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Before we get too worked up about the White House official site changing, let's keep in mind that it's a new administration. There is a new agenda. This is standard practice for any change in leadership regardless of party, politics, business, etc. Be more concerned with what it's replaced with and the new policies and practices of the administration regardless of who it is, whether or not you voted for that person. This goes for every single elected official from small town mayor up to the president.


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Bob_Loblaw wrote:
Before we get too worked up about the White House official site changing, let's keep in mind that it's a new administration. There is a new agenda. This is standard practice for any change in leadership regardless of party, politics, business, etc. Be more concerned with what it's replaced with and the new policies and practices of the administration regardless of who it is, whether or not you voted for that person. This goes for every single elected official from small town mayor up to the president.

The Trump administration has already used up all the benefit of doubt it might be entitled too.

Still, it's possible that pages that have simple vanished might just be a phase of the transition, since incompetence is going to be a prime feature of this administration, along with malice. Perhaps a replacement is on the way.

Cases like the replacement of the black lives matter page with a "more policing" page, justifying it with an outright falsehood of killings in DC going up are worse. Not just the policy change, but the disregard for truth.

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The truth never mattered to the Trump camp anyway

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*offers hugs to anyone and everyone who wants or needs them*


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*takes hugs from Rysky Prime and Rysky Alpha 502*

Ugh. I need them today.

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The content of whitehouse.gov was archived and removed by the staff of the outgoing Obama administration (it now appears on obamawhitehouse.archive.gov), and replacement content will eventually be added in over the next few days or weeks by their replacements once policy announcements are made. It doesn't appear to be any sort of targeted removal by the Trump staff of specific policy pages, but rather the standard archival procedure in place.

While I'm not exactly holding my breath that some specific policy pages (such as LGBT) are going to be as ideal as I'd like them to be, until those replacement pages are rolled out, I'm not going to unduly worry. *hug*


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I just got back from the Women's March in Ithaca NY. Organizers planned for 2500. My estimate is twice that number showed!

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Today is national hug day. Do your part to celebrate.
*Offers hugs to anyone and everyone who needs or wants one.*

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Rysky Clone #506 wrote:

Today is national hug day. Do your part to celebrate.

*Offers hugs to anyone and everyone who needs or wants one.*

!!!

*offers MOAR hugs*

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May I participate, I mean as an international Guest?

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Bob_Loblaw wrote:
Before we get too worked up about the White House official site changing, let's keep in mind that it's a new administration. There is a new agenda. This is standard practice for any change in leadership regardless of party, politics, business, etc. Be more concerned with what it's replaced with and the new policies and practices of the administration regardless of who it is, whether or not you voted for that person. This goes for every single elected official from small town mayor up to the president.

Courtesy of another's research using the Wayback Machine:

The White House page immediately after Obama took office.

Even the Bush administration has more issues listed with more neutral names.

Even Clinton's administration lists more than Trump's does.

And even aside from this short list of things that Trump's version of the website lists, which are all things that fascists are super into, there have been a number of things removed from the website other than issues listed under this same list presentation, including:
-all of the pages on Obama’s initiatives
-all of the pages on internships and involvement in the White house
-all of the pages on different ways to protest (other than the We The People petitions)
-most of the pages in the history section, including the virtual tour, a detailed history about the architecture, the decor, customs and traditions of the White House

But hey, maybe this has less to do with policy than it does with the fact that all of Obama's White House support staff quit/left and Donald's team was too incompetent to realize that they had to hire people to keep things running for them and had to scramble (and probably currently still is scrambling) to staff the White House to keep everything running. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


In the past couple weeks I was doxxed by a neo-nazi website and outed as LGBT... it was related to the possible march in Whitefish... because I opposed it and I am from the area... and opposed their harassment of a child. That is always fun, especially with my own far right past. I really didn't get it as bad as it could have been.. probably because that particular website prefers going after women and children. I also still intimidate many of those people.

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Bob_Loblaw wrote:
Be more concerned with what it's replaced with

Like... the Civil Rights page being replaced with "Standing up for our Law Enforcement Community"?

Or... all references to Global Warming being erased and that page replaced with the "America First Energy Plan"?

Or... all mentions of LGBT having been scrubbed and replaced with... nothing?

Yeah ok, color me concerned.


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CBDunkerson wrote:
Bob_Loblaw wrote:
Be more concerned with what it's replaced with
Like... the Civil Rights page being replaced with "Standing up for our Law Enforcement Community"?

Complete with false claims of a huge increase in the DC murder rate - which actually dropped.

