no seriously i don't think you understand

p-dots  asked:

I was wondering if you knew anything about the situation with Billy the Asian Elephant at the LA Zoo? I just received an email from the Zoo that a city council motion was filed to remove Billy from the zoo, and they're still trying to fight to keep him. A lot of people claim he appears stressed which is why there's been a big fight to get him moved. I don't really know a lot about elephants so I don't really know what side is best to take or what sources to take seriously (other than the Zoo).

I’ve been following the story of Billy pretty closely. I’m glad you asked - it’s the sort of thing I think is really important to talk about, because people need to understand what’s going on behind the nicely framed stories about animal activism you hear in the media, but I’m never sure how much of that sort of animal industry politics followers are interested in reading. 

The reason this specific instance is so important is because it’s a hell of a lot more complicated than ‘sanctuary vs zoo, which is better for the animals’. The decision to go after Billy - and only Billy, and only right now - looks to me like a really strategic political decision from the animal rights movement, and it falls in line with what I’ve been researching the history, evolution, and MO of the animal rights movement. As I’ve been learning more and more about how animal rights organizations and their partnered sanctuaries conquer and divide to achieve the change they want to see, a very specific pattern of action has started cropping up and this situation exemplifies how they’ve learned to use legislation, the legal system, and the good intentions of the general public to remove animals from zoos. This explanation is going to seem a little bit like jumping at shadows, but this method of petitioning cities to seize zoo animals as assets - and the really conveniently timed fallout that would result from their success - is textbook animal rights organization planning. 

So here’s what you need to know - if Billy is sent to a sanctuary, the LA Zoo would lose their AZA accreditation. They’d likely then be subject to the new wild animal performance law that’s got major support in LA right now, because only AZA institutions would likely have an automatic exemption. The combination of loss of accreditation, potential inability to do public education and outreach, and the ability of the AR groups to spin the situation as ‘AZA kicked them out for being abusive to their elephants’ would massively damage the viability of the zoo as an institution for the foreseeable future… at which point AR groups could easily petition the city to seize more animals from the collection and send them off to sanctuaries, because it’s now “well known” what a horrible institution the LA Zoo is. That would normalize the idea that animal rights organizations and city officials with no professional animal experience know more about animal welfare than the best zoological institutions in the country, and would set a scary precedent regarding what sorts of institutions the public will accept the animal rights organizations condemning and removing animals from. With that sort of potential fallout - and all of the pieces of the puzzle having been successful, individually, within the last decade or so in regards to other animal rights campaigns - this really is not about a single elephant at all. 


AZA has this one really important rule in their accreditation standards, and it boils down to: any zoo they accredit must be considered the experts and have final say over the care of their animals. If anyone external to a AZA accredited zoo overrules that zoo’s choice of care for their animals in any way, that zoo loses their AZA accreditation because they are no longer viewed as having ultimate control over the welfare of their charges. This is really important when it comes to elephants, as the Toronto Zoo lost their AZA accreditation over exactly this situation: animal rights activists caught wind of TZ’s plan to transfer their elephants to a facility in Florida where they’d live in a bigger herd, and petitioned the city council to send the elephants a the Performing Animals Welfare Sanctuary (the same one they want Billy to go to, which has a known history of uncontrolled tuberculosis infections on the property to this day). The Toronto Zoo is a municipal zoo - which means its animals were city property - and the city council chose to claim the elephants as assets, ignore the evidence of animals with active TB already living at the chosen facility, and then overruled the Toronto Zoo staff’s due diligence about what choice would provide the best welfare for their elephants and sent them away to PAWS. Having been overruled by the city council and having lost control of animals in their collection, the Toronto Zoo lost their AZA accreditation. (They later reapplied and were re-accredited). 

