And my mind is completely blown from the ending! I loved the whole story line tho and Ewan played one BAMF!! Not to mention he was adorable, as he always is :3 I’d definitely want to watch it again and not just for Ewan for once! :P
“The thought manifests as the word.
The word manifests as the deed.
The deed develops into habit.
Habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care and let it spring out of love, born out of concern for all beings As the shadow follows the body as we think, so we become.”—
I am using this quote as the main topic for my critical essay in philosophy class. Any ideas on how to start it or where I can get more ideas for my paper?
I can tell you all right now, the response to the “Straight Male Gamer” is worth to full read from the link above. However, here is the complaint:
To summarize, in the case of Dragon Age 2, BioWare neglected their main demographic: The Straight Male Gamer.
I don’t think many would argue with the fact that the overwhelming majority of RPG gamers are indeed straight and male. Sure, there are a substantial amount of women who play video games, but they’re usually gamers who play games like The Sims, rather than games like Dragon Age. That’s not to say there isn’t a significant number of women who play Dragon Age and that BioWare should forgo the option of playing as a women altogether, but there should have been much more focus in on making sure us male gamers were happy.
Now immediately I’m sure that some male gamers are going to be like “YOU DON’T SPEAK FOR ME! I LOVE DRAGON AGE 2!”, but you have to understand, the Straight Male Gamer, cannot be just lumped into a single category.
Its ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamer, when in the past I would only have to say fans, …”
The words “Wicca”/”Wiccan” and “witch” often get used as if they’re synonymous. They’re not. Stop it.
Wicca is a religion that was created around the 40’s-50’s by a man named Gerald Gardner. He claimed to have based it on what an actual coven he met was practicing, but whether this coven even existed is debatable. What is known is that he took concepts and materials from currently-established systems (eg, Freemasonry, OTO, the Kabbalah, et al.) to patch Wicca together. So while it may smack of old-timeyness, it is, in fact, quite young.
Witchcraft, on the other hand, has existed since humans were clever enough to start putting their noodles to work figuring out the mechanics of the universe. Witchcraft is not limited to a single religion or paradigm. Today it exists within a variety of religions, including Vodou, Asatru, Hellenism, Kemeticism, Buddhism, and countless other religions. Some witches are atheistic - that is, they don’t worship any deities at all.
I don’t worship a god and goddess in the Wiccan sense because it smacks of gender essentialism, a concept that was heavily foisted on the Western world around the middle of the last century - about the same time that Wicca was created, in fact. If you like the God/Goddess paradigm, fine. But I don’t, and I really resent it when people talk as if do or should simply because I happen to be a witch. In fact, I find it extremely offensive when someone it upon her/himself to educate others about what “real witches” believe and goes on to essentially describe the swill that SilverRavenwolf sold as Wicca to the young and naive.
When you use the terms “witch” and “Wicca” as if they’re synonymous, you are:
Being Anglocentric. You imply that witchcraft is something that the Brits have a monopoly on or invented.
Contributing to the erasure of other minority religions. Christianity does a good enough job of that already without your help, thanks.
Stereotyping an unimaginably diverse group and planting the seeds for future frustrations when we have to explain that no, we don’t all believe that God ‘n Goddess, Rule of Three jazz. (Hello, chaos witch here!)
So, I will thank you to be a little more considerate of us non-Wiccan witches and to stop making it out to sound like Wicca and witchcraft are the same thing.
WOW this is an amazing piece that clearly describes what witches and Wiccans are and aren’t without a 4 hour long lecture to get to the point. Bravo my dear, bravo!
“The more legal and material hindrances women have broken through, the more strictly and heavily and cruelly images of female beauty have come to weigh upon us… During the past decade, women breached the power structure; meanwhile, eating disorders rose exponentially and cosmetic surgery became the fastest-growing specialty… Pornography became the main media category, ahead of legitimate films and records combined, and thirty-three thousand American women told researchers that they would rather lose ten to fifteen pounds than achieve any other goal…More women have more money and power and scope and legal recognition than we have ever had before; but in terms of how we feel about ourselves physically, we may actually be worse off than our unliberated grandmothers.”—Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth)
“The body war is the consequence of our progress as women, as our potential and our position run head-on into each other. It’s a distraction technique—keep women worried about their butt size, and they’ll be too busy (and too hungry) to take over the world. … On average, women still make less money than men, but a larger percentage of our income goes to support the diet and cosmetic industries. We participate in our own oppression.”—
~Dianne Sylvan, The Body Sacred
I am so glad I got this book. Reading almost 2 hours of it last night helped me realize that I am a goddess. I even need to remind myself that my boyfriend even treats me like one at times—he says I can be too hard on myself, and I’m beginning to realize he’s absolutely right.
