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When Emotions Fit the Facts

Anger:

  • A significant goal is blocked or an activity you desire is prevented.
  • You or a loved one is attacked or harmed by others.
  • You or a loved one is bullied or threatened by others.
  • The integrity or status of your social group is offended or threatened.

Love:

  • Loving a person, place, or animal enhances your quality of life.
  • Loving a person, place, or animal enhances the life of a loved one.
  • Loving a person, place, or animal supports the achievement of a goal.

Sadness:

  • You’ve lost someone or something permanently.
  • A situation doesn’t meet your expectation or desire.

Fear:

  • Your life or the life of a loved one is threatened.
  • Your health or the health of a loved one is threatened.
  • Your well-being or the well-being of a loved one is threatened.

Disgust:

  • Something you’re touching could poison or contaminate you.
  • Someone you strongly dislike is touching you or a loved one.
  • You’re near someone who could harm you or a loved one.

Jealousy:

  • An important or desired relationship/object is in danger of being damaged or lost.
  • Someone is threatening to take away a valued object or relationship from your life.

Envy:

  • Someone else gets or has things you don’t have but want or need.

Shame:

  • You will be rejected by a person or group you care about if something about yourself or your behavior is made known.

Guilt:

  • Your behavior violates your own values or moral code.

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Gard3n Witch Giveaway Time!

*This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Tumblr.*

Alright, lovelies, this giveaway contains things useful for the green witch just beginning her journey, or the well-seasoned witch simply looking for some fun trinkets from the PNW! Everything shown in picture #2 has been collected from my own property up here in chilly Western Washington. Anyway, the contents of the giveaway are broken down below by picture. The winner gets everything here (plus any little surprises I feel like including)!

Picture #1:

  • 1 Greenhouse seed starter tray.
  • 5 Seed packets (lavender, eggplant, chamomile, mixed garden bean, a really cool geometric broccoli)
  • 3 Self contained seed starter kits (tomato, strawberry, watermelon).

Picture #2:

  • 2 dried roses with leaves (light pink & dark red).
  • 1 vile of apple blossoms from last years apple crop.
  • A bundle of baby pine cones from an Alder tree!
  • A bundle of dried sage & rosemary.
  • Pale green moss.
  • 1 Cockatiel feather.
  • A mix of dried herbs from my garden (English thyme, sweet marjoram, pineapple mint).
  • A dried, pressed periwinkle flower.
  • Small bundle of dried dill blooms.
  • 4 dried daisy buds.

Picture#3:

  • 1 Small pouch of Mugwart.
  • 1 Small pouch of Kava Kava.
  • 1 Small vile of activated charcoal.

Picture #4:

  • 1 Lemon Lavender candle.
  • 1 Small white candle with rune of your choice carved into it (I have Raidho carved into the one shown, but if you win, you can pick whatever rune you like).
  • 2 Boxes of cone incense (Lavender & Patchouli).

Picture #5 & 6:

  • 1 Jar of a lovely floral/herb mix! This mix contains lavender, pink rose, hibiscus, marjoram, tulip petals, rose hips, and a bay leaf. It has not been infused with intent, so it can be used for whatever purpose you see fit.

RULES

- Must be 18+.

- Must be a resident of the U.S. (I cannot ship internationally, due to the nature of the items I am shipping).

- Obviously, you’re gonna have to fork up your address for shipping purposes if you win.

- You CAN NOT re-blog this to any giveaway blogs! If you do, you’ll be barred from the contest. This is for the witchy community only! :)

HOW THIS IS GOING DOWN

- Re-blog to enter for your chance to win! Just ‘likes’ will not count. It must be re-blogged. And hey…I might even pick a runner up to send a mystery surprise to!

- You must be following me @thegard3nwitch to be eligible.

- Only one entry per person! Re-blogging this a million times will not get you a million entries, it will still only get you one entry (I do this just so that people don’t end up spamming their followers, because that’s not very nice :P)

- The giveaway will end at midnight on April 30th! I will be using an automated random generator app to select the winner, so everyone has a fair shot. The winner will be announced within a week of the giveaway’s conclusion.

- The winner will have 24 hours to respond once notified.

Alright guys, have fun!

**None of the dried herbs included are meant for ingestion. Even if they are edible, they have not been cleaned & processed up to health code regulations. Don’t eat them! I am not liable for you stomach aches if you do! Stay safe!

