uncovered

the renowned 1984 novel written by George Orwell discussed the media’s distracting, inaccurate and deceptive information used to propagate the manipulation of the mass consciousness. this coincided with the close conjunct between Pluto (truth, mass uncovering)-Gemini (media, information) and Neptune (trickery, deception)

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ONCE UPON A TIME : the reboot
by drew and menelaos

season 4, episode 8 : The Return

present : Monique and Mr. Gold begin to set their plan of going back in time into motion, sending the town into chaos. Evelyn has a plan of action and implores Emma for her assistance, and the two women drive off to the sheriff’s station. Henry continues to try to hide Regina, but their plot is uncovered by David and Mary Margaret, who decide to hear her out. Evelyn and Emma removed Nathaniel Thorn from his jail cell and drive him to Gold’s shop. Despite the years gone by, Gold recognizes Nathaniel instantly – and reveals his identity at last by weeping when he is finally reunited with the long-lost Baelfire. Nathaniel i less than enthusiastic, having believed his father to be dead when he did not find him in Storybrooke, and although he is initially discouraged, Gold ultimately decides to refuse to further aid Monique in her scheme to open a time-jump, leaving her enraged.

past : Dorothy’s silver slippers land Alice and Baelfire in the United States of America in the 1980s. Alice is shocked to learn that almost a century has passed since the last time she visiting the Land Without Magic and her family is entirely gone. Alice and Baelfire struggle to adjust to life in this fast-paced new world and find comfort in the old-world feeling of New England until they both settle down in Boston. Recognizing a certain spark in him, Alice offers to teach Baelfire to become a realm-jumper, but he refuses because he knows he will be tempted to find his father. Baelfire begins to become fascinated by the inhabitants of this new land and starts to investigate the way they have adapted without using magic. His research quickly blossoms into an obsession for writing, and he begins to lay the foundation for a career in journalism, operating the pseudonym Nathaniel Thorn.

‘once upon a time’ stars : Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen/Regina Mills, Emily Rose as Emma Swan, Jaimie Alexander as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard, Henry Cavill as Prince Charming/David Nolan, Cate Blanchett as the Blue Fairy/Evelyn Oxford, Daniel Gillies as Dr. Matthew Llewelyn, CJ Adams as Henry Mills, and Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold

recurring stars this season include : Ben Barnes as Baelfire, Corey Stoll as Nathaniel Thorn, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Peter Pan, Angela Bassett as Monique Hamilton

guest stars include : Elle Fanning as Young Alice Liddell

[ previously on once upon a time ]

anonymous asked:

Had Ouma survived in ch5 he would have been a BIG help to Saihara & co. To uncover the truths behind the lies that Tsumugi told, but then the game wouldn't have the uncertain ending we know and most of us love today with it's ambiguity. So, yeah, Ouma was killed for the plot, saiouma combo was too OP for Tsumugi.

This is probably really spot-on, actually. Ouma being alive in the last chapter would have changed so many things drastically, especially with how good he is at pinpointing when others are lying to him. I don’t doubt Tsumugi’s routine would have thrown him off for a bit—it would probably have been hard for him to accept that he’d been completely unable to pinpoint her beforehand specifically because she flew so low under his radar. But he would’ve bounced back in no time, I think.

Having Ouma around would likely have meant the trial would’ve been incredibly different, because he knows when people are lying, or at least when they’re intentionally trying to trick him (rather than just being mistaken about facts, the way Kaede was with thinking she was the one who killed Amami). While Saihara and the others were way too shocked and traumatized to be able to pinpoint the specific lies Tsumugi was trying to tell them even when they were obviously contradictory, Ouma would’ve known in a second and been able to turn them right back around on her. And that would definitely have taken the game in another direction altogether.

I do wonder how much Tsumugi would’ve actually responded to his accusations though, since even with him calling her out on lying there still wouldn’t have been any objective proof as long as the catbox was closed. It would very much have been a matter of coexisting theories—ironically enough, with Tsumugi being the one lying and Ouma theorizing as to the truth. It really, really would have been interesting to see the group coming around to believe Ouma though.

