because well it could be a lot of things and i didn't want to risk being wrong

anonymous asked:

I struggle to pay for housing and medical care, on what possible basis could it be morally right for the government to take my money and give those things to rapists and murderers for free? That's not "the price we have to pay" for imprisoning them - they broke the law! If they didn't want consequences for their actions, they shouldn't have done those things!

First thing, most people in prison are not rapists and murderers. If you do your reasoning about prison by thinking ‘what do I think the worst people in prison deserve? I guess that’s what prisons should be like’ then that will really suck for the vast majority of prisoners who are not rapists or murderers and the substantial share of people in jail who have not even been convicted of anything. 

95% of people in prison never got a trial - they were advised to plead guilty, which is often the best thing to do even if you’re innocent.

Secondly, I also want you to have access to medical care, and you being denied access to medical care is bad. Saying ‘prisoners being denied access to medical care is wrong’ does not mean it’s fine with me that you struggle to pay for housing and medical care. I want access to basic medical care to be universal. 

Thirdly, if you want the government to spend less money on incarceration, well, making prison conditions less torturous, and ensuring that prisoners when released are able to integrate into society, is going to drive down prison costs in the long run. U.S. prisons make people likelier to commit crimes. Even if you don’t see any moral reasons to change that, it will also save the government money. 

Fourthly, when we send people to prison we make it illegal for them to work for money to support themselves or pay for their own medical needs, and we make it illegal for them to access medical care even if they somehow could pay for it on the $.10 an hour we might allow them to earn, and we subject them to violence. Lots of people think that you have an obligation to people who you strip of their rights and lock in a cage, such as the obligation to feed them and provide them with basic medical care, which you do not have towards people you have not stripped of their rights and locked in a cage.

Fifthly, it is possible that it would benefit your economic situation if you didn’t have to compete with free forced prison labor. I don’t know how many Americans would be benefitted by this, it’s a bit hard to study, but it’s at least possible that you are struggling financially partially because it is cheaper for companies to use free forced labor than to pay employees. 

Sixthly, denying prisoners healthcare is an inefficient way to torture them even if you think torturing them is just! For example, consider a man who gets behind on child support. We lock him up, of course, because he’s a criminal, and he dies, because why would our taxpayers’ hard-won earnings go to insulin for criminals? 

Meanwhile someone who murders someone else but isn’t diabetic doesn’t die! If you think our prison system should be more punitive, that’s one thing, but surely you don’t think it should be more punitive specifically for diabetic people.

Lastly and most importantly, at least to me: 

they broke the law! If they didn’t want consequences for their actions, they shouldn’t have done those things!

I think that this mindset is incredibly harmful and incredibly widespread and if I accomplish anything at all with this blog I want to get people to rethink it.

The law is not just. The law is not right. There are laws that are deeply unjust; there are laws that are impossible not to break if you’re in a sufficiently bad situation; there are innocent people serving long prison sentences because they thought it was better to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit than risk even harsher sentencing if they lost at trial. The vast majority of people in our prisons did not get a trial. 

I will disagree with you if you say “people who have raped or murdered someone deserve to be slowly tortured to death at taxpayer expense and with a thin veneer of respectability, because, I mean, rapists and murderers, fuck those’. But I understand why you’d feel that way, and I want a legal system that works for you as well as for me. 

But if you say “because people broke the law - because they are criminals - regardless of which laws they broke, or whether those laws should exist at all, or whether the punishment is remotely in line with the crime, or whether they got a fair trial, they do not deserve rights and should be tortured in a horrible inhumane catastrophe of a prison system -”

Well, when I say it like that it sounds terrible, right? But it’s an absurdly common way of thinking. People who broke the law are criminals, and criminals are bad, and if they didn’t want to be denied rights then they shouldn’t have broken the law, and I’m not a criminal, and I’m better than criminals, so why should I care about how we treat criminals?

The law is not just. Lots of things are illegal which shouldn’t be, and lots of punishments are more severe than the crime warrants, and almost no one gets a trial anymore, and whatever you think should happen to rapists and murderers, I beg you to realize that our system is not just doing that to rapists and murderers, it is doing that to everyone, and it gets away with it because people keep thinking ‘well, they’re criminals. In a world where people stopped automatically writing off anyone who has broken any U.S. law, regardless of whether they hurt anyone or did anything wrong or whether their sentence is remotely in line with the crime, as no longer worthy of moral concern, then these things would stop happening. 

anonymous asked:

Oh, hi!! I'm the person who requested the gay Yoosung post and for some reason when you said to read the rules I didn't think they had changed?? I'm so sorry ;;; instead of the whole RFA reacting to finding out Yoosung likes guys, maybe just Zen, Jaehee, and V? I think there's might've most interesting to hear....either way, again, I'm so sorry!

You’re okay, buddy! I hope this is okay! Sorry if its long. Just as a heads up, Mc might be dating different people in each scenario.

Jaehee
- Yoosung hardly saw Jaehee outside of the messenger. They were friends? Kinda? But not enough to plan hang out days, especially when she was so extremely busy.
- Granted, they were still close, since she was always willing to give him helpful advice. Even when his questions were stupid.
- Often, after work if she didn’t have to work over, she would stop by whatever local coffee shop was still open and grab a drink to help her get through finishing some reports. The most interaction she would have would be with the cashier, given that she didn’t have many people she could consider friends, if at all.
- Though, as she turned around and went to leave, she spotted a familar face at a coffee table. Yoosung. He looked nervous, fumbling with his hands a lot as he sat at a table alone with a half-empty coffee. She was tempted to go say hi, or ask what he was doing so far from his dorm, when some man rushed past her to join him.
- They apparently didn’t know each other well, with how Yoosung scrambled out of his seat to awkwardly shake the other’s hand, and she could tell he was stuttering from her place at the counter.
- All the while Yoosung’s cheeks stayed a solid pink. After a moment of watching, their eyes met, and she had never seen Yoosung look so scared before. Weird… She gave him a small wave, and went on her way.
- It wasn’t until the next morning that she checked her phone, surprised by the slew of messages from Yoosung.
- First he was explaining that he was just meeting a friend, then how he couldn’t say sorry because he didn’t want to be rude to his date, and then there were a good five texts of him panicking over saying ‘date’ before a message begging her not to tell anyone.
- Already confused, she called him to sort whatever this was out while she started getting breakfast ready. Yoosung answered immediately, and it took her a few tries to get him to stop stuttering excuses and to let her talk.
- “Yoosung, I never have any direct contact with your family, so I have no idea why or what it is you’re not wanting me to tell them.”
- Granted she had an idea, but she didn’t want to risk being wrong. Better to let him explain it.
- Once he finally got the full story out, about how he was branching out and seeing if he might 'swing the other way’, Jaehee started brewing a cup of coffee for the day, already desperately needing one.
- “Yoosung. It personally does not matter to me who you get involved with, no matter the gender. All I care about is that you stay safe and don’t get mixed up with people who are bad for you. But yes, I won’t mention this to anyone else until you do. Your secret is safe with me.”
- “Really?”
- “Yes, really. So cheer up, get ready for school. You’re completely normal and no one is upset. If your parents get mad, well. I’m sure the R.F.A. will help you out no matter what. And as long as you keep the place clean, you would be free to come here, if it was necessary.”
- She never thought she could hear someone cry more than the characters from the dvds she owned, but…At least it was happy crying.

