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My initial reaction upon watching this episode was this:

I knew I should probably have started to write up my thoughts sooner, but damn, for the most part my brain has quite simply been doing that gif on repeat out of sheer delight.

Lots of sections below the cut. ☺ And, as before, no spoilers beyond this episode.

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1. Moar Trevor Noah. Seriously, I think America is incredible lucky to have him, he's exactly the right person to deal with Trump.

2. Well this is depressing as hell.

The Guardian: EU citizens in Britain post Brexit vote: ‘I feel betrayed, not at home, sad’
People who have lived, worked and made families in the UK tell us their struggles with paperwork following the Brexit vote

3. And finally, something to make you laugh:

Buzzfeed: 100 Tweets That Made British People Piss Themselves In 2016
So shines a good tweet in a weary world.
(Warning: There is some sort of auto-play thing, so turn your sound off.)
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"Tomi" host Tomi Lahren gives her take on the Black Lives Matter movement and explains why she lashed out against Colin Kaepernick for his national anthem protest

Bless Trevor Noah. These are conversations that need to happen.
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There is a difference between ‘This is a really good show, I really like it, I can’t wait see what happens next’ to ‘This show now has a hotline to my soul’.

It’s sort of unnerving and wonderful when the latter happens. It doesn’t happen all that often (and I don’t watch all that much TV, honestly) and it takes a certain kind of show, that special something that probably changes from person to person. For Class, for me, ‘Nightvisiting’ did it. I don’t think any show has ever won me over so completely so quickly… (With the possible exception of Firefly. But then I was ready & prepped to love Firefly, all of fandom singing its praises, and I bought the DVDs to watch. Class took me unawares.)

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Look through thread if you want images of the poster.

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Danny Dyer's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' is the pinnacle, and will never be bettered.

That's all I'll say. Watch it. Do NOT look for spoilers.

(I mean, Danny Dyer is reason enough in himself, obvs. But damn. That was a hell of a thing!)
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I made an icon. Feel free to snag, but please credit:


I just figured it might come in handy? Goodness knows I want Eleventy to come & take me back to when things were looking up...

Link dump

Nov. 27th, 2016 03:29 pm
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I somehow ended up with a lot of tabs (again). Under cut to spare your flist, except for two articles which really stood out:

‘The Real Racist’
The rhetorical strategy designed to shut down debate — and preserve white power

Against Bargaining
On not taking leave of your senses

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And finally:

One small English town just sent a giant f*ck you to the UK’s xenophobic media
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ETA: God bless Green Day:

Green Day Shocks ABC Execs With Anti-Trump Chant During The American Music Awards
Last night, during a live broadcast of the American Music Awards on ABC, punk legends Green Day performed their latest single “Bang, Bang,” as scheduled. But they surprised ABC reps by adding a special message for president-elect Donald Trump in the middle of the song. According to TMZ, ABC reps were thrown “completely off guard” when the band broke into a chant of “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” during the song’s breakdown, inspiring a standing ovation after the band’s performance.
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I don't think I have a gif that can accurately sum up what I've just watched and how I feel.


ETA: Never saw this. But it might be useful?

Where to Watch Class Around the World
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And we’re onto the season proper!! The thing with short seasons is that there’s no space for filler episodes; and this is very clear in Class. I don’t think it’s spoilery to say that from now on, the episodes are pretty much character-centric, each character getting their own episode (more or less).

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Most people are bad at arguing. These 2 techniques will make you better.
Argue better — with science.

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Hope all my American friends have a good day. And here's a useful article for you:

Don’t avoid politics this holiday season. Use these 5 tips for productive conversations.
You can have sane, compassionate, persuasive political conversations. I know because it happened to me.
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Happy Birthday Doctor Who. This was not deliberate, but my thoughts on the first episode of Class are finally done. No spoilers for later stuff, enjoy.

(This is long. I didn’t know how to tackle it, but in the end I decided to do it episode-by-episode, as that way I hopefully wouldn’t miss anything, and the episodes are so good that they all deserve a write-up.)

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Read thread:

And this is a very good article. Recommended:

one more

Nov. 21st, 2016 01:18 pm
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10 ways to aid the Resistance in Trump’s America
After one of the most turbulent weeks in American history, this morning I read an Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristoff titled ‘A 12-Step Program for Responding to President-Elect Trump.’ It read to me as exemplary of the well-intentioned but impotent liberal political thinking that frankly has lead us to this terrible situation in the first place. To repeat the world’s most tired and overused cliché, repeating the same actions and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

So here is a new list.
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You may remember this. Feel free to adapt.

That said, Brexit *is* different to the US election.

It was led my misinformation and lies and propaganda (which they walked back LITERALLY THE DAY AFTER) and general dissatisfaction. We've had 8 years of 'austerity' and people are not happy. And the Leave camp used this to make people angry at immigrants rather than point out that the government has cut into social services to the point where thousands upon thousands of people are reliant on foodbanks (THIS IS NOT NORMAL). It was a similar sort of anger, but our racial issues are different. (I mean, racism & xenophobia come in many guises. Still comes back to the same things, but different strokes...)

Also, as we had no Hillary figure, we did not have the corresponding visceral misogyny. Indeed, the outcome was an orgy of backstabbing, so all those who had engineered the outcome found themselves out in the cold, and Theresa May swept to power (unelected!!). I mean, yay for a female prime minister, but I would have preferred one less... Tory. :( Especially as Labour is about as much use a chocolate fire guard and we NEED someone or something to push back against the creeping right wing policies that keep being rolled out.

Re. Brexit we are still in limbo. In the US you can watch a horror show unfold, daily, whereas we are just sitting here, waiting for the other shoe to drop and mourning Toblerone.

Plus, our vote WAS of course a popular vote - not that it's that simple. It was SO close.

Anyway, some links for you re. the election.

Empathy isn’t a favor I owe white Trump voters. It has to go both ways.
We remember that out of suffering, healing is possible. Out of darkness, light shines brighter, and, not to sound all yoga about it, we cannot have one without the other. Had Hillary Clinton won, many of us would have moved on as if all was right with the world, but the world is very wrong, and the impact of that wrongness is on display for all to see.

Yes, the white male anger that fueled Trump’s victory was real — but it isn’t valid
Make no mistake, Trumpers are angry. What they're angry about is the loss of unearned race and gender privilege

The misogyny apocalypse: Turns out being white and male counts for more than intelligence, grace or decency
It was unimaginable that America would self-destruct rather than elect a female president. But that's what happened

How Van Jones Became a Star of the 2016 Campaign
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Demand An Audit Of The 2016 Presidential Election
The FBI determined some months ago that hacking, originating from Russia, was having an influence on our electoral process. [...] Did hackers manipulate the results by compromising voting equipment? Did other problems, glitches, or errors affect the outcome? There's a simple, relatively inexpensive way to find out: audit the electronic results against the paper ballots used by about 75% of U.S. voters.

(NB: It was Hillary who in 2010 made it possible for transgender Americans to get passports with gender markers matching how they live their lives)

A 12-Step Program for Responding to President-Elect Trump
Traumatized by the election results, many Americans are asking: What now? Here are steps that any of us can take that can make a difference at the margins. Onward!


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