President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with DREAMers who have received Deferred Action and U.S. citizen family members of undocumented immigrants, in the Oval Office, May 21, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
As the Senate debates bipartisan immigration reform legislation, the President and the Vice President hosted a meeting today in the Oval Office with young immigrants, also known as DREAMers, as well as with the siblings and spouses of undocumented immigrants. The meeting was an important opportunity for the President and the Vice President to hear directly from people whose families are affected daily by our nation’s broken immigration system.
The President and the Vice President were moved by the stories of courage and determination these young immigrants shared. The DREAMers shared how the deferred action changed their lives for the better and emphasized that they and their families need a permanent solution that will allow them to fully contribute to the country they call home. Their stories were both powerful and authentic, inspiring us all to remember the important task and responsibility we carry as public servants and members of the Obama administration.
At Ishinomaki Where Matsuo Basho Once Wrote a Poem
Finally the twisted roadbed drains
and the daily floodtides at
Ishinomaki dry out.
The sky unmists itself and
loss upon loss begins to
feel like company.
Nothing touches. Nights are brittle and soft,
ink scraped smooth.
To the south Fukushima Daiichi blazes. Flames
we can't see. Sixty-six years ago
two other seacoast towns vanished.
I stick my forearm out
in moonlight. Looking seaward
my skin burns.
President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein of Myanmar in the Oval Office, May 20, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Today President Obama welcomed President Thein Sein of Myanmar to the White House for a bilateral meeting, the first visit to the United States by a leader of that country in almost 50 years.
“During this period in between there have been significant bilateral tensions between our countries,” President Obama said. “But what has allowed this shift in relations is the leadership that President Sein has shown in moving Myanmar down a path of both political and economic reform.”
But as President Sein is the first to admit, this is a long journey and there is still much work to be done. And during our discussions, President Sein shared with me the fact -- the manner in which he intends to continue to move forward on releasing more political prisoners; making sure that the government of Myanmar institutionalizes some of the political reforms that have already taken place; how rule of law is codified so that it continues into the future; and the process whereby these ethnic conflicts that have existed are resolved not simply by a ceasefire but an actual incorporation of all these communities into the political process.
In the name of providing helpful links to new music, there are two albums streaming right now prior to their release.Crystal Fighters
: indie pop, and I'm really enjoying it.Laura Marling's new album, Once I Was an Eagle
: folk, and well worth a listen. I'm going to have to try to get my hands on some of her other music, as this was the first I'd heard of her, and I like the sound.
In addition, if you like folk and folk rock, Patty Griffin has a new album out, American Kid
, which may be one of my favorites of hers, and I love me some Patty Griffin. It's haunting, evocative, and absolutely gorgeous. You should check it out if you like that sort of thing.
- Location:at work
- Music:Crystal Fighters, "Everywhere"
world jazz // cape verdean
The music of Lisbon-born and London-based songstress Carmen Souza is hard to categorize, but easy to love. In her recent studio-album Kachupada (2013), Carmen embodies the influences of traditional Cape Verdean sounds, American jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and more. Carmen’s remarkably soulful voice is the center of it all, as she easily swings through exotic beats and mellow jazz tones with a feeling of saudade. Her version of Charlie Parker’s bebop classic “Donna Lee” sounds festive, danceable and extraordinary original.
Jazz-tingled tropical musical adventure.
Carmen Souza – Donna Lee
Change of HeartCharacters:
Johanna, Haymitch, Mags, Peeta, Finnick/AnnieWordcount:
~ 900 wordsSummary: District Twelve's sixteen-year-old Finnick Odair and Annie Cresta are huddled up in their cave, her head resting on his chest and his arm wrapped around her waist. Up in Mentor Central, Johanna Mason can't decide if she wants to shudder at the sight or puke.Notes:
For a breadetcircuses
prompt by deathmallow
: Any victor, or numerous victors, are from another district from canon. How does this change the story?
This is spoiler-free.Change of Heart on AO3
A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO DEAN-ESE
Dean-ese is a unique language in the global lexicon. It is known to be spoken by only one person on earth and requires no actual words to make its meaning patently clear.
Set out below is a beginners guide to conversational Dean-ese.
Rating: T for one slightly naughty word
Word Count: 200
Disclaimer: Don't own them and I don't speak Dean-ese either.
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Christmas may be seven months away, but Texas is ready for it.
