Children's Book: The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow

Children's Book: The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow

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Teach your children the important skills of anger management and how to deal with bullying! Often child behavior problems are about kids struggling to manage their anger while attempting to find their inner peace. Oppositional behavior, disrespect, conflict and aggression can often be decreased by helping kids learn how to handle these issues better. This illustrated story will give you the tools to help your child with anger management through finding his inner peace.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------******* Wonderful story.... (April 25, 2014) ******* This really is a lovely book that can help children learn to control their emotions, and not just react to stimuli. It is a children's book on anger management, and finding inner peace. The story is told via a lion who is constantly nagged by a very annoying crow. The lion does not allow the crow to get the best of him. I like the idea of letting children know, at a young age, that they have control over how they feel. This book is empowering. I also really enjoyed the pictures.- Dr. Oceanfront "Oceanfront" (TOP 50 REVIEWER) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This inspiring fable tells the story of two animals - The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow in which the crow tries to annoy the lion in countless ways.

  • Will the crow manage to finally get the lion angry or upset?
  • Will the crow give up?
  • Can the lion manage to stay calm and peaceful or will he get angry at last?
When two such distinct animals as The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow interact with each other, the result is a story with a lesson worthy of reading by all mankind. How to achieve inner peace and the realization that external forces can disrupt that peace or even forbid it are the two lessons which are cradled in this beautiful illustrated story by A. M. Marcus.
This book will help you to teach your children an important social skill that can make their life much happier. It also provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the skills to manage their anger ,reach inner peace and serenity, best expressed in this inspirational quote of Don Miguel Ruiz.
"Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering." - Don Miguel Ruiz
This well-written and inspiring story, delivers easy-to-digest education complemented by vibrant, delightful illustrations.
This story may be ideal for reading to your kids at bedtime and enjoyable for the whole family as well! It is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for older children.
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  • Kip McCullough

    Dahl has some great 'kid adventure' books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is great but if you're looking for something a little more 'real' try Danny Champion of the World. or to go the other direction, try The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe which is kids on an adventure but has nothing to do with realism.

  • Sage Treutel

    The husband; she is not a child. The cat is cat. Never treated that nagging old lady any differently.

  • Victoria O'Hara

    I wonder if a lion tastes the blood of a human, if they spend the rest of their life hunting down the rest of that human. Would make for a cool childrens horror book.

  • Jaeden Dooley

    I can't really spell the onomatopoeia that comes out of my mouth when I think about Alex Jones. It's laughter, but it's raucous wild laughter. Somewhere between a crow being run over by a truck, and a sea lion's warble. If I'm having to be silent, a rapid hehehehehehe will suffice.

  • Imelda Kemmer

    Just from 1994 I can think of 5 better movies. The Shawshank Redemption Legends of the Fall Pulp Fiction Interview with the Vampire Natural Born Killers The Lion King Dumb and Dumber The Crow Clerks Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

  • Francesca Marquardt

    Systemic reform that will outlast my life. Repeal the 17th Amendment. Repeal the 14th Amendment. Pass an Amendment that positively states the bill of rights CANNOT be applied against the states because the Bill of Rights does not "belong" to any federal branch but belongs to THE states. It is a shield for the states against federal tyranny (lawlessness, which is what we have this very moment) not a sword for the federal government to subdue the states. The United States is a collaborative effort between the Army and the 13 colonies. They created the US, not the other way around. The jesuitical doctrine of incorporation is judicial activism at its low low lowest. I would like the 100% ploughing under and salting of ALL Federal involvement in our childrens' minds. We the people have the inherent right to assemble in our little platoons without molestation as we see fit. That ought to be understood and an end to the matter. There can be no discussion. This is not a debate. I reject the premise that I have to justify my opposition to the Federal Government. The shoe is on the other foot. The Federal Government has the burden, and it is a burden it can never meet. Please please please leave North Carolina alone. My children think you look like a happy lion btw! lol

  • Lula Reynolds

    Gerald was sat in his self driving car on his way to work at 8:43am on a Friday morning. He worked as an accountant for some big shot lawyer that he didn't much care about, but work is work. He was chilled out in the back of the car with his feet up and his head tilted back on a headrest whilst drinking a hot cappuccino. The best part about the High Speed Sky Road Project (HSSRP) was the smooth sailing, the cars needed no wheels as they hovered just a couple of inches off the ground, the hovertech being the only reason the HSSRP was viable. The only downside being that you couldn't use your self driving hover car off the HSSRP and needed to buy it separately from your regular car, either that or have your old wheeler outfitted into a hybrid for considerably more. *buzz buzz* the screen on the back of the driver seat headrest showed an incoming call, it was his boss. "Answer" Gerald said with no particular enthusiasm, the call answered. "Gerald its Joan here" He could see her face as she paused to let him speak, there was an awkward silence for a few seconds. "Yes I know It showed your name when you called me" Joan looked up more sternly at him. "Watch your tongue Gerald if you know whats good for you" he sighed. "Sorry Ma'am it wont happen again" he said with as much sincerity as a lion telling its meal its sorry. "Now" She began, this is where the boring part started. He wasn't even getting paid for this but she rang like clockwork at 8:45am every morning. "The henderson case, it is my belief that there an descrepency in your fi-" The video feed cut off. "Joan? Joan! Mrs. Feldman? Hello?!" He was grateful for the silence but he didn't want her thinking he had anything to do with it. *Automatic controls disengaged* the cars intercom system came alert, switching the calming blue led lights that lit up the interior to an emergence red. The car began slowing down, all those around him started to slow too. He watched as everyone scrambled for the driver controls. "What the fuck?" *Manual controls engaged* the cars intercom system sounded again. "Matilda" Matilda was his cars name, he named it after the almost century old childrens film "Whats going on?" *imminent danger detected, all vehicles in sector B849 quadrant 57 have been disengaged, manual controls necessary... reverse immediately* "What?! you could have told me that before!" Gerald shifted the car into reverse and pushed down on the accelerate, the car behind him didnt seem to have received the message. *Clear zone immediately, 10 meters till zone clearance* "Zone? what the bloody hell are you going about woman?!" Gerald beeped on his horn to tell the driver behind him to get out of the way, he had just come out of a sleep stupor and had only just began clambering for the driver controls. *10 seconds till impact, 10 meters till zone clearance* Gerald beeped on the horn again, the driver finally began reversing as he looked as panicked as Gerald, he had presumably received the same message. *5 seconds till impact, 7 meters till zone clearance* Gerald reversed as fast as he could, the hover-cars were not installed with quality reverse gears as they were rarely used on the HSSRP. *2 seconds till impact, 2 meters till zo-* Gerald watched in horror as 2 photon missiles resounded through the air deafening him before slamming into the segment of road in front of him followed by a blue explosion dotted with dark gray clouds. Two state of the art harrier jets zipped by above the explosion and hastily made their escape, a blue electrified shockwave shot out from the explosion knocking out all electronics within a mile radius and almost knocking Gerald out. All around and below him he could hear multiple explosions and shockwaves throughout the city, the HSSRP was a few hundred foot in the air above the skyscrapers avoiding most of the explosions. "What the FUCK" Gerald shouting with anger, everyone in front of him had been killed by the explosion, their skins had been charred away from the extreme heat. A spark came from under the bonnet of the car causing a small fire, hoverengines relied on extremely flammable fuel prompting Gerald to escape but the doors would not open. They were all operated electronically and the manual override wouldn't work, the doors must have been smashed in by the shockwave. He kicked on the window to smash it but it wouldnt budge, the fire grew larger by the second and Gerald felt for certain he was a dead man, at least he would go out in a heroic explosion. "Hey!" a voice shouted from outside, it was the from the guy behind him. He had ran up to Gerald seeing the danger he was in and had begun smashing on the glass with a crowbar. "Hurry!" Gerald did not care about the mans life, just about his own. When it seemed apparent the glass would not give it started to crack, encouraging Gerald to join in with trying to break it open with his foot. Eventually the glass gave way and crumbled to the floor, the man reached and grabbed Gerald to pull him out. After a tight squeeze he managed to get out and ran for the nearest cover moments before his car exploded in a fiery blaze. He turned to the man that rescued him. "What the fuck is going on?" ________________________________________________________________ Sorry about not finishing it, took more writing than I thought it would. See my subreddit for more of my writings [/r/inooxwritings](https://www.reddit.com/r/Inooxwritings/)

  • Jarvis Moen

    So long as an independent/private school teaches the government curriculum, they qualify for funding. It seems to be fairly irrelevant whatever else that independent/private school teaches to the kids *in addition to* the government curriculum. Government in general (especially here in BC) seems to be fond of these independent/private schools, because more kids can get an education with less government funding. Put it this way: the parents of kids in private schools pay the lion's share for their kids' education, and the taxpayer only coughs up a portion to ensure that the government curriculum is being taught, etc. I'm not sure how funding independent schools amounts to a "discriminatory practice," nor how it "goes against separation of church and state." The government is not discriminating against or for any independent/private schools, and the funding they give is to support the childrens' education, not to support whatever other instruction the children may be getting at/in these independent/private schools (the parents are paying for that).

  • Ova Smitham

    I really think Oda is going to start having the crew actually kill off enemies. I remember in an old SBS Oda said he received a letter from a grandma that disliked "killing" in a childrens manga, but this is end game and it's all or nothing at this point. I think Luffy/Zoro/Sanji seem like they're "fucking around" because they are legitimately dangerous at this point. Before they could hold back, but now you have enemies like Doffy that will just keep getting up even after taking KKG to the face. This makes me thing that Boundman is Luffy's blunt attack form. It'll knock people out and get the job done fast, but it won't necessarily kill them. On monster island you can see that he scars the gigantic lion but leaves the other monsters unscathed. Lions are usually the "kings of the jungle," so it's possible that Luffy had to use some sort of sharp-edged technique against him to beat him instead of his usual blunt attacks. Luffy's named his techniques after animals/monsters from the island, but hes mysteriously missing "crocodile" attacks, even though we see a crocodile when he leaves.

  • Devante Blick

    I don't have kids so I don't think about it very much. That said, i grew up watching old Looney Tunes shows my dad had on tape. I don't know a single person who tried to imitate them or any other cartoon out there. I'm sure that such kids exist, but if you do something stupid just because you saw it on TV that's your fault. No reason other kids shouldnt' be able to watch something just because your dumbass kid couldn't handle it. That said, i think that there is something lacking in childrens cartoons. I can't put it to words, but it's basically showing them something that may disturb them. Case in point: Lion King. Having a scene where Simba is literally sobbing over his fallen fathers corpse would surely be seen as too gruesome today; hell tons of kids cried at that scene. But they all grew up ok. The point being that I worry that movie makers are so scared shitless that some dumbass parent will complain about "traumatizing" their kids that no good character arcs get developed. Things get dumbed down i guess.

  • Mitchell Turner

    > but there's a Lion mascot so I guess it's ok. Oh, hey. That's just like in the Burial at Sea Part 2 DLC for Bioshock Infinite, where you get to see the Ryan the Lion Prep Academy. [In which, you get to see three childrens' portraits answering the question "Draw a parasite you met today!"](http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/bioshock/images/6/6d/RyanLion4.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/1280?cb=20151104105919)

  • Edmond Tremblay

    My sisters choir teacher, felt the need to UP STAGE CHILDREN by giving herself the main singing role in the childrens pagent. to make it worse SHE SUCKED her off key vocals were leading these children through songs accept she was downing out the childens voices! It was also the wweirdest set up the first half was a rushed preformance of lion king where she butchered circle of life the second half was dedicated to america? they just started singing songs about the USA and i stood outside till we could leave because her loud and obnoxious voice was giving me a headache.

  • Thad O'Reilly

    You're the type that believes anything written on the internet. An article from a pro-sea lion web site. You have no clue about the history of this place. Sea Lions never existed on the beach at the Childrens Pool (Casa Beach) for more than 75 years since it was built. They didn't show up until sometime in 2009. They also just showed up at the cove in early 2015. What beach will be next? You clearly aren't from this area.

  • Travis Huels

    well you didnt reply to my other post so I just drew a Lion and its like super pc and looks like a picture in a childrens book it doesnt have to be like that if you request one so I will find a way to send it to you

  • Edythe Spinka

    Hulk Spider man Lion Parrot Flying in Helicopter | Animal Finger Family Nursery rhymes for childrens

  • Johnathan Larkin

    Hulk Spider man Lion Parrot Flying in Helicopter | Animal Finger Family Nursery rhymes for childrens

  • Skye Fay

    Seeing an ant lion and green ant fight over the childrens carcases would be all time.

  • Jakayla McCullough

    By the time she was only twenty years old, Leah Gibson had been convicted of several felonies ranging from disorderly conduct to assault . More than twelve years later she has become a licensed registered nurse. The article, Stymied be the Stigma of a Criminal Conviction, published in 2013 by the Quinnipiac Law Review shows that after more than a decade as a law-abiding citizen, Leah has been Stymied by the Stigma of a Criminal Conviction. Finding housing and obtaining employment are wrought with obstacles. She was even rejected from E-Harmony. This story is non unique. Ex-felons face overwhelming obstacles upon release. Imagine the Ninja Warrior obstacle course, combined with American Gladiators, the Spartan Death Race, the asteroid from Armageddon, and the big maze thing from Harry Potter 4, where everyone went crazy, Harry had to fight Voldemort, and Cedric Digory died. Oh! Spoiler Alert? An individual is labeled a felon long after their sentence is over and their fines are paid. First, let’s arrest the problems with the way we treat ex-felons. Second we will investigate the causes. Finally, we will cast a verdict to solve this controversial issue. Problems: Like the number of times I’ve been on Maury to prove that I‘m not the father, there are at least 5, but I only have time for three. First, the legal system all but insures that the poor stay poor. Ex-felons leave prison with little or no job skills training. The lack the education and workforce skills needed to succeed in the labor market according to Doris Layton Mackenzie in her 2006 book, What Works in Corrections. After felons are released, most are required to pay large fines which they cannot afford. According to the Columbian, for February 25, 2014 the median restitution rate for a single felony charge is $2072. In addition, courts often charge ex-felons a $100 collection fee and a 12% interest rate. On the bright side, at least they’re learning math. Seriously, simple interest and compound interest is kinda hard. Second, the stigma attached to ex-felons allows employees to legally discriminate against them years, and in many cases decades, after they have served their time. Over 90% of all employers conduct background checks even for entry level jobs according to a Princeton Study that was cited in the Huffington Post on April 27, 2012, posted on Reddit, and finally made into a much shorter video clip on Buzzfeed so that I could understand it. Many states even allow employers to legally discriminate against individuals who were arrested yet never convicted of a crime. The unemployment rate of formerly incarcerated offenders one year after release may be as high as 60 percent according to Joan Petersilia in her 2003 study, When Prisoners come Home. Formerly incarcerated men earn 40 percent less per year than those who have never been incarcerated. Unfortunately, many offenders are ill-equipped to break the cycle of incarceration, which is probably why it’s called a cycle. That’s basically cyclology 101. The third, and biggest problem is that a high number of felony convictions come with the loss of voting rights. A report by the ACLU from September 2013 shows that more than 5.85 million Americans have lost the right to vote for the remainder of their lives. This stops political officials from creating policies to break down the barriers ex-felons face because it will not help them get re-elected. Even worse, while 1 in 13 Americans as a whole have been convicted of felonies, 20% of African Americans have permanently lost their voting rights showing that minorities are the most likely to suffer from this form of legal discrimination. I have this hope. You may even call it a dream, where all Americans, no matter the color of their skin will be equally punished by our corrupt and ineffective criminal justice system. There are two causes. Felony disenfranchisement and social stigma. The first cause is felony disenfranchisement. George Brooks of the Fordham Urban Law Journal from Fall 2012 explains that by the late 1800s, 29 states had adopted laws the permanently barred ex-felons from voting. Surface justifications include the prevention of voter fraud, the fear of a weakened criminal law, and a “purity of the ballot box” concept stating that felons lack the moral competence needed to vote. Digging deeper, we see that felony disenfranchisement is a tool to disenfranchise African Americans. By 1910, more than eighty percent of states had laws stripping ex-felons of their voting rights. Only five years later, the Ku Klux Klan was once again legal, operational, and politically active. That’s not really funny, BUT IT IS TRUE!! Second, ex-felons are never viewed as rehabilitated due to social stigmas that dictate once you are convicted of a crime, you are and always will be a criminal. For example, when the girls I date tell their parents not to worry because I’m an EX-FELON, I don’t usually get invited to dinner. That’s not entirely true. I haven’t been on a date in years. This also makes getting a job very difficult. The Florida-Union Times interviewed Roger Clegg, president and general counsel for the Center for Equal Opportunity on March 10, 2014. Clegg dropped a rare and valuable bit of knowledge on the world when he is noted for saying that, “employers have an incentive for screening out bad employees.” I think even Pauly Shore from Son in Law could have told us that. Yeah, he learned that in his third sophomore year. Then he weezed some juice, joined the army, got stuck in a biodome, and eventually served on a jury. Yeah Pauly Shore can serve on a jury, but I lose my right to take part in our justice system just for beating up the mascot at a Chucky Cheese. One time, eight years ago! That bastard had it coming. Right in the middle of what would have been a record breaking run on Dance Dance revolution, I made one false step, fell backwards into a tray flinging pizza and soda all over myself, and there he stood taunting me with his stupid grin and backwards hat. I don’t have to take that shit from no one! There are three ways we can solve this problem. First, by changing our attitudes toward ex-felons, we can help them re-integrate into society. We all make mistakes. The difference is, some of us just don’t get caught. Consider, if you’ve ever changed your friend’s Facebook status to something cool like, “I just bought a sweet robot that makes pizza and shoots lazers!” You’re guilty of Federal Wire Fraud (Article 18 US Code, section 1343), punishable by up to ten years in prison. Did you know that in North Carolina, it is illegal to have sex in a churchyard? It’s also awesome! (high five) Fist me bro, but not in a churchyard. Let’s all make an effort to at least judge people by who they are today, rather than who we think they were several years ago, on one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, which often results in several years of very bad days. Because they were in prison! Second the requirement to disclose prior convictions to potential employers should be limited to relevancy to the specific position. In her 2014 book, The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander call the felony label a permanent badge of inferiority, that is forced into view whenever a person tries to improve their life. Statements like, “No expections! No felonies or misdemeanors” should ever be posted on a job posting, posted in the post office, or even posted on a post it note. Third, we need a clear path to citizenship for our citizens, by allowing them to vote. We are allowing a massive human rights violation to occur if we refuse to provide the necessary means of rehabilitation, re-entry, and renewal of voting rights to our friends, neighbors, and family members. Unless we’re talking about my neighbor who keeps asking me to help her on her math homework. She’s kinda stupid and should probably save her votes for American Idol. I know some of you are still thinking, “Who cares? If you can’t handle the punishment, just don’t break the law.” This has become such a wide spread probably that in June 2013, Sesame Street introduced a new character just to help children deal with having parents who are affected by the legal system. That’s right, we now need puppets to explain prison to children. I didn’t expect to have to do this, but if that’s what we need... The solutions I provide will take time and effort. Like John Oliver said in an episode of Last Week Tonight on July 21, 2013 murdering three people means you did something wrong and you should be in jail. The problem is that in our current system, every sentence is a life sentence. Noam Chomsky argues in a Salon Magazine interview on December 31, 2013 that the United States PR industry does a wonderful job creating a language set that systematically discriminates against a quote “arrestable class”. We should use our language and advocacy to reverse this trend. Leah Gibson was able to turn her life around. It only took her twelve years after becoming a licensed registered nurse to get a job as a licensed registered nurse, and she’s recently started using tinder instead of those bastards at E-Harmony. With the right attitude, we can accomplish anything. Yes we can! Obama!

  • Orlo Block

    The Secret Language > "Dead men with black hands and bright blue eyes shuffled around a cleft in the hillside but could not enter. Under the hill, the broken boy sat upon a weirwood throne, listening to whispers in the dark as ravens walked up and down his arms." In this chapter we examine the supernatural relationship between ravens, wolves, First Men, and old gods, how ravens have historically been used as weapons and messengers of the old gods and what kind of power we predict Bran might wield if he can learn to speak the True Tongue. > "Only one man in a thousand is born a skinchanger," Lord Brynden said one day, after Bran had learned to fly, "And only one skinchanger in a thousand can be a greenseer." First, a closer look at Bloodraven, Bran's teacher under the hill. > "The last greenseer, the singers called him, but in Bran's dreams he was still a three-eyed crow." Lord Bryden Rivers otherwise known as **Bloodraven** is a Targaryen royal bastard. The 125 year old son of **Melissa Blackwood** mistress to **King Aegon IV**. Over his long life he has been many things: a sorcerer, an albino, a kin-slayer, a skinchanger, an incredible archer, Hand to to King Aerys I (super virgin), the last wielder of Dark Sister, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, and now, Bran's teacher, the three-eyed crow. As half **Targaryen** half **Blackwood**, Bloodraven is equal parts **dragon** and **raven**. It's worth noting that until Jon Snow this is the only character in ASOIAF that has both First Man and Targaryen ancestry. Though, admittedly this is a guess, I believe that Lord Mormont's raven is actually Bloodraven's old bird, a relic left over from his days as Lord Commander of the Nights Watch, and a convenient way to keep an eye on Castle Black and the brothers. In life, Bloodraven took as his sigil a single-headed **white dragon** with red eyes breathing red flame on a black field, so it's clear he wore his Targ half proudly, but it's his Blackwood blood I'd like to examine here. The Blackwoods** of Raventree Hall are a noble and ancient house of First Men that trace their lineage back to the north. The World Book tells us that the Blackwoods "never accepted the Seven but stayed faithful to the old gods & the children of the forest." (p153). It also gives us this tantalizing gem: > "Amongst the houses reduced from royals to vassals we can count... mayhaps even the Blackwoods of Raventree, whose own family traditions insist they once ruled the Wolfswood, before being driven from their land by the Kings of Winter (certain runic records support this claim)." (WB p137) Driven from the north (by the Starks) the ancient Blackwoods relocate in the riverlands building Raventree Hall around a massive ancient weirwood, where even now every night ravens come to roost in its dead branches by the hundreds. The arms of House Blackwood are a murder of ravens on scarlet surrounding a dead weirwood upon a black escutcheon. So you see, ravens are *everywhere* in Bloodraven's storyline, as direwolves are to the Starks. And both are age old weapons of the old gods. From the World of Ice and Fire book we get snippets of battles. Notice the location, the moon, the similarities to the hill where Bran and Bloodraven currently are: > "The night in the White Wood, where supposedly the **children of the forest** emerged from beneath a hollow hill to send **hundreds of wolves** against an Andal camp, tearing hundreds of men apart beneath the **light of a crescent moon.**" (p.151) And the battle at High Heart: > When the Andal king Erreg the Kinslayer surrounded the hill, the children emerged to defend it, calling down **clouds of ravens** and **armies of wolves.**" (p 152) So we have historical precedent for wolf/raven team ups overseen by the children of the forest. It is also noted that the children "had great art in working obsidian (what the small folk call dragonglass, while the Valyrian's knew it by a word meaning "frozen fire") to make tools and weapons for hunting." (WB p.05) I have to wonder, are the old gods collecting their powerful weapons (literal flocks of ravens, Summers' modest pack of wolves, and two powerful wargs to control them) for an upcoming battle? If there is to be a battle, Bran and co. cannot possibly win. Not as the odds are now. > "The ward upon the cave mouth still held; the dead men could not enter. The snows had buried most of them again, but they were still there, hidden frozen, waiting. Other dead things came to join them, things that had once been men and women, even children." To win, will they have to have reinforcements. Or, they will have to flee. Fast. Or, fly. > "You will never walk again,"the three-eyed crow had promised, "but you will fly." Fly what? Raven's sure, but did you guys notice Bran's teacher is a dragon? Bloodraven took as his sigil a *white dragon*. Off in Mereen right now there is a white dragon. This chapter also says that while Bran was exploring the caverns he found "a place where skeletons of gigantic bats hung upside down from the ceiling." But I will leave it to you to decide which is more likely, white dragons or gigantic bats. Back to magic. One of the magics discussed in this chapter is that of the old gods' True Tongue. The langue of the children of the forest. Only Leaf speaks the common tongue and Bran can hear the other singers singing all around him though he does not understand their words. Does he learn them? > *"The children of the forest*, Old Nan would have called the singers, but *those who sing the song of earth *was their own name for themselves, in the True Tongue that no human could speak. The ravens could speak it though." The children speak the True Tongue and so do the ravens. > Do all the birds have singers in them? > "All," Lord Brynden said. "It was the singers who taught the First Men to send messages by raven... But in those days, the birds would speak the words. The trees remember but men forget and so now they write their messages on parchment and tie them round the feet of birds who have never shared their skin." > Old Nan told him the same story once, Bran remembered." Now consider this gem unearthed in Maester Yandel's *World of Ice and Fire* book; from inside Winterfell (before the library tower burned) there was a fragment of a book that: > "Contains part of a ballad alleged to tell of the time **Brandon the Builder** sought the aide of the children while raising the Wall. He was **taken to a secret place to meet with them,** but could not at first understand their speech, which was described as sounding like the song of the stones in a brook, or the wind through the leaves, or the rain upon the water. The manner in which Brandon learned to comprehend the speech is a tale in itself and not worth repeating here." Tantalizing cliffhanger but the parallels still exist: A Brandon Stark (our Bran) is taken to a secret place (under the hill) to learn the speech of the children. Past is prologue. Septon Barth, in his infamous* Unnatural History* claimed that > "based on texts said to be preserved at Castle Black the children of the forest could speak with the ravens and could make them repeat their words. According to Barth, this higher mystery was taught to the First Men by the children so that ravens could spread messages at great distances." But what if instead of **repeating** words, they **spoke** words? What if the children or the First Men could speak *through* the ravens? Imagine the possibilities. Here is some evidence of Bran's growing power from later in *Dance*: > "Theon," they seemed to whisper, "Theon." > The old gods, he thought. They know me. They know my name. > ...A leaf drifted down from above, brushed his brow, and landed in the pool. It floated on the water, red, five-fingered, like a bloody hand. > "... Bran," the tree murmured. > ...And for one strange moment it seemed as if it were Bran's face carved into the pale trunk of the weirwood, staring down at him with eyes red and wise and sad." Theon both hears Bran *and* sees him. Bran is getting strong. He is learning. And later we get clarification that it wasn't just the wind that Theon heard. From Theon's *Winds of Winter* sample chapter: > "He was trembling like an autumn leaf. "The heart tree knew my name. The old gods. Theon, I heard them whisper. There was no wind but the leaves were moving. Theon, they said." Finally, from that same sample chapter, Maester Tybald's utterly common dreadfort ravens (it is specifically stated that they are average birds) do a shocking amount of talking: > "You do not know him." > "No more than he knows me." > "Knows me," cried one of the ravens the maester had left behind. It flapped its big black wings against the bars of its cage. > "Knows," it cried again. > Stannis turned. "Stop that noise." > And > "Not long," cried the Raven from its cage. And > "Yet," both Ravens screamed in unison." And > "And suddenly there came a wild thumping as the maester's ravens hopped and flapped inside their cages, their black feathers flying as they beat against the bars with loud and raucous caws. 'The tree!,' one squawked, 'the tree, the tree,' whilst the second screamed only, 'Theon, Theon, Theon.'" (Winds of Winter, Theon) So, who is really doing the talking here? Assuming, through samples like these, that Bran has learned to speak *through* ravens is it plausible that he can use any common raven to talk to anyone? Could he for instance, make contact with Arya, whose direwolf has assembled the most vicious, massive pack of wolves ever seen on Westeros? Could he enlist her help, send the wolf pack north, help him fight off the wights?

  • Berta Langosh

    This week ended up being one of the roughest yet (which is saying something) for me. So I basically have watched & read next to nothing but I've been trying my best over the last 2 days to do what I can to make things better. Most of my following rambles have nothing whatsoever to do with anime/manga & the first two points might be a little too TMI/personal for some of you so just skip it over. I'm sorry for being a downer but I just in need of getting it off my chest. & making it public makes it seem real & not like I just imagined it all. 1) I finally decided to go LC with all of my crazy toxic family & have decided to give it my all & do my best to move out & get the hell away from them within a year max after which I plan to be NC for life. 2) This was probably the hardest thing I've done in very long time & it'll probably sound silly to most of you since it's such a big deal for me. Anyway I finally managed to call my GP surgery & book an appointment to see a doctor so that I can finally get some proper help for my depression & anxiety. Throughout the entire 6 minute call I felt like I was going to die & kept stumbling over my words. In the end I eventually managed it though. My appointment is on the 1st of November & I'm already dreading it - please keep your fingers crossed for me that I manage to keep up my courage & actually attend. 3) Like I've said above a couple of times. I'm trying to take responsibility for my own happiness & things that are lacking in my life. One of things I've constantly wished for in the past was to be a part of a book club but I'm currently too socially anxious for a real life one so I thought of the next best thing an online one! & it occurred to me that I *really* enjoy chatting about manga in our weekly discussions so I thought why not throw the idea out there & see if any of you lot would be up for it too. & I am so happy that there seems to be a bunch of you that would be interested & I can't for us to set it up! :D 4) On to much lighter things I guess so I've been trying my darnedest to unlock the little spoopy Halloween special Michiru is Sailor Moon Drops to no avail :/ I've got two or three days left to try & get her but I can't seem to get past stage 23! Anyone else play? 5) So it actually arrived quite a while ago but the package somehow feel under my bed & got lost. Anyway here's my awesome [Ouran Highschool Host Club Purse]( ) which I am in LOVE with! (I apologise for the crappy camera quality + lighting) **What I've Been Watching** **Haibane Renmei** - it's the only thing I managed this week & I actually completed it. I feel conflicted about this one. I ended up giving it a 6/10. Although I thought it bought up interesting topics there's a few things about that were implied by the symbolism that personally just rubbed me the wrong way & left a bad taste in my mouth - I can't discuss it without spoilers though. [Haibane Renmei extremely rambling spoilers!](/s "Okay so first off there's shit ton of unanswered things which tbh I was expecting. The whole show brings up a lot of questions for the watcher & I guess it up to each individual to interpret it as they see fit. So I'm just going to babble about what I thought was happening/happened & all otye questions I have. First off I kept thinking where is this world? Where exactly is Glie? I thought that it might be supposedly some sort of afterlife or perhaps a purgatory but then you have to consider that there are "humans" in this world too among the Haibane & they can see & interact with them as normal so how can of be the afterlife if people who are alive are also there. Of course the main question is what are the Haibane? I mean they do look like angels. They even have a halo - although I have no idea what for. & wdo they come from? They seem to be predominantly female - either children or young teens. Apart from Kudamori I don't recall any adult Haibane. Also the cocoons that they're born in where do they come from? Why do they appear in these specific abandoned old places? Also why are some of the Haibane separated? The rules they have such as not being able to have new things, having to work, not being allowed to touch the wall - where do those rules come from? & why must they adhere to them. For the most part the majority of the Haibane that we see aside Reki & Rakka seem to be perfectly content with things being the way they are. --- I think the Haibane are either those who have died young say as a child or teen at the oldest. I think the sinborn Haibane are those who committed suicide. I think their cocoon dreams are in fact their deaths - Rakka probably jumped to hers which is probably why we see her falling. Throughout the first half of the series she constantly seems to contemplate thoughts of guilt wherein she feels as though she was never loved & had no one. I think the crow from her dream symbolises someone in her past life who did care for her & did try to save her. As for Reki I think it's clear that she walked in front of a train to end her life. My biggest issue with the entire anime is the way the whole themes of depression, sin, forgiveness & are dealt with. Going back to when Rakka becomes depressed it's after Kuu's Day of Flight - within the world of the Haibane The Day of Flight is equivalent to death as they do not know when it will occur just that it happens for everyone at some point, they don't know where they're going or what's on the other side of that wall, they don't know if they will ever see the person who's going again. So it's perfectly normal for one to be a little depressed when mourning the passing of a loved one as Rakka is shown to be. She however ends up becoming sinbound due to this, due to her sadness & withdrawal from the community & until she follows that crow deep into the forest & into the well where it then forgives her she's cursed with this sin. This is the what pisses me off to no end. I hate that it's implied that her depression & withdrawal from society is a sin. That her taking her life is a sin that she has to be forgiven by those who she left behind in order to not be forsaken. I absolutely hate that this is the message the show is giving. I mean I can see the angle in which the person who is depressed may see it this way but I hate that the Toga & the show itself support this view point. It continues with Reki's story too. She who is shown to be sinbound from her birth as a Haibane tdue to her depression, self-loathing & resentment towards those who have left her behind. I hated the answer the Communicator gave to the Riddle of Sin which was that 'one cannot forgive oneself'. I hate that shows two main protagonists are condemned due to being in some agony that caused them to take their own lives bare in mind that they are practically children when they committed suicide yet they punished for their sins until someone else forgives them. In the end Reki does manage to fly & ascend once she asks Raka for help but the alternative that she was threatened with that she may lose her wings, be banished from society & grow old alone & die I not sure why but I think that's probably what members of the Toga/the Communicator may be which is probably why they are so insistent on the Day of Flight for all Haibane. To sum my feelings I couldn't stand what the themes of depression + forgiveness stood for in the anime as someone who suffers from depression myself I found it pretty insulting & trivializing.") **What I've Been Reading This Week** **Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai** - so this is one of the newer romance manga that has been recommended to me over & over again. I've currently up to date with all the scanlated chapters & I'm not sure if I'll continue. It's not bad it's just I have issues sorta with both the mains. First off Shibata is literally just stupid - I mean there's not a nicer way of saying it. I know it's fiction but I still find it impossible to believe that there could a 29 year old woman this clueless. Despite her stupidity she's still oddly actually pretty likeable (& I completely empathise with her meat addiction). & herein lies my main problem; Kurosawa - so he's blatantly the future main love interest & I just don't like him. I don't find him likeable. I know it's meant to be humorous but I despise how he calls her servant & just the manner in which he talks to her. I guess I'm just not into tsunderes - I mean he's not violent or even threatening or anything but yeah I just don't dig him at all. I actually think she better suited Mogami. I have to say I do actually like Akira though & when I think about it I wish the story was about her instead. **Koukou Debut** - so as you all probably know (because I keep banging on about it) I'm a in the middle of Skip Beat! withdrawal (I finally caught up) but I'm not yet ready to start Tokyo Crazy Paradise (I'm saving it for a reward for if I manage to attend my appointment ) so I was searching for something to fill the hole & MAL recs suggested this. I've read about 2 1/2 half volumes & so far it's alright. Again the heroine is a bit dense but seeing as she's a teen it far more palatable for me. I do like Haruna I just wish that she didn't want to change herself so much just for some guy to like her. As for Yoh I'm still undecided on him. & regarding Assa seriously she is one hell of a bitch - I suspect she's got some weird brother complex or something. I will give it a few more chapters before I decide how I feel about it overall. P.S. If anyone has any recs for someone who loved Skip Beat! let me know :)

  • Daija Sawayn

    >How can islam be racist? Its not a race its an ideology. That makes no sense. Ideologies can be racist. Racism itself is an ideology. >Search Results "Racism is an ideology that gives expression to myths about other racial and ethnic groups, that devalues and renders inferior those groups, that reflects and is perpetuated by deeply rooted historical, social, cultural and power inequalities in society." Here are examples of racism in Islam: Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah's Apostle said, "You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin." Sahih Bukhari 9:89:256 And on the day of resurrection you shall see those who lied against Allah; their faces shall be blackened. Is there not in hell an abode for the proud? Qur'an 39:60 Narrated 'Abdullah: The Prophet said, "I saw (in a dream) a black woman with unkempt hair going out of Medina and settling at Mahai'a, i.e., Al-Juhfa. I interpreted that as a symbol of epidemic of Medina being transferred to that place (Al-Juhfa)." Sahih Bukhari 9:87:161 The day will come when some faces will be brightened (lightened) (with joy), while other faces will be darkened (with misery). As for those whose faces are darkened, they will be asked, "Did you not disbelieve after believing? Therefore, suffer the retribution for your disbelief." As for those whose faces are brightened (lightened), they will rejoice in GOD's mercy; they abide therein forever. Qur'an 3:106-107 Shem, the son of Noah was the father of the Arabs, the Persians, and the Greeks; Ham was the father of the Black Africans; and Japheth was the father of the Turks and of Gog and Magog who were cousins of the Turks. Noah prayed that the prophets and apostles would be descended from Shem and kings would be from Japheth. He prayed that the African’s color would change so that their descendants would be slaves to the Arabs and Turks. Al-Tabari, Vol. 2, p. 11, p. 11 Ahmad ibn Abi Sulayman, the companion of Sahnun said, “Anyone who says that the Prophet was black should be killed. Ibn Musa al-Yahsubi, Qadi ‘Iyad, p.375 Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported: There came a slave and pledg- ed allegiance to Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) on migration; he (the Holy Prophet) did not know that he was a slave. Then there came his master and demanded him back, whereupon Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: Sell him to me. And he bought him for two black slaves, and he did not afterwards take allegiance from anyone until he had asked him whether he was a slave (or a free man) Sahih Muslim 10:3901 It is your folly to fight the Apostle, for Allah’s army is bound to disgrace you. We brought them to the pit. Hell was their meeting place. We collected them there, black slaves, men of no descent. Ishaq:450 ...The black dog is a devil. Sahih Muslim 4:1032 Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) was, among other things, an Islamic jurist, Islamic lawyer, Islamic scholar, Islamic theologian, and hafiz "Therefore, the Negro nation are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because [Negroes] have little [that is essentially] human and have attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals, as we have stated."[3] Ibn Khaldun, Muqaddimah, 14th century "beyond [known peoples of black West Africa] to the south there is no civilization in the proper sense. There are only humans who are closer to dumb animals than to rational beings. They live in thickets and caves, and eat herbs and unprepared grain. They frequently eat each other. They cannot be considered human beings."[3] Ibn Khaldun, Muqaddimah Ibn Sina or Avicenna (980-1037), was, among other things, a Hafiz, Islamic psychologist, Islamic scholar, and Islamic theologian [Blacks are] people who are by their very nature slaves.[4] Quoted in “Blasphemy Before God: The Darkness of Racism In Muslim Culture” by Adam Misbah aI-Haqq Ibn Qutaybah (828-889), was a renowned Islamic scholar from Kufa, Iraq "[Blacks] are ugly and misshapen, because they live in a hot country."[3] Ibn Qutaybah (828-889) Nasīr al-Dīn al-Tūsī (1201-1274), was a Shia Muslim Scholar and Grand Ayatollah "If (all types of men) are taken, from the first, and one placed after another, like the Negro from Zanzibar, in the Southern-most countries, the Negro does not differ from an animal in anything except the fact that his hands have been lifted from the earth -in no other peculiarity or property - except for what God wished. Many have seen that the ape is more capable of being trained than the Negro, and more intelligent."[3] Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Tasawwurat (Rawdat al-taslim): [The Zanj (African) differ from animals only in that] their two hands are lifted above the ground,... Many have observed that the ape is more teachable and more intelligent than the Zanj.[4] Al-Muqaddasi (945/946-1000) was a medieval Muslim geographer "Of the neighbors of the Bujja, Maqdisi had heard that "there is no marriage among them; the child does not know his father, and they eat people -- but God knows best. As for the Zanj, they are people of black color, flat noses, kinky hair, and little understanding or intelligence."[3] Al-Muqaddasi (fl. 966), Kitab al-Bad' wah-tarikh, vol.4 Al-Masudi (896-956), was a Muslim historian and geographer, known as the "Herodotus of the Arabs."[5] "Galen says that merriment dominates the black man because of his defective brain, whence also the weakness of his intelligence."[3] Al-Masudi, Muruj al-dhahab Ibn al-Faqih was a Muslim historian and geographer "A man of discernment said: The people of Iraq ... do not come out with something between blonde, buff and blanched coloring, such as the infants dropped from the wombs of the women of the Slavs and others of similar light complexion; nor are they overdone in the womb until they are burned, so that the child comes out something between black, murky, malodorous, stinking, and crinkly-haired, with uneven limbs, deficient minds, and depraved passions, such as the Zanj, the Somali, and other blacks who resemble them. The Iraqis are neither half-baked dough nor burned crust but between the two."[3] Ibn al-Faqih al-Hamadani, Mukhtasar Kitab al-Buldan, 903 AD Abu Rayhan al-Biruni (973-1048), was an Islamic scholar and polymath "The Zanj are so uncivilized that they have no notion of a natural death. If a man dies a natural death, they think he was poisoned. Every death is suspicious with them, if a man has not been killed by a weapon."[3] Abu Rayhan al-Biruni, India, 1030 AD Hudud al-`Alam is a book dedicated to Abu l-Ḥārith Muḥammad b. Aḥmad, a ruler of the local Farighunid dynasty. "Their [Zanj] nature is that of wild animals. They are extremely black." "Among themselves [the Sudan] there are people who steal each other's children and sell them to the merchants when the latter arrive."[3] Hudud al-`Alam, 982 AD "[inhabitants of sub-Saharan African countries] are people distant from the standards of humanity" "Their nature is that of wild animals..."[3] Hudud al-`alam, 982 AD "As regards southern countries, all their inhabitants are black on account of the heat of their climate... Most of them go naked... In all their lands and provinces, gold is found.... They are people distant from the standards of humanity."[3] Hudud al-`Alam, 982 AD Al Jahiz (781–869), was a famous Muslim scholar "Like the crow among mankind are the Zanj [African Blacks] for they are the worst of men and the most vicious of creatures in character and temperament."[3] Jahiz, Kitab al-Hayawan, vol. 2 "We know that the Zanj (blacks) are the least intelligent and the least discerning of mankind, and the least capable of understanding the consequences of actions."[3] Jahiz, Kitab al-Bukhala (The Book of Misers) "They [the Shu`ubiyya] maintain that eloquence is prized by all people at all times - even the Zanj, despite their dimness, their boundless stupidity, their obtuseness, their crude perceptions and their evil dispositions, make long speeches."[3] Jahiz, Al-Bayan wa`l-tabyin, vol. 3 Ibn Abi Zayd (922–996), was a Maliki scholar from Al-Qayrawan in Tunisia. It is disliked to trade in the land of the enemy or the land of the blacks. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Travel is a portion of punishment."[6

  • Arlie Greenfelder

    Tower of thorns by Juliet Marillier Ascendants Rite by David Hair Dark monk by Oliver Potzsch Night circus by Erin Morgenstern Americanah by Chimamanda Adiche Final empire by Brandon Sanderson Lionheart by Sharon Penman Crown of swords by Robert Jordan Harry Potter and the deathly hallows by J.K Rowling Dark fire by CJ Sansom Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins The blade itself by Joe Abercrombie New York by Edward Rutherfurd Half of a yellow sun by Chimamanda Adichie Elizabeth and Mary by Jane Dunn Alloy of law by Brandon Sanderson Dark mirror by Juliet Marillier Harry Potter and the half- blood prince by J.K Rowling Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak Poldard by Winston Graham Les Miserables by Victor Hugo A king’s ransom by Sharon Penman Sovereign by CJ Sansom Before they are hanged by Joe Abercrombie Shadows of self by Brandon Sanderson Game of thrones by George R R Martin Shadowmarch by Tad Williams A visit from the Goon squad by Jennifer Egan Fifth season by N.K Jemisin Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Revelation by CJ Sansom Bands of mourning by Brandon Sanderson Harry Potter and the goblet of fire by JK Rowling Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir Elizabeth 1 by Margaret George On the edge by Richard Hammond Anne Frank an autobiography by Melissa Muller Last argument of kings by Joe Abercrombie Firefight by Brandon Sanderson Clash of kings by George R R Martin Beggar king by Oliver Potzsch Natural history of dragons by Marie Brennan Making it up as I go along by Marian Keyes A tale for the time being by Ruth Ozeki Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs Finest hours by Michael Tougias Prince of thorns by Mark Lawrence Queen’s man by Sharon Penman Crow girl by Erik Axl Sund The Vegetarian by Han Kang Your heart is a muscle the size of a fist by Sunil Yapa Cruel as the grave by Sharon Penman Six four by Hideo Yokoyama State of wonder by Ann Patchett A mother’s reckoning by Sue Klebold Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov Storm of swords by George R R Martin Tudors by Peter Ackroyd King of thorns by Mark Lawrence Tropic of serpents by Marie Brennan Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch The bees by Laline Paull Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt Goblin emperor by Katherine Addison Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell My brilliant friend by Elena Ferrante Songs of the earth by Elspeth Cooper Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets by J.K Rowling Life after life by Kate Atkinson Feast for crows by George R R Martin Katherine of Aragon by Alison Weir Children of earth and sky by Guy Gavriel Kay Boy, snow, bird by Helen Oyeyemi House girl by Tara Conklin Green rider by Kristen Britain Dragon’s lair by Sharon Penman Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker Me before you by Jojo Moyes Dance with dragons by George R R Martin Trinity rising by Elspeth Cooper Voyage of the basilisk by Marie Brennan Eyre affair by Jasper Fforde Killing moon by N.K Jemisin The fireman by Joe Hill Demelza by Winston Graham The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Raven’s shadow by Elspeth Cooper Shadowed sun by N.K Jemisin Lost in a good book by Jasper Fforde Heartstone by C.J Sansom Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling Mao’s last dancer by Li Cunxin The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien Henry VIII by Alison Weir Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham First riders call by Kristen Britain Unholy war by David Hair Well of lost plots by Jasper Fforde High king’s tomb by Kristen Britain Heresy by S.J Parris Imagine me gone by Adam Haslett Hogfather by Terry Pratchett Queen of the night by Alexander Chee Finders keepers by Stephen King Daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor Blackveil by Kristen Britain Larose by Louise Erdrich Sleeping giants by Sylvain Neuvel Daughter of the wolf by Victoria Whitworth Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain The storyteller by Jodi Picoult The girls by Emma Cline Something rotten by Jasper Fforde In the labyrinth of drakes by Marie Brennan Lamentation by C.J Sansom Warleggan by Winston Graham When Christ and his saints slept by Sharon Penman Harry Potter and the cursed child by J.K Rowling Association of small bombs by Karan Mahajan Missing, presumed by Susie Steiner Calamity by Brandon Sanderson Prophecy by S.J Parris The Muse by Jessie Burton First among sequels by Jasper Fforde 83 Minutes by Matt Richards Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon Temeraire by Naomi Novik Michael Jackson conspiracy by Aphrodite Jones Sacrilege by S.J Parris To the bright edge of the world Eowyn Ivey Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone by J.K Rowling Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead One of our Thursdays is missing by Jasper Fforde Obelisk gate by N.K Jemisin Throne of jade by Naomi Novik Dark Matter by Blake Crouch House without windows by Nadia Hashimi Michael Jackson by J. 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  • Rylee Oberbrunner

    The problem is not "white male privilege", it's "non-white-male disadvantage", because what is called "privilege" shouldn't be taken away from white men, it should be given to everybody. It may be that by changing the rhetoric it wouldn't alienate poor white people by telling them they are "privileged" but you could still make the point that non-whites and women aren't treated fairly. The thing with privilege is that it goes unnoticed for the most part . Every one of us has a social identity in which we are the dominant group but often, we're unaware of it. But just as everyone of us is in a dominant group , we're all in an oppressed group as well, and we definitely notice the ways which we are oppressed. Growing up poor means you weren't born into class and socio-economic privilege, and poverty colors nearly everything about opportunities for advancement in life. Just because we benefit from one form of privilege doesn’t mean that we benefit from all forms of privilege, people can be privileged in some ways and not in others. All these factors like class, gender, race, citizenship, sexuality, ability, and more, intersect and interact - and this intersectionality means that its relative and looks different for different people. But there will be probabilities of benefits and boosts, obvious and opaque, that society affords you simply as a function of your whiteness and maleness. See [here](http://www.agjohnson.us/glad/what-is-a-system-of-privilege/) for more on what I mean by “privilege”, in particular, > It’s important to note that privilege does not guarantee good outcomes for the privileged group or bad outcomes for everyone else. A white person, for example, can work hard and have little to show for it, can be mistreated by the police without cause, be denied a job they’re qualified for. What privilege does is load the odds one way or the other so that the chance of bad things happening to white people as a category of people is much lower than for everyone else, and the chance of good things happening is much higher. Privilege is not something a person can have, like a possession, as in “Where’s mine?” Instead, it is a characteristic of the social system—like a rule in a game—in which everyone participates. I could list to you the higher probabilities of advantages in everyday life that you have as a white male in terms of politics and law, health and body, harassment and violence, sex and relationships, the media, childhood and education, social norms, religion and lack thereof - but since you specifically asked about economics, and how the system of privileges tends to keep money shared between people who are white and male: A white person born into a poor or working-class family has [a higher chance of moving up the socioeconomic ladder](http://ross.mayfirst.org/files/oliver-shapiro-black-white-wealth.pdf) intergenerationally than a black person born into an upper-class or rich family has of staying there in the same time period. If you choose to have children, you’re not questioned about how having a family would hurt your ability to do your job. As a parent, you get [more professional opportunities](http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/upshot/a-child-helps-your-career-if-youre-a-man.html) as a father than a mother. Your interviewer is more likely to share your gender and race. Getting out of low income into well-paid fields like science and technology, STEM interviewers are majority white and male and look for “masculine stereotypes” that lead them to [view you as more favorable](http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/newsroom/newsn/2700/new-research-proves-gender-bias-extraordinarily-prevalent-in-stem-careers) than a woman candidate. Gender biases make them judge the same qualifications more positively for men. You can take jobs like service industry positions in restaurants or bars without worrying about normalized sexual harassment based on your gender. You’re more likely to work in “formal employment,” which is government regulated to insure wages and certain rights, and less likely work in pink-collar jobs, like domestic labor, which are considered “women’s work” and have less stability, job security, and pay. If you have a "white" or a [“man’s”](http://gender.stanford.edu/news/2014/why-does-john-get-stem-job-rather-jennifer ) name on your resume, you’re more likely to get an interview for a well-paid job than if you had a [“black”](http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2015/mar/15/jalen-ross/black-name-resume-50-percent-less-likely-get-respo/) or "woman’s" name. You can negotiate for a raise or promotion without being seen as [too aggressive](http://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/pdf/10.1287/orsc.1110.0691) for your gender. Because of your gender and race you are more likely to get [financial support](http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/us/21mit.html) for your work – like more financing for resources, more funding for start-ups, more office space. If you’re trying to sell something online, you’d get [17% fewer offers](www.frbsf.org/economic-research/files/VisibleHand_Doleac.pdf) as a black man. You can spend less on products to maintain your “professional” appearance. You don't have to spend time and money putting make-up on every workday without a negative impact on your work life, like having a [detrimental effect](http://www.jstor.org/stable/i337080) on your promotion prospects. Being unattractive has less of an effect if you’re a man on your chance of gaining a job in the first place. You can be sure that if you need financial/legal/medical help, your race will not work against you. You can count on your skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability. You’re [half](http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304750404577320211217666588) as likely to be steered into over-priced loans, paying as much as [two thirds less interest](http://www.marketwatch.com/story/do-banks-play-the-race-card-with-your-loan-2012-04-03), even when you’re equally creditworthy as a non-white. (the wells fargo bank memos called subprime lending “ghetto loans” and blacks "mud people" -[in 2008](http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/us/07baltimore.html) ) You’ll be shown [more housing options](http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2013/HUDNo.13-091) than an equally qualified non-white person All these things and more means being white (and male) means you’re [less likely to live in poverty](https://nwlc.org/issue/data-on-poverty-income/) and being born white means you’re less likely to be born into it. Racism and classism are interwined particularly tightly in the USA. If you wanna read more, there’s a book by sociologist Joe Feagin called “White Party, White Government,” which is about how the country’s history of land theft (from First Nations peoples), labor theft (from African-Americans), and discrimination in hiring and promotion in the labor market (against nonwhites in general), is a type of subsidy that has transferred trillions of dollars to white Americans at the expense of people of color. And another by Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro called “Black Wealth/White Wealth” about how slavery and Jim Crow era combine with continuing racial discrimination in the banking, housing and labor markets of the present to maintain the race wealth gap. It's not your fault you were born a man with white skin and experience these privileges. You aren’t a bad person for benefiting from privilege, and recognizing your privilege doesn’t mean saying you don’t deserve good things. But, whether you realize it or not, you do benefit from it, and it is your fault if you don't maintain awareness of that fact. When people say "check your privilege", it's a plea for practicing conscious empathy. Putting yourself in that other person's shoes and try to understand the obstacles and disadvantages they've had to overcome in their life. The actual privileges we inherit because of our identity don’t define our character, but what does is whether we choose to act to change the system of oppression that affords us those privileges. The question is how can we work to check our privilege and undermine the system of hierarchy that hurts us all in one way or another.

  • Aida Green

    Let's open up with this from the Book of the Great Queen: >The triple Goddess archetype is too tidy to contain our fighting queens and wild war furies, our pregnant sorceresses and lascivious hags. Most importantly, the identities and roles of the Morrigan Goddesses are never primarily defined by reproductive status. Motherhood tends to be incidental to their function; we are told the names of sons borne to The Morrigan and Macha, but these acts of motherhood are peripheral to their narratives. Even when sexuality takes center stage in their narratives, it is in the context of granting sovereignty, victory, or another form of Otherworld favor, rather than a socially defined reproductive status. Violence. Sex. War. Doom. Fear. Morpheus even gives us the ones that are most associated with the title Morrigan: Badb, Macha, Anu, Danu, Némain, Fea, and Bé Néit (I'd say Medb as well, but that's up in the air with a lot of people). 7 names. Let's start with Badb. Badb Catha is the most commonly thought of Great Queen because of her iconography: The hooded crow. Of course, it's been widdled down to corvids in general, and is appropriately so considering her cognate on the Continent, Cathubodua. Her name means battle crow. To TLDR people, crows brought "souls" (<simplification) to the other world. Specifically dead bodies that were left on the field. By eating them. This is a goddess that eats the dead off of a battlefield. It's not JUST corvids that were regarded in this way by Celtic tribes, vultures held that honor as well. Birds of prey and corvids. But it all revolves around an eating of the death. She's also a doom bringer. She'll bring protection, but only so she can bring you to your intended doom. Doom in this sense is an end to your fate, or geis. Macha being next, she's Ireland's response to Eponâ. I'm going to quote /u/HereticHierophant here on Macha: >In one tale she sort of just comes out of the woods and starts living with a farmer. Touching on the whole sovereignty thing, his farm starts doing REALLY well with her around. Crops are booming, cattle are boning, milk is flowing, etc. It increases his wealth quite a bit. There's a fair/festival type things for the area and he has to go. She tells him that he can't talk about her to anyone. When he goes, as they're watching the hose race, he brags saying his wife could beat all the horses. The King/Lord demands he bring her and prove it or face death. So she comes, 9 months pregnant, and races the horses and wins. Then dies while giving birth and puts a curse on the Ulster men who made her do it. >And the "impossible to get out of geis" thing there isn't obvious. It ties into the Irish class system where you had to declare your wealth. And if you had obtained the wealth equal to a higher class for at least three years, you could move up. Really, the guy would have had to talked about her in order to follow the law. Your wealth also played a role in what you gave back to your Lord or how much hospitality you paid to the military who would be quartered with you during the cold half of the year. He could have faced death from the legal system once they found out he hadn't declared it. Which makes Macha go from "poor wife who brought good stuff to a man and was made to race while pregnant" to "sovereignty goddess who meddled with someone in a way she should have known would bring him trouble" >She's still interesting. I don't remember her other appearances as well but I think that ^ is the most well known anyway. And it really hits on a lot of the key concepts about her, but not being a King who needs to fuck the land for things to be right, I probably don't have call to be working with someone for their sovereignty aspects, and I don't really need impossible restrictions put on my life that will result in my death or the death of my whole country. TLDR: She is goddess of sovereignty, who will also bring a doom to a close, and curse those who test Her. Being related to horses, she's also a psychopomp more than likely, and war, because cavalry was a thing. So there's the death thing. Anu: Not much is known except that she has a land feature named after her "Paps Anu" (<Read: Boobs). Anand is a common variant spelling for Her, and she's also called a Morrigan. And a possible mother of the gods. Again however, this does not mean she is a mother goddess. Danu: Also titled a Morrigan, river goddess of the Danube (where some Celts used to dwell). Also thought to be mother of the gods due to conflation with Anand. NAMES AMIRITE? Némain: Who. The. Fuck. KNOWS. what her name means? All I know is most theories point to "Her name means don't be against her?" (Poison, all taker, enemy, nemesis yada yada). She is the personification of the frenzied havoc of war. OH YEAH. Go ahead with that one. Fea: Cormac Condloinges states that Fea meant “everything most hateful”. Neit is an Irish war god. She is ONE of the wives of him. Guess who was the other one? (Hint: It's Némain). I really bet she's absolutely delightful to receive omens from. Bé Néit: Means Neit's wife. I think it's probably Nemain, but I don't trust myself or anyone enough to test out the "Is she a separate entity from Nemain or not" idea. This a condensed post, but take it into consideration, along with /u/TryUsingScience post on the ritual gone bad thread: >The tl;dr is that it turns out names mean things! I'm not sure how much of this is public knowledge. But it's a valuable learning experience for everyone, the error has since been corrected, and no one involved was acting in bad faith, so I don't see harm in sharing it. >The short version is, Morpheus got really into Gaulish for a while for various reasons, including that it's way more accessible than any version of Gaelic. This was at the same time that the group that would become Coru was forming and so the group's name ended up being in >Gaulish, which means using the Gaulish version of the name for the Morrigan. (Coru is Gaulish for warband.) This also means that one of the first chants the group regularly used was in Gaulish. But the group is definitely a Morrigan priesthood. >Well it turns out that the Gaulish version of the Morrigan and the version of the Morrigan that Coru is primarily devoted to are slightly different entities (at least sometimes) and the entity whose name was getting called out all the time but who then was not actually receiving any offerings was kinda annoyed about it. >I left the Coru right around the time the Gaulish one started making her annoyance known so I am not privy to all the facets of how the problem was solved. I do know that the Gaulish one was propitiated, the Gaulish chant with her name was rewritten in Gaelic with the same tune, and also that they seem to go by Coru Priesthood on a lot of their material now instead of using the full former name. I, for better or worse, am a "child" of Cathubodua. I...very seldomly use her full name in rite because I'm afraid (a respectful fear) to come to Her as anything more than a child (my made up epithet being Matir Boduâ). Long story. I don't like when people ask about if so and so is being called by "The Morrigan" because of all I just typed up. There is almost nothing to say about any of "them" but violence and war and hate and glorification of death on the battle field after having your corpse being fed on by the crows. You walk on glass if ANY of them call. They are NOT a rad-fem goddess like Xena, asking for "Her" children to do so and so purpose. She, like any god, will use you. She WILL love you. She WILL protect you. Until it's time to END you.

  • Evangeline Gerhold

    >I see this as a way of controlling the age demographic which is normally most likely to cause revolt or unrest, and to condition them to accept authoritarian leadership It can't really be a planned way of controlling that demographic and condition them for a specific purpose without having been planned in a conspiratorial sense. You can argue that the negative *consequence* of the actual motivations behind your perceived infanilizing behavior is this control and conditioning. But that can't have been the point. >Parents are occasionally even charged with crimes for allowing their children to play without supervision. Do you happen to have any actual cases where this has happened? I'm just a simple country hyperchicken, but I'll stake my reputation and a month of gold on there not being a single conviction for "allowing their children to play without supervision" without some other context. >Unsupervised play and activity in childhood are important for developing basic independence, as well as setting the bar for what a "normal" level of privacy is. And here I'm curious about the privacy part. The lesson of "you need to be distrustful of other people and what they know about you" isn't part of unsupervised play. The entire concern of Facebook among adolescents is that they *eagerly* give up every bit of privacy. It is parental involvement which restricts that, and forces them to consider their privacy. >In early schooling, less-structured times like recess and lunch seem to be cut to a minimum. Yes. That is an absolutely true statement. But I'm curious how it is "infantilizing" to treat children more like adults, who adhere to more rigid structures and rarely if ever get recess time during work. >In early and secondary schooling, standardized testing and other pressures have crowded-out and de-emphasized instruction in genuinely critical or independent thinking. That's more of a Bloom's taxonomy issue. It'd be great if teenagers being instructed in "critical or independent thinking" yielded anything more than a bunch of ill-informed adolescents yelling, but c'est la vie. And, again, think about actual adulthood: no one is handing me a copy of Proust and asking me to think critically about it. To the extent I do any intellectual exploration, it is in my own time. A freedom adolescents have an abundance of. >In secondary education, classes which teach the basics of adulthood and civic life have been reduced or eliminated due to the same pressures as above. Home Economics, civics, driving, mechanical skills, etc. I'm really curious how a lack of driving class (which I'm pretty sure didn't exist even in my parents' generation, perhaps longer) would make someone more likely to accept authoritarianism. Civics, absolutely, though. That should be taught. >For young people who cannot afford to go to college, the occupations available to them generally have limited opportunity for career growth, and do not pay enough for them to support themselves. These kinds of jobs also often continue to enforce rigid structure and subservience--schedules determined without input, uniforms, requiring the employee to prostrate themselves before the customer, etc. That's true of adults as well. And has been true for about as long as there's been any kind of economy to speak of. Which is kind of where the wheels come off the wagon of your argument. It can't be infantilization of young people if it's also the experience of middle-aged and old people. Unless you want to argue a more generation-spanning and lifelong "kept down by the man." Incidentally, though, you might be curious to look up things like support for the Vietnam war measured by education levels. [It wasn't actually the elite college kids who were against it.](http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:UsnP02OHSR0J:peaceconsortium.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Historical-Revisionism-and-Vietnam-War-Public-Opinion-by-Mark-D.-Harmon-15-32.doc+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us) >For those who can afford post-secondary education, they enter into a system which treats them like they've enrolled in a very expensive summer camp I have my own issues with post-secondary education in this country, but you really are trying to argue both sides of what education should be comprised of. Is it about real-world skills and nose-to-the-grindstone "this is what will get you a job", or is it about having the freedom (free of the basic tasks of life and any true responsibility) to explore concepts and ideas? You can't really argue against both the strict "learn goddamned algebra" of primary and secondary education *and* the loose "have interesting conversations, think deeply and critically" of colleges. >After university, these students are encouraged to go through make-believe jobs referred to as "unpaid internships". These treat unpaid labor as if they were playing house. It's hard to argue that those internships are somewhat manipulative and generally a bad deal which is abused by employers. But, again, it's giving a young person an opportunity to experience responsibilities with a far stronger safety net than the open market provides. And with opportunities to try things they might not otherwise be able to get into. >Alcohol is forbidden until 21 years of age. Whether intentional or not, this often causes young adults to learn how to consume alcohol in a way that is irresponsible and without reasonable self-regulation. This leads to a populace that sees having a beer with lunch as a sign of alcoholism, but drinking yourself half to death on a weekly basis as perfectly normal. This might seem a minor point, but the cultural importance and ubiquity of alcohol, I think, makes this very harmful. The data doesn't quite back this up. First because Americans generally have the same "you can let your kids drink in moderation in your own home" right that exists in France or anywhere else in Europe. But, more importantly, alcoholism and binge drinking among adolescents isn't significantly lower in France or England. >I'm sure I could find more examples to whine about, but I think the above explain my position well enough to argue against it. Thanks! I'd ask you to consider some similar words written about a younger generation: >'The children now love luxury; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are tyrants, not servants of the households. They no longer rise when their elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize over their teachers Your argument sounds much like the book by former assistant secretary of education Charles Finn, with Diane Ravitch, **What Do Our 17 Year Olds Know**? You can guess the answer. 8000 seventeen year olds: half thought he book 1984 is about the end of the human race in a nuclear war; 35% didn't know Watergate was after 1950. 30% didn't know Aesop wrote fables. They thought Jim Crow laws were good for blacks. Etc Except that book was about the last generation.

  • Courtney Gusikowski

    > Even though your assertions were weak ( in my opinion) I was willing to listen to your arguments and engage you in a conversation. That is what this subbreddit is about isn't it? > But then you assert as if the Night King and Night's King are beyond a reasonable doubt the same person and then rant about people who don't fawn over your flawed thought process?! > We can agree to disagree. But I am going to continue to assert based on statements made by the show producers and writers that Night King and Night's King are not the same person along with plotholes in timeline, I just established above. Naw, this is a good one. I want to make a thread about this week. I don't believe 100% one way or the other, like you said about those that state it as fact I think it's weird when people come out and shut down conversation. The biggest thing for me is that GRRM said the Night's King was no more like to survive than others from the age of heroes, and a couple years later the show confirmed that the Night King was from the time of the age of heroes. I don't care what his identity is, there is a lot of room to speculate. > First of all, these two characters are not the same. Double D call him Night King, the leader of the White Walkers not Night's King, Former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch turned King of White Walkers. > Night King is the head of White Walkers in the show. > Night's King was the 13th Lord Commander of the Wall. This would not be unlike the Three Eyed Crow and the Three Eyed Raven. The show adaptation takes out his backstory as a Targaryen and former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. I don't even think they mentioned he was in the watch. He had a tattered black cloak but it wasn't a NW cloak. With all that said, everything else about the character is the same. All they did was simplify the character for TV. The show introduced a final boss, named him the Night King, and said he was 8,000 years old. > Okay if we consider YOUR argument that these two are one and the same, how will the show reconcile the following based on the following logic: > A) White Walkers were created by Children of the Forest, out of desperation and as a weapon against Men. Which in turn ushered in the Long Night. The Night's King took charge of the Wall long after the Long Night, and long after the Wall was built. He was the 13th Lord Commander. How will they reconcile this timeline? > B) The Wall was built to protect the realm of men from creatures beyond the Wall. ( Already established) Which establishes two facts 1) those who lived during the Long Night believed White Walkers to be a grave enough threat to raise a wall and train men to guard the wall.,2) they thought there was still a possibility of them returning. It means they were continued to be perceived as a formidable threat to men, despite the retreat after the Long Night. I don't think the Night's King has been mentioned at all in the show. D&D would not have to reconcile this timeline. Not even the part where the show insinuates he is the first white walker. You can't look at the main villain of the series and say this is a show invention, then take something like the order of events and compare them verbatim. The show is a simplified version of the book, and by now it is a simplified version of GRRM's storyboard that hasn't been written yet. I think one of the most debated things on this sub is the timeline of these events, too. Also, there's plenty of foil out there about the 13th Lord Commander really being the 1st. > C) 13th Lord Commander took charge of ( a human being) to protect the Walls from WW. He might have even been a Stark; it is a speculation; he could have also been a Flint or Bolton. He married a Corpse Queen and called himself the Night's King and unleashed terror. Just like Caster, there was some ritual sacrifice to appease the Others. > Brandon the Breaker and Joramun forged an alliance and KILLED HIM and struck his name from the list of commanders who manned the wall. There was definitely a huge connection to the others. By just like Craster, do you mean that it suggests subservience? If his Corpse Queen is an Other, and he gave her his soul, this goes well past anything Craster did. It also means he sacrificed himself to her. Sure it's said they killed him but the only thing less accurate than ancient history in this story is a confirmed kill. > Now that the facts are established ( to the extent covered by the show and books), your entire argument starts to sound illogical. Why? > A) Why would the White Walkers require a Lord Commander from the realm of men to lead them at that point, long after they had retreated? I don't know what you mean by require. If he is in power, it's because he took power or his corpse queen was in power. I'm trying not to speculate here because I'm only trying to refute the idea that it's impossible for 13 to be the present day leader of the white walkers, but to offer a possibility -- the white walkers were completely defeated and 13 was the one to create them again. > B) If this is the same Lord Commander then why did it take them so long to march South of the Wall? Wouldn't it have been easier for them to attack the realm of men when they apparently had their King reigning over the Wall? This is still a question regardless of the identity of their leader. Where have they been since the end of the Long Night, were they completely defeated, were they active this whole time, were they awakened recently, etc. > C) What use was the Wall, if White Walkers King reigned as its supreme leader? What use was the wall if the Night's King was serving them? > D) If they wanted a new king, why couldn't they find it among themselves? Okay, let us consider the argument ( for the same of it) that they couldn't choose a leader among themselves for some unknown reason. It would not have been an election. How many of them were left after the Long Night? Was the Corpse Queen one of them? Was the Corpse Queen the only one? > Wouldn't it be more prudent for them to have changed the Lord Commander into a WW from a human being rather than wait for him to die at the hands of men? What use was it for them to have him unleash his reign of terror only to be killed by humans? > E) If he was brought back from the dead, is the Others Night King a Wight?! There are 4 or 5 different kinds of undead zombies and we don't have much information on what it takes to make one. You have the white walkers, the wights, whatever Coldhands and Benjen are, whatever Lady Stoneheart, Beric and Jon Snow are, and then whatever the Mountain is. The only hints we have are: live + dragonglass through the heart = white walker, dead = wight, dead + dragonglass through the heart = Benjen Then there's the white walker that turns the baby with his fingernail on the cheek Jon Snow is currently undead -- what kind of zombie would he become if he caught the dragonglass through the heart? > F) If he had leadership abilities and was considered someone important, where were the White Walkers when Brandon the Breaker and Joramun forged an alliance to put an end to his reign? I was going to say the White Walkers still cannot cross the wall, but also what do we know about this battle other than the Night's King lost? At this point, so soon after the Long Night, where are the dragons and the dragonglass/dragonsteel weapons? The Night's King is a character from 8000 years ago in GRRM's book. When the TV show introduced a character with a similar name a couple years ago, GRRM said he was no more likely to survive than anyone else from 8000 years ago. The Night King is an 8000 year old character in a TV adaptation of GRRM's book.

