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Ireland just became the world's first country to stop investing in fossil fuels
Bill will drop coal, oil and gas investments from Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Ireland has voted to be the world’s first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels.

The Irish Parliament passed the historic legislation in a 90 to 53 vote in favour of dropping coal, oil and gas investments from the €8bn (£6.8bn) Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, part of the Republic’s National Treasury Management Agency.

The bill, introduced by Deputy Thomas Pringle, is likely to pass into law in the next few months after it is reviewed by the financial committee.

“This principle of ethical financing is a symbol to these global corporations that their continual manipulation of climate science, denial of the existence of climate change and their controversial lobbying practices of politicians around the world is no longer tolerated,” Mr Pringle said.

“We cannot accept their actions while millions of poor people in underdeveloped nations bear the brunt of climate change forces as they experience famine, mass emigration and civil unrest as a result.”

Once enacted, the bill would force the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to sell its investment in fossil fuel industries over the next five years.

In 2015, Norway’s sovereign pension fund divested from some fossil fuel companies, but not all.

capriccioso-stars  asked:

Why the hell is your governor trying to defund 911? Why dies he think this is something he should do? How is he trying to spin it? I have so many questions


(pardon my french but he’s the second worst governor I’ve ever lived under (worst was fucking Pence back in Indiana), but where Pence is competent and evil (lawful evil), Rauner is a blundering child (chaotic evil), a dunce, a farce of a governor who hasn’t done a single thing since we put him in office. (I say we, but I sure as shit didn’t vote for him.) Not “done a single thing right,” not “done a single thing wrong,” he hasn’t done a single thing. He just sits there and refuses to pass any useful legislation, balance our budget, or do his fucking job. This state’s been mismanaged for a very long time, but Rauner’s driven us to a tipping point.

We’ve been operating for three goddamned years without a state budget. We elect this schmuck and then he just sits on his hands and does nothing. He got elected because he was a political outsider claiming that he was against career politicians, and now Illinois is probably going to be the first state with a junk credit rating. It’s getting so bad that CPS- our public school system- is floating on loans. Chance the Rapper has done more for Chicago Public Schools than our state government has and I am not making that up. Things are so bad here, we might have to stop selling lotto tickets because we won’t be able to pay winners.

Currently the big fuckup is this call center bill. We have this thing in called the Emergency Telephone Act. It does two things: it provides some money to 911 call centers and, more importantly, it’s what authorizes 911 services in the state. The act expires on the 1st of July, and Rauner hasn’t signed the bill renewing it. The reason he says he’s doing this is because Chicago wants to hike up the monthly phone tax (which supports 911 call centers). This means if you have a landline phone, you’d pay a whopping five dollars per month (which is an additional… I think, like, eighty cents more than what it is now) added to your phone bill. Outside the city, the tax would increase to one dollar and fifty cents. According to the governor, it’s more important to have a lower phone tax than it is to have a functional 911 service. The state House and Senate passed it and most of the state’s politicians have been asking him to sign it. It’s not like this is some pork barrel project that’s siphoning funds, it’s not like it’s something that only affects Chicago, it’s 911 across the entire state. He’s not trying to spin it, he’s not saying it benefits anybody- he’s just using the fee hike as an excuse to sit on his hands and do nothing

Here’s some news articles if you want to know more about Bruce Rauner, the Fleshy Lump in Springfield who Does Nothing:

And here’s some opinion pieces/things with an obvious political spin

Fox News recently posted this graphic, presumably to convince people that Trump is killing it. The left pounced on Fox’s idiocy, (correctly) pointing out that the graphic actually makes the exact opposite point. It shows that in recent history, Republican presidents have turned the rosy economies inherited from their Democratic predecessors into disasters for the Democrat following them to clean up. It’s like praising a toddler for being remarkably clean, even though his parents always seem to have shit on their hands. But the larger point is that, and I wish there were a font big enough to make this stick in people’s minds, THE PRESIDENT CONTROLS THE ECONOMY AS MUCH AS GARY BUSEY CONTROLS HIS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS.

One reason party doesn’t make a huge difference is that economists often don’t fall neatly along party lines. An economic adviser to John McCain was very much in favor of an economic stimulus, and even complained that Obama’s eventual stimulus wasn’t big enough. The chair of the Federal Reserve usually serves long enough to work with presidents from both parties, and often doesn’t act in a “liberal” or “conservative” way based on who appointed them. Contrary to Air Force One, rare are the situations in which the president has to go rogue and solve problems single-fistedly.

