an honorable german

Schillerplatz in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany. It’s a square in the old city center of Stuttgart, named in honor of the German poet, philosopher, historian, and dramatist Friedrich Schiller.

Since we’re celebrating people who punch Nazis I want to introduce people to Beate Klarsfeld.  As much as we want to celebrate Captain America for his Nazi punching history this woman is a real hero dedicated her life to hunting Nazis, exposing public figures hiding their Nazi pasts, and whose family faced assassination attempts themselves (not merely bomb threats but actual bombs).  

She became famous for slapping German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger in 1968 shouting “Nazi Resign!”  Kiesinger had joined the Nazi party in 1933 after they came to power but had been a relatively inactive member and he had associations with other former members of the Nazi party in politics.  

She traveled the world and generally made herself a nussance for those who wished to close the door on searching for those who brought about the deaths of innocents.  Today she and her husband are holders of honors from the French, German and Israeli governments for their efforts to bring nazis to justice.

She’s 77 now.  I bet you she’d still punch a nazi if given half the chance.

I’m alive, I promise.

But I just wanted to say that I’ve worked my ass off in college. And today, I was rewarded for it.

1) I was invited into Beta Gamma Sigma, which is the international honors society for business students in university.

2) I was also invited to Delta Phi Alpha, which is the national honor society for German language.

3) My business professor came to me and asked if I had an internship for the fall because she wants me to do a paid internship with her organization.

Die Gorch Fock is a tall ship of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). She is the second ship of that name as a sister ship of the Gorch Fock built in 1933. Both are named in honor of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym “Gorch Fock” and died in the battle of Jutland/Skagerrak in 1916. The modern-day Gorch Fock was built in 1958 and had undertaken 146 cruises by 2006, including a tour around the world in 1988. She is under the command of the Naval Academy in Flensburg-Mürwik.

Tattoos the 2Ps have/ would want to get

2P!America: 

  • Independence Day date
  • eagle
  • ‘vegan’ stamp
  • U.S. Navy anchor
  • statue of liberty

2P!China:

  • Chinese dragon
  • lion
  • star(s)
  • Chinese symbol for China

2P!England:

  • none (but if forced, he’d choose a cupcake)

2P!France:

  • pinup of a French girl smoking

2P!Russia:

  • ‘pacifist’ written in Russian
  • anti-violence symbol
  • Soviet Union collapse date

2P!Italy:

  • mafia’s codename
  • ‘godfather’
  • name of Italian district

2P!Japan:

  • hentai
  • ninja
  • Japanese symbol for ‘honor’
  • katana

2P!Germany:

  • German car(s)
  • famous beer brands
  • cartoon nostalgia
  • BDSM-themed pinup

2P!Canada:

  • moose antlers
  • maple leaf
  • hockey stick
  • Degrassi quote

2P!Romano:

  • ‘classy’ in Italian
  • Sopranos logo
  • Roman Catholic Church symbol
  • flowers/ hearts design

2P!Prussia:

  • none (if forced, he’d choose either an armor design or barbed wire fence over his heart)

anonymous asked:

I always thought that all the gods of most cultures existed and ruled over certain peoples and territories. Like Odin rules the Scandinavian's and Zeus controlled the Greeks or Brahma for indians(Hindu's). Whenever two cultures fought it was the Gods having a WHOS dick is bigger match or something. Is that weird? I feel like it would be a cool game concept but that's something else entirely lol

That may be a cool game concept, but it’s a bit simplistic when talking about actual deities. I definitely believe that all of the gods of most cultures do exist. However, it’s not so clear cut that “Odin rules the Scandinavians and Zeus controlled the Greeks.”

First, humans have agency, so absolute “control” isn’t a useful framework.

Second, the concept of a “chief deity” is overrated. Polytheism means many gods. But even within that framework, various Germanic tribes honored “chief” deities other than Odin, such as Ingvi Freyr, Tyr, Thor, Seaxnēat, Hreda, Eostre…the list goes on. 

Third, the boundaries between cultures are not as fixed as you are describing. A statue of Lakshmi was found in Pompeii (see Mary Beard’s The Fires of Vesuvius). After the campaign of Alexander, the Greek deities were worshiped in Bactria, modern day Afghanistan. The Greco-Bactrian king Menander was a patron of Buddhism. The Matronae were Gaulish and Germanic goddesses worshiped under Roman rule. Which isn’t to say that there are never competitions between deities of different cultures, but that is far from the only model that is possible or historically attested.

- Heathen Chinese

Attributing conflict to the gods assumes that the gods have a certain level of power or type of relationship with their people, and it also removes responsibility from people for their actions

I don’t know if you were thinking about the contemporary, but nowadays, with the way cultures and political boundaries have spread, changed, or disappeared, I believe it’s more likely that deities concern themselves first and foremost with their believers or those they’re tapping to become believers.  In cases where someone hasn’t specified their deity, I think the deity who responds would be either related to the petitioner’s heritage/culture, most closely matches the petitioner’s understanding of the concept being addressed, or belongs to the land on which the petitioner happens to be.

(What you describe reminds me of Black & White.)

- mountain hound

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