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anonymous asked:

why do you hate yoda? not an attack I'm just really curious

I appreciate your curiosity because I am ALWAYS up for the chance to rant about my hate for that lil green fucker. Ok so here goes:

To me, Yoda represents everything that is wrong with the Jedi Order. The way he interprets and enforces the code is just highly misguided and allows for no exceptions, and this is one of the things that ultimately leads to Anakin’s issues and the downfall of the Jedi.

Let’s start with Anakin. So you have this nine year old kid who was literally just rescued from slavery and whose life has changed drastically within a matter of days. He’s going through a whirlwind of extreme emotions, as would be natural for anyone in that situation, especially a NINE YEAR OLD CHILD. It’s fucked up enough to not expect any child in that situation to feel fear, but this isn’t even a typical case of a padawan who is recruited by the Jedi from a young age from a healthy family environment with parental consent. This is a boy who was rescued from slavery in order to become a Jedi, and who is reconciling the fact that he is now a free person while the mother he loves dearly is still enslaved. That’s a big fucking emotional burden to deal with. Considering the situation, Anakin actually deals with it in a much more mature and controlled way than many other kids his age would. But nooo, apparently that’s not good enough for Yoda, who can “sense” his fear. How dare Yoda, who is NOT a slave, has not EVER BEEN ENSLAVED (to our knowledge) try to police the emotions of a child who is fresh out of the system of slavery. Who the hell is he to know or say what is right to feel in that situation. But not only does he condemn that Anakin feels afraid, he acts in a way that suggests to Anakin that his fear and emotions might keep him from being trained as a Jedi. Mind you, this kid had JUST BEEN FREED in order to BECOME A JEDI. From Anakin’s perspective, he might think that if he doesn’t get to be a Jedi he has to go back to being a slave on Tatooine. So this is a pivotal moment for Anakin, where he is told that his fear and emotions will not be accepted, and he makes the decision going forward that he needs to repress these things. Right here in this moment is when Yoda already predisposes Anakin to be vulnerable to Palpatine’s influence. He is already putting this kid on the defensive and setting the path for him to repress his emotions in a dangerous way. Then, even after Anakin is granted status as a padawan and then a Jedi Knight, Yoda never fully accepts or trusts him. He is always wary of Anakin and is pretty damn obvious about it. And he’s a representative of the Jedi Council. So instead of Anakin seeing the council as people who are on his side who he can trust and turn to in times of need, he sees a council who does not like him, does not trust him, and who he can’t be open with about issues he’s facing. So many of the bad events of RoTS stem from a lack of communication between Anakin and anyone else. Because he’s been taught that his emotions and fears are not normal to have or an ok thing to experience, he doesn’t feel comfortable talking about them—not just to the Council, but to anyone. So he doesn’t turn to the council, he doesn’t turn to Padme, he doesn’t turn to Obi Wan, because he believes that what he’s feeling is unacceptable and should be pushed aside rather than discussed. And THIS is what makes him vulnerable to Palpatine. And I would argue that all of this is primarily Yoda’s fault. 

So if THAT wasn’t enough… this little green nugget of bad kush learns nothing from his mistakes. How do I know that? Because he tries the same bullshit with Luke. Like, fucking up one Skywalker apparently wasn’t enough for him. He goes into hiding for a long time and you would think that during that time alone on Dagobah MAYBE he would find some time to take personal responsibility in his role of failing Anakin and realize what practices and shortcomings led to the downfall of the Jedi. You’d think that he’d realize that maybe the “no attachments” part of the code was outdated and wrong and partially responsible for what led to Anakin turning to the Dark Side. Nope. None of this happens. On Dagobah when Luke realizes that Han and Leia are in trouble, Yoda tries to stop him from going to save them! He tries to argue that Luke should let Han and Leia die so that he can “honor what they fight for.” What bullshit is that? Luckily, Luke doesn’t listen to this mess and still goes and saves Han and Leia, but honestly after all this time Yoda STILL doesn’t realize that MAYBE he’s been doing something wrong. 

