Title: Take What You Give (2/13) Character Pairing: Percy Weasley/Penelope Clearwater Prompt: black ink Rating: PG Word Count: 639 Summary: Percy continues to be a subpar Prefect in the presence of Penelope Clearwater. Author’s Note: This is my second installment for my rarepair_shorts table. It is directly related to the first part found here so reading it first would be useful, though not completely necessary. Prompt Table: Here
ACTA is not the European SOPA. It’s an INTERNATIONAL treaty that will apply to every country that signs it. ACTA will not just affect websites, and have them blocked out of the internet - its measures go as far as surveillance of anything you share through private channels.
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon even wrote the President on this very issue last October:
“[T]he executive branch lacks constitutional authority to enter into binding international agreements on matters under Congress’s plenary powers, including the Article I powers to regulate foreign commerce and protect intellectual property,” the letter from Wyden states. “Yet, through ACTA and without your clarification, the USTR looks to be claiming the authority to do just that.”
Eight of the 11 ACTA participating countries have signed the agreement and the battle now mainly lies in the European Union. This week, the Council of the European Union—one of the European Union’s two legislative bodies, composed of executives from the 27 EU member states—adopted ACTA during a completely unrelated meeting on agriculture and fisheries. It is now up to the European Parliament, the EU’s other legislative body, to give consent on ACTA in the coming year.
So y'all getting it? Done in secret. Unelected officials were involved in the development. Signed in secret in many countries. Has the potential to change the internet as we know it.
After ACTA is signed by Poland, Ireland, most European countries and the EU itself tomorrow, the only thing that stands between ACTA and the world, really, is the European Parliament. If they don't ratify ACTA, it won't go into effect in Europe.
After you've spread the word, watch the video Anonymous made about ACTA. Be educated about this y'all. Our ability to even write and share posts like this one are in danger if we're not in the know and DOING something.
Title: In This Valley of Dying Stars Characters: Andromeda Tonks, Narcissa Malfoy, various Black family members Rating: PG-13 Word count: 2,037 Summary: It seems like the Blacks only gather for their dead. Warnings: Character death(s), angst Author/Artist's notes: This was written for the 2011 round of hp_darkfest. I’d like to thank my betas, leigh_adams and elle_blessing, for being fabulously patient and making sure this fic isn’t a hot mess. So, this was fun to write because I got to untangle the death timeline that is the Black family tree. I am such a nerd.
Title: Lost in Translation Characters: Percy Weasley/Cho Chang Word Count: ~1000 Rating: PG Warnings: None. Summary: Percy needs help that only Cho can give, in more ways than one. Author’s Notes: This was written for the 2011 round of interhouse_fest. Thanks to my awesome beta, leigh_adams, for her speedy and concise work and nessismore for the prompt!
Title: Spiralling Characters: Lucius Malfoy/Hermione Granger, Bellatrix Lestrange Rating: R Word Count: 1,163 Summary: Hermione hopes tomorrow will be better. Warnings: Non-con, abuse, angst. Author's Notes: This was written for scarletladyy during rarepair_shorts' 2012 Winter Fic Exchange. Thanks to my beta, leigh_adams. There is nothing ‘sorta’ about her awesomeness.
Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Genesis when I was five or six. I loved that little blue hedgehog and releasing all the woodland critters at the end of the levels.
And thus a button-mashing addict was born. \o/
Day 2 - Your favorite character.
Lara Croft. Ignoring her ridiculous outfit, girlfriend has skills. Ironically, as my first non-educational PC game, she was one of the things that got me into ancient civilizations and anthropology. And as I sit here, unemployed and living with my mother, I still can't say I regret it. Thanks, Lara. :P
Day 3 - A game that is underrated.
Quackshot starring Donald Duck! I don't see why I get laughed at when I say one of my favorite games involves Donald Duck dressing up as Indiana Jones, shooting plungers, and fighting Count Duckula. Cuz it's friggin awesome.
Title: Perfect Days Characters: Severus Snape, a little Dumbledore Word count: 375 Summary: In a life of tedium, Snape desires a challenge. Rating: G Warnings: None. Author's Note: Written for darkarts_ldws' seventh week and final week. The prompts were Severus Snape and Felix Felicis. And I won! The whole shebang! Wheeee!
Title: Not As Brave As You Were Characters: Draco Malfoy Word count: 625 Summary: Draco begins his mission for the Dark Lord. Rating: PG Warnings: None. Author's Note: Written for darkarts_ldws' sixth. week. The prompts were Draco Malfoy and Borgin and Burkes.