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HOW'S EVERYONE'S ELECTION GOING???

Poll #2057450 HOW Y'ALL FEELING?

I'M FEELING LIKE....

I'M STRESSED
7(17.9%)
I'M GOING TO VOMIT
4(10.3%)
I'M GOING TO CRY
6(15.4%)
I'M GLAD I VOTED
6(15.4%)
I WISH I'D VOTED
0(0.0%)
THE END IS NIGH, THE HORSEMEN RIDE, ETC
7(17.9%)
DEAR GOD WHY, HOW, ETC
9(23.1%)
Tomorrow is election day in the US, so I wanted to chat about the rhetoric that Clinton is 'just as bad' as Trump, and therefore the best option is to vote for neither.

I should preface this with a few statements -

First, I never, ever in my life wanted to vote for Hillary Clinton. I didn't vote for her in the primaries. There are a number of very legitimate issues from her political career to be upset about. Second, this isn't for any hardcore Trump fans - I don't think I have any following me on social media, and don't think a single thing I say could change their minds, so I don't intend to try.

This is about the men and women, usually left-leaning, who enthusiastically agree that Trump is a jerk of the highest order but refuse on principle to vote for Hillary Clinton, opting instead for a third party or not to vote at all. This is usually backed up by statements like 'the system is broken,' 'it doesn't matter,' they're 'equally bad,' we 'need a revolution,' it 'won't effect me either way,' yada yada.

The main problem I see with this is that it often comes from people who, yeah, won't get hugely effected either way by the outcome of the election. And, well, if that's the case, good for you? Except we live in the US with 300 million other people.  We live on this planet with 7 billion other people. Please think about everyone else.

Clinton and Trump disagree almost entirely when it comes to both domestic and foreign policy, as well as issues related to the societal problems and prejudices we're facing in our country.  There are millions of people, especially women and minorities both domestically and worldwide, who will suffer unjustly and immeasurably under a Trump presidency even if you will not, if he and Clinton fulfill even half of their campaign promises.

Trump wants to specifically target civilian family members of the enemy in the Middle East, which would be a war crime against the Geneva Convention, and even if it wasn't, the idea of trying to blow up non-combatant women and children would still be objectively horrifying. Trump wanted to ban an entire group of religious people from the country. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Trump wants to block abortion rights for women. He blames crime on immigrants and incites violence against them at his rallies, and against minorities, and promotes unconstitutional programs like stop-and-frisk. He has threatened to curtail the free press for insulting him. He said that climate change was a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese. He has threatened literal, actual war in response to a rude goddamn hand gesture. He has said ridiculous things about gun rights, and complimented Putin and North Korea - both of whom have long histories of horrific human rights abuses. He has officially been endorsed by the KKK. Trump has said and implied so many racist and sexist things that I cannot list them here, and the problem is not that he is 'crude' or 'mean' - the crudeness of his speech has never, contrary to popular belief, been the problem. The problem is that words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, some very scary damn warning signs about what a man like Trump would do if he became the president of the United States.

....And while I completely understand the urge to vote with your conscience and choose someone from a third party, the very sad fact is that with our current political system, that person will not win. (Not to mention that Clinton is aguably more left-wing when it comes to things like right to choose, climate change, gun restrictions, and minimum wage than certain third-party candidates.)

A rehaul of our system, so that third-party candidates do have the ability to win, is absolutely worth working toward; I believe in that political revolution that many people want so much; I hate and despise the idea of voting for the lesser of two evils. People say that 'now is not the time' for a protest vote, because this election is too close, and the values at stake too important. And I completely understand why this could be infuriating to hear - because when is the time? When has there ever been an election where it seems that the outcome won't effect millions?

I hear all of those frustrations, and damn it, I agree with most of them. But a protest vote for the sake of the voter's conscience is not truly worth the suffering of millions of people. It is ultimately ineffective, except for the possible side effect of helping Donald Trump become president.

This election isn't - sadly - about who we like more, nor should it be. It's about who will positively or negatively effect the country, the world, and the people living in it.

Please, please, please vote on November 8th.

xoxo

YOOOOO, EVERYONE REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Poll #2056510 YOU VOTING? BECAUSE THE APOCALYPSE SURE FEELS LIKE IT'S NIGH

HOW'S THAT ELECTION GOIN' FOR YA?

