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gelatomesomeironqrow · 2 months ago
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My thoughts (and opinions) on RWBY V8 Ep 11. Alright, ready to get started?
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This episode was definitely setting up the final 3 episodes of this volume.
We have Qrow and Robyn still inside. Robyn surprisingly doesn't seem to want to fight James. Qrow does. We all know a fight between Qrow and James is happening. The result from that fight varies. Is James going to get the chance to redeem himself or is James going to be killed off? I'm personally hoping that James is going to get his redemption. Not because I'm a firm Ironqrow shipper, not even because I love James. But because Qrow being the one to kill James will absolutely destroy him. Right now, he is angry. So angry his judgment is clouded. He can't think past seeking revenge on the person he deems is responsible for everything. Which isn't a fair thing to place all on James, considering everyone's decisions played a role in what happened and what is to come, but here we are. Anyways, the person Qrow should be really after is Tyrian. He is the one who murdered Clover, who placed the blame on Qrow while he got away. He should also be mad at Robyn for instigating the whole fight that led to Clover's death. But instead, he is placing all his anger and hurt into one man. Despite what James has done, all that anger and hurt seems to be hyper focused onto James. Why? I'm assuming, that while they have all once been apart of Oz's team, Qrow had at one point told James that Oz was the one who brought James in, who gave him the information he needed. I'm wondering if Qrow had been the one to suggest to Oz, to bring James in in the first place. Hence why Qrow is taking this whole thing extra hard. Or perhaps they did or do have a relationship of sorts. Anyways, this fight they are going to have, is going to be beautiful and tragic, both of them are going to lay it all out and we will see where their emotions take them. If only Robyn can stay out of it. I like her, I like her character but I don't like how some of her actions have led to certain events happening. Maybe Robyn can actually talk some sense into Qrow, before he allows his anger to get the best of him, for the sake of his mental health. My question is who they ran into at the elevator that made them both lower their weapons and jump in surprise. By the way? How did Qrow know where their weapons were? I know he is a spy and all but he seems to have extensive knowledge of the layout of Atlas academy.
I would like to give this gif below as my proof that Qrow reacts strongly to people he once considered (or still considers) to be family or a person who he cared about in some extent.
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Moving on, we have further evidence of the division of the Ace Ops. Marrow has officially "betrayed" Ironwood's side. Winter has made a move towards "betraying" Ironwood. She stopped James from shooting Marrow, instead "arresting" him. She took Marrow away, citing placing him in a cell and leaving him there. But I'm thinking they are going to be leaving together. Elm is definitely conflicted but remaining on Ironwood's side for now. Perhaps we will get a Winter/Marrow vs Harriet/Vine with Elm having the potential to intervene/switch sides? That would be an interesting fight.
Now, before I talk about the Schnee mansion scenes and I got stuff to say there. Let's just briefly talk about James waiting for Penny at the vault. The man is broken, I know the whole fandom and world of RWBY/remnant hates him right now, but he does still have the chance for redemption. His mental health is at its lowest, he gave in to paranoia, mistrust, and fear. He is waiting at the vault because to him, right now, that is what matters, it's what is safe. The whole Kingdom of Atlas is under siege. I know there are people who think he only cares about the technological advances of Atlas and that might be true in a way. He is Atlesian. To him his kingdom was supposed to be his safe haven. But nowhere is safe. Except the vault where Salem cant get into. I'm unsure if he wants the relic to raise Atlas above everything in order to get away, it seems likely, but the way he was staring at the vault makes it seem like he has other ideas.
My man is so broken that his first response to any situation is to shoot first. BUT. He did not shoot Marrow. He waited. He did not pull the trigger. Despite Marrow's clearly defined act of insubordination and betrayal. He still has a chance of redemption. (I know. I know. But Gelato, he shot a child, NO. He shot Ozpin. Oscar came down there acting like Ozpin, when they all told him that Oz was gone. He had once again been lied too and betrayed. I KNOW, that is no excuse as to what he did but he wasnt shooting Oscar. He was shooting Ozpin. Anyways, I digress. He did shoot that councilman with seemingly no prompt or reason but I'm sure, somewhere deep down in that mentally exhausted and broken brain of his, he had a reason.) I've said it before and I'll say it again, although a physical confrontation is what is coming, the man needs therapy and rest and to communicate properly, to quote Qrow, communication is a two way street, but yeah, James is stressed out and needs to not be in a position of power anymore but I don't think killing him is the way to go. And seeing as I can go on and on about MY thoughts and reasonings behind wanting James to live, I know ya'll don't actually care.
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Moving on.
I am highkey curious as to what Neo is up to. She went to rejoin Cinder and Watts. Why? What is my girl up to? I gots to knowww? Are we going to see Neo fighting Cinder seriously? Or are we going to see Neo wait to stab her in the back like I've been saying since she first teamed up with Cinder. She is definitely using Cinder though.
To my last two thoughts/opinions:
Nora and Ren having an actual conversation and working on their relationship is what I like to see. Ren is finally in a good headspace to know what he wants and he can see Nora is not. They both said what they wanted. They both said I love you. Ren was understanding. He can wait for her to find herself. They are still partners, still a team. But until they are both ready, they can wait for the other. And that is beautiful. That is character development. Nora being happy and seeing that Ren was doing better is great.
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Okay. Now to Ruby and Yang. Ruby continuing to see how her choices and actions do have consequences is what I like to see. Don't get me wrong, I like our girls, I do. But I have been increasingly frustrated with team rwby for getting away from dealing with the consequences. And fine, it took Mantle and Atlas coming apart at the seams before they realized their consequences. Ruby and Yang talking about what happened to their mother was heartbreaking.
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And they finally made a decent decision. Going to the vault is the catalyst of this entire volume. And so much is going to happen. Are we going to lose somebody? Maybe. Are we going to gain somebody or something? Likely, considering we gained Emerald already. Are we going to see help arrive?
What I want to happen or what I think should happen. May not happen. They are setting this up with variables. They know the how it's going to go down. We don't. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. More so for Qrow, James, Neo and Tyrian. But if anyone ever actually paid attention to my posts, ya'll would know my sentiments and thoughts on these characters.
I also feel like I should reiterate that these are my thoughts and opinions. I am in no way discrediting or disproving anyone else's and I expect that same courtesy towards my own AND I would love to hear everyone else's. I will also state that there is not a single character I dislike on this show and of course I'm happy and sad for RWBY and JNRO. But my overall consensus of their decisions and actions over the last volume or two has been that no one on this show knows how to effectively communicate and that most of what happened could have been avoided (or atleast happen in a different way) had certain actions and decisions not actually happened.
Communication is key. No one on this show follows it until severe consequences have already happened. Oh, and no one on the show knows how to approach the varying mental health issues everyone has.
As always, see ya'll next week.
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rainbow-kitten-5 · 2 months ago
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(Re-posting as thanks to some asks I’ve realized I make a mistake posting the original)
Tommy and Dream did not ''manipulate each other''
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TW: Fictional manipulation, abuse and suicide idealization
After viewing a couple of posts claiming that C!Tommy is manipulating C!Dream, I felt compelled to make analysis post covering it. So after trying my best to re-watch some of the VODS from an unbiased perspective I have come to the firm conclusion that Tommy has not manipulated Dream. Here is my evidence to disprove the evidence those that think Tommy has manipulated Dream have given:
Calling Dream ‘’MAA FRIEND’’ is not Tommy’s way of a pity grab, it’s a nervous reaction which he says whenever he’s in a very difficult situation (Ex. When Techno caught him hiding in his house). If Tommy was trying to be manipulative he would say things like ‘’I thought we were friends?’’ in a very hurt broken way, not loudly screaming. ‘’My friend’’ is Tommy’s nervous instinct to try and convince himself he’s not in danger.
Calling Dream ‘’my friend’’ is not the same as Dream purposefully isolating Tommy all by himself and then taking away his only defence (armour and weapons) every day and destroying it with the same thing that destroyed Tommy’s home, insisting he is the only person that cares about Tommy and claiming all his friends hate him (When Dream knows that’s not true as Tubbo had mentioned missing Tommy to Dream before), ignoring Tommy’s visibly degrading physical health and only saying it’s not his time to die when seeing Tommy’s suicidal, taking the party invites from Ghostbur to isolate Tommy more and convince him more that his friends hate him and lie about things Tubbo did for Tommy to think worse of himself (Saying Tubbo said L’manberg is better without Tommy, claiming Tubbo burnt the ‘’Your Tommy’’ compass etc.). It got to the point where Tommy said that he felt like Dream was ‘’more of an owner than a friend’’.
Dream was awful to Tommy in exile, not to mention Dream blew up Tommy’s home twice where Tommy griefed none of Dream’s buildings? I think the only thing Dream built was the Community house which Dream destroyed himself. Not to mention EVERYONE on the server griefs each other's houses, just last week Puffy burned Ant and Ponk’s homes. Dream destroyed Tommy’s home three times (and six times if you count Tommy’s actual house and Logshire) and I don’t believe Tommy destroyed any of Dream’s builds, and even if he did that doesn’t make him any worse than the rest of the ENTIRE SERVER where this behaviour is normalized.
