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where was your suffering?

Facebook gets a bad rap, but there’s a lot of serious shit going down there these days.  Via a friend’s reposting:


From Scott Mednick, when a Facebook friend told him, “We suffered for 8 years. Now it’s your turn.”

Scott’s reply:


"I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me. That of course is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone. Your statement seems to continue an ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down to what is uniting not dividing and what is best for ALL Americans.

There will never be a President who does everything to everyone’s liking. There are things President Obama (and President Clinton) did that I do not like and conversely there are things I can point to that the Presidents Bush did that I agree with. So I am not 100% in lock step with the outgoing President but have supported him and the overall job he did.

And, if you recall, during the Presidential Campaign back in 2008 the campaign was halted because of the "historic crisis in our financial system.” Wall Street bailout negotiations intervened in the election process. The very sobering reality was that there likely could be a Depression and the world financial markets could collapse. The United States was losing 800,000 jobs a month and was poised to lose at least 10 million jobs the first year once the new President took office. We were in an economic freefall. So let us recall that ALL of America was suffering terribly at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency.

But I wanted to look back over the last 8 years and ask you a few questions. Since much of the rhetoric before Obama was elected was that he would impose Sharia Law, Take Away Your Guns, Create Death Panels, Destroy the Economy, Impose Socialism and, since you will agree that NONE of this came to pass,

I was wondering:
Why have you suffered so?

So let me ask:
Gays and Lesbians can now marry and enjoy the benefits they had been deprived of. Has this caused your suffering?

When Obama took office, the Dow was 6,626. Now it is 19,875. Has this caused your suffering?

We had 82 straight months of private sector job growth - the longest streak in the history of the United States. Has this caused your suffering?

Especially considering where he the economy was when he took over, an amazing 11.3 million new jobs were created under President Obama (far more than President Bush). Has this caused your suffering?

Obama has taken Unemployment from 10% down to 4.7%. Has this caused your suffering?

Homelessness among US Veterans has dropped by half. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama shut down the US secret overseas prisons. Has this caused your suffering?

President Obama has created a policy for the families of fallen soldiers to have their travel paid for to be there when remains are flown home. Has this caused your suffering?

We landed a rover on Mars. Has this caused your suffering?

He passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Has this caused your suffering?

Uninsured adults has decreased to below 10%: 90% of adults are insured - an increase of 20 Million Adults. Has this caused your suffering?

People are now covered for pre-existing conditions. Has this caused your suffering?

Insurance Premiums increased an average of $4,677 from 2002-2008, an increase of 58% under Bush. The growth of these
insurance premiums has gone up $4,145 – a slower rate of increase. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama added Billions of dollars to mental health care for our Veterans. Has this caused your suffering?

Consumer confidence has gone from 37.7 to 98.1 during Obama’s tenure. Has this caused your suffering?

He passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Has this caused your suffering?

His bi-annual Nuclear Summit convinced 16 countries to give up and destroy all their loose nuclear material so it could not be stolen. Has this caused your suffering?

He saved the US Auto industry. American cars sold at the beginning of his term were 10.4M and upon his exit 17.5M. Has this caused your suffering?

The deficit as a percentage of the GDP has gone from 9.8% to 3.2%. Has this caused your suffering?

The deficit itself was cut by $800 Billion Dollars. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama preserved the middle class tax cuts. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Has this caused your suffering?

He signed Credit Card reform so that rates could not be raised without you being notified. Has this caused your suffering?

He outlawed Government contractors from discriminating against LGBT persons. Has this caused your suffering?

He doubled Pell Grants. Has this caused your suffering?

Abortion is down. Has this caused your suffering?

Violent crime is down. Has this caused your suffering?

He overturned the scientific ban on stem cell research. Has this caused your suffering?

He protected Net Neutrality. Has this caused your suffering?

Obamacare has extended the life of the Medicare insurance trust fund (will be solvent until 2030). Has this caused your suffering?

President Obama repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Has this caused your suffering?

He banned torture. Has this caused your suffering?

He negotiated with Syria to give up its chemical weapons and they were destroyed. Has this caused your suffering?

Solar and Wind Power are at an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?

High School Graduation rates hit 83% - an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?

Corporate profits are up by 144%. Has this caused your suffering?

He normalized relations with Cuba. Has this caused your suffering?

Reliance on foreign oil is at a 40 year low. Has this caused your suffering?

US Exports are up 28%. Has this caused your suffering?

He appointed the most diverse cabinet ever. Has this caused your suffering?

He reduced the number of troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has this caused your suffering?

Yes, he killed Osama Bin Laden and retrieved all the documents in his possession for analysis. Perhaps THIS caused your suffering?

