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In no kind of order.

* Donald Trump is Gaslighting America - while the rest of the media wibbles, Teen Vogue is ON IT

* Trump, Mocking Claim That Russia Hacked Election, at Odds with G.O.P. - (NYT) Some Republican leaders are concerned about this Russia thing, which gives me some hope for humanity. Here's a statement from bipartisan Senate leadership on the issue.

* Related calls to action regarding election interference: calling your reps to request the review in time for electors to vote, a script for same.

* Doxxing May Become A Federal Crime - (Buzzfeed) Bill introduced by Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, same legislator who introduced the No Religious Registry Act.

* A Wisconsin court case may be the last best hope to fix gerrymandering by 2020 (Vox) - fascinating, possibly hopeful read

* A thread on the Moral Mondays activism in NC that eventually resulted in incumbent Republican governor being defeated in last election. (I really need to know more about this; I have a hold in on a library book about it.)

* Facebook added an option to report fake news

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Most of this is not activism-related; some of it is not even politics-related. But I'm reading a lot more widely than I used to, and I thought other folks might also be interested in some of my finds?

Election-related
* Graham preparing 'Dreamers' bill - bipartisan bill to protect DACA participants

* An unaired interview on Trump, authoritarianism and kleptocracy (Sarah Kendzior). I really liked this - more hopeful than the title sounds, to me.

* Nonprofit journalists are gearing up with a flood of donations (NYT)

* Fuck Everything and Blame Everyone (Deadspin?). This was a cathartic read.

Around the world
* How an Indian Innovator Reverse-Engineered the Making of Sanitary Pads (NYT Mag) - A guy figures out the cheapest possible way to make pads, reproduces the manufacturing equipment, and starts setting up little shops all over India run by local women. There are still good things happening in the world, you guys.

* The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare (NYT). AKA why you should throw out your non-stick pans, but also a decades-long story of criminally awful pollution and one guy who did something about it.

* Bloomberg's "Jealousy List", aka stuff so good they wish they'd published it. aka where I found a lot of these other links!

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* Keepin' It 1600 - podcast with four former Obama aids. I got hooked on this shortly before the election even though I basically never listen to podcasts.

* [tumblr.com profile] leupagus has started something called political homework that seems like a great way way to motivate oneself to learn the ropes of their local politics.

* 10 Questions for Fake News Detection, a handy chart from The News Literacy Project

* This morning I called my senator to thank her for her vocal opposition to several Trump cabinet picks. The staffer sounded very pleasantly surprised that I wasn't calling to complain. Which is to say, if your elected officials are doing something good, let them know! Positive reinforcement!

* Speaking of that, a call to support Kellogg pulling their ads from Breitbart would not go amiss.

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* Trump syllabus - extensive reading list for context on Trump-related issues (via [syndicated profile] stop_trump_feed)

* "It's unprecedented in our history": Trump's election inspired millions in nonprofit donations - sometimes just seeing numbers is really validating

* All Resistance is Local: A Plan of Progressive Action for the Trump Years - this has fascinating ideas that I would like to explore more. I wish there were a reading list attached.

* Finally, another rec for #ACALLADAY, which continues to be a fantastic mix of news, calls to action, and recommended reading.

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ACTIVISM
* Why You Should Join Your Local Democratic Party (written by moi)

* lifetime VPN subscriptions on sale at BoingBoing

* Guest Post: A post-election guide to changing hearts and minds - full of extremely practical advice

* What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny from a Holocaust scholar

READING
* [personal profile] rydra_wong is your source for politcal links roundups, mostly articles. Tons of stuff!

* Look Up, Please - this anecdote of facing up to racism and awfulness made me cry, for real

* Canadian journalists who covered Rob Ford offer tips on Trump - persuasive comparison, and a little bit of hope for beleaguered journalists

* Utah governor breaks Republican ranks, welcomes refugees, is deeply skeptical of religious registry (no surprise Mormons wouldn't be keen on that)

* House Democrats demand Chaffetz probe Trump’s finances (Oddly, Chaffetz seems much less interested in investigating Trump than he was Clinton)

* bless the AP style guide??

