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Women are persistently paid less than men as nurses and as corporate executives.

At this point, I'm starting to think that the solution is a regulation requiring that all salaries be posted publicly, because it's the secrecy about salary that allows disparities to flourish.
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And rereading some of my favorite fics from the early days ... and then I rewatched Killa's vid Little Lion Man, which was made after season 4. (I think the vid is no longer on line, otherwise I'd link...)

Anyhoo. It's really ... depressing. Because I feel like back in the early days, there was hope for a happy ending for Sam and Dean. At first, all the curtain!fic is about Sam and Dean finally killing the yellow eyed demon and then finding some kind of peace. Later, after Season 2, the fic is about Sam finding a way to get Dean out of his deal - and then they go off and live happily ever after.

But so much has happened since then. The stakes have become so high and so vast that it's impossible to imagine them ever being able to retire. And there's been so much pain and betrayal - some understandable (Dean allowing Sam to be possessed by an angel), some not (Sam deciding to leave Dean in purgatory, because... why, exactly?) - that it would take several novels to convincingly reconcile everything. It feels like hope has been leeched out of the series, and that's particularly apparent when I go back to the early episodes.

Sigh. Now I'm sad.
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Just letting y’all know - if you have suggestions for vids for any of the vid shows (including the BFF show!!), you can submit them here. Remember, self-recs are welcome!


Mar. 13th, 2015 05:38 pm
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We really don’t have 218 votes to determine a bathroom break over here on our side. So how are we going to get 218 votes on transportation, or trade, or whatever the issue?
-- Representative Charlie Dent, R-Pa


Mar. 13th, 2015 01:02 pm
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Beautiful makeup and costumes. Cate Blanchett is fun.

Beyond that - and no, I'm not putting in spoiler space, shoot me - it suffers from the problem that many Cinderella adaptations have, including most especially the 1950s animated film. And that's that the Cinderella story is incredibly compelling, but nothing actually happens until three-quarters of the way through. So you're left focusing on minor characters and mice until the prince and the fairy godmother show up.

The only adaptation that really avoided this (I mean, direct adaptation - not, you know, metaphorical ones like Pretty Woman) was Ever After, because it kept the story very recognizable, but it moved up the meeting of the prince and Cinderella to the beginning of the movie, and then made the story all about their relationship. And also made Cinderella an intellectual proto-feminist.

(Well, there's also this porn version but that's entertaining for different reasons)

So, point being, the new Disney movie suffers from the basic flaws of any Cinderella adaptation. The mice are cute, the Stepmother is appropriately seething, the stepsisters are comical, and the costumes are lovely, but not a whole lot actually happens. (And hey, why did no one mention that Hayley Atwell is in this?) It also doesn't help that they didn't bother to give Cinderella much characterization beyond "angelically good," and they didn't do much more with the prince. Once again, Ever After is really the gold standard here because it, you know, bothered to give the romantic leads some personality.
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Finns miss death in tax office
A tax office official in Finland who died at his desk was not found by his colleagues for two days.

The man in his 60s died last Tuesday while checking tax returns, but no-one realised he was dead until Thursday.

The head of personnel at the office in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, said the man's closest colleagues had been out at meetings when he died.

He said everyone at the tax office was feeling dreadful - and procedures would have to be reviewed.

An anonymous government official told BBC News Online the man had been working in his own office with the door closed.

"People thought he wanted to work in peace and no-one disturbed him," the official said.
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But this is about right:

Thank God Those Frat Boys Actually Used The N-Word​

That frat didn't become so racist they were willing to sing about it on public transportation overnight. It built to this point. And no one stopped them until it passed the point of plausible deniability.
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VVC programming has been announced, and I get to design a vidshow! It's something I've been wanting for years - a vidshow focused on buddies. Because that is my particular fandom kink.

