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Analysis: Romance in One Piece

Note: I’ll be posting condensed versions of this analysis in other sites

A) Relevance of plot and characterization AKA Unbiased Readers Vs. Delusional Shippers

“Who lives on ilusions dies from disappointment” – An old Puerto Rican saying

Most of us know One Piece is a very popular manga. Its high quality and popularity depends on several factors, among them we could name memorable and likeable characters along a deep, compelling, fun and action-packed story. The One Piece many know and love wouldn’t exist without the balance between these factors

When talking to at least 3 different One Piece fans, each of them non-shippers who analyzed the manga they all enjoy, I found interesting and pretty sound perspectives of the One Piece story and its nature. All of them value characters, story, development, consistency and logic; something I can totally relate to

But I also found a pattern; these 3 guys shared one single outlook on the very same subject: shipping. Regardless of their expectations, all of them expressed distate for shippers’ general mindset and “odd” viewpoint:

One of them called shippers out for ignoring characterization and very clear and direct statements made in the manga. His attention was centered on a Luffy pairing and how it contradicts his own character. Oda once explained that he writes Luffy as someone pretty straightfoward when it comes to expressing his thoughts and feelings, and this non-shipper said with brutal honesty that for the discussed ship to happen we would need to disregard and/or discard the very core of Luffy’s character. Meaning Oda would need to stop being consistent and faithful to his own story and characters

The next one explained how shippers tend to turn a characters’ relationship into a sappy teen love fantasy that doesn’t match One Piece at all. His analysis also exposed how integrating this kind of underdeveloped “love” into the story would severely damage One Piece originality, ruin the series and needless to say destroy the likable dynamics between several characters as well as their own development. This fantasy, this so-called “love”, is what the vast majority of shippers support and defend. The same kind of “love” most non-shippers, fans and critics dread

The third non-shipper gave me a more detailed explanation: this is even more rough than the other two as he describes that the common shipper mentality of “he/she likes her/him so they should be together” can “only be likened to that of elementary schoolers”. And how shippers take every little meaningless detail and blow it out of proportion with no regard for context, legitimate bonding or the canon story!

But we can’t put all the blame on shippers. Many manga authors seem to have no idea how to write a character-driven series or complex character relationships. In fact, mainstream shonen writers have their fair share of guilt into promoting this common shipping mindset by being notoriously bad at writing romance. Which results in underveloped premises that leave your average fan skeptical, and your average critic disappointed at a poor portrayal of emotional bonding and a severe lack of cohesive narrative in the “romantic love” department

This is the reason why many fans, critics and non-shippers hold the shippers’ perspective in a very low regard. Just like the third non-shipper states: “The blushing, longing stares, corny ass lines etc. That kind of poorly portrayed romance is the kind of thing dreaded by the average fan because it reduces the quality of One Piece to the level of such poorly written series”

So an author needs to build a relationship the same way one person would construct a building: stablishing a strong foundation on companionship, respect, trust, signifcant moments, and emotional bonding. All of this must come before reaching the status of “romantic interest". In relation to this subject, there’s a trope called “First Girl Wins”, a portion of its description truly fits this criteria:

“From a [extradiegetic] point of view, the Law of Conservation of Detail suggests introducing the Love Interest early. An early introduction allows you to get the audience interested in her and rooting for her, gives you space for Character Development, and gives her relationship with her (eventual) partner the most time to develop organically. And with all that said, it’s such a common device that in all likelihood, it sometimes gets played for its own sake.” – tvtropes.org, 2017

Notice this isn’t a cliché, this is a literary device to enhance the story. Pairing up two characters without meaningful moments, emotional build-up and development, is the equivalent to lazy writing. Having such elements firmly stablished for two characters and then deciding to go for a different “route”, pretty much wasting a well-developed relationship for the sake of a “weaker” premise, would be the equivalent to bad writing

Is Oda, the man who’s willing to die for One Piece, a lazy writer? Of course not! Is he, a man who planned the ending years ago and is still sticking to said ending, a bad writer? Being number 1 in Japan and having such a loyal fanbase all around the world prove he’s not!

Do shippers want Oda to be a lazy/bad writer? Facts already answered this question as many (although not all) fans value their own fantasies and delusions over the manga canon and/or the author’s take on the characters and their relationships

Many (but not all) shippers now have a war. Not only against rival ships but mainly against One Piece story and consistent development. Yet as the old saying goes, those who live on delusions will have to eventually face reality and disappointment, because Oda is not a lazy/bad writer like some people here would want him to be

B) Romance Dawn AKA The not so secret origins of One Piece

“If we don’t know where we are going, it can be helpful to know where we come from” – Jostein Gaarder

When debating posible outcomes, fans rarely look back at the time when One Piecewas a still a work in progress. Taking a look at Romance Dawn V.1 and Romance Dawn V.2 helps us to see there are constants present in all versions of these Works that made it into what would later become the most popular manga in Japan

But before discussing those constants I would like to clarify the meaning of the word: “Romance”. There are people who doesn’t really grasp the concept of “Romance” both One Piece and Oda work with. Luckily the first two non-shippers I meantioned shed some light on this subject:

Romance:

“A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or strangely beautiful
“A long fictitious tale of heroes and extraordinary or mysterious events, usually set in a distant time or place”
“A narrative in verse or prose, written in a vernacular language in the Middle Ages, dealing with strange and exciting adventures of chivalrous heroes

