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Look out, all you rock n’ rollers. Time has for sure changed me. If you were around in October, you might recall that I lost my grandfather very suddenly. Because of how quickly it happened, how traumatic the scene was, and how I basically did not deal with any of my grief at all, I developed symptoms of PTSD. Which, because I’m me, I promptly ignored and wrote off as me just being silly. Because in Jenny World, other people’s mental illnesses and injuries are real, but mine are made up and the product of being a big wimp. It wasn’t until I watched my kids taking a life guarding course and saw them doing CPR on a dummy and had a panic attack that I realized, hey. Maybe I’m sick.

Since October, the blog has been sparse in the content department. That’s why. I was struggling in denial about my mental state. Writing anything was an uphill battle, which is why I haven’t had a new release in a while. To those of you who donated via that little coffee button on the side, I appreciate that more than you could know. You put food on my family’s table and paid our bills as my income dwindled.

The good news is, I’m feeling a lot healthier and more like myself. Which means…

Fans of my Sophie Scaife series can look forward to The Sister, available next week. I’ll post the blurb and a sample on release day. I’ve been playing it fast and loose with this one, due to the stuff listed above. I didn’t want to make promises I couldn’t deliver on. When the book goes live, I’ll also be launching a release day celebration contest, with the grand prize of an 8 Gig Kindle Fire tablet (ships USA only, sorry guys) and some other cool stuff.

After some encouragement from blog readers and friends, September will see the premiere of Trout Nation Radio, a monthly podcast with pop culture discussions featuring special guests and goofy segments. More info to come as the premiere gets closer.

As The Big Damn Buffy Rewatch nears season four, we’ll be adding Angel into the mix. The recaps will come out in the order they were originally aired with Buffy The Vampire Slayer, so the crossover episodes show up chronologically. It will also be the first time I’ve watched the show that way, so I’m totally excited about that.

Also coming soon? A #MerlinClub-style Twitter watch-a-long of North & South (the Richard Armitage one, not the Patrick Swayze one) with Bronwyn Green and Jessica Jarman, in a four-night event this fall. Details and hashtag will be posted here.

That’s all the news I’ve got. I’m glad to be feeling like myself again and thank you so much for your support and for sticking around during this past year.

Now, look at the cover for The Sister:

The cover of The Sister, a black and white image of a woman in bra and panties, her head thrown back and her hand between her legs (though nothing explicit is shown).

 

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Posted by Melissa McEwan

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I was with her. June 6, 2016.

Julius Krein, a conservative who founded the pro-Trump journal American Affairs, now regrets his vote for Donald Trump. What a story! Such an astounding story, in fact, that he has been given space at the New York Times to tell his amazing tale of being catastrophically wrong.

He uses an awful lot of words explaining how he came to be “riveted” by then-candidate Donald Trump, and pretending that Trump understands policy enough to be serious about it, before he comes to this:
From the very start of his run, one of the most serious charges against Mr. Trump was that he panders to racists. Many of his supporters, myself included, managed to convince ourselves that his more outrageous comments — such as the Judge Gonzalo Curiel controversy or his initial hesitance to disavow David Duke’s endorsement — were merely Bidenesque gaffes committed during the heat of a campaign.

It is now clear that we were deluding ourselves. Either Mr. Trump is genuinely sympathetic to the David Duke types, or he is so obtuse as to be utterly incapable of learning from his worst mistakes. Either way, he continues to prove his harshest critics right.
Even now. Even after Trump responded to a chilling display of white supremacist violence, in which one woman was killed and many others injured, by incredibly asserting “there’s blame on both sides.” Even after he insisted there were “very fine people” among the white supremacist provocateurs. Even after Trump has repeatedly employed a white supremacist talking point in defense of Confederate monuments.

Even now, Krein is not sure whether Trump is merely obtuse, or “sympathetic to the David Duke types.”

And he fails utterly to even entertain the possibility that Trump is himself an avowed white supremacist.

Which he clearly is.

