Batman's Dilemma

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:40 pm
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Title: Batman's Dilemma
Author: [personal profile] capt_facepalm
Rating: PG
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (Gaslight ACD)
Characters: John H. Watson, MD, late of the Army Medical Department, Murray
Summary: One person Watson chose not to save
Warning: (none)
Word Count: 100
Author's Notes: July 25rd 2017 prompt: Healer's choice

This way to the drabble...

Looking For Fan Friends. :)

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:30 pm
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Name: Fallon Sousa
Age: 21
Country: USA
Subscription/Access Policy: Whatever goes/whatever you feel comfortable with, but please no under 18's.

Fannish Interests: The X-Files

I like to post about: Mulder and Scully and how they are the OTP, occasional personal stuff.

About Me/Other Info: If you Google my name, you will see I have written erotica not related to fandom, penned a movie script, and graduated from HS (lol) I'm queer in some way, still figuring out the specifics, and I'm a liberal. No trumpsters, sexists/racists/homophobes please. As long as you are a nice person I'll be nice back. :)

Sleep would be nice, really.

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Bed around 3am. Spouse woke up... I dunno. But then the phone rang, and then I didn't really get back to sleep, and then it's about 7 hours sleep.

All three of us went to the new breakfast place. There were a lot of people around, and it was noisy, and there was Unexpected Happy Birthday Singing nearby which was not a good thing to spring on a stressed sensory-overwhelmed kid. (Honestly, can we get, like, Sensory Issues sections? Y'know, like smoking sections used to be, only quiet and with high booth walls...)

Spouse and kid went out without me to get dinner, and because Dining Room Shut Down; Everyone Eat In Bar Or Right Next To It was noisy, they got takeout instead. But none for me, boo. Oh, well. Excess white rice, duck sauce, and a bunch of cherries. There. Dinner.

Finished an edit thing. Spotted two Labyrinth references. Surprised the tunnel cleaner wasn't in there...

Havva Quote
I__ says, "How... how do Evocations work? How does one give an artifact Evocations?"
I__ says, "It looks like... one doesn't?"
I__ says, "Let's just... step away from that."
--I've got no idea what gaming system that is, but the phrasing here amuses me.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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At Readercon, I said that my Twitter usage was basically "open, see if Ursula Vernon has live-tweeted more of reading Swiss Family Robinson, close," and that remains true. But I promised to provide links to various people, and having opened tonight to see that a reading is in progress, I should follow through.

So: (April 20) (April 21) (April 22) (April 26) (May 7) or and scroll up, it isn't threading properly) (May 8) (May 15) (June 24)

and, now in progress:

Enjoy. (I will update this post as needed, to have everything in one place.)
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"All the Colors You Thought Were Kings" by Arkady Martine [Shimmer]. Heart-stoppingly gorgeous space opera, stars as sharp as knives. I wish I wrote half so well.

This was exactly what I needed to read tonight.

Tomorrow there’ll be ceremonies and presentations, and then your nanite horde will be calibrated for shipside on live broadcast for the entire Fleet to see – another cohort of kids full up with starshine micromechanics, bound to service and obedience, gone off into the stars. You’ve been dreaming about it since you could read. You want it so much you’ve spent the last three months feeling like your chest is going to burn out from longing.

The night after tomorrow, though. You can’t let yourself dream about that.

Under the drape of your overjacket, snugged up to your spine like you’re its best lovecrush, are the disassembled pieces of a sniper rifle. Nestled right at the small of your back is the lead-shielded explosive heart of an electromagnetic pulse bomb.
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A Bounty's Tale

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:14 pm
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A Bounty’s Tale tells the story of bail enforcement agent Zarah Hale and former adviser to the Tiberius Prime Minister, Sebastian De Clare who meet one evening in a pub on Artemis Station. Zarah is a no nonsense bounty hunter who has a penchant for getting the job done and making sarcastic comments at ill advised times. Sebastian is an all around average, quiet guy trying to make life on Tiberius better for all of it’s residents but ultimately finds himself on the run due to the corruption running rampant on the planet.

