leader of the believers

Can I just say that I love how slowly but surely all the little plot lines they put up is coming together and are showing their purpose.
* The Izzy/Raphael-relationship everyone was so angry about? Turns out that lead to Raphael being the first to notice something wrong with Sebastian being too chummy and “friendly” with people he’s basically just met.
* The whole “clave banned all downworlders from entering the institute”? Turns out that had a part in paving the way for Luke’s new plot, having him take his revenge in his own hands. Making him decide to fight for himself and his pack instead of just fighting for Clary and still somehow believing in the Clave.
* The whole Valentine!Magnus - thing? That’s what makes Magnus open up to and tell Alec things from his past (meaning we might not get the disaster that was them breaking up in the books). It also means that the other downworld-leaders will believe him when he says he wants to fight for the downworld (and not just think he’s agreeing with Alec bc they’re in love).

Now I’m just really looking forward to seeing the reason for the yin fen-addiction and what it’ll lead to, I want to see more backlash for Jocelyn’s death and I want to see Simon getting back with his vampire family and not blindly following Clary around please and thank you!

All in all, this show is doing a great job at building plot lines and I’m proud! ❤

anonymous asked:

Are you religious?

In a word: yes.

In 1500 words:

My family is Mennonite. If you don’t know what that is (not a lot of people do, I’ve found), it’s one of the many Christian denominations. I imagine you’re aware of the split between the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestants (especially if you live in a country where there’s still bad blood between the two). Well, the Mennonites are part of the Anabaptists who split off from both of them in the 16th century and are named after Menno Simons, who was one of the early leaders. The Anabaptists believed that church membership should be voluntary, not required, and that people should be baptized when they choose to be a part of the church instead of at infancy. There was a lot of persecution and the early Anabaptists fled rather than fought back.

A lot of Mennonite history is them settling somewhere, farming for a while, then picking up and moving to another country when war is looming to start the cycle all over again. Some eventually came to North America while others went to South America; I know there’s a definite Mennonite presence in Paraguay.  Most of my ancestors, however, ended up in the prairies of Canada and the U.S. and—big surprise—started farming.

There are some Old Order Mennonites that live in a very simple manner, similar to the Amish. I’ve never met them.  All the Mennonites I know look the same as pretty much everyone else.  There’s a big focus in the Mennonite church on peace and pacifism, and the importance of service to others.  And there’s an undercurrent of humility and modesty, which I think still links us to our Old Order cousins.

I know that these days, there’s a big push in society against organized religion and towards science and atheism.  And don’t get me wrong, I am all for science and evidence-based reasoning; they’re extremely important disciplines that I believe should be taught to everyone.  I graduated university with a Bachelor’s of Science, majoring in physics.

“But J.D., how can you believe in God/Jesus and science at the same time? Aren’t they mutually exclusive?”

Well, I can’t say it’s an easy path to walk, but I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive.  Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler of The Big Bang Theory) recently posted a video on this exact subject which I found to be both interesting and very relatable. I find that the more we learn and discover scientifically, the less we realize we actually know.

Take gravity, for example. We know it exists and its effects are measurable. We have developed equations that predict how gravity affects planets orbiting a star and how it shapes space-time.  But as far as I know, we have yet to observe what gravity actually is.  Is due to as-yet-undetected particles dubbed “gravitons?” Is it due to theoretical gravitational waves? Something else entirely?

So as far as I’m concerned, wherever we have gaps in our knowledge, that’s where God is.

I have met people who are scientifically-minded and also Christians.  One was my high school physics teacher who had a distinctly Mennonite last name and my parents actually went to the same church as him back in the day.  Another was a physics professor from the University of British Columbia whom I crossed paths with once.  We had an interesting talk about how science and faith aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.

I would like to point out that while I have read the Bible, I do not feel compelled to take absolutely everything literally. For example: I am not a Young Earth Creationist; I fully believe the Earth is 4.5 billion years old and not close to ten thousand, and I think the story of creation in Genesis is allegorical and does not constitute a literal 7-day week. Nor have I ever pictured God as some old bearded man in the sky (not that God was ever described that way in the Bible, but it does seem to be a popular image).