Foodie Friday: Healing in the Kitchen

Servings: Varies

Ingredients:

-1 tbsp peppermint leaves (about one tea bag)
-1 tbsp chamomile (about one tea bag)
-½ tsp cinnamon
-½ tsp ginger
-¾ cup boiling water
-¾ cup honey (raw local honey is recommended)
-Optional: Powdered sugar, Powdered vitamin C, or Cornstarch for dusting

1. Steep your herbs in the boiling water for about 10 minutes, then strain and save the tea.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the tea and honey and heat to a gentle boil over medium heat.

3. Continue boiling until the mixture reaches a temperature of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep careful watch, as honey can burn very easily.

4. Take off of heat and allow the syrup to cool for about 5-10 minutes.

5. Transfer syrup onto parchment paper in small spoonfuls (recommended teaspoon) and allow to cool to room temperature.

6. If desired, dust the lozenges with powdered sugar, powdered vitamin C, or cornstarch. This will absorb moisture, keeping the lozenges dry and preventing them from sticking in storage.

Note: The consistency of the lozenges may vary. There are several factors that play into this, including water loss, honey quantity, temperature variation, and weather.

Magical Ingredient!

Here in California, we’ve been blessed with some lovely rains! And while it’s absolutely wonderful to see the green come back after five long years of drought, it does come with a few downsides. The first is that mosquito populations boom. The second is that erosion issues that we hadn’t anticipated are cropping up all over the place. And the third is that with more moisture also comes a new rash of cold and flu.

Kitchen witchcraft is not limited to delectable dinner dishes. Nor is it limited to baking or crafting culinary delights. It is also very practical and encompasses herbal remedies that can be worked in the home. And so, it seemed right to share a recipe for homemade throat lozenges. All of the ingredients are tools of the kitchen witch, from the water to the tea, but of all of the ingredients, one stands out: honey.

Last week, we covered various alcohols and how liquor has been a staple of human consumption for most of human history, but honey mead is one of the primary drinks that come to light in that topic. In addition, honey has been a natural sweetener that humanity has loved since the dawn of time, even reaching a state where its presence represents prosperity and happiness (”land of milk and honey,” anyone?), and even wealth due to its golden color.

This image of wealth is further ingrained when considering the hard work put in by honeybees to produce honey, followed by their ferocity in protecting it when the hive is low on stores. Much like how one would work hard to acquire or earn wealth, and then protect their money when it’s been obtained.

Honey is, by far, one of the most cherished ingredients for its antibacterial properties and its natural sweetness. It is a natural preservative, and is far healthier than sugars due to its chemical makeup. In addition, it is an ingredient that has helped make many much more environmentally aware…

Domesticated honeybees (from which we get most of our honey) will produce close to 80 pounds of surplus honey per year, which is why beekeeping has been such a successful trade for so many centuries. In the late summer, beekeepers will remove wooden frames from the hives on which the surplus honey is stored (contrary to popular belief, the majority of beekeepers harvest honey in non-invasive ways which don’t stress the colony, and never harvest the stores the bees require for survival). This honey and the comb are then separated, processed (in some cases), and made ready for sale. By the time it reaches the plastic bottle as a clear golden syrup, it’s been pasteurized (depending upon the country’s health regulations) and processed.

From the store, one can pick up either processed or “raw” honey, which contains trace amounts of pollen from the nectar the bees had used to make it. This makes raw honey an excellent way of bolstering the immune system against the symptoms of seasonal allergies, in addition to the other traits honey has.

Honey’s composition is roughly 17 percent water, with most (not all) of the rest being natural sugars. As a result, if any bacteria, fungi, or molds try to settle on it, the water contained within them gets pulled out, killing them and preventing honey from spoiling. In addition, depending upon the flowers that the bees had pollinated, the nectar could have additional antibacterial properties (manuka honey, for instance, is particularly good at this and is used as an antibacterial in hospitals). Our ancestors recognized the healing properties of honey, and would add it to poultices and other remedies that would be applied directly to wounds, much as we would with Neosporin today.

From the witchy perspective, there really isn’t anything to dislike about honey. First, there’s its color, which is excellent for wealth and prosperity spells. Second, there is its healing properties, which are excellent for both remedies and for healing spells. Third, is its sweetness, which can serve to enhance the sweetening spells, and makes it an excellent offering to fairies and gods alike! Pairing they variant of honey with your purposes adds a whole new level of magic to your craft, as well! For instance, if you want to encourage prosperity and luck, use clover honey; alternatively, if you want to use honey for cleansing and healing, use rosemary honey instead!

A less common thought when it comes to using honey in magic is to incorporate its creator into the work. Bees are tireless workers, often inspiring bee enthusiasts and beekeepers alike, and it’s their effective communication and work ethic that can be incorporated into spellwork involving honey. If you need a spell to encourage productivity and energy, honey is a great go-to ingredient due to the bees’ tireless efforts. 