I won’t go into it, but he’s also kinda a piece of shit regarding Ahsoka’s trial in TCW. Basically,to me, Yoda represents this pervasive toxic masculinity of the Jedi Order that views having emotions as weak and dangerous. I’ll finish my rant with this excerpt from some book that I think is in the legends-verse now. 

anonymous asked:

Hey, dumb American question here. Every UK person I have ever met hates Margaret Thatcher. Why? What terrible thing did she do to piss off that many people for so long?

Where do I fucking start?

So, Thatcher was the bane of the working classes, and much of what she did still has repercussions to this day. So, in no particular order, just in the order I remember them, here are some things she did that pissed us off - 

• In 1989 she introduced this thing called the “Community Charge” but which everyone calls the “Poll Tax” which replaced an older system in which your tax payment was based on the rental value of your home. This new tax meant that people living in one bedroom flats would pay the same as a billionaire living in a mansion. Obviously, the rich loved it, everyone else… not so much. So there were riots (video of news about the riots) - There were lots of riots in the Thatcher years, and they were all notable for the extreme levels of police brutality.

(photo, poll tax protest in Trafalgar Square, 1990)

• Then there was her war on industry. There was a lot of inflation when she came to power, so she instituted anti-inflationary measures. All well and good… except not the way she did it. She closed many government controlled industries, most famously steel and coal. The amount spent on public industries dropped by 38% under Thatcher. The coal miners went on strike, for almost a year, but in the end, the pits were still closed, and 64,000 people lost their jobs. Unemployment rates soared in industrial areas, and inequality between these (generally northern or welsh) areas and the rest of the UK is still there. During the strike there were numerous violent clashes with the police at picket lines which were widely televised. As a memoir from one miner attests: “ I saw a police officer with a fire extinguisher in his hand, bashing a lad in the back. I tried to get closer to note down the officer’s number but they were wearing black boilersuits with no numbers. The next thing I knew, a police officer struck me from behind. I was coming in and out of consciousness as I was dragged across the road into an alleyway. They blocked off the alley and beat another lad and me with sticks until I was unconscious.” (I can’t post the whole thing it’s too long, but read it in the Guardian) Images such as this swept the country, turning many people against Thatcher -

And after it was all over people felt Thatcher had lied, saying she wanted to close only 20 pits, when in the end, 75 were closed down.

• Inequality soared whilst she was prime minister. There is a thing called the gini coefficient, it is the most common method of measuring inequality. Under gini, a score of one would be a completely unequal society; zero would be completely equal. Britain’s gini score went up from 0.253 to 0.339 by the time Thatcher resigned.

• During her time as prime minister the notorious ‘Section 28′ was published. It stated: A local authority shall not (a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality; (b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship. - Section 28 wasn’t repealed until 2003.

• She introduced the Right To Buy scheme, which allowed people to buy their council houses for a very low price, which, at first glance, seems like a great idea, allowing people who normally wouldn’t be able to afford their own home to have one - however, loads of people have entered the scheme and now we have far too little social housing, meaning there has been a sharp rise in homelessness.

• The Battle of the Beanfield was a clash between hippies and police near Stonehenge in 1985. 1300 police officers converged on a convoy of 600 new age travellers who were heading to Stonehenge to set up a free festival in violation of a high court order. Again, there was an insane amount of police brutality, and 16 travellers were hospitalised, 573 people were arrested (one of the biggest mass arrests in UK history) - “Pregnant women were clubbed with truncheons, as were those holding babies. The journalist Nick Davies, then working for The Observer, saw the violence. ‘They were like flies around rotten meat,’ he wrote, ‘and there was no question of trying to make a lawful arrest. They crawled all over, truncheons flailing, hitting anybody they could reach. It was extremely violent and very sickening.’” (source) - Once everyone was arrested, the empty vehicles, which were in many cases the only homes the travellers had “were then systematically smashed to pieces and several were set on fire. Seven healthy dogs belonging to the Travellers were put down by officers from the RSPCA.” (source same as above)

Most of the charges were dismissed in court after Lord Cardigan, who had tagged along with them to see what would happen, testified on behalf of the travellers against the police. 

