such a valid point

talesfromcallcenters: Give me my key. Just give me my key.

I took one of the funniest supe calls of my life today. Preface: I work for a telematics company (think OnStar for those not in the know, but obviously no spoilers as to where I work). The most important thing to know for this story is that anything which physically involves their vehicle needs to be handled by someone at their dealership, but that doesn’t stop people from asking us all the time. Anyway…

Here’s what I know prior to accepting the call:

  • Angry Customer (AC from now on) had a DUI and no longer has his driver’s license.

  • AC no longer has the key to his vehicle.

  • AC needs to tow his vehicle somewhere.

  • AC’s dealer won’t make him a key without a valid driver’s license.

At this point I accept the call.

TE: Good morning AC, this is TannerEvil a supervisor at <brand>, I understand you’re having difficulty getting your vehicle towed.

AC: Yeah, so I lost the insert for my vehicle (Does he mean the key? I think he does.) so I can’t get it started, and I don’t have my license anymore. I went to my dealer to ask them to make me a new key and they say I need my license. It’s not my fault I don’t have a license and it’s not like I want to drive the vehicle, I just need it towed. I just need someone to make me a f$&%$! key. Just make my key. Please just get someone to make my f$&%$! key…

This continues for awhile, him just ranting. I try a couple of times to interject myself “Sir…”, “I understand…”, “I’m sorry sir, I just need to…” but each time I’m cut off and he continues to rant. At one point he actually lets me talk and I say this much:

TE: Again, I’m very sorry sir. Here at <brand> we’re responsible for the telematics unit in the vehicle.

AC: Whatever the f&%$! that means. I just need my key. I need my f$&%$! key. Please just…

The rant begins again. After some more time I get another chance to speak. It becomes clear to me from his patter that he thinks he’s just going to continue to escalate all the way up the corporate ladder until he gets someone to meet his demand (since that ever works):

TE: Mr. AC, I apologize you’re not speaking with corporate. I think you’re probably looking to speak with someone from our customer assistance center located in <place>.

AC: Yeah fine, hurry it up.

I got over to that department and spoke with a nice woman there. I apologized in advance and gave her the rundown, she let me connect him promising to explain their policies to them. We’re not trained in those policies, but I assume AC probably didn’t find it very helpful.

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By: TannerEvil

there’s this post going around by a heteroromantic h*m*sexual asking for advice on how to be in a relationship with a woman despite not wanting to sleep with her at all ever and he sounds like the most deeply closeted dude ever and multiple people who have made similar experiences are trying to tell him that it’ll only go terribly wrong but he’s essentially just sticking his fingers into his ears, going lalala i can’t hear you over how valid i am and at this point i honestly feel more sorry for the gay men and women he’ll hurt with his behaviour than for him

i rotated and traced the picture of lances family because there was a bunch of talk about his ethnicity and name this morning so here they are. bless our mixed race baby

edit: ok so this found it’s way round tumblr and I realised I had worded this really badly. Personally, I believe Lance is 100% Cuban, with white (latinx) and brown (still Iatinx) family. I never meant to imply that Lance was anything but cuban or latino or that cubans can’t be light and/or dark skinned. I want to apologize to whoever was hurt by this misunderstanding.

However I also got some messages from people of mixed ethnicity that was hurt by other peoples anger at anything other than a “pure blooded” cuban Lance since it felt like their mixed identity was looked down on as less than “a real cuban”, and that is also a valid point. People immigrate and emigrate from and to all places of the world and denying the existence of mixed people/kids are also not a good thing, especially since they’re already exposed to other-ing from their communities in the real world. Though it’s not my own headcanon I think you are free to envision these people however you want.

literally anki - @softestisak - just made such a VALID point rn when i was talking to her,

we saw sana yesterday with even and isak, and even though even and isak were being affectionate and pda-ing, they were never FORCING that onto sana? sana still felt like herself around even and isak? she was smiling, being her sarcastic little self and teasing them both and having such easy going banter with them? she was smiling, she was glowing, she was all sparkly eyes and animated facial expressions and just - so happy? 

