Multi-generational cruelty: America's prisons shutting down kids' visitations #1yrago

The history of American prison visitations are a mix of racism (“black men, denied sex, will riot in jail”) and compassion – especially the late 1960s’ ground-breaking, multi-day family visitation programs that allowed prisoners to play and live with their children for a whole weekend a few times every year.

But when Bill Clinton created his racist “southern strategy” – which imposed flamboyantly cruel minimum sentences for minor infractions, and stripped the prison system of any vestige of compassion or rehabilitation – he set in motion the process by which prisoners’ ability to stay connected to their families would be eroded, and, eventually, taken away altogether in most of the country.

The American carceral state entraps more black people than Apartheid, and creates a pattern of multi-generational trauma that the erosion of visitation exacerbates. Prisoners who lose touch with their families are more likely to end up in prison again – and the children of prisoners, denied the chance to bond with their parents, are more likely to get in trouble with the law.

But who needs evidence (or compassion) when there’s easy political points to be scored through vicious, public acts of cruelty?


Cracked: Why Was Lapis Lazuli in the Mirror?

People are mad at the Crystal Gems for imprisoning Lapis Lazuli in her mirror, but it turns out they never did that!

In the episode, Pearl shows Steven the mirror, stating “We found this Gem powered mirror at the Galaxy Warp!”, meaning that they found Lapis in that state after the war. 

Let’s connect this to another strange Gem phenomenon, Gem Shards. When a Gem becomes cracked, they lose sentience and become mindless Gem Shards that can be used to power various items. Gem Shards so far have been stated to not have a mind or consciousness, but simply act on instinct.

Now let’s go back to Lapis: When Steven reveals that Lapis is communicating coherently through the mirror, the Crystal Gems are absolutely horrified. Why? Because they thought Lapis was a Gem Shard. They thought her Gem was completely cracked all the way through, and she therefore didn’t have a mind to suffer through thousands of years of entrapment. 

Pearl is the first to realize that a sentient being was trapped inside the mirror, even covering her mouth in shock.

Amethyst, showing an out-of-character moment of pure fear, urges Garnet to “do something”. 

The Crystal Gems had no idea Lapis was still alive. They thought she was dead and were using her Gem to power the mirror. And they were utterly terrified when they realize that Lapis has essentially been tortured for thousands of years and they did nothing to stop it.

Now, why was Lapis put in the mirror? My theory is this:

During the war, Lapis was fatally injured with a blow to the back. The healer or doctor or whatever the Gem equivalent of a nurse is decided that she was too far gone to save her and wrote her off for dead, imprisoning her in the mirror because they thought she was dead anyway.

But she wasn’t dead, she was still alive the whole time.

This is why you always double-check before you bury a corpse, people.

here’s the thing about violence: 

baltimore and many other cities have been entrenched in anti-black violence from the get go. every effort that has ever been made in richmond, philly, baltimore, durham… to build black power, black culture, black community has been met with fires, guns, bombs, murders. the black youth growing up in these cities have been trapped by the legacies of anti-black violence and slavery: an economy that does not employ black people, underemploys and then underpays, a system that ships black youth to segregated schools in segregated neighborhoods on segregated buses, a system that kneels and begs at the hands of investors and bankers and promotes gentrification in coded language, a system that humanizes and sympathizes with cops whose repeat offenses will never get them jailed. 

there’s the thing about violence. you do not kill, repress, entrap a people and then complain about having rocks thrown at you when you show up in the neighborhoods you gerrymandered to tell them to quiet down.

Witch Bottles? Witch Bottles! - Explained.

Witch bottles traditionally act as what can be described as ‘decoys’ for malevolent or baneful spirits and energies. This includes curses, hexes and jinxes - it includes anything and everything that seeks to ruin that good streak you’ve got goin’ on.

Historically, witch bottles included items such as rusted nails, thorns and wine (yep, you read it right: people used to stick wine in bottles to never be consumed!), and almost always include an item of your physical being, such as a lock of hair, a little bit of spit or blood or semen, etc,… you catch my drift here, right?

**IMPORTANT: if and when you draw blood, don’t just wing it. Use hygienic and sterilized equipment to prevent infection!

When creating a witch bottle of this ilk, your main goal is entrapment so personalize to your heart’s content.

