Quinnipiac University’s most recent poll mirrors past surveys from the organization in the era of Donald Trump: The president is not very popular.

The pollsters found that only 36 percent of respondents view Trump’s job performance positively, just above the low in Quinnipiac’s polling. Those figures have been lower than the running average of approval polling — Trump’s at 42 percent approval on average — but the general trend has been in line with other pollsters, in that Trump is unusually unpopular.

In this most recent survey, though, Quinnipiac included a less-common question than approval: “What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump?” The results were not generally complimentary.

Read more here: Asked to describe Trump, America’s most common replies are “idiot” and “incompetent”

Κι εγώ συνέχεια την σκεφτόμουν
Σκεφτόμουν πως το πρώτο πράγμα που είδα πάνω της
Ήταν πώς δεν έμοιαζε με τίποτα
Που να ‘χω ξαναδεί


a queer & trans Jewish perspective on names (notes for a zine)

hello friends! i’m starting to put together sources & thoughts for an upcoming comic zine i’m doing called “True Names” that brings together my perspectives on (self-)naming as a queer, trans, witchy Jew - i just finished the excellent Magic of the Ordinary by Gershon Winkler & thought i’d share some relevant quotes & thoughts with you all:

“…no name can hold within it that which is infinite. God, Judaism teaches, is un-name-able, un-peg-able, un-define-able, because not only is God infinite but also dynamic, eluding all attempts to attain a snapshot of a moment or essence of what is God. Therefore, when Moses asked the Creator to divulge the God Name, the Creator’s response was אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה (ehyeh asher ehyeh), which translates simultaneously: ‘I was what I was, I am what I am, and I will be what I will be’:

You wish to know my name? According to my actions I am called. At times I am called el shadai, or tz'vaot, or elo-heem. When I judge the creations, I am called elo-heem; when I battle wrongness, I am called tz'vaot; when I suspend the sins of humanity, I am called el shadai; and when I exercise compassion upon my worlds, I am called yhvh. In other words, I was what I was, I am what I am, and I will be what I will be—according to the nature of my actions I am called. (p.35)

this strikes some major chords with me re: labeling and queerness - existing in flux or outside of conventional definitions/structures, struggling to find words for that or to make existing words fit - and also the idea of a name as describing an action really resonates with me. Winkler expands on that idea when paraphrasing Rabbi Chayyim of Volozhin:

…that which is comprehended somewhat by us, and we decorate this grasping with various God-Names and Divine Attributes and the like—as we find in our Scriptures and in the various forms of our prayers—reflect only God’s relationship with the universes…even [in invoking] the essential, singular Name itself we are not connecting with the Selfhood-Essence of God but with that aspect of the Blessing Source that is in relationship with the universes… (p. 36)

in this view, a name describes not who you are essentially (what could possibly describe that?) but rather who you are to the world, especially who you are to the world in this moment:

This explains the baffling response which the Hebrew ancestor Ya’akov receives from the spirit being with whom he wrestles, after asking it to divulge its name to him: “Why do you ask me for my name?”about which the second-century Rabbi Abba Arecha comments in the name of Rabbi Yosei bar Dowstai: “The angels have many names, according to their calling [in the moment]…[Said the angel to Ya’akov] ‘I am puzzled [that you ask me my name] for I do not know what my name is changing into in this very moment!” (p. 36, emphasis mine)

i imagine you can see where i’m going with this in relationship to changing names as a trans person - if a name is connected to an action or calling, choosing a new name for yourself is the process of describing what (& how) you do in the world right now, which may be different from what you did in the past or what others expected you to do. there are of course trans folks who don’t change their names (for many reasons), but for those of us who do, we’re responding to the sense that our birth names don’t (or never did) describe us accurately. the concept of a “deadname” becomes that which is no longer active - a thing we just aren’t doing anymore, and for a lot of people, being addressed by that name sounds like a request to perform that action again when at best we’ve moved on, and at worst, that action hurt us! we’re doing something else now, something more true to our present understanding of ourselves. we’re in a new relationship with the world and our birth names are an old relationship that has ended.

the essential me, including my gender, can’t be contained in any of my names, and none of those names (in my opinion) are more cosmically real or necessarily permanent than any other - the idea of a magical “true name” is something i want to push back against, and historical Jewish magic backs me up on that with the incantation bowl phrase “and every name [a person] has” 

but my chosen name is powerful because i’m describing me right now, which is really the most important thing since we exist in the present! for me it’s not even a new name - in my case, i’ve been holding onto my chosen name in the back of my mind since i was a child, but have only been able to claim it openly as an adult in the past few years. something about it has clicked with me for that long & it’s a relief to finally be able to use it. other folks are still looking for names that fit, some folks feel good about their birth names! only you get to define the relationship/calling of your name, given or chosen. 

if multiple names/labels and an outright refusal to be defined by others is good enough for the divine, it’s good enough for us - b’tzelem elohim!


