Mar. 1st, 2017

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Exquisite Glass Sculpture by Rick Eggert

New York based artist Rick Eggert composes spectacular glass sculptures that are colorful and abstract in nature.

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From the Steve-is-a-Cop AU (I swear I will eventually get a title for that)

“Man, I have a cat. And she knows when you’re being sassy!”

Nanny AU:

“Since you’ve already run multiple background checks on me, I’m going to assume you know that my last name is not Willdo,” he said, but he didn’t wait for Tony’s sassy comeback.

I had to go hunt through my old Eureka fics to find ‘tender/ly’ in one of my WiPs? Apparently this is not on my most frequently-used words list.

Jack thought about it for a second. “Sure. Just not too spicy this morning, my stomach is feeling a little tender.”

Send me a word, if it’s in my wip document I’ll answer your ask with the sentence that it appears in. If I can’t find the word, I’ll write a sentence for it.
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These are good ones

Touch

ABO story: 

“Mr. Stark,” Rogers greeted. His voice was the slightest touch rough.

Save as vocal passcode? The HUD asked, the vocal imprint showing above his left eye as valleys and peaks. Tony shuddered – hearing Mr. Stark from Captain America made him feel a little sick. “No. Log it for the profile.”

Meeting in prison AU:

“No touching!” the CO called across the room.

Steve-is-a-cop AU: 

Something about the man drew him in and made him comfortable, made him want to touch, but even more, made him think he might want to stay.

A demon!Bucky AU that I poke out every now and then:

The boy slung an arm around his shoulders. Normally if some other boy touched him like that, it was just to pull him off somewhere the adults couldn’t see, but Steve felt immediately comfortable under his arm.

A fantasy AU: 

“I know you can fight,” Bucky answered, glaring, “But I can’t, not with knowing you might be in trouble. So just stuff that idea, and stay here where they need you. You’ve got some of your mom’s healing touch, and they need you.”

Rain

Steve-is-a-cop AU:

Unless he took bribes only in cash and kept that stashed away. He could be just padding his retirement, or saving it up for a rainy day. 

Demon!Bucky: 

Steve set her milk on the little table beside her chair and wrestled the old window open. It stuck no matter how often he oiled it, and he was sweating by the time he finally got it open half way. The air was chilly and wet from the previous day’s rain, but Mrs. Wilson preferred it a little cool. She patted him on the cheek.

Ring:

ABO story: 

“And me?” he asked distractedly. She was… copper, gun oil, roses, and black tea. He could smell her laundry soap, the powder in her hair, the faint scent of her body odor – musk, and the sour smell of exertion. He missed her answer and jerked back when she leaned forward to snap her fingers in front of his face. The sound cracked in his ears so loud that they started to ring. She frowned and leaned down to look into his eyes.

Steve-is-a-cop AU:

Tony almost faked another choking spell just to get Steve’s warm hand on his back again, but his phone interrupted the attempt. He silenced it without looking, and it immediately started ringing again.
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Steve is a merman who was cursed or something of that nature that his touch is deadly. He’s captured and put on display at an aquarium. Tony likes to visit him.

Steve eventually gets his legs. Sound familiar to anyone?

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As a kid, you were able to see other kids’ imaginary friends. You soon learned not to judge a book by it’s cover.
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You walk in a room to find that the only way to escape is by writing a name of a real person on a piece of paper. This will kill that person.

“Ma’am, ma’am, you only need to write one name”

Real question: do we get to find out what other people have written down? Like I don’t want to waste my one chance to have somebody die of “natural causes” (aka magic paper death wish) if they’re already dead.

Also what happens if we tear the paper in half? Would that mean that we could write two names? Asking for a friend.

Wow. So many names. Many of them are frequently in the news these days. I would write so small.
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That was super nice of them.

And now I’m mad that nobody told us we were given cows. Cause that’s really f*cking nice and nobody mentioned it at all.

American media tends to disregard that anyone donates to the US. And then Amurricans complain about money going abroad because “nobody helped the US in our disasters.”

