spending power

Me Before Power Rangers (2017): I like the Power Rangers. You know, I used to catch a few episodes as a kid. It always looked real cheesy, but I enjoyed the few I watched. But I wasn’t ever like obsessed or anything. Hell, I didn’t even know their names. I just referred to them by the color of their suit. I didn’t even know they had names. 


7 Ways to Avoid Being Brainwashed by White People

The influence of white supremacy permeates in every area of life. 

Here are 7 ways to actively counter the negative effects of white supremacy.

Give them toys, books, movies, games that include Black characters and Black stories. If they grow up surrounded by the power of their own story, they will be better able to resist white supremacy’s disempowering narratives.

The Black community has over 1 trillion dollars in spending power. But it is only power if it is used smartly, with discipline and wisdom. The Black community should demonstrate that the Black dollar can no longer be taken for granted.

To shield yourself from white supremacy, consider shutting down one of its most powerful forces. TV is used to disseminate propaganda that facilitates global white domination.

Learning what made Black people great at one point and understanding the tactics our enemies used against us in the past will help us become great again in the future and avoid the mistakes of the past.

Using destructive language when referring to each other only continues to disempower us as a group. Use of these terms keeps us in a perpetual state of low self-respect and self-esteem.

When exercising dominion over another group, the white power structure exerts control over several important branches of society. White control of education is very important to maintaining their dominance over the Black mind, body, and spirit. To counter the white power structure’s efforts to keep you ignorant, docile and complacent look for ways to expand your knowledge outside of white-controlled institutions.

The best way to fight the enemy’s culture is to embrace your own. Centuries of greatness in the Motherland and strength and resilience in the New World offer a wealth of culture to remain connected to your roots.


Rather radical and powerful list of some important ways to maintain knowledge of our past, of our history, of our roots.This is a very decent path to keep our culture for future generations! Use every opportunity to strengthen our heritage. Don’t let yourself be influenced by foreign culture and don’t let them wipe out yours.

Teach your kids knowledge! This is the strongest tool!


Donald Trump’s sanctuary cities executive order blocked by federal judge

  • A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order withholding federal funds from cities which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, handing San Francisco and Santa Clara County court injunctions on the Jan. 25 order.
  • The ruling is a blow to Trump’s tough talk on undocumented immigration, as well as his stated intention to deport millions in the face of localities like San Francisco, Chicago and New York which have refused to direct their police departments to help out.
  • U.S. District Judge William Orrick wrote that the order, in which Trump ordered the withholding of all federal grants from non-cooperative cities, was not “legally plausible” and that “the Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the president, so the order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds.” Read more (4/25/17 5:30 PM)
How to become a good student (again) 1: Slow down to speed up

Hello, fellow ex-good-student! 

If you’re anything like me, you feel this immense pressure on your shoulders, yes? You want to be good, you want to succed, you want to know more, but somehow -… somehow it just ain’t enough to actually get you to do something? Until the very last minute, that is, when all the pressure comes rushing down like a waterfall?

Ah, or perhaps that stress has driven you over the edge and you have achieved the next stage: being so stressed that you’re oddly calm again and nothing really fazes you anymore? Perhaps you have cynically accepted that this is just who you are now? Perhaps you say:

But somehow you fail to say it proudly. Somehow you’re just really unhappy with the state of things, but feel like you don’t give enough of a fuck to really change anything? 
Yes? Well, then this is the post for you!

Let me start with three observations that are less obvious than you might think: 

1) “Naturally” good students (NGS, so people, like you and me, who didn’t have to learn how to be good at school, but kinda slipped into it) are good thinkers. 

2) Good thinkers like to think.

3) Good thinkers are trouble-shooters. 

Got these three ideas lined up? Alright, let’s move on.

These two attitudes above, where do you think they come from? I’d argue it’s disillusionment. 

