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What kind of world do we live in, where people don’t understand basic literary tropes, like who the protagonist and antagonist are in a story? Has our education system gottne that bad?

I think it’s more the long-term conditioning that makes people unconsciously relate to and empathize with white characters but not characters of color. In TFA, the male heroes are Black and Latino and there are no white good guys under 60 – that doesn’t compute for a disturbing number of fans. 

(And before anyone says what about Will Smith, onetime highest grossing actor in the world? When does fandom embrace Will, other than old Fresh Prince memes and a small number of Quinn/shot shippers (and even with Quinn/shot, how many are actually shippers and how many just say they are when they appear racist)? Will is not a fandom darling, which is pretty sad, considering it essentially downplays the trail he’s blazed for Black actors in Hollywood sci-fi and fantasy.)

But yeah. Vader made sense as a villain because two of the heroes were young white guys. Who was even thinking about Vader like that? (Not nearly as many as Rey/lo fans want us to believe.) Viewers need main characters they empathize with to take them on an emotional journey. If they are not able to empathize with the heroes due to long-term conditioning, they attach their emotions to the villain and believe, fully, that they are the real protagonist.

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It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It’s a letter meant to share what we know, what we’ve learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world.

But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I’ve pulled strength. I’ve seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers – and found grace in a Charleston church.

I’ve taken heart from the hope of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and wounded warriors once given up for dead walk again. I’ve seen Americans whose lives have been saved because they finally have access to medical care, and families whose lives have been changed because their marriages are recognized as equal to our own. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.

I’ve seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I’ve seen our future unfolding.

All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work – the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime.

I’ll be right there with you every step of the way.

And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ 'We the People.’ 'We shall overcome.’

Yes, we can.

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President Barack Obama 

when people defend the “Cis white guy is default” thing like “He’s meant to be an everyman we can all relate to and project on!” kindly remind them the largest ethnic group in the WORLD is Han Chinese and the highest gender percentage fluctuates so if you want an ACTUAL  “default” you want a 40 year old chinese person whose gender changes from year to year.  

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A compilation of all the skater cameos in Yuri!!! on Ice:

These little shoutouts to the real figure skating world amused me greatly while watching the anime, so I’ve decided to mash them all into one post:

Yuzuru Hanyu - Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2014 World Champion, four time Grand Prix Final Champion (2013-16), two-time Four Continents silver medalist (2011, 2013), four time Japanese National Champion (2013-2016), current world record holder for highest short program, free skate, and combined score. 

Stephane Lambiel - two-time World Champion (2005–2006), the 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Champion (2005, 2007), and a nine-time Swiss national champion (2001–08, 2010).

Nobunari Oda -  2006 Four Continents Champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final medalist (silver in 2009 and 2010; bronze in 2006 and 2013), 2008 Japanese National Champion. Now works as a professional skater and TV commentator, and also specifically requested to appear on Yuri!!! on Ice (I’m still laughing, what a dork) 

Evgeni Plushenko - four-time Olympic Medalist (2006 gold, 2014 team gold, 2002 & 2010 silver), three time World Champion (2001, 2003, 2004), a seven-time European Champion (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012), a four-time Grand Prix Final Champion (1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05), and a ten-time Russian National Champion (1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2010, 2012–2013)

Florent Amodio - 2011 European Champion, a four-time French National champion (2010, 2013-2015), and the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion

continued under the cut: 

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Everyone: Yuri on Ice saved 2016
Me: *thinks about all the other amazing anime from the fall season*

Okay, yeah we’re all screaming over the mini-heart attack Yuuri gave us in the end. And we’re all so proud of JJ and his wonderful fiancé,,

BUT I’VE LITERALLY ONLY SEEN 3 POSTS ON THE FACT THAT YURI JUST FUCKING WON, AND SET THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST GRAND PRIX FINAL SCORE.

L O O K  AT HIM!! HE, A LITTLE 15 YEAR OLD RUSSIAN PUNK-WANNABE, JUST BROKE A WORLD RECORD. AND A WORLD RECORD HELD BY VIKTOR NIKIFOROV NO LESS!!!

bottom line is, give my little white tiger-fairy son some credit. He’s worked really hard and he did so well. I’m so goddamn proud of him.

The Mighty Karakoram

(Pakistan is home to 108 peaks above 7000 meters or 22950 ft. It also has over 100 peaks over 6000 meters or 19000 ft. It also contains 5 of the 14 highest peaks in the world as well as the second highest “K2″. It is truly the top of the world.)

