actual events in history

Ouran Highschool Hostclub teaches you to love yourself and to love and respect others. Heaven’s Lost Property shows that even some of the most perverted and fucked up people can go to the extreme for just a friend. Attack On Titan shows that as long as you fight together, you will survive together–Trust in others. Hetalia teaches us actual major events in history in a summary of five minutes while making us smile and laugh.

Anime makes us happy and teaches us so many things.

So, anime is sin huh? Nice to know that you fucking Baka.

So I got asked if I wanted to present at my uni’s awards night about an assignment I worked on last year and it’s really small and like whatever, but like they asked for me specifically so i’m just going to go cry for a while

you know, there’s a difference between reading something on tumblr and actually having an education in the subject.

Cheerfulbear - PLAY ME is a short forum adventure that was made in the earlier days of MSPA, specifically January 22, 2008. It was created by a user named “Jigsaw” (an alternate account created by Michael Firman dedicated to roleplaying on this topic as the Jigsaw Killer of Saw fame) requested Andrew to draw pornography starring the Muppet Babies. While the original post was viewed in disdain, Andrew Hussie himself decided to take it upon him to begin the adventure and play along with this mysterious user, inciting others to do the same. “

So that whole Caliborn/Dirk moment was based on an actual event. I really need to brush up on my Hussie History. HussHistory? Hussstory? 

kind of disappointed everything i reblog is getting notes except for the armenian genocide posts i reblogged

only 1 person reblogged it and 1 person liked it

pls open ur eyes and recognize my family’s history as an actual event and spread that shit like wildfire

I could not put this book down. I’ve been having a hard time choosing stories lately because of my tiredness of young adult post-apocalyptic fiction addiction (more on that eventually), so when I started reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness on my sister’s recommendation, it was a breath of fresh air. I used to love historical fiction so the themes of this story appealed to me and I loved the references to classic literature and witchcraft history. Way back in my undergrad days I took a class on witchcraft as an “easy” elective with my friends… I didn’t realize I actually retained information and could easily place events in history and know that what the author was referring to was actually what happened.

The story begins outlining an extremely boring history professor’s life at Oxford University in England. It follows her day-to-day studies and research about alchemy and reveals that she is actually supressing her powers as a witch. We learn more about her family and why she despises witchcraft throughout the book, and we witness her meeting a vampire friend. The vampire helps her understand her powers and they begin an adventure to uncover the secrets of their kind. For those of you who are tired of vampire stories and romances… you should still pick this up. I know it’s super overdone and ridiculous now, but this book incorporates fantasy with history with romance in a captivating way. Throughout the book we learn about the secret world of “creatures” as they call them and the laws that govern their lives and the differences that are ground into their history. A Discovery of Witches is the first book in a trilogy that I intend on reading fully… hopefully the 2nd and 3rd books live up to my expectations.

“So will we look for new opportunities to lay down arms – physical, verbal, spiritual – and unify one with another?” Sen. Tim Kaine asked standing on the hallowed ground at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Thursday.

Kaine was among those to speak at a ceremony held 150 years after Robert E. Lee surrendered at that very site.

“Simply put, while all here 150 years ago understood the surrender was momentous, none could have imagined how the actual event, the reunification of our nation, would mean to the future history of the entire world,” the Virginia Democrat said. “And that thought must challenge us today.”

Kaine emphasized the significance of the peaceful surrender by the Confederate forces and the manner in which soldiers were permitted to return home, saying that no one could have known on that April day the way in which the unified United States would come to lead the world in the century that followed.

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~ Roll Call

anonymous asked:

Ares: opinion on war

Although i just answered i’ll answer in a more detailed way. I think war now a days is stupid. Since many countries are extremely developed i don’t think war is necessary to make the world better. I think negotiation is. Fair Negotiation will help make the world better for all countries and there will be no looser or winner, when in war there will always be a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’ when really war only creates losers because nothing is gained. Many lives are lost, housing and money is also lost. How does this make the world any better. The state in which a war leaves us is in fear. But this only lasts till the war generation dies off, then, although we are taught about the big wars, we do not actually fully connect them to fear anymore, only to history and events. This makes the actual effect and use of war wear off and leaves us with yet another partially destroyed world. 

Another thing is that war is very immature. For instance the cold war was just a race for ultimate power. The more dangerous weapons you had the more danger the other was in making them spend even more money on designing and making more dangerous weapons. I was going to go into facts (i’ve been learning about it at school) but I don’t think I will.

