i got out of bed at 11:30 to make this
Hi, I'm Krista. I like to think that I'm pretty OK. I write a lot, but I NEVER post it because it sucks, so don't worry about that. I like books. I like books- happy books, sad books, action books, romance books, teen books, adult books, and any book in which the author cares about what they're writing . I like Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Sherlock, Vlogbrothers, Star Trek, The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and good people. If you EVER need someone to talk to, I'm here. If you feel an unquenchable desire to send anon hate, I'm cool with that too.
I think that the USA needs to move on from September 11th.
Now before all you pseudo-patriots come attempting to sway my opinion with your “unwavering loyalty to the country”, let me just take a minute to explain things. I am an American. I’m a female. And I was a young girl when the events took place.
The events are tragic. I’m not saying that they aren’t. But the US government and the media make it out to be some worldwide catastrophe that claimed the lives of millions of people around the world, when really, the event only killed about 2,600 people, which in the grand scheme of things for a large country like the United States isn’t a huge number.
Also, we’re Americans. Not only are we extremely self-absorbed with our ignorance, fueled by the liberally biased media, we’re hardly sympathetic for our victims. We forced unspeakable violence upon the natives when we came here, we killed almost 150,000 people in dropping the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and we’ve pointlessly murdered innocent people in the Middle East.
I understand that a lot of people died, and I should be respecting them. But while we honor the dead, we can’t have these extravagant 2-hour TV specials reading the names of all these people who died 12 years after the disaster. You don’t see Japan having these insane specials reading off the names of people who died in their terrorist attacks. Yes, that qualifies as a terrorist attack.
I honestly don’t care anymore. Terrorist attacks happen all the time in other countries every day. Just because this one happened in America doesn’t make it any different. It was a terrible thing that happened, but it’s been 12 years. We killed Osama. Why we are still in Iraq, I will never know, but that’s a story for another time. The USA is comparable to a person who still clings to their ex-spouse or significant other years after they broke up.
We have to move on with our lives. Not forget about it completely, but just move on and keep in it the back of our thoughts.
Finally someone says it.
im Canadian and I even felt gulty saying it. but this post is true as fuck.
I get on this fucking site for five seconds I swear. Okay ready? Here we go.
A tragedy is a tragedy. You do not compare them. YOU. DO. NOT. COMPARE. TRAGEDIES. DEATH IS DEATH IS DEATH AND NONE OF IT IS OKAY. I can’t believe- actually I can- that I have to explain this to fucking tumblr. The pain of another does not lessen the pain of your own. What ever happened to that attitude? You criticize so many for comparing your personal problems to that of large scare tragedy and then this? Hypocrisy and elitism at its finest.
9/11 was only 13 years ago. There are still people who suffer. There are children without parents, without uncles and aunts. There are parents without a spouse by their side to see their children grow. There are parents who lost children. For them, 13 years is nothing.
Im so angry I could spit. Look at yourself. Telling a nation to move on, telling thousands of people who lost loved ones to ‘move on’. You have no right to put a time limit on their grief.
I can deal with you criticizing this country. I can deal with McDonalds jokes, and fat jokes, and stupid jokes. I know our country has problems. So many. But 9/11 is too far. I am in no way patriotic. But this, this is fucking too far.
#can we just stop and appreciate Harry’s face in this scene? #I mean, he’s literally waiting for someone to say something about Hermione’s blood status #she’s the only Muggleborn in the slug club full of purebloods and well known people #and Harry’s there just like “say something I dare you” #and if you look at her face, you can see the actual hesitation and somewhat fear of what will happen next after telling of her parents occupation #Harry truly is acting like Hermione’s big brother, which I absolutely love #i just adore this scene
I love that Neville looks genuinely interested in what hermione’s talking about.
Harry: I wish a motherfucka would talk shit right now
Say something, make my day
Nevile looks like he’s just made a private mental note in flaming red ink: WHATEVER THE HELL A DENTIST IS, DON’T MESS WITH ONE.
#this is a harry potter blog #seriously any profession that turns out a kid like hermione #must be utterly terrifying #neville finds out it involves rearranging people’s teeth with wires and drills #and drugs and scrapy knives #and is like AHA #I KNEW IT#I KNEW THEY WERE TERRIFYING #hermione granger: horrifying storm of a girl since day one #(so do the muggles have to be hunted down for that or does the government assign you targets) he asks her one day #she squints at him for a long time #’they volunteer’ she says eventually #neville shivers #muggles are HARDCORE
Including tags because oh my fucking god.
"You’re willing to accept that there are aliens and time travel in Doctor Who, but you won’t accept plot holes?"
yES BECAUSE ALIENS AND TIME TRAVEL ARE PART OF THE SHOWS ESTABLISHED CANON WHILE PLOT HOLES ARE A RESULT OF LAZY WRITING
Anonymous said: "It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.
Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.
Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.)
But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.
|hazel:||shouldn't we wait until its dark?|
|gus:||its all dark to Isaac|
|isaac:||i came out to have a good time and I'm honestly feeling so attacked right now|
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