Since there are over 25,000 fics under the Sterek tag on AO3, I decided to make a list of the most underrated fics. These are fics have less than 500 kudos/comments and they all deserve so much more! These fics have been submitted by you guys through messages and twitter.Make sure you leave kudos or a comment when you get done reading so the author knows they did an amazing job. As always, Happy Reading!  (I’ve had several requests for a list that includes Underrated Sterek Writers, if you want to submit anyone you can do so here.)

  1. Dirt Lots & Backstops ****
  2. Oh baby you’re three shots from hitting the floor
  3. If I Played You My Favorite Song ****
  4. the weird awkward family reunion of the hales
  5. waxing poetry
  6. Camp Lake Hale
  7. Quaking Aspen
  8. We Are Lost in the Shadows
  9. Breach Below Lionheart 
  10. Miguel the Wolf Dog
  11. Treetop View
  12. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
  13. You’re Giving Me Such Sweet Nothing
  14. Proof
  15. The Assassin’s Keeper
  16. Puppy Love
  17. All I Want for Christmas
  18. Wizard and the Wolf
  19. Professional Werewolf Witch
  20. I already miss you
  21. My Eyes Begin to Linger
  22. A High School Cliche ****
  23. Of Dirty Laundry, Fire Alarms and Spiderman
  24. stripped and polished
  25. tactical retreat  
  26. You’re a Fine Noise
  27. Knocked up Alpha
  28. You Called, I Answered
  29. Anchor
  30. You Suck
  31. The Accidental Kiss
  32. I Wanna Suck Your Lollipop
  33. Silent Sunday ****
  34. What’s Up Pinocchio?
  35. Lesson Learned
  36. Once and Done ****
  37. The Night Is All We Have
  38. Off Script
  39. Hold My Hand, We’re Flying Fast
  40. maternity leave  

Ed Belfour makes a kick-save during Game 4 of the Campbell Conference Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers on May 22, 1992. The fiery goaltender known as “The Eagle” won the 1991 Calder Trophy and went on to become a two-time Vezina Trophy-winner who posted 484 wins — third all-time — including 76 shutouts during his 17-year career. The Hall of Fame goalie, who backstopped the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup victory in 1999, turned 50 years old today. (Richard Mackson/SI)


Fortis Mfg Hammer Charging Handle

A specially designed charging handle for the AR-10 platform. Aggressive serrations and a redesigned backstop supposedly reduce stress on the roll pin. It’s finished in Black Teflon which gives it a slight gray appearance but not a true black according to Fortis. This will not fit all AR-10′s so double check if your rifle can actually use it. MSRP is about $69.95. (GRH)


New Study Examines Impact of Violent Media on the Brain

With the longstanding debate over whether violent movies cause real world violence as a backstop, a study published today in PLOS One found that each person’s reaction to violent images depends on that individual’s brain circuitry, and on how aggressive they were to begin with.

The study, which was led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the NIH Intramural Program, featured brain scans which revealed that both watching and not watching violent images caused different brain activity in people with different aggression levels. The findings may have implications for intervention programs that seek to reduce aggressive behavior starting in childhood.

“Our aim was to investigate what is going on in the brains of people when they watch violent movies,” said lead investigator Nelly Alia-Klein, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the Friedman Brain Institute and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We hypothesized that if people have aggressive traits to begin with, they will process violent media in a very different way as compared to non-aggressive people, a theory supported by these findings.”

After answering a questionnaire, a group of 54 men were split by the research team into two groups—one with individuals possessing aggressive traits, including a history of physical assault, and a second group without these tendencies. The participants’ brains were then scanned as they watched a succession of violent scenes (shootings and street fights) on day one, emotional, but non-violent scenes (people interacting during a natural disaster) on day two, and nothing on day three.

The scans measured the subjects’ brain metabolic activity, a marker of brain function. Participants also had their blood pressure taken every 5 minutes, and were asked how they were feeling at 15 minute intervals.

Investigators discovered that during mind wandering, when no movies were presented, the participants with aggressive traits had unusually high brain activity in a network of regions that are known to be active when not doing anything in particular. This suggests that participants with aggressive traits have a different brain function map than non-aggressive participants, researchers said.

Interestingly, while watching scenes from violent movies, the aggressive group had less brain activity than the non-aggressive group in the orbitofrontal cortex, a brain region associated by past studies with emotion-related decision making and self-control. The aggressive subjects described feeling more inspired and determined and less upset or nervous than non-aggressive participants when watching violent (day 1) versus just emotional (day 2) media. In line with these responses, while watching the violent media, aggressive participants’ blood pressure went down progressively with time while the non-aggressive participants experienced a rise in blood pressure.

“How an individual responds to their environment depends on the brain of the beholder,” said Dr. Alia-Klein. “Aggression is a trait that develops together with the nervous system over time starting from childhood; patterns of behavior become solidified and the nervous system prepares to continue the behavior patterns into adulthood when they become increasingly coached in personality. This could be at the root of the differences in people who are aggressive and not aggressive, and how media motivates them to do certain things. Hopefully these results will give educators an opportunity to identify children with aggressive traits and teach them to be more aware of how aggressive material activates them specifically.”

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I violently miss rowing. My body physically yearns for the motion - tap down, arms away, body rock, slide - and for the satisfying push of the blade against the water as you shoot backwards. I miss the movement of the boat underneath me, with me, sitting at backstops and watching the river go by as stern four warm up, the slip of the blade over the water as you feather into the first full stroke…

Baseball!Klaine? Baseball!Klaine.

I just sort of… put my fingers on the keyboard and this happened. Might add more at some point. We’ll see.

Oh, rated M for Klaine get friendly with each other’s butts. Duh.