Looking for tumblr peeps' Wicca/Witchy/Pagan etsy shops :)
If anyone I follow has an etsy shop who sells Wicca/Witchy/Pagan items or knows someone who has one, could you please send me the links to them in my ask box? I just bought something from fuckyeahpaganism and I’m looking forward to supporting more of you guys in buying affordable hand-made items :) Thank you all so much!
All day long I hear/see/read…about the nuclear plants in Japan…Just say it!… Just tell us that it already had the melt-down…just say it! God! I promise I won’t turn off the tv/radio/internet…I promise I will keep reading/following/etc…stop bullshitting me…you know it and you know that I know it…please just tell us it melted down and radiation has moved across the ocean…we know it takes 24 hours for the wind to blow from northern Japan to Southern California…we are NOT dumb…quit treating us like children…GOD!
We know all 3 of those nuclear plants have melted down…you guys showed us the pictures and the video…god it is just so irritating when act like your smarter than the rest of the county…
I just finished setting up my altar, which is now on my dresser instead of my bookcase. There’s a lot more space for my stuff which I’d rather keep in the open instead of hiding in shelves and drawers. I’m hoping it’ll help me keep up with my practices :) In the center I have my white pentacle cloth in front of my mirror which is leaning up against the wall on my dresser. On the left I have statues of the Lord and Lady, candles, my athame, oils, a fan from China, and bag of runes. On the right I have my cards, boxes of crystals, oil burner, salt, some more candles, incense burner, sea shells, and goblet. On the cloth representing each element:
Spirit: HUGE amythest
Fire: red candle from a love spell bag
Earth: Brigit pendant inside a walnut shell
Wind: a pair of black feather earrings and a small bracelet with bells
I’d post a picture but the lighting in my room is really bad. If I remember I’ll post one tomorrow when it’s daylight out :)
Write a series of papers based on the evolution of The Princesses in the Star Wars franchise.
I would do three separate papers comparing and contrasting Leia and Amidala in A New Hope/Phantom Menace, Empire Strikes Back/Attack of the Clones, and Return of the Jedi/Revenge of the Sith.
I think it’d be interesting to examine both of these characters and their growth and discuss this through the different times in which the films were made. Leia having been developed in the late 70’s/early 80’s and Amidala in the late 90’s/early 00’s.
I don’t know. I was just thinking about this in the shower and now I really want to write these out but I don’t have anywhere to do it.
The world is set to experience the biggest full moon for almost two decades when the satellite reaches its closest point to Earth next weekend.
On 19 March, the full moon will appear unusually large in the night sky as it reaches a point in its cycle known as ‘lunar perigee’.
Stargazers will be treated to a spectacular view when the moon approaches Earth at a distance of 221,567 miles in its elliptical orbit - the closest it will have passed to our planet since 1992.
The full moon could appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky, especially when it rises on the eastern horizon at sunset or is provided with the right atmospheric conditions.
This phenomenon has reportedly heightened concerns about ‘supermoons’ being linked to extreme weather events - such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. The last time the moon passed close to the Earth was on 10 January 2005, around the time of the Indonesian earthquake that measured 9.0 on the Richter scale.
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was also associated with an unusually large full moon.
Previous supermoons occurred in 1955, 1974 and 1992 - each of these years experienced extreme weather events, killing thousands of people.
However, an expert speaking to Yahoo! News today believes that a larger moon causing weather chaos is a popular misconception.
Dr Tim O’Brien, a researcher at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, said: “The dangers are really overplayed. You do get a bit higher than average tides than usual along coastlines as a result of the moon’s gravitational pull, but nothing so significant that will cause a serious climatic disaster or anything for people to worry about.”
But according to Dr Victor Gostin, a Planetary and Environmental Geoscientist at Adelaide University, there may be a link between large-scale earthquakes in places around the equator and new and full moon situations.
He said: “This is because the Earth-tides (analogous to ocean tides) may be the final trigger that sets off the earthquake.”
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 9, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a 44-56 vote, the U.S. Senate has voted against a budget bill crafted by House Republicans that would have eliminated federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
The Democrat-led Senate also failed to pass its own budget bill, which contained much fewer spending cuts and maintained the abortion giant’s funding.
