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Sep. 19th, 2017 07:15 pm
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He was willing to get pretty close to me for some canned chicken! And he's been eating and drinking.

For trope_bingo.

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:30 pm
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Title: The Prince, the Knight and the Dragon

Summary: Once upon a time, there was a prince, a knight and a dragon. This is their story.

Prompt: AU -- Fairy Tale/Myth

Disclaimer: I own nothing.



Fic under cut.  )
Title: rescue me
Fandom: Marvel Comics (Hawkeye)
Characters: Clint Barton & Kate Bishop
Words: 1,135
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none apply
Notes: written for [community profile] trope_bingo round nine
prompt: character in distress
Summary: Clint is held captive, Kate searches for him.
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For the second time this month, a large earthquake has struck Mexico. Unlike the M8.1 earthquake that occurred off the Pacific coast and far from Mexico City, this one was located under central Mexico and only ~150 kilometers from the massive Mexican capital. This new earthquake was a M7.1 located ~51 kilometers beneath the surface. That will hopefully help dampen some of the potential damage as over 8.5 million people live within 100 kilometers of this temblor. UPDATE: So far, it looks like

Pinch Hit #10

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:24 pm
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Pinch Hit #10
Fandoms: Overwatch, The Bold Type, RWBY, Game Of Thrones, Black Sails, DCU (Comics)
Medium/s: Fanfic
Claimed!
Title: What Sweeter Fruit
Author: [personal profile] cerberusia
Fandom: Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Word Count: 20K
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Underage sexual contact
Summary:

"Dude, I'm not letting you get hypothermia."

Nico looked as if he'd rather risk hypothermia than share a sleeping bag with me. I knew he didn't like me much these days, though not why, but I felt that this was slightly excessive.

Fic here on AO3
Underneath the waves lies a lost city, home to untold riches and guarded jealously by the strange creatures who make their homes within its confines.

Well, the riches are all shellfish, but "Octlantis," a newly discovered settlement inhabited by around a dozen common Sydney octopuses, does have some strange residents.
Tale of Two Cities
Octopuses were once considered solitary creatures, thought to roam the depths alone, meeting only to mate. But recent discoveries have begun to overturn

Posted by Matt Giles

cIn the end, Jann Wenner was always going to sell Rolling Stone. The current timing is certainly unprompted and a bit of a surprise — Wenner, along with his son Gus, the president and chief operating officer of Wenner Media, announced this week the magazine is now open for bids — but there had been indications in recent years that the once groundbreaking magazine would soon be top edited by someone other than Wenner.

Wenner has passed on opportunities to sell Rolling Stone in the past, including an offer of $500 million that he turned down two decades ago. But in 2017, the timing was too good to pass up. This year is the 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone‘s founding, and not only is the occasion being marked with an HBO documentary co-directed by Alex Gibney, Knopf is publishing the first major Wenner biography this fall, written by Joe Hagan. (Full disclosure: I fact-checked the book.)

There will be countless obituaries in the coming months deconstructing Rolling Stone‘s demise. The magazine was too important to journalism to pass quietly out of the hands of Jann Wenner — an editor who audaciously thought he could make a profitable magazine devoted to rock and roll and pop culture. Amanda Petrusich at the New Yorker explains the genius of Wenner’s assumption.

Unlike other disciplines, we do not have centuries of recorded history to parse for insight; pop-music criticism, as I understand it, began with Crawdaddy (which started on the campus of Swarthmore College, in 1966) and Rolling Stone. Most of my students were born into a world in which nearly every major publication allots at least some space for pop-music reviews, and their social-media feeds are teeming with constant, exuberant proclamations regarding the relative merit of hot new releases. That pop music dominates the cultural conversation is evident and presumed. Yet, in the nineteen-sixties, rock records didn’t command column inches in serious publications. Back then, Wenner’s insistence on the music’s significance and import—its relevance to the Zeitgeist, its abundance—was a lunatic gesture.

Wenner launched Rolling Stone on the back of the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival, a time when rock and roll exploded into the mainstream, and bands from San Francisco to Detroit were generating then-unheard of record contracts. Wenner’s premise was an unheard of conceit — a magazine devoted to music that could deliver the true story of a band or a song or an album, and not a puff piece that could just as easily have appeared in Seventeen or Tiger Beat.

One could make a case that Wenner was the most important publisher of the late 20th century. He certainly understood what it was like to be a fan. His favorite musicians — Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, and John Lennon — are still on the cover wall rotation. To create a magazine that would last for fifty years required a certain editorial genius; Wenner understood that nostalgia sells.

