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I admit it I’ve shedded a few tears since the series ended and reading this comic makes me tear up. Personally, I don’t think it’s the end. For this part of the series, yes it is; but I think the way Mashima wrote the ending, it could go on. Side stories, Spin-offs, sequels, possible revival, I could go on with this. I think the ending was pretty good and I admit it I was tearing up at the scene with Natsu and Lucy. I do think they have feelings for each other; but Lucy isn’t ready for something as a big step like a romantic relationship.

You know, Todd Haberkorn, Natsu’s English Voice Actor made an album about a year ago (can be found on Itunes) and he has a song on the album that always makes me think of Natsu and Lucy called Soaring and the chorus always reminded me of them: “Partners to the end you and I
In this world all around you and…I
Together we’ll discover we’ll find out whats in store
adventures that await us whats out there to explore
a superhero journey we will be…soaring oh so high” 

Thank you Hiro Mashima for an amazing series like Fairy Tail. I’ll be forever a huge fan of the series!

“One Upon A Time, there was a girl and a boy.
Both who came from different periods in time.

They both went through many hardships in life, the boy lost his family in a dragon attack, while the girl lost her best friend.

But they didn’t let that stop them. The boy went forward despite everyone’s doubts and revived his brother while the girl went and saved her newfound friend from an early demise.

Because of their efforts in playing with life, they were both cursed.

However, they didn’t let their curse get in the way of their dreams.

Especially the girl, who’s dream continued to live on, even 100 years after her story!

Her dream touched so many lives and managed to change even the coldest of hearts.Her dream touched the lives of so many others in a different world.

 A world where Magic didn’t exist. 

Her dream helped so many through the best and worst of times.

And the brother of The Boy, took a pretty good brunt of the bad times. 

But the brother of The Boy, like The Girl before him, didn’t let the bad times get him down.

No, he just took a girl he met in a faithful encounter by the hand…….

and with everyone behind them, they ran to the future together.

Their story may have come to an end, but the truth is, The Girl’s dream will never truly die. It’s all thanks to one man that their story was told.”


SasuSaku Month 2017
Day 23: It Was Always You


As with everything else with Sasuke, big steps in their relationship were different. They weren’t marked by big events or over the top romantics, they just happened.

Ino would argue that Sasuke didn’t have a romantic bone in his body, sometimes Sakura was inclined to agree. He wouldn’t sing off key to her at anniversaries, wouldn’t write her poems in calligraphy to send over her work in an ink dove, but Sasuke could be romantic in the ways you’d only find in novels.

So she shouldn’t have been surprised when he proposed to her with the moon reflecting on the lake water on what could have very well been an enchanted forest.

She said Yes because really, there has never been another answer.

“Let’s get married tomorrow.” He said and she didn’t have to be looking into his eyes to know that he was serious, he wouldn’t not be serious about something like that. “There’s a village half a day’s journey from here.”

She had to stop him there, “Shouldn’t we take this slowly, it’s a big step.” On she was a hundred percent sure she wanted to take, one she wanted to be sure he wouldn’t regret.

“We’ve taken everything else slowly, and I know you’ve never asked for anything more than I was ready to give for my benefit.” She could hear his grateful tone of voice, he wasn’t always ready to tie himself to another, for so long he feared that if he let himself love he might lose everything over again. But she could wait, she wanted to tell him.

He shook his head, as if reading her thoughts. “It was always you, always. I’m ready to take this step and the next.”

1 year as miss.sh.c 💫

Opening this account was a big step for me, I still know there are people who find my work with “the same characters” boring and stupid. But, as one my wise and great friend told me, it’s not stupid to draw the same characters again and again.It’s amazing to draw people and characters who inspire you, make you stronger and happy, who changed your life and made you believe you’re not “a loser”. I’m honored and I’m happy to be a part of “The Big Bang Theory” fandom. You all here are awesome, kind, unique and smart. Thanks to this fandom I could find so many friends, I improved or learnt some words in many languages - English, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Philippine, Chinese and more! I remember the time when I was crying because people thought I was weird so they didn’t want to be friends with me. I wish I could say to myself that people I need live far away but at the same time they are so close to me. .
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Specially I want to thank my virtual mom and one of my best friends @rgbcn​ who supported me since the beginning. I just want to say that thanks to you I didn’t give up many times. Thank you so much Regina for helping me with art, with my personal problems, with communicating skills, thanks for making me smile and inspiring me every day. I am blessed to have a friend like you. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I never met you.
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850+ followers, many drawings and so much love and support from all of you. I’m sure it’s just a beginning of a great journey. I will keep drawing fanart because I really love what we all do here. I am happy to be here. Thank you. Camilla.🌙

OH MY GOD!!
So…apparently the Museum trusts me enough now to do a restoration myself.
Not only assisting but myself.
Well under supervision - which means someone experienced will look over my shoulder.
But…this is such a big step and I am just so happy about this!!!

