“The workers must be armed and organized. Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be
surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by
force if necessary.” — Karl Marx
This should be a very pressing issue for the far-left. We need to start pulling a lot more Black Panther shit, waltzing around the capitol building locked and loaded. As a tendency and a movement, we need to flat-out steal the “gun culture” from reactionaries.
After her controversial decision to air an interview with Sandy Hook denier Alex Jones, Megyn Kelly has been barred from hosting an event for an anti-gun violence organization founded by families who lost their children in the 2012 massacre.
Kelly was set to host the Promise Champion Gala, organized by Sandy Hook Promise, Wednesday night in Washington, D.C.
The foundation released a statement late Monday announcing its decision to drop Kelly as emcee due to her upcoming televised interview with the far-right radio host and blogger behind Infowars. Read more (6/13/17)
lol just after i posted paperhat i post this dude. Classy. Hush. Classy 👌🏽.
anyway, just a little but about him is known public, but im his creator- so im exposing him.
gender: Male (though, his balls were chopped off.. ouch..)
Homosexual/gay (reason later)
Personality: Insane, clever, childish, and organized
likes: Blades, guns, torturing, seeing people suffer, and saving cute smol creatures.
Dislikes: the sounds in his head, the thought of his mother, constant annoying high pitched screaming, mac and cheese without shredded cheese on top.
greatest fear: His mother, she tortured him, and she brought her friends to torture him as well, so he has a great fear of woman. Why would his mother do this to him? She was mentally unstable, she thought that if she tortured her own son, she would be “accepted in the heavens”. The only comfort he had was his father and his sister. But his mom killed them, and now he killer her. He is haunted by her, and tends to hear her say things.
How did he get his face to look like that though? He sold his soul to a demon.
It’s not that I can’t leave California (I get out-of-state recruiters contacting me weekly, finding a new job would be trivial), it’s that I DON’T WANT TO. I LIKE living here. My family and friends are here. I like that the only natural disasters I have to worry about are earthquakes once every couple decades. I like the amazing variety of cuisine available within a 30 minute drive of my house. This is my home and I won’t be chased out by some bitch-ass gun grabbers.
What the fuck kind of defeatist attitude is that, anyway? “Oh, things are moderately annoying, guess I’ll turn tail and run.” FUCK YOU. We’re supposed to FIGHT tyranny, not flee and say “eh, it’s someone else’s problem.” I donate to gun rights organizations, I take new people shooting, I vote. I do everything I can because THAT’S HOW YOU SOLVE PROBLEMS. Ignoring things is the exact opposite of fixing them.
Who was the one to propose: Toonz would, it would come as a surprise to both of them but he’d mean it nonetheless
Who stressed more over wedding planning: Think Bryce would, he’d have more of an idea for a “perfect” wedding, while Toonz would just kinda go with it
Who decorated the house: They both would, they’d get their own areas least one room that is just theirs to do with as they please, but most of the house would by done together
Who does the cooking: Bryce, no question, Toonz can’t cook xD
Who is more organized: Overall and in general, Bryce is considered the more organized of the two, but Toonz has his own stuff that he keeps relatively organized like his gun stuff.
Who initiates bedroom fun: 90% of the time its Toonz, the other rare 10% its Bryce and that’s usually the best times
Who suggested kids first: Honestly, think Bryce would, but Toonz is very apprehensive about the whole thing
Who’s more dominant: Toonz, though sometimes Bryce can convince him to switch it up
Who’s the cuddler: Both of them ;)
Who’s the big spoon/little spoon: Toonz is the big spoon, cause goddamn Bryce is taller than him but he’s the big spoon!
What’s their favorite non-sexual activity: Laying around watching tv and playing with the cats
Who comes home drunk at 3am: Neither, they don’t drink
Who kills the spiders: Toonz if its one of those big ones, otherwise Bryce can handle the smaller ones
Who falls asleep first: Toonz he’ll pass out after recording and that’ll be it
A head canon: Bryce likes to tease Toonz about being taller, even though Toonz himself is pretty tall, so when they’re in the private comfort in their own home Toonz will take it upon himself to make sure Bryce knows that while he may be taller he’s always gonna be the lil one compared to Toonz.
Who is louder? In general Toonz concept of an inside voice does not exist, in bed its Bryce, Toonz knows how to make him scream
Who is more experimental? Think they both kinda are, Bryce is more vocal about wanting to try something new, and Toonz is fine with doing whatever really
Who takes more risks? Probably Toonz, he’s more reckless in nature really
Do they fuck or make love? Depends on the day, sometimes its slow and drawn out -takes all day type of thing. Other times its in and out, hard and rough.
