wanderingintrovert  asked:

I'm legitimately scared to see how many Republicans are about to come out in defense of Trump over these new comments. Like, how far will they go to enable this man? How far will they stick their heads in the sand and mutter platitudes while their party becomes the new Nazi party?

There are some things you can’t defend, even if you’re a die-hard Republican.

Half of what happened today was just that.

There’s a reason why Donald Trump has been avoiding press conferences–and a reason why the press has been continually pushing. The press is better at this game than Trump. And while he’s been hiding for about four months, sitting back and thumbing through the phone book of surrogates to speak for him as he makes a hasty escape with a smokebomb of “you are fake news,” the press corps has been cutting their teeth and sharpening their claws. Each conference gave them a new approach and a new strategy–you’ll notice that they tossed aside the vague haze of Russian collaboration to flock around the solid blade of Charlottesville. No one was distracted, no one was changing the subject, because after months of trying to probe Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders, they’ve found the right way to approach the subject: one unrelenting drive.

The result?

A frustrated old man started defending racists and throwing stones at political activists. He was dancing dangerously close to the void of saying “It’s her own fault that she got killed”, and while he didn’t say so directly, the fact that the thought entered peoples’ minds may be enough.

There was a farrago of material in that speech that can be brought to bear without hopes of adequate defense. This wasn’t a recorded private conversation, this wasn’t a speech to a horde of admiring fans, this wasn’t even a calm one-to-one interview–this was an unprepared bumbler leaping into a fight he could not win.

And he lost.

please consider

- fluorite and garnet having deep conversations about love and fusion, becoming extremely close friends

- garnet keeping rhodonite and topaz calm and assuring them that their love is valid and there’s nothing wrong with it

- garnet becoming extremely protective of padparadscha, always keeping her close by and aiding her with her future vision

- amethyst and the rutile twins bonding over being “wrong” and amethyst showing them around beach city

- amethyst convincing the topazes to fuse so they can be wrestling partners and tear up the circuit

- pearl and fluorite doting over steven together, being an amazing mom-grandma team

- pearl being inspired by rhodonite, giving her faith that a pearl can be in a loving, lasting relationship and find happiness

- fluorite becoming surrogate grandma to p much everyone

- aquamarine getting punted into space, never to return


When two white tiger cubs were born during a hurricane they had to be separated from their mother after their sanctuary flooded.

However they have since found an unlikely surrogate mother in chimpanzee Anjana, who has taken on the role of caring for the cubs.

The two-year-old chimp has been helping keeper China York care for the 21-day-old cubs at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in South Carolina. She gives them a bottle, lies with them and acts as a surrogate mother. She has a close contact and bond and gives them a nurturing. (Source)

Black Lives Matter chapter fires back at the NRA with a biting ad of its own

  • The National Rifle Association of America must stop airing its ads that blast the Black Lives Matter movement and call for violence in response, activists from a BLM chapter in Los Angeles said on Friday.
  • In a video first shared with Mic (above), activists labeled the NRA’s ad as “dangerous propaganda” meant to incite “gun-toting racists.” 
  • Surrogates for the gun rights lobbying group have previously lashed out at activists and politicians who criticized its ad. Read more (Opinion)

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Reasons why Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is very important

-Casual gay dads! Casual gayness! The storyline is written in the same way a hetero story would be written, with no fear or shame for being gay!!!!

-Character can be gay or bi. You choose in the beginning whether your deceased spouse was male or female, and you also choose whether your daughter was adopted or born to you. (via surrogate mother if you have a husband!)

-Story lines are not straight-forward. Especially certain characters. Sometimes you have to work harder to get the Dad of your Dreams

-Story is super realistic and wonderful. It’s so simple and yet magical.


-I started the game knowing not much about Gothic lifestyles or wrestling or some stuff, but I have found that death is beautiful, being super healthy can be bad for you, people who are passionate about things are adorable, if you shit on someone’s passion, you belong in hell, and love can be very simple or atrociously complicated. 

-You can fall in love with anyone, even if you don’t necessarily have the same interests.

-Quality Dad Puns

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So, I had this thought after reading several stories about humans giving birth and not having eggs.  What if aliens do not have ‘family units’ the same way humans do, but instead raise children in more of a group setting.


Captain H'roll'ah was excited to have hired on not just 1 but 3 humans, all of whom were extremely qualified for space travel.  Even better, they were all from the same clan and so there would be no rivalry or refusal to work together because of old scores to settle.