I reached 200 000 followers on Tumblr, this is just so crazy!!
Your support is so amazing, thank you all so much for your love and for supporting me that much!
I can’t wait to share so much more with you in the futur!!

If someone told me that I could reach that number with my DSi and 3DS animation, I would just never believe this at all

But there you are, supporting me all the time, sending me amazing messages everydays, thank you so so so much everyone, This is a big step for me!


10000 merci tout le monde, c’est vraiment incroyable !

Je continuerais a poster pleins d’animations comme à mon habitude :)

Merci tout le monde du fond du cœur 

theguardian.com
Chinese man wins lawsuit against psych hospital that attempted conversion therapy on him
Court in Henan province orders a psychiatric hospital to apologise to man and pay £570 in compensation

A gay man in China has won his lawsuit in which he sued a psychiatric hospital for attempting to perform conversion therapy on him. 

The hospital must issue a public apology to the man (it will be published in local newspapers) and pay him 5,000 yuan, or about $735. 

The man, surnamed Yu, had been forcibly admitted to the institution in 2015 by his wife and relatives and diagnosed with “sexual preference disorder,” court documents show. He was forced to take medicine and receive injections before walking free after 19 days.

China removed homosexuality from its list of recognised mental illnesses more than 15 years ago but stories are rife of families admitting their relatives for conversion therapy.

Gay rights activists say the case marks the first victory against a public psychiatric institution for compulsory therapy against a patient’s will.

China is not the worst place in the world for LGBTQ rights, but it’s also not the best. This is a big step in the right direction. 

Magnetospheres: How Do They Work?

The sun, Earth, and many other planets are surrounded by giant magnetic bubbles.

Space may seem empty, but it’s actually a dynamic place, dominated by invisible forces, including those created by magnetic fields.  Magnetospheres – the areas around planets and stars dominated by their magnetic fields – are found throughout our solar system. They deflect high-energy, charged particles called cosmic rays that are mostly spewed out by the sun, but can also come from interstellar space. Along with atmospheres, they help protect the planets’ surfaces from this harmful radiation.

It’s possible that Earth’s protective magnetosphere was essential for the development of conditions friendly to life, so finding magnetospheres around other planets is a big step toward determining if they could support life.

But not all magnetospheres are created equal – even in our own backyard, not all planets in our solar system have a magnetic field, and the ones we have observed are all surprisingly different.

Earth’s magnetosphere is created by the constantly moving molten metal inside Earth. This invisible “force field” around our planet has an ice cream cone-like shape, with a rounded front and a long, trailing tail that faces away from the sun. The magnetosphere is shaped that way because of the constant pressure from the solar wind and magnetic fields on the sun-facing side.

Earth’s magnetosphere deflects most charged particles away from our planet – but some do become trapped in the magnetic field and create auroras when they rain down into the atmosphere.

We have several missions that study Earth’s magnetosphere – including the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, Van Allen Probes, and Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (also known as THEMIS) – along with a host of other satellites that study other aspects of the sun-Earth connection.

Mercury, with a substantial iron-rich core, has a magnetic field that is only about 1% as strong as Earth’s. It is thought that the planet’s magnetosphere is stifled by the intense solar wind, limiting its strength, although even without this effect, it still would not be as strong as Earth’s. The MESSENGER satellite orbited Mercury from 2011 to 2015, helping us understand our tiny terrestrial neighbor.

After the sun, Jupiter has by far the biggest magnetosphere in our solar system – it stretches about 12 million miles from east to west, almost 15 times the width of the sun. (Earth’s, on the other hand, could easily fit inside the sun.) Jupiter does not have a molten metal core like Earth; instead, its magnetic field is created by a core of compressed liquid metallic hydrogen.

