student-politics

This week there’s something more important than the Productivity Challenge or my photos of coffee and books or getting your bullet journal in order. This week is the week to engage, educate and resist

Engage with politics. This is the week to start if you haven’t before or to ramp it up if you’re already involved. Read, write, protest, repeat. Give your time and privilege to help others. 

Educate yourself. Your education is a radical act, don’t let it stop and don’t restrict yourself to your own subject. Learn about the historic struggles underpinning today’s politics and tell others. Use your education to inform your activism and your activism to inform your education.

Resist injustice. In the street, on campus, on the bus. Resist it at a protest or on social media. Do as much as you can, do not stand idly by whilst injustice occurs around you. Ignorance is complicity, action is resistance.

If you have queries/questions about this, hit me up. This week I’m going to focus on the crossover between our education and our resistance. If I lose followers, I will cope. 

Bagaimana Saya Menyikapi Kebrutalan dan Kriminalisasi Aparat terhadap Aktivis Mahasiswa 20 Oktober Lalu?

Post kali ini agak panjang dan berbeda dengan biasanya. Saya ingin angkat bicara mengenai demonstrasi mahasiswa pada 20 Oktober kemarin yang berujung penganiayaan dan penahanan aktivis mahasiswa dengan status tersangka oleh aparat. Dalam beberapa tahun terakhir mahasiswa melakukan demonstrasi, baru kali ini mendapatkan perlawanan sangat brutal dari pihak aparat. Beredar luas foto korban luka-luka yang dihajar aparat.

Demonstrasi ini dilakukan oleh aliansi BEM Seluruh Indonesia (BEM SI) dimana di dalamnya tergabung BEM-BEM dari berbagai universitas. Mereka mengambil momentum peringatan tiga tahun pemerintahan Jokowi-JK untuk mengevaluasi dan menyampaikan tuntutan janji-janji kampanye yang belum dipenuhi.

Wildan, koordinator BEM SI, adalah salah satu yang tak luput dari penahanan aparat. Saya kenal Wildan, kami sempat bertemu saat sama-sama menjadi narasumber sebuah acara di Undip. Sepintas, pembawaan Wildan cukup tenang dan bukan tipikal perusuh. Hati saya teriris melihat foto babak belur teman-temannya Wildan sesama aktivis mahasiswa beredar di media sosial. Sontak ramai terjadi perbincangan di kalangan mantan-mantan aktivis mahasiswa. Mulai dari group whatsapp presiden BEM Seluruh Indonesia angkatan saya, sampai group whatsapp presiden BEM Undip lintas generasi. Hingga akhirnya alumni aktivis dari setiap kampus mengeluarkan kecaman dan pernyataan sikapnya.

Buat saya peristiwa ini menarik, dimana tindakan represif aparat telah memancing solidaritas aktivis dan mantan aktivis mahasiwa. Dan dengar-dengar akan ada aksi solidaritas susulan untuk menuntut pembebasan empat orang mahasiswa yang dijadikan tersangka.

Bagaimana pandangan saya?

Ini adalah dinamika dalam negara demokrasi. Siapapun warga negara dijamin haknya untuk mengemukakan pendapat dan dilindungi undang-undang. Masing-masing pihak memiliki kepentingannya masing-masing. Mahasiswa ingin aspirasinya didengarkan dan bertemu langsung dengan presiden. Aparat yang tugasnya menjaga ketertiban ingin semuanya aman, tertib, dan terkendali; aparat tak ingin disemprot atasan karena tak becus menjaga ketertiban. Pada satu titik ekstrim dimana dua-duanya saling bersikeras dengan apa yang mereka perjuangkan, benturan-benturan itu pasti akan terjadi dan tak bisa dielakkan.

Negara kita tidak sedang baik-baik saja

Adalah naif jika ada yang mengatakan bahwa negara kita sedang baik-baik saja. Saya tidak sedang ingin memaparkan data-data yang mendukung premis saya ini. Tapi saya rasa, kamu yang sedang membaca tulisan ini akan sepaham, bahwa Indonesia tidak sedang baik-baik saja. Kita tak bisa memasrahkan begitu saja nasib bangsa ini kepada seorang sosok yang dipuji-puji media. Bagi saya, banyaknya puja-puji tentang sosok yang sedang berkuasa sekarang ini tak lebih dari propaganda. Karena, janji-janji banyak yang dikhianati dan belum direalisasi. Apakah kamu yakin bahwa semua orang-orang yang berkuasa di pemerintahan adalah orang-orang yang sepenuhnya jujur, bebas dari korupsi dan intrik-intrik politik? Tentu tidak.

Partisipasi sesuai peran masing-masing

Sebagai warga negara harus tetap berpartisipasi dengan usaha yang kita bisa dan peran yang sedang kita jalani. Dulu saat saya menjadi presiden mahasiswa, saya cukup getol bersuara di demonstrasi-demonstrasi jalanan dan media sosial. Sekarang setelah saya menjalani peran yang lain, tentu saya tak lagi berorasi di jalanan, kecuali lingkup demonstrasinya adalah masyarakat umum seperti aksi bela islam 212 kemarin. Bagi mahasiswa, aktivisme dan gerakan adalah adalah salah satu bentuk partisipasi dari sekian banyak partisipasi mahasiswa dalam bentuk yang lain—selain pendidikan, penelitian, dan pengabdian masyarakat. Itu kenapa ada satu kementerian sosial-politik yang menggawangi gerakan-gerakan mahasiswa di tengah kementerian bidang yang lain dalam sebuah struktur organisasi BEM.

Bicara soal peran, cukup rumit agaknya. Bagi kamu, mahasiswa yang sama sekali tak pernah terjun dalam diskusi-diskusi dunia gerakan mahasiswa dan sosial-politik, akan sulit mengerti mengapa aktivis-aktivis itu getol sekali menyuarakan. Mengapa tak menggunakan cara lain yang lebih adem dan sopan saja. Bahkan kamu bingung aspirasi siapa yang sebenarnya disuarakan, dan kamu risih karena bagimu demonstrasi tak lebih hanya menyebabkan kemacetan dan rusuh-rusuh seperti yang media kabarkan. Dan lebih tak akan mengerti lagi jika kamu adalah orang yang sangat berkecukupan dan berlatar belakang keluarga yang bukan kalangan menengah ke bawah. Ketika kamu tak pernah menyaksikan atau merasakan susahnya hidup secara langsung, akan sulit bagimu untuk mengerti bagaimana penderitaan itu.

Kenapa demonstrasi selalu di jalanan, bikin macet dan rusuh?