State lawmakers there waged their own battle against the so-called War on Christmas on Friday
, passing legislation, House Bill 308, that allows public school teachers to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah" and display Christmas trees, nativity scenes or menorahs. Winter displays must represent more than one religion or include secular symbols.But while the legislation specifies that schools may not constitutionally favor one religion over another, the bill is named for only one religion -- Christmas.
"Teachers have enough on their plate to worry about [whether] the school district's going to be sued or if they can call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree," said state Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R), who sponsored the legislation.
He told KTBC in Austin that he came up with the idea when his six-year-old son told him about how he had "decorated the holiday tree with holiday ornaments."
"I was a little bit flabbergasted and a little bit upset that we've become so politically correct that we can't call a federal holiday by its name," said Bohac.
State Sen. Robert Nichols (R), who introduced the companion bill in the Senate, said he feared it was "becoming less culturally acceptable to openly celebrate these holidays in the ways past generations have."
Backers of the bill even set up a website and petition to drum up support:
(Source contains an image of the website here)
Since the bill has now passed both the House and Senate, it heads to Gov. Rick Perry's (R) desk for his signature. Asked for comment on whether the governor would sign the bill,Perry spokesman Josh Havens told The Huffington Post, "This bill is about the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, and Gov. Perry supports it."
For years, Fox News has been warning viewers of a War on Christmas, with host Bill O'Reilly covering it more than the actual wars going on.
Linda Bridges, president of the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, told KTBC that she believed there were more important issues for the legislature to be working on.
"I think I can honestly say I've never had a question from a teacher about what they can and can't do around holidays," said Bridges. "I think we really have to say, does this help education when we are caught up in discussions that have become pure partisan discussions? That is not the way we should be looking at education."This article was updated with comment from a spokesman for Rick Perry. Source. Personally, I think someone probably should explain to these idiots that most 'Christmas traditions' were co-opted from pagan festivals and traditions.
Yay! It's happening again! And the best part (from my perspective anyway!) is that I don't have to do any work this year :D Thanks so much to riyku
for stepping up. And to marciaelena
- it was a pleasure working with you, ladies!
I have stepped down from modding that comm, leaving it in very capable hands, and I'm feeling very good about this all around. Now go sign up! Write me all the stories about Sam & Dean hanging around the Batcave working their issues out, saving people & hunting things.
I had a phone call yesterday, from my cousin R, whom I haven't talked to in years. He told me his Mom, my Aunt J (my biological father's sister), passed away suddenly on Friday. I'm feeling conflicted, because while I was growing up, and my parents were married - she was very good to my Mom and I, and I was close to my cousins - her sons - who were a few years older than I. Once my parents divorced (I was 14), due to my bio father's rampant adultery, she - and my bio father's entire family dropped my Mom and I like hot potatoes. With fungus.
To complicate matters I've been estranged from my bio father for over 10 years. Not because of any big blow out, or fight, mind you. I just stopped trying. I was the one that always called, and tried to keep some kind of communication/relationship with him - despite all the yucky history we had. Like how his mistresses would call our house and tell me they loved my father and hang up on me (I was only 12 or so). Like he cut off all ties with me when I was in high school, and basically went into hiding for 3 years, to avoid paying child support. Plus, my bio father was just WEIRD. There was always drama with him, my step mom (who was only 6 years older than me), and her 4! kids. I finally got my fill of all the weirdness, and stopped picking up the phone to call him. That's all it took. What little bit of relationship I had with my bio father fizzled into silence that has gone on for more than 10 years now. Heck, I don't even know where he lives anymore. And I am glad to be free of all the drama & weirdness.
About 5 years ago, Aunt J suddenly seemed to want a relationship with me and my Mom. She invited herself over to my Mom & current Step Dad's (who is an awesome guy, that I call Dad) house. It was...awkward. She began inviting us (me and my Mom) to family reunions, that we really didn't want to go to - and had to constantly find ways to decline gracefully. AWKWARD. I mean, she had been good to us way back when, but after my bio father bailed on us - and we were alone and struggling - she was no where to be seen. So we wondered why all the sudden attention to us now, when we were happy and doing fine? I dunno. I ended up sending Aunt J a nice, but honest letter letting her know we'd always love her, but because of the divorce, the lack of contact for years with any of them, and my bio father's failure to keep the family connection alive with me, the situation was awkward for me and my Mom. I never heard anything back from her about my letter, but she did stop inviting us to the dreaded family reunions.
