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He tried to fake sleep and laughed when she caught him

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He tried to fake sleep and laughed when she caught him

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Timeless (2016) S1E012 - The Murder of Jesse James  Bass Reeves, protrayed by Colman Domingo. Rufus Carlin, protrayed by...

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me, not even doing sound on for this before reblogging it

I work retail, and have for many years now. I'm not an easily fazed person and have a Talk No Shit, Take No Shit mentality. However, I also have a pretty intense anxiety disorder on top of other mental health issues and when I started 6+ years ago there were some customers who got to me.

So, to all the workers facing Karens and Kens out in the wild, here's my advice - cry.

If you have the type of relationships with your coworkers and managers that will support you, don't try to hold it in. Cry like the overworked, underpaid peon you are.

Nothing terrifies an asshole Karen like the indisputable proof that their actions/words are affecting you as a real live person. They feel perfectly entitled to cuss out a cashier over a wrong order/no cash policy/ face mask mandate but when that person starts to cry and asks them why they'd say such mean things? A whole other story, my friend.

There's no way to make that situation look good to the manager they demanded to speak with, either. My manager literally got a security guard fired for being so verbally abusive he made one of her employees cry.

This strategy has multiple benefits -

1. You're not standing there trying to pen up your emotions, crying is a great physical release for negative emotions and you may very well feel somewhat better afterwards.

2. The person who precipitated the situation is forced to not only see you as a person with feelings, but also has to confront the fact that their abuse has consequences beyond themselves.

3. It can actually give your higher-ups leverage to address these situations. 'They yelled at my employee' is one thing, but 'They yelled at my employee until they were in tears' is a waaaaay worse offense. A good manager can use that. Hell, it can get a security guard fired!

tl;dr: We live in a capitalist hell but we can work the system and cry at work to shame awful customers

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I work retail, and have for many years now. I'm not an easily fazed person and have a Talk No Shit, Take No Shit mentality....

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After seeing this I think we should put electric fences

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After seeing this I think we should put electric fences

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This is one of the few posts that lives in my likes because every once in a while I think, “I should listen to that video again,...

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This is one of the few posts that lives in my likes because every once in a while I think, “I should listen to that video again,...

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When we begin eating the rich, Bernie says start with Elon Musk

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When we begin eating the rich, Bernie says start with Elon Musk

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Haunting Driftwood Sculptures By Japanese Artist  Nagato Iwasaki  Nagato Iwasaki is one of those artists you don’t know much...
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Haunting Driftwood Sculptures By Japanese Artist  Nagato Iwasaki Nagato Iwasaki is one of those artists you don’t know much...

““We need bodies to fill an army. They don’t have to be warm.””

— Our trope convincing the king to hire a necromancer instead of conscripting children into the army.

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““We need bodies to fill an army. They don’t have to be warm.”” — Our trope convincing the king to hire a necromancer instead of...

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New-York Tribune, New York, December 17, 1916

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New-York Tribune, New York, December 17, 1916

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My money says that’s what plesiosaurs were like: fast underwater, extra padding for buoyancy, long neck. Look at their...

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My money says that’s what plesiosaurs were like: fast underwater, extra padding for buoyancy, long neck. Look at their...

“[B]it by bit, I have been trying to learn my lost language. My house is spangled with Post-it notes labeling wiisgaak, gokpenagen, and ishkodenhs. [Potawatomi]’s a very difficult language to learn, but what keeps me going is the pulse of animacy in every sentence. There are words for states of being that have no equivalent in English. The language that my grandfather was forbidden to speak is composed primarily of verbs, ways to describe the vital beingness of the world. Both nouns and verbs come in two forms, the animate and the inanimate. You hear a blue jay with a different verb than you hear an airplane, distinguishing that which possesses the quality of life from that which is merely an object. Birds, bugs, and berries are spoken of with the same respectful grammar as humans are, as if we were all members of the same family. Because we are. There is no it for nature. Living beings are referred to as subjects, never as objects, and personhood is extended to all who breathe and some who don’t. I greet the silent boulder people with the same respect as I do the talkative chickadees.