– thefreedictionary.com, 2016

“A prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious
–  Merriam Webster, 2016

Romantic:

“Marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized
“Having an inclination for romance: responsive to the appeal of what is idealized, heroic, or adventurous

–  Merriam Webster, 2016

These definitions match pretty well One Piece and Oda outlook on this concept. Even Oda lampshaped this by giving his own translation to the title: 冒険の夜明け (“Bōken no Yoake”, “Dawn of the Adventure”)

So Oda’s “romance” covers a wide variety of themes: Adventure, heroism, mystery, virtue, idealism… we can find comedy and tragedy, happiness and sadness. And among the virtues and the idealism we find companionship and love. As the second non-shipper I mentioned explained One Piece is pretty much like an “Adventure novel”, which is why we’ll find in One Piece many of the tropes commonly used in those books

Among those tropes, we find a couple of constants in all versions of “Romance Dawn”

The golden-hearted protagonist and the “First Girl” who doubles as a female lead. Think about this “what if” scenario: If things would’ve played different back then and One Piece never went beyond “Romance Dawn V.1”. If that story were to be elaborated futher, which two characters would had shared the most moments to become endgame? The answer is pretty simple: The golden-hearted protagonist and the female lead!

But when debating, the weight of the argument depends on edvidence so we need to rely on what we can confirm. And we confirm this, what’s the constant in Luffy’s story in all versions of Romance Dawn? a Nami-like character

This becomes even more interesting when we discover that at an interview at “Manga no Chikara” and others, Nami was supposed to be the first one to join Luffy but her debut was postponed by Oda’s editor at that time. Edvidence of this being a last minute decision remains on the first color cover:

Yet as the second non-shipper noted: “her role as secondary protagonist was not altered” for “Nami shares with Luffy the largest character development in the entire series”. And as explained here we already know how the trope goes when someone seeks to write a natural growth for an emotional connection between two characters 

In fact, the relevance of Nami to Luffy’s story is implied in what Oda himself said about Strong World: “I really wanted to make a ‘hero saves the heroine’ story (ヒロインを助けるヒーローを描きたい the japanese sentence). [….]. You might think otherwise, but I had no intention of bringing in someone new to fill that [heroine] role. So when I had to think about whom to use for it amongst the straw hats of course that meant Nami

In Oda’s mind, Luffy is the hero and Nami is the heorine! We can tell that the hero and the heroine are meant to be the driving forces of the series, and therefore putting them together makes the most sense from a storytelling perspective

C) LuffyxNami AKA LuNa/LuNami

“Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men” – Thomas Huxley

Many shippers tend to ignore and disregard the importance of staying faithful to the canon story, and the author’s take on the characters and their relationships

To makes matters worst some of them even deem as illogical any argument solidly based on these factors. While considering stuff like lines, frogs, sweat, fire, nonexistent sexual tension, assumption of sexuality, and even assumptions of pregnancy, as legitimate proofs of a plausible outcome! In fact they even value comparisons to other series with a different tone, themes, and characters over anything that the One Piece author conveys through his work

There’s even people who goes as far as editing the wiki as if that would change the story to match their preferred pairing!

But in order to reach a conclusion that remains true to One Piece and its nature we have to rely on the very same foundation that was already described several times: mutual trust/respect, faith on one another, significant moments, stress in their relationship and emotional development. If the story doesn’t let you build your premises on these elements, the conclusion you’ll reach will obviously be flawed and stray away from what One Piece really is

So here I’m not only defending the premise I strongly support; I’m defending the very same story and build-up that contributes to this bond’s natural growth:

As explained before there’s nothing explicitly romantic about major interactions. But given we’re dealing with a good and dilligent writer, what we’ll get to see is how big to small moments stablish an emotional connection between two characters, and how that becomes the base for a even greater growth

First we have the themes of trust and faith: At first Nami doesn’t trust Luffy very much, out of her clear distate for pirates, until witnessing how far was Luffy willing to go to selflessly help others. Even then Nami treated their relationship as a mere business and later betrayed the crew

Still Luffy always trusted Nami to the point of putting blind faith in her. Even when given reasons not to do so. One remarkable example is when Luffy was informed by someone trustworthy (Johnny) that Nami apparently “killed” to Usopp, and Luffy not only kept holding onto his blind faith in Nami but he also threatened Johnny for saying such things about her


This becomes something remarkable when we take into consideration that Zoro quickly gave up on Nami and later tried to attack her without even a second thought! While Usopp just wanted  the Merry back…

And it would later become even more impressive in the Whiskey Peak Arc when Luffy came to doubt Zoro because of the words of wounded man he didn’t even know, and even doubted Robin during Water 7 until Nami told him and the crew the truth behind Robin’s desertion:

But what else makes this situation with Nami any different from others we see in the manga? Some might point to the saga where rescuing Robin was the primary objective; but in Robin’s case Luffy knew her life was in danger for Robin was planning to die for the crew, and he got the resolve to save her only after learning the truth. Others might point to the current arc, but he saw right through Sanji’s act and got desperate to rescue him only after hearing his life is in danger.

Here, Nami’s life wasn’t in danger as far as Luffy knew. And he constantly try to reach out to her despite her harsh attitude and the fact he knew next to nothing about her past and her current circumstances. It was only when he saw her cry he got enough motivation to beat Arlong, and it was only when he got a small glimpse of what she went through that he lost it!

