• you: snape had the most tragic death
  • me, an intellectual: fred weasley had his whole life ahead of him. hedwig was the lost of harry's innocence and childhood, and dobby was a free slave that was murdered by those who thought they were above him. sirius black spent 12 years in prison for a crime he didnt commit, and yet still blamed himself for the deaths of his best friends, and then died after living his time in freedom in a house he hated, barely seeing the one person he loved more than anything in the world. remus and tonks had finally found happiness, and were going to have a child and won't live to see that child grow up. the creevey brothers were underage and shouldnt have been fighting in such a terrible war to begin with but they did anyway. cedric diggory was not meant to be in a war, but he was the bravest of them all, he was kind and good, and he was thrown aside like he was nothing, but spent his last moment standing beside harry potter, ready to face an unknown enemy.
Fourth House: Your Aversion

Your 4th house ruler shows what you received excessive exposure to during childhood. As a result, you might develop an aversion to the traits of the sign on the 4th house cusp. 

The following is organized by your 4th house ruler.

Aries 4th House: emotion/thoughtless impulse; you might to be a hard, cold cap rising who is averse to loud, brash personalities

Taurus 4th House: tradition/materialism/slow movement; you might be be an aqua rising who craves freedom and revolution

Cancer 4th House: sympathy/emotional manipulation; you might be a tough, independent aries rising who refuses to be told what to do

Gemini 4th House: talking/meaningless chatter/excessive communication; you might be a pisces rising who values meaningful communication, solitude, and silence

Leo 4th House: attention/narcissism; you might be a taurus rising who prefers to blend into the background and despises bragging/braggarts [analysis of psychology below]

Virgo 4th House: criticism/judgement/boredom; gemini rising who prefers to be entertained and open-minded

Libra 4th House: compromise/emotional neglect; cancer rising who desperately tries to control environment/other people to avoid compromise

Scorpio 4th House: scrutinity/paranoia/invasion of privacy; you might be a leo rising who self-aggrandizes, prefers to keep thigns light, and hide their flaws

Sagittarius 4th House: irresponsibility; virgo rising, self-explanatory

Capricorn 4th House: expectations/isolation; libra rising, self-explanatory [analysis 2]

Aquarius 4th House: eccentric/erratic behavior; scorpio rising, prefers to adopt a stoic, mysterious persona

Pisces 4th House: delusion/self-sacrifice; sagittarius rising who tries to learn about the world at large, stay grounded in reality, and has selfiish tendencies [analysis 3]

[1] Taurus risings often have parents who smother them with attention, to the point where they feel like they’re controlled and constantly watched. Parents may also have narcistic tendencies and seek approval/fish for compliments from their children while witholding praise. Parents may be act entitled to the child’s time and attention, leaving little room for peace, solitude, and self-care. This causes the adult Taurus rising to shy away from attention-seeking (leo-like) personalities and enjoy solitude, silence, and peace. 

[2] Libra risings can have parents with harsh capricorn qualities; parents who don’t hesitate to demean their own children in the name of “pusing them further,” who withold approval and affection, who may prevent the child from spending time wirh friends, who make the child feel lonely and unworthy. As a result, Libra risings almost pathologically seek approval and acceptance to compensate for what the parents deprived them of.

[3] Sagittarius risings likely have parents who expect the child to be pliant, obedient, and self-sacrificing. The parents may ask the child to give, give, and give, until there’s nothing left. The parents themselves may be weak, selfish, and delusional, pretending to be martyrs while taking advantage of their own children. The parents might act helpless as a manipulation  tactic. As a defense, the Sagittarius detaches themselves from needy people and (”selfishly”) puts themselves first, to compensate for years of being forced to put themselves last. 

The human personality is almost entirely a cluster of defense mechanisms to cope with different types pain and toxic people.  Once you know the traits each rising sign expresses, and the sign on the 4th house cusp, it is easy to trace the behavior to the roots.

What house is your Uranus in? Uranus can represent freedom in the house it occupies. It also can show where brilliance could be and how you could use that to help people but there can’t be any expectations. As Uranus can also turn things upside down. Never a dull moment in the house Uranus resides.