  • Lexi Funk

    The Feastdance is very underrated. People think it is a boring part where not-much happens. But you can't have constant action, or it becomes repetitive. The Feastdance is concerned with the fallout of war. There is a theme in AFFC of dealing with death, the deaths of Balon, Oberyn, Tywin, Lysa, and how their family and others react. And on death crows come to feast... some people take advantage of deaths, such as Euron, the ultimate feasting crow who names the story. I just found these two quotes while searching for the Euron quote, and I think it sums up a lot on the story. >On the morning after the battle, the crows had feasted on victors and vanquished alike, as once they had feasted on Rhaegar Targaryen after the Trident. How much can a crown be worth, when a crow can dine upon a king? >The crows will feast upon us all if you go on this way, sweet sister. And finally, from the mouth of Tywin's true heir >Crow’s Eye, you call me. Well, who has a keener eye than the crow? After every battle the crows come in their hundreds and their thousands to feast upon the fallen. A crow can espy death from afar. And I say that all of Westeros is dying. Those who follow me will feast until the end of their days. A lot of the story is concerned with the political plot, as we see Cersei's political incompetence begin bringing down the regime. But we still see heroism, in the true Knight Brienne of Tarth, who travels the ruined RL and acts heroically, protecting the innocent from the monsters loosed on Westeros. ADWD shows concern with the supernatural plot, much of it taking place in the North where the true war will take place. The first chapter is full in the magical plot, taking place from the perspective of an evil Warg. Bran encounters the Three-Eyed Crow, revealed to be Bloodraven, and begins to see the past. Stannis gathers support and moves to free the North from the Boltons. In White Harbor we see the true face of the Lannister regime, rather then Jaime's POV trying to show himself as just, we see the honest and noble Davos' POV on events. We see the loathsome Rhaegar Frey argue for "peace", while Davos argues for war... but a just war, against those whose misdeeds led to the deaths of TWOT5K. Then the facade is laid bare, as Wyman Manderly reveals the true anger from the North. The Wedding in Winterfell feels like a microcosm of this, tensions rising in the castle and deaths taking place, many of those present being of uncertain loyalty. And meanwhile we see the true cruelty that the Lannister regime represents, Bolton rule giving the monstrous Ramsay free reign to terrorize the innocent. As Tyrion travels through Essos he sees the wider-ranging impacts of Dany's war, in the crumbling and proud Volantis too distracted with their past "glory" to see their present ineptitude. Dany tries to work in Slaver's Bay, with KKK-esque movement against ex-slaves. The Dorne and Iron Islands plot continue, with the brother of the casualty that sets of these plots sending another relative away for Dany. While Vic's story is comic (while GRRM is deconstructing and reconstructing the fantasy genre he can still have fun with it a la Pratchett) Quentyn's story is tragic, a bleak deconstruction of the hero's quest, and shows the failings of Doran's plot. Aegon serves as a foil to Quentyn, being another character who wants to marry Dany and is forced into the role of fantasy hero, without realizing they are not and so are doomed to fail, because the story itself is against them. Because from Hamlet to ASOIAF, tragedy can be metafictional. And as a result of the Martells another Dance looms... And at the Wall... the true war is coming and barely anyone knows. And we see that Jon really is a Stark at heart, that he loves Winterfell. Alys Karstark is compared to Arya Stark, and Jon helps his distant kinswoman because of that. We see him trying to help Stannis, who his "father" died for their support of, despite the NW vows meaning Jon should be neutral. We see Jon trying to bind together distant peoples despite their long enmity, because the true foe is coming, one which threatens all Westeros. There is a brief leap of hope in the wedding of Alys Karstark and Sigorn, House Thenn standing as a symbol of unity and a brighter future (u can read a lot into that sigil). There is a beautiful leap of hope, in a world of misery. Similarly there is another leap of hope, as Theon saves Jeyne Poole from the Bolton-occupied Winterfell. But ultimately Jon can't reconcile being LC of the NW with being a Stark. Hence he gives Stannis vital advice, thus he sends Mance to rescue "Arya", and he finally decides to ride to Winterfell to confront his foil, the Bastard of Bolton. Yet this leads to betrayal, the peace is broken. I so love the Northern plot in ADWD, its my fave part of the book, seeing the various conspiracies among the Northern Houses. But I love the last line of ADWD >They were all around him, half a dozen of them, white faced children with dark eyes, boys and girls together. And in their hands, the daggers. In the first act the Lannisters, the main villains of the political plot, won through breaking customs. Now the wheel of fortune turns, what goes around comes around. The Lannisters' crimes catch up with them. They may have seemed secure in ASOS, which had their power build throughout, but with Tywin's death it beings to collapse. As Kevan follows Tywin, so will the Lannister regime, as the third act comes round. We see the true legacy of Tywin Lannister in the Feastdance, Westeros is like his stinking, shitty body. Tywin has left a legacy of hatred. One of the best lines for summing him up is >Lord Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold. Tywin acts as if his legacy is gold but it is shit. In the North and Riverlands the mass of war crimes and the Red Wedding are remembered. There is a theme of false peace, from the Riverlands to Dorne and the North, at the Wall and in Essos, as the Slavers try to make themselves "great" again, and resentment builds among the slaves, such as in Volantis. And the magical plot builds. The Others were the first villains of the story and they move ever closer, in the background, but preparing to strike the ruined Westeros. And in the South there is Oldtown, beginning and ending the book, with Pate and Not-Pate, a microcosm of Oldtown, with something hidden beneath the facade. And the Crow's Eye is coming... Get ready for TWOW. I really can go on, this is what comes of reading a lot of Poor Quentyn.

  • Michele Spencer

    Sure thing! It's a really interesting subject, especially since it dovetails with a lot of hot topics these days. I apologize in advance for how long my reply is. I'm interested to hear any further thoughts you have about this, as it's something I've been thinking about recently. As for *The Alchemist*, I will say that when I read it a few years ago nothing in the story pinged me as being particularly sexist. I sympathize with the previous commenter who did, though, because I think the book's characterization in general left a lot to be desired and that it's a valid criticism. > Though the content appears to be misogynistic, maybe it is an expression that is intended to 'date' the piece or give contextual understanding to the character interactions. For *The Alchemist* in particular, I felt that it was more of a 'novel of ideas' than anything. The setting and characters weren't really meant to be nuanced or memorable or particularly realistic, they were just necessary vehicles to convey Coelho's ideas, which is fine. Neal Stephenson's *Anathem* is also a 'novel of ideas' and one of my favorite books. The difference is that I just didn't think the ideas in *The Alchemist* were interesting or profound enough to make up for it. To speak about books more generally, though... I can support sexism (or racism, etc) being deliberately included in a work as an authorial tool. I do think we should call a spade a spade, however. If a novel is set in the Jim Crow south, we can use the word 'racism' when we talk about it without it being an automatic attack on the book or author for being racist, and that's a distinction I think we need to be mindful of. I know it sounds cold to say that prejudice can be a useful tool in art, but when I say that I mean that we've been struggling with those attitudes for our entire history (more or less). So if an author is working with a fictional setting, whatever the exact time and place may be - if it's populated by humans then there are going to be some ugly aspects to their society. Writers don't always need to shy away from that. In fact, I think it's crucial for literature as a whole to explore those subjects so that we as readers can confront and engage with them in ways that we can't always do in real life. (Not *every* individual book in the world needs to do this, it's also important to have purely escapist stories, or settings that are more idealistic than realistic, because those books are addressing a different need... I just mean literature collectively.) > I don't believe that it needs to necessarily pertain to periodic understandings of relationships, but perhaps it was to serve the purpose of story development and understanding. I agree, and to build on this a bit more: sexist or racist elements can be useful to create a sense of place, for example, or to add nuance to a society in a fantasy setting which isn't directly based on the real world. They can also be valuable for characterization, and not just for explicitly prejudiced characters - the character in question might have some unexamined prejudiced attitudes but is otherwise meant to be sympathetic, or maybe they're marginalized or suffering under prejudice largely perpetuated by other people... I guess what I'm getting at is that depiction is not endorsement, which I talked about a little bit in a reply to u/motocrossing earlier today. > I would be interested to know as well what one thinks in regards to controversial authors, like J. Conrad, who has been accused by some of being a racist. His works are period based, but of fictional content. If it was published today, one might wonder, is it kosher? This is another excellent question. I think it gets to the heart of the controversy around banning books, too. Some fictional content can be offensive and distasteful, sure, but can it be *harmful*? I haven't read any of Joseph Conrad's work in ages (I read *Lord Jim* so long ago I don't remember it well) but I think a lot of Mark Twain's work is in the same position as Conrad's. *Adventures of Huckleberry Finn* is a great example. I'm usually a pomo let-the-text-speak-for-itself kind of reader, so in that sense I can understand where people are coming from when they complain about *Huckleberry Finn*'s racial stereotypes or use of the n-word and why they might not find "it was written in the 1800's" to be a good enough defense. (I myself don't accept the "just a product of the times!" defense for H.P. Lovecraft, not that I think his work should be banned by any means.) But in *Huck Finn* I think it's clear that Mark Twain wasn't just doing it for kicks, or even just for the sake of realism in depicting the American south in the late 19th century. Rather, it was a satirical (and seriously ballsy!) critique of those racist attitudes. If it were being published today, of course I have no doubt it would still be controversial; it already drew a lot of criticism in the 1880's, albeit not for all of the same reasons it does today. Still, I think it's is a great example of racism being used as a deliberate authorial tool or for a specific purpose, and furthermore the work as a whole is pretty clearly conveying an anti-racist message. Having said that though, I'm not trying to claim that a work *has* to be satirical or an explicit critique of prejudice on the order of *Huck Finn* in order to be worthwhile. Vladimir Nabokov doesn't come right out and finish *Lolita* with "AND THAT'S WHY RAPING CHILDREN IS BAD, THE END", but nevertheless he's an incredibly skilled writer who took on that controversial and disturbing subject matter and dealt with it in a way that's subtle, meaningful, even beautiful. I guess the question that would naturally follow all of this is 'when does racism/ sexism/ etc have no place in a work?' which is kind of a tough one to tackle and my personal answer for it is more nebulous. There's a certain point where it's not just useless, but it actually detracts from the work. I have no time for it if it creeps into a book because of an author's unexamined attitudes, or because of an author's laziness in plotting/ characterization/ historical research. In rare cases I get the vibe that the author isn't just portraying a society/ character that's racist or sexist, but actively wishing things were that way in reality - or even worse, I get the distinct feeling that they're writing about it with one hand (if you know what I mean). All work is open to criticism, so I think it's fine for readers to complain when that kind of thing happens. Lately I've heard from some people who think that racism and sexism should NEVER be portrayed in fiction because doing so normalizes (or even endorses) it. Personally I have a lot of problems with that position. Sure, our popular media isn't created in a vacuum, life and art can imitate one another, etc etc - I would agree with them up to that point. But fiction doesn't have a 1:1 relationship with the real world and that's a crucial difference. (Again, apologies for length - & interested to hear any more thoughts you have on content/ what literature should and shouldn't depict if you're up for it)

  • Merritt Walter

    The IoT will spy on people even further. Absolutely right! In fact, a company making *Dildos* was busted this summer, because the Dildos were spying on their users: Sending back - power settings, use frequency, duration... geolocation. Wouldn't it be wonderful, if the spy agencies had that kind of information on Hillary Clinton? Or Michele Obama? Consider the leverage they would have. Vladimir Putin targeted the wrong servers! I love argument two. However I did note that, on some level, you must recognize its weakness. The qualifier "under *current* laws" betrays the weakness. Speaking to that qualifier first, then to the broader assertion... Long before WWII, the Dutch government noticed that some people had to travel miles to attend their particular religious service. As a function of city planning, it would be a good idea for zoning bi-laws to consider this. It was unfair for Jewish people, for example, to travel several miles to attend a Synagogue, when many Lutheran Churches all exist within the same 2 mile radius. Therefore, the government registered the faiths of its citizens with the city planning departments. You can guess where this is going. Once the Nazi's invaded, they had ready-made lists to use for their purposes. What was *once* considered legal, can *in the future* become illegal. The same is happening in Russia, even as we speak. Being Gay was previously legal there. however, demagogues need "internal enemies" to buttress their power. So Putin is rounding up and imprisoning Gay people. They are, after all, a grave danger to society. Fulan Gong in China is no different. The Rwandan Genocide: It was not illegal to be a Tutsis. Until 1994, being a Tutsis was doing nothing illegal, so (presumably) they had nothing to fear. It *did* become quite a liability to be identified as Tutsis once the Hutus acquired their weapons. About 800,000 people slaughtered, 2 million people displaced. The "arch of history" does not *always* bend towards freedom. Turning next to your main point: "If you have done nothing illegal, you have nothing to fear". Nothing to fear, or nothing to hide? Consider carefully the distinction. You and I may have nothing to hide. We *all* have everything to fear. Consider Mao Zedong's cultural revolution. Any ordinary teacher was rounded up and imprisoned when a student denounced them. Shop keepers were denounced by their competitors. Parents were denounced by their children (If you make me go to bed at 8pm, I'll tell the Party on you!). 1.5 million killed, 36 million persecuted, countless died in "re-education" camps. During those 10 years, the Chinese had to compile their lists by hand. They didn't have a large database; with its ruthless efficiency. Cambodia's killing fields (over 1.3 million killed). Intellectuals were rounded up by the Khmer Rouge. How do you figure out *who* the intellectuals are? Today it's simple: Ask the database who has purchased a book lately (the government should compile your book purchases, right?). Or consider the forced labour camps of the Gulag Archipelago. Many examples exist where the machinery of state is used against the citizenry. However you will rightly point out, those were repressive governments. A democracy would never turn against it's citizens. Mosaddegh in Iran (democratically elected 1951, overthrown 1953), Allende in Chile (elected 1970, overthrown 1973), Argentina (several coup d'etat during/post Peron). **Even Greece** (*the birthplace of democracy* was ruled by a Military Junta in the 1970's). History is replete with examples where a democracy slid backwards. You see the same thing happening in Turkey right now. Remember, Hitler was *elected to office*. Everything Hitler did was legal. (Still want to stand on the "legal" argument?). However, not until the last 15 years, did the state know everything about you (including the power settings of your Dildo). A democracy can be unjust (the U.S.A.; Jim Crow). In fact, it can disenfranchise entire populations: South Africa under apartheid was a democracy (for whites). Mahatma Gandhi was considered an enemy of the state and a *radical organizer*, and thrown out of South Africa. If only the British had known of *his* sexual history (reportedly quite freaky). They might have saved India! The third argument is a straw man. No one believes that the spy agencies ought to be abolished. They are invaluable for keeping us safe from external enemies. However, if their tools are deployed against the citizenry... who is the enemy? The citizens? If you have attended a military college, you would know that Defence almost always has an advantage. To succeed, it takes five times the resources for an attacker, as it does for the defender. Until the blitzkrieg (fast movement), that truth generally held. I question, deeply, the wisdom of the spy agencies focusing on their offensive capabilities; while leaving their own citizens defenseless. We are all treated to the spectacle of the American election. Shameful. How the hell did the Russians get the emails of the DNC? Unless the Russians and Americans have signed a secret *digital MAD doctrine* (intentionally leaving each nation's citizens vulnerable to mass retaliation, as a way to guarantee no-first-use), then... why the hell are they targeting their offensive resources at their own citizens (whilst ignoring basic defensive fortification). The DNC hack is quite telling. In fact, the last word on the subject by the FBI to Congress was: "we should build defective software, and hack our citizen's computers". I guess Director Comey is by stealth making sure that you, I and the DNC remain vulnerable. *Extraordinary*. **The spy agencies should be our defenders**. Sadly, you and I are left to defend ourselves... both from the FSB *and* the NSA.

  • Berta Kovacek

    *Before Mono was a pair of clearly malnourished children. The boy was no older than 9, the girl seemed slightly younger, perhaps 6 or 7. Their tattered clothes were covered in dirt. Their long hair was unkempt and dusty. Their eyes had this desperate but distrusting atmosphere. They reminded Mono a lot of himself when he was a young homeless orphan, sneaking around and stealing what he could for survival in Zou. So these were the recipe thieves Mono was expected to kill.* *Right. That wasn't going to happen.* *Mono approached the two children slowly. They stepped backwards, clearly fearful of the large monkey man. They've probably never seen a mink before* **Boy:** W-what are you? What do you want!? **Mono:** Hey, hey, easy kid. No need to be afraid. I'm Mono, this is my pal Crow. Are you guys here for the feast? *The girl's face lit up when she heard feast, and the children's stomach simultaneously began to growl* **Girl:** We heard about a delicious feast in this tower, so we came to see- *the boy shushed her with his hand* **Boy:** So we're here for the feast, whats it to you? *Mono laughed. This clearly isn't the first time these two have gotten into trouble while looking for food. Mono reached over to Crow, who was enjoying a bowl of freshly baked cookies while they searched, and pulled out one of the cookies.* **Mono:** Oh I don't know...you two seem pretty hungry, and we just so happen to have this whole bowl of freshly baked cookies! If you guys don't want any though I underst- *Before Mono could even finish his teasing, the girl had ran past her apparent brother and began to help herself. The boy weakly tried to stop the girl, before giving in himself. **Boy:** Thanks, I guess... *Mono smiled, but began to contemplate the situation of these poor children as he picked through the girl's hair, feasting on lice. He very much doubted that the chef would allow these two into the feast, since he seems to be convinced they are spies or something. He can't just leave them like this though, but he also can't just let them take Crow's hard earned cookies. There more than enough food to give to these two kids in this tower, but how does he get it past the cook?* *Then the idea came to him. He let out a monkey screech, which made the 3 kids around him jump and nearly spill the cookies.* **Mono:** Crow I know exactly what to do! *Crow gave him a confused and irritated look after remembering Mono's last few ideas.* Don't you think it's strange that the chef had a live pig in his kitchen? Where does a chef get a pig in a tower like this? *The chef was hard at work. He had just finished making all the entrees and main courses, now he was on the desert. Just as he was preparing his triple fudge chocolate souffle, he heard a strange sound coming from down the hall towards the kitchen. A thunderous, echoing sound of hooves on stone floor charging right for his kitchen! Suddenly a heard of pigs swarmed into his kitchen, smashing into chomping on everything they could. The Chef entered a never before seen rage and began to chase down and heard his escaped cattle. As this chaotic scene took place, Mono was silently climbing on the roof of the kitchen, heading towards the storage room. It wasn't very difficult to find the pig pen in the tower. Mono knew there had to be a place where he kept live animals to have so much meat on hand. Mono swiftly slid into the storage room, unnoticed due to all the commotion.* *Meanwhile, Crow watched with the two children from the kitchen door window, trying to keep the kids from finishing off his cookies. A few minutes passed and the chef was making some headway in catching the pigs. They then saw Mono come out of the storage room, with several bags of food in his hands. He tried to once again sneak away, by holding the bags with his teeth and climbing onto the roof, but his mouth grip loosened and one of the bags fell hard onto the floor. The chef spun around, saw the bag and then noticed the monkey thief. **Chef:** You...YOU....**YOOOUUU! I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN! YOU'RE A THIEF JUST LIKE THE REST, AFTER MY RECIPES! YOU WANT TO COPY MY LIFE WORK! YOU WANT TO STEAL MY PRECIOUS FOOD! WELL I'LL GIVE YOU MY BLADES INSTEAD! *The chef dropped everything, grabbed hold of all his sharp cooking utensils, and began to chuck them towards the mink.* *Mono didn't stall for one second, he dropped from the ceiling and ran for his life, bursting through the kitchen door and shooting past the kids. They all looked at each other, then at the chef, who was now chucking knives their way. They followed behind the mink at top speed. After a long run down he tower, the 4 thieves made it out, panting and wheezing, but the chef wasn't done with them yet. He followed them out, still chucking his knives, chasing them away from the tower. **Chef:** If I ever see you back here, I'll make monkey and crow soup! *He shouted in rage. The chef would have to make a whole other feast just to get over this wrath.* *After they got to a safe distance and some rest, Mono handed the stolen food to the children.* **Mono:** Now this should be enough to last you a few months, so don't be wasteful. Also, cooking is dangerous to do alone, take this. *Mono handed them the same cook book that they used to make the pig and cookies* Trust me, the chef doesn't any of this stuff, he's just a suspicious hoarder. *After a great deal of hugs from the little girl and some gratitude from the boy, the children parted ways with the pirates.* *As Mono and Crow walked back to the ship, cookies still in hand, Crow couldn't help but express his disappointment that they couldn't keep any of the loot for himself.* **Mono:** What do you think I'm some kind of absentminded cat Crow? I may have given them the food, but I found some more valuable items in that storage room as well, things those kids would have no use for. *Mono suddenly pulled out a relatively small bag full of mystery contents.* That chef really was a hoarder! *All in all it was a completely successful food quest. Mono had his fair share of bananas and Crow had home made cookies. Things were looking up for them, and their future in the sun pirates seemed bright* (OOC: foreshadowing) /u/Rewards-san

  • Julia Greenfelder

    The Story Of The Chinese Family That First Fought To Desegregate Southern Schools Racial politics in the Jim Crow South were more complicated than you think. 11/04/2016 04:12 am ET Decades before Brown v. Board of Education ― the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that found “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” ― a Chinese family from rural Mississippi brought its own legal challenge to Southern school segregation before the Supreme Court. In 1924, grade school students Martha and Berda Lum were barred from attending their local, all-white school because of their status as people of color. The family sued the school in an unprecedented but little-known lawsuit that made its way to the nation’s highest court. A new book, Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South, documents the family’s struggle for educational equality. Although the Lums sought to fight racism against Asian-Americans and provide their daughters with access to a quality education, their lawsuit was itself rooted in pronounced anti-black racism. The Lum family brought the challenge because they didn’t want society to see their daughters as being in the same category as black students, or force them to attend the same institutions as black children. The girls’ mother, Katherine, “knew that such a classification would have instantly disenfranchised her family,” the book says. “For Katherine to send her children to the colored school would be to yield to the trustees, to agree with them that her daughters were not worthy of the privileges afforded to whites.” The case could have changed the course of history. Instead, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the Lum family. They ended up leaving the state. The Huffington Post spoke with author Adrienne Berard about how she unearthed this family’s unique history. This case isn’t very well-known. How did you come across it? I wasn’t looking for it at all. It was a lucky accident that I came across it. My family is from the Mississippi Delta and I was there doing research ― I was interested in writing about my own family. I went to the archives of Delta State University. When I was there, the archivist had just come out of a meeting with a group interested in preserving the Chinese heritage of the Mississippi Delta. After talking with her and learning more about it, I wanted to change [the] focus of the book I thought I was writing. I wanted to move away from my family but still tell the story of a family. Generations had passed since the case, but people still talk about the horror of it. You spoke to members of the Lum family. Were they interested in telling this story? They were excited to meet me and excited to learn more about their history. They were also pretty guarded, and rightly so. It wasn’t a victory. They lost the case, and because they lost that case, it created a precedent that was detrimental to the Chinese-American South as a whole. It’s not like they were pariahs by any means, but there is that stain of losing the case. Why do you think this case has been so overlooked by history? I think part of it is because it conflicts [with] what we think we know about the South. We have a very strict narrative of what the South is, and to add a third race into what has been described as a binary racial society really complicates the history. I’m not surprised I didn’t know anything about it and that most people don’t know anything about it. In order to explain those dynamics, you have to grapple with a lot of history and talk about the layers that go into the racial discrimination of the South. Had the ruling in this case gone differently, how could that have affected the history of school desegregation in the South? It is interesting because so much of this case is so wholly racist. There were racists on both sides ― the plaintiffs and the defense, the school board and the state of Mississippi and the U.S. Supreme Court. Even the appeal, everything along the way has all these layers of racism. Had the court favored the Lum family, it would have been a dent in the hard wall of racism throughout the South. Instead, they made that wall stronger. Had they said “We’re willing to blur this line for this ethnic group,” then maybe another ethnic group would have come along and said “Maybe you should blur this line for us.” Maybe African-Americans would have come along and said “If all these groups can attend these schools, why shouldn’t we?” Hindsight is 20/20, so I have no idea. But had it not been unanimous and only one justice written a dissent, that could have been huge. Had one person in the justice system somehow ruled in favor of this family, it could have set a precedent. They didn’t necessarily have to win to make a difference. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lum-family-desegregation_us_581a4320e4b0c43e6c1db6f5

  • Ada Nienow

    A few times in these later books we see something very similar to earlier stuff. Victarion vanquishing a foe easily but taking a wound which is much more serious than he realizes, and potentially gets poisoned by a so-called healer is a lot like how Khal Drogo died. I hope GRRM is building to something good there. In the last reread I noted that it’s odd Victarion doesn’t see the similarity to Urri’s death. Perhaps he doesn’t make that connection because Dany is going to make the Victarion-Drogo connection later. Since I’m comparing Victarion to everyone, here are his thoughts on Euron, “The taste was bitter on his tongue. This was my victory, not his. Where was he? Back on Oakenshield, lazing in a castle. He stole my wife and he stole my throne, and now he steals my glory.” Victarion and Tyrion could not be more different, yet here they have the same problem. Nute complains about not getting plunder “Glory is good,” said Nute, “but gold is better.” Of course Nute is going to leave Victarion after Euron gives him land. I’ve always had the feeling that Nute will come back though, because you can win a man with gold, but only blood will keep him true. Hmm, playing up the Tyrion-Victarion connection, Tyrion loses most of his leverage when Tywin and Cersei pull his minions away with lands and lordships. He hopes that Bronn has some sort of underlying loyalty to him though, but Bronn leaves him too. Now Nute is pulled away from Victarion. SO the question is, will he come back? “By right of blood Victarion might have claimed a seat on the dais, but he did not care to eat with Euron and his creatures.” Something something, trapping of power per chance? I’ve often puzzled over what Rodrik the Reader’s agenda is. Today there’s this: >Hotho Harlaw was across the table, sucking meat off a bone. He flicked it aside and hunched forward. “The Knight’s to have Greyshield. My cousin. Did you hear?” “No.” Victarion looked across the hall, to where Ser Harras Harlaw sat drinking wine from a golden cup; a tall man, long-faced and austere. “Why would Euron give that one an island?” The reason it’s puzzling is that since the Reader doesn’t have children, Harras is his heir. It seems Euron has a plan for the Reader as well. The story is: >“The Knight took Grimston by himself. He planted his standard beneath the castle and defied the Grimms to face him. One did, and then another, and another. He slew them all... well, near enough, two yielded. When the seventh man went down, Lord Grimm’s septon decided the gods had spoken and surrendered the castle.” Hotho laughed. “He’ll be the Lord of Greyshield, and welcome to it. With him gone, I am the Reader’s heir.” He thumped his wine cup against his chest. “Hotho the Humpback, Lord of Harlaw.” “Seven, you say.” It seems staged. It’s suspicious indeed. Hmm, and then the Reader challenges Euron’s plans in the hall and Euron tells him to shut up, but later he says to Victarion “It comes to me that the Reader was not wrong. Too large a fleet could never hold together over such a distance.” Again I’m getting the feeling that Euron staged that. Here’s what I wrote about the Reader when we met him last reread: >Rodrik’s last line is “Go. I wish to return to Archmaester Marwyn and his search.” Is that the current Archmaester Marwyn, or some older one? (reread, he definitely means the current Marwyn) Rodrik is saying that he means to return to the book, but perhaps there’s also a hidden meaning here that he and Marwyn are in cahoots. Whether or not that’s true, it’s making me realize that GRRM wouldn’t put this character Rodrik in just for exposition. Rodrik must have some sort of agenda, but he’s keeping it to himself for now. Earlier he said that he doesn’t think they should have a king but rather they should use their ships to support some other king. Well, we know Marwyn wants to support Dany, so perhaps Euron’s plan to send Victarion to Dany was actually schemed by Rodrik. I’m going to upgrade that theory to plausible. “I beat her to death with mine own hands, he thought, but the Crow’s Eye killed her when he shoved himself inside her.” Earlier he said “If another strikes him down at my command, will his blood still stain my hands? Aeron Damphair would know the answer, but the priest was somewhere back on the Iron Islands” This debate has shown itself many times before. Victarion seems to have decided. Euron’s bit about how we’ll never know if we don’t try actually sounds like Asha’s sentiment in her chapter “If I do not go, I will spend the rest of my life wondering what might have happened if I had.” When Dany drinks the shade-of-the-evening it starts bitter but is sweet by the last sip. Victarion spits it out before it can get sweet. Later Aeron is going to try to spit it out but Euron forces it on him. It’s a shame we don’t get to see what vision’s it would’ve given Vic.

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  • Lysanne Hirthe

    >More speech doesn't automatically result in better ideas rising to the top, or people approaching things more critically. In fact, in cases such as Holocaust denial it can be used to actively damage the possibility of having valuable discussions. **That's the danger of a free and open society.** People may make up their minds to embrace ideas which are erosive to a free and open society. *There is a fundamental promiscuity to open societies.* They encourage the circulation and mixing of ideas. And this is why a democracy cannot survive long as a mere mechanism, devoid of a background of democratic values, such as free speech. Likewise, the mechanical provision of free speech by law means nothing without the attendant cultural value which motivates and sustains such protections. **And the most demanding test we will face is when the speech of our relative monsters, devils, and changelings is under scrutiny.** And the only alternative is to let someone else decide for you. Children have parents. Democrats have superdelegates. Americans have secret FISA courts. The world is witnessing an attempt to pass secret laws via treaty (i.e., TPP, TTIP). And we're bitching about whether Milo should get a book deal with a particular publishing house? With regard to *Mein Kampf,* let me be clear. I'd publish it in any open society in any decade. >This is an extremely poor excuse for drawing the analogy between Jim Crow and this issue, and it's completely disingenuous to try and imply there isn't a specific rhetorical strategy So, you can't deny the analogy, save to object to a connotation that you don't like. Well, if you endorse making a publishing house a country club that only services ideas you like, that does raise some troubling connotations and denotations. It doesn't make you a racist. It just means you may have something (something ugly) in common with racists. Sure, there are differences, but comparisons only claim to hold hold on a specified axis of comparison, not on all particular qualities. >It is also free speech to criticize the decision to tacitly endorse these views, which is the social function of publishing this work. What these authors are saying is not that it should be disallowed, but rather that it should not be done because of its consequences. And this is where you are missing my point about the difference between the legal right of free speech (say *almost* anything!) and the cultural value of free speech (preserve the conditions that allow ideas to circulate!). *What matters most is the process, the background, the environment which sustains speech conditions.* Those who exercise their free speech in a way that is erosive to that background, deserve to be criticized. You are mistaken in responding that it's all freeze-peach, because your comment refers to the former (legal) condition, where I am concerned with the latter. And I have a beef with anyone, however well-intentioned, working against the *value* of free speech, even though such efforts will needs must reflect the *right* of free speech. There is not contradiction here. **We keep our freedoms not just by creating legal mechanisms (such mechanisms can easily be warped, impeded, repurposed, and eliminated), but by exercising our values. The First Amendment is going to do all the work for you.** >I think a vanishingly small number of readers of Milo's book would also read an anti-Milo book in response then try and critically assess the arguments contrasting one another. So what? We should only embrace the cultural value of free speech when YOU think we can trust people with the message? Your short-term consequentialist reasoning (The effects of Milo-messages) here is exactly what is wrong with our world today. If we focus only on immediate outcomes, then the ends will justify the means. But you can't treat a democracy like a Machiavellian "Game of Thrones" and still have a democracy at the end of the day. You can't play preferentially with your cultural value of free speech and still have a vibrant, living, breathing value of free speech at the end of the day. This is wrong all by itself. And if we look to the long-term consequences, we'll see that the cultural value of free speech matters most, because this is what created and sustains the legal right. >Right here: Ah, I see. I was arguing that "protest" involves much more than picketing. If you are on the "right side," you get much more than a picket sign in a ghettoized protest area a mile from the event. You get to be a potential "hero" with a "powerful message." You get an endorsement from the establishment as a participant in the latest struggle for *whatever*. Unpopular people (relative to the mainstream and/or establishment) with unpopular causes (relative to the mainstream and/or establishment) do not nearly have the same amount of latitude. The point is, protesters are no on all fours with each other. The popular kids get picket signs, a spotlight, and a supportive Op-Ed. >None of those negative aspects of the NDAA are deplatforming though, you still haven't done anything more than name a single provision of the bill then fail to elaborate on what it actually says. If you don't see how drifting towards a police state with panoptic power doesn't have a chilling effect on discourse, I don't think there is much I can do for you.

  • Wilfredo White

    I would also recommend reading [Death Sentence, The Decay of Public Language](http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/10/31/1067566083688.html) by Australian author Don Watson (the book was published as [Gobbledygook: How Cliches, Sludge and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language](https://www.amazon.com/Gobbledygook-Don-Watson/dp/1843543567) in the UK and [Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language](https://www.amazon.com/Death-Sentences-Management-Speak-Strangling-Language/dp/1592402054) in the US). [Weasel Words](https://www.amazon.com/Watsons-Dictionary-Weasel-Enhanced-Updates/dp/1740513665) (and his other books are also well worth a look), from the introduction. > Yet the crime is less in the evasion than in the platitudes that hollow out debate even as they talk about starting a 'conversation' with us. The first true crime of managerial politics is that we must push through so much flatulence and dross to reach the nub of it. Take Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina the day a young white man killed seven black people worshipping in a church. She began by saying a 'conversation' was needed, that this was the South Carolinian way. She said 'conversation' three times in her first two sentences. The press then asked her if she would now do something about the Confederate flag flying at the state capitol. She replied: 'I think that . . . at a time like this, you have to look back at what we’ve done. Fifteen years ago the General Assembly at the time they had a *conversation*.' And she said conversation again and again until someone asked her to say what her position was. And she replied: 'You know, right now, to start having policy *conversations* with the people of South Carolina . . .' The 'conversation' has been going on since the Civil War. It takes in slavery, Jim Crow and the civil rights movement. But 'conversation' puts all that history to sleep: it puts the world to sleep and gives Governor Haley time to test the political waters. > > These suffocating words and phrases might serve communication within a business, but they thwart it in debate. That is the second crime of modern political language: it stifles thinking. For all the talk of diversity and flexibility, brainstorming and blue-skying, management language is designed to get everyone thinking the same way: or, more accurately, not thinking beyond the part each plays in the process. One *cannot* think in clichés, or in pure abstraction, or in messages: and to speak or write in these forms is to prevent others from thinking too. One can't think or convey thoughts without images. One can't think in the fog that management jargon deliberately creates. One can't *know* in it. Whatever else might be better for being process-driven, politics is not. Politics needs thought and language equally. Civil society does. > > But where will we find the politicians who know anything else? Leave aside the contaminated areas of their working life if they have had one, the universities they attended have rolled over to the managerial cult. The education departments are infected, and schools write reports that leave parents wondering if the outcomes in outcomes-based education are outcomes for their children or for the educators. Even kindergartens send home folios headed 'Early Years Learning and Development Framework Outcomes.' > > We cannot fail to notice the new technology, the new economy, the new ways of working. It's hard to miss the fact of the revolution we're living through. But we can easily miss the way the new language has crept into daily life. We scarcely recognise the change, and even less do we notice what we're losing. We adapt to the new all-purpose words and forget the many old ones they've replaced. With their passing, meaning fades; poetry and other keys to human possibility, including irony and critical self-reflection, are lost. 'The limits of my language are the limits of my world,' Wittgenstein said. In this sense at least, so-called globalisation and the global revolution in technology and communications have not made for an expanded world, but a diminished one. The knowledge economy is a realm of *lost* knowledge, of assured ignorance. > > We come to ignore what has no meaning. We bend our brains around the void, and stop wondering if such as this is an unwitting idiocy or something sinister: 'In the recent evaluation by the Australian Council for Educational Research, school and community members reported that Direct Instruction was having a positive impact on student outcomes, but the researchers were not yet able to say whether or not the initiative has had an impact on student learning.’ > > Read it five times and you will not find a sensible meaning. Not even if you *drill down, deep dive* or *unpack it*. The problem is less one of logic than of language. In your mind’s eye try to attach that sentence to some familiar thing, the inside of a ticking clock, for instance. There is no movement: or flesh, or bone or blood. Like many of the entries in this book it is a little absurd: like all but a very few it is also lifeless, and that, as Graham Greene would have said, is the bigger failing and the chief cause of the absurdity.

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  • Kareem Lang

    > So, you can't deny the analogy, save to object to a connotation that you don't like. Well, if you endorse making a publishing house a country club that only services ideas you like, that does raise some troubling connotations and denotations. It doesn't make you a racist. It just means you may have something (something ugly) in common with racists. > Sure, there are differences, but comparisons only claim to hold hold on a specified axis of comparison, not on all particular qualities. I do deny the analogy because I think that the contextual differences are sufficient to make the logic function fundamentally differently--it is ridiculous to equate objecting the acceptance of a manuscript by a publishing house with racial segregation. >That's the danger of a free and open society. People may make up their minds to embrace ideas which are erosive to a free and open society. There is a fundamental promiscuity to open societies. They encourage the circulation and mixing of ideas. And this is why a democracy cannot survive long as a mere mechanism, devoid of a background of democratic values, such as free speech. Likewise, the mechanical provision of free speech by law means nothing without the attendant cultural value which motivates and sustains such protections. And the most demanding test we will face is when the speech of our relative monsters, devils, and changelings is under scrutiny. And the only alternative is to let someone else decide for you. Children have parents. Democrats have superdelegates. Americans have secret FISA courts. The world is witnessing an attempt to pass secret laws via treaty (i.e., TPP, TTIP). And we're bitching about whether Milo should get a book deal with a particular publishing house? I think the problem here is that you're conflating people objecting to platform access with free speech in general, which is something that we've both been talking around the whole time and aren't going to agree on. You can write paeans to the ideal of free speech til you get carpal tunnel, and even put the more stirring parts in bold. It's going to get you upvotes, but it's not going to convince me that specific major platforms should be immune from criticism for the things they publish. >If you don't see how drifting towards a police state with panoptic power doesn't have a chilling effect on discourse, I don't think there is much I can do for you. I read Foucault too, and I'm critical of these measures as well. That being said I still think you're being evasive here, similarly to the Jim Crow thing. >And this is where you are missing my point about the difference between the legal right of free speech (say almost anything!) and the cultural value of free speech (preserve the conditions that allow ideas to circulate!). What matters most is the process, the background, the environment which sustains speech conditions. Those who exercise their free speech in a way that is erosive to that background, deserve to be criticized. You are mistaken in responding that it's all freeze-peach, because your comment refers to the former (legal) condition, where I am concerned with the latter. And I have a beef with anyone, however well-intentioned, working against the value of free speech, even though such efforts will needs must reflect the right of free speech. There is not contradiction here. We keep our freedoms not just by creating legal mechanisms (such mechanisms can easily be warped, impeded, repurposed, and eliminated), but by exercising our values. The First Amendment is going to do all the work for you. I understand your point here and agree with it in a general sense, but my general objections to it are the same as they have been throughout this conversation--I don't think that arguing against giving this guy $250,000 and a book deal is corrosive to the culture that you're describing. >Ah, I see. I was arguing that "protest" involves much more than picketing. If you are on the "right side," you get much more than a picket sign in a ghettoized protest area a mile from the event. You get to be a potential "hero" with a "powerful message." You get an endorsement from the establishment as a participant in the latest struggle for whatever. Unpopular people (relative to the mainstream and/or establishment) with unpopular causes (relative to the mainstream and/or establishment) do not nearly have the same amount of latitude. The point is, protesters are no on all fours with each other. The popular kids get picket signs, a spotlight, and a supportive Op-Ed. I think that this is flat out untrue--protests are suppressed pretty quickly by the state across the board, and if anything leftist protests are suppressed moreso than conservative ones, e.g. the armed takeover of government land in Oregon last year vs. the RNC 8.

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  • Annabell Mitchell

    I think it's important to note the different context under which the concept of "white privilege" arose in the US. Just because there are similarities between the position of Chinese people in Singapore and the position of white people in the US does not mean we should transplant specific academic concepts blindly without qualification. The [wikipedia article](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_privilege#cite_note-65) on white privilege states that > > Some scholars attribute white privilege, which they describe as informal racism, to the **formal racism (i.e. slavery followed by Jim Crow) that existed for much of American history.**[65] In her book Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America, Stephanie M. Wildman writes that many Americans who advocate a merit-based, race-free worldview do not acknowledge the systems of privilege which have benefited them. For example, many Americans rely on a social or financial inheritance from previous generations, an inheritance unlikely to be forthcomin**if one's ancestors were slaves.**[66] Whites were sometimes afforded opportunities and benefits that were unavailable to others. In the middle of the 20th century, **the government subsidized white homeownership through the Federal Housing Administration, but not homeownership by minorities.**[67] Some social scientists also suggest that the historical processes of suburbanization and decentralization are instances of white privilege that have contributed to contemporary patterns of environmental racism.[68] > > At no point in the history of Singapore did our Chinese majority government come close to enacting anything close to Jim Crow laws, which prohibited inter-racial marriage and promoted segregation, let alone condone slavery. Rather, racial integration has been an explicit housing policy for decades. That is not to deny that informal racism exists in Singapore, but the informal racism we see in Singapore does not seem to fit neatly into framework that scholars have used to analyse "white privilege", which appears to be linked to the history of slavery and the civil rights movement. To further put a face to the concept of "white privilege", I skimmed through a widely cited [essay by Peggy McIntosh on the topic.](https://www.deanza.edu/faculty/lewisjulie/White%20Priviledge%20Unpacking%20the%20Invisible%20Knapsack.pdf) Almost every media article on the topic I've read referenced this essay in one way or another, and again many of the strongest examples of white privilege mentioned in her article do not have direct equivalents in Singapore. For example: > I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection." or > When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is. Minorities in Singapore generally do not fear police shootings, and national education tend to emphasize the multi-racial nature of our nation-building process. Of course there are also examples in that article that are directly applicable to Singapore, such as this: > I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the “person in charge”, I will be facing a person of my race. Since there are more Chinese people in positions of power in government agencies and businesses, this is probably true here as well. But my point is that even if we accept that the concept of "white privilege" has explanatory power in the US, (which is debated in the US), its relevance here is much diminished here given the historical differences. So given that 1. the phrase "white privilege" seems to have generated more heat than light the US itself (probably because many people just shut down when they hear the word "privilege" because they understand the word in the ordinary sense and not the academic sense) and 2. transplanting the concept to Singapore simply by just swapping the word "white" for 'Chinese" may be slightly misleading or at least requires qualification Why don't we use find other way to talk informal racism? How about just "informal racism" as a phrase? or "casual prejudice"? or a million other ways to describe the instances of injustice suffered by minorities here? Why must we immediately jump on the intellectual bandwagon that is "white privilege", a concept with its own distinct history and baggages?

  • Shaniya Von

    When the Targaryens fled Valyria to Dragonstone, they brought two Valyrian Steel Swords with them, Blackfyre and Dark Sister. During Aegon's Conquest, Aegon wielded Blackfyre and his sister-wife Visenya wielded Dark Sister. The two swords were passed from Targaryen king to king for generations. Under the rule of King Aegon IV the Unworthy, the king legitimized all his bastards. To one of his bastards, Daemon Waters, Aegon IV gave the sword Blackfyre. Daemon Waters created his own house based on the sword and became Daemon Blackfyre. Now the sword Blackfyre was essentially representative of the kingship. Many argued that by giving Daemon the sword Blackfyre instead of Prince Daeron II, heir to the Iron Throne, Aegon IV desired Daemon to be the next king. After Daeron became king, a rebellion erupted with Daemon, wielding Blackfyre, fighting Daeron in what would come to be known as the First Blackfyre Rebellion. Another one of Aegon IV's bastards, Brynden Rivers aka Bloodraven, wielding Dark Sister, killed Daemon with a hail of arrows. Another one of Aegon IV's bastards, Aegor Rivers aka Bittersteel, fled Westeros with Daemon's family and the sword Blackfyre. Fastforward a couple decades, after several unexpected deaths in the royal family, the heir to the Iron Throne is a newborn child and the king just died. Brynden Rivers, who was Hand of the King at that time, calls a Great Council to determine who will sit on the Iron Throne. From Essos, Aenys Blackfyre, the fifth son of Daemon, sends a letter submitting his name for consideration and asking for safe passage. Brynden accepts and, after Aenys arrives to King's Landing, has him taken to the Black Cells and executed immediately to deter Blackfyre sympathizers. Eventually, the Great Council decides on Aegon V Targaryen- the fourth son of the fourth son of Daeron I and younger brother of Maester Aemon, the same Maester Aemon of the Night's Watch that Jon met. King Aegon V the Unlikely has Brynden arrested and sent to the wall (fun fact- Aemon travels with Brynden to the Wall). Brynden brings Dark Sister with him. He rises up high and quickly becomes the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Later, out on a ranging beyond the Wall, he disappears, never to be seen again until Bran, Meera, and Hodor stumble upon his cave where he hangs out with Children of the Forest and calls himself the Three-Eyed Raven. Now about Longclaw. The Mormonts are a poor family who were given Bear Island by a Stark King. Before that, they were likely, at best, a very very minor/maybe even knightly house. They likely would not have been able to acquire a Valyrian Steel sword even after they were given Bear Island. Lord Commander Jeor gave Longclaw to Jon claiming that the shame of Jorah's slave trading caused him to just basically toss the sword in storage. Jorah supposedly left Longclaw before escaping to Essos and the Mormont women sent an incredibly valuable Valyrian Steel sword to the Wall. Now this could make sense as their are no male Mormonts left besides Jeor, but the Mormont women are warriors. Why would they not keep a Valyrian Steel sword. Also, why would Jeor not use a Valyrian Steel sword? If the shame is too much, why not give it to the First Ranger or another competent Black Brother to use against Wildlings? The story told to Jon by Jeor is flawed. Now, in the books, Mormont has a crow. Crows are heavily associated with the Three-Eyed Raven aka Brynden Rivers. There is evidence in the book to make a strong argument that Bloodraven has been warging into Mormont's crow. Bloodraven could have been influencing the Lord Commanders of the Night's Watch for a while now. If the Valyrian Steel sword Jon received was Dark Sister, sword of a previous Lord Commander who has had some degree of influence over other Lord Commanders, it would explain why a freaking Valyrian Steel sword has not been extensively used by the Night's Watch and given to a 15-16 year old kid who was a steward and only a brother for like a month or something- a kid who was also the son of a Targaryen and Stark, who had the blood of ice and fire. Ice-Fire Blood wielding a Sword of Kings that can kill Others that becomes the Sword of Legends Lightbringer vs Ice-Fire Blood wielding sword that can kill Others that becomes the Sword of Legends Lightbringer All in all, there is an argument to be made that Longclaw = Dark Sister. I don't know if I 100% believe this but it could maybe happen, although probably not in the show.

  • Mikayla King

    I don't care who or what the chinese blame who or what for. This is not a question about the Chinese. The chinese can blame Zeus for all I care (or don't care) because right now we are 1. Not talking about the chinese 2. Chinese history is different than African and African-American history. So what the Chinese blame and HOW THEY BLAME is different. 2. We aren't talking about the Black people of France and the UK and the grudges they have, though you haven't dropped any sources to show how you've reached this stupid ass conclusion on what allllll the black folk in these countries feel. Why the heck would we want to whitewash history? Look, maybe you're some self loathing chinese person who really wants to be white and enjoys the white washing of history. That's on you, and I suggest as a result, you seek some therapy. Self loathing happens in a lot of non white minority communities, so, you are not alone. It's actually extremely stupid to think that an emotional human defies all logic. Any understanding of human nature means that you understand that humans ARE emotional beings. Trump got elected not on policy (he didn't have any to offer for several months) but instead of tapping into EMOTIONS such as fear and anger. Hatred of liberals and discontentment with Obama. Now, I don't know why you feel it necessary to be an authority on this subject but I'm going to say it one more time for the people in the back. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. I'm not gonna tell you how Chinese people feel about their history. Why? BECAUSE I HAVEN'T LIVED IT. HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED IT. DON'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT IT. And unlike you, I'm not going to tell you differently. You aren't American. You aren't Black. So as nicely as I can, go read a book and then don't report back. Reflect on how painfully ignorant you are. Now, I'll leave with some history. In 1857 the US ruled to establish African Americans as the subordinate race. 1864 - slavery declared illegal 1870 - Black men got the right to vote 1896 - Separate but equal aka Jim Crow (but separate but equal wasn't equal. Black schools? Poorly funded. Black facilities? Poorly funded. White people wouldn't provide medical treatment to black people in their facilities because blacks were considered an inferior race) Now, ALLLLL THE WAY in 1954 (a mere 62 years ago), = school segregation was declared unconstitutional. There are MANY people who are still alive who remember how terrified they were to go to white schools. How they had eggs thrown at them by white angry people. Between 1875 - 1950, there were nearly 4,000 lynchings of black men, women and CHILDREN. Mary Turner, ever heard of her? Had her baby cut out of her before being hung and later burned alive. Now lets skip to 1964, which wasn't that long ago - the civil rights act was finally passed. But lets be honest, legislation doesn't change racist actions and ideas. It merely makes acting on them illegal (except those in power don't always do their job and prosecute hateful, illegal acts). So when you say "this happened in the 1800s", I politely tell you to shut the fuck up, seeing as how the civil rights act wasn't passed until 1964. So, you expect after over 3 centuries of SYSTEMIC abuse and oppression, which barely (and arguably did not end) in 1964, an entire community should just GET OVER IT? Our living grandparents and great grandparents have vivid memories of Jim Crow south. My great grandmothers, who died a mere 8 years ago, MOTHER was a slave. She was half white because her mother was RAPED by a WHITE slave owner. So my fair skin and curly hair is literally a result of abuse. But this shouldn't bother anyone, anymore, right? The fact that there were centuries of trying to keep blacks inferior and uneducated STILL HAS LASTING EFFECTS is just a coincidence, no? And no one is saying that white people are to blame for every little thing wrong in minority communities, but historical white oppression definitely plays a role. And congratulations, you picked up on tone. Do you want a cookie? Obviously I'm invested and angry that YOU who has clearly never read a book on US BLACK HISTORY wants to tell ME about black history. You're an idiot.

  • Geovanni VonRueden

    This week I finished: **Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham:** Let's get this out of the way--this book is definitely a rushed cash-grab released to coincide with the new Gilmore Girls Netflix revival, and there's nothing particularly revelatory or profound in this memoir. Do I care? I do not. I'm a huge Gilmore Girls fan (check the username), so it was fun for me to just hear Lauren Graham's voice and some of her perspective on a show that's really important to me. This book is also pretty damn funny; I snickered to myself more than once, which is always fun when you're on public transportation. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who isn't already a fan of Graham's; this is not the sort of celebrity memoir that makes you think, ooh, this person is actually way more deep and fascinating than I expected. It was precisely as deep as I expected: not very. But I enjoyed it, and other fans of the show probably will as well. **Seven Minutes in Heaven: Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers #3 by Eloisa James:** The title to this book makes no sense. The characters briefly mention some correlation between sevens and other sevens that seems forced in the text, and then it never comes up again. It feels like James decided that was the title and then wrote something in to justify it. That's kind of the way this whole book feels, like James was sticking to particular plot points even though they were nonsensical. It made the male MC, in particular, look like a stubborn, dimwitted hypocrite. However, this book totally delivered what I wanted--lots of clever banter, excellent sexual tension, and pretty clothes on pretty people. This series is an extension of James's (much superior) **Desperate Duchesses** series, featuring some of the children who appeared in the original. I would definitely recommend James to readers who enjoy regency romance, but this wouldn't be my first pick. **Darktown by Thomas Mullen:** Wow. This was one of the most intense and disturbing crime novels I've ever read. It's set in Atlanta in the 1940s and focuses on the first black cops to join the APD. This is not a happy-go-lucky, kumbaya kind of story where eventually the white cops learn to embrace the black cops; this is a brutal exploration of racism where even the most liberal white character is still totally in favor of segregation. The realities of the Jim Crow American South can seem cartoonish in their evil until you remember that these laws *did* exist, people *were* lynched for registering to vote, the Klan *did* have a significant presence on the police force, and skin color alone *was* enough to consider someone subhuman. I would recommend this book based on atmosphere alone, but the mystery is also pretty solid. It took me a while to put it together, which is all I ask. I will say that it was sometimes difficult to distinguish the characters, and Mullen does love a rambling backstory. But overall I really liked this book, and I'll read more by this author. Currently Reading: **The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber:** Really struggling with this. The concept is really interesting, but the execution is almost deliberately boring. I can all but smell the slow burn, but I'm going to be super pissed if it never picks up. **The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen:** This book is so good! However, I was much busier than I anticipated for the last few weeks so I wasn't able to finish it before the library took it away.

  • Pamela Gerlach

    Hey, you're welcome! I completely understand the reading challenge... I now read more childrens books than any other genre, haha. I don't even especially *like* them any more, but I consider it to be "parenting" (a hobby which seems to occupy more and more of my comic-reading time). There's a reason why it's hard to pick through the Big Two catalogue; most of it is (in my opinion) wholly inappropriate for little readers, both thematically but also contextually. Maturity in tone (which is what most reviewers focus on) is only one facet of the problem. Sometimes it is requires too much prior context to be coherent to a new reader. They could be unfamiliar with the characters or simply conventions of the adult world. Marvel & DC heavily rely-on (and feed back into) pop culture trends and references, making it so difficult to find stuff. Please understand, I'm not claiming that these books are perfect. Tiny Titans, for example, does lean somewhat heavily on the slapstick side, and gender representation is mostly in-line with Teen Titans themselves (which is to say that it does reinforce heteronormative gender cues), but this in and of itself doesn't invalidate the work for little kids, in my opinion. It's simply something for the family to discuss, which, in our household, is an enthusiastically child-led activity (to put it mildly). Oooh, I forgot to mention a few others. Firstly, the old Little Nemo comics had an updated retelling published last year, **Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland**, written by Shanower of Oz fame and drawn by Rodriguez of Locke & Key. It's *terrific*, and was nommed for an Eisner. BOOM! studios produced a whole bunch of Muppets comics that are pretty terrific, too, including "Pigs In Space" segments which went over very well. Many of these are collected in trade paperbacks (**The Muppet Show Comic Book*, mini-series' **The Muppets: Four Seasons**, **The Muppets: Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson**, and a few others). As with the actual Muppet show, it's somewhat multi-layered, with bits tucked in here and there for adult co-readers. Another BOOM! imprint published **Abigail and the Snowman** which is a somewhat sweet story of a 9 year-old girl and her friend, an invisble Yeti. The twist is that he's real, only invisible to adults, and rather erudite. It's drawn and written by Langridge, whom you've mentioned. He's pretty great! Action Lab has a couple of recent series that we pull individual issues for at our LCS (also collected in trade paperbacks, if I recall), called **Action Lab: Dog of Wonder** and **Hero Cats of Stellar City**. The first features a jet-pack flying labrador retriever, the first story arc dealing with issues of animal abuse. It's pretty cute. Hero Cats is sort of tough to describe, aside from being a heroic cat team who protect Stellar City from various supernatural threats (in one, the cats defeat the Crow King who can come into dreams and mess with folks; an allegory for children overcoming nightmares, in my opinion). It's also tough to describe because we're missing about six current issues and I haven't even read all of the ones we have. Once we've read 3-4 issues in a children's comic series, we're able to develop trust in the art and writing staff, especially for ongoing series. New trades are tough because we don't know what to expect. At any rate, this reply has gone on far too long! I hope it helps.

  • Leanne Emmerich

    Finished at 37 books this year, which is perhaps slightly below average for me, but the difference mostly comes from my academic research this year involving more articles and fewer books. I'm mildly happy when I see that number hit 40 but don't really care that much or go out of the way at all to reach it. Stuff for this month: **The Interminables** by Paige Orwin (<3k ratings) – Set in a post-apocalyptic New England largely destroyed by a wizard war, this book's highlight is probably the bromance between its two main characters, a time mage and the ghost of a doctor who was killed in World War I. Not essential reading but not bad either. **The Blood Mirror** by Brent Weeks – This really hits the ground running with a big “shit's gotten real” moment on literally page 3, but it can't sustain any momentum, and all of the plotlines except maybe Teia's end up dragging pretty badly at times. The split into two books seems to have sacrificed this one, as it's pretty much all set-up (it doesn't have anything even sort of resembling a climax) and not all that satisfying on its own. It's not terrible but I don't think I'd be particularly excited about re-reading it. **Hell's Gate** by David Weber and Linda Evans – Two fantasy civilizations exploring the multiverse run into one another, and their contact, to put it mildly, doesn't go well. (This is marketed as a fantasy civ encountering a sci-fi civ, but they are both clearly fantasy.) I was stoked for this premise, as I love multiverses, but this book kills any momentum with the worst case of excessive worldbuilding infodumps I've encountered in a very long time. Despite more than 800 pages of text (37+ audiobook hours), it feels like there are only a handful of actual plot points, and none of the cool things that are promised ever actually happen. After endless set-up, there is no payoff whatsoever, and the book somehow manages to have even less of a climax than The Blood Mirror. **Wizard of the Crow** by Ngugi wa Thiong'o – The story of a guy who can't find a job and decides to become a witch doctor, only to see his reputation spiral out of control in a “Monty Python's Life of Brian” sort of way, and also a satire about corrupt African dictatorships, this was one of the best books I've read this year. I particularly appreciated the way oral storytelling is built into its structure, and how this makes it somewhat ambiguous how much of the Wizard's magic is actually magic (as opposed to exaggeration and legend). This book feels a bit like a Midnight's Children in Africa, except with more likeable characters and without hundreds of pages of pointless digressions. **Infomocracy** by Malka Older – Sci-fi story about a global election held in a future where most of the world is divided into 100k-person governmental units instead of countries, and capital-I Information is everywhere but people don't make any better use of it than they do right now. This book's rather hyperactive structure (it often doesn't stay with a character for more than a few paragraphs at a time) might throw some people off, and you're probably all sick of elections at this point, but I thought it was pretty good and would read other stuff by this author. I don't really have a runaway winner for "favorite book I've read this year" like I often do, but my top two are probably Wizard of the Crow and Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint.

  • Elise Gaylord

    There is an important detail that you are forgetting. Asians largely came here of their own free will, while Africans were enslaved and forced to come here. This may seem like a minor detail, but it goes to prove a larger point. When Africans were brought here as slaves, one can only assume that while their freedom was restricted, so was their ability to practice their own culture. As an example, Christianity was forced upon the slaves who were brought here, and the child slaves born here were born into it because of the rule of slave owners. This also applies to much of African culture as well. They didn't get to willingly bring their culture and beliefs with them, nor their cultural values as they became diluted in white culture and values. This means that as the white culture devalued and discriminated against the newly freed African American people, the children were raised within a culture which hated and rejected them for many decades after the Civil War. Asians though were able to bring their culture easily with them, so their values could pass through generations as well. This means that the children of these immigrants had a rich and proud culture to be exposed to in which they had value. As well, while white people would have racist thoughts regarding Asians, they had less of them because Asians look closer to being white than Africans. This may not seem immediately like an obvious problem for Africans, but it is. In the book *Their Eyes Were Watching God*, the main character, Janie, is often the center of attention for men. This is in great part due to her lighter skin color and the fact that she has straight hair. Admittedly, the book is fiction, but it points out real problems. In the early 20th century, African American women began bleaching their skin and straightening their hair because American culture associated beauty with having more "white" features, and to this day it still does. In fact, the spread of western culture and values has caused this to spread worldwide. In an early episode of the podcast *Smodcast* hosted by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier, Scott mentions that while on a vacation in Vietnam, he saw a cream which was advertised to make nipples pink. I didn't believe it myself at first, but [these things are real](http://darklipstips.com/nipple-lightening-creams-best-products.html). Then, you must also consider the fact that African Americans were just simply more populous in the U.S. Asians didn't face discrimination on such a systemic level because they largely weren't living in the south where things such as Jim Crow existed. Jim Crow applied to them equally, but it didn't affect them as much because they weren't as present as African Americans. African Americans were systematically oppressed for much of their time in the U.S., leading them to being shut down in a socioeconomic manner.

  • Pierce Dickens

    Last week I continued my obsessive WWII nonfiction bonanza with: **Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War by Linda Hervieux**. About half of this book was a description of life for Depression-era black men as well as the institutionalized Jim Crow laws and regulations of the military. So incredibly infuriating. The fact I learned in this book that I will never forget is this: one of the worst memories of many of the black men who served is that German POWs in the United States were routinely welcomed and served with smiles at restaurants that not only refused to serve black American men in uniform, but would often threaten violence if the black soldiers tried to enter anyway. Because the Germans were white. Can you imagine that indignity? Argh! Anyway, the second half of the book describes the actions of a black barrage balloon battalion on D-Day. Super fascinating, and also depressing to see how so few of the men received recognition for their heroics, and in fact how little is known about their wartime contributions because of their skin color. This was an enlightening read. **Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead** - This is the second in Moorehead's "Resistance Trilogy." The first was **A Train in Winter** and I definitely preferred the first one. This book was interesting -- it describes the daring and courage and decency of a large network of French who hid thousands of Jews, mostly children, during the war, as well as those who acted as "passeurs," or folks who who would guide escaping Jews to freedom in Spain/Switzerland/etc. This book specifically focused on a series of villages in the Vivarais-Lignon plateau, which was a rural, Protestant farming community whose members played a huge role in hiding and guiding the Jews. But overall I felt that there were a lot of redundancies in the narrative and that the cast of characters was just too massive. It needed some editing. But still overall very interesting and worth reading. **The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau by Alex Kershaw** - Damn, do I wish HBO would make a mini-series about this! It tells the story of a maverick, highly decorated officer by the name of Felix Sparks, who led the 157th Infantry Regiment of the storied 45th Infantry Division, "The Thunderbirds." A remarkable story. It focuses a lot on the actions in the Italian campaign, which had some of the absolutely worst and bloodiest fighting on the Western Front. Sparks's regiment was replaced something like six or seven times over by the time the war ended--that's how many casualties (KIA/WIA) they had. Crazy story of a real humble, heroic, dedicated-to-his-men combat leader. I've got one book left this year before I hit my challenge! Not sure what it's gonna be. I just went to the annual warehouse sale of Harvard Book Store and picked up about 8 new books, so I think the hard part will just be deciding what to read next. :)

  • Ashley Howell

    Hi! I found a similar question asked on Quora phrased as _"Why is Peter Pan always flying?"_, so the answer there might help you: >There are a bunch of different reasons why Peter and his friends are somewhat flying all of the time, and that is portrait differently in all of the novels, books, movies and series ever written about Peter Pan.The answer to this is resumed in this 3 main issues:Peter Pan didn´t need the Fairy Dust powder to fly: [1] When the story was originally written, Peter and The Lost Boys could fly unaided, but after several reports of children injuring themselves attempting to fly from their beds, JM Barrie added Fairy Dust as a necessary factor for flying.He was part bird/leprachaun: In the book The Little White Bird by Barrie,"(Peter) escaped from being a human when he was seven days old; he escaped by the window and flew back to the Kensington Gardens. .... .All children could ... >for, having been birds before they were human, they are naturally a little wild during the first few weeks, and very itchy at the shoulders, where their wings used to be."Peter is a seven-day-old infant who, "like all infants", used to be part bird. .Peter has complete faith in his flying abilities, so, upon hearing a discussion of his adult life, he is able to escape out of the window of his London home and return to Kensington Gardens. >Upon returning to the Gardens, Peter is shocked to learn from the crow Solomon Caw that he is not still a bird, but more like a human.Source: Wikipedia on Peter Pan in the Kensington GardensTake a look at his ears, he´s got the ears of a leprachaun!Also from Wikipedia: "Peter's ability to fly is explained somewhat, but inconsistently. .In The Little White Bird he is able to fly because he – like all babies – is part bird. >In the play and novel, he teaches the Darling children to fly using a combination of "lovely wonderful thoughts" (which became "happy thoughts" in Disney's film) and fairy dust; it is unclear whether he is serious about "happy thoughts" being required (it was stated in the novel that this was merely a silly diversion from the fairy dust being the true source), or whether he requires the fairy dust himself. .In Hook, the adult Peter is unable to fly until he remembers his 'happy thought'. >The ability to fly is also attributed to starstuff – apparently the same thing as fairy dust – in the Starcatcher prequels."He´s a close friend of Tinkerbell: By being a friend of Tinker Bell, probably gets any fairy dust he uses from her. .If she were to leave him, say in a fit of jealousy, he would eventually run out of fairy dust and be unable to fly. .This will probably take longer than a day though, as in the Peter Pan movie she does leave him and yet he is still able to fly very well.Footnotes[1] Top 10 things you didn’t know about Peter Pan. ^(I'm just a bot trying to share the love. Sorry if questions are loose matches right now; I'm working on it!)

  • Mae Schoen

    Corvella listened with intent. In some ways ser Morryn's words were almost inspiring, his conviction in carrying out what he viewed as the will of the gods. Even so, she had learned the difference between the laws of gods and men the hard way. "This is true, so the scripture goes" she admitted "However this is no theocracy. The laws of men diverge from the laws of god on many points. You mention that according to the book, a more able woman can be chosen over a man. My lord brother remained in essos for three years after his inherritance. If scripture was to be taken literally, i would be lady of Stonehelm. However, i respected the line of succession, both for love of my brother and to prevent a family feud. Darren's qualifications are no longer in question. He has become lord and we are dealing with the potential consequences. Your siggested succession seems like a way to restore the eldest line, but while you are undoubtedly a greater authority than I on the matter of the holy books Ser Morryn, having taken part in the upbringing of three of mine own children and three of my brother's, i believe my authority is higher on the matter of family. One thing siblings loathe above all is being treated unfairly compared to one another. Under your suggestion Daeron's son will not be lord even though his father was and the law says the lord's first son inherrits. He might press what he views as his claim. We need a permanent solution which eliminates all would-be pretender's lines. Agree in part with lord Alyn. The first option is for his brothers to join the watch, the faith or the citadel, foreswearing their right of inherritance and opportunity for marriage, hence eliminating their lines. The second, following Ser Morryn's suggestion is for Daeron to take an oath of celibacy, swearing not to marry or father children and leave Crow's nest to the next in line, his eldest brother's eldest son, hence restoring the line originally meant to inherrit. I have a third option, though i'm not certain whether is would work. If his brothers were to sign a document of their own disinherritance. This would strip them of their right's to crow's nest and brand them as outlawed with immediate effect, should they ever try to claim it". She turned to Alyn. "Do you have more to add my lord?" /u/thekyhep

  • Jakob Wilderman

    Well, do you know what it is? Because you know a definition it doesn't mean you know what it is. If you differ child labour and child work by the book definition, you are right, but only right in what the definitions say not right because they are correct. Some definition: "In its fight against child labour, Terre des Hommes makes a distinction between child work and child labour, and gives top priority to eradicating the latter. Child work refers to the participation of children in an economic activity which is not detrimental to their health and mental and physical development. It is light work for a limited amount of hours, according to their age and abilities, that doesn’t interfere with a child’s education or leisure activities. This work, when teaching the children skills, techniques and important social values, can even be seen as beneficial for the child’s development. In contrast, child labour refers to all kinds of labour which jeopardize a child’s physical, mental, educational or social development. Hazardous child labour is prohibited for all children, in line with Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labour" First of all, even if they work on a movie and get paid 1 billon dollars, that money is not given to them so you don't know if they really want to do it or are pushed into it. There is no way you can deny this possibility unless you know what every person think, the deduction "well, every kid would want to be in a movie / and get peid a lot" is just a deduction, is not proof. Second, its not "just secure" and non-hazardous, dangerless as other user stated. Proof ? The Conqueror (1956): the radioactive set that caused CANCER to John Wayne and 90 more The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983): a helicopter DECAPITATED three actors The Crow (1994): Brandon Lee, KILLED BY A PROP .44 Magnum The Final Season (2007): a camera man, KILLED on a helicopter crash (remember what the other user said about actions taken to use helicopters after the Twilight crash ... this is 24 years later) Can you now say there is no hazard, no risk, no danger?