We live in a post-truth world.


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Rysky wrote:
Rysky Clone #506 wrote:

Today is national hug day. Do your part to celebrate.

*Offers hugs to anyone and everyone who needs or wants one.*

!!!

*offers MOAR hugs*

Are badger hugs OK?

I'll try to keep my claws away while I'm offering hugs.

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In the past couple weeks I was doxxed by a neo-nazi website and outed as LGBT... it was related to the possible march in Whitefish... because I opposed it and I am from the area... and opposed their harassment of a child. That is always fun, especially with my own far right past. I really didn't get it as bad as it could have been.. probably because that particular website prefers going after women and children. I also still intimidate many of those people.

That stinks, let us know if we can help you out with anything. "Alt right" Nazis are scum.


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Thank you. Sadly I know many on the alt right personally... though I probably know more traditional white nationalists than anything. if this did anything to me, it was make me even more glad that I left that life.

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Cthulhusquatch wrote:
In the past couple weeks I was doxxed by a neo-nazi website and outed as LGBT... it was related to the possible march in Whitefish... because I opposed it and I am from the area... and opposed their harassment of a child. That is always fun, especially with my own far right past. I really didn't get it as bad as it could have been.. probably because that particular website prefers going after women and children. I also still intimidate many of those people.
That stinks, let us know if we can help you out with anything. "Alt right" Nazis are scum.


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Protesters do not count, Mr. Trump.


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>joins Hug Brigade<

sigh

been a long week; hugs for sure

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Yeah, and a long weekend.

*offers hugs to anyone and everyone that wants or needs one*

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My wife and I attended the march here in Seattle yesterday, and it was encouraging to march with 175,000 fellow citizens of the area who won't stand for this BS.


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Marched in Madison yesterday. Somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000, biggest in town since the 2011 protests. Stretched from Capitol Square all the way back along State Street to the UW campus.

The view from UW campus, looking toward the Capitol.

And the reverse, the view from the steps of the Capitol, looking back along State Street toward campus.

Favorite sign:

"Make American Feminist For Once."

Really good vibes. A good day.


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Haladir wrote:
I just got back from the Women's March in Ithaca NY. Organizers planned for 2500. My estimate is twice that number showed!

According to today's newspaper, we had 10,000 at the march... That's 1/3 the city's population!


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I'm carrying all of you with me in my heart

One of the marchers was an older woman (very wrinkled skin; I've given up guessing ages) wearing a pink sash, like a Girl Scout merit badge sash. There were about 25 pink 3-inch buttons on it. When I looked closely, each button had a comment and a signature from a different person.

She had had all her friends who couldn't make the march write and sign on a pink paper circle that was then made into a button. The sash was her way of carrying them all with her on the march.


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KSF wrote:
Marched in Madison yesterday.

Me too! Definitely the biggest march we've had since Act 10. :)


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Had to work, so missed marches, but glad so many folks were out there, and thank you to all the folks from here what went to the marches!

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TFW when the protests draw more people, praise, and celebrations than the inauguration ^w^

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

*offers hugs to anyone and everyone that wants or needs one*


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Rysky wrote:

TFW when the protests draw more people, praise, and celebrations than the inauguration ^w^

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

*offers hugs to anyone and everyone that wants or needs one*

Hey now! The "alternate facts" say otherwise! ~grins and runs~


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This is not a good sign.

whut


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And it's replacement....

see above astonishment

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Sharoth wrote:
Rysky wrote:

TFW when the protests draw more people, praise, and celebrations than the inauguration ^w^

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

*offers hugs to anyone and everyone that wants or needs one*

Hey now! The "alternate facts" say otherwise! ~grins and runs~

As I believe someone I follow on Tumblr said, "Those facts weren't wrong, they were just alt-right!"

Also, I've seen a post going around telling people to text a phone number if they were at the march to get a head count - that number is fake, don't text it. Stay safe!

Also some personal stuff:
In other news I'm participating in Club Day events on campus with our resident LGBT club In The Zone which focused on making the campus a safe place. What I'm worried about is I've heard there might be a panel later on... and I might be a speaker? I just hope that if it is true I can do a good job representing the community! But I really don't feel qualified...

Ugh. Here's hoping it all goes well.


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To change the topic a bit, this weekend I'm visiting a friend and her family. I waa asked to visit dressed as I feel most comfortable. The only caveat is that I don't change there. I either show up as Cindy or Bob. The reason is because they don't want the kids to think that it's wrong and that I should be ashamed of who I am. They want the kids to just see it as normal.

