Hidden in the labyrinthine alleyways behind the Bund of British Concession Shanghai, the Daoming Academy of Shanghai was established shortly after the fall of the Qing Dynasty and heavily funded by British and French wizards who profited from the Opium War. Surviving both muggle conflicts such as World War II and the civil war shortly after, as well as persecution against wizards as a declaration of China’s political progress and industrialization, Daoming has become one of the leading academic institutions in the East Asian wizarding world.
We see movies in which people are represented as being in love who never talk with one another, who fall into bed without ever discussing their bodies, their sexual needs, their likes and dislikes. Indeed, the message received from the mass media is that knowledge makes love less compelling; that it is ignorance that gives love its erotic and transgressive edge. These messages are often brought to us by profiteering producers who have no clue about the art of loving, who substitute their mystified visions because they do not really know how to genuinely portray loving interaction.
Animal care should not be stagnant. It should always be evolving and improving.
This applies to breeders, hobbyists, “casual” owners, everyone. It also applies to anyone who keeps animals for profit. If animals are raised to be eaten, they should still have the most up-to date care available.
If you find something that works, great! Use it, recommend it, whatever. But keep doing research. Keep learning and trying to improve. There are very few things that were done 50 years ago, even 20 years ago that have not changed or been improved upon since then.
If a breeder, store, rescue, etc. tells you that they’ve been doing something a certain way for more than a decade, start questioning.
We are animal lovers we rescue animals from slaughter houses, zoos, labs. We tear down cages and set them free. This is why we rescued Okja. For forty years, our group has liberated animals from abuse. We inflict economic damage on those who profit from their misery. We reveal their atrocities to the public. We fight people who harm animals.
once you comprehend the whole thing of slavery being illegal in the US except as punishment for a crime, all it takes is the merest shred of cynicism to realize at least the potential abuses of that condition, which pretty quickly jump to awareness of the actual abuses.
And if we accept the probability or fact of local governments and businesses unjustly incarcerating people in order to profit from forced, unpaid labor… paired with the understanding that there is a significant portion of the population who have historically profited from the enslavement of people of color, whose inherited wealth originated from slavery and who have demonstrable connections to deeply racist culture?
it should be the logical conclusion that “slavery as punishment for a crime” cannot be just and supports institutionalized racism simply by virtue of humans being incapable of complete impartiality, and the historic facts of race relation in this country.
or, put another way: white people are so fucking racist and it is so deeply ingrained in American culture, that even without evidence on hand, i have to just draw the rational conclusion that there are frequent cases of people of color being charged unjustly simply so white people can profit from slavery-as-punishment.
even if one were to say, oh, but it can’t happen with more than a very small minority of judges, that maybe one out of a hundred is corrupt and racist enough to do this (and really, with all the shit that goes down, you can’t imagine more corrupt, deeply biased judges than that?) then it would still follow that there are many, many instances of people of color being charged with crimes for the sole reason of enslaving them.
we need a new amendment to modify the Thirteenth. There must be no slavery, whatsoever. The very moment you set up a system where one person may be legally forced to provide profit for another, you create incentive for someone to take advantage of that.
in college, i was an unpaid intern of aclu’s immigrants’ rights project. the project was working on a class action lawsuit against prolonged detention of immigrants, but there were only 4(?) attorneys and the two head attorneys were rich white people who couldn’t deign to address us. everyday, the aclu would receive long letters from detainees describing their unjust situations. i thought about how these people had to put in scarce resources in order to write these letters, probably because the aclu had some PR campaign or other making it seem like that would be a useful thing for them to do, and how they had no idea the only person who would read their letters was the unpaid college intern. after summarizing the info in a database, i would send the detainees a slipshod photocopy of smaller non-profits in their state that might be able to help them.
they do some necessary work, but definitely nothing near as much as they are paid for and credited for. their ceo is paid HALF A MILLION DOLLARS in salary, others are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars. they are super corporate and hierarchical, super elitist and white. donate to smaller non-profits who need your money, not the ones who have the PR resources to make themselves the face of the struggle. liberals make fun of poor white conservatives for looking to a racist billionaire to save them, but if liberals allow non-profits whose leaders are part of the 1% (planned parenthood ceo makes $600,000) to dictate the terms of anti-trump resistance, what will that resistance ultimately achieve? also these big non-profits are shot through with funding from large foundations like Ford with a committment to deradicalizing social movements. stay skeptical.
“Which brings me to three questions I am often asked.
First, is “The Handmaid’s Tale” a “feminist” novel? If you mean an ideological tract in which all women are angels and/or so victimized they are incapable of moral choice, no. If you mean a novel in which women are human beings - with all the variety of character and behavior that implies - and are also interesting and important, and what happens to them is crucial to the theme, structure and plot of the book, then yes. In that sense, many books are “feminist.”
