right to defend itself

“ “I trust you,” Lance said honestly. Because he did, bizarrely enough, even though Keith’s mouth was opening wider and his teeth were sharp, sharp, sharp, twin knives of ivory, and Lance knew it was going to hurt like a bitch. “

[The Hurricane In His Veins, chapter 9]

O-ho-hoooo-boy! I started drawing this as soon as I finished chapter nine, which was just about two weeks ago. I had to re-work this one so many times, you have no idea! 

And @saltyshiro, your fic is really cool and I like it so so much!!:’) 

okay though like re: the ian post about amethyst’s character development: shouldn’t the fact that there are enough people pointing out that amethyst’s arc wasn’t given full closure, significantly enough people for you to thrust a fanmade analysis at them to defend the canon, prove in and of itself that her arc wasn’t given a solid, strong resolution in-universe

Assata Shakur once said: if ever there was a decision between armed struggle and social programs (like free grocery programs, free health and education programs, free communal/local crime prevention programs etc), a revolutionary movement should always choose the social program approach.

Social programs represent an experimental view of the world we all strive for whereas an armed insurrection in the immediate present wouldn’t.

This isn’t to say that violence is completely barred – especially in terms of action and self defense against fascists, criminals, injustice, oppression, etc – in the mean time; only that a revolutionary movement shouldn’t put all of its efforts being armed to the teeth, ready to mobilize, and start destroying the state and capitalism at the drop of a hat when they can spend their time investing in social projects for the people’s immediate benefit while spreading ideals, goals, and principles for now and the future.

Armed struggle is an inescapable consequence for any revolutionary movement, however the result would be always be failure if the people don’t know what they’re fighting for and if they solely rely on the well-read militants for deciding what’s right and wrong.

A small movement that can’t defend itself but can understand itself is a seed that can grow; but a movement that can defend itself with no self understanding is a hollow shell.

ceci n’est pas une pipe, asshole

“But if you really think [bad thing] is that bad, how can you possibly support it, even fictional [bad thing]?”

Nice sleight of hand, but here, let’s break it down:

  1. [Bad thing] is not okay.
  2. Fictional [bad thing] is a depiction of something not-okay.
  3. Fiction depicting [bad thing] is okay.

Now, some of you puritanical busybodies might not agree with #3, but surely we can all understand that “murder mysteries are harmless” is a very different opinion to argue against than “murder is harmless.”

If someone can run find-replace on your accusation of “promoting abuse”/“excusing rape”/“supporting pedophilia” and turn it into “promoting art about abuse”/“excusing writing that features rape”/“supporting stories that deal with pedophilia” without changing the meaning of the original sentence, except to highlight what an equivocating pile of alarmist BS it is… well, actually, then I encourage whoever’s arguing with you to do exactly that. All this lazy, dishonest conflation of “defending people’s right to engage in the thing itself” and “defending people’s right to make art about the thing” would make you look like utter nincompoops if anyone were blunt enough to call you on it every time you tried to get away with it.

Why the Church Allows for the Death Penalty

Full Question

        Why isn’t the Church completely against the death penalty?        

Answer

The Church considers the death penalty society’s version of self-defense. Just as you have the right to defend yourself from a lethal attack, so too does society have the right to defend itself from murderous individuals.

However, just because someone is guilty does not mean society is free to execute him. Capital punishment is moral in particular circumstances, not all circumstances. Society must be morally certain the individual is guilty of a grave crime and have no other legitimate means of protecting itself. Whether or not there are nonlethal means to protect society is a prudential judgment, and people of good will could have differing views.

Thus the death penalty, by its very nature, can never be always wrong in the same way that we could never say someone would never have to resort to killing in order to protect oneself or others. We can certainly debate appropriate circumstances to take such action and the means to prevent us from going that far, but it can never really be taken off the table, since it is not intrinsically wrong.

Study Reveals Most American Pastors Silent on Current Issues Despite Biblical Beliefs

Most pastors believe that the Bible addresses the current issues of the day, but few speak about them from behind the pulpit, according to a recent study from a prominent research organization.

George Barna was a guest on the American Family Radio program “Today’s Issues” on Thursday, where he explained a research project that he has been working on for the past two years. In his study, Barna’s organization asked pastors across the country about their beliefs regarding the relevancy of Scripture to societal, moral and political issues, and the content of their sermons in light of their beliefs.

“‘What we’re finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, ‘Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues,” he explained. “Then we ask them: ‘Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?’ and the numbers drop…to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it.”

Barna’s group also polled pastors about what factors they use to gauge whether or not a church is successful.

“There are five factors that the vast majority of pastors turn to,” he outlined. “Attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage.”

“What I’m suggesting is [those pastors] won’t probably get involved in politics because it’s very controversial. Controversy keeps people from being in the seats, controversy keeps people from giving money, from attending programs,” Barna said.

Pastor Chuck Baldwin, a radio broadcaster and former presidential candidate, commented on the study in an article published on Friday entitled Odds Are that Your Pastor is Keeping the Truth from You Instead of Preaching It. He opined that Barna’s research shows that most pastors deliberately choose not to speak on the issues of the day despite knowing that the Bible speaks to them.

“That 90% of America’s pastors are not addressing any of the salient issues affecting Christian people’s political or societal lives should surprise no one,” he wrote. “It has been decades since even a sizable minority of pastors have bothered to educate and inform their congregations as to the Biblical principles relating to America’s political, cultural and societal lives.”