From an objective standpoint it would appear that the last 8 years have seen some great progress and we were saved from a financial collapse. Things are not perfect. Things can always be better. We are on much better footing now than we were in 2008.

I look forward to understanding what caused you to suffer so much under Obama these last 8 years.“

His Needs/Her Needs: More long-winded Karamel analysis for 2.14

His Needs/Her Needs

In some of my previous meta, I contrasted the opening scene of 214 with the closing scene, saying that in the opening scene Mon-El was seeking to have his own needs met and in the closing scene, was meeting Kara’s. I’d like to expand on what I believe their needs to be at this point - what each of them are looking for in the relationship- and how the meeting of those needs are interconnected.

While I do believe that Mon El was focused on his own needs at the beginning of the episode, there is nothing inherently wrong with having those needs or seeking to have them met by his significant other- just as there was nothing wrong with Kara asking that her needs be met and respected as she did during the episode. The problem comes when one party is only considering their own needs and not the other person’s instead of having both be an equal priority. And as a brand new relationship, this interplay is something that these two are still figuring out.

When we see Mon El in the opening scene he is waking up and looking for Kara. He is immediately concerned that she left because the sex wasn’t good enough. When she returns, he tells her that he’d like her to wake up with him and also tries convince her to stay with him instead of going to work.

At first glance, it seems like the need that Mon-El is trying to get met is sex. That maybe maybe that he is trying to domesticate Kara for his own purposes or disregard the importance of her work responsibilities. But if you look a little deeper, I believe that what is is actually wanting and trying to ask for here is SECURITY. He wants to feel secure in their relationship. Kara has gone back and forth so many times about whether she wants to be with him or not he is good enough for her that he doesn’t feel confident that she wants him. He knows how he feels about her and has been very vocal about it, but she hasn’t expressed her feelings towards him to the same degree. This is why he asks to confirm that there is an “us” between them and then looks pleasantly surprised when she says yes. He wasn’t sure if she wanted an emotional relationship or just a physical one and he wasn’t sure if she’d changed her mind again since the night before. He is also afraid that if they go out of this safe space, into the real world, that he will mess it up and ruin the happiness and connection that he is feeling right now.

His fears come to pass almost immediately when Kara asks for time and privacy (her needs) and Mon El immediately announces their relationship to the world (his need.) There is honestly no way to fully understand his actions here except to say that I think the writers were trying to create an outrageous moment for comedic effect. Underlying his actions, though, might have been Mon El’s own excitement that this relationship is actually happening and his effort to make it real and permanent by putting it out there to others in a public space. So there’s that. It’s a weak motivation for violating her wishes in my opinion but maybe that’s where it was coming from.

Moving on to Jeremiah… Let’s talk about why Mon El’s need to protect Kara and have her safe is so strong. She can take care of herself and has asked him to let her, so why can he become so irrational when he sees a threat against her? We’ve seen him jump through a portal to a dangerous moon to follow her instead of calling for backup as she asked, and we’ve seen him leave the police officers unprotected to help her when she appeared to be helpless and losing a fight even though he was instructed not to. Now we see him completely unable to keep his thoughts in his head and act in a socially-acceptable-on-Earth-way at a family dinner when he sees Jeremiah as a potential threat to Kara and the DEO. What gives?

I think a lot of the motivation behind this comes down to him having lost everything and everyone that the cares about on his home planet. He came here and woke up alone, and Kara was the one who befriended him, believed in him, and ultimately inspired him. Now she is the thing that he cares most about on this planet and the person who is most valuable to her. He is her person… um, alien. He is terrified of losing her too. Also, most humans see Kara as invincible because of her powers, and she also sees herself that way because she is so strong compared to everyone else on Earth. But as a fellow alien, Mon El know that Kara does have some vulnerabilities. He’s seen her get hurt and it you can see in his face how much it kills him when it happens. And as someone who grew up to adulthood on corrupt planet, I think he’s seen some shit and that makes him more aware of intergalactic threats that could actually cause harm to her than she is. He also knew how ruthless Cadmus could be because he had watched them manipulate her into blowing out her powers and then hurt her, and they did it by using her concern for him against her. Now he sees Cadmus+someone Kara cares deeply for and it’s a huge red flag.