V
- It was hard. For the both of them. When Mc had gotten together with Jumin, one if her requests was for V and Yoosung to try to get along more. Jumin backed the idea up wholeheartedly, insisting it would be for the benefit of the whole R.F.A.
- And now, months down the line, their relationship was a little better. Not the best, but it was decent enough to where Yoosung could start trusting him little by little. Especially when V had opened up about Rika more. Even though it had hurt, Yoosung appreciated finally getting some insight on why she had hurt herself.
- Now they were on a trail. Yoosung was helping V carry some of his camera equipment. Nothing too much, especially since the man’s eyes still weren’t the greatest, but…Yoosung wanted to at least humor him, even if these trips never produced any photos.
- They sat down at a clearing and appreciated the view. There were no sounds of city life, just endless noises of the preserved woods, and Yoosung felt…calm. Safe. Like he wasn’t recovering from a hectic school year and depression.
- He assumed, from the soft sigh from V, that he felt the same.
- They listened to the noises around them for a while, Yoosung contemplating on if he could tell V just one thing that he had been struggling with lately. With V, he felt like he would be taken seriously about it. No teasing, no chiding that he didn’t know any better- They were still at the stage of repairing their friendship, that V took every word Yoosung said seriously.
- Or maybe that was just how the man was, and Yoosung had never noticed.
- “Yoosung, you’ve been quiet lately.”
- “Mhm.”
- “…Do you have more questions?”
- He always did. Always had questions that the answers were always unsatisfying, but he had a different one today.
- “Do…You think it’s wrong for…guys to like each other?”
- He felt V move, felt the tension in the air, before looking at him and seeing the small hint of surprise on his face.
- “I….No, I…I don’t think so, Yoosung.”
- “Okay.” Deep breath. “So…So if-”
- “If you were like that, then there’s nothing wrong with that either.”
- As usual, V knew the questions he had before he had been given a chance to say them. Yoosung nodding as he went quiet again.
- Carefully, V pat his back.
- “Take care of yourself. Let me know if some certain people in your life don’t take kindly to that. My home is always open for you, as are the other’s.”
- Yoosung didn’t need to be told he was talking about the R.F.A. He nodded, a bit more tensely this time as he tried to take another deep breath.
- Going out to secluded areas with V was always nice. Only V had to see him cry, and thankfully the man never judged him for it.

Zen
- Zen only finds out when they get drunk together again. It’s after the events of Mc coming into their lives, off happily with Saeyoung, and they both thought it would be fun to have a guys night!
- Of course they wanted to invite Saeyoung along, but he was too wrapped up in plans he had already made, so…Just the two of them it was.
- They were pretty relaxed, just sipping on a few beers while catching up and watching tv. Zen had been busy with another hardworking play, and Yoosung was actually trying to get himself focused in school again.
- “So, any cute girls been asking you out?”
- Yoosung’s cheeks were already red from being buzzed, but they turned darker as he firmly shook his head.
- “One day bud, don’t give up hope!” He chuckled, giving Yoosung a pat on the back. He had always seemed to look forward to the day when he could finally date for the first time. Zen felt bad it had been this long.
- Most if their night continued with normal discussions like that, occasionally sprinkled in with future girlfriend talk. Zen kept lamenting over his job restricting him on having the time to spoil a woman, while Yoosung just turned quiet when the topic was brought back up again.
- It wasn’t until he had downed three beers, a surprising amount for Yoosung, that he finally cut Zen off from talking.
- “You make fun of Jumin a lot. For that rumor he has.”
- Zen just cocked an eyebrow at him, a confused smile on his lips. “Yeah? It’s the only time I can get the dude to shut up.”
- “Well, what if he was, you know, actually gay? A-And you were hurting his feelings or something.”
- Towards the end, Yoosung’s words became quieter, but Zen still got the gist.
- “Well, fuck. I mean, if he was that’d be whatever, you know? And if I hurt his feelings I guess I’d say sorry or something.”
- “Just whatever?”
- “He’d still be just the same old Jumin to me, but it would explain his uh, empty date life.”
- Yoosung just muttered a soft 'oh’, sipping his beer again, but Zen was curious now.
- “Why?”
- “Jus’ wonderin’.”
- Weird. Alright. He went to focus on the tv again, but Yoosung spoke up.
- “What if I was, y'know. That.”
- “…If you liked dudes?”
- “….yeah.”
- Zen’s eyes widened. “W-Well, uh. That’d. You’d still be Yoosung? But I mean. I’d stop sending workout photos, maybe.”
- Yoosung scoffed and rolled his eyes, the alcohol making him loosen up. “Who says you’re even my type?”
- “W-What??”

Woah--Your Cloaca Opens Up! That’s Awesome!

 DenNor MPreg

This is scientifically sound MPreg ! Every time you see an * scroll to the bottom of the page and read the scientific fact in this universe!

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“Wait, are you pregnant?”

Lukas took a sip of water. “No.”

Emil pointed. “You literally just took a pregnancy vitamin.”

Lukas looked at the bottle of pills in his hand. “Heard it’s good for your hair.”

“Is it also good for fetuses, because you take those when you’re pregnant and you just took one, so I’m pretty sure you’re pregnant.” Emil’s toast was going cold on his plate. “Are you pregnant?”