🌟"You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star” 🌟F.N

Uranus in the 1st House~ Behavioral freedom. Do what you want and when you want to do it. You must resist the expectations of people within just about any given situation. This also means that you must have zero expectations when it comes to life itself. Just live and let live. Experiment and see what happens. Your role in life is of the livewire, capable of doing anything and at anytime.

Uranus in the 2nd House~ Financial freedom. Make your own money in the way you want to make it. Do not give into pressures to try and hold down a predictable way of making income. Find experimental, unique ways to earn money and also stay detached from a boring obsession with the material. This attitude will manifest a greater cash flow in your life, boosting your overall pleasure and self-esteem.

Uranus in the 3rd House~ Intellectual freedom. You are truly being pushed to think for yourself and in an unusual manner. Your mind can feel like it’s undergoing an endless brainstorm, filling you with all sorts of exciting ideas. Share these ideas openly with others, even if they think they’re weird, shocking, or unacceptable. Be that independent thinker; the kind of conversationalist who electrifies others.

Uranus in the 4th House~ Private freedom. You are only going to feel safe and supported when your personal space is turned upside down. Home is not home for you unless things are quite eccentric and crazy. But, there is a very comfortable rhythm to this madness and you thrive on it, even if it unnerves your loved ones. Behind closed doors, you are a maverick and often feel like the odd one out in your family.

Uranus in the 5th House~ Creative freedom. When you live in the moment, you completely throw the rule book out the window. Your creative energy is quite rebellious and unconventional. You possess a detached sort of passion that can stand back and coolly observe the drama of life unfold, all while still getting heatedly involved. You’re very hot-and-cold in matters of the heart, needing a lot of loving space.

Uranus in the 6th House~ Constructive freedom. You want to get things done in your own unusual way, experimenting with various routines. There is a method to your madness or a madness to your method, which can confuse others. You may seem to “wing it” even when you’re really calculated or vice versa. You will rebel against others’ advice unless it’s truly practical and has been tested as being so by you.

Uranus in the 7th House~ Relational freedom. In your personal connections with other people, you do not want to be controlled or suffocated. You are looking for a real give-and-take of independence and tolerance in love and friendship. You make for a rather eccentric companion and are attracted to eccentric companions. The approval of others in terms of your friends and lovers means nothing to you.

Uranus in the 8th House~ Profound freedom. When you go deep with someone or with yourself, you do not judge whatever is exposed. This makes you very tolerant when being intimate or introspective. But, you might sometimes thrive on the chaos of the darkness. You may remain detached and nonchalant about your emotional issues. But, you are also brilliantly capable of being your own therapist.

Uranus in the 9th House~ Philosophical freedom. You must develop a moral compass that is not reliant on anyone else’s issues. You can rebel against the convictions of others by insisting on your own. It’s liberating and inspiring for you to not have to follow a typical path in life. You are on your own unpredictable journey, so you must become this explorer who welcomes the weirdness around the corner.

Uranus in the 10th House~ Professional freedom. It is your mission to make a living and a calling out of being a free spirit. You have to pursue the goals in life that you really think are worthwhile, instead of surrendering to society’s expectations, building your reputation as a nonconformist. Career success will be highly unexpected, in its coming and going. Your ideal profession feels like an endless experiment.

Uranus in the 11th House~ Universal freedom. You are not just freeing yourself but freeing everyone around you. By releasing all expectations, you’re not only welcoming the random, unusual elements of life your way but giving others free reign to be individuals. This makes you a full-on individual in all of your quirkiness. Yet, you are an excellent collaborator, with a very progressive, brilliant view of the big picture.