But this need is HIS need. If she needs his protection, she is unaware of it, and emotionally it’s not something she needs from a relationship. HER need in a professional context is for autonomy and true partnership. She wants him to respect her ability to take care of herself and to make the right strategic calls in the field. As the more experienced superhero, she needs him to follow her leadership so that she can depend on him and he doesn’t become a liability or leave others in harm’s way. In this moment, she needed him to put her need for a peaceful family gathering and celebration with Jeremiah above his need to protect her, but as hard as he tried, he was ultimately unable to do that. As a result, Kara tells him that it’s not going to work between them if he can’t learn to listen and respect her needs. This is fair, but also puts him on shaky ground again in regards to their relationship. Jeremiah also threatens his relationship with her by holding the truth about his identity over his head as a threat to back off. He chooses to push forward anyway and chooses the risk of losing his romantic relationship with Kara over the risk of losing Kara or another member of the team to Cadmus. Her safety comes first for him.

In the second half of the episode we see them starting to move towards each other slightly. Mon El goes to Winn for help - a much better and more respectful approach to keeping her safe- and they both go to Kara with evidence that Jeremiah broke into the DEO mainframe. While she’s initially angry at his persistence and going behind her back, the two of them together plus some hard evidence causes her to take the possibility of Jeremiah being a double agent seriously. She immediately confronts Jeremiah to ask for an explanation in a not-so-stealthy move. Jeremiah offers a plausible coverup that Alex buys hook line and sinker and everyone else seems to as well. Kara gets raked over the coals for this “betrayal” by her sister -which was extremely hurtful considering that she is adopted and struggles with loneliness and belonging to begin with- but Kara decides that Mon-El is right about needing to look at the situation from all sides and stands her ground. See that? She could have buried her head back in the sand like Alex did and believed what she desperately wanted to about Jeremiah and keep the peace with her sister, but she didn’t. She is starting to listen to Mon-El’s perspective, and take his view into account. This is a good move on her part and shows that she is respecting his need to protect her and hearing his voice. She doesn’t blindly accept his point of view but she does take it into consideration and this is a big step towards them becoming true partners and finding a balance between her need for autonomy and his need to protect.

In this situation, it wasn’t enough though. Kara and the team are led into the trap that Cadmus and Jeremiah have set for them, and Mon El is there with them to back her up. I see this as him supporting her and the DEO’s action plan even though he is wary of it. So this was a small step in her direction just as she made one towards him in hearing him out. He was right this time. She might be right the next time. But if they can work together they will have a better chance in the future of making the right calls and defeating the bad guys.

So let’s get to my favorite scene, shall we? Mon-El walks into Kara’s apartment ready to start the apology cycle again and when he sees her looking absolutely wrecked, it breaks his heart and he stops himself. He figures out that this time it’s not about his need to defend himself or be right or to apologize, it’s about comforting her in the moment. So he asks her what she needs and listen to what she says to him:

“To be here with me”

Hear that? She is saying she needs HIM. His presence, his emotional support.

And because of his insecurity, he doesn’t quite believe that it’s that’s simple, that he could be enough for her, or that his presence and support could be all she needs. So he asks again:

“Do you need anything ELSE, or???”

“To wake up with me”

She confirms that not only is he what she wants right now, but she also wants him there in the morning, in the future. And he gets a little smile on his face because in meeting her needs, his need for security in the relationship that he has been looking for is finally met also. She wants HIM. She needs HIM. She wants him to be there with her and that is enough. He doesn’t have to try so hard because he is already what she needs.

I believe that this is also what Kara has been chasing with Mon-El but couldn’t quite find. I think that way back when he kissed her the first time, he gave her a taste of something she had really been missing in her life. She was sad and feeling defeated by he Medusa virus that was killing him, and he offered her emotional support and companionship in that moment. He took some of that burden from her and saw the woman under the cape instead of just the invincible superhero. As she has said, the cape can get heavy sometimes, and she can feel very alone on this planet at the end of the day. Something about the way that he related to her in the moment got her to start second guessing her decision to choose being Supergirl instead of having a relationship and made be start wanting it all. She started seeing him in a new light and considering him as a romantic interest after that. She hadn’t been able to express it until this moment, but this is what she needed from him emotionally. This is why she’s persisted through the bumps in the road and some of his frustrating behavior to try to find that feeling again. In this moment, they both finally found what they were looking for in each other.

Pearl Belonged To Pink Diamond

note: this theory is mostly based on speculation, mainly because we know so little about Pearl. 

First, she came out defective. With blue eyes, peach hair and white skin, she’s different from other pearls not just because she’s a rebel, she’s not monochrome. A distunshing feature of the two other pearls we’ve met is how they match their owners in gem placement and color. Our pearl has the same gem as WD, but with pink hair, and blue eyes. 

So who does she belong to? Who can she belong to? While it is possible she never belonged to a diamond at all, it’s much more interesting to see her growth under one. 

So she was defective.

Her gem is the same as White’s. I believe she was orginally made for WD for whatever reason, maybe a second servant or replacement, when she came out wrong. 