While Rolling Stone published some of the most substantial journalistic works—from Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, to Michael Hastings and Matt Taibbi in recent years— the magazine’s true gift was reporting on and endlessly repackaging nostalgia. Even it’s first journalistic score — an interview with John Lennon in 1970, months after the Beatles publicly announced its break-up — was repurposed into Lennon Remembers just a year later, which continued to sell over the decades. Music has a teleportation-like quality, and Wenner harnessed that from the moment the first issue hit newsstands in November 1967.

Whatever company buys Rolling Stone — the New York Times theorizes AMI, which has already purchased Men’s Journal and Us Weekly earlier this year — it is likely going to pivot the brand towards whatever’s trending. (This is something Gus Wenner had tried to accomplish via video and Glixel, a site devoted to video games). The magazine’s nostalgic focus will undoubtedly change, but Wenner deserves credit for  championing a genre of music that was seen unviable commercially, while also setting the tone for pop culture coverage of the last half-century.

As Petrusich explains:

One afternoon, the interns were marched into an auditorium and introduced to the writer Tom Wolfe, who was wearing an eggshell-colored three-piece suit, a homburg hat, and striped socks. He may have been swinging a cane. I couldn’t believe it. I had read “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” as an undergraduate, and spent most of our meeting wiping my damp palms on my skirt, trying to muster enough temerity to venture a question. Who knows what I actually asked—I only remember that he was merciful, gallant, kind. He told us how Wenner had reached out to him, in 1969, to see if he might be interested in contributing to the magazine. His first assignment, a four-part series on the Apollo 17 launch, called “Post-Orbital Remorse,” later became his book “The Right Stuff,” still a defining text of so-called New Journalism. “At a time when everyone was saying you had to compete with television and write short, Jann just let it run if it was good,” he explained in an interview with David Browne this past June.

Congratulations everyone who took part by writing stories, making banners, or laughing at silly summaries.

Here are the things that were written in 2017:

Aug 18th:
Unconventional Countess by [personal profile] meridian_rose (Black Sails: Max/John Silver, Billy Bones, other characters appear)

Aug 19th:
Fugitive Pilot by [personal profile] merryghoul (Doctor Who: Heather ("The Pilot")/Bill Potts, River Song)

Aug 20th:
The Scheme You Propose by [personal profile] mara (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Kujo Kiriya/Hojou Emu)

Aug 22nd:
The Bad Bridesmaid
by [personal profile] out_there (Sherlock: Mycroft/Lestrade)

Aug 26th:
A Vague of Zombies by [personal profile] liadtbunny (Adam Adamant Lives!: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones)

Aug 27th:
Clint Barton's Wedding Rules by [personal profile] out_there (MCU: Clint/Coulson)

Aug 31st:
Matters of Seduction by [personal profile] spikesgirl58 (Man from Uncle: Napoleon/Illya)

Sept 2nd:
The Hunter's Moon Hustle by [personal profile] pameluke (Shadowhunters: Alec/Magnus)

Sept 4th:
Finding Blake by [personal profile] vilakins (Blake's 7: Roj Blake/Jenna Stannis

Sept 6th:
Night of the Undead Science Project by [personal profile] paranoidangel (Blake's 7: Tarrant/Dayna)

Right Dress, Wrong Girl by [personal profile] desertvixen (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys: Nancy/Frank)

Sept 8th:
Discipline of the Blue Book by [personal profile] still_lycoris (X-Men: Apocalypse: Charles/Hank)

Sept 11th:
Indecent Suggestion by [personal profile] aralias (Blake's 7: Blake/Avon)

The Monocled Rake by [personal profile] arnie1967 (You Rang, M'Lord?: Teddy/Rose)

Sept 12th:
Home to Family by [personal profile] luvbarryfefe (Days of Our Lives: Max/Chelsea)

Sept 17th:
The Oldest Living Bachelor in Oakdale by [personal profile] misslucyjane (MCU: Steve/Bucky)

Page Six Stunner by [personal profile] sidhe_faerie (Arrow: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak, past Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Dinah Lance Quentin Lance, Moira Queen, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn)

Posted by Russell Berman

The fate of the GOP’s 11th-hour effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act likely will come down to two familiar faces in the health-care debate: Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

And in the last 24 hours, the fence-sitting Republicans were pulled in opposite directions by their state’s governors. On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Bill Walker of Alaska joined a bipartisan group of nine other state leaders in opposing the bill that the Senate might vote on next week. Walker, who won his election as an independent after previously running as a Republican, rebuffed entreaties from the White House to support the proposal written by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Instead, he urged the Senate—and by extension, Murkowski—to pursue a bipartisan fix to Obamacare.

