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Budget Witch Reminder: Affordable Herbs

Shopping at the local Asian/Turkish grocery store!

This is probably old news to everybody, but I just wanted to remind people that there are options to get comparably large quantities of dried herbs (even ones you wouldn’t find at larger chain stores) and condiments for very affordable prices at your local Asian or Turkish grocery stores. 

Just today I got sage (15g), bay leaves (12g), rosemary (45g), mint (20g) and clove (50g) for a mere 8 bucks, three of the herbs in those super nice glass containers that are reusable! (and look kinda nice)

I know that 8 bucks can mean food for 2 days for some people, but still I wanted to remind you guys in case some of you are in need of herbs and don’t want to spend 2 bucks on just a few grams that you’ll run out of soon. Plus it’s always nice to support local businesses!

Happy witching!

English Version of Danganronpa V3 Teased

At the PlayStation Experience today, a short teaser trailer for the English version of New Dangan V3 was shown, revealing the localized titled to be Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. Unfortunately, no major details were shared, but the localized version will be releasing in the west for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita some time in 2017. Now if we could just get a confirmed Steam port…

Where two of my hobbies meet - doll Polaire and Blade & Soul Polaire are finally matching after 3 years 😭 (I finally got the outfit in-game last night!)

Polaire as a character has been with me since I started playing Aion in 2012 as an Elyos Ranger but as soon as I heard the news that China was getting a non-IP locked localization of Blade & Soul I knew I had to remake her as a Kun Blademaster. After playing on CN servers for about 2 years I switched to NCWest’s newly-announced English-language localization and well, here we are now!

I still need to remake (or commission) this cosplay with better fabrics/construction/detail, and maybe source a daisy flower crown for her but I’m pretty satisfied with the fact that everything’s canon now.
Progressive causes see 'unprecedented' upswing in donations after US election
Nonprofits such as Planned Parenthood and ACLU saw more fundraising as they approached end-of-year drives, with many donating instead of gift-giving.
By Joanna Walters

One man wrote a check for $10,000 to an organization that helps women get elected to office, saying he was “embarrassed” that Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Someone else walked into the office of an organization advocating for immigrant rights and handed over a bag of cash he had just collected from members of his local community civics group.

From smaller local organizations to household names such as Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, nonprofit organizations across the US reported fundraising tallies many magnitudes higher than in previous years as they approached their end-of-year donation drives.

“This is always our big time of year, but this year it’s huge,” said Loretta Prescott, development director for the Immigration Legal Advocacy Project in Maine. “Instead of giving gifts, people are making donations to causes they believe in.”

Progressive causes in the US saw a spike in donations immediately after the election on 8 November from voters dismayed, outraged or even frightened by the outcome. In the weeks since, this wave of strategic giving has compounded.

Planned Parenthood has received more than 300,000 donations in the six weeks since the election, 40 times its normal rate. Around half the donors were millennials and 70% had never given to the family planning organization before, a spokesman told the Guardian.

Women’s reproductive rights are considered under threat on many fronts from an incoming Trump administration. Vice president-elect Mike Pence has such a reputation for being anti-abortion that since the election, 82,000 of Planned Parenthood’s donations have been from pro-choice supporters making gifts to them in his name.

The ACLU donations web page crashed the day after the election as visitors increased by 7,000%, and in the next five days it raised more than $7m from 120,000 donors. Now it says it has raised almost $23m from more than 300,000 individual gifts in just online donations.

Advocacy consulting group 270 Strategies – created in 2013 by veterans of Barack Obama’s two presidential election campaigns and which specializes in advising progressive causes on grassroots organizing – said many of its hundreds of clients were reporting a surge in support.

“We work with gun safety groups, environmental groups, immigration and voting rights organizations, unions pushing for a higher minimum wage, supporters of public education and women’s reproductive rights, and many are seeing an extraordinary uptick in support both by way of donations and volunteers,” said Hari Sevugan, a director of 270 Strategies based in Chicago.

A new website encourages people to make donations to liberal causes not just in honor of Trump or Pence, but for some of their wildly controversial senior staff and cabinet picks.

The site,, is a wry take on one of Trump’s nonsensical sayings, where during the campaign he was being mocked for apparently inventing the word “bigly” as an adverb.

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Hunting with my Boys

Originally posted by heytheredeann

Pairing: Mary x John
Word count: 2,545
Warnings: Swearing
A/N: Written by Amy and Brittiny

Part 1 of the Evolution of Negan

“In world news, the CDC has announced that this year’s flu epidemic has reached an all time high. They are urging people who are exhibiting flu like symptoms to go directly to their local hospital. Everyone else is encouraged to get the flu shot before supplies run out. Jim, tell us what you have in local news.”

Mary looked at the TV screen and shook her head at the footage of hospital emergency wards all over the country being overrun with sick people. “John, are you sure this is the best time for you and the boys to go hunting?”

