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The Thing about Mary

It’s been awhile since I made a post about Mary… it’s overdue. *crackles knuckles, limbers up fingers*

It made no sense. None of what they wrote made sense. What was the narrative point of Mary? To “create” Sherlock Holmes and John Watson? I call bullshit; they were already that without any external help. Moreover, if that was her purpose all along, she sure did a lot to destroy that very thing: the dynamic of arguably the most famous and celebrated male friendship in English literature. Just in case we’ve forgotten: 

Mary started undermining both John and Sherlock, individually and together, from the moment she appeared on the screen. She had already interrupted John’s attempted proposal once to excuse herself to the bathroom or wherever she went (”Now then, what did you want to ask me?”)*, then interrupted him and corrected him and laughed at him throughout. Her pattern of gaslighting, demeaning, and manipulating him continues through every moment of their shared time together on screen. Nowhere is it more evident than in the opening of His Last Vow, wherein she basically follows textbook procedure on gaslighting, from correcting his perceptions (”about a month, actually”, “see? That does happen!”) to doing it in front of a third party (humiliation) to questioning his motives and abilities (”why you?”) to outright forbidding him to do something (”you can’t go”) to inserting her presence where he clearly didn’t want it, then trying to sugarcoat it all by giving him a compliment - one which he reacted to not with pleasure or a softening of his obvious anger, but with a terse statement that he was already aware of what she was complimenting him on. It’s an abusive relationship, full stop. 

*Shout-out to @blogstandbygo​ for pointing this out in our recent hang-out with @addictedstilltheaddict​ and another friend in Toronto last week

She inserted herself between them from that very first scene and made it clear that any form of friendship they were going to have was to happen through the medium of herself, and only on those terms. This was so clear to John that he patently disguised his intention to see Sherlock to her as of their first conversation about it (during which she was openly mocking his blog posts about Sherlock, another form of demeaning and humiliation). This forced brokering of their relationship led to John eventually being ousted from his own friendship with Sherlock (who was too distracted by Moriarty to notice Mary’s machinations, alas). John was so unhappy with this dynamic that became the least like his canonical self that we had ever been shown before that point, going so far as to actively seek out an affair. This is decidedly not like John Watson, the man who got himself arrested because someone insulted his best friend. Loyalty is as much a part of John as his thirst for adventure. He was made to feel so superfluous by the wife who compared him to a dog and the friend who didn’t notice what was going on that he was looking desperately for escape. 

Mary, on the other hand, never gave John her loyalty. She never even gave him the truth. She died without him even knowing whether her name was really her name (doubtful, given the sort of work she was doing while using it). Mary gave John nothing but lie after lie after lie. He could never trust a word that she said, and he hated it. She was willing to do anything to him, as long as it kept him by her side. She was willing to shoot the man he was still grieving years after his (supposed) death and never tell him after, no matter how much it would have devastated him to lose Sherlock all over again. As for Sherlock, she shot him without a second thought, smirking and condescending. 

Mary never once showed a shred of remorse for any of it. Not for any of her past crimes, which included killing people for money - not for anger, not for principle, not for political manoeuvring - but something as tawdry and meaningless as money. Gross. And she never regretted it. Not that the creators of the canon decided to show us. She never expressed any regret for having lied to John, nor for the way she constantly treated him. She never expressed any gratitude to Sherlock for having rid her of the blackmailer that would have sent her to prison for a very long time. She accepted it as her due, without blinking. She never thanked Sherlock, John, or Mycroft for having become accomplices in her attempted murder on Sherlock’s life in not having reported it. She assumed that was her right, too. Mary was a psychopath and narcissist, not caring about right or wrong, just what benefited her. 

Mary never changed her ways. There was no development of character, no softening, no realisation that everything she had ever stood for was completely terrible. Right to the last she was calling a man she had tried to kill a “pig”, offensively mimicking accents, still owning and carrying around guns and enough drugs to knock out a seasoned user. If anything, what we were shown was someone who had not only not changed, but someone who kept repeating the same behaviour. When the .A.G.R.A. team got into trouble on its final mission, Mary cut and run, leaving the other 75% of her team to be tortured or killed. She never went back and checked to see if a rescue mission was possible, never followed up, never confirmed the deaths of her teammates, just blithely moved on with her life and got married without once looking back. Sherlock offered to help her, twice. With the weight and power of the British government directly related to him, this isn’t exactly an offer to be taken lightly, yet Mary attacked him on both occasions, first shooting him in the heart and running away, then drugging him and running away - just as she left her former colleagues behind. 