She was defective. We’ve really only seen two gems being called defective - Ameythest and Pearl. Ameythest is visibly wrong, and Pearl could be too- we’ve all just been assuming it was because of her rebellion. Why can’t it be both? 

I believe that when Pearl came out, Pink Diamond was still a new leader. She was building her court, her army, becoming in league with the other diamonds. And she needed a Pearl, but hers would take hundreds of years to grow, they are made to order after all, you gotta choose what they’re gonna wear and everything. So, in an act of sisterhood, WD gifts the pearl she was gonna shatter anyways to PD, to use until her real peal finishes growing. 

So Pearl is owned by Pink Diamond. But how does this tie into the show?

After the hundreds of years, Pink Pearl is done growing. Time’s up Pearl. Our Pearl realizes she’s about to be shattered, escapes and later rebels. She meets Rose Quartz and begins a movement for gems to be free and themselves. But she keeps an eye on Pink Diamond. And later, hundreds of years later, when the rebellion is in full swing, she returns. And gives what was almost her fate, to her captor. 

She then shatters Pink Diamond. 

“To speak of ‘limits to growth’ under a capitalistic market economy is as meaningless as to speak of limits of warfare under a warrior society. The moral pieties, that are voiced today by many well-meaning environmentalists, are as naive as the moral pieties of multinationals are manipulative. Capitalism can no more be ‘persuaded’ to limit growth than a human being can be ‘persuaded’ to stop breathing. Attempts to ‘green’ capitalism, to make it ‘ecological’, are doomed by the very nature of the system as a system of endless growth.”
- Murray Bookchin

His Brightest Star Was You - a missing Wish!Realm scene

AN: This wouldn’t leave my brain so I had to write it. For @acrobat-elle who I love a lot. I’ve been wanting to write you something forever and this is a gift for keeping it real about this episode and just generally being awesome and lovely. I hope you like it darling.

Word Count: 1198 

ON AO3

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Even if the man sprawled, open mouthed and snoring on the bed before her was only barely recognizable, a grim shadow of the man she knew, Emma took comfort in the fact that his home was for the most part unchanged. He always took impeccable care of his ship, even if the same couldn’t always be said of himself.

There were new books lining the mantle, a few things replaced or slightly off from the Jolly she knew, but the feel of the vessel, the warmth and care shown on the spotlessly clean deck, in the tidy and efficient cabin, everything arranged just so, was exactly the same.

Emma laid his sword carefully on the table, and looked around, finally feeling some measure of peace in the day’s recent chaos. The palace she had called home here wasn’t a world she knew, the years of growing up there, of her marriage, and raising her son in the endless echoing corridors, elaborate balls and parties, were familiar in the way dreams are, intangible, fleeting, curling and fading around the edges with every moment after the dawn.

This ship however, she knew this ship.

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theguardian.com
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.

A great response to a bully

This is the response from one FB friend to another, a Trump supporter, who said: “We suffered for 8 years. Now it’s your turn.”

His reply:

