country information

Action Alert: Protect Federal Library Funding

Originally posted by cooliambatman

The Trump Administration recently released its proposed federal budget for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS), the independent agency that administers the bulk of federal library funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA),is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating.

There’s an easy way for you to help - call your Senator today and ask them to sign the Dear Appropriator letters supporting LSTA and IAL.

These letters support $186.6 million for the Library Services and Technology Act, which goes to every state in the country for them to decide how best to use it, and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program that buys books and other supplies for kids from the poorest communities across the country. For more information about these programs, check out our other posts about appropriations.

Members of the Senate have only until May 19th to sign the separate LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters now circulating.

Use ALA’s Legislative Action Center today to ask your Senators to sign both the LSTA and IAL letters. Many Members of Congress will only sign such a letter if their constituents ask them to, so it’s up to you to help save LSTA and IAL from elimination or significant cuts.

Five minutes of your time could help preserve over $210 million in library funding now at risk.

Want to do even more to protect libraries? Sign up to participate on National Library Legislative Day or sign up for our Thunderclap.

theverge.com
Trump’s new FCC chief is Ajit Pai, and he wants to destroy net neutrality
Donald Trump has elevated Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, giving control over the agency to a reliable conservative who’s been opposed to pretty much every big action...
By Jacob Kastrenakes

Just in case y’all needed any more reasons to loathe and despise Donald Trump, he just appointed an FCC chief who is expressly anti-net-neutrality and gives zero shits about the potential of cable companies merging to form a monopoly over both TV and internet.

Best hope social media and regular media/news sites are in the first/basic tier of internet packages, because that’s what’s coming without net neutrality: cable companies will prioritize traffic to certain websites, and websites will have to pay more to make their site prioritized, and we will probably be sold the internet in much the same way we are sold television: in packages and tiers of channels, based on how much you’re willing to pay. Imagine a world where you paying your cable bill no longer gets you access to an open internet, but rather, you must pay extra to get access to certain levels of information on the internet. Imagine people with less money getting a smaller internet, with less information and less access. Because that could be what’s coming.

I will fight, tooth and nail, against this fuckery. Not in my lifetime. Not in my country. Access to information is a right. An open, accessible internet is not something we can compromise on. Net neutrality is a must.

so when the ny times reports about duterte being practically responsible for over 7k random deaths in one year, in metro manila alone i might add, y’all r silent af

but one guy decides to write about his (again, very EXTREME) lifelong experience with his house help in the atlantic and suddenly y’all are up in arms???? suddenly the philippines is a relevant country and u suddenly KNOW EVERYTHING about what goes on here???

Ace-Friendly Therapists Masterpost Build!

We get a constant influx of therapist horror stories. Therapists who say asexuality is not valid, therapists who try to ‘change’ their patient’s asexuality, therapists who insult and degrade asexual clients, and so on.

But we also get stories about therapists who are understanding, supportive, and knowledgeable about asexuality. And I want to make an accessible collection of such therapists.

Finding a therapist/counselor that suits your individual needs is always a challenge. Our choices are very often limited due to budget and travel constraints. We choose therapists that fit all our interests and needs - for some people, that means a very specific field, and therefore less options to choose from.

Aces deserve therapists that treat us right. We don’t need to be satisfied with a therapist that doesn’t understand asexuality. Our money can go towards brighter horizons.

If you know a therapist that;

  • Understands asexuality as a sexual identity
  • Respects asexual clients
  • Has experience with asexuality and the asexual experience
  • Is flexible and accommodating towards a diverse community of asexuality

Please send us their name and location! All submissions will be collected in a Google doc, meant to clearly indicate who is safe for aces, and where they are available.

We will require the therapist’s full name, and their city/state/country of employment. Bonus information (that’s not required, but would be appreciated); their price range ($-$$$), and their specific fields of speciality (LGBT issues, trauma, teens, etc). This list will be worldwide.

Thank you for helping us build a safer world for us!

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) was an American author, the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She achieved this in 1938, for her novels depicting peasant life in China.

