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day 59 of 100 days of productivity
it’s been a long day & i’m so tired but i still have so much to do !!! (this photo is from yesterday) & i have a test everyday this week (end me) also (big surprise all round) i got a top grade a in my english language & a b in english lit (peak)
however i did get promoted at ccf ahhh i’m so happy & then my crush was like ahh yee congrats mate and i was gloWIng

Wanna One Fuckbois

A/N: the @smols-n-tols groupchat is honestly such a great place for dumping ideas and crying over them bc it’s too painful to think about the perfection that is wanna one also some of these lowkey have plot bc those are the more well-thought out ones

warning: mentions of the twiddly twonk, the horizontal tango, the sexy times

Jisung:

  • liSTEN
  • he tries really hard to be a fuckboi™
  • like he wears the right clothing, licks his lips at appropriate time, even has a hoard of girls that follow him around school
  • but he really can’t do it
  • he’s just too soft to reject anyone?
  • and you teased the hell out of him during his “fuckboi phase”
  • he’d rather deal with taxes and stability than see someone cry bc of him
  • “i can’t keep up with these kids” he says as he sips his tea, watching the rest of wanna one fuck around like the fuckbois they are
  • you, who’s sitting across from him, nod along, stealing a sip of his tea after he sets it down

Sungwoon

  • he’s the jock™
  • he’s the goalkeeper and he’s the type to wear his letterman jacket like 24/7
  • he does it mainly out of pride for being on the varsity soccer team, but it’s also due to the fact girls legit swoon over him in his jacket
  • the type to go after cheerleaders, it’s something about short skirts and pom-poms lmao
  • tbh probably got with everyone on the cheer squad + the young coach
  • anyways, you’re the student body president and you dress like a president
  • slacks, dress shirt/blouse, etc.
  • except one day you wore a pencil skirt to school, and now you can’t get sungwoon to leave you alone

Minhyun

  • ice prince™
  • he’s really closed off, and girls find that really attractive 
  • anyways, he pretends to open up to them, tricking them into thinking he likes them so much he’d open up to them
  • and he doesn’t sleep with them or anything, just lots of building of false hope
  • it’ll last a week before he moves onto a new target, but no one tells each other because the stuff he tells the girls are super sensitive and they don’t want to expose him in anyway
  • joke’s on them, all of his “emotional turmoil and trauma” comes from Jonghyun’s mangas
  • anyways, his next target is you and right as he approaches you, you legit just “bye, felicia” and walk away
  • he’s intrigued by you now as he watches your retreating back

Seongwoo

  • so he’s like the perfect example of fuckboi™
  • flaunts his hickeys and scratch marks on his back
  • and his bff is you, the school’s resident hoe™
  • you two compare hickey marks, rank your partners against each other, just typical fuckboi x hoe conversations 
  • anyways, one night over a couple beers you complain about your last partner and how terrible they were
  • and seongwoo just smirks at you and says “ofc, it’s cuz they’re nothing like me”
  • “you’re full of shit, ong”
  • “really? try me?”
  • and tbh y’all are drunk, shit happens
  • which involve you naked in his bed the next morning oOPS

Jaehwan

  • music fuckboi™
  • frontman of the school’s resident rock band 
  • the band’s actually pretty famous and they have the groupies to prove it
  • jaehwan having the most groupies out of the members since his voice will legit send you to hong kong
  • anyways, you’re not a groupie, more like a ticket person for one of the venues they play at
  • and jaehwan tries to flirt with you, “i’m actually the lead singer”
  • “oh really? i like bassists the best” you don’t even look up from the cashbox
  • yeah, he’s pretty much accepted the challenge to show you that even though bassists do it deeper, singers do it louder

Daniel

  • he’s just the brooding ripped fuckboi™
  • the type to be helping sungwoon with soccer practice before spontaneously taking off his shirt
  • probably has a tattoo or two
  • girls scream, boys faint, everyone in between die
  • you: “huh, it’s like -12 degrees. why is his shirt off?”
  • he messes around bc he’s honestly just bored with life 
  • like he doesn’t really want to do anything so might as well fuck people
  • you actually sleep with him one time, but you wake up before he does and leaves
  • and when he wakes up he’s so confused bc ????
  • he leaves people??? it doesn’t work the other way around??
  • so he keeps on sleeping with you until he can wake up before you
  • spoiler: he never does