>.>

Also, do you know how much a cow costs? O.O

It isn’t just a matter of how much a cow costs, its a matter of considering that Masai life is based around their cattle. Its their wealth, their food, and a significant part of their religion. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia:

“Traditional Maasai lifestyle centres around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food. The measure of a man’s wealth is in terms of cattle and children. A herd of 50 cattle is respectable, and the more children the better. A man who has plenty of one but not the other is considered to be poor.[37] A Maasai religious belief relates that God gave them all the cattle on earth, leading to the belief that rustling cattle from other tribes is a matter of taking back what is rightfully theirs, a practice that has become much less common.[38]”

So its not just “they gave us 14 cows”, its that they gave us something that is very important and significant to them, it is more than just a kind gesture that definitely deserves to be known and its a genuine shame that more people don’t know about it.

Wait, you guys DON’T KNOW that we offer help to the US when you have disasters???????

Shit, down here in Brazil we not only offered to send tracking units and doctors to help in 9/11 but we wanted to send a whole lot of donations to help with Katrina (we have experience with floods down here so we knew what kind of medicine to send to prevent outbreaks). 

We alone had like 2 army airplanes full of medicine and non-perishables like baby formula, diapers, bottled water, mosquito nets and other stuff that’s needed to fight opportunistic diseases that hit flooded areas, enough to assist a good few thousand people at least, ready to go the day after it hit, but your government refused the donations. 

The same thing happened to the Canadians and Europeans who offered help, the US embassies around the world told us all to give money to Red Cross.

And so we did, we all gave hundreds of millions of dollars to them, and then this happened:

Red Cross scandals tarnish relief efforts

‘Breathtaking’ Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid

So please, don’t you go spreading misinformation and prejudice against the rest of the world, WE DID OFFER HELP AND ORGANIZED IT EVEN FASTER THAN BUSH DID, BUT Y’ALL REFUSED IT. 

Oh wow I had no idea this happened it’s really not talked about in media at all wow this is something good to know about wow

I’m so angry.

I didn’t know that other countries tried to help after 9/11 or Katrina. Like, that’s something we, the people, should hear about and we don’t.

Please don’t blame us for the shitty decisions our government makes. We don’t have as much control over our government as we would like to think and they keep a lot from us.

Spread this shit. 

After Katrina, Cuba donated several hundred blankets. Think about that. A country that is suffering economically due directly to the US embargo offered to help us when we needed it by sending what they could. And once again, it was refused. We have a government that is so self-righteous that we refuse to accept disaster aid in order to maintain this facade that we are the most generous nation on earth.

Okay, Katrina thing.
Only Texans really knows this? and even then it’s not wide spread.
Mexico sent their army.
They sent their army for relief efforts. Didn’t call ahead, they drove all the way to San Antonio with doctors and food and all sorts of supplies.
When people actually got a call from them saying “Hey, we’re sending people up.”
The people who answered said “What? We can’t…”
“Too late, already there.”
This was while the government was turning down help.
So yeah, other countries send relief.
Forest fires up in Washington last year? Firefighters from Australia came up to assist.
Like… we don’t hear about this shit. At all.

I can second the above with the fires. 

Most the time, when people say “oh FEMA or something sent people right?” re: fires, its actually people from other countries showing up and kinda ignoring the government telling them to fuck off and staying on behalf of local departments because we REALLY need them. 

If there’s a huge ass disaster, and the government is sitting there with a thumb up it’s ass, help is offered and most the time– shit, it gets there!
But then the feds do something really fucking dirty.
They insist they were the help, if it’s talked about at all. 

They insist those people putting out fires were federal people, because to most people a fireman’s a fireman. The people handing out water and food, a relief worker is a relief worker. So on and so forth. 

We had people come up when the fires were so bad a while ago– not the Australians, but i think there was like a German group of like 3 guys that flew themselves over? They came out of sheer “this is horrible and we’re helping” and my dad [local fire chief] had them working with our guys and the feds lost no time telling every news outlet that it was THEIR people doing all the fire knockdowns and structure work when these guys were running into buildings and grabbing people, pets, and people’s important documents because they knew papers were a pain in the ass to replace. 

