shrewd

I choose “Rurouni Kenshin” both anime and manga…but mainly manga.

Former 3rd Shinsegumi squad captain and current police officer, Saito Hajime. He is a shrewd, no nonsense, smart, someitmes ruthless kind of guy, who will get his job done and do what’s necessary. He doesn’t want forgiveness and he lives by his rule of aku soku zan - to kill evil swiftly -. He doesn’t betray himself and upholds his beliefs even if it kills him.

Thankfully, it still hasn’t.

He’s determined, resourceful and insightful. He’s a survivor. He’s amazing, really.

UUUUUUUUUUUGH this one is tricky. Should I go with canon and say Kaoru x Kenshin because of the amazing development they had or the obvious Saito x his wife who’s only mentioned but I find tremendously interesting anyway? Or go with Aoshi x Megumi because unf, that’s one hot pairing. Sano x Megumi has promise, too–the vixen with the rooster who’ll always be fighting and adorable sheananigans happen.

I can’t decide.

Ooooooooooooooh I like this question.

My favourite moment is before, during and after a battle that Saito has won against Usui the Blind Sword with a high blood toll on his part (though damage-wise could be worse). He and his now dying opponent were chatting the whole battle and they each try to understand the other.

In the end, the winner of both the battle and the debate ends up being Saito for no other reason that he is determined to do what’s right, even if it kills him. And the panel that shows that best is this one:

Fuck yeah. Also…um…yes, his opponent is cut in half. Saito is strong.

I can’t remember crying and that’s good because I read this to feel better and pick up my mood. It’s a very straightforward good things will happen in the end manga that everything turns out okay. So I had no moments I cried.

I only felt extremely acutely the injustice done to Sanosuke and everything about him–his backstory, his last personal arc, the way he had to escape Japan. Everything.

I’ll use the scene that first popped i my mind though they are numerous:

That’s how we found out he’s married in the 9th volum in the 71st chapter.

Sagara Sanosuke - Saito Hajime

They are like father and son though not really and they drive each other crazy. The one is an emotional 19-year-old rebel with or without a cause and the other is a callous police officer who helped forge the era they both live in. Both are strong and opinated but both are amazingly stubborn.

Saito thinks him an idiot but recognises his good traits (to himself) while openly scorning or making fun of Sano while Sano dislikes him a very big deal, mostly because the first time they met Saito attacked him.

They are great to watch on paper and screen.

It’s a fun read/watch!

Not too complicated, with nice fight scenes, not really super powers but they are definitely overpowered and clean action. The character relationships are fun, the drawing has a sense of nostalgia and most of the people are interesting.

The black and white hues the anime painted everything with do not exist in the manga and everyone’s views are far more inclusive and mild. People have their interests or political views that don’t change for no reason and the development of the characters is good.

It’s straighforward action with a good plot in the Meiji era of 1878. If you like samurais, you’ll love it.

Mamma Maria tags a-chicken-with-glasses

anonymous asked:

Why doesn't Jeriah approve of you raising her?

Because I’m a ruthless, shrewd businessman that worships Dianite? I dunno. That seems pretty good reason for someone like Jeriah.

until I make a proper character post

Kleptomaniac Sisil

  • Asura
  • Thief, armed with dual knives/dual pistols
  • Female, she/her pronouns
  • Biromantic Asexual
  • Member of the Order of Whispers
  • True to her name, has an impulse control disorder. She’ll keep stealing shit whether it benefits her or not, doesn’t view this as a problem however but rather a part of her professional conduct
  • Generally impulsive and lacking in tact and manners. She’s very shrewd and snide and feels that people she views to be beneath her don’t get to be treated nicely
  • Very proud of her ears, do not call her “meat-ears”.
  • Is very fond of the skritt, she feels she and skritt have a lot in common

Manticor Gutburn

  • Charr
  • Elementalist, primary attunement is fire, armed with dual knives
  • Female, she/her pronouns
  • Gay (with minor bi leanings)
  • Member of Durmand Priory
  • Curious, inquisitive about her surroundings. Unquenchable thirst for knowledge
  • Really loves cooking and wants to learn more dishes and recipes, especially dreams of being a pastry chef
  • Ambitious, unrelenting
  • Really, really fucking hates destroyer crabs
  • Especially favours using fire over other elements
  • Fond of the skritt and wants to learn more about them