It’s no wonder that our language was forbidden. The language we speak is an affront to the ears of the colonist in every way, because it is a language that challenges the fundamental tenets of Western thinking—that humans alone are possessed of rights and all the rest of the living world exists for human use. Those whom my ancestors called relatives were renamed natural resources. In contrast to verb-based Potawatomi, the English language is made up primarily of nouns, somehow appropriate for a culture so obsessed with things.”

— Robin Wall Kimmerer, “Speaking of Nature” from Orion Magazine

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“[B]it by bit, I have been trying to learn my lost language. My house is spangled with Post-it notes labeling wiisgaak,...

the space race may be the funniest point in history period and i'll stand by that. the US is like "yes whoever gets into space first will prove once and for all that our economic model is superior and that we are, in general, the superior country of superior and smarter people." then the soviets just went and did it and the US freaked out and needed to cover their ass so were like "WE MEAN THE MOON, WE MEAN THE FIRST TO LAND ON THE MOON."

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yeah its cus walking on the moon was cool as hell and all this other boring shit sucked ass

When I was a freshman in a red-state college, I had a professor who taught Newtonian physics with a super thick Russian accent.  The student body was unusually conservative for a state college, so there was a sort of general bemusement about learning physics from a Russian, but even back then the Cold War was far enough in the past that not even the red tribe was inclined to stir up trouble about it.

He was aware enough of this to get off on trolling the class, though.  Whenever some force diagram in a homework assignment needed to be weightless, instead of being some generic spacecraft it would be “Mir” specifically.  And he’d always use ‘cosmonaut’ instead of ‘astronaut’, that kind of thing.

One day about halfway through the semester, he’s doing this with in-class examples on the board, and one of the students finally gets up the guts to troll back a little.  So this kid shouts from the back of the auditorium, “Hey professor, what’s the difference between a cosmonaut and an astronaut?”

And this beautiful man spins around on one heel to face the class, whiteboard marker triumphantly over his head, clearly having been waiting for this moment the entire semester:“Cosmonaut go to space first! Ha!”

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the space race may be the funniest point in history period and i'll stand by that. the US is like "yes whoever gets into space...

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i’m trying to figure out how they change the font for the word [tumblr] and whether there are any other words in the wordlist,...

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i’m trying to figure out how they change the font for the word [tumblr] and whether there are any other words in the wordlist,...

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Does anyone know what this instrument is called? Its like a Marimba but it is very large and made out of huge stones. Listen to...

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Does anyone know what this instrument is called? Its like a Marimba but it is very large and made out of huge stones. Listen to...

I check my pockets as I lock the door behind me.

“I got my keys. My wallet. My phone. My bags. Is that everything?”

I stop. I look up with horror.

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I check my pockets as I lock the door behind me. “I got my keys. My wallet. My phone. My bags. Is that everything?” I stop. I...

“young adult dystopian novels are so unrealistic lmao like they always have some random teenage girl rising up to inspire the world to make change.”

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a hero emerges 

And just like in the novels, grown men and women are going out of their way to destroy her. Support our hero.

And it’s not even like it doesn’t happen regularly.  

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Teenage girls are amazing.

Sometimes they’re not even teenagers

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Reblog every time a girl is discredited/ignored

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Who they are:

Emma Gonzalez

Malala Yousafzai

Ruby Bridges

Greta Thunberg

Mari Copeny

Autumn Peltier

Afreen Khan

Sophie Cruz

Charlottesville Black Students Union

Naomi Wadler

DAPL protestors (names not found)

Ahed Tamimi

This isn’t a coincidence. Revolutions almost always happen when the population of a country is at its youngest and that’s a lot more true nowadays with social media.

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Claudette Colvin was actually the first one to refuse her seat in Montgomery, Alabama to a white passenger. The movement chose to promote Rosa Parks as the figure for that form of protest because Claudette was a pregnant 15-year-old girl.

