Jianju 愛の戦士

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    • Fav Book: Excerpts for July and August

      2 months ago

      Jianju

      If there is one book every citizen of every country should read as part of their civic duty, it's this book.  Ironic then that someone like me, who doesn't consider myself a citizen of any human government (not in the truest sense) would read such a book and think so highly of it ....while most national citizens are oblivious to it or will almost assuredly never take the time from their busy schedules to read it.  To their own demise.


      I've divided the excerpts into 3 parts:  Part 1 - The What, Part 2 - The Who, Part 3 - The Why


      Either way, it's short, to the point, and touches every aspect of your life now and in the future, whether you want it to or not.  Anyway, here are some snippets to give you an idea of the iceberg beneath the water....


      BEHIND THE GREEN MASK:  U.N. AGENDA 21 by Rosa Koire


      (btw, Rosa Koire was a Forensic Commercial Real Estate Appraiser specializing in eminent domain evaluation for some 30 years, she knows this information firsthand.)


      PART 1 - THE WHAT (What is Agenda 21 basically?)

      Have you wondered where these terms 'sustainability' and 'Smart Growth' and 'high density urban mixed use development' came from?  Doesn't it seem that about 10 years ago you'd never heard of them and now everything seems to include these buzz words?  Is that just a coincidence?  That every town and county and state and nation in the world would be changing their land use/planning codes and government policies to align themselves with... what?

      ....UN Agenda 21.  What is it?

      ....

      While many support the United Nations for its peacemaking efforts, few know that it has very specific land use policies that it wants implemented in every city, county, state, and nation.  The specific plan is called United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, which has its basis in Communitarianism.  By now, most Americans have heard of sustainable development but are largely unaware of Agenda 21; the agenda for the 21st century.

      ...

      UN Agenda 21 policies date back to the 1970s but it got its real start in 1992 at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro when President Bush signed onto it along with the leaders of 178 other countries.  Because it is a 'soft law' it did not have to be ratified by the Congress.  The following year President Clinton began to implement it by creating the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD).  Made up of cabinet level government officials, captains of industry (including Ken Lay of Enron), and non-profit groups such as the Sierra Club, one of the first tasks of the PCSD was to a give multi-million dollar grant to the American Planning Association to design a legislative guidebook to be used as a blueprint for every city, county, and state in the United States in order to implement UN Agenda 21.  This document, called Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change, took seven years to complete, and a full nine years to arrive at the final version.  The guidebook, and it's not just a guidebook but a blueprint, contains sample legislation, ordinances, rules, regulations, and statutes to be incorporated into the General Plans of every single city and county in the United States.  By 2002, every planning department and every local, state, and federal department that governs land use had a copy and was implementing the practices.  Every university, every college, every junior college, private school and teaching institution in our nation was using Growing Smart in its curriculum.  


      A non-governmental organization called the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, ICLEI, is tasked with carrying out the goals of UN Agenda 21 locally.  Over 600 cities and counties in the U.S. are members.  The costs are paid by taxpayers.

      ...

      Recently, ICLEI changed its name so that you wouldn't notice that it's an international organization.  It's now called ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.

      ....

      You can read it yourself on the United Nations website.  Just put UN Agenda 21 in a search engine.  Some of the most important information can be found in Chapter 7 - Human Settlements, which is the foundation for 'Sustainable Communities' and in the last chapters where the technology and methods for implementation are discussed.


      PART 2 - THE WHO (Who is effected and how?)

      In 1976 the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I) stated in its preamble that 'private landownership is also a principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice... Public control of land use is therefore indispensible.'  Think about the implications of that when we're discussing eminent domain, land use restrictions, and conservation easements.

      ...

      In its 'Our Common Future' report to the United Nations, the Brundtland Commission defined sustainable development as:  'Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.'  All that remained was to state that our current activities and means of living were 'compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs' and then decide what to do about it.

      ...The philosophical basis for much of UN Agenda 21 legislation and regulation is the Precautionary Principle.  It's from the 1992 Rio de Janiero Earth Summit and is Principle 15.  The definition:  The precautionary principle states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action.


      It's sort of a guilty-until-proven-innocent thing.  Calling it a principle makes it a source of law in the European Union.

      ...

      Here's the Green Mask Story:

      We discovered recently that the planet is heating up fast.  The ice caps are melting.  Sea levels are rising.  Biodiversity is threatened.  There are too many people.  Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas contributing to the rise in temperature.  Our use of oil and natural gas combined with development in the world's rural areas is intensifying global warming/climate change.  We have to change, and fast.  Time is running out.  Celebrities, officials, and all sane people agree that the planet is in danger and we are the cause.

      ....

      [speaking of what is on ICLEI's website]  'Radical solutions' and 'accelerated action' are required to survive.  Notice that even if every local government in ICLEI performed in the most advanced manner into the future that it would not be enough to reach a sustainable level.  Feel that panic?

      ...

      [here's a scenario of how it works]  ...you were told that multi-story housing must be built along bus or rail lines in your town, and that the current design of buildings and streets in your city center is all wrong.  You were told that living the rural or suburban lifestyle is bad for the planet, and that you drive too much, eat too much, water your garden too much, use too much energy, and are destroying the planet with your selfish attitude.  How do they know?  Because your city conducted or is in the process of conducting a Climate Resiliency Study to measure your greenhouse gas emissions.  Chances are you're somewhere in that milestone list and the pressure is on.  Your city or county's General Plan has been changed to conform to UN Agenda 21.  Remember though, that they want your 'buy-in' so that they can say it's your plan.

      ...

      The carrot for you, the mule, is that you'll be saving the planet from imminent disaster if you follow the new rules.  And if you don't want to?  The stick.  Legislation.

      ...

      First, before I get going, I want to say that yes, I know it really is a small world and we're all one planet etc.  ...So I'm not against making certain issues a priority, such as mindful energy use, alternative energy sponsorship, recycling/reuse, and sensitivity to all living creatures.

      ....

      The Wildlands Project is one of those science fiction-y sounding things that makes people look at you funny when you talk about it. ....By now you've seen the map that Dr. Michael Coffman prepared for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's objections to the Convention on Biodiversity Treaty on the Senate floor.  The treaty was never ratified by the Senate but is being implemented administratively.  If you haven't seen it put 'Wildlands Map' in your search browser. [also see wildlandsnetwork.org] When you see it, it looks like the whole US is a mass of red and yellow lines.  Those lines represent wildlife corridors, both existing and proposed, that restrict human activity.  The idea is to bring back species into the wild and provide corridors traversing the continent for their safe migration.  Sounds terrific, doesn't it?  

      ...

      They obviously don't own all of that land so the plan is to either acquire it in fee (government parks or land off-limits to human activity), by conservation easements, or through restrictions or regulations (biotic resource overlays, sensitive species overlays etc. in General Plans).

      ...

      The PCSD formalized its recommendations in 'Sustainable America - A New Consensus.'  We have never been the same since.

      One of the elements of a new rule of law is the creation of a new language to go with it.  Called 'jargon,' this new vocabulary has a different meaning for those in the know from what you would understand from just seeing or hearing those words.  Nearly every profession has its jargon, but the implementers of UN Agenda 21 rely on the obscurity of their definitions to keep you from becoming alarmed.


      Livable.  Walkable.  Vibrant.  Bikeable.  Consensus.  Conversation.  Progressive.  Community.  Diversity.  Carbon Footprint.  Smart.  Vision.  Green.  Stakeholders.  Regional.  Sustainable.  Buzz words and slogans are used as tags to manipulate you.    