These two couldn’t have lived more different lives. They meet as a result of Sebastian trying to raise money to get back to Tiberius by playing poker. When the plan fails and he can’t pay, Zarah steps in and in her own words ‘saves his ass’. It should have ended there but then Sebastian tells Zarah his life story and says he managed to escape the planet with a usb full of encrypted but devastating evidence of fraud on the planet.

With no money but a promise to pay in full once they decrypt the information and expose it on the planet and an expensive watch as a down payment, Sebastian tries to hire Zarah to help him. Despite Sarah's friend Keisha’s insistence that it’s a bad idea, she agrees to the terms. Now all they have to do is find a ship and that is where Hollis and Franklin come in.

Read more... )
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Posted by David Kroman

Seattle police cars

Downtown bike cops started wearing body cameras last Saturday and the rank-and-file police officers’ union — made up of 1,300 officers and sergeants — is not happy. A week after Mayor Ed Murray issued a sweeping executive order mandating police officers wear the cameras, its members are filing an Unfair Labor Practice Complaint, accusing Murray and his team of bucking contract negotiations. The executive order, they claim, “is unprecedented and a clear violation of state law.”

The complaint will now go to the State of Washington’s Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) for a ruling.

As a recording tool, body cameras are regarded by some as one more tool toward greater oversight of police. Groups like the ACLU have concerns about privacy and safety implications of these cameras, but there is generally broad public support for their use, especially as calls for police accountability has become a constant in news headlines.

Murray’s order last Monday came after years of frustrating delay for his office.Murray earmarked $1.8 million for department-wide purchase nearly two years ago. The department completed a full pilot program in 2016 and officials set a tentative launch date of last January, although that deadline soared by. Earlier this year, when the city council approved a policy for their use, deployment looked like it would come any minute, even despite outstanding privacy and safety concerns from the ACLU and the Community Police Commission.

But a hurdle with all of this has been the contract negotiation with the officers’ union, the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG), which says it is not opposed to cameras in principle.

Contract negotiations have gone slowly. “We have gone around and around and around trying to reach an agreement,” Murray has told the Seattle Times. His frustration escalated following the high-profile police shooting of Charleena Lyles last June.

So, combined with broad public support and a federal judge urging their adoption, Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes moved forward with the executive order to put them into use.

In a statement Tuesday, union President Kevin Stuckey was adamant, “SPOG is not opposed to body cameras,” pointing to its agreeing to the pilot program. “SPOG is opposed to the Mayor disregarding the state bargaining laws and misleading both the public and the federal court by insinuating that this has been negotiated ‘round and round,’” reads the statement. “This is simply not true.” The statement says since the pilot the union and the city have only met once for formal negotiations.

When contacted for reaction, Murray’s office deferred to the City Attorney’s Office. In a statement, City Attorney Pete Holmes said he looked forward to working through the complaint. “The legal proceedings will likely highlight the overwhelming interest that the people of Seattle have in the expeditious implementation of this body-worn video program, a program that protects everyone involved when SPD officers engage in difficult and dangerous encounters leading to the use of force,” it reads. “The City places a high value on collective bargaining, has met or exceeded its obligations regarding the Executive Order, and remains committed to collective bargaining in the future.”

A police spokesperson said that the body camera rollout would proceed despite the announcement Tuesday from the union.

The police union’s complaint holds symbolic significance. This is the first time it has filed any complaints related to Department of Justice-mandated reforms. Individual officers have filed lawsuits to stop other reforms from taking place — specifically, 123 officers who sued to stop new use-of-force rules — but SPOG has not signed on.

The City of Seattle is still under the cloud of a consent decree with the federal government to show its police department is doing its job in accordance with the Constitution. Judge James Robart, the U.S. District Court Judge overseeing the process, has threatened to steamroll collective bargaining rights to achieve this goal. “The Constitution trumps everything else,” he said last week. “Against constitutional principles, labor negotiations will fall.”

However, it’s unclear how the court would parse out which pieces of the reform effort are necessary for constitutional policing and which would just be nice to have. Robart has made it quite clear he believes body cameras are a necessary tool for constitutional policing. But whether this would be enough to override the union’s claims that it has a state-level right to bargain items that affect its members work environment is unclear.

