Jan. 31st, 2017

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this was basically me, coming up with this fic. ben just wants the entire galaxy to fuck the fuck off. He has no patience for literally anything, his entire world are baby luke and leia, who adore their Nobi, and are really good at playing ‘hide and seek’. 

the council reacting to the idea that fucking OBI-WAN KENOBI has gone off the rails and is obviously super fucking attached to these two kids, SKYWALKER’S KIDS

padme and anakin silently screaming because apparently those are their children??????? WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!!!!!

obi-wan kenobi silently screaming because suddenly his attachment to anakin is blatantly on display for anyone to scrutinize (sorry buddy everyone else can see it, you’re the only one you’re fooling anyway)

the only reason the council even becomes aware of Ben Kenobi is because Ben makes a splash, he can’t even help it??? plus two tiny REALLY FORCE-STRONG BABIES

the jedi: let us have the babies, kenobi

ben: ??? how about you go fuck yourself, you let all the younglings die :\
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The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, 5th Ed.
Something I need to remember. Something relevant to us all.
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“…Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed early Wednesday morning in what looks to be a Tinseltown first.”

Blessed Image

reblog in less than 30 seconds for good luck
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They say I stole the stars from them. In bimani ast!  I simply found a better place for them to reside aside than above the heads of monsters and murderers.

-The Car Ride

Oooh!
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Hey, everyone, could you do me a favor and reblog this? 

I know that we’re all scared right now, but disabled people are going to be one of the most at-risk groups in the coming years. Things like the repeal of the ACA, reductions of disability services and aid, and whatever bullshit the republicans are going to pull out of their asses next are going to hurt disabled people preferentially. This is intentional. If we neglect disabled people we will be guilty of mass murder, because disabled people are going to die. 

 This is just as important as your “pussy hats”, but the fight against ableism is difficult even in the best of times. Please, don’t let disabled people get swept under the rug again.

An A++ addition to my post!
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Can I just say like… I’m not American so I can’t really know what it’s like out there right now, but I am really proud of you guys. Like, Trump - a man known to have sexually assaulted multiple women - is elected, so the women of your country not only turn out in their millions but they inspire women around the world to do the same in solidarity. He preaches anti-intellectualism, so your scientists host database hacking and saving days to preserve data. He bans government agencies from speaking the truth, so they create rogue social media accounts that spread facts even at the risk of their jobs. He brings in racist immigration bans, causing chaos in airports and huge uncertainties in the lives of real, innocent people, so protesters swarm to the airports, lawyers work pro bono round the clock to get people into the country, and people mobilise to destroy him in the high court in a day.
I know this is awful and it sucks and it’s only been one freaking week, but you guys are doing amazing right now and I am so moved and so proud. It’s gonna be tough and everyone will have to pick their battles and just keep fighting and pushing, and this isn’t how it should be but at least we know there are people with the guts and the gumption to do what they can.
You guys are the sand in the gears.

Thank you. If you want to understand America, you have to be able to imagine 400 cats in a moose costume. Most of the time it looks like an incoherent twitching mass as the cats inside hiss and scratch each other over things that only matter to those inside that one part of the costume.

Then something really big happens, something that catches the attention of all the cats, and suddenly instead of a twitching flat lump, you’re facing an fully grown, fully coordinated, VERY angry moose.

The administration thought it would be herding cats. Instead, it’s facing a charging moose.

Ok that’s hilarious

Be the moose guys. Be the freaking moose

Thank you. We’re trying.
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Donald Trump has called for a shutdown of the Internet in certain areas to stop the spread of terror.

In a speech at the U.S.S. Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Monday, Trump referenced the use by ISIS of social media as a recruitment tool.  He recommended a discussion with Bill Gates to shut off parts of the Internet.

“We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet,” Trump said.  “We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening.  We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way.  Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.‘  These are foolish people.  We have a lot of foolish people.”

Some totalitarian governments do it

The notion that the Internet could be shut off is not completely off base.  North Korea does it.  Some countries have been known to shut off Internet service to their citizens in times of crisis.  Egypt restricted the Internet during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.

Other countries block certain Internet services and sites.  China is the most famous example, forbidding most social networking sites as well as websites that deal with subjects the government doesn’t want its citizens to know about.

Most Western countries, including the United States, regulate the Internet very loosely.  There are few restrictions about what American citizens can do and say on the Internet.  Child pornography is one example of forbidden Internet activity in the United States – Google is barred from linking to it, and websites cannot display images of it.

Why the United States can’t do it

But a full-on “closing up” of the Internet “in certain areas” would be an impossible task.  There are so many players with so much redundancy built into the system, that the Internet is not just something that can be turned off with a wave of a magic wand.

Virtually every part in the United States has multiple Internet service provider options.

