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Follow up: An Open Letter to Senator Bob Corker

Senator Corker,

I wanted to take a moment (especially in light of the message I sent yesterday) to congratulate you on doing the right thing in voting against the BCRA, and to encourage you to continue to vote against health care reform that isn’t in the best interest of Americans.

I know that there are significant flaws in the Affordable Care Act, but I also know that there are ways to fix the system that offer wider access to health care at a lower cost, that don’t harm the most vulnerable among us. Every other industrialized nation manages it, and not only does it have better overall health outcomes (e.g. life expectancy, infant mortality) for their citizens, it makes their business infrastructure more competitive, the way roads and bridges do.

I digress–we could talk at length on the economic benefits of a robust healthcare system.

The point is, I’m glad you did the right thing yesterday with respect to the BCRA. Keep it up.

Yours,

Randal Cooper

things tumblr could have done instead of safe mode

- give the ability to add photos/videos to posts on mobile

- more customization features for fun

- make an effort to get rid of the Bots™ and n/a/zis and other really gross shit on this hellsite

- adding a blacklist feature so we don’t have to find a browser extension that we can’t even use on mobile

- have more cute pictures of dogs

- provide more mobile support in general (both browser and app)

- release a better gif maker

- fix their photo/gif compression problem

- allow larger videos to be posted instead of having to post it to another site and then link to it on tumblr

- actually speaking of that make external video and link posts visible in searches

- power the woody collective

- fix the tagging system

- bring back horse friend

- fix the blocking system

- block individual posts

- block tags

If you’ve been deeply affected by reading “My Family’s Slave” here are some general concrete things you can do.

1) Understand and tell other people that this is not only something that happens in the Philippines. It happens in many other countries. Probably on every continent. For example, in Haiti, they’re called restaveks. Across South Asia, many child slaves work in the textile industry. Don’t treat this as an individual personal failing done only by a few bad people when it’s a vast economic system that thrives in secrecy and which many of us indirectly benefit from.

2) There’s no true ethical consumption but you can at least not support industries, companies or entire economies heavily involved in modern day slavery. Cut out visiting Dubai, for example (although I don’t know anyone that rich).

3) Support transnational unions of service and domestic workers.

4) If you or anyone you know employs domestic workers, talk to them discreetly and compassionately. Ask what they need and how you can support them. Ask who takes care of THEIR kids. Keep your eyes open.

5) Look at any local laws that passively encourage these exploitative relationships and work towards changing them. Immigration law is a huge issue in this area. Undocumented workers scared to come forward because they don’t want to be deported, for example.

6) Fight for feminism and disability rights because women and disabled people are especially vulnerable. I remember in the 90s there was a vast Mexican slave ring that enslaved deaf Mexicans and made them beg on the subways in NYC for money. I gave money to some of these people not knowing that they were kept as slaves and had to turn all their money over to their slavemasters at night, and it shocked the hell out of me. Private charity doesn’t work - these people need living wages, independence, legal advocates. All fixes on a systemic basis.

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doodled a handful of scenes from my latest klance fic bc i’m predictable like that

Whipped Cream (Jungkook smut)

Originally posted by nnochu


Description: Jungkook is your roommate. Among other things, his habit for baking shirtless made it… ‘difficult’ to live with him.

Themes: Smut, baker, collage, roommate au

This fic contains: Smut, adult content, food play, arguing, drinking, mentions of threesomes, swearing

Characters: Jungkook x You, Yoongi, Jimin, Hoseok and Taehyung

words: 7.5k

For this fic I used inspirations of food play and the roommate au from two anons <3

A/N: I refused to come back from my hiatus until I had something for my lovely and patient followers <3 (also, I was keen to come back so i’ll edit this and fix mistakes later)

@chanyeolingss, @jn-jngkk, @sugaspen <3


It wasn’t necessarily the pile of dishes or the trail of clothes that seemed to almost constantly hover around Jungkook like he was some annoying ass Avatar or something that got you so mad. It wasn’t the thick fragrance of his cologne or body wash that drifted through the open plan of your shared apartment every morning, or the smell of his musky sweat when he returned home from his evening jog, or from when he emerges from his room- having clearly just having a ‘fucking mind blowing’ wank. It wasn’t the soft melodies, or exciting electronic beats that flooded from his open window and into yours, nor his big and copious amounts of jackets and coats that made it nearly impossible to get your own fucking clothes from the rack next to the front door. Your frequent burning irritation had nothing to do with his presence, with the evidence of his existence in your apartment and life; it was with the man behind it all. It was with him. With fucking Jeon Jungkook. Ok, and maybe it was also for his fucking annoying baking habits. Did he really need to bring that shit home? Didn’t he get sick of it at work?

