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11th House Cusp

The 11th House Cusp is associate with friendships, social circles, groups, communities, and goals/objectives.

Aries in 11th House: Your actions are influenced by your groups or social circles. You may feel like the leader of your group, or like a leader in originality even if no one follows you. You are active with your friends and have a lot of friends in your group, but have few close relationships.

Taurus in 11th House: You have more materialistic goals and objectives, and your friend may share those objectives. Your friends are artistically inclined and you may feel influenced by them to buy things or to indulge yourself. You are nostalgic and sentimental with your social group and you like to maintain those relationships, you like to go out with them quite often.

Gemini in 11th House: You easily attract social groups and friendships, and you like to be part of them. Your social interactions are filled with conversation, especially with intellectual topics. Your thoughts and opinions are influenced by your social groups. You entertain your friend group with stories and have a lively sense of humor.

Cancer in 11th House: You are cautious of new people, and the friends and social groups you do make, you keep for life. You are attached to them and have a deep emotional bond with them. You look to them for nurture and guidance, and are sensitive to their needs.

Leo in 11th House: You have a leadership role in your friendships, but you don’t overly dominate or control them. You have very close and deep friendships and groups, you gain your strength, inspiration, and creativity from them. Your friends have unique expressions or may have higher status.

Virgo in 11th House: You are serving and giving to others, and you love to help your community. You go to them for motivation and you like to keep plans or make plans with them. You pay attention to little details for them and try to make their lives easier. You prefer to associate with proper, well mannered people.

Libra in 11th House: You are graceful and diplomatic with your friends, you keep the peace. You find relaxation with them, you feel at ease. You may share friends with your partner or love interest. You may even stick to friends too long or hold onto old friendships. You deal with situations with ease and you lead your groups easily.

Scorpio in 11th House: You have very few close friends and those interactions are full of intensity and emotion. They help you face your fears and become vulnerable, you have deep trust with them. You don’t prefer to deal with people or situations and keep to yourself, but you care deeply for your group.

Sagittarius in 11th House: You have a wide range of friends and you all have different beliefs and interests. You all like to discuss these interests and ideas, and you enjoy their company. You explore new ideas and the world with them. But you still enjoy your independence and freedom.

Capricorn in 11th House: You like to keep your groups and social circles small and limited. You hate crowds and big social situations, and prefer one on one interactions. You aren’t good at teamwork and cooperation, and you prefer to work alone. You may even socialize with people with big influence or status.

Aquarius in 11th House: You are outgoing and social, and you easily fit into groups and organizations. You like to be friends with interesting and intriguing people, you like to have fun conversations and interactions. But you are also heavily influenced by your friends and interactions.

Pisces in 11th House: You are a very compassionate friend who would do anything for them. You expect the same back, and you like to have deep, emotional bonds. You have a very positive outlook on your groups, but aren’t quick to realize their faults or look away from them. You may be prone to following them blindly, without much thought. But you care for them deeply and love them completely.  

The End of Trump

The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party.

Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI director James Comey provide ample evidence that Trump engaged in an obstruction of justice – a major charge in impeachment proceedings brought against Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton.

It’s worth recalling that the illegality underlying Nixon’s impeachment was a burglary at the Watergate complex, while the illegality underlying Clinton’s was lying to a grand jury about sex with an intern in the White House.

Trump’s obstruction is potentially far more serious. It involves an investigation about whether Trump or his aides colluded with Russia in rigging a presidential election – the most direct assault on American democracy in history,

Last Thursday, in an interview with NBC News’s Lester Holt about his firing of Comey, Trump said: “I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.” Trump also said that he had pressed Comey during a private dinner to tell him if he was under investigation.

Trump conceded that the ongoing investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election, which includes a probe into the possibility that Moscow was coordinating with the Trump campaign, was one of the factors Trump considered before firing Comey.

“In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,’ ” Trump said.

The law is reasonably clear. If Trump removed Comey to avoid being investigated, that’s an obstruction of justice – an impeachable offense.

On Friday, Trump tweeted that Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

Here, the law is also clear. Seeking to silence, intimidate or even influence someone who is likely to offer evidence in a congressional or criminal proceeding is also an obstruction of justice – and an impeachable offense.

As a practical matter, though, nothing will happen until a majority of the House decides on bringing a bill of impeachment. Which means, under the present congress, twenty-two Republicans would have to join with House Democrats to put enough pressure on the Speaker of the House to allow such a bill to be considered.

The odds of this occurring in this Congress, under present circumstances, are approximately zero.

So – barring a “smoking gun” that shows Trump’s complicity with Russian operatives in interfering in the 2016 election – Trump’s fate seems to hinge on the midterm elections of 2018.

Those elections are less than eighteen months away. That’s a long time in American politics. Under a Trump presidency, that’s an eternity.

But there’s another possibility.

In my experience, most elected politicians have two goals – to do what they consider to be the right things for the American public, and to be reelected (not necessarily in that order).

If Trump’s poll numbers continue to plummet – particularly among Republicans and Independents – twenty-two House Republicans may well decide their chances for being reelected are better if they abandon him before the 2018 midterms.

Paul Ryan and the House Republican leadership might make a similar calculation, at least enough to put a bill of impeachment on the table.

Most House Republicans prefer Vice President Mike Pence to Donald Trump anyway. As one said to me several months ago, “Pence is a predictable conservative. Trump is an unpredictable egomaniac. Most of us are more comfortable with the former.”

There’s a good chance Trump’s polls will continue to fall. First, he’s shown to be his own worst enemy. Even when things are going reasonably well, he seems bizarrely intent on stirring controversy – and saying or tweeting things that get him into trouble.

There’s also a matter of the economy. The expansion that began in 2009 is getting long in the tooth. If history is any guide, we’re due for a slowdown or recession. And justified or not, presidents get blamed when Americans lose jobs.

Donald Trump doesn’t have the character or the temperament to be president of the United States. But this obvious fact isn’t enough to get him fired.

He’ll be fired when enough Americans decide they can’t abide him anymore.

Then, maybe in an impeachment proceeding, it will come out that Trump did something incredibly stupid – like give a nod of approval to one of his campaign bottom feeders like Roger Stone to tell a Russian operative to go ahead with their plan to interfere in the 2016 election.

The House impeaches. The Senate convicts. That’s the end of Trump. 

Sun in Leo in the 1st house: Expresses the ego in its wholesome and creatively active spirit, is leonine and primed to cultivate pride in their existence 

Sun in Leo in the 2nd house: Is creatively inspired by material surroundings and expresses pride and ego in what they own and have worked for. Desires are heartfelt 

Sun in Leo in the 3rd house: Thinks with the head and the heart and is proud of the mind and everything it can do, is inspired by interesting information and displays it communicatively with pride and love

Sun in Leo in the 4th house: Is essentially inherited royal and identifies strongly with love given and received, is family matriarch

Sun in Leo in the 5th house: Solar radiance is directed through creative activity and playful pursuits, the Leo’s inner child is most directive here 

Sun in Leo in the 6th house: Develops pride in cultivating a perfect image and rejoicing in the way it livens and benefits other people, the will to serve is substantial and heart felt 

Sun in Leo in the 7th house: There can feel like no self until the heart is touched by another person, a lover they are proud of helps cultivate self worth and substantiality 

Sun in Leo in the 8th house: This can be a day and night personality where the ego is constantly being built and shattered again so life can be chaotic 

Sun in Leo in the 9th house: Uses creativity to engage intimately with a higher source so they can identify with who they truly are 

Sun in Leo in the 10th house: Feels there is an important purpose in life and they are cultivated for success, accessible only if they could begin to see themselves as they really are and not as who they think people want them to be 

Sun in Leo in the 11th house: Takes on leadership roles in social groups and expresses a large amount of pride in friends and stance on collective justice issues

Sun in Leo in the 12th house: Identifies with the dream self and creatively expresses a confusing emotional experience, can feel like they don’t exist 


Choi Seungcheol / S.Coups is one of the best leader in my opinion. He really cares for his members and loves all of them. He looks after them like they are his kids, always made them first in line before himself. Although he’s the maknae in his house, he shows his leadership greatly in Seventeen, leading them. And moreover, you can see how every member in Seventeen respect him as the leader. I hope until the end, he can keep Seventeen as 13 members and grasp for success with all of them.

