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.
The universe has no preferences, these are universal truths. You are inferior to no one, superior to no one. We are innately equal in our independence, individuality, and humanity. We all innately have the right, power and responsibility of self determination. Only our perception of them alters. But these facts are self evident.
You are an individual.
You are not your beliefs, you are not your skin, you are not your shape, etc. The collective is imagined.
Similarness is not sameness.
We are all individual.
You are independent. Dependence is an illusion. You need nothing. No one makes your choices for you. You can choose anything. Your purpose is yours, it comes from you, no one else.
One’s self determination is one’s own.
Self determination is a right, power, and responsibility. You and your actions yours, the responsibility is yours, and the power goes to whoever you give it to.
No one belongs to anyone but them self. Your life, choices, and fate are rightfully yours. To determine the life, fate, and choices of another is to take what is rightfully theirs, it is to violate them. ____________________________________________
Rule none other, and be ruled by none other.
Give your power to yourself, show others their power is theirs. Be
independent, not pulling on or standing on others. Don’t be imperial, do not rule others. The power that was
taken from the people should return to the people. We should incentivize
There are no monsters, only people. Fear is from the self, not an external force. Fear nothing.
There are no kings, other than those we believe in. Power given by the fearful, desperate, beguiled, and those commanded though the illusion of dependence.
Don’t be incompetent or lead by incompetence. Leaders who need
leaders are not leaders.
Do not be part of a chain of command, break chains.
Do not carry the
orders of another, only those of the self. If you are not in charge, no one is in charge. If your leader is not leading, no one is, and no one is responsible. But really, everyone is responsible. Don’t scapegoat, don’t pretend to be dependent, don’t make others pretend. Be true. Fear nothing. Take responsibility.
Be what you want others to be. All play is practice, pay attention to
what you practice. Fear breeds fear, hate breeds hate, reason breeds
reason, love breeds love, in your enemies and allies alike.
Conflict resolution is not achieved by giving to conflict. Break vicious cycles.
adversaries the option of peace without price. Do not be the leader of
your enemies’ antagonism. Do not be defined by your enemies, do not live or believe
in reaction to them. Give yourself power. Be valuable, make others valuable. Empower others, not punish. Create and transform, don’t destroy.
yourself as much as you criticize to your enemies.
Understand your enemies as well as you understand yourself, truly.
your enemies in the same way they understand them self. Listen and consider the perspective of your adversaries and third parties. Do not fear the unknown, the other, or those more powerful than you. Fear nothing, question everything, even yourself.
You can chose anything, your own pain, death, loss, or starvation. Give these things no power over you, and no one may take power from you. No one makes your choices for you, not even under threat.
If you must, wait for the
pivotal moment to defy.
But know, compliance incentivizes threats. Don’t incentivize conflict and dependency.
Think and compete.
Competition refines, it makes quality. It can bring us all great wealth if we are self empowered people. We
should make an example of those who wish to enslave, incentivize slavery, or make us compete with the
enslaved, and of those who wish to hold a monopoly of power, economy, or
ideas. Without competence, your ways die. Make something meaningful, make your ripples mean something.
Without meaning, your life is just a clock ticking. Demonstrate the use, value, and veracity of what you believe in. If you do not believe in yourself or your ideas, why should anyone else? Challenge yourself and others on their ideas. Challenge yourself and your ideas against others’. Challenge yourself against yourself. Pit ideas against each other.
Compare and contrast.
Question everything. Fear no thought. Think completely freely, think critically. Almost all your ideas are wrong, so speak your mind now, not later.Spout all your ideas out in the open so that others may criticize them, it’s the fastest way to learn.Use your mind, power, and actions to create quality in this world.
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.)