Tommy asking Dream to put his armour and weapons in a hole once is not the same as Dream doing it to Tommy every day. Tommy was getting rid of Dream’s armour so he could kill him because Tommy didn’t know prison was an option at that point and assumed he had to kill Dream so that Dream wouldn’t find another time to try and kill Tubbo. It was in self-defence because if they let Dream go free there might be a time where the whole server isn’t around and Dream will kill Tubbo and kidnap Tommy (Not to mention Dream might be able to sneakily complete his other goals as well, like kidnap Skeppy to control Bad etc.). Dream knew that Tommy was making him take off his armour to do this. The definition of manipulation is a type of influence that aims to change the behaviour or perception of others through indirect, deceptive, or underhanded tactics. Dream made Tommy put his armour in a hole every day to establish a routine where he will appear helpful and nice to Tommy like a friend by not making him take off his armour one day or helping him gain back equal/less to what he took away from him. This is manipulation, he is tricking Tommy into thinking he is being kind while he takes away his protection and stops him from being able to progress past a certain point to a healthier place of survival.
Also, I want to quickly point out that Tommy putting Dream in the prison isn’t abuse. Tommy had no idea that the prison was inhumane and based on his visits Tommy still does not know the prison is inhumane. He doesn’t know that Sam is withholding food from Dream as punishment. And yes when Tommy first visited Dream he started saying he was Dream’s friend and took his clock but Tommy caught himself and stopped. Tommy found himself unable to go through with the actions leaving the clock for Dream and went back to admitting he does not like Dream. We cannot compare Tommy almost repeating Dream’s abusive behaviour but stopping himself to Dream actually doing abusive behaviour that (as far as we know) does not come from being abused as a child. Tommy not repeating Dream’s abusive behaviour is actually an amazing step forward as research suggests one-third of victims of abuse will go on to abuse others and certain factors have been found to make it more likely for the victim to repeat their abuser’s behaviour are that the abuse that started early in life (Tommy was 16), the abuse that lasted a long time (Cannon time is strange but we vaguely know it lasted a ‘’long time’’), abuse in which the perpetrator had a close relationship to the victim (Tommy and Dream knew each other for a long time already and were even friends at one point and allies at another), and abuse that the child experienced as particularly harmful (Tommy nearly committed suicide).
Now Tommy using spirit to attempt and get Dream to lower the walls around L’manberg is different as well. Tommy made it clear that Dream knew exactly what he was doing and again he was doing it to try to protect L’manberg. Was it right? No. But at this point Dream has been taunting Tommy throughout the entire negotiation and Tommy is very emotional and anger-fueled so he lashed out. He was only planning on using spirit to make sure that Dream wouldn’t hurt him and Tubbo ever again as even with the treaty Dream still is going to constantly be fighting Tommy for the discs, and Tommy is tired at this point, only wanting ‘’things to go back to normal’’. Also by the end of Tommy’s exile, he realizes that he was starting to go down a dark path and that he should have listened to Tubbo and let things be resolved peacefully (Even though we as the audience know from Puffy's streams that Dream would have found another excuse to exile Tommy). In the end, Dream had already cut off his attachments so he didn’t care, so Tommy was not manipulating Dream. Spirit was something Tommy assumed Dream wanted, not something Dream needed to survive. I would use this as an example of Dream manipulating Tommy (and Tubbo but I assume that everyone was able to pick up on that, so I won’t go into further detail), as we know that Dream was going to exile Tommy no matter what (He was already destroying others builds and leaving signs around to frame Tommy for them). So taking that information into account would explain all of Dream’s consistent taunting towards Tommy through the entire negotiation and some of the less than saint-like sentences he said to him. Dream was trying to get Tommy to snap, he was manipulating Tommy into doing something rash so that he’d be able to get him exiled.
But C!Tommy said ‘’We [Tommy and Dream] abused each other’’. On a meta-level, it honestly sounded like irl!Tommy just had a slip of the tongue live and had to run with it. On a character level, we have to consider that this is Tommy’s words, not the truth. Every DSMP character is an unreliable narrator to some point, sometimes what they say is 100% true but most times it shouldn’t be taken as gospel. Tommy’s main coping mechanism is denial. He denied that he was still affected by PTSD after Dream was locked up despite his inability to feel safe in Nether, his fear of height/lava etc. the list of Tommy’s lingering trauma could go on for hours. Tommy denies that bad things happened to him to seem like a ‘’big man’’, one of the reasons he has yet to open up to everyone about what happened to him in exile. Tommy even still struggles to admit that Wilbur hurt him. Tommy wants to feel in control, especially after Dream spent so long taking Tommy’s control away from him, saying ‘’we abuse each other’’ makes it seem like Dream and Tommy were on equal playing fields, when most of the time Dream had more power over Tommy. This also stops Tommy from having to admit to Sam that Dream can get to him, that he isn’t ‘’strong’’ and ‘’powerful’’ all the time. Many victims of abuse do this, Walster (1966) has suggested that the reason for this is that victims don’t like to think that such traumatic, uncontrollable events can happen to them. This causes them to try and find a cause or blame for the event happening which then makes the event somewhat controllable or avoidable and therefore enables them to protect themselves from it, the blame most commonly ends up being themselves.
In conclusion, Tommy never manipulated Dream and saying so is tipping dangerously close to victim-blaming. Which has the chance of affecting reality, many victims find that they do not wish to report their experience due to fear of being blamed or not believed due to victim-blaming. It’s fine if you want to explore C!Dream’s motivations or sympathize with his character but as a victim of abuse, I ask you to not excuse Dream’s actions towards Tommy during exile and to not say Tommy is the one that manipulated Dream.Tommy and Dream did not ''manipulate each other''.
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rainbow-kitten-5 · 2 months ago
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Tommy and Dream did not ''manipulate each other''
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TW: Fictional manipulation, abuse and suicide idealization
After viewing a couple of posts claiming that C!Tommy is manipulating C!Dream, I felt compelled to make analysis post covering it. So after trying my best to re-watch some of the VODS from an unbiased perspective I have come to the firm conclusion that Tommy has not manipulated Dream. Here is my evidence to disprove the evidence those that think Tommy has manipulated Dream have given:
Calling Dream ‘’MAA FRIEND’’ is not Tommy’s way of a pity grab, it’s a nervous reaction which he says whenever he’s in a very difficult situation (Ex. When Techno caught him hiding in his house). If Tommy was trying to be manipulative he would say things like ‘’I thought we were friends?’’ in a very hurt broken way, not loudly screaming. ‘’My friend’’ is Tommy’s nervous instinct to try and convince himself he’s not in danger.
Calling Dream ‘’my friend’’ is not the same as Dream purposefully isolating Tommy all by himself and then taking away his only defence (armour and weapons) every day and destroying it with the same thing that destroyed Tommy’s home, insisting he is the only person that cares about Tommy and claiming all his friends hate him (When Dream knows that’s not true as Tubbo had mentioned missing Tommy to Dream before), ignoring Tommy’s visibly degrading physical health and only saying it’s not his time to die when seeing Tommy’s suicidal, taking the party invites from Ghostbur to isolate Tommy more and convince him more that his friends hate him and lie about things Tubbo did for Tommy to think worse of himself (Saying Tubbo said L’manberg is better without Tommy, claiming Tubbo burnt the ‘’Your Tommy’’ compass etc.). It got to the point where Tommy said that he felt like Dream was ‘’more of an owner than a friend’’.
Dream was awful to Tommy in exile, not to mention Dream blew up Tommy’s home twice where Tommy griefed none of Dream’s buildings? I think the only thing Dream built was the Community house which Dream destroyed himself. Not to mention EVERYONE on the server griefs each other's houses, just last week Puffy burned Ant and Ponk’s homes. Dream destroyed Tommy’s home three times (and six times if you count Tommy’s actual house and Logshire) and I don’t believe Tommy destroyed any of Dream’s builds, and even if he did that doesn’t make him any worse than the rest of the ENTIRE SERVER where this behaviour is normalized.
Tommy asking Dream to put his armour and weapons in a hole once is not the same as Dream doing it to Tommy every day. Tommy was getting rid of Dream’s armour so he could kill him because Tommy didn’t know prison was an option at that point and assumed he had to kill Dream so that Dream wouldn’t find another time to try and kill Tubbo. It was in self-defence because if they let Dream go free there might be a time where the whole server isn’t around and Dream will kill Tubbo and kidnap Tommy (Not to mention Dream might be able to sneakily complete his other goals as well, like kidnap Skeppy to control Bad etc.). Dream knew that Tommy was making him take off his armour to do this. The definition of manipulation is a type of influence that aims to change the behaviour or perception of others through indirect, deceptive, or underhanded tactics. Dream made Tommy put his armour in a hole every day to establish a routine where he will appear helpful and nice to Tommy like a friend by not making him take off his armour one day or helping him gain back equal/less to what he took away from him. This is manipulation, he is tricking Tommy into thinking he is being kind while he takes away his protection and stops him from being able to progress past a certain point to a healthier place of survival.
Also, I want to quickly point out that Tommy putting Dream in the prison isn’t abuse. Tommy had no idea that the prison was inhumane and based on his visits Tommy still does not know the prison is inhumane. He doesn’t know that Sam is withholding food from Dream as punishment. And yes when Tommy first visited Dream he started saying he was Dream’s friend and took his clock but Tommy caught himself and stopped. Tommy found himself unable to go through with the actions leaving the clock for Dream and went back to admitting he does not like Dream. We cannot compare Tommy almost repeating Dream’s abusive behaviour but stopping himself to Dream actually doing abusive behaviour that (as far as we know) does not come from being abused as a child. Tommy not repeating Dream’s abusive behaviour is actually an amazing step forward as research suggests one-third of victims of abuse will go on to abuse others and certain factors have been found to make it more likely for the victim to repeat their abuser’s behaviour are that the abuse that started early in life (Tommy was 16), the abuse that lasted a long time (Cannon time is strange but we vaguely know it lasted a ‘’long time’’), abuse in which the perpetrator had a close relationship to the victim (Tommy and Dream knew each other for a long time already and were even friends at one point and allies at another), and abuse that the child experienced as particularly harmful (Tommy nearly committed suicide).
