city survey

Mayors to Trump: ‘Don’t Punish Us’

The new president is turning campaign rhetoric into action and that’s making America’s urban leaders nervous.

By BRENT GRIFFITHS

President Trump is making America’s mayors really nervous.

That’s the takeaway from a new Politico Magazine survey of city leaders who, ever since Election Day, have been frantically trying to figure out what the arrival of a Trump administration means for them and their constituents. What’s got the nation’s urban executives so worried? Start with the new president’s threat to repeal Obamacare. Three-quarters of the predominantly Democratic mayors who responded to the survey say it would be “a complete disaster” for their cities. How about affordable housing? Nearly two-thirds consider it a priority in their cities, but they don’t think Trump’s pick for head of Housing and Urban Development is up to the job. Education? Mayors are almost unanimous in their support for universal pre-kindergarten, but they haven’t heard a peep out of the Trump administration on a subject they say is vital to creating a 21st century workforce. Even where the mayors and the 45th president find some common ground, such as their mutual desire for major investment in infrastructure, the mayors expressed conspicuous doubt that the political newcomer will deliver on his ambitious promises.

And all that angst and skepticism came before President Trump took a shot at cities with his “American carnage” line in the inaugural speech, vowed to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities and possibly “send in the feds” to Chicago if the city couldn’t get a handle on its violent crime.

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superfluouskeys  asked:

DWC: “Shooting star, make a wish.”, fenhawke?

Tequila Incident AU

@dadrunkwriting

Circinae Hawke/Fenris • Overlook Trail • Kirkwall

It seemed that nighttime was the only time they ever met anymore. Between Fenris’ long days at the shop, and Circinae’s equally grueling days at the women’s shelter, they rarely got a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Overlook Trail was cold, almost painfully so as Circinae sat on the scratched, dented, rusty hood of her powder blue Escort, shivering as her hair whipped around her in the wind, pale eyes surveying the city in front of her. The roar of the ever familiar bike came up the trail, and she let her head sink between her knees.

A crunch of boots on gravel told her that he had arrived. Right on time, as normal.

“You’re cold.”

She smiled at the words: a statement, not a question. A warm, thick jacket was draped over her shoulders, the comforting scent of leather, motor oil, and anise filling her nose.

“Long day,” she replied, lifting her head. He stood there, arms crossed as he watched her scoot over, patting the metal. Fenris started to climb up next to her, still talking in two word sentences.

“New arrival.”

“Seven families. Twelve kids.”

“I’m sorry.”

Circinae shrugged, leaning her head over onto his shoulder as he settled beside her. “That’s just how this goes, I guess. I hate how they look at me.”

Fenris looked at her in confusion, waiting for her to explain. She shrugged again. “They’re frightened.  Here comes this tall, scary woman, who looks like she could rip a tree in half–“

“–which would not be unheard of,” Fenris interjected.

“– and they’re frightened of me,” Circinae finished, glaring at him. “I wish they wouldn’t be.”

They fell into silence, wind whistling through the trees with a plaintive, lonely sound. Fenris looked up and nudged her slightly.

“Well, there is a shooting star. You might be able to get your wish.”

Vampire ecological survey report: City Guards-  CV: Ono Kensho 

Hyakuya Mikaela

Left Page:

Vampire Annihilation troops member Hyakuya Yuuichiro’s childhood friend, who 4 years ago was turned into a vampire. Although he is of course not a noble, he has the combat capability of a mighty warrior.
Side font next to Mika: Lives off of blood as he seeks to reunite with his <family>.

Mikaela:

  • Vampire/Vampire City/Ferid’s attendant.
  • May 1 (Taurus) 16 years old
  • 173 cm (~5.67ft) / 57kg (125.7lbs)
  • Blood type: O Armament (weapon): first class
  • Favorite food: Blood. Overwhelming blood. (Can’t eat curry anymore)

Rest of translations under cut

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Get To Know Me Tag

Tagged by @mad-seoul-city 

Rules: Complete the survey and say who tagged you in the beginning. When you are finished tag 5 to do this survey. Have fun and enjoy!!!

1: Are you named after someone?

Yes. I was named after Saint Katherine, though I’m not very religious myself.

2: When is the last time you cried?

Like 3 days ago

3: Do you like your handwriting?

no, it’s very sloppy.

4: What is your favorite lunch meat?

Ham

5: Do you have kids?

Hell no

6: If you were another person, would you be friends with you?

no i think i’m very annoying

7: Do you use sarcasm?

yes, very much

8: Do you still have your tonsils?

yes

9: Would you bungee jump?

FUCK TO THE NO!!

10: What is your favorite kind of cereal?

Peanut Butter Crunch

11: Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? 

Yes I have to or else I wouldn’t be able to put them on in the first place.

12: Do you thing you’re a strong person?

possibly?

13: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

COOKIE DOUGHH

14: What is the first thing you notice about people?

hair color

15: Red or pink?

Red cause I cant stand pink

16: What is the least favorite physical thing you like about yourself?

everyting

17: What color pants and shoes are you wearing now?

blue shorts and Black hightops

18: What was the last thing you ate?

chicken wings and pizza

19: What are you listening to right now?

Better Off Dead by Sleeping With Sirens

20: If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Sky blue

21: Favorite smell?

A fresh scent of cologne or soap 

22: Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

My friend Aaron

23: Favorite sport to watch?

