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Most war movies get the experience of violence wrong.

Ok, that’s hyperbole. But the vast majority of war films get the experience of the violence of modern war wrong. More specifically, the dehumanization of modern war. What do I mean by that? The fact is that most war movies portray war as still existing in the state which Clausewitz described it as after the Napoleonic Wars- a series of duels, carried out on a grand scale. War is merely, to these films, an extenuated series of duels. 

Think, for instance, to David Ayer’s film Fury. The main action scene of the movie, the one everyone talks about is a fight between a German Tiger I tank and a trio of American M4A3E8 Sherman tanks. This is a duel. It is, in the end, two sets of men matching wits, attempting to outplay one another in a grand duel to the death, with their lives and honor on the line. The movie can wax lyrical through dialogue all its likes, the experience the audience gets is one of a glorious duel, with glory or honor on the line. 

Compare with the later action scenes in Saving Private Ryan. The characters talk about the horrors of war, of the stupidity of their mission, of the futility of it all. And yet what the audience is shown is a duel. The audience is shown Tom Hank’s plan meet the German offensive. The audience is shown courage and valor overcoming the enemy, and it’s shown Tom Hanks making a heroic sacrifice.

Dunkirk is unique among war films that have come out in the last thirty years in that Dunkirk is one of the few which gets the experience of violence correct. Dunkirk’s violence is completely dehumanized. Spoilers below.

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anonymous asked:

Honestly I want Damian to say fuck it towards heroes and villains since all them seemingly hate him. Damian have the PERFECT ingredients to be a serial killer or a conqueror like in human history. Saying fuck to Batman who saw him as a monster for two years and Ra's who saw him as a tool? Many people Americanize too much and don't realize Damian can create horrors that put Gengis Khan to shame. How terrifying it would if Damian really embraced the monster people see him as?

I mean, he was raised to be ‘the next Alexander’ according to Talia, so a historical-like conqueror could be in the cards.

However, I think the draw of Damian is the fact that of all the terrible things he was taught and what some heroes see him as - he doesn’t want to be seen as a monster? He just wants to be a good person. Hell, he just wants to be seen as a person, and I think that’s why all the judgements etc from both heroes and villains hit him so hard. 

If Damian were to say fuck it to heroes and villains - I’d love to see him go so normal he’s so unrecognizable. Lives in a suburb. Owns a vet practice or a shelter. Has barbeques with his neighbors. Is the ‘crazy cat guy’ but not because he also has a bunch of dogs too, and takes care of local wildlife. Probably wears glasses and looks like a huge dweeb. 

I’m kind of over any sort of evil/violent Damian to be honest. Let that boy just BE.

thagrinbery  asked:

Every American I come across lately talks about 2016 like it's the most horrible year yet. And I'm curious, what haplened in 2016? I mean here it was a tough year as well, but only because the muslem-palestinians started a stabbing-flee and everyone was just on panic/rage mode until... Until now, basically. So, what happened in 2016 that you are so tired of???

Trump turning into a legitimate political candidate and then winning. He brought a dirty, mean, hateful, despicable kind of talk to the front of our politics and says things on national television that shouldn’t even be uttered in private conversation. Brexit primed the way for it. Many important celebrities a lot of people look up to died. Our Conservative party gained a majority in congress and hate crime grew. Obscenities were written and nazi symbols drawn on Jewish temples. Severed pigs heads and other pork products were left at mosques. The largest mass shooting in our history took place somewhere that was an LGBT+ space and meant to be safe. And yet no gun control laws were passed. We are scared. We are angry. We are tired. We are fighting each other. Our president when he was a candidate bashed almost every group out there. It’s like he’s abusing us on a daily basis even now. 2016 sucked. It really truly sucked. And it still feels like it’s here.

2 more random things that are very western culture from my point of view:

babysitters and paying for them, no, you just ask the grandma, ask your granny, babushka, ask the neighbour, tell the slightly older kid to watch the smaller, or just leave your kid at home alone they won’t die.

