sometimes your family is full of drama and then the only way you can rattle the craziness out of your bones is by LISTENING TO SOME PUNK FUCKIN’ ROCK
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Actual angel Taylor Swift.
My part I of a two part series on Pope Francis and why I think he rocks! There has been a backlash against religiosity lately with all that is going on in the world and folks like him definitely help restore your faith!
I’m agnostic bordering on atheist and this man warms my heart. He is what we should all strive to be.
Agnostic yet going down the list i’m liking this pope more and more.
OH MY GOD I KNOW PEOPLE LOVE THIS GUY BUT I JUST CAN’T HELP MYSELF
This is what Popes are supposed to do, dudes! Like, let’s be real, everyone disliked Benedict XVI because––well, the nicest way I can say it is that he wasn’t a people person––but Francis is a lot like JP2, which is to say, a good Catholic who happens to be a cute, charismatic old guy with a great PR team. He’s nice. He smiles at babies. He’s not as revolutionary as you think he is, and to consider him such will stagnate whatever progress the Church is starting to make.
The way Catholics reach salvation is twofold: 1) faith AND 2) good works. (This is different from Protestantism, which only requires faith––good works are like icing on the Protestant salvation cake. They make it better and more delicious, but aren’t actually required.) Popes are high-profile and so Francis’s good works are high-profile, and, like, I’m all for getting bishops to toe the line when it comes to their vows of spending-moderately-in-the-Lord’s-name, but it’s not new for Catholic leadership to do nice stuff that also, oh yeah, make the Catholic Church look good to its lagging membership. Obviously, this doesn’t lessen the impact of Francis’s works on the individuals he works with! I’m just asking you to consider the context, please.
Furthermore, Francis’s views on women and homosexuality ARE NOT NEW. They are more lenient than Benedict McConservative’s opinion, but they are PRETTY MUCH EXACTLY THE SAME AS JP2’s VIEWS and have been official Church opinion for DECADES. Women are gr8, but they can’t be priests––their role as spiritual leader is within the home. Gay people can be gay as long as they don’t fall in love with someone of the same gender or, like, do anything gay. THE CHURCH HAS BEEN SAYING THIS STUFF FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.
The one thing Francis has going for him that does seem to be new is that he isn’t, so far as anyone has yet discovered, sweeping pedophilia under the rug. Good for him! Yay! But he’s not a saint.
(SPEAKING OF SAINTS I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY MADE JP2 A SAINT OMG ROMAN CATHOLIC PR MACHINE YOU’RE SO RIDIC)
sometimes, advertisements are presented to their target audiences. and sometimes, they are not.
I am going to flip my shit at the ableism in the captain america fandom right now. The way they frame Steve’s chronic illness and physical weakness in his backstory is SO CREEPY (and… fetishized?!), especially when they try to frame Bucky as his Keeper.
My own girlfriend is chronically ill (in remission, thank god) and at this point in time, in a state of physical weakness due to being cooped up in an unhealthy environment that won’t let her eat the food she needs, get the exercise she deserves, and controls her ability to leave the house and travel just to just like, get some fresh fucking air.
When she last visited me, she struggled to walk up the 4-block hill to my house a lot, had to rest and go slow, needed to sit down many times when we went out to the city or into town. She was scared of new foods and needed a safe place to try them because she’s unsure what will make her violently ill due to the actions of her family. She was overwhelmed and dazed (but also pleased and amazed, when she acclimated) by travel and transportation. She was tired a lot. She had to endure constant muscle aches and pains, and attacks of her chronic illness while she was with me.
Never infantilize someone with chronic illness. I did not watch her like some kind of creepy hawk. I did not prevent her from going outside. I did not shadow her movements beyond what was normal. I did not throw myself at her to be a crutch unless she asked me to, like to carry her bags when she got too tired, or to use the phone when she was too stressed.
People with chronic illnesses don’t need Keepers and to sexualize it is even creepier. They sometimes need assistance. But this weird gross ableist romanticization of chronic illness that results in people casually suggesting Bucky prevent Steve from doing things he wants to do because they’re “too dangerous” or even just joking about how fragile he is meaning he needs to put his whole life in someone else’s hands. That’s creepy. Imagine being prevented from seeing your friends or doing what you want because your significant other didn’t think you could handle it. That’s a really creepy dominance and control.
I just can barely deal with how offensive that is. Disabled people don’t exist so you can smother them with cooing and control their lives because they obviously are incapable. You want to know what’s amazing?
(caption: something super ableist from the photoset that’s making me mad)
According to this sheet, Steve survived catching scarlet fever and is living with asthma, high blood pressure, heart trouble in a time when medication and health care was only a fraction as effective as it is now, as guy without a bunch of money, an orphan. He survived contact with someone with TB and didn’t succumb. As far as I know, he wasn’t part of a union or a craftsman. He was a poor art student. Almost no social support.
Bucky probably wasn’t here all of these things. These are things Steve grappled with that he grappled with alone. Steve is hardcore as fuck and in that time period should have died like of half of these.