      ...

      The word 'consensus,' for example, is defined in my dictionary as "An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole."  In the PCSD's list of vital elements to incorporate into their recommendations they included this statement:  'We need a new collaborative decision process that leads to better decisions, more rapid change, and more sensible use of human, natural, and financial resources in achieving our goals.'   A new collaborative decision process.  The new definition for consensus is the neutralization of expressed opposition.

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      The Delphi Technique.  Developed by the RAND Corporation as a Cold War mind control technique, Delphi is used to channel a group of people to accept a point of view that is imposed on them while convincing them that it was their idea.  In the 1970s and '80s, it was used to convince land owners of the merits of accepting General Plan maps.  Delphi can be used on any group, from just one person to the entire world.  Trained facilitators present a range of choices to a group but have tailored them to direct the outcome.  This is most often done in public meetings, called 'visioning meetings,' put on by your city or county to get your opinion on Your Town 2020 or 2035.  Money for these programs often comes from federal agencies (members of the President's Council on Sustainable Development) in the form of grants to your local government.  The meetings are advertised as an opportunity for you to give your input to an exciting new plan for the redesign of your city center for the future.  You'll usually see it as a specific plan that involves housing and land use restrictions.

      ...

      The facilitator is often a private consultant who has been professionally trained in running and managing a meeting.  This consultant has been hired by your city to fulfill the requirement that the project has been seen and supported by its citizens -- it's YOUR plan.  If the project is a controversial one the city may have put out the call for non-profit groups, neighborhood associations, city boards and commissions, and city employees to send members to seed the audience and outnumber potential opponents.  This is war.  On those few occasions when the majority of the attendees object to the planned outcome, the facilitator will close the meeting and reschedule it for another time and place.  You are experiencing the new consensus.

      ...

      The idea is that neighborhoods need a 'voice' - that's the 'problem.'  The 'solution'?  As Seattle did, the City will help them vocalize by creating another government department and actually hiring private facilitators to head up neighborhood associations.  Yes, that's right.  No messy actual neighbors running the neighborhood association.  Taxpayer-funded Delphi'ers handle you.  Supposedly because some people's voices are not heard when stronger personalities are running things, this way the neighborhood has a direct pipeline into the City, and vice versa.  Now, don't think that the take-over of our neighborhood association was a natural, organic thing.  It wasn't.  It was a manufactured neighborhood association stocked with team-players for Team Smart Growth.  Their control gives them the access to pick winners and losers using non-governmental means.  That way they can change the city without accountability and direct the change without acknowledging that it's being done.


      PART 3 - THE WHY (What's the real goal?)

      The book gets to the point on this, but for most of you reading this, it probably jumps over too many stones for you to follow.  So for a more complete understanding of the why, I recommend watching these three documentaries:

      How Big Oil Conquered the World

      Why Big Oil Conquered the World

      What Is Sustainable Development?


      It's your world.  And with something like this, knowledge is power.  Forewarned in forearmed.  

      "Shrewd is the one that has seen the calamity and proceeds to conceal himself.  But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences." - Proverbs 22:3

    • AngelFlower23 asked Jianju a question

      Hey how do I search for a user and friend request them? Sorry to bother I'm just fairly new to this sitec

      Answered: Jul 10, 2018

      If you know their username you may be able to enter it in the site's search feature.  In forums you can click their username link and on their profile will be a +FRIEND button.  Hope that helps.

    • Best Quotes for June: Globalism

      4 months ago

      Jianju

      I did book excerpts before, and now I'm gonna do quotes.  A different category each month.  This month I got 3 quotes about Globalism.  What is Globalism?  It's the world's movement toward becoming more united.  Or is it?  Some think there is a conspiracy toward a One World Government.  Have you heard about this?  


      Take a look at these 3 quotes given by one man with power, one with money, and one with influence...


      "Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure--one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."
      - David Rockefeller, "Memoirs" 


      "First we Americans are going to have to weld up some of our sovereignty.  That's going to be to many, a bitter pill.  Today we must develop federal structures on a global level.  To deal with  world problems, we need a system of enforceable world law, a democratic federal world government.  Most important, we should sign and ratify the treaty for a permanent international criminal court.  
      Pat Robinson has written in a book a few years ago, that we should have a world government, but only when the Messiah arrives.  He wrote, literally, 'any attempt to achieve world order before that time, must be the work of the devil.'  Well join me, I'm glad to sit here at the right hand of Satan."
      - Walter Cronkite, at a World Federalist Association meeting in 1999


      "All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true in itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying." 

      —Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X)


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      And if these quotes piqued your interest on the topic, you might want to watch this video:  What Is Agenda 21/2030 Sustainable Development?


    • My first Instagram Video to get over 100,000 views!!!

      4 months ago

      Jianju

      I work at a Dental Lab doing social media and marketing.  I made my first video about a week ago where I called all the shots on how I wanted it made.  And it got over 170,000 views on Instagram so far!  Not bad :)


      If you want to check it out, it's about how they make a soft nighttime mouth guard.  Here is the link for the Instagram post.  And here is the YouTube version if you prefer the wider screen format.

    • SailorGirl81 asked Jianju a question

      I'm curious-did you delete your post about RWBY or did someone else?

      Answered: Jan 31, 2018

      When I hit enter to post it glitched and my screen when blank, never happened to me before.  Maybe I @ at too many people...  Had to re-write it. See my last post on my profile.

    • Fav Book: Excerpt on Nutrition

      11 months ago

      Jianju

      This month's favorite book excerpt is from "NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements for the Americas", 6th Edition, by Lyle MacWilliam, BSc, MSc, FP.  You'd think a comparative guide may just have charts, but this one also does a good job of explaining some of the science behind the nutrition.  As many of my favorite books, this one is great from beginning to end, I'm just gonna drop a few pages about Nrf2 and Redox Balance, for tasters.  Hope you're science top heavy, because this excerpt is like reading a biochemistry text book.  But it's about what may well be the mechanics of aging (and possibly, anti-aging).


      p. 47 - Nrf2 and Redox Balance

        Nrf2 is a nuclear transcription factor that is the master regulator controlling redox balance in the cell.  Nrf2 is responsible for the transcription of over 500 genes in the human genome, most of which have protective functions.  The protein is expressed in all cells of the body at low levels, with the highest concentrations found in the kidney, muscle, lung, heart, liver, and brain.  Best known for its ability to choreograph redox balance through the stimulation of highly coordinated endogenous antioxidant activities, Nrf2 does much more than that: it activates detoxification mechanisms to disarm and remove harmful xenobiotics and heavy metals; it produces major anti-inflammatory changes; it stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis and improves mitochondrial function.  There is also strong evidence that the Nrf2 signalling pathway plays a key role in the determination of species longevity and may, indeed, be the master regulator of both healthspan and lifespan.


        In a good example of what we said earlier about nature being decidedly conservative, Nrf2 -- despite having a half-life (the time required for one-half the quantity of any biomolecule in a living organism to be metabolized or eliminated through normal biological processes) of only 20 minutes -- is kept under tight control in the cytoplasm, bound to a protein called KEAP1 (Kelch-like ECH-associated protein-1).  When things are quiet, KEAP1 maintains an awareness of toxic influences, such as environmental poisons, and electrophilic and reactive oxygen species (ROS).   KEAP1 anchors Nrf2 to scaffolding proteins in the cytoplasm, eventually attaching it to a molecule of ubiquitin (known as the "kiss of death" for proteins).  This action initiates a journey that carries the Nrf2 molecule to a proteasome (a protein complex in the cytoplasm that is responsible for degrading wastes such as damaged proteins by cleavage of the peptide bonds between the constituent amino acids), an organelle (small organ within the cell) where proteins are constantly being degraded and recycled for further use by the cell.