If you want to take the argument that motherhood somehow redeemed Mary, think twice on that, too. I’m not a parent, but just about every mother I know would never leave an infant behind. Obviously it happens; infants get abandoned all the time. Most mothers don’t, though. Was Rosie not nursing anymore? Was she ever? Did Mary think about that before she cut and run, or was she too busy with her offensive faux-Jewish accent and possible flight attendant murder there? My mother used to tell me that her own life took on so much greater weight once I had been born because she had something to live for, someone who needed her. She stopped taking any sort of risk that would endanger her, because she had a child to care for. Mary doesn’t seem to have been similarly affected by parenthood. Her inexplicable and unsupported decision to jump in front of a bullet says that perfectly, if her previous abandonment didn’t. 

Never forget that John had the measure of Mary. It was John who knew that Mary would turn on Sherlock, should Sherlock warn her about Ajay and offer to help her again. It was John who grimly suggested putting a tracking device in the USB, knowing that Mary would attack Sherlock and steal it from him. While she was living, John had no illusions about who Mary really was. 

Mary’s decision to defy physics and leap in front of that bullet was not the culmination of an arc of redemption. What it was is a completely out of character action that jars with everything that came before it. It’s wholly unsupported by any of her previous behaviour. This was, if anything, a “redemption split second”, not an arc. Followed by her DVD wherein she pointedly tells Sherlock to kill himself or get himself killed, it is to be understood that this behaviour was an aberration from the norm. Mary never changed. If she had, she would have gotten rid of her guns and ninja outfits and come properly clean with John without waiting until circumstances forced it out, and even then only giving him partial truths. It could almost be said that Mary was pathologically incapable of telling the truth, but that would be making excuses for her. She knew what she was about. She made all of these decisions by herself, to benefit herself and her own interests. 

The Mary in John’s head never existed. It can’t even be discussed in a conversation about Mary’s characterisation, because it wasn’t Mary. It was John. And what John said about Mary at the end of The Lying Detective is a displacement of his own thoughts about Sherlock. John has a lot of dissociation issues in this episode in particular, and what he says about Mary is a statement which actually applies directly to Sherlock, not to Mary. This is John simply unwilling to believe that his marriage was as abusive and terrible as it really was, and trying to make himself feel better about it. The one person who genuinely believes that John Watson is a far better human being than he actually is is Sherlock, who calls him the “bravest, kindest, and wisest human being (he has) ever had the good fortune of knowing”. Mary literally called John a dog. That’s decidedly not what he was aspiring to. The one time she says something genuine about John’s moral superiority over her, it’s worded as a complaint (”you don’t make it easy, do you… being so perfect”). It’s as close to a real compliment as Mary ever gets. Sherlock is the one who believes in John, who sees past the temper and the grumpiness to all of John’s sterling qualities of loyalty, kindness, courage, humour, and accepts him as he is in his everyday self, too. 

The post-mortem DVDs just don’t even make sense. How did Mary know she was going to die? Even if she suspected that one of the many enemies her life of professional criminality had made would come for her eventually, it seems impossible to avoid the conclusion that Mary was still, even beyond her death, doing everything in her power to drive a wedge between John and Sherlock, even to have Sherlock die. For her to finally assume credit for their friendship is an insult to the intelligence of the viewers. 

Hello, it’s #optomstudies here again with another Study Tip about dealing with bad (academic) news! I’ll speak from personal experience, you can have a look at my Fresh Start post from a while back haha


So~ after finding out your results there’s usually 4 standard reactions, with individual variations. 

  • Over-the-moon! A result or rank higher than you expected :D
  • Satisfied that the mark you received was the result of the work you put in
  • Disappointment when it missed the mark and
  • Utter shock or extreme sadness when you receive a terrible result

Obviously the first two, you’ve put in the work and things are as sunny-side-up as your nutritious breakfast. Great job, and have a pat on the back! But we all have had that result that felt anywhere from disappointment to soul-crushing depression. Here are some tips on how to deal with the bad news. 


The first couple of steps help with coming to terms with your result and not allowing your emotions to overwhelm you. 