“Captain! Three humans just came in a have taken over the dining area! WHAT SHOULD WE DO?!?” Ensign Khralhen was out of breath and panicked, but his species was notoriously afraid of humans after it became public knowledge how dangerous they were.  Not that his own was much better, but H'roll'ah knew that these humans should be here and it was probably near a meal time for them.  How could such an evolutionary advanced and apated species not figure out a way to avoid needing 3 or meals a day was beyond H'roll'ah.

“It is fine, Ensign Khralhen.  These are likely the Humans that I just signed on to the crew.  They are from the same clan, so they should work at peak efficiency,” the Captain answered, trying to put as much calm and soothing into his voice as possible, “Let us go introduce ourselves and welcome them so that the ‘pack-bonding’ can begin.”


“Greetings, I am Captain H'roll'ah and this is Ensign Khralhen, our cook.”

“Nice ta meetcha! Cook, huh? Guess we best buddy up to you right quick then!” said the male.  He was average height for a human and perhaps a little on the heavy side, but H'roll'ah knew that it was likely muscle not fat.  After all, this human and one of his female companions were security personnel.

“Always thinking with you stomach, Thomas.  How about you buddy up to the Captain, so that we do not get kicked off this boat? Hmm?” said the smaller female, later identified as Samantha or “Sam” for ease.  "Small" being used only in comparison because she did not have the bulk of her clanmates.  She must be the medical officer.  H'roll'ah was worried that she would be distant from her clanmates but her body language suggested extreme comfort and trust, above what H'roll'ah felt for his own clanmates of different castes.  The third human, Laura if the captain remembered correctly, remained silent but was constantly looking around, as if expecting an attack at any moment, not that strange considering all that H'roll'ah had hear about Earth.

“Well then, please tell me what times that the three of you eat, and I will prepare food for you then.  Also, please tell me any dietary restrictions you have so that you do not have any medical incidents,” Khralhen said, realizing that the humans could be bribed with food as easily as a Con'valix could be bribed with fruits.


(3 Months Later)

Captain H'roll'ah was surprised at how well the humans worked together.  He thought that they might exceed standard human operating efficiency by 10%, but regularly they were 20-25% better than the reported average.  They barely needed to vocalize to communicate, and they were able to remember each other’s needs and the needs of the crew extremely well.  Captain H'roll'ah decided to ask them how they did it, and if it was a clan trait, where he could hire more humans of clan “Walker.”

“Thomas clan Walker, do you have a few minutes to talk about personal matters?” The captain asked, assuming that Thomas would, since he was off shift and relaxing in the lounge.

“Sure thing, hoss.  What can I do for you?  And I hope this isn’t about my or Laura’s tattoo’s, because we had to settle a bet on that a few days ago,” Thomas answered easily.  He was a bit flippant for the captain’s taste, but his results were impeccable and the other humans followed his lead, which spoke volumes for the man.  

“I was hoping that you could explain how you and your clanmates have achieved such a high efficiency rate.  You perform well above average, even for clanmates who grew up together.”

“Clanmates? Oh, that’s right! Sam mentioned that your species, and most species on this ship raise their young in a group setting and the kids hatch from eggs, right?”

“That is correct, and please do not remind me that human females carry their young in their bodies like a parasite.  The last time Sam explained that, it was enough to make all of us wonder how humans have managed to reproduce at all.” H'roll'ah still shuddered when he thought of it, and Khralhen wasn’t able to cook for 3 days after Sam had explained human reproduction.

“Fair enough, I think we reproduce more by accident that anything else, but yeah.  Me, Laura, and Sam are not clanmates like you think,” Thomas chuckled and shook his head, “We are siblings.”

“I do not know this word,” H'roll'ah answered uneasily.  In his experience, an unknown term from a human meant that something painful, gross, horrifying, or all 3 was about to be revealed.

“Sam could explain it better, and having Laura here only seems fair…” Thomas trailed off as he reached for his comm.  "Hey, brats (again with the casual disrespect), can you both get up to the lounge? Captain wants to know about siblings.“ H'roll'ah was always surprised that Thomas clan Walker could be disrespectful when asking for others to do something.

“Sure, be right up,” Sam responded.  She was likely a floor up in the medical facilities and wanted to take a break.

“Grrhhrhhgg.” Laura clan Walker had been sleeping, then, and did not want to come.