See, when I got to uni, I thought it would be like school - just WAY better. That would mean professors who fit their programmes around me, personally, who help my mind become sharper by letting it battle against just the right problems and getting taught how to really get to the bottom of life, to face the really Big Ideas, the Final Problems, the Why is the universe the way it is?s.
Instead, it turns out, uni is like summer holidays - just WAY worse. No one fits anything to you, personally, no one picks out just the right problems, no one connects subjects in just the way you’d like it. You’re thrown into a maelstrom of ideas and it’s up to you to do whatever the hell you’d like with them. You’re on your own, but not in the hero vs. bad guy-way, but it in the loner in a crowd-way. 

You quickly realize, uni is just a slightly filtered version of life in all its random glory and sadness. And I think that any student, anywhere, can have this epiphany at any given moment. You don’t need uni to suddenly look life in the eye and be overwhelmed by how sublime, how overwhelmingly huge it is and to realize: There’s no end goal (we know of). Just loads of open ends. An overwhelming amount of open ends, really. 

Now, what do I mean when I say that NGS (”naturally” good students) are trouble-shooters? I mean that we’re good at working well within systems. 
We like to be fed input, to take it apart, to analyze it and to see how you could perfect it even further. That’s why so many of us are drawn to video games or TV series or fictional worlds with their own reward system. We like to figure out patterns. That’s also why we were so good at school - school is a fairly easy system. 
Once you’ve seen through which lessons will be important for a test, once you notice how teachers stress certain things more than others, once you notice you really only need to pay attention in class and you’ll spare yourself so much trouble, once you notice that doing your homework actually does help, once you notice these few pillars of school, you’re set, man. 

I’d like to compare this to thinking on two different levels: a life-level (where you actually do stuff) and a meta-level (where you think about doing the stuff). My preferred analogy for this is a cube.

Ideally, you first figure out the shape of the cube (meta-level) and, once you’re comfortably settled into the system, you work within it (life-level). I’d say that most people operate this way, but NGS are …a little obsessed with this. The basic idea is that the system must first be perfect (or perfectly understood) before it is implemented, so it runs smoothly.  
This is what I mean when I say we’re trouble-shooters. We detect the trouble ahead of time and pew, pew, pew. And, as I said, this works with video games. And books. And school. And subjects. But life? Life looks a little more like this:

No one’s (yet) succeeded to fit life into this box. 
“But”, a little voice inside you says, “But I can try!” (and another, more smug voice, says “And who’s to say I’m not the one to succeed anyway?”)
And, well, I’ve got good news for you! You’ve already tried! That’s why you’re here. In limbo. 

You and I both, we’ve tried to figure out the perfect recipe for life. We tried to figure out when to best get up, when to best go to sleep, what the perfect conditions for studying are, what best to study in the first place, what artsy pursuits to keep doing to flex creativity, but to also focus on practical things and how to figure out the whole family and friends-thing and schedule it somewhere in between and maybe write a book or two. You’ve tried to create the box. I’ve tried to create the box. We both failed.
Let me show you a highly artistic representation of what your brain has looked like lately: 

Okay, fine, I’ll invest a bit more time:

There, that’s your mind. Pulling in every single direction. Is it really a surprise that you’re not going anywhere? Y’know this meme?

Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m talking about. Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have a whiny voice at the back of your head going “But picking fewer battles is defeat! I’m sure I’ll conquer it somehow!”
Well, then, let me mindslap you with the cold, hard truth: No. What you’re doing right now, that’s defeat. 


This is DEFEAT. You’re not going anywhere and you’re disrespecting yourself, your mind and the subjects you’re interacting with by spending a fraction of a thought on them. You’re just using them as stepping stones. They deserve better. You deserve better. That’s why you fail to say it proudly. You know that, at some point, you looked at the big, huge mess that is life, realized “I won’t figure this out” and said “Well, I’ll stop trying, I guess.”

I’ll talk more about this in my “Yearn for friendship”-post, but for now, the main take-away is:

You won’t be done with figuring out life any time soon.

So, don’t think “I want to be done with this.”

Think “I want to be doing this.”

