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McConnell Squelched CIA Reports That Russian Hacks Were Aimed At Electing Trump
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According to a bombshell report from the Washington Post, the CIA concluded that Russia actively interfered in the election not just to destabilize our political system, but to actively elect Donald Trump.

This conclusion was not something they just pulled out of thin air. Intelligence agencies had arrived at their conclusion in September, and briefed a bipartisan group in the Senate and House about it then, along with President Obama. The President wanted to go forward with a full disclosure of the report, but Mitch McConnell quashed it, threatening to taint any disclosure with the claim that it was being made merely for political gain.

McConnell was willing to let the Russians meddle in the election because his guy was getting the benefit of their work. This is outrageous.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”

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How to Listen to your Heart

1. First, quieten your rational mind as it has a tendency to hush, distort or quash the intuition of your heart.

2. Practice mindfulness. This is grounding yourself in the present moment, and being aware of all the sights, sounds and sensations that are happening in the here-and-now.

3. Go with the flow. Don’t try to force your heart to speak to you. Instead, simply “be” and allow your heart to speak in its own time, and in its own way.

4. Get into the habit of paying attention to every nudge and whisper from your intuition. We are taught to silence those inner tugs and pulls – so begin to notice, and to listen to, them.

5. Trust and act upon your intuition. It’s important to treat those inner messages as valid, and then follow your instincts – and notice where they lead you.

You’ll find that life is more rewarding if you listen to your heart – as well as listening to your rational mind.

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One Direction will soon have a date with the Irish High Court - Independent.ie
World-famous boyband One Direction will soon have a date with the Irish High Court.

The boyband have been listed in a High Court action along with a host of other songwriters.

Rumours circulated last week that a One Direction reunion may be on the cards but they were quickly quashed.

Now, however, it looks like they’ll be reuniting for different reasons after an Irish law firm issued a High Court action against the pop group.

Irish member Niall Horan and his bandmates Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson were all listed in the action.

Former band member Zayn Malik, who recently went solo, is also listed in the proceedings, along with British songwriter Jamie Scott and US songwriters Julian Bunetta and John Ryan.

The trio were involved in the production of a number of One Direction tracks including the number one hit ‘Story of My Life.’

Simco, the production company behind The X Factor; Big Deal Music, a publishing company that Ryan signed a contract with in 2013; Universal Music Publishing; EMI Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment UK were also named in the proceedings.

Louth law firm Smyth & Son issued the action for its client David Lewis last Thursday and have since refused to comment on the case.

It is not yet known why the action has been brought or for what date the case has been set.

This information will not be made available until the documents outlining the details of the case have been filed with the court.

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Long ago, when people didn’t even have a concept of chakra..even then, people still battled each other. The Divine Tree was never involved in their battles and was worshiped as a sacred pillar. But one day.. The Divine Tree bore a fruit that was said to be produced only once in a millennium. Legend dictated that no one was to ever lay hands on the fruit. But one princess, in her desire to reap the power of the Divine Tree to win a war, took and consumed the forbidden fruit. Afterwards, she gained the power of a god, and it was said she quashed the war by herself. Her name was Ōtsutsuki Kaguya. She was the first human to have chakra. Eventually, Kaguya would bear a child who was born with chakra already within him. However, the Divine Tree came alive and went on a rampage in order to reclaim its stolen chakra. That is the Ten Tails. And the one who stopped it was Kaguya’s child. His name was Ōtsutsuki Hagoromo. He was the one who preached the teachings of chakra, and was the founder od Ninshu. He was the forefather of shinobi - the man known as Sage of Six Paths.

The Australian Government is considering restricting the sale of Vegemite in “dry” Aboriginal communities, i.e. communities where the government has already banned the sale of alcohol. Because it’s supposedly being used to brew moonshine in bathtubs. 

Any documentation of this? Nah, we just have to accept Nigel Scullion’s word that this is happening. And, unlike the celebrated narrative of white Americans fighting Prohibition, that this is a bad thing that needs to be quashed. We certainly shouldn’t take it as a sign that prohibition never actually fucking works, and that a safe, regulated supply of alcohol is much better than pushing people towards moonshine with a mystery concentration of ethanol and other, more toxic fermentation byproducts.

We *could* fund extra mental health resources to address the links between intergenerational racialised trauma, alcohol abuse, and interpartner violence. We *could* be a society where alcohol abuse is treated as symptomatic of illness, where the sufferer deserves compassion and respect.

But nah, much better to treat every Black person trying to buy a jar of nutritious spread as a potential criminal.

I can’t begin to express how much I hate this government.

