I AM SO FUCKING DONE WITH THIS CULTURE OF SPORTS IDOLATORY
Albus Severus Potter starts Herbology at Hogwarts
"Hey Professor Longbottom; my father says I was named after the bravest man he ever knew, did you know-"
"Well, It’s nice to meet you, Neville Potter"
"It’s Neville. Your name is Neville"
It’s the Female Yoda Phenomenon: A seasoned warrior who has the knowledge and skill to transform the ineffectual everyman into a heroic savior. She is smart, competent, and tough. At her most mundane, she will teach the hero about responsibility and maturity (Knocked Up). At her most powerful, she will use her countless skills to make the male hero into a fighter like herself (Matrix, Edge of Tomorrow).
The Female Yoda has become the new normal because it allows Hollywood to appeal to feminist concerns while continuing to feed male wish fulfillment. She looks so killer in action — and seems so good on paper — that she seems to shut down arguments about female marginalization. She’s better than the hero: Stronger, smarter, more mature.
Unfortunately — since her superiority is a given, and doesn’t need to be proven — we never get to see it.
[…] There’s a note of jealous condescension that follows [Rita Vrataski’s] elevated stature in a male-dominated war. She’s not just a warrior or soldier; she’s the “Angel” of Verdun, or the Full Metal “Bitch.” Her fearless success elevates her, but her gender qualifies her power.
Edge of Tomorrow is an excellent summer blockbuster film, and I highly recommend it to anyone whose interests involve alien wars and gritty war-hardened Emily Blunt in a mecha suit. But ultimately, it is still a Tom Cruise movie, and the character development gets heaped onto Tom Cruise’s plate as he embarks on the generic white male hero’s journey you’ve seen a thousand times before.
Do you expect me to talk?
No, Ms. Bond. I expect you to die!
I NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A AUDIO POST JOKE
NOT EVEN ON MY OWN JOKES
George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.
"Another scene I remember now as an adult is every morning at school we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…there was the American flag flying over the camp but I could also see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers pointing at us from my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘With liberty and justice for all’." - George Takei, The Daily Show (July 24, 2014).
Full Episode (apologies, The Daily Show website does not have the best video player).
To Be Takei documentary official website.
- Mod Dawes Sr.
I remember an account from a US citizen (with Japan-born parents) whose mother woke him up in the morning and told him to put on his Boy Scout uniform. That way, the soldiers could see that he loved his country as they took him off to an internment camp on suspicion of being a terrorist.
Also, my high school graduation was held at a former internment centre (opened 27 March 1942).
By June 12, the post office had sold approximately $5,000 worth of war bonds, despite the inmates’ lack of income.
The monthly wages inside the internment camps were $8-$16 (per MONTH), and the inmates still sent money to the war machine that put them in there.
It’s like half the struggle is getting into the country and the rest is in constantly proving that you deserve to be here; that you’re “worthy” of living here.
oh Sam, never cool when Scarlett’s around (+)
Ebola Updates - Here’s A Summary Of the Latest News Concerning the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa.
As reported earlier, the current outbreak of Ebola in several West African countries is the deadliest on record.
The first wave of this outbreak first occurred earlier this year with confirmed cases in both Guinea and Liberia. Now, currently in its second wave, a senior official at Doctors Without Borders has described the outbreak as being ‘totally out of control’ as the death toll from the virus continues to escalate and has so far claimed close to 700 lives.
In recent news, health officials working to address and contain the disease have become infected with the virus resulting in the death of Liberian doctor Samuel Brisbane and Ugandan doctor Simon Ajok. Brisbane is the first Liberian doctor to die from the illness. Now, two US health workers Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have both tested positive for the disease. Both are in isolation a treatment facility at the ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly and Writebol are said to be in stable but serious conditions.
Previously, cases had been announced in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. However, last week the first Ebola case of this outbreak was confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria, after a Liberian national that travelled on a yet unnamed airline collapsed at the Murtala Mohammed Airport and was rushed to hospital. Doctors confirmed he did have Ebola and within days, he had passed away from the disease. One of the local airlines in the country, Arik Air, has now banned all flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone.
A woman with Ebola on Sierra Leone has been tracked down by officials after she was forcibly removed from the hospital by her family.
According to The Guardian, the west African outbreak is the first time that Ebola, which was first discovered in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, has appeared in heavily populated urban areas and international travel hubs. The mortality rate of the current outbreak is about 60%.
There is no cure or vaccine for the virus.
(image via RT)
I spent like all of last week drawing dudes and needed a break. Pencil, ink, and some touching up in GIMP.