• Her removal of Irish dissidents right to be placed in a category that essentially made them political prisoners instead of merely criminals led to a hunger strike that ended in 10 deaths, including that of Bobby Sands, who was elected from his prison cell, reflecting the immense national, and international support for Irish nationalists. Thatchers lack of sympathy, or even empathy led to her becoming even more of a hate figure.

• She presided over a rapid deregulation of the banks, which ultimately led to much of the problems during britains 2007-2012 financial crash many years later.

• She took free milk from school children, which, though not as serious as anything else listed here, directly affected every child in the UK and was very unpopular, leading her to get the nickname “Maggie Thatcher, Milk Snatcher”, which is still used today.

• Oh… and she supported Apartheid and called Mandela a terrorist.

This is nowhere near everything she’s done that pisses people off, but I hope it goes some way to explaining why when she died “ding dong the witch is dead” became number one in the UK charts, people partied in the streets, and people protested her (State funded) funeral. She is a decisive figure, some people in the UK do actually love her. I do not. She decimated the UK’s industrial heartland, she caused mass unemployment and the destruction of much of working class culture, she was cavalier in her financial policies and increased inequality by staggering levels, she approved serious police brutality and attempted to destroy the culture of unions in this country.  I fundamentally disagree with all she stood for and it angers me that her mistakes are still affecting this country and the people who live in it. And I am VERY angry that the current government are spending £50 million on a museum about her.

  • "No steppy" right-winger: lol how can someone support communism and anarchism at the same time? lol communism is full left-wing and anarchism is full right-wing -- total state control vs no state.
  • Communists and anarchists: *offer detailed analysis of the state, demonstrating that the state exists as a legal apparatus to enforce the class interests of those with power in society; draw conclusions based on this historically-verified piece of information and advocate for the abolition of capitalism so that class relationships can dissolve and in turn the state won't need to exist as a violent apparatus apart from the people, acting in the interests of capital; understand that "libertarian" as a term consistently had this left-wing connotation until establishment-supporting hacks twisted the term for their own material benefit; in turn recognize the left-wing character of both communism and anarchism, as movements that seek the abolition of concentrated power and the free flourishing of each and all*
  • "No steppy" right-winger: animals practice capitalism =) capitalism is literally just anything that doesn't involve the state =) me putting my bow tie on in the morning is capitalism =)

How to Fairy Tail:

You’re a force of seventeen wizards and three cats trapped on an island with two incredibly powerful forces you have no hope of taking down: Zeref, the actual Black Wizard aka Most Evil Dude Ever, and Grimoire Heart, a force of wizards all of Wizard Saint strength and beyond who are mopping the floor with you and have already near-fatally wiped out half your members, including all of the strongest ones. You are essentially broken and do not have strength enough to protect your wounded, let alone fight off Grimoire Heart. You also have a third threat in the form of the Magic Council, who in order to take Zeref and Grimoire Heart out of the picture, are planning to fire Etherion, a city-destroying nuclear satellite laser, at the island you’re on, and they don’t give a shit whether you’re still on it when they fire it. The dude who works for these people has a handy teleportation ability that can get you and your wounded off the island without Grimoire Heart or Zeref being able to catch you and before Etherion is fired. He is being a hero right now and extending this offer, which is essentially your only hope of survival.

Instead of taking that offer, deny it against all logic and reason because you’re too stubborn to admit when you’re beat, and when he tries to talk sense into you, respond by threatening the lives of the Magic Council–those dudes that he literally just told you are holding Etherion over your heads and who already don’t like your sorry asses. After all, pride and the ability to flex your muscles even on your deathbed are far more important than actually surviving!

See also: How To Completely Remove Any Ability To Feel Sympathetic Towards You 

anonymous asked:

Emma accidentally calls Regina "mayor milf" during a town meeting but Regina finds it hilarious (much to Emma's surprise)

Thanks for the prompt :) 

Set in Season One. 

