shayvaalski asked:
The latest Doctor Who episode got me thinking--do Daleks have wizardry? Did something go terribly wrong with their choice?

dduane:

It’s funny, but this came up late last year. WTH, I’ll just copy & paste the response here. (Adding that they were a species created by someone, i.e. Davros — via genetic manipulation — and so the Choice dynamic is going to shift significantly. Davros certainly went wrong with them, for a start…)

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(Pausing for a moment to wonder about the wisdom of coaching people in the fine detail of crossovers. :)  …Oh well. The Doctor, or someone very much like him, has already been over on my side of the fence: why not a Dalek or so? …And if I was ficcing something like this, I’d naturally want to do it right. And if the author’s constantly just wandering absently around Tumblr, there’s no harm in asking, I guess…)

…It would certainly be the unlikeliest-seeming damn thing one could hope to run across. But the Powers that Be are inveterate gamblers, and have sometimes in the past made inroads into species that would have seemed even less promising. (You have to wonder sometimes if there are conversations in the Powers’ after-hours lounge that start out with, “I bet I could turn even one of these guys.” “Oh come on, now. Not a chance.” “Wanna bet? Watch me.”)

Nor, even as a bet, could this project be considered a waste of precious energy. After all, every wizard is considered to be the solution to a specific problem or set of problems. The Powers would very likely consider that the problem uniquely posed by the state of the Dalek species — and the mess it makes of every other species it comes in contact with — is one that could possibly best be solved (or at least, some sort of solution started) by a wizard working at it from the inside, knowing it best because they share in it. Any kind of success in dealing with the Daleks by any means besides outright destruction would be considered less entropic and therefore worth the gamble.

…The difficulty in working out the odds on the success of such a project is considerable. Daleks as a concept have gone through a truly crazy number of retools and retcons, and even in TV canon (I set aside events in the novels, etc., for the moment, as screen canon is in most universes held to trump written or recorded material a la the output from Big Finish) there’s all this ducking into the Void and emergency temporal shifting going on. It becomes difficult to tell whether they have any emotions except hate left to them. Not a lot to work with there, it would seem. Except then you run into characters like the Daleks involved in the Cult of Skaro — mutants of mutants, as it were, and all of whom seem to have more going on with them than just yelling EXTERMINATE and shooting things.

…Anyway, on the YW side of the two canons involved, the Powers have already twice pulled off a similar subversion of what seems a wholly corrupt/corrupted species (in TBONWM and then later in WAW). And the issue that it all turns on is choice: an individual being’s choice to go a different way from the way everyone else is going. Regardless of their emotional lives, Daleks have apparently retained their individuality. This could be the single element that would make successfully offering the Wizard’s Oath to a Dalek possible. But on what grounds, I have no idea whatsoeffingever.

There’s this to think about, though. The Daleks are mutants. And you could make a case, from their history — however torn up it’s been by the winds of Time — that the mutations are not completely stable. All you need is for an individual to unexpectedly appear who’s concealing one new mutation that manages to go undetected by the other Daleks around it, one that perhaps displays late enough in life not to be sussed out and snuffed out in its early stages: this being a Dalek that has some other emotions in play, that is not just a ball of hate… or can fight the hate to a draw. That would be the Powers’ opportunity. The question remains, always, what the individual will do with it, or make of it, in the event. And whether it wll survive its Ordeal. But still: a gamble at least as worth taking as the rare and dangerous late-onset Ordeal in humans.

I have other things to be doing at the moment and I don’t want to even start getting into the concept of what the Dalek recension of the Oath would look like. But it would depend, as it always does, on the mindset of the individual. As would the results. When it comes to what mortal beings will actually do, even the Powers that Be hold their breaths…

WTNV Theories and Ramblings - Episode 53: The September Monologues 

solar-eclipse-eyes:

My angels, today’s forecast is dissatisfaction. I know…again, right? Dissatisfaction with your work, with your lot in life, with the people around you. If August is the month of reversals, September is the month of dissatisfaction — a half-measure month, a limbo of restless indecision.

Here, above the cut, dissatisfaction with the way things are presently, and the way things will be, and the way things always have been.

If you believe it will help, you can think of this as disappointment instead — less restlessness in that. But we should all know by now that changing the word does little to change the reality.

And below?

  • observations on the structure of this episode (and why it deviates from the norm)
  • thoughts on each of our speakers (plus Chad), and an attempt at finding some common ground between them
  • probably something about identity
  • some miscellaneous things
  • My own monologue, thrown into the mix of monologues from today’s episode

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radoncany0n:

okay if I don’t stop reblogging the Steve Carlsberg appreciation posts now I never will so I’m gonna call it a night.  

oh but one more feel that I didn’t include in the thing

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"yes [Cecil’s] an adorable dork and he writes Jaws slash fiction and wears furry pants but that doesn’t mean he’s not capable of being ominous and stubborn and cruel."

yes yes yes!