So, if the animal rights activists can convince the city council to claim Billy as an asset and remove him to PAWS, it would really damage the LA Zoo as an institution. Their credibility in the eyes of the public would be destroyed, they’d lose exemptions from federal legislation due to losing their AZA status; they’d be forced to pull out of multiple major SSPs (because only AZA institutions are allowed to house animals in the Green level programs, of which LA zoo has number); they’d likely lose grant funding. What’s more, the zoo would then be subject to the recent law banning the use of any exotic animal in “entertainment”in LA, because if has the same structure as similar legislation we’ve seen in other states, only AZA facilities get an exemption. If true, that would mean the zoo would no longer be able to do education and outreach programs with their animals (and this law was backed by PAWS, the organization that runs sanctuary they’re trying to send Billy to). 

There’s a very specific reason that this whole campaign centers on Billy, not all three elephants, which is part of what makes it so clear this is a campaign with an end goal of damaging the LA Zoo’s AZA accreditation. Billy’s two elderly companions, Jewel and Tina, would be far better candidates to be sent to a sanctuary if welfare is really the concern driving the advocacy. They’re rescues from a private owner who were massively underweight and had chronic medical conditions, and it’s not as important for them to stay within AZA’s management as other elephants because they’re too old to contribute to the Asian Elephant SSP. The LA zoo has previously been willing to send older elephants to the PAWS sanctuary without needing intervention from the city council (that story is discussed below), so why is this newer campaign ignoring the elderly females and bypassing the zoo entirely by going to the city council when their welfare would likely be more improved by that sort of move? Jewel and Tina don’t belong to the LA Zoo - they’re officially part of the San Diego Zoo collection and on loan to LA - which means the city council can’t claim them as assets and forcibly remove them. The only elephant at the LA zoo that the LA city council has the ability to control is Billy, and so it’s pretty clear this is about getting the city council to overrule the zoo’s choices in caring for their collection and not about which elephants would benefit most from leaving the zoo environment. 

This is an attempt by the animal rights industry to undermine the LA Zoo as an organization - that much is clear. Billy is just a convenient figurehead and an animal that the public will empathize with while being completely unaware of the the ulterior motives behind the advocacy effort. It comes at a delicate time, too, as the LA Zoo is currently in the process of developing a new master plan for the future of the facility. That’s a future that would be massively impacted by a loss of accreditation and all the potential fallout that would go along with it. 


So that’s the context to the Billy situation, and why people are fighting so hard on both sides of the issue. But what the public really cares about here isn’t the politics, it’s the animal welfare, so here’s a look at history and the welfare of the elephant at the center of all this furor. 

Billy at the LA Zoo. (Photo Credit: San Diego Blogs)

Billy is one of three elephants at the LA Zoo - he’s the youngest, at 32, and the only male. Billy is kept separated from his two elderly female companions, Jewel and Tina, because he’s young enough to still want to reproduce and would injure the elderly ladies if he tried to mount them. However, while the elephants are always separated by a barrier, the exhibit was designed with heavy-duty wire fences that meant the elephants could always be able to see, hear, and touch each other through it. The LA Zoo Asian elephant exhibit is one of the biggest elephant habitats in the United States at 6.5 acres (with almost four acres of yard space), and was opened in 2010 - the construction of a state-of-the-art habitat was part of the resolution from the first time animal rights activists demanded the elephants move to a PAWS sanctuary. 

In 2006, an elderly Asian elephant named Gita died at the LA Zoo. It’s not clear what led to her ending up in position she did, but she was found laying on her back legs with her front legs stretched in front of her. Nothing they did could entice her to stand back up, and she eventually died as her body weight crushed her own tissue and the toxins released during that process overloaded her kidneys. (While this sounds brutal, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is likely how many elderly large animals die if they lay down for the last time in a position that puts their weight on their own body). Animal rights activists had already been agitating for the LA Zoo’s elephants to be sent to a sanctuary, and they used Gita’s death as momentum to push for Billy and the other female housed there at the time, an african elephat named Ruby, to be transported to a sanctuary where it was claimed her welfare would be much higher than at the zoo. The LA Zoo eventually caved to public pressure and chose to send Ruby to PAWS (keeping their AZA accreditation by doing so voluntarily) where she was immediately housed with other animals without a proper quarantine period, exposed to animals who were TB positive and were not diagnosed until after death, and eventually died herself in 2011 from an unknown disease that looked suspiciously like TB (PAWS declined to send out samples for testing, despite what appeared to be physical symptoms observed during the necropsy). 