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Draco Malfoy x Muggle Girl
  • Draco x Muggle Girl
  • Draco Malfoy walked the streets of London. He was far away from the Malfoy Mansion and his family.
  • The boy had a lot on his mind, he was torn between what is right and wrong. Draco was sure he is a bad person, doing terrible things and that he is just like his father. He didn't realize he couldn't be someone else even if he wanted to. Lucius and Narcissa tried their best to raise him in a proud pureblood wizard, worth of his family name.
  • But Draco Malfoy wasn't a bad guy. No one who doubts in his actions and questions if he did a right thing or not could ever be a terrible person.
  • The truth was, Draco wasn't the saint, not even close, tho he tried his best to be better in the past few weeks.
  • Why? Maybe because he felt this guilt inside him.
  • One can only imagine what Draco went through his years. He couldn't betray his family name, his father and aunt Bellatrix were both Death Eaters and Draco knew long ago, he will be asked to join them once. Not like he had a choice, if he turned them down, he'd not only risk his own life, but his parents too.
  • And now Draco was wondering, he knew the day of him becoming a Death Eater was coming close.
  • He made a few steps down an empty street. The houses were nothing like those of the wizards, muggle's have quite of a strange taste, he thought.
  • It was a beautiful and peaceful day in July, the weather was perfect and it seemed like everything in the world is going just fine. But it didn't.
  • Draco took a deep breath as he sat on the bench in the park. He was looking at his feet, while his hands rested on his knees.
  • Silence was broken by a laughter which made Draco look up from the ground.
  • His eyes searched across the trees until they landed on a girl, not far away from him. The girl was smiling, her eyes were full of happiness, something what Draco's missed for a long time.
  • Everything on the muggle girl spoke she wasn't a witch. She wore short jeans and white Chuck Taylor's and Draco couldn't help but admit the red shirt she was wearing really complimented her long (y/h/c) hair.
  • The girl laughed again, as a dog brought her a tennis ball. She picked it up and threw it in Draco's direction.
  • And then it hit Draco's head. It didn't hurt pretty much, but still Draco rubbed the side of his head while he stood up.
  • The girl's eyes widened.
  • "Oh my gosh, I am so sorry!" She shouted as she rushed to Draco.
  • "Are you okay? I really didn't mean to throw it at you." She spoke softly.
  • As she was closer, Draco noticed her beautiful (y/e/c) eyes and a few freckles spread across her nose and cheeks.
  • She was pretty, he thought.
  • "Um, it's okay." Draco blurred out. He picked up a green ball, turning it around and watching it closely.
  • He saw that for the first time in life, until then he only knew for the Quidditch balls.
  • He went to pass her the ball, but before he could do that the dog jumped on him.
  • "Marley! Stop it, leave him alone." The girl shouted as Marley winged his tail, looking at Draco.
  • Draco smiled and patted his soft fur.
  • "I'm (y/n)." The girl spoke suddenly and Draco looked up from Marley.
  • "..I'm Draco." He smiled.
  • "That's your name?" She questioned and then Draco reminded his name wasn't used in the muggle world.
  • "Yeah, um it's kind of a nickname.."
  • "Oh..cool." The girl said and smiled again.
  • From her eyes to her mouth there was this positivity she had, the kind Draco has never seen before. Like she was smiling all the time and couldn't stop.
  • "Is this your dog?" Draco asked.
  • "Yes, I found him two years ago on Christmas. Someone must have had abandoned him and then I took him home. We're inseparable ever since." (y/n) said.
  • Draco smiled. "Do you live near here?"
  • (Y/n) nodded. "Just around the corner. But I never seen you around here."
  • "Yeah, well I'm from Wiltshire." Draco replied.
  • You nodded. You looked up at him, in his eyes. He was different from you and all others you have met. He smelt of peppermint and warm ocean breeze. Draco, even his name was strange, beautiful, but strange just as him.
  • "Are you visiting someone here, or..."
  • "No, no I just wanted to get away from.."
  • Silence. Draco was out of words, should he tell a total stranger about his family? What he feels? Would she judge him? Think he's a coward and arrogant?
  • As his gaze fell, your lips curled in a slight smile. He wasn't shy, you thought, he was more of a thinker and a loner. The one who keeps their mind for themself and reveals nothing to the world. You suddenly realized he was hurt. In his eyes you could see the sadness and despair.
  • "I understand," you spoke, "I to get away from time to time too."
  • Draco looked up at you and smiled.
  • "Care to join me and Marley on a walk?"
  • Draco nodded "I'd be glad to." He replied and you two continued on walking.
  • Draco told you about his strict parents, about his doubts and fears. You realized all people he told you about had strange names and it felt like Draco lived in another world. Yet, you understood him. You could feel what he felt. Fear or letting other people down, fear of disapproval and not becoming what you want to be. The person who you really are.
  • "Sometimes," Draco said "the greatest fear of mine, is being myself."
  • His eyes were staring up in the sky, like they were looking for something.
  • He then sighed and gave you a broken smile.
  • "You shouldn't be afraid of who you are and what you fear, Draco. Even if you did bad things, that doesn't make you a bad person."
  • The two of you continued on walking, talking about your families, friends and the world around you. Draco was very sweet and nice person and even if he told you he wasn't you truly believed he was.
  • It was getting darker, you and Draco forgot about the time and stars already appeared in the sky.
  • "I'm really glad I met you." Draco said.
  • Marley sat at his legs, looking up and begging for his attention. "Both of you." Draco added and patted your dog.
  • "The pleasure is ours Mr. Malfoy." You said and he chuckled.
  • "I hope I see you around (y/n)."
  • You nodded slightly. You too, hoped on seeing him again. But there was this feeling that you won't.
  • Again Draco's gaze fell, but this time he wasn't silent.
  • "You are the only one that thinks there is something good in me. I appreciate that, (y/n), really. You are the kindest person I have ever met."
  • That gave you chills. It wasn't the typical compliment one gives you when you first meet him. You smiled at him before you spoke "I'm sure I'm not the only one, Draco. And you really are a good person. I feel...I feel like I've known you for years. And I believe there is more good than evil in you."
  • The street lights went on and there was only you, Draco and Marley. It was like a dream, standing there, looking up at Draco who looked like he was made in heaven.
  • You couldn't believe how someone like him felt so bad about himself. Why couldn't he see what you saw.
  • "There should be more people like you. At least there where I come from. But today, here with you, I felt so much better. Like I'm in another world." Draco spoke.
  • His eyes were telling he was being completely honest to you and you were honored.
  • You took his cold hands in your warm ones and your heart was no longer the center of your body, but in that moment every conscious part of you was in the hand that Draco held.
  • "We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won't do harm - yes, choose a place where you won't do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine." You said, before you let go of his hands, knowing well you will never see him again, even tho every single inch of you hoped that you will.
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He Ain't Heavy (He's My Brother)

Summary: Four Times Ford Shirked His Big Brother Responsibilities and One Time He Stepped Up

For the anon who requested I make a fic based on @vertibird’s wonderful AU idea where Ford gets his shit together a lot earlier, big brother instincts triggered by Stan’s tears. The prompt sorta took on a life of its own, but I hope you like it!