Check your results as soon as they come out. Majority of the time (or when you’re lucky with the less organised professors) you’ll be aware at least the morning of, that the results are coming out. My advice is not to put it off unless you have an important exam or event before your day finishes. You’ll have completed your test/assignment 2 weeks prior, so why delay the inevitable with added anxiety?

Take a deep breath and calm down. Especially for assessments with greater weighting. Ensure you are seated so that you feel grounded and in control. 

Take a step back from everyone and everything. It can be quite stressful being surrounded by both underachievers that stress and overachievers that celebrate. 

If you need to be sad or mope, then do so but don’t dwell on it. I personally prefer to let all my steam out after getting the result. I’m probably the student you find moping around afterwards to other people, but the next day I’m usually ready to jump back into it again. It’s best to just let your emotions run their natural course. 


The next few steps help with moving on from the result and sorting out any remaining doubts. 


After you’ve calmed down, verify the result. There are the rare times that a bad result was just so out of left-field that it might just be the fact that the professor missed a page of marking your assignment. I’m sure you know at least one person around you who’s had this happen to them. Professors are human too and they do get tired. 

In addition to that, ask them the reasons why they handed you that result, and what you can do to improve. Many studyblrs are probably in existence as a result of performing poorly in the past and deciding that they won’t tolerate that kind of result anymore. If you can take it as an experience that guides your work ethic in the future, then you’ve set yourself up for success. 

Talk to a friend about it. At this point, having someone who will listen without making judgements on how you’ve done is really good for relaying to yourself the whole situation from an outside perspective. It can also help if that friend is happy to help you think of suggestions for how you can improve!

Contemplate your study methods prior to the exam, and implement a strategy to improve. Or think about your essay writing process. Did you do everything possible or was there something that you could improve on? What can you do better next time? Think about whether it was the way you organised or the way you studied. Self-reflection is a critical part of learning, so let it become second nature to you. It is also part of the process of self-actualisation in your day-to-day life. 

If you really feel up to it, reread your notes and have a look at what you didn’t understand. Analysing your mistakes is the only way that you’ll improve, especially for subjects like maths. Try and break things down into different categories or areas, for example, silly mistakes vs. conceptual misunderstanding vs. reading the question wrong vs. forgetting the answer in the exam vs. not studying it in the first place. Depending on what the cause of the mistakes are, the ways that you’ll try and best that will change. 

Now stop thinking about the result and do something you enjoy. After all that’s said and done, take some time to forget about the result and look forward to the future and the possibilities you have open for you. There’s hopefully only one way forward, and that’s up :)


MY WEEKLY STUDY TIPS

WHAT I WISH I’D KNOWN BEFORE UNIVERSITY STUDY TIPS SERIES

SEE ALSO

GROUND BREAKING Broad Study Proves Low Fat WFPB Diet is the best for weight loss & Health.

Published in the highly esteemed Journal of Nutrition & Diabetes, the Broad Study is the first ever comprehensive review of a low fat whole food plant based diet & the results VERIFY diets like WSLF & Starch Solution are THE BEST IN RECORDED HISTORY FOR WEIGHT LOSS / BMI / HEART / DIABETES & MORE.

http://www.nature.com/nutd/journal/v7/n3/full/nutd20173a.html

The BROAD study: A randomised controlled trial using a whole food plant-based diet in the community for obesity, ischaemic heart disease or diabetes

Conclusions:

This programme led to significant improvements in BMI, cholesterol and other risk factors. To the best of our knowledge, this research has achieved greater weight loss at 6 and 12 months than any other trial that does not limit energy intake or mandate regular exercise.

!!!!!!NO CALORIE LIMIT & NO EXERCISE JUST LIKE WSLF!!!!! & RECORD BREAKING WEIGHT LOSS.  BTFO Restricter Cal-in Cal-out debunked blood letters.

“The whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet is high in micronutrient density and the most frequently researched iterations are low in fat, which comprises approximately 7–15% of total energy.”

All my high fat zombies, trolls and haters who smear me in other slander hosting Youtuber’s & Instagrammers comment sections to spread your ill health and disease message please do me a favor and find your delete button & make up for your hater lives and actually feel what it feels like to help people and animals by getting a vegan message out there that everyone can benefit from, especially the poor, who were the focus of this study.  

