beyond the reach of the law


03.30.17 🏡🌧🖊

@gradblrchallenge day 25;;

wait are we at the penultimate day of the challenge?? i may just keep going into the days beyond if nobody stops me. this morning at work i ate chia pudding and organized my life, this afternoon i took the bus in the rain from the international center from whence i had a practicum meeting. we had catered mediterranean food. 

accomplishments went to work study, planned my week, contacted the law school and let them know i’m actually going to get one degree at a time (lol), reached out to a potential practicum site for next year, met some folks at this meeting for my current practicum, went to class, worked out for the first time in like a week, ate soup, fell asleep on the couch.. 

upcoming tasks clean the kitchen, probably do some reading, potentially do some practicum things, stay up and bitch about my program with my roommate, maybe a friend might slide thru a little later?

this week felt so long but it’s also already over. 5 weeks until the semester is over and there’s 8 months of work i have yet to do lol what even is higher ed anymore. 

Imagine this

picture it, National City, 2017

four women own a large house where they give refuge to young queer girls who need a place to stay

-Therese Belivet and Carol Aird own the house. they moved there after Carol’s nasty divorce from her husband to get away from him. Carol owns her furniture store and Therese has just gotten a job working to CatCo Worldwide Media as a photographer

-on their way to NC, they meet two women, Regina Mills and Emma Swan, and their son, Henry. they just left a small town in Maine to escape both their troubled pasts and to start a new life. unfortunately, neither of them have jobs lined up, and the apartment they were supposed to rent was taken off the market at the last second. they can only live off of Regina’s inheritance for so long

-Carol immediately invites the family to live with them, Therese is intimidated at first but finds Emma amusing and Carol and Regina get along well. Henry is bright-eyed and he loves Therese’s photographs, likes to tell stories to go along with them.

-Emma is able to get a job with the National City Police Department as a low-ranking cop, but she’s hoping to move up. Regina hasn’t had any luck, but it just gives her more time to spend with Henry

-the house is large, too large, Therese realizes. one day, as she’s running errands between assignments, she sees a girl on the street. she looks lonely, and like she hasn’t eaten in days, and Therese stops and asks her if she’s okay. the girl tries to keep it together, puts on a brave face, but the tears welling in her eyes betray her. Therese takes the girl home and feeds her and gives her new clothes and a warm place to stay

-Maggie Sawyer doesn’t know why she went to a stranger’s house, but it was better than living on the street. her father had thrown her out only weeks prior, and she’d tried to get in touch with an aunt, only to find that her cell phone had been cut off. so, when the nice stranger had invited her in, she followed

-at dinner that night, the four women, the boy, and the teenage girl sit at the table. Maggie is able to open up about what happened – that she had been outed as gay, that her father had thrown her out, that her mother had tried to stop her father, that it hadn’t been enough – and the hearts of everyone at the table melt. they insist that she stay with them for as long as she needs

-as four out, proud, queer women themselves who’d had their share of hardships because of their sexualities, Regina, Carol, Emma, and Therese know they have to do something – something that goes beyond just helping one queer girl in need

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cryptoking  asked:

So from my understanding the universe is expanding like the surface of a balloon. The farther away an object it the faster it is expanding away from us. Is there an equation to calculate this expansion? And it there a point where objects are so far away they travel away from us faster than light so we cannot see them? Third question (this is a lot I know) if the universe is infinite then wouldn't anything be moving infinitely fast dependant on the reference point?

There is an equation, but because it’s derived from Einstein field equations, it’s pretty difficult to understand, even for me. And to answer your second question, yes! There is a certain distance away where galaxies are receding away so fast that their light will never reach us. This is usually defined as the ‘edge’ of the observable universe, because we can’t see anything beyond there.

While this might seem to violate the law that nothing can move faster from light, it actually doesn’t, but it’s a bit sneaky how it gets around it. See, the galaxies themselves aren’t actually moving, it’s just that there’s more space being created between them. So, it would be misleading to say that there are galaxies moving faster than light, never mind infinitely fast. Thanks for asking!

New insight into dark matter halos

Research from the University of Pennsylvania could shed light on the distribution of one of the most mysterious substances in the universe.

In the 1970s, scientists noticed something strange about the motion of galaxies. All the matter at the edge of spiral galaxies was rotating just as fast as material in the inner part of the galaxy. But according to the laws of gravity, objects on the outskirts should be moving slower.

