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“The patio was lit only with candles and moonlight, so aides used the camera lights on their phones to help the stone-faced Trump and Abe read through the documents,” Liptak writes. In DeAgazio’s first photo, you can see a phone flashlight being used in that way.
 
 

Why is this important? Mobile phones have flashlights, yes — and cameras, microphones and Internet connectivity. When Edward Snowden was meeting with reporters in Hong Kong at the moment he was leaking the material he’d stolen from the NSA, he famously asked that they place their phones in the refrigerator — blocking any radio signals in the event that the visitors’ phones had been hacked. This was considered the most secure way of ensuring that the phones couldn’t be used as wiretaps, even more secure than removing the battery. Phones — especially phones with their flashes turned on for improved visibility — are portable television satellite trucks and, if compromised, can be used to get a great deal of information about what’s happening nearby, unless precautions are taken.

In It For The Long Haul

Summary: Long haul trucking can be a lonely business.  Sure, Dean can chat up other drivers on the CB, and when Sam’s not in class or drowning in homework he’ll let Dean talk his ear off on the phone.  But it’s still hours and hours of staring at the road and scanning the radio dial for local stations because he’s too lazy to upgrade the truck to satellite radio.  And then a flirty waiter in a 24 hour truck stop restaurant sits down with him to chat while he eats his dinner, and suddenly his life no longer feels quite so empty.

Photography doesn’t pay much, and insomnia is a bastard.  Which is why Castiel accepts his cousin’s offer of employment at the truck stop restaurant.  The graveyard shift is perfect for his fucked up sleep schedule, and Gabriel doesn’t mind if he sneaks a free meal now and then.  Besides, all the most interesting people come into the restaurant in the middle of the night.  Including the gorgeous man with the sad green eyes that makes Castiel want to pull out all the stops to make him smile.  

Graphic by @jhoomwrites

Chapter 1 - Gotta Keep Rollin’ 

Writing Contest Winners!!!

I’m super sorry for how long this has taken, I’ve been having a really rough and weird month or so (all my fault though, don’t worry about me or anything like that) BUT now here we go!!

I’ve emailed all of the winners but I’m lowkey concerned that because it’s an email from a random stranger talking about winning a contest it might trigger spam filters, so if you see your story here, make sure to check your email!!!

Without further ado, here are the winners!!!

FIRST PLACE by Trina | This one actually straight up made me cry which I did NOT expect from this contest

He tweaked the end of his beard at her nose, and she giggled. “I’m proud of you for giving your time to make those animals happy. In fact, I’m so proud of you that I stopped on my way here.” He reached felt around the sofa cushion and pulled out the Dr. Seuss book he’d bought.

SECOND PLACE by Rissa | Another submission that made me super emotional and honestly it was just a really great way to take this story

So let the pretty young things in the next aisle whisper and giggle about the wrinkly old grandma trying to be sexy. She’d have done the same in their place.

But she’s not dead yet, and she’s got no intention to stop living until she is.

THIRD PLACE by Jordan | Honestly this one just got INTENSE and I dig it

Reader, I did not aid for selfless reasons of kindness, but in the end, intentions never matter. I saw the lights and satellites of the news truck careening into the parking lot at the same time as a cop car and ambulance, and I turned to face the music of my people.

RUNNER UP by Brittany | This has given me new insight into the potential realities of my workplace and I will now tread carefully until I am prepared to launch my life of crime

This man was an internationally wanted criminal in the year 2026, but Interpol had no hope of catching him. They were at a loss, until Jason had an idea. What if they went back in time, and stopped him before he ever turned to crime? After months of work, they found him: in a still from a Target security camera, dated 2016.

RUNNER UP by Shannon | I understand that this was largely pandering to my classic poop humor, but I don’t even mind, this was some good stuff.

The urge.

I felt it building in my stomach, slowly worming its way down to my pelvis and coming to rest against the backside of my anus. Just a couple more minutes, I told myself as I slowly began to make my way to the bathroom.

At the start of tomorrow’s business day, they’ll launch a prop campaign of xenophobia branded as nationalism, branded as civic pride, branded as a 2008 F150 Ford truck with satellite radio, air conditioned seats, and a heavy duty hitch to haul away whatever it is you’re trying to hide.
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Cecil

I’m not gonna say a certain cheeto-dusted pile of shit immediately comes to mind… but…

In It For The Long Haul

Summary:  Long haul trucking can be a lonely business.  Sure, Dean can chat up other drivers on the CB, and when Sam’s not in class or drowning in homework he’ll let Dean talk his ear off on the phone.  But it’s still hours and hours of staring at the road and scanning the radio dial for local stations because he’s too lazy to upgrade the truck to satellite radio.  And then a flirty waiter in a 24 hour truck stop restaurant sits down with him to chat while he eats his dinner, and suddenly his life no longer feels quite so empty.

Photography doesn’t pay much, and insomnia is a bastard.  Which is why Castiel accepts his brother’s offer of employment at the truck stop restaurant.  The graveyard shift is perfect for his fucked up sleep schedule, and Gabriel doesn’t mind if he sneaks a free meal now and then.  Besides, all the most interesting people come into the restaurant in the middle of the night.  Including the gorgeous man with the sad green eyes that makes Castiel want to pull out all the stops to make him smile.  

Here’s a preview of my new Destiel project.  I don’t have a release date for you yet, but I’m starting to put words in google docs, so definitely COMING SOON.

Thank you so much to @jhoomwrites for the preview pic!  <3

“At the start of tomorrow’s business day, they’ll launch an abject prompt campaign of xenophobia, branded as nationalism, branded as civic pride, branded as a 2008 F150 Ford truck with satellite radio, air conditioned seats, and a heavy-duty hitch to haul away whatever it is you’re trying to hide.”

- I love my leftist podcasts like I like my English papers: political commentary thinly veiled in car metaphors that aren’t metaphors at all but symbolic reality

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Solidarity with Ferguson, Los Angeles. November 28, 2014.

We started at Grand Park and marched to Beverly and Alvarado. The cops cornered the majority of the protestors there against a sidewalk. They started pushing away anyone that wasn’t in the group and physically putting their hands on us, shoving us, while one of them was saying “I’m tired of this” while looking very angry. They all had their batons out and wouldn’t reply when I asked them why they had them out.

There were definitely more than 100 cops on that one block. None of us were violent.  The LAPD really isn’t enjoying these protests at all and even tracked us down (a group of 10 people who got separated and rejoined) and kept circling us with helicopters and sending trucks with satellites on them to pass by us. 

If you live in LA, please come join as many demonstrations as you can. There may be a chance of getting arrested for a few hours, but more people need to be aware of whats happening, especially in LA where minorities seem like the majority. Police brutality against black/brown people may affect you or someone you know.