How does Nami respond to this? Initially she wanted to get Luffy out of her villaje and her life. While Nami indeed grew fond of Luffy and the others she wasn’t willing to bond with any of them; she held on her distrust of others. But that changed when she finally hitted her lowest point, when she finally lost all hope. Then it comes Nami’s first major development as character: she realized she needed to rely on someone else, she realized Luffy was her only hope Nami decided to rely on him. The following scene marks the first time of many when Nami relied on Luffy to a emotional level. And the first of two times when Luffy entrusted his treasure to her in a touching gesture to provide comfort and hope:

From the very beginning the emotional build-up between Luffy and Nami was a key factor for one of the most meaningful and memorable moments in One Piece. The moment when Luffy becomes Nami’s “emotional anchor”

The effect Luffy had on her character was also quite powerful as we could see during the 2nd pass of the hat: back then at Skypiea arc Nami could still panic at dreadful situations: 

But as soon as Luffy gave her his treasure, the panic stopped and when he was later removed from the battle field, Nami was capable of drawing enough courage from Luffy to face the big bad from that arc:

Not to mention Luffy’s final move against Enel was combined effort of the two as well as an impressive display of mutual trust/faith

We can continue to appreciate their development even futher as the story goes on. As someone already pointed out, Nami during Water 7 displayed an impressive resolve and determination, but as soon as she got the chance to explain Luffy their situation she opened her heart to express how she felt, her anguish and her distress. When Luffy reassures her that he will save Robin, she doesn’t cry anymore until she reunites with Robin

Their bonding is even futher explored in the only One Piece movie fully written by Oda: Strong World. As this is the author’s take on their relationship is still a valid argument to support Luffy/Nami development:

We already considered how impressive Luffy’s blind faith in Nami can be. So after listening to most of Nami’s recorded message, Luffy gets enraged! Why?

Well, after all that time Luffy relied on his navigator without ever doubting her. He was likely expecting all his trust and faith in Nami to be reciprocated

Turns out Nami does return that feeling! And why can we say that? Remember the movie’s ending: Nami finds out everyone in the crew got her hidden “save me” at the end of her message… everyone but Luffy. Then when Luffy is about to play the recorded proof of Nami’s unwavering faith in him, what does she do? She tries to get rid of the “edvidence” out of embarrassment 

It’s easy to see then why Nami seeked out Luffy for hope and comfort during Zou. And how she did something similar to what happened in Water 7: she opened up to Luffy

I said it before, since Luffy is Nami’s “emotional anchor”, it makes sense for her to keep strengthening her bond with Luffy. And given Luffy needs a guide to new adventures and someone “mature” enough to sometimes keep him in line, it makes sense for Luffy to grow closer to Nami

She once summed it up pretty well: “He always talks big, but when it comes down to it, he knows nothing about the sea! He’s severely lacking in the ‘sense of danger’ area! And he always overdoes it…if I left him alone, he’d die. And he’s stupid, so I have to take care of him. That’s why I’m gonna help him!” - Nami, chapter 596

Still, none of this is explicitly romantic in the traditional sense of the word. But just like someone who’s contructing a building, we start dealing with the foundations to then proceed to make a solid structure: a well-written relationship that enhances the story

As someone once reviewed, Luffy and Nami dynamic doesn’t need to chance for them to become endgame for they already have anything they need to finish that “building”. And that’s what’s being a potent pairing means: having everything to your favor for futher development and growth. Luffy and Nami definitively have the major moments and the emotional bonding while remaining consistent to the One Piece canon to be considered a Potent Pairing

Bonus:

It’s interesting we find other interaction that proves how comfortable is Nami around Luffy: 

She doesn’t mind having Luffy around her, what she really minds is Luffy wanting to go to dangerous places But why is this relevant? In Thriller Bark we had a clear showing of how she reacts to pervs trying to accomplish what Luffy did here. She electrocutes them. We can confirm she haven’t changed in this regard because at the end of Fishman Island arc Nami electrocutes a perv for trying to peek at her while she was taking a bath

Another interesting detail about Nami’s attitude toward Luffy is a change we see in WCI. Of course we have the remarkable faith and trust Nami puts on Luffy by even boasting how him being the future Pirate King ensures their victory over Cracker’s ability.

But the real change is when Sanji brutalizes Luffy. Nami already stated she felt guilty for what happened when Sanji got taken. But when Sanji did his “little” number on Luffy her attitude changed, she not only begged him to stop but was also promising they’ll leave if he did (Luffy clearly disagreed on that)

After seeing the way Sanji treated her captain, Nami did something the could seem pretty justified because of what happened: she slapped Sanji and then sarcastically played along Sanji’s “royal” act.

When she goes to Luffy and finds out her captain is not relenting on his effort to get Sanji back, she gives us this little gem:

The Japanese text for Nami’s dialogue reads: “Luffy!! Why?! No matter what his reasons are, after he did all that to you…”

The term she used here for the line in bold conveys the idea of severe mistreatment. She was obviously mad at the way Sanji attacked and badmouthed Luffy and his dream. Ironically Luffy is the one who shows far more emotion to the prospect of getting Sanji back than Nami, she kept displaying far more concern for Luffy as the chapters went on

Nami is now showing, little by little, more of a emotional attachment to Luffy. Which makes a lot sense given what we saw in their story

Perfect Jerk

 Jughead Jones x Reader 


 This is my first Riverdale imagine so I hope you’s all like it and any feedback or requests are welcomed. Enjoy! 


