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. 

More than one way to find a Cat// Rictor & Catalyst

It was raining when Rictor arrived in a flash of light– protests cut off as he was pushed through the portal– and it was raining still. Seattle. In the fall. Perfect reception after such a long time away. 

While he’d spent the first few days just reacquainting himself to the Earth, the feel of her beneath his feet bringing tears to his eyes, he never lost sight of the goal. He had to find his son. 

Ok. That sounded weird even in his head. Maybe he should stick to saying clone; that’s what Arize had said back on Mojo. 

So Rictor made a few calls, got some money wired to barely touched bank accounts, got weather appropriate clothes, and took a cab far from Seattle. 

His hastily put together plan would be slow, he knew that, but apart from rampaging across the country or worse calling the Avengers, god forbid, he would send a signal only this clone should be able to find. Well the clone and maybe some worried seismologists. Rictor couldn’t involve anyone else. Not yet. Not until he knew he they could take care of this. 

Eventually the Earth would have to know that it was next. That whatever was slowly, catastrophically destroying Mojoworld, could manifest here too. But for now he had to find this clone. 

Hiking the uninhabited land and looking at his map, he found a perfect spot. Not too far from the highway, but deep into a thick forest- to add something dramatic and to help him hide if things went sideways. Rictor set up camp. The sun was just setting so he used the last bit of sun to hike up an embankment to the top of a small ridge. The ground was moist and fog was beginning to roll down into the trees around him. It was a sight to behold. So he sat in the grass, took a deep breath and put his hands to the ground. If he hit the fault line just right, the whole of North America would feel him poking and so would any seismically minded mutants.

Let me just say...

Yes, resistance fatigue is real. It does threaten the longevity of sustained progressive action.


We hasten that fatigue every time we make a statement that raises adrenaline levels without providing encouragement to raise dopamine levels.

We need to thank each other, and build up our mental energy. We won’t be able to keep our defenses up if we only dwell on the threat of failure.

So, to every person who has already signed and called and e-mailed and texted to fight for net neutrality, I want to thank you. I want to let you know that you have worked very hard, and that without all you have already done, there would not be the groundswell of momentum that has kept and will keep this action alive and sustained. 




At the start of the Clone Wars, the Jedi were largely kept out of Republic propaganda, with the clone troopers becoming the face of patriotism during the conflict. This was the preference of the Order, which eschewed imagery of heroism or the romanticization of warfare. For the Separatists, however, the use of Jedi in propaganda was not so forbidden.

Anti-Jedi sentiment was more a product of their cultural absence rather than a refutation of anything substantive. Separatist worlds that had experienced lawlessness attributed that to Jedi neglect, a failure of policing. Indeed, the war itself was a failure of the peacekeepers. To these disaffected worlds, the Jedi were just one more symptom of an inattentive Core World. They imagined the Jedi to be cultural elites, or in the case of this piece, a zealous sect of warmongers.

When I picked this book up, I expected it to be not that interesting, because it seemed like a fairly niche thing, the effect that propaganda had on the galaxy, from it’s beginnings to the Clone Wars to the Empire to the Rebellion and beyond.  And there are some great little insights along the way!  But what surprised me was how, while this absolutely is filtered through the lens of the effect of propaganda, it’s far more than that, it’s a book about what happened.  It’s a book about the themes of Star Wars, the decay at the heart of the Republic and the various players’ parts in this story.

I’m going to focus on the Jedi part of it, but keep in mind that they’re actually a very small fraction of what was going on in this book!  While the movies and TV shows focus on those characters (because they make for good, dramatic stories, because Star Wars as a story is about Anakin Skywalker!), this is a book about the entire galaxy.  This is a book about the public at large and about politics.

This is a book that lays out how propaganda and false narratives contributed to so much of what happened and why.  

Keep reading

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:

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. 