One of Jupiter’s moons, Io, has intense volcanic activity that spews particles into Jupiter’s magnetosphere. These particles create intense radiation belts and the large auroras around Jupiter’s poles.

Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon, also has its own magnetic field and magnetosphere – making it the only moon with one. Its weak field, nestled in Jupiter’s enormous shell, scarcely ruffles the planet’s magnetic field.

Our Juno mission orbits inside the Jovian magnetosphere sending back observations so we can better understand this region. Previous observations have been received from Pioneers 10 and 11, Voyagers 1 and 2, Ulysses, Galileo and Cassini in their flybys and orbits around Jupiter.

Saturn’s moon Enceladus transforms the shape of its magnetosphere. Active geysers on the moon’s south pole eject oxygen and water molecules into the space around the planet. These particles, much like Io’s volcanic emissions at Jupiter, generate the auroras around the planet’s poles. Our Cassini mission studies Saturn’s magnetic field and auroras, as well as its moon Enceladus.

Uranus’ magnetosphere wasn’t discovered until 1986 when data from Voyager 2’s flyby revealed weak, variable radio emissions. Uranus’ magnetic field and rotation axis are out of alignment by 59 degrees, unlike Earth’s, whose magnetic field and rotation axis differ by only 11 degrees. On top of that, the magnetic field axis does not go through the center of the planet, so the strength of the magnetic field varies dramatically across the surface. This misalignment also means that Uranus’ magnetotail – the part of the magnetosphere that trails away from the sun – is twisted into a long corkscrew.

Neptune’s magnetosphere is also tilted from its rotation axis, but only by 47. Just like on Uranus, Neptune’s magnetic field strength varies across the planet. This also means that auroras can be seen away from the planet’s poles – not just at high latitudes, like on Earth, Jupiter and Saturn.

Does Every Planet Have a Magnetosphere?

Neither Venus nor Mars have global magnetic fields, although the interaction of the solar wind with their atmospheres does produce what scientists call an “induced magnetosphere.” Around these planets, the atmosphere deflects the solar wind particles, causing the solar wind’s magnetic field to wrap around the planet in a shape similar to Earth’s magnetosphere.

What About Beyond Our Solar System?

Outside of our solar system, auroras, which indicate the presence of a magnetosphere, have been spotted on brown dwarfs – objects that are bigger than planets but smaller than stars.

There’s also evidence to suggest that some giant exoplanets have magnetospheres. As scientists now believe that Earth’s protective magnetosphere was essential for the development of conditions friendly to life, finding magnetospheres around exoplanets is a big step in finding habitable worlds.  

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tips for high school freshman:

1. i know, i know. this is terrifying. you’re going to be dealing with many huge changes. but change is good. remember that.

2. try not to blend in. i know its easier but you wanna make some friends, right? you probably want to make good relationships with teachers too. stand out. be remembered in the best ways possible.

3. work hard. strive to be the best. stay up late studying, take notes, ask questions, stay after class, do whatever you can to achieve you’re goals. prove to yourself and everyone around you that you are capable of amazing things.

4. participate. speak your thoughts in group discussions. join clubs. play sports. don’t be afraid. you deserve to be noticed and listened to.

5. stay organized. use planners, label everything, color code, make files on your laptop, don’t keep unnecessary tabs open, and make sure you’re not a mess too.

6. try and make friends. i know how difficult its going to be but you’ll need them. talk to the people on your cross country team, talk to the art kids in first period, talk to the weird kid sitting next to you in assembly. just try and make friends. you need people, no matter how much it seems like you don’t. you will not be able to survive this alone.

7. study. make flashcards, copy notes, use quizlet, i dont care just study. your phone can wait an hour or two.

8. make sure your bag is fully stocked. y’know like extra change, deodorant, hand cream, pads, chapstick, etc. you never know what could happen.

9. its okay if you don’t talk to your old friends anymore. you’ll be okay. so will they. but if you ever find yourself needing to talk to someone, don’t hesitate to text them. they will listen.

10. take a warm shower every night. wash your hair twice a week. drink a glass of milk every morning and a glass of water every night. have a cup of tea while studying/doing homework. reward yourself with an episode of your favorite show. self care is important.

11. make sure to read and write daily. prioritize it.

12. don’t be afraid to express yourself. if your school has a strong arts program, use it. paint, sculpt, draw. find inspiration and create.

