Enchanted Tales

This has devolved from something serious into me spending time in all the fandoms. I spend my life watching Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Firefly, Nikita, Avengers etc.

My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

—Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

This.

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We have been called “a lost generation…[not] giving birth to anything new” and “too quiet, too online.” In fact the opposite is true. There is a deafening roar in cyberspace. If a presidential election can be won through the support of an online movement, if articles and ideas can reach tens of millions of people overnight, and create a four-thousand person discussion, if YouTube can receive 200,000 new videos a day, then being “too quiet” and “too online” is the opinion of someone who doesn’t understand what it means to be online. Not creating anything new and not being loud enough are not our problems. So why the disrespect from the famous 60s generation? Because we aren’t doing what they want us to do.

Most of us were born after the end of the Cold War or were too young to remember it. The political climate we grew up in was one of supreme hypocrisy. One President nearly got impeached for a superficial sex scandal and then another later broke international laws to preemptively start a war without UN support and was re-elected to serve 2 full terms without so much as a breath of legal retribution.

The problem my generation faces is inheriting a world that baffles us: a world of hypocrisy and crisis; a world on the brink of collapse yet at the height of human civilization.

Imagine for a moment being one of us. Taught in school that all people are created equal, that all countries are sovereign, that freedom, democracy, and capitalism are embraced by all people and nations because they are ultimate ideals that allow us to prosper and live as we choose in the pursuit of happiness. Old enough to read the New York Times online and blog on Huffington Post, we see a very different world. Equality? Not for the poor, not for LGBT. Capitalism? It appears to have been a house of cards recklessly constructed by greed for the benefit of a few. Sovereignty? Not for resource-poor or oil-rich countries. Ideals? Not for the media or our political and business leaders.

Now we must navigate a world where a concentration of power, wealth, and media often conflicts with every ideal the Western world is supposed to stand for. If you think we are too quiet and too online you should consider that we have two choices. One, to accept the values we were taught to believe in and totally redefine and reconstruct the way our government/economy/society works so that these ideals match reality. Or two, to accept the world we live in and think up a new set of values to justify our lives.

Your Generation of Hypocrisy Begat My Apathetic(?!) One. - Cameron Russell, 2009. (via fluxsymmetry)

Yes. This is what my generation faces every day and people have the audacity to look down on us for being “politically apathetic” or just lazy….

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edwardspoonhands:

fishingboatproceeds:

It’s here! It’s here! The full #tfios trailer in beautiful high definition!

A reminder…many people have not read the book and there’s no shame in that. I think probably this would be a good time to go get it if you’d like to read it before the movie comes out. It’s a very good book. And it’s like $9 on Amazon.

So many feels.

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ohfalada:

Also their clothes (pockets, pockets, pockets).

if stuff is made for men, it’s practical and helps them be human beings
if stuff is made for women, it’s pretty and helps us be decoration

You forgot, the stuff made for women is also more expensive

Will never NOT reblog stuff such as this.

BOOM.

Reblogging for reasons of ARGH! 

wilwheaton:

iwillneverdropmysword:

masteradept:

american-ruby:

ohfalada:

Also their clothes (pockets, pockets, pockets).

if stuff is made for men, it’s practical and helps them be human beings

if stuff is made for women, it’s pretty and helps us be decoration

You forgot, the stuff made for women is also more expensive

Will never NOT reblog stuff such as this.

BOOM.

Reblogging for reasons of ARGH! 

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And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America

Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.

Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.

Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.

But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?

Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.

Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crook is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!

OKAY SO I KNEW THAT TECHNICALLY IN AMERICA THAT YOU PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BUT LIKE THE IDEA IS SO BIZARRE TO ME THAT I’D NEVER CONSIDERED THAT YOU’D GET… A BILL?????? FOR BEING…. ILL?????????? I LITERALLY DON’T

In England everything’s free and if your child gets killed on a school trip they give you like £200,000 and apologise profusely

eventually moving to Australia. FUCK this shit.

fuck america dude, that’s shocking.

never knew how much they charged, i knew you paid but fuck, that is extortion! 

As a citizen of not only Canada but also Alberta, I thought you guys would like to know what that hospital charge is for! It’s a daily $40 surcharge for having requested a private room. This person had a private room for four days, it’s pretty simple. :) It’s a really reasonable cost for the luxury of having a room completely to yourself, and is waived if you have a private room for medical reasons.

For example, I required antenatal care for premature labour. They assigned me a private room completely on their own because peace and quiet were considered essential to delaying my labour and preserving the health of my daughters.

Our hospital system’s pretty nice.

UK-specific:

There are people here who want to dismantle the NHS. We’ve already strayed so far from the founding principles. It’s now been decided that some treatments should only be available to people who are “beneficial to society”. And with the current level of hatred towards unemployed people and the attitude of “why should my tax money pay for other people’s problems”, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this continues.

To anybody who supports the dismantling of the NHS

This is what your ignorance will plunge us all into. This is what your libertarian utopia looks like.

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lottelodge:

I told Netflix that I wanted to see a new genre: Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test. The rep I was speaking with suggested that a list of such movies could be found online for easy categorisation; he’s right.

If you’ve got a Netflix account and you like the sound of it, click here to IM with someone and request it.

Thing to do when I get home

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