Mar. 8th, 2017

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Are there any US-politically minded (In an academic sense) peeps around who wouldn’t mind chatting with me about a school assignment? I am writing about how relevant the US constitution is in modern times. 
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whoops looks like the writers at marvel need a reminder of their own characters’ origins before they do something else grossly offensive

hey, nick spencer!  i know you’re probably not reading this, but shut up and listen for a second, maybe you’ll learn something about respect.  do you know how many jewish people died during the holocaust?  somewhere between 5,000,000 to 6,000,000.

yes, you read that right.  five to six million people dead, all less than eighty years ago.

marvel comics have never skirted around this.  they made it a vital part of magneto’s history, one that shapes his attitudes and opinions more than anything else.  he’s been subjugated, and he’s not going to let it happen to his people - in this case, mutants - again.

so what, mr. spencer, are you accomplishing by having him join up with hydra beyond spitting in the faces of all those millions of dead?  you’ve taken a jewish character - created by JEWISH WRITERS AND ARTISTS - and signed him up with what’s clearly the marvel universe’s equivalent of the nazis.  what are we supposed to take away from this besides the knowledge that you are a cold, insensitive human being?

magneto deserves better.  the jewish community deserves better.  and you own the latter a hell of an apology. 
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(model, cosplay , game designer, costume design for lots of chinese series full of talents…Gong 3, Palace, Yun Zhong Ge, Return of Condor Heros 2014, Swordman 2013…)

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That hanfu is gorgeous!
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Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day in which we honor and recognize the contributions of women…both on Earth and in space.

Since the beginning, women have been essential to the progression and success of
America’s space program.

Throughout history, women have had to
overcome struggles in the workplace. The victories for gender rights were not
achieved easily or quickly, and our work is not done.

Today, we strive to make
sure that our legacy of inclusion and excellence lives on.

We have a long-standing cultural commitment
to excellence that is largely driven by data, including data about our people.
And our data shows progress is driven by questioning our assumptions and
cultural prejudices – by embracing and nurturing all talent we have available,
regardless of gender, race or other protected status, to build a workforce as
diverse as our mission. This is how we, as a nation, will take the next giant
leap in exploration.

As a world leader in science, aeronautics,
space exploration and technology, we have a diverse mission that demands talent
from every corner of America, and every walk of life.

So, join us today, and every day, as we
continue our legacy of inclusion and excellence.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Learn more about the inspiring woman at NASA here: https://women.nasa.gov/
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Trump

Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones. This whole article is amazing. Here’s a small portion:

“It
would have been difficult for federal agents, working within the law,
to obtain a wiretap order to target Mr. Trump’s phone conversations. It
would have meant that the Justice Department had gathered sufficient
evidence to persuade a federal judge that there was probable cause to
believe he had committed a serious crime or was an agent of a foreign
power, depending on whether it was a criminal investigation or a foreign
intelligence one.

Former officials pointed to longstanding laws
and procedures intended to ensure that presidents cannot wiretap a rival
for political purposes.

“A cardinal rule of the Obama
administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any
independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said Kevin
Lewis, a spokesman for Mr. Obama. “As part of that practice, neither
President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance
on any U.S. citizen.”

But a senior White House official said that
Donald F. McGahn II, the president’s chief counsel, was working on
Saturday to secure access to what Mr. McGahn believed was an order
issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorizing some
form of surveillance related to Mr. Trump and his associates.

The
official offered no evidence to support the notion that such an order
exists. If one does, it would be highly unusual for a White House to
order the Justice Department to turn over such an investigative
document, given the traditional independence of law enforcement
matters.”

White House requests Congress investigate whether Obama administration abused power

Trump flashes anger over Sessions recusal, Russia stories in tense Oval Office meeting

The Conspiratorial Game of Telephone in Bannon’s Rag that Made Left, Right, and POTUS Go Crazy

Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim

Mr.
Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his
allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to
knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I.
broke the law, the officials said.

A spokesman for the F.B.I.
declined to comment. Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokeswoman for the Justice
Department, also declined to comment.

Mr. Comey’s request is a
remarkable rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation’s top law
enforcement official in the position of questioning Mr. Trump’s
truthfulness.

It’s literally pay to play at Mar-a-Lago

It’s
a nice setup for those who want some government favor and can afford a
six-figure check. And it’s a nice setup for Donald Trump.

Jeff Sessions, who couldn’t possibly have anything better to do this weekend, was greeting guests at a gala.

