we need to have an intervention with white men. we CANNOT have dialogues and protests &c keep being coopted by them so that they’re what shows up on the news when they are a tiny fraction of the people out there, they don’t suffer the repercussions from their actions, and they dominate the conversation that HAS to be about the real dangers everyone BUT white men is facing right now.
i went to see if anyone needed help tonight and i had so many conversations with terrified immigrants and lesbian moms and women–
and then i watched the news crews eat up the damage white men caused tonight so the news has an excuse to not cover the real threats to trans people, lgbt people, people of colour, and reproductive health.
we tried to clean this shit up but it’s still what is dominating the news.
we need an intervention. THEY need an intervention and it’s my and my fellow pasteys responsibility to have it so i’m hoping we can come up with some ideas.
and before anyone not all mens me, i met two white guys while we were cleaning up who were as upset as i am about it, and i should have gotten their info because they might know how to host a mass intervention with other white men
• Yuuri doesn’t come off as the kind of person that would have his own skating vlog channel but I’m 2638738% he is in so many of Victor’s vlogs that he could basically be considered a vlogger
• Please recall Victor saying Hi~ to the news crew in episode 4, THIS IS HOW HE STARTS EVERY VIDEO
• Victor likes to put Yuuri on the spot when filming
• “say hello to my subscribers, Yuuri!”
• “Em… Uh…. h-hello?”
• “what kind of greeting was that hahahaha”
• The skating otaku community erupted when Victor posted a video titled ‘guess who’s going to be a coach??? :D’
• There are a lot of hate comments posted on more recent videos of Victor since a lot of fans are hating on Yuuri for stealing him away
• Sucks for them cause Victor owns the channel and he can delete ur stupid ass comments before Yuuri can see them
• one time Victor live streamed inside the change room at a competition and HOLY SHIT the screenshot count crashed the website
• Sometimes Victor makes Yuuri vlog and frankly he doesn’t know what to do with himself
• “Uh…. hi? So Victor gave me his camera to film my side of the competition…. Uh…. so this is my um… sports bag…. I got it from my mom”
• Victor’s subscribers think Yuuri is the cutest most precious lil baby that must be protected at all costs
• When Victor posts a video without Yuuri, you can bet half the comments are just “WHERES OUR LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE?!”
• It’s like Dan and Phil, but gayer
• Phichit is also a big vlogger
• YUURI AND PHICHIT DO THAT STUPID VLOG-CEPTION THING BECAUSE THEY ARE DORKS
• They film a lot of pre and post game dinners cause that’s when the real shit goes down oooooooh
• sometimes Victor will film himself and Yuuri getting ready in the hotel room before a competition and that is what the fandom truly lives for
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FAN: But, but YOU said droughtlander wouldn’t be as long this time :(
That quote was taken out of context and clipped. I said “since we got an early pick up…droughtlander wouldnt be as long.”
FANS: 1.September is OK, but GoT (*Games of Thrones) told their fans right away. Why leave us in the dark for so long? 2.cause they don’t care about fans, crew have too much holidays for to get in time. 1.No, I don’t think that’s fair to say. They work very hard. 2.hard? 3 weeks of shooting and month of rest. If only I could to have such a work schedule.
MARIL: We’re moving the show to another country. We time to prep and reset somewhere else. It’s not a vacation
FAN: you don’t need a year to make 13 episodes. That’s ridiculous.
to give you some idea, our 1st EP isn’t through post yet. More VFX work this year
FANS: 1.Like you said, GOT stays on sched and it’s a full blown production. 2.
it’s also filmed in multiple countries. Do not give me the “we’re moving” crap.
MARIL: they have three separate full time units. We don’t. No complaints. Just facts. Have a good day!
The FAHC hear about Dan
long before they meet him. Gavin rarely speaks about England,
deflects questions of his past with practised ease, but what stories
he does share are invariable entwined with Dan. The best friend from
back home, childhood guardian, family of choice. Quite literal
partner in crime.
The way Gavin tells it
he and Dan had each other and little need for anyone else; a perfect
partnership that carried them from childhood mishaps to petty crimes
to full scale felonies. The story is never really told in full but it
doesn’t take a genius to piece together that the two grew a little
too adventurous for their own good, a little too cocky and sure of of
their abilities, and someone took notice. Things got too dangerous so
Dan signed up and shipped out and Gavin went remote; moving most of
his dealings online, where he eventually caught Burnie’s eye, moved
to the US and made his mark in Los Santos. It’s
a simple enough conclusion if not a particularly glamorous one, and
Gavin is still in regular contact with his old friend, occasionally
sharing various updates with them all.
