Diana: So I’ve just realized that the Kingsman dorm room is five toilets side by side with a giant mirror across from them. Nobody needs that!
Andrew: That’s totally true.
Diana: I don’t want to look at myself on the toilet! And I definitely don’t want to look at the people next to me on the toilet!
Andrew: And it’s also a one-way mirror and there’s people behind it in the observation room just staring a human being in the eyes while they shit, but they don’t know it’s happening.
Diana: And that’s where the showers are too! No walls, just open showers, so you’re shitting and showering in the place the one-way mirror is directly pointed so people watch you shit and shower while you watch yourself shit and shower in the mirror. What a weird dorm and also clearly a murder box.
Andrew: And here’s the worst part, that dorm doesn’t change after they find out about the one-way mirror, the kids are just cool with it from then on.
- The hosts of Talk From Superheroes on the problems with the Kingsman dorm
Summary: After the kidnapping of a Force Sensitive Poe Dameron, Ben is sent to Jakku for his safety. Years later, their paths collide and shape the future of the galaxy.
Prompt: Altered Past
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Author's Notes: No, I don't know how this got into some food-centric content. I am so sorry.
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As expected, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has released a preliminary analysis of the Senate Republicans’ latest bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and while the CBO did not have the time to provide the in-depth projections about how the legislation would affect insurance coverage, it does indicate that millions of additional Americans will be without quality health insurance if the bill passes.
“The number of people with comprehensive health insurance that covers high-cost medical events would be reduced by millions,” writes the CBO in its prelim report [PDF].
The CBO acknowledges that the specific number of Americans likely to be affected by the bill will depend on which states choose to take advantage of loopholes in the law that would allow insurers to, for instance, stop covering a suite of “essential health benefits” that are currently required under the ACA. Another opening that would be created by this law could allow insurance companies to raise insurance premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, meaning they could be priced out of affording insurance altogether.
While the CBO can’t pin that number of affected people down just yet, it writes that “the direction of the effect is clear.”
The analysis gives three reasons that Graham-Cassidy would likely lead to fewer people with insurance. The bill’s cuts to federal Medicaid funding would result in a decrease in the number of Americans covered by that program. Graham-Cassidy also seeks to slash subsidies that currently go to insurance providers to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for lower-income Americans. And then of course there is the removal of the so-called “individual mandate” — the ACA’s requirement that most people must have some sort of qualifying health insurance or face a financial penalty.
Finally, as every CBO analysis of every repeal bill thus far has made clear, getting rid of the mandate will immediately result in people — particularly younger, healthier adults — defecting from the non-group insurance market, leaving behind a group of policyholders that are likely going to be older and higher risk.
The Graham-Cassidy bill would replace the ACA with massive federal block grants to the states, effectively allowing each state to determine not only how to allocate the money from those grants, but also gives each state flexibility to drop or alter many coverage requirements established by the ACA.
Because of the huge variety of potential outcomes, CBO says it would need several additional weeks to complete this more detailed score of Graham-Cassidy. However, the Senate doesn’t have that much time. The GOP is attempting to pass the bill as a budget resolution, which only requires 51 votes to pass the Senate, as opposed to a traditional piece of legislation, which would need 60 votes in the Senate to stop a Democratic filibuster. Budget resolutions must be passed by the Senate by the end of the federal fiscal year, which is Sept. 30, or wait until next year.
Senate leadership tweaked the bill over the weekend, boosting federal funding to a handful of states that just happen to be states — Arizona, Kentucky, Maine, and Alaska — where a Republican Senator had expressed concerns about, or said they would vote against, Graham-Cassidy.
Those revisions did not seem to have any effect. Sen. Rand Paul (KY), a vocal opponent of the ACA, also continues to be opposed to Graham-Cassidy as he feels it doesn’t go far enough to repeal the current law. Sen. John McCain (AZ) has said he would vote No on Graham-Cassidy because his fellow Republicans are trying to squeeze the bill through using the budget reconciliation process, rather than by working with Democrats to fashion a bill that could pass with 60 votes.
Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine — both of whom voted with McCain to scuttle the Senate’s first repeal attempt in July 2017 — had been skeptical but noncommittal. However, this afternoon Sen. Collins confirmed to reporters that she had told President Trump that she would likely be a No vote if the bill came to the Senate floor this week.
Murkowski has yet to come out one way or the other publicly on Graham-Cassidy, and her vote may not be needed if Paul, McCain, and Collins vote against the bill.
His eyes are barely fast enough to catch the shadow of a figure, balanced precariously on a parapet. He starts to open his mouth, to call out, and he thinks he sees a flash of moonlight glinting off a silver button before the shadow wobbles, straightens, faces the gaping darkness- and pitches itself off the edge.