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. :(

‘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.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'The Magicians’ Cast Conjure Up Teasers of What to Expect From Season 2 (Exclusive Video)

'The Magicians’ Stars Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil and Harvey Guillen at StudioWrap (Photos)

'The Magicians’ Renewed for Season 2 on Syfy
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Is The Box Office God Of Thunder With $46M Friday; $115M-$120M Opening – Late Night Update
By Anthony D'Alessandro

Friday 3rd update, 11:10PM: 

When Marvel boss Kevin Feige announced the title for the third Thor back in October 2014, he said that Ragnarok meant “the end of all things”. When it comes to this weekend’s box office, Thor: Ragnarok isn’t the end of anything, rather the beginning of the holiday season for exhibitors. Let their share prices soar. According to late night ticket sales right now, Thor: Ragnarok has clocked a $46M opening day (including $14.5M previews) and is flying toward an opening between $115M-$120M at 4,080 theaters, the 7th best opening in November, and the 9th title to open north of $100M for the month. No wonder why other studios are envious of Marvel: Typically we expect threequels to sag in their openings, but here’s Thor: Ragnarok pouncing on all box office statistics and blasting away its 2011 opening ($65.7M) and 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World ($85.7M).

CinemaScore audiences gave Thor: Ragnarok an ‘A’ CinemaScore tonight, the 12th ‘A’ earned by a Marvel Cinematic Universe title, and the highest CinemaScore ever for a Thor movie. With each movie, the audience response has gotten better moving from a B+ with Thor to A- with Thor: Dark World to now. Between Doctor Strange and Moana last November, Disney owned a third of the month’s $960M business. Expect that share to be higher this month after Disney/Pixar’s Coco opens over Thanksgiving and pulls in every member of the family from toddlers to grandparents. It’s that good and will move everyone to tears in the Toy Story 3 sense of the word.

Currently, Thor: Ragnarok is expected to dip 12% on Saturday with roughly $40.5M, but the groundswell of great buzz could push the beefcake superhero higher.  As PostTrack indicated, already a third of Thursday night’s audience plans to see this threequel again.

What’s working here? Marvel never takes the development of their sequels for granted and this one took three years to make. That speaks to Marvel’s sense of perfectionism and how they’re not in the business of rushing films out for a cash grab. Quality and excellent box office results go hand-in-hand. In October 2014, the pic’s first two screenwriters, Thor: Dark World‘s Christopher Yost and Marvel TV writer Craig Kyle were hired to write a first draft. That month Marvel boss Kevin Feige announced the title of the Thor threequel with a release date of July 28, 2017 (Boy, the difference Ragnarok would have made at the summer box office). By February 2015, Marvel needed more time so Thor: Ragnarok was pushed to Nov. 3, 2017. By that October, Oscar-nominated live action short Two Cars, One Night director Taika Waititi became attached after others lobbied for the job. Marvel presented ten ideas to prospective candidates and asked them to come back with a clearer vision of the feature. Waititi came back with a sizzle reel that blew the Marvel team’s socks off. That included using clips from other films including Big Trouble in Little China and scoring the reel to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” which was used in the final cut of the movie and in the pic’s marketing materials to set its anarchistic, visual tone. Typically Marvel doesn’t encourage sizzle reels, but Waititi’s proved how he would define the picture.

The big marketing hook for Ragnarok was its Thor vs. Hulk fight, a battle which has occurred at least 15 times throughout the Marvel comics and began in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s 1963 The Avengers No. 3. In that comic, Hulk had turned against the Avengers. The team then tried to bring him under their control and tracked the green monster to New Mexico where Hulk and Thor engaged in a battle on a speeding train. The fight resulted in Hulk tying Thor up in railroad tracks. There was another fight whereby Hulk teamed with Mjolnir to fight Thor.

The April debut of the first teaser-trailer smashed Disney and Marvel Studios records with 137M views worldwide in the first 24 hours, beating out Beauty and the Beast’s 127M+ and Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ 112M. And following the film’s Comic-Con panel and trailer debut in July, Thor: Ragnarok led social media buzz for movies for three straight weeks, according to comScore’s PreAct tracking.

Thor: Ragnarok topped Fandango’s most-anticipated fall movies list. Advance ticket sales launched with an exclusive in-game spot in the Thursday Night Football NFL season opener and the debut of seven character motion posters, plus Twitter partnership with Fooji. Other notable sport surrounds included Mayweather v McGregor and Canelo v GGG fights.  October was rebranded as “31 Days of Helaween” with Twitter emoji, Facebook ios stickers, Snapchat lens, and custom content created with Awesomeness TV influencers and Disney Digital Network. Promotional partners for the threequel included Red Robin, Synchrony Financial, United Healthcare, Renault (Brazil), and Screenvision Media.