Trump sons, planning expansion of family business, look to leverage campaign experience

The
company says it has signed at least 17 letters of intent with potential
developers. It is targeting an array of cities such as Austin, Dallas,
St. Louis, Nashville and Seattle — and Trump Jr. said the campaign
proved useful in forging relationships with potential new connections.

“I met people along the way that would be awesome partners,” he said.

Yet another person connected to Trump and Russia has died: Alex Oronov. Oronov was connected to Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, whom you might remember from his colorful threats to the Daily Beast over their coverage of Ivana Trump’s abuse claims.

Last
week I wrote about Michael Cohen and his extensive network of personal
and business relationships in the Ukrainian-American emigre community.
One of those was a man named Alex Oronov, who runs a major agribusiness
concern in Ukraine. Oronov was a partner in the ethanol business Cohen
and Cohen’s brother Bryan set up in Ukraine about a decade ago. Oronov
is Bryan Cohen’s father-in-law. Today we learned that Oronov apparently
organized that ‘peace plan’ meeting that brought together Ukrainian MP
Artemenko, Cohen and Felix Sater. About four hours ago Andrii Artemenko,
the Ukrainian parliamentarian who came to New York with that ‘peace
plan’, went on Facebook to announce that Alex Oronov has died.

Oronov reportedly lived in one of Trump’s Florida condos.

Keystone pipeline won’t use US steel despite Trump pledge

Trump campaign applies to trademark ‘Keep America Great!’ as his 2020 campaign slogan

Trump’s long history of racism is well documented, but this moment from Don Cheadle is just… wow.

(@DonCheadle tweet)

Immigration

Trump to unveil new immigration ban on Monday.
Here’s the weird part: “Employees at DHS were instructed to work from
home on Monday morning.” Are we planning for a Reichstag fire, or do we
just not want anyone at work to answer the phone?

Trump admin. plans expanded immigrant detention. We’ll have the best internment camps, big league, lots of federal contracts, with bonus slave labor.

(@Luvvie tweet)

After Decades In The U.S., NY Immigrant With Years-Old Pot Conviction Faces Deportation

Deportation of grandmother leaves a San Diego military family reeling

Clarissa
Arredondo, 43, is the mother of Adriana Aparicio, whose husband is a
Navy veteran working as a contractor in Afghanistan. The couple has two
daughters, 2 and 3, and Arredondo, who came to the U.S. more than 25
years ago, helped take care of them.

Congress

Some GOP lawmakers’ block-everything mentality could imperil big-picture plans

Across
the Capitol, there’s a new generation of Republicans who have risen to
power since the GOP last attempted to enact a sweeping agenda that would
overhaul big pieces of the economy such as the health-care and tax
systems. Quite simply, there aren’t many Republicans around with muscle
memory of what it’s like to craft large pieces of legislation that rely
almost entirely on votes from their side of the aisle.

The problem
is particularly acute in the House, where just 60 Republicans — a
quarter of their caucus — have ever served in the majority with a GOP
president.

Moreover, more than 160 House Republicans are getting
their first taste of working with a Republican president. Their entire
legislative careers until now have been dedicated to stopping an
administration’s actions.

Cabinet & Federal Appointees

Sessions Will Submit Amended Testimony, Address Senators’ Questions on Monday. Get your popcorn ready.

Home Alone in the Trump Administration

President
Trump has appointed fewer than three dozen of the top 1,000 officials
he needs to run the federal government. Worse, he doesn’t think that’s a
problem.

The president seems to have lost interest in the
nomination process after making his cabinet and Supreme Court picks,
people involved in the transition say. Now, he’s trying to pass off his
inattention as some kind of plan. “In many cases, we don’t want to fill
those jobs,” he said on Fox News this week. “What do all these people
do? You don’t need all those jobs.”

The Washington Post has a handy tracker for positions requiring Senate confirmation.
Trump keeps complaining that Congress is dragging its feet on
confirming his nominees, but there are currently 517 positions he hasn’t
even nominated.

The Curious Case of Sebastian Gorka, Trump’s New Terrorism Guru. He’s advising on national security but doesn’t appear to have security clearance.

Even Scott Pruitt thinks the not-yet-public proposed EPA budget cuts are too much.

Under Trump, an Already Depleted I.R.S. Could Face Deep Cuts.
It’s madness to cut the agency that’s in charge of bringing in money,
unless perhaps Trump doesn’t like the fact that they expect money from
him and his friends.

Trump’s budget proposal includes steep cuts to NOAA, surprising no one. Still, that’s depressing.

Trump’s neglect of the CDC while China is experiencing a bird flu epidemic has set up the US for a health crisis

This Stunningly Racist French Novel Is How Steve Bannon Explains The World.
‘“The Camp of the Saints” tells a grotesque tale about a migrant
invasion to destroy Western civilization.’ It really is stunning; steel
yourself before reading this.
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Things that crack me up about Legolas:

Okay, so maybe the film guide says he was born in TA 87, but looking at clues from HOME and the Silmariilion, he’s at the very most a bit over 2000 years old at time of The Fellowship of the Ring. He’s the youngest elf that we know about in that time period. ARWEN is older than him. He’s creeped out by Fangorn being so old but he calls all mortals children because he’s a little shit.

Tolkien would get super pissed off when Legolas was shown in illustrations as “pretty or lady-like” and insisted that he was the biggest, roughest, toughest of the elves and the most hardcore of the Fellowship. Legolas is like the freaking Schwarzenegger of the elves, nbd.

Best friend is a dwarf whose father was literally imprisoned by Legolas’ father and yet he still brought him to the Undying Lands for the most awkward family reunion because screw you Thranduil. And let me remind you that a) Gimli is the only, only dwarf who got to make the trip and Legolas invited him. Other people had to get permission from like the literal Valar and Legolas was like I want to bring my mortal bff yeah he wasn’t a ringbearer but whatevs. Also b) most of the people who left in TA 3201 went on like these fleets of beautiful vessels with a master shipbuilder but Legolas was like nope, going to build one myself, never built one before but it can’t be that hard, right?

While Sindarin is the most common Elvish language by the time Legolas is alive, it’s considered really ugly and and unrefined, but here Legolas is running around probably not even able to speak the language of his ancestors, and I imagine him super proud of what must sound like an awful accent to his people.

Also super explains how useless he was at Moira trying to decipher the door because he doesn’t have time to deal with those snobs.

All the Fellowship got useful gifts or ones with spiritual meaning but instead Galadriel was like no, Legolas, I’m going to give you this big ass bow that’s bigger than the Mirkwood ones and it’s going to be so sick yeah it’s like taller than you are BUT ITS GOING TO LOOK SO SWEET.

are you telling me that Legolas is like… the baby gay dudebro redneck of the elves?

yes my friend, that is exactly what I am telling you

I have been given a gift.

Bless.

Amazing.
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First of all, thank you very much!

Since flattery will get you pretty much anywhere, allow me to tell you The Tale Of Jar-Jar.

The First year my family moved to Colorado, my family decided to take the annual summer camping trip to Yellowstone, now that we were on the right side of the rockies for it.  So we pile into the car with all my mom’s immortal camping gear from the 70′s (srsly, I still have the Colemann stove and cooler.  They work perfect)  and Cody,The Gentleman Shepherd.  

Due to Wyoming looking mostly like the ugly parts of Mad Max, we got onto the wrong highway and arrived after dark.  Cody waited patiently in the backseat rather than set up in the rain.  Gentlemanly.

The next morning, Mom is doing something miraculous with the Colemann and there is a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon.  The sun is shining.  The birds are singing.  All is serene and beautiful. 
Then the people in the next site pull up.   They arrive in a Brand-spanking new Ford Pickup towing a trailer that looks like it was salvaged of a 50′s atomic test field.  The Husband emerges first and…

I don’t like judging people based on appearance but Man, when a dude walks out of a pickup wearing a confederate flag hat, and half of a mullet one tends to make assumptions.  

The eldest child came out next, a boy of about 12, with a rat-tail.
Followed by his brother, a boy of about 10, with a rat-tail
Followed by his brother, a boy of about 8, with a rat-tail.
Followed by his brother, a boy of about 6, with a rat-tail.
Followed by his brother, a boy of about 4, with a rat-tail.
The wife finally emerges, looking like death warmed over and carrying a boy of about two, with a rat-tail.  It is unclear if she has poor posture or if she is pregnant again.  The Boys capable of standing all immediately do so at the border of our site, staring covetously at my bacon.
Finally, with a loud plop and wheezing noise, comes thier dog, for a given value of dog.  Pugs are not terribly healthy-looking creatures at the best of times, but this poor thing looked like the canine equivalent of a Hapsburg.  One eye was so bulged as to be permanently wall-eyed, and his jaw jutted out in front of him at a distressingly kapakahi angle. 
“C’mere Jar-Jar!” hollers the Husband.
“Good God.” muttered my father.

The adults proved over the course of the next hour to be loathsome creatures- Husband was constant’y screaming at the boys the “fuckin’ get me the thing, you little-”  then getting mad when asked for clarification on ‘which thing?’.  The Wife was a non-stop stream of complaint- the sun is too hot, the shade is too cold, the tent is too far, the birds are too loud, and everything is awful, I’m going to complain to the ranger.  Eventually they got their camp set up, and Husband cracked his first beer of the day as we finished locking the bear box and leaving to hike.  It was about 10 AM.
We return some hours later to a very animated discussion between Wife and the Camp Supervisor about “I have rights you know!” vs. “Ma’am, we are under an extreme fire danger warning, and Fireworks have been banned in the park for ages.”  Jar-Jar, eager to avoid any outbursts, has scuttled under our bear box, wheezing in agitation.  Cody, ever gallant, positions himself between Jar-Jar and his mistress, doing his best impression of a Real Shepherd Who Isn’t Scared of Mice and Snowflakes.  Husband is unseen, but there are several beer cans in the fire grate.
That evening’s campfire, normally a time to listen to nocturnal wildlife and the Quiet noises of wild places, is instead a time to listen to drunken racist jokes, a sobbing toddler and Husband screeching “SAY AI WANNIT” whilst dangling scraps in front of jar-jar, until the dog stood on his legs and danced, garbling “Ai-Wa-War”  in a voice that sounded less like a bark and more like late-stage emphysema, before collapsing on what looked like sore joints.
Late that night, my parents discuss packing up and looking for a site in Teton down the road over the sounds of half-assed drunken sex.
The boys, in spite of their parents, are well mannered, intelligent and engaging to talk to, and seem content to frolic in the woods around the site, examining rocks and plants and the occasional insect.  Dad has a nice time telling them about the Yellowstone supervolcano whilst their parents have vanished to parts unknown.  Jar-jar remains off-lead and un-collared the entire time, huffing and puffing as he tries to keep up.  Still, five boys is perhaps too much attention for an elderly pug, and the too-hard petting and pulling of ears and tail and suchlike is tolerated with an exasperated whine and vacations under our bear-box. 
The second night, Husband was furious about something, cursing up a storm and throwing things and generally having a tantrum.  The eldest boy said something to him and he bore down on him, hand raised and screaming something about ‘useless pieces of shit.”
-When they were interrupted by my mother stepping into their site, all four feet eleven inches of ill-contained fury, staring him down.
“I was wondering.”  She said, eyes not moving from him. “If I could borrow some matches.”
“Ours got wet.” Dad added, immediately behind her, less as support than restraint.

I remember how ghastly quiet the woods got for a moment there, watching the scene unfold from behind Cody, the only sounds the campfire and crickets.
“Uh, yeah.  Matches.”  The Wife muttered, and it was enough to get Husband to back down.

“You have lovely children.”  Dad continued.  “Very smart, very polite.”
“You must be so blessed.” My mother adds, only slightly spitting the word.
My parents take the matches and talk a bit longer but I couldn’t hear.  Husband gave up, flopping down in his chair, but not before giving Jar-Jar a kick.
The next morning, as my family was packing up to head down to Teton instead, The Eldest boy approached us, concerned.
“Sir?”  he asked dad.  “Have you seen jar-jar?”
We hadn’t actually, his gravely groveling notably absent that morning at breakfast.  My sister and I went on a search with the boys through the camp, but to no avail.  We did find Wife, complaining to the campground host that there were too many wild animals around.  In the National Park.  Saddened and trying to give the boys some hope that perhaps jar-Jar had not been eaten by the coyotes, we left.
On the way out the main gate, we ended up behind a Buick with Florida plates, driven by a couple well into their octogenarian period, at about seven miles per hour.  As they stopped at the checkout gate, clearly asking for directions, a dog climbed up to sit in the back window.  A fat, lop-sided, wall-eyed little Pug, looking entirely too pleased with himself.
And that’s the story of how Jar-jar escaped the Hell family to Florida.
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Link me cute animals being cute and precious and come ask me about tentacles, or whatever.

so, if octopus have tastebuds on their arms, then do tentacle monsters….sortof pet their food before they eat it? 

“SHAD GET YOUR ARM OUT OF THE ICECREAM, AND GET A BOWL LIKE A GOOD DENZIEN.”

WHAT? How did I never realize that tastebud-suckers were a thing??

That puts a whole new spin on snuggly tentacle creatures who cuddle with people, now doesn’t it? 

I swear, I just want to give you a hug.
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This is it, the greatest video in the history of forever

thank you 2017 

“We’ve got the blackest cats ever”Black cat: the fuck you looking at

TREE KITTY

“all of our cats are self-cleaning and cleaning and cleaning and cleaning and cleaning”
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