"I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me because I did not support Trump. That of course is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone.
Your statement seems to continue an ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down to what is uniting not dividing and what is best for ALL Americans.
There will never be a President who does everything to everyone’s liking. There are things President Obama (and President Clinton) did that I do not like and conversely there are things I can point to that the Presidents Bush did that I agree with. So I am not 100% in lock step with the outgoing President but have supported him and the overall job he did.
And, if you recall, during the Presidential Campaign back in 2008 the campaign was halted because of the "historic crisis in our financial system.”
Wall Street bailout negotiations intervened in the election process. The very sobering reality was that there likely could be a Depression and the world financial markets could collapse. The United States was losing 800,000 jobs a month and was poised to lose at least 10 million jobs the first year once the new President took office. We were in an economic freefall. So let us recall that ALL of America was suffering terribly at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency.
But I wanted to look back over the last 8 years and ask you a few questions. Since much of the rhetoric before Obama was elected was that he would impose Sharia Law, Take Away Your Guns, Create Death Panels, Destroy the Economy, Impose Socialism and, since you will agree that NONE of this came to pass, I was wondering:
Why have you suffered so?
So let me ask:
Gays and Lesbians can now marry and enjoy the benefits they had been deprived. Has this caused your suffering?
When Obama took office the Dow was 6,626. Now it is 19,875. Has this caused your suffering?
We have 82 straight months of private sector job growth - the longest streak in the history of the United States. Has this caused your suffering?
Especially considering where he the economy was when he took over, an amazing 11.3 million new jobs were created under
President Obama (far more than President Bush). Has this caused your suffering?
Obama has taken Unemployment from 10% down to 4.7%. Has this caused your suffering?
Homelessness among US Veterans has dropped by half. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama shut down the US secret overseas prisons. Has this caused your suffering?
President Obama has created a policy for the families of fallen soldiers to have their travel paid for to be there when remains are flown home. Has this caused your suffering?
We landed a rover on Mars. Has this caused your suffering?
He passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Has this caused your suffering?
Uninsured adults has decreased to below 10%: 90% of adults are insured - an increase of 20 Million Adults. Has this caused your suffering?
People are now covered for pre-existing conditions. Has this caused your suffering?
Insurance Premiums increased an average of $4,677 form 2002-2008 an increase of 58% under Bush. The growth of these
insurance premiums have gone up $4,145 – a slower rate of increase. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama added Billions of dollars to mental health care for our Veterans. Has this caused your suffering?
Consumer confidence has gone from 37.7 to 98.1 during Obama’s tenure. Has this caused your suffering?
He passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Has this caused your suffering?
His bi-annual Nuclear Summit convinced 16 countries to give up and destroy all their loose nuclear material so it could not be stolen. Has this caused your suffering?
He saved the US Auto industry. American cars sold at the beginning of his term was 10.4M and upon his exit 17.5M. Has this caused your suffering?
The deficit as a percentage of the GDP has gone from 9.8% to 3.2%. Has this caused your suffering?
The deficit itself was cut by $800 Billion Dollars. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama preserved the middle class tax cuts. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Has this caused your suffering?
He signed Credit Card reform so that rates could not be raised without you being notified. Has this caused your suffering?
He outlawed Government contractors from discriminating against LGBT persons. Has this caused your suffering?
He doubled Pell Grants. Has this caused your suffering?
Abortion is down. Has this caused your suffering?
Violent crime is down. Has this caused your suffering?
He overturned the scientific ban on stem cell research. Has this caused your suffering?
He protected Net Neutrality. Has this caused your suffering?
Obamacare has extended the life of the Medicare insurance trust fund (will be solvent until 2030). Has this caused your suffering?
Prescient Obama repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Has this caused your suffering?
He banned torture. Has this caused your suffering?
He negotiated with Syria to give up its chemical weapons and they were destroyed. Has this caused your suffering?
Solar and Wind Power are at an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?
High School Graduation rates hit 83% - an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?
Corporate profits are up by 144%. Has this caused your suffering?
He normalized relationships with Cuba. Has this caused your suffering?
Reliance on foreign oil is at a 40 year low. Has this caused your suffering?
US Exports are up 28%. Has this caused your suffering?
He appointed the most diverse cabinet ever. Has this caused your suffering?
He reduced the number of troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has this caused your suffering?
Yes, he killed Osama Bin Laden and retrieved all the documents in his possession for analysis. Perhaps THIS caused your suffering?
From an objective standpoint it would appear that the last 8 years have seen some great progress and we were saved from a financial collapse.
Things are not perfect.
Things can always be better.
We are on much better footing now than we were in 2008.
I look forward to understanding what caused you to suffer so much under Obama these last 8 years.“
(He has not replied as of this writing)
via JoBeth Williams

Tano and Kenobi: The Duchess of Mandalore

After an exciting adventure out on the Outer Rim, Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi return to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant with Master Sifo Dyas. Master Dyas believes the two have some kind of connection to the strange Force event that Ahsoka is convinced is related to Anakin Skywalker’s birth. Back at the Temple, life continued on for our duo but Tano and Kenobi are soon called back into action by the Jedi Council and receive a new mission: Protect the Duchess of Mandalore, Satine Kryze.Previously on Tano and Kenobi…

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Mandalore.

They’re sending us to Mandalore.

Ahsoka felt her mind go blank and the world around her fall away for one brief and blinding moment of panic.

They couldn’t go to Mandalore now! Anakin was out there, somewhere. He needed to be found! He and his mother needed to be freed from slavery and he needed to be brought to the Temple where she and Obi-Wan could protect him from Palpatine and whatever other Sith Lords were running around the galaxy at the moment.

A brief memory flashed through Ahsoka’s mind, one where she, Rex, and Anakin were in a cantina waiting for an informant to make contact, back before the Battle of Mandalore.

“So who are we waiting for, Skyguy?” Ahsoka asked as she sipped at her Tarisian latte. “And when are they getting here?”

“I don’t know,” Anakin shrugged, finishing off his shot of Gingensu cactus liquor. “Obi-Wan just said that they would help us and to treat them as you would have the Duchess.”

“The Duchess?” Ahsoka frowned at that, exchanging a look with Rex. She glanced down at her hands, remembering how distraught Master Obi-Wan had been when he returned to the Temple. “Is he doing all right? I know he and the Duchess were very close.”