Another thing to keep in mind is that any impact presidents do have is on a delay much longer than our current 24-second news cycle. You don’t invest in infrastructure by going loading up a T-shirt cannon with cash and yelling “Build roads, jerks!” as you fire indiscriminately from the roof of the Capitol. Who thinks that government spending works that way?

And speaking of Trump, it is worth noting that, while presidents haven’t generally had a large immediate impact on the economy, it’s not that they can’t.

Why Everyone Is Wrong About The Economy

Well This is Awkward Part 3 (Peter Parker x Stark!Reader)

A/N: I’ve re-written this part several times because I’ve not been that happy with it… Seems more like a filler chapter if anything… Not my best work but I thought I’d post it to move the plot forward lol Thanks for the patience and I’m sorry for the wait.

Summary: The reader watches the latest breaking news story on television.

Word Count: 1,821.

Warnings: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR SPOILERS. Violence? Swearing? Le teen angst.

Part One || Part Two || Part Three || Part Four

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Last year, the city of Flint, Michigan, burst into the world spotlight after its children were exposed to lead in drinking water and some were poisoned. In the year after Flint switched to corrosive river water that leached lead from old pipes, 5 percent of the children screened there had high blood lead levels.

Flint is no aberration. In fact, it doesn’t even rank among the most dangerous lead hotspots in America.

In all, Reuters found nearly 3,000 areas with recently recorded lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint during the peak of that city’s contamination crisis. And more than 1,100 of these communities had a rate of elevated blood tests at least four times higher.

The poisoned places on this map stretch from Warren, Pennsylvania, a town on the Allegheny River where 36 percent of children tested had high lead levels, to a zip code on Goat Island, Texas, where a quarter of tests showed poisoning. In some pockets of Baltimore, Cleveland and Philadelphia, where lead poisoning has spanned generations, the rate of elevated tests over the last decade was 40 to 50 percent.

Barry may claim that he proposed out of fear only, but even he knows that’s not true! If it was just out of fear, why tear up like this after hearing Iris say she wants to be his wife? He wanted that. Why cry when you realised that she took off the ring? 

It’s something he has thought about from season one when he first found out they are married. He thought about it again after Earth 2, and throughout season two, Barry said he occasionally checked the news article, meaning he was invested in their future where they are married. He may have proposed half out of fear, but the other half was because he’s been wanting to marry her for a long time. To try and pin that all on his fear is disregarding a lot of his history. Yes, it’s part out of fear, but he also wants that future with her, because he loves her, and he’s lying to her and himself if he says it was all out of fear. 

isn’t enough time apart? (Zach Dempsey x Reader)

Hey! so i’ve made a new imagine, its more like an introduction when they found each other but i could easily leave it there although ive already wrote some things for an upcoming part II. I’d love if you let me know what do you think, if you actually want a part two (with the more personal stuff) or if its just crap and i shouldn’t write anymore

Resume: Zach and the reader found themselves working together after 10 years since their break up when they’re fully professionals 

Warnings: this contains some real facts and i tried to be as responsable as possible but don’t forget this is fiction, and also dont forget english is not my mother lenguaje. I literally wrote a cat grant reader

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Lately I’ve been getting invested in Shovel Knight, thanks to the recent news that Specter of Torment’s gameplay has been shown off! So to commemorate that event, I decided to work on something based on Plague Knight’s last campaign!

Mona and Plague Knight are really cute!

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anonymous asked:

Heya! After a few years of posting original works online, I've slipped back into fanfic, but I'm super out of touch. I'd tried to write fanfic the way I write original stuff, and it just didn't work- I'd written something novel-length and novel-style, but looking back now it doesn't feel appropriate (and the hit count is miserable, haha!). Have you got any tips on the differences between writing original fic and fanfic, and how to jump back into the pit without embarrassing myself again?

Hi there, anon!  Thanks for your question :)

I have personal experience with this struggle, I assure you.  It seems like when a writer first transitions to original work, they feel like it’s a one-way trip – like once you’ve made the shift, you can’t go back.  But that’s purely psychological, and once you overcome it, you’ll be able to transition seamlessly between the two!