The 4th House

The 4th house rules over family and the home.

Aries in the 4th house: Takes a leadership role in their family despite their status and age. Being around family can boost their energy. In a negative environment they can feel powerless in their family and unappreciated. They desire a family of liveliness; a connection in spirit, their kin willing to compromise, and passion used to show how deeply everyone cares.

Taurus in the 4th house: Needs a physical place to call home. Security and a comfortable atmosphere are needed in a home. In a negative environment they could feel like they are always searching for a place to call home. They desire a family that has a feeling of loyalty, is typically peaceful, and wants to be the one to provide and comfort.

Gemini in the 4th house: Is prone to moving around a lot and has a hard time connecting with family. The tend to create more solid bonds with family as they get older. In a negative environment they can feel mentally restricted by family and overall disconnected from family bonds. This position desires a family that supports, understands, and respects them. The “family” title is earned not just given by law or blood.

Cancer in the 4th House: Family and home are very important to them. They have a need to settle down and form roots.  In a negative environment they could go overboard with trying to protect their family or might feel totally uprooted. They desire a more “traditional” and well structured family and needs kin that they can care for and protect.

Leo in the 4th House: Needs a home and family they can be proud of however misguided shame, reward, and materialism can form from this. In a negative environment they could shun loved ones and attach to other family members or future family for the wrong reasons. They desire to be the star/head of their family. They want a family who is good to them, proud of them, and is always welcoming.

Virgo in the 4th House: Order and structure must exist in their family and home. Watch out for them being too critical of their family members. In a negative environment they could feel forgotten about by family. They desire a family who appreciates their intellect and guidance, a family that has rules and borders but still plenty of love and caring.

Libra in the 4th House: Needs family and home that consist of people who can ground them. They need harmony and a conflict free-zone at home. In a negative environment home and family fuel uncertainty and create too much conflict. They want a family that works together as a team. Kin who accepts each others strengths and weaknesses and pushes to make one another better people.

Scorpio in the 4th House: Is highly protective and loyal to family. They are secretive about family matters to the outside world. In a negative environment they can feel like they have no control over their home and family and feels unprotected. They want a family who will protect them, encourages their growth, has no secrets, and gives to each other. 

Sagittarius in the 4th House: Tends to be closer to family when younger then distances when older. They love their family but needs a home where they can breathe and have their own space. They desire a family with close bonds and generosity but also kin with open minds and hearts, who let them be “them”.

Capricorn in the 4th House: Feels responsible for their family despite position and age. Can approach family very traditionally. In a negative environment they can feel like they failed their family or has a lack of control. They desire a family that has a strong foundation, is practical, and serious in decision making.

Aquarius in the 4th House: Moving around is often associated with this position along with an unstable home life. They don’t need a building or one place to call home and can have a hard time connecting with family. In a negative environment they can feel alienated from family or create extreme rebellious tendencies towards family. They want a family that is different and can offer them an interesting life. Maybe they’ll adopt many children, be part of a biker club as their family, or join a commune.

Pisces in the 4th House: Home needs to be a safe place and their family directly impacts their life in all ways. In a negative environment they can feel unstable and unloved and guilt ties into family matters strongly. They desire a family that is compassionate, supportive, stable, and patient. 

Hogwarts Houses as the Descendants

Ravenclaw: Evie “For once I’m more than just a pretty face”

Gryffindor: Jay “Winning with your team makes you happy”

Hufflepuff: Carlos “This dog loves me and I love him”

Slytherin: Mal “I don’t wanna take over the world with evil”

Houses in Astrology
  • 1st House/Ascendant: Represents appearance, leadership, fresh starts and beginnings.
  • 2nd House: Represents immediate material and physical possessions as well as income, money, and self-esteem.
  • 3rd House: Represents communication, siblings, neighborhoods, libraries, schools, teachers and the community.
  • 4th House/Imum Coeli: Represents home, privacy, your security, your parents, motherhood, children, your mothering abilities, and your basic foundations.
  • 5th house: Represents children, creativity, attention, romance, fun and play.
  • 6th house: Represents health, organization, routines, fitness, diet/exercise, healthy living and helping others.
  • 7th house/Descendant: Represents partnerships (both business and personal), contracts, marriage, and business deals.
  • 8th house: Represents birth, death, sex, transformation, bonding (at a deep level).
  • 9th house: Represents the higher mind, international/long-distance travel, foreign languages, universities/higher education, religion, philosophy, morals/ethics and adventure.
  • 10th house/Midheaven: Represents career, corporations, tradition, public image, fame, reputation, achievements, rules, discipline, and authority.
  • 11th house: Represents teams, friendships, groups, society, networking, social justice, rebellion, originality and humanitarianism.
  • 12th house: Represents endings, surrender, isolation, institutions/hospitals/jails, hidden agendas, secret enemies, imagination, creativity and the subconscious.
Trump Gives Republicans An Ultimatum On Health Care Bill: Vote Or We're Done
After Republicans delayed a vote on their health care bill, lacking enough votes to pass it Thursday, an agency head told members Thursday night that if they don’t pass it by Friday, the White House is done.
By Paul McLeod, Alexis Levinson

House Republicans clearly do not have the votes to pass their health care bill and on Thursday night, President Trump’s administration told them in no uncertain terms: Pass it tomorrow or we’re done.

After a day full of meetings and last-minute arm-wringing went nowhere, Trump dispatched two deputies to Capitol Hill for an evening meeting of the House Republican conference. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, White House senior adviser Steve Bannon and former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, now Director of the Officer of Management and Budget, in the meeting, in which Mulvaney told Republicans that the White House is done negotiation and will move on from the health care issue unless the House passes the bill on Friday, according to a GOP aide.

The threat comes after House Republican leadership desperately scrambled Thursday to save the American Health Care Act. Despite talk of progress, Speaker Paul Ryan and his team clearly still did not have the necessary votes to bring the sweeping bill to replace Obamacare to the floor on Thursday, as originally planned. That vote has been pushed off to Friday for now.

Ryan briefly spoke to reporters after the meeting. “For seven and a half years we’ve been promising the American people that we would repeal and replace this broken law because it is collapsing and failing families. Tomorrow we’re proceeding,” Ryan said, taking no questions and walking away.

When asked whether Republicans now have the votes to pass the bill, Rep. Steve Stivers who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee told reporters they will see where they are on Friday.

“I think we’ll find out tomorrow,” Stivers said. “I think it’s gonna be a surprise.”

Both the hard-right House Freedom Caucus and some moderate Republicans remain opposed to the bill, despite an overwhelming push from Republican leadership and the White House.

“We’re committed to stay here until we get it done. So whether the vote is tonight, tomorrow or five days from here, the president will get a victory because I believe we all want to negotiate in good faith and deliver on the promise,” Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows said in the middle of a marathon of meetings.

Meadows said he was still a no on the AHCA, as are many of his Freedom Caucus members, but he is “desperately trying to get to yes.”

The problem remains the same for leadership — any push to win over the Freedom Caucus further alienates moderates and vice versa. After nearing a deal on Wednesday night that the Freedom Caucus seemed optimistic about, moderate members said they could not support the changes.

Even after the meeting with members and White House officials on Thursday night, some Republicans remained unmoved. New York Rep. Dan Donovan, the lone Republican congressman in New York City, exited the meeting saying he was still a no.