  • Triston Mayert

    Ooooh. There is a book for this! [Repression and Recovery](https://books.google.com/books/about/Repression_and_Recovery.html?id=lNWC4OiVY-wC) by Cary Nelson. Nelson's thesis is more about how poetry of social change was suppressed because it went against the status quo, but the examples he gives are amazing. for a few suggestions: Jean Toomer's [Cane](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_(novel)) is experimental modernist novel that mixes poetry and prose. The poem [Georgia Dusk](https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/46407) is especially powerful when viewed with an eye on Jim Crow. Maya Angelou is insanely gifted, and wrote some great poems confronting social issues. Here is one (Harlem Hopscotch[https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/58212]. There is Muriel Rukeyser, who wrote a lot about labor issues, including this poem about coal mining: [Absolom](http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/muriel-rukeyser/absalom-2/). There is Carl Sandburg's entirety of [The People, Yes](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_People,_Yes) And there is the entirety of [What Work Is](https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/52173) by Phillip Levine, who was Poet Laureate not so long ago. There is also some 19th century Victorian poets who do this. An example that comes to mind is [Cry of the Children](https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/43725) by Elizabeth Barret Browning. I am sure you could find more, but they might require more nuanced readings. Hell, I'd recommend Whitman too, especially Song Of Myself in 1855. The section on the runaway Slave is powerful (but dated, keep that in mind!). His essay at the beginning of the book is essentially him trying to tell Americans to avoid the civil war. I do highly recommend Nelson's book though, it has a lot of examples, especially of the oppressed Labor poetry of the 30's that sprung out of the depression and the poetry of the AFL-CIO. Good luck!

  • Assunta Doyle

    Committing suicide would be a great start! You must realize that the black people that bother to go to the poles are very informed, and understands what the GOP is trying to do with these voter ID laws and with their southern strategy. We are also more likely to know and understand the racist history of the United States and see how it is becoming more acceptable to practice this racist behavior in the open again. The problem with the black vote, is that not enough of us are making it to the poles to vote. I try; when ever the opportunity presents itself, to educate both white and black alike, on how the Republican Party of today was transformed by the flight of the old Dixiecrats of the "Jim Crow" era. The flight began in late 1965, following Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of both the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. He was heard to say at the time that " I have given the south to the Republican Party for the foreseeable future." History has proven him to be correct with his analogy of the situation. Oh how I wish that I could get all of the people of color, and women, and the religious minority's to see just how full of bullshit the Republican Party is, and just how arrogant and self assured they have become with it. Any black or minority person voting for a republican, is akin to the gang banger, or tug, selling poisoned crack cocaine and heroine to high school aged children in your neighborhoods. Here are a couple of policies that prove my words to be True. They want the U.S. Military to return to Iraq to expand the country of Iran, by two thirds. They call it a war on ISIS, but in reality; it is an attempt to repair a problem that they, themselves created. When Paul Breamer disbanded the Iraqi army during the illegal invasion of Iraq, he created a need that had to be filled. If he had taken the time to read a very old book; The Art of War by Sung Zu, he would have known that ISIS would be created, or something similar. Sung Zu, says know your enemy as you know your self.They are both destructive to the future of the strong prideful Black man and women, Women in general, and the Hispanic/ Latino culture of family first.

  • Malika Bailey

    If by liberalism we mean expanding personal liberties, then I think the abolition of slavery benefited all of society, not just the blacks. In the antebellum South, slavery depressed the wages of poor whites, because why hire a white laborer when renting a slave is cheaper? By exploiting a labor force at costs below market-level (no wages, guards, food and board) the wealthy southerners concentrated too much wealth in their pockets; the South was more unequal than the North. Slave owners also expected law enforcement to recapture and return their runaway "property", which imposed a negative externality on the society that didn't exist with willing paid laborers. Continuing this trend, the dismantling of Jim Crow also made the US labor market more liquid. By educating and expanding the the rights of blacks, American industry could better tap the potential of what was more than a tenth of the US population. The economist Steven Levitt argues that the legalization of abortion contributed to the drop in crime that America experienced in the 1990s. He argues that most women who abort their kids do so because they don't feel ready to have children, perhaps because they have a mental illness or they are in a bad relationship or they are dirt poor. Children who have bad childhoods are more likely to become criminals. If a woman aborts her fetus, she avoids raising a potential future sociopath, and she can opt to have a child later in life when her situation is better (good job, caring husband, etc.). You can read Levitt's arguments for this in his book, *Freakonomics*. Note that Levitt does not condone abortion based on this research, he's just pointing out an unexpected benefit of abortion. You know, like how the melting ice caps will let us drill for oil in the Arctic Sea.

  • Frederick Reilly

    Yes, as orphan crow said, the 'invisible' victims... I find it mind-boggling that it's fairly well known that many pedophiles attack an astounding number of victims - an average of 12 victims per pedophile, according to one study. From: http://religionnews.com/2014/01/09/startling-statistics/ >Abel Harlow Child Molestation Prevention Study: This study found that pedophilia molesters average 12 child victims and 71 acts of molestation. An earlier study by Dr. Abel found that out of 561 sexual offenders there were over 291,000 incidents totaling over 195,000 total victims. These are enough victims to fill 2 ½ Superdomes! This same study found that only 3% of these sexual offenders have a chance of getting caught. >Russell Study: >This study revealed that up to 38% of women were molested before turning 18 years old. This same study found that up to 16% of boys are molested before they turn 18 years old. Dr. Russell also discovered that only 5% of child sexual abuse had been reported to law enforcement. >In her book, Dr. Salter revealed that her own interviews of sexual offenders found them admitting to having perpetrated between 10 and 1250 victims. She also writes that every offender she interviewed had been previously reported by children, and the reports were ignored. >It is critical to note that this abuse is no less prevalent within the faith community. In fact, there are studies that demonstrate that the faith community is even more vulnerable to abuse than secular environments.

  • Kenna Hettinger

    It sounds like you want slave narratives. We have them in some abundance and as they were mostly published in the 19th century, [they're free](http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/chronautobio.html). Most of them are reasonably short, though you have a few book-length works. Titles often say where they were enslaved. These are firsthand accounts of enslaved people, but it's worth going in with some caution. I don't think any of them was written while the author was still enslaved. Rather they're retrospective and written with an audience of white abolitionists in mind. Many of them probably bear a fair helping of white editorial work on top of that. Literate slaves were rare, so the standard scenario is probably closer to a white person interviewing and writing things down than the enslaved doing it themselves. They are problematic, but not much more so than any other sources and we are unlikely to ever turn up anything closer to the enslaved speaking for themselves without a filter than what we have now. That said, I would be much more careful with narratives from the WPA. They are products of the Jim Crow South, where white interviewers who may literally be the children and grandchildren or enslavers ask former slaves who mostly only knew slavery as children or teens just how bad it was. Even if they didn't make it explicit just what kind of answer they wanted (and it appears they often did that) one can't really expect full candor.

  • Bessie Wintheiser

    If you want a silver bullet statistic of "X many people are racist in America" I can't help you unfortunately. It's a pretty complicated thing to quantify as such. Especially in rural, predominantly white communities there are plenty of people who genuinely believe blacks are less intelligent, more prone to violence, etc. Examples of this pop up all the time, racist and nazi-inspired grafitti gets tagged on walls and garages from time to time, overtly racist hate-crimes such as Dylann Roof, a self-proclaimed white supremacist shooting 9 people at a black church, and [this youtube video](https://youtu.be/i2GBgsi63Ac). I'm not saying there is a statistical majority of racists in America, however, there are absolutely a worrying number of them for those who are concerned about racism. I've heard plenty of racist-inspired speech and driven past cars on the highway that had pictures of Obama with a noose around his neck plastered on. While hate crimes and individual discrimination are a problem, institutional racism is more of a problem to many. I'd recommend watching "13th" on American Netflix if you have access, it's a very interesting documentary about race and the criminal justice system. Slavery was around not too long ago, and when my parents were children they couldn't go to the same schools as black kids. That kind of mentality lingers and bleeds into institutions and aspects of society that might surprise you. If you're interested in the topic, I'd also recommend reading "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander, a well-reviewed book on the topic of race and criminal justice.

  • Noemy Cummings

    Sorry I'm late! I last read When Breath Becomes Air which is the autobiographical/biographical story of a neurosurgeon/scientist who contracts cancer and how his life changes, how he perseveres, and how his family handles it. It was fantastic. I couldn't wait to read every page. It's the first book that has ever made me want to cry and rush to hug my loved ones. I'm currently reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the story of a woman who has been cast in shadows by her immortalized cancer cells and their effect on the medical industry every single day. Though she is directly responsible for the basis of many critical medical innovations since her death in 1951, who she is was largely unknown until this book was written. Many of us owe her our lives, but don't even know her name. It's fantastic. The book, not the shitty acts of the research industry in the 50s and Jim Crow. I'm also currently reading The Woman Who Walked Into Doors. It's just some random book I found at a library book sale last weekend. It was short and sounded decently interesting, so I grabbed it. It's not bad. It's about a woman who is struggling to raise her children and have her own life after the death of her abusive husband. She also combats alcoholism and the lack of a decent support system.

  • Hal Jaskolski

    Again, it is only the First Sin according to Aldia. Velka might have seen differently. >We know those knights hunt the guilty as followers of Velka. We don't know that they were actually doing Velka's bidding and it is quite odd that another God was leading them rather than Velka directly, is it not? No, the Darkmoons serve Gwyndolin, not Velka. Velka just oversees the Book of the Guilty for them. Also, what makes you think Velka was banished to the Painted World? She's the Goddess of Sin, and that was a place for sinful items. Most likely, Velka oversaw the Painted World. >Isn't it odd that he is the Dark Sun and they are the Dark Moon? Not... really? He's their leader so he has a more important title. >Many Velka theories include that she brought us to kill the gods (Dark Souls 1 we arrive by Crow...) and we know she is feared, even by the gods themselves. Feaed, in the same way the people of Gotham all fear Batman. He's not their enemy, but they all fear that if Batman sees their actions as criminal he'll come for them. Velka is feared because if she sees you as a sinner she'll punish you. >So if Velka was banished to a painted world by Gwyn's children... Which she wasn't...

  • Hayden Mraz

    I'll try too. First few things to mention about the book. It's originally a Swedish book.. A trilogy, actually. First of the three published in 2012. Just this year it has been translated to English. The Crow Girl is one book, as all three originals are now combined. It's on the larger side, at almost 800 pages. Think *The girl with the Dragon Tattoo*, but that's just a story centred around one individual (for the most part) and this one is about multiple cases/people. Also a few people are saying its a confusing read, and I can see that as it switches between people and time relatively often. I don't think I can really explain the plot real well, but there's Goodreads for that. Instead I'll just tell you about some of the disturbing things you'll have to encounter as you read. Cults. Murder and mummification of children. Child porn/rape. Multiple personalities. Kidnapping and torture. Mutilation (specifically to children) I won't go into anymore detail like explaining how people die and who is involved with what as that's quite spoiler. It's one of three books I gave 5/5 this year so far.

  • Corrine Spencer

    It's about two children; Zero and The Girl. They aren't existing relative to any specific time period or space period as far as I can tell right now. Some of their story takes place as the earth expands over time, some stories take place on gaseous giants, a character named Chimera is a gender neutral, time traveling, shape shifter. Chimera talks about the species of humans that laid ruin to this planet. There is also a crow named Cro who seems to have had a part in creating the new world but I'm not certain. The story comes out in all of the poetic forms I'd studied in college then collaged together with drawings of the poems, images, scrap booking. It's been unfolding for years. Recently Zero found himself in big, deep, time. For lack of better terms. He found his way to this void in his creating a museum of planets for The Girl. But I'm really passionate about things like racism, global warming, sexuality, gender fluidity, psychedelic use, cannabis as a lifestyle, sexism, injustice, violence, etc. so the story can get a little R rated at times. Kids book for adults.

  • Adalberto Dietrich

    I'm pretty sure it's a process that started in Elementary school. Every book we read was about slavery and jim crow. We were told how horrible we were even though most of us were the children/grand children of immigrants and almost none of the people at my school are related to anyone in this country going past the 20th century. It's really unfair and cruel to tell an 8 year old that they should be ashamed of themselves for something they have nothing to do with. It just gets worse in middle school and high school too. In college, it depends which classes you take. My latin american history class was taught by an incredible angry racist woman from brown university who treated students differently depending on their race. She was incredibly condescending towards a group of pretty white girls when they asked a question ever so they stopped asking questions. Academia is where all this self hatred comes from.

  • Ollie Koelpin

    The vast majority of swords were iron; they series (lore) seems to pay homage to the evolution of tool/weapon material. I could be wrong, but I feel as if in the show they make a quick mention of it when Bran is with the 3Eyed-Raven(crow) with the children of the forest. Bronze- First men Iron- Andals and the Antal invasion Steel is harder to smith and more expensive than iron. So I'd say the conquered kings and their vassals may have had steel, but the vast majority would've been iron. It's tough because what the Iron Throne is portrayed as in the Show doesn't match the book. In the book it likely actually has all the swords of the conquered Westerosi kingdoms; whereas in the show Littlefinger mentions to Varys (at some point in season3) that there are likely less than 300. So TL;DR Yes there was steel, but the vast majority of people couldn't afford it. We're led to believe that over the reign of the Targs the process was mastered/simplified (as it was towards the end of the iron age irl)

  • Jackie Monahan

    So recently I was giving my mom a lecture on how I appreciate that she wants to give advice, but that I want to do it my way as times have changed since she had me. I was just in the middle of telling her how I didn't want to give my 2 month old karo syrup for constipation before checking with my pediatrician. The ped called back and guess what she recommended? Karo syrup. I think sometimes we get so caught up in doing things by the book that we forget that it's okay to take some of that old school advice. It's okay to want to do it your way, but these women (our moms/MILs/gmas) have raised children that survived. And it's okay to not take it, but we should be kind in the process because you never know when you'll be eating crow (like me) and taking their advice lol

  • Lenny Reynolds

    I'm *still* reading Written in My Own Heart's Blood (known as MOBY). I did make progress in it yesterday, even though it was only 15 pages, I did enjoy those 15 pages. I'm also still reading *The New Jim Crow*. I haven't made any progress in this and I think that's because it is absolutely heart-wrenching. As well as by this point in the book - about halfway through - you go "what more evidence could there possibly be?" With my children's book reading with my kids I read to them during the day yesterday but not at night so I stayed on track by was hoping to get ahead. I'm hoping to finish *Charlottes web* and the Flat Stanley book this week.

  • Antonio Monahan

    The type of resurrection is p much the same. Both are resurrected by red magic, assuming Melissandre does it it in the book too. I guess you could argue there's a corrupting blood element to Catlin's because she's pretty much getting secondhand resurrection from Dondarion. I'm hoping Jon's resurrection in the books is more children of the forest-related. Seems like the creation of the wights and their own longevity implies that they can do that sort of thing. Bran becoming a three-eyed crow might even mean he's seen the murder or the aftermath and can intervene somehow.

  • Sibyl Hartmann

    He just is. The way they book him, the way in which he comes back in his matches, how they market him to children. Yes, I agree there are (or at least there should be) complexities to some of their characters. But Roman is definitely portrayed to us as a face, don't doubt that. Personally, I think him being a "good guy" is fine. It's just as this point, he's just a super annoying good guy to most people. To be honest, I just want him to go back to the badass he was in the shield. They need to portray him more like they did with early crow sting.

  • Buster Kutch

    **Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion** are my most reread. Brilliant books - I listen to them on audio mostly now. Never reread -**Kathe Koja's The Cipher** (not fantasy) - so scary and dirty. I needed a shower afterwards. In Fantasy the book I'll most likely never reread is **Alison Croggon'sThe Crow**. It is such a dark book in contrast to the rest of the series. It explores children in war and doesn't hold back.

  • Hanna Johns

    crowboy was the title of a children's book i was reading my nephew (i thought it was hilarious for some reason). Also I took a test and the crow is my spirit animal, whatever that means

  • Yessenia Johnson

    So Zanzibar.. Where do I begin: I'm not an experienced diver ( advanced open water about 24 dives) but I dove with my mum ( a recent open water qualified diver a whopping 10 dives :D) and my step-father ( a diving instructor 2.5k +). Let me start off with a comparison of other places I've visited (for diving only). I've been to Thailand (Borneo and Phuket), Malaysia ( Redang) Indonesia (Bali and Manado), Maldives, and the UK. The quotes you get for diving in the north and south of the island range between 125- 155 USD per person. This is negotiable but use this as an estimate. We used One Ocean. Zanzibar uses USD and Tanzania Shilling with a 2100 to 1USD ratio when we visited. There aren't many shopping places for tourists. In tourist areas, they will not mind you walking around in tourist gear ( strap tank tops, bikinis) but you will get looked at if you walk around in less touristy areas. They also don't sell bikinis there. It's a very islamified country so be respectful of their culture. - it's not like Bali but they do make beautiful furniture from the variety of trees. **One Ocean** - [Link](http://zanzibaroneocean.com/) We did not do a diving course - but I read there is a 55ud cancellation fee if you start and don't complete it but they offer training. We arranged for 3 people to dive 2 dives near the Mnemba islands - see price above. They had all the equipment including a netted bag for your flipflops, fins, mask; a waterproof bag ( which still got our things wet, but less wet). The staff at the dive-shop were very friendly and accommodating allowing me to leave my bag in the shop. My mum has terrible circulation and gets cold easily. I had to be very persistent in requesting a full body wet suit for her. They did not have an XL wet suit for my step-dad. They did not provide you with snorkels and I did not bring mask but they fitted me with a mask that fit perfectly - it was a shame that it fogged up so much. Several regulators, at the slightest touch would gush a sudden burst of air ( about 5 bars worth) if the button rubbed against the bcd but all in all, an easy fix. But overall, the equipment was in good condition. The boat was a typical boat you find with most dive shops there. The crew was friendly, and the equipment was ready to go. They were disorganised nearer the dive ( e.g. divers stepping off the boat first when they were further away from the exit). They did the standard weights to mass conversion but forgot to account for the full body suit ( see first dive for the implications). My step dad declared his "diving status" should an emergency arise to which they ignored it. Our instructor had been diving for 2 months ( 2 dives per day) and loved it but the inexperience was slightly worrying. The instructors are all very smiley and were good in telling you the hand signals and prepping. We did have to remind him on the first dive about seeing any of the fish. When resurfacing, if you needed help climbing back onto the boat, they wouldn't help you unless on request. The boat was divided into snorkelers and divers with about 15 people excluding instructors. Transport for us was included in the price. We got to ride on what they refer to as [buses](http://c8.alamy.com/comp/BFMXNT/tanzania-zanzibar-stone-town-colourful-country-buses-known-as-daladala-BFMXNT.jpg). I feel their disorganisation reflected badly on them but standards were met - i did love the food they shared during the hour interval which included coconuts, prata, somosas, home-made biscuits and pineapple. **Dive sites** I cannot stress how beautiful the ocean colour is. It's better than the Maldives but google photos of the memba island and I shit you not, it's pretty much the same in real life. I couldn't drink enough of it in. Buy sunscreen. Buy lots of sunscreen! The first dive site had really nice shoals of fish and the reefs were coloured with the normal reef fish. There was nothing really exciting but apparently they do show up so our dive had no dolphins, turtles, lion fish, with the biggest fish they had being a parrot fish and a sea cucumber. The divesite was very busy. So our boat had about 8-9 divers + 4 instructors + 6 snorkelers. Add another 15 boats with the equivalent amount of people you can imagine the underwater twister we were playing. I probably spent more time, trying not to hit someone in the face with my face or tank, than I did looking at the reefs. I felt so bad for the ecosystem - people were unintentionally kicking loose coral from the floor using their fins and I can imagine why there is less bigger fish due to the constant buzz of people pollution. They did not carry extra weights, and my mum continued to float to the surface as a mixture of lack of weights// full body dive suit and plus the fact she was still new to diving but the first dive she was dragged around like a balloon which as you can imagine made her feel incompetent and useless. My dive was ruined by my mask continually fogging up. I had to clear it every minute or so or the figures of humans even became blurry. I can't comment on the visibility but I'd say it's about 20m We dove to about 18m with the max of about 21m First dive scores a 3/10. Second dive was a drift dive or suppose to be a drift dive. They had changed my mask at this point, and added weights from other divers weight belt. This dive was a lot more peaceful and was called the " aquarium" but again, nothing exciting. Saw a lot of starfish - poked a lot of starfish. An octopus that was hiding as best as he could. This was more of a swim-against-the-current dive than a drift dive but it wasn't too strong - I swam against much stronger currents in the Maldives but I noticed my mother was swimming with her arms. Again saw the usual spiel: Stone fish, anemone fish some other fish I couldn't identify it had a beautiful blue stripe + the octopus. Visibility was better ( about 30m) and there were no people other than the 4 of us which was a relief. Second dive scores a 6/10. **What I'd do better: ** This trip was very last minute (booked a couple of days before as my step-father is a pilot and I'm abusing the ability to explore before he leaves Qatar Airlines ). Our resort ( a 3 star resort - called Chwaka) ruined the experience of Zanzibar for us. It was interesting to walk along the beach when the tide was out as it created little cess pools but as a female, I was approached so many times that I had to have my step-father accompany me. The beach boys sell you taxis and even though they're in the same group, they approach you at different times. Just be polite if you're not interested but be alert. If you are near your resort, the guards will look after you. I'd recommend looking for a resort at the north of the island and make sure budget isn't a problem. Most of the better resorts are booked within 5 months or so we were told by a family who left Chwaka shortly on finding a better place to stay so keep planning in mind. Most of the fun activities are quite expensive (Cheetah rock (140 pp), organised trips such as dolphin tours ( 50pp), deep sea fishing, horseriding (100 pp), snorkeling (75pp), stone town tours) and transport often ranged between 25-50 USD per trip. You can get taxi drivers for cheaper - everything is negotiable again so you can drop it to 15USD but we went with what our resort offered just for the peace of mind. Do not lower your budget as it really makes the place feel unsafe. We were carrying around our electronics out of the fear we got robbed. This was created from arriving where our taxi driver had to bribe the police in order to just get to the hotel. Not all police are corrupt, but it was just typical on arrival. For your record, if you're ever stopped - request a ticket followed by the policemans's name and identification as they'll charge you for fake crimes. I don't recommend bringing over expensive watches/ jewellery. We learned the average monthly wage was about 150USD per month so it understandable why theft/robbing happens. Personally, I'd just recommend visiting the tourist locations in SE Asia. Manado is beautiful for aquatic life. I felt Zanzibar has so much potential for its tourism but because everything is so corrupt, they are not utilising Zanzibar's potential. It was such a disappointment. The waters are beautiful and the beaches up north are probably better than the Maldives. It's ashame our experience wasn't the best, but I've spoken to others who absolutely loved it on our flight back. Just book a good resort and come with sufficient funds to really make the best of it. **TLDR:** Diving: Only dived twice, north of the island (Mnemba island). 4.5/10 - dive site has too many divers and I generally felt sorry for the ecosystem. Was very proud that I got to dive with my mum for the first time. Had all the usual sights to see, although visibility wasn't the worst I have been in but not the best. Dive company: 6/10 One ocean facilitated with all the equipment albeit not the best quality e.g. mask. Ratio instructor to diver is good, but our instructor started 2 months ago. Mnemba island: 9/10 Beautiful beaches and water. Feels unspoiled. Hope this covers everything. Feel free to ask anything else if you need any more assistance.

  • Patricia Farrell

    This is a great opportunity for me to extend my story of Draythor/Mungo, from the writing prompt [ A warlock of immense power is hired to perform at a child's birthday party. ](https://np.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/comments/4ruj73/wp_a_warlock_of_immense_power_is_hired_to_perform/d54vik3/) -- On account of being head of the gate command watching what passed for a road through the Deep Woods, Lt. Groll had seen a lot of things walk out from those cursed trees. Orcs, trolls, once even a dark jaberwoky had marched out to try their odds against the city's defenders. He believed his gray eyes, surprisingly free of the yellow of age, had seen it all. Which is why he was so taken aback when a small girl, hair a tangled blonde halo around her head, walked out of the shadows. She was humming tunelessly to herself, and her yellow dress, sporting a few tears and a bit of grime, swayed as she alternated between walking and skipping her way towards the gate. Groll's men, well drilled, took up defensive positions despite their obvious confusion. If it weren't for the fact that this was the Deep Woods, Groll could have mistaken their clatter of armor for wind chimes as the girl made her way up the road through the flowered meadow. He shook his head to clear the peaceful images - this *was* the Deep Wood, and the denizens of that forest were nothing if not devious. He pulled the chord which spilled a pouch of salt, completing the circle around the gate command. The girl skipped over the line of salt without noticing it, and walked up to Groll's post with the most earnest-looking smile he'd ever seen. A dark dryad maybe? They were rumored to be able to take on the shape of their victims. But they never left the Deep. "Hi! I'm Suzy, and I need your help" the girl stood straight and still after a little stomp to add emphasis to her request. The apparition seemed so earnest, and yet what real girl could come through *those* woods and remain so unafraid? Still, he decided to play along until he understood the game. "Hello Suzy, I'm lieutenant Groll. What is it you need help with?" That sounded like the normal sort of thing a lieutenant guarding the Southern Bridge, leading away from the woods and towards civilization, might reasonably say to a traveler. Before Suzy could answer, however, a commotion among the ranks of his men caught Groll's attention. They's spotted something else. Sauntering from the woods was what looked like a diseased dog or hyena, roughly the size of a small pony. It was wreathed in flame, and while its flesh was charred, it seemed to take no notice as it stepped from the woods with unearthly grace. Bits of tree around it caught fire, but fortunately the recent rains prevented a conflagration. They quickly smoldered out. Groll shouted a few orders as his men readied themselves for battle - even the heavy ballista swung round to target the thing. With hell-creatures, there was no easy way to determine their strength, and this demon-dog might have the power of an entire army contained in its misshapen form. Groll eyed the newly laid pitch at the stand-off distance longingly - but he supposed lighting the firewall would do him little good against this foe. As it padded forward, it swept the defensive emplacement with its gaze, appearing unimpressed. Then its eyes locked with Groll, and it did not look away or blink. The effect of those solid red orbs was enervating and entrancing, and as a result Groll was shocked to realize he'd forgotten the girl when she spoke: "I need you to help me with Puppy. He's lost, and we need to get it back home." "P...Puppy?" Groll had never in his life stammered - orders that are clear and certain are heeded vastly better than the same orders given with a lisp or stammer. Taken off guard as he was by this, the girl's words had broken whatever spell was in the creature's eyes. He looked up at it again as it paced restlessly beyond the Salt Circle. Powerful muscles rippled under the charred and burning hide. "Who are you, little girl?" Groll asked, struggling to put the pieces of this unprecedented puzzle together. "I *told* you" she scowled, crossing her tiny arms in frustration. "I'm *Suzy.*" As if that answered everything. Or anything. "How did you come to be in the Deep Woods, little Suzy?" This situation was impossible - but either the girl was in more danger than anyone he'd ever known, or she *was* a larger danger than he'd ever faced. "Mungo and I were looking for his lost dog, and my friend Suzy" she replied brightly. "Mungo is my friend. I'm helping him be nice, and he's taking care of me now that my parents are gone." She twirled back and forth slightly as she spoke, hands holding the hem of her dress straight. "But I found Puppy, and brought him back here so you could help him get home. Mungo stayed to look for Suzy some more." Groll was continuing to watch the creature out of the corner of his eye - sparks occasionally set small areas of the field alight, and presently it coughed, spitting up what looked like a chunk of burned flesh. He swallowed before asking "And where does... Puppy... live?" "Hell, I think." she said, finger to her lips as if this question had not actually occurred to her before now in her little quest. Behind him, Groll heard his men stir restlessly, and a chill wind passed over them all. "Puppy... is from Hell? And you want us to... send him back?" Groll struggled to put this into words, but in terms of action he was already moving, signaling his men to ready for instant attack. The creature's flames grew brighter, and Groll could feel, more than hear, it's deep growl as it marshaled its own eldritch powers. "Puppy, NO!" the girl chided, turning stamping her foot in earnest this time. "They are friends and want to *help* us." She gave the horrid deamon-beast a six-year-old's most intimidating stare. To Groll's shock, it backed down on its haunches, both the flames and growling subsiding. "You can command this... Puppy?" asked Groll, in amazement, while he signaled his men to wait. He was no longer sure which target was more dangerous. "He's a good dog." she said, nodding. "His real name is *****" - and at this, the chillness of the wind doubled, the sky darkened three shades, and his chest seized like an attack of the heart. "But I don't like to say it because it sounds icky. So I call him Puppy!" Events had spiraled well outside of Groll's comfort zone - and considering that his day-to-day job was battling the forces of evil that tried to overrun his city, this was some accomplishment. Who was this girl, who at an apparent age of six could speak words of the Dark Tongue without effect? And who merely thought they were "icky?" The shadows of the forest shared this thought with him, as they again coalesced into the bone-white form of Draythor, wrapped in heavy black robes against the pain of the morning sun. As he, too, sauntered up from the Deep Woods (which held no terrors to *him*) and approached the beleaguered gate post, the hell hound broke and ran for the woods on the opposite side of the clearing. It sprinted more like a lion on the hunt than a frolicking dog. The men started and shouted at the sudden movement, but to their credit, only one loosed a bolt in the beast's direction as it ran. It was a clean miss, of course. "Puppy, come back! Puppy! Oh no." Suzy looked on the verge of tears. It was true, then, thought Draythor - Mungo, as Suzy knew him. The Good morn even the loss of the evil. "There there, child" came "Mungo's" voice, twisting through the air like a snake. We'll find... Puppy... again soon. He won't have gone far." His clawed hand reached in a mocking motion of comfort towards the girl, but stopped directly over the line of salt. He grinned, watching the effect frightened response of the gate guards. Several had blanched so strongly they were barely distinguishable from corpses. How portentous. "Did you at least find Suzy?" The head of the guard looked on in amazement as the tiny child stared up at this monster, with no fear - only the trace of hope for her lost friend. Draythor basked in the man's confusion and dread. "I'm sorry, child, but I did not." He managed, with some effort, to avoid looking at the burned hunk of meat coughed up by the hellhound. Draythor sensed the guard's dread catalyzing into Duty, but before they could strike he glanced meaningfully towards little Suzy. He sensed their hesitation would not last long, despite the perceived hostage, but that was just as well. He, too, had need of action. Not in the name of duty, of course, but for darker ends. "Suzy, why don't you run along and find Puppy, while I repay these... *kind* young men for all their help?" He was beginning to let slip the slithering death, and the grass around him was dying in a widening circle. All but the girl were too tense to notice it, nd she had other things on her young mind. "They really weren't any help, but I do suppose they tried." She nodded decisively, and ran with the heedlessness of youth towards the heart of the Deep Woods. Cries of "PUUUuuuuuupYYYyyyyyyyyy" streamed out before of her. As she approached the edge of the woods, Draythor kicked sand over the line of salt. His grin reached wider than any living mouth should as he stepped over the ward towards the guards. -- You can read more of my stuff at r/thefeshywords

  • Emelia Durgan

    > Now try, Mike was helping Eleven without having romantic feelings because he's a decent guy and great friend. No true need for it to be anything romantic, especially true for kids. Do you agree it works without having to be romantic also? Of course it could also work without it. But giving it a romantic angle makes things slightly more intense and personal. Besides, they are a group of 4 boys and in the long run it makes sense to give each of them their own personal agendas to further develop them individually. Otherwise it would become boring to always see them having the exact same goals. So Mike's relationship with Eleven gives him potential storylines in which he will be more emotionally invested than the other boys. > Eleven kills as many if not more people than the Demogorgon. That's not very likely. As far as we know, Eleven killed at least 11 people and the Demorgorgon killed at least 5. However, it's very likely that the Monster ended up killing much more off-screen at the school. But anyway, Eleven's high body count is entirely circumstancial. She never hunted anyone down. Every person she killed threatened either to kill or torture her. She would never have killed so many people, if she wouldn't be constantly hunted down by large groups of armed people who are directly threatening her live. > They aren’t all responsible for what happened to her. That's irrelevant. Fact is that they are threatening her life with arms and working with a woman who she witnessed murdering an innocent man. > There’s no basis for thinking the Military Police assigned to HNL have any idea what goes on there. The worst way to keep a secret is to tell everyone the secret. Those MPs have literally no need to know what goes on there because that’s not how things work. Patrick the gate guard very likely has no idea a girl has been living there this whole time. I doubt he has an access card to get as far as her room. It’s possible that he doesn’t need to enter the main building at all. They may not know all the secrets, but they surely have enough knowledge to be aware about the immoral aspect of the conspiracy. Tyranical regimes aren't stupid. They know how to identify the most ruthless soldiers. Do you really believe that they would send righteous MP officers in a mission to hunt down a group of children, which could possibly go wrong and end up with them being forced to shoot some of the kids? Trust me, they know exactly which troops they have to send to execute "dirty" missions. This is one of the reasons why the typical Nazi-excuse of "I was just following orders" is so stupid. They would never hire a person to do such a job if they wouldn't know that he is the type of guy who would follow immoral orders in a heatbeat. > Eleven is not in a desperate situation that others could not also claim to be in. Brenner can definitely claim to be in a completely desperate situation. Connie Frazier undoubtedly believes her situation is completely desperate. Is this supposed to be a joke? You are comparing the desperation of a child with no personal possessions and who is being hunted down with some high paid government officials? > Eleven does not understand this because she has no way to conceptualize it. Maybe she had civics classes between solitary confinement and can crushing demonstrations but I would have expected her to understand the concept of a friend if she understood government, human rights, and the authority to grant rights. You emphasize human rights more than once so it might be worthwhile to consider where human rights come from. No need to explore this here as it essentially boils down to either a creator or a governing body. Neither is likely to make sense to Eleven. It doesn't matter if Eleven is able to conceptualize those rights or not. Fact is that she has them and that they are being denied to her. It doesn't make sense to be judgemental about a child having to steal or destroy property, while at the same time ignoring that she would never do any of that it someone would give her the chance to integrate into society. > It was Papa that sent her to solitary confinement when she wouldn’t kill the cat. And the orderlies followed those orders multiple times without questioning it. They could have refused to do it, the same way as Eleven refused to kill the cat. Or maybe they could tell her some compassionate words while she would desperately screen for them to stop, like "I am sorry, we are just doing what we are told". But instead they would violently taking her to the dark room like robots, without showing any compassion whatsoever. > Eleven’s rights are decided by Brenner not the US government. Dr. Brenner works for the government. > I’m sure she hates being locked in that room but I’m also sure she would be taken out to resume whatever she does. She’s been in that room before. Eleven knows she won’t die in there. We are talking here about torture! As a matter of fact, Eleven's room is equivalent to solitary confinement in normal prisons. She didn't had any friends, no toys, no books or anything else that could be considered as entertainment. Her only possession appears to have been a stuffed lion and an awful drawing in the wall (the bad quality seems to suggest that she rarely had the opportunity to draw and get better at it). So a normal day for her appears to have been all about perpetual boredom, loneliness and painful experiments. Any psychologogist would agree that her mere daily life there is already torture by itself. So to then additionally send a littlet child to a small dark room, who by that point already has developed a serius case of claustrophobia, is an unthinkable act of barbarism. 5 minutes inside Mike's closet was already enough for El to break down. So who knows how many hours they would always lock her inside and how many times they did that to her? > The truth however is that she wasn’t thinking beyond self-preservation. Of course this is about self-preservation. You seem to imply that self-defense is just about not getting killed and that serious cases of torture is just something you have to suck it up. This is especially cynical in a case where she was about to be punished for refusing to do something horrible. > She needs guidance if she’s going to make decisions like that responsibly. Of couse she needs some guidance. But she more importantly needs the government to stop threatening her life and of people close to her. You always seem to take their acts of aggressions for granted, while at the same time judge her legitimate response. That's like criticizing polnish soldiers for killing german soldiers while Nazi Germany invaded their country. > The government (more or less) denied her basic human rights literally at birth. These things are terrible. These are reasons that Eleven uses her powers to kill representatives of the government. Not really. Eleven uses her powers to kill representatives of the government because they directly threaten her life with weapons. Once they stop doing that, she will stop killing them. It's as simple as that. > What are the Demogorgon’s options? The Deorgorgon is not a human being, but a creature of an alien species. So it's pointless to make any moral judgments about it. It just trying to survive. Unfurtionally it is doing it by directly threatening human lives and there are no prospects of peaceful coexistence. Therefore it has to be destroyed.

  • Marshall Schinner

    **Monolithians**: Imagine giant tumors levitating through the sky, which can telepathically manipulate sheets of metal to form mannequins with which they go roam the world, rarely known of, rarely seen. The giant floating tumors were originally the minds of earth-roaming giants who desired mind-body separation and actually physically achieved it, sort of by accident. **The Dsievi**: The first people of the world were the best artists the world has ever seen, but became so good that they began worshipping their own creations. Five leaders decided enough self-praise was enough self-praise, so as a final act of creation, they created life (the five Sefmir castes (see below)), performed a ritual to put all Dsievi into an eternal slumber underground, then figuratively vanished from the eyes of the world. **LophisEn (sefmir 1)**: are slate-black skinned prehistoric people with red irises, very long platted hair that ends up resembling rope, so their armor and clothing are made of actual rope woven from a unique hemp found only on their native island. Long ago, their culture was very aggressive towards their cousin race, the AennDoi, but, over the ages, their culture has become much more accepting and peaceful. **AennDoi (sefmir 2)**: are blue skinned prehistoric people with orange irises, traditionally close-shaven hair, and a natural ability to generate and manipulate flame. This ability came about more from of a need to survive than anything else, since way back when, their entire society was made into a great scapegoat by their cousin races (LophisEn, ZodoVa, ThargiCa) who collectively bullied them north into arctic zones where survival quickly took top priority. **ThargiCa (sefmir 3)**: are red skinned prehistoric people with blue irises, traditionally mo-hawked hair, and a culture revolving entirely around eclectic forms of combat. That cultural trait is largely thanks to the fact that their entire people live on an island the size of Spain in which, at the very center, is a giant "Rend" which pours forth entities both benevolent and malevolent from an eternally slumbering race's collective dream, and the ThargiCa have to deal with this 24/7 threat. **ZodoVa (sefmir 5)**: are snow-white skinned prehistoric people with black irises, sporting a range of different hairstyles, are are pretty hard to find these days unless you count their sub-castes and descendants as original ZodoVa. Way back in the scapegoating days, only a few of them participated in scapegoating the AennDoi, while the majority adopted a religious culture of peace and tranquility, but that ended with them getting stomped on, so it'd be a lucky sight to see a real ZodoVa. **MessuGa (sefmir 4)**: are yellow-skinned prehistoric people with white irises, who got sick of all the scapegoating crap and migrated far south where a prophet claimed the people would become immortal if they ingested a pale blue stone substance. It worked, but not in the way they hoped, so they returned north, put on full-body suits of armor, took up paralyzing weapons, spread across the continent of Gusgopfoph and took a vow to eternally guard the slumbering Dsievi. **Animi Nexus Entities**: An umbrella term for any form of life that emerges from the Rend in Silav, the ThargiCa's home island. Absolutely anything you can conceive of has come through that damn thing at some point in history. **Sub-Sefmir**: An umbrella term for any caste of people descended from any of the original Sefmir castes. There are countless sub-castes across the world. **Zamphiers**: A now almost vanished grey-skinned people with white hair and purple irises, who came together to collectively build a magic system which would allow people to control their own emotions, called "the Emotive Plane". Everything backfired when the emotive plane was hijacked just before it was completed, and now both benevolent and malevolent individuals have ascended to take the throne of certain emotions, such as The Throne of Greed, or The Throne of Joy, manipulating them worldwide. **Tarnoians**: Cherry red skinned people descended from the ThargiCa who left their home island for safer pastures. They settled in northern Narodel where, only just tolerating the blasting sun, they have the advantage of being able to farm and mass-produce all kinds of specialty crops, exporting them to the White Seas Colonies for a nice profit. **Pacovans (animi-nexus race)**: Body of a human, head, tail, claws and feet of a rat. Compulsive hoarders, but some Pacovans are sort of cool dudes, so long as you don't bring up their culture's past problems with a master-mind Pacovan who tricked them all into pseudo-capitalist slavery. **Penufeys (animi-nexus race)**: Body of a human, head, tail and wings of varying kinds of birds of prey. Large part of their society lives nested in a 1,200km long coastline of cliff in which their traditional nest huts have developed into sprawling webs of cliff face structures. **Tianhuan (animi-nexus race)**: Humanoids covered in scales, residing in the tropical, swampy areas in the north-west of Narodel. Very quiet, reserved, sometimes suspicious people, but so far they haven't done anything bad. **Fungid (animi-nexus)**: Humanoids found in the Assanettan tropics whose bodies are made of tree-roots, fungal growths, and with heads that are mushrooms, making them appear to be wearing parasols if seen from a distance. They are always eating and consuming something, have incredible regenerative capabilities, and communicate by releasing a pores in patterns corresponding to speech. **Digavudu (animi-nexus race)**: Humanoids native to Gemetoi, only recently encountered for the first time in history by Cazantian Colonial Forces. They are long, lithe, dark, very spectral from a distance, speaking in a tongue like whispers and scaring the poor colonial buggers by using their unprecedented stealth abilities to ambush the Cazantian colonies. **Qufroso (animi-nexus race):** Pale blue skinned Lion-people. Found in northern MetoiSophen, their culture is highly patriarchal and savage, but a subtribe of Qufroso broke off and migrated to Pequerogran where they would create a new culture, one free of dominance and savagery. There's plenty more, but I'll stop now. At least 60% of the world's civilized population is from an animi-nexus race which popped out of one of the five rends scattered around the world. All investigators know for sure is that one is in Silav, but there is growing evidence that there is another is far south somewhere in Garjia.

  • Loyce Willms

    Absolutely. I've been to Vegas 14 times, 7 of which were when I was underage, and though I now love blackjack, I've done very little gambling in Vegas. There's something for everyone there! **Shows:** The shows in Vegas are amazing. Definitely see a Cirque show, regardless of what types of shows you typically like. I had a bunch of friends who were skeptical if they would enjoy them, but have now gone on to see 2-3 more. 'O' at the Bellagio is my favorite, though "The Beatles 'Love'" at the Mirage, and "Mystere" at Treasure Island, are also phenomenal. "Ka" at MGM was good too, but I thought it wasn't quite as mind-blowing as the other three. If you're into comedy, and not easily offended, "Absinthe" in front of Caesar's Palace was absolutely amazing. FH and I laughed so hard we couldn't breathe. There are also plenty of artists with residencies to see (Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion come to mind). If you're looking for deals on tickets, try BestOfVegas.com or those half-price ticket booths on the Strip. **Sightseeing in Vegas**: The hotels themselves are something to see. Many are strongly themed with cool attractions. * Bellagio: The Fountains are a free water fountain show in front of the hotel, and absolutely amazing to watch. I feel like "fountain show" understates it because they have these insane high pressure jets that are choreographed to music, shooting water up to 400+ feet in the area. The hotel also has a Conservatory and Botanical Garden, which is this crazy seasonal display of flowers (also free). * The Mirage: This is a beautiful hotel with a free volcano show in front, and a dolphin/tiger habitat ($). * The Venetian: A beautiful Venice-themed hotel, with indoor and outdoor canals, where you can ride a gondola and be serenaded by a gondolier ($$). They also have a Madame Tussaud's wax museum that is pretty fun to check out ($). * Paris Hotel: There is a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower in front of this hotel, where you can get a really great view of the Las Vegas Strip ($). * Caesar's Palace: A huge Roman-themed hotel with the "forum shops," where you can browse all sorts of stores and see their free moving statue show. * The Promenade at The LINQ: There is a promenade with shops and an "observation wheel" (the High Roller) where a Ferris-like wheel (the "carts" are instead 40-person rooms, with an open bar if you choose that option) revolves every 30 minutes to give you an awesome view of the strip ($). * Downtown Las Vegas/Freemont Street: You can see old Las Vegas, and check out all of the bizarre, interesting things on the street (performers, a zipline, etc.). They also have free music and a light show overhead where all of the hotels shut off their lights, and this lighted awning comes to life with a show that spans more than a city block. * Other attractions so this doesn't get too long: Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay (really nice aquarium/shark reef), roller coaster at New York New York, Titanic Artifact Exhibit at The Luxor, the Observation Deck/rides atop of Stratosphere tower (great views of the city), Fun Dungeon at Excalibur (midway games and arcades), and Adventure Dome at Circus Circus (amusement park). There are also some cool attractions off-strip, like the lion habitat ranch (a nonprofit habitat where you learn all about the animals, and even feed lions and a giraffe), the neon museum (where Vegas signs go to die lol), and the Mob Museum. Even seeing the Strip itself, all lit up at night, is a sight to see! **Surrounding Areas** Even if you don't want to go hiking, there is a lot of really stunning nature surrounding Las Vegas. As a fellow east-coaster, I have to say, there's nothing quite like seeing the desert. All of these are drive-able, but there are also many bus and helicopter tours you could take as well. * [Red Rock Canyon](http://static.thousandwonders.net/Red.Rock.Canyon.National.Conservation.Area.original.5768.jpg): Beautiful red rocks with a scenic loop you can drive through and stop (or not) as you please. (~20 minutes from the Strip) * [Valley of Fire](https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/05/d7/9f/05d79f48adf16b0b7e049f54445a6da5.jpg): Even redder rocks, also with a scenic drive you can take where you stop as you please. (~50 minutes from the Strip) * [Zion National Park](http://www.zionnationalpark.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/G-Heart-Of-Zion_mini.jpg): Stunning park with a scenic drive loop, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you're willing to do a little hiking. The park is amazing, but some of the best views are on the hikes (20 minute hike to Weeping Rock being the shortest). (~2.75 hours from the Strip) * [Grand Canyon - South Rim](http://a30de2edae0c4b0bc6ba-a8477a60b1c5d9e290ed2e4c0d53743c.r24.cf1.rackcdn.com/2/6/large.jpg): This is one of those "pictures don't do it justice" places. Skip the West Rim, as it's a complete rip off/tourist trap where they don't allow you to take your own pics, but the south rim is absolutely gorgeous. (~4.5 hours from the Strip) **Adventures** * Ziplining in Bootleg Canyon: Flightlinez does a desert zipline, where they pick you up on the Strip and take you out to Bootleg Canyon. The views are gorgeous, and the guides are hilarious. Highly, highly recommend this, even if heights aren't usually your thing. Here's a [video](https://youtu.be/Cq50L2W0MdI?t=6m2s) of the view from our trip last year. * Sunset Horseback Riding with Wild West Horseback Adventures: This was just the most relaxing, peaceful thing we have done in Vegas. We're both relative amateurs, but there were first timers to more experienced riders in our group. The views were amazing too! **Food** The food in Vegas is excellent, and I say that as an admittedly pretentious NYC foodie. Our favorite restaurant has been the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris Hotel. Their Bearnaise sauce is amazing, and you have to save room for the souffle (which you order before the meal, so they have time to prepare it). Jasmine at the Bellagio has the best Chinese food I've had in the US, outside of NYC. We also really enjoy Top of the World (360 degree spinning restaurant atop of Stratosphere tower with gorgeous city views), Stack at the Mirage (contemporary American food), and Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens in downtown Lase B. There are many others, but this has quickly turned into a novel. **Other Stuff** This list is by no means comprehensive - just the stuff I thought of off the top of my head. There's also plenty of shopping and night life, but it's not our thing so I can't speak to that. Every hotel has a spa and (usually very beautiful) pool, so if you're looking to just lounge and relax, the opportunity is there.

  • Aliyah Howell

    Just to give a brief background. 28M raised christian and recently let it all go. I sometimes wonder what the world will become, the history we’ve had and the chains we believe to be broken. The illusion of freedom, seeds are planted early and allowed to grow and we believe it’s our will, then when operate outside of all expectation and believe in ourselves we are systematically labelled a sinner/ non-believer, wtf. General stuff. The moment you are afraid of something it can be used against you, it can cripple you without leaving your mind, which is why being yourself is so difficult and why taking the time to know yourself is important. From the time we are born we become the product of your environment and culture and morals are inherited, there is no such thing as free will until you personally break through your norms and observe from a neutral stand point. Until then we are machines, I hate to admit that I am/was a machine and i cant help but get mad at the time i spent with blinkers on. Judgement and cruelty is learned. We abuse each other from the time we learn to control our bodies and express ourselves. Why is acceptance and compassion such a foreign thing to us, why is truth and authenticity a foreign concept to us, even in children. Bullying starts at primary school level and it leaves children feeling alone, feeling like there is something wrong with them, and feeling like they are not good enough. The most painful words I’ve ever heard spoken to me were not those spoken after “disappointing” loved ones in various ways during my life, not the troubles and issues friends express during personal conversations but it is hearing an experience from a child that gets verbally and psychologically abused, I wish I could take away all the words spoken, the pain, the sadness, the loneliness in kids and replace it with love, joy and confidence in themselves. Commitment. Kids this and kids that, marriage this and marriage that. Firstly marriages don’t last because relationships are now a trend and a search for comfort (that is a nice way of saying gold fucking diggers, men and women alike) Thanks music videos, thanks reality shows, thanks celebrity news, much appreciated! At 28 I am only just understanding what I am and how I am, being aware of myself, imagine being tied down at this moment. No sir. I am only just beginning to create my own world, and that is what I believe life is all about, creating your own everything, coming to your own conclusions, including beliefs. I do not want to be associated with any Religious, cultural or social beliefs/ customs in any way at all. If I were to have kids I would have to sit and think about how I am going to make sure that nobody’s words or actions can bring them into a systematic level of operation, into any level of self-doubt and for them to be completely proud and comfortable with themselves from a young age. We allow other people to tell us that our kids aren’t good enough here and there, instead of helping kids find their strengths and build confidence in themselves as much as possible, we allow them to be subjected to the “professional” opinions and social criticism of others. I think identifying their strengths should be the route to improve in areas they aren’t so comfortable……but to make a child believe they aren’t good enough is unacceptable. there are real asshole people out here who are asshole teachers and their assholiness brings other peoples kids down. Religion is a bunch of nonsense in my opinion, particularly Christianity, (I can only really speak on what I’ve been exposed to) what is the foundation of Christianity? The bible, for me to have faith that it is the true and only inspired word of God, to believe that everything in the bible is fact? Nope. Firstly that God created us to worship and adore him? why? and if you don’t you will live a life of hardship then burn in hell for eternity, to believe that all the fucked up things that we can’t control is God testing our faith and making us stronger is weird, to blame the devil of why we find ourselves unhappy, depressed and in trouble, instead of realizing that it was our poor decision making and lack of ambition and planning(yes there are exceptions)……. So God made the universe and placed us on earth and everything was hunky dory until Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit? Well why did God create the tree bearing the fruit in the first place? I have never heard a logical answer to that question. Anyways, after years of education I’m expected to believe in talking donkeys and snakes? I am supposed to believe in a man tearing apart a lion with his bare hands? A lion! with his bare hands? I am expected to believe that a pair of all animals in the world was on a boat while earth was in water? What did these animals eat while on this boat? So the lions (minus the one that was torn apart by a man with his bare hands) tigers, leopards, cheetahs, bears, wolves, hyenas etc. were all friendly with each other and with the other animals on the boat? How did they (Noah and his family) get the animals on the boat? How did the polar bears and penguins and other arctic animals reach the boat? what about all the various insects? Let’s forget all that though. Why are there people, particularly Gods chosen, in churches not being healed? Because their faith isn’t strong enough? Because it’s not their time yet? What happened to mustard seed faith moving mountains? Why do we only see people getting healed and delivered from things that cannot be proven true? I want to see the stuff Jesus “did” being done now, I want to see limbs grow but until then, no thanks. Are all other cultures doomed to hell for eternity? Must we be grateful to white people for the bible? And not to say I am for our traditions and rituals either, that too has control and submission all over it. Why do we need to be governed and controlled at all? As it stands governments are untouchables and do as they please, and he only people that are free are those at the top of the pyramid, the royals, the chosen ones. could a peaceful, intelligent, diverse, loving, technologically advanced, sharing community of people ever really exist? probably not as long as money is still around.....and i'm no exception in the paper chase, fam gotta eat cuz! but i wonder what would be like without money, there is enough land and resources for everyone to live well, we've got the technology to do almost anything.

  • Willie Crist

    Party Banter Guide for Dragon Age: Inquisition by Heidirs http://dragonage3.wiki.fextralife.com/Party+Banter+Guide You should be hearing party banter about every 15mins, give or take a few (I've had banter trigger anywhere from 11 to 17mins). If you are not hearing banter this often, there are a few things you could try. No banter? Give this a try Get off that mount - banter won't trigger while riding mounts and is believed to pause the 15min timer Don't move around so much - loading screens will restart the 15min timer, so think twice before fast traveling from Exalted Plains to the Emprise. The vilas in the Emeralds are also a culprit and party banter doesn't trigger inside them, though quest specific dialogue will. Don't leave your game on pause - bringing up the menu screen pauses the 15min timer. Leveling your characters can't be helped, but if you are getting up from the game to grab a snack or use the bathroom, it might be a good idea to leave the game running. Waiting to travel to Skyhold to go through your inventory will also mean less of a wait between banters. Play the game with a timer - You'll be surprised how many times you are ready to leave a map only to look down at your watch and realize you have 3mins till your next banter. Don't waste the 12mins you've already spent. Find an excuse to stick around and leave the area after the banter has triggered. Some "fixes" that might help Untick new items - check your journal, inventory, and codexes. New items will have a yellow star next them. Hover over the item to get the star to disappear. Do this for everything. The theory is that these new items clog up the system somehow and prevent banter from triggering. This is especially important early game as there is a lot of new content to untick. As you progress through the game, you'll have to keep up with this less and less. When leaving Skyhold only fast travel from the war table. Don't know why it works, but it has helped some people. (Does not work at Haven) Try playing offline. Wait, you actually are getting banter! Turn on subtitles - there may be something wrong with your sound system, and though banter is triggering, you just aren't hearing it. Map-specific dialogue - your companions have dialogue that relates to each specific map area. For example, in the Emerald Graves, Cole might say something like "It's peaceful here." In the Emprise, Dorian complains about the cold. These trigger just like normal party banter and count as such, meaning that if a one-liner is triggered, you'll have to wait another 15mins in the hopes of hearing normal party banter. Horror of horrors, right?! There's no way to avoid these as every companion has specific map-related dialogue. However, if you do hear a one-liner from someone, it may be an indication that specific companion has nothing to say to the others at the moment (some banters only trigger at certain map areas or after completing certain central quests). Switch the offending party member out for someone else or change your party up entirely to increase your changes of hearing normal banter. Party banter, not to be confused with... Location specific banter - there is some banter that triggers upon encountering specific locations. For example, when approaching the shore in the Storm Coast, Varric will comment on the journey from Kirkwall. Someone in your party will comment when approaching the red lyrium in Emrpise Du Lion. Solas will comment when approaching the Dalish in the Exalted Plains. These do not count as party banter. Meaning, they will not reset the 15min timer. Quest specific banter - some banter triggers upon completing or approaching quests. For example, Cassandra will say "another rogue mage/templar" when working on her "Unfinished Business" quest. Blackwall will comment when picking up Grey Warden items. Someone will comment when approaching a place to camp. These do not count as party banter and do not reset the 15min timer. Map areas to take note The Western Approach - there's a reported bug that party banter does not trigger no matter what you do. There is no known fix for this, and thus it may be best to limit your time there. The Hissing Wastes - reported to be the best location for party banter as it seems to trigger more frequently (in the 11 to 13mins range). It's supposed to do that Normal Banter will not trigger in the following areas (though quest specific dialogue may occur): Haven Skyhold Abor Wilds The Winter Palace Vilas in the Emerald Graves Val Royeaux unconfirmed Cradle of Sulevin The Fade Lost Temple of Dirthamen Therinfal Redoubt I still don't have banter. Now what? Sit down with a watch - record the time when you enter a new map area. Note the time, fifteen minutes from then when you should hear banter. If you get on a mount, note how much time you spend riding and extend the expected time of banter by that amount. If you pause the game, extend the expected time again. If you encounter a loading screen, you have to start the timer all over again. Example (I'm completely making this up): 7:50 - entered Emerald Graves 8:00 - entered villa - loading screen 8:15 - exited villa - lading screen - timer reset 8:22 - mounted 8:27 - dismounted - banter paused 5 minutes 8:32 - leveled characters 8:36 - finished leveling - banter paused 3 minutes 8:38 - Cole comments on the trees, damn it - banter in 22mins since villa - 8mins paused = 15mins 8:40 - fast travel to camp, switched out Cole for Sera 8:42 - Cassandra commented on Venitori - quest related? 8:52 - Sera and Solas argue - party banter 14mins since last It's entirely possible, from the example above, if only looking at start and end time to believe it took an hour to hear banter. You need to take map-specific dialogue, pauses, mounts, and loading screens into account. If you sit down with the game and time yourself and take everything in this guide into account and find that you are still not getting banter, congratulations your game is bugged. I have a bugged game!!! There's a banter toggle to manually trigger banter - only works if you only play on PC. Consider repurchasing or upgrading - it's not known what causes the banter bug. Players with older systems seem to report more bugs with the game. Therefore, replacing or upgrading your system might be worthwhile. However, this is not recommended as it can be expensive, and people across all platforms have experienced banter issues. That said, if banter is really important to your gaming experience, it might be worth selling your console copy for a PC one so you can use the banter toggle as it's the only fix we have at this time.

  • Maya Ledner

    **Misconception # 7: Muslims are ruthless non-vegetarian people.** **Reply**: God has granted Muslims the choice to be vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. He has ordained in the holy book that everything that he has created in this world is for the enjoyment/pleasure of man (with certain restrictions and limits). It is ok for a Muslim to be a vegetarian by choice; it is also ok for him to be a non-vegetarian by choice. Science tells us that animal flesh is a complete protein food. It is easier to digest than the vegetarian food. If you look at the teeth of carnivorous animals like a tiger or a lion they are sharp and pointed, designed to tear flesh. The tiger and lion can eat only flesh; they cannot digest leaves and grass. On the other hand, the teeth of herbivorous animals like the cow and camel are flat. Designed to chew grass and leaves. These herbivorous animals can't digest flesh. But if you examine the teeth of human beings, they are both canine i.e. sharp and pointed, as well as flat. Therefore human beings can chew both vegetarian foods as well as non-vegetarian foods. Humans can digest plant foods as well as flesh. This ability to enjoy and digest both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food is a gift of God to humans. Hindu scriptures permit the eating of flesh. In fact, their books are replete with incidents showing festivals and ceremonies where meat was served. When Jainism and Buddhism started to become popular with their philosophies of ahimsa, i.e., non-violence towards animals, and started to win converts from Hindus, the Hindus priests adapted the same philosophy of ahimsa to win back those who had left the Hindu fold. This is how Hinduism changed over to vegetarianism. If no one eats meat the number of cattle will be uncontrollable. It will be a big problem about how to dispose of them. **Misconception # 8: Muslims eat animals and behave like animals.** **Reply**: There is a saying that you are what you eat. Muslims eat only herbivorous animals (animals that eat only plants, grass, leaves etc). These animals are peaceful animals, like goat, lamb etc. Therefore, we are peaceful people. Muslims are prevented from eating carnivorous animals, i.e. animals that eat other animals. The holy prophet has prohibited us from eating snakes, lizards, cats, dogs, birds of prey etc. Some non-Muslims say that allowing slaughtered animals to bleed to death is torturing the animals. It is better to behead them in one quick shot on the neck. Some Muslims' response to this is that the non-Muslims attach the animals from behind, like cowards; while Muslims confront the animal in a manly manner, face-to-face, from the front. Of course this is not a good reason; it is only a joke. Scientific tests have proven that when the animal's throat is slit along with the windpipe and the vein (without damage to the spinal cord), the animal dies a painless death. The animal twitches its legs, it is not because of pain but because the heart has pumped out all the blood from the legs. It is this twitching of the lags, this thrashing about of the dying animal that leads the non-Muslim to believe that the animal is in pain. Blood carries toxins and impurities that are harmful for humans. Islam prohibits the eating/drinking of blood. Meat without blood lasts longer than meat with blood in it. **Misconception # 9: Going around the Kabah is idol worship.** **Reply**: No religion is more vocal in condemning idol worship than Islam. The Muslims do not worship Kabah, only God, or Allah. While circumambulating the Kabah they chant: La Illa Ha Ill-lal-lah. (There is no object worthy of worship but Allah). The Kabah is for unifying Muslims at prayer. It would be chaotic if Muslims prayed in any direction they chose. The Kabah provides a chance to unify in prayer as all Muslims face one spot, the Kabah. Throughout the globe people from various countries face North, South, East and West only to face the Kabah. When the Arabs drew the map of the globe, they put Makkah in the center; but when the Western people gained power, they put Greenwich in the center. But if you look at the map, Makkah continues to be in the center of the globe even today. Alhamdulillah! Some accuse Muslims to be idol worshippers because they kiss the black rock at Kabah. This they do only because they saw the prophet do it. The black stone has no power to benefit or harm you. In olden times, the call to prayer was given by standing on the top of Kabah. If Muslims were idol worshippers, would they stand on top of their 'idol' and call people to pray. Does a Hindu or a Christian stand on top of their idols and call others to join in the worship? **Misconception # 10: Muslims are wrong in preventing non-Muslims from visiting Makkah.** **Reply**: Allah has prohibited this. Makkah is not a place of tourism, but a place of reverence and worship. A non-Muslim has no reverence for Makkah, and therefore should not be there as a mere spectator. Although I am an Indian, I can't go to the cantonment area in Bombay where the military is based. I need a special permit. Similarly, all countries have their own rules to allow visitors in. Applicants must meet certain conditions insisted on by the host country. I had to meet the conditions of the US Government to visit USA. Similarly, there are conditions to visit Makkah. The condition is: You must recite from your heart "La illa-ha-ill-lal-lah, Mohammed-ur rasul Allah" (I bear witness that there is no object worthy of worship except Allah, and that Mohammed is the messenger of Allah). Misconception # 11: Muslims wrongly don't eat pork Reply: God has prohibited pork. There are several references even in the Bible where swine meat is prohibited. Science has associated 70 diseases with swine meat, the most dangerous being tapeworm, for which there is no cure. It causes irreparable damage to the insides of human beings. Even if a pig has been raised on a farm and its flesh is cooked very well at high temperatures, certain germs never die. The pig is a filthy animal; it eats human excreta. It has to protective instinct for its female. It is a shameless animal. Therefore people who eat its flesh, have no shame if their females mate with other men.

  • Terrill Rodriguez

    Just to give a brief background. 28M raised christian and recently let it all go. I sometimes wonder what the world will become, the history we’ve had and the chains we believe to be broken. The illusion of freedom, seeds are planted early and allowed to grow and we believe it’s our will, then when operate outside of all expectation and believe in ourselves we are systematically labelled a sinner/ non-believer, wtf. General stuff. The moment you are afraid of something it can be used against you, it can cripple you without leaving your mind, which is why being yourself is so difficult and why taking the time to know yourself is important. From the time we are born we become the product of your environment and culture and morals are inherited, there is no such thing as free will until you personally break through your norms and observe from a neutral stand point. Until then we are machines, I hate to admit that I am/was a machine and i cant help but get mad at the time i spent with blinkers on. Judgement and cruelty is learned. We abuse each other from the time we learn to control our bodies and express ourselves. Why is acceptance and compassion such a foreign thing to us, why is truth and authenticity a foreign concept to us, even in children. Bullying starts at primary school level and it leaves children feeling alone, feeling like there is something wrong with them, and feeling like they are not good enough. The most painful words I’ve ever heard spoken to me were not those spoken after “disappointing” loved ones in various ways during my life, not the troubles and issues friends express during personal conversations but it is hearing an experience from a child that gets verbally and psychologically abused, I wish I could take away all the words spoken, the pain, the sadness, the loneliness in kids and replace it with love, joy and confidence in themselves. Commitment. Kids this and kids that, marriage this and marriage that. Firstly marriages don’t last because relationships are now a trend and a search for comfort (that is a nice way of saying gold fucking diggers, men and women alike) Thanks music videos, thanks reality shows, thanks celebrity news, much appreciated! At 28 I am only just understanding what I am and how I am, being aware of myself, imagine being tied down at this moment. No sir. I am only just beginning to create my own world, and that is what I believe life is all about, creating your own everything, coming to your own conclusions, including beliefs. I do not want to be associated with any Religious, cultural or social beliefs/ customs in any way at all. If I were to have kids I would have to sit and think about how I am going to make sure that nobody’s words or actions can bring them into a systematic level of operation, into any level of self-doubt and for them to be completely proud and comfortable with themselves from a young age. We allow other people to tell us that our kids aren’t good enough here and there, instead of helping kids find their strengths and build confidence in themselves as much as possible, we allow them to be subjected to the “professional” opinions and social criticism of others. I think identifying their strengths should be the route to improve in areas they aren’t so comfortable……but to make a child believe they aren’t good enough is unacceptable. there are real asshole people out here who are asshole teachers and their assholiness brings other peoples kids down. Religion is a bunch of nonsense in my opinion, particularly Christianity, (I can only really speak on what I’ve been exposed to) what is the foundation of Christianity? The bible, for me to have faith that it is the true and only inspired word of God, to believe that everything in the bible is fact? Nope. Firstly that God created us to worship and adore him? why? and if you don’t you will live a life of hardship then burn in hell for eternity, to believe that all the fucked up things that we can’t control is God testing our faith and making us stronger is weird, to blame the devil of why we find ourselves unhappy, depressed and in trouble, instead of realizing that it was our poor decision making and lack of ambition and planning(yes there are exceptions)……. So God made the universe and placed us on earth and everything was hunky dory until Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit? Well why did God create the tree bearing the fruit in the first place? I have never heard a logical answer to that question. Anyways, after years of education I’m expected to believe in talking donkeys and snakes? I am supposed to believe in a man tearing apart a lion with his bare hands? A lion! with his bare hands? I am expected to believe that a pair of all animals in the world was on a boat while earth was in water? What did these animals eat while on this boat? So the lions (minus the one that was torn apart by a man with his bare hands) tigers, leopards, cheetahs, bears, wolves, hyenas etc. were all friendly with each other and with the other animals on the boat? How did they (Noah and his family) get the animals on the boat? How did the polar bears and penguins and other arctic animals reach the boat? what about all the various insects? Let’s forget all that though. Why are there people, particularly Gods chosen, in churches not being healed? Because their faith isn’t strong enough? Because it’s not their time yet? What happened to mustard seed faith moving mountains? Why do we only see people getting healed and delivered from things that cannot be proven true? I want to see the stuff Jesus “did” being done now, I want to see limbs grow but until then, no thanks. Are all other cultures doomed to hell for eternity? Must we be grateful to white people for the bible? And not to say I am for our traditions and rituals either, that too has control and submission all over it. Why do we need to be governed and controlled at all? As it stands governments are untouchables and do as they please, and he only people that are free are those at the top of the pyramid, the royals, the chosen ones. could a peaceful, intelligent, diverse, loving, technologically advanced, sharing community of people ever really exist? probably not as long as money is still around.....and i'm no exception in the paper chase, fam gotta eat cuz! but i wonder what would be like without money, there is enough land and resources for everyone to live well, we've got the technology to do almost anything.

