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Fires are still going. Is the national news even reporting this? When this is over, if it's ever over, I'm afraid we're going to be living in a green island surrounded by Mordor. It's sickening to watch what this is doing to the people, the homes, the pets, the land, the trees, the wildlife, the livestock.

The Leon county fire, the one nearest us is at 70% containment, hopefully. The Bastrop fire is supposed to be at 30% containment but has already destroyed 38,089 acres and destroyed 576 homes. That's the total for one fire, not all of them. There's a photo gallery here. This museum was burnt to the ground but as someone on Facebook said, it's hard to keep track of all the stuff being destroyed. One report said that all but 50 to 100 acres of the pines covering the 6,000-acre Bastrop State Park are burned, and they don't have high hopes for the endangered species of toad that lives there.

For Bryan and College Stationites: The El Cerrito Animal Clinic in Bryan is accepting donations for animals displaced by the wildfires in the Brazos Valley:

Food for cats and dogs, Cat Litter, Bedding, Blankets, Horse Food, Livestock Feed, Hay, They are also accepting monetary donations. They are behind the Village Foods grocery store, almost at the corner of 29th and Barak, just next to the Shell Station.

The Red Cross is taking donations, plus if you here in state, various places are taking donations of food, clothes, etc for the 1000s of people who've lost their homes, donations of hay and grain for evacuated livestock, and donations for evacuated pets. KVUE lists places in Austin taking donations.

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Publishers Weekly Genreville blog has a summary of the Orson Scott Card rewrites Hamlet as homophobic bowlderized piece of crap The Offensiveness Grenade In 2008, the Science Fiction Book Club published an anthology called The Ghost Quartet, edited by Marvin Kaye, which contained a novella by Orson Scott Card called “Hamlet’s Father”. Tor Books reprinted the anthology. No one appeared to notice that the novella rather painfully rewrote Hamlet to postulate that Hamlet’s father was an evil gay child molester who preyed upon the youth of Denmark.

Scott Lynch posted "Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirch'd...", taking on Henry V:
Henry walked into the council chamber.

"We're totally going to beat the French," said Henry. "You guys think so too, right?"

Everyone did.

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Yes, the national news is covering the fires. They are sensational enough and provide dramatic footage . . .

It was the first story on the NBC news last night. I think they did a pretty good job conveying how huge this is, and how many people are affected. It's just heartbreaking to watch.

Glad to hear this. I hadn't seen much from them online.

Watching what's going on in Texas, especially how nearly helpless people are in a lot of cases in terms of fighting the fires, is scary and heartsickening. The enormity of it is almost hard to grasp.

I just checked the 24-hour national news network sites. CNN is ignoring it. MSNBC has it down to a small photo story. FOX is the only one offering any substantial coverage. There's a heavy coastal bias to the national news in general, though (which seems odder because isn't CNN based in Atlanta?). Anyway, as a recovering journalist, it's occurred to me more than once that the best answer would be for someone (with billions) to step up and found a competing news organization that actually covers the middle of the country.

That said, the damage caused by the wildfires is just heartbreaking.

It's being covered out here in NYC, although mostly on the late news, not the early (which tends to be more localized). Print press has definite coverage and of course, the Internet is carrying the first-hand news to the rest of us, as usual.

As to the OSC flap... the fact that he rewrote something to be a) boring and b) offensive is not exactly news, nor is the fact that it was ignored when it first came out (Oh, "OSC is being offensive again"). What is surprising me, in this recent flap, is that some people seem to think that because it's old (3 years past) that it shouldn't be held up for scrutiny now in the reprint? Also, the SFBC edition probably did not have a high profile, so it didn't get picked up on by folk who blog about such things. Now it has, and people are noting it. Good.

We're getting the news here. Of course, I've been watching/listening especially carefully, as my family in Oklahoma were threatened by two separate fires a week ago.

I wish we could send you some of our rain. Sending good thoughts instead. Thanks so much for the helpful links and pointers on how to assist.

Have you seen anything on the news about the auto museum in Rosanky? I posted about that on my FB page but Charles T. found a photo of a private collector surveying the ruins of his collection. So far I haven't seen any more information so I'm not sure it was actually the museum that was lost. I'm holding some hope for it, even though everything down there is at risk.

I haven't seen it on the news, just on Facebook. Maybe it's just a rumor? That would be one bit of good news.

Yes... I'll cling to any hope I can get! I have a friend in town and was thinking, "I know, maybe we can use that Groupon and take her to Ilsa's Kitchen" and then I realized Ilsa's is in Spicewood and I have no idea about its status. Nor am I inclined to call and ask at this point - I doubt any of the communities at risk need an influx of people right now for any reason other than fire relief. It's frustrating to wonder about individual locations, but we just have to wait until things calm down and everybody can catch their breath. They're predicting the wind will pick up again tomorrow, so no telling when that will happen.

Fires (both yours and the CA one) got a mention on my baltimore-local radio station this morning, though that's the first time I'd heard them talk about it, and they're understandably more concerned about the local flooding. (I keep trying to tell the rainclouds that they've been misdelivered, but somehow they don't seem to listen.)

It was on the PBS Newshour, so yes, definitely getting a lot of coverage.

I've other friends in Texas who have fed me a steady diet of updates.

Scary.

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