13. stay focused and don’t stray from your expectations.

14. find ways to stay motivated. decorate your desk, buy cute notebooks, imagine how far you’ll go by doing well in school.

15. mentally make a daily schedule to follow. repetition is comforting. while everything around you is changing faster than you can blink, take comfort in the fact that your morning routine stays the same.

16. school comes first, but try to make time for your friends. both old and new. you deserve to have some fun. but don’t feel bad if you’d rather stay home with a tub of ice-cream and a season of some netflix series.

17. there will be bad days. days when it seems like you can’t get out of bed. days when it seems like stress is the only thing you’re feeling. days when you just want to give up. but you have to fight through it. have a cup of tea. read that old book you love. watch some netflix. take a break. it’ll all be okay.

18. they’ll also be days when you miss your old life with every bone in your body. on these days, text your old friends. maybe schedule to hang out. or maybe look at old pictures and videos and reminece on all the fun times you had together. don’t feel sad for too long. many more joyous memories will be created.

19. time heals everything. when days are gloomy and your heart is a lil heavy, remember that there is nothing that the passage of time cannot fix.

20. try to finish all your homework before dark. open the windows. welcome the fresh air and let the sunlight motivate you.

21. spend time with your family. you only have so much time left with them before college, don’t waste it. put down your phone, and just enjoy their presence. 

22. relativity is everything. i know it seems like one thing is the end of the world, but take a moment to zoom out. you’ll realize that some things are not big as they seem.

23. be fearless. take big steps. this is your time.

—  throughout my freshman year i wrote tips down to help myself. i hope this helps others as well.

I feel like straight people really aren’t aware of how deeply rooted homophobia is in society. Putting gay, or any LGBT+, characters in media is just seen as a political statement. Being gay is seen as a political statement. Our lives, ignoring any other factor, is just seen as “liberal bullshit”. We can barely see ourselves in the media everyone consumes, and that’s just one factor that alienates us from society and even being seen as human. Kids today are growing up learning from what they read and watch, and excluding gay characters is one of the largest reasons for homophobia, both internal and external. The media is supposed to reflect reality; characters are meant to be related to. And when we fail to see ourselves in what is supposed to be a parallel to our lives, we fail to see ourselves as human. How are we supposed to be proud when we’ve been alienated our whole lives? We grow up hearing about the murders of people like us, we are treated as the punchline in sitcoms, we hear people complaining about pandering when a character is revealed as gay. From a young age we are taught we aren’t supposed to be treated like people. We grow up learning to hate ourselves. Straight people may think we make a big deal of seeing gay characters in media, but for some people it’s all they have to feel normal. It’s a big step for us if a character is gay. For the people who have grown up to feel disgusted with their attraction, the people who feel dirty, the people who have been kicked out of their homes or lost friends from just being, sometimes seeing a cool character who is respected by others that happens to be gay is all we have to feel better about ourselves.

Another thing I’d like to talk about with gay characters in the media is the big “coming out” stories. The only reason we need these big reveals for a character to be gay is people believe by default everyone is straight. Why? Because that’s what we are taught is normal. It has to be a surprise to be gay. Straight people really have no idea how bad homophobia is just because they don’t have to deal with it. They don’t have to worry about their parents hating them for their sexuality. Once again on the whole coming out thing, is that it’s seen as some big event. One of the first things my straight friends will ask once I reveal I’m gay is, “Do your parents accept you?”. They’re so damn eager to find out if my parents actually treat me like a human being. I’m extremely lucky to have parents who aren’t homophobic and instead only occasionally innocently insensitive. But others? They’re abused, physically and emotionally. There are kids kicked out of their homes. Sometimes kids are even killed, by their PARENTS, just for being themselves. Coming out may be just a story for straight people, but for us it’s putting our future in our hands. We are testing to see if the people who say they love us are going to keep our word. We are going to see if our dearly beloved friends and family will still see us as people. Coming out can be terrifying, as this can be the step that causes children to lose their loved ones. And it’s not their fault, but they grow to believe that. “If I wasn’t gay, they wouldn’t hate me. I’m wrong,” Is what they believe. The only reason we fucking need pride parades and pride month is to convince ourselves we aren’t monsters. The reason we need to constantly say “Wow i’m so glad to be gay” is to convince ourselves that it’s true. We are just trying to fight off all this internalized hate towards ourselves, and yet straight people still speak over us and our issues, which they are causing.