Gita at the LA zoo in 1999 in the old exhibit. ( Photo Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Billy remained at the LA Zoo after Ruby left, and the organization undertook a 42-million-dollar elephant exhibit renovation with the intention of bringing in another breeding male and a number of females as part of the Asian Elephant SSP. In 2007, local activists sued to halt construction of the exhibit with the goal of removing elephants from the LA zoo permanently and forcing Billy into a sanctuary - after a case that was drawn out for a number of years and repeatedly stalled exhibit construction, the judge assigned instead that the LA Zoo was allowed to continue exhibiting elephants but was required to exercise them frequently, make regular exhibit improvements such as tilling the soil, and banned the use of tools such as bullhooks and guides at the facility. When the new elephant exhibit opened in 2010, the LA zoo decided to put breeding plans for Billy on hold in order to house a pair of bonded female Asian elephants - Jewel and Tina - who had recently been removed from a private owner who had neglected their medical care. 

The three elephants share access to the large, heated elephant barn and have 24/7 access to five unique outdoor yards. Each yard has a substrate of soft sand that is tilled regularly to keep it from becoming compacted and hard - the shifting motion of the sand helps keeps the elephants in shape as they walk over it - and each yard has unique features like puzzle feeders, bathing pools and waterfalls. 

Browse and treats are placed at unique locations around all the yards each day, encouraging the elephants to explore their environment anew each morning. In addition, a comprehensive environmental enrichment program makes sure the elephants always have novel objects and stimuli to interact with and a daily training session (which the public is able to watch as a demonstration most days a week) keeps them mentally engaged by practicing foot care, grooming, practice for any veterinary behaviors that might be needed, as well as strength- and balance-focused exercises.

The AZA accreditation standards - which cover general animal policy in 34 pages, and use another 12 to cover animal interactions with the public or use in education programs - have dedicated 32 pages specifically to the regulations regarding elephant husbandry, training, nutrition, body condition, enrichment, and welfare assessments. As a large AZA-accredited zoo that frequently falls under the celebrity-studded, critical eye of the local populace, it’s inconceivable that Billy’s care (and that of Tina and Jewel) is not in accordance with these highly detailed requirements. 

Photos of the new LA Zoo elephant exhibit. (Photo credits: The Portico Group).

The LA Zoo’s elephant exhibit, finished in 2010, was designed by The Portico Group, a design firm founded in Seattle, WA in 1990. The Portico Group’s exhibit designs consistently awards every year within the industry for their incorporation of the newest animal welfare science and management technologies as well as educational and interpretive options. Their design for the LA Zoo is on par with the quality of the rest of their designs, and features a similar amount of yard space for the elephants as the design they created for the widely-praised Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Africa expansion that opened in 2013. 

Billy in his habitat at the LA Zoo. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Richard Vogel)


One of the biggest reasons people express a concern for Billy is a head-bobbing behavior he’s been known to perform his entire tenure at the LA Zoo. The public is aware that repetitive behaviors (called stereotypies) can be signs of low quality welfare, and often worry that means that Billy isn’t being well taken care of at the zoo. However, one thing that isn’t commonly known about sterotypical behaviors is that once developed, they rarely go away once the animal is in a better welfare situation - which leads guests to often misunderstand an animal’s behavior as it relates to their current care. 

The LA Zoo has studied Billy’s head bobbing behavior over the years, and concluded that it appears to be an anticipatory behavior rather than one brought on by stress, as it mainly occurs when the elephant is awaiting the arrival of food, expecting a keeper interaction, or getting ready for movement into another area of his habitat. They also found that Billy had been noted to be displaying the head bobbing behavior when he came to the zoo at age 4 and that it was not something not something he developed during his life at the facility. 

Just because the behavior doesn’t mean that Billy has low welfare in his situation at the LA Zoo doesn’t mean the staff just want to leave him to bob and sway: to help decrease the amount of head-bobbing Billy does and engage him in a range of other behaviors, the keeper staff change their husbandry routine slightly each day and provide enrichment at different times in order to keep him investigating his environment instead of standing and waiting for regular occurrences. 


