When tea and kool-aide collide, the popcorn starts popping! That made a lot of sense in my head, btw. I just wanted an excuse to use that photoshop.
Caliph Obama to address the faithful before noon and exhort us to clap harder for Obamacare. Either that or he will just start handing out fast passes to the new Death Panel ride opening up at your nearest Six Flags of Al Qaeda Park.
Open thread. Use it or lose it.
Watch on C-Span3 or at the Oversight link
I swear I’m not a Vlad Fan girl (must. resist.the.vlad.) but I couldn’t help appreciating Putin’s op-ed in the NYT. Here’s what I read:
Snark and wow warning; Not Safe For Progs.
RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.
Translation: Americans, you are wrapped in a tissue of lies by your government and media. For once, since this impacts me, I must break the illusion with a few hard facts.
Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.
The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.
I know your schools are pure indoctrination now, so you probably don’t know your own history. We’ve had ups & downs, been friends, enemies, frenemies (ah, good times) but we both agreed to create the UN to be our legal cover when we played our little world domination games.
I’m burned out on race card politics. Spent the week in escapist fantasy worlds.
I’m going to link to my (very short) reviews instead of copying them in here.
I read through all the Sarah Hoyt books I could borrow from the library:
Magical British Empire Trilogy ( Heart of Light, Soul of Fire, Heart and Soul) which is a alternate-history Victorian romance series.
Darkship series (Darkship Thieves, Darkship Renegades) which is Heinlein-tribute space opera
Shifters (Draw One In The Dark) – just read the first book in this paranormal series, waiting to get the rest from the lib.
Also read a great YA sf: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards. Never heard of her, just grabbed it off the new books shelf on impulse at the library.
Oh, and we borrowed Series One of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and did a marathon at home. I follow the Phryne Fisher books books, and I am quite happy that it’s been made into a tv series. There’s a lot of differences though, so I just pretend it’s an alternate universe series.
So, whatcha been reading or watching lately?
Goodreads search seems wonky – they may be doing a site update or something.
Update : New members take note – Goodreads has a giveaways section – you can enter to win books.
I’m trying to post this from a tablet. Bear with me.
I just finished “What Darkness Brings“, which is the latest in C.S.Harris’ Sebastian St. Cur regency mysteries. It’s one of my favorite cozy reads.
Just started a YA historical mystery by Dianne K. Salerni called The Caged Graves. Cool cover but a bit bland so far.
What are you reading this summer?
UPDATE: I’m going to add links on the book titles in the comments so peeps can check out the book descriptions. Don’t freak out.
I can’t help wondering: did Ambassador Stevens die knowing he had been forsaken by his personal friend and boss whom he’d served loyally for four years? That he’d been given up to the enemy by the government he’d served all his life?
That they would lie about who killed him and why? That they would deny that they denied him any aid?
God rest your soul, Ambassador Stevens.
God have mercy on theirs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it be sold over the counter.
Today, Plan B and its generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove they’re 17 or older to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription. A federal judge had ordered an end to those sales restrictions by next Monday.
But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a different approach: Plan B could sit on drugstore shelves next to condoms, spermicides or other women’s health products — but to make the purchase, buyers must prove they’re 15 or older at the cash register.
But not next to Sudafed. Because people might buy Sudafed to commit drug crimes, but will never buy Plan B to cover up statutory rape or sexual abuse.
Also, “surprise twist”? FDA succumbs to intersection of current admin politics & Pharma lobby. Yeah, I’m so surprised.
The FDA said the Plan B One-Step will be packaged with a product code that prompts the cashier to verify a customer’s age. Anyone who can’t provide such proof as a driver’s license, birth certificate or passport wouldn’t be allowed to complete the purchase. In most states, driver’s licenses, the most common form of identification, are issued at age 16.
How long will that be implemented? I’m sure it will be seen as an undue burden on 15 year olds who can’t afford ID. And are only girls/women allowed to buy it? Of course not.
The FDA said Tuesday that Teva had provided data proving that girls as young as 15 could understand how Plan B works and use it properly, without the involvement of a health care provider. Teva plans to conduct a consumer-education program and indicated it is willing to audit whether stores are following the age requirement, the agency said.