“I’m not a fan of the Affordable Care Act. It’s hurt people in my district. This is not giving them the relief that they need,” he said.

Meanwhile, Republicans who are on-board with the plan are growing increasingly frustrated with their colleagues who won’t sign on. “You get one chance at something like this. So we need to get it done,” Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole said. “You’re either part of a team or you’re not.”

Republican leadership made a last-minute pitch to the Freedom Caucus before Thursday’s now-delayed vote that seems to have fallen short. Meadows spoke of promises being too vague and not going far enough to bring down insurance premiums.

The deal revolves around the Freedom Caucus’ desire to do away with the essential health benefits (or things insurance plans must cover) introduced under Obamacare. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said the compromise involves giving states the power to do away with these benefits, rather than doing it at the federal level.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Phil Roe said this policy would only impact the individual markets, which makes up about 6% of the total health insurance market.

Essential health benefits mandate that all health insurance plans must cover certain things such as hospitalization, maternity costs, ambulances, pediatric care, addiction treatment, emergency services, and prescription drugs.

The Freedom Caucus argues these and other Obamacare rules drive up premium costs. Brady said the group is pushing for even more freedom to remove these rules than what is in the offer currently on the table.

Earlier on Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy would not commit to holding the vote on Friday when asked on CNN. McCarthy said only that the House will begin debating the bill formally on Friday and that he hoped it would pass that day.

But after the meeting with the White House, a GOP aide said that Republicans will vote Friday.

“We’re going to get this done. … I know we’ll get this done,” McCarthy said on CNN. “Look, when we bring it to the floor we’re going to have the votes.”

It takes 22 Republicans to vote no to kill the bill. About two dozen have declared to be either a hard no or leaning no, not including softer members of the Freedom Caucus who could flip if their group ultimately endorses the plan.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday that the administration is confident the bill will pass, after saying in a press conference earlier this week that “there is no plan B.”

“It’s going to pass, so that’s it,” Spicer said Thursday.

Snape as Head of House Slytherin

Professor Severus Snape was a very young Head of House, maybe the youngest ever. But under his leadership his house won the House Cup 6 years in a row. I think there are reasons for it, and not only his favoritism ( even if he has reasons for it because his house is suffering because of a bad reputation). The other teachers wouldnt have accepted the result of the House Cup if they didnt really earned it. 

My headcanon:

- His office door is always open for his Slytherin students, when in need, He offers them a good cup of tea,advice and listens without any hint of a sneer

-He exactly knows the family background of every student

- He is helping all those with pretty poor families, pretending they are sponsored with money from Hogwarts…..

- He allows no hint of bullying between the students of his house and is known to get very nasty when he see things like that… one tries….

Sad, JKR gave us so few facts about him as Head of House….maybe its a kind of compensation making Snape the Head of Slytherin House by Albus because he made so few attempts to help Snape in his own schooltime? And for Slytherins in general. But it seems there were not only idiots and morons in Slytherin. Not to forget Tom Riddle was a very good student in his school times, and even the great Merlin was a Slytherin as well. 


Top 10 longest fics posted on AO3 this month

1. Consequences of Redemption by bobbirose [M, 120.2k]

When Draco makes an impromptu decision to rescue Harry Potter from Malfoy Manor, the two find themselves completely alone and facing the looming climax of the war against Voldemort. Harry must start from the beginning with Draco–and starting over has more consequences than either of them anticipated. 

2. Valebis by @heerayni [M, 94.3k]

Farewell. For Draco, it is all that remains. Death is a reward to be earned. But every reward must be deserved and it seems there remains a final, cruellest test before the time for Valebis arrives. Shattered heart and soul, Draco knows there is one last thing he can give to the reason of his destruction, the saviour of the wizarding world : His Life. 

3. Draco Malfoy and the Tome of Entrapment by sabershadowkat [T, 62k]

Draco has been obsessed with Harry Potter since the beginning, but how did his hatred turn into his protecting Harry above even his own safety? One thing’s for sure: being trapped in a book with the person you secretly loved wasn’t a picnic. 

4. Protection by @agentmoppet [T, 56k]

In the months after Voldemort’s death, Draco Malfoy comes to live with Harry Potter under witness protection. But Draco seems somehow different, and Harry is determined to find out why and whether it is going to mean anything different for their relationship. Meanwhile, it seems the Golden Trio might have missed Voldemort’s true goal for the Deathly Hallows. 

5. For the Sake of Grades by RarePairFairy [E, 49.4k]

Draco Malfoy didn’t find it difficult to serve Voldemort. He found it impossible. Which is why, upon being ordered to kill Dumbledore, he defected to the side of good and sent his own father to prison. Students on both sides of the conflict have problems with him, and he finds himself beset on all sides by hatred and distrust. Harry doesn’t know how to feel about any of it, but someone’s going to have to take Malfoy’s side in all this.

6. The Boys Who Lived by @blithelybonny & @writcraft [E, 49k]

The Battle for Hogwarts is over and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix have lost the war against Voldemort. When his father is killed for treason, Draco Malfoy is forced to return to Hogwarts and finds the school under the control of a much changed Slytherin House, and the cruel leadership of the Carrows. Yet even in the darkest of times, there is light and Draco finds an unlikely ally in Harry Potter. […]
Harry/Draco Collaboration Fest 2015

7. The Four Ds of Apparition (or: Destination, Determination, Deliberation, and Dicks) by @eidheann & @firethesound [E, 36.6k]

After transferring to the Apparition Department, Harry’s life becomes one big dick joke. And all his friends are arseholes. So is Malfoy, but what else is new? AKA Harry Potter and the eighteen twenty dicks. 
Harry/Draco Collaboration Fest 2015

8. Draco Malfoy and the Heart of Slytherin by sabershadowkat [T, 34.6k]

Instead of allowing Draco to stay with family or friends when his father is arrested, Dumbledore places him with Harry Potter. What was Dumbledore thinking? 

9. O Sinners, Let’s Go Down by birdsofshore & @raitala [E, 32.6k]

It seemed like such a straightforward plan ‒ a trip to Suffolk to research his mother’s family tree and spend a few days relaxing by the seaside. Harry wasn’t looking for anything more than that. He certainly wasn’t looking for Draco Malfoy. 
Harry/Draco Collaboration Fest 2015

10. The hero and the spell-breaker by letterando [E, 32k]

Harry can’t deal with his fame and cooks his days away in a decaying and ghastly Grimmauld Place number 12, but when Draco Malfoy walks in his house more than a decade after their last meeting, he realizes that it wouldn’t be so bad to eat the meals he prepares together with the ex-Death Eater. 

other months

anonymous asked:

i'm looking for some angsty war-time h/d fic, do you have any recs? especially ones where they struggle with allegiances / aren't on the same side immediately, maybe like a "sleeping with the enemy" situation at first. sorry if that sounds overly specific, i was just listening to "between the bars" by elliott smith and it's soooo h/d and it gave me war-time fic cravings! thank you!

Here are some war time Drarry;

Temptation on the Warfront by Alizarincrimson (180k)
Draco Malfoy is forced into hiding with the Golden Trio and dragged into their search for horcruxes. What ensues is a journey of redemption, unexpected friendships and an unwanted, turbulent romance with Harry Potter. Warnings for swearing, sexual content, and dark themes. [Oneshot Sequel Let them Hear]

Walking the Line by Silentauror (180k)
Sixth year is over and Draco Malfoy is on the run. The war is on and an unwanted assignment is forced upon him by the only people he trusts - and a one-time arch-enemy just may be out to kill him. DM/HP, HPB spoilers. Complete!

And I Know the Spark by Firethesound (15k)
All Draco cares about is keeping Potter alive, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.