They know Dan’s
ex-military, know he’s apparently an establish mercenary these days
with a reputation of his own, but all this knowledge is hard to take
seriously when it’s filtered through Gavin’s stories of loveable,
puppyish best buddy Dan. The man who always followed Gavin’s lead
without question, who’s never really been the brains but has always
had Gavin’s back, who has Gavin chattering away on the phone at top
speed, accent thick and unintelligible with a strong undercurrent of
It’s hard not to feel
some amusement when Gavin tells them all about Dan’s latest
adventures, the wacky disasters and embellished-sounding
achievements; it’s not that they think it’s a lie, exactly, but
everyone knows how easy it is to be blinded by adoration and warm
nostalgia, and by now they’ve all got a certain kind of image in
their minds. Dependable sidekick Dan, friendly backup muscle Dan,
maybe we should make sure someone over there is looking out for him
So when Gavin announces
that Dan is finally visiting, buzzing about the penthouse like a
hummingbird on speed, it really doesn’t cross anyone’s mind to be in
any way concerned. To be anything other than mildly pleased at the
chance to finally put a face to the name. Whenever Gavin spoke of him
he’s been Dan or B or, when Gavin is particularly snippy, Daniel.
Gavin’s never offered a last name and no one has ever pushed for one;
other than the offer to keep an eye on the man, which Gavin laughed
off, there’s really been no need.
An oversight Geoff
quickly comes to regret when the man who turns up is definitely not
what they were expecting. He’s got a nice face, sure, all smiles and
laugh lines, no doubt flirting up a storm with every pretty girl he
sees, but he’s physically intimidating, as tall and broad as Ryan,
comparatively enormous when he squeezes Gavin into a bear hug. Anyone
who’s looking can see all the tells of a very dangerous man, and
Geoff is never not looking. He’s not the only one, Jack’s spine
snapping ramrod straight while Michael and Jeremy hover closer to
Gavin than strictly necessary, Ryan tensing in a flash of recognition
that has him muttering a name at the same time as Dan introduces
Not for one moment had
anyone considered the possibility that Gavin’s Dan might turn out to
be be Daniel Gruchy, the only known half of the SMG, the UK’s
infamously untouchable fixer crew; known as much for their secrecy as
for their skills in everything from the acquisition of delicate
information to the acquirement of misplaced items and individuals.
Geoff is pretty sure
there are some unsubstantiated rumours suggesting the crew has
connections to a few of Europe’s more influential disappearances but
he doesn’t know, had never
really looked into it – wouldn’t have even known about SMG at all
if not for the necessity of monitoring the balance of powers anywhere
he does business. He hadn’t thought it was something the FAHC would
ever have to worry about. Doesn’t rightfully know if they have to
worry about it now,
with an unknown mercenary in his hallway and his oblivious,
emotionally-compromised frontman bouncing about half incoherent with
is until Gavin pauses to take a breath, catches sight of Geoff’s
shocked expression, and grins,
sharp, smug and utterly vindictive. Of course. Of course Gavin is
not only fully aware of what his friend does for a living but has
intentionally withheld that information to leave the crew blindsided
by the realisation. Chances are he knows exactly what kind of
unflattering assumptions they’ve all been making about Dan’s
character and this is merely his usual underhanded flavour of
A battered duffle-bag
is abandoned near the front door as Gavin drags them all into the
living room, shoving Dan onto a couch and flopping down next to him,
bossily poking and prodding in a way that really doesn’t seem
advisable, if not for the easy familiarity between the two. Because
even seated and exuding exhaustion Dan carries that familiar air of
danger, coiled strength and resting violence, relaxed but carefully
alert in the same way Ryan is never really shut down. The same way
any predator is always watching for potential threats, yet there he
sits, almost comically placid as he complies with Gavin’s
every whim, and in an instant something clicks in Geoff’s mind.
Michael and Jeremy have
already succumbed to temptation, eagerly pressing Dan for mortifying
stories of Gavin’s youth, but if Ryan’s huff of surprise and Jack’s
quiet little ‘huh’ are anything to go by then the Gent’s appear to be
as in sync as always. A silent
exchange of looks is enough to reach an agreement, raucous laughter
and squawking protest following them down the hall as they slip into
the privacy of Geoff’s office, Jack immediately grabbing the laptop
while Geoff and Ryan get on their phones, each reaching out to any
and all contacts they have across the pond as they try to work out
what the fuck is happening.