Uranus in the 12th House~ Spiritual freedom. You must detach from conventional expectations of humanity and the Higher Power, understanding how weird we all can be and how unpredictable the Universe is. Your own eccentricities work in mysterious ways, through a genius insight into alternative forms of spirituality, wild and erratic fantasies/dreams, and/or artistic talents that are from another planet.

by: Wayman Stewart


💫Uranus in the 1st house:

Highly independent souls who strive for freedom over their personal behavior and actions. They often hold little regard for others’ opinions as they simply want to do their own thing. This can be evident in how they come across to others, how they dress, and how they regularly approach life. Desire for personal freedom could prompt them to seek unusual activities and meet unusual people. There can also be an indifference to personal appearance and in how they dress, or they could even be eccentric and unconventional in dress. There’s usually one thing about these persons that stand out to people whether it’s in how they dress, how they look, or how they approach situations. There can be sudden changes to the appearance and style. Their strong self will can manifest as leadership qualities or rebellious tendencies.

💫Uranus in the 2nd house:

Priorities and personal values may be considered strange or unusual in the eyes of other people. These persons attain money and possessions in sudden and peculiar ways. Can treat personal items with indifference and are likely to lose things often due to this attitude. Money is often earned through ones’ ingenuity and intuition and comes and goes on impulse, sudden gains followed by sudden loss.

💫Uranus in the 3rd house:

Despite strange and unusual thinking patterns, natives display speed and genius in thought and speech. Personal experience as well as empirical and scientific evidence is how you generally arrive at conclusions as you neglect the opinions and beliefs of others. Interests usually lie in science,technology, and even mystical subjects like astrology. Relationships with neighbors and siblings are usually friendly and often have some unusual quality to them but these relationships can also be prone to sudden changes. Objective and unbiased in thought. Definition of thinking outside the box.

💫Uranus in the 4th house:

Likely to be pretty rebellious at home. The home life is often prone to many changes, some unsettling. There can be sudden changes of residence, especially in early years. You’re likely to feel like the odd one out in the house, if not then your family itself could be described as odd or unusual in some fashion (maybe in relation to societal conventions). Some with this placement could be indifferent to family members. Some unusual quality about a parent (usually the mother figure). The house itself is also likely to be unusual in some fashion maybe in its structure or where it’s located. This placement can also bring friends into the home somehow, may live with a friend for some time, or the house could be a meeting place for ones friends.

💫Uranus in the 5th house:

Wants freedom in pursuit of pleasure. This could cause these people to disregard accepted norms in the realm of sex/romance, games, and partying. They are also likely to have strange hobbies for this reason as well (think of things related to technology, or peculiar subjects like astrology). The love and sex life is often considered unusual. Experimental attitudes towards love and sex. Romances are electric; often sudden and very alive but tend to end as fast as they begin and there’s often an unusual quality to their lovers. Lovers can be considered weird, eccentric, or stand out in some way. Genius and innovation is shown in art and creative expression. If these people have kids, there is likely to be some unusual situation in connection to them. Some with this placement are indifferent to children and see them as a burden when it comes to their personal freedom. It is said that Women with Uranus in the 5th house can have sudden and unexpected pregnancies if not careful.

💫Uranus in the 6th house:

Strange approach towards work and health. Could experiment with dieting and health. Can be somewhat scattered in approach to work and getting things done, however they can find new and innovative approaches to getting the job done. You need work that promises variety and much mental stimulation. Good for jobs related to science, technology, and possibly even metaphysical subjects. Could encounter issues of instability in the realm of work and health. Could be friendly and aloof in the eyes of coworkers or could come off as rebellious and indifferent to coworkers.

💫Uranus in the 7th house:

Highly independent persons, however this could cause problems in relationships and bring sudden changes. Close relationships have an element of instability to them. Partnerships with unusual, eccentric individuals. There can be an element of distance (mainly in an emotional sense) between the native and their partners in close relationships. You have an intuitive awareness of where you stand with others and what’s on others’ minds.

💫Uranus in the 8th house:

Naturally have the urge to explore the unusual and the unknown usually in topics relating to science or the occult. Prone to have many strange dreams. Powerful intuition. In sex, you need variety and experimentation to stay stimulated. You may have some pretty unusual ideas or interests that you most likely keep to yourself when it comes to sex. Sudden changes in finances can bring major life changes.