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baby, my baby | 01

Originally posted by kookmin

“Raise my child, just for twelve months”

◇ pairing: jungkook | reader
◇ genre: angst, fluff. parents au
◇ word count: 6.4 k
◇ author’s note: i will be updating this series every friday evening, 11~12pm korean time! i really hope you enjoy!

part one ↠ next part 

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AMERICAN GODS SENTENCE STARTERS

episode four - git gone

  • ❝ d’ya mind ?
  • ❝ best drinks have self defining names. you order a manhattan, god knows what you’re gonna get, but you order a gin and tonic, a jack and coke, it’s not just a name. it’s a command. ❞
  • ❝ how long you’ve been working here for
  • ❝ ooh, that’s bad luck. ❞
  • ❝ don’t do it. ❞
  • ❝ i was waiting for you. ❞
  • ❝ why’d you help me ?
  • ❝ you’re really not very good at this; i saw you coming a mile off. ❞
  • ❝ are you trying to recruit me ?
  • ❝ you could be a world class thief. ❞
  • ❝ you look like you could get anything you want just by asking for it. ❞
  • ❝ what d’ya say, huh
  • ❝ hang on a minute. i’m sorry. ❞
  • ❝ i owe you one. i feel beholden. ❞
  • ❝ let me buy you a drink. ❞
  • ❝ let’s go somewhere. ❞
  • ❝ so you are a thief. ❞
  • ❝ the weak spot, see ––– all you need is one. and it’s usually people’s attention. ❞
  • ❝ show me. ❞
  • ❝ oh, god. ten years, and [ … ] has NEVER looked at me like that. ❞
  • ❝ there’s a lesson in there somewhere. ❞
  • ❝ my grandma always had cats. she said that they could see ghosts when we can’t, and warn you of thieves. ❞
  • ❝ do you ever worry about what will happen if you keep stealing
  • ❝ do you believe in the afterlife
  • ❝ all i know is there’s more than i know. ❞
  • ❝ yeah, i think that might sound wiser than it is. ❞
  • ❝ when you die, you rot. it’s a fixed system. physics doesn’t take sundays off. ❞
  • ❝ my parents believed in everything. father, son, holy ghost, spirit filled and full of the light of god. they taught me all of it, chapter and verse. ❞
  • ❝ i went to bed every night in a world full of magic where anything was possible. ❞
  • ❝ it’s like everything that made the world anything more than what it is is just –– stories. like snake oil. but worse, because snakes are real. ❞
  • ❝ i wanted to get that magic back so bad, but one day i just accepted the fact that i couldn’t, because life is just not that interesting. ❞
  • ❝ don’t look at me like that. ❞
  • ❝ the fun is just getting started. ❞
  • ❝ i could teach you to fight. ❞
  • ❝ hey, you want coffee ?
  • ❝ are we pregnant ?
  • ❝ what i’m about to say may sound irrational to you, but i have all sorts of rational reasons for saying it, and doing it. ❞
  • ❝ say it, and we’ll talk about whether or not you should do it. ❞
  • ❝ are we … discussing this, or are you telling ?
  • ❝ there’s some wiggle room. ❞
  • ❝ are you unhappy ? because i’m happy, okay, you make me happy. ❞
  • ❝ yes, i see that you’re happy. from this side of it. the wrong side of it. and i think maybe i resent not being happy. not resent you, just … resent. ❞
  • ❝ do you still love me
  • ❝ we are like a history book. we’re established fact. we don’t change. ❞
  • ❝ i represent FAILURE to you
  • ❝ i can take it. if you’re on the other side. i can make it if you can. can you wait for me
  • ❝ just glad that i could be here to help you, you know
  • ❝ hey, don’t stay here alone tonight. ❞
  • ❝ why did you say that ?
  • ❝ come on, [ , say what you mean. ❞
  • ❝ last night was a one time thing. you were there. and thank you, but we’re not doing this. we did this. and now it’s done. ❞
  • ❝ you don’t love him. not the way he loves you. ❞
  • ❝ is that all this was ? just fun
  • ❝ are you saying no
  • ❝ i lived my life, good and bad. definitely not light as a feather. ❞
  • ❝ in life, you believed in nothing, so you will go to nothing. you will be done. ❞
  • ❝ there is nowhere else for you to be. ❞
  • ❝ tears have fallen for you. ❞
  • ❝ do i get a say in this ?
  • ❝ death is not a debate. ❞
  • ❝ how many do you think have come before you, all with promises and threads and offers of gold, glory, love ? who are you to misguide me from my duty
  • ❝ you are but a man, not even one i should remember. ❞
  • ❝ i’m gonna come in now. i’m gonna come in now, okay
  • ❝ is this a haunting ? are you haunting me ?
  • ❝ does [ … ] know
  • ❝ i’m a vulgar woman. anger and grief have just really made me vulgar. ❞
  • ❝ god, you know, i should thank you. it’s so much easier grieving someone when you’re glad they’re dead. ❞
  • ❝ oh, fuck your feelings. ❞
  • ❝ everybody has feelings, everybody cares about what they feel. i don’t care about what you feel. i care about what you think. what do you think about what you did ?
  • ❝ what was your big lie, [ … ] ?
  • ❝ i love [ … ] … loved [ … ]. love [ … ]. i love [ … ]. (s)he’s the light of my life. ❞
  • ❝ you, i remember. ❞
  • ❝ there is nothing i can do to lighten your heavy heart. ❞
  • ❝ your heavy heart sank you like a stone, right back where you last left off. ❞
  • ❝ was it love ?
  • ❝ love will always have you at a disadvantage. ❞
  • ❝ many is the man who would take any version of his lost love rather than leave his love lost. ❞
  • ❝ (s)he/they will say thank you to whichever god has sent you back to him/her/them. ❞
the naruto ending