Someone does not live a life careening from housing discrimination against Black applicants, to public musings on eugenics and the superiority of one’s own genes, to a crusade against exonerated men of color, to a birther campaign against the nation’s first Black president, to a presidential announcement address steeped in racism and nativism, to a campaign slogan that’s dogwhistled white supremacy, to anti-Semitic tweets and sloganeering, to an attack on a judge because of his ethnicity, to an entire campaign exploiting racial and xenophobic fears, to a presidential agenda centered around toxic attacks on immigrants and Muslims and demonizing cities with significant Black and/or immigrant populations, to defending Confederate monuments, and everything that has come before and in between, if one is merely obtuse.

Trump’s record on race is not one of accidental gaffes. It is one of a lifetime commitment to white supremacy.

And this, of course, is merely one of Krein’s failures to see Trump for who he really is. It is a monumental failure, and yet only one of many.

Donald Trump is a Russian nesting doll of character defects. Where other people have personality traits, Trump just has an endless promenade of red flags billowing in the breeze of his own shouted bravado. If there is a redeemable quality about the man, I have yet to see evidence of its existence.

And Krein overlooked all of it. Now he laments: “Far from making the transformative ‘deals’ he promised voters, his only talent appears to be creating grotesque media frenzies — just as all his critics said.”

Just as all his critics said. Not that they are being given space on the pages of the paper of record to make their case.

I was right about Donald Trump from the moment he announced his despicable candidacy. While highly paid (and highly visible) political commentators were having excited conversations about how “entertaining” Trump was, I was writing pieces about how dangerous Trump is, warning against treating him like a punchline.

Fully two years ago, I wrote: “The GOP would love it if we continue to treat Trump like a sideshow, instead of the uncensored id of their disgusting party that he really is.”

Where’s my New York Times spread for seeing plain as day one month into Trump’s campaign what Krein still cannot say with conviction: That Trump is a dangerous white supremacist who viciously exploits people who continue to extend him good faith, despite abundant evidence he doesn’t deserve any.

Krein’s piece comes immediately on the heels of the New York Times publishing the penned regret of a U-Va student newspaper editor who realized, only after Heather Heyer had been killed, that he had been “naive” about white supremacists.


What this tells us, among other things, is that the political media has not learned its lesson from the disastrous 2016. Still the voices of white men are prioritized, even when all they have to say is: I was wrong.

Maybe, just maybe, we should start listening to the people who got it right in the first place.

[Also published at Medium.]

Daily Dose of Cute

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:45 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

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The nose knows.

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

"While there have been no arrests yet of the white supremacists who mercilessly beat a counter-protester in Charlottesville, there have already been at least three arrests for the removal of the Confederate monument in Durham, and two of them are queer activists of color."
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I.e., this week has been mostly getting the new computer to do those things which it ought to do, and leave undone those things which it ought not do -

Among which the most disturbing was the discovery this morning that Thunderbird was marking ALL, yes ALL, incoming mail as Junk and also as Read, fortunately I did discover that this was happening.

There has also been wrestling with getting to be able to talk to the MyCloud as part of my home network rather than via a remote interface connection.

There was the oops, I needed to do a backup of This Thing, That Thing and The Other Thing from the old computer, and having to sort that out.

There is all the finding the passwords and activation codes for things for which I entered a password when I first activated the thing, and never since.

There is also the loss of some things - don't seem to be able to have the little slide-show widget thing of photos on my desktop, chiz - and finding that the new versions of things are Not What We Expect - the new Kobo Desktop App is quite horrid.

But on the whole, we are reasonably satisfied with the New System - its speed in particular is commendable.

However, I am annoyed with Opera, which I was intending using as my secondary browser to avoid Microsoft and Google, but the main thing I wanted a secondary browser for was so that I can log into The Other DW Journal without logging out of this one, but Opera, for some reason I wot not of, insists on autofilling the login screen with the details for this account rather than the other - la, 'tis tedious vexatious.

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... is a Kickstarter-funded project that's almost over. I'm so lucky to be able to fund it.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lynnemthomas/disabled-people-destroy-science-fiction-uncanny-ma/updates

Uncanny Magazine -- whose editors have personal relationships to disability -- picked up the mantle of "create a wonderful anthology themed by marginal creators" from Lightspeed.

Even if you can't contribute money, Uncanny is posting free essays from SF writers about the connection between SF and disability. The essays are wonderful, and I've learned something from every one of them.

I kept meaning to post a highlight entry, and wowza [personal profile] beatrice_otter has done it for me!