Basically straight people need to calm the fuck down and shut their mouth and let LGBT+ people see themselves in the media, because you have no idea what an impact that can have on people.

A few years ago, I started doing this thing where I take care of myself from a third-person perspective. It started when I got diagnosed with my neurological condition, as a way to remember and embrace that I had a handicap, and that my life would improve if I observed proper care of it. For example, when I started to get overloaded I taught myself to step outside of the situation and say, “Self, hey, I think we need to get out of here. Remember that you’re sick, and it’s okay that you’re sick. I know you’re still working, and I’m sorry, but it’s time to take us home.” A big step in my life happened when, on one of those days where just nothing worked at all, I just put myself to bed with a book and glass of milk at 4:00 in the afternoon, saying, “We did our best, but I think we need to shut this day down. This is your job right now; I need you to get a lot of rest, because there’s a lot to do tomorrow.” Everything feels so much better when someone understands and accepts what’s up with you, even if it IS you. Even the tough-love aspect through the worst of times that says, “I know this is breaking you down into little pieces, and I’m so, so sorry to do this, but I need you to keep going. I’m going to get us out of this, but in order to that I need you to keep going” makes everything so much easier. 

It’s turned into this major thing in my life. I can already state that this is the most important thing for success in grad school. When you can look at yourself objectively and feel a need to care for that good, hardworking little human as best you can, it makes it easy to put your health and safety first. It’s second nature to celebrate even the smallest victories of that person, because you work so hard to take care of them, and you see that hard work paying off in countless ways. Standing up for yourself if easy when that voice in your head rears up at once, unable to just sit by and let your person get kicked around. It’s hard for me to think, ‘Hey, please don’t say those mean things to me,’ but when I look at the situation from the outside I immediately start going, ‘Woah, buckarooni, you think I am gonna just sit here, let you talk at my human that way? Bouta get my foot in your face is what’s bouta happen, friend.’

This practice has made me more compassionate, more patient, and less tolerant of mistreatment of those around me in any form. The saying, ‘treat others as you treat yourself’ goes a long way when you treat yourself really, really well. I strongly recommend this practice to you student types. Be your own mom/big brother or sister. Or date yourself, be a healthy relationship. Put your own name on the list of people in your support system. 

people still think that dan and phil are going to make a coming out video but what they dont realize is that 2017 is their coming out video

Dan has never put himself out there like that, at least not in a video. Any time he typically brings up sexuality, it is ALWAYS in a liveshow except for his roast and a few small brief comments here and there. His liveshows have like 1/45th the amount of viewers that his videos have

He’s not pandering. He’s more comfortable. He knew what he was doing and he did it with the intention to have it be a thing and not feel like he needs to mention it. In his videos, he doesn’t go into detail about his life and his feelings and his thoughts. If you want detail, go to his liveshows. 

He doesn’t feel like he has to come out. Perhaps he has nothing to come out with. Saying ‘oh yeah I’m kinda attracted to these kinds of people and these kinds and I’m also into people who dress in animal suits but I don’t really feel the label of pan or bi or gay I just feel like Dan’ and then labeling the video COMING OUT or even so much as mentioned the words coming out, people will bitch and complain. 

They’ll bitch and complain that he played it up for views and he’s actually a cishet who wanted a reason to make money off pride but if he made a video that said, 'yeah I’m bi I guess’, it wouldn’t be how he really feels and people would call him out for literally the same exact fucking thing. 

Dan cannot and will never win. No matter what he does or what he says, it will never be good enough for some people or it will be too much for others There will never be a time when everyone is okay with his words and his choices and his feelings. 

But the big fucking picture is that it is no ones business but Dan’s.

It’s not your business. It’s not my business. It’s not his parents business. Hell it’s not even Phil’s business. It’s Dan’s and Dan’s alone. What he decides to share and what he decides to keep quiet is his choice and people have to start fucking respecting that. 

It’s no ones decision whether he comes out or not. It is no ones decision to say what coming out means to Dan. Maybe he doesn’t think that’s coming out. Maybe he does. Who the fuck knows. 

The only person who has that choice is Dan. And he seems pretty fucking happy where he is. He’s so fucking happy considering he was at a point where he was literally on guard constantly about his sexuality and his personal life. Without putting words in his mouth and assuming his own personal experiences, if I had been in Dan’s shoes a few years back, I would not have been a mentally healthy person. 

