I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to have been in the queer movement for 20+ years, to have studied queer theory, to have contributed to you potentially enjoying the rights you have today because I was part of a groundswell of lobbying and direct action in the 1990s….

…to have a 15 year old who’s spent maybe 8 months being political and has never inquired about queer history anonymously message me, “EXCUSE ME QU**R IS A SLUR LMAO OMG EMBARRASSSING AN aCTUAL ADULT WHO THINKS IT’S OKAY TO USE QU**R!~!!!!”

Dude, we are a slur. Queer folks are a slur to conservative straight people. Everything we are will be used as a slur by everyone who hates us. Gay is a slur. Lesbian is a slur. People will try to use all of our words against us. Don’t fucking let them get into your head to the point at which you’re telling actual queer people not to use the words we’ve used to unite ourselves and empower ourselves for decades. 

Today’s special election is about more than Georgia’s 6th congressional district

  • Election day has finally come for Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel in the most expensive U.S. House race in history, with more than $50 million in spending in the district. 
  • For Ossoff, a 30-year-old who originally ran to “make Trump furious” but has focused locally for months, a win would flip this longtime Republican seat blue
  • A loss would leave Democrats wondering how they missed their best opportunity yet to win a GOP House seat in the Trump era. 
  • Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, aims to prevent a groundswell of Democratic grassroots groups from “flipping the 6th.”
  • The implications of today’s election are clear: With Ossoff’s campaign bolstered by small, anti-Trump grassroots efforts, a win would be a boon for the resistance and speak volumes about its ability to influence electoral politics heading into the 2018 midterms and beyond. 
  • Likewise for the resistance, a loss would be a devastating reality check.
  • The latest polling shows the race is neck and neck going into election day. Both campaigns have spent the last several days focused on get-out-the-vote efforts. Read more (6/20/17)

anonymous asked:

There's a new podcast convention that's currently in the works of being fundraised for and organized and such called PodCon in Seattle, Washington, and I immediately thought that The Bright Sessions would be a cool addition! You should check it out! The Night Vale Presents network is helping coordinate it.

We would LOVE to participate in this! We went up to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon in March and had such a blast. 

I’m still pretty new to the con circuit, so I don’t know what the best way to get involved would be, but I’m going to look into it. But if you want The Bright Sessions to participate, please let the con (or any other con) know! If they see that there’s a good amount of interest, it will probably be easier for us to be a part of it. 

For over three years, I’ve been researching the Elisa Lam case. Part of it was the conspiracy theories; part of it was The Shining-like hotel (which I’ve stayed in twice, alone, since beginning my research). But a major part was when I started reading Elisa’s online writings. Hundreds of pages of her thoughts on life, feelings of alienation, her battles with bipolar disorder, her love of Tumblr and the Internet (where, sadly, she would later be transformed into a viral meme) - I developed a deep appreciation of her and began to empathize and identify with her psychiatric struggle. Now, with a team of seasoned filmmakers, I want to make a documentary about this singularly fascinating story that cuts through the sensationalist stuff and looks at how this case became a kind of Rorschach test – everyone who looks at it sees something different.

In the course of my research, I’ve met some fascinating people with incredible stories of how this case changed their lives. Now it’s time to build an interconnected web of these narratives while also revisiting the investigation and looking at some of the troubling anomalies and unanswered questions that, five years later, still keep people up at night.

Please take a look at our video and Kickstarter campaign and consider making a small donation. Every backer helps build a groundswell of support. Thanks for your time. Check it out here:


It’s not too late, it’s never too late.   —   Adam Gontier

Live well, have a good vacation, and keep going.
Everything we want to do, we have to live to do it, only live can do.

Groundswell - Eddie
Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
Three Days Grace - Never Too Late
Three Days Grace - Break
Three Days Grace - The Good Life
Chalk Outline Official Music Video HD 1080p
Saint Asonia - Better Place


By Voces de la Frontera

February 16: Today, tens of thousands of immigrant workers and business owners have gone on strike and closed their businesses in resistance to Trump’s immigration raids. Today’s nationwide strike follows Wisconsin’s Day without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees on Monday, led by Voces de la Frontera, which has inspired immigrant workers and their supporters to rise up. Following Trump’s executive orders on immigration, ICE agents have targeted some of society’s most vulnerable members. In El Paso, a transgender domestic violence survivor was arrested by ICE at a courthouse after testifying against her abuser. ICE has arrested DACA recipients and people staying at homeless shelters.

