A few links on healthcare:
- Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey went through the bill, line by line, to point out some of its more terrible effects.
- Politico reports that the Senate Democrats will be playing hardball. Placing our calls in support of this tactic is one of the important things that blue-staters can do.
- With the urgency of our desire to kill this bill, I've seen a resurgence of the desire to call Senators from other states. Here's a good Twitter thread on the importance of NOT doing that, tempting as it may be, especially when there's evidence of Astroturfing from the other side. I know it's scary, but this time, fighting fire with fire would do more harm than good.
And other things:
- The Brookings Institution put out a scathing editorial on voter suppression in the United States, a good overview of recent court decisions with some damning statistics.
- The Associated Press published a report on the effects of gerrymandering, and it's not pretty.
- It probably shouldn't come as a surprise that the Democrats lost the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, and in fact the narrow loss continues the trend of being competitive in districts that ought to be safe GOP, but given how much effort and money we poured into that district, it's also understandable that people were disappointed. But the rush of pundits and BernieBots to blame Nancy Pelosi for the loss is both a headscratcher, and almost unbearably stupid. Charles Pierce explains why.
- And maybe before you get too invested in demonizing one of the most powerful women in the Democratic party, maybe you should consider who is in the trenches, doing the actual work in places like the Georgia 6th.
- Meanwhile, another Congressional special election flew completely under the radar: the South Carolina 5th. The Republican won that seat as well, but by an even smaller margin. This is not a seat that any polls suggested ought to be competitive, and the Democrats spent almost no money here. This ought to scare the GOP; we'll see if they heed the warning.
- Maryland and the District of Columbia have sued Donald Trump for violations of the emoluments clause and other conflict of interest laws.
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Tag Wranglers are pleased to announce that we have reached the milestone of 25,000 fandoms on AO3! This comes shortly after we celebrated reaching 3 million fanworks in April and 1 million users back in October.
AO3 users have always been incredibly creative. Over the years, we've reached several fandom milestones:
- 5,000 fandoms around New Year's Day, 2010
- 10,000 fandoms in September, 2012
- 15,000 fandoms in April, 2014
- 20,000 fandoms in December, 2015
Are there any rare fandoms you love that you discovered on AO3?
Sharing 25,000 Fandoms with 1 Million People
With so many new fandoms, fanworks, and users joining us daily, now is a good time to explain what this growth can mean for users and Tag Wranglers.
Tags on AO3 are shared. If you use the same exact tag that someone else has used, your works will be included in the same filters. Tag Wranglers cannot separate works using the exact same tag. We can only wrangle tags, not works.
If you discover that your work is showing up under a different filter (tag) than you intended, you can edit the tag on your work to be clearer. For example, Penny Parker is a character on the TV show MacGyver. “Penny Parker” is also a common fan name for female Peter Parker, better known as Spider-Man. If you tag your work “Penny Parker”, it will end up in the filters for the MacGyver character, even if you were thinking of female Peter. To avoid this, you could alter your tag to “Penny Parker (girl!Peter)” or something similar. That would allow Tag Wranglers to merge it into Peter Parker’s tag filter instead.
(Obviously, Tag Wranglers can’t merge the plain “Penny Parker” tag directly with Peter’s. If we did that, all of the MacGyver’s “Penny Parker” works would show up in Peter Parker’s filters, and she would not have a filter of her own. This would cause problems for fans of both characters!)
If a tag is new to you, you might find it useful to check its filter before using it. You might find that the tag has a different meaning in a different fandom.
How To Make Tags Work For You
In the month of April this year, Tag Wranglers collectively wrangled approximately 497,000 tags. In May we wrangled well over half a million! Tag Wranglers work very hard to connect your tags; you can make our job easier by being clear about what you mean.
Here are some ideas you can try in order to make your own works or bookmarks appear in the filters you want. (Please don't comment on works to ask other users to do this - this is for your own works/bookmarks only!)
- Autocomplete is your friend: If a fandom tag exists in the autocomplete for your fandom already, try including that tag. The tags that Tag Wranglers see are based on filterable fandoms listed on the work, so using a fandom tag from the autocomplete speeds up the time it takes to wrangle your tag and have it show up correctly.