A Thousand Beautiful Things series by Geoviki (168k in total)
Draco Malfoy struggles with changed fortunes, shifted alliances, an ugly war, and an unusual spell, with the help of a concerned professor, an insightful house-elf, and an unexpected Gryffindor friend.
Delicate Sound of Thunder (Sequel):  Draco Malfoy has always known that happily ever after is only true for fairy tales.  When someone threatens to expose his wartime past, he risks his life to protect his secrets, but learns he’s not the only one with something to hide.  The sequel to A Thousand Beautiful Things.

Not Through With You by Dark0feenix (11k)

Draco doesn’t remember, and Harry doesn’t let him forget.

The Eighth Tale by Lettered (12k)
Draco Malfoy tries to fix the past, but instead mucks it up some more. For Harry, it all becomes quite clear.

It Started in the Shower series by Chickenlivesinpumpkin (124k)
When Harry finds Malfoy in his shower at Grimmauld Place, the two boys struggle to keep their hands to themselves, not realizing that their ‘enemies-with-benefits’ relationship will eventually become considerably darker and more powerful. That relationship will influence the search for the horcruxes–and the war–in unpredictable ways.

Love is… by Melusinahp (13k)
This is a story about love. It is not a romance.

Angels and Devils by Aj_socks (28k)
Draco is captured by the Order and during his time as a prisoner, he realizes that both light and darkness can blind you to the truth.

Boys Don’t Cry by Furiosity and Pixies (50k)
After the eventful Christmas in Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts, his godfather gave him a badly wrapped package. Inside was something Harry could use to get in contact should the need arise, Sirius said. Harry resolved never to use whatever it was – he would not put Sirius in danger. When Harry had a vision of Sirius in terrible danger, he did not think of using Sirius’s last-minute gift. Hermione, however, did. This is the story of what happened after that.

A Fruit Tree in Winter by Bryoneybrynn (29k)
After failing in his task of killing Dumbledore, life doesn’t go as Draco expected. Sometimes just surviving takes everything you’ve got. And sometimes healing is something you can’t do alone. Story goes AU/AR from the end of Half-Blood Prince.

Promise Me by Frayach (4k)
Draco made two promises that pulled him in opposite directions. He can only fulfill one.

For All That Ails You by Frayach (17k)
Voldemort forces Draco to drink a love potion so that he’ll fall in love with Harry, and he does - madly. But then Harry does too. When Hermione finds an antidote for the love potion, neither knows who loves who. But then along comes the anonymous poetry contest to save the day.

Allegiance and Sedition by SilentAuror (98k) 
The war is in its fifth year, and Harry finds himself caught up in the confusion of friend versus enemy, spy versus traitor.

Consequences of Redemption by Bobbirose (120k)
When Draco makes an impromptu decision to rescue Harry Potter from Malfoy Manor, the two find themselves completely alone and facing the looming climax of the war against Voldemort. Harry must start from the beginning with Draco–and starting over has more consequences than either of them anticipated.

Beneath You by Cinnamon (114k)
Draco had no idea that the repercussions of stealing Potter’s journal and shoving it down the back of his trousers would be so extreme. Featuring nefarious plots, the mating rituals of Slytherins, double-crossing spells, Ron/Pansy, and Draco/Harry.

Under the Cold, Wan Moon by Slytherincess (38k) 
He does not seek war, but when attacked he knows better how to die than surrender.

A Dream of Running Water by Lomonaaeren (35k)
Driven nearly mad by his bitterness against the Dark Lord, Draco becomes a spy for the Order of the Phoenix. The device they sneak him to aid in his reports has unpredictable side-effects—like allowing Draco to dream of a landscape with a river running through it. That would be soothing, if Potter wasn’t there.

Wolfish by Femmequixotic and Noeon (7k)
With wolves surrounding him, Draco seeks safe haven. But as his godfather warns him, wolves come in many forms.

Finite Incantatum by Alysian_Fields (159k)
What should have happened after ‘Half Blood Prince’! It’s the autumn after Dumbledore’s death, the Death Eaters are steadily gaining power, and Harry and his friends are desperate to find the remaining Horcruxes. But then Draco Malfoy arrives at Grimmauld Place, traumatised, starved and drained of all his magical ability. It falls to Harry to show the Slytherin how to adapt to his new way of life, never guessing that Draco has a few things to teach him in return.

The Boys Who Lived by distempered and Writcraft (49k)
The Battle for Hogwarts is over and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix have lost the war against Voldemort. When his father is killed for treason, Draco Malfoy is forced to return to Hogwarts and finds the school under the control of a much changed Slytherin House, and the cruel leadership of the Carrows. Yet even in the darkest of times, there is light and Draco finds an unlikely ally in Harry Potter. Battered and bruised by the war, Harry’s tenacity and determination gives Draco hope and the two boys forge an unexpected alliance in a post-war world where secrets tear friends apart and nothing is quite as it seems

Secrets by Vorabiza (411k)

Beginning with Draco’s unexpected arrival at the Dursleys, Harry’s summer after sixth year becomes filled with activity and many secrets. As his summer progresses, Harry generates several unexpected allies as he finds himself actively becoming the leader of the Light side.

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Tell Your Congress Members that Trumpcare is Wrong for America

URGENT!!!! Please call this morning! The House leadership just released their draft of the Affordable Health Care repeal/replace bill and it will increase costs for older Americans, and hurts poor and middle class Americans. Millions will lose coverage. It will make healthcare less affordable. It includes a tax break for insurance companies that pay their CEO more than $500,000. It freezes the Medicaid expansion and caps federal funding in order to cut taxes for the rich. It defunds Planned Parenthood. It also requires that insurance plans not cover abortion.

Please call your senators and representative and ask them to oppose this plan.

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Script: Hi, my name is [name] and I am calling to ask Senator/Representative [name] to oppose the newly release ACA repeal plan. This bill would lead to millions losing coverage and those with coverage paying more for less comprehensive coverage. It will also hurt millions of poor Americans. Thank you.

Pluto in houses 4 - 12

Pluto in the fourth house

At the deepest roots of their life Pluto will be cleansing and transforming in the sphere of family relations and sense of belonging. The fourth house is closely connected with our deepest self, psychological roots and feeling of protection. 

Those born with Pluto in the 4th house may have experienced something dramatic in the family home, and whatever it was it can sometimes make them feel isolated and rootless. Perhaps there was much that was hidden or secret in their childhood, and this has changed them indefinitely.

According to modern astrology the fourth house rules the father, and everything we inherit from our immediate family. Pluto in the 4th house can show early intimidation, and the father may appear threatening to the child, even if his behavior has unwarranted this powerful reaction. On the other hand, the father may have had a profound affect on the individual growing up, and his absence leaves psychological wounds. Another possibility is that he had difficulty in expressing his emotions, suffered from deep depression, and so when he erupted the violence of his reactions frighten a young child. The father may have been over-demanding, over-controlling, over-protective or jealous.

The 4th house can also signify the death of one of the parents, or actual abandonment. Sometimes the death of a family member has effected the child deeply. The parents may have been struggling to come to terms with a significant loss. The family may have broken up, lost its home, suffered bankruptcy, etc. Pluto in the 4th house is deeply private and secretive about their home life. One of the best outlets for this placement is to “dig up” the family history, and explore old secrets. The complexes and traumas formed in early childhood, if unresolved, often seethe below the level of conscious awareness, and the individual carries a hefty weight of grief and resentment over old hurts 

The individual might want to cut off their feelings altogether, it may feel as if something dangerous underneath threatens to overwhelm them. Pluto in the 4th house represents heavy emotional baggage, which must be explored and healed. There may have even been something considered taboo about their roots and parentage, and the family might have been persecuted in the past. A parents paranoia, obsessive behavior or depressive moods, may have permeated the environment.This can all affect how you feel about family and living at home.

