the invisible empire

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10.12.16 // 12oC ☁️

26/100 Days of Productivity

Spent the morning working on my 2017 bullet journal. Somehow it ended up unintentionally minimalist (I promise the photos are all colour!). So far, so happy👌🏼. I’m hoping to make the twenty seventeen page a memory log, and write down random good things that happen throughout the year.  

And in other news, tomorrow (the 11th) I turn 20! Goodbye, teenage era, here’s hoping my twenties aren’t as crappy! 👋🏼💃🏽🍸

🎧 KT Tunstall - Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (Deluxe Version)

anonymous asked:

Hello my dear Ea. I hope you would consider expanding your fanfictions to the Six of Crows fandom. Your writing is the brainchild of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas. Bardugo's dark, complex, heavy to Maas's intricate, ambiguous, and misted writing styles impregnate your own style. The Six of Crows fandom is very quiet, and I'd think you'd be the perfect one to help it rise up. The Dregs could use a Wraith-like writer like you.

Dear anon: I hope this lived to your expectations, as it has to mine. I need a major refresher on Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, as they are one of the rare books I am currently not hoarding in my library. If you want to send me details and summaries of this fandom, I beg of you so I can focus more on other relationships and scenes, rather than this futuristic one. The offer extends to everyone as well. Thank you for the prompt idea.


He was starved. Not for the grains of sustenance, but for something much deeper. An elusive abstract thought that knocked quite concretely against his heart and roared in his mind. 

Crooked Crow

The sky was bleeding.

Not the clear droplets of the salted water churned over cycles of time through shifting, phasing forms—but the thick, crimson cursed and created lifeblood of the slowly deceased and tortured mutilated.

Kaz Brekker leaned against his cane, staring at the scarlet sea that had gathered near the port, swarming into the crashing of waves of the roaring ocean.

Behind him, his crew celebrated in their houses, the tinkering of the glasses clinking and whisper of shared laughs and easy smiles filling the sordid rooms. In front of him, the Bastard of the Barrel imagined the ghost of a ship reigned through the infested seas of crime, a congregation for the crooked.

It was that one ship that held a chipped crack of his heart. It was that one ship that crushed the crooked. It was that one ship that carried his one facet he needed to continue—other than greed.

The scent of the rotten bodies did not drive him from the pier when the thin thread of hope of the ship docking held him firmly. The lines of blood pooling around his shoes did not have him walking away, but rather rooted in position. The overhaul of loneliness chained him to the pier.

For living life of emptiness had satiated his brain, but never his soul. His desires, long suppressed, a facet of one of his oppressed for the cravings for more and more riches. For too long had his dream of bathing in golds and silver and diamonds and crystals been fulfilled, leaving the blowing wind’s whisper of what else could their possibly be?

Surmounting over challenges from Van Eck’s heist to infiltration the Ice Prison…the days of the impossible had been checked.

Except one impossible did escape from him. Right from his fingertips, and could have been captured by the words ripping from his mouth.

“I will have you without your armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”

The sound of true elation, of his heart thrumming an answering beat—the source of hope and soothing had dissipated upon that sailing ship—a forged weapon to make a difference, to bring down slavers and the wrongdoers that had wronged her and her mandate.

He was fooling himself. He didn’t give a damn about the ship. He only cared about the captain of the ship.

Inej Ghafa.

The Wraith.

The only Suli he believed that existed.

A shadowed, nimble shape crossed through the dampened mist and polluted fog.

Air left his lungs, and the Bastard of the Barrel untucked a handkerchief out of his pocket.

The shape emerged through the blur, an avenging angel of darkness with a mission of lightness.

Stepping out of the puddles of red, the Bastard of the Barrel wiped away the liquid-ruby coating the edges of his shoes.

The shape crested the end of the dock, the sound of the engine hissing towards its final gasp of air.

Strolling towards the very edge, the Bastard of the Barrel welcomed The Wraith with a calculated charm emanating from his inked body.

The shape shuddered to a stop, the sound of the platform slamming into the port. Shouts of victory from the latest conquest filled his ears, but he filtered through each sound until he heard that mystic laughter he could drink on till his sorrows drowned away.

When the first feminine figure stalked down the ramp with a panther’s agile, Kaz Brekker welcome Inej Ghafa home.


“Your…your ankle is fine?” Kaz Brekker rasped out.