“Thanks, ladies, you can both explain family better than me.”  Now the captain was worried again because there was a second new word being bandied around.


“So, captain, a family unit for humans is very small compared to yours of Ensign Khralhen’s,” Sam explained, “A family is usually made up of the mother and/or father or a surrogate who has assumed that role and the children.  It usually numbers no more than 4-7 individuals.”

“But…But…how do you grow or develop? And to place all that burden on only one or two adults, how do they do anything else?” spluttered K'roll'ah.  He was shocked to find out that humans in the region called ‘America’ did not have an open community.

“Well, children who share 1 or both parents are called “siblings”, and they develop together.  The adults are called “parents”, and yeah, there is a definite loss of freedom involved.“

“So then, you three are…siblings?” H'roll'ah asked.

“Yes, Thomas is the oldest, and Laura is the youngest, with me in the middle,” answered Sam, “and our father bailed on us after Laura was 3 years old, so Tom became the ‘man of the house’ at 7 years old.”

THAT explained Thomas clan Walker’s attitude! Captain H'roll'ah realized that Thomas clan Walker had been in a command position and not had a commander from a young age!

“So that is why you both follow him? He is the new leader”

“Kind of, he is just the best at leading.  He knows what to do and does it well.” Laura answered, which was rare; she was the most quiet of the three.

“And the reason for your peak efficiency?” Captain H'roll'ah asked, determined to get an answer to his question.

“Well, we have known each other all our lives and spent most of those lives in close proximity to each other.  We just understand each other from the long familiarity and exposure.”

“Ah, the same way a pilot becomes better from being on the same ship, just with a person instead.”

“Exactly! And if you are interested in hiring others we are familiar with, we have some cousins, children of our parents’ siblings, who we know very well and want to get into space.”

“Then I will look them up, thank you for answering my questions." 

Humans were a strange species.  Instead of focusing on a large community, they developed close bonds with only a few people who share familial ties with them.  Captain H'roll'ah did hire the 'cousins’ and they worked out very well.  The human guidebook was updated to notify captains that humans sharing close blood ties have the potential to perform at higher than normal efficiency.  


Now somebody write a story about a captain hiring siblings who hate/cannot stand each other!

so how about them s3 spoilers,,

ok i had a whole comic idea for this but it didnt pan out well mostly because of my laziness and i wanted it to be really good and thought out but thats way too time consuming so heres a rough doodle instead rip

SO ANYWAY the idea was that one night keith cant sleep because hes too worried and miserable about shiros disappearance so he wanders out into the halls and finds pidge holed up somewhere typing away at her computer which is Normal for her since shes a night owl

at first its kinda awkward because pidge and keith arent exactly close but then pidge starts talking about shiro and how he was like a brother figure to her too and that she misses him too and knows how keith feels considering her own familys disappearance and soon theyre just sitting and talking about shiro and eventually keith asks pidge about matt and as the hours go by they start sharing dumb funny stories about their respective brothers (or surrogate brother in keiths case) and due to sleep deprivation they begin laughing loosely over every little story and tidbit through the night

the next morning the rest of the team finds keith and pidge sprawled out on the floor, leaning against each other, fast asleep

SORRY THIS GOT SO NEEDLESSLY LONG but on a completely unrelated note if you are at all interested my commissions are currently open lmao

Hours of labor, crying, threats, and one baby’s screams at being brought into the world later and the Katsuki-Nikiforov family had a new member. Victor and Yuuri were whispering to each other trying not to wake up Mari when the nurse came in. All they could see from the bundle in her arms was a puff ball of black fly away hair. The nurse came closer and Yuuri reached for her. Victor had been the first one to hold her so Yuuri was dying for a chance to properly meet his daughter.

What shocked him at first was how heavy she was. A part of him expected her to feel as light as a feather, but he knew the weight on her birth certificate said otherwise. He leaned back some so Victor could see her too. His husband raised a trembling hand and cupped their child’s face. At his touch, her eyes opened for a split second giving them their first proper look at the color. They were a deep brown like Yuuri’s. Victor traced her jaw with his finger his voice watery. “She…she has your eyes.” 

“I guess Katsuki genes are stronger than NIkiforov in that department. She has my mess of hair too. She’s going to hate me when it’s humid.” 

