Amethyst Dreams

Hello there intrepid asker!  
This a personal blog containing reblogs of stuff I like (usually stuff of a nerdy persuasion), random thoughts on things and tidbits about my life.

I am for freedom and against being a dick. Feel free to disagree with me in a civilised way.

Occasionally this blog may be NSFW.

You can ask me anything you like. I really love making friends and getting to know people. But I do reserve the right to answer in an ambiguously humorous way. :)


twitter.com/FrazzledAquila:

    raaawrbin:

    stirringwind:

    raaawrbin:

    I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

    You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

    Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

    A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

    On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

    So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

    As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

    Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

    First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

    Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

    You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

    You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

    Just to add on- Hong Kong is one of the rare examples where it did kind of end up being better off under colonial rule. And before I get jumped on for being a neo-colonialist- I’m saying that as a person with Chinese ancestry whose great grandparents left China because of the accumulated poor situation caused by the Opium Wars and political strife in the early 1900s. Do not dichotomise conflicts outside the world as “White people oppressing POC”. Yes Chinese people have been victims at the hands of the British, then the Japanese- but today the Chinese government is culpable in corruption and human rights abuses- even against its own citizens in the mainland. There were thousands of disturbances last year in China over various issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution. The government has also been oppressing ethnic minorities like the Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs. What you see happening here in Hong Kong is another pattern in the behaviour of an authoritarian government that really needs to be held more accountable.  

    Yes, the Opium Wars fucked China up, but the Communists really ruined the country during the 1950s onwards with the disastrous Great Leap Forward. There was a horrible famine caused by state mismanagement- and by the end of it all, it’s estimated anywhere from 18 million to 45 million Chinese died. Far more than died in WW2. And then of course, the infamous Cultural Revolution where there were basically witch-hunts which just caused enormous upheaval and strife, where people were “outed” as “bourgeois” or capitalists or whatever and imprisoned, tortured and publicly humiliated. University students and professors were accused of being traitors. Even the Communist Party today acknowledges it was a complete disaster. While all of this was going on, by comparison, Hong Kong flourished under British rule.

    The China you see today that is the world’s second largest economy is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s reform in the 1970s- which involved throwing out huge parts of the Communist economic policies to embrace capitalism- and putting a stop to the blind and rigid adherence to Communist ideology. Economically, China is in many ways very open to capitalism BUT politically, the government is pretty authoritarian still. And quite capable of oppression.

    Do not lionise the Chinese government as this heroic “POC” country standing up to “white supremacy”, give them a free pass, or somehow think whatever they do cannot be as bad as Western imperialism. People with my skin colour are perfectly capable of oppression when they have institutional power. And they darned well better be called out for it. 

    ^^^^ YES

    (via polks)

    — 2 days ago with 88083 notes
    #truth  #I have friends with family in Hong Kong  #I hope they're okay 
    Pierceaholic/Autumnyte's 500 Follower Appreciation Giveaway →

    pierceaholic:

    So, it seems 500 of you have made the questionable decision to follow this blog, and I’m glad you’re here.

    Which means it is appreciation giveaway time! :)

    RULES - PLEASE READ FIRST

    1. You must already be following me at the time of this post to qualify. Not trying to be…

    — 1 week ago with 281 notes
    #reblobbin for followers 
    womenofthedas:

womenofthedas:

womenofthedas:

womenofthedas:




Hello, wonderful followers!
Women of Thedas has reached 1,000 followers a few hours ago! We’re really happy with the way this blog has been growing in numbers over the past few months and the response we got from you guys. Ladies always seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to fandom attention, so this blog was intended to be a place where they could have all the attention and love they deserved, from the most famous of companions to the obscure and forgotten NPCs. We thank you all for spreading the positivity and participating in the lady love!
1,000 followers means a follower giveaway is in order – one that is made possible by the generosity and kindness of the amazing artists of this fandom, whom we deeply thank for volunteering their time and talent.
 Now, the prizes:
1st prize: a couple waist-up from needlesslycryptic + a 2000k oneshot from lifeofkj
2nd prize: a colored portrait from tinis + a 2000k oneshot from sehnsuchttraum
3rd prize: a waist-up colored portrait from pris21 + a 1000k oneshot from hornkerling
4th prize: toony-style stickers from littleblighter + a 1000k oneshot from faejilly
Rules:
No giveaway blogs
Reblogging and liking count as separate entries – you can reblog as many times as you like, just be considerate of your followers!
Must be part of the Dragon Age fandom
Must be following this blog – new followers are welcome!
As this blog is dedicated to the DA ladies, the prompt/ref you’ll give artists and writers must be about them
Giveaway ends on September 20th, 10pm(ish) GMT+2
And that’s it!
Disclaimer: some of the artists and writers who offered their art and writing talent as prizes are trying to avoid spoilers when it comes to Dragon Age: Inquisition. Please be respectful of their wishes, and do not ask for a piece that would involve either your Inquisitor or the Inquisition ladies we already know of.
Good luck to everyone, and thank you again for your support!




Only a week left!

Only 3 days left!!!

A little more than a day left, since I’m going to put the drawing of the winners on Sunday, as my Saturday night is suddenly busy… Last chance to reblog and enter!

    womenofthedas:

    womenofthedas:

    womenofthedas:

    womenofthedas:

    Hello, wonderful followers!