Voces de la Frontera joins the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Movimiento Cosecha and others in calling for a national general strike on May 1st to demand Trump rescind his executive orders on immigration.

“Following Monday’s Day Without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees in Wisconsin, we are witnessing a spontaneous groundswell of immigrant workers, small business owners, and our supporters taking similar bold action to demand an end to Trump’s deportation raids,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. “We applaud the leadership of immigrant workers and business owners around the country in using their economic power, and we call on community organizations to follow their lead. We invite organizations and the public to join us in coordinated, escalated actions nationwide leading up to a mass general strike on May 1st. Monday, May 1st, 2017, must be a national Day Without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees to demand Trump rescind all of his executive orders on immigration.”
‘Powerless’ Canceled By NBC After One Season
Not a surprise here. After pulling the final three episodes of the comedy Powerless from its Thursday night lineup, NBC has officially canceled the series. Powerless debuted to soft ratings (1.1, 3…
By Denise Petski

Oh, damn it. X-[

I liked this show!

The early dynamic among Emily and her workmates needed some rebalancing, but they kind of got it figured out, and I liked that the lead is, like Daisy Johnson, of mixed ethnicity (Vanessa Hudgens, and her character Emily, are both part Filipino).

Unlike with Timeless, if NBC is pulling eps before completing a season, I don’t think they’ll listen to a groundswell of last-minute fandom support. :(


under portent and pressure, this valley quakes,

a fraught landscape—overextended

crown the adjacent crests with tulips,

hover in the pleasing glen

stay when the groundswell breaks

—a second time—and third,

rupturing sight and sinew

on this richochet of names

‘The Magicians’ Renewed for Season 3 on Syfy

The Magicians has been renewed for a third season by Syfy, the cable network announced Wednesday.

The network has picked up the drama series for another 13-episode season to follow the currently airing second season. Season 3 will premiere in 2018.

A Universal Cable Productions series, The Magicians centers on Quentin (Jason Ralph), a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic.

Also Read: ‘The Magicians’ Cast Conjure Up Teasers of What to Expect From Season 2 (Exclusive Video)

Quentin and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real when they unwittingly invite a malevolent entity from the other side into their world. Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta and Summer Bishil also star.

The Magicians is based on Lev Grossman’s series of bestselling novels. John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Chris Fisher serve as executive producers alongside Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams.

The show airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy, with the season finale to air on April 19.

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'The Magicians’ Renewed for Season 2 on Syfy

Writer Raymond Chandler, Los Angeles     Uncredited and Undated Photograph

“When I got home I mixed a stiff one and stood by the open window in the living room and sipped it and listened to the groundswell of traffic on Laurel Canyon Boulevard and looked at the glare of the big angry city hanging over the shoulder of the hills through which the boulevard had been cut. Far off the banshee wail of police or fire sirens rose and fell, never for very long completely silent. Twenty four hours a day somebody is running, somebody else is trying to catch him. Out there in the night of a thousand crimes, people were dying, being maimed, cut by flying glass, crushed against steering wheels or under heavy tires. People were being beaten, robbed, strangled, raped, and murdered. People were hungry, sick; bored, desperate with loneliness or remorse or fear, angry, cruel, feverish, shaken by sobs. A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness. It all depends on where you sit and what your own private score is. I didn’t have one. I didn’t care. I finished the drink and went to bed.” Raymond Chandler, “The Big Sleep”  1954



Bite me. I feel massive in pale skin-tight

boy briefs. Vicious with ruptured ribs, missing

arm, gin and poppy juice. Poppycock. Bite

me. It’ll take more than a shiv on a spring

day to break me in. You put two fingers

in my open mouth: “Cómete mi rico

cariño.” I taste honey’s sting, liqueur’s

purr. You get your whole hand down that hollow

that I call a throat. Suck that flower down,

I tell myself. Suck hard. My chest concaves.

My stump oozes.  I wish it’d rain. I wish

mischief didn’t hurt so; that a meltdown

did more than burn. Bite me. What misbehaves

gets pulped, twist of the wrist, bit of a swish.


Formlessness comes from form; shapelessness from

shape. Jazz rises from classics. Directness.

