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Is this an emergency?

If you are an LGBT person in crisis, please contact a crisis hotline. If you feel like you are in danger, please contact your local authorities.

General GLBT National Hotline: 888.843.4564

https://www.glbthotline.org/national-hotline.html

Youth GLBT National Youth Talkline 800.246.PRIDE

http://www.glbthotline.org/

LGBTQ+(Trevor Project) 866.488.7386

https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/

Seniors GBLT National Senior Hotline: 888.234.7243

https://www.glbthotline.org/senior.html

Transgender, non-binary, and gender-questioning people Trans Lifeline 877.565.8860

https://www.translifeline.org/hotline

https://www.lambdalegal.org/helpdesk

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Des Moines Black Lives Matter (DSM BLM)

If you are located near Des Moines, Iowa and you are POC, Jewish or Muslim, LGBTQIA+, or a member of any other community that might be targeted by MAGA violence this weekend, please use this hotline for any/all assistance needed in the days leading up to the inauguration. You can also find this information on DSM BLM’s twitter page.

I am also happy to assist with food/errands/etc., for individuals in Iowa if DM-ed, but I know it can be harder to trust a rando on the internet than an established organization, and these folks, in addition to being organized, have training in de-escalation and resources for mental health, basic emergency healthcare, and more/better intel than I ever could.

Please stay safe, everyone. This country, this world, this time needs you here, alive, and well. You matter so, so much.

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note: this book is found in the tomb below the church, not the library

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‘pink dreams’ by dreampsds. a soft pink psd for peaches, pinks, and whites. please reblog or like if you download. feel free to adjust. do not post as your own, even if you use this as a base. tag #dreampsds to show me creations.

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note: this book is found in the church ruins, not the library

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Oh gosh I love this ask. Okay, let’s break it down into sections.

Build / Buy

  • Metal bedframes (x, x)
  • Basins (x, x)
  • Vintage toys (x, x, x, x, x, x)
  • Classroom furniture (x)

CAS

  • Messy, unloved haircuts (x, x)
  • Clothes for boys (x, x, x)
  • For girls (x, x, x)
  • For tots (x, x)
  • For babies (x)
  • For the staff (x, x, x)
  • Nun outfit (x)
  • Illness overlays (x)

I hope these are helpful! Happy simming! 👻💕

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went bonkers re-watching gag episodes and made an icon pack w/ my favorite campy tfw outfits (it’s like 75% dean but that’s on jackles and the costume department) 

  • 200x200
  • credit not necessary but maybe like/reblog if using
  • requests are always open!!
  • find them below the cut or on my icons page <3

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here’s an alphabetical list of all the characters in the game, their locations, and what (if any) items they give you!

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You guys I’m really fucking scared. I did something really stupid and I had a one night stand with a friend I hadn’t seen in years. And now I’m pregnant. My last period was exactly a month ago. I’m fucking terrified 😭 and I can’t tell anyone about it. I feel so alone

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John’s Journal, Indian Missions and the Lesbian Nuns

January 16th, 2021

By @lateral-org​

Our staff had a lot of conversations about how to frame this topic. None of us are Native American so we wanted to make sure we didn’t spread any misinformation while still using our platform. Our compromise was to try to speak using sources for information rather than personal opinions.

TL:DR

It is our responsibility to educate ourselves on Native American history. Even moreso as Supernatural fans, since so much of the show’s mythology is derived from Native American beliefs. Native Americans are still forced to live under oppressive laws constructed by the people responsible for the deaths of millions of their forefathers. Raising awareness is the first step to combatting this injustice. Links to more resources and places to donate are at the end of this post. 

We’ve gotten a few confused asks about how this post relates to John’s Journal entry. In the post it makes some remarks connecting the journal entry to children being tortured. The aim of this article is to provide the missing context linking the two together and why it matters. 

Here’s the quote from John’s Journal:

January 24: Dean turns seventeen today. We went shooting. Then I sent him out on his first hunt. I’ve let him take the lead before, but I’ve always been there to back him up. This time he’s on his own. Partly it’s a test, and partly I wanted some time with Sammy. Should be no problem for Dean. Ghosts of two nuns haunting St. Stephen’s Indian Mission in Riverton, Wyoming. Simple salt-and-burn mission. Nuns in love with each other, then discovered. Killed themselves. We scoped the situation out, figured that something must be left behind that’s now a focus for the haunting. Bible, rosary beads, some small article that’s hidden somewhere in their room. I figured Dean would take care of it no problem, but I still stayed close by with Sammy… [Sam wants a normal life] … Dean took care of the nuns just like I thought he would, but I don’t think I’m going to be sending him on any more solos soon. That one was a little tense.