 To the eye Jughead Jones was a jerk. He barely spoke apart from to his good friends Archie, Betty and Veronica but I knew he had a heart of gold but felt misunderstood. High schools not a good time for anyone, growing up, making friends, losing friends, puberty and the rollercoaster of emotions and with the death of Jason Blossom still on everyone’s minds, especially now knowing he was murdered didn’t help anyone.

Riverdale is a small town, nothing stays kept hidden and with Jughead now writing for the Blue and Gold along with his novel everything about everyone’s past and present was about to be exposed. Sitting in Pops across from Jug as he typed away on his laptop, I admired his determination to finish it as well as put the truth in it, about Riverdale, about the people who live here and mainly and certainly mostly Jason’s death.

“You’re staring” Jug, mused his eyes never once leaving the screen. I blushed, averting my gaze down to the table. This was a common thing for us, Jug always working and mostly me just staring and admiring what felt like from afar but much much closer.

“I like watching you work” I mumbled, admitting it for what felt like the millionth time. The corners of his mouth turning up slightly into one of his very genuine smiles that no one got to see that often. “And you know your staring distracts me” His eyes flicking from the screen to mine briefly.

After dating for 5 months, the ‘honeymoon period’ as most people call it, I still couldn’t get my head around the fact that me, Y/N, has Jughead Jones, the dark haired, sarcastic, down to earth, loner, mysterious to the eye, an outcast to anyone who doesn’t know him, as there boyfriend.

In public being loved up as every other couple was a no go for Jug, he would do small things without realising though. He would move stray strands of hair out of my face in conversation or if I was doing assignments, lightly kiss my forehead occasionally, lean his arm on the back of the booth in Pops but when he got lazy he would let is lazily hang over my shoulder, it was small things he done but they always make my heart swell up with warmth and make my heart beat like crazy. Behind closed doors was always my favourite time with Jug, things were always more touchy but nothing overly excessive, like constantly making out but we did share more intimate kisses every now and then, we cuddled more and we would ask each other questions everyone else would ask the internet because they’re to afraid to ask out loud.

The chime of the diner door snapped my eyes away from the window, hearing the voices I knew, I didn’t have to turn around too know who it was. “If it isn’t the three musketeers” I joked, sliding further up the booth for our friends.

“Oh Y/N, how I love your lame jokes” Veronica, joked back rolling her eyes as she slid in the booth followed by Archie and then Betty. “It’s okay Y/N I love you for you” Betty, winked making me laugh out loud. “I love you guys too” Jug, finally putting away his laptop now the gang was here.

“You guys could disrupt a grave yard” Jug, chimed into the conversation. To anyone else they would find that disturbing but this was what Jugheads, humour is like and it may not make them laugh like hyenas but we’ll all let out a little chuckle because even though it’s a morbid thing to say we all know it’s a joke. “And this is why I thought you were a jerk” Veronica, admitted for yet another thing Jug said. “That’s just how Jones, expresses himself” Archie, defended his best friend. This made Jug, laugh because he knew that’s what everyone thought. “It’s how I keep the unwanted attention away” He joked back with Arch and Ronnie making us all laugh.

“Then he must be the perfect jerk” I smiled, leaning over to kiss his cheek lightly watching as the light shade of pink enveloped his cheeks at the open PDA, also made worse by the 'aww’ of our friends.

First off, I have NO FUCKING CLUE what marketing is

but i saw google say something about salesmen and now all i can think about is charismatic young Bitty the salesmen. Picture this.

You’re in the supermarket (or Walmart, if you get suckered like I do) and this young, southern, guy is doing a demo of some hand mixer. He’s got so any fruits and vegetables and stuff for smoothies around him. And he’s so animated, and the moment the two of you lock eyes, you know it’s done for

“Hi! Nice to meet you, I’m Eric,” he says to you and all the while his hands don’t stop moving, he’s cutting, chopping, slicing and dicing

“I know you’re probably busy and that’s alright but i would just love to show ya’ll what I’ve got here.”

He has an audience by now because people are mainly watching his hands and how he can just chop without having to look down, but then he’s talking again, mouth going a mile a minute

“My Moomaw used to tell me how much she hated having to chop her ingredients all fine and then grind them down or put them in the blender because the blender took too much time when she had to make multiple pies”

“And honestly I agree! I mean, a food processor is much quicker now but there’s still not enough time when you have a bunch of pies to get in the oven and a group of football players coming in from practice in an hour”

Then he turns and whips out some fancy hand mixer, but you’re not even focused on that, because this man has drawn you in with his charisma and charm and smile, even if he talks quite a bit

“Now, I know what ya’ll are thinking,” he says, “but i promise it’ll be one of the greatest investments you make. I bought one myself and have never been happier! My boys back home love it, my Moomaw has one, and I sent one to my momma too”

and then he uses the hand mixer and the fruits and veggies are smooth in seconds. the group around him is amazed but he doesn’t stop there

“Now, ya’ll wanna see what that becomes after you use this handy little mixer right here?” and then he goes and pulls out pie. like, he actually brought them with him and they’re nice and warm and he passes out samples.

