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U.S. seeks to deport thousands of Vietnamese protected by treaty:... [Apr. 22nd, 2018|04:50 am]

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U.S. seeks to deport thousands of Vietnamese protected by treaty: former ambassador

The United States is seeking to send thousands of immigrants from Vietnam back to the communist-ruled country despite a bilateral agreement that should protect most from deportation, according to Washington’s former ambassador to Hanoi.

A “small number” of people protected by the agreement have already been sent back, the former ambassador, Ted Osius, told Reuters in an interview.

Osius said that many of the targeted immigrants were supporters of the now defunct U.S.-backed state of South Vietnam, and Hanoi would see them as destabilizing elements.

“These people don’t really have a country to come back to,” he said. Many of those targeted would have come to the United States as refugees after the end of the Vietnam War.

Osius said the push by the Trump administration started in April last year and contributed to his resignation in October.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman, Brendan Raedy, said that as of December last year, there were 8,600 Vietnamese nationals in the United States subject to deportation and “7,821 have criminal convictions”.

The Trump administration has labeled Vietnam and eight other countries “recalcitrant” for their unwillingness to accept their deported nationals back.

The Vietnamese immigrants, most of whom are legal U.S. residents but not citizens, are in a unique position, however.

According to Osius, most of those targeted for deportation arrived in the United States prior to 1995, the year diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the United States were resumed after the Vietnam War.

A 2008 bilateral agreement between Vietnam and the United States states that “Vietnamese citizens are not subject to return to Vietnam” if they “arrived in the United States before July 12, 1995”.

Osius said the Trump administration had threatened to withhold privileges for Vietnamese officials to the United States and link the issue to trade between the two countries.

He said some immigrants had been involved in serious crimes. But, he added, “there was an agreement in 2008 that the cases between 1975 and 1995 would be left alone”.

Raedy, the ICE spokesman, did not specify the reason those without criminal convictions had been targeted, but immigrants living in the United States without legal status are also subject to deportation.

The White House declined to comment on the deportations.

Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the State Department’s East Asia bureau, said the U.S. and Vietnamese governments “continue to discuss their respective positions relative to Vietnamese citizens who departed Vietnam for the United States”.

A senior Vietnamese official confirmed that Hanoi was “in discussions” with the United States over the issue.

“Many of the people went to the U.S. as a consequence of the war,” said the official, who requested anonymity. “For those who came to the U.S. later, not as a consequence of the war, that’s a different thing”.

“Those we need to accept”.

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- Michaela

They are really trying to make American as white as possible

So… they’ve been here since like the 70s, they’ve lived, worked, and raised families as documented immigrants… and now we want to send them back? Why in the hell does this demand our time and energy? WE AIN’T GOT ENOUGH PROBLEMS TO SOLVE WITHOUT CREATING NEW ONES????? Just white washing America as much as possible, huh?

This is insane.

I mean, it’s not like the US is at all to blame for Vietnam not being a great place to live, right? We are totally innocent. We did NOTHING other than, well, the everything that we did.

For what it’s worth, I live in Vietnam and it’s a decent place to live. If you can speak English there is a lot of demand for English teachers and you can make a good amount of money here. I would definitely prefer living here to America.
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Enigma - Skull_Bearer - DragonLance [Archive of Our Own] [Apr. 20th, 2018|02:45 pm]
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Enigma - Skull_Bearer - DragonLance [Archive of Our Own]:

Chapters: 5/8
Fandom: DragonLance
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dalamar Argent/Raistlin Majere
Characters: Raistlin Majere, Dalamar Argent
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Different First Meeting, The Soulforge, Developing Relationship, First Time, Mind Games, Mages being too smart for their own good, Falling In Love
Series: Part 1 of Ivory, Blood and Ebony

What if Raistlin and Dalamar had met before Legends? A long time before? AU where Dalamar was discovered and kicked out of Silvanesti much earlier. Slash. Raistlin/Dalamar.
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Dinosaurs Are So Weird Looking [Apr. 20th, 2018|02:25 pm]

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Like look at their faces and claws. You can not look me square in the eyes and tell me the one on the left doesn’t look like a fucked up barracuda/alligator thing.

Dinosaur geek here and I must say, though I agree, I also feel the need to point out that you’re barely scratching the surface of how weird dinosaurs could get! That’s right, they get EVEN WEIRDER!