You know that Big Bang are the kings of kpop, when only a live performance on M Countdown has 36 mio (!!!) views


Chris Brown - Party (Official Video) ft. Gucci Mane, Usher

36 million views


hermione: view eight


By Logan M. Blackwell // March 7, 2004

Hermione Granger, the recently named Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, was only twelve years old when she first heard the word “mudblood,” a highly derogatory term for Muggle-borns. It was a boy in her year, out of professor earshot, who had uttered the slur during a heated argument about Quidditch teams. He was talking about her.

“There was a moment, immediately after, where everyone went absolutely still. It took a few before outrage overtook shock. Personally, I was just vaguely insulted,” she adds with a light laugh. 

Ms. Granger doesn’t name names, but instead goes on to playfully describe how her now-husband attempted to defend her honor only to have his curse backfire on him due to a faulty wand. When asked if this childhood memory had any influence on her current career path, she concedes to the possibility, saying, “I had been called much worse before going to Hogwarts, of course, but that afternoon, being called a ‘mudblood,’ did change certain things for me.” Her sweater sleeves are rolled up, revealing the slightly raised shadow of the very same slur. Infamous Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange carved the word into Ms. Granger’s arm during the Second Wizarding War while torturing her for information. Not long after, Ms. Granger bravely fought alongside Harry Potter in the Battle of Hogwarts.

She brushes her fingertips across the scar, uncharacteristically quiet for a long moment. “Mostly, I think it cracked my idealistic view of the wizarding world. While I may have left other prejudices behind in Muggle society, it was only to inherit new ones that were just as entrenched and just as damaging.”

That inheritance is one Ms. Granger has been working very hard to change. Over the course of her tenure in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, Ms. Granger introduced a number of changes to wizard law, most notably Lupin’s Law, which bans discrimination against werewolves in the workplace. Ms. Granger has been actively working within the social justice sphere for much of her life. One of her most successful lobbying projects to date, S.P.E.W., got its start during her fourth year at Hogwarts when she first became aware of the mistreatment of house elves. Some may be surprised to hear that what is now a well-respected and recognized arm of the Magical Creatures division began in the Gryffindor common room with a box of homemade badges.

“In hindsight, it was a little short-sighted,” she says, a touch rueful. “I didn’t fully understand the complexities of house elf culture and history, let alone how I could realistically be of any help to them. Best intentions are wonderful, but can do more harm than good if one isn’t careful. The first thing I had to learn in my last role within the Ministry was to listen." 

Ms. Granger continues to listen to those whose voices have previously been ignored. As the new Deputy Head, she’ll be working closely with the Minister for Magic to eradicate certain biases against Muggle-borns that have been previously built into law, though she admits this will be no easy task. Notions of blood purity have long been a formidable and, for some, proud part of wizard culture, but, Ms. Granger fiercely adds, "Doing the right thing and doing the easy thing are rarely one in the same. The hard work begins with us and it begins now." 

When asked what she does in her spare time to relax, Ms. Granger’s dark eyes brighten as she says, "I’m just beginning a translation project I’ve been wanting to tackle for ages. I can’t say much now, but I do hope it will be warmly welcomed by the academic community." 

Although she’s accomplished more in the past ten years than most will in a lifetime, Ms. Granger promises that it is but the start.   


Carlo Bossoli (1815–84, Italy)

Landscapes 2: Great Britain and France

Bossoli was a Swiss-born Italian painter and lithographer, who spent his early career in Ukraine. He is best known for his landscapes, vedute, historical scenes from the Risorgimento, as well as his depictions of eastern Europe.