Now Tommy using spirit to attempt and get Dream to lower the walls around L’manberg is different as well. Tommy made it clear that Dream knew exactly what he was doing and again he was doing it to try to protect L’manberg. Was it right? No. But at this point Dream has been taunting Tommy throughout the entire negotiation and Tommy is very emotional and anger-fueled so he lashed out. He was only planning on using spirit to make sure that Dream wouldn’t hurt him and Tubbo ever again as even with the treaty Dream still is going to constantly be fighting Tommy for the discs, and Tommy is tired at this point, only wanting ‘’things to go back to normal’’. Also by the end of Tommy’s exile, he realizes that he was starting to go down a dark path and that he should have listened to Tubbo and let things be resolved peacefully (Even though we as the audience know from Puffy's streams that Dream would have found another excuse to exile Tommy). In the end, Dream had already cut off his attachments so he didn’t care, so Tommy was not manipulating Dream. Spirit was something Tommy assumed Dream wanted, not something Dream needed to survive. I would use this as an example of Dream manipulating Tommy (and Tubbo but I assume that everyone was able to pick up on that, so I won’t go into further detail), as we know that Dream was going to exile Tommy no matter what (He was already destroying others builds and leaving signs around to frame Tommy for them). So taking that information into account would explain all of Dream’s consistent taunting towards Tommy through the entire negotiation and some of the less than saint-like sentences he said to him. Dream was trying to get Tommy to snap, he was manipulating Tommy into doing something rash so that he’d be able to get him exiled.
But C!Tommy said ‘’We [Tommy and Dream] abused each other’’. On a meta-level, it honestly sounded like irl!Tommy just had a slip of the tongue live and had to run with it. On a character level, we have to consider that this is Tommy’s words, not the truth. Every DSMP character is an unreliable narrator to some point, sometimes what they say is 100% true but most times it shouldn’t be taken as gospel. Tommy’s main coping mechanism is denial. He denied that he was still affected by PTSD after Dream was locked up despite his inability to feel safe in Nether, his fear of height/lava etc. the list of Tommy’s lingering trauma could go on for hours. Tommy denies that bad things happened to him to seem like a ‘’big man’’, one of the reasons he has yet to open up to everyone about what happened to him in exile. Tommy even still struggles to admit that Wilbur hurt him. Tommy wants to feel in control, especially after Dream spent so long taking Tommy’s control away from him, saying ‘’we abuse each other’’ makes it seem like Dream and Tommy were on equal playing fields, when most of the time Dream had more power over Tommy. This also stops Tommy from having to admit to Sam that Dream can get to him, that he isn’t ‘’strong’’ and ‘’powerful’’ all the time. Many victims of abuse do this, Walster (1966) has suggested that the reason for this is that victims don’t like to think that such traumatic, uncontrollable events can happen to them. This causes them to try and find a cause or blame for the event happening which then makes the event somewhat controllable or avoidable and therefore enables them to protect themselves from it, the blame most commonly ends up being themselves.
In conclusion, Tommy never manipulated Dream and saying so is tipping dangerously close to victim-blaming. Which has the chance of affecting reality, many victims find that they do not wish to report their experience due to fear of being blamed or not believed due to victim-blaming. It’s fine if you want to explore C!Dream’s motivations or sympathize with his character but as a victim of abuse, I ask you to not excuse Dream’s actions towards Tommy during exile and to not say Tommy is the one that manipulated Dream.Tommy and Dream did not ''manipulate each other''.Analysis//rpTW: Fictional manipulation, abuse and suicide idealizationAfter viewing a couple of posts claiming that C!Tommy is manipulating C!Dream, I felt compelled to make analysis post covering it. So after trying my best to re-watch some of the VODS from an unbiased perspective I have come to the firm conclusion that Tommy has not manipulated Dream. Here is my evidence to disprove the evidence those that think Tommy has manipulated Dream have given:Calling Dream ‘’MAA FRIEND’’ is not Tommy’s way of a pity grab, it’s a nervous reaction which he says whenever he’s in a very difficult situation (Ex. When Techno caught him hiding in his house). If Tommy was trying to be manipulative he would say things like ‘’I thought we were friends?’’ in a very hurt broken way, not loudly screaming. ‘’My friend’’ is Tommy’s nervous instinct to try and convince himself he’s not in danger.Calling Dream ‘’my friend’’ is not the same as Dream purposefully isolating Tommy all by himself and then taking away his only defence (armour and weapons) every day and destroying it with the same thing that destroyed Tommy’s home, insisting he is the only person that cares about Tommy and claiming all his friends hate him (When Dream knows that’s not true as Tubbo had mentioned missing Tommy to Dream before), ignoring Tommy’s visibly degrading physical health and only saying it’s not his time to die when seeing Tommy’s suicidal, taking the party invites from Ghostbur to isolate Tommy more and convince him more that his friends hate him and lie about things Tubbo did for Tommy to think worse of himself (Saying Tubbo said L’manberg is better without Tommy, claiming Tubbo burnt the ‘’Your Tommy’’ compass etc.). It got to the point where Tommy said that he felt like Dream was ‘’more of an owner than a friend’’.Dream was awful to Tommy in exile, not to mention Dream blew up Tommy’s home twice where Tommy griefed none of Dream’s buildings? I think the only thing Dream built was the Community house which Dream destroyed himself. Not to mention EVERYONE on the server griefs each other's houses, just last week Puffy burned Ant and Ponk’s homes. Dream destroyed Tommy’s home three times (and six times if you count Tommy’s actual house and Logshire) and I don’t believe Tommy destroyed any of Dream’s builds, and even if he did that doesn’t make him any worse than the rest of the ENTIRE SERVER where this behaviour is normalized.Tommy asking Dream to put his armour and weapons in a hole once is not the same as Dream doing it to Tommy every day. Tommy was getting rid of Dream’s armour so he could kill him because Tommy didn’t know prison was an option at that point and assumed he had to kill Dream so that Dream wouldn’t find another time to try and kill Tubbo. It was in self-defence because if they let Dream go free there might be a time where the whole server isn’t around and Dream will kill Tubbo and kidnap Tommy (Not to mention Dream might be able to sneakily complete his other goals as well, like kidnap Skeppy to control Bad etc.). Dream knew that Tommy was making him take off his armour to do this. The definition of manipulation is a type of influence that aims to change the behaviour or perception of others through indirect, deceptive, or underhanded tactics. Dream made Tommy put his armour in a hole every day to establish a routine where he will appear helpful and nice to Tommy like a friend by not making him take off his armour one day or helping him gain back equal/less to what he took away from him. This is manipulation, he is tricking Tommy into thinking he is being kind while he takes away his protection and stops him from being able to progress past a certain point to a healthier place of survival.Also, I want to quickly point out that Tommy putting Dream in the prison isn’t abuse. Tommy had no idea that the prison was inhumane and based on his visits Tommy still does not know the prison is inhumane. He doesn’t know that Sam is withholding food from Dream as punishment. And yes when Tommy first visited Dream he started saying he was Dream’s friend and took his clock but Tommy caught himself and stopped. Tommy found himself unable to go through with the actions leaving the clock for Dream and went back to admitting he does not like Dream. We cannot compare Tommy almost repeating Dream’s abusive behaviour but stopping himself to Dream actually doing abusive behaviour that (as far as we know) does not come from being abused as a child. Tommy not repeating Dream’s abusive behaviour is actually an amazing step forward as research suggests one-third of victims of abuse will go on to abuse others and certain factors have been found to make it more likely for the victim to repeat their abuser’s behaviour are that the abuse that started early in life (Tommy was 16), the abuse that lasted a long time (Cannon time is strange but we vaguely know it lasted a ‘’long time’’), abuse in which the perpetrator had a close relationship to the victim (Tommy and Dream knew each other for a long time already and were even friends at one point and allies at another), and abuse that the child experienced as particularly harmful (Tommy nearly committed suicide).Now Tommy using spirit to attempt and get Dream to lower the walls around L’manberg is different as well. Tommy made it clear that Dream knew exactly what he was doing and again he was doing it to try to protect L’manberg. Was it right? No. But at this point Dream has been taunting Tommy throughout the entire negotiation and Tommy is very emotional and anger-fueled so he lashed out. He was only planning on using spirit to make sure that Dream wouldn’t hurt him and Tubbo ever again as even with the treaty Dream still is going to constantly be fighting Tommy for the discs, and Tommy is tired at this point, only wanting ‘’things to go back to normal’’. Also by the end of Tommy’s exile, he realizes that he was starting to go down a dark path and that he should have listened to Tubbo and let things be resolved peacefully (Even though we as the audience know from Puffy's streams that Dream would have found another excuse to exile Tommy). In the end, Dream had already cut off his attachments so he didn’t care, so Tommy was not manipulating Dream. Spirit was something Tommy assumed Dream wanted, not something Dream needed to survive. I would use this as an example of Dream manipulating Tommy (and Tubbo but I assume that everyone was able to pick up on that, so I won’t go into further detail), as we know that Dream was going to exile Tommy no matter what (He was already destroying others builds and leaving signs around to frame Tommy for them). So taking that information into account would explain all of Dream’s consistent taunting towards Tommy through the entire negotiation and some of the less than saint-like sentences he said to him. Dream was trying to get Tommy to snap, he was manipulating Tommy into doing something rash so that he’d be able to get him exiled.But C!Tommy said ‘’We [Tommy and Dream] abused each other’’. On a meta-level, it honestly sounded like irl!Tommy just had a slip of the tongue live and had to run with it. On a character level, we have to consider that this is Tommy’s words, not the truth. Every DSMP character is an unreliable narrator to some point, sometimes what they say is 100% true but most times it shouldn’t be taken as gospel. Tommy’s main coping mechanism is denial. He denied that he was still affected by PTSD after Dream was locked up despite his inability to feel safe in Nether, his fear of height/lava etc. the list of Tommy’s lingering trauma could go on for hours. Tommy denies that bad things happened to him to seem like a ‘’big man’’, one of the reasons he has yet to open up to everyone about what happened to him in exile. Tommy even still struggles to admit that Wilbur hurt him. Tommy wants to feel in control, especially after Dream spent so long taking Tommy’s control away from him, saying ‘’we abuse each other’’ makes it seem like Dream and Tommy were on equal playing fields, when most of the time Dream had more power over Tommy. This also stops Tommy from having to admit to Sam that Dream can get to him, that he isn’t ‘’strong’’ and ‘’powerful’’ all the time. Many victims of abuse do this, Walster (1966) has suggested that the reason for this is that victims don’t like to think that such traumatic, uncontrollable events can happen to them. This causes them to try and find a cause or blame for the event happening which then makes the event somewhat controllable or avoidable and therefore enables them to protect themselves from it, the blame most commonly ends up being themselves.In conclusion, Tommy never manipulated Dream and saying so is tipping dangerously close to victim-blaming. Which has the chance of affecting reality, many victims find that they do not wish to report their experience due to fear of being blamed or not believed due to victim-blaming. It’s fine if you want to explore C!Dream’s motivations or sympathize with his character but as a victim of abuse, I ask you to not excuse Dream’s actions towards Tommy during exile and to not say Tommy is the one that manipulated Dream.