The intervention involved patients from a group general practice in Gisborne, the region with New Zealand’s highest rates of socioeconomic deprivation, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

This diet helps the poorest & sickest people.  Shame on anyone who subverts this message, totally despicable.  Spiking my potato and doing my victory dance!  WORLD CHANGING RESEARCH!

A little more insight for those in disbelief;

We placed no restriction on total energy intake. Participants were asked to not count calories. We provided a ‘traffic-light’ diet chart to participants outlining which foods to consume, limit or avoid (Supplementary Table S1). We encouraged starches such as potatoes, sweet potato, bread, cereals and pasta to satisfy the appetite. Participants were asked to avoid refined oils (e.g. olive or coconut oil) and animal products (meat, fish, eggs and dairy products). We discouraged high-fat plant foods such as nuts and avocados, and highly processed foods. We encouraged participants to minimise sugar, salt and caffeinated beverages. We provided 50 μg daily vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) supplements. 

THIS IS EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE

Minor changes to trial design

At the 6-month end point, we observed significant differences between the intervention and control groups, and we offered the intervention to the control group. Ethics approval was obtained to extend follow-up to 3 years total, and the protocol was updated.

Basically means at the 6 month mark they could not ethically not offer the control group the amazing benefits of the low fat WFPB diet!  

Not only that they measured Quality of Life, Self Esteem & Mental Variables, Food Enjoyment, cost of food & more!  Each was improved on the diet! 

Adherence was high & those keeping a food journal did the best;

Multiple intervention participants stated ‘not being hungry’ was important in enabling adherence. Intervention participants were highly adherent with the dietary changes, although this decreased with time. Diet at 3 months correlated with weight loss at 12 months, but starting diet did not. These findings suggest an audited diet diary may be useful to predict success with a WFPB diet, and that those starting from a typical Western diet could expect similar results.

The key difference between this trial and other approaches to weight loss was that participants were informed to eat the WFPB diet ad libitum and to focus efforts on diet, rather than increasing exercise.

Many patients are interested in making dietary changes, and the WFPB diet can be offered as a safe and effective option for losing weight and obtaining some reduction in cholesterol, without necessarily increasing exercise. The main advantage is in eating to satiation without restricting the amount of food eaten. 

THANK YOU NEW ZEALAND & everyone there who took park in this study!!!  

Strengths of this research include randomisation, and the ‘real world’ nature of the programme, which involved community-dwelling adults who were provided skills and education but were responsible for their own food choices.

Well this is pretty much the best thing I have ever read.

rogue one: JUNIOR novel: reaction

So I’m reading the Rogue One: Junior Novel by Matt Forbeck because… look, I’m just desperate for every bit of official Rogue One material I can get and both Guardians of the Whills and Rebel Rising aren’t out for three weeks. I’m also mildly curious as to how a morally dense and complicated movie gets translated for younglings. What’s important to emphasize? What’s not?

(I do wonder in general how Star Wars film novelizations - both the adult and children versions - are handled. How much of the movie do they even see while writing, if any? Is there an Official Person who makes sure the characterizations/internal monologues/etc. are What They Should Be? Is every extra bit that’s in the novels but not in the movies okay'ed as canon? Did Forbeck use Freed’s novel as reference? Etc etc.)

Favorite/Interesting bits:

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Expanded Weapons List 5e

Broadsword: This stout, wide-bladed weapon lacks the accuracy of a longsword, but what it lacks in accuracy, it redeems with deadliness. 

Craghammer: This dwarven hammer has a heavily weighted head, making it resemble a one-handed maul backed by a deadly spike. 

Double Axe: Fitted with an axe head at each end, a double axe offers increased offensive and defensive capabilities.

Double Flail: This weapon has a spiked flail head at either end to maximize attack and damage. 

Double Sword: This well-balanced weapon combines the deadliness of two longswords with increased defensive capability.

Execution Axe: This broad-bladed axe is heavily weighted for greater hewing power. 

Fullblade: This enormous, two-handed sword is favored by fighters and paladins.

Greatbow: This massive, recurved bow stands as tall as a human when strung, and it fires arrows with greater power than a traditional longbow. 

Greatspear: This reach weapon resembles a longspear, but its broad head and strong haft allow it to strike with increased force. 

Heavy War Pick: This larger version of the light war pick delivers devastating strikes. 