    Women of Thedas has reached 1,000 followers a few hours ago! We’re really happy with the way this blog has been growing in numbers over the past few months and the response we got from you guys. Ladies always seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to fandom attention, so this blog was intended to be a place where they could have all the attention and love they deserved, from the most famous of companions to the obscure and forgotten NPCs. We thank you all for spreading the positivity and participating in the lady love!

    1,000 followers means a follower giveaway is in order – one that is made possible by the generosity and kindness of the amazing artists of this fandom, whom we deeply thank for volunteering their time and talent.

     Now, the prizes:

    Rules:

    • No giveaway blogs
    • Reblogging and liking count as separate entries – you can reblog as many times as you like, just be considerate of your followers!
    • Must be part of the Dragon Age fandom
    • Must be following this blog – new followers are welcome!
    • As this blog is dedicated to the DA ladies, the prompt/ref you’ll give artists and writers must be about them
    • Giveaway ends on September 20th, 10pm(ish) GMT+2
    • And that’s it!

    Disclaimer: some of the artists and writers who offered their art and writing talent as prizes are trying to avoid spoilers when it comes to Dragon Age: Inquisition. Please be respectful of their wishes, and do not ask for a piece that would involve either your Inquisitor or the Inquisition ladies we already know of.

    Good luck to everyone, and thank you again for your support!

    Only a week left!

    Only 3 days left!!!

    A little more than a day left, since I’m going to put the drawing of the winners on Sunday, as my Saturday night is suddenly busy… Last chance to reblog and enter!

    — 1 week ago with 1768 notes
    #Reblogging for followers 

    laurasindall:

    Please share my video for #hobbitfancontest so I can live out my dream of visiting Middle Earth

    — 2 weeks ago with 7 notes
    I am, I'm asking you to quit.* →

    cypheroftyr:

    Interesting article on Teach For America (TFA). I didn’t know what it was until I saw people in the program basically take over parts of our campus each summer.

    Reblogging for truth. Anyone who wants to teach to add something to their CV or doesn’t care about the kids they’re teaching shouldn’t be allowed within 10 miles of a school.

    We have a similar scheme to this in the UK and it too assumes that you can churn out a teacher in a few weeks. Teaching is a VOCATION, just like medicine, and to do that work as ‘just a job’ reduces the potential of everyone in the education system.

    — 3 weeks ago with 16 notes
    #education  #teaching  #Frankie gets on her soap box  #this is one of my top education peeves 

    katabulous:

    thuggamane:

    Ok so i’ve just seen this on my timeline on twitter and quite frankly I’m angry. This is in london and the metropolitan police here are known to be racist. With all that’s going on in America right now i thought I’d shed some light on what’s happening here in the UK. While its illegal to bear arms in this country, the systematic racism and discrimination still remains against black people, men in particular. Racial profiling is an epidemic and with social media at the forefront it’s been easier to really see how often this occurs, Please re blog this and spread this on your dashboard! These racist authorities need to be exposed!

    "Racism doesn’t exist in the UK."

    OPEN YOUR EYES.

    (via beckalizard)

    — 3 weeks ago with 14718 notes
    #yeah  #it's not *as* bad here  #but that doesn't mean it's good  #or non-existent 

    jessicachastains:

    twofishies:

    lightspeedsound:

    all-the-fangirl-feels:

    #remember how this movie took female stereotypes and crushed them into a million pieces

    casual reminder that Elle Woods scored a 179 on the LSAT, which is one point shy of a perfect score.

    Casual reminder that Whatshisface here had family connections and was a legacy and shit, whereas Elle Woods came out of nowhere.

    casual reminder that Elle Woods actually had an amazing background in real life issues that people dismissed as unimportant but managed to not only learn the law, but learned how to apply the law.

    Casual reminder that Elle Woods used her lawyer skills to save a woman from an abusive relationship and also save another woman from trumped up murder charges and basically what I’m saying is you go, girl, go get ‘em Elle Woods, thank you for this movie.

    what’s fantastic about this movie is that it’s not that fucked up brand of feminism where the girls who arent like other girls and sip tea and read hemingway look down on the blonde party sluts. the message of the movie is like, you can be blonde and attractive AND enjoy stuff like shopping and partying and you can still be smart and kick ass!!!

    (Source: fifthharmony, via wenchlatte)

    — 3 weeks ago with 392523 notes
    #I will defend this movie to my grave  #it is just the best 

    millilicious:

    slutty mcscary homosexual

    Slutty McFucking Face

    Oh dear, that’s unfortunate. :/

    (Source: waitwhatwasidoingagain)

    — 1 month ago with 474069 notes
    #name meme 
    Anonymous asked: Contributing to the whole Aces having trouble with flirting/recognizing it. I've been told that my standard form of interacting with people is pretty much flirting. Friends have tried explaining it to me, but i still don't get it.


    Answer:

    asexualadvice:

    Me either! Some people are naturally more flirtatious than others, and also different people consider different behaviors flirting. Here’s a video about flirting - I found it useful. 

    Fun story: my freshman year of college, this guy in my chemistry class was like, seriously overly friendly, and I was kind of weirded out by it, and when describing it to my friends, they all went “Ohmygod he likes you! He’s flirting!” and I promptly freaked. I spent the rest of the semester trying to shut that down, and let me tell you, I don’t get it at all. 

    -Kiowa

    — 1 month ago with 22 notes
    #Truuuth  #this is me  #accidental flirting has got me in so much hpt water  #asexuality