Please forgive me if there are some language mistakes - not a native English speaker sorry!
This is a fanfic about how Katniss and Peeta could have found their way to each other again at the end of Mockingjay Part 2 - including my imagination of what that one trailer scene (Katniss sitting on something like a windowsill and smiling if you remember) could be like
I REMEMBER - CHAPTER ONE of 3
It was just a few days after my arrival in District 12 that I saw Peeta watering the flowers in the Victors Village. It was already evening but he air wasn`t that cold anymore and even if it was late you could still go outside without falling over your own feet. Spring was coming to District 12 now the Revolution was over. I was standing in front of the winow looking outside to watch Peeta while he did his work in the garden. I was so unsure what to do. Should I go outside to greed him what would be modest or should I stay where I were. I mean on one side I didn`t want to get hurt by him in case his mental status was still unaltered but then on the other side I could clearly hear my heart prevail over my brain screaming “Go! Greet him! Just say hello!” I got told that they were doing some kind of therapy with him in the Capitol by experienced doctors who already handled with this rarely and brutal kind of hijacking. They allegedly tried really hard on getting his memories back and stopping his hallucinations. How far they had come with this? I had no idea. And why did they send him back to District 12? Was there still anyone out there who wanted to kill me. My stomache warped by the thought of Peeta trying to kill me. Someone who loved me that much once. I didn`t really think he would do something like that again but I couldn`t know. Well luckily I made the descision to be brave and followed the order of my heart to go outside the door, to welcome him back to his home. So when he was standing there watering the Primroses I planted the other day, completely unsuspecting I stood behind him and touched him careful on the shoulder directly taking a step back if in the worst case he really tried to attack me. He immedeatly looked up, turned around and faced me totally caught by suprise. As he was staring at me I couldn`t find any sign of corrosiveness in his blue eyes which I was happy to look at again. He looked as the Peeta I had known from the Bakery but more grown up in a way. He looked healthy in comparison to how he looked when he arrived in District 13 when they rescued him. By this familiar way Peeta had styled his hair and how he appeared I couldn`t believe once more the Capitol had turned him into a weapon. Snow, who is now dead. Snow had let him turn into a weapon that should destroy me, break me, break my heart because somehow he realized it. He realized how I felt about him. And that was fatal. It had worked. Peeta hadn`t been the one I knew and missed so much for such a long time now. Until now I had nearly given up on him but couldn`t. I just couldn`t. I didn`t want to. What he was like to me in District 13 broke my heart into a million peaces, even if I maybe deserved what he said. But there was one thing I was aware of now even I would have never admitted because my mind was blurred with too many other things that employed me. There had been so much more than the acting… “Hey Peeta.” I greeted him in a sheepish voice. “You`re back…” I added in a whisper as if it wouldn`t have been true if I wouldn’t have said it out loud. “Hey Katniss.” He laughed. “Obviously. I wanted to go back, see you, be at home. And the doctors agreed because they thought going back to collect some more memories would be a great thing for the therapy I take part of and will continue here per phone. Things here remind me of stuff you know.” He decided to come back. Nobody had sent him. He wanted to see me. “Ah that`s, that`s great. Welcome back.” I said. He couldn`t know how great it was to me. “How`s your memory doing by the way?” In the depth of my heart I wished he would remember anything good about me again and not only the terrifying stuff the Capitol showed him to make him go crazy. For a short moment he glanced at me in a way I wasn`t sure if I just imagined it but my heart started to pump faster and skipped a beat. But then he just answered compact. “I think pretty well.” He smirked. “Still got moments with really bad attacks though sadly. But at least we are all damaged someway by what happened, aren`t we?” I nodded thinking of all the losses. Finnick, Prim… But the way he talked about this horrible hijacking they did to him like it would have been nothing compared to what others have endured… it remined me. It sounded so selfless, so non-self-pity… the way he talked was also more familiar to me. It sounded like him. Even if maybe it was only a moment that I had the feeling he would never hurt me again, that he was Peeta, I gained some hope back for him. “Sooo yeah… Iam really glad you`re here again.”, I disbanded me from him. “Then Iam glad, too.” He smirked once more but then he went on with his work. I didn`t exactly know how much of the old Peeta was in him, but someway I felt like Peeta wasn`t that far away anymore at the end of the day.
Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each: 1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays. 2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. 3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc. 4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized. 5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution. 6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common. 7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses. 8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions. 9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite. 10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed. 11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked. 12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations. 13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders. 14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
For a second there I thought this viral Facebook posting was real
Warren Buffett, “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You…
For a minute there I thought this viral internet meme going around calling for a constitutional amendment called the Congressional Reform Act was real.
The latest iteration of this piece of disinformation purports to be an idea from Warren Buffett for how to "end the deficit in 5 minutes”. I wrote a response to this notion which I still think is valid even though the post is actually a fraud:
“I totally disagree with this. Beware billionaires baring gifts of advise, especially advise on Constitutional Amendments.
First of all, this note presupposes that the biggest problem we face is the deficit. Please. This is the exact same framing the so-called Tea Party caucus in the House has been using. It is clear that this note is a calculated attempt to confuse and dilute the calls for change that are happening now thanks to the OWS Movement. Mr. Buffet is not part of the 99% and he is not working on behalf of us either.
Notice how Mr. Buffett shifts the blame for what is happening in this country from his own class, the oligarchy, to the Congress which is the wholly owned puppet of the oligarchy. Mr. Buffet and others in the 1%(.001% in Buffet’s case) have totally corrupted our governments and captured our democracy.
I agree that a Constitutional Amendment is called for, but let’s address the root of the problem–Corporate Personhood, which asserts that corporations are people and that money is speech and therefore protected under the 1st Amendment. This line of jurisprudence which begaan under fraudulent circumstances in 1886 and which has been built up for the last 115 years culminating in the now infamous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, is the reason that the oligarchy has been able to capture our democracy and corrupt our governments. It is the reason we cannot have campaign finance reform.
If you would like to work to get an Amendment passed, Move To Amend the Constitution to eliminate corporate personhood is the way to go. Don’t fall for Uncle Warren’s bullshit."
“Natalya has always been the one female wrestler who has always put WRESTLING first. She should be the at the head of the Diva’s Revolution right now. The fact that she is being completely ignored, after all the hard work and commitment she put into this company, angers me beyond repair.”
Bikini Kill on the "grungy" vibe of previously unreleased demos
Rolling Stone:I was actually thinking that when I was listening to the [previously unreleased demo] songs [on the upcoming 'Revolution Girl Style Now' reissue]—there's definitely a grungy vibe to them.
Kathi Wilcox:Yeah, "Ocean Song" is kind of dirgy. We were definitely listening to the bands that were happening then. I'm sure we were internalizing that to some degree.
Kathleen Hanna:That's why I think it was cool to put those on. For me, the more I listened to it, I started remembering that, like, I was also listening to TAD [laughs].
Wilcox:But, like, the first Nirvana record is pretty dirgy. 'Bleach' is pretty dirgy.
Hanna:Actually, the cassette was recorded primarily... [Nirvana] had all these cassettes, and the record company or whoever was putting it out accidentally put the same songs on both sides, and they couldn't use [the tapes]. And they gave us this bag of used cassettes, so we taped over them, and then we just put a cassette label over it to hide the "Nirvana" bit. If anyone has an original one, they can peel that off and they'll see it. And also you can actually hear, because our music will stop first, and then you can hear the end of "Negative Creep," or whatever.
Wilcox:Reduce, reuse, recycle. We were just making the most of thrown-away tapes.
You ever get a pop song so thoroughly embedded in your ear, you have to play it ten times a day for at least a week? That was this song for me, sometime last month, and I still dig it. So without further ado, here’s the most ‘80s thing you’ll hear all day.
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage. They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses. They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization. They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices. They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions. They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right. They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay. They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility. They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance. They have sold our privacy as a commodity. They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit. They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce. They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them. They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil. They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit. They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit. They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media. They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt. They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas. They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.
Update 10/1/11 – Minor updates to some wording in the facts.