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Posted by Debbie Reese

A few days ago, I was invited to join USBBY's page on Facebook. I accepted the invitation and saw posts there about its 2017 conference. Because it will take place in Seattle, I decided to take a look and see what they had planned.

I was--quite frankly--furious to see Nancy Bo Flood's name on the "Indigenous Experience in Children's Literature" panel. As regular readers of AICL know, I've been studying the ways Native peoples are depicted in children's literature for decades. In that time, I've come to know the work of many people who--like Flood--are not Native, but write books about Native peoples. Amongst that body of White writers, there are many instances in which the writer has done particularly egregious things.

Undermining Native identity and nations is one of those egregious violations.

That happens in Flood's book, Soldier Sister, Fly Home. When that book came out, I wrote two posts about it. One was about the Hopi content, the other was about the Navajo content.

The main character is Tess, a thirteen year old girl. Her father is white. A theme of the book is Tess trying to understand her mixed identity. Her Navajo grandmother has a key role in Tess's efforts to understand who she is.

As a child, this Navajo grandmother went to boarding school. U.S. government boarding schools (residential schools in Canada) were created in the 1880s by Richard Pratt. The goal was to 'kill the Indian and save the man.' Tess's grandmother didn't like what they did to her there, and so, she ran away.

She tells Tess about running away part way through Flood's story when Tess pulls a book of Emily Dickinson's poems off her grandmother's shelf and turns to a marked page. Her grandma asks her to read it aloud. Before she reaches the end, her grandmother joins her, reading the last stanza aloud together. She tells Tess that it is a good poem and says:
When I was in school, I thought, I am Navajo. I should not read that poem. It was written by a white woman. She could speak of death. We could not. But I read and reread that poem.
There are several ways to interpret that passage. The goal of the boarding schools was to "kill the Indian and save the man." I guess it worked on Tess's grandmother. She no longer observes Navajo teachings about speaking about death.

And now--as a grandmother--she's asking her granddaughter to read that poem aloud. Essentially, she's continuing the "kill the Indian" goal.

My guess is that most readers think that Tess's grandmother is really nice, kind, and helpful. But is she, really?

Is Flood -- the White writer who created that character -- a modern day Richard Pratt?

One of the other people on the Indigenous Experience panel is Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. With her daughter-in-law (who is White), she's written three stories from her childhood in boarding school. The stories are wrenching.

Do you see why having THIS particular White writer (Nancy Bo Flood) who created that kind of grandmother, sitting beside Margaret Pokiak-Fenton is just plain wrong?


I strongly urge Nancy Bo Flood to step down from the panel. This is not her place. I understand why she accepted the invitation but she should not have done so. In the conversation on the USBBY Facebook page, I asked for details as to why she is on the panel. Did they deliberately create a seat for a White writer was my specific question. Ed Sullivan, Chair of the planning committee, answered my question:
"The answer to that is no. I invited Nancy Bo Flood long after the other panelists were invited. She was already registered for the conference and presenting a breakout session on another topic, so I asked her if she would be willing to participate. Since cultural appropriation will be a topic of discussion for the panel, having someone who has been criticized for that can offer an interesting perspective to the conversation. When I invited Nancy, she stressed she was not Native American, and I am sure she will be quite clear about that on the panel when she speaks, too. I hope that answers your questions."
His answer prompted other questions. There is also a panel on Asian American Experience (both session titles use the singular "experience" which is also an error). It has one moderator and three Asian American writers. Why, I wonder, did Sullivan decide that the Indigenous panel needed a fourth person--a White writer--on it?

This is one of many similar confrontational conversations I've had with people in children's literature. Dominated by White people, they work pretty hard at defending the right to write whatever anyone wants to write. In the abstract, I support that concept, but on the ground, things are very different.

Our lived realities as Native people today, and those of our parents, grandparents, and ancestors, is one where White people were intent on taking and destroying our land, our lives, our languages, our ways of worship, and... our stories. The initial invasion has been followed by wave after wave of invasion.

With this panel, USBBY is continuing that invasion.

See Naomi Bishop's Open Letter Regarding the "Indigenous Experience" Panel at USBBY's 2017 Regional Conference. 


