Hooray! The invite emails are going out as we speak, so if you contributed to our Indiegogo campaign, you should be getting an email with your invite tokens any minute. Thank you all so, so much for supporting us on this long journey, and we hope you’ll stick around as we continue to work on the site to make it even better. (If you didn’t get an invite email, check your spam box first– if you definitely didn’t get an email, then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you weren’t able to donate to the campaign but are still interested in trying out the site, we will be opening sign-ups for the next (free) waves of beta testing very soon, so stay tuned!
We’ve received news that some antis may be trying to solicit signatures for a petition to leave Yuzu off the World team. They are doing this at the Japanese Nationals and are pretending to be getting signatures for a blood donation campaign.
We are confident that such a petition will not work and will have absolutely no effect on Yuzu’s place in the World team. Nevertheless, we think we should give everyone a head’s up because no one should be tricked into endorsing such a malicious cause.
If you are at the Japanese Nationals 2016 and see this happening, please report the culprit to the appropriate authorities. Thank you.
Our film, Moxie, there is. It’s inspired by BBC Sherlock as well as the TJLC community. I even wrote in a very dramatic realization-that-you-were-in-love-the-whole-time scene that is all meta and involves tea. Yeah. This film is tea coded. I’m super serious about this film and I was hoping this lovely community could help me make it a reality :)
So if you could help me spread the word or even donate to the campaign, I’d be so grateful! @moxieshortfilm this is the blog dedicated to the project. Behind the scenes stuff gets posted there ;)
But yeah, if you want to see a 25 minute bamf wlw film about justice, good humor, and comeuppance, made by a group of queer Sherlock fans, please spread the word. We have 20 days to raise $5.000 to make this as awesome as possible, and we need all the help we can get :)
Great news! We have raised the funds to keep King Alfred’s Coins in the heart of the region in which it was discovered.
The Watlington hoard is the first large Viking hoard discovered in Oxfordshire & contains over 200 Anglo-Saxon coins.
We would like to thank everyone who donated to the campaign. Lead support was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, towards both the acquisition and to fund a range of educational and outreach activities. Thanks to a further major grant from Art Fund as well as contributions from the public and the Friends and Patrons of the Ashmolean, the Museum reached its fundraising target within days of the deadline.
“The Watlington Hoard is one of the most exciting and important acquisitions we have ever made, particularly significant because it was found in Oxfordshire. To be able to keep the hoard in the county and put it on display with the Ashmolean’s Anglo-Saxon collections, which include the world-famous Alfred Jewel, was an opportunity we could not miss.”
– Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean
An Exceptional Discovery
In October 2015, metal detectorist James Mather discovered an important Viking hoard near Watlington in South Oxfordshire. It dates from the end of the 870s, a key moment in the struggle between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings for control of southern England.
The Watlington Hoard sheds new light on the conflict between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and on the relationship between the two great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex.
The hoard contains over 200 Anglo-Saxon coins, including many examples of previously rare coins of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex (871–899) and his less well-known contemporary, King Ceolwulf II of Mercia (874–879). This is the first large Viking hoard discovered in Oxfordshire, which once lay on the border of Wessex and Mercia. The Watlington Hoard therefore has enormous relevance to our county. At the same time this is a find of truly national importance, providing a major new source of information about this tumultuous time in the history of our nation.
I just participated in my university’s charitable giving campaign and donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the leading group in the United States that monitors and fights right wing extremist movements in America. Consider doing the same. They’re good at what they do. And the alt-right Nazis HATE them … which is about all you need to know.
Josh Hutcherson Joins Nonpartisan Anti-Corruption Movement
Represent.Us coalition, created by both conservatives and progressives, now enlists the help of Hollywood.
While Americans were casting ballots for President Tuesday night, South Dakota voters were also weighing in on a proposal designed to clean up government statewide. The measure passed, and now Represent.Us is hoping the victory will spur some momentum to do the same across the country.
