Imagine a giant machine called society, one that is sputtering and smoking because it is missing many gears. Now imagine a cliff looming overhead, and down from it tumbles millions of loose gears being carelessly dumped out of a box. They kind of just bounce around the machine until some of them land in gaps and start turning in conjunction with the rest. Many others just roll off and land in the dirt, doomed to rust in the rain. That’s how the system works right now. It is at times cruel and/or unfathomably stupid.
It’s not your fault. You didn’t design the system. Nobody did. Everyone is just making this up as they go.
This, incidentally, is what everyone in the Western world is so mad about these days. It always comes out as anger about “the economy” or “outsourcing” or “immigration” but really all that’s happened is a gross failure to connect the people to the jobs. Over here we have a river of the anxious unemployed and then over here we’ve got a dry desert of industries begging for workers. If that last part of the metaphor confuses you, it’s because you’ve been told the ridiculous lie that there are “no jobs out there.” Ask any manager or HR person and they’ll rant about how they can’t find good people. Hell, they won’t even wait for you to ask – just get within earshot, you’ll hear them talking about how the kids today lack skills and work ethic, all that bullshit.
If only they knew that the perfect engineer they’re looking for is currently working in a Dunkin Donuts in Indiana and was, in fact, never trained to be an engineer. She went to college to be a veterinarian because she loves animals, realized her mistake with her hands wrist-deep in sheep guts, then had to drop out and take a job to help pay the bills when Mom’s disability checks got cut off. She quickly found that society will offer virtually no help whatsoever in getting her into the job where she can do the most good for herself or society. Even if her motivation is to get off food stamps and become a more productive citizen, the response is all snide mockery and talk of bootstraps. “You say you can’t afford college, but I see that you have A PHONE!!!”
In fact, she will find society actively stops her at every turn.
I, a half-water-elemental druid, a half-wild elven ranger and an NPC character are on a rescue mission to save two scouts that went missing and come across a natural bridge over a river that was blocked by a large anaconda. We need to cross it to get to a camp where we saw a bunch of werewolfs. A bit earlier, I took out another large snake and, due to my characters hoarding tendencies, insisted of taking its skin with me, which the ranger advises me to hide. The ranger approaches it and tries to convince it to let us through without a fight.
Ranger (through “speak with animal”): Aren’t those werewolfs a threat to you too? Besides, if we take them out, you can eat them in place of us.
(rolls a 4 on diplomacy)
Anaconda: Why wait when I can feast on you right now?
Me: *storms to the front, holds up snake skin* Let us through or you’ll end up the same!
(rolls 19 on intimidate)
Anaconda (though DM laughter): Please spare me, I’ll let you through!
Me (OOC, to the DM): Don’t question my hoarding ever again!
Honestly? There’s not a companion I don’t see Bill getting along well with.
She and Rose would be good, supportive friends, swapping stories about their families and lives and probably hanging out together in their pjs eating ice cream.
Bill would really respect Martha, and Martha would be only too happy to explain the science of things to Bill. They would geek out about scifi and Harry Potter together. When the reality of all the deaths she’s witnessed got too much for Bill, she could depend on Martha to listen and understand, since she too knows the cost of traveling with the Doctor.
Donna would immediately adopt Bill as her younger sister and the two of them would make the Doctor’s life hell, being constantly sarcastic to him and to each other.
Once Jack realized that Bill was gay, they would probably do the thing where they flirt in a ridiculously over-the-top, not at all serious way all the time. They would laugh a lot together and make jokes about straight people.
Amy’s never really had a girl friend before, so Bill could be Amy’s first real introduction to sleepovers and going to the pub with friends and all those normal things that Amy is so separated from, and in return, Amy would tell Bill all the stories that she has in her head, the ones she remembers as well as the ones she’s making up.
Bill and Rory both have the ability to see situations clearly and not get overwhelmed by the glamour of it, so they would probably really appreciate having someone else who’s straightforward and who just gets it.
Bill and Clara would definitely have not-so-subtle crushes on each other. Their dynamic would be all about flirty banter while saving the world.
I think River would tend towards a more maternal or professorial role. Bill would be kind of weirded out by the fact that the Doctor has a wife at first, but once she got over that, she would think River was super awesome, and River would be absolutely impressed by Bill’s humor and wit.
The grim photograph above depicts the lynching of Laura
Nelson and her 15-year-old son, L.D. Nelson. Disturbingly, this photograph was
once used as a proud postcard for Okemah, Oklahoma. On the 2nd of
May, 1911, Deputy Sheriff George Loney formed a posse and made his way to the
Nelson farm. A cow had been stolen from another nearby farm and they had penned
L.D. as the thief of said cow. When they arrived at the house, L.D.’s father,
Austin, confessed that he had stolen the cow purely because he had no money to
feed his hungry family.
What happened next has been obscured by time; several reports
offered different versions of events. What is known for fact is that a scuffle
broke out and L.D. shot and killed Sheriff Loney. It was said that Laura had attempted to hide the gun so that violence could not unfold.
Both L.D. and Laura were charged with
the murder and sent to county jail, where they awaited their arraignment. However, that arraignment would never come.
On 24 May, a group of a dozen to 40 men arrived unannounced
at the jail at approximately midnight. The men bound, gagged and
blindfolded the jailer, rendering him unable to later identify them. Once he was
immobilised, the group kidnapped Laura and L.D. from their cells. Several
reports claim that Laura was raped my several of the kidnappers in her jail cell. From the jail,
the lynchers took them to a bridge over the North Canadian River and hanged the mother
Nobody was ever charged with the brutal murder but it was
alleged that one of the perpetrators was Charley Guthrie, the father of the
singer, Woody Guthrie.
Please don’t let someone tell you that you are not worth it, that you are not loved, that you can’t be loved.
Please don’t let anyone break your heart willingly and then deny the fact that they were the cause. Do not allow anyone to take you for granted, use your body and tell you it’s love.
Please don’t let anyone take your hapliness away and make you feel as if your pain isn’t as valid as their own. Please don’t let anyone bring you down, so low to the point were you believe that you are useless.
Please don’t cry rivers over a person who would not shed a tear over you or someone who expects you to love them but they will refuse to love you back.
Please remember your health, your happiness, your heart all matter. Anyone who mistreats doesn’t deserve you.