Like any ingredient, intent is key: channel your intent and energy into the honey before adding it to food or drink, or before adding it to a sweetening jar. If you’re making an offer of honey, consider what it may represent to the deities or spirits that it is meant for.

Lastly, another reason many witches appreciate honey is as I had mentioned above: it has helped increase environmental awareness. With bee populations struggling, it is important to consider ways to help “save the bees.” More specifically, save the environment. Honeybees are most well known to us, but they aren’t the only kind of bee present in our lives. Many species don’t produce honey but are integral to pollination. What makes them less noticeable is their subterranean nests throughout most of the year. Many witches feel a deep respect for the earth and for all animals, and bees are not alone in this. Consider switching from sugar to honey in most recipes to help bring honey’s properties into your life while helping fund further developments in beekeeping, and be sure to thank  the bees in your life for their hard work and inspiration!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

Self-Care Strategy: Sticks

Most of us can think of a few self-regulation or self-care activities that calm us down and even prevent escalation into meltdowns or breakdowns or lessen their severity. However, I’ve found that I have a hard time accessing my strategies and taking care of myself when I start nearing the tipping point. I’ve gotten better at recognizing when I am nearing that point over the years, but I still forget to work on taking care of myself every day to prevent long term escalation and exacerbation of my mental health and sensory issues. 

Thus enters my Self-Care Sticks

Basically, you write activities that provide meaningful distraction or sensory relief onto the ends of popsicle sticks and place them into a mug or opaque jar and place that jar in a visible and easy-to-access place. (I like the tactile and visual aspect of the jar, but for a portable Sticks bank, try using a flashcard app with a shuffle function.) You can also have more than one sticks container for the length or type of activity (sensory, thinking, etc.) or color code them if you want to pick a specific type for your mood. 

To use, you pick a stick at random and do the activity. If for whatever reason you don’t want to do that activity or it wouldn’t fit the time you allotted for a Stick, you can put it back and pick another: you just have to do something. 

Sticks can be incorporated into your daily routines (i.e., doing one after school or work each day) and/or used when things start to get out of control. They are not a substitute for professional help, but they are a strategy that can be used at home (or on the go for the digital version) to help manage stress levels.  

Tutorial under the cut:

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Characteristics of Emotions:
  1. Emotions are Complex; they generally consist of several parts or different reactions happening at the same time
  2. Emotions are Automatic: Emotions are involuntary, automatic responses to internal and external events.
  3. Emotions Cannot Be Changed Directly: We can change the events that cause emotional experiences, but we cannot change the experiences directly. We cannot instruct ourselves to feel a particular emotion and then feel it. We cannot use willpower to stop an emotional experience even when we desperately want to.
  4. Emotions Are Sudden, and They Rise and Fall: Emotions ordinarily occur suddenly, although the intensity of a particular emotion may build up slowly over time. They are also like waves in the sea because they rise and fall. Most emotions only last from seconds to minutes.
  5. Emotions are Self-Perpetuating: Once an emotion starts, it keeps restarting itself. We might even save that “emotions love themselves.” This is because when emotions sensitize us to events associated with the emotions. Examples: When we are in a house at night alone and are afraid, every little sound seems like it may be someone breaking in. When we are in love, we see only the positive points of the person we love. Once we are jealous, every time our loved one looks at someone else, it is proof of betrayal.
  6. Emotions have Components: These components are interrelated, and each component influences all others. Thus, although an emotion can be thought of as a complete and transactional systematic response to external and internal events, it can also be very helpful to examine each component separately. A very important take-home message here is that changing just one component can often change the entire emotional response.
  7. Some Emotions are Universal. There are probably about 10-12 universal emotions (e.g. anger, disgust, fear, guilt, joy, jealousy, envy, sadness, shame, surprise, interest, love). People are built with the potential, the biological readiness, for these. Others are learned and are usually some combination of the basic emotions.

Disclaimer: We do not own the content above. Complete credit goes to The Second Edition of the DBT Skills Training Manual by Marsha M. Linehan

titoramus  asked:

I feel as if modern feminism has lost its roots and now glorifies fat, unhealthy, whore-mongering "women" who riot because they didn't get their exact way. What are your thoughts? Thank you.

Are you really asking me why we’re a bunch of fat, whiny, sluts?

I don’t think feminism glorifies being unhealthy. I would never tell someone it’s awesome to eat nothing but French fries and doughnuts everyday. What feminists want is women of any size (because some people, no matter how active or how healthy they eat, are going to be heavier) to be respected. We don’t want them to be insulted, marginalized, or treated like they’re a sub-human because of their jean size.