Nowadays, we have witch bottles for protection, entrapment, cursing and myriad other things, but typically they all follow the same basic method of construction (for lack of a better word) as traditional witch bottles, which goes as follows:

For protection against baneful energies and the entrapment of them, some ingredients may include the following:

  • A item of your physical being
  • Sea salt
  • Needles/pins/nails
  • Broken glass
  • Sage
  • Garlic
  • Blood or wine
  • A sigil written on paper or the ashes of a burnt sigil
  • A tangle of black thread
  • Basil
  • Cayenne Pepper

If you’re creating a protection bottle, you may want to include protective herbs, (such as Rosemary, St. John’s Wort, Pennyroyal or Mandrake root) and small crystals, like amethyst and quartz, in place of the… angry-ish content of the negativity-trapping bottle.

Next, you put all of your ingredients into your chosen bottle which can be made of glass, clay, metal or ceramics, and seal it as tightly as possible with a lid or stopper (cork). Now, shake!
If the mood takes you, fill the bottle with whatever thoughts and feelings fit the intent for a little extra oomph.

Now you must take a candle that again, corresponds with the intent of the bottle. Black for protection (for me!), - but each witch has their own colour correspondences, remember - and drop the hot wax over the lid/stopper of your witch bottle.
Before you play with hot wax, set some paper down underneath your bottle to protect whatever surface you’re working on and please, please take care not to let the wax touch your skin whilst it’s hot!

Traditionally, again, ceramic witch bottles were burnt or placed in a fire or hearth and the ashes/remains then buried somewhere on the witches’ property. Nowadays this isn’t always an option, and many of us choose to use glass bottles or jars. In this instance, you can run the jar/bottle through the smoke of an incense that befits yours needs and wants, and then leave the witch bottle somewhere dark/somewhere it won’t be disturbed.

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While white women are praised for altering their bodies, plumping their lips and tanning their skin, black women are shamed although the same features exist on them naturally. This double standard is one string in the netting that surrounds black female sexuality – a web that entraps black women when they claim sexual agency. Deeply ingrained into culture is the notion that black female bodies, at the intersect of oppression, are less than human and therefore unattractive.
Real Reason 2016 Sucked

What if the years are correlating with the tarot cards of the same numbers? 16 is the number of The Tower, which is about a drastic life altering painful change taking place. But it’s also about foundations being broken, destruction to old ways, and a sudden change to everything. 2015? Another year agreed to royally suck? The Devil aligns with the tarot card 15, common readings say it’s about self entrapment, addictions, ego ran thoughts, hopelessness, and other negative patterns effecting one’s life.
2017 being 17 would alrign with The Star, a card about new beginnings and hopefulness, finding the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. It has connotations believed to be about inner peace, inspiration, acceptance and higher vibrations.

Of course this is just a silly theory but it gives me hope for the new year (and looking back at my own choices and experiences the last two years align pretty tightly with the cards)

  • what she says : i'm fine
  • what she means : ahkmenrad died 4000 years ago, killed by his own brother who wanted to take the throne of egypt from him. according to the way kahmunrah talked about the tablet in the second natm movie, i guess he never had it before, so that means ahk had it the whole time. which basically means he was magically brought back to life every night, in his sarcophagus, trapped, probably wondering why he wasn't reaching the egyptian afterlife, all alone, until his doom was discovered 4000 years later. then he was on display in cambridge for a few years in which i dare to hope he was able to stretch out for a bit, before getting transferred to the national museum history to get entrapped for 54 more years of screaming in agony to only get deliberately ignored by the other exhibits. he's been banging on that lid for four millenaries without anyone coming to him, desperate about getting out the thing so much so that he was probably high on adrenaline caused by fear the whole, which is even more obvious according to the force the lid has been threwn off with when larry cracked the padlocks open and the FIRST THING HE SAYS AFTER THOSE FOUR MILLENARIES OF LONELINESS, FEAR AND ENTRAPMENT WAS "YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE HOW STUFFY IT IS THERE" FOR FUCK'S SAKE HE MADE A FUCKING JOKE DESPITE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED TO HIM BEFORE RUSHING WITH LARRY THE SECOND HE ASKS HIM TO HELP THE VERY SAME EXHIBITS WHO LEFT HIM SCREAMING ALONE IN HIS DISPLAY ON PURPOSE JEEZ
  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: anakin skywalker spent his whole life hoping to escape from slavery - first from gardulla and watto on tatooine, then later from the entrapments of the jedi order - until he finally realized that servitude must truly be the only option, and dejectedly joined the sith. his turn to the dark side was not only a desperate attempt to save his wife and future children, but also a passive and resigned acceptance that he would never be able to live as a truly autonomous individual able to choose his own path, which was always his ultimate goal. even after becoming darth vader, anakin never once used jedi mind tricks. yes, he had other ways of getting people to do as he wished, but he never took away anyone's ability to think for themselves. his character is so often reduced to simply a petty villain, but anakin was so much more than that.