The explanation: A form of matter called dark matter that does not directly interact with light.

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One thing I have always loved about the manga, and love to see Crystal carrying on, is the sheer scope of the universe it portrays.

And what nobody is saying, but Haruka and Michiru are very heavily implying with their tone of reverence, is that the Serenitys were more than just royalty. And I don’t think they mean ‘ray of light’ metaphorically, here. We know that in the future, the power of the ginzuishou fills all of the people of Earth, extending their lives. But it seems the ginzuishou’s scope reached well beyond the Moon in the past, stretching even as far as Pluto. 

But even beyond the ginzuishou’s power itself, Queen Serenity was more or less a goddess, and they speak about her as such. They weren’t just serving a ruler. They were following the will of a goddess.

And that is important to know about the Outers. Because following a queen’s orders ceases to be important after that queen is long dead. But a goddess, even a dead goddess, cannot be crossed. The laws that she created still bind them, even today. They are still tied to their talismans, and their talismans still operate under the conditions that will soon create Saturn, whether they wish to or not. 

And no matter how much the three of them fight to subvert the roles they have been given, not one of them curses Serenity’s name. Because she was their light. Even as she doomed them to darkness.

Unpopular opinion time, I’ve been encouraged. :P

Over the holidays, my family and I watched all the Star Wars movies from Rogue One through TFA. We were having a great time until we got to TFA.

I was surprised how poorly TFA holds up *as a Star Wars film* after watching everything in order from RO to ROTJ. It’s a good action film. But it’s not Star Wars.

It has a lot of things that, when the OT is fresh in your mind, are major retcons and mischaracterizations. It is barely in-universe, which is passable if you haven’t seen the OT in a while, but becomes glaringly obvious after a fresh viewing in sequence. The result is a film that looks and feels like Star Wars but lacks understanding of how the universe works. An uncanny valley of Star Wars.

For instance, we just watched Han yell at Luke in ANH for trying to rush the jump to lightspeed (“traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy”) and then in TFA Han ignores hyperspace safety twice…one could interpret it as getting older and giving less of a fuck but it was downright jarring right after seeing ANH and what a big deal Han made out of it. And this is a major plot device in TFA.

And, after the MASSIVE DEAL the franchise has now made out of securing the plans to the Death Star, the two-minute “planning session” to blow up Starkiller Base feels downright disrespectful to the Rogue One team. It made General Organa look like a terrible leader, approving such a hackneyed plan that wouldn’t have flown in the other movies.

Leia isn’t the only one who suffers from sudden mischaracterization between ROTJ and TFA. By ROTJ, Han is a leader in the Rebellion, apparently even more “in the know” than Leia, and Luke hasn’t changed at all in terms of diving into danger to save his friends. So far, imo, TFA has not provided enough reason for Han to undo all his character development and Luke to literally not be Luke anymore. A lot hangs in the next episode for explanations.

At another level beyond “in-universe” concerns are storytelling style considerations….it was the first time my mother in law has seen TFA, and she jumped to the conclusion that Rey is Luke or Leia’s daughter, like everyone does the first time they see the film. This is a misconception that is cleared up after more viewing and interviews with the cast and director, but based on one viewing of TFA it’s a fair conclusion to reach. Star Wars is supposed to be quickly accessible, without excessive red herrings confusing the audience. There should not be an “expert-novice” distribution of beliefs between viewers about basic information in this franchise.

Rogue One gives me some faith that episode 8 might be more in-universe, the knowledge of “how to be Star Wars” is still there with Disney, but I probably won’t watch TFA in sequence like this again. I like TFA a lot but the direct comparison takes away from it. It has to be its own movie night. We watched it right after ROTJ in one night and…I don’t recommend doing that.

One last thought on this. Don’t hate on fans, especially older fans, who despise TFA. I think TFA can be enjoyed as its own film and new direction of the franchise. That’s my attitude about it. I’m also in the middle of “young” and “old” fans and have that luxury of liking it. For older fans, the ones who talk about how Star Wars came out and they felt understood for the first time, had a community of fans for the first time, and want to love and remember Han, Luke, and Leia as they were, TFA can practically be interpreted as a punch in the face. I see that now. I won’t badger my mom, for instance, into seeing episode 8 if she doesn’t want to. Please be respectful when TFA and the sequel trilogy is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are valid reasons.