First off, the Spinosaurus up there is actually kind of outdated. This is what we think he looked like now:

Look at those tiny little feet! Now, it’s still thought that Spinosaurus was a biped, but it’d look infinitely less intimidating as it walked. Picture that thing waddling around like a duck and you can get a pretty good idea of what it’d be like.

Meanwhile, would you like to make T. rex jealous? Show him THIS insanity:

This crazy creature is called Therizinosaurus and it’s basically the Edward Scissorhands of dinosaurs. And it was a strict herbivore! The claws were used for both foraging from tree branches and protecting itself from predators.

And then there’s this guy:

This is Concavenator. What’s that thing on his back for? Your guess is as good as mine! Most people think that it was a display structure, but I really have no clue.

Also, it MIGHT have had tiny little wings on its arms. Yeah, really.

Oh, and check out this one:

This horrifying set of pearly whites are from Masiakasaurus. Allegedly, its teeth would be mostly covered up by lips in real life, but they do indeed protrude outward somewhat in the mouth and they’re thought to have been used to grip slippery fish more easily. Don’t worry though, Masiakasaurus is only six feet long.

Ooh, and then there’s this fine specimen:

This crazy bird boy is named Yi (current record holder for shortest dinosaur name of all time) and it’s basically as close as you’ll get to a real life cockatrice.

That is, provided that its wings aren’t actually a flying squirrel-like patagium! Yeah, there’s a good chance that this dinosaur actually looked more like a FLYING SQUIRREL.

Oh, and check out THIS:

This dude is Nasutoceratops. Look at those crazy curly horns!

And these little weirdos are called Heterodontosaurus, and they’re so named because alongside the peg-like teeth that most plant-eating dinosaurs have, they also have sharper, more tusk-like teeth. And while this might just be speculative, they likely had quills like hedgehogs! 

Courtesy of the Saurian team, we have the oviraptorid Anzu, which looked like an unholy fusion of an emu, a turkey and a parrot. Can you picture that thing running around and honking at you or something?

But few of these dinos are as bizarre as the alpha and omega of dinosaur weirdness:

These here are the hands of a dinosaur known as Deinocheirus. For FIFTY YEARS these were the only evidence we had of this thing’s existence, and a lot of people had thought it was some kind of vicious predator until further analysis made them realize that it was an ornithomimid. Ornithomimids typically look like this:

So a lot of people had come to think that Dinocheirus would look like that. There was no way of knowing, though, because for fifty years all we had was its freakishly huge hands.

Then, in 2013, we finally, FINALLY got two semi-complete skeletons.

It looked like this:

‘Nuff said.

And this is STILL just scratching the surface!

TL;DR: Yes, OP, it is true. Dinosaurs are really freaking weird.

May I also offer a few contenders?

Fist up, we have this fine fellow, Carnotaurus. One of the more well-known “weird dinosaurs”, it had a head that was only about as long as it was tall, large triangular horns sticking sideways out of its eyebrows, and the most ridiculous-looking arms since Tyrannosaurus itself.

Also in the stupid-arms club, we have the Alvarezsaurids. These little guys had tiny stumpy arms as well, but what sets them apart is that basically their entire hand is just one big thumb claw. There’s two other little tiny fingers on there, but for the most part they look like they’ve got a pair of pincers for arms.

Moving out of Theropoda and into Ornithischia, and we get the wonderful weirdness of ankylosaurs. Those of you who saw my rather … enthusiastic campaigning for Pinacosaurus in Dinosaur March Madness will know what I mean. They’re just so bizarrely proportioned and like nothing we could imagine.

(Also bonus art by @psittacosaur because it’s just adorable and I love it)

Also in Ornithischia we have the adorable little floofball called Leaellynasaura. While it;s not confirmed to have had feathers, it was related to species that did. It was also very small, and lived in the antarctic, so it’s a pretty sure bet that these guys were fuzzy. Not only that, but they have a super long tail compared to their body length. The tail was very flexible, and could have been used in display, but it’s not clear at the moment.

Yet another weirdo ornithischian that I love / hate with a passion is Udanoceratops. It’s just so … weird. I know that’s the point of this entire post, but still. The hugely disproportionate head, the massive overbite beak …

Oh, and also the fact that it look like it should be a fairly small, primitive ceratopsian, but NO, this thing had to go and be unsettlingly gigantic. It’s like the size of a rhino:

Yeah … Udanoceratops, I love you, but I hate you.

