The-Sound-Of-Progress

'White people can't be terrorists.'

We’ve been told this for years. Not directly, perhaps, but when a white person bombs a church or massacres a school or flies a plane carrying 150 people into a mountainside, killing everyone on board, it’s hard to draw any other conclusion.

Disturbed? Yes. Mentally ill? Probably. A troubled outcast? Of course. But “terrorist”? That term is reserved for a special type of person, someone with brown skin, a foreign-sounding name, roots in the Middle East or North Africa and a progressively anti-Western Internet history — probably typed in Arabic.

Terrorists, we’re told, are Muslim. And if anything happens to disrupt that notion, we have a really hard time explaining it.

White people can’t be terrorists.

We’ve been told this for years. Not directly, perhaps, but when a white person bombs a church or massacres a school or flies a plane carrying 150 people into a mountainside, killing everyone on board, it’s hard to draw any other conclusion. Disturbed? Yes. Mentally ill? Probably. A troubled outcast? Of course. But “terrorist”? That term is reserved for a special type of person, someone with brown skin, a foreign-sounding name, roots in the Middle East or North Africa and a progressively anti-Western Internet history — probably typed in Arabic.

Terrorists, we’re told, are Muslim. And if anything happens to disrupt that notion, we have a really hard time explaining it.

Details are still emerging in the case of Andreas Lubitz, the 28-year-old Germanwings co-pilot who allegedly locked his captain out of the cockpit and ran Flight 9525 into the French Alps on Tuesday. We don’t know his motive. We know very little about him at all. Yet the media coverage and testimony around his actions suggest something remarkable: a clear, almost desperate effort to avoid calling Lubitz what, for a Muslim in his position, would likely be a foregone conclusion.

anonymous asked:

Hey there :) I've recently lost about 15lbs by running/healthier diet but I can't see a difference (everybody else can) but now I feel fatter than when I started. I don't know what to do :( xxx

In my opinion, it’s much better to take pictures to compare and see your progress there instead of the scale. It sounds like you need to improve your self esteem because I think you’re too hard on yourself, here are some really good tips if you would like to check it out :)xx

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Well there’s a lull in the action, so here are some pictures of our little gang of babies.

Kankri looks like he’s in the middle of being epically trolled by Terezi, while she metaphorically gives him rope to hang himself with.

Fuck what a lot of people say about them, Mumford & Sons are fucking amazing their shit just hits me right in the soul and if you’ve got a problem with that then that’s chill but please keep your opinion the frickety frack away from me kthxbai

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From 2010 (top left) to today! I’m only about 10 months into my weight loss journey but that was the only decent pre-weight loss picture I could find of me in my swimsuit. I bought a bikini for the first time ever today and I was actually EXCITED to try them on! I can’t remember the last time I didn’t dread swimsuit shopping. I’m so proud of myself and can’t believe how good I look in a bikini!!!

A lot more science experiments end this way (more or less) than you might think.

The Progress of Demon!Dean (10x02)

Holy mother of Jesus the fighting scene had me totally wrecked.

Up until then Demon!Dean had only been a very confused and very big douche but in that scene, in that motherfucker scene everything changed. He wasn’t worried about repercussions, or guilty about killing the father of that guy that other time, or trying to figure out what the fuck to do next because he is stuck in a limbo between humanity and demonhood.

No Dean Winchester was in his element. Fighting at expert level against someone who made him push himself a bit harder that usual. He finally got to use some better moves, moves than can’t really be used against the drunken messes at the bar because those idiots wouldn’t recognize a good punch even if it was headed straight to their faces.

He was a tease, cocky, confident, arrogant, scary and oh so Hot. That is the Demon!dean I want. That is the one I hope stays for the rest of the season (or at least mid season).

The Sound of Progress

"You’re the dawn at my darkest time, my own kite-flying high.
You’re the one who brings the tears, if I laugh or if I cry.

You lead the dance, I’m just stumbling through.
I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you~”

Trip quietly strummed her guitar, fingers fumbling a little over the strings. The sound just wasn’t coming out right… She leaned over and scribbled down something on her sheet music on the ground in front of her. The girl sat back, drumming her fingers on the neck of the guitar. “You’re the dawn at my darkest time, my own kite-flying high...” Trip sang the words again softly to herself, closing her eyes. What was missing? What was that… one… stupid… thing?

The Sound Of Animals Fighting shows start tomorrow in Philadelphia. A couple of tickets are still left, but you should get them quick @ http://www.thesoundofanimalsfighting.com/

THU, MARCH 20 // Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
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FRI, MARCH 21 // Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
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SAT, MARCH 22 // New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
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SUN, MARCH 23 // Boston, MA @ House of Blues
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FRI, MARCH 28 // Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
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SAT, MARCH 29 // Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
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SUN, MARCH 30 // Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
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something to consider when critiquing older media, particularly media that was considered progressive when it came out: language changes. sometimes a piece of media will use a term that by today’s metric is really offensive, but before you rush to condemn it, find out how that term was used at the time. sometimes the media was using the right term, was being politically correct or progressive, it just sounds wrong to us now. an example that springs to mind is the rocky horror picture show- some of the language used in that movie would be considered horrendously transphobic if used now, but at the time it was filmed it was exactly right and it was what trans people were using to refer to themselves.

also keep in mind that this will continue to happen. if you produce media or generate content, no matter how careful you are to be up to date with your vocabulary, eventually you are going to sound hilariously backwards. this is not meant to discourage you from trying to be progressive, not at all. in fact, my point here is that if you look back at your old stuff in 10-15 years and go ‘what was i thinking???’, remember that you were giving it your best shot and don’t let the fact that something you produced ages ago has become outdated stop you from moving forward.