COMMISSIONS omg its not a coincidence that 99% of my commissioners are american, or sometimes british, australian, or canadian, you’ll NEVER find a hungarian alive who spends this much money on art of a tv show or their OCs, like do you even know the faces my friends and family make as i explain them what online art commissions are? you’d never catch me alive paying for art and not just bc im an artist myself, i’m hungarian, i wouldn’t spend on this stuff Ever and i’m eternally grateful all these people from these countries would, because that’s beautiful, and means they have an appreciation for art, a willingness to spend, and a different happier feel to money which i don’t have

anonymous asked:

I googled the symbolic meaning of blue and I found this: "The color blue, especially in American culture, represents depression and sadness. It can represent tranquility, relaxation, and peace. People relax more around blue. Colours such as blue and green are often used in places like doctor or dentist surgeries, because blue has been found to have a much more calming effect on patients than other colours" What if that means that Anti is trying to calm us down for his next appearance?

Dude, nice!! Thank you for doing a research on it!

I say that your theory could definitely be legit. It’s like he wants us to be relaxed - therefore less inclined to fight - to get to us all…

mY DAD got a pin to wear to work w an american flag that says ITMFA under it and i was like what does that mean n he just smiles and goes “impeach the mother fucker already” LMAKFKLADKLF me

anonymous asked:

Do you think Hillary is taking notice of every democrat who's tried to denigrate her after the election

she might be but i’d like to think she’s not paying any attention to the dumpster fire that is american politics and is instead planning a nice long vacation while she continues to write her book and drink her chardonnay, taking breaks every now and then to watch cat videos.

and even if she is taking notice i doubt she cares all that much. she’s never really been one to wallow in what sad bitches like chuck schumer have to say about her.

anonymous asked:

American Leftists only care about the military when there's some sort of civil rights issue that needs to be pushed. They hate our troops the rest of the time.

Yea, I mean what military bros told me/posted about the sensitivity trainings they had to take is absolutely ridiculous.

anonymous asked:

I have to say, the "not you" post really hurt. I have a stutter and social anxiety, and I guess that means I'm not accepted in the community? I get it, I freak out and should go kill myself, but I know that about 15 million Americans have social anxiety just like Evan. You're saying that what these 15 million American think and feel is not valid. Mental illness is real and not a joke. I'm sorry, I tried to put this in the most respectful way possible.

Oh my goodness of course you were trying to be respectful, anon! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. (You’re not freaking out by the way everyone’s emotions and opinions are valid and I want you to know that yours are 100% valid!) I in no way believe that the things people with mental illness feel and go through aren’t valid! They definitely are. I don’t think Mac was trying to discount people with social anxiety like Evan’s, she just believes that his portrayal isn’t like the kind of illness she suffered from. Everyone is different. That being said, it is like the illness that others suffer from! I have never in my life discounted a mental illness. (Or at least I don’t think I have but if I have please tell me and I will work to fix it). In my previous post I was really just trying to help a friend. She was getting hate and I didn’t like seeing that. She’s always been kind to me. I’m so sorry if anything I said gave you the impression that I do not care about people with social anxiety or any other type of mental illness. I myself have struggled with anxiety. I find it hard to look people in the eye when they talk to me and it kinda feels like there’s a burning and clenching in my chest? Idk. This isn’t about me this is about you feeling ok and safe around my blog, which was always my intention. I hope we can continue our conversation. Thank you for talking to me, anon. I’m sorry if I did anything to hurt you, I really am.

  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she means: Do you ever just forget how much you love Hamilton? Like you've listened to it so many times that you just kind of take it as a standard in your life until you really sit down to listen to it again one day and you just refall in love with it every single time. You forget how beautiful the lyrics are, and the meaning behind them, and everything that went into making them and then you listen to it again and it's just like hOW COULD I EVER FORGET HOW GOOD THIS IS LIKE WOW.
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My name is Salim. Or was Salim.

