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Lulu KC

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Hometown: Duluth, MN
Current location: Blue city in a red state
Member since: Sun Sep 7, 2014, 01:13 AM
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Hooked on Slow Horses

We only subscribe to Apple TV during Ted Lasso season, so we have a little time to explore. It is really something. I have not read the books but from what I can tell it is faithful to them. They're on my library list now!

MI5/Gary Oldman/some looking back at the good old days of the Cold War/intellectually satisfying/dark humor

Hooked on Aber Bergen

I came across it randomly while recovering from something. It is free on Hoopla but I quickly exceeded my 10 rentals for the month. Now I have one of those "free for a week" subscriptions on Prime to finish season one, and I know I won't be able to stop.

Fascinating. Norwegian courtroom drama with love interest--I had not seen this in my future! Dark, but not unbearably horrifyingly dark--yet.

Two new news sources for Indiana

They both send daily emails. They provide a level of news that had been missing from what I could find.


AXOIS now has an Indianapolis page on their website and you can sign up for their Indy emails there.


Messages app won't speak to my husband suddenly

I have Apple, he has Android. We text all the time. Once in a while it won't send something, but this morning it won't let us communicate in either direction. I have sms turned on if i-messages isn't available.

We've turned the phones off and on, tried using non-wifi.

Any ideas out there? Thanks in advance.

Today in Indy--Patriot Front march

Fewer than 50 people marching. Still totally creepy.

Yay Marion County prosecutor!


Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced Friday his office will not prosecute abortion-related cases if Republicans in the state legislature seek to criminalize the procedure following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that overturns abortion rights.

The pushback from Indianapolis Democrats like Mears and the Indiana Democratic Party represents yet another schism between Democrat-dominated Marion County and the Statehouse, where Republicans are in the supermajority.

With the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade case, Indiana Republicans are expected to restrict abortion access in a special legislative session next month.

Republican lawmakers have not offered specifics about what type of restrictions they might place on abortion. But just hours after the ruling, some states — such as Louisiana — were poised to pursue criminal charges against anyone who helped to terminate a pregnancy, though pregnant people themselves are exempt from prosecution.

The impending legislation sparked reaction from state and local Democrats, who are virtually powerless in the Statehouse.

Mears stressed that prosecutor and law enforcement resources should not go toward abortion-related cases.

"It should not be a priority for the prosecutor's office or law enforcement to second-guess the decision and choices made by health care professionals," Mears said. "Everybody here realizes that we have a number of challenges in Marion County. One of those challenges is not incarcerating doctors and nurses."

Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears listens as Marion County Clerk, Ali Brown speaks out for women's rights during a press conference to address the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to legal and safe abortions on Friday, June 24, 2022, at the Indiana Democratic Party offices in Indianapolis. Brown shared the story of her near death birth experience and medical condition which could lead to death in the case of pregnancy.
With a supermajority of Republicans in the state legislature, however, Indianapolis Democrats are limited in what they can do in support of those seeking an abortion.

Indianapolis city officials, too, must constantly maintain a balance between supporting more progressive ideals and avoiding the ire of the state legislature — which has historically crafted pre-emptive state laws forbidding cities from taking certain actions.

The Market Street divide: Indianapolis Democrats, Statehouse Republicans clash

Indianapolis Senate Republicans have frequently tried to put a stop to Mears' decision not to prosecute simple marijuana possession, for example. Theyintroduced bills in 2020, 2021 and 2022 to appoint a special prosecutor in cases where the local prosecutor refused to prosecute certain crimes.

So far the bills have not passed. Mears said such bills are on shaky ground with the state constitution.

Le Tombeau de Couperin, Ravel

This is one of my favorite pieces of music. I remembered it this week and have been listening to it every morning. It is about a very sad thing while being among the most uplifting things I've ever heard. Profound and beautiful.

Eric Boehlert Dies: Media Critic For Media Matters & Salon, Founder Of Press Run Newsletter Killed..

Source: Deadline

Eric Boehlert, a media critic devoted to calling out right-wing misinformation through his writing at Media Matters for America, Salon, Daily Kos and most recently as the founder of the Press Run website, died Monday in a bike accident. He was 57.

His death was announced on Twitter today by journalist and friend Soledad O’Brien, who called Boehlert “a fierce and fearless defender of the truth.” The U.S. Sun is reporting that Boehlert was struck by a train while biking in Montclair, New Jersey; Montclair police reported yesterday that a man riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a New Jersey Transit train in Montclair on Monday evening.

“A terrible loss,” O’Brien writes. “We’ve lost an awesome human being, handsome/cool/witty dude who kicked ass on our behalf. Crazy devotion to facts, context and good reporting. Enemy of BS, fake news.” O’Brien described Boehlert as “an amazing friend,” adding, “Brutal to bad media on twitter, sweetest guy in real life.”

Read more: https://deadline.com/2022/04/eric-boehlert-dead-obituary-media-matters-salon-bike-accident-at-57-1234995804/

(Only finding this news on less-than-major outlets, but reliable individual sources in Twitter feed.)

My Maps app doesn't always talk to me

I really need the voice on the Maps app--sometimes he speaks, sometimes he doesn't. I have looked at all the settings and have everything that I think may apply to sound turned on. Sometimes he just gets me out of the driveway, speaking, then stops for the rest of the trip! Has anyone else experienced this?

Technical question: firestick + xfinity flex

We moved to an area with Comcast/xfinity, which sent us a free Flex box for streaming. It's okay, but it doesn't access Apple TV+ or Kanopy, two of our favorite places. I tried unplugging the Flex box and plugging our firestick in for the first time in three months. Firestick just sat there forever saying, "Updating," with no apparent movement for, oh, 20 minutes.

Does anyone know if the Flex somehow incapacitates the TV to accept Firestick? Or do I just need to be more patient?
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