💫Uranus in the 9th house:

Beliefs and philosophies oppose the typical. Opportunities for travel are often sudden and for peculiar reasons. Religious/Philosophical beliefs could be considered strange or one may show indifferent attitudes towards religion. Philosophical beliefs based on scientific principles maybe. Occult philosophy. Science and technology in college. Study of metaphysical subjects. Could be indifferent to higher education and neglect it altogether. Scientific knowledge. Wisdom and intuition.

💫Uranus in the 10th house:

Career differs from the norm. Recognition could come suddenly. Sudden changes to reputation and/or career. Career in scientific,occult, or some unusual field. Highly independent and could even become leaders in their chosen career. A highly independent parent (usually father figure) with some unusual quality. May stand out, may have some unusual connection to their name. Not for the average job.

💫Uranus in the 11th House:

Many friends but don’t tend to identify too closely with one group. Attracts many friends, many of these friends are peculiar in some way. Humanitarian and scientific concerns and goals. Friends come and go suddenly. Friends over lovers. Aptitude for science and/or tech possibly.

💫Uranus in the 12th House:

Freedom seems elusive. Always feels caged in some how. Maybe fear standing out, could feel inclined to hide their unusual sides. Fears loss of freedom through large institutions like prisons, hospitals and others facilities which could make them feel inclined to rebel against them in some way. This placement often deals with handling private info in some fashion. Dreams are often strange but carry psychic information. Many ideas from dreams. Secret activities. Irregular sleeping patterns.

Mars in the Houses

1st House: Strong sexual and confident energy around them, openly agressive and probably have a hard time walking out of a fight, fiery personality, courageous, independent, youthful and daring. Explosive and assertive, they consider spontaneity something essential. 

Originally posted by theprincesscollection

2nd: House: Ambitious when it comes to making money or acquiring possessions and prefer a slow pace when they’re at it, they can become explosive when they feel insecure and defend their values fervently. Possessive. When they see something they want they’ll do anything to get it. Can be careless with money and prone to addictions.

Originally posted by nitratediva

3rd House: They speak their mind eagerly and can get worked up when people don’t agree with their ideals, they like to share their knowledge (maybe a little too much) and can be very inspiring when they want to. Curious. They have no problem expressing their anger verbally. Focus all their energy in communication.

Originally posted by sumusboni

4th House: Intense emotions concerning their household, protective of their family but maybe holds grudges against them, volatile and sensitive. Relationships may be short lived or mainly sexual. Strong of spirit, don’t let anything bring them down. Prone to burying their anger, even when they feel it deeply. They feel more energetic at home.

Originally posted by mavietresgaie

5th House: Strong sense of pleasure and actively pursue romance, making them usually take the first step. Puts a lot of energy into the search of pleasure and entertainment. Playful, dramatic and affectionate.  Changes of partners often, discipline is hard for them and they can be childish. Needs freedom. Very creative.

Originally posted by optimistkitty

6th House: Born workaholics. Loners, teams irritate them. They get upset when people criticize their job, making them a bit intolerant. Very skilled at organizing and logical abilities. Always trying their best because of their impatience for success. They put all of their energy on their work. Rutinary people.

Originally posted by huffingtonpost

7th House: The native’s spouse will be of an eruptive and competitive nature. They might also be that way too. They consider their partner’s body of huge importance and will probably do activities of excitement and risk with them. They do not like dealing with the law and might be on court more than once. A strong sexual energy lies within them.

Originally posted by gifworld13

8th House: Intense feelings, desires and act on their emotions. They might be reckless or show little fear towards death. They have trouble with love and shared money. They can act impulsively, based on their instincts and are very closed off about their childhood. They put their energy into the occult and helping others.

Originally posted by unfollo-weed

9th House: Open minded, sexually playful and energetic. Blunt and optimistic. They know what they want to achieve in life and pour all their energy into it. Usually get heated on arguments about their thoughts and ideals. Sex is important for them. Passionate and have a love for travelling. Prone to big egos.

Originally posted by tourmalinekai

10th House: Success is their fuel, they are natural leaders and they desire to be admired by their intellect. Very serious even as children, they only aimed to the future. Their father figure might have been problematic for them. Probably have to work on their superiority attitude.