Give me a movie about any of these ladies (or all four) and I will be so happy.
letherintoyourheart said: Forgive me if this comes off rude, but why are not looking forward to Age of Ultron?
not at all! it’s not necessarily that i’m not looking forward to aou in particular (although i do have my reservations about the movie from what little we know of it). i’m wary of the road the mcu is heading down in a much broader sense. thus far, every single solo film released by the studio has starred a white, straight, cis man–and if the movies announced for phase three are any indication, that’s not a pattern marvel intends to break anytime soon. fans have been clamoring for a black widow film since her role in the avengers made natasha a household name, but instead, we get confirmation of ant-man and doctor strange (both of whom non-comics fans are markedly less familiar with), and feige hailing captain america: the winter soldier as ”basically a black widow movie”.
“Are you’re doing a Black Widow movie?” And part of me wanted to say, “Well, we did, and it’s called Captain America: The Winter Soldier.Wait until you see it! (x)
…okay, feige. on top of that, he doesn’t seem to have a very good grasp on why ignoring the company’s women, poc, and queer characters (many of whom are very accessible to budding fans, and whose stories could all too easily be adapted for the big screen) is unacceptable. rather than acknowledge the fact that the mcu has not been very diverse, and that it can stand to do better, he kind of…gave himself a pat on the back for incorporating minorities at all, even though the few existent ones occupy minor roles with limited amounts of screentime.
With Widow what’s great is the interaction with all the team members, and the question is whether we want to pluck her out of that. I’m very proud of the way the Marvel movies handle the female characters who are in all the movies we are making, as opposed to feeling the pressure of ‘When are you doing a female movie?’ We’re exploring a lot of Widow, and that’s going to continue with Age of Ultron in a big way. (x)
characters like thor, iron man, and captain america are allowed the opportunity to interact with their teammates in ensemble movies like the avengers, while also benefiting from their own, separate franchises–but natasha’s a different story…i wonder why that might be. they’ve also been fairly evasive about the speculation surrounding captain marvel or black panther being adapted for the silver screen; some fans have high hopes for an announcement at sdcc next week, but i’m hesitant to get my hopes up on that count.
so, ultimately, all of this ties closely into aou, which is precisely what its predecessor was–a film that focuses primarily on a bunch of white, male superheroes, and congratulates itself on the few women it spotlights. to add insult to injury, whedon cast wanda and pietro maximoff (who will make their debut in this film) with white actors, despite the fact that they are canonically romani jews. in fact, there are a lot of issues with whedon’s handling of the maximoffs, from the weird, ableist descriptions of wanda’s mental illness (this is a habit of whedon’s. see: river tam and drusilla) to the fact that the post-credits scene at the end of the winter soldier shows us that they’re currently in the hands of von strucker, a nazi. all in all, the erasure of the maximoff twins’ heritage has some super gross implications, since the discrimination their parents faced was so important to their legacy–especially when you take into account that mutants (or “miracles” as they’ll be known in the mcu) are essentially one big metaphor for minority groups.
and, of course, people are wary of the extent to which tony stark’s presence will dominate aou. the mcu capitalizes…very heavily on rdj’s popularity as an actor and (by proxy) his recognizability as a character within the franchise. in the avengers, he received the most screentime, despite the fact that thor was the brother of the film’s main villain (which meant that his perspective was arguably much more relevant to the narrative), and he was ultimately the one who had a hero’s epiphany and saved the day. he now has three solo movies under his belt, and yet whedon is reorienting the plot of aou around him…which has fans concerned about a repeat scenario.
this was longer than i meant it to be, but these are some of the qualms i have going into aou. there are bright spots, obviously–like the confirmation that sam and rhodey will make appearances (though i doubt their roles will be very large), and that natasha will play a more significant part. but, generally…i’m pretty leery about it.
This is, by far, the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen done with the limited resources provided within Minecraft.
HOLY SHIT THIS IS AMAZING
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 (repealed in 1943) was the only law in US history to deny citizenship or entry based on a specific nationality. However, a son or daughter of a citizen was granted entry regardless of nationality.
US citizens of Chinese descent would leave the country and travel back to China. Upon returning, they would state a marriage and the birth of several sons. Years later, young Chinese men would immigrate to the US, claiming to be the children of those unions. In fact, a substantial number of them were sons “on paper only”, having purchased their identity papers — thus the term “Paper Son”.
have you ever lived in a country that hated and feared your race so much they passed a law banning you
and that law lasted sixty years
Okay you have ten seconds think of an rpg class thats never existed before
Ass devourer, they eat the asses right off of people
What the fuck
OP gave me ten seconds
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