“I can’t believe I said that,” Emma groans as she leans against the wall outside the town hall. She knows she’s in trouble. She stood up to address everyone about her security proposal but instead what does she do? 

“People of Storybrooke, town council and Mayor Milf.” 

The words echo in her ear and she shudders. Of all the slips she had to make that one?! She’s just thankful that Storybrooke aren’t up to date with their acronyms or else everyone would be gossiping about her crush on Regina. 

“Miss Swan,” Regina greets, “Cat got your tongue?” 

“Oh yeah…about that…I’m so sorry Madame Mayor…”

“Relax dear,” Regina smiles, “I found it amusing though I never realised that Mills was so hard to say.” 

Emma blinks before realising that Regina has no idea what Milf means. She lets out a sigh of relief before smiling, “I just got my words jumbled up…don’t worry it won’t happen again.” 

“I know dear,” Regina replies. 

They stand in silence and for a moment Emma believes she truly has kept her secret under wraps…that is until Regina smirks and leans in close to Emma, “Maybe I think you’re a milf too.” 

Emma blinks stunned, “Wh…what?” 

Regina grins, “Come by my place. Seven sharp if you want to find out.” With that she sashays off, adding an extra sway to her hips as she leaves Emma dumbfounded by the town hall. 

“You okay Em?” Ruby asks as she walks up to the blonde, “Did she rip you a new one for your slip?” 

Emma grins as she thinks of seven o’clock tonight before finally answering, “Not quite…”

I just realised...

Alec Lightwood, eldest son of the Inquisitor, expected to uphold family honour by marrying a shadowhunter girl, is gay af and is Magnus Banes’ (who is intensely disliked by the clave) boyfriend

Aline Penhallow, only daughter of the Consul, expected to uphold family honour by marrying a shadowhunter boy, is also gay af and married to Helen Blackthorn, who was exiled in disgrace to a frozen island in the middle of the arctic.

The eldest offspring of the most important people in the council are hella, unapologetically, extremely gay.

Cact-US, not Cact-I // A Phan One-Shot

Genre: fluff, highschool!phan

Words: 2.2k

Relationship status: together

Warnings: terrible puns

Summary: Dan is upset because his boyfriend Phil, who’s a year older than him, is able to go to the school formal, but Dan. Little does he know Phil has a trick up his sleeve to fix that problem…

A/N: As it is prom season, I felt the need to write a really dumb prom fic :) Well, promposal fic, but it still counts, so…yeah. Enjoy, I guess lol

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If I could change the ending I'd make sure that all the subjects that were brought up were addressed and fixed.

1. Kakashi would still be the 6th Hokage but instead of doing nothing, he (and Sakura) would work together and create mental hospitals and orphanages. Kakashi went through mental illness of watching people close to him die and being an orphan since his mother died and his father killed himself. Sakura’s teammates (as well as her sensei) went through trauma and even though that (as well as not having family) didn’t happen to her she would like to help other in as many ways as she could.

2. Kakashi (as Hokage or Jonin) get rid of the notion that failing a mission is the worse thing that a ninja can do. He enforces Obito’s rule of “Those who break the rules are scum, but those who abandon their friends are worse then scum.”

3. Naruto keeps his promise about fixing the system.

4. Sasuke travels with team Taka and attempt to bring peace wherever they go. When the Konoha system is fixed that is when Sasuke starts to return to the village (and possibly revive a prosthetic arm). However after this is achieved Sasuke is the 2nd adviser to the Hokage (after Shikamaru) and still travels with Taka to bring peace.

5. Team Taka has their own place and don’t go back to Orochimaru since he is the one that abused them.

6. Kabuto doesn’t get put in charge of children since he is a murder and a criminal. He along with Orochimaru are thrown in jail or executed.

7. Sasuke visits Naruto and they discuss and reveal the truth behind the Uchiha massacre do it is made known to the public about Konoha’s crimes. The Leaf Village Police Force is also reinstated.