Jihoon

  • soft fuckboi™
  • these are honestly the woRST
  • bc you think they’re nice and sweet but no, he’s just leading them on
  • he follows a point system: cheerleader = 15 pts, nerd = 2 pts, etc.
  • he accumulates like 200+ pts per month
  • and no one hates him bc he’s still nice to them afterwards???
  • the only person who hates him is you
  • you found his points journal in the hallway once and never looked at him the same
  • but you’ve never told anyone since no one would believe sweet jihoon with the tragic past would do something like that
  • so you’ve kept quiet
  • however, unknowingly to you, you’re worth 200 pts in his book, so you have no clue why he’s suddenly walking you to class and helping you with homework, and jihoon’s deadset on winning his 200 pts

Woojin

  • not neccessarily a fuckboi™, more like a prankster
  • he’s the type to make fun of people over everything
  • also pulls a bunch of pranks 
  • and tbh some people find that attractive
  • “i love guys with a sense of humor”
  • you: “sweetie, he legit vandalized your locker,,,,”
  • them: “i love guys with a sense of humor”
  • anyways, woojin has a habit of teasing you a l o t
  • like, you got a haircut, well there’s something obviously wrong with it
  • new shirt? hideous 
  • tried out for the talent show? absolutely terrible
  • however, he only does this bc there’s something in his head telling him that there’s something about you,,,,and he doesn’t know how to express it unless it’s through mercilessly teasing you 
  • you tbh don’t put up with any of his bullshit, he gets a bruise everytime

Jinyoung

  • the quiet fuckboi™
  • not really like minhyun in the sense he doesn’t really talk to the people that chase after him
  • he kinda just let them do stuff for him
  • math homework? siyeon from third block’s doing it for him
  • history paper? somi from fourth block’s got it
  • you never understood the hype until you find him making out with the girls behind the gym on different occasions 
  • so when the two of you get partnered for a science project, you make it adamantly clear the two of you are never approaching the gym
  • jinyoung just smirks in his seat and observes you, planning his next move

Daehwi

  • tryhard fuckboi™
  • the type to kiss up to the teacher every time they ask a question
  • and everyone in your class swoons over him bc wOW he’s so smart
  • you just roll your eyes from your second class rank position
  • anyways, daewhi has a habit of flirting with people who he finds useful for him
  • the music project? flirted with mina until she agreed to work with him on it
  • he dropped her after he got the A+
  • i guess kinda like jinyoung except he gets people to help him with stuff while jinyoung just happens to have people that want to help him
  • so while in math class one day the teacher announced that there was going to be a project due in a month
  • and for that week daehwi wouldn’t leave you alone

Guanlin

  • foreign exchange fuckboi™
  • “hey, i’m from taiwan”
  • them: “forEIGNER? HOLA?”
  • you: “,,,,,,,,,,,”
  • anyways, he’s the type to play innocent
  • “what is a, what do you call it in your language? a hickey?”
  • you know the noonas/hyungs are about to teach this boy exactly what a hickey is
  • and tbh it works bc if anyone tries to call him out he pulls the foreigner card
  • “i don’t know how this works in your country!”
  • and you actually are fluent in deciphering bullshit so you see through everything
  • plus you’re his host, so you talk to him normally all the time
  • however, it does get kind of weird when he has weird lapses of memory at home and has to ask you, once again, what french kissing was

i am trash,,,,,,,,,,,,,tbh a lot of these ideas came from some of the smols n tols admins especially admin dandan the catman, daehwi, jinyoung, and woojin. ily <3

anonymous asked:

Hello~ can seventeen react to having a new member but she is the same age as dino and they have a crush on her. Sorry if this will make it awkward with the hyung line. You don't have to do it with them if you don't want to. But it's just 3 years :p. Btw me likes your blog very much~

Of course!! This request is fine darling~

SEVENTEEN REACTION TO HAVING A NEW GIRL MEMBER AND DEVELOPING A CRUSH

S. Coups: Would find it a bit weird at first because he has to share a dorm with you and the boys ///// VERY PROTECTIVE AFTER A WHILE

Originally posted by svnteen-idiots

Jeonghan: loves to goof around and make you laugh 24/7 with his cute goofiness // FLIRTY AF

Originally posted by visual-17

Joshua: acts stupid for you /// lowkey very highkey obvious he has a crush

Originally posted by scoup-dumplings

Jun: USES THOSE CHARMS TO WIN YOU OVER /// judges you in a teasing way all the time

Originally posted by theoneandonlylioness

Hoshi: goofy on stage and in front of cameras with you /// kinda shy off cameras

Originally posted by infinitblaq

Wonwoo: hug-able cute hip hop boy that likes to chill with you and listen to music and learn all of your interests type of guy /// highkey likes you but doesn’t openly flirt

Originally posted by jeonheart

Woozi: NEVER SASSY TOWARDS YOU LIKE HE IS TO THE OTHER MEMBERS /// loves to know things about you that no one else does because he likes to put them in songs

