on sacred ground

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Several thousand Native Americans and their supporters continued to camp out near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota on Thanksgiving Day. 

Citizens of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation set up the Sacred Stone Camp in April to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, which they say would threaten nearby burial sites and the Sioux water supply.

Thousands of people have passed through the camp and more have pledged support. Numbers swell in the camp on weekends; some estimate that the population has doubled with the holiday.

After a violent clash with police less than a week ago, in which dozens were injured, rumors of police raids traveled through the camp on Thursday, but none actually occurred.

Protesters Mark A Solemn Thanksgiving Day At Standing Rock

Photos: Cassi Alexandra for NPR

Editor’s note: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Friday that the public will not be allowed in areas being used to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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The dwarves are lauded for their craftsmanship, and the city of Orzammar is one of their finest works. Orzammar lies at the heart of the Frostback Mountains, deep underground. The city arcs outward from the royal palace, which is built around a natural lava vent, continually fountaining liquid rock, which both lights and heats the entire cavern. 

 The topmost tier of Orzammar is home to the noble caste, with their palaces fanning out in both directions from the court of the king, as well as the Shaperate, which serves as a repository for all dwarven knowledge. 

 The lower tier is the Commons, where the merchant caste holds sway and where the finest works of Orzammar’s craftsman are for sale. In the center of the river of lava, connected to the Commons by a causeway, are the Proving Grounds, a sacred arena where the dwarves, by ancient tradition, settle their disputes. 

 On one side of the fiery river are the ruins of old dwarven palaces, fallen into disrepair, which the locals call Dust Town, now home to the city’s casteless. On the other side of the river are the Deep Roads, which once joined the sprawling dwarven empire together, but now, after centuries of darkspawn incursions, are largely sealed off. Nearly all knowledge of this network of underground passages has been lost, even to its builders. 

 ──From “In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of A Chantry Scholar”, by Brother Genitivi

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Looking back on the year, it’s hard to know what to feel. Powerful momentum. Staggering losses. Twelve months later we are collectively in a place that we’ve never been before. Exciting and scary as hell. There is no way to know what to expect.

One thing is certain. We aren’t finished yet.

Photos by Robyn Beck, Chip Somodevilla, Kristian Buus, Marlin Olynyk, Hubert Libiszewski, Kena Betancur, Sandy Huffaker and Spencer Platt.

UPDATE ABOUT DAPL:

“The Army Corp of Engineers has denied DAPL. Guess what else is true? DAPL is continuing to drill anyway & is taking on a $50,000 a day fine. This is NOT over, so please continue to support the water protectors & contact the powers that be. Also, for the love of space & sanity -if you truly have good intentions- please… do NOT send any more cotton clothing, blankets, or sweaters. No more apples, hotel shampoos, or junk you don’t want. Send wood, send money, send someone who plans on staying for the winter & is willing to do the work.”

from Dandilion Cloverdale

frigga · goddess of marriage, childbirth, motherhood and wisdom

Frigg was the Norse Goddess of marriage, childbirth, motherhood, wisdom, household management and weaving and spinning. She was the Queen of Aesir and the only one permitted to sit on the high seat other than her husband Odin.This Goddess’s home was Fensalir (Marsh hall) in Asgard. All marshy and boggy ground was sacred to this Goddess.As Goddess of weaving she was associated with weaving clouds and the threads of fate, known as Wyrd in the Nordic tradition. Despite this and the gift of prophecy she is unable to save her own son from his fate. The Goddess made him invincible to everything other than mistletoe but unfortunately Loki disguised himself and tricked her in to revealing this weakness.She has more than ten handmaidens who assist her, the most well known of these are Hlin (Goddess of Protection), Gna (a messenger Goddess) and Fulla (a fertility Deity). Some academics have suggested that the attendants represent different faces of this particular Deity.Barren women would invoke this Goddess and ask her to bless them with children.

The fact that so many people are misinformed about the Dakota Pipeline and then use that misinformation to act as victims is hilarious and scary at the same time.

“The pipeline will create 8,000 IMMEDIATE jobs, but you’re against anyone earning their own pay and just want social projects, you commie.”

Great just made an ass of yourself. It’s great that it would create 8,000 jobs immediately, but what happens to that job after it’s built? It goes away and leaves that person/family strapped even more than before which guess what? Will lead to them needing government assistance.

“The pipeline isn’t over sacred grounds it’s someone else’s property that has already been signed away.“ 

Yeah it’s signed away illegally from Natives who want their land back after the government took it away illegally and signed it over to people who would sign it over immediately back to them.

"But studies have shown there is no sacred land there.”
Ok, let me go into your house take your cross, menorah what ever you hold sacred masturbate with it and defile it and say “Sorry it’s not sacred to me so I didn’t do anything wrong.”

“Donald Trump is not wrong for supporting this pipeline, he wants to boost the economy." 

NO he wants to boost his pocketbook and his paycheck. HE HAS SHARES IN IT WHICH MAKES IT A HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST IF HE ENACTS ANY LAWS OR OVERTURNS THE VERDICT OBAMA MADE FOR THE PIPELINE. You guys threw a huge fit when you found out about that Youtuber who was promoting a gambling site on his page without disclosing he owned it. Guess what? It’s the exact same thing here.