The kids are really young, 4 and 2, and they know me as uncle Bob. I don't want to confuse them by asking them to call me aunt Cindy when I'm dressed one way and uncle Bob when I'm dressed anotger.


Crystal Frasier wrote:
My wife and I attended the march here in Seattle yesterday, and it was encouraging to march with 175,000 fellow citizens of the area who won't stand for this BS.

The DC version was packed. So packed that if you wanted to move over ten feet it might take ten minutes.


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Cthulhusquatch wrote:
In the past couple weeks I was doxxed by a neo-nazi website and outed as LGBT... it was related to the possible march in Whitefish... because I opposed it and I am from the area... and opposed their harassment of a child. That is always fun, especially with my own far right past. I really didn't get it as bad as it could have been.. probably because that particular website prefers going after women and children. I also still intimidate many of those people.

For what little comfort it is, Team Nazi is so far past the point of reserving doxxing for prime targets that dedicated doxxing boards are starting to just look like phone books, and the last time I've heard of anyone getting so much as bunch of pizzas they didn't order was something like 2 years ago. Still distressing to see first hand, sure, but as a harassment tactic it seems to have totally lost its teeth.


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Coriat wrote:
The DC version was packed. So packed that if you wanted to move over ten feet it might take ten minutes.

qft

For a while, they closed the L'Enfant Plaza station because people getting off could not move out of the station.

I went from Independence Ave to the Mall along 7th street around noon and it took almost an hour


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The "march" part of the Chicago rally was cancelled, although we more or less marched anyway.

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Coriat wrote:
The DC version was packed. So packed that if you wanted to move over ten feet it might take ten minutes.

Yeah, even out here, starting near the end of the marchers, the first 5 blocks took 2 hours. (It sped up significantly once we hit a long straightaway.)

Also, good luck, LuniasM!

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If you haven't been on a panel before, see if you can meet with the other folks in advance to working out talking points, answers to likely questions, etc. That'll help you all guide the conversation. ^_^


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I do hope that everyone has a good day and please be safe.

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*nods*

*offers hugs to anyone and everyone that wants or needs one*


Are these regular hugs or "alternative hugs"? ~grins~

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-_-


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Now offering hugs to those that want one and a shoulder to cry on for those that need it.


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Sharoth wrote:
Are these regular hugs or "alternative hugs"? ~grins~

Bad Sharoth! Naughty dragon.


All good points.

Plus... it can only really hurt you once.

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For what little comfort it is, Team Nazi is so far past the point of reserving doxxing for prime targets that dedicated doxxing boards are starting to just look like phone books, and the last time I've heard of anyone getting so much as bunch of pizzas they didn't order was something like 2 years ago. Still distressing to see first hand, sure, but as a harassment tactic it seems to have totally lost its teeth.

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Are the forums acting weird for anyone else?


Yep. You can only go to a specific thread. Going to the messageboards or any subforum just brings you to the Paizo home page. Bleh.


I am assured that they're working on it. ^_^


Not just you. Unless I am going crazy...er...

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Are the forums acting weird for anyone else?


Can't go to My Downloads either.

Rawr! wrote:

Yep. You can only go to a specific thread. Going to the messageboards or any subforum just brings you to the Paizo home page. Bleh.

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So let's start with the good news - since I've been out, I've had nothing but good reactions from all the people near me. The students I've been teaching have been great, and the other teachers have been excited. The MIT Mystery Hunt was also good in that respect - my team, Palindrome, was pretty awesome in managing to call me by the right name in the chaos that overwhelms the weekend. Also, there was a policy against harrassment that the running team put up for the hunt, and I was super happy to see that it included gender identity.

So in terms of my personal life things are going okay, but, and I imagine that I'm not alone in this, once I stop thinking about all the good things from the people in my immediate circle, I start freaking out over, well, pretty much everything else. And I realize that part of this is unprecidented, but part of what I'm feeling is that I've never really had the government against me before. Back when I thought I was a cishet male, politics was a fun game. But now I find myself just staring in shock into my laptop for hours. I have short spurts where I can get work done, but otherwise I'm just constantly staring in shock. I don't have coping methods to deal with this - I never developed them because I never realized that I needed them.

And I need to develop them quickly. I don't have all my paperwork done, and I need to get a job for next september, since I need to be teaching full-time again. In order to do that, I need to start applying NOW. I just have no clue how I'm going to pull it all off. And in between it all I need to be writing again. Writing was such a nice release, but every time I sit down to try to write, all I can think about it how everyone hates me and the world is going to s$$#.

I just can't deal with it all.

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