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([personal profile] shadowycat posting in [community profile] common_nature Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:52 am)
When I was at the botanical garden, I went into the glasshouse this time to look at the butterflies. I must have timed it right near a release because there were butterflies galore. One rested in my hair for awhile, and I got one to sit on my hand, too. I wanted to share a few of the pictures I took. I hope you like them! :D

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More butterflies )
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([personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] metaquotes Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:01 am)
Possums and communism are basically my whole life.


Context is locked; QWP.
EDIT: I am adding, the next day, that the owner of the shop has reached out to me, and offered an apology and to try to get to the bottom of what events unfolded outside the store that left me so upset. I will be speaking with him in the next few days and appreciate that they reached out.

Original vent / post:
West Somerville folks - I just had a terrible experience in Teele Square, bad enough that I would like to spread my rage at the proprietor of a local business, the Knight Moves Cafe on Broadway. Please stay far away from this business with kids. If you have any kids who walk to and from the west somerville school, please make sure they steer clear of the business as well.

The proprietor (edit: manager) of this business threatened to call the Somerville police and made my children cry, for the crime of disagreeing over what to get with a few bucks each at the conveience store, and the crime of waiting for me on the sidewalk rather than inside the dry cleaners on the same block, and then choosing to get into my unlocked car with the cold drinks they had bought at the convenience store, while my 5 min errand lasted 15 min because the folks at the dry cleaners were trying to repair a broken zipper for me on a coat I had cleaned out of my closet and intended to donate.

Seriously if you have any choice in ever doing business with them, and support the right of elementary school kids to have a little independence and learn from their disagreements on whether mom said they could get ice cream, I urge you steer clear.

I am FURIOUS at having been confronted for going to the dry cleaners and letting my kids go to the convenience store to enjoy their refreshing cold drinks. And I even like board games and was pleased when they came to town.

I am SURE that plenty of kids the age of mine walk home from WSNS through Teele Square every school day. Yes, even when it's hot out. But if your first grader has an argument with their big sibling in the vicinity of Teele you can expect the police to be called, next time.
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([personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] common_nature Jun. 19th, 2017 07:20 pm)
Sadly, I didn't have a phone on hand to try to get a photo.

But I just found out that a startled fox on a London balcony will, if feeling cornered, drop two storeys onto the top of a garden wall, bounce off that onto the ground, land with somewhat less dignity than it had intended but apparently without injury, and trot off hurriedly.

In my defense, I really didn't mean to make the fox feel cornered; it's just that my immediate, automatic response to "unexpected furry cat-sized creature" is "stay still, make crooning noises at it, try to edge a bit closer." Had I fled, it would have been able to go round to the other side of the balcony, where you only have to drop down half a storey to an adjacent roof.

ETA: I can't help noticing that there is a very well-chewed yellow foam ball on my balcony, which I did not put there.

Also, by way of apology, I have left a dish of water out on the balcony, because it is a heatwave.
I know that you can get free passes from the libraries that are good for a specific day, and I was wondering if anyone had more than they need for any days coming up soon. And I know that members get free passes as well. I would love to go, but can't afford the normal cost.

Thanks!
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([personal profile] nanila posting in [community profile] common_nature Jun. 19th, 2017 02:08 pm)
Ducklings!
[Two ducklings, one facing the camera and one showing us its fluffy backside.]

Someone left the top gate on our canal lock open today and these two plus their four siblings got stuck at the far end of the lock next to the closed gate. They couldn't scramble out to meet their momma standing on the lock edge. I went out to chivvy her back toward the open gate, and luckily the ducklings trapped in the lock followed her all the way out the gate, which I shut behind them. All seem to be okay if a little peeved with me, and I can take it!
Over the past few days I was surprised to walk by these three businesses and find them closed. Anyone know when they closed, and why?
  • The Shawarma Place, in Cutter Square (EDIT: moved to 215 Highland Ave)
  • Aguacate Verde, in Wilson Square
  • Union Mart and Subway, in Union Square
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([personal profile] redbird posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jun. 18th, 2017 10:02 pm)
The city of Boston has put up a climate change website that republishes EPA and other federal government stuff that the current administration has scrubbed:

http://climatechangedata.boston.gov/

The top of the home page identifies it as a City of Boston site, and says
The City of Boston wishes to acknowledge and attribute this information to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for the decades of work that they have done to advance the fight against climate change. While this information may not be readily available on the agency’s webpage right now, here in Boston we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it.

