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Boruto Episode 24 - 25

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I love this episode! It was so adorable! And i’m so delighted to see the new family photo! Honestly, I thought SP would only show it as a simple pan-over shot for half a second while Sarada runs off to school but the way they dedicated an entire scene to present and then unveil the photo was very gratifying! I also laughed so hard at Sakura because I’ve totally done that before! I’ve moved around way too often in life and you know what stinks the most? When you’re not even moving cross-country but across the street or in the same town. I mean, that’s a LOT of work for a short distance! Yes, I’ve definitely thrown things into boxes without labeling them, including recently LOL!

Sarada and Boruto are quite cute but we’ll see if I end up shipping them or not. I enjoy seeing Sarada train with her Sharingan too! 

What also surprised me was Naruto! I was SO proud of him!! I know for some it is very offsetting to see the protagonist behaving so differently than how he was as the knucklehead in the Naruto series but now Naruto is Hokage. While everyone was moping about this depressing new news, Naruto gave his classic pep-talk yet it was at a more sophisticated, mature, age and profession-appropriate level! Way to grow and live up to the role and responsibility of being Hokage, Naruto!!! SO PROUD OF YOU!!

Frankly, I also loved his comments about evaluating the generations that come after you. Each generation tends to think of themselves as the best or the greatest while looking down on the younger generation and criticizing them as spoiled and weak and entitled etc. It reminds me of the baby-boomer generation and the gulf between gen X and millennials that widened due to the rapid advances in technology (in the American US context). So, Naruto’s speech is quite relevant for us today. Rather than remaining critical and painting a dismal vision of the future, Naruto encourages and sees hope for the next generation- just as our current leaders should do for the young today! Seriously you guys….I’m so proud of him!

Okay but this new impending but unpredictable threat in the plot, however, I think is a foreshadowing of the villians from the Boruto movie and obviously of whatever catastrophe Boruto ended up in at the very start of the manga / anime series, so we’ll have to see how this develops and where it takes us, story-wise.

I really really hope to see more SasuSaku in the future, even if it is filler material!

In episode 25, Sarada has really brightened up and blossomed! I feel like the conclusion of the Gaiden arc lends naturally to a positive transformation in her character. Now that she knows confidently and securely who she is, where she came from and who she belongs to as well as what her goal is in life, she seems more stable, confident and determined! Also THANK YOU SP for KEEPING her gaiden outfit hahaha! I hated her other one ugh! 

Also cute how Sarada was perhaps reflecting on Sasuke and his traveles while on the boat ride. Did anyone else also think of how Sakura reflected on her first “date” with Sasuke overlooking the ocean on her day off? <3

And more BoruSara friendship and interactions haha!

Oh! that sexy jutsu and Sarada’s reaction KILLED ME! I was laughing so much! Too funny she’s no idea that the Hokage she looks up to created that jutsu haha! 

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anonymous asked:

Not a writing question but I was wondering what your opinions on the organization Autism Speaks were.

Ah, thank you for offering us an opportunity to share something very important to us. For those who aren’t aware, there is an organization in the US called “Autism Speaks” which claims to be a charity working to help autistic people. They are not a charity. They are a hate group.

Autism Speaks is not run with the help of any autistic people. It’s run by allistic people who think of autism as a horrible disease that needs to be eradicated. They run propaganda ads talking about autism like a plague which is destroying lives. They compare it to cancer. One of their propaganda videos famously shows a member of their board talking about contemplating killing her autistic child - while the child is in the room listening to her. Their goal is to “cure” autism - to wipe it off the face of the planet. They don’t see autistic people as people, but as tragic burdens to those around them. They want to take care of all the poor moms and dads whose lives were so tragically ruined when they found out their child was autistic. And they support organizations that torture autistic people and call it “therapy”, like the Judge Rotenberg Center.

This is not a charity. They think of us as broken, inhuman monsters who should be expunged from society. They are not helping us - they’re trying to exterminate us.

Their propaganda is a big part of why there is so much misinformation out there about autism and autistic people. The average person is likely to believe their claims that autism is a horrible disease, that the best way to help the people who have it is to cure them and make them “normal”. Especially the parents of autistic children might like the idea of “fixing” their kid.

