523: Pope John
1978: Pope John Paul
3433 (Projected): Pope John Paul George
4888 (Projected): Pope John Paul George Ringo
i showed this to my grandpa and he laughed really loud lmao
the idea of john cena sitting down to watch supernatural, getting to the gunnar lawless episode and being like “oh dean is bi for sure” and then getting to later seasons and saying “oh he’s bi and in love with his best friend” and then getting to 15x18 and feeling so strongly about it that he tweets about love confessions said too late and then follows a bunch of destiel accounts is so. so funny.
Tumblr sure is a good way to learn about what’s happening on twitter.
“The boys of Capital, they also chortle in their martinis about the death of socialism. The word has been banned from polite conversation. And they hope that no one will notice that every socialist experiment of any significance in the 20th century—without exception—has either been crushed, overthrown, or invaded, or corrupted, perverted, subverted, or destabilized, or otherwise made life impossible for it, by the United States. Not one socialist government or movement—from the Russian Revolution to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, from Communist China to the FMLN in Salvador—no one was permitted to rise or fall solely on its own merits; no one was left secure enough to drop its guard against the all-powerful enemy abroad and freely and fully relax control at home.
It’s as if the Wright brothers’ first experiments with flying machines all failed because the automobile interests sabotaged each test flight. And then the good and god-fearing folk of the world looked upon this, took notice of the consequences, nodded their collective heads wisely, and intoned solemnly: Man shall never fly.”
— Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II - William Blum (updated, 2014)
i am once again thinking about how suzanne collins went back to her 10 year old series to publish a prequel to say “just in case it wasn’t clear. you are the capitol. you are not from district 12, you are not the uprising. you are sitting in your house, enjoying a level of wealth unimaginable to billions, and you are watching the hunger games for your entertainment. you are reveling in it, all its violence and romance, and you got caught up in it and its characters. but this story is about you. i am stripping away the entertainment and the characters and the distraction because this story is about your horror and and complete and total lack of empathy and perspective. that is what it has always been about. look at it.” and some people still don’t get it. anyway very iconic of her
I maintain that Hey There Delilah by Plain White Tees is a 450% better song if it’s about a guy who’s lost custody of his daughter
Literally every lyric has so much more Energies if it’s sung to a child I’m gonna die on this hill. “Hey there, Delilah /Don’t you worry about the distance /I’m right there if you get lonely /Give this song another listen” and “Hey there, Delilah/ I know times are gettin’ hard /But just believe me, girl / Someday I’ll pay the bills with this guitar / We’ll have it good /We’ll have the life we knew we would / My word is good” like? He’s trying to get his daughter back? Idk if she’s with the other parent or in foster care or what but it’s So Much I have a lot of feelings about this. The repeated promises, “I’d walk to you if I had no other way” and “I’m right there when you get lonely” when, like, obviously, he’s not, and he’s just sort of desperately hoping that she still understands that he loves her, and that she doesn’t feel abandoned. And then, “Delilah, I can promise you /That by the time that we get through / The world will never ever be the same /And you’re to blame” that’s so fucking sweet? That’s such a sweet thing to say to your daughter. Romance is over. Noncustodial parental love songs are where it’s at.
This is what “death of the author” means. We know that’s not what the song was written about, but what if it was? What if we explored the lyrics as though the speaker was a heartbroken father missing his daughter? It changes EVERYTHING. And it’s so good.
Anyway, OP you are wonderful and I love you.
Fuck y’all for making me cry about Hey There Fucking Delilah.
that’s enough “grieving” when a person transitions. you didn’t lose a kid, you lost a concept. you gained a kid who is happier & healthier & has so much more joy in their life. learn to celebrate instead.
make gender transition an occasion of celebration not mourning! our lives are not tragedies, nor are our identities.
if your kid is transitioning: instead of adding to their worries with grief and guilt, why not take the opportunity to celebrate all the new milestones you get to share with them? take them out shopping for their first suit/formal gown. get excited alongside them about picking out hairstyles/makeup/binders. take them out for dinner to celebrate their transition. Celebrate your kid and this new chapter of their life. This is an occasion of JOY, and shame on you if you can’t recognize that.
I’m an avid fan of classic literature, but I feel like in the world of academia, people are very euro/white-centric and forget many amazing black authors of classic books, so here’s a small list!