Demonstrasi tentu akan mengambil tempat di jalanan atau tempat-tempat publik yang bisa dilihat banyak orang dan diliput media. Karena memang tujuannya untuk mengambil perhatian: perhatian rezim yang berkuasa dan perhatian masyarakat. Tapi sayang beribu sayang, angin sedang tak bertiup ke arah mahasiswa. Mahasiswa yang digadang-gadang sebagai masa depan bangsa, dalam mengawal kebijakan, mereka berkali-kali menyurati pemerintah untuk dapat audiensi, tak kunjung terpenuhi. Eskalasi berlanjut: mengadakan demonstrasi jalanan. Apesnya, jalanan kita memang sudah macet dari sananya karena kapasitas jalanan sudah tak mampu menampung jumlah kendaraan di atasnya. Dan tentu, kehadiran massa demonstrasi di jalan akan jadi bulan-bulanan para pengendara kendaraan bermotor. Dan pasti, aparat akan kesal karena menganggap anak-anak muda ini tak lebih dari pembuat masalah yang menambah beban kerja mereka dimana seharusnya mereka bisa santai-santai saja di bawah pohon yang rindang. Media-media tak mau ketinggalan. Kepentingannya adalah bad news is a good news. Maka angle-angel berita yang diangkat ke publik adalah kericuhan, bakar-bakaran, atau dorong-dorongan pagar. Malah ada, massa demonstrasi mahasiswa diminta untuk dorong-dorong pagar agar dapat angle foto yang bagus dan berita yang ‘bagus’. Alhasil, citra gerakan yang didengar masyarakat luas semakin buruk.

Mahasiswa sebagai kontrol dan penyeimbang penguasa, apa maksudnya?

Bagi aktivis mahasiswa, kebohongan dan ketidakadilan penguasa adalah sasaran perlawanan. Mereka ingin menjadi sebagaimana Soekarno dan Hatta yang lantang melawan penjajah sejak masa mudanya. Mereka ingin menjadi Soekarno yang pidato dan pemikirannya pada usia 14 tahun sudah membuat heboh organisasi Jong Java dan penjajah. Atau seperti Hatta yang di masa mahasiswanya sudah memimpin Perhimpunan Indonesia di Belanda dan menggelorakan pergerakan kala itu. Bagi para aktivis, pergerakan dan perlawanan tak pernah mati, dan merupakan warisan turun-temurun bapak-bapak bangsa ini.

Aktivis mahasiswa melihat kekuasaan yang absolut akan selalu cenderung korup. Sekalipun sudah ada pemisahan kekuasaan antara eksekutif, legislatif, dan yudikatif seperti kata Montesquieu, tetap mahasiswa perlu ambil andil sebagai parlemen jalanan yang menjadi kontrol dan penyeimbang. Siapapun itu yang di tengah pusaran kekuasaan, baik eksekutif, legislatif, maupun yudikatif, tak akan lepas dari jerat-jerat politik yang penuh intrik dan cenderung korup. Maka, mahasiswa harus tetap hadir dengan suara lantang.

Tapi kan mahasiswa belum lulus, sepintar apa sih mereka mengevaluasi kebijakan pemerintah dan memberikan evaluasi?

Nah, inilah masalahnya. Ada orang yang terlampau skeptis tentang kapasitas mahasiswa dalam mengontrol pemerintah. Ada pula yang terlampau menuntut bahwa mahasiswa harus membawa kajian matang yang disertai analisis dan data-data yang tajam. Pertama, mahasiswa adalah kaum intelektual. Kedua, mahasiswa bukanlah pakar bergelar profesor atau peneliti yang luar biasa lengkap data dan analisisnya. Ketiga, adalah tidak tepat jika terlalu menuntut organisasi dan mahasiswa menjadi organisasi yang sangat mapan dari segi struktur, manajemen, finansial, dan fungsi. Pahamilah bahwa, satu kali periode kepemimpinan dalam organisasi mahasiswa itu tak lebih dari satu tahun. Periode yang singkat tentunya akan membuat sulit organisasi dan gerakan ini menjadi mapan secara sempurna macam lembaga analis-pengkaji kebijakan profesional—entah apa namanya. Tiga poin ini tak akan pernah dapat titik temu. Maka jalan tengahnya adalah, jangan kekang mahasiswa dengan pemikiran dan pilihannya. Mereka sedang belajar dan berkembang pula. Biarkan mereka berkreasi sesuai dengan kapasitas dan perannya. Akan selalu ada orang yang merasa tak nyaman dengan kesemena-menaan penguasa, yang merasa perlu untuk menjadi oposisi siapapun penguasa di masanya. Pengekangan justru akan semakin mengobarkan api perlawanan. Begitulah wataknya.

Ah, aku gak percaya dengan gerakan-gerakan mahasiswa itu, mereka ditumpangi kepentingan politik!

Yap! Bicara soal tumpang-menumpangi gerakan, dari dulu memang santer yang mengatakan bahwa gerakan dan demonstrasi mahasiswa itu ditumpangi. Sejujurnya saya pun tidak seratus persen menolak opini itu. Kenapa? Karena senior-senior yang dulu adalah aktivis mahasiswa, sekarang telah berganti peran, ada yang menjadi pengusaha, ada yang menjadi politikus. Memang ada, beberapa senior nakal yang berusaha menyetir gerakan adik-adiknya. Tapi tunggu dulu, mahasiswa tak sebodoh itu untuk disetir. Saya menyaksikan sendiri, pada masa saya, ada beberapa gerakan yang ditumpangi, tapi lebih banyak yang menjaga idealismenya dan menjaga jarak dengan senior yang ada di lingkaran kekuasaan. Ini pilihan sih, tergantung siapa dan bagaimana pimpinan gerakan mahasiswa yang sedang memimpin. Ini jadi peran kamu selaku sesama mahasiswa untuk bisa mengontrol agar gerakan dari aktivis mahasiswa tak menjadi tumpangan orang-orang jahat. Bukan malah menggembosi gerakan dari dalam dengan caci maki dan tuduhan tanpa bukti, apalagi skeptis akut macam kids jaman now.

Gimana saya gak skeptis? Karena apa yang disampaikan aktivis mahasiswa dalam setiap demonstrasinya adalah kritik-kritik yang menyerang pemerintah. Bahkan tak jarang pernyataan-pernyataannya cukup keras dan berlebihan.

Nah, ini. Kamu perlu mengerti, bahwa jiwa-jiwa muda adalah jiwa-jiwa yang memberontak sebagaimana pada setiap zaman anak-anak muda adalah yang paling getol melawan zona nyaman dan pengekangan. Ruh demonstrasi adalah perlawanan. Kalau bukan untuk melawan kebohongan, kezhaliman, dan ketidakadilan penguasa, maka tak akan ada demonstrasi. Para aktivis berkumpul bukan untuk membuat puja-puji. Kalau untuk puja-puji, tentu namanya bukan aktivis, tapi relawan. Kalau untuk puja-puji, tentu kegiatannya bukan demonstrasi, tapi kampanye. Gerakan mahasiswa menempatkan dirinya tidak satu kubu dengan penguasa, tapi menjadi oposisi yang akan tampil mengoreksi. Tentu tak mudah bagimu untuk menerima hal ini, setidaknya keep calm saja ketika melihat orasi, cuitan, dan komentar lantang teman-temanmu yang aktivis.

Jadi, gimana tanggapan saya terhadap kekerasan dan kriminalisasi yang dilakukan aparat kepada aktivis mahasiswa pada demonstrasi 20 Oktober lalu?