Hrafn Ingolfkin

  • Norn, ravenborn
  • Guardian, armed with greatsword/hammer
  • Nonbinary, they/them pronouns (she/her depending on mood)
  • Aromantic
  • Member of the Order of Whispers
  • Has a strong drive to protect people, especially those smaller and weaker than them
  • Loves the company of people, but also enjoys some time alone in the middle of wilderness
  • Doesn’t like drinking alcohol that much, turns out. They can handle ale just fine but heavier liquors are a bit too much.

Iyakk the Zoologist

  • Asura
  • Ranger, first pet is a pink moa named Kirik, armed with shortbow/longbow
  • Genderfluid, they/them pronouns
  • Panromantic
  • Somewhat reclusive, enjoys the company of animals more than people but is soft-spoken and polite, if quiet
  • Very strong sense of righteousness, might feel their angle is the right one, and may be somewhat contrarian to common ideas
  • Sympathises with species who get the rough end of the deal in the grand scheme of things, even when they’re hostile towards Iyakk (skritt, dredge, quaggan, etc.)
  • Feels very bad when they accidentally hurt wildlife when attacking a different target

Chiron Sorrowhaunt

  • Charr
  • Necromancer, armed with dual knives/axe and focus
  • Agender, he/him pronouns
  • Aromantic Asexual
  • Very introverted, highly preoccupied by all things death
  • Largely nonverbal, but will certainly utter threats to people he views as his foes
  • Enjoys talking about death related things. He knows a number of things about the process and has trouble understanding why it’s inappropriate to talk about such things in detail in some social situations
  • Most of the time he feels he’s something of a non-entity, as though he’s more of a spirit bound to the mortal realm than an actual person. He has no desire for intimate contact with other people.

Omphalotus Twilight

  • Sylvari
  • Mesmer, armed with sword and pistol
  • Unsure about gender, but sticks with he/him pronouns for now
  • Unsure about orientation, too, he’ll probably figure it out eventually
  • Introspective, curious about the world around him but also wondering about his inner workings
  • Very child-like in his gullibility and good faith. He wants to believe the best in people, first and foremost, sometimes fluctuates to cynicism due to negative events but springs back to optimism soon after
  • Alternates between cautious and facing new things head-on. New perspectives from new people rewrite his approach to things constantly.
  • “I’m not sure what to believe”
Mhmm.

Mike Huckabee on Beyonce singing about having sex with her husband of seven years: “Jay-Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?”“

Mike Huckabee on Mike Brown, victim of “shoot first, ask questions later” police violence: "He could have avoided that if he’d have behaved like something other than a thug.”

Mike Huckabee on gay marriage: “When advocates of same-sex marriage say, ‘What’s the harm?’ the honest reply is that at this point, we simply don’t have enough reliable accumulated data to be able to say.”

Mike Huckabee on CONFIRMED MOLESTER OF MULTIPLE CHILDREN, INCLUDING HIS SISTERS, JOSH DUGGAR: “Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities…Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.”

NOTED CHILD MOLESTER and benefactor of Mike Huckabee’s unwavering support, Josh Duggar: “The LGBT Community is a threat to children’s safety.”

This tea is hot.

Take your precautions
Some humans are more dangerous than wild animals
They may appear one in the outer
While they are totally different in the inner.
Not all that speaks of religion are necessarily God-conscious.
Not all that speaks of humanity has a loving heart.
Be smart enough to distinguish the true from the false.
Be shrewd enough to identify the wolves that appear in sheep-skin.
Your safety is of utmost importance.
Safeguard your chastity, your self-dignity & above all safeguard and protect your own heart from those who have an eye to exploit your kind nature.
The world in which we live thrives upon exploitation.