So, go read this post and read wonderful essays

http://beatrice-otter.dreamwidth.org/354745.html

[food] Beans bourdeto, sort of

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:24 pm
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I went to Corfu! I was introduced to Corfiot bean stew! I was a fan. I am also struggling to track down a recipe that will let me recreate the But That's Amazing Though that I experienced there, because it's generally made with fish and there are relatively few recipes online, which means my ability to take the average of multiple recipes is limited. Nonetheless!

Read more... )

... which I served up with The Rice Of My People, which I'd apparently somehow not made for A before; he is a Fan. It turns out. Read more... )

We Resist: Day 210

Aug. 17th, 2017 01:30 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

* * *

Here are some things in the news today:

Earlier today by me: Today in White Supremacy White House and Steve Bannon: A Story in Three Parts. And by Fannie: Throwback Thursday to When We Were Gaslit About Bigotry.

In yesterday's We Resist installment, in which I discussed my own support of strategic violence against Nazis, I wrote: "I would punch a Nazi. And I would be fully prepared to deal with the consequences of that. I realize it's a criminal act to punch someone. And I'd still the fuck do it."

On that note, I started my day (thanks to Eastsidekate, who passed it along) watching a video of anti-racist activists in Durham, North Carolina, lining up at the sheriff's office to turn themselves in for toppling a Confederate monument.


Video Description: A line of people of different races, genders, ages, identities, all wearing black t-shirts, walk toward the front door of the sheriff's office. They are filmed by a number of people holding cameras, and cheered by onlookers, who then chant: "Thank you. We love you. Thank you. We love you. Thank you. We love you." A person stands in the crowd of onlookers holding a sign reading: "Tear Down White Supremacy."

This is what principled resistance looks like. They tore down a monument to white supremacy. Their civil disobedience was unlawful, if nonetheless deeply ethical. They showed up, proudly, to accept the consequences.

Incredibly moving.

* * *

In absolute contrast... Caitlin MacNeil at TPM: Trump Increasingly Angry, Isolated Amid Fallout from Charlottesville Response. "Trump has been acting out of anger and has become increasingly isolated in the White House this week. After his initial statement failed to offer a full-throated condemnation of white nationalist and other hate groups, Trump was pressured by his aides to follow up with a more forceful statement. But after doing so, the President became angry and suspicious about attempts to control his messaging, prompting him to follow up with an impromptu news conference Tuesday that went off the rails when he blamed both sides for the violence in Charlottesville, Politico reported. Trump felt vindicated following that presser, according to the Washington Post." Of course he did.

But the more Trump rages in defense of white supremacy, the more that he's going to invite invigorated pushback — including from Democrats who see an opportunity to exploit, for citizens' great benefit, the current rift (even if only rhetorically) between the White House and Congressional Republicans.

E.A. Crunden at ThinkProgress: Two Politicians Want to Take Down the Confederate Statues in the U.S. Capitol. "Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted on Wednesday night that he would introduce a bill taking down Confederate statues in the building, though he did not give a specific timeline or indicate when the bill would be brought forward. ...House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined Booker's call to action on Thursday. 'If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately,' Pelosi said."

Pelosi's entire statement reads:
The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation.

The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.

Under the leadership of Democrats in Congress, we have recognized more women and people of color in Congress's collection of statues, including Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, and Helen Keller. As Speaker, we relocated Robert E. Lee out of a place of honor in National Statuary Hall — a place now occupied by the statue of Rosa Parks.

There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country.

The number of Confederate statues at the Capitol is a major problem. It has been for a long time (always) — and the Democrats started addressing it when they were last the majority in Congress. But the progress came to a standstill once Republicans reclaimed the majority.

Following, a glimpse at the scope of the issue:

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link] Amanda Terkel at the Huffington Post: The U.S. Capitol Is Basically a Confederate Statue Bazaar. "Just steps away from a statue of civil rights hero Rosa Parks stands the statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens, who served as vice president of the Confederacy. The statue describes him as 'STATESMAN ― AUTHOR ―PATRIOT.' The inscription offers his credo: 'I am afraid of nothing on the earth, above the earth, beneath the earth, except to do wrong.' In 1861, he gave a speech in which he defended the institution of slavery and said it was 'an error' to assume 'the equality of the races.'"

Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post: The U.S. Capitol Has at Least Three Times as Many Statues of Confederate Figures as It Does of Black People. "In the Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection there are three times as many statues of Confederate soldiers and politicians as there are statues of Black people in the entire Capitol complex, according to records maintained by the Architect of the Capitol. ...Twelve of the statues memorialize individuals who either fought for the Confederacy or were active in Confederate politics. But not a single Black American is represented in the Statuary Hall Collection."


Think about that.

Finally on this subject, I did a Twitter thread earlier today on the "Washington/Jefferson" talking point employed in defense of Confederate monuments. That thread begins with this tweet (scroll down from there for the whole thing).

* * *

Esme Cribb at TPM: Phoenix Mayor Calls on Trump to Delay Planned Campaign Rally After Charlottesville.
Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday called on [Donald] Trump to postpone a planned campaign rally in the city after violence erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I am disappointed that [Donald] Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville," Stanton said in a statement.

He suggested that Trump might have scheduled the rally to "announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio," who was convicted in July of criminal contempt of court.

"Then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation," Stanton said. "It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit."
Trump will not be delaying his visit, he confirmed this morning.

Meanwhile, just as North Korea was backing away from the edge of the nuclear cliff, Defense Secretary James Mattis inexplicably ratcheted the rhetoric back up today.


This is exactly what I was worried about yesterday. There isn't a single person in the Trump White House who isn't aware that military action increases support for presidents. They are all keenly aware of that upsetting reality — including Mike Pence, who [CN: video may autoplay at link] doubled-down on his support of Trump (and Trump's defense of white supremacy) yesterday, after his early return from his trip abroad. He's all in, on whatever plan they're cooking up.

* * *

In other news...

Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo at the New York Times: Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric. "Trump's personal lawyer on Wednesday forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter 'has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.' The email forwarded by John Dowd, who is leading the president's legal team, painted the Confederate general Robert E. Lee in glowing terms and equated the South's rebellion to that of the American Revolution against England. Its subject line — 'The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville' — was a reference to comments Mr. Trump made earlier this week in the aftermath of protests in the Virginia college town. 'You cannot be against General Lee and be for General Washington,' the email reads, 'there literally is no difference between the two men.'"

Two things: 1. There are differences. Meaningful ones. 2. This administration is vasty overestimating my commitment to statues of former presidents. And I'm guessing I'm not the only one.

Matthew Nussbaum at Politico: Gorsuch to Headline Event at Trump Hotel. "Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is slated to headline a September event at the Trump International Hotel. The 'Defending Freedom Luncheon,' hosted by the nonprofit Fund for American Studies, is an invitation-only event to celebrate 'the constitutional framework that has protected our free society and made America exceptional,' according to the group's website."


Ayana Byrd at Colorlines: Trump Signs Executive Order That Rolls Back More Obama-Era Environmental Rules.
Though [Donald] Trump used his press conference [Tuesday] (August 15) to make it clear what he thinks of Charlottesville and what he dubbed the 'alt-left,' the stated purpose of his speech was to announce how he is planning to upgrade the nation's infrastructure.

On Tuesday, the president signed an executive order to improve what he called the country's 'badly broken' infrastructure, which he likened to what could be found in a 'third world country.' The order calls for a $1 trillion revitalization package, though no legislation currently exists for this upgrade.

The order is intended to eliminate and streamline some of the permitting regulations needed to construct federally-funded roads, bridges, pipelines, and other infrastructure. ...In order to shorten the completion time for this and other structures, Trump's order will reverse a number of regulations put into place during former President Barack Obama's time in office. This includes a rollback of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which was established by executive order in 2015. It requires the federal government to account for climate change and sea-level rise when building infrastructure. Bridges, schools, hospitals, and police and fire stations are some of the structures covered by this rule.
Who needs those?

(No one, in a nuclear wasteland.)

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?

Parting Thought

Aug. 17th, 2017 01:51 pm
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I'm headed up north for my customary two-week sojourn by a cool lake (as pictured in the icon).

I'll leave you with this handy keyboard tip.

When I realize I want to delete a lot of text in the middle, I start a new line before and after. That way I can use the triple-click or keyboard commands without fussing with selecting between words.
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"I think that’s a distinct problem that two women face. It’s that, first you’re friends with somebody. And you know you’re compatible. But you don’t know if you’re compatible just as friends or if you’re compatible as a couple because you care about each other."