Well, saya menentangnya. Saya mengecam segala bentuk tindakan represif pemerintah terhadap gerakan mahasiswa. Sekalipun ada aturan yang membolehkan aparat mengambil tindakan mulai dari himbauan persuasif sampai pembubaran paksa jika demonstrasi melebihi batas waktu yang ditentukan, saya rasa kekerasan berupa pemukulan sampai kepala pecah dan berdarah itu tak lebih membuat citra aparat menjadi keparat. Bagi saya, kekerasan tak pernah dibenarkan dalam sebuah negara demokrasi, terlebih kepada orang yang menyampaikan pendapat. Kenyataan bahwa di negeri yang mengaku telah meninggalkan otoritarianisme, menyampaikan kritik dan pendapat masih dilawan dengan pentungan dan bogem mentah, membuat saya kembali mempertanyakan demokrasi dan posisi pemerintah kita.

Tindakan represif justru akan semakin mengobarkan api perlawanan. Kriminalisasi justru akan memancing para mahasiswa semakin solid untuk membebaskan rekannya. Berlama-lama menahan para mahasiswa itu justru memperpanjang waktu bagi para mahasiswa untuk berkonsolidasi dan membuat eskalasi gerakan berikutnya. Karena ini sebuah gerakan yang dinamis, maka kita akan sulit memprediksi eskalasi apa yang terjadi berikutnya.

Saya berpikir, mengapa presiden tidak menyempatkan saja untuk menemui para demonstran.

Oh, ya tidak bisa. Keselamatan dan kehormatan presiden dipertaruhkan kalau seperti itu. Kalau ada yang nimpuk batu gimana? Kalau ada yang mencaci-maki gimana?

Oke, saya bisa mengerti. Mengapa tidak menerima beberapa perwakilan mahasiswa untuk masuk ke halaman istana dan bertemu presiden? Perhatikan, bertemu presiden di halaman istana, bukan di dalam istana. Kalau di dalam istana saya bisa prediksi, akan muncul penolakan. Karena mereka tak ingin dianggap berkhianat dengan masuk ke istana yang nyaman, disuguhi makan-minuman, sementara kawan-kawannya berpanas-panasan di jalanan. Setidaknya setelah bertemu presiden, mereka akan melihat penghargaan dan keseriusan presiden menanggapi aspirasi mereka. Setidaknya, ini akan meredam gejolak dan emosi para demonstran. Saya rasa, presiden kita masih orang yang sama dengan yang dicitrakan media sebagai orang yang merakyat, tak pilih-pilih bertemu dengan siapa saja, dan rendah hati itu. Lantas mengapa begitu takut, Pak? Mengapa aparat begitu panik, sampai baku-hantam dan kriminalisasi begitu?

Taufik Aulia Rahmat | Presiden BEM Undip 2014

IF RAPPERS WENT TO SCHOOL TOGETHER

Action Bronson
The fat bully who loves food

Aesop Rock
The science fair winner

Angel Haze
The A.G. dyke who knows how to fight

Andy Mineo
The born-again Christian

A$AP Rocky
The fuckboy with a fashion sense

Asher Roth
The surfer kook

Azealia Banks
The one ratchet bitch that nobody likes

Cibo Matto
The twins who have eating disorders

Danny Brown
The nerd with the weird laugh

Desiigner
The illiterate

Donald Glover / Childish Gambino
The deep-thinking poet who used to be socially awkward

Drake
The heartbroken kid who is coping over his ex by hanging out with his friends

Earl Sweatshirt
The metalhead in the back of the classroom

Eminem
The poor kid with anger issues

Hopsin
The kid who tries to educate everyone else; the “streetpreacher”

Flavor Flav
The kid who is always late for his classes

Flo Rida
The kid who loves his hometown way too much

Flying Lotus / Captain Murphy
The quiet kid who lives a double life outside of school

Gangsta Boo
The girl everyone is afraid of because she has a lot of older brothers

Gil-Scott Heron
The super-senior jazz enthusiast

Iggy Azalea
The white kid who tries to act black; the “burger”

Jay Z
The leader of the popular crew with a criminal family history

J. Cole
The straight A student

Joey Bada$$
The musical old soul

Kanye West
The douchebag who always plays the victim

Kendrick Lamar
The kid who escaped the gangbanging lifestyle

KiD CuDi
The pothead who sneaks out of Algebra to smoke alone at the parking lot

Killer Mike
The gossiper

Lil Jon
The wingman who helps the others get girls

Lil Wayne
The black kid who tries to act white; the “coconut”

Lil Yachty
The SpongeBob-obsessed eight grader with social anxiety that hangs out with the highschoolers during recess

Lupe Fiasco
The teacher’s pet

Macklemore
The only kid who actually watches the news

Mac Miller
The Internet-famous kid who hosts weekend parties

MF Doom
The graphic novel fanatic

M.I.A.
The transfer student who focuses on politics

Nicki Minaj
The wise single mother who knows how to get her life together

Pitbull
The alcoholic

Pusha T
The drug dealer

Rae Sremmurd
The freshmen duo

Soulja Boy Tell ‘em
The dance major

Stitches
The poseur

Trina
The whore

twenty | one | pilots
The sensitive kids who try to be on everyone’s good side

Tyler, The Creator
The class clown

Wallpaper.
The slacker

Xxxtentacion
The school shooter

Yelawolf
The proud redneck

Young Thug
The closeted homosexual

Yung Lean
The Tumblr kid who brags about their vacation to Tokyo last summer

The Signs As Things My Teachers Have Said
  • Aries: “Tell me any place you want a one-way ticket to and I´ll buy it.”
  • Taurus: “One day has 24 hours and if that´s not enough for studying, use the night, too."
  • Gemini: “I honestly don´t care whether you come to my lessons or not, I´m getting paid anyways.”
  • Cancer: “Of course you can join my course next year; you don´t annoy me.”
  • Leo: *reads out the school rules* “…furthermore you are not allowed to eat or drink in the classroom.” *looks at coffee mug in his hand* “Well, f*ck it, whatever.”
  • Virgo: “I´m sorry, I didn´t manage to correct your essays; I spent the whole weekend binge-watching TV-series.”
  • Libra: *looks at test I just handed in* “Oh, I´m sorry. Have a good day anyways.”
  • Scorpio: In linguistics class: “These guys, what are they called? You know, these guys who research languages. It´s on the tip of my tongue, dammit. Oh, yes, of course, I remember- linguists!”
  • Sagittarius: “OH NO, I´VE RUN OUT OF SNICKERS!”
  • Capricorn: “The rumour that there is a body buried in the school yard is completely false and I don´t know where it comes from. There is no body buried in the school yard.”
  • Aquarius: “Will you learn this damn tense, or do I have to get my squeaky toy?”
  • Pisces: *gives me back my test* “You do plan on studying for the next one, though, don´t you?”

anonymous asked:

hello! i don't think i've requested this before (please forgive me if i have!!), but could i request a sort of "friends to lovers" au with joshua from svt? thank you so much for your time!

find friends - to - lover!seungcheol (here)

