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434 // Some of us have lower resistance to cold than the others

For once, i want to allow someone to break through my barriers. I want to let myself free, but i don’t know how to do that.

It’s passed 6 in the evening and the thought of love still lingers in me.

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“In the aftermath to come, Americans should remain vigilant of the mainstream media’s tendency to blame-both-sides equally, regardless of the lopsided casualties of police violence. And whether or not Americans will agree or disagree with Johnson’s actions should not be the question we explore most. Focusing on his actions alone is a convenient diversionary tactic which enables America’s white supremacist power structure to delegitimize his anger and sweep the issue of state terror back under the rug. Instead, we should ask how are we going to communicate to police officers that if they wish ever again to be secure from the consequences of their violence, their top priority must be to stop terrorizing black and brown communities. That if they truly desire their own safety, they will first have to stop murdering people  —  or else more chickens, inevitably, will come home to roost.”

– Dallas Shooting: Where Peaceful Existence is Impossible, Violence is Inevitable

Text explaining who the three groups in The Force Awakens are. I don’t consider these spoilers specific to the movie’s plot itself.

Peace Interrupted

After Years of Rebellion, the death of Emperor Palpatine gave the oppressed peoples of the galaxy undeniable evidence that the Empire could be defeated. A longing for freedom and peace drove a great tide of revolution from sector to sector, to the point where a truce - unthinkable at the height of the Galactic Civil War - was signed between the New Republic and the weakenend Empire. As one of its first acts, the restored Senate promptly passed the Military Disarmament Act. Many were convinced that the age of galaxy-wide conflict was over.

The New Republic

Following its great victory against the empire at the Battle of Endor, the Alliance to Restore the Republic rebranded itself as the New Republic, and shortly afterward a peace treaty - the Galactic Concordance - was signed with the remnants of the Empire. Believing that the Empire was no longer a threat, the New Republic turned its attention to reshaping galactic politics.

The First Order

The Galactic Concordance defanged the Empire’s ability to wage war, with strict disarmament treaties and punishing reparations. The Old Empire withered away, becoming a remnant of political hardliners locked in a cold war with the New Republic, before eventually breaking away to reform in the Unknown Regions as the mysterious First Order.

The Resistance

The Resistance is a small private force created by Princess Leia Organa to keep watch on the movements of the First Order. Though she petitions the New Republic government for support, she finds the politics of the Senate too slow and too mired in self-interest to be of any help. The New Republic tolerates the Resistance, though it is wary of risking war with the First Order.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary

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The Shellmound Walk.

Black Friday. Emeryville, Ca. 2015

Is a series of protests held at desecrated burial sites around the greater San Francisco, Ca. Bay area. On Black Friday, 2015. Representatives of many indigenous tribal nations, including Ohlone, Apache, Tongan, and local activists all races, gathered in protest at The Bay Street shopping mall, in Emeryville, Ca. As is done there annually in their continued resistance to the theft of their lands, pollution of theirs waters and environments, and the continued desecration of ancient burial grounds, and monuments. 

More info here: http://ipocshellmoundwalk.homestead.com/shellmound.html

Trailer for a documentary about the site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSpyroEgB3Y