anonymous asked:

Hello! I know you're a Christian, so I wanted to ask for advice. Both my parents are catholic and I haven't really questioned my faith until now. My life hasn't been going well and I've been struggling with self-harm and an ED and recently the sweetest little boy who went to my church passed away. I'm having so much trouble believing God is out there and cares about us, but I don't want to go through an edgy atheist teen phase. I really do want to believe in God, but I don't think I can. Advice?

Some years ago I was struggling with the same questions. Then it hit me…God doesn’t require our understanding, but He does require our acceptance. Bad things happen in the world as part of His plan, and His plan is far more complex and complicated than we can possibly comprehend. He doesn’t require us to understand things we’re not equipped to, but He does ask that we accept them. He never promised us an easy life, but He did promise us that it would all be worth it.

Don’t be afraid to seek counseling for issues you struggle with.

A Portrait of IWW Athletes

In the third installment of our series “Politics on the Field” we bring the story of three IWW athletes. This piece of history is written by IWW Neil Parthun, a sports show host, who offers a glimpse into the lives and trajectories of the IWW members who played sports as a career, and ends with his reflections on labor in professional sports.

Far too often, there is very little overlap between sports fans and radical leftists. However, there’s not just tactical movement building and organizing/solidarity opportunities lost through this lack of cultivation. It also means that we can alienate ourselves from our own past because there have been and continue to be athletes who were a part of radical unions like the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW.)

Soccer player Nicolaas Steelink

One of the most famous Wobbly athletes was the Dutch-American Nicolaas Steelink. As a youth, Steelink was an avid soccer (football) player. Even prior to immigrating to the US, he played for his company team. Sport was instrumental in developing the relationships that molded Steelink into a radical political activist. The friends and camaraderie grown through play on the pitch in Los Angeles provided supports to analyze major political issues of the time period like World War I, horrendous labor conditions for most of the nation’s workers and extrajudicial lynchings of people of color.

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anonymous asked:

Ok u do realize that w/o Western rap/hip hop there would literally be NO KHH, right? Like u do know that KHH wasn't even a thing until the late 90s right? And you do realize that KHH Is just copying AHH right? I hate u Koreaboo KHH fans omg

lmao what even is this?? I’m a koreaboo because I like one selected genre of music over another? wow don’t even make me laugh what kind of garbage message is this?

FIRST OF ALL know your fucking shit before you come at me. ‘rap’ is spoken/rhyming words which can be found in all genres of music. also it’s rooted from blues and jazz music and also poetry so calm the fuck down. it didn’t start ‘in the west’ like you claim,  and the roots of rap actually originated from africa where village story tellers used handmade instruments while they told stories and local events so fucking relax 

every part of the fucking world has their own type of rap and GUESS WHHHATTT no I’m not a huge fan of north american rap. and? so? who give a single fuck? 

my whole life I wasn’t very much into rap/hiphop music there were like a handful or western rappers I liked and actually listened to. in the early 2000′s when I was a teen I listened to more rap because it was much different to what it is now. educate your fucking self. now IN MY OPINION I find a lot of the music sounds very similar and I’m not a huge fan of what many of the artists are saying. 

so oh aahhhhh guess what? I like khiphop because?? what?? because I like how witty their lyrics can be? because I love how different the beat is? because I love their flow? because I find some of the artists I love very talented? 

like come on, you’re fucking ridiculous. “khh wasn’t even a thing until the late 90′s” and? does that make it any less of a recognized genre of music? vaporwave only started in the early 2010′s, does that make it not a valid genre of music and I should be shuuuuuuned for listening to it because a lot of it is sampling from the 70′s and 80′s? lmao don’t make me fucking laugh I can’t even deal with this kind of garbage you just left in my ask wow

and what exactly makes me a koreaboo? am I fetishizing a culture or language? am I looking at this culture and praising it for no reason? do I speak in romanized korean? no so you can fucking chill 

ps: I like how you’re anon so you don’t have to show who you actually are, but are perfectly a okay with attacking someone with no bases of relevant cause. anyway send me another ask and I’m blocking you :) xox

“Rey”: The Light of Kylo Ren’s World

This is Part 2 of a two-part meta.