            "Hummel! My office now.“

            His foot slipped on the rubber, his pitch sailing past Mark into the backstop. Kurt hopped back and nearly fell on his butt as Coach Sylvester roared across the field at him once more.

            "Move it, Porcelain! You’ve got a plane to catch.”

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A modest proposal on gun control

I propose that the text of the second amendment be changed from

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


A well regulated military, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to join and serve in the armed forces, shall not be infringed.

In my opinion, this rewording does not change the underlying meaning of the text (because “bear arms” was an old-timey phrase for “serve in the military,” not “own a hunting rifle”), but there’s no need to argue about it. I think more importantly, this rewording does the thing that second amendment enthusiasts claim that they want done: it creates a plausible backstop against tyranny.

Realistically, in the event that the government chooses to tyrannize the majority, the only way to stop such tyrannizing will be with a military coup. We’ve seen this around the world in various dictatorships. There will be an uprising of protestors in some city and the dictator will order the military to crush them. If the military complies, that’s the end of the rebellion. If the military wavers and joins the people, then the rebellion succeeds and the government falls. Recent examples of this can be produced on both the positive and negative side. As Mao said, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Ultimately, the state rests on the ability of certain individuals to control violence, whether it’s politicians (as in a modern state) or warlords (as in a failed state).

This being so, allowing all people regardless of race, religion, or ideology to join and serve in the military is basically the only way to prevent a dictatorship. The classic first move of a dictator is to establish a Praetorian Guard of some sort. The guard is loyal foremost to the dictator and carefully vetted for any signs of dissent. The guard then acts as a checking force on the larger military units that cannot be practically vetted for loyalty to ensure that they don’t use their strength against the dictator. If, however, everyone has the right to join and serve in the military, then there would be no constitutional grounds for excluding an able bodied person from the guard due to merely suspected disloyalty. Of course, a truly determined would-be dictator will attempt to ignore this constraint and make a loyal guard anyway, but at least it will be clear to the public what is happening and there will be time for civil society to react to the danger.

Allowing ordinary citizens with no military training to own various personal firearms does nothing to prevent tyranny. The military possesses drones and bombers, so no amount of personal gun ownership can prevent the government from simply bombing the compounds of would be dissenters. The only hope such dissenters would have against such forces is, again, for the pilots to waver and choose to join the rebels, which turns on the pilots having come from the same background as those being repressed and identifying with them.

In conclusion, I think that judges tasked with interpreting second amendment cases should act as though my wording were already in place (since in my opinion, this was the original meaning of the text), and those with the capability to propose constitutional amendments should propose explicitly adopting this rewording as a way of forcing judges with a bad interpretation of the second amendment to change to a better one that does more to protect us from tyrants.

128: “Back-Stop”. G.I. Joe “Real American Hero” Series 6, 1987.

Back-Stop came with the Joe vehicle “The Persuader”, as it’s driver. The Persuader was basically a tank on wheels. Literally!

ALSO, Back-Stop hails from Montreal, Quebec, my Canadians brothers and sisters. From his file card: “Back-Stop injured so many opposing players in junior league hockey that his family had to move to the United States to escape angry parents.”

It’s your classic “Boy Too Rough for Hockey Moves to the States Joins the Army Gets Put in Charge of a Crazy Wheeled Tank Thingy” story!

Not selling out: Teens live in commercial online spaces because that's their only option

danah boyd points out that when kids conduct their social lives in commercial spaces, it’s not because they don’t care about selling out; it’s because they have no other option: “In a world where they have limited physical mobility and few places to go, they’re deeply appreciative of any space that will accept them.”

boyd’s extensive fieldwork with teens (documented in her must-read book It’s Complicated) backstops her opinion. She describes how kids understand that they’re being data-mined and surveilled in social spaces, and don’t like it, but accept it as a trade-off for a world that is in equal measures fearful of them and fearful for them.

The UK is a great place to see this in action. Most cities and large towns have curfew rules on the books that give the police the power to send teenagers home after 9PM if they think that someone might be distressed by seeing them. Public spaces use “mosquito” tone-generators that create annoying, high-pitched noises that are primarily audible to young ears – an auditory version of the spikes we use to stop pigeons from roosting, but aimed at children.

At the same time, we tell teens and kids that they can’t walk to school alone, can’t play in the park alone, can’t venture into town alone to shop or congregate, because of the Daily Mail-fed terror of sexual predators (who are overwhelmingly not strangers in parks, but relatives, teachers, clergy, coaches, and other authority figures in our kids’ lives).

Then, when kids turn to the only place where they can be social without being feared or feared for – the corporate-owned social spaces of the net – we damn them for having no sense of authenticity and being uncritical serfs in commercial seigneuries.

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Capitalism is here to stay, and we need a church model that corresponds to that reality. Read Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s diagnosis of the weak modern Christian democratic man was spot on. Jesus was a great man. Jesus said he was the Son of God. Jesus made things happen. Jesus had faith. Jesus actually made people better. Then came the Christians. What happened? What went wrong? We appear to be a bit passive. Hitler came along, and he did not meet with unified resistance. I have the sinking feeling that it could all happen again, quite easily. The church should rise up higher than Nietzsche could see and prove him wrong. We should love our neighbor so much that we actually believe in right and wrong, and do something about it. If we all did the right thing and had the guts to spread the word, we would not need the government to backstop every action we take.

David Brat, who defeated Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination for the US House of Representatives in Virginia’s 7th District, asking Christians to out-Nietzsche Hitler types in Jesus’ name and for Christian glory.

Takes talent to combine that trifecta!

ht: AM, Think Progress

Normal people talking about low gas prices: Nice! Now I can go places and spend less money on gas!

debaters: Goddammit OPEC’s flooding the market this is fucking backstopping right here and now none of my DAs are unique, energy affs have no solvency, and we’re all gonna fucking die