y’all I CANNOT
Okay so yes we need to put more money into education in the US but y'all this SPECIFIC line of thinking has much less to do with public education and everything to do with the evangelical war on science. This exact “earth age” rhetoric isn’t the result of dumb people, its being taught in Christian schools and touted in evangelical churches. Evangelical lobbies help pass laws that force states to teach creationism alongside evolution. Millions are spent every year by evangelical institutions to convince partitions that science is lying to them, to force them to belive the only place they can find truth is the church. Creationism is just another facet of that and acting like it just “Americans are dumb” rather than a pointed, purposeful campaign to keep people in a what amounts to a cult, is not oy disingenuous, its dangerous
Thank you, Uni.
Yeah as someone who was taught the earth was 6000 years old and believed it until I was like, 22: its a cultish weird thing you get shoved into your hea from a VERY young age. We had sunday school classes about how evolution was wrong when I was growing up; and about how feminism and even egaltarianism was wrong as well. Brainwashing doesn’t skip over you based on whether or not you are “smart”.
Brainwashing doesn’t skip over you based on whether or not you are “smart.”
Yeah this isn’t a “stupid Americans” thing this is EXPLICITLY a white evangelical creationist thing
My church/cult literally constantly railed against evolution. Coached us as children with all sorts of talking points. Encouraged us to interrupt and sabotage our science classes. We had a display full of different tracts on the wall and one was specifically for “debunking” evolution and carbon dating.
Hell when I had to write a paper abt evolution in my eight grade science class I was encouraged to state that the earth is 6000 years old and that evolution isn’t real
there’s an entire SITE dedicated to this shit that the church talked about constantly too—Answers In Genesis
There’s a CREATIONIST MUSEUM in Kentucky. When it was made it was the talk of the town tbh. Our youth group organized a trip to visit—I didn’t go thank god.
I hear now there’s multiple “museums” for it these days
My aunt gave me a book called “It Couldnt Just Happen”. A children’s book with all sorts of talking points abt how evolution is fake and the world could only have been created by god
So no this isn’t an American ™ thing this is explicitly an evangelical thing and it is indeed brainwashing and fits the “information control” aspect of the BITE model for determining if a group is a cult.
What do you do with a drunken sailor? What do you do with a drunken sailor? What do you do with a drunken sailor early in the morning?
Don’t let him drive that cargo freighter,
don’t let him steer that cargo freighter,
don’t let him near that cargo freighter,
early in the morning.
Zdzisław Beksiński - Katyń
The Katyń Masacre starting April 3, 1940, was prompted by NKVD chief Lavrentiy Beria’s proposal to execute all captive members of the Polish Officer Corps, dated 5 March 1940, approved by the Soviet Politburo, including its leader, Joseph Stalin. The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000. The victims were executed in the Katyn Forest in Russia, the Kalinin and Kharkiv prisons, and elsewhere. Of the total killed, about 8,000 were officers taken prisoner during the 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland, another 6,000 were police officers, and the rest were arrested Polish intelligentsia the Soviets deemed to be “intelligence agents, gendarmes, landowners, saboteurs, factory owners, lawyers, officials and priests.” By physically eliminating the Polish military, intellectual, economic, and patriotic elite, Stalin attempted to handicap the Polish nation and make it incapable of functioning independently from the Soviet Union, and incapable of resisting foreign dominance.
The Soviet plans for the massacre were known to the British authorities, but were not acted against in favor of preserving good relations with the Russians. To this day, the Russian government has refused to name the Katyń Massacre a war crime or genocide. Indeed, the Russian state and media are silent on the issue of the Katyń Massacre to this day, 75 years later.
to be precise - well, it’s obvs from a few years ago, but it’s a good work of art - either way, to be precise, the Russia’s actions about Katyń mostly depends on the government and in Jelcyn’s era they were more open to at least some bilateral historical research, building cemeteries, commemorating the dead etc.
Kurt Vonnegut wrote: “When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”
And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.”
“I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them.”
I need this quote framed in every room of my house, thanks.
