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Sounds like science fiction, to be sure. Imagine humankind sending two huge cargo space ships to Mars as soon as 2022. Just 5 years from now. And 24 months later, another 4 ships that would bring the first colonists to the red planet. Sounds preposterous, right? Well, billionaire dreamer Elon Musk thinks otherwise. The guy who turned electric cars into a mass transport and founded the SpaceX company, which created the first private rockets.
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Cover Artist: eosrose
Ship: Sam Winchester/Castiel/Dean Winchester
Warnings: Archive warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Rape/Non-Con, Underage. Also: various forms of torture, suicidal ideation/attempt, prostitution - for more details see the warnings on the original post here.
Reader's Notes: Please please mind the warnings. Thank you to eosrose for the art :3
Summary: The boys work a case on a gay cruise.
Charlie books two of them in the honeymoon suite.
MP3 [181 MB, 03:13:39]
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Podfic Post: AO3
Cover Artist: JediSeagull
Fandom: Critical Role
Warnings: Creator chose not to use Archive warnings
Reader's Notes: Huge thanks to Sabinelagrande for having blanket permission. Also to JediSeagull for creating the perfect covers.
In another lifetime, Percy and Vex are bound together.
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I don't remember the imagery from the dream -- something about coming home after a war, something about the I-character being a prince -- but it's not the imagery I care about. It's the emotion. I can't remember. It was partly like -- oh, I don't know, like a newly crowned (and mostly still school aged) King Peter coming howm to Narnia after his first battle as king; it had elements of Harry returning to Hogwaets after winning some external tournament for Gryffindor (why Gryff in particular and not Hogwarta as a whole I don't know, and the not that sticks out was people back at the castle waiting, like in a Greek myth, to see which color sails adorn the ship, so someone could run back with news of the winner, which makes no sense in a world with magic, but again the visuals don't matter.
And I can't quite remember the emotion.
I think -- in the way you can sometimes remember the shape of a word without remembering the word itself -- it had the shape of a sort of nostalgia, like coming back as an adult to places you frequented as a kid (and things are so much more small and ordinary when you see them with adult eyes). But also a bit of ... deliberate loss? Of having gone to do the thing knowing you'd be changed by it and knowing that you'd never get innocence back, watching kids be kids and being unable to join in because you know too much. And some element of disconnect, like you've been off fighting a battle in Faerie and return triumphant to find that a hundred years have passed overnight and they're really quite happy that you won but you don't know them because they're the great-grandchildren of your baby brother or whatever, and you can't get the missing years back.
Those are the pieces I can remember, but ... echoes, not the source. It's more than that and *I don't remember*. And the more I try, the less I grasp.
( Spoiler alert: we love, love, love this show. )
I don't care what you think of the current president, or the past one, or any that might come in the future. I care about the fact that no one should have that kind of unfettered power. No one should be able to start World War III on a whim.
And the good news is, we can take that power away.
Courtesy of Rachel Manija Brown, who started the "Pull the Football" social media campaign, here's what you need to know.
Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.) Passing those bills may literally save the world.
How to save the world:
1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.
2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.
3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.
Share this post on Facebook or Dreamwidth. Put up your own post on whatever social media you use. Ask your friends in person. If you know anyone in the media, contact them to get the word out. If you're not American, you can help by publicizing the campaign on social media that Americans follow.
How do I contact my representatives?
1. Resistbot is a free service that will fax, call, or write your representatives for you. Just text the word "resist" to 50409 to begin.
2. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the representative of your choice.
I've contacted everyone. What now?
Contact them again. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. One water drop can be brushed away. Many water drops make a flood. Call, fax, or write as often as possible. Set aside 15 minutes every day to make as many calls or faxes as you can in that time. Relentlessness works - it's why the NRA is so successful. If they can do it, we can do it.
What do I say?
Page down for a sample script. Or speak or write in your own words.
Democrats to contact:
Every Democrat not currently sponsoring one of the bills. Thank them for their courage and service to the nation, and ask them to act now to save the world.
Thank the Democrats currently sponsoring the bills. There are 57 in the House and 9 in the Senate. Especially, thank Congressman Ted Lieu (sponsor of the House bill) and Sen. Edward Markey (sponsor of the Senate bill). Encourage them to step up their efforts to make it pass.
Republicans to contact:
The Republicans listed below are the most prominent who have voiced concerns about Trump. This is not an exhaustive list. There are more Republicans who might be receptive. For instance, all the House Republicans who just voted for more aid for Puerto Rico, and all Republicans who are retiring from their seats and so not worried about getting re-elected.
Sen. Bob Corker (202) 224-3344) warned us that Trump is setting the nation on a path to World War III. If you only contact one Republican representative, contact him. Thank him for his courage and urge him to follow through on his convictions.
Rep. Walter Jones (202) 225-3415 is the only Republican to support the bill. Thank him for his courage and urge him to get his colleagues onboard.
Other Republican senators to prioritize contacting: Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, Marco Rubio, and Bob Sasse.
Hello, my name is [your name.] I'm calling to ask Representative/Senator [their name] to co-sponsor the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.)
I believe Republican Senator Bob Corker when he says we're on the brink of World War Three. No one benefits from a nuclear war. But we can stop it if we choose to. This may be the most important action Representative/Senator [their name] will take in their entire life. It may literally save the world. I urge them to co-sponsor the bill restricting first use of nuclear weapons. Thank you.