When Pluto is placed in the house of the home, they may want to relocate, emigrate, utterly reinvent where they are living, or build a new place to live. This will usually happen when they feel they have outgrown phase of their life.Sometimes forces beyond their control part them with their past, but they will discover a renewed sense of belonging and transform in the process. Pluto in the 4th house may be involved with tearing down old homes and rebuilding them. The home might have been badly damaged and in need of repair. The situation often forces them to tap into their inner resources.

Pluto in the fifth house

With Pluto in the 5th house there is a powerful urge to express creativity, and art may be pursued with obsessive passion. Artwork and hobbies are expressed with drama, intensity and even heaviness. Creative gifts may be out of the ordinary and have a profound effect on others. Those with Pluto here have strong creative forces in whatever they do, and they want to do it to the fullest, they get totally, passionately and even obsessively involved.

However, these people may have to confront psychological blocks and  re-examine early childhood and see what type of encouragement was received and how others responded to their taste for drama. The labour of creating something can be a long and painful process until they face whatever complexes are rooted in the 5th house. Still, their desire for personal recognition is compelling, and if they do not achieve personal success they may try to force their children  to fulfill their desires for them.

Pluto in the 5th house is over-protective of loved ones and children, and they share a deep and loving bond. Sometimes there is over-possessiveness and smothering. The birth of a child can completely transform their life. The eldest child may undergo a crisis of some kind, or their personality is strongly Plutonian. Astrologer Sue Tompkins says:

A deep desire to have children can be indicated with this placement, which can also sometimes be indicative of miscarriages and abortions if other factors in the horoscope concur. Occasionally it equates with putting a child up for adoption.

 Love affairs are often consuming and emotionally exhausting and they may become obsessed, fixated and jealous of a lover. Pluto in the 5th house is popularly known amongst astrologers as the “fatal attraction” position, and it sometimes indicates a secret or hidden affair. The individual may fall in love with someone who is passionate, jealous, domineering or emotionally turbulent. Pluto here is not likely to take the affairs of the heart lightly and each romance is seen as some kind of fate. Pluto in the 5th house may also indicate a hidden need for love, flattery and attention.

They can act as natural leaders and pioneers, and objectively understand how to guide individual development and actualization of those they touch. The other day I was watching several children play. They were all four and five year olds. At one point an eighteen month old baby wandered by these children. This little girl had a tremendously powerful aura. All the four and five year old children stopped what they were doing and began to follow her. Mesmerized they simply fell in line with this child. After watching this scene I asked the mother for her birth data. As it turned out, the little one had Pluto conjunct Saturn in the 5th house. This intrinsic leadership capacity created an almost Pied-Piper - like effect upon the four and five year olds even though she was only eighteen months old. Jeff Green

There is often a burning desire within to create and sexuality can be intense. A powerful sense of self-importance may be present, alternatively they hide their creativity and sense of specialness. Sometimes art is created in reaction to a trauma, conflict and upheaval. The creative self-expression is used as a healing tool.

Pluto in the sixth house

Those with Pluto in the 6th house can have an obsession with routine and ritual. The 6th house rules over our day-to-day routine of life. The 6th house also describes how we get along with our co-workers and the people we are serving and who serve us. People with this placement of Pluto may possibly have power-struggles in the place of work, and sometimes the individual gives the impression of being threatening, intimidating and hostile to other people. 

Instead those at work bully or threaten this person, and betrayal, treachery, jealousy, bitchiness and intrigue is not uncommon. This position of Pluto does not react well to criticism at work and they can also be ruthless with others on the job. Alternatively, they may be over-zealous in their work practices, powerful and efficient in routine and executing the job the right-way. Pluto can transform work conditions, lifestyle and routine, and the individual has tremendous organizational capability, excelling at  precision work.

These people can be a dynamo at work and have laser-like focus on what needs to be done within a schedule. Pluto in the 6th house desires and ensures that the job gets done right and they are passionate in the workplace, no one is more loyal, committed and dedicated to service. Furthermore, there is also a need to make sweeping changes in the office, factory or workshop.

In some cases the work is Plutonian by nature: Psychology, healing, detective, investigation, research, mortician and so forth. In addition, there is also the tendency towards obsession with work and some individuals function like workaholics. Pluto here may be over-consumed with the minor details and tend to over-analyse problems to death. 

The work-life may go through cycles of change and they may stay in a job for years, until fate pushes them in a completely new direction. Sometimes there can be losses at work, or conditions beyond their control. Losing a job can have a serious psychological impact. Pluto here is invested, driven and compulsive in their work. Wherever Pluto is placed is where the individual may have to face a life and death struggle, and so crisis at work, health troubles or pet matters may be areas of concern.

Persons with Pluto in the 6th house can explore the functions of the mind and body in all-encompassing depth, complexity and penetration. This placement can indicate the eruption of health problems, and therefore the whole diet, regime and lifestyle will need an over-haul. The body needs to get rid of bodily toxins and poisons. For example, Demi Moore has Pluto in the 6th house and this woman is into dangerous detox diets and exercise. Pluto in 6th house diets are severe, and the body survives on minute quantities of food. Sometimes there are major control issues with the body. The person tries various rebuilding techniques, and there often a tremendous amount of effort put into self-improvement.

Pluto in the seventh house

Those with Pluto in the 7th housewill find that partnerships are the catalyst or agents for personal transformation and change. It is the area of relationships that plunge them into deep emotional complexes, testing the depth of their unions, and building and rebuilding contacts with others.

Wherever Pluto is placed in the chart is where we are emotionally wounded, and so when Pluto is placed in the 7th house it is our dealing with others where we find eruptions, blow ups and upheaval. Any problems with a partner will tend to simmer and seethe under the surface, and since Pluto is the planet of extremes, these people are learning to relate in a balanced and cooperative way.

The issue of who holds the power in the relationship is brought into sharp focus, and this may require a complete breakdown and rebuilding of the relationship. Pluto here can indicate power struggles with business partners or those involved in joint projects. The person can also form alliances with powerful people, and these individuals often have a tremendous impact on their future.

Relationships will never stay the same and they encounter people with enormous emotion, passion and vulnerability. Often these people believe that they have met their soul mate and that he or she has known this person in former lives. According to past life astrologers the individual has chosen to empower themselves in relationships this lifetime by overcoming the same emotionally abusive relationships that controlled them in a previous life.

The person may feel haunted by all past relationships and so resentment, guilt and feelings of persecution at the hands of others needs to be healed. Empowering themselves in relationships is the key to understanding their evolutionary development. Many people with Pluto in the 7th house are here to empower others and make very good counsellors, healers and agents for change.

The proclivity for destruction exists in the area of relating and Pluto stirs deep feelings in this house. The potential for treachery, betrayal, secrecy, jealousy, abuse and severe trust issues in relationships may threaten the strength of any bond. The people they get involved with will often mirror back the shadowy parts of themselves that have not been allowed full consciousness.

Pluto here can have difficulty trusting a partner and feeling safe in a union, and these people are working on exposing all issues within the relationship and healing them. There can be divorce or the loss of a partner through death, and it can become the single obsession of their lives. Similarly, they may fear the loss of a partner and attempt to control and dominate the relationship. There can be difficulty in letting go of a partner, and their own destiny is so tightly wound with him or her that to lose them would feel like a death.

Some Pluto in 7th house people have helped a partner through a terminal condition, depression or mental illness and there is usually a fated feeling about relationships. The partner is sometimes emotionally troubled and involved in criminal and underground activities. Conversely, the partner has a Plutonian vocation, and perhaps they work in the police force, psychology, or healing practices.

Pluto in the eighth house

Those with Pluto in the 8th house possess the power to drastically change the lives of others. Pluto is placed in a very powerful and dominant position, but when its natural energies are obstructed it can lead to a build-up of repressed desires, which burst through consciousness, and all hell breaks loose.