and then with the girls? all of a sudden she’s just … been feeling so … left out? the topic of sex just feels so FORCED when it’s discussed within the girl squad that its highkey making sana just feel so uncomfortable, and distanced? like … she’s been friends with these girls longer than she has with isak (and even less with even), but she feels excluded with the girls. like, what is her place right now in that dynamic? where does she stand? 

and i think it’s such a powerful little thing, how, even sana and isak - 3 people who have faced and know it is like to face social exclusion based on stereotypes and labelling and prejudice - those 3 have that in common between them - and they could form such a STRONG and BEAUTIFUL friendship, where there is nothing but acceptance and understanding. a safe and warm place to call your own. 

so, there’s this guy. he’s a cop– ex-cop, actually. very tall and VERY good looking. turquoise eyes that just gaze deep into your soul. he likes to help people. he’s witty - oh, he’s witty! he has these intense scars, too, but god, they make him look so handsome! and he has these tattoos across his face – i know that sounds weird, but trust me, they look good!

you pictured him, didn’t you?



I get being critical.I really do. You shouldn’t overlook flaws just because you like something.

But tumblr’s idea of being “Critical” is the same thing as tumblr’s idea of everything else; Going way past the point of being reasonable and just devolving into being petty, whiny, nitpicky, egotistical and pretty much being so goddamn rude that even when you make valid points nobody’s gonna listen because you’re an insufferable asshole.

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: The fact that Hunk and Coran are the only two people out of team voltron that appreciate lance makes me sick to the stomach. Lance is smart, caring, and has amazing leadership skills. He is MUCH more than he thinks he is. How 5 of the 7 people out of Team Voltron push him to the side and don't listen to him even when he makes valid points because of his flirty and joking nature is ridiculous. Lance has saved people on the team and outside of it multiple times, and the fact that they don't take that into consideration or appreciate it is horrible and breaks my heart. In season 1 where he spots rover but can tell it's not the REAL rover is a big thing. When it turns into a bomb, his first instinct it to shield coran from it. Later in that season when Lance and Keith are on the balmera trying to stop the galra ships, Keith's first instinct is to rush in and attack while lance stops him and reminds him that the balmera is a living animal and that they can't attack.So lance comes up with a strategic plan to trap in the ships while not damaging the balmera and keeping their task and presence hidden. In season 2 when lance and hunk are in the underwater kingdom and the when the queen pleas to lance that she doesn't know what was going on and cares about her kingdom lance figures out that the food was mind swishing everyone but the baku got the queen first so that's why it was abe to control the rest of the kingdom. He figures this out in 0.05 seconds. In Jailbreak when lance gets the Yupper when sneaking out a galra approaches him and the first thing lance does is jump in front of the yupper and says "stay away from my friend" Lance deserves so much more from the characters in the show and how the creators treated him in season 2 was appalling. I hope he gets the screentime and respect he deserves without being dumbed down to comic relief in future seasons.
Please reblog if you think that being gay is valid and not horrible

I’m trying to prove a point to my mom. She’s been telling me that my sexuality isn’t valid and that gay people are the same as child molesters. She said that gay people are monsters. I told her that I can’t help who I’m attracted to and she said that if she were to fall in love with a sixteen year old boy wouldn’t that also be valid if being attracted to the same sex is? She told me that I’m going to hell because I’m not following the bible. Please let me show her that people of the LGBTQ+ community are valid. 

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“What the hell is wrong with you two” - Patty when she walks in on them half-naked with a fire burning on the floor, probably.

what pissed me off the most about this week’s ep isn’t even the fact that we got only 7 minutes of sanvers in an episode that was supposed to be sanvers centric and even winn and his girl got more time. it wasn’t even the fact that it was pretty much just another episode of keeping up with mon-el and not supergirl. but it was the fact that when kara was faking that she doesn’t like mon-el she was actually making valid points. she was making valid points about why they can’t be together and yet at the end of the episode they got together. because apparently when a girl says no it just means that you have to try harder to get her. (which reminds me wasn’t the point of this ep to show that no means no?? but like they keep doing the opposite with mon-el so i’m really confused here…) the great feminist show that supergirl was in season one is really gone. and as  much as i love season two for sanvers and alex’s coming out i’m really sick of it. because kara’s relationship with mon-el is inherently toxic and yet they keep shoving it down our throats. the great feminist show is telling girls that when they think they don’t like a guy they actually do and they just gotta think harder about it. like him even though he is not good for you for so many valid reasons.