On Thursday, the grassroots organization released a video in which Hutcherson, Martin Sheen, Laura Dern and other stars encourage the public to get similar measures put on their states’ ballots.
Represent.Us is ultimately hoping for nationwide passage of the American
Anti-Corruption Act, penned by Federal Elections Commission chair
Trevor Potter in 2012. The act calls for stricter guidelines on
lobbying, tougher ethics laws, and increased government transparency.
The act would also reform elections funding. Hutcherson has repeatedly called for the overturning of the 2010 Citizens United decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled the First Amendment protects corporate campaign donations.
They sent out an email, posted to their blog, and were on twitter about this at the end of October. That was proceeded by months of a crowdsourcing campaign to try and keep the site going by donation.
And now suddenly everyone’s noticing that they’re introducing a listening limit and encouraging people to subscribe?
Do you really use 8Tracks that much if you just now noticed this?
Honestly I was pissed, but that was a month ago. I realized how much I use this site for my job and decided it was something I could afford, especially at the reduced price. I’m just kicking myself for not donating to their crowdsourcing campaign, everyone who did that gets a free subscription for life.
I looked around, every other music streaming site has limits, usually accompanied by intrusive ads, and also strongly encourages you to subscribe. No streaming site actually turns a profit, licensing fees being what they are. I knew, deep down, that 8Tracks’ model wasn’t going to last, eventually they’d have to start charging or be swallowed up by a bigger company.
When I was angry and upset last month, I reached out to the staff and emailed them some suggestions, and they got back to me right away. If you like this site, or liked this site, email the staff! Tell them what kind of listening cap would work best for you, what would entice you to sign up. At the very least you can try. Remember these aren’t evil monsters cackling and trying to ruin your life, they’re people trying to save their jobs. They’ll listen to suggestions, might not implement them, but they’ll listen.
It’s time to face the facts: the Democratic Party is broken and the corporate,
establishment wing of the party is responsible. Republicans now hold most state
legislatures, most governorships, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and
the presidency. So in 2018, hundreds of Justice
Democrats will run a unified campaign to replace every corporate-backed member
of Congress and rebuild the party from scratch. This is our plan:
Pass a constitutional amendment to put an end to Washington
corruption and bring about election reform. Super PACs should be banned, private donations to politicians
and campaigns should be banned, and a clean public financing system should be
implemented to end the takeover of our government by corporations and
billionaires. Americans deserve free and fair elections – free from the
corruption of big money donors. The Supreme Court has effectively legalized
bribery. It’s time for an Article 5 convention to take our democracy back from
the brink of oligarchy. Prior to passing this amendment, all members of the
Justice Party should reject billionaire and corporate donations when running
for office to show the American people we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the
walk. Ranked choice voting should also be implemented to make smaller parties a
viable option. All provisions of the voting rights act should be reinstated,
and gerrymandering for partisan gain should be banned.
Re-regulate Wall Street and hold white-collar criminals
accountable. Despite engaging in systemic
fraud and causing a subprime mortgage meltdown and the great recession, you can
count the people from Wall Street who are in prison for their crimes on one
hand. It’s time to prosecute the criminals, bring back Glass-Steagall, and
re-regulate Wall Street to prevent another crash. Prison is not just for the
poor and the middle class anymore. We will have cops on Wall Street, not just
End billionaire and corporate tax dodging, fix the system to
benefit middle-class and poor people.
Corporations dodge $450 billion a year in taxes by using offshore tax havens.
We should end this injustice, as well as chain the capital gains tax to the
income tax, increase the estate tax, and implement the Buffet rule so that no
millionaire CEO pays less in taxes than his or her secretary. It’s time for a
tax system that benefits the middle-class and the poor, and makes the top 1%
and multinational corporations pay their fair share.
Defend free speech and expression. We support the right to express unpopular opinions
without fear of censorship. We support free speech on college campuses. The
marketplace of ideas should be embraced. A vibrant debate is healthy for
democracy, and we should cherish our first amendment. We also support net
neutrality for a free and open internet.