Just laughing at that paragraph. So much comedy.
From the Manufacturer-supplied full product information:
Ectopic pregnancies account for approximately 2% of all reported pregnancies. Up to 10% of pregnancies reported in clinical studies of routine use of progestin- only contraceptives are ectopic. A history of ectopic pregnancy is not a contraindication to use of this emergency contraceptive method. Healthcare providers, however, should consider the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy in women who become pregnant or complain of lower abdominal pain after taking Plan B One-Step. A follow-up physical or pelvic examination is recommended if there is any doubt concerning the general health or pregnancy status of any woman after taking Plan B One-Step.
I wonder if that will be in Teva’s educational program.
I had a bunch of tweeted rants on this topic this morning, but lucky for y’all, Twitter seems to be glitchy, so I won’t list them here.
I’ve started watching more foreign streaming videos instead of Hollywood shows, because, really, their politics & indoctrination is so annoying. Grrr. The problem is I have no one to discuss it with here! So I’m gonna fix that by occasionally reviewing some favorites and hoping that gets a bunch of you all hooked *evil laugh*.
I’m liking a lot of kdramas (South Korean dramas). Kdramas are typically serialized novels that run twice weekly and have a beginning, middle, end all plotted in advance. You can watch them for free legally – all you need is the internet and a willingness to read subtitles. I’m going review one I just marathoned through and really enjoyed. I think it’s probably a good first drama for Westerners for reasons I’ll explain in a bit.
Faith is a historical time-travel fantasy set in 1351, during the Goryeo period, when Korea was a vassal state of the Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty. The main characters in the drama are all real historical figures: King Gongmin, Queen Noguk, General Choi Young are names that Korean kids learn about in school. The twist is that mortal need makes King Gongmin order Choi Young into a legendary heaven’s portal to bring back Heaven’s Doctor to save his Queen’s life. The portal is actually a time portal, and he enters 2012 Seoul (which he thinks is Heaven) and kidnaps a plastic surgeon from a medical conference to take back with him.
This drama has some of my favorite elements – historical fantasy, time travel, swords, characters who act true to their period, court intrigues, political and literal backstabbing, humor, over-the-top villains who are still sympathetic, and people who are facing inner conflicts that mirror their external struggles. I’m actually not a big romance watcher, but I ended up totally buying the love story that slowly unfolds between the captain & the doctor. I won’t lie, I was reaching for the tissues by the end.
One of the reasons I picked Faith to be your gateway drug to kdrama is that the time-travel set-up means that Goryeo is just as alien to the surgeon as it is to us, Americans, and we discover it through her 21st century eyes. Another reason is that the story could be seen as a variation of one of my favorite books, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Maybe the biggest reason I picked Faith is because it has wonderfully strong women characters. Damsels can be a failing in kdramas and I so love that Faith beats this stereotype.
I watched Faith for free on DramaFever. DramaFever has a huge collection of subtitled Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish/Latino shows, including ones currently airing in their countries of origin. So if Faith is not your cup of tea, there are hundreds of others to try.
I actually watched via the DramaFever android app (they also have iOS, Google, and Roku apps, and I think you can get them via Hulu.) The app worked well once I figured out that there is a menu button and that keeping my finger down brings up a pop-up list of actions. I signed up for a free account; supposedly they are ad-supported but I haven’t really seen any ads yet. I think it might be that newbies get the first week ad-free or something like that.)
So, thanks for reading my review. Talk about what shows, foreign or Hollywood, books, anything.
Live on C-Span-3
I don’t know how to embed but here’s the link
We have two books nominated to the book club, and they both look promising. I went ahead and looked them up in my local library, and of course they only have one of them. So that makes the “which goes first” question easy – the one that is more readily available goes to the top of the pile.
So, our tentative TCH Book Club order of discussion will be:
Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke – (I just used my vmtatorial powers to add this to the list) Beck put his name on this dystopic thriller and the UN-as-Cthulhu premise seems interesting.
I did promise y’all a poll, and here it is:
Time to suggest what book we can bite into next. Including a link to goodreads or amazon etc would be helpful.
I will put the suggestions into a poll in a another post.
After you have suggested a book or commented on someone’s suggestion, you are free to talk about anything (open thread).