Refugees are by definition the most vulnerable people among us. Families don’t choose to sacrifice everything they have and leave their homes unless their homes become like the mouth of a shark. Scapegoating people who are fleeing for their lives is an inhumanity that no person with a heart should be able to defend.
—  Commentary by Bilal Askaryar, who helps manage the Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. He holds a master’s degree from the American University School of International Service. He arrived in the United States as a refugee fleeing the war in Afghanistan when he was 5 years old.
“Often times we hear about women's rights and women of color are left out. A lot of black women, Latina women, Asian women [and] gender-nonconforming people have been organizing, taking a stance and inserting themselves into this conversation we're having about women's rights.”

— Paula Muñoz, a 24-year-old organizer with the Service Employees International Union in Miramar, Florida

Meet 3 women who are striking against Trump in places where their voices often go unheard

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Hundreds Of Thousands Of Workers Will Strike May 1, Organizers Say
A major union local and a coalition of worker centers have voted to strike on International Workers Day, calling for others to join.
By Cora Lewis

Almost 350,000 service workers plan to strike on May 1, a traditional day for labor activism across the world, in the most direct attempt yet by organized labor to capture the energy from a resurgent wave of activism across the country since the election of Donald Trump.

Tens of thousands of members of a powerful California branch of the Service Employees International Union will participate in the strike, according to David Huerta, the president of the chapter.

“We understand that there’s risk involved in that,” Huerta told BuzzFeed News, “but we’re willing to take that risk in order to be able to move forward in this moment, while the most marginalized are in the crosshairs of this administration.”

Since Donald Trump’s election, there has been no shortage of wildcat strikes by groups disproportionately affected by his administration’s policies. But this time around, organized labor is driving the effort. According to a coalition of groups leading the strike, more than 300,000 food chain workers and 40,000 unionized service workers have said they will walk off the job so far.

Huerta’s union chapter represents tens of thousands of workers, including janitors, security officers and airport staff, while the Food Chain Workers Alliance, which represents workers throughout the food industry, says hundreds of thousands of its non-unionized members have committed to striking.

“We are a workforce made up mostly of immigrants, women, African Americans, and indigenous people….Without workers, who does Trump think will harvest the crops, craft the food, transport it to market, stock the shelves, cook in kitchens, and serve the meals?”

It’s on!

alalunastuff  asked:

Hey Jen, you trully are a rare gem for any fandom worthy to have you! Beyond happy you're part of the Olicity fandom! Only one thing I would like you to address, esp given your knowledge of TV and how the business works. So, what is your view on ratings for Arrow Season 5? The decline in ratings goes ofc accross shows and channels as a general trend nowadays. But specifically how do you feel about Arrow ratings this year? TY!

What a sweet thing to say. I am but one among many, but you are so incredibly kind. Thank you. Hope you don’t mind that I’m publishing this ask because I always like ratings questions. I think they are fun. Yes. I am weird. I don’t know if it’s knowledge. It’s more a weird obsession combined with some (hopefully) educated guesses. (Some of this will be a repeat for those who’ve read my thoughts on ratings before).

Stumbled on this article today. Vulture always takes a look at returning/aging dramas and writes an article on rating trends every year. It’s a good read. The take away is it’s been a rough year for everyone. Most returning/aging dramas saw a significant drop in their live ratings. This was The CW:

31% drop is… well… ouch. 

I agree with Vulture. I don’t know a network executive that would be happy with any of these drops because they like money. Loss of revenue is not good. Networks ain’t never gonna be a fan of that. A live ratings decrease = a loss of ad based revenue. 

But am I worried about Arrow? NOPE. The single most important question any fan of a television show that airs on The CW should ask is…

How in sweet holy heaven does The CW make money?

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Unions Representing A Million Teachers Are Standing Up For This Transgender Student
They told the Supreme Court in a brief Thursday, “Educators are, above all, advocates and protectors of their students.”
By Dominic Holden

This is great news.

The brief makes a strong argument for why trans inclusion is vital for trans students and how it generally benefits school communities. That’s especially important coming from this wide ranging group of educators. But honestly I think the case for why trans students deserve these rights and protections is pretty strong. The bigger question is whether that protection can and should come through Title IX. That’s a harder argument (and the reason why this case is sitting before the Supreme Court). And what I think may be the most important part of this brief in making that determination is this section:

Should the Court conclude that transgender discrimination is prohibited sex discrimination under Title IX, the teacher’s duty is clear: address and report the harassment. But if the Court were to adopt the view of a minority of the lower courts—that Title IX may prohibit some but not all forms of discrimination against transgender students—then teachers are left in the lurch. What are their duties to transgender students and when are they triggered? Must teachers parse the harasser’s motivation to determine whether the harassment is motivated by sex stereotypes or transgender animus? This is complicated by Petitioner’s assertion that non-discrimination against transgender students “would perpetuate discrimination in a different form” against other students. If that were true, how would educators prevent and remedy sex stereotyping discrimination or harassment against transgender students while avoiding discrimination against others?