Although I’ve found that writing original fiction isn’t all that different from writing fanfiction, I’ll give you a few tips for slipping back into “fanfiction-brain”:

  • Watch (or read) the source material.  Novel-writing is all about being original, with your characters and your writing style – but fanfiction is about creating stories in the world (and in a way, the style) of the original creators.  You wouldn’t write a Captain America fanfiction in the same mindset as you wrote your high-fantasy adventure novel!  So immerse yourself in this separate world and your mindset will follow.
  • Read fanfiction in this universe.  Find some quality fanfic, with similar themes to what you’d want to write (e.g. angst, fluff, etc.).  And read it through writer’s eyes, which means paying attention to how chapters are opened and closed, how long they are, how much detail is included, and, maybe most importantly in your case, how they’re presented and marketed to readers.  Your hit problem may be more to do with your presence in the fanfiction community than anything else!
  • Re-learn the audience.  People reading original fiction are looking for new characters, universes, and conflicts to fall in love with – but fanfiction readers already love the setting and the characters.  They already know what they want, and they’re going to click away if you don’t, in some form or another, give them what they want.  So if you’re writing a complex story that’s tagged as angst, you’re going to need to put some emphasis on the angst.  If you’re writing for an audience who want feel-good fluff – no matter how much your novel-brain is saying, “This isn’t enough to fuel a story!” – you have to include some feel-good fluff.
  • Adapt to an episodic style.  Every installment of your fanfiction is going to need some sort of hook, to ensure that your readers follow up with the next chapter.  Remember that no one is paying for the whole fanfiction, so they have little reason to invest time in something that isn’t gripping their attention.  The good news: fanfiction allows us to be self-indulgent with things like angst and fluff filler, because our readers will likely enjoy it as much as we do.  So the pressure of keeping readers interested is matched with the cushion of filler!
  • And lastly, make use of your personal voice.  Fanfiction is sold by personality, just as much as story – your author’s notes, your summary, and your narrative style – so make sure to develop a stage presence.  This will make it easier to address your readers when asking for feedback, and will likely net you more followers!

That’s all I’ve got at the moment, but if you have another question, send it in and I’ll get back to you!  Thanks again, and good luck :)

If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

97 w/ Kenny Omega

97. “You broke my fucking heart.”
Prompt from this list 
(This ones a long one..)


It had been 3 years since you’d last seen Kenny. 3 years since he decided that the two of you just weren’t working anymore. You haven’t seen or heard from him since the day he decided to call of your engagement and exit your life. You didn’t end on good terms, you were absolutely torn apart. 

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The Journey - Part Thirteen

Previous chapters are HERE.

thank you @omelialover​ and happy birthday!

Timeline for Part 13:

This chapter sets entirely between 11x16 and 11x17. After Omelia’s last scene on 11x16 (when they are again interrupted in the on call room), Derek arrives home. Since it’s not mentioned on the show when exactly after this last Omelia scene he arrived, I let my creativity take over. I didn’t plan to end this chapter right where it did, but I had to, otherwise it would be too long. All I can guarantee is that, as always, I am not changing anything that happened on the show :)

The Journey – Part Thirteen

Amelia hurried from the Neuro ICU to the OR, trying her best to get over with what was left of her work obligations so she could make it back home in time. She hadn’t scheduled any elective surgeries for that Thursday, hoping to have an early finish at the hospital so she could get properly dressed and ready to go on her first date with Owen later that evening. But much to her dismay, not only she had been paged to the hospital at an ungodly hour earlier that morning, an MVC with four victims had also extended her workload, jeopardizing the entirety of her plans.

At first, Amelia had realized she was probably not going to have any time to even take a nap before the event like she’d planned right after her pager had buzzed at four am. But as the hours progressed, she started to wonder just how much time she’d have to actually get ready for the dinner party.

Men had no idea about this, but getting ready for such an event demanded a lot of time and energy. Unlike Owen, who would probably just shave, shower and put on a suit, Amelia had a lot to work on. He had told her he’d meet her at the front porch of Derek’s house at eight thirty and it was almost past seven when Amelia finally arrived home.

Going straight to the bathroom, Amelia showered and washed her hair in a hurry, blow-drying it right afterwards. She carefully inspected her legs to see if there were any missing spots from the waxing session she’d gone to a couple of days before and quickly moved on to work on her make up. She had just finished putting on her dress when, through the window, she saw her boss crossing the yard towards the house.

Looking at the clock by the nightstand, Amelia realized it was eight thirty on the dot. Damn Owen with his military punctuality. She made her way downstairs, wondering about her looks. The neurosurgeon believed to have made a very satisfactory job with the little time she had to pull off an evening look, knowing she could have done a lot better had she more time.