Just as Jesus Christ (prayers & peace be upon him) has been recorded to have said:

“BEHOLD! I AM SENDING YOU OUT AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES, SO BE WISE AS SERPENTS AND INNOCENT AS DOVES.”
{Mathews 10:16}

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“A thousand years or more ago,
When I was newly sewn,
There lived four wizards of renown,
Whose name are still well-known:
Bold Gryffindor from wild moor,
Fair Ravlenclaw from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin from fen.
They share a wish, a hope, a dream,
They hatched a daring plan,
To educate young sorcerers,
Thus Hogwarts school began.
Now each of these four founders
Formed their own house, for each
Did value different virtues,
In the ones they had to teach.
By Gryffindor, the bravest were
Prized far beyond the rest;
For Ravenclaw, the cleverest
Would always be the best;
For Hufflepuff, hardworkers were
Most worthy of admission;
And power-hungry Slytherin
Loved those of great ambition.
While still alive they did divide
Their favourates from the throng,
Yet how to pick the worthy ones
When they were dead and gone?
‘Twas Gryffindor who found the way,
He whipped me off his head
The founders put some brains in me
So I could choose instead!
Now slip me snug around your ears,
I’ve never yet been wrong,
I’ll have alook inside your mind
And tell where you belong!”
― J.K. Rowling

Shrewd hedge funds profit in turbulent September


Bearish macro bets such as owning U.S. and European government bonds, as well as being short equities, commodities and the euro, have helped funds navigate a crisis that has seen fears of a global recession and a banking crisis grow.Brevan Howard’s $25 billion Master fund, one of the world’s biggest hedge funds, gained 1.5 percent last month to September 23, said two sources who had seen data on the fund’s performance. This takes profits this year to 12.3 percent.And GLG, part of Man Group (EMG.L), saw its $2 billion Atlas Macro fund, which is managed by Driss Ben-Brahim and Jamil Baz, gain an estimated 6 percent in September, said a person close to the company.In contrast, the average hedge fund lost 3 percent last month, according to Hedge Fund Research’s HFRX index, taking year-to-date losses to 8.4 percent. The third quarter was the worst for three years.Equity funds were hard hit, particularly those focusing on stocks’ fundamental value, with MSCI’s World index of stocks .MIWO00000PUS falling a further 8.8 percent during the month.A number of industry insiders have pointed to markets being preoccupied with economic worries, rather than company fundamentals.“This is not 2008, but perhaps one similarity with 2008 is that market’s focus is on macro, and no-one is really focusing on the micro,” said Frank Frecentese, global head of hedge fund investments at Citi Private Bank.EQUITY, CREDIT FUNDSGlobal macro funds – made famous by the likes of George Soros – have tended to be more bearish than equity managers and have benefited from falling bond yields in countries such as the United States, Germany and the UK.On Thursday the Bank of England announced a further 75 billion pound stimulus, pushing yields on longer-dated debt to record lows.Stenham Asset Management said its Trading fund, which invests in macro hedge funds, gained an estimated 0.8 percent in September, taking third-quarter gains to 3.4 percent.Meanwhile, a smattering of equity managers were able to profit, even as markets fell.Marshall Wace’s $1 billion Eureka fund, managed by co-founder Paul Marshall, gained 1.5 percent in September, taking gains this year to 5.8 percent, said a source familiar with the matter.And its Global Opportunities fund, which is run by Fehim Sever and which focuses on emerging markets, rose 6.5 percent last month, lifting this year’s profits to 23.8 percent.Among credit funds, CQS, one of Europe’s biggest hedge fund managers, saw its Credit Long-Short fund, which is managed by Simon Finch, gain 1.7 percent in September, taking year-to-date gains to 7.9 percent.This was helped by active trading of both long and short positions, according to a source familiar with the matter.And while GLG’s Emerging Markets fund has suffered this year, its Emerging Credit Opportunities portfolio gained 1 percent last month.


So I just remembered this from Goblet of Fire:

“Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,

Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,

Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,

Shrewd Slytherin, from fen.”

I reckon this means that the founders are from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland respectively, and so they are literally bringing wizards and witches from all over Great Britain. Also, their colours are the colours associated with each country; red for England, blue for Scotland, yellow for Wales and green for Ireland.

I love this world so so much.