Making the case for clarity might just be significant nudge for a few (*cough* Kennedy *cough*) justices. And like with the Obergefell same-sex marriage ruling I’m hopeful that concerns raised over harm to students will win out over the case for letting this continue to play itself out across the country at the national, state, and local level. We’ll see how the Supreme Court views this soon. Hearing start on the 28th.

Thanks to the educators and school staff represented by the National Education Association; the American Federation of Teachers; the National Association of Secondary School Principals; the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Service Employees International Union; and the School Social Work Association of America.

When I’m With You || Minghao || Pt. 1

Pt. 1 // Pt. 2 //

Word Count: 4162

Genre: comedy, fluff, ex-mafia!au, casual writing

Summary: Minghao was unfortunate enough to be born into a mafia family. Although his dad had learned from his mistakes and was now leading a clean life, it didn’t deter his old enemies from bothering his only son. In order to avoid them, Minghao moved to a different country. Here, he thought, he would have peace at last but then he met you and you might be harder to deal with than the gangsters he faced back in China. At least the trouble with the gangsters made sense but with you? You were just dead unlucky.

In the airport that bustled with activity, a dashing young man stood, waiting for someone. His dark brown hair was slightly parted to the side and held up with a bit of gel. His brown eyes were hidden by a pair of sunglasses and he wore a casual suit, his blazer over a white v-neck. Anyone that passed him looked at him curiously, wondering if he was a celebrity that came out to meet his girlfriend who was arriving from a trip. This handsome young man continuously glanced at his phone, checking for the time, and then looking back up to the time board at the flight schedule. A sigh would leave his lips and he would shift from one foot to the other, his hands in his pockets as he waited for his friend’s flight to land before repeating the process of checking his phone, then the time board, and then the exit of the terminal again moments later.

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As the group got their things ready to go to your hideout, they all began to get nervous. You were the first person that definitely had someone after them and the guys had a definite mission of finding out why. Namjoon lead the men through the night into your guarded apartment.

She is expecting us, so hopefully we won’t scare her. Namjoon murmured as the door opened.

They were met with a barren area, no decoration, no sign that anyone even lived there. You had made no motion to make yourself at home, only using the place to house your body, for what you felt was your inevitable end. Each of the guys slowly took off their shoes as they made their way past the foyer and into the common area of your apartment. Papers were strewn about the apartment, newspaper articles of the killings, various maps and red circled areas accompanied each of the journalistic accounts of what happened to your fallen colleagues. Yoongi looked over at Jungkook with a bit of a sigh.

She’s definitely keeping an eye on the news. The older member muttered to the maknae, who simply nodded in agreement. Jimin and Tae hit each other’s arm as they approached the couches and chairs that laid about the common area.

Jungkook craned his neck as he looked into the dark apartment. There was a simple small light on coming from a lamp that sat next to one of the couches, all of the curtains were closed and the darkness seemed to bring a heavy silence into the large apartment. Looking towards the light, Jungkook was shocked to see you looked so much different than he had expected. Because you were a scientist, his mind went straight to a nerdy, dowdy girl, but instead you sat there, your black leggings hugging your figure as your oversized sweatshirt comforted you. Your hair up in a messy bun and your eyes hidden behind large framed glasses. Jungkook watched as you scanned large documents that sat in front of you, cross legged, before looking up. Piercing eyes met his as you stood up with grace and elegance. You gave a small bow to the seven men as they stood in the shadowy apartment.

Y/N? Namjoon called out and you gave a small nod. Ah, we are with the International Protection Services, we are the team that will be accompanying you from now and until this matter has ceased. He murmured and you nodded slowly as you followed what he was saying. There was a small notion in your mind that wondered if this project would cease because they would catch the killers or if you would somehow end up dead. Trying to shake the scary thought from your mind, you looked over the group of guys.

Thank you all for coming. You murmured. In any other circumstance, the guys would find this set up to be strange, but knowing your backstory, there was a certain ache that resonated in your voice.

Of course, we are sorry about what has been happening to your colleagues. Namjoon said with genuine concern and your eyes glazed over. Looking off into the distance, you seemed to get lost in a thought before shaking your head a little and returning back to the present.

I’m sorry, too. Their lives deserved so much more time. You fell into silence as you said those words and looked down at the ground, your eyes scanning the gloomy surroundings. But, I have to complete what we started. You continued and Namjoon looked back at the guys with a small nod. The guys started to walk into the apartment.

Do you mind if we turn on more lights? Jin asked as he reached for the light switch, your cheeks tinted with a bit of pink.

