bring it on spurs

Capitalism is the sorcerer’s apprentice: it has summoned up powers which have spun wildly out of control and now threaten to destroy us. The task of socialism is not to spur on those powers but to bring them under rational human control.
—  Terry Eagleton

Emily Ellsworth, whose jobs have included answering phones in the district offices of two Republican representatives from Utah — Jason Chaffetz, from 2009 to 2012; and Chris Stewart from 2013 to 2014 — said the way your points reach a lawmaker depends on how many calls the office is getting at the time and how you present your story.

In some cases, it’s a simple process. When a caller offered an opinion, staff members would write the comments down in a spreadsheet, compile them each month and present reports to top officials, she said. If the lawmaker had already put out a statement on the issue, the staff member would read it to the caller, she said.

But a large volume of calls on an issue could bring an office to a halt, sometimes spurring the legislator to put out a statement on his or her position, Ms. Ellsworth said. She recommended the tactic in a series of tweets shared thousands of times.

“It brings a legislative issue right to the top of the mind of a member,” she said. “It makes it impossible to ignore for the whole staff. You don’t get a whole lot else done.”

—  Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators by Daniel Victor

KQED ARTS: Celebrating the Bright Lights, Big GeoCities of the Early Internet

Graphic designer Helen Tseng and AI policy researcher Tim Hwang share an enthusiasm for under-celebrated, hiding-in-plain-sight topics, so it’s only fitting that the subject of their latest collaboration is a shared love for the early internet.

Internet! A Retrospective, on view Oct. 22 and 23 at San Francisco’s SPUR, brings together artworks, speakers and objects tied to the scrappy era of Web 1.0, a time when the possibilities of the internet seemed hindered only by the low bandwidth of our cranky dial-up modems.

Tseng says she sees the aesthetics of the early web everywhere in design right now — a mixture of nostalgia and unhistorical attraction — but without much acknowledgement of the original content.

Because unlike other mediums and moments in visual history, the early internet is pretty much completely gone. Every now and then you might stumble across a webpage that looks like it came straight out of 1996, but those moments are few and far between.


At least I didn't bring the gun?

Summary: Steve and reader have a spur of the moment proposal before he leaves on a long term mission. Reader then awaits his return by planning the wedding with various avengers.

Words: 3067

Warnings: I don’t think any but it’s late and I’m tired so who knows

(A/N): I honestly have no idea where this came from but I hope you guys like it

Originally posted by richardgecko

 "I have to go (Y/N).“ Steve said packing socks that you’re handing him into a duffel bag. "I don’t want too but I don’t really have an option.”

“But what am I going to do for 6 months Steve?” You whined. You stole a pair of socks and held it away from Steve.

“You hang out with however is around the tower. And you write to me, and call me. And read lots of books.” He says as he reaches over you and takes his socks.

“Ugh how come you have to be there the whole time? Nobody else does.” You throw yourself back onto the bed. Steve lays down next to you propping himself up in his elbows and kissing you gently.

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        ❛ Mr. Grey is like that often; tugging people about and meddling in everyone’s business.  I’ve no idea what could have spurred him to bring you to me, but nevertheless… ❜ 

        And a hand, extended in politeness as he sips at his drink.  He’d spent the night attempting to avoid the enigmatic man clothed in grey, but it seems to have caught up to him at last.   Beckett.  Beckett Baggins.  …Or Beck, if you like. 


So there’s apparently a LOVELY human out there who thought she was so clever by putting her hatred of fat people out into the world as though it was something new and revolutionary but instead she just showed her ignorance, hatred, stupidity, and shallowness. At first I was concerned and then I decided to shrug her off. She’s just another bigot getting her 15 minutes of fame out of exploiting those less privileged than she. One of those people that think that the things that make you “different” (to use her points things like race and sexuality, so not hetero and white) give you some sort of social discount card rather than the truth which is more along the lines of a life long scarlet letter. To her and the people like her I say fuck you. Instead of letting the rolling sea of fat hatred spurred on by her terrible video bring me down today I got dressed in a baller look, my war paint was flawless, I went out with friends and ate amazing food, saw a great piece of theatre, and her hate (and the hate of others like her) couldn’t touch me. My style is my armor because I go to battle everyday as a woman and especially as a fatwoman. People like this don’t deserve anymore from us than a good look at our armor so let’s show it to them; don whatever gives you strength and let those that would take it from you see your power. Phenomenal fatties let’s show them what we are made of! (Also do not give her the added joy of views on her stupid video. If you want to watch it find a fat positive response but I really don’t recommend anyone subjecting themselves to that kind of abusive language.)

Hey guys! In an effort to bring our fandom closer together I, at the spur of the moment, decided to do my very first *drum roll please* blog of the month!!!!!! So let’s get this thing in motion…

1. Must be following me (I know I’m lame but it would be pointless for us not to be mutuals amiright)
2. Must reblog this post. Likes won’t be counted but you can use it as a bookmark
3. The blog will be handpicked so you only need to reblog it once
4. Must be reblogged by Saturday, June 4th

1. A follow from me if I’m not already following you
2. A place in my bio until the end of the month
3. A shoutout that’ll be reblogged at least once a day
4. A great supportive friendship with me (I’m p lame though so if you wanna pass on this I understand)
5. I’ll queue and reblog from you a lot

1. I’ll be choosing by the end of the day on June 8
2. You’ll be my botm from June 8 - July 8
3. Depending on how many people reblog this, I’ll be choosing between 1-3 blogs
4. Even if I don’t choose your blog you still might get a message from me to be friends bc who doesn’t love friendship
5. Any blog can enter but chances of getting picked are the highest if we have similar posts
6. If this post gets less than 50 notes it never happened and I’ll probably be embarrassed by it for the rest of my life

Anyways, I hope you guys decide to join! Summer is coming and this will be a cute way to get the fandom more active again! Let’s do this!