Infinity War Predictions:

  • one of the guardians makes some kind of condescending remark re: tony’s tech vs their level of advanced alien tech
  • someone is like “okay well if you’ve known about this since 2012 why haven’t you done anything to prepare for this major threat” 
    • bonus points: an avenger is like “okay well if you’ve known about this since 2012 why haven’t you done anything to prepare for this major threat”. tony literally bursts into flames on the spot out of sheer frustration
  • absolutely nothing up to this point has been the avengers’ fault
    • it Extra Super Duper hasn’t been wanda’s fault 
    • If by some miracle it has been the avengers’ fault, someone (steve? steve) makes pointed judgemental eye-contact with tony to show that he personally blames exclusively him for this thing
  • someone rolls their eyes while tony is making a serious and valid point relating to his own traumatic experiences
    • bonus points: it’s about new york
    • extra bonus points: no one but tony seems to actually remember what happened in new york
  • someone chokes tony (because this has happened in most if not all of the other movies he has been in and is apparently mandatory at this point)
  • someone makes a comment about how tony knowingly sold weapons to terrorists because even the writers haven’t seen IM1 
  • no one puts any faith in tony’s ability to help save the world while simultaneously fully expecting him to singlehandedly fix all of their problems and also save the world while simultaneously judging him for having not yet planned out how to save the world while simultaneously not acknowledging that they have been shooting him down every time he has suggested that they plan out how to save the world while simultaneousl

Lance challenging Shiro in episode 8

ok, i’m still really fired up about black paladin!Lance, so i wanted to post more about this after talking to a few people on the subject. also kudos to @ironinkpen for making that post earlier because i’m so?? blessed???

anyways, i want to talk about this scene.

this scene is arguably one of the most uncomfortable, stressful moments i’ve ever seen on the show. not because they are on a very dangerous mission, not because they don’t know if they can trust the blade of marmora, no.

Lance challenges Shiro’s judgement. 

Lance challenges Shiro’s judgement. Shiro, who is the pilot of the black lion. Shiro, who is their highly respected leader who always knows what to do. Shiro, who everyone on the team has followed without question. Shiro, who Lance looks up to and is his so called hero.

Lance angrily raises his voice to the point where he is actually yelling, his voice even cracks! and he gets all up in Shiro’s face! Shiro has to push Lance back by the shoulders to make him back off!

and you know what? Lance has every right to get upset. he makes a really valid point in how Keith is impulsive and will let his stubbornness get the better of him (WHICH ACTUALLY HAPPENS AND ALMOST COSTS THE MISSION TO FAIL).

literally nobody on the team has challenged Shiro’s decisions like this before. this could also be another forshadowing moment for Lance becoming the black paladin, because he’s the only one who has ever questioned Shiro like this. 

and you know what makes this even more possible?

right after this scene, Shiro and Keith are flying in the red lion, and Shiro brings up how he wants Keith to lead someday. and Keith is very quick to change the subject and reject the idea of something happening to Shiro

basically what i’m trying to say is i’m overanalyzing the fuck out of this but this could possibly be forshadowing something

Just because Melissa and Chris are dating that doesn’t mean she likes the fictional character of Mon-el or supports that fictional relationship.

Melissa Benoist, unlike the majority of most fandoms, has the ability to separate actors from roles. I’m sure Chris Wood was not a slaveowner in his time. He also is probably not spoiled, entitled, toxic, abusive, misogynistic, needy and in constant need of Melissa’s validation. 