This was a thing:

No wonder they went extinct.
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Worst. Day. Ever. [Apr. 20th, 2018|10:50 am]
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What the fuck am I going to do with this thing?
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Headcanon Game - A to Z (NSFW) [Apr. 18th, 2018|02:56 am]

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Hey guys! I thought I’d so something fun this weekend, so I did my best to sexualize the alphabet and turn it into a headcanon game!

So here’s how it works. You send me a character (or a few), and the corresponding letters that you want me to answer for them!

A = Aftercare (What they’re like after sex)
B = Body part (Their favourite body part of theirs and also their partner’s)
C = Cum (Anything to do with cum basically… I’m a disgusting person)
D = Dirty Secret (Pretty self explanatory, a dirty secret of theirs)
E = Experience (How experienced are they? Do they know what they’re doing?)
F = Favourite Position (This goes without saying. Will probably include a visual)
G = Goofy (Are they more serious in the moment, or are they humorous, etc)
H = Hair (How well groomed are they, does the carpet match the drapes, etc.)
I = Intimacy (How are they during the moment, romantic aspect…) 
J = Jack Off (Masturbation headcanon)
K = Kink (One or more of their kinks)
L = Location (Favourite places to do the do)
M = Motivation (What turns them on, gets them going)
N = NO (Something they wouldn’t do, turn offs)
O = Oral (Preference in giving or receiving, skill, etc)
P = Pace (Are they fats and rough? Slow and sensual? etc.)
Q = Quickie (Their opinions on quickies rather than proper sex, how often, etc.)
R = Risk (Are they game to experiment, do they take risks, etc.)
S = Stamina (How many rounds can they go for, how long do they last…)
T = Toy (Do they own toys? Do they use them? On a partner or themselves?)
U = Unfair (how much they like to tease)
V = Volume (How loud they are, what sounds they make)
W = Wild Card (Get a random headcanon for the character of your choice)
X = X-Ray (Let’s see what’s going on in those pants, picture or words)
Y = Yearning (How high is their sex drive?)
Z = ZZZ (… how quickly they fall asleep afterwards)

I’ll have this running all weekend, so feel free to drop by!
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cheile: tinytheursaring: rainnecassidy: fuckyeahcomicsbaby: ... [Apr. 17th, 2018|10:21 am]

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i know this isn’t my first time reblogging this post to this blog, and it probably won’t be the last. Stay educated.

Also, immunocompromised members of society (including a number of my family members and friends) don’t deserve to have their lives threatened because of antivaxxers and their “right” to believe lies.

‘Vaccinate your fucking kids’ says lawyer Paul Alexander from his iron lung.
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kaijuassassin: man, i keep thinking about how uprising could have been such good commentary on the.. [Apr. 17th, 2018|09:46 am]

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man, i keep thinking about how uprising could have been such good commentary on the vietnam war/other wars fought during the red scare, especially drawing parallels with the glorification of the military and the abuse of new technologies and the use of these weapons against civilians (kaiju blue as a metaphor for agent orange, anyone?), given how many people mentioned their discomfort with the fact that the battles in the movie had such little regard for civilian lives/damaged infrastructure. i feel like the twist with newt and the precursors, while interesting, was ultimately a cop-out for an even bolder move– pointing out how easily our unity can fall apart after a greater danger passes and how easily we can excuse violence during those times. guillermo kept bringing up in the pacrim 1 commentary that he modeled the sets and the atmosphere of the movie after ww2-era aesthetics, and it would only be logical for the sequel to take inspiration from the wars right after it.

could you imagine the movie if it had been this way? jake, too young to have been raised in the shatterdome with his father, wholeheartedly believes that his father and sister were heroes, but not in the way they really were. he believed the twisted take the pentagon and other private weapons development companies had on the nature of the war and the purpose of the jaegers. the ownership of jaeger technology and kaiju research would be disputed from country to country and that in itself is enough conflict to start a war.

show us synthesized kaiju blue and acid being used by jaegers to clear towns and defoliate forests and poison water in the name of total war. show us drift technology being used to interrogate captured prisoners. show us plasma cannons being attached to tanks. show us how easily everything can fall apart. the kaiju were a metaphor for ecological disasters, but jaegers could have become a symbol of the punishments humankind inflicts upon itself.