News flash: We’re not sick. Autism is not a disease. At worst, it can be considered a disorder or disability, depending on your definition of such, but the vast majority of autistic people are perfectly happy being who we are. Our biggest hurdle isn’t some terrible defect in ourselves - it’s the negative attitudes and lack of understanding in those around us, and the expectation that our primary goal in life should be to act less like ourselves and more like the “normal” people who make up the majority (pro tip: there’s really no such thing as normal). Autism cannot be cured, because it’s not an illness. Our brains are hardwired differently than others, and that is a fundamental part of who we are. If you asked me if I would like a cure, I would look at you the same way as if you asked me if I would like to remove the color from my pizza, because it makes the same amount of logical sense.

Imagine if someone asked you if you would like to stop being (insert your nationality here). Like, just completely remove it from yourself. What would that even mean? Removing all your memories and experiences from that country? Erasing your native language and replacing it with another one? How would that even work? That’s the kind of thing that’s being proposed here.

What autistic people need is awareness, education, and sometimes assistance, depending on our individual needs. We dream of a world where seeing a person rocking back and forth gently and not making much eye contact isn’t met with indignation, disgust, or pity, and where our strengths are valued (and we have many!).

It should be noted that recently, Autism Speaks has changed their official platform slightly, supposedly focusing less on a “cure”, but I’m afraid I don’t buy it for a second. Anyone whose goal includes a “cure” at all is not advocating for our rights, and even if they did have a different mission now, the damage is long since done. Many of us may struggle, and many of us may wish there were certain problems we could do away with, but a “cure” is not possible and our goal should not be to eliminate autistic people from the world, especially given how much we contribute to society. Very few autistic people would actually desire a “cure”, even if one were possible.

So what does this have to do with writing? If you’re writing an autistic character who gets help from a charitable organization, do NOT make it Autism Speaks. That’s not what they do. If your character has any interactions with Autism Speaks, it will be more along the lines of being told they are broken and must be fixed, having the people in their lives treat them as less than human (or as deformed or defective) because they have believed the propaganda, being told they have no right to speak for themselves, and possibly suffering abuse and even torture at the hands of those who think they are “helping”.

There are plenty of good charitable organizations to help autistic people with what we actually need. If you want your character to support an organization in your story (or support the organization yourself by giving them positive exposure in your story), try one of these (and a little Google-fu can help you find a local one for you if you don’t live in the US or UK - search terms like “autism advocacy” and make sure it’s run by actual autistic people). We strongly recommend contacting them, letting them know what you’re writing, and asking how you can include them in your story and represent their work accurately:

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autism Women’s Network

Autistic Rights Movement UK 

-Mod Aira

The Signs as Disney Princesses

Aries – Jasmine: Her fiery temper mixed with her brazen confidence makes for a passionate individual. She refuses to accept that her freedom isn’t her own and resists authority in any way possible. She’s the quintessential female Aries.

Taurus – Mulan: She is courageous and determined. She is as stubborn as they come and does what she feels is right for her country even when she exposed and chastised for being a woman. She is beyond devoted to her family and will protect them at all costs.

Gemini – Rapunzel is dreamy, an escapist, and moody. She is childlike, naïve, and is insatiably curious. She is spontaneous and is immediately ready for an adventure with a stranger when the opportunity presents itself. She loves excitement and makes friends easily.

Cancer – Belle: Belle is very intelligent and witty. She is independent and is criticized for being such. Although she remains an individual and values that about herself, she can’t help feeling like an outsider. She longs to meet someone who understands and accepts her like any true Cancer.

Leo – Aurora (Sleeping Beauty): Aurora is a hopeless romantic who is responsible and rebellious, playful and naïve. She has just the right amount of attitude and kindness to be a Leo.

Virgo – Elsa is one of the most composed princesses. She handles responsibility well and is extremely critical of herself. She can be cold and standoffish at times and does what she feels is expected of her even if it doesn’t make her happy. When she has the freedom to be herself, her caring nature and playfulness shines through.

Libra – Cinderella: Every Disney Princess is graceful in their own way. However, Cinderella’s gracefulness is most similar to the classic definition of the word. She is effortlessly elegant and charming.  

Scorpio – Merida: She is very headstrong and does not take to authority well. She has no problem disobeying the rules. She is cunning and smart and knows how to manipulate words and situations to make it seem as though she’s been slighted. She is revengeful, which eventually leads to her mother being turned into a bear. She isn’t great at apologizing or taking responsibility for her mistakes. However, she will never back down from a fight and she never gives up, which makes her an opponent to be feared and a friend to be thankful for.