How to Listen to your Heart

1. First, quieten your rational mind as it has a tendency to hush, distort or quash the intuition of your heart.

2. Practice mindfulness. This is grounding yourself in the present moment, and being aware of all the sights, sounds and sensations that are happening in the here-and-now.

3. Go with the flow. Don’t try to force your heart to speak to you. Instead, simply “be” and allow your heart to speak in its own time, and in its own way.

4. Get into the habit of paying attention to every nudge and whisper from your intuition. We are taught to silence those inner tugs and pulls – so begin to notice, and to listen to, them.

5. Trust and act upon your intuition. It’s important to treat those inner messages as valid, and then follow your instincts – and notice where they lead you.

You’ll find that life is more rewarding if you listen to your heart – as well as listening to your rational mind.

Undertale - So Sorry

Already posted much of this on the Steam forums today since questions have come up and a bunch of rumours have been quashed so I figured I’d say a few tings.

This is gonna be a bit essay-ish but I figured I should respond to some questions, concerns and rumours that are goin around. So, full disclosure on the parts I can actually confirm. If you want more, you’ll have to ask Toby and Tem - I don’t know exactly what they think of me and I’m supremely anxious anyway, haha. They’ve been very supportive and kind to me though and I think they’re great people. Anyway, here’s the way of it.

Firstly, So Sorry is the Fan Troll. I has originally backed to design a monster but I thought long and hard and said “Hey, I think Undertale is literally the best, I want to help out, I know its a joke tier but would you be cool with me backing it”. He said yes and was kind of surprised at the time. We started talking about stuff before the Kickstarter ended. It didn’t take long for him to find out who I was, I have an internet presence like a lot of folks, and we got talking about it. I didn’t want my weird, niche interests to have any effect on the game because I had no desire to tamper with the game or anything. That’d be weird. In any case, I do have interests outside of my more peculiar things and Undertale was real important to me. It made me feel things a game had not done for a very long time, if at all.

So, Toby asked me if I’d be cool obscuring the connection since the character is a pre-existing thing. Part of its so the game feels like a self contained unit and give him control as a creator, which I totally get and I was fine with, and part of it was to avoid the issue of people seeing the name, googling it and giving me stick. Which happened anyway cos someone saw the battle in the discussions on /v/ I think and linked my gallery. Part of it is, obviously, so you can search for content of the game and not find my stuff. It isn’t shame, as far as I’m aware, to not want something unrelated associated wih you. Asking for major alterations to the character felt weird, its kind of a part of my identity, y'know? Like if someone asked me if my face could come with detached lobes or green eyes, I’d feel a little comprimised? When I expressed that kind of thing though, he seemed to understand.

I thought a bunch about what I could make work that would keep it distinct but true to the character. The game was full of mom/dad jokes, so I suggested the joke name So Sorry (Hey Mr Sorry, can I call you So?) and he liked it. He also asked if he could remove the hat and I said sure, like, its just window dressing, y'know? A hat’s a hat, not my whole identity. He added it back in of his own accord and added in half a dozen in total I think - I’m not even sure if I’ve even seen all of em. I think my favourite is the party hat though, it always makes me laugh. Otherwise, Toby seemed fine with the character being as they are and I really like the interpretation he came up with. There’s a rumour going around that not only would I not accept any comprimise, I was rude to Toby for asking and I don’t know where that’s coming from. A lot of them seem to be based on me being a secret and Toby hating me but I’m fine with the secret thing and as far as I’m aware, Toby doesn’t think ill of me. You can probably ask him yourself.

In terms of input, the design and general personality were mine. I think I might have come up with the paper ball attack? I didn’t expect it to take up much of the window though, haha. I might be wrong though, its been a couple of years. I think I suggested an attack where the pen chased you like in the game Snake. I didn’t come up with the ‘3D tush wiggle attack’ - that has orange/blue mechanics which I didn’t know anything about til I played the game. He also ran the whole dialogue of both paths by me before the game - I think the Fight version is actually the funnier of the two and I totally recommend people do it at least once, haha.

I think the array of faces So Sorry pulls in the whole thing are hilarious, too, and they’re part of the anxiety dealy I have. That was, by the way, the only real concession Toby asked of me - I think I suggested a dreary or stammery kind of anxiety, but both of those are covered by Napstablook and the character that would become Alphys. In fact, a lot of friends thought Alphys was my contribution due to how her anxiety manifests. I suggested a more desperate and energetic anxiety instead and we went with that!

I’m really happy with how it turned out, despite the abuse people have been slinging my way. Nobody has to look at my work just because I’m in the game - I know my stuff is not for everyone, hence I keep it to the sites I post on and I’m not offended if people don’t like it. My work has no bearing on any discussion of the game though - my interests don’t touch the game, only my identity, and I’m happy to keep it that way.