Stop fucking baby-fying Steve Rogers, he is a capable son of a bitch even when he wasn’t able-bodied.
2) can we please talk about how punk Steve Rogers is
So it’s 3AM and It’s just occurred to me that the most telling scene in the entire Harry Potter franchise is the scene following the announcement of the participants of the Triwizard tournament.
When Harry’s name is pulled out of the cup, literally one of the first things he is asked is “did you ask an older boy to put your name in the cup for you?" or something to that effect, insinuating that, that was something nobody prepared for and that it was something that totally would have worked if anyone had been smart enough to figure it out.
However, in an earlier scene a student is turned into a hundred year old man when they try to artificially age themselves with a potion and put their name into the cup. Meaning someone trying to dangerously age themselves with potion they aren’t familiar with was something the teachers genuinely considered to be more likely than someone asking for fucking help from another student.
In other words, the wizards in Harry Potter’s world are so reliant on magic that it doesn’t occur to anyone save for people like Harry that asking for help is even an option in a given situation. This explains why wizards are so fucking ass-backwards at everything, they’re so confident that their magic is capable of doing everything for them that it has never occurred to fucking anyone that perhaps asking for help from the muggle world might be of some use.
Think about it, the wizarding world hasn’t changed in hundreds of years while in that same space of time the muggle world has figured out fucking space travel. I know it’s a cliché to say to say someone could have fucking shot Voldemort, but seriously, somebody totally fucking could have, he killed like 50 people, he was effectively a terrorist, if anyone in the wizarding world bothered to ask for help from the muggles instead of just telling them there was an invisible asshole flying around shooting death curses at everyone, they may have been able to help.
Pretty much the only reason Voldermort thinks he’s better than muggles is because he’s able to kill them with impunity using magic, something he’s only able to do so easily because muggles don’t understand what magic is. Voldemort is basically like a fucking disease, he’s an invisible, lurking entity preying on mankind from the shadows like a cowardly piece of shit. You know what else did that? Smallpox and we stomped that to death the second we understood it. That’s the difference between muggles and wizards, when muggles don’t understand something, they figure it out.
And here’s the kicker, the only reason muggles don’t understand magic at all is because the wizarding world deliberately withholds information about it. However, even if the wizarding world kept doing that, it’d only be a matter of time until a muggle figured out what magic was and how to stop or harness it because that’s what humanity does, it pushes past what we think is impossible to see what’s on the other side. We didn’t understand the sun as a species originally and now we use it to power satellites and smartphones.
The wizarding world isn’t a realm of infinite possibilities, it’s a universe of strict limitations where boundaries are never questioned. The muggle world is where the real magic happens. That’s why during the course of the Harry Potter books, which are set between 1991 and 1998, the muggle world (our world) discovered dark matter, cloned a sheep and invented fucking MP3s while the wizarding world were literally paying some dipshit to figure out what the purpose of a rubber duck was.
Wow, I really shouldn’t think about this stuff when it’s like 3AM, it gets kind of dark.
uhhhhh so I might be a P.A. for someone at Cannes this year??
SOMETIMES MY LIFE IS UNEXPECTEDLY INTERESTING.
So according to the movie Back to the Future Part II, by the year of our lord 2015 there are supposed to be 19 movies in the Jaws franchise. As of January 2014, there are only 4. I personally see this as an enormous travesty, which is why I’m calling on the internet to rectify this grievous mistake.
I challenge the geek community, the web community, the YouTube community, the film community, the time travel community, the hypothetical Jaws community, and the local community college to answer my call and create 15 new JAWS feature-length movies before October 21st, 2015.
According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute, and British Film Institute, a feature film has to be at least 40 minutes long. So even if your film is 40 straight minutes of a rubber shark floating quietly in a bathtub, it still fulfills what I am asking of you in the challenge, and it is still probably a more entertaining watch than Jaws: the Revenge.
So grab your camera phones, a bucket, and that inflatable shark you bought at the dollar store, because it’s showtime. Live-action, stop-motion, puppets, pencil animation, CG, piss on film- it doesn’t matter how you create the movie! Just go and make the 2015 of Back to the Future II a reality.
Signal boost, if you please!
as someone who is kiiiinda obsessed with the jaws franchise (and with sharks), i support this message 1800%
How do you intend to make Jaws 19 holographic
Still got a year for that to get figured out, it’s the other 14 we need to handle
Being a godless American who was six years old when Princess Diana died, I have never had any feelings about the British royal family until now, since it seems that the newest member is a GQ CUTIE PATOOTIE. (Seriously, bless his parents and presumably also the royal family’s army of publicists for dressing that baby in amazing classic children’s wear! I mean, on the one hand you could get into it because that baby outfit probably costs more than most of my entire wardrobe and the word “class” is not in the word “classic” by accident, but on the other hand WHO CARES BECAUSE THERE ARE AMAZING PICTURES OF A CUTE BABY IN TINY WELL-TAILORED SHORT PANTS.)