- Making a new fandom: If there is no fandom tag yet for your work, try including the medium, creator, or year the canon was first published in the tag. This speeds up the process of creating a new fandom tag, as we will have more information to use when researching what canon you mean! For books, it's especially important to include the author's name; for movies, the year. For other fandoms, usually the media type is enough, unless the title is very generic. For example, if you're posting for the TV show "Merlí", try adding "TV" after the title, like this: Merlí (TV).
- Be kind to RPF fans: Try to avoid mixing up Actor RPF and fictional TV or movie fandoms in your tags. If you're posting Actor RPF, please use the RPF fandom tags. If an RPF fandom tag doesn't exist yet for that TV show or movie, make one by adding "RPF" to the end of the TV show or movie's existing tag name. Example: The Hunger Games (Movies) RPF. Please also try to avoid using the Actor RPF fandom tags if you're only working with fictional characters. This will help RPF fans easily find the works they want and will reduce the effort Tag Wranglers must use to find the right place for your tags.
- Where does original work go? If you're posting a fannish-styled original work set in your own universe with your own characters, please try using the "Original Work" tag. (Furry fans, you can use that or the "Furry - Fandom" tag.) Please take care not to directly link to paypal, patreon, or commercial sites, as AO3 is a non-commercial site. (For further information, please consult the Terms of Service.)
- Make characters unique: Try to use full names for characters. If a character has just one name, put the name of the fandom in parentheses after it. Example: Undyne (Undertale). This especially helps avoid any potential ambiguity issues and ensures that it will be easier to find your work. You may not think the chances of having a character named Undyne in another fandom is high, but this happens frequently.
- Separate your / and & ships / is for romantic and/or sexual relationships. & is for platonic relationships only - ones that are neither sexual nor romantic. (Pre- and Post-Relationship are still /.) & was created for those Gen fans who don't want anything non-platonic in the ships they're searching for. You can help both Gen fans and shippers by carefully choosing the tag that matches your work!
- Add cameos in the Additional Tags: If a fandom, character, or relationship is only a passing reference, you can choose to put the tag in the "Additional Tags" (Freeforms) category instead. This will keep your work from being sorted into the fandom, character, or relationship's filter, while still telling users what's in the work. Example: Hints of Jin Dong/Wang Kai in the "Additional Tags" field keeps Jin Dong/Wang Kai fans from being disappointed that a work only mentions their relationship briefly.
These suggestions are meant to help get your tags wrangled quicker and more accurately so that users have a great experience on AO3. You won’t need to edit any tags on past works or bookmarks unless they aren’t showing up in the filters you prefer.
However, these tagging suggestions don’t mean that you can’t continue to tag creatively for various topics! Tag Wranglers love clever tags, and sometimes we can even canonize the concepts. Magneto’s Terrible Fashion Sense is just one of many enjoyable tags that make us giggle.
If you have any questions or suggestions about wrangling, please consult the Tags FAQ. If that doesn't answer your question, the FAQ explains how to contact Tag Wranglers directly, or you can send short questions to us at our twitter account, ao3_wranglers.
Please don't leave comments on this post with questions or requests about specific tags. They won't be answered, since Tag Wranglers can't easily track requests from here. Please use the options listed above to contact us. Thanks!
The Israeli government suspended its plans to create a space where men and women can pray together at the Western Wall, in a move critics say will deepen the divide between Jews in Israel and those in the diaspora.
The decision marks a reversal of the government’s approval in 2016 of a plan to create a mixed-gender section where members of non-Orthodox traditions could hold egalitarian prayer services at the southern end of the Western Wall—an agreement Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described at the time as a “fair and creative solution.” Though the plan enjoyed support among Reform and Conservative denominations, which allow men and women to pray side by side, it received pushback from the ultra-Orthodox community, which requires that prayer spaces be gender-segregated.
This opposition stalled the plan’s implementation, prompting Reform and Conservative movements in Israel, as well the multi-denominational prayer group Women of the Wall, to petition the country’s Supreme Court to force the government to fulfill its commitment. It also resulted in violent clashes.