Marco Polo sentence starters

season 1, part 1 of 2
episodes 1 through 5
154 starters
feel free to change gender pronouns
content warning: sexual themes, violence

  • “The true sweetness of wine is one flavor.”
  • “What do you wish in return?”
  • “What greater tribute can a man offer than his own flesh and his own blood?”
  • “This will not be forever.”
  • “Don’t do this!”
  • “Don’t leave me here!”
  • “Do not leave me alone again.”
  • “You do not belong here! Stay away from me!”
  • “You have no knowledge of our world. Do not act as if you do.”
  • “Were you frightened earlier?”
  • “I was terrified the first time I left home.”
  • “Do you know how I persevered? Knowing just where home was… and that I could always return to it.”
  • “My only fear is that I might awaken in my bed destined to live a common life once again.”
  • “The blood of an adventurer courses through your veins. I can see this.”
  • “You… are but a lowly… worm.”
  • “Hm. Odd bit of trivia.”
  • “Do you blame me for your current station in life?”
  • “I simply wonder why you kept me.”
  • “They also believe a war can be won without fighting.”
  • “Why must they always speak in riddles?”

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Edgeworth Quotes :)

So I am graduating high school this year and we get to pick a senior quote for the yearbook… I have narrowed it down to these…(๑>ᴗ<๑)

“The truth will always find a way to make itself known. The only thing we can do is to fight with the knowledge we hold and with everything we have. Erasing the paradoxes one by one… It’s never easy… We claw and scratch for every inch. But we will always eventually reach that one single truth. This I promise you.”

“I have no real interest in the perceived worth of other people. As for my own worth, that is something only I can determine for myself.”

“There is no limit to the law. Any limit that exists was set there by man. When a person goes beyond that limit, then the law, too, crosses into new territory! For what reason were laws invented? The answer to that is what I must now show!”

“I object! That was… objectionable!”

“I was hoping to come up with a question while I was objecting, Your Honor… I didn’t.”

“ The prosecution would like to examine the defense’s "hard” evidence before reaching a guilty verdick.“ 

There you have it the genius of Miles Edgeworth

Imagine: being subjected to Loki’s driving “skills”

[ inspired by how Tom imagines Loki would drive ]

Your eyes widened as Loki pressured the gas pedal to speed the car away from the bustle of traffic.  The two of you had been driving out of New York to enjoy some time away from the other Avengers, but now, you had a feeling relaxing was the last thing that would happen.  You chuckled nervously as Loki’s hands tightened on the reinforced steering wheel, causing the internal support to whine as it was slightly shaped to his fingers.  You swallowed at the thought that the steering wheel wasn’t going to be the only part of the car in need of repairs.

“Maybe this was a bad idea…” you mumbled, but Loki shot you a cold glance, before momentarily slamming on the accelerator.  You took in a sharp breath and gripped the black inner lining of the car and your seat.

“Oh no, darling.  This was an absolutely wonderful idea!  You insisted that we drive off, like those insufferable, insolent, incompetent-“ He started yelling over the roar of the car, but his remaining words were lost to you.  The road ahead was clear, hallelujah, and your navigation system signaled that you had no traffic for the next half hour, but at the rate Loki wanted to push the car, you wouldn’t be surprised if you cut that to five minutes… or ended up setting the car on fire.

“Loki, calm the fuck down!”  You screeched, as he took harsh turns on the winding road.  He was relentless in his speed, and you were positive that he was breaking several laws.  You could see him gnashing his teeth, and when the car’s system sent a warning for going far beyond the speed limit, a burst of green light shattered the glass on the center console.  The jostling of the car made you slide across your seat, despite your seatbelt, so you reached your hands to the side to keep yourself from slamming into parts of the car.  One hand gripped the safety handle on your side, while the other latched onto Loki’s arm.  He seemed startled by the contact, as the movement of the car hiccupped with his momentary pressure on the break.  He glanced at you, and when he saw your fearful expression, he gradually slowed down the car, so he could park on the side of the now-silent road.  He turned to you and opened his mouth, but you rested your head on his shoulder and spoke before he could say a word.

“This was a terrible idea… no more driving, you win.”  You conceded with a shaky sigh.  You had already known that Loki had little interest in Midgardian transportation, but you thought he would have been able to handle a three hour drive.  Loki felt guilt bubbling inside, but he was still angered by the damnable contraption and inept Midgardian drivers they had faced closer to New York.