Many astrologers believe that when Pluto is placed in the 8th house of the horoscope the individual will experience at least one major life change. Pluto can plunge the native into the intensity of the underworld through a connection with profound issues such as sex, death, power and survival.

With all planets in the 8th house the individual needs to seek empowerment, which refers to the acquisition of power rather than wielding it over others. Additionally, ignoring such powerful intense desires will leave the soul feeling powerless, frightened and overwhelmed. 

Partnerships may involve power-struggles, physical or emotional violence or the breaking of taboos. Some have a propensity for troubled relationships, and it involves long-drawn out conflict over inheritance, sex, business deals and divorce settlements. Relationships can be damaged as a result, and we can recognize this pattern in many couples with silent stand-offs, withdrawal, ambivalence, distrust, anger, blame and an emotional tug of war.

When a relationship has a power-struggle brewing underneath, and the two people begin to test the waters (8th), each partner sheds their inhibitions and lets their real self-emerge. Pluto in the 8th house describes this exchange of intensity and pronounces the desire to transform relationships, and so intense engagement doesn’t have to threaten a relationship, it can help it grow, develop and heal.

The problems arising in the present are often fuelled by the unconscious, and the 8th house represents our psychic inheritance. The family demons may include: death, abuse, emotional manipulation, nasty parental divorce, violence, suicide or mental illness. According to Jungian astrology many 8th house people are born to be the “curse breaker” of the family. Indeed, if the individual can wield such power, they can also bring profound healing. They have a talent for transforming, and their strong will power often equates with an all or nothing attitude.

Pluto in the 8th house can have a compulsive fascination with death and some have an unconscious death wish. Eighth house people are intensely probing and are often interested in dark subjects like the occult, psychology and unsolved mysteries. Inner growth may be a lifelong interest. Pluto here may also have strong psychic powers, and this placement gives the individual added insights.

Pluto here also indicates research ability and the person is willing to dig deep and they may also possess a secretive nature. Issues of life and death may consume them, and the individual  may be able to assist those who are emotionally or mentally disturbed.

Pluto in the ninth house

Those with Pluto in the 9th house may go through a philosophical overhaul and dramatic crisis in life come as a result of belief systems. They may be fascinated with alchemy, archaeology, pre-history, magic, or the occult. This is also an excellent placement for anyone involved in psychology, research and things of an investigative nature. The image of God is characterised by deep, personal experience of transformation. The individual holds the belief that knowledge is power, and they are keen on studying, and there is a feeling that one must root out this knowledge for themselves. 

Pluto will tear everything apart until it finds the hidden meaning. Higher education may have a profound impact on the individual for one reason or another, and they could dramatically switch courses. They are often insatiable to find answers to some of life’s bigger questions, and need to understand the laws and patterns which govern life. Pluto in the 9th house desperately needs to find some meaning in their lives, it’s as if their very survival depends on understanding the world at large. 

Much will depend upon the nature of the ideology they adopt, and at the extreme level they may be a religious fanatic, or a revolutionary attempting to force their worldview on others. Similarly they may also feel persecuted for what they believe, and philosophies are torn down and restructured. Some feel betrayed by the belief system they have followed, and the collapse and deep loss of faith can be overwhelming. The way the individual views and perceives life will undergo major adjustments, and they might even have to face some form of prejudice – either from groups or mainstream society. 

There is an intensive struggle for the deeper truths in life, and travelling to places may involve some kind of trauma, crisis or death. Moreover the individual may feel dramatically transformed while travelling and experiencing different cultures. Pluto’s position in the 9th house brings feelings of rootlessness so that the view of life or religion has to be looked for elsewhere. The search for a new vision may become obsessive, and for some there is a deep dislike of hypocrisy. The higher mind goes through periodic purges and at certain points in their lives they follow a course of study, religion or philosophy with conviction. 

Pluto in the 9th house wants to discover the meaning of the universe, and they can be adept at understanding the deeper aspects of education, teaching and travelling. The 9th house is also related to the higher courts and legal battles are long drawn out and painful. Sometimes there are even some disputes with the in-laws. There will be times in their lives that they passionately crusade something they deem noble and important. The individual can be instrumental in bringing about change in areas of higher learning, religion, or other studies, and radically alter their own perspective in the process.

Pluto in the tenth house

Those with Pluto in the 10th house have their compulsive nature focused on worldly ambitions, and expression of authority. They are likely to find themselves in positions of power and there is an insatiable drive towards success. The individual has a strong striving for impact and influence in society, and may be completely obsessed with their calling in life. They can become consumed by their career and their need for professional success is always intensified.

Pluto here has tremendous determination and great organisation skills. Some work in Plutonian areas like psychology, mining, healing, investigating, or business, but usually one deals with the issue of power, and sometimes the individual seeks to expose the establishment, and this placement can indicate a troubling relationship with authority figures. Those with Pluto in the 10th house may face humiliating experiences at the hands of those in power. Sometimes there is a distrust of those in authority, and Pluto in the 10th house needs to periodically tear down structures and rebuild them. In some cases this may mean leaving an established career, and embarking on a radically different one. They may be subject to career upheavals, public disgrace, have their reputation destroyed, or see the destruction of their career. 

The individual may face forced redundancy, complete takeover, or witness a business collapsing. Sometimes they can no longer tolerate their career and don’t feel as if they are passionately engaged anymore. However, even in all of these cases the person has the ability to regenerate their career and vocation, pick up the pieces and start all over again.

Negatively the shadowy side of Pluto may enter their career and the individual may be ruthless, manipulative, secretive and underhanded in business. However, for most people they are challenged to learn how to use the right amount of assertiveness to avoid power-struggles when they reach the top. Pluto’s position in any of the houses shows the use and abuse of power, and when Pluto is in the 10th house they are very sensitive to the issue of control.

Pluto in this position may have grown up with a dominant parent, and viewed them as oppressive or controlling. Whatever the case, the parent wields an enormous amount of power in the family. Similarly they may view them as dark, possessive and threatening. In reality the parent may not be this way at all, and she may have struggled successfully with some crisis or trauma, but the individual may feel sensitive and vulnerable in their presence. Sometimes it can mean the death of parent or early emotional problems.

Pluto in the 10th house may be responsible for transforming society and tearing down old systems that have become outworn and out-dated. The individual also lets nothing stand in the way of their ambition, and they want to remake and change the world in some significant way.

Pluto in the eleventh house 
Those with Pluto in the 11th house may find intense emotional experiences through groups, friendships, and society at large. The death or loss of friends can affect these people deeply. A crisis of some kind could lead these individuals to take up a cause, and fight for social change in some area.

The individual may wish to transform society to knock it down and rebuild it from scratch. These people can display extraordinary passion towards groups of people, social ideals and movements. The forming of any of these alliances creates profound and life-altering change in the individual. People they acquaint with are the catalysts for growth.

The individuals they meet have an affect on the life for a very long time. It may not be easy to shake off the experiences he or she has with groups, friends and alliances. They may form life-changing relationships, but they are also likely to be fuelled with drama at times. Some of these people feel very uncomfortable in group situations, and they can become paranoid in crowds of people. The individual is quite aware of the darker thoughts and feelings of any group.

Those with Pluto here might find themselves resentful, jealous and mistrustful of friends. The need to control and dominate a group may also be a problem, and they find themselves feeling disturbed, isolated and deeply impacted within social networks of people. The Pluto in 11th house soul also feels that these activities can become demanding and overwhelming on his or her life.

Wherever Pluto is placed there is always that feeling that fate, destiny or karma is at work. With Pluto in the 11th house a compulsive relationship with a friend and the extremes of emotion experienced with this person could be one theme repeating in their life. Those with Pluto here will fight tooth and nail for friends.  Some friendships may prove difficult and they may cause problems through sexual tensions, violence abuse, blackmail and dangerous power struggles.

