fair opportunity

So, I thought this exchange in 12x08 seemed rather interesting…

…so I went over to the IMDB page for Richard Brake, the actor who played Luther in this episode, to do some research. Sure enough…

In other words, he plays this guy:

Originally posted by kinginthenorthjonsnow


I see what you did there, SPN.

The DDADDS Heritage

Craig: He’s 3rd generation Korean. His grandparents came to America during the Korean Conflict. His father was North German hence his last name and his mother. Smashley is of Filipino and Korean descent.

Brian: His family came from England and Ireland back in the day. Many on his father’s side worked on the transcontinental railroad while his Mother’s side are descendants from some of the inhabitants of the 13 original colonies.

Damien: He’s of German and Scandinavian decent. A majority of his ancestors came in the late 1800’s to farm the Midwest region. His mother was a beatnik in the day so she was supportive of his interest in a subculture.

Hugo: His father is a native of Oaxaca and his mother is a mestiza from Mexico City. They moved to America together to raise their child and ensure that he got a fair opportunity to go to college.

Mat: His family came from parts of Cameroon and the Southern US. Some of his ancestors aided in the Underground Railroad. He is very proud of his heritage and helps out with multicultural shows when he has the time.

Robert: He is half Oneida, a tribe that was part of the Iroqouis Confederacy and half Southern Italian. Robert’s parents met in Brooklyn and raised Robert with the help of his very Italian grandmother. His interest in cryptids began when he encountered a wendigo (a cannibalistic spirit from Algonquin lore) in his teenage years.

Joseph: He is very Scandinavian and his family came to America the same time as Damien’s. His father’s side is Swedish and his Mother’s is Danish and Norwegian. He is an avid baker and whips up things like rosettes and krumkake around the holidays.


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For anyone keeping score at home...

Unfilled positions in the Trump administration (Total: 114):

–State Department:

  • Under Secretary for Management
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs
  • Assitant Secretary for European/Eurasian Affairs
  • Under Secretary for Arms Control/International Security Affairs
  • Under Scretary for Political Affairs
  • Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy
  • Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
  • Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
  • Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research
  • Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security
  • Assistant Secretary for African Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for International Organizational Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for International Security and Non-proliferation
  • Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Mirgration
  • Assistant Secretary for Verification and Compliance
  • Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
  • Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs


  • Under Secretary for Intelligence
  • Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
  • Assistant Secretary for Special Ops and Low Intensity Conflict
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs
  • Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness
  • Assitant Secretary for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense
  • Under Secretary for Policy
  • Assitant Secretary for Acquisition
  • Assistant Secretary for Research and Engineering
  • Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities
  • Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs


  • Deputy Secretary
  • Under Secretary for Economic Affairs
  • Under Secretary for International Trade
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
  • Under Secretary for Industry and Security
  • Assistant Secretary for Export and Administration
  • Assistant Secretary for Global Markets
  • Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere
  • Under Secretary for Standards and Technology
  • Under Secretary for Intellectual Property
  • Assistant Secretary for Administration
  • Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement
  • Assistant Secretary for Economic Development
  • Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance
  • Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis
  • Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere
  • Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction


  • Deputy Secretary
  • Under Secretary for International Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis
  • Assistant Secretary for International Finance
  • Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development
  • Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy
  • Under secretary for Domestic Finance
  • Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets
  • Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy
  • Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability


  • Assistant Attorney General for Legal Counsel
  • Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs
  • Assistant Attorney General for General Criminal Division
  • Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy
  • Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust
  • Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
  • Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources
  • Assistant Attorney General for National Security
  • Assistant Attorney General for Civil Division
  • Assistant Attorney General for Tax Division
  • Assistant Attorney General for Justice Programs


  • Deputy Secretary
  • Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics
  • Under Secretary for Rural Development
  • Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
  • Under Secretary for Food Nutrition and Consumer Services
  • Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
  • Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment
  • Assistant Secretary for Administration
  • Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
  • Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations


  • Deputy Secretary
  • Under Secretary for Management and Performance
  • Under Secretary for Science
  • Under Secretary for Nuclear Security
  • Assistant Secretary for International Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management
  • Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
  • Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
  • Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy


  • Deputy Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs
  • Under Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
  • Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education
  • Assistant Secretary for Special Ed. and Rehab. Services
  • Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education
  • Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development
  • Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach


  • Deputy Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
  • Assistant Secretary for Policy
  • Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training
  • Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security
  • Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health
  • Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training
  • Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy


  • Deputy Administrator
  • Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  • Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resources Management
  • Assistant Administrator for Environment Information
  • Assistant Administrator for International Affairs
  • Assistant Administrator for Water
  • Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response
  • Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation 
  • Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
  • Assistant Administrator for Research and Development