Originally posted by camera-seventeen

DK: jokemaster2000 // loves to play around and make you laugh

Originally posted by fyjeonwonwoo

Mingyu: this kid embarrassing af /// would do anything for you

Originally posted by 7teans

The8: really stupid in a cute way /// uses the Foreigner Card ™ a lot with her

Originally posted by mystarsandmoonhao

Seungkwan: kid has no boundaries /// sass in an affectionate way, but rlly sweet

Originally posted by beautifulcarats

Vernon: *realizes he’s catching feelings*

Dino: HAPPY HE CAN HAVE SOMEONE TO RELATE TO (Maknae problems!!) /// hella cute and is the sweetest boy ever to have a crush on you. WOULD BUY YOU FLOWERS

Originally posted by performanceunit

“Mishima said you’d be out here but I wasn’t sure I believed him.” Ryuji said.

Akira only breathed out “fucking snitch” under his breath in response taking another huff of the cigarette dangling in his fingers.

“Wanna talk about it?” He asked.

“No.” Akira was firm in his response and Ryuji knew that he wasn’t going to find out what happened tonight, if ever.

“Alright.” Ryuji answered and sat down next to his friend on the wall.

Leaning back and huffing into his hands at the slight chill. Hawaii was tropical but the humidity seemed to dissolve without the sun and only the chill from wind over the ocean was left.

“I’m not gunna change my mind. I don’t want to talk about it.” His cigarette burnt out and he lit another.

“I know man.”

“Then why are you still here?” Akira looked angry and if Ryuji wasn’t trying to put out as many good vibes as possible he might have flinched at the glare sent his way.

“Cause we’re friends dude. You’re upset and I want to be here for you.” Akira seemed to flinch at the words. He stayed tense as he looked at Ryuji as though he was trying to verify this statement somehow.

Apparently he found what he was looking for and relaxed a bit. “Yeah. Sorry.”

Ryuji shrugged. “Where’d you get those anyway?” He asked, pointing at the pack of Seven Stars crumpled in Akira’s hand.

“Convince store. I don’t think they card foreigners. Or maybe I looked mad enough they wanted me out of the store.” He offered up the packet, “Want one?”

Ryuji scrunched up his nose in a show of distaste, “Nah man. Those things’ll kill ya.”

“If only.” He said a wan smile on his face before taking another long drag from the cancer stick in his hand.

“Don’t… do that man.” Ryuji shutters, weather from the cold or the sentiment Akira isn’t sure, “I can never tell if you’re joking.” He pauses thoughtfully “I mean, you are joking right?”

Akira can’t help but hold his breath. Unsure of how to answer he blows the smoke out, directly at Ryuji.

“Ugh DUDE! That stinks! What the eff!” The punk jumps up coughing and trying to wave the smell off of him. Akira snorts out a short laugh and Ryuji can’t help but think the over-reaction was worth it.

Damihe no Tobira - Sakiyama Tsubasa: Lines/Scripts Sent in by Fans for Him to Say!

Okay… this is one of the worst translations I have given and I apologise for that! I was playing around with it for a few hours at least to try and make it sound the way I wanted it to… But that didn’t end up working so I just left it the way it is ><

This was one of the lines/scripts that was sent in by fans during the first episode of the NicoNico Show: Damihe no Tobira where he was their first MC. I was only able to watch the first half that was free as the channel doesn’t accept foreign credit cards when subscribing, thus I couldn’t watch the full thing *cries* 

I do recommend watching this with headphones as the Dummy Head has 2 different ears and the voice only goes into a specific ear (Left-Left, Right-Right). As of you did it without headphones, it doesn’t work as he’s basically talking into your ear when using headphones XDD

PLEASE DO NOT REPOST ANYWHERE!!!

One more week until V3 release!
I preordered THREE copies of the game but still can’t play it on the day it comes out. THIS IS ULTIMATE B_LLSH_T. OUTRAGEOUS.

Japanese Limited Edition(PSVita)- waiting for shipping. prob get this first.
US/EUR Limited Edition(PSVita)(I HAD to get this too, it comes w different bonus items)- waiting for NIS America to do its thing.
LimitedEdition V3 Collaboration Monokuma engraved PS4 - waiting for shipping. i wanted a PS4 for a while now. V3 comes up w a collab. talk about perfect timing….they DID NOT take foreign credit cards so pre-ordering this was a HUGE hassle….had to ask a relative that has a bank account in Japan. its almost like they dont want my money. TAKE IT!! JUST TAKE IT SPIKECHUNSOFT.

I can still technically play it on the game release date if i DL it, but that will mean ill have FOUR copies of the same game…FOUR. you hear me? FOUR.

and that’s just batsh_t crazy.