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off-and-odd-again · 2 months ago
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Hello Tumblr, today I offer you some Thoughts™ on Ranboo's character. I'd say that they're theories, but honestly I really don't have the willpower to delve through hours of stream content to prove them, so just consider these to be some fun headcanons/speculations.
(all names from here on out are gonna be referring to the canon characters btw, not the content creators!)
Anyways
I think Ranboo's other half is Dream. (sort of. I'll see if I can explain this lmao.)
I think we all already know that Ranboo and Dream are somehow interconnected. I get that the voice in Ranboo's head isn't actually Dream, and instead is just the manifestation of his paranoia, but I do think there's a reason that it's specifically his voice. Consider the fact that it's literally just Dream. It'd make sense in character for him to have other voices—for instance, having Technoblade's voice be representative of the guilt he felt for not stepping in to help save L'manburg, or Tubbo's or Fundy's voices show up to be the voices of his regrets of not being there for his friends. We've also seen the precedent for multiple voices being a canon thing as well—take Techno as a super obvious example.
But nope, it's just him.
We also see this interconnectedness play out with the sheer amount of smiley faces present on the streams—like good lord man, it's become sort of a meme that ":)" is a guaranteed way to make chat freak out, but honestly if you just look around, you'll see them everywhere, from stream titles, to the in-game chat, to Ranboo's literal twitter. Just. A plethora of symbolism.
Dream and Ranboo also have a lot of shared personality traits. Both characters tend to not be involved with a lot of political conflict, tend to keep to themselves, and want the same thing for the server, for them to stop conflict and be "one big happy family". (Also, just a side note, why the fuck have I seen nobody talk about the fact that Ranboo just dropped that line in one of his streams? Like?? Hello?? Clear parallels.)
(also a bit of parallels that were definitely not intended to be canon but I think are funny:
- they're both faceless streamers who became incredibly successful
- despite being incredibly rich in-game, both have a bit of a housing problem (Dream's homelessness and the fact that up until recently Ranboo lived in a literal shack)
- fucking. Tales of the smp. Dream literally plays a character that's Ranboo's descendant, despite the fact that Ranboo was literally on the stream as well. (Like Ranboo could've easily played Ranbob, and it would've honestly made much more sense.) Also the fact that Ranbob is literally the rp equivalent of a Dream stan? Sus.)
Now, you may be asking yourself, "okay, Tumblr user off-and-odd-again, that's all well and good, but how the hell would that even work? You can't just make half of your character someone else entirely!" And to that, I say, you have a point. I think I might be crazy.
But, on the off chance that I'm not, let me explain to you How I Think This Would All Work™.
Y'know how in Harry Potter, Voldemort uses horcruxes to split his soul? (okay, quick side note. I actually haven't read harry potter in a very long time. But it's the easiest analogy I can make.) I think that's essentially what Dream's done to Ranboo. In an effort to preserve himself and not die by the hands of the other server members, Dream's essentially taken one of his canon lives and split it to where half of it is contained in an enderman, so if he were to lose all of his canon lives, he'd still be able to survive.
I also might have some evidence to back this one up!
(by the way! I actually don't know a whole ton about Dream's lore, so if I'm wrong about something and any of you Stans™ see this, please don't kill me.)
- it's clearly established that Dream knows some stuff about canon lives. Like. The whole reason this motherfucker is still alive is because he knows how to raise the dead.
- Dream's also been pretty secretive in the past about how many canon lives he's on. Like up until the finale stream, it wasn't known how many lives he had left. (I also believe that he's currently technically on half a life in the prison right now. I'd rewatch the prison visit streams that Tommy & Co. have done to find some evidence for this but honestly I'm too lazy lmao)
- it would honestly perfectly explain what's been happening in the Enderwalk state as well. Like, if Dream's really only on half a life, it would make sense for Dream's other half to try and reconnect to himself in order to ensure his own safety, which is evident in the prison visits and the pretty obvious implications that Ranboo's Enderwalk state is trying to break him out. (I'd write a whole other post about this but I'm too tired).
I'm not entirely sure how to conclude this whole fucking thing but hey, I'd absolutely love to hear your thoughts on this. Am I missing something that would clearly disprove this? Probably. Lemme know!
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dipulb3 · 2 months ago
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Analysis: Is the GOP's extremist wing now too big to fail?
New Post has been published on https://appradab.com/analysis-is-the-gops-extremist-wing-now-too-big-to-fail/
Analysis: Is the GOP's extremist wing now too big to fail?
Those choices unfolded against a backdrop of recent polls that found a stunningly high percentage of rank-and-file Republican voters endorsed anti- small-d democratic sentiments, including the belief that “the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.”
Voters sympathetic to these conspiracy theories and the use or threat of violence as a political tool, says Daniel Cox, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who supervised the poll, have become “a really important faction that the Republican Party is going to have to address. There is a part of the GOP that is really buying into this stuff.”
While Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has called conspiracy theorists like Greene a “cancer” on the party and denounced Trump’s role in the riot, the recent decision by House Republicans to accept the Georgia Republican into the conference, and the overwhelming refusal by House or Senate Republicans — including McConnell — to sanction Trump, suggests the party has very limited appetite at this point for any serious effort to excise that disease. And that could provide more oxygen to the White nationalist extremist groups that have viewed Trump as a galvanizing figure and already gained strength during his presidency.
Through their inactions on Trump and Greene, Republicans “are normalizing, they are mainstreaming, what counterterrorism experts would say is violent extremism: that it is acceptable to use inflammatory rhetoric and encourage violence to achieve your ends and … it is acceptable to engage in public life through conspiracy theories,” says Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary for threat prevention in the Department of Homeland Security for Trump who resigned and opposed his reelection.
The fact that threats from Senate Republicans to tie up legislative business helped persuade Democrats to withdraw their demands for witnesses at Trump’s trial only underscores how difficult it will be to resist the infiltration of extremist ideas and tactics into the political system so long as the GOP is determined to avoid confronting it.
That deference inside the GOP “is a sign, a recognition, that this ideology, this belief, this tribalism is the ascendant part of the Republican coalition,” says longtime Republican consultant Michael Madrid, who became a staunch Trump critic over the past four years. Elected Republicans bowing to Trump and Greene, he says, “are feeding the beast” of the growing party faction drawn to extremist beliefs and tactics.
“I don’t think most of them believe it; but they know that’s where the party is at,” Madrid adds. “They have fed the monster for so long that even when it turns on them, when the barbarians are literally at the gate … when they were the targets and they were prey, they still will not turn on it. That’s how dangerous is the societal threat that we are facing.”
Sympathizing with the rioters
The exact share of the GOP coalition responsive to extremist White nationalist beliefs or the use of violence to advance political goals is impossible to measure precisely. But polling and other research suggests that the best way to think about it may be through concentric circles radiating out from hard-core believers willing to commit violence themselves to a much broader range of GOP voters who might not become violent personally but express sympathy or understanding for those who do.
The inner circle are the extremists actively participating in potentially violent White nationalist extremism. Neumann recently told me that number might total about 75,000 to 100,000 people.
But polling has found a larger group of Republicans expressing sympathy for the attack on the Capitol — and a much larger group than that expressing sympathy more generally for the belief that the threats to American society as they define it have grown so great that force or violence is justified to respond to them.
One-sixth to nearly one-fifth of Republicans have praised the January 6 attack in polling from PBS NewsHour/Marist and Quinnipiac. That’s a far higher percentage than among the public overall (just 8% in the Marist survey and 10% in Quinnipiac.) In the American Enterprise Institute poll, about 3-in-10 Republicans said they believed the QAnon conspiracy theory.
