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Suspiria (1977)

September 26, 2016 Movie Of The Week

Italian horror maestro Dario Argento’s bewitching magnum opus Suspiria is one of the most atmospheric horror films ever made. Beautiful and bloody in equal measure, this one is required viewing for any die hard horror fan.

Suspiria tells the story of Suzy, an American ballet student who has just arrived in Germany to attend a prestigious school of dance, which… well, let’s just say the place isn’t quite what it seems. As her classmates begin to disappear one by one, Suzy must unravel the mysteries of just what diabolical deeds are occurring at the so called Tanz Dance Academy. It’s a slow burn that may seem a bit dated to some modern fans, sure, but when things boil over in the third act Suspiria delivers on its reputation and then some.

That being said, the real star of Suspiria isn’t the story. It’s the aesthetic. Full of shocking colors, unnatural patterns, and bizarre sets, the look of Suspiria has as much character as any of its actual characters. The Tanz Academy seems almost to live and breathe; its ornate decorum and eerie lighting, ever shifting from pinkish red to somber blue, give the school an ethereal, vaguely nightmarish quality that looms large over every scene, constantly reminding the viewer that something just isn’t right here. And believe me, it isn’t.

Accompanying the visual majesty of Suspiria is its fantastic musical score, one of the all time best in horror’s vast history of awesome scores, provided by the prog rock band Goblin. The score, especially its incredible title theme, sets the mood so beyond perfectly that it feels silly to describe it to you. Just listen for yourself. I’d throw that one up there with the Halloween and Friday the 13th themes of the world any day of the week. It gets under your skin and gives you the creeps in the best possible ways and I love it so much.

Honestly, that same line sums up Suspiria perfectly. It just has this wonderful way of getting under your skin and creeping you out. And what more can a horror fan ask for than that?

Wolftember Day 26: A Question I Hope is Answered Before the Series Ends

So when I planned out these answers back at the end of August, I was going to say I wanted to know What Was Behind The Door, but the show beat me to it! So now, honestly, my most pressing question I worry might not get answered is this - what the heck was going on with time/space on the Hephaestus to cause the weird shit that Minkowski talked about in her Am I Alone Now monologue? I had begun to wonder whether some of those threads were being dropped entirely, but since the beginning of the season we’ve found out just what the heck was going on with Hilbert and Eiffel’s weird hints. Minkowski’s, however, seem to have been in a direction weirder than the show has been going since then (although now apparently Lovelace might be an alien, so WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ANYMORE).

Hold Me

Requests: “#4&5 Damon Salvatore” Prompt List

“Damon.” You whispered, nuzzling the side of your face into his hand. Sometimes the vampire would find himself in your room, staring at you, watching you sleep in the middle of the night. Very rarely did you catch him. But tonight was different and you needed somebody to comfort you. It had already been a long day. You opened your eyes slightly and saw his shadowy figure standing above you. “I need you.” Your bottom lip quivered.

The vampire wasn’t quite sure why you were upset, and your day had been filled with swirling emotions. Damon was quick to kneel by your side while you placed your hand in his hair and soothed yourself with his dark locks spiraling around your fingers. “Y/N, what happened?” He whispered back to you.

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anonymous asked:

mermaid jiguk headcannons!!^^ (m-mermaid royalty?) hav a noice day <3

I wasn’t quite sure if you wanted for them to both be mermen or just one? But I really like the concept of mermaid!jimin and human!jungkook, so I just went with that. Please feel free to send in another headcanon of them both being mermen if that is what you really wanted! <3

+ Jimin is a merman prince with a tail that glimmers brighter than the stars and hair blacker than onyx

+ He frequently visits the surface to observe humans for his studies. It was and unspoken rule that you could study them as much as you would like, as long as you didn’t communicate with them

+ His friend, Taehyung, said that he had broken the rules and met a nice human named Yoongi, and frequently visits him

+ One day after his daily studies, he notices a man—a captivating man walking along the shoreline of an empty cove

+ He swims a bit closer to hear the human singing, and in that moment, Jimin was immediately enraptured in this person. His soft brown hair that fell in his eyes, his long muscular legs, the loose white button up that adorned his torso—he was amazing

+ Jimin finds that the human usually visits around the same time every day at the end of Jimin’s study time. Jimin observes the man for a week before one day, he falls and cuts his leg on a rock.