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Barbara Rose Johns was a 16-year-old who organized a student strike protesting segregated schools. This strike, after gaining support of the NAACP, became a lawsuit that turned into Brown vs. The Board of Education and resulted in the desegregation of U.S schools nationally.

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7th-grader Mary Beth Tinker, disturbed by the Vietnam War, decided to wear an arm band with a peace sign on it in protest. Her school suspended her. Her family filed a suit, Tinker vs. Des Moines, which reached the Supreme Court and ruled in her favor, ensuring that students and teachers maintain their right to free speech while in school.

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Freddie & Truus Oversteegen were sisters who joined a Dutch resistance movement in WWII in their teens. They lured, ambushed, and assassinated Nazis and Dutch collaborators. They also blew up a railway line, transported Jewish refugees to new hiding places, and worked in an emergency hospital. 

Our history books may like to showcase male figures, but behind every movement is a young girl ready to make a change. It was true then, it’s true now, and future generations of teenage girls will go on to inspire progress, whether they’re credited or not.

We were raised on these stories of fighting back against oppression, but then the people who wrote them or read them to us act shocked we turned out ready to fight facism even while being anti-social.

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“young adult dystopian novels are so unrealistic lmao like they always have some random teenage girl rising up to inspire the...

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Brave Soldier Boy…

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how fucking strong is Zuko like why do you even bother with your bending when you could just wham bam snap Aang’s spine with a...

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Zelda + outfits [snowquill] [flamebreaker] [fierce deity] [gerudo] [white dress]

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Anyway, landlords can choke

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Anyway, landlords can choke

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i’m so glad i live in 2016 so i dont have to deal with these massive terrifying animals except the blue whale, but shes gentle...

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Artist Spends 3 Years Hand-Painting the Quran in Gold on 164 Feet of Black Silk
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Artist Spends 3 Years Hand-Painting the Quran in Gold on 164 Feet of Black Silk

not to be a misogynist doctor from the 1800s but i’m pretty sure my uterus is moving around my body, biting my other organs, and also is possessed by the devil

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not to be a misogynist doctor from the 1800s but i’m pretty sure my uterus is moving around my body, biting my other organs, and...

I’m going to give you the best piece of Adult Life Is Hard advice I’ve ever learned:

Talk to people when things go to shit.

I don’t just mean get it off your chest, although that’s good. I mean: Something’s wrong with your paycheck/you lost your job/you had unexpected emergency car repairs and now you’re broke so your credit card payment is late. Like, not just 15 days late. We’re talking, shit got crazy and now you’re 90 days late with compounded interest and late fees and the Minimum Payment Due is, like, $390, and you’ve got about $3.90 in your bank account. Call the credit card company

I know it’s scary. I know you feel like you’re going to get in trouble, like you’re gong to get yelled at or scolded for not having your life together. But the credit card company isn’t your parents; they’re just interested in getting money from you. And you can’t squeeze blood from a stone or money from someone who doesn’t have any. So what you do is you call them. You explain you’re experiencing temporary financial hardships, and you’re currently unable to bring your account up to date, but you don’t want to just let it get worse. Can you maybe talk to someone about a payment plan so you can work something out? Nine times out of ten you’ll be able to negotiate something so that at least it’s not just taking a constant, giant shit on your credit score.

- Can’t pay your power bill? Call the power company.

- Can’t pay your full rent? Talk to your landlord.

- Had to go to the hospital without insurance and have giant medical bills looming in your place? Call the hospital and ask if they have someone who helps people with financial hardships. Many do.

- Got super sick and missed half a semester of class because flu/pneumonia/auto-immune problems/depressive episode? Talk to your professor. If that doesn’t help, talk to your advisor.

