Who is Schwern? Well, he's the kind of guy who can't stop trying to extort money from his ex even after they're in the grave, and he continued his lawsuit, targeting Nóirín's father. His attorney, a charming fellow named Bear Wilner-Nugent who defends rapists for fun and profit, was happy to go along for the ride. This type of lawsuit is known as a SLAPP lawsuit, because its goal was to silence and intimidate victims who talk about their experiences with sexual assault in public.
Nóirín not being around to talk about it further, there's no one alive who can say for sure that Schwern raped Nóirín. It would be understandable if other people looked at the possibility of being sued for $30,000,000 for telling the truth, and said nothing. What we can say is that Schwern was indecent enough not only to sue his ex-partner for (allegedly) talking about it, but to continue the lawsuit after that person died. You can decide for yourself whether Schwern is a rapist or just somebody who thought suing a corpse was a good way to rehabilitate his reputation.
Thankfully, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of freedom of speech, in favor of victims, and against Schwern and Wilner-Nugent's meritless lawsuit; you can read the decision (PDF) for yourself, but a content warning for graphic descriptions of rape applies. The decision also misgenders Nóirín, whose pronouns are they/them.
None of this will bring my friend back to life, but in these times, it's good to see justice done.
I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.
In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn't this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? Isn't this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquiries precipitated the act by the misguided populace in which they made him drink hemlock? Isn't this like condemning Jesus because his unique God consciousness and never ceasing devotion to God's will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion? We must come to see that, as the federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber. I had also hoped that the white moderate would reject the myth concerning time in relation to the struggle for freedom. I have just received a letter from a white brother in Texas. He writes: "All Christians know that the colored people will receive equal rights eventually, but it is possible that you are in too great a religious hurry. It has taken Christianity almost two thousand years to accomplish what it has. The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth." Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.'
-- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", 1963
In point of actual fact, there are still a good six inches of snow out there, and it's currently 28 deg with a flipping brutal east wind. (But at least it's brilliantly sunny? Does that compensate for the knives in my skull, or contribute to them?) I made grrlpup go for a walk with me just now; the excursion didn't so much relieve my cabin fever as intensify it.
(Look, I was housebound for a week because sick, and then it snowed, and then it snowed again. I am so flipping done with this.)
In other news, Elementary Rolling Remix went live this morning: one seed story, passed to another for remixing, which is then passed to another for remixing, and so on, like a brownstone-centric game of Telephone. I contributed, of course, and so did grrlpup. (She almost never participates in exchanges!) Guessing post is here, for those who want to try their hands at guessing creators or reconstructing the chain.
First off, my lovely ST:TNG!Moriarty gift was made by graycardinal, thank you kindly!
As for my own contributions, I began the round writing a fic for my recipient, phoenixfalls, but then the election happened, my brain became a good deal less stable overnight, and my ability to produce new words... stopped. And yet I kept slogging at the story, hoping it'd all come together somehow. (I have about 10K of trunked words for that story, sigh. Maybe someday?) With deadlines looming, I finally decided to stop beating my head on it and instead gave myself a crash-course in podficcing.
If you've ever wanted to know what my (measured, performative) voice sounds like:
[podfic] A Heap of Sun and ShadowI was long fond of both stories, but I fell out-and-out in love with them via the act of recording them. I hope I did them both the credit they deserve. As I said before, I am brand-new at podficcing; if anyone has tips or advice for me, I will happily take them.
A recording of A Heap of Sun and Shadow by PhoenixFalls
Retirement, First Kiss, Friends to lovers, always-a-girl!Sherlock
General audiences, no archive warnings apply
9 minutes; 1152 words
Twenty-five years on, Joan and Sherlock retire to upstate New York together.
[podfic] The Glass Half Full
A recording of The Glass Half Full by Garonne
Watson/Mary, unrequited Holmes/Watson
General audiences, no archive warnings apply
18 minutes; 2524 words
Nothing but unspoken words and unspent passions, declarations never made and caresses never given.
Holmes and Mary Watson have an after-dinner conversation about Watson.
Late in the exchange, phoenixfalls and I were chatting about her own contribution (an Elementary adaptation of a Coules Further Adventures story, yay!), and how frustrating it was that she was still the only person to have contributed to the AO3 Joantes tag. And I thought, fuck it, I KNOW someone who wasn't me requested Joantes this round; saw that one of venusinthenight's requests could be filled with some straightforward one-shot smut; decided that although smut is not my strong suit, fic-that-exists is always de facto better than fic-that-doesn't; and hammered out some Joantes smut for her.
