With player rage levels spiking and only a month left before the 2016 World Championships, Blizzard has announced a balance patch! And by “balance,” of course, they mean 100% nerfs. Buffing cards? As if.

There isn’t much to criticize here as the most griped-about cards (except maybe Barnes) are the ones getting beat down with the nerf bat:

Tuskarr Totemic - only summons basic totems now.

Rockbiter Weapon - up from 1 mana to 2 mana (the most surprising change if you ask me)

Call of the Wild - up from 8 mana to 9 mana (take that, Rexxar, you scumbag)

Execute - up from 1 mana to 2 mana (probably needed; China complained about this one more than NA/EU)

Charge - completely retooled to break OTK decks.

Abusive Sergeant - stats reduced to 1/1 (maggots everywhere rejoice)

Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End - will stop casting spells if he dies/gets silenced/etc. so now he’s “fun” but not competitive

What bold new changes to the meta will we see? Probably just Zoo Warlock becoming Tier 1 again. But there is hope!

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
—  Jesus, Matthew 5

All of my friends live in a plastic bag walking around
Jumping the train tracks, over the fence, veins all black
Sleep on a bench in the park on my birthday
Call the blue lights
Cursed your name when I find I’m still awake

Give me everything good, and I’ll throw it away
I wish that I could quit but I can’t stand the shakes
Choking to smoke, or singing your praise
But I think there’s a god and he hears either way when I rejoice and complain
I never know what to say

But I think there’s a god and he hears either way when I rejoice and complain

Lift my voice that I was made

And somebody’s listening at night with the ghosts of my friends when I pray
Asking “Why did you let them leave and then make me stay?”

Know my name and all of my hideous mistakes

But I rejoice. I rejoice. I rejoice. I rejoice

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will You let Your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” (Psalm 16:8‭-‬11)

Often in life we want to escape from our problems. We want God to just take them away. We want them to be gone. We don’t want to have to deal with issues or challenges in life. That’s sometimes why we think God’s here; to make our lives easy by taking away problems. And here’s the thing: God is an escape from the storms of life. But not in the way we may think. As these verses share, it’s a matter of perspective. When we keep our eyes on God, then we will not be shaken. He will fill us with joy when we are in His presence. He will not abandon us. He will make known to us the path of life. But He doesn’t do all this by taking away problems. All of this happens when we seek out God in the midst of our problems. When we take time to reflect on His word and to pray with Him. When we focus on Him and see Him in different situations in life. That’s how God is an escape - He is always present, and we can hide in Him in the midst of the storms, finding the strength, joy, and life that we need to conquer our problems. He’s our hideaway. That’s one of the differences between the life of a Christian and a non-Christian: we as Christians don’t have lives that are any easier than those of non-Christians, but we do have the resources and the God on our side to make it through challenging times. That’s the advantage and the hope that we can have. So if you’re struggling today, and you’re finding it hard to find the energy and the hope to make it through, keep your eyes on God.

Psalm 126

(Psalms 126:1)  A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

(Psalms 126:2)  Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

(Psalms 126:3)  The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

(Psalms 126:4)  Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.

(Psalms 126:5)  They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

(Psalms 126:6)  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

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Learn to minimize your fear and to embrace...

Learn to minimize your fear and to embrace disappointment as cheerfully and positively as possible. Count on people to fail you. Plan on people never coming through. You are going to have to fight your way through all on your own. One thing you can count on is people not showing up when you need them. Don’t look at people’s unreliability pessimistically, just vow to never be like them yourself. If you build people’s failures into your success strategy, you will not be caught off guard by surprises. And, when and if someone ever comes through, you can rejoice in the rare blessing of that event! Be continually surprised by people, rather than being continually let down.

— Bryant McGill

The Book:

Philip Schuyler to Elizabeth Hamilton, 1795

Thursday Albany, Sept. 24


I thank you my beloved Child for your affectionate and consoling letter of the 21st instant.  Altho my affections from our loss and the dread of another from your Sister Rensselaer’s illness, and the danger you & my Dear Hamilton & the Children are exposed has severely shunted (?) me. Yet thanks to god I have been able to support them and am now nearly recovered.  Margret is better and I rejoice to have heard you are all well.

Altho I cannot but acquire in the reasons you assign for remaining where you are yet I cannot divest myself altogether of my fears and I must therefore entreat you to drop me a line by every mail.

I have sent to enquire if any sloop is going N. York (they were shipped a few days ago).  If there is, Your Mama will send You some butter.

Her, Your Sisters & all friends Join me in love to you & yours.  Embrace the Children for me.

Yours most affectionately

Ph: Schuyler

Source: New York State Library


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anonymous asked:

My heart belongs to Liam but I'm so incredibly happy for Harry. I'm proud of that quirky kid.

I think that’s lovely, to be able to empathize and feel happy for other people and proud of them (even if they’re not your fave.) There’s an undeniable fragmentation in this fandom (that won’t go away, but anyway…) so when people can see through than and feel genuinely beyond that, it’s very positive (for yourself as an individual, and for the fandom itself.) I can’t wait to rejoice and feel as you are feeling now with the rest of the boys. I hope we get a chance soon. 


“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something. The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people… People who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman. To be black.

Viola Davis’ acceptance speech for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 67th Emmy Award Show