hey anybody else having trouble reblogging things?
hey anybody else having trouble reblogging things?
AND DAN GOOR SAW THIS
Jodie Whittaker for season 8 guest spot!
I started thinking about it before Amok Time aired.
In the summer of ‘67, watching the reruns of the first season, I very clearly remember a growing sense of, “They really love each other.” I did not jump to “they are in a romantic/sexual relationship,” but I was increasingly aware that there was love and devotion between them. I wrote a speculative essay about their platonic love in our summer fan club newsletter, which I remember being well-received.
With the start of Season 2, our whole fan club (and often others) watched the show together, at the house of the one person we knew with a color TV. The show was on Friday nights, so we would start the weekends by piling into her living room and watching “in living color” for the first time. Afterwords we would stay and discuss.
When Amok Time aired, we definitely had a lot to talk about. I am pretty sure no one suggested that they were gay – that would have been quite a scandalous suggestion at that time; and I don’t think I thought it myself. But we did have quite a discussion about how much Jim was willing to sacrifice for Spock, Spock’s reaction to seeing Jim alive, and what did Spock mean by “having not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting…?”
Did Spock … want Jim?
Two camps formed: one believing that Spock was in love with Jim and was pining for him, the other believing no way! that’s ridiculous!
Single copies of “Spock pines for Jim” stories started appearing and being circulated hand-to-hand. Two other women and I were doing most of the writing in my circle of fan friends, and because distribution was so difficult, we started having Thursday night gatherings. Anyone could come and we would read the latest installments in our Spock-loves-Jim stories out loud to the group.
Sometime between the second and third season, my primary writing mentor – an established, published sci-fi writer who was much older than me – told me in private conversation that she thought their love was mutual, quite possibly physical, and that she thought their relationship was worth exploring in writing.
She and I each started working on long pieces exploring the Kirk/Spock relationship, and it was the first time I had seriously entertained the idea that their love was also physical. That was a very secret project. We only ever shared our work with each other for comment / revision, and never mentioned it to anyone else at the time.
The first time I realized that the K/S relationship – which was called “The Premise” in those days – was being explored by other writers and even artists was in the summer of ‘69. Star Trek had been cancelled and I went to another state to meet with a handful of people who were forming a fan network to try to get Star Trek back on air. While there, a fellow fan showed me a set of drawings, all very tame by today’s standards, that depicted a physical relationship between Jim and Spock. I remember how shocked I was — not by the subject matter, but by the fact that someone had dared depict it.
Slash stayed very much underground until late 1974, when the first published K/S story used very coded language to suggest a love relationship between them.
Not only that, it’s literally in the driver’s training manual that it is safer to stop your car and sleep on the side of the road than drive tired. Driving tired is as bad as driving drunk. It is actually a DANGER to make sleeping in your car illegal.
call me a crazy socialist but, i have a wonderful idea..how about we make it so no one has to sleep in their cars at all?
i think i’ve written maybe 500 words combined in february, none of it adding up to a single completed work. idk what happened but in the past couple of months i feel like i’ve lost the ability to write coherently and i can’t find the energy to kick my depressed ass into gear and get some practice in. even when i get a solid idea that would usually only take an hour to manifest into a decent ficlet i can’t finish it.
it sucks and it’s so fucking frustrating and i could really use some kind words tbh
welcome to writing burn out. Stop fretting, go read some books, watch some films, drink some wine and chill. it will come back, might take a while, but it will come back.
Hey, anon! Remember when you asked for this? It’s been a while. Well…I finally made the Q aesthetic and I hope you like it! :)
Follow-up to this Star Trek Picard drabble.
“I would have done this, you know,” the EMH commented from where he watched the brain waves of REM sleep on the monitor above the biobed. “He wouldn’t have had to ask.”
The EMH felt it important to emphasize that he wasn’t some run-of-the-mill medical hologram who was happy to wave a dermal regenerator over tissue and call his work done. Nor did he fail to take into account every facet of the captain’s well-being. If only said captain was more receptive to the help he tried to offer.
Rios’s expression was currently slack in slumber, conveniently induced by a deftly wielded hypospray. The man rarely slept well on a good day, but the combination of his recent injuries and stress had lowered his reserves, making any attempt at sleep a powder keg for the nightmares that often plagued him.
“He’d never ask,” Raffi Musiker said, sitting on the swiveling stool at the foot of the next bed over. She was the reason Rios had finally relented and agreed to rest.
“Indeed.” The EMH sighed long-sufferingly at his captain. They were his crew, in a fashion, his squad of holograms. They were fully equipped to serve in every way, save for one.