8. Hyuga clan leader Hanabi, alive Neji (still salty that he died) and Hyuga councillor Hinata talk with Naruto (and his advisers)about the Huyga Clan’s slavery.

9. Naruto (and his advisers) talk with the other Kages about how to accomplish peace.

10. The cloud village apologises to the Hyuga clan about attempting to kidnap Hinata to steal her eyes AND apologises to Konoha about attempting to kidnap Kushiha for her Uzumaki bloodline (just cause Kushiha is dead doesn’t mean that what happened to her is forgotten).

11. Naruto and Karin interactions

12. No jinchuurikis. The bijuu live in peace in remote areas near each other and are visited by their old jinchuurikis.

13. Orphanages are created and the ones with no parents are guardians are looked after properly.

14. Child soldiers (children which were trained in the academy and who faced the system of Genin, Chunin, Joinin, etc) are gone. The academy only exists so people can learn basic self defence and if they want they can learn ninjutsu, taijutsu and genjutsu. However the age for entering the academy for ninja training goes up (maybe 15?).

15. The Chunin exams are no longer in practice. The children would not be fighting each other for the entertainment of the higher ups.

16. The way that a ninja advances to the next stage is based on teamwork and how much they care for one another, not necessarily on how strong they are by themselves.

17. The ‘Will of Fire’ is gone. The total obedience expected from the citizens is eliminated. When a citizen deflects from the village, they aren’t hunted down and killed unless the citizen leaves and intends to reveal secrets but they aren’t killed.

18. Laws are set in place to stop others from stealing the Kekkai Genkai’s of others. The fear of others Kekkai Genkai’s and the discrimination that they face is gone.

19. Proper justice system. The daimyo (one person responsible for all of the decisions concerning their respective country) are gone.

20. The Kage listen to their people, hold a council and then the Kages voice their countries concerns regularly.

21. The 5 Kages ALWAYS stand united, not just in times of war and the smaller countries are listened to.

22. ROOT is disbanded

If I’ve missed any please feel free to add some.

anonymous asked:

At the end of Trespasser, the Inquisition companions and advisors reacting to the Inquisitor declaring that the Inquisition will NOT disband, and instead transition into a peacekeeping organization as Divine Victoria's Honor Guard. Could you also include reactions from Cassandra/Lelianna/Vivienne as Divine Victoria and Solas after the Inquisitor chose to try to redeem him?

Wow, this is specific. I’m not complaining, but this is way more specific than most of our asks.

Cassandra: She’s pleased. She’s proud of the Inquisition and all it has accomplished and she wouldn’t want to see it dissolved. Though it has issues now, she knows it can help. As Divine: It feels strange that she’ll essentially be the one in charge of the Inquisition now, rather than the Inquisitor. She isn’t sure she’s comfortable with the idea, but she understands her duty as Divine. She agrees with the choice, in theory, but she knows that the practice of it will be a bit strange.

Leliana: She isn’t sure it’s the best choice. After all, when the first Inquisition ended it became the Seekers of Truth, and they were not the peacekeeping organization that they claimed to be. It might be better if it all just dissolved. As wonderful and necessary as the Inquisition was, its time has passed. As Divine: She’d never admit it, but she doesn’t agree. To the whole world, she must show a strong face. But she’s going to keep a tight leash on the Inquisition.

Vivienne: Good. The strength of the Inquisition is still needed, the symbols it embodies still relevant even if its original purpose has been fulfilled. It needs to be changed, true enough, but as Divine Victoria’s Honor Guard it will do well. As Divine: She couldn’t be more pleased, really. This is the perfect solution, in her opinion. All things considered, she’ll need the Inquisition as Divine.

Cullen: He’s glad that the Inquisition will survive, even if it has to bend to the wishes of Orlais and Ferelden. They worked too hard and accomplished too much to simply be dismissed. It wouldn’t be right. This is a good solution.

Josephine: She isn’t sure this is wise. As much as she appreciates the need for the Inquisition, especially with the new information that the Inquisitor just found, the problems within the organization will only get worse. She knows that there are more spies that they haven’t yet discovered, and there will be more still as time goes on. The Inquisition will never be safe from such things, especially not with how much Solas knows about them.

