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The insane musings of a Pokémon, Smash bros, Steven Universe and
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kenway sent:

do you have any morel inks about what's happening in mexico? im part of a club at my school where we focus on international affairs and problems and id like to present something about it but i feel like i dont know enough yet

lenmccoy:

yes absolutely

What is happening in Mexico? 

  • How it began

On September 26, students our age (~19-22) were attacked by the local police and gangs in Iguala, Guerrero in Mexico. They were studying to become teachers at Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa. I have read many articles about how the students were in the town to ask for money to help pay tuition, to protest discrimination of rural school teachers, to travel to commemorate another student massacre of 1986, etc., so I am unsure of what is what here. But the students were on the buses and police blocked their way to get the students out. When they did, they opened fire on the students at once. Some students threw rocks back in self-defense, but the students were unarmed. Six people died and 17 were injured. Three students died, a taxi driver, a woman in a taxi, and a football player that was just 15 years old (x). The injured were taken away by an ambulance, local journalists came, etc but it was not over as more men came in plain clothes and rifles (x). These men are apart of Guerreros Unidos and work for the Beltran Leyva cartel. The students were forced into police vans and have since disappeared. 43 students are missing.

Some of the students escaped by hiding in nearby houses. One terrified student tried running away, but he was found later yet with his eyes gouged out and his face completely sliced away to the bone. A YOUNG MAN only 19 years old suffered through this. (As a warning, be aware that there are photos online and that while searching deep through articles and tags, they are present.) A survivor of the attack says this is “symbol of the cartel assassins” (x).

22 local policemen have been detained for suspicion of working with Guerreros Unidos. This is how authorities were then tipped on what has happened to some students. (x) (x)

  • The Mass Graves

~ More than a week later, on Saturday, authorities found mass graves nearby that has 28 burned remains with the tips (x). We fear that this may be some of the students. We won’t have DNA analysis to confirm anything for another two weeks, if not longer.

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MORE mass graves were found yesterday, but it is still unknown about how many remains these graves have (x). 

Keep in mind that the CITY MAYOR AND HIS WIFE are on the RUN. No one knows where they are. 

We still don’t understand the reason behind this violence. Why kidnap and kill these young men? There are several explanations online, but how do you explain something like this? One story is that the mayer’s wife was giving a speech that day and did not want to be disrupted by the students. Keep in mind that the wife is the head of the city’s family welfare department and also has family connections to cartels (x). There are other alternatives online, but I don’t know. I just don’t. 

  • You cannot be silent about what is happening in Mexico

You can’t. You just can’t. Social media has a big impact and this story has to spread. In the last 24 hours I have seen an incredible boost in coverage about Ayotzinapa.

On Wednesday, thousands protested the disappearance of the students in Mexico.

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Amounting pressure is being put on the Mexican government to find the missing students. There is also added outrage and demand ‘to punish politicians linked to organized crime’. It is no shock when considering the police corruption and brutality in Mexico. As Mexico bleeds, we all bleed. 

Americans cannot ignore the violence of drug cartels and place it as just a problem in Mexico. There is too much innocent bloodshed. And because BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of dollars are collected in the United States by Mexican drug cartels, it is a shared responsibility (x). CHILDREN ARE DYING. Do not skim over these articles, do not just read them and do nothing, you have to act and spread the information. Do not be silent. Please, please, please help and pay attention. 

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TUMBLR TEXT POSTS (these have better information than I can explain)

If there any corrections that need to be included, please just add them in.

This needs to be spread.  I know it’s terrible.  But the least we can do is be informed.

REBLOG 3:18am 35
Theories about Steven Universe 1-Concerning Lapis

Ok. I’ve been thinking about this for some time now. There are bits and pieces of evidence that have been thrown at us throughout all season 1A and I think I can finally start piecing things together. Maybe I’ll be right, maybe I won’t… But it’s always worth a shot.

OK. First things first. Let’s get the obvious out of the way: when gems are hurt or otherwise incapacitated, the retreat to their gems in order to heal, in which point they come out once more. They are unaware of what happens in the outside world in the interim.
This has been shown in both “Steven the sword fighter” and “Bubble buddies”. We could also say that the bubbles act as a sort of power inhibitor which prevents the corrupted gems to come out.