Step out of the meta-level into the life-level. It’s okay not to perfectly understand life right now. You’ll figure it out.Trust me, you’ll figure it out. But only by doing things.

Because, see, NGS may be trouble-shooters, but the trouble-shooting isn’t the fun part. It’s the first step to entering a magical world with which you can interact, be it maths, or Middle Earth, or a birthday party. 
We like to think. 
And you’ve been depriving yourself of the fun of thinking by thinking you have to do it in a perfect way. 

“But what if it’s not perfect?”
That’s okay. You’ll get better. And something imperfect that’s striving to be good is always better than nothing at all. Some things you figure out by doing. Life is one of those things. Imagine you’re in a dark street and you want to illuminate it. You can either miserably sit in darkness and try to figure out a way to turn on all lights at once, or you can start with one and let the sight of snowflakes or petals welling up underneath it give you strength for the next. Allow yourself little successes. Allow yourself to have fun with imperfect things. Make the first step. Let it give you strength for the next.”

“But what if I lose time?”

“Be patient. Life will literally last all your life. This is as much time as you’re ever gonna get. Allow yourself to take this time and to take it slow. Again: think not about getting it done, but about the joy of doing it. Time spent doing the thing you love is never lost time. Put the pressure of your shoulders. Trust me, if you take it slow, your brain will speed up because it has breathing room.
Let me repeat this:
If you take it slow
your brain will speed up.

So, allow your brain to think like this:

(or at least like this:

Be patient. I cannot stress this enough. Be. Patient.
Time is not your enemy that you have to outrace. Time is your partner, whom you have to trust. Time helps you to grow. Time helps you to understand. Time literally helps you to BE. 
For me, the phrase that really struck a chord with me somehow was
I will grow as my hair did”, because it a) shows how long it can take for tiny changes to become visible, and how b) they do become visible in the end.)

“But I don’t want to completely lose my grip on the meta-level! I don’t just want to blindly run into one direction!”

“I get you. So did I. So here’s what I did: I made a pact with myself. 
On the 25th of every month (because my birthday is on the 25th, but pick whichever day you like best), I ascend to the meta-level and critically assess my own situation. 
I exit the cube and check if I like what the cube looks like right now. 
No? Okay, time to introduce some big changes. 
Yes? Okay, carry on as before. 
I actually wrote down basic rules for what life in the cube looks like (when to do laundry, etc.), so I wouldn’t have to worry about it during the month and let me tell you, it works great. During the month, I just let my mind slice and dice away (I’ll talk more about the mind as a weapon in the next post) and once a month, I check if I like the results. For me, at least, it’s the perfect arrangement. 

So, be patient. And watch Hyouka - it’s about this very struggle and the MC slowly realizes that, sometimes, it’s worth to spend energy, mind-power and time on certain things. Some things… just take time. And that’s okay.

Grow as your hair does.

(Here’s the masterpost for all the posts in this series: x)

(Part 2)

anonymous asked:

how would law and lu have a child? can you tell me more?? :3

Originally posted by smileymingo

This guy right here. Ivankov uses his DF powers, Law or Luffy becomes a woman. Law uses Ope Ope powers to extract egg and then make the zygote, volunteer woman agrees to carry their baby, with zygote implanted via Ope Ope powers. 9 months later, LawLu baby.

exobiologist  asked:

BEACH DAY! what do the companions wear, what kind of activities do they find themselves partaking in.....(swimming, beach volleyball, sunbathing, etc)

Quality ask, dude. 

Cait: She’s wearing a bikini, plain and simple. She spends her time sun bathing and drinking.

Curie: Curie has one of those really cute vintage sailor one pieces. She is fascinated with all of the marine life and spends her time collecting shells.

Danse: He’s wearing the standard sort of beach wear, swimming trunks and a t-shirt. He’s huddled under a parasol, sitting on a towel. He hates sand.

Deacon: He’s sporting a pair of those super short board shorts and he spends his time surfing. Surprisingly, he’s actually pretty good.

Hancock: He’s probably wearing a shirt that says, “This sex machine is solar powered”. He spends his time buried in the sand. 

