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[personal profile] naye posted: Guardian meta-meta: Censorship and Homosexuality in China

Guardian and Censorship
A recap of what happened this summer: Guardian did fantastic streaming on Youku - getting 1.8 billion views from its start June 13th until it finished at the end of July. And then, on August 2nd, it disappeared. The show's official Weibo account was similarly shut down. There was no word why this had happened, except of course - censorship.



I wish I knew what to say, I'm sad people are censored and punished, fans and actors both.
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Note: this is specifically about Big Media with big traffic, mainly popular fanvids. I think there are easier ways to get simple image hosting

[personal profile] absolutedestiny posted: Cheap Big Media Hosting - A Guide

helpful to people who:
  • Create fan art that needs hosting before being able to post on ao3 or other places (images, videos, audio files etc)

  • Need a place they can upload those media files that isn't youtube etc where take-downs are automated

  • Is the cheapest trustworthy place I can find (like, for a lot of you this might be effectively free)

  • Doesn't require training as a sysadmin to set it up

  • Allows porn (backblaze just say nothing illegal, bunnyCDN specifically say they allow it as long as it's legal)

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This is great, I like the ease of reblogging in Tumblr, and this seems to give a lot of the same feeling

[personal profile] melannen posted: Signal Boost: SignalBoost✔ bookmarklet

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AirgiodSLV and lalejandra are posting their mid-2000s Lotrips fic and it's all good but some of it's wrenching to for me to read now. Such good writing I sometimes have to go and have a little cry.

And I am very glad they are doing well, and most of my other friends have found harbors, and even our actors are OK: practically no reports of arrogance and none that I've heard of alcohol or drug addiction.

I LOVE YOU ALL.
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[personal profile] executrix has a surprisingly positive point:

all those times we said, why didn't they just stop Hitler? Well, we have a do-over and we can get it right this time!

And all I've been able to do is donate, because my city, county and state are reliably Democratic. I feel even more helpless.

So I have a proposition. Anyone who lives in a red state or red district, I will personally support you in resisting the Republicans. You can make a difference!  I will figuratively hold your hand if you
  • call, email and/or postal mail your Senators & Representative (and I have a private idea about that).
  • help people sign up to vote, most everyone is pro-voting
  • put up a yard or window sign, or a bumper sticker -- scary but even a few people doing that change the dynamic, makes others believe that there is hope. 
  • post on Facebook - doesn't have to be all the time, doesn't have to be liberal screeds, just not Trump/Republicans
  • find a local Democratic group and call/text people for them
  • knock on doors (pre-selected for not committed to Trumpvision). Doing it in the next town or county might be less scary.   This is known to be a huge factor in winning elections
  • talk to friends, neighbors and relatives, gently, providing a progressive view of things. Especially Independents. I will find you some reasonable talking points!  Huge
I will be happy to call you, text you, IM you while you are doing this, I will cheer you on. I will go on Facebook and like your post.  I I will send you gas money if you want to go and knock on doors. I  will do anything to help you resist this literal fascjsm. Please let me?

Note to people in other countries: I will do the same for you, resisting authoritarians everywhere.

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Brooklyn Nine Nine! family happy show! we are up to date, which is a little sad, but also happy that they are going through with the wedding with sentiment but also unexpected (expected) twists


I'm going to cancel acorn.tv soon, so I'm going through and watching stuff
  • The Clinic -- is an Irish soap opera, but fun, with Chris O'Dowd (of course), but also Aidan Turner in a pastel yellow jumper, which is adorable
  • Love, Lies and Records -- comedy with some drama, I liked the parts about the Records Office best, as anyone who knows me will understand
  • Delicious - Dawn French and Emelia Fox, reluctant collaborators on a restaurant, gorgeous Cornish scenery, family comedy
  • No Offense -- interesting police procedural in the Midlands, two female leads I liked it until the very end when it became about yet another brilliant psycho killer and his schemes (which I hate)
  • Girlfriends -- surprising twists there, and and all about middle-aged women, which I enjoy very much
  • The Good Karma Hospital -- despite the cover image, the main character is a desi pediatrician escaping to India, which changes the dynamic for the better
  • Raised By Wolves -- I like the snappy dialog and am still trying to figure out why and with whom Della had all those kids: theories, anyone?
  • Restless -- weird structure, set back and forth in the 1940s/1970s, glossy design, gorgeous Hayley Atwell spying in WWII, the more modern part is not as good
  • Mayday - Twin Peaks-esque take on murder in an English Village, meh
  • Murder in Suburbia -- relatively light, with two female leads including Caroline Catz (from Doc Martin), police semi-procedural comedy, everything nicely tied up every episode
  • East West 101 -- South Asian police investigator in Sydney, heavy on the immigrant aspects, a bit fraught and angsty
  • The Last Days of Chez Nous -- best part is baby Miranda Otto
  • Alibi -- not sure if I'll keep watching, if so, it will be just be for Sophie Okonedo
  • Vera -- I like the older woman but it's all about family, every time, and I'd rather have variety
  • Second Sight - Clive Owen being all angsty, meh