Sagittarius – Pocahontas – One of the most beautiful characteristics of Pocahontas is her ability to accept people for who they are. She strives to understand all living things, and even when she can’t understand them, she still accepts them. In addition to this, she’s a strong woman who believes in equality. She is the perfect blend of bravery, playfulness, and curiosity.

Capricorn – Tiana: She is extremely ambitious and driven to have a successful career, yet she is still family-oriented as any true Capricorn is. She is intelligent and never accepts defeat; she simply finds another way, another means to achieve her goal. Her philosophy is hard work and persistence.

Aquarius – Ariel is probably the most individualistic of all the Disney Princesses. She likes to collect weird objects, is fascinated by the unknown so much that she falls in love with it, and refuses to succumb to societal norms. She is optimistic and sometimes even a little unrealistic, but she is naturally and unapologetically unique, which are undeniable Aquarian traits.  

Pisces – Snow White’s weapon choice is kindness. She not much a fighter, but her kindness attracts friends who fight and defend her on her behalf. She is a natural nurturer and is gentle yet strict with those she takes care of. She is a huge believer in goodwill, which is why she is an easy target for manipulation. Her loving heart and kindness makes her standout from the rest of the world.

Knitting Witchcraft 101, a crash course by witchimplumis

To start this off, obviously there are TONS of ways to do a lot of this stuff. This is mostly the method I use. This also isn’t a tutorial to knitting, there’s lots of great videos out there explaining how to knit, if I tried to teach all of that in this post, it would be at least 3 times as long. Finally, most of this probably also works for crochet, but I don’t know the first thing about crochet, so I’ll let someone else weigh in on that.

Knitting magic is great for anyone, from witches on a budget (yarn, especially acrylic, can be dirt cheap), broom closet witches (it’s easy-peasy to pass off as a normal, non-witchy hobby), practical witches (you get a useful garment at the end!), and more. You can use it on its own, or as a part of a larger spell or ritual.

Intent

Much like all magic, a lot of knitting magic is intent and visualization. Before starting a project, come up with a purpose for the finished product. For this scenario, I’ll use a real project I’ve done. I wanted to make a shawl to help me in the upcoming school year.
When you’re knitting, focus on the purpose that you want to imbue the finished product with. Imagine your hopes for it entering each stitch, and being locked in place with your needles.
When you first start, it may feel mentally exhausting or draining, or it may be really hard to focus and you may find your thoughts drifting away, but as you practice you’ll get better and be able to focus longer. I find that once I start to lose focus the best thing to do is leave for a while and pick the project up later, once I’ve had time to clear my head.

Rs/ws

If you’ve been a knitter for any length of time at all, you know that flat knitting has what’s called a “right side” (the side that shows when you’re wearing/using your created object) and a “wrong side” (the side that faces towards you, like the bottom of a blanket or inside of a cardigan), or rs and ws on patterns.
When working out the beginning of my projects, I come up with two different intents, one for the outside world to see (right side) and one to affect only me (wrong side). So, in the example of my school shawl, I wanted other people to view me as capable in my field. So my rs intent was “I am a learned student of my trade.” On the ws, I choose an intent that helps me to acheive my ultimate goal (doing well in school) so the intent I used was “I have the focus required in my studies.”
HOWEVER, when working in the round, there’s no wrong side. So then how do you go about wrong side intents? Two options: one, have only one overarching purpose for all knitting (such as “I will succeed in my chosen field”), or alternate lines as you would if you weren’t knitting in the round.

Color/texture

Yarn comes in pretty much every color and color combination imaginable. Color associations/color magic are not only possible to do with yarn but strongly encouraged. I use lots of sources for mine, googling “color associations” brings up bunches of pages, or you can use your own personal associations. If you’re going to do this, read reviews for the yarn and check for or ask about color bleeding.

Textures are an often-overlooked factor. Prickly yarn can be used in a defensive spell, or soft yarn in one for comfort and warmth. Always keep in mind what kind of thing you’re making though, and try to work off of that. Some textures are not ideal for some uses.