And that’s all she wrote. So why does this matter? It doesn’t talk about killing kids, just about lesbian nuns who were part of an indian mission. What’s the problem? Well, let’s start with the basics. 

What is an Indian mission?

Basically, an Indian mission is a reeducation camp for Native Americans. 

From an article published on History.com about indian missions in California:

The main goal of the California missions was to convert Native Americans into devoted Christians and Spanish citizens.

Spain used mission work to influence the natives with cultural and religious instruction.

Another motivation for the missions was to ensure that rival countries, such as Russia and Great Britain, didn’t try to occupy the California region first.

Why is that so bad? 

Indian missions contributed to the loss of hundreds of thousands of Native American lives. 

From the same article:

The mission era influenced culture, religion, architecture, art, language and economy in the region.

But, the missions also impacted California Indian cultures in negative ways. Europeans forced the natives to change their civilization to match the modern world. In the process, local traditions, cultures and customs were lost.

Some critics have charged that the Spanish mission system forced Native Americans into slavery and prostitution, comparing the missions to “concentration camps.”

Additionally, Spanish missionaries brought diseases with them that killed untold thousands of natives.

Prior to the California missions, there were about 300,000 Native Californians. By 1834, scholars believe there were only about 20,000 remaining.

Now back to the post that spawned this question: 

When OP (@fettcockfriday) says, 

spend some time thinking about why you latched onto “lesbian nuns” over “children being tortured and murdered.” did you not know what an indian mission was? did you think it was less interesting, or less important? sit with that for a while. 

To someone who doesn’t know the history of Indian Missions and wasn’t paying close attention to the journal entry, this feels like it’s coming out of nowhere. With context, though, you can understand where this comes from. 

In the journal entry, the Indian mission only has the weight of any other convent nuns could reside in. This is a problem rooted in the american habit of erasing the ugly parts of its history. I highly doubt that Alex Irvine thought twice about the relevance of indian missions when he wrote that into the diary entry, which is the problem. 

From IllumiNative: 

American students learn some of the most damaging misconceptions and biases toward Native Americans in grades K-12. In fact, 87 percent of history books in the U.S. portray Native Americans as a population existing before 1900, according to a 2014 study on academic standards. For many Americans, we no longer exist.

With minimal mention of contemporary issues and ongoing conflicts over land and water rights or tribal sovereignty, Native Americans have become invisible and it can be argued that it makes it easier for non-Natives to take the lead on creating their own narratives about us. Our invisibility makes it easier to create and support racist mascots or over sexualize caricatures of Native women in everything from fashion to Halloween costumes.

For the well-being of Native peoples and future generations, these false narratives, the invisibility and erasure of Native peoples must end.

Native Americans are still disenfranchised, suffering under oppressive laws constructed by the people responsible for the deaths of millions of their forefathers. Attempts to reeducate native children are still happening to this day. The only way to move forward is to face the past and listen to the voices who have been kept quiet for so long. 

Resources:

Links for educating yourself:

How this affects white Americans: 

Ways to Donate:

Support Native American businesses: 

Please tag, submit, or link any other accounts or resources related to this topic to us @destieldailynews​, we will reblog as much as we can.

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Hey hey!

If you’re new to creating an IF game, there are a few things to think about:

1) Interactive fiction is a huge undertaking. Even if you plan on making a small game (like, say, 30k per average playthrough), the amount of content you’ll have to create to account for player choice is going to grow exponentially depending on how many choices and different mechanics you include. You will want to be prepared for that. As you’re planning and developing, start small and allow for natural growth as you get more comfortable with your systems. If you choose a bunch of gameplay elements right off the bat, you’re going to get overwhelmed.

2) Play IF games. Like a lot of games. Check out different platforms and different engines; this will give you an idea of what’s in store, what your eventual game can look like, and what restrictions you’ll be working with. 

For example, ChoiceScript offers very little control over what your game looks like; Twine allows you to develop your own stylesheet, so you can customize your game’s appearance to be pretty much whatever you want. If visual elements are important to you, that’s something to consider. (Inkle, Ren’py, and other IF engines are, again, all different).  