So yeah. Basically conflicted here. Her visitation is tonight, and while I do have a desire to see a few of my cousins - my other Aunt (M) will be there and she was HORRIBLE to my Mom when she was first married to my bio father. My Mom is Japanese, and when she married my bio father, she left her family, her country, everything that was familiar to her and moved to the US and in with my bio father's parents. (my grandparent's) My bio father was still serving in the Air Force overseas, so he wasn't in the US. My grandfather was nice to my Mom, but he was away working most of the time. My grandmother was selfish, and pretty much indifferent to my Mom, though she did enjoy having her clean the house for them. Grrrr. My Aunt M was a senior in HS, and still lived with my grandparents, and she treated my Mom like dirt. Instead of feeling compassion for my poor Mom who felt all alone and scared, and barely able to speak english, she told her she was stupid. Told her she was fat, because she was pregnant with me at the time, and used her belongings - even wearing her clothes - without asking for permission. It was as if my Mom was a sub-human to her, with no rights. My Mom told me how she would hold her pregnant tummy and cry because she was so sad and lonely. Good Lord Almighty I wanted to beat the snot out of my Aunt M, when my Mom told me all the hateful stuff she'd done to her. If only I'd have been there as a grown person, instead of in my Mom's tummy, I would have smacked a bitch. I can't stand that woman. So I REALLY don't want to see her and have her be all fake-nice to me knowing what a hateful bitch she was to my Mom. Then again, a memorial service is not exactly the place to call someone out either, and I wouldn't want to disrespect the sons of my Aunt J, who I genuinely like. So I'd likely have to be fake-nice back, which makes me throw up in my mouth a little. *sigh*
I talked to my Mom and she's conflicted too. She's not going to the visitation (she lives a couple of hours away & has NO desire to see Aunt M), but she might send flowers - or post a virtual tribute.
So I don't know what to do. I live in the same city where everything is being held. Do I go to tonight's visitation, or do I stay away? Stupid family drama. *headdesk*
Bankers advised to seek ‘toilet cleaner job descriptions’
If you work for an investment bank, you may feel that a grandiose job description is your due – particularly now that pay is being restricted
by the likes of the European Union. However, bankers are being warned against seeking overly important job descriptions. If you’re a banker, it’s far better for your job to be described in menial terms, said one lawyer. That way, you can’t be held accountable for too much.
“Before you accept a new job in banking, it’s a very good idea to look hard at your job description,” said Charles Ferguson, founder of London-based Ferguson Solicitors, which specialises in representing traders in employment law cases. Limited or menial job descriptions are best. ”If you’re running a trading floor and your job description simply says you’re the cleaner for the gentleman’s toilets, the financial services regulator will be forced to prove you’re really responsible for the entire floor before including you in an investigation,” Ferguson advised.Other lawyers are dispensing similar advice. One senior banker who recently left Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), said a group of lawyers visited the bank’s offices to recommend that jobs should as closely defined as possible to avoid people being caught up in regulatory investigations
. The UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) – recently reborn as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has substantially increased the number of investigations it carries out into individuals in the past few years. “It’s a huge risk,” said the ex-RBS banker. “All it takes is for them to start investigating you and your career is pretty much over – or you have to spend fortunes on lawyers to clear your name.”
Harvey Knight, a partner at law firm Withers Worldwide and a former leading authorisations and approvals lawyer at the FSA, said job descriptions are one of the things the FCA looks at in so-called ‘enforcement cases.’ ”They will dig out the job descriptions and look at structure charts and reporting lines and work out who was responsible for what,” Knight said.( Read moreCollapse )
Heads up, guys, the first episode of the new Avengers cartoon, Avengers Assemble
, is up for free on iTunes (or it was last night anyway). It's no Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
, at least not yet (and I thought that show took some time to find a groove), but it wasn't terrible. Too much Tony Stark, but I feel that way about everything that doesn't have RDJ in it. RDJ is what makes Tony palatable to me, and without him, I'm just like, "Ugh, can we cut to anybody else
now (except Hank Pym)?" I liked A:EMH Tony just fine, but here it was too much.