The letter Walker signed came a day after Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona endorsed the proposal, which would repeal Obamacare’s central insurance mandates, cut back long-term funding for Medicaid, and convert the Obama-era health law into a block-grant program for the states. McCain has said he would consult Walker on the bill, and the governor’s backing seemed to increase the likelihood that the Arizona senator would support the bill after voting down the last GOP repeal proposal in July.

But both Murkowski and McCain remained publicly undecided on the Graham-Cassidy legislation, and without both of their votes, Republicans are short of the 50 they need for passage before a September 30 procedural deadline. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky plans to vote against the bill, and Senator Susan Collins has strongly suggested she would as well. (Collins has opposed each of the GOP repeal proposals.) One more “no” vote would kill the bill, along with the GOP’s hopes of scrapping Obamacare without help from Democrats.

In another sign of the party’s ongoing struggle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would not commit to holding a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill after a party meeting in which Vice President Mike Pence sought to rally Republicans behind repeal. “If we were going to go forward, we would have to act before September 30,” McConnell said, referring to the deadline for the Senate to pass a health-care vote on a simple majority vote rather than a filibuster-proof threshold of 60 votes.

McCain and Murkowski are not the only Republican senators who have withheld their support for the Graham-Cassidy bill, but they are the two that supporters of Obamacare are pinning their hopes on to stop it. Other undecided GOP senators, such as Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Ted Cruz of Texas, have come around to support earlier proposals. But both McCain and Murkowski have been deeply critical of the party’s partisan approach to repeal, and each of their states stands to lose out under a proposal that would shift federal money from states that expanded Medicaid—like Arizona and Alaska—to those that did not.

McCain has called for the Senate to pursue “regular order,” the process by which a bill goes first through committee and is subject to amendment before a final vote. In a bid to satisfy his concern, Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah announced that he would hold a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill next Monday. That would be the first GOP repeal bill to receive a Senate hearing, but it would come just days before a vote, and Democrats decried it as “a sham.” McCain reportedly would not say whether that was sufficient for him and questioned whether a single hearing constituted regular order. Adding to the procedural hurry, Republicans have already learned that they won’t receive a complete assessment from the Congressional Budget Office on the bill’s projected impact in time for a vote next week.

McCain is also under intense pressure to stand with Graham, his best friend in the Senate, who has cast his proposal as a choice between the “federalism” of a state block grant and the “socialism” represented by the Medicare-for-All plan unveiled last week by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Appearing alongside McConnell on Tuesday, Graham told reporters that Speaker Paul Ryan assured him that the House would quickly approve the Senate bill next week if it made it across the Capitol. “Paul Ryan told me to my face, ‘If you pass it, we pass it,’” Graham said. Confident predictions of passage by House leaders have not always been reliable, however, and Republicans from New York who voted for the American Health Care Act in May have already begun raising concerns about the Graham-Cassidy proposal, which would cost the state billions in federal funding.

The most tangible effect of the revived repeal effort so far has been the end—at least for now—of talks in the Senate health committee about a bipartisan fix for Obamacare. After a series of hearings at the beginning of the month, Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and the top Democrat, Senator Patty Murray of Washington State, were negotiating a bill that continues subsidies for insurance companies to stabilize Obamacare’s individual markets in exchange for provisions giving states more flexibility on the law’s insurance regulations. A Democratic aide said Murray had offered new concessions to entice Republicans to stick with the bipartisan approach over the Graham-Cassidy repeal, but the deal appears to be dead after Ryan informed GOP senators that the House would not pass any bill to “prop up” Obamacare.

That clears the way for Republicans to focus, once again, on repeal. Yet the mounting opposition of the party’s governors robbed Graham of a chief selling point—that the bill would be a win for states by allowing them to choose the health-care system that’s best for their residents. In addition to Alaska’s Walker, GOP Governors John Kasich of Ohio, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Phil Scott of Vermont, and Brian Sandoval of Nevada signed the letter of opposition along with five Democrats. Republican Governors Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Larry Hogan of Maryland panned the bill in separate statements. Each of them saw the potential loss of funding as outweighing whatever additional flexibility the repeal bill would provide.

As Republicans have demonstrated before, governors do not get votes in the Senate. Ohio Senator Rob Portman voted for McConnell’s earlier repeal proposal despite Kasich’s opposition. Sandoval’s position, once seen as a crucial factor for Senator Dean Heller’s vote, may not matter much now, as Heller is a co-sponsor of the latest bill. And on Tuesday, Graham sidestepped the criticism from a group whose support he coveted and predicted he’d get the 50 votes Republicans need before the calendar turns to October. “I’ve never felt better about where we’re at,” Graham told reporters.

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