“It’s been so nice having you all on board,” the EMH went on. “He can’t deactivate you when he doesn’t like what you have to say.”
Raffi’s mouth quirked at that. “No he can’t.”
“We do our best, you know,” he added.
“I’m sure you do.”
Her tone held a soft sincerity rather than patronizing dismissal, and the EMH was inwardly pleased with the acknowledgement. His job was usually a thankless one, but he kept at it nonetheless.
There was a spike in brain activity, signaling the start of active dreaming. The EMH didn’t hesitate to pick up the hypospray lying on the nearby tray of instruments and inject a stimulant into the captain’s neck. Rios jerked awake groggily, eyelids fluttering and head lolling in a desperate attempt to orient himself.
“I woke you promptly, as you wanted,” the EMH stated.
Rios pressed his palms against his eyes and let out a muffled invective in Spanish.
“Was it bad?” Raffi prompted gently.
Rios didn’t respond for a moment, then slowly shook his head and dropped his arms to his sides. “This isn’t exactly what I’d call restful,” he pointed out sardonically as the EMH prepared another hypo to put him back under.
“Yet it’s better than nothing,” the EMH pointed out.
A hiss of the hypospray, and the captain drifted off once more, starting the cycle of sleep all over again. It would take some time for him to work his way back to REM stage, so the EMH might as well kill two birds with one stone and finish repairing some of those injuries the captain hadn’t let him treat earlier.
Raffi stayed seated where she was, a silent sentinel over her long-time friend.
The EMH smiled to himself. Yes, he was glad for the reinforcements.
oh love it..love it. well done.
anyone else get stuck in a loop while writing smut? i’ve been thinking about this characters collar bones for two hours.
The collision between the Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy.
the grand showdown
Andromeda is a bit bigger than us. So when that happens, Andromeda’s black hole is gonna consume our black hole in a vicious act of galactic canabalism.
Which is an actual term used in astronomy apparently.
“Galactic Cannabalism” sounds like an electro/death metal fusion band.
Galactic cannibalism is one of my favourite astronomical terms, but it doesn’t beat the term used for the stretching out into a long thin tube that occurs when something falls into a black hole (spaghettification) or the term used for a rock thought to be a meteorite but which later turns out to be an ordinary terrestrial rock (meteowrong).
this is why i can’t talk to people who don’t think space is the shit
More useless lesbians!
Idiots to Lovers is slowly morphing into my favorite trope to write. I hope you have as much fun reading as I had writing this :D
not bad, not bad at all.
1. It gives us a better glimpse into Romulan culture.
2. We get to see the repercussions of an event mentioned in the first Alternate Series movie.
3. It has social commentary on AI and ethics.
4. It has social commentary on the refugee crisis and ethics.
5. We get to see what happens to a decommissioned Borg cube and its occupants.
6. The main cast includes a black woman, a Latino man, and a mixed-race woman.
7. Riker, Troi, Seven of Nine, and Data make guest appearances.
8. The main cast has a woman to man ratio of 1:1.
9. There are swords AND laser guns!
i’m surrounded by water here in Gloucestershire, but wales has been hit badly by extreme flooding.PLEASE REBLOG.
Disclaimer: Planned Parenthood believes in using gender-inclusive language. However, when we’re referencing government data and statistics, we have to use the data points they chose, which often don’t reflect the full range of gender identities. We hope that in the future, all research will better reflect and respect the diversity of gender.
It’s easy to mix up Medicaid and Medicare. They sound super similar and they’re both well-known government programs that help people get health care across the country. But it’s important to know the difference so you and the people you care about can benefit.
The Difference Between Medicaid and Medicare
Although Medicaid and Medicare are complex, here’s the main difference:
- Medicaid is insurance that aids people of all ages who have low incomes. Medicaid covers 21% of the U.S. population.
Medicare is insurance that primarily cares for people ages 65 years and up (with any income). Medicare covers 14% of the U.S. population.
Here’s where this gets tricky: Medicare also covers people of all ages who have disabilities or who are on dialysis — including people who need reproductive health care, such as birth control and pregnancy services. What’s more, people can be on both Medicaid and Medicare at the same time. (For these “dual eligible” beneficiaries, Medicare pays their claims first and Medicaid pays second.)
What Medicaid and Medicare Have in Common
Overall, Medicaid and Medicare provide health care for almost 108 million Americans. These federal programs also provide health care to a greater number of women than any other single source in America.