Ah, I’m sorry, I got caught up in reading and didn’t realize the place had gotten so dark. You murmured and Jin gave you a small nod, before flipping the switch. When the lights turned on the guys could see the expanse of the apartment. Hard wood floors showed a large open floor plan, there was a spiral staircase in the corner of the room that led to grouping of bedrooms, and the first floor had 4 bedrooms attached to the main area that had a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Wow, this place is huge. Jimin murmured and you nodded.

The upstairs has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, I thought you all could divvy up in your own way. I’m staying down here, my stuff is in that bedroom in the back. You motioned to the closed door. Also, could you tell me your names? You asked and all of the guys rubbed their necks in a nerve tick.

Sorry about that. Guys, why don’t you line up? Namjoon said and the guys stood orderly as Namjoon pointed. I’m Kim Namjoon, leader of this group, I will be working with Jung Hoseok. Hobi stepped forward.

You can call me Hobi. He said with a smile, which you reciprocated.

Then there is Kim Seokjin and Min Yoongi, they are our tech team. Namjoon went down the line and Jin took your hand in his.

Call me Jin and if you need anything, I’m here. Jin said with sincerity and you gave a small nod.

Then Kim Taehyung and Park Jimin will be working, they will stay near you and will be speaking to those you have worked with and lived near to see if anything suspicious is going on. The two guys stepped forward and you nodded.

Finally this is Jeon Jungkook, he will be your main guard. Whatever you do, he has to be notified. You can’t leave without him or without his knowledge. He will be like your shadow. Namjoon said with a commanding and almost intimidating tone. You looked at Jungkook, he seemed to scratch his neck nervously as he listened to Namjoon rattle off his duties. Jungkook then looked up at you. He felt his palms go sweaty as you scanned him, your eyes not glaring, just watching, as you listened intently to Namjoon’s commands.

I hope this will be a fine partnership. Jungkook said as he held out his hand. You took it timidly as you nodded.

I wish this didn’t need to be the case. You mumbled. Jungkook saw that you were truly upset that any of this was happening and for good reason. As he watched you turn to the guys, he felt an urge to get to know you better and understand why someone would go after you, a seemingly innocent person.

He watched you begin to gather your things from the couch and mumbled a promise to himself. I’ll make it my mission to keep you safe.

anonymous asked:

Sir Atticus, do you (or the shop) have calling cards? Most shops I ordered from online have one included in the packages, so I was wondering if you have one too. (I collect these things, you see.)

Not usually, no.

This will be more information than you bargained but the coffee is brewing and the waffles won’t be ready for another 5 minutes.

In general, packaging design and inserts into shipped out parcels, in my experience, follows one of two lines of thought: “go overboard” or “go lean.”

Evil Supply Co. is running a bit lean on this side of things. Earlier this year, I tweaked the free bits included at various tiers of order purchase so people would get more things at lower points and scaled back the limited package branding we do regularly. I can slate budget to “more stuff” or “package design” and that felt the best choice.

“Are you being cheap or saving your pennies?” (a question I ask myself regularly)

(Saving pennies to upgrade everything for more, bigger, free things.)

Evil Supply Co. started with a super lightweight, off-the-shelf tech platform that cost a few bucks a month. Last year, we built phase 1 of 3 at the cost of a few months of rent.

Late summer or early autumn, we’re launching the blog (because I want everything to fit together, this will cost about the same as a very cheap, very old used car). This is phase 2 of 3.

In late 2018 to mid 2019 (depending on how things shake down), phase 3 will launch, which costs about as much as a very small house in the middle of nowhere. The tech plans have been laid out, the programming bones are ready, I’m just saving up the pennies to build it up.

And then, things get really weird.

So once we have the tech system built up and things are humming, the rest of the year will be spent building, essentially, an internal ad agency exclusively servicing the companies I write about and draw for Evil Supply Co.

Along with my pennies, I’m hoarding favors from people who do things I cannot to teach me things I do not know to build up things in the background that won’t be seen for a few years yet.

But when you do!

You’ll either think “holy crap that crazy bastard did it” or have completely forgotten about this ramble or won’t have read it because you’re not part of the nearly 21,000 (this still staggers me) subscribers to this blog yet.

In short because breakfast-dinner is now ready:

I go basic on the non-product parts of your order to funnel limited resources into other things.

Why Peace Corps is not Voluntourism

According to Webster, Voluntourism is a form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity. Over this past week I’ve shared some contrasting views on Voluntourism, which is increasingly prevalent and controversial in our globalized world. 

Having served in Morocco as a volunteer full-time for two years, my views on volunteerism have certainly morphed from what they were in high school, college, and even grad school. It may seem ironic that coming out of this international service experience I am more convinced than ever that local community service is where the real change happens. When people are involved and invested in the community of which they are a part, they can help create an environment that reflects their values. Lasting change happens when folks are invested for the long-term. It stands to reason that people have more cause to care about the long-term outcomes of their actions for the community in which they live and plan to raise their children than in some random spot on the globe. 

