power of influence

Whether you believe it or not

In figure skating world:

1) Some federations have always been stronger than others. A Russian specialist once told me that, in this world, money does not matter as much as you think. It’s the power and politics that matter most in some cases. 

2) Many small federations follow bigger federations cause that’s how big powers use their influence in this world. Some powerful judges and coaches use their words to attack people they don’t like or to support people they want.

3) Figure skating is mostly about mastering the skills of controlling the blades, it is not just about the jumps.

4) If one does not understand what a counter or rocker is, do not take their comments on transitions seriously.

5) Many federations and judges still believe that the American market, and to a lesser extent, the European market, might help ISU save figure skating world from decline. Personally, I do not share the same belief with them. 

6) If you think judging has always been fair, good for you. Not my belief but whatever. 

7) Knowing all of that, I still stick to this sport, I still follow competitions, I still go to ISU seminars, I still support skaters I like. Because the beauty of figure skating can still stand alone regardless of the political games in the background. 

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i love the despair designs !

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CAS HAS EXISTED FOR OVER MILLENNIA, AND HE HAS KNOWN DEAN FOR ABOUT A DECADE.

IF CAS’ LIFE WAS A MOVIE, DEAN WOULD JUST BE A BLIP IN THE CREDITS.

AND YET, TO CAS, THAT BLIP IN THE CREDITS HAS ENOUGH POWER, CREDENCE, AND INFLUENCE, TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF THE STORYLINE, AND MAKE THE MOVIE WHAT IT IS.

JUST LET THAT SINK IN.

THE CHASE CONTINUES – Lucifer’s search for power and influence in a vessel lands him in the White House. The President of The United States (guest star David Chisum) unknowingly makes a deal with the devil, leading Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins), Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) and Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) to band together to fight the Dark Lord. Directed by Phil Sgriccia the episode was written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner (1208). Original airdate 12/8/2016.
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12x08 summary


Guys. I have no words.

No one wants to give-up on someone they love, such as a relative, friend or lover. But, sometimes we are forced to make hard decisions by extraordinary suffering. It’s easy to judge, or say, “never give-up,” until you have been there. Eventually, you begin to realize that life is too short and your powers to teach, influence or heal are limited. You finally accept that their emptiness, pain and dysfunction requires more than you have to give. You can’t hand your whole life and soul to someone who doesn’t even care about their own. Letting go is an excruciating heartbreak; mourning the death of what once was. If you did let someone go, and you still have guilt, it’s time to forgive yourself and begin to heal. If it is time to let someone go, for their sake, or for yours, then this may be your confirmation.
—  Bryant McGill
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a bit of celestial bath magic~ ☄️ 

☄️ for this ritual, gather a bath bomb, some sea shells, and a blue candle. 

☄️ light the candle, arrange the seashells around the edge of the bath, or in the bath. if they’re in the water with you, be very careful not to hurt yourself on them

☄️ optional, evoke aphrodite and ask for her influence to fill your life 🐚

☄️ evoke the power and influence of the planet venus ♀️

☄️ wash the old energies away

☄️ add the bath bomb, soak in the tub and bring in new, calm energies

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In general, for me, a big thing in my life has been just sort of learning what true self-esteem is and what true positive self-image is. And being a dancer, and growing up in that world, you’re so focused on yourself, and you’re so focused on achieving goals, on finding perfection, and working on your craft. And I’ve realized as I got older that part of my power and influence is when I focus on asking the bigger questions, about why are we here, how am I impacting others around me, how am I serving others.

what they say: the live action Disney princess movies are nice

what they mean: the live action Disney princess movies are nice enough I like them I guess but it pains me how much more meaningful and beautiful they would have been if they didn’t rehash and perpetuate the same old same old casting decisions that the animated versions already did. Instead of preserving “character integrity” or whatever bullcrap excuse people try to use to justify the complete lack of diversity, shouldn’t Disney want to show that ANYONE is a princess (and not just the white and abled and thin and cishet?) And to be perfectly truthful, Disney making Cinderella disabled or Beauty and the Beast a love story between two women of color would never hurt them BECAUSE THEY’RE DISNEY like they have so much power and influence? If Sally from the suburbs gets mad her kids have to see diversity it doesn’t matter because it’s Disney. The Brandy Cinderella came out nearly 20 years ago and we have yet to see another movie (especially in the fantasy/fairy tale genre) with as much diversity as that and it’s shameful.

Can we talk about how this fandom demonizes Vivienne for being successful? 