Lights on or off? Depends on the situation, and whenever they’re doing it
Who is more likely to be caught masturbating? Bryce, to which Toonz would tease him until he cums
Who is more likely to suggest a threesome? They’d both kinda hint at it, slip it in randomly that its something they should try
Who comes first? Its Toonz’ life goal to make sure Bryce always cums first
Who is better at oral and who prefers it? They’re both pretty decent at it, surprisingly (or not) Toonz prefers to give it because Bryce makes the best noises when he does
Who is more submissive? Bryce, he turns into putty in Toonz’ hands
Who usually initiates things? Toonz, though on certain things and times it’ll be Bryce
Who is more sensitive? Bryce, just in general and sexually
Who has the most patience? Bryce he has the patience of an angel, Toonz can’t hold his shit for a minute most of the time
Which kinks do they share? Biting/nipping, teasing, praise (Bryce likes receiving it, Toonz loves giving it), and a few other things
Noah Scalin reminds us that the anatomy of war isn’t guns, but humans. Clinically dissected, this Smith & Wesson firearm is a reminder of the lives that it can potentially take. Guns become a physical extension of those who use them. The one thing they lack, however, is a brain.
MTV’s Elect This’s Ask Box is open for Tumblr and Elect This’ IssueTime on gun violence prevention. Leading activists for gun safety will be answering your questions on gun rights and gun control, how to be an activist in your own community for gun safety regardless of age or experience, and so much more. We’ll be accepting questions until Thursday, October 27th, and publishing the responses right here on Wednesday, November 2nd. For more on the realities of gun violence, make sure to watch True Life: I’ve Been Shot.
Amber Goodwin, Founding Director Community Justice Reform Coalition (CJRC)
The CJRC is a national coalition working on policy reform and building resources for communities of color working at the nexus of gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. Prior to founding CJRC, Amber served as National Advocacy Director for Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Sarah Clements, Founder, Junior Newtown Action Alliance
On December 14, 2012, Sarah’s mother survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the aftermath, Sarah began work to address gun violence in every type of community, through legislative action, cultural change, and bridge-building.
Shawn VanDiver, Navy Veteran, Co-director of the Truman National Security Project, San Diego chapter
A 12-year Navy Veteran, Shawn attended National University and the Naval Postgraduate School, earning degrees or certificates in Domestic Security Management, Homeland Security and Safety Engineering, and Information Systems Operations He owns firearms and spent more than a decade training service members in the use of lethal and non-lethal force.
Adam Hartnett, Organizer
Adam is a fresh-out-of-school social worker, new to the world of activism and community organizing. Adam is currently organizing for stricter gun policies in Orlando, Florida with change.org. When he isn’t testing out his new social justice legs, he enjoys riding his bike, swimming in the ocean, and traveling.
Mike Weisser, Author and Firearms Instructor
Mike Weisser is the author of six books and over 700 blogs and has been a gun wholesaler, retailer, importer and firearms instructor since 1965. He is a Life Member and certified NRA firearms instructor and has trained more than 6,000 men and women in guns and gun safety.
Jonas Oransky, Senior Counsel, Everytown for Gun Safety
Jonas Oransky is Senior Counsel at Everytown for Gun Safety, where he develops Everytown policy and supports state and federal legislative efforts.
Jessica Jin, Founder, Cocks Not Glocks
Jessica founded Cocks Not Glocks after the viral success of “Campus (Dildo) Carry” at the University of Texas at Austin, which was hailed as the largest anti-gun demonstration in Texas history. Cocks Not Glocks harnesses the humor, creativity, and compassion of young people to reject guns as an acceptable solution to fear and violence
This is the most self-indulgent thing I’ve ever drawn, and I was going to feel bad about that but then I remembered that I drew it myself for free, so haters can back off. This is a picture of me in a black suit like Loki’s because I’ve discovered the shitty life hack that while buying cool clothes is expensive, drawing yourself in cool clothes costs zero money. I don’t post a lot of pictures of me, so you can’t tell if this is shit or not. Which is good. You can now see what I mean when I say Claude is basically boy me, appearance-wise.
Eunwoo’s lip curls, muttering curses under his breath as he shoves through the crowd. The sun was high in the sky, lazily using the soaring buildings as a crutch, scarcely visible through the tenuous cracks in the hordes swarming towards the metro entrance. The abundant air filters out your poor, decrepit lungs; longing to see the beautiful buildings and scarce out of place trees for just a second longer.
Eunwoo suddenly stops amidst the barbaric crowd, glancing back at you to make sure your still tailing closely behind, then beckoning you to continue to follow him as he starts his plunge down below the earth.
He stops at one of the machines to refill his idle subway card, which took you back for a moment because, who ever thought that on the urban Seoul subway, one of the biggest Mafia bosses in Korea would be sitting right aside them? Possibly contemplating their impending imminent misdemeanor or next Black Market purchase.
Team Fortress 2 was recently updated so that teleporters would randomly generate pieces of bread. It looks delicious.
