Hey tech bloggers, if you buy your kids an iPad as their first piece of electronics and never even try to expose them to video game systems, don’t use the fact that they never heard of Nintendo 3DS to prove that kids don’t like Nintendo anymore in your “Nintendo is doomed” articles.
LOL I just read something in which someone was whining about how they are oppressed and marginalized because they knew they’d face disapproval at the workplace if they admitted in public that they voted yes on Prop 8.
I just thought of when that conservative talk radio host said that we had to stop America from passing health care reform because if that happened according to them "we’d have health care like the UK and that Steven Hawking was lucky to be American because if he was British the socialist UK health care system would have allowed him to die rather than spend the money to prolong his life."
You goddamn idiots.
They really don’t think anyone deserves to be healthy except for people with money, and the idea that “We deserve these privileges because God/Jesus is rewarding us with wealth for our hard work and moral fortitude and poor people are lazy.” often plays into it.
And we did reform the healthcare system, and under those reforms it considers a dental patient “too old” at the age of 20 to have their teeth saved unless they’re able to pay $700 per tooth.
Yeah some aspects of the reforms have allowed a lot of people to get ahead in certain ways, but a lot of us are getting “health insurance” for the first time only to find that the insurance only covers doctor visits, but none of the actual treatments and procedures which are still prohibitively expensive, so its basically useless.
I’m not saying any country’s healthcare system is perfect, anything run either by a government or by purely profit motivated corporations is sure to be problematic, but this caste system we have here in the US where rich people get to be healthy, but for everyone else, people are skipping meals over the course of many months to slowly save up for dental surgery, and keeping all your own teeth is a status symbol is outrageous given all the resources we have here and the lifetime our public education system spend indoctrinating us with the idea that we’re the wealthiest, richest country in the world and that everyone in this country free and equal.
The 26th of January, for most Australians, is a day to drink, sunbake and wear flag emblazoned everything in honour of the day British sovereignty was proclaimed over the eastern coast of Australia in 1788.
For many Australians Australia Day, also known as Invasion Day and Survival Day, marks the anniversary of the start of over 200 years of Indigenous suffering.
Some important tips:
Today is a day of mourning for a lot of people. RESPECT THAT.
When discussing the history of Australia DO NOT refer to Indigenous Australians as ‘Abos’ or ‘Aborigines’ and NEVER USE THE TERM ‘Coon’ or any other offensive slang terms
Think about acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which you stand. Here, you can use these xxx
Peaceful protests, vigils and celebrations that differ from most in that they address the ‘hidden history’ of our nation are not an open invitation for you to abuse people with your ignorant bullshit. Educate yourself.
Not so peaceful protests are also not an excuse. We are still hurting. We are still angry. Today the nation celebrates the anniversary of the start of the destruction of our culture, abuse and degredation and exploitation of our people, near extinguishment of our population, and so much more agony. Allow us this.
Before you start telling people that they 'need to get over it', learn what the ‘it’ is. Let’s start with the basics:
I’m really pissed at the militant “social justice warriors” on Tumblr who while sitting on their hands pretending to be activists decided it was “progressive” to start harassing non-racist white people and campaigning to make them feel guilty for things they have absolutely no control over.
All this did was alienate non-racist white people who weren’t “actively” aware of persistent racism directed at non-whites from actually embracing that this is a problem, but may have been able to listen to a rational voice on the subject.
Instead of saying “hey this is a problem you should be aware of, lets help stop it together” it got to be dominated by a bunch of white preteens screaming “FUCK YOU YOU HORRIBLE WHITE PEOPLE YOU’RE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ANTI-POC RACISM YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR WAGES GARNISHED TO PAY REPARATIONS TO NON WHITE PEOPLE FOR YOUR HATE CRIMES AGAINST THEM BECAUSE ALL WHITES ARE COLLECTIVELY GUILTY.”
So people were like “fuck that noise I’m not racist stop blaming me for crimes I haven’t committed” and shutting out the REAL and LEGITIMATE message that widespread and systematic racism against non-whites is still a problem in the US.
