it's almost true

German Secrets

- Kevin isn’t just a name, it’s a diagnosis.
- Bielefeld doesn’t exist and whoever says otherwise is in on it or brainwashed.
- Every woman can become Manuel Neuer if she’s in a relationship with a soccer fan.
- The Autobahn has speed limits.
- We aren’t on point or remarkably more orderly, but we like that you think that.
- We do actually wear Lederhosen everyday and everywhere, except for tourist areas, because we are cruel that way.
- We have humor.

I would like to point out Flynn’s very own constructed staircase. Made with wood and bicycle tires. That’s very nice, Flynn. I bet you got an A+ in Croatian shop class.

Day ?? - Interacting with your crush

Would you believe me if I said I drew this first out of all the prompts in the challenge? LOLOLOL I wanted to post them in order but I realized the fatesona child thing was also a prompt so… oh well. 😂😂😂

anonymous asked:

something i've never understood: why is vader -in- senate meetings?? like in your fic where leia and vader snark about palpatine's speech, or a probably-fanon thing i've seen around where vader sometimes supported leia's anti-slavery actions when she was senator? am i missing a thing, because i really like the idea of vader being granted a senate seat on the basis of This Man Is A Giant Angry Cyborg Who Could Kill Us All, and pushing for social reform when he's not doing sithy things

I’m not familiar with that bit of fanon, but here’s my headcanon:

Vader definitely doesn’t have a Senate seat. He doesn’t have any official role in the Senate at all. He’s present as a symbol.

The symbol works on two levels simultaneously. Officially, Vader’s role in the Empire (to the extent that it’s codified at all - most people in the upper echelons of the Imperial government and military probably understand him as simply the Emperor’s special agent) is effectively the same as the Jedi’s role was in the Republic. He is the representative of the religious wing of Imperial government, just as the Jedi were in the Republic. (Yes, the Jedi were a state-sanctioned religious order who also doubled as the Republic’s interplanetary diplomatic corps, police force, and military. Anakin Skywalker changed his name and his allegiance in the Force, but he didn’t actually change jobs.) The Imperial Senate (read: the Emperor) can call on him in the same way the Republic Senate (read: the Chancellor) could call on the Jedi. On or off the record. (See: special agent.)

Of course, the other point of his presence in the Senate is intimidation. Palpatine’s a pretty canny politician, obviously. And it’s important to remember that he didn’t actually take over. He was chosen as Chancellor by a vote of the Senate, and we have no reason to think that vote was anything less than fair. Every one of his emergency powers during the Clone Wars were granted to him by a majority of votes in the Senate. His ascension as Emperor was met, in Padme’s words, with “thunderous applause.”

And he doesn’t dissolve the Senate right away. He keeps it around for 20 years, slowly whittling away at its efficacy. And Vader is a key part of his strategy.

One of the classic moves of an authoritarian regime is to distract people by giving them someone (other than the dictator himself) to hate and fear. Of course that’s going to mean enemies on the outside: the Separatists, the Rebellion. But it also helps to give them someone on the inside. Someone who is officially part of the regime, but who is held at a distance, portrayed as an outsider even though they’re part of the dictator’s inner circle. Someone who is much more obviously malevolent, who is much more closely in line with the image people have of a powerful, authoritarian dictator than the actual dictator himself. Someone who can be the focus for people’s unease and discomfort with the regime, who can frighten people simply by being present and thus distract them from the actual dictator.

Darth Vader is that person. That’s the entire point of Darth Vader. He is the face of the Empire.

So, with that understanding, I can’t imagine him not being present in the Senate.

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The Harvey Specter way. (Mike’s way)

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@snuffes is a mad genius, and there is no arguing this fact. 

Somehow, she managed to distill the sprawling, ridiculous, dark, bloody, messy Gates of Summer into three perfect paintings – and I can’t stop looking at them. She captured so much energy and so much of this fic’s mythology and plot arcs in these paintings, and guys, my heart is just so full

I could look at these for hours, and keep noticing new details. The tiny hands in the right painting, April’s tears on the left, the Elsewhen family fading into nothing, how the Boar is almost showing its true form as it and Donnie race toward their confrontation – it’s all so amazing, and so fitting that I get to post these tonight, when the whole fic ends. I wish you guys could see it as one piece, because it’s even more striking and emotional that way. 

I’m honestly a bit teary, and I’m so damn happy and in love with every tiny piece of this masterpiece, but most of all I’m lucky to know @snuffes, who has been yelling at me for this fic for years now, and who shared her genius like this. 

So thank you, thank you, Snuffes! May these hurt everyone as much as they’ve hurt me! <3<3