Part One here

***DISCLAIMER: Due to the negative feedback received on Part 1 of this 2-part meta, I would like to clarify: In no way, shape, or form am I trying to dimish Finn’s and/or Rey’s personas or their true roles in The Force Awakens and beyond. This is only one out of the MANY interpretations of the symbolism between their relationships to the villain, Kylo Ren. Also, my interpretation does not mean that their only purpose in the film is to allude to Kylo Ren. Their Hero’s Journey is significant to themselves and the entire context of the film, Kylo Ren or no Kylo Ren.*** 

***will contain spoilers for The Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi***

In the newest addition to the Star Wars saga, we were introduced to a variety of new faces and personalities. But perhaps amongst them all, there was one who stood out the most: Rey.

Ah, that headstrong, plucky scavenger scavenged our hearts the day we first stepped foot into that theater, but we may not been the only ones she’s had an astounding affect on. She also may have just won the attention of someone we’d least expect: Kylo Ren.

“What?” you say.

“The villain?!” you say.

I know, I know: how can Kylo Ren, the fearsome master of the Knights of Ren, care less about some “inconsequential scavenger from Jakku”? Well, that’s because something is playing out between them, something much more subtle than you’d think: Rey is bringing Kylo Ren to the Light.

Sheesh, when does the craziness end? Last time Rey budded heads with Ren, she nearly ripped apart his face. The truth is, though, that was only the beginning of her profound influence on Ren.

Even if we look at her name, we can see some characterization come to play (names are more important than you think in Star Wars—pay attention to them!): Rey.

Rey…Ray. As in literally, a “Rey” of light—her name is a whole play on words!

And you have to admit, she does fairly well when it comes to using the Light side of the Force. But when concerning Ren, she means much more. 

The Classic Trope

First and foremost, we can’t deny the classic trope used in filmmaking almost constantly: a young attractive woman acts as the “catalyst” or “seduction” of some sort and plays as a motivation in one way or another for the male lead. In in the film Alladin, Jasmine is what drives Alladin to make his first wish, that is: to become a prince to win her heart. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Clarisse Mcclellan is the one who ignites the profound enlightenment in Guy Montag.

Now that doesn’t mean that Rey is “weak”, nor has to even be portrayed in a romantic sense. She can be interpreted, though, as Kylo Ren’s “weakness”—Rey’s “light” is one of the forces he tries so desperately to shake off, yet is undeniably drawn to, as evident in the film and novelizations.  

Note that in the first act of the film, Snoke warns Ren of falling to the Light side when facing his father again and Ren replies calmly:

“By the grace of your training, I will not be seduced.”

Seduced, huh? Darth Vader said something awfully similar when convincing his son Luke in Return of the Jedi that there was no goodness left in him as well:

Luke: Your thoughts betray you, father. I feel the good in you, the conflict.

Darth Vader: There is no conflict.

Yet when Kylo Ren encounters Rey, it is his words that betray him, so to speak.

For example, their first meeting in the woods of Takodana. 

When Ren first meets Rey, he suddenly becomes fascinated by her.

“Something.” He sounded mystified. “There is something…Who are you?”

(The Force Awakens novelization, first edition)

So fascinated in fact, that he forgets about the droid carrying the map to Luke Skywalker of which he has been so occupied with up to this point, and carries Rey away instead, merely exclaiming “Forget the droid. We have what we need.”

Note the way that he carries her, though… 

Ah! What’s this? Another trope?? 

Credited user @ohtze has analyzed this particular moment as well and it’s dynamic in The Force Awakens. Filmmakers commonly use this as a reference to a romantic relationship between two characters, but in the context of this film, it is inverted. Instead of the dashing male lead swooping the attractive female into his arms, we have the villain — or the “monster”, as Rey refers to him — rendering her unconscious and abducting her.

Sound familiar? That’s because that very inverted trope is used countless of times in sci-fi/horror films. Note that in the below images, popular Hollywood monsters/villains are carrying the unconscious female lead.

In this sense, the monsters have succumbed to the beauty of the damsels, abducting them, and taking them to their secret domains. Ren — the “monster” clothed in black, tall, and menacing — swoops the attractive young Rey — the “damsel” — into his arms and takes her to Starkiller Base — his “secret domains.” He has taken his first step towards her “seduction.”

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Photography gives you the opportunity to use your sensibility and everything you are to say something about and be part of the world around you. In this way, you might discover who you are, and with a little luck, you might discover something much larger than yourself.

Peter Lindbergh

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anonymous asked:

Hi there. First of all, can I just say I love your blog? I watched Supergirl last season, and your blog made me see the show in a whole new light! I'm proud to call myself a SuperCat shipper. (Float into trashcan with an umbrella like Mary Poppins). I actually have Lego Minifigures of TV Kara and Cat, and they're being cute and gay in my collection. Also, I've been sitting on a SuperCat fanfic Idea. SuperCat version of 'The Little Mermaid'. The Little Kryptonian. Should I do it?