Or: Valjean saves Javert from the waters of the Seine, but he doesn't know it's Javert when he does.
Words: 4042, Chapters: 1/4, Language: English
- Fandoms: Les Misérables - All Media Types
- Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
- Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
- Categories: M/M
- Characters: Javert (Les Misérables), Jean Valjean, and others - Character
- Relationships: Javert/Jean Valjean
- Additional Tags: Post-Seine, and all the things post-seine entails, isn't a post-seine fic like a longfic rite of passage for this ship...
— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.
Silly question: What footwear do you have when you are writing? Do you prefer to be barefoot, are you more of a bunny slippers type, etc.?
"There were several problems at DC at the time. Sales were bad (they're bad now but the entire industry sales are bad) and Marvel readers wouldn't be caught dead reading DC comics. I felt, as did many, that although DC fans understood the multiple Earths perfectly and without trouble, it was a problem to attract new readers and possibly a sign of a DC problem for the Marvel zombies. By simplifying the DC universe I believed we could attract new readers, which we did. Crisis was one of the first DC Comics (Titans being the other) that Marvel readers would check out."
- Marv Wolfman
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And on that note I report that we are now sitting in the Toronto airport, waiting for our last flight home! I still have a couple of days in Tokyo to discuss, but right now all I want to do is fall into my own shower and my own bed forever...
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Workouts -- her interview with Robin Williams (I think 1989).
The symbol of all we possess -- the Miss America pageant, 1949.
Come in, Lassie -- Hollywood and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (1948)
The shit-kickers of Madison Avenue. (1995)
The strange techtonic coincidences of the recent Mexican earthquakes.
The closing of the Dictionary of American Regional English.
The dying art of disagreement.
How many times does it need to be said? Puerto Rico is American. Now can we get going and fix things up for six million Americans dealing with water, low on food and without electricity for the foreseeable future? And here's how you can help. If you need to explain how badly the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, quote from this.
Lessons from Rolling Stone.
Throw the little old lady down the stairs! An interview with John Huston. (1952)
How did women fare in China's Communist revolution?
Will Mark Zuckerberg 'like' this column? Facebook, social media, Russians and the election.
How did marriage become a mark of privilege?
3 ways the Republican anti-health bill differs from previous anti-health efforts.
Remember Anthony Weiner, who not only couldn't keep it in his pants but felt he *had* to send phone photos of it to underage girls? He's going to prison for 21 months. An ignoble end to what once was a very promising political career.
Women need to rewrite/update the New York state constitution. Were women involved in writing the state constitution in your state? Or wherever you are?
Warning: This poem is flangst. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv has trouble relaxing and having fun, due to his history of abuse and neglect, so a beach trip is more complicated for him than for most people. ECR Boy! The poem includes multiple flashbacks, social anxiety, financial anxiety, extreme body modesty, hypervigilance, reference to past near-drowning, emergency manhandling (by Aida of Shiv and by Shiv of Edison), flibbering over acceptance vs. rejection, awkward interactions with another family, mild overstrain of superpowers, awkward apologies, Edison is blunt as a bowling ball and has no filter because he is four, and Shiv is little better due to past abuse, frustration over solar limitations, and other challenges. On the whole, though, it has a positive tone. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This is the second in the beach thread, and you'll need it to make sense of later poetry as well as dialecticdreamer's story "Family Stories."
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Tony knows Steve’s weak spot, and he knows that it’s him. For once, it’s not a scary thought, because he will do exactly what Steve asked him to do: he will fight, he will try, and he will succeed in bringing Steve down.
Because he loves Steve, and because Steve loves him, too.
A/N: Written for Remix Madness for navaan, based on her I Promise You, When I'm Awake. Thanks for beta to kiyaar!
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The world is on fire; Endellion was good-but-not-great; autumn in New York is almost as good as spring in New York; Chuck Schumer and his staff ignore their phones 100% of the time (Kirsten Gillibrand's staff is at least available sometimes, and my representative's staff ALWAYS talks to me); I made apple hand pies this weekend; the seminar I am taking is not as interesting as I was hoping but I will soldier on; the fact that no one has cut together the Elizabeth-Swann-relevant scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is an abomination; my office moved across campus and while there are some serious downsides, the fact that I no longer work in a dungeon is a net positive.
I cannot believe it is already almost Yom Kippur.
Anyway, I watched the first two episodes of the new Star Trek series, and my main thought about it was that it was...
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Other shows that I've recently watched include Lucifer (gave it two episodes, but it was too much of a generic procedural), and The Mist (also watched two episodes and came to the conclusion that it was terrible). I'll still need to watch the second season of Sense8 before I run out of Netflix, and I'll probably also at least check out Expanse and The OA.