Materials
Yarn materials are important to fit to your project. For example, you don’t want to make a knit bralette out if dish scrubby yarn (ouch). You have tons of options, but I’ll stick to the kinds you’re most likely to run into cheap-ish. My standing recommendation for all of these is if there is any way at all you can see and feel yarn in person before buying it, do so. I don’t recommend buying in bulk of you haven’t dealt with a brand or line of yarn before.

Acrylic- acrylic yarn is usually extremely cheap and comes in tons of colors and textures, some are shiny, others are really fuzzy, there’s all kinds for all purposes. It’s really great if you have allergies because it’s synthetic fiber.

Wool/superwash wool: usually somewhat coarse, wool is a natural fiber that comes from shearing specific breeds of wool-producing sheep. Some brands will even say specifically what breed(s) or country their wool comes from. In my experience, wool is much easier to work magic with than acrylic, however it will usually also be more expensive, and there are fewer textures and appearances available.

Cotton: cotton is a nice in-between of acrylic and wool. It’s a natural fiber, but I don’t know of anybody being allergic to it. It can come in many different colors, but not really any texture variety, they all just feel like cotton. If you’re not morally opposed for any of various reasons, Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton yarn is by far the best cotton yarn I’ve found, in terms of softness. If you ARE morally opposed however, Sugar n Cream makes cotton yarn on huge spools very cheap.

Bamboo: it’s considered eco-friendly yarn. I don’t know how true that is, as I don’t use it enough to actually look into the carbon footprint of bamboo yarn. That said it feels like actual clouds and looks like them too.

Silk: we all know what silk is. Silk yarn exists. It’s on the expensive end of cheap stuff, usually only comes in small amounts.

Merino: wool that comes from the merino sheep breed specifically. This wool is really soft, I don’t work with it much because it’s usually really expensive compared to every other kind.

Novelty yarns: I love incorportating these. Some are great for practical reasons (dish scrubby yarn) and others are great for using some of their elements as part of a spell (like feathery yarns or beady yarns etc.)

Stitch types
I don’t think there’s a widely agreed upon set of associations for stitch type/pattern, these are just some common ones I’ve come to associate.
YO/lace- these large, open patterns I associate with “bigger” or more wide effects. Alternately, because they’re basically big holes in the object, allowing your intents to come out into the environment.
seed- just like its name, I associate seed stitch with potential and growth.
Garter- I tend to associate garter stitch with mundane life, alternately with its common use as a border stitch I associate it as a holding stitch, keeping things in (like secrets) or protected.
Stockinette- a super common stitch pattern for fronts of things, especially socks (as per the name). I tend to associate it with appearances, and spells like glamour aids.

Blocking
When/if you block, visualize the water charging your finished object. You can use scented wool wash in scents that are associated with the spell you’re doing, you have tons of options.

Beads, etc:
You can get all kinds of things at craft stores! I found crystal charms last time I went that would look great on a heavier-weight shawl, there’s beads of various different materials and colors, if I went over all of these things it’d take a whole extra post. Play around and see what you like.

Finished products:
Clothing- either for yourself or for others. Make ritual clothing or just a warmth-intent hat. Possibilities are totally endless.
Poppet- maybe make a poppet out of yarn? Stuff it with things you want the poppet associated with? Disclaimer: don’t burn knit poppets unless you are 100% certain ALL ingredients are safe to burn wherever you’re burning them. I prefer to “destroy” my knit poppets by stabbing them with knitting needles, so that I can reuse them, even better, make the end drawstring-style, so you can reuse it with different ingredients. Eco friendly witchcraft!
Spell swatch- I call it a spell swatch but it may have another name by now. It works pretty much exactly how it sounds, knit a swatch of fabric in varying colors, stitches, etc., based on what the spell is. Knit in beads or feathers or hair or whatever you feel like you should. Then pin it on your wall or carry it with you. It doesn’t have to (and probably won’t) look nice, it’s just a little spell to carry with you, like a very personalized sigil.

Other uses: knitting is great for meditation! Finding a simple pattern to knit for a while can leave your mind free to relax and do its own thing, I love leaving guided meditations, binaural tones, etc. on while I’m knitting things like socks or blankets.

our country may not have gay pride but i’ll be damned if i don’t celebrate pride month in any way that i can

thimblerobot  asked:

Fellow Jew, still trying to work out their connection with Judaism, but why your link between anti Israel sentiments and anti semitism?