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for volunteering in a community that isn’t your own. Whether it be in a state that’s been hit by natural disaster or advancing water-security internationally, sometimes an issue needs more hands, resources, and minds tackling it than what might be available in the affected area. But how do you bridge the sincerity and personal investment people have for their own communities to a foreign community and, possibly, culture? This is where an organization like Peace Corps comes in. 

One of the biggest critiques of voluntourism is the lack of understanding volunteers have of those they’re “helping.” This ignorance can lead to mistaken actions that are neither helpful nor sustainable. And the short-term nature of Voluntourism doesn’t leave room for the volunteers to see the real effects of their actions. The structure of Peace Corps is thoughtfully designed to avoid the pitfalls that seem to be haunting this growing industry. Here are 6 ways that Peace Corps not Voluntourism. 

1. We Live with Host Families

The first step to understanding a culture is, not just seeing how they live, but living how they live. By staying with host families we’re able to observe and participate in the little things that might never be captured in a “cultural session.” Understanding the lifestyle of our host country nationals is paramount to shaping the action-steps we take throughout our service. It helps us see what the real needs are, the cultural constraints, and how decisions are made. Living how those around us live plumits us into the community in a way staying a hotel or dorm never could. We eat what they eat, sleep where they sleep, and wear what they wear. We are a part of the family.    

2. We Learn the Language

Learning someone’s language is an indisputable way to show that you really care. It isn’t easy; it means constantly exposing yourself to failure; it shows long-term investment. Sometimes, PCVs learn languages that no one has ever paid any attention to before. And it isn’t just about being able to express ourselves, it’s about being able to understand those we’re with, hearing their thoughts, singing their songs, crying to their soap operas, laughing to their jokes. Though we never stop being students of the language, our effort says “we’re not just passing through.” 

3. There is No Agenda

The other day I was sitting at the women’s center with the new volunteer in my site. One woman was teaching the PCV a stitch that is used for the traditional Moroccan clothes. As we sat there sewing and chatting with the women, I had an overwhelming sense that this is where the magic happens. While I admit it is frustrating at first, Peace Corps does not give us much direction on what to do in our communities. I realize more and more each day just how appropriate it is that they don’t. True development is ecological not top-down. Peace Corps doesn’t barge into communities with a plan (even if all the American volunteers are begging for one), instead the volunteers watch and wait and listen and learn and then find ways to fit service in. Shwya b Shwya, or Little by little, is our motto here.  

4. We Listen

When speaking to the 100+ new volunteers that recently arrived to Morocco, I told them You may be asked to teach English or something you don’t want to do, but you have to remember this isn’t about what you want, it’s about what they want. Listen to your community and meet them where they are. Start with English-it’s your foot in the door- and as you get to know your community you will learn how to introduce other things. But always remember, what you want doesn’t matter. When we don’t listen failure is bound to happen. In fact, failure is bound to happen regardless, but listening to our communities is a huge part of having a service that is effective and allows our failures to be transformed into learning opportunities.    

5. We Capacity Build

They say that in development our goal is to put ourselves out of a job. And Peace Corps volunteers often work towards just that. We are encouraged to find community partners for every activity or class, teaching them how to teach and lead if needed. A project done without a host country national is not considered sustainable and sometimes even frowned upon. Our primary role is to promote volunteerism of people in our communities. If our presence somehow inspires those around us to invest in their town and believe that positive change can happen, then that is a job well done.  

6. We Stay for Two Years

Development takes much longer than two years, but it’s long enough to lay a foundation and get things started. Two years is long enough to learn the names of the kids on your street, long enough to celebrate the annual holidays with your host family, long enough to watch favored characters on the soap operas get murdered and come back to life, long enough to watch your baby host sister learn how to speak and master words you still can’t pronounce right, long enough to watch your friends get engaged, married, pregnant, and become mothers. My village in Morocco is my home and the people I serve are my family, neighbors, friends.  

It is undeniable that some folks sign up for Peace Corps to have a neat, easy, satifying experience, but Peace Corps is none of those things; development is none of those things. Those people either realize and embrace the struggle of true development work and call forth the patience to see their commitment to the host country through, or they quit after a few months in country. Either way, they are forced to come to terms with the fact that Peace Corps is so much more than Voluntourism. A sincere volunteer always remembers this is not about me, realizes the value in an unAmerican level of patience, and learns that being uncomfortable doesn’t mean you can’t be happy.

So ask yourself this when considering volunteering outside of your community: What are my intentions? And have I done my research on this organization? 