“Please understand this: America’s malaise is directly due to the deliberate disobedience of America’s pastors—and the willingness of the Christians in the pews to tolerate the disobedience of their pastor. Nothing more! Nothing less!” Baldwin continued. “When Paul wrote his own epitaph, it read, ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.’ (II Timothy 4:7) He didn’t say, ‘I had a large congregation, we had big offerings, we had a lot of programs, I had a large staff, and we had large facilities.’”

“It is time for Christians to acknowledge that these ministers are not pastors; they are CEOs. They are not Bible teachers; they are performers. They are not shepherds; they are hirelings,” he said. “It is also time for Christians to be honest with themselves: do they want a pastor who desires to be faithful to the Scriptures, or do they want a pastor who is simply trying to be ‘successful?’”

I had previously posted an article which showed that 83% of Americans claim to be Christians but only 9% of adults and less than 1% of teens/young adults have a true biblical worldview, and now after reading this new article I can see how that’s even possible.

How is it a surprise that there’s so very few true Christians around when only 1 in every 10 religious leaders aren’t willing to talk about the hard topics? How can people get their fill of the Word of God if the church they are going to is leaving them hungry?

All these 90% of our religious leaders only preach about a loving God. A God who will shower them with great life, well-being and prosperity. No one dares to say they will be hated for being a Christian. No one dares to say they will be persecuted and killed for being a Christian. No one dares say their own family will be against them and that they will have to choose between their family/friends or Christ. It’s like the passages which talk about all of the hardships that come with being a Christian just don’t exist.

Most religious leaders these days will only talk about a loving and caring God. We all know God loved us so much that Jesus died for us, but isn’t there more to the story? Will anyone ever talk about a God that will send people to hell if they choose to live life as they see fit? Basically the whole Old Testament and certain passages of the New Testament just don’t exist to these religious leaders because people don’t care to hear anything other than “God is love.”

I can only imagine the vast majority of today’s preachers reacting to some passages of the Bible:

1 Samuel 15:2-3
This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”

  • “A God that commands Israel to the killing of men, women, children and even animals? Israel having the right to defend itself, and even kill, anyone else occupying the land which was given by God to Israel? Nope, not in my church! There’s way too many passages in the Old Testament where Israel is commanded to kill men, women and children so they can have the land given by God. I’m not touching Deuteronomy, Joshua, Isaiah or any of the Old Testament for that matter because no one likes to hear about how God fights for Israel, even commands the death of people at the hands of the nation of Israel. I can’t talk about Joshua 10 which showed God actually killing most of Israel’s enemies, Himself. God shouldn’t get to decide who lives or dies. I’m sorry, but the truth is that if we don’t support Gaza and the so-called Palestinians we lose money. I can’t tell the congregation that God has promised Israel a land which is currently being occupied by Gaza, West Bank, about a fifth of Egypt, a third of Saudi Arabia, half of Iraq, over half of Syria, a third of Kuwait, all of Jordan, all of Lebanon and a small part of Turkey. We can’t tell Christians to support God in such a way. We can only support God so much.”

Malachi 2:16
“For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

  • “I can’t say anything against divorce, half of the people here have remarried several times. People these days marry and get divorced too often to talk about that topic. If I condemn divorce I’ll annoy way too many people.”

Luke 12:51
Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.

  • “I can’t talk about a Jesus that doesn’t bring peace and unity to all mankind. I only preach about how God is love and how we’ll all be united in love and that we will all coexist in peace with everyone else regardless of their beliefs.”

1 Corinthians 5:12
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?

  • “Whoa there, judging fellow Christians is a slippery slope, we all sin. If I rebuke a brother to try to open his eye then he might do the same to me and I don’t want to change. I can’t say that we are actually commanded to rebuke those brothers and sisters that sin so they may stop following their own hearts. The world is set on the ‘Don’t judge others because they sin differently than you' mentality, so it’s best to let this one slide and allow people to keep sinning.”

John 14:6
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.

  • “I rather not talk too much about this. So many religions out there. I rather tell people that God is love and not be talking that unless people believe in Jesus, they will go to Hell. It’s best to do like Pope Francis and tell Atheist they can go to Heaven when they die, even if they never believe in Jesus, as long as they are good people in this life. Saying people will be going to Hell isn’t something that’s well received. It’s best to not go against the Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Catholics, Mormons and all other religions that don’t believe in the Lord or even some Christian religions that don’t believe that He and His Word alone are enough for us. I rather to just preach that we should all coexist, after all God is love and I’m sure He won’t mind if people aren’t following His Word.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God.

  • “A God that will keep people from entering Heaven based on actions so many people think it’s perfectly acceptable in today’s society? Are you crazy?! I might as well close down my church! Too many people cheat on their spouses, drink beer, sext, use cuss words and have homosexual relationships these days. I can’t go around talking about these topics or else too many people in my church will just go to a Joel Osteen church to have their ears tickled.”

Time and time again Jesus turned down potential disciples because He would rather have quality rather than quantity. We live in an age that quantity speaks volume for the church, after all the more people contributing and tithing, the more money that church is cashing in and it’s all about the money for most of today’s preachers. We have religious leaders that care about money and enjoy their celebrity status too much to be risking telling any kind of truth that might upset the people listening to them.