I’m also not sure what you mean by “whoremongering” because Webster’s defines that as: “a person who has dealings with prostitutes, especially a sexually promiscuous man.”
What I assume you mean is women who choose to have sex when they want with who they want (like a man does). That I don’t see an issue with. Everyone has their own standards when it comes to sex which include who, how, frequency, and timing.
Everyone, men and women, are entitled to that.

Confused why you wrote “women”. As if we’re not really women because you disapprove of us?

I’m going to guess your last point about us rioting because we didn’t get our way is in reference to The Women’s March.
By saying “not getting our way” you make women (who marched to have rights over our reproductive health and our physical safety) sound like kids who didn’t get to watch the movie they wanted before bedtime.
Women are watching their rights and their safety being chipped away at bit by bit by Republican legislators. States may not be able to overturn Roe v Wade, but they can pass laws that make it nearly impossible for abortion clinics or Planned Parenthood to remain open. Laws like this pertaining to regulating our health and our physical safety are being passed all over the country. That along with the election of a vagina-grabbing misogynist makes us fearful and it makes us mad. In response we exercise our Constitutional right to assemble and to speak against it.

I didn’t answer this ask as soon as I got it because I honestly couldn’t tell if you were being sincere in asking me this question in the way you did. If you are being sincere you should take a moment to reflect on how you asked this and realize how demeaning you sound towards me and women like me. It’s honestly for the very words you chose in this question (whore, fat, “women”) that I feel we need feminism still.

Donald Trump’s Address to Congress

February 28, 2017

  • The President’s opening statement was “as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains”  
  • Donald Trump started by saying that we “condemn hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms” referring to the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas City and the anti Semitic hate crimes occurring across the nation.
  • He spoke of unity and the renewal of “the American spirit” referring to an optimism that is sweeping the nation.
  • Trump announced he created an agency called VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement) to publish a regular list of all crimes committed by immigrants.
  • The President looked to the future and discussed what our country would look like in nine years on the 250th anniversary of declaring independence.
  • Trump referred to his supporters as a “rebellion” that came across the country and demanded the United States be put first.
  • Trump urged lawmakers to come together and overcome the division of party multiple times throughout the night.
  • He made a list of the progress he has made during his first 40 days in office including job growth, an increase in the revenue of the stock market, withdrawing the US from TPP, saving money on contracts, and his various executive orders.
  • He then proceeded to talk about the progress he hopes to accomplish, including big tax cuts, tax relief for the middle class, reforming immigration (to a merit based system), a new program of national rebuilding, rebuilding the military, affordable child care, paid family leave, reforming health care, and slashing regulations at the FDA.
  • He provided five guidelines on repealing and replacing Obamacare:

1. Ensure Americans have a smooth transition and those with preexisting conditions are covered
2. Help Americans choose their own coverage, possibly through tax credits
3. Give state governors flexibility with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out
4. Implement legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from the high costs of drugs
5. The ability to purchase health insurance across state lines

  • Trump said “education is the civil rights issue of our time” and that supporting school choice was the way to solve education inequality in the United States.
  • Trump ended with a note on unity and hope for our nation and encouraged lawmakers in the room to work together.

(View the full Address to Congress)(Article about VOICE-IND)

Sherlolly Appreciation Week Day 7: Free Choice

(I was going to do a meta for this, but I am teh suck at meta because I can only write how I talk–informally and incoherently.  So have this to end the week on a low note.  Rated T for themes of drug use and adult feels.  Also, could be set vaguely in the universe of So What Was Your Last Girlfriend Like?)

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There are seven people alive that have seen Molly Hooper cry.

Her Mother.  Her Brother.  Her flatmate from her first year at university.  One of her lecturers.  A stranger on a train that sat with her on the trip up to Northampton when she’d got the call from the hospice nurse.  One ex-boyfriend.

And Mycroft Holmes.

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Health

Healthcare and Health Insurance are not the same thing, but for some reason, people use them interchangeably. The assertion most often heard is that a change or removal in the ACA/Obamacare, even though it’s imploding all on its own since every insurance company ditched it, will mean people will DIE. The problem with that assertion is that you can get healthcare without insurance. Kind of like how you can go to a Dentist or an Optometrist without a dental or vision plan from your employer. 

But it’s so expensive and people will have to chose between food or medicine! Well fuck! Good thing there are payment plan, debt consolidation agencies, and other services where you can have your costs forgiven if you happen to be that damned poor… But they don’t tell you about that do they? They don’t make it easy, either. In fact, it’s almost like hospitals and doctors and pharmaceutical companies are actively antagonistic towards citizens.