MacCready: He’s wearing a “Suns out guns out” shirt without a doubt. He’s the one who buried Hancock in the sand. 

Nick: He’s absolutely wearing socks and sandals. Nick is with Danse, as he’s not a fan of sand either. Sand is a pain to clean out of synthetic joints.

Piper: She’s wearing a very simple polka-dotted one-piece. She sunbathes for a majority of the time, but ends up building sand castles with Sole.

Preston: He’s just wearing a plain pair of swimming trunks. Initially, he just kind of relaxes, but he ends up helping Piper and Sole with their sand castles.


“So, currently there are 1,558 former Decepticons on the waiting list to be your partner for a day…”

  • Marco: I honestly don't know how it happened but I woke up with two strangers in my bed.
  • Haruta: Explain
  • Marco: That's it. Two random guys were asleep in my bed. I was on the floor. I think they pushed me off.
  • Haruta: One blond with a scar, the other brunet with freckles?
  • Marco: Yeah, they stole my bed.
  • Haruta: Yup, That's Sabo and Ace. Don't worry about it, they are harmless. But don't expect to get your bed back.
  • Marco: No I wasn't complaining about them being in my bed. I was bragging.
Far from ‘strong and stable’, May’s economic plan is weak and unstable
Labour has won the battle of the manifestos with policies that can deliver better growth whereas the PM’s offering more of the same: cuts
By Larry Elliott

Confronted with the strong evidence that economic policy since 2010 has been a failure, May’s response has been to offer more of the same. Deep welfare spending cuts are designed to balance the books, and would help do so if the Bank of England was in a position to respond with cheaper borrowing.

But that can’t happen because interest rates are at 0.25% and can’t go lower. As a result, welfare cuts suck spending power out of the economy. That leads to slower growth, which explains why it will now take until the middle of the next decade under Conservative plans to run a budget surplus.

Presumably, sticking to a deficit-reduction plan that isn’t working fits with May’s “strong and stable” mantra. But, in truth, the wrong mix of monetary and fiscal policy has left the economy weak and unstable. Weak because investment and productivity have been so poor. Unstable because growth has been so heavily reliant on debt-driven consumer spending.

Higher growth under Labour would be the result of abolishing the 1% cap on public sector pay, an increase in public sector employment and plans to boost spending on public infrastructure by 50%. The claim by the Conservatives that higher borrowing would lead to much higher deficits and an explosion in the national debt is dismissed by Oxford Economics as the pre-Keynesian nonsense it is.

To sum up, May called an election when there was no need for one, when the public didn’t want one, when living standards were falling, when the economy is dysfunctional, when the strategy of the past seven years has demonstrably failed, and when there is a viable alternative.

What is up gamers today i’m going to half-assedly explain why i want ritsu and teru to interact more and here are my top 10 reasons why

- both are ace students but while teru enjoys being in the spotlight ritsu actively avoids it
- the fact that ritsu spend years of his life being afraid of mob because of his powers, then when he finally got his own he abused it because he now knew what it felt to not be powerless anymore despite fully knowing what he did was wrong compared to teru who spend years using his powers for his own gain and immediately felt threatened when someone could become a competition to him
- they are both not valid
- pre-mob teru’s friends are fake and abandoned him while ritsu just didn’t bother with friends period
- they’re both better now than they used to be and try to improve themselves but occassionally there’s still traces of their old personality surfacing (ritsu and his complex, teru enjoying putting people in their place with his power)
- and teru actually tries to help other people improve with him and i think that’s important
- i just want these nerds to be friends ok
- i bet they say stuff behind ritsu’s back at the awakening lab
- they’re both two of the only three people who have seen mob’s ???% (the other being mogami) so far and the experience changed their outlook
- can be assholes sometimes
- teru has been brought down but ritsu still needs more self-esteem yo
- who will win? 4 years of repression OR 5 layers of denial
- these middle schoolers act too mature for their age just let them be kids once in a while i mean we know at least ritsu isn’t always like that
- blease…. let them to talk…….
- seriously let them talk i don’t think these kids are completely okay yet



The Price 4/?