Second. Neither the gems nor Lapis knew each other personally until the events of ” Mirror gem”. This one could be ambiguous, but the dialogue in the episode implies that neither party knew each other on a personal level.

Third. And perhaps the most important point: The crack in Lapis’s gem extended to the frame of the mirror.
This is a very small detail, but in my opinion it is a very important one. It’s almost undetectable, bit you can see that the crack extends outside the gem. If the gem had cracked on its own, the mirror wouldn’t be cracked on it’s body surrounding the gem. This indicates that whatever cracked Lapis’s gem, happened after the gem was placed in the mirror.

Four: The location the mirror was found in. The galaxy warp. This place was first mentioned in “Mirror gem” but we didn’t fully see it until “Space race” where we learnt that the place was composd d of multiple transportation pads that connected to other planets, including the gem home world (come on, we all know that huge pedestal leads there). The pads are all broken down now (obviously something or someone did that) and have been that way for thousands of years. Meaning no communication with other gem colonies out there. However, the gems did found the mirror there. Which raises the question: how did it get there? Obviously it couldn’t have gotten there on it’s own. It’s not like it can fly or anything. Someone or something must have placed it there, or left it there…

Five: when their gems crack, gems tend to lose part of their powers.
We already know this is true, since Lapis’s power was limited until Steven repaired her gem. Any other side effects of gem cracking (aside form whatever happened to Amethyst) are unknown at this point so I won’t elaborate further.

Six: Lapis’s attitude.
During the two partner episode Lapis’s attitude is a combination of fear, anger and indifference for earth. The first two are understandable sine she had spent god knows how long inside that mirror with no one ever treating her as a sentient being. She was a lost girl, in a place she didn’t care about, away from home and with no way of interacting with others. The other part could indicate a different alignment with another group of gems who didn’t care about earth.

What’s interesting about this point is that Lapis was actually aware of the things that happened around her. She wasn’t corrupted and she definitively wasn’t a monster. She was contained and could do nothing to get out. And yet she could see and talk…

Seven: the gem monsters are not crystal gems. (This one is more subjective)
They were gems all right. But I highly doubt they were all crystal gems. I’d bet they were more akin to foot soldiers or crew members of some kind.

Alternatively, the gems on earth including the crystal gems and Lapis were part of a colonization vanguard.

However, that would contradict my earlier point of the gems and lapis not knowing each other. So I’d say that they were part of a much bigger force, and Lapiz only heard of the gems bybword of mouth.

Eight: Lapiz is a really powerful gem.
She can control all forms of liquid water. And in earth, that is a lot of power. The crystal gems were struggling against their water clones, and there was a lot of water so it’s not like the supply of those was going to run out anytime soon. With all that power in that particular environment, I bet she would be a very valuable ally.

Now. When putting this together we can conclude a couple of things:
1.- The crystal didn’t confine Lapiz to her prison, they only bubble gem monsters.
2.- The mirror was acting as a containment device akin to the bubbles. Not permitting Lapiz to get out of her gem.
3.- The cracking of her gem happened after she had retreated into her gem.
4.- Lapis wasn’t aware of what happened while she was recovering her energy. When she did, she was already trapped in the mirror.
5.- She was either placed or abandoned at the galaxy warp, only to be found by the Crystal gems some indefinite amount of time later.
6.- given earth’s resources (and the abundance of water in some planets of the universe), she would be a very powerful ally.
7.- There are other gems out there. Very probably they are against the Crystal gems in their viewpoint against humans given that there were gem colonies as opposed the the protected earth.

OK… Now that we got that out of the way, lets go to the main point.

Lapis was betrayed and tricked.

Lapis at the beginning was probably on a neutral position. Only wanting to go to her home. Not particularly caring about earth, nor wanting to do anything with it. However, there were two groups that were really interested in earth: the “Colonizer gems” and the Crystal gems. Each with their own ideas of how to treat earth. Seeing the potential that Lapis presented as an ally, the colonizer gems would have probably tried to sway her to their side.

What’s the easiest way to sway someone to one side?