Oppose bigotry. We
must speak out against racism, sexism, xenophobia, and all forms of bigotry.
Non-discrimination protections that currently apply to race, religion, and
gender should be expanded to include the LGBTQ community and the atheist
community. Making all Americans equal is not asking for special privileges,
it’s asking for the rule of law – justice and equality for all as outlined in
the United States Constitution.
Make the minimum wage a living wage and tie it to inflation. This is about justice and basic human decency. If
you work hard and you work full time you shouldn’t live in poverty.
Ensure universal healthcare as a right. The United States should catch up to every other modern
nation and implement a single-payer, medicare-for-all system. There’s no reason
we can’t be #1 in the world instead of #37. It’s time to end the destruction of
American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health
Ensure universal education as a right. Educating the citizenry of a nation pays dividends
in the long run, with the economy getting back much more than is initially put
in. Crushing student debt for higher education would no longer burden young men
and women trying to improve their lives through hard work. We should strive to
have the best education system in the world.
End unnecessary wars and nation building. The United States maintains 800 military bases
worldwide at a cost of $100 billion a year, this is money that can be spent at
home creating jobs, rebuilding infrastructure, and investing in the future of
the people. The disastrous war in Iraq cost trillions, the war in Afghanistan
is 15 years in with no end in sight, and we’re currently bombing 7 different
countries. We spend more on our military than the next 8 countries combined.
Despite countless lives lost and destroyed, terrorism has only gotten worse.
It’s time to end the wars and the perverse monetary-incentive structure that
makes politicians flippant about sending young men and women to die. Unilateral
U.S. military force should only be used as a last resort to defend the nation.
The current budget could be cut drastically if we used our department of
defense for what it was intended – defending us, instead of waging
End the failed war on drugs.
The goal is legalization, taxation, and regulation. Prohibition only makes drug
cartels more powerful, increases crime, and makes drugs more dangerous due to
lack of enforced safety standards. What you put in your body is your own
business, and your right. A free society should allow individuals to make their
own choices about their bodies. While most users are recreational and moderate,
rehabilitation and treatment should be available for people struggling with
addiction. Additionally, those serving time for non-violent drug offenses
should be pardoned.
Create the new new deal.
Our infrastructure gets a grade of D from the Society of Civil Engineers. The
government should invest billions in rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges,
schools, levees, airports etc. There’s no reason why we can’t have the world’s
Create the renewable energy revolution. Scientists are sounding the alarm on climate change.
In order to avoid the worst case scenario and a dystopian future we need a
massive green revolution. It’s time to drastically and immediately move away
from fossil fuels and develop the technologies of the future. This will be a
giant boon to both the private and public sector, as well as a necessary
response to a global crisis. We can and we must be #1 in sustainable energy
production in the world.
Block the TPP and all outsourcing deals that will further damage
the middle-class. As a result of NAFTA, CAFTA,
PNTR with China and the WTO, Americans have lost millions of decent paying
jobs. It’s time to end the race to the bottom and renegotiate these rigged
deals that only benefit elites. We should not sacrifice our sovereignty, the
only people who are allowed to make laws for the United States should be the
American people, not multinational corporations.
End Constitutional overreaches. Ban the NSA from bulk data-collection and warrantless spying.
Shut down Guantanamo Bay and all extrajudicial prisons. Prosecute torturers and
those who violated the Geneva Conventions, Nuremberg Tribunal, International
law and US law. Return habeas corpus and due process. Pardon whistleblowers
like Edward Snowden. We shouldn’t be leading from behind on human rights, we
must be the home of liberty. We should practice the values we preach.
Ban arming human rights violators. We recently gave Saudi Arabia billions in weapons
and watched the civilian death toll in their vicious bombing campaign in Yemen
tick up. We continue sending Egypt arms as they violently crack down on
peaceful protesters. Israel received $38 billion in aid and promptly announced
new settlements. The first step to peace is not enabling nations who regularly
violate international law. We must be bold enough to stand up to human rights
violators who aren’t just our enemies, but our allies. We don’t weaken our
allies by holding them accountable, we strengthen them.