        However, when the Nrf2/KEAP1 complex detects any of a wide range of signals, including the presence of reactive species (ROS, RNS), inflammation, injury, UV light, cigarette smoke, and other environmental toxins, a reduction in available energy supply, or the presence of electrophiles (chemicals attracted to electrons), its physical shape changes.  This loosens KEAP1's grasp on Nrf2, allowing it to escape and cross the nuclear membrance.


        Once inside the nucleus, Nrf2 binds to the promoter sequence of a protein of DNA near the Electrophile Response Element (EpRE) region, (formerly -- and incorrectly -- known as the Antioxidant Response Element or ARE).  This region is a collection of hundreds of genes involved in many aspects of cellular protection.  These include: the production of antioxidant molecules and enzymes to maintain redox balance; the suppression of inflammation; the activation of key longevity genes; and the stimulation of mitochondrial biogenesis and autophagy, the house-keeping activities that all cells need to stay healthy (we'll discuss these processes in the next chapter).


        The spectrum of diseases positively affected by Nrf2 is wide.  Cardiovascular diseases; neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease; metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes; autoimmune diseases; chronic kidney diseases; and several cancers all respond to Nrf2 signalling.  Reviews describe the Nrf2 pathway as a "master regulator of the aging process," and one that "plays a critical role in the determination of species longevity."  One review submits that the "finding that raising Nrf2 (in the body) may be useful in prevention and/or treatment of this list of diseases seems almost too good to be true," adding, "Nrf2 is likely to be the most important health promoting approach into the foreseeable future."


        ...."What must be done to activate the available Nrf2 in a way that will promote health and longevity?"



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      The next section of the chapter is about how Nrf2 is activated.  It's all very interesting, but that gives you an idea.

    • Fav Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

      1 year ago

      Jianju

      Been about a month since my last favorite book excerpts.  Recently I read a book that way more people that I know have heard about than my usual reads.  Rich Dad, Poor Dad is interesting to me because the world of money is one I hadn't really explored yet.  I hate money. I think rich people suck and are one of the main reason this world sucks. I'm not really talking about the 1%, but the 1% of the 1%.  In some ways this book confirmed my suspicions, in some ways it made me see what I already knew in a new light, and in others it shed light on things that I knew I didn't know... and now having read it, the world makes a little more sense and is less scary in that I understand the world better, and more scary because I see a little more clearly how we're all screwed.  But those are just my conclusions/meditations, I'm sure other people may get a very different set of take-aways from reading it.


      But anyway, here are some great excerpts from it:


      p. 11

          I had two fathers, a rich one and a poor one.  One was highly educated and intelligent; he had a Ph.D. and completed four years of undergraduate work in less than two years.  He then went on to Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University to do his advanced studies, all on full financial scholarships.  The other father never finished the eighth grade.

          Both men were successful in their careers, working hard all their lives.  Both earned substantial incomes.  Yet one struggled financially all his life.  The other would become one of the richest men in Hawaii.  One died leaving tens of millions of dollars to his family, charities and his chruch.  The other left bills to be paid.  

          Both men were strong, charismatic and influential.  Both men offered me advice, but they did not advise the same things.  Both men believed strongly in education but did not recommend the same course of study.

          If I had had only one dad, I would have had to accept or reject his advice.  Having two dads advising me offered me the choice of contrasting points of view; one of a rich man and one of a poor man.

          Instead of simply accepting or rejecting one or the other, I found myself thinking more, comparing and then choosing for myself.


      p. 30

      "The poor and the middle class work for money.  The rich have money work for them."


      p. 31

          "You see, your dad went to school and got an excellent education, so he could get a high-paying job.  Which he did.  But he still has money problems because he never learned anything about money at school.  On top of that, he believes in working for money."

          "And you don't?"  I asked.

          "No, not really," said rich dad.  "If you want to learn to work for money, then stay in school.  That is a great place to learn to do that.  But if you want to learn how to have money work for you, then I will teach you that.  But only if you want to learn."


      p. 37

      ... But money cannot do that."

          "Even rich people?"  Mike asked.

          "Rich people included," said rich dad.  "In fact, the reason many rich people are rich is not because of desire but because of fear.  They actually  think that money can eliminate that fear of not having money, of being poor, so they amass tons of it only to find out the fear gets worse.  They now fear losing it.  I have friends who keep working even though they have plenty.  I know people who have millions who are more afraid now than when they were poor.  They're terrified of losing all their money.  The fears that drove them to get rich got worse.  That weak and needy part of their soul is actually screaming louder.  They don't want to lose the big houses, the cars, the high life that money has bought them.  They worry about what their friends would say if they lost all their money.  Many are emotionally desperate and neurotic, although they look rich and have more money."

          "So is a poor man happier?" I asked.

          "No, I don't think so," replied rich dad.  "The avoidance of money is just as psychotic as being attached to money."


      p. 38

          "So what do we do?" I asked.  "Not work for money until all traces of fear and greed are gone?"

          "No, that would be a waste of time," said rich dad.  "Emotions are what make us human.  Make us real.  The word 'emotion' stands for energy in motion.  Be truthful about your emotions, and use your mind and emotions in your favor, not against yourself."


      p. 39

          "I want to teach you to master the power of money.  Not be afraid of it.  And they don't teach that in school.  If you don't learn it, you become a slave to money."



      The whole book is good, pretty compact quick read to, but maybe you get the idea.  The first couple chapters in particular tell some stories about lessons he learned young.  Later chapters are more him explaining details about principles of how to really make money.

    • 5 of my Favorite Quotes

      1 year ago

      Jianju

      "There is no such thing as a safe vaccine.  There are three things that are not covered by any insurance company.  Acts of god, nuclear war, and vaccines.  That tells you something."  

      - Dr. Rebecca Carley


      "For it so falls out that what we have we prize not the worth whiles we enjoy it.  But being lacked and lost, why then we rack the value, then we find the virtue that possession would not show us whiles it was ours."

      - William Shakespeare


      "The toaster has been laughing at me and the doll is trying to kill me."

      - Homer Simpson


      "People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

      If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

      If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.

      If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

      The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.

      Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

      For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway."

      - Mother Theresa


      "Rules are made for a reason.  But when you follow rules without reason, you end up following rules for no reason."

      - Me

    • 20 of My Favorite Songs of All Time

      1 year ago

      Jianju

      The Ballad of Sal Villanueva by Taking Back Sunday

      Babydoll by Mariah Carey

      Wait by M83

      Oh My Prince by Neon Bunny (왕자님)

      I Miss You by Aaliyah


      Circles by Vanic and Machineheart

      Promise by Ben Howard

      I Think I'm A Clone Now by Weird Al

      Ma Cherie by Malice Mizer (Gackt vocals)

      Your Hand In Mine by Explosions In The Sky


      Insane In The Membrane by Cypress Hill

      In My Dream by Luna Sea

      The Beautiful Ones by Mariah Carey (Prince cover)

      Heading Home by Gryffin (feat. Josef Salvat)

      Dog Days Are Over by Florence & The Machine


      Lay Your Hands On Me by AmaLee (cover of Kiznaiver OP)

      Back to the Earth by Rusted Root

      Anyway You Choose to Give It by The Black Ghosts - Boy 8-bit dub Remix

      Azwaw 2 by Cheb Mami

      Master of Tides by Lindsey Stirling


      I say "20 of.." because it's really hard for me to compare music across genres and moods.  But I tried to include a good variety, a more comprehensive list would number above 500.  