The internet and television are wonderful tools to spread the Gospel, but these are just another source of revenue for these preachers to prey upon. So many of these weak and greedy religious leaders use these tools to spread a diluted Gospel of acceptance to all that is wrong only to cash in and get more followers, after all “God is love”. Just as we are told in Luke 11:43, these preachers remind me of the Pharisees as they “love to sit in the seats of honor in the synagogues and receive respectful greetings as [they] walk in the marketplaces.”

How can it possibly be a surprise that less than 1% of all teens/young adults and 9% of adults in America, as reported in a previous research, don’t believe in all of the Bible if their spiritual leaders are too weak and/or too greedy to tell them the truth? It’s not surprising at all, that’s the truth. I can only hope that in their hunger for the Word the people attending these churches start to read His Word by themselves and abide to It, and subsequently find a good church that will talk about the hard topics rather than stay in a church that will just tickle their ears. Stop hiding behind the “God is love” flag and actually learn His Word and follow His commandments.

We can’t always be walking on eggshells when interacting with people regarding the truth of the Gospel. There’s times where we must be humble, and there’s times to be firm and rebuke, always in a loving and caring manner whenever needed, as Paul showed:

2 Corinthians 10:1-6
I plead with you—yes, I, Paul—and I plead gently, as Christ himself would do. Yet some of you are saying, “Paul’s letters are bold enough when he is far away, but when he gets here he will be afraid to raise his voice!”

I hope I won’t need to show you when I come how harsh and rough I can be. I don’t want to carry out my present plans against some of you who seem to think my deeds and words are merely those of an ordinary man. It is true that I am an ordinary, weak human being, but I don’t use human plans and methods to win my battles. I use God’s mighty weapons, not those made by men, to knock down the devil’s strongholds. These weapons can break down every proud argument against God and every wall that can be built to keep men from finding him. With these weapons I can capture rebels and bring them back to God and change them into men whose hearts’ desire is obedience to Christ. I will use these weapons against every rebel who remains after I have first used them on you yourselves and you surrender to Christ.

Jesus was not afraid to lay it on people that deserved it either, as we see in Luke 11:37-52. I love how Jesus got invited for a meal by a Pharisee and I can only picture everyone’s faces as Jesus was just laying the hard truth on them. Then at one point a scribe (experts in the interpretation of the Mosaic law who worked closely with the Pharisees) goes “you have insulted us, too, in what you just said” and then the Lord starts rebuking, or “insulting”, the scribes too. It puts a smile in my face every time I read that one, just imagining that scribe’s face and his regret for trying to rebuke Jesus for His rebuke of the Pharisees. The Lord was dishing it out the hard truth, which those religious leaders saw as “insults” because the truth always looks like hate to those who hate the truth.

People nowadays are so politically correct. We live in a world where we might be “intolerant” or “hateful” if we dare to speak the truth. The command to tell us to correct a brother gets buried so deep beneath the “don’t judge someone because they sin differently than you” mentality that we end up never correcting a brother in need, even though we are commanded to correct them and in some cases even avoid them completely (Matthew 7:15-16, 1 Corinthians 5:12-13, John 7:24, Romans 16:17-18, etc).

Revelation 3:19
As for me, I rebuke and discipline everyone I love; so exert yourselves, and turn from your sins!

Telling the truth and rebuking those in need doesn’t mean we get to be rude or crass about it. What did Jesus tell His disciples when He sent them out to the world? Matthew 10:16 tells us exactly what the Lord said, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” We are to be cunning/wise/bold as the lost people in this world BUT as harmless as doves. We correct, we rebuke and we instruct in love, after all Jesus told us the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” How true can our love really be towards another person if we embrace and encourage someone’s sinful lifestyle which ultimately will lead them to Hell? We are always to be kind and respectful but bold in truth regarding the Gospel.

The world has nearly lost all of its moral compass as more and more people drift away from the Lord. How then can a person be saved? Being sinless perhaps? There is NO such thing as a sinless human being. The only sinless human to have ever walked on Earth was Jesus Christ. Paul perfectly described our sinful human nature in Romans 7, “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t. I do what I don’t want to—what I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking. But I can’t help myself because I’m no longer doing it. It is sin inside me that is stronger than I am that makes me do these evil things.” How then can you fight against your own nature? Prayer, continuing obedience and repentance. Yeah, you will always sin but you can’t ever be okay with sinning and thinking you don’t need to ask God for forgiveness. Obey Him always, regardless of how much it goes against your very nature. Acknowledge your sins and pray for strength to do what is right in His eyes rather than to follow your sinful nature.

Acts 3:19
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.

Being a good person doesn’t mean absolutely anything if it’s without faith. Not a single one of us are “good”. Every single one of us deserve to suffer in Hell for all of eternity for the sins we’ve committed against our Creator, after all our bodies do not belong to us but to Him, yet God so love us despite all of our sins and imperfections that He sacrificed His only Son so we can be saved if we choose Him over ourselves. He offered us a way out of Hell if we are willing to accept it. Let there be less of you and more of Him in your lives. Accept the Lord, obey the Lord, repent of your sins and be a new creation. As Paul said, “The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

This is a sad age we live in. So many preachers lie, mislead and are afraid to speak the truth because they know the truth will cause the world to hate them. Yet, already predicted by Paul:

2 Timothy 4:3
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.

anonymous asked:

So you're saying that if Muslims become the majority in Europe, the continent is doomed, but if Europe protects its boarders from the scourge of immigrants, the world's problems will be fixed? You....you realize muslims might have the same perspective, yeah? That if they become the majority and wipe out the scourge of European ethnocentrism, the world will be better. What makes you more right than them? Why is European heritage more important than Islamic heritage?

