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The Woodsman by Catherine Hoffman
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frustrated communist groaning

Frustrated libertarian groaning

make your own post

No. I’m appropriating your memes of production.

i will let this stand but only because of the pun.

memes: bridging the gap between libertarians and communists

what a wonder of modern society
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Still almost 2000 words behind where I should be, because today I wrote ~2400 words (somehow - I have no idea where they came from) but the last two days I’ve averaged under 1k. Good enough; I can catch up gradually, and I spent part of yesterday sorting all of the scenes I have written so far. I’m nowhere close to done, but I have the shape of the thing that I’m writing now; I can see a rhythm to connect all of the scenes I have written, and I have an idea of where they are spaced relative to each other (because I write the main chronology and then a lot of things that are out of order). Yay!
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but real talk does mike pence….know….what hamilton is famous for….

a bunch of actors and actresses of color, of different backgrounds, sexual orientations (@ JAVI WHO IS OPENLY GAY AND HIV/AWARENESS POSITIVE) and stories singing about an immigrant who helped forge america….

….like did he know? did biden get him tickets and just….not tell him?
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In honor of Indigenous peoples day, Here are the 4 paintings from my “Cultural Resilience: We still Exist” series. Our people and our culture is not extinct. We still survive and thrive. The paintings are about exploring our roots and the way we look at ourselves. The ways in which our indigenous culture has survived. It is in our cooking, it is in our mannerisms, our language, our beliefs, in the ways we embrace our elders and children. We never left, we are not an extinct people. We are still here and we maintain and create culture everyday. Art by Jake Prendez
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For those not following on twitter - Mike Pence went to Hamilton tonight - got booed by the entire audience, was subjected to massive extended applause after “Immigrants, we get the job done”, and then King George sang “On Your Own” directly to him leading to a three minute standing ovation for the King.

Finally some good news.

I had to share
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diner: entered

dollars: ready

what’s new: pussycat

what’s new: pussycat

what’s new: pussycat

what’s new: pussycat

what’s new: pussycat

what’s new: pussycat

what’s new: pussycat

its not: unusual

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Pop-culture in Leyendecker’s style, beautiful artwork by Bryan Lee
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via advice on how to deal with "racist mouthy twats" has gone viral because it's good advice:





Good advice on what to do when you find yourself near a racist mouthy twat who is spouting out their crap at some unfortunate person.

NEVER engage the perpetrator. He (and it is usually he) is looking for confrontation. Instead speak to the person he is abusing. Say hello. Introduce yourself. Shake his or her hand. And just stand with them. Keep talking. About anything. Weather. Bus schedules. Football. This kind of bullying never works against a group of people having a conversation. Usually a single person travelling or a mom with a kid or maximum, two women are targeted.

Form a group of people with and around them if you can. Don’t tell them they are not alone. Just don’t let them be alone. I speak from experience. Once, I encountered a young girl wearing a hijab being abused as a terrorist by a drunk man on a train. I just went and sat beside her and started a conversation with her. After a while, the dude lost interest. I had a lovely chat with a young student from Qatar. She wanted to study literature while her dad was only prepared to pay for engineering or commerce as he wanted her to join the family business. It helped her feel safe and it expanded my horizons.

This is known in behavioral psychology as “non-complimentary behavior”; by not fueling the aggression of another person and you can flip the whole script of all their expectations, and without any footholds for their aggression (like direct provocation and confrontation/conflict) to launch into further tirades against, the aggressor can’t continue their angry scene-building. The more people who participate in script-flipping, the more successful it gets, as in this post you see with the advice to form a protective group between the bigot and their target for that very purpose.

There’s an NPR podcast called Invisibilia which goes into detail about how it works and what sort of people rely on it everyday professionally and for survival alike, in their Flipping the Script episode.


In light of the many posts I’ve already seen about people being attacked with racial and xenophobic slurs in our (ugh) president-elect’s name, it seems like a good time to reblog this post. 