Because it exists. 

It’s not that I love Israel, or think Israel can do no wrong. In all honesty, I have massive problems with Israel on just about every front possible. I am anti-settlement, anti-rabbinate, and find Israel’s current government to be relatively loathsome. 

If somebody could outline a detailed, realistic plan for both Jews and Palestinians to have complete safety and full self-determination in a single, unified state, I wouldn’t be inherently opposed to it (I’ve yet to see one; the consensus from the anti-Israel crowd seems to be that doing away with Israel would be like throwing water on the Wicked Witch of the West, with everything just being magically wonderful and fine in the aftermath). 

I am not Israel’s cheerleader. I never have been. 

What I am is an activist for combatting anti-semitism, and unfortunately, there is a ton of anti-semitism surrounding the I/P conflict. In fact, it’s the reason I stopped actively engaging with various movements for Palestinian liberation. It’s not that I don’t still support the safety and self-determination of Palestinians; I do. But I could no longer be a part of groups that not only failed to call out anti-semitism, but also questioned my loyalties if I brought it up. And that’s not helpful for the futures of Israelis and Palestinians. In fact, it’s detrimental to them. 

I decided two years ago that it was impossible to move forward without ridding ourselves of anti-semitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Arab racism. I still stand by that. There is simply nowhere to go without conquering those prejudices first and foremost, and that’s why I started this blog.

Right now, there is a enormous prejudice on both sides, and that includes a vast amount of anti-semitic prejudice in the anti-Israel camp. Do I think there are ways to be opposed to Israel without being anti-semitic? Yes. But there are very few people who seem to be in that headspace, and nearly all of the ones I individuals I know who are, are either anti-state anarchists, Jews, or both. 

Here are examples of anti-semitism manifesting within anti-Israel discourse:

  • Denying Jewish history and ethnicity by claiming Jews are not indigenous to the region. Science has proven time and again that we are. Archaeology has proven time and again that we are. Saying we’re foreign invaders with no right to live on the land is revisionist and anti-semitic. 
  • Denying your country’s history of anti-semitism and the role that played in the creation or continued existence/desire for Israel. Just as you can’t be from Poland or Norway or Russia and then be mad that Jews went back to their homeland, you also can’t be from Morocco or Egypt or Iraq and act like you have no clue why Jews might not feel safe living in a non-Jewish country. If you can’t say “I understand that my people expelled or murdered you, and I understand why, given what my people did, you feel unsafe and want your own country, even if I disagree with the policies of Israel or the methods that went into its creation” then you are being anti-semitic. 
  • Having an opinion on the existence of Israel if you are from a country that murdered or expelled its Jews for being Middle Eastern interlopers. You cannot have a history where your ancestors for generations told Jews to go back to where they came from and then decide we shouldn’t have gone back where we came from. You can be critical of Israel, but you have no right to question Jews for doing exactly what your ancestors spent thousands of years telling us to do.
  • Not thinking Jews have a right to self-determination, and/or not caring about Jewish lives and Jewish safety. Enough said. 
  • Saying there’s no such thing as Israeli culture or that Jews “stole” Middle Eastern cuisine, customs, etc. Half of the Israeli populace is Mizrahi; when they were expelled from MENA countries, they took their traditions and customs with them to Israel. They then blended those traditions and customs with those of Jews from all over the world. Saying Jews stole these things is to deny the rights MENA Jews have to their own culture. Saying Israel has no culture is simply idiotic, because regardless of how you feel about the existence of the state, you simply cannot have people from all over the world joining to together in a new place without them blending their backgrounds and creating something unique and new. It’s anthropologically impossible for that not to happen. 
  • Singling Israel out for actions perpetrated by other nations or holding it to higher standards that other countries. As I have stated many times on this blog, as a Bengali Jew, I will fucking go at you if you are Pakistani and call for the destruction of Israel but not Pakistan. If you have double standards for Israel, rightly or wrongly the only Jewish country in the world, then you are being anti-semitic. You can’t turn a blind eye to shit other countries pull, but suddenly be outraged when Israel, and only Israel, does the same thing. That’s not social justice, that’s anti-semitism. For example, Lush Cosmetics says they won’t open a store in Israel due to their stance on human rights issues. Fine. Fair enough. But, oh, what’s that? Lush has stores in Russia, the UAE and Saudi Arabia? Suddenly, the situation changes. Given the collective human rights abuses of these countries, this tells me Lush Cosmetics doesn’t give two flying fucks about human rights; they only care about punishing Jews. 
  • Questioning Jewish “loyalties” or collectively blaming all Jews for Israel’s actions. I don’t live in Israel. I can’t vote in Israel. Holding diaspora Jews responsible for what Israel does or equating Judaism and the Israeli government is anti-semitic. Also demanding that Jews pass a litmus test or prove themselves to you as a “good Jew” is anti-semitic. 
  • Blaming Israel for unrelated tragedies and events. This is invoking “the Jews are secretly controlling the world” trope and it’s antisemitic as fuck. Israel is not the cause for racist American police officers being murderous scum. Israel is not the cause the cost of rising CUNY tuition. It’s one thing to criticise Israel, it’s quite another to blame Israel for everything the sun touches. At that point, people are just replacing the word “Jews” with “Zionists” to get away with blaming us without looking racist. 