Drawings by Marald Van Haasteren

Marald born in 1970, creates artwork for bands since 1989. Some of the bands for which he worked are - Bolt Thrower, High on fire, Wolfbrigade, Kylesa, Ortega, Grinding Halt, Entrapment, Slutvomit, Wartorn, Masakari, Victims, Suffering Quota and much more. Stay updated by following him on Tumblr and Facebook

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Signs as Creatures

Aries - Dragon, sleek black dragon with a core of molten lava, rather small in size, with big wide golden eyes, wings are bigger than the body, scales are impenetrable. Rather peaceful creatures, unless disturbed. 

Taurus - Fae, wings that beat as fast as a humming bird. They are transparent yet glint all colors in the right light. They are the fastest known creatures, they have the power to manipulate the earth. Rather aggressive creatures, yet are the embodiment of grace. 

Gemini - Shapeshifter, nobody knows what their real form is unless they say, they can replicate others exactly. They have to power to change their voice and turn into inanimate objects. Tricky creatures. Rather playful, yet manipulating. 

Cancer - Siren, or mermaid, their tails are razor sharp and are beautiful beyond imagination. Their voices are melodic and alluring, often can show a persons desire in order to entrap them. Rather childish, yet underestimated. 

Leo - Nine Tailed Fox, so many different kinds, but these creatures are survivors with many lives, they are magical, and clever. They are charming and quick, mischief is their middle name. Rather Beautiful, yet deadly.

Virgo - Witch, they have ancient books in which they practice, they come from a rare bloodline that dates back hundred and thousands of years. They have immense power but have good judgement. Rather powerful, yet humble. 

Libra - Goddess, these creatures look after the others, they try to maintain order and balance yet they can tip whenever they choose, they are eccentric and unworldly. Rather invisible, yet strong. 

Scorpio -  Otherworldly, these creatures range from ghosts to aliens. They can travel from world to world. They are known to be the most deadly for this reason. They have to power to move creatures into different places. Rather misunderstood, but understanding

Sagittarius - Griffin, guardian with a free spirit, these creatures are one of a kind and are divine creatures. They look scary but are generally good. They protect and hold their ground. Rather unpredictable, yet grounded

Capricorn - Seers, they have bright and intense eyes, but ironically they are blind. They are blind to the immediate world yet can see the beyond. These are insightful creatures, for they can see and predict the future. Rather ominous creature, yet an enigma

Aquarius - Sphinx, these creatures like to speak in riddles and they are relentless. They are ferocious and merciless. They are bringers of chaos and order. Rather emotionless, yet do the right thing

Pisces - Water Sprite, they are dream like in the way they think and in their beauty. The seem childlike and playful but are very wise. They are fluid and wild like the ocean they live in. Rather emotional, yet aggressive. 


‘Entrapment’ by Tanapol Kaewpring

Tanapol Kaewpring’s newest body of work gives form  to these abstract challenges by using a curious glass cube in the natural and  urban environment as a metaphor for the systems we are constrained by. These symbolic  boxes can be physical such as a house and an apartment, as well as social  frameworks of the family, religion, culture and politics.