Basically your message contains two options:
1. Europeans defending Europe & their ethnocultural identity.
2. Muslims become the majority and wipe out “European ethnocentrism”.

If you don’t see why those options can’t be compared, then you have a serious problem, which is the problem of the average liberal. You wrote “muslims might have the same perspective”, but that’s not the same perspective. Those options are inequal, which you hopefully know yourself.

I never said that the “world’s problems will be fixed” if we defend Europe from Islamisation. I am not a globalist. I don’t plan on imposing an ideology on the world, like liberal capitalism does. Also I never said that someones heritage is objectively more important than others. I am European. Therefore Europe is most important to me. For a muslim it may be the muslim world. This is natural and good. Every culture has the right to defend itself. I don’t stand for capitalist imperialism, I stand with Assad against US and Saudi terror.

anonymous asked:

Hello! What would happen to an INTP in a depressed stage? Like I've read about loops that certain types have, but what would usually occur with an INTP? Thank you in advance!!

A loop is basically heavy suppression of the auxiliary function in favor of the tertiary. When the dominant and tertiary functions overinteract, being of the same nature (introverted or extroverted), it leads to a severe imbalance. This is usually the result of self-doubt, when your Ti feels attacked and instead of finding assistance in the second-in-command which would provide a person with some balanced insight, Ti uses Si to defend itself and make itself feel right even when it’s not.

If the INTP’s depression is the result of self-doubt, their behavior would be unlisting Ne and overusing Si in its favor. So they would, I’d assume, shut themselves in; they wouldn’t let people in or be open to new experiences. They’d fall into this routine where everything is the same, and if anything’s ever off, they’ll panic.

They’ll stop interacting with people positively. With a low Ne and Fe, they won’t know how to communicate, and worse so with loops is that they won’t want to. They’ll think they’re better off without other people, that they’re right in isolating themselves with their thoughts, that no one understands them anyway, that there’s just no point. Si will be used to second these judgments because being away from people and around their own thoughts will start to comfort them; the familiarity will put their mind at ease. 

With Ne at a low, they’ll have difficulty generating ideas. That’s one thing that INTPs pride themselves for. They feel that this is what isolates them from people, makes them different; and now that they’ve literally isolated themselves further because of it, it’s not working. They’ll panic. They’ll start to think they’re not the geniuses they or everyone else thinks them to be. They’ll feel stupid, like a fraud, and they’ll start to feel insecure, like who they know themselves to be is collapsing in on itself.

In some cases, this is when they’ll face their insecurity, and in others, they’ll use Ti-Si to further pile onto their ego defense squad.

Now this doesn’t happen with all INTPs when depressed, nor is this the only way that Ti-Si can occur in INTPs when in the loop. Just one likely way.

I need to bury this

Topics related to asexual identity are important to me, but I find it hard to talk about them now, and I feel like I need to explain why before I just shut up about these things again for a while.

I started sharing my experiences as an asexual person on Tumblr because I didn’t consistently have access to spaces outside the internet where I could discuss those experiences with people who would understand them, and because I was still emerging from a very real crisis of identity that had led me to identify myself as asexual in the first place. I had already tried participating in AVEN, but the format of an internet forum didn’t appeal to me, and more importantly, the moderator culture of AVEN around 2011-2012 was becoming more tolerant of bigoted speech that harmed many members of the community and less tolerant of people expressing their frustrations with it. So I started hanging out with aces on Tumblr instead, because the format was more free-form, because the community there was more invested in understanding their experiences and needs as inextricably connected to those of broader LGBT+ communities.

At first the Tumblr ace community was just a really positive place for me to be. But then things very rapidly changed. The tags we used to communicate started becoming clogged up with niche varieties of porn (dinosaur porn, even) posted by trolls trying to make sex-repulsed members of the community uncomfortable. They would also run fake ace blogs filled with inflammatory statements. This stuff was an obstacle to productive community-building, but it was usually more of an annoyance than anything, if you could manage to filter out content that was personally upsetting.

But there was another emerging trend of discussion that had a much bigger impact on the way we in the ace community conceived of ourselves. Around the same time, a number of non-asexual-spectrum LGB people started to make frequent commentary in these same spaces about the way they regarded asexual people in relation to LGBT+ communities, and though I don’t want to oversimplify all the many things they said in community discussions, I can identify a few dominant themes in what they said. Some of them were there to complain that asexual people were appropriating elements of LGB culture to describe essentially privileged experiences. Some were there to argue that asexual identities and terminology, or certain subsets thereof (demisexuality in particular) had inherent and inescapable elements of sex-shaming, and were therefore harmful to LGB people.

The problem with these discussions was not that they were happening, but that they were conducted in a way that tended to disrupt conversations about personal experience. It became impossible to share a story about personal experiences with the Tumblr ace community without risking it being circulated by people attacking asexual terminology in reblogs or misleadingly paraphrased on a meme blog that had the stated purpose of exposing homophobia in the ace community. It could happen just because you mentioned being uncomfortable around the sex-related discussions your friends were having, or because you described the act of disclosing your asexual identity as “coming out”.