+ The prince is stricken with worry and immediately swims over to check if the human is okay. When Jimin pops out of the water, it scares the man to death. But he couldn’t move due to the injured leg—it was a nasty cut.

+ Jimin offers a special ointment they make under the sea that they have for their scales. The man slowly nods, and when Jimin pulls himself onto the cove, the other gasps. “Y-you’re a—” Jimin slaps a hand away. “Yes, I know I am. Now shut up and let me heal your leg before you bleed to death.”

+ The man’s bleeding ceases immediately and he looks at his leg in astonishment and back up at the merman. The man stutters out many questions, and the merman answers them all. They spend the rest of the night talking to each other and discovering more about their two different worlds. He finds out that the man’s name is Jungkook

+ Jungkook keeps visiting Jimin after that. They spend many days together, reading books from both of their worlds to each other while lying in each other’s laps, trying the foods, and learning traditions.

+ Jimin finds himself studying less and less and instead, experiencing. And he cant help but savor the warmth of every one of Jungkook’s touches. Taehyung says it might be love.

+ Jimin asks Jungkook to sing for him again, and the younger shyly complies. As soon as his sultry voice graces his ears, he knew he was falling hard.

+ One day while Jungkook was waiting for Jimin by the water, Jimin had the courage to pop out from the surface and plant a firm kiss on Jungkook’s lips. (Jungkook spluttered and fell back on his butt)

+ The kisses became more frequent.

+ Jungkook says one day: “Hey Jimin, I’m convinced that merman kisses taste sweeter than human kisses”  “Well I guess we should test that theory shouldn’t we?”

asdfghjkl I wanted to do so much more with this but it was getting so long :( 

I love the idea of demons who are not only completely honest, but quite candid.

“So, you’re totally in over your head six ways from Sunday, and you want to summon me? Next up, are you gonna treat your alcoholism by shotgunning whiskey?

I just wanna be sure we’re all on the same page here. I am a metaphysical loan shark. It is literally my entire reason for being. Like, by all means, sign this contract in blood, but you should know what you’re getting into. Consign your soul to a fool’s bargain, trade the world for a handful of dust and gold, sure, whatever. Just know that this is not a good blue-chip long-term investment.

Ooh, don’t cut there, that’s such a rookie mistake-”

no-me-mes  asked:

Would if the boys had a vampire girlfriend who was a liiittle stronger than them

Shu - He doesn’t care (I mean… it is easier for her to carry him around the place), but you best be submissive when he wishes to bite you.

Reiji - While he prefers to outbest one in the intellectual dominion, he doesn’t enjoy you having any advantage over him, including physical.

Ayato - THIS SHIT IS NOT HAPPENING RIGHT NOW-

Laito - Ooooo, can be quite a bit of kinky fun with him in bed, plus she can do some cool picking up tricks with him~

Kanato - He wouldn’t have one. He prefers dolls who are weak and submissive.

Subaru - Hah? Stronger? Well… This is an interesting turn of events. He would be tempted (if he feels comfortable enough with you) to go into a few spars.

Kino - Haha, sure darling, believe what you want, but I still got this gun~ Oh, pull anything on him, and you best run~

Monster

So this is a cute little fic because I love kid fics and I wanted to write more about little Derek.


“Mommy.” Said a little voice coming out of the dark that filled Amelia and Owen’s bedroom.

“Mommy.” The voice repeated, slowly climbing into the double bed Amelia and Owen shared and snuggling up to Amelia who was only just awake.

“What’s up?” Amelia whispered, snuggling her baby boy close and placing s soft kiss on his hair.

“There’s a monster.” Derek said, snuggling closer to his mother and shoving his little thumb into his mouth.

“Where?” Amelia asked, not quite sure she was able to produce proper full sentences until she was more awake.

“In my room.” Derek said. “It lives in the cupboard, it opened the door.” He continued, describing what had happened.

“And why were you awake?” Amelia asked, turning her head slightly to peer at the digital clock which read ‘2:35am’.