Together, their coverage includes several reproductive and sexual health care services — like wellness exams, STD tests and treatment, cancer screenings and treatment, prenatal and postnatal care, and labor and delivery.
Medicaid: America’s #1 Source for Reproductive Health Care
When you think of Medicaid, think of it as THE reproductive health care program in the United States. Here’s why:
- Women and girls are the majority of Medicaid’s 75 million enrollees.
- Medicaid covers more women’s health care than any other payer.
- Nationwide, Medicaid covers one in five (21%) of all women and girls of reproductive age. That’s 13.2 million people ages 15 to 44 years old.
- Medicaid covers nearly half of all births and 75% of family planning services.
Medicaid Serves People of Color
Due to racism and other systemic barriers that have contributed to income inequality, women of color disproportionately comprise the Medicaid population, or roughly 57% of women in the program overall. And they are also over-represented given their share of the general population. For example, 30% of African-American women and 24% of Hispanic women are enrolled in Medicaid, compared to only 14% of white women.
Why is that important to know? Because any limits on Medicaid hurt women of color in particular.
One example of a limit on Medicaid that hurts women of color: states refusing to adopt Medicaid expansion. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, adults who don’t have children and have incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level are entitled to Medicaid coverage if their states choose to expand Medicaid. To date, 37 states (including D.C.) have adopted the Medicaid expansion, and 14 states haven’t adopted the expansion. States that haven’t adopted Medicaid expansion lag behind in covering people with low incomes and vulnerable populations.
Medicare: Meeting Your Health Care Needs Later in Life
Similar to Medicaid, the majority (56%) of Medicare’s older enrollees are women. That’s 24 million women, ages 65 and up.
Medicare covers some of the same sexual and reproductive health services as Medicaid, but not all. Whereas Medicaid always covers birth control, only some Medicare plans do. That’s because Medicare focuses on the needs of older adults. To that end, Medicare covers special services for older women — like bone density screenings and medication for post-menopausal osteoporosis.
Because of the gender pay gap throughout their lives, older women are more likely to live in poverty and qualify for Medicaid than older men. Of the 50 million Medicare users age 65 and up, more than half (56%) are women. The gender disparity grows larger as people age: Two of every three Medicaid beneficiaries age 85 and up are women.
Who Pays for Medicaid & Medicare?
Medicaid is a jointly-run federal and state health insurance program. This means both state and federal tax dollars pay for Medicaid.
Medicare isn’t a joint federal-state program. Instead, Medicare is a federal insurance program. So, your federal tax dollars mostly pay for Medicare.
Do Planned Parenthood Health Centers Take Medicaid and Medicare?
Most Planned Parenthood health centers accept Medicaid, and some providers at Planned Parenthood health centers accept Medicare. Find a Planned Parenthood health center near you to learn what insurance plans they accept. You can also call 1-800-230-PLAN to speak with a Planned Parenthood staff member who can help you figure out coverage and costs.
Whether you have Medicaid, Medicare, any other insurance, or no insurance at all, you can always visit your local Planned Parenthood health center for the care you need, when you need it.
Can Medicaid and Medicare Cover Abortion?
No, in most cases, you can’t use Medicaid, Medicare, or any other federal health insurance program for abortion.
An unfair policy called the Hyde Amendment blocks federal funding for abortion with three narrow exceptions: when the pregnancy could kill the patient, or when the pregnancy results from rape or incest. Federal health programs cannot cover abortion even when a patient’s health is at risk and their health care provider recommends they get an abortion.
Still, 16 states with pro-reproductive health leaders have taken the bold step to cover safe, legal abortion with state funds for people who use Medicaid. That includes 15 states already covering it and Maine, whose coverage law will go into effect March 2020.
Failed Efforts to “Defund” Planned Parenthood Have Targeted Medicaid Beneficiaries
Anti-abortion politicians in the Trump-Pence administration, Congress, and certain statehouses across the country are trying to put safe, legal abortion out of reach. One of their key tactics is attempting to shut down Planned Parenthood through legislation they misleadingly named “defunding.” They made up that misnomer to confuse people about how funding works at Planned Parenthood.
“Defunding” policies block patients who use public health care programs — like Medicaid and Medicare — from accessing preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Preventive health care includes birth control, STD testing and treatment, and cancer screenings.
The politicians behind “defunding” don’t care that their policies make Planned Parenthood patients lose access to lifesaving preventive care. “Defunding” has one goal: to shut down Planned Parenthood and make safe, legal abortion harder to access (along with a lot of other sexual and reproductive health services).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) oversees the two programs. How you get your health care in the United States depends on what HHS prioritizes. And changes politicians make to Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP mean the difference between millions of people getting reproductive and sexual health care — or not.