“She’s half Nikiforov. She could never hate you.” Victor kissed Yuuri’s cheek as their daughter grasped his finger. Victor cooed and rested his head on his husband’s shoulder. “Hey there little one. I’m your Papa. I’m so happy to finally meet you. We wanted you so bad.” The baby smacked her lips in response, and settled more into Yuuri’s arms. She was just as exhausted as Mari it seemed. Then she did someone that made Yuuri’s throat catch. 

In her sleep, her mouth pulled into a small smile. A smile he knew so well. One that had greeted him in the mornings, at airports, and at rinkside for the last five years of his life. “She did get something NIkiforov.” He managed to gasp as Victor gave his husband a confused look. They’ve both been a mess of tears since her birth, but he couldn’t figure out what set Yuuri off. Then he saw the small drop of her upper lip giving the illusion of a heart shaped grin. “She has your smile, Victor. Our baby girl has your smile.” 


It’s 120 degrees in Phoenix — and inmates at a local jail have to sleep outside

  • Phoenix is in the middle of a devastating heat wave. Temperatures nearing 120 degrees grounded flights on Tuesday, and physicians are warning of health risks associated with the heat.
  • But for some inmates in Maricopa County, there is no other option but sleeping outside, even during a heat wave.
  • In 1993, former Maricopa County Sheriff and controversial Donald Trump surrogate Joe Arpaio erected “Tent City,” an outdoor jail complex where inmates were housed in Korean War-era tents and forced to endure the harsh desert weather as part of their sentence, the New York Times reported. Arpaio once referred to Tent City as a “concentration camp.”
  • In April, Arpaio’s newly elected successor, Sheriff Paul Penzone, announced that the Tent City complex would shut down after years of criticism from human rights advocates
  • But months later — even after reports that Tent City had been dismantled — there are still inmates forced to sleep outside in tents even as the temperatures soar. Read more (6/20/17)

Trump said he had the Russia probe on his mind when he decided to fire James Comey

  • sat down with NBC’s Lester Holt Thursday night. When asked about his decision to fire Comey, Trump admitted he was thinking of the ongoing Russia probe — contradicting much of the official narrative.
  • “When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story by the Democrats,” Trump told Holt. Read more (5/11/17)

Trump just issued a threat to James Comey “before he starts leaking to the press”

  • Trump threatened James Comey in a Friday morning tweet.
  • In the tweet, Trump warned Comey that he may have “tapes” of their conversations he could use should Comey go to the media with his account of the events that led to his firing.
  • “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted. Read more (5/12/17 9 AM)

Trump reportedly asked for Comey’s “loyalty” in a private dinner. Comey promised “honesty” instead.

  • During a private dinner in January, Trump asked Comey for his loyalty, according to a recent report from the New York Times
  • He did not like the answer Comey gave. Comey declined to make that loyalty pledge, saying he wouldn’t be “'reliable’ in the conventional political sense,” according to accounts shared in the Times’ report. 
  • Comey promised honesty. He now believes that was the start of his downfall, as two sources familiar with Comey’s account of the meeting assert. Read more (5/11/17)

Trump reportedly cancels planned FBI visit after being told he would not get warm welcome

  • Trump’s travel plans may be canceled due to cold shoulders. 
  • The White House reneged on plans for Donald Trump to visit FBI headquarters after the president caught wind that his presence would not be warmly welcomed, NBC News reported. Read more (5/12/17 9 AM)

Trump suggests canceling White House press briefings after spate of inaccuracies

  • Trump on Friday publicly mulled the idea of ending daily White House press briefings after his spokespeople came out with conflicting stories about the dismissal of now-former FBI Director James Comey.
  • “As a very active president with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!” Trump tweeted.  He continued, “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future 'press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???” Read more (5/12/17)

The San Junipero episode is unusual in a lot of Western science fiction, because the set-up, a virtual reality for the elderly or severely disabled to use to relive their youth which they can be downloaded into when they die, is portrayed as unambiguously positive.

Even within the context of the rest of the Black Mirror show, this premise could have been used for horror. Hell, it’s almost exactly used as such within the video game SOMA. But the titular San Junipero is treated as a positive extension of life, as a means of creating an artificial afterlife where you can be happy, potentially forever.

Wow, that’s refreshing. Especially in a genre which produced such examples as, say, the live-action Ghost in the Shell treating a man who looses his sight getting artificial replacements as a sad necessity. Or the movie Surrogates deciding that face-to-face interaction is better than people using robotic proxies… despite those proxies originally being made for home-bound people or use in dangerous professions like firefighting.