“Had to pee.” Derek answered, sticking his thumb back in his mouth for a split second.

“And you came back and the monster had opened the door.” Amelia said, trying to wrap her still half asleep brain around the situation.

“He opened the door. What if he wants to come out? What if he’s going to eat me?” Derek said, his voice getting more and more scared at the possibilities.

“What if he wants to be friends?” Amelia proposed, because surely there were friendly monsters out there. “What if he heard you moving and he thought maybe he’d be brave this time and open the door and see what you’re like?” She continued, trying to make Derek feel less scared about his potential monster problem.

“Monsters don’t have friends. They growl and eat things. Some monsters make fires too.” Derek said, curling up slightly so he could go under the covers. Who knew if the monster would leave his room and come in here to bite off his toes?

“Ahhhh, but that’s where you’re wrong. There are friendly monsters but you see they’re scared to show themselves because monsters have a pretty bad rap with us humans. They don’t want us to think they’re scary, so they hide. The scary ones don’t care, they just want to scare us.” Amelia said softly in a soothing tone, still holding her little son close as she spoke.

Derek turned his head slowly to look at his mother in disbelief. He had never known that there were monsters that weren’t scary before. He had never known that those poor monsters were scared themselves because of the other nasty monsters that make all the humans think monsters are evil. He didn’t want the monster in his cupboard to be sad or scared. He wasn’t a scary boy, he was still pretty little and he’d love to be friends with a not scary monster.

“So I don’t have to hide?” Derek asked, just to be absolutely sure.

“You don’t have to hide.” Amelia assured him, rubbing his hair a little and pushing her head back into the pillow to get more comfortable.

“I’m ‘onna go back to bed now.” Derek said with a confident nod. He climbed off of the bed and rubbed his eyes with his little fists and let out a tiny yawn. “You can sleep again now mommy. There’s no monster that can hurt you.” He said, letting his mommy know that she didn’t need to still be awake, she still had her eyes open and she was still looking at him.

“Okay.” Amelia gave Derek a little nod and couldn’t help but smile sleepily at his sweetness. She closed her eyes and pretended she was asleep until he was out of the room, then she sat up and thought a little about what had just happened.

Derek arrived back at his room and pushed the door open, shutting it behind him and looking around the room. It wasn’t so scary anymore, it was just his room. It was pretty dark, but his little night light was doing it’s job and shining right where he needed it. He walked up to his bed and climbed in, pulling up the blankets and wrapping them around himself. He then grabbed his teddy from the side of the bed and stuffed him under one arm, pushing his head into the pillow and looking over at the cupboard.

“You don’t have to be scared Mr. Monster, it’s just Derek and I’m not ‘onna hurt you.” He said before closing his eyes contently and falling straight asleep.

There was nothing for either of them to be scared of, not a single thing.

anonymous asked:

Envenus slowly walked from the forest and into civilisation, looking for something. As he made his way around the streets, he accidentally bumped into someone. "Oh- sorry- I didn't mean to-!" -discontentedsuggestion (i am here)

The blonde had been patrolling for quite some time now, he wasn’t sure how much time had passed since he’d started nor was he even sure what exact time it was. All he knew was that it was sometime in the evening since the sky was turning it’s beautiful pinkish-orange color. Perhaps he could head back now? Find someone else to finish up the shift. He was just about to turn and leave when someone suddenly bumped into his back.

The vampire turned around to see a human standing before him. A young man at that. Odd. Usually he managed to run into woman but it seemed that today’s situation was different. Not that it mattered after all. A human was still a human no matter the gender. With a slight grunt, the blonde eyed over the man carefully, taking in all of his features before staring directly into his eyes.

“What is it that you want human and why are you out here? Surely you aren’t from the Demon Company otherwise you would have attacked by now.”

His voice was cold and stoic as he spoke, sapphire hues unwavering. He wanted to know who this human was and why they came here. Did they not know vampires were roaming around along with the Horsemen of John? Either way, he supposed it didn’t matter if they were only going to end up dead in the end of it all.

Room 4. A6, 2016.

We went to the new Switch House building at Tate modern. Somebody pulling golden crucifix out the arse hole. Quite a crowd. I’m not sure what we learnt.