I haven't explored very much yet, but there's a lot there.
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([personal profile] tassosss posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jun. 18th, 2017 06:06 pm)
Happy Father's Day. Sorry for missing last week's check in.

The theme of this week seems to be Secrecy in the Senate to Screw us on Healthcare.

Housekeeping
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird who is our tag guru. Both [personal profile] tanaqui and I are very grateful for the help.

Healthcare - McConnell wants the trumpcare vote to happen before the July 4th recess. That's two weeks away.
Healthcare Call Scripts from Indivisble
Indivisible Guide: Contact for Senate Staffers
Senate Contact Info
Stop #TrumpCare Senate Call-In Day
Trumpcare Toolkit

Activism
Hustle and Slack: MoveOn Text Team Training
Action Checklist

LGBT+
Pride Month: Donate to LGBT+ groups

Russia

Brennan Center Report on Trump-Russia Investigation

Climate Change
Mississippi River Alliance
Indivisible: Defending the Climate in Local Action

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18505 This week in activism
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13


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called my one senator
5 (50.0%)

called my other senator
4 (40.0%)

called my representative
1 (10.0%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
2 (20.0%)

called my city reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
4 (40.0%)

attended a town hall
1 (10.0%)

donated moeny to a cause
2 (20.0%)

attended an in person sctivist group
2 (20.0%)

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participated in online phone training
1 (10.0%)

went to a protest
2 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
1 (10.0%)

took care of myself
6 (60.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (20.0%)

did something else
1 (10.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (30.0%)



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([personal profile] beatrice_otter posting in [community profile] vorkosigan Jun. 17th, 2017 11:26 pm)
Thought up by Royce Day on the Bujold mailing list:
Honestly, there's a fanfic to written about what the poor Betan
Ambassador to Barrayar was doing during the whole mess with Cordelia's
defection to Barrayar, marriage to a war criminal, and then bringing
back Vordarian's head at the climax of the coup.
That is a fic I would love to read.
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([personal profile] executrix posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jun. 17th, 2017 05:23 pm)
One of the dozens of political messages today asking me for money was from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The headline was "Washington Post: The Senate's Three Tools on Health Care: Sabotage, Speed, and Secrecy."

Nobody expects the Senate Inquisition!
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([personal profile] tassosss posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jun. 17th, 2017 04:45 pm)
via [personal profile] wendelah1

For folks like me with a Democratic Senators:

The Indivisible Guide has your back: It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan. The Senate is trying to do what the House of Representatives did in May: jam through its TrumpCare bill in secrecy, without public hearings, without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, and without knowing its full impact on American families. That’s why the time to put on the pressure is now. We’ve put together new resources and an action plan to help.



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([personal profile] conuly posting in [community profile] metaquotes Jun. 17th, 2017 12:52 pm)
Someday in the Whoniverse, an evil alien invading force will threaten to disable humanity's defensive capabilities by making humans remember all of the invasions that they've bizarrely forgotten about. When people are forced to notice things like the gaping hole in Big Ben, the weird monuments, the work camps, the missing family members, the damage to personal property, etc., humanity will be reduced to quivering catatonia.

Context has identified a minor plot hole.
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([personal profile] rdm posting in [community profile] common_nature Jun. 17th, 2017 11:46 pm)
Hi everyone!

I'm a sysadmin from Perth (Western Australia), and keen photographer. I rarely manage to get out of the metropolitan area, but we have a wonderful variety of wildlife right on our doorsteps.

For example...
Hirundo neoxena, or Welcome Swallow, shot at a jetty on the Swan River, just a couple of minutes' walk from my office, and taken during my lunch break.
Cut for size )

You can also find me on G+ - where I have a collection dedicated to nature - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IauoY - including many of my better shots.

