Full Frontal Thursday: Meme-Wars & Judicial Appointments

In today’s installment, Ms. Bee discovers the connection between Steve Bannon and GamerGate, and talks about the Drumpf’s truly terrifying judicial appointments. Also, during her recent trip to Iraqi Kurdistan, she spoke with Peshmerga women. It was an interesting interview! I wonder when, or if, she will interview the girls and women who had been imprisoned and enslaved by Boko Haram? Their stories certainly need to be told, as well.

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72 Years Ago, Today…Nagasaki, Japan

On 9 August, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. The first atomic bomb ever used was the one dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, which occurred on 6 August 1945. 140,000 people were killed in the bombing of Hiroshima, while 70,000 were killed in the bombing of Nagasaki. Men, women, and children all lost their lives in the blink of an eye.

Today, we have two man-children on two different continents, each with the ability to unleash those same horrors on the innocent with no regards to the cost. Those of us who have tried to talk sense to others, pleading for them to pay attention to the things which are vital to the survival of humanity and all other life on this planet, can only shake our heads in disbelief at the willful ignorance we are met with, time and time again.

I have no confidence that the Drumpf is capable of dealing with Kim Jong-Un on any reasonable level, and I know that I’m not the only one. From ABC News:

Amid growing tension between Washington and North Korea, the mayor of Nagasaki said Wednesday that the fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of his city.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticized Japan’s government for not taking part in the global effort toward a nuclear ban.

The bombing anniversary comes just as Pyongyang and Washington are trading escalating threats. President Donald Trump threatened North Korea “with fire and fury” and North Korea’s military said Wednesday it was examining its plans for attacking Guam.

“The international situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense,” Taue said at Nagasaki’s peace park. “A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again.”…Taue sharply criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government for what he said were empty promises about working to achieve a nuclear-free world. He said Japan’s absence even during diplomatic negotiations for the U.N. Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, adopted in July, is “incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings.”

The outspoken mayor praised the atomic bombing survivors, or “hibakusha,” for their lifelong devotion to the effort. He urged Japan’s government to change its policy of relying on the U.S. nuclear umbrella and join the nuclear prohibition treaty as soon as possible.

The atmosphere today seems to be far more tense than it was during the height of the Cold War, and that’s saying quite a bit. All one can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best…and whatever happens, happens.

Midweek Musings: Weeds & Weather

After the small heat wave of last week, the weather has returned to the cool-but-dry pattern set near the middle of May. I suppose the fires in the B.C. area of Canuckistan aren’t helping matters much; the air quality in Seattle has been suffering for some time, due to those. I’m hoping that the clouds and haze clear up by the time the eclipse occurs! That will be a spectacular phenomenon to witness if the weather cooperates.

The yardwork and gardening is pretty much completed for this year; we cleared away branches from the trees and trimmed the shrubberies along the fence-line. When the burn-ban is lifted, we’ll have a nice little bonfire.

The bamboo is thick and healthy and ready for transplanting! We’re going to move some to the fence-line dividing our property from the one next door to create a natural privacy screen. After being empty for so long, it appears that it is finally being fixed up for selling. Unwanted neighbors, like unwelcome weeds, are in the foreseeable future.

Speaking of weeds, quite a number had to be removed from under the front deck. They were making themselves at home, out of sight! It’s a good thing we’re getting the weatherization of the house done; the hubster located the weeds when he was inspecting the crawl-space and saw where they were encroaching. Culling one’s garden of weeds every so often ensures the healthy growth of the plants and flowers that have been planted and tended to. When pests intrude, it is best to get rid of them with as little fuss and muss as possible, no?

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The roof will be done this coming weekend, which will be the last bit of necessary repairs for this year. We’ll be able to budget for a cross-country trip in 2019 or 2020, which allows me to focus more on writing and getting my excerpts out there to reputable and respected publishers. Research, research, and more research! I’m even considering doing the NaNoWriMo thing again this year: I enjoyed the challenge of it, and it sparked a few more ideas for future stories. Anything that keeps my creativity flowing is worthwhile!

BGR 2017: Celebration in Pictures!

The Black Girls Rock 2017 celebration took place on Saturday, 5 August, but you wouldn’t know it unless you had marked the schedule on your respective calendars! I found little coverage and virtually no articles about this event, but I can’t say that I’m surprised – par for the course, sad to say.

In light of that, here are a few pictures with some positive, uplifting quotes for those of us who are overlooked and under-represented on a daily basis!

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Saturday Silliness: Whovian Edition! (Re-blogged)

I have to wait until December to see new episodes of Doctor Who. Here’s a repost of a few funny pics and memes, just because!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Now that the new season of Doctor Who is in full swing, I figured that it was time for a bit o’ Whovian humour! Here we go…Allons-y, Geronimo, and…RUN, YOU CLEVER BOY!!!

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5 Songs for Full Moon Monday…7 August 2017!

The full moon would be a lovely sight to see tonight, if the weather would only cooperate. Still, I can only hope that the clouds and haze today will be gone a fortnight from now, in order for us to get a perfect, crystal-clear viewing of the upcoming Solar Eclipse! An astronomical event such as this is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence which simply must be seen, if you’re fortunate enough to live in, or near, the path of totality. We’re picking up our eclipse-viewers from our optometrist later on today, as getting those from a reputable source is vital.

Creativity burgeons under the full moon and I enjoy listening to music when writing, so please enjoy these five songs…which have nothing to do with the moon!

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Last Week Tonight: Border Patrol?

In this episode, John talks about the new administration’s plan to tighten the borders of the USA, but only where Mexico is concerned. Too bad the Drumpf isn’t concerned about keeping out the meth-addicted, maple-sucking moose-jockeys! Their phony politeness goes a long way, with some.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game! *** UPDATED *** (Re-blogged)

The first game of a Mariners double-header, being played in Kansas City against the Royals, has just begun. It looks to be quite the slugfest!

I decided to re-blog this post from May of this year, showing a few pictures taken when attending a game at Safeco Field in person.

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

On Friday, which also marked Mexico’s Batalla de Puebla, I had the pleasure of attending a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field. It was “Beard Hat Night” so many fans (including yours truly and the Hubster) donned furry face-warmers and had a blast! Unfortunately, the Mariners lost to the AL West division rivals Texas Rangers by a score of 3 – 1 after 13 innings of a well-played, hard-fought game, which also saw two pitchers taken out for injuries. The good news is that the Mariners rallied the next day and won Saturday’s game by a score of 8 – 3, so redemption is possible for today’s game!

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After a back-and-forth battle, the Mariners came from behind to win the game 4 – 3 and clinch the series against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers fall into last place in the AL…

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Happy Belated Birthday, Barack Obama!

I’ll let the title speak for itself, along with the following pictures. He just turned 56, but finding current birthday photos was difficult, to say the least!

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Simone Askew Selected 1st Captain of Corps of Cadets at West Point

This is excellent news – congratulations, First Captain!

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U.S. Military Academy Class of 2018 Cadet Simone Askew was selected First Captain of the Corps of Cadets, the highest position in the cadet chain of command. (Photo Credit: 2nd Lt. Austin LaChance)

via army.mil

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet Simone Askew of Fairfax, Virginia, has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2017-2018 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. She will assume her duties on Aug. 14.

Askew, an International History major, currently leads 1,502 cadets as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Basic Training II. As First Captain she is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. Her duties also include implementing a class agenda and acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration.

Askew is the first African-American woman to hold this esteemed position.

“Simone truly exemplifies our…

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