“Good… now we just need to smuggle an Asgardian skiff into Midgard.”  He mused lightly, and you leaned back into your seat and dragged one hand down your face.  You groaned loudly, wishing you could smack him with a goddamn skiff.

“I- Whatever… Just… no more speeding, please.”

mithrilstarlight  asked:

Hey hi me again so I'm me and I have feelings about the details of law and faith practices (both in conjunction and separately) in Westeros and Niamh said you'd know things so could you point me the direction of some good resources on the topics? I know asoiafuniversity has a lot of stuff period, but beyond that idk where to really look. Thanks also you're amazing and I wish I could be half as knowledgable as you are about everything ok bye

Hi! You mean, like … people just generally talking about laws and religion and stuff? Like, more than the “Law and Justice” article on the wiki? Are you looking for something specific? 

@nobodysuspectsthebutterfly has a tag for #westeros laws and customs that might be interesting for you. I’d also recommend reaching out to @racefortheironthrone​, because he knows a lot about this kind of thing. 

You could also look at Google Scholar for some academic articles. I searched for “Westeros law faith of the seven” and I think some interesting articles came up. For example, this article about “The Favor of the Gods” might be interesting, or at least it sounds interesting to me. This article on “The Legalism of House Stark” and maybe some other articles in this journal, if you can find them, would be helpful to you. 

I don’t think I know of anything else, though, besides searching @asoiafuniversity for terms like “legal” or “judicial” or “religion”. Maybe someone else can recommend some other resources?

anonymous asked:

Basically can you explain how is asking permission from an artist going to protect them if the artists isn't suppose to be drawing derivative works anyway? And technically, aren't people who scan partial pages from magazines and fan logs doing something illegal by posting them online? If Japan has such strict copyright laws, why is no one coming after these people?

Hello, Anon! Thank you for waiting. It had been a very tough journey trying to look up relevant articles, I feel like I’m back in university writing up a dissertation! Ahaha, ha, ha….

Before I begin, a mandatory disclaimer is that I’m only a /paralegal/, and I’m not based in the US, and not what would be defined as a Lawyer (with a capital L). So what I’ve done is compiled articles and tried to explain it in basic English; my words should NOT be construed as legal advice. Please get someone qualified to do that instead.

With that out of the way, I’ll put the full text under the cut; but here’s the headings summary of the areas I’ll touch on, in the context of Japanese-media fandom:

  1. Basics of law– criminal vs civil law, jurisdiction, and where Japan’s copyright holders fall
  2. Examples of infringement and actions made by copyrights holders
  3. “If that’s the case, why are people still drawing fanart? Or make fanwork? Everything seems to be illegal though????”
  4. The unwritten rule of creating fanworks– and the importance of non-fanworks-creating fans observing the rule
  5. Answers to anon’s question –the slippery slope of the world of copyright infringement of fanworks

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anonymous asked:

How would you explain the whole "its illegal to contractually closet your singers" thing that antis claim? It's the one thing giving me most doubt about the whole stunt :/

I’m glad someone asked this question because it’s one of the arguments that antis use that infuriates me. This argument is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the law in general and the specific law that they cite. Essentially, someone with no legal training looked at a law, misinterpreted it because they have no context, and then wielded it like a weapon to convince others with no understanding of the law. Now, let’s explore this in detail so that we can understand that this is a bullshit argument.

First, closeting someone in entertainment is not exactly a new phenomenon. Elton John, George Michael, the list goes on and on. And there are recent examples, like George Shelley of Union J. So, if all this closeting is going on and it’s against the law, wouldn’t there be a fuss about it? Or some lawsuits? However, when I google “illegal to closet someone,” the first result I get is this post from @unintentionalarry explaining how morals clauses are what is relevant (go read the post, it’s good). The second result is a Yahoo Answers page, which has no real answers (as is typical for Yahoo Answers, an oxymoron). The third result is about whether it’s illegal to out someone, not closet them. And then the fourth hit is to an anti Tumblr post making this argument. I’ll get to their specific arguments in a moment, but if this were a real law, wouldn’t there be more about it online? Why are the only substantive discussions of this about Larry? Why aren’t there any examples of lawsuits based on this law? The reality is that this is a misinterpretation of a non-discrimination law that has circulated only within the Larry fandom. It has no reach beyond our little corner of Tumblr. That’s because it isn’t a real thing.