“gets your puree so well mixed, the kids will never know there’s any veggies in it!” he winks and smiles at the little ones, who are so excited for pie

and the pie is so good, you somehow manage to walk away with six mixers in your cart and you can’t bring yourself to take them back because you don’t want to see the look of disappointment on his face.

Eric would be a genius marketer and this was a bad way of showing it i’m sorry

Hey guys,

This is a personal matter but it’s something that needed to be said. It probably should have been said a long time ago but as open as I am to you guys there are some things that I do like to keep out of the public eye. That being said, this is Jess!

Jess is one of my very best friends and for a large part of my time on YouTube she was also my girlfriend. Many of my favorite videos over the years were a direct result of her inspiration (The Impossible Let’s Play series, Markiplier Highlights, and numerous sketch videos.) You may also have spotted her cats in a few videos here and there! She’s an amazing and caring person who, in turn, made me a better person altogether. Unfortunately things didn’t work out in the long run but we’ve still stayed friends.

Now you may be wondering why I’m saying this now if things didn’t work out? Well, it’s mainly because there’s a lot of rumors that get spun behind closed doors that cause some unfair judgement to be made about people that don’t deserve it (i.e. Jess.) Bottom line is, she’s an incredibly talented person who deserves so much in life and I wish her nothing but the best. And it would mean the world to me if you could check out her YouTube channel and wish her the same. She’s just getting started in the Cosplay/YouTube/ASMR/Baking world and she could use a bit of encouragement!

Thanks for taking the time to read this, hope you have a wonderful day!

HER CHANNEL ►► https://www.youtube.com/saucycosplays

Nostalgah’s intro

Hey everyone! I’m Kirsty, I’m 18 and from England. My personality is INFP-T and I’m loyal, caring and weird (in a good way of course). I’m quite shy although still very chatty to the right people! I’m the sort of person to have a few very close friends rather than lots of friend’s but I absolutely love getting to know new people, especially on here since there’s so many different cultures, experiences and opinions to talk about which is really exciting and is why I’m really happy to have been accepted into this awesome squad

Just two random facts about me, I have a secret now not so secret love for Abba (mainly mamma Mia songs), I say this since I have many of their songs in my head right now and also for my 18th I went on a hot air balloon ride over the countryside! :)

I really love nature, both forests and the beach are my favourite thing because they remind me of my childhood, which I get rather nostalgic over (hence my url), I tend to get really excited over simple things such as today a sting ray in an aquarium was SO cute and also if I find a new type of pinecone I don’t have yet - since I’m collecting pinecones!

I love watching TV although there’s never enough time.for it, I watch WAY too many tv shows however a few I watch are The Arrow, Gossip girl, The Flash, TVD, The Originals, Westworld, The 100 and some crime tv shows. I wanna go into neuroscience because I find the brain bloomin incredible and my dream is to be a part of creating a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.. Thanks for letting me be a part of this <3

Help Jace find cosplay friends for he is lonely

WAIT DON’T SCROLL READ THIS PLEASE

(Totally not using this account because people actually follow me here heh)
Hi it’s Jace, and I’m looking for cosplay friends in New England (more specifically Massachusetts and states close by). I don’t have any cosplay friends sadly, and I’m in desperate need of some.
I cosplay mainly Homestuck now, but I still do SnK/AOT sometimes. I also do Matt from Death Note as well.
I have a very flexible schedule and I’m not a scary person I promise. Do not be afraid to message me!
I’m open to people of all ages, just know I’m still in school (sadly).
You can check out my cosplays and art stuff here: @flowercrowns-and-pens
And my personal: @thegayestcat where I reblog shit I like.
Last but not least, PLEASE spread this around for me! Reblog so I can hopefully find some friends.

hey guys I’m uhh still alive, sorry that I continue to be absent here. I’ve added info to my sidebar about how many requests I have and which one I’m currently working on, partly for myself and partly so that you guys (mainly the people who have requested stuff) can see how it’s going, and if you’ve requested something from me please feel free to send me a message asking for a progress update or anything like that since I know I’ve kept you waiting a while now. I hope that I’ll start being able to actually run this blog but for now I’m just kind of struggling, thanks for everyone’s kindness and patience, I hope you’re all doing well ♡

Ya’ll keep sitting around on here talking about how Disney channel has gone down hill and how it was so much better and taught us important lessons back in our day but are like totally ignoring girl meets world which is midway through its second season right now and has already covered:

. Bullying

. Cultural appropriation 

. Respecting the work and difficulty behind all professions no matter how trivial they seem 

. Death 

. Anger management issues 

. The effects the government and the people running it can have on all of us, mainly kids and why they should still care about it despite not getting a say in it 

. How unconventional teaching methods may be beneficial to those who struggle to learn in a conventional way

. How you should never change yourself because of how other people see you

. But if YOU want to change and reinvent yourself that’s totally okay bc you’re growing and you don’t quite know who you want to be yet and if trying new things can help you figure that out then you go ahead and change and blossom into what you want to be. And only if it’s what YOU want to be 

. How the creative arts are just as important as maths, science, English ect and how your creative talents are valid and deserved to be nourished 

. One of the best things I’ve ever seen on disney where they’re in class discussing etiquette for a school dance and a boy and a girl go in front of the class to perform a play about school dance etiquette and the boy says: ‘Miss Hart would you do me the great pleasure of accompanying me to this dance?’ And the girl literally just replies: 'No.’ And the boy stops, they turn and say 'ETIQUETTE’. And that’s it. That’s literally the end of it. They literally just informed children everywhere that when a girl says no you stop and that’s the end of it. How are we not all raving about this?! 