She spent a considerable amount of time in China, as her parents were missionaries there, and her knowledge of the country informed books such as East Wind: West Wind and The Good Earth. She was also an activist encouraging the adoption of mixed-race children, at a time when the issue was a controversial one in the United States.

anonymous asked:

Honestly I love the idea of Uraraka/Bakugou mutual pining but being too stubborn to admit it

ok i have to admit, realistically, i think it would be less about stubbornness and more about the fact that they’re focusing on trying to become the best heroes they can be, and can’t afford the sorts of distractions that romance implies, so they do their best to ignore it (with… varying results).

again, realistically, i don’t see them actually getting together until they’re much older and are well known heroes with their own incomes and stability in life and have, more or less, reached their goals

(ironically, i’ve had that headcanon for Bakugou for literally ages, but then Horikoshi did the same thing to Uraraka, where she decided to push away her feelings because they’re a distraction from her ultimate goals)

HOWEVER in an incredibly silly and self indulgent scenario, i love the idea that they would both pine after each other hopelessly but try it to ignore it b/c 1, again, romance is a distraction

and 2. Bakugou doesn’t know how to handle emotions and he’s more likely to punt a bouquet of flowers at Uraraka’s face while screaming at the top of his lungs than admit to any sort of feelings (b/c Feelings Are Scary and he only knows how to handle anger and pride and sometimes calm and everything else is new and confusing and Scary)

and 3. Uraraka would probably just take that as a sign to fight and they’d probably end up in a mock spar while Bakugou tries to get a handle on his feelings and Uraraka is confused but finds the fight enjoyable and HECK YEAH she wants to prove herself SHE CAN WIN THIS TIME SHE’S SURE OF IT

also, please imagine Uraraka joking around with Bakugou (she honest to god finds him funny when he’s raging, plus she gets the whole MANLINESS and HOT BLOODED STUFF YEAH!!! things, AND after their fight she lost any sort of fear she had towards him) and ignoring him when he makes hyperbolic death threats at her, which frustrates him because what the fuck how can this girl get under his skin and LAUGH ABOUT IT GODDAMMIT and then blushes b/c god fucking dammit she’s cute and strong and not afraid to joke with him and fuck emotions

and she thinks he’s super strong and wants to get stronger so she can beat him next time, AND!! SHE ADMIRES HIM!! 

and honestly around Izuku it’s easy for her to get all flustered b/c he’s just so sweet and charming and inspiring, but Bakugou is a huge angry dork that she forgets to feel awkward around him, because he’s just always raging and being silly and he makes her laugh, but at the same time she wants to make him proud of her (not quite realizing that she already has, until he quietly mutters it to her one day after a workout, looking away.

“Ahh, I just wish I could get to your and Deku’s level someday. I’m sure I will!!”

“The fuck are you talking about? You’re already strong, you dumbass.”)

also, please imagine Bakugou hearing Uraraka’s country accent and her informal speaking style and thinking it’s cute and hating himself for it

anyway i’m not sure where this post was headed and i started rambling halfway through but yeah

Can US Customs and Border officials search your phone?

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. Below, ProPublica details what powers US Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices.

A NASA scientist heading home to the US said he was detained in January at a Houston airport, where US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers pressured him for access to his work phone and its potentially sensitive contents. Last month, CBP agents checked the identification of passengers leaving a domestic flight at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport during a search for an immigrant with a deportation order. And in October, border agents seized phones and other work-related material from a Canadian photojournalist. They blocked him from entering the US after he refused to unlock the phones, citing his obligation to protect his sources. These and other recent incidents have revived confusion and alarm over what powers border officials actually have and, perhaps more importantly, how to know when they are overstepping their authority.

The unsettling fact is that border officials have long had broad powers — many people just don’t know about them. Border officials, for instance, have search powers that extend 100 air miles inland from any external boundary of the US. That means border agents can stop and question people at fixed checkpoints dozens of miles from US borders. They can also pull over motorists whom they suspect of a crime as part of “roving” border patrol operations.

Sowing even more uneasiness, ambiguity around the agency’s search powers — especially over electronic devices — has persisted for years as courts nationwide address legal challenges raised by travelers, privacy advocates and civil-rights groups. We dug out answers about the current state-of-play when it comes to border searches, along with links to more detailed resources (below).

Original post on the TED-Ed Blog. Click below to read further!

Keep reading

Carmelita Voice Actor Post

ha ha ha this is by far my most popular post and it originally contained multiple embarrassing errors 

because @bisexualslycooper idly wondered what the breakdown was and I have nothing better to do with my time!

Sly 1: Roxana Ortega

Is she actually Hispanic? imdb says her mother was Peruvian and her dad was Mexican-American, so heck yeah!
Other notable roles: apparently she was in g-force

Sly 2: Alesia Glidewell


Is she actually Hispanic? Technically, no! According to Wikipedia her dad was Brazilian-American (and her mother Japanese). This makes her Latina, but not Hispanic - ie, from a Spanish-speaking country. As @slycooperandcarlosfox​ informs me, she is fluent in Spanish, along with Portuguese and Italian. And, y’know. English.
Other notable roles: Lots! She has voiced both Samus Aran and Krystal, provided the creepy motion capture for F.E.A.R.’s Alma, and - most famously, I imagine - was the face and body model for Chell from Portal. Not only that, but her imdb page has stuff in basically every category, from “Producer” and “Director” down to “Camera and Electrical Department”. What an accomplished woman!