You are the nicest. I’m glad my blog could help you float into the gayest trashbin to ever gay. 

I think, if done really well, a SuperCat x Disney situation could actually turn out to be amazing. Please tell me there would be singing. It would need lots of singing. 

*gets distracted imagining Kara singing Part of Your World*

Originally posted by something-spectacular

Do it.

But then it happens, and you realize your whole world revolved around what they do. You are going to have to reinvent yourself, because now you are the independent one. And that’s scary. You get rereleased into a world you used to be a big part of, but maybe not so much now. Who takes care of me now?

anonymous asked:

1)not bitter 2)don't give a fuck what other ppl think (which part of the fandom you mean, tjlc's, bc fans, bottomlockers, those in denial about sherlock's sexuality, you know, we aren't all the same here) 3)he doesn't have a family, apart from his parents and still, don't care what he thinks of me or whether he "needs" me 4)we aren't tearing anyone to pieces, we're analyzing the pr narrative, which is very public and made of the parts of his life that he has CHOSEN to lay out to the world to see


Wars, hot or cold, are also missing from standard science fiction versions of the future. Interplanetary wars don’t count, and neither do wars with robots or zombies. I mean wars among nation-states or global alliances or regional blocs. George Orwell’s 1984, inspired in part by James Burnham’s The Managerial Revolution, imagined a world divided among three totalitarian blocs: Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. I can’t think of any other well-known examples of geopolitics in science fiction.
—  Michael Lind. Everything that Lind says is missing from SF may be found in, to cite just one example among many possible ones, the work of Ursula K. LeGuin. Given that LeGuin is one of the most famous SF writers in the world, and Lind appears not to be familiar with her work, then perhaps his declarations about what SF does and does not do should be taken with a truckload of salt.

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Part 3 of New World Arising

The next morning we emerged from the house, my senses on high alert. Morgan had lent me some clothes, which looked funny on me. I was grateful, however, as it was a lot more comfortable than that hospital gown.  “Are we sure they’re dead? I have to ask, just one more time.” I looked at Morgan.

“They dead. Stuff’s gotta be in the brain, that’s why it’s gotta be the head.” It was my first time dealing with these things head on. I had a protective shield over my face, and a bat in my hand. This was going to be rough.

Quietly, the three of us made our way down the stairs. We were halfway down the front walk when the walker leaning against the white picket fence moved. It twitched slightly a couple times before it started to growl and get up. I wasted no time, swinging the baseball bat with as much force as I possibly could. Twice. Three times. Over and over. I was taking my rage out on this shell of a ‘person’. I doubled over, grabbing my bullet wound. I felt like I was going to throw up or pass out. “You alright?” Morgan asked, sounding slightly concerned.

“I need a moment.” Was all I said.

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awsmazinganimexd  asked:

“just… come back alive, okay?” for the 5 word prompt thing (and HideKane please XDDD)


for… how long has this been in my inbox? wtf?? 

I’m sorry this is short but holy fuck, what the hell? (honestly, after this you can request me everything, I feel so sorry).

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Guys holy shit, listen to me for a minute.

I just realized something that’s very obvious and nobody cares about, bUT LISTEN.

Okay, so TV shows, Movies, and video games are cool af, right? they have their own storyline and stuff, so cool. And then there are the AUs, the “Alternate Universes” to every fandom. The “what would happen if we take these people and stuck them in this environment”. 

Now listen.

What if I told you that all the things we make AUs off of… Are actually AUs themselves?

Following the “What would happen if we took/take this and put it here” thing….


Undertale: “What would happen if we take a human and stuck them in a place filled with monsters and shit?”

Hetalia: “What would happen if we took countries and turned them into humans?”

Gravity Falls: “What would happen if we take twins and place them in a part of the world with magic and monsters and shit?”

Steven Universe: “What would happen if we take gems and give them a human form?”

The Walking Dead: “What would happen if we take people and put them in a world with zombies?”




I know it’s painfully obvious, BUT IT NEEDED TO GET OUT THERE.


Happy 35th Birthday Christopher Robert Evans! (June 13th,1981)

“If your goal is to be the biggest movie star in the world, a 10-movie contract is gold. It was never my goal. Up until now, I made movies - and I have a nice house, a nice car. I’m fortunate, happy and grateful. Life is good.”

Based on this

The idea was too good, so I thought why not visualising it?