Simple. Convince them that the other side is their ultimate enemy.

Someone attacked Lapis. The attack would have had to be stealthy so that she couldn’t see who did it. But also quick and almost deadly. Lapis retreated to her gem and it was then that the mirror was created and Lapiz was fitted inside. Effectively trapping her. After that, her gem was cracked by whoever trapped here. Further hindering her chances of returning home.

All the while. Lapis isn’t aware of what’s happening. She recovers her senses days, weeks or months later. Only to discover that she is trapped in a mirror that has been left in the galaxy warp.

Years later the warp pads are destroyed by the crystal gems, probably to escape the other group of gems or to avoid being detected, and they find the mirror. Not thinking much of it, they take it with them.

But what Lapis sees is the “enemies of the gems” destroy in what probably is her only chance of going back home. She probably thinks that her attack, her imprisonment and the crack of her gem are probably their doing too. So of course they become her enemies. And now, when she returns home, the colonizers will probably have a very valuable ally who will be none the wiser of what really happened.

She would still be used like an object…

And about the cracked gem. The colonizers were probably aware that Rose was the leader of the Crystal gems, that she had healing powers and that she was very empathetic. And they were probably counting on rose healing the gem out of care before setting Lapiz free. Or vice versa (like how it happened with Steven).

So there you have it. Phew. It was quite big. I hope you have liked this theory.

sillystell:

New gem new suit.

rebeccasugar:

joethejohnston:

The second part of the Steven Universe half-hour event thursday night, boarded by Jeff Liu and myself. It’s over a year ago that we were working on this episode, its strange and exciting to see it finally air. It all begins at 6:30 with an amazing episode by Paul and Raven; everybody ready?

STEVEN UNIVERSE HALF HOUR SPECIAL, MIRROR GEM & OCEAN GEM, TONIGHT AT 6:30!!! STUNNING PROMO BY JOE JOHNSTON!

Hope you’ve been enjoying a whole bunch of set up! 

The real show STARTS TONIGHT!

So excited!!!

REBLOG 0:41am 10

thelifeandtimesofacomicgeek:

If I know the Bionicle universe… Some real shit is about to go down…

REBLOG 19:32pm 16

osha-watt:

"B-BUT MEGA MAN SUCKS, PEOPLE TOLD ME SO !"

Educate yourselves, guys.

Also, skip to 9:56 if you don’t care about Rosalina VS Sheik.

I knew he had potential.

ghibli-collector:

The Art Of Nausicaa ジ・アート・シリーズ 1984 (Japanese Edition)

Ive been collecting the Japanese Ghibli Art of book series lately as a lot of them haven’t been published in English language yet. The art of books have amazing pictures of character designs, concept, cel and background production art and the editions available in english have great information in them too :D Above are a few scans i took from The Art Of Nausicaa which has illustrations on almost every one of the 191 pages.

Updating my Ghibli Collection

rebeccasugar:

Saturday Garnets

crystal-gems:

newsadventuretimes:

Steven Universe - Half-Hour Special Ocean Gem & Mirror Gem (Longer Preview)

Steven Universe is about to change what mysteries will be revealed.Are there more crystal gems?And it’s time for humanity to believe in Steven.
Steven Universe Half-Hour Special Event Thursday September 25 Ocean Gem And Mirror Gem.
Description of the episode: The ocean disappears on the first day of summer and Beach City is in a panic.

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Can’t wait.

mountprism:

HEY! YOU LIKE SMASH RIGHT? WANT THE SPECIAL DEMO WITH AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF PLAYS? WELL YOU’RE IN LUCK!

I have one code left that’s going to go to waste if someone doesn’t take it! So!

  • Like / Reblog this post (you don’t have to follow but I’d appreciate it if you did! If fire emblem/persona/zelda’s your jam then I’m your girl!) 
  • OWN A 3DS this might seem silly but I want the code to go to someone who will actually use it!
  • OWN A USA 3DS these are likely region-locked codes so only us entries! 

That’s about it! You all have until TEN THIRTY PM 09/18 ON THE EAST COAST TONIGHT to enter!

The winner will be notified tonight and I will make a post saying a winner has been chosen! Good luck!