Hands of Polish Soldiers killed in Katyń by Communists during WW2. 22000 victims kiled by Soviet Russia NKVD forces and buried in mass graves. 1943 (395x292)
If I had a nickel for every big name Harry Potter fanfic writer who started their own cult, I’d have two nickels. Which isn’t a lot but it’s weird that it happened twice.
Oh man, are we talking about Snape wives?? I because every time I remember them I just have to stare off into the distance for a while.
I’d have three nickels.
Eowyn and the Nazgul
“I dreamed I saw a great wave climbing over green lands and above the hills.
I stood upon the brink. It was utterly dark in the abyss before my feet. A light shone behind me, but I could not turn. I could only stand there, waiting.”
‘It reminds me of Numenor,’ said Faramir, and wondered to hear himself speak.
‘Of Numenor?’ said Eowyn.
'Yes.’ said Faramir. 'of the land of Westernesse that foundered, and of the great dark wave climbing over green lands and above the hills, and comming on, darkness unescapable. I often dream of it.’
'Then you think that the Darkness is coming?’ said Eowyn. 'Darkness unescapable?’ And suddenly she drew close to him.
'No,’ said Faramir, looking into her face. 'It was but a picture in my mind.
I do not know what is happening. The reason of my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen and we stand at the end of days. But my heart says nay (…), in this hour I do not believe that any darkness will endure!’
We used to have to take pictures with like. a camera. and then connect it to a computer with a usb to transfer them. to upload to photobucket . im literally shaking
nobody tell op about having to take literal rolls of film to walmart and then wait 2 weeks to find out whether your finger was in the way
I don’t think we can fully understand Jaskier’s character without Essi Daven.
On one hand, we have this aloof, irresponsible, self-centered, womanizer, egotistical asshole of a bard who can’t grasp the idea that he is well past his thirties.
On the other hand, we have that same man genuinely caring for a young girl as if she were her little sister. He sings with her, he tries to find a birthday gift for her, he sees the young woman with complex emotions, not just “a kid”. I love how he doesn’t dismisses either hers or Geralt’s feelings (even though it can be argued that by the end of the short story he made a mistake by pushing them further together :D)
I think we can look at Jaskier/Dandelion’s decision of joining Geralt in his search for Ciri beyond his loyalty for his best friend. Jaskier knows what it feels like to lose a girl he loved like family. In some deeply hidden way, he joins The Hansa as a way to help himself deal with his own grief too, in my opinion. Maybe he doesn’t even realize it at first.
“Promise you’ll come back to tell me everything. And I want to hug Ciri.” :’) He doesn’t want Geralt to suffer the same loss he suffered 😭
this keeps coming up, in all sorts of different discourse, so I finally gave up and made it a meme
discourses that this applies to, an incomplete list:
- People Are Reading Media With Problematic Themes, They Should Stop Doing That
- This Media Has Special Meaning To X Group Only, Y Group Has No Reason To Engage So Why Do They Anyway
- People Are Getting Into Media Specifically To Engage With The Fandom And I Don’t Like That
- People Are Shipping Things That Aren’t Supported In The Canon
- People Are Reading Media They’re Too Old For
- People Are Reading Media They’re Too Young For
- People Are Reading Media That Depicts Harm Similar To Harm They’ve Experienced, Why Would They Do That
- People Are Reading Media That Isn’t Realistic Or Correct, They Will Get Wrong Ideas
and the answer for all of these is *taps the sign*
- People Are Enjoying Stuff I Dislike
- People Are Creating Stuff I Dislike
- People Exist That I Dislike
Supercarrier: fandom flagship. Everybody and their dog ships it. The fandom is glutted with artwork and fic. You cannot escape this ship.
Dreadnought: massively popular. Nearly everybody ships it. You can, with dedication, in theory, reach the end of the AO3 archive for the ship’s tag, but it’ll take a long time.
Cruiser: pretty popular ship. Not everyone ships it, but everyone knows about it. Has a good amount of fic/art, and probably multiple ask blogs.
Frigate: just plain popular. Feels like it could use more fanworks. New people to the fandom might not know about it, but they’ll stumble across it sooner rather than later.