If you see someone being abused or attacked, and you feel you can SAFELY do so, ignore the perpetrator and speak to the person they’re abusing. Just go stand by them, say hello, tell them you like their shirt, ask what they have planned for the day, anything to let them know they’re not alone. Even better if you can get other people to do this with you. 

Remember: talk to the person being abused; do NOT engage the bully. And stay safe, everyone.

Very good advice.

Hey, what a coincidence seeing this post again… because I just had the opportunity to put this advice into practice. It works. Middle-aged white dude screaming at a little old hispanic grandpa on the subway in NYC. I was pretty frightened and I just got home and I’m still shaking a little, but I made myself do it because clearly no one else around me would.

Again: it’s scary, but it works. IT WORKS. PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBORS.
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ok tumblr, you seem interested in political activism, so we’re going to have a little lesson in administrative law and how you can force the Trump administration to listen to you for the next four years. 

To condense a semester-long law school course into a blog post: Congress delegates significant quasi-legislative power to administrative agencies, e.g. the EPA. These agencies have a great deal of power to shape your everyday life, but our system of civics education is so abysmal that, chances are, you have no idea what kind of power you hold to shape their decisions.

Administrative agencies have to navigate a maze of laws and procedures in order for the rules they make to be effective and binding. These laws and procedures mean that there plenty of ways the agencies can mess up, and when they do, opponents of a rule can bring legal challenges and invalidate it. (This is frustrating for agencies, but delightfully fun for antagonistic nerds like me.)

When an agency wants to create an informal rule, it has to go through a process called “notice and comment.” Basically, the agency announces a proposed rule and permits the public to submit comments on it. The public includes you. 

When the comment period is over, the agency has to take the comments into account and justify its ultimate decision on the proposed rule in light of the comments. If you submit substantive, meaningful comments that challenge the policy or evidence behind a rule, and the agency fails to acknowledge them and explain its reasoning for its final decision, the rule can be challenged and invalidated.

So how do you comment on proposed rules? This lovely little site called Really, it’s that easy! You can search for topics that interest you and submit your comments online. And you can do it anonymously! 

So please, check the website frequently and comment when it matters to you, so that your voice can be heard and Trump’s agencies have to acknowledge your perspective. If they fail to take your comments into consideration and disregard the American people, they’ll have to answer for it in court.

Keep calling your representatives and senators about Bannon and the policy issues that concern you, but remember this little lesson in admin law when he takes office.
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Great Plains, Nebraska

photo Andrew Moore
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Harley & Ivy

This is why I love them!

Harley is an abuse survivor of course she’d wreck this dude!!!

Can I just say how much I love the implications here?
Harley and Ivy are known public figures. People know who they are, and recognize them. And this kid knows that, despite being violent criminals, they’re safe enough to go to for protection.
Ivy is dead certain that the Batfamily will be okay with them intervening to protect a kid. That has some intersting implications - either she knows damn well where the lines lie and that this is overriding enough to get her a pass, or (more likely, given the first bit) this has come up before.

one of my favorite tropes is villains acting heroically not because the other villain is a threat to them or because it benefits them, but because they have standards
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I couldn’t sleep but wasn’t feeling well enough to run this morning, so I lay in bed thinking about this until I decided to write it down. My degrees aren’t in history (though they do concern the study of it) and my formal studies in the second world war aren’t extensive, but my informal studies are. I’ve spent a long time studying the factors that went into Hitler’s rise to power in specific and what happened once he was in power.

So if America is intending to go down that road, I thought I’d write a little bit about what we can expect to see next, in the hopes that people will recognize when and where they can act to stop it. People ask how Germans couldn’t know what was happening and where they were going; well, we have their road map, so we certainly have no excuse.

(There is a readmore below. If it’s not working for you, I can’t help; your best bet is to get off mobile or change browsers.)

Keep reading

Some of this is stuff people know, and some isn’t. WALL OF TEXT incoming, soz!

Talk to friends and family who voted for Trump; most of them didn’t know about the Putin connection, etc. (the media didn’t do an awesome job covering this, or the alt-right support. A lot of voters just didn’t like Hillary for various reasons or always vote Republican for various reasons.) Using words that belittle them will not win friends and influence people, and you kinda want to do the latter.