  • you and joshua met at summer camp in middle school because you two were the only kids who actually read books on the bus ride to and from the camp ground
  • and literally all the other kids spent the time playing games or shouting but nope. you and joshua sat by each other, silently, reading
  • and you two,,,,,,just kinda naturally became a duo,,,,,,,like you were always partners for sporting events and helped each other during arts and crafts
  • and it was cute,,,,,,,,all the counselors thought you guys were adorable and the other kids would call you the shy couple but you and joshua,,,,like,,,,,,,you just became inseparable
  • and throughout the years you supported each other as friends until you know,,,,,,you guys started to come out of being shy and stuff and funnily enough you and joshua got into the habit of being like sorta competitive when it came to school
  • and you guys just got inside jokes about out-doing the other person,,,,but like all in good fun??? never seriously or in a mean way
  • you also gossip with each other like,,,,people see you and josh and are like woW such diligent, polite students but LOL you and him have your fair share of savageness
  • but it’s totally a bestfriend thing where you meet up to get coffee to study but in reality you spend time quizzing each other and complaining about shitty professors while also reminiscing about the past 
  • “joshua remember when you got 100 on our first chem quiz as freshmen.” 
  • “yeah, what about-”
  • “remember i got 103 because i did the extra credit (—:”
  • “,,,,,,are you really bringing that up? do i have to remind you of what else happened to us as freshmen? mainly what happened between you and that hoshi ki-”
  • “oK JOSHUA SH”
  • but as much as you’re jokingly being sarcastic with each other you truly care about each other and ,,,,,that’s why when joshua tells you he’s got extended family coming over,,,,and they’ve literally not let it go about him not being in a relationship and so,,,,,,,,if you could pleaSE just fake date him for this dinner,,,,,,,
  • you say yes,,,,because how can you say no???
  • only problem is the minute you show up the hongs are all like fiNALLY YOU Two ARE DAting,,,,,we always knew it would come to this!!!!
  • and joshua’s mom is nudging you because,,,,,,hey she’s been trying to get joshua to make a move since long before and joshua is like m OM
  • and you’re both sitting at the dinner table,,,,and yes it’s awkward but you’ve been to their house so many times that somehow??? it’s not
  • like it actually feels super,,,,,,nice and natural
  • because you know joshua and his family and even his extended family don’t seem hard to get along with at all
  • and for most of the dinner,,,,,,you forget that it’s fake
  • the smiles you and joshua share,,,,,the joking around with his parents,,,,,,,
  • it’s all something you’ve done before but ,,,, when joshua grabs your hand and brings it to his lips as a show for his family,,,,,,you can’t help but feel your heart race
  • and his lips are so warm on your skin
  • and before you know it you’re looking at joshua’s profile,,,,how pretty his eyes are,,,,,how he’s got such handsome features,,,,,, how he’s not the shy boy at camp but ,,,,,,,,, the drop dead gorgeous best friend of yours
  • who probably could date anyone,,,,,but,,,,,choose to have you by his side for this
  • and you’re like arguing with yourself because no,,,no he chose you because you’re his best friend,,,,he could trust you not to mess up in front of his family,,,,,,but then again joshua has other friends,,,,,to ask,,,,,,,,
  • and you can’t help the sinking feeling in your stomach when the dinner ends and joshua’s mom is encouraging him to walk you home
  • and you’re going along the sidewalk in silence and joshua is like “thank you for helping me tonight,,,,,,seriously they wouldn’t get off my back”
  • and you try to strain out a laugh because ahh yeah this was all a joke,,,,,,a lie,,,,,,
  • but as you get to your front door you’re like “joshua i-”
  • and he’s like “wait,,,,,,i just,,,,,,,i have a question,,,,”
  • and you’re like,,, what is it??? and he’s like “well i was thinking about how everyone was like,,,,,, talking about how they expected us to date,,,,,do you think that’s true?? that we,,,make a good couple,,,,,”
  • and joshua’s cheeks are pink,,,,eyes flicking around from you to the floor and you’re like,,,,,,,,,,,oh
  • but you’re like “i mean i guess we are - we fooled everyone in your fami-”
  • but he shakes his head and he’s like “i mean,,,,,do you think we,,,,,,we could be something more?” and you’re like “,,,,,,,if i say yes will you think that’s weird?”
  • but joshua looks up and breathes a sigh of relief and he’s like no,,, not at all,,,,,,i thought i was the weird one for thinking tonight was so,,,,natural,,,,
  • and you look at him,,,,,still dressed up a bit because his mom had made him put on a tie because of formal dinner attire or whatever,,,,and the way you’ve only seen joshua flustered when he was a shy kid ,,,,, and how cute it looks on him
  • the unsure,,,,stuttery joshua,,,,,,,you’ve missed him
  • and you take a step closer to him and joshua swallows and looks down at you and you take a hold of his wrist and lean in and he closes his eyes,,,,,,,,,,
  • but you kiss his cheek and you’re like “how about we go on a real date soon,,,,,,” and joshua is like sure,,,,where??? and you shrug and you’re like “surprise me,,,,whatever you choose will be fun. im sure.” and you give him a little wave as you go inside
  • and you almost fall over yourself when the door closes because oh my god your best friend,,,,,might be your boyfriend very v e r y soon
  • and joshua is still standing frozen on the spot, hand over the spot where you kissed him because,,,,,,,,,,,,,,oh my god his best friend,,,,,might be,,,,,,,the One,,,,,
i was a student politics hack for one month; this is what i learned

if you follow me and actually read my rambling, directionless text posts, you may remember my somewhat melodramatic post called ‘resilience’. Well because I may as well, here’s the full story behind that post, the all-consuming thing I tried to achieve over the span of about four weeks, and the incredible transformative failure it became.

Still with me?

For the past month, I’ve been for lack of a better term, a StuPol hack. For context, I go to an Australian uni with a student union, run by elected representatives from the student body. Student unions are active to various degrees across Australia, but my university’s is by far one of the largest. Despite this, less than 10% of students on campus vote in the annual student elections and student politics is generally looked down upon as pointless or as a method of resume padding. 

The main reason for this is the campaigning that comes with the elections. Each year, when election week rolls around, campaigners flood the campus centre, approaching any and all students to try and ‘win’ their vote. This is because voting is non-compulsory, and so campaigners have to literally fight for every vote. The student body collectively fucking hates this. They hate being approached, they hate having their political beliefs questioned over lunch, they hate dealing with the awkwardly cheery cunts in party colour t-shirts begging them for a vote. They hate campaigners. I hated campaigners. But I became one of them.

Why? Because I wanted to edit the university magazine (let’s call it UniMag).

Hang on, what? I asked the same question, believe me. After applying for the position of Editor of UniMag, I quickly discovered that to get the job, I would have to win it. One would think that student media would need an inherent separation from party politics, even student politics. And while in past years the magazine has been ‘non-partisan’, in that an independent group has been elected unopposed into the Editorship, this is no longer the case. UniMag is now either edited by a group from the major left-wing party, the major radical left party, or the labour right party (since being a university, leftwing politics still dominates). This creates problems that I won’t bother elaborating on, but I will say that those problems aren’t political. Students are usually left-wing, so a politically driven magazine doesn’t create an issue of bias so much as a narrowing of content and scope. 

Putting my social awkwardness and distaste for ~the system~ aside, I decided to throw myself into my situation. I would be an Editor, no matter what it fucking took. And I went through the motions; I joined a party, I went to meetings and donated money. My fellow Editors-to-be and I memorised policy and learned to campaign. I messaged no less than 60 friends asking them to vote for me, and spent one full week outside in the September cold during campaigning. 