A lot of people compare my inclusion to Muffet and I think thats kind of weird. Muffet is tied to the intro by way of the bake sale, I’m tied to it by means of bad jokes. I think the Muffet fight is honestly probably one of my favourites, even if it is a little abrupt, its just paced kind of perfectly in its place in the game and the music sells it perfectly. So Sorry doesn’t have any pacing concerns, meanwhile, because they’re a secret and the music feels a little more out of place because it isn’t echoing earlier music - Spider Dance has elements of Dummy and Ghost Battle, I think. In any case, I think Muffet’s design is excellent and it feels a bit weird to compare the loser dragon I designed as a teenager ten years ago and identify with to something an incredibly talented comic artist drafted and designed more recently. I am what I am and a great artist I ain’t, haha. I just wanted to be a part of something I loved. I wasn’t the only one, considering other people opted in to contribute designs to the game. Woshua’s also great.

I didn’t want to interfere with the game any more than I did in the end - I was super excited to see what Toby was going to make. In the end, the whole thing was worth the wait and I’m very happy to have played a very small part in helping the game be. I still have the original sprite I think Tuyoki did for So Sorry on the overworld but I don’t think its up to me to share it without her say so. I’d ask if its cool and link it, but I’m actually kinda shy, haha.

Also I’d like to say people have been, in general, really supportive - especially on Tumblr and FA. Thanks, guys! =3

I think thats most of it though, if I missed anything, feel free to ask. 

Now Jensen is JOKING to Misha about how he just spent his panel quashing the whole 'Dean and Cas situation'

And therefore the audience now want them to ‘make out’ !!!

Jensen is JOKING ABOUT DEANCAS!

Jensen is openly referencing deancas and joking about it!

After Misha just kissed him!

GUYS

Bruce McCall’s cover next week brings attention to what has become the subject of numerous editorials and rallies. The artist says:

It should have been quashed a long time ago. We did everything to the Indians that we could, and it’s still going on. It seems crude and callous. Names like the Atlanta Braves come from another time. So, in my cover, I’ve brought the cultural arrogance of one side back to the sixteen-hundreds and the first Thanksgiving dinner, just to see what would happen.

In addition, the judge saw the joinder of 300 defendants as little more than a ploy for saving cash. “No predicate has been shown for thus combining 300 separate actions on the cheap,” he added. “If CP had sued the 300 claimed infringers separately for their discrete infringements, the filing fees alone would have aggregated $105,000 rather than $350.”
—  Judge Dumps Yet Another Mass Infringement Suit In Response To Single, Pro Se Motion To Quash | Techdirt - ah look, RIAA equivalent bullshit is failing. Surprise? Not really.

random things my fragile bi heart gets really emotional about: axton the commando, and the treatment of his sexuality in the game. just hear me out for a second.

like, for all intents and purposes axton is pretty much the most stereotypical video game character ever— a ruggedly handsome, confident-bordering-on-cocky, square-jawed white guy with a crew cut, a couple carefully placed facial scars, and a military career that’s probably just a bit too illustrious for his age.

but then he’s also canonically bisexual!! and not even on purpose originally, but because of a glitch that made him flirt with everyone instead of just the attractive female character the line was intended for.

and when fans saw this and were like, ‘oh this must mean axton’s supposed to be bi! awesome,’ the writers, instead of 1. freaking out and trying to quash those headcanons or 2. turning the situation into a gross queerbaiting mess (which seem to be the two things that happen most often), were like ‘oh, yeah, looks like axton is bi. let’s add some dialogue to the dlc that confirms this and make it irrefutably canon.’

and that was that. like, there was no uncharacteristically dramatic and emotional coming-out scene. no awkward forced romantic subplot with a male character to ‘prove’ he’s really bi. just a couple stupid and perfectly in-character lines about having dated lots of ‘people’ instead of specifically women and that quip about ‘guns and women… and sometimes dudes.’

and i just want to throw those moments in the face of every writer who’s ever claimed that it would be too hard to make a character bi, or that they can’t do it because it wasn’t the original intent of the character. all it took was two lines of dialogue for the bl2 team to confirm what players had already picked up on. it’s literally that easy and i’m just really tired of excuses for why characters ~can’t~ be bi!!!

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Yeah X3 (Music Video) (by Snowdrifthowl)

My friends and me upstate bored… :)

they malign us…they cast us out, they push us to the sidelines, but lovers of pineapple pizza are united and we are strong. we exist on every menu, around every street corner, an invisible army who will not give in to mob rule, who assert our proud, independent identity of pineapple love. you cannot quash us