The law that antis cite is the UK’s Equality Act passed in 2010. Here’s the link to the full text of the act. Antis argue that the law specifically says that it is illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of sexual orientation. The law also says that you cannot use discriminatory terms or conditions of employment. The antis are right about this – that’s what the act says. The problem is in how that law is applied to this situation, and that’s where antis go awry, likely because they don’t have any legal training and don’t actually understand how laws are actually enforced or how to interpret them. 

I am not a UK attorney, so there may be nuances I don’t quite get, but I am an attorney in a country whose legal system descends from the UK system (the UK and US are both common law countries) and so the basics of interpreting laws and how lawsuits work is the same. The Equality Act is a fairly standard non-discrimination law. Many, many jurisdictions have them, worded almost exactly like this one. So, why is it that antis only point to this one law? I would bet that one person found this law, cited it, and then everyone just kept repeating it, never doing any independent investigation.

So, why does the Equality Act not actually prohibit closeting someone? There are two major issues here: (1) does closeting constitute “discrimination” under the law, and (2) if it does, would this cover Larry’s closet. Just because a law prohibits something in general doesn’t mean that there aren’t details about a specific case that would make that law inapplicable to that particular case. So, is closeting discrimination? I have found no caselaw that discusses this (if anyone knows of any, please let me know), so I have to base my interpretation on the words of the law itself. The law says that a term of employment or a term of a contract cannot “victimise” someone in a protected class based on the characteristic that is protected. So, you can’t decline to hire someone b/c they’re gay or make their terms of employment different. You can’t, for example, make them sit in the corner all the time or make them do extra work or something. But, Harry and Louis aren’t Syco employees or Modest! employees or anyone’s employees really. They’re independent contractors, essentially, who work under contracts.

 So, it’s the contract part of the law that is relevant, not the employment part. This part of the law says, “A term of contract is unenforceable against a person in so far as it constitutes, promotes or provides for treatment of that or another person that is of a description prohibited by this Act.” So, is closeting prohibited by the Act? That word is never used in the Act, of course, so we have to interpret whether the other things listed are the same as closeting. Would telling someone that they can’t mention that they are gay constitute discrimination? I don’t actually think it would. If your boss ordered you not to say that you were gay, it wouldn’t really change the terms of your employment. You’d still have to do the same work in the same conditions as everyone else. I’m not saying that this is morally OK, but I don’t think it’s actually prohibited by the law. 

Also very important is that part of the law that says the contract term would be “unenforceable.” This doesn’t mean it’s illegal. It just means that if the party victimized by that part of the contract wanted to, they could sue to argue that the term is unenforceable against them. There is no one in the British government or legal system out there investigating or policing these things. Only if it were in the interest of the offended party to sue would anything be done about it. People agree to things in contracts all the time that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to win a lawsuit on. They do so because it serves their interest to do so.

So, I don’t think the law actually prohibits, and even if it did, it would require Louis and Harry to actually bring a lawsuit. Which brings us to issue (2), whether the law actually applies to Louis and Harry’s situation. I think that answer is a clear “NO.” First, whether it makes us comfortable or not, they are clearly complicit in their closet. They made the choice, at least at the beginning, to go along with this because they thought it was in their best interests. Even if they changed their minds, they have clearly determined that they are better off riding out the rest of the contract rather than suing. They probably realize, that while they may win on certain issues, they’re going to lose on others and it will cost them a lot of money. Second, even though I have never seen their contracts, I am positive that there is nothing explicit that says they may not reveal their sexuality. At best there is a clause that says they may not date their bandmates, and that is not a basis for a non-discrimination claim (it applies to everyone equally and within-group-dating-status is not a protected characteristic under the law). What it most likely is the contract is a morals clause or another general clause that says that they must go along with whatever PR narrative is developed for them. This is almost certainly broad and vague enough that no court is going to interpret it as unenforceable. (Courts really hate to make contract terms voluntarily agreed to unenforceable. It takes really egregious terms). 

A final consideration here is that non-discrimination laws rarely apply in entertainment circumstances. No one is required to cast a play on a non-discriminatory basis, for example. The requirements of the art essentially carve out an exception to normal non-discrimination laws. If someone wants to put together a band of all straight, white boys, there’s nothing illegal about that.

TL;DR The argument that you can’t legally closet someone is based on a misunderstanding of the law. It is not an argument made anywhere other than the Larry fandom. It is not a real thing.