I like the character redesigns for Hawkeye and Black Widow and Thor a lot. Hulk is Hulk (his bickering with Hawkeye and Thor endear him to me greatly). I'm not sure about Cap's new look yet. ( spoiler?Collapse )
Anyway, it doesn't seem to have the same tics that made me quit watching Ultimate Spider-man, at least not yet. But it is a cliffhanger and part 2 isn't available (and I don't know when the show starts airing), so it's up to you whether to watch or not. (Which begs the question if A:EMH was canceled because Jeph Loeb wanted to do less serialized storytelling, WHY MAKE YOUR FIRST EPISODE A TWO-PARTER? Otoh, if it was canceled because they wanted to get the look more in line with the movieverse, then the character redesigns make more sense. And I guess they want to be able to cross USM over.)
Speaking of billionaire playboy superheroes, I finally watched the last two episodes of Arrow
, and I gotta say, if you are looking for a show to catch up on this summer and you like superheroes, you could do a lot worse. It starts out rough, and there are certainly a bunch of clunker episodes along the way, but it's improved remarkably quickly and the showrunners appear to be willing to tinker on the fly to go with what works and minimize what doesn't.( spoilers for Darkness on the Edge of Town [I always appreciate ep titles cribbed from Bruce] and SacrificeCollapse )
so yeah, there were some missteps, but this show really impressed me this season, considering it is a superhero show on the CW, with all the limitations that entails.
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Why should you watch this?
1. Because the actors are cute and the list of people who devoted their time to this is epic!
2. It recaps the film, so if you aren't sure you want to devote 25 minutes of your time, watch this <2 minute sequence and pretend you did! :D
3. Because I got to give You Tube monetization (they put underwear ads on my original upload--don't they know we're remixing traditional female beauty?) a one fingered salute by remixing the song I used to include fan voices
Because I like avoiding work when I have too much of it to do. Stole from bt_kady
A - Age: 32 (I totally typed 33 and anxiously backspaced, sigh)
B - Bed size: queen
C - Chore you hate: pretty much all except dishes ... though I really, really hate doing bathroom work.
D - Dog's name: Negatory. Our family were never into dogs, I'm even more allergic to them than cats, and I just don't really like them in general. I suck, I know. But I adore my lil Shep and Lucy
E - Essential start to your day item(s): Pandora for the ride to work. I've started listening to the Alabama Shakes channel and it's magnificent.
F - Favorite color: Blue
G - Gold or Silver: Silver for sure. I hardly own any gold at all.
H - Height: 5'7"
I - Instruments you play: I used to know guitar enough to get by, but it's been years.
J - Job title: Marketing Specialist. Which is supposed to infer a higher level than regular Marketing Writers, but I really don't feel like it does to anyone outside our company ...
K - Kisses or hugs: I'm a hugger, but kisses sure are nice (from what I remember of them lol)
L - Living arrangements: A one-bedroom apartment with the kitters.
M - Mood: Tired, a little groggy.
N - Nicknames: A-Train, Amylou, Ame ... I used to have tons more when I was younger but no one really uses nicknames anymore, I suppose.
O - Overnight hospital stays other than birth: As a wee one when I had salmonella.
P - Pet Peeves: People who bail. Talking over me/not letting me talk. And the worst ever is all the atrocities I encounter during my daily commute, including but not limited to: roller bags, people walking way too slow (esp while playing with their phones/tablets/whatever), taking up too much space in a train seat, etc.
Q - Quote from a movie: "We at the FBI do not have a sense of humor ... that we know of." Men in Black.
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: A brother five years older.
T - Time you wake up: Uh, it should be like 655, but it's always more like 7, 705, or even 720 to catch the next train.
U - Underwear: Yes? IDK what the real question is.
V - Vegetable you dislike: So many, mostly the green ones.
W - Ways you run late: Waking up too late, having a fuss with what I'm wearing, not wanting to stop watching TV/movie to get going, and so on and so on.
X - X-rays you've had: My ankle when I sprained it in 4th grade, right middle finger when I fractured it senior year, my right shoulder when I fractured it at age 25.
Y - Yummy food you make: Lasagna with prosciutto and asiago mmmmm.
Z - Zoo favorite: I haven't been to the zoo in years. I always enjoy the Africa house because of the setup, but no specific animals come to mind.
