Austria is the latest European country to ban niqabs and burqas in public spaces and institutions.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen seemed to have opposed the new law, and in a televised speaking engagement, he called on all women to wear the hijab to stand in solidarity with Muslim women and combat Europe’s alarming rise of Islamophobic violence. Read more. (4/28/17, 6:15 PM)
No offence but ‘just shine a light into the wreckage’ is such a beautiful metaphor. That image of emergency services arriving at a scene, after the chaos of a crash, and shining a torch into the wreck to find any signs of life. That's a perfect analogy for people rushing to your need after a crisis that has destroyed you, and desperately hoping to find you still alive. What a lovely bit of writing.
As many of you have heard, Rise Against were planning to shoot a music video for “The Violence”, and then something happened. A lot of people seem to think we’re not gonna get the video at all now. I think we are. First, for anyone who hasn’t seen, here’s Rise Against’s full post from Facebook:
As far as I can tell from the text, the video itself wasn’t shut down, they were just denied the location they wanted. The denial came from the Board of Directors of the location. Those people certainly doesn’t have the power to cancel the whole project, and I can’t imagine Rise Against - Rise Against - going “oh no, we can’t have our first choice of location, better call off the whole video”.
In the end, there are exactly two things I can picture possibly stopping these guys, when they have a message they want to put out.
Actual governmental action - and not only do we not seem to be at that point yet in the US, thank goodness, but I’m sure we all would have heard a lot more about it by now. The ACLU would be all over that shit, just for starters, and we’d probably hear a hell of a lot more noise coming from other corners of the music world, and the political world, and there’d be a hell of a fight coming because direct government censorship like that would not fly.
Action from their label, or some other power that has legal control over the band. I don’t know much about the music industry, but contractually speaking, I’m pretty sure that stuff is supposed to stay between the band and the label, not be posted publicly on social media. There’s also no way Rise Against simply ignored their own political outspokenness when they were looking for a new label. I would be amazed if there was no element of “You need to let us stick to our message” in whatever negotiations took place. So label action also seems unlikely.
The piece finishes:
Renewed attacks on the most vulnerable in the world in the year 2017 has strengthened our resolve. We plan on being unapologetically loud about it no matter who tells us to pipe down. In that respect, we wear the boards rejection as a badge of honor. We will just find another door to claw at…
I think we’re alright. I think this video is still happening. It’s not going to be exactly what they originally imagined, and the change of plans is probably causing a delay - possibly a long one - but we’re still going to get a video for “The Violence”.
It’s crazy to think that Rise Against were gonna make a video for The Violence, only to get shut down for being too “Anti-government”. And to think that this happened in a free and democratic country..
my existentialist ass always gets excited at the part in the violence, where its like “to a predetermined fate are we condemned? or maybe we’re a book without an end? we’re not stories, we’re not actors; we’re awake and in CONTROL! this is not a dream” like damn… fuck yeah man
The story starts in 1918 during the Spanish flu epidemic in London. The British capital has become a ghost town because of the disease and the rise of violence. Jonathan Reid, the character you play, is a renowned surgeon who is also a war veteran, the twist being that he was turned into a vampire against his will. The developers want to emphasize the duality of the hero who will be torn apart between his desire to save people and his need for blood. Since drinking blood will be his only way to evolve and gain new skills, he is bound to kill innocent people in the process.