What a difference 36 years makes Alternating views of Ford Fiesta 1.3 Super Sport, 1980 and Ford Fiesta ST 200, 2016. The Super Sport was the first factory-made performance oriented version of the Fiesta and ‘tested the market’ for the first generation Fiesta XR2 which was introduced in 1981. The ST 200 is the latest high performance version of the Fiesta and will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show. The Super Sport produced 53 hp from a 1.3 litre Kent engine, the ST 200 makes 197 hp from its 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine 

anonymous asked:

Hiiiii :) an you recommend dramas that has a happy ending? most of the dramas i've watched ends with them separating or dying ;-;

I hope this list gives you some good movies/shows to enjoy. I loved all of the ones on this list.

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cho: view four

Boyfriends didn’t die. Of that, Cho was certain. Instead, boyfriends promised one thing, and did another. They cheated or they got bored. They were carelessly cruel and said the wrong thing. They didn’t care enough and let everything slip through their fingers. And Cho had thought about all these possibilities when she’d been with Cedric, tripping down each path on her way to sleep. It made her chest burn a little in fear, to turn over and examine every possible option, to guess where things would surely go awry and where he would leave her. 

But once in a very great while, when she was feeling more forgiving of her own craziness, she let herself think that maybe, possibly, this was the start of something more, something amazing. Her father had married the first girl he’d ever dated, after all. He liked to joke about it. “It’s like I flew out onto the Quidditch World Cup pitch having never played Quidditch in my life, caught the snitch in the first ten minutes, and then retired. Perfect record.” Cho imagined a future-version of herself refining and repeating this comparison at cozy parties with other married friends, Cedric slipping his arm through hers as they shared a private smile, Cho leaning into him a little, like she’d always belonged there.

Merlin, she was an idiot. 

Because here she was, zipping up the black dress she’d last worn to her grandfather’s funeral four years ago. It disturbed her how well it still fit, hugging her body just so, even though she’d become a radically different person from the one whose imagined worst-case-scenario was being with a guy who didn’t want to be with her.

She ran her hands down her sides, brushing away nonexistent wrinkles in the fabric. She lightly brushed her fingertips under her eyes, then gave herself one more look over in the mirror, briefly taking in this future-self she’d never wanted.

Cho Chang was the girl with the dead boyfriend. It was as simple as that and his funeral was starting now.  

building an HP worldbuilding tumblr list...

So far, in terms of my HP fandom links collection, I have:

- 36 views of Hogwarts: an ongoing collaborative project offering different views of Hogwarts from the perspectives of different characters. I’ll let the authors themselves describe it more fully here. Some real gems here. It goes into full-on AU territory at times and whether that’s your cup of tea or not, it never detracts from the writing, which is excellent throughout.

- Amortentiafashion: wizarding fashion with a touch of history. I’ve yanked from this tumblr before on more than one occasion, because it remains one of my favorite blogs on this site. The captions are often very clever and the images are always gorgeous; the mod pulls from all sorts of places, but clearly has a coherent vision of how the wizarding world dresses, and it’s a delight to peek in on it.

- Shafiq28: I wish I’d learned about this earlier than this week. I haven’t had a time to give it the attention it deserves, but it’s part worldbuilding genius, part RP, and completely engrossing all in all. The author is pulling from traditions I am not familiar with, and I find myself sitting back and wanting to be schooled, wanting to know more. They play wonderfully with the Muggle/Magical dichotomy (among others), blurring the lines between these worlds in ways that feel very real.

- The Monster Blog of Monsters: be. Still. My. Heart. Exploring the boundaries of magical zoology in all its glory. The world this author presents is what awaits Rubeus Hagrid at the end of his Kings Cross journey, I think: a heaven of beasts both dangerous and fantastic. Wonderfully imaginative and sometimes spooky, this rings true to canon while still expanding it a little bit with each post.

- Underwater Witchery; another worldbuilding site that’s part RP, and while I’ve had some pushback on advertising RPs at all, I’m bending the rules here for this because of its worldbuilding aspect. So don’t let the RP tag deter you. There isn’t much up here yet, but I’m excited to see how it builds because so far the author has shown a willingness to explore new corners of the wizarding world that we often forget about. 

- harrypottermeta: not a story site at all, obviously, but meta has formed the basis for a lot of my worldbuilding so I think it’s a worthy inclusion. For the writers here that work the same way I do, have a hub for the fannish arguments you might want to build on or possibly even demolish in your own stories. Remember: it’s not wank if you can figure out which character might canonically argue for it, and which Ministry department would really want to suppress the idea.