Actually, I consider that “being made in the image of God” doesn’t necessarily mean how we look physically, but something more intangible: our soul / consciousness / spirit / mind / however you want to define it.  We have self-awareness and free will.  To my understanding, no other creature on Earth has that; we are unique on this planet and possibly in the universe.  (Although I do kind of hope that aliens are out there; I do love my sci-fi.  But alien life does open up whole other cans of worms in regards to all this.)

I don’t pretend to have all the answers either. I struggle with trying to understand the violence ordered by God in the Old Testament vs. Jesus’ ministry of peace and reconciliation in the New Testament. I’m mortified at the sheer number of horrible things that have been done in the name of religion, because “God said so” (especially by people who call themselves Christians).

I’ve always been taught that to be a Christian is to show love and mercy to other people. Even in the Bible, Jesus said the most important commandments were to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself, and all the other laws stemmed from these. If you truly loved the other person the same way you loved yourself, you wouldn’t steal from them, murder them, or burn their house down, would you?  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m far from perfect at showing love to absolutely everyone, but I do try.

Organized religion is a very powerful thing, but not without its problems. And I think there needs to be a distinct separation between church and state. The history of the church is fraught with scandals and questionable practices.  Even today, I’m very wary of mega-churches and televangelists and the image of Christianity that they project towards non-Christians.  John Oliver had a very interesting segment on the subject once. Having a place of worship that’s clean and maintained is fine, but outright promising that God will reward you for giving money to the church is worrisome at best and outright wrong if the money seems to be going to lavish homes and expenses of the pastor.

Many staunchly conservative folks, especially in the United States, identify as Christians.  It’s probably fair to say that a lot of American politicians fit into this category (although I suspect some claim it more to satisfy their constituents than out of any personal convictions).  Yet Jesus—whom Christians are ostensibly trying to embody—spent his time healing the sick, feeding the hungry, helping the poor and the downtrodden, and being a man of peace… whereas these days I see a woefully insufficient healthcare system, a widening wealth gap fostering homelessness and unemployment, and absurd amounts of money being poured into war and military funding while infrastructure crumbles and education lags.

(I realize it sounds like I’m picking on the U.S.  I’m really not trying to.  Canada has a lot of these same problems too, as do many other countries.  But America often features in the news all over the world and most people can readily recognize the country and its current issues. Plus, there are many of its citizens who would claim that it’s a Christian nation, which ties in with what I’m saying here.)

What I’m getting at is that there can be a big disparity between how Christians are called to act and how some Christians actually do.  Religion can be a strong force, and it has been used for both good and ill and for justifying people’s actions six ways from Sunday.  There are good morals and guidelines to be found in the Bible, I promise!  I won’t claim it’s the only way to be a moral and upright human, but it has worked for me so far.  I’d be willing to bet that most people who know me personally would say that I’m an upstanding young man who treats other people with respect.  And I would say a large part of that is due to my upbringing in the Mennonite church.  

Having said all of this, I may lose followers.  I may gain some too.  I might even receive some hateful anonymous messages, although I’d really rather not. Tumblr is hard to predict that way. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter.  As with everyone else, I live according to what I feel is right.  I do my personal best to be an accepting, compassionate, kind, and loving human being by following Jesus’ example. If I then go to heaven after I die, fantastic! If it turns out there is no afterlife and we simply blink out of existence after we pass away, then I’ve done what I can to make the world a little better while I was here.  And I haven’t lost anything for it.  

Being a Christian isn’t always easy.  I try to do good (and to do well).  I don’t always succeed.  But I learn a little more every day.  

anonymous asked:

Yandere Luciano's s/o being the leader of a new rival mafia family

So they dared to believe they were better? That was cute. Now this should get interesting. Two mafia families against each other. There was no doubt he would win. His was simply the best. But still, he was looking forward to seeing their tactics. Rivals were always fun to deal with, and now that he had his lover as a rival. It would be fun to break them into pieces~. He spent his day planning a way to capture then. “Alright men, let’s get to work. We have a new target….no killing them. Get rid of their defense. Leave the leader to me~” he ordered. Soon, s/o would be his. His prized gem.

theguardian.com
Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet | Bill McKibben
Donald Trump is a creep and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite when it comes to climate change
By Bill McKibben

Donald Trump is so spectacularly horrible that it’s hard to look away – especially now that he’s discovered bombs. But precisely because everyone’s staring gape-mouthed in his direction, other world leaders are able to get away with almost anything. Don’t believe me? Look one country north, at Justin Trudeau.