Don’t Burn the Coffee - Ch. 1

Originally posted by strawberrie-kookie

It was just going to be one of those days…until Suga walked in.

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3

Word Count: 2,131


I stare at the amber coffee trickling out and away from the cup I had just managed to drop. The lid is still in my hand. I had grabbed the cup by the lid as I switched it from my other hand, and, clearly, it had not been on correctly. A few drops had splashed onto my legs, and I had to hold back a curse when the liquid burned my skin, each droplet like a burning needle. 

I am not clumsy as a rule. However, I do blame the sleep I had last night. The kind where you wake up every hour for no reason and start getting angry, which keeps you up more because you’re stressing about how you’re not sleeping.

I crush the cup beneath my heel and bite my lip, breathing out in an attempt to reel back the anger I felt toward the container (and myself, secretly). Instead of continuing my abuse of the fallen cup, I pick it up and walk back toward the coffee shop, tossing the offending cartridge into one of the city’s overflowing trashcans as I do so.

Hagar’s Wife is the only coffee shop in Manhattan that both has comfortable seating and sells strong coffee that doesn’t taste like tar. It’s where I go when I want to be around people but not go through the trouble of talking to them, which is often. And it’s near work without actually being work.

Currently the place is a bit packed. A group of white girls is arguing in what sounds like French. Korean is my specialty, at least for my job, so I have no idea what they’re saying. It was a college choice my family was confused with, as our heritage is largely Germanic.

I ignore the girls and approach the counter, ordering another cup of coffee, hiding my annoyance that it’s necessary in the first place with an over-polite smile. I slap myself mentally for being fake.

I grab my coffee, carefully this time, and decide to grab the table by the window that just opened up. Removing the lid, I blow gently on the dark fluid, sending the silky smoke away from me. Looking up, I see a familiar face walk in. In fact, I had just written a story about his band for work. I blink. Suga is still there, his hair the greenish shade from Bangtan’s latest look for their newest album. He looks around, either a bit disoriented or completely normal–his poker face is astounding. Either way, I’m frozen, watching as he approaches the counter slowly and looks at the menu. I strain my ears to hear his conversation with the barrista.

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Myanmar: Who are the Rohingya?

Who are the Rohingya?

The Rohingya are often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”.  They are an ethnic group, majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya who live in the Southeast Asian country. The Rohingya speak Rohingya or Ruaingga, a dialect that is distinct to others spoken in Rakhine State and throughout Myanmar. They are not considered one of the country’s 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless. WATCH: The Rohingya - Silent Abuse (45:33) Nearly all of the Rohingya in Myanmar live in the western coastal state of Rakhine and are not allowed to leave without government permission. It is one the poorest states in the country with ghetto-like camps and a lack of basic services and opportunities. Due to ongoing violence and persecution, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to neighbouring countries either by land or boat over the course of many decades.

Where are the Rohingya from?

Muslims have lived in the area now known as Myanmar since as early as the 12th century, according to many historians and Rohingya groups. The Arakan Rohingya National Organisation has said, “Rohingyas have been living in Arakan from time immemorial,” referring to the area now known as Rakhine. During the more than 100 years of British rule (1824-1948), there was a significant amount of migration of labourers to what is now known as Myanmar from today’s India and Bangladesh. Because the British administered Myanmar as a province of India, such migration was considered internal, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The migration of labourers was viewed negatively by the majority of the native population. After independence, the government viewed the migration that took place during British rule as “illegal, and it is on this basis that they refuse citizenship to the majority of Rohingya,” HRW said in a 2000 report .  This has led many Buddhists to consider the Rohingya to be Bengali, rejecting the term Rohingya as a recent invention, created for political reasons.

How and why are they being persecuted? And why aren’t they recognised?

