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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


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Samantha
13 April 2012 @ 12:58 am
The is my Zombie Apocalypse Soundtrack! Courtesy of leigh_adams

Rules are simple. Put your player on shuffle. This will give you the soundtrack to the zombie apocalypse.

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Samantha
Originally posted by elle_blessing at So. This is going to be about politics. Meet ACTA.
Online Censorship



If you thought SOPA was bad, just wait until you meet ACTA. Also, Find out what ACTA is, and why it's a problem.

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.

Oh, yeah. And the Obama administration already signed it without Congressional approval a few months ago. So much for the White House's sentiments against SOPA that "Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship..."

Apparently they didn't really mean it. You can read all about how the Obama administration is trying to pass this off as an "executive agreement" as opposed to a international treaty so they didn't have to ask for the Congress's permission. And how it's fundamentally unconstitutional. Basically, Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution says that intellectual property is an issue under Congress's purview, and not the President's. Since it is an issue clearly stated in the Constitution as not being under the President's control, ACTA should be submitted to the Senate for approval.

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.”

So, what can we as Americans do to stop ACTA?

Well, if you already signed the White House petition to "End ACTA and Protect Our Right to Privacy on the Internet," IT'S NOT ENOUGH. The US has already signed the agreement. The only way we can get out of ACTA as a country is if it is brought before the Senate for ratification.

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Alright. So now what?

Well, did you know that over 10,000 people in Poland have flooded the streets in opposition to ACTA? And that Ireland and 26 other European countries will sign tomorrow? What is especially fishy about ACTA is that not only was it developed (AND SIGNED HERE IN THE US) behind closed doors, but in Europe unelected officials were part of its development.

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.

SO WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO ON A GLOBAL SCALE? Sign the petition at accessnow.org to encourage the European Union to take a stand and vote "NO" on ACTA.


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.
 
 
Samantha
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.


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Samantha
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!



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Samantha
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.


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Samantha
10 January 2012 @ 12:06 pm
Day 1 - Very first video game.

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.


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Samantha
Yanked from baby_k21, leigh_adams, and seraphimerising

Request a character of mine and I will answer the following questions about them.

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Samantha
07 December 2011 @ 11:18 pm
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!



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Samantha
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.

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