Look all you want, in fact – he sure is cute, the planet’s only sovereign leader who appears to have recently quit a boy band. And he’s mastered so beautifully the politics of inclusion: compassionate to immigrants, insistent on including women at every level of government. Give him great credit where it’s deserved: in lots of ways he’s the anti-Trump, and it’s no wonder Canadians swooned when he took over.

But when it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate change, he’s a brother to the old orange guy in Washington. 

Not rhetorically: Trudeau says all the right things, over and over. He’s got no Scott Pruitts in his cabinet: everyone who works for him says the right things. Indeed, they specialize in getting others to say them too – it was Canadian diplomats, and the country’s environment minister, Catherine McKenna, who pushed at the Paris climate talks for a tougher-than-expected goal: holding the planet’s rise in temperature to 1.5C (2.7F).

But those words are meaningless if you keep digging up more carbon and selling it to people to burn, and that’s exactly what Trudeau is doing. He’s hard at work pushing for new pipelines through Canada and the US to carry yet more oil out of Alberta’s tar sands, which is one of the greatest climate disasters on the planet.

Last month, speaking at a Houston petroleum industry gathering, he got a standing ovation from the oilmen for saying: “No country would find 173bn barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there.”

Yes, 173bn barrels is indeed the estimate for recoverable oil in the tar sands. So let’s do some math. If Canada digs up that oil and sells it to people to burn, it will produce, according to the math whizzes at Oil Change International, 30% of the carbon necessary to take us past the 1.5C target that Canada helped set in Paris.

That is to say, Canada, which represents one half of 1% of the planet’s population, is claiming the right to sell the oil that will use up a third of the earth’s remaining carbon budget. Trump is a creep and a danger and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite.

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Hwang Minhyun believes in Kim Jonghyun as Leader

JR (Jonghyun) for 5 years has taken all burdens from the 5 Nu’est members onto his own shoulders. He was only 16 then in 2012, the youngest leader ever to debut. Imagine being a kid with all that responsibility. Yet he wants them to succeed even more than himself.

About 3 years ago at a Japan concert, he read out a letter to the members, and broke down crying saying he has failed as Nu’est leader.

Unfortunately, he still thinks he has failed, so for Minhyun (who has always tried to make JR see he is the best leader) to say he believes in Jonghyun in front of everyone means SO MUCH.

I cannot explain in words how emotional this made me. I pray Nu’est rise after Produce101.

(Gifs- wooyoungbby)

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Hillary Clinton Makes The Moral Case For Abortion Rights
...and reminds everyone that she is, in fact, a human being.

“Let us respect people’s convictions,” she said. “But never back down from our commitment to defend the ability of every woman to make these deeply personal decisions for herself. I wish there were common ground, but I know for sure it is higher ground.” 

“I’m a grandmother,” she said, “and much to the surprise of many, I am a human being. I’m also a person of faith who doesn’t take my positions lightly or come to them with a cavalier attitude.” 

“I believe that anyone who is opposed to abortion should be in favor of preventing unintended pregnancy, expanding economic opportunity and fighting for policies that actually support parenthood,” Clinton said. 

  • Shiro: Keith... I'm not gonna make it
  • Shiro: You need to lead voltron
  • Shiro: You're the black paladin now
  • Shiro: Please... be a good leader
  • Shiro: Control your emotions
  • Shiro: I believe in you... you can do this
  • Keith, really fucking done: Are you going to do this every time you stub your toe
  • Shiro: ...
  • Shiro: yes
[TRANS] BTS Festa 2014 - Post-its to BTS

V

“Hey V!
When hyung look at you, uh, my heart hurts so so much.
I said you just need to trust and follow hyung right?
Why don’t you know that ㅋㅋㅋ Be obedient ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Wanna gang up and fight off Suga-hyung? Deal?” - Jimin 

“Hey V…
What’s your next hair color?
I’m curious too.” - Suga 

“V, speak to the point and precisely.” - J-hope 

“V.
You’re the kind of kid that makes people love and hate at the same time.
You’re similar to me in many things but sometimes I can’t understand you… Be more obedient.
P.S. Am I weird too?” - Rap Monster 

