oh my god I need more fakemarried in my life, it's actually amazing and I'm loving it! if you'll continue it I'll be very glad to read it c: have a nice day!
eeeeee!!! thank you! I’m working on it, so far it’s disjointed bits but it has a shape, I’m just wrangling…. ok quite a lot of empty spaces atm. a lot. um… hmmm. to drop excerpt or not to drop excerpt… that is the question………
Obi-Wan was already waiting outside the Council chamber. Qui-Gon bit back a smile at the sight of him, sharp-eyed and glaring at the heavy doors. The Council summons had likely disturbed a bit of much-needed rest.
The glare vanished the instant Obi-Wan sensed his approach. A quick change smoothed away the furrow in Obi-Wan’s brow and turned up the corners of his mouth. The fire in his eyes softened to a welcoming glow that warmed Qui-Gon to his toes. “Are we both here to see the Council, then?”
Qui-Gon nodded. “It would appear so. Another mission assignment, you think?”
Obi-Wan frowned thoughtfully at the floor. “With Anakin on exam rotation? And an early morning summons, at that. Sounds like they couldn’t get anyone else for the job.”
“Don’t spoil the surprise,” Qui-Gon grumbled, much to Obi-Wan’s amusement.
“You were hoping for something peaceful for once?” Obi-Wan teased. “Ratification of environmental protection accords for a luxury resort, facing potential climate disturbance from the tourist business that keeps the planet running in the first place? Such a delicate negotiation…”
Qui-Gon shushed him, hanging on to his composure by a thin thread. “You know, I think structuring such agreements usually goes to Masters in the Agricorps.”
Obi-Wan grinned. “Now, if only I’d known that ten years ago.”
Qui-Gon’s chest tightened suddenly. It wasn’t serious, he knew, but still—“I find myself very glad you didn’t.”
Obi-Wan gave him an odd look, and Qui-Gon thought he would have spoken, but of course at that moment the heavy doors opened and the Council Padawan waved them in. Qui-Gon wasn’t sure he wanted to hear the answer, anyway. Another offhand quip, he wouldn’t have found particularly reassuring. He couldn’t even rightly say what had bothered him in the first place.
Qui-Gon turned his attention to the currents in the Council chamber, instead, which were plenty distracting. The mood wasn’t precisely tense, but more charged with intrigue and tasting of delicate manipulation. Qui-Gon frowned. That didn’t necessarily bode well.
Obi-Wan’s end of their pair bond prickled with muted, but rather definite suspicion. They were in agreement on that, then. Where the Council was concerned, intrigue almost always meant trouble—and Senate polítics.
“Good morning,” Mace said, setting a brisk and businesslike tone as only someone who’d been awake for at least an hour could do. Qui-Gon caught the distinct impression of a scowl from Obi-Wan’s end of the bond, and bit back a smile. “The Council has recently been approached by a Senator from Akath’im with an interesting request.”
Qui-Gon nearly choked on air.
Akath’im was a resort world. Moreover, it was reasonably distant, a favourite hideaway for retired Core-world politicians—and it was currently desperate for an agreement that would allow the Akathi to regulate the amount of traffic they received, in hopes of limiting environmental damage. Obi-Wan?
Believe me, I had no idea. Obi-Wan did sound completely flabbergasted and sincere.
You’re not allowed to say another word about the mission or the transport, Qui-Gon told him crossly. He was beginning to suspect that Obi-Wan’s prescience had taken to a particularly wicked presentation of late, cropping up in harmless jokes and offhand comments. Qui-Gon didn’t actually want any proof to substantiate that particular idea, and he rather hoped it hadn’t crossed Obi-Wan’s mind, either.
“Akathi Intelligence suspects some of its candidates in the Senatorial race may have been influenced by their corporate connections, or by the local cartels—they’re not particularly happy with either possibility,” Mace went on. “It has recently come to their attention that several of the candidates have booked seats on an intergalactic cruiseline, along with people who might be connected with the cartels, and to the businesses with the highest stakes in the upcoming climate accord negotiations. They requested our assistance in determining which, if any, of the candidates have significant ties to parties who may be inclined to influence the final shape of this agreement.”
“I wasn’t aware of the Akathi approaching the Senate since their petition to negotiate the environmental accords was granted,” Obi-Wan remarked.
“Which is what adds a level of delicacy to this mission,” Ki-Adi spoke up. “It is unlikely that the venture would ever have the proper backing of the Senate, due to the involvement of the guilds, but it does have the quiet backing of several influential Senators. With their support, the Akathi Senator was granted an exception and allowed to approach the Jedi Council directly. Of course, Senator Selliaht stressed the need for discretion.”
Qui-Gon nearly winced. “So this will be an undercover mission.”