A mistrust of others often develops, but with Pluto we first view the dark side of a situation and so come across some unethical predicaments. The feeling of powerlessness and helplessness with deep-reaching transformations is another possibility and this usually happens through groups, charities and memberships involving large organizations.

This placement is often associated with replacing one group of associates with another, so that they form a whole new group. It can also bring bring deep, rewarding and powerfully loyal relationships, and the individual may be interested in scientific or humanitarian pursuits, and the repression of freedom could be a powerful issue raised.

Pluto in the twelfth house

Those with Pluto in the 12th house have a deep interest in secrets, the unconscious, and anything mysterious. Psychoanalysis, investigating dreams and other methods of uncovering mysteries are interesting to them. They may be exceptionally perceptive intuitively or psychically.

Stephen Arroyo: Astrology Karma and Transformation points out that the twelfth house reveals influences beyond our conscious control. Planets here symbolize forces which often overwhelm us.

Therefore the individual born with Pluto in the twelfth house sphere has the challenge of not feeling overwhelmed by the collective shadow of suffering, sadness and grief. Pluto in the 12th house has unfathomable and complex emotional guilt and feelings of persecution, and it is not unlikely for this individual to take on the role of family scapegoat. Frequently there is a dark history of abuse, brutality, or violence, and the individual senses that there is something shadowy lurking in the background.

Pluto is working on transforming the collective shadow, and the task is to bring those repressed parts that are weak and undeveloped into full awareness so that they are faced and integrated into the personality. Blocked energy in the unconscious can be released through therapy, self-analysis and dream-work. The depths of the subconscious are explored, and there may be a powerful urge to study psychology or another avenue that explores the unconscious realms of the human psyche.

Pluto in the 12th house possesses a psychic sensitivity to the hidden lives of others. Sue Tompkins says this placement is like a psychic refuse bin, and they absorb the negativity around them; all the unexpressed grief and fears that others conceal behind a happy face. Problematic areas relating to the 12th house are unseen health problems, addictions, excessive escapism, and an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness.

Pluto is sensitive to what is dark and destructive in society. Self-destructive, suicidal, paranoid and destructive fantasies leave the individual feeling helpless and unable to prevent something bad from happening. Yet, this is also a frequent placement in the charts of those who work in mental health, crisis situations, counselling, and crime prevention. 

There is a deep need to do something for humanity that will benefit others and themselves. Pluto in the 12th house possesses a deep reservoir of healing power, regenerative ability, capability and strength in the face of unimaginable terror. The person can go through sustained periods of inner growth and periodic transformations and personal crisis are experienced liberally throughout their lifetime.

Common characteristics of Pluto in the twelfth house include: being deeply private, not what they seem as interpreted in other’s eyes, deeply sensitive; taking things to heart; being amazingly shy at a core level; being ultra-emotional; although you may not know it, they can be extremely giving in a silent way; having many deep and unresolved fears, and aura of dreaminess, and powerful dreams or never any dreams because of exhaustion; being naturally psychic. By Jeff Green


Barack Obama Shares His Lessons Learned on Leadership and Power

The power and responsibilities of the U.S. presidency are unique and unmatched—only 44 people have ever had the job. On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama offered a glimpse inside the world’s most powerful office. Obama was discussing food policy and climate change at Seeds&Chips, a global food and innovation summit in Milan, but he also offered up some of the lessons he learned inside the White House on leadership, power, and effecting change. It was his first speech to an international audience since his term ended.

Failing publicly can be liberating. Obama said that the people who know him say he did not change much during his presidency, and “I’m happy about that.” Obama said that rather than starting to believe his own hype, “I actually found I became more humble the longer I was in office.” He also became less fearful. He said that as president of the United States, you make a mistake every day, everyone has seen you fail, and “large portions of the country think you’re an idiot.” But he said it was “a liberating feeling” when you realize it’s okay, you’re still here, and you have the chance to do some good. As time went on, he said he got rid some of those anxieties.

Empower others. So often we think of leadership “as someone at the top who is ordering other people around,” Obama said. He learned that leadership was teaching people who thought they didn’t have a voice to speak up about the things impacting their lives.

Power is isolating. Obama said that one of the hardest things about being the U.S. president is the way the job is “unique in its isolation.” While the burdens of leadership are real in any country, he said because of the security apparatus around the U.S. president, you live in a bubble—“a very nice prison.” You don’t have the freedom to take a walk or sit at a café, he said. “I don’t miss that. Now I’m only captive to selfies, which is almost as bad. I can walk anywhere as long as I’m willing to take a selfie every two steps.”

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It’s not enough to be the squeaky wheel. Obama said that politicians and governments respond to people making noise and demands. But the biggest mistake made by activists “is one you’ve gotten the attention of people in power then you have to engage them and have sensible ideas.” Obama added that you have to do you homework, have your facts straight, and be willing to compromise. He is addressing this issue head on with the Obama Presidential Center, which is designed to help the next generation of activist leadership.

Know how to shape public opinion in the internet age. Obama said that his campaign’s use of social media was advanced at the time, but technology moves so quickly that today it already seems outdated. Shaping public opinion in the internet age means finding and keeping up with ways to speak to young people who are getting all of their information off their phone, he said, and won’t read a lengthy report. He paraphrased Abraham Lincoln, saying, “With public opinion there’s nothing I cannot do, and without public opinion there’s nothing I can get done,” adding: “I learned that firsthand myself,”

anonymous asked:

are you surprised that a person could get close enough to a congressman with a gun to actually shoot them? especially after giffords?

No, I’m surprised that more members of Congress haven’t been targeted for assassination, especially after Gabby Giffords was shot (and five innocent people were killed) in 2011. We live in an ugly and dangerous political climate and we’ve seen so many members of Congress confronted by constituents in tense town hall meetings, particularly since the beginning of the Tea Party movement, that I am genuinely surprised there haven’t been more assassination attempts or physical attacks.

It’s weird to put it this way, but we’ve been somewhat lucky that the shootings in Tucson and at the Congressional baseball practice have been the extent of physical attacks against members of Congress in this political atmosphere. That’s even more true when you think about the fact that members of Congress – particularly those in the House of Representatives – are surprisingly accessible, especially when they return to their districts and hold public meetings with constituents (and most do this a few times each month). And Congressional offices frequently share upcoming public schedules of Senators and Representatives. Members of Congress are usually pretty visible, but that also makes them dangerously vulnerable.

The vast majority of members of Congress don’t have any type of security protecting them in public. Only the leadership in both chambers of Congress are assigned security; fortunately, Representative Scalise is the third-ranking member of the House majority’s leadership because the presence of his security detail at the baseball practice on Wednesday probably prevented a massacre. But it’s impractical for all 535 Senators and Representatives to receive personal protection 24/7. The costs would be exorbitant and it would be a blow to the whole idea of our Congress if the people’s direct representatives had to be protected from the people at all times by armed security. 

However, we should worry about the safety of the people that we send to Congress to represent us. I’ve been thinking about that over the past few days since seeing some of the questions and comments I’ve received since Wednesday’s shooting. What happened to Steve Scalise isn’t something to celebrate any more than we would have celebrated or put up with celebrations by people on the other side of the aisle when Gabby Giffords was shot. No matter how we might feel about an individual member of Congress or how frustrated, angry, and outraged we might be at the institution as a whole (and, don’t get me wrong, it sucks), these are our representatives. In Speaker Ryan’s fantastic speech on Wednesday following the shooting, he said, “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” He didn’t just mean that an attack on a Republican Congressman is the same as an attack on a Democratic Congressman. We sent these public servants to Congress in order to directly represent us, and we can disagree but we shouldn’t stand by and let anyone unilaterally decide that they can use violence as a veto power over the will of the electorate. An attack on our representatives – ANY of our representatives – is an attack on you and me and our friends and families. Most importantly, it’s an attack on our freedom of choice and on our power to choose whomever we think can best represent the things that matter to our communities. It is extremely important for us to protect those freedoms and, yes, to protect the people we send to represent us because there are times we have to understand the differences between the individual and the importance of the office, or between the individuals and the importance of the institution. And sometimes the individual in the office and the individuals in control of the institution don’t seem worthy of our respect let alone deserving of our protection, but they are worthy and they are deserving. Because they are our offices and institution.