Chris Wood =/= Mon-hell

Melissa =/= Kara

Melissa/Chris =/= ..whatever the fuck y’ll call that shit.

Your unhealthy fictional otp gets no bonus points or validation for what people do in real life.

Bye.

Glitter Ball

I’ve been seeing some discussion in past few days about how unrealistic it is that Bitty doesn’t hang out with other queer kids at Samwell, which is a valid point, and it reminded me I had a fic languishing in my drafts folder that involved an expanded look at the LGBTQIA group on campus, so I figured maybe the time had come to post it. It’s more about Dex than Bitty, because I started it as a response to the “Dex is homophobic” discourse, so this is from a “Dex has never been straight, he just doesn’t think it’s any of your business” perspective.

(It’s the beginning of a longer fic called “I Abhor You/I Adore You” that’s kind of an exercise in filling in all the gaps between the Nurseydex tweets and fleshing out the non-hockey parts of Samwell, but who knows if I’ll ever finish it.)

~4.5k, pre-slash Nurseydex, mostly Dex POV, guest appearances by Bitty, Holster, and a few OCs from the LGBTQIA group. Location of the IT helpdesk across the hall from the resource center entirely stolen from my own tiny liberal arts school, “the little gay college in the middle of Iowa.”

Read it on AO3 (now with the second chapter as well).


First year, first semester

Dex got a job with the helpdesk almost as soon as he got to campus. This wasn’t exactly normal for an unknown, untested, untried, and undeclared first year student, but he had references from his high school job and there was a constant shortage of people who actually knew how to do anything with hardware. Which, of course, was the thing most of the professors actually needed help with. They weren’t actually receiving a lot of emergency Python coding calls; they needed someone who could “make the goddamn printer talk to the computer” without pissing anyone off by being too condescending.

He enjoyed it; compared to having to do the same thing in a retail environment, this was downright relaxing, and he at least had some confidence the people he was helping weren’t complete idiots. He could even leave behind a Post-It of step-by-step instructions of how to fix the problem themselves next time and have it be followed at least 50% of the time! Not to mention his work-study hours as a student athlete were actually capped and enforced so he wouldn’t work himself to death. So relaxing when compared to high school, when he’d had to juggle IT work, lobster fishing, hockey, and grades good enough to get some kind of scholarship.

Since he’d gotten to campus early to start pre-season practice with the hockey team, he’d been able to establish a work routine before adding in classes, which had been helpful. The CS classes at Samwell were certainly more demanding, but that was why he was here, wasn’t it? All in all, he was pretty satisfied with how things were shaping up. (Now if only his d-partner weren’t such an entitled brat…)

Once the other students got back to campus, it became clear the helpdesk office wasn’t the only thing housed in the weird little building at the edge of campus. He was just ending a shift when a girl stuck her head in the door. “Would it be possible to get some quick help from anybody? It’s just across the hall.”

“I can do it,” Dex said. “I was just about to leave anyway.”

“Thank you!” She led the way into what appeared to be an all-purpose meeting room. The door now had a handmade rainbow sign taped to it, proclaiming it the Stonewall Resource Center. “We’re having our first meeting of the year tonight, and of course the one person who remembers how to work the projector is on study abroad this semester.”

“No problem. You hooking it up to a laptop?”

“Yeah.”

Dex walked over to the AV podium at the front of the room and fished out the giant cluster of cables and dongles. “Hopefully one of these will work, but we have adapters in the office for just about anything. Bring it over.” A minute or so later, he had everything working.

“Thank you so much!”

“Sure. I mean, it’s my job anyway.”

“Do I need to file a ticket or something?”

“Eh, whatever.”

“Um, you’re welcome to stay for the meeting if you want…”

“What’s it for? I mean, I can guess, but your sign wasn’t even up when I came in at the beginning of my shift, so, you know.”

“Yeah, basically it’s just a beginning of the year informational meeting for students about LGBTQIA resources on campus and a way to get those of us who are returning students to get started organizing other events. So maybe not super interesting.”