At the end of the day, Billy’s welfare does not appear to be the impetus pushing this current furor around “rescuing him” - he’s a convenient figurehead for what appears to be a well-coordinated attempt to undercut the LA Zoo’s credibility and accreditation status. 

But even though the actual welfare of the elephant is irrelevant to the organizations pushing this agenda, the general public is now very invested in understanding Billy’s welfare in regards to the outcome of this situation. 

The sanctuary animal rights activists are recommending Billy be sent to has multiple issues with basic elephant husbandry and medical treatment. PAWS was unable to evacuate their elephants in when threatened by a massive wildfire in 2015, due to their policy against doing even the most basic husbandry training with their animals that would have allowed them to be walked into a trailer or crated for transport. Instead, the animals were sheltered on site as the fire came within a few miles of the facility, putting them through massive amounts of stress and resulting in probable smoke inhalation. PAWS frequently take in animals that are reported as healthy upon transport, only to report having to euthanize them within a few years due to crippling chronic conditions. Most concerning is that PAWS appears to be plagued by frequent tuberculosis outbreaks among their elephants, potentially with multiple strains of the disease, despite their stated adherence to biosafety protocols -and that they have had at least one animal die while sick with active, contagious TB infections that were only discovered post-mortem. 

Billy is currently housed in a modern elephant habitat that was created in accordance with best practices for elephant management by outstanding architects - a remodel that was done specifically in response to the original welfare concerns about LA Zoo’s elephants in the late 2000′s. He has access to state-of-the-art veterinary medicine and is cared for by a dedicated team keepers who practice medical treatment behaviors, like foot care, with him daily to ensure that he can quickly receive treatment in a stress-free setting if it becomes necessary in the future. LA Zoo’s elephant keepers work hard to keep Billy active, mentally stimulated, and make sure he has plenty of positive social interactions with both the human and elephant members of his herd. 

If the goal of the general public is Billy’s welfare, he is far better off in a habitat designed for him to inhabit with the staff he has known for a better part of two decades than being sent across the country to a facility with massive red flags in their elephant management program just to fulfill a political movement’s agenda of damaging the facility that holds him. 


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Mercury + Communication
  • Aries: Give it to me straight. Get to the point. Say it like you mean it. No nitty gritty bullshit, give me the meat of what you are saying.
  • Taurus: Ease me into what you’re trying to say. Keep the communication on a practical level. No abstract ideas, ground your words into the earth and I’ll understand.
  • Gemini: However you want to explain this to me is good. I am very interested in your words. I can receive this any way you want to explain it.
  • Cancer: Communicate it to me in a way that you know I can receive. Your words strike emotional chords in my body. Be gentle as I digest it.
  • Leo: Can you explain this to me in song? Or pictures? Or dance? No? Okay well just make me feel like what you are saying holds relevance to my life and I am open ears. Also.. MAke it exciTING !!
  • Virgo: Please lay out the details for me. You speak a word and I find a million questions for clarity. I want to hear and understand everything about what you are communicating to me. Don't be vague.
  • Libra: If you really want me to hear you.. Don't be to brash, or dramatic, or all over the place. Please be concise and balanced with your communication. I appreciate what you have to say, just keep it level headed.
  • Scorpio: I want to know the truth. Give me the fucking truth. I want to know the depth. What is behind your words? What is your motive with these words? Don't you dare lie to me. I will always find out your truth.
  • Sagittarius: Give me the big picture, the philosophical concept, the dream. Ignite me with your words. Expand my mind with your communication.. I am so open.. Just don't bore me. I need a sense of purpose to listen.
  • Capricorn: If you want me to take you seriously, know your shit. Communicate factually in a mature manner. If you want me to hear you without judgement, your words must impress me. I don't have time for the wishy washy wandery words. Get to the point.
  • Aquarius: Please communicate this to me in the most abstract conceptual way you are able. If you want me to receive your communication I need to be met with intellect that causes me to really think over your words.
  • Pisces: Explain it to me in a story. I can't understand all of your crazy ass details. I need you to paint me a picture with your words.