Edward Snowden

Government surveillance is a sticky topic, I was very intrigued by the John Oliver video many things talked about I have near heard of before. The first thing that perked my attention was the section 215 issue. Section 215 states that businesses must hand over records of any tangible thing to protect against terrorism. The section was written very broad so there are many blurred lines over what the government can actually seize. This means the government can take phone records from any American even though the vast major of them have no relation to terrorist. There has only been one occasion where collected data has actual intercepted a terrorist event in the history of the passing of section 215.

Spies are great when they’re on our side but we cannot forget they are very dangerous when unleashed. We have to remember that we want to be protected from what’s out there but not at the cost of having our every move recorded.

I was taken by surprise by the fact that NSA has the ability to look at naked pictures of citizens and that it basically isn’t even seen as a big deal anymore. I’m also disgusted by the fact it took this for people to think what they are doing is not ok. I think the fact they can collect your phone records alone should get peoples questioning what the NSA actually has the power to do. Most of the NSA powers actually go unlooked because people want to feel safe and they think that in order to find terrorist they are looking outside of the United States to find them but that’s not true. A large part of the search for terrorist is done domestically. As it should be because of the hide in plain site concept it is important to be able to look within for attackers.

However how much of your privacy are people willing to give up in order to achieve security?  There can never be absolute privacy and absolute security. However there does need to be more transparency in acts that are passed that might infringe on the privacy rights of Americans. This begs the questions if there was more transparency would Americans even care? Would they even know that they needed to care?

I found it so funny the amount of people (myself included) who had no idea about Edward Snowden and what he did. It is ok to be uninformed. There were also people who thought they knew about Edward Snowden but were misinformed, this however is a little more dangerous. What all these people had in common were that when the law was broken down in a way there understood (that the government has the right to pass around naked pictures of citizens just to name one of the powers) they were not ok with it. They thought it was wrong they. People need to understand what is going on. I understand the feeling of not understand something so tuning it out. I too stopped reading some of the information because I didn’t understand it and I am interested in the topic. It will be a hard task getting people not interested in the topic to want to learn more about it.  That’s why the “Dick pic” breakdown and things of that nature work so well.  People have to find a way to relate it to something the person they’re telling cares about.

For example if someone is a business person explain to them that because of some foreign businesses are not comfortable doing business on American servers because they know the government has so much control and can basically do whatever they want with the information.

There will always be the people who say Edward Snowden is the bad guy and he reviled Untied States secrets but that doesn’t take away from the fact what he was really trying to help. Whistle blowers aren’t always celebrated but it takes true courage to do what they do. Going against what’s popular to do what’s right is never easy and for that I am happy for people like Edward Snowden. People who are willing to be looked at as the bad guy in the present in order to be let expose situations so that people know the truth.

I hope more people find out about the patriot act before it is up for review again in June the more people who understand what’s going on the more likely it won’t just be passed without anyone knowing.  

Book Reivew: Black Dove, White Raven

Black Dove, White Raven
Elizabeth Wein

I wanted the love the heck out of this book. I wanted to be enthralled. I wanted it to be Code Name Verity. I didn’t. I wasn’t. It wasn’t.

I eventually warmed up to the characters, though it took almost 200 pages. It’s not like me to like the setting of a book (or a movie, TV show, etc.) more than the characters, but that was definitely the case with Black Dove, White Raven. The appeal for me was reading about Ethiopia, a place I am quite unlikely to ever travel, and to learn about (some of) the events of the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935, a war I never knew happened. [EW’s Author’s Note is a must-read if you’re interested in the actual history of events.]

I do love the way Elizabeth Wein writes and noted several beautiful passages along the way. There was just something about the novel that kept me from fully embracing it. It was a very slow (for me) read and that was disappointing. Despite my less-than-stellar review and rating (I do wish I could give it another half star on Goodreads), I DID enjoy the book and will happily read the next book EW writes.

6:49: Mulan and Pocahontas

Like, I am still thinking about people race-bending Mulan and Pocahontas. It makes NO SENSE. The only way I can think of a person doing that is if they don’t know they are based on real people? Real events? Actual history? It’s twisted and rewritten but it’s based on FACTUAL ACTUALS. 

If you modify their race/gender/class or anything like that then those are no longer stories of Mulan/Pocahontas. 

