Abernathy Farm. 

The huge original structure is still there, but I scrap the original beds and build a proper shack for the Abernathy family to live in. The three of them bunk in the smaller one story shack. (The interior shots show their sleeping arrangements. I do have some double beds that I would love to let Connie and Blake have, but while they count as two beds, only one settler can actually use it. So they get single beds and it’s not my business how they get it on. I did at least put a half wall separator between their ‘room’ and Lucy’s. Because decency and all that)

The larger shack has 6 beds total, 5 currently occupied, making this my largest settlement in this save so far. I have shut the beacon off for now, though.

I moved all the melon plants to the empty plot on the side of the house, to make the space back here more build friendly. One thing that really irks me about this lot (besides the bunch of dead tato plants out front) is the way it slopes out front. There’s tons of space, but it’s a pain to build on. So I generally start out back and then if I run out of space I build out front. But I never use half the space available. I also have a feeling the settlers would be too stupid to find their way across a lot this size. Because they are incredibly stupid like that. Worse than Sims. Which is a really low bar for stupidity, let me tell you.


The People Behind Wonder Woman

In honor of Wonder Woman’s 75th Anniversary here is a summary of the key people responsible for creating the world’s most beloved superheroine, and some facts about their own fascinating lives. (Click on a photo to put names to faces.)

Top Photo–The Marston Family

William Moulton Marston: He was an anomaly among the great comic creators, where they were typically young he was well into his forties when he created Wonder Woman, they were Jewish he was Protestant, their families were new to America where his had been among the Puritan settlers who arrived in the 17th century. He was born into an old New England family, and like all the good sons of old New England families did in those days, he went to Harvard. His freshmen year was marred by a severe depression that eventually left him contemplating Suicide. Only by chance did he discover the passion for psychology that reinvigorated him. It was also during this time that he discovered a passion for feminism.

At Harvard he devised an early version of the lie detector that he spent the next few decades of his life promoting. He also used the lie detector to research human emotions with his wife, Elizabeth, and their common law wife, Olive Byrne. Through this research he formed the psychological theories that became the bedrock of his comic books. He theorized that women had more submissive natures than men and that this in turn made them more compassionate and peaceful. He saw the future of the world as depending on women gaining complete political, social, and economic control over the world. His radical beliefs and living arrangements got him laughed out of academia, but by chance he was hired by one of the publishers that would become DC Comics. At first he was to serve as an editorial adviser to the comics but eventually he got a chance to write his own comic, and the rest is history.

Marjorie Wilkes Huntley: She first met Marston during his brief stint in the army during WWI. She became a frequent presence in his life as well as Elizabeth and Olive. She later said that she, Marston and Elizabeth formed a “threesome,” and when she visited the family after Marston’s death she often shared a bed with Elizabeth. (She was never as close to Olive, who considered her “a lunatic.”) In the 1920s Huntley introduced the Marston threesome to a New Age religion built around notions of free love and women’s sexual power. Meetings were conducted in the nude and focused on ideal sex practices between the Mistress and her submissive partner. Even after the cult broke up she continued to visit the Marstons, burning incense in their attic and assisting with production of the comic books. An ardent feminist until her dying day, in her nineties she moved into a nursing home and hung a poster on her wall that read “When God made man She was only joking.” She passed away in 1986.

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Many people misunderstand the nature of the struggle for Palestine. They consider Palestine to be contested land between Israelis and Palestinians. The facts about the struggle are simple: 
1. There was no entity called Israel before 1948 
2. There was no Israelis before 1948 
3. There is no meaningful verifiable connection between modern Israeli and the Israelites of the Bible. Modern Israelis are not Semitic and came to Judaism through conversions.Also, the Hebrew Bible, the only source of the mythology about Israel and the Israelites, is unreliable. 
4. European colonial settlers transported mainly from Europe settled and colonized historic Palestine by force and without the consent of the indigenous population, the Palestinians. 
5. The settler colonists established Israel in Palestine in 1948 by Jews of Jews for Jews with the active support of western colonial powers after ethnically cleansing the majority of the Palestinians, destroying more than 530 Palestinian towns and city sections, and committing scores of heinous crimes against Palestinian civilians to bring about their expulsion. 
6. Since 1948 Israel created an elaborate apartheid system that favors Jews, discriminates against the Palestinians, and is designed to maintain control and dominance of Israeli Jews over Palestinians by using genocidal methods and preventing their return, equality and normal living conditions. 
Palestine is not a contested territory. Palestine has its rightful owners, the Palestinians.Palestine is settled, colonized, and occupied by a foreign population..!


Israeli settlers - who live illegally on Palestinian land and shouldn’t be there in the first place - regularly destroy and uproot olive trees belonging to Palestinians, often striking at night to go unnoticed.

Olive trees are a livelihood for many families, and a key component of the Palestinian economy. That’s how they are meant to survive. 

These attacks are by no means limited to agriculture. They also burn and vandalize churchesmosques, homescars and… cemeteries

I saved the worst for last. Israeli soldiers escort Israeli settlers to attack Palestinians then stand by and watch, if not join in too. 

According to the UN the annual rate of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians has almost quadrupled in eight years.

GIFs from 5 Broken Cameras (2011)

Hi y'all! 