The share of Republican voters who express support for the use of force to advance their political goals in general is considerably larger. In the American Enterprise Institute survey, 55% of Republicans agreed that “we may have to use force to save” the “American way of life.” Roughly 4-in-10 agreed with an even more harshly worded proposition: “If elected leaders will not protect America, the people must do it themselves even if it requires taking violent actions.”
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The share of Republicans who “strongly agree” with that sentiment — about 1 in 8 — is smaller and may be another measure of the share of the party coalition willing to personally consider violence. But even so, Republican opinion on these questions dramatically stands out from other Americans. Big majorities of Democrats and independents rejected both propositions.
“It’s pretty shocking,” says Cox, the director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Survey Center on American Life. “When you look at those kind of statements, and realize how extreme that they are, it is absolutely concerning that they find a significant amount of support [among Republicans].”
The institute’s new survey is far from the only study to document the spread of anti-democratic ideas, conspiracy theories and tolerance for violence within the GOP coalition. The institute’s results almost exactly mirrored the findings of a national 2020 survey by Vanderbilt University political scientist Larry Bartels. Bartels found 51% of Republicans agreed with the statement that “we may have to use force” to save “the traditional American way of life.” In his study, just over 4-in-10 backed an idea similar to the second American Enterprise Institute question: the belief that “A time will come when patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands.”
Even more Republicans, of course, have consistently told pollsters they accept Trump’s baseless claim that the election was stolen — even though his “evidence” was rejected by courts all over the country, including by many Republican judges. In the American Enterprise Institute poll, fully half of Republicans said the attack on the Capitol was engineered not by Trump supporters but by Antifa, a loose affiliation of leftist protesters — a claim utterly disproved by the evidence.
And a huge share of Republican voters has seconded Trump’s apocalyptic warnings — delivered even in his speech on the morning of the Capitol riot — that Democrats were trying to steal “our country” and transform it into something unrecognizable. In a mid-January poll by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, two-thirds of Republicans said that when Trump leaves office “America as we know it will be over” and three-fourths described him as a “true patriot.”
Bullying goes mainstream
The sheer number of Republican voters aligning with all of those beliefs creates a huge headwind for those in the party who want to take a stronger stand against extremism and violence by isolating Greene and castigating Trump for inciting the attack.
“It puts you in a difficult position to say in a full-throated way that this is wrong, and we reject it,” says Cox. “That’s what people are rightly worried about — that we need to come to a consensus that certain behaviors are well outside what is acceptable and need to be wholeheartedly rejected.” At this point, he adds, within the GOP, “we’re not seeing that.”
Robert P. Jones, founder and CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, agrees. All these findings about Republican voters’ tolerance for violence and conspiracy theories, he says, present “a chilling portrait of how far down the extremist tracks rank-and-file Republicans have gone with Trump.”
While “there were numerous opportunities over the last four years for historically mainstream Republicans to throw the switch and find an exit ramp,” he adds, the attitudes Trump has solidified in the GOP base now make that much harder. “Trump and Trumpism is now a runaway train that is not going to be easily derailed within the Republican Party,” he says.
Neumann, the counterterrorism expert, notes that by accepting Greene into their conference, Republicans have sent a clear signal to extremist groups that they do not consider it disqualifying to engage in extreme behavior such as her belligerent harassment of David Hogg, the teenage survivor of a school shooting and gun control activist.
“They just legitimized a person that used tactics I would say 10 years ago, even five years ago, would have been abhorrent to the Republican Party,” Neumann told me. “But President Trump has made bullying a key figure of the Republican Party now, so they know they can’t condemn that behavior because they know the base loves it.”
Another dynamic further complicates the situation for mainstream Republicans. The GOP voters most likely to justify violence and express extremist anti-democratic ideas tend to be those also most receptive to the views that studies have shown are the best predictor of support for Trump: hostility to the demographic and cultural changes remaking America.
As Bartels wrote in his study, “The strongest predictor by far of these antidemocratic attitudes is ethnic antagonism — especially concerns about the political power and claims on government resources of immigrants, African-Americans, and Latinos.”
The new American Enterprise Institute study underlines his conclusion, according to previously unpublished data provided to Appradab. In that survey, a striking three-fourths of Republicans agreed with the statement that discrimination against Whites is now as great a problem in the US as discrimination against Blacks and other minorities. Social scientists view agreement with that question as a measure of denial of the existence of systemic racism in American society.
The big majority of Republicans who consider discrimination against Whites as great a problem as discrimination against minorities were far more likely than those who disagree to endorse anti-democratic ideas. More than three-fifths of those worried about discrimination against Whites agreed that “we may have to use force” to save “the traditional American way of life.” Among the Republicans who believe minorities face more discrimination than Whites, nearly three-fourths disagreed with that statement. Nearly half of the Republicans who see widespread bias against Whites say Americans must consider violent action; almost four-fifths of the other Republicans reject that idea.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the American Enterprise Institute survey also found that anti-democratic and extremist attitudes had penetrated most deeply in the portions of the GOP coalition that have provided the most die-hard support for Trump, including Republican voters without college degrees and White Christian evangelicals. Nearly three-fifths of White evangelical Christian Republicans said Antifa was mostly responsible for the attack on the Capitol, Cox found.
Tolerating extremism
An online study of Trump supporters conducted by two political scientists also spotlighted the role of racial and cultural anxiety in the spread of anti-democratic ideas through the GOP coalition. Political scientists Rachel M. Blum, an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, and Christopher Sebastian Parker of the University of Washington have recruited Trump supporters to participate in an ongoing internet study of their attitudes.
After the assault on the Capitol, they asked if protesters “went too far … causing lasting damage at home and abroad” or whether because “the election was stolen … it’s easy to understand why Trump supporters showed up to protest at the U.S. Capitol.” Trump supporters split in half on whether the protest was justified when the question noted the charges of fraud “in states like Pennsylvania and Georgia.” That result was stunning enough — but when the political scientists asked the same question while tying the fraud to “urban areas like Philadelphia and Atlanta, predominantly minority communities,” the share of Trump supporters who said they could “understand” the invasion shot up to nearly two-thirds.
In all their actions of the past few weeks — or more precisely the inaction against Trump and Greene — GOP leaders have signaled their unwillingness or inability to confront those sentiments too forcefully. Blum says that what appears to be happening inside the GOP is “an internal renegotiation that has dramatically changed which coalition members matter.” The pre-Trump traditional Republicans are losing influence, she says, while the party is responding to the hard-core Trump voters motivated by a “sense of [cultural] threat, White grievance.” It is, she adds, “like George Wallace rose from the grave” and imposed his priorities on the GOP.
These attitudes don’t suggest large numbers of Republican voters will pursue violent actions themselves; but, as the past few weeks show, they make it less likely that Republican leaders will clearly excommunicate such extremism.
“Without drawing that bright line, you are ceding your party to this: a party of not living in facts, that bullying is acceptable behavior and that violence is acceptable behavior if you are trying to preserve your ‘way of life,’ whatever that means,” says Neumann. “This will result in more people, especially within the echo chamber they are living in, seeing people that they disagree with as a mortal enemy, which for some small percentage of them translates into ‘I have a justification for violence.’ “
Madrid, one of the founders of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, agrees. The biggest challenge for the country, he argues, is not “the extremists” themselves but “the enablers” inside the GOP who are creating more oxygen for extremism to gain strength. The GOP’s situation, he says, resembles the dynamic in Northern Ireland with the Irish Republican Army during the years of their violent resistance to British rule.
“They would go out and blow things up,” Madrid says. “You could ask Irish Catholics who would say, ‘I’d never be part of the IRA, but I kind of get what they are doing … They are on the right side; they’ve got a point.’ And that’s where we are already at in the Republican Party, and that’s what that polling data suggests.”
This tacit acceptance of extremists and violence carries a clear political risk for the GOP: a continued loss of support among racially moderate voters in the white-collar suburbs who already moved steadily away from the party under Trump.
But if conspiracy theorists and other extremists solidify, or even expand, their beachhead in the GOP, the risk for the country could be much greater. The growing racial and religious diversity that triggers the retreat from democratic values among a growing number of GOP voters will only accelerate in the next decade. If the Republican Party does not find more will to explicitly renounce the dark forces circling around Trump, persistent outbursts of White nationalist political violence could be the deadly drumbeat for the years ahead.
“Clearly they think that’s where the base is and they can’t change it,” Neumann told me. “But I would argue we are at a moment where … if nobody steps up and tries to tell the truth and tries to lead people out of this echo chamber of stolen elections and [the belief that] violence is justified, that is catastrophic for the country. We will not survive as a democracy.”
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raveneira · 3 months ago
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Alright this extends from a twitter discussion, this is my counter argument to this post right here that they referenced, now this is my rebuttal.
You accepted that Ashura has reincarnated inside of you, instead of accepted that Ashura has reincarnated as you…. This makes me think that Ashura is just clinging to Naruto and isn’t actually him… Cause when people reincarnate they reincarnate as someone or something else, not inside of them, that’s more like a possession…
First off thats not how reincarnation works, several times in this post they make the argument that in order to be a true reincarnation that the two people have to be one and the same, this couldnt be further from the truth though.
Reincarnation, also known as rebirth or transmigration is the philosophical or religious belief that the non-physical essence of a living being begins a new life in a different physical form or body after biological death
In most beliefs involving reincarnation, the soul is seen as immortal and the only thing that becomes perishable is the body. Upon death, the soul becomes transmigrated into a new infant (or animal) to live again. The term transmigration means passing of soul from another body to another after-death.
THIS is how reincarnation works.