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Buying my first snake next weekend!

So I’m likely going to be bringing home my first scaly friend next weekend if I can get my hands on the last few supplies I need this week. There’s a local reptile expo happening on Sunday and that would most definitely be the ideal place to buy my new friend!

I’m going to be getting most likely a corn snake, although I’m not opposed to a rat or milk snake if they have some nice looking ones. Definitely something in that family though, I’m not at all ready to be taking home a ball python or anything harder quite yet.

I’ve wanted a snake for years and have already done my research on the basic care requirements for corns and everything like that. I currently keep hermit crabs, bettas, guppies, and a bonded pair of rabbits so like all my other animals, I want to make sure snake friend is getting the best care!

I have a couple questions though since this is my first reptile!

-what questions should I be asking the breeder when I see a snake I like?

-should I handle the snake I’m interested in buying at the expo? I know the general things I should be looking for in a healthy animal, but listing some red flags would be great just so I can be sure.

-this is such a dumb question probably, but how do I pay? Should I bring cash, a check, or do they take credit cards? I didn’t see anything listed on the website about it.

-how long should I wait for the snake to settle in before I attempt the first feeding?

-same with handling, I’m definitely going to give the snake at least 48 hours before I handle it, but should I be waiting any longer?

-I didn’t see this specified anywhere that I already looked, so how large should the feeding container be, and what’s the best way to get the snake back in the regular enclosure without messing with it in a way that might risk the food coming back up?

My Book 4 pre-wedding fic is actually going quite well and I’m enjoying the planning/writing stage, but I can’t seem to make myself work in chronological order. So the ETA may be further down the pipeline than I had expected.

This fills me with much guilt so here’s a small sneak peak, starring my fave:

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A Citizen’s Bill of Responsibilities

While recently working on a side project where I needed to think through what it meant to be a good citizen, I found to my dismay that my own conception of citizenship was quite hazy. I couldn’t remember talking about it very much in school growing up. Sure, I think I watched a cartoon about how a bill becomes a law, and got some lessons about U.S. history and the different branches of government. But I don’t recall the connections that were made between such facts, or how a citizen was supposed to engage with them — what it meant not only to live in this country, but to contribute to it.

So too, I found there were few modern resources on the subject of good citizenship. Civics, while it would seem to be an integral part of every person’s education, seems to be something we’re just supposed to pick up somehow as we get older. Unfortunately, that doesn’t often happen, and as a result, most people have a view of citizenship that’s just as hazy as mine — or more accurately, just as incomplete.

I eventually came to find some of the best insights about citizenship in my collection of old Boy Scout manuals, which always included a section about what it meant for young and grown men alike to participate in a democracy.

Especially instructive was a manual released in 1953 dedicated solely to explaining the Citizenship Badge (there was a whole series of short, separate books available at the time for each respective merit badge). The Citizenship manual explained that “citizen” was another word for “member,” that every young man was a member of a town, a state, and the nation, and that membership in these bodies, just like membership in any other organization, was a two-way street — it came with both benefits and duties.

When citizenship is mentioned at all today, it’s usually in the context of rights: “I have the right to do this!” “I have the right to do that!”

But as the manual points out, these privileges come with accompanying obligations [emphasis mine]:

“A good citizen has a ‘Bill of Responsibilities’ to live up to as well as a Bill of Rights to live under.”

A Bill of Responsibilities. You may never have thought about this concept, but such a thing inarguably exists. Membership in any group confers certain advantages, but they are contingent on each member following the group’s rules, actively participating, and contributing to the group’s health and strength.

While the privileges of the Bill of Rights are explicitly spelled out, the obligations of the Bill of Responsibilities are implicitly charged. The latter are thus easy to forget, often subsumed by an exclusive focus on the former.

Yet the continued existence of rights is premised on the fulfillment of their reciprocal responsibilities. Democracy can only flourish when people are able to govern themselves. In the absence of such self-governance, without the collective willingness to live virtuously, participate intelligently in the public sphere, perpetuate the greatest good for the greatest number, and serve each other and our communities, more and more regulations and laws must be passed to compel behavior and maintain order, curtailing liberty. Freedom paradoxically cannot endure without constraints.