039; gang!yoongi

“Don’t cry.” (039)

Yoongi comes to wake when he feels a stinging pain in his chest, as if it’s poking right as his lungs as he breathes and it’s so vexing that he can’t scratch it off even after a numbered of inhales and exhales. His face paints into confusion when it contorts as his eyebrows knit together, the lines of his forehead pressed down and wrinkles appear right in the middle of his eyes as he tries to shift about. With minimal effort, he opens his eyes and shit, it feels like he got hit by a train. He’s not too far off with his guess when he looks at his surroundings—he’s at a hospital with that annoying beeping thing that refrains from him to have clear thoughts.

He, however, is clear by the tight grip in his hand by the time he gains more conscious. His jaw is stiff, his joints waiting to be popped and it doesn’t help with the jackhammering against the sides of his brain. Swallowing thickly, Yoongi tries to smoothen his throat and tentatively pops his neck before he sighs heavily. He licks his dry lips and has his attention diverted away when there’s a slight shift from his hand he’s certain he’s not moving. When he tilts his chin down, he gapes at the fingers interlocked with his and your resting head against his thigh. The positon you must be in could have you feeling sore and it doesn’t look pleasant at all.

He slowly reaches out with his other hand, gracing it over your cheek and he’s amazed to how you react to it almost instantaneously. Jolting awake, Yoongi gasps when you snap your back up straight and your hand clenching his as you do so. He remains silent, still not sure why he’s here but he can’t even think about it when the look in your eyes are filled with sorrow, his heart aches.

“H-Hey… you—“

“You’re awake,” Your voice cracks, the amount of tears you’ve held back from last night seems to surface and Yoongi can’t tell apart what’s wrong and what’s right. But at this moment, he can tell that it’s beyond wrong, against the law that you’re looking this devastated. The tears well up in your eyes and soon, they trickle down your cheeks before you can stop yourself. Yoongi is plastered to the mattress, his bed slightly elevated for him to be able to look at you properly but he’s still at a disadvantage. As he tries to reach out for you, you’re already crying and Yoongi’s heart is poached.

“Don’t cry…” He rasps, his hand weak as he rubs the under of your eyes, his thumb trembling as he dabs them away. You frantically reach up for his hand and press it to your skin, your eyes fluttering shut as you relish on the warmth of his palm and Yoongi has never felt so… loved before. He gapes, watching as you shake terribly but you’re still trying to talk.

“Never, ever scare me like that again,” Your voice is hoarse, probably because you’ve been here all night and again, Yoongi has never felt so loved.

“I’m the patient here and I don’t even know what got me here—“one glare piercing through Yoongi’s skull, the halt of your quivering lips and the stern change of aura has him shutting up and shutting down on his snarky comebacks as the silver haired boy nods with a meek tone because really, he knows better than to mess with you when he’s gotten you this emotional in the first place. So, one of the most notorious gang members known at the underground scene is at the mercy of you.

“Yes ma’am.”


Beyond Moore’s Law
Nature Magazine, cover & online feature

I was asked to create an abstract landscape of microchips and circuits for the cover of Nature, and to give it some animated magic for the online component. The article, about Moore’s Law (the principle at technology will decrease in size and increase in efficiency at a steady rate) was very interesting, too. I never thought about how so much information can be packed into microscopic spaces, or how we could ever reach a point when chips don’t get smaller or cheaper. I really enjoyed working on this piece! It’s fun to just focus on the interplay of shapes in space, and animating little sparks is extremely satisfying. 

final words from victims’ families

“Feel the presence and the warmth! Feel it! Feel the Spirit! Feel the awesome power of the Holy Spirit! Feel it! It flows! You don’t have to look at me, but I see that Spirit. I want you to think about that as I forgive you, You are just a body being used! I forgive you! It makes us feel good, I know you don’t understand that. Understand that as you have been judged - know that you have an opportunity to ask for forgiveness. I hear you breathing all the way over here, speak to that spirit inside of you. Know that God will forgive you.”

- Daniel Simmons, Jr son of Rev. Daniel Simmons

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anonymous asked:

Sanvers Prompt: just a cute scene where Maggie is fangirling about how great Alex is as a person and how good at her job she is, etc. and then says "you're my hero". Alex is all struck silent cause she's never really thought of herself as a hero, that was always Kara. (p.s. you're a phenomenal writer and I get super excited whenever I see you've posted something new to read <3 ).