Dealing with Crowds and Service Dog Etiquette

Below are some suggestions for dealing with crowds when you have a Service Dog. When travelling in busy areas or cities you can face a lot of issues, not all of them access-related. You need to be wary of people trampling your dog and approaching you to ask questions. If you are anxious or unsure about how to handle these situations the list I have written may be useful to you.

Ways to deal with crowds:

  • If travelling with a friend or group of people, keep your Service Dog between you and one of them so that they are more concealed and invite fewer people to approach.
  • When travelling on busy transport, keep your leg on the outside of your dog and have them sit close to you to avoid them being stood on or sliding when the transport makes any sudden stops and starts.
  • Always walk on the side of the road when travelling with your Service Dog, this avoids incidents with people driving too close to the curb or your dog being pushed onto the road if you are nudged by a crowd member. If you have your dog clearly vested people should hopefully give you more space on the sidewalk. (Note- This point may be contradictory to what some Service Dogs are trained to do. Guide Dogs in particular are trained to stand in front of cars so that in the event of being hit when crossing a road etc, the dog is a buffer than can protect the human. I merely state that you should be vigilant about roads in the case of an incident that is non-life-threatening to you but very harmful to your dog. If your dog is seriously injured, your independence will be affected as a result of this.)
  • Make sure your dog is clearly marked as a Service Dog with patches that remind people to not pet or distract them. Yes, a lot of people tend not to read them, but it can help deter the ones that do.
  • If you struggle with anxiety and people approaching you to ask about your dog, some patches can be purchased that ask people NOT to approach the handler as it causes anxiety. Consider in investing in ones of these. They can be found on Ebay.
  • On more basic grounds, if you wish to avoid getting into conversation use the simple trick of avoiding eye contact and listening to an mp3 player if possible. It might not always work, but if you aren’t eyeing people back it tends to be less inviting grounds for a conversation.
  • Have a pretend phone call.
  • Have a real phone call.
  • Carry small business cards around with you with information on them. A few of my friends do this. You can have basic info on them or website links that explain things such as: What your Service Dog is trained in, What organisation trained them (if you did not owner-train) and links to places where people can read more if they are interested. It can help if you don’t want to appear rude or dismissive but still want to help educate people about Service Dogs. On cards you can explain that you may have not been feeling very well, but appreciate the interest of the person before giving brief snippets of information about your Service Dog.
  • If somebody tries to pet your dog, a way to deal with this is to place your hand under theirs so that they would come into contact with you rather than your dog. This is often enough to deter people who have either been too rude to ask if they can pet your dog or have ignored your request for them not to.


Many people approach Service Dog handlers out of simple curiosity. Not everyone has bad intentions. Even though it can be repetitive and tiresome to hear 20 times a day how somebody has a dog ‘just like yours’ or wishes their dog was as well trained or has a distant relative who has a Service Dog, the general public can often not realise this. Here I will discuss simple Service Dog etiquette. For the sake of handlers everywhere, please take these points into account:

  • Do NOT pet the dog without permission. As a rule of thumb it is best not to ask to pet the dog at all, they are working and if distracted they can fail to perform important tasks such as alerting to medical emergencies. There have been instances in which people have suffered seizures after their Service Dogs have been distracted from alerting them. It is dangerous to distract a Service Dog.
  • READ THE PATCHES! Service Dogs do not just wear those glaring bright patches that read 'Do Not Pet’ to look pretty. Please read and respect them.
  • Do not allow your dog to approach a Service Dog if it is working. If you are in doubt ASK whether it is alright for you to introduce your dog. This is especially important if your dog is unruly or aggressive. If a Service Dog is injured by another dog you are seriously affecting the independence of the handler. If a Service Dog is injured it is unable to work. If the dog is unable to work, the handler may be rendered unable to do everyday tasks for a long period of time. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Never feed a Service Dog.  A lot of dogs are on specialized diets and may have health conditions that make them unable to tolerate certain foods. I have had a dog with years of pancreatitis and hypothyroidism - if somebody fed him anything remotely high in fat he would become so seriously ill that his life was in danger. Do NOT feed other people’s dogs. You don’t know their health conditions or dietary requirements. Regardless of health, it is also a distraction. 
  • Speak to the person, not the dog. Handlers often find that they are 'invisible’ when they have their dog. People always address the dog first and show interest in the dog, but not the person. This can be regarded as rude and a tad disrespectful. Consider the handler.
  • Don’t whistle, call out or harass a Service Dog. This is a distraction and as mentioned before, distractions are dangerous.
  • Make sure your children don’t approach or pet a Service Dog. This is a distraction and even though it may appear 'cute’ or 'funny’ it’s still dangerous. On more general terms it is also a good idea to educate your children on how to approach a dog correctly. Although Service Dogs are no risk to people, children should be taught not to rush over to unfamiliar dogs. Not all dogs are friendly and you do not want your child to get hurt by an aggressive or anxious dog.
  • Do not assume the disability of the handler or ask what their disability is. Quite frankly, that is private and personal. You wouldn’t ask somebody why they are in a wheelchair, so you most certainly shouldn’t ask why they have a Service Animal. Not everyone with a Service Dog is deaf or blind. Be respectful of the different disabilities out there and treat the person as you would treat any other. Some people may not mind offers for help, but a great deal are happy to be left to get on with their day with the help of their Service Dog.
  • Be respectful of the dog. You may not like animals or be fearful of dogs. That is alright, but it is important to recognise that Service Dogs are highly trained. They would NOT be a Service Dog if they are aggressive or in any way a risk to people. These dogs are valued family members that are clean, gentle and just trying to get their job done. Most handlers will do their best to keep their dog at a distance to you if you are uncomfortable with them, but this is not always possible. It is rude (and illegal) to ask someone with a Service Dog to move or leave the premises because you don’t like dogs, 'have allergies’ or are fearful of them. Compromises can be met, but please have some respect.
  • Do not be rude to the handler if they don’t permit you to touch their dog or ask you not to distract them. They have a good reason for asking this.
  • Do not ask a Service Dog handler to have their dog 'demonstrate’ a task.
  • Do not take pictures or record a Service Dog without the handler’s permission.
  • Be considerate about the comments you make. 'But you’re so young!’, 'Are you training him?’, 'I wish I could take my dog everywhere, that’s so cool!’, 'You don’t look disabled’, 'You must be faking it’, 'Are you blind?’ They may seem innocent to you but are invasive to a handler. Put yourself in their shoes.