Khopesh: This sturdy weapon is identified by the crescent-shaped curve at the end of its blade. 

Kukri: The blade of this heavy knife curves forward for greater potency. A rogue proficient with the kukri can treat it as a dagger for the purpose of the Rogue Weapon Talent class feature. 

Light War Pick: This smaller version of the war pick is suitable as an off-hand weapon. 

Mordenkrad: First used by dwarf shock troops in battle against giants, this oversized two-handed hammer has a massive head studded with spikes. 

Parrying Dagger: This narrow dagger features a specially designed guard that can deflect attacks. A rogue proficient with the parrying dagger can treat it as a dagger for the purpose of the Rogue Weapon Talent class feature. 

Repeating Crossbow: A rectangular magazine attaches to the top of this crossbow. A double-action lever drops a bolt into place as a free action, then fires it as a standard action. A repeating crossbow does not need to be reloaded as long as it has ammunition in its magazine. A magazine costs 1 gp and holds 10 bolts. It takes a standard action to remove an empty magazine and load a new one. 

Spiked Gauntlet: These gauntlets are specially fitted with metal spikes. Unlike other weapons, the spiked gauntlet occupies your magic item hands slot while enchanted. 

Scourge: This lightweight flail has leather thongs inlaid with sharpened bits of metal or bone.

Spiked Shield: This light shield is constructed with a sharpened spike at its center. A spiked shield can be enchanted as a magic shield or a magic weapon, but not both. A spiked shield enchanted as a magic weapon does not occupy a character’s magic item arms slot. Although a character cannot use two shields at the same time, a character wielding a spiked shield enchanted as a weapon can employ arms slot items such as bracers.

Superior Crossbow: This crossbow appears similar to a traditional crossbow, but it has knobs and dials that allow the weapon to be fine-tuned for greater accuracy.

Tratnyr: Also known as the wingspear, this weapon was first crafted by the dragonborn for maximum efficiency in melee and ranged combat.

Trident: This three-tined spear is weighted for throwing over short distances. 

Triple-headed Flail: This oversized flail has three heads for more potent attacks. 

Urgrosh: Originally of dwarven make, this weapon has a heavy axe head at one end (dealing d12 damage) and a sharp spear point at the base of the haft (dealing d8 damage). 

Waraxe: This weapon’s superior balance allows it to be wielded in one hand. 

Criminology

Pairing : Mac x Reader

Summary : Imagine attending a talk by the Phoenix Foundation and Mac is surprised when you answer all his questions.

(gif belongs to fyeahgeorgeeads)

Having a lawyer for a mother and a father that ran the FBI, your career was clear. You would be a part of law enforcement. You often studied different cases with your father growing up and he was pleased you were following his lead.

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anonymous asked:

Do you think that lena binds her feet? Bc we dont know if her innocence grew with her legs and feet biding was a thing for girls in China until the 20th century( still practiced today by some old women) so she would have lived in that time.

No, definitely not, her main strenght is her agility and the power of her kicks come from speed and weight, the greater the two the greater the impact. Feet binding is pretty much mutilation, your foot is folded in half so it looks like a small child’s. Also during Lulu Bell’s invasion she was running around barefoot and it looked healthy so, I’m 100% sure she does not.

I do headcanon though that she got Dark Boots when her family wanted to start binding her foot. Even the age is matching because they started that thing when girls turned 5-6. Not to mention that in early DGM when her Innocence activated her black socks unwinded like bandages. 

It is possible that temporarily her feet had been bound in the past, but when she was taken to the Order they took them off because it would hinder her during a fight.

anonymous asked:

Ok here is my request! Headcanon for the boys + Leiftan to realize they fell in love with Guardienne? And do they give her hints?

Hi sweet anon I really do not understand the part of “Do you give her hints?” But I will try to at least write the first request. I am sorry! English, English … The first big challenge you gave me! Haha <3

Nevra.

• Be really behind you EVERY time. And if he knows that you have forgiven him after a situation full of bad blood. Yes, do not breathe because it does not see you. It’s for your sake.

• Be loyal to you in any situation.
• “What do you need? ”“How you feel?”
• You may miss some dialogue known from memory to another girl outside you, causing you jealousy. But let’s agree that it is sure to be your cousin or an old friend.
• A very spicy cinnamon roll.
• Tell you what you ask, always leaving you with the doubt, anyway.
• Hysteria in jealousy, beware of the great bum nevra bum walks on the acres.