“Quite so,” Mace confirmed. “You will be coordinating with the Akathi Intelligence Head of Operations, Nami Madleth, who is here to provide both of you with more technical details, and with your cover story. She will meet you at 0600 in the J-level hangar. The cruise is two tens’ length, and the Akathi would prefer the matter resolved before the candidates return.”
Amazing, Obi-Wan muttered, how a popular resort world is granted an exception and allowed to approach the Council directly.
Surprised? Aloud, Qui-Gon said, “My Padawan is currently in the midst of his exam term. Is there a role for him in this mission, or has the Council decided on other accommodations for the duration?” At least it plays a minor enough role in galactic politics that its people can sway the Senate to act directly in their favour.
Obi-Wan sent back a touch of rueful agreement.
Depa cleared her throat gently. “Your Padawan’s accommodations have been finalised, Master Jinn. His exam term has been extended, in favour of spreading out assessments and assignments in a manner less likely to convince young Skywalker that sleep is a worthy sacrifice.” She eyed Obi-Wan at that, but he only offered her a politely bland expression in return. “This mission fit the time frame for your in-Temple rotation, and Knight Kenobi’s return was fortuitous.”
Mace nodded. “And I discussed this arrangement with Lady Skywalker earlier this morning.”
The Catalan pronouns el, els/-los, la/les, hi/ho and en.
Catalan has some pronouns used to substitute nouns in the sentence. There are personal pronouns and pronouns for objects, which we’ll see in this post. This was a request, so I hope that the anon who asked for it finds it useful!
EL, LA, ELS, LES, HO, EN
These are the English “it” (I’ve bought it).
In Catalan, though, we will use each depending on the gender and whether the object is singular or plural.
EL: masculine singular
LA: feminine singular
ELS: masculine plural
LES: feminine singular
HO: used for neutral words, with the verbs ser/estar (to be), parèixer and semblar (to seem, to look like) and with subordinate clauses
The article will go before the verb in most cases.
Jo compro el llibre ( I buy a book: masculine, singular)
Jo el compro
Has vist la nova pel·lícula de Meryl Streep? (Have you seen Meryl Streep’s new movie?: feminine, singular)
Portaràs la bicicleta? (Will you bring the bicycle?)
As you can see, in the first example “la” becomes l’ because the next word begins with h+vowel. And the participle (vist, from veure) ends with an -a because the object is feminine. Same happens with els and les (vists, vistes). More examples below.
Necessito els teus ordinadors (I need your computers: masculine, plural)
You can also find LOS after the verb if it is in the INFINITIVE FORM.
He decidit comprar els llibres (I’ve decided to buy the books)
He decidit comprar-los (I’ve decided to buy them)
However, you can use els if you place it before the verb (Els he decidit comprar).
Compraré les llibretes que necessites (I will buy the notebooks you need, feminine, plural)
“Ho” is quite unique and it has many uses.
NEUTRAL WORDS (açò, això, allò - this, that, that)
This pronoun substitutes “this” and “that”.
Heu comprat això? (Have you bought that?: you is in plural)
Ho heu comprat?
Has vist açò? (Have you seen this?)
Ho has vist?
These verbs are used to talk about how people/things/events look/are (estar as a verb that talks about a trait, not a location). With “ho” we substitute the trait of the person/object/event
SER/ESTAR (to be)
La teva amiga és molt alta (Your friend is very tall)
La teva amiga ho és
Ara mateix estic content (I’m very happy right now)
Ara mateix ho estic
PARÈIXER/SEMBLAR (to look like, to seem)
Aquell noi pareix/sembla intel·ligent (That guys seems clever)
Aquell noi ho pareix/sembla
Subordinate clauses are introduced with “that” or “que” in Catalan.
Example: Penso que no deuries anar a la festa (I think that you shouldn’t go to the party)
In Catalan, you can substitute the whole clause with “ho”.
Els polítics diuen que solventaran la situació (Politicians say that they will solve the situation)
“que solventaran la situació” is the subordinate clause, and we can substitute it with ‘ho’.
Els polítics ho diuen.
En is used for quantity (this exists in Italian as well, so if you speak it it’ll be easier).
Compro un llibre (I’ve bought a book)
En compro un. As you can see, you say “un” at the end.
El client compra tres peres (El client compra tres peres)
El client en compra tres.
If the verbal tense includes a participle, this one has to match with the article we’re using to substitute the noun. This DOES NOT apply to EN or HO, only to EL, LA, ELS, LES.
Has vist el llibre? (Have you seen the book?)
L’has vist? (No changes here)
Havien comprat una casa, però ara no poden pagar-la (They had bought a house, but now they can’t pay it)
L’havien comprada, però ara no poden comprar-la (They had bought it, but now they can’t pay it). As you can see, before the a the t changes to d.