Shortly after Myanmar’s independence from the British in 1948, the Union Citizenship Act was passed, defining which ethnicities could gain citizenship. According to a 2015 report  by the International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School,  the Rohingya were not included. The act, however, did allow those whose families had lived in Myanmar for at least two generations to apply for identity cards. Rohingya were initially given such identification or even citizenship under the generational provision. During this time, several Rohingya also served in parliament.  READ MORE: The faces of Myanmar’s internally displaced After the 1962 military coup in Myanmar, things changed dramatically for the Rohingya. All citizens were required to obtain national registration cards. The Rohingya, however, were only given foreign identity cards, which limited the jobs and educational opportunities they could pursue and obtain. In 1982, a new citizenship law was passed, which effectively rendered the Rohingya stateless. Under the law, Rohingya were again not recognised as one of the country’s 135 ethnic groups. The law established three levels of citizenship. In order to obtain the most basic level (naturalised citizenship), there must be proof that the person’s family lived in Myanmar prior to 1948, as well as fluency in one of the national languages. Many Rohingya lack such paperwork because it was either unavailable or denied to them. As a result of the law, their rights to study, work, travel, marry, practice their religion and access health services have been and continue to be restricted. The Rohingya cannot vote and even if they jump through the citizenship test hoops, they have to identify as “naturalised” as opposed to Rohingya, and limits are placed on them entering certain professions like medicine, law or running for office. Since the 1970s, a number of crackdowns on the Rohingya in Rakhine State have forced hundreds of thousands to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, as well as Malaysia, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. During such crackdowns, refugees have often reported rape, torture, arson and murder by Myanmar security forces. IN PICTURES: Rohingya: Chased from Myanmar, unwelcome in Bangladesh After the killings of nine border police in October 2016, troops started pouring into villages in Rakhine State. The government blamed what it called fighters from an armed Rohingya group. The killings led to a security crackdown on villages where Rohingya lived. During the crackdown, government troops were accused of an array of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killing, rape and arson - allegations the government denied. In November 2016, a UN official accused the government of carrying out “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya. It was not the first time such an accusation has been made. In April 2013, for example, HRW said Myanmar was conducting a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya. The government has consistently denied such accusations. Most recently, Myanmar’s military has imposed a crackdown on the country’s Rohingya population after police posts and an army base were attacked in late August. Residents and activists have described scenes of troops firing indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children. The government, however, has said nearly 100 people were killed after armed men from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) launched a raid on police outposts in the region. Since the violence erupted, rights groups have documented fires burning in at least 10 areas of Myanmar’s Rakhine State. More than 300,000 people have fled the violence, with thousands trapped in a no-man’s land between the two countries, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).  The UN has also said that hundreds of civilians who have tried to enter Bangladesh have been pushed back by patrols. Many have also been detained and forcibly returned to Myanmar. 

How many Rohingya have fled Myanmar and where have they gone?

Since the late 1970s, nearly one million Rohingya have fled Myanmar due to widespread persecution. According to the most recently available data from the United Nations in May, more than 168,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since 2012. Following violence that broke out last year, more than 87,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from October 2016 to July 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration.  WATCH: Fresh violence forces 18,000 Rohingya to cross into Bangladesh (2:40) Many Rohingya also risked their lives trying to get to Malaysia by boat across the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Between 2012 and 2015, more than 112,000 made the dangerous journey. Prior to the violence that began in August, the UN estimated that there are as many as 420,000 Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia. Additionally, it said there were around 120,000 internally displaced Rohingya. Since the violence in Myanmar’s northwest began, more than 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, UNHCR said. It added that more than 1,000 people, mostly Rohingya, may have been killed in Myanmar. 

What do Aung San Suu Kyi and the Myanmar government say about the Rohingya?

State Chancellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the de facto leader of Myanmar, has refused to really discuss the plight of the Rohingya. Aung San Suu Kyi and her government do not recognise the Rohingya as an ethnic group and have blamed violence in Rakhine, and subsequent military crackdowns, on those they call “terrorists”. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate does not have control over the military but has been criticised for her failure to condemn indiscriminate force used by troops, as well as to stand up for the rights of the more than one million Rohingya in Myanmar. OPINION: Aung San Suu Kyi’s inexcusable silence The government has also repeatedly rejected accusations of abuses. In February 2017, the UN published a report that found that government troops “very likely” committed crimes against humanity since renewed military crackdowns began in October 2016. At the time, the government did not directly address the findings of the report and said it had the “the right to defend the country by lawful means” against “increasing terrorist activities”, adding that a domestic investigation was enough. In April, however, Aung San Suu Kyi said in a rare interview with the BBC that the phrase “ethnic cleansing” was “too strong” a term to describe the situation in Rakhine. “I don’t think there is ethnic cleansing going on,” she said. “I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening.” WATCH: Will Myanmar heed advocacy for Rohingya rights? (24:35) In September 2016, Aung San Suu Kyi entrusted former UN chief Kofi Annan with finding ways to heal the long-standing divisions in the region. While many welcomed the commission and its findings, which were released this August, Azeem Ibrahim, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy,  argued it was just a way  for Aung San Suu Kyi to “pacify the global public opinion and try to demonstrate to the international community that she is doing what she can to resolve the issue”. Annan was not given the mandate to investigate specific cases of human rights abuses, but rather one for long-term economic development, education and healthcare. When setting up the commission, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government said it would abide by its findings. The commission urged the government to end the highly militarised crackdown on neighbourhoods where Rohingya live, as well as scrap restrictions on movement and citizenship. Following the release of the August report, the government welcomed the commission’s recommendations and said it would give the report “full consideration with the view to carrying out the recommendations to the fullest extent … in line with the situation on the ground”.  On the latest round of violence, Aung San Suu Kyi condemned a “huge iceberg of misinformation” on the crisis, without mentioning the Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh.  The government has often restricted access to northern Rakhine States for journalists and aid workers. Aung San Suu Kyi’s office has also accused aid groups of helping those it considers to be “terrorists”. OPINION: Myanmar needs to get serious about peace In January, Yanghee Lee, a UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said she was denied access to certain parts of Rakhine and was only allowed to speak to Rohingya who had been pre-approved by the government.  The country has also denied visas to members of a UN probe investigating the violence and alleged abuses in Rakhine.