Don't tell yourself "it could never happen." Don't rest in the assumption that nobody would really launch the nukes -- it's all just posturing, right? We need precautions in place to make sure we don't wake up tomorrow morning to annihilation.
Or don't wake up at all.
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by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 14
word count (story only): 1130
:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and picks up immediately after “Popping In,” continuing from Graham's viewpoint. ::
By the time the kettle burbled, just shy of boiling, Graham's guests had gathered at the dining table, munching on carrot and jicama sticks, or in Saraphina's case, sucking on a strip of red bell pepper as if it were a lollipop. Dabs of hummus waited in dessert cups in front of each, though Saraphina's was quite stirred up. Graham set a toddler cup full of pineapple juice in front of the girl, then asked, “If you'd rather have tea than coffee, it's easier to check the cabinet and select something you'd like.”
Abioud grinned playfully, pointing at the nearly full coffee pot on the counter. “That seems to be strong enough to stand up on its own, which is just the way I like it.”
Saraphina pushed her sippy cup toward Abioud, then mimicked his reach for the carafe of coffee. Aidan chuckled, shaking his head. “No, not when it's that hot,” he explained to the girl.
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One of the most popular recipes with my Meal Planning Members is my ‘Magic’ Sausage Supper.
Basically you put vegetables and sausages in a pan and roast until everything is tender. It’s about as simple as cooking can possibly get but the results are deeply satisfying, not to mention delicious.
So I had given up on my Magic suppers until I had the ‘brain wave’ to try it with low carb veg.
Why didn’t I think of that sooner!
Magic Sausage & Cabbage Supper
Cabbage is one of the most underrated vegetables. It’s Low Carb, super nutritious, generally available year round, keeps in the fridge for weeks and weeks, and if cooked properly it’s super delicious. I love it raw shaved into salads or ‘slaw.
But it’s even better when cooked down into a soft pile that’s sort of like a big bowl of fettuccine. Waistline-friendly comfort food at it’s best!
If you want to make this even easier, buy pre-shredded cabbage. And don’t skip the vinegar! It really freshens everything up and makes the cabbage flavours come alive (in a good way). Ditto the salt and oil.
enough for: 2
takes: 30 minutes
1 onion halved and finely sliced
1/2 med cabbage (500g / 1lb), finely sliced
4 thick sausages
1 tablespoon sherry or wine vinegar
mustard, mayo (or both!), to serve
1. Preheat your oven to 250C (480F). Halve and slice onion. Place in a roasting pan with the sausages. Drizzle with olive oil.
2. Roast for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, slice cabbage as finely as you can be bothered but don’t worry about cracking out the mandoline (the finer you slice the quicker it will cook).
3. Turn the sausages. Add cabbage, salt and another drizzle of oil. Roast for another 10-15 minutes or until cabbage is soft and sausages are well browned and cooked through.
4. Sprinkle over vinegar. Toss, taste and season with more salt as needed. Serve mustard / mayo on the side.
vegetarian – skip the sausages and serve cabbage and onion with poached eggs, lashings of shaved parmesan or crumbled feta or a few handfuls of roast nuts (almonds or pinenuts would be my pick).
different meat – feel free to use chorizo, chicken thighs fillets or pork chops instead of the sausages.
different veg – replace cabbage with halved brussels sprouts, cauliflower florettes, broccoli florettes, diced eggplant, diced zucchini, capsicum (bell peppers) or chunks of sweet potato, butternut squash, parsnip or spuds. If using root veg expect the cooking time to be more like 30 minutes or longer.
herby – add some thyme or rosemary with the onion. Or toss in some flat leaf parsley once the cabbage is cooked.
extra cabbage hit! – serve with a side of simple sauerkraut.
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Before I got into minimalism and simplicity, my kitchen was a bit of a disaster zone. My drawers wouldn’t shut. My cupboards were overflowing.
As a passionate cook, you can imagine all the utensils and appliances I had collected over the years.
It was time for a change.
So I had a big clean out.
I went through everything.
It was so much fun. And so calming to work in my new spacious kitchen.
That was over 10 years ago and apart from the regular invasions from teddies, toy trucks and lego, my kitchen is usually a space of calm.
A place I love spending time.
2 Secrets to a Simple Kitchen
You can do this all at once, or just go through one area at a time. It’s going to be way more fun than you’d think.
Divide your kitchen equipment into 3 piles:
i. Things you use and love >> find a place to keep them.
ii. Things haven’t used in the last year >> donate to charity or sell online.
iii. Things you’re not sure of >> put in a ‘quarantine’ box in the garage and review in 6 months.
2. Question Everything
Always ask yourself before you buy something new. Do we really need this?
By being mindful of the things you allow into your life it’s surprisingly easy to keep your kitchen simple.
Like Help to Simplify your Kitchen?
If you’re interested in discovering how to simplify not just your cooking, but the whole of your life, then I recommend checking out A Simple Year.
It’s a 12 month program which focuses on simplifying a different area of your life each month. If you join us I’ll show you even more ways to simplify not only recipes but your kitchen and your approach to healthy eating.
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The Beeb mined this one for human interest too - oh, we wacky Kiwis, right? :-)
There is new Maiden Rose coming, still doujinshi, but I'm forever grateful that their creator still loves Klaus and Taki as much as I do.
And I even posted about TS. Who'd a thunk?