Music - Sting

Happy Sting's Birthday, everyone.

I meant to post here two days ago, and it slipped my mind - hah. Just a decade-mark, after all, although it was quieter than that suggests. My friend Debbie treated me to ParaNorman, which is both hand-animated (such a rarity nowadays) and very good. Trope inversions can be rather striking when done well. Howard Tayler's seen the movie, but hasn't had time for a review - I'm curious about his take.

My quasi-sister Maizie Jean sent a very nice card (her mother had earlier in the month as well); Debbie also supplied Skor bars with other movie snacks (ply me with toffee, will you? Hee.), a wool throw in hopes that we have winter this year, a copy of the Depp Sweeney Todd and the promise of disc versionS of The Avengers. I have to work on getting a Blu-Ray drive installed to see how their extras work.

Of course, there were also many random and delightful well-wishes in Plurk and e-mail, since I neglected to have those brave few still hanging on here an outlet.

Thank you, everyone. Look, made it another year!
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Politics - Feminism

So now rape victims get hush orders?

Seems that there are two rapists in Kentucky who pled guilty, but whose lawyers got an order to keep the RAPE VICTIM from talking about it or mentioning the names of her abusers -- they took pictures, by the way, and spread them all over their high school because not only are they subhuman slime but exhibitionists.

This is all sorts of verified, by the way - it's way beyond Snopes. Sounds like an urban legend, doesn't it though?

The contempt charge generated by Savannah's frustrated and anguished tweet of the names of her assaulters has been dropped because the rapists' lawyers aren't as stupid as they look at first glance. Well... one of them isn't.
Chris Klein, an attorney for one of the boys, said publicizing their names may create problems for them in the future.
AWWWWW... REALLY? What a SHAME that might happen, that WILL FREY and AUSTIN ZEHNDER might actually have to pay for their actions.

We can discuss forgiveness later. Like, a few decades from now.

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Comics - Wulfenblimp

Please consider your support for this project: WOLLSTONECRAFT

I don't recall seeing it linked here, and it's all the mad thing over on 2D Goggles (unsurprisingly). Wollstonecraft is a planned series of 'pro-math, pro-science, pro-history and pro-literature adventure novel[s] for and about girls' with adapted depictions of pre-teen Ada Lovelace and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who decide to open a detective agency. Three books in the illustrated series, to the author's boggled astonishment, have been funded and there's quite a few days left before the project closes.

(It'd adapt to moving pictures nicely too, don't you think?)

Please consider if you can spare a few dollars from the other worthy causes you also support, just this month.
Politics - Feminism

The shaming room

Originally posted by badgermirlacca at The shaming room
Originally posted by kikibug13 at The shaming room
Originally posted by bajoransmurf at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
Originally posted by denorios at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
Since a number of US newspapers have refused to republish the latest Doonesbury cartoon strip which highlights the way Republicans are attempting to undermine a woman's right to choose, I feel it's important to make sure the message still gets across.

The shaming room awaits.

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Street food recipe from the town of Passholdt

Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
80g (3/8c) sugar
80g (2/3c) unbleached flour
4 eggs
500ml (1 pint/2c) fresh whole milk, brought to a boil and allowed to cool
Zest of half a lemon, in strips
15 mL (1 Tbp) mild fruit liqueur
Unsalted butter for frying
A piece of stick cinnamon

Preparation: In a bowl, beat 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks (reserve the whites) with 4 tablespoons of cold milk, the sugar and the flour.

In the meantime, put the remaining milk in a pot with the lemon zest, cinnamon and a pinch of salt, then bring to a boil. Remove it from the fire and slowly add it, in a thin stream, to the flour mixture, beating the mixture steadily with a small whisk to keep lumps from forming.

When you have finished adding the milk, pour everything back into the pot in which you boiled the milk, return the pot to the fire, and cook over a gentle flame, stirring constantly and gently, until the cream thickens. Though an occasional bubble is all right, you do not want it to boil hard or it will curdle. Continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes, then remove the pot from the fire. Remove and discard the zest and the cinnamon, and stir in the liqueur.

Turn the cream out into an ample, fairly deep dish, spread to a thickness of about 2 cm (3/4 inch) and let it cool completely.

Cut the set-up cream into diamonds. Lightly beat the remaining egg whites, dredge the rhombs of cream in them, then in the breadcrumbs, and fry them in butter until golden. Drain them on absorbent paper and serve at once.
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Warning: (Socio-)Political comment

Dear Herman Cain,

You know, if it's the truth and it's in your history, it's called 'research', not 'a lynching'. How dare you use such loaded words instead of taking responsibility for your behaviour? I mean, 'uppity Negro'? Really?

If you'd apologised for your behaviour then and owned up to it, I'd have more respect for you than now, a decade later, you still trying to pretend you didn't use your Rich Male Priviledge to try to get away with stuff.

Comparing yourself to the why-did-HE-get-away-with-it Clarence Thomas isn't the most flattering, either.

Neocons trying to destroy Bill Clinton's presidency didn't let him get away with consentual-yet-inappropriate behaviour (they also humiliated the country that they so pretend to love); don't play a race card thinking that you can avoid your actions. You git.