Sly 3: Ruth Livier

Is she actually Hispanic? Given how she has “received special recognition by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts”, I kinda hope so, yeah! (@whoisthemasterthief informs me she is Mexican-American, specifically.)
Other notable roles: apparently she was in drag to me hell (and GTA:SA, as one of the pedestrian VAs)

Sly 4: Grey Delisle Griffin

Is she actually Hispanic? Yes! She was raised by her maternal grandmother, who is Mexican, and often credits said grandmother as having a huge influence on her.
Other notable roles: Man, where to start? A ton of versions of Daphne (Scooby Doo), Mandy (ie, Billy and), Kimiko (Xiaolin Showdown), Frankie (Foster’s Home), Sam (Danny Phantom), Vicky (Fairly Oddparents), and of course, her personal favorite role [mine too!], Princess Azula from Avatar the Last Airbender.

…it’s really all or nothing when it comes to other roles, isn’t it?

My sincere thanks to @whoisthemasterthief and @miatheladygamer for correcting me about the semantic difference between “Hispanic” and “Latinx” and DeLisle’s grandmother, respectively!

Yona ch.136 spoilers

Akatsuki no Yona chapter 136 “Message” summary with pics and color title page

Please don’t repost/reuse my scans and translations without permission. Tumblr reblog is fine.

Do not use the raws or translations for scanlations and don’t upload them on other websites. If you need watermark-less images to make graphics, send me an ask (not on anon) and I’ll give you a link - you can only request 3 images per chapter.

Keep reading

BTS' Anniversary!

Hello Guys!~ I am making a virtual card to thank BTS & their crew for the hard work they have put into their careers. If you want your name to be in this card, please write down the following information: // • Name • Country (or INTL. or K-ARMY) • Age (optional) • A few words to describe BTS personally. // This card may take some time IF there are a lot of requests, PLEASE be patient!~ Please reblog to spread the word! <3 - Fighting, ARMY!~ ** THERE ARE LIMITED SPOTS [20] **

Originally posted by mewchim

[FILL]: Viktor/Yuuri + Domestic/Assassin AU

Prompt #: 426
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: language, some sexual content, and non-explicit references to human trafficking
Summary: “Let me get this straight,” Victor said slowly. “You were a secret agent for the Japanese government." 
"An intelligence agent,” Yuuri corrected and then when Victor’s eyebrows started rising dangerously, he said, quickly, “But yes, that’s right." 
Victor stared at him. "But you cry at dog commercials." 
"Are the two things mutually exclusive?” Yuuri said weakly. 

Yuuri eyed the extensive line of expensive face creams that Victor had stacked from one end of the sink to the other; Yuuri swore that they were breeding in the night. Yuuri’s toothbrush had been shunted off to one side, bristles dangling precariously over the trash can that was underneath the sink. Victor’s silk briefs hung over the lip of the trash can, like they had been thrown there by a particularly high-end stripper (“I need support, Yuuri,” Victor had protested when all of his underwear had been at the cleaner’s and Yuuri had offered his own underwear. Victor going commando in a suit to the skating banquet had been one of the most wonderful and torturous experiences of Yuuri’s life, and that included the months-long undercover mission at a ramen shop whose specialty had been katsudon).

Keep reading

the tri. plot megapost _ Chapter 1

This is the Project I’ve been working on for a while. Basically, it consists in me rewatching Chapters 1-4 and writing out every.single little plot detail that may or may not become relevant later on. It’s divided into Chapters to make it more readable. I’m doing this for Reference purposes, but I figured it may be useful for other people as well.

I may insert the ocasional note/comment, but otherwise this list will be completely objective. Feel free to add anything I may have missed.

Keep reading

By Royal Decree (Part 12)

Summary: Royal AU; you are engaged to be married to the Crown Prince James Barnes. That’s the last thing you want, especially when you meet him and find out he’s the opposite of everything you had pictured. How will you get through it all?

Word Count: 2,957

Warnings: None.

“By Royal Decree” Masterlist

A/N: I’m screaming incoherently!!

Originally posted by kingsebastian

Bucky’s stoic expression fell to reveal a smile as he laid eyes on you. His heart did a weird, rapid beat in his chest and he stopped short just mere inches away from you. The sight of you had his throat drying up, palms clammy, and he felt ecstatic that you expressed so much joy upon seeing him. Despite wanting nothing than to bring you into his arms and kiss your cheek good morning, he held back and nodded his head.

“Good morning, princess,” he said, knowing his voice betrayed his true feelings. It wavered towards the end. He had spent most of the previous night thinking about you, about the kiss you had shared with Steve. He had pulled away from the door before he could witness anything else, feeling as if he was intruding on a very intimate moment.