Considering how there are people who would wholeheartedly try to block cures for congential heart defects because “genetic engineering leads to eugenics!“, wouldn’t you honestly suspect that there would be people in the San Junipero universe who would protesting daily outside that clinic? Or that there would be people trying to legally block the use of the artificial afterlife side because “dead is dead“ or some similar metaphysical nonsense?

A lot of Western science fiction these days involves people accidentally ending the world or causing some horrible event by trying to use science to help people (see the amount of apocalypses caused by someone trying to cure cancer, for example). It’s just nice to see a depiction where the “Rarr! Fire bad! We tampered in God’s domain!“ attitude wasn’t used.

Lana Del Rey says Donald Trump helped shape her album ‘Lust For Life’ — and the world needs feminism more than ever.
The singer has returned to the world of music with her fourth studio album in five years.

By Jacqui Swift for The Sun (UK).

LANA DEL REY’s latest album glitters with an all-star cast.
On ‘Lust For Life,’ her most impressive album yet, Lana teams up with heavyweights such as The Weeknd, Stevie Nicks, Sean Ono Lennon and A$AP Rocky.

They are the first collaborations in her career so far, which spans five studio albums, including four in the past five years — an impressive work rate for the Los Angeles-based star.

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sock-monkey-homunculus  asked:

Hi. I want to write an epic space opera, so I was wondering what are some classic points my stoey needs and what has been done to death? Also, fun fact, Charlton Heston's character in Planet of the Apes is from my town. Unfortunately, his school was made up.

Rod Serling once gave the best advice to writing: take however many books you’re reading right now, and double that.

This is probably not the answer you want to hear, but it’s a mistake to think in terms of tropes. A lot of people go into writing with their heads: they want to subvert expectations in a clever way. They write because they want to get a pat on the head for being smart (”in this novel, it turns out the Love Interest is actually the Dragon with a hint of Lightning Bruiser!”). Overused tropes and clichés aren’t the problem, though. When people say they didn’t like a story because it was cliché or overdone, what they mean is, they didn’t believe it.

If you want to tell a military scifi story, do that. It’s like a piece of advice an acting coach once gave me: no matter how many actors there are, there’s always room for one more good one.

If you want to tell a story about space pirates (to pick a particularly common scifi theme), tell a story about space pirates, but “don’t try to impress me, try to convince me.” This means identifying exactly what it is you want to say and convincing me of it. A lot of people bristle at this because for some strange reason, we have the first culture in human history that is suspicious of clear communication, and for some reason, loves ambiguity.

So, if you want to tell a story about space pirates, you have to identify what it is you want to say. Suppose you have the idea that all criminal organizations are is just “outsider capitalism.” It’s family and protection for people who have none of the above, and that the difference between pirates and a big business is simply that one is run by people on the outside who “weren’t invited to the party.”

So, if that’s what you want to say, a story about space pirates starts to take shape. Your main character comes to life, as he is the person the audience sees the story through and we like who he likes, trusts who he trusts. You start the story inside a big interstellar corporation, but our hero sees they practice all kinds of underhanded traits he later sees in the pirates, except the “big guys” get away with it. Since a good rule is that the main character is the person in the story who gets into the most trouble, you have him as a stiff executive who gets kicked out of a corporation, who then is forced to join the pirates because like everyone else there, he has nowhere else to go. Your main character is in some way an unfinished, imperfect person; the point of the story is to have him improve or learn something. 

At first, because he has the expectations the audience does, our hero believes they’re all cut-throats, but we see a different side to them: we see them not as evil, but people who are somehow unacceptable to society in some way. All the pirate characters are created to drive that idea home. One was pushed off his home by a corporation; one is a member of a religious group that isn’t liked; one is a cyborg, which are discriminated against; one is a runaway clone of an executive about to be chopped up for parts. None of them have families, since the point of the story is to show how organizations like this can be surrogate families. The story starts to write itself: our hero tries to protect his surrogate family (as our hero cares, we care, too), and we see the pirates get punished for things the “big guys” get away with. 

The finale writes itself: the pirates fight the big corporation and our hero chooses to side with the pirates even after a final temptation. Endings should feel easier to write than beginnings; a story is like a funnel, at the beginning, anything can happen, but as it goes on, the range of possibilities narrow until one final outcome is possible. 

See? Right there, we have a story that subverts expectations and does something interesting with an overused trope (space pirates), but subverting expectations is a means, not an end in and of itself. It’s all about expressing clearly what you have to say.