Inej slowly turned her head at the man who had never learned what it was to be a child, to become the master and monster of the darkness, and thrived on the cunning and feral side of nature’s vices.

“Only a scar.” She tilted her head, and curled her legs into the office’s balcony. “Another reminder.”

“Is he dead?”

“Six feet under, strung and gutted.”

A grim smile. “Good.”

Silence fell upon them, and Inej looked back out the window where the moon faintly shone her beams onto the ghastly settlements, sticks and woods and stones fortified as a testament to the already weak will to survive.

Footsteps crossed the threshold, and a towering figure stood next to her small yet sturdy frame. She blinked up into the grayish rays.

A hand touched the top of hers, and it took years of vigorous training and restrained silence to not jolt.

If she looked down at the cold skin touching hers, he would most likely withdraw. So Inej made the bold decision to lean her head against his chest, soaking in his presence that had filled her past and present, and perhaps her future.

Kaz seemed to be walking the same path as she, as he slipped down onto the balcony next to her, wrapping hesitant arms around her waist. Inej swore she could feel the saints smiling down on her as the male tucked her under his chin, nimble fingers stroking her hair.

They said nothing as they stared out into the tranquility of oblivion in which Inej could detect the traces of music.

“Is there a celebration?” she said almost accusingly.

The fingers against her hair stopped. “Is this not one?”

“Saints, Kaz,” Inej drew a breath. “I thought Jesper or Nina were avoiding me.”

A heartbeat later, Kaz’s fingers resumed their ministrations. “That’s not possible. To merely not want to have you—” He fumbled with the words, shifting his weight slightly. “You are my Saint, Inej Ghafa. And I am the King of the Dregs.”

“Not Wraith?”

Inej didn’t need to turn around see the crooked smile when she already knew the man who had risen from the darkest holes of penury and violence to form an invisible empire of loyalty and creed.

“Is there a Suli proverb preventing you from being both?” The coldness of his touches kissed her exposed skin, sending flickers of warmth to every pore.

“I don’t think Saints are killers, Kaz,” she mused.

Silence. Then:

“You removed my gloves, saw my sins, and revealed the fallen,” Kaz said, his voice sandpaper. “Not all Saints arose because of holiness.”

“Kaz Brekker, what are you saying?”

From the fringes of vision, he knew that he would not his fairytale with Brody. From yesterday’s excursion resulting in today’s bloodshed, he knew that he had his years long vengeance completed. From today’s knowledge, Pekka Rollin’s strung and gutted body meant a chance at what Nina had so often preached, what Jesper claimed he fought for.

Inej gasped as a flutter and storm of crows streamed from the office, a flurry of darkness and softness, feathers beating into the night. When the sullen atmosphere fell calm again, Kaz had set her on her feet, where the rest of the crew—Jesper, Nina, Matthias, and Wylan—stood at the door frame, empty cages hanging from their arms.

Nina’s sweet sound of laughter warmed the room, Matthias staring not at the fact Inej was in Kaz’s embrace, but at the Grisha’s face of elation and contentedness. As Jesper grinned at Wylan’s red face, Kaz leaned down to Inej’s ear, his lips brushing her skin.

“You are not just my Saint,” Kaz Brekker, Bastard of the Barrel, whispered. “But my salvation.”

Happy 4th of July everyone!! 🇺🇸
David Bruck: Complete Final Statement

« I can tell you I want to discuss some issues I think will be important. » He tells the jurors to ask him to speak up if he speaks too softly.
« Mr. Williams I think spent most of the time focusing on the right issue. Hearing the evidence is so hard and so painful, it’s pretty straight forward.. The issue in this case from the beginning and continues to be.. Why? Why, did Dylann Roof do this? Why was he motivated? What is the reason? What is the explanation? Those questions have to be addressed in your deliberations. You have to understand what was going on in his head. It’s important to consider the intent, it is the key. »  Bruck reads off a portion of the testimony from an FBI agents who interviewed Roof after arrest; asks « Why? It’s an issue of terrible importance. It’s not just a box to check on the verdict sheet… Of course racism is the why.. That’s hatred, alright, and certainly racist, but it goes a lot further than that. He told the FBI he wasn’t ‘delusional’. He gave whole life to a belief… that there is a fight between white people and black people that is being covered up. You have a 20-21 years old young man, basically a boy who gave his life to racism. He obsessed over belief, that this would advance some political agenda, and Williams calls that hatred. »