Remember when responding to people approaching you and your Service Dog…

  • Be patient. You may be tired or having a bad day, but try to be polite. You are representing Service Dog teams and it’s important that you don’t give others a bad name or reputation by being rude to people approaching you out of curiosity.
  • You do not have a 'duty’ to educate the public, but if you have the time or energy to spread a bit of knowledge it can help. Let people know simple things about Service Dog etiquette and how to behave around a Service Dog for future reference. The more people that are educated, the easier it is for future Service Dog teams.

  • If you don’t feel like talking, try using the small business card idea I mentioned earlier.

anonymous asked:

Yo! Can I get reaper with an s/o like Widowmakers but they remember him a little? But every time he approaches them they're frightened due to the trauma, thank you!

((Soooo, I may have used a bit of darkMercy vibe here, where they acknowledge that they need something to hurt Reaper so she kidnaps and creates this one))

‘Keep out of his range. Do not engage. Retreat if seen by subject.’

Infiltration had been your main goal; break into the outlier Talon organization, gather information from their computers systems and get back out. You had packed extremely lightly, a blaster pistol on your hip, a thigh bag, your transdermal poison gloves and your ‘invisibility cloak’. Thus far the light bending and refracting cloth had been keeping any direct action unnecessary, a quick jump into a corner or against the wall behind the fabric shielding you from plain sight. That is how you had made it so far into the building, your back pressed against the wall as you stalked into the mainframe room, ducking into a corner. There were still men wandering about but you weren’t worried. This plan had been perfectly crafted by Angela, the pacifistic omnipotent surgeon. She said that Talon had information on cell absorptive-regenerative technology that could be absolutely ground-breaking for her work. She needed it if she was going to learn how to perfect her research on life-restoring and healing technologies. And you were more than happy to oblige the woman, she had saved your life afterall.

She had found you after you had been critically wounded and left for dead in a coma in Lagos after a protest between pro- and anti-Omnics broke out. She had responded with other international disaster services and had taken you back to her facility in Sweden to personally look into your recovery. She had tended and cared for you the entire year, keeping your body healthy and tending to you as best as you can; staving off muscular atrophy, brain damage and bed sores. Even with all her hard work, however, you still had woken in ‘imperfect health’ as Mercy had called it.

Retrograde amnesia, most events prior to waking up in her lab wiped from your mind. Your name, your age, your background; all gone and forgotten. You had the occasional flicker; blue uniforms and sparkling, gold metals, the ever-lingering smell of peanut butter, a swirl of words and phrases in languages you had never known but could somehow understand and a man in black. He came to you in your dreams most nights; a face you couldn’t see and a person you couldn’t reach. But you knew him, you could feel it in the very pit of your being. He meant something to you, he was someone important to you…but you couldn’t for the life of you remember.