She was born a Mage which in itself is a point against her and she was sent to a Circle tower, again a point against her. As far as my understanding goes she did not come from a wealthy family, meaning she had no way to tip the scales in her favor from the get go with Templars or other members of the Circle. But yet through her skills in The Grand Game she managed to climb from the bottom of the heap and thrive when the system in place would otherwise wouldn’t even have her as a footnote in history. She even turned around a position that was compared to being a court jester and turned it into a legitimate point of power and influence.

I often hear the argument that she is a hypocrite for being so Pro-Circle when she has her own estate and wealth, but the fact of the matter is that she earned all of that which commands a certain degree of respect that this fandom does not give her. She also acknowledges early on in the game that The Circle experience isn’t the same for every mage that walks through it’s doors which is a shame, something that people who are critical often gloss over. 

Another argument (though slightly irrelevant to the topic at hand) is that she doesn’t care for others and is cold and calculating, when her behavior during the attack on Haven (where she is one of only two companions to approve if you save everyone, the other being Varric). And following the aftermath when you arrive at Skyhold she even asks you how you’re coping with the events that transpired. 

At the end of the day, it comes off very much to me that the fandom does not like her because she doesn’t agree with the mainstream views of most of the players, which is a shame because she is such an interesting character that has achieved a great deal of things in her lifetime and it’s so frustrating to see people criticize her so easily and write her off as a one dimensional character when she is so much deeper then that. Perhaps if she was anti-circle, she would have a larger fan base. 

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In one of the Pre-Days excerpts from the novels (I’m fairly sure it was one of the side novels) states that he’s kinda aloof and lonery contrary to popular belief and is only friendly with everyone else bc they’re friendly to him, but then Roxas (and Xion) happen(s) and the rest is history

also some french practice lol

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i think my favorite mini sandsverse trope is when their diety-status and power complex gets overriden by the fact that theyre still just dumb animals

like when seymour goes off on a tangent about how much he likes to kick a ball around and eat leaves despite the fact that he’s a being of unknowable psychic power and influence

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This Trans Teen’s Parents Tried To “Fix” Him By Sending Him To India

“My parents thought there was something wrong with me because I wasn’t living my life the way they wanted. I didn’t fit the mold,” Bhatt explained. “They told me that I would eventually get an arranged marriage to a man.”

On September 10, the Indian queer resource group Nazariya helped Bhatt escape his family. The activists also provided Bhatt with legal counsel and shelter.

That’s when things got complicated. Bhatt’s parents filed a complaint with the local police. Bhatt and supporters said his father, who he says is relatively wealthy and well-connected, used his power and influence to harass the activists.

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GIFS VIA.

People of Ghirapur,

I have been a consulate functionary and I have been a renegade. But today I speak to you as nothing more than a fellow citizen of the greatest city in the world: Ghirapur.

Ghirapur was founded on the spirit of cooperation, optimism, and ingenuity. As a community, we grew and thrived through the exchange of ideas, enthusiasm for learning, and passion for creating inventions that bettered the lives of all. This spirit was at the heart of the Consulate for countless years, but recently it was broken.

When Tezzeret arrived in Ghirapur, he demonstrated incredible ingenuity and power. Some of the greatest minds in the Consulate, Dovin Baan among them, were blind to the cruelty at the heart of that power. By falling under his influence, the Consulate betrayed the public’s trust and turned against everything Ghirapur stood for. The Consulate failed you. I failed you.

For that, I am sorry.

I am also determined to ensure we do not let one tyrannical man destroy what we have spent decades building. Ghirapur is the promise of thousands of brilliant minds working together. We must find a way to come together again.

Today the Consulate announced that they will begin a new path forward. Effective immediately, they are lifting the curfew, reinstating all aether access privileges, and returning all confiscated inventions to their rightful creators. I entreat each and every one of you to accept their offer to move forward.

It is time to stop referring to each other as “Consulate” or “renegade” and start seeing ourselves as a united Ghirapur. This is what the founders of our city would have wanted, and it’s the only way to reclaim the spirit we have lost.

Let’s move forward. Let’s rebuild. Let’s invent. Together.

Yours in the spirit of Ghirapur,
Sekar Rabi

No one wants to give-up on someone they love, such as a relative, friend or lover. But, sometimes we are forced to make hard decisions by extraordinary suffering. It’s easy to judge, or say, “never give-up,” until you have been there. Eventually, you begin to realize that life is too short and your powers to teach, influence or heal are limited. You finally accept that their emptiness, pain and dysfunction requires more than you have to give. You can’t hand your whole life and soul to someone who doesn’t even care about their own. Letting go is an excruciating heartbreak; mourning the death of what once was. If you did let someone go, and you still have guilt, it’s time to forgive yourself and begin to heal. If it is time to let someone go, for their sake, or for yours, then this may be your confirmation. — Bryant McGill