« What was he going to do after this? He had no escape plan, no where to go, he wrote suicide notes to his parents, he said he was going to kill himself.  He had decided to kill himself, why? Why would he do this? For what? That needs an explanation. All that tells you the depth.. It’s not only that he had decided to kill other people. But he decided to kill himself. What could have left him so convinced that he was in a war and it required the sacrifice not only of other people but of himself?
It was not a breeding ground of extreme racism. So we can write that explanation off. He didn’t learn that ideology from a friend either. He doesn’t have a best friend and doesn’t communicate with people since he doesn’t have a cell phone. He’s took all the pictures by himself.. all alone. He wasn’t part of a hate group like the KKK. He didn’t get this from anyone else he knew.
The racist ideas that he downloaded online are unfortunately and tragically common. Who on the internet said that committing a crime like this would be a good idea. Even people online wouldn’t think it’s a good idea to murder people because of that hate. Nothing could possibly justify any of this. Every bit of his motivation came from things he saw on the internet. That’s the only possible explanation. Siting in his room by himself after dropping out of high school.  The Trayvon Martin controversy made him type ‘black on white crime.’
“I am completely racially aware.” Bruck reads from Roof’s belongings. 

« The FBI did an amazing job investigating this case. Before long, you’re wandering through a forest of stuff. In this case, racism. You have only seen the journal and website Dylann Roof wrote, you haven’t seen the sources though. If someone searches “black on white crime” what one finds obviously, is a cascade of racism. He is simply regurgitating… bits and pieces of stuff he has downloaded from the internet directly into his brain. We can easily give him way too much credit if we don’t consider where the informations came. » Bruck pulls up an image of the book “The Invisible Empire” about the KKK and a picture of Roof with a white pillowcase on his head; demonstrating how he emulated the book. Next photos are of Dylann Roof lighting the American Flag on fire. 

« Everything he is doing is an imitation of something he saw somewhere else. You’re giving him way too much credit if you think he is an original. He was simply replicating an image.
Why did he have to do it? He never answered the FBI agents. And there is never an answer… He doesn’t have an answer. ‘I had to do it’, that’s the explanation. He didn’t know what month it was the day of his confessions. He seemed astonished when he learned he had killed 9 people. There is something wrong with his perceptions. There is something with what he is perceiving about reality. He confessed to the most dreadful crime a person could ever confess to but refused to initial a drawing. He was afraid from the FBI searching his car, taking a picture of his face. What’s that about? He told agents that he sat with them for 15 minutes, when he was really there for more like 45 minutes. He was wearing sweatpants underneath his jeans, why? » 

« You know, we only have one brain,  but there’s something abnormal about one.. » Government objects. 

« Remorse is not a logical emotion when you feel it’s something you had to do. You were looking for signs of remorse and you didn’t see very much of it. I’ll be the first to admit it.  He kept repeating that he had to do it.
Something else to think about, his isolation. Think about the isolation. These pictures… hundreds of them, none of them are a friend. He was so alone. Except there are hundreds of pictures of his cat. Animals are much easier to interpret than humans. » Government objects again.

« Consider where he came from… the whole story of this.. What else might be going on is what I suggest that you should be thinking about. Don’t think there has to be something mentally wrong » Government objects.

« A lot of people know about this crime. Out in the world people are entitled to make snap judgements. Dylann Roof is this or Dylann Roof is that. You have taken an oath to look beyond the surface to think everything through, to question everything. This might be the last time I get to speak to you. It is my job… until I can no longer speak, to ask you to look beyond the surface, to look again, does this make sense… Or is there something more? Is there more to the story? Are you sure? I consider it a privilege to stand here and do this. Approach your task with the same wisdom and the same grace displayed by Polly Sheppard on the witness stand yesterday morning. Ask why Dylann Roof, lost as he is, would do this. »  

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The Complete List of American Cities Where the KKK Is Known to Operate