Summary: Still not speaking to the Swan, Killian begins to grow used to his magic.

@artielu, this is not the angst I promised you, that’s for later, but I hope your terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month is made marginally better by my humble offering of love and fealty. <3

tagging @kmomof4 and @the-captains-ayebrows

Chapter List: One/Two/Three

Chapter Four

Nearly a month passes without a word spoken between them. He sees her, on occasion, rounding corners or passing by doorways with him inside of them, but she makes no effort to speak to him, shows no inclination to be anywhere near him.

As his anger cools, he hates her all the more for following his wishes. He has spent the majority of his life surrounded by people, by the quiet murmurs of conversations just out of earshot, and the presence of bodies full of life near his own.

The emptiness of the castle is stifling.

With the revelations of his strange new (new to his own knowledge, at least) powers, he spends a few days in sullen silence, wondering if he can will it out of himself, if maybe the Swan could take it from him - she’d quite literally stolen the thunder from him that night in the library, so it had to be possible, hadn’t it?

But that would involve speaking to her, an act of surrender he is unwilling to show, and so he wanders the castle at length, discovering grand ballrooms, and lengthy hallways that lead down dead ends, alcoves and doorways hidden by tapestries, every nook and cranny of the place clear of dust and grime. The broken tower he’d seen across the length of the courtyard from his rooms took him two days of searching to find, and in the end, he’d been left without any further understanding of it - every time he’d neared the winding stairwell, he’d been distracted by something else: a particularly interesting storeroom housing nothing but farming tools; a painting of a young boy which seemed to draw him in for hours, until he shook himself free of the thrall of it; a room with nothing in it but an ancient looking bassinet, where a mobile still hung from the thing. Once, he’d made it one full circle up the winding staircase before remembering something that had felt incredibly vital at the time, but that he’d forgotten again the moment he was back in the main castle.

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The difference between Lars and Steven that make episodes based on their interactions so special to me

Grew up with different Parenting styles

Steven: He is surrounded with positive role models (Greg, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl). They raised him to know right from wrong, be strong, and independent. He goes on missions and is given responsibilities.
Lars: Has two parents that love him dearly but sadly raised him through the whole “giving him what he wants” way. Reason I believe this is because in the New Lars when confronting Lars about his grades they were scared to even talk about it to him. They hint that they made a deal with Lars if they let him move up to the attic he would pick up his grades. Bad move, rewards are only to be given after a child has done what you the parent has wanted. So my take he grew up with a slight selfish personality type.

Their culture and race

Lars: Is Filipino or at least half and is for some reason is embarrassed by it. He was scared to share his cultural dish he grew up eating with the cool kids.
Steven: Is half alien half human (idk what race Greg “Demayo” is 😅) Steven knows his Gem heritage wanted to destroy the Earth. He focuses though on his mother’s side that foght to protect it. He’s not ashamed and tells people like it’s no big deal.

Steven: Fights corrupted gems on a weekly bases. Sometimes learning the back story of his opponent making the poofing/bubbling harder on his part emotionally. Trains daily to control his powers. Spends some days alone because the crystal gems are on long missions he’s not ready for or the elements are too much for his human form. Yet in between this he finds ways to hang out with his dad, Connie, Peridot, Lapis, and other friends in Beach.
Lars: All I’ve seen from him is he works at the Big Donut with Sadie. He has developed more with her that he hangs out with her in public (small steps) sometime between that he goes to school.