All insurance does, in a really simply reductive sense, is take little bits of money from you in advance, and on a regular basis, adds them to one large pool, and then allows you to use a bit of that money to pay off otherwise insanely high costs that a hospital visit or prescription drug will cost you, assuming you meet some specific criteria, and even then it’s only going to pay for some of the treatment, regardless of how much or how little you’ve paid into your insurance policy. 

The reason people believe they will die without Obamacare comes from a misguided belief that they won’t be able to afford their medications or treatments without insurance.. But let’s back the fuck up and identify the real problem. It’s not that people need insurance. The problem is that healthcare is grossly overpriced. It’s that a single ambulance ride and one night a hospital where they’ll give you some aspirin, a saline drip, and a shitty bed to sleep on can cost $10,000 or more. It’s that some medications can cost hundreds of dollars per pill. 

While insurance companies do create a wide variety of problems that need to be addressed and rectified, there’s a more concerning issue to be addressed in the reality that we’ve become complacent with the idea that the healthcare industry is fucking broken, overpriced, and just plain fucked up, and now we’re squabbling over what kind of band-aid we want to put on it.

The reality is that strict Government regulations and licensing systems have contributed to the hyperinflation of the healthcare system. It’s become infinitely harder for people to become Doctors and it’s arbitrary limitations that keep Doctors from other countries to practice medicine in the United States. Likewise, pharmaceutical companies apply absurd costs in part because of heavy regulatory restrictions hindering the research and production of certain medications, and partly because they know that they can drain huge amounts of money from insurance companies if they overprice their medication.

This isn’t entirely unlike the problem with the minimum wage.People have begun demanding more money, but they aren’t backing up and asking why everything is so goddamned expensive in the first place. They don’t ask why so much of their paycheck is going to taxes, or why there’s so many different fees and licenses and stickers and tolls and more taxes. Why are homes so overpriced, even when the buildings are half a century old and haven’t been renovated once since they were built? Why are landlords overcharging for shitty one-room apartments? 

People have given up and accepted that this is just how things have to be, but at the same time, they go ahead and complain that the city isn’t using their money right. They tax and tax and tax, but the schools are always underfunded, the roads are always falling apart, the underlying infrastructure of the entire city is fucking toxic, and the solution people have been tricked into obsessing over is that they just need more money from other people so they can afford to throw away their money to a broken system that made them poor in the first place.

Perhaps it’s just that people don’t know any better. “Fight for 15″ is just so much catchier, and saying “Trump is literally killing me!” carries so much more weight and impact than saying, “We’ve let bureaucratic corruption and wide-ranging regulatory incompetence deeply damage our economy, our housing market, and our healthcare system!” but none of that changes the fact that the current discussions being had and being promoted by the same politicians who helped fuck everything up in the first place, and regardless of which side scores the most imaginary victory points, the problems of hyperinflated costs, taxes, and fees will persist.

cold // jimin

word count // 7.5k

genre // fluff, angst

summary //  in which busboy!jimin meets server!reader and shows them how to feel human again

a/n // so… this was supposed to be uploaded like a week ago but i kept changing the story around but! it’s here :D.  next imagine will be a yoongi request i got a week ago so look out for that and yeah

It was winter again.  

To the rest of the city they noticed this in the change of the weather.  Slowly the hot and rather humid air would begin to cool off.  It would feel nice at first in contrast to the height of summer when the entire city would be a roasting valley of hell.  Then it would become much cooler, and eventually freezing on some days.  People would begin to trade their tank tops and shorts in for jackets and coats, covering themselves completely so none of their body would be subject to the icy wind.  

No matter how many layers of clothing people put on, each day surprised them with a new weather condition.  One day it would be powerful winds that would cause some children to fall and tumble.  Adults would find themselves struggling to breathe if they faced it head on, trying not to be pushed back to where they started.  The next day the air would feel like piranhas as it slowly bit at your skin, tearing away layer and layer.  The coldness would usually be dry as noticeable by the hundreds of people who could be seen with chapped lips.  But on some days, it would be humid like the summer, which made choosing outfits very hard.

No matter what the weather was like, at the end of the day it was expected for the body to be numb from the cold.  Most people after they came home would spend the rest of their night heating up.  Whether that be with a boiling shower or with dozens of blankets.  Only to go out the next day and repeat everything again.  

Above the people the clouds would form together and create masses of grey smothering clouds that blocked any hope of sunlight from coming in.  With time, they would grow heavy and snow would fall, covering everything in its path.  Cars, buildings, and people would be seen with at least a couple of layers of the icy slush.  No matter how much they shook it off or scraped it away, the snow would come back quickly, piling higher and higher.  