Ezarel.

•  WHY

• Sleepless nights and nights thinking that you can not carry the weight of-be so wonderful-be a leader on guard, take care of you, and also have a greater weight on your emotional problems revolving around you

• DO NOT
• The whim of feeling nothing to you is insurmountable
• If you are in the same room as your platonic love and you get closer to talking better disappears if you do not want to stay outside the CG
• An idiot and abusive jokes all the time.
• Alone alone will seek to have a little of your approval without being on the defensive.
• It is love through actions and cold details.

Valkyon.

• “Would my body alone be enough?” OK no
• If you fancy many invitations to walk outside, with the excuse of some response to your question - just spend time with you.
• Touching and rubbing all the time, that man can not keep his hands still. - especially in public -
• Details made by hands and not. Many.
• Maybe you can draw a picture, or show him notebook, but that is a matter of great trust and loyalty -hhhm, lysandro-
• Comparisons to you almost always, can not hold a conversation without naming you.
• Very proud, anyway.

Leiftan.

• Busy man, many gifts.
• A thousand ways to tell you that you appreciate every time you see.
• Kisses and cheesy scenes down the aisles. -The thing has to be quick, before then touch, marriage?
• “Get a room!”
• Fantasies with you about the future you want to have with you.
• “Do not go” “I’m sorry…”
• Insecurity for moments not lived.
• Many appointments on the beach, and especially under the moon.
• Spending the day doing productive things together is normal.
• He loves having you close to her job. Miiko will have to adapt.
• At night, dancing in the gardens does not sound too bad.

The Plunge

by Inspector Boxer

Fandom: Supergirl

Pairing: Alex/Maggie

Rating: Strong T

Author’s Notes: It starts angsty as hell but ends in major fluff.

This is a prompt fill for @chakayoh who requested prompt #37, “Don’t you ever scare me like that again.” No cliffhangers this time. ;)

Thanks to @zennie-fic for the edits and suggestions! 

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Everything went to hell.

Alex caught a bullet in her right shoulder, spinning and dropping hard.

Heart in her throat, Maggie tackled the alien shooter, his gun bouncing over the damp planking before he could finish Alex off. They staggered back a few steps, and Maggie used her momentum and lower center of gravity to her advantage. Her foot caught the edge of the pier and she pushed, sending them toppling off and plunging below.

The water closed over them, dark and cold. With a sudden, sick certainty, Maggie knew she wasn’t coming back up alive, but she’d be damned if she let the bastard hurt Alex again.

They grappled as his greater weight sank them quickly, pressure building unbearably in Maggie’s lungs. She couldn’t even see the sonofabitch, only feel his hands on her, the slash of the alien’s claws through her vest. Maggie struck out blindly, hearing a muffled crunch, and he suddenly released her.

Scrambling away, Maggie thought of Alex, praying she was all right, praying that the other woman knew how much Maggie loved her. She ached for the life they could have had, still trying desperately not to let it go.

It was too dark. Maggie didn’t know which way was up but she kicked hard, choosing a direction, trying to shed her Kevlar vest as she chased the possibility of air, of life, of Alex.

She didn’t make it.

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Something I’ve learned from tumblr is that any time you wanna add greater moral weight to a point about someone just tack on the fact that they’re white or what they are doing is “white”. 9/10 whiteness has little to do with what they are anything and simply serves to decenter a conversation through charged implications and rhetoric. 

I remember one time someone blasting Emma Watson for the (admittedly) bad job she did in designing her BATB dress and then out of the blue, in reply to someone asking why they were making such a big deal out of it, referred to Watson as a “mediocre white girl” - though I’m hard pressed to see what Emma’s whiteness had to do with her dress design. 

You’ll see this in fandom too with people criticizing “white ships” and “white favs”. It also helps account for the ubiquity of white fragility and white privilege discourse. It’s useful because it lends a tint of social importance to the socially unimportant and makes it harder for anyone to contradict you and it makes the intended sting that much more effective. 

By analogy with racism and sexism, the term “speciesism” is a prejudice or attitude of bias in favor of the interests of members of one’s own species and against those of members of other species.