The fact that most of these people are justifying using UNCLEAN fuel sources in order to boost the economy for a short time is absolutely baffling. The fact that they say "Well, I’m the only one using unbiased media therefore I am right” and then use Fox News or whatever right funded media outlet and justify it. Of course, they are not going to out the bad implications because if Pipeline money goes so does the media outlets money. You were so upset that the left-funded media was doing this for Hillary, hiding the truth so that she would win, guess what? They’re hiding the truth so that you and your superiority complex would feel high and mighty for supporting something that the Democrats oppose. Contradicting yourself much, you hypocrite?

NEWS FLASH: If you are supporting a cause that has cost an innocent woman her hand, that sics attack dogs on peaceful protectors, that justifies raping the land for profit, THEN YOU ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY.

If you can give me any other reason BESIDES PROFIT AND ECONOMY (two factors in a 10 factor decision) that is a good reason and was not debunked up here with links from A NON-REPUBLICAN FUNDED SITE, I will gladly eat my words

Back to Nature

When my heart feels unclean,
I go to what is pure.
I seek to be washed,
To be bathed into the new.

Each step on this sacred ground,
I walk toward myself.
Each brush against a tree,
A fire lights in my soul.

Witnessing the easiness of the flowing water
I realize the perfection within imperfections.
Hearing sweet songs of the soaring creatures,
My body starts to gain rhythm.

The nature in me recognizes the nature in you
The tree of life lives in you, in me.
My spirit grows, when it goes,
Back to Nature.

Elysian Dreams

house of cards (US) starters

from the second season.
content warning: violence, sexuality, profanity, gendered slurs.

  • ❝ Nobody taught me. I’ve done it because somebody had to. ❞
  • ❝ He’s got power; he’s got a lot to lose; and, right now, he is winning. ❞
  • ❝ For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. ❞
  • ❝ There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted. ❞
  • ❝ Grief demands an answer, but sometimes there isn’t one. ❞
  • ❝ There can be no false steps now. The higher up the mountain, the more treacherous the path. ❞
  • ❝ When you’ve been in the wasteland as long as I have, you become immune to flattery. ❞
  • ❝ It’s personal for me now. ❞
  • ❝ You’re setting us on a very dangerous course. ❞
  • ❝ It was butchery, not strategy, that won the war. ❞
  • ❝ Your money doesn’t intimidate me. ❞
  • ❝ There is no sacred ground for the conquered. ❞
  • ❝ You trying to send a message? ❞
  • ❝ You know what I like about money? I can stack it on a table. I can measure it with a yardstick. I can see it, smell it, buy things with it. Things that are real. ❞
  • ❝ When you only talk business you stop appreciating beauty. ❞
  • ❝ You’re nothing. You’re a parasite. ❞
  • ❝ I’m not who you want to be your poster girl. ❞
  • ❝ I’ve never thought higher of her than I do at this moment. ❞
  • ❝ I ain’t takin’ your guilt money. ❞
  • ❝ You ain’t gotta pretend to be my friend. ❞
  • ❝ Do you think I’m a hypocrite? ❞
  • ❝ The road to power is paved with hypocrisy, and casualties. Never regret. ❞
  • ❝ I ain’t one for lookin’ back. Eyes ahead. ❞
  • ❝ I’ve always loathed the necessity of sleep. Like death, it puts even the most powerful of men on their backs. ❞
  • ❝ I don’t know whether to be proud or terrified. Perhaps both. ❞
  • ❝ When they put you in that box barely bigger than a coffin remember how beautiful the music was tonight. It might give you some small degree of comfort. ❞
  • ❝ Seduce him, give him your heart. Cut it out and put it in his fucking hands. ❞
  • ❝ My only regret in life is that I didn’t pull that trigger. ❞
  • ❝ Power is better than money, for as long as it lasts. But it never lasts. ❞
  • ❝ All you have ever done is fuck up my life! ❞
  • ❝ What is wrong with you?! ❞
  • ❝ Why can’t you just leave me be?! ❞
Overflow

.

I am old, I am young.
I am every age I have ever been.
I am the future and the past,
the sacred ground beneath my
feet and the scared horizon.
I am the blue skies, the warm
breeze, and the silver-lined crest
of a thunderhead. I am the forests
of rain, the silent nights, the heat
of the fire and the melancholy
of spring. I am the sympathy and
the empathy, the love, the loneliness,
the guilt and the innocence.
I am the truth and the lie, the half-
concealed and the open arms.
I am the faint outlines of where a
mirror used to be. I am the great divide.

variety.com
Inside ‘Hairspray Live’s’ Social Media Push
By Debra Birnbaum

It’s an hour before the live broadcast of NBC’s musical “Hairspray Live,” and the show-within-the show is going through last-minute rehearsals. Darren Criss, who’ll be serving as the night’s “multi-platform host,” is running up and down Baltimore (a.k.a. New York) Street on Universal’s famed backlot, practicing the opening that will kick off the evening’s events. Just down the street, director Kenny Leon can be heard giving the cast a last-minute pep talk: “We’re on sacred ground,” he tells them.

