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An Orgy of Unnecessary Cruelty

The theme that unites all of Trump’s initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty.

1. His new budget comes down especially hard on the poor – imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural communities, nutrition for new mothers and their infants, funds to keep poor families warm, even “meals on wheels.”

These cuts come at a time when more American families are in poverty than ever before, including 1 in 5 children. 

Why is Trump doing this? To pay for the biggest hike in military spending since the 1980s. Yet the U.S. already spends more on its military than the next 7 biggest military budgets put together.

2. His plan to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act will cause 14 million Americans to lose their health insurance next year, and 24 million by 2026.

Why is Trump doing this? To bestow $600 billion in tax breaks over the decade to wealthy Americans. This windfall comes at a time when the rich have accumulated more wealth than at any time in the nation’s history. 

The plan reduces the federal budget deficit by only $337 billion over the next ten years – a small fraction of the national debt, in exchange for an enormous amount of human hardship.

3. His ban on Syrian refugees and reduction by half in the total number of refugees admitted to the United States comes just when the world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Why is Trump doing this? The ban does little or nothing to protect Americans from terrorism. No terrorist act in the United States has been perpetrated by a Syrian or by anyone from the six nations whose citizens are now banned from traveling to the United States. You have higher odds of being struck by lightening than dying from an immigrant terrorist attack.  

4. His dragnet roundup of undocumented immigrants is helter-skelter – including people who have been productive members of our society for decades, and young people who have been here since they were toddlers.

Why is Trump doing this? He has no compelling justification. Unemployment is down, crime is down, and we have fewer undocumented workers in the U.S. today than we did five years ago. 

Trump is embarking on an orgy of cruelty for absolutely no reason. This is morally repugnant. It violates every ideal this nation has ever cherished. We have a moral responsibility to stop it.

PSA for shiny hunting in ORAS

Route 117 is super, super obnoxious for DexNav usage. It’s also the only place in the game where you can encounter Roselia. You could horde hunt for a shiny Roselia, but this runs the risk of getting a shiny you don’t want instead (Zigzagoon, Oddish or Marill) and could take a long time.

But there’s a solution!

Go to the lower flower patch near Verdanturf and stand on the middle orange flower, like so (apologies for the bad image):

If you use the DexNav from this spot, you have much higher odds of something actually appearing! I couldn’t make Roselia appear at all in any other spot on the route, but from this spot I was consistently getting 20-strong chains, which for this route is excellent. Even better, encounters will only appear in the grass patch right next to the flowers because the other patches are too far away, so the Pokemon won’t be hard to find.

Happy hunting!

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry if this is an odd question but do you still have your Treble (higher) vocal range from before you started on T? I was watching your Thunder Road cover and was a little blown away by how low and high you managed it was great!

before i started T i was a high soprano - my voice dropped a literal octave, and now my vocal range is pretty much a classic tenor. i’m so glad you liked the cover!! springsteen is a fave of mine :)

Love How You Hate Me - Sam x Reader

A/N: Fucking finally! I’m back! I made this part longer to kind of make up for my absence. Any one else in love with the Northern Lights? Anytime there’s even a chance of them appearing, I’m outside. I LOVE spending all night looking at them. So, I incorporated that into this. We have a bit more plot. Crabby Dean. Along with a few of my favorite side characters. Wayward Daughters, anyone? Hope you all enjoy! :D

Previous Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten | Eleven 

@captain-princess-rose @bookishdorito @supernatural508 @faegal04 @1967-wayward @kelincihutan @i-just-wanna-live-gc @impossible-box @magie16 @jared-padaloveme

Warnings: Outdoor sex, Use of ice cubes

Word Count: Roughly 5000

“So,” You played with the food on your plate as Sam spoke up to break the silence, “anything exciting happen since we left?”

You were with the boys in South Dakota. Sioux Falls to be exact. Sitting at Jody Mill’s table next to Alex while Claire sat at the end, by Dean. Jody to your left.

Alex was graduating, and Jody had invited the boys out. You were simply a tag along to aid in your restlessness, and to finally meet the infamous Mills. You’d heard about her multiple times, but you had stayed behind the last time they’d gone out to see her. Now, your curiosity was met.

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Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Plants

Not to be confused with the unrelated North American invasive Ohio Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is also known as Sandthorn, Sallowthorn, or Seaberry.

The bright orange berries of this plant contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits, and have been studied for medicinal applications that range from fighting tumours to regenerating tissues. They have been called both a ‘superfood’ and a 'delicacy.’

Being thorny, they are excellent for making a wildlife-proof hedge. They will spread laterally, forming clonal patches.

Hippophae species also have a bacterial symbiont in their root nodules (pictured above), which fixes atmospheric nitrogen into the soil. They can handle being near salt water, and extremes of moisture and dryness.

Since the plants are dioecious (male and female parts are on different plants), I am shipping them in lots of 5 and 10 so the odds are higher you will have both sexes.

Sea Buckthorns are regarded as a problem in Southern Alberta, Canada, Australia, and in Northern Ireland (although there is some dispute as to whether or not they are categorically invasive). I will likely not be able to ship these to place with tight biosecurity, like Australia, New Zealand, Hawai’i, or California.

Be cautious about introducing it to your biome, and if you are unsure, don’t plant it.          

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anonymous asked:

Sam, how do you get over wanting to be fandom-popular? Fandom popularity is built a lot on what's the currently in kink/ship/whatever, and if you're not interested in that part you're often shouting into the void. Interaction between fans is what keeps me engaged and I always feel lonely whichever fandom I land in. It's not something I can help (short of being inducted into a BNF's circle) but I don't know how to get over it either.

Oh Anon. Where to begin. This may be kind of incoherent because there’s a lot going on in your ask, but I’ll do my best. 

To start with, I am actually kind of a bad person to ask about this because I…am fandom-popular. So clearly I didn’t exactly get over it. :D But let me talk a little bit about two things: why you might not actually want to be fandom-famous as much as you think, and how you satisfy the desire without actually having to be fandom famous. 

(Quick vocab lesson for those who will ask – “BNF” refers to the term “Big Name Fan”, someone who is well-known and prominent in fandom, usually for creating popular fanworks. I have been a BNF for roughly twelve years, though the definition has changed over time. And it is not always a term of endearment.) 

Okay. Let’s dig in.

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Cheap Thrills

Prompt you and friends are watching some cute guys play pool, when your friend notices one checking you out a lot, you and friend end up playing against the cute guys , the hot bearded one makes a bet with you Etc

I hope you guys enjoy this, I’m not sure how I feel about it, my assessments have me so stressed I just feel brain-dead, but it was an extremely fun prompt. As always feedback is very much appreciated. 


It was two in the morning ad you lounged, with your closest friend, in Kelly’s Bar. The atmosphere, as always, was strange, shoeless men were singing karaoke downstairs, a moving rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. All patrons were forced to occupy a mismatched array of plastic chairs, beanbags, and barstools, also disparate you were rather concerned with how they had obtained them. But drinks were cheap, tonight they were all but giving the VB’s away, and you were all but guaranteed to meet and interesting person, with an even more interesting story. The most interesting so far, the man with the green Mohawk who carried his et snake everywhere, was yet to make an appearance, but there was still time.

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