Well it looks like you guys enjoy my Steven Universe headcanons so have some more!
So I was thinking about Pearl and the theory that she’s only one of many pearls and all that jazz. And then I was also thinking about Mother of Pearl (or Nacre as it’s otherwise called) and how that could fit with Pearl and this character is what I came up with.
Her name is Nacre and she served the Diamonds many, many ages ago as a powerful general. While she respected all three Diamonds (at the time there were only three) she held White Diamond in the highest regard and had the utmost respect for her. For unknown reasons, after a time, the Diamonds decided that they need a fourth Authority and began grooming Rose Quartz for the role. Nacre was appointed her chief tutor but Rose was an arrogant, spoiled, self entitled young Gem and refused to learn anything from Nacre. They quickly settled into hating one another. Years later, when asked by White Diamond for her recommendation regarding Rose, Nacre said that she doubted that Rose would ever be worthy of the title of Diamond. However, despite Nacre’s protests, Rose was made a Diamond.
Her confidence in White Diamond’s wisdom now shattered, Nacre began to question other aspects of the Diamonds and whether or not they were still worthy of her respect. In the end she decided that they were not and began contemplating revolt. Unfortunately she shared her ideas with the wrong Gems and word made it back to the Diamonds. They had her assassinated for her treachery but it didn’t end there. They took her now shattered gem and ground it up then took each grain of it and coated it various gem-like substances until it was a new, complete gem, namely, a Pearl.
Now, thousands of Pearls serve Homeworld by carrying out the humblest and often the most humiliating of tasks without question or protest, further compounding the punishment of the once proud and powerful Nacre.
Do you think Honey is ok for vegans to eat and buy?
Oh boy gonna get some shit for this but I fucking love bees so here it goooeeesss~ this is also going to turn into a little bit of a rant and I am running on very little sleep so please be patient if I repeat information or get fiesty
Buying LOCAL honey is essential to keeping bees happy and healthy. [and to keep your produce healthy and yummy too! and lower cost]
Beekeepers give Bee’s a place to live that is safe from predators, diseases, and parasites, and in turn, we harvest some of their honey [read: some. not all like some vegans like to claim]. They are able to pollinate a huge amount of “vegan” product because of this. They do not struggle through harsh winter as they would in the wild, so there are more bees in the spring time! They are ready to go.
A lot of local beekeepers are very good with their beechildren. They only take a little bit of honey, and there are new devices that help us gather honey without even disturbing the bees. It’s super cool! I’d link the post but I have no idea where it went off to in the sea of my dashboard and likes.
The local bees then help keep local produce prices lower, since there is more produce to go around. Keeping your wallet happy!
NOT supporting local beekeepers is just a horrible idea. They wouldn’t be able to take care of their bees anymore, then the bees would have no one to help keep them safe and happy and healthy and they could die during the harsh winter. Less bees = less produce = higher price of said produce or no produce at all.
A lot of “vegan” produce isn’t really even vegan? Natural animal habitats are cleared and destroyed to make room for fields to grow produce. Animals are displaced from their habitats and are forced to compete even more with other animals for food. A lot of animals are also killed during harvesting every year. It’s hardly “vegan” at all. Just because it’s not from a slaughterhouse doesn’t make the product you consume any more “cruelty free”.
If you really want to be a good vegan, buy local honey. Honey gives beekeepers money to take care of their families and their beechildren. Their beechildren pollinate and allow us to grow delicious veggies and fruits. We just harvest a little bit of their honey in exchange. Beekeepers are very careful not to kill any of their beechildren in the process because when a bee is angry, hurt, or killed, they send out pheromones that alert the other bees and trigger their “INTRUDER. MUST. DESTROY. FOR THE COLONY.” alarms and then other bees try to sting the beekeeper and die because bee’s don’t live long after they sting. Beekeepers are very careful. Bee’s don’t mind it either! Bee’s are just the coolest and sweetest animals and we need to do all we can to keep them safe. Bee’s die. We die.
Don’t buy the shit in walmart and stuff though. That stuff isn’t local and is really shitty. Go to a farmers market for the best stuff! I usually buy Colorado or Utah based honey products. [seriously if you want some local honey here, send me money and I will buy and send it to you]
Buy local, raw, unpasteurized honey. Make sure it says RAW HONEY on the back. Honey is SO good for you, and where it is harvested from can have different flavors! Like honey made from lavender has a nice lavender taste and can sometimes be fucking purple. Wildflower, orange tree, and clover honey is honestly my favorite. A local beekeeper here actually mixes in cinnamon with some of the honey he bottles and it makes it fucking amazing on some toast or in tea. Just make sure not to give honey to infant children. It has bacteria and stuff in it that can make tinyhumans very sick. Honey also lasts for fucking ever?? It’s literally the perfect food. Sure it crystallizes when it gets too cold, but just take off the top and put the container in some hot water and it’ll go back to normal.
HONEY CAN ALSO HELP WITH SUPPRESSING COUGHS OF YOUNG CHILDREN TOO?? WITHOUT MEDICATION?? Works for adults too! I know that when I’ve got a cold or a sore throat [or a friend does], I heat up some water, pour some of that delicious golden liquid in and drink it up. Warmth helps soothe the throat and honey will make it feel better and taste fucking amazing. I don’t use much water when doing this though. I only fill my mug up about half way and then add a huge spoonful of honey.
Also honeycomb? Best. Shit. Ever. I break off a piece and put that shit in my tea and I am in fucking heaven. The wax is also super fun to chew on. Sometimes I just break off some honeycomb and eat it just like that. And whipped raw honey? oh man just take me now.