All this scrutiny had a pretty negative impact on the way I reacted to casually oppressive behavior within the community. Before all the conflict in the community started, seeing (for example) a casually ableist or heterosexist comment in the Tumblr ace community was a signal to me that we needed to have a dialog about those things, because ableism and heterosexism impact me and other aces personally and those issues need to be resolved to make spaces safe for all of us. But when the conflict was at its peak I started to see these moments not as opportunities to improve my community, but as anxiety-provoking bad omens. It was hard to get past the anxiety that anything an asexual person said in the community could be used against me, and get to actually addressing what was said.

I ended up arguing a lot, even though I was refusing to take a position on some of the major arguments of the time. I didn’t care to argue whether an asexual identity gave one the right to use the reclaimed slur q***r to describe oneself, or whether it was right for asexual people to describe their experiences as experiences of oppression. Mostly I just argued that asexual identities were not inherently harmful toward non-asexual LGB people; that asexual people naturally needed words to describe their experiences; that non-asexual people should be careful about making blanket statements about a marginalized group of people they aren’t part of; and that asexual people do actually face inappropriate pathologization, invalidation, and various forms of hostility for being asexual, whether or not those experiences amount to a discrete form of oppression within or related to heterosexism. In short I felt I had to defend the right of the asexual community to exist and define itself. It was exhausting, because despite the community being relatively small, there was suddenly no end to these arguments.

And sometimes things just went beyond reason; sometimes non-asexual people in these discussions would drop the gauntlet and outright say that “asexuals are creepy” and deserve to be fired or denied the chance to adopt children. I was especially upset by some of the reactions to the Trevor Project (a suicide prevention hotline for LGBT+ youth) soliciting training materials on serving young asexual callers in an affirming way. There were a number of people who said, at the time, that they were outraged by this decision, that it was proof that asexual people were stealing LGBT resources or encouraging LGB youth to deny their true experiences by “hiding” in an asexual identity. It was hard not to read these complaints as showing a literal disregard for the lives of asexual youth. A suicide prevention hotline had just updated its training to better serve a wider population of at-risk youth and people were saying that was a problem. It was after reading those conversations that I posted a quote from the asexuality training materials provided to the Trevor Project to Tumblr, just to show exactly what was in them in the hope that people would stop complaining about an organization trying to reach out to suicidal asexual youth.

It’s weird how much the little things can add up to a lot of pain. Around the time all this crap was going on I made a short personal post on Tumblr, not connected to any ongoing debate I had participated in, where I just remarked on how I’d always felt comfortable around peers of mine who shared the experience of personal disconnection from dominant heterosexual/cisgender culture, as far back as elementary school, even though I wasn’t cognizant of that being a factor in my connection to them until they later disclosed that they were trans or gay. And my post or a screenshot or quote from it appeared on a blog that existed largely just to showcase posts by ace (or furry or otherkin) bloggers with sardonic tags. I think they tagged my post with, “#I’m q***r because I was raised by q***rs in the wild.” If that isn’t the exact wording it’s very close. I didn’t respond to it that the time, because I chose to look at this blog I knew might be snarking at me, so I felt at fault for how much that upset me. But I feel like I probably shouldn’t have to explain why it was invalidating to read a comment like that after sharing that I had recognized in my own life the widespread experience of LGBT+ youth finding each other, even without the terminology or experience to fully express their identities. It isn’t nearly the worst thing that’s been said to me, but it stuck with me for a while and just kept making me feel like a fake about everything I did. Every time I was inclined to second-guess my experiences as someone alienated from straight culture I thought of that one flippant comment. I think it’s because I had let my guard down. I was dropping the game I play in straight society, of keeping my inner experiences to myself and being prepared for inappropriate pathologization or disbelief or hostility when I did talk honestly about them.

So I just stopped making myself vulnerable on Tumblr. By this point I had stable partner relationships with people who understood me and I just didn’t need an asexual community in the same way I had before. It’s still important for asexual communities to exist, but I was no longer personally counting on one to help me respect myself and trust my own experiences, and engaging with the Tumblr ace community had just become too painful and unhealthy for me to continue. So I gradually stopped participating in any Serious Ace Discussions on Tumblr.
But I’d just like to make the case, now, that asexual people should have spaces where they can talk casually about their own experiences and not have those discussions turned into discussions on the relative ethical merits of different systems of terminology, or on the limits of what can or can’t be called oppression, or on the limits of who can or can’t be said to belong in LGBT+ communities.

You know who gets to do that all the time? You know who gets to talk about their personal experiences of sexuality among friends just about anywhere they go, and not have to worry about the discussion turning to whether their identities are “inherently slut-shaming” or appropriative of LGB culture? Straight people do. And I don’t expect that to become a reality for asexual people in such a pervasive way as it is for straight people, but I want to see more asexual people have access to spaces where that can happen. Gradually, in some places, it is actually starting to happen. To be clear, it is happening with the cooperation of existing LGBT+ communities that recognize the massive overlap of both needs and individual members between themselves and asexual communities. After all, many asexual people find validation of some of their experiences through participation in LGBT+ communities before they ever find asexual terminology, or at least that was the case before asexual terminology became more widespread.