  • Elwin Friesen

    Varies widely from kingdom to kingdom. While most are very close to standard medieval times, I'll talk a bit about the special cases. *** There is a kingdom in my world that is ruled by a Vampire nobility. In trade for their blood, the people get protection and a high life standard. Possible they live the best and most peaceful lives of the world. All for some blood each two weeks and a very harsh justice system. (Harsh as in hard on the criminals). The blood tax is taken per family. A family here means basically a household. Mom, dad, children, grandparents,.... Per head in a house the tax goes up, and you need to pay. However, female blood is favoured above male blood, as it tastes better and has better qualities in it. Aside of that, virgin blood is valued above all BUT children up to the age of 16 are exempt of paying the bloodtax. Instead their parents pay a small bit more in blood. At the start this lead to many families forcing their 16+ daughters to stay virgin, as one litre of their blood was worth three of the mother and four of the father. But once the nobles found out about this, swift punishments were made. And now any girl can simply complain to a noble, and her parents will be punished accordingly. *** The [Unnamed] empire is a bit the cesspool nation of my world. They are corrupt and decadent and have a lot of shitty rules and systems that keep the powerful in power and the weak, weak. In addition, they allow their provinces (read conquered nations) to add their own rules and justice systems on top of their own as long as they don't go in against those. Since once they conquer a region they appoint almost always the vile, power-hungry tyrants as governors and barons, these additions never make things better. In the Imperial nobility, women are seen as something to show off with. They need to look good, know how to talk properly and so on. Most noble women take this in trade of the riches they get. And form their own cliques focussed on their decadence. Not that their spouses do any actual work. Most of the time they are pretending to be training in fencing and swordsmanship or too busy fucking around. Most of them only spend time with their wife on official party's and the like. And perhaps the first year of marriage. There is a scarcely populated area in their Empire that is a good example of what kind of vile things can happen when they are left to their own devise and largely go unmonitored. In it is a village, situated so that they rarely have any visitors aside of a merchant now and then. All of those close an eye on what happens there in favour of their trade. In the town women are treated very badly. From age 14 up to until they are married (which they only are allowed to do from age 21 and up) they are seen as a sort of public property, in the sense that any of the other townsfolk (women included) can make use of them to bed them. The young boys don't go through this process, instead they are encouraged to make use of the girls and it is often seen as a passing from boyhood to manhood when they bed their first 'offer' as they call it. One of my main characters escapes this faith by stabbing her mother with a kitchen knife and make a run for it, the night before her 14th birthday. Her twin sister is too scared to follow her and goes through the nightmare though. The escapee manages to reach far enough into the woods to be saved by a witch before the villagers can catch her. And she ends up being her apprentice. *** The kingdom of Ora is my utopia nation. They have possibly the best laws to live under and every subject of the king is said to be equal. Technically that is, practically these rules are not always followed. Ora is a peaceful kingdom and will almost never declare war. But once attacked it defends itself. Due to this, they have seen a few wars, which lead to them assimilating other kingdoms. The peoples of these kingdoms haven't always adapted to the Oran rules and justice system. For many it is a whole new way of life. For this reason they have a sort of agents called the King's Lions. The Lions patrol the lands of Ora and see to it that the rules are followed. They act as sort of travelling judge, jury and excecutioner to whom the common folk can talk to about their issues and such. Needless to say in order to become a Lion, you have to go trough a lot of tests and such. *** The Gwesibor are a sort of humanoid stone species. Females are rare with them, on average for every 500 males there is estimated to be one female. However they don't have relationships or sex as humans do, so it has almost no impact. Except for that females will be protected more than males. As they still need both genders in order to procreate. Females and males still fall under the same laws and rules, but say there is a female and a male diplomat. When they are send out, the female will have far more guards joining her than the male. Females are still allowed to serve in their armies, but it is openly discouraged and often looked down upon in society. As they see it as an unnecessary waste of a female. Due to the complications of their procreation process, it is often publicly denounced when females don't take part in it or do something to endanger their ability to take part in it. So the females sometimes feel as if they are prisoners in a golden cage. (However there are two main cultures with them, one progressive and one more old fashioned (I can't come on the right word). The progressive one are far more lenient when it comes to this and they have far less (almost none) public shaming when such a thing happens.) *** I have a still heavily WIP species that are humanoid-ish beetles. In it the males suffer from more rules and regulations as the females. Females often take a seat of power in their culture while the males are left with the 'lesser' jobs. Think stuff as soldiers, workers, labourers, ... for the males while the more 'intellectual' jobs like governing, priesthood, engineering, magic, .... are for the females. There are rules that prevent any male to take a seat of government, but no rules that prevent them from becoming a mage for example. However there will be social backlash from the community. Not all of their kind think like this though, and there are big and serious divides growing in their culture, pushing them ever closer to civil war.

  • Jocelyn Treutel

    Green pastures marked my entrance into heaven. I had just traversed the path to the afterlife which was full of lost souls not knowing where they belonged. But I had felt the spirit of goodness guiding me towards my destination ever since my death. I hobbled onto the grass with bare feet and with each step I could feel all of my ailments exit my body. First my back straightened up and then I felt energy rush into my recently bed ridden body. I stretched all of my limbs out for the first time in years and then ran around on the field, laughing myself almost to tears. It had felt like lightning had struck my bones and given me super powers. As I ran my thoughts turned to my family. I hadn’t seen my father or mother in over forty years. I hadn’t seen my daughter in almost ten years. Tears trickled down my face as the memories of my life and time with my family flashed by. My daughter lost her life in a hiking accident during her 50th birthday vacation. She had lived a slave to work until her mid forties and that is when she realized all she had been missing in life. So she dropped it all and started something new. She had been fully revitalized and never turned down an adventure. The last time I saw her face, at the viewing, it seemed eerily peaceful, as if her passing hadn’t inconvenienced her at all. I wished to feel what she must have felt every day when I would lay on my deathbed, and thanks to her I did. I felt the spirit of goodness pull my attention upwards and I stared into the sky. There were millions of stars peaking through the brilliant blue even though the sun was at its peak beside them. And it did not hurt my eyes to look at. I saw one star in particular twinkle at me as if it could see me as well. What was it thinking? “Who are you little star?” I asked to the sky above. I could feel a connection to it building and I saw a rope drop from the sky. I grabbed the rope and pulled on it to see if something would come down. The little star sparkled as I pulled and then suddenly the rope tugged back. I grabbed on and was whipped away immediately, squeezing the knot at the very bottom of the rope with every ounce of strength I had. I quickly flew into the sky and could see what I thought to be all of heaven below me. There were towns of gold and blue, towers that twisted up with turrets branching off and balls of stardust atop each, raining down a mist of glittering diamonds. As I neared the top of the sky where all of the celestial bodies rested I could see my little star twinkling even brighter than before. “Little star!” I yelled, feeling a magnetic pull through my eyes as I saw its size. It appeared as large as a small mountain. When the rope stopped pulling me up I could see a path of crystal appear below my feet. I stepped on and immediately started running towards the star. I could feel that it held pieces of my old life I had missed, maybe even my family. I came to the face of the star and reached my hand out to touch it and I could feel my body vanish from the path and I reappeared in some room filled with...cats...and dogs. I glanced around the room briefly then a little kitty walked up to me. “Hello!” I said. “Hello Gracie, we are glad to have you join us.” The cat said. “Oh dear, you can speak!” I shouted, slightly startled. “Yes I can, my name is Pavlious. I was pet to your ancestor Pavle of Serbia, a guard to the royal family. I will be your guide until you decide where it is that you wish to go.” “Oh, a guide? Well I am looking for my daughter, and also my parents.” “Very well,” said Pavlious. He brought me to a photo. “Is this she that you seek?” he asked. “Yes, that’s Brandy. She had just learned how to write her name in that picture.” Pavlious turned around at my response and walked off with direction, expecting me to follow. He stopped at a door, jumped up to the handle and opened it for me. Out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a pet I recognized but I stayed where I was, waiting to see what was beyond the door. As Pavlious pushed the door open I saw Brandy, no older than she had been in the photograph. “Oh Pavlious, she is so young. Is everyone in heaven this young?” I asked. “Of course not.” He said. I stared at her as she scribbled on her coloring book, she was intensely focused on making an entire page purple with her crayon. “Do you wish to see Brandy at a different age?” the cat asked. I was crying myself to shreds as I watched her. It brought me back to the happiest time of my life. “Oh I would love to see her as she was when she passed away,” I said The cat then called over a dog. The dog waddled over and after I moment I recognized it. It was the same dog I had seen out of the corner of my eye. “Sherlock?” I whispered, taken aback. “Is that you Sherlock?” “It is I, your beloved Sherlock!” The dog responded. Sherlock was the first pet my husband and I ever brought into the family, it was Brandy’s first pet. I gave Sherlock a brief neck rub and then he said he must go tend to Brandy. “So Pavlious, how many pets are in this room?” I asked the cat as he shut the door. “All of them. Every pet cat or dog your family line has ever owned, dating back 10000 years to when your family line received its first pet. It was a scruffy old cat name Sasha.” I looked about the room to see if I could spot a scruffy old cat and then I noticed a mountain lion a top a play tree in the center. “Is Sasha a mountain lion?” “Sasha is a mountain lion,” he said. I left the subject alone and Pavlious continued to lead me toward a new door. “Is she behind this door?” I asked him. “No, in the room we are in now you only have access to your family as they were when they lived with you. You must travel through this door and find your daughter’s home from whatever age you wish. You will know it when you see it.” Pavlious opened the door and on the other side was the crystal path that led me to the star. “Is this the same place from which I entered?” I asked him. “No, I have brought you to the other side, you will not have to backtrack to find her.” I stepped out the door and it was shut behind me. Immediately the door disappeared and the star sealed up and shone brightly where it had been. I stepped forward, waiting to see where I would be guided to next.

  • Lew Rutherford

    **Short history of the city and the hub: why was it founded, who founded it, how long has it been around, etc?** Just outside of Pittsburgh in the small town of Kennedy Township lies the wizarding village of Forest Hills. A small, hilly, and highly vegetated section of town, this location was chosen as a settlement for wizarding families for a couple reasons. 1. The area was sort of hidden off to the side. Many trees cover the area and there are only 2 roads in and out of the village, one on the east side and one on the north side. The north side is on more of a back road, so there is less traffic. The east side is on Kennedy's main road, so it is more trafficked by Muggles. 2. Unbeknownst to the Muggles of Kennedy Township, the trees that fill Forest Hills are actually useful for many magical purposes such as wand woods and potions ingredients. Kennedy Township has been around since the early 1900s, with Forest Hills being settled in the 1940s by the wizarding families of Ligouri, Brewster, Lynn, Sauer, and Fleiner. These families originally lived closer to Pittsburgh, but wanted to find a more peaceful, quiet location where they could live and practice their magic but still be within a town. So Forest Hills, being a small, enclosed neighorhood within a town, was perfect. **What would a visitor see when they’re in this place? What does it look like, how is it arranged, etc?** Kennedy Township is a simple suburb of Pittsburgh with roughly 7500 residents. Forest Hills is entirely witch/wizard populated with roughly 400 residents. After the founding families originally moved in, word spread to other wizarding families, which allowed the neighborhood to grow. Now it is at capacity house-wise, but wizarding families are constantly moving out and in for their own reasons. [Here is the location of Forest Hills](http://imgur.com/a/nZ352). The star indicates the neighborhood within Kennedy Township. As you can see, the other entrances/exits are to the east and north. The area is also home to a multitude of magical creatures. The bit of forest to the left of the north entrance houses a small family of thestrals. There is also a phoenix that has a nest in the tallest tree of the neighborhood. This phoenix has been named Haru (Japanese word for "sun") and although none of the wizards are its master, it is friendly towards the entire community. The neighborhood is also home to various gnomes, fairies, and pixies. Bowtruckles also attempt to protect the magical trees of Forest Hills the best they can. However, the wizarding families seem to have gained their trust that they will not destroy the trees, but use them responsibly as resources. **What are the anti-muggle-detection safeguards, like the Leaky Cauldron and its brick wall?** The anti-muggle safeguards are rather simple. The 2 entrances appear as dirt roads with gates and overgrown trees with signs saying "Private property" that the Muggles believe belong to a cattle farmer. Most of the wizarding families that live in Forest Hills simply apparate in and out, but if for any reason someone needs to pass through them, the gates and signs sink into the ground and the overgrown trees part. Similar to platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross, there is a "guard" that monitors the entrances. These guards are [lion statues](https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/5d/84/d9/5d84d9a0eb0bdb7d42935b20a7dd16ed.jpg) that have been enchanted to send out a mass distraction spell that will cause Muggles to look away from the entrance whenever it is open. **What are some of the shops/locations/services that it offers? What are the must-see spots?** Kennedy is a simple that has all your standard stores used by both muggles and magical folk, such as your grocery stores, clothing stores (for clothes they don't just conjure), and restaurants. But there are also shops within Kennedy that have been secretly opened just for the wizarding family's. Vacca's Apothecary was opened to provide the families with any potions ingredients that they couldn't get from the trees of Forest Hills. There's also Fairhaven Pub, the local tavern to grab a butter beer, some fire whiskey, or whatever your drink of choice is. However, the biggest magical attraction in Kennedy Township is the [Treeborn Ruins](https://beachprophhi.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/dsc_0187.jpg), ancient remains of buildings that are actually in the woods near Forest Hills that hint at an earlier wizarding settlement. Sections of these these ruins appear scorched. Muggles assume a standard fire, but magical historians and archaeologists suspect dragon fire based on the burn markings and the remaining ruins. These historians and archaeologists actually found traces of simple protection charms which would have protected again standard fires. However, these enchantments did not appear strong enough for dragon fire. Furthermore, the stone that the buildings were built of can be seen as melted and solidified, something that only extremely hot dragon fire is capable of. **Any anecdotes, quirks, hidden secrets, or fun facts about this place?** Just a few fun facts and anecdotes about Forest Hills and Kennedy Township: * All 5 of the original founding couples of Forest Hills attended and met at Ilvermorny. * The gnomes and pixies of Forest Hills often like to wander into the Muggle areas of Kennedy Township to cause mischief. None of what they do is extremely threatening, more of just annoying, such as untying shoes, throwing dog poop, and [stealing people's underpants](http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/southpark/images/5/5c/38a.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100829133317).

  • Nils Lockman

    First of all, look into Gulliver Foyle in the book The Stars My Destination. Here's the PDF: http://americandigest.org/Bester,%20Alfred%20-%20The%20Stars%20My%20Destination.pdf He has a devil mask tattooed on his face that flushes red when he's emotional or angry. It is the mark of all the pains we've suffered that trigger us. It is the devil we must conquer. I can tell you that with the proper mindset you can indeed conquer any fears associated with this and trip again if you decide it is helpful to you. However it may take time. Furthermore, it is possible that if you trip too much you will enter a place where life lacks meaning, and this is another trap that takes great care to escape from. Indeed, what were your feelings when you controlled the fish? Do the powers of a God make life seem trite? (This is the meaning of the user's reply "The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.") However, seeing as we are confined creatures with a longing to be limitless, there is a desire to be in that space again. However, the optimal path seems to create a limitless experience within your waking life rather than through psychedelia, which to me is really an experience of the afterlife/alternate dimension/heaven, but the thing is that when you're eternal bliss and alone in eternity eventually it becomes kind of meaningless, at least for me, and you long for contact with other souls, and meaning, and variety, and depth, not just pure color and light. You want to bring the color and light into your waking life but maintain a balance, some grounding, so that you have a home to return to. As for battling these demons and anxieties, the best way to do this may be to improve your self. Find that peace you created last time. You want to be impervious in the midst of bedlam. No one can harm you, no one can upset you truly at your core. You will never feel guilty because you will never truly make a mistake. But do not mistake me - I do not mean for you to be a passive entity who turns the other cheek. You must be strong, but tamed. There is a time for anger, there is a time for being fierce. Sometimes you have to fight, and some enemies require that you do so rather than meditate and pretend they don't exist. Jesus is disappointed in us because we have taken his teachings and become weaklings with no spirit. As in Boondock Saints, the indifference of good men! You are not a passive victim. You are a warrior. Don't take no shit. And no, you have no blame for what occurred, it is quite alright. Work on your mind, learn not to judge, even yourself, but learn to defend yourself and what you know is right - and learn more about what is right. There are many gross injustices in this world that we collectively ignore. Why? Because we fear the darkness. But by passing through the darkness, we find the light. I would suggest you continue to meditate in your own fashion, while supplementing also by imagining the demons that fought with you, and fighting them again - in a sober state, or perhaps with the assistance of minor spiritual substances such as beer. It will be a lot easier to control if you're not fully blown out of the water. Consider them skirmishes. Face your fears, try various methods (peace, war, indolence, charity). Learn more about the virtues. Learn, search, make an effort. When you're ready, you'll be certain. "What are you telling me? That I can dodge bullets?" "No, Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to." Then again, from the Lion King: "Being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble." You really can learn a lot from media if you're paying attention. A few things I might say to such a demon: "Fuck you. I've been through enough shit." "Haha suck my dick pal. We all lovers and fighters, don't take things so seriously." (Laughter is a good one.) "Chill out brah... *HUG*" "Get out of my way and go burgle some turds, I don't need you right now" *Smirk* (turn away from it and go searching for friends) Martin Luther King Jr., from Stride Toward Freedom: >Many months later, an influential white citizen of Montgomery was to protest to me: >"Over the years we have had such peaceful and harmonious race relations here. Why have you and your associates come in to destroy this long tradition?" >My reply was simple: "Sir," I said, "you have never had real peace in Montgomery. You have had a sort of negative peace in which the Negro too often accepted his state of subordination. But this is not true peace. True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice. The tension we see in Montgomery today is the necessary tension that comes when the oppressed rise up and start to move forward toward a permanent, positive peace." >I went on to speculate that this was what Jesus meant when he said: "I have not come to bring peace, but a sword." Certainly Jesus did not mean that he came to bring a physical sword. He seems to have been saying in substance: "I have not come to bring this old negative peace with its deadening passivity. I have come to lash out against such a peace. Whenever I come, a conflict is precipitated between the old and the new. Whenever I come, a division sets in between justice and injustice. I have come to bring a positive peace which is the presence of justice, love, yea, even the Kingdom of God." >The racial peace which had existed in Montgomery was not a Christian peace. It was a pagan peace and it had been bought at too great a price.

  • Harley Rau

    Several loyal Primarchs return and break the Imperium into different polities - not exactly a civil war, but a decentralisation of power as Terra's influence is eclipsed in various parts of the galaxy by the closer-at-hand influence of Roboute Guilliman, Rogal Dorn, and Jaghatai Khan. I envision Guilliman as not exactly reviving Imperium Secundus but reforming the way things work in his sphere of influence. I can see him making enemies of the Ecclesiarchy simply for failing to fall in line with its orthodoxy regarding the divinity of the Emperor. That's where I'd get gameplay out of it - conflict between shrine worlds under the Ecclesiarchy and the Adepta Sororitas on the one hand and the other worlds of his sector on the other, who like living under his more reasonable rule. You have to resist the temptation to make Guilliman the ideal ruler, though. Even the Emperor's actual vision for the galaxy in the Great Crusade era was still that of a despot who would tolerate no challenge to his will; Guilliman is not so far from that mold that he'd come back and decide to spread democracy and freedom throughout the galaxy. Instead, what I imagine is that he'd use his intellect to make his region at least less of a cosmic joke of inefficiency and bureaucratic waste than the Imperium at large, turning it into more of a benevolent dictatorship where your only real consolation for a life entirely determined by the will of a distant ruler is that at least you can reasonably believe it's not wasted toil. Rogal Dorn, on the other hand, I think of as coming back and being less horrified by the worship of the Emperor than he is by how much Chaos has sunk its claws into the galaxy - keeping in mind that in his lifetime Chaos was scoured from the Imperium and restricted to the Eye of Terror, more or less, and now it's a much more pervasive threat. I don't think he'd sign on for the full Black Templars attitude, but he'd certainly be more of an active crusader than an empire-builder like Guilliman. Which is a nice irony since he was so defensive in the Age of Darkness. What this means in game terms is that I'd want to see more active confrontation of Chaos in the Eye of Terror and the Maelstrom - which could lead to more varied missions as the forces of the Imperium fight on Daemon worlds and the like where the rules of realspace don't necessarily apply. Take some inspiration from the different Realms of *Age of Sigmar*, at least mechanically, and get some truly weird and unreal terrain effects involved in scenarios. Jaghatai Khan is the wild card. The rumour is that he's been held prisoner in the Webway by Dark Eldar for a very long time. What I think would be interesting is if he came back with two very firm factors in play: a) as far as he's concerned, there can be no peaceful contact with any xenos species anywhere, ever (even more hardline than the 40K average), but also b) he is convinced by something he learned in the Webway that the Emperor must be allowed to die so that he can be reborn. I don't think of the Khan as driving straight for Terra to unplug the Golden Throne, though. What I think about is the hit-and-run tactics used by his Legion; I like the idea of having the Khan return, take stock of the state if things, and determine that one thing he can do right now with whatever forces he can call to his side is start preventing the Black Ships from reaching Terra, since without their sacrificial loads of psykers the Emperor's life cannot be sustained. Maybe the force destroying them isn't even revealed as the Khan for a long time. Instead, at the start he comes back, collects around him various chapters whether descended from his Legion or not, and starts a guerilla offensive against xenos forces anywhere he perceives either weakness or a major threat. Gameplay-wise, this is mostly an excuse to revisit and better design those xenos forces which badly need a model refresh (like Orks) or a codex update (like Orks). I'd also include Craftworld Eldar, there, since their basic troops and Aspect Warriors don't seem to get much love nowadays. Maybe it's not a coincidence that the three notions here have to do with the three major orders of the Inquisition, albeit with Guilliman **opposed** to the mission of the Ordo Hereticus at least in a passive way, while Dorn and the Khan line up pretty well with the Ordo Malleus/Grey Knights and Ordo Xenos/Deathwatch, respectively. The Inquisition and its Chambers Militant are a great feature of the 40K universe, but if I think about the Primarchs' perspective the Ordos Xenos and Malleus are carrying on the Emperor's mission, while the Ordo Hereticus is essentially fighting to continue the dominance of the religious orthodoxy - which is something a figure like Guilliman would consider akin to fighting over whether the Tyranids or the Orks should be allowed to destroy your planet, at least inasmuch as no-one seems to be arguing that maybe **no** aliens should be destroying your planet. I also deliberately left some of the others off the table. Vulkan and Leman Russ both have prophecies or legends relating to their return, and I figure they should each get something as big as the War Zone Fenris campaign to herald that. Likewise Lion El'Johnson; what I'd actually love to see, in all honesty, is the secrets of the Unforgiven revealed to the rest of the Imperium, such that the Dark Angels and their successors become if not renegades at least pariahs under deep suspicion. **Then** the Lion wakes up . . .

  • Olaf Herman

    Dan Harmon has a great starting point, and I'll link to his stuff which anyone who wants to tell a story should read, in my opinion. But first I'll sum it up for you here: Basically, you think of two things: The journey a character will go on, and the change that will occur. Draw a circle. Split it in half from top to bottom, and again from left to right. The top and bottom represent your character's journey. The top is your character's familiar situation. The status quo. The bottom is the "special world" that they will journey into. An unfamiliar place/mindset/situation where trials will be faced and lessons learned. The generic options are "order" and "chaos." In the Matrix, the top is the Matrix, the bottom is the real world. In Almost Famous, the top is home, the bottom is the tour. In 500 Days of Summer, the top is No Summer, the bottom is With Summer. Notice that the character, traveling from the top around the circle clockwise, will leave their familiar situation, but will eventually return to it. Now think of the permanent change that will occur in the character a result of their journey. This is the left and right halves. It might be dishonesty and honesty. Alone and in love. Cruelty and kindness, assumptions and reality, ignorance and knowledge, whatever. Let's go with the Lion King as an example. I'm going to make the top Pride and the bottom shame. The right is fear, the left is bravery. So, clockwise from the top, Simba starts Proud but afraid, gets into a situation where he is afraid and ashamed, learns a lesson that gives him the insight he needs to be brave despite his shame, then returns to his home, brave and proud. So that's it from 90,000 feet. The journey and the change. Every story has these, because "once upon a time, a man sat on a couch, perfectly content" isn't a story, it's just a situation. A story is about a character in a familiar situation who needs/wants/lacks something, so they go on a journey, search for the thing, find what they've earned through their journey (sometimes what they set out for, sometimes not, but always something that changes them), pay the price for it (which is often good and bad mixed together - bad for the small picture, good for the big picture), and return to at least part of their familiar situation, changed from the journey. 1 You 2 Need something, so you 3 Go looking for it, 4 Seek it out, facing challenges along the way, 5 Find a revelation, 6 Pay the price for it, and 7 Return, 8 Changed. The top of the circle is 1 - introduce your character and their normal world. Luke is a farm boy living a peaceful life. The first quadrant (in my Lion King example, this is pride and fear) is 2 - establish the need. He sees Leia asking for help and wants to find her. 3 goes right on the line to the right, and represents the threshold crossed that takes the character into a new situation. Off he goes with old Ben Kenobi to Mos Eisley, his adventure beginning. 4 is the second quadrant - the Road of Trials. They have to escape stormtroopers, sneak into the Death Star, and try to find the princess. 5 is the bottom threshold - hooray, they found her! But oh snap - finding the princess didn't solve the problem, it revealed it. This thing has the destructive capacity to destroy an entire planet! 6 is the third slice of pie - the price for rescuing the princess is paid when Kenobi sacrifices himself to let them get away. Bad for the small picture - but in the big picture, Kenobi became more powerful than we could possibly imagine. He's able to guide Luke and help him destroy the death start. 7 - Peace is returned, if only for a while, and both Luke and the galaxy are 8 changed for the better. Luke has become an X-Wing pilot, and the grip of the empire has been released! ... At least until the sequel. This isn't a formula, it's a structure. It doesn't need to be followed to a T for sure, but you can stretch this model to fit most stories, which means it's not a bad way to look at things. It needn't be a bible. If your story starts walking on its own, forget all about this until you need a little help. But if you're having trouble getting started or getting unstuck, this can really help you out. Here's a post about the quadrants: http://danharmon.tumblr.com/post/57779240046/could-you-explain-your-story-breaking-process Here's another post about the quadrants using an example of an episode of Community, a show Harmon created and ran: http://danharmon.tumblr.com/post/57889437682/could-you-explain-a-particular-community-episode Here's another post on the quadrants from Dan's assistant Spencer, who sits in the writing room: https://redd.it/3ajswv (look for thesixler's post) And here's the motherload about the 8 step structure, which is just a distilled, more universal version of the monomyth theory of storytelling by Joseph Campbell, the mythologist whose life work was finding the common elements between all myths and stories: http://channel101.wikia.com/wiki/Story_Structure_101:_Super_Basic_Shit

  • Corbin Zboncak

    Actually, I think the lion's share of US foreign intervention isn't sold to the public at all. It's only the big items. Like invasions. No one is asking the American public if we should have military bases around the world. No one is asking the American public if we should have 11 aircraft carriers. I think we should have these things, but it's something determined in Washington without trying to get a public consensus on it. There's a bipartisan consensus without selling it to the American people. There are actions that occur around the world in an attempt to assert US influence in foreign countries on a continuous basis which the general public is not made aware of. As far as Twitter/Facebook/smartphones making it harder to make that sale, I don't have the same view. To me these things go in cycles. The first thing is that the US default position in terms of the general public is we don't want to have anything to do with the rest of the world. We don't care. We don't pay attention. We don't know all that much. We're bordered by two huge oceans, the longest peaceful border in the world in the north, and a peaceful, if not wholly stable border in the south. The US had the Spanish-American War which was the attempt to become a colonial power. There was WWI, where the US was late to enter the war, and immediately afterwards made a concerted effort to break off relations with the rest of the world, even after Woodrow Wilson made attempts to get the country more involved. The country didn't really do much to take an active role in world affairs until after Pearl Harbor. With Truman/Eisenhower/Kennedy/Johnson/Nixon and a Democrat controlled legislature, the US was extremely active around the world, whether people wanted it or not. You talk about Twitter and Facebook, but the same kinds of things were said during Vietnam because of television. I'm not saying these things don't make an impact, but I don't think it's wise to talk in terms of absolutes. During Carter's presidency the nation seemed to go through a period of extreme self doubt regarding its role in the world. Between the withdrawal from Vietnam and the angst that whole conflict created, Watergate, and Carter's humanitarian impulses, the defense budget was cut, responses to foreign aggression were muted, long time allies who didn't respect human rights were deemphasized, and the vast majority of foreign aid was budgeted to Israel and Egypt to keep the peace there. With Reagan we saw a reversal in attitude, but not much in the way of actual action, unless you count Grenada, which I don't. That always seemed like more of a practice run than anything else, to get the American people emotionally ready for US military forces to actually be actively involved in world affairs again. Then you had Somalia and Iraq I under Bush, Blackhawk Down and the Balkans under Clinton, Afghanistan and Iraq II under GWB, and while Obama has pulled troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq, he's radically expanded the drone program, with special forces continually operating under the radar around the world in various capacities (I'm skipping some, but these were the big ones). I think more than Twitter/Facebook, the American people simply do not have the mindset of conquerors. We don't want to be occupying these countries. The nation building has been terrible. Nation building after a military occupation is not easy. It's rarely done well. But the US has at least some history of countries being better off in different ways than it was before they became involved. It's hard to look at countries like Germany, Japan, and South Korea, and then compare them to Afghanistan and Iraq. Not to mention Libya, for that matter. Obviously the cultures are radically different, but regardless, it's been a disaster in many ways. It's my opinion that the US is heading towards its default mode, and it will take another crisis/catastrophe before the public is ready to intervene again. To me that's scary, because while people like to focus on how bad things are, in terms of global hegemony, they're actually pretty good for the US. But it's one of those things that once you begin the process of relinquishing the controls, it's never all that easy to take them up again. >There are also those that simply reject the notion that military intervention for no reason other than our own self-interest is acceptable. To use a familiar example, the slogan "No blood for oil" isn't adopted by someone that will accept geopolitical concerns as a justification for human suffering. Actually there is always going to be a percentage of the population that believes any military use is wrong, and that the military itself is a bad thing. Many of them are among my friends. We try to stay away from conversations about politics, or when we do talk about it, do so in only the most gentle of ways. It has to be okay to agree to disagree. If we don't do that, we end up in echo chambers, which is much worse, IMO. And is part of the reason why I read, subscribe, and post in r/neutralnews. I just think it's difficult to do things preemptively in a democracy. The electorate will never give the decision makers credit unless it's after a disaster has already struck. But that's just how it is for the most part.

  • Nelda Lueilwitz

    - [[Akroma's Memorial]] is very expensive - I assume that must be due to EDH demand. Anybody know if there's a particular deck it's played in or if it's just a general value card? - [[Nimble Mongoose]] is a centerpiece of one of the most venerable decks in Legacy, Temur Delver. The deck tops out at 2 CMC (we all know Dismember is 1 and FoW is 0) and the Mongoose's untargetability helps it dodge removal. Before that, it was part of the Threshold decks that evolved into UG Madness (though the Mongoose got dropped when the deck added Basking Rootwallas and Arrogant Wurms), as well as some of the Balancing Tings decks that liked to blow up lands with Obliterate and Balancing Act. - [[Spontaneous Generation]] was one of the cards that Opposition decks would use (see for example [Kai Budde at Worlds](http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/event-coverage/kai-buddes-deck-2000-01-01)) when Deranged Hermit was either hated out or not in the format. - [[Ordeal of Thassa]] doesn't take long to draw you cards when you cast it on a heroic creature (maybe followed up by Dromoka's Command) - it was used pretty widely in UW/Bant Heroic decks. - [[Braids, Conjurer Adept]] is the alternate timeline version, in which she becomes a peaceful conjurer instead of a [Cabal dementia caster](http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Braids). Her ability is the mirror of her black alternate self too - she didn't turn out as playable this way though. - [[Vesuvan Shapeshifter]], the updated [[Vesuvan Doppleganger]], was played in a lot of blue control decks, including PT Top 8s, but the most iconic was probably [Pickles](http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/can-it-be-possible-2007-11-08), the combo-control deck where it could copy a [[Brine Elemental]] every turn and lock the opponent out. Illustrated by Quinton Hoover, who did the original Doppleganger, and was the second-to-last set where he appeared with new art (Lorwyn was the last). - [[Blisterpod]] was food for the Nantuko Husk/Zulaport Cutthroat in the [BG Sacrifice](http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/bg-sacrifice-deck-tech/) deck that LSV piloted to a Top 8. Kind of the descendant of the Rally decks. - [[Naya Charm]] is obviously a support card and not the kind of thing you build around, but it supported aggro decks well in Alara block - a Naya Aggro and a 5C Aggro deck both made Top 8 at [PT Honolulu 2009](http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/event-coverage/deck-lists-block-constructed-decks-top-8-players-2009-06-07) with it (Tom Ross and Conley Woods). - I bet [[Cloudgoat Ranger]] goats far in this competition. A Cube favorite and EDH card that also saw lots of Standard/Block play, including yet another Top 8 for LSV with the [BW Tokens](http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/ptkyo09/finals-controlling-giant) deck that lost in an epic, 5-game final. - Most Savannah Lions (2/1s for 1) will get played if white-based aggro is good in the format, and [[Soldier of the Pantheon]]'s time came at PT Magic 2015, where the [Naya version](http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/ptm15/top8decks) made the finals before losing to Ivan Floch and his Nyx-Fleece Rams. Powerful card with Fleecemane Lion and Voice of Resurgence alongside it. - I played [[Smoke Teller]] as a bear many times in KTK draft (bears were pretty good because they'd get ahead of the 3-mana 2/2 morphs running around), but only activated the ability a couple of times. Not useless, but in a morph world there was almost always something better to do with your mana. - [[Ambuscade Shaman]] was a funny draft card - an obvious payoff card for playing with dash, and quite dangerous in a dedicated deck, but more often it would just trigger and make creatures with summoning sickness look briefly, uselessly impressive. Fond memories nevertheless. Up against [[Sibsig Muckdraggers]], a similar payoff card (this time for delve), and it was weird to draft and play a 9-mana card once in a while. Its payoff wasn't nearly as good though, so I'm going with the Shaman. - The runes on [[Runed Arch]] transliterate to approximately "Built by the quaint runed arch company." That Foglio... - [[Night of Souls' Betrayal]] and [[Curse of Death's Hold]] are the only persistent ways to give your opponent's creatures -1/-1 (kind of an anti-anthem, though Betrayal affects your creatures too). Elesh Norn is a similar persistent effect for -2/-2, and there are other conditional ones like Crovax and Engineered Plague.

  • Henri Pagac

    There is an argument made by a lot of people who are completely biased towards Israel. I mean? The maps shown on American media show Palestine as a separate country. http://www.ochaopt.org/sites/default/files/images/articles/West_Bank_Access_Restrictions__September_2014.jpg Not the reality which is only the brown bits are under PA control and Palestinians are banned from entry from any other colour without authorisation. Also? Red bits? Israeli homes. You can't have a free West Bank. The reason Hamas is popular? Because Hamas controlled Gaza is the ONLY place Israel has had to evacuate. Hamas ACTUALLY managed to do something the world couldn't. It made Israel LEAVE Gaza. Sure Gaza is under siege but it's "free" compared to the West Bank. As an occupied country? Imagine if the only people having any success against the dickheads who took your farm and left you homeless were the religious? And hell? When the first Intifada ran people expected it to be like other freedom movements across the planet. It was run by what we like to call today as the Third Way. It was mostly intellectuals and middle class. It bandied slogans like no-taxation without representation. Palestinian comedians ran jokes. It was civil to begin with. Israel responded brutally. When South Africa did that to Black people we were appalled. We placed sanctions. From sport to trade we ostracised them (Except ironically for Israel) until they relented and treated the majority of their population as human. With Israel? There are sufficient amounts of Americans who believe the rockets Hamas fires are of the same grade as our actual military grade weaponry because they think the Katyusha that Hamas uses is the same as the Soviet Katyusha. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bWt81vhIyY Not that it's a handful of rockets and home made versions of the same design. They ALL have to go. Not some. I don't think you realise WHY Palestinians are fighting. This isn't Israel/Palestine in terms of the original 1947 split. This is land captured by an Israeli surprise attack in the 1970s. These settlements should not even be up for debate. Laws put in place after WW II state that these settlements are illegal. That's like me debating whether or not the TV I stole from you is part of deal. Of course it's not and should be immediately returned. The fact is? The occupation has destroyed infrastructure (handily giving Israel control of power, water, food and medicine in the Palestinian regions) meaning that the Palestinian economy lives and dies on whether Israel's feeling generous. Now fun fact? Israel offers Palestine some water. But it keeps the Lion's share for itself. In addition it controls the Dead sea tourism and travel links for Palestinians ensuring that Palestinians don't have free access to the systems needed for modern international trade. In Palestine? Taxes are paid to Israel. Then returned back. Israel has with held taxes. And hilariously? Do you know what one of the slogans was during the first Intifada (a revolt put down by teaching Palestinians a lesson. If you protest? Israeli soldiers will torture your children. FYI? When doctors logged the injuries as torture? Doctors were jailed. When lawyers protested? They were jailed. Medical schools were shut down. Doctors were tear gassed enmasse for protesting... I repeat. The beating of children to silence peaceful protesters. If a child protests in Palestine, the parents are jailed. The slogan was? We don't want to pay for the bullets that kill our children. No Taxation Without Representation. And we ignored them. We let them be jailed and tortured. We watched as intellectual arenas were shut. We saw the death of Palestine's intelligent, middle ground as a force for peace. The only place Palestinians could meet and talk politics. Was in Mosques. Hamas was formed in the 1980s during the first Intifada. As Palestinian peaceful protests were crushed with brutal force the only people who managed to at least stand up and fight were Hamas. At the end? All those poets, artists, teachers, medical staff, lawyers and businessmen were punished enmasse. By contrast? Hamas and the PLO and Fatah may have taken horrific casualties but they made Israel actually fucking struggle. They had more success than the peaceful. That's why they are liked. And their support is just 40 to 45%. The Third Way is constantly ignored by media and discussion and all Israel has to do to maintain it's funding is piss off more people, ignore sensible Palestinians and then point to people's justified anger and anti-Israel stances as a reason to get more money to continue things. Like I said. The government that agrees to peace will lose their next election unless they are literally strong armed into leaving.

  • Prudence Wunsch

    My universe and all its parallels was constantly recreated and destroyed a near infinite amount of times by the two brothers who caused it to collapse in on itself trying to "solve" heat death. As such, one managed to recreate the race they were perfectly. However, seeing as they were humanity tens of millions years in the future, recreating them at their former tech level without the culture that got them their turned humanity's peaceful, knowledge loving and artistic descendants into misanthropic and soulless telekinetic beings that played God with millions of evolving species across galaxies. They were known as Nillilo. The Nihili essentially 'forced' humanity to evolve by introducing their evolved genetics into the similar but much more primitive Homo Habilis, improving our capacity for Intelligence but not much else. The Nillilo had not much use for early humanity, deeming us a species worthy of 'uplift' to Nilillo status, eventually, due to innate genetic similarity. While millions of young Nilillo played God with new species, terraforming planets as they pleased and altering lifeforms to their whims, a new race was found that fit all of what the Niililo were looking for. A bipedal mammalian race that was naturally strong, fast and hardy enough to survive rapid genetic alteration without 'traditional' safety methods, intelligent enough to use tools and being a predatory species made them suitable for aggressive and often-lethal war games. The added combination of their large, fluffy brown and black coats, anthropomorphic canid-feline features and pack-derived loyalty made them perfect as pets. They called these Kuala. Improvements on Kuala genetic structure made the bipedal lion-wolves strong enough to lift several tons, fast enough to run at speeds nearing 100 MPH without having to be quadrupedal, and durable enough to take any punishment that their Nililo masters could inflict in a fit of anger. Combined with an increased desire to follow a strong leader (a Nililo master), and a interest in protecting a pack (Nillilo family), they were even better pet slaves. Soon after, the Nililo altered the Kuala race further, making them more anthropomorphized and closer to Nililo ideal (Nearly hairless, frail, thin, large-eyed, tan to translucent skin) by reducing their fur, inhibiting their vertical growth to no taller than 7 ft from the 15 ft tall they were before, and increasing the size of their eyes. The new models were well-recieved. Sadly or luckily, depends on your view, the Nillilo were wiped out due to one of their kinder "Wisest" (Older Genius in charge of governing) developing a heart after thousands of years due to taking care of a mutant Kuala instead of euthanizing the specimen as normal. The blonde-furred, red-eyed mutant Kualan infant was raised like a Nililo child as the Wisest had no offspring to ever raise. The elder even went so far as to attempt to teach the cub to speak in broken sentences, allowing it to pick a name for itself as best it could. The boy settled on his best pronunciation of the name of his species as a name. "Khe...Ra." The Elder died in the middle of his 3rd millenia and his property was redistributed among the Nililo elders. Instead of euthanizing the mutant cub, Kheran was instead sent to the war games. On the cargo ship to to the war games system on the far side of the galaxy, Kheran saw how his race was treated for the first time. Shortly before landing on the untouched Death World the ship's War Master had decided on, the pubescent Nililo still in his 2nd century decided to instill fear into the tens of thousands of Kuala that were rightfully his. The boy spoke, detailing to the Kuala how he would be torturing them for the better part of a year or until they were wiped out by the planets harsh surface and unnaturally large flora and fauna. Whichever came first. The Kuala stayed quiet, their ingrained loyalty and obedience forcing them to. Khera, a mutant without that innate obedience, couldn't help himself. He leaped at the small War Master, his even more durable skin ignoring the basic weaponry of the subordinate War Lords and tore the War Master's body to shreds in a swipe. From there marked the beginning of the fall of the Nililo and the rise of the Korathian race, and the legend of their warrior king Khera.

  • Damian Veum

    Natasha, a fit young woman in her mid twenties, was jogging down her usual route next to Lake Tahoe. Her golden retriever Lulu trotted beside her, and the two relished in the sights and sounds of the peaceful morning. Suddenly, Natasha felt the leash yank forward—Lulu was straining towards something to their right, near the shore. “Whoa!” said Natasha, tugging on the rope. Lulu shot her owner a beseeching look, continuing to paw in the direction of the shore. Natasha sighed and acquiesced; maybe it was time for her to “go.” They walked over to the water, and Natasha saw what had grabbed Lulu’s attention: a double-stacked Cheeseburger, upright and perfectly intact on the pebbles. Lulu was slobbering, and strained to approach the burger. “What the…” Natasha murmured, growing curious. What kind of person leaves a whole cheeseburger lying on Lake Tahoe shore…? She and her dog approached the burger. As they got closer, Natasha spotted something glittering in the side of the lower patty. She squinted—and realized it was a hook. Natasha yanked on the leash, but it was too late. Lulu had already sunk her fangs in the burger. A split second later, the dog and the burger were pulled by an unseen force into the water. Natasha held on to the leash as tightly as she could, engaging in a tug-of-war with her underwater nemesis. Lulu, stupidly, still held onto the cheeseburger. “Lulu, *let go!*” Natasha screamed. She did—but it was too late. Natasha had lost her grip on the leash, and Lulu splashed into the water, several yards away from the shore. As the dog turned around and tried to paddle back to her owner, a whirlpool appeared behind her, expanding rapidly in size and speed. The vortex began to suck her backwards. Natasha, thinking quickly, threw the leash towards Lulu—“Grab on!”—and the dog snapped at end of the leash—missing once, twice—and finally: making it on the third bite. Natasha gripped her end of the leash, vowing not to let go this time. She staggered a few feet into the lake, straining against the force of the vortex. Lulu paddled furiously. The combined effort of dog and owner kept Lulu in stasis, inches from the edge of the whirlpool. A shadow grew behind Lulu, and Natasha’s jaw dropped in shock. A ten foot tall, mottle-skinned sunfish emerged from the center of the vortex, its mouth opening to reveal rows of filed teeth. The monstrous fish began to chomp at Lulu’s tail. Natasha kept pulling— A high-pitched whistle in the distance. The sunfish turned its massive head to look. A quarter mile off: a group of seven sea lions, perched in a V formation on rocks next to the shore. The ringleader grinned devilishly in the sunfish’s direction. Waved its flippers at its comrades, and they dove into the water. The sunfish roared—a deep, tremulous bellow—and left Lulu behind, swimming to meet the sea lions in battle. As dog and owner were reunited, the sunfish clashed with the ringleader lion. The sunfish was more powerful than any individual lion, and it slammed the ringleader away. One, two of the leader’s cronies attacked the sunfish; each lion met, in turn, an unmoving wall of resistance that returned the assault with a counter-slam. Bobbing above water, the injured ringleader beckoned to three of its followers with a turn of its head. They nodded, and dove beneath the surface of the lake. Underwater, the three sealions flanked the sunfish from different sides, and attacked in sync. The sunfish fought back, repelling each lion one at a time, but as it tossed off one lion, another swiftly replaced it—and the sunfish could not keep up. The ringleader took the first bite out of the sunfish, scooping a white chunk of flesh from the side of its face. The sunfish roared in pain, knocking the ringleader away with its large head, but the six other lions continued their assault on the fish, removing hunks here and there from the massive fish. The sunfish let out a final, dying cry, which carried— —all the way to the edge of the lake. Natasha and Lulu, safely ashore, clutched each other, shaking. An incoming wave carried the half-eaten cheeseburger up over the rocks, a few feet in front of them. Both human and animal recoiled at the sight. At that moment, something fell from the sky, mere feet from Natasha and Lulu. *THUMP.* They looked. It was a chicken-pecan salad from Whole Foods.

  • Ardith O'Hara

    I think the point of the "cancer explanation" is not that it's "just cancer" rather than a specific cancer. I think it's more that the allusion takes people a bit out of the fantasy world and connects the story with things that they are actually scared and sad about in the real world. It's part of realizing that the story is ultimately concerned with problems that affect real people, rather than just fantasy people problems like finding the magical stone of whooziwhatsit. So, let's say that he is specifically referencing Hoster Tully - that Euron has been reading Hoster Tully's thoughts. There are a lot of implications for that. There are also implications for criticizing and interpreting the text if you see it as a connection put in by GRRM for aesthetic or thematic reasons and not plot reasons. Either way the connection to Hoster Tully is relevant. I think investigating the relevance of Euron specifically listening to Hoster Tully's prayers is really interesting. But I also think "crabs in the belly" are cancer. It's sadder and scarier if what Hoster Tully died of and the thing Euron is hearing pleas for mercy about is resonant and identifiable to the reader as a real disease that they are actually scared of, as opposed to, say, dragons or magic or Greyscale, which are scary in fiction, but even if they are references to historically scary things, aren't so much scary right now. But cancer is scary right now. The whole story is in a big shift - like turning an aircraft carrier. The story started out juxtaposing the "fake fear" of losing power and influence in politics with the "real fear" of the existential threat posed to all of humanity by the Others, magic, and other supernatural beings. It is now shifting toward the "fake fear" being grand battles for power and dominance over the world by both political and supernatural powers, and the "real fear" is human-level existential terror, aggregated widely, but individually on a small scale - people starving, people abandoned and left to die, babies dying, losing the people you love, losing your home, people freezing, darkness, being powerless when somebody rapes or kills somebody, -- -- and, yes, cancer. Some of our previous villains weren't really "all bad" because while they lacked personal virtue, elevated themselves and their ambitions above all other concerns, and undermined things and people we liked, at the end of the day they at the very least weren't on the side of the real fear. Even if by their vanity, stupidity, arrogance or cruelty they killed a lot of people and caused a lot of suffering, it wasn't deliberate. They weren't setting out to make the world unlivably bad and make people suffer. Even the Boltons ultimately want a peaceful land and a quiet people (although Ramsay is of course terrible and screwing that up). And furthermore, a fair amount of the heroic people in the story also inadvertently cause the same sort of suffering. Robb Stark in particular stands out as somebody positioned by the story to be heroic, but who is fighting the "fake fear," not the "real fear," and so at the end of the day he isn't that much better for the world at large and people writ small and what matters than the people who are outright villainous, like Cersei. "By what right does the wolf judge the lion?" etc. A lot of the surface-level aesthetic and thematic force of the Forsaken chapter seems to be to heighten Euron as a villain and inspire shock and horror in what Euron is capable of and what he is willing to do, even relative to other villains in the story. Euron seems especially villainous because he really does seem to sincerely want to advance the "real fear." He wants people to suffer and die. He wants dragons to burn cities. He wants to bring about the Long Night, seemingly for its own sake, rather than for some instrumental purpose. He does not particularly seem to even want the trappings and legitimacy of political power, so much as a very cruel and personal sort of dominance. At least, that's what he seems to want. Euron laughs at people who get cancer, and when they ask him to use his magical powers to cure cancer, he laughs at that too and says no. That guy is an *asshole*. Nobody ever asked Cersei whether she would cure cancer. It wasn't even part of the conversation.

  • Maxie Cummings

    I've always believed in listening to albums as a whole, but not everyone is like that. Keep note that their earlier albums are more experimental, so I'll list all of of each album past HCTI: Sung Tongs: Leaf House, Who Could Win a Rabbit, Winter's Love The start for many, this is their known folk record. The vocal performances can be odd, but stick with it while you can, it gets interesting. Feels: Did you see the words, Purple Bottle, Turn Into Something, Grass A lot of people think this is their magnum opus, and understandable. It is by far their most involved album, lyrically, and it has the sort of grande scale in terms of instruments. Strawberry Jam: Peacebone, Derek, Fireworks, Winter Wonderland. Their rockiest record, and probably their strangest of their later works. This is where the screams get a lot more noticable. The guitar tone is very unique as well, the mix of delays, wah wahs, and other effects give this album its character. Merriweather Post Pavillion: My Girls, Summertime Clothes, Lion In a Coma, Brother Sport This is by far their most known work, and is their poppiest record as well. If you were turned off by the rough vocals of SJ, this album will put you at ease. The highlight of this album is the harmonies of Panda Bear and Avey Tare. There is also a much more heavy focus on electronics and production. This is an album that very little dislike in the slightest. Centipede Hz: Moonjock, Applesauce, Wide Eyed, New Town Burnout, Mercury Man But let's say you want those rough vocals back, but with the electronic feel of Merriweather, well then we have the thing for you! This album seems to mix SJ and MPP to make a rough, more artificial Alien pop record. The instrumentals are also more artificial than the spacey sound of MPP making it stand from its own. Painting With: Floridada, On Delay, The Burgulars, Golden Gal Lets say you want the artificial instrumental of Centipede Hz, but the smoother vocals of MPP. Their latest release makes a decent job of this, while still having its own unique sound. ---------- If you're interested in going head first into the deep end of their discography, I'll give you some points in the right direction Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished: Chocolate Girl, Spirit They've Gone, Alvin Row, Penny Dreadfuls, April and The Phantom It's to note that this album has a lot of white noise behind the music. Even the songs I've listed has its fair share of static (except Chocolate Girl and Penny Dreadfuls) Go into this with an open mind. Danse Manatee: Essplode, Another White Singer, Ahh Good Country, In The Singing Box This is another one that branches from the noise of STGSTV, but it feels more artificial and playful. Similar to STGSTV, keep tolerant of the oddities Hollindagain: None. This Live album is extremely inaccesible, so much that a lot of fans don't listen to it that much. Song lengths reach an average of 9 minutes, and it is a lot more ambient, yet loud and tribal than the previous two. If I would have to give an essential for down the line, check out Forest Gospel. Campfire Songs: Doggy, De Soto De Son While still very ambient and having the long song lengths of Hollindagain, this is a lot more peaceful of an album. None of the violent noise you get from the past three. If you do want the full experience, listen to the album all the way through. It's continuous in song structure, so there aren't really any starts or ends to songs. Here Comes The Indian: Native Belle, Slippi. My personal favourite, This album is a lot messier in production, but is more similar to their later work on SJ and MPP. But that should be it. You're so lucky to be discovering this band for the first time, so many here envy you, like when I started listening to them back in June! Give it some time and keep an open mind. If you end up ultimately not liking the band, that's fine. It's not for everyone. But I hope you find some worth in these artists, as we all would love a new member of the collective.

  • Carrie Beer

    Yeah, I get those flashes of memory to remind of the higher times. There’s far too much to hold onto at once and so many episodes that are simply inexplicable, but then when it’s necessary, the memory is brought to mind. I believe that’s operated by the spirit of knowledge and perhaps archangel Uriel and his angels. Ideally, I’d like my mind to be like still water or a crystal - clear and calm and uncluttered. I like the crystal idea - then Uriel et al can zap ideas in there for me as needed. Definitely seems like the message of the eagle was that the little devils can’t knock you down (take your salvation), but they can wear you down so that you choose not to fly (delay your sanctification). It takes a lot of focused energy and desire to get aloft again. For me, it’s often the news and Reddit that distracts me. I’ll be high in the spirit, everything going well, then a bit bored, then check my phone, scroll, switch apps, scroll, back to the first one.. and get engaged with worldly events, get angry, get frustrated.. then it takes a while to unwind back out of it, like it’s hypnotizing - I imagine it’s similar for gaming, perhaps even more so. I think you have good insight and know what to do. Sometimes it’s not the activity that’s the sin, but the amount of time you devote to it. I feel you regarding the home situation. But you’re right about having this time to improve spiritually. And you get the opportunity to become the holy man of the household and raise your son as you see fit without having to rely on semi-interested hired help. There are a few things that I couldn’t let go of when I began - goals that come from biblical commands: pray continually and meditate on the word of God day and night come to mind. It’s working though, my entire worldview has changed, I’m separated from the world, and rush to get back to peaceful communion when I’ve been out too long. Praying continually helps with that mind chatter - who exactly are you talking to, mind?? I’m perhaps an urban pseudo-monk and I’ve thought it would be good to set myself a ‘rule’ like you’d follow in a monastery. Evening prayer is going fine, but I’d like to work on the morning so it’s not all rush to get ready for work. Maybe setting prayerful meditation times would be helpful and you can demand some answers for this next phase of life. There have been so many things I’ve seen or believed way high up the holy mountain, and then there’s the sending out, the forgetting, the faith to act without remembering the feeling that accompanied the belief when it first came. Trust is huge - we’re merging our spirit with the Holy Spirit, so spiritual discernment is paramount. Therefore, so is bible study. I find the Alexander Scourby KJV reading helpful. I recently had some revelation on Ezekiel’s vision and the four beasts of Revelation. I believe that’s us - we have four parts just like how we associate the four beasts with Christ. The soaring eagle is our spirit, this is always associated with the Gospel of John; the ox is the humble servant or worker, I see this as representing Christ in the Gospel of Luke; then the lion, of the tribe of Judah as we become when we believe, the Gospel of Mark; and the man, our heritage, lineage, culture, humanity, the Gospel of Matthew. Maybe you’re set for an experience of one of the other three? I had the lion pretty strong for a while - kept getting fierce and then I’d have to think: lion of Judah, Lamb of God - the lion lies down with the Lamb. Ezekiel 1 tells of the multi-dimensional new creation we become, I believe. In Revelation, the four beasts are set about the throne facing outwards, but they have eyes behind to gaze at the face of God. That’s enlightenment. A short book I learned from and often recommend is available for download here: https://www.ccel.org/ccel/decaussade/abandonment

  • Javonte Koss

    >That doesn't mean you'll get the see or interact with the elephants. Their reasoning was they were no longer show animals, so they get to live their lives in peace. Good for them! This is *exactly* how a legitimate sanctuary should be run. They're meant to be peaceful retirement homes *for animals*, not pleasure parks for humans. Although there are plenty of responsible sanctuaries which have chosen to allow supervised visits from the public, I cringe when I read about people paying to pet tigers or ride elephants at a "sanctuary" -- a lot of wild animal "rescues" nowadays are essentially roadside zoos and private menageries that do more harm than good for the animals in their care. Some general rules you can use to sort the good ones from the bad ones are: If a sanctuary always seems to have cute baby animals for the public to play with, they are *not* a sanctuary, even if they claim that the babies were "rescued" or "orphaned." Being manhandled by people is very stressful and dangerous for young animals, so legitimate facilities will *never* sell "playtime" with infant exotics. And although the "sanctuaries" selling these encounters always reassure people that their animals will go to a "good home", most of those cute babies meet horrible fates after their shelf life as an attraction is up. Tiger cubs are typically euthanized, trafficked into the illegal wildlife trade to be slaughtered for parts, sold as "pets", or dumped into substandard zoos ([yes, even in the United States](http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/say-no-to-cub-petting/).) Virtually all [lion cubs](https://www.thedodo.com/heres-why-you-should-never-handle-lion-cubs-1634885001.html) raised by volunteers at popular South African "rescues" are fed straight into the canned hunting industry, where they are shot in a cage by a wealthy "hunter" who wants a guaranteed trophy. Other wildlife typically end up sold into the pet trade or warehoused in shoddy private zoos. No legitimate rescue facility allows more animals to meet this fate. If a sanctuary deliberately and constantly allows their animals to breed, they are *not* a sanctuary. Of course, accidents can happen, and there may be legitimate medical/welfare reasons to allow certain animals to reproduce -- for example, a good sanctuary in my state occasionally allows their Ring-Tailed Lemurs to raise a baby because it's natural for them to do so. The important part is that once the baby is born, it will live at the sanctuary for life and will never be sold or transferred elsewhere. If a sanctuary sells, trades, gives away, or otherwise "rehomes" animals, they are *not* a sanctuary. Legitimate sanctuaries provide permanent, lifetime homes for their animals and never sell, trade, or give them away. If a sanctuary displays their animals off-site (like at fairs, festivals, and other events) they are probably *not* a sanctuary, although it depends on the species/disposition of the animal, how far they travel, etc. It's usually OK for a rescue group to display a few "ambassador animals" for a day at a local event, especially if they're animals that do well in confinement and around crowds (like reptiles, smaller mammals, etc.) What's *not* OK is when the shady "tiger rescue" from out-of-state spends the summer dragging their big cats from fair to fair in tiny cages. That's not "rescue", it's exploitation. TL;DR: A lot of exotic animal "sanctuaries" are sanctuaries in name only, so be careful before patronizing one, and stay away from facilities that offer excessive public interaction with their animals.

  • Dewayne Steuber

    Yeah, I get those flashes of memory to remind of the higher times. There’s far too much to hold onto at once and so many episodes that are simply inexplicable, but then when it’s necessary, the memory is brought to mind. I believe that’s operated by the spirit of knowledge and perhaps archangel Uriel and his angels. Ideally, I’d like my mind to be like still water or a crystal - clear and calm and uncluttered. I like the crystal idea - then Uriel et al can zap ideas in there for me as needed. Definitely seems like the message of the eagle was that the little devils can’t knock you down (take your salvation), but they can wear you down so that you choose not to fly (delay your sanctification). It takes a lot of focused energy and desire to get aloft again. For me, it’s often the news and Reddit that distracts me. I’ll be high in the spirit, everything going well, then a bit bored, then check my phone, scroll, switch apps, scroll, back to the first one.. and get engaged with worldly events, get angry, get frustrated.. then it takes a while to unwind back out of it, like it’s hypnotizing - I imagine it’s similar for gaming, perhaps even more so. I think you have good insight and know what to do. Sometimes it’s not the activity that’s the sin, but the amount of time you devote to it. I feel you regarding the home situation. But you’re right about having this time to improve spiritually. And you get the opportunity to become the holy man of the household and raise your son as you see fit without having to rely on semi-interested hired help. There are a few things that I couldn’t let go of when I began - goals that come from biblical commands: pray continually and meditate on the word of God day and night come to mind. It’s working though, my entire worldview has changed, I’m separated from the world, and rush to get back to peaceful communion when I’ve been out too long. Praying continually helps with that mind chatter - who exactly are you talking to, mind?? I’m perhaps an urban pseudo-monk and I’ve thought it would be good to set myself a ‘rule’ like you’d follow in a monastery. Evening prayer is going fine, but I’d like to work on the morning so it’s not all rush to get ready for work. Maybe setting prayerful meditation times would be helpful and you can demand some answers for this next phase of life. There have been so many things I’ve seen or believed way high up the holy mountain, and then there’s the sending out, the forgetting, the faith to act without remembering the feeling that accompanied the belief when it first came. Trust is huge - we’re merging our spirit with the Holy Spirit, so spiritual discernment is paramount. Therefore, so is bible study. I find the Alexander Scourby KJV reading helpful. I recently had some revelation on Ezekiel’s vision and the four beasts of Revelation. I believe that’s us - we have four parts just like how we associate the four beasts with Christ. The soaring eagle is our spirit, this is always associated with the Gospel of John; the ox is the humble servant or worker, I see this as representing Christ in the Gospel of Luke; then the lion, of the tribe of Judah as we become when we believe, the Gospel of Mark; and the man, our heritage, lineage, culture, humanity, the Gospel of Matthew. Maybe you’re set for an experience of one of the other three? I had the lion pretty strong for a while - kept getting fierce and then I’d have to think: lion of Judah, Lamb of God - the lion lies down with the Lamb. Ezekiel 1 tells of the multi-dimensional new creation we become, I believe. In Revelation, the four beasts are set about the throne facing outwards, but they have eyes behind to gaze at the face of God. That’s enlightenment. A short book I learned from and often recommend is available for download here: https://www.ccel.org/ccel/decaussade/abandonment

  • Tianna Muller

    ### **[The Chronicles of Narnia\: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)](http://www.imdb.com/Title?The+Chronicles+of+Narnia%3A+The+Lion%2C+the+Witch+and+the+Wardrobe+%282005%29)** Adventure, Family, Fantasy [[USA:PG](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Association_of_America_film_rating_system#Ratings), 2 h 30 min] Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell Director: Andrew Adamson **IMDb rating:** [](#movieguide_stars)**★★★★★★★☆☆☆** **6.9**/10 (284,825 votes) > Four siblings are sent away from home during the blitz of WWII. They are sent to be watched over by an old Professor Kirke, who owns a massive mansion. Once there, they stumble upon an enormous wardrobe which transports them to the world of Narnia. Narnia itself was once a peaceful realm filled with talking animals, fauns, Giants and dwarves that is now under a cursed eternal winter by the villainous White Witch. With aid from the majestic lion Aslan, the four lead Narnia into an all out war as they fight to outwit the Witch and restore peace to the land. (*IMDb*) **Critical reception:** > The film received positive reviews from critics, with a 76% "certified fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes and 159 of the listed 209 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6\.9\/10\. Metacritic gives the movie a 75 out of 100, based on 39 reviews. Critic Roger Ebert also gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. Ebert and Roeper gave the movie "Two Thumbs Up". Movie critic Leonard Maltin gave the film 3 out of four stars, calling it, "an impressive and worthwhile family film," though he also said, "it does go on a bit and the special effects are extremely variable." Duane Dudak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gave the movie 3 out of 4 stars. Stuart Klawans of The Nation said, "All ticket buyers will get their money's worth." Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News gave it 4 out of 4 stars and said\: "A generation-spanning journey that feels both comfortingly familiar and excitingly original." Critic Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle listed it as the second best film of the year. Kit Bowen (Hollywood.com) gives this film 3 out of 4 stars. CinemaScore reported that audiences gave the film a rare "A\+" grade. (*Wikipedia*) More info at [IMDb](http://www.imdb.com/Title?The+Chronicles+of+Narnia%3A+The+Lion%2C+the+Witch+and+the+Wardrobe+%282005%29), [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The%20Chronicles%20of%20Narnia%3A%20The%20Lion%2C%20the%20Witch%20and%20the%20Wardrobe), [Rotten Tomatoes](https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_lion_witch_wardrobe/), [Metacritic](http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-chronicles-of-narnia-the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe), [Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q485803). *I am a bot.* [Send me feedback](https://www.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%2Fr%2FMovieGuide&subject=Re%3A%20http%3A%2F%2Fredd.it%2F5xee0p "Confidence: 1.09"). [Data sources and other information](/r/MovieGuide/w/about).

  • Agustina Schulist

    ### **[The Chronicles of Narnia\: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)](http://www.imdb.com/Title?The+Chronicles+of+Narnia%3A+The+Lion%2C+the+Witch+and+the+Wardrobe+%282005%29)** Adventure, Family, Fantasy [[USA:PG](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Association_of_America_film_rating_system#Ratings), 2 h 30 min] Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell Director: Andrew Adamson **IMDb rating:** [](#movieguide_stars)**★★★★★★★☆☆☆** **6.9**/10 (284,825 votes) > Four siblings are sent away from home during the blitz of WWII. They are sent to be watched over by an old Professor Kirke, who owns a massive mansion. Once there, they stumble upon an enormous wardrobe which transports them to the world of Narnia. Narnia itself was once a peaceful realm filled with talking animals, fauns, Giants and dwarves that is now under a cursed eternal winter by the villainous White Witch. With aid from the majestic lion Aslan, the four lead Narnia into an all out war as they fight to outwit the Witch and restore peace to the land. (*IMDb*) **Critical reception:** > The film received positive reviews from critics, with a 76% "certified fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes and 159 of the listed 209 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6\.9\/10\. Metacritic gives the movie a 75 out of 100, based on 39 reviews. Critic Roger Ebert also gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. Ebert and Roeper gave the movie "Two Thumbs Up". Movie critic Leonard Maltin gave the film 3 out of four stars, calling it, "an impressive and worthwhile family film," though he also said, "it does go on a bit and the special effects are extremely variable." Duane Dudak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gave the movie 3 out of 4 stars. Stuart Klawans of The Nation said, "All ticket buyers will get their money's worth." Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News gave it 4 out of 4 stars and said\: "A generation-spanning journey that feels both comfortingly familiar and excitingly original." Critic Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle listed it as the second best film of the year. Kit Bowen (Hollywood.com) gives this film 3 out of 4 stars. CinemaScore reported that audiences gave the film a rare "A\+" grade. (*Wikipedia*) More info at [IMDb](http://www.imdb.com/Title?The+Chronicles+of+Narnia%3A+The+Lion%2C+the+Witch+and+the+Wardrobe+%282005%29), [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The%20Chronicles%20of%20Narnia%3A%20The%20Lion%2C%20the%20Witch%20and%20the%20Wardrobe), [Rotten Tomatoes](https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_lion_witch_wardrobe/), [Metacritic](http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-chronicles-of-narnia-the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe), [Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q485803). *I am a bot.* [Send me feedback](https://www.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%2Fr%2FMovieGuide&subject=Re%3A%20http%3A%2F%2Fredd.it%2F5k5lod "Confidence: 1.09"). [Data sources and other information](/r/MovieGuide/w/about).

  • Blanca Raynor

    Ok. I'm going to base my understanding of these verses through the lenses of Greek Orthodoxy, which, in my opinion, is the most authentic expression of Christianity. I can give you my reasoning, if you like. It covers both theology and historical reasonings. Now, I should note, I'm not a Christian. I'm Jewish. But, having had numerous discussions with a good friend of mine (subdeacon in the GOC and has 2 masters degrees in theology from St. Vladimir's Seminary), and I believe I can speak with some clarity on this issue (even if I don't accept Christianity). The verse you mentioned above has not historically been understood in a literal manner. Neither the schools of Alexandria (figurative) or Antioch (more literal) ever understood that verse to be literal. Both agree it is figurative. If you recall Symeon's words to Mary when Jesus was a baby, he told her that Jesus would be controversial. Some would accept him, others would reject him, and that would inevitably lead to conflict. Note, that Jesus himself never engaged in violence. In the Garden of Gethsemene, he even told Peter to lower his sword. "Whoever lives by the sword shall die by the sword." Now, from a very surface level reading, these two passages seem to be in contradiction. But look at the language. "I've come to bring the sword", yet he never raised a sword. This should raise questions. What we have to do is look at the character of Jesus. In Biblical language, the image of a sword is both literal and poetic. For example, Isaiah states that "swords shall be beaten into ploughshares, and the lion shall lie down with the lamb". Is this meant to be understood literally? Well, if we interpret for ourselves outside of the traditions of scholars who devoted their whole lives to the study of these books, then we lose any kind of historical understanding and can easily misunderstand key concepts. I see this all the time with people who cite the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), yet do not know how to read Hebrew. Now, in the example of Isaiah, are we to understand that lions will become vegetarians in the messianic age? Maybe SOME peoples or groups in the past understood this as so, but none of their writings or influence has been handed down. The Rambam (the most authoritative post-Talmudic scholar) writes that a person who believes lions will change their natural order are misunderstanding the concept. The imagery of "lions and lambs" is meant to allude to aggressive nations ceasing to harm peaceful nations. The same is to be understood of swords, in the context of Isaiah. This does not mean that all weapons will literally be destroyed in the messianic age. Rather, it means that people will lose their desires to use them against others. The verse you cited above, from the earliest times, was understood to mean that Jesus would cause division, even among your closest relatives. This is echoed in the words of Paul, who said "To the Jews, he is a scandal. To the Greeks, foolishness." If we understand the role language plays, it can easily be seen that this verse is not about violence. It is about Jesus being controversial, even to your closest. And, like a sword separates, this issue will separate the believer from those that do not believe. The church has understood it in this way for 2 millennia. And any attempt at violence in the name of Jesus is quickly dispelled by citing Jesus' words in Gethsemene. I don't believe even the Evangelicals understand this verse in a violent manner. Some might, but it is not the ancient Christian view.