They turned something that should have been constructive and progressive into a bunch of useless internet noise aiming to make people ashamed over facts about themselves they literally have absolutely no control over.
Yes “white privilege” is a thing, but this site has framed and communicated the concept in such a way as to completely defeat the purpose of making unknowing/apathetic white people aware of continuing anti-POC racism by turning an awareness campaign into an attitude of making it fashionable to value certain people over others to artificially “level the playing field” rather than attacking the racism itself.
A lot of racially, economically, and sexually bigoted people have spent a great deal of effort and large sums of money trying to discredit the term “social justice” and place it in the same pool of toxic scare words as “socialism” and the like, but by behaving on the internet in such a manner that many people now casually associate “social justice” with “whiny aggressive loudmouths who hate white/straight/thin/non-poor” people, a lot of people proclaiming themselves has “warriors” of this cause have done a lot more damage in the reputation of social justice in the past couple of years than some of these large monied interests have in the last decade.
As both a furry and an otherkin the connection between the communities with zoophiles seriously bothers me. Of the furries and otherkin I know of, a very small percentage of them are zoophiles, but of the zoophiles* I know of, nearly all of them are furries and/or otherkin. Even within the non-zoo/non-practicing zoo furries and otherkin, I see more support of it than I do in people outside these groups.
I have a feeling this has to do with a distorted sense of ‘acceptance’ and ‘community’, the idea that we must tolerate everyone just because we’re all in the same subculture. There’s no understanding and little tolerance for the idea that part of a healthy community is removal/shunning of harmful members.
On top of that, in some otherkin circles I’ve seen a lot of unhealthy anthropomorphization of animals, beliefs that being otherkin means you can communicate with animals, and even rationalizations that the existence of otherkin somehow makes animal consent possible.
do you have a price you'd offer for icons's to use on forums and stuff or is the deal just to ask for a full body digital sticker and just go ahead and crop the characters's head as you wish? thanks & good bye!PS these are good prices im not complaining about you're prices just asking to clarify things.
Hrm, see I haven’t really drawn icons before, but what I’ll probably do is open limited runs of them for like, 15 bucks or something? And post them as a batch. If people are interested in something like that, lemme know so I can get a headcount of who’d be interested.
With comic commissions, how much setup should we have for you? Like a general idea per page, panel by panel, or more details? I am tempted for one, but need to work out the actual story first; mostly I'm preemptively curious.
Usually a general idea works. Like you could tell me that a page takes place in a haunted mansion and that will be fine. You would need to let me know about any plot specific items in the scene that would be needed as well, like something a character wants to drink ect ect. You CAN do panel by panel description, but usually a script and a general page description is fine if you don’t want to write one. You can choose to trust me with the layout if you don’t want to write a lot of stuff. A script is a must though, because I don’t know how your characters talk!
I also ALWAYS submit a layout and sketch for approval before I do anything else. So you do get a chance to offer feedback and tweaking before anything gets set in stone and I move to inks and color.
A general example of what is good to submit to me is this.
The page takes place in a GHOST DINER. The location will be typical of a 50’s American Diner. Just full of ghosts. The ghosts should be dressed in 50’s era clothing and going about their business. Mr.Wiggly would have stepped inside the diner in the first panel and would be shocked at what he see’s. Mr.Wiggly is a latino man (ref here or written ref) in a dog costume.
Mr.Wiggly: Egads! Ghosts!
A ghost greaser should approach him after he is inside the diner itself. The greaser is named Lil’ Mic and is dressed like the Fonz.
Lil’ Mic: Ey man what’s your deelio?
Mr.Wiggly: I shouldn’t be here! Why am I here! I was promised a reward if I solved the 7 riddles! Was I….
Mr.Wiggly should get an EXTREME closeup as he says this
Mr.Wiggy: RIDDLED with FAILURE?!?!?!!?!?!
This would be better full paneled. Lil’ Mac looks at Wiggly.
Lil’ Mic: Looks like you didn’t stand…a GHOST of a chance!
A pair of sunglasses will descend from the ceiling to land on Lil’ Mics face over 3 or so panels. The last panel is just the word YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH in creepy Tales of the Crypt type font.