Originally posted by wifflegif

11th House: Sociable. They complete their ambitions through networking with people. In order for them to feel like they belong somewhere they have to be seen as unique by others. They feel the need to achieve something no one else has and need excitement in their lives.  

Originally posted by aamazing-endless-love

12th House: Energy is stifled and there’s a fear of assertion. People might have not encouraged them very much. They tend to work in secret and act behind the scenes. They have a tendency to think rather than act. With time they will come to believe in themselves, but for that they have to work on their self-steem and confidence. Maybe they see sexuality as a taboo.

Originally posted by effystonemskins42

Freedom House

I know this weekends events were devastating. Heartbreaking. Shocking. And yet at the same time many of us are unsurprised. We were waiting for it. Bracing ourselves for when the time would come. Well, my amazing friends (me too, to a much lesser degree) have been doing some cool behind the scenes to support some organizations in our community to bring some local level peace and grassroots support to our little area. We funded a huge donation to the local homeless shelter that services LGBTQ teens, we fundraised for a local clinic that services the working uninsured, we have organized and worked with Planned Parenthood, and now we are working with Freedom House.

“Adopt An Apartment Project Freedom House Detroit is a temporary home for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, providing safety for those “yearning to breathe free.” One of the services Freedom House provides is off-site housing to eligible residents, filling up to ten apartments. As you can imagine, moving from our shelter into their own apartment is a big step for our residents, especially with a very limited support system beyond Freedom House. In an effort to give this transition more meaning, Freedom House fully furnishes each apartment with essential furniture and household items. Our goal is to furnish each apartment as we would furnish our own home. A significant barrier, however, is limited financial resources. We are seeking groups of volunteers and donors to Adopt An Apartment and support our residents on their new path to self-sufficiency. These groups would fully furnish an apartment with items listed below. The project includes obtaining items from second hand stores, friends and neighbors, and transporting them to the apartment. With the resident, each apartment would be furnished on the move-in date so the resident can spend their first night in their furnished apartment.“

We are sponsoring a one bedroom apartment and working to fill it for a small family of refugees. If you know anyone, or if you yourself would like to help, please PM/DM me and I can send you more information.

I’m putting this out there, because so many times after big events people say they feel helpless and don’t know what to do. Though the rally was not about refugees, it was most definitely about spreading hatred, and this project is about fighting back with a little love. 💜

No, Paul, It Wasn’t Because of “Growing Pains”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.”

“We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do,” said Ryan. “You just had to be against it. Now, in three months’ time, we tried to go to a governing party where we actually had to get 216 people to agree with each other on how we do things.” 

It was, he said, “the growing pains of government.”


Apparently Ryan doesn’t grasp that he put forward a terrible bill to begin with. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, it would have resulted in 24 million Americans losing health coverage over the next decade, hardly make a dent in the federal debt, and transfer over $600 billion to the wealthiest members of American society.

The so-called “Freedom Caucus” of House Republicans, who refused to go along with the bill, wanted it even worse. Essentially, their goal (and that of their fat-cat patrons) was to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it at all. 

Ryan is correct about one thing. Congress is in the hands of Republicans who for years have only said “no.” They have become expert at stopping whatever a president wants to do but they don’t have a clue how to initiate policy.

Most of the current Republican House members have not shared responsibility for governing the nation. They have never even passed a budget into law.

But their real problem isn’t the “growing pains” of being out of power. In reality, the Republicans who are now control the House – as well as the Senate – don’t like government. They’re temperamentally and ideologically oriented to opposing it, not leading it.

Their chronic incapacity to govern didn’t reveal itself as long as a Democrat was in the White House. They let President Obama try to govern, and pretended that their opposition was based on a different philosophy governing.

Now that they have a Republican president, they can no longer hide. They have no philosophy of governing at all. 

Sadly for them – and for the rest of the country, and the world – the person they supported in the election of 2016 and who is now president is an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego.

His conflicts of financial interest are legion. His entire  presidency is under a “gray cloud” of suspicion for colluding with Russian agents to win office.