The decision to suspend the plan has already had repercussions. The Jewish Agency, a nonprofit serving Jewish communities worldwide, denounced the government’s decision in a resolution by the group’s board of governors and canceled its gala dinner, which Netanyahu was scheduled to attend. Reform movement leaders offered similar condemnation and cancelled an upcoming meeting with Netanyahu, calling the government’s decision “an acute crisis between the Israeli government and diaspora Jewry.”
Indeed, a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center found that about half of American Jews identify as either Reform (35 percent) or Conservative (18 percent), while only 10 percent identify as Orthodox. Conversely, a small minority of Israeli Jews identify as Conservative (2 percent) or Reform (2 percent), while half identify as Orthodox.
Though Netanyahu has not yet commented on the decision, members of his government have. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the decision as one of “religious coercion,” while leading opposition leader Yair Lapid accused Netanyahu of being “the puppet prime minister of ultra-Orthodox operators.”
Though the 2016 plan was suspended, Haaretz reports the government will begin talks to devise a new plan that will be acceptable to the ultra-Orthodox parties. In the meantime, construction of the mixed-prayer space will continue.
Diana: We have to talk about Willem Dafoe dying in this movie via glider to the dick.
Andrew: He was stabbed right in the dick.
Jocelyn: Yes, this is a movie where the villain is killed via flying skateboard to the dick and I say, yayyyyyy!!!
Andrew: I’m imagining that scene at the end where Harry sees Spider-Man leaving his Dad’s body and he’s like, “What happened to my dad?” but then Harry must have gone over to his Dad to look at the body like, why did you deliver my dad dead and without a dick? What did you do Spider-Man???
Diana: And Willem Dafoe is naked! Spider-man took all his clothes to hide he was the goblin, that means he delivered a naked, dickless body to Harry.
Andrew: It makes more sense to me now in the next movies why Harry hates Spider-Man, cause he not only thinks Spider-Man killed his dad, but his dad one day left the house in a nice suit and came home naked, dead and dickless and Spider-Man was like, “Enjoy your dickless dad! Peace!” and Harry’s gotta have so many questions about that, the first being, “Where. Is. My. Dad’s. Dick?! What did you do with my Dad’s dick?!”
Jocelyn: I’m not gonna say that Spider-Man ate my Dad’s dick, but also, prove me wrong Spider-Man! Where’s the dick?
- The Hosts of Talk From Superheroes on Spider-Man (2002) and What Happened To Green Goblin’s Dick
Listen on iTunes to also hear why Spider-Man is the worst kisser of all time and how Nickelback killed movie tie-in songs forever.
Oh god there’s a part about how Chad Krueger accidentally wrote a song about green goblin instead of Spiderman and it’s amazing.
Diana: So after the cast names the song “Hero” by Nickelback came on and we were dying laughing. Then we started talking and we think this movie might have killed music tie-ins for movies. Before it was Space Jam, and every Will Smith movie and the Bodyguard.
Andrew: But no band has done a soundtrack for a major motion picture movie since that song. Cause prior it was Prince, Seal, big name pop stars doing original songs for superhero and action movies, and then Nickelback did “Hero” for this movie and since that moment every pop band was like, never again.
Jocelyn: That is mind blowing. A song so shitty it killed musical tie-ins forever.
Andrew: And it’s also a song that sounds like it should be about Superman, it’s all about flying high and that’s literally the one thing Spider-Man doesn’t do.
Jocelyn: I guarantee the movie execs were like, okay Nickelback, one reminder, Spider-Man does not fly on the wings of an eagle, he doesn’t fly, he goes around on web strings because as mentioned in his name, he is a Spider-Man. And Nickelback was like, no problem, eagles, whatever!
Diana: Wait, is this song about Green Goblin? Because they say “fly on the wings of an eagle” and Goblin has a glider.
Andrew: Oh my god they might have accidentally written about the villain!
Jocelyn: Yeah we wrote it about Spider-Man, you know the big green guy on the flying roller skates!
Andrew: Nickelback was like, “Who’s the star of this movie?” “Well, Willem Dafoe is the biggest actor …” “Willem Dafoe’s character, “The Hero to save us!”
Jocelyn: Chad Kroeger please just give me a straight answer, yes or no, do you understand that Willem Dafoe is not the hero of Spider-Man?