3) Choose an engine and practice. Get accustomed to what the code is like; this will help you plan your gameplay mechanics and figure out how to execute them. You can see my post here which includes popular IF engines and links to tutorials for beginners. 

You don’t need to make a full game just to practice; I usually keep what I call a “mess copy” in my Twine editor so I can practice different gameplay elements and figure out how to code them using placeholder text. 

4) While you’re practicing coding, start developing your worldbuilding. Write down some thoughts about what world you want to set this in. If you’re doing fantasy, you’ll want to figure out the rules of your world (how your magic system works, how your supernatural elements work, the cultures, the people, etc). As you figure out your setting, think about ways you can implement that worldbuilding into your game mechanics (for example, Wayfarer’s ancestry option reflects the different peoples that inhabit the world). 

5) Make a beat chart. I know there’s usually a big debate surrounding the benefits and drawbacks of outlining and some writers really do not like outlining, but if you’re making an IF game, at the very least make a beat chart of your entire game. A beat chart breaks down the overall narrative structure of your game into very broad building blocks. It maps out the process of how you get your characters from the beginning to the end of your story and account for any major variations along the way (for example: multiple endings). Though IF incorporates player choice, there is still going to be a roughly linear thoroughline. You want to know what this thoroughline is before you start writing, otherwise you are going to get overwhelmed with new ideas and variations and remember, content grows exponentially in IF. 

If you don’t have a plan, you may back yourself into a corner where you it is physically and mentally impossible for you to create enough content for all of your choices and variations. 

6) If you’re working in Twine (or another engine that allows you to import your own CSS stylesheet), spend some time researching web design. I started learning CSS because I wanted to use custom tumblr themes and pages; a lot of my love for web design comes from tumblr’s theme maker community. Seeing how designers have made designs I like has been a really good source of inspiration. I’m at the point now where if I have an idea I want to execute, I can usually google it, follow a tutorial and a functional version of that idea. It may take a few tries and it might be a little cobbled together (I’m still a CSS novice), but I can usually make something work. 

7) Get involved in the IF community. Whether it’s on tumblr or on the Choice of Games forum or intfiction, spending some time researching common IF gameplay mechanics and reading how different developers have handled them is really valuable. I lurk on a lot of forums (usually when I’m researching a problem and Google has led me a random corner of the IF community) and the conversations on these forums are all very valuable. 

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Hello et SUPER année, TOP santé !! Vraiment, top santé.

Je ne sais pas si d'autres personnes se servent de sites comme Pinterest pour épingler le moindre truc intéressant qui passe, mais en ce qui me concerne je suis un véritable écureuil en la matière et j'aime entasser tous les visuels chouettes sur mon petit tableau. Alors pour les gens que ça pourrait aider et/ou inspirer, voici l'endroit où je rassemble religieusement mes inspirations. Vous y trouverez des textures (matière, paysage, photographie), des illustrations, des textes/de la typo, des tentatives d'un quelque chose, des trucs bizarres, des compositions diverses et variées, etc.

N'hésitez pas à partager vos antres créatifs aussi ! Je pense ça peut être ultra top que tout le monde fasse découvrir ce qui l’inspire, lui fait plaisir, le motive, lui redonne le sourire… Bref éclatez-nous-éclatez-vous !!

(note : et pour les personnes qui veulent rire un bon coup et/ou qui partagent mon humour nul, vous pouvez checker mon tableau des épingles funny, le rire c’est la santé !)

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for my fellow disabled Arthurian fans (or anyone who’s interested):

Sitting on the Sidelines: Disability in Malory by Kristina Hildebrand  - an article that isn’t as weird (or silent) as a lot of academia is on this topic

if you don’t have the time, the spoons, or the access to this article, but you still want to know what it says, read on 💛

(might go without saying, but cw for medieval, academic, and garden-variety ableism. also: i’m summarising what the author wrote so that you can make your own analyses/conclusions - please don’t take it all as my own perspective on disability/being disabled! 🙂 )

Part 1 - Introduction

  • in the context of the chivalric community - a.k.a. the knights who go on adventures and swing sharp objects around for funsies - disability can be regarded with the same level of trepidation as death. can’t fight = can’t be part of the community

In Malory’s Le Morte Darthur, we find a sword that ‘never man drew hit but he were dede or maymed.’ This clearly represents the dangers of chivalric endeavor: violence done to the body, resulting in death or impairment. One might imagine that death, especially in one’s sins, would be the more serious outcome, yet here there is an equivalence produced by the sentence structure, 'dede or maymed'—and indeed impairment, to a man of arms, is presented as a fate to be dreaded like death. The chivalric body, constantly endangered by violence, is yet always an active body, unimpaired and capable of committing violence, and this ability is essential to the knight’s inclusion in the chivalric community.