A Safe Date

Jul. 25th, 2017 08:17 pm
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Wealth brings on enviers, power brings on enemies.

The police won't act until a crime has been committed. But why wait until it's too late?

Today's women are strong and proud of their achievements. They have high-profile jobs, lead companies and get rich. All their hard work seems to have paid off – until the problems begin. Some situations no one can deal with alone: Who's behind those calls you're being woken up by in the middle of the night? Do you feel like someone's constantly watching you? Someone is trying to blackmail you? Do you receive anonymous threats? Do you fear a backlash if word of your problems gets out?

Women, you're no longer on your own! Hire A Safe Date the next time you've received an invitation to a dinner party, want to go to the opera or need to go on a business trip. Our escorts are good company and trained to keep you safe. And while you're out enjoying yourself or doing business, our investigative team deals with your enviers and enemies before they can do real harm. Discretion guaranteed.

Ladies, you've got A Safe Date on your screens this fall.

The cast )
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A trans girl moves to live with her father in Arizona to escape bullying. She meets people at high school, but she is afraid to come out to them as trans.

The plot is straightforward but enjoyable. Chapters alternate between the present (high school politics and living with her dad) and the past (transition angst and living with her mum). The characters of her parents are especially well-drawn, each with their own tangles of development and motivation.

After the story ends, the author adds two notes: one aimed at cis readers, about understanding trans issues, and one aimed at trans readers, to encourage them and show them some options. I think this is a grand idea.

The only serious fault I find, and it's a fault acknowledged by the author in the endnotes, is that the protagonist has too few problems with transition: she gets hormones easily, she has a girlish build, and she gets bottom surgery earlier than would normally be possible.

There are perhaps too many books about trans people where much of the plot is about them being trans, but they serve a useful function in educating and encouraging (as well as entertaining) and this book does all three.

Strong content warnings for transphobia and bullying, of course; one scene has a graphic suicide attempt; reference to a successful suicide; attempted sexual assault; firearms; soft drugs; no actual sex.
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Posted by Germain Lussier

The DeLorean. The Ecto-1. The Batmobile. The Lightcycle. Badass vehicles and other modes of transport have long been a memorable part of science fiction and fantasy movies—and artist Mark Chilcott has painted some standout selections in a brand new art show, appropriately titled Ride On!


Weekly Otherkin Chat Starting Now!

Jul. 26th, 2017 12:00 am
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Reminder: Weekly #otherkin chat starting now, in irc://! Webclient here:
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Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is the Managing Editor of Fireside Fiction, a literary magazine which publishes a variety of things, lots of which are SF.

Her essay on the task, and the metaphor, of "blind reading," does a great job explaining why the phrase "blind reading" is unhelpful

Here's a taste: click to read )

FMK #18: Writers of Color

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:11 pm
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Last week's F win was a tie between The Dragon and the George and Goblin Quest. I am waffling over which one to pick. Goblin Quest had discussion in the comments, but on the other hand, reading it would break my unbroken streak of not having read any of the many Hines novels I own.

K winner was the Callahan. I am going to keep Callahan's Crosstime Saloon but this may be the nudge I needed to just drop the rest.

Anyway, this week's FMK theme is SF by Anglophone Writers of Color. We will pretend the reason it was tough to get a set of ten together for this is that when I get one of these it doesn't linger as long on the to-read pile. (Actually, it was tougher than I expected because finding out race for a lot of SF writers - especially older and more obscure ones - is not simple. There does not seem to be an easily accessible and accurate masterlist of SF Writers of Color out there. And at some point, for some of then, I found myself thinking that if they aren't interested in making their ancestry part of their public bio, I need to not be looking this hard. I never did figure out if Philip Jose Farmer is actually in any way Hispanic.)

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll: Butler, Delany, Hamilton, Hurston, Martinez, Mosley, Reynolds, Takei, White, Wilson )
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Posted by Germain Lussier

Tom Wolfe’s landmark 1979 book The Right Stuff, famously turned into the 1983 film, is coming back thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio. His production company has just signed a deal to turn the book into a TV series on National Geographic.



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