Oklahoma Senator Won’t Support Tornado Relief Without Budget Cuts
The tornado that hit Oklahoma on Monday resulted in more than 20 deaths and is expected to cost the federal government untold billions of dollars in aid and recovery. But Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who has long objected to federal funds being spent on everything from veterans benefits to relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, is already insisting that any additional appropriations should be paid for with cuts elsewhere
. “That’s always been his position [to offset disaster aid],” Coburn spokesman John Hart said. “He supported offsets to the bill funding the OKC bombing recovery effort.”
Indeed, during his time in Congress, Coburn has portrayed his efforts to rein in federal spending as a principled stance
against accumulating larger deficits and passing debt to future generations. But Coburn hasn’t always opposed government spending that is not offset by budget cuts. The senator known as “Doctor No” has voted to fund the war in Iraq, the 2008 bank bail out, and even relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:
– 2005: The “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act” (H.R. 1268) provided $82 billion to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coburn voted for
– 2006: The Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R.2863) provided approximately $40 billion for the war in Iraq. Coburn voted for
– 2006: “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act,” (H.R. 4939 ) provided $72 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coburn voted for
– 2005: After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Congress passed two relief bills, allocating more than $50 billion and allowing the National Flood Insurance Program to borrow more money. One of the measures was adopted by unanimous consent
and Coburn voted
for the other.
– 2006: Congress approved a Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 5631), including approximately $70 billion for the war in Iraq. Coburn voted for
– 2008: In October 2008, the Bush Administration and Congress enacted a rescue package to stabilize the financial system by creating the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Coburn voted in favor
of the measure.
By insisting that funding for tornado relief be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget, Coburn representing his ideological purity rather than the needs of his Oklahoma constituents. SourceOP: Good thing he doesn't let a little think like humanity get in the way of his politics.
- Tags:budget, disasters, evil, excuze me wtf r u doin, fuck this guy, fuckery, natural disaster, oh not this shit again, oklahoma, republicans, somebody please think of the children!, tom coburn, wtf
WASHINGTON — Even as Apple became the nation's most profitable technology company, it avoided billions in taxes in the United States and around the world through a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned continents and went beyond anything most experts had ever seen, Congressional investigators disclosed on Monday.
The investigation is expected to set up a potentially explosive confrontation between a bipartisan group of lawmakers and Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, at a public hearing on Tuesday.
Congressional investigators found that some of Apple’s subsidiaries had no employees and were largely run by top officials from the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. But by officially locating them in places like Ireland, Apple was able to, in effect, make them stateless — exempt from taxes, record-keeping laws and the need for the subsidiaries to even file tax returns anywhere in the world.
“Apple wasn’t satisfied with shifting its profits to a low-tax offshore tax haven,” said Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that is holding the public hearing Tuesday into Apple’s use of tax havens. “Apple successfully sought the holy grail of tax avoidance. It has created offshore entities holding tens of billions of dollars while claiming to be tax resident nowhere.”
Thanks to what lawmakers called “gimmicks” and “schemes,” Apple was able to largely sidestep taxes on tens of billions of dollars it earned outside the United States in recent years. Last year, international operations accounted for 61 percent of Apple’s total revenue.
Investigators have not accused Apple of breaking any laws and the company is hardly the only American multinational to face scrutiny for using complex corporate structures and tax havens to sidestep taxes. In recent months, revelations from European authorities about the tax avoidance strategies used by Google, Starbucks and Amazon have all stirred public anger and spurred several European governments, as well as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based research organization for the world’s richest countries, to discuss measures to close the loopholes.
Still, the findings about Apple were remarkable both for the enormous amount of money involved and the audaciousness of the company’s assertion that its subsidiaries are beyond the reach of any taxing authority.
“There is a technical term economists like to use for behavior like this,” said Edward Kleinbard, a law professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a former staff director at the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. “Unbelievable chutzpah.”
More Chutzpah ahead...( Read more...Collapse )
This seems to sum up the Sam pain inside me at the moment.( Bloody SamCollapse )
I've been feeling the urge to make an angsty vid. The finale has left me with all the feels. I've had some awesome suggestions for end of season vids (<33 thank you!!), but I've been thinking about this one?
. It's very Sam (though I picture lots of Dean in there too). So just hold me, Wrap me in your arms, Don't let me fall again..
Not sure. It's been forever since I've made an angsty vid. I feel like it'd be haaard.
