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Writer Sera Gamble recalls that they “started with the idea of faith healers as scary creatures. There’s lots you can say about people who twist religion for their own good…” Gamble was surprised that the hot-button topics explored in the episode didn’t raise any red flags with the producers, studio, or network. “I kept expecting someone to say, ‘No, no, no’… but no one did. The put a lot of faith in us.”

Gamble’s co-writer Raelle Tucker had a similar reaction. “It’s so shocking. I am so surprised, I gotta tell you. Sera and I, when we were conceiving of it, were like, 'It’s not gonna happen. Let’s be realistic.’ And this is a mistake that all established writers make: you immediately start to question what you’re allowed to do on television before you really even try to do it. So we end up with kind of safe stories a lot of the time across the board on TV because we’re scared. We almost censored ourselves, but then we didn’t. And everybody seemed really passionate about this idea and wanted to put it on the air and nobody questioned it.”

Excerpted from:
Supernatural: The Official Companion Season One. Titan Books, 2007: 72-73.

the proposals / runnin’ home to you analysis

Barry Allen proposed to Iris West… again. I already talked about “Runnin’ Home to You” in my Duet review but I’m going to talk about both proposals and that beautiful song that was written by academy award winners in more detail. Ok so the first proposal he went all out lit the place up, got a brand-new suit and made her favorite food.  He told her this beautiful story about where the ring came from but while it was beautiful it didn’t really talk about their love at all and we didn’t get to see her answer. That should’ve raised red flags but we were so blindsided by the proposal that we didn’t really take a step back and realized what was happening and we definitely didn’t see the angst coming. Iris had very good reasons for breaking the engagement and Barry was an idiot for needing space after she said she wanted to be his wife but the writers just did that to fix everything in the musical.

Barry and Iris in this musical was everything, true love’s kiss was enough to get Barry out of the dream world and Music Meister’s lesson was that when you have a love strong enough to get through anything you shouldn’t let it go no matter what. The second proposal was probably one of the most romantic scenes on TV to date. This proposal was so much more intimate than the first one because it wasn’t elaborate, he wasn’t wearing a suit, the song he sang came right from the heart. The writers of “Runnin’ Home to You” really did a good job at putting Barry’s love for Iris in song form and it’s a major contrast to the last proposal. In the last proposal, Barry said “I’ve been so focused on changing the future that I forgot there’s always another way… making the future our future” that was the first sign that something wasn’t right with his intentions of this proposal.

One of the first lines in “Runnin’ Home to You” is “Can’t change what the future may hold” which is important because he’s not going to be making decisions based on fear of the future anymore. I mean he’s still afraid of the possibility that she could die, but he’s not going to save her by changing the future to make sure that, that event never happens. He’s going to save her by figuring out who Savitar is and how to stop him together. Iris finally got that genuine proposal she deserved, the song and the scene were so beautiful that even though he had just proposed a few weeks earlier she was still shocked that he was singing a song about how much he loves her to her and that he had kept the ring this whole time and plus we actually got to see her answer this time.

Ivanka Trump sits in on meeting with Shinzo Abe, raising conflict of interest questions

President-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday is raising red flags — not because of what was said, but because of who was in attendance. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, sat in on the meeting between the two world leaders, according to a photo the transition team released. This is exactly what Trump campaigned against.

Raise the Flag for Childhood


Imagine this:

Tim Drake retreating to the Manor to recuperate from an injury. On the tail end of his stay, he’s fed up with Damian’s snide remarks and attitude and dismissive manner and taunts. He wants to fight back but he keeps thinking of Stephanie Brown, can’t get her out of his head: “Kill ‘im with kindness.”

So he starts gathering pillows and blankets and dragging tables and chairs. The Manor has plenty. Damian, sure enough, notices, and hangs around watching.

“What are you doing?” he finally asks, when he can’t stand it.

“Building a fort. Want to help?” Tim says and offers.

A fort sounds warlike so Damian is game. Any chance to thrash Tim and get away with it. They build together, testing and reinforcing and adjusting.

Once finished, it’s huge and low-ceilinged and cozy. They climb inside with flashlights and Damian asks, “What are the rules of engagement? How is the winner decided?”

“Nobody wins,” Tim says, flopping back with his laptop to watch a movie. “It’s just for hiding in.”

Damian is torn. He feels cheated– this was going to be a battle, right? But no, Tim had never said anything about a battle. He’d just said 'fort.’

He doesn’t want to abandon it. He’d worked on it, too.

And it’s so comfortable.

So, with a low and quiet growl at himself, Damian slouches down next to Tim to watch a movie.

In their fort.

That they made together.

Tim feels like it’s a minor victory. He doesn’t realize how big it really is until the next time he sleeps over at the Manor and wakes to an armful of blankets dumped on his head and an insistent, but not derisive, voice saying,

“We are wasting daylight. Wake up. I have some ideas to improve our previous model.”