Points to make:

1. This is NOT about Hillary or blaming anyone for whichever third party candidate they voted for, or name-calling. This is largely about someone meaning what they said while running not just as rhetoric. Trump wasn’t just “saying those things to get votes,” or “Oh well, he didn’t mean all that stuff.”

Realize that voters are influenced by the internet and (varying) media sources and echo chambers exist; voters saw two (well, more than two) differing perspectives prior to the election and on an ongoing basis on social media:

2. Emphasize when something is unpatriotic/unconstitutional/goes against our Bill of Rights. and KNOW YOUR BILL OF RIGHTS:

(Assembly, petitions, free speech, etc.)

3. Say something when a government decision does not honor American values of fairness and freedom for all. Talk to your friends and family and share it. (Check your facts first! Use legitimate news sources viewed as neutral by people who do not normally agree with your politics: They can dismiss Daily Kos and Salon because of “bias.” Use THEIR trusted news sources, too!)

Likewise, when a conservative politician like Lindsay Graham calls for preserving the filibuster or wants to investigate the Russian impact on the election, both GOOD THINGS, share this. Share Glenn Beck’s stuff (somehow, he woke up.) Look for more people and stories like these, from retired generals and others. Thank the mainstream media when they cover stories that expose hinky behavior by this incoming administration.

4. Use “view all recent” on Facebook and talk to your Uncle Fred with whom you normally disagree and politely engage with him about your concerns, not just your echo chamber who likes all of your posts. He does not see you if you do not interact, because of Facebook’s algorithm. He does not hear you if you don’t speak his language. See #4 for language.

5. Call your congressional representatives when you observe something that is unconstitutional or abnormal happening. Here is a list of things to look at, for example: You are a voter and they represent you. Most elected officials are actually pretty invested in the Constitution and not being on the wrong side of history. Again: “This is unpatriotic.” “This violates the Constitution.” “This violates the Geneva Convention.” “This is not what America is about.” “This is un-American.” “This puts our country at risk.” …these are words to use, along with facts, because you know your Constitution and Bill of Rights. For example, I engaged with an older veteran recently who was very, “Oh, shhh, respect the results of the election, Trump won,” and I showed him what Trump had said about targeting the families of terrorists - wives and kids. This is against the Geneva Convention, and if we throw that out the window, we are putting our captured troops at risk. He. Was. Horrified. And he is now following different news sources. Engaging with people 1-1 WORKS.

6. USE imagery that speaks to people about these things. Also, if you look at the Red Feed in the WSJ link above, you’ll see that protesters are being framed as violent sore loser Millennial hipsters. Counter this with positive, true stories about peaceful protests, constitutional freedom of speech and facts about economic issues/what Trump’s plans will do to the economy, the danger of the US not working together with NATO and our traditional allies, and the like.

7. Think. WWCAD: What Would Captain America Do? He’d defend the Constitution, is what he’d do. And he’d punch Hitler in the face.

A great addition of some concrete actions you can take, thanks Foxy!

And as with my list of actions to take, this list assumes you are capable of these – if you aren’t, for whatever reason, this is not meant to guilt you into it. This is meant for people who can take action but aren’t sure how to.
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An owl astral cartographer 


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as for me and my house we will serve the Lord
and systematically decimate capitalism, racism, and the cis-heteropatriarchy

inspired by this post | pattern available for free

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stomach: empty

spiders: ready

fork: out

I am forcibly escorted from the dataset
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Reed* is finally at a point where she’s ready to try talking about her feelings, she thinks she’s gonna be THE BEST at acknowledging the gaping abyss of sadness within her, and Viola** is like “what is a feeling don’t be silly those aren’t real” because she is a crotchety old woman who figures she’s going to die soon anyway, no point in being introspective and spending her last days crying.

(Little does she know.)

*40yo Bronx native and police officer
**70yo medieval Chosen One and dragonslayer


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