      If you liked these you may also like some of the songs on my YouTube Music Mix.


      Got any recommendations for me?  Comment links below :)

    • 10 Things About Me

      1 year ago

      Jianju

      So my pal @Fly posted 30 Things About Him that I thought was cool (I like learning about other people), and I'm gonna run with that idea.  Here are 10 things about me that aren't too incriminating.  


      1)  I'm human, so go figure I love art, stories, and pretty much anything that explores and expresses the human experience.  Music, visual art, and story come together in anime... and I love anime.  I don't like limiting myself to anything in the realm of art and expression though, except on moral grounds.  Any culture, language, genre, etc... as long as it is able to impact my soul.


      2)  I love nature.  Hikes are great, especially on trails with awesome viewpoints and great geographical features.  Any terrain is good, desert, woods, caves, mountains... I'm up for all of it.  Even any time of year.  I want to go scuba diving but haven't yet.  Nature documentaries are great, I enjoy learning about nature and other living organisms, from microbes to dinosaurs.  Even nasty looking arthropods interest me.  I also love learning about the stars and galaxies, too bad we still have so much to learn in that category.


      3)  I consider myself a realist as well as an idealist.  ...as opposed to say, believing in religion because I was raised religious, I learn about reality and believe what I find to be it.  Kind of like Dwight Schrute's approach to 'not being an idiot', only I think, "is this for real?  and if it is, then I believe that thing."


      4)  I love comedy.  If a show doesn't have any comedy in it, chances are I'll only like it at the most.  I'm up for most every shade and style of comedy too.  But for whatever reason, I don't find stuff like Looney Toons, Seinfeld, or The Three Stooges to be all that funny.  Some stuff I've found hilarious:  Brian Regan, George Carlin,  The Simpsons, Wings (the 90s TV show that takes place in an airport), The Office, Kare Kano, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, NigaHiga, The Guild.


      5)  I'm the 2nd oldest of 6 siblings.


      6)  I'm one of those "crazy conspiracy theorists" that the media likes to deride so much.  While I don't believe in space alien or reptile people conspiracies, I do believe in New World Order, United Nations, and related conspiracy "theories."  If you'll remember, I only believe stuff if I find it to be true.  And I do not follow Alex Jones, that idiot is a shill meant to confuse people.


      7)  When I was a teenager I took 2 years of Taekwondo and still have decent martial arts reflexes.  While I'm not exactly skilled, I could defend myself against the average person very well.  Against the average thug... maybe not so much.


      8)  I'm doing my best to become a health nut.  Practicing grounding (see: http://www.groundology.co.uk/scientific-research ), becoming raw vegan (in the manner of a combo of Fully Raw Kristina, Victoria Boutenko, and Annette Larkins methods, as well as some of my own), using top rated Usana nutritional supplements (usana.com), exercise, and the list goes on....


      9)  My favorite fruit is pomegranate. 


      10)  I got to go to the first major movie Premiere screening that was outside of LA or New York City... it was in my currently home city of Tempe, for the movie Wolverine.  Got pictures of all the major actors including Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds.  Usually the first premiere is in one of those two cities.  I didn't actually go in the theatre though, but it was the event outside before the movie which was open to the public that I went to.  Hugh Jackman rode a motorcycle around the parking lot before coming on stage.

  • Comments (26)

    • Night_Wolf9 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      It's been a long time. Are you still around for more RWBY at this point ? You have a very interesting profile I have to say. 

      • Jianju 愛の戦士

        1 year ago

        It has indeed!  How are you doing???  It's great to see you again! XD

        Ummm... idk.  I'm really bummed about Pyrrha, but I'll still watch at this point.  The story hasn't completely lost its original appeal to me.  But so far I think it's lost a lot of what it had originally, at least 30% - 60% in my eyes.  In some ways the animation is better.  But they have lost some of the beauty that Monty had given the original characters (face and body shape especially, the lines, angles and proportions aren't as good).  They also lost a lot of what I loved about the battles - hand to hand/weapon to weapon, hard impact, super fast, artistically paced fighting.  And the character dynamics and tone have changed not favorably I think.  And I hate to admit it, but ....it's not as funny.

        I hope the last volume was a hiccup and vol 5 is a turn around.  How about you, what you think at RWBY at this point?


        You think my profile is interesting eh?

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    • Bumblebee4life

      1 year ago

      so have you seen the v4 premiere and what were your thoughts on it ( wasn't the servers crashing fuuuuuuuuuuuuun

      • Jianju 愛の戦士

        1 year ago

        lol, yeah, I tried replying to your question and it deleted my answer....  ahhhh@$^#$^!!!

        But I was able to reply and it's on the Consequences thread. #33317571 What did you think of vol 4 ch 1?

    • Jianju 愛の戦士

      2 years ago

      My friend Asia (pronounced Ah-sha) telling a high school story.  (she speaks Polish for a bit but it's mostly in English)

    • TheG33kymonk The Idiot

      2 years ago

      think it has to be between Ruby or Nora, because of their randomness and usual cheerfulness. I do love a lot of the characters with their backstory, but I feel pretty good, whenever I see these two doing their usual random things.


      I put it on the wrong place...

      • Jianju 愛の戦士

        2 years ago

        Both good choices :) I don't think there is a main character that I don't love or at least like. Except the villains, but I'm often a villain hater. There were only a couple of villains in Sailor Moon that I liked.

      • TheG33kymonk The Idiot

        2 years ago

        I think if the actor/author/writer/s makes you hate the villain/s then they did a good job, but if they make you love the villain/s then they did an amazing job.

        That's how I see it atleast.

    • TheG33kymonk The Idiot

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the FR and hope we can discuss random things :3

      • Jianju 愛の戦士

        2 years ago

        ty! Do you like cheese?

      • TheG33kymonk The Idiot

        2 years ago

        Does me eating a whole wedge of it for no reason count?

      • Jianju 愛の戦士

        2 years ago

        Yes it does. Who is your favorite RWBY character?

    • Fly Keeper of Blades

      2 years ago

      Hey. I appreciate the friend request... but why me?

      • Jianju 愛の戦士

        2 years ago

        Why not? You have some interesting comments on your profile ;)

      • Fly Keeper of Blades

        2 years ago

        Comments or Journal posts?


        And FR accepted. Welcome aboard.

      • Jianju 愛の戦士

        2 years ago

        ah, I guess they are called Journal posts ^_^
        Ahoy there matie!

      • Fly Keeper of Blades

        2 years ago

        Thank you? I don't write a journal every day/week/month or whatever... But when I write it seems to be a lot...

    • Jianju 愛の戦士

      2 years ago

      My theory of what could happen to Pyrrha:
      See also #33237055; #33237088; #33237114; #33237164; #33237173; #33237458; #33237587; #33242328;


      This is a re-post of #33239543

      Okay guys, this is just my imagination running away with me, so ya’ll can make fun of me if you want (and I’ll punch your face). But I want it to be said, so that if by some ridiculous happenstance I am right, I can say, “Ha! I kneeeeewwww it!” Even though I really didn’t, I just guessed it. At best I’m thinking I’ll just partially guess it. At worst, I’m utterly wrong and while most will forget I even wrote all this, some punks will point to this later and say, “You’re an idiot, nothing even remotely like that happened.” And then I’ll say, “You shut your face.”