The body itself is not that of Ashura, but of Naruto, but Ashura’s SOUL is INSIDE Naruto’s body. They may have the same soul, but the new body functions largely as its own individual.
Take Inuyasha for example, Kagome is the reincarnation of Kikyo, she has no memories of Kikyo’s but she inherited her spiritual powers and affinity with a bow and also her love for Inuyasha. Kagome and Kikyo are separate individuals yes, but she still has Kikyo’s soul and her powers by extension. The same applies to Naruto, he and Ashura are different people yes, but he still has Ashura’s SOUL and as such his power, he also inherited his love for his brother Indra which was passed down to Hashirama for Madara, and then Naruto for Sasuke.
To clarify YES Kagome grew to love Inuyasha through her own experiences for her own reasoning, and Naruto grew to love Sasuke like a brother through his own experiences and for his own reasoning. But this was both DESTINED and FATED to happen because of who they were, or more specifically who they are inside. It was inevitable.
The individuals may be different, but as reincarnations they still inherited their past lives powers and bonds/feelings towards the person who was most precious to them before dying. In Kikyo’s case it was her strong love for Inuyasha passed on to Kagome, and in Ashura’s case it was his strong love for his brother Indra and desire to save him passed down to Naruto.
When Hashirama and Madara died, the transmigration cycle resumed. Naruto Uzumaki became the next inheritor of Asura's chakra and will, with Sasuke Uchiha inheriting Indra's chakra and will. 
This is from the Naruto wiki, but it is still an accurate description of what reincarnation is in Naruto, the transmigration of someones soul into another persons body, which is exactly what Hagoromo says happened with Naruto and Sasuke.
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It’s important to note Naruto is the only one who refers to it as being haunted by a ghost and possession, Hagoromo specifically says in EVERY instance that Naruto and Sasuke are reincarnations and that Ashura and Indra have reincarnated inside them, so to use Naruto’s words here as evidence is inaccurate, because Hagoromo specifically says reincarnation, not possession. 
In Hagoromo’s own character file refers to it as the transmigration of souls walking through an eternity of samara, making the argument of possession null and void.
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Saṃsāra is a Sanskrit word that means "world". It is also the concept of rebirth and "cyclicality of all life, matter, existence", a fundamental belief of most Indian religions. In short, it is the cycle of death and rebirth. Saṃsāra is sometimes referred to with terms or phrases such as transmigration, karmic cycle, reincarnation, and "cycle of aimless drifting, wandering or mundane existence"
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You accepted that Ashura has reincarnated inside of you, instead of accepted that Ashura has reincarnated as you…. This makes me think that Ashura is just clinging to Naruto and isn’t actually him… Cause when people reincarnate they reincarnate as someone or something else, not inside of them, that’s more like a possession…
So this statement right here ^ is thoroughly debunked.
The definition of reincarnation and possession is vastly different with how they function and honestly disproves your own point of them being different people, because in order to be possessed you have to be CONTROLED by another entity which Naruto and Sasuke are not.
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To possess is to take control over, if Indra and Ashura took control over them and have been in control their whole lives that means two twin brothers consciously developed romantic feelings for eachother by your logic, which is even worse than them just being reincarnations.
Possession is a term more accurate for Edo Tensei or Karma, not reincarnation.
So what am I getting at here? Reincarnation in Naruto doesnt mean being considered the same person as the deceased, it just means you have their soul, it DOES NOT MEAN Naruto is Ashura, he still has his own identity, but part of that identity is influenced by Ashura.
Hagoromo actually refers to it in several ways but they all essentially have the same meaning.
‘Ashura’s chakra is clinging about you’ 
‘Ashura’s presence inside you’ 
‘Ashura has reincarnated as you’ 
‘Ashura has reincarnated inside you’.
All different phrases, but carry the same meaning, Ashura’s soul reincarnated inside of Naruto, and Indra’s soul reincarnated inside Sasuke.
Your putting too much emphasis on the wording rather than the meaning.
 Ashura clearly influenced Naruto in many ways despite them being separate people, by having the same soul its only natural that Naruto would inherit many of Ashura’s traits. Hagoromo himself points out how much like Ashura he is.
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So their not really that different after all. Ashura’s soul still had alot of influence on Naruto’s beliefs, personality, and ideals as well as his strong bond with Sasuke. Naruto may have reached those conclusions in his own way through his own experiences but the result remained the same as Ashura’s due to his influence from inside him.
However although their not the same person physically, I think its important to note they are the same person spiritually. They still have their own unique chakra signatures that can be distinguished by certain ocular jutsu’s, but they are still overall the same spiritually with the same soul and chakra.
Naruto Uzumaki became the next inheritor of Asura's chakra and will, with Sasuke Uchiha inheriting Indra's chakra and will.
Again this is from the wiki, but it still accurately depicts what happened. They are different people, but they still inherited Indra and Ashura’s will from having their souls inside them.
Dont misunderstand, Naruto and Sasuke still have their own wills too and not all of their decisions and feelings extend from Indra and Ashura, Im just saying that they had an INFLUENCE on them in several aspects of their lives, but they still formed their own bonds and relationships through their own life experiences. Zetsu even comments on how Naruto and Sasuke are cooperating closely together more than any other reincarnate before them, proving they are still their own person capable of doing things their own way.
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The fact that Naruto was able to succeed where Hashirama and Ashura failed is also proof of their individuality, but that was also predestined to happen.
Ultimately, Naruto managed to succeed in Asura's final goal which all other reincarnations failed at: end the rift between the two lines of the reincarnated brothers. Naruto achieved this after defeating Sasuke, who then finally accepted Naruto's ideals.
Everything I said for Naruto applies to Sasuke so I dont really need to reiterate it.
Onto the next point.
My point is that Indra and Ashura clung to people of their bloodline that was a lot like them, in terms of personality or ambitions, and thereby were reincarnated… So Naruto and Sasuke aren’t brothers and instead are just possessed by brothers..
This is impossible, because Indra and Ashura didnt possess Naruto and Sasuke like I said, but reincarnated inside them not long after they were born once both previous reincarnates were dead, meaning Indra and Ashura had NO idea what Naruto and Sasuke’s personalities or ambitions would be later in life. Their not psychic, they cant see the future so this argument is invalid. 
They simply reincarnated inside Naruto and Sasuke because they were newborns and Hashirama was already dead, so all that was needed was for Madara to die which didnt happen till years later when Naruto and Sasuke were born. Once Sasuke was born Indra reincarnated into him, and when Naruto was born Ashura reincarnated into him. Naruto and Sasuke just happened to be born at the right time, there was nothing more to it than that.
So now that we’re done with the reincarnation counter argument, now for why NaruSasu is problematic because of it and yes, they are in fact brothers.
For starters going off what I said about reincarnation alone already makes things problematic, infact it is the MAIN reason its problematic. Just because Naruto and Sasuke arent literally Indra and Ashura doesnt change the fact that they have their SOULS, meaning they are literally SOUL brothers, do you really not see the problem with two guys who were TWIN brothers in their past lives to be romantically involved? come on now.
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Here he says that he and Sasuke aren’t true brothers, which means that they’re not actually related despite being reincarnated from brothers.. Which again, to my knowledge, if you’re reincarnated from brothers you’d still be brothers… But he says that they’re not…
This is flawed on so many levels, as I’ve already explained how reincarnation works in both Naruto and Japanese beliefs they are SOUL brothers. If your soul was reincarnated into a new body, and your brother or sisters soul was reincarnated into another body, would you want your reincarnates in a romantic relationship with eachother? I know I wouldnt, because as shown in Naruto Indra and Ashura are still very much conscious inside them, which means they are AWARE of whats happening, they just dont have control over them.
Even if they WERENT conscious its irrelevant, because the core issue is that they are THERE and they are BROTHERS, this is not incest in a physical sense, but in a spiritual sense this is very much an incetuous ship as they share both body and soul, that is still VERY problematic because they are STILL brothers, not by blood, but by soul.
While Naruto does say that he sees Sasuke as a brother several times, it doesn’t seem like that at all… To me it seems more like a crush that he doesn’t realize he has, or a crush he isn’t ready to believe he has…
Thats all speculation and how you choose to perceive things, but there is beyond enough evidence that proves it wrong which I’ll go more in depth in another post I’ll link back to here. But honestly theres not only tons of evidence that proves it wrong, theres literally nothing anywhere in canon that suggests romantic feelings between them in the first place. Thats a fact not an opinion.
Want my more condensed version of why NaruSasu are brothers refer to my twitter thread here
But just to add one of my points here, which is the other biggest reason NaruSasu is problematic, is that they are ACTUAL brothers.
I know right? I just said their not Indra and Ashura and are their own person how are they brothers? simple, thats true only for the show, however theres one other key factor that makes any argument you try to pull from the show for WHY their not brothers null and void. Which is that they are brothers by DESIGN.
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Unfortunately the link is no longer available but this persons summary is pretty much what Kishimoto said. And the one above it is an actual sceenshot from when the site was still up.
From the beginning they were modeled after two real life brothers, Kishimoto and his twin brother Seishi, that was always the INTENT when making Naruto and Sasuke’s bond, so regardless of if their brothers by blood, by soul, or by bond, they are brothers by design, theres not a single argument you can come up with that’ll change that.
So in conclusion, yes, Sasuke and Naruto are real brothers by design, so for some people to call it incest is not far from the truth, because to ship Naruto and Sasuke your essentially shipping Kishimoto and his Twin brother.
