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inside the magicians s02ep12

“What you are planning is madness!”

I can’t watch cause damn country restrictions but what does that mean? Again, remember this is Ed’s mind, and his hallucinations are what he thinks. His alter ego back then always encouraged him into becoming the man he is now.

But now that Ed has all the possibilities in the world, he’s having doubts?? this is quite interesting! :o

chainlocker  asked:

Many hellos at this late hour! (lol its like 1:30 in the morning for me and I should NOT be writing as this time but whatever) I was wondering if you had any fun/random ideas for possible character meetings that could (potentially?) become romantic relationships. Also btw I love this blog, it's given me so many interesting for my writing 😅

Hi! I’m glad the blog has been able to inspire you 😄

●Here’s a mix and match list:

•Places:
- Carnival or fair
- Zoo
- Aquarium
- Disney
- Amusement park
- Island
- Foreign country
- Restricted area
- Area 51
- A UFO
- A bank
- A beach
- A fancy restaurant
- The mall
- School
- Jail
- Hospital
- Burning building
- Office
- Baseball game
- Another planet
- An intergalactic bar
- Underground tunnels
- A car that neither of them owns
- A bus

•People:
- Police officer
- Criminal
- Patient
- Doctor
- Student
- Employee
- Celebrity
- Coach
- Player
- Explorer
- Inventor
- Scientist
- Diplomat
- Translator
- Tour guide
- Firefighter
- Animal trainer
- Activist
- Old friend
- High school dropout
- Valedictorian
- Pirate
- Robot
- Super hero
- Alien

● Here’s some ideas based of the mix ‘n match:

• Character A is sneaking into Area 51 when they come across a rogue scientist sneaking an alien out and tries to help the duo.

• Character A goes to bail out B from jail. A makes small talk with random stranger C who’s there to bail out D. It turns out what B and D comitted the crime together.

• Character A is attempting to communicate with a group of people who speak a different language. B notices the struggle and helps translate.

• After dying, A is picked up by a reaper. B is the soul the reaper collected prior, and they have to go with the reaper as he makes his rounds.

• Character A and B are both racing their wheelchairs around, not paying attention, and they run into each other.

• Character A and B attempt to rob the same house on the same night, unbeknownst to the other.

• Charcter A, a celebrity, gets stuck in an elevator with B who doesn’t like A. Their time together convinces B otherwise.

• Character A and B get into the same car that doesn’t belong to either of them in an effort to escape their seperate pursuers.

• Character A pays a 30 dollar library fee in pennies to B, the librarian.

• B saves A from being hit by a baseball at the game and offers A the ball.

• A, a lifeguard, saves B from 'drowning’ in five feet of water.

• While hiking, B helps A get down from a high place, like a waterfall.

• (Alternately^) A falls in a pool of water while hiking and B gives them dry clothes.

• A’s dog is impregnated at the dog park. When the puppies are born, A recognizes what the other species may be and suspects a regular at the dog park, B. A confronts B about child support.

•A sneaks aboard a pirate ship. B, the captain, discovers A. In exchange for freedom, A must work on the ship for awhile.

• Recognzing A from their theater class, B, the director of a play, shoves A out on stage when the alternate and the main part doesn’t show. A ends up improvising and creating a more entertaining scene/ wittier lines than B came up with.

• A and B both have really rude dates at a restaurant. They notice each other’s plight because they’re at tables that are right next to each other, and they ditch their dates at the same time. They go on their own date as to not waste the night.

Running with Subtext: Rethinking Korrasami

The case for Korra and Asami becoming girlfriends in 3x10, “Long Live the Earth Queen.”

Written with the help of queertoonqueertoons

Korrasami was censored. We ascertained this fact fairly quickly, given the lack of a kiss between the two women at the show’s end. It’s easy to get frustrated, but there is a distinct reason that there were limits on what could be openly shown in terms of Korrasami: LOK needed to be able to air in countries with heavy restrictions (namely China and Russia, two big/necessary markets) where explicit depiction of a romance between two women could be illegal (especially given LOK’s status as a “kid’s" show).

Knowing there was this inherent constraint…that certain moments/scenes simply could not exist, it is wise for us to look past the presented, explicit narrative and seek the implied. Bryke were restricted in their telling of Korra and Asami’s story. So they did what they could to help us out: they included mountains of subtext.