–Housing and Urban Development:

  • Deputy Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development
  • Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Assistant Secretary for Administration
  • Assistant Secretary for Housing
  • Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research
  • Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing

–Health and Human Services:

  • Deputy Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources
  • Assistant Secretary for Aging
  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evalutaion
  • Assistant Secretary for Health
  • Assistant Secretary for Children and Families
  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislation


  • Deputy Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget
  • Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas
  • Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
  • Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and PArks
  • Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
  • Solicitor

–Homeland Security:

  • Under Secretary for Management
  • Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis
  • Assistant Secretary for Transportation Security Administration
  • Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate
  • Under Secretary for Science and Technology
  • Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Assistant Secretary for Policy

–Veterans Affairs:

  • Deputy Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Lesgilative Affairs
  • Under Secretary for Benefits
  • Under Secretary for Health
  • Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology
  • Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning


  • Under Secretary for Policy
  • Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs
  • Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs
  • Assistant Secretary for Tranportation Policy
  • Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

–Executive Office of the President:

  • Deputy Director/Office of Management and Budget

–Small Business Administration:

  • Deputy Administrator

–Director of National Intelligence:

  • Principal Deputy Director


the rich inner resources inside taurus provide a natural eye for beauty, fairness, grace, and the opportunity to spot the development for wealth. money is always fairly important to taurus. this need for financial abundance relates not merely to materialism but rather an intense desire for security in every available way 

Yesterday was a really amazing moment for me, as a partner and as myself in general. I am immensely thankful to Howard Schultz and to Starbucks for the values this company was created with, and for all the ways that we all continue to grow. For many months now, I’ve wanted the chance to share with Howard my story as a partner, and express the gratitude I have for him and this company and the wonderful things it has done for my life. While sharing my story, I started to tear up, and Howard leaned in and hugged me. This experience was amazing for me, and I can’t believe how genuinely kind and compassionate Mr. Shultz is. Starbucks has given me a place of work where I feel I can grow, and I have connected with so many amazing people through it. Before beginning my journey with this company, I struggled finding the motivation to work, stay with a job, and even push myself to go further. I struggled with even making eye contact with people, and had a difficult time connecting with others. I never thought I had leadership skills, or even that I could find something that I’m good at. Here at Starbucks, I’ve found that, I’ve found a place that I excel and absolutely love going to work every day. I love teaching new baristas, and I love helping lead my store. I am proud to be a partner with this company, and hope to stay a partner and continue to make my way upwards. Thank you for everyone I have connected with, who has always encouraged me, and who has been and continues to be a part of this journey with me.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I was just reading an old post about why Ford went to Backupsmore and I have a kind of dumb followup question. Was taking a year off before going to college not a thing in the 60s? Or transferring schools? Or did Ford simply finish school and graduate too fast to apply somewhere else next admission period?

Hi, Anon!   This is an interesting question!  For me, the answer is bound up in a lot of subjective views about the implications of Ford’s experiences at the end of high school, and what the show does and does not tell us about the opportunities he had, or thought he had, at the time.  Forgive me if some of this is a re-hash of other meta!

I did some looking around, and the idea of taking off a year before going to college seems to have been gaining momentum in the U.K. during the 60s and 70s, but it’s only comparatively recently that it’s become more of a thing in the United States.  Even today, apparently only a very small percentage of students in the United States choose to delay college for a year.It does seem that there was an established system of public “junior colleges” (what would later be called “community colleges”) for the express purpose of students entering these low-priced colleges for 2 years of course work that could then be transferred to 4-year colleges or universities.  So, why Ford never tried to transfer his credits from Backupsmore to a more prestigious university, I don’t know; but again, it could have simply been a funding issue.

One thing ATOTS gets right: at the time in the late 60s, the landscape of college funding was really very different.  The federal government was not in the business of offering financial aid options to students independent of their school of choice.  Financial need-based grants start around 1972, and the shift to low-interest student loans (instead of grants) dates to around 1978.  There was a lot more emphasis on the scholarship for those who couldn’t afford college. (And a lot more steering of lower-income students towards public institutions rather than private ones, as the public institutions tended to have low tuition, particularly for in-state residents.)  Which is why the opportunity to be offered a scholarship to West Coast Tech was such a huge deal for Ford.

But there’s so much unanswered about the Pines’ situation, and so much unaddressed, that it’s really hard to tell what we’re supposed to conclude from his ending up at Backupsmore.