Anakin shrugged, his own gaze fixed on a distant point, his brows furrowed and eyes dark. “You know Obi-Wan. He could be bleeding to death and missing a limb and he would still insist that he was fine.”

Rex nodded, tossing back the last of his Dantooine beer. “Cody said the same thing. Said the General hasn’t mentioned it but he’s keeping a close eye on him all the same.”

Ahsoka sighed softly. “This must be so hard for him. To come back to Mandalore to face Maul? After everything that’s happened?”

There was silence between the three of them before Ahsoka spoke up. “How did Obi-Wan meet the Duchess? I don’t think I ever asked before. Do you know, Skyguy?”

“I don’t know much other than what Obi-Wan told me,” Anakin said, ordering a mug of caf. “He and Master Qui-Gon were assigned to protect the Duchess when Obi-Wan was a padawan and it was a year-long mission.”

“Wow!” Ahsoka murmured, almost unable to imagine being in one place for more than six weeks, let alone a year. “So what happened?”

Anakin thanked the bartender and paid for his caf before turning back to Ahsoka and Rex. “The Mandalorian Civil War ended and they went their separate ways.”

A year?

A year? We don’t have a year to spend on Mandalore! We have to find Anakin now!

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female awesome meme: relatable females [3/5]→ brooke davis 

i am who i am. no excuses.

anonymous asked:

I'd love to see a scenario where Chris' s/o is either a boxer or a hockey player and short af (Basically badass and smol). Male or gender neutral pronouns work! ((I also love this blog its like 12/10 ❤❤❤))

((omg thank~)) This is a cute one! I did hockey player, since they can both have a relationship with the ice. Maybe that’s you they met? :o Anyway, I hope you enjoy. Thank you for the request! <3


You exit the locker room, slinging your duffel bag of hockey skates, shoulder pads, and helmet over your shoulder with a huff. Another hockey game was won by your team, but you couldn’t bring yourself to get excited. While your teammates were all creating a ruckus of celebration in the locker room, you left to get away from the deafening cheers from your fellow hockey players.

It’s not that you aren’t happy about winning; there is something more that is bothering you, deep down. Events from the game linger in your mind as you look for your boyfriend.

A member of the opposing team had chosen you as their victim, continuously ramming into you throughout the game. You were pushed against the walls of the ice rink, tripped, and even hit with a hockey stick a few times. Whenever you fought back, you were given a penalty by the referees for ‘playing too rough.’ There was no doubt in your mind that your size had been a large factor in being chosen to be picked on during the match.

To put it simply, you’re short. You’ve always been short, just a bit under the normal growth curve. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, since you’ve accepted fate and there’s nothing you can do about your height and small stature. But it’s times like these when you wish you were a bit…bigger.

A hand slipping across your lower back and resting at your hip startles you out of your thoughts, making you jump. You look up to face the emerald green eyes of your long-lashed boyfriend, Christophe Giacometti.

“You were stunning on the ice today, my love,” he purrs in your ear, making your shiver and blush. “Congratulations on the win. But it seems you’re upset about something. What’s the matter, my sweet?” Chris’s silky baritone voice makes your spine tingle and the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

“It’s nothing,” you sigh. “Let’s talk later. I just want to go home.”

A familiar looking face approaches you and Chris, clad in a sweatshirt with the other hockey team’s name printed on it. Sure enough, it was the player who had been bullying you throughout the course of the game. Before any words could leave their mouth, you were already getting hot with anger.

“Good game, pipsqueak!” they mock, bending down to look you in the eyes. “You are pretty feisty for such a little one!”

You let a scowl spread on your lips. The death glare doesn’t seem to falter your opponent’s confident smirk, and you feel your lip twitch. Chris tightens his grip on your hip as a silent ‘don’t do it, it’s not worth it.’ He knows what badassery you’re capable of when you’re angry, and he knows what’s coming before it happens.

You lunge forward, throwing your closed fist into the other player’s jaw, earning a resounding crunch from the impact. They’re sent doubling back, putting a hand to their chin as they spit a blood-saliva mix onto the linoleum flooring. The cringe of pain on their face satisfies you while they sputter more fluid from their mouth.

People in your general vicinity stare in shock, and some scream at the scene unfolding before them.

Chris tightens his hold on your waist and hoists you up, throwing you over his shoulder in a fireman’s carry. He escorts you away from the scene in a hurry before any more damage can be done.

Never call me pipsqueak again!” you shout, getting the final word in. You feel satisfied, but adrenaline still courses through your veins. “I showed ‘em, didn’t I, Chris?”

