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Sep 02

There Were Fireflies - Schuyler - Check Please! (Webcomic) [Archive of Our Own] -

therealallecto:

mamaliza:

I wrote a Check, Please! fic. It’s Holster/Ransom. Summary: boys are idiots. 

This is adorable and you should all go read it!

First, read Check, Please! All of it. It won’t take you too long and it’s SO WORTH IT. Then read this, which is also so worth it. 

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Some thoughts on Harry Potter as a dystopia.

hellotailor:

fractalresilience replied to your postFive dystopias you find particularly interesting...
Interesting, why do you consider harry potter is a dystopia?

I find it impossible to think of Harry Potter as anything BUT a dystopia. Even Hogwarts itself is a dystopia.

Children are segregated based on a personality test at age 11, and then left to fulfill roles that were set out a thousand years ago, leading to cultural divides that continue for the rest of their lives. The Hogwarts house system is one of the main foundations of the pureblood/muggleborn divide in HP. And I haven’t even gotten into the issues with how Hogwarts is run, how useful it is as a tool for preparing people for adult life, and how dangerous it is to live there.

As for Wizarding Britain at large:

I could go on at some length on this topic, but instead I’ll finish with my pet theory: that Wizarding Britain is so fucked up that the rest of the wizarding world has just given up on it.

We know from the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament that there are plenty of magical cultures all over the world, but Britain receives NO kind of international help when Voldemort is on the rise or when the Ministry of Magic is in turmoil.

Obviously the “real” explanation is that the Voldemort/Harry/Hogwarts narrative must to be isolated for Harry’s story to be told… but I still quite like the explanation that Wizarding Britain has been abandoned by the rest of the world. Their society has become so warped, so backward and so beholden to irrational beliefs and traditions that other international wizarding powers have decided the situation is unsalvageable.

There’s no point in stepping in to get rid of Voldemort unless he becomes a threat overseas, because another Dark Lord will probably rise up in a few years anyway. And Wizarding Britain seems functionally incapable of defending itself from this threat without the help of Harry and his team of teen sidekicks — who by the end of the series are all suffering from PTSD because they have spent their formative years fighting in a dystopian war.

(P.S. Even if my pet theory ISN’T true, then the international wizarding community must still have SOME reason not to step in and help Britain fight back against Voldemort. Which, in itself, makes the world of Harry Potter seem even more dystopian than before.)

I. Love. This.

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“Why do white people own so many pets?
Because we’re not allowed to own people anymore.
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What is the scariest thing about a white person in prison?
You know he did it.
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how many Chicago cops does it take to change a light bulb? None, they just beat the room for being black.”
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A good looking 50 year old white man is trying to get laid on reality TV. What show are you watching?
To catch a predator.
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Why do white girls travel in groups of three or five?
They can’t even
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What do you call 64 white people in a room? A full blooded Cherokee.” —

from various reddit threads

at dinner last night, a coworker was talking about hanging out with his white friends and getting fed up with the racist jokes, and asked them to tell a white people joke.  nobody had any, so he googled and found these. after a few of them, people were a lot less comfortable.

white folks, next time you hear a racist joke, maybe lead with one of these in response.  tag this “I’m white” when you reblog it, if you are.

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They are making 7 Arabian nights movies. You know the casting department is already thinking

derpnikdrawing:

naamahdarling:

kiki-eternal:

dynastylnoire:

nabokovsshadows:

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I fuckin’ flat-out LOST IT at that last one.  Holy shit.

ASSORTED ENTERTAINMENT CRACKERS

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extendedburning:

godtxt:

please do not let ferguson die out like everything else big does. do not let this die out. do not let this continue on for three days and then everyone forget about it. do not let this happen.

queue this post up 3 days from now, a week from now, a month from now, a month from then. make sure even if you forget your blog will remember.

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Sep 01

arabellesicardi:

The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, 

The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, 

The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, 

Kristof’s original NYTimes Op-Ed with that stat is here.

A few more sources about the racial divide of the wealth gap: (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) (And remember that “worth” =/= “income”. This gap is between the actual wealth of Americans - in stocks, savings, the equity in your home, those sorts of things - across racial lines. It’s a terrible, stark indicator of institutionalized racism in this country, and a reminder that income equality is only piece of the puzzle in terms of economic justice.)

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dduane:

lettersfromtitan:

counteragentfilms:

jackslenderman:

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Bought two when was in my doomsday prepper phase

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What a smart idea!

dduane:

lettersfromtitan:

counteragentfilms:

jackslenderman:

WaterBOB 100gal bathtub water jug.


In an emergency with water shortages people are told to fill their bathtubs to have water on hand. but most bathtubs are not clean in an emergency, and the water will evaporate when left open to the air over time.

WaterBOB solves those problems! Holds 100gal of water, fits any bathtub, and has a hand pump to pump out water as you need without wasting any. Keeps the water clean and fresh, FDA approved material and BPA free. Costs less than 20$ and available on amazon.

Bought two when was in my doomsday prepper phase

This is brilliant.

What a smart idea!

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