And apparently it’s going to be revealed next episode that one of the main four kids might be autistic. Can we please give credit where credit is due because this kids show is actually trying to teach kids things that are important and beneficial to their growth as human beings. Also Cory Matthews is back. The celery has returned to TV and he’s just as high strung and as weird as ever. And it’s beautiful.

Also Shawn Hunter’s still got it. 

I mean what?

What’s going on in Brazil? #08

So, we’ve had……. a complicated month. So complicated that in all honesty there is stuff that I haven’t even fully grasped yet. But we can put it mainly in two topics: government-voting-new-fucked-up-projects and corruption scandals. And they are connected, so grab a drink (you’ll need it) and let’s go through it, as fast and as clearly as possible.

Let’s start with the laws things. If you’ve been looking at Brazil at all through the last months you should know we’ve got ourselves into a big ass financial crisis (and I won’t discuss why here cause that’d take another 20 paragraphs). . And you should also know that our President Dilma Rousseff was impeached a few months back, so her vice-president, Michel Temer, is in charge. Except he’s not sticking to her plan, or the plan that got them both elected, but to an opposite one. I’ve discussed it before somewhere here. If you’ve got no idea why Rousseff was impeached and all I’d strongly recommend you stop and google that or read my previous analysis and links to it cause it’s gonna be hard to grasp without that background.

So, moving on. Financial crisis demands acting from the government, right? Right. That’s what the new government thought too, and they’re taking action. Problem is… what is the action? 

The main act is called PEC 241 or PEC 55  (PEC simply means law project if you’re wondering) - it changes names when it goes to senate (and it has, since congress approved it. Senate should vote it this week). What it does  is freezing public spending for 10 years, and it can be extended for another 10, making it possibly 20 years of freezing. It’s an austerity measure, and basically the government would only be able to increase spending in any area by cutting investments in another one (having corrected the values year after year based on the previous years inflation). And looking from a distance, that seems great, right? But we need a deeper look here, especially at two points. First is, this would be applied for expenses in Health and Education too. We have public health systems and public schools/universities, yes, but especially the health system and the schools aren’t really in good conditions (the universities are still the best in the country, but deteriorating fast as it is), so cutting investments in those would mean a lot more deaths and a lot more illiteracy, for starters. Our results on the PISA this year were already worse than before, so you can see where i’m going. Someone did the math a few weeks ago, and if this law had passed 10 years ago, we’d had spent 60% less than what we did on health already, which is to imply we’d have total and absolute chaos. I mean, there are thousands of people dying literally at hospitals floors at this point, I don’t think we can take a damn cent out of it BUUUUT that’s not even my point here.

The real point is that expenses on Health and Education together don’t even amount to 10% of our GDP. So it is to say that they might take resources out of it to  try to cover the debt (now somewhere from 40-60% of our GDP) and that will fuck up a lot of people, but it won’t really make a huge change to the debt. See how shitty that is? Besides, investment in education and research is the path that would maybe someday lead us to closing that debt that comes mainly from our current economical world dynamics and history, but that’s a debate for another day. 

The second part where it gets ugly is that this law project would also impact on public servers wage. And having no real increase in your payment for the next 20 years should seem fucked up by itself, but you’ve got to add something else to the mix: Supreme Court ruled legal just a few weeks back to cut on wages of public servers that strike. So basically they’re gonna freeze your salary and if you strike you don’t get paid so you can’t really strike but will likely not earn enough at some point as well. Great, huh?

Second thing they’re working on is Social Security, making the rules so that it’s harder for people to retire and making the work-time needed so long there are literal memes of toddlers on those work costumes spreading around under “someone preparing to get retired before DEATH after 2016″. So that’s not really great either. Oh, and ofc they’re cutting normal citizens retirement plans, not military ones or the politicians ones (which make for HUGE part of the debt in social security, actually). They also promised to make labor laws “more flexible” (we all know what that means, right?) and “privatize everything” (which they started, WITH OUR OIL. Another matter for another time.

Now off to the corruption scandals, and we’re gonna link all of this at some point. We’ve had at least 3 through the past couple of weeks, and they’re about literally everyone and i’m not using literally lightly there. First one blew up yesterday or the day before when one of the people from one of the previous scandals got their testimony/bargain deal leaked. It’s a bribery scandal and the point is: the more people you give up, the less years you get. About 70 people from the same company that was involved in this bribery scandal committed to taking those deals, aaand that was one of the first ones to come out. 

Our president got named 43 times through it. Yes, Michel Temer. Yes, forty-fucking-three-times. And he’s not the only one at all, the list of important people on it is so big a newspaper literally just dedicated the whole first page headline to the names and then ellipsis and then another three lines of names bellow and they were far far from done. What came as a surprise is that the main party here that was blamed for The Root Of All Corruption And Evil™ (known as PT, Rousseffs party and why most people wanted her impeached) was… less prominent on it than expected. Instead, it was mainly made of names from Temers party (PMDB) and the strongest opposition party (PSDB) that is basically in control of the government now too. And there’s like, another 60 people of the same company still waiting to speak. So. Yeah. A movement started to ask Temer to step down yesterday.