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Chrissy Teigen on the trend of the thigh-high slit at the American Music Awards

Holiday Essentials: The Thigh-High Trend

dailymotion

Looking back briefly from Sochi Olympics til now by News Every (9 Feb 2017): 

The wall is the ‘world highest’ himself 
-one year to PyeongChang Olympics-

Narrator: 3 years ago, at Sochi Olympics, Hanyu was 19 and participated in his 1st Olympics. His SP had a quad toeloop and a triple axel with a difficult entry. He scored 101.45 which was a new world record and the 1st time in history that the score broke 100 points. He won the 1st gold medal in men’s figure skating for Japan.

[holding the medal]
Yuzu: It’s so round. (laughs) Holding it in my hand like this, I am very happy.

[press conference after Sochi]
Y: 4 years later is PyeongChang Olympics. I will make use of the time effectively.

2014 Aug,
Y: After raising the level, continue to raise the level further. This is what I must do, and this is what I want to do.

Narrator:
Just as he had said, last season he pushed up the level of the figure skating world in one swoop.

[GPF Dec 2015]
Quads: 3 at Sochi; 5 at last season.
Difficult jumps with high quality, rich in expressiveness.
He made new records for SP, FP and Total score.
But even then, he does not intend to stop evolving.
Yuzu: To make a new wall (meaning challenge), how much of an ideal form can I make my skating….

N: The wall is himself, the world’s highest (or best).
To surpass himself, he thought about the jump layout before this season started.

[Aug 2016, Yuzu looking at his own protocol sheet for GPF 2015.]
Y: It’s rather….. difficult. (laughs)….. The hurdle is high. (laughs)…. I will calculate it now.
[difference between last season and this season shown on protocol sheet]
Y: The difference of one quad jump is very big in terms of the score…. and also in terms of stamina.

N: For this season, he adds in the challenge of a quad loop which no one has succeeded in doing before.
[open practice in Toronto in Sept 2016]
Y: During practice, I feel like crying. (laughs) Like, why can’t I do the jump….

[Oct 2016, competition- Autumn Classic- succeeded in quad loop, landed 3 out of 6 quads for SP and FP]
Yuzu: I am just very regretful. Most regretful that I could not do my programme completely.
N: But he had no intentions of lowering his jump level.

N: There are many more skaters doing difficult jumps now compared to the time at Sochi.
Yuzu:  The figure skating world now is in a situation where there are almost no limits. Everyone is gradually opening up the paths.
Being able to do something difficult, I feel happy and there is a sense of achievement.

[Nov 2016- NHK Trophy]

N: Although it was not perfect yet, he scored above 300 points in total, a first for this season.
Then at GPF in Dec, he won his 4th straight victory but he was still unable to surpass “the world’s best, himself”.
Right after the competition, [Yuzu leaving venue]
Y: I will work hard again. I will practise a lot.

[press conference]
Y: I want to win the gold at PyeongChang and I am working hard for that.

N: From Sochi to PyeongChang, surpassing himself, towards the gold medal, the champion continues to evolve.

–translated by me, just the important points.
Thanks to pino16.17 for the video. 

Hey bird lovers, as some of you may know Australia has the highest animal extinction rate in the world.

https://www.change.org/p/premier-don-t-make-them-go-extinct

Western Australias premier basically cares about economy growth in the state and nothing about the rare unique fauna and flora the state exhibits for everyone to enjoy.

Please do something to help at least one species from extinction. It takes 5 minutes out of your time. If you cant be bothered clicking on the link at the very least reblog to make people aware.

I don’t give a shit if it ruins your blog “aesthetic” this is probably one of the most important things you can do to end 2016 on a positive note.

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There was also a really awesome match last night where yeah, my team lost (their team was frighteningly good okay) and we lost by a large enough margin that I didn’t even manage to get to the objective to have any objective time, but there was a Blackwatch Reyes on the other team. And I seriously got the impression that me and this other dude (each of us was the highest level person on our team) were just in our own little world trying to kill or one-up each other.

AND THEN. And then. He had to go and be a good sport about it so I can’t even get annoyed. Blargh.

(wherever you are, dude, I love you. GGWP.)

Pres. Obama in letter to Americans: “I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th President.”


FULL LETTER:


My fellow Americans,


It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It’s a letter meant to share what we know, what we’ve learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world.

But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I’ve pulled strength. I’ve seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers – and found grace in a Charleston church.

I’ve taken heart from the hope of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and wounded warriors once given up for dead walk again. I’ve seen Americans whose lives have been saved because they finally have access to medical care, and families whose lives have been changed because their marriages are recognized as equal to our own. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.

I’ve seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I’ve seen our future unfolding.

All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work – the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime.

I’ll be right there with you every step of the way.

And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ 'We the People.’ 'We shall overcome.’

Yes, we can.