I’m really amused by the argument “You can’t expect straight writers to include LGBT+ characters. They’ve never experienced being LGBT+”
1) JK Rowling was never an 11 year old orphaned wizard boy. Tolkien was never an ELF. This is how writing works.
2) I, a bisexual woman, am perfectly capable of writing straight men?
Why are you guys such bad writers?
Like, no, maybe you would struggle to write an accurate and realistic portrayal of a trans teens transitioning, or a gay teens experience with homophobia. But you know you don’t HAVE to go super in depth about those things to include LGBT+ characters AT ALL, right? We are more than the bigotry we endure.
OHHHHH THERE IT IS.
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Go Sikh community, you are truly American heroes.
If this actually happened (and I can believe it, considering the generosity that the Sikh are known for), then yes, I definitely support it.
Here is the article
Sikhs opened their temple doors to Oroville Dam evacuees — and strangers came pouring in
and here the article the picture came from (although it has an obviously more political bend to it)
Trump supporter evacuated from Oroville dam: ‘I feel like a refugee’
Sikh temples are usually very charitable, (correct me if I’m wrong but) I believe most - if not all - of them will always serve food to anyone who comes through their doors of they need it.
I remember when I was in grade 7 a gas pipe at my school burst and we had to be evacuated. This happened in the middle of January in Canada, and we ultimately had to stand outside for an hour until the local temple offered to house all 1,500 students until we could go back to school.
I don’t even know why people are even remotely skeptical about this this. Gurdwaras here and almost everywhere I know are open here daily and serve food daily to anyone and everyone who happens to come in. There’s nothing political about it. Its just about having a good heart and an open honest mind while serving the community and your family around you. I’m not Sikh but they’re absolutely wonderful and do wonders around here especially for the homeless community.
I actually think this is like, the main deal with a gurdwara? It’s one of the main points of the institution, is to feed the hungry. It’s not just a thing they do, it’s one of the main pillars of the faith.
I am not an expert or anyone who knows anything, I’m just someone who read the Wikipedia page on what a gurdwara is, the other day, and yeah, looking at it again, that’s paragraph two. Every one has a hall for the express purpose of feeding the hungry.
Sikhism is such a beautiful faith. As I was watching the live updates on Twitter and reddit during the Oroville evacuations, I kept seeing that invitation to the gurdwara being retweeted and renewed, and it was like one bright spot in all the fear.
As a less-sunny aside, about the Oroville dam evacuations, I haven’t seen this anywhere else, but there was a spate of burglaries in the evacuation area; thieves knew where neighborhoods were deserted, and went through and looted homes at their leisure. So there’s your positives and negatives of America all in one little microcosm.
One of the problems with writing sex scenes is that it’s such a HASSLE getting everyone’s clothes off, and Star Wars characters just have so many clothes. AND WEAPONS. AND ACCESSORIES.
And traumatic backstory, which adds, like, another six garments.
Off the top of my head, for Chirrut it’s:
Black waist scarf
Red waist scarf
Undershirt or wrappings?
As for Baze, there is no fucking way anyone, even a trained Guardian, could possibly get out of a single-piece boiler suit in a sexy manner.
Cannon power pack
Add on traumatic backstory, and that’s six garments apiece, plus two more once NiJedha gets blown up.
Partially clothed sex scenes it is!
My favorite approach is to get the characters to undress prior to there being a sex scene. Get them into pajamas! Make them be in some situation where they’ve had to change into bathrobes! Huzzah.
Or, in a rare triumph of pacing, I just handwave the undressing and pick it up with “finally naked, they” etcetera.
TOO MANY LAYERS. No way am I describing all that.
#baze’s expression here is just… #i’m dead
Question from those of us who can’t read faces: what does his face mean?
He’s looking fond, mostly, and maybe a bit proud of her. The lips pressed together plus the upward squinching of the muscles under the eyes usually indicate a sweet, affectionate sentiment, genuine for its understatedness. Her response being a wide-eyed smile indicates reciprocation and appreciation; she is moved by his assessment of her, and clearly, by his acceptance of her as a friend/relative/intimate; she also seems a little surprised by it.
I don’t actually quite remember this bit of the movie in any detail so I’m not sure if there was more in context, but the caption indicates this is in conjunction with the time when he designated her “little sister”, and clearly meant it, so she’s being moved by that.
I always say this is the time of year that Canadians get super crazy. Like people try to steal cups in anyway they can (especially from the coffee counters), my uncle had some lady take his coffee cup from his shopping cart once. God knows why
You know, Americans often mistake Canadian politeness for niceness or even, god forbid, weakness, and as a longtime border town resident and sometime traveler I gotta say, Canadians are fucking terrifying and should not be messed with. I mean, they say things like “soh-ry!” a lot and it’s cute and all, but like.
It’s not an invitation to cross them. They will straight up cut you.
I am terrified of Canadians.