i blame danzo for everything 

Naruto’s parents death? Danzo 

Zabuza and Haku’s death? Danzo 

Orochimaru being a shit and fucking everything up? Danzo 

Sasuke leaving the village? Danzo 

Uchiha massacre? Danzo 

Madara resurrection? Danzo 

Neji’s death? Danzo 

Sadness through out the entire series? Danzo 

Jiraiya’s death? Danzo 

ITACHI’S DEATH THAT WAS FUCKING DANZO 

SHISUI’S DEATH?? THAT WAS DANZO TOO 

Unnecessary fillers? Danzo 

Karin being a bitch for a little bit of time? Danzo 

Poverty across the universe? Danzo 

Capitalism? Danzo 

Me being stuck at Panera? Danzo 

Donald Trump? They’re both the same person so I guess I can blame Donald Trump too. 

(#danzoshimuraanddonaldtrumparethesameperson) 

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: it's been almost 2 years and i still think about how much better the doctor who 50th would have been with paul mcgann in the role of the war doctor. i just don't understand why a new incarnation played by an entirely random actor was necessary. especially when paul mcgann was so willing to return to the role of 8th doctor. are you really telling me he was only willing to do the 7 minute prequel? i don't believe it. he would have totally done the 90 minute episode. he's been playing the role for years off screen, longer than any other actor to boot, he would have totally taken up the offer to return to the screen. it would have been such a great book end to his movie as well; 7's regeneration into 8 and his regeneration into 9 both on screen. amazing. and do you know how much cooler it would have been to see the 8th doctor? To see him betray the name of the doctor, to see him become so desperate to stop the madness he throws himself into the war he tried so hard to avoid? do you know how much more heart wrenching that would have been since he's a character we actually know? why did they force a random regeneration on him when they could have actually used HIM for the episode? i just don't get it. it would have made so much more sense too. especially since in a way the 8th doctor really is the bridge between classic and new who and isn't that what the 50th was all about? celebrating the two and bridging them together? he was the first doctor to try to bring doctor who back - the bridge already existed. how does it honestly make sense to throw a man who never had anything to do with doctor who in as the bridge? that's just silly, isn't it? john hurt is a great actor and all but he's not the doctor, you feel? like we all assumed 8 was the one who fought in the war anyway, why change that? and wouldn't it just have been amazing to see paul, david and matt on screen together? like c'mon, they would have been fantastic. why didn't this happen? WHY DIDN'T WE GET PAUL MCGANN??? I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

wolfer1098  asked:

Hey. I was wondering something. Why are Hufflepuffs always looked down upon? Ever since I was designated a Hufflepuff (five years ago) I have been ridiculed and mocked for being one. I don't understand that. What's wrong with being Loyal, Hard-working, and overall nice people. I'd rather be loyal to my friends than be someone I'm not.

Trust me my dear @wolfer1098, I know what you mean.

When my family went to Universal my sister and went directly to Diagonal Alley to get our robes (my sister is a Slytherin). Personally I think I rock the Hufflepuff robe. However, I was mocked for being Hufflepuff. The worst part was there wasn’t really much blatant shouting or mocking. It was always the whispering behind my back.

“Hufflepuff? Seriously? What a loser.”
“Honestly, why would anyone CHOOSE Hufflepuff?”
“Was he actually sorted into Hufflepuff? Wow. I feel sorry for him.”

That’s worse than just walking right up to me and saying it to my face. You end up walking around always expecting that people are watching you and talking about you behind your back.

It’s at times like these you stand up straight, adjust your black and yellow tie, clasp your robe and walk proudly.

Honestly the staff members in Hufflepuff were glad to see a fellow badger. I even had a little bonding moment with the Hufflepuff singer in the acapella performance.

Like I’ve said before, the traits of Hufflepuff house are really taken for granted in today’s society. People think Hufflepuff is just for the leftovers, the ones who weren’t intelligent enough, or brave enough, or ambitious enough, for the other houses.

If that’s your argument then I could turn it around and say you were not loyal enough, kind enough, or as hard working to be worthy of being a Hufflepuff. But we all know that’s not the case. It’s not a matter of being “enough” of something that warrants where you get sorted.