“Sweetheart, stop worrying. We’ll be fine, you know that we Winchesters never get the flu,” Mary rolled her eyes at her husband’s words, “This is going to be one of the last times that the three of us will get to go hunting,” John said. He walked over to where his wife stood and wrapped his arms around her.

John smiled down at her, “I promise we’ll be okay. But with Sam leaving for Stanford soon, I’d like to have time with him and Dean.”

She sighed and gave him a sad smile. “Please, be careful.” Her voice was soft. “It’s not just the chance of you catching the flu, it’s how chaotic things seem to be getting.” Mary told him. Every morning with her coffee, she would watch the news. More and more she was hearing about this epidemic, and it terrified her. Her lips met his for a moment before she patted his cheek. “But, have fun. I know how much this trip means to you, John.”

Dean walked in moments later, chuckling. “Geez, mom. We’re going hunting, not going to war. Don’t look so glum.”

“Who’s glum?” Sam asked walking in the kitchen.

“Me. Apparently, I’m overreacting about all my men leaving for the weekend,” Mary said with a smile.

Sam grinned at her, “C’mon Mom, you know we can take care of ourselves.”

Mary nodded, putting her hands out, “Fine. Now get this hunting crap out of my kitchen. You know I don’t like hunting.”

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i was brainstorming some potential second character ideas and i thought putting them in the tag and maybe getting some feedback would help me settle on something. (so feel free to comment if you have a fave or would be interested in getting in on the inevitable requests that will come with some of these) hopefully i’m not duplicating anything anyone else is doing but if i am it’s a good way to find that out too! :)

• a fran fine inspired nanny, would need a mr. sheffield with kids for her to take care of.

• a beauty salon owner, would need nail techs, hairdressers, etc to work for her.

• an anchor at the local news station, would need the rest of the local news team.

• resident green thumb, community garden caretaker, and pot dealer bringing you demeter realness.

• boarding house proprietor, possibly to be combined with previous idea, would need tennants.

• old-fashioned, 50′s-esque diner owner. 

There is a viral cctv video from a local mall where a female security guard held onto a pervert (who was hiding in the female toilet, filming/taking their photos) tightly and didn’t let him go even though she was punched by the jackass multiple times in the face. She was able to pull him down to the floor so he couldn’t run off too while still waiting for back up. I salute her and hope she gets well soon and receive a reward for being such a brave woman! Not like some of the salesmen who were too scared to help her until the other FEMALE securities arrive. And what amazed me more, she was a petite woman and he was a foot or two taller than her!

Dear Charlie,

Thank you for the kind messages on my last letters. I’m doing okay. Therapy is a lifesaver, as are my friends and my partner. I’m applying for lots of jobs but I hope I get one at the bookstore, and maybe the local shelter as well. I still get depressed easily and my hallucinations are acting up a little and I don’t have a ton of cash but I am here.

In really good news, thanks to the local trans activist center in my town, I’m getting my name legally changed for free! And my friends are so happy for me. I also went to a pro immigrant and refugee march that was very uplifting and joined a progressive society and officially signed up to volunteer for the local LGBT center. So despite my mental health and the tension with my family, I’m doing okay. I drink a lot of herbal tea to calm me down. I don’t read about politics all the time. I’m also gonna try and get back to my temple for Shabbat this week. Celebrating and observing my budding Jewishness almost always makes me happier. I also got a journal/poetry book last month that I’m finally writing in.

I’m trying. I’m trying really hard. I still sleep a lot and get headaches easily.

Love always,


9-year-old reporter and fourth grader Hilde Lysiak – who was told that “9-year-old girls should be playing with dolls, not trying to be reporters” – has signed a four-book deal with a major publisher! The new “Hilde Cracks the Case” detective series will be aimed at newly independent readers and will release in fall 2017. Hilde, whose newspaper, Orange Street News, covers local news in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania and now boasts over 700 paying subscribers, is thrilled by the opportunity: “It’s amazing that after publishing my own newspaper I now get to work with Scholastic to write books that will be read by kids all around the world. I want kids who read these books to love reporting like I do.”

Hilde’s story drew national attention last fall when the intrepid young reporter was featured in publications like the Columbia Journalism Review. She even dealt with controversy in April: after breaking the news about a local murder, critics flooded her Facebook page with comments like “I am disgusted that this cute little girl thinks she’s a real journalist.” In response, the resolute Mighty Girl told her detractors, “I don’t think people should be able to decide for me who I should be and what I should be doing. I never began my newspaper so that people would think I was cute. I started the Orange Street News to give people the information they need to know.” And, she went on to challenge her critics, asserting: “If you want me to stop covering news, then you get off your computers and do something about the news. There, is that cute enough for you?”