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Sentence Meme || [YA book quotes edition]
  • “You are so beautiful, it hurts sometimes.”
  • “I did want you. I still do. I wish... we could be together."
  • “What the hell kind of therapy are you in?”
  • "You're imagining things, clearly, my stunning beauty has clouded your mind.”
  • “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?”
  • "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”
  • “There's plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.”
  • “I know myself well enough to know how I act around cookies.”
  • “You're impossible, but you're worth it.”
  • “Good Soldiers don't sacrifice the cause for love.”
  • “You gotta learn how to take a compliment, because I'm not going to stop making them.”
  • “I hear your insults and plan to silence them with my victory.”
  • “Nobody else will ever be able to save me if I’m not fighting as hard as I can to save myself.”
  • “Only you could be brave enough to die with me. But I want you to live for me."
  • “Keep in mind that people change, but the past doesn't.”
  • “Being with you never felt wrong. It's the one thing I did right. You're the one thing I did right.”
  • “Killer skirt, deadly legs.”
  • "Last I heard, Homecoming requires a date.”
  • “You make me believe in the impossible”
  • “You are the one girl that made me risk everything for a future worth having.”
  • “We're actors in our lives, pretending to be who we want people to think we are.”
  • “I want to try making things right because picking up the pieces is way better than leaving them the way they are.”
  • “But wishes are only granted in fairy tales.”
  • “The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”
  • “I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”
  • “Boys turns girls into such idiots.”
  • “I'm saying I'm in love with you! I've been in love with you this whole bleeding year!”
  • “Girl scouts didn't teach me what to do with emotionally unstable drunk boys.”
  • “So do you believe in second chances?"
  • “You're delightfully screwy, and I wouldn't have you any other way.”
My History of Science Was Wrong
  • Back when Venus passed between Earth and the Sun, a conversation with a local astronomer got me interested in reading just a little bit about the history of astronomy. I was completely surprised by how reasonable old-timey theories like Aristotle's levity/gravity and a geocentric Earth are--IF you drop your presentist knowledge in favour of the tools that were around at the time.
  • I learned a lot of things from reading just one (long) online comment-thread
  • Part of the understanding is just how crazy our modern cosmology is. Of course none of us question it because there were astronauts on the moon on TV and besides our teachers told us so and they have a higher social position and education than we do. (Bacon) This really hit home for me when I read that some ancient Greek natural-philosophers had measured how fast the Earth would have to spin to validate heliocentricity and concluded the number (~10,000 mph) was ludicrous. It sure feels like I'm standing still and not being blown by a 10,000 mph wind!
  • One ancient natural-philosopher speculated: If only there were some kind of ... ENVELOPE, or SHEATH, that would protect everything from spinning off and keep the air still on the Earth as the Earth whirled at its . Speaking of ad-hoc theories that fail Ockham's Razor....
  • (But wait ... how could they make that calculation if they thought the Earth was Flat because no Colón/Magellan...? I think that's another misconception I'll have to remedy later.)
  • Also interesting is that the concept of relativistic frames shows up in the 14th century. To say whether the celestial sphere or the Earthly sphere is rotating (what the stars can be observed to do at night) ... well, it's all just a matter of perspective, innit? Neither one "is really" rotating, it's just that the "other" is rotating -- considered from wherever "you" are standing.
  • I was also reminded, in imagining the astronomers working with their epicycles to predict -- quantitatively, not necessarily knowing the underlying mechanism -- the motions of the stars and planets, of quantitative finance. Particularly the machine-learning side. We just try to figure out *a* formula that works. If it has lower Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension, great, but all we're really trying to do is predict what will happen or, more often, the risk of X happening. I can imagine future economists looking back on what fools we are, with our neural nets trained on the wrong data and overfitting the wrong functional forms. All for the sake of making a dollar and getting that social approval.
  • Have you ever tried explaining why inertia is right and things all fall at the same speed to a kid? Because things don't all fall at the same speed, and smoke in fact goes up. Not only that, but (if you have chosen to live far enough away from artificial light or regularly venture there at night) the sky is obviously still and even with great precision we can't measure parallax. Not to mention
  • Also -- that whole "Humans have over time come to see themselves as less and less special or privileged in the order of the universe"? Who said that, Sagan? I oughtta put a different book in front of his face before he promulgated all that stuff. The ancients and medievals didn't see humans as special or privileged by the Earth being at the centre of the Universe. They saw us as being at the bottom (which we obviously are. all the Heavens are above us. "up" is defined as the normal to the manifold surface of the Earth) of the natural order. This is totally consistent with the Fallen post-Eden state -- the Earth getting older and decaying, Man living shorter and shorter lifespans and falling deeper into Sin, the great civilisations of the past crumbling and decaying.
  • Anyway, there are way too many informative things said by different people to do "Quote" posts and I want these to be tied together. So I'm using the "Chat" Format instead.
  • if heliocentrism is so blatantly obvious and only the stupid Catholics didn’t get it because of their “blind faith”, why did the Chinese, who were unencumbered by both Aristotle and the Bible, have to wait until the Jesuits – of all people – came, rather than vice versa? It’s funny how all these clamorous indictments against the Catholic Church for holding back science somehow amount to a big insult to non-European civilizations, who didn’t have the evil Church to hold them back and somehow still didn’t make it, despite being given a 1000-year headstart.
  • Don’t forget, heliocentrism had been falsified in good Popperian fashion by the absence of the predicted stellar parallax and the lack of eastward deflection in falling bodies. (Good evidence why Popper is inadequate.) The latter was not empirically settled until the 1790s when Gugliemini dropped weights down the inside of the spiral staircase of the tower of the Univ. of Bologna. The former was apparently settled when Calandrelli observed parallax in a-Lyrae. (“Apparently” because some have contended that he could not have actually observed it. However, it was reported in the literature in 1803.)
  • the Jesuits were half-way convinced. Grienberger was reported to have said that Scheiner was on board and even Clavius was not far from the Copernican system. Then GG had to get into a flame war with Grassi over the comets of 1618, where Grassi had made meticulous telescopic observations and was clearly right on the science while GG had not even bothered to observe them, and so the Jesuits, who had earlier celebrated Galileo, sat on their hands when he went on trial.
  • Galileo declared that the comets of 1618 were emanations in the earth’s atmosphere; whereas the Jesuit astronomers claimed they were bodies in highly eccentric orbits that had come from somewhere beyond the moon. In the Dialogo, Galileo had claimed the ocean tides were sloshing caused by the earth’s rotation and so conclusive proof. But centuries before, Aquinas had written that the tides were caused somehow by the moon.
  • Somebody else pointed out that the Catholics have had the longest-running astronomical observatory in the world. Elsewhere that Aquinas wrote that there are multiple possible interpretations of the Bible and we shouldn't settle on THE official one until we know it's true (however false interpretations can be ruled out)