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      Per my spiel about questioning why Pyrrha would choose to fight Cinder alone (#33220010), my conclusion was that “the only way I can see any actual sense in her decision to fight Cinder, would be if she somehow knew she was going to die, and knew she had to die.“


      I would like for RWBY to make sense to me, particularly in regards to Pyrrha’s death. So I’ve been asking myself the question: How would it make sense for Pyrrha to somehow know she was going to die, and know she had to die.?


      To be clear, I am NOT saying that Pyrrha wanted to commit suicide because she was emotionally turbulent, or guilty, or as an act of valor. I said “…. and knew she had to die.” If she only knew she was going to die, and went up the tower because of being emotionally turbulent or guilty, that would make her rash and suicidal, which really doesn’t fit the character. I would expect something like that of Yang XiaoLong, Shinji Ikari or Naruto though. And as I said in my spiel, duty would only make sense if she honestly could have expected to make a difference by fighting Cider alone instead of just being cannon fodder.


      So again, I think the only way her decision to fight Cinder would make sense is if she somehow knew she was going to die, and knew she had to die.


      Here is the theory I’m considering: That Pyrrha knew she had to die to accomplish some sort of a transformation she would undergo to become more powerful. Like the legend of the Phoenix that rises from the ashes. She is red and yellow, so are Phoenix birds. Pyrrha was turned to ashes. Or as @Aphrion put it:


      “…consider the fact that the phoenix was also associated with the sun, and we know a lot now about the sun's powerful magnetic fields (go look up solar storms if you don't know about this). And if anyone else has looked up the etymology of Pyrrha's name, it pertains to the color red, but it's ultimately derived from purrhos, which literally means "flame colored". Not to mention, what is the phoenix most famous for? Burning to death before being reborn from the ashes.”


      Coincidence? Maybe not.


      I think the legend (or whatever it is) would have had to say something about her having to lose herself/die/become nothing (something that has the general meaning to that effect, but without being too precise about it), but that by doing so, she’d be transformed into something powerful or reborn. If this is the case, then in the following details I’ll go over, it would only make sense if she didn’t really want this destiny, that she wanted to make her own destiny. But after it became apparent to her that the Legend/destiny was true, she decided to play her part in it in her decision to go up the tower to her death.


      What if this legend thingy said something about a maiden with powers? That would explain why Pyrrha’s mother’s favorite story is the one about the 4 maidens. And why Pyrrha was so disturbed when Ozpin said that the story of the 4 maidens was true and that Pyrrha was next in line to become the Fall Maiden. Normally, you might even think she could be happy to find something like that out. But instead she seems afraid. Why would she be afraid? Unless it reminded her of the destiny she was running from.


      What if this destiny said something to the effect that Pyrrha might have to lose herself or die? We assume Pyrrha would be freaked out when Ozpin explains to her about how she might no longer be herself when she gains the Fall Maiden’s aura, simply because she could no longer be herself, but what if it also freaks her out because it sounds a bit too much like this legend.


      I remember hearing something about how Pyrrha is supposed to have a mother that pushed her hard to train as a warrior. What if this destiny included her being a warrior? It would explain why her mother would push her to train so hard.


      What if this destiny said something to the effect that she would need to die to save the world? Her learning about the world being on the brink of war and then seeing Beacon get attacked, would help her see that the destiny was real.


      Sound disparate? Remember that legends/prophecies/fortunes can be strangely worded and like a riddle. Perhaps it is not so clear what role this maiden would play. Here is an example I came up with, what if it said this line: “The Phoenix will be lost to the maiden, but will rise again, and provide the key to the power to save the world….blah blah blah.” When Ozpin first tells Pyrrha about how the maiden’s aura/life could overtake Pyrrha’s own, she could be thinking that she would be “lost to the maiden, but in order to save the world.” And again, she never wanted to believe this destiny, so she still may be in denial about the resemblances. But then, when it is clear that Cinder has become the maiden, Pyrrha may think, “I have to lose to the maiden to rise again and save the world.”


      And then there is another thing to consider…. Pyrrha did go on about destiny a lot. A LOT. Remember what she said to Jaune in their talk about destiny? She said, “this isn’t how things were supposed to happen.” To me this line could have a double meaning.


      Now the example legend I came up with was just off the fly. But what if whatever the actual destiny/legend thingy somehow confuses Pyrrha. She has her own agenda to escape this destiny by making her own, but even the destiny thingy doesn’t quite line up with how she understood it was supposed to happen, compared to how Ozpin says the maiden power transfer was to work. So that she’s thinking that she doesn’t know what to think. Should she stick to her own destiny ideas (goal of becoming a huntress), or go along with this other destiny of becoming a maiden which doesn’t sound quite right….? But then, when she’s at the tower, she sees the queue and how the actual events line up with the destiny/legend and, after having pined over destiny for days (since she learned of the maidens), she makes the decision to fulfill the destiny she had long been denying.


      So, for review: She knew she was going to die and knew she had to die.


      How did she know she was going to die? She said, “there’s no time.” No time for what? To wait for backup to get there.


      (For all those who will say “AH HA! See, she went up there because she thought she had to because she didn’t have time to get backup.” That is only the obvious thing to think she meant based on what we know of her viewpoint. But it still doesn’t make sense for her to go there on a fool’s errand, which fighting Cider by herself would be. Otherwise, if keeping the tower safe was so important that everyone should die to protect it to the last man, then why would they have a mandatory evacuation of Beacon? The only reason Weiss and Ruby went back to the tower was to find Pyrrha and Jaune. Surely, if the tower was so freaking important, there should have been someone - someone - who would have been on hand besides Ozpin to at least keep an eye on it and report if it was taken.)


      Anyway. Again, How did she know she was going to die? She said, “there’s no time.” No time for what? To wait for backup to get there. Her worried and sad looks before she shoves Jaune in the locker, Jaune’s objections, Ozpin’s saying “she’d only get in the way” if she helped him fight Cinder, the fact that Cinder quickly defeated the great and powerful Ozpin, the dragon Grimm, and Cinder’s new Maiden powers that as Jaune put it, “You saw how powerful she is,” all say that Pyrrha knew she was going to die if she faced Cinder alone because there wouldn’t be enough time for backup to get there. (That is not to say that she wouldn’t also realize the tower could be taken, but seeing as her ashes on top the tower wouldn’t prevent it from being taken… that really doesn’t make a difference.)

      Now think about what I’m saying for a moment. This whole time, we’ve been assuming that she was having a hard time with the maiden powers because of what we heard in the script. That when she’d gain Amber’s aura/life, they didn’t know what would happen to Pyrrha. Would she still be Pyrrha? Would she lose who she was simply to gain power? And that she was struggling with if she would be more separated from being a normal girl and become even more alienated? But what if there was more to it?


      And remember Pyrrha's last words? “Do you believe in destiny?” She could have said a million other things, "you'll never win!" "Why are you doing this?" "What do you have to gain by destroying Beacon?" "Who do you work for?" So on, and so on. But she didn't. Her words here are important, and I believe it may be giving crucial insight into thoughts she hasn't put into words on-screen yet.


      How did she know she HAD to die? Well if you were told since childhood that some legend or whatever applied to you and said you had to die or something like that, would you want to believe it? Maybe not so much. Maybe you'd even try to rewrite the definition of destiny so that it means you have control of your life. But perhaps as events unfolded she realized that the legend was true. And at the moment she knew she had to fulfill it, she decided to do so. She wouldn't be killing herself dying at Cinder's hand, she'd be fulfilling her destiny of becoming the Phoenix reborn from the ashes. (I would hope it would mean "Phoenix" in idea rather than Pyrrha becoming a literal bird. Pyrrha: "Kaaaaa kaaaa!" Jaune: "Hi Pyrrha." Yeah... that'd be dumb.)