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Why talk to the monkey when the organ grinder's line isn't busy?

Contacts for the staff person handling health care issues for each senator: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/senate-health-care-staffers/
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([personal profile] executrix posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jun. 16th, 2017 05:40 pm)
A table of official Senate twitter IDs, Senate staff twitter IDs, campaign/other, and Facebook info for the Senate:

http://www.socialseer.com/resources/us-senator-twitter-accounts/
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([personal profile] cassandra_beach posting in [community profile] davis_square Jun. 16th, 2017 04:31 pm)
Are there any realtors here? Commercial realtors even better.

I'd like to get a reality check (is that an inadvertent pun???) on the viability of doing a storefront "pop up" art gallery in and around Davis Sq and the environs. I have some questions about what to consider when approaching building owners and how to make my "pitch" more attractive and acceptable.

Please PM me
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([personal profile] executrix posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jun. 14th, 2017 06:57 pm)
MoveOn.org is mobilizing a text team to use tools like Hustle and Slack to text their contacts to get them to support the ACA. Training materials here:

https://front.moveon.org/training/?akid=184573.35944052.693gsB&rd=1&t=13#.WUG_GNwpD3g
It looks like the national discussion of climate issues may be stunted for a while. But that's all the more reason to get involved locally on making changes and influencing directions for our city. There's a meeting coming up to discuss this, details at the link.

https://sustainaville.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/get-involved-in-developing-somerville-climate-forward-somervilles-first-climate-change-plan/

Short version:

We are launching this project at the first Somerville Climate Forward Community Meeting on June 26th. Meeting details are as follows:
When: Monday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street, Somerville
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([personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jun. 14th, 2017 10:03 am)
Indivisible have declared today Stop #TrumpCare Senate Call-In Day, complete with scripts.

Another resource post, with a transcript added:

https://vassraptor.tumblr.com/post/161650467293/so-what-can-people-do
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([personal profile] elramsay posting in [community profile] davis_square Jun. 13th, 2017 03:24 pm)
“Hardscaping” for Your Urban Garden

Somerville Garden Club members Dorothy Africa and Eleanor Ramsay will give presentations on the creative use of plantings and materials to mask unfortunate views or brighten up dark areas, in the small gardens typical of many Somerville and Cambridge neighborhoods. Dorothy Africa will present practical ideas for “hardscaping” -landscaping in a hard place – with inexpensive and creative materials. Eleanor Ramsay will present a slide show of how she turned her literal hardscape, an asphalt parking lot backyard, into a shady garden retreat.

Tickets for the Somerville Garden Tour will be on sale at the meeting. There will also be the usual Q and A and raffle. All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Also, we hope you'll join us for our first Garden Tour since 2013
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! $18.
Big Gardens, Small Spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club
The SGC 2017 Garden Tour showcases the creativity and variety of compact gardens. 21 gardens will be open to ticket holders. Proceeds from the 2017 Garden Tour support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

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([personal profile] secretlyironic posting in [community profile] davis_square Jun. 13th, 2017 09:25 am)
Can anyone recommend an arborist? I've got some trees that need cutting back and I want someone who won't kill the tree and won't fall off a ladder (both of which are things I could plausibly do by accident).
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([personal profile] wisconsf3 posting in [community profile] wiscon Jun. 12th, 2017 10:56 pm)
Did you attend WisCon 41 just last month?  We would love your feedback!  We have 2 surveys:

General Survey:  This is about all aspects of the convention, from how you got your information about WisCon to what you thought of the hotel to what you liked / didn't like about our various spaces and events.

Programming Survey:  This is for everyone who attended programming or was on a panel or modded a panel.

Surveys will close on July 15.

We always read all your comments and take into consideration every ranking so that we can continue to shape WisCon into what our members want.  Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts!
Details of the event:

http://tuft.su/TuftsOutdoorMovie2017

We invite members of the Medford/Somerville community to an Outdoor Movie Night at Tufts University on Friday, June 16, 2017. The event will be hosted by Tufts University's Office of Government & Community Relations.

