||[Oct. 27th, 2019|06:48 am]
Well, i hope i am done with my obsessive rest and relaxation reading in the Liaden series. It appears i last binged through in the summer of 2015.
So that's where i've been. Christine asked if it was really that compelling: obviously the answer is yes. I admit the sweetness of the romances and the parenting and mentoring relationships is an pleasure, as well as the themes of loyalty and love to people who are worthy of that. The depictions of otherness, bias, and discrimination as well as of vast wealth gaps provide some of the meat. I am sad to find the "big bad," the Department of the Interior, too resonant with today's wall building interests than it seemed in 2015. On the other hand, at least today's "deep state" (i now perform Olympic level eye rolls) is set up to support the constitution and not some secret ideal.
Speaking of which, it appears one can contribute to the legal fund at the professional organization for foreign service professionals at https://www.afsa.org/donate. You can skip a slightly awkward UX by registering at https://ams.afsa.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=newuserreg&eml_address=&action=add It's clear they did not originally imagine non-members contributing and that they are using the same "cart" flow that one uses to register membership in the professional organization. They offer standard credit card (Amex, Discover, MC, Visa) options. How ever, after multiple attempts, instead of a donation all i can offer is some QA notes:
Hi, i am not a member of your organization but would like to make a contribution to the Legal Defense Fund. I've registered an account and gone through the web flow to make a donation, but i'm unable to finish the "purchase" process. I'm getting an error, "This change does not obey the required constraints of the data." I tried clearing my cookies for your site and tried logging in to make the donation again: i then encountered the error, "The following error has occurred: Conversion failed when converting from a character string to uniqueidentifier." However, when i returned to https://ams.afsa.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=LoginRequired&expires=yes&Site=AFSA The message said i was logged in, so i went through the donation process again and failed with the same "required constraints" message. These attempts were made 2019-10-27 before 7:37 am EDT.
I was hoping i could chip in for, i dunno, a quarter hour of lawyer accompaniment during testimony. Maybe.