                     
Just let the boy live. Let him be happy. Let him live his fucking life how he pleases. If you find comfort in what he produces, find comfort. If you don’t find that, don’t turn it on Dan and bitch and complain that his personal beliefs and feelings about himself do not cater to your feelings.               

 Not everything needs to be a fucking fight. You can’t say you support someone in one breath and beg for them to come out and be your big gay icons and put a shit load of pressure on them to be things they don’t want to be and then in another breath bitch that the things you consider to be small steps (which could be big steps to Dan) aren’t good enough.

Just fucking find joy in it. If you don’t, don’t fucking watch. Make your own fucking content then. Find content creators who make that kind of content. Don’t insist someone change their thoughts on their own sexuality because it would benefit you in the long run     

                   
I’m so fucking pissed off and I’m so fucking happy for Dan                        
I want to give him the worlds biggest hug and tell him how happy I am that he is in a better place. 

you guys, if you’ve never gotten into doctor who before, now is the perfect time. they’ve just gotten a new writing team and recast literally every single character on the show. plus, with a female doctor, i’d expect they’d also put in a bit of effort to cater to new audiences.

please, if you’ve never seen the show before or even if you’re an old fan that hasn’t been watching the last few seasons, support this show!!! this is a big step, and long overdue, but if it doesn’t get a good response it will become another exhibit for crusty old men to use and say “see? female characters just don’t sell!”

sigh

ok i need to get it out of my system

@ all of you who gets personally offended by joseph’s cult ending: it’s not that big of a deal, SUPRISE

i know that tumblr can turn literally anything into “hurr durr problematic“ stuff and i’m honestly dissapointed in the community yet again

it shows again that you guys will never be happy with ANYTHING, like you people nitpick every thing that is lovely crafted and turn it into something that it’s honestly not, like?????? the game is ALREADY a big step for lgbtq+ community, you have an opportunity to make a trans protag, you have a canon trans character in the game, as well as a number of diffirent lovely charaters with their own quirks that are for once not fetishised but???? you people start yelling like little babies and writing hate mail to devs because you just don’t like one ending that wasn’t even confirmed to be canon??????????

wtf is wrong with you people?

if you don’t like or don’t want to support game grumps or arin specifically ok but they didn’t develop the game??? the dev team is a small team that consists of a lot of members of the lgbtq+ mind you, and they worked their asses off for you idiots who here whining a week ago because the game failed to launch on it’s destined day

and if you don’t like the ending or the presentation - make your own game??? see how difficult that is maybe???

and @ all of you assholes that pirate the game because “i don’t want to support game grumps hurr durr“: fuck you

i hate swearing but i’m so dissapointed in this fucking community of pissbabies who hate everything that GOD FORBID isn’t 100% perfect in every sense

We Are Young: Chapter 13

Throne of Glass High School AU

Summary: Senior Rowan Whitethorn is new to town. It doesn’t take him long to get use to a new school, make new friends, even join the local hockey team. But it also doesn’t take him long to meet sophomore and figure skater Aelin Galathynius. And it doesn’t take him long to realize one thing; he can’t stand her.

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“Absolutely not.”

“Coach Weylan-”

“We are not changing your routine with just a month before Nationals. No.”

Honestly, that was a pretty tame reaction compared to the one Aelin thought she would get. Weylan hadn’t thrown anything across the ice at least, so that was a plus.

She had expected resistance. She knew she couldn’t just step on the ice, tell her Uncles she was doing a whole new routine for Nationals, and be done with it. She knew her Uncles - Uncle Weylan wasn’t going to have it.

The hard part wasn’t telling them, it was convincing them.

Though she still wouldn’t call getting yelled at an ideal way to stay an early morning practice.

“We have been working on this routine for a year and a half now,” Uncle Weylan continued. His eyes were stern as they pinned Aelin in place. “We have this routine down perfectly. And you want to throw all of that away?!”

Keep reading

Republicans in the Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. The long-awaited plan marks a big step towards achieving one of the Republican party’s major goals.

The Senate proposal is broadly similar to the bill passed by House Republicans last month, with a few notable differences. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been criticized for drafting the bill in secret with just a dozen Republican Senate colleagues, says the proposal — which he calls a discussion draft — will stabilize insurance markets, strengthen Medicaid and cut costs to consumers.