And it’s just the thing they do now, their white flag area, a neutral territory. It’s a safe place.

Plus, it’s super cozy.


Rick Perry and the Dakota Access Pipeline: Conflicts you need to know

  • On Monday, Trump picked Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy.
  • The pick is a curious one: During a Republican presidential primary debate in 2011, Perry completely blanked on the department’s name.
  • Perry’s interest in the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline has also given some reason to pause.
  • Perry is on the Energy Transfer Partners board of directors.
  • ETP is the company that is attempting to build the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Perry has also been instrumental in getting legislation passed that benefited the company. 
  • In 2015 Congress passed a bill that lifted a decades-old ban on crude oil exports.
  •  Perry did his part in helping ETP to lobby in support of the bill.
  • He also once vowed to dismantle the agency he will now lead
  • While the gaffe in which he forgot the name of the agency is making headlines, it’s the context of the statement that raises the real red flags. 
  • It was while answering a question about which departments he would dismantle as president that he fumbled. Read more

NCAA March Madness game soured as Confederate flag is raised outside South Carolina arena

  • A group calling itself the South Carolina Secessionist Party erected a large Confederate flag next to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, where two games in the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament were being played on Sunday.
  • The display — which was up from roughly 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. — added a sour note to the day’s festivities, which included a stunning upset victory by the University of South Carolina over the Duke.
  • Demonstrators saod they were waving the flag to show off their heritage and to protest the state’s failure to preserve the banner in a museum.
  • “It’s a piece of our heritage,” James Bessenger, chairman of the South Carolina Secessionist Party, told WYFF. “Twenty-five thousand South Carolinians died in defense of that flag, and 250,000 southerners.”
  • “It’s unfortunate, but it’s America,” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said of the display after his game, according to USA Today.  Read more (3/20/17 1:42 PM)

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concept: Björk breaks into the white house in the middle of the night and performs Declare Independence with a megaphone. She records the whole thing on one of those 360° go pros attached to an embroidered helmet and releases the footage as a VR Experience™ for $4.99 on the app store.

I have been thinking about the use of a red flag in les mis

That’s actually innaccurate…

I’ve actually been thinking about the red flag usage in actual history and the real June Rebellion….

So we all know that a white flag in the military is code for surrender.

But raising a red flag was a sign to the other side that they wished for a fight to the death

The June Rebellion was triggered when a red flag was raised at Lamarque’s funeral bearing the words “La Liberté ou la Mort”.

This was the first use of the red flag as a symbol of the future and revolution (Red goes from “The blood of angry men” to “A world about to dawn” aaaaaah symbolism)

The people seemed shocked by the brutality of which the national guard reacted to the rebels but by raising the red flag the rebels instigated a fight to the death. 

just something I thought about…

The problems I had with the writers framing Izzy and the werewolves scene as being a badass moment. I would like to add that Izzy is pretty badass, but that werewolf scene raised a lot of flags for me:

1. Izzy basically using a slur to address the wolves, because take it as you will, but her saying “stay” and “good doggy” wasn’t a badass moment, it was her speaking from the position of highly respected shadowhunter and using a slur on a downworlder, and when you consider that Shadowhunters uses the relationship between shadowhunters and downworlders as a racial allegory, then yes, it is exactly as bad as you think it is.

2. Izzy not giving Luke the chance to take control of his pack. Her having that shadowhunter moment of stepping into the situation to ‘save the day’ when Luke as Pack leader should have been given that chance speaks a lot. It’s an implied message that Luke doesn’t have control over his pack and a shadowhunter can instead beat them into submission, further perpetuating Valentine’s belief that downworlders cannot be ‘reasoned with’ because sooner rather than later, they ‘give in to their demonic side’.

3. Izzy using her whip on the wolf that was charging at Jace. When we consider the fact that Maia didn’t move, and the second wolf didn’t move either, then we realize that there’s a huge chance that the wolf charging at Jace is Gretel’s godfather (which explains why he didn’t listen to his alpha, he’s distraught). Which would mean that Izzy basically used her whip to subdue a man grieving the loss of a girl who’s basically his daughter, a girl who Jace kidnapped and practically handed over to Valentine. So not only was a shadowhunter responsible for taking his goddaughter away from him, but another shadowhunter basically beat him into submission by using ‘force’ against him. 

I smiled so loud and wide when this man raised his pride flag at Mashrou Leila’s concert this past weekend in Lebanon. (August 5th 2016) 

This is the first time I see a pride flag in my country at a public event and the best part was hearing my cheer getting drowned by the sound of the whole stadium cheering. The whole stadium.

Full of queer middle eastern kids.


(I dont know who the photographer is)