  • Apparently the future Pope told Galileo in 1611 that the theologians needed a little time to go over his work. He pushed them on the issue and said they needed to reinterpret the Bible based on his work of natural philosophy, That was a no-no because only the Church can interpret the Bible (this is before Martin Luther) and that is in fact where all of their political power comes from. So rather than being anti-science, the Church was forced, politically, into taking GG head on when, for intellectual reasons, they woudl have preferred to continue their centuries-long project of squaring science with religion.
  • (In the discussion it coes clear that science and religion as we think of them today are misleading terms, because science as we understand it didn't exist and neither did religion as we understand it. Natural philosophy, astronomy, geometry, and theology are better terms.
  • here's what the other guy said:
  • The Catholic Church has one of the oldest operating observatories in the world. During the time the Catholic Church was ascendant, Europe experienced one of the greatest scientific booms in world history.
  • The conflict thesis about Galileo and Bruno are basically urban legends that have little connection to what actually happened. It always disappoints atheists when they find out that Galileo was actually kind of a dick, and Bruno wasn't executed in the slightest for his support of heliocentrism, but I try to always attack urban legends whenever they crop up.
  • Geocentricity was not seen to support humanity’s “specialness”. The centre of the universe was the bottom of the universe – everywhere you looked was up. That we occupy the place of least dignity in the universe was a commonplace of classical & medieval poetry. --Andrew Brew
  • "Anachronistically, we tend to think the Church's great problem was negotiating the difference between dogma and emerging science. But the Galileo debate was superimposed on a much older struggle to assimilate Greek thought (Aristotle) w Church teaching." —Jim Harrison
  • "Immutability of the heavens is not & never was prerequisite to geocentricity. Stoics rejected immutability & accepted geo."—@rmathematicus
  • "There is an obsession with suggesting that X was wrong, and that the 'truth' came along and bulldozed all previous lies."—Pete Langman
  • "contrary to popular opinion, Copernicus’ De revolutionibus was not on the Librorum Prohibitorum but only referred there until corrected."
  • "Kepler worried about having his book on the Librorum Prohibitorum but friends pointed out that it became more attractive, forbidden fruit."
  • "All the ban meant was that scholars could not find the book on open shelves but had to apply…duly delivered from the poison cabinet."
  • attributed as a chat
  • presentist ... fuels debate
  • W
  • Jim Harrison: What really ended the debate was not a decision on which system had fewer epicycles and assumptions, but the emergence of a persuasive dynamic explanation. So long as it’s just a matter of geometry, Tycho’s system works as well as a heliocentric system even if you consider the phases of Venus. Once you develop laws of motion and a theory of gravity, however, it becomes pretty hard to think that the itty bitty Earth is lording it over the enormous sun. It seems there was this guy named Newton…
  • Came across a historian of science who is tearing apart the story we were all told about the Catholic Church and Galileo.
  • https: //thonyc.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/but-it-doesn%e2%80%99t-move/
  • A few choice quotes:
  • @rmathematicus: if heliocentrism is so blatantly obvious and only the stupid Catholics didn’t get it because of their “blind faith”, why did the Chinese, who were unencumbered by both Aristotle and the Bible, have to wait until the Jesuits – of all people – came, rather than vice versa? It’s funny how all these clamorous indictments against the Catholic Church for holding back science somehow amount to a big insult to non-European civilizations, who didn’t have the evil Church to hold them back and somehow still didn’t make it, despite being given a 1000-year headstart.
  • @rmathematicus: Don’t forget, heliocentrism had been falsified in good Popperian fashion by the absence of the predicted stellar parallax and the lack of eastward deflection in falling bodies. (Good evidence why Popper is inadequate.) The latter was not empirically settled until the 1790s when Gugliemini dropped weights down the inside of the spiral staircase of the tower of the Univ. of Bologna. The former was apparently settled when Calandrelli observed parallax in a-Lyrae. (“Apparently” because some have contended that he could not have actually observed it. However, it was reported in the literature in 1803.)
  • @rmathematicus: the Jesuits were half-way convinced. Grienberger was reported to have said that Scheiner was on board and even Clavius was not far from the Copernican system. Then GG had to get into a flame war with Grassi over the comets of 1618, where Grassi had made meticulous telescopic observations and was clearly right on the science while GG had not even bothered to observe them, and so the Jesuits, who had earlier celebrated Galileo, sat on their hands when he went on trial.
  • @rmathematics: Galileo declared that the comets of 1618 were emanations in the earth’s atmosphere; whereas the Jesuit astronomers claimed they were bodies in highly eccentric orbits that had come from somewhere beyond the moon. In the Dialogo, Galileo had claimed the ocean tides were sloshing caused by the earth’s rotation and so conclusive proof. But centuries before, Aquinas had written that the tides were caused somehow by the moon.
  • @rmathematicus: Somebody else pointed out that the Catholics have had the longest-running astronomical observatory in the world. Elsewhere that Aquinas wrote that there are multiple possible interpretations of the Bible and we shouldn't settle on THE official one until we know it's true (however false interpretations can be ruled out)
  • @rmathematicus: Apparently the future Pope told Galileo in 1611 that the theologians needed a little time to go over his work. He pushed them on the issue and said they needed to reinterpret the Bible based on his work of natural philosophy, That was a no-no because only the Church can interpret the Bible (this is before Martin Luther) and that is in fact where all of their political power comes from. So rather than being anti-science, the Church was forced, politically, into taking GG head on when, for intellectual reasons, they woudl have preferred to continue their centuries-long project of squaring science with religion.
  • @isomorphisms: (In the discussion it coes clear that science and religion as we think of them today are misleading terms, because science as we understand it didn't exist and neither did religion as we understand it. Natural philosophy, astronomy, geometry, and theology are better terms.
  • here's what the other guy said:
  • The Catholic Church has one of the oldest operating observatories in the world. During the time the Catholic Church was ascendant, Europe experienced one of the greatest scientific booms in world history.
  • The conflict thesis about Galileo and Bruno are basically urban legends that have little connection to what actually happened. It always disappoints atheists when they find out that Galileo was actually kind of a dick, and Bruno wasn't executed in the slightest for his support of heliocentrism, but I try to always attack urban legends whenever they crop up.
  • Andrew Brew: Geocentricity was not seen to support humanity’s “specialness”. The centre of the universe was the bottom of the universe – everywhere you looked was up. That we occupy the place of least dignity in the universe was a commonplace of classical & medieval poetry.
  • Jim Harrison: Anachronistically, we tend to think the Church's great problem was negotiating the difference between dogma and emerging science. But the Galileo debate was superimposed on a much older struggle to assimilate Greek thought (Aristotle) w Church teaching.
  • @rmathematicus: Immutability of the heavens is not & never was prerequisite to geocentricity. The Stoics, for example, rejected immutability & accepted geocentricity.
  • Pete Langman: There is an obsession with suggesting that X was wrong, and that the 'truth' came along and bulldozed all previous lies.
  • "contrary to popular opinion, Copernicus’ De revolutionibus was not on the Librorum Prohibitorum but only referred there until corrected."
  • "Kepler worried about having his book on the Librorum Prohibitorum but friends pointed out that it became more attractive, forbidden fruit."
  • "All the ban meant was that scholars could not find the book on open shelves but had to apply…duly delivered from the poison cabinet."