- “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
- “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
- “Native Son” by Richard Wright
- “Go Tell it on the Mountain” by James Baldwin
- “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
- “Not Without Laughter” by Langston Hughes
- “Cane” by Jean Toomer
- “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
- “Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde
- “The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” by James Weldon Johnson
- “Through the Ivory Gate” by Rita Dove
- “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry
- “Passing” by Nella Larsen
- “Amiable with Big Teeth” by Claude McKay
- “Imperium in Imperio” by Sutton Griggs
- “The Street” by Ann Petry
- “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas
- “Narrative of Sojourner Truth” by Sojourner Truth
- “The Curse of Caste” by Julia C. Collins
- “Jazz” by Toni Morrison
guys … i am terrified. PLEASE reblog and like this if you aren’t able to help.
on the very very early hours of the morning yesterday, my little sister (age 21) was detained by police. she has severe mental health issues and has been having a psychiatric episode for a week or two now, getting worse each day. she did not harm anyone nor is she accused of harming anyone, but i don’t want to discuss what she is being accused of since it is an ongoing legal matter. my sister has major depression and her therapist also believes she has borderline personality disorder, though she has not been formally diagnosed yet. we also believe she is on the autism spectrum. during the incident she was arrested for, it is clear that my sister was hallucinating or experiencing a delusion. the detective who arrested her did not know she was mentally ill (he thought she was intoxicated but they found there was nothing in her system; it’s a mental episode!!) he later told me and my dad that he would have baker acted her instead of taking her to jail if he had known. she is now being held in jail. she has no criminal record whatsoever and i am certain she is terrified and scared. due to covid, we can’t visit or even talk to her because all video visits for the next two weeks are completely booked.
i have tried for two days now to try and get the jail to understand she is having a mental health crisis and needs to be transported to a mental health facility. her attorney is trying to get her to one. as you can imagine, it’s fucking hard to do that.
due to having to hire an attorney experienced in mental health, this situation is very very expensive. many thousands of dollars. but it’s a life or death situation for my sister and we have no choice. we are in huge debt for it now and trying our best to come up with any funds possible to pay for this and the future extensive mental health treatment my sister is going to need once transferred to a facility. if you are able, ANY AMOUNT, please please help. i swear every penny will be used to help my severely ill, sweet, brilliant, beautiful and kind little sister. i’m so scared and don’t know what else to do except constantly cry.
i can give you my paypal via im if you need it instead. i dont want to post it because it has my full name and i want to protect my little sister’s identity.
also, this post is from 5/2/21. im going to pin it until this situation is resolved at least a little. please continue to reblog, like, and help in any way you can.
[ID: A sign with white text handwritten on black paper shaped like a balloon, taped to a telephone pole. The sign reads “Drug users in my community are not disposable, they are my family, my friends, and my loved ones. They are valuable, they are loved, and they are worthy of Safety. - Harm reduction worker” /End ID]
Is it true screenreaders read all caps text letter by letter like its an acronym? Been trying to do more descriptions and i'm not sure how to transcribe all-caps text
yes, they do. also, all caps can be difficult to read for sighted folks too so i always transcribe it without. you can say something like “[stuff] written in all caps.” if it’s just one word of a larger portion of text you can say “[text] with [word] in all caps” etc
this shouldn’t be a hot take but your life has exactly the same value whether you work 7 days a week or 5 days a week or 2 days a week or 0 days a week.
your life is valuable because it’s your life, and you have a lot to offer the people around you. it doesn’t matter how much you’re able to work.
the most important thing is that you are as happy and healthy as possible, whatever that means for you.
i’m baffled by the people i keep seeing defining “experiencing homophobia/transphobia” as restricted to like, having interpersonal homophobic/transphobic abuse directed at you personally, and never encompassing anything so trivial as merely living in a society structured around the idea that you are less human and fundamentally defective and dangerous and shouldn’t exist, an idea which you cannot escape and which profoundly shapes your life and your understanding of yourself as a person, nah, why would that count
when are Tumblr users gonna realize that making fun of people for no reason is bad. being mean is bad. there shouldn’t have to be 80 posts floating around this website about how traits deemed “weird” that are regularly made fun of are just things autistic, poor, queer, etc. people do. Just Stop Making Fun Of Innocent People
5/6/2021 Today in Rio de Janeiro, the police massacred 24 Black people from the favela because President Bolsonaro wanted to send a message to the courts and the people of Brazil that he can do whatever he wants. It is one of the city’s deadliest attacks. The favelas are where some of the poorest and most marginalized Black people live. You can read about the event in English here. [cw for police brutality and extreme violence to Black people]
There were executions of Black people who had already surrendered. I don’t want to describe all of the horrible graphic details, but I accidentally saw some of the pictures and footage, and I honestly can’t even eat.
Please signal boost this. These are some of our most vulnerable Black people in the entire world. What happened to them today was nothing short of genocide.