You may not be able to fix everything, but you’ll likely be able to make improvements. At the very least, it’s possible that they have a list of people you can contact to help you with things. (Also, don’t be afraid to google things like, “I can’t pay my power bill [state you live in]” because you’d be surprised at what turns up on Google!) But the thing is, people in these positions gain nothing if you fail. There’s no emotional satisfaction for them if your attempts at having your life together completely bite the dust. In fact, they stand to benefit if things work out for you! And chances are, they’ll be completely happy to take $20 a month from you over getting $0 a month from you, your account will be considered current because you’ve talked to them and made an agreement, you won’t get reported to a collections agency, and your credit score won’t completely tank.

Here’s some helpful tips to keep in mind:

1. Be polite. Don’t demand things; request them. Let me tell you about how customer service people hold your life in their hands and how many extra miles they’ll go for someone who is nice to them.

2. Stick to the facts, and keep them minimal unless asked for them. Chances are they’re not really interested in the details. “We had several family emergencies in a row, and now I’m having trouble making the payments” is better than “Well, two months ago my husband wrecked his bike, and then he had a reaction to the muscle relaxer they gave him, and then our dog swallowed a shoestring and we had to take him to the emergency clinic, and just last week MY car broke down, and now my account’s in the negatives and I don’t know how I’m gonna get it back out.” The person you’re talking to is aware shit happens to everyone; they don’t need the details to prove you’re somehow “worthy” of being helped. They may ask you for details at a certain point if they have to fill out any kind of request form, but let them do that.

3. Ask questions. “Is there anything we can do about X?” “Would it be possible to move my payment date to Y day instead so it’s not coming out of the same paycheck as my rent?” The answer may be “no.” That’s not a failure on your part. But a good customer service person may have an alternate solution. 

Anyway! I hope that helps! Don’t just assume the answer is “no” before you’ve even begun. There is more help out there than you ever imagined.

Hey guys, this is an old post, but it’s still relevant, and I thought I’d re-up it for living in COVID times when a lot of people are losing income. Don’t be afraid to toss that in when you call to ask for help! “I’ve experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19″ is gonna be all you need to say for most places, because wow let me tell you how much this is the case. A lot of places are setting up COVID-19 specific relief policies, so this may be even easier than normal. 

Good luck, stay safe, stay inside if you can, and wash your hands. <3 

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I’m going to give you the best piece of Adult Life Is Hard advice I’ve ever learned: Talk to people when things go to shit. I...

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Ending the stigma of drug use will save lives.

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Ending the stigma of drug use will save lives.

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Getting held captive as a sex prisoner is a great way to deal with the eye-rollingly annoying bards who think their being funny...

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White folks ain’t going to reblog this. They want their version of MK Jr. that only said “I have a dream”. 

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White folks ain’t going to reblog this. They want their version of MK Jr. that only said “I have a dream”. 

more on writing muslim characters from a hijabi muslim girl

- hijabis get really excited over pretty scarves- they also like to collect pins and brooches- we get asked a lot of questions and it can be annoying or it can be amusing, just depends on our mood and personality and how the question is phrased- common questions include:- “not even water?” (referring to fasting)- hijabis hear a lot of “do you sleep in that?” (we don’t) and “where is your hair?” (in a bun or a braid, usually)- “is it mooze-slim or mozzlem?” (the answer is neither, it’s muslim, with a soft s and accent on the first syllable)- “ee-slam or iz-lamb?” (it’s iss-laam, accent on the first syllable)- “hee-job?” (heh-jahb, accent on the second syllable)

