Mar. 20th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Another night getting started late (this time it's my fault, or more accurately... my fault, or less accurately, Overwatch, because Tracer is my fps gf), so let's get to it already.

"Dr. Sebastian Gorka May Be a Far-Right Nativist, But for Sure He’s a Terrible Scholar" - an analysis of the Nazi-aligned Hungarian in Trump's administration. "New York Attorney General Steps Up Scrutiny of White House" and "The Unlikely Liberal Hero Adam Schiff Is Ready to Investigate Trump" are about investigations, which are necessary, but don't expect them to move quickly. "Lawmakers seek FBI, NSA answers on Trump, Russia at rare public hearing" isn't about new investigations but hopefully getting some data about what we already know.

In matters of political control, we have the Trumpist Commissars stepping up in, "White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears." Meanwhile, we're all worrying about the honest truth - that "For Donald Trump, a Terror Attack Will Be an Opportunity Not a Curse." Of course, other than 'taking massive advantage to tear down more law,' we have to wonder what else the Trump administration would manage in response to a crisis, particularly after how we saw "In One Rocky Week, Trump’s Self-Inflicted Chaos on Vivid Display." (One could say the same thing about every move made since the last election, I suppose.)

Finally, another moment of reality: "CNN's Zakaria: Trump got to the Presidency by 'bulls--tting'."

Only one direct racism article this time - "A California waiter refused to serve 4 Latina women until he saw ‘proof of residency’." Like you need to be a resident to eat at a restaurant? Seriously? What the hell.

But this is kind of related - "Message to YouTube Creators from YouTube about Restricted Mode" is actually from me, but in response to YouTube's apparent decision to create a "Restricted Mode" which is supposed to be super-safe mode? But queers are autoblocked while white supremacists like David Duke are not. LGBT coming out stories and makeup tips?" NOT SAFE. Genocide advocacy? TOTALLY SAFE. So, yeah. Fuck you, youtube.

To the courts, we have "Reported Gorsuch Statements Show Disqualifying Disregard for Women’s Workplace Rights," where Gorsuch reportedly told law students that corporations have a responsibility to grill women about child plans, because women will get hired, immediately get pregnant and go on paid maternity leave and never come back. NO, REALLY. (This will be in an action item.) Also, we have the less explosive but still extraordinary, "9th Circuit judges in nasty feud over Trump travel ban."

Two "please don't do what you said you would" stories - "Trump Proposes Cutting Billions to Urban Areas He Vowed to Help," and "Washington farmers tell Trump: We need more foreign workers." Not that it matters - Trump's approval rating with Republicans and white men continues not to budge. (White women are now majority opposed, though not by much.)

Two environmental stories: "Environmentalists warn about Trump Puget Sound budget," with Trump zeroing it out, the ecological (and resulting business) impacts would be huge. And also, "Effort to replace pipes to Flint homes off to slow start." They're far behind schedule and there's no promise of money to continue working.

Finally, a couple of cultural stories from the evangelicals - "The Resenters: Building Hell in Heaven’s despite," and I don't know what the title is supposed to be referencing (I presume some Christian religious thing), but it's basically about ressentiment as filtered through their lens. "Dying before We Reach the Promised Land" is one evangelical trying to work out how the fundamentalist evangelicals could go so completely against everything they pretended to stand for. I think he's overly charitable to his own - I just don't think they ever believed any of it, and that it was always just about power, and people like him were suckers. But that's me.

It's March 20, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (made her from parts)

I thought I was going to be posting about a new microphone I built today! I was pretty sure I could get the kit construction finished and even make a couple of recordings.

And I could’ve, but no, I had to have one of these moments:

…wherein on page 24 of the assembly instructions it talks about connection sealing material and special kinds of thread-locking fluid which aren’t strictly necessary but are definitely good to use, if, you know, you just happen to have them around, and if you don’t, well, you can add them later but EVERYTHING WILL EXPLODE.

Particularly the connection sealing material. Apparently.

None of this was in the components and tools list up front. Of course. So thanks, now I get to order all that stuff, which I already have, and it’ll get here Wednesday. (No, it’s not at the local hardware. I did check!)

Anyway, this is how far I got, and where it’ll be until Wednesday:

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