Each cube  is situated within specific environments, the beach, the forest, the desert and  the city. Confined inside are elements such as fire, smoke, light and water.   These forces of nature have the capacity for great change, growth and destruction  and yet they are still able to be controlled by humanity. Even they have their  limits. These elements combined with their settings represent aspects of  psychological freedom. If we are able to think outside the box, to break the  glass that surrounds us perhaps we could achieve true liberation and happiness.  Kaewpring’s approach is of the personal poetic, of trapped transcendentalism.  He uses digital manipulation and post production techniques to create these  intense points of meditation. There also seems to be clear links with Buddhism   and Thai culture, during a point when many young Thais are questioning their  identity as a negotiation between tradition and modernity.

C-PTSD Symptoms

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a type of PTSD that is caused by severe, repeated trauma, such that involves captivity, manipulation, and entrapment. It is trauma that is long-term and involves an inability for escape. This trauma occurs long enough to deform one’s sense of identity and self.

There is no mandated list of criteria for C-PTSD in the DSM-5, but there are six clusters of symptoms that are currently used for diagnosis. These major, core symptoms of C-PTSD are:

  • Emotional Dysregulation - This involves severe mood swings/dysphoria, impulsive behaviour, self-harm, and suicidal preoccupations. This could result in explosive anger, or extremely inhibited anger, or both. It could also result in either compulsive or extremely inhibited sexuality (i.e. hypersexuality or sex repulsion/trauma-induced asexuality, or both.) This also involves difficulty expressing and communicating emotions.
  • Consciousness Instability - Forgetting traumatic events or reliving them is a part of a struggle with consciousness. Sometimes reliving trauma can be either through intrusive thought, or preoccupation with the trauma. This also involves dissociation, which can cause severe consciousness interruption and memory gaps.
  • Self-Perception Issues - The trauma that causes C-PTSD messes with the ego, so its symptoms results in a skewed perception of self. One might feel helpless, full of shame and guilt, like a constant victim or a horrible person, feel defiled and disgusting, and/or believe they are completely separate from other human beings altogether.
  • Distorted Views of the Perpetrator - Becoming preoccupied with a perpetrator, whether it’s allotting total power to them, developing a preoccupation with them (such as revenge or seeking to find others exactly like them), or clinging onto the idea of being special to the perpetrator, would all be examples of distorted views.
  • Struggle With Interpersonal Relationships - Avoidance, distrust, paranoia, a sense of inability to connect with others. One with C-PTSD might also be constantly searching for a ‘saviour’ figure, and could also go to great lengths for self-protection.
  • Loss or Change in System of Meanings - The beliefs one held before trauma changing or going away completely, such as religious faith, or one being succumbed with despair or feeling like there is no hope.

Outside of the six clusters of general symptoms, the other symptoms often associated with C-PTSD are:

  • Revictimization - Those with C-PTSD are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Many will be revictimized if they are not taught how to read red flags, as those with C-PTSD may seek to relieve trauma without realizing it because they don’t know anything else.
  • Hypervigilance - Increased anxiety and sensory input will make the survivor hyperaware of everything in their environment. This may result in paranoia, in extreme jumpiness, etc. Someone with C-PTSD will be constantly feeling like they are in a dangerous situation, and thus be hypervigilant due to that. (This may cause someone to be constantly in fight mode, or flight mode, or freeze mode, etc.)
  • Unexplained Physical Symptoms - Hypervigilance exhausts the body. This is what most professionals believe leads to chronic pain, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, nausea, chest pain, and various other physical symptoms that range from mild to severe. This pain cannot be explained by other existing medical conditions.
  • Dissociation - Degrees of dissociation range. It is common for those with C-PTSD to deal with chronic dissociation, which can lead to emotional numbness, feeling unable to focus, inability to connect to one’s identity or reality (depersonalization and derealization), and memory loss. To a severe degree, it may result in identity splitting, which would lead to comorbidity with Dissociate Identity Disorder.
  • Substance Abuse - It’s not uncommon for those with C-PTSD to struggle with substance abuse, whether it’s alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc. Some may also use sexual contact in the same way.
  • Attachment Issues - C-PTSD can cause various problems with attachment, including hyperempathy or a lack of empathy, an inability to accurately perceive other people’s motives, isolation, seeking out codependency, feeling unable to depend on others at all, and not knowing where personal boundaries lie for themselves or others.
  • Cognition Problems - Executive dysfunction, inability to pay attention, communication problems, sensory overload, object impermanence.