Second scandal - what a surprise - also has Temer at it. Oversimplifying it: Minister A wanted thing done in a certain city to value his own land, but the area was historical patrimony so he went to pressure Minister B, in charge of that sort of thing, to cut him some slack and allow the thing to go through. Minister B denied (it was like a 30 story shiny building in the middle of a colonial historical center like what the fuck was on this dudes mind I don’t even-)  but he didn’t stop there: B went public saying Temer (yeah, the President) had also pushed him on to solve the matter cause once press got a sniff of it they were all on top of both Ministers. Cause Minister A didn’t get fired until Minister B said that about the president (and then B resigned) which leaves us with not only a President that lost 6 Ministers in 6 months but also with a President that could be charged with influence peddling. Opposition has filled for an Impeachment, but it’d have to go through president of congress which is his ally. But why, you might ask, did Minister A not get fired for this kind of shit right away? Well…… because Temer needed his influence on the lower house of Congress to pass that shiny project we were just talking about, PEC 55. 

The third scandal: President of the Senate became officially a defendant on a corruption charge from a few years back. Problem is, in case Temer has any emergencies, he is the next on at the Presidency Successor line, so the question was: can we leave someone that’s formally answering for a corruption process there??? No, not really, right? Eeeh. Supreme court first had told him to step down, then he just kinda ignored the order (can you do that??? no, but he did) then the Senate filled something and they appealed and whatever whatever RESULTING IN: He stays. He can’t become president, though. Don’t ask me to explain this. Nobody understood it either. But it became a bit of a crisis because people were discussing about how far could one power interfere at the other’s work (like, can the Senate do what it did against Supreme Court? Can Supreme Court take down the Senates President? CAN YOU IGNORE A COURT ORDER???). But we’ll never get those answered cause, ya know, we’re in Brazil and our constitution should read “laws were made to be broken”. Point is, WHY did Supreme Court allow him to stay on power? … Most likely, because The President needs him to pass that bill through the Senate. HA! Great, huh? Fucking fantastic (and also fucking corrupt of the Supreme Court, which is not really a surprise for me but it kinda was for a lot of people - they’re denying having had any motives other than their consciousness, of course). 

“So, they’re probably breaking a fuckton of laws to end up fucking y’all over?” yes, that’s it. That’s the point. Also, everybody involved is now kinda accused of corruption. Yeay. Great couple of weeks.

And there’s always more, of course, but I think this is long enough and a mess enough for anybody already so, that’s it for today. Always open for questions and giving more details if you ask, etc. And if you’re feeling lost, confused and terrified all at the same time by now, or even if you couldn’t understand a single line of this whole mess: don’t worry, we’re feeling the same way.

To let y’all know...

Ancestor worship has always called me. Problem is, I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t know who my ancestors were. I didn’t feel right in British stuff, it was bland, didn’t call to me. Probably pushed me away. 

A few months ago my dad, who is adopted, did a DNA test. Though we were mainly british (typical of been-in-america-forever people) the deepest rooted DNA came from Ukraine. Slavic country.

So, I’m kinda looking into rodnovery. Which is SUPER HARD by the way. Too many nazis. But there are a handful of anti-racists in there.

I don’t know where this puts my practice. Right now its in a shift. 

I do know:

  • Aphrodite is here to fuckign stay
  • So is hellenistic (neos alexandria) practice
  • My calender will change
  • I’m gonna fight more nazis. Home terf y’all
  • Appalachia will still hold a HUGE place in my practice

I used to get this hopeful feeling, staring out at the city lights in the distance late at night. I’d sit in my kitchen alone as I felt the future floating around out there. I was about 14 years old, living in a hopeless mindset where I was a victim and I was waiting for something to change, to save me, for that before and after moment when everything would be perfect. But that same depressing mindset would bring this magical feeling when I saw those lights in the distance, like something was coming. Touring, recording, dating, vague, general happiness… All of those things seemed to be twinkling in the distance, just out of reach. Always out of reach. I had a weird moment tonight where I was writing in my journal and I realized I don’t get that feeling anymore. It’s kind of sad cuz it was such a magical sensation but I don’t miss it because I’m “in the future” now. There is no before and after though, spoiler alert. But yeah, I broke free. I don’t think like that anymore. The world isn’t a ball of unlocked potential. I left the country multiple times. I MOVED to LA and lived there for five years. I finally followed the “Los Angeles” freeway signs like I always wanted to instead of exiting after a few miles and staying in my small town fish bowl. And LA wasn’t magical like I thought it would be. Parts of it, at times, yes. Amazing. Mainly the phone calls we got about opportunities I dreamed about but never thought would come so soon. But that sunshiny city turned out to be so cold. It’s like a hazy land of zombies, all in a trance. You can never tell how old anyone is, you’ve seen it all from rags to riches and everyone seems to be eternally single, just bouncing from fling to fling. I saw people move there from other parts of the country and get swallowed alive by Hollywood. I always knew I didn’t want that to happen to me and tried my best to avoid it but I couldn’t see how it affected me til I left for Tennessee. Suddenly I was around 30 year olds who had kids and didn’t look like they were 24. I felt like I was back in my hometown where people just lived for the simple things. Once again it wasn’t all about who you’re working with or who you know or how many followers you have. What a trip! But anyway, back to that magical feeling. It changed. I still experience something like it but it’s not the same. Mainly when I’m out in the fields at my uncle’s house in Northern California or places like that where I’m surrounded by nature, I feel that wonder and magic again but it’s different. It’s peaceful now. Not like “one day, everything will be good” but “everything’s okay right here, right now.” I’m figuring it out. I’m paying my bills, taking care of myself, opening my heart, reaching out slowly but surely and realizing I don’t have to be what anyone wants me to be. I’m doing fine as I am. There is no timeline, no test I have to pass, no place I have to be other than right where I am. I sat there and stared at the lights, visualizing the types of people I’d know, the way I’d live and the places I’d get to go. It all came true and so much more and it wasn’t what I thought it would be. But I’m glad I got what I wished for because I also got what I needed. Take a deep breath, find somewhere outdoors you can be truly alone and just let it all go. You don’t have to be anything else. You are good enough. You’re doing a great job. You’re gonna make it. Be here in this moment. You’re gonna be fine :)