I am working on a J2 vid atm - it's slow going - there's SO MUCH FOOTAGE!! /o\ But they are so gorgeous together. The OTW vid seems to be on indefinite hold (grrrr....). Just waiting to hear what they wanna do.
someone needs to write a fic (maybe wee!chesters?) where Sam and Dean exchange these. Or maybe sometime in the future Sam buys them to replace Dean's amulet after Dean admits he feels naked without it.
Ed. Note: You can help people affected by the recent tornadoes through American Red Cross Disaster Relief. If you are in the affected areas, you can also register as "Safe and Well" to let your friends and family know you are okay. Check back here for more information — we'll continue updating this post as the response effort develops.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the ongoing response to the devastating tornadoes and severe weather that impacted Oklahoma, in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 21, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino accompany the President.
(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Update 3: As response and recovery efforts continue on the ground in Oklahoma, the Department of Homeland Security announced this afternoon that Secretary Janet Napolitano will travel to the area tomorrow to meet with state and local officials and ensure first responders are receiving the assistance they need to help those affected by the tornadoes.
Update 2: This morning, President Obama delivered a statement on the devastating tornadoes and severe weather that impacted Oklahoma. He described the response efforts underway, and assured the people of Moore and all the affected areas that they "would have all the resources that they need at their disposal."
For there are homes and schools to rebuild, businesses and hospitals to reopen, there are parents to console, first responders to comfort, and, of course, frightened children who will need our continued love and attention. There are empty spaces where there used to be living rooms, and bedrooms, and classrooms, and, in time, we’re going to need to refill those spaces with love and laughter and community.
"Americans from every corner of this country will be right there with them, opening our homes, our hearts to those in need," President Obama said. "Because we're a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes. We've seen that spirit in Joplin, in Tuscaloosa; we saw that spirit in Boston and Breezy Point. And that’s what the people of Oklahoma are going to need from us right now."
Watch the full statement below or read the remarks here.
[ Random: Gen ]Title: Unto OthersWriter: rivkatAlternate links: AO3
| DWStatus of work:
CompleteCharacters and/or pairings:
PG (reccer's rating)Warnings, kinks & contents:
Non-consensual memory alteration, God!Cas
1417Summary: That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.Reccer's notes:
I love the feel of this fic set just after S6; something's off, just a little too far right, and as it all slides into place the horror and disconnect of Cas and what he has done.
(Idt I'd call this a ~rant, but okay)
While many Americans were tuned into news coverage of the massive damage from tornadoes ravaging the state of Oklahoma, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to rail against his Republican colleagues for denying the theory of anthropogenic global warming.Whitehouse spent 15 minutes chastising GOP senators and justified his remarks by alluding to states that seek federal assistance in the wake of natural disasters.( More words behind the cutCollapse )(Video doesn't want to embed, but can be viewed at the Source)
While few are defending the Internal Revenue Service for targeting some 300 conservative groups, there are two critical pieces of context missing from the conventional wisdom on the “scandal.” First, at least from what we know so far, the groups were not targeted in a political vendetta — but rather were executing a makeshift enforcement test (an ugly one, mind you) for IRS employees tasked with separating political groups not allowed to claim tax-exempt status, from bona fide social welfare organizations. Employees are given almost zero official guidance on how to do that, so they went after Tea Party groups because those seemed like they might be political. </b>Keep in mind, the commissioner of the IRS at the time was a Bush appointee.
The second is that while this is the first time this kind of thing has become a national scandal, it’s not the first time such activity has occurred.
“I wish there was more GOP interest when I raised the same issue during the Bush administration, where they audited a progressive church in my district in what look liked a very selective way,” California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said on MSNBC Monday. “I found only one Republican, [North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones], that would join me in calling for an investigation during the Bush administration. I’m glad now that the GOP has found interest in this issue and it ought to be a bipartisan concern.”</b>
The well-known church, All Saints Episcopal in Pasadena, became a bit of a cause célèbre on the left after the IRS threatened to revoke the church’s tax-exempt status over an anti-Iraq War sermon the Sunday before the 2004 election. “Jesus [would say], ‘Mr. President, your doctrine of preemptive war is a failed doctrine,’” rector George Regas said from the dais.