Those in Hufflepuff are generally there because it is the traits of Hufflepuff that they both value and strive to improve in themselves. Many times there is a natural inclination that helps push people to their houses, but this isn’t required.

Look at Neville. Courage isn’t born, it is made. This is a Gryffindor who was terrified and was made fun of but found ways to better himself. He strove to find that courage and he worked hard to better himself and he ended up doing so.

So to the people who mock Hufflepuff. We’ll still be here for you. Despite criticism and mocking, we’ll still be there to lend a hand or stand by your side. That is what Hufflepuff is all about.

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soaringhawk159  asked:

Hi, if you don't mind me asking, what other instances of things unsaid play a role in Gon and Killua's friendship?

Alright let’s talk a little about Gon and Killua’s unique dynamic.

So much of Gon and Killua’s relationship is built on less words and more action and unspoken understanding—or like I’d said in the tags, more about what’s unsaid than what’s said—and I think it’s one of the things that makes their dynamic so interesting. The way the two boys communicate and understand each other is seriously fascinating sometimes.  

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If Yuuri was a stripper back in Detroit Pt 8
  • Yuuri: Hey Viktor. Why's there a pole in the middle of the room?
  • Viktor: Why do you think ;)
  • Yuuri: ... For decoration?
  • Viktor: Seriously?
  • Yuuri: ???
  • Viktor: *sighs* I'm going to have to spell it out for you aren't I? I want to see Velvet Axel.
  • Yuuri: WHAT?!
  • Viktor: Come on. It'll be fun! Look I even have some bills for you *waves giant wad of cash*
  • Yuuri: No! I can't! I stopped doing that!
  • Viktor: Pleeeease? *puppy dog eyes*
  • Yuuri: No!
  • Viktor: *long sigh* I just wanted to reenact the day I fell in love. I thought it would be romantic.
  • Yuuri: Eh? I don't understand.
  • Viktor: I fell in love with you after seeing you on the pole at the banquet.
  • Yuuri: WHAT?!
  • Viktor: You were so hot.
  • Yuuri: OHMYGAWD!!!
  • Viktor: Won't you dance for me Yuuri? I love the way you move to the music.
  • Yuuri: *hides in shame* Why did I ever tell him about those days? Why?
  • Joshua: what's that feeling called when your hearts starts beating faster when you see a cute guy
  • Wonwoo: it's called being gay
  • Joshua: no no you don't understand I'm not gay that's not what it is
  • Joshua: I just think guys are attractive and would like to date them
  • Wonwoo: that's what being gay is
  • Joshua: seriously wonwoo if you're not gonna be helpful you don't have to be here

anonymous asked:

Wow wow wow. I followed you on twitter after seeing a bit of GT, then a few weeks later realized you are on tumblr. I've spent the last hour over-dosing on your feed, I don't think I've ever become teary-eyed just from looking at beautifully drawn characters before. You are truly lifegoals and have gotten me seriously working on my lineart again. I now understand why people use anon, I do not feel worthy to be looked at by you. <3

Oh gosh It brings me lots of joy knowing that you like my work and that it could get you back into working on your own stuff! That means a lot to me! No need to feel unworthy!! Ahh thank you!

anonymous asked:

it just doesn't make sense anymore. People say he signed with syco because of the last right of refusal thing but why would they spend that much on a client just to sabotage them. People say it's because louis stood up to the suits while in 1d but syco, as a company that's basically failing, can't afford to sabotage their biggest client rn because of petty revenge? I just don't understand anymore.

Honestly you are me, anon. I legitimately don’t understand either. I was just saying to someone earlier tonight that I need to sit down with Tyler Brown and Russell Eslamifar and be like please. Explain to me like I’m 5 what you’re doing with Louis’ career and why you think the choices you’ve made are the right ones. Break it down for me because I’m seriously not getting it. It makes no sense from ANY angle.

anonymous asked:

My bff is (apparently) really into Riverdale, and doesn't understand why I refuse to watch it or talk about it. I told her it's because they erased Jughead's asexuality, but she made it into a joke. She told me it's funny how defensive I get over that issue, but to me it's not a joke. I told her that Riverdale seriously offends me, but I don't think she took me seriously. I'm disappointed, and I don't know what to do if she bring it up again.