* Exhaustive Database of Voter Fraud Cases Turns Up Scant Evidence That It Happens - background

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* FightTrump.co is a site that posts daily, weekly, and monthly calls to action. You can have them emailed to you, see them via Facebook, or follow the DW feed [syndicated profile] stop_trump_feed. So far they cover a wide range of things - today's is basically "Educate yourself on Trump's agenda by reading some of these linked articles," which is an A+ choice of your activism energy. It's not good to have zeal without knowledge, etc.

* Speaking of educating oneself, here is a massive NYT article on Trump's conflicts of interest.

* Call your legislators about the National Popular Vote Compact (also consider following Yglesias, he's a Vox writer and a good source of info and sense)

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Not so much activism today as just stuff I found interesting.

* THIS POEM. If you click on nothing else in this post, click on this.

* Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington state has introduced a bill that would ban registration based on religion - religions such, say, Islam. Consponsors include folks like Ellison and Wasserman Schultz. Something to mention to your congressperson('s staff) the next time you call them.

* Sen. Orrin Hatch, most senior Republican senator, is absolutely opposed to getting rid of the filibuster. So that seems good.

* Statistical look on which senators might cross the aisle and vote against their party fellows.

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* If you're having trouble getting through the House Oversight Committee on the phone, you can also fax them.

* Re: the ongoing discussion of Trump's conflicts of interest, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) has introduced legislation that would remove the current exemption of the president and VP from conflict of interest laws. Info at the link for how to support this legislation. (Yet another tip from [community profile] thisfinecrew, which has been FANTASTIC so far. Follow if you haven't yet and are at all interested in US political activism.)

* [tumblr.com profile] leupagus is a fandom person who is ON TOP OF IT in terms of ways we can engage with our elected officials. Their Twitter is also a quality follow.

* [tumblr.com profile] reckoningofjoy is a blog "intended as a record and remembrance of our progressive, civil- and human-rights victories, even in the course of the difficult and bleak times that the next few years are likely going to be for our country.

"Not because any of them will be enough, will mean we’re done, or that everything’s fine now. But because it’s going to be vital to remember, especially now, what we’re capable of, that good things still happen, and how they happen."

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A short one today.

* People are calling the Department of Justice to ask them to Audit the Vote. There's also a Change.org petition

* #ACallADay (keeps fascism away) is a great newsletter full of activism suggestions. I appreciate that it includes a lot of informational links about issues, in addition to the calls to action.

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"We're His Problem Now" Calling Sheet - easy reference for finding your elected Congresspeople, plus scripts for talking to them, plus a specific call to action each week. I'm going to use this a lot, I think.

Another google doc, still in progress, of general FAQs for ways to help out, ways to protect yourself, etc, as well as an international list of orgs fighting against fascism.

BTW, did you know you can get a free WaPo subscription if you have an email ending in .gov/.edu/.mil?

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[community profile] darkestnightex is a multi-fandom exchange for "dark themes," signups going on through the 12th. Info here. Glorious tagset of angst, horrors, and dirtybadwrong is here. Come sign up and request hockey with me!! I want to write so many treats.

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I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] avengersfest in hopes of writing some Guardians of the Galaxy or crackship femslash fic. Alas, no one else has signed up requesting either of those things (at least, not involving the femslash crackships I want). So, clearly I need people who want those things to sign up with me. :D Rules and dates are here and signups are here.

I need to reupload my Nebula icon - it is much more appropriate for the part of the MCU I'm into now.

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[community profile] fandomgiftbox is a new comm that operates like [profile] fandomstocking, but now instead of during the holiday season. I like the signups on this more than for Fandom Stocking, which always seemed really focused on shipfic, fic in general, and lists of things rather than prompts. Signups open here if you're interested.

Also, there's a Pens Rare Pair Fest happening here. Prompts have already been prompted, but you can browse the prompts and write and post fills, which will all be revealed June 19th. There are so many great ideas there that I hope result in fic.

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Short Story
Wooden Feathers by Ursula Vernon. Vernon just has my number, I guess. The main character here is a woman who carves decoys, not very well, and sells many of them to an old man who, it turns out, also used to carve. I love the concreteness of the carving, the creepy factor in the middle, and the hopeful note at the end.

Novelette
So Much Cooking by Naomi Kritzer. Selected entries from a food blog during an epidemic. This feels like a very affectionate and hopeful look at the human spirit, and I can appreciate that.

Deadline for Hugo nominating is a week from today!