I’ve compiled a list of readings that speak to issues of nationalism, indigeneity, colonialism, and resistance/decolonization

The list is of course limited to what readings I’ve encountered at some point. They also come from a variety of academic disciplines and political movements (settler colonial studies, native studies, queer theory, postcolonial studies, feminist studies, trans studies).

And, with a few exceptions, these files were legally uploaded and shared… a lot of the time by the authors themselves, which I feel the need to point out because I love when authors can/do share their work online for free. (I say this not because I’m worried about the sanctity of ‘intellectual property’ but because I’m worried about things being deleted.)

Also re-linking to this list of pdf readings, “Natives Read Too,” from The Yáadihla Girls!

 human rights/war/nationalism/sovereignty 

transnational/native/postcolonial feminisms & feminist critiques: 

decolonization, art, and resistance (not necessarily feminist):  

queer theory/sexuality studies/native studies/trans studies 

*Actually just going to link to this page of Dr. Puar’s work because it’s  great and relevant (and she also has a lot of work on Israel/Palestine).

critiques of humanitarianism/developmentalism: 

[Really wish I knew more about this kind of work.] 

Biopolitics, science, environmental justice 

and…. U.S. politics  

The women were lounging about the houses, some cleaning fish, others pounding rice; but they do not care for work, and the little money which they need for buying cloes they can make by selling mats or jungle fruits.

some English lady who spent 5 weeks in Malaya in 1879 that Syed Hussein Alatas quotes in The Myth of the Lazy Native. The joke practically writes itself, but Alatas says it for us: “We may ask the author what is meant by work here? Is cleaning fish and pounding rice not work? Work here means wage earning outside the home. Are making mats and selling fruits not work? It is clear that work here means that activitiy introduced by colonial capitalism. If the ladies became coolies or servants of British planters or firm officials, she would then have considered them as working.”

So when the settler colonials say Indigenous people are lazy, they really mean “they won’t work for us to help us engineer their economy for our benefit”.


A list of all massacres of Indigenous Australians that happened in Victoria. I feel this information needs to be shared as people don’t know nearly enough about Indigenous Australians and do not know how horribly we were and still are treated. Nothing else needs to be said as the list tells it all. Click the photos to save a bigger image for reading the list clearly. 

Photo/display credit: Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre.

Here’s What Happened When These Unarmed Native American Sisters Defended Their Land from the Feds

Like the Bundys, the Dann sisters tried a standoff with the BLM. But it ended very differently. 

The double standard in the media’s treatment of Ammon Bundy and his gang at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is shameful, but the case of the Dann sisters underlines even further the disparity in how non-white activists are treated.

Carrie and Mary Dann, two elderly Shoshone women who have defied seizure of their land, have been repeatedly roughed up and harassed by federal officials and mobs of white ranchers for refusing to cede their claim to land that was illegally stolen from them 30 years ago.

In 1863, the U.S. government signed the Ruby Valley Treaty with the Western Shoshone nation, who laid claim to 26 million acres of land in Nevada, Idaho, and Utah. The Shoshone tribe and the U.S. government agreed that settlers and cowboys had access to the land, but not title. But in the 1970s, the federal Indian Claims Commission ruled that the land no longer belonged to the Shoshone nation due to “gradual encroachment” of white settlers and ranchers. The government seized the land and put $26 million into an account meant for the Shoshone nation in 1979, but the tribe turned down the money, saying they never agreed to sell their land.

[IMAGE: Carrie Dann (left) with her sister Mary (right)]

The Supreme Court gave its blessing to the Indian Claims Commission ruling, claiming that the Shoshone had no claim to the land since the tribe had been paid $26 million. Dann sisters stopped paying grazing fees out of protest in 1973, saying they only honored the Ruby Valley Treaty, and the BLM responded by slapping the sisters with a series of fines totalling $3 million in 1998. Federal officials called for the roundup of the Danns’ horses and cattle, saying they were trespassing on federal land.

”Trespass? Who the hell gave them the land anyway?” Mary Dann said in an interview with the New York Times. ”When I trespass, it’s when I wander into Paiute territory.”

In September of 2001, the government sent in the cavalry to show it was serious about its claim to the Shoshone tract:

“The government considers it public land, and to drive the point home, 40 agents from the Bureau of Land Management descended on the Danns’ ranch in September, heavily armed and fortified with helicopters, and confiscated 232 cattle, which were later sold.

The sisters and their supporters argue that their tribe never legally ceded these range lands. Though the federal government controls 85 percent of Nevada, they contend that it has no legitimate title to the land — or the gold, water, oil and geothermal energy beneath it.”

Because the Dann sisters refused to leave their land, the government once again began seizing large numbers of their livestock in 2003, claiming the horses and cattle were grazing at the public’s expense. BLM officials even deputized local cowboys to assist with the livestock seizure. At which point, the sisters were forced to remove over 400 remaining horses from the disputed range, many of them pregnant mares, but they lost track of many in the forced move.

Furthermore, they were caught in a catch-22 regarding these stray horses that ran away in the chaos, wherein even strays marked with the Danns’ brand would be seized and auctioned if not claimed, but the sisters would incur trespassing fines if they did claim these horses.

While Mary Dann died on the ranch in 2005, her sister Carrie continues to protest for Indigenous rights in her old age. Oxfam made a short documentary about the two sisters’ struggle to keep their land. Watch it below: