fairytale in which the princess sets up a series of impossible trials that suitors must complete to win her hand, except instead of being designed to weed out the unsuitable they’re supposed to be genuinely impossible so she doesn’t have to get married because she is in love with her lady knight bodyguard
but some prince manages to finish them anyway, probably with magical fairy help as usually happens in these stories, and on their wedding night she’s like “so I have something to tell you” and he’s like “no let me go first” and then he says “look, I need this marriage for political reasons b/c my country needs help but I am totally not into the sex thing or even the kissing thing so can we not” and she’s just “OH THANK GOD YES THAT’S PERFECT I’M GONNA MAKE OUT WITH MY GIRLFRIEND IN RELIEF”
and they all work together to get aid for the prince’s country and are all very platoniccuddles and live happily ever after
dear friends, here is a brief psa
things that do not make you a man:
- genital configuration
things that do make you a man:
- inability to slay the witch-king of angmar
Almost snorted milk out of my nose.
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
Hello yes this is totally Ellie and I am a wonderful person who should feel great about how wonderful and adorable and smart and talented I am at all times and know how lucky my gillfrond is to have a datemate like me
I hate that they cut this
#this is why she doesn’t like magic #she may have been jealous when she was younger #but we never knew her when she was older and accepted her sister as a witch #she saw the bad in magic whereas everyone else only saw the good #she probably thought if she could keep harry from magic she wouldn’t have to remember losing her sister every time she saw him #she was also bullied by snape using magic when she was younger #it probably killed her to find out snape was one of the people behind her sisters death when lily trusted him so much
Literally nothing good came from magic for Petunia. First Lily being magical meant they were separated like nine months out of the year. Second her sister got married and moved to a magical village. Third, the one other magical person that Petunia knew got her sister killed. The end.
No no no no no stop it
Stop trying to make me pity/love characters I don’t like
I’m going to disagree with this one though.
I mean, I am not saying she doesn’t have sympathetic points, but she insults Lily, then locks her son in a closet and barely feeds him and subjects him to constant emotional abuse. It’s also quite clear she took almost no interest in her sisters life, so probably had no idea it was Snape’s betrayal that eventually led to her death.
Like obviously she’s a damaged person who was in a lot of pain, but she was also selfish, petty, and abusive. She directly complains about Lily being treated ‘special’ because of magic. And having him avoid magic to protect him? She was a terrible parent who verbally abused him constantly. I somehow doubt that was the first thing on her mind.
While it may be easier to believe sensationalized, false “facts” about bully breeds that they attack unprovoked, most dogs do not. Dogs give very clear indications of their moods when they are encountering strangers or new situations. LEARN THE BODY LANGUAGE.
YES. This essential for everyone who spends any time near dogs at any point of their lives.
“unprovoked” bites rarely ever happen, if at all.
Oh god. I can’t. I just
This dog is not allowed on the bed. So his human installed a camera to check what happens when the dog stays home alone. The results are hilarious.
My favourite part of this whole video is the cat. It’s like “oh my god you fucking moron.”
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.