Fresh off his starring run in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at L.A.’s Pantages Theater, Criss was chosen for his appeal to the target demo for the musical. “We got really lucky,” Rob Hayes, NBC’s EVP of digital, tells Variety. “He’s a massive Broadway fan.” Criss was tasked with hosting several Facebook Live hits throughout the night, which went on to draw 2.8 million unique viewers. “His role is to be a surrogate for the fans,” adds Hayes. “He’s the viewer.”

[Read the entire article here]

Things Trump has done so far:

- Given the Dakota Access Pipeline the go ahead, which could destroy sacred Native American grounds, and potentially poison drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. (Also approved without consulting them, which is legally required)

- Banned all foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that receive federal funding from performing or promoting abortion services as a method of family planning regardless of whether they do it with non-U.S. government funds in other countries.

- Promised to cut regulations and corporate tax for big businesses. 

- Cut funding for Obamacare 

- 6 journalists have been arrested for covering the riots on inauguration day.

- Ruled that any studies/data from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency have to be reviewed by political appointees before being released to the public.

(for sources, literally just google it. It’s all headline news right now)

the shannara chronicles: a character study
  • wil: like an old motown singer, just shiny and dumb and easy to trick.
  • amberle: you wanna see how hardcore i am?! *punches wall* drive me to the hospital.
  • eretria: *beez in the trap plays dramatically in distance*
  • allanon: this is sacred ground, watered with tears of blood.
  • bandon: i see dead people.
  • ander: i'm not like regular uncles, i'm a cool uncle.
  • arion: oh i just can't wait to be king.
  • eventine: *actual love child of legolas and gimili*

Grounding & Happiness Crystal Grid 

 Simplistic crystal grid I created for grounding and inner happiness. 

Stones Used: Tiger Eye, Garnet, Tiger Iron, Sardonyx, Ivory Stone, Red Jasper, Sea Jasper, Sunstone, Calcite, Citrine, Sunstone, Sunstone & Clear Quartz.

'big bang is like the beyonce of kpop'

i have never heard anything more accurate tbh

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This is happening now, people.

In case I get arrested today, please everyone keep posting and sharing as much information as you can here and seriously go in person in a group to local media and demand that they cover this, civil rights violations are rampant, a mans hands were broken with a baton, 85 people arrested, several sprayed with bear mace, they released tear gas, they have a sound cannon out there just matter of time til they use it, they jam the cell and wifi signals and caused my phone to turn off at 40% battery for awhile.

the pipeline is 90%+ completed, this is the last stand on the sacred burial ground by the camps and under the Missouri river, energy transfer partner company wants it done by end of the month and the police are like their mercenaries. they built a larger holding cell so they can arrest more people, they stripsearch people in jail, they have been known to delete photos and video off of peoples phones. helicopters and planes fly around us and identify our faces, our livestream videos are censored, there are infiltrators causing disruption in the camps and informants telling them everything. the media made a blackout so if you searched standing rock nothing showed up.

Please take action to your local media and demand they cover this, dont they have a code of ethics as a profession?! north dakota is breaking so many laws and they need to be held accountable!

Please take action to your local government, demand that your senator and congress person address this.

they are treating environmental activists like terrorists, look at those photos and video who looks like the terrorist to you?

do you want to have freedom in this country?! then take Action! we need everyone everywhere to take to the streets and make calls and tell everyone you know and encounter about what is happening!

do you want clean drinking water?! then take action Now!

and Pray for us!

thank you I love you 

(from Lolly Bee at Standing Rock, North Dakota)

This is the real deal. This has been going on for months. Mainstream media is blocking it from being shown to the masses. In some cases, search engines are blocking out access to live footage. Some of it seems too audacious to accept, but it’s happening. It’s happening every day to the peaceful protesters who are fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Unfortunately, the police has been targeting journalists and photojournalists for arrest and police brutality, so much of the footage taken has been confiscated. (Don’t believe me, check out what happened to Deia Schlosberg and Amy Goodman, along with countless of other journalists of smaller platforms). I did an experimental search on “bear mace” and “standing rock” and saw for myself that the last article about this brutality was from early September (even though there was a live video of it occurring once more just yesterday – and this was a Google search, people. GOOGLE.)

The unethical and abusive behavior by the armed officials needs to be shared and exposed. Please, do your part to share and reblog this so the world will see what is happening in North Dakota.

I Can't Deal...

In ‘Sacred Ground’, where Janeway is determined to save Kes’ life at the religious shrine, and goes on despite her scepticism, Chakotay’s reaction is incredible.
He’s terrified she’s going to die, despite being the more traditionally faithful one. And he’s watching her walk and he’s totally petrified.
Also, it’s so telling that it’s Neelix (I know it’s a contentious relationship and slightly cretinous) watching them and Chakotay - ostensibly their two partners - watching the women they love putting themselves in extreme danger. That had to be intentional on the part of the writers. Had it been Tuvok instead of Neelix, the whole dynamic would change.
Then Chakotay’s relief when she’s alive is just…❤️
Robert Beltran is so good, it’s a shame the writers got lazy.