“Be a human.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk 

“Taehyung.
I don’t mind you resting in my room when I’m not at the dorm but clean up after you go~ Let’s live cleanly at the dorm! You’re No.1 on my blacklist ㅋㅋ” - Manager 

J-HOPE 

“Hobi-hyungnim.
Hyung ㅋㅋㅋ I demand a duel with you and Suga-hyung ㅋㅋ Right now you guys think I’m cute but the day this table is turned will come soon. Wait a little bit more.” - Jimin 

“Hey Hope…
These days your variety sense is getting better.
It’s good.
But thanks to that it’s twice noisier too…” - Suga 

“Hobi-hyung.
You’re always hopeful and cheerful but I think you must go through hard times too. If you do, you can look for me and talk. I can listen to your stories. […]” - Jungkook 

“Hey J-hope.
I heard you saved my contact as ‘Kim Seokjin-hyung’.
It’s okay.
I saved yours as ‘Bighit Jung Hoseok’.” - Jin 

“You pervert… ㅡ ㅡ
For example when I’m playing games, don’t turn off the outlet.” -

“Hope.
Sometimes you’re earnest, sometimes you’re the laziest. Show the world more of your abilities.” - Rap Monster 

“Chief Jung who always work hard and look after BTS. Wait, now that you’re promoted, you became team leader Jung right? ㅎ I believe there’s no doubt you’ll get good reward and result with how hard you’ve worked. Let’s get promoted to President Jung!” - Bang Shihyuk PD 

“Team leader Jung who’s always very helpful! Thanks~” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk 

RAP MONSTER 

“Hey Rapmon, shower cleanly.” - J-hope 

“If you borrow something you have to return it back.” -

“Hey Rapmon…
These days you’re not snoring…
Thanks to that I’m sleeping peacefully.
Thank you…” - Suga 

“Hey Rapmon.
I don’t know if I adapted myself to your snoring or if your snoring got quieter, but I got used to it.
It’s fine, it’s all good.” - Jin 

“Rapmonie-hyung.
You must be tired from going through a lot for the 6 of us right. I’m sorry I can’t do anything for you. I’ll work harder so you’ll have less hard times.” - Jungkook 

“Moni-hyung.
You’ll stand by our side right? You will right? I like you a lot but nah, I think you’ll betray us ㅋㅋㅋ I’ll leave you out. It’s a coup d'état!! Kakakaka.” - Jimin 

“Go to the bathroom before we start practicing.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk 

SUGA 

“Suga-hyungnim, thank you for thinking I’m cute ㅎㅎ I’ll fight you off some day. I’m gathering the team for it. Just wait. From the coolest guy in BTS.” - Jimin 

“Syub-hyung.
Please be more obedient.
I know your childish inner self better than anyone else ^*^!” - Rap Monster 

“Hey Suga.
I like your lazinism. Really.
I feel at ease when I see you lying down.
Really.” - Jin 

“You only need to show a little bit of your lethargy.” -

“Suga-hyung.
You must be tired from working and composing until late at night. You don’t seem to gain any weight so please eat a lot. When […] I’ll buy it for you.” - Jungkook 

“SUGA fighting!!” - J-hope 

“To. Suga Rebel.
Old soul. Genius artist?
Thanks to you BTS can be BTS. I hope you can keep being that way and become a great artist!!
When will you write a title song? ㅋ” - Bang Shihyuk PD 

“Take care of your health when you’re still young.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk 

JIN 

“Jjin-hyung~
You’re doing great.
Please show us the ✨eldest hyung✨ side of youㅡ
P.S. Thanks for your cooking! ^*^” - Rap Monster 

“Jin-hyung, please shave.” - J-hope 

“It’s too much if you know you’re handsome yourself.” -

“Jin-hyung…
Must be tired doing all the assignments for college right…?
You just need to avoid getting academic probation…
I’ll always support you.” - Suga 

“Jin-hyungnim.
Hyungnim T_T~ I’m going to fight off Syubsyubie-hyung and Hope-hyung but I need your help! If you’re there those people will ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ㅋㅋㅋ So you have to help me!!!
The most handsome cook in BTS, Jin-hyung.” - Jimin 

