alien-abs:

The Game got a group of rappers from all over the country to come together for a song about Ferguson and it’s pretty important

also if you buy the track on itunes the money will go to the Justice for Mike Brown GoFundMe

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flybaldies:

pacific rim x inception

stacker pentecost is the best extractor in the business— or he was, until he made a career out of inception, having worked out a formula that at least succeeds more than it fails. it always takes some creativity, a small but dedicated team of professionals, and a whole lot of luck, but his clients know what they’re getting into and he makes no promises he can’t keep.

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Whats been happening in Scotland for those who don’t know

kiradax:

Scotland has been building up to voting on whether they should become Independent from the United Kingdom since 2012, the Idea’s been in the works since the ’50s. Yes voters want to be independent, No voters want to stay in the UK.

The parties backing Yes are the snp, the greens and the socialists, the parties backing No (also known as better together or no thanks) are the tories, labour, lib dems aka the big 3 of shittery

reasons scotland would want independence

  • our votes literally don’t count seriously like in a mentaphor you guys would understand it would be as though our entire country voted democrat but the republicans still got into government because the uk is heavily imbalanced
  • literally the population of the whole of scotland = the population of london.
  • don’t want to be a part of illegal wars
  • the maj. of scotland has a socialist sentiment so you could argue we don’t want to be associated w the capitalist uk
  • england has been storing their nuclear weapons here for years, making us a target for attack, because they dont care about scottish lives
  • basically used scotland as lab rats for taxes and shitty policies so england didnt suffer
  • we have free tuition which the english govt want to take away
  • we have free healthcare but westminster wants to privatise it which will badly affect scotland as the poorest nation

during the run up to the independence referendum, (referred to as #indyref for shorthand, &please use the indyref tag to talk abt these issues) the yes campaign released hugely detailed plans for an Independent Scotland, the no side produced nothing but scaremongering and outright lies about mysterious ‘new powers’ scotland would get if we stayed in the uk.

There were huge debates which took ages and i cba hashing out again but basically Yes had a more vocal support.

on the 18th sept we all voted and last night/this morning the results came in as an overwhelming result for No. this is bad as it means scotland is stuck in the racist, imperialist uk which supports illegal wars and looks like it’s going to be run by fascists by the next general election. here’s what happened in the horus following this morning;s announcement

i don’t know much more yet because this is the first day since the vote + i had no sleep after watching the results till 7am so i’ll be periodically reblogging more stuff as it unfolds. followers in west lothian and glasgow keep safe and maybe hide or obscure your yes flags/stickers to keep yourself safe

basically a lot of uncertainty, people have been literally stabbed and businesses burned down. keep an eye on the indyref and scotland tags + my blog if you want to know the latest. scotland’s time zone is UTC+0.

saotome-michi:

In the light of the media shitshow that’s happening around the murder of Mike Brown and the Ferguson protests, I thought it’d be good to bring this back. 

On August 4, 2011, Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old Tottenham resident was shot and killed by the London Police. The Tottenham area has one of the largest populations of African-Caribbean immigrants and Mark Duggan was a Black British Male. Immediately after Mark’s death, the police stated that they had been attempting to arrest Duggan on suspicion of him planning an attack, and that he was in possession of a handgun. Of course, the Tottenham community saw through this bullshit and started protesting, which led to conflict with the police and escalated into riots across London and other English cities. These riots are now known as the 2011 London Riots. 

Well, doesn’t this sound familiar? 

The video above contains an interview of Darcus Howe, a West Indian writer, broadcaster, and political activist, where a BBC white female newscaster asks about his views on the riots. Listen to what he says, then see how she interprets his words and what she says back to him. Notice the intellectual struggle that takes place and the manipulation that the mainstream media is capable of. 

(Also I hope that the British people who were being like “Omg America, look at how badly you’re handling Ferguson, the UK is so much better” will shut up now) 

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In the light of the media shitshow that’s happening around the murder of Mike Brown and the Ferguson protests, I thought it’d be good to bring this back. 

On August 4, 2011, Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old Tottenham resident was shot and killed by the London Police. The Tottenham area has one of the largest populations of African-Caribbean immigrants and Mark Duggan was a Black British Male. Immediately after Mark’s death, the police stated that they had been attempting to arrest Duggan on suspicion of him planning an attack, and that he was in possession of a handgun. Of course, the Tottenham community saw through this bullshit and started protesting, which led to conflict with the police and escalated into riots across London and other English cities. These riots are now known as the 2011 London Riots. 

Well, doesn’t this sound familiar? 

The video above contains an interview of Darcus Howe, a West Indian writer, broadcaster, and political activist, where a BBC white female newscaster asks about his views on the riots. Listen to what he says, then see how she interprets his words and what she says back to him. Notice the intellectual struggle that takes place and the manipulation that the mainstream media is capable of. 

(Also I hope that the British people who were being like “Omg America, look at how badly you’re handling Ferguson, the UK is so much better” will shut up now) 

Procrastination Time! 10 second sketches of the Sailor Scouts ;D 

Sooo I’m an INFP on the Meyer Briggs thing 

My brother’s an ESFP 

My mom’s an ESFJ 

My dad’s an ESTP/ENTP 

Basically this is why I get tired whenever I’m home. I get no alone time whatsoever and my family doesn’t see the problem with that. 

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Hey guys, quick question here, is anyone going to the new york comic con this year??? Because I might go but I have no one to go with :( 

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A short clip of the Peace Poets’ performance at the Ferguson Rally in Columbia University. 

Some (badly taken) photos of the Ferguson Rally tonight at Columbia University against Police Brutality and the Genocide of Black People. Great turn out, we had some fantastic speakers (I know I got teary eyed at some testimonies), and what I love is that everyone was very clear that this was not an event for feel-good activism. Nope, this was going to be tough, this was going to be a long-term struggle, and everyone needed to do their part. I regained my faith in humanity tonight. 

Anonymous
hi :) i wanted to ask what it is that you hate about the drum of waves of horikawa article? my guess is the crazy change of names and the out-of-place mention of gender and feminism? i don't mean to send you hate mail or anything of the sort, i'm just interested in your opinion.

Hey anon ;) It’s fine, this doesn’t come across as hate mail 

I’ll just keep this brief. To begin with, as soon as I hear “Western adaptation of an Asian art performance” my RACIST WARNING button turns on immediately. I look over my Racist checklist: 

  • Is the cast all or mostly White and non-whichever Asian nationality/race/ethnicity the Art Performance originates from? 
  • Are the costumes all REALLY BAD imitations of the actually native dress? Is there yellowface? 
  • Do they butcher the language/names? 
  • And last but certainly not least, do they completely remove the performance from its original cultural backdrop, thus erasing the original implications, messages, and social commentary that the performance had, and instead westernizing it so that nothing makes sense and everything good in the world is ruined??? 

Take a look at this checklist and then read the article. Tick, tick, tick, tick. 

So, going back to your message. Yes, the name changes annoy me, not only because they ridicule Japanese names, but also because… well just look at them. The villain, Isobe Yukaemon, is now Eesogay Yougayman. Of course the villain gets “He’s so gay~” as a name. homophobic insults. great. Then there’s Otane’s husband, Ogura Hikokuro, who is now Ogah Hecouldkillyou. Ha. Ha. Ha. Except this completely erases the fact that the play was criticizing the too-rigid samurai law for placing Hikokurou within a familial role where he had no choice but to kill Otane and Gen’emon. Otherwise, his position as family head would’ve been in jeopardy. And Otane understood that, which is why she doesn’t blame him at all. The play is primarily about Otane and her position and role in the family as well as in the samurai society. It looks at her duties and obligations, and whether these were fair to women at the time. 

So you see anon, the “out of place mention of gender and feminism” is not out of place at all, because Drums of the Waves of Horikawa is a play that looks at gender roles. (Heck, the class I’m studying it for is called Genre and Gender in Modern Japanese Literature) BUT, and this is the important part, it’s a play that looks at gender roles in the Japanese Samurai Society in the 1700s. The names, the costumes, the music, the speech, everything was specifically chosen by the original playwright for that intention. When you remove that or replace it with an inferior version, while still trying to keep the “other-ness or edginess of the oh so mystical Asian culture” it’s a form of cultural violence. 

If Brooke O’Hara really wanted to do some western punk version of the Drums of the Waves of Horikawa, here’s what she could’ve done. She either could’ve taken the minimal bare bones of the plot and then COMPLETELY changed the whole setting to punk scene in the US, or she could’ve kept the Kabuki and historical backdrop, but then kept the names, made her cast all Japanese (and throw in a Japanese Kabuki actor or two) and ACTUALLY CONSULTED A JAPANESE KABUKI/ LITERATURE/ HISTORY EXPERT. 

And that’s all I have to say on the subject. 

justnikothings:

A moment of silence, because the country of Sweden have now given far too much power to people who:

  • Doesn’t acknowledge that trans persons exists. Believe me, they don’t even mention that the T in LGBTQIA exists.
  • Wants the police to gain more power.
  • Still during the 90s thought that heiling was okay.
  • Just four years ago was seen as neonazis.
  • Thinks that refugees should be thrown back into the war and chaos they came from.

Thank you 13% of Sweden who voted for the Sweden Democrats. Thank you for bringing back the 1930s.

turecepcja:

Illustrations by Yuko Shimizu  an award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City.

Her first monograph which includes works from past ten years of her career was published from Gestalten in 2011. Her fist children’s book Barbed Wire Baseball is due to be out in spring of 2013 from Abrams Books.

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Anonymous
People are still complaining about SMC? I thought episode 5 was really well received though? And they actually complain about SMC being different than the first anime? Well, that's the whole point, to give the manga a proper adaptation this time. It's not like everyone has to read the manga, but I wish people would at least do some minimal research before complaining, It's not that hard and it doesn't hurt. By I guess it's easier to remain ignorant and complain about every little thing. :/

Well I admit that I’ve become pretty sensitive to SMC hate after the shitshow that happened in the first few weeks. It has gotten better now and ep 5 was generally well received (although there were still complaints), but there’s still that once-in-a-while post that makes me want to throw my laptop across the room. 

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omg so apparently my review of Kaijuu no Kodomo (which I wrote 4 years ago holy shit) is the “best voted manga review” on myanimelist??? 

I mean on one hand I don’t think it really counts because it only has 26 votes overall but I just find this really funny