- “kor-an?” (no. quran. say it like koor-annn, accent on the second syllable)- people tend to mess up our names really badly and you just get a sigh and a resigned nod or an awkward smile, maybe a nickname instead- long hair is easy to hide, short hair is harder to wrap up- hijab isn’t just covering hair, it’s also showing as little skin as possible with the exception of face, hands, and feet, and not wearing tight/sheer clothing- that applies to men too, people just don’t like to mention it ( i wonder why)- henna/mehendi isn’t just for special occasions, you’ll see people wearing it for fun- henna/mehendi isn’t just for muslims, either, it’s not a religious thing- henna/mehendi is not just for women, men also wear it, especially on their weddings- there are big mehendi parties in the couple of nights before eid where people (usually just women and kids) gather and do each other’s mehendi, usually just hands and feet- five daily prayers- most muslim kids can stutter through a couple verses of quran in the original arabic text by the age of seven or eight, it does not matter where they live or where they’re from or what language they speak natively- muslim families tend to have multiple copies of the quran- there are no “versions” of the quran, there has only ever been one. all muslims follow the exact same book- muslims have no concept of taking God’s name in vain, we call on God at every little inconvenience- don’t use islamic phrases if you don’t know what they mean or how to use them. we use them often, inside and outside of religious settings. in islam, it is encouraged to mention God often and we say these things very casually, but we take them very seriously- Allahu Akbar means “God is Greatest” (often said when something shocks or surprises us, or if we’re scared or daunted, or when something amazing happens, whether it be good or bad; it’s like saying “oh my god”)- Subhan Allah means “Glory be to God” (i say subhan Allah at the sky, at babies, at trees, whatever strikes me as pleasant, especially if it’s in nature)- Bismillah means “in the name of God” and it’s just something you say before you start something like eating or doing your homework- In Shaa Allah means “if God wills” (example: you’ll be famous, in shaa Allah) (it’s a reminder that the future is in God’s hands, so be humble and be hopeful)

- Astaghfirullah means “i seek forgiveness from Allah” and it’s like “god forgive me”- Alhamdulillah means “all thanks and praise belong to God” and it’s just a little bit more serious than saying “thank god” (example: i passed my exams, alhamdulillah; i made it home okay, alhamdulillah)- when i say we use them casually, i really mean it- teacher forgot to assign homework? Alhamdulillah- our version of “amen” is “ameen”- muslims greet each other with “assalamu alaikum” which just means “peace be on you” and it’s like saying hi- the proper response is “walaikum assalam” which means “and on you be peace” and it’s like saying “you too”

As a Muslim this post is so very important and it makes me so happy that it gives the small facts and details that one might be unaware of or confused about.

I’ve reblogged it before but honestly this fucking post touches me so much. To see how intrinsic Allah is to followers of Islam and how ingrained He is in their daily lives is so beautiful.

Also, can we just talk about the fact that there aren’t like 100 different versions of the Quran? Because I didn’t know that and that legit AMAZES me.

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Reblogging this again because I am sure some of my writer followers can use it and it’s been a while ;).

Muslim here! Just wanted to add a couple of things:

- If you want to write mostly irreligious young adult Muslims, it would be humorous to make them literally follow nothing about the religion except making them very averse to eating pork cuz it’s haraam. You have no idea how many Muslims I know who’ll party, get drunk, smoke weed, and engage in, ahem, certain activities, but the one thing they’ll refuse is to eat pork.

- While it’s true that we are very loose with the way we mention God at nearly every occasion, we never make fun of the Prophets, God, or generally the religion. We take the sanctity of the religion and its figures very seriously because it’s blasphemy to insult them. I’ve found it’s very different from the attitude that most Christians and christianized atheists have on their religion / the religion they were raised around (easily making fun of Jesus, the concept of God, making jokes like “snow is god’s c*m”)

- People get surprised when a non-hijabi girl tells them she’s very devout and practices often, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

- Aunties are nosy and gossip way too much, even though that’s a sin.

- Most Muslims believe in djinn because it’s part of our religion, but this belief oftentimes seems or looks to border on superstition, and a common activity amongst Muslim kids, especially cousins, is to tell djinn stories like ghost stories.

- Also, there is no ‘Muslim food’, we are 1.8 billion people that come from different cultural backgrounds with different food and culinary culture, and we all eat things that are more or less similar, so the dietary habits of the character(s) you’re writing will depend on their cultural heritage(s) instead of their religion.

absolutely the best addition to this post (hi, it’s OP)! thank you!!

Yay! Knowledge!

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more on writing muslim characters from a hijabi muslim girl - hijabis get really excited over pretty scarves - they also like to...