“Jin-hyung. Thank you for making us many delicious dishes.” - Jungkook  

“To. Jin BTS’ shoulder-slash-eldest-hyung!
You always stay behind quietly but I know you are their mediator and their shoulder to lean on.
Maybe the day when you’re called Korea’s best actor will come soon too?^^” - Bang Shihyuk PD 

“Seokjin.
Thanks to your ability to cook tasty dishes from limited ingredients, I always get to eat deliciously~ Take care of me in the future too~” - Manager 

“Hoot…” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk 

JIMIN 

“Hey Jimin…
Why do we stop growing so soon…” - Suga 

“Jiminie-hyung.
You’re having a hard time these days because of me right.
I’ll be more obedient.
Thank you.
Let’s work out together 3 years later ㅋ” - Jungkook 

“Jimin.
You know I love you right?
It’s no joke~” - J-hope 

“Don’t touch your thighs you pervert.” -

“To. Jimin
Hardworker, in charge of charm, Jiminie!! ♡
From someone who joined BTS the latest, you have now become an irreplaceable part of the team! Keeping working hard in the future too!! […] the saying that heaven will help hardworkers.” - Bang Shihyuk PD 

“Go to the bathroom early. Don’t go when we start.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk 

JUNGKOOK 

“Jungkook…
Stop working out…
Let’s not work out with me…” - Suga 

“Hey Jungkook.
You listen to me well so you’re good.
This brat.
Good. But refrain from working out…” - Jin 

“Jungkooks~
Jungkook, I’m not pressuring you! I’m planning to kick out Suga-hyung and Hobi-hyung but I won’t pressure you to stand by my side. But I’m treating you really well!!! Right? Our kind and pretty Kookie…” - Jimin 

“Jungkook, you’re so good even at practicing. I think I need to learn more because of you too. But be more obedient~” -

“To. Jungkook
Golden maknae!! Is there any word that can describe better than this? ㅎ
I believe that if you are not settled with your natural talents, not hate doing repeated things and work with passion, there’s no doubt one day you’ll become the best singer in Korea!
Hope you will never forget your passion and effort!!” - Bang Shihyuk PD 

“My manager. Once a manager, forever a manager.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk 

“Jungkook~
Wake up when I wake you in the morning! Sometimes I’m scared when no matter what I do, you still remain motionless like a stone stature. And sleep on your bed~! Don’t sleep in weird position on the floor too~!” - Manager

5

It’s funny how everyone likes to question Clarke and her leadership abilities. Always knocking her down for the choices she makes. Nothing she does is good enough, every decision is judged. Yet when it comes down to it, no one else puts themselves forward, they come running to Clarke when they are faced with a serious situation. In ‘Tinder Box’ when Octavia is found not to be breathing, panic and shock kicks in and no one knows what to do. It’s Clarke who pushes her worries and fears aside. In fact she doesn’t leave time for her feelings to cloud her judgement. Her only goal is to protect her people, make sure they survive and it’s always been Clarke that steps up and takes charge of the hard situations so the others don’t have to. No matter how difficult they may be.

Hit Korean boy band BTS is ready to take over Anaheim

Rap Monster, one of the seven guys in the South Korean boy band BTS, says it was only at the end of 2016 that he and the others realized how huge their band had become around the world.

“Somebody in the company sent me a message: ‘You got No. 26 on Billboard OMG congratulations,’” says Mr. Monster, the 22-year-old rapper born Kim Nam-joon, by phone from Chicago where BTS was set to play on Thursday before hitting Honda Center for a pair of sold-out shows on Saturday and Sunday.

“At first I thought, 'Ha ha, your humor isn’t really very good,’” says Rap Monster, the leader of the group and its primary songwriter. “We didn’t believe it.”

But as more messages started to ping onto their phones he says the BTS boys realized it was no joke: Their sophomore album, “Wings,” entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 26 after its October release, making it the highest chart position for any K-pop act – not to mention one that sings primarily in Korean – and offering a bit of foreshadowing for Billboard naming the record the best K-pop album of the year.