What does Bangladesh say about the Rohingya?

There are nearly half a million Rohingya refugees living in mostly makeshift camps in Bangladesh. The majority remain unregistered. Bangladesh considers most of those who have crossed its borders and are living outside of camps as having “illegally infiltrated” the country. Bangladesh has often tried to prevent Rohingya refugees from crossing its border.  OPINION: Regional actors should take a stand against Myanmar In late January, the country resurrected a plan to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to a remote island that is prone to flooding and has also been called “uninhabitable” by rights groups. Under the plan, which was originally introduced in 2015, authorities would move undocumented Myanmar nationals to Thengar Char in the Bay of Bengal. Rights groups have decried the proposal, saying the island completely floods during monsoon season. The UN also called the forced relocation “very complex and controversial”. Most recently, Bangladesh’s foreign minister labelled the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar “a genocide”. The country’s National Commission for Human Rights also said it was considering “pressing for a trial against Myanmar, and against the Myanmar army at an international tribunal” on charges of genocide. 

What does the international community say about the Rohingya?

The international community has labelled the Rohingya the “most persecuted minority in the world”. The UN, as well as several rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have consistently decried the treatment of the Rohingya by Myanmar and neighbouring countries. The UN has said that it is “very likely” that the military committed grave human rights abuses in Rakhine that may amount to war crimes, allegations the government denies. OPINION: Only international pressure can save Rohingya now In March, the UN adopted a resolution to set up an independent, international mission to investigate the alleged abuses. It stopped short of calling for a Commission of Inquiry, the UN’s highest level of investigation. The UN investigators must provide a verbal update in September and a full report next year on their findings. Rights groups have criticised the government’s reluctance to accept the UN investigators. Human Rights Watch warned that Myanmar’s government risked getting bracketed with “pariah states” like North Korea and Syria if it did not allow the UN to investigate alleged crimes. READ MORE: Myanmar - UN probe ‘can only aggravate’ Rakhine tension In response to the latest round of violence, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the risk of ethnic cleansing, calling on Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s security forces to end the violence. In early September, Guterres also warned of a looming “humanitarian catastrophe” if the violence does not end.  UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein urged Myanmar to end its “brutal security operation” against the Rohingya in Rakhine, calling it a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.  Both UN officials said they completely supported the findings of the advisory commission, led by Kofi Annan, and urged the government to fulfil its recommendations. OPINION: The Rohingya crisis and the role of the OIC

What is the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army?

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), formerly known as the al-Yaqeen Faith Movement, released a statement under its new name in March 2017, saying it was obligated to “defend, salvage and protect [the] Rohingya community”. The group said it would do so “with our best capacities as we have the legitimate right under international law to defend ourselves in line with the principle of self defence”. The group is considered a “terrorist” organisation by the Myanmar government.  In its March statement, the ARSA added that it does “not associate with any terrorist group across the world” and does “not commit any form of terrorism against any civilian[s] regardless of their religious and ethnic origin”. The statement also said: “We […] declare loud and clear that our defensive attacks have only been aimed at the oppressive Burmese regime in accordance with international norms and principles until our demands are fulfilled.” The group has claimed responsibility for an attack on police posts and an army base in Rakhine State. According to the government nearly 400 people were killed, the majority of whom were members of the ARSA. Rights groups, however, say hundreds of civilians have been killed by security forces.  Rights group Fortify Rights said it has documented that fighters with the ARSA “are also accused of killing civilians - suspected government 'informants’ - in recent days and months, as well as preventing men and boys from flee Maungdaw Township”.  On September 9, the group declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire in Rakhine to enable aid groups to address the humanitarian crisis in the area.  “ARSA strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period,” the group said in a statement, adding that it calls on Myanmar’s military to also temporarily lay down arms.  According to the International Crisis group, the ARSA has ties to Rohingya living in Saudi Arabia. The Myanmar government formally categorised the group as a “terrorist” organisation on August 25.
Let’s talk about Foreign Card Types


I’ve played a lot of Collectible Card Games over the years. Some I’ve only poked at, some I’ve played seriously, and some have consumed my life and warped my very being around them. Many of them have taken lessons from Magic, some more obviously than others, and many of them are off in their own direction. While each card game has its own unique traits, and I’m certainly not going to get into deep pros and cons, one thing that guides gameplay in different directions even among similar rulesets is card types. In Magic, we have eight vintage legal card types (one of which does nothing and two sets of which are mechanically very similar), and six card types for supplemental products.