ALSO IN THE SUMMER, MAKE A HAPPY PLACE FOR BEE’S TO DRINK AND REFUEL. BEE’S FLY A LONG WAY AND SOMETIMES THEY GET EXHAUSTED. MAKING THINGS LIKE THIS WILL HELP THEM OUT A LOT.
Take a shallow dish and fill it with river rocks [not polished and shiny, the bees can’t grip these very well and will fall]. Fill the dish, but make sure not to cover the rocks completely, just fill in the “space” between the rocks. This allows bees to drink without the possibility of drowning and allows them to stay healthy and keep pollinating! Refill it a few times a day.
Planting bee-friendly plants can also help them, but be very careful that the plants you use are not coated in pesticides, this could kill the bees. Be sure not to use pesticides on your plants. Bees are more important than keeping your garden looking pretty.
this has been a long post about bees brought to you by Gears because she is very tired of vegans being angry about bees when they do nothing but help you. Also she got very little sleep last night and has no fucks left to give to people who will not support the precious children that are bees.
BUT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MITCH GRASSI FOR A MOMENT
Mitch Grassi, the single most talented and humble individual on this earth.
Mitch Grassi, the ultimate queen, goddess, and angel.
The inspiration for so many people who need somewhere to turn when there’s no where left to go.
The incredible example of body positivity and self-love, and overcoming the lack thereof.
“The kid with the high voice” who survived high school and grew up to show his bullies that nothing, NO ONE can break him.
The boy who embraces his unique qualities, and refuses to blend in with the crowd.
The shining beacon of hope for so many people, young and old, who are LGBT+.
The endearing soul with the absolutely magnetic personality, drawing everyone around him toward his excitement for life and confidence in who he is.
The bouncing puppy dog who just wants to share his abounding love and energy for performing with each and every audience member.
The walking paradox, breaking every stereotype known to the human race.
The empowered role-model who shows the world that you don’t have to put up with bad people in your life, you can stick up for yourself and improve your life on your own.
A star in a world of far too many clouds.
The boy who shows everyone that you don’t need someone else to complete you, you can be completely whole all by your fantastic self.
The individual who will not let anyone tell him who he should be, nor let society label him.
The sassy queen of everything from shade to fashion to social media.
The goofball, bringing laughter to people who may have given up on happiness.
The man who does what makes him happy, despite what anyone may say.
The inspiration, the role model, the one who means SO much to SO many.
We need to take a moment to appreciate him, because there will never EVER be another person like him.
Mitch Grassi: The one and only.
I’ve been using Redbubble for several years now for most of my non-paper products (basically everything except my charms and prints), but I was shocked when I received my latest order from them.
I wanted to test two of my newest designs on the tote bags so I added them to my order. When they arrived, they were absolutely nothing like the bags I had ordered before. The quality is appalling compared to the original bags, I mean we’re talking going from art canvas to free grocery store totes - AND THE PRICE IS THE SAME.
Of course I contacted their customer service reps first thing, these were the photos I sent them comparing one of my older bags with their new (again, same price) with added comments:
(sorry about my handwriting…)
Basically, as you can see the new bag is transparent even with the inner lining in place. The lining itself does not fit the bag, at least an inch short of the bottom, and it’s gossamer thin.
My roommate mewmewmeansiloveyou and I have both used one of the previous bags as day to day, heavy use bags for over a year now and they’ve held up amazingly well. I can only laugh thinking about tossing my regular supplies into a bag like this, it wouldn’t last a DAY.
Their customer service had this to say along with a cut and paste quality assurance response, “-we’re please with the quality.”
I’m pissed, this is awful. Please do not waste your money on these awful bags, I will be looking for someone else to go through for these in the future. If you have already bought one and the quality was anything like mine, I am so SO sorry D:
I wanted to make the chat post, but I also wanted to discuss it. So here I am. Just in advance: this is meant to be an educational post, not meant to attack any white people or such.
This happens with a lot of characters –– not just Arabs. I was giving the example because I am an Arab and I can speak about this more clearly.
Whitewashing exists. It’s horrible, and it’s common. HOWEVER. Not everything is whitewashing. There’s more to it than just seeing any character that isn’t white and assuming they’re being whitewashed if they’re not tan or such.
Example of white-washing
Casting an all-white cast in Exodus: Gods and Kings. It’s meant to be in ancient Egypt. Aka Africa. All art and artifacts show us that Ancient Egyptians had darker skin, and more closely resembled modern-day Africans than white people.
However, let’s consider this
This character is supposed to be Arab but they cast a light skinned actor!!!
Not all Arabs look the same (and not all Jews or Muslims look the same, and not all Asians look the same, and not all east asians look the same, and not all white people look the same. Surprise).
If the character was meant to be darker skinned (in comics or book) and they made them lighter, this can be considered white washing. However, if the ONLY thing you’re told about them is that they’re Arab, and you assume they have to be dark-skinned, then you’re greatly generalizing.
Have you seen Arabs? seriously. Here’s some Arab celebs to give you an idea of how diverse we look:
Basically, my main idea here is that by assuming that ALL characters of a given ethnicity or religion have to look the same, you’re playing a part in generalizing poc. It’s an idea that we learned in my Women’s Studies, about how some Western activists tend to categorize poc under one generalized category that they can speak about.
So just keep this in my mind when you wanna talk about whitewashing. It’s honestly amazing that you recognize whitewashing, and help us fight against it, but just be careful not to generalize when you’re speaking about it.
For example, I saw a post from a Jewish individual who said they think Wanda and Pietro look fine, because not all Jews look the same (if you can find the post please link me).
That being said, I’m not supporting the casting of white actors for poc if it can be avoided