“Hey…” Amelia opened the front door before Owen could ring the doorbell, excited to see him.

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Don’t Believe Today’s Unemployment Report:

Today the government told us that the month of July created 255,000 jobs, far beyond the estimate of 180,000.  In fact the headline revised June’s numbers up by 5,000 jobs.  They also told us the unemployment rate stayed the same at 4.9%.  But as people say, “the devil is in the details”.

So let’s get to those details:

1)  Un-adjusted growth was just 85,000 jobs.  What does this mean?  Simply if the government didn’t apply a seasonal adjustment to the numbers the jobs report would have been dismal, falling far short of the estimated 180,000 jobs.

2)  May’s dismal numbers were revised lower by 10,000 jobs.

3)  Labor Force Participation Rate remained at 1977 levels, and we all know how great the economy was in the 70′s.

4)  Waiters, waitresses and bartenders continue to be one of the largest job creators.  Now I don’t want to berate waiters, waitresses and bartenders but the fact remains those people working in that industry only make so much money, as a whole they certainly aren’t middle income jobs.  Unfortunately for all of us the government is trying to build a strong economy on their backs.

5)  Jobs in construction and manufacturing remained weak, one of the weakest in the report.  America was built on these jobs and from the 1950′s forward were the backbone of the middle class.  Unfortunately for all of us the government is doing nothing to create these types of jobs.

6)  Despite the governments claims that the housing market remains strong, construction payrolls are the weakest since 2012.

7)  Obamacare to the rescue, one of the biggest job creators which saw healthcare jobs increase by 49,000.

So don’t just listen to the talking heads, don’t be a headline reader, the facts within the report prove the numbers weren’t so good after all.

The snowball part 4

I’m so sorry I am the worst at updating and I will honestly be surprised if anyone is still following this, but anyway thanks to anyone keeping up with this.

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There was an almost visible tension at dinner. Tamlin had come back from some out of town meeting and talked with Lucien in his office, which Feyre was not permitted to enter. When they had emerged, Tamlin was clearly in… a mood.

Feyre ate her dinner in silence while Lucien kept his eyes trained on his own plate.

Eventually Tamlin cleared his throat. “So, Feyre. Lucien tells me you’ve been offered a job.”

Feyre shot Lucien a betrayed look to which he met with a grimace and refused to meet her glare.

“I didn’t just get offered a job.”

“Oh?” Tamlin asked swirling his wine glass.

“I accepted a job.”

Tamlin’s face blanked and Feyre wasn’t sure if she imagined the sound of a tiny crack, perhaps from him gripping his glass too tightly. Lucien desperately tried to look like he wasn’t in the room as his eyes implored Feyre to take things slowly.

“You don’t even know how to make coffee.”

“I can learn.”

“You’ve never had a hospitality job before.”

“It’ll be refreshing.”

At that Lucien laughed. “Tam if she wants to learn how most people treat workers in the food industry I think it would be a great learning opportunity.”

Lucien was trying to make it sound like something Feyre would drop when she realised how hard it was to work in the food industry, helping as best he could, even if he didn’t realise how serious Feyre was.

Tamlin with great care, placed his glass on the table and set his hands in his lap, but not before Feyre saw how they trembled.

“Are you unhappy here Feyre?”

Shock flashed across Feyre’s face. She had not considered how hurt this would make Tamlin feel. She reached her hand across the table to brush his arm.

“No. It’s not that Tam. I am happy. I just need something to do when you’re not around.”

“I can’t help my job Feyre.”

“I know! But I go crazy being cooped up in this house all day. Tamlin please. This isn’t me being unhappy with you. I’m not acting out. I’m just… bored.”

“Do you think I’m not providing you with enough?”

Feyre held in an indignant sound at how stubborn he was being. “It’s not about the money. It’s about the freedom.”

Feyre waited as Tamlin seemed to mull this over. When Feyre went to speak again Lucien gave a pointed cough, followed by a warning glare. So Feyre waited in silence while Tamlin decided on whether she would be allowed to work.

“Lucien drives you there and back home after every shift.”

Feyre blinked once. Then twice. She was overjoyed and annoyed all at once. She was allowed to work, but as Rhys put it, she would have a guard dog escort her to shifts like she couldn’t be trusted. But Feyre knew it was more likely that Tamlin just wanted her to be safe and to know where she was.

At her hesitation, Lucien started nodding encouragingly at her from the corner of her eye.


“That’s settled then. Now moving on-”

“Lucien doesn’t come in to my work ever though.”