Democracy is thus a two-way partnership: citizens receive certain rights, services, and protections from the government, and in turn offer their money, time, knowledge, and commitment towards maintaining these privileges. Individual rights must always be matched with individual responsibilities; one cannot hope to have a healthy democracy if citizens are solely focused on what they can get, to the exclusion of what they can give.

I think it is useful, then, to pause occasionally to discuss the implicit obligations of citizenship in a more direct way — to reflect on how we measure up in our duties. As the Scout manual puts it: “the ‘Bill of Responsibilities’ is a sort of yardstick of citizenship.”

Below you’ll find an attempt to spell out some of the responsibilities that are attendant to the rights contained in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; they can of course be added to, and vigorously debated.

1. The right to a fair trial./The responsibility to serve willingly on a jury when called.

It’s hard not to moan and groan when you’re called up to jury service. It’s an inconvenience to your life, and sometimes a detriment to your paycheck as well. But the factors that make jury service especially inconvenient — a steady job, being a business owner, having children — are also things which speak to the fact that you’re an engaged member of the community, and thus a valuable juror. When these kinds of engaged citizens try to duck their duty, jury pools are left only with those who aren’t “clever” enough to find an out, the unemployed, and the retired. This hardly makes for a jury of one’s peers.

Were you to be accused of a crime, you’d want a diverse, savvy jury hearing your case; give other people the same privilege by willingly serving when called to do so.

2. The right to free (and/or government supported) schooling./The responsibility to take full advantage of one’s education.

To my shame, I had never thought of education as being a two-way street until I read this in the Boy Scout Citizenship manual:

“As a citizen of the United States, you have the right to a free education in the public schools; but you also have the responsibility to do your best to take the fullest possible advantage of that educational opportunity in order to prepare yourself for a life of useful service to your fellow citizens.”

While we often think we have the right to goof off in school, that it only affects ourselves, if you’re attending a publicly funded institution or using publicly funded loans to finance your education, you’re goofing off on someone else’s dime. Factory workers and doctors, teachers and firefighters, are laboring 40-80 hours a week, and giving up chunks of their paychecks so you can play Fallout 4 and flunk your biology class.

If you’re a student, make good on your fellow citizens’ investment in you, by taking full advantage of your education and equipping yourself to leave school able to strengthen your community and country.

3. The right to protection of life and liberty./The responsibility to stay ready to defend that right and the willingness to serve when called.

Americans today enjoy the privilege of being protected by a professional, all-volunteer military force. But should another large-scale crisis, like the past world wars, emerge, the draft would be re-instituted. Citizens not only have the responsibility of answering such a summons when in force, and also staying ever ready to serve during times of peace. To the best of their ability, citizens should prepare their bodies and minds for a call to defend their country. The Founders imagined every man as a citizen-soldier.

4. The right to enjoy natural resources./The responsibility to preserve and conserve public parks and lands.

Our national parks are some of our greatest treasures, and our local parks some of our most appreciated retreats. Government provides access to these wild and bucolic preserves; citizens are charged with following “leave no trace” principles, practicing fire safety, and keeping them clean and pristine.

5. The right to welfare assistance./The responsibility to be as self-supporting as possible.

The government’s aid programs are designed to help those who have no other options for assistance — as a safety net when all else fails. Citizens have the responsibility of only availing themselves of such programs out of true and honest need, and making a best faith effort to decrease the chances of falling into that fix: working when possible, exercising financial prudence, and maintaining healthy habits. No one is ever entirely self-sufficient, but striving towards that goal ensures that welfare goes to those who really need it, lightens the burden on the system, and frees funds to be put towards other important projects, thus strengthening the nation.

6. The right to use public libraries, roads, transportation, parks, police/fire services, etc./The responsibility to pay the taxes which support such services.

Nobody likes paying taxes. But nearly all of us like to drive all over town and across the country on paved roads, eat non-contaminated food, and read reams of books for free. Nearly all of us want to know that the police and fire department would come to our aid in an emergency. All of these services, and many more, rely on tax money to exist. If you take from the pot, you also have to put into it.

