Dragons and Kisses

Now with more gay

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Final Fantasy XIII is coming to Steam October 9!! Maybe everyone knew but I sure didn’t!

I’ve heard bad things about it but the JRPG fan in me can’t help but aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

I mean get excited

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Because I’m not always full of energy or motivation or time to cook, I often make one or more big batches each week that’s good for at least four meals and just eat it several days in a row.

Last week one of those meals was Japanese-style curry and this week I started craving it again, so I bought another box of curry roux, but this time I bought the extra hot, because the hot was actually just medium according to my tastes. I’m also going to add sweet potatoes (in addition to the potatoes, onions, and carrots I used last time). I thought about making the roux from scratch but I got lazy.

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*sings* Libérez nous des Libéraux, Libérez-nous des Libéraux, Libérez-nous des Libéraux~

FYI for those not in Quebec and not following Quebec politics, the Liberal Party of Quebec is in no way, shape or form a progressive party. It is the economic liberal, as in neoliberal, as in *capitalism intensifies*. ETA: Wikipedia calls them centrists and certainly they aren’t *super* conservative or anything, but they do like their austerity measures and they don’t seem to like Muslims, soooooo…

And the song above is by Loco Locass

Filed under not that any of the major parties seem to like muslims lately

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Quebec Liberals working on 'moderate' Charter of Values

fycanadianpolitics:

no no no no no

(via asexualsatyr)

Filed under pour une charte ugh fuck la charte I'm sure mister is happy quebec canada islamophobia

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Quebec laws keep undocumented children out of school | rabble.ca

For two years, 13-year-old Max stayed home while most children his age made their way to school in Quebec. Max and his mother applied to become refugees in Canada and while their application was in process, Max attended school. But when their application got denied, he was ineligible to go to public school for free and his mother would have to pay $5,000 to $6,000 per year. At the time, Max’s mother, who cleaned houses to pay rent, could not afford the fees and so Max remained at home. Two years later, the family got their status and he attended school once again. However, advocates argue that being away from school has a long-lasting effect on the social and personal progress of undocumented children like Max.

This September as children across Quebec head to school, untold numbers of undocumented children, like Max, will be left behind, according to the Education Across Borders Collective, a Montreal-based advocacy group. 

Most cities in North America offer free primary and secondary education for all children regardless of their immigration status. However, non-status children in Quebec cannot attend public school unless they are charged with the $5000 to $6000 fee. Most undocumented families in Canada have a hard time affording to pay the fee because of their precarious situations. 

"It’s a very confusing system… people’s status and paperwork are reversible but what is not reversible and what can’t be changed is the effect on these children who are being kept from school," said Malek Yalaoui, a member of the Education Across Borders Collective

Yalaoui added that Quebec is the only jurisdiction in North America that systematically prevents non-status children from attending school for free. 

"Quebec really stands out alone in the world on this issue," she said. 

The collective is demanding that the Quebec Ministry of Education change the law to allow free public education for all children. The group is also calling people across Canada to take part in actions and campaigns to pressure the government to change its law. 

(Source: fycanadianpolitics, via asexualsatyr)

Filed under gross quebec canada school discrimination

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I am reading The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici as research, and it starts out with a detailed portrait of 14th and 15th century Florence that alternates between fascinating and horrifying.

For instance, did you know that in Florence, buying slaves from abroad was legalized in 1336? Obviously this was before the Atlantic Slave Trade, and most of the slaves were Turkish, Greek, or Russian. I won’t go too much into details, but it was a form of chattel slavery in which slaves had basically no rights and owners could do whatever they wanted with them. Often they were young women and worked as servants in rich households (p.23).

I wouldn’t entirely recommend the book, as the writer, Christopher Hibbert,  uses phrasing that implies he agrees with certain prejudices held by the historical people he studies (not saying he does agree, but at the very least it’s jarring to read certain things framed as fact) but it is interesting so far and I often find historical works a bit dry.

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I read the remaining three Circle of Magic books (by Tamora Pierce) last night and they were So Good!

Now I’m going to have to read The Circle Opens. But I’ll probably hold off a couple of days so I’m more motivated to read my research books in the mean time.

Filed under bs bookrants

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Hmmm part of me wants to replay certain bits of ACII, possibly with Italian audio this time, to refresh my memory for my potential fic

but meeeeeh it’s not my favorite game in the series and Ezio is meh

I think I’m in the minority on that though

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