We will be showing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017 version) on the Residential Quad. Arrive early to grab a space on the lawn and get some free popcorn. The movie starts at sundown, approximately 8:24pm.

Link includes parking and rain site info.
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([personal profile] cometparty posting in [community profile] davis_square Jun. 12th, 2017 05:28 pm)
Hi all! I have a bunch of baby pea plants (~8" high) in need of a trellis. I know it's late in the season, but I just thought I'd put it out there!
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([personal profile] executrix posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jun. 12th, 2017 01:58 pm)
Weekly newsletter with lots of good action tips, contact links and call scripts:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L8HnKq6hcAfbWUa0a-7PPA4S7h9gqkRzFJGu60gJfws/edit

Thanks to isiscolo for pointing it out!
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([personal profile] tanaqui posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jun. 11th, 2017 02:47 pm)
(Idea/links stolen shamelessly -- again! -- from a thread at [community profile] fail_fandomanon. Thanks to the person who started the thread and to everyone who contributed links.)

It's Pride month! So if you decide each month where to allocate (part of your) monthly charitable giving, here are some LGBT+ organisations to consider:

https://www.glaad.org/
https://www.lambdalegal.org/
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
https://www.hrc.org/
http://www.southernequality.org/
http://www.aliforneycenter.org/
https://truecolorsfund.org/
http://www.sageusa.org/ (Note: website was not working when I checked the link)
http://www.seacoastoutright.org/

Please feel free to suggest more in the comments
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([personal profile] left_turns posting in [community profile] common_nature Jun. 10th, 2017 02:40 pm)
I used to live in Bloomington, down about an hour south of Indianapolis. About twenty minutes east of Bloomington, the state of Indiana maintains the home of T.C. Steele and his wife as a state historical site. I was sure I remembered posting to [community profile] common_nature about it before, but all I can find is a post I made about it in my journal last year.

Steele was a prominent Midwestern artist around the turn of the twentieth century; he trained in Europe and hung out with the Cincinnati artist colony crowd in the late 1800s. He lived in Indianapolis most of his career, but towards the end of his life, he had a house and studio built on a ridge in Brown County, which had its own little artists' colony. At the time it was apparently nothing but fields and hills; he chose that spot for the house because of the view across to the next ridge. At some point over the last century, the land on the ridges was left to grow wild again and now most of the land around it is Yellowwood State Forest and Brown County State Park. So Steele's sweeping vista is gone, but there's still this lovely old house and gardens up on the ridge.

I moved to Ohio a couple years ago, but I still stop through the Steele house site every time I go back to Bloomington. I was down in mid-April and went to look at the progress they've made restoring the grounds and gardens.


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([personal profile] teko posting in [community profile] davis_square Jun. 10th, 2017 12:23 pm)
Boston Restaurant Talk discovered a Craigslist post (now removed) seeking employees for a potential new club located somewhere in Davis Square that would host bands, open mic nights, and interactive music experiences where the crowd would be encouraged to play along with cover bands. A little more info and a logo on Vanyaland.
Last night a friend who was at a count this time said they encountered a ballot paper with a cross drawn clearly for Candidate A, but with a penis also drawn next to it, spurting at the candidate's name. The Returning Officer concluded that it counted, because a clear preference had been indicated.


Context is still in shock at the election results.
(both seen at [community profile] fail_fandomanon)

Here's a twitter thread with a good summary of the current situation, as well as some great ideas and resources for taking action. These include a link to a list of Health Legislative Assistants for various senators, and the suggestion to reach out via social media to friends in states with key senators who need to be influenced:

https://twitter.com/benwikler/status/872911051628707841

It also points out that, worryingly, staffers report calls to senators' offices have fallen back to near to "normal", pre-Trump levels.

This Trumpcare Toolkit also provides a list of the key senators who need to be influenced and gives some easy ways to reach them. There's also a link to a letter asking the Senate to take expert and public testimony on the bill:

https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org

Edit: Another list of staffers dealing with healthcare for Republican senators:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jonfavs/status/873223442518073346

From the responses to that thread: if your senators are Democrats, you can call and ask them to hold off on all non-essential business until a public hearing is scheduled for the new bill.
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