Today, I’m going to take some time to look at some card types from other games I’ve played that are either unused or underused in Magic: the Gathering and talk about how they might be successfully implemented. We’ll get right into it after the break.

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Tips for Teachers

Well, for anyone coming to live in Korea, really.

I’m trying something new on my blog, everyone! Since it’s getting towards that time when new NETs (native English teachers) will be packing up to leave home and start a new adventure in Korea, I thought I would do a series of posts about what one can expect from life here. Please consider sharing this blog with anyone you know who is planning to move to the beautiful Land of the Morning Calm. 

Today, I want to give you all some packing tips. (Keep in mind, these are from a woman’s perspective, but men, I’m sure some of this applies to you.)

  1. Deodorant. It is very hard to find stick deodorant in Korea, and when you do, it’s imported, and therefore expensive.
  2. Reese’s. If you’re craving any sort of Reese’s product aside from the Nutrageous, you’re out of luck.
  3. Pantyhose. Women (or men who are into that), if you’re larger than the average Korean woman, it is going to be tough to find pantyhose that fit you, and many women wear them to work here, so be prepared.
  4. Underwear. Granny panties abound in Korea, and I /think/ briefs are far easier to find than boxers (not my area of expertise). Unless you want to schlep to Forever 21 and pay far more than you would for a 10-pack at your local Walmart, bring undergarments with. 
  5. BRAS. Girls, if you’re above a B cup, you need to bring a good supply of bras. Pack extras. Save them. Slowly rotate them into use. PRESERVE THEM.
  6. Cold medicine. I survive on Dayquil and Nyquil when I’m sick and, in my opinion at least, Korean non-prescription meds just don’t measure up.  
  7. Birth control. Ladies, it ain’t free here (it usually runs about 20,000 won a month) and there’s not much variety for pill-form. Estrogen-free is nonexistent. Check with your doctor and insurance company to figure out if you can get a large supply before you come.  
  8. Tampons. Most Korean women don’t use them, so they can be tough to find in stores.
  9. Vanilla extract. Costco apparently sells it, but I am not about to buy a membership just for that.
  10. Dark chocolate. Really, any chocolate that tastes like real food. Korea is not great at chocolate.
  11. Cake/cupcake mix. The cake you can buy at a bakery is more often than not dry and dense and not very good. (Just be prepared to bake it in what is essentially a toaster oven. You probably won’t have a full-sized one.)
  12. Speaking of full-sized: A nice, full-sized bath towel. Koreans tend to use smaller towels. If you’re the type of person who likes to have a massive, fluffy one, you’ll be hard pressed to find it here, and the ones I’ve seen are of pretty shabby quality.  
  13. Specialty toothpastes. Sensodyne exists, supposedly, but I’ve never seen it for sale. Teeth-whitening varieties? Forget it. Listerine, however, is widely available! 
  14. Specialty hair products. What? Your hair isn’t thin and straight and of the typical Asian texture? Well, you’re out of luck. Moisturizing products are available, but if you have a mane of thick, curly hair like mine, you’ll long for the days of the Herbal Essences Totally Twisted styling line pretty quickly. Apparently it’s possible to get foreign toiletries in Itaewon (aka foreigner-central), but you won’t like the price tag.
  15. Dress shirts. MEN. This is for YOU. According to my male friends, men’s dress shirts come in three basic colors: white, pink, and mint. If you’re looking for a solid-colored dress shirt in another shade, you won’t be able to buy one cheaply/conveniently. Especially if you shop at the Big & Tall store back home.
  16. Ties. See, guys? I can be helpful! Most ties here are what Americans might deem…tacky…And they often involve rhinestones and/or glitter. No. I am not kidding. If you like subtle ties, bring them with.
  17. Shoes. What holds with clothing holds with footwear as well: if you’re larger than the average Korean, everything is 3 times more expensive and 3 times harder to come by.
  18. Eye shadow palettes. Ladies, and gents who are into makeup, it’s back to you. Korean eye shadow is MEGA sparkly. Like, middle school dance sparkly. And most palettes only come with a one or two color selection.  