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Gender: Male
Race: Sin’dorei
Height: 6 ft. 6 in.
Eye Color: Fel Green
Hair Color: Gray


Birthday: October
Occupation: Soldier | Veteran | Lightward | Former Spellbreaker
Sexual identification: “The worst.”
Romantic identification: “Virtually non-existent for about a decade.”
Alignment: Neutral
Criminal History: There is perhaps a count or two of dishonorable conduct on his records with Silvermoon’s military, but that was “literally three hundred or so years ago so they’ve probably let that go.”
Relationship Status: “A bit of cavorting here and there, but nothing serious. The whole idea of a relationship is a complicated one right now.”


Food: Sweet or savory pastries
Drink: Coffee
Artist: “Mages can be considered artists, right? Qeren could create some amazing things with her magic.” 
Scents: Cigars, polished armor, certain magics, coffee, chocolate.  
Person(s): “They passed away a long time ago. No further comments*.”

* In reality, there are quite a few people in the present who Ithanar would consider his favorite or just enjoys their company in general. Here’s a list of people in no particular order… Elleynah, Thanidiel, Qeren, Bricini, Avie, Esheyn, Vynthius, Faervell, Ithaerin, Iloridan, Aurelian, Sare’wen and others. 


Ten facts about your character…

-  Hails from House Islesun, a smaller noble family that has forged an alliance with the Farstriders; their estate rests on an island called “The Isle” (or “The Whirlpool”) which resides off the northwestern coast of Quel’Thalas.

- Holds the seat of leadership for House Islesun not by line of succession, but… by other methods. How and why Ithanar took control is a mystery to mostly everyone who isn’t a family member. 

- Practiced the art of spellbreaking to some degree or another before the organization was officially established by Kael’thas; cannot perform spellbreaking any longer due to an accident suffered during the Fall. 

- Has served for hundreds of years with Silvermoon’s military, and even held command of his own unit at one point or another before his first retirement nearly a century ago.

- Possesses a variety of tattoos, the most prominent being a series of interlocking dark purple circles on his forearms. The inside of these circles are emblazoned with runes, and were most definitely utilized for spellbreaking prior to the Fall. Has had rather intricate fel tattoos applied on his forearms recently; the why and how is known only to a few. 

- Was briefly recruited by the Farstriders due to his family’s ties with the organization, but refused them due to his interests lying with Silvermoon’s military. 

- Was married to his fellow spellbreaker, teacher, and former commander Tanrae; the two had a child named Iltheria, who became a rather accomplished mage. Both perished during the Fall. 

- Has had a variety of associations with mages over the years, but none more engaging and thoughtful than the time he spent with the archmage Qeren Bloodmantle (formerly Brightmantle) after they were introduced in Dalaran. Their relationship lasted for a century; in fact, the elf’s daughter Iltheria apprenticed under the woman. 

- Has reluctantly made an acquaintance of an ancient entity from the Emerald Nightmare who seeks his destruction. 

- Has been pronounced clinically dead once. It’s a rather long story. 


Things they like:

- Smoking a good cigar and having a fine glass of wine.
- Conversation (e.g. trading quips and friendly barbs) with friends.
- Sparring and training.
- Discussing magical theory, especially spellbreaking.
- Meditation. 

Things they dislike:

- The open sea.
- Ancient curses.
- Unpreparedness
- The Burning Legion. 
- Certain stealthy animals*. 

* “That fucking bear. I swear.” 

Good habits:

- Rather prepared for a variety of situations.
- Cool and calm under pressure.
- Doesn’t “fuck around” (for the most part).
- Shrewd and resourceful.
- Thinks before acting (most of the time). 

Bad habits:

- Stubborn at times.
- Easily annoyed.
- Probably swears a little too much.
- A little too quiet; probably doesn’t speak up enough. 
- Has a bit of “resting bitch face” at times. 

Personalities they gravitate towards:

- Those who can appreciate a good joke.
- Those who are quick witted and can keep up.
- Those who have seen “shit on the battlefield”.
- Those who are younger and may need some advice here or there.
- Those who are confident. 

Personalities they avoid:

- Those “who get caught up in their own bullshit.”
- Those who are afraid to do the job they’ve been tasked with.
- Those who talk too much “and won’t shut their damn mouths”.
- Those who do not do well with stress. 
- Those “who doesn’t try and do a little bit of thinking before they act.” 


- Being incapacitated/crippled (again)
- His twin sister Ildrielen
- That he’s lost a step or two.
- Losing his new friends. 
- Himself 

Tagged by: @forever-afk (thank you, Tiah-senpai) & @stormandozone

Tagging: @entropytea (FOR ANY OF YOUR FABULOUS CHARACTERS) | @thanidiel (if you feel like doing it for Belendiel) | @jessipalooza | @dorksworn | @thenaaru | @edaigoa@pyrar | @korkrunchcereal | @keialaar | @airiannagrace | @ocarina-of-what | @quelfabulous | @snarksonomy (for one of the elves or for Mill!) | @mekiasiven | @sparklepriest | @sakialyn | anyone else who would like to take a stab at this! 

BnHA Hogwarts AU

So I can never resist a Hogwarts AU in any fandom. So these are my headcanons of what I think each student in Class 1-A house would be if they were in Hogwarts. And My reasons for some Why I think that.

Gryffindor values courage, bravery, nerve, and chivalry.
Hufflepuff values hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty.
Ravenclaw values intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit.
Slytherin house values ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness

All Might (Toshinori Yagi) = Gryffindor 
Reason behind this, This man Smiles because he is affraid, He’s not ashamed to admit when he is either. This man will stare death in the eye even if his body fails him.

Izuku Midoriya = Slytherin
Reason is he is more ambitious in his goal than anyone. He carefully observes every situation. He also is quick to act and knows when to use his surrounding to his advantage. 

Katsuki Bakugo = Ravenclaw
You can not deny this boy is intelligent. His costume is designed to make the most out of his quirk, Which marks in creativity, and intelligence. He’s clever and knows how to use his quirk in different ways in battle. 

Eijiro Kirishima =  Hufflepuff
Need I say anything?

That’s all I got for now, I’ll try to add to this post, But if you got any ideas more, Feel free to add to this post

Little message to my fellow American liberals: when criticizing Democrat Party Strategy, please make sure you are properly yelling at the DNC or the DCCC or the DSCC for an issue. I’ve noticed a lot of people going after the DNC for stuff that is actually under the DCCC’s purview, or even the DSCC’s. Make sure you light the right fires under the right butts. Thank you.

DNC: National party committee, mainly concerned with presidency and overall party strategy/4 year platforms. It passes money to the state parties as well. The things the other three I’m going to list handle are not it’s job and in fact they are in some ways rivals in fundraising (which is dumb).

DCCC: Are the ones with jurisdiction over House races. You need to focus a lot on them right now. It is not an arm of the DNC but controlled by House party leadership. It raises its own money to spend on House races. They are the ones responsible for contesting house seats not the DNC.

DSCC: Like the DCCC, but for the Senate.

DGA: Democratic Governors Association: Try to elect Democratic Governors, which is also not the DNC’s job. A little trickier to help since there’s no real leadership and the chair mostly just aims resources at competitive races. So maybe this branch needs some reforming.

Direct your outrage appropriately.