On Amazon (we have Prime, but I feel like every stream makes them slightly poorer)
  • Case Histories -- Edinburgh! Jason Isaacs! apparently that's supposed to be a Yorkshire accent. Way too many coincidences and confessions though
  • Tennison -- backstory for Prime Suspect, set in the 1970s, decent story with fun period details
  • The Night Manager -- feels more like James Bond (chiseled hero, beautiful woman, lush settings) than a Le Carré novel. I preferred the Smiley books, and even The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
  • The Tunnel -- yet another psycho killer who makes taunting phone calls, also very male gaze-y, noped out of this one
  • I Capture the Castle -- way better in print or maybe that's just gauzy memory, noped out as well
  • The Lobster -- so not my kind of thing


msilverstar: (liberty-flame)
We should be safe from gun violence in our schools, houses, backyards, streets, clinics, clubs, and country music concerts. Other countries regulate guns, the USA can do it too.



Off to Oakland.
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Watched in the past few months
  • all of The Good Place with baffled enjoyment.

  • Game of Thrones just because everyone else watched it (peer pressure!)

  • The Get Down, I liked most of it, except the plot

  • Dirk Gently I was even OK with the plot

  • eta: Crazyhead which was very Buffy-ish for me, with more explicit sex

  • teengirl also binge-watched Skam a Norwegian high school ensemble drama, and is showing it to her friends

  • various superhero and space opera movies

Watching
  • Slings and Arrows, legit on youtube! - five episodes in & the fam is hooked

  • Doctor Who, 12 and Bill, who is great. The manic horror aspect is not my favorite.

  • Timewasters modern black British jazz band flung back to the 1920s, random but fun

  • Brooklyn 99 - we are halfway through season four, it's teengirl's happy place during her senior year of highschool and college applications

  • Our annual rewatch of LOTR -- this time with the actor commentary, which she finds amusing and I find very nostalgic for Lotrips (I love everyone in this room!)

Going to watch
  • Tremé - as we still have HBO and I bought the first season because I kept seeing parts of it in hotel rooms while traveling and loving it

  • Black Sails the chorus of recommendations is so big!

  • Suggestions?


ps acceptable sleep, CPAP mask is a pain
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TL;DR - back up all accounts and communities from LJ, they may disappear at any time.

from [livejournal.com profile] yuidirnt's post Regarding the recent suspensions
You might or might not have noticed, but in the past month or so many journals have been suspended without warning or notification by LJ. This appears to be because LJ implemented a new script to catch spambots, except this new script seems to potentially mark as spam any post containing links that go out of the site (to Mega, MediaFire, etc.) Once a journal has been marked as "spambot," it will be deleted without warning or notice.
from [personal profile] dawn_felagund's post "It has begun"
At the risk of succumbing to a slippery slope here, my main worry concerns item 6.1.1: "The Administration reserves the right to delete Account and Blog if User did not access the Account or the access was restricted for more than six months due to a breach hereof." There is a lot of fandom history on LJ on journals owned by people no longer active in the fandom, and possibly no longer even reachable. Now spambots are obviously less desirable on a site than old journals that haven't been updated since the Second Age, but content = server space = money, and an unused journal isn't holding its weight in terms of ad views either. It's digital dead weight.
If anyone wants help backing up to DW, please let me know!
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Repost from [personal profile] monanotlisa, [community profile] thisfinecrew

The latest attempt to repeal the ACA (which is designed to placate the Freedom Caucus) is now being opposed by some of the more moderate Republicans who were on board with the first attempt. With the House Republican leadership trying to figure out how to proceed next week, here's a target list of representatives who need to be contacted today or Monday to let them know you oppose ACA repeal.

source: https://mobile.twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/857975457106538497

Grump.

Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:02 pm
msilverstar: (billy playing BW)
I seem to be a fandom lurker now, except with people who I know well or fangirl hard or both. I miss the community but I'm shit at creating it these days.

But I still love you all.

Currently failing to see Billy Boyd at a comic con in San Jose. And Gina Torres. Because driving on a stressful freeway, parking, walking, waiting in line: all too much for me.

Writing this all out, it seems clear that depression is getting to me. Fuck.
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...but damn does he look good!



(he’s in the center, his hair is still kinda blond from some movie in China.)

He’s almost the same age Viggo and Sean Bean were when filming LOTR.

So, happy birthday to me too.

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Just $10 donation to Planned Parenthood, you get 100 chances to win!  PP is one of the most important groups in the country now, worth donating (you can always unsubscribe later if they send you too many begging emails).  So doing a good thing and possibly getting an amazing thing!  You can also buy gift certificates but they start at $25.


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Elijah Wood ~ Questions set by John Rhys-Davies



1 What surprised you most about The Lord of the Rings?
How intimate it felt. I had nothing to compare it to then, but this quality has become more special over time. All of us embarked on something that had never been done before, tucked away in beautiful New Zealand, and if felt homegrown, like the world's largest independent film

Elijah Wood at ComicCon 2016

2 Did it open new doors for you?<
Certainly. More profoundly, living abroad for the first time and the personal growth I experienced as a result set me forth on the rest of my life.

3 Was there any detriment workwise to doing it?
I don't think so. I definitely remember a feeling of not wanting to rest on the success of the films, but I didn't feel pigeonholed. I just knew I had to keep working and challenging myself

4 Have you acquired any new interests?
I DJ as a hobby which has increasingly become a source of enjoyment and expression. I've always wanted to open a restaurant, as I'd love to marry the creativity of designing a space whilst giving a great chef a place to create. And opening a record store is something I've wanted to do since I was a teenager. Certainly no shortage of things I've dreamed about.

5 What car do you drive?
I have a 1984 Mercedes diesel wagon. It's long been a favorite car of mine and I finally found one in excellent condition last year.

6 I hear you have a new TV series, what's it about?
It's called Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and it's based on Douglas Adams' series of books. It's difficult to summarise, but essentially it's a wild funny mad detective show with a case that is constantly revealing itself as it goes along. I'm excited for people to dig in.

7 Are you seeing someone?
Yes, sir.

8 What do you say when young people ask you about being an actor?
That one should love the craft and have no other motivations besides that passion. That it takes hard work and perseverance. Don't wait for opportunities to come to you. Create your own.

9 Where do you see yourself being another 15 years down the road?
Still making films and hopefully directing. And I imagine I'll still be talking about the films and my love of New Zealand, the closeness of the cast and crew, the craftsmanship of the various departments and the new roads they paved, and so much more.

from Empire Magazine January 2017, pp. 95-97

Dirk Gently PR:



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prokopetz:
dazzledfirestar:
stardust-rain:

violent-darts:

sephboy:

heres a cool idea: what if in 2017 tumblr commie kids gave up the creepy romanticization of the soviet union thing in favor of the aesthetics of american labor history–the haymarket riot, the pullman strike, the great railroad strike, emma goldman & yiddish socialism, woody guthrie, pete seeger, paul robeson, the iww and the 1912 textile workers’ strike, the ladies’ garment workers’ union, wpa murals, the american communist party, bread and roses, the union maid. that’s the Good Shit if yr looking for historical leftist culture imo

Seriously tho, kids. 

The USSR was a blood-soaked mess. A racist, anti-semitic, sexist blood-soaked mess at that. Do not repeat the sins of the Left of the 60s/etc by ignoring that. (Same goes for Maoist China, etc.) To ignore that is to literally piss on a truly appalling number of graves As an allegory, Animal Farm’s inaccuracies were that it’s not grim and horrific enough. The most conservative and hesitant and “well we don’t want to be hysterical about this” count of Stalin’s death toll, not including famine-victims, is 4 million; the one which, after various amounts of research, I find most convincing is about 20 million. Mao’s Great Leap Forward killed anywhere from 18 to 50 million, and we have literal footage of Tienamen, guys. 