Simplicity. Structure. You want napalm

but you’re Coitus—fucking–Interruptus.

Sonnets should be like Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do;

water with words’ flow. Here’s the scar that ripped

me from asshole to apatite. I knew

that the blade had form, that each drop that dripped

contained structure. I’ve lost an arm, an eye,

a tongue. I’ve misbehaved while a groundswell

rose on the horizon. If this is rhyme

it is harsh. If there is form it’s the sly

sort that I carry with me into hell

along with all my gristle and bone-slime.


But when I returned, haunted and bloody,

I took the leftover bulgolgi out

and ate it in gulps, cold. I was hungry,

hurt and all my bruises were a copout —

by the time you read this they’ll be gone. Bones

set back in place. “Gyrate and cum,” you said.

One dark night.” My soul rumbles: “Slush, Cyclones,

Twisters.” As if this dark sky was what bled

me and not my cravings. Korean beef.

Sultry. My jaw exposed down to the slime.

Flap of skin. Groundswell. Bite me. I chew hard.

All words are shapes that lead to scars since grief

contains no form. The paradox of rhyme.

Art that the avante-garde must disregard.



In Spanish, “Cómete mi rico cariño,” translates into, “Eat my delicious honey.” Considered, “non-classical,” Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do is a style of Chinese Kung Fu best summed up as, “the art of fighting without fighting … be like water; move fluidly without hesitation.” You need the form in order to break free from it. Or, as Charles Mingus said, “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.” Like Bach. I am more in love with the rhyme than the horrendous narrative flow.

anonymous asked:

Hey, did you hear that the Australian anthem has been changed to acknowledge indigenous history, but from what I've heard it's not 'official' and won't be sung at official events, but I may have misheard or misunderstood

Pretty much, Turnbull says there would need to be a groundswell for it to go ahead.

But honestly, “We are Australian” by The Seekers has always been more Australian to me, acknowledging the FIRST people, those who came as convicts, those who come from other lands to join us on this one that goes long without rain, that floods, that has stretches of desert and lush rainforests, a versatile land and a versatile people who are all different but we are Australian.

The national anthem leaves me cold, it’s a bland song that doesn’t seem to capture anything about who we are. I think we should scrap the boring and inaccurate history lesson that is that song.
Liberal voters warn Democratic officials: resist Trump or be replaced
Activists are pressuring lawmakers to ‘fight Trump or we’ll find someone who will’, but they must also worry about those facing elections in states Trump won
By Adam Gabbatt

On the evening Donald Trump announced his supreme court nominee, thousands of protesters gathered outside of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer’s Brooklyn apartment. They chanted “Just vote no” and “Obstruct” while carrying signs – “Get a spine, Chuck” – and a prop skeleton to illustrate their point.

The protesters are part of a sudden swell of liberal activism that has drawn millions to city streets and airport concourses across the US, in a startling show of resistance to Trump’s presidency. Emboldened by this groundswell, some progressives have started using the word “primary” as a verb – and as a threat.

For Democrats in Washington, many of whom are still surprised by the scale and furiousness of backlash, the challenge is how to convert this energy into electoral success.


Just a little Doctor x Rose fic I hammered out this morning…the idea popped in my head and I had to get it out. :) I wrote it in a bit of a rush, so sorry…it’s not very polished.

Nine x Rose, Ten x Rose, Twelve X Rose - MultiEra

Rated G - 1526 words - read it on ao3! 

Originally posted by thatcatchingfeeling

One of the things that the Doctor noticed shortly after he brought her on board was that Rose wrote a lot.

It wasn’t anything substantial, really, she certainly wasn’t composing sonnets or writing a novel. They were mostly reminders to herself, little lists or little notes quickly jotted down on whatever paper she could find to help her remember things she may forget. But the Doctor was somewhat less than pleased the first time he found a note taped to the Tardis’ refrigerator a couple of weeks after he took her on board, reminding them to pick up milk when they stopped off on Earth.


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The DUP on science and industry

The outcome of the 2017 UK election has been tumultuous. What started as an all-but-certain attempt at increasing Prime Minister Theresa May’s slim majority in Parliament has escalated into the Conservatives losing its majority despite successfully contesting SNP seats in Scotland, and a groundswell of seats for the Labour party – including, for the first time since 1974, Kensington, much to the ‘shivers’ of Rachel Johnson, sister to Foreign Secretary and notable buffoon Boris – propelling the party to the highest levels of support in the last seven years (but far beneath the meteoric heights of Blair).