  • Merl Stanton

    Standing before me was a man taller than a house, wider than a tree, and madder than a bull that just seen red. His nostril flared, his eyes narrowed to slits, and lips forming a sneer, all while emitted a low growl. His giant hands, bigger than my face, grasped a hammer equal to his body length; his muscles flexing dangerously with each breath he took. He was known as the Evil One and it was, unfortunately, my task to defeat him. Only I had no idea how to do so. Two days ago, I was a nobody. I spent my time working on my family’s farm and my nights were spent sitting in the front yard with my dog. Two days ago, the earth started shaking when the Evil One stomped into our tiny village, threatening our way of life. Our chief appealed to the Evil One, requesting a duel with our village’s greatest warrior. If our warrior won, the Evil One left; if our warrior lost, the Evil One could rule our village – or tear it to shred, it was his choice apparently. There was just one small problem. Our village is a peaceful one, filled with farmers and fishers. We do our business with the surrounding villages and kingdoms and they leave us alone. There has never been a need for a warrior – until now. The chief decided our defender would be someone of fitting age. Not too young because he would never dream of sending a child to his death. Not too old because he didn’t want our defender losing before the duel even started. In our tiny village, the perfected defender just so happened to be me. Yay… I was whisked off to the Chief’s house where he fitted me into an old armor set he inherited from his father. The giant suit swallowed me whole, making it rather hard to move. Old men of the village handed me weapons that were older than them. A rusty sword. A cracked bow with a quiver holding three arrows. I brought along my slingshot that I used on the farm to scare off wild dogs. “Do not fail us,” the Chief warned me, before pushing me out into the open field where the Evil One waited for me. Holding the useless sword in one hand and my trusty slingshot in the other, I inched my way onto the battlefield, praying to my Lord for guidance. When the Evil One saw me, he started laughing, a laugh that echoed far back into the village. “This is what you send me?” he bellowed. “This puny piece of meat? Prepare your village, for I will be dining on your flesh soon enough!” He roared like a lion for extra effect. He came barreling towards me, ready to behead me with his mighty hammer. I managed to duck behind a rock for safety, but I lost the borrowed sword in the process. “Do not hide from me, tiny man!” the giant hollered once more. “Do not draw out your impending death!” The Evil One was right. I was going to die, more than likely. Why was I putting it off? I wiggled my way out of the bulky armor, freeing my arms finally, grabbed a rock off the ground, and stood up and walked out into the field once more. “I am ready,” I said. I shot off another quick prayer, asking my Lord for a quick death once I was struck. The Evil One’s nostrils flared, his eyes narrowed, and he took off charging once more towards me. I placed my rock into my slingshot, took aim and shot the Evil One squarely between the eyes, causing them to open wide. He fell backward, eyes wide open, glazed, lifeless. Silence surrounded the field and village. I walked gingerly toward the giant, he still had not moved. I kicked his foot, still no movement. Poked his belly, no grunt or movement yet again. His eyes were still wide open, unfocused and unseeing. The Evil One had been defeated. That’s when I heard the chanting from the village. “David…David… David!”

  • Ollie MacGyver

    In all practical application, it's a message I feel is lost in this next generation. There is nothing wrong with being financially, emotionally, physically independent as a woman until you find the right man, but on that token, we can't forget the origin story of humanity evolving from barbarians and armies that ransacked villages, stole women, raped them and got them pregnant for the cultural assimilation/child rearing for the next generation of barbarians. Violent men who leave all the time and die in war, don't have time to farm and produce resources and raise children within moral, loving families. Morality is an incredibly dynamic thing. On one hand, you have our ancestors living in tribes where slutty women used to be ostracized, women used to guard their families from immorality and religion ruled the day. That wasn't entirely good for us, either. Men had the choice of choosing between productivity and resource management (providing for his family) or having sex with women perpetuating "evil" acts against the family, in which times property law was a really big deal. The first born son of every family received the lion's share of an inheritance, which was the difference between wealth and poverty for a lot of families. What woman would choose a man who had signed off his entire value and worth to a slutty woman who bore his son (out of wedlock?) Nowadays, "evil" acts perpetuated by slutty women are reinforced by the notion that sex is readily available and on demand, and all men/women have to do is drink the kool-aid of feminism and they get access to as much sex as they want. Responsibility for wealth building and resource gathering is pretty much up to government law nowadays, hardly anyone feels responsible for it anymore. I've heard an equal argument from single women that what men pay in child support is hardly enough to raise a baby. It's hard when the battlefield, so to speak, is riddled with so many casualties and victims of ideology that had no business swinging so far on the pendulum in the first place. I blame the '70s (joke). Feminism created a huge economic shift where a family could rely on one-income dynamic to a lifestyle where both parents had to work to be called middle class. And without a college education, now making up some 45% of the federal government's assets, that's how far in debt we are. That's a whole 'nother rant for another day. The government can no longer back it's debts without keeping students in debt paying interest on their loans). After saving for decades to pay off student loans and a down payment to settle happily in a house, most families have a *shot* at normalcy after about a decade of saving diligently... when most women "hit the wall." The entire role of a mother, the household, the family structure has been dug into the ground and sometimes I wonder if I should be teaching my children to be dynamic and adaptable, or instill my old-fashioned values for the sake of a peaceful and happy life. I like reading about the men's rights movements, but some of the language I've seen on the Red Pill men subreddit is so off-putting I can barely stomach looking at the thread titles. I'd like to think in this community there's still a sense of sacredness in the value of a matron in the household. I mostly lurk to see what other people think because I'm a big fan of free will being used to navigate morality and genetic inclinations, but every once in a while ... I don't know.

  • Abby Cormier

    Whenever someone steps foot on a roadway it is a known fact they take the risk of being hit by a moving vehicle with enough force to turn the human brain into scrambled eggs. The protestors are taking this risk upon themselves when they choose to block a roadway. The legislature should not however pass a resolution condoning such behavior and this bill is particularly poorly written because one of the requirement under the law is that the driver cannot just continue to drive on like nothing happened, that's fleeing the scene of an accident and in most states is a criminal offense. Now all of the sudden the legislature is creating a situation where they have incentivized people to run through protestors while legally requiring the driver to stop, get out of the vehicle and check on the welfare of the people he or she just ran over. By the very nature of these protests it is unlikely that the individuals struck will be the only ones present and its also unlikely the protestors not hit are going to respond in a calm, cool, or collected manner. Long story short, the police just need to do their jobs and enforce the current laws, even if that means arresting a bunch of protestors for blocking a highway. Also, as an aside, now is a great time to discuss the role of the National Guard in this situation. The National Guard, much like the Coast Guard, has a military role and a law enforcement role. The two are very different roles and really shouldn't overlap, to deal with a situation like this the local authorities are almost certainly going to have to appeal to the Governor to call in the National Guard and what will be shown on the evening news are hundreds of men and women in a military uniform rounding up protestors who were in violation of the law. I have spent eight years in the military, two in the National Guard, and have a degree in military history. The role of the National Guard has evolved over the years from one of more or less a local constabulary force and social club to that of an organization that contains the lion's share of the Army's war fighting abilities. In regards to training, tactics, and organization the state mission has constantly been de-emphasized yet the National Guard is regularly called upon to fulfill their obligations to the state. The quickest and simplest solution is probably to issue separate uniforms for when the National Guard is performing its state mission otherwise the message being sent is that the US military is being used to suppress (mostly) peaceful protests when in fact the National Guard is subject to state service and is acting as an agent of the state supporting local law enforcement. The current organization is great for supplementing the Army's war fighting abilities, in fact in Iraq and Afghanistan the National Guard often outnumbered the regular Army in regards to number of boots on the ground. Unfortunately this has come at a cost, the ability of the National Guard to performs its state mission has, based on my observations, been eroded because too much emphasis is placed on the federal mission and National Guard units are not properly trained to perform their law enforcement and emergency response duties. Do we really want to ask someone who is given half hearted training on how to scan an angry crowd in Kabul for threats to now try and apply those skills to peaceful protestors in the US?

  • Edwin Greenfelder

    You're not rambling. You're making sense. But the Chinese star maps change in their history. Now I am not an expert on Chinese star maps, but I do know a thing or two about language. Some context is needed. It's important to remember that Chinese is an ancient language. It's more functional than it is visual. Proto-Hebrew was as well. Our modern western ones are more visual. Let me show an example by what I mean: In ancient Hebrew, you have one word for all types of writing utensils, **et**, or עֵט. Because all such things do one function: write. In the west, we have words for different appearances of machines that do this function. Pen, pencil, paintbrush, marker, stylus, ball point, etc etc. Chinese is sort of in the middle on this, as it is ancient but continues into the modern era. So, in chinese, pen, pencil, paintbrush, etc, all end on the same character, bǐ, or 笔. And a character precedes it to denote the differences. The language cares about function from its ancient roots, but it must adapt to contemporary needs in the visual. You can apply the same to the constellations. I can see some functional relations to what these things are in the west, or more specifically what Christian would be looking for. Leo, whom the Christians would associate with The lion of the tribe of Judah, IE Jesus, is called the Right wall of the Supreme Palace. It's star names being: The Right Law Administrator (右執法) → 1st star The First Western General (西上將) → 2nd star The Second Western General (西次將) → 3rd star The Second Western Minister (西次相) → 4th star The First Western Minister (西上相) → 5th star These things sound very appropriate for Jesus, and Jesus is going to return at the Right hand wall of the temple, if north is forward. Draco, called "Old Serpent" in Christianity, is called "First Great One" in Chinese. In addition, it bleeds into the left wall of the of the forbidden purple palace. It's stars are: The Left Pivot (左樞) → 1st star The First Premier (上宰) → 2nd star The Second Premier (少宰) → 3rd star The First Minister (上弼) → 4th star The Second Minister (少弼) → 5th star The First Imperial Guard (上卫) → 6th star The Second Imperial Guard (少卫) → 7th star The Second Prime Minister (少丞) → 8th star Which all sound rather Satan-like in its positions over time. And the list goes on [here](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursa_Major_in_Chinese_astronomy) if you'd like to read more. Now personally, I suspect I have no idea what I am talking about, as I have no understanding of the ins and outs of the history and development of the Chinese star maps. However, I would recommend you research it with respect to the language's operations. It's not a modern language, though it tries to be. Always think Functional with these ancient languages. Their imagery is meant to imply a function, not a form. Case in point, obvious Jesus isn't a lion. But the function of a lion is to be a wise one with glory and honor, who can seem peaceful but must be respected. As I have an interest in these things, I thank you for bringing it up, as now I am interested to investigate. As for Chinese, if you want to talk about something more interesting, I'd point to their language instead of their star charts. There are strange biblical references in it when there should not be. One of my favorite examples: 魔, for devil, is written by writing two trees around a walled garden, and a broad snake-looking element around it, with a spirit in its mists. Very genesis-like.

  • Dylan Leffler

    It doesn't explain the use of stallion as a mascot. If anything, it makes it weirder, because a lot these families knew horses and should have been aware of the fact that stallions are largely unpredictable, intractable, and generally obnoxious. I would prefer to have a gelding or mare in literally every possible scenario. So, they must have just liked the symbolism. A lion is a great mascot, as is a mustang or a bronco. Symbolism is a wonderful thing, and it's equally wonderful to examine why certain things carry particular symbolic values. So, why is a horse perceived as more powerful and formidable if it has unaltered male genitals? I've worked with unbroken feral mares and I can tell you that they are just as wily, strong, and independent as their male counterparts, and in general, mares and geldings are much more useful and pleasant than stallions. Why do we fetishize virility? Could it be because people project human perceptions of gender on animals? Surely you would buy that- it's pretty well documented as a phenomenon. We put pink colors on our female dogs and call them dainty; we put camo collars on our male dogs and call them tough. We see butterflies as feminine because they're fragile, we see see sharks as masculine because they're strong and predatorial. None of those animals are any of those things- they're just trying to survive and find food. Sometimes the use of projection and symbolism in branding makes sense- if I have a peaceful, food and livestock centered organization I name it Heifer International, if I have a male team for a sport based on agility and strength I name it the Bulls. It's okay to use gendered mascots sometimes, sure. I just wish that in scenarios where it doesn't make sense (my elementary school is not a football team and it doesn't center on virility, aggression, and strength) they would use non-gendered mascots more often. I never said I statues of myself to feel celebrated. A lot of the responses to this carry the suggestion that I am being egotistical. However, it is a fact that if people see people like them (in gender, age, race, whatever) doing something or representing something, they are more likely to purchase/participate in/pursue the thing, and they will be more comfortable and confident with regards to the thing. If you want male elementary teachers, then have them interact with male teachers. If you want black kids to go to your summer camp, include black kids in the photos in your brochure. If you want girls to participate in your organization and believe that female animals and female humans are just as symbolically powerful as male ones, then highlight female animals occasionally (like falcon, flyer, empress) or just use non-gendered but equally powerful titles (like mustang instead of stallion). For the record, my brother is generally fine, he was just the kind of kid that was extremely eager to mimic his peers and liked the attention he got from upsetting people. I don't really know how to respond to the idea that sisters are worse. I try to be kind.

  • London Schimmel

    I'll take a crack at this as well. In order of enjoyment: **Top level:** **Yuri!!! on Ice** - it's already my second favorite show ever. I probably already mentioned a million times but to me it's what Rakugo would have been if it was a happy show. Yuri is a deeply complex character whom I enjoy tremendously, and the romance and the sports portions are both spot on. Great writing, great visuals, great everything. **Natsume Yuujinchou Go** - this is the stuff of dreams. I got everything I wanted from Natsume with this season. [Natsume](/s "I love how he can share now. And I love that he is comfortable enough with himself and his friends to tease them even.") Sorry it's a bit difficult to comment on this without spoiling it hehe Anyhow, it's Natsume as good as it has always been and even more. **Saiki Kusou no Psi-nan** - this is pure comedy gold. I sometimes have to pause to laugh at scenes because I don't wanna miss the next one. The character interactions, while not the driver, are also quite adorable. **Haikyuu 3** - not much to say here. It's exciting and funny as usual. I love the focus on Tsukki this season (he's my favorite.) Damn, there are 4 anime I'm rating 9 or up in one season. Fall 2016 is a blessing, y'all. Next up **solid shows:** **Fune wo Amu** - I love character-driven, relationship stories with beautiful symbolism and Fune wo Amu delivers. It's by no means the best example of this type but Majime and Nishioka are both great and I love the strange, niche Japanese topic of dictionary making and its use as a symbol. The imagery can be a bit much sometimes but oh well. I'm really enjoying this one. **Bungou Stray Dogs 2** - the first arc was just mind blowing. I can't say I enjoy the present day as much but we're still at a better place than we were during first season. Perhaps the fact that I can understand the author references myself helps. In any case, Lovecraft is adorable haha I also love the symbolic ED as usual (Akutagawa, that poor boy...) **Sometimes flailing but overall enjoyable shows:** **Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari** - peaceful and not empty. It's a great way to relax. It doesn't always do much but the subtle character development is still not forgotten. Oh and I just love Nakaji. (I may be the only person who doesn't prefer Poco haha) **Nanbaka** - this was my least favorite show at the beginning of the season. It felt like it had more than the silly shiny gags coming so I kept with it and I'm glad I did. I have this weird connection to it that I can't explain well but I love Juugo and Hajime and I'm looking forward to what happens beyond the non-funny jokes. **Watashi ga Motete Dousunda** - I was also iffy about this at the beginning but I'm glad it turned out to be a good one. I'm still not one for harem anime but Watamote can have pretty surprising moments that make it enjoyable for me. Senpai is best boy of course. I also still hope that there will be one gay couple in this. **Still watching for one reason or another** Days, Trickster, Girlish Number, Touranbu (seriously, don't know why,) Gakuen Handsome. **I've happily dropped:** All Out, ClassicaLoid, Sangatsu no Lion, Bernard jou Iwaku, and the Sengoku shorts. Man, looking over it once again, this season is just mind blowing. Just to add, I'm also trying to catch up with Ajin. Hopefully, I'll start the second season before Winter.

  • Samantha Spencer

    For Broadway, if you don't have your heart set on a specific show you can go to the TKTS both (Times Square and a couple other locations) to get half off orchestra seats for that day's performance. Sometimes tickets are only 30-40% off and it changes depending on the day/demand. I saw Jersey Boys a few weeks ago because it's closing soon and my ticket was half off. The TKTS person told me the tickets are usually $75-$90. Phantom is always there. Lion King/Hamilton/Wicked are never there (too popular). It just depends what interests you. You could also just buy a regular ticket. Cheapest tickets for Phantom are $30. I don't know if that changes depending on day/demand. I would recommend a [City Pass](http://www.citypass.com/new-york) for $116. That hits a lot of major attractions. It depends what interests you. If you're not interested in all those things it may not be worth it. The Met is on donation, so you could go and say you want to donate 10 dollars and spend the day there. I think the Museum of Natural History is on donation. I'm a member, so I can't really remember, but I think when I first went I did a donation. You can't see everything though, just a general admission type of thing, which is plenty, but if you want to see the extras you would have to pay for a full ticket. I don't think the Guggenheim is on donation and I think that ticket is about 25. I just looked. 18 with a student ID. That would be something to look into, using your student ID wherever you can. I would recommend a 7-day unlimited MetroCard for $31. And a subway app on your phone. You could visit the Central Park Zoo. It's very small, but it's cute. That's about 12 dollars. The Bronx Zoo is fantastic. That ticket is about 25 I think. Wednesday used to be donation day, I don't know if that's still true. You can hop on the Staten Island Ferry for free and it will pass by the Statue of Liberty. It's about half an hour each way. Walking around Central Park is nice. If it's warmer weather you can watch people rowboat or rent a remote-controlled little sailboat. Christmas time is magical. Complete chaos, but magical. I'll be heading in one of these days myself to do my holiday walkabout. The amount of people around the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is otherworldly. I always say it's like the Earth threw up all of its people and they all landed around the tree. St. Patrick's Cathedral is across the street. It's quiet and calm and peaceful and that's where I go to sit down for a few minutes of peace and quiet. Eataly is fun to look around and get a snack or something to eat. I like the salted caramel gelato. :) Times Square on New Year's...hmmm. Sometimes I toy with doing it, but I think I could live without it. It's like that otherworldly chaos of the Rockefeller Tree, except without bathroom access for many hours. That doesn't really sound fun to me. A lot of restaurants in the area have New Year's packages where you go and eat and can use the bathroom and then you can go outside and watch the ball drop. I've never done that so I don't know how great the experience is. It's also pretty pricey.

  • Aurore Raynor

    Note: I've made sure to keep this clean, concise and to the point. I've actually been refraining in most of my posts, but you failed to notice that. I am not defending the Crown, I am attempting to *explain it* (I'm saying what it did and why, and why that is actually preferable for them). Their actions aren't without merits and you're ignoring those merits for some church that comes with *demerits*. The Church: * The means through which you rule also rule in turn. * One you set up a Church, it is very hard to dismantle it and nearly impossible to eradicate it. * If the Church *ever* decides it wants the Nobles to change, the current nobles can neither simply cave to the demands or change * Churches foster a sense of community. But I can't point to rebellions to point that out. Holy wars are another matter. Every time a religious community was invaded, there was pushback. Holy conquests and crusades. The religious were the rank and file. If they ever feel their faith was threatened, the rebellion could spiral into too much chaos and resentment. * You're thinking the Crown doesn't want people to be uncertain about the afterlife or all the other questions. No, it wants them *thinking*, but never answering. The less people think there's an afterlife, the less of a chance they step out of line The Academies: * The Academies fulfill the earthly role of needs. Despite what you say they *do* step in when a situation needs it (quarantine plagues). * The Academy mentality is individualistic and selfish by default, with mutiny beign a shortcut to death. This serves the Crown because their weapon makers are too busy turning themselves in to ever truly make an organized threat. * The Academies don't have to completely replace religion. They have to replace *enough of it* to placate people. * The Academies are set up to bascially serve the Nobles. The Crown: * Rules through fear. They never claim to want to protect people. They inserted themselves as the authority, they didn't come to power through peaceful means, which means peacful means are *nigh useless* for them. A lion can't lovingly stroke a gazelle and not expect it to try and run. * They don't like sharing power *at all*. Any significant position of power is either directly tied to the Crown or carefully monitored. * They have a higher regard for themselves. They discriminate based on whether you're Noble or not. If you aren't, you have had to make yourself pretty important to not be on th chopping block instantly. With all this, it simply would not make sense for the Crown to want to work with religion. Their actions make sense. Not a happy sort of sense. That's why they attrition the faiths. They realize they can neither exterminate or control them. So they tolerate them while forcing them to pretty much never be able to grow into a true nuisance on their own. I hope you read this, see the logic in it and stop claiming the Crown could've done better by going with religion, it would've simply undone too much of their foundation.

  • Daija Moen

    If I was a stork I wouldn't give a shit either, a pair of wings could save me from most predators and I'm a boney ass bird anyways, why even waste time chasing me off your territory either, I'll just be a dick and come back when you're far enough away for me to land and take off again. And I never seen any predator videos where a stork is being taken down by a pride while my whole squad looks on like it's just another Wednesday afternoon, my predators are probably quick killers and with my lanky ass neck they probably evolved to put an iron right grip to make a pretty quick. The only big predator that probably would get me would be a sneaky ass crocodile that would tear me into me in seconds, so pass out or one hit kill is pretty peaceful. Worst kill to me was the unlucky water buffalo, I didn't see the beginning but he probably broke a couple a mirrors which is what got the prides attention to begin with and was just about to get away but his leg got a cramp after going under that row of ladders by now the pride was already lighting the grill, I haven't seen the beginning I can imagine, Now think how bad this is. In a matter of seconds of being thrown to the ground, youre being tactically pinned down and the worst part isn't that you can't escape it, it's that you can tell these guys have done this plenty of times before and knew exactly how to do it, and once your body is exhausted from resisting, you feel moist sandpaper being swiped on your genitals that's so gritty your skin is being scrapped off a little layer at a time, but that's okay you won't feel much after a few licks because your dick is going to be ripped off by jagged big cat teeth. Fortunately, it's hard to feel just that pain when you feel a bunch of gritty sandpaper tongues scrape your hair away from other sections of you, you feel the adrenaline fading away just as fast as your body leaves your body and you can't see... but you feel more feeding on you and you know that there was no way you were going to win this one. At this point... you dont even want to escape, maybe it's seeing your "buddies", they didn't get help like you heard them earlier and are just a stone's throw away watching you, now you realize that you were just a fall guy for them and Chad's gonna bone your girlfriend since your no dick having ass will be a carcass by sundown. Now you just wish the one that was supposed to make you pass out minutes ago would switch places with Lorina the Lion Bobbitt so she can end your life just as fast as she ended your manhood, you know now you had no other fate but to be the great bait that date for the lionmates. Maybe some feel like a hero that they are the chosen prey to save a herd member they call family, or an elder may understand to protect the calves since they are the future.... but all that poor buffalo wished was to be a stork in the air, swinging his dick in the gentle breeze while his balls clicking and then clattering from each flap from his wings. So a stork is much cooler then a antelope or water buffalo, that's my point. im pretty chill right now

  • Mertie Borer

    Follow what I'm saying real quick: The Bible says there will be those left behind from the rapture but will survive the "tribulation" (three years of peace followed by four years of hell on earth ((my phrasing)) ruled by the Antichrist) and they will live in "New Jerusalem" with Him and those raptured/the dead who died in salvation. Those who died or were raptured in Christ will have "glorified body's". So get this... Imagine living through that. Let's say the rapture happens now, and you get left behind. In the next three years, the world is struggling to pick up the pieces from billions disappearing when suddenly a powerful, peaceful person steps up and begins to encourage the world to heal *together *. This leads to peace in the world. Then boom, he deceives the jews into building a temple for him and suddenly he demands everyone to bow to him. Now begins the real fun. Remember that only three years ago (less than a presidential term), you were sitting at home talking about inauguration day. Now, not necessarily in this order, the moon turns blood red, the sun vanishes/gets snuffed (everything goes black for a bit), a giant asteroid hits earth and poisons the water, 1/3 of earth dies. Earthquakes, animals turn against humans, mountains fall, giant locusts with Lion heads torture you, 1/3 dies. The oceans turn into blood, the ocean dies. Literal fire rains from heaven, four horsemen (literal or metaphorical) are unleashed on earth: war, pestilence, famine, and death. 1/3 of earth dies. Plagues and disasters. The earth literally dips itself into hell for *four* years. Then the armies of the world, led by the Antichrist, gather to kill the jews for the last time. Then Jesus literally comes back, in the flesh, and kills all the wicked people. New Jerusalem descends and a 1,000 year reign begins where the survivors and the saved live together. Now, imagine you survive, and find salvation during all that happens in *seven years.* That's less time than a full presidential term. You've seen the worst of the worst. You've lived through hell. Now, when it seems like only yesterday you were using cell phones and computers, you're suddenly walking around with angels and fellow "humans" with glorified bodies. You saw God descend from the sky and *throw Satan, Lucifer, the evil dude everyone had talked about for thousands of years if he was a story character, you see god *pick him up and chain him in hell. * In the span of 7 years, everything has changed. When you realise what the Bible is saying, it's shocking to see how drastic the change would be if it were real. An actual human being like us would literally be living all the Hollywood movies about heaven and hell clashing on earth x 10000. I wish I could witness all of that happening. It would be unreal. Literally our reality shattered.

  • Dave Jacobs

    I agree and I had an interesting experience the other day, which was my attempt at addressing the point you make, that we need to not ignore these angry people and try to create some dialog and understanding. First I must say that the 'collective consciousness' in my city (Portland, Or) is much more on edge since the election, and up in Seattle the tension is palpable. Seattle has always been a less peaceful and relaxed place than Portland but now it is clear to me that something is very different up there and it wasn't there a few weeks ago. The liberals here are more withdrawn and on edge and the conservatives are noticeably more aggressive. I was set up by an angry conservative in the sauna the other day and now that this has happened I will not be baited in to responding the next time. This person had been told not to empty his sweat towel on the sauna rocks for everyone to breathe, but did anyway. This was not enough for me to confront him, but after he began spitting lung phlegm onto the walls, numerous times, I did. What transpired was incredible, I simply asked "are you spitting on the wall"? Which he was waiting for and came at me like a lion. I've never seen such anger from someone being asked a question in a non aggressive manner. He was not interested in communication he was interested in domination. I made the mistake of matching his energy with similar aggression, which I know better, but could not help myself in that instant. I quickly rethought my strategy and began to apologize, which calmed him down a bit, but did not end his yelling. My next move was spontaneous because all I wanted was some peace, for me and the other people in the sauna. I said to him firmly "I submit to you" three times and matched it with my body language and he instantly became quiet. I've never seen such a rapid transformation in behavior. The truth is I really wanted to reach him, I wanted dialog and understanding, I wanted him to see the error of his ways and the only way to do that was to get him to calm down and like me. I told him I was not going to involve the management of the club and that I wanted to work things out between us. I've had many similar encounters in public (without submitting) because I cannot remain quiet when people are being blatantly disrespectful. I have always left in anger that stays with me for many hours. But this time, I did not leave in anger, I left in peace and so did he and the rest of my day was calm. I feel my mission in life is to try to reach people in a way that sheds light on their darkness, however that may be, and the best way to do that is to get them to like you, from there it's all feel, everyone is different. Thank you Robert for your insight, I agree with everything you said.

  • Obie Steuber

    10/10 finale IMO. - Nuckelavee fight was awesome. Especially the Ren & Nora bits, Crocea Mors upgrade reveal, and Ren finishing it off. I must admit, I was *very* worried when Nora launched herself (with the help of Ruby) in the way of it trying to finish off Ren and the screen went to black. Thankfully, it only hit her hammer. - I imagined Mistral looking different, but it's still looks pretty cool (especially how it appears to be built on a mountain). Also the Renora moment was really heartwarming :3 - Can I just say the music this Volume was incredible? I loved the music that played when Ruby entered the room Qrow was resting in and started writing her letter. - Ruby's letter/monologue was great. Especially the parts where she talks about how leaving like she did wasn't the best idea and what Yang said to her in V3's finale ("Sometimes, bad things just happen Ruby"). - I was expecting something along the lines of the finale focusing on RNJR + Qrow and getting small glimpses of the other characters' situations, and I really like how they did it. Weiss sneaking out of Atlas, Blake looking through her father's things (and Sun) such as the peaceful and violent White Fang flags, Yang taking the same ship Blake did to Mistral before traveling the rest of the way to Mistral on Bumblebee (I love her new outfit, by the way). Ozcar traveling via train, and Cinder continuing her training by focusing her anger on the person who put her in the state she's in (Ruby) with Emerald's help. It looks like the only one of the heroes who isn't immediately traveling to Mistral is Blake, but I imagine she eventually will due to Adam and most of the White Fang being there (unless I'm mistaken). - Then there's the reveal of Watts being in Mistral himself and working with the headmaster of Haven, Leo Lionheart. However, I have seen other people in this thread theorize that it is unwilling on Leo's side, and he is only doing so out of fear (which ties into his inspiration, The Cowardly Lion). - Finally, there's the scene with Qrow and Ozcar in the bar. I'm excited to see how the latter might interact with RNJR in the future. Especially considering how Jaune might think of Ozpin over what happened with Pyrrha and finding out he's a part of Oscar. Overall, I thought Volume 4 was alright. Yeah, there was stuff about it that I disliked, but there's also a lot of stuff about it that I *did* like. I agree with some people that it felt like a "set-up" Volume, and because of that, I'm excited to see how all of Team RWBY's storylines play out in Volume 5 (and how they might lead to Team RWBY's eventual reunion).

  • Glenna McClure

    > What are the many differences between Smough and Aldrich, exactly. [One is this](http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/darksouls/images/8/80/Smough_Concept.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130426213331) and [this](http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/darksouls/images/f/f7/SmoughWithoutArmour.jpeg/revision/latest?cb=20141007085627). The other, is [this](http://darksouls3.wiki.fextralife.com/file/Dark-Souls-3/aldritch1_tc.jpg) Of course it's more than just physical appearances, but it's important to note both are unique in their look. This isn't the same man (some argue it's gwyndolin on top. If you subscribe to that you can disregard that, since pretty boy isn't who we're talking about) The other comes in the form of history, which you've already made clear you disregard Aldrich being a cleric as a product of the deep ring's description. Although personally I take it more talking about the actual creature you just fought, as it says "Slumbering thing***S***" It also refers to the past of the deep, which (I forget which description it is) is said to have once been a peaceful and sacred place. Consider the terrible spider-human-hairy-rat-lion-abominations and croco-dogs, it's obvious, at least to me, this could be troubling to cope with as a holy man. >And I mean to say that Man-Eater Mildred is literally in the game, as herself. Smough is not in the game, he is unaccounted for. Not as you claim. Since you claim Aldrich *is* smough. It doesn't make a difference though because the very absence of Smough means I could very well claim it is Man-eater Mildred, but I would only do that to show you that some of your points are very much so reaching, and not unique to Smough or Aldrich. >I dont have to account for the similarities between lorian and gwyn because I never put forth that theory. I never said you did. What I'm trying to illustrate with that example, is that in much the same ways that I point out the similarities between Gwyn and Lorian, you point out the similarities between Aldrich and Smough. Just because there *are* similarities in their attributes, is not a result of them being the same, but of having the same results in their respective "stories"

  • Chasity Upton

    Albert and the Lion. Best read in a thick Northern english Accent- >There's a famous seaside place called Blackpool That's noted for fresh air and fun And Mr. and Mrs. Ramsbottom Went there with young Albert, their son. A fine little lad were young Albert, All dressed in his best, quite a swell. He'd a stick with an 'orse's 'ead 'andle; The finest that Woolworth's could sell. They didn't think much to the ocean, The waves they were piddlin' and small. There were no wrecks and nobody drownded, 'Fact, nothin' to laugh at at all! So, seeking for further amusement, They paid, and went into the zoo, Where they'd lions and tigers and camels And cold ale and sandwiches, too. There were one great big lion called Wallace Whose nose was all covered with scars; He lay in a som-no-lent posture With the side of 'is face on the bars. Now Albert 'ad 'eard about lions- 'Ow they was ferocious and wild; To see lion lyin' so peaceful Just didn't seem right to the child. So straightway the brave little feller, Not showin' a morsel of fear, Took 'is stick with the 'orse's 'ead 'andle And stuck it in Wallace's ear. You could see that the lion din't like it, For givin' a kind of a roll, 'E pulled Albert inside the cage with 'im And swallered the little lad - 'ole! Now Mother 'ad seen this occurrence, And not knowin' what to do next, She 'ollered "Yon lion's et Albert!" An' Father said "Ee, I am vexed." They complained to an animal keeper Who said "My, wot a nasty mis'ap; Are you sure it's your boy 'e's eaten?" Pa said, "Am I sure? There's 'is cap!" The manager 'ad to be sent for; 'E came and 'e said "Wot's to-do?" Ma said "Yon lion's et Albert, And 'im in 'is Sunday clothes, too!" Father said "Right's right, young feller- I think it's a shame and a sin To 'ave our son et by a lion And after we paid to come in." The manager wanted no trouble; He took out his purse right away, Sayin' "'Ow much to settle the matter?" Pa said "Wot do you usually pay?" But Mother 'ad turned a bit awkward When she saw where 'er Albert 'ad gone. She said "No, someone's got to be summonsed!" So that was decided upon. And off they all went to p'lice station In front of a Magistrate chap; They told what 'ad 'appened to Albert And proved it by showing 'is cap. The Magistrate gave 'is opinion That no one was really to blame, And 'e said that 'e 'oped the Ramsbottoms Would 'ave further sons to their name. At that Mother got proper blazin': "And thank you, sir, kindly," said she- "Wot, spend all our lives raisin' children To feed ruddy lions? Not me!"

  • Noble Fisher

    I have a metric ton of monsters I've created for future games that I would absolutely LOVE to have illustrations of. At the moment, I'll stick with a small amount. So, when reviewing the 5e monster manual, I realized that the Tarrasque is in the category of "Titan". Nothing else is. Despite this, visions of a primordial group of gigantic and powerful creatures wreaking havoc on the land swirled around in my head. So I decided to draft a few monsters of a similar stature (but not necessarily as powerful) as the Tarrasque. *Amaroque.* At first glance, it appears to be visually similar to a gigantic wolf. Surrounded by an aura of deadly frost, and covered in the frozen blood and viscera of its prey, it hunts down anything that dares cross into its territory in the icy north. It never loses its prey. *Beggat.* Although slain by an up and coming god, Beggat is still a powerful symbol of terror. Visually similar to a lion, its mane is made of white hot flames, and it is covered in many otherwise vulnerable places with plates made from its own indestructible bones. *Eloel.* This creature haunts the endless woods, tearing down trees and hills just to get to a town it has deemed worthy of destruction. It appears similar to a moose, if said moose was bipedal, and had powerfully large arms with deadly claws, razor sharp teeth, a set of four antlers that tapered into deadly points, and a thick mane of fur, all of which are seemingly made from ironwood. *Grosvache.* The most peaceful of all the titans. It is essentially a gigantic bovine creature, with a set of six horns, and a body that has over the years become encrusted with rocks to the point where it is indestructible. It moves slowly across the plains, always grazing. The tribes of the plains follow it around religiously, using its presence as protection from other tribes, and from outsiders as well. *Jack-in-Irons.* He is one of only two god-beasts capable of speech, although he’s not very good at it. He appears to be a gargantuan humanoid, with three arms, all three of which covered in what remains of ancient shackles and chains. He carries a colossal mace in two hands, and with his free hand, swings the lengthy chain still attached to him. There's more, but they are mostly just gigantic animals I haven't creatively altered yet. Besides, I think that's quite a lot for now.

  • Ena Dietrich

    I just recently saw them all over the past week except La La Land which I saw a month or so ago and will be rewatching tomorrow, but here's my ranking as far as enjoyability goes for me personally: 1. Arrival 1. Hidden Figures 1. Hacksaw Ridge 1. La La Land 1. Manchester by the Sea 1. Lion 1. Hell or High Water 1. Fences 1. Moonlight For the most part I enjoyed all of these movies, but here's why I ranked them the way I did. I couldn't get into Fences or Moonlight at all. They felt very drawn out to me without much plot really happening. Fences edged above Moonlight because I thought Denzel's character was a little more interesting. Lion & Hell or High Water were enjoyable, but nothing really jumped out at me that would push them to a higher rank. I found the stories somewhat generic. These are pretty interchangeable for me on this list. Manchester by the Sea I thought was really well done, great acting, but also a little slow at times. The scenes that hit, hit hard though. If I connected with the characters more, it would be higher. Not too much to say on La La Land, I found it pretty good overall. The ending made the movie for me, and that's what edged it into 4. Without the ending seeing the alternate life, I think it'd fall in with Lion & Hell or High Water as being somewhat of a generic, well told story. My top 3 were all really close for me. I really loved the way Arrival was a story about peaceful aliens and seeing how the world reacts instead of just fighting the aliens. I also really enjoyed the theme of whether or not you would have a child if you knew they would die young and I've always liked time travel stories. Hidden Figures was really interesting and fun. I enjoyed seeing the history of NASA and how discrimination affected people back then, and the things that happened to help overcome it. Very much a feel-good movie, unlike most of the rest of the nominees. Lastly, Hacksaw Ridge was just really well done overall and depending on the day I could see this being my 1 or 2. Having no idea what this movie was about before I saw it, going from the happy-go-lucky guy meeting his wife to those war scenes was such a great transition, with only hints of what was to come through Hugo Weaving's character. It was just pretty incredible knowing that was a true story.

  • Adrien Franecki

    I'm an atheist too. It'd be great to believe some all powerful dude's got your back, but to those with a scientific mind, believing that isin't easy. Then again, I wasn't raised that way, and I don't feel like somethings missing, life has so many wonderful pleasures and so many opportunities for them if you look for them in simple places. Fear of death is super normal. You're not even slightly crazy, we're wired that way. In 'Rewire your anxious brain' the authors point out that the amygdala (the part of the brain that handles the secretion of all of those stress hormones during anxiety) has been virtually unchanged for thousands of years of human evolution. Simply put, the more cautious of the species usually live long enough to pass on their genes, so now that we're no longer running around fields and don't really have much risk of a lion eating us as a tasty snack we're left with our own thoughts to contend with, and that part of our brain's still inclined to put more weight on those types of thoughts. So you focus on death, your brain goes 'oh, I don't like that', spits out stress hormones, you feel more stressed, you focus more.. the loop continues. But yeah, my point is, you're not crazy, you're normal, you're just stuck in a loop like the rest of us on here, and need to break out of it :) Regarding death, the most beautifully simple line I've seen on the subject was on this sub reddit: Do you remember feeling anxious about death before you existed? Simply, you came from a peaceful silent and relaxing state of not being here, and naturally you'll go back to that, but death is silent and peaceful and while you think about it logically and can accept that, not something to be feared. I think I remember having similar thoughts when I was younger, and all of my anxieties revolve around loss of control in some way (i.e.; flying - I'd be OK if I was flying the plane) and I guess this is the most fundamental thing that you can't control. If you really get stuck into working on yourself, both mentally and physically these frequent fears *will* fade into the background. It's never an overnight thing, but 12 years into my anxiety journey I can tell you it *does get better*.

  • Enrico Beatty

    God promised to the Israelites, if obedient: “I will put peace in the land, and you will indeed lie down, with no one making you tremble; and I will make the injurious wild beast cease out of the land.” (Le 26:6) This meant that the wild animals would stay within the confines of their habitat and not bring harm to the Israelites and their domestic animals. On the other hand, if the Israelites proved to be disobedient, Jehovah would allow their land to be invaded and devastated by foreign armies. As this would result in reducing the population, wild animals would multiply, penetrate formerly inhabited areas, and do injury to the survivors and their domestic animals.—Compare Ex 23:29; Le 26:22; 2Ki 17:5, 6, 24-26. The peace promised to the Israelites in connection with the wild animals differed from that enjoyed by the first man and woman in the garden of Eden, for Adam and Eve enjoyed full dominion over the animal creation. (Ge 1:28) By contrast, in prophecy, like dominion is attributed only to Christ Jesus. (Ps 8:4-8; Heb 2:5-9) Therefore, it is under the government of Jesus Christ, “a twig out of the stump of Jesse,” or God’s “servant David,” that peace will again prevail between men and the animals. (Isa 11:1, 6-9; 65:25; Eze 34:23-25) These last cited texts have a figurative application, for it is obvious that the peace between animals, such as the wolf and the lamb, there described did not find literal fulfillment in ancient Israel. It was thus foretold that persons of harmful, beastlike disposition would cease their vicious ways and live in peace with their more docile neighbors. However, the prophetic use of the animals figuratively to portray the peaceful conditions to prevail among God’s people implies that there will also be peace among literal animals under the rule of Christ Jesus, even as there evidently was in Eden. “‘The wolf and the lamb themselves will feed as one, and the lion will eat straw just like the bull; and as for the serpent, his food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,’ Isaiah 65:25

  • Gretchen Larkin

    What's adding to this divide is that so many people (and right now, the left and Trump haters deserve more than the lion's share of the blame) are just gobbling up sensationalist news headline from biased news sources and spinning that in their anti-Trump rhetoric. This 'refugee ban' is the prime example of that. Despite everything the biased MSM (which is nothing more than tabloids at this point) says, this is not an outright ban of Muslims from the US. This is a 90 day immigration freeze from 7 Muslim countries, all 7 of which of were selected by the Obama administration as places of great concern where terrorists could originate and then come to the US to commit terrorist acts. This 90 day freeze is in place so we can develop a better vetting process so we can separate true refugees who just want to come here legally and live a peaceful/productive life from the ones who want to come here to force their Sharia agenda, break our laws, and harm our citizens. Does it suck for some people that this freeze is in place? Of course, but it had to happen at some point. Also, a recent Quinnipiac poll says that more Americans (48-46%) support this freeze than oppose it. Sadly, the left and Anti-Trumpers have no interest in hearing this type of information. They continue to spin the most vicious and poisonous anti-Trump rhetoric possible, some encourage violence and degradation against anybody who supports/supported him, and some are even calling for a violent uprising. I want to be clear...the people saying and printing these things are not friends of the USA and they are not friends of peace or freedom. They are dangerous babies who can't handle that things aren't going the way they want them to and they would rather see things burned than healed.

  • Gust Mayert

    >> a) why your god made so many efficient killing machines >He didn't; he made integrated symbiotic peaceful animals. I'm sorry, are we talking about the same planet? Here on earth, efficient killing machines abound. They're not peaceful in the slightest. Seriously, what are you talking about? >Just because you don't accept the argument about the fall of the creation doesn't mean much, does it? Indeed. Let the facts speak for themselves. >*IF the Bible is true, the answer has been provided.* If the moon is made of green cheese, we're in for a good time. >> b) how he's going to change their nature in your paradise. How will the lion lie down with the lamb, except when he's having a tasty snack? >Larry, you're bull-headed :) Very next verse in my original response: >"the cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, **and the lion will eat straw like the ox.**" These are just more assertions. You still haven't how this is going to happen, how your god will surmount the unsolvable obstacles to this. You're talking about completely changing the entire ecosystem of the whole planet. Millions of species would no longer be viable. >*IF the Bible is true, the answer has been provided.* >As stated originally, your data-set is incomplete. If it weren't incomplete, you wouldn't ask a question already answered :) I invited you to give me the required data. You haven't done so yet. What's the hold up? >*What other data-sets aren't you aware of?* What don't I know? I don't know. Tell me. Give me a reason for the hope within you.

  • Alvera Deckow

    >I don't get vegans? They often come from a spiritual place with regards to their choices, but they look down on those who do not follow/agree with their mindset. I think you misunderstand veganism.. It's not a spiritual position. It's not ethical position. >Is survival of the fittest only applicable to humans? Do animals not hunt other animals? When a lion tears through its prey's flesh, is that also considered inhumane? Wild animals kill to survive. They must kill to eat, otherwise they would die. Whether they kill on instinct or are aware of their predicament is irrelevant, we are not in their situation. If you live in modern society and have access to crops, vegetables, fruit, grains etc, then you have no obligation or need for animal products. Also, lions exhibit all kinds of behaviour that you would seek to avoid, for instance, violent territorial disputes, and male lions will kill the cubs of a female he wishes to mate with because she won't mate while she has cubs around. Lions are not good ethical role models. >And surely, if you are coming from a spiritual place, as most of them often do; why is it so difficult to live and let live? If I'm not as "evolved" as you are to "get" it, why judge me for it? Why the pretense and condecending attitude? Live and let live... Just not the animals, right? >Last point: If killing animals for their flesh is considered inhumane- even in nature, have they ever considered that their own death, when the time comes, might not be as peaceful as they might wish for? As is most often the case. Isn't that just nature? Do you know what an appeal to nature is?

  • Ewald Ankunding

    There's some fragile-as-shit peace between the centaurs and the humans, though only one side is aware of it. The humans only recently discovered the centaurs, in the last decade or so, having expanded enough to reach a new landmass, where the centaurs live. The issue is that the centaurs are essentially marvelled and gawked at like animals by the humans, not like sentient beings. Their language doesn't make sense to humans so they sound like grunting, guttural noises. They have weapons and tools and buildings, though very primitive due to their inability to mine, primarily, but due to other limitations of their bodies and their brains. Humans haven't really fought them yet because they don't treat them like another nation or threat. They're still just animals. Men are sent across the sea to study them and they do so like studying a lion in the wild. Everything about it pisses of the centaurs, who are aware they're being treated like dumb beasts, but haven't struck out on a large scale as of yet. However, things are getting closer to a conflict. Humans have been dying in 'accidents,' some are foolish enough to try to go on hunting excursions (don't hunt a sentient species, folks), and some are taken as slaves. A centaur's biology can make it very difficult to do certain things. Human slaves that can do almost anything? Yes please! So soon enough the wrong noble or prince is going to go on a stupid hunt and get himself killed, and everything will blow up. But for now, things are peaceful. Wait until they find the giants, though!

  • Margarita Turcotte

    1) That young kid has spirit. You have to remember if the princess wouldn't have forbidden him to drink the water I would have easily accomplished my mission. My backup plan was to simply kill those who were not affected by it. He outsmarted me and honestly? After he told me that he agrees with me, that there should be equality amongst all races, but also that he explained to me that forcing a change from the outside would only be a continued circle of oppression. Changing it from the inside, however, might work. I've seen a passion in that kid I've last seen in the mother of my children. She was a peaceful protestor and died during the birth of my last child. Besides I did work hard, it's just that I am not the youngest anymore, but I was still too much of a coward to turn this assassination into suicide attacks. After all, I wanted to see my children. 2) No, although humans compared parts of my race to the extinct Panthera specimen that lived in their old world. Indeed I have features that can compare to that of a lion, but there are entirely different reasons for it. My hair, for example, has such a structure that it keeps me warm even if I became wet. Originally my race is from a cold country that has now been occupied by Ashaitans. Sadly they realised quite early that we were way better workers in the cold than they could possibly be. 3) I know the fact that some youngling has bested me speaks against it, but I was a quite efficient and feared fighter in my early days. Until I met my wife I was restless and fought a lot. I actually met the king more than once, but every single time he got away from me. I guess he only trusted me to do the job.

  • Daron Feest

    > Bullshit. Calling it on you. There was violence in the [Women's Suffarge](http://www.historytoday.com/fern-riddell/weaker-sex-violence-and-suffragette-movement) movement. Violence was critical to the success of the [American Black Civil Rights Movement](https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/10/01/dont-criticize-black-lives-matter-for-provoking-violence-the-civil-rights-movement-did-too/) in the 1960's (a thing white people love to forget is that MLK jr did not condemn this violence; it was a part of the same movement he was a part of). And let's not forget what Malcolm X had to [say on the matter of violence and non-violence.](https://blackthoughtblog.wordpress.com/2008/12/13/malcolm-x-on-violence/) As well, Nelson Mandela refused to condemn violent acts of resistance during the anti-apartheid movement. And let's not forget the nation's favorite violent resistance movement- The American Revolutionary War. Are you condemning that as well? Non-violence does *not* work for a minority demanding rights from a majority. It's like a mouse having a peaceful sit-in to demand rights from a lion. Non-violence is part of the equation, and just as necessary, but condemning violence of oppressed peoples, the victims of violence themselves, is equitable to opposing the fight for their rights.

  • Maxie Moen

    That was an absolutely terrible situation. Sanchez should be imprisoned for a very long time and then deported but it's not quite the slam-dunk anti-sanctuary city case that people make it out to be. An illegal immigrant had spent nearly 20 years of his life in US Federal Prison for the crime of being in the country illegally. He obviously had mental health problems but was just wandering around the streets of SF. He found a Federal BLM agent's gun in a park and tried to shoot a (possibly imaginary) sea lion. He missed the sea lion, the bullet hit the sidewalk, ricocheted and hit Kate in the back some 80-feet away. Yes, if SF had held him for deportation, Kate would be alive. She'd also probably be alive if we had sensible mental health facilities. She'd also probably be alive if our prisons weren't completely inhumane punishment factories that cause mental health problems in the first place. She'd also probably be alive if police officers and other public officials actually locked their firearms up responsibly (the BLM officer's gun was unsecured in a car parked in downtown SF). She'd also probably be alive if we had better quality-of-life policing that would have found either the gun, Sanchez acting delusional, or Sanchez with the gun on an incredibly busy tourist location. There seem to be solutions to many of the above problems that don't have the collateral damage of deporting thousands of peaceful, law-abiding families, many of whom have children that are American citizens.

  • Maurice McCullough

    Sometimes it is just the choice of words that creates a dissonance amongst the readers. In this case "militiarize". This is where I tend to disagree with the way our narrative has shaped up in recent years. Most of contemporary English language narratives start to bifurcate Sikhi with the coronation of the 6th guru onwards - the first 5 were peaceful and the next 5 "militarized" Sikhi. Undoubtedly, Guru Hargobind gave Sikhs a political platform, based on Adi Granth - and with it came statecraft. But to say that he introduced the idea or "militarized" Sikhi is not quite true - the idea itself is rooted in the bani of the 5 Gurus and the bhagats before him. In what is popularly knows as babarvani, Guru Nanak himself says that a shepherd is responsible if a sheep is killed by the lion. (paraphrasing here). By Guru Hargobind's time, the Sikhs were being persecuted and he felt the need to create an institutional "shepherd". While he may have created a new tactical way to do so, but he certainly did not introduce it. In fact as a responsible shepherd, he retreated to Kiratpur to avoid all conflicts with Shah Jehan. The next 3 gurus lived rather peacefully with no "militaristic" skirmishes and even Guru Gobind's battles with Aurangzeb or the hill rajas were never on his own initiation. The Sikhs never gained an inch of land in these battles. To say that they were "militarized" is I think a poor reflection of their ideals and sacrifices.

  • Cassandra Miller

    **Lion El'Jonson** - His loyal nature. **Fulgrim** - His looks. All of them. **Perturabo** - His gap year where he tinkered in his garage before his parents kicked him out; lamenting that he couldn't be more like his older brother with a stable engineering job. **Jaghatai Khan** - His rough riding college years before he sold his bike for a family car. **Leman Russ** - His college years, but with more drinking. **Rogal Dorn** - His older brother with a stable engineering job. Lost a hand in a freak accident though. **Konrad Curze** - His smile. **Sanguinius** - His wings... wait... crap... never-mind, abort, abort! **Ferrus Manus** - His ability to always keep his head on his shoulders. **Angron** - His patient and peaceful nature. **Roboute Guilliman** - His OCD tendencies. **Mortarion** - His mysophobia. **Magnus the Red** - His great psychic prowess. **Horus Lupercal** - His amazingly capable charisma coupled with political skill almost unmatched by the rest of the Primarchs. His friendly and genuine personality coupled with intrinsic skill in uniting differing and often competing factions together for a single cause. **Lorgar Aurelian** - His faith. **Vulkan** - His willingness to sacrifice himself. **Corvus Corax** - His emo teenage years. **Alpharius Omegon** - Who?

  • Khalil Ward

    > Not satisfied with that, he gives them loathsome agonising diseases too. Ok, since you're looking for questions to moral conundrums, let's bypass the evidence component! God did not create the natural world as we see it today; the natural world as described by *survival of the fittest* is a causal reaction to Jehovah removing his authority from the earth, and allowing Beelzebub to determine "knowledge of good and bad". **The natural world is a reflection of the spirit inside of mankind.** The original creation was designed as a peaceful symbiotic system, and will be again in the future: "On that day I will make a covenant with all the wild animals and the birds of the sky and the animals that scurry along the ground so they will not harm you. I will remove all weapons of war from the land, all swords and bows, so you can live unafraid in peace and safety." - Hosea 2:18 THIS is Jehovah's creation; not the pale shadow reflected by man's heart under the delusion of the opposition. "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them." - Isaiah 11:6 I understand your response; I've felt the same way in the past, when I was operating with insufficient data. So, because your original concept of God and the natural world is in error, and the argument is not applicable... how about the evidence now?

  • Leola Huels

    >They agreed to kill the child who was ahead of Scar in the line of succession, for the purpose of putting in a leader who promised access to basic necessities of survival. Oh, and the only contact any hyenas had actually had with said child was waltzing onto pretty much the only land the lions hadn't taken yet, acting like he owned the police, and generally giving the impression that he'd be no different from his father. So it'd be morally justifiable to murder, say, Donald Trump's son Barron, if I decided that (a) it was the easiest way to improve my standard of living and (b) he was probably a little asshole just like his dad? >Scar offered a relatively peaceful solution involving only two deaths: what he would have portrayed as the assassination of a tyrant and a tyrant-in-training. But I can think of *so* many other solutions to the hyena's problems that would have required either the same number or less of murders, and none of them of children. Of course, none of them would have been as *easy* as just mindlessly obeying some random lion who, frankly, wasn't showing the kind of personality traits that would lead me to believe he'd keep any promises to *me* should they stand in his way of something he wanted...see, it isn't only the immorality of this decision tree that bugs me; it's the stupidity. Oh, the stupidity! :)

  • Simone Skiles

    I'm using monster in a mythological sense, because there are two main mythological interpretations of nature, the peaceful one, and the dangerous one. If you look at Greek mythology, once you go beyond the boundaries of society what you find are monsters - the Cyclopes, the Gorgons, the Hydra, etc. This is the domain of heroes - to go into the wilds beyond society, slay the monsters, in the process quelling nature, and thus allowing society to expand and grow. In a similar vein you have the mythology of the American frontier, with society rolling across the land and bringing order to lawless nature. The lion, the hippo, the cobra - these are just animals, but in a conceptional sense the broad category of dangerous animals fits into the realm of monster, of something other than human, of something that goes bump in the night, of something that did eat our distant ancestors. As you said, reality lies in the middle. If we take the two mythologies of nature, if we recognise both of them as valid depictions and synthesise them, then we come to a pretty good approximation of what nature is and our relationship to it. The problem is people do largely take one view and disregard the other, which is now particularly common from what I've seen among environmentalist types who wish to conceive of nature as a wholly benevolent thing.

  • Montana Von

    > Besides, hierarchies are meant to be peaceful and flexible, more about politely deferring than violently taking, to prevent power struggles from happening. Which hierarchies are you talking about? Most all of the natural world has some type of predator/prey hierarchy: A lion eating a gazelle, a shark tearing through a group of seals, or a pack of coyotes ripping a deer to shreds. These types of scenarios aren't exactly peaceful and flexible. As for the un-natural world, or our society general, there are very few, if any, hierarchies that come to mind which have not been developed through aggression, dominance, and/or violence. It would be wonderful if politeness was a tool used to gain power, but it isn't. It leads to getting walked all over (or negative behaviors), which I what I see a lot of pets do to owners who are "polite". Further, dogs that are exhibiting aggression and dominance or typically those that DO NOT receive aggression and dominance from their owners. I know not all cases are the same, this is just my general experience with people and their pets. I'm not advocating animal abuse in any sense of the word, I'm just advocating that folks step up to the plate and be the dominant figure that their pets WANT to see from their leader.

  • Modesta Stark

    And that is the tolerance we all need to stand on. I care nothing for what anyone BELIEVES beliefs don't harm anyone. Acting on them... that's a problem. If it's any comfort Jesus said be not afraid for I am with thee... ornsomething like it. Fear is a destroyer for all. Most people do horrid things based on fear and beliefs. If you can avoid letting that shit creep in.. you'll be ok. Life happens shit happens humans have been enslaving attacking destroying since other while horrible incident of the rib... no matter what each person personality believes one thing is certain... despite those beliefs we are human with human nature and you might as well try to convince a lion to be a vegetarian than for humans to be eternally peaceful. We invaded Iraq because god... poor god. So many people the "church" included shout that word whilst hoisting the sword. Be real.. walk in personal peace no matter what is going on around you... and stop discussing it. People enjoy being afraid. I have no other explanation for the popularity of most belief sets! MAGA in peace friend!

  • Wallace Wiegand

    It just shows the disconnect of the Rebel fighters and there alleged political leaders, when there 'political leaders' wont even dare to set a foot in Rebel held areas. Most of them have not been in Syria for decades, they have no grassroots support, no support on the ground, neither in Government nor in Rebel held areas. They were hesitant and late to even just attend peace conferences in Geneva. The US and there allies had to almost drag them out of there hotel rooms to do some talking atleast in between of doing nothing. There are new and peaceful opposition partys inside Syria. They have a vision, program and have won votes in municipal and parlamentary elections. Syria has not become a 100% democracy over night, and maybe one day we will have the election quality of Hillary against Trump. But until we reach that level we have to keep moving the process and improving step by step. If you dont take part in the political process you can shout from the balcony of Istanbul hotels anything you want. The Lion of Damascus would never leave Syria.

  • Fae Stoltenberg

    Avatar 1: Two people from different cultures fall in love and get caught up in the struggle of colonization (Pocahontas) Avatar 2: A man is raised in a culture that is not his own and overcomes many struggles on his journey to return to his own people in a world he left behind (The Jungle Book) Avatar 3: A group discovers they can make a profit by taking the natives from their home to a new world where they must survive. The natives get caught up in the local vulgarity, but may eventually discover their own culture may be more important than they first thought (Pinocchio) Avatar 4: Back on Earth people discover if they want a second life they can go to Pandora, there they fight the newfound companies that have come to take over and in the end they never want to grow up (Peter Pan) Avatar 5: Finally, a new and evil leader takes over the peaceful land. One man must discover if he truly is an avatar, and lead the people into battle after meeting two likeable friends to aid his quest (The Lion King)

  • Alberta Mann

    The talk of turmoil is caused by people thinking that loyalty = well run. When you hire yes men, unqualified patronage stooges and sycophants you will get a peaceful transition as everyone just does what they are told without questioning orders. There may be no competence, but there will be absolute loyalty. It is easy to herd sheep, but don't expect much from them. When you actually hire talented people, who know they can get another job elsewhere in a heartbeat, you will get a highly effective team. It will however tend to be a noisy one as the people in question will defend their positions in the way only an expert in the field can. They will also respond to cracking the whip by walking out the door. You cannot brow beat people who are good at their job into submission, because they know they can always get another one. I expect trump to surround himself with talented people. This will be a wolf pack, lead by a lion. You can expect some ugly fights for dominance to go along with the amazing achievements.

  • Darrell Leannon

    Yep. I wasn't an active asshole per se because I was so *desperate* to have things be calm and peaceful, to not be actively hated, and to *be just left alone.* I was intensely strategic and calculated. I am not a sociopath but I was raised to hold the sociopathic beliefs that everyone is just out to get theirs; that everything is a scam and a hustle; that every interaction is transactional and power-based. When I first read "The Lion in Winter" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?" I was like "yes, at last, artists are telling the *truth* about life!" I did some really cruel and thoughtless things- not out of carelessness or anger at the people I hurt, but out of the belief that pain, betrayal, and lies were the truth of human interaction, and therefore better them than me. I thought empathy and guilt were signs of my weakness. I am so glad that I am not the person my parents tried to create ;)

  • Dean Feil

    Something was watching you, I guarantee. Same thing happened to me at my grandparents place in the mountains in Montana. I was sitting at one of the peaceful ponds at the back of the property for well over an hour when I suddenly got this really overwhelming feeling that I needed to leave. I could feel that there was something specifically not right anymore coming from the direction to my right. I noped out quickly (without running so nothing would feel compelled to chase me) and was at my grandparents cabin in about a minute. Told everyone what happened and they didn't really pay much attention until the next day there were fresh mountain lion tracks from the exact spot/direction I was getting bad vibes from. I literally didn't hear or see anything, but somehow I just knew. Always trust your irrational thoughts in these matters!

  • Jasmin Hansen

    Bravery is doing something even if you're scared shitless about it. In fact, *especially* if you're scared shitless about it. But you need to do it, because there are others counting on you. You'll dive headfirst into that dragon's lair because your little sister decided to wander in there by herself. You'll stand before danger, arms wide to protect your loved ones from harm. You'll take up arms to defend your home from tyranny so your children can live in a peaceful world. Bravery is not the lack of fear, it's beinb afraid to do something and doing it regardless because others need you to do it. You want an excellent example of bravery that I haven't seen topped? Go watch *The Secret of NIMH* and tell me that this timid little field mouse doesn't have the heart of a lion.

  • Jace Ruecker

    true, Ashoka was the Emperor of the Maurya Empire from 268 - 232 BC. The Maurya Empire was one of the largest Indian empires thought the country's history, the empire encompassing most of the Indian subcontinent. According to legends it says that after a war with Kalinga, Ashoka felt extremely remorseful due to the destruction that he created. After this event he became a more peaceful and stable ruler and converted to Buddhism. He adapted the Ashoka Chakra (which was used often on the edicts of Ashoka, including on the most well known edict which is the lion capital of Ashoka which is now used in the Indian coat of arms) from the original Dharmachakra which is a common symbol of Buddhism, after his conversion. The Ashoka Chakra has 24 spokes instead of the 8 spokes that is usually on the Dharmachakra.

  • Theresa Christiansen

    Genesis 1-3 can be read as the struggle of God against humanities domineering against Creation. Eve and Adam eating the apple becomes not a philosophical problem but rather a testament to greed and their need to devour all of Creation. I forget who articulates that idea most fully though. Also... the Law in Leviticus tells of God's relation to the chattel of humanity and it some sense it provides some early animal rights. Revelation discusses the lion and the lamb imagery which could speak of a peaceful creation and a vision for how things ought to be. In Acts 10 Peter dreams of animals God commands him to eat and he says no. God says nothing that I have made is unclean speaking to the goodness of the created world and creation as it stands. You can do quite a bit with that.

  • Gertrude Hilpert

    I can't speak for the Pope but I agree with the idea in a clear way. First, the Genesis account states man has dominion over animals. So it is nonsense to state mere presence of a soul implies equality of being or status, as all souls are unique. Second, take even the basic concept of heaven and hell, clearly not all souls receive the same result in the end. While God judges all the same way, all do not receive the same judgment result. There are mentions of animals in heaven in the Bible, and Jesus Himself is referred to as a lamb. God the Father is described as a lion. The Holy Spirit is described as a dove. For the literal application, see also Isaiah 11:6-9 where animals currently ferocious are described in prophecy as eventually becoming peaceful in their interactions.

  • Una Swaniawski

    You and your lion arrive at the Nile river without much trouble. You come to the vast fields of crops that line the river, filled with harvesters hard at work doing as they do. Past the fields, you of course see the Nile river itself, crowded with the boats of fishermen, hanging their nets off the sides and pulling great loads of fish to shore. You notice children, likely from a nearby fishing community, seem to be running around and playing in the fields as their parents work. Seems peaceful enough in this area. None of the people pay you much heed at the moment, as you are still too far away for them to notice and recognise their high priestess. Though your sure you won't be too hard to spot once you move in a bit, given the tamed lion accompanying you.

  • Jordan Feil

    Panda: Colour: White + Black, but different than zebra. If I were a great artist, I would make you a pic, but I suck, so I hope someone else has the genius inside them to do it. Speed: Land: Normal, Water: Slow, Mud: Fast Size: I think this would be between hippo and dragon, but it would be cooler to have it in the branching system. Food: Mushrooms, berries, bushes and BAMBOO! Bamboo: The main food of panda. Other animals can also eat it but panda gets bonusexp from it. Foodchain: Panda is peaceful, nothing will eat it, besides the cheetah and the lion. He won't eat anyone himself (Besides mouses stuck in bamboo) Balance: I think it would keep the game balanced because well, It would be better to have the branching system added too.. but still, so there is a peaceful being :)

  • Taya Tromp

    Stop changing the definition of mass shootings to fit a gun-control agenda. Mass shootings are not an epidemic in the US, as the media would have you believe. Any homicide is a horrific tragedy that affects many people. By singling out guns as the boogeyman, you are avoiding taking a look at the real problems. The lion's share of gun deaths in the US are suicides and gang/drug related. Crime and violence has always been a socio-economic problem not a "gun" problem. Reduce poverty, improve public education, instill more peaceful cultural norms, end the failed war on drugs, and you might start to see a reduction in gun deaths and homicides in general.

  • Devyn Crooks

    The NAP is a moral stance. You could accept it for yourself and apply it to animals. It would be awfully hard to get a lion to accept it. By the NAP, the lion could be viewed only as an aggressor, and thus deserving of retribution. As for more peaceful animals, you could apply the NAP if you want, and become a vegetarian. But it would be a hard case to demand everyone do the same, since how far do you take it? You kill billions of microbes with every breath and every step you take. Unless you intend to become a Jainist, all life that exists places a burden upon other lives in some way, including plant-life. This is the natural order. It is, to my mind, enough to expect that animals killed for my sustenance be given a good life and killed painlessly.

  • Earlene Hudson

    a) why your god made so many efficient killing machines He didn't; he made integrated symbiotic peaceful animals. Just because you don't accept the argument about the fall of the creation doesn't mean much, does it? IF the Bible is true, the answer has been provided. b) how he's going to change their nature in your paradise. How will the lion lie down with the lamb, except when he's having a tasty snack? Larry, you're bull-headed :) Very next verse in my original response: "he cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, **and the lion will eat straw like the ox.** IF the Bible is true, the answer has been provided.

  • Jalon Block

    This alone kind of changed my view on a lot of the "transported to new world" titles. Sure, defeating the Big Bad may be the only way to unlock the Mcguffin home, but at least put up some resistance and show some fear. Kind of like case of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. "Oh look, all these cuddly peaceful animals are getting turned to stone/murdered by a psychotic witch. Let's pick up a sword and some PTSD along the way while leading armies of teddy bears against evil creatures from Grimm fairy tales. Surely nothing bad will EVER happen like betrayal, dismemberment or contracting a minor case of the deaths, right?"

  • Zelma Abshire

    The text around the Lion part of the image is inaccurate. All the accents are completely off. But essentially: - Top: Peaceful | Sri Lanka - Right: Jayawradenapura | Kotte (official capital) - Bottom: Independent | Colombo (commercial capital) - Left: Kotte | Jayawardenapura (same as right side backwards) Right side is suppose to provinces in Sri Lanka and their capital except it only lists 6 when there's actually 9 of them. Looks like 6 fits in to the dimensions than the actual 9 but not sure why these 6 were picked.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_Sri_Lanka

  • Octavia Kemmer

    A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh In the jungle, the mighty jungle The lion sleeps tonight In the jungle the quiet jungle The lion sleeps tonight Near the village the peaceful village The lion sleeps tonight Near the village the quiet village The lion sleeps tonight Hush my darling don't fear my darling The lion sleeps tonight Hush my darling don't fear my darling The lion sleep tonight I couldn't help myself...

  • Uriah Simonis

    Good point with the lion/gazelle simile, I thought of that right after I posted. Still, I think it's a bit dishonest for hunters to portray themselves as doing a favor for the animals by allowing them to die peacefully. Unless you get an insta-kill, it's still likely a very painful death. One of the commenters on here was explaining how he had to track a bleeding deer for a mile after shooting it. Definitely more "primal" like you are saying, but by no means a peaceful death.

  • Rylee MacGyver

    Well ever the jerkwad foreshadower, Ronaldo, when asked what kind of gem he'd like to have, said "Like a million tiny gems, like one crushed up gem coursing through my blood." That's totally Lion. The shattered dust of Pink Diamond is coursing through Lion's veins. It fits Rose Quartz's character. She's created at least 2 other useful gem/organic hybrids, and it's a bit cathartic that Pink Diamond, unlike most gem shards, possibly has a peaceful afterexistance inside Lion.