Han arreplegat els llapis (They’ve picked up the pencils)
Els han arreplegats (They have picked them up)
Hauran comprat les entrades quan arribem (They will have bought the tickets when we arrive)
Les hauran comprades quan arribem(They will have bought them when we arrive)
As you can see, before e the t changes to d.
Catalan has a really interesting system to substitute other complements (time, place, direction, relative clauses, “complements of regime”, predicative complements, etc.). If anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll write a post.
El passat 9 d'octubre a la manifestació per la diada nacional del País Valencià -convocada cada any des de 1977-, el feixisme, aparentment latent els darrers anys a València, es va fer brutalment visible. La seua reaparició no va ser només una acció per part de grups o partits d'ultradreta (com Yomus o España2000), sinó que centenars de persones -famílies, xiquets o avis- participaren de les agressions a través dels seus càntics, insults o mostres de suport a les agressions.
L'alarmant impunitat amb la que van insultar i vexar (“puta, guarra, golfa o gorda”), amenaçar (¡os vamos a matar!; aneu-se'n a Catalunya! O ¡mañana nos vemos en el trabajo!”) i agredir a totes les persones que ens trobàvem a Sant Agustí o en altres punts de la manifestació, necessita de la complicitat d'un Estat i dels seus cossos policials, així com de determinats mitjans de comunicació. Uns assenyalen i altres actuen. Així, aprofitant el context polític generat arran de la situació a Catalunya, l'anticatalanisme va ser detonant i excusa per a activar el mecanisme de l'odi. Odi al diferent.
Actualment, el “diferent” pren múltiples formes: dona, migrant, negra, pobra, catalana, musulmana, lesbiana, independentista.. La forma tant fa, “l'etiqueta” només és l'excusa per a posar en el punt de mira determinades idees o formes de vida, en definitiva, arrabassar la llibertat de les persones.
Per això, els fets del 9 d'octubre no són un atac contra les persones que es vam manifestar el 9 d'octubre, sinó que són un atac directe contra totes aquelles persones que entenem que tenim dret a viure la vida amb llibertat. Perquè ahir vam ser nosaltres i demà pots ser tu. Per això, la indiferència mai pot ser la resposta contra el feixisme. Perquè amb la indiferència el feixisme creix, es normalitza i s'organitza (“Front Nacional” a França, Hogar Social Madrid o els darrers atacs islamòfobs; en són una mostra clara).
Per això, convoquem la manifestació del 28 d'octubre sota el lema “València contra el feixisme i per les llibertats”. Però aquesta convocatòria és només un ‘punt de partida’, un ‘prou’ i un ‘recuperem els carrers’. Perquè l'antifeixisme no és qüestió d'un dia, sinó que és una pràctica i actitud diària que hem d'exercir totes des de tots els àmbits: a les nostres feines, al bar, al gimnàs, al mercat, a l'escola o institut… a tot arreu. Perquè el feixisme avança si no se'l combat.
El porcentaje que se siente más catalán que español o solo catalán por los estratos de población, vemos que entre los profesionales liberales un 54% se siente predominantemente catalán, y va bajando mientras bajamos la escala de ocupación, tenemos un 30% de desempleados que se sienten predominantemente catalanes, hasta que llegamos al proletariado que solo se sienten un 20% predominantemente catalanes.
Esto tiene que ver en cómo se insertó esas capas de inmigrantes en la estructura social de Cataluña. Aunque las reivindicaciones de quienes se sienten predominantemente catalanes son minoritarios, la voz de quienes tienen privilegios en lo que son recursos sociales y económicos en la sociedad y quizás se escucha más.
I’d like to debate something I’ve thought before and wrote about…
I don’t trust our current democracy. I trust in deciding together what to do with our country, but not letting participate anyone who does not pass a certain intelligence level.
I’m not saying to limit it to higher IQs or people with doctorates only…I just wish that before you can vote, there would be a simple reading comprehension and arithmetic exam. Read a text and extract the main ideas, and perform some simple calculations, nothing fancier.
If you can’t do it, you cannot make a good informed decision about what is the best option for your interests so you should not vote.
Yes, I understand that people with less monetary means have to work a lot to survive and sometimes do not have the chance to educate themselves a lot becasue,you know, they rather live stupid than starve or be homeless with a degree. But I’m not talking quantum phisics here, you just need to prove that,given an electoral program, you’d be able to get what they mean to do. Or given a news article,get the ideas or facts it’s expressing. I wouldn’t dare to evaluate grammar or similar things, just the ability to extract ideas from a text and, you know, add, multiply, and such things. If you cannot write or read, just do an oral exam, I’m fine with that. Use any language you know, that doesn’t matter.
