And Now for Something Completely Different: Syrian Refugees Welcomed by Canadian Furries

Yes, you read that headline right. Given all the insanity we’ve been covering this weekend, I thought it would be good to post about something nice for a change. When the Vancouver, BC hotel that was hosting the annual VancouFur convention turned out to also be one of the temporary housing sites for Syrian refugees that have been admitted to Canada something really wonderful happened. The anthropomorphic animal reenactors reached out to the refugee children to welcome them to Canada.

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To quote one of the participants:

Mike Schmidt, who attended VancouFur wrote on Vancity Buzz: “One of the many highlights for me was when the new group of Syrian refugee children came in and got to interact with us. To them we were cartoons to come to life, to us [it] was a means to display our acting performance to a very appreciative audience.

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Click on over and see the videos and more pictures of the refugee children having a great time interacting with the furries (the first one is autoplay).

 

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Moving Day

Tonight at midnight the trooping fairies will move the Seelie and Unseelie Courts to their winter demesne. This also means that tonight is the last night that The Fool is abroad on the wild hunt until next Spring.

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So perhaps a little Halloween music is in order. Fairport Convention’s version of Burn’s Lay of Tam Lin, It tells the story of how the Princess Janet saved her true love, Tam Lin, from being sacrificed on Halloween by the Queen of Fairies:

So travel safely tonight, avoid The Fool, and don’t forget to set back your clocks!

* The Wild Hunt by Peter Nicolai Arbo








Home Again (Open Thread)

I made it back home from vacation just in time to lay around and watch college football all day. (Go Gators — the unexpected Beasts of the East!) 

Upon my return, I was reunited with my boxers, who pretended to be lap dogs for awhile. Here’s what that looks like, if it’s your lap:

  

They can look disturbingly gorilla-like when they’re right up in your grill.

It was a great vacation, but damn, I’m tired. I haven’t slept in a bed worthy of the name in a solid week.

Open thread!

PS: Does anyone know why Mizzou’s Mauk is suspended?



Thursday Morning Open Thread

Hurricane Joaquin is now a Cat 3, track still uncertain. Here’s a spaghetti model from CNN:

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This seems like a good time to share favorite weather apps and sites. Yesterday, valued commenter Lee shared a link to the Plymouth State Weather Center site. Of course, the National Hurricane Center site is indispensable for storm watchers — as fine an example of our tax dollars put to good use as you’ll find on the web.

I’m also partial to the Central Florida Hurricane Center site, which not only has maps and data but links to meteorology blogs, where disagreements over forecast models can get every bit as ugly as a firebagger-on-freeper flame-war.

For mobile radar, I can’t praise MyRadar highly enough. It’s available for free in both iOS and Android flavors, and you can choose the layers you want to display. Here’s my iPhone screen with wind direction, clouds and radar:

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I picked a great time to drive from Florida to the Carolinas! What are your favorite weather apps and sites? Open thread!

PS: If you missed Cole’s Vegas essay from late last night, do yourself a favor and read it now. It’s so good I’m reluctant to post over it. But time marches on.



Umwhut

Up front, I want to plead guilty to third hand blogging a rumor that started in the Daily Mail. There is really no excuse and I’ll post a new picture of Max at the end to make up for it. In defense of the rumor it seems like good advice for Cheney and his administration to stay within the United States and its territorial waters at least until the whole concept of international jurisdiction for crimes against humanity blows over. When even John fucking Yoo, John “child’s testicles” Yoo, tries to get some distance from the torture report then you know these guys should think twice about vacationing in the civilized world*.

But all that said I find it a little crazy that dubya would back out of a charity gala in Switzerland and for that reason. Sure, I get that times have changed. You cannot just bury that laundered fortune in an anonymous Swiss account until the statute of limitations expires, and the Swiss have in general opened up lately to the world community. Some have even taken a serious look at getting out from under the shame of what they facilitated in WWII. But even when the law technically allows it arresting a former American head of state adds up to a reckless, ballsy act that I would not seriously expect even from the more activist scandanavians. I can see George Tenet or even Don Rumsfeld getting escorted from Heathrow or CDG by armed smurfs. Europe might open protracted and ultimately fruitless negotiations to arrest Cheney if he chose to spend a month in the French riviera being pelted with fruit walking about in public. But Bush? In Switzerland? Honestly, I would love that to be true as much as anyone but I suspect the charity took stock of the latest news and quietly rescinded their invitation.

Max.

(*) By which I mean countries that don’t torture.

***Update***

Looks like the Mail just re-reported an item from 2011. No link because it’s the freaking Mail but they updated with a correction. Again, I bet that the charity in question just got some local pushback and canceled the invite.

***Update 2***

Crooks & Liars, to which I did link, got the year wrong and made the correction. I am a lazy blogger.








NN ’14

I’m going to Netroots Nation for Balloon Juice tomorrow. I went in 2011 and mistermix and DougJ went in 2012. Also, there was the famous John Cole and ABL Balloon Juice trip to the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

I will cover the keynotes: Vice President Biden, Senator Warren and Reverend Barber. I’m also going to the Ohio caucus and I hope to hit some other state caucuses. I will (of course) go to the public education privatization panel (my personal obsession) and anything I can find on voting rights. I’m also going to the Fight for Fifteen panel and lunch. I have corresponded with Angry Black Lady and when I figure out which panel she’s on I’ll go to that too.

Here’s the schedule of events. I’ll do my best to get posts up on events in a timely manner but as you probably have figured out by now I am not very good at speedy-quick “BREAKING NEWS” type dispatches, so just be your patient and kind selves and remember I am not (actually) a journalist.

This thing looks huge, just a jam-packed schedule. I am absolutely thrilled it’s in Detroit this year.



A great win for privacy in this country.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in an en banc hearing that searches at the borders must adhere to the 4th amendment.  A cursory once over of your laptop or tablet is OK, just as they can rifle through your luggage, but they can’t go deeper than that without probable cause or a search warrant.  Further, the court held that merely password protecting or encrypting a file on your personal computer is not probable cause in and of itself.

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