Here’s a man who’s advised by his daughter, his son-in-law, and an oddball who once ran a white supremacist fake-news outlet.

His Cabinet is an assortment of billionaires, CEOs, veterans of Wall Street, and ideologues, none of whom has any idea about how to govern and most of whom don’t believe in the laws their departments are in charge of implementing anyway.

Meanwhile, he has downgraded or eviscerated groups of professionals responsible for giving presidents professional advice on foreign policy, foreign intelligence, economics, science, and domestic policy.

He gets most of what he learns from television.

So we have a congress with no capacity to govern, and a president who’s incapable of governing.

Which leaves the most powerful nation in the world rudderless. 

The country on whom much of the rest of the world relies for organizing and mobilizing responses to the major challenges facing humankind is leaderless.

It is of course possible that Republicans in congress will learn to take responsibility for governing. It is possible that Donald Trump will learn to lead. It is possible that pigs will learn to fly. 

But such things seem doubtful. Instead, America and the rest of the world must hold our collective breath, hoping that the next elections – the midterms of 2018 and then the presidential election of 2020 – set things right. And hoping that in the meantime nothing irrevocably awful occurs.

In 1944, Muriel Sutherland married Otto P. Snowden, marking the birth of a lifelong partnership focused on community activism. Muriel attended Radcliffe College, volunteered for a settlement house in Newark, and worked as an investigator for a Welfare Board in Essex County, New Jersey. Otto held a position as director of the St. Mark Social Center in Roxbury and served in World War II. After he and Muriel married, they moved to Boston.

 After the war, Otto and Muriel founded Freedom House in Roxbury, an organization focused on neighborhood improvement, education and harmony among the different groups of people in Roxbury. Initially Freedom House focused on clean-up projects, playground construction, and reducing the amount of bars in the neighborhood. They focused on strengthening the relationship between the African American and Jewish people communities in Upper Roxbury. They also held job fairs, created college scholarships for African American students.

 Currently much of the focus for Freedom House is on education and technology. On their website, they list helping students through high school and college as a top priority. One of their programs pairs students with successful members in the community, so they can learn real world skills. Another program called the Summer Institute, helps students prepare for college with math/writing review, financial aid assistance, and other college-centered workshops. The Freedom House also has a technology center that is open to the neighborhood and gives people access to computers so they can search for jobs, find recipes, and surf the web.

 Muriel S. Snowden stands on the far left in the picture above. She looks at the Washington Park Development plans, a neighborhood in Roxbury.

Washington Park Development plans outlined by Mayor John F. Collins. (l-r) Muriel Snowden, Rev. Samuel J. Laviscount, Mayor John F. Collins, and Edwards J. Logue, circa 1960-1968, Mayor John F. Collins records, Collection 0244.001, Boston City Archives, Boston

Blog post by Monica Haberny, City Archives Outreach Intern

Winter: Endless Days

Part of “Tell me of an Eternity” { Autumn | Winter | Spring | Summer }

  • Pairings: Min Yoongi x Reader
  • Genre: Angst, Immortal!Yoongi
  • Words: 12K
  • Description: Sometimes the most fleeting of moments are the ones that go on to last for an eternity.

Originally posted by kimseaokjin

You had heard about the immortal from a very young age.

They were one of the two kinds of people that existed in the world, living through their endless days as if it were no different from that of the mortal.

Born with an IQ lower than most children your age–a slow learner they had said- you had the benefit of doing something other mortal beings typically did not have the opportunity to do. And despite your mother’s insistence that you would grow up fine, your father was overly worried about you falling behind later in life if you didn’t get a head start or “special tutoring” as he had put it, which is how you ended up meeting a man named Min Yoongi when you were just 6 years old.  

At such an early stage in your life, you couldn’t see what was so special about the man, why your father had gone out of his way to strike a deal with this young professor of basically every subject under the sun, but you soon realized that his wide range of specialized knowledge was besides the point.

“He’s an immortal,” Your brother Seokjin had whisper in realization, while your parents were discussing the matter in the kitchen one night.

“What’s an enordal? You inquire, gripping on to the hem of his pants as he eavesdropped on their conversation.