Campaigning itself was brutal. Many people either ignored me or told me to fuck off. Often times when I thought I’d ‘won’ a vote, a rival campaigner would steal it back. The worst incident, however, was one in which I had quite a candid conversation with a prospective voter about the lack of mental health services for students, as well as my personal struggles with depression…only to discover the ‘voter’ was actually the head of the rival party. I had been ‘stooged’ – a tactic in which campaigners pose as normal students to waste rival campaigners’ time. What hurt most wasn’t that I’d been fooled. What hurt was that I thought I had connected with that student; for five minutes, I thought they saw me as a human fucking being. And it was all a ruse, a cruel one at that, in the hopes that I would lose maybe one or two votes. 

But the week ended, and I sat by my phone waiting for the news. A fellow Editor-to-be rang me, and all she said was, “It’s a no-go, Rach”. I found out later that we lost by over 1000 votes. The rival party had adopted a winning tactic of gaining the support of some major societies on campus; powerhouses of influence over the student body like the Engineering, Law, Biomed and Science clubs. It had never been a contest; we were always going to lose. At first, I was surprisingly tranquil. The elections had always been out of my hands, so I felt no remorse. That didn’t stop me from bawling my fucking eyes out over the next few days, but at least I had no regrets. I thanked friends for their support, had a laugh at just how badly we lost, and wished the new Editors good luck. Those assholes are going to need it – I certainly won’t be there to help them along.

That’s right – I will not be writing for UniMag in any way next year. Perhaps it’s spiteful to not even write for the magazine I so desperately wanted to edit, but I won’t be there simply because I can’t be there. The day after we lost, I had an idea. I asked my now failed Editors-to-be; What if we just start our own magazine with blackjack and hookers? There was nothing stopping us; we could acquire the resources we’d need by forming a Society, which would receive funding from the university. What followed was a week of frenzied planning and soon our idea became a proposal. Adversity Magazine was born, and our application to become a society is underway. And since I personally know the President of the Societies Branch (yeah nepotism!), we have a good shot at getting approved. 

That’s not the best part; with the help of one of the 2017 Editors of UniMag, a pilot edition of Adversity Magazine is going to print in about two weeks. 1000 copies are going to be printed and distributed as part of official Student Union activities. So while myself and the other failed Editors-to-be won’t be working for UniMag – 2200 people voted against us on that front – we will still be here.  Adversity Magazine is envisioned to be supported by a Publisher’s Society, giving students the opportunity to contribute to the university’s first truly independent magazine on campus.

The name of our magazine was inspired by an iconic pre-amble given by Cannonball Adderly before a performance with his jazz quartet in 1966. Sometimes we’re not prepared for adversity, Adderly says. Sometimes we have to ask for mercy. But Adversity Magazine was our team of failed Editors doing the opposite. Its creation was the act of staring adversity in the face, and turning it into resilience.

I don’t believe we could have done this without the baptism by fire that was getting involved in Student Politics. The drive and certain amount of factional hate that we needed to reject ~the system~ was drilled into us by that brutal week of campaigning. I was never in this to pad my resume, or to launch my political career (ew lol); I just wanted to edit a magazine. And thanks to student politics, I will. 

My Favourite films and TV shows - Mostly LGBTQ+

Movies

  1. Speech and Debate - About three 17/18 year olds who are sick and tired with the lack of justice at their high school. They create a Speech and Debate club to learn the skills they need to take their issues to the school board. Categories: Comedy, LGBT, Drama. 
  2.  Handsome Devil - an Irish indie film about two boys in a boarding school. We see the story unfold from the perspective of Ned, A quiet loner who see’s himself as an outcast. When Conor, the star of the school rugby team has to share a room with Ned they realise that they have more similarities then differences. This movie also tackles the modern day challenge’s of homophobia and hypermasculinity. Categories: Comedy, LGBT, Drama.
  3. Pride - Based on a true story, Pride follows a group of gay men and lesbians in 80′s Britain during the Margaret Thatcher era. We see them and a group of Welsh minors band together to fight against the government when they try to close down the mines in Britain. Categories: LGBT, Romance, Drama.

Tv Shows

  1. Bad Education - Alfie Wickers, a teacher that would rather play games then actually work has to lead a group of diverse misfits through the gruelling times of high school. But obviously not without a few laughs first. Categories: Comedy.
  2. Please Like Me - Based on the real life of Josh Thomas an Australian comedian. We see Josh guiding through his complicated young adult life, first finding out he is in fact gay and then having to care for his suicidal Mum with Bipolar Disorder. Categories: Comedy, LGBT, Drama.
  3. Rupaul’s Drag Race - Most people know what this but if you don’t I’ll explain. It is a reality TV show. every season 13 new and diverse Drag Queens battle it out in a bunch of different, hilarious challenges all wanting to be crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Category is: Comedy, LGBT, Reality TV.
  4. Degrassi: Next Class - This show is about a huge range of fictional students attending the high school Degrassi. We see this show challenge homophobic, racist and Islamophobic views. The students of this school face many problems from drug addiction to mental illness. Categories: Drama
  5. Dear White People - Shows both the subtle and not so subtle racism engrained within the American society from the perspective of many different college students. Categories:  Political, Drama
  6. Shameless: US Version - This show is very difficult to sum up but basically it is a show about a family that lives in the ghetto. They’re father is an alcoholic and their mother has Bipolar disorder and is never around. Fiona Gallagher has to raise her five younger siblings in their messy life. Categories: Comedy, Drama
  7. Atypical - Sam, a boy on the autism spectrum, finally is beginning to want more independence especially when it comes to dating. Categories: Comedy
  8. When We Rise - This is my favourite TV show of all time. Based on the lives of three LGBTQ+ activists, Cleve Jones, Roma Guy and Ken Jones. We see their fight all the way from the mid 70′s to the present day. One of the most empowering and beautiful pieces of TV I have ever seen. Categories: LGBT, Drama

anonymous asked:

hot mess/troublemaker nct would honestly kill me! but whatever group you do i'm sure it'll be amazing!! i always check up on your blog cos i love your writing so much it's my absolute favourite!! have a lovely day! 💌

soooo,,,,i got into a mood where i really wanted to do troublemaker!you and good boy!taeyong,,,,so here you all go,,,,,,,,,,,