This is not the good example you are looking for. Do not romanticise them. 

100% go back, as OP says, to the things that actually had good results (like a 40 hour work-week and basic human worker’s rights and shite) and did not do them over mountains of corpses. We have lots! They even included (gosh!) women! and queers! and people of colour/different ethnicities! They do all the things you want. 

These are your models. Not those bloody handed bastards over there. 
 
honestly, now is more important than ever to remember the historical contributions that the working class has made for social movements, given how much the media have taken blaming them for the rise of fascism. 

From Trump to Brexit, the narrative being spun has been that of “the working class were too poor and too dumb to know better” and how both Brexit and Trump spoke for them or to them, even though a majority of that demographic are non-white/immigrant/minorities who are severely affected by the political outcome. It’s a false narrative and it is both classist and racist and erases the fact that labour rights and worker’s rights and social rights in West Europe and Americas have come from and were heavily supported by the socialist left and working classes. 

Just to start off, I was reading the other day about The 1936 Battle of Cable Street, which was a stand organised by the local working class comprising of Jewish locals, the Irish locals, Labour and Communist party members in a demonstration against a Nazi march that lead to confrontation with the police (Discworld fans, read the fuck up about this because you will find a lot of what Pratchett was referencing in Night Watch). 

I’m sure there’s probably a lot more examples, and what OP mentioned definitely deserves more historical context and background. But the fact is that those historical contexts are either forgotten or ignored by the tumblr social justice commie kids scene because clueless privileged teenagers are more willing to worship dead genocidal dictators for cheap aesthetics than do actual fucking research. 

There’s a difference between celebrating bloody totalitarian regimes and celebrating actual socialist and leftist movements that had a positive outcome, in all their complexities, struggles and conflicts. And that difference means research and looking at the contexts of historical and social political landscapes of the time, the sum of which unfortunately can’t be reduced to sickle-and-hammer on a pastel colour palette.  

Also please be aware that the horrors that were brought down on people in the USSR and other regimes are within living memory. There are witnesses, victims and perpetrators STILL ALIVE, and potentially on tumblr. This is not some far off thing that happened hundreds of years ago. PLEASE understand how the trivializing and romanticizing of these regimes and their imagery can be very triggering.

My family on my father’s side ended up in Canada fleeing the Holodomor. That whole side of my family tree just ends around 1933 - the records to trace it back any further than that simply don’t exist. Like, I’m sympathetic to socalist causes, but if you want to get me on side, maybe don’t hold up the regime that murdered 50% of my ancestors as your go-to example?
 
Yeah, I did a paper on Stalin in school, going in with the idea that “anybody Joe McCarthy hates can’t be all bad”, and coming out with “Stalin is pretty much all bad”.  From his sneaky rise in the Party leadership, turning people against each other, to what he did with power: torture and starvation and exiling whole peoples to Siberia and informants everywhere and indoctrination and show trials where former comrades confessed and named other people.  He was a monster. 

And for the personal touch, my great-grandmother was an illegal immigrant to the US, fleeing Stalin and Hitler both, the rest of her family all died except one uncle.  Two out of about 30 people. 

So any idealistic young communists and socialists out there, that is the wrong damn model to take.  Not that there are any superfantastic models, but some are better than others.  Just because we have a fascist President-elect does not mean we have to be extreme in the opposite direction.

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Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump on Sunday (via East Bay Express)

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Grabbing my kid and going to make a statement 🌀🇺🇸💔💜☮💔☮💔☮

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Tiring, not sure how meaningful, but feeling good

Hey, we made the first photo of the New York Times story : http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/opinion/a-12-step-program-for-responding-to-president-elect-trump.html

msilverstar: (drowning in splooge)
I can’t really believe this, I’m sorry and terrified and I’m so sorry everyone who drowns when the sea level rises and everything goes to SHIT  How can this be happening now? 

And I can't even use my usual vote icon because Viggo voted and proselytized for the Green Party. If even one of his fans in a swing state bought into his logic, or if the popular vote was so much bigger than the electoral college votes, there might be some acknowledgement that it wasn't really a mandate. Fuck.
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