I didnt wanna make this too long, so I focused on just the reincarnation aspect as that was the main point of the argument, and saved the other stuff about their relationship for another post so there wouldnt have to be a ton of scrolling on one post. But honestly? I think this post sums it up pretty well on WHY shipping this is problematic, you dont HAVE to stop shipping it if you dont want to, Im just pointing out why saying they are not brothers is factually incorrect.
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skyeblue379 · 3 months ago
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So let’s talk about the newest episode of WandVision there is of course a spoiler warning from this point on
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First let’s talk about theories disproved
So the town is made up of the citizens of westview( as far as we know ) the fact the several citizens actors such as the milkman, mailman , and “norm” were shields of agents in previous movies is a conciedence
It’s looking like Anges is a regular citizen not Agatha Harkness, who in the comics was one of the original witches of Salem, a mentor of scarlet witch who was eventually killed by her when she went crazy and almost destroyed the multiverse, but as she was not one the citizens who was identified there is still a chance but we’ll have to wait and see
Okay so let’s talk about what still up in the air theory wise and what we do know thus far
Let’s talk about Mephisto
i still believe that this is how Marvel is choosing to introduce him since he plays an important part in wandas story arch in the comics ( for those who don’t know Wanda creates the twins using a bit of his power/soul and he arranges for them to be stolen by his minion Master pandemonium who uses them as Arms to try and regain Mephisto’s stolen power ( yes you read that right the 80s were wild)
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I still believe that he is the one orchestrating everything behind the scenes but I have a new theory on who he is or at least one I have seen but I’m sure is out there cause let’s be honest I’m not that creative lol
I think during the aftermath of the snap Mephisto took advantage of the chaos to take the identity of Hayward the new leader of SWORD
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Think about he could’ve seen that there was a chance to take power in the upcoming new agency and knowing marvel they might pull an ego, he might’ve had a had in hand in Maria’s death to make sure that he got control of SWORD and to have Monica have a personal investment in this fight
If we go with this theory that explains why he seems to have vendetta to make out Wanda as the villain and dangerous and why we didn’t see the “ footage “ of Wanda stealing visions body my guess is he is trying to alienate wanda from everyone else so she’ll have no where to turn
The reason I think this isn’t entirely wanda is because while in the comics Wanda is one of the most powerful mutants in the entire multi-verse thus far in the mcu she hasn’t shown that level of power and while I would LOVE if they gave Wanda the power and recognition she deserves I don’t think that’s going to happen given The writers treatment Of the marvel women so far and if given the chance they will make the all powerful villain who manipulating the poor defenseless female who couldn’t help but fall for his evil schemes * cue southern lady hand to forehead swoon*(oh I’m going to piss off some fanboys with that one lol) but really think about it Hollywood as a whole doesn’t like bestowing the mantle of most powerful on women or POC especially in action movies which , whether or not you want to admit it , as a genre is engineered to please cisgender straight white men but that’s a whole other debate and I’m already going off enough tangents as is
I don’t think that it was wanda who left the boundary or if it was I don’t think it was entirely of her own volition I think it was a tactic to further villify Wanda in the eyes of SWORD and cementing the distrust of her by them so Hayward can weaponize SWORD against Wanda and Vision
Expanding on that based on what We’ve seen so far from the eps and the previews it’s going to end up being a battle between SWORD/ Mesphisto who is manipulating everything and everyone to make it seem like it’s Wanda controling the town against Wanda and Vision, with the help of Darcy, agent Jimmy Woo, and Monica after they begin to realize what’s happening
Moving on to Wandas role
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So I agree with Visions assement that while Wanda Wasn’t initially consciously aware of what was going on she “ woke up “ at some point is now actively manipulating her surroundings and while she doesn’t want to directly hurt anyone as evident by her protecting Monica while sending her flying through walls and the barrier which could’ve killed her but should’ve at least broken a several bones but she came out with out a scratch
We can see that she knows what she’s doing is wrong but the looks of guilt when confronted with what she is doing she is trying to make sure the citizens are living as normal as possible as seen when she mentions making sure they mow their lawns and make it to their dentist appts and she thinks by controling them she’s making it easier on them but she knows it’s wrong like for example when billy and tommy ask her to bring sparky back to life the look on her face when she tells them there are certain things you can’t mess with and Vision walking up right as she says that I’m guessing within the next couple of episodes she admit to herself that what is happening is wrong
The Twins
So far in the series we see that Billy and Tommy at least posses some of their mother’s power as seen as they can age up seemingly by will power
In the comics billy becomes Wiccan , who takes after his mother’s powers and tommy is speed who inherited his uncles super speed but we have yet to see if these powers will transfer into the show
Side note if they try and change wiccans or speeds sexualities which in the comics wiccan was canonically gay and in a long term relationship hulking, who he eventually married , and Speed who was bisexual and in a relationship with prodigy I will riot
I’m guessing that mephisto is going to take the twins leading to Wanda joining dr strange in his show traveling the multi-verse in trying to find them or some version of them since we can only assume that’s how they are introducing the introducing mutants to the mcu
Speaking of introducing mutants to the MCU
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So at the very end of the episode they get a surprise visitor- quicksilver (which several ppl saw coming ) we see that the X-mans Quicksilver arrive at the door
While I am glad that they are reintroducing Quicksilver as his early death was my biggest problem with age of ultron, we will have to wait and see how this pans out in regards to the series as a whole
When we hear the knock we are being lead to assume same as vision that it is another diversion by Wanda which we’ve seen her do several times at this point she seems as confused as he is so I don’t think he’s appeared by her powers proven by the fact when he introduces himself as her brother she’s visibly thrown and understandably confused before hugging him
My guess is that Mephisto( who in the comics also has the power to manipulate reality tho not on the scale that scarlet witch does which is why he needs her) brought him in to distract Wanda and Vision from discovering the truth
Now we can only assume that because of his appearance that other X-men and ppl from that universe will make an appearance in the mcu but to what extent we can’t be sure yet it will largely depend on what actors agree to resign on to their contracts to continue playing their characters so we can assume that Wolverine will not be making an appearance as Hugh jackman has previously stated that he will not be reprising the role but with everyone else’s we will have to wait and see
Let me know what you guys think what you agree or disagree with, further theories etc
EDIT: I apologize it’s been almost a decade since I’ve read the series of comics feature the storyline that WandaVision were based off it was pointed to me by @Hapllucigenia123 that there were a few inaccuracies in my post
the guy with the baby arms was master pandemonium who while he was working under the direction of Mephisto is not him
the twins were made purely out of fractions of Mephistos soul in the comics and he arranged them for them to be kidnapped in order to regain the power he had lost
This doesn’t change my theories much since I don’t believe they are going to have master pandemonium appear in the series because he was a middle man and the writers are going to probably have a bigger villain name to help draw in more views.( also don’t think theyre going to have anyone use the twins as arms cause I don’t see it being taken seriously in this day and age but imagine the memes if they did lol but I will go back and fix the information when I can thank you again @hapllucigenia123 who can also be found in the comments if the tags don’t work
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rubestbh · 3 months ago
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PSA ;; Let’s talk about me
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What I find most hilarious is the consistent misinformation and blatant lies that were (and likely still are) spread about me. Oh, yes, hello. I am reviving this personal blog as my space to vent and talk about my life. Today we will be cataloging the insane amount of bullshit about me that people have pulled out of their ass. So please sit back and enjoy me disproving the stupidity.
So Raine, if you ever find this post, this first one is in regards to the hilariously inaccurate mess you tried to spread to your insignificant masses. 
Ruby used the money donated for Tam on drugs and alcohol. See, I didn’t see this statement until the person in question, Tam, pointed it out. It’s funny that even when the person directly comments and disproves your lies, you’re still unwilling to admit you’re wrong. I have never done drugs, for one. Mostly for the fact that I grew up in a household where my sister, a heroine addict, constantly stole from us and literally tried to kill me at least twice while high out of her mind and hearing shit. So where you got that idea, I will never know. Unless you are referring to the copious amounts of MEDICATION I have to take for a slipped disc in my back that causes me constant pain. In that case, yeah, I was donated money to get me to the store to get my prescriptions. Because at this point I lack a car and have to use uber/lyft and other methods. As for the alcohol comment, I can proudly say I have been sober for nearly a year now. So you can suck it on that. c: 
Ruby supports Ryan Haywood’s actions. Due to the fact that I deleted my MK blog, the evidence of me DIRECTLY stating that I did not support the man’s actions is no longer available. I clearly stated in the tags that I did not support what he did. But I am not going to sit here and side with women who so obviously brought this all up for malicious reasons. Both parties are at fault in the situation. This was a private matter that should have never been delivered to the masses in the way that it did. See, I like to believe I am good judge of character and have a pretty good insight to the human psyche. For someone to go to a public forum instead of the AUTHORITIES about something like this, already gives evidence to the fact that it was not a serious matter and instead something that they were feeling guilty about and wanted to redirect that blame to the other party. This was done for the obvious reason to not be seen as what they were in the situation; homewrecking whores. There is no categorical evidence that any of the participating women had a mental illness that made them incapable of making rational decisions. They were able to make their own decisions. They made the decision to speak to this man. To meet up with him. To sleep with him. Then felt guilty or angry and decided to ruin that man’s life for their own incompetence and neglect for their own well being. The mere fact that ages were lied about shows intent on it’s own. The truth could have and SHOULD have been told in the situations. The fact that it wasn’t places blame DIRECTLY on these women who shout that they are “victims” in the matter. So NO, I do not side with Ryan Haywood. But I do not SIDE with these so-called victims either. There was intent to engage in sexual contact with the man who was much older than them. They reacted and reciprocated. No force or coercion was used. This is simply a case of women using a blind community to get their way. 