(my experience of Canadians may be disproportionately with physically aggressive ones due to a decade of cross-border roller derby tournaments. but some of the most violent experiences of my life have involved Canadians and have ostensibly been for entertainment. there may have been a strip club involved at least twice. i may have been too drunk to walk properly on at least one occasion. i may have gotten tackled into a wall by a referee at least once. it may not be a fair perspective to judge a nation from but let’s be real here, it’s a fun perspective to judge a nation from.)
Around here we don’t generally go that crazy over the coffee cups. If you’re a Starbucks drinker, you’re still a Starbucks drinker this time of year. You’re just going to get made fun of. I mean, more than usual.
(I’m not a Starbucks drinker.)
the idea that he’s saying this sarcastically is completely horrifying
This is just like when Rush Limbaugh went on this rant about how absolutely depraved it was that people thought any sex that was freely consented to was okay. And the rest of us were like…. is that not how it works???? ??? ??
Even at my work (which isn’t even a TIm Hortons, why do I have to sell the coffee D:<) not a lot of people have won, those that do it’s mostly potato wedges. It seems chances are lower than usual this year. I can’t drink anything caffeinated so I haven’t bought a single roll up cup myself.
Ha, I can’t comment on the relationship of this year’s prizes to last year’s. This happens to me every year. I never win anything. I very occasionally win a coffee and am too shy to redeem it so I give it away. So it’s just as well, if I won a car or something I’d be terrified.
But I just think it’s funny that people get excited about it. Nobody ever wins anything, what’s the big deal??
cause of death: too shy to call ambulance
Didn’t want to inconvenience anyone
Someone else might have needed it more
This happens. :(
Bear in mind that ambulance companies aren’t diverting EMTs away from a heart attack or traumatic amputation to answer your call. They’re much more likely to be diverting EMTs from:
Sitting in an ambulance station or a random parking lot playing Words With Friends and/or developing elaborate company-wide romantic intrigues
Sitting in a hospital EMS room doing giant stacks of paperwork no one will ever read while trying to make dinner entirely out of saltines and condiments
Routine transports of people who have to travel by stretcher, who maybe are not happy to be late, but are hardly going to die from it
Transports which are technically emergencies, but are stuff like vomiting or a sprained ankle where the urgency factor is more like “yeah, you should get that seen” than like “STAT CODE RED CODE BLUE CODE POLKA DOT STAT STAT STAT.”
So if you think you might need an ambulance, call one. You are not going to single-handedly take down the EMS system by daring to use it.
I’m reblogging it but I would be that person wondering “Do I need this enough” until I died.
I have legitimately done this. Please, take care of yourselves.
This is 100% true.
As a First Aid trainer, I’m constantly hearing stories of people who didn’t want to call an ambulance because they didn’t want to distract from “real emergencies.”
But here’s the thing: most people don’t know what an emergency is, so by the time something is bad enough that they think they need an ambulance, it’s too late. They needed an ambulance hours ago. Now they need a coroner.
What we teach is ‘if in doubt, call them out.’
Emergency services will get all the info about your situation they need, and will triage you amongst the rest of their patients. This means if you have trouble breathing and call an ambulance, you’ll be at the top of the list; if you broke your toe, you’ll probably be somewhere down the bottom. But if you or a loved one is in pain, and it’s more than you can handle on your own, call an ambulance.
If in doubt, call them out.
ok but with what money tho
yeah, that’s really the thing here. I’ve held off on going to the ER for terrible pain before, and I’ve been right. one time I passed out from pain, and so finally dragged myself in thinking I was having organ failure or something (I’d never actually fainted before, except from lack of oxygen, so I was really alarmed), and was told I wasn’t eligible for any assistance at all, and that it was just a torn muscle and there was nothing they could do, and then was stuck with a $700 bill that might as well have been a million dollars to me at the time, for them having looked at me and given me an ibuprofen, when I earned less than $10k a year. (I couldn’t get Medicaid, they said, because I shared an address with a wealthier roommate, who’d driven me there and didn’t think to lie when put on the spot and asked. This is not actually policy, but the hospital said it was, at the time, and stood firm on it, refusing to discount my bill in any way. I just didn’t pay it, ruining my credit, but that shit goes away eventually.)
Medically, absolutely, yes, you should seek assistance, via ambulance if necessary, and they won’t be cruel to you, it’s not a waste of time to be safe.
But, given the state of healthcare in the US, and especially once the ACA is dismantled and what access we have is gone, it’s a sad reality that sometimes you have to just take an Advil and get your affairs in order.
Or, just get really good at not caring about collectors calling for bills. You gotta do you.
(Oh, I’d sort of blocked that out, but that probably also explains why my phone anxiety is so bad. Unknown number = collections. You know how mean they get on the phone? I’d actually forgotten that! I panic when my phone rings and had forgotten why. I guess it’s been a while.)
“Bad books on writing tell you to “WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW”, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery.”
Joe Haldeman (via rachelfershleiser)
I cannot reblog this enough, this is hilarious to me.