However, what is undoubtedly one of the most perplexing outcomes of the election was the establishment of Northern Ireland as kingmakers, and the Conservatives have sought to secure its position in Parliament with an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party. The terms have yet to be finalised, but we can look at the DUP’s manifesto and history to see how this currently informal arrangement may impact science and industry in the UK.

On science and R&D

At 22 pages, one of the smaller manifestos, science and R&D is noteworthily absent in the DUP document. Instead prioritising connectivity and technology, the DUP pledged ‘a digital skills revolution in our schools, colleges and universities to enable young people to become digital citizens, digital workers and digital makers, ready for the modern economy’. This includes developing a comprehensive Broadband Infrastructure Plan, and pressing mobile providers for 4 and 5G investment in the country.

There is a brief sentence on ‘the development of new generation capacity’ under its energy supply heading, as well as a commitment to ‘accelerating innovation and research’. Both areas were not elaborated on.

On nuclear and digital defence

The lion’s share of the manifesto is focused on defence, with nuclear and digital most pertinent to Materials World readers.

The DUP has consistently supported independent nuclear deterrent, noting in its manifesto, ‘One of the reasons for the need to renew is the systematic failure of the international community to deal with the issue of nuclear proliferation. We believe the UK should use all international forums to completely overhaul the approaches to counter proliferation and support efforts to prevent the likes of North Korean dictatorships from gaining and distributing such technology’.

The party also calls for greater recognition of cybersecurity, calling it the current dominant threat to global security, and supporting expansion of cybersecurity research in Northern Ireland.

On environment and health

The manifesto makes note of eliminating levels of bureaucracy within the NHS. However, it is some of the more outspoken views of its ministers that may provide the most insight into the DUP’s positions on health and the environment.

The party has continually spoke out against climate change, referring to it as a ‘con’ and the Paris Agreement as ‘window dressing for climate chancers’. Sammy Wilson, former Northern Ireland environment minister, said people would ‘look back at this whole climate change debate and ask ourselves how on Earth we were ever conned into spending billions of pounds’ on the matter.

A failed green fuels subsidy scheme in 2014 saw Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster narrowly survive a vote of no confidence after overseeing a renewable heating incentive scheme, originally budgeted at £25 million, resulting in the loss of £500 million over five years due to lack of price controls. Foster denies any wrongdoing.

Much as been made of the DUP’s attitude to abortion, evolution and HIV, and while it is not Materials World’s remit to discuss medical issues beyond materials science, on a very personal level I would be remiss not to at least mention. It can be summarised as such: Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where a woman cannot access abortion unless her life is endangered by their pregnancy.

Ultimately, the DUP’s part in its alliance with the Conservatives may be unlikely to significantly impact on science development and R&D in the UK. But, as with the parameters of the agreement in the first place, time will tell.

Liberalism is incapable of confronting fascism effectively because:

  • Liberals have an elite-driven view of politics and tend to ignore or discount groundswells of fascist mobilization.
  • Liberals see little qualitative difference between fascist organizing and anti-fascist organizing; they treat all political activity outside the corridors of the bourgeois state as equally suspect.
  • Liberals have no rejoinder for fascists other than the empty refrain of “hey, let’s be civil,” as we’ve seen with their milquetoast responses to Trump supporters.

anonymous asked:

which was the moment/or what was the thing that made you suddenly go "I ship reylo"? Considering you say you were an anti. Like what happened there??

I was an anti for a whoooole ‘nother ship; I’m actually an OG Reylo from back in December 2015. ;) It was the fanart and early fics that actually got me, shortly before I even saw TFA; the aesthetic and the narrative that seemed to be there intrigued me, and when I actually saw it in the film, I was hooked. There seemed to be so much going on there, so much the films could do in developing that antagonistic dynamic into something far deeper and more profound. I was and am here for the story.

(As for the anti stuff… I’d moved away from it for a good year before I got into Reylo, but the groundswell of hatred for it made me take a hard look back at how I’d behaved — especially considering that some of the shippers from the ship I’d hated were migrating to Reylo and, understandably, boggled at my hypocrisy and called me out. I posted a public apology and have been trying to make amends ever since.)