This isn’t to say that citizens don’t have the right to opinions on how they should be taxed, and how their money should be used. As the Boy Scout manual advises, every citizen has the responsibility to “watch whether these funds are spent wisely or not.”

It can be galling to see how much government money is wasted and misappropriated, but the recourse to this outrage is to vote for politicians and policies that will change the system, not to stop paying taxes until they meet personal standards. Otherwise, one’s position is akin to someone who justifies stealing a business’ services because the individual disagrees with their business model; e.g., sneaking into a movie without paying because you think they charge too much for tickets.

7. The right to free speech and protest./The responsibility to offer informed opinions and constructive criticism, and to uphold the free speech of others.

The right to free speech, and its related rights to assemble peaceably and petition the government for a redress of grievances, are some of our most cherished American privileges. As long as we don’t unfairly hurt others, or incite violence or treason, we can say whatever it is we want. As Citizenship celebrates:

“The government cannot censor our letters, burn our books, cut our radio programs off the air, or otherwise hamper the free expression of our thoughts, providing we respect the rights of others. In America there are no ‘thought police’ to control what we read or listen to…We have the right to gather together when and where we please…Even when we are criticizing our government, we are entitled to police protection.”

While we have the right to say nearly anything we want, that doesn’t mean we should; we also have the responsibility to offer speech that is well-informed and well-reasoned.

Citizens should know how government works so as not to call for one of its branches to make a change or take an action that is not actually within the purview of its powers. Citizens should also not just complain, but offer constructive solutions, “avoid[ing] any criticism unless he can suggest an improvement.” We have the responsibility of actively striving towards the change we want to see — of putting our skin in the game and working through community groups, churches, non-profits, and elections to alter the landscape and address injustices.

At the same time, citizens should fervently uphold the right to free speech for others, including those — especially those — with whom they disagree. Too often there is a tendency to support free speech when someone says something with which we concur, only to throw it out the window when they say something that offends our sensibilities. But the right of free speech can only be preserved when it is applied equally, even to words the majority find despicable. The government is not to act as the thought police, and neither should its citizenry.

Finally, the right to speak freely comes with the responsibility to listen earnestly. It requires, as the Citizenship manual puts it, “keeping an open mind, trying to understand [others’] viewpoints, considering the minority opinion on a question and cooperating with the majority opinion, once it is accepted.”

8. The right to equality under the law./The responsibility to stand for the equal rights and opportunities of others.

A good citizen doesn’t just enjoy his own access to equal opportunities, his own equal protection under the law — he is distressed by the encroachment and violation of these rights for others. This not only applies to the right of free speech, but to other rights like the freedom of religion; if you want to enjoy the right to worship as you please, you’re responsible for supporting the right of others to worship as they see fit.

As the handbook advises, a good citizen wants everyone to share the same constitutional privileges he does, and “Stands for equal rights to opportunities for all, for fair play regardless of anyone’s race, religion, nationality, social position or way of earning a living.”

9. The right to bear arms./The responsibility to train yourself in the safe and effective use of your firearm.

The Second Amendment enshrines Americans’ right to equip themselves with one of the most powerful tools on earth — a tool which can take another’s life. With great power, comes great responsibility, and those who choose to exercise their right to bear arms, also have the responsibility of becoming versed in how to use their firearms safely and ably.

10. The right to vote./The responsibility to be fully informed as to candidates, issues, and parties.

While there are no longer any explicit barriers to voting (besides age), an implicit barrier should remain: knowledge of what one is casting his ballot for. Knowledge that runs deeper than headlines and soundbites, and encompasses a good understanding of both sides of an issue, and the positions, policies, and character of political candidates.

The simple act of casting a vote in and of itself is often seen as the ultimate expression of citizenship; but voting in ignorance is no better — in fact is often worse — than not voting at all. As the Scout manual admonishes, “Be a thinking citizen, not a thoughtless one.”

11. The right to publish anything short of sedition and slander./The responsibility to vet and examine published information.

Just as Americans have the right to say nearly anything they please, we also have the right to put down on paper (physical or digital) almost anything we’d like. The freedom of the press ensures that individuals and media companies can publish their thoughts, opinions, and reports without government interference. But the readers of these publications in turn have a responsibility for evaluating the validity and accuracy of the information that is disseminated — calling out errors and refusing to support purveyors of lies and misinformation.