“Excuse me?” Tamlin asked, his mouth forming a thin, perfect line.

Feyre tried to calm her breathing as both males looked at her in confusion. “My work has to remain mine. Just like your work is your own business. I don’t want other staff thinking I have a crazy stalker or have to be walked to and from work.”

Feyre couldn’t risk having Lucien waltzing in whenever he felt like it. It would be terrible for him to enter and see Mor was her boss, let alone if he opened the door to see that Rhysand was not only a frequenter of the shop, but also a part owner.

Lucien placed his head in his hands in defeat but surprisingly, Tamlin nodded. Albeit a very stiff, and singular nod, but it was a nod. He stood, shoving his chair away from the table with enough force for it to hit the wall behind it and Feyre recoiled.

“Lucien you should congratulate Feyre on her new job.”

Lucien wisely remained silent, barely daring to breathe as Tamlin continued.

“Congratulations Feyre. I hope you can finally find freedom in your life, which is something I can apparently, not provide. Not like the way I provide for you or your family.”

And with that he stormed out of the room. Lucien winced at the sound of Tamlin’s heavy footsteps ascending the stairs to their bedroom.

“Congratulations Feyre. Now we’re both in trouble.” Lucien said with sad smile.

“Don’t act like this is my fault.”

“Well… it is?”

Feyre huffed. “Please. He’s been in a mood ever since he got home.”

“Yeah. Because I told him about your little job hunting scheme.”

“I didn’t go out with the purpose of getting a job.”

Lucien carefully studied her. “Now that I can believe. So who is your boss anyway? Odd that they’d offer up a job to just anyone who came in to their shop.”

Feyre squirmed uncomfortably in her seat. “She was just a nice lady who thought I could do with some honest work.”

“Okay, yep. And what would this nice lady’s name be?”

“Morgan.” Feyre quickly replied. Because honestly, Feyre assumed ‘Mor’ had to be some sort of nickname.

Lucien didn’t appear satisfied but dropped the issue. His whole body still seemed stressed to Feyre however, as she came to sit next to him.

“Lucien. What’s going on?”

He sighed, running a hand through his long, red hair. “Tamlin’s being offered a great development deal by some big company.”

“Well, that’s good isn’t it?”

“Yeah it’s good. Too good to be true. Tamlin thinks not all the details are being brought up on purpose.”

“What’s the company?” Feyre didn’t know much about what, or how, Tamlin made his money, according to Lucien it was through dabbling in all sorts of investments, but she might have heard of the company in recent news.

“It’s a building company called Hybern.”

“Never heard of them.”

“They buy land and put up housing, businesses, buildings, basically whatever they want, as long as it makes money.”

“And they want to buy up land around here using Tamlin’s money?”

Lucien smiled grimly. “Something like that. Feyre, listen just do us all a favour and don’t bring it up, okay? You’ve done enough damage for one day.”

And with that Lucien left Feyre alone at the dining table.
Why Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Bradley, and Oprah Love Mellody Hobson
When profiling the investment guru and wife of George Lucas, it seems that the only one who can find fault with Mellody Hobson, is, well Mellody Hobson.
By Bethany McLean

She has a grace and graciousness about her that is singular,” Jeffrey Katzenberg, the C.E.O. of DreamWorks Animation, tells me. “She is remarkably unique. She’s a stunning person. I get a little nervous talking about her because the words are so flowery. But it’s truly how I feel about her.”

Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook chief operating officer, who first met Hobson some five years ago because they were both board members at Eve Ensler’s V-Day organization, which combats violence against women, credits a comment Hobson made with inspiring her to write her best-seller, Lean In. “She said she wanted to be unapologetically black and unapologetically a woman,” Sandberg says, recalling that the comment helped her move past trying to make her gender difference fade into the background. “My life was altered by meeting her, and that’s not something I say lightly,” Sandberg adds. “She is such a big part of my path taken. I think she does that for everyone.”

“What can I say?” says Howard Schultz, the chairman and C.E.O. of Starbucks. “When I think of her, I think of grace. She’s the most unique individual. I love Mellody Hobson.”


JUST IN: Text of what Deputy AG Rosenstein has told US Senate and House members in private briefings:

–explains multiple disagreements with Comey’s decisions and public actions

–says he “thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader” for the FBI when drafting his memo for Pres. Trump.

–“I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it,” he said of his memo to Pres. Trump on Comey

–disputes reports that Comey requested more resources for Russia invest before being fired.