thank you to @cloudybay for four days of fine wine and sailing on the j-class at my first regatta (there’s only 8 in the world!). from my first attempt with a jet ski, to speeding on the rib to catch the races, and closing out the trip dining with far flung sailors, this was a trip I’m looking forward to reminiscing over with my next bottle of red. #comesailaway (at St. George’s Island, Bermuda)

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“Why do people always force diversity and make Daisy dark skinned?”

I feel the need to answer this as I’ve seen it brought up a lot recently. The simple answer most give is because she’s a desert princess, but that’s only the start of it.

First of all, Daisy Is the Princess of the whole country of Sarasaland; it’s not just a Kingdom. There are four kingdoms in Sarasaland (that we’ve seen, at least), and those are the Birabuto Kingdom, The Muda Kingdom, The Easton Kingdom and the Chai Kingdom.

These kingdoms are heavily based off real world locations. They are the Pyramids in Egypt, The Bermuda triangle, The Easter Islands and ancient China respectively. Here’s what the native people from 3 of those locations look like:

Yeah… Not very white. And obviously I’m not an expert by any means (just a fool with google haha) so some of these are probably not 100% correct traditional for those places, but it proves my point about Sarasland and its people.

I left the Muda Kingdom out as obviously The real world Bermuda Triangle’s  water touches many countries, such as the U.S (Florida), Bermuda and Puerto Rico. Plus those levels are just water levels, thus they show no real signs of where exactly they’re located, so they could be anywhere.

Also I’m not trying to say white Daisy is wrong at all, but merely show why the argument she should resemble her Kingdoms cultures a bit more is a strong one. I wrote this also to show people who are against a darker skin Daisy the exact reason why its so prevalent.

As Usual

Fandom: WWE

Pairing: Baron Corbin/Unnamed OFC

Rating: Holy shit M.

AN: Business!Baron, what’s not to love? Tagging our usual suspects of @tox-moxley and @oraclegazes, as well as the head of the Baron’s Bitches Pack, @writergrrrl29 and but of course it would not be Thirst Party Saturday without our Steerforth, @hardcorewwetrash! Enjoy!

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Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle solved? Hexagonal clouds creating terrifying air bombs with 170mph winds may be to blame for disappearing ships and planes, scientists claim

  • Bermuda Triangle has been been blamed for hundreds of missing vessels
  • The 500,000km square patch in the North Atlantic Ocean is still unsolved
  • Scientists now believe the clouds and weather phenomenons are to blame
  • The so-called air bombs can create waves of up to 45ft, experts have said

Hexagonal clouds creating terrifying air bombs with winds of 170mph could be behind the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. Scientists have claimed the stormy blasts can flip ships into the sea and bring planes crashing down into the sea. The mystifying 500,000km square patch in the North Atlantic Ocean has been blamed for the disappearance of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships, but the oddly-shaped clouds may hold the secret to the vanishing acts.  

^ Hexagonal clouds creating terrifying air bombs with winds of 170mph could be behind the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

^ The mystifying 500,000km square patch in the North Atlantic Ocean has been blamed for the disappearance of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships, but the oddly-shaped clouds may hold the secret to the vanishing acts

^ The winds created by the so-called air bombs are so powerful they generate 45ft high winds

The winds created by the so-called air bombs are so powerful they generate 45ft high winds. Meteorologist Randy Cerveny told the Mirror: ‘These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs. 'They are formed by what are called microbursts and they’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other.’

Researchers added massive clouds were appearing over the western tip of Bermuda Island – ranging from 20 to 55 miles across - and Dr Steve Miller, satellite meteorologist at Colorado State University told Science Channel’s What on Earth said: 'You don’t typically see straight edges with clouds. 'Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution.' Scientists believe these weather phenomenons are behind the Bermuda Triangle mystery, according to the Mirror. At least 1,000 lives have been lost in the Triangle in the last 100 years. On average, four planes and 20 ships go missing every year.


Bermuda Petrel

The Bermuda petrel (Pterodroma cahow) is commonly known in Bermuda as the cahow, a name derived from its eerie cries. This nocturnal ground-nesting seabird is the national bird of Bermuda and can be found on Bermudian money. It is the second rarest seabird on the planet and a symbol of hope for nature conservation. For 300 years, it was thought to be extinct. The dramatic rediscovery in 1951 of eighteen nesting pairs made this a “Lazarus species”, that is, a species found to be alive after having been considered extinct. A national program to preserve the bird and restore the species has helped increase its numbers, but scientists are still working to enlarge its nesting habitat on the restored Nonsuch Island.

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anonymous asked:

I saw a video called "How American Game Companies Avoid Paying Income Tax" and read the linked article about taxshelters in Holland and was wondering if you have any insights to bolster/disprove Super Bunnyhops (the videomaker) conclusion that tax haven-money earns big companies a major portion of their earnings while the portion of their budget actually spent on game development shrinks... or is that kinda number-magic way outside your "jurisdiction", so to speak?

This is a pretty normal example of correlation not actually being causation, and the tendency to attribute sinister intent when there really isn’t any reason to. So let’s break this down. For those who are curious about the video itself, you can find it [linked here]. Here’s a general summary of the issue:

International law is a somewhat finicky thing, but there’s a generally agreed-upon rule when it comes to running companies and paying taxes - as long as your company pays taxes to some country, then other countries won’t try to tax them too. This is because nobody likes being taxed twice for the same thing. Now… there are a number of countries out there like the Netherlands, Ireland, Bermuda, Panama, the Cayman Islands, etc. really want to encourage corporations to invest and build there, so they have much lower corporate tax rates than countries like the USA. This means that large multinational corporations like Pfizer, Apple, and Activision-Blizzard can undertake a move called a “Tax Inversion” or “Corporate Inversion” where they legally change the country in which they are based to take advantage of those tax laws. Instead of paying the 35% corporate tax rate in the US, they can pay the cheaper 12.5% corporate tax rate in Ireland instead.