Just stare like this

Originally posted by icicesttouslesjoursmercredi

It would be wrong of you to force your friend to stop watching it, but you aren’t and it’s wrong for her to dismiss your feelings.

anonymous asked:

Shouldn't Rumple be with someone who could be an equal to him in terms of power? Wouldn't that be better for everyone? He is being with Belle but they have nothing in common. I don't know put this without sounding anti Belle, because that's not my intention, but she is awfully vanilla next to him. You wrote that really great essay about the RBV trope. Belle is no match for Rumple magically or intellectually, she didn't suffer like he did so she doesn't have enough experience to understand him.

Therefore while he loves him, he doesn’t take her seriously. She can’t make him change, because the people he has respect for are Regina, Emma and other tougher, more powerful, experienced characters. I think they are both in love with a fantasy, Belle with the idea of taming the Beast, Rumple with the idea of a kind, pure person loving him. But their relationship is built on an illusion and never worked. Why would it work in the future? Why would it be good for any of them? (I don’t think writers meant us to see it that way, but have you noticed how bored Rumple looked during 6B when he was around Belle? Even at the dinner table in the end. Do you think that is a coincidence?) I’m sorry but I’m not sure I see why this relationship is good for either of them. But I’m interested in reading your thoughts.

Shipping is love, PsstIShipRumbelle!Anon, and I don’t think I can logic you into loving something. Especially since part of Why Rumbelle Works for Me is chemistry; if you think Rumple looks bored in the happy ending montage clearly that’s not coming through to you.

Originally posted by rumplestiltskin

We should all be so bored, but your mileage may vary

What makes a relationship healthy is being partners– but there’s a difference between partnership and power. For instance, Milah and Rumple in FTL were equals in that they were equally poor and miserable, but that certainly doesn’t mean they were a healthy relationship. And Rumple and Cora were equals in terms of magical oomph and ambition, but their love only brought each other heartbreak and dead peasants. Just because you can both throw fireballs  doesn’t mean you bring out the best in each other, you know?

Originally posted by fairytaleasoldastime

Lizard Ambition, by Calvin Klein. Smell the Magic ™.

And I don’t think you can MAKE anyone change, you can only encourage them to “go back to the best version” of themselves, which is what Rumple says Belle does. If Belle wakes up one morning able to breathe fire or something I doubt it would suddenly change their relationship; nor should it. I think Rumple respects Cora, Emma, and Regina not because they’re magical but because they fight for what they want– and so does Belle, in her own way.

Originally posted by juliagraham

Iconic

This is why Rumple’s taken with Belle in the beginning and his dying act in S2 is to call her “a hero who saved her people.” Magic isn’t the only barometer of power– courage counts, too, and being steadfast in your beliefs, and not taking shit– all qualities Belle has in spades. “Sassy and principled” isn’t necessarily worth less than “sassy and murderous.” Also I don’t think we can say Belle hasn’t suffered when she’s been locked up and shot and mind-wiped and cursed and had her pregnancy-sped-up and, worst of all, got benched for all of 6B. Not that suffering necessarily makes you empathetic– Hook’s suffered, but it’s taken him a while to care for people not his family, and Belle was empathetic and helpful towards random people (Mulan, Leroy, Archie, etc.) even before her biggest troubles began.

Originally posted by biathenas

Bring this back someday, yeah?

At their best– or at least, what could be their best if they were ON-SCREEN TOGETHER A LITTLE LONGER (sorry, sorry, pulled a Hook, I’ll stop shouting), Rumple and Belle challenge each other in the best sort of way. She gets him to veer from IF PROBLEM THEN MURDER linear thinking, and he stimulates her .  . . mind. You’re right that they both started out with illusions about instantly fixing him on her end and pure love as an excuse not to fly right on his end, but those illusions aren’t there by the S6 finale. I think they see each other for who they are AND who they could be, and that double sight helps encourage them to be their best selves. 