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For @conduitstr; happy birthday, girl!  ❤️ ✨

  • The moment the old steam train stops in the station, Jim is quick to hop out. He doesn’t carry any luggage with him, he doesn’t plan to stay long. Just a quick look around the town; see if any of it is worth his time and his money. It smells like dry grass, grease, and the perfumes of different people mix together as other visitors depart the train now, too. Okay, Jim thinks to himself, time to go exploring.
  • Leaving the station, he arrives at the main street. It’s really a dirt road, old wooden and stone houses on either side of it. People walk by; some in awe of their surroundings, others walk around like they don’t know any better. It doesn’t take him long to find the local saloon. There’s piano music to lift up the atmosphere. People are sitting, chatting, playing card games together, or being approached by the local host girls. Jim, too, is approached by one. “Hey, handsome,” she says, and Jim’s lips curl into a smile when she reaches out to touch his arm, “how about you and I go and have some fun upstairs?” Tempting. Very tempting. But Jim shakes his head nonetheless. “No, thank you. Perhaps later,” he replies, and then buys a glass of bourbon at the bar.
  • He’s quietly chatting to the bartender, trying to figure out more about this town. After a couple minutes, though, there’s commotion outside, so Jim goes to check it out. A group of bandits has arrived and are actively creating havoc. Jim has to duck besides liquor filled barrels to avoid bullets flying his way. The same girl who tried to get him upstairs before tries to duck, too, but she gets shot before she gets the chance to. Jim forgets all about his own safety, jumping up to drag her to safety instead. “Are you okay? Where are you hurt?” he asks, though the red stain on her dress is indication enough. “I need… I need a doctor,” she breathes, looking at Jim through tear stained eyes, and Jim nods. “Of course.”
  • They have to wait until the shooting is over, and by then, Jim worries it’s too late for her. He’s used his knife to break open one of the barrels, and uses the clear liquid to clean up the wound in her side the best he can, while simultaneously trying to keep her quiet. Then, he carries her to the doctor’s office. It’s small and it’s dusty – fairly sure it doesn’t fit the health regulations. It’s also busy, all the wounded who are still alive are all sitting on available chairs or lying on the floor while a single guy works to fix them all. “Doctor?” Jim says, “I need a doctor.” “Get in line,” the guy replies. “Please,” Jim stresses, and the guy sighs. “Put her down, I’ll be right there.”
  • The work is slow and frustrating, and so Jim decides to help out. He uses alcohol, gently cleaning the wounds of the men and women who are hurt. He doesn’t really know how to bandage them up properly, but he does his best – messy as it looks. “Thanks,” the guy says, and Jim shrugs lightly. “It’s fine. Does this happen a lot?” “More often than I care to admit,” he replies, “I’d treat you to a glass of strong liquor, but you used most of it on the wounds of these people.”
  • Life here is just hard, it seems. The doctor works through the night while Jim sleeps in the local inn. Come morning, it’s mostly curiosity who brings him back. Leonard looks exhausted, perhaps a little frustrated. “Are you okay?” Jim asks. “I’m out of supplies,” Leonard says, “last night, I’ve been raided. Stole most of my bandages and medicine. I’m thinking about going on a supply run to the next town, but the road is long and dangerous.” “I’ll join you,” Jim shrugs. “Really?” “Sure, sounds fun,” Jim replies. “I’ll pay you,” Leonard says, and Jim simply shrugs to that. It’s not like he genuinely needs the money.
  • They leave after Leonard gets someone to look after the office while he’s out. Jim’s never been on a horse before, but the horse seems to immediately listen to whatever’s on Jim’s mind, and the start of the journey is pretty harmless. Leonard talks a little about his life. About how he lost his wife and kids to raiders when he lived on a small farm outside the town. How his parents were taken by a deadly illness that made him become a doctor. He speaks with such hurt in his voice, that Jim wonders why anyone would want to live in these outback towns. Sounds like it sucks.
  • They stop an hour before sunset, near a small river. Good, too, because Jim’s legs hurt, and his feet feel a little unstable after riding for so long. He ties the horses to a tree and searches for firewood while Leonard returns just before sunset with two dead rabbits. “You’re a doctor and a skilled hunter, you’re pretty good with your hands, huh?” Jim comments, and Leonard shoots him a small grin. “You haven’t seen anything yet.”