It’s a small dinner, because Alex hadn’t said anything, but she’d seen Alex fidgeting with her hands, pulling the strands at the hem of her Stanford sweater on the plane. She’d felt the deep breaths Alex was taking, seen her biting the inside of her cheek.

So instead of her mother inviting the entire family, Maggie talked them into having dinner, just her and her dad and her mom and her… and Alex, because she’d noticed that Alex was calmer around smaller groups of people. It wasn’t obvious to other people – she was amazing, she was always amazing – but the more eyes on her, the more she did the little things. Like picking at the hem of her sweater, before and after (never during. She was too composed for during).

So Maggie had wrangled her mother down into a small dinner, for tonight at least, until Alex got acclimatized to Blue Springs, Nebraska.

And when her skeptical father puts a familiar lump in Maggie’s throat and asks, while Alex is helping her mother in the kitchen, “And how exactly is this woman better for you than that Tomás fellow who’s been asking after you since you were fifteen?”, Maggie swallows rage and irritation and a lecture about what it means to be a lesbian, damnit.

Because instead, she just starts talking about Alex.

“Pop, Alex is…” She stares at her father’s guarded face – one she knows she inherited – and she sighs and she starts again. “She saved my life. I mean, she’s saved my life so many times, but she… you know, it’s one thing to put yourself in the line of fire – literal fire – “ She chuckles to herself at her own inside joke. “– for your partner in the force, you know? You spend all day with them, you know their family, you… but Alex? It didn’t matter that she barely knew me, it didn’t matter that I wasn’t on her team, that I… She’s brave and she’s tough and she’s gentle, Pop, she – she’s all these contradictions, like, she’s completely devoted to her job but she’ll throw everything away to protect the people she loves, she… she’s a family woman, Pop, you should see the way she dotes on her little sister, she gives up everything for her, even when it hurts her, even when it could literally kill her, and she just…”

Maggie pauses because she’s a detective, and she detects, sees her father’s gaze flitting over her shoulder, and she turns, following his eyes to where Alex is standing in the kitchen doorway with a stack of plates and watery eyes and slightly parted lips.

They just stare at each other for a long moment, and Maggie swallows the lump in her throat, the fear, the exhilaration, in her belly.

“You’re my hero, Alex,” she tells her, voice full of gravel and voice full of hope.

She turns back to her father and she repeats her words, knowing Alex, knowing that Alex will need to hear them again, because her sister is Supergirl for crying out loud and people don’t tell her enough that she is her own damn superhero.

“She’s my hero, Pop, and I’m in love with her. So uh. Yeah, she’s better for me than some man. Better for me than anyone.”

Her father nods slowly and her father continues looking beyond his daughter to the woman he’s beginning to realize will be his daughter-in-law one day. He sighs without sound and he raises his eyebrows like he’s trying to sort something out in his mind, and he reaches forward and he kisses his daughter’s forehead.

“I hope you’re her hero too, Mags. Because you’re certainly mine.”

“Oh, don’t worry, Mr. Sawyer. She is. She is.”

Marlon Brando won the Oscar for Best Actor (THE GODFATHER). He did not accept the award. Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American, was there at the ceremony to reject the award…

The Unfinished Oscar Speech
March 27, 1973

“For 200 years we have said to the Indian people who are fighting for their land, their life, their families and their right to be free: ’‘Lay down your arms, my friends, and then we will remain together. Only if you lay down your arms, my friends, can we then talk of peace and come to an agreement which will be good for you.”

When they laid down their arms, we murdered them. We lied to them. We cheated them out of their lands. We starved them into signing fraudulent agreements that we called treaties which we never kept. We turned them into beggars on a continent that gave life for as long as life can remember. And by any interpretation of history, however twisted, we did not do right. We were not lawful nor were we just in what we did. For them, we do not have to restore these people, we do not have to live up to some agreements, because it is given to us by virtue of our power to attack the rights of others, to take their property, to take their lives when they are trying to defend their land and liberty, and to make their virtues a crime and our own vices virtues.

But there is one thing which is beyond the reach of this perversity and that is the tremendous verdict of history. And history will surely judge us. But do we care? What kind of moral schizophrenia is it that allows us to shout at the top of our national voice for all the world to hear that we live up to our commitment when every page of history and when all the thirsty, starving, humiliating days and nights of the last 100 years in the lives of the American Indian contradict that voice?