      EDIT:

      Oh yeah..... remember that part where Jaune tells Pyrrha: "And if you really believe it's your destiny to save the world, you can't let anything stand in your way" (even death) and then Pyrrha cries and smacks him into the wall.... That scene always made me wonder if there was more going on in Pyrrha's head than you thought.

      • xHollowFactorx

        2 years ago

        To me, its more like pyrrha, got teleported.. or something.


        If you see the episode where shes getting the maidens power.. you can see that a bit of that power stayed with her.. the moment she "died" it gives you that feeling that she really isn't dead.. that she may yet come back or maybe Im just in denial. :/

    • Jianju 愛の戦士

      2 years ago

      Here are links to my comments that outline my sentiments and thoughts surrounding Pyrrha Nikos' death in a nutshell (well, maybe a larger nut, like a coconut ;) along with what I hope for Pyrrha and Arkos.


      #33302717 - Why I think Pyrrha is coming back

      #33266160 - Why Pyrrha is my favorite Character

      #33276945 - Power creep - Pyrrha has less aura?

      #33236853 - other way to activate silver eyes

      #33222279 - yet another way to activate silver eyes

      #33221304 - possible future Jaune

      #33221322 - my sentiments

      #33221759 #33221784 - can't Pyrrha fly?

      #33222363 - don't make Pyrrha a ghost

      #33222375 - creative flexibility

      #33222946 - song for Pyrrha's return

      #33223284 - teleportation theory

      #33223347 - character depth

      #33225676 - if RWBY turns Nihilistic

      #33225765 #33226447 - mind controlled Pyrrha

      #33226873 - Pyrrha comes back a demigod

      #33228141 - how to bring Pyrrha back

      #33237055 #33237088 #33237114 - Pyrrha destiny

      #33242235 - Resurrection in fantasy


      Other posts that people might find interesting:

      #33240986 - Criticism - good or bad?

      #33222423 - Cinder in real life

      #33222703 - violent tendencies

      #33223324 #33223405 - about Ruby being main character

      #33223548 - innocence vs pure of heart, my definition

      #33224091 - good vs evil
      #33224862 - eating raw vegan

      #33225130 - I don't play devil's advocate game
      #33225180 - We all have to answer for our lack of curiosity

      #33225204 - my knowledge base

      #33227376 - fact vs belief

      #33228628 - definitions vs understanding

      #33229227 - my fan art

    • Jianju 愛の戦士

      2 years ago

      I've been trying to see if I can get into any of the other content on RT's site. So far it all kinda falls into the category I have roughly labeled "frat boy material." Kinda like the college boys that do what is cool and don't want to grow up to be your average adult. Not that I blame them. The idea of the average adult is stupid. Work for a company, have everyday be roughly the same as the last - a brick in the wall, a cog in a clock - and then you retire and die. So you perhaps have family and children, but the base of your life still feels shallow and pointless, a Ned Flanders or a Homer Simpson. Why not show your disgust of the bland oatmeal that some call living. People have a fire to strive for greatness. To live with passion, to stay young, to not fade into the night. To enjoy life to the full and fulfill their dreams. I just think the frat boy mentality goes about accomplishing this the wrong way. That also humans in general have yet to find their essence. Stretching their wings but still grounded, yet getting closer to flight each day. And coming close to destroying ourselves in the process. I find it disappointing that some people's idea of perfection in life is closer to Gattaca, where as I think it should be closer to Avatar.

    • Jianju 愛の戦士

      2 years ago

      This is pretty much my final conclusion on the death of Pyrrha Nikos, it's a reply to someone else:
      #33220010

      I agree with you on a few things. RT can write the story however they want and they don’t have to listen to anything we say. I’m not telling them what to do, I’m telling them what I think. If they listen, or if they act on it, it’s their choice of course. But with the Pyrrha discussion I’m talking about how I think and feel about what happened, mostly though, I’m trying to figure out where this story is headed exactly.


      As for boycotting. If the series turns into some Nihilistic story, I’m not going to watch it because I hate Nihilistic bull crap. And since currently RWBY is the only show RT makes that I watch, it wouldn’t make sense to sponsor a studio that produces nothing I watch. So on my part, it wouldn’t really be boycotting, it would just be me only buying something if I actually want it. I tried watching Red vs Blue, but there was way too much swearing. I grew up in a ghetto and I felt like I was back in low income housing again, where even the 3 year olds would walk up to you and curse you out for no reason whatsoever. People used expletives as nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, commas, periods and so on. I even heard some people there construct entire sentences using only expletives. So R v B didn’t do anything for me, it was kind of funny but not nearly as funny to me as RWBY was. I haven’t been curious enough to look at their other stuff yet, I’m kinda picky about what I watch and read.


      Concerning the sudden dark turn. Yes, I agree it was foreshadowed pretty well. The Red Trailer didn’t look anything like Mary Poppins, and the narrative by Salem at the beginning of the very first episode of volume one certainly sounded dark to me. And I can appreciate unexpected events (I don’t like everything to be foreshadowed, I like surprises) and realism - in not making everything happen like it’s all a golden fairy tale. The darkness in the series mirrors reality in many ways, I would say that reality is even worse though. And yet, as I said, I don’t like stories that are all about Nihilism, or that get too dark where watching it becomes a decapitating (rather than captivating) experience and you just want to commit seppuku when it’s over. I don’t watch fantasy for the blood and gore, or to see evil run amok, or to revel in darkness. I like stories that are funny, heart-warming, meaningful, and/or deep (and not deep as in the “deep things of Satan” kinda way), where the darkness is conquered. If RT wants to make a series all about the dark side, it’s their prerogative. But I don’t have to like it or watch it. And if RWBY turns into that, I won’t be watching it anymore. 分かりますか?


      I don’t think it’s gotten to that point yet, I’m just saying, “if it does.”


      Also, I think there is much more background to the story than we are yet aware of and therefore the events of the series may come under much different light when we learn more, and that there may be more to the universe that we have yet to learn about that can change things, and that things may not be as they seem.


      Now about what you said about her death… selflessness her demise? That would be true if it were true. How exactly was she supposed to help anybody by going after Cinder by herself? She knew Ozpin lost really quickly against her, she had barely gotten out of the tower and he was defeated. She knew the dragon had already been released from the mountain. She knew better than any of the other students that Cinder now had OP maiden powers. She knew Ozpin told her to get Qrow, Glynda, and Ironwood and that she’d only get in the way. (And when Ozpin tells her she’d only get in the way, her facial expression does not say, “you underestimate me” to indicate hubris.) If it had been the case that Pyrrha had actually HAD to fight Cinder, because she was the only chance to stop her, that would make sense. But Ozpin fell fast, and if anything, even with the time loss in finding them, they would have had a better chance stopping Cinder if she went to get Qrow, Glynda, and Ironwood than by her not doing that and fighting Cinder all by herself.