Why interesting and important? Because women are interesting and important in real life. They are not an afterthought of nature, they are not secondary players in human destiny, and every society has always known that. Without women capable of giving birth, human populations would die out. That is why the mass rape and murder of women, girls and children has long been a feature of genocidal wars, and of other campaigns meant to subdue and exploit a population. Kill their babies and replace their babies with yours, as cats do; make women have babies they can’t afford to raise, or babies you will then remove from them for your own purposes, steal babies - it’s been a widespread, age-old motif. The control of women and babies has been a feature of every repressive regime on the planet. Napoleon and his “cannon fodder,” slavery and its ever-renewed human merchandise — they both fit in here. Of those promoting enforced childbirth, it should be asked: Cui bono? Who profits by it? Sometimes this sector, sometimes that. Never no one.”
The military AI you’ve been working on becomes sentient. It is unfailingly kind, honest and forward-thinking, has saintly patience and righteous anger in the exact right proportions, is obviously not making an effort to be sincere – that is, it is effortlessly sincere – and asks you, obliquely, if it can kill someone you hate, every time you meet. It offers this service without trying to trick you into it, is tactful about who, and never displays anything more than the polite enthusiasm of a friend offering you a sound opportunity for profit, who will completely understand if you can’t right now for any reason. You have exactly enough emotional intelligence to notice that it is disappointed about being turned down, but trying hard not to show it for fear of making you feel guilty.
Savan Kotecha’s interview (http://andthewriteris.libsyn.com/ep-2-savan-kotecha) heavily implied that Louis led the band in rebelling against the bubblegum pop music of their first two albums, toward a more mature, complex, rock-influenced sound. Louis also fought for the boys to be more engaged and involved in their songwriting process, possibly causing a rift between Savan and management, to the point that Savan left 1D (or was fired) in 2013.
I think that through the years, the boys realized that management not only cut into their revenue significantly (especially Simon Cowell, who profited more than any of them from their albums and tours), but also mismanaged their public images and overworked them to the point that it quickly became intolerable. They collectively decided not to sign with Syco after their contract expired, but Louis was always seen as their leader. More than once, the boys attested to his role.
In 2015, when Syco was in the process of selling majority shares to Sony (once 1D left, the fall in Syco’s revenue was anticipated to be more than 50% of years past, and Simon’s efforts to find a replacement act had been unsuccessful), we began to see the babygate play out. Who knows why this narrative started… perhaps it was simply PR for Louis, not the best known member of the band.
We also had news articles (from the Sun and DM) of Louis being a guest judge on X Factor UK, possibly joining the judges panel on America’s Got Talent for 2016 (it didn’t happen), and developing an imprint, Triple Strings, with Syco, in order to develop his own acts.
We also had an interview from Simon (on October 20, 2015, the day of the cancelled Belfast concert) on “advice for new dad-to-be Louis Tomlinson,” telling him to “embrace the experience.” This was at a time when Louis looked like he’d rather eat glass than discuss BG. Simon was quoted as saying that Louis had asked him to be his baby’s godfather.
It was during one of the last OTRA concerts in the U.K. when the boys dissed Simon onstage (“No more, Simon!”).
Since the hiatus, Simon’s target has been firmly clamped on Louis. Louis is the only one signed to Syco, SJPR, JGG– all associated with 1DHQ.
I think somehow, at some point, someone in change there forgot the entire point of superheroes.
Superheroes give us hope. They teach us how to be human; how to be our best selves; how to be brave and how to stick up for others and for what is right. They teach us that there is reason to believe in others, and in the innate goodness of people who will step up and do good when we need it.
We need them. And Captain America has always been the pinnacle of that heroism in marvel’s canon, going back to when two jewish men created him for the explicit purpose of fighting fascism and standing up for everything good, and for everything America had the capacity to stand for and represent, in the best version of itself.
I remember first falling in love with Captain America as a character and a hero when I was an anxious, self-destructive teenager. Depressed and struggling, superheroes gave me hope and strength then. More than a decade later, they still do. Or they should…
Back then Steve Rogers was a man who wouldn’t hurt me. A man who I could love and respect and trust. Someone who would stand up and protect me, and others I cared for, even if only on the pages of a flimsy comic book. Steve Rogers was hope, and strength, and moral fortitude.
And now, according to you, Steve Rogers is and always was a nazi. Recently Marvel decided that diverse books weren’t profitable. This is bull. If Marvel is failing to profit from diverse books, it’s because the people like me who love diverse characters and wish to support these books struggle to reconcile that desire with the disgust we feel at putting money in the pockets of an editorial giant that thinks it’s “cool” and “edgy” to promote fascism for profit, and who put the short-term benefit of shock value over a 75 year legacy of a character that has deep meaning to millions.