"I want to be taken seriously,” she continued. “I’m sure other kids do, too. Grownups usually treat kids like they cannot do anything great. If adults don’t think we can do something, then it is hard for us to believe that we can. And then how will we have great things in this world?” Fortunately, the publishing world is clearly taking this talented Mighty Girl seriously. Each of the four books in her new series, which will be co-written with her father, Matthew Lysiak, will follow Hilde and her big sister Izzy as they investigate a news story in their hometown; each fictional story will be roughly based on a real story that Hilde covered for her paper.

Katie Carella, a senior editor with Scholastic, says she’s thrilled that Hilde has signed on for the series: “As soon as I spoke with Hilde, I just knew she’d be the perfect fit for Branches. Kids across the globe have reached out to her, inspired by her unflagging dedication to reporting the news. To quote Hilde: ‘You’re never too young to follow your dreams. If you take yourself seriously, other people will take you seriously, too.’”

Congratulations to Hilde on her book deal! We look forward to reading about your adventures! - A Mighty Girl

anonymous asked:

In most states, when someone gets shot by their dog it's standard to only mention they've been shot. Florida is the only state where they mention all the embarrassing details, so that's why they sound like they have the craziest stuff happening.

Actually, “person shot by animal” is usually unusual enough that it makes the local news, regardless of where you are. In fact the only fatality I’m aware of from one of these cases was in Texas, so Florida’s off the hook this round.

That said, Florida is more free with their incident reports, but, I suspect the real issue is that Florida has more local news outlets that drag up the, “you won’t believe this shit” stories to kill time, in contrast to other places, like NYC, that have just as many deranged entries on the Police Blotters, but it gets filtered out by the media, in favor of “serious news.” To be fair, I am speculating a bit, here.

If you’re writing police characters, then Florida is very useful for getting an idea of all the loopy stuff they have to deal with everwhere.


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anonymous asked:

Hi hakouki anon here, but I meant they plan to localize hana no shou a.k.a. part 2 not just kaze... sorry that I wasn't clear enough before (unless part 2 getting localized was common knowledge then whoops, forget I said anything)

Oh my ! No I didn’t know that! That’s super exciting news and it would be such a treat to get the second part soon after! Do you know when that is planned to happen and what the title in English is going to be?

anonymous asked:

Do you plan on keeping the Lapeeps a secret? Fully secretively secretness of secret...s?

Locally, sorta. I’d prefer not to get anyone else involved, especially nosy humans. I’ve already have nosy gems in the house next to me who at least don’t call the local news or ask to keep one.

yet again, theres now 7000 of you who follow us, so I’m not sure if I’m doing too good of a job keeping quiet. hopefully it’ll be worth it.

Locals in Besieged City of Rastan Describe Their Valentine's Wishes

Despite shortages in the besieged city of Rastan in north Homs, some shop owners were putting on Valentine’s Day displays of red roses and cuddly toys.

Footage from the city shows various locals being asked their Valentine’s wish. “Valentine’s is when children and people get bread,” one man says. Another says that the real Valentine’s Day would be the defeat of Assad, Russia and Iran. Credit: YouTube/SMART News via Storyful

Gov. Snyder To Sign Bill Awarding Innocent Inmates $50K For Each Year Of Wrongful Incarceration

Gov. Snyder To Sign Bill Awarding Innocent Inmates $50K For Each Year Of Wrongful Incarceration

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LANSING (WWJ) – Those who have been wrongfully convicted will now get money from the state under a new law that the governor will sign Tuesday, but some say the price for a year of lost freedom just isn’t high enough. Under a law that was passed almost unanimously last year by the legislature, the state will pay ex-inmates $50,000 tax-free, for each year of their wrongful incarceration, along…

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Get local: Ask your local police to not partner with ICE!

This week, the Department of Homeland Security issued sweeping new guidelines targeting more immigrant for deportation. One goal is to expand the 287(g) program, which recruits local police to help detain and remove immigrants. The good news is, many states and cities don’t participate in 287(g) agreements - they were commonly used during the Bush years, but were unpopular because they used local police resources and undermined trust with the community. 

Write a letter to your local police department asking them not to participate in 287(g) agreements!

Here’s a template for a letter. You could also use it as a phone script!


I’m a resident of [your town] and I’m writing to ask what the [Such and Such] Police Department’s position is on 287(g) agreements with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. 

Many state and local police departments do not enter 287(g) agreements because they negatively impact public trust and waste law enforcement resources. I hope that [your town’s police department] will take the same position.

Thank you.

[Your Name]

* Remember, when you’re contacting local police, use the public comment line and not the emergency line! 

New Nintendo 3DS Animal Crossing Bundle Coming West!

And you all thought we’d never get the faceplate New 3DS (don’t worry… We were all sad about it).

Some big news was brought to our attention today when Nintendo announced localization for the New 3DS Animal Crossing bundle, with faceplates. This should make many folks happy since there was a great disappointment when they originally did not localize the smaller New 3DS.

This bundle is set to be released on September 25th, 2016!