Thanks to a recent conversation with queertoonqueerstoons, I began to view the airship that Korra and Asami commandeer in the desert as an intentional a symbol in and of itself. The airship may likely have been a conscious effort on Bryke’s part evoke our “shipping” culture, and to suggest to the fandom that their romantic relationship had begun. What we are shown are the two women struggling to build a ship any way they can to escape the Earth Kingdom’s clutches, which in this particular case takes the form of a crew of all men led by a quasi-sexist captain. What does it mean? That this is the moment in time the S.S. Korrasami actually set sail…back in Book 3 Episode 10, Long Live the Earth Queen.

“This ship isn’t going anywhere. And neither are you.”

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anonymous asked:

Are the vampires in your au immortal? If yes, then are the born ones immortal or is every vampire immortal? Also, in many vampire novels, there is some sort of vampire aristocracy and respected families and stuff. Considering Jumin's and V's status in human society, it won't be too unnatural for them to belong to distinguished vampire families. Also, in your au, is there some great vampire head or such?

So… In this AU, no, they’re not immortal but they can live for centuries. Also, it applies to all vampires, though humans turned to vampires have a slightly shorter life-span of a few centuries. Because of that, the RFA are actually pretty young for vampires.

And seeming as it’s in a modern society, they have an outside view of the rich vampires and poor vampires (quite similar to a democracy, but rather than being restricted to country it’s restricted to the vampire race as a whole), though there is aristocratic families and such (so in a way it’s kinda like here in the UK? Ran by parliament but there is a royal family too) and I suppose Jumin’s and V’s families are likely to be fitting of that as you said.

I hope that answers your questions…?

anonymous asked:

Is there a mirror to the video where Josh dressed as Trump? It's country restricted.

I’m not exactly sure. You could try going on YouTube or some other video sharing website and search “Josh Gad Lip Sync Battle.” Those were the key words I used when searching for the video. Other than that, I don’t really know anywhere else to find it, or if there’s a mirror to it. 

Hopefully, that helps!

anonymous asked:

" JJ is online, so it can be viewed from anywhere, including the restricted countries, so that's why they couldn't keep them up." Then why could Torilla keep the photos up if JJ couldn't? Anyone can view her blog regardless of location, just like JJ, but she hasn't taken them down so that argument falls through. Something is going on behind the scenes either way, that's for sure.

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We Lesbians made a mistake in the early seventies: we allowed our lives to be trivialized and reinterpreted by feminists who did not share our culture. The slogan “lesbianism is the practice and feminism is the theory” was a good rallying cry, but it cheated our history. The early writings needed to be reexamined to see why so many of us dedicated ourselves to understanding the homophobia of straight feminists rather than the life-realities of Lesbian women “who were not feminists” (an empty phrase which comes too easily to the lips). Why did we expect and need Lesbians of earlier generations and differing backgrounds to call their struggle by our name? I am afraid of the answer because I shared both worlds and know how respectable feminism made me feel, how less dirty, less ugly, less butch and femme. But the pain and anger at hearing so much of my past judged unacceptable have begun to surface. I believe that Lesbians are a people, that we live as all people do, affected by the economic and social forces of our times. As a people, we have struggled to preserve our people’s ways, the culture of women loving women. In some sense, Lesbians have always opposed the patriarchy; in the past, perhaps most when we looked like men.
—  Joan Nestle, A Restricted Country (1986)
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The Islamic State wanted the West to fear refugees and Muslims. It worked.

“At the same time, groups like the Islamic State seek to win over Muslims not only with violence, but also with propaganda that calls for a Holy War that pits an Islamic caliphate against a Christian West. As WorldViews’ Ishaan Tharoor has noted, this rhetoric has clear similarities with that used by some key Trump supporters. For example, Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, once spoke of the “long history of the Judeo-Christian West struggle against Islam.

Western sympathy and support for refugees from the Muslim world clearly undercuts this idea of a clash of civilizations. The Islamic State knows this. At the height of Europe’s refugee crisis, the group’s propaganda outfits put out a variety of desperate-seeming messages questioning why Muslims would flee from their caliphate. Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, catalogued some of these messages, if you want to read.

“Would You Exchange What Is Better for What Is Less?” is the title of one video directed at Muslim refugees.

In response to this problem, the Islamic State has made clear efforts to disrupt any Western embrace of refugees. It has taken advantage of migrant routes to Europe to transport fighters back to Europe. On a practical level, the tactic helps supporters evade security operations, but it also works on a symbolic level by sowing suspicion about refugees on the continent. At the same time, they have urged their followers in the West to commit violence, with the aim of eliminating the “gray zone” of tolerance and pluralism that still existed in many countries.