Originally posted by rumbellesource

Yin/Yang, motherfuckers, I ship it

But I ship them, so I’m obviously biased in this case. Hope this helps to provide another perspective, Anon! Thanks for trusting me not to blast you for the question :-). My Anons are the best Anons.

anonymous asked:

I seriously don't understand this whole mentality of 'If you're over 21, you're not allowed to participate in fandoms anymore!' If 21 is the drop off we wouldn't have the VA's or staff to create VLD or anything that's considered pop culture. And let's not forget the talented writers and artists who create the fanfics/art they consume. I have a very one tracked obsessive personality, and unless I eventually grow out of that then I'll be going crazy over shows/comics/movies till I die

Lmao people who think you shouldn’t be in a fandom over 21 must be like 13 year olds who have literally no idea wtf adulthood is

anonymous asked:

Okie dokie, so I'm trans too and I'll admit genderbends do make me uncomfortable, I really don't think you did anything wrong. Your posts were easily hidden with blacklisting and a post blocker, so no harm done. I really don't get why that person felt the need to yell at you over an ask :/ The least they could've done was nicely explain the issue and ask without all the caps

I understand that. I suppose that person just didn’t know how to communicate. I seriously meant no harm and had no idea. Sorry If I caused you or anyone discomfort. Believe me. I’m not anything that anon called me. That was crossing the line. I apologized but will never receive one from them. It’s the way of the world. As much as I hats to, I may be moving my art elsewhere. My fan base is here, but I keep running into issues with anonymous people saying hurtful things to me, leaving me with no way to counter the attacks. All I want to do is share my craft with you all. I’m not a malicious person out to hurt people. Coming from someone who as been through her own struggles in life, believe me when I say that I love everyone. I don’t see how anyone can hate anyone or say such ugly things about them. I just hope that anon his happy now and will please leave me be. I hope that they will take down their post that is CLEARLY about me. Calling me a disgusting transphobe. If they truly hate me that much, then they need to just unfollow me and forget I exist. This is bringing me back to my days in high school. That was clearly very immature and uncalled for. I’d like to think we are all adults here and can resolve issues without hurtful name calling or being down right rude. Thank you for writing me. Sorry I ranted… I love you all and thank you for your kind words

So my mum took me shopping for some clothes for school.
  • Just like always, this is how it went:
  • Me: *goes into women's section to make my mum happy*
  • Mum: "oh, don't you like this! This is nice! HOW ABOUT THIS!"
  • Me: *looks at women's clothes, thinks to myself "I don't understand this shit"
  • Me: *complains about how women's clothes are made because seriously, some shirts I'd have to buy four of and where them all at the same time just so it's not see thru!!!*
  • Mum: "stop complaining, it's not me that makes the clothes!"
  • Me: "well y'know, some other sections of the store might have some close that actually make sense!"
  • *continues for about 10 minutes*
  • Mum: "fine. Y'know what, if you wanna look at the men's section go, but hurry up"
  • Me: *does a tiny fist pump of victory and skips over to the men's section happily like the person I am"
  • Me: *SO MANY NICE CLOTHES!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • After all that I finally bought three shirts and they all look AWESOME!!!

teethsoup  asked:

I honestly don't understand customers sometimes? Like A) how can you be that shitty to another human being in general but B) do you not have a job where you have to deal with other people? Can you seriously not put yourself in any other employee's shoes and think like "wow I would hate if a customer came to my job and did that to me"? It's mind boggling honestly.

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For the Anon who asked me something with Kanjiklub. I hope you like it!

anonymous asked:

Honestly people gotta stop asking you for advice :/ Like ik people want help but they should go to someone who might actually know how to deal w the problem instead of you, someone they don't really know. (Sorry this came off as rude, but I see so many people asking for help here and you're not really experienced with like actually delaying with it so people should just stop)

thank you so much for this ask
like guys
im only a 16 year old polish girl who cant solve her own life problems, do you seriously think i know everything ;;;; i understand advice like what i should do with a troublesome friend but like im not a doctor i cant tell you what to do if suddenly your arm exploded or smth