Life in Progress

Aug 20

experimentalmadness:

And on that subject we should probably talk about how Anders is essentially a one-man Planned Parenthood providing healthcare for poor women. For free. 

I mean, he provides medicine for everyone for free but the game does go out of its way to mention that he 

1) Clearly has helped deliver babies safely for refugee mothers.

2) Probably provided medicine and a safety net for pregnant, virtually homeless mothers.

3) Apparently can cure STDs and does so. Again for free.

So based on this I’m headcanoning now:

4) I’m willing to bet he knows something about contraceptives (I imagine mages would have some sort of magic or enchanted item that does the trick)

5) There’s no evidence of this but sure let’s double down and say he’d help with abortions for poor women, young women, and abused women no questions asked. Yeah, I’d headcanon that maybe a lot of poor Kirkwall women know to go to him for help in that regard and they know he won’t question their decisions, won’t charge them, and won’t tell anyone. 

I just feel it’s worth talking about. The fact that when Hawke is asking questions about how to find him that the Ferelden refugees were basically like “if you fuck with him you fuck with all of us” was a great introduction to just who we were about to deal with. 

That’s who Anders really is. He’s a doctor first and foremost and he very much carries that mentality with him through the game. And it doesn’t contradict his revolutionary nature and his cause. In fact I’d argue it’s integral to his radical views. He wants to fix a “sick” system, heal the damage that’s been done to his people. But sometimes cures take time. Sometimes cures can ravage a body before they heal. It doesn’t mean the medicine isn’t working and it doesn’t mean it’s not good for the body overall. 

Even though Anders mostly talks about the plight of mages, he always seems to prefer alleviating suffering of any kind - for elves, for the poor, freeing slaves…he cares about people, all people.

It’s not like locking up the mages benefits anyone, with the dubious exception of the Chantry (who likely funds Templars’ lyrium habits with the slave labor of Tranquil mages, and they get to tithe excessively because they have the excuse of funding the Circle).  Before Anders came to Kirkwall, how many people died because all the healers were locked in the Gallows?  Of completely curable diseases, no less.  We don’t really know what mages are capable of doing in anything other than battle (and some special sexy lightning spells, apparently).  Purify water, maybe?  Darktown likely needs that more than anything else.  Can they heal blighted lands?  Since the presence of Darkspawn apparently affects soil fertility for a substantial length of time, Ferelden would likely pay through the nose to get some of its farmlands back.

Hopping to a different fandom for a moment here - In Harry Potter, Hagrid tells young Harry that the Wizarding World is hidden because Muggles would want magical solutions to all their problems.  If the Chantry really believed that “magic should serve man,” the mages would be on a much longer leash.  Trained in the Circle until Harrowing, and then venturing (perhaps escorted/under guard) to various banns and arlings to solve problems, work Chanter’s Boards, etc.  Chantries housing wandering mages in exchange for the mages providing free help and healing to the poor.

There are ways for this religion to appropriately and humanely train mages to help people, instead of literally keeping them locked in an ivory tower, with the threat of death (of the soul or the body) if they put a toe out of line.

Aug 20

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Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.

When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.

The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…

But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.

Tom Clempsom (via mollyfamous)

FINALLY PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT DEPRESSION REALLY IS.

(via workin9to5)

THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER READ

(via namastetoyoutoo)

Aug 19

imagine-jim-bones-and-spock:

imagine spock going back to vulcan to be honored with an award for scientific excellency or whatever

and even though its an award ceremony its still very solemn theres no clapping or cheering when people come on stage

finally its spocks turn and as he bows to the high priest and straightens up to receive his medal he hears a REALLY LOUD whistle from the audience

and he turns around and jims in the middle of all these stone faced vulcans like

image

going back to vulcan

You mean…that home planet that Nero imploded in the first film?  That Vulcan?

Aug 19

briandanielwolf:

In 2010, there were 8 school shootings in the US.

In 2011, there were 10.

In 2012, there were 14.

In 2013? 28.

In the first half of 2014 alone, we have already suffered 38 school shootings. 

If that doesn’t horrify you, then I don’t know what would.

Aug 18

zanbon:

blasianxbri:

ghdos:

honeydewhearts:

20daysofjune:

videohall:

Porky Pig’s speech pattern deconstructed.

BRUH

:O that was amazing

I always thought they were just random sounds. That’s kind of mind-blowing.

I’m over this man for making it seem so simple lol

"nobody can do that and that’s why i have job security" SO FUCKIN SMUG

Aug 18
Aug 17
ladynorthstar:

“Good evening, gentleman! Please pay attention. I am a reformed vampire, which is to say, I am a bundle of suppressed instincts held together with spit and coffee. It would be wrong to say that violence does not come easily to me. It’s not tearing your throats out that doesn’t come easily to me. Please don’t make it any harder.” 

- Maladict/Maladicta


MAAAAAAAAAAAAAL
I love Mal ;n;

ladynorthstar:

Good evening, gentleman! Please pay attention. I am a reformed vampire, which is to say, I am a bundle of suppressed instincts held together with spit and coffee. It would be wrong to say that violence does not come easily to me. It’s not tearing your throats out that doesn’t come easily to me. Please don’t make it any harder.” 

- Maladict/Maladicta

MAAAAAAAAAAAAAL

I love Mal ;n;

Aug 17
ladynorthstar:

ohmaedhros wanted some Heistverse to cheer up, so here some disgustingly teenagerish Dwalin and Thorin~

i love love looooove Dwalin’s everything in this
he’s so cute and looks so sweet and comfyyy
and Thorin looks so Rarmitagey when he’s beardless, it’s lovely~

ladynorthstar:

ohmaedhros wanted some Heistverse to cheer up, so here some disgustingly teenagerish Dwalin and Thorin~

i love love looooove Dwalin’s everything in this

he’s so cute and looks so sweet and comfyyy

and Thorin looks so Rarmitagey when he’s beardless, it’s lovely~

Aug 17

vueliee:

do you think that the American government would provide the PDS drug to its population for free or would conservatives still cry SOCIALISM and this is why the US succumbs to the zombie apocalypse while everyone else ends up fine

Depends: has anyone ever implied that the vaccines might cause a tiny number of people to develop a basically harmless disorder that may impair some social functionality?

Aug 17

thecutestofthecute:

Because Pitbulls need love too.