As convincing and brilliant of an actress as Tsumugi can be, Ouma’s just as convincing and brilliant. And knowing how he’d managed to steal the game from her once before, if he’d survived Chapter 5 and made it to Chapter 6, the group would probably be much more willing to take his words over hers. Knowing that he was never actually trying to hurt any of them and that he’d been working to end the killing game the whole time would also help them to believe him even if it was still hard to trust him at first, I think.

It’s interesting though because I think even if Ouma was able to lay out more of the answers to the mysteries, or at least pinpoint the lies and contradictions in Tsumugi’s claims, the result he and Saihara would reach would still be the same. As long as they’re still forced to play by Tsumugi’s rules, they would have to abandon their votes entirely in order to try and end the game. It fits very well with Ouma’s line about “being able to win a game without playing it” in his last FTE, and it’s what I think he was set on doing from the very beginning.

It’s still so interesting to think of a scenario in which Ouma could have made it to the end, but I do agree that thematically he did probably die because of just how much of an asset he would’ve been. It would be like going into a test with the answer sheet already—so Kodaka wanted to make sure Ouma had a death that was memorable and tragic and powerful, and which helped keep a lot of the answers sealed up in the catbox in order to reinforce the themes that ndrv3 had.

It’s probably just as well for him. I think if he’d been alive to hear that the whole group still thought he was the leader of the Remnants of Despair all the way into the middle of Chapter 6, he’d probably have facepalmed from exasperation.

Yknow I like the kinda angsty dramatic idea of Lance, Hunk, and PIdge’s parents not finding out what happened to their kids. But like…

Have we considered the absolutely badass potential of them doing something about it?

Like these people produced three of Voltron’s paladins. Do we all really think they’re just gonna lay down and take this shit? LIke omg, imagine Coleen Holt just snapping after the disappearance of her daughter and bringing Hunk’s and Lance’s families together to GET SOME FUCKING ANSWERS. And through this manage to uncover A LOT. Including the fact that FOUR kids disappeared that night, as well as that its all somehow tied to the failed kerberos mission (which is how Shiro’s family probably ends up getting involved when it looks like he might be alive).

Like god, it’d be like some secret agent rebel type shit man.

So cool.

Letter to my ex-lover

I understood from the beginning that you were not my forever love. You were my right now—my every moment. The kindness and love in your eyes reminded me that when you promised never to leave me, to always love me, and to remember me forever, you meant every single word in each moment.

Even though I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with you, I let you in. You cracked open those dark slivers of my heart and helped me peer into the mirror of my soul, uncovering the parts of myself that needed to be examined, learning how to embrace the beauty that I had overlooked. I found myself in your eyes.

You were my peace, and my chaos; my stormy lover, and my calm shores. The holes in my soul were filled for a time by your passion for me and our timeless, colliding touch.

But with that love came intense pain, for I longed for our fantasy to become reality— my heart longed for all that and more.

I didn’t expect to meet you.

I didn’t mean to fall in love with you.

It wasn’t part of my life plan.

Thank you for the laughter and the lessons. Thank you for every moment—the evidence of your love. You have been more to me than just words on the pages of my life. You have been an imprint on my soul. You were my lover, my friend, a part of my becoming, and a pivotal point in my journey.

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In Saudi Arabia, children are indoctrinated at a young age to hate Shia Muslims, minority sect muslims and non-muslims. The state religion is implemented by state-sponsored preachers that ensure a distorted version of reality is delivered to each student. This culture of hatred is aligned with Saudi foreign interests, which include funding extremists around the world that kill Shia Muslims, minority sect muslims and non-muslims alike. This curriculum is then exported to countries abroad, where it is preached and delivered by teachers. Textbooks from Saudi Arabia are found globally, from Syria, to Pakistan, to Canada, the U.S., and U.K. Saudi Arabia funds the building of mosques and Islamic centres in western and non-western countries to promote their ideology. The result of this indoctrination is the creation of fringe terrorists groups dedicated to the decimation of Shias, and other minority sects, and of course non-Muslims. 

Despite this public knowledge, countries like the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Spain, Pakistan and a litany of others are allies with Saudi Arabia and protect and further its foreign interests.