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Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:03 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] damnmagpie!
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... into matters that are surely people's own business.

I was quite surprised, looking it up, to see that the Queen's (formerly King's) Proctor is still A Thing, legally.

I found this wonderful article by ESP Haynes*, a character who constantly crops up in my research, apropos of matrimonial law, censorship, etc, condemning the evils of the situation respecting in early C20th Britain from a lawyer's viewpoint (I've always assumed, on rather slight evidence, that he was probably go-to guy for the left-liberal intelligentsia for their own divorces, prosecutions for obscenity, etc).

My dr rdrz know that I am not exactly a cheerleader for the medical profession, but in the 1930s, due to anxieties around depopulation and maternal mortality/morbidity and abortion, it was being suggested that miscarriages should be made notifiable. NO WAI said bodies such as the BMA, this will only deter patients who need our help from seeking it.

*Though the OCRing of the scan of the original text has clearly not been subjected to proof-reading.

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"...archeologists unearthed a small stockpile of seeds stowed in a clay jar dating back 2,000 years. For the next four decades, the ancient seeds were kept in a drawer at Tel Aviv's Bar-Ilan University. But then, in 2005, botanical researcher Elaine Solowey decided to plant one and see what, if anything, would sprout." The resurrection of the lost-for-millennia Judean date palm.

"Technology historians say the instrument is technically more complex than any known for at least a millennium afterward." The earliest surviving analog computer.

"Studies have found that parts of the Mediterranean region are drying out because of climate change, and some experts believe that droughts there have contributed to political destabilization in the Middle East and North Africa. In much of the American West, mountain snowpack is declining, threatening water supplies for the region [...] In Alaska, the collapse of sea ice is allowing huge waves to strike the coast, causing erosion so rapid that it is already forcing entire communities to relocate."

"Already, signs of erosion are everywhere in the Ganges Delta — the world’s largest delta, which empties much of the water coming from the Himalayas. There are brick foundations torn in half, palm trees growing out of rivers and rangy cattle grazing on island pastures the size of putting greens. Fields are dusted white with salt."

"'Nothing in the TMDL dictates that agriculture do anything one way or another — much less that any kind of zoning occur that is not supported by local government,' Baker said. 'States and local governments worked together with a number of federal agencies to develop this Clean Water Blueprint for the bay. It’s hardly a mandate being imposed on high down to the states.'"

"NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it's unlike anything they've found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered." Maybe we should send its potential residents a warning not to screw their planet up the way we have.

Who wants DW APIs?

Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:33 am
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Just a quick signal boost, since I'm in the middle of several dozen things: I know several of you have toys or utilities that interact with Dreamwidth. [personal profile] darael is proposing writing some proper APIs to make it non-awful interacting with DW other than by directly loading HTML pages. Please do go and join in the discussion if you think you might ever use such tools.

For historical interest, this discussion seems to have arisen out of the now shelved proposal to make DW work with Usenet-style News (NNTP) readers. I know some of you were keen on that idea, either here or on LJ, so if you have opinions about what would give newsgroup style functionality without actually going all the way to running an NNTP server, your input would be particularly welcome.

If this is gobbledygook to you, you're probably not the target audience so please feel free to ignore this post.
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I daresay the sorry tale of the sleazoid Mail on Sunday reporter who ripped off a food bank and then reported on this as Shock! Horror! charities give food to people who represent themselves as being serious need, even when they are lying scumbags journalists in desperate search of a story has already been drawn to everybody's attention.

A question which I think has not been addressed here is, and precisely what checks are already overstretched Citizens' Advice Bureaux and food bank charities supposed to make when people come along, fill in the requisite forms (no, I have no idea how this parses as 'No questions asked') and appear to be in need of their services.

Me, personally, I would not be happy if donations I had sent to a food bank turned out to have been applied not to buying actual food and possibly to relevant administrative costs, but to the hire of private investigators to make intrusive inquiry into whether the people applying were really in need.

Hello, the 1930s and the Means Test - 'Oh look, you could sell or pawn your meagre family treasures before trying to go on Public Assistance'.

This hits a low in 'investigative' reporting involving massive misrepresentation and wasting the time and resources of charitable organisations previously occupied by the 1974 Babies for Burning case - depressingly the first several pages appear to be either copies of this noxious work for sale or uncritical or disingenuous citations by pro-lifers - but this from Hansard (scroll down) contains a summation of the case including the lying to a government Select Committee by one of the authors (go, go go, Renee Short!). I wouldn't doubt that there were clinics in the 1970s which were making a nice commercial business as a result of the 1967 Abortion Act, but the authors clearly preferred to go after the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the Brook Clinics, etc, possibly because they did not have to pay for appointments in order to lie about being pregnant in the first place.