Alabama

1. Pinson: International Keystone Knights of the KKK

2. Birmingham: Loyal White Knights of the KKK

3. Ashland: United Klans of America 

4. Red Bay: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Arkansas

5. Concord: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

6. Harrison: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

7. Little Rock: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

8. Vanndale: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

9. Harrison: Soldiers Of the Cross Training Institute; Knights Party Veterans League

Colorado

10. Eckert: Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

Florida

11. Fort Myers: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

12. Live Oak: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

13. Cape Coral: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

14. New Smyrna Beach: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

15. Christmas: Fort Christmas Knights Ku Klux Klan

Georgia

16. Rockledge: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

17. Brunswick: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

18. Rochelle: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

19. Byron: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

20. Ellijay: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

21. Blairsville: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

22. Young Harris: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

23. Newnan: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Iowa

24. Ames: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Illinois

25. Chicago: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

26. Eldorado: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

27. Lemont: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

28. Bloomington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Indiana

29. West College Corner: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

30. Elwood: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

31. Monroe City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

32. Kokomo: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

33. Scottsburg: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Kentucky

34. Munfordville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

35. Glens Fork: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

36. Corbin: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Louisiana

37. Slaughter: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

38. Walker: Dixie Rangers Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

39. Converse: Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Maryland

40. Baltimore: Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Michigan

41. Fraser: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

42. Beal City: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

43. Gladwin: Invisible Knights of the Fiery Cross

Missouri 

44. Potosi: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

45. Branson: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Mississippi

46. Petal: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

47. Brookhaven: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

48. Star: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

49: Jackson: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

50. Pearl: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

51. Meridian: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

52. Philadelphia: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

53. Bruce: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

54. Shannon: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

55. Lucedale: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

56. Dumas: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Montana

57. Great Falls: United Klans of America

North Carolina

58. Lenoir: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

59. Benson: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

60. Burlington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

61. Roanoke Rapids: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

62. Pelham: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

63. Eden: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

64. Charlotte: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

65. Durham: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

66. Kings Mountain: Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New Mexico

67. Silver City: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New York

68. Plattsburgh: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Ohio

69. Amelia: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

70. Cleveland: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

71. Dayton: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Mystic Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Oklahoma

72. Shawnee: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

73. Oklahoma City: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

74: Tulsa: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Pennsylvania

75. Beaver Falls: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

76. Oil City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

77. Friedens: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

78. Girardville: East Coast Knights Of The True Invisible Empire

South Carolina

79. Spartanburg: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

80. Abbeville: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Tennessee

81. Woodbury: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

82. Nashville: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

83. Shady Valley: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

84. Memphis: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

85. Johnson City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Texas

89. Pasadena: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

90. Cleveland: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

91. Dallas: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

92. New Braunfels: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

93. Beaumont: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

94. Abilene: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

95. Omaha: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

96. Houston: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

97. Bryan: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

98. Waco: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

99. Lone Oak: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

100. Greensville: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

101. Mt. Pleasant: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

102. Gatesville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

103. Livingston: Lone Wolf Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

104. Longview: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

105. Dallas: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

106. Dekalb: Crusader Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Virginia

107. Abingdon: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

108. Portsmouth: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

109. Staunton: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

West Virginia

110. Hurricane: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

A week after the film was finished I took it to Harlan County to show it to the people there and the Klan hung a goat right by the place where I was going to show it with the initials KKK in its belly. So the screening had to be an armed screening. Miners had to stand around with shotguns to make sure nothing happened. Before that they had called me up to tell me what was happening so I brought a film down called The Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire that was made in 1965. I also brought down Leo Hurwitz’s Native Land, and we showed these from house to house all over Harlan County.
—  Barbara Kopple, director of Harlan County, USA, in an open discussion recorded in The Documentary Conscience by Alan Rosenthal (1980, p. 314)
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My favourite 10 albums of 2013 (in no particular order):

  • Once I Was An Eagle - Laura Marling
  • If You Leave - Daughter
  • AM - Arctic Monkeys
  • Pure Heroine - Lorde
  • Overgrown - James Blake
  • The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars
  • Days Are Gone - HAIM
  • Birthdays - Keaton Henson
  • If You Wait - London Grammar
  • One Breath - Anna Calvi

Honourable mentions:

  • Exile - Hurts
  • Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon - KT Tunstall
  • The Bones of What You Believe - Chvrches
  • Back to Forever - Lissie
  • Don’t Forget Who You Are - Miles Kane
  • Heart of Nowhere - Noah and the Whale
  • Long Way Down - Tom Odell
  • Arc - Everything Everything
  • Sistrionix - Deap Vally 
  • Body Music - AlunaGeorge