When people say/do these things, I call them out, because they are perpetrating anti-semitism, and they are wrong. That doesn’t mean I think all criticism of Israel is anti-semitic; I don’t. But if you can’t call for a solution to the I/P conflict without being guilty of invoking these talking points, then you don’t care about actually fixing the problem; you just enjoy hating the Jews. 

Note: Goyim are free to reblog this, but I don’t want any non-Jews commenting on this post. Jews decide what constitutes anti-semitism; not you, and how we feel about both Israel and anti-semitic oppression is an intra-community discussion in which you are not invited to participate. Hands off.

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From their expressions at the top I get the feeling they both know exactly the kind of strain this is putting on Kuromama. He’s reluctant to ask her to do more – to ask her for anything with her current level of health – but she cheerily insists on it because it’s what she does. For everyone’s safety, they both need her to do her magic, even if he doesn’t want her to get any sicker than she already is. By the middle panels he looks like he’s resigning himself to it, and she’s trying to alleviate his guilt. And I LOVE this interplay between them. It’s gone so quick, blink and you’ll miss it, but it’s such a lovely little interplay of thoughts and feelings between them that doesn’t even necessary reach the dialogue that they’re saying out loud, and yet it all points to just how open they are to one another.

I love all this, but I’m increasingly convinced that this might just be the last time they see each other, and that makes it so much more tragic in so many ways. Because if Kuropapa had followed his original intention they wouldn’t have even had this final meeting, and this last glimpse of their relationship would never had had the chance to shine through. I don’t know if this IS their final meeting, or if the blessing she gives will change things for the better or worse in the pages to come, but I think it speaks volumes as to just how much their duty pushes it’s way right up into their relationship and forces them into actions they otherwise wouldn’t have picked for each other.

Because with this conversation they become ‘the priestess’ and ‘the protector’ instead of two people who love each other dearly, and they both know that this very well might be the roles they ever get to play.

And yet they do it anyway, because they must. Because of COURSE they do, because it’s who they are – even if it’s not all of who they are. They’re united in this cause, and being on the potential brink of death doesn’t change that even slightly. 

And as gorgeous and amazing this all is, Kurogane’s face perfectly sums up all my feelings about what is happening.

BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW WHAT’S JUST AROUND THE CORNER. 

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Harry’s Birthday Event  x @slytherdornet x @hprarepairnet • Harry Potter x Pansy Parkinson

In which Pansy Parkinson is what those in the business would call a social media influencer, meaning–in the immortal words of Veronica Sawyer–her job is “being popular and shit.” Harry Potter, occasional photographer and all-around boyfriend, popular partly by association, is not impressed.

19:00 But I have a moral and legal obligation to my followers to post pictures of your ridiculous face.
19:00 I love you, Parkinson, but the boyfriend contract didn’t stipulate a social media clause.
19:02 Dude. It’s not my fault you’ve forgotten I have a Legit Fanbase™, Potter. xx

Oda Is A Scholar

So being a college student, I have to read my textbooks for my classes and some of you may know that I am studying Classical Archeology, cause I want to be an archaeologist. Anyways…I was going through my textbook (Greek Art and Archeology) and I found some damning evidence that Oda is quite the scholar.