Enact common-sense gun regulation. 92% of Americans want expanded background checks,
54% want a ban on assault weapons, and 54% want a ban on high capacity
magazines. This should be implemented along with a federal gun buyback program
to cut down on the 300+ million firearms in circulation. Over 30,000 Americans
die every year from gun violence, including over 10,000 homicides. The time to
act is now to address this public health crisis.
Ensure paid vacation time, sick time, maternity leave, childcare. The United States is one of just three countries in
the world that doesn’t offer paid maternity leave, the others being Oman and
Papua New Guinea. We are the only industrialized nation that doesn’t offer paid
vacation time. This should be changed immediately.
Abolish the death penalty.
Humans are fallible, we’ll never get the right answer 100% of the time. 4% of
the people on death row are not guilty of a crime and have been wrongly
convicted. A system that puts innocent people to death is indefensible and
should be reformed. We want justice for the American people but killing
innocent people on death row is the exact opposite.
Defend and protect women’s rights. We support the Paycheck Fairness Act. We oppose
Republican cuts to Planned Parenthood and women’s health clinics all across the
country. In 2016 alone, 60 TRAP laws targeting abortion were passed in 19
states. We will vigorously oppose all efforts to dismantle reproductive rights.
I’m sitting at work trying not to cry from joy. I came back to the teacher’s room a few minutes ago to find that a literal angel had donated $550 to Maria’s fundraiser.
I have enough to put a down payment on the apartment I found for her.
I have enough to pay for her first month’s bills.
I have enough to get her a cell phone.
I have enough to get her a rail pass so she can job hunt.
I have enough to get this amazing woman out of a horrible situation and I am honestly overwhelmed. I have no words to describe how I’m feeling beyond the ones I’ve managed to string together here.
If you donated to Maria’s campaign, please send us an ask. You don’t have to identify which one you were, just tell me you donated. Maria has been writing a special letter of thanks to all who donated and I’d like to share it with you.
Sometimes I lose hope in humanity and then sometimes it bowls me over with its amazingness.
Almost as easy as donating to our Kickstarter campaign to fund the Ultimate Catholic Comic Book. We’ve got some great Catholic artists together, and we’re talking about all the fun things we want to draw, but these dreams will be as dust in the wind if we don’t get funded in time. Help us reach our goal in these LAST TEN DAYS so you can get your fingers on this fortune of faith-based funnies! We’re already half-way there (Woo-oah! Livin’ on a prayer!), so if you can donate, that’s awesome! If you can share this message so others can remember to donate, that’s awesome-er!
We take prayers, shares, and crisp dollares. In all seriousness, every bit of it helps!
“Chuck Schumer has received more donations from Trump than any other member of the Senate”
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is about to be the most powerful Democrat in Washington — tasked with leading Democrats on issues of agreement with President-elect Donald Trump, while also opposing him on issues they don’t see eye to eye on.
It just so happens that the Democrat who will likely have to work closest with Trump is also the senator who’s received more in campaign donations from the Manhattan billionaire than any other member of the Senate.
From 1996, when Schumer was running for a House seat, to 2010, Trump donated roughly $9,000 directly to the New York Democrat’s campaign, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
Birthday shout-out to our co-founder, writer, editor, social-media guru, and scarf-and-hat wearer, @lynseylags! She’s going to eat curry on her big day, and we know that what she REALLY wants for her birthday is more follows and subscribers at the @oneshipress Patreon campaign! It’s because of monthly donations there that she’s able, with her co-founder and partner @jayeldraco, to publish immersive, progressive, gorgeous books like The Great Nations of Rendaraia, PACK, and @tracyqueen! Every dollar, like, share, and follow makes a huge difference!
Donald Trump has given more than $50 million of his own personal fortune to his campaign. But his children have not opened their wallets to support their father’s bid, the Daily Beast reported. For comparison’s sake, we looked at how much Chelsea Clinton has donated to her mother’s campaign.