we could turn that iconic scene with stacker and young mako on its head– jake standing over a city he just helped destroy and seeing a young, wounded child staring up at him in his jaegar in terror, not relief. maybe that’s when he realizes that something is very, very wrong.

reverse the red herring, too. newt and hermann have spent years fighting the bastardization of their work but can’t gain any traction because they Drifted With The Anteverse and are therefore insane and untrustworthy (are they infected by the precursors?). because it’s not mad scientists who will end the world, it’s the greedy politicians and CEOs who ignore science and morality who will. they are the ones we saw the PPDC so fiercly opposing in the original movie.

keep mako alive and in the picture. she’s jake’s only connection to stacker, and a powerful figure in his life in her own right. she knows what real heroism is, and she’s grown tired of her name being abused to glorify the military (the pilots are now only rangers in name). she and raleigh don’t want to fight anymore, but they must, and that’s what they do– because heroism isn’t about looking cool while shooting things, it’s being willing to give up everything for a greater good, whether that be one person or the entire world.

let the old generation teach the new: herc finally getting to retire and mako stepping up as marshal, mako supporting jake and helping him become the leader of an uprising stacker would have been proud of.
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Send me a ship and a number and I'll tell you [Apr. 16th, 2018|12:26 pm]

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- How do they fall asleep? Wake up? Any daily rituals?

- How’s their team work? Do they share well?

- Are they open about their relationship? How do they feel about public displays of affection?

- First impression of each other? Was it love at first sight?

- Nicknames? Pet names? Any in-jokes?

- Any tasks that are always left to one person?

- What annoys them the most about their partner? Would they change it if they could?

- What do the like best about their partner?

- Do they discuss big issues? Religion? Marriage? Children? Death?

- Who drives? Cooks? Does the handiwork? Cleans? Pays the bills? Handles the public?

- Do they celebrate holidays? Anniversaries?

- Is there a wedding? What was the proposal like? Any kind of honeymoon?

- What do they do for fun? Do they have a favorite activity or do they like to switch things up?

- Anything they both dread?

- How adventurous are they?

- Do they keep secrets? Lie? Cheat?

- What would make them break up? Would it be permanent?

- What are their dates like? How long do/did they date? Do they ever feel the need to take a break from each other?

- What do they fight about? What are their arguments like? How do they make up?

- What does their home look like? Their room?

- Do they share any interests or hobbies?

- Does their work ever interfere with the relationship?

- How do they hug? Kiss? Tease? Flirt? Comfort?

- Any doubts about the relationship?

- How much time do they spend together? Do they share their feelings, or hold things in?

- How do their friends feel about their relationship? Their families?

- Do they have kids? Grow old together? Split up?

- What are their vacations like?

- How do the handle disasters or emergencies? Minor injuries? Sickness?

- Could they manage a long distance relationship?

- Do they finish each other’s sentences? Pick up any phrases or habits from each other? Know when the other is hiding something?

- Do they ever get into trouble? Is it serious, or are they just mischievous?

- What kind of presents do they get each other? Do they only do it on special occasions?

- Do they have any pets?

- Do they bring out the best in each other, or the worst? Do they have a fatal flaw?

- What’s their greatest strength as a couple? Their weakness?

- How much would they be willing to sacrifice for the other? Any lines they refuse to cross?

- What are they like in the bedroom? Any kinks/fetishes/turn-ons? Anything they won’t do?

- Who initiated the relationship? Who kissed who first?  When did they realize they were in love?

- Any special memories? Do they have a special place they like to go to?

- Are they party-goers? What are they like when they’re drunk? Does it happen often?

- Do they let each other get away with things that would normally bother them?

- Do they talk often? What about?

- Are the comfortable with each other? Anything they have to have their privacy for?

- Any special dreams or goals they have as a couple? Any heartbreaks? Regrets?

Any of my OTPs :)
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fawxblogs: fuckyeahjohnboyega: John Boyega and... [Apr. 16th, 2018|12:11 pm]
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John Boyega and #WatershipDown

OH MY GOD????????

At this rate they are going to need to start cloning John Boyega.
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feriowind: i drew a comic based on this twitter post lmao I love... [Apr. 16th, 2018|11:04 am]

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i drew a comic based on this twitter post lmao

I love it. It also definitely happened in Anteverse Refugee.
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