You may be sensing a theme here. Toiletries, food products, and apparel are the three biggies. Now, I’m not saying it’s IMPOSSIBLE to find the above items in Korea, but it can certainly be a pain. (Even more so, I’d assume, if you’re not living in Seoul.)

Yes, there are places here in Seoul that sell imported goods, but if you have student loans half as massive as I do, they won’t be in your budget. Yes, you can buy most anything online, but keep in mind that shipping adds up, even if you’re buying from a Korean shop. Plus, it can be very difficult to figure out payments. Often, overseas companies won’t take your Korean debit card, Korean sites won’t take your foreign credit/debit card, some sites require you to have a Korean credit card, etc.  

In my opinion, it’s better to just bring it with, ask for care packages, or have people replenish your supply if and when they come to visit. This last one is doubly helpful, as it ensures that your guests will have room in their suitcases for souvenirs when they leave!    

That’s all for now. I hope this list was helpful!

PS: Need…Reese’s…send…help…

The Long Road to Improbable

by: mldrgrl
Rating: NC-17
Summary: What if the flashbacks in Per Manum dated back to season 5?  What happened between then and Requiem?

Thank you to @sunflowerseedsandscience for being a second pair of eyes for me!

One day, you’ll ask me to speak of a truth - of the miracle of your birth. To explain what is unexplained. And if I falter or fail on this day, know there is an answer, my child, a sacred imperishable truth, but one you may never hope to find alone. Chance meeting your perfect other, your perfect opposite - your protector and endangeror. Chance embarking with this other on the greatest of journeys - a search for truths fugitive and imponderable. If one day this chance may befall you, my son, do not fail or falter to seize it. The truths are out there. And if one day you should behold a miracle, as I have in you, you will learn the truth is not found in science, or on some unseen plane, but by looking into your own heart. And in that moment you will be blessed - and stricken. For the truest truths are what hold us together, or keep us painfully, desperately apart. - Dana Scully “Trust No 1”

Her daughter was dead.  A child, her child, that was, as Mulder said, ‘never meant to be.’  She could never really wrap her head around it.  She didn’t feel like a mother, and that was perhaps the most distressing part of it.  Losing her before she ever got to hold her, rock her, read her bedtime stories, kiss her tears away after a bad dream, love her.  She did love her, though.  In a distant, cerebral way.  She told herself she loved her, but she never quite felt it.

Hallucinating her dead daughter during an autopsy was the last straw.  Emily, with her wet blue eyes, whispering, “Mommy, please.”  It made her recognize that there was an ache inside her for something more, something her career couldn’t fulfill.  There was a small, baby-shaped hole in her heart, and in the days, weeks, months after Emily’s death, it had grown bigger and needier, and achier.  Emily had never called her Mommy, and never would, but she wasn’t ready to give up on the idea that no one ever would.

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The Soulmate Series: Suga

This ended up being almost seven pages long, it definitely spiraled out of my control and decided how it wanted to write itself, lol. But here it is, and I’ve added a little bonus scene that I thought really tied up the plot, so I hope you like it!! (And now Admin Narwhal is going to bed because her fractured-should-be-in-a-brace-but-I’m-not-wearing-it-because-fuck-the-rules elbow is killing her and it’s already 4:30 in the morning over here.)

Originally posted by yoonkooks

It started the second the clock turned 6:18 PM the day of your 21th birthday. All of your friends were really excited about it, saying it was a pivotal moment in life, the moment when you first heard your soulmate’s voice. Since you were the youngest in your friend group, you had heard lots of times how wonderful listening to your soulmates voice inside your head was, how beautiful their voices were, or in some cases, even how badly out of tune they were. See, the catch to the whole thing was that the only moment you could listen to your soulmate’s voice was when the sung out loud. Everyone started listening to their soulmate’s voices when they turned 21, except for the people with soulmates younger than they were, who had to wait for their soulmate to turn 21 as well before being able to hear their voice.

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7 Apps That Make Studying Easier

With the advent of the smartphone and tablet, studying is now an activity that you can more easily do on the go. Apps make it easier than ever to study for that final or midterm, and they utilize instructional methods that speak to just about every learning style. So whether you like to learn by moving and touching (swiping, tapping, and clicking), by seeing what you’re learning (pictures, graphs), or listening (instructional videos, recordings), there is an app that will make it much more pleasant to study. Here are some apps from CollegeChoice.net and ExamTime.com.

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I’m following @nabitao‘s advice and just using the Korean resume template to write up a new resume in Korean. Much easier since they just want quick sound bites, but way more annoying with regards to the kind of information they want. I just erased the bit about military service, but my height? My weight? My hobbies and 특기? Don’t even get me started on the family history section. Do you think I can get away without filling those in because foreigner card?