Fic: Overheard

2019-Apr-18, Thursday 20:04
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Title: Overheard
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Owen, Ianto, Jack.
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Lurking late in the Hub, Owen overhears a snatch of conversation between Jack and Ianto that gives him some strange ideas.
Word Count: 1249
Written For: m_findlow’s prompt ‘Any, any, “I’ve never needed a hot shower and coffee so much in my entire life”, at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters. They belong to the BBC.




Overheard... )
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Posted by PETER BAKER

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, investigated Russian election interference, ties to the Trump campaign and possible presidential obstruction of justice. His report has been released.
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Posted by CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE

Most of the victims seem to have been Germans on vacation on the Portuguese island. Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her condolences as an inquiry was opened.
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Posted by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election finally became public this morning, with an explanation for why President Trump isn’t facing criminal obstruction of justice charges that appeared to be in tension with Attorney General William Barr’s interpretation of the report. In a press conference before Mueller’s report was released, Barr offered an explanation for his decision not to prosecute the president on obstruction of justice charges, saying that he believes that regardless of whether Trump actually committed obstructive acts, he’s satisfied that the president had “non-corrupt motives.”

Mueller’s report, however, is darker and more ambiguous. Mueller’s team found “multiple acts by the president that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations.” And in many cases, Trump was kept out of further legal hot water by his staff’s unwillingness to carry out his directives, such as when his White House counsel refused to fire Mueller. Mueller pointedly wrote in the introduction to the section of the report dealing with obstruction that the report did not “exonerate” Trump. Mueller also wrote that he didn’t try to come to a conclusion about the president’s innocence or guilt because of a longstanding Justice Department policy that prevents a sitting president from being charged and put on trial — which he saw himself as bound by.

The report also said that although there were many contacts between members of the Trump campaign and people affiliated with the Russian government, there was insufficient evidence to prove that the campaign was involved in a criminal conspiracy with Russia.

The question, now, is what Congress will do.

Although Barr has closed the door on criminal charges for Trump, Mueller’s evidence and analysis — particularly the story Mueller told of Trump’s willingness to repeatedly interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation — could take on a very different meaning in a political context. The president’s conduct doesn’t have to be criminal to be impeachable; instead, Congress can consider, among other factors, whether his behavior represents an ongoing threat to the country.

In a debate over whether Trump’s behavior merits political consequences like investigations or impeachment, Mueller’s evidence and — in the case of obstruction of justice — his analysis will be an important guide for Congress. Even though Mueller’s team didn’t think the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia rose to the level of a crime and Barr concluded that Trump shouldn’t be charged with obstruction of justice, that doesn’t necessarily matter in a political context.

Democratic leaders, though, have set a high bar for impeachment, saying that any effort would need to be bipartisan. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier today that he thinks Trump “has every right to feel good about what we’ve heard today.”

As the Mueller investigation wore on, Americans’ perspectives on Mueller became more and more politically polarized, with Republicans much less likely than Democrats to say they approve of the special counsel. Mueller’s favorable rating among Republicans did jump up quite dramatically after the release of Barr’s letter to Congress last month highlighting what he said were the report’s key findings. But Republicans were also much more likely than Democrats to say that the report (which hadn’t yet been released) had cleared Trump’s name, which means this support may decline if the report is widely perceived to be critical of the president.

So while Mueller’s report certainly contains details that are much worse for the president than Barr’s letter or his press conference indicated, it’s not clear yet what the political consequences — if any — will be. The report has, however, given ample fodder for a political showdown — including potential congressional testimony by Mueller himself.

Capsule

2019-Apr-18, Thursday 18:00
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Being on crutches, in an apartment up a flight of stairs, has certainly made decluttering more challenging. I cannot take anything to trash/recycling, but have to get someone else to do it for me (and I live alone). Also, it's a lot more difficult to carry things from room to room.

Nevertheless, I persisted!

KonMari has completely changed a lot of household chores for me, from things I hate and avoid to things I actively want to do as a combination of relaxation/meditative activity and geeky hobby. (I still hate washing dishes though). Sherwood and Layla, who have both seen my apartment in various stages, can attest to how much this has changed how it looks.

Here is a set of shelves in my kitchen which had not been decluttered in twelve years. There's a huge space in the back of them which is very hard to reach into. Consequently, when I stash anything there, it tends to drift toward the back, where I can then neither see nor reach it. Otherwise I only opened it to grab a tool from the tool box.