You’ll notice that this post doesn’t contain links to sources, doesn’t name individual people involved in the conflicts I’ve mentioned, doesn’t present evidence of these events. This is deliberate. I need to just record all my thoughts, then bury this. I don’t want to go digging through blog archives to look at all this stuff again. I need to stop thinking about it, for my health’s sake. The vitriol that occurred around the Tumblr ace community ca. 2012 didn’t happen in isolation from reality, and an honestly understandable knee-jerk invalidation of asexual people among LGB people has been spotted elsewhere – see for example some of the comments made by non-asexual LGB people in Angela Tucker’s documentary (A)sexual – but the kind of pervasive disruption that happened here is not something I’ve seen to asexual communities off the internet. I think it is at least partly attributable to a peculiar group dynamic made possible by the structure of Tumblr communities. In any case, when I tentatively peek at the ace community’s tags on Tumblr, the major conflict seems to be mostly over, or at least not raging on like it was three years ago. But I’m still not up for serious ideological discussions on the politics of asexual identity, and I will resist being pulled into any.

Feel free to reblog this post and comment on it, but I probably won’t reply and I can’t even guarantee I’ll read all comments.

anonymous asked:

Chooch, I feel I'm horribly uneducated on the Israel/Palestine situation. :( I mean, I understand the basic conflict, but I know there's much more to the issue and I have no idea where to start looking. Are there any links/articles/videos on the topic that you've found particularly accurate or informative? Zayn's tweet definitely makes me want to learn more on this issue.

Here is one of the biggest benefits to having zayn tweet this; uninformed people decide to figure out what’s going on. Unfortunately, I’m not the best person to talk to about this, but I’ll try my best. I also know that twerk-it-larry is pretty informed on the situation and has faced it first hand.

So, Zayn Malik tweeted this today:

Some history:

Until1946, Palestinians lived all over the country, some Jewish people did too, and they actually lived pretty peacefully.

After WW2, the British, finding that Jews felt unsafe in Europe, decided to establish Israel as their state. Over a million fled to Israel from 1948-1970.

Here’s some more history.

Here’s a video.

Here’s a post about some of the ways Palestinians are discriminated against.

Here’s whats happening now:

The current escalation was caused when 3 Israeli teenagers were kidnapped while they were found on Palestinian land. Israeli government was quick to blame Hamas, the people in power in Palestine, they later admitted that that it was a lone act, in other words, Hamas wasn’t involved. In other words, you could make the argument that Israel blamed Hamas in order to justify the planned attack.

Further, the Israeli government was well aware the teens were dead, but acted as if they didn’t:

Yet for the next two weeks authorities put on a phony rescue effort, instituted a gag order to prevent the public from knowing the truth and rallied the Jewish domestic and diaspora populations in anticipation of their move against Hamas.

Sad.

The death toll is approaching 1,000, most of them women and children. That because Israel consistently target, hospitals, and UN shelters

Israel: 42.

“Israel has the right to defend itself?”

In a nutshell, the conflict is about two peoples, living in peace. One side does something, and the other reacts.

I’m not saying Palestine is innocent in all of this, but they are definitely the disenfranchised population. According to Human Rights Watch:

World Report 2014.

Israeli forces killed more Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and demolished more Palestinian homes than in 2012. Israel continued to build settlements in the West Bank, violating international law. Palestinian security forces in both the West Bank and Gaza enjoyed virtual impunity from criminal prosecution despite credible allegations of torture. In Gaza, Israel and Egypt impeded rebuilding of the devastated economy by blocking virtually all exports. Israeli and Palestinian security services in the West Bank and Gaza arrested people arbitrarily and unlawfully restricted people from protesting.

Oh and:

I have general knowledge of what’s going on, so here are some more links to explore and stay updated:

Haaretz 

PressTV

James Gelvin

Noam Chomsky

Jewish Voices for Peace

*Note: this is really general, I hope its informative, but please don’t let this post be your sole source. Please do your own research, come to your own conclusion.

louiis replied to your post “louiis replied to your post “Have you ever even spoken to a Jew?” …”

exactly! that’s exactly it. i mean i do see jewish people often being asked about their position on palestine even when they have no personal affiliation with israel, and that is /wrong/ but when it comes to christian zionists and israelis they are never put in a position where they have to justify their hatred towards us. just - ‘it’s natural, israel has the right to defend itself’ and also the 'palestinians are unreasonable and have rejected every attempt at peace’

Yuuup 100%

I want to ask the person who replied to the original post if they’ve ever “actually spoken to a Palestinian” other than to accuse them of anti-semitism or to downplay the reality they face.

Not to mention…….there’s just no comparing people being made uncomfortable because their pro-Israel event is being protested to being freaking harassed by the goddamn FBI for organizing events for Palestine while being hounded by faculty at their own university for their pro-Palestine views.

The day a Zionist is suspended and investigated and lambasted with lies in the media for their support of Israel is the day I’ll care about the “bullying” they claim to face by Palestinian students.

But as it stands, we had Zionists on campus crying because we built a mock checkpoint years ago meant to simulate just one of the hundreds of checkpoints littering the West Bank and these former Israeli soldier students on campus said it gave them “flashbacks” or w/e and it’s like……….yeah

Great to know that your supposed trauma is rooted in the fact that you were in an occupying military force while ours is, you know, BECAUSE YOU WERE IN AN OCCUPYING MILITARY FORCE

It’s just absolutely ridiculous

Obama says: ‘Israel has the right to defend itself’. The United States and Israel have taken the words hostage. 'Attack’ is turned into 'defense’ , 'defense’ has turned into 'attack’. 'Liberator’ has become 'terrorist’, 'terrorist’ has become 'liberator’. We have to reclaim those words now - calibrate our language, use appropriate words. This is a liberation struggle, it is completely legitimate. It is a defensive struggle, it is completely legitimate. And its a civilian population doing its best to protect itself from one of the world’s most brutal occupation forces.
—  Dr. Mads Gilbert

This right here is the example of white feminism. 