Angela said that you would remember soon enough, explained that worrying over it would do nothing more than push the memories further from your mind. Angela had taken to calling you Veil, a name that tugged at something in your chest, something that made you feel a slight connection to who you were. She even offered you a way to take your mind off of struggling to remember, she would train you. And train you she did. Rigorous physical hand to hand combat, arms training and poison applications. You had stumbled your first few weeks but you then found yourself using muscles and attacks you had never seen before. Muscle memory, Angela had explained, hypothesizing that you must of had some type of training before all this had taken place. You had learned to love training, it gave you a connection to the life you couldn’t remember, to the person you were before all of this. That’s why when Mercy had asked you to use those skills, you had jumped at the chance. Jumped at the chance that maybe, just maybe helping Angela would unlock the barrier in your way.

“HQ to Veil, come in Veil.”

Your hand flew to your ear, Angela’s voice coming through loud and clear. You pressed yourself into a corner next to one of the computer’s control panel, throwing your cloak over your head before responding.

“Yes HQ”, you whispered, your voice barely rising over the sound of the computer fans in the background.

“Status report?”

“I’ve found the computers. They’re switching shifts now. Going to extract the information and pop smoke.”

“Good girl…see you soon.”

You smiled, a swell of pride filling your chest as you pulled your hand away from your ear. Your eyes danced around the emptying room, smiling to yourself as you watched the last technician walk out, leaving you alone with the high speed computers. Your hands dipped into your thigh pouch, fishing out the sticky holopad. All she had to do was attach the device to the mainframe and it would do its magic, gleaning the information that Angela needed within five minutes. In, out and done in no time. Your hands pressed the device against the back of one of the mainframes, smiling as you watched the device come to life, code dancing across the screen. This felt oddly…familiar. The infiltrating, the stealing of information, the adrenaline rush at watching men come and go mere inches away from you. It rattled something hard in your mind, your body flinching as you tried to think too far back. Angela had warned that this was a sign that you were pushing yourself too hard but…you could feel something back there, your fingers grazing it but not able to fully grasp it.

You nibbled on the inside of your cheeks, fingers tapping against the warmth of the mainframe as you mentally counted down. Your fingers hovered over your sidepiece, your foot bouncing as your eyes darting around. Something felt off. Something was off. The room had gone eerily silent, the sound of computer fans gone.

“What in th—”

Black smoke surrounded you, forcing your back against one of the tall computers, an arm pressed against your throat. Your hands came up trying to claw at the offending limb, fingers slipping through the viscous black gas before both of your wrists ended up pinned above your head. This is who Angela had warned you against, who she had told you to immediately run from if encountered. This was ‘The Reaper’.

Your eyes danced over him, trying to search for a weakness to allow you to escape. Black armor, black clothing, black hood with a white mask, it reminded you of the barn owl…of the night you and— You eyes snapped shut, a reprimanding sharp pain crackling through your brain. You groaned lowly shaking your head and opening your eyes to glare at the monster of a man in front of you. This had to be his doing…right? You took in a gasp of air as you felt his forearm pull back, his red eyes looking you up and down.

“What do you–”


‘Mi reina, te amo.’


‘Keep that lip up and I’ll show you want happens to bad girls.’

‘Querida princesita’

‘I love you, Y/N.’

Your body went stiff, unfocused eyes going wide as memories hit you like a blow to the head.Y/N. Y/N. That name. Why did you know that name. Why did you know that voice? What…were those memories?! Tricks…they were tricks. You couldn’t know this person. This is why Angela had told you to run, he was manipulating you. He had to be.,…right?

Adrenaline came swooping in, hitting you like tank, hand grasping at your pistol as you dropped your body weight. Your hand ripped the holopad off of the machine as you went to the ground, spinning and throwing your cloak over your head. You needed to get away from him, he was trying to confuse you. You took off running, sparing a glance over your shoulder as you doubled back the way you came, hand lifting to your comm.

“HQ…I’ve been compromised.”

New Porsche Classic Centre in Norway

Porsche has launched another competence centre for its classic cars: In the Norwegian city of Son–around an hour’s drive south of Oslo–the world’s third Porsche Classic Centre has opened its doors. This is the latest expansion of the Porsche Classic service network for vintage cars and modern classics. Alongside the three exclusive Porsche Classic Centres, the network includes 51 Porsche Centres that have been certified as Porsche Classic Partners.

The new Porsche Classic Centre has been set up right next to the Porsche Centre Son. In the 2,000-square-meter building, up to six classic cars can undergo maintenance, repair or restoration at any one time. Five highly qualified technicians received comprehensive additional training in this work from the experts at Porsche Classic in Stuttgart.

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At le work today

Customer: “I dropped my phone in water and now it won’t turn on. I think the phone might be broken. Can you figure out why it won’t work.”

*Me a tired high school student being paid at minimum wage*

“Have you’ve tired turning it off and on?”

Customer dead ass: “I honestly did not think of that.”

Me: internally

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Ask Farnoosh: “I Got Laid Off. Now What?”