  • They eat dinner, which is surprisingly good. It gets cold at night, so Jim is glad for the fire to keep them warm. They talk more while overlooking a sky full of stars; large mountains looming in the distance. The gentle stream of the water is soothing to Jim’s ears, and he finds himself just dozing off to sleep. The same thing happens the day after. They spend time together, and Jim grows rapidly closer to this handsome doctor, who stitches him up when Jim guides his horse through a bigger river and hurts his foot through a sharp rock that hits him through the sole of his boot. They run into a lone woman who cries for help because her family’s hurt in her farmhouse, and so Leonard decides to take a detour from his own quest to help them. They save a family’s life (or Leonard does, mostly), and Jim feels pretty awesome about that.
  • “How much further, Bones?” Jim asks, and Leonard raises an eyebrow. “Bones?” “Seems a fitting nickname,” Jim says, “for all the patching up you do.” “We should be there in the afternoon,” Leonard replies. Jim watches the other’s back figure as he rides in front of him. It’s a good sight.
  • But it’s almost as if Leonard registers that feeling, or something. Because they arrive and get Leonard’s supplies, but come nightfall on their way back, Jim finds Leonard sitting closer to him than usual. Leonard teaches him how to hunt. Standing behind him with his arms around Jim’s shoulders, hands on Jim’s to make sure he aims properly. Really, it just makes Jim more distracted. When they get raided on the road, Leonard actively stands in front of Jim to try and protect him, though they make it out alright. Just with a few supplies less, because Leonard patches up the cut in Jim’s hand. “I wanted to thank you,” Leonard says, “for coming with me. In these lands, it’s hard to tell apart friend or foe. You’ve been good to me.” Jim smiles at that, reaching out to keep the other’s hand on his own a little longer. “Just a friend?” he asks with a smile, growing even wider when Leonard leans in to kiss him.
  • It just feels too good to be true. And it is. Because they get back to the town a few days later, and Jim feels oddly intimate to this man and just wants to be in his presence all the time. But he doesn’t get that lucky. They make it to the doctor’s office, and Bones gets to work immediately. But while he’s at work, a civilian comes in and demands he gives up some supplies. Jim gets up to help Leonard when the doctor refuses, but before Jim knows it, Leonard gets shot. Just like that. There’s a commotion while people flee, but Jim rushes towards the doctor instead. He kneels down next to him, grabbing his hand quickly. “Bones, please, tell me what I can do to help you,” he says, reaching out with his free hand to grab a hold of supplies. But there’s blood everywhere. “It’s okay,” Leonard breathes heavy, fingers tight in Jim’s grip, though rapidly weakening.
  • Leonard dies seconds later. Jim is devastated; staying by Leonard’s side for what feels like hours. In reality, though, it’s no more than twenty minutes before the men in the hazmat-like suits show up. They have to pry Leonard from his hands. They have to convince him it’s okay, because they’re going to fix up the broken skin tissue. They’re going to reset Leonard’s data. And they’re going to roll him back out. Leonard’s going to be okay.
  • “Do they suffer?” Jim asks, once he’s back in the real world. It feels surreal not to be in the wild west anymore. “They think they do,” his spokesperson says, “they think they feel pain. They feel terror, fear for their lives. They feel the pain from their written backstory, most of them tragic. Like Leonard and his wife and kids. It gives them character. Makes guests and potential buyers such as yourself more engaged.” Jim frowns at that, because somehow, that just seems wrong.
  • The moment the old steam train stops in the station, Jim is quick to hop out. He doesn’t carry any luggage with him, he doesn’t plan to stay long. But this time, he’s not here to look around. He’s not here to admire the life-like scents of the place. He’s not here to watch his surroundings in awe like other guests do, nor is he here to interact with those who don’t know any better. He passes the local saloon, and instead, heads straight for the doctor’s office. The bell rings when the door opens, and Leonard is there. Beautiful as ever. “You don’t look sick,” Leonard tells him after a quick scan from top to bottom. He doesn’t remember Jim, and that stings, “you need a patching up? I also have a good hangover cure.” “No, thank you,” Jim says, struggling to make sense as to why this thing, this robot in front of him, tugs at his heartstrings so much. “I can patch up nearly everything,” Leonard continues, “though I’m running real low on supplies these days-” sounds like a set up for a similar quest like the one Jim went on before. Suddenly, it all feels a little played out. “Bones,” Jim interrupts him, and just briefly, Jim witnesses the other narrow his eyes ever so lightly. Like the nickname is a very distant memory he’s trying to access. “Bones,” Jim continues, resting his hand on Leonard’s shoulder, “one of these days, I promise, I’m going to get you out of here.”

anonymous asked:

Could you please explain to me what exactly are unions and why they are so important in today's politics?