Critics have embraced Thor: Ragnarok with a 93% Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, the best RT since 2008’s Iron Man (94%). New York Post‘s Sara Stewart says, “It’s witty, it’s weird and it goes against decades of bloated, overserious comics fare,” while New Yorker‘s Richard Brody beams that Thor: Ragnarok works because Marvel is entrusting the property to indie director Waititi’s sensibilities: “A sensibility that, with comedy and cleverness, reflects detectable delight in turning the giant toolbox of the expensive cinema into a toy chest.”

Bob Corker stayed true to his word. Shame on Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski and John Mccain. You can’t trust them to do the right thing under pressure. These pols are no different than Ted Cruz. I will tell you that in the near future when the economy begins to tank because of this idiotic bill, these Republicans will refuse to admit it was a mistake and will attempt to blame the bad economy on Obama.

There will be some unintended consequences to the Republican party for this horrible bill….they think getting their payoffs from their big donors will keep them in Congress.  Think again….there are several million voters out here, especially women, seniors, young families, young men and women, and people of colour who are really pissed off. They have no idea of the power women have when they are angry, the power of senior citizens when they are losing their only source of income and insurance, along with all the other fine people out here that are directly affected by the  GOP. SHAME on the 51 Senate Republicans who just voted for a tax scam bill that amounts to a massive giveaway to Donald Trump and his billionaire friends - paid for by cutting Medicare.
It’s not too late to stop this. Both this bill and the version the House passed are terrible, but they are not identical. That means it now goes to conference so they can try to work out a joint bill, which the House and Senate then have to vote on again. A massive groundswell of resistance in the next week is needed to remind them that voters are watching, and we are furious!
If you have a Republican Representative., call now at 202-224-3121 and tell them to stop trying to force this horrific bill on the American people. Then tell all of your friends and family to do the same.


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

Really curious where this groundswell of Christian witches/magicians came from? Because no offense, I can tell a lot of y'all are pretty young, and five years ago nobody was really interested (myself included). So I’m curious what changed (for me it was the influence of Josephine McCarthy/Gordon White).


On this day in music history: October 16, 1976 - “Disco Duck Pt. 1” by Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots hits #1 on the Hot 100 for 1 week, also peaking at #15 on the R&B singles chart on November 20, 1976. Written by Rick Dees, it is the debut single and biggest hit for the broadcasting legend born Rigdon Osmond Dees III. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Rick Dees works days as a DJ at WMPS while spinning records at local night club called Chesterfield’s at night. With the Disco Era nearing its commercial peak in the mid 70’s, Dees is inspired to write a parody song. He’ll pitch the idea around town for a few months before attracting the interest of Stax Records co-founder Estelle Axton who is running a local record label called Fretone Records. Dees gets his friend Ken Pruitt to provide the signature “Donald Duck” vocals on the track. Released on Fretone in early 1976, the single begins getting major regional airplay throughout the south, but is not played by any Memphis radio stations, out of fear of promoting their competition. Rick Dees himself is prohibited by his own radio station from playing the record on the air. When he talks about it on the air one morning, the station manager abruptly fires him, on the grounds that it was a conflict of interest. After the firing, Dees is hired by rival station WHBQ-AM in Memphis. Shortly afterward, Dees goes to Los Angeles to shop the record around to major labels. Al Coury, the head of RSO Records buys the master from Fretone to release it nationally. Once the novelty hit takes hold on radio, it is a runaway smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #89 on August 14, 1976, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. “Disco Duck” is also featured in one scene in the film “Saturday Night Fever”, but is not included on the Grammy winning soundtrack album. His management unwisely decides not to grant permission to allow RSO to use it on the soundtrack. At the same time the record is a huge hit selling over six million copies worldwide (over two million in the US alone), a large groundswell of backlash against the song develops while it is on the charts. It is often been cited by critics as one of the “worst records of all time”. “Disco Duck Pt. 1” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.