  • taeyong,,,,is the most polite student on campus,,,who is always kind of quiet but is that student that holds the door open for 30423 other people and who (when pestered by johnny enough) will give up his notes in exchange for nothing at all,,,,,
  • likes to show up to class exactly 5 minutes early and keeps his pens color coded and organized,,,,,
  • but also has the face and body of a model so no one understands how he’s such a ???? soft boy ???? how is he not always staring at his reflection because what??? the higher powers really spent their time with him????
  • but yeah,,,,taeyong has never even shown an inkling of understanding to how hot the student body of this college finds him and he’s more inclined to get super duper red and shy if you as much as compliment him on his shirt
  • you on the other hand,,,,,,,,,,,let’s just say you’re nowhere as tidy and as diligent as taeyong neither are you as meek LOL
  • most of the time you’re kicking up your legs on the desk in class, texting on your phone,,,,,,even chewing gum loud enough that the teacher can even hear it
  • and you’re never one to let gossip about you go,,,,so you’ve been in a couple of arguments with a couple of people on campus and let’s just say,,,,,,,,you’re not trying hard to sell the ‘good college student image’ to anyone 
  • and taeyong’s freshly pressed shirts, clean sneakers, and pleated trousers are a stark contrast against your,,,,,,,,,,messier choices
  • and taeyong,,,,of course knows who you are,,,,,but out of everyone in all your class he’s never even bothered to entertain any of the rumors about you. he’s also,,,,never bothered you with (what you deem) to be useless, almost offensive questions
  • and you don’t know what it is about him,,,,,,,but you secretly agree,,,,,,,he is ,,,,,a handsome boy,,,,
  • and you friends will bring him up and call him the goody two-shoes,,,teachers pet,,,,,,,blah blah blah,,,,,but you,,,,,you always go along with it but inside,,,,you’re kinda like why the HELL do i want to hold that losers hand,,,,,,,,
  • but it bothers you,,,,because,,,,,,taeyong doesn’t really pay attention to anything but his books so one day you walk over to his table,,,,give one glance to boy sitting beside him and that boy scurries off 
  • and as you sit yourself down beside him taeyong doesn’t even look up and you’re like UGH,,,,,,,,,,so you’re like hey, you
  • and taeyong is looking around and then looks at you,,,,,lowering his eyes and stuttering out ‘m-me?’ and you’re like YEAH WHO ELSE,,,,,,,,wait ok sorry for that,,,,,,but yeah you can i see your book? i never bought the book for this class
  • and taeyong’s wide eyes get even,,,,,wider because he’s like,,,,,,we’re almost halfway through the sem- and you’re like yeah yeah boy i know let me see your book
  • and this is your first time,,,,,,,talking to taeyong and,,,,even though for the next three weeks you sit beside him he literally doesn’t try to initiate conversation and you’re convinced he hates you,,,,maybe he heard about that rumor about you,,,,or maybe he just finds you annoying
  • and it simultaneously pisses you off but also makes you embarrassed and it’s driving you nuts,,,,,,,,
  • but on the day where you got into a big mix up with this one person in the campus cafeteria and had basically come out of it unscathed,,,,just a slight cut across your hand and some minor scartches,,,,,as you’re coming into class
  • plopping down beside taeyong you’re shocked when you hear his voice again after so long and it asks,,,,,,,if you’re ok
  • and you look at him and taeyong like immediately apologizes because he thinks you’re pissed lmao but you’re like,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,im fine,,,,,,,,,
  • and he’s like oh! good! sorry,,,,,,,
  • and that’s the last straw who the heck does he think he is being this freaking fine,,,,,and then????? actually so sweet?? and you get up and you’re like TAEYONG
  • and he almost drops out of his damn seat and he’s like y-y—yEs,,,,and you’re like “outside, i need to talk to you” and the class is like RIP BUDDY
  • but as taeyong follows you into a corner in the hallway he’s surprised when he sees that you’re not,,,,,,,going to end his life,,,,,but instead you’re completely red in the face
  • and he’s like oh no i don’t think you’re ok - and you’re like IM NOT and he’s like IM SORRY and you’re like NO ITS BECAUSE OF YOU OH MY GOD JUST HOLD MY HAND OK?
  •  and taeyong is like OK YES GIVE ME YOUR HAND and without realizing you do and you’re standing there,,,,,,,,,,,,
  • and taeyong is literally Shaking,,,,,he’s holding your hand,,,,,,of all people
  • and you’re like also shaking inside not on the outside because he?????Agreed to hold your hand????? out of fear???????/ what???//
  • but taeyong suddenly squeezes your hand and faintly you hear him go,,,,,,,it’s smaller than mine,,,,,,,,and you’re like GFHODGEFS
  • and taeyong is like SHOULD I LET GO,,,,and you’re like suddenly he has such a loud voice holy shit is he as nervous as me
  • and you’re like NO I LIKE IT OK DONT YOU DARE LET GO
  • and taeyong is like OK I WONT IM SORRy
  • and you guys stand there,,,,,,,,for what seems like twenty damn minutes and finally you let go and taeyong is like,,,,,,,,,,,i-is there anything else you want from me??? and you’re like i kinda wanna kiss you too but,,,,i think we need to build up to that stage,,,,,
  • and taeyong swallows and you’re like,,,,,BUT if you don’t want to just tell me i won’t be mad - i promise i wont do anything
  • but taeyong is fiddling with the cuffs of his shirt but he’s like n o,, n,,,,,o i ,,,,,,,,,,,want,,,,,,,to,,,,,,,you’re,,,,can i say this?
  • and you’re like??????// sure
  • and he’s like “you’re,,,,,,,,,cute,,,,,i think so,,,,,,,im sorry was that out of line,,,,,,,” and you’re like blushing because no one has ever called you cute ???? before??????/ no on has ever had the guts but here taeyong is,,,,,, not the meek boy you thought he was 
  • but you grin and you’re like No,,,,,,i like it call me cute more often and you pat his back and suddenly you’re not as embarrassed because hehe taeyong,,,,,,the good boy likes you,,,,,,,,
  • but taeyong is like ?!?$#@LT:59ujgfds ?@??#$? in his heart because is it true - is this a dream - do you really like him - did he just hold your hand - he’s going into sensory overload - oh my god you guys skipped the first half hour of claSS,,,,,,,,but oh my god his significant other is the most feared person in school oh my god,,,,,,,,,,but also you’re the cutest person in school ,,,,to him,,,,,,,should he say that outloud again???????
Venezuela

The world needs to know what is happening in Venezuela right now. As many of you might know, Venezuela is been in a dictatorship for more than 15 years and it’s only getting worse. After Chavez’ dead, Nicolas Maduro unconstitutionally took the place as the president and things has been getting worse since then. In 2013, the start of the big protests in Venezuela more than 200 people (mostly students between the age of 16 and 21) all over the country were arrested, the majority of those protesting were hurt by guns, bird shots and teargas resulting in the dead of many of them (again, not even older than 25). All of those attacks are from the government itself to try and repress the population from voicing their constitucional rights. Venezuela is been suffering since then a huge humanity crisis that are also the reasons for the protests. There’s not medicine in the hospitals and pharmacies, kids are basically dying from lack of resources. We can’t afford to have basic necessities such as toilet paper because there’s a huge scarcity in products of first necessity. There’s not food, and those who can afford to buy them need to spent a lot of money that the normal salary can’t cover, in fact, our salary doesn’t even afford us to have a nice diner at a restaurant. Our inflation is the highest in the world and the devaluation of our coin keeps getting even worst. There’s families/kids eating out of garbage. We have constants blackouts. The insecurity in our country is one of the worst, trust me, many Venezuelans are afraid to go outside on a certain hour, most Venezuelans have been victims of some robbery. In fact, many localities close at 6pm due to insecurity. My own mother was assaulted with guns at least 3 times in less time. Universities also suffer from insecurity. We can’t even talk about this because the government forcibly closed, censored or took out of circulation our only sources of information. The national channels don’t even speak about the protests or necessities suffered in the country because they want to brain wash those in vulnerable positions. Recently CNN was taken out of circulation in our country so the only way we can watch the news is due internet, that at this rate might be even controlled as well. There’s also a huge problem of indoctrination, the public employees get forced to attempt to political events held by the government and if they don’t they get fired, it happened to the father of a friend of mine and thousands of others.