Yet, Bucky wasn’t prepared for the stab of mixed emotions that prodded at his heart. Jealous, anger, betrayal, and hurt, above all, they mixed and became an ugly mixture of bile that rose of in his throat whenever he so much thought of facing his cousin again. Of facing you.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

So I've been reading a lot of voltron and fma fic lately and it's got me thinking ... Lance would be appropriately enthused about photos of Elicia and probably reciprocate with baby sib / cousin stories, and Maes would probably adopt the fuck out of this lost homesick stray kid if given half a chance. If Amestris was in another planet and the paladin/s got stuck there somehow, what are your thoughts on character interactions?

This is really cute, definitely. It would be fun to have a crossover, where like, I dunno, a wormhole malfunction spit out the Blue Lion in a parallel universe (Slav would be so stoked), and Lance had to land and wait for the others to come for him. I guess it would have to be before everything went down in the Fullmetal series, so the Elrics would be running around the country looking for information, and Lance just happened to land near Maes’s post, and Hughes kind of took in the stranger from the sky because adoption is pretty much his middle name. It would be a nice relaxing break for Lance, when he wasn’t worrying about his friends and wondering if he would ever get home. He would play with Elicia and tease Ed when they met, and I think he and Al would really get along. Al would enjoy listening to all of Lance’s stories and might even take his bragging at face value, being the innocent kid that he is, and Lance would feel like he met another, younger Hunk. (He would no doubt be super protective of these Elric kids, for sure, gosh, they’re younger than PIDGE, what are they doing in the ARMY.)

I think Lance might say the wrong thing to Roy and cheese him off enough to get reprimanded, and then he would be wary of him for a while until he figured out that he was just a big dork. After that he would keep coming into his office to bug him all the time, and Roy’s traitorous staff would let him do it because seeing Roy get pissed off makes them laugh. And Lance and Riza would go target-shooting together and lay waste to a whole mess of empty cans and bottles.

Politics and age

One thing I hear a lot is “you’re not old enough to vote you shouldn’t have an opinion” or something along those lines.

Getting younger people into politics is exactly what we need! These are the people that will be voting in the future and shaping the countries. The better informed they are from a young age the better. It gives them a better understanding for when they are old enough to vote to be able to make an informed opinion.

So you’re under the voting age, I implore you to keep looking into politics, keep researching and keep that interest going. I wish I got into politics at a lot younger age than I did. There are adults my age and older who don’t have a clue when I comes to politics. Some because they just don’t want to know nor care. Others because they only pay attention to the media and when it comes to an election.

Keep in touch with what is going on with the politics in your country. It will help you make informed decisions. If you’re unsure about something, ask. People shouldn’t be telling you that you can’t have an opinion because you’re not old enough to vote.

6

Little Mix Daily is a new Little Mix blog full of gifs, edits and other content, as well as posting our own creations.

If you would like to become a member of Little Mix Daily, please submit the following information:

- Name:
- Country:
- Link to your creations:
- How many times a week would you be able to post original content and reblog:

If accepted, you can expect a response within a week. Declined applications will not be answered. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us.

Rays of sunshine

Masterlist


Requested by: anon

I was wondering if you could write an imagine about bucky amd the reader where the reader is just like an overly excited person and always smiling and happy and at first bucky is very annoyed but then one night he finds out that she’s actually lost everything (or got out from an abusive relatioship idk what you prefer) and she’s only acting very happy but deep down she’s very sad and dark so bucky takes interest and their relationship gets better (maybe she could fall in love with him but he doesn’t love her like that he just really want to take care of her but she’s okay with it) and idk maybe a lot of fluff? Pleaseee 💕💕💕

Summary:  AUAs Tony brings a new addition to the team, Bucky barnes can’t help but feel annoyed by her. (sorry, I suck at summaries) FLUFF.

Warnings: a little angst, swearing. (if you know me, you should know by now that i love swearing)

Word count: 3357

A/N: This ended up being so long! I was planning on making a relatively short imagine and it got out of hand (whoops!) but inspiration hit and now I’m really happy with the finished project. Thank you to the lovely anon who requested this! I hope you like it


Originally posted by wintersthighs

Bucky Barnes is impossible to annoy.

Or so does everyone think until you move to the tower.

Since the moment you step foot on the building, hands filled with boxes and wearing brightly colored clothes, he can’t help but feel a small pang of anger in his chest. He’s barely gotten used to seeing everyone at the tower, and now Tony wants to add yet another bothersome, noisy human being to the equation. Great, fucking great.

“She’ll be her for a while, Barnes, don’t be so rude. I’m sure you won’t mind the company.” He says quietly, elbowing him on the side before he goes to help you with your boxes.

Keep reading