“You sure did, babe,” he chuckles. He adjusts his hold on you so he’s carrying you in his arms like an infant; one arm is under your knees and the other bracing the middle of your back. He smiles at your anger-flushed face, thinking about how adorable you get when you’re worked up like that. “You sure did.”

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Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival
Portugal's economy has rebounded dramatically since its European Union bailout in 2011. Wages are up and unemployment down. What's surprising is that this happened only as austerity was canceled.

Portugal’s economy has rebounded dramatically since its $83 billion European Union bailout in 2011. What’s surprising is that this has happened without austerity measures — the spending cuts and tax hikes that Portugal’s creditors, the EU and International Monetary Fund, said were the only way to survive Europe’s debt crisis.

Such measures were initially imposed by Portugal’s then center-right government, on orders from the EU and IMF. But when a left-wing, Socialist-led coalition took power in November 2015 and began canceling austerity — raising wages and lowering taxes — many economists warned Portugal would need a second bailout.

But that has not happened. Instead, the economy has posted 13 consecutive quarters of growth — beginning under the previous government, and surging during the current one. Its budget deficit has hit a 40-year record low of 2.1 percent of GDP, the first time Portugal’s deficit has dropped below EU limits.

Facheiro (Pilosocereus Azureus)

Also known as: Blue Torch Cactus, Blue Columnar Cactus, Facheiro, Facheiro Azul, Madacarú de Facho, Azul Cardón  

A tall, exotic, stately-looking cactus that is native to the semi-tropical regions of Brazil. Its rich blue hue is a dramatic contrast to other common flora, and age only improves its looks. Besides its obvious spines, the Facheiro also grows prominent, bulbous flower buds near its base at right angles to the main column and a downy covering of fur along its ribs, lending a surprisingly soft look to its long, austere mien if you get close enough. And brave enough to touch it.

Cacti-aficionados know it to be a well-endowed, fast-growing plant that thrives best in minimal wetness, warm sun, and relatively little smothering. Under the right conditions, it can surprise growers with how fast and full it springs from the ground, making it a popular cactus for propagating others.  

Still, it is surprisingly resistant—like many desert plants– to less agreeable homes and even indoor potting, suffering at most a stunt in growth under the pressure of foreign environments and inexperienced handlers. But don’t comment on it; it’s a proud and self-conscious plant. It’s a voluntary oddball that grows at its own pace, thank you.  

Though a beautiful flowering plant, beware its spines. The Facheiro couldn’t help growing those, and with a vengeance. If you’re keeping it inside your house or as a means for propagating other cacti, even if you’re experienced in handling prickly specimens, admire from a respectful distance. Do not touch. 


Behold: this blog’s new euphemism for Ezarel. Thank you, @areyntheheartseeker. ;) And you Anons for that NSFW request.

Ezarel: “You people have disgusting imaginations…!” 

Barbed-Phoenix: “True.” 


Euphemism Cactus photo from: mattslandscape.com

Ezarel image: liaah-chan @ Deviantart

I take full credit for what botanical facts are skewed here to suit our bitchy blue elf.

there seems to be a growth under Polpetta’s skin, near one of her legs

this isn’t the best month for this to happen because I’ve been a bit… free with my money this june (some of it was reasonable spending though, like a new washing machine and a trip at the dentist…)

but well, the girl must be cared for

Okay, so, in Chamber of Secrets Ginny’s pretty consistently described as “tiny”, but then again, so’s Colin, so it might just be because they’re first years.

And later, Fred and George give Ginny as an example of “size is no guarantee of power” (saying she packs a mean hex) but then again, they’re her older brothers, and gonna be used to thinking of her as little, no matter if she’s short, average, or tall (don’t remember which book, sorry).

But! In Order of the Phoenix, when it’s Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Ginny, and Luna all in the Department of Mysteries, Bellatrix says “Very well- take the smallest one. Let him watch while we torture the little girl.”

And all the other kids circle protectively around Ginny. Which means out of those five kids, Ginny is the tiniest. Luna is bigger than Ginny. I dunno if she’s taller or broader or both, but you take both of them in their 4th year, Ginny’s smaller than Luna.