It would seem that the respect for principle and the love of one’s neighbor have become dysfunctional in this country of ours, and that all we have done, all that we have succeeded in accomplishing with our power is simply annihilating the hopes of the newborn countries in this world, as well as friends and enemies alike, that we’re not humane, and that we do not live up to our agreements.

Perhaps at this moment you are saying to yourself what the hell has all this got to do with the Academy Awards? Why is this woman standing up here, ruining our evening, invading our lives with things that don’t concern us, and that we don’t care about? Wasting our time and money and intruding in our homes.

I think the answer to those unspoken questions is that the motion picture community has been as responsible as any for degrading the Indian and making a mockery of his character, describing him as savage, hostile and evil. It’s hard enough for children to grow up in this world. When Indian children watch television, and they watch films, and when they see their race depicted as they are in films, their minds become injured in ways we can never know.

Recently there have been a few faltering steps to correct this situation, but too faltering and too few, so I, as a member in this profession, do not feel that I can as a citizen of the United States accept an award here tonight. I think awards in this country at this time are inappropriate to be received or given until the condition of the American Indian is drastically altered. If we are not our brother’s keeper, at least let us not be his executioner.

I would have been here tonight to speak to you directly, but I felt that perhaps I could be of better use if I went to Wounded Knee to help forestall in whatever way I can the establishment of a peace which would be dishonorable as long as the rivers shall run and the grass shall grow.

I would hope that those who are listening would not look upon this as a rude intrusion, but as an earnest effort to focus attention on an issue that might very well determine whether or not this country has the right to say from this point forward we believe in the inalienable rights of all people to remain free and independent on lands that have supported their life beyond living memory.

Thank you for your kindness and your courtesy to Miss Littlefeather. Thank you and good night.“

These words ring so true for all native land that have been colonised, raped, and pillaged by the “civilised man” who surely are the real savages. Africa. Australia. America. India. Palestine.
Years of dignity and time honoured traditions butchered by vulgarity, greed, and power. The paradox of life.

What’s going on in Brazil? #07

As of 03.11.2016


We’ve had elections for mayors and you could say we screwed up pretty bad. Three of our main capitals, São Paulo, Rio and Florianópolis, ended up with, respectively, literally-miniature-Trump (I mean it, the guy was even the host of The Apprentice here), religious-ultraconservative-leader (who did imply once gays come from failed abortions and that women’s role is to be submissive), aaand man who said, and I quote, “I have vomited after smelling The Poor”. And tbh I can’t remember any of the other capitals having got much better people either, but what’s really striking is that there were better options in most of them. Also, a HUGE number of people didn’t vote, even though it’s mandatory, which might have had influence on those results (when I say huge number I mean some of the winning candidates were outnumbered by the blank, annulled and absent votes. Yeah.)

Schools & Government violence

Over a thousand schools and universities were occupied by students these past weeks, in protest against the new government’s projects (austerity measures that seek to freeze spending in health and education and wages for up to 20 years and changing schools curriculum - I might explain this in more detail later if anybody’s interested). They have no support from the media, that is portraying them as invaders and vandals, and therefore low support from the population. Here’s where it gets dirty: after students decided not to follow a court order of repossession in a school last week, a judge ordered police to stop food, water, power and any other family or friends of these students from reaching the school and to use sleep deprivation techniques - yes, that is, by law, a torture method and was commonly used during the dictatorship. I also need to remind everybody: these are students. Most of which aren’t even off-age yet. The most famous of them all is sixteen. The situation is beyond fucked up and that hardly even shows in the paper. Some students in another school were handcuffed and taken to a station the other day, also minors. In other potentially scary related news, a few actors were arrested in São Paulo last week in the middle of a performance that was considered “disrespectful to the State and the Police”. Actors were later released and government is saying they’ll investigate the officers responsible, but, really, the fact that people were pretty violently handcuffed and arrested for making a mock-play of the government scares me to death. 

There’s plenty more happening here, especially regarding laws and politicians, but I feel like these are the most important points now and the easiest to explain. I might write later again about the government projects, but you can hit me up with questions about in the meantime too. Please keep Brazil in your thoughts, again. We’re not having an easy year.


Dolores, William and Logan reach Pariah; Westworld ep. 5 “Contrapasso”

“Pariah is the gateway to ultimate danger and sin in Westworld. The delicious orgy of decadence that awaits you is beyond any indulgence you’ve ever experienced. Travelers beware: There is no law in Pariah and, since it’s filled with soldiers, war is the perpetual state of things. What law are you interested in breaking?”