A month ago, Nicolas Maduro proclaimed a law and eliminate the rights that constitutionally belong to the National Assembly (also known as Parliament), the National Assembly that is mostly directed by the opposition party voted by the majority of Venezuelans is the one (as stated in the constitution) in charge of making, eliminate and change laws which also protect the citizens, with this new law, the assembly can’t do their job because all their proceedings were given to the President (which means he can do what he wants with not repercussions) and to the Justice system, an unreliable source because all the public institutions in Venezuela are corrupted by this system and have done nothing but turn their back of the citizens and their rights such as the Electoral System (CNE) that has actively participated in the frauds created by the government in the voting procedures & failed to re-count votes when asked to. We don’t even have the security of a good police and military organization because like the public institutions they only obey this dictatorship government and their follow the orders to kill, torture and persecute those students, political activists and any one proclaiming their right to pacifically protest as it’s stated in the constitution.

This last few days there’s been various protests around the country and things aren’t that different from 2013. Students are getting arrested and beaten in hands of the police and national military. Just today, April 10, there’s been 3 deaths (kids younger than 20 years old), and there’s over 400 arrests all around the country were the majority are minors. The police and military (GNB - Guardia Nacional Bolivariana) has been repressing students with expired teargas, bird shots and actual guns without any disregard for the citizens. Hospital has been affected, many people including babies. ALL OF THIS is happening RIGHT NOW. There’s literal kids being killed on the streets for protesting against a dictatorship government. Please take a look at this Instagram account: @venezuelalucha, this accounts has been posting the videos about all of this attacks and some of them might be triggering but is the reality of the country.

A government that wants to held power in any means possible including going against the constitution is a dictatorship. Those who need to suppress, kill, repress and persecute the citizens for protesting against them it’s a clear example of lack of human rights. Spread the world about what is happening around the world. Kids should NOT be killed and assault for protesting. This needs to be an international issue because this is a clear example of violation of human rights and the international media needs to be aware of this.

Venezuela is a war zone right now.

How the Paladins do Halloween.

Pidge: The gremlin of Halloween and a monster to whoever tricks them out of a treat.

  • Never has a costume planned until a couple days before, or THREE MINUTES beforehand.
    • “GIVE ME LIKE FIVE MINUTES OKAY? I CAN DO THIS! I HAVE, um, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!”
  • Throws together a ridiculous costume that actually works and looks like they put time and effort into it instead of rummaging through a dress-up box and their brother’s closet.
  • Will regularly con Hunk into giving piggyback rides when it gets late.

Hunk: The overprepared master of trick-or-treating and the autumn theme.

  • Spends more time raving over the pumpkin flavored items than actually buying pumpkins for carving.
    • “There’s pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice LATTES, free candy, what more do I need in life?”
  • Has mapped out the houses in advance and has color coded them based on quality and quantity of candy provided.
  • Will always stop and tell the smaller kids how amazing their costumes look and will (occasionally) slip a few mini size candies into their buckets.

Lance: The sharpshooter, spookster, and slick-or-treater.

  • Always starts preparation for his costume in July, no matter what anyone might think.
    • “My birthday was yesterday, so that means Halloween is right around the corner, GUYS CHRISTMAS MUST BE NEXT WEEK!”
  • Makes it his personal challenge to scare everyone in the group at least once throughout the night, any thought of bodily harm being tossed aside.
  • Will call and text everyone at 00:00 hours on October 31st to celebrate the beginning of the day.

Keith: The Halloween jukebox and sarcasm dealer.

  • Enjoys begging for candy in a socially acceptable environment without too much judgment.
    • “This is the one time a year I’m ALLOWED to take candy from strangers, I’m never passing this up.”
  • Tries his best to put a costume together only to just give up halfway and still look decent.
  • Has referenced every single Halloween show at least twenty times in the last half hour.

Shiro: The chaperone and candy taxer.

  • Will dress up as politicians, insurance salesmen, college professors, and the occasional football player.
    • “What’s scarier than student debt and politics? Android clones?”
  • Will always take his favorite pieces of candy from the others as payment for not sleeping through the night.
  • Has a long list of Halloween tricks he goes out and plays with matt after the others retire for the night.

Allura: The candy distributor and decoration enthusiast.

  •   Always trying to one-up her neighbor Lotor, the Halloween decorations escalated from simple lawn ornaments to a full haunted house set up in the front yard.
    • “If we’re going to celebrate this, we’re going to scare someone so badly they’ll need diapers.”
  • After being sick in someone’s front yard, she’s sworn off trick-or-treating and Sour Patch Kids.
  • Never dressing up as anything but a princess, she started giving out paper crowns to the younger trick-or-treaters.

Coran: The only reason everyone doesn’t kill each other.

  • Has absolutely no control over his sugar intake.
    • “IF I CAN HOLD MY LIQUOR I CAN HANDLE THREE BAGS OF CANDY!”
  • Will always get the group down a wrong road before getting them back on track.
  • Forgets to use the restroom before leaving…nobody wants to know why he stopped complaining ten minutes ago.


Those are just my thoughts, feel free to add your own! Happy Halloween peoples!

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“I would never put public speaking on my “special skills” list, but I have been called to do it a number of times over the past few years. That being said, the experience has taught me how important of a skill it is to have, especially for young women. Your perspectives on science, economics, international relations, etc. will influence the direction our globe takes. So, #TakeThePodium Be brave & get involved in student politics, municipal government, etc. Give your perspective a voice & help make a positive difference for our planet. 🌍🌏🌎

aiyukilove7  asked:

Tumblr discourse is as problematic as the things it wants to police. There is no such thing as a person being 100% pure. People do "problematic" things sometimes, but that doesn't mean they can't learn from it. There is always alternate and different interpretations to issues. Nothing is black and white.

Tumblr can best be described by a post I saw once:

“Oh, boy, what complex adult issues are the middle-school kids going to lecture me about today?”

This place is a hellsite for actual discussion of legitimate serious topics and seeing things beyond a wider scope than “my view is correct.” Half the posts about a very complex issue with several viewpoints are addressed like, “Remember to always (insert behavior) or you’re just as bad as (insert name of badly-behaving group) okay? uwu” 

Imagine having a debate with someone who actually spoke in a way in which you could hear the uwu emoticon in their voice. That is painful.

The internet gives everyone a voice and a platform, and people who are undereducated about real issues, refuse to see all the sides of things, are incapable of being objective, and are just woefully immature can still be seen as having more of an authority to their voice than far more qualified people, because they write well enough to trick thousands into believing they’re older than they are or more educated than the average person. And there’s no transparency to get a sense of who the person is or how young they are on Tumblr, because even the most inexperienced 14-year-old can pose as a 22-year-old college student studying political science and social mechanics.

TL;DR: Tumblr was a mistake. Its replacement needs to come soon.

