Foggy summer nights.
Southern Lapland, 2015.
Today starting road trip chase more foggy scenes.
‘redemption arc’ this and ‘redemption arc’ that
wheres an arc where the hero gets morally corrupted by a villain and switches sides and becomes an even bigger threat as a result
where is my bastardization arc
I WANT IT
if you ever feel like you’re too obsessed with something, just remember that, according to plutarch, alexander the great slept with his prized copy of the iliad under his pillow alongside a dagger, presumably so that he could murder anyone who tried to take his copy of the iliad away from him
If this was meant to make me feel better about my absession it did not work because I too sleep with my favourite copy of The Lord of the Rings
protestants: god is not an absent father! talk to god like a friend! god is always with you! bring your problems to god, no matter how small! it’s not at all weird to call god “daddy!”
catholics: god is far too important to give a fuck about your lost keys or your algebra exam. please address your petty concerns to one of god’s ten thousand holy secretaries. if it’s really important, consider asking his mom.
catholics can’t get in touch with god because he’s always on the phone with a protestant
Don’t worry if you’re not religious, though! Our state also has other attractions, such as:
and last but certainly not least
I’m not done.
You have to be, to fight off the Presbyterians.
Different strokes for different folks
None sin with left beaver
I Really Don’t Know What to Say to This
They also do cosmetology I’m guessing
This seems somehow incomprehensibly insulting.
Don’t mess with them
A new and somehow even worse denomination arises
I call this
Churches you could conceivably attend when visiting Kentucky!
First up we have this improbable combination of large animals and geographical features.
Good for them?
Sounds like a fun time
I would say this was a red flag but I’m honest to god not sure what color this flag is.
Really unnecessarily badass
When your homophobic family wants to know where you’ve been going to church and you have to make something up off the cuff.
and last but certainly not least…nothing I could add would make this better
Love it when YA authors “transition to adult fantasy” by writing in the exact same style but with more swear words.
Mouneer Al-Shaarani is a master Syrian calligrapher, designer and writer. He is highly regarded internationally for his innovative synthesis of traditional arabic lettering and modern shapes. In 1977, he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus.
After living abroad for some time, he returned home to Syria where he feels his work can have the greatest impact. Through the poems, prayers and sufic philosophy in his work, he hopes to inspire his fellow citizens who tragically continue to suffer the dire conditions of war.
“Another myth that is firmly upheld is that disabled people are dependent and non-disabled people are independent. No one is actually independent. This is a myth perpetuated by disablism and driven by capitalism - we are all actually interdependent. Chances are, disabled or not, you don’t grow all of your food. Chances are, you didn’t build the car, bike, wheelchair, subway, shoes, or bus that transports you. Chances are you didn’t construct your home. Chances are you didn’t sew your clothing (or make the fabric and thread used to sew it). The difference between the needs that many disabled people have and the needs of people who are not labelled as disabled is that non-disabled people have had their dependencies normalized. The world has been built to accommodate certain needs and call the people who need those things independent, while other needs are considered exceptional. Each of us relies on others every day. We all rely on one another for support, resources, and to meet our needs. We are all interdependent. This interdependence is not weakness; rather, it is a part of our humanity.”
— AJ Withers, “Disability Politics and Theory” (via vulturechow )
i forgot who originally made this point on here but this “google is free” attitude a lot of liberals/leftists have when it comes to educating people on what the hell we’re talking about is a horrible idea when every fascist on the internet is foaming at the mouth for an opportunity to pull out their folder of crime statistics and indoctrinate anyone willing to listen
Holy shit i am SO PLEASED TO SEE THIS TWEET ON MY FEED. My mum is one of the people that’s been helping the Djapwurrung people protect these trees for the last two years (the fight to save the sites has been going on for way longer; two years ago was just when works were about to begin, and attempts to stop the destruction moved from council/legal offices to people literally sitting in front of the trees to block access by large machinery), so it’s an issue I’ve been watching from up close, and and it’s one that hasn’t seen mainstream attention, even though it should have.
There is a core group of individuals who have been on site for TWO YEARS. Other volunteers come in and out to help and live onsite for anywhere between a few days to a few months at a time, but there’s a few individuals who have been on country for TWO YEARS, without pause. They have been camping, unceasingly, on the land to protect these sites (several trees with varying types of cultural importance, including an 800 year old birthing tree which has been the site of over 10,000 Djapwurrung babies being born) for two years. The sites haven’t been left unmanned even for a few hours since this all started.
One of these indigenous protectors has:
- been deliberately sprayed in the face with weed poison by a local farmer
- been endlessly targetted by the local cops, including being arrested for having an expired licence (even though he was driving a truck on a private field at the time, and not out on the road, so there was no grounds to arrest him) and put in jail for several months over this offence (even though a white would never be arrested for an expired licence. In the end when it finally got to court, the judge was like “You’ve imprisoned this man for months for an expired licence? What the fuck, get out of here, charges are dropped, give the man a warning and let him go”
- had the local MacDonalds threaten to call the cops on him for the “crime” of loitering (read: eating a meal in-store)
- had a different MacDonalds threaten to call the cops because he didn’t want to give the staff his name and phone number (the COVID restrictions require restaraunts to ask for phone numbers in case of a break out so they can notify people, but it’s not actually a requirement of diners to give those details, and the restaurant certainly doesn’t have the grounds to call the cops on someone for not supplying their number)
- strained himself so much by insisting on staying on the land to protect the sites that he wound up hospitalised with various illnesses that struck him because he was physically and emotionally exhausted by the whole situation
- walked from the site into Melbourne city, on foot, in an effort to raise awareness (over 200 kilometres/41 hours worth of walking)
- The front line camp is alongside a busy road, and all the asshole locals and truck drivers who go past that are pissed about the protest make sure to express their displeasure by honking their horns loudly and repeatedly whenever they go by, whether that’s at 2 pm or 2 am, which I’m sure you can imagine does wonders for the protectors ability to get a good night sleep
That’s just a snippet of what this one person has gone through. That doesn’t cover the constant abuse faced by all of them, the attempts at property destruction, the attitude they get by locals whenever they go into town for supplies, the constant red alerts because someone’s heard that the machinery is being mobilised and that they’re moving to start works tomorrow. There were several occasions where police were called to disperse the protectors so that works could begin, and it’s only because there were more protectors than cops that everyone wasn’t arrested and dragged off.
I could literally go on for days with details about this. An archeologist came out to the site and was absolutely staggered by the stuff that was there – in addition to the trees themselves, there was more archeological evidence of the local indigenous tribe that had lived there, sitting untouched on the surface of the earth than this archeologist has seen at any other site throughout Australia. A detailed report was sent to the supposed Minister for the Environment, who summarily ignored it and gave her stamp of approval for the works to commence without reading any of the reports. The protectors went to court over this and it was found that yeah, the Environment Minister hasn’t done her job at all, and a full review has been ordered —- but the works haven’t been cancelled altogether.
All this for a road that will shave a few minutes of travel off the road that currently already exists. All this for a road that’s got a speed limit of 80 that they want to boost to 110. All this for a road that could go a different route. There’s another route available that the protectors have been pitching for since the start, but VicRoads refuses to consider it for reasons they won’t specify.
This route that they’re insistent on not only cuts directly through several indigenous sites (some of the only ones left in Victoriaof this kind) it also costs around $630 million more. This route is full of hills and valleys that need to be flattened, and it’s twisty and turny. The Northern Route - the one protectors have been wanting since the beginning - is flat and straight, will be literal hundreds of millions of dollars less expensive, will take less time to complete, and doesn’t cut through any indigenous sites.
Here is a copy of an academic petition sent by RMIT to the Victorian government, signed by over 150 academics.
Here is an article written by an indigenous woman (which I am not, by the way; I’m just a white woman who is outraged by what my government is trying to do to these people) on the topic that has some more information.
And thank you, @whitepeopletwitter , for sharing this.
Okay but imagine waking up one day and finding out that Freddy Mercury has killed your aunt and fled the country.
“Can you separate the art from the artist? If the artist spat in the face of god and is responsible for thousands of deaths? If he personally murdered my auntie? Seriously?”
I fully support this, but also: the absolute chaos that must have ensued in Valinor’s Maglor fandom after each of the Kinslayings.
Hc that Maglor had been a very popular musician in Valinor before leaving, and the Vanyar were sad that they no longer had his music to enjoy once he had gone.
it does make me feel at least 7% nervous that everyone’s talking about expanding the mental health system as an alternative to policing without talking about the racism and abuse that is incredibly prevalent in that space
Black civil rights activists literally used to get diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia for saying they were oppressed.