“It’s immortal, you dummy, and they’re the people who never die.” He explains with a roll of his eyes.

“What’s die?”

He sighs heavily, shaking his head in defeat. “Ugh, I give up.”

Min Yoongi was a man who looked to be in his twenties, but was probably around five hundred years old in actuality. He stood at the entrance of the door, with his hair that was the deepest shade of ebony and age-less skin almost luminous against his dark colored clothes. You watched, head tilted in curiosity, as your parents greeted him at the front door, staring at the handsomely youthful man from the staircase of your house with furrowed brows and pouty lips.

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John McCain is the chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)’s International Republican Institute. He has been on the front row of every regime stabilization in recent years. The National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the Open Society Foundations of George Soros, are not democracy promoting NGOs, these are coup d’état NGOs, who are doing what the CIA used to do, only through private agencies that are backed up by the US government.
—  William Engdahl, ‘US-Ukraine loan ‘final rape and plunder by the West’’, Russia Today

How many times do you think house-eleves were freed because a baby pureblood accidently gave them clothes or a parent gave them a diaper?

Mileven imagine: swimming

Eleven liked walking. Going through the woods felt like freedom. She loved Hoppers house. It was Home, but she had spent an entire year just sitting there waiting. And the woods were cruel to her in the winter she spent hiding. But now it was Summer, the breeze was brisk and nice, Hopper had gotten her some summer friendly clothes, and the woods were nice this time of day. Now that things were calmer with the bad men, she could travel out as long and far as she could, as long as she didn’t draw attention to herself. (And she was back before 10)

It had been six months since she’d been adopted, and she noticed how many more freedoms Hopper was granting her every week, like walking through the woods, going to Mike’s everyday, and even going with him to the office a couple days.

She was going to Mike’s now. She loved going there. She snuck out sometimes at night to go sleep in his basement, where he’d meet her and they’d just lay together. Mike reveled in the fact that she’d travel all through the woods at night to be with him. He was glad for it. He wished he could do the same, but sneaking into hoppers house was way more difficult. Frankly, Hopper wasn’t as ignorant as Mike’s parents.

She walked up to his house. She was excited. She had decided she and mike had to do something together today, instead of just watching movies and hanging with the boys. She did enjoy doing those things, but she wanted to do something a bit different this time. Something just for the two of them.

She was going to open the door before Mike came out wearing shorts and a T-shirt, revealing his skinny arms and legs. “Hey El!” He said to her when he saw her. Eleven looked at them and mocked being blinded.

“You’re so pale,” she giggled.

She’s been picking up on Dustin and Lucas’s humor, thought Mike.

“Yeah so are you.” He laughed. “What’s in the bag?” He asked, pointing to the tote bag she was carrying.

“I want to do something with you, and only you,” she said. He immediately turned red. Every time she showed any kind of affection towards him he got butterflies.

“W-What did you want to do?” He asked.

“I wanted to go swimming.”

She took out a towel from the bag.

Mike wasn’t expecting this. Usually, eleven stayed inside. Mike knew that was mostly because of Hopper, but he also knew she liked the basement, seeing as she spent so much time there.

“Are you sure, Eleven? Do you think you’re ready to?” He was worried about her, she knew that. He noticed how often she got flashbacks and how often she got nightmares, and seeing as how she went through some traumatic stuff in the sensory deprevation tanks, he didn’t think that would be good for her.

“I want to have normal fun. Be a normal kid. Be outside. The water would be nice to play in.”

He thought about it, and he found he couldn’t disagree with that.

“Okay! Let’s go then.”

Mike went in to go change into some swim shorts. She waited until he came back out and grabbed his bike. “Come on,” he said. She hopped on behind him, and clung close to his back, hugging him from behind.

He knew of one public pool in Hawkins, but he didn’t want to take her to some public place filled with people, because one, Hopper wouldn’t like it, and two he was worried it would be too overwhelming for her. Not that he felt that she couldn’t handle anything. He admired the strength she displayed every day. But the pool was sometimes a hangout for mouth breathers, the water stank of chlorine, and there were all these rules you had to follow. He didn’t think she’d find it enjoyable. Also she said she wanted it to be just them. He was going to take her somewhere special.

