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Trump's shocking proposal to allow the U.S. to default on part of its debt and "negotiate" to repay lower amounts.

He doesn't understand that this would be earth shaking as an economic matter.

Which is why I am desperately, desperately hopeful that at least some contingent of the GOP - perhaps the moneyed class that controls donations - will prefer Clinton, who at least isn't a lunatic, to Trump.

I have no idea whether this will happen, though.
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as I did during the G.W. Bush years - for those of you who aren't Americans, please understand, at least 50% of the country is at least as appalled as you are by Trump. Terrified, shocked, and disgusted - and sort of disbelieving that he's the GOP nominee, and that the GOP is falling in line behind him.

This is the thing I hope non-Americans understand about U.S. politics: Seriously, at least 50% of us are right there with you. And we're terrified we'll have to live under this maniac.
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I did enjoy it, for the most part, though it had that frustrating thing where the plot kind of hinges on everyone not talking when it would be obvious for them to do so. And honestly, the motivations were pretty forced, but I expected that going in.

The number of audience members who left as soon as the credits started to roll was shocking. Have you people never been to a Marvel movie?


It did not kill my Steve/Bucky 'ship, but I'm gonna need all the fixit fic please.
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So this is a real thing that happened.
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It's hard to imagine there's anyone in the fandom who hasn't read this, but 100 years from now when archaeologists are poring over my journal, I don't want them to think I didn't recognize its brilliance:

Ain't No Grave (Can Keep My Body Down) (107093 words) by spitandvinegar
Chapters: 10/10
Fandom: Captain America - All Media Types, Marvel
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Original Characters, Pepper Potts, Matt Murdock, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Claire Temple
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Drug Abuse, Homelessness, Jewish Bucky Barnes, Catholic Steve Rogers, Religious Imagery & Symbolism, Artist Steve Rogers, Identity Issues, POV Alternating, Not Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie) Compliant, because I am a desert pony that runs as wild and free as the wind, Period Typical Attitudes, Masturbation, Tupac - Freeform, Past Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson Is a Good Bro, original kid characters, original mean old Chinese lady character, a coupla goddamn kids, Pinkberry, Past Rape/Non-con
Series: Part 2 of Ain't No Grave
Summary:

It's six in the morning, and Steve is heading out on a run when he nearly trips over a bouquet of sunflowers on the front steps of his brownstone.


For a second paranoia takes over, and he kicks the flowers a little, waiting for them to explode. They don't. They also came with a card, which he picks up. The front of the card has a tasteful picture of the Brooklyn bridge at sunset. It's very nice and sedate, like the kind of card you would buy to give to your boss. On the inside someone has written a short message in big, shaky block letters.


I AM SORRY FOR SHOOTING YOU.


Steve sits down hard on the steps.

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As long as I'm thinking about it.

Follows On Like Clockwork (33206 words) by youabird
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Sharon Carter (Marvel), Peggy Carter, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, Implied/Referenced Torture, Minor Character Death, Recovered Memories, Identity Issues, Past Relationship(s), not avengers 2 compliant, somebody shoots the president, Very Mild Gore, Medical Procedures, Past Suicidal Thoughts
Summary:

Steve would do anything for Bucky. He tore the world apart and chased HYDRA back into the shadows. He stepped back when Bucky turned himself in to the feds. Now that Bucky's broken himself out of custody in order to take down the corrupt agency that tried to use him again, Steve'll be damned if he doesn't stand by him. The only problem? The Winter Soldier swears he's not Bucky.

Or, genetically altered superheroes point guns at each other.



Laws of Thermodynamics (14651 words) by thisbluegirl
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Recovery, PTSD, Mild Dissociation, Fluff and Angst, Tags Are Hard, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Let's Pretend Civil War Isn't Happening, Explicit Sexual Content, Angst and Fluff and Smut, Bucky is not okay, Steve is less emotionally constipated than we thought, Unrepentant Fluff, Unrepentant Metal Arm Kink, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Consent Issues
Summary:

He never had to relearn how to love Steve Rogers. It might be the one thing he never forgot.



(also on tumblr)
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So I used to be a huge Charles/Erik shipper. And then I saw DOFP and it just killed my ship, dead. I hated them both so much in that movie - I found them both so vile - that it entirely destroyed any desire to see them happy, horizontally or otherwise.

I have no Civil War spoilers, but people who have seen the movie have indicated - without spoilers - that they are DISAPPOINT on a fannish level.

If Civil War kills my Steve/Bucky ship, I may never recover from the pain.
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Rick Hasen is a professor of election law at UC Irvine. He is as close to an honest broker as I can imagine. He has what I would characterize as liberal sensibilities, in terms of wanting the broadest access to the right to vote and reasonable restrictions on campaign contributions. But he also is honest in evaluating the current state of the law.

See this. Sanders is accusing the Clinton campaign of improprieties that do not really exist, but feed into a narrative of Clinton corruption. It's dishonest, and it plays right into a decades-long GOP meme that Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted.

As another commenter put it at some point, I'd like Sanders more if I had any faith that he believes it's more important that a Democratic nominee win the White House than that he personally wins.

Honestly, it's reached the point where every time Sanders opens his mouth, I have to make a Clinton donation. If he says one more time that New York should allow Independents to vote in the Democratic primary so that he - who is not a Democrat - can win the Democratic primary with the support of people who aren't Democrats - I may have to give up the next month's food budget.

Tell me again, Senator Sanders, why the votes of black voters in the South shouldn't count? At least on this, you and the GOP agree.

Ditto

Apr. 14th, 2016 09:50 am
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Scalzi has exactly the right response to this.

The bookstore owner may be opposed to the law, but if she hosts an event in her store, people travel to see it, they spend money on meals, on lodging - and that goes to other business owners who may not share her views. The state collects taxes on everyone. There is no way to segment out only the "good" people and boycott them. And this boycott is working - in the sense that the state politicians are feeling the pain of it and trying to respond.
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(he's referring to this, in case you missed it)
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Makes what's coming after season 1 all the more painful.

(If you haven't seen at least season 1 of Gilmore Girls, and you care about complex stories involving relationships between women, you are totally missing out)
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I have no idea what that was but I'm looking forward to next week.
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Ummm ... that scene was perhaps a little too ... attractive ... for my comfort.

In other news, I am absolutely in complete love with - well, after seeing the episode, you'll know who. Give me all the fic please.

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