WtNV 

emilysidhe:

WHAT I WANT FROM NIGHT VALE

WHAT I REALLY REALLY WANT

IS FOR STEVE AND CARLOS TO INTERACT

THINK ABOUT IT

THE NATIVE NIGHTVALEIAN WHO’S ALWAYS FELT LIKE AN OUTSIDER

THE OUTSIDER WHO’S SPENT TWO YEARS GOING NATIVE

I DON’T EVEN CARE WHAT THEY TALK ABOUT I JUST KNOW IT WOULD BE REALLY REALLY AWESOME!

On trauma. 

aerialiste:

One evening right after I’d moved into my new little house and had just unpacked, I reached into the cabinet to take out a cereal bowl and, when I had it in my hand, looked down to see a very large palmetto bug sitting in it. (We like to call them that, on the Gulf Coast. Let’s pretend we don’t know what they really are.)

So of course then there was jumping and screaming and flailing and hysterical laughing, and the cat looking displeased and bewildered, and all the rest of it.

But the interesting part is that now, every time I take out a cereal bowl, every time, I’m afraid, and cautious, and flinchy, and if there’s any kind of shadow or I think I detect some tiny movement out of the corner of my eye the whole gasping-and-jumping-and-flailing not uncommonly gets repeated.

Doing exactly this, tonight, I remembered that behavioral psychologists have some kind of term for this that I can’t remember, but basically it means that if the reinforcement (either positive or negative) is very, very strong, you don’t even have to repeat the stimulus for the subject to be successfully trained.

In quotidian terms, you only have to come home one time to find, for example, your house on fire, or your partner dead on the floor, or in bed with someone else, or (let’s say, hypothetically) half of everything gone because they’ve moved out and taken it with them—it only takes one instance of him screaming into your face in the dark, his spittle hitting your lips and cheeks, as you try to persuade him in a low voice to calm down, as you think desperately: just get through this one thing without getting hurt, without getting killed, say whatever you have to say for this moment to be over, calm him down and get him out of here so you can lock the door, survive this—just one time. And then you’ll basically be conditioned to respond to that stimulus again instantaneously, instinctively, in a heartbeat, without even thinking about the fact that the odds of that exact bad thing ever happening to you again are actually almost infinitesimal.

There’s pretty much never going to be a giant palmetto bug in the cereal bowl again (not least because I’ve lived here several months now and have methodically eradicated the interior population with boric acid and traps and hygiene) (although, they’ll always fly in if I leave the doors or windows open—let’s face it, after 320 million years of natural selection? the odds are never in my favor). But the one-time reinforcement of adrenaline-fuelled terror was so strong that I’ll always probably react, at least a little bit, as though I expect there to be.

Whenever I start harassing myself about various trauma responses, I need to remember this. It only happened one time? Not really the point. It wasn’t that bad, it was only […]? Clearly it was “that bad” if I’m still jumping and flinching and gasping and sitting upright in bed, my heart pounding and my hair drenched in sweat and no one there.

Listen to the symptoms, my psych hospital therapist taught us in her weekly trauma education group. You don’t need photographically detailed memories (and in fact you’ll never have them, because your frontal lobe goes completely offline during traumatic events, derailing both language and memory); you don’t need legal proof or Geneva Convention documentation that what happened to you was genuinely traumatic. Look at your life—watch what your body does—see how you react. Are you dissociating, self-harming, unable to predict your own response from moment to moment, hour to hour?

Sometimes, it only has to happen once to make you expect it for the rest of your life.

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metaneira:

gallopingtormaunt:

I’m not posting this ironically or as a joke. I think this is an important part of love and trust.


superman gave batman a kryptonite ring in case superman ever goes nuts and needs to be taken down

metaneira:

gallopingtormaunt:

I’m not posting this ironically or as a joke. I think this is an important part of love and trust.

superman gave batman a kryptonite ring in case superman ever goes nuts and needs to be taken down

lambhoof:

i have a special folder for photos of small dogs snoozing on large sleeping places

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talking to cis people like 

  • me:  but what about puberty?
  • cis person:  we've already had it
  • me:  we've had one, yes. but what about second puberty?
  • other trans person:  I don't think they know about second puberty, pip
  • me:  but what about elevensies?

ghoulnextdoor:

Ghostly installation for St George’s church by artist Jakub Hadrava in the Czech village of Lukova

This is incredibly cool. I would love to visit (during the day or the early evening).

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tags: # creepy cool # art

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Saturday morning, over 1,000 people march for justice for Michael Brown. 

August 30th.

hayleytonks:

solthree:

positive lady characters meme | Martha Jones + powerful/feminist moment

I was 900% prepared for her to flip the bird for science in this scene like oh here’s the bones of the finger that I use to say ‘fuck you’

UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For 'Stand Your Ground' Review 

sun-thief-rai:

questionall:

* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

"STAND YOUR GROUND" LAWS

In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.

THIS IS GOOD.

THIS IS REAL GOOD.

euclase:

I was going to give him a balloon hat but this seemed better.

Poor Dean, forced to look upon the face of the Lord’s Crawdad.

euclase:

I was going to give him a balloon hat but this seemed better.

Poor Dean, forced to look upon the face of the Lord’s Crawdad.

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