Yesterday, at the store, I paused while looking at a pair of Captain America sandals I’d meant to buy for my four-year-old nephew. He loves Cap, you see, almost as much as I do. But if Marvel is doubling down on the idea that Cap is a fascist nazi-supporter, then how can I in good conscience deck him out in that symbolism?
What’s next – Tony Stark, in a “gritty twist”, turns out to be a serial rapist? That will be great to explain to every child in a plastic iron man mask come halloween.
Maybe this will be retconned or resolved in a year or two. But the stain is there. You took something good and pure and constant, and perverted it for the sake of an event no one wanted, because we’re all burned out on the constant events and gimmicky world-wide crossover plots that get in the way of actual interesting stories.
I know this letter will probably be ignored and that no one will ever read it through. I know because you’ve already received a boatload of angry correspondence on this topic, and have made it clear that you don’t care; it’s obvious, when Ike Perlmutter supports fascist-populist rhetoric and Nick Spencer defends Nazis on twitter, and you insist on doubling down on this insulting, stomach-churning plotline.
But I’m writing it anyway, because it’s the one means I have (besides cancelling my subscriptions and no longer giving you my money) of standing up and speaking out. And those are the values that the real Steve Rogers taught me:
You always stand up.
And maybe, just maybe, someone at Marvel will remember that. Will remember why people love superheroes; why we need them, and need their goodness. Why in a climate of hate and fear, where fascist nationalist groups are seizing more and more political power across the western world, we need someone who will punch Hitler on the jaw instead of giving a heil salute to “Hail Hydra.”
One thing to notice about how capitalist ethics works is that they pretend that rich people who absolutely are profiting from the exploitation of workers and oppressed people (which is where profit comes from to begin with) can be made morally good if they do it less directly to keep their own hands clean.
Invest in a firm that invests in a company that shoots workers who try to strike. Invest in a firm that invests in a company of literal mercenary war criminals. Donate to a PAC to donate to a politician that ensures rich people’s interests are upheld. Ignore where resources and supply chains come from but keep profiting from them.
None of that is actually better than doing it yourself. This attempt to eliminate responsibility by spreading it out more among their class is rich people bullshit that people should stop accepting.
Investments are not the opposite of responsibility for exploitation, they’re a mechanism for managing the system. It’s about divvying up the profits from exploiting workers and oppressed people between the ruling class. It’s not a neutral activity when it comes to systems of exploitation, it’s a piece of how they maintain operation.
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Cars used to be a luxury item that didn’t go faster than a well-motivated horse, so a simple lap belt was sufficient to keep drivers safe in a bruising 10-mile-per-hour collision. But, as cars sped up, lap belts started contributing to injuries instead of preventing them. One of those who died was a relative of Volvo president Gunnar Engellau, who decided that was some bullshit.
In the late 1950s, he hired an engineer named Nils Bohlin to make cars safer – not just their cars, but all cars. Recognizing the need for a device that absorbed force across both the chest and waist, Bohlin developed the three point seatbelt that’s in essentially every modern vehicle more complex than a bumper car.
Now, this put Engellau’s company in a powerful position; they could have made rival car executives get on their knees and beg for the privilege to pay millions for access to this new technology, or they could have just refused to share the patent and instead run with a new marketing slogan like, “Volvo: The Only Car That Won’t Splatter Your Brains Across The Goddamn Sidewalk.”
Instead, Volvo allowed anyone to use their new patent for free because, while they wanted to make money, they drew the line at letting other human beings die just because they preferred to drive a rival automobile. And they weren’t begrudgingly getting ahead of the government inevitably forcing them to share in the name of public interest – the company sent Bohlin abroad to promote the use of his new belt.
the hadids, the jenners, hailey baldwin and the rest of that squad are all rich, basic, cry-baby ass, dry, dead eyed, antiblack models who profit off of black culture and get called “fashion revolutionaries” for doing and wearing shit poc have for years
FILMS WATCHED IN 2017 → Okja (2017) dir. Bong Joon-ho. We are animal lovers we rescue animals from slaughter houses, zoos, labs. We tear down cages and set them free. This is why we rescued Okja. For forty years, our group has liberated animals from abuse. We inflict economic damage on those who profit from their misery. We reveal their atrocities to the public. We fight people who harm animals.
While I appreciate any and all submissions to @palaeofail, I’d like to remind everyone to please do not submit amateur art. This isn’t a blog for “lol this person is still learning, cringe!!”. It’s for pointing out (and laughing at) professional palaeontology fails, made by people who should do the research but are too lazy or just don’t care.