Comcast, (CMCSA) Time Warner Cable (TWC) and the other major broadband companies don’t overlap much.  But Verizon (VZ, Tech30), AT&T (T, Tech30), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) all provide the same service to roughly the same areas.  Satellite companies also provide Internet to most parts of the country.

Removing Internet service in certain areas of the U.S. would require those companies to turn off their cell towers and fiber networks, and to restrict satellite access to people living in those regions.

America can’t shut off the Internet overseas either

Shutting down Internet service in foreign countries could be even more difficult.

Despite a common belief to the contrary, the United States does not control the global Internet.  Servers on foreign soil serve up the Web and other Internet services to people living abroad.

So foreign Internet infrastructure would need to be disrupted or shut down to turn off service in certain areas – already a tricky task made even harder if the countries and companies controlling those servers and cell towers abroad don’t cooperate.

Whatever, Donald Trump wouldn’t want the Internet shut off anyway.  Then he couldn’t tweet.

While Trump clearly doesn’t know the first thing about how the internet works (outside of his Twitter account), don’t let “it couldn’t happen in America” blind us to some very real ways in which the internet can be made less free, less accessible, and less useful for things other than government propaganda and surveillance.  And don’t doubt that President Trump (and his party) would be happy to implement them.

the time honored tool of every dictator, censorship is one of the first things out of trump’s mouth. this is real censorship, as opposed to when someone tells you you’re wrong on twitter.

it should come as no surprise whatsoever that 45′s pick for FCC commissioner, ajit pai, is SUPER excited to strip net neutrality from american citizens.  if you didn’t know, net neutrality is the principle that currently allows you to access whatever internet site you want, at the same speed as all the other sites, without your ISP spying on you TOO much. the US regulations that protect you in this way are an annoying speed bump for ISPs in their quest to wring you like a wet dishrag until all your money falls out, and of course Team Spraytan works for them, not you.  

and hey, if they do want to enact the fuckin lunatic censorship proposed in the article above, getting rid of these protections will be their first stop.  what’s the most likely target of this anti-internet offensive?  obviously, it’ll be american activists, scientists, and anybody who’s ever used the phrase “tiny hands” – or, as all those folks will be called in newspeak, terrorists.

just one more thing you should keep on your list of Horrible Things To Yell At Representatives About.

I want to be clear: this is not, not, NOT a time to panic.

A time to get angry? Yes. A time to call your congresscritter? Absolutely.

I also would like you to consider: BACK. UP. YOUR SHIT.

There’s not a huge rush – as the post says, this isn’t something that could come down the pike tomorrow, if it even could succeed – but it does not hurt to save copies of your favorite fic, contact info of friends (if – and that is a BIG IF – you trust them, that includes brick space (as compared to cyber space) details, under the theory that in extreme circumstances you might not have access to any kind of modern tech). If you can afford a PO Box, then community leaders might want to set one up and make sure that members know that address, because before the internet mailgroups were still a thing.

Skype and IM chatlogs are so ephemeral. The cloud might not always be accessible to us, and we might not always be able to trust the sections of the cloud that we currently can. We don’t have the physical letters and artifacts that made up our grandparents’ correspondence – saving significant conversations and fan art to files on your computer, or various other services, or just backup-drives is important. How many times have any of us turned to the words of our friends, our chosen family, because that is a reminder that we are not alone, that others care? Keep those words, because we’re already hearing too much hate and dissension. “The Other” might well be a screen name you know, and care about. Even if not, reminders of love and support and humor are always good.

Keep a printout of important data – a fire-proof safe, or a safe deposit box are excellent. If you can, memorize phone numbers (and remember that phones are not secure). We have all seen video of book burnings, we all learned in school about how culture is attacked on all fronts, and how fragile that can be in the face of madmen who think that what does not reflect them is of no value.

We are of value, we inhabitants of electronic villages, these virtual communities. I don’t care if it’s the odd corner on Tumblr, or the circle of communication on Twitter, or the fandom on AO3 that feels like every reader and writer of that niche knows each other and has reviewed each others’ works.

We exist. We have voices. Collectively, we are better educated than any of our ancestors. We are better connected than any generation before. We have been bored silly in English classes with 1984, and Fahrenheit 451. We’ve been tested in history classes about the Invasion of Poland, D-Day, the camps. Many of us have grown up with Harry Potter.

WE KNOW THIS STORY.

Talking to Bill Gates will not get the orange who must not be named a useful approach to shutting down the internet. The fact that he’s tossing around crackpot ideas does not make him any less potentially harmful.

We are communities across the country, across the world. Keep the ties that you can. History books are written by the winners. Lore is transmitted through the survivors.

We will survive whatever it is we are facing.
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Yesterday, Hank Green offered to donate 5$ to the ACLU for each person who replied to him on Twitter with a hand-drawn message of support for immigrants, Muslims and/or refugees. I did a quick sketch, then finished it today. I offered it to him to sell as a print and donate any profit to the ACLU Nationwide, I will let you know if/when that happens.
I stand with everyone protesting today, and I stand with the ACLU.