Since then things have only gotten sunnier for Rap Monster, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. In February, “Wings” was re-released in a new edition as “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and the combined editions have since sold nearly 1.5 million copies worldwide. Music videos for “Spring Day” and “Not Today” were released a week apart last month as well and exploded on YouTube where they’ve currently racked up 59.2 million and 60.1 million views respectively.

“When we heard that and really got that, I was saying, 'OK, this is going to be a whole other world,’” Rap Monster says of the significance of the Billboard chart success and all that followed. “And I feel like we should do something more, and dream something more.”

This past week they’ve taken a step toward something more, playing their first headlining and sold-out arena dates in the United States, after previously having mostly played on multi-artist billings at KCON conventions held here.

“So many people just to see BTS was really an honor,” Rap Monster says of the opening pair of shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. “It feels dreamy these days.”

Not, mind you, that it’s been anything like an overnight success or an easy road for him and the other BTS members.

He grew up a top student in his school who loved American rappers such as Eminem and Nas, performing even as he attended high school and eventually catching the attention of BTS future manager Bang Si-hyuk at BigHit Entertainment in South Korea. And though he says he gave up on music when he was 16, lacking confidence in where he was headed, he says Bang encouraged him to stay strong, believe in himself, and sign on as the first to join BTS, even though at the time he wasn’t sure who or what it would end up incorporating.

“I was not aware of the other members,” Rap Monster says. “But I like the company and I respect them. And he promised to me, 'I will make you do your music and get big someday, so please believe me.’

"So I believed him.”

The other six members soon were selected, each of them bringing different talents on the mic or on stage. Songs were developed by Rap Monster and the other members, with a team of producers working to craft the best music from the raw material, the melodies and beats, that they created.

“Our chemistry is different from other groups,” Rap Monster says. “Everyone has their own points and characteristics. If I’m a bad dancer, a good dancer teaches me. If I’m a good songwriter, I help the others with a good melody.”

We ask the obvious question: Are you a bad dancer?

He laughs and answers: “Yes, I’m a bad dancer.”

Their music is different from a lot of K-pop acts that have made ripples on the American airwaves. They’re not popular because of the novelty aspect of their songs – think “Gangnam Style” by Psy from a few years back. And they’re not quite as bubblegum as a group such as Girls Generation or as eclectic as the synthpop of f(x), the first Korean band to play the South By Southwest festival.

Instead, BTS often aims for that sweet spot where R&B and rap get together, the kind of stuff Justin Bieber might be doing if he sang in Korean and there were six Bieber variations with fashionable hair and eclectic yet unified fashion choices.

“BTS music sounds like it’s from America,” Rap Monster says. “We decide to always watch the trends and watch what’s going on over the world. America’s the No. 1 market in the world so that’s why people in America prefer us.”

As for communicating through the language divide, Rap Monster says that’s partly handled by the group’s wildly enthusiastic social media following: “Fans translate our lyrics and interviews,” he says of a following that has landed them at the top of Billboard’s Social 50 list for a total of 17 weeks since “Wings” dropped in October. “They’re able to say, 'OK, BTS is talking about us and our lives.’”

And it’s partly addressed through lyrical subjects that express the common hopes and dreams and fears and worries of any teenager or young adult in any country.

“Our lyrics are mostly Korean but we always talk about the young people’s lives and their minds,” Rap Monster says. “There’s something similar between every young person in the world, in America or in Korea. We share something together even if we use different languages or live so far.”

American fans are also the savviest music lovers in the world, Rap Monster says, which made heading out on this brief headlining tour a little bit intimidating at first.

“We actually were scared of performing in America as a solo act,” he says. “Their playlists are the best in the world. I was really nervous for them.

"But after we were on stage our fear disappeared. They’re like everybody, they’re like friends. Singing along all of the lyrics even through the raps. They know how to play, the rhythms and the dances.”

An aside here to share our favorite piece of Rap Monster trivia. You might be wondering whether he spoke through a translator. He did not. His excellent English skills were polished in the classroom but also at home through what he refers to as “a Korean mothers syndrome.”

“'Friends’ was really famous for the mothers in Korea for English education,” Rap Monster says of the hit American sitcom from the '90s. “It was kind of like a syndrome. Korean mothers make their kids watch 'Friends’ even when they were eating food or playing.