I dislike sports but I guess Baseball

24: Hair color?

Blue, going to be purple

25: Eye color?

Dark brown

26: Do you wear contacts?

no but I wear glasses

27: Favorite food to eat?

chicken or carne asada

28: Scary movies or comedy?

 horror all the way

29: Last movie you watched?

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2. It was a girls movie night, don’t judge me.

30: What color of shirt are you wearing?

Black

31: Summer or winter?

summer i love the heat and the ability to swim whenever I want

32: Hugs or kisses?

kisses

33: What book are you currently reading?

The Hobbit for my english class

34: Who do you miss right now?

my boyfriend

35: What is on your mouse pad?

nothing

36: What is the last TV program you watched?  

Liv and Maddie

37: What is the best sound? 

violin or Jimin acapella

38: Rolling Stones or The Beatles?

Neither

39: What is the furthest you have ever traveled? 

Utah

40: Do you have a special talent?

I can sing ok I guess, but make up is my specialty

41: Where were you born?

CALIFORNIA!!!!!

42: People you expect to participate in this survey?

The people I tag Duhhh.

I will Tag @n-aaly @the-friendly-faith-plate @noir0neko @hoseoksinshine @min-kai-pcy

Advice: Making Action More Interesting

davidwhitman asked:

How do I write fight scenes in a way that portrays the action and excitement? I want the words to feel high energy and pulse-pounding but it always seems to come out as “They did this. Then they did that. Then this happens.” Super boring. Thanks!


The key is to combine the action with dialogue and introspection, then combine that with vivid description and a “cause and effect” on the environment and people involved.

So, for example one, I’ll do the laundry list method:

Terren stood on the roof and surveyed the city. There was no sign of the impending invasion, so he slid down the roof and landed on the ledge below. He walked carefully down the ledge and latched onto a drain pipe just as someone shot up at him. Teren ducked around the corner, hoisted himself back onto the roof, and ran away.

That’s pretty boring, so let’s try to spice it up with some dialogue, introspection, vivid description, and “cause and effect” on the environment and people involved:

Terren held his breath as he stood on the roof and surveyed the midnight city. Every muscle in his body was taut, fully in control, because he knew that one foul move could send him over the edge. A cold wind kicked up from the west, bringing with it the scent of dying bonfires and stale gunpowder. There was no sign of the impending invasion–not yet. With a new mission in mind, the dark-cloaked spy slid carefully down the terracotta tiles, swinging himself down onto the ledge below. His fingers traced the ancient stone of the building as he crept silent as the night itself past every window. Just as he reached the drain pipe, a voice echoed out across the darkness.

“He’s up there!”

There was an agonizing moment of silence before a gunshot cracked through the wintry air. The bullet ricocheted off the building, sending out a spray of masonry wherever it hit. Terren scrambled along the ledge and ducked around the corner as the soldiers regrouped below. With all the strength he could muster, he hoisted himself onto the roof. The moment both feet found purchase, Terren hurried across the roof and disappeared into the night.


The second version is a bit more exciting and a bit more interesting with the added detail woven into the action.  :) Remember that your word choice also plays a role in creating impact:

- “thundering” has more impact than “loud”
- “colossal” has more impact than “huge”
- “decadent” has more impact than “rich”
- “howling” has more impact than “screaming”

Just remember to choose an appropriate word. :)

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SITSC JP Version -New Survey-

The best part? Voltage JP is considering to write a route for one of these three ikemen above! Or you can choose the other guys if you want a route beside those three.

They first appear in Season 3’s 誘惑のシンデレラ and are your work partners rather than socialites, so their stories will be like Jinnai’s. Then again, their backgrounds haven’t been told yet so it’s still my assumption.

From left to right:
Toshiharu Isshiki - Taking Jinnai’s position as a chief editor in Japan’s main branch.
Misaki Arisaka - MC’s co-worker, works at different division in the same company.
Haruomi Yasutsuna - Supervisor from Shoka Literature Publishing Company, Ryoichi’s friend.

Personally I choose Arisaka (megane bishie, and Osaka-ben XD), but I wouldn’t mind if the other guys were selected instead.

Don’t worry, the socialites will still get more main stories after Season 3’s 誘惑のシンデレラ (Cinderella of Temptation), maybe by the end of 2015 or the next year. Perhaps it’s time for them to go back to Japan again, or decided to stay permanently in NY?

The Buddha, on his way, turned around, and with the eyes  of an elephant queen, he surveyed the city of Vaishali for  the last time and said, “Ananda, don’t you think that Vaishali  is beautiful?”  After having surveyed the city of Vaishali with a gentle gaze that took in all of its beauty, the Buddha turned back to the north and began to walk.
When the Buddha looks, he does so with the eyes of the elephant queen in order to look deeply and recognize what is there. We, too, have the eyes of the Buddha and of the elephant queen. If you see deeply into the beauty of nature around you, you’re looking with the eyes of the Buddha. It is extremely kind of you to look on behalf of the Buddha, to contemplate the world for the Buddha, because you are his continuation.

So when you practice sitting meditation, sit for the Buddha. The Buddha in you is sitting upright, the Buddha in you is enjoying every in-breath and out-breath, the Buddha in you is contemplating the world with mindfulness and getting in touch with the beauty of nature.

—  Thich Nhat Hanh