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Standing Rock Wins Big Victory: Army Corps Blocks Dakota Access Pipeline Route
"Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."

Great news, in case you missed it!

Even if this pipeline is still completed, the fact that it will be rerouted is a big victory for the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and will likely make companies think more carefully about placement in the future. From an environmental perspective this is only a delay in the inevitable flow of Bakken oil (by pipeline, rail, etc.), which is likely to only increase under the Trump administration, but it’s still a win - and one that affirms the power of protest.

Hey friends

The Blue Saints Drum and Bugle Corps is looking for more performers to fill our bus! We have open spots in most sections and accept performers from a range of ages and skill levels. If you don’t have a corps yet and are itching to get onto that field, message this blog for information! Worried because we’re all the way in Canada? Not to worry, you can speak to our Director and organise a rehearsal schedule that works for us and you! It’s not too late to march DCI! March, spread the word, and help grow an organisation!

Sorry Andromeda

I’m really glad that a majority of the people who got Mass Effect: Andromeda can enjoy it despite its quirks. That you can romance who you want to romance and play a Ryder that’s your very own. For a franchise that should’ve really ended with its last game, there’s still some ups to this game. The combat was done phenomenally well, character development is better than I had anticipated and the story is ok. Slow, but not terrible. 

I Wish I could’ve enjoyed it as much as others. I wish I could’ve continued being the gay male protagonist that didn’t have to fall into the background when it came to the romances I wanted. To be misrepresented so horribly, it really hurts. I’m just part of that small minority that big corps don’t seem to care too much about, though. When I see other people complain about the game, it’s more than likely due to the lack of representation. Particularly for the male gaymers and trans who enjoyed the previous series and other works of Bioware (like myself). I don’t know when I’ll play this game again, if ever since I chose to refund it. 

So, for those who find the game to their liking, please enjoy it. Do what you can to get your money’s worth out of it. Hopefully, it will be enough to fund the next game and maybe, JUST maybe help this new team to reconsider their choices when it comes to putting their time and effort into such a prestigious series. They had a lot of weight on their shoulders and, unfortunately, they seemed to falter in some areas.  

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I’ve mentioned a few times in the past that I have actually created an excel file to log teen heroes.  Like, all of them.  This is just the names/codenames (and dates) for all the Marvel ones in alphabetical order plus one more for the Ultimate and MC2 AUs in particular.  This includes basically every character I could find below the age of 26 (as near as things like that could be determined, of course).

It also includes the time-displaced X-Men because that’s also a thing.

There is no way I can actually tag all 600 of them.  Yes, there is a solid 600 characters listed here!  I’m a fan, but I’m not insane. I’ll just tag all the teams they are a part of.  That, at least, is blow 25.

And I know I’m missing one or two, particularly Mikhail Zamorska a.k.a. The Baby Killer, but he’s technically a 60 year old who had a clone made and had his mind transferred into it.  So, yeah.  Not sure about that one.  And I skipped the non-powered Kid Commandos of the 1940s, on the grounds that I can.

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GET HYPE EVERY ONE CAUSE TOUR PREMIERE IS TODAY AND IF YOUR LIKE ME AND CAN’T MAKE ALL THE WAY TO INDY TO SEE IT YOU’VE GOT A OTHER WAY TO SEE 6 WORLD CLASS CORPS PREFORM WITH OUT LEAVING YOUR HOME TOWN!! Fathom Events is showing 6 shows from the event LIVE in a theater near you so don’t miss out on this magical night! Corps shown with with be with be the Cadents, the Cavaliers, the Blue Stars, the Bluecoats, the Madison Scouts, and Carolina Crown. Go to fathomevents.com for locations, times, and tickets Don’t miss out on the star of this year’s competition season!

Saw an argument on Facebook that we should all vote Conservative because Harper’s the “only leader with the backbone to stand up to Trump, if he get elected.”

Like, do you realized that a HUGE chunk of Harper’s policies - including voter suppression, restricting freedom of speech and information, persecution of minorities, and Big Corp support - are exactly the same as Trump’s?? Are you really that dumb?

I get that there’s always joking around about “hey were better than them” or whatever in DCI, but I legitimately HATE when people shit talk other corps. First off, we all need to clean our own houses first before even considering talking about other corps. Next, we’ve all worked hella hard this summer. We’ve all spent hundreds of hours of blood, sweat, and tears into our seasons of marching, equally. It’s a shame that people stoop that low to talk so badly about other organizations. Every family is different, had their own traditions, etc. But overall were working towards the same goal just like everyone else. And we’re all one big drum corps family. So can we please work together to grow drum corps instead of causing venom between corps?