Right now, CMS is overseen by Seema Verma, a former corporate health care consultant who thinks maternity coverage should be optional and made millions of dollars dismantling Medicaid in Indiana. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood out of the Title X program through a dangerous gag rule.
If you care about health care access in America, stay up-to-date on the politics behind Medicaid and Medicare. Visit PlannedParenthoodAction.org to learn more and get involved.
You may qualify for low-cost or free health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), depending on your income and what state you live in. If you qualify for either program, you can enroll anytime without waiting for the enrollment period. To find out if you’re eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, visit your state’s Medicaid agency.
-Miriam at Planned Parenthood
NHS, you pay in monthly and get help no matter what.it’s that easy.
i see your ‘nowhere in the nursery rhyme does it say humpty dumpty was an egg’ and raise you ‘nowhere in the legendarium does tolkien say that elves have pointed ears’
Mary Shelley didn’t give the monster bolts.
Arthur Conan Doyle never put Holmes in a deer stalker (also “elementary my dear Watson” is never said in the books, and he doesn’t smoke a curved pipe)
There are boys at Beauxbatons and girls at Durmstrang schools
Edgar Allan Poe wrote the earliest essay on the big bang theory
fuck this site I thought the tv show for the briefest of seconds and the shit machine in my skull thought “quoth the raven ‘Bazongo”
ernest hemingway was from florida
Humpty dumpty was a giant royalist canon who fell off the walls of Colchester in 1648, during the English civil war.
Interesting choice of poem, getting Doctor vs master, plus valeyard vibes. have a read..
I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light:
And they did live by watchfires—and the thrones,
The palaces of crowned kings—the huts,
The habitations of all things which dwell,
Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum’d,
And men were gather’d round their blazing homes
To look once more into each other’s face;
Happy were those who dwelt within the eye
Of the volcanos, and their mountain-torch:
A fearful hope was all the world contain’d;
Forests were set on fire—but hour by hour
They fell and faded—and the crackling trunks
Extinguish’d with a crash—and all was black.
The brows of men by the despairing light
Wore an unearthly aspect, as by fits
The flashes fell upon them; some lay down
And hid their eyes and wept; and some did rest
Their chins upon their clenched hands, and smil’d;
And others hurried to and fro, and fed
Their funeral piles with fuel, and look’d up
With mad disquietude on the dull sky,
The pall of a past world; and then again
With curses cast them down upon the dust,
And gnash’d their teeth and howl’d: the wild birds shriek’d
And, terrified, did flutter on the ground,
And flap their useless wings; the wildest brutes
Came tame and tremulous; and vipers crawl’d
And twin’d themselves among the multitude,
Hissing, but stingless—they were slain for food.
And War, which for a moment was no more,
Did glut himself again: a meal was bought
With blood, and each sate sullenly apart
Gorging himself in gloom: no love was left;
All earth was but one thought—and that was death
Immediate and inglorious; and the pang
Of famine fed upon all entrails—men
Died, and their bones were tombless as their flesh;
The meagre by the meagre were devour’d,
Even dogs assail’d their masters, all save one,
And he was faithful to a corse, and kept
The birds and beasts and famish’d men at bay,
Till hunger clung them, or the dropping dead
Lur’d their lank jaws; himself sought out no food,
But with a piteous and perpetual moan,
And a quick desolate cry, licking the hand
Which answer’d not with a caress—he died.
The crowd was famish’d by degrees; but two
Of an enormous city did survive,
And they were enemies: they met beside
The dying embers of an altar-place
Where had been heap’d a mass of holy things
For an unholy usage; they rak’d up,
And shivering scrap’d with their cold skeleton hands
The feeble ashes, and their feeble breath
Blew for a little life, and made a flame
Which was a mockery; then they lifted up
Their eyes as it grew lighter, and beheld
Each other’s aspects—saw, and shriek’d, and died—
Even of their mutual hideousness they died,
Unknowing who he was upon whose brow
Famine had written Fiend. The world was void,
The populous and the powerful was a lump,
Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless, lifeless—
A lump of death—a chaos of hard clay.
The rivers, lakes and ocean all stood still,
And nothing stirr’d within their silent depths;
Ships sailorless lay rotting on the sea,
And their masts fell down piecemeal: as they dropp’d
They slept on the abyss without a surge—
The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The moon, their mistress, had expir’d before;
The winds were wither’d in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish’d; Darkness had no need
Of aid from them—She was the Universe.