global freedom

‘It’s 3.23 in the morning and I’m awake, because my great-great-grandchildren won’t let me sleep.
My great-great-grandchildren ask me in dreams
“What did you do while the Planet was plundered?
What did you do when the Earth was unravelling?
Surely you did *something* when the Seasons started failing?
As the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
Did you fill the streets with protest when Democracy was stolen?
What did you *do* once you knew?”
—  ‘What Did You Do Once You Knew’ by Drew Dellinger

“Our English language is a big part of it. It’s a carrier of freedom. Wherever the English language has gone, globally, freedom went with it,” Rep. Steve King said on CNN on Monday

The idea that freedom accompanies English everywhere is demonstrably false, as former subjects of the British Empire can attest. In fact, a bulk of modern history was shaped by the cultural and military violence and slavery that followed the English language as it traversed the globe — from brutal British colonial rule in Africa and Asia, to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, to slavery in the U.S. and the massacre and forced assimilation of Native Americans.

— Zak Cheney Rice, Steve King is having a hard time pretending he’s not a white supremacist

“There is coming a day, when freedom will just be a essence of the mind, an inner dwelling that was once physically attainable. They will tell you where you can live, and what you can wear and drive, what and how much you can eat and drink, and how to purchase those. They will strip you of your religion, race, gender, national origin, age, color, creed, views and power, and have control of the population. They will set in a new world order, and put you in the back of the line, marked and branded. Everything before will be erased, and the new will be manipulated. And what you believe most, can only be kept secret, for all must fall in line of their govern. Anything outside will be abolished. Even death, will be sought, but restrained. They will execute complete and total control over everything, and be sole owners of your soul. The light, that once guided will go dim, and liberty will be like an unwilled bird, suppressed in the cage of your ribs; wings cut off.”  
  ~ Anthony Liccione 

The American Library Association strongly opposes any actions that limit free access to information, undermine privacy or discriminate on any basis. This includes the temporary suspension of visas and entrance to the US based on anyone’s nationality or religion as well as the increased scrutiny of any individual’s communication such as mobile phone and/or social media activity.

“Our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity.  

“ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination is central to our mission. We will continue to speak out and support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work.

“We will continue to speak out and support our members as they work tirelessly for access to library and information resources on behalf of all of their community members, while advocating for privacy, intellectual freedom, critical global research, information literacy, ongoing access to scientific research, and fair and equitable treatment for everyone.

Society grows great when old people* plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
— 

Greek proverb

Photo: Steven Godfrey

(* The original quote uses the word ‘men’ rather than people. Planting trees is a responsibility of all of us; not just some of us. 🌳)

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“No-one voted to be poorer? Well, I did! I not only voted to be poorer, I also voted for the pound, the economy, industry and jobs to take a hit…..but don’t worry, the only people losing their jobs will be people on the European bandwagon. There’s no way anyone else will lose their job as a result of my vote. Which I’m so proud of I’m writing this letter, by the way. You’ll all thank me when the Global Freedom Benefits come flooding in.”

China

Internet sovereignty
Total control
Dictatorship
Regulations

No right to vote
No right to be
Not allowed to be yourself
Otherness is a crime

Died in jail
Justice system failed
Trust is crumbling
Fear is building

Learn from the past
History’s mistakes
Revolutions work sometimes
But who will clean up the mess after

I really need y'all to understand that your freedom of speech does not allow you to make baseless hate speech, threats, or intimidation. Your freedom of speech has an asterisk and it comes with consequences. I don’t condone the acts taken against Charlie Hebdo, but if you are hashtagging ‘I am Charlie Hebdo,’ you’re saying you’re racist, islamophobic, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, and just about every kind of bigot you can think of. Just FYI.

anonymous asked:

Aren't all LOK villains anti-villains?

They all were, except for Unalaq who was essentially just an Asshole.

Amon genuinely believed in his cause, he was actually the only bender to think that bending might be bad, that not all bending is cool. It’s just that he was so hypocritical, he wanted to get rid of bending but he wanted to stay a bender. But still, gotta give him credit for the Not All Bending is Good thing.

Zaheer and the Red Lotus genuinely thought they were doing the world some good while driving it into anarchy in the name of “Global Freedom” and equality which is cool and all, except it’s anarchy.

Then, there’s Kuvira who genuinely wanted to help the Earth Kingdom except… She’s fascist.

So, basically, all these villains mean “well,” they just didn’t know what “well” meant.