The vote marks the first stage of what promises to be a drawn-out battle between two opposite visions for the 2011 fiscal year, as well as between pro-life and pro-abortion forces fiercely gunning for or against the amendment de-funding Planned Parenthood.
President Obama has promised to veto the House version as it stands.
“But eliminating Title X funding and putting Planned Parenthood out of the business of providing preventative health care to Medicaid patients is not about fiscal responsibility. It makes no fiscal sense to stop investing in programs that have a proven track record in saving money, and saving lives. Quite simply, without the care Planned Parenthood provides - without access to Pap smears, pelvic exams and breast exams - women will die.”—Sen. John Kerry, Kerry: Money, lives and Planned Parenthood (via stfuantichoicers)
Mike Huckabee was slamming Natalie Portman for bringing a child into the world out of wedlock in an interview with conservative radio host Michael Medved on Monday. Huckabee slammed the star actress — and then all single mothers:
“You know Michael, one of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine.’ But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock. You know, right now, 75 percent of black kids in this country are born out of wedlock. 61 percent of Hispanic kids — across the board, 41 percent of all live births in America are out of wedlock births. And the cost of that is simply staggering.”
What I highlighted is the interesting part, because if I’m not mistaken Huckabee is a Republican and they are doing their best to defund Planned Parenthood at the moment and therefor increase pregnancies in unmarried women and teens and decrease health care for not just women but also men. The problem isn’t that people aren’t married, it’s the fact they can not afford the children or birthcontrol and healthcare. The last thing you need is more people rushing into marriages that wont last. getting married because you are pregnant is a really dumb reason and the divorce rate during the child’s first year is huge.
All this war-on-contraception thing going on in the States right now. Okay, let’s cut funding to birth control, let’s cut funding to counseling, let’s cut funding to abortions, let’s cut funding to basic primary care.
You know what that will all mean?
More babies to pay for. More babies to find jobs for, to feed, who will grow up to have tons of babies on their own because their government doesn’t want to pay for anything that could help prevent conception.
Leaving the environmental impacts of a continually expanding population aside - the food crisis, and energy crisis, and deforestation, and pollution, etc - and the social impacts already hurting our current world population - the lack of access to nutrition and education, and gender inequality, and all the trafficking/exploitation of both humans and goods, etc - do these politicians not realize that if they’re already concerned about paying for the citizens that already exist, adding a whole lot more won’t make this any easier?!
March is women’s history month. Its history and celebration came out of the struggles of the women’s movement. In the late 1960’s radical women’s liberation activists “discovered” that March 8th had been designated by the Second Socialist International to be International Woman’s Day, a socialist holiday celebrating the struggle of working women. Throughout the United States women began organizing marches, conferences and other celebratory events on or around March 8. At the same time many of these women, undergraduate and graduate students or newly hired professors dismayed that there was nothing about women in the college and schools’ curriculum. In 1978, a group of activists in California initiated a “Women’s History Week” to address this deplorable situation. The response in California was enthusiastic and as word spread, women initiated similar celebrations.
In February 1980 President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. By 1986, 14 states had already declared March as Women’s History Month. This momentum and state-by-state action was used as the rational to lobby Congress to declare the entire month of March 1987 as National Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women. Women’s history is a woman’s right.
And thinking about women’s rights, last week the US House of Representatives passed the most sweeping anti-woman legislation in decades. The bill which defunds Planned Parenthood is mainly an attack on poor women and women of color denying funds not only for reproductive health but for infant and children’s health and welfare. The right in their usual and vicious hypocrisy claims that they are concerned about women of color being victimized by abortion and family planning. Let’s not forget that Shirley Chisholm was a founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL Pro-Choice America) a supporter of a woman’s right to abortion, access to contraception and to a national health care program.
Last Saturday, in New York City Planned Parenthood held a huge rally to defend reproductive rights. Yvette Clarke, Representative from Shirley Chisholm’s district gave a rousing and inspiring speech. Commenting on H.R. 1 in her own blog, Congresswoman Clarke pointed out,
“This attack on women’s health care is indicative of a culture than infantilizes or criminalizes women for being female. A visceral example of this culture is the billboard recently put up, and subsequently taken down. As a black woman from Brooklyn, with a rich Caribbean heritage, I was deeply offended to see this ad put up.”
Indeed following in Chisholm’s footsteps as a supporter of women’s health, she went on to say, “I tell my own story, and I say to all women—we cannot let the voice of ignorance have the last word.”