Omid Abtahi as Salim, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, American Gods – A Murder of Gods (S01E06)

Okay So

First RWBY overtakes Red Vs. Blue as RT’s signature show

Then RWBY gains a fanbase so big there’s a fan made game, fan made animation and even a fan made visual novel/

Then RWBY gets a massive fanbase in Japan.

Then RWBY gets to be the first American made anime (Yeah, I know anima means “Japanese animation” but Monty called it an anime so suck it) to get a JAPANESE DUB.

Then RWBY gets a manga in Japan which gets a major release.

Then RWBY actually AIRS on Japanese Tv.

And now RWBY is not only in a crossover fighting game but the people making the game are so confident in the show they actually made it one of the focuses of the ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER (sharing the spotlight along with legends like Blazblue and Persona.)

… Monty, you really didn’t know what you started.

the-spockicorn  asked:

Hi, I’ve been considering starting a book in the fantasy genre. I really wanted to give some Native American representation in it, since it's something that I rarely see. However, this story wouldn't take place in America, it would be in a completely different world (though one loosely based off of earth in the 14 hundreds ish?) This is similar to your mixing cultures post, but I wanted to know: is there a good way to give Native American representation in stories that aren’t historical fiction?

Representing PoC in Fantasy When Their Country/Continent Doesn’t Exist

The core of this question is something we’ve gotten across a few different ethnicities, and it basically boils down to: “how can I let my readers know these people are from a certain place without calling them by this certain place?” Aka, how can I let people know somebody is Chinese if I can’t call them Chinese, or, in your case, some Native American nation without having a North America.

Notes on Language

As I have said multiple times, there is no such thing as “Native American culture”. It’s an umbrella term. Even if you are doing fantasy you need to pick a nation and/or confederacy.

Step One

How do you code somebody as European?

This sounds like a very silly question, but consider it seriously.

How do you?

They probably live in huts or castles; there are lords and kings and knights; they eat stew and bread and drumsticks; they celebrate the winter solstice as a major holiday/new year; women wear dresses while men wear pants; there are pubs and farms and lots of wheat; the weather is snowy in winter and warm in summer.

Now swap all those components out for whatever people you’re thinking about.

Iroquois? They live in longhouses; there is a confederacy and democracy and lots of warriors from multiple nations; they eat corn, beans, and squash (those three considered sacred and grown together), with fish and wild game; they wear mostly leather garments with furs in winter; there are nights by the fire and cities and the rituals will change by the nation (remember the Iroquois were a confederacy made up of five or six tribes, depending on period); the weather is again snowy in winter and warm in summer.

Chinese? They harvest rice; there is an emperor appointed by the gods and scholars everywhere; they use a lunar calendar and have a New Year in spring; their trade ships are huge and their resources are plenty; they live in wood structures with paper walls or mud brick; they use jade and ivory for talismans; their culture is hugely varied depending on the province; their weather is mostly tropical, with monsoons instead of snow on lowlands, but their mountains do get chilly.

You get the gist.

Break down what it is that makes a world read as European (let’s be honest, usually English and Germanic) to you, then swap out the parts with the appropriate places in another culture.

Step Two

Research, research, research. Google is your friend. Ask it the questions for “what did the Cree eat” and “how did Ottoman government work.” These are your basics. This is what you’ll use to figure out the building blocks of culture.

You’ll also want to research their climate. As I say in How To Blend Cultures, culture comes from climate. If you don’t have the climate, animals, plants, and weather down, it’ll ring false.

You can see more at So You Want To Save The World From Bad Representation.

Step Three

Start to build the humans and how they interact with others. How are the trade relations? What are the internal attitudes about the culture— how do they see outsiders? How do outsiders see them? Are there power imbalances? How about greed and desire to take over?

