2021 is going to be worse than 2020 if Biden doesn’t act swiftly in unprecedented ways, giving everyone the means to stay home, investing in universal healthcare, building emergency national vaccination infrastructure, and more.

It’s now entirely up to the Democrats.

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RT @nytimes@twitter.com

Breaking News: The faster-spreading variant of the coronavirus is projected to become the dominant source of infection in the U.S. by March, the CDC said. nyti.ms/2XWlMcB

🐦🔗: twitter.com/nytimes/status/135

How law enforcement gets around your smartphone’s encryption

Openings provided by iOS and Android security are there for those with the right tools.

arstechnica.com/information-te

RT @ursulakleguin@twitter.com

We are delighted to announce that the 33rd stamp in the US Postal Service Literary Arts series honors Ursula. Stamp release will be later this year, date TBD. From then on, all our letters will be three ounces! Thank you @USPS@twitter.com for this distinction. ow.ly/knY750D9SXb

🐦🔗: twitter.com/ursulakleguin/stat

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kink - Katherine Gates 

Sorry forgot to add at the end of this

"Quote from Katherine Gates - 2017"

It's probably the best explanation ive seen of how things that you're uncomfy about or denying in yourself end up becoming kinks (pressure of need + resistance of denial + dial it up to 11 = kink fantasy).

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kink - Katherine Gates 

"Pressure + Resistance = Excitement

"My variant on the Erotic Equation is based on my interviews with many hundreds of people with niche kinks and my observations of the structure of erotic narratives. If you reduce almost any erotic fantasy down to its most basic structure, at its center is a simple mechanism of pressure and resistance, tension and release.

In the world of kink, this equation can be found on every level of the fantasy, from arousal via physical pressure to the tension between one’s fantasies and cultural taboos. In sexual fantasy and sexual play this pressure may be physical, such as tight embraces, tight clothing, trampling underfoot or pushing a gas pedal. It may be interpersonal pressure, such as seduction, dominance and submission. Or it may be social pressure, like sexual taboos and our resistance to them."

If it turns out they’re playing fast and loose with reporting to Big Five (or is it Four now?) publishers, what’s to say they’re not also playing fast and loose with royalty statements to indie authors?

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Considering that there is absolutely zero independent verification of Amazon’s numbers, and what we know about their “practices”, I’d say publishing as a whole should watch Connecticut very closely indeed.

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Given what we know of Amazon’s business practices (such as they are) it’s a wonder more states aren’t taking a hard look at them.

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I have often remarked that Amazon is a black hole—their royalty statements could be complete fictions, for all authors know. And let’s not even talk about Kindle Unlimited.

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The sigils were drawn in salt, the candles lit, the blade wetted with, well, if not blood then at least hamburger jus.
A demon appeared at the other end of the table.
"Wherefore hast thou summoned me?"
"Dinner company. Have a seat."
The demon sat. "What?"
"Lockdown. It's lonely."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

“And that’s actually a tactic that the Trump administration has been doing the whole time is to just exhaust people to the point that they’ll accept anything.” truthout.org/audio/what-to-exp

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