The church, which said progressive activism was in its “DNA,” hired a powerful Washington lawyer and enlisted the help of Schiff, who met with the commissioner of the IRS twice and called for a Government Accountability Office investigation, saying the IRS audit violated the First Amendment and was unduly targeting a political opponent of the Bush administration. “My client is very concerned that the close coordination undertaken by the IRS allowed partisan political concerns to direct the course of the All Saints examination,” church attorney Marcus Owens, who is widely considered one of the country’s leading experts on this area of the law, said at the time. In 2007, the IRS closed the case, decreeing that the church violated rules preventing political intervention, but it did not revoke its nonprofit status.
( But of course if your church was helping Republicans, that was okay...Collapse )
All of these stories suggest that while concern with the IRS posture toward conservative groups now may be merited, to fully understand the situation requires a bit of context and history.
is getting a little tired of the false equivalencies.
- Tags:bipartisan my ass, democrats, elle woods would not stand for this, factcheck, george w. bush, michele bachmann, naacp, new york times, religious politics, republicans, separation of church and state, tea party
Starting in about 2009, in the pits that capture manure under factory-scale hog farms, a gray, bubbly substance began appearing at the surface of the fecal soup. The problem is menacing: As manure breaks down, it emits toxic gases like hydrogen sulfide and flammable ones like methane, and trapping these noxious fumes under a layer of foam can lead to sudden, disastrous releases and even explosions. According to a 2012 report from the University of Minnesota, by September 2011, the foam had "caused about a half-dozen explosions in the upper Midwest…one explosion destroyed a barn on a farm in northern Iowa, killing 1,500 pigs and severely burning the worker involved."
And the foam grows to a thickness of up to four feet—check out these imagesa 2009 explosion that lifted a hog barn a "couple of feet off the ground" and blew the farm operator himself 20 feet from the building. (Thankfully, he wasn't injured, and there were no animals in it.)
And check out the footage, starting about 3:19 in, of the foam itself, which must be seen to be believed. At one point , a shovel dips into the mire and scoops up as sample—which jiggles and pulsates, alive, apparently, with microbial activity. Schmidt also does a great job of explaining just how manure foam can cause explosions.( Read more...Collapse )source: Mother Jones
So as I mentioned last week, Amy (sweetondean) and I decided to do a podcast during hellatus - The Women of Letters Half Hour Podcast. Now neither of us has done this before so there was a bit of technology wrangling involved, and of course doing the podcast. Then last night I started editing it in Audacity - cleaning it up, adding music etc. It was all very satisfying!
And thats something i love about fandom - I have learned so many things that i otherwise wouldn't have. I mean I've learned various sorts of coding, running a website, writing stuff obv, basic video/audio editing, and hey the things I can do in MS Paint... And thats not counting stuff like research for meta or fics which has had me delving into everything from religious mythology to film noir.
So what things has fandom learned you? Did you take up knitting so you good knit a Tardis dress, or learn Photoshop just so you could GIF pretty boys? Tell me of your mad skills!
ZOMG! Tom Hiddleston will be in Coriolanus at the Donmar later this year!!! (And Mark Gatiss too!)http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/whats-on/new-season-2013/coriolanus
Public booking opens 25 June. Anyone interested in meeting up for a fannish evening? It's the Donmar so you're pretty much guaranteed a good view wherever you sit, but given the price difference between best and worst is like £20, I'm inclined to try for the best seats. (Assuming one could get them in the mad rush.)
(ETA: he seems a bit young for the role and I am slightly dubious, but whatevs. It's Tom Hiddleston doing Shakespeare. Eee!)
Women read comics and are a driving force behind fandom. I think I could call them the driving force behind fandom and put up a convincing argument. Just think about it: what fandoms have driven America crazy in the last decade? Could anyone dissuade me from saying that they were Harry Potter, Twilight and the Hunger Games? "Avatar" may have put butts in theater seats, but you don't hear about it... ever. No one is immersed in the world of "Avatar" except James Cameron and people who enjoy wearing Na'vi Zentai suits. "The Avengers" was pretty darn huge and, if Tumblr is any indication, a whopping portion of the people driving that fandom online do not possess a Y chromosome. Women engage in fandom to levels that men do not. When women get behind something, their sheer numbers and passion force it into the mainstream. That's why you can name the actor who plays that werewolf kid in "Twilight" and probably sing at least the chorus to one Justin Bieber song. What do tween boys like? I have no clue. Sports? Probably sports.