Blackwall: He isn’t sure about it. It’s not his place to make such a decision, true, but he’d rather see the Inquisition disbanded. There’s too much corruption in the ranks now, and he’s seen first hand with the Wardens how an idea alone cannot protect such a large organization.

Iron Bull (on the assumption that he’s Tal-Vashoth and thus survived): Good, the Inquisition is still needed. There will always be spies, after all. They’re inescapable. But the good the Inquisition can still do, still has to do, won’t be wiped out by a few spies. There’s still more to do.

Cole: “They fight, fraught with fear, frustrated, but they need you as much as they fear you. You can still do good. Just be careful.”

Sera: Good! Who cares what some pompous noble snobs think? The Inquisition is better than them! There’s always more work to do, anyway. Peacekeeping never ends, peace always has to be kept.

Varric: He’s a little on the fence about it all. When questioned, he’ll brush it off and say he’s never been one for politics like this. He’s not really lying. He knows that there’s still a lot of work for the Inquisition, but he also knows that they’ve been compromised. Chuckles knows too much. And Varric knows that the thing about being the Divine’s Honor Guard is mostly just a cover.

Dorian: Like Varric, he sees both sides of it. On the one hand, Solas is going to poke a really big beehive soon and someone has to be around to pluck all the stingers. On the other hand, Solas knows the Inquisition really well and definitely has a lot of people on the inside feeding him information. Well, at least protecting the Divine will offer some stability.

Solas: He has people at the Exalted Council who saw the whole thing and reported it to him. He can’t help but chuckle as he reads the report. “What are you up to now, Inquisitor?” he wonders. For a chance to be proven wrong, he’ll let this play out. If Romanced: “Ah, vhenan, I wish you the best of luck. I’ll be watching. And know that if it comes down to a fight, I will not look for you on the battlefield. Be well, my heart. Fight hard.”

Ya’ll, this Not Today MV got me thinking.

Imagine Jungkook is the second born to the Jeon family who runs the Kingdom. Even though Jungkook has a elder brother his father has talked about giving the kingdom to Jungkook since Junghyun has shown signs of being corrupt king. But unfortunately King Jeon didn’t know people in his council wanted JungHyun to be king so before the King could change who the kingdom falls too he ends up getting killed. Junghyun came into power at 15 so he was easily manipulated by council men and they even convince him that Jungkook was going to kill him. So Junghyun set out an order to kill Jungkook whose 13.

Before Jungkook could get killed. His mother calls upon her most trusted maid, Kim Heyrin, to take her son and run. So Jungkook meets Seokjin and Taehyung who are Kim Heyrin’s children as they run away. Before Jungkook leaves his mother gives him a letter that was written by his father along with the royal sign that says Jungkook was given the right of king. And pleads that Jungkook will grow up to be strong so he can take back the kingdom.

The kingdom goes to shit with in years, The gap between rich and poor is huge, some parts of the kingdom has no clean water, and royal guards are extremely abusive. And Junghyun is going to war against other kingdoms.

Heyrin does her best raising Jungkook along with her boys. She gets help from her black smith brother who trains the boys in how to fight, how to handle weapons (swords, guns, knifes) and how to make them. Heyrin teaches their education. Jungkook knows he’ll need to clean up his brothers mess, and when word comes that his brother killed their mother, Jungkook’s anger only gets stronger.

One night Jungkook comes home and notices how the home feels off. Jungkook grabs one of the kitchen knifes and slowly creeps through the house till he hears the soft clink of a box opening. Jungkook heads to his room and sees a male with pink hair opening his window and spots the royal letter his mom gave him in the males back pocket. The male just smiles at him before he hops out the window onto the roof.

“No.” Jungkook gasps chasing the other male. Jungkook can’t lose that letter! It’s his ticket back to take back the kingdom! So Jungkook chases the other male along roof tops. The male was faster considering he was carrying a bag full of items. In the chase Jungkook loses him and curses. But when he gets home and tells Taehyung about it, the boy joins him on the search.

