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avatarjenny:

(i’m really sorry about the amon one)

CAN WE TALK ABOUT MIDDLE EASTERN WITCHES AND WIZARDS THOUGH. AND HOW THEY'RE SPELLS WOULD OBVIOUSLY NOT BE LATIN, GREEK OR ANGLO SAXON, BUT INSTEAD LIKE ANCIENT PHOENICIAN, OR SOMETHING. AND THAT THEIR TIES BETWEEN SPELLS AND MAGIC WOULD BE STRONGER SINCE THEIR WORDS ARE MORE ANCIENT AND FAR OLDER SO THEY'D BE WAY MORE POWERFUL???? SORRY FOR THE CAPS?????

strawberrypatty:

avatar-trisana:

amarielah:

bramblepatch:

shiraglassman:

avatar-trisana:

thejewsareinspace:

thecompleteillustrated:

petrichorlore:

petrichorlore:

NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR CAPS. PHOENICIAN SPELLS. ARAMAIC SPELLS. LANGUAGES MUGGLES DON’T KNOW ANYMORE THAT HAVE BEEN PRESERVED THROUGH WIZARDING SPELLS IN LITTLE POCKETS OF THE WORLD. SOURCE LANGUAGES NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO ADAPT OR CHANGE ANYMORE BECAUSE THE LANGUAGES HAVE DIED AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO CAUSE LIKE, A NUCLEAR FALLOUT. IM SO EXCITED THANKS FOR THIS.

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Witches in secret pockets of Morocco who’ve been casting spells with ancient spices long before wands came about. Warlocks in Egypt who knew the double, magical, meaning behind hieroglyphics. A dead language? Latin and Ancient Greek have NOTHING on hieroglyphs. The veritable cacophany of ideas and spells and magic that the trading routes brought in. The Phoenecians with their many-striped sailboats proudly displayed Persian potion ingredients alongside spelled fishing nets woven by Palestinian wizards. Syrian magical folk meet Greek ones, and realize they can best communicate in the Ancient Greek all serious magical students learn. Curly heads bent over ancient spellbooks, and people stare as they converse in a language not spoken for hundreds of years.

Excuse you but can we not forget the jewish lore masters, poring over their tomes in hebrew and aramaic, preserved from their exiled homeland into the diaspora.

And the development of a syncretic magic in yiddish that mixes the subtle lore and subtle word power of the exiled levantines with the raw brute force of germanic magics. — how else did the golem?

DIASPORA SYNCRETIC MAGICS

jewish wizards offering house elves clothes in accordance with the slave laws

jewish wizards using golems as grunt labor

JEWISH WIZARDS

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Yes to the Yiddish spells, too ;-)

Jewish wizards offering clothing to house elves and then constantly debating among themselves whether using a golem or other magically-created entity with some semblance of sentience for manual labor for years or decades is essentially the same thing as keeping a magical being for the same purpose.

See also: endless debates about whether one can use magic on Shabbat, and what sorts of magic qualify as “work”. Like, does it count if you enchant an object ahead of time?

Also debates over the extent to which Divination counts as the “witchcraft” detailed in the Tanach. Actually, I bet there’d be scholars compiling detailed tractates about which spells are kosher, using extensive biblical commentary.

JEWISH WIZARDS HAVING THEIR OWN EXTENDED TALMUD. HOW HAS THIS NEVER OCCURRED TO ME BEFORE??

Magic is a natural extension of the self; Therefore, one should be allowed to use magic on Shabbos. You might put restrictions on what kind of magic, and brewing potions (even ones that don’t require heat) and using wands…

I wrote a paper for a Harry Potter conference on foreign wizardry and how the systems of magic must have evolved to be completely separate entities that have very little in common. We’re only seen a TINY portion of the wizarding world and for the most part it’s Western European. I like to imagine Bill Weasley had to extensively train for cursebreaking in Egypt, because you can’t just waltz into a tomb, wave your wand, shout Latin and expect it to work.

I also love the idea of foreign magics being a bit wonky in a duel against each other because they’re not quite compatible. Like, it’s really hard to block a spell from a foreign wizard because you don’t understand exactly what you’re blocking against.

God, so many foreign wizard feels.

tl;dr This whole 501(c)(4) regulation fiasco is run by a bunch of corrupt rich jerks, NOT by people who seriously CARE about free speech.

Okay, the First Amendment says that

"Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Amendment XVI says that “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

Congress decided, when it passed laws under Amendment XVI, that certain organizations would not be taxed as corporations or partnerships, but exempt from federal income tax. If Congress had NOT decided to do this, the fact that a group organized to profess certain opinions had to pay taxes on its income WOULD NOT BE AN ABRIDGMENT OF FREE SPEECH.

Among those organizations are: “Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare…the net earnings of which are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, or recreational purposes.”

Now, first of all, the IRS is REQUIRED to issue regulations to determine exactly WHAT SORT of corporations/organizations actually MEET this definition. This is NOT AN ABRIDGMENT OF FREE SPEECH. It is RIGHT AND PROPER that the IRS ensure that a group claiming special exemption from tax laws verify they actually meet those rules.

And if a group doesn’t want to meet those requirements, such as, if it wants to INFLUENCE ELECTIONS by SUPPORTING CANDIDATES (which includes telling people TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE because their policies ALIGN WITH YOURS), the IRS allows them to organize as a POLITICAL ORGANIZATION, whose DONATIONS/CONTRIBUTIONS ARE EXEMPT FROM TAX.

The major difference between these groups is that the political organizations must FURNISH LISTS of their SIGNIFICANT DONORS.

Setting RULES that make it MORE DIFFICULT TO FUNNEL SECRET MONEY to ELECTION FUNDS is NOT AN ABRIDGMENT OF FREE SPEECH. Certainly, the original rules defined “political speech” far too broadly, and probably would have curtailed certain efforts.

But the long and short of it is that people who want to PREVENT THE IRS from issuing regulations that clarify what a 501(c)(4) organization is, are doing so because they or the people they listen to, want to set up a system where ANONYMOUS DONORS can contribute UNLIMITED FUNDS to INFLUENCE ELECTIONS.

That isn’t FREE SPEECH. It’s CORRUPTION.

siriuus:

do action movies know they can have more than one female character

If there’s more than one there’s a chance of brunch interrupting all the action

mistuhsunny:

thors-ovaries:

outofwonderlandphotography:

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#clint how are u supporting all these children

My favorite part of this post is how archery is like this dominant genetic trait. 

spacescarf:

polarisopposites:

midnight-pursona:

"Your too fat."

"I didn’t know [insert character] was black!"

"Why don’t you do more black cosplays?"

"Cosplay to your size!"

"I don’t think that looks right on you, why don’t you cosplay [insert character] instead?"

"Why is [insert character] black? They’re not black in the show."

"You shouldn’t cross-play, it looks weird on you."

"Your boobs are too big for [insert character]."

To everyone who as ever posted a comment or question like this, my answer:

I am a black plus size female cosplayer, if you don’t like it… well honestly I don’t care. The more you comment like an idiot, the more it feeds my will power to prove I’m an amazing cosplayer, not matter what you say. I may have days, or even weeks when I feel down about myself, but that will never stop me from doing what I love. I may have large boobs, chubby stomach, double chin, hair on my face, dark spots around my face and body, and a flat butt, but I rock any cosplay I put on. So grow up, and get out of my face. <3

I really like you C:

Motherfucking beautiful.