“We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare’s mandates. And policies contained in the discussion draft will repeal the individual mandates so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don’t need or can’t afford,” McConnell said.

The plan gets rid of those mandates. Instead, it entices people to voluntarily buy a policy by offering them tax credits based on age and income to help pay premiums.

CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

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On Bakugou’s Pride

I feel like Bakugou is definitely one of the more complex characters in BnHA, absolutely the one with the biggest personal arc, the typical ‘antagonist who is one of the good guys but also an asshole’.
It’s a trope, I’m sure.
My initial idea was to make a single profile for him, but something like that would quickly become a full length novel because there’s Way Too Much to unpack, so I'ma settle for a Whole Bunch of Smaller (but still Stupidly Long) meta’s.
Starting with: Bakugou’s Pride, and his self-image.
Also, since I’m far from the only person making BnHA analyses, shout-out to @saisai-chan  who has posted just… so much Bakugou meta, and who has been very helpful in inspiring some of these ideas.


Bakugou’s Perfect Origin Story

Let’s start with how stories work in the BnHA universe.
Horikoshi is writing a very self aware story. His universe is a modern one, in which marketing and imagery are important.
You can see it in All Might. This is a man that clearly gets his inspiration from American Silver Age comics. He’s flashy, just all-round GOOD and constantly spouting americanisms. And while he isn’t necessarily 'fake’ in the sense that Yagi’s personality definitely matches, it is also just that: a meticulously crafted image.
It even literally 'pops’ when he’s out of the limelight to reveal his true form.
In this world, heroes are celebrities, as such they project a certain image.
Even the kids know this. People like Kirishima are told that hero-ing is all about the ratings and the entertainment factor.
This is a world in which Stories matter.

 Bakugou knows this.
I truly believe that Bakugou, being the smart sort of fanboy he is, is pretty damn genre-savvy. He’s well aware of the importance of images and stories.
You see, he  had already decided upon his Perfect Origin Story, like, ages ago. From a very young age, he was destined for greatness.
Everyone kept telling him so, of course. He didn’t really have a reason to doubt this.
He’s shown as a kid sporting a bunch of yes-men and admirers. His teachers never seem inclined to curb that boastfulness. Before he arrives in UA, no one ever seems to try to take him down a peg. Like at all.
He can be blowing up Midoriya in a classroom with the teacher still present and no one even attempts to stop him.

This, incidentally, is a pretty unhealthy way to grow up, and it did little to curb the crueler sides of his personality.

But he still wants to be a hero. He wants the money, the fame. He wants to WIN.
Please note that right now, he wants to be a hero for all the wrong reasons. Where Midoriya has this compulsion to help, where Kirishima is looking for courage and some sense of manhood, Bakugou just wants  to be better than everyone else. Because, at this point in his development, he’s very much a selfish asshole.

And he’s determined to do be the best, by also crafting the Best Origin Story.
He’s even made these rules for himself. 'I have to be the only one from this small local school to make it into UA’, 'I have to be always on top, never be helped’.
He’s completely fixated on 'the right back story’ because the fucker is a hero fanboy and he wants to Live the Life like the big heroes do it.

And Deku, bless him, is Constantly Fucking up that Plan.
At least that’s what it must look like in Kacchan’s eyes.

But truth be told, Bakugou’s Perfect Hero Origin Story has been falling apart since the very start of the series.
BnHA may be the story of Midoriya becoming the strongest hero, but it is also very much the story of 'how Bakugou’s self image got smashed into the ground over and over again’.

Once he’s ready to enter UA, his Origin Story is already muddled. 
Instead of the right debut under the right circumstances, he’s Sludge Kid.
Instead of never being helped, being the only on in his class to go to UA, being destined to greatness, he finds himself, literally, a side character, an antagonist even, in Deku’s story.
And I honestly believe that Bakugou, at some point, realizes this. Everyone likes a good underdog story. Part of the reason Bakugou is so angry with Midoriya when he finds out about his quirk, is because he feels Betrayed. Like Midoriya hid his quirk all these years just to have a proper 'rise to power’ story.
It’s a first crack in the perfect façade that Bakugou has created for himself.
Right now, he still believes in his ‘destiny’, but it won’t be for long.


(this is 3.4k words long. I’m sorry)

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