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I was tagged by @leondraiisaitl​ a thousand years ago so here goes!

List all the things you’re currently working on in as much or little detail as you’d like, then tag some friends to see what they’re working on. This can be writing, art, vids, gifsets, whatever.

  1.  kazer agoraphobia au - Patrick doesn’t leave the house, Jonny is his new neighbor. I really like this one but I accidentally wrote myself into a corner, so I’m trying to break out of it before I push forward. 
  2.  kazer alien invasion au - I started this as a prompt from @allthebros​ and I have the whole thing mapped out, I just have to flippin’ write it. lots of fantastical science porn in this one. 
  3.  bennguin lawyer/criminal au - I have been absolutely dying to write a cop/robber story and it feels like Jamie and Tyler are perfect for this trope. Think overtly flirty!Tyler to cover up his general insecurity and whip smart Jamie who’s kinda stuck in the family business. 
  4.  kazer modern river styx au - This one is a brainstorm collab with @eberbae​ and gosh darn it I just have to sit down and write it. I don’t have the whole story thought out for this one yet, but it’s been fun to let it sort of unveil itself on its own. 
  5. sequel to Crest and Break - This has been brainstormed out but I haven’t actually started writing it yet. It’s more on the backburner for now. 

i tag @buuckyys, @allthebros, @kaneoodle and anyone else who’s interested!

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Slate looks the exact same.

Traits: Athletic, Creative
Aspiration: Musical Genius

Slate is not heir. Smoke won the poll.


Progress(5/18/17):

  • Master rocket science and handiness skill - H: 10 RS: 10
  • Must complete 10 wood sculptures as a teen - Done.
  • Must build a rocket ship and visit Sixam - Done.
  • Enter the secret lot in Oasis Springs - Done.
Election 2017: Majority support progressive alliance against Conservatives, poll says

A majority of people support the idea of a progressive alliance being forged at elections by parties who oppose the Conservatives, according to a poll conducted on Wednesday for The Independent.

ORB found that 58 per cent of the public agree that parties such as Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Greens should co-operate at elections to ensure more effective opposition to the Tories, while 42 per cent disagree.

Some 78 per cent people who voted Labour in 2015 support the idea, as do 65 per cent of Lib Dem supporters then and 88 per cent of those who voted for the SNP. Perhaps surprisingly, 38 per cent of people who voted Tory last time endorse the idea.

Women (63 per cent) are more open to a progressive alliance than men (54 per cent) and there is much stronger support among young adults than old people. Seven out of 10 in the 18-34 age group back the idea but only 40 per cent of over-65s do. There is much more support among Remain voters in last year’s referendum (73 per cent) than among Leave supporters (47 per cent).

The Greens have led calls for a progressive alliance at this election but have been rebuffed by the Labour and Lib Dem leaderships, who have been accused by the Tories of planning a “coalition of chaos” with parties including the SNP in the event of a hung parliament. Grassroots support for the idea among Labour and Lib Dem grassroots members led to local pacts in several seats.

ORB’s findings were welcomed by Neal Lawson, chairman of the democratic left pressure group Compass which is running an anti-Tory tactical campaign to stop “one party rule”.

He said: “With over 40 local progressive alliances where candidates have stood aside for better placed centre-left parties, there is clearly an appetite from the grassroots for this more collaborative politics. This poll shows the population as a whole is moving in this direction. Party leaders need to catch up with the people fast. If there is a hung parliament, then there could be popular support for a progressive coalition.”

Mr Lawson added: “People want progressive parties to fight the Tories not each other - a progressive alliance could still form a progressive majority government.”

If the Conservatives win the election, calls for an anti-Tory alliance at future elections are expected to grow. There is also likely to be renewed about the first-past-the-post voting system, with the smaller parties claiming that their number of votes will not translate into a fair number of seats.

Campaigners for proportional representation say the current system encourages the parties to focus on about 100 marginal seats. Some 225 constituencies have been held by the same party since 1950.

A BMG Research poll for the Electoral Reform Society found that one in three people believes their vote will not count at this election. One in five people will “hold their nose” and vote tactically, double the proportion in 2015, it found.

ORB interviewed online 2,038 people adults aged 18+ throughout the UK on 31 May and 1 June.

theatlantic.com
Why Do So Many Americans Think Democrats Are Out of Touch?
The party appears to be struggling to convince the public it represents a better alternative to President Trump and the GOP.
By Clare Foran

If Democrats want to regain the power they’ve lost at the state and federal level in recent years, they will have to convince more voters they can offer solutions to their problems.

That may be especially difficult, however, if voters think the party and its representatives in government don’t understand or care about them. And according to a recently released poll, many voters may, in fact, feel that way. The Washington Post-ABC News survey, released this week, found that a majority of the public thinks the Democratic Party is out of touch with the concerns of average Americans in the United States. More Americans think Democrats are out of touch than believe the same of the Republican Party or President Trump.

A single poll shouldn’t be given too much weight on its own, but the results arrive at a time when Democrats are trying to understand what went wrong last year, and what they need to do to win over voters. The results raise questions over why exactly the public thinks the party is so out of touch.

“This should be a huge wake-up call,” said Tim Ryan, the Ohio congressman who made an unsuccessful bid post-election for House minority leader. “Having two-thirds of the country think that your party is in la-la-land, that’s a bombshell. That should wake everybody up,” the Rust Belt Democrat who represents a state that Trump won and has argued the Democratic Party needs to improve its brand said, “and we should, as a party, be woken up already by the fact that people took a chance on Donald Trump.”