Jungkook does find the pink hair male again and about kills him, if it wasn’t for a purple-pink hair male that jump him from behind. Taehyung ends up jumping in and everyone is fighting till they hear a gun shot. Everyone stops seeing a black hair male walking down the ally pointing gun at them. And thats how Jungkook and Taehyung stumble into a rebel army against Junghyun.

Jungkook is brought to a purple hair male who seems like the leader and the leader holds up the royal letter and Jungkook asks for it back. But the leader, Namjoon, refuses to and opens the letter. Jungkook and Taehyung look at each other in fear as the male reads  it over. “You’re the second son? You’re suppose to be dead.” And Jungkook ends up joining the rebel army along with Taehyung. Seokjin joins a bit latter when he learns.

Jimin, the pink hair male that stole from him, smiles as Jungkook glares at him. Jimin just smiles walking up and stealing Jungkook’s wallet. “You better learn some move, little prince.” Jimin says tapping Jungkook’s lips with the wallet. Jungkook turns and slams Jimin against the wall and grabs his jaw. “Don’t mess with me, thief. I can easily make you my bitch.” Jimin just snorts before tripping and flipping Jungkook over. Jimin pins him to the ground and holds a small butterfly knife to his neck. Jimin just smiles, “whose the bitch now?” then kisses his nose before rolling off and walking away. 

And they whole thing. Jungkook and the rebels ruining supply runs to the castle, Jimin stealing maps, they make weapons, learn about secret tunnels, learning about the corrupt council, smut, violence, some character death, Jungkook leading a rebel army to take down his brother. All that jazz.

Yeah, thats what I got out of Not Today lol.

Great Tips for PhD students

By Alison Garden @ The Guardian

1. Network and get online

I hate the word (Caroline Magennis has written a great piece on this – she’s also on Twitter), but it is important and, if you love your research, it can be fun. It’ll also help with those feelings of isolation.

Get on Twitter. There’s loads on there, including engaged researchers in your area, commentators on academia and job postings you might not see otherwise.

2. Conferences
Now this one is obvious, but it pays to be strategic. There’s no point applying to go to five in one summer (or even worse, in your final year). You won’t get enough of your thesis written and you’ll be stressed all year.

Plan to work your way up: start with one or two postgraduate conferences in your first year and work from there. I find it works to balance big, important national and international ones in your subject with small, intimate ones where you’ll present to a room full of experts in your field who will give you better feedback, networking and publishing opportunities.

Don’t be afraid to put together a panel. Start with fellow postgraduates. At a later stage, get in touch with researchers who you respect in your field about putting together a panel. They can only say no (and most will be flattered to be asked). Enquire to see if the organisers have any bursaries or travel awards for postgraduates – and if they do, make sure you apply.

3. If you can, teach and get a Higher Education Academy accreditation for it
Try and get some teaching in your department. If it isn’t offered to PhDs, ask your supervisor if you can shadow them for a few classes. Try and lead one or two tutorials, or give a lecture. You could also ask neighbouring universities if they’re looking for someone to teach. (This is a good thing to do towards the end of the PhD when you’re looking for work). Attend training seminars hosted by your university. Try and get HEA accreditation at associate fellow level if you get some teaching experience.

4. Host a symposium, conference or workshop
It doesn’t have to be a massive, multi-panel, three-day affair. A simple day or half day, hosted with a fellow PhD or early career academic will suffice. You’ll get to meet people who share your passion for your subject and get in touch with academics whose work you really admire. Plus, you’ll probably have to apply for funding and this is excellent in itself (see below). It’ll also give you some handy administrative experience, which seems to keep cropping up on academic job adverts these days.

5. Apply for funding
Just try first for little pots to host a conference; go on a research trip; develop a skills training workshop; a visiting fellowship at a library. If you want to continue in academia, you’ll have to really perfect your grant writing skills, so you might as well start as soon as you can. Start small, it all adds up. Practice makes perfect. Try your university, any national association for your subject or the research councils. Ask people who you respect to look over your funding applications and reward readers with cake.