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Okay. I’m temporarily reopening my Handgun search. I was tempted by a bunch of you assholes on here into looking at the Sig again and of course, I started wanting one bad. I was also having a conversation with my brother about smaller handguns for carrying during the summer and I started thinking about the Makarov and of course, I wanted that too (I’m a slut for comm bloc guns).

Now I still think I’m leaning towards the CZ but this post is mainly for the makarov and the Sig and for people who have carried either. That’s my concern. Concealed carrying a steel/aluminum framed handgun. @therevenantrising made a great point about carrying a metal frame gun in the cold and heat. It’ll get extremely hot and extremely cold and that pressed against your body for hours at a time can get uncomfortable.

So this is mainly for people who own/Carry either handgun.

Also, I know everyone is going to harp on the picture of the sig. That’s not the one I’m going to get. I just want the TACOPS. I’d get a regular 226, maybe a MK25 if the price was low enough. I just had a picture of that sig in my folder.

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I’m actually posting this story on my wattpad but i’m posting it on here to see what you guys think and if you want me to continue to post it on here let me know!

Black and white.

This was all you could see. They world that use to be so full of life and color was now plain and painful. Nothing was beautiful anymore, Even the stars you loved so much now only bring you painful memories. Sometimes you wonder….if that never would have happened, what would your life be like now? Would you smile? Would you laugh? Maybe….

That was all but a distant dream to you now, Nothing would ever be the same…And you accepted this. But even though this world is colorless to you, you still continued to live and try everyday. Mainly because your father wont let you do otherwise…He was the only reason you decided to stay here and keep trying. He is the only reason you are still alive.

You walked downstairs and headed to the kitchen for breakfast, Luckily you don’t go to school anymore so you could sleep in as long as you wanted! and you didn’t have to worry about homework or projects or just people in general.

“Good Morning Y/N!” Your dad said

“Morning dad, Heading to work soon?”

“Indeed i am honey, I’ll be home early today though to make dinner! So don’t worry about that tonight.”

“Alright.”

Your dad got up after he finished his toast and coffee and before leaving he gave you a kiss on the forehead and headed out the door. You were now alone and your schedule today was..well…it was empty. You didn’t have any friends and the ones you did have are all scared of you now. So your best option is to watch TV or listen to music, Which is nothing new for you.

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You’re a polarizing figure around here. People mainly see you as annoying. However, you’re actually a kind, hilarious, and honest person. Most people only see what they’re told about you. I’ve known you for a long time now, and while I somehow don’t have much to say, you’re still awesome asf

  • Black people on social media: black people are beautiful!
  • Non black ppl: OH MY FUCKING GOD WHY IS EVERYTHING ABOUT RACE WITH YOU DIPSHITS! EVERYONE IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL OK?!? GET IT THROUGH YOUR NAPPY HEADS!!!
  • Society: *holds white people, especially with blonde hair and blue eyes, mixed or racially ambiguous ppl as ultimate beauty standard*
  • Fashion: *includes only 5 models of color among (insert crazy disproportionate number) of white models in runways/magazines and campaign ads*
  • Books: *attractive white male or female main protagonists/hero/heroine*
  • Movies: *attractive white male or female main protagonists/hero/heroine*
  • Magazine companies: *whitewashes/lightens a person of color appearing on the cover drastically*
  • Cosmetic companies: *nearly no options of foundation for people with dark skin*
  • Hair companies: *make commercials and ads geared toward and modeled by people with silky/fine hair*
  • Television: *can count the amount of channels out of hundreds that cater to black people on my hand but still people complain about BET (which is now white owned) anyway*
  • People: "I mean if someone doesn't find black people attractive what's the big deal its just a preference get over it"
  • Black men: "Man I can't fuck with black bitches white girls are winning these days especially the ones who got a fat ass"
  • Blogs right here on tumblr: *has not one black person on their blog* *most popular indie/boho/pale/rosy/etc. blogs exclude black people* *most popular luxury/urban/street/sexy girl blogs never post people darker than a brown paper bag* *beauty tags consist of mainly white women* *makeup/beauty blogs cater to white women/those with fair skin*

anonymous asked:

I've seen a lot of small changes here and there... mainly the "we" I keep seeing... are there multiple people behind this blog now?

Not multiple people, just one more person and it’s still my blog and I”m still the one here all along, answering questions. 

Last semester, I didn’t keep the blog updated for 4-5 days when I had things to do and I don’t want that to happen so