If a being suffers there can be no moral justification for refusing to take that suffering into consideration. No matter what the nature of the being, the principle of equality requires that one’s suffering can be counted equally with the like suffering of any other being.

Racists violate the principle of equality by giving greater weight to the interests of members of their own race when there is a clash between their interests and the interests of those of another race. Sexists violate the principle of equality by favoring the interests of their own sex. Similarly, speciesists allow  the interests of their own species to override the greater interests of members of other species. In each case, the pattern is identical.

-Earthlings

Recognizing the Inferior Function in INxJ

[ quick switch: ISxJ | INxJ | IxTP | IxFP | ExTJ | ENxP | ExFJ | ESxP ]

(excerpts from Was That Really Me? by Naomi Quenk)

Important Features of Dominant Introverted Intuition

Introverted Intuitive types are the most intellectually independent of the types. They have a theory to explain everything, prefer innovative solutions to established ones, and are adept at seeing situations from an unusual perspective. Their skill at taking a very broad, long-range view of things contributes to their reputation as visionaries. Regardless of whether their auxiliary judging preference is Thinking or Feeling, their dominant Intuition tends to be sharp, quick, and often uncannily correct. It is as if they have antennae that enable them to detect things long before other people do.

People often count on INTJs and INFJs for insightful analyses and forthright judgments. They are adept at appropriately discounting distracting details and homing in on the essential meaning of complex, confusing situations.

Introverted Intuitive types report being puzzled by others’ perception of them as rigid and intractable.This perception may result from their tendency to express their views directly and forcefully.This is especially true for INTJs. Misinterpretation of their forthright communication style as inflexibility may make others reluctant to present alternatives or argue their own point of view. But, as described in Chapter 3, dominant Perceiving types are unlikely to be wedded to their decisions, since they give greater weight to data (perceptions) than to conclusions (judgments). Experience bears this out for the most part. INTJs and INFJs readily modify their incorrect conclusions when they receive convincing contradictory new information.

The spiritual, sometimes mystical, bent of Introverted Intuitive types has been frequently noted.At the very least, they seem to be aware of subtle cues or nuances long before others notice them. INFJs are especially sensitive to unexpressed anger and conflict, whose presence is usually denied by others.This contributes to the sense of separateness from others that many Introverted Intuitive types report, which may lead them to doubt their own mental stability.

Introverted Intuitive types, especially INTJs, readily see the big picture in crisis situations and know how to direct others to take the most effective action.

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Vision: UPG, SPG, and CG

It’s an unfortunate fact that what we know of Gaelic Polytheism is incomplete. The pre-Christian Gaels did not write about their religion - what we know of their religion was recorded by foreigners, by later Christian writers, or preserved as echoes in extant folklore. Gaelic Polytheism is, out of necessity, reconstructionist.

But that doesn’t mean that we’re only focused on the past, or wholly hidebound to what is in the Lore. An important part of creating a new, living religion is being open to epiphany, theophany, and mystical experience – direct messages about and from the gods and spirits. This is what this blog calls “Vision,” one of the Three Cornerstones of Gaelic Polytheism.

In order to talk about religious knowledge (often called “gnosis”), we need a way to discuss the relative weight of any particular epiphany/theophany. In the modern era, the weight & veracity of any given gnosis can be found in how widespread it is, or in how well it can be tied back to the Lore.

This implies a spectrum of knowledge – starting with things that only one person knows. This type of religious knowledge has come to be called “Unverified Personal Gnosis,” or UPG. These are things that you *know* to be true about the gods and spirits, but do not have evidence for outside of your own experience. Lacking outside support doesn’t make your knowledge invalid – your personal experience is important! – but it also does not automatically apply to others, nor should it be treated as absolutely true. Humans are fallible, so UPG should always be open to analysis & possible change.

Next up on the spectrum comes “Shared Personal Gnosis,” or SPG. This is religious knowledge shared by a group of people – ideally, ideas reached independently of one another. The more people share a piece of SPG, the greater weight may be given to it. Many pieces of SPG are so widespread that they virtually carry the weight of Lore themselves.