By refusing to allow Syrian refugees into the country and restricting access to others from Muslim-majority nations, Trump’s draft executive order would help eliminate the common ground to be found with Muslims. Ominously, the Islamic State predicted this in a 2015 essay in propaganda magazine Dabiq, claiming that attacks in the West would compel “the crusaders to actively destroy the gray zone themselves.””

anonymous asked:

re: aleppo - what should we be doing?

Thank you for asking! The important thing is to support the Syrian people in every way we can think of. That can mean anything from donating money to volunteering and advocacy. There are two areas to consider: Syrian refugees and Syrians within Syria. The governments of the world have already made it clear they’re not prepared to act to address the conflict, so we can’t focus on them as targets except when it comes to policies regarding refugees and maybe some humanitarian measures. I’m not saying that means we shouldn’t also make it clear to our governments that we care about this issue and they can’t just forget about it, or agitate for, e.g., humanitarian air drops, but it’s not where I would place my hopes. The name of the game here, unfortunately, is harm reduction: trying to get Syrians’ medical needs met in-country, create conditions that will allow refugees to settle, heal, and thrive, and provide resources so that when this conflict finally does end, more people will have survived to rebuild, and they’ll have more to work with.

Donation

I’m starting with this because it’s simple and easy if you have the financial means, it doesn’t matter where you are, and it’s really important! As the war has gone on, attention has waned and so has funding. The UN is constantly underfunded in trying to help Syrians, as is almost every other agency, organization, and even ad hoc citizen groups. There are tons of ways to help Syrians who are still in Syria as well as refugees! There’s an excellent list of organizations (with quick descriptions of what they do) here. I endorse all of those, especially SAMS. I’d add: 

  • Molham, which funds individual medical cases as well as highly specific “campaigns” for things like children’s education, providing a meal on Eid al-Adha, childbirth services where hospitals can’t cope, and so on. You can also sponsor specific refugees and refugee families, with an emphasis on orphans, and they have an entire arm focused on education as well. You can see individual cases and their status on the website.
  • The Collateral Repair Project, which supports Syrian refugees in Jordan. A number of my friends and mentors have worked with this organization and raised money for it, and they speak very highly of the organization. I know two people who work full-time for CRP currently and would be happy to put people in touch with them if you want to talk to someone there to allay any concerns or learn more.
  • The Starfish Foundation has evolved out of the ad hoc citizen response to refugees arriving on Lesvos. They do basically whatever needs doing that they can manage to do, which turns out to be quite a lot.
  • The IOCC is an Orthodox Christian aid, relief, and development organization. They work in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, serving refugees (regardless of religion) and also working to relieve the strain on host communities. You can read an article about their work regarding Syria and Syrians here. I especially wanted to add it because Lebanon has a huge number of refugees relative to its own population, and while the major agencies (like many on the list I linked above) do work there, a lot of the time these “where to send your money” lists don’t really seem to remember Lebanon.

As you can see from the list I linked and my supplementary list, you have a huge number of options. All of them are worthwhile; there’s no bad choice. Don’t feel overwhelmed! Whether you want to pick one smaller org that focuses on a cause that speaks to you or donate to a major INGO like Oxfam with a broad range of operations, it’s all helpful. (I personally favor smaller, more community-level groups over something like the UN for complicated political reasons I won’t get into here–I might write a separate post about that later–but at the end of the day a dollar towards Syria is a good thing.)

I don’t know where you specifically live, but it’s also worth simply googling “How can [nationality] help Syrian refugees?” to see if there are lower-profile efforts going on within your own country, like Refugees Welcome in Germany or Welcoming America in the US. You can also try to find out if there are efforts local to you; a friend of mine in the States has donated money, furniture, etc. to a local group that supports refugees being resettled in his city, for example. Church/synagogue/mosque groups, neighborhood associations, and local government can all be a resource. Do some digging! Most of these groups have an active web presence; they want you to find them.

Advocacy

IMO, unless you’re in a position to be advocating at a very high level, the main issues to focus on here are refugees, immigration, and fundraising. If your country restricts immigration in relevant ways, consider getting involved in pushing back–there are almost certainly organizations doing the work already. The National Association of Social Workers is one American example, as is FIRM. More broadly, the Syrian American Council has a constantly updated page of Action Alerts where you can find opportunities to sign petitions, call officials, and add your name to calls for policies like humanitarian air drops.