-- Brett White
(as seen on Tumblr, because everything is)
comments at Dreamwidth
I really wish people would mention if a fic they're reccing is a WIP so I don't end up with half a hard-on and a lot of unresolved sexual and emotional tension. That's two fic in a row I've had screw me over this way. *sighs*
I'm taking a few days break before getting down to business, writing wise. A kind of mini vacation just for myself with nothing awaiting my attention or any guilt about things I should be doing. Sleeping in, taking walks every day, having coffee and reading fic. It's so incredibly nice. Haven't decided yet whether to add tomorrow to that seeing as the kids have a day off at school. Probably will. It's hard to be all Focus. Writing. Now! when I know the kids are alone at home.
Also, the last Buffy episode aired TEN YEARS AGO today! How the hell did that happen? *shakes head in astonishment*
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We have 91
unfilled prompts from the 2nd Annual Spring Fic Exchange! Since there are so many good ones, it's a shame to just let them sit there. This is a free-for-all, meaning anyone can write a story, create art, make a vid... etc based on any of these prompts. Since there are SO many, we're not going to do an official claiming. If you see a prompt you want to fill: GO FOR IT! There is no cut off date, no word limit, etc. We're only asking that you have fun, keep it in the spirit of the comm, and keep us hopping with good stories/art all summer.
Do make sure you credit your prompter. If you want to know a little more about the prompter's likes/dislikes, here's a link to the original post, which has their favored pairings, dislikes, likes, etc: http://spn-bigpretzel.livejournal.com/447429.html#comments
Title: PaulAuthor: selecasharpArtist: lightthesparksGenre:
Humor / GenRating:
Creative swearing, mentions of incest (no actual incest is or has ever been had)Spoilers:
Set in s2, some very vague spoilers for later seasonsSummary:
It's just another day on the road, until Sam and Dean meet a snarky and loudmouthed alien. Add in a few hunts, one repressed chick with a swearing problem, a couple of rednecks in a truck, and an Old West Festival complete with cowboy gear, and this is one road trip the brothers won't ever forget.Art post: Here!A/N:
Done for spn_cinema
and inspired by the movie Paul
. It's not necessary at all to have seen the movie, though!Forget monsters, there're aliens afoot!
This morning, I had a really hard time getting out of bed, and then while I was getting dressed, I realized that my bra had popped a wire and was no longer wearable. Clear signs of Monday if I ever saw them.
Yesterday, while the Rangers were
breaking my heart
losing to the Bruins, I made these strawberry sour cream scones
), but I left off the brown sugar topping because the recipe says they get soggy if you eat them leftover and I'm planning to eat them for breakfast this week.
I guess the topping is what puts them over the top (or, I suppose, really great strawberries, which these were not - they were decent, they smelled and tasted sweet but didn't have that overwhelming flavor excellent strawberries have), but they don't suck. I can see why there's a refrigeration step though - maybe I used too many strawberries, but after I folded them in, the dough was much too sticky and heavy to handle easily. After 90 minutes in the fridge, though, it was pretty easy to cut them into wedges and move them around the tray.
= Grantland interviews Damon Lindelof
. I thought he had some interesting things to say about how it feels to take on a beloved canon and deal with fans' expectations, especially in the age of social media.
= The Guardian on Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr
I don't feel cautiously optimistic, even though allegedly Yahoo is going to mostly leave Tumblr alone for now (except for, you know, attempting to monetize the content even more blatantly than Tumblr currently does, and I wonder if the TOS is going to change regarding who owns the content - I'm sure people who actually post original work there, rather than reblogging various gifs of Chris Evans as I do, will be more on top of whether that changes, and migrating away if it does), mostly because I remember how they left Delicious alone until they sold it to people who stripped every useful thing from it, and they are usually the end of the line for innovative web services.
We've all been through this before in some iteration - e.g., egroups to Yahoo or LJ to Six Apart to SUP - and it usually just ends up making these sites unfriendly to fandom or just plain unusable. *hands*
I like Tumblr, but I don't have the attachment to it that I did to LJ or Delicious, or that I've developed to DW and AO3, so I'm mostly just interested in seeing how this plays out (will people come back to DW? I would like that), but I'd suggest finding a way to backup any original content you've got on there, just in case. Maybe it will be different this time. Or, you know, maybe something else will pop up in the interim that not only allows gif sets and reblogging, but also commenting and easier discussion. Who knows?
*This entry at DW: http://musesfool.dreamwidth.org/569877.html. people have commented there.