The implication of the scene in ATOTS, where Ford’s principal informs him about WCT coming to look at his science project, is that this is the first time anyone at the school has encouraged Ford to aspire to or apply to universities?  Which seems very weird, because we’re also shown that from a young age, Ford won a lot of recognition for his academic achievements.  His teachers already knew he was smart and interested in the sciences, before that Science Fair project.  His guidance counselors should have been pushing him towards college, and towards competing for scholarships, if the Pines family’s financial situation wouldn’t be able to cover his going to a private school.  Ford clearly had an aptitude for the sciences. It’s really interesting to me that his crowning achievement in high school is basically an engineering project, given that he does not go on to pursue an engineering degree.  But, this is the height of the space race.  They WANTED to get braniacs like him into the pipeline to go into working on all of the various technological advances that were being used by NASA, and various agencies concerned with the competitive technology developments related to the Cold War, not to mention the military. 

Ah,yes. The military.  Something the show never ever mentions (because it would be too heavy for a children’s show?) – the Vietnam war is going on at this time.  I can’t actually confirm whether Ford’s polydactyly would have resulted in him being designated 4F (unfit for military service) or not, and we don’t know exactly how bad his eyesight was (only that he had to wear his glasses from a really young age). Otherwise, though, for young men at least, taking off a year before going to college would not have been a viable option simply because it was either get a student deferment, or, register for the draft and have a good chance of being sent to Vietnam.  This is most noticeable when it comes to Stan.  If Stan was not going to go to college, there’s no way he would have wound up working scraping barnacles off the pilings under the salt-water taffy store – everybody would have known he would wind up getting drafted, unless he did something like join the National Guard.  (Which might not have been that easy to do, since obviously, a lot of people wanted to do it.  What you tend to hear are stories of young men with family connections who managed to get into the N.G. and avoid being send to Vietnam - former U.S. president G.W. Bush most notably.)  Anyway, getting kicked out of home, failing to finish high school, and embarking on a career as a traveling salesman with a bunch of assumed identities obviously sucked in other ways for Stan, but it allowed him to be a successful draft-dodger.

Anyway, going back to Ford – it seems possible that the show means us to assume that Ford was already applying to cheaper local/state colleges, like Backupsmore, all along, and the Science Fair was just an opportunity to earn a free ride to a much more prestigious and expensive school.  (I don’t get why he wouldn’t have been regarded as a competitive choice for scholarships even before his teachers saw his Science Fair entry.  But perhaps that’s just one realistic way that a school like Glass Shard Beach High failed their students.)  When that fell through, he then wound up choosing between the affordable options left to him, and wound up at Backupsmore.

It’s also always been interesting to me that ATOTS has Ford (as the storyteller of that part of the narrative) strike an unapologetically elitist tone about the difference between what his college experience might have been at WCT, versus at a place like Backupsmore.  I mean… I don’t think he was incorrect!   I think that in the 60s and 70s, where you went to school, and the “name” and reputation of the school, had an enormous influence on the networking you could do, the attention you would get from career recruiters, and just, the access you had to facilities and funding.  A big-name technical university would have drawn in a lot of federal grant money, and thus had better labs and equipment and more support for researchers.  That doesn’t mean you couldn’t succeed if you didn’t go to an “elite” school (and it’s nice that the show makes this point), but undoubtedly it required more work (and luck?) to get noticed.

Just as a final note, since I’m not sure I’ve seen it mentioned: Ford’s $100,000 research grant in 1975 would be worth over $425,000 in 2012.  That’s a heck of a grant!  Building the Shack would not have cost anywhere near that much (especially given its log-cabin construction), and even the construction of a 3-storey subterranean lab shouldn’t have eaten into it that much.  (I know Stan says that he paid off Ford’s mortage on the Shack… but what I can’t really figure out is why Ford couldn’t have just paid for the land and the Shack’s construction outright, with that kind of money, and argue that it was an appropriate use of research funds because he needed a research facility on the site of his fieldwork.  Ah well!  Stan would undoubtedly have thought of that!  But if some of that money wasn’t used to build the Shack… what was it used for, for the 5 years Ford was researching Gravity Falls’ weirdness, before he would have had to spend it on the materials to build and fuel the Portal?  Hmm. Questions for another day, perhaps.)

Love is...Ensuring the Enduring Happiness of Katniss Everdeen

by: @finnicko-loves-anniec

Facing twelve weeks of summer without her best friend, Posy knows she needs a project. At first, hunting with Katniss seems like enough, but when she realizes just how lonely her new friend really is, Posy is determined to find a more permanent companion for Katniss. She’s even got the man picked out – Peeta Mellark. Now, all that remains is convincing them they need each other.