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* If you have watched and loved the music video to "Genghis Khan," then you NEED to read this coda, Just like in the pulp magazines by [archiveofourown.org profile] adreadfulidea. If you haven't watched and loved the music video, HERE IT IS AND YOU SHOULD WATCH IT NOW. (I think I've seen it about eight times now.)

* [livejournal.com profile] spnspringfling is running again! This may be my absolute favorite exchange I have ever done - as the mods say, it's a "rapid-fire, double-blind, anonymous exchange challenge, in which you have a brief set of prompts, a week to work, and a lower AND upper limit on the size of your work." It is so fun.

* There've been so many hockey developments this week that I don't know where to start. Olli contract signing (<3333333)! Justin Schultz acquisition! Scuderi traded to LA because he "didn't fit in with Chicago's plans" (LOL)! We got Geno back and beat the Jets, and we called Murray up from WBS, and just, lots of hockey things.

* Rare Bears draft due on Tuesday (eep!). Sid/Geno Exchange running again, due to open signups in ~a month.

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Podfic!

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As a part of the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology VI, cool people have podficced two of my old Buffyverse stories! They happen to be two personal favorites, so I am doubly pleased. Have a listen, if you are so inclined!

Again, recorded by [archiveofourown.org profile] RickyPulsifer - Darla+Lindsay McDonald, Ats, 8 minutes
The first time Darla rose from the dead, it wasn't like this.

Tea Parties, recorded by [archiveofourown.org profile] RickyPulsifer and [archiveofourown.org profile] the_dragongirl - Dru/Buffybot, 12:21 minutes
Dru has lost all her dollies, but she knows where to find a new one.

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Currently this team and RL are both fairly stressful, and so I have ended up investing most of my feelings about both in Olli Maatta instead. On one hand, this has been a bit traumatic in the last week! On the other hand, it means that I pretty much could not have gotten a better present today, which is Olli getting interviewed by Trevor, intrepid Junior Reporter (Edit: new link.

CHILDREN INTERVIEWING CHILDREN. Seriously, this is a tall awkward child being interviewed by a shorter and somewhat less awkward child. I swear they make some of the same faces. And both so earnest!

And honestly I almost want to make a transcript of the entire thing, because it is so great. Olli went as "an Oktoberfest guy" for Halloween, lederhosen and all! He likes Pittsburgh because it's smaller than NYC and gets quiet in the evenings! He also goes into some detail about his warmup routine before practice (20 mins on bikes and doing calesthenics) and his routine before games (he arrives 2.5 hours before hand to deal with equipment and stuff). He watches a lot of movies and reads a book occasionally.

Basically if you happen to be writing Olli Maatta fic (*cough*), this is GOLDEN while also being charming and adorable. You just want to pinch the cheeks of everyone on the screen. I am SO CHARMED.

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Hockey Festivus, a 500-word exchange that matches on character instead of pairing, closes signups in a couple of hours.

Holiday Hockey Exchange has signups open until November 9.

Hockey RPF Kinkfest, a prompt-based exchange run through prompting and filling on the kinkmeme, just started a second round running through November 14.

Slapshot of the Heart is a rom com fusion exchange that posts on Valentine's Day, with nominations opening November 12.

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All the wonderful fics are here!

I've got three fics in the exchange, so feel free to guess which ones are mine! One of them is a gimme, though. Like, it is the most obviously snick-fic that has ever ficced.

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* This week has been Death by Sidney Crosby. First we have all the Tim Horton's ad footage with him and Mackinnon, and then we get 23 glorious minutes of In the Room-type coverage of his hockey school and his hometown. There's so much genuine smiling and giggling in these! It makes me so happy! Also I feel they pretty thoroughly disprove Sidney Crosby: Hockey Vulcan. Like, he may or may not be a goofy weirdo (she says with love), but he clearly is also a guy who has fun and friends and who enjoys people.

* From the preseason games this week we learn:
- Kessel/Crosby/Malkin/Letang can really do some damage vs another team's JV squad. Which isn't to say I wasn't COMPLETELY DELIGHTED by goals from Olli and Phil (TWO OF THEM) and other people.
- I'm not sure if Geno has any goals yet in the preheason, but he has been a beast on the ice nonetheless. I mean.
- OTOH, this team w/out Letang, Maatta, Crosby, and Kessel is kind of unfortunate. Especially those D-guys. STAY HEALTHY, KIDS.

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