  • Audra Glover

    If you read eschathology (study of biblical prophecies), after Yashua Ha Massiach returns (second coming) he will rule with a rod of iron from Jerusalem, but the world will be so peaceful 'the lion shall lie with the lamb' Trump, the lion is a forerunner of that time as he will be fighting the jackals of the Spirit Cooking Democrats on behalf of the lambs of the US! See my [prophetic articles](http://lifestir.net/groups/209) for explanation

  • Hubert Casper

    Depends on the situation. For example, India freed itself relatively peacefully, with the lion's share of violence coming from the partition of India and Pakistan rather than the protests against the UK. The main thing is that if you're not willing to disavow violence, your opponents will see no reason to disavow it, either. Otherwise, you can't have an orderly, peaceful transition of political power.

  • Will DuBuque

    Quick question: do you have/had more dogs and they're both called Soupy? Since you mention two dogs. I love looking at Arlo during our walks in the woods. The way he perks up and scans the environment when he sees or hears something is truly majestic. He looks like a proud lion, king of the woods. He grows so fast he'll reach the stars, sun and moon once he's fully grown. I also love it when he snores, he's peaceful but I feel his vibrating presence.

  • Maye Jaskolski

    >The sheep and the lion lay together meaning: Do they share qualities? Sometimes peaceful but ferocious when necessary? No. This is a prophecy of the time after the return of Christ; the coming of the new heaven and new earth. Death has been conquered. There are no more predators and prey. The lion has become peaceful; there is no need for ferociousness.

  • Florian Rice

    The handler instantly told the mom to stay calm "tranquilo, tranquilo" the moment the instant started. Any ruckus will do more harm than good when in a situation like that. It's like flailing during a shark attack. Hard to stop moving, but if you do then you won't attract more sharks. Same concept there, keep everything peaceful and still if you can, and the lion will not get agitated.

  • Thea Walsh

    Good point. The reaction to Cecil the lion's death was from uniformed people who felt sad over an animal that they grew up with in the Lion King. But if you've ever been to Zimbabwe-- and I have-- you realize that they live amongst lions and elephants etc. These aren't just peaceful animals. They are large and dangerous.

  • Tatum Kilback

    I would backpack around the mountainside of Rorikstead and live off the land. I just love how peaceful the area is; with the small ponds here in there littered with butterflies and torchbugs. An occasional mountain lion hunt would be fun. Plus there's a local pub where traders and hunters gather for a mug of good mead.

  • Ezequiel Nienow

    Oh sure, look at the peaceful mountain lion. Like [this one](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxX2jgkEUs) here, it looks peaceful enough but then it starts to [tenderize](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hACb-tH4XA) you...

  • Fanny Shanahan

    If I could be a Space Marine, yes. I would give up my peaceful life on this beautiful planet in order for super human killing abilities. Being able to hone my skills through battles over centuries, rise in the ranks, experience timeless war. A life as one of the Lion's Annointed of Death would be an easy choice for me.

  • Burnice Willms

    *Just as the people had said, the Rose and the Lion are at odds.* "Bound by blood with a forced marriage." Ryon chuckled along with Beron. "Please do, is their marriage a peaceful one? I'd expect they love each other as much as their families allow."

  • Shane Ortiz

    You mean a stupid man. The money raised from those lion hunts get funneled directly into conservation and the lions chosen are causing problems with existing prides Animals in the wild don't die peaceful deaths. Probably get over it.

  • Kolby Brekke

    Plus, a predator can be prey. Zootopia just black and white predator and prey. I wonder how Zootopia handled the hippopotamus? Becuase they aren't peaceful animals. Hippos are way more dangerous than a lion.

  • Dayana Cummings

    By removing the unhealthy adoration of foreign idols the party are ensuring a peaceful deliverance of the guaranteed outcome of glorious Chinese people, the 21st century is that of the Chinese tiger lion. Or something.

  • Felicity Reynolds

    I'm a peaceful man but I will be ready to do anything and everything I can if they try to steal this election from President Trump. You motherfuckers really want to keep poking that lion?

  • Dariana Connelly

    /r/thathappened Seriously, does this bitch not understand that there's a fucking reason why male baboons are aggressive? I wish she was one of the peaceful baboons in her fiction so she'd get eaten by a lion.

  • Lavada Graham

    She's just so peaceful lion there with her paws outstretched.

  • Elsa Romaguera

    My pet lion once nibbled my arm off. Didn't feel a thing. Just happened too, mind you. Feel quite peaceful, I see a white light.

  • Pietro Grady

    The lion is peaceful. The *lamb* isn't having any of it.

  • Francisca Hoeger

    Lion's Arch. It's just so warm and peaceful :-P

  • Raina Legros

    Further reading on the subject: [Dark side of Oz: The exploitation of Judy Garland](http://www.express.co.uk/expressyourself/167269/Dark-side-of-Oz-The-exploitation-of-Judy-Garland) > WHOEVER gets the part of Dorothy in the forthcoming production of The Wizard Of Oz, following Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC auditioning process, is hardly likely to share the experience of the actress who originated the role. > > Judy Garland was 16 when she won the role of Dorothy in the MGM musical in 1938 and it was to mark both the beginning and the end of her career. The insecure teenager was by that time addicted to barbiturates and amphetamines and was on the road to alcoholism. In addition, she was routinely molested by older men including studio chiefs who considered her little more than their “property”. > > > > While I am sure that Andrew Lloyd Webber is a demanding taskmaster, he would never send spies to the winner’s home to ensure that she kept to a steady diet of coffee, cigarettes and chicken soup, a humiliation endured by Garland for 17 years at MGM. > > > > In many ways Garland was easy prey for the Hollywood predators. Bulldozed by her mother, Ethel, into movies at a very young age, Garland won a contract with MGM in 1935 and quickly established a pleasing girl-next-door image with her fellow child actor Mickey Rooney. Garland, Rooney and Deanna Durbin were inseparable companions in these early days while they worked their contracts for the studio, waiting for the big break. MGM ran them ragged, starting another film within days, sometimes hours, of the previous one, in order to squeeze as much as possible from their young talents. > > > > Consequently, the teenagers were often too tired to work and were given adrenaline shots and pep pills to keep them awake. When they couldn’t sleep as a result, they were given barbiturates and sleeping pills. In Garland’s case, the pill-popping had begun long before Louis B Mayer, the tyrannical head of MGM, got his grubby paws on her. While on the road as The Gumdrops (a diminutive of her real family name, Gumm), her mother Ethel used to feed Garland and her two sisters pep pills to keep up the punishing schedule and maintain their performances. > > > > But it wasn’t until Mayer was searching for a girl to play Dorothy Gale in the proposed film version of L Frank Baum’s best-selling children’s book, The Wizard Of Oz, that Garland became the studio’s most valuable commodity. > > > > Terrori sed by Mayer and his executives, the young Garland was also deeply insecure about her looks. She was surrounded by the most glamorous stars of the decade including Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Hedy Lamarr, Greta Garbo and Claudette Colbert, among others, and considered herself deeply unattractive. > > > > After watching herself in her first feature film, Pigskin Parade in 1936, she remarked: “I was frightful. I was fat – a fat little pig in pigtails.” The fact that Mayer commonly referred to her as “My little hunchback” can’t have done much for her self-esteem either. Indeed, although he thought she could sing, he remained unimpressed by her appearance with the result that Garland was constantly having prosthetics applied to her nose and teeth, her waist was brutally corseted and she was put on a diet that would have killed most people. > > > > Lauren Bacall recalled: “From childhood Judy was placed on drugs – to lose weight or to go to sleep or to wake up. And once you get hooked on pills... it obviously affected her.” > > According to Paul Donnelly’s remarkable 2007 biography, Garland was a lost child from an early age. When her beloved father Frank Gumm, a flagrant homosexual, died in 1935, the 13-year-old Garland lost her best friend and was left to the mercy of her despicable mother. “My father’s death was the most terrible thing that happened to me in my life,” she repeated over the years. The traumatic period created an unhealthy desire in the girl to seek out older men for love and marriage, many of whom turned out to be homosexual. > > > > “I was always lonesome,” Garland later recalled. “The only time I felt accepted or wanted was when I was on stage performing. I guess the stage was my only friend; the only place where I could feel comfortable. It was the only place where I felt equal and safe.” > > > > She certainly didn’t feel safe in the MGM offices of Louis B Mayer. “In our house the word of Louis B Mayer became the law,” Garland said later. He took to groping her in his offi ce, telling her as he put a hand on her left breast that she “sang from the heart”. > > > > “I often thought I was lucky I didn’t sing from another part of my anatomy,” she once quipped. Blackmailed into a hectic work schedule by the constant fear that their contracts would be torn up, Garland, along with other young stars, were given adrenaline shots, followed by downers like Seconal. > > > > MAYER even sent people to spy on her to see if she was sticking to her daily diet of chicken soup, black coffee and 80 cigarettes to curb her appetite. Cheating would result in a reprimand and a trip to a doctor to be given diet pills, which gave her insomnia. > > When songwriter Arthur Freed approached Mayer with The Wizard Of Oz, the mogul immediately saw the potential of the book as a major musical. Although Garland was Freed’s fi rst choice for the role, Mayer preferred Shirley Temple, under contract to rival studio 20th Century Fox. When Fox refused to loan Temple to MGM, Garland won the part. While it was the break she (and Ethel) were waiting for, it was also to initiate the long slow decline that ended with Garland’s death at the age of 47 in 1969. > > The child was forced to lose weight and was put on a special diet. Mayer’s spies followed her day and night to make sure she kept to it. Whenever she was caught in a soda fountain eaing one of her favourite sundaes she would be severely reprimanded. Even so, her breasts were bound with tape and she was made to wear a special corset to flatten out her curves and make her appear younger. > > > > Worse still, much of the rest of the adult cast of The Wizard Of Oz resented the attention given to the teenager and were afraid she would upstage them in the movie. Instead of giving the insecure girl the support she desperately needed, she was shunned by the four male leads Bert Lahr (The Cowardly Lion), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man) and Frank Morgan (Wizard of Oz). Ironically her one lifeline and adult friend on the set was Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West. > > > > Although it seems incredible now, the song that was to make her famous, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, was nearly dropped from the film for being “too sentimental”. One can only imagine how Garland’s career might have progressed if the song had been removed. > > > > GARLAND received a special juvenile Oscar at the 1940 Academy Awards for her performance in The Wizard Of Oz and her subsequent fi lm, Babes In Arms. It made her one of MGM’s most bankable stars and the most exploited. > > > > Thanks to a deal struck by Mayer with her agent, a former bootlegger and pimp called Frank Orsatti, Garland was earning $500 a week. Her friend at MGM, Mickey Rooney, was on $5,000 a week. It was, as she remarked later, the beginning of the end. > > “They had us working days and nights on end. They’d give us pills to keep us on our feet long after we were exhausted. Then they’d take us to the studio hospital and knock us out with sleeping pills – Mickey (Rooney) sprawled out on one bed and me on another. Then after four hours they’d wake us up and give us the pep pills again so we could work 72 hours in a row. Half of the time we were hanging f rom the ceiling but it was a way of life for us.” > > > > At 17, Garland was a mess; her life was totally controlled by Mayer and Ethel. Even her love life, such as it was, was carefully monitored. Having lost her virginity at 15, Garland was in constant need of male companionship, especially after the death of her father. She had been linked with child stars Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Cooper and Frankie Darro. Rooney was her best friend but when she began a putative romance with Tyrone Power, Mayer stepped in and scotched it. > > > > Garland could not escape Mayer’s clutches even through a legitimate marriage. In May 1941 she got engaged to band leader David Rose. Despite planning a big wedding, the couple eloped to Las Vegas and married during the early hours of the morning on July 28, 1941, when Garland was 19, with just her mother Ethel and her stepfather Will Gilmore present. > > > > When Garland discovered that she was pregnant in November 1942, Rose and MGM persuaded her to have an abortion in order to maintain her good-girl image. Her “inhumane actions” haunted for the rest of her life. > > > > “I tried my damnedest to believe in that rainbow that I tried to get over and I couldn’t,” she once said. “I just couldn’t.”

  • Anabelle Flatley

    Indeed she did. > Judy Garland was 16 when she won the role of Dorothy in the MGM musical in 1938 and it was to mark both the beginning and the end of her career. The insecure teenager was by that time addicted to barbiturates and amphetamines and was on the road to alcoholism. In addition, she was routinely molested by older men including studio chiefs who considered her little more than their “property”. > > > > While I am sure that Andrew Lloyd Webber is a demanding taskmaster, he would never send spies to the winner’s home to ensure that she kept to a steady diet of coffee, cigarettes and chicken soup, a humiliation endured by Garland for 17 years at MGM. > > > > In many ways Garland was easy prey for the Hollywood predators. Bulldozed by her mother, Ethel, into movies at a very young age, Garland won a contract with MGM in 1935 and quickly established a pleasing girl-next-door image with her fellow child actor Mickey Rooney. Garland, Rooney and Deanna Durbin were inseparable companions in these early days while they worked their contracts for the studio, waiting for the big break. MGM ran them ragged, starting another film within days, sometimes hours, of the previous one, in order to squeeze as much as possible from their young talents. > > > > Consequently, the teenagers were often too tired to work and were given adrenaline shots and pep pills to keep them awake. When they couldn’t sleep as a result, they were given barbiturates and sleeping pills. In Garland’s case, the pill-popping had begun long before Louis B Mayer, the tyrannical head of MGM, got his grubby paws on her. While on the road as The Gumdrops (a diminutive of her real family name, Gumm), her mother Ethel used to feed Garland and her two sisters pep pills to keep up the punishing schedule and maintain their performances. > > > > But it wasn’t until Mayer was searching for a girl to play Dorothy Gale in the proposed film version of L Frank Baum’s best-selling children’s book, The Wizard Of Oz, that Garland became the studio’s most valuable commodity. > > > > Terrori sed by Mayer and his executives, the young Garland was also deeply insecure about her looks. She was surrounded by the most glamorous stars of the decade including Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Hedy Lamarr, Greta Garbo and Claudette Colbert, among others, and considered herself deeply unattractive. > > > > After watching herself in her first feature film, Pigskin Parade in 1936, she remarked: “I was frightful. I was fat – a fat little pig in pigtails.” The fact that Mayer commonly referred to her as “My little hunchback” can’t have done much for her self-esteem either. Indeed, although he thought she could sing, he remained unimpressed by her appearance with the result that Garland was constantly having prosthetics applied to her nose and teeth, her waist was brutally corseted and she was put on a diet that would have killed most people. > > > > Lauren Bacall recalled: “From childhood Judy was placed on drugs – to lose weight or to go to sleep or to wake up. And once you get hooked on pills... it obviously affected her.” > > According to Paul Donnelly’s remarkable 2007 biography, Garland was a lost child from an early age. When her beloved father Frank Gumm, a flagrant homosexual, died in 1935, the 13-year-old Garland lost her best friend and was left to the mercy of her despicable mother. “My father’s death was the most terrible thing that happened to me in my life,” she repeated over the years. The traumatic period created an unhealthy desire in the girl to seek out older men for love and marriage, many of whom turned out to be homosexual. > > > > “I was always lonesome,” Garland later recalled. “The only time I felt accepted or wanted was when I was on stage performing. I guess the stage was my only friend; the only place where I could feel comfortable. It was the only place where I felt equal and safe.” > > > > She certainly didn’t feel safe in the MGM offices of Louis B Mayer. “In our house the word of Louis B Mayer became the law,” Garland said later. He took to groping her in his offi ce, telling her as he put a hand on her left breast that she “sang from the heart”. > > > > “I often thought I was lucky I didn’t sing from another part of my anatomy,” she once quipped. Blackmailed into a hectic work schedule by the constant fear that their contracts would be torn up, Garland, along with other young stars, were given adrenaline shots, followed by downers like Seconal. > > > > MAYER even sent people to spy on her to see if she was sticking to her daily diet of chicken soup, black coffee and 80 cigarettes to curb her appetite. Cheating would result in a reprimand and a trip to a doctor to be given diet pills, which gave her insomnia. > > When songwriter Arthur Freed approached Mayer with The Wizard Of Oz, the mogul immediately saw the potential of the book as a major musical. Although Garland was Freed’s fi rst choice for the role, Mayer preferred Shirley Temple, under contract to rival studio 20th Century Fox. When Fox refused to loan Temple to MGM, Garland won the part. While it was the break she (and Ethel) were waiting for, it was also to initiate the long slow decline that ended with Garland’s death at the age of 47 in 1969. > > The child was forced to lose weight and was put on a special diet. Mayer’s spies followed her day and night to make sure she kept to it. Whenever she was caught in a soda fountain eaing one of her favourite sundaes she would be severely reprimanded. Even so, her breasts were bound with tape and she was made to wear a special corset to flatten out her curves and make her appear younger. > > > > Worse still, much of the rest of the adult cast of The Wizard Of Oz resented the attention given to the teenager and were afraid she would upstage them in the movie. Instead of giving the insecure girl the support she desperately needed, she was shunned by the four male leads Bert Lahr (The Cowardly Lion), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man) and Frank Morgan (Wizard of Oz). Ironically her one lifeline and adult friend on the set was Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West. > > > > Although it seems incredible now, the song that was to make her famous, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, was nearly dropped from the film for being “too sentimental”. One can only imagine how Garland’s career might have progressed if the song had been removed. > > > > GARLAND received a special juvenile Oscar at the 1940 Academy Awards for her performance in The Wizard Of Oz and her subsequent fi lm, Babes In Arms. It made her one of MGM’s most bankable stars and the most exploited. > > > > Thanks to a deal struck by Mayer with her agent, a former bootlegger and pimp called Frank Orsatti, Garland was earning $500 a week. Her friend at MGM, Mickey Rooney, was on $5,000 a week. It was, as she remarked later, the beginning of the end. > > “They had us working days and nights on end. They’d give us pills to keep us on our feet long after we were exhausted. Then they’d take us to the studio hospital and knock us out with sleeping pills – Mickey (Rooney) sprawled out on one bed and me on another. Then after four hours they’d wake us up and give us the pep pills again so we could work 72 hours in a row. Half of the time we were hanging f rom the ceiling but it was a way of life for us.” > > > > At 17, Garland was a mess; her life was totally controlled by Mayer and Ethel. Even her love life, such as it was, was carefully monitored. Having lost her virginity at 15, Garland was in constant need of male companionship, especially after the death of her father. She had been linked with child stars Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Cooper and Frankie Darro. Rooney was her best friend but when she began a putative romance with Tyrone Power, Mayer stepped in and scotched it. > > > > Garland could not escape Mayer’s clutches even through a legitimate marriage. In May 1941 she got engaged to band leader David Rose. Despite planning a big wedding, the couple eloped to Las Vegas and married during the early hours of the morning on July 28, 1941, when Garland was 19, with just her mother Ethel and her stepfather Will Gilmore present. > > > > When Garland discovered that she was pregnant in November 1942, Rose and MGM persuaded her to have an abortion in order to maintain her good-girl image. Her “inhumane actions” haunted for the rest of her life. > > > > “I tried my damnedest to believe in that rainbow that I tried to get over and I couldn’t,” she once said. “I just couldn’t.” http://www.express.co.uk/expressyourself/167269/Dark-side-of-Oz-The-exploitation-of-Judy-Garland

  • Alyson Quigley

    >> "The Patronus is a form of advanced magic, which even the most qualified wizards can struggle with..."-Pottermore, What is a Patronus? How do you go from the notion that some qualified (i.e., adequate, not necessarily great) wizards *can* struggle with it (which, given its emotional and moralistic nature, can be for reasons other than skill), to it being an indicator of some great talent? Nor did you address the point that what differentiates someone who can cast the Patronus under ideal circumstances and someone who can cast it at a dementor is indicative of non-magical personality traits, rather than magical skill. (Recall that dementors drain the very emotions needed to cast a Patronus.) > He wasn't using any other magic until the third task, is what I was pointing out. That's just false. He had no difficulty casting Furinculus at Draco right in the middle of the Summoning Charm episode, for example. > The Summoning Charm was either an inconsistency, or Harry's emotional status messing with his spells, as I assume focus is the most necessary thing to learning a spell. So, it's critical for learning a spell, but not for casting it? That's a rather contrived headcanon, compared to a much simpler and more consistent picture of Harry not being the prodigy that you seem to wish he were. > Personally I think it was a bit of Rowling trying to show us how powerful Harry is, as she seems to use accidental magic like an ace, showing that that's all that's needed to scan for a powerful wizard. We actually have no idea how much uncontrolled Accidental Magic is typical. What we do know is that it comes out in response to danger and stress first and foremost: there's a reason Neville's uncle hung him out of a window trying to elicit it and it came out when he accidentally dropped him. Harry had a very stressful childhood, so lots of Accidental magic is to be expected. JKR uses *controlled and conscious* accidental magic to indicate talent; that Lily with what appears to be fairly low-stress childhood was able to do it is genuinely impressive, and similarly with Tom. Harry never had conscious control. > I always thought that Dark Magic was easy to learn, hard to master. That works. > While the process seems a bit tough, I doubt it's impossible That's what I wrote. The hard part is not doing it in the first place, it's doing it in secret. And, there's still the question of whether it'd be worth the effort if he ended up with a stag or a lion. **Harry:** *[transforms into lion]* Roar! **Moderately Competent Opponent:** *STUPEFY!* **Harry:** *[can't shield and is a big target, so is knocked out]* **MCO:** Not half as scary as Kettleburn's or Hagrid's class. > While you may deny the fact that he learned the Patronus Charm in relative haste, That's because he didn't. > That's the whole point of the story. Harry changing as he gets older, if he stuck to his morals of eleven years old, then there is a reason why he would have lost the war either way. What do you mean here? He grew up, sure, but he pretty much stuck to his morals (with an occasional, usually impulsive, transgression), and he didn't lose. > The lessons with Lupin were sporadic,... He didn't practice it every day of every month, it was more like every two weeks for a single day. I'm pretty certain that Patronus lessons in DA were shorter and much fewer in number, with the students being only a year or two older than Harry was at the time, and at least two managing a corporeal Patronus, with others managing it later. Even if I'm wrong about it being taught at NEWT level --- which is plausible, since it's nearly useless if you don't expect to have to deal with dementors and don't know Dumbledore's messenger trick --- it's clearly still not as difficult as people make it out to be. For that matter, an interesting headcanon (from linkffn(Amends, or Truth and Reconcilliation)) is that the Patronus's obscurity is Ministry deliberately keeping the populace helpless against their terror weapon of choice. > Tri-Wizard Tournament Magic? I mean, he still learned The Summoning Charm in one night of cramming with Hermione. That was after several classroom lessons, extra essays assigned by Flitwick to him and Neville, extra library research with Hermione, and that's just what I can recall off the top of my head. That one night was a culmination of all his efforts up to that point. > He learned Point Me! from Sirius simply telling him the incantation. That's just false. Hermione taught it to him after having "discovered" it. (It's ambiguous whether she found it in the library or discovered as in "scientific discovery", i.e., invented it.) > Reducto and all the other spells were likely learned in passing. Not in passing. In lots of practice with Ron and Hermione during lunches leading up to the Third Task. Hermione and Ron probably learned them as well. Look, lots of mechanics of magic and skill level stuff is ambiguous and highly debatable, but can you please at least get the unambiguous book canon right? > It'd be easier to see Transfiguration as 6 spells with single incantations followed by the latin name for the thing you're transfiguring the object into/conjuring/animating. Maybe. Lots of plausible headcanons for that, but kind of beside the point. > James Potter was supposed to be very good at the subject; from what we see of Teddy Lupin, parents can hand-down their abilities to children, so in turn there is a case to be made for a Transfiguration!Master Harry. You can make a case for pretty much any ability for any character. That doesn't mean it would be a good case. You can make a better case for TransfigurationMaster!Draco, since he actually performed an advanced-looking Conjuration in his second year, as opposed to arguing from hereditary talent. You can make a case for Powerful!Ron: when others were lifting feathers, he was lifting a troll's club, and with a hand-me-down wand at that; and in his second year, he had a *broken* wand, and he still passed all his classes, clearly indicating a talent for wandless magic. I've seen a fic that made a case for Powerful!Neville: he was so powerful that he couldn't control his magic, causing mishaps, and, also, his magic interfered with Potions he was brewing. > Due to Harry's reactive nature in the books, it was more of a question of who would tell him that Transfiguration is a useful magic? The answer is no one to put it simply. Transfiguration is a useful magic, Harry could see it with his own two eyes, and he studied it along with everyone else, putting in his share of effort --- perhaps more, due to pressure from Hermione --- and earned a good enough grade to take the NEWT class. From what we saw, it came to him more easily than to Ron (though he had a hand-me-down wand at the time) but not as easily as it came to Hermione. Hardly an indication of prodigious talent. Now, a fic with TransfigurationMistress!Hermione would be interesting --- more canon support for it, and she and McGonagall would have an interesting dynamic. > (remember how she reacted after Harry increased his skill in potions?) At least some of that was due to the fact that Harry was cheating from a book of unknown provenance. And, she was right: it was sheer luck that it was Secumstempa that was underdocumented and not one of the potions improvements. Say, had Snape modified an ingredient to speed up brewing but then forgotten to write down that a moderator of some sort is required to keep the potion from exploding (because that step was obvious to him), people could have gotten hurt. > That's exactly why Duelling would have done well for him, dodging spells would improve your reflexes far better than catching a snitch. But, would he be able and willing to invest as much time into it? Would it cultivate the same important sentiments, relationships, and allies? > And that is exactly why training him would have been vital. From what little we see of how evenly matched skilled adults (e.g., Molly and Bellatrix) duel, the jumpy style of Harry makes more sense for adolescents. Once better shields, nonverbal casting (increasing the rate of fire), and more powerful attack spells become available, duels that don't end in an ambush actually become more about a rapid-fire exchange of spells. I don't see athleticism giving a meaningful advantage against someone on Voldemort's tier; you'll have to be more specific about what tactics AgileDuelist!Harry might use against Voldemort that Voldemort couldn't easily counter. > If you were to train Hermione, ... would be instantaneously killed by a person like Voldemort, who had perfected that style of Duelling. That's probably accurate. To counter an epic-tier wizard like Voldemort, you need either another epic-tier wizard like Dumbledore or epic-tier magic like Sacrificial Protection. None of the Trio have the potential to be epic-tier in their teens, and possibly not ever. > Harry was beaten by Snape due to his reliance on spoken incantation, and the fact that he was in an emotional rut. Spoken incantation, lack of Occlumency, and general lack of skill and experience. Harry doesn't do great against Rowle and Dolohov either. In general, Harry does not win many pitched battles against skilled adults. I kind of wish the Seven Potters plan had Harry on a broom. *That* would have been his moment to shine. > But a day after you get into the magical world fully? Is that how long it takes to get bored of an infinite force that can do whatever you want, provided you have the ability? Not bored. Reminded that actually doing it is *schoolwork* --- a lot of hard and tedious work that often doesn't have an obvious purpose, and when it does, that purpose is months, perhaps years away. All that, just as he's finally made a friend who's fun to hang out with, and learned about all the new toys and confectioneries and games that magic makes possible.

  • Ruby Harber

    You asked for a feat. The feat is him creating the crystal Labyrinth which flows through 9 dimensions. But no this one totally doesn't count because it was in Codex: Daemons. Clearly not a primary source or anything. Because I mean it's just a random edition's splatbook like you said. I think this should drive my point home fairly well. The warp is the multi/omniverse(or is connected to them) "The forms the live-things called Chaos, in their limited little ways of perceiving the omni-verse, swarmed and thrived in this infinite ocean of mind and emotion. The daemon moved with Stele. Waiting, waiting and watching for the moment when the thrashing and chattering of the quarry was at its peak. Only then would it strike, lapping up the absolute perfection of its fear, sinking in rending teeth, tearing it to soul- shreds." Pg.106 Deus Sanguinius “A miss indicates that the missile has left Warpspace at the wrong point – and this could be anywhere in any of the million universes.” pg.37 Adeptus Titanicus Thoughts can destroy or create thousands of universes in the warp "Here in the Great Ocean, he could be whatever he wanted to be; nothing was forbidden and anything was possible. Worlds flashed past him as he hurtled through the swelling tides of colour, light and dimensions without name. The roiling chaos of the aether was a playground for titanic forces, where entire universes could be created and destroyed with a random thought. How many trillions of potential lives were birthed and snuffed out just by thinking such things?" Pg.712 A Thousand Sons Chaos is older than time All around him, he could hear the sounds of the future, of warfare and death. The thought that he shared the guilt of the destruction of the Emperor’s dream was the greatest shame and sorrow he had ever known. An end to it all would be a blessed relief. ‘Oblivion,’ he whispered as he closed his eyes. ‘Do it. End me.’ The barriers in Fulgrim’s mind dropped and he felt the elation of a creature older than time as it poured into the void in his soul. No sooner had its touch claimed his flesh for its own than he knew he had made the worst mistake of his life. Fulgrim screamed as he fought to keep it out, but it was already too late. His consciousness was crushed into the dark, unused corners of his mind, forever to be a mute witness to the havoc wrought by his body’s new master. One moment Fulgrim was a primarch, one of the Emperor’s Children, the next he was a thing of Chaos." Pg.757 Fulgrim "A terrible, ageless scream of frustration filled the chamber, echoing throughout all the realms of existence simultaneously as a creature older than time was thwarted in its ambitions." Pg.619 Descent of Angels "All I can tell you is that the warp is beyond the comprehension of you or I, and things exist in its fathomless depths that are older than time as we know it.’" Pg.359 Battle For the Abyss Schrodinger's Slaanesh/Chaos That is how events are viewed from the chronology of the material universe. In the Warp, things are different, for the Immaterium is not bound by linear time, and events do not occur in a strict sequence of cause then effect. As his rival gods reckon it, Slannesh has always existed in the Warp, and yet has never existed at all -Codex: Chaos Daemons 6th Edition pg. 16 That is how events are viewed from the chronology of the real universe; in the Warp, things are different. The Realm of Chaos has no true time, and events do not occur in a strict sequence of cuase then effect. In essence, Slaanesh has always exsted in the Warp, and yet had never existed. -Codex: Chaos Daemons 5th Edition, pg.7 The sheer mind-boggling impossibiliry of the Warp defies explanation, and those who attempt to delve further into understanding its ways inevitably slip into madness. Of the little that is known is that Warp space does not conform to the laws of physics as we know them. -Warhamer 40k 6th Edition Rulebook, pg. 144 It is a hurning ocean of chaos, raw emotion and madness given form, where the laws of physics, time and nature are meaningless concepts and nothing is as it seems. -Warhammer 40k 4th Edition Rulebook pg. 122 In warp space there is no time, no distances, only a constantly flowing stream of immaterium. -Battle Fleet Gothic Rulebook, pg. 85 It is a roiling, howling maelstorm of force and energy, utterly unpredictable and not subject to the rational laws and linear flow of time in the way that physical reality is. -Horus Heresy Book 1: Betrayal, pg. 16 Beyond the boundaries of physical space, unrestricted by time or casuality, there is a dimension utterly incomprehensible to mortal minds. -Codex: Chaos Daemons 6th Edition pg. 6 Beyond the boundaries of physical space, unrestricted by time or casuality, there is a dimension utterly incomprehensible to mortal minds. -Codex: Chaos Daemons 5th Edition pg. 4 Timeless and ever-shifting, this psychic visionscape is known as the Realm of Chaos -Codex: Chaos Daemons 5th Edition pg. 6 The Realm of Chaos, also known as the Warp, the Immaterium or Warpspace, is a dimension parallel to our own, a universe devoid of matter and life, without laws of time and space. --Codex: Chaos Daemons 5th Edition pg. 6 The Empy holding reality against Chaos consuming the universe throughout space time. "His immense psychic powers envelop and protect Mankind across the entire galaxy. His consciousness wanders through Warp space, warring against the Daemons that inhabit it, keeping closed the doors between this world and the next. If the Emperor fails then the Daemons of Chaos will flood into the galaxy. Every living human will become a gateway for the destruction of Mankind and the stuff of Warp space will submerge the galaxy. There will be no physical matter. No space. No time. Only Chaos." -Warhammer 40k 5th Edition rulebook, pg.101 Physically fettered, chained atop mountainous banks of machinery, the Emperor's mind stretches out through space and time - a light in a vast gulf of blackness. -Warhammer 40k 6th Edition Rulebook, pg.134 Outwardly, the Emperor is but a desiccated corpse, kept alive partly by the cyclopean, mystical machine of gold wrought by his own hand and partly by a will so powerful that it transcends the bounds of the blackened, shrivelled husk of his body. Physically fettered, chained atop mountainous banks of machinery, the Emperor’s mind stretches out through space and time – a light in a vast gulf of blackness. Should that spark of life ever be extinguished – should the Throne fail in its mysterious purpose – then Mankind would surely be lost. -Warhammer 40k 7th Edition Rulebook "Today, as for every day since that battle, the Emperor lives only by the immeasurable force of his supreme will. The stasis fields and psi-fusion reactors of the machine known as the Golden Throne preserve his broken and decayed body; his great mind endures inside a rotting carcass, kept alive by the mysteries of ancient technology. His immense psychic Powers reach out from the Golden Throne, enveloping and protecting Mankind across the enemy-strewn galaxy, a beacon of light in the malevolent darkness. If the Emperor fails, then none will be able to stop the influx of the dark powers; ravenous and all-consurning Daemons will flood into the galaxy. Every living human will become a gateway for the destruction of Mankind. Reality as it is known will be subsumed by the stuff of Warp space - a realm of nightmares and cruel insanity where all life will end. There will be no physical matter. No space. No time. Only Chaos." Daemons are destruction and anarchy incarnate and they lust after the flesh, blood and very souls of living creatures. They want only to destroy, to drag any living essence they can capture back to their shadowy realm, to obliterate the material universe and engulf it within Warp space. -Warhammer 40k 7th Edition rulebook "They are never sated. The abominations from the Warp will not rest until they have consumed not just Mankind, but the universe as well. All will be ruin; all will be Chaos." -Warhammer 40k 6th Edition rulebook, pg. 234 Demon watching civilizations rise and fall as he remarks on how little the Warmaster (Horus) matters to he and Chaos. This also talks about Chaos having existed for eternity, watching as the universe grows, dies, is reborn again. "Horus’s victory is not your concern. All things are fleeting, even the lives of great Warmasters. I have witnessed the rise and fall of every civilisation in the universe. None of them can endure, Chaos always consumes them in the end. That word – Chaos – resonated through the Lion’s thoughts. He had a fleeting glimpse of eternity, of the entropy of the universe, ever-changing, new lives born out of death, of stars decaying to create worlds and worlds dying to form new stars, all in constant flux." - Pg.100 The Lion The Chaos gods are multiversal. They exist in two different universes at once and can create/destroy universes with thoughts inside the warp. They have sent their across space and time, turned planets into giant roses,etc. Warp created all things, as said several times in the book, however this one sums it up. "This was the very essence of the Primordial Creator, the wellspring from which all things came. Nothing was impossible here, for this was the foundry of creation, the origin of all things, past, present and future." Pg.177 A Thousand Sons Shamelessly stolen from [here](http://comicvine.gamespot.com/forums/battles-7/chaos-gods-warhammer-40k-vs-elder-gods-mortal-komb-1691658/?page=4) That enough non splatbook sources for you, or is the Warhammer 40K current edition main rulebook, along with nearly every contemporary novel, and most older ones as well not good enough of a source for ya?

  • Dixie Fritsch

    The mindset that you're describing is very common to Catholicism. I read a book by a notable Catholic, Edward Feser, called *The Last Superstition*. It was an interesting book. Having come from a secular background, I think it's a good book for any secularist to read, just to get the picture from the other side. It's polemical, but it was still funny. Something I came away with, however, is that people with the conservative values that lead to this kind of thought you're describing, don't *in the first place*, or, *principally*, think it is "correct" to "identify" or "base one's identity" around their "sexual urges." Rather, these "circumstances" are simply "accidental" to who the person essentially is. In other words, to say to the conservative, "You are x sexuality" is *begging the question*, i.e., reasoning circularly against the conservative. They *fundamentally disagree*, i.e., *disagree in principle*, with the conclusion that "sexual identity" is a *real or actual* thing in any *literal, non-instrumental* sense. Now, granting the liberal idea that sexuality is "fluid" in some sense or another, and taking into account Alfred Kinsey's scientific work on this topic of sexuality, the idea that it is at all common for someone to have *never, ever* felt a homosexual urge is extremely low- perhaps as low as those people who have never felt a heterosexual urge. This makes sense in an evolutionary context, at least when we consider mammalian-group dynamics. Homosexuality is something that occurs in mammalian species quite commonly (although, so do acts like forced sex, killing, etc.), and indeed, homosexual relations may have worked to some kind of survival benefit when it came to group dynamics, e.g. see some of the studies done about homosexuality in highly-intelligent mammallian species with complex group dynamics. So I think that most of these conservatives have recognized that "homosexual urges" do occur to most people- including themselves (!), but what they do is compare it to acts like forced sex and killing- not in terms of degree of severity (obviously), but in terms of the urges we have felt at one time or another. It is quite unreasonable to suggest that any member of a species that has gone through the darwinistic process of evolution, of survival of the fittest, would not at least have had the urge to perform these behaviors at one time or another when the "appropriate stimulus" presented itself. For biological males, most of us have, at one time or another, have actually had the urge to kill someone before- and if you deny that, the probability that you are lying is extremely high. Or if you sincerely believe yourself to not be lying, then it is likely that any "homosexual urges" you may have had have been *weak in degree* and were sated by socially acceptable forms of same-sex interaction: e.g. gay chicken; non-sexual, yet intimate contact with another of the same sex; platonic brotherhood that involves weakly appearing homosexual motives; etc. And many of us ("biological males") may have, at one point or another, had a thought of taking complete control of a sexual partner; and again, to deny this is to simply deny the fact that we are *animals* that have gone through a selection process that "chose" those who were able to birth more children, and passed done those genes that lead to some sorts of behaviors and tendencies. We didn't get to where we are by playing nice. There was a lot of killing and forced sex going on before the rise of man- humanity. You can believe yourself an angel all you want- but the true difference (for the conservative) between the sinner and the doer of good lies in the choice between those who choose *viciously* (read in the sense of "vice") to act on such urges if they ever arise (given that we are all disposed to them, though many of us may, due to fortuity, may never have to confront this choice due to a lack of the appropriate stimulus "triggering" this animalistic disposition), and those who choose virtuously never to act upon such urges. The *difference* between *nonhuman* animals and us humans is that we are, as Aristotle put it (a greatly regarded figure in Catholicism), rational animals. And so we have the *choice*, the power to choose, whether or not we act on these animal impulses that we'd mostly rather hide from people than reveal. The mask is important for us, because we are ashamed of our animal history. As humans, with the power of choice, we are capable of committing wrongs; where animals do not actually *murder* or *rape* (rather, they just kill or forcibly copulate) or [in the eyes of conservatives] "commit unnatural, sexual sin," humans *are* capable of murder, rape, and alleged "sexual sin"- because they have a rational choice as to whether they wish to engage in these behaviors- unlike animals. We have the power of reason that can tell us that purposefully killing another is wrong, or that rape is wrong. Animals don't. The lion does not wrong the Gazelle for killing it and eating it- the lion is not a moral *agent*. There is no *injustice* perpetrated upon the gazelle by the lion. The lion does not *deserve* punishment. He has no moral responsibility in killing the gazelle. We experience injustice, deserve punishment, and have moral responsibility in a way that animals do not. We *are* moral agents. So yes, I think a bunch of these religious people, *especially* those who take up chastity, are quite familiar with these urges, and know they have them, and likely have succumbed to them and have confessed to others in their community that they were *weak* for having done so, But I also think that they're saying that "*you*", the *person* that you are, is not defined by these "accidental, material urges" in the same way that someone born physically disabled is not defined by their physical disability. It is simply an accident of mother nature- but speaks nothing to *who* that individual is. For sure, that person who has such a disability might have a *life* that is *shaped* by their disability, but I'm also certain that they would argue that they do not *identify* with their disability. Indeed, the liberal thought on this agrees: "person who is disabled," *not*, "disabled person." And this isn't to say that homosexuality is a *disability*, it is simply to say that it is a material feature of the human body and perhaps its interaction with its environment that is simply *incidental* to *the person*, just like having a disability. And so, saying that you *are* a heterosexual or homosexual is almost always a misnomer unless you're abnormal, given that it's a fact that most people do not fall on either end of the bell-curve of sexuality- that is, unless, you're simply reporting that you more frequently experience the sexual urge for one manner of sexual act over another. To conservatives, nobody "is gay," in the way that they "are patient," i.e. are virtuous in a way that they cultivate through reasonable, thoughtful living. Rather, people simply experience homosexual urges as a circumstance of unreflective, thoughtless, bodily, material states of affairs: some more than others, some stronger than others. To them, rape and murder are *just as unnatural* as homosexuality is; not because acts *like* these do not occur in nature- for they obviously do, and those conservatives recognize that fact; rather it is "unnatural" for the human to engage in such acts because *it is in contradiction with his rational nature*. Now of course, almost all of us would agree that murder and rape are wrong, so long as we are rational. But when it comes to homosexual acts, the case does not seem as clear cut. But if we have established that homosexuality is simply a bodily accident and not *essential* to the person qua *human being*, then what's left is simply a choice. And of course, the conservative, more often than the liberal, places an emphasis on the traditional family unit (that's a fact, but I'm not making any judgement or evaluation on whether that is [morally] better or worse), which "the gay lifestyle," more often than not, stands in stark contrast to. Though, to be as accurate as possible, there are gay-identifying couples who adopt children and rear them in a way that is conducive to the child's maturing well- viz. intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, etc. Do I think every religious person who argues against homosexuality is a closeted gay? Well, that question may be a non-starter if everything I've said has some truth to it. Do I think homosexuality is wrong? Well, if you're asking me if it, in itself, physically harms anybody, then the answer is obviously no. But if you're content with that being enough for some action (which we've concluded homosexuality is, rather than an identity *per se*) to not be considered immoral, then I should wonder what you think about plagiarizing or academic cheating; especially the latter, given that it often results in *no* harm to anyone, including the cheater, who more often than not will not work in a field related to their degree at all, and simply needed the piece of paper, known as a degree, from their university to get a well-paying job that mostly anyone could do, but whose entry is bottlenecked by one's having that paper. For all intents and purposes, the cheater benefits, and so too may the university- for if the cheater graduates, then the university also wins in many ways. "Utilitarianistically" speaking, it seems like cheating may even be a *good* or *right* action, but do we really believe that? Is cheating ever okay, good, or right?

  • David Dickens

    I believe [they are up now for anyone interested](http://www.saturnawards.org/)   The Nominations for the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards:   Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release:   Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Captain America: Civil War Deadpool Doctor Strange Suicide Squad X-Men: Apocalypse   Best Science Fiction Film Release:   Arrival Independence Day: Resurgence Midnight Special Passengers Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Star Trek Beyond   Best Fantasy Film Release:   The BFG Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Ghostbusters The Jungle Book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children A Monster Calls Pete's Dragon   Best Horror Film Release:   The Autopsy of Jane Doe The Conjuring 2 Demon Don't Breathe Ouija: Origin of Evil Train to Busan The Witch   Best Action / Adventure Film Release:   Allied Gold Hacksaw Ridge Hidden Figures The Legend of Tarzan The Magnificent Seven The Nice Guys   Best Thriller Film Release:   10 Cloverfield Lane The Accountant The Girl on the Train Jason Bourne Hell or High Water The Shallows Split   Best Actor in a Film:   Chris Evans (Captain America: Civil War) Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) Chris Pratt (Passengers) Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) Mark Rylance (The BFG) Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond) Matthew McConaughey (Gold)   Best Actress in a Film:   Amy Adams (Arrival) Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) Jennifer Lawrence (Passengers) Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow) Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane)   Best Supporting Actor in a Film:   Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War) Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane) Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Beyond) Christopher Walken (The Jungle Book)   Best Supporting Actress in a Film:   Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: Civil War) Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange) Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters) Betty Buckley (Split) Bryce Dallas Howard (Gold)   Best Performance by a Younger Actor:   Ruby Barnhill (The BFG) Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War) Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls) Neel Sethi (The Jungle Book) Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)   Best Film Direction:   Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War) Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse) Steven Spielberg (The BFG) Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)   Best Film Screenplay:   Melissa Mathison (The BFG) Eric Heisserer (Arrival) Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick (Deadpool) Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange) Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)   Best Film Editing:   Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt (Captain America: Civil War) John Gilroy, Colin Goudie, Jabez Olssen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) Stefan Grube (10 Cloverfield Lane) Michael Kahn (The BFG) Mark Livolsi (The Jungle Book) Joe Walker (Arrival)   Best Film Production Design:   Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg (The BFG) Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) Stuart Craig (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) Guy Hendrix Dyas (Passengers) Owen Paterson (Captain America: Civil War) Charles Wood (Doctor Strange)   Best Film Music:   Michael Giacchino (Doctor Strange) Michael Giacchino (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) James Newton Howard (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) Justin Hurwitz (La La Land) Thomas Newman (Passengers) John Willians (The BFG)   Best Film Costume Designer:   Colleen Atwood (Alice Through the Looking Glass) Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) Alexandra Byrne (Doctor Strange) David Crossman, Glyn Dilloin (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) Sang-gyeong Jo (The Handmaiden) Joanna Johnston (The BFG)   Best Film Make-Up:   Jeremy Woodhead (Doctor Strange) Nicky Knowles (Fanatastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) Amy Byrne (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) Monica Huppert, Joel Harlow (Star Trek Beyond) Allan Apone, Jo-Ann MacNeil, Marta Roggero (Suicide Squad) Charles Carter, Rita Ciccozzi, Rosalina Da Silva (X-Men: Apocalypse)   Best Film Special / Visual Effects:   Louis Morin, Ryal Cosgrove (Arrival) Joe Letteri, Joel Whist (The BFG) Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, Paul Corbould (Doctor Strange) Tim Burke, Christian Manz, David Watkins (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, Dan Lemmon (The Jungle Book) John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, Neil Corbould (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)   Best Independent Film Release:   Eye in the Sky Hunt for the Wilderpeople La La Land Lion The Ones Below Remember   Best International Film Release:   Elle The Handmaiden In Order of Disappearance The Mermaid Shin Godzilla Under the Shadow   Best Animated Film Release:   Finding Dory Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV Moana Sing Trolls Zootopia   Best Science Fiction Television Series:   The 100 Colony The Expanse Falling Water Incorporated Timeless Westworld   Best Fantasy Television Series:   Beyond Game of Thrones The Good Place Lucifer The Magicians Outlander Preacher   Best Horror Television Series:   American Horror Story: Roanoke Ash vs. Evil Dead The Exorcist Fear the Walking Dead Teen Wolf The Vampire Diaries The Walking Dead   Best Action/Thriller Television Series:   Animal Kingdom Bates Motel Designated Survivor The Librarians Mr. Robot Riverdale Underground   Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series:   Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Arrow The Flash Gotham Legion Supergirl   Best Presentation on Television:   11.22.63 Channel Zero Doctor Who: The Return of Dr. Mysterio Mars The Night Manager Rats   Best New Media Television Series:   Bosch Marvel's Daredevil Marvel's Luke Cage The Man in the High Castle A Series of Unfortunate Events Stranger Things   Best Actor on a Television Series:   Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead) Mike Colter (Marvel's Luke Cage) Charlie Cox (Marvel's Daredevil) Grant Gustin (The Flash) Sam Heughan (Outlander) Freddie Highmore (Bate's Motel) Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)   Best Actress on a Television Series:   Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) Caitriona Balfe (Outlander) Kim Dickens (Fear the Walking Dead) Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Roanoke) Winona Ryder (Stranger Things)   Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series:   Linden Ashby (Teen Wolf) Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl) Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) Ed Harris (Westworld) Lee Majors (Ash vs. Evil Dead) Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)   Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series:   Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Roanoke) Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead) Thandie Newton (Westworld) Candice Patton (The Flash) Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Roanoke) Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)   Best Younger Actor on a Television Series:   K.J. Apa (Riverdale) Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) Max Charles (The Strain) Alycia Debnam-Carey (Fear the Walking Dead) Lorenzo James Henrie (Fear the Walking Dead) Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)   Best Guest Performance on a Television Series:   Ian Bohen (Teen Wolf) Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl) Anthony Hopkins (Westworld) Leslie Jordan (American Horror Story: Roanoke) Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead) Dominique Pinon (Outlander)   Best Animated Series or Film on Television:   Bojack Horseman Family Guy The Little Prince The Simpsons Star Wars: Rebels Trollhunters     Few more based on DVD/BR releases but thats old media :P

  • Niko Dietrich

    Yes I am finally useful here: *** ***Movies*** Scent of a Woman (5 star) Casino (4.5 stars) The Last Castle (4.5 stars) Waterworld (4 stars) 13th Warrior (4.5 stars) The Last Samurai (4.0 Stars) Starship Troopers (5.0 Stars) (They never made sequels) Back to the Future I, II, & III ( Average: 4 Stars) Gladiator (4.5 Stars) American Beauty (3.7 Stars) Falling Down (4.0 Stars) Shawshank Redemption (4.5 Stars) My Cousin Vinny (5 Stars) 12 Angry Men (3.5 Stars) It's a rite of passage Fight Club (4.5 Stars) Forrest Gump (4.0 Stars) Goodfellas (4.5 Stars) The Boondock Saints (4.7 Stars) The Matrix I, II, & III (5.0 Stars) My personal favorite Mystic River (4.5 Stars) City of God (4.0 Stars) A superb story, but in eng-subtitles Se7ev (4.0) Children of Men (4.8) Some of the best camera work/choreography The Lion King (3.0 Stars) Mulan (3.0 Stars) Balto (3.0 Stars) American History X (3.5 Stars) 25th Hour (4.0 Stars) Rounders (3.7 Stars) Kingdom of Heaven (4.0 Stars) A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (4.5 Stars) The Truman Show (3.8 Stars) Ace Ventura Pet Detective (4.0 Stars) Ace Ventura Pet Detective II (4.8 Stars) Man on the Moon (4.8 Stars) The Cable Guy (3.7 Stars) The Number 23 (4.2 Stars) Me, Myself, & Irene (4.0 Stars) Money Talks (4.0 Stars) Rush Hour I,II, & III (4.0 Stars) The third installment is meh. The Fifth Element (3.8 Stars) Friday I, II, & III (3.5 Stars) Silver Linings Playbook (4.0 Stars) BCoops Slumdog Millionaire (4.5 Stars) Sully (4.0 Stars) Cast Away (4.5 Stars) Bridge of Spies (4.5 Stars) The Terminal (4.5 Stars) Catch Me If You Can (4.8 Stars) Road to Perdition (4.9 Stars) The Da Vinci Code (4.0 Stars) Wolf of Wall Street (4.0 Stars) Shutter Island (4.0 Stars) Inception (4.0 Stars) The Beach (3.0 Stars) The Departed (4.2 Stars) The Aviator (4.2 Stars) Basketball Diaries (4.0 Stars) Blood Diamond (4.0 Stars) Gangs of New York (4.5 Stars) Joy (4.0 Stars) Limitless (3.5 Stars) War Dogs (3.8 Stars) American Sniper (3.8 Stars) Fences (5.0 Stars) A superb movie - I hope you can find it Training Day (4.3 Stars) Man on Fire (4.5 Stars) American Gangster (4.0 Stars) The Book of Eli (4.5 Stars) Unstoppable (4.0 Stars) Remember the Titans (4.8 Stars) John Q. (4.8 Stars) Inside Man (4.0 Stars) I don't like it, but I know its a good movie The Manchurian Candidate (4.0 Stars) Courage Under Fire (4.2 Stars) Crimson Tide (4.5 Stars) The Hateful 8 (4.9 Stars) Unbreakable (5.0 Stars) Coach Carter (4.5 Stars) Changing Lanes (4.0 Stars) A Time to Kill (5.0 Stars) Rules of Engagement (4.0 Stars) Die Hard With A Vengeance (4.2 Stars) Best of the Die Hard Movies Armageddon (4.0 Stars) Sixth Sense (4.2 Stars) The Jackal (3.8 Stars) Tears of the Sun (4.0 Stars) Lucky Number Slevin (4.1 Stars) The Whole Nine Yards (3.9 Stars) The Whole Ten Yards (3.5 Stars) The Indian in the Cupboard (4.9 Stars) Harts War (4.0 Stars) The Tuskegee Airmen (4.9 Stars) The original, remake was dogshit Alpha Dog (3.0 Stars) K-Pax (4.5 Stars) Pay It Forward (4.0 Stars) 21 (3.5 Stars) MOON (3.8 Stars) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (3.9 Stars) See No Evil, Hear No Evil (3.8 Stars) Uncle Buck (3.8 Stars) Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (4.5 Stars) The Great Outdoors (3.8 Stars) Cool Runnings (4.5 Stars) Stripes (4.5 Stars) A must see Summer Rental (4.0 Stars) Canadian Bacon (4.5 Stars) Another Must See Nothing But Trouble (4.3 Stars) Must See Spies Like Us (3.8 Stars) Pearl Harbor (3.9 Stars) Tommy Boy (4.0 Stars) Black Sheep (4.0 Stars) Top Gun (3.8 Stars) Jerry MaGuire (4.0 Stars) Risky Business (3.7 Stars) Rain Man (3.5 Stars) Vanilla Sky (3.0 Stars) Knight and Day (3.8 Stars) Collateral (4.5 Stars) A Few Good Men (4.5 Stars) Oblivion (4.2 Stars) War of the Worlds (4.0 Stars) It was Top Notch in the theater. Jack Reacher (4.0 Stars) Tropic Thunder (4.5 Stars) One of the best modern comedies. Cocktail (4.0 Stars) Days of Thunder (4.2 Stars) The Outsiders (3.6 Stars) TAPS (4.3 Stars) Mission Impossible - All of them (Avg: 3.9 Stars) Edge of Tomorrow (3.6 Stars) Minority Report (3.0 Stars) Valkyrie (4.3 Stars) The Deer Hunter (4.0 Stars) Might be a lil' intense for deployment Heat (5.0 Stars) Incredible movie Analyze This (4.8 Stars) Analyze That (4.8 Stars) A Bronx Tale (4.8 Stars) A Great Story Grudge Match (4.0 Stars) Once Upon A Time in America (4.0 Stars) The Untouchables -Original and Remake are good (3.5 Stars) Meet The Parents I & II (4.0) The Score (3.8 Stars) Hide and Seek (3.3 Stars) Taxi Driver (3.8 Stars) Raging Bull (3.5 Stars) Cape Fear (3.5 Stars) Scar Face (4.0 Stars) Donnie Brasco (3.8 Stars) Any Given Sunday (4.0 Stars) Devils Advocate (3.9 Stars) Oceans 11, 12, & 13. (4.9 Stars) Just because these movies are so well made. Running Scared (4.0 Stars) Timeline (4.0 Stars) A guilty pleasure Pool Hall Junkies (4.8 Stars) Allied (4.4 Stars) Fury (4.9 Stars) Might be too intense for deployment Moneyball (4.5 Stars) Legends of The Fall (4.2 Stars) 12 Years A Slave (4.7 Stars) Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure (3.5 Stars) Primer (3.5 Stars) The Jacket (3.5 Stars) Natural Born Killers (3.8 Stars) Chef (4.0 Stars) Deep Impact (3.8 Stars) The Thing (4.0 Stars) Tombstone (4.2 Stars) Wyatt Earp (4.2 Stars) Deep Water Horizon (4.0 Stars) Surprisingly Good Miracle (4.5 Stars) Dreamer (4.8 Stars) Sea Biscuit (4.8 Stars) Secretariat (4.8 Stars) Hidalgo (4.8 Stars) A Beautiful Mind (4.5 Stars) Cinderella Man (5.0 Stars) Master and Commander (4.0 Stars) Mystery Alaska (4.5 Stars) The Nice Guys (4.0 Stars) Public Enemies (3.8 Stars) Pirates of the Caribbean I, II, III (Avg: 3.5 Stars) Transcendence (3.8 Stars) Secret Window (4.2 Stars) Blow (4.5 Stars) The Martian (4.2 Stars) Goodwill Hunting (4.4 Stars) Saving Private Ryan (4.8 Stars) Again...deployment : / Syriana (4.4 Stars) The Monuments Men (4.9 Stars) Dogma (4.0 Stars) Titan A.E. (3.4 Stars) The Legend of Bagger Vance (5.0 Stars) Beautiful Story Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron (4.0 Stars) Chasing Amy (3.2 Stars) The Weakest of the Kevin Smith Films School Ties (4.5 Stars) Mall Rats (3.5 Stars) Clerks (4.2 Stars) Clerks II (4.2 Stars) Red State (4.1 Stars) Jay and Silent Bob (4.2 Stars) Zack and Miri Make a Porno (3.8 Stars) Concussion (3.9 Stars) Focus (3.8 Stars) Hancock (3.8 Stars) Hitch (3.9 Stars) Bad Boys I & II (4.3 Stars) The Greatest Game Ever Played (4.8 Stars) Tin Cup (4.0 Stars) The Natural (4.2 Stars) For The Love of The Game (4.2 Stars) The Rookie (4.5 Stars) 42 (4.4 Stars) Mr. 3000 (4.0 Stars) Hardball (4.8 Stars) 61 (4.5 Stars) Space Jam (4.0 Stars) Finding Forrester (5 Stars) A must see White Squall (5 Stars) A must see True Grit 2010 (4.0 Stars) Tron - Original and Sequel (4.1 Stars) Rocky Movies (4.0 Stars) Creed (4.1 Stars) Million Dollar Baby (4.3 Stars) Warrior (4.0 Stars) Snatch (4.0 Stars) The Shining (4.0 Stars) Mars Attacks (3.9 Stars) High Crimes (4.0 Stars) Dream Catcher (3.2 Stars) Unleashed (4.0 Stars) Erin Brockovich (4.2 Stars) The Blindside (4.8 Stars) Miss Congeniality (4.0 Stars) Crash (4.4 Stars) The Game (4.8 Stars) The War of Roses (3.7 Stars) Wall Street (4.0 Stars) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (4.0 Stars) Second Hand Lions (5.0 Stars) Must see K19 (3.9 Stars) The Hunt for Red October (4.0 Stars) Indiana Jones Movies - All of them (4.0 Stars) American Psycho (4.0 Stars) The Prestige (4.5 Stars) Really Good Movie Reign of Fire (4.0 Stars) The Revenant (4.0 Stars) Spirited Away (4.0 Stars) The Dark Knight Trilogy (4.8 Stars) O Brother Where Art Thou (5.0 Stars) Money Monster (4.5 Stars) Michael Clayton (4.5 Stars) The Ides of March (4.5 Stars) The American (4.6 Stars) The Perfect Storm (4.9 Stars) Argo (4.0 Stars) Thin Red Line (4.1 Stars) Hannibal Trilogy (4.5 Stars) The Exorcist (4.0 Stars) The Blair Witch Project (4.0 Stars) Tell everyone it's a true story The Cabin in the Woods (4.0 Stars) Insidious Trilogy (4.3 Stars) Don't Breathe (4.4 Stars) 28 Days Later (4.5 Stars) 28 Months Later (3.0 Stars) The Others (4.8 Stars) The Descent - Original Cut (4.9 Stars) The Wicker Man (4.2 Stars) Hot Fuzz (4.2 Stars) Shaun of the Dead (4.0 Stars) Beer Fest (4.4 Stars) Super Troopers (4.5 Stars) Paul (4.0 Stars) The Worlds End (3.8 Stars) Gran Torino (5.0 Stars) Must See Space Cowboys (4.8 Stars) Kelly's Heroes (4.5 Stars) Bank Robbery during WWII Escape from Alcatraz (4.0 Stars) Goal! (4.5 Stars) Goal! II (4.5 Stars) Heavy Weights (4.0 Stars) The River Wild (4.5 Stars) Taking Chance (4.8 Stars) About a dead Marine White Water Summer (5.0 Stars) Good for an Escape Stand By Me (4.2 Stars) Goonies (4.5 Stars) The 4th Kind (4.0 Stars) Casablanca (5.0) A rite of passage for film buffs Mad Max - All of them (4.5 Stars) This is all I can think of right now. Will post t.v. recommendations next.