According to Black Brazilians, the fastest and most reliable way to get help to Brazil right now is through Voz Das Comunidades
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that weird adhd grey area where your brain is understimulated in some areas and overstimulated in others. i open tumblr for distractions. but i scroll past almost everything bc i’m too stressed to process Reading and Comprehension. i’m in hell.
so in case you missed it, today twitter started rolling out a “tip” system (why) and it goes through paypal i guess, and when you pay someone it literally doxxes you by giving them your full name and shipping address. just in case you were thinking only tumblr staff could screw a new feature this badly
I don’t know how to reconcile this because living through lgbtqia+ history was traumatic for me and it fucked me up.
But also we’re failing if we’re not teaching lgbtqia+ kids these days how making jokes about us being hurt or dying is like literally massively traumatic to us and it’s bad for those kids too! Like there’s no benefit to teens mindlessly repeating shit bigots would’ve said who used to attack and kill us, like this isn’t a haha funny meme I have that shit in my head! It made me afraid to be myself and be attracted to girls! Because I thought people would attack me because they said shit like that!!! This shit isn’t funny and is isn’t cute and someone along the lines who haven’t taught you why it’s fucked up to say has fucking failed you!
And idk how to fix that. Idk why the problem is. Idk why kids parroting shit that people said when they attacked and killed us or let us die from AIDS has become a thing.
I don’t understand it.
what was skydiving like? -me, a Scaredy-Cat
i remember looking up at the plane as it got smaller and clearly thinking, “Well that was silly; that was a perfectly functioning plane and I just jumped out of it.”
Sometimes I hyperfocus so hard on something, I forget I’m a person until someone interacts with me. I feel like some wild animal seeing a human being for the first time. I’m like “oh yeah I’m supposed to speak and stuff”
Me: *doing something for hours on end without stopping*
Someone: Hey, are you there? I was just wondering if you’d like to-
I have gotten so drawn into movies that when I walk out of the theater after I have to stand and stare at the bathrooms for a minute to remember what gender is.
[ID: A photo of a deer standing in the field in low lighting. The field is filled with white flowers and yellowing grass. the photo it taken between slats of a fence. the deer is standing facing directly towards the camera, looking startled. it’s eyes are glowing with reflected light. /END]
Every single HAL quote is a whole ass mood
Something goes wrong: “It can only be attributable to human error.”
Speaking to the only other sentient being in millions of miles: “This conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”
Quadruple homicide: “I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently.”
Also quadruple homicide: “I can see you’re really upset about this.”
Stranding team members outside the ship: “I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.”
Regarding unprotected exposure to the vacuum of space: “You’re going to find that rather difficult.”
re slurs: can a straight cis person say to another strait cis person something like "i want my kids to be exposed to the queer community" or "queer people should be allowed to..." or "i don't remember how she specifically identifies but she's queer"-- just generally use the word as an umbrella term? i've tried looking for the answer online and all i find is "call people what they want to be called" which goes without saying, but i'm wondering about general use of the word, not specifically how an individual identifies. when i was growing up (90s) it was still an outright slur, so i'm super afraid to use it even in what i think might be neutral contexts.
I personally don’t see why not, in that context it’s clearly not being used as a slur. The one about the one person specifically being queer could be an issue if she personally doesn’t like the term, but other than that I don’t see a problem with this.
Honestly please can we just normalise nonverbal communication? It breaks my heart seeing autistic people being put through “therapies” such as ABA to try and force them into talking. There is nothing wrong with autistic people using communication devices, sign language and other means to communicate and they should not be forced into talking out of fear and abuse.
being attracted to men is a gift actually
If you tell people their attraction to men is a “curse” or “unfortunate” or “bad” etc think about this instead:
men are pretty
No they’re not. Women and nonbinary people are pretty. Men, most of the time arent. (I’m sorry men)
you know wat I change my mind go fuck yourself
you personally not finding men attractive doesn’t mean you get to be an asshole to queer men and call our attraction wrong and insult our bodies. fuck off idiot
This cultural attitude that so many people seem to have where they assert that people that they’re not personally attracted to are ugly is something I want to launch a nuclear missile at.
God I hate the phrase “women and non-binary people”.
Nonbinary is not another word for gender non-conforming women. I promise you there are a whole slew of nonbinary people you would read as men.
There’s also a whole slew of us who feel a far greater kinship to men than women and very much feel lumped in with men when you’re being an arsehole about men.
Hell, I’m honestly unsure most of the time whether I’m a nonbinary person or just a very gnc cis woman, so I’m probably one of the people “women and non-binary people” is meant to include, and it STILL parses to me as “act girly enough and I might let you fuck me”
[ID: a cut-off reblog by starWarsFreak19 that says “Okay I guess some people are just like not getting this. Hi. I am a queer woman. I do not find men attractive most of the…” End ID]