This is where you need to do even more research on how different groups interacted with others. Native American stories are oftentimes painful to read, and I would strongly suggest to not take a colonizer route for a fantasy novel.

This does, however, mean you might not be researching how Natives saw Europeans— you’ll be researching how they saw neighbours. 

You’ll also want to look up the social rules to get a sense for how they interacted with each other, just for character building purposes.

Step Four

Sensitivity readers everywhere! You’ll really want to get somebody from the nation to read over the story to make sure you’ve gotten things right— it’s probably preferable to get somebody when you’re still in the concept stage, because a lot of glaring errors can be missed and it’s best to catch them before you start writing them.

Making mistakes is 100% not a huge moral failing. Researching cultures without much information on them is hard. So long as you understand the corrections aren’t a reflection on your character, just chalk them up to ignorance (how often do most writers get basic medical, weapon, or animal knowledge wrong? Extremely often). 

Step Five

This is where you really get into the meat of creating people. You’ve built their culture and environment into your worldbuilding, so now you have the tools you need to create characters who feel like part of the culture.

You’ll really want to keep in mind that every culture has a variety of people. While your research will say people roughly behave in a certain way, people are people and break cultural rules all the time. Their background will influence what rules they break and how they relate to the world, but there will be no one person who follows every cultural rule down to the letter. 

Step Six

Write!

Step Seven

More sensitivity readers! See step 4 for notes.

Step Eight

Rewrite— and trust me, you will need to. Writing is rewriting.

Repeat steps seven and eight until story is done.

Extra Notes

I’ll be honest— you’re probably going to need a certain amount of either goodwill (if you’re lucky enough to make friends within the group you’re trying to represent— but seriously, please do not make friends with us for the sole purpose of using us as sensitivity readers. It’s not nice) and/or money to get to publishing level. 

The good part is the first three steps are free, and these first three steps are what will allow you to hurt others less when you approach. While you’ll still likely make mistakes, you’ll make a few less (and hopefully no glaring ones, but it can/does happen) so long as you do your due diligence in making sure you at least try to understand the basics.

And once you feel like you’ve understood the basics… dive down even deeper because chances are you’re about to reach a tipping point for realizing how little you know.

People will always find you did something wrong. You will never get culture 100% accurate— not even people who were born and raised in it will, because as I said in step five: cultures have a huge variety of people in them, so everyone will interact with it differently. But you can work your hardest to capture one experience, make it as accurate as possible, and learn more for next time.

~ Mod Lesya 

American Gods to be released on DVD/Blu-ray on July 31st.

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Closeted Witchling HELP

decided to start a masterpost for young witchlings who sadly must hide their way of life. THIS IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. RESOURCES AND MORE TIPS WILL BE ADDED LATER

This post is for: 

  • Inexperienced
  • starter witches
  • lgbt friendly
  • including all witchcraft not just wicca
  • urban witches
  • poor witches
  • all genders
  • closeted witches

DEITIES

Whomever your deity may be, you may want to make an altar for them. You may not be able to have a full altar with crystals, proper offerings, candles and such all over it but none of that is truely needed! little things can be made into altars or maybe a dedicated space! As long as your belief and prayers go to your deity thats all that matters! your deity understands! Example: say your deity is Athena! You may not have a statue of her but you can maybe put up a couple of flowers in a cup or a stuffed owl on a shelf and tell her that its for her! the way you do your craft is totally yours! 

-Offerings can be the hard part. My deity is Abnoba, a Celtic goddess from the Black Forest. Her offerings are mostly Black Forest Ham, Black Forest Cake, and Spring water. Now i can usually provide this since we have Black Forest ham but my mom is gonna be kind of concerned about why my table has just ham on it. So, I do other things, like burn a candle, or talk and offer my stuffed wolf for her. Anything can be an offering if you deem it so. 

CANDLES

Okay so not everyone can get access to multiple colorful candles. however for some witches who hide away this can be a completely normal obsession for some people! So maybe youre in the store with your mom, and you can ask if you can have a candle or two.  “What for?” want that room to smell like Honey Suckle Spring of course.