“No, it sounds like good information to have. I’ll stick around.”

She smiled at him. “Great! I’m Sam.”

“Will. Or Dex. I answer to either.”

“Nice to meet you.”

***

“So do you think you’ll come back?” Sam asked after the meeting was over. Dex had stayed to help her turn off the projector and leave a sticky note with the steps written down. (He was thinking about getting a set custom-printed with “Helping You Help Yourself!” across the bottom, though he suspected his boss would find this too snarky.)

“Probably not. I mean, not to regular meetings or anything—you can totally ask me for help anytime! I’m just kind of… past the place where I need this kind of group? And I’ve got hockey practice and CS classes that are kind of the point of my being here, so they take priority, you know?”

“Sure thing.”

“But you know where to find me! Seriously, I’m always happy to help. It looks like a great group. But I know I can’t commit to anything.”

“Cool. I’ll see you around then, yeah? Oh, hey, if you have any time on Friday, you should come to the softball game. We’re gonna slay.”

Dex grinned and offered his fist for a bump of solidarity. “You’ll have to come to a hockey game once the season starts.”

“Definitely.”

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Thankfully I have not seen this misguided, uneducated “criticism” from the original movie being recycled on my dashboard. God bless you all.

But in all seriousness, watch the video, Lindsay Ellis is my favorite movie essayist on youtube and she spends fifteen minutes after this actually explaining why this point is not valid for anyone who may truly be puzzled about this. Watch all of her videos, actually.

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I am the ruling elite. My company is the machine that keeps the cogs of Gotham running. Wow. Killing me should mean something! And you’re telling me no one’s going to see it? You’re saying I need an audience? Oh. Look, I know you’re just trying to buy time so you can escape. But your point is still valid. Saddle up, boys! We’re taking this show on the road! And I know just the spot. Come on.

anonymous asked:

what do I do when someone tells me Jewish isn't a race

Ah yes.  We know the type:

We don’t imagine the person who told you this will be intelligent enough to comprehend the following, but here’s the breakdown of how wrong they are:

1) There is no biological basis for race.  There is no gene that is exclusive to members of any one “racial” category.    The concept of “race” has been roundly rejected by geneticists and anthropologists as having zero scientific validity.   As anthropologist John Shea points out, “Race is folk taxonomy, not science. The variables used to organize it, such as skin color and hair texture, are arbitrary choices.”

2) If race isn’t a scientifcally-valid construct to describe reality, then just what is it?  It’s a social construct - something that doesn’t actually exist but that humans have taken a hold of as a way to organize their social world. As Brian Jones put it, race is real “…in the same way that Wednesday is real. But it’s also made up in the same way that Wednesday is made up.”

3) Because race is a made-up social construct, we prefer the term “racialized” as a term, since race isn’t something people are, it’s something that’s done to them - an identity foisted upon them.

4) Racialization historically has been super-arbitrary and what people think of as “races” varies with geography and time.  Since it’s not a scientifically-valid concept, country of origin, language spoken, and religious beliefs have all been used to determine what racial category one group or another has belonged to over the years - all in an attempt by the dominant “race” to keep “lesser races” subordinate to them.  For example, in the late 1800s, neither Italians nor the Irish were considered to be white.  There are parts of the word even today that would consider Catholics to be a separate racial category.

(above: anti-Irish racist propaganda from the late 1800s)

5) So because racialization is a social construct that changes with time and geography, Jews have previously been considered a separate “race” - certainly by the nazis in the most extreme and tragic example.  Karen Brodkin has written about how Jews in America “became white” in the 1940s.  Currently we are witnessing the racialization of Muslims in very much the same way that Jews were racialized.

So to sum up: race is a made-up concept that’s not substantively real or scientifically-valid.  Because of this, people have historically used all manner or criteria to try to delineate racial boundaries, including religion, language, and geographic origin.  Some of these, mixed with physical stereotyping, were combined to racialize Jews.  There have been other examples of ethnic, linguistic, and/or religious groups being racialized and we’re currently seeing the same thing happen to Muslims.