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Hey Farnoosh,

I lately shed my job at a tech startup in California. I don’t have a lot in cost savings since of pupil car loans and also credit report card financial obligation. I’m receiving one week’s worth of severance. I am confident that with my skills as well as network I can find one more job within a couple of months, yet exactly how can I make ends fulfill in the meantime?

- Karen, San Jose

When I got laid off in 2009 it remained in the thick of the economic crisis. My opportunities of locating an additional placement much like the one I ’d shed (and also with a similar salary) were slim. It was then that I determined to do the unpreventable - sign up with the ranks of the freelance. I would certainly contemplated making the step several months prior, constantly as well frightened to stop my task as well as make the jump. Exactly how would I pay for health and wellness insurance policy? What happens if I really did not make money for a number of weeks or months?

Now with a pink slip in hand, the choice had been produced me. And also I was thankful for the kick-in-the-pants to finally go it alone.

I was privileged to obtain concerning 4 weeks of severance. I likewise had a savings padding to pad my bank account for several months, as well.

Still, I needed to adhere to several of the following actions to obtain my economic ducks straight as well as prevent falling back on costs. Right here’s my guidance:

Apply for Unemployment

The faster you apply the faster you could anticipate to receive unemployment insurance from your state. The maximum case in The golden state is $450 a week, depending upon what does it cost? you were making at your previous work. The golden state’s Work Growth Division states this: “Weekly benefit amounts array from a minimum of $40 to a maximum of $450 depending on the plaintiff’s quarterly revenues. To get approved for the optimum quantity every week ($ 450) a private have to make at least $11,674.01 in a schedule quarter during the base period (an individual’s revenues throughout a certain 12-month duration).

Secure Health Insurance

Don’ t danger falling under a lot more debt as a result of an unforeseen clinical bill during this moment duration. I understand it might not feel like you can pay for medical insurance, however aim to prioritize this expense, if in all possible.

You can opt to maintain your previous wellness insurance plan provided by your employer through COBRA, a government program, for as much as 18 months. This can be pricey since you need to pay not simply your part of the cost, yet likewise your employer’s, plus generally a 2% cost. Your company needs to send you the election kind within One Month. You have one more 60 days to use. Insurance coverage starts on the date of your last day or the date when your advantages end.

Some much more budget-friendly choices: If your partner has health and wellness insurance coverage from his/her company, see if you can piggyback on that.

You might select a medical care strategy via your state’s Marketplace, too. While the open-enrollment duration is normally in the fall, if you shed your task at any type of point and expect to shed protection in 60 days, you could be qualified for a "unique enrollment period.” To read more, check out or call 1-800-318-2596.

Finally, if you belong to a union, a specialist organization or taking training courses part-time at neighborhood institution, you may have the ability to obtain more economical, team wellness insurance.

Shore Up Cash

Selling items as well as performing part-time tasks in your extra time can aid you fortify much needed cash, as you safeguard your following work. Website like Moonlighting, TaskRabbit as well as UpWork could be able to connect you with quick local and also virtual jobs that could assist you bring in a couple of additional hundred dollars monthly, maybe more. As well as inspect out my previous blog post here on where you could market your unwanted possessions for the ideal price.

Revisit Lendings and Card Balances

You discussed you have some financial debt. It is very important that you do every little thing you could to avoid falling back on payments. Be successful of any potential economic difficulties by speaking to your lenders as well as creditors regarding alternative settlement choices. As an example, if you have government pupil loans you may be qualified to defer payments till you safeguard your following full time job. You could also intend to check out moving your high interest charge card financial debt to a 0% APR charge card to avoid passion payments for the following year. Make certain you could also pay off the financial debt within the 0% initial price term.

Protect Your 401(k)

You could be tempted to cash out your retirement cost savings to make ends satisfy, however remember you face taxes and also a fine for an early withdrawal from your 401( k) before age 59 ½. It’s much better to leave your money in the account till you begin your next work. At that point you can roll the account into your new company’s 401( k) plan. Or, you can opt to do a direct transfer currently into an individual retirement account or Individual Retirement Account charge and tax free.

Pare Down Expenses

With just a week’s worth of severance and little in a financial savings account, it’s certainly time to reduce your regular monthly spending from food to clothes and also cable. Regular monthly subscriptions (think: fitness center subscription, cable strategies, subscription boxes) and all other repeating expenditures that are not needed, ought to be put on hold first.

Some Tax Reminders

Keep in mind that your task search costs may be tax deductible. That can assist to reduce your gross income. Make sure to accumulate invoices that show your work searching condition such as resume and organisation card printings. The same goes with moving expenses connected to proposing a brand-new work and also any mileage you rack up owning to and from interviews.

Also important to note: unemployment insurance are thought about gross income, per the Internal Revenue Service. You’ll obtain Form 1099-G that will involve you just how much unemployment you need to report.

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