millennialau:

Rev Sekou kneeled between protesters and police and prayed, then was thrown into a police vehicle with blood smears all inside of it.

I’ll probably never play 5th Edition, but I find myself wanting the Monster Manual, of all things…

Ello and Consumer Friendly Business Models - stratechery by Ben Thompson

beatonna:

beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.
-Kate

I am reblogging Ducks to send you the link to Todd Korol’s photo series on the Alberta oil sands.  It even comes with a scarecrow.  My sketches are very loose, and suggest things that are bigger, but it is something else to see them, and it is rare for me to see a set of images that evokes the place so clearly.  I think it is a good compliment to getting a bigger picture.  (Link)

that photo series though

beatonna:

beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.

-Kate

I am reblogging Ducks to send you the link to Todd Korol’s photo series on the Alberta oil sands.  It even comes with a scarecrow.  My sketches are very loose, and suggest things that are bigger, but it is something else to see them, and it is rare for me to see a set of images that evokes the place so clearly.  I think it is a good compliment to getting a bigger picture.  (Link)

that photo series though

poker-cards:

jean-grey-o-lantern:

So last night cops arrested 7 protesters, then turned to the rest of the protesters and told them “we’ll release them without bond if you leave (stop protesting)”

They literally turned their own dubiously legal arrests into a hostage situation. They took hostages. Ferguson PD is a terrorist organization and they aren’t even trying to hide that fact any more.

Look at this

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You can donate to protesters’ legal defense and bail here

Disgusting

(Source: twitter.com)

WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?

Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.

Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.

…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.

Forget Shorter Showers: Why Personal Changes Does Not Equal Political Change (via america-wakiewakie)

Also been saying this for years.

We need to stop acting like your average person (I use the US as an example because my primary experience is with that) is responsible for this shit. Like, oh, we could fix all our problems if Average McAverageson from Nowhere, USA would quit taking such long showers, quit driving so much, turned off lights she’s not using and buy only organic, fair-trade stuff she can’t afford when she stops at a grocery store on the way home from her job that doesn’t pay her enough.

I see a lot of very well-intentioned, principled people saying things like “If people only cared where and how their goods were made!” “If people only valued these things more!” “Pollution and climate change is an example of the tragedy of the commons - people are just too selfish to be trusted!”

And they don’t realize that the economic oppression of workers in other places is directly linked to that of workers here, both are locked in and forced to participate. they don’t realize that most people do care, aren’t interested in taking up more of their share of resources, and would make this happen if it were in their power as an individual. Finally, that the “tragedy of the commons” garbage that gets used to encourage capitalistic thinking and discourage people from being social- and community-minded is actually wrong and not an accurate example of how real people behave. that individual use of resources, the same thing that gets touted as the Reason For All Our Problems, is a drop in a bucket compared to corporate use and abuse of these resources.

Maybe someday when we’ve thrown off the corporate yoke and gotten their sticky fingers out of our natural resources, individual choices will make a difference. But right now that’s nothing compared to the real source of the problem.

So, it’s not us. We’re not an irredeemably greedy and awful bunch of people, even though we’ve been taught to value greed and selfishness. We’re all being robbed. It’s just that most of us don’t know it.

(via theiredepartment)

socialjusticekoolaid:

HAPPENING NOW (9.24.14): The situation in Ferguson is escalating quickly. Protests continue, following this morning’s burning of a Mike Brown memorial, and another frustrating Ferguson City Council meeting.Looks like the same “antagonize over de-escalate” tactics are back online. Prayers to all those out in the street of Ferguson right now fighting for their right to exist. #staywoke #farfromover (PT IPT IIPT III)  

Bringing back the dogs, choppers, charging the crowd, attempting to bottleneck protesters into an area, AND live shots possible fired into the crowd… what the ever-living fuck is Ferguson PD trying to do?! We’re a month and a half into this saga, and they still don’t know how to de-escalate a situation. Pray y’all. That might be all we got right now.

thehippiejew:

forsayingyes:

gqgqqt:

so this is a thing

a bunch of moms are making letters+audio recordings of affirming, validating letters to queer/trans* people who don’t get that kind of support from their moms

i would say more about it but

im kind of busy in this puddle of tears on the floor so

In case any of my followers don’t have this kind of support from home…

my mom did this and if you need an honourary mother i promise she would be happy to talk to you

amount i am feelin’ it at work: 0%