saint-flamingo

saint-flamingo asked:

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FIND MY SOULMATE ON TINDER

angrycrossfitter answered:

You eat his soul so he can’t ever leave you.

Or take a screen shot of your profiles and first conversation and display them prominently at your wedding…

saint-flamingo:

I’ll keep this mind when I meet this guy in a few minutes. I’m 90% sure we’re meant to be.

Good luck girl!

Israel

I wish that my generation would stop claiming to be “pro Palestine,” without knowing the history. I think it’s really easy to make Israel look like the bad guy—unless you’ve looked at the history. Lets talk history! Historically, Christians were unable to charge interest on loans because of the Bible. Jews were not so restricted so they could lend money and make a profit—and they did (that’s where we get this idea that Jews are rich). This didn’t endear them to Christians, add that to the whole killing Jesus thing/medieval superstition and Jews and Christians weren’t friendly*. When the economy got too bad, or there was a plague or something else terrible happened Jews were handy scapegoats. They got run out of town or killed. After enduring generations of this treatment some Jews were like F THIS and wanted to create a homeland for the Jews in the Israel of the Bible (now the Turkish Ottoman Empire.) Zionists started arriving in waves—and living peacefully alongside the Arabs.

Then BOOM WORLD WAR 1. The TOE allied with Germany. In an effort to knock out an enemy, the British capitalized on Arab discontent and convinced them to revolt with the promise that they would support Palestinian rule over Palestine. At the same time, Zionist were immigrating and organizing in Palestine, trying to form a Jewish homeland. Meanwhile, the British were making other promises. In 1917, in the middle of the revolt, the Balfour Declaration became public, which stated that Britain supported the creation of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. In addition to their promise to the Arabs and the Jews, Britain drew up a secret agreement with France that planned for the colonization of Arabia. When WWI ended in 1918, France and Britain split up the former Ottoman lands (Sykes-Picot Agreement) In the British mandate, Britain gained control of Palestine. Our modern Arab-Israeli conflict was born.

Jewish immigration sometimes displaced Arabs, and tensions arose over land. The 1920’s saw violence carried out by both parties. Immigration increased in the 1930’s when Hitler began gaining control in Europe. This increase in immigration ended in a second Arab Revolt in 1936—against the British and Zionists. Together, they crushed the revolt. In a response to the pressure, Britain issued another declaration: The White Papers. Which would have ensured an independent Palestinian state within ten years, and through restricting Jewish immigration, would have ensured an Arab majority. This pleased no one. The Jewish-Zionist felt that it went against the Balfour Declaration and endangered their dream of a Jewish Homeland, and most Palestinians wanted nothing less than the entirety of Palestine.

After WWII, the British were like WE ARE DONE and let the UN take over Palestine. In 1947 the UN voted on their answer. The compromise involved splitting Palestine. A little over half of Palestine would become a Jewish state, and the other section would remain an Arab state. This left Bethlehem, and Jerusalem as an international zone. The Zionists were willing to compromise and approved the plan. Palestinians, backed by the Arab league did not. A “Liberation Army” of surrounding Arab nations invaded Palestine to help stop any part of it from becoming a Jewish State. In 1948 the State of Israel was created, and surrounding Arab armies immediately invaded Israel. This led to the first official Arab-Israeli war. Israel was better prepared and organized, and they war ended with Israel occupying more land than they would have received had Palestine been portioned as the UN had planned. About half of the Arabs in Palestine fled, becoming refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, or surrounding countries. After the armistice was signed Jordan had control of the West Bank, including Jerusalem. Egypt claimed the Gaza Strip. Israel had control over the rest of Palestine, and the Palestinians were refugees.

After the first war, history becomes even more complex. Technically, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was at a standstill until 1987. The Arab-Israeli conflict was not. The area became a testing ground for Cold War weapons—a place where the world powers could fight without starting another World War. The Soviet Union backed the Arab nations, and appears to have encouraged conflict. In 1967 the USSR lied to the Syrian’s about an Israeli force gathering to attack Syria. Although there was no force gathering, tensions were high and Egypt started to mass their own force to defend Syria. This frightened the Israeli’s. They attacked Egypt and Syria first, who were soon aided by Jordan. The war ended within six days. During the war Israel captured and held the West Bank and Gaza strip.

