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Thursday, December 8th, 2016 01:30 pm

Posted by Melissa McEwan

First, some background, which serves as preface to my observation:


And now my observation:


Mr. Cool Jobs Prez has absolutely zero compunction about messing with the market, specifically because it affects a company's bottom line. But when a company's bottom line is affected, the first people to get hit (after the stockholders) aren't the owners and executives: It's the employees, who become as expendable as possible to make up the loss in profits to the stockholders (which often include the owners and executives, and very occasionally some employees).

The "game" he's playing is risking people's jobs. And I'm really annoyed that virtually no one in the media is talking about that, even as they abet his lies about what an awesome, jobs-saving deal he made with Carrier.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 07:16 pm

Posted by Dan Van Winkle

Arrow -- "What We Leave Behind" -- Image AR509b_0153b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow and David Ramsey as Diggle/Spartan -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Welcome back, readers! Once again, it’s time for our weekly discussion thread for last night’s episode of Arrow, “What We Leave Behind.” Feel free to discuss the episode in depth in the comments below, but remember: That necessitates spoilers!

Last night’s midseason finale had all the dramatic flares you’d expect, including an unexpected death. Poor Billy met his fate at the hands of an unwitting Oliver, but also … Laurel is back!? What? Meanwhile, Prometheus has gotten away—for now. You can’t just leave us on winter hiatus like this, Arrow!

Discuss amongst yourselves in the comments below as we wait for the show to start back up again!

(image via Jack Rowand/The CW)

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Thursday, December 8th, 2016 07:06 pm
If you're an American living overseas, you should check out Democrats Abroad, the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States.

You can find out about volunteering opportunities, while they're running a weekly Congressional Call Storm with a useful script for what to say if you're calling from outside the US.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 06:12 pm

Posted by Teresa Jusino

Feminist Frequency concludes Ordinary Women, their five-part video series on historical women who defied the limitations of their times, with the story of the woman widely acknowledged to have created the first computer program, Ada Lovelace.

The video takes you through her scandalous childhood (her mother left her father, the playboy poet Lord Byron, taking Ada with her!), her rare education, and her long friendship, mentorship (and possible romantic relationship??) with Charles Babbage, with whom she worked on his Analytical Engine (the first computer), creating the first program for it while translating his academic paper on it from English to French, adding her own notes, theories, and observations to it in the process, and tripling its length, making it one of the most important documents in computer history.

NBD.

So, enjoy watching the story of the mother of computer programming on this here fine computer or smartphone that you might not even have were it not for her. I’m sure she says, “You’re welcome.”

Feminist Frequency called this “Season 1” of Ordinary Women, which says to me that we may have more videos like this down the line! What historical women do you think deserve to be captured in a video portrait like this? Shout out your favorite “Ordinary Women” below!

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Thursday, December 8th, 2016 12:00 pm

Posted by Melissa McEwan

image of Olivia the White Farm Cat sitting right in front of me on the arm of a chair
Olivia is subtle when she wants something.

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.