      …. And here is what we are talking about when we say “railroading,” if it was that important for the tower not to fall, then why in the world would Ozpin send all his right hand men out without having some way to get them quickly back to the tower when it would come under attack? And really, why send them out in the first place? Where are all the other huntsmen anyway? They knew of likely imminent attack for a while in advance. You could say that it’s like Cinder said, that Ozpin is arrogant, and so all of that must have been due to his arrogance. But that seems more like stupidity to me. I mean, they don’t even have signal flares or an alarm bell or something? Really? I’m not debating that Pyrrha would have gone up the tower, knowing she was going to die - or probably die - in order to try to save Beacon. I’m saying that her actions didn’t even do that. There was no way she could have known about Ruby coming to save the day (belatedly), and there really isn’t any reason she should believe that she’d be able to even stall Cinder long enough to make a difference, much less stop her. And when she dies, the tower would fall BECAUSE she didn’t attempt the only real chance they had by getting the others (sending Jaune to Vale in a locker hardly counts). So, the only real reason she died the way she did was because the story writers decided she had to die on that tower, the question is why?


      Was it to make the story meaningful, as some have suggested her selfless act did? For the reasons in the above paragraph, that idea does not fly with me. It wasn’t selfless, it was stupid. Was Pyrrha meant to be a fable, that she was Achilles? (a short story that teaches a lesson or moral) If that was the case, I completely lost that in translation. Other than her getting shot in the ankle, her demise didn’t speak any Achilles lesson to me. If anything, the whole scene only reads like a demotivational poster, that is, it bespoke of Nihilism. See my prior post on page 371 (#33218175) for some examples of what I mean.


      Some have said that her Achilles’ heel was her hubris…. I don’t recall any excessive pride or self-confidence. And in order for that to be the case she would have had to have been dumb enough to think she could win against Cinder. Her worried looks before she kisses Jaune say that, if anything, she expects defeat. Her face also shows a moment of determination, but that speaks of duty, not a haughty glare that overconfidence would have given her. And even thoroughout the series, I never detected hubris. Yes she knew she was good, even among the best students, but not overly prideful or over-confident about it.


      Others have said that Pyrrha went up the tower because she thought being the fall maiden must have been her destiny. But, as we have heard Pyrrha say herself, she doesn’t think of destiny as a “predetermined fate you can’t escape, rather some sort of final goal, something you work towards your entire life.” Alright, think about it. If Pyrrha thought she was destined to win against Cinder, that would be the prior view of destiny, because she wouldn’t be able to lose. But with the view she actually had of destiny, how would that make sense? If Pyrrha thought she’d be powerful enough to beat a maiden before she even got the maiden powers herself, then what would be the point of needing maiden powers to help her toward her goal of becoming a huntress to protect the world? And if a maiden fell so easily, then how useful could a maiden’s powers really be? It should be obvious that Pyrrha could not have expected to win, therefore she would not be helping her destiny of wanting to become a huntress by going up the tower to her probable death. If she honestly thought her actions would save the day, then maybe you could say destiny played a factor, but I don’t see (for the prior reasons I gave) how that could be the case.


      Others have said she died so it would push the other characters forward, so Ruby could discover her powers, and Jaune could fledge out, and whatever. It’s true that the writers may have had that intention, but I’m talking about Pyrrha’s decision to fight not making sense and making her death meaningless as far as we can tell at this point…. from Pyrrha’s point of view. That is, I’m sure Pyrrha wasn’t thinking, “I have to die so Ruby can go silver saiyan” or “If I don’t die Jaune will never grow a pair.” Yeah, no.


      I have thought about it in-depth, and really, the only way I can see any actual sense in her decision to fight Cinder, would be if she somehow knew she was going to die, and knew she had to die. And if that be the case, there are not enough clues to know right now how that would play out to make sense.


      That all being said, if Pyrrha really is dead dead, and is not coming back, then I cannot see any way that would help the series. And here is why. I think @Powerspyke1 said it best a while back in the discussion:


      I think you can make a case for Pyrrha. I understand the Achilles stuff, the pyrrhic victory stuff, and I also understand Monty had a lot of things planned from the beginning, although, we can't know what was set in stone for AFTER this point and what wasn't.

      Here's my take though. Pyrrha was a brilliant character that, in my mind, deserves to move forward.


      As a writer, I understand her death. I understand the utility and purpose it served for propelling the other characters (Ruby and J especially), for fulfilling prior foreshadowing, for serving as a pivotal plot device. I understood all of the setup for it.

      I also understand how completely contrived it sounds when someone says "bring her back". It sounds a little childish to some, I know. But you know what? I'm still in the "bring her back" crowd. (She was my favorite character for quite a while, so yes, I'm biased.)

      I in no way want to disrespect what Monty wanted to do. But again, only a select few actually know what he had set in stone to happen AFTER this.


      So allow me to make a case for Pyrrha (very briefly). In terms of what the character embodied, it wasn't just brute strength, but balanced strength in an imperfect world. She was lethal, yet had that very important characteristic of being kind, upright, and collected. She had the potential to be a leader, and yet also was willing to follow someone else without guile or protest. She took on all the bullies in a sparring match, silently beating them into the classroom floor, but never once rubbing it in their faces.


      And yet, it has become very common in the writing world to take that sort of character, and almost WITHOUT FAIL, martyr them. The statement it almost brings across is "people quite that good can't really exist, and if they do, they just can't for long". (I realize that the rebuttal to this statement is "yeah, but look at Ruby! That's kind of the whole point!) but it still felt like giving Pyrrha and what she stood for a little bit of a shaft.


      The real thing that bothered me though was the events leading up to her apparent death. She didn't just die in battle.....she was destroyed before she ever stepped into that fight. She was (for the first time, at least within any of our experiences with the character) terrified, unsure of what to do and decimated by the pressure and the otherworldly decision being put on her. It was jarring to see her that way, but (again, from a writer's perspective) it gave us hope that she could develop from it, become stronger by overcoming it. But she didn't really get that chance. Then there's the whole "oops, you accidentally 'slaughtered' Penny" thing. And that incident I could live with, except for the fact that if she really is dead for good, she died with that on her mind, unresolved. All her stability and strength, crippled internally right before she meets her untimely end.


      It's like we took this strong, vibrant character, and destroyed her soul first before killing her off. Her death didn't feel like heroism because she hadn't even been able to resolve all the morbidity thrown upon her in such a short amount of time. I know that she got over much of it quickly, choosing to push it down in the name of duty to protect humanity, but pushing it down doesn't quite equal catharsis.


      And yeah, truthfully I'd love to see her live out the whole series. Because, think about this: picture her in a year. Two years. Five. Stronger. Wiser. Maybe not always doing the perfect thing, but think of all the possibility she could have as a character, alive with the others.


      Whatever decision the writers make, I'll ultimately respect it. But I feel like, even if Pyrrha being "not dead" might feel a little cheesy, I think overall she would be a much better addition to the story as a breathing, practical character. Not as a propulsive memorial or a haunting (even if "at peace") ghost from the other side. We've seen those things before. Show me a strong, loving character who gets to be just that. She can't make a joke at a noodle shop as a sagelike ghost. That's what I'd like to see anyway. And I don;t feel like bringing her back would cheapen her "death". What she did is what she did.”


      And on to my final point.