More great tips here


On Randall’s Island, a stone’s throw from east Manhattan’s shoreline, hundreds of Native American artists, educators, dancers and performers gathered all weekend for a powwow to honor indigenous people around the world. Instead of Columbus Day, they’re here to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, which is devoted to healing and lifting up the rich history and culture of Native Americans. The mood here is spirited and hopeful despite the circumstances.

anonymous asked:

Hi, first time ever making a request, sorry if it doesn't make sense or is not specific enough. Iwaizumi and Kuroo scenario please, where on Valentines day, the school has an event where people can buy a rose and have it delivered anonymously or with a note. The girl receives a rose anonymously (or with a vague note, not saying who it's from) and tries to find the sender, how would the boys go about confessing and basically saying that it's from them. Love your blog by the way <3

It makes perfect sense don’t worry! - Admin Hope

Iwaizumi Hajime 

  • To be honest I feel like this girl would get so determined that she would start asking the people in student council, because they organize the whole thing, who was the person who sent it
  • Some of them said they didn’t know but one person said it was someone from the boys volleyball team and her eyes would basically light up because she would be one step closer to finding out who this guy was
  • She would like burst into the boys volleyball gym and hold up the rose and the little note that was attached and ask who it was from
  • Oikawa would smirk and glance over at Iwaizumi who was suddenly blushing like crazy
  • Oikawa would shove him her way and she would smile holding the items in her hand and ask if it was him that sent it to her
  • Iwaizumi would be really embarrassed because although he liked her a lot he wanted to confess on his own time because his nerves liked to get to him at times
  • He would be stuttering and rubbing the back of his head and she would get kind of discouraged thinking that he may have did it as some random prank and he didn’t actually like her
  • He would finally get out that he was in fact the person who sent the rose to her and that he thought she was super cute and he had a bit of a crush on her for awhile now just didn’t know how to say it
  • Her spirits would lift and she would wrap her arms around him for a hug and he would ever so gently hug her back; she would give him her number and tell him to text her so that they could make plans to go on a date together
  • She would wave him goodbye so that he could get back to practice and say how they could maybe walk home together and would leave with that
  • Iwaizumi would turn back to his team making his way back to the court and no one really said anything because they knew he was very happy but they also knew that he was still slightly embarrassed about the whole thing
  • You all know damn well that Oikawa would make some snarky comment but Iwaizumi would by that point be very content and just smile at him saying that at least he had a girlfriend now rather than getting empty confessions all day
  • Matsukawa and Hanamaki would holler that Oikawa got so roasted and laugh in Oikawa’s face

Kuroo Tetsurou

  • Let’s be real Kuroo would have some really shitty pick-up line on it signing it off with a - K and the girl would be on the hut to find him from that day on
  • Kuroo noticed very well her efforts to find him and it kind of make him happy seeing how hard she was looking for him
  • He would want to go and confess that it was him but kind of held himself back thinking that if she could find out that it was him then he would definitly confess
  • It would be close to last period of the day before club and he would start to get a bit discouraged becasue she still hadent found out it was him yet
  • He really likes her and didn’t want anyone else that had a letter K at the beginning of their name to take what he did for her
  • Yet she mainly looked at their handwriting to see if it was really the person who wrote her the little note and gave her the flower and if it didn’t match what she had she knew it wasn’t them
  • Then finally she came into his classroom and slammed a hand on his desk making him look up from his notes to see that it was her
  • She said she knew that his last name was Kuroo and that she had been looking all around the school for a person’s name to start with the letter K and once she glanced down to see his notes seeing his handwriting she knew it was him
  • He would give her a kind smile saying that it was him that sent her the rose and that he did have a crush on her but kept it anonymous for the most part because he wasn’t sure if she was going to feel the same way
  • She scribbled down a shitty pick-up line of her own along with her number on a piece of paper telling him to text her sometime
  • Kuroo would feel completely triumphed with the whole thing and be very excited to start a relationship with her