Gunboat: bit of a rarepair. It might have an ask blog or two. A couple big name fans ship it. Probably only takes a few weeks to get through the entire AO3 backlog, and one new fic gets added during that time.
Tugboat: rarepair. Almost never seen except as a side pairing to a more popular ship. You can usually get through everything on AO3 in a matter of days. You’ve forgotten what it is to be picky about what you read.
Rowboat: less than a dozen people ship it. You all know each other. You exist in an endless cycle of the same five people desperately producing art and fic and one person who constantly contributes headcanons.
Canoe: you are one of maybe three people who ship it, and there’s a not-insignificant chance you’ve never encountered those other two hypothetical shippers. You spend your days paddling furiously in hopes of keeping the ship afloat, dreaming of the day you upgrade to a rowboat so you can finally rest.
Submarine: Quite a few people ship it, but nobody wants to admit to shipping it. Will randomly appear and throw the other ships into confusion.
Pontoon: that random crossover ship with that one black dress character/trope/fandom everyone will ship with everything else. Has the potential to turn into a massive party until someone gets sick and everyone goes home.
Pedalo: That iconic bizarre crackship whose proponents claim they’re only into it ironically, but secretly they’re all dead serious.
Paging @amythe3lder for the pool noodle definition.
Barge: Not quite seaworthy, but buoyant in both the literal and figurative senses. Someone is always merrily drunktweeting about it at 11pm on Saturday night and then wistfully sobertweeting about it 4 hours later from their kitchen floor. The kind of ship that generates more playlists than fic. Artfully covered in trash and dirty laundry.
Raft: There’s two-to-four people who Ship It Hard and a few others who grab onto the side for safety when there’s drama on their usual flagship.
Barrel: There’s orphaned fic of it. There’s unsigned art of it. There’s headcanon asks on anon. Someone must ship it, but no one knows why or who they are. Your friend got a glimpse once before they ducked back down.
Pool Noodle: It’s just you, kicking your feet. You named the ship and wrote it on your noodle with a big sharpie. You tell people about it and are met with confused blinking. Most of the fics in the tag were either written by you or for you. You are caught between wanting to shout about how lovely life is on this floating scrap of whimsy and fearing that your noodle can’t bear much weight. Or worse, that someone will come over and dunk you, take your noodle and fwhap you on the head with it.
This is a brilliant guide 😆
container ship: a ship so massive and memeable that it has blocked at least 10% of all fandom traffic.
Arctic Circle: Our ship is like a scientific research vessel sailing in the Arctic Circle, only a few shippers. The stinging cold wind is blowing on our faces and we feel like we are in the center of White Frost. Ever Given Container Ship/Suez Canal has over twice the number of fanfictions as our ship do on AO3.
As so often happens during AO3’s twice-annual donation drives, people keep asking why AO3 gets more than their goal and yet [individal] can’t get their GoFundMe funded.
There are various reasons, of course - and if I’m honest, I’m more angry about those GoFundMes needing to exist at all than I am about how people choose to allot their charitable giving. But I think the one that no one accounts for is just sheer numbers.
As I write this, it’s the Sunday of the April donation drive of 2021. The goal was $50,000 (down from previous years) and right now the total is $257,812.43. That’s a lot of money - to an individual. But AO3 is a website, not a person, and it’s a site used by 3,581,000 registered users (according to the front page when I’m logged out).
Do the math on that. 3.5 million users donated a total of $250K. That works out to each registered user donating a little over 7 cents. When you consider that there are even more people who don’t have accounts, it’s more likely the equivalent of each person chipping in a nickel or less.
So yes, AO3 hits its goal every time and yes, they surpass it. They’re a valued part of fandom for a lot of people, but even still the number of individual people who donate money is usually less than ten thousand. Out of three and a half million.
I too am outraged that people need to set up GoFundMes in order to pay their medical bills or their rent, but it’s not AO3’s fault that those funds need to exist and it’s not AO3’s fault that they reach enough people that a tiny percent of those people can fill their goal.