Dan is the more recognisable face of the SMG, yes, but everyone knows
he has a partner, the strategist to his raw strength; the mercenary
and the mastermind. The few claimed descriptions of the unknown man
vary so widely it’s clear there is some kind of body double nonsense
at play but the few that match up ring more than enough bells to
confirm their suspicions; lean, chatty, fastidiously put-together and
smooth enough to out-charm the devil.
Honestly it’s not like
it was any great secret that Gavin had some serious extra income, nor
had they missed the way he occasionally spent his free time hunched
over a computer, hard at work on something entirely unrelated to the
FAHC, but no one had imagined anything quite on this scale.
Had never considered that Gavin and Dan could have totally unrelated,
equally time-consuming lives on different continents without ever
disbanding their original crew. And there is a crew, a close-knit
collection of trusted friends recruited to carry out the majority of
the necessary physical aspects of the work, whose loyalty is only
further affirmed by their hefty paycheques. They
fill in for Gavin and Dan to keep the crew running day-to-day,
mystique of the unstoppable duo, keeping themselves nameless to flit
about unseen and undisturbed; the phantoms of the SMG.
absolutely ridiculous but the mounting evidence is undeniable. For
all the faces Gavin wears for the FAHC it seems he has more still
kept seperate, another slew of facets reserved for another life. An
entire empire they’d known nothing about.
in the living room and Gavin is still lamenting his choice in
friends, Michael is distributing beers, Jeremy’s pulling out the Xbox
and Dan is looking right back at Geoff. One eyebrow raised, a
half-familiar smirk tugging at his lips and Gavin tucked comfortably
close underneath his arm; it’s not a challenge, exactly, but it’s
definitely a statement. Recognition that he knows that Geoff knows
and is no less blatantly amused by the stir he’s caused than Gavin
was before him.
blindingly clear he is really not the idiot they had imagined, and
honestly Geoff should have known better, they all should have
known better. Should have remembered that Gavin could be the brains
in just about any operation, that recognising his absurd brilliance
was more a sign of intelligence than it was a display of stupidity.
After all, there’s nothing at all stupid about the way the SMG has
been managed, not when every contact has the same things to say about
them: they’re discreet, they’re efficient, they’re consummate
professionals, and if you cross them they will ruin you.
SMG have a clear policy – all clients are vetted before a job is
taken, once the job is taken it will be completed in full, all
sensitive material remains confidential, and if any client attempts
to deviate, deceive or in any way undermine the agreement the
penalties will be swift, and they will be severe.
a carefully cultivated reputation establishing the SMG firmly in the
grey, the Switzerland of gang-warfare; taking jobs from whomever they
please without repercussion for taking sides, simultaneously loyal to
all and none of their clients. An inbuilt safety net, subtly ensuring
that any possible threat their considerable skills can’t handle alone
will likely be taken care of by a veritable army of regular employers
with a vested interest in their continued ability to work. It’s
fucking genius, really.
compelling still is the unavoidable implications of their line of
work - the unspoken fallback plan of their insurmountable mountain of
blackmail material. Violence, fear, that’s leverage in any timezone,
but knowledge? Secrets and scandals and the kind of information that
makes and breaks empires? That’s true power, and the SMG have been
collecting it for years.
News crews and supporters of the protesters have flocked to the Standing Rock camp sites to keep Americans abreast of the latest updates. In doing so, they’ve helped turn what started as a tiny demonstration on the plains of North Dakota into perhaps the banner environmental protest movement of the 21st century.
The future of that movement remains uncertain. Trump will be president in less than two months, making for a formidable enemy. The Army Corps of Engineers could change course and rule that laying the pipeline under Lake Oahe is an environmentally sound decision after all. Meanwhile, Native Americans face related environmental conflicts across the country. Fallout from the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado continues to impact Navajo people along the Animas and San Juan rivers. In New Mexico, the proposed Pinon oil pipeline is its early planning stages, laying the groundwork for what could be another iteration of the Dakota Access battle.
What is certain is that it will be increasingly difficult for these conflicts to play out in obscurity. Once the conscience of a nation is awakened, it’s hard to put it back to sleep. If the Dakota Access pipeline protests have taught Americans anything, it’s that the vitality of indigenous protest lives on, despite years of their opponents hoping they’d finally been written off for good.