anonymous asked:

Can you give me some examples of queer-coding with Batman Villains? I didn't actually think there was that much but, do you think it could be damaging to queer fans who interpret these characters as non-straight???

Okay, so DC kind of has a long and problematic history with queerness and batman that it’s only just started straightening (heh) out in the past couple of years with the emergence of characters like Kate Kane, Maggie Sawyer and Renee Montoya as well as allowing Selina Kyle to be bi and Harley and Ivy to be in an open relationship. This is all fine and dandy and I love it but it doesn’t erase the fact that for years - YEARS - it was ALWAYS the villains that were coded with gay stereotypes. 

This is problematic not only because of it’s association of gay/queerness with evil and wrong but also because if you were to headcanon a villain as queer, especially a male one, you run the risk of reinforcing that stereotype (mostly because there are so few LGBT+ HEROES in Batman, especially male ones, but that’s a post for another day.) 

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you could do an angsty Jungkook scenario, like you're G-Dragons little sister and Kookie finds out and gets mad you didn't tell him but it was because you didn't want him to use you to get close to your brother or something ??

They say that it’s hard being a celebrity, but in many ways, it’s just as hard being the sibling of one. You know that better than most people, being the little sister of Kwon Jiyong, also known as G-Dragon. Ever since he became famous, he had done all he could to keep your identity and your mother’s hidden from the public. Despite all his efforts, some fans managed to follow him to his house one day and now more and more people knew where you all lived. Every time people showed up, you and your mother couldn’t leave the house until they had gone. You couldn’t risk people seeing your face. Your mother wanted to have a normal life at work and you wanted to have a normal life at school.

“Y/N! It is I, your successful and handsome big brother!” Jiyong held his arms wide open for you and you jumped right into them. You haven’t seen your brother in nearly two weeks. He ruffles your hair and sets you down. “Did you miss me?”

“Of course. We always miss you when you’re working. How was Hong Kong?”

“It was fun, but now I’m ready to rest. Where’s mom?”

“She’s at work still, duh.”

“Damn, I really wanted some of her soup.”

You punch his chest. “That’s all home is to you? Mom’s soup?”

“Well–”

“Never mind, I don’t want to here it. Go take a nap.”

“Okay, okay. But hey, you’re coming to my show on Saturday, right stylist?” He winked.

You rolled your eyes. “Of course. Do I even have a choice?”

A couple years after the fans found out where you lived, your brother managed to miss his ride to a big event. His attendance was required, so he immediately turned to you asking if you could take him. It was risky, but you knew this event was important to him and he promised you that no one would see your face and you could go home safely. Unfortunately, he couldn’t really promise you that. Reporters recognized him in the passenger’s seat of your car and surrounded you. It all happened so fast. People snapped pictures of the two of you together and took the opportunity to write a juicy story about G-Dragon and his “mystery girl”. Jiyong refused to let your cover be blown and YG didn’t want him involved in a dating scandal, so ever since then, you were known as a new stylist from YG who was simply giving her coworker a ride.

Jiyong was relieved that your identity was still safe, for the most part, but was still angry at himself for letting the paparazzi get your picture. You weren’t all that upset about it, like you thought you would be. In fact, being Big Bang’s new “stylist” had a lot of perks. You got to attend more and more events with your big brother and cheer him on. You even met a lot of celebrities backstage. That was how you met your current boyfriend, Jungkook from BTS. He had no idea what your real relation to Jiyong was. You felt awful for lying to him about something like that, but Jungkook was a G-Dragon fanboy, after all. You fell for him right when you met and you didn’t want him to only date you to get close to Jiyong. You didn’t believe Jungkook was that low of a person, but you couldn’t be sure. Greed could make a person do some awful things. As the two of you got more serious, you knew you would have to tell him eventually, but now you were scared to. He would be furious, and you wouldn’t blame him.

“Who the heck is at the door?” Jiyong annoyedly marched out of his bedroom with an angry pout on his face. Someone knocking on your front door had rudely interrupted his nap.

“It’s okay, I can answer it,” you insisted, “Go back to your napping.”

Jiyong pushed you aside. “No, Y/N. You shouldn’t ever answer the door when I’m here. It could be the paparazzi or some crazy fans.” With that, he stood in front of the door and looked through the the peephole. “Y/N, that looks like Jungkook.”

“What?” You gasped. Jungkook has been in front of your house many times, but has never came inside and never asked to. You didn’t expect he would show up unannounced like this. “Ah, don’t answer it!” You loudly whispered, and he knocked again.

“Then you answer it, Y/N. He’s not gonna go away.”

You sigh. “Go back to your room then and shut the door.”

“No way, I wanna see this guy! I’ll just hide the kitchen.” He hides behind your kitchen cupboards and you hesitantly open the door. You pretend to be surprised upon seeing him.

“Jungkook! What are you doing here?” You chirp.

He stepped in and gave you a kiss on the cheek. “Hey. I have a few hours to myself before work later and I wanted to see you. We barely have had any time together lately.” He rests his hands on your hips and leans down to kiss you. You put your hands on his chest to stop him. How can you kiss your boyfriend with your brother watching? Jungkook looks at you, confused. “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing.” You lie.

“Then give me a kiss.”

You’re blushing hard in embarrassment. Oh, your brother would never let this go. Before you can think of a response, there’s a small crashing sound coming from your kitchen.

“Who’s here?” Jungkook asks. You try to hold him back, but he curiously pokes his head into the kitchen. Your eyes land on Jiyong at the same time.

“Oh, um, hello.” He waved awkwardly while picking up bags of chips off the floor.

Your jaw drops. “Jiyong! What are you doing?”

“I’m sorry, I got hungry while hiding over here.”

Jungkook froze and then stuttered. “Wait– what the– are you?”

“G-Dragon, in the flesh,” he laughed nervously.

Jungkook gulped and bowed to him before turning to you. He had a small smile on his face, but you could tell he was furious. “Y/N, can you please tell me why G-Dragon is in your house?”

You gulp and fiddle with your hands. “Jungkook, the thing is, he’s my big brother.”

His eyes widened and he became speechless. Jiyong clears his throat and pats your shoulder. “I’m just gonna go back to my room, okay? Sorry Jungkook, I need to rest, but it was great to meet you. Be nice to my sister.”

Jungkook nods and bows before your brother leaves. When the door is shut, Jungkook looks at you with a hard expression on his face. “Is this real? Am I imagining things? You guys are fucking siblings?” He hisses.

You bite your lip. “Yes, but don’t be mad, please. I wanted to tell you.”

“Then why didn’t you? I’m your boyfriend!”

“Jungkook, I always knew you were his fan. I didn’t want you to treat me differently because of it, or even…”

“Or even what?” He demands.

“Or use me to get close to him.”

He looks at you in disgust. “Do you really think I’m like that?”

“No! Well, I thought you might be before I knew you well, but now I know you’re not like that. People have used me before so I didn’t know if I could tell you just yet. I wanted you to like me for me.”

His expression softens at your sincerity. “Okay, okay. I guess I can understand why you had to hide it.” You nod. “But I’m not gonna lie, the fact that he’s your brother is seriously cool. Would he– would he be willing to give me his autograph?”

You giggle and nod. “Sure, I could ask him to do that. He wouldn’t mind. Let me go get him.” Jungkook grabs your wrist before you can walk away and you turn back to him. “What is it?”

“Is there anything else that I should know?”

You shake your head. “No, now you know everything. Ah, wait, there’s one more thing.”

He furrows his eyebrows. “What is it?”

You make a gesture for him to come close and you whisper in his ear, “I love you.”

He smiles. “I already knew that, you dork. I love you too.”

anonymous asked:

Sorry if you've been asked this before, and I didn't notice, but I need some help. ;w; Do you happen to have any tips in understanding a character more in depth? Instead of just "oh they're a calm person, so I'll just write them as someone who's chill." I ask you, since your stories seem to really portray your understanding for the characters (which I really admire and love a lot. 'w') Thanks!

Hm how best to answer. Let’s see.

Imagine them as people, who are as complete and fleshed out as you are yourself. You can run through a checklist of things to give you a better feel for them.

What makes them happy/mad/sad/scared/wary/uncertain? Not all of these things are the same for every character. I imagine Nino would be more hesitant about being in front of people than Alya would be.