Becasue for what I see around, I’m pretty sure there’s lots of people with degrees that are unable to do precisely that.
Of course this is prone to abuse depending on the difficulty level of the test,or the way you rate it….
But isn’t out current system also prone to abuse by the news corporations that simplify topics and try to support their own political interests? What is worse, deny people their vote or let people with no idea of what they’re voting to vote?
It is a sincere question becasue I think we take the idea of democracy too much from people that have twisted it for their own interest, and nobody dares to suggest any alternatives that sound less democratic…
I’m really conflicted about this, becasue I understand that people in power tent to twist and abuse it,so it is good to distribute it among lots (as in everybody votes), but there’s overall too many people that have no idea whatsoever what is best for them and vote based on prejudices or unimportant details (how nice does the candidate look,the religion of the candidate, etc…)
Tl, dr: the world is shit and humans are idiots, democracy is broken but past alternatives were worse.
I havent noticed that the rich people became the center of the lok at the end. Even if I noticed that in the wedding there were polítical figures, assisting to a rich person wedding, who was a criminal too. Like the saying: just the poor and foolish go to jail.
I think they did become the center. Not in the sense that they were even good characters, just in the fact that they sucked up most screen time. In general they are almost always at an advantage. The narrative is easier on them, they are the ones who luck out, and the story treats them kinder. They make contributions on occasions when the plot finds it convenient for them but they make sure that these rare contributions are relied upon by other characters.
Examples of how upper class characters were treated nicely (not well, nicely….the narrative is just overly nice to them). I’m very tired so I can’t elaborate my thoughts much beyond just recounting some scenes, but I think that even with just comparing scenes there’s just a really obvious difference to me.
Kai literally disappeared even though he was a poor boy who had to live his young years lying and scheming in order to survive, but now that he’s in a position where he can help people, he’s never shown?? There was no focus on the citizens of EK or RC, no mention of the prisoners after varrick and bolin escape, nothing about the poor people who were against kuvira after the episodes where opal was helping villages. The story didn’t show compassion to them or what they’ve had to struggle through, but the story asks me to show compassion to Kuvira even though she has caused some of these people’s pain.
We had episodes dedicated to the Beifongs, their relationships, their rescue, their political stances. Many times nothing about the beifong subplot had any direct relation to Korra.
Asami’s business is doing great while the rest of the krew is having trouble. Mako is kept from his job of actually helping people through police work to bodyguard the incompetent prince, Bolin is working for a tyrant because he naively believes her cause is good, and Korra is incapacitated for about 2.5 years and is still feeling emotionally and mentally scarred even when she physically heals. The story asks that I direct my attention to Hiroshi and Asami’s relationship despite the fact that he has not been shown since book 1…..despite the fact that mako and bolin barely share any tender interactions at all until the finale….despite the fact that Tonraq finds out that Korra has been missing for 6 months but neither he nor Senna are shown reuniting with Korra. The story asks that, after his second appearance in the entire season, I forgive Hiroshi despite all the hurt he’s caused. He’s suddenly needed in the plot to help the two (rich) people who are supposed to be the greatest inventors.
Raiko, Wu, Suyin, and Kuvira are at the center of the politics. Korra barely has any say on it, and she’s even left out of a council meeting while Wu is invited. Opal seems to be the only one with a deep understanding of how morally wrong Kuvira is because she has been around to see the villages. Bolin learns how Kuvira wrongs the citizens, yet All Is Forgiven after he helps save the Beifongs. Again, the actual people who were suffering because of Kuvira are forgotten, and Bolin doesn’t even have a chance to turn himself around and focus on truly helping these people.
Varrick cares most about profit. He escapes punishment for what he did in book 2 and goes right into Zaofu, then later goes with Kuvira. He realizes that he cannot endanger the lives of so many people by creating the spirit weapon. He helps fight Kuvira. He learns how to respect Zhu Li. He has a conscience. Whoopie. That’s great, but really unoriginal. He took up all of the screentime going through this “transformation” that came entirely from himself and was barely influenced by other people. There are already enough wealthy characters. There’s nothing new about his character.
Wu is shown throughout the entire season to immature, ignorant, irresponsible, etc, The story asks me to be amused that Mako is stuck babysitting him despite Mako’s distaste for Wu both as a prince and a person. The class difference between Mako and Wu is painfully clear and so I think it’s ridiculous and almost down right disgusting how the show ignores that but expects me to think anything about this is funny or entertaining. Wu takes up the center of the scenes he’s in with his unfunny jokes and he does nothing helpful until the end and THEN he becomes somewhat insightful in the last 5 minutes of the show. Again, he’s unoriginal.
Bataar jr gets to work things out with his family even though he is just as guilty as Kuvira.