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Hello! You’re looking to start the decades challenge? I highly recommend it, it’s my absolute favourite Sims challenge.

To get started, I recommend having a read through the rules (here, or my modified version here) and seeing what you’re up against.

Next, you’ll want to download some decade appropriate custom content. Of course you can play the decades challenge without cc, but it’s much more fun (in my opinion) when cc is used. And there’s so much wonderful content out there! 

Finally: I really recommend documenting your playthrough, whether you post it or not. It can be so wonderful to go back and admire your family as they grow and change over the passing years. 

That’s my general advice for the challenge, I’ll put more specifics about how I’m doing my current playthrough under the cut. For those who want to see how the sausage is made, read on! 

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Of course! Some examples of jobs that pay well (which I define as a $75k+ base salary) straight out of college are:

  • Actuary
  • Accountant
  • Investment banking analyst
  • Corporate finance at a F500 company
  • Entry-level consultant at a reputable consulting firm
  • Software engineer
  • Tech sales (especially for Big Tech)
  • IT

Notice that a lot of these are STEM or STEM-adjacent. I’m not saying that it’s right, but it’s the reality. If you’re not a STEM-oriented person, that’s fine. The good news is that you don’t need a STEM degree to work as an investment banker or consultant. I have a friend who majored in philosophy and she’s an investment banker at Barclays.

What you need for those two roles is pedigree, good grades, networking skills, and exceptional interviewing skills. When I say pedigree, I mean the university you go to. For better or for worse, investment banks and consulting firms tend to recruit from certain universities. The easiest way to get your foot in the door is to go to a target school. Here’s how to figure out whether your school is a target school for a company you’re interested in: go on LinkedIn, look up the companies you’re interested in, browse through the employees and make a note of the schools they went to. If you don’t know what companies to look for, here’s a list of the 20 most prominent investment banks and here’s a list of the 25 most prominent consulting firms. For the other roles, where you went to school doesn’t matter quite as much.

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to ask follow-up questions. 

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If you have been dieting, you might be out of contact with your own body and its signals for hunger and fullness. To get back in touch, you can do a number of things.

Vibrators have come a long way! Many are designed by woman-owned companies who actually put some thought into producing products that work for women’s bodies. Some are so'cute’ and discreet nobody would ever know what it was.

Play with your dog as often as possible. Take it for a very long walk, make it climb stairs, make it fetch a ball, make it fetch the paper, and do anything you can to make sure it gets sufficient physical exercise. Regular exercise can strengthen your dog’s limbs, increase its metabolic rate, improve circulation, and boost its immune system. It also prevents tension and keeps your dog happy. This is one of those important health tips for puppies that you want to be aware of.

Another common issue that I see with people that have this disorder is because she says,“No one sees scars or disfigurement so it is a shock to many people that you actually have something really wrong with you That we become incredible actors to mask and hide the symptoms makes the health solutions situation that much more challenging.” I understand that many people suffering from CFS and fibromyalgia can relate to this. There are still a lot of professionals who will tell us that it doesn’t exist and it is in our head.

The inundation of Man’s collective head with an overload of useless information has diverted him from what is simple, pure, and really powerful.

click .)Do not sweat too much on exercise: Interval training might be the best way to shed health strategies weight. Healthy weight loss solutions such as this increase the calorie and fat burn in less time possible. By doing 30 minutes to an hour of cardio interval trainings, this sort of exercise optimizes your workout to that of a typical exercise routine. This is a great alternative for people who want to workout in short span of time and still get satisfactory results.

What is so very amazing to me is not having common sense when viewing a physician. When you see them come in the office you’re waiting and the nurse has probably already done most of the work assessing you for symptoms. Now here comes the doctor with questions, not answers. They ask you what your symptoms are. Do they find out anything at all about you or your life? Are you ever asked about nutrition and diet and how much water you drink daily? How about what kind of water do you drink? Is it live or dead or worse, distilled? If your doctor asks you to try a new drug, you are being asked to promote unproven drugs with zero science behind it practices. Are you crazy?
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