"I think it really helped. It has like 10 seasons, I think, and I watched it like more than five times through the 10 seasons. They use the gestures and expressions, like, Americans use, right? I think that naturally teaches me how to speak or how to make a gesture when you try to express some emotions.

"Thank you, 'Friends,’” he says, laughing. “God bless 'Friends’!”

Rap Monster recently collaborated with the American rapper Wale on the song “Change,” which like some of BTS’ other songs – and unlike most K-pop – touches on politics and societal issues. He says he’d loved Wale’s music for a few years when the opportunity to do the song came along last year “like a miracle, like a dream come true.

"The song has already come out and we shot a music video together, but still sometimes I lie in my bed and think, 'Did I really do something with him?’” Rap Monster says.

He knows that boy groups from Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync to the Jonas Brothers and One Direction tend to have a finite lifespan before members get restless to move on solo projects, acting gigs and other opportunities. But he thinks the variety of interests and musical genres that individual BTS members have can be handled on the side or even within the group, and BTS itself can carry on.

So while Rap Monster says he’d love to collaborate with Drake or Miguel one day, Suga feels the same way about Kanye West and Flume. Jungkook seems more inclined toward pop R&B – his dream musical partners would include Bieber or Charlie Puth. V is a little bit old school, having mentioned Norah Jones and the Fugees as on his wish list. Rap Monster ticks off the rest of the band: Jimin digs Chris Brown, J-Hope is into the similarly initialed J. Cole, and Jin is a fan of old-school showman Bruno Mars.

“I always tell them that every time we have hits under the name of BTS we shine the best when we are a team,” Rap Monster says. “I know all the seven members, they love music, and I know their No. 1 wish is for us to perform and make music and sing and dance.

"Maybe someday someone will want to be on a television show or be an actor,” he says. “I just hope they know all of the popularity and fame and money is from the name of our team. That’s not one person, everybody contributes to the team.

"Nobody knows the future. I just hope it can last as long as possible.”

Peter Larson @ OCRegister

reminder to my fellow asians

Japanese internment happened.  The Chinese Exclusion Act happened and was not repealed until 1943.  Chinese people could not become American citizens until 1943.  Asian Indians could not be citizens until 1946.  Japanese people couldn’t become citizens until 1952.  Asian-Americans had no voting rights protection until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Make no mistake: discrimination and racism against AAPIs has been built into America from the start.  The diminishing and erasure of our contributions to building this country continue to this day.  We are the fastest-growing group and yet we either stay silent or are silenced.  We are not taught about our civil rights leaders.  We are conditioned to believe the myth of the model minority.

When it comes down to it, the rights we have today are a result of the Black civil rights movement and those Asian civil rights leaders who stood with them.  We are indebted to them, but as a group we don’t show it.  We are taught anti-blackness and colorism from an early age.  Some of us never realize our own racism and bigotry.

But we have to first understand it and second fight it, because this country is built on oppression of people of color.  You are either with other PoCs or you are not.  I’ll give you a hint: solidarity is the key.  Realize that the enemy is not other PoCs.  At the end of the day we aren’t white, and the past and present shows that.  They will try to divide us and pit us against each other.  They will offer us a seat at the table only if we remain lower.

That is, to be frank, bullshit.  That is not equality.  Reinforcing the hierarchy that white people have built only reinforces white supremacy and racism.  The faster we as a group understand this and combat it, the better.  This Day of Remembrance is a stark and moving reminder that we AAPIs remain targets.  It follows that it’s in our best interests to stand with other PoCs.

I support solidarity.

Yellow Peril supports Black Power.

OK guys hear me out on this but- I think that the entire TAZ world, or at least the seven red-robes are running on a constant majoras mask/refuge year long loop that resets with the earth being devoured by The Hunger, and that there is a second voidfish that (up until now) kept this a secret

There will be a tl;dr at the end

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LEADER LINE ☆ the pillars of seventeen 

160504 Seventeen’s first win —
S.Coups: We know that this award was given to ask for us to work harder. We’ll be a Seventeen that works hard every week, thank you so much.
PD: The unit leaders cried the most. Woozi, you didn’t get to say anything!
Woozi: (rubbing his eyes) It’s okay. Thank you.
Hoshi: We’ll be a Seventeen that works even harder in the future.