End page 1.
In short, if you want specific things to be seen, or angles or camera shots or layouts or anything like that, you can just tell me and I’ll do my best to make it happen!
Regarding that "slimmer US engine" (the LMS Ivatt Class 4), I'm sure if you were to put a North American style headlight, and a North American pilot and coupler on it, she'd pass quite well for a US locomotive (or at the very least, an Aussie one). Just sayin'...
Yeah but nothing would complete the look like those smokebox door fasteners we used over here. :p
Lol im at work and a white lady in a wheelchair who dropped her purchases and politely declined help from me when i went to see if she was okay, but immediately accepted help from a passing white customer.
Im not even upset THIS kind of stuff where no one directly insults or threatens me is just something I joke about at this point in my life.
See I’m white as all hell. I grew up in a little bubble in the country where there was only one black kid, because he was adopted and thus ‘one of the good ones’(shudder). The whole town is apocalyptic ‘we need to prepare for the race war’ style paranoid, with hidden gun nests and stockpiling ammunition in basements. One single cop would drive down the road every Sunday and ask my brother and If we were studying hard and to pay attention in church.
Now in all rights I should have fallen into the trap of that environment and become disgustingly racist, but luckily I got to escape that and go to a boarding school where I got exposed to a lot of different people. Oh man, my eyes were opened once I met young black and latino kids from places like New York city and Philly and they told me what it was really like. Way too many of them were threatened by or have had family members killed by cops. One of my good friends nearly got shot when a cop opened fire on a suspect with no regard for civilian safety, as the bullet went through a window in a car she was sitting in and missed her by inches. The cop didn’t care, why -should- he! There was BROWN people around! (retch)
It made me think back to that cop that would drive up every Sunday and a looked at it with news eyes. What if I was black? Would he have been so kindly? Probably not. The only thing he cared about was my skin color. If I were black he would have probably found some reason or another to harass me and I know it.
I was lucky to spend most of my life in that school, even though it had severe and horrible problems. I was exposed to and made so many different friends. I could ask questions and listen to other people’s experiences. I learned about how horrible the world is to anyone not white and my eyes were opened. It got to a point I’d look at one of my friends going home of the holidays back to Philly and I would get scared, because because they are black, there was no guarantee they would come back unless it was a headline in a newspaper about yet another cop killing another black child. I learned to distrust cops, because I know they’d put on a little mask for someone like me, but become something evil and horrifying to innocent POC.
One of my dear friends lives in New York and gets constantly harassed by the police because he has really lovely long dreadlockish braids. Apparently, having really nice hair and being black is enough to be harassed and looked at with suspicion. My boyfriend is black and now I find myself worrying if he’ll come home safe when he goes out somewhere. People should not have to worry about the people they love getting killed by cops and never coming home again. Again this isn’t a new problem, police in PA have supported the KKK before and will do so again. Police have been killing people for a long time, it’s just now harder to hide in the age of digital media where cops can be filmed and photographed easier than say the 60’s during the Civil Rights marches.
What I’m saying is that I’m white. I will never EVER experience life like a Black or other POC people in this country. But being white means that I need to shut up and listen to other people, read, be vigilant. I no longer talk to my family because they made it clear that they would probably injure me for ‘daring’ to date and love someone who’s black. And want to raise children with him! Oh no! But that doesn’t compare at all to how hard POC have, not even close. Is it weird at all for me to just be like ‘MAN, FUCK WHITE PEOPLE’ sometimes? Because it’s to me like they are refusing to open their eyes and see through the rainbow magic land they see America through, and see what really lies beyond.
I just want to say that I love my friends and I’m grateful I got the opportunity to know and grow to be a well rounded person and man I just wish people would open their goddamn eyes and stop supporting murdering cops and see racism for what it is.
I have absolutely no faith that Mike Brown's murderer will go to prison.
I’m honestly just too used to this being a routine occurrence to expect anything different without feeling foolishly optimistic.
If things go REALLY well maybe the killer will get fired from the police force AND the witness who was with Mike Brown during the shooting will be acquitted of the armed robbery accusations and won’t end up going to jail.