drafted

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Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.

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At the Russian Court || (1/?) T h e  C e r e m o n y  o f  t h e  T s a r ’ s  O a t h 

For the ruling house itself, one extremely important ceremony was the swearing of an oath to the throne by the heir. Paul I established a law of succession which declared the heir - the Tsesarevich - to be age at sixteen. His son Nicholas I published a manifesto by which he made the oath an official state document and ordered its inclusion in the next volume of the Code of Laws to be published : ’ On the ceremonial declaration of the majority of each and every individual belonging to Us, they shall be sworn in the presence of the Sovereign Himself both as a sign of allegiance to the Ruler and to the Fatherland, and equally to observation both of the rights of inheritance and to this family order, and shall affirm this in writing, which oath shall be preserved in the State Archive together with documents belonging to the Family. ’ The oath sworn by the Emperor’s sons had as its purpose the further reinforcement of the autocracy.

The holy rite of oath of His Imperial Highness the Sovereign Heir and Tsesarevich Grand Duke Alexander Nikolaevich (future Alexander II) took place on 22 april (4 may) 1834, Easter Sunday, which gave particular resonance and meaning to this secular state event. The ceremony commenced at 11.30 in the morning with a ‘great appearance’ in which the participants were 'members of the Most Holy Synod, court ranks, notable individuals of both sexes and foreign ministers. Detachments of Life Guards regiments stood with banners in the rooms from the Concert Hall to the Portrait Gallery; the Company of Palace Grenadiers in the Portrait Gallery itself.’ The first part of the ceremony was to oath sworn by the heir to the throne in the Large Church in the Winter Palace. Metropolitan Seraphim and the court clergy greeted the imperial family with a cross and holy water The imperial regalia - sceptre, orb and crown - 'were ceremonially moved on gold brocade cushions carried by the first ranks of the Court from the Diamond Room to the Great Court Church and laid on the table made ready there, to the left of the lectern placed by the Royal Gates for the Life-giving Cross and the Holy Gospels’ Nicholas I himself led his son to the lectern where lay the life-giving Cross and the Gospels. Raising his right hand, Alexander pronounced the oath, 'composed especially for him’. Quoting Peter the Great that he would ’not spare his belly’ for Russia, he swore to observe all the rules of the throne and all the laws of the imperial house. The ceremony was halted by the heir’s tears, after which he was embraced by his parents. Then the heir signed the oath and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Karl Nesselrode took charge of the document, to place it in the state archive. The first part of the ceremony ended with the prayer 'We praise Thee, oh Lord’, a salute of 301 cannon in the Peter and Paul Fortress and the ringing of the bells in all the churches of the capital.

The second part of the ceremony was the swearing of the officer’s oath, which took place in the St George Hall in the Winter Palace before a larger audience than the first. The imperial procession passed between rows of Guards officers towards the St George Hall, where the cadets of various military colleges - future ‘defenders of the fatherland” - were lined up. Generals, dignitaries and the diplomatic corps stood in hierarchical order around the throne. On the two lower steps of the throne were Guards officers holding the regimental standards. In front of the throne stood a lectern with the life-giving cross and the Gospels and the standard of the Don Regiment, of which the heir was commander. To the sounds of he new anthem, God save the Tsar, the Emperor, Empress and Tsesarevich entedred, mounted the throne and greeted the troops. Then Nicholas I led Alexander to ‘the lectern sheltered by the Ataman standard’ and the Tsesarevich ‘swore an oath of allegiance in service to the Sovereign Emperor and the Fatherland’. The troops saluted, the standards were lowered before the throne and the procession back commenced. 

Source {At the Russian Court, Hermitage Amsterdam}

curtain pulled

i don’t know how to feel
about white men who draw women
naked who draw women in
who draw women
into naked

objects
she objects
are not for making
of people merely
wanted

object
resist
she objects
she resists

objects are not
form aching

to view
your view
we need to see
less of you
more

i don’t know how to feel
about it i don’t know how
to feel i only think
about it well and unhelpful
i don’t know how

i want to
learn or
practice to
notice
if i can
how i know
to feel
about
it then
now

i am not
drawn in
to my thought

i am not drawn
tense across
time or canvas

i am not drawn in
to the man or
the drawing

nor am i drawn
out

i am not drawn
into art

what happens
next i wait
i see

how he is drawn
to draw me

down
to mark
mere sur-
face

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Black Consciousness Day in Brazil

On November 20, Brazil celebrated the life of Afro-Brazilian resistance leader Zumbi dos Palmares as many remember the struggle of the nation’s Black population.

Since the Atlantic slave trade — which saw over 4 million enslaved Africans kidnapped from Africa to Brazil, 40% of the total kidnapped to the Americas — the Black movement in Brazil has passionately fought for greater rights and equality.

From the iconic anti-colonial leader Zumbi to the rebel sailor João Candido Felisberto, teleSUR looks at some of the most pivotal figures and events of the Black resistance movement.

I want anyone reading that might be at a low point, feel beaten down and defeated, like things aren’t gonna get any better for them.

I want you to know that I’m right there with you at that low point, but believe me, things really will get better. As hard as it is, even for me right now, you gotta stay positive and hope for the best and surround yourself with people who care. And sometimes, even the worst situations can lead to something extremely positive that you might not have achieved if you hadn’t gone through that pain.