I'm registered to vote!
5(14.7%)
I'm not from the US, but good luck on Armageddon Day! The rest of the world is terrified! Don't fuck up!
3(8.8%)
I've voted from abroad!
2(5.9%)
I AM SO VOTING ON ELECTION DAY. I AM THERE, SON.
4(11.8%)
EVERYTHING IS SCARY
7(20.6%)
I'm not voting becau- HAHA JUST KIDDING, TOTALLY VOTING
1(2.9%)
I'm not crazy about either candidate!
3(8.8%)
....But I'd rather vote for the literal actual Kracken than You Know Who, so here we go!
3(8.8%)
I might be moving to [insert country here] if #TangerineNightmare wins this election.
3(8.8%)
I'm rather fond of eggplant. Sometimes I have it for dinner, especially with pasta.
3(8.8%)

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Heya!

So IDK if anyone remembers that I submitted a video to a contest here in Japan, but apparently I've won one of the awards??! Which is kind of shocking and very exciting. :D



I'd also like to add that there were a lot of REALLY AMAZING VIDEOS SUBMITTED that I loved and voted for but they DIDN'T WIN ANYTHING?? So here are some of the ones I wish there were extra prizes for.

AWESOME VIDEOS ABOUT JAPANCollapse )
So I finished Cursed Child (for my sins) and here are my thoughts. Um. It's inspired me to compile this list of my favorite post-series fics.

Things I Like:


  • Scorpius. Obviously.

  • Al and Scorpius being pals in Slytherin. They should date.

  • The veteran characters’ interactions with one another. Also their places of employment. (Harry does the cooking. Hermione is the breadwinner. Ginny writes sports pages. McGonagall kicks ass. The quintet and their kids save the world.)

  • The implication that young Sirius Black once attempted to leap from a speeding train.

  • ‘The Augurey’ has a nice ring to it.

  • The casting, which has nothing to do with the script, but I’m trying to be positive here.

Things I Don’t Like:


  • Oh, boy. Here we go.

I move on to Act Three and find myself wishing I, too, could fling myself into a lake.Collapse )

HELLO THIS IS MY DRIVE-BY POST

I'm sitting in Kansai Airport on a ten-hour layover on my way back to Japan from summer vacation in NY (four flights in total, the longest 15 hours, I AM SO TIRED) (and I ate SO MUCH PIZZA in NY you don't understand the amount of pizza and ravioli and pumpkin pie) and thought I'd spew a bit. HI GUYS. HOW ARE YOU?

1) I AM LEVEL 12 ON TEAM VALOR BECAUSE I LIKE RED AND MOLTRES IS COOL. ARE YOU ALL POKEMONNING?

2) Ghostbusters was a pretty great movie, all told.

3) Star Trek Beyond was... disappointing? Generic? A plot repeat of the first movie? A waste of Idris Elba? :( (/unpopular opinion)

4) I hear that Suicide Squad is a flaming shitpile and this makes me laugh, but I admit I have not seen it yet. >.>;

5) I HEAR THAT HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD IS ALSO A FLAMING SHITPILE (the script, not the performances) but I have not read it yet because once I do I will have Opinions and it will take over my life, so.

6) I have an Instagram now, apparently. >.>;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; It's emilyroseeisemann. :D

7) I camped on the beach with acern last weekend and when we woke up at sunrise there were DOLPHINS PLAYING NEAR THE SHORE IT WAS SO MAGICAL <333

SHAMELESS BEACH SELFIE UNDER THE CUTCollapse )
So basically when you do a mandatory health check in Japan and they give you a cup and send you to the bathroom you should:

  • Make sure you know the difference between the words for 'pee' and 'poop'.

You should not:

  • Assume that you know anything about anything at all.

Because in the event that you mix up the words for taking a pee and taking a poop in a paper cup in the bathroom of a small clinic in rural Japan where everyone - literally everyone - knows everyone else and you are known on sight as one of the only foreigners on the whole island, you basically have three options.

  • Kill yourself.

  • Crawl out the bathroom window and hope that no one remembers you were ever there.

  • Blow up the building and live the rest of your life in a Mongolian tent herding yaks.

Just FYI.  So in summary, this is:

  • A purely hypothetical situation. I had a perfectly normal morning.

  • The worst thing that's ever happened to me in my life.

Title: "SHOCKING EVIDENCE! Inside Source Reveals: CAP WAS HYDRA ALL ALONG!" National ENQUIRER May 2016
Warnings: Language. Dumbassery. Civil War Spoilers?
A/N: My only input on the situation before I continue ignoring this bullshit for the rest of forever.

Summary: MSNBC Nightly News: Blogger Claiming to be WWII Veteran, Longtime Friend of Steve Rogers, and Former HYDRA POW James Buchanan Barnes Calls Enquirer Article "The biggest ******* pile of bull**** I have ever ******* been made to see with my own two god**** eyes."