In 1973 Egypt attempted to regain the land lost in the Six Day War in 1967. When Egyptian attempts to diplomatically regain their land were ignored, they attacked Israel on the Jewish holiday Yom-Kippur . This prompted Western military support for Israel, and an American effort to broker peace. In 1978 a peace between Israel and Egypt was reached, and although discussions about peace between Israel and Palestinians were begun, they did not come to fruition.
After Egypt made peace with Israel it became abundantly clear that Arab nations were more concerned about themselves than about forming an independent Palestine. Egypt, Syria and Jordan certainly were not fond of Israel, but they were content to let it exist as long as it was on Palestinian land and did not affect them. The Arab league created the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1964. It wasn’t so much a Liberation army as a way for the Arab nations to control the Palestinians. It was a tool use to harass Israel, without a nation actually having to commit to war. It wasn’t until 1987 that Palestinians actually launched an attack on Israel. The Intifada (Arabic for “shaking off”) was a mobilization by the people of Gaza and West Bank against the Israeli occupiers who had been allowed to run unchecked since 1967. Under Israeli occupation Palestinians in the occupied territories suffered severe human rights violations. They were forbidden to show Palestinian nationalism and were subject to curfews. Gathering thyme, an ingredient in many Palestinian dishes, was outlawed. Palestinians were imprisoned without a trial, and many were tortured. The PLO didn’t start the uprising, the abused people did. Even though it failed, it forced the world to look at the reality of Palestine and forced the PLO to stop being a pawn of the Arab world and declare a plan to achieve independence. As a result of the pressure brought on by the uprising the Palestinian National Council met in Africa to denounce terrorism, recognize Israel as a nation, and declare an independent Palestine in the West Bank and Gaza.

The Intifada might have been more successful had it not been immediately followed by the PLO allying themselves with the losing side in the Gulf War. Frustrated by being ignored by the US and Israel, the PLO sided with Saddam Hussein when he invaded Kuwait. They didn’t necessarily support Saddam, they just saw it as a way to change how the Arab world saw them. As a result, Saudi Arabia stopped funding the PLO, which was a severe blow to the already struggling organization. The only positive for the PLO is that the dire straits the Palestinian people found themselves in encouraged the growth of radical Islamic groups. They made the PLO look preferable, and Israel finally agreed to negotiate with them.

Israel and Palestine met in Norway in 1993, and again at Camp David in 2000 to try and reach a peaceful agreement. In the Oslo Accords Israel agreed to withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza and they allowed the creation of a Palestinian Authority over that area. The PLO had no choice but to agree. Although this took place, the agreement was never finalized and a more solid peace was never established. In 2000, talks fell through over the sovereignty of East Jerusalem. The failed peace talks sparked the second Intifada that we are witnessing today.

Complicated doesn’t even begin to cover it. Hamas is a terrorist group, Israel is tired of being attacked. Don’t just listen to the news, THINK. If you still want to support the creation of an Arab Palestine, then do so. But don’t act like it’s simple. All life is precious, and this conflict represents the destruction of life.

The significance of 30yo is that he was the first guy I “dated” after my three year long relationship unfolded. The difference between dating at 18 and dating at 21 was huge for me. 30yo didn’t want to “date” me. He was the first guy to actually say “why don’t we just have sex and you date other guys” and I was astounded by it.

But he is considered “family,” so he’s given a pass. Some members of the family still seem to hold out hope that we will end up together. But we won’t. He thinks I use big words to sound smart. He is always genuinely surprised to find me attractive. He’s like 200 lbs overweight.

Now it appears that he wants me to chase after him. But it’s been two years. I’m no longer that person. Yes, I could do it. But, what would I do once I caught him? Throw him back for giggles?