Anyway, the show is called "You're my best friend," and it's basically going to be 45 minutes of buddy vids. Therefore, I am officially soliciting suggestions! Buddies of all kinds are needed - same gender, mixed gender, siblings, parent/child, cop partners, whatevs. The only restriction is that the focus has to be on 2 people. It's fine if there's a suggestion of a romantic pairing - hard to avoid for a lot of these!! - but the theme of the vid should be buddy-ness.

(To clarify, multifandoms are fine - but the relationships highlighted in the multi should be between 2 buddies)

I've got comments screened to this post, and you should feel free to email me at giandujakiss at AOL with any ideas. Self-recs welcomed and encouraged!

Thank you!!

(I'm really looking forward to suggestions - I mean, I can only pick a small number of vids but man it'll be fun to find new vids to watch during the selection process!)
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Half of the History (We Shall Never Know) (36675 words) by Speranza
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes/Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: War is hell, Please Heed Archive Content Warnings, Soldier Boys, Love under fire, To the end of the line, Threesomes, winterwidow - Freeform, Dancing, Realpolitik, We're All In It Up To The Neck Darling

This is a war story.

.... I fell asleep and dreamed that the latest Captain America movie featured a scene where Bucky, Natasha, and Steve all fell asleep together in the same bed, and then Natasha and Steve woke up and had sex, while Bucky watched - and the scene was filmed so as to suggest, but never really show explicitly, that Bucky joined in (because the filmmakers needed to protect their PG-13 rating). And of course fandom went crazy, but mostly I was upset because the lighting was so dim that I couldn't figure out how I was going to effectively vid it.

But seriously, it's an excellent story - Ces's particular preoccupation for these characters is to really get inside the history - what it was like during the war years, and what kind of people came out of that era - both in terms of core characterization and also in terms of basic mannerisms. So this story really explores the horror of war, and how it impacted Bucky and Steve's relationship. It's beautiful.
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He died at an old age, of essentially natural causes, both beloved and an inspiration to millions of people. That's about as close to a perfect ending as anyone can get.
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I visited your website to find a purse once, I didn't find anything, I never came back - I do not need to see your embedded advertisements on every single webpage I've visited since then!
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Neglected Roads and Bridges Take Toll on U.S. Companies
Transport is one of the weakest links in the corporate supply chain. Mile after mile, America’s crumbling infrastructure adds to the cost of moving parts, equipment and inventory across the country.

Transport is one of the weakest links in the corporate supply chain. Mile after mile, America’s crumbling infrastructure adds to the cost of moving parts, equipment and inventory across the country.

Aiming for a longer-term solution, President Barack Obama has offered a six-year, $478 billion transportation budget he plans to finance with a tax on companies’ foreign earnings. Political bookmakers give the plan little chance of survival.

The stakes are high, however: the federal government helps maintain over 4 million miles of roads and 600,000 bridges that knit the country together.

But sporadic funding for the system over the past decade has amounted to pothole patches, and with the White House and Congress unable to strike a deal on infrastructure spending, pressure is growing on state and local governments to pick up the slack by financing highway and bridge improvements with toll roads. In many locales, officials are asking businesses to shoulder more of the cost burden directly, imposing so-called “impact fees.”

Delivery companies are among the hardest hit by the federal gridlock, but many other industries share the pain. A group of companies including e-commerce giant Inc. is paying thousands of dollars a year in fees to one California county for reliable access to an interstate highway.
Amazing. After years and years of corporate interests lobbying to reduce taxes, they find there's been erosion of the basic infrastructure necessary to run their companies. Who could have predicted?
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Apparently, some guy named Muneer A. Satter is both a major GOP donor and the man who commissioned an important poll that gauged the state of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. That poll rated Jeb Bush very highly, and as a result, Satter plans to back him.

Satter, it turns out, has a typical Wall Street/GOP resume except for his current job: Treasurer of The Nature Conservancy. So he's a conservative generally, and I'm sure backs a lot of Republican positions, but he's also, it seems, an environmentalist.

Since he's positioning himself as a major player for Jeb Bush, I'm really looking forward to seeing how Bush's environmental positions shape themselves over the next year....

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