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Aug. 17th, 2017 12:15 pm
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August London meetup

Aug. 17th, 2017 05:09 pm
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Posted by katepreach

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 17th August, 12pm onwards.  Please note slight change of location, same as last month – Green Bar rather than Blue, e.g. same thing as the previous location but the opposite side.  Also please note we are starting an hour later than normal.

Bad book swap!  Please bring any book you think is bad, for any reason (too purple, too few vampires, etc.) and swap it for someone else’s bad book.  Or just come and chat with us.  🙂

The venue sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.
Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Green Bar (go up in lift 1, sadly not as musical as lift 7).

Here is the accessibility map of the Royal Festival Hall: PDF map

I have shoulder length brown hair and glasses, and I will bring my plush Cthuhlu, which looks like this: 

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets. Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/. There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(September meetup will be the 16th.)


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(I tried to make this post more cohesive than it is. I really did! Pretend it worked?)

At last, I know what a childhood of X-Men reading prepared me for: coping with the severe cognitive dissonance when different components of/perspectives on a fictional world are staggeringly different from each other in tone.

Except that, where X-Men (and similar) comics have passed through countless creative teams over several decades (and are a big enough thing to have all kinds of quirky sideline projects), in this case, said staggeringly-different aspects are written by the same person.

I'm now mostly caught up on K.B. Spangler's work in the A Girl and Her Fed (AGAHF) universe, which consists of the ongoing A Girl and Her Fed webcomic and five novels (so far), one of which is Not Like The Others. Oh, and the first of a planned series of novellas cheerfully (and accurately) codenamed "Joshsmut".

I came at this world...out of order, I guess, in that I started with the novels. I'd heard of the AGAHF comic and had been meaning to read it, but I do better with novels...and I didn't really realize how intertwined the projects are. Here's an io9 review of Digital Divide, the first Rachel Peng novel. (Four of the five novels currently available focus on Rachel.)

(Note: I'd heard of A Girl and Her Fed off and on for at least a few years, and had it on my to-read list before I mentally connected it to the Rachel books, but I never really looked into what it is...even though I always tripped, and still trip, over the title because I always parse it wrong. My instinct is still to read the "fed" as a conjugation of "feed", not as "federal agent", which makes no sense at all. How am I STILL DOING THAT?)

So Rachel was my gateway. Rachel as we meet her is a smart, driven, ex-military federal employee who's working as the liaison between the D.C. police force and her own federal agency, OACET, which is made up entirely of a large group of cyborgs. More specifically, a large group of cyborgs created in a catastrophically flawed project that took some of the best and brightest young civil servants from across the federal government, put chips in their heads, and left them collectively traumatized and disturbingly overpowered.

Emphasis on the "collectively". The (functionally nonexistent) "So You're A Cyborg" manual didn't have a chapter for "Welcome to Your New Hivemind! (Please stop screaming! Everyone can hear you!)"

Rachel's books start several years after all that, and several months after she's joined the above-mentioned police force, for the express purpose of helping to ease the public into the idea that Cyborgs Are People Too!, and super-useful to boot! And guys, I love Rachel dearly, so she was a great gateway for me. I kept going with her books until I discovered that the sole (so far) Hope Blackwell novel is set before Rachel's fourth book, so I opted to both read that book and finally backtrack to read AGAHF...

And it turns out that my X-Men experience is only barely up to this whole experience. cut for length; there's about as much text under here as there is above )

Two things of note:

1) Spangler is in the process of redrawing the first chunk of AGAHF. I don't know when she started doing that, or how quickly it's progressing, but the result is that the first 90-100 strips or so have been redrawn (each one linking to its original version) and have had some dialogue tightened and some plot holes smoothed out, but then you run out of redrawn art and get dropped into the original art style for a while, and it's...well, it's pretty jarring. (Here is the current/redrawn first comic; here is the original version. So you see.)

2) I'm not great at picking up things that call for content notes/warnings, unless they're pretty obvious. But one thing that bothered me, and recurred often enough that I feel like I ought to mention it, is the frequent use of "psychopath" (plus some instances of "sociopath") as a descriptor. briefly expanding on that; not very spoilery )

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Aug. 17th, 2017 05:37 pm
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