Time and time again Hilary Clinton has shown her ass to be an unapologetic blood thirst war criminal. This woman THRIVES on war and innocent murders of civilians in the countries she wrecks havoc on. But white feminists are rallying up everyone and their mother to support her just because she’s a woman.

This entire fucking tweet reads: “I will always disregard the lives of Palestinians. I pretend that there was no such massacre of the Gaza civilians last summer and always will”.

Lets not forget how she continuously refers to the apartheid wall as a FENCE.

A FUCKING FENCE.

This bitch has shown blatant disregard for the lives and countries she voted “yes” in conquering. She works tirelessly to defend Israel more than the country she’s actually running to become president for. She has zero compassion and empathy for Palestinian lives and not once refers to them as human. She refers to them as violent, a product of Hamas, terrorists, inciters of anger, etc. She criticizes and quickly tries to shut down anyone who chooses to do anything but praise Israel. 

Even the BDS movement. (Boycott Divest and Sanction)

In the letter dated 2 July, Clinton said “the BDS campaign is counterproductive to the pursuit of peace and harmful to Israelis and Palestinians alike” and pledged to mount a bipartisan effort “to fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel”.

A movement that fights for the rights of Palestinians is wrong because its “hurts” Israels fucking feelings. She’ll even go as far to say that the dead children of Gaza on the tv screen are PR props from hamas. She constantly refers to Palestinians as sub-human.

“What you see is largely what Hamas invites and permits Western journalists to report on from Gaza. It’s the old PR problem that Israel has,” Clinton said. “Yes, there are substantive, deep levels of antagonism or anti-Semitism towards Israel, because it’s a powerful state, a really effective military. And Hamas paints itself as the defender of the rights of the Palestinians to have their own state. So the PR battle is one that is historically tilted against Israel.”

During an NPR interview in July, Clinton strongly sided with Israel in the country’s conflict with Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

“Clinton said that she has “no doubt” that the current conflict “was a deliberate provocation” by Hamas to “engender more sympathy for their cause and also to put Israel on the back heal.”

Apparently Palestinians aren’t real. The killings of the children of Gaza aren’t real, the destruction of the homes, hospitals and schools aren’t real and if you think otherwise you are “anti-Semitic” and a “jew hater”. If you think the murders of Palestinians is wrong in any way shape of form, your just anti-Israel and how dare you be that way. 

“Clinton became an ardent defender of Israel once she began running for office herself, and she now gets strong backing, including financial support, from pro-Israel organizations and individuals. After Clinton appeared at a pro-Israel rally in July 2006 and expressed strong support for Israel’s highly destructive war against Lebanon, Helen Freedman, executive director of the hard-line Americans for a Safe Israel, declared, ‘I thought her remarks were very good.”

Clinton learned to attack Palestinian claims and accept Israel’s line without question. Shortly after her election in 2000, Clinton aligned herself with figures who fed her fabricated reports about Palestinian textbooks which smeared Palestinians for “inciting” violence. At a 2001 press conference Clinton obediently stated that Palestinian Authority textbooks (never mind that the books in question were actually Jordanian and Egyptian) contained “anti-Semitic rhetoric,” arguing that these textbooks were teaching Palestinians “hatred.” The Palestinian Authority began updating the textbooks irrespective of the controversy, although under Israel’s microscope, yet the controversy raged on. Clinton continued to trot out materials from Marcus in Senate hearings and ignore independent investigations that found no evidence of the hatred alleged by Marcus’ organization. Furthermore, each year that Clinton addresses the conferences of the hawkish groups AIPAC (the Israeli lobby organization) and the Anti-Defamation League, she reiterates claims about fighting “hatred,” “incitement” and “propaganda.” Clinton’s statements have gone unchallenged even though they are libelous and have the effect of equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism and foment anti-Palestinian sentiments in the US.”

Her perception was further distorted by her unwillingness to see the devastating impact this wall has had on the communities of Bethlehem whose land has been confiscated for its construction — let alone how Palestinian life is crippled by the wall’s accompanying infrastructure of checkpoints and Jewish-only roads which violate Palestinians’ freedom of movement. Moreover, Clinton’s utter disregard for the International Court of Justice’s 2004 advisory opinion, which stated that Israel’s building of the wall on Palestinian land is illegal, is deeply troubling.

Hilary Clinton hopes to climb into the white house on the dead bodies of Palestinians. FUCK HER. She is a disgusting human being.

Someone ask her about all the lives she voted “yes” in killing in Iraq. Ask her if she feels any sorrow about that. Ask her how she feels in supporting a war she and everyone knew, we had no business starting. Ask her how she feels about the innocent civilians that died at the hands of us invading their country. Ask her if she feels bad voting “yes” for all of it. Chances are if they’re muslim, and aren’t Israeli she doesn’t give two fucks. 

dogmoji  asked:

If BLM has to defend itself right now bc those kids said "Black Lives Matter" in that vid (not sure if they did) then the Pope should be held responsible for the KKK, the rise of neo-Nazis, and basically all of colonization

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koi019  asked:

idk if its important or not but it's also raining when Allison hits the dog, she shows up to the clinic soaking wet when Scott helps her

This is in relation to this post

Yeah, i was thinking about that as i was trying to go to sleep the other night.

