

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Two weeks ago, Sophie received advance review copies of Terminal Alliance. I’ve been meaning to do a giveaway, but I was struggling to come up with a good way to do it.

Sophie with Terminal Alliance ARCs

Then I started seeing the damage reports come in from hurricanes and flooding. The devastation they’ve left in their wakes, and the devastation yet to come. A million people without power in Puerto Rico. Record-breaking rain and flooding in the southwest U.S. 41 million affected by flooding and landslides in South Asia.

And now I know how I want to do this giveaway. You want to win an autographed ARC of Terminal Alliance? There are two things you need to do.

  1. Donate to one of the organizations helping with disaster relief.
  2. Leave a comment saying you donated.

I don’t need receipts or anything like that. I trust you. And there’s no minimum donation, either. I know money is tight for a lot of people. If you can afford to give $100, great. If you can only afford $1, that’s great too. It adds up, and it all helps.

Here are some organizations to consider, though this is in no way a complete list.

I’ll draw one winner at random toward the end of next week.

Thank you.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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