In Canada, it’s possible to privately sponsor refugee resettlement. That means that alongside the Canadian government, individuals or groups of private citizens can offer their social and financial support to resettling specific refugees, expanding the country’s capacity for resettlement overall. If you’re Canadian, check it out here. If you’re not Canadian, look into whether anyone is pushing for a similar mechanism to be instituted in your country, and see if you can help. As of a few months ago the US was planning to do a pilot program for this (though who knows what’ll happen to it now), and several other countries have expressed interest. This is an area where adding your voice could really make a difference, since private resettlement necessarily relies on a public willing to participate in it. Get involved and spread the word. In the US, the Refugee Council is already partnered with State for the proposed pilot program, so if you’re American their advocacy page is a good place to start.

Look out for any events happening in your city that are designed to support the Syrian people in some way–anything from marches and vigils (see the Syria Calendar for a list of events worldwide) to local groups, neighborhood associations, or similar that may be supporting people resettled to your locale (if applicable). Even international groups may have fundraising events in your city that you can attend, so when you’re on one of those aid websites, check if they have a calendar and then don’t just go to the event but bring some friends.

Speaking of your friends: while “raising awareness” can often be sort of overblown, it doesn’t hurt to try to keep the issue on people’s minds. If you were moved by my earlier post to ask me this question, then someone else might be moved to ask you a similar one based on your conversations, Facebook posts, whatever. The more people we can get even making small one-time donations, the better. Moreover, something I’ve seen over and over again is how painful it is to many Syrians to see the world going about its business while they suffer. They feel abandoned. Joining demonstrations and vigils, talking about it online, and amplifying the voices of Syrian activists, reporters, and advocates at least lets them know that some of us care, no matter what else it can also do. We should just be sure not to have raising awareness be the only thing we do–I’m a firm believer in material over symbolic support.

Volunteering

If you’re able, consider donating your time and skills. This could mean joining a local organization like the type I described at the end of the first section, or volunteering for organizations like the ones listed here, which support resettled refugees newly arrived to the US, or HIAS. If you don’t live in the US, try to find out what the similar organizations in your country and locality might be–the IRC is a decent bet, as they work in many countries.

If there’s no such group in your town, consider starting one! A friend of mine started KAMA DC a few months ago, for example. Look into whether there are local support and advocacy models being practiced elsewhere that could work in your environment; if your local church or similar doesn’t have a relevant initiative, ask them why not. If you can get connected to aid organizations that aren’t local, see if you can set up your own fundraiser for them–at home, at your university, whatever. Some friends and I sold t-shirts for the Collateral Repair Project at the university where we were in grad school last year, for example.

Another option is traveling to Lesvos or Calais (to give two well-known examples) to help. Do not do this if the costs outweigh the benefits. If you’d need to crowdfund your way to Lesvos, for example, consider whether it’d be better to just encourage your friends to donate to the orgs you’d like to help rather than donating to you. Consider whether you have skills that can actually be of help on-site or whether you’d really just be a voluntourist. That said, I personally know some people who have done this with good effect, and are able to bring not only their skills but in-kind donations from their networks at home with them, while raising some awareness in the process. If this is an option for you–and it isn’t for most of us; don’t feel guilty if it’s not–then it’s worth considering. But consider carefully. As you can see, there are a lot of other options where you can support people who are already dedicated and experienced in this work.

Thank you again for asking, and remember: every little bit counts. None of us is going to mend the whole world, but we can pay for someone’s surgery or get someone a couch, and that matters. Everything we can do to reduce suffering is worth doing. Don’t despair–it doesn’t help anyone.

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During a press conference of the spokesman of the East German government, Günter Schabowski, talks about interim regulations concerning the permanent departure and private journeys of East German citizens to foreign countries, leaving the impression that it might be possible for East Germans to travel freely to the West. In fact, it was planned that they still had to apply for exit visa, but the new part was that these visa should be granted in almost any case and not, as before, only in exceptional cases.

The intention of these new regulations was to stop East Germans leaving the GDR via Czechoslovakia, which at the time several hundreds per day did, a development unbearable for both countries. The harsh travel restrictions leaving most people bound to the Eastern Bloc states were a big factor contributing to the popular discontent among the East German citizens.