Case Study Television: Game of Thrones

One of the biggest hits to grace the screens of millions in the past decade is the the award winning series Game of Thrones.  Based off of a series of books by the George R. R. Martin Game of Thrones takes place in the fantasy realm of Westoros and Essos.  This series is a high fantasy setting but its base draws from actual historical events in Medieval Europe, particularly in English history. One of the biggest draws to the series is just the sheer amount of characters to watch in the series.  Each one is splendidly acted and “fan camps” have arisen for favorite characters much like the “Team Jacob” and “Team Edward” from a darker time in entertainment history.  Most notable is the fan base of Peter Dinklage where there is a literal fear by many that he may be next to die in a series that is notorious for killing off characters.  This type of pop culture impact extends even further with people recording and posting videos of themselves watching the infamous “Red Wedding” episode.

(Caution: Some Language)

The impact of this series on television can’t be understated.  While nothing technically new is being done by the series its impact is being felt throughout media.

One of the most important parts to a TV show is its opening title sequence.  Unlike in film, where the credits are generally kept to the end of the presentation, TV shows can make their mark with a good opening sequence.  The Simpsons couch gag, the Friends opening montage, or the Cheers opening song for example, Game of Thrones is no different.  Instead of shots of characters doing their thing the opening sequences is a long scroll over a constantly changing map the gives you a broad sense of the settings in the story as well as eluding to characters by using their family crests.  This accomplishes in telling the viewer that this story takes place on an epic scale.  Couple this sequence with a moving, strong, and fanciful score you are figuratively dragged in to this world. 

This opening is also dynamic as well epic.  Each episode has a slightly different opening depending on the place of the plot in any particular episode.  Example: A new town will be on the map that wasnt there before, or if a place is destroyed it is no longer shown on the map.  These attentions to detail are one of the many hooks this series has in the collective psyche of it viewers.

As stated before these are nothing new.  Each one of the previous examples, especially The Simpsons opening, does what the Game of Thrones opening does.  Its the visual appeal and the sub-context of knowing all the meanings in the opening that lends its aesthetics to the series as a whole.

I am not going to spend much time characters in this one, there are too many and too dynamic to accurately give proper credence to.  For that is something that must be watched.  You must decide who’s camp you are in.

(No going to lie I am in House Stark. Sean Bean as Eddard Stark)

What one is probably one of the strongest cases for the aesthetic appeal of this show is the setting.  Not only the various locals but the color scheme for each location.  This series plays heavily to the warm and cool palettes depending on location.  For sequences taking place in the northern portion of Westoros grey and blue is used to give a sense of cold and depression, much like Seattle when overcast.  This palette gets more extreme the farther north in the show.  Beyond the wall it is mainly black and white with a hint of grey and blue.  The exact opposite is the case the farther south the setting in the show goes. Reds and Oranges become more apparent giving warm Mediterranean feel to those scenes.  By doing this right away you know where you are in the world even though the scene may be an interior shot.

(Compare to the above photo Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister)

One of my favorite parts of the setting is more subtle to most and that is the context behind the story.  On a base level people watching Game of Thrones are there for the violence and the sex.  The next level is the character development and how intricate the story lines interweave.  For me it goes one step deeper, one that you cannot graze but gaze at, and that is its real life historical counterpart.

During the mid-1300s to the mid-1400s (1337-1453) the “100 Years war had taken place in Western Europe between the English ruling family The House of Plantagents and the French ruling family The House of the Valois.  These two house fought over territory in France and brought in many allies to fight.  This is mirrored in Game of Thrones by the conflict between House Stark and House Lannister and the entangling alliances their houses bring into their civil war. 

There is another layer to this context and that is the character’s connections to another real life event and that is its base connection to “The War of the Roses”.  This was was a war between two families over who would rightfully rule in England during the the late 1400s (1455-1487) These two families were the Yorks and the Lancasters who were of the House Plantangents.  This was a war when one head family member was killed another one stepped up and took their place.  Same thing happens in the show and even the family name Lannister in Game of Thrones is based of the family name Lancaster from the War of the Roses.

Games of Thrones is an immensely intricate series that is currently slated for a fifth and sixth season and will probably go on for several more.  As long as Martin is alive and publishing works for it they will keep making it.

1. Game of Thrones: Red Wedding Reaction Compilation, Creator  Horrorcidran, uploaded 6/3/2013

2. Game of Thrones Offical Opening (HBO), Creator HBO, uploaded 4/18/2011

3, 100 Years War, Wikipedia, Authors: Various

4. War of the Roses. Wikipedia, Authors: Various

Eighth graders to argue whether Holocaust ‘was an actual event in history’

Eighth graders to argue whether Holocaust ‘was an actual event in history’

Common Core: “more rigorous” standards, wacky new math, and good old Holocaust denial.

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 6, 2014

According to KTLA in Los Angeles, eighth graders in the Rialto school district were assigned to write an essay about the Holocaust describing “whether or not you believe this was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion…

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