what i expected: team 7 reuniting for good. naruto becomes hokage and fixes the shinobi system with sasuke & sakura by his side and does everything he can to make sure no one has to go through what they went through. sasuke clears itachi’s name and mends his broken bonds with naruto, sakura & taka while helping them fix the shinobi world. sakura becomes known as the strongest kunoichi & is regarded as a legend for being able to fight alongside the two strongest ninjas in the manga and helping them save the world without being born into a prestigious clan or having any special traits. team 7 becomes the new sannin. the slavery of the hyuga clan is abolished. everyone is happy.

what i got:

Capitalism requires:

  • a group of workers whose labor is being directly exploited for profit
  • a group of unwaged supporting workers, who fulfill a variety of necessary social functions and who are required to maintain the existence of workers whose labor is more directly exploited (not always but traditionally and normatively expected to be women doing feminine coded work such as child care or housework)
  • a group of unemployed workers in reserve to use as threatened replacements (see: reserve army of labor)
  • a group of stigmatized poor people and former workers who are used as examples of how the others will be punished if they stop being useful to exploit their labor or are too disobedient/deviant towards the capitalist system

Unless you fix the system, you can’t eliminate poverty, you can just shift which individuals or groups fall into which section (and which fall into the bourgeoisie/ruling class) and their relative status to each other within those categories.  Capitalism doesn’t just cause poverty indirectly or as a side effect, it’s a necessity to maintain the ability to exploit workers.  

It’s Hiveswap developer interview day!

Hey there, Hiveswap and Homestuck fans - Ash here once again, bringing you another interview with one of the individuals bringing their talents to bear on Hiveswap’s development at this very moment! This week we’re chatting with Dan Hernbrott, one of the invaluable programmers on our engineering team. Let’s go pick his brain for a bit, shall we?

Introduce yourself to the fans! What is your specific role on the Hiveswap team?

My name’s Dan! I’m a programmer focusing on bug fixes and system enhancements.

When and how did you get your start on the Hiveswap project?

I started at the end of March. Spencer, the QA lead, recommended me and I was brought on after a short interview with Tom [Hunt, another one of our engineers who I have previously interviewed – Ash].

Tell us a little bit about your career background! How did you get your start in programming? Do you have any advice for others looking to enter this field?

I went to college for game development and became deeply entranced by programming. For anyone wanting to make games, dip your toes in the water! It’s never been easier to make games, and there’s lots of resources available to you online. And connect with your local scene as well.

We’re making a video game, so of course the question must be asked: what’s your favorite game of all time, and what games are you playing currently (if any)?

Metroid Prime is one of my big favorites, but the game I played that made me want to make games was dys4ia. For games I’m currently playing, The Binding of Isaac is always in my rotation.

Have you played any particularly polished or refined games that have informed any of your own programming work, either on Hiveswap or just in general?

The games that have inspired me the most are Metroid Prime (no surprise, considering I just named it as one of my favorites!) and Dark Souls, for their tight controls and incredible pacing and atmosphere; Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, for its approach to narrative design in the context of games; How Do You Do It and dys4ia, for their use of kinesthetics to emphasize each game’s themes; and finally Spelunky, for its impeccable design in general. I’m most focused on creating streamlined, highly reactive controls and finding intuitive ways to relate information to the player, so hopefully that comes across in Hiveswap!

Imagine you’ve been given an unlimited budget and time frame to make your dream game. Tell us (briefly!) about that game in terms of genre, style, platforms, etc. Is it an original game or a long-desired sequel to an existing game? Go crazy!

I’d really like to make a game where you’re on a spaceship with a group of strangers (online or in person), and you have to both navigate the ship and negotiate Game of Thrones-level political situations as a team.

What’s your workstation like? Do you like to listen to any particular kinds of music while you work? If so, tell us about it!

Oh man, my workstation is such a mess. Papers and notebooks all over the place.

Do you have a personal message you’d like to relay to all the Homestuck and Hiveswap fans out there?

I’m just very excited for everyone to play it! :3

Where can people find more of your work? Link us to your own little corner(s) of the Internet!

For anyone wanting to keep track of my work, you can follow me on Twitter!

Thank you, Dan! And thank you all, as always, for coming back every week to check out each new Hiveswap developer interview. We know you’re eagerly anticipating the game itself – we hear you loud and clear, we promise! – and we can’t wait to share more news with you on that front! In the meantime, we’ll be keeping this tantalizing window into Hiveswap’s development open – if only a crack, for now – so be sure to come back next Wednesday for another interview! See you then!