They rode through the woods until they came up to the edge of the Quarry, where, surprisingly, no warnings or signs that indicated it was private property, which Mike would have thought would happen after that happened with Will. Also, he had almost died here, if it weren’t for Eleven.

“Why here?” She asked.

“It’s nice and quiet, and the water is actually kinda nice.” He explained.

He saw a glimmer of remeberance shift across her eyes.

“Don’t worry, I won’t jump off any cliffs this time.” He said, as he comfortingly touched her arm. She smiled at him and swatted away his arm. She got off the bike and took off the shirt that was covering her new swim suit, then took off her bottoms. She put them in the bag, then noticed how red Mike was.

“What?” She smile at him.

“N-nothing,” He said. It was not nothing, for he had been staring at her new pink swim suit and thinking about how nice she looked in it, but he didn’t say anything.

She smiled at him, then lowered her head. He started to float in the air. “Hey!” He shouted. Eleven giggled as he flailed. “Put me down!” He said in between laughs.

“Okay,” she said, as she let him splash into the water. He resurfaced to see that her nose started bleeding, but she was smiling. He rushed out to check on her.

“That was rude,” he laughed at her. She stuck out her tongue at him. He reached up and wiped the blood from her nose. The action wasn’t self conscious, but she turned red anyway, feeling the butterflies she usually felt when she was with him.

“Are you okay?” He asked.

“Yes,” she said.

“Good,” he replied. He took her hand and pulled her toward the water. When she got into the water up to her knees, she halted and froze. She clutched Mike’s hand tightly, shivering, but the water wasn’t what gave her the chill.

“Hey, hey look at me.” He said he walked in front of her and cupped her face, one hand still holding hers. She looked into his dark eyes, his wet, black curls clinging to his forehead. “It’s just me. The water is just lake water. I’m here okay? I’m here.”

She nodded. She hugged him close and started to calm down. When they pulled apart he studied her face. No tears, but slightly pale.

“Are you sure you’re okay?” He asked her. She nodded again.

“Promise.” She said to him.

He smiled. “Good,” they waded farther out into the water, Her grip on his hand lessened, but she did not let go. “then I won’t feel bad doing this!” He shouted, and pushed her under the water. She came back up, her short hair clinging to her face. She looked aghast at Mike, then started to run after him, seeking her revenge.

He splashed her and tackled her. He watched as she giggled and laughed and tried to fight him back, she couldn’t win, even though he was gentle with her.

At one point she stood up in the water, her hair hanging all wet. He had a second to admire how pretty she looked like that, before a giant sphere of water began to lift out of the lake. He looked at it tentatively, stared back at Eleven, and ran for his life. Eleven giggled as the water slammed into mike taking him under.

He came up from the water and shouted, “That’s not fair!”

“It’s funny,” she said as she laughed. He ran to her and pulled her toward the deep end, splashing her all the while and pulling her under.

They stayed under, looking at each other in the water. He drew her closer to him and kissed her. It was short, because they were underwater, but it was nice. He could see her turn red under the water, and even he could feel his face redden even under the water. They came up for air and walked to the shallow end, holding hands.

“It’s always the same,” Eleven said abruptly.

“What?” Mike asked.

“You always kiss me, and it’s always short,” she said. “I want to do it.”

He felt his face turn red again. “Um…okay,” he said.

She walked up to him, her head barely reaching his nose. She looked up at him, took his face in her hand, and placed her lips against his. She stayed there for a long time. It wasn’t awkward, it wasn’t quick. It was just right.

They were just right.

The worst thing to happen to the GOP was losing the Democratic presidential veto, because now the 40-member anti-government crusading House Freedom Caucus is Paul Ryan’s existential headache instead of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s problem. The result is that Republicans are desperate enough for Democratic votes in order to keep the fully GOP-controlled government from shutting down that they ignore virtually every demand that Trump makes. Congress is karmically MORE liberal with a Republican president.
—  Levi Olson