Cultural Tumble

Jul 22

kateordie:

bevsi:

if-dementors-were-pink:

can we just take a moment to imagine little cute nine-year-old hermione reading matilda

and peering into this book about a smart, bookish girl who could move things with her mind

and then can you imagine her concentrating very hard on the books on the bookshelf and slowly, slowly, getting them to move

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Sometimes I get huffy about tumblr but then I see that 260,000 people got the same kind of chills I did reading this…

Jul 16

“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.” — Cicero, 106 BC - 43 BC (via lazyyogi)

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Jul 02

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Jun 24

Anonymous said: Dear Dr. Lazarin - Human here. Found myself pining pretty fiercely for this precious aurin lady, but I'm not entirely sure our species are as compatible as I've heard. For one, she's a deal more feisty than I'm used to seein' in their kind, and I worry it's just me. For two, she might actually be too adorable. Her little bat-ears wobble when she runs and she fills up a swear-jar for usin' words like 'frick'. How do I tell her I'm into her? Without... the whole crew knowin'. - Troubled in Thayd

wildstaronline:

My dear Troubled,

                Even I, one unable to feel pleasure of any kind, am far from immune to the charms of a female able to locate and gather rare herbs. Such items are vital for concocting the soporifics required to temporarily silence the accusing moans of “Planet Slayer” that haunt my nights. Some also make splendid garnishes. 

                But returning to bat-ears for a moment. It is unfortunate that your comrades would find such cause for stigmatization. But any who would judge worth by ears alone rather than the shape of the entire skull is not a friend looking out for your benefit. And a friend without benefit benefits no one.

                May your days and nights be more endurable than mine. But of course, how could they be otherwise?

                Keep those cards and letters coming!

Dr. “Love”zarin 

Jun 10

They’re pretty much gods who are also ex-boyfriends that control metal and brains — Magneto builds a special helmet just to keep Xavier from knowing what his feelings are; HE BUILDS A BRAIN CAGE SO HIS EX-BOYFRIEND WON’T KNOW HOW SAD HE IS. That is the demigod-level mutant equivalent of setting your gchat status to invisible so your ex-boyfriend can’t tell that you’re online. That is so campy Susan Sontag just sat up in her grave and texted John Waters “omg did u hear about Magneto?!!!”

JOHN WATERS DID HEAR ABOUT IT. AND IT RULED.

” —

Mallory Ortburg- My Stupid X-Men Opinions (via runeybadger)

OH MY GOD

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Jun 08

aaeth:

twerkinshield:

earlhofert:

I want a Star Trek series that’s about the worst ship in the fleet, the type of people Starfleet can’t quite fire but can try their damndest to make go as far away as possible. Drunk captain. Low achieving lieutenants. First mate who’s just a little felonious. I want to see what kind of missions they’re given. 

The crew in Firefly was competent. You are really thinking Hyperdrive.

Or Irresponsible Captain Tylor.

May 27

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May 22

United Church of Christ sues North Carolina for marriage equality - in the name of religious freedom -

gaywrites:

The United Church of Christ did a really huge thing yesterday. 

For the first time ever, a major church is filing a federal lawsuit DEFENDING marriage equality, arguing that same-sex marriage bans violate pro-LGBT clergy’s right to express their religious beliefs. 

UCC is specifically suing North Carolina, where the voter-passed Amendment One bans religious officials from marrying same-sex couples at risk of a fine or even jail time. The lawsuit, therefore, represents both same-sex couples seeking marriage rights and clergy seeking their right to religious freedom.

The effort is part of the UCC’s long history of social justice advocacy. The mainline Protestant denomination—President Barack Obama’s own church denomination in Chicago—has more than one million members and 5,100 congregations nationwide, including 150 churches in North Carolina, and the UCC general synod passed a resolution supporting marriage equality in 2005.

“For 40 years or more we have been seeking justice and equality for gay and lesbian people,” explains Geoffrey Black, president and general minister of the United Church of Christ. “This is the moment when we have an opportunity to seek justice and equality for gay and lesbian people, and so we are taking that matter very seriously.”

Can’t stress enough how much of a game-changer this is. Normally, we hear “religious liberty” tossed around as an argument against marriage equality (and it’s nearly always used incorrectly). For the first time, a major religious organization is acknowledging that it actually violates religious officials’ rights to express their support of marriage equality if they’re not allowed to perform these marriages — which, by the way, would obviously happen completely separately from the state and not attempt to offer any legal protections. 

This has great potential to change how we think about church and state entanglements as they relate to the marriage equality movement. I can’t wait to see what happens. 

The UCC is the church I grew up in. I’ve been waiting for this to happen for years. I’m crying right now. So awesome.

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May 21

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