My mom bought me two candles AND an incense burner! My family is normal about essential oils and incense and candles so this was fairly easy for me. 

Ive realized incense can be a bit of a tricky thing, but for me I had this dragon incense burner forever (it sadly doesnt burn incense well) and it takes the cones, but you can find like gift incense cases and such for the sticks! which is a common form of incense. I use cones but thats okay too! Any little thing helps! If you can convince your parent to buy an incense burner and buy some incense your set! if not, thats okay! candles will still work!

Essential Oils. These are used a lot more today than a couple years back. My family uses them for personal reasons and medically for my bro. These are beneficial though! you usually order them online but some stores have them in candle and incense isles. BE CAREFUL THOUGH. some oils are not to consume or for your skin! Most are for aroma therapy which you mic in water and put in a diffuser! (if oils do not agree with your sinuses steam works as well ive read.)

RITUALS

Rituals can be tricky if youre trying to have privacy and parents dont knock coming in or someone comes home early.I would suggest night time or bathroom rituals. for new witches or witches in cramped spaces, i suggest picking a time, get a candle and pray in privacy of a bathroom or late at night as everyone sleeps and leaves you alone. this goes for spells too. 

ITEMS FOR RITUALS AND SPELLS

You may have read a cool spell to do, but you dont have that candle, that herb, that crystal, etc. Thats okay! Spells are easy to wing its the intent and the mindset that works with it! Maybe try easy spells with minimum effort or research and educate on the spells and what they mean. Write a list of items that maybe you can build up over time! this is the thing a lot of witches freak out over, note you dont need these things to be a witch. the belief in magic, and deities or however you do your craft makes you a witch!

CRYSTALS

anyone can be into crystals. Its a common hobby to hav crystals it makes it easy to collect when youre out and about. sadly though these things can be pricey. You can find some places that have packs of different crystals. I found a pack at a native american store in cherokee that had rose quartz, amethyst, white quartz, green quartz, jasper, and blue quartz. You can find Crystals or crystal jewelry at art stores, musem shops, malls, or tourist areas like Cherokee, Tellus Museum, and places that hold spiritual value or geology. Ordering them online is an option to! But any jewelry can be like crytsal usage and hold magick purpose.

HOLIDAYS

Mostly for Wiccan witches, you may celebrate holidays like Yule and such. Problem is the celebration. You probably cant make cakes, or certain things on that day. which is fine! you can always make yourself a decent lunch and in your mind its a celebration. you enjoy that grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Now being dragged into family holidays can be different. but some holidays can easily work with yours! Easter and Spring equinox fall in good alignment with one another! Other religions can be a learning experience to improve your craft or take in values you can adopt.

JUST IN: Pres. Obama releases statement on new Senate health care bill:

“Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.

We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.

Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.

And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past.

We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible.

At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.

That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.

But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.

The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.

Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.

I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?

To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.

That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.

After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.”

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just to be clear: this is a post that is specific to a comment on the star trek discovery video. very specific to that particular thing before any of you come at me w/ any kind of Shit for this.

im tired of white people saying that non white people’s accents aren’t understandable or are super hard to understand (i could understand what michelle yeoh was saying PERFECTLY) like fuck you i hate you i have grown up all my life with ppl in my family who have heavy accents and have trouble with english here but i can still understand them you are such horrible people you are so cruel and mean you’re fine with chekov’s heavy russian accent and scotty’s thick scottish accent but god forbid the asian woman can’t have the perfect american accent fuck you all i hate you all so much and you leave a disgusting bitter taste in my mouth

and before any of you say anything, yes, i know it can be hard to understand someone with an accent. i have trouble too sometimes. but this is specifically about a comment on michelle yeoh’s accent and her speaking in star trek discovery, which was perfectly clear in my opinion, but so many people are so hateful in the comments there.