The Characters - Frisk
  • Name: Frisk
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Pronouns: They/Them
  • Occupation: Ambassador of the relationships between Humans and Monsters
  • Studies: Politics College Student (1st year)

Frisk was the eighth human to fall in the Underground and, since they managed to free the monsters from their prison, they were also the last one.

Having lost their family at an early age, they spent all their childhood in a little orphanage near Mt. Ebbott. Despite their efforts, the other children often rejected their company and Frisk spent most of their time alone.

Although many years passed, they still weren’t adopted. But no matter how painful it was, Frisk was determined to stay positive.They believed everyone had a good heart deep inside, so they always found the strength to keep on trying.

At the age of twelve, some kids dared them to climb upon the cursed mountain looming over the orphanage.

“Y’know, if you come back” they said, “You’ll prove that you really want to be our friend and we’ll play with you”.

Perhaps it was politeness that led Frisk to accept their offer without hesitation. Perhaps it was just naivety.

They climbed upon the mountain, walking for hours, until they found a deep hole in the ground; curiosity took over their mind and Frisk pushed aside their fears to explore the mysterious area.

What they didn’t know is that just a tiny moment of distraction would’ve changed their life forever.  

They fell down.

8

True Crime Book Master Post - At the request from a few of my followers, I have decided to make a second master post including some of my favourite true crime books that I have read recently. Click here to see my first true crime book master post. Click the name to be linked to where you can purchase the book online!

The Shankill Butchers - During the 1970s a group of Protestant paramilitaries embarked on a spree of indiscriminate murder which left thirty Northern Irish Catholics dead. Their leader was Lenny Murphy, a fanatical Unionist whose Catholic-sounding surname led to his persecution as a child for which he took revenge on all Catholics. Not for the squeamish, The Shankill Butchers is a horrifying detailed account of one of the most brutal series of murders in British legal history - a phenomenon whose real nature has been obscured by the troubled and violent context from which it sprang.”

The Texarkana Moonlight Murders - “ In 1946, years before the phrase “"serial murder”“ was coined, a masked killer terrorised the town of Texarkana on the Texas-Arkansas border. Striking five times within a ten-week period, always at night, the prowler claimed six lives and left three other victims wounded. Survivors told police that their assailant was a man, but could supply little else. A local newspaper dubbed him the Phantom Killer, and it stuck. Texarkana’s phantom was not America’s first serial slayer; he certainly was not the worst, either in body count or sheer brutality. But he has left a crimson mark on history as one of those who got away. Like the elusive Axeman of New Orleans, Cleveland’s Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, and San Francisco’s Zodiac, the Phantom Killer left a haunting mystery behind. This is the definitive story of that mystery.”

The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins - “ Reggie and Ronnie Kray ruled London’s gangland during the 60s with a ruthlessness and viciousness that shocks even now. Building an empire of organised crime that has never been matched, the brothers swindled, extorted and terrorised – while enjoying a glittering celebrity status at the heart of the swinging 60s scene, until their downfall and imprisonment for life.”

Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders - “Cold Serial” paints the picture of five girls who were raped and strangled in the Dayton, Ohio, area between 1900 and 1909. The working conditions, lack of rights for women and police protection, and the sexism of the age portray these girls as victims not only of a crime but also of their time. As their stories unfold, a common thread appears, a modus operandi that begins to link them together. During that era, police did not recognize the lurking shadow of a predator. But through diligent research conducted by the author, it is now revealed.”

America’s Death Penalty: Between Past and Present -  “Over the past three decades, the United States has embraced the death penalty with tenacious enthusiasm. While most of those countries whose legal systems and cultures are normally compared to the United States have abolished capital punishment, the United States continues to employ this ultimate tool of punishment. The death penalty has achieved an unparalleled prominence in our public life and left an indelible imprint on our politics and culture. It has also provoked intense scholarly debate, much of it devoted to explaining the roots of American exceptionalism.”

Fred And Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors - “ During their long relationship the Wests murdered a series of young women, burying the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of their teenage daughter, Heather. What was left of Fred West’s eight-year-old stepdaughter was dug up from under the Wests’ previous Gloucester home; his first wife and nanny were buried in open country outside the city. Several victims had been decapitated and dismembered, their remains showing signs of sexual torture. These twelve are just the ones the police found when the Wests were arrested in 1994. There may be more whose bones have not been located.”

Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime - “Edited by an internationally recognized expert on serial killers, this encyclopedia covers both murder and violent crime in their variant forms. Included are biographies, chronologies, special interest inset boxes, up to 100 photographs, comprehensive article bibliographies, and appendices for items such as famous unsolved cases, celebrity murders, assasinations, original source documents, and online sources for information.”

Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door - “For thirty-one years, a monster terrorized the residents of Wichita, Kansas. A bloodthirsty serial killer, self-named “BTK"—for "bind them, torture them, kill them"—he slaughtered men, women, and children alike, eluding the police for decades while bragging of his grisly exploits to the media. The nation was shocked when the fiend who was finally apprehended turned out to be Dennis Rader—a friendly neighbor … a devoted husband … a helpful Boy Scout dad … the respected president of his church.Written by four award-winning crime reporters who covered the story for more than twenty years, Bind, Torture, Kill is the most intimate and complete account of the BTK nightmare told by the people who were there from the beginning. With newly released documents, evidence, and information—and with the full cooperation, for the very first time, of the Wichita Police Department’s BTK Task Force—the authors have put all the pieces of the grisly puzzle into place, thanks to their unparalleled access to the families of the killer and his victims.”

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields - “ History has it that the role of women in Nazi Germany was to be the perfect Hausfrau and a loyal cheerleader for the Führer. However, Lower’s research reveals an altogether more sinister truth. Lower shows us the ordinary women who became perpetrators of genocide. Drawing on decades of research, she uncovers a truth that has been in the shadows – that women too were brutal killers and that, in ignoring women’s culpability, we have ignored the reality of the Holocaust.”

Tent Number Eight - “ On a warm summer day in 1977, the State of Oklahoma was shaken by the heinous and vulgar murder of three Girl Scouts in Tent Number Eight at Camp Scott near Locust Grove, Oklahoma. The investigation of their murders and the subsequent trial of the Native American man accused of those murders will forever be marked as one of the most historical in Oklahoma history. Author Gloyd McCoy dissects the investigation of the Girl Scout murders as well as The State of Oklahoma vs. Gene Leroy Hart from the vantage point of the families, the law enforcement, the news reporters, the lawyers, the judges, and the jury. He provides background information on all the parties involved and explanations regarding why certain decisions were made, including the acquittal of the accused murderer, and what might have happened if the lawyers on both sides had made different decisions and modern technology were available. Tent Number Eight will enlighten you on the court proceedings and cultural influences of 1977 and preserve this piece of history in your mind forever. Follow the overgrowth of history back to the site of the crime. Step into Tent Number Eight and witness the events of the murders and trial first hand.”

The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy - “ Ted Bundy was America’s first celebrity serial killer, and one of the most chilling enigmas in criminal history. Handsome, boyish and well-spoken, a law student with bright political prospects, Bundy was also a predator and sexual deviant who murdered and mutilated at least thirty young women and girls, many of them college coeds but at least two as young as twelve.”

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