What things are they confident about? What are their insecurities? What are they defensive about? What are things that someone else could say that would trigger their temper faster than something else would? What do they think is funny? What do they imagine to be mean, unfair, cruel or excessive? Some people are firmer than others and can turn a blind eye to a lot of things while some people cant stand by and watch even the tiniest injustice. 

Discover their lines as people. Every human being has lines that can’t be crossed, a limit. Some people’s are way way farther than others, to the point where they would be classified as ‘pushovers’ but every single person has a limit, even if it’s an extreme one. Determine whether they think more of themselves first or others, and to what degree. This is important because it bridges the subtle gap between selfishness and just looking out for themselves, as well as the line between heroic and reckless. The things people defend and how they defend them, as well as how they react to people seeing or exploiting their insecurities tells a lot about them, as well as how they react to theses things happening to someone they care about. 

Also determine how much, if anything, your character can do without thinking about it. This is a huge narrative tool because having a character clearly drawn out can change how you see them. An example is if I write someone overlooking someone else’s emotions simply because they weren’t paying attention, you as the reader need to know if that is a part of their character. If it isn’t and the person is typically much more attentive, it is a red flag to the reader and the characters motives change. So character A pretended not to know that character B was having a hard time, but they have always been so on it before with noticing the small things and remembering things about their friend, so they did it on PURPOSE. why? 

These conclusions can only be drawn if you set the rules about the character and maintain them, or explain and provide reasons for changes in the rules (ie. Character growth). Okay now that you know what you need, let me tell you how to find it in existing characters.

Now here it depends. Is it a main character? You probably have a lot to work with. You can probably review the material and find the creator’s rules about a character, because in order to write them they need to be in place. In the case of ML, both Adrien’s and Marinette’s ‘rules’ have been carefully and completely fleshed out as they stand now, though they may change (ie. Character Growth) in the future. So all of those details have been thought of, however, they might not have been shown. So though you might be proven wrong in the future as more stuff comes out and what you decided conflicts with the creators predetermined rules (See: Volpina) if you want to write with them you need to fill in the blanks and write the missing rules. Usually certain rules being in place can allow you to infer what other rules may be based on context clues and your general feel for the character based on what you have. However, if you are doing this with existing characters and its a rule without a lot to go on, you might be wrong later on, but thats okay. Because for now you made them feel really real. 

This is best compared to my Nino. I filled in a lot of stuff with Nino. I wrote insecurities, habits, thoughts and his entire emotional process based off of like two episodes and his body language in the background. He’s a side character, so a lot of his rules were left blank because he isnt the main focus so they didnt need to be filled. In order for me to make Nino the main character in my story I had to write the other rules. I paid as much attention as I could to the tiniest details available (how he stands, where he looks when hes talking to people, how much he pays attention) but in the end there wasn’t really a lot. I do run the risk of being completely and utterly wrong, like a Nino centered episode might come out and blow my things out of the water, but in order for us to have stories to enjoy now we have to take and understand that risk. Also as a writer you have the ability to explain your reasons for everything, so you can sort of back yourself up. Like in TWOJ (im referencing my own stuff here sorry if you havent read them all or at all) a lot of Nino’s current actions and things are true to my version of Nino and the things that have changed his character in my stories. I presented him with situations that made him more balanced, wiser, and not so impulsive now that he’s Jade Turtle. This was me developing his character, and it is backed up by my writing if canon comes out to contradict it because I had my reasons, ya feel me? However, if my Nino at the start of WTAS was totally wrong, I don’t have a lot I can say to defend myself, I was just wrong lol. 

Did this make sense? If you need more please send another ask haha

archaeologicals-deactivated2016  asked:

Can I please have more stucky please please please

If the screaming hadn’t woken Steve, the shouting in Russian certainly would have. (Although to be woken up, one must first be asleep, something that was increasingly difficult when Steve knew who was living under his roof now.) He threw open the door to the spare room – Bucky’s room, now – but he wasn’t ready for a fight. Because this had happened before. The sight of Bucky, shivering in a pool of sweat with a dazed expression on his face, wasn’t an uncommon one. They said that normalcy would help him. Being with Steve would help him regain the parts of himself thought to be lost. Yet more than the thin walls of the apartment separated them now, and Steve wondered if this had all been a mistake. If he wasn’t what was best for Bucky now.

Steve hovered in the doorway, not sure if he was welcome or not inside Bucky’s territory. Sometimes he wasn’t entirely himself when he woke; his speech slurred or his expression confused. Sometimes he forgot how to speak English. Sometimes the crushing guilt and regret in his eyes was almost enough to make Steve come undone. “Buck?” Steve asked tentatively.

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anonymous asked:

It's not hard to understand the mistrust between steve and tony though. Tony build an armor and become the iconic hero "iron man", which imho, implies Tony's personality that he didn't trust easily and reveal the true himself and emotions to anyone.

yes and no. that’s a massive oversimplification. 

tony separated his identity from iron man not because of trust issues but because the fact that he is iron man is literally a weakness. he created an alter ego for iron man for pertinent physical reasons such as if anyone knew tony stark was iron man he’d be in a loT of danger because there was a time in comics when he had to recharge his heart in order to stay alive – that would pose a huge risk out on the field and the avengers would probably not be okay with someone who had a heART condition fighting alongside them. but he also believed for the longest time, too, that the avengers preferred iron man over him and that it was simply better for everyone involved if people didn’t know he was iron man. bc why would anyone want tony stark if they could have the brave armored avenger iron man who’s never done anything bad, never built weapons that hurt and killed innocent people??

yes tony has trust issues (much of which is utterly justified considering his history – romantic, professional, etc. with people screwing him over. i mean goddamn a man who’s suffered abuse, attempted murder and several extremely personal betrayals from people he’s cared deeply about or even loved having trust issues??? who would’ve thought), and when it comes to the extreme, he has problems with paranoia and the need to feel in control (not of everything mind you, mainly just himself and his technology). 

‘armor’ is a metaphor for the very essence of tony down to the very simplest, stripped-back core of him. but he’s actually notoriously bad at maintaining those defences. his armor is a protection of an inner self and a physically + figuratively vulnerable heart that cares deeply and unconditionally about everything. his armor is a protection of the weaknesses he knows can be exploited so it is all the more significant when he reaches out to the people he dOEs trust and does let behind his walls.

but out of everyone he knows, he does trust steve the most. (i mean jesus christ he freaking gives steve the shutdown codes for all of the iron man suits he’s ever built.) that’s a double-edged sword though because while he trusts, and believes, in steve more than anyone, he’s almost most afraid of disappointing steve and letting him down.