In the digital age, when anyone and everyone is now able to become a “publisher” and exercise the freedom of the “press,” the responsibility to vet and filter information has become more important than ever.

12. The right to happiness./The responsibility to contribute to that happiness by living virtuously.  

Everyone loves that the Declaration of Independence consecrates “the pursuit of happiness” as an unalienable right. Yet few understand how the Founders defined happiness. It was not mere personal pleasure or a good feeling; rather, they conceived of happiness the way the ancient Greeks did: as virtuous excellence.

The Founders believed that the success of the republican experiment they were setting forth was contingent on its citizens living lives of industry, honor, frugality, humility, and justice. If citizens wished to enjoy their rights, they needed to live right; private happiness, or virtue, led to public excellence — an environment in which individuals had the liberty, protection, and structure to truly flourish.

13. The right to effective, intelligent, just representation by elected officials./The responsibility to be an active, engaged, informed citizen.

Everyone wants to live under a fair, honest, effective, efficient government. But few want the obligation of helping to produce that good government. They want virtuous politicians, but live morally lax lives themselves. They want to be heard, but don’t listen. They want to be served, but don’t want to serve. They want to get, but not give.

They don’t understand why government seems so inept…yet people invariably get exactly the leaders they deserve.

There is no protection without participation, no freedom without duty, no liberty without constraint.

If citizens wish to fully enjoy living under their rights, they must fully live up to their responsibilities.

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anonymous asked:

Hey I am pretty sure that I'm Bi (I'm a girl) but I'm super scared about ever coming out. my parents are quite closed minded and all of my friends are girls, I don't want to weird them out and ruin that trust I'm scared about it all. Any advice?

It’s okay if you never feel comfortable coming out. You don’t have to. Your orientation is yours alone, and you decide what to do with it. That includes who you date and who you come out to (if anyone). 

My advice about coming out is always to prioritize your safety first, and then your comfort. If you aren’t safe coming out to your parents, you probably shouldn’t. If you decide to, you can always come out to them later when things are safer, for example after you move out. But, again, you don’t have to, ever, if you don’t want to!

About your friends, if you are afraid of them jeopardizing your safety (for example, by outing you), then again, you probably shouldn’t come out to them. If you are uncomfortable with them knowing, then you definitely don’t have to tell them! I can relate to your fear of weirding them out. I was really afraid of coming out to my female friends because I didn’t want to be sort of kicked out of girl club, if that makes sense. I did decide to come out to them and it went really well; if anything, we became closer. However, it is possible to have friends who are less accepting and you know best what your friends are like. 

If you aren’t comfortable now, you can stay in the closet forever, or stay in the closet for now and reevaluate if your desires change. I’m so sorry to hear you’re feeling afraid and I hope you’re able to figure out what would make you most comfortable!

anonymous asked:

So,Manny have no idea what Halloween IS,right? after all he's celebration is Día De Muertos and is pretty different from Halloween.About that,what about Manolo explaing everyone about his celebration (Día De Muertos)?

It’s not that Manny didn’t know what Halloween was. He just didn’t celebrate it. Hell, in Grim Fandango, Manny doesn’t even celebrate Dio de los Muertos.

Manolo, on the other hand, does celebrate Dio de Los Muertos, and I’m sure if the others asked about it, Manolo would be thrilled about talking about the holiday. I bet Jack would have all sorts of questions for Manolo to talk about Dio de Los Muertos for quite some time.

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Mark and Cora continue to speak sporadically at work, and soon they begin to venture into a conversational realm beyond work. Mark learns that Cora has just moved into her first apartment, which she shares with two roommates. She’s an aspiring computer programmer and she’s working on developing an app that lets people rate strangers. Mark, on the other hand, reveals very little about himself–the less people know about him, the better.

“So how old are you,” she asks out of the blue one day while the two are taking their lunch hour in the store’s cramped break room.

“How old do I look?” Mark isn’t fishing for a compliment. He just isn’t quite sure what age he can pass for.

“I don’t know–23?”

“You’re spot on,” he smiles. He’s 23 then. He can pull that off.

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