What next we ask? I am sure there is some kind of negative spin that could be put on the Good Samaritan, possibly questions about whether the man set upon by thieves had brought that upon himself or was the victim of a falling out among said thieves rather than a deserving victim?

Rapport från Sveriges yttre gräns

Apr. 22nd, 2014 09:58 am
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I perioder har 90 procent av alla som flyr till Europa kommit via Grekland, ett land där delar av EU:s gemensamma yttre gräns går. Bangs chefredaktör Anneli Carnelid åkte till Grekland och frågar sig hur många brott mot mänskliga rättigheter EU kan begå?

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Apr. 22nd, 2014 07:56 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] mme_hardy!

Daily Happiness

Apr. 21st, 2014 11:35 pm
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1. Sales in my departments are doing so good compared to last year that when the vice president of the company came by today, he asked my manager what we were doing that they were so high when other stores were struggling to even reach 100% (I'm at about 120% right now).

2. I'm glad I work at a grocery store, since unless I walk, I can't even go to the store now because while I have a bike, I have no lock for it! (I should order one from Amazon or something, I guess. Bleh. Anyone have recs for U-lock type locks?)

3. The weather's so nice right now. Looks like it will stay that way for the rest of the week, at least (I didn't look at the extended forecast at all).
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Tomb Raider reboot logo


The Tomb Raider franchise is incredibly long running with huge amounts of multimedia content, so of course I know almost nothing about its history. Tomb Raider debuted back in 1996, two years before I graduated from Nintendo to Playstation. I missed the boat on the initial launch of the franchise and never picked it up. The 2013 Tomb Raider, a reboot of the series, is my first experience with it other than the films.

1996 Tomb Raider game cover with Lara holding her iconic guns


I was aware of the first film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, because when it was released I was constantly on the lookout for stories with women at the center. Even though the film didn't get a good critical response, I still loved it. I liked the sequel just as much, although that one didn't do as well either critically or with audiences. I had been so sheltered and subject to regressive media that my parents liked that these movies were like catnip. An intelligent, hardworking lady with incredible physical skills! Outsmarting everyone! Being both badass and empathetic! It was impossible to resist. Read more... )

Culinary

Apr. 21st, 2014 09:36 pm
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While I was away most of the weekend, and thus there has not been a great deal of culinary activity, over the past week there has been a certain amount of baking.

Monday: due to unexpected extreme furriness of the existing bread, made a loaf of 3 Malts and Sunflower Seed brown flour.

Friday supper: sardegnera with French saucisson sec and a dab. of black olive paste.

Saturday breakfast rolls: basic buttermilk, 3:1 strong white flour and medium cornmeal.

Bread I made when getting in this afternoon: the Collister/Grant My Favourite Loaf, wholegrain spelt/white spelt/einkorn flours, a little wheatgerm, a dash of molasses, a splash of walnut oil. V tasty.

TV post

Apr. 21st, 2014 01:24 pm
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I was going to start this post with "I don't talk about my shows much" but I don't talk about anything much, haha, guess my meds are working now that I feel like talking, ANYWAY.

Yesterday I watched the season 2 premier of Orphan Black. Spoilers of course. )

Marvel: Agents of SHIELD. I passed over it initially -- I was excited by the original announcement but further details gave me enough pause to not bother with it. Then Cap2 happened, and I thought I might give it a chance. At least to see what was going on behind the scenes in universe. Three episodes in and nothing has grabbed me. I find Fitzsimmons annoying, not endearing, Coulson dropped a level in badass, and Ward and Skye continually fall short of engaging. I like May, but I doubt she's going to get the depth she deserves. This is a Whedon show. He only THINKS he writes women well and he is just so, so impressed with how clever he is. So so clever.

I've been re-watching Community. I forgot how damn funny this show is! I haven't seen any of season 5 yet, hopefully it doesn't disappoint.

Season 4 of Lost Girl was a goddamn mess. I honestly don't know if I'm going to bother with S5. I never watched the show for intelligent plot growth or anything, but holy wow that was bad.

GRIMM. I go back and forth on Grimm. I really enjoy the premise, and that the show takes itself seriously but not TOO seriously. Spoilers )

I'm also watching Elementary and Sleepy Hollow, but I've run out of steam so I'll save those for next time.

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