Doing so is entirely legal (as the video maker said), but he also implied that it was a greedy, malicious move. In actuality, it’s a lot like moving to a new apartment that charges lower rent. From a certain perspective (like the landlord the tenant is leaving), the move is greedy… but at the same time, you can’t blame a company or individual for trying to save money when they have a legal and legitimate option to do so. These companies still pay taxes on the things like the salaries of their employees and on the properties they own in the country. They don’t pay the 35% corporate tax rate in the USA, they pay the 12.5% rate in Ireland. In this case, Ireland is happy, the company is happy, and the USA is sad.

Now we can get into the conclusion that the video maker tries to draw - the company is saving a lot of money it could be paying in taxes, so it should put all this money into developing new games, right? But Activision-Blizzard is actually investing less money overall into their games, which means they are GREEDY and EVIL because they SHOULD be passing on these savings to the customer instead of doing other things with it, like bonuses for employees or sharing them with the shareholders. As you might have noticed, the link between saving money via corporate inversion and the amount of money spent on development is pretty weak. But he’s also glossing over a lot of things that could easily account for lowered development spending, such as:

  1. Green lighting fewer game projects
  2. Reusing/leveraging existing technology/engines/tools for new games
  3. Increased efficiency in the development process
  4. Outsourcing to less expensive studios

For example, one of the things Activision has done since 2009 has been throttling back on their licensed games like movie and television tie-ins, which would definitely reduce the amount spent on development. I know I’m not really lamenting those kind of cuts. Without key information like how many games are in development and what their budgets are, it is impossible to prove that Activision-Blizzard is lowering the budget (and thus quality) of their games out of greed. The real crux of his video seems to be anti-DLC and microtransactions. I get that he doesn’t like them and thinks that such practices are unsustainable, but the customers are voting overwhelmingly with their wallets year after year, and they have been doing so for over a decade. Some folks out there are very vocal about their dislike for paid DLC, but their outcry isn’t having any appreciable effect on earnings. If they were, the publishers would have moved on to something else long ago.

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On this day in music history: July 30, 1977 - “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” by Andy Gibb hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks (non-consecutive), also peaking at #19 on the R&B singles chart on October 15, 1977. Written and co-produced by Barry Gibb, it is the debut and first chart topping single for the pop vocalist from Manchester, UK. Born Andrew Roy Gibb on March 5, 1958, Andy is the youngest of five siblings and of the four Gibb brothers which includes oldest brother Barry and fraternal twins Robin and Maurice. When Andy is only five months old, the Gibb family leave their home in England for the Brisbane, Queensland Australia suburb of Redcliffe, when their bandleader father Hugh is unable to find steady work. The family immigrates to also help Barry, Robin & Maurice to launch their music career. Only eight years old at the time when the Bee Gees are enjoying their first taste of success in the mid 60’s, Andy aspires to follow them into the pop music spotlight. Nearly a decade passes before he is ready to make his entry on to the world stage. Forming his first band in 1974, Andy also concentrates on writing music and recording demos. Some of those demos reach Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood, who signs the youngest Gibb brother to RSO Records in 1976. At that time, Barry summons his brother to come to the US to work on songs for his first album. While vacationing at Stigwood’s estate on the island of Bermuda, Barry comes up with the song idea that develops into “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” in only twenty minutes. The track is recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL in October of 1976, and features Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who at the time happens to be working in an adjoining studio on the “Hotel California” album. During that same period, Barry and Andy also write “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” together, which is initially considered to for Andy’s debut single. At the last minute they change their minds and issue “I Just Want To Be Your Everything”, as the first release from his debut album “Flowing Rivers”. Released in late March of 1977, the single enters the Hot 100 at #88 on April 23, 1977. Making a slow but steady ascent up the chart, it climbs to the top fourteen weeks later. “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” spends three weeks at the top, and falling as low as #3 (bowing to The Emotions’ “Best Of My Love”) then after four weeks regains the top spot for one more week on September 17, 1977. “Everything” spends a then record thirty one weeks on the chart, and is the first of three consecutive number one singles Andy Gibb scores on the Hot 100 over the next eleven months. “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

The U.S. Companies With The Most Offshore Cash [Infographic]

The use of tax havens is ubiquitous across America’s 500 largest companies. Collectively, they hold $2.1 trillion in offshore cash. Establishing foreign subsidiaries in places with little or no tax such as Bermuda or the Cayman Islands, has allowed them to avoid an estimated $90 billion in federal income taxes each year. Read more

Most of these are pretty famous. You can take this as a masterlist for places to set your roleplay in but mainly I would recommend it for road trip/travel/summer type roleplays. The comments beside each section are not my own and taken from people online who know more about the places and/or Wikipedia articles. 

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anonymous asked:

Argh, I kind of hate how they got rid of Daisy's tan just to make her as pale as Peach. It seems redundant and boring to me. For god's sake Nintendo, why does a ruler of a place that has influences from Bermuda, Egypt, Easter Island, and ancient China have a pale orange haired blue eyed Princess? Sorry for sounding butthurt, but they could of done more with her to make her look different. At least kept her skin dark and changed her dress. Even her circuits in Mario Kart looks more European

Here, you might like this design I (Matty) made for her about a year ago. I’m not a fantastic artist so the actual execution isn’t great, but hopefully based on what you’re telling me, you like the design.

Some dumb motherfucker actually called me ‘sexist’ for this design. I still don’t get why to this day.

And yes, agreed.