Sucker PunchBy the way, Gina's broken nose in that story? That was my own first broken nose: I was gleefully pursuing a less-experienced fighter who was fleeing me, when she spun and gave me the opportunity to run face-first into her fist. *tight displeased smile* For the record, broken noses are not fun. They hurt then and they hurt later, but the most not-fun thing about them, in my opinion, is that they bleed everywhere, which gives me exactly four seconds to get my revenge before someone calls the fight for bloodborne-safety reasons. I have never once managed to get my revenge in those four seconds, damnit hiss spit.
Joan Watson/Gina Cortes
Explicit, No archive warnings apply
Boxing, Hatesex, First time, Missing scene, Blood
Joan figures she can battle Cortes to a respectable draw, and then they can both walk away, tempers spent and faces saved. Joan is wrong.
In other news, I have signed up as a creator for the charity auction Fandom Tr*mps Hate. (FAQ) I am offering podfic, because I figure I'm less likely to disappoint someone with one of my strange, sideways interpretations of an assignment/commission that way. Full details of my offer are here (as well as links for bidding on it), but in short: max 5K words, no explicit sex or graphic violence, please inquire about fandoms. That is, all the fandoms you'd usually expect from me, plus a couple dozen more.
Of course, I'm not the only one who offered something! Full listings are at @fandomtrumpshateofferings. More info here about how the offers are organized and how to bid.
grrlpup shoveled our walk, and then our neighbors' to both the east and west. We're being neighborly when we shovel to the east, but to the west? That is a rebuke. (As far as I'm aware, the neighbors to the west have never noticed that we have ever shoveled their sidewalk in all these years, let alone that we do it as a rebuke.)
We went for a walk a little later -- not much in the way of downed trees, it was nice to see -- and then this afternoon I went across the street and helped shovel that neighbor's sidewalk. On our side of the street, all the lots are skinny and deep, so no one has very much frontage, but there are only two houses on the other side of the block, both of which are corner lots, so the people over there have a loooooooooong way to shovel. One of them was out slogging her way around her corner with a narrow little square-tip shovel, so I took my snow shovel over to give her a hand.
(For those keeping score at home: neighborly.)
Mostly, though, I have spent the day admiring the winter wonderland from inside, where I am working hard on a vid. It's coming along nicely, I suppose, although I am at the point where I am heartily sick of it.
Is anyone up to beta, by chance? (It's for Festivids, so even the fandom is a secret at this point, sorry.)
I'm on three panels this year, because being an ADH, shockingly, takes up a huge amount of time. So when I'm not on a panel, figure I'll be in the Green Room, The Gaming Room, or Program Nexus.
As for my panels:
Friday at 8:30, (Marina 4): Archie Comics (moderating)
Saturday at 5:30 (Douglas): Curmudgeon Panel 3: Season of the Curmudgeon!
Sunday at 8:30, (Adams): The Wicked + The Divine
See minutes online for a more detailed record of the discussions.
This section is one of the sections to be thoroughly rewritten, but it has not been entirely clear how. There are lots of good technical content there, but the text is nevertheless to specific, not in balance with the rest of the document. It contains references to manifests, canonical, etc, and it is not clear whether it should stay as is.
It has been said that the goal of the document is to provide a good input to the possible W3C DPUB WG, that would then do a more thorough technical specification. After some discussion it was agreed that the core text should be revised to make it shorter and higher level, and push the technical content into an appendix, making it clear that that is really just jotting down ideas for the future.
It was noted that similar discussions are happening in the Readium consortium; it is therefore a good idea to use the experiences in that community to record them in this document, too.
Additional todo-s in the PWP document
There was a short discussion on what else should be done (beyond an editorial reconciliation of the various parts), these included cross references to the use case document. It would also be a good idea to publish this document and the use case as official drafts.
There was a short discussion on the various charters (Business Group, Community Group, Working Group) and their status and timeline. These are all related to the possible IDPF/W3C merger process (which may be completed by the end of the month). There will also be a W3C Member Submission to W3C for EPUB 3.1; the goal is to settle the IPR differences between IDPF and W3C with regard to that document (to make it reusable for further work at W3C without any licensing and IPR issues).
The main role of this IG is to provide technical comments to the WG charter. That may include adding Readium documents, as well as documents coming from the IDPF EPUB WG, to the list of input document to the WG charter as technical input.
Due to Martin Luther King day in the US the next meeting is cancelled.