Granted, Luna’s about half a year older and they’re still growing, so who knows how things settle out once they’re adults but man, tiny!Ginny is important to me and it’d be awesome to see more fanart where she’s littler than Luna, at least during their school years.

anonymous asked:

are there any charas that inspire you personally? like from anime or other media

o boy are there ever!! i’m actually inspired different aspects of many characters 

dr. tenma (great doctor, empathetic person),  

satsuki kiryuuin, kuvira, olivier mira armstrong (confident, authoritative, always in control, could kick anyone’s ass), 

opal koboi (a literal genius, but also… petty), 

uncle iroh (I want to give such good advice some day)

kirishima touka (for her maturation, character growth, cool under pressure, but still can and wILL fight you)

riza hawkeye (focussed, loyal, excels at what she does)

the list goes on but there are so many good characters it’s easy to find some to admire 

MacKinnon’s Toward a Feminist Theory of the State correctly criticizes Marx and Engels for treating the division of labor known as “women’s work” as “natural” and biologically determined. MacKinnon remarks that: “to define women’s status solely in class terms is entirely to miss their status as women defined through relations with men”

MIM recognizes that Marx and Engels were not Gods. They were men subject to the gender brainwash of their time. Despite this limitation, they recognized that: “Bourgeois marriage is in reality a system of wives in common [with glorified prostitution]”. They called for communist revolution “to do away with the status of women as mere instruments of production.”

Marx and Engels could not benefit from the advances in gender theory made possible by the mass movements towards women’s emancipation that have occurred since their day. They tended to an analysis in which “consequence is presented as cause.” They saw women’s role in the reproduction of labor-power, in agriculture, and in housework, as naturally derivative from biological givens, as opposed to labor-roles historically enforced on women through social control and sexual terrorization. Marx and Engels tended to one-sidely see Patriarchal relations as primarily feudal, guided by the transference of private property through male lineage, and as remediable by bringing women into the public workforce.

Today, we can see that the rule of men over women is, itself, a necessary aspect of all capital accumulation and growth. Even under socialism, patriarchy will not be instantly wiped away through laws mandating equality or comparable pay for comparable work. The feminist political economist Claudia von Werlhof describes the insidious process of gender-domination more accurately than Marx could or MacKinnon can.

“Three-hundred years of witch-hunting, running parallel with the colonization of the world, were necessary to snatch from women—as from Third World people—their power, their economy and their knowledge, and to ‘socialize’ them into becoming what they are today: housewives and ‘the underdeveloped’…artificial product(s) resulting from unimaginably violent development, upon which our whole economy, law, state, science, art and politics, the family, private property and all modern institutions have been built. The Third World is the ‘witch’ of witch-hunting days and is … ‘the world-housewife’ [of] today, including Third World men. The relation between husband and wife is repeated in the relation between the First and the Third World.”

—  “Book Review: Toward a Feminist Theory of the State” by Maoist International Movement
Top Common Mistakes to Avoid While Growing Plants Indoors

Growing plants indoors can be the ideal way for those people with a green thumb but not enough free space to have a full-fledged garden. In fact, indoor gardening can be quite a productive endeavor for most people, especially in these days of rising awareness regarding the need of growing one’s own vegetables. This can help people in avoiding vegetables available in the market that come laden with harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides. However, starting and maintaining an indoor garden is no mean feat, and a large percentage of people starting out commit a number of common mistakes. Even though these mistakes are quite common, it is essential to get to know each of them for the damage they can cause to the plants in both the short and long-term prospects.

The first mistake that any gardener can possibly make is not doing enough research regarding the plants they intend to grow and their specific requirements. Each of the plant types have some specific needs, as well as, growth conditions that the gardeners must be able to provide to them for their optimal growth. Growers must also perform adequate research regarding the growth techniques that yield the maximum result, and any other improvisations that can improve the profitability of their practice. Finally, growers need to provide the nutrients in the right quantity to grow the plants optimally.

One of the major constraints faced by the people practicing indoor gardening is the lack of adequate amount of natural light. Thus, it becomes essential to opt for grow lights that take the place of sun in proving adequate amount of light energy to the plants growing indoors. However, many growers fail to calculate accurately the number and power of such grow lights that they would require for their plants. This results in inadequate amount of light available to plants that leads to low yields. Growers must plan this with due care and use more light for plants with bushy growths.

Another common mistake that people make while growing plants indoors under LED grow lights is the addition the same amount of nutrients that they would while growing out in the open. Plants growing indoors under these grow lights typically require 30% less nutrients than in natural settings, and adding too much nutrients turns out to be counterproductive. Growers ought to find out about the exact nutrient requirements of the plants they intend to grow, and then calculate the amount that they need to add under the given growth conditions.

Indoor gardening also requires regular inspections of the health conditions of the plants to prevent outbreak of any diseases, and maintain growth rate. Growers often make the mistake of not giving enough focus to the need of daily checks of the plants. Since plants growing under LED lights experience lesser degree of evaporation, growers ought to check the water content in the soil regularly to avoid water accumulation and consequent damage to the roots. They should also check other parameters such as soil pH to keep the growth conditions optimum.

Finally, planning properly to ensure adequate provisions for the plants is essential to maintain the optimum growth conditions regardless of their growth.