Do you recognize a name? Right it’s Nefertiti, an Eygptian Queen! Who a certian princess named Vivi is named after!!!! So let me give you a quick summary of why Egyptians are showing up in Greek archeology; the Egyptians are like the smart, strong, influential, artistic senpais to the Greek. The Greek would often trade with Egypt, which lead to huge cultural exchange… Basically, the Greeks were like fangirls. Anyways lets move on; I’m getting deeper into the chapter, reading about figurines, frescoes, and pottery of the period I was reading about and I found this:

Alabastra seems familiar doesn’t it? So basically from what i’m connecting the fictional country of Alabasta is named after ointment containers in Ancient Greece.

So Alabasta and Vivi are a huge reference to the kinship that the ancient Greeks and Eygptians had during the Late Bronze Age (c. 1550 - 1100 BC), and this knowledge isn’t really common so Oda spends alot of time researching and incorporates alot of characteristics of a historal figure or thing (personality, what its for…etc) into characters and even countries!

NO OKAY SERIOUSLY WHAT IS UP WITH AMERICA

you can be in seattle where is 9am aND IN MIAMI ITS FUCKING 12PM?? it would literally take you 48 HOURS, (THATS TWO FULL DAYS) to travel the 2,735 miles between those two states. an d youRe in the sSAME fUCking coUNtrY what tEh fCUk

BUT LIKE WHAT EVEN ARE STATES?? WHO MADE THEM UP?? 

TEXAS IS LITERALLY BIGGER THAN THE WHOLE OF THE UK

but they’re not even coUntrY tIme zoNEs??? m8 u can be in omaha ne and in columbus ne its fucking 1 hour ahead of you THEY’RE BOTH IN THE SAME STATE???WH AT?/? 

AND DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON HAWAII

‘we were unable to calculate the route and time by road’ you know fucking why? bECAUsE tHERE ISNTT A FUCKING ROAD. HAWAII IS LITERALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN WHAT TH E FU CK AMERICA WHAT THE FUKC

Some of my favorite things about having gone to an international school

• RA yelling happily in Taiwanese because I gave her pizza after the cafeteria closed

•girls down the hall snickering over incorrect Urdu in a Tintin book

•the professor who taught himself Spanish when he was younger just so he could talk to a pretty girl when he was in Spain. They now have four kids

•the professor who blessed his class in Hebrew when they were about to leave for the weekend

•the Korean students discovering the difference between Northern and Southern barbecue and being like “Why is this even a thing”

•the missionaries’ kids who refused to wear shoes or any kind of American clothing because they didn’t have to and no one could make them

•that one guy who just walked around with a wooden training sword 24/7

•professor who spent a lot of time in the jungle: “(My name), what’s wrong? You’re distracted.”
Me: “There is a very large spider on the window next to me.”
Professor: (walks over and kills it barehanded) “That’s not large. I’ve seen ‘em as big as my hand.”

•the guy who taught his entire dorm a haka, which they later performed at the junior/senior formal

•"THAT IS NOT HOW YOU MAKE (insert type here) TEA"

•no matter what country you come from everyone knows that even in the most dire straits you do not eat the “riblets” in the cafeteria. And you warn the freshmen if they’re about to get them

sometimes non-americans need to step off arguing with american teenagers about like, their experiences with homophobia and LGBT history….. america is a massive fucking country with wildly varying politics and history – why are grown adult non-americans preaching “queer history” to american teenagers as though they know best?

america has been at the forefront of LGBT media attention and history for decades, and believe it or not the runoff of american LGBT politics that impacted everyone else on a global level doesn’t actually mean you understand the political climate of america or the lived experiences of LGBT americans

there’s obviously lots of annoying american adults saying stupid shit to teenagers too but i just saw a discourse blog run by a 30 y/o in a european country yelling at american teenagers/20soemthings about “queer history” and it’s like you don’t even live in this fucking country!!!!

what the fuck do you know about whether a 14 y/old from rural ohio has been impacted by “queer” as a slur???? you don’t even live in the same country and have never experienced the political climate firsthand??? Say Your Piece by all means but don’t preach about american-centric history and politics as though You Were There And These Are The Facts when you don’t even live on american soil.

just because you were alive when it supposedly happened doesn’t mean you felt the impact of it at all. you weren’t “there”. you just knew about it.