I didn’t really include it as a mirror verse shift because the only thing different is of course the weather - but I suspect there might be something there.

Because when Scott closes up for the night the outside is nice and dry.

Scott then goes to clean his non-exsistent wound and then feed the cats. The weather could’ve changed in that time - it’s not like he blinked and then it was raining. But it really does pour down when Allison comes to the door….

Scott, Stiles and Allison do seemed to be connected after that night in the preserve when Scott was bitten - the flashbacks in 3x12 all put them there with the nemeton - and in the rain.

Scott and Stiles were already linked as friends. Allison was the one who needed to be included.

Allison’s phone and voice was the first thing Scott’s new found super senses picked up on. And in a school filled with students, it’s odd that this is the sound that more or less kick-starts his werewolfitude.

And she did seem connected to Scott from the moment she started school with the long looks. She looks part intrigued part confused - i like him but i don’t really know why.

There’s something omnious about water, and the fact that Allison’s accident with the dog happened in the rain does make me wonder if it was all that accidental… the dog came out of nowhere - like it was spooked…we’ve seen many spooked animals in teen wolf - like deer, dogs, cats and birds.

Allison: I didn’t see it. I took my eyes off the road for, like, two seconds to change the song on my iPod, and then this dog, it just came out

Did the deer in the woods in 1x01 come running because Peter scared them or was it something else that set them off???

oooooh oh -  brain wave!

This is going to take me on a little detour but it serves a purpose. remember this is all pure speculation…

Nurse Jennifer = Jennifer Blake = Julia Bacardi = Kali’s emissary. She was almost killed by Kali, but survived because there was just enough juice left in the cut down Nemeton. Jennifer wants revenge - needs power. Knows that the Nemeton is a source for this, needs to “feed it”. Peter Hale is conveniently comatose, but can be used. But since he’s not healed yet, he might not have enough “werewolf juice” to power it up so she needs an alpha. So she lures Laura to Beacon Hills (probably by providing the tip about someone named Harris helped with the fire since we know she talked to him and learned about Kate’s locket). Laura is killed by Peter and/or Jennifer by the Nemeton feeding it and bringing some power back to it.

Peter’s revenge tour of 2011 serves a double purpose - it feeds Peter’s need for revenge and provides additional sacrifices for Jennifer. But her plans are to erradicate werewolves, and i think werewolves, the supernatural and the nemeton are linked. The nemeton can sense that Jennifer’s plans are nefarious and might bring even more unbalance and wants to try and form a new line of defence, some new guardians to help it being harnessed for good - and it picks Scott, Stiles and Allison who’re all in the woods in the rain that night.

(i now took the assumption the nemeton is “good” or at least wants balance. who knows, this might not be true. but i think it is)

From the Bestiary we know that when fireflies emerge from a Nemeton they can spark life and control whomever - supernatural or human - (maybe even animals?) they crawl inside of. It stands to reason the fireflies serves the Nemeton’s best interest.  What if the nemeton had enough juice to send out a firefly that took control of the dog so that Allison would be “herded” in Scott’s direction? The interest and connection was already there, it just needed a little extra push.

Another thing that might serve as a symbol that they are linked is this little blue lightning bolt.

We see it inside Allison’s locker room in 1x05 

In Stiles’ room also in 1x05

Scott’s room in 1x06

Blue is not good, it seems to mean damnation. It is also linked to water. (dun dun dun)

And also a thunder bolt - coup de foudre - and you can hear thunder from the moment the sheriff catches Stiles in 1x01, there is also thunder when Allison hits the dog and knocks on the vet’s door. There is also thunder in the most nemeton of all nemeton episodes in 3x12 when stiles crashes and all shit is breaking lose.

Brain wave 2 - what on earth did I eat today?

Jennifer was trying to collapse the ground around the nemeton and kill the ones held hostage. The nemeton was under attack and needs to defend itself, right? Scott was otherwise engaged and Stiles knocked out (that was probably Jennifer’s doing). Allison is trapped under it.

There’s been much talk about Stiles’ miraculous recovery from that. What if - I can’t believe i haven’t thought about this before - what if a firefly crawled inside him? It can spark life and control!

I’m flailing a little bit now, i have to admit that. This deserves more thought. But if a nemeton firefly crawled into Stiles in that moment - i mean we’ve talked about the nogi!fly possibly doing it, so why not a firefly? We know there were fireflies around at this point.

That could also explain why he seems even more connected to the nemeton than Scott and Stiles in the beginning of 3b.

What if that is why he could kill the Oni - creatures that are powered with nemeton fireflies…. if he had both a fly and a firefly in him…. oh lord I’m going to stop now before i shortcircuit myself.

How can you blindly support occupation? Have you not learned? Have you not realised how wrong it is? Why are you allowing yourselves to commit the same crimes you promised yourselves you won’t commit ever again?! When does one holocaust excuse another?!

I am so disgusted by people supporting Israel. I am absolutely disgusted of people supporting Israel’s right to “defend” itself by massacring Palestinians. By supporting Israel, you are supporting genocide, apartheid and holocaust. You are a racist and you are truly despicable!

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Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges and Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour deconstruct the narrative around Israel’s right to defend itself and the media’s depiction of the Gaza assault.