“The New Colossus” :
“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
‘Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!’ cries she
With silent lips. ‘Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’

The author of that poem is Emma Lazarus.
“Emma Lazarus was the first American to make any sense of this statue,” Esther Schor, who wrote a biography on Lazarus, told the Times in 2011.
Lazarus, who was born in New York City in 1849 to a wealthy Jewish family, composed “The New Colossus” for a fundraiser benefiting the Statue of Liberty in 1883. (While the statue was a gift from France, the United States was responsible for covering the cost of its base and pedestal.)
Lazarus drew inspiration from her Sephardic Jewish heritage and from her work on Ward’s Island, where she helped Jewish refugees who had been detained by immigration authorities, according to the National Park Service.
“Wherever there is humanity, there is the theme for a great poem,” she once said, according to the Jewish Women’s Archives.
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To be honest, that is probably why Graves hasn’t gotten married and had kids yet. He knows exactly what it entails to be a Graves and the absolute nightmare that will go along with it. I can totally see him resolving to be the last, just so nobody else has to go through it. Because as much as we treat it as crack, this universe does have its serious moments and implications like what happened to the Vincents. 

But then Graves meets Tina and then Newt and he just. He falls absolutely in love with them, but he doesn’t want them to go into this not knowing what it entails, just what kind of darkness will be entering their lives, determined to drag them down with it. Because Graves can’t do that to them, not without giving them the chance to run away while they still can. (Of course, they chose to stay with him. They don’t care, they love him. Jerry can go stuff it. He won’t win).
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Oh, that is evil. And so very, very true. Because while he may have never been successful in Turning a Graves before, that doesn’t mean that it will never happen. That you won’t have the dubious honor of being the first. 

What do you want to bet that, after he wakes up in the hospital and the memories of what happened flood back, that Graves has a very private panic attack. Because his worst fear could have happened, if Jerry had been so inclined. He was defenseless, at his uncle’s mercy, and there would have been absolutely nothing he could have done to stop it from happening. 
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“Mermaids” by Victor Nizovtsev.
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Found this on Facebook 😢📚

Please stop spreading this.

I looked into the matter at the request of a friend (and because I was considering going if it was true) and could not find any info online regarding it. So, I gave in and contacted the number to get into contact with Fred.

What I got was a person who was upset that this FALSE information has spread so virally. The Facebook OP asked if he could tell some friends and was told ok, but the information above is inaccurate. The collection is not (and never was) being liquidated. The books are not in danger of being lost or destroyed. And in actuality there are only 3.4-4 million, not 10+. The owners have, in the past, allowed a few people in, family and friends and friends of friends, to browse and buy, but not strangers.

I asked if he wanted this to continue and he said no, frankly he wished it would stop. So PLEASE pass along this sentiment, and do not contact this man further. Leave him and the books in peace!

From my conversation with him earlier today:

Adding the original call group to hopefully get this spread again: 

@books-cupcakes @buttermybooks @mariethelibrarian @dukeofbookingham @mariesbookblog @trinareadsbooks @books-and-cookies @bookwormboutique @bookavid @octoberreads @readthebloodybook @bookphile @tilly-and-her-books

@thebibliosphere
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a song called ‘disco inferno’ just came up on my dash and i automatically registered it as “i learn by means of hell” before i realised the title was actually english and not latin

“I learn by means of hell,” forthcoming rap album from Doctor Faustus

When we figured out that’s what Disco Inferno meant (we translated it as “I learn through suffering”), it became the motto of our Latin class at college, and the unofficial motto of my undergrad. 
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HhHHHhhhHHHHHHH YES 

but what if Newt decides the quickest way to learn bout vampires is to become one himself, so once he figures out Graves is one he just kind of tries to seduce him into giving up and losing control and turning him 

Except Graves is like this old, grumpy vampire who’s seen too much shit and hurt way too many people in his life so he took a vow to never kill anyone else again. He lives off blood pockets he “borrows” at the hospital, small animals and pints of blood he buys at the butcher 

oh sure, he has anger issues (read: he wants to kill every single human around him 24/7) but centuries of control have taught him not to give in to these urges. Instead he reads, he draws, he writes, he distracts himself and he is all around trying to be a genuinely good person to make up for his past.

and then enters comes Newt Scamander, his new and absolutely not adorable young neighbor whose skin is so thin Graves can’t help but stare at his neck and the veins he sees there and who bites his lips when he looks at Graves and whom Graves decides to invite over for tea wait -how did that happen ? 

Newt, who is way too tempting for his own good, and Graves decides he is going to move out as soon as possible if Newt is going to put at risk centuries of control and there is no fucking way Graves is going to do anything to him. Jesus. 

At least, that was the plan. 

@aethelar vAMP GRUMPY GRAVES YO
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