I may not be tooting as much (lots of work at the University) but I see you all.

Hey y'all. As you probably may have read / heard, central Mozambique (where I live, but 600km away from my city), got hit really hard by a Class 4 Cyclone - the Iday Cyclone. Death toll is in the hundreds, likely to climb to thousands. Tens of thousands displaced. If you're the type, prayers are welcome. Cash is even more welcome. Prayers+cash is the perfect combo. If you can, please consider donating to the relief effort. Thanks!
crisisrelief.un.org/Mozambique

Fascism; far-right in Brazil 

I know I told this before, but this shit is the main reason I'm considering kicking the Church away for good. This devastates me.

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Fascism; far-right in Brazil 

lots of Brazilian Catholics, mainline protetstants and Evangelicals/pentecostals voted for this AND THAT PISSES ME OFF SO HARD

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Fascism; far-right in Brazil 

and now the far-right Brazilian president Bolsonaro - a former military captain - gave the order for the army to celebrate the military coup d'etat that installed a brutal dictatorship in Brazil from 1964 to 85.
washingtonpost.com/world/the_a

Music 

Hello there! For all the fans searching for new songs to hear, in this week we had
- new Andrew Bird album;
- new Lucy Rose album;
- new Jenny Lewis album;
- (Brazil stuff) finally they put the Tim Maia 'Racional' phase albuns on streaming!

Musically speaking, today will be a good day.

I really hope that @evicoso is safe and sound. Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique really hard.

As I researched something in the bread chemistry literature (yes, we study such things), the ciabatta relies on a higher-than-average gluten ratio in the flour so the dough can rise and "hold" inside that trademark carbon dioxide large bubbles that arise from the fermentation process. Brazilian wheat flour is light on protein (around 8-9%) and I needed at least 15% to make it work.
So I made a few calculations, added some extra gluten to the recipe and voilá!

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On a slightly lighter note, I finally got the ciabatta recipe right and made one that *looks* like a real one in the 12th try.

And even better: I could track it down the cause of my earlier failures: chemistry.

In a matter of two days, the U.S. government will recieve the facist, far right-wing presdent of Brazil for a reception.

Of the people scheduled to be in this reception, there is the self-appointed philosopher Olavo de Carvaho (who believes that Pepsi-cola is made of aborted fetuses cells). Ah, and Steve Bannon as well.

Don't you dare to tell me that the U.S. government care for Human rights after that.

mass shootings 

I know, I know, since they were brazilians you can't think I dare to call a brazilian white, don't you?
Well, in the brazilian case, both identified as so. I'm pissed off so please spare me from the Latino/a definitions today.

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mass shootings 

Suzano, Brazil, then Christchurch, New Zealand.

Two mass shootings.

What do they have in common?

Perpetrators identified themselves with far-right ideology.

Both got help and used the über-toxic "chan" discussion forums.

In both cases, perpetrators were white males*.

Well, it seems that the Liturgists "IT team" have decided to try Discourse for an alternative social media for groups and discussions.
Patrons only. Fair enough. Hosting a Rails server have its costs.

But, since I can't be a Patron, that means I'm locked out. :/

mass shootings 

And what I feared dreadfully is happening in Brazil. A mass shooting. In a public school. Perpetrated by teenagers that once were students in that same school. So far, 10 deaths, including the two shooters.

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