Do non-Australians know the story of how Canberra, our nation’s glorious capital, was founded? If not, gather round.
Most folks think Sydney or Melbourne is the capital of Australia, but no, that would actually make sense, and Canberra is not here to make sense. Canberra is here because Mum and Dad didn’t want to play favourites with the bickering children.
Basically, after Federation in 1901 when Australia became a country in its own right instead of just a bunch of Britain’s convict colonies, people couldn’t decide whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the capital. There was a huge rivalry between the cities (one that still exists today. Melbourne is better btw) and they squabbled and fought for YEARS over who would get it, until finally in 1908 they decided, “right. NEITHER of you get to be the capital.” They compromised by building a city entirely from scratch halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, smack-dab in the middle of the bush. Observe:
(Look at that tiny void of despair.)
For some reason the city planners also decided that grids and sensible
symmetrical roads weren’t desirable for the capital, so the city layout is a mess of circles and hexagons and triangles and weird geometrical shapes. Roundabouts. Roundabouts everywhere. And since it’s literally just Parliament House dumped in the middle of nowhere, the city is entirely surrounded by dense bush and there are real problems with kangaroos invading the suburbs, and every summer there’s a good chance it could burn down because of bushfires. It’s so far away from anything that no-one lives there unless they have to, and the people who have to live there are the ones who need to work there, and the ones who need to work there are all politicians. It’s a city full of Tony Abbotts, tbh. Truly a dismal, dismal place.
tl;dr Canberra is a tiny custom-built nightmare of roundabouts, kangaroos, fires and politicians that exists solely to punish us because Sydney and Melbourne were like bickering siblings who couldn’t get their shit together.
“If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.“ – Fred Korematsu, born January 30, 1919. For his work resisting F.D.R.’s Executive Order 9066 and fighting for the survivors of the Japanese American internment, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To commemorate his journey as a civil rights
activist, the “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the
Constitution” was observed for first time on January 30, 2011, by the
state of California. It was the first such commemoration for an Asian American in the US.
He is the subject of a new book by Lorraine K. Bannai, Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice.
Forewarning: I don’t know if you have any preferences for this ship, but basically you’re never going to find bottom!Finn and even Switch!Finn is hard enough. I tried to get as much of the former on this list but *kanye shrug*
This year in October, the Polish government together with a far-right organisation Ordo Iuris demanded a blanket ban on abortion in Poland. The proposed law would force women to give birth at the expense of their own health and safety. Obtaining abortion, even if a pregnancy resulted from rape or incest would be made illegal but thousands of women and men took to the streets. The protests worked and the Polish government dismissed this barbaric parliamentary project.
Later, I was looking at the pictures and I’ve found a couple of them like the one above - people were holding the banners with the message “HUMAN RIGHTS ARE WOMEN’S RIGHTS”.
It is inspiring. It means that the message from the Fourth World Conference on Women from 1995 got implanted in the collective memory of societies around the world and it comes forth when there’s a serious endangerment to our rights.
Thank you, Hillary. You had the courage of your convictions. You did what was right. You said the right words in order to make a change. And you did. We are empowered by these words. We use them as our shield against misogyny, inequality and assaults on our dignity. And we win.
What I like the most about Kenny Omega is how sincere he makes everything out to be. Obviously he’s an incredible athlete with an insane amount of skill but pro wrestling is all about telling a story right? He tells stories with such conviction, it’s amazing to watch him work or even hear him talk about the business we love so much.
The current hiatus he’s on is further evidence of his brilliance I think. It’s relatable too. We’ve all been in situations where we’ve put a lot of time and effort into something only to fail. To fall flat on our ass and then get bummed out and re-think the future. That’s what he’s portraying right now and it’s caught all of our attention in one way or another and it makes you genuinely feel for the guy.
It’s literally the most believable thing in pro wrestling today in my opinion and just proves, without a shadow of a doubt, why he’s one of the elite.
While doing research for my tunnel meta (X) and an upcoming one, I came across pictures Emily posted on her Instagram. She posted them in the fall of 2015. They appear to be in the same trailer. She posted the right one first, and it callbacks to a cast member’s post from the same time frame (explanation linked in my tunnel meta). The left one she deleted after people started to comment on its similarities to Norman’s trailer, and she happened to post it the day that TPTB conducted filming in the studio: X. (She might have had pink nail polish in these pictures because she had filmed for Conviction Love On the Sidelines right before, as she has been seen wearing that color in the show.) This trailer is Emily’s.
(To spare a long post of pictures, I put everything else under the read more.)