And now for my favorite one... Ruby is racist. 
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Yeah...... I’m racist guys. The last one is my mother (a Hispanic woman) and my niece. SO SURE, YEAH, TOTALLY RIGHT?? 
So yeah, this has been me responding to some stupid accusations made about me. This is me clearing the air of this nonsense and also stating that I am not going to be afraid to speak my mind anymore. You don’t like my opinions? Well I don’t really care. Freedom of speech motherfucker. Deal with it. 
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AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST - https://theriversforum.com.ng/2021/01/06/ap-news-in-brief-at-1204-a-m-est-16/Georgia tallies votes as US Senate control hangs in balance ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials counted the final votes of the nation’s turbulent 2020 election season on Tuesday night as polls closed in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold. Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority — and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks. President Donald Trump encouraged his loyalists to turn out in force even as he undermined the integrity of the electoral system by pressing unfounded claims of voter fraud to explain away his own defeat in Georgia. As of late Tuesday night, it was too early to call the close races. In one contest, Republican Kelly Loeffler, a 50-year-old former businesswoman who was appointed to the Senate less than a year ago by the state’s governor, faced Democrat Raphael Warnock, 51, who serves as the senior pastor of the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up and preached. ___ GEORGIA TAKEAWAYS: Georgia is legit purple; Trump lingers ATLANTA (AP) — Ballots are still being counted in the Georgia runoffs that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and the scope of President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda. Tuesday’s vote also offers the first clues about the direction of American politics after the turbulent presidency of Donald Trump. Republicans David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler are trying to hold off strong challenges from their respective Democratic opponents, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, in a race where half a billion dollars was spent to shape the outcome. Here are some early takeaways: GEORGIA SHOWING BATTLEGROUND BONA FIDES When President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia by 12,000 votes out of 5 million, plenty of observers assumed it was about a Trump backlash. While that was no doubt true, a Democratic presidential nominee doesn’t get nearly 2.5 million votes and then watch Democratic Senate candidates follow it up with more than 2 million votes each in razor-thin runoffs two months later unless there’s a legitimate party infrastructure, good campaigns and a deep pool of voters to be tapped. Georgia proved its status as a two-party battleground going forward. ___ No charges against Wisconsin officer who shot Jacob Blake KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prosecutor declined Tuesday to file charges against a white police officer who shot a Black man in the back in Kenosha, concluding he couldn’t disprove the officer’s contention that he acted in self-defence because he feared the man would stab him. The decision, met with swift criticism from civil rights advocates and some public officials, threatened to reignite protests that rocked the city after the Aug. 23 shooting that left Jacob Blake paralyzed. Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, called the decision “further evidence that our work is not done” and called for people to work together for equity. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is Black, was more pointed on Twitter: “I wish I could say that I’m shocked. It’s another instance in a string of misapplications of justice.” Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said investigators concluded Blake was carrying a knife when police responded to a report he was trying to steal a car. Officer Rusten Sheskey said he “feared Jacob Blake was going to stab him with the knife” as he tried to stop Blake from fleeing the scene. “I do not believe the state … would be able to prove that the privilege of self-defence is not available,” Graveley said. The shooting of Blake, captured on bystander video, turned the nation’s spotlight on Wisconsin during a summer marked by protests over police brutality and racism. More than 250 people were arrested during protests in the days that followed, including then-17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, a self-styled medic with an assault rifle who is charged in the fatal shootings of two men and the wounding of a third. ___ About 50 Hong Kong activists arrested under new security law HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested about 50 former lawmakers and pro-democracy activists Wednesday for allegedly violating the new national security law by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory’s legislature last year. The mass arrests, including of former lawmakers, were the largest move against Hong Kong’s democracy movement since the law was imposed by Beijing to quell dissent in the semi-autonomous territory last June. In a video released by former lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting on his Facebook page, police turned up at his house and told him he was “suspected of violating the national security law, subverting state power.” Police told those recording the video to stop or risk arrest. Police did not immediately comment on the arrests, reported by the South China Morning Post, online platform Now News and various political groups and figures. At least seven members of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party — the city’s largest opposition party — were arrested, including former party chairman Wu Chi-wai. And former lawmakers Lam, Helena Wong and James To were also arrested, according to a post on the party’s Facebook page. ___ Fauci: US could soon give 1 million vaccinations a day The U.S. could soon be giving at least a million COVID-19 vaccinations a day despite the sluggish start, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, even as he warned of a dangerous next few weeks as the coronavirus surges. The slow pace is frustrating health officials and a desperate public alike, with only about a third of the first supplies shipped to states used as of Tuesday morning, just over three weeks into the vaccination campaign. “Any time you start a big program, there’s always glitches. I think the glitches have been worked out,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert told The Associated Press. Vaccinations have already begun speeding up, reaching roughly half a million injections a day, he pointed out. Now, with the holidays over, “once you get rolling and get some momentum, I think we can achieve 1 million a day or even more,” Fauci said. He called President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days “a very realistic, important, achievable goal.” ___ EXPLAINER: Why Trump’s ballot ‘dump’ tweet is misleading As votes were being tabulated Tuesday night in Georgia’s two tight Senate runoff contests, President Donald Trump predicted election officials in the state would release a large tranche of results that would overwhelm the Republican candidates. And he implied that it would be an act of voter fraud. “Looks like they are setting up a big ‘voter dump’ against the Republican candidates. Waiting to see how many votes they need?” the president tweeted just before 10:30 p.m. ET. In reality, however, such lead swings and releases of voting results during an election are commonplace and ordinary. HOW ARE THEY ORDINARY? They reflect the usual ebb and flow of a process that entails tabulating and releasing massive batches of results, with leads often changing hands as counting continues. ___ Dividing party, Republicans poised to challenge Biden win WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans mounting an unprecedented challenge to Joe Biden’s election win are setting up a congressional showdown on Wednesday that threatens to divide their party and the country for years to come. With protestors already gathering in Washington to support President Donald Trump, the House and the Senate will convene a joint session to count the electoral votes cast in November’s election. Trump has repeatedly said there was widespread fraud, but his claims have been roundly rejected by Republican and Democratic election officials in state after state and by judges, including at the Supreme Court, further cementing Biden’s victory. Trump sees the joint session of Congress as one of his final attempts to overturn the results, even though there is no credible path for that to happen. Echoing Trump’s baseless claims, some of his Republican allies in Congress plan to formally object to the results, focusing on six battleground states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But a growing number of their GOP colleagues, especially in the Senate, said they would not sign on. If an objection has support from both a House member and a senator in writing, then both chambers will vote on it. That could happen three or more times on Wednesday as Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, along with at least ten other GOP senators, have indicated they will support at least some of the House challenges. It is unclear just what the Republican senators will do, but the process could drag into the night as the two chambers will have to consider each objection individually. There could be more than 100 Republicans in the House willing to object. ___ Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines LONDON (AP) — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew as governments lock down businesses and race to find solutions. England headed back into lockdown. Mexico City’s hospitals hold more virus patients than ever. Germany reported one of its highest daily death tolls to date Tuesday. South Africa and Brazil are struggling to find space for the dead. Even pandemic success story Thailand is fighting an unexpected wave of infections. And as doctors face or brace for rising numbers of COVID-19 patients after end-of-year holiday gatherings, more and more countries are reporting cases of a new, more contagious variant that has already swept across Britain. January is going to be “a tough one,” said Dr. Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization. “This idea that seems to be ‘Ah, we’re all sick of it. We want to look at something else. Oh, this doesn’t apply to me’ … that’s got to go away. It really is all hands on deck.” While Britain rolled out a second vaccine this week and some U.S. states are starting to give the second round of shots, access to inoculations globally is sharply unequal. The supply isn’t remotely close to meeting the epic demand needed to vanquish a foe that has already killed over 1.85 million people. ___ N. Korea’s biggest political event comes at fraught moment SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has opened the first full congress of its ruling party in five years, with leader Kim Jong Un admitting his previous economic development plans have failed. The congress could be crucial, coming as it does amid what some experts see as the most fraught moment of Kim’s nine-year rule. The Workers’ Party congress, which was revived by Kim in 2016 after a 36-year hiatus, began on Tuesday as North Korea, one of the world’s poorest countries, faces what Kim has called “huge challenges and difficulties” brought on by an economy hammered by pandemic-related border closings, a spate of natural disasters and harsh U.S.-led sanctions meant to stop the country from putting the finishing touches on its illicit nuclear-tipped missile program. The meeting will also be closely watched by, and may be meant to send a message to, President-elect Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated later this month. Biden has called Kim a “thug” and criticized his nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump. Here are a few things to know about an event last staged in 2016: ___ ___ Alabama’s Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years NEW YORK (AP) — On an Alabama team stacked with stars, DeVonta Smith emerged as the best player in college football while playing a position that rarely gets that kind of recognition. Smith became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in 29 seasons Tuesday night, breaking the monopoly quarterbacks have had on the award by beating out three of them. “Just to be one of the very few that played receiver to win the Heisman, it means a lot to me,” Smith said. Smith finished with 447 first-place votes and 1,856 points to easily outdistance Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (222, 1,187), Alabama teammate Mac Jones (138, 1,130) and Florida’s Kyle Trask (61, 737). Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris finished fifth in the voting, making No. 1 Alabama the second team in the 85-year history of the Heisman to have three of the top five vote-getters. Army did it in 1946 with Glenn Davis (first), Doc Blanchard (fourth) and Arnold Tucker (fifth). The Associated Press
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