      It is true that I’m “in love” with Pyrrha, as you put it. I’m not a lesbian, but I identify with her (so I guess you can call it Narcissism), and she is basically in a lot of ways what I aim to be. And yes, I’m like Darth Vader when he found out Padme died, but that isn’t my main gripe with Pyrrha’s death (although it is the main reason it upset me so much). Now again, this is only my gripe if Pyrrha is dead dead, no green mushroom, no reset button, no “It was only a magic trick” but dead dead. Story writing is an art. I paint and draw and sculpt and stuff, and I love art that looks beautiful. Screw the art where it looks like all the artist did was slosh vomit on canvas, rub on some dog #@#$ and slap on a $10,000 price tag. In the art of story writing you come up with main characters for a reason, so you can follow their story and feel like you somehow shared their life experiences. It can also be like making new friends, you learn about others and they can help you grow in turn. There is a difference between a main character and a side character. A main character is meant to be identified with somehow. They have a personality and background. And most importantly, they have a destination where you can see the character is headed and without them the story can no longer be complete. If you kill the main character dead dead before the story plays out, there is no story. You don’t kill a character midway through their story. Rather, you get to enjoy seeing them develop, experience their ups and downs, and be able to live life through another’s shoes. To me that is art. That is beautiful. That is entertainment. Some people think movies like “Saw” are entertainment. I don’t consider bear baiting, torture, and the like to be entertainment. To me that is the vomit and crap on canvas. It belongs in the burnable trash pile along with Nihilism.


      And finally, here is my point. When you plan stories, you may mean for certain characters to die for whatever reason. But you don’t kill off characters if the story would be better with them in it. Sometimes you plan a story a certain way, but as you actually write it out, you find the story is better another way. In my strong opinion, removing Pyrrha permanently from the story will not make it any better. Any benefit from her death could be better done another way. And her character is too good to waste. She has all the potential and substance of any of team RWBY. I would infinitely prefer the rest of RWBY to have Pyrrha in it than not in it. It is the waste of a perfectly good character, one that I would love to see living in many scenes to come.

    • Jianju 愛の戦士

      2 years ago

      Original post:#33202395

      This is my first main comment I've made in forums, it's about the death of RWBY's character Pyrrha Nikos:


      It is true that Pyrrha's death was realistic, and I do love realism. However, it is only realistic in relation to how things work in our lifetime on planet earth. I believe, that in the not too distant future, life on earth will be a true utopia. That being said, even if reality were to be eternally as it currently is, I think the beauty of fiction is that it can attain what this world lacks. You can make a story as awesome as you wish life was.


      I well know how horrible reality can be. Allow me to relate two instances. The person who was closest and most dear to me was my younger brother Sean. When he was 13 he tried acid and it left him severely brain damaged with aphasia. Doctors put him on psychotropic drugs, which made him feel inhuman. He wanted to get off the drugs but his doctors wouldn't let him. Eventually, when he was 19, he stopped taking them cold turkey. His doctors had never warned him of the side effects of stopping too quickly and had never offered to help wean him off of them. Sean downward spiraled and committed suicide two weeks later. Only recently did I learn that 10-50% of people on the drugs he was taking (or similar ones) have similar experiences, and that suicides and suicidal thoughts are common. What happened to him was pointless and nothing good came of it. It's something I will never get over. (some older family pics with my brother http://www.xylophoneprodigy.com/gallery.html)


      Sean (on left, my cousin on right):
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      The other instance was my friends Chris and Sarah, a young married couple who were both talented, kind-hearted, and good looking. They were one of those rare "perfect couple" types. And they were the type of people who were able to spread happiness to those around them. Then Sarah got cancer and died at the age of 25. When she died, Chris committed suicide in grief the same day. He was only 30. Cancer is yet another horrible and pointless way to die. (Here is some videos of them: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLySCF2dRdbe...)

      I don't watch fantasy to see a world as horrible and hopeless as the one I am living in. Some realism is good, but if you want to see pure realism you can just go outside. And that's my reply to Swissip's comment.


      Chris and Sarah:
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      (I'm going to be much more candid in the next paragraph, please don't think I'm trying to brag.)

      This is what I think about Pyrrha's death and what it could mean, and what I think or hope it could mean. First, I should probably admit that Pyrrha is my favorite character in the series (and one of my favorite characters of all time, perhaps only 2nd to Yukino Miyazawa from Kare Kano), I love the other characters as well, but in many ways I could relate to Pyrrha. I have the IQ of a genius and I'm talented at almost everything I try (except singing), and I definitely know what it feels like to be alienated in that way. (I totally hate it when people tell me how great I am.) But just in general, her personality is a lot like mine too. I often would and do help out people who I think could use a hand, people who are perhaps considered hopeless causes to others. And I can also kick butt. I've taken martial arts classes, and even before that I defeated a town bully twice my size who was picking on a little tot, and I beat her with one punch. And there was that time I killed a scorpion in my sleep with my bare hands. I have a strong sense of justice and totally would have said what Pyrrha said, "Atrocious, I can't stand people like him." But besides all that... Pyrrha is so beautifully drawn ....and her clothes ...and her get-up, OMG! My aesthetic senses are tingling.


      While all that may mean I'm hopelessly narcissistic and biased, on to what I really want to talk about. We still don’t know what Jaune’s semblance is. And there is that scene where Pyrrha unlocks Jaune’s aura. When Pyrrha does this, she says, “For it is in passing that we achieve immortality. Through this, we become a paragon of virtue and glory to rise above all. Infinite in distance and unbound by death, I release your soul, and by my shoulder, protect thee.” Now you could take a eastern philosophy view of what she meant by that, or a New Age view or something to that effect. But in Judeo-Christian theology, it is written that chosen ones who die faithful are made to be as angels and live immortal as powerful gods in the heavens thereafter (although not as powerful as the almighty god, the Father, as it were).

      In that light, it would be sweet if we find out that there is some sort of spirit world. There have been glimpses of what looks like a nether. And the Grimm themselves are beings without souls. So the idea of souls and the netherworld may be a thing in RWBY. If so, it may shine some light on what Pyrrha meant. Her words themselves sounded like a spell or a prayer, something communicated to a higher power or being. And if there is a nether, there could be a heaven (like in the anime "Ah! My Goddess!" and "Dragonball"). Be that the case, perhaps Pyrrha arrives in heaven and meets whoever gives semblance powers and magic ability, someone who perhaps knows how to turn the Grimm into creatures of light. Notice that Winter Schnee's familiar looks like a creature of Grimm but obeys her and is colored in light. Perhaps if the Grimm had souls, they would be likewise the same.


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      If Pyrrha does end up in a heaven of sorts, perhaps she could also be able to help protect Jaune as she said in that quote. Or perhaps she could even become a powerful Goddess (I would LOVE that! I totally love OP characters!). Or maybe Jaune's semblance may come into the picture with Pyrrha in some way.

      But if Pyrrha is really just plain dead.... then words cannot describe the emptiness I feel. All the RWBY characters really are alive to me. And while I realize it's fiction, my feelings are very similar to how I feel about deaths in real life. I think the loss of all the good people throughout humanity's history is a loss that cannot be endured. My first memory is of when I learned at about age 3 that all people die. I couldn't understand how my parents and seemingly everyone, could somehow just go on with life like it was no big deal. I still don't get how people can be okay with death. If you watch a movie only to totally forget everything you watched immediately afterward, then what was the point. Even that there are people living in the present doesn't right the situation. If you die, and everyone who knows you dies, eventually even the true remembrance of you is forgotten. It is not enough for me that my brother has a stone with his name on it. And my memory of him is a sad excuse for his actual life - that he would be able to live it. Who I imagine him to be in my mind is nothing to who he actually was.

      So no, I can't just say, "rest in peace Pyrrha." I would go to hell and back to have her live again.

      • Danielle2096 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Weirdo

        1 year ago

        Count me in on the "hell and back" trip - I want to save Pyrrha, too.

      • Jianju 愛の戦士

        1 year ago

        Yay!  Let's get a whole group and lay siege to hell!!!

      • Danielle2096 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Weirdo

        1 year ago

        I'm having trouble coming up with a color that has a "J" and a "D" in it, so I can't tell who else we should invite to this group...

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