The other day, having hired someone to run some errands for me and also take out the trash, I parked myself on the floor and pulled everything out, a task which at times involved lying flat on my stomach and using a tool to sweep things toward me. I really wish I'd photographed the floor once everything was out, because it was a hair-raising mound of trash and weird junk. I found a half-drunk bottle of Kahlua which had probably been there for twelve years. I found paper towels so old that they shattered like glass.

I dumped the trash in trash bags and sorted the rest. Here is the end result:

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voxette-vk:

ratsofftoya:

tilthat:

TIL Saddam Hussein loved Doritos and could eat a family sized bag in 10 minutes.

via reddit.com

beast mode

Interviewed in GQ magazine’s July issue, the men said Saddam greatly admires President Reagan and thought President Clinton was “OK,” but had harsh words for both President Bushes, each of whom went to war against him.

“The Bush father, son, no good,” Cpl. Jonathan “Paco” Reese, 22, of Millville, Pa., quotes Saddam as saying in English. But his fellow GI, Specialist Sean O’Shea, then 19, says Saddam later softened that view.

“Towards the end he was saying that he doesn’t hold any hard feelings and he just wanted to talk to Bush, to make friends with him,” O’Shea, of Minooka, Pa., told the magazine.

Man, raisin bran is good but fruit loops are great

what a rube

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poipoipoi-2016:

contrapositive-post-posting:

petermorwood:

hyratel:

trepanties:

vagabondsong:

I feel like this is a scene out of a Neil Gaiman novel.

WOW big mood

@neil-gaiman @petermorwood @dovewithscales

Not quite “the elephant in the room”, since no-one seems uneasy about its presence.

Clearly this is a world where a fully-fledged peacock on the tram is nothing out of the ordinary - and if that’s not a story seed, I don’t know what is.

Dad came down with the flu that week, so I had to go down to the subway and feed the unicorns…

- opening line of “Midnight Snack”, by Diane Duane.

have you been to new york?

because if that’s the worst thing you’ve seen on the subway you ain’t seen nothin yet. it’s not even bothering anyone

The peacock’s better behaved than the homeless people.  Seriously, if you ever see an empty car, it’s empty for a reason. 

Also, this guy: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvmzzw/man-brings-large-leather-couch-on-subway-vgtrn

I saw the link to an article about a guy with a couch on the subway and thought, “ha, I remember that, I’ll check it out for old time’s sake”. No, I was remembering a different person with a couch on the subway.

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shlevy:

nuclearspaceheater:

testblogdontupvote:

Hey, I can also play this game! Please, rattumb, come to the defense of these statements - I’m sure that you care more about their truth than emotional valence!

If a man acts like a sea lion, he’ll eventually gonna get dogpiled on twitter.

When guys go around wearing fedoras and sandals with socks, they’re asking to be called neckbeards and mocked.

If a guy weighs in on women’s issues, he shouldn’t be surprised when feminists assume that he wants a response from Jezebel, Vox, HuffPo, and other major online media.

Guys who complain about false rape accusations are often trying to cover up rapes and sexual assaults that they have committed.

A lot of times, guys who write posts about feminism having gone too far have emotional problems.

If you read the notes most people are in fact conceding that most of those are literally true. Are you saying that they’re not?

LOL what was OP expecting? “Hey rationalists, I bet you’re too intellectually dishonest to bite this juicy bullet over here!”

“average person bites three intellectual bullets a year” factoid actualy just statistical error. Rationalist Georg, who lives in berkeley and & bites over 10,000 each day, is an outlier adn should not have been counted

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nuclearspaceheater:

glumshoe:

glumshoe:

argumate:

glumshoe:

One of my archaeologist friends has had Christians try to tell her that Ancient Egypt didn’t exist and the relics are all modern fakes because “the Earth didn’t exist that long ago”. I have absolutely NO idea what kind of theology they’re reading, but I want whatever they’re smoking that makes it make sense.

Moses, increasingly perplexed: let my people go! back to their original timeline!

This sounds like the plot to an episode of Where In Time Is Carmen San Diego?

“Time Pilots! Carmen Sandiego has STOLEN three thousand years of human history! You’ve got twenty-eight minutes to get it back or history will change forever!”

“The answer is Biblical Literalism!”

Ancient Egypt is literally in the Bible so that’s not the explanation in this case.

“Ancient Egypt” covers a really long time. The reigns of the alleged candidates for Pharaoh of the Exodus would put that event between 870 and 1374 years after the completion of the Great Pyramid, for example.