I can’t actually eat bread anymore. Sometimes I miss it. I jokingly told a friend that I hoped the game’s portrayal of bread didn’t look too delicious, or it would just fill me with sad longing. The joke went on like this:
[12:44:41 AM | Kazerad: “There I was playing engie in my ORDINARY, GLUTEN FREE GAME where I had already had a friend mod out the bread on the sandwich, and all of a sudden when someone goes through my teleporter a fucking piece of BREAD comes out. No warning, no anything. I could have fucking been TRIGGERED TO DEATH, valve. I will be boycotting you forever and I hope you die (tw: death threat)” [12:45:14 AM] Raven Noriega: hahahah [12:45:17 AM] Raven Noriega: oh man [12:45:21 AM] Raven Noriega: so perfect [12:45:28 AM] Raven Noriega: they did it cause of you [12:45:50 AM] Kazerad: you know half of me wants to make a Tumblr post like this, but I can’t think of any good way to slip in that triggers are a real thing, just not how Tumblr uses the word. [12:46:10 AM] Raven Noriega: yeah, you couldn’t really
The conversation ended there. As I thought about it more, though, I realized the meta-level commentary about why I didn’t want to make that joke post on Tumblr was more interesting than the joke itself. Like, consider the mechanics at play: I think a lot of people on Tumblr use the word “trigger” in some ridiculously inappropriate ways, basically just to guilt people into not showing them things they don’t like. It’s hard to speak out against that without it being construed as an attack against the entire concept of people having triggers for PTSD or depression. The people using the term inappropriately presumably know this. And tactically, that is actually really neat.
When we talk about generalizations, it is usually because people are using them to attack others - taking a racial, cultural, or social stereotype that applies to part of a group and drawing conclusions that assume it applies to the whole group. However, I’ve seen surprisingly little discussion about the idea of generalizations being used defensively.
Like, let’s break down the above scenario. You essentially have two groups trying to use the idea of “triggers” to control the behavior of others. On one hand - let’s call them Trigger Group 1 - you have people with serious, uncontrollable psychological reactions elicited by certain stimuli; they cannot reasonably handle these things on their own, and most people who knew the severity of it would probably cater to their needs. On the other hand - let’s call them Trigger Group 2 - you have people who are made uncomfortable by certain images/ideas, and would rather not see them. Some people would be okay with catering to that, whereas others would take a colder “grow up and learn to handle it” stance. Despite garnering potentially different reactions from others, the two groups share a single label: “people with triggers”.
Now go back to the bread joke and the social mechanisms that dissuaded me from posting it on Tumblr. I wanted to attack Trigger Group 2; the whole idea of the bread joke was that it pokes fun at people who appropriate the word “trigger” to mean “anything that could make me uncomfortable”. My concern was that it would be interpreted as an attack on Trigger Group 1 as well. By blurring that distinction between the two groups - creating a generalization - Trigger Group 2 can dissuade potential attackers who do not want to attack Trigger Group 1.
It is a very smart defensive tactic, but it is executed at the expense of Trigger Group 1. While Trigger Group 2 gains additional defense, Trigger Group 1 is more likely to be attacked, since some people will characterize the entire label by its Trigger Group 2 members. Someone could have a very serious reaction to, say, mentions of suicide, and a person who only knows triggers through Trigger Group 2 is going to blow it off like “yeah, sad things exist. Nut up and get used to it”.
This problem, of course, arises from one place: a shared term. Imagine for a moment what would happen if the terms were split.
To avoid declaring either group “real triggers”, let’s call Trigger Group 1 “Switches” and Trigger Group 2 “Skeevies”. These are two fitting terms, I think. People with Switches suffer severe, diagnosable anxiety when presented with certain stimuli, whereas people with Skeevies are made uncomfortable by certain stimuli.
All of a sudden, you are able to speak out in support or defense of either idea without it being generalized to the other. There is a relatively concrete distinction: depending on someone’s reactions you could argue “that’s not a Switch, that’s just a Skeevie”. Someone could say they are happy to label Switches and Skeevies for the sake of their readers. Someone could say they don’t believe in labeling Skeevies, because they view them as weaknesses people should overcome. By separating, the two ideas are able to gain social traction at their own rate, rather than sharing a common reputation.
This leads to a rather important idea that applies to almost all politics, activism, and other ideas seeking social power: the more different causes you tie together in one package, the harder that package will be to accept. An organization campaigning to give free cupcakes and guns to every citizen is going to have a much harder time finding support than two separate organizations, one focusing on free cupcakes and the other focusing on free guns. On its own, the hypothetical free-cupcake organization will get support even from anti-gun groups, and the hypothetical free-guns organization might get support even from health groups that would have opposed free cupcakes. Both causes are weaker by being combined.
If your goal is for an idea to gain social acceptance, you don’t benefit from grouping it with something less likely to be accepted. I mean, sure, you could say that you’re doing it to help the less-likely-to-be-accepted idea - using the visibility and acceptance of Switches to draw attention to the plight of the Skeevies - but then you are still intentionally hindering one cause to help the other. You can still help and support them if the causes are unattached, but you are giving every individual person the choice of who to support.
This is kind of a weird place to go from a joke about bread, but I feel like there is an important lesson here. If we can see past the labels, past the linguistic gerrymandering instituted by manipulative people to shape how we group the world, then I think a lot of harmful ideas would find themselves more susceptible to attack. It’s important to acknowledge that generalization can be a defensive tactic as well as an offensive one.