What makes them great to see together on screen is their opposite personalities interact with one another.
Steven has all the worries, internal struggles, and self blame for things that Rose or he has done. He’s vented that he feels his existence makes the Crystal gems life more difficult. He dearly wishes he could see his mom for real. The beginning seasons of Steven he worried he wasn’t living up to his mother’s legacy and was failing everyone. Now he has no idea if his mother was that great of a person after all. Yet he still greets people with a smile on his face. He’s never mean to people and always tries to understand both sides.
Lars on the other hand struggle is own low self-esteem giving him insecurities on things no one would deem weird or wrong. He has all the love and support from his parents that just want him to happy, he has friends that legit want be around him. Yet it’s not enough to convince himself he’s worth love. With his insecurities weighting on him he lashes out leaving him to keep to himself. He lost Ronaldo as a friend because he worried too much about ridicule. He barely started to overcome this only to get it knocked out by Topaz. Even Sadie knew asking him to save her was asking too much. She could barley make get up the first time.

Then next new episodes will I hope have Steven and Lars address their issues together. Have Lars see Steven is not all that well put together but how Steven still tries to be kindhearted. Better yet have Lars be the one to boost Steven from his sadness he’s feeling right now because at the moment Steven blames himself for his friends getting kidnapped.

Originally posted by charnamefic

anonymous asked:

hello! i saw that you were an atheist until recently converting and i was hoping for some advice maybe? i was raised atheist but i've always found a lot of comfort in the idea of a religion, especially a polytheistic one, but i've been struggling to believe in higher powers after spending my whole life thinking there are no gods. i was wondering if you had the same struggle and if so how you got past it?

I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to answer this, because it’s something I still struggle with, especially since I have a rather mean inner voice sometimes. It comes down to the core of why you’re an atheist.

For me, I think it had to do with attachment to things that were “provable” and had “evidence”, and the fact that I just wasn’t raised with one due to my parents conflicting views. I was a victim of severe gaslighting growing up and sometimes couldn’t tell up or down. I wanted to have a religion, I actively went to several different churches and youth groups with friends to try and have some sort of meaning, but never found it. I specifically remember crying myself to sleep a few times being so frustrated, because I didn’t understand how other people could “trick” their brains like that, and I desperately wanted to because they seemed so peaceful?

Eventually the desire for religion faded out, mostly due to learning about various sciences, but the core foundation of my lack of belief stayed the same. If there was a God, surely we would have some sort of concrete evidence by now, right?

Have you ever heard people talk about how, the more you learn, you realize just how little you actually know? How little we understand anything? I found myself comparing society to hundred years ago and how different it was. And the hundred years before that. And before that… In 100 years from now it’s going to be entirely different, people will look back on this time period and not understand how we could live without the knowledge of x, y, or z. This is how it will always be, forever. We literally do not have the comprehension to understand how little we actually know right now. Have you ever read about how radiation was discovered? Marie Curie was straight up ridiculed for her ideas. So were many, many other people who made incredibly important and useful discoveries. I’m not saying that we’re all going to go down in history, but it’s clear that absence of proof is not proof of absence. Meaning, just because we cannot prove it’s there, doesn’t mean it’s not. It seems obvious, but making that connection with the knowledge you have in your own life, and your opinions on things, is actually pretty difficult. Not a lot of people can do it.

When I started making that connection is when the mean inner voice of “This is utterly ridiculous and ignorant,” started to go away. Because I accepted that I can’t say that for sure. That also means I accept that more than likely, how I perceive things in my life isn’t how they actually are, and I’m never going to know the Truth ™. That’s okay. It’s okay to make the best sense of it I can even if others don’t. Maybe my journals will help some scientist 500 years from now make some sort of discovery about an energy that I related to a God, maybe the Gods are alive in a way we haven’t even thought of yet and They’re just incredibly patient and loving beings who help us anyways with our strange quirks. Maybe I’m entirely wrong. But if it helps me and gives me fulfillment, that’s not exactly a bad thing.

This is where faith comes in. Where trust in your own feelings and perceptions comes in. I have a lot of the same connections to magick because even if my explanation is entirely far off base (probably is tbh) - more than likely I wouldn’t be able to understand the explanation if someone came back in time and told it to me anyways. So have faith that you’re doing the best you can and find comfort in it. It’s not really something you “get past”, it’s more like something you learn to deal with and accept.

Anyways, this was super long, but I hope it helped a little. <3