  • Malcolm Weimann

    >You kinda contradicted yourself there. "Become so much better than all the other men that she falls for you" means first becoming realized then her love follows. Her love is the natural reaction to the Alpha. Chad earns it instantly, without working for it. He has the genetic markers that signal human perfection. The other men have to earn it with power and wealth and by being ruthless. Women have always been attracted to power and danger. The most beautiful women seek out men who hold dominion over other men and the most beautiful women are also the most powereful of women. Naturally they are going to only be attracted to men who are vastly superior to other men, either that be because of the men's chad looks or his physical and economical power: >We don't think only men can be powerful and strong. Behind the heads of the Mafia, the leaders of culture, there are always very strong women. European culture is a matriarchy, especially in the south. The women have a lot of power. >“There’s no such thing as good money or bad money.There’s just money. ~ Lucky Luciano Women don't care how you make your money as long as you make it and make loads of it. They will admire you and admiration from a woman is one of the stepping stones that leads her to love you. >“It’s better to live on day as a lion than a hundred years as a lamb” ~ John Gotti Have you ever heard of a powerful man that wasn't loved? No. There is no such a man. For a powerful man has the courage to die today to get what he wants. > Perhaps that can help make the man even better, but unless he is "self made" to a point without her she won't have interest in him. Self-made? What do you mean? Like she can only love him if he builts himself from the core up? She can't fall in love with him if he has had all of the advantages already? >. His brown, hardening body lived naturally through the half-fierce, half-lazy work of the bracing days. He knew women early, and since they spoiled him he became contemptuous of them, of young virgins because they were ignorant, of the others because they were hysterical about things which in his overwhelming self-absorbtion he took for granted. James Gatz was born with all of the qualities that later shaped him into Jay Gatsby, the most charismatic mobster to ever live. He was loved despite being a low-status male. He was a 17 year old boy working as a fisherman and banging hot married women and hot young girls. He wasn't selfmade at the time he did it. He was in a rough state of coming together. But he still was loved, desired and lusted after because of his chads looks. One can argue that his chad looks weren't enough to get Daisy but that's because he was a complete fucking beta when it came to that girl haha. I can relate. > Perhaps that is why women are drawn to men that are already married (built into preselection), those men already have good women to bring them up to the next level. No. Women are drawn to married men because women want what other women have or want. Natural pre-selection. Its why being seen with a hot woman next to you is going to draw attention and interest from other hot, young women. The best wingman in the world is not a fucking PUA artist that wears twink head pieces and calls himself Mysthery like he's a cheap whore, putting eyeliner on his eyes. The best wingman in the world is a beautiful woman. > but personality/success is the glue that holds relationships together. Nah. A woman will go to hell and back for a man she is crazy about. She won't care about anything other than how he makes her feel. The gina tingles control a woman's life. That's why they'll date men who are dangerous to society. Hitler brought forth a regime of terror. He also received thousands of love letters a WEEK from women. Not only from women but hot, much younger women. There was a Nazi movie director, actress, professional dancer, one of the first women in the world to enter the movie industry that met Adolf Hitler in a party and she said after she met him that he was the most masculine man she has ever met in her entire life(and she met a ton of movie stars and dashing young war heroes). She couldn't take her eyes off him. She was 28 years old and she was smitten with a 50+ year old man, lol. https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR3ObgWb4gO3gNoCnrmvdggd1OW8iYc8UdccV-OMJpOpikpBLlN She was beautiful. And in her eyes he was the most Alpha of all the men in the world, thus she fell in love with him and stayed loyal to his memory until she died. She could have had her pick of any 10/10 chad and she wanted him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leni_Riefenstahl >Even the most beautiful man in the world, if he was a non committal d bag, would have a hard time finding a woman worth her salt. Eh, chads are not only the most beautiful men in the world. They also have the charm to back it up. Its not reasonable to assume the guy has no moral compass just because of how attractive he is. Brad Pitt committed himself to a total slut haha <3 in Angelina Jolie. He adopted children and had children with her. Why? He could have spent his entire life just banging chicks. Chads also fall in love. >hose women who's pictures you've posted, who've you've spoken so poetically for, who can have Chads every night for dinner, will only settle for a Chad that is also useful to her, even if it is just for sex. So? What's wrong with that? Women and men need and use each other. People use each other. For attention. Validation. Sex. Love. Money. Friendship. Drugs. Doesn't really matter. Its how you make the people in your live and how they make you feel what really matters by the end of your day. > Chad that is also useful to her, even if it is just for sex. Well, yes. The guy has to be worth something, his looks is what gets him the sex. Why would she want a guy if he wasn't chad? How is she using him? for being attracted to him? Guys pick women they are attracted to, not just whatever. Aren't men also using them? >Otherwise you have short passionate but explosive relationships. Anything wrong with that? :p A supernova, a sun going deaf beyond earth's orbit with an explosion of light and color that can be witnessed from the far off universe. Relationships are boring, man. They take a lot of work. They're only worth it if you can't stop yourself from daydreaming about sunshine and golden fields of wheat when you look at her, when you listen to her voice and when she giggles at something stupid you said that made her blush. >Usually that end with single motherhood. The pill, condoms, Adoption. Why does it have to end with single motherhood? Speaking of which I'm reminded of this English movie made, that takes place in flowerly Cornwall, based on a movie. Its called Summer in February and it depicts the story of two chads who are in a love triangle with a 10/10 ginger painter. One of the chads is a world-class painter, and the other chad is a Lt. in the army. The book/movie is based on real events. The girl, Florence Munnings, was considered a Beauty like no other. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Carter-Wood https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_in_February its funny how art mimics life. What's hilarious is that the chad she married wasn't the beta provider but the rper alpha male haha, and the man she was truly in love with was the sensitive chad that took care of her needs first instead of being an hyper alpha male like the rpers love to say women adore. That sure as fuck amazed me. The thing is that he was shy, so emotional(huh...) that he lost his chance and the other guy got ahead of him and asked her to marry him. She died at the age of 25 of a broken heart.. suicide by poisoning because she couldn't get the Chad Beta that she wanted more than life. See, this is what makes life worth living. Women want to have fun. Women want to get scared, and pursued, and fought for, and indecisive and insecure, and admired and praised. STEM lords are boring. They will never be able to have this effect on women even if they had chad looks. >High value women do not participate in such relationships. hahaha. They don't? Thanks fo letting me know! >Even if you did have Chad's looks, what value would you bring into her life that she couldn't fuck out of another man? What does a woman desire the most out of everything in the world? To be the Alpha queen. To stand at the throne of the female hierarchy. With acquired power and wealth a man can do that. He can make her known to the world. Millions, billions will worship her. If he's alpha enough. If he's good enough for her. >I think it matters in terms of preselection (yes men can do that too). When a man is shown deference from other men, women pay attention. And it's a good kind of attention. It's just another way to get alpha points. Women only give a damn when the other men who show deference to a particular men are Chads/Alphas. A man could be a chad in the middle of fucking neckbeards in buttfuck, ohio, but women will not care. At least women of quality. Now, if you are the Chad amongst chads women will suck your life's force through your dick. You'll see yourself growing smaller and thinner and she sucks that dick with moonsoon gusto ;D

  • Dereck Bartoletti

    It's acc bullshit, out of ALL these films BvS deserves at least a spot in the shortlist. The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer “Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer “The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer “Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer “Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer “Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer “American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer “The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer “Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer “Armenia, My Love,” Silvia Leonetti, composer “Assassin’s Creed,” Jed Kurzel, composer “Autumn Lights,” Hugi Gudmundsson and Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson, composers “The BFG,” John Williams, composer “Believe,” Michael Reola, composer “Ben-Hur,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers “Bilal,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, composers “The Birth of a Nation,” Henry Jackman, composer “Bleed for This,” Julia Holter, composer “The Boss,” Christopher Lennertz, composer “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” Craig Armstrong, composer “The Bronze,” Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau, composers “Captain America: Civil War,” Henry Jackman, composer “The Charnel House,” Todd Haberman, composer “The Choice,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer “Collateral Beauty,” Theodore Shapiro, composer “The Conjuring 2,” Joseph Bishara, composer “Criminal,” Bryan Tyler and Keith Power, composers “Deadpool,” Tom Holkenborg, composer “Deepwater Horizon,” Steve Jablonsky, composer “Denial,” Howard Shore, composer “Doctor Strange,” Michael Giacchino, composer “The Dressmaker,” David Hirschfelder, composer “Eddie the Eagle,” Matthew Margeson, composer “The Edge of Seventeen,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer “Elle,” Anne Dudley, composer “Eye in the Sky,” Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian, composers “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” James Newton Howard, composer “Fences,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer “Finding Dory,” Thomas Newman, composer “The First Monday in May,” Ian Hultquist and Sofia Hultquist, composers “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Alexandre Desplat, composer “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life,” Ryan Shore, composer “The Founder,” Carter Burwell, composer “Free State of Jones,” Nicholas Britell, composer “Ghostbusters,” Theodore Shapiro, composer “The Girl on the Train,” Danny Elfman, composer “Gleason,” Dan Romer and Saul Simon MacWilliams, composers “Gold,” Daniel Pemberton, composer “Greater,” Stephen Raynor-Endelman, composer “Hacksaw Ridge,” Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer “Hail, Caesar!,” Carter Burwell, composer “The Handmaiden,” Cho Young-wuk, composer “Hands of Stone,” Angelo Milli, composer “Hell or High Water,” Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, composers “Hidden Figures,” Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Wallfisch, composers “High-Rise,” Clint Mansell, composer “How to Be Single,” Fil Eisler, composer “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” Lukasz Buda and Samuel Scott, composers “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” James Newton Howard, composer “Ice Age: Collision Course,” John Debney, composer “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers “Indignation,” Jay Wadley, composer “The Invitation,” Theodore Shapiro, composer “Ithaca,” John Mellencamp, composer “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” Henry Jackman, composer “Jackie,” Mica Levi, composer “Julieta,” Alberto Iglesias, composer “The Jungle Book,” John Debney, composer “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” Jake Monaco, composer “Kicks,” Brian Reitzell, composer “Krisha,” Brian McOmber, composer “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Dario Marianelli, composer “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz, composer “Land of Mine,” Sune Martin, composer “Landfill Harmonic,” Michael A. Levine, composer “The Legend of Ben Hall,” Ronnie Minder, composer “The Legend of Tarzan,” Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer “Life, Animated,” Dylan Stark and T. Griffin, composers “The Light between Oceans,” Alexandre Desplat, composer “Lights Out,” Benjamin Wallfisch, composer “Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, composers “The Little Prince,” Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey, composers “Live by Night,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer “Loving,” David Wingo, composer “Maggie’s Plan,” Michael Rohatyn, composer “Me before You,” Craig Armstrong, composer “The Meddler,” Jonathan Sadoff, composer “Midnight Special,” David Wingo, composer “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” Jeff Cardoni, composer “Miracles from Heaven,” Carlo Siliotto, composer “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Mike Higham and Matthew Margeson, composers “Miss Sloane,” Max Richter, composer “Mr. Church,” Mark Isham, composer “Moana,” Mark Mancina, composer “Money Monster,” Dominic Lewis, composer “The Monkey King 2,” Christopher Young, composer “A Monster Calls,” Fernando Velázquez, composer “Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell, composer “Morgan,” Max Richter, composer “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” Christopher Lennertz, composer “The Neon Demon,” Cliff Martinez, composer “The Nice Guys,” John Ottman, composer “No Letting Go,” Alain Mayrand, composer “Nocturnal Animals,” Abel Korzeniowski, composer “Now You See Me 2,” Brian Tyler, composer “O.J.: Made in America,” Gary Lionelli, composer “Off the Rails,” Steve Gernes and Duncan Thum, composers “The Other Side of the Door,” Joseph Bishara, composer “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” Geoff Zanelli, composer “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” Taylor Stewart and John Andrew Grush, composers “Our Kind of Traitor,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer “Passengers,” Thomas Newman, composer “Paterson,” Carter Logan and Jim Jarmusch, composers “Patriots Day,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” A. R. Rahman, composer “Pete’s Dragon,” Daniel Hart, composer “Po,” Burt Bacharach, composer “Queen of Katwe,” Alex Heffes, composer “Race,” Rachel Portman, composer “The Red Turtle,” Laurent Perez Del Mar, composer “Ride Along 2,” Christopher Lennertz, composer “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Michael Giacchino, composer “Sausage Party,” Alan Menken and Christopher Lennertz, composers “The Secret Life of Pets,” Alexandre Desplat, composer “Silicon Cowboys,” Ian Hultquist, composer “Sing,” Joby Talbot, composer “Snowtime!,” Eloi Painchaud and Jorane, composers “Southside with You,” Stephen James Taylor, composer “Star Trek Beyond,” Michael Giacchino, composer “Storks,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, composers “Suicide Squad,” Steven Price, composer “Sully,” Christian Jacob, composer “Swiss Army Man,” Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, composers “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” Steve Jablonsky, composer “10 Cloverfield Lane,” Bear McCreary, composer “10 Days in a Madhouse,” Jamie Hall, composer “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” Lorne Balfe, composer “Trolls,” Christophe Beck, composer “20th Century Women,” Roger Neill, composer “Warcraft,” Ramin Djawadi, composer “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” Nick Urata, composer “X-Men: Apocalypse,” John Ottman, composer “Zoolander 2,” Theodore Shapiro, composer “Zootopia,” Michael Giacchino, composer

  • Dagmar Weissnat

    The name is Greg. I’m a 48-year-old bisexual white male. I’m a fun-loving social fanatic with a passion for ceramics and anything sticky. On a weekly basis, a night out with the guys can’t come soon enough because frankly, I’m sick of being judged and I’m downright tired of living in fear. It can’t be all that bad being bi, right? I’m not talking about that! I’m talking about the crippling bout of fear I experience each and every time I cross paths with a macho-man — am I going to be judged, am I going to be attacked? I get looks of confusion, dismissiveness and sometimes outright disgust by these men. I’m a big boy, I can handle my feelings. But each time I’ve let these meatheads know that eating meat is murder and that their time would be much better spent building brain massinstead of muscle mass, their excessive testosterone levels take over and a simple conversation turns into a physical confrontation. It’s happened enough for me to conclude that it’s time to turn the tables, it’s time that muscle-shaming should needs to be a thing. Muscle is Aggression May I ask you a question? What is it about a Lion and a Gorilla that makes them so deadly? Their muscle, of course. Muscle is raw, powerful and brutish. And for the human species, the amount of it that one purposefully adds to their frame is directly related to how aggressive one might become.  Increased muscular hypertrophy leads to a psychological level of confidence that makes it easier to become aggressive in any situation. Most meatheads were bullied early in life. They sought refuge in the weight room so that they could defend themselves, but it quickly spirals out of control from there. It’s not just steroids. Certain measures are taken in the gym to increase the rate at which muscle grows. Let’s take creatine for instance. Creatine is like a steroid because it leads to an increase in testosterone levels. This is why every teenager in the gym is a loose cannon outside of the gym. Too many of these children are taking a dangerous drug and they don’t even know it. There’s also an emphasis on consuming red meats, also high in testosterone, which adds to the problem of aggression. Muscle is Intimidating When you see a musclehead, you know they’re either taking steroids, creatine or red meat. They might even be doing all three of those things at the same time! This incites fear in the hearts of those around them, because who knows what will set them off?  A simple suggestion that they should hit the books instead of hitting the gym ignites a fire of rage. I can tell my mom that she needs to stop drinking without her threatening to “crush your fruity ass into the ground“. Why? Because she’s not in the gym, taking creatine and eating mass amounts of testosterone from a slaughtered animal. She’s a normal, level-headed person with a drinking problem. Muscle is Insecurity Insecurity is a strange one. If you’re insecure, you might buy a truck and put a pair of dangling testicles on the back bumper. You might show interest in MMA, or enjoy watching testosterone-ridden shows like Breaking Bad. Sometimes insecurity is dealt with by putting on unsightly muscle and in the process, becoming the bully that once threatened you at lunch. As men, we should not have to change ourselves to fit within the confines of a heartless world. We must remain prudent and work to change the world instead! We do this by speaking out and spreading awareness like I’m trying to do right here, this very instant. Muscle is Intellectual Laziness Every moment you waste in the gym is a moment you can use to better yourself or those around you. Read a book, help the elderly, actually DO something that benefits someone or something.  The repetitious behavior of picking up heavy objects for an hour or two while staring at an empty, self-serving, soulless reflection is a colossal waste of time, energy and opportunity. And if you think you’re intelligent enough, you’re dead wrong. There’s always something to learn, read a book once in awhile and build some brain-matter you doofus. Muscle is Bad for the Environment Don’t scoff at this because it’s a real scientific concern. The sickening amount of meat and supplements (pre-workout and post-workout) one must consume to build muscle leads to a highly increased rate of flatulence. Forget the fact that it’s disgusting to be around a meathead who’s constantly farting, forget about all of that. The carbon dioxide and methane they emit are what we need to worry about. Most people have heard the science that cow flatulence is bad for the environment, but it’s also true in the case of humans, particularly those humans who are muscular.  Like Brian Farley (Molecular and Cell Biology Postdoc, UC Berkeley) stated, “There are two components of flatulence that contribute to global warming: carbon dioxide and methane. Both are produced as a result of gut bacteria metabolizing” and, “As farting habits are almost entirely dependent on diet and the composition of gut bacteria, it’s very difficult to establish what a “standard” fart is like“. Well, I can tell you Mr. Farley, the gaseous anal secretions of a meathead are capable of stripping rust off an old barbell. The foul odorous excretions coming from the world’s Schwarzeneggers are sure to burst a hole straight through the ozone and out of the exosphere. What IS the Ideal Amount of Muscle? If you lift weights or perform any type of resistance training, how much muscle did you have before you started? THAT was the ideal amount of muscle for your body. The moment you step foot into a gym, or into your basement with your father’s old weights, is the moment you’re about to pile on an unnecessary and detrimental amount of muscle. If you’re still not following me, let me give you an illustration representing the ideal amount of muscle:  How to Muscle-Shame I tried approaching these muscly men with compassion and dignity many times. It’s always the same reaction, “Get the fck away from me“, “Mind your own fcking business twink boy“. It’s time we fight fire with fire. I’m here to issue a standing order to all of the intelligent, thoughtful, and wonderful people out there that it’s time to make muscle-shaming a thing. If you see someone who clearly invests any amount of time on picking up heavy things in a repetitive fashion, you shame them. You yell “SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!” Perhaps they will stop this madness when enough of us join forces and publicly shame them for their selfish ways. Again, for safety I advise the following: DO Bring a friend or make sure other witnesses are around. DO Record video in case they attack you. DO Upload your encounter on social media and tag it with #MuscleShaming. DO NOT engage them. Only SHAME them. DO NOT get too close. Ensure you have an easy escape route. I look forward to hearing from my fellow warriors. ~ Love, peace and intelligence

  • Barbara Smitham

    ## The Dragon Council **Book 1 - The Star, The World Eater, and the Egg of Coot** [Session 1-4](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/49e955/monday_minithread_march_7th/d0r6b6w) - Call of the Best [Session 5](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4bgiw8/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_march_22nd/d19j5c8) - The Sandfolk, the Lich, and the World Eater. [Session 6](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4dfs9r/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_april_5th/d1qsnin) - Break through Fire Giant Citadel [Session 7](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4efg5c/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_april_12th/d1zn2o8) - Remnant of the Star [Session 8](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4fiytk/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_april_19th/d29hrhb) - Consequences [Session 9](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4gj4px/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_april_26th/d2il5dr) - Stephen's Raiders and the new ally. [Session 10](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4hn24i/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_may_3rd/d2rnly2) - Finding the Star [Session 11](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4iqfs8/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_may_10th/d30qn6n) - The Ship's Weather Domes and Residents [Session 12](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4jp47g/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_may_17th/d38fq4e) - The end of Stephen, the beginning of the World Eater __________________ **Book 2 - Politics and Power within Blackmoor** [Session 13](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4kussq/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_may_24th/d3ig6lf) - A Rise in Stature and Threat of War [Session 14](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4lwggn/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_may_31st/d3rd7t4) - Research and Fury [Session 15](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4myo7o/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_june_7th/d3zcyz3) - The War Below, The Allies Above. [Session 16](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4o0mvr/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_june_14th/d48oacr) - Fury Road Conclusion, Return to Politics [Session 17](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4p59gw/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_june_21st/d4i3k0j) - The Egg of Coot [Session 18](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4q99l9/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_june_28th/d4r4qly) - The Fortress of Axim-Oath [Session 19](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4rc1tl/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_july_5th/d4zxr2v) - The Komite Tournament [Session 20](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4sia5i/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_july_12th/d59tmlx) - Battles and Death [Session 21](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4tm9gr/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_july_19th/d5if4bu) - Plans of a Puppet Master [Session 22](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4vs8zr/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_augustus_2nd/d60zdcr) - Broken Strings and a Friends Sacrifice [Session 23](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4vs8zr/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_augustus_2nd/d60zdwu) - Connections Revealed and Haunting Pasts [Session 24](https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAnime/comments/4wwqx6/tuesday_nonanime_discussion_thread_august_9th/d6azjuz) - Revelation of Tiamat _____ **Book 3 - The Children of Tiamat** [Session 25](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d6hgqw5/) - Bridge over Troubled Slaughter [Session 26](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d6r3n4l/) - Dragon Council Smash! [Session 27](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d729fto/) - Koth, the Beastlord's "Roar" [Session 28](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d79wsl1/) - A Bloody Hectare and a Busy Schedule [Session 29](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d7kijyt/) - A Day of Drinking in Dragonia [Session 30](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d7stcxd/) - Slithering, Slinking, Silhouettes [Session 31](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d8290jq/) - The Cathedra of Eshaedra [Session 32](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d8d6btv/) - Hyperbole & Hyperbolic [Session 33](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d8vdc2j/) - Shadow Dragons & Porcelain Dinosaurs [Session 34](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d94r0py/) - Sharknado in the Unicorn Woods [Session 35](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d9f0tcp/) - Varathian the Ancient Green [Session 36](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d9p7bu1/) - Return to Elysium --------------------- **Book 4 - Priestess of the Dark Queen** [Session 37](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/4kqauy/thought_posts_2/d9yvqbc/) - The Crones & Troll Gate [Session 38](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/da8qgrs/) - Infiltrate The Egg's Nest [Session 39](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/dahg6rt/) - Assault on the Lion's Den [Session 40](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/dasxhuq/) - Murder, Mayhem, and Momma's [Session 41](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/db0meb4/) - Murder, Mayhem, and Momma's Pt 2 [Session 42 & 43](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/dcj4ds1/) - Dead for a Spell [Session 44](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/dctebby/) - The War for Blackmoor pt.1 [Session 45](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/dd4el8p/) - The War for Blackmoor pt.2 [Session 46](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/ddd4b1p/) - The War for Blackmoor pt.3 [Session 47](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/ddq1prl/) - The War for Blackmoor pt.4 [Session 48](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/ddxm5th/) - The War for Blackmoor pt.5 [Session 49](https://www.reddit.com/r/DnDrex/comments/5ctpd5/sea_of_wonder_2/de8t4y2/) - Rest & Restitution ______________ **Book 5 - Tiamat's Reign**

  • Autumn Parisian

    Found the gator. >Yes, yes, you're very, very brave. But... is it difficult to type when nailing yourself to a cross? See, this is kinda what I meant. Us vs them war. I criticize a subreddit that's gone down the shitter -> committing online suicide. >A 3month old account that claims to have been reading subreddits for years notwithstanding, we've all seen this attitude before. I nuke accounts fairly regularly, so I can't prove that I've been around longer. You'll have to take my word when I say that I, an 18-29 year old male (i.e. the majority of users), have been reading this site for a long time. >"I chose to be here. I made a conscious decision to be here, amongst you all... but I refuse to be of you, because you are low and I am superior. I hate this place, I hate all of you, I don't want to be here, and all of you are beneath me and I loathe being associated with you... but I'm staying. And I'll be back tomorrow. But I want you all to notice that I'm making a silent protest that I don't want to be here." Thing is, I *used* to read KiA. I used to post in it. And I used to agree with the sentiments. I think the whole *Hatred* thing was a turning point (primarily the Valve removing the game = censorship mess), that and realizing reading KiA and TiA both just made me angry. So I quit. Wasn't worth my time or blood pressure to be there. >It's telling that one side places high value on the ideal of free speech, while the other side ridicules them for it, coining a mocking term like "freeze peach". Ah hell yeah, dude! I was hoping somebody would point this out as some sign of hypocrisy. >But then, America is an odd place. They value their freedoms and rights as sacred, yet no organization is hated quite like the ACLU. No comment here. Not familiar with the ACLU tbh. >Let me tell you the story of the book Mein Kampf. it's for sale on amazon.com. Are you comparing the *Hatred* devs to Hitler? >Let me tell you about a store called Blockbuster. Some of the movies and music they sold disgusted me. And yet, I would never protest outside, demanding the escapist stuff for adults that didn't appeal to me personally be removed ("How can Blockbuster sell Silence of the Lambs?! I thought they were a wholesome, family-friendly company?! I take my children there!"). Private store front. They can do whatever the hell they want. As for *Hatred*, I'm pretty neutral toward it. I am, however, critical of GamerGate's response to it and how it was ~~CENSORSHIP~~. Removing a game from *one store* regardless the size is not the same as banning it outright. *Hotline Miami 2* in Australia? That's censorship. *Hatred*? Nah, not even close. >But don't fret: defenders of morality are fighting to ban books like Fun Home and Persepolis from college libraries, so don't lose hope! Private or public universities? >Thankyou. You're welcome! >GamerGate identify and act like left-wing liberals... but I know what's secretly in their hearts. because MILO YIANNOPOULOS!!! I explained that the "left-wing" stances are incredibly common on Reddit. Legalizing pot? Yeah, you're a real liberal, aren't you? Government-funded healthcare? That's not really relevant to KiA regularly calling trans people freaks of nature or saying they're doing it for attention. >"How can a group of racist, homophobic bigots crown a gay jew with a black boyfriend their queen?" I dunno, but that would be quite the sight. >What a coincidence. Milo himself was asked this by a CNBC panel: Too lazy to watch, and I don't want to fuck my recommended videos more than they are. (You click one Amazing Atheist video by mistake...) >"Here is evidence of gaming journalists literally receiving MONEY from the people they're writing about, without disclosing it." >"Here is evidence of journalists writing glowing reviews for products made by wonderful people and telling you to buy them... without revealing this person is their friend/lover/coworker/financier." "Here is a LIST. OF. NAMES." >Absolut McCarthyism **LIST. OF. NAMES.** >(the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence) I was going more for the "we've documented everything that everybody we don't like has ever done" angle. >http://i.imgur.com/TZBScsB.jpg >Posting your manifesto on KiA won't get you banned. Just FYI. Correct. The subreddit's rules and mods support free speech. That's a nice sentiment, but the users are quick to downvote anything going against the grain. >But you WILL be auto-banned by other subreddits who use bots to ban anyone caught posting on KiA. Also FYI. Also correct. But /r/News and /r/Politics aren't like that, and they seem to receive a lot of flak because users, posting pro-Trump or anti-Hillary opinions, often get downvoted. The rules there are impartial. (Inb4 citing the numerous posts that have been removed for violating *clearly posted rules in the sidebar*, such as the "exact titles" rule.) >And there were more posts of the same sort, with hundreds of upvotes and hundreds of comments, detailing all the ways KiA fails, and can improve. Reddit's Search function is not completely broken. Is this like the AskReddit threads about unpopular opinions? You know, the ones where people say obvious things that people generally agree with? I would be surprised if any KiA user thought the sub was perfect. Of course it has its flaws, even if you do fully agree with it! Some are more obvious than others. >I would also say that whenever there's Trump/Clinton threads posted, there's almost always several replies stating how much they hate Trump and getting lots of upvotes for it... but don't let me interrupt your **"Why isn't KiA protesting /AdviceAnimals for not allowing scat porn?"** line of reasoning. wat >/HailCorporate He makes his money through Patreon. His site and YouTube channel don't have ads. Also lol at comparing him to a corporation. Also also lol at not actually criticizing the points, just that they were made. >I heard about that. So I watched the clip. >"Lesbians don't exist" >While we are ALL SURPRISED that gay men don't hold lesbians in high regard, I can respect that he caveats that he only "thinks" this, and he actually comes right out and explains why he thinks that to a lecture hall audience he's taking questions from. I like how this is the part you criticize, an aside comment I made. Anyway, you have his TRP AMA to sift through as well. >Ah yes, the old "It is the White Man's Burden to stop black people from saying the word nigger. They only think they have co-opted the word, but the truth is they're debasing themselves, and it is our moral obligation to teach them pride." line. Nah, it's more that using a slur in his tour's title is the epitome of Milo: being offensive for the sake of offending, and saying shit to gain notoriety. Remember how he got banned from Twitter (again) for inciting people to attack - sorry, "sea lion" - one of the actresses in that one sad excuse for a reboot? Didn't accomplish anything productive, but it got people angry. >Oh lord, may the Black Baby Jesus protect Dave Chappelle from people like you attempting to "save" him. Pretty sure Jesus was Middle Eastern, but alright. The difference is that one person is a comedian, and the other is a pundit. One is serious, and the other is not. >Actual victims of PTSD do. How many? All of them in the world, or the ones in the video plus a few? Take a large enough group and you can find any opinion. >... he wrote, 4,800 words later. CALLED IT. >Welp, the day is over. Time for sleep. I look forward to the inevitable "LOL KIA SAW ME CALLING THEM LOSERS ON /ALL AND POSTED A REPLY LONGER THAN TWO LINES, WHAT LOSERS!!11>_<" tomorrow. Lol, look at this loser, his reply was longer than two lines! (Wait, this made it to /r/All? Neat!)

  • Maia Fadel

    > Ok, since you're looking for answers to observed moral conundrums Not at all. I'm not looking for answers to 'moral conundrums', and certainly not from the wisdon of sheepherders. I'm pointing out that, as Darwin said, 'nature is red in tooth and claw', and that your 'holy' book has no real answers to this 'conundrum', as you put it. Either your god is responsible for ALL suffering, or he doesn't exist. let's bypass the evidence component! My, how convenient. Once again you sidestep any real questions. > God did not create the natural world as we see it today; the natural world as described by survival of the fittest is a causal reaction to Jehovah removing his authority from the earth, and allowing Beelzebub to determine "knowledge of good and bad". This is nought but assertion. You have NO PROOF of this. > The natural world is a reflection of the spirit inside of mankind and the deceiver. Bullshit. It's a reflection of an evolutionary arms race, where animals evolve ever more fascinating and efficient ways of avoiding being consumed by other creatures who evolve yet more fascinating and efficient ways of catching and consuming them. > "It's a doggy dog eat dog world" > The original creation was designed as a peaceful symbiotic system, and will be again in the future: Ok now this is where I really, really take issue with your bullshit. How peaceful and symbiotic is, for example, the relationship between, say, the hawk, with his highly acute vision and powerful razor sharp talons, and a field mouse? Do you really mean to suggest that your 'creator' made the hawk with its specialised equipment to do what, rip potatoes out of the ground? It's a highly efficient killer. WHY???? Why did your god make it this way? Ever heard a rabbit scream? Ever seen a pigeon get hit by one of these things, ever watch it writhe on the ground with a broken neck as the hawk casually walks over to it and begins to rip it asunder and consume it whilst it's still alive? Do you really expect anyone to believe that he made them this way but that really, until the 'fall' they ate what, lingonberries? More importantly, do YOU believe it? Have you ever given it a fucking thought? Did you just push it to the back of your mind thinking 'I'm sure god will reveal all in his due time'? Because that, my friend, is a cop-out, and will come back to haunt you. Don't give me your hypocritical bullshit about your 'god of love', how much love is shown in the falcon's talon? Don't fool yourself with notions of 'oh, but creation is all imperfect because of sin'. We have fossils of these creatures, and FAR far worse, dating much further back than your ridiculous Garden of Eden. Killer whales, with their lovely sharp teeth, have been around for millions of years. Sharks, the most efficient killing machine in the oceans, have been around far longer. Need I mention the dinosaurs? The list of predators is practically endless. So answer me this, without evasion: If your god is both real and a god of love, why is his 'creation' founded upon pain and death? **WHY??** > "On that day I will make a covenant with all the wild animals and the birds of the sky and the animals that scurry along the ground so they will not harm you. I will remove all weapons of war from the land, all swords and bows, so you can live unafraid in peace and safety." And with such fairy tales we reassure out children. Again, you can't submit any proof that this is anything more than wishful thinking. > THIS is Jehovah's creation; not the pale shadow reflected by man's heart under the delusion of the opposition. Open your fucking eyes, man. Go to the zoo at feeding time, watch the lions tearing a carcass apart and tell me that they aren't built perfectly for doing just that. > "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them." > Isaiah 11:6 > Granted, Jehovah allowed this "age" to transpire: If your god 'allowed' it, why was it going on for so long BEFORE your adam and eve allegedly broke everything? Why? > "For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but through the one who subjected it Oh, so god did it. Gotcha. >on the basis of hope that the creation itself will also be set free from enslavement to corruption You keep hoping, buddy. It's not happening. > I understand your response; I've felt the same way in the past, when I was operating with insufficient data. Please provide your 'data'. Every time I've challenged you, you've avoided my questions. You haven't read my references. You just retreat into posting your ridiculous musings on your scriptures, when the very organisation you say you belong to would throw you out if you publicly admitted you had authored them. (Btw, I doubt you're impressing anyone. Think you're smarter than your governing body, writing your mini watchtower studies? Well here's a newsflash. YOU ARE. Because they are a bunch of idiots. There's nothing special about you though, most people recognise the WTBTS for the cult it is.) > Shall we unwind WHY Jehovah should be trusted to allow the creation to go through this process? ...condescending much? SHALL we? More to the point, CAN you? > Or, because your concept of God and the natural world is in error More assertion. That's all you have, assertion piled upon assertion. >and the argument is not applicable... how about the evidence? WHAT evidence????? You keep ranting about evidence, and fail to provide one iota of it. Again. > On a personal note, what benefit do you gain from becoming an atheist, since the problem remains, but is MORE bleak, since you, the universe, animals and all mankind have quantifiably zero hope other than release from moral frustration by death? I'm not morally frustrated. I'm not even sure what you mean by that, or that YOU are sure. I'm not trying to gain anything by not believing in gods, I simply haven't seen any evidence. Do you believe in your god because you're trying to gain something? Because if so, that is truly pathetic. Thing is, I'm not an atheist because it benefits me, any more than recognising that I'm going to die benefits me. It's not to solve a problem, it's not because I'm mad at god, it's not because I want freedom to commit what you might call sin. Forget the judgmental nonsense your religion says about those who can't believe in the supernatural. It's not bleak to accept that this life is all there is. Far from it. Instead of seeing this life as a trial to be endured, a sentence of labour that must be completed to receive a reward, the understanding that this brief moment in time is all we have makes every experience all the sweeter. I climb a mountain, knowing that I might never see the view from the top ever again, and I treasure it. To think that by sheer fluke I should be a sentient being, able to experience part of the universe whilst simultaneously recognising that I am *part* of that universe, and that I understand my place in the enormity of it in a way that my ancestors could not have dreamed, is a humbling yet joyous thought. I appreciate the fleeting beauty of this planet and the exceeding unlikelihood that it should be as it is, the tiny flukes and coincidences that shaped it, far more than when I believed it was all created by a someone. I swear that's the truth. >now that you're "thanking Beelzebub" what have you solved? Seems I've solved the question of whether you can appreciate [irony](https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/irony). Now seriously, answer me this without evasion: If your god is both real and a god of love, why is his 'creation' founded upon pain and death? WHY??

  • Sarina Gerlach

    > I agree with you, that OP sometimes posts stuff that I don't understand or quite frankly might not make a shred of sense (no offense OP), and that he should not leave you alone without defending himself. Well, he's supposed to be always ready to offer a reason for his hope. I haven't seen reasons yet, just assertions. At least he's been respectful. > I do somewhat believe in evolution is possible in the sense that there can be progressive change within the same kind (your example of the horse) Evolution of this kind happens over long time scales. >i do not believe in evolution in the sense that one kind can not evolve to another (a reptile to mammal, or an ape to man) Evolution of this kind happens over REALLY long time scales. There's some common misunderstandings about evolution here, the most common being that humans evolved from apes. We didn't. All of the great apes- of which we humans are but one branch, the others being chimps, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and the like- share a common ancestor. All of us great apes evolved from a common monkey-like ancestor with monkeys. We are now talking about huge time scales, maybe 10 million years ago for the great ape common ancestor, 25 million years for the monkey/ape common ancestor. Thing is, this evolution happens so gradually that it's invisible. You could put all your ancestors back to that common ancestor in a line, and, walking back along that line, see only normal variation from person to person- you don't look quite like your parents but are similar, that kind of thing. But if you took only each thousandth ancestor, and lined them up, you'd start to see more obvious changes. If we took the average generation to be 15 years minimum, we're still talking about a line of 133,000 people or so, if we go back 2 million years to what are considered to be some of the oldest hominid fossils. Evolution usually happens really slowly (sometimes not, some species are adapting right now to climate change), it's hard to get a grasp of the huge amount of time we're talking about. Picture that line, it may help you to imagine the vast amounts of time we're talking about, and to see how change can lead to new species, and really, *has* to. Variation occurs, from one generation to the next. We see it all the time. Tiny benefits accrue to some individuals, be it an ever so slightly longer beak, brighter plumage which is more attractive to potential mates, whatever it takes to confer an advantage to that particular gene in the gene pool, and hey presto there a more copies of it than the other competing ones and the trait starts to proliferate through a given population. Science has found no barrier to this process. I repeat, there are NO barriers to gradual change that we can see or have ever seen evidence for, be it biochemical or fossil. The idea of 'kinds', with barriers to speciation (or, to put it another way, gradual change) is found only in religious texts. It's not real. Yes, horses can't breed with donkeys, and no, no lion will suddenly produce a dog- but evolution doesn't predict that. Any good hypothesis has predictive power. That's one of the requirements. In science, if a hypothesis is borne out by data, that data can be replicated, and it is able to make testable predictions, it is eventually accorded the status of *theory*. Eg. the theory of gravity, molecular theory, set theory. This is what scientists refer to when they talk about evolutionary theory. They don't use the word like you or I might if we have a theory that vanilla icecream should go really well with peanut butter, or that chemtrails are real. It has been said that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution, and rightly so. > I don't believe evolution is a hoax created by whores. However, the issue is scientists who rule out of the possibility of intelligent design. Intelligent design can be summarised thusly: "Wherever complex design exists, there must have been a designer; nature is complex; therefore nature must have had an intelligent designer." That's called the [teleological argument](https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Teleological_argument). It doesn't stand up to close inspection. Here's a statement from the 139 page decision handed down by the judge in the [Dover Panda Trial](https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Kitzmiller_v._Dover_Area_School_District#/Decision) where a case was brought challenging the legitimacy of teaching ID in schools: "After a searching review of the record and applicable caselaw, we find that while ID arguments may be true, a proposition on which the Court takes no position, ID is not science. We find that ID fails on three different levels, any one of which is sufficient to preclude a determination that ID is science. They are: (1) ID violates the centuries-old ground rules of science by invoking and permitting supernatural causation; (2) the argument of irreducible complexity, central to ID, employs the same flawed and illogical contrived dualism that doomed creation science in the 1980s; and (3) ID's negative attacks on evolution have been refuted by the scientific community. … It is additionally important to note that ID has failed to gain acceptance in the scientific community, it has not generated peer-reviewed publications, nor has it been the subject of testing and research. Expert testimony reveals that since the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, science has been limited to the search for natural causes to explain natural phenomena." [Michael Behe](https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Michael_Behe) was one of the primary witnesses for the defence, and is an advocate of ID and his argument for [irreducible complexity](https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Irreducible_complexity), an idea which has been discredited by the scientific community at large. His testimony was particularly damaging to the defence (who wanted ID to continue to be taught in schools) when , among other things, he had said that the blood clotting cascade couldn't be explained by biochemistry, but was then presented with a stack of book explaining just that- which he then had to admit he hadn't read. Scientists rule out the possibility of ID because it isn't in any way scientific- it fails all of the requirements. > Not necessarily the God of the Bible being the designer but an intelligent designer in general, and want to ban teaching even teaching the possibility of ID. That's because it isn't science, ie. it can't be proven. It's just conjecture. Evolution, on the other hand, really isn't, despite what you've been told. It's testable, can be proven by several lines of independent evidence, both fossil and from [molecular biology](https://www.google.com.au/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=biological%20dna%20evolution%20proof). If you want to teach that ID is a possibility, that's fine- but teach it in a class on religion, where it belongs, and make attendance optional. Personally, I'd rather my children were only taught things that we know are true. >These are the people who resort to name calling, or ad hominem. Those with even a basic scientific background or passing interest in the subject just don't need to do this. We don't need to resort to ad hominem attacks when there is so much proof. Sure, some might do it- people like Michael Behe are soft targets. But really, it's just not necessary.

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  • Jayme Eichmann

    #Don't give this guy your clicks. Here is his article. The name is Greg. I’m a 48-year-old bisexual white male. I’m a fun-loving social fanatic with a passion for ceramics and anything sticky. On a weekly basis, a night out with the guys can’t come soon enough because frankly, I’m sick of being judged and I’m downright tired of living in fear. It can’t be all that bad being bi, right? I’m not talking about that! I’m talking about the crippling bout of fear I experience each and every time I cross paths with a macho-man — am I going to be judged, am I going to be attacked? I get looks of confusion, dismissiveness and sometimes outright disgust by these men. I’m a big boy, I can handle my feelings. But each time I’ve let these meatheads know that eating meat is murder and that their time would be much better spent building brain massinstead of muscle mass, their excessive testosterone levels take over and a simple conversation turns into a physical confrontation. It’s happened enough for me to conclude that it’s time to turn the tables, it’s time that muscle-shaming should needs to be a thing. Muscle is Aggression May I ask you a question? What is it about a Lion and a Gorilla that makes them so deadly? Their muscle, of course. Muscle is raw, powerful and brutish. And for the human species, the amount of it that one purposefully adds to their frame is directly related to how aggressive one might become.  Increased muscular hypertrophy leads to a psychological level of confidence that makes it easier to become aggressive in any situation. Most meatheads were bullied early in life. They sought refuge in the weight room so that they could defend themselves, but it quickly spirals out of control from there. It’s not just steroids. Certain measures are taken in the gym to increase the rate at which muscle grows. Let’s take creatine for instance. Creatine is like a steroid because it leads to an increase in testosterone levels. This is why every teenager in the gym is a loose cannon outside of the gym. Too many of these children are taking a dangerous drug and they don’t even know it. There’s also an emphasis on consuming red meats, also high in testosterone, which adds to the problem of aggression. Muscle is Intimidating When you see a musclehead, you know they’re either taking steroids, creatine or red meat. They might even be doing all three of those things at the same time! This incites fear in the hearts of those around them, because who knows what will set them off?  A simple suggestion that they should hit the books instead of hitting the gym ignites a fire of rage. I can tell my mom that she needs to stop drinking without her threatening to “crush your fruity ass into the ground“. Why? Because she’s not in the gym, taking creatine and eating mass amounts of testosterone from a slaughtered animal. She’s a normal, level-headed person with a drinking problem. Muscle is Insecurity Insecurity is a strange one. If you’re insecure, you might buy a truck and put a pair of dangling testicles on the back bumper. You might show interest in MMA, or enjoy watching testosterone-ridden shows like Breaking Bad. Sometimes insecurity is dealt with by putting on unsightly muscle and in the process, becoming the bully that once threatened you at lunch. As men, we should not have to change ourselves to fit within the confines of a heartless world. We must remain prudent and work to change the world instead! We do this by speaking out and spreading awareness like I’m trying to do right here, this very instant. Muscle is Intellectual Laziness Every moment you waste in the gym is a moment you can use to better yourself or those around you. Read a book, help the elderly, actually DO something that benefits someone or something.  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Again, for safety I advise the following: DO Bring a friend or make sure other witnesses are around. DO Record video in case they attack you. DO Upload your encounter on social media and tag it with #MuscleShaming. DO NOT engage them. Only SHAME them. DO NOT get too close. Ensure you have an easy escape route. I look forward to hearing from my fellow warriors. ~ Love, peace and intelligence 

  • Elza Ebert

    I first discovered transformation on the bus ride to school. The guy sitting next to me had a goosebumps-style choose your own adventure book with some sort of crazy alien invasion thing going down on the front cover. I was bored and it looked interesting enough, so I asked if I could borrow it. It was *okay* at first. I got into a few bad ends where I died to a terminator knockoff or accidentally got all the rebels captured. I got one ending which caught my fancy where the aliens caught me and forced me to be their pet while I slowly degraded into a feral mindset (Really, author? Explicit petplay in a children's book?) but the one that REALLY got to me was when I accidentally slipped and fell into a pit filled with giant worm creatures. The creatures crawled all over me and started slipping under my skin, and the main characters could only watch helplessly as my flesh started crawling and I was swallowed into the sea of squirming monsters. When things finally settled, I was just another worm writhing in the pit. *Holy shit*. I read that ending again. And again. And again. I kept imaging myself falling into that pit in real life and slowly becoming a worm beast and crawling after my friends. I knew it was a little fucked even then but I kept rereading it all the way until I got dropped off at home. From that point on I was constantly searching for more choose-your-adventure books to pass the time on the bus. I've forgotten their titles, but I remember my favorite endings. Turning into a plant-like alien. Getting pulled underwater by the undead, drowning and then having unlife breathed back into me so I could pull my friends down myself. Countless werewolf infections. Swamp monsters. Statues. Permanent invisbility... I kept hunting for more. During the cocooning sequence of "Spiders in Saginaw" I wrapped myself up tightly in my covers and pretended I was sprouting legs and gaining eyes. When the aliens in the book failed to taint the water supply with their transformative venom, I felt incredibly disappointed. At least until the main character was revealed to already be one of the spider aliens themselves. Then I was back to happily imagining crawling over webs and wrapping up soon-to-be fellow arachnids. Every weekend I scoured the TV guide to see if Courage the Cowardly Dog was playing, hoping to catch a rerun of "one of the good ones." The Space-Chicken pilot. The Giant Kangaroos. Mondo. Katz Klub. Demon in the Mattress. Night of the Weremole. Fishy Business. God damn I love that little purple dog and his cartoon. Of course, I wasn't explicitly aware of my fascination with transformation. I just knew what I liked. I began to find that funny pleasant feeling in unexpected places. C.S. Lewis would probably be horrified to find out the sexual deviancy his novels inspired. I reckon I was supposed to take away some sort of lesson about religion or salvation from The Chronicles of Narnia. Instead I took away my first major recurring fantasy: the dragon transformation. In Voyage of the Dawn Treader, a human boy finds himself "cursed" with the form of a dragon (due to being a greedy little shit) and is slowly humbled by the humiliation of his new form. I didn't quite get it- I thought being a dragon was badass and hardly a good punishment. I found myself wishing Eustace would stay a dragon; or better yet, that Prince Caspian and the others would join him. But Aslan the Jesus Lion went and ruined it all. CS Lewis was such a tease- in the very next book he builds up this big serpent TF for the kidnapped Prince Rillian but it never happens. Same with his buddy, Tolkein; I always wanted to see Frodo transform into a wraith after taking that hit from the morgul blade, or wanted details on how the orcs were created from elves. But noooooo, that's not nearly as important as THIS THREE PAGES OF ELVES SINGING. Eventually I started making the jump to composing my own transformation fantasies. There was a series, "My Father's Dragon." Way below my reading level at that point and without an ounce of transformation in it that I can remember. Very cutesy and innocent. But by the second book I was convinced that in a just world, Elmer would become a dragon and stay with his dragon friend forever. They just seemed so happy together. The dragon cared for him so much. He even brought him to meet his family in the third book. Eventually this developed further. Elmer should not just be a dragon. He should be a *girl* dragon. He should be the dragon's *mate*. Ah. Not only am I into transformation. Now, I am into transgenderism. The plot thickens. During my starcraft kick I became slightly jealous of Kerrigan. Why couldn't I be kidnapped and cocooned and become a powerful alien queen? 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I kept finding promising search results that led to a dead end: The Adult Content block page of Furaffinity. I had heard about furries. They were gross or something. I wasn't quite ready to make that jump, to make an account. It was too much trouble, coming up with a fake email and trying to remember the password to it. I certainly couldn't use my real email, someone might notice the confirmation request. Well... I'm sure you can guess how that ended. The drive for sexual fulfillment always wins, one way or another. Now I write about people turning into dragonesses and werewolves, sometimes for money. And I don't feel an ounce guilty about it. It's weird, but hardly incriminating. My porn is just another part of who I am. One might say that realization was just a part of the extended metaphorical transformation of the self. Who really cares, though? All I know is dragons are still hot as fuck.

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  • Gerson Volkman

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  • Seth Ernser

    QOTD is “A man should be able to do as he likes with his own chattel.” I read this chapter so recently. Of well, here we go again… Last full reread I concluded that Dany was conceived the night that Aerys killed Rickard and Brandon Stark. That’s because, according to Jaime, Aerys and whatshername didn’t share a bed, but he raped her every time he burned someone to death. On the blood of the dragon reread I realized that the timeline doesn’t line up quite so well, so I decided that she was conceived the night Quarlton Chelsted was killed. But it specifically says here Dany was born nine months (assuming 1 moon=one month) after the flight from KL, which means she was conceived right before they left. We have an unhappy marriage with no intimacy but some rape; perhaps they made love one last time before he sent her away, knowing they would never see each other again. That’s quite bittersweet. But it would also be appropriate if that one last coupling conceived the child who will avenge them. >“Why does he give us so much?” she asked. “What does he want from us?” For nigh on half a year, they had lived in the magister’s house, eating his food, pampered by his servants. Dany was thirteen, old enough to know that such gifts seldom come without their price, here in the free city of Pentos. “Illyrio is no fool,” Viserys said. He was a gaunt young man with nervous hands and a feverish look in his pale lilac eyes. “The magister knows that I will not forget my friends when I come into my throne.” Dany said nothing. Magister Illyrio was a dealer in spices, gemstones, dragonbone, and other, less savory things. He had friends in all of the Nine Free Cities, it was said, and even beyond, in Vaes Dothrak and the fabled lands beside the Jade Sea. It was also said that he’d never had a friend he wouldn’t cheerfully sell for the right price. 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That he’s not as well-informed as he claims to be. That’s an interesting observation because during the last reread I inferred that his so-called agents are Varys’ little birds. She mentions a panther in Illrio’s menagerie. When Tyrion meets Illyrio, Illryio says something about a lion in “the prince’s menagerie” and there’s some dispute over which princes he’s referring to. I shall look out for more references to it.

  • Dillon Johns

    I have responded on his blog. Not sure if he'll permit the post but we can see. I posted thus: "If you'll kindly permit me to respond: I'm sorry but i find these arguments odd, and i'll explain why. If i found a copy of Harry Potter, i could look at that book and see Prima Facie what it is. However, someone could tell me it wasn't actually Harry Potter, that because it mentioned a troll, and because Elves were in it, it was actually a copy of Lord of the Rings. Now, again, when i look at the facsimile, i know exactly what they are. They are contained in the LDS scriptures, but they are nothing more than Egyptian Funery texts. That is in fact more plain to see than is opening a copy of Harry Potter and attempting to decipher the book from the opening paragraph. I would have to approach the facsimile with a very peculiar bias from the outset, one preloaded into my consciousness to attempt to render them as anything other than what they are. Then there are the obvious historical issues - like the naming of Egypt in the BOA narrative, this is just one in the list of examples that mirror comparable problems in the BOM - like Elephants, Steel, Chariots, Horses, etc. To start from a position where i assume the BOA is authentic is to begin by throwing out the evidence and then clinging to single words like 'troll' in favour of it being something else (like the LOTR in my example above). If you visit one of the major museums of antiquity, the British Museum for example, you'll see many examples of the Lion Couch scene. They have galleries dedicated to these types of artefacts. What we see there is conclusive. In the entire history of Egyptian Archaeology when we find these works they parallel one another in meaning. What we've never found is any that seem derived from a totally different story pertaining to Abraham and his tales in the BOA. I'm not saying this to be controversial or to mock. I'm simply asking you to step back, take off your LDS hat for a moment, and consider that if you were an independent expert and saw the facsimiles, is there anything in them that renders them unique from the many many other examples of similar items? No. So would concluding that they were translated into or as part of the BOA make any sense at all? Is that even an act God might do, being that it conflicts so heavily with all of the honestly intended research and translation efforts since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone? For your theory of dishonesty to be true, you'd need to hold that all of the major schools that specialise in Egyptology across the globe are either wrong or intentionally lying. That for the last couple of hundred years, since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, experts from across the globe have conspired to lie about a niche religion from Utah. It simply does not seem feasible. You yourself could even take classes, study the language yourself, test the translations. You'll note that not one of the LDS authorities you cite will publicly go to bat for the BOA at any Egyptological convention, not one. Not one will put a paper out on the 'translation' as issue it for peer review. All we see here are inward facing claims with doubt your doubt type videos on youtube. But i'd argue that it is they who are lacking the intellectual honesty. If there case was robust then they'd be able to explain why all of the text doesn't simply read like the BOA, and directly translate the facsimiles the way Smith did. It simply isn't a credible position. So this leaves you with the 'translation' by catalyst theory as the last hope on the table. First, can we then drop the use of the term 'translate' since if this catalyst theory holds, Smith did not translate at all, he engaged in a practice known as automatic writing. This as a theory cannot therefore be tested in the test. But since that is the case, the LDS movement needs to discard the term 'translate' and simply explain clearly that Smith was inspired to produce some books that this movement believes are revelations of ancient provenance. The backstory can be discussed etc, but words like 'translate' do create a rod for your own back, since they require you then evidence the translation. However, the only concern might then be the text itself. You still need to deal with the range of inconsistencies and anachronisms. For example, where did the name 'Egypt' come from. Who was Pharaoh Pharaoh? And so forth. When looking at Broader LDS Theology it in that broad view lends itself open to critique over plagiarism of ideas. For example, closely related to this case is the work of the Reverend Thomas Dick, the Scottish Reverend, Philosopher, and Cosmologist. A strong argument can be made that R. Dick was the actual 'catalyst' behind many of Smith's ideas. If you're not familiar with the work of Rev Dick may i suggest you read one of the freely available copies online (it's an excellent book that attempts to discuss the relationship between the idea of God, reason, and cosmology). In this work, (Philosophy of a Future State) Rev Dick uses certain terms and ideas. He postulates that if our body has a spirit, and our spirit survives death, then the spirit was not contingent upon the body for existence, which means it could have existed with God before our birth on this earth - he refers to this pre-existence and explains why we don't remember it because a 'vail' (his spelling) is drawn across out minds. RD then progresses to ask what is the plan on this earth for our salvation, he talks about growth, experience, and observation, how there are 'worlds without numbers' how those worlds are likely populated by other children of God, how God likely exists in the centre of the Universe where his throne resides on a planet near a sun from whence it draws its light. He explains how if we survive death and live in the presence of God for eternity, then it stands to reason via observation alone we will over that infinity absorb the knowledge of God and become like God, but as his offspring this seems a reasonable conclusion. He uses Celestial, Angel, Exalted' and many other terms - but most tellingly he asks what are we really, and his conclusion is that we are 'intelligences', and that there are greater and lesser intelligences, which explains the differences we see here on earth. Now, this all could be co-incidence. But for the fact that Joseph Smith owned a copy of R Thomas Dick's book. You can check this via google if you wish, it is on the list of books owned by Smith that were gifted to the Nauvoo Library after Smith's death. So, not wishing to sound like Columbo, but tell me again about how mainstream academia is being dishonest, and how the train of evidence concludes Smith is telling the truth as opposed to being the character you might more credibly point the finger at. Thank you for taking the time to read and consider these counterpoints. "

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  • Rosina Mertz

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Mad scientists never fail.* *And I said to quit calling me "sweet".* - replied a relieved Babel.

  • Kade Lakin

    Hikaru slowly opens her eyes. She is on a bed in a dark room. Suspenseful Japanese music plays, signaling the beginning of her three part saga in which her tragic backstory slowly will be revealed piece by piece and in which she will defy great odds to save her city either from a homicidal and twisted evil scientist or corrupt government official who may or may not come back from the dead, multiple times and also reveal himself to be a significant figure from her past. The music includes the sounds of an electronic keyboard, so you know the world is cyberpunk. Hikaru feels her head throbbing and her body is sore. She uses her bionic arm to slowly lift herself up on the bed – wait, bionic arm? What in the hell? Hikaru gasps in surprise. That was definitely not there before. She looks around to see that she is in a high tech laboratory of some sort. In the corner, the only source of light in the room, there is an old man with his back to her, hunched over a work table. He turns around noticing she’s awake and walks over to her. “So, you’re finally awake, Motouko-san. I am Dr. Ishikagi and I am pleased to meet your acquaintance.” She asks motioning to her now bionic hand, “I am not Motouko and what the hell is this ?” “Well, my dear, you were hit by a car and therefore, in order to save your life, I had no choice but to amputate your arm and replace it with this bionic limb.” “Oh, hells no!” Hikaru is pissed. This is the third time this week this has happened. “What is wrong, Motouko-san? Do you not like my present?” Hikaru does not even grace him with an answer. Her bionic leg shifts into a high powered energy canon / flamethrower and incinerates him in a fiery blaze . She watches him burn into smoldering ashes right in front of her as opposed to just leaving him in a burning building, ensuring that there is no chance of him returning as plot twist later on. She then burns the building for good measure anyway and begins walking away. She doesn’t know which way to go, but it doesn’t matter, she’s the main character – anywhere she walks will just lead her to the next plot point anyway. After a ways of walking in an unfamiliar wasteland, she notices that a peculiar white cat with a crescent shaped moon on its forehead is following her. Jeez, not another one, she thinks. She turns around and faces the cat. “No, I am not the one you are looking for! Now, scram!” The cat just looks at her so she continues. “No, I am not the lost princess of the moon kingdom and no, I am not the lost princess of venus either! Yeah, your purple friend already tried to sell me on this! I am just regular old Hikaru Sama so leave me alone!” She turns around and walks away. The cat still follows her. She tried being nice and normally, she is against cruelty against animals but she’s had a long day and this cat is going to make her life so much more complicated … Her leg shifts into the high powered energy canon / flamethrower once more. She gets ready to blast – “Don’t be so hasty to make judgments, young one ,” the cat says calmly, as he transforms into a majestic lion with wings. “I am Keroberos, guardian of the Clow, ” he says, “and I believe you Hikaru Sama are the heir to Clow Reed and his book of magic cards.” “Nope, I found that book in my basement, but I threw it away.” “The book is protected by magics and enchantments, it cannot simply be thrown away.” “Yeah, I kind of figured that out when it kept returning to my basement so I opened the book and released all the cards.” “You did what?” Keroberos bares his teeth at her – he is furious. “Do you know what you have done? The danger you have unleashed upon the world ?” “Don’t know, and don’t really care,” Hikaru replies nonchalantly, she has had mythical and non-mythical beings tell her this on a weekly basis – it gets old after a while. Last week it was that perverted old guy on the back of a giant toad telling her that she doomed the world because she released the nine tailed fox that was sealed inside her at birth and the week before that, there was that other old geezer who appeared on her tv saying that she had to play a children’s card game to get his soul back and save the world – honestly, it gets really old. Keroberos looks at her with disdain. “Perhaps it is better that you are not the guardian,” he says before flying off. Hikaru continues walking and then looks at her watch, hmm… I’ve been walking for a while isn’t it about time … The scene cuts to a closed door. It opens, and Hikaru walks in, she is in her apartment. Good, the episode is ending, she thinks. “Mom! Dad! I’m home,” she yells, “Did you miss me?” There is no response. “Of course not,” she says bitterly. “You died when I was a baby in order to fulfill my tragic backstory.” She sighs and begins to work on dying her bright yellow hair, black. An upbeat Japanese pop song that in no way reflects the tone / mood of the episode begins playing as end credits roll.

  • Guillermo Ortiz

    **Continued** **The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake** So here's an interesting point of divergence, the birth of San Fransokyo. According to the director of Big Hero 6, San Fransokyo is the result of Japan sending money and people to help San Francisco rebuild in the wake of the Earthquake of 1906. I speculate that this led to improved US-Japanese relations, and that the primary battlefield for the US in World War 2 was in Europe rather than Asia (was Japan still so aggressively expansionist? Hard to say. I think that either way they might not have joined the Axis in this timeline.) **1920s** The Princess and the Frog Another no-brainer. 1930s-60s * Fantasia 2000 (Rhapsody In Blue segment) * Melody Time (All the Cats Join In segment, Fedora and Bluebonnet segment, The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At The Met segment) * Most Mickey, Donald, etc. shorts. According to Don Rosa, Scrooge McDuck lived from 1867 to 1967. His depiction of Scrooge's burial shows Donald, Daisy, and the Nephews Three to be noticeably older than they are usually portrayed as. Also worth noting is that Donald is generally accepted to have served in WW2. The package feature segments are all obvious in terms of visuals. **1970s** * The Incredibles * The Rescuers * The Rescuers Down Under The Incredibles is confirmed by Brad Bird to take place in 1971. The last orphanages in the US closed in the 1980s, and even leaving lifespans aside, Bernard and Miss Bianca do not seem to have aged between films, so both Rescuers movies probably take place in relatively short succession. **1980s** * Oliver and Company Visually obvious. **1990s** * A Goofy Movie * Toy Story * Toy Story 2 * An Extremely Goofy Movie Toy Story 3 obviously takes place in the late 2000s or early 2010s, the first two take place 10-12 years earlier, looking at Andy. Toy Story 2 takes place less than a year after Toy Story. Andy has a console that appears to be most similar to a Super Nintendo in Toy Story 2, on which Rex plays the Buzz Lightyear game. Did Goofy and Pete have their sons at very old ages, or are they the children of the ones that used to hang out with Mickey? * 2000s * Lilo and Stitch * Bolt Cobra Bubbles and Penny's agent's cell phones would be very outdated by the 2010s. **2010s** * Wreck-It Ralph * Up * Inside Out * Finding Nemo * Finding Dory Ralph is celebrating his 30th anniversary at the start of the game, the copyright notice on the game says 1982. Simple deduction. In Toy Story 3, Andy has a postcard on his wall from Carl and Ellie, which must have been written when Ellie was still alive. Riley uses Skype and has a smartphone, clearly pegging her as a child of the 2010s. Plus, her imaginary boyfriend is based visually on Harry Styles (and in the epilogue she develops a "Boy Band Island", so she probably likes One Direction.) Finding Nemo can't take place too long before Finding Dory, since Nemo is still young. **Near Future** * Meet the Robinsons * Big Hero 6 **29th Century** * WALL-E Explicitly takes place circa ~2800. Sometime in the 22nd century the Earth is abandoned. **Really really distant future** * Treasure Planet Shit's gotten weird at this point. **Unspecified time after European colonization of North America** * Bambi The humans have guns, Bambi is supposed to take place in New England (unlike the book, which takes place in Germany.) **Unspecified Time in the 19th century** * Fantasia 2000 (Piano Concerto no. 2 sequence) 19th-century paper ballerinas and tin soldiers, nuff said. **Unspecified time in the 20th century** * The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh * Winnie the Pooh * Dumbo * Fun and Fancy Free (Bongo segment) * Saludos Amigos * The Three Caballeros * Melody Time (Little Toot segment, Blame it on the Samba segment) * 101 Dalmatians * The Fox and the Hound * Ratatouille Pooh could take place at any time (some elements suggest early 20th century, but I seem to remember seeing a computer at least once on a Pooh TV show.), most of the rest of these are probably no more than a decade or two before their release date. The Three Caballeros and Blame it on the Samba must take place after Saludos Amigos, since Donald and Jose know each other already. **Unspecified time after 1964** * The Lion King Zazu sings "it's a small world after all" to Scar's dismay, which was written for Disney's exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair and later reworked into your 4-year-old's favorite ride at Disneyland. **Unspecified time, sometime in the last 5000 years** All other Package Feature segments **MEANWHILE IN AN ALTERNATE TIMELINE** In another timeline, dinosaurs last several million years longer and develop sapience, as do many other animals, but humans never do. Both become extinct around the same time, but the survivors of this mass extinction event form a society where predators and prey live side-by-side. **Alt-Prehistory** *The Good Dinosaur **Alt-High Middle Ages** * Robin Hood (possible placement) **Alt-20th century** * Various adventures of Mickey, Donald, etc. **Alt-2010s** * Zootopia **MEANWHILE, IN ANOTHER ALTERNATE TIMELINE** Biological life never evolves, all life is mechanical **Alt-alt-2000s** * Cars * Cars 2 **MEANWHILE IN YET A THIRD ALTERNATE TIMELINE** Something similar to the first alternate timeline occurs, but with much stranger lifeforms than the ones we know. **Alt-20th century** * Monsters University * Monsters Incorporated

  • Abner Schoen

    > I forget if it was ever directly said in the show, but the Art Book for Season 1 confirms that he used bloodbending to block their active chi paths. Again with the art book. You literally cannot leave big plot holes like this in the show and then just explain them away in an art book that most people are not going to buy/read. If this was the real reason then they absolutely should have explained it in the show. Not to mention it kind of waters down the impact that taking away someone's bending had in the first series, that was a gigantic spectacle. I would have preferred them to just say "oh amon can energybend" and be done with it. It still would have been ridiculous but at least slightly less so than the implication that advanced water benders can literally take someones bending away. >That didn't really happen in TLOK either though outside of one or two points. It seems like it could be that you have to actively want to talk to Raava for her to respond. I mean....you're just speculating. There's no given reason why you should have to WANT to talk to Raava for her to say something, that feels like a paper thin excuse. She talked to Korra when she was at her lowest point about to give up, I can think of plenty of moments in Avatar where that would have come in handy. Raava does not mesh well with the original series. >I personally never found any that fell flat. I mean, I can't argue with how the series personally made you feel or what happened to resonate with you. I just found it extremely odd that Mako and Bolin basically came to a stand still in their relationship, especially considering it had just been the two of them for nearly their entire lives. Unalaq had almost no relationship with his kids, so that was terrible. Korra and Naga split for seemingly no reason. Even the Korra / Asami relationship could have been way better developed. Team avatar as a whole felt very disconnected, like only two of them could ever be developing at once. > Iroh has no way to know for sure that only some benders can do that. I think he made an assumption about lightning generation. I mean, he also says that to perform it requires peace of mind, but Azula was able to in the finale despite being emotionally instable and growing more and more insane. Uh.....no. Iroh is a master firebender with years upon years of experience bending the elements, in addition to being one of the wisest men living. If the writers wanted to imply that he made an incorrect assumption, they would have pointed it out. You don't have a character give exposition to the audience and then retroactively contradict yourself without giving any explanation. Azula was a firebending prodigy with previous experience producing lightning, there's no reason she would suddenly lose this ability. > When dealing with canon it certainly does. No it really, really doesn't. Art books are for mentioning cool fun facts you couldn't fit into the show or fun info about why you designed something a certain way. They're not for explaining away major contradictions / plot holes as a foot note. Imagine if it was never explained how Aang took Ozai's bending away and then in an art book they were like "oh yeah! It was a lion turtle!". > She certainly would. Being a chief of police for a rather large city is going to put a lot of stress on her. Wanting to maintain her public image as well as not be super hard on her kids means that she would let what Su Yin did slide. That was super morally abhorrent, if Toph was going to pull a move like that then it needed to be further explained. I can't reconcile someone who abuses her position and is flippant about her own children having a relationship with their fathers with who Toph is as a person. As some else said in this thread, part of Toph's character growth in A:TLA was learning to be more self aware showing respect to the people in her life. This seems like she's taken two steps back when realistically after so many years she should be leaps and bounds forward. > I think you misunderstand the point. Lion Turtles gave people the ability to control elements. They were little more than Element-tossers, like what the Aye-aye spirit called the people from the city Wan came from. Badermoles, Dragons, Sky Bison, and the Moon&Ocean are how people learned bending. No, I completely understood what you were getting at but my point still stands. In Avatar it was pretty clear Bryke intended the original benders to be the ones who actually taught people to use the innate ability inside themselves to control the elements in the first place - no Lion Turtle middle man needed. In Korra they retroactively added the element of "wait there was a step before that where we had to GRANT them the ability to manipulate the elements in the first place!" which was IMO unneeded. I don't know why people having the innate ability to control elements in a fantastical world is any more ridiculous to you than lion turtles for some reason having the innate ability to control the elements in a fantastical world and then giving that ability to humans by.....touching them? > To an extreme degree. Like seriously very few people nitpick to this degree. I was just talking about the Iroh thing as it was one of many examples I was using to illustrate a larger point. There's a reason many people feel Korra fell vastly short of its potential, and it's not just because of nitpicking.

  • Michel Raynor

    ###FILM CATEGORIES: **Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release**: * Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice * Captain America: Civil War * Deadpool * Doctor Strange * Suicide Squad * X-Men: Apocalypse **Best Science Fiction Film Release:** * Arrival * Independence Day: Resurgence * Midnight Special * Passengers * Rogue One: A Star Wars Story * Star Trek Beyond **Best Fantasy Film Release**: * The BFG * Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them * Ghostbusters * The Jungle Book * Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children * A Monster Calls * Pete's Dragon **Best Horror Film Release**: * The Autopsy of Jane Doe * The Conjuring 2 * Demon * Don't Breathe * Ouija: Origin of Evil * Train to Busan * The Witch **Best Action / Adventure Film Release:** * Allied * Gold * Hacksaw Ridge * Hidden Figures * The Legend of Tarzan * The Magnificent Seven * The Nice Guys **Best Thriller Film Release**: * 10 Cloverfield Lane * The Accountant * The Girl on the Train * Jason Bourne * Hell or High Water * The Shallows * Split **Best Actor in a Film:** * Chris Evans (Captain America: Civil War) * Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) * Chris Pratt (Passengers) * Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) * Mark Rylance (The BFG) * Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond) * Matthew McConaughey (Gold) **Best Actress in a Film**: * Amy Adams (Arrival) * Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) * Taraji P. 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  • Fletcher Runte

    >Just like the time-turned Harry had in PoA? Forgetting Order of The Phoenix are we? >I don't think that's fair to Harry. He spends a lot of time on his homework, and he is plenty bright --- definitely significantly above average in general intelligence. He certainly doesn't understand magical theory as well as Hermione, but he probably understands it better than the average Hogwarts student (especially since Hermione looks over his essays --- or is that fanon?). In terms of end-results, he did almost exactly as well as Ron on his OWLs, except for DADA, on which he did better. But you later say that he doesn't have the mental strength to think ahead? You should probably choose one, it's getting a bit out of composition. >It was an argument for Harry's uber-talent that relied on Harry mastering a particular spell quickly and after an inadequate demonstration. It turned out that he didn't do it quickly and that the demonstration was considered to be quite adequate by all present. He had yet to try the spell after demonstration. >He cast it at Draco a few days later, as well. Page number? >His very ability to perform the first Task relied on being able to Summon his broom. Out of context. You said that he was capable of casting different spells with no hindrance to magical ability due to his sporadic emotional state, yet it took him much longer to learn the summoning charm because of his emotional state. >I was using the nomenclature that you introduced in the very first line of https://www.reddit.com/r/HPfanfiction/comments/5vfsy5/discussion_my_opinion_on_why_harmony_is_such_a/de4a0a1/ , and sarcastically at that. Is the Patronus not a spirit gurdian that uses its light to repel a dementor? It's powerful light-based magic, I see nothing wrong with calling it light. > few adults can do it is that most adults don't take NEWTs in DADA, where it's taught; and the reason it's taught at the NEWT level is that unless you know Dumbledore's communication trick or expect to coral Dementors, it's completely useless. Remus is quoted as saying it's way past the level of anything you'd learn at Hogwarts, including NEWT level. Pottermore says that it is the sign of a greatly powerful wizard. Author's words contradict you head-canon, and while JKR seems to be off her meds recently, I'll stick with that. >There was no way Harry could be "trained up" in four or even seven years to face him in a pitched battle and win. What do you think training Harry entails? I doubt it would take more than even three years to get him there. How many years do you think Voldemort had to train in his 'Ancient Magic' before the war started. From ages 1-10 he was simply using controlled accidental magic against children, while impressive, accidental magic have never accounted for power. Ages 11-18 he was in Hogwarts, attempting to ground himself in the Dark Magic that was already there. Aside from the Horcrux, we don't know what he studied, but it wasn't anything too big if he thought he needed to continue his education the full seven-years to be a competent wizard. We know that for a good 2-3 years Voldemort was in Knockturn Alley selling and buying artifacts of great historical importance, he may have picked up a couple good spellbooks on certain curses, but no comprehensive Dark Magic training, unless he had an unknown mentor. It was only when he went under that we can assume he began his journey into the dark, and he was already twenty-one. Aside from his boasting of pushing magic farther than it's been pushed, we don't see much from him. We see a transfigured serpent made of fire that Dumbledore already made, we see him use the killing curse, conjured a silver portable shield (likely actually made of silver, breaking a rule of magic about transfiguration in the process) and used several other unremarkable spells. His greatest feat in the book was unassisted flying, and that is more of a vulnerability in combat than a strength. Numerous minions that he knew by name and personally exchanged with. Voldemort definitely had friends, maybe even people he cared about, his search for immortality was just a little stronger, he constantly reminded himself that only he could be immortal, and attachment was pointless, despite already being attached. >tedious, time-consuming Sirius, Remus, and James did it in two years, and they were third years (when they started), and hiding from professors the whole entire time. A Harry assisted by a full-grown Sirius would be easily able to get it down in the same span, or maybe less. >stag More evidence points to Phoenix, Griffin, or Lion. Patronus' change, likely depending on the fuel you use for them. Harry uses family, so his dad comes out. Tonks used Remus and a werewolf came out. >The only book that took place mostly outside of Hogwarts was DH, and Moody was dead for most of that. It was shown that students can have tutoring on the side (Occlumency lessons disguised as Potions). How hard is it to sneak Moody in with Dumbledore's assistance? >Duelling Club Last I checked, Duelling was a one on one thing. Harry showed no remote interest in it, even when it was helpful to him, yet he apparently liked sports.