The final place on the spectrum is “Confirmed Gnosis,” or CG. This is religious knowledge that is both shared by many people, and also backed up by evidence from the Lore. This could be textual, folkloric, or even archaeological evidence, that in some way supports the gnosis as held by many people in the GP community. Even though Confirmed Gnosis is the most reliable position on this spectrum, it is important to remember that CG is not dogma. Confirmed Gnosis is still changeable. The Lore itself may change as new evidence is found, or as new interpretations of existing Lore are accepted within the community. The final arbiter of religious knowledge (from Vision AND from Lore) is the Gaelic Polytheist community itself. As a living religion, the gnosis that makes up our faith can (and likely will) change over time.

When you hear the word “diet”, what kind of words come to your head? I’m going to guess ‘easy’ isn’t one of them. For years, I was the same way. As a kid, we had an old cartoon on the fridge that said:

“DIET IS JUST DIE WITH A LETTER ON THE END.”

For years, this was exactly what I believed and my experiences seemed to prove it. From Cabbage Soup to meal replacement shakes to supplement based programs, I put myself through every dietary torture device until I was completely convinced that I would never lose and keep my weight off.

I shared the story in my TEDx talk about the day I was out training for a marathon after losing my weight and realized that I hated running. In the past, my double edged sword of inability to quit would never have allowed me to stop running. But this time everything was different.

I wasn’t losing weight for anyone but me. It wasn’t about a girl or a suit or a job or anything else. I became determined to find a diet that didn’t feel like dying. It’s what led me to my food framework and focused on healthy foods I loved instead of chasing the latest super food that tastes like feet (I’m looking at you beets!).

There is a growing body of research that shows greater weight loss success is tied to eating the same small list of foods regularly. I encourage my clients to focus on healthy foods they love. Kale is fantastic for you but if you hate it, leave it on the shelf. Hate chicken? Eat turkey.

When it comes to exercise, food choices and other health promoting practices, keep asking yourself: “What would this look like if it were simple?”

Ordinary things performed repeatedly create extraordinary results. That’s how I lost 1 Pound 225 Times.

Our Lives are Told in Moments

Aaron x Female Reader

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Request: Can I request a Aaron Burr x reader where Aaron thinks about all his memories with baby Theodosia and the reader before dueling Alexander

A/N: Sorry for the little hiatus there! Midterms are finally over, and while I really did not do good on them, we are moving on. I am so excited to be writing again, but apparently I’m a little rusty because this is so choppy, and just overall not as good of quality as usual. To the requester: I have no idea if this is what you had in mind, but if it isn’t I sincerely apologize. This takes place right after the duel. Pretend Aaron’s wife was still alive. And I am sincerely sorry for the angst. Enjoy!

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“But in matters of greater weight, I may suffer from want of money. Younger sons cannot marry where they like.”

“Unless where they like women of fortune, which I think they very often do.”

“Our habits of expense make us too dependent, and there are not many in my rank of life who can afford to marry without some attention to money.”

                                                                            – Pride and Prejudice

The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic

Oh, Neil.

Andrew is already willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, protecting Neil’s life with his own. What more can Neil ask for? How can he not know the answer?

Interestingly enough, Neil seems to intuitively reach for something of greater value. He asks Andrew to quit cracker dust, curbing one of Andrew’s self-destructive habits. Neil doesn’t want Andrew to die. He wants Andrew to live.

Which is asking for something much deeper from Andrew.

And I love these types of scenes because they manage to raise the emotional stakes in just a few sentences without being overly sappy. Plus have parallels that do the same thing with greater weight later. This one deals with Andrew’s stake: finding a purpose. The next one deals with Neil’s stake: the truth about himself.

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“Vane, the Captain, was for making off as fast as he could, alledging the Man of War was too strong to cope with; but one John Rackam, who was an Officer, that had a kind of a Check upon the Captain, rose up in Defence of a contrary Opinion, saying, That tho’ she had more Guns, and a greater Weight of Mettal, they might board her, and then the best Boys would carry the Day. Rackam was well seconded, and the Majority was for boarding; but Vane urged, That it was too rash and desperate an Enterprize, the Man of War appearing to be twice their Force; and that their Brigantine might be sunk by her before they could reach on board. The Mate, one Robert Deal, was of Vane’s Opinion, as were about fifteen more, and all the rest joined with Rackam, the Quarter-Master. [..] John Rackam was voted Captain of the Brigantine, in Vane’s Room, and proceeded towards the Caribbee Islands.
-Captain Charles Johnson, A General History of the Pyrates