What you gotta understand is that our government is very intent on selling us and the rest of the world [as much as possible] the idea of a powerful and self reliant country. All our reporting on disasters, starts with the scaremongering and then moves to “but our people can handle it because we’re the best at handling things” and then they move on before the idea it’s out of control comes to mind. The average person outside of the disaster has no idea, if they have never been around such an event or met someone who regularly deals with these things, they will kinda probably nod along with that. Because we have no real scope on the scale and impact– by design. Our media intake is very controlled to slant everything to the “eh, we can handle it and everyone else out there– they need our help because they’re not so good at handling disasters like we are.”
People who know better, reading international news, interacting with international social groups, looking outside their sphere of community– we know better but that kinda slant is really hard to break from because of that grip American media has on information.
So, taking that knowledge, we further have restricted reporting on certain disasters because they’re considered unimportant. 
Hurricanes are considered important, earthquakes are only considered important if it wrecks something the government cares about or somewhere a couple million people live that they’ll upset the national money flow/they can throw money at someone to make the news care, floods are only important if it’s in a similar manner to earthquakes but since they occur annually they’re rarely reported on nationally, mudslides that kill people or leave hundreds homeless aren’t important to the government even through they happen constantly, wildfires that consume most of the nation/continent each year generally are unimportant until they consume a town or threaten a government interest/money flow location.
Terrorist attacks are always important because people will talk about them.

So, when we do get help for any of the above, it’s possible that most people may have no idea about what’s happened, let alone that help’s been sent. Or if people know something happened, the details are vague– the news don’t care to give the nitty gritty. You’ll know something happened and people are suffering and “gee, isn’t it good you’re not them” and then now the weather.

So, yeah, basically no one really knows we get help.

International response to Hurricane Katrina:

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We got HELLA help, but nobody really talks about it

American Media really fails regularly 

Hurricane Sandy, Quebec sends power line crews down to assist in restoring power.  California gets rid of water bombers due to budget cuts, Canada sends theirs down to help fight wild fires. Amazing what living on the border and having outside TV News does to your information flow.
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Lego announces new set themed around the women of NASA

Toy manufacturer Lego Group has announced it will be creating a set of Legos based around the women of NASA, Community Specialist Hasan Jensen wrote in a blog post for the company on Tuesday.

The idea for the project was originally pitched by Maia Weinstock, who submitted it to Lego through the company’s Lego Ideas program.

The set will include five women who contributed to NASA’s mission, including computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronaut Sally Ride, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman and astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to enter space in 1992. Read more (2/28/17 5:53 PM)

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This was not an exaggeration. The government ignored the issue of HIV/AIDS for years before anything was done. Gay and Queer communities had to form their own clinics because no government agencies cared for them. Back then, being diagnosed was equivalent to a death sentence or extreme debt and poor quality of life/a significantly shortened lifespan.

Things got so desperate that people literally had “Die-Ins”— in contemporary usage this refers to masses of people simulating death in order to protest something (like the War in Iraq). In this case, however, fatally sick people would literally lie down in public places and protest with what little energy they had left until they died. There is some footage of a church Die-In in the documentary Beyond Stonewall.  The middle image here of that person’s jacket is not an extreme political statement; it’s what people had to do because they had no other options.

wow.

never forget

queer politics aren’t all hrc t-shirts and shiny lobbying. So many people have already forgotten this extremely recent history.

And this is still not over. HIV rates in the US are going up among young, gay men of color — almost half are expected to be infected within their lifetime at this point — and there isn’t even solid data on HIV in the trans community, but it’s off the scales, percentage-wise. 

I can not say this enough: HIV is an intersectional issue. It became a pandemic because it hit at the intersection of homophobia and racism, because it affects the poorest, most vulnerable people. It plays into our culture’s fucked up issues around sex and drugs.

And the kicker is, while there’s no cure, there are incredibly effective HIV medications. People living with HIV who have access to good healthcare and medications have the same expected lifespan as people who aren’t infected. And with proper care and treatment, the amount of virus in a person’s bloods and semen drops to nearly none and because of that, people become significantly less likely to infect others, even if they have unprotected sex.

This is why health care reform matters. This is why sex education and access to reproductive health services matter. Without them, people die.

(General note, I work in HIV education and am always happy to answer HIV-related questions people might have if I’m able. My ask box is always open and anon is on like 95% of the time.)
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The Betsy Devos Era of Education House Bill 610 is terrifying.
Please inform yourselves.

This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.
In addition the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.

It would repeal ESSA (Every Students Succeeds Act):
ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA and FAPE.

Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps (now that’s a surprise!)

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