Yeah the old kingdom was a really long time ago. And also lasted for a really long time? Although I’m probably just missing the details that make the dynasties sensible. Given how interesting it seems I probably ought to read a good back on ancient egypt. recommendations, pls

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A couple of comments on one specific part of this whole, I guess just to try to clarify some points of divergence.

Imagine I am consistently getting bad grades in school. My mother goes to the Principal and says, “Morlock really is a very bright boy, I don’t think your tests are reflecting his real potential.”

The Principal calmly says, “Mrs. Holmes, we all need to understand that differences in intelligence are real. Not all of us have the same potential. Continuing to throw resources at Morlock would be a waste of our time, and, frankly, his as well. Rather than attempting to ignore the clear reality of human difference, we’re going to discontinue his higher education and train him to dig ditches.”

Later it turns out I was dyslexic, and with accommodations I actually test above average, but by then I’m a decade into my ditch digging career.

There’s no coercion involved here, is there? Nor is there any malice. But something has gone quite wrong. Spread this out over millions of people and you begin to have a major issue.

So I think we have to have very different conceptions of freedom and coercion to imagine a world where someone else¹ just gets to assign to you to dig ditches for the rest of your life, or that you’ll waste years training to dig ditches, and not see coercion. There is an incredible amount of coercion involved².

Being managed poorly, or being assessed incorrectly because of a flawed or self-interested metric is one of the major problems of, what, the last two centuries? It’s not something that goes away or becomes harmless just because we don’t literally want to beat people to death.

I’d guess that this makes out mismanagement to be a much more recent problem than it is. I’d hazard that most serfs were being mismanaged, and generally worse than moderns, as they had fewer exit rights or opportunities.

Finally, I’m going to guess that some of this disagreement is that you think higher education is extremely important, which I think is not true. But then, I have a lot of ego riding on that position.

[1] I’ll grant that parental power sort of runs into this, but the role of government power should be to mitigate that, not to do ten times worse.

[2] Modern public education is already pretty coercive, especially for the disadvantaged (e.g. I’m not sure e.g. foster kids have any choice at all until they’re 16ish), but even it’s not that bad - you’re only forced to get 4-6 years into your ditch digging career.

The Magicians 4x13

2019-Apr-18, Thursday 20:37
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Sooo I just watched the "Magicians" season finale and I don't even know where to fucking start.
Actually (cn: depression) )

More bullshit from this episode:so much (cn: suicide) )

The one thing I liked about the episodefive small things )

Yeah, so to sum up, season 4 was a mess, that I didn't write about because I had hope that they would tie it together well but instead the season finale was an even bigger mess. On the one hand I hope fandom will write a lot of fix-it but on the other hand I also completely understand everyone who's done with the show.

BAUplan

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Early promise is not promise fulfilled

2019-Apr-18, Thursday 19:05
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Apparently there was some hoohah lately about people's degrees not matching up with their A-level results?? and people doing better than their A-level grades might have suggested so it was grade inflation? (whether there was evidence of the converse, and people with smashing A-level results and mediocre degrees, deponent knoweth not).

And I feel this fits in a bit with my post earlier this week in that it is weighted to one moment of shining early promise...

Years ago, I read somewhere about somebody who had, after a perhaps not very starry start, become an internationally renowned expert in, I think, educational theory, had published widely in the relevant peer-reviewed journals and with top publishers, won awards etc: and applying for some post, somebody on the panel looked at the c.v. and said, 'huh, they only got a 2.2 from [might have been a polytechnic? anyway, non-elite institution]'.

Okay, with the numbers of sly hoaxers there are in the world, perhaps it is a necessary check on people being who they say they are to have them put down educational information from decades ago, though I very much doubt this sort of thing gets checked ('Did XY attend your school and did they take and pass Geography O-level in year in question?') But there comes a point when the exact grades at least should no longer matter?

I also think of those young persons of promise who perhaps did something - a first book or whatever - that was considered a major achievement and the precursor to very great things indeed and basically either never got the second album together at all, or it was not quite all that.

Or, they got some cushy post and sat back. Or didn't even get the first book out in spite of being considered sure to do great things.

While others do not really hit their stride until much later - this is not, I think, the same as those women artists who have to wait until they are 90 and all their male competitors and critics have died off to be recognised, I'm thinking more of people who get it together, not entirely unlike oneself, in the middle way of life. And possibly not having given any particular signs of remarkable shiny promise.

I think there are lots of different trajectories possible, and I'm not sure that whooshing upwards like a rocket from the get-go is a terribly encouraging model to have in front of one.

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The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, investigated Russian election interference, ties to the Trump campaign and possible presidential obstruction of justice. His report has been released.

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