  • Rubye Denesik

    First of all many thanks for your reply :) I love these discussions..as you probably can see of the length of my reply :P > Their theory is that all the **death** good concepts are one I do think you're wrong about it, but I think it's very logical and easy to...'fall for that trap' (lacking better words, not a native speaker, sorry for unclarities). I think they are theists and not just think all forms of death is...death. Yes, the Stranger is there and no other *aspect* of the Seven (who are all part of 1 god). That's akin to having a crusifix. You're not saying I worshop this wood. The crusifix symbolizes the crusifixion of Christ. So you'd be worshiping Christ, but still... there is the idea of the trinity, so it's not just Christ, it's also the Father and the Holy Spirit. Since they're a religion that sees all gods as one and the Smith/Crone/Stranger is already part of the idea of the Seven, it seems natural to me they don't need all these aspects to represent, but just one. Why not the one that most aptly fits with your religion? Also don't forget what types of people, that primarially follow (or have followed) the Seven, come there. They aren't people that have a mind on being pure and pray to the Maiden; nor are they in need of wisdom (Crone); or need potection and pray to the Warrior; neither would they primarially be concerned about their children or fertility (Mother), etc. etc. No. The House of Black and White is the place to go for death. Your own or someone else's. So the people that are or have followed the Seven would like to see the Stranger above all other aspects. > There is some inconsistency for the Rhllor religion - whether it should be rhllor or the Great Other. I think you're putting too much effort in it here. I think it's all just a whole lot simpler. To me it's obvious why the Great Other would not be featured, while Jaqen (in both book and show iirc) often talks about the Red God (in the beginning). I really don't think there are any who worship the Great Other. Just think about the real world, how many people really do worship the devil, and do so seriously. The LaVeyan Satanism are just atheists mocking theists. Muslims, pagans, hindus etc all have their own religions despite some Christians saying they're worshipping the devil and his demons. Melisandre also says there is only one god, and all other gods are tools of the Great Other. Just because the Red Religion sets up a narrative, that doesn't mean you have to trust it as true. > It is also interesting that all of the dual god religions in the books have an adversarial system The same is true irl, isfaik at least. Zoroastrianism has dual and mutually antagonistic gods (all followers fo Zoroastrianism only follow the 'good' god). Very similar things can be said about Catharism. Both of these religions have been the primary inspiration of the Red Religion. > indeed the religion is ultimately monotheistic but not just ultimately... from the start. So it would actually be strange to do see some conflict between the aspects. Same for with Christianity, it woudl be really strange to see some Christians argue Jesus was selfish towards his father, since he wanted more prayers dedicated to him.. That's just not how the concept works. > Likewise there is no named "evil" good amongst the old gods of the North. Yes, this seems much more like polytheism. But actually I think it's actually closer to animism, and not polytheism. While they're called gods, lots of other things (especially from the reports from the Children of the Forest) seem much more animistic. The real thing that surprises me so much is not the religion of the Seven, or the politheistic/animistic Old Gods, or... the sheperd god of the Lazereen, etc. etc. but the surprising abundance of dualistic theistic religions, where irl if we can name one it's probably Zoroastrianism. Things like Yin Yang/Tao, (Zen) Buddhism, etc. are dualistic, but not really theistic. Few know of Catharism or other forms of (Christian) Gnosticism, let alone beyond that. But in aSoIaF there are so many: * The Red Religion * Ironborn Storm & Drowned god * The Lady of the Waves & the Lord of the Skies of the Tree Sisters (and ancient Stormlands) before the Andals came (I.. suspect they might even have the same root religion as the Ironborn had, which devoloped differently from then on...anyway. Interesting reads: [Original Faith of the First men](https://www.reddit.com/r/asoiaf/comments/1yxc0x/spoilers_all_faith_of_the_first_men_before_the/) and [Where the Drowned god comes from](https://www.reddit.com/r/gameofthrones/comments/52mbt5/everything_explanation_of_where_the_drowned_god/)) * Semosh and Selloso * The Lion of Night & the Maiden-Made-of-Light I'm sure there are some polytheistic religions beyond that of the ancient Valyrians..but I don't recall so. The gods of Old Ghis seem likely.those pyramids alone :P I hope I didn't bore you? :-/

  • Orpha Lowe

    >You literally cannot leave big plot holes like this in the show and then just explain them away in an art book that most people are not going to buy/read. It's not a plot hole. > If this was the real reason then they absolutely should have explained it in the show. Didn't need to because they assume the audience isn't retarded. > Not to mention it kind of waters down the impact that taking away someone's bending had in the first series, that was a gigantic spectacle. It doesn't really though, because it was only able to be done by a special type of bender. It's not like anyone could do it. >I would have preferred them to just say "oh amon can energybend" and be done with it. No that would've been retarded. >than the implication that advanced water benders can literally take someones bending away. That's not the implication at all. Only a psychic bloodbender could even perform the technique, and even then it was something that that specific psychic bloodbender invented himself, presumably years after running away and continuing to practice his bending. > I just found it extremely odd that Mako and Bolin basically came to a stand still in their relationship, especially considering it had just been the two of them for nearly their entire lives. It wasn't really a standstill, their relationship waxed and waned every so often but ultimatley they still were brothers. I mean I don't know exactly what you were expecting. >Unalaq had almost no relationship with his kids He did though, it just wasn't a strong one because he was too tied to his mission to free Vaatu. >Korra and Naga split for seemingly no reason. They didn't, though. I mean, Naga wasn't exactly super useful in many cases due to the more modern world, but Naga and Korra never "split". They were away from eachother at times but never "split". >Even the Korra / Asami relationship could have been way better developed. I disagree, their friendship and growing closer was done pretty good over the course of Seasons 3-4. >Uh.....no. Iroh is a master firebender with years upon years of experience bending the elements, in addition to being one of the wisest men living. That doesn't make him immune to being incorrect. >If the writers wanted to imply that he made an incorrect assumption, they would have pointed it out. No they wouldn't. > Azula was a firebending prodigy with previous experience producing lightning, there's no reason she would suddenly lose this ability. **Iroh specifically says that you must have peace of mind to generate lightning.** In the same episode, "Bitter Work". Yet Azula was able to do so in the finale despite a lack of peace of mind. So Iroh was just wrong. Sorry if you can't accept that, but it's what happened. >No it really, really doesn't. It really does. Word of God trumps whatever the hell you want to think. > They're not for explaining away major contradictions / plot holes as a foot note. Stop incorrectly assuming stuff you misunderstood is a plot hole or contradiction. >That was super morally abhorrent, if Toph was going to pull a move like that then it needed to be further explained. I can't reconcile someone who abuses her position and is flippant about her own children having a relationship with their fathers with who Toph is as a person. Sorry that you can't accept that people change when they grow up. Maybe one day you'll meet an old high school classmate who is radiclly different than the person they used to be and you'll understand then. I certainly can't seem to make you understand that. >In Avatar it was pretty clear Bryke intended the original benders to be the ones who actually taught people to use the innate ability inside themselves to control the elements in the first place - no Lion Turtle middle man needed. You seem to lack reading comprehension. That is still the case. Lion Turtles only explain why some people have that innate ability. The animals still taught people to properly control that innate ability. >. In Korra they retroactively added the element of "wait there was a step before that where we had to GRANT them the ability to manipulate the elements in the first place!" which was IMO unneeded. It changes literally nothing. Humans still learn bending from the animals, adding in the lion turtles does not change that from happening. It just explains why some people have bending and others do not. >I don't know why people having the innate ability to control elements in a fantastical world is any more ridiculous to you than lion turtles for some reason having the innate ability to control the elements in a fantastical world Because it's better to have an explanation for why some people have bending instead of "lol they randomly got it one day hahaha". It'd be stupid and lazy to do the latter. >and then giving that ability to humans by.....touching them? Are you trolling? The Lion Turtles energy bent them. >I was just talking about the Iroh thing as it was one of many examples I was using to illustrate a larger point. No, you said you were nitpicking. >There's a reason many people feel Korra fell vastly short of its potential, and it's not just because of nitpicking. It is though. Especially in your example.

  • Noemi Kerluke

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  • Arvilla Batz

    According to a Confident of mine thares 10 New (reasonably) minor supporting Characters many of these characters are not going to be around for for long and pretty much become "major minor character" see TV tropes for more details: Maester Marwin (Jim Broadbent): The most obvois one hes introduced in e3 and is Killed in episode 7 helping Sam back to the Wall Garlan/Willas/Leo/Kenneth/"Inster Genericic Reach Name Here" Tyrell (???????): Its VERY VERY unclear how hes related to Loras and Margery but hes apparently the "young lord in his LATE 20s" indicating either cousin or a bastard brother Im unsure but he becomes Tyrions Sidekick and slides into the backround more and more as season progresses and the three ceans I know is he shows Tryion maces old wine seller (which gives tyrion a Sam at Citadel moment) and whrrehe gets beated the crap out of by Lannister soilders and Jamie stops them from killing him and when Ollena Barracedes herself in a Room in hihggarden During the Seig and she tells him she liked him better than loras Apperantly hes also Hanicapped hes a Plot device realy a Placeholder Think Olly (no but not that bad) Lynesse Hightower (Aparently Yvonne Stavoskii): Shes is again a plot device has a nice argument with the Citidel Maester just Window Dressing with a mouth Alarie Hightower (Apperantly Helen MCCory even thought it her Wikipidea dosnet say shit): Posibly the Only Reach Character with significant Input (besides Ollena) she aalso recides into the Backround but she has conversations with Dany and Varys and has Beef with Cersei at the Drgonpit scean shes also nearly raped by Lannsitewr men but Jamie puts a stop to it Arrinne(?????): Dont ask me I dont understand either No seriously i Don't Janne Tyrell: Ollena equaly sharped toung Daughter spend she Entirety of her Scenes arguing with people and seducing everthing that moves and has an ego the size of Sothoros Victarion: Apperes as a lacky to his brother they realy have butchered his character I must say he sepands all his time Laughing like a manicac he Gets KPS^$"&*@^$"*&$%*$"!('ed but not before he stabs Yara in the neck (OOOPS SPOILER!) he also kills Illiro on his ship Illiro appers in a VERY short scewan and then dies LOL and I thought Pip form southpark had an unceremonious deaths scean Theodore Tryell: Another cousin a HUGE cunt and Ollenas Enemie even more stubben and self centred than his wife Janna he spends all his time bragging tryies to make out hes competent but realy hes shit he gets his throat slit in Epsiode 6 think of him as this seasons Rickard Kartsark Alys Karstark: Already mentioned many times simarlish to her book counterpart but is unfreidnly towords Sansa Howland Reed: Bran visits him in epsidoe two hes a pretty cool guy Aslo an asorment of single epsode chracters with varying charactisitcs Including Another daughter of Ollenas whos a Complate stoner has1 episode and one scean where she basically is Westeros Xenopelous Lovegood with a Total maniac Makes Lindsay Lohan look clean she helps make wildfire, Talisa's GAY Brother has short scean with Lady Tyrell and is killed within minutes also Paxter Redwyne MIGHT have some role but will basically be a backroundcharacter we aslo meet various Lannsoiter redshirt cosuins when Jamie goes toCaterly rock, Elia and Sarrela sand have Small roles as a Ward in Highgarden and the Citadel Respectively, Jannas children have small roles Allana (has a conversation with Sansa about Margery) Ellinor (Has vitrly no lines says nothing of note moving on) Luthor Groomed by THeo as a warrior but is a backround charcter only has five (EXTRWEAMLYT crinjgeworthy lines) hes not even seen again after he is zsent away to take back the castle of Highgarden happens complately OFFSCREWAN and hes only mentioned ONCE afterwars we just know when the intro to e6 changed back to a Rose from a Lion in episode 5 then we see Lady Tyrell (notice when I say lady tyrell this is ALARIE Ollena is a stiff by this point) readinga scrollwitth a Rose signiture and she looks triampunmt also did I mention that Alarie apparently dies between seasons so yeah she's a single season character. Aslo the New Lord Umber a 10 year old boy with a disturbingly murderous streak with unSansa to know end and "Frederick"a Qurion Halfhand tyre character who takes over as LC after Edd dies Also Lord Horndwood apeprs in a small role and Val apperesin the Lat Espiode Characters Xollo, Edric Dayne are complete bullshit as it turns out Xollo sound like a Terrible FanFic and Edric SERIOSULY??? this character is Just usless

  • Sofia Lueilwitz

    > I think you and I are working off of two different definitions of legacy or something >Legacy - a thing handed down by a predecessor. When talking about historical figures it more common to talk about what they achieved and accomplished as their legacy. If you want to be literal then legacy means what someone has left in their will and Tywin's legacy to his family can hardly be called shit * Cersie and her children were left Westeros * Kevan's son was left Darry * Genna and her children Riverrun * Tyrek, if he still alive, the Hayford lands * Had Tyrion not been the main suspect of his nephew's death he and his children had a chance at the North. Sadly this is immaterial due to his crimes. So if we are going to be literal about the subject then Tywin's legacy is far from shit. What his family do with these gifts is down to them, not a dead man. > Er, you talking about TWOIAF because that book becomes Baratheon/Lannister propaganda after a certain point. lol much of history is exactly like that. The World book is written by Maesters, they dictate how the people of their times are remembered. > It kind of did though. Alexander the Great was building something amazing. His early death unfortunately broke his empire and the vision he had. He had so much potential for more. It really didn't though. 2,400 years later and he remains one of the most famous people in history. His legacy is pretty significant. No one thinks of Alexander as a failure. > His son did inherit his empire though. Augustus. Yes, it's his adopted son but that was his heir. His actual son inherited nothing though and was killed by Octavius' orders. In fact he also made sure that his other chosen successor, Anthony, also died. So here we have Julius' heirs all fighting amongst each other and it failed to ruin his legacy. The fact that the person who succeeded him was not his actual son but the grandson of his sister does not diminish his legacy. Glad that we have got that sorted. > And that's fine because she had an heir and ensured his succession. And the prosperity she brought with her wasn't done undone by James. What is the issue about Tywin's children for if you are OK with others heirs not being a child of the person? And no, Elizabeth was not really happy about James being her heir. Cecil was his main backer and he had the Privy Council back his pick. When Elizabeth was on sick with smallpox in 1963 she picked Henry Hastings as her heir. Elizabeth, like her father and grandfather, did not really get along with her close family members as she saw them all as potential threats and did her best to limit their influence and authority. > If it looks like a Lannister, talks like a Lannister, acts like a Lannister and is raised by a Lannister, it's a Lannister. Tommen's sigil is the Lannister lion and Baratheon stag. And his name is Tommen Baratheon. Robb, despite looking like a Tully, is first and foremost a Stark due to his last name. Though this is getting silly and you seem to arguing this case for the sake of it. At no point did Tywin try to change either Joffrey or Tommen's last name to Lannister. > All you need is the blood connection. lol when has Tywin ever insinuated that this was what he wanted? If you are coming up with wild speculative theories the onus is on you to back them up with some form of evidence. > Train her as a back up heir, I said. Which entails what? Describe what this magical training and show evidence in the books of other Lords giving their daughters this 'back up heir' training you speak of? Stop being so vague and actually say what you think he should have done and cite other Lords who did do it. >Did I say it didn't? So what is the point of this discussion? Is it just to have another whine about how awful Tywin is? Get off your chest then. >Kevan Lannister. Remember him? : p lol so one dead in the last two books is dropping like flies? > I mean I'm pretty sure Stannis will kill Shireen but no, I wasn't talking about the one from the show. I'm talking about the wildfire explosion that is going to take the whole city down. Sorry, I am here to talk about stuff that actually happened, not wild fan theories. >They don't need to be to kill the guests at a wedding. All they have to be is sneaky. Sure, sure. > The wedding between Daven Lannister and a Frey at Riverrun would presumably bring a lot of Freys and Lannisters together for the BWB to massacre. Why would Daven's wedding be held at Riverrun? Not only has this not been mentioned int he books but it makes zero sense for the wedding to be held there. It is hard having a serious discussion with you when all your 'evidence' are events that have yet to happen and possibly never will.

  • Braxton Brown

    >He said he would throw his opponent and her lawyers in jail during a televised debate in front of millions of viewers Except to anyone who actually kept up with the details of Hillary and her email scandal it was clear to even children that Hillary had been doing some very very illegal deeds and should have been in prison (like everyone else who had done the same crime) [except the FBI dropped the case and clearly didn't do a good enough job](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OztgH7gNBEY) >He suggested that gun owners should 'deal' with Hillary Clinton themselves That's hugely ambiguous, there's three ways you can look at the way he said it, firstly he was talking about how the 2nd amendment people would fight any and all regulations that Hillary would try to put in place, secondly you could infer that the second amendment people would revolt (which is kinda a right since your taking their rights away) and thirdly the largest leap being him telling people to shoot Hillary >He was against a peaceful transition of power if he lost, and he talked about needing to watch out for certain communities stealing the vote on Election Day After the DNC email leak, the DNC voting fraud scandal Trump had every reason to suspect foul play in practice this election, plus I can't remind him saying he was against it a peaceful transition but he was sure that he was considering his options >He threatened to pull the USA out of the NATO (Hitler pulled Germany out of the League of Nations) Except at the moment its rather unfair on the USA having to spend twice as much as the other countries, its economics 101 and the US shouldn't have to borrow money just so the other countries have it easier Plus Reductio ad Hitlerum is a terrible argument to make, so far Trump has killed far less people than Obama (and Hillary) >He attacked the 'outsiders' (Mexicans and Muslims) as if they are the American problem, calling most illegal Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers, and banned Muslims from 7 nations that have never killed Americans in terror attacks (including green card holders and war refugees) And [most illegal mexican immigrants ARE rapist and murderers](http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/illegal_aliens_murder_at_a_much_higher_rate_than_us_citizens_do.html), Illegals aren't exactly one to follow the law, as for the "muslim" ban you can thank Obama for his hard work in making that list (plus its a pretty shitty muslim ban when you miss out the other major Muslim countries) >Him and Kelyanne Conway made up 2 terror attacks, and he claims that the murder rate is at a 45 year high (it is the opposite). He is using this false information as an excuse to push his 'protection' agenda, similar to the Reichstag fire, which was abused by Hitler to push the Emergency Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State I'll be honest i haven't really read up on this but the boston bombing, 9/11 and many many more events are all justifiable reasons to start acting on ISIS and friends plus Reductio ad Hitlerum is still a terrible argument >He attacked journalists, a union leader, and even federal judges the moment they criticized him After being labelled a rapist, racist, likes to have prostitues pee on him, etc who can blame him plus its not really that rare for a president to say mean things >He already held a populist rally even without an election happening What? >He attacked the first amendment by saying that Americans that burn the flag should lose their citizenship or be tossed in jail That's very very debatable as to whether it should be a bad thing or not, shouting fire in a crowded room is not protected speech, burning a flag can be seen as a sacred symbol of a country and burning it is seen as a declaration of war >In 1990, Trump’s first wife claimed that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler's collected speeches, 'My New Order,' which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed Did you know Abe Lincon had slaves? he abolished slavery but kept slaves anyway. >He quoted Benito Mussolini >"@ilduce2016: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.” that's a pretty nice quote, this too is a nice quote >"Words build bridges into unexplored regions." - Adolf Hitler (oh wow it seems like Hitler is a common theme for you, maybe your a secret nazi)

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  • Cleve Streich

    >It really is not. He was the first none Targaryen King and ruled for almost 20 years. His legacy is great. He is the most important person in the last three centuries of the Stormlands. . I think you and I are working off of two different definitions of legacy or something. Legacy - a thing handed down by a predecessor. >You might not like it, but the Maesters of Westeros certainly do and it is they who history source. Er, you talking about TWOIAF because that book becomes Baratheon/Lannister propaganda after a certain point. >Alexander the Great has one of, if not, the greatest legacies in history. His children or even the Diadochi failing to hold his empire together did not diminish his greatness. It kind of did though. Alexander the Great was building something amazing. His early death unfortunately broke his empire and the vision he had. He had so much potential for more. >Julius Caesar's son not inheriting his empire did not diminish his legacy. His son did inherit his empire though. Augustus. Yes, it's his adopted son but that was his heir. >Queen Elizabeth is perhaps the most famous Queen in history with a legacy surpassing many others. Her lack of children does not really matter. And that's fine because she had an heir and ensured his succession. And the prosperity she brought with her wasn't done undone by James. >Again we are talking about what actually happened, not about the fanfiction that you want to have happened. There is nothing in the books that suggests that Tywin was trying to change Tommen's last name to Lannister. If it looks like a Lannister, talks like a Lannister, acts like a Lannister and is raised by a Lannister, it's a Lannister. Tommen's sigil is the Lannister lion and Baratheon stag. >Everyone knew Tywin was in charge when Aerys Targaryen was King. Was he? >Tommen Baratheon is King. Without that last name he is not King, no one with any sense is going to try and change that. All you need is the blood connection. >She was married at 17, Jaime joined the Kingsguard at 15. Just when do you think he had time to train her into his 'heir'? Train her as a back up heir, I said. >And why does this not apply to anyone else? Did I say it didn't? >What training has Doran given his actual heir? Quentyn or Arianne. He wasnt there to raise Quentyn and his lack of training Arianne is biting him in the ass. >What training has Stannis given his heir? Stannis' lack of training Shireen would actually bite him in the ass if he were to die. I can condemn Stannis for that. >Right now? Did a single Lannister die in the last two books? Kevan Lannister. Remember him? : p >What explosion? You mean the explosion from the TV show? Sure, I imagine Lancel will die in an explosion a few chapters after Stannis kills his own daughter. I mean I'm pretty sure Stannis will kill Shireen but no, I wasn't talking about the one from the show. I'm talking about the wildfire explosion that is going to take the whole city down. >As the Brotherhood have mentioned themselves, they are no army. They don't need to be to kill the guests at a wedding. All they have to be is sneaky. >Why would a large gathering of Lannisters from the Westerlands go to Riverrun for a wedding? That makes zero sense at all. The wedding between Daven Lannister and a Frey at Riverrun would presumably bring a lot of Freys and Lannisters together for the BWB to massacre. >"It makes no matter. Stannis Baratheon's sun set on the Blackwater." >Which could make it a different conflict. Different war. >Just because there are may be other wars does not mean the War of the Five Kings is still ongoing. Guess I'll have to give you full quote: >"Did you turn into an utter fool when Tyrion shaved your beard? This is Stannis Baratheon. The man will fight to the bitter end and then some. If he is gone, it can only mean he intends to resume the war. Most likely he will land at Storm's End and try and rouse the storm lords. If so, he's finished. But a bolder man might roll the dice for Dorne. If he should win Sunspear to his cause, he might prolong this war for years. So we will not offend the Martells any further, for any reason. The Dornishmen are free to go, and you will heal Ser Gregor." Tywin doesn't consider this war done.

  • Gay Bruen

    I have a typical mormon background. One of my earliest memories is our family being assigned to give a talk in sacrament meeting. I was held up to the microphone and words were whispered into my ear of what to say, including "I love my mommy and my daddy. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of god." I didn't make it through the repetition, and I remember the laughter from the pews. I have typical background beyond that. Forced church on Sunday. Typical engangement in ward activities. I was slow to see it, but as I began realizing the degree of control and imposition of other people's ideas onto family members, especially the few people I knew that had been excommunicated and were publicly being shamed over and over. I started to begin to see gatekeeping aspects of the church that I didn't want imposed on the next generation. The anti-intellectual, anti-feminism bents were not what I wanted my children indoctrinated with. Also, Benson's two speeches, "To the Mothers in Zion" and "Fourteen Principles of Following the Prophet" were throwbacks to an age of inequality and privilege. The prophet was most privileged of all and his *vision* supercedes the enlightenment and the scientific method. Revelation trumps science. The timelines in the Book of Mormon and D&C 77 are true because of prophetic license aided along by 2 Timothy 3:7. When I realized the nature of the mormon god was to check boxes, and the vision of god as unforgiving and a local administrator, then I was done. Mormonism promoted the kind of people that would fill the same box-checking shoes of the deity. It was too judgmental of atmosphere, and as I said, having seen it first hand I risked D&C 68:27 and the other curses put onto me via the laying on of hands to come upon me rather than repeat my parent's error by sending them to the Latter Day Saints' wardhouse. California Prop 8 and the documentary, [8: The Mormon Proposition](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1484522/) further opened my eyes about the harm that had been done in the name of "helping people" and in "Jesus' name", too. I learned the history that had been hidden from me, beginning with Brodie's *No Man Knows My History.* I've read a lot of reddit threads at exmormon, including bookmarking some of the best I see [here.](https://www.reddit.com/r/bestof_exmormon/) I think I'm fairly typical of those that leave mormonism. The curses that are thrown stick to some regard. Tom Philips spoke of nightmares about being cast out, etc. I think those curses give people pause and they want to be sure about things. Joseph Smith was a boyhood hero of mine, based on the Stewart Petersen (Where the Red Fern Grows) image. Praise to the Man was a rousing tune. When heroes fall, they fall hard. [link](https://www.reddit.com/r/mormon/comments/2yg3q6/we_could_be_heroes_just_for_one_day_my_comparison/) I have investigated Community of Christ to see their approach of how they're handling Smith's failed truth claims without triggering a mass exodus of the membership. I think they would have been wise to get rid of a lot more canon, including the Book of Mormon, but they didn't. They're saddled with the tiered hierarchy of priesthood and they seem to like it. They gave women the priesthood in 1984, so they seemed way ahead of Brighamite mormonism in that regard. (Meanwhile, the Brighamites were a major force/ally in defeating the the ERA in the 1970s with their political clout. Idaho's reversal was a turning point.) I also wanted to ensure that if I ever recommended an alternative church to anyone (especially those attending Brighamite mormonism wards) that I wasn't sending them from the lion's den into a pit of vipers. (Whatever, pick your own metaphor.) My intitial impression of CoC was confirmed that they are a welcoming congregation. That was essential for many in the wake of November 2015's declaration of war against LGBT persons. It off ers an environment where Christian principles are observed, and belief tests are minimal. I think that is all I will say about that because I want to preserve my online anonymity as much as possible.

  • Benedict Kuhn

    Well written questions! **1/ travel between realms** This happens (archetypal, mythological, D&D, story-wise, etc.) where the border is 'weak': **Fae Realms:** - a mushroom circle with larger, obviously magical mushrooms - two specially grown (ancient, moss covered, etc.) trees on a mound or small hill - on special nights with magical storms that 'touch down' in key areas **Darkness & Shadow Realms:** - places that are specifically twilight (never touch the sun but usually have some dim light nearby) - areas of great crime, cruelty &/or misery (torture chambers, area of mass slaughter, places where ghosts gather, specific area in powerful graveyard, etc.) **Elemental realms:** - Massive stone portal surrounded by lots of stone for Earth - A tornado or vortex focal-point of great wind for Air - Whirlpool (glowing a bit perhaps?) often used in many stories / games as a portal, you can use it for Water. **Upper Planes:** - holy / sacred places that open up only at certain times of the year. **Odd realms:** *Lion, Witch & Wardrobe* used a wardrobe. *Kingdom For Sale / Sold* used a mist-covered pathway the protagonist jogged down. *Neverending Story* used a book. You can use anything you like as long as it is fun for your players! **** **2/ Expose your party to Bad Guy(s):** You seem to be on to this. The Celestials can provide scrying portals as you suggest, a dream sequence wherever / whenever they rest (harder with D&D elves as they do not sleep), allow a player (PC) to open a pocket-portal and get attack-ambushed by a small horde of minions, PCs find history books, they discover an oracle / bard / sage that tells the stories (perhaps with use of illusions for bonus special effects) and so forth. Exposure to the enemy is easy, survival is the trick - possibly the point of D&D, really. 3/ You can have them cross realms at any level. In most fantasy books this is done at zero or first level! Note how many books send children across. As you have no control over players, you may want to expose your players to 'pocket realms' or fragments of these realms. This would be an adventure-'dungeon' with one to one hundred rooms 'flavoured' to the realms you want to expose the players to. The portal they use may only work for a few uses or perhaps at key times. Survival on the 'border of the Abyss' or the 'edge of Hell' can be a lot of fun so long as players know they are killing the weakest of minions and spying on super-BBEGs that typically do not care if vermin (i.e. 'low level players') are walking in their midst. You could even use this as a means to expose players to your BBEG(s) if you like. This pends on how clever or 'not suicidal' your PC play style is. If they are the kind that charge in for a hack n' slash, you may want to be careful on this. **** **4/ What do these portals do to both sides?** The sky is the limit! Literally. You may be able to see the manifestations of larger portals for miles away, like World of Warcraft has done. Some may be subtle as the cross points between Fae Realms would be naught but very healthy looking sylvan woodlands around any such port. You can use mostly flavour and storytelling elements, though feel free to have minions and their spell effects popping up within a certain radius. 5E D&D monster manuals do an AMAZING job of this for legendary creatures, especially dragons. Your portals could count as legendary creatures. In the Disney *Aladdin* animated feature the portal could talk and was an actual head of a massive sand-golem. Ultimately this is your story and the way you create your portals, magic effects & creatures will set the feeling & tone of your entire campaign. If you are clever you can even ask what your players what they are expecting and their dreams will ultimately shape the places they visit (the theory on the creation of all the spiritual realms pends on this idea).

  • Yasmin Trantow

    I'd love to! >Why does God/Jesus depend on us to seek him out and "believe and obey him", Why not show people there is an afterlife there really is more to this whole God thing? Interestingly enough Jesus answers this question Himself! He speaks of everyone knowing about God and the end of the world and the result thereof: Matthew 24 > But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. If we all just factually knew all the people who were not truly willing to love God, to have that love in their hearts, would fake it trying to get into heaven. We would just have a world of a bunch of fake Christians. That isn't want God wants. We already have enough fake Christians in the church that are pretending just so they don't disappoint their families and friends. This is weakening our churches by filling them with people who don't love God. God wants His church to be filled with His true children. > Are we to rely only on an ancient book and its words? Yes, an ancient book that was written and held by hundreds of witnesses that had also witnessed what was written down and then preserved was written so that those who would live after them would know the truth they had seen. They gave their lives to keep that truth alive. >It does upset me that people have to seek and believe to find god? it seems very selfish and self-involved for a god to do such at thing Yes you must seek God with your heart, but He is also seeking you. He does everything He can to get you to come to Him, sending His servants (like me, right here, right now) to to tell you about Him in an attempt to make you grow into a Christian. Luke 13 >And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure. 9 And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’” >Why was God sending his only son to die and be crucified? i mean, thats a bit much really. Its not pleasant at all. Surely there are other methods to spread the word of god? God sent His Son to the world to show us exactly how much He loves us. He was willing to walk in the flesh and suffer for us that we may know the truth of our existence, His love, and what we are supposed to do. We were separated from God by our sin and what Jesus's death did for us was end that separation. God had forgiven us all. Sin has a price that has to be paid. There is consequence for actions, to brush it all away would mean that all that sin never mattered. Someone had to pay the consequence of what we had done and God paid it Himself with His life. There is no other way for God to show us exactly how much He loves us. There isn't a more loving thing to do. > How does the afterlife even work? Those who believe in and follow Jesus will go to heaven while those who do not will go to hell. We don't know much of hell other than it is eternal suffering. Heaven is a paradise in God's kingdom for eternity. It isn't a dictatorship, it is a loving family. It is eternal joy. I love the way C. S. Lewis describes heaven in the final book of the Chronicles of Narnia: >“And as He spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

  • Mylene Nienow

    I have deeply, passionately and some might say obsessively (everyone, everyone says this) loved the Disney brand and specifically its animated features far into adulthood. I love Disney in the way many of us outcast kids clung onto the warm fuzzy, colorful, uplifting messages that were widely accepted. It has shaped and, honestly, continues to shape my life, my career and my work. I love The Lion King in a way I love very few things in life. But over the years I have become very critical of the brand and indeed its legacy. If you delve into the history of Disney you quickly are disillusioned by all of it. It’s not magic by any means, it’s capitalism and commercialized. It’s indoctrinating to the extend we haven't fully grasped because science continues to severely dismiss the influence of movies on the way children (and by extension adults) conceive the world. If you review how executives (the Eisner era well documented in the outstanding work Disney War) treated the brand and capitalized on our love, you would agree. Walt Disney in his earlier entrepreneurship was racist and sexist. He literally didn't let people of colour or women work for him unless it was for voice acting. Of course that changed but those messages are very much an integral part of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Jungle Book. Far beyond really. What makes it more dangerously than any other studio or even form of commerce is that Disney makes its work for children. And it repeats its work for children. And parents with a blindness a non-parent like myself cannot fathom, allows these works to be screened for children. Let’s pause for a moment. When someone says “you are ugly” you might be able to dismiss it, based on your confidence. But let’s hear that as often, subtle and generally agreed upon as you watch Beauty and the Beast and you might believe it. Contrary to what most movies vocally dictate (love wins and all that stuff) the things culture has memorized are: Girls should be thin and obedient, wishes come true, friends are forever and emotionally detached boys are totally worth your time. Also people of colour don't exist and patriarchy is awesome. And that’s just the animation brand. At least Mulan was feminist and Belle read. What on earth do the theme parks sell if not commerce dressed as fantasy? So if we discuss the Disney brand we have to be critical. It’s one of the most common words and thus brands on earth. Seven billion individuals and just as many divisions imaginable but the majority has seen The Lion King, again a movie I deeply love but is basically a love letter to patriarchy and the entitled male ego, at least once. So is it all doom and gloom? No! We just need to realize that when we buy the toys, go to the parks and repeat the movies on a daily basis we are not just telling our kids stories: we are giving them a worldview. Disney itself has fully embraced its responsibility as of late. Frozen proved princesses and feminism worked just fine. Zootopia is a better sociology class than many a master degree. Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016) are among the most progressive live-action movies made, acknowledging that a message of “love” is only functional if it overcomes the realities of the world (injustice, fear). Disney sells stories for commerce, we know this. It has also always been some of the progressive voices in the industry. But we cannot sell the story of Disney magic to our kids without being fully aware that it is… after all… just that: a story.

  • Linwood Cronin

    War in the ancient world was a far different concept than we hold today. War was seen as the norm with peace simply being interludes until the next conflict, making for incredibly frequent wars between powers. As well war was the main source of wealth for a states and important individuals, be it from taking the treasury of the conquered and/or selling slaves taken. Indeed slavery was one of the main sources of wealth taken during conquest as their sale netted huge profits for the commanding general as well as for the troops. War was necessary for the maintenance of the Roman slave economy as conquest provided the massive numbers of slaves required to maintain the production of goods and proved the necessary servile tasks. While the seizing of a treasury provided a huge quantity of money, the acquisition of slaves was far more economically important as they provided the lion’s share of labor for the Roman economy. While the romans did seize the treasury during the Third Illyrian War, they also took a truly massive number of slaves, estimated between 100-150 thousand slaves. >The largest recorded tally for a single operation that may bear some semblance to reality is that of 150,000 captives taken in the sack of Epirus in 167 BC However, this capture of such massive numbers of slaves meant far more than just unskilled labor, many of the captured individuals were highly skilled and educated artisans, teachers, and craftsmen. Rome changed far more because of this than because of the money they earned from the sale of slaves and seized money. This massive influx of learned Greek individuals became part of the overall Hellenization of Roman civic life. Aristocratic Romans had Greek teachers to educate their children in philosophy, art, culture, amoung many other skills which continued to make Roman life more Greek as they continued to adopt more and more trappings of Greek life. Focusing simply on the political side, there was always pressure to go to war as politicians gained significant notoriety and money from the campaigns they led along with titles and triumphs. Those who led campaigns earned higher offices and more honors as well as gaining public recognition with titles, war was a good thing and seen as a primary source of honor and prestige for a Roman man. As for austerity, the Roman moral system held a virtue known as Frugalitas, the Roman virtue of frugality and temperance. Aristocratic men needed to walk a thin line between notoriety and over-spending. Julius Caesar was chastised for his over expenditure on the games as was Pompey the Great, as they had spent so much and were seen as stooping so low as to try and buy the mob with extravagant games. Frugality was a core virtue to the conservative elements amoung the Roman political class however it was frugality while maintaining a certain level of generosity. Sources: *The Roman slave supply* by Walter Scheidel, Stanford University *The History of Rome Book 45* by Titus Livy

  • Mose McDermott

    > But now I couldn’t tell you the last time I finished a book. It’s a habit I desperately want to pick back up again. Dang, me too. I keep buying books that I'm interested in but only get through one a month, if that. *stares longingly at pile of unread Discworld books* > Spill the beans string bean I like to imagine Amethyst has used that exact line at least once. > “Home’s a place that I have never known.” This is probably my favorite moment of an overall amazing episode. Even though Steven is just singing along, I feel like he an Amethyst have an amazing moment of shared understanding. Moments like this and their companionship in "Tiger Millionaire" show what makes the bond between them so unique among the CGs. Did I ever mention that I love good sibling-like relationships in media? Because I do, and this show does it *so well*. > This is shaping up to be a damn fine episode. One of the most beautiful shots in the series, paired with wonderful music. > WHY IS THERE AN AMIGARA FAULT REFERENCE IN MY LOVELY CHILDREN’S CARTOON SHOW There has been some terrifying fanart, I'm sure you can imagine. >And now she’s starting to shut down from anger and shame and guilt. I don't know why, but I love the phrase "shutting down" to describe Amethyst because it seems to fit so perfectly. There's something so heartbreaking about seeing someone's mood change like that, maybe because it's such a relatable feeling to just give up when you know stormy weather is ahead. > That is some strong internalized self-hatred. The writing of this scene is so great. Amethyst charging straight through with Pearl urgently repeating "Stop" in the background, Steven not being sure who to listen to, it's all so well done, what a great way to show that kind of outpouring of emotion. Major props to Dietz on her delivery. > “I’m NOT gonna let you stand there and remind me of everything I hate about myself!” There it is, the sound of my heart shattering. We were fools to enter this Sugar episode, and now we may never escape. > I just want to her hug her and cry. I'm sorry to hear what you've had to deal with. It's moments like these that make me wish this show was around a little earlier, though maybe I couldn't appreciate it the same way I do now. Who knew that a cartoon saying "hey, me too" could mean so much? > I’m done making predictions based on episode titles because fuck me After this and Lion 3, that's a pretty safe decision. **Music Stuff** Well! Let's take a load off with some SoundCloud stuff. First up, you can sing along to [On the Run!](https://soundcloud.com/jeff-liu/on-the-run-official-version?in=aivisura/sets/steven-universe) I love the way the clapping in this song sounds, it always cheers me up. And then there's that lovely ending, so calm and pretty. Next, you can cry along to [Defective!](https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-defective?in=aivisura/sets/steven-universe) This is one of my favorite tracks, it has so much cool stuff going on. I love how it mixes in Pearl's piano near the middle there, and the way it trails off at the end is so haunting. Outside of that, I really like the music in the Kindergarten. It has these odd little twanging sounds that really remind of of the weird plinks and groans you hear when standing next to huge, dormant machienry. It also has a few instances of the really ominous sound at the end of the episode. And of course, in my quest to find instances of the opeinng theme I have noted the adorable little piano version when Pearl and Amethyst hug. And I finish with [this](https://i.gyazo.com/dfca3784ce8003be7bbedef6687f0b0d.png) because I think Amethyst needs another hug (or 50) after that.

  • Wilford Rosenbaum

    Earth's Children. Spoilers and rants follow. The first book, Clan of The Cave Bears was incredible. I'd never been so angry at the end of a book before. I was so invested. The second book, also amazing. I loved watching Ayla grow up and start living with her lion and horse. And I liked reading about the brothers travelling. I didn't like Jondalar at all but hoped that would improve. The third book, more interesting new characters, a bit tired of the constant "Oh Jondalar is a pretty human" " Oh Ayla is the most beautiful person, she doesn't think so though". We get a much nicer romantic interest for Ayla. Dramatic ending, with Ayla deciding to continue on her journey with Jondalar despite finding people who love her regardless of her past, and Jondalar being unsure of if his people would hate her. Fourth book. A lot of walking, oh god so much walking. Fifth book. They arrive back to Jondalar's home. He's ashamed of her past. But his family doesn't care (Jondalar is horrible). Ayla has practically invented every useful thing ever: domestic horses, domestic wolf, sewing needle, spear thrower, perfected leather making and pottery. Interesting side character introduced, half clan. This could make for an interesting development I thought. Last book: Half of it "Look at this cave, Look at that cave" other half. Jondalar sleeps around with his ex because Ayla is busy. Ayla retaliates by sleeping with the gross drunkard she hates. (After discovering that men help make babies! What a twist). Rehash of book three drama with the drug induced coma thingy. Jondalar was so awful throughout but especially in the last book. I thought I could see the book making way to save itself. What I wanted: Ayla is unconscious, like before. Jondalar hears and rushes to her eventually, hoping to call her back like last time and thus securing his pretty wife for himself again. But she is already awake, because her beloved daughter clung to her and cried out for her to come back, and Ayla isn't terrible, and loves her daughter more than anything. She decides that living with Jondalar isn't healthy for her, he holds her to higher expectations than he expects of himself and is still ashamed of her quite regularly. So she returns back to the mammoth hunters who adopted her, to live with her people. Possibly with the interesting half clan guy. Or he should have become more antagonistic because of their constant miscommunication. I just thought there had to be something come of Jondalar being so damn unlikable. But no, Ayla remains unconscious despite her daughter's cries for her, until Jondalar decides to come back and he wakes her. She apologises for sleeping with the gross drunkard, because it was wrong of her to sleep with someone for revenge. Jondalar does not apologise, he doesn't need to, his reasons were pure, she was too busy making a career for herself and he needed some action. Ayla's revelation about a man's part in baby-making begins a downfall for equality, with men taking more and more control over their wives to ensure their children are actually their children. And the interesting half clan guy disappears just because. It made me so mad. The last book was just a hot mess. I spent a whole year reading these books. I highly recommend the first three, and then drop it.

  • Russ Daniel

    >I'm pretty sure it's a fairly well accepted fact that a person that kills children and/or rapes women is bad for human society. And again, you're twisting what I said. I didn't say someone like that wasn't bad. I said there's a difference between saying a rapist and just an old lion are comparable. They're not. I appreciate you recognizing rape isn't a concept in the animal world, but redefining it doesn't help the argument. You're still trying to apply human morality to animals to compare them to humans. >if the tagged animals aren't killed by hunters who paid for the privilege to do so, they WILL be killed by park rangers who manage the conservation lands. This is true, but still requires the assumption that all hunts are legitimate. That's not something you can really assume. It also assumes that as long as the end result is the same, the how and why don't matter. I don't believe that. Park rangers do their jobs for a different reason than a hunter who is willing to pay thousands. Park rangers are, ideally, not just thrill seekers out there because they enjoy killing things. It's the same reason we don't just let vigilantes police the street, but we have police who society and governments impose rules on. There is an appropriate way to do things and a highly inappropriate way. Letting the highest bidder pay you so he can kill something to satisfy some kind of thrill is a very different scenario. >With no evidence to the contrary, the only assumption that can be made is that this man participated in legal, sanctioned hunts for tagged animals. What you're suggesting is more like saying that a man who DID kill someone legally, in self defense of himself or his family, should automatically be hanged for murder because he killed someone. No, that's not the only assumption. You can easily believe we just don't know if they were legal or not. Or you can look at the statistics of the number of truly legitimate hunts and estimate how likely it is that his were. You're talking about legal innocence/guilt, not assumptions that can be drawn. I would certainly not support this man being imprisoned/fined/executed without evidence of a crime, but generally speaking, we can't assume all hunters and all hunts are positive. Your statements initially weren't narrowly focused to this man. If we're just talking about him, maybe he did everything 100% by the book. (This, of course, assumes that something being "legal" is the same as being moral; in some countries, it's legal to do some pretty terrible things to people, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's good.) What I'm actually saying is this: Most hunts are not done to protect a species. Most money paid for these hunts does not go to conservation. Most of the money that is supposed to go to conservation does not actually go to conservation. Most of these hunts are conducted in corrupt, impoverished countries. Many of these hunts are done directly contrary to conservation efforts (i.e. luring animals off preserves to kill them, as with the dentist hunt). We cannot say that hunters pay these and support conservation when it's a very small minority of these hunts that actually support conservation in any way. And I'm also saying specifically to your original post: Supporting or not supporting the death penalty is not the same as supporting or not supporting hunting, nor is it the same as being not being upset when someone subjectively bad dies. Nuance exists in the world.

  • Jeramie Collier

    No, actually you just pretty much totally nailed it. A moon of ice and a moon of fire. The fire moon (Dany) is struck by the sun's comet, the sun's dragon seed, the sun's sword, etc. She is impregnated by Drogo, a solar king, and sees the red comet as the dragon eggs crack open in the fire. Dany enters the fire to symbolize the moon bathing in the fire of the sun - Drogo's pyre - and then dragons are born, her children. At the same time, she undergoes a transformation in the pyre and becomes Azor Ahai reborn. Her dragons are the moon meteors, but she is actually the other half of the comet. That's the one piece you missed - the comet is split by the sun as it rounds it. That is the second part of the LB forging where it is stuck in a lion's heart and it "shatters and SPLITS." Ned's sword splits, Beric's fiery sword breaks in half, the Titan of Bravos has a broken sword and the last hero and so on... SO what happens is one half hits the fire moon, bam, kaboom. The other half streaks by on a slightly different trajectory, runs a near miss, and is bathed in fire. This transforms the comet, perhaps, int to he unnatural red color which we see in the comet in the story. Real comets are never red, and red is the color of magic in alchemy, so that's what I think happens. Recall Ned's sword, split in half and colored partly red. Anyway, the other half of the comet is the one we saw in the books, and that's another iteration of the reborn Azor Ahai. That is what Dany becomes after her rebirth in the pyre. She is the reborn, transformed half of the comet, and her children are the meteors from the fire moon, the black stones. I suspect the red comet will be coming back around and striking the remaining moon - the ice moon - to turn out the lights and cause the new Long Night. We shall see. The other part you got 'right' (according to my theory of course) is the idea of a piece of the fire moon shrapnel hitting the ice moon in the original event. That is exactly what I think happened. This is the sun king with two wives thing. Rhaegar impregnates a fire moon first - Elia of Dorne - and then an ice moon maiden, Lyanna. You know how the Others have burning star eyes, and how 'nothing burns like the cold?' I think the Others represent the ice moon, having swallowed a burnt piece of fire moon. I suspect there is a black moon meteor in the heart of winter, and this is animating the dead and the Others in some way. When the TV show depicted creating others by sticking them with dragonglass, I got pretty excited, because the real book version of that could use a black meteor instead of dragonglass (the TV show having simplified the magical aspect, as they usually do). The NK impregnating the Corpse Queen is the same as Rhaegar and Lyanna. That's one of the many reasons I suspect that NK is just the last part of the AA story, with NN being his fire moon and CQ his ice moon. The children of the fire moon are dragons, which symbolize fiery meters or fiery swords. The Others are the children the ice moon, who are also meteors - an invasion of burning stars - but cold one. Their ice swords that shine with moonlight are like the opposite of the light-drinking Valyrian steel.. and so on and so forth. You see where this is going. I am going to do a whole series on these ice moon / fire moon parallels actually called "moons of ice and fire," after I finish my greenseer series.

  • Erich Rempel

    I'll try again, because I had to school a 16 year old today on the same issue. Natural Law are rights enumerated by humans. They're not new to the Constitution, they came in part from the French document the Declaration on the Rights of Man. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_the_Rights_of_Man_and_of_the_Citizen) Thomas Paine, one of our Founding Fathers also wrote a book entitled The Rights of Man (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rights_of_Man) in which he completely explains what is meant by Natural Rights. The Law of Nature completely TRUMPS Natural Law...and because we have in arrogance set ourselves above "animals" we have assumed additional rights for ourselves. Nature is simple in operation and complex in character. Does a lion have the right to eat a lamb? Does the lamb live to be eaten? If the lion does not eat the lamb it will die. Should it die because the lamb wishes not to be eaten? All life has an on board drive to live--and nature is eat or be eaten. For humans, who have since the first meal toiled for their sustenance-- it's simple--If you do not work, you do not eat (***which is not the case now). All are born but to die. It's that simple. It's this simplicity that humans go crazy over...is that ALL there is? What's the meaning of life if I only exist to die? Life is circular, nature is circular. The Law of Nature does not grant you a perfect life. Shit happens, then more shit happens, and then you marry a bitch and die in debt...or not. Life is what you make it, adversity can make you or break you. And here's the rub...what does NATURE do to the broken? Nature lets nature take its course. Humans interfere..this protection of the stupid. **A woman buys a cup of coffee and places it between her legs...then she squeezes it and the top pops off spilling coffee in between her legs. She gets burnt. She then sues McDonalds because the coffee was hot...and she won. ** Law of Nature says tough shit bitch. We have to place warnings on plastic bags because some people are too stupid not to put them on their heads or keep them away from children...someone sued...and won...and now we all get to read "please do not place plastic bags over head and keep away from children", over and over and over in an eternal memorial for the stupid person that put the bag on their head or left it for their kid....and someone died...causing a lawsuit...and the eternal memorial to stupid we read on every plastic bag. See, Nature would have said...buh buh...and moved on. Survival of the fittest merely means the best hunters, the fasted and wiliest "escapers"...those will survive...naturally. Humans need to stop saving stupid from itself. It breeds only more stupid. Just let people deal with the results of their own actions and be done with it. Ron Paul said you can't legislate morality, thought, and intelligence (or something to that effect) meaning you can't protect stupid people from the effects of their own behavior by punishing everyone else who isn't stupid and writing endless legislation. The Law of Nature TRUMPS Natural Law because literally there's nothing we can't do to stop Nature from destroying us :)

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  • Lenora Emard

    > if you are of another ethnicity, do you know the full cultural history or significance of the festivals that the Chinese celebrate? Born and raised Singaporean Indian here. Here's what I can think of, off the top of my head: * **Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival.** This is the big one, with the red packets and mandarin oranges. You're supposed to clean your house right before, then put away your brooms and dustpans because bad luck cannot be swept away. You gotta buy your new clothes and cut your hair etc before that, and businesses gotta pay off all debts, too. Families typically havea reunion dinner on CNY eve. In the past there used to be firecrackers, but this has been rendered illegal. The firecrackers (and lion dance, etc) are supposed to chase away evil spirits. It's the beginning of the new zodiac year – so if you're born in early January, you're typically a different zodiac year from the rest of your cohort. IIRC the beginning of the myth of CNY was with this bad beast called Nian that would eat villagers and children. Nian was chased off by some old man with loud noises and red paper, and so the tradition started. People also like to toss fish salad / Yusheng and go Huat ah!! The messier the better, apparently. Avoid giving gifts like clocks, funeral-related items, shoes, mirrors, and things that sound like bad things in Chinese. * **Chap Goh Meh** – day 15 on CNY, also known as Chinese Valentine's Day, also the Lantern Festival. Used to be a big deal re: matchmaking – last time women cannot walk around much so they'd look forward to CGM. And all the men would hang out to see them. Young women would throw oranges into the sea or river, IIRC, thinking it'll net them a good spouse. * **Hungry Ghost Festival, or 7th Month Festival.** Book out loh for the venerable ancestors of Heaven and Hell. IIRC, the ritualistic burning was initially meant to be symbolic – to represent the fact that you can't take anything with you to the afterlife. Quite poignant. But some clever salesman decided to profit from it and say that you can burn paper BMW, paper credit card, paper maid, and your ancestors will get. There must be some serious inflation in hell, if you think about it. Always nice to see the bangla workers cleaning up the mess the next day. Also includes getai and pole dancing for our cheekopek ancestors to enjoy. * **Midautumn Festival, or Harvest Moon Festival** – 15th day of the 8th month. Clarke Quay usually got lights one. IIRC, this is when the Moon is furtherest from the Earth, and it looks roundest. There's some origin story about some hero who received an elixir of immortality for shooting down extra suns... then some scuffle ensued and his wife (Chang-e?) drank it and flew to the moon. So he became sad and displayed all her favorite things, and the village sympathized, and it became a festival. Tis' also the season for mooncakes, and lanterns, obviously. * **Qingming**, or tomb-sweeping day. This one is around April? I don't know much of the details, just that it's a day to respect your ancestors, clean their tombs, etc.

  • Deven Boehm

    Chronological list is in the comments on youtube, it's massive, so I'll post this shorter one, with alphabetical order * 10 Cloverfield Lane * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi * 20th Century Woman * A Bigger Splash * A Hologram For The King * A Monster Calls * Alice Through The Looking Glass * Allied * American Honey * American Pastoral * Arrival * Assassin's Creed * Bad Moms * Bad Santa 2 * Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice * Ben-Hur * Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk * Blair Witch * Born To Be Blue * Bridget Jones's Baby * Cafe Society * Captain America: Civil War * Captain Fantastic * Central Intelligence * Certain Woman * Christine * Collateral Beauty * Criminal * Deepwater Horizon * Demolition * Dirty Grandpa * Doctor Strange * Don't Breathe * Eddie The Eagle * Elle * Elvis & Nixon * Equals * Eve In The Sky * Everybody Wants Some!! * Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them * Fences * Finding Dory * Florence Foster Jenkins * Free State of Jones * Ghostbusters * Gods of Egypt * Gold * Hacksaw Ridge * Hail, Caesar! * Hands of Stone * Hell or High Water * Hidden Figures * High-Rise * How To Be Single * Hunt for the Wilderpeople * I Saw The Light * I, Daniel Blake * Ice Age: Collision Course * Imperium * In a Valley of Violence * Independence Day: Resurgance * It's Only The End Of The World * Jack Reacher: Never Go Back * Jackie * Jane Got A Gun * Jason Bourne * Julieta * Knight of Cups * Kubo and the Two Strings * Kung Fu Panda 3 * La La Land * Land of Mine * Lion * Live By Night * London Has Fallen * Love & Friendship * Loving * Maggie's Plan * Manchester by the Sea * Marauders * Masterminds * Me Before You * Mechanic: Resurrection * Midnight Special * Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates * Miles Ahead * Miracles From Heaven * Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children * Miss Sloane * Moana * Moonlight * Morris From America * My Life as a Zucchini * Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising * Neruda * Nerve * Nocturnal Animals * Now You See Me 2 * Office Christmas Party * Ouija: Origin of Evil * Our Kind of Traitor * Passengers * Paterson * Patriots Day * Pete's Dragon * Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping * Pride and Prejudice and Zombies * Queen of Katwe * Race * Ratchet & Clank * Ride Along 2 * Rogue One: A Star Wars Story * Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (and the original sound effect from 'Star Wars') * Rules Don't Apply * Sausage Party * Sieranevada * Silence * Sing * Sing Street * Snowden * Solace * Star Trek: Beyond * Storks * Suicide Squad * Sully * Swiss Army Man * The Accountant * The Angry Birds Movie * The BFG * The Birth Of A Nation * The Brothers Grimsby * The Choice * The Confirmation * The Conjuring 2 * The Divergent Series - Allegiant * The Edge of Seventeen * The Finest Hours * The Forest * The Founder * The Handmaiden * The Huntsman: Winter's War * The Infiltrator * The Jungle Book * The Last Days In The Desert * The Last Family * The Legend Of Tarzan * The Legend of Tarzan * The Light Between Oceans * The Monster * The Neon Demon * The Nice Guys * The Promise * The Red Turtle * The Salesman * The Shallows * The Wailing * Toni Erdmann * Train to Busan * Triple 9 * Trolls * War Dogs * Warcraft * Whiskey Tango Foxtrot * Why Him? * X-Men: Apocalypse * Your Name * Zoolander 2 * Zootopia

  • Floyd Waelchi

    The Samaritan text is no good here. I simply meant that the Samaritan and Qumranic texts confirm that the Septuagint is a relatively stable document; not that they directly contradict the Masoretic on the important prophecies (they don't contain enough data). When the Samaritan and Qumran disagree with the Masoretic, they usually match the Septuagint, except in places where the authors made deliberate changes (like moving sacred Temple mountains for the Samaritans). >4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. This is literally the central core of Christian theology, almost word for word. Not Hellenized in any way, just straight from Isaiah. The foreign/hellenized elements that came in later are not central theological points. The main points are: The (Old) Law, The Suffering Servant, The Healing Sacrifice, and the Resurrection of the Dead. All mostly from Isaiah and the rest of the Septuagint. And here's a list (from a random crackpot site) of the anti-Christian "bias", if you have an existing counter list, please link me to it, I don't expect you to point-by-point these, I just expect that this has come up before and I can't find the counter argument: Psalm 22:16 the word “pierced” has been replaced by “lion”. Psalm 145: 13 omitted entirely. Isaiah 53:11 the word “light” is omitted. On 134 occasions the Tetragrammaton, the name of God, has been replaced by “Adonai”. Psalm 151 was omitted entirely. (It is now omitted by almost all Christian Bibles !) Exodus 1: The number 75 replaced by 70 Genesis 10:24 some generations removed. Deuteronomy 32:8 “Angels Of Elohim” replaced with “children of Israel.” Jeremiah 10 verses 6 and 7 have been added in the Masoretic. Psalm 96:10 “Say among the nations, YHWH reigns from the wood” omitted. Isaiah 19:18 “city of righteousness” changed to the “city of the sun” or in some versions “the city of destruction.” The Masoretic scribes purposely and willfully rearranged the original chapter order in the prophetic Book of Daniel, so that the chapters make no sense chronologically. Isaiah 61:1 “recovery of sight to the blind.”. Omitted. In Psalm 40:6 “a body you have prepared for me” was replaced by “you opened my ears.” Deuteronomy 32:43 ‘Let all the messengers of Elohim worship him.’” Omitted. Genesis 4:8: “Let us go into the field” is omitted. Deuteronomy 32:43. Moses’ song is shortened. Isaiah 53 contains 10 spelling differences, 4 stylistic changes and 3 missing letters for light in verse 11, for a total of 17 differences. Isaiah 7:14. “Virgin” replaced by “young woman.” [Not sure how this is true, since Almah and Parthenos could both be either].

  • Rodrigo Price

    Here' a list of the Pennywise appearances in the book. Count the times he looks like someone a child would actually approach: You can't judge all the Pennywise appearances on one quote. Luckily, I have found a list of all his descriptions in the book. In only two of these he is described as looking like a normal, non-scaring clown: *After the Flood:* It appears as a normal, friendly clown to Georgie. *After the Festival:* "Shining silver eyes and great big teeth, like the lion in the circus" *Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall:* The clown has balloons floating against the wind, casts no shadow, talks inside Ben's mind and looks down to conceil it's horribly mummified face. *Georgie's Room and the House on Neibolt Street:* - In Georgie's album: "a clown with Georgie Denbrough's face, his hair slicked back, his mouth a hideous grin full of bleeding greasepaint, his eyes black holes"; - At 29 Neibolt Street: "only now the devil was a hideously grinning clown whose face sweated white greasepaint, whose mouth curved up in a leering red vampire smile, whose eyes were bright silver coins." *Cleaning up:* Only Pennywise's voice is heard, but it is described as "the voice sounded choked and ancient... and still it crawled with corrupted glee." *Walking tours:* - To Ben: "His face was white with greasepaint. His mouth bled lipstick in a killer's grin. There were empty sockets where his eyes should have been"; - To Beverly: "held the leg of a child like a drumstick", "crooked, long-clawed fingers"; - To Richie: "twenty feet", "Red paint-bleeding lips parted to show teeth like fangs, each one coming to a razor point." *Three Uninvited Guests:* - "the face of the clown, its face a rotted pocked cheesy white, its eyes black holes, its red bloody grin turned up in a smile so obscenely ingenuous that it was insupportable"; - Few pages later it's the clown with the Doberman Pinscher head. Maybe not scary, suddenly not normal. *Third Interlude:* No one sees the clown at the same place or with the same gun, and he's hanging in mid-air, or floating, without casting a shadow at all. *The Album:* - When Mike sees Pennywise during the parade: "big red smile, looked like blood", "kids didn't want to take balloons and some of them were crying"; - When the picture comes to life, little children who see the clown shrink away, "paint-bloody mouth". *Eddie's Bad Break:* "big leering grin, his skin livid with greasepaint and talcum powder, his eyes shiny as new quarters." *Fourth Interlude:* "comical sorta fella" *In the watches of the night:* Voice only to Mike on the phone, but incredibly racist and taunting; *The circle closes:* - To Audra: "There were black sockets where its eyes should have been, and when it's madeup lips stretched even wider in a grin, she saw teeth like razors. It held up a dripping, severed head." - On the radio he talks with a "laughing, screaming voice".

  • Garth O'Keefe

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  • Montana Batz

    I see what your saying, but I still disagree: because the question we are debating is "which of the two is more culturally influential," not "which of the two is better known?" What influence does Star Wars have? Well, we have Star Wars. Space balls (a Star Wars parody). Family guy's parody's of Star Wars (more parody)... and a million books that are only read by the most die-hard Star Wars fans. (To this point, I am a prolific reader: I've literally read thousands of books. I've never even picked up a Star Wars book, nor could I name one outside of those titled after the movies). Are there other influences in the sci-fi community? Sure, of course there are (I'd argue that Star Trek is probably a greater influence to the sci-fi community.... but that is a can of worms I'm not ready to open right now) In the course of your point, if we are discussing how we'll known a story is, in the 35 and younger generations, I'd suggest that Harry Potter is much more well known: so can we challenge it as being more culturally influential than Star Wars? Or lord of the rings? I don't think so (maybe in 30 years, I think there is a strong possibility that it might compete or overshadow the others in the long run, but all we have is where we are) I don't think that how well known something is is equal to how culturally impactful it is. Why? Because if the knowledge of that thing fades (as it's bound to), without a deep rooted impact, the thing dies. Another example is this: how many people have read the works of Shakespeare? Not many: and yet it remains one of the defining works in the English language. Why? Not because of how well known each are, but because Shakespeare literally added to our language, because almost every story to.d since have been influenced by his works, etc. Which is more impactful? The lion king, one of the most successful children's movies of all time? Or hamlet, on which the lion king is based? Of course hamlet is more influential, even if the lion king is better known (not sure it is.... but probably more people have seen it than have seen hamlet, among people alive now). So in Star Wars we get a multi generational phenomenon, with strong name recognition, and which has excited millions. With Tolkien's works, we have alterations to the way our culture thinks; changes to our mythology; and direct influence on many of our day's most powerfully we'll known works, including game of thrones, Star Wars (and possibly Harry Potter, though I have no evidence to that point). We have the *language* altered to fit Tolkien s work; the scientific community paying homage to his mastery: and every fantasy video game ever using his defined fantasy species. Which is better known? I will concede that Star Wars may be. Which is more culturally influential? I maintain that Star Wars isn't a drop in the cultural bucket to Tolkien's works.

  • Jeremy Gutkowski

    Yes, the US would most likely be the biggest single national market for the film, but that's also not how the studios think. In the eyes of a studio there are 2, maybe 3 markets - Domestic, International and sometimes, if its allowed to screen there and most likely before their economic growth slowed recently, China. Its a very binary frame of mind to be sure, and one that does a disservice to the nuances of differing cultures, but its generally how Hollywood thinks. You never hear talk about the "Japanese market" for Hollywood films, or the "Russian market" or anything of the sort except in freak occurrences like the Lithuanian market for the Garfield movies. Why? Because generally speaking, the US is the one place all of the major studios can retain theatrical distribution in-house. Abroad they rely on local branches of their own or other distributors entirely and thus take a smaller cut of the profits. Though the exact percentages and numbers may vary greatly from country to country, this variance differs so starkly from how it works domestically that studios tend to lump all markets abroad together as "international" vs domestic and that's why every box office breakdown comes down to that. In terms of actual butts in the seats, international often vastly outperforms domestic in recent years and very commonly with tentpole movies, international also significantly outperforms domestic in grosses as well. For Disney in particular thanks to their universal appeal as the creator of children's media, the international market is *huge* so they will be looking at from that perspective whenever possible now in every aspect, including casting, and that was my point. Broderick wouldn't make sense now, in a day where Disney's direct competitors have advanced significantly in the same fields and stuntcasting major stars in every single role has not only become norm but a focal point of marketing. The irony being that the original Lion King (along with Aladdin before it) was one of the first films to do so, even if it wasn't the focus of that films marketing. It got the ball rolling and since then it's been all about "what huge star can we cast in roles X, Y and Z just because?" It's become a pissing contest who can get what name for what tiny role. And look at the marketing for The Jungle Book - every main poster touted the big-name cast front and center, every time. If you cast Broderick, US audiences will be like "oh, that's nice, he's still working" while international audiences will scratch their heads trying to figure out where they've heard that name. Cast Donald Glover and half the younger demo from all over the world would go "OH COMMUNITY! CHILDISH GAMBINO BE VERY BIG LION! LOL AWESOME!" One makes sense, one doesn't and that's the main point of this conversation.

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    This feels like it should belong here. All I hear about is how Pennywise should look like a normal clown, while he indeed only does this in the book once: *After the Flood:* It appears as a normal, friendly clown to Georgie. *After the Festival:* "Shining silver eyes and great big teeth, like the lion in the circus" *Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall:* The clown has balloons floating against the wind, casts no shadow, talks inside Ben's mind and looks down to conceil it's horribly mummified face. *Georgie's Room and the House on Neibolt Street:* - In Georgie's album: "a clown with Georgie Denbrough's face, his hair slicked back, his mouth a hideous grin full of bleeding greasepaint, his eyes black holes"; - At 29 Neibolt Street: "only now the devil was a hideously grinning clown whose face sweated white greasepaint, whose mouth curved up in a leering red vampire smile, whose eyes were bright silver coins." *Cleaning up:* Only Pennywise's voice is heard, but it is described as "the voice sounded choked and ancient... and still it crawled with corrupted glee." *Walking tours:* - To Ben: "His face was white with greasepaint. His mouth bled lipstick in a killer's grin. There were empty sockets where his eyes should have been"; - To Beverly: "held the leg of a child like a drumstick", "crooked, long-clawed fingers"; - To Richie: "twenty feet", "Red paint-bleeding lips parted to show teeth like fangs, each one coming to a razor point." *Three Uninvited Guests:* - "the face of the clown, its face a rotted pocked cheesy white, its eyes black holes, its red bloody grin turned up in a smile so obscenely ingenuous that it was insupportable"; - Few pages later it's the clown with the Doberman Pinscher head. Maybe not scary, suddenly not normal. *Third Interlude:* No one sees the clown at the same place or with the same gun, and he's hanging in mid-air, or floating, without casting a shadow at all. *The Album:* - When Mike sees Pennywise during the parade: "big red smile, looked like blood", "kids didn't want to take balloons and some of them were crying"; - When the picture comes to life, little children who see the clown shrink away, "paint-bloody mouth". *Eddie's Bad Break:* "big leering grin, his skin livid with greasepaint and talcum powder, his eyes shiny as new quarters." *Fourth Interlude:* "comical sorta fella" *In the watches of the night:* Voice only to Mike on the phone, but incredibly racist and taunting; *The circle closes:* - To Audra: "There were black sockets where its eyes should have been, and when it's madeup lips stretched even wider in a grin, she saw teeth like razors. It held up a dripping, severed head." - On the radio he talks with a "laughing, screaming voice".

  • Florida Robel

    You can't judge all the Pennywise appearances on one quote. Luckily, I have found a list of all his descriptions in the book. In only two of these he is described as looking like a normal, non-scaring clown: 1. After the Flood It appears as a normal, friendly clown to Georgie. 2. After the Festival "Shining silver eyes and great big teeth, like the lion in the circus" 4. Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall The clown has balloons floating against the wind, casts no shadow, talks inside Ben's mind and looks down to conceil it's horribly mummified face. 8. Georgie's Room and the House on Neibolt Street * In Georgie's album: "a clown with Georgie Denbrough's face, his hair slicked back, his mouth a hideous grin full of bleeding greasepaint, his eyes black holes"; * At 29 Neibolt Street: "only now the devil was a hideously grinning clown whose face sweated white greasepaint, whose mouth curved up in a leering red vampire smile, whose eyes were bright silver coins." 9. Cleaning up Only Pennywise's voice is heard, but it is described as "the voice sounded choked and ancient... and still it crawled with corrupted glee." 11. Walking tours * To Ben: "His face was white with greasepaint. His mouth bled lipstick in a killer's grin. There were empty sockets where his eyes should have been"; * To Beverly: "held the leg of a child like a drumstick", "crooked, long-clawed fingers"; * To Richie: "twenty feet", "Red paint-bleeding lips parted to show teeth like fangs, each one coming to a razor point." 12. Three Uninvited Guests * "the face of the clown, its face a rotted pocked cheesy white, its eyes black holes, its red bloody grin turned up in a smile so obscenely ingenuous that it was insupportable"; * Few pages later it's the clown with the Doberman Pinscher head. Maybe not scary, suddenly not normal. Third Interlude No one sees the clown at the same place or with the same gun, and he's hanging in mid-air, or floating, without casting a shadow at all. 14. The Album * When Mike sees Pennywise during the parade: "big red smile, looked like blood", "kids didn't want to take balloons and some of them were crying"; * When the picture comes to life, little children who see the clown shrink away, "paint-bloody mouth". 16. Eddie's Bad Break "big leering grin, his skin livid with greasepaint and talcum powder, his eyes shiny as new quarters." Fourth Interlude "comical sorta fella" 19. In the watches of the night Voice only to Mike on the phone, but incredibly racist and taunting; 20: The circle closes * To Audra: "There were black sockets where its eyes should have been, and when it's madeup lips stretched even wider in a grin, she saw teeth like razors. It held up a dripping, severed head." * On the radio he talks with a "laughing, screaming voice".

  • Mable Schimmel

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  • Aglae Rolfson

    >You should really read that Wikipedia blurb I linked. Maybe also look at a couple of the references there. I'll stick to verifiable facts, thanks. >If you aren't going to bother answering any of my questions, maybe you should go away. You post a thread about Islam but you deflect to Christianity. That's really lame. Here's the answer to all your questions: You don't know the first thing about Islam. You do not know where or by whom it was founded. You don't know how the Qur'an or the prophet are venerated. You don't know the content of the Qur'an nor the most respected Hadith, on which the lion's share of Sharia Law is based. In short, you have **zero** idea of what you're talking about. How do I know this? If you knew the first thing about Islam you would not have posed **#2**. **Again:** Find the sect of Muslims that will point out the parts of the Qur'an that they think were not written by God himself. Find the sect of Muslims that openly condemn Muhammad and his many shameless atrocities. When you fail to find them, and you will most certainly fail, then you will have your answer. If you do happen to, by some weird chance, find a sect that openly does so, you better cite them quick before other Muslims slaughter them as apostates. >do you think it's smart to deny the legitimacy of reform and insist (in the most insulting, offensive, alienating way possible) on wholesale rejection? If a group Nazis throw a charity picnic for orphaned children, would you dismiss the remainder of their doctrine? Would you conclude that it's A-OK that a fundamental doctrine of the Nazis is White Supremacy because a few of them aren't necessarily obsessed with it? I seriously doubt that you would, because that would be stupid, wouldn't it. Their very involvement in Nazism would betray the truth of who they are and what they stand for. Here's what you're purposely missing: It is not that *all* Muslims are violent fundamentalists. It's that the doctrine is. Anybody that tries to make you believe otherwise is a **fucking liar**. What you have is Muslims that worship the same book and venerate the same prophet but don't necessarily act on the brutality that goes along with those things. That does not make the doctrine good. That makes them a party to something that they don't believe in as much as those who do. For instance, there are a lot of fundamentalists that are so sure of their version of Islam that they will gladly die for it. I don't see moderates lining up to fight those fundamentalists, so they apparently don't believe in their version they claim is true, do they?

  • Destin Mohr

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