It seemed wrong that summer, the time of year where there were the fewest things to do, also had the longest days. At seven and eight, and for most of her ninth year, Posy had not thought much of it. Now that she was ten, however, that observation grated at her. Yes, she could have filled her days in the same way she had in past summers, with pick-up kickball in the town square or playing pretend in the meadow with Paige and Senna, but she felt too big to play kickball with the five-year-olds and she and Senna had gotten into a fight the last day of school that neither of them had yet apologized for. Considering that she hadn’t been the one who told Mrs. Clearney about the insect case, Posy had no intention of saying sorry first. Paige and Senna didn’t agree. Being right felt nice, but it was also boring when nobody else felt like being right with you.

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If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them.
If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.
Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.
The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.
—  Kim Katrin Crosby
Time - Finn Shelby

Request: Can you write a fin Shelby imagine where he kisses her while we reign his hat and accidentally cuts her forehead, so she rips out the razor and puts it around a necklace? Then she leaves Birmingham and he finds her again because he recognised it around her neck, I love your writing

Request: Can you do one when the reader comes to town once or twice a year with the fair and her and Finn are dating but only while she is in town?

Time - Finn Shelby

The Birmingham fair was back in full swing. It seemed that overnight the streets had become home to booths for everything from puppet shows to menageries. Finn had been looking forward to the fair since he saw the posters hung around Small Heath. The fair stretched all the way through Bordesley and Camp Hill and Small Heath and all the surrounding areas. Every year since he was a little boy Finn had gone to the fair. At first with Ada and then, as he stopped requiring a chaperone, with Isaiah or other friends.  

Your father, who had been on many expedition, took part in the fair and travelled down to Birmingham from Manchester with his share of curiosities. He was a professor of history at the university in Manchester City and he collected artefacts from all over the world. Every year you travelled with him down to Birmingham, excited for the fair and for the opportunity to see Finn Shelby.  

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I’m tired of tiptoeing around the word “socialist” as if it’s a bad thing to be. Know what IS a shitty thing to be? A ride or die capitalist. Capitalism is not about anything but greed under a system that permits corporate welfare while it demands, as Orrin Hatch said this week, that people work to better themselves instead of depending on the government. If mega corporations get handouts when they don’t need it why is it immoral for the government to care for the people who cannot? People in the middle and lower classes have much less money because the government itself passes laws that robs them blind to redistribute their wealth to the billionaires who don’t fucking need any more money in the first place.

This is not what capitalism is supposed to be based on according to the empty words of our “leaders.” It’s “supposed” to be a system that gives everyone a fair and equal opportunity to make something of themselves. But if this capitalistic system, with government help, actively prevents people from making anything of themselves because it is too busy giving tax breaks and profits to corporations and billionaires, how is it not an inherently immoral system?

Corporations don’t need more help. They need to pay taxes, lose their ridiculous tax breaks and handouts, and be subject to regulation. If our government isn’t caring for its most vulnerable and ensuring that they have the chance to at the very least live a moderately comfortable life, the system is corrupt and immoral and needs to be torn down and rebuilt anew.

taurus represents prosperity in every sense of the word - material, financial, interpersonally, and spiritually. the rich inner resources inside taurus provide a natural eye for beauty, fairness, grace, and the opportunity to spot the development for wealth. money is always fairly important to taurus. they are the sort of kids that take pride in savings, try to trick the tooth fairy to get extra, or realise the ease wealth can bring you from an early age. this need for financial abundance relates not merely to materialism but rather an intense desire for security in every available way 


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Fuck okay then this one for Callen: “I love you dearly, but I am also going to slam-dunk you into a trash can at the first available opportunity.” “That’s fair.” 

Requested by Anon~

“Didn’t I tell you to rest?” You scolded the other agent, whom you were guiding back into his chair. Callen sat with a poorly-contained grunt, which only helped to back up your annoyance. “I don’t know if you remember, but you were shot, and you need rest to recover.”

He let out a soft sigh, repositioning himself more comfortably in the chair. “I only wanted to get an update from Eric-”

“He has a phone.” You interrupted, arms crossing as your eyes narrowed. “I love you dearly, but I am also going to slam-dunk you into a trash can at the first available opportunity.”

Scoffing, Callen was about to reply, but he noticed your eyes drift down to his wound, studying it for a few long moments. And any sarcastic words died in his throat. You were just worried, and he wasn’t helping. So Callen exhaled and nodded. “That’s fair.” He conceded. “I’ll be more thoughtful, I promise.”