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  • Ashton: "Why her?" You asked your best friend, Ashton, angrily. "Why did you have to fall in love with the bitchiest popular slut in town?!" You asked, tears streaming down your face. "I never said I loved her." Ashton said with a sigh. "Well then why are you with her? She's going to hurt you Ash! Don't you know that? This is what she does, she plays people like a violin and you can't let her play you too!" You yelled, obviously hurt by his decision to go out with this girl at school, the girl in your math class, the one that has picked on you for years. "Maybe I don't care!" Ashton said. "Maybe I don't give a single shit how she treats me." He elaborated. "Why wouldn't you?" You ask, still completely upset and frustrated because of the entire situation. "Because maybe I just might love someone else." He said looking at you with his eyes welling in tears. "Maybe I love someone who has a boyfriend of her own, someone who I'd do anything for and someone who I have to watch fall out of love with me and into love with another. Maybe, just maybe, that's it."
  • Luke: There he goes, your Luke with his arm wrapped around your life-long enemy. He was yours, your best friend, your one and only, but he obviously didn't feel the same about you. How could he when he was going out with that bitch? She's always hated you, she was always jealous of the things you had, and she always had to take them from you. Why couldn't she leave Luke alone? He was the one thing that mattered. Why couldn't she leave you with the one thing that mattered the most? Hell, you knew why. She had to have him and it was for that very reason, she had to win, and to her, winning meant taking away your only happiness, that happiness being Luke.
  • Michael: She pushed you into the wall and laughed, her bleached hair sticking out everywhere. "You tried taking him from me!" You yelled at her. "He's mine, he's always been mine! Why can't you accept that?" You question. "I've always been there for him and you never have!" She shot back at you. "No, I've always been here. You were always running off with assholes!" You yelled back. "Why come to him now, huh?" You ask. "Jealousy." She answers. "Michael always treated you right. Was it really so wrong to want that for once? Was it really so wrong for me to want a good man?" she asked, trying to get your sympathy, but you weren't buying it. "You two-faced bitch." You said, walking closer to her. "You've caused my Mikey nothing but trouble ever since you've trotted into his life with you Prada bags and heels. Don't you think he's a little tired of cops coming to his door? Don't you think he's tired of defending you? You could've gotten him into a lot of trouble, you put Michael at risk, but you won't be doing that anymore. I won't let you. It's time for you to go." You ended.
  • Calum: You caught her fucking some guy on her couch one night, some guy that wasn't Calum. You weren't surprised, she was a model after all, she could get any guy she wanted and yet she still chose Calum. She had to care for Calum a little bit, right? She made him so happy, you were still dreading the day you had to tell Calum, he loved the whore so much and you didn't know exactly how to break it to him without having it crash his whole world down. She made you miserable though, every day she'd shoot a snide remark your way. She knew you had something against her and she knew that you could reveal her secret to Calum at any time but she still made your life a living hell. Why? Maybe she didn't care about Calum much after all... It was time to tell.

anonymous asked:

This blog is so OOC for Lapis. If this was canon she would squash Jasper. She knows Steven cares for the gems. She didn't know when her gem was cracked. Squashing them WITHOUT a broken gem. (The only reason Steven did not lash out on her) would make Steven hate her. Please do not take this as hate but as a suggestion. Thank you for your time! :3

//I wouldn’t say OOC, but rather I have a different reasoning for the way she acts. Or, a different interpretation.

You take it as if she cares for Steven to the point that she cares about what he wants, but I take it as if her mental state makes her more…well, selfish. She just wants to be free. I had better reasoning on that post but…yanno, I like the words to flow better when I read it.

 None of us is wrong, but before jumping to conclusions, let’s consider this when you say she’d do things for Steven’s best interests and forget the gems and would actually care if Steven hated her. She’s more willing to listen to him, but I wouldn’t say she completely trusts him. Not while he’s still with the CG.

-I headcanon Lapis as trying to pay Steven back for a debt, a.k.a the mirror, not because she actually “cared” for him. My Lapis still likes Steven and they’re still friends, but she considers her freedom to be more of a luck thing and “he’s still a Crystal Gem but he helped me and I guess I could do this.” In the Message, she only addresses to Steven- and that could be a debt repaid. But before you bring up Malachite, I feel as if that wasn’t for Steven at all, and reasoning for that will follow.

-I take Lapis fusing as not for a sacrifice for the Earth or Steven’s sake, but rather that it was the best option for her at the time. She had literally some of the worst choices- go with Jasper, then risk being imprisoned on Homeworld again (Jasper doesn’t seem that trustworthy now, right?), go fuse with her, flood everything and fly away, or get rid of Jasper with her water powers when she was RIGHT BY the ocean and actually help Steven out instead of making a monster of large destruction under the sea. Yeah, it did get him time- but if Lapis did that last option I’d be more convinced for Steven since she just chose the most “free” option out of getting beaten and bubbled by the Crystal Gems (or having to stay with people she does not trust), or imprisoned. 

-If Lapis really did care about Steven and what he wanted, she could’ve taken his offer and took down the ship with him. You could say that she was afraid of enemy backlash, but we’ve all seen how powerful she actually is. Also, Lapis tried to fly away upon the ship crashing, and didn’t really think about Steven at all- just getting away.

-Lapis tried to kill off Steven and Connie and drown them after she found out Steven was a Crystal Gem. She also was a lot colder to Steven upon finding out  he was a part of their team and also wanted to stay with them. So cold…well, cold enough to kill him off if he got in her way. Not…very caring.

-Lastly, Jasper was still a part of the team Lapis wanted to be a part of. Homeworld. Lapis just…well, couldn’t. Lapis also wasn’t trapped by Jasper for thousands of years, and Jasper may have been rough with her, but the Crystal Gems were probably rougher back in the war she actually was a part in (most likely, since Lapis knew who they were.)

- It’s not just a bitter hatred for those three, but for the group they represented because those gems probably killed off her friends, too. The only reason I think Lapis didn’t kill them off when she had a chance in Mirror/Ocean Gem was because she just wanted to focus on getting home, and was still distraught upon finding out Steven wouldn’t come with her- since he was the only person who showed her mercy at the time.

-Even if Steven healed her she flew away when they were on that sPACE ELEVATOR IN SPACE and I still don’t understand that scene she left Steven to fall to his death s eriously who does that I mean she might’ve thought he had his gem powers but they were in spACE and that’s still bothering me.

There’s more, but I think there’s enough there. Of course, I admit to being OOC sometimes; but mostly to be funny once in awhile or back in my earlier posts where she’d kick your butt so hard if you dare hurt Steven. Now, not so much. 

I just don’t want this blog to be “angry bitter lapis” or “sad hopeless lapis” 24/7, and that’s all we really know about her as of now; but I am trying to use that fart joke scene and her smiling back to back up Lapis having the potential to be playful and happy when given the chance. Also, the fact Lapis is willingly taking the time to talk to humans here is OOC to it’s own accord but hey, it’s an askblog.

I still kinda think that Lapis only did those scenes to play along to get Steven to help her out and build trust but? Probably ended up actually having fun near the end. That’s a cynical way to look at it. She’s such a wonderful but flawed, complex character that it’s easy to look at her in different ways and call another person’s idea OOC, but that’s what’s great about her. Unlike the other Homeworld Gems, Lapis had enough screentime for us to guess what was going on.

To be honest, if anything I should be called out for my earlier posts because they’re all “Lapis is in the Steven Protection Squad” before I realized that really…isn’t the case but yeah. Sorry for the long post, but I hope this clears things up.