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Originally posted by scarecroe

Unions (also known as trade unions) are groups of workers who have organized to achieve a common goal, whether that’s to improve their working conditions or to have a voice in their workplace or defend their rights as individual workers or members of a group, or to engage in political action. 

That last part is why unions are important to contemporary politics. 

To begin with, unions are mass organizations of workers - even at a historically low level of “union density” in the U.S, there are 14.5 million union members in the United States - which means that they can try to leverage the votes and activism of their members in shaping the political system. Unions are very very good at doing outreach to large numbers of people, because at the end of the day, doing voter outreach (whether that’s voter registration, issue advocacy, phone-banking, precinct-walking, or GOTV) uses a lot of the same skills and technologies and organizational methods that are involved in organizing workers into unions. 

Second, unions are one of the only organized groups in politics that are “of, by, and for” the working class. Historically, unions have been a major “counter-vailing force” that balanced out the influence of the wealthy and big businesses, and the decline of unions is one of the big reasons why our political system has become responsive to the preferences of only the affluent. Moreover, unions historically have not just advocated for the interests of their own membership, but have supported broader social and economic legislation - the minimum wage, overtime laws, health and safety regulations, civil rights legislation, immigration reform, universal health care, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, you can go down the list of progressive causes and unions have historically been one of the largest and loudest backers of all of these causes. (Huge caveat here: this hasn’t always been the case on a number of issues, and there’s a very complicated history of how the labor movement shifted from being an organization of white men only in the 19th century and well into the 20th century to one of the most diverse organizations in America today.)

Third, and this has to do with the previous two: unions have historically been a major bloc within the Democratic Party since the 1930s (arguably, you could go back as far as the 1910s and the AFL-CIO allying with Wilson over the Clayton Anti-Trust Act, but at that time you had major union federations like the IWW who either didn’t support party politics at all or supported the Socialist Party). As a result, the Republican Party has been actively trying to kill the labor movement since at least 1947, when they passed the Taft-Hartley Act, through to Reagan breaking the PATCO strike in 1981 through to present attempts to pass national “right-to-work” laws. For their part, the Democratic Party historically was the party that passed the Wagner Act that legalized unions and established the National Labor Relations Board to oversee collective bargaining, but has since the 70s been rather tepid over attempts to reform labor law to help unions pull out of their decline, although Democrats have (with mixed results) tended to fight Republican anti-union pushes. 

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mentacomchocolate  asked:

I would like to see a AU with the Eldarya guys/people in a coffe shop

Let’s be honest: it’s going to be the single least efficient coffee shop in the city. But people will keep coming for the eye candy… >u>

Warning: Longest head-canon, ever. 14 characters, each with their own little stories.

Nevra, the Head Waiter

Naturally, this snake oil merchant with fangs ladies’ man is going to be where the action is: on the main floor, catering to all the customers personally. (Because no one can trust him in handling kitchen or bar-top equipment.) He’s got the drive, the guile, the inbred hospitality, and the metaphorical eyes on the back of his head to pull off even a morning or evening rush single-handed. And later brag about the triple-figure tips, phone numbers, and juicy gossip he collected that day to his coworkers in the back-room, even when his voice is hoarse and his feet have lost all feeling. Nevra actually keeps track of his ‘scores’ in his personal agenda-book, always ready to outdo himself every month. (Because let’s face it… there is no competition for him from the rest of the servers.)  

Though quite a few of his coworkers feel like putting fresh garlic in his next espresso (for himself or for his ‘beloved customers’), they can’t do it for a few reasons: 1.) The customers and tips that Nevra brings in make up half the café’s total income. The place will sink without his pretty, monocular face on the floor. 2.) He’s actually generous with his coworkers. Newbies on the staff know they can rely on him (until they’re used as customer bait during evening rushes for ‘experience’). And he never keeps any of his tips for himself, always making a point of strutting to the collective tip jar to put in what looks like the price for a new smartphone. So whether they like him or not, the gigolo has to stay.    

Nevra is quite proud of his job, and hopes to eventually see the café become the city’s next ‘must-see destination’ (or, more likely, buy and renovate the place as part of his network of high-end dining spots). So he doesn’t tolerate unprofessional shenanigans on his floor (beyond swapping phone numbers, which is sanctified activity as far as he’s concerned). What’s guaranteed to tick him off: if a customer is boorish to one of his babies junior serving staff, if one of his coworkers half-asses an order, or if he catches anyone stealing from that tip jar he’s filling. In either case, the criminal party can expect to find themselves sheepishly shuffling to the door under the force of Nevra’s gimlet smile.

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