There is nuance to the results of the survey. A closer look at the numbers shows that while a majority of Americans believe the Democratic Party is out of touch, most Democrats do not, though that’s only by a slim majority. Democratic voters do, however, seem to have less confidence in their party—at least at the moment—than Republicans do in theirs. A higher percentage of Republican voters, at 60 percent, said that the GOP is in touch with the concerns of most people, compared with just 52 percent of Democrats who said the same of their party.

One explanation for this dynamic could be that liberal voters are looking to rationalize the results of the election, while Republicans may feel instinctively that their party is doing a better job of connecting with voters—because they won.

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The main problem with those polls and articles that claim that “millennials prefer socialism to capitalism” (or something to that effect) is that we rarely know how those terms are being defined. It’s likely a matter of the ol’ “do you think government should play a role in curbing capitalism” shit. Socialism is pretty much always understood as social democracy in these cases. We have no way of truly understanding how popular a democratic economy beyond capitalism would be – these liberal pollsters probably go in asking people if they prefer socialism, “like in Europe”. I’d like to hope that legit socialism would be vastly popular with people throughout society, from edge-teetering progressives to “small government” conservatives who are sincere in their supposed commitments to anti-authoritarianism, but we don’t have a great window into that because the press and media are parrots of neo-liberalism by and large.

For all the attention this band of unpleasant men with mommy issues attracts, you might assume they’re core to Sanders’ support among young progressives. But a new poll from Rock the Vote is turning that conventional wisdom on its head. Yes, there’s a big gender gap among young voters backing Bernie Sanders. But it’s not among men. Voting-age women under the age of 35 now favor Sanders by 20 percentage points over Clinton. You read that right: Young female voters support Bernie Sanders by an expansive margin.
Why Bernie?
  • "JFK, in his book "Profiles in Courage", defined what it meant to be a courageous politician. To be courageous is to not succumb to the pressure of constituents, money, party pressure, etc. It is doing what is genuinely in the best interest of this country. Not only is that incredibly difficult to do, but those who strictly stick to their conscience are given little recognition (…mainly because the influence money has on media, but that’s a story for another time). Bernie Sanders is a consistent, honest, and progressive politician. If you like Hillary, you'll love Bernie. If you’re a Republican, Bernie’s career will make you rethink voting for a Republican candidate. Even though Bernie has never run a negative campaign in his life, I'd like to point out a few key differences between the Hillary and Bernie:
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  • 1. Bernie Sanders has 34 years of elected service, Hillary has 8 (Experience).
  • 2. Sanders voted against DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) back in 1996 whereas Clinton delivered a speech against gay marriage in 2004 (Consistency). And although she changed her mind for the better, inconsistencies in one’s convictions can have negative effects.
  • 3. Sanders top six funders are workers unions. Clinton's are major banks. (Politicians work in the interest of those who fund them)
  • 4. Hillary, with the e-mail controversy about Benghazi, has demonstrated untrustworthiness. Watch Hillary interviews and Bernie interviews and watch for their answers. This is a little bit more subjective, but pay attention to how straightforward they are with their answers. You want a politician who receives votes because others agree with his strong beliefs not one who receives votes because she dodges answers (Straightforwardness/Honesty).
  • 5. Hillary "agrees" with Bernie about getting money out of politics, yet she doesn't practice what she preaches (Hypocrisy).
  • 6. Hillary has a net worth of $21 million dollars. Bernie is worth $500,000 (Relatable).
  • 7. Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq war. Hillary didn't (Foresight).
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  • And if you’re Republican:
  • Bernie isn’t a fan of the two-party system. You would be supporting an Independent who is running for the Democratic ticket. He is moderate on gun control and he has a history of compromises in Senate and he isn't the “pushy left extremist” that the media makes him out to be. Furthermore, Sanders has been a strong advocate for veterans' care. Now the chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, the first bill he ever introduced in Congress—in 1991—called for reimbursing members of the National Guard and Reserve for income they lost while deployed in the Persian Gulf War. Sanders calls for a country "where every veteran who defends this nation gets the quality health care and benefits they have earned and receives the respect they deserve.” But, at the end of the day, he’s an honest politician. He embodies what the Founding Fathers envisioned in a politician. Regardless of your political party affiliation, he is your only honest, non-corrupt candidate. You may not agree with all of his views but you will agree with his moral standards. If he is elected president, benefits will be for citizens like yourself, not Wall Street. Unless you're part of the 1%, Bernie is the candidate that is standing up for you and I thoroughly hope you consider him as your choice of candidate.
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  • Regarding Bernie's policies. He is a firm supporter of:
  • •Reproductive rights
  • •Eliminating corporate/billionaires’ tax breaks
  • •Single-payer healthcare
  • •Money out of politics
  • •Tuition-free public universities
  • •$15 minimum wage
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  • And to provide rebuttal for some common counter-points:
  • "He's too left." He was voted one of the most 'productive' senators. He has a history of making reasonable compromises in order to make progress. In addition, polls have time and time again found that most Americans agree with his positions.
  • "He's unelectable." He beats nearly every Republican candidate in GE Polls
  • "He's too old" Only 6 years older than Clinton but with four times as much elected service.
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  • And if you don't believe me, maybe you'll believe other candidates and politicians:
  • Ted Cruz: Bernie Sanders Is the Only Democrat Standing Up to Corporate Cronyism
  • John McCain on Bernie Sanders
  • Jim Inhofe on his "friend from Vermont"  
  • Ted Cruz with more nice words for Bernie
  • Bobby Jindal gives Bernie credit
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  • Take a quiz to determine which candidate shares the same political views as you on www.isidewith.com. For more information, visit www.reddit.com/r/sandersforpresident and www.berniesanders.com.
  • Feel free to ask any questions."