Reinhold Hanning, a former guard, said during the trial he was ashamed that he was aware Jews were being killed but did nothing to try to stop it.
In his two and a half years at Auschwitz, where he was zealous enough to earn two promotions, he was a cog in the wheel of torture, ensuring Jews were gassed, or worked to death or starved on 300 calories a day.
hey like, if you happen to do something abusive because of your mental illness
you still gotta apologize for it????
you still have to accept responsibility???
you can’t expect the people around you to just suck it up when you hurt them because you’re mentally ill.
spiraling further and self-deprecation/calling urself a monster also isn’t an apology. an apology does not involve another person comforting you for your harmful actions.
same with claiming that you are a failure and are doomed to never change or improve. Apology should not involve the other person comforting you and rooting for you, and essentially being your cheerleader.
Same if you claim that not doing abusive things to someone repeatedly is “so hard” while also refusing to examine your behavior, to create a plan of action to help you cope with your mental illness in a healthy way, or by refusing to seek help in any shape or form. Twice as bad if you expect the person you abused to be your mental health therapist/processor.
According to a Pew Research Center report released Monday that analyzed the Republican candidate’s chances of winning the general election in November, the only thing currently standing between Donald Trump and the presidency is the nation that made him a billionaire celebrity. “We are looking at an extremely tight race for the White House that will ultimately come down to the preferences of an electorate that has enabled Trump to amass an incredible fortune and maintain a prominent place in the national spotlight for over 30 years,” said lead researcher Moira Larson, explaining that the lone remaining obstacle to Trump becoming commander-in-chief was securing enough support from voters who routinely read multiple articles about him every single day and tune in to his every televised appearance just to see him speak.
Look at me. Look me in the eye. On November the 8th, 2016, one of two things will happen: Hillary Clinton will become president, or Donald Trump will become president. These are the only two possibilities. The superdelegates aren’t going to switch. An indictment isn’t coming. There is no third possibility. There is no space between the spaces where you can hide. Every vote for Donald Trump requires two Hilary Clinton votes to overcome. A Hillary Clinton vote can only be overcome by two Donald Trump votes. If you stay home, a Donald Trump vote doubles its power. This is the real, actual reality of the situation. There is not one other option.
And there’s no ctrl-alt-del for the election. Read up on 2000 if you doubt this.
And to those of us who supported Bernie, he WANTS you to vote for Hillary. If you believe in him and his mission you will follow his advice. He knows that writing his name in, or voting for anyone else besides Clinton, is effectively voting for Trump.
Refusing to vote for Hillary is a vote for Trump, no matter how much you scream and say how it’s not. And if you’re standing by to do nothing in regards to taking down Trump, then you ARE grouped along with the rest of the people in this country that ruin things for everybody else.
No, seriously, go read about the presidential election in 2000.
If you weren’t old enough to remember and/or understand the ramifications of the 2000 election, I WILL TELL YOU.
Do not let Trump win. Please. I beg you. I went to grad school with people who voted for Nader in 2000 and my FB feed is full of them begging others not to make the same mistake they did. Bernie has his priorities straight, and the priority is stopping Trump.
And if that doesn’t do it for you, this is the Republican platform 2016. It calls for:
The other ghostbusters are scientists, right? They’re there because Science!, or maybe in Holtzmann’s case because Boom!. Basically all the plot has to do for Abby and Erin is dangle the chance to do real, replicable science in front of them while removing any excuse to drag their feet. So tangible ghost + fucking fired = done.
But Patty’s not a scientist. Patty’s got a decent job, even if it’s obviously not what she wanted out of life. Patty’s motivation appears to be that she’s basically just a good person and responsible citizen? I mean, obviously she wants some excitement, and to feel like she’s making a real difference, but seriously.
We first see her stuck in her little booth, trying to be cheerful and positive at commuters who appear largely indifferent, until one guy comes along who’s clearly having some sort of mental health crisis. She stays pretty cheerful, she’s kind to him, and then she gets out of her booth and goes looking for him when he disappears and she reasonably assumes he’s in trouble.
Like, she could very easily have called it in and washed her hands of the situation. It’s not her fault/problem that maybe the transit cops won’t get there in time to help if this guy’s suicidal or delusional. I’m pretty sure people doing her job aren’t even supposed to leave their booths on-shift. But no, she gets out and goes after this bro just in case.
And meets a ghost. A terrifying ghost. Who scares the dick out of her.
I mean, what happens in the Aldrich Mansion? The tour guide tells his boss, who goes to Erin. Then they stay as far as possible from the scene while the women investigate. Patty goes herself, on her own time. Maybe her bosses didn’t believe her, maybe she knew she’d be dismissed and didn’t bother trying to explain what she saw, but she knows something’s up, and she takes it on herself to do something about it. And then she goes back to the scene of the haunting with them, to see what happens.
Every time they turn around, she’s handing them useful facts and history about the sites they’re investigating. Her interest in the city is keen and backed up by extensive knowledge. Hell, when she runs into something that shouldn’t be happening and she can’t explain, the first thing she does is head for the likeliest source of expertise to learn about it. She’s excited by it–it’s scary and maybe dangerous, but it’s new and interesting and she wants to figure it out.
Like, Abby might want recognition on top of that, and Erin so desperately wants to be believed that she risks the scientific mission for a shot at it, but Patty just wants to fucking know.
And she feels a genuine duty to help, too.
She might not be able to build a ghost-blasting plasma-cannon, but she
notices when a teammate’s mood is in the toilet and takes steps to
address it. She knows the ghost-booster isn’t supposed to be in her
subway, and that this is important. When things get ridiculously dangerous, and city hall’s smearing their names in the press, and she’s still not getting fucking paid for this, she never even looks tempted to say fuck this shit and go home. Her little monologue about going back to her booth is more to soothe/trick the ghost standing on her fucking shoulders than sincere.
Patty’s first instinct is to pool resources, and look after people, and encourage everyone to bring what they’ve got to the table. She might be disappointed or angry when nobody meets her halfway–the concert crowd drops her, and nobody acknowledges her compliments when she’s in her booth–but it doesn’t stop her from bringing her A-game. When the squad rolls out to save the world, it’s wearing her uniform and driving her car.
Just Patty Tolan, everybody.
All of this is perfect.
Also, it’s really important that Patty constantly acknowledges how terrified she is during everything that happens in the movie, but she still keeps going and she still fights the ghosts.
Unlike the rest of the group, she isn’t used to paranormal activity, she hasn’t been waiting for years to prove all of this ghost stuff true, and everything about it scares the shit out of her, but she never lets her fear stop her from helping people. She goes after Rowan because she’s worried about him, she slaps the ghost out of Abby and saves Holtzmann from falling out the window despite being absolutely terrified, and she squares off against ghost!Rowan to save Kevin because she cares about him, she cares about keeping people safe. Even when she wasn’t a Ghostbuster, she cared about keeping people safe.
Patty Tolan is a bona fide hero.
In the previews, when we heard Patty say, “I know New York,” I thought they were referring to the all-too-typical “street smarts.” Instead, in the film, her very next line of dialogue is, “I read a lot of nonfiction.” She’s an armchair historian of the city and a damned good one, who’s able to instantly identify the site of a centuries-old massacre. Nor do the other characters (or the script) find her encyclopedic knowledge surprising in the least, or ever doubt her say-so. Patty’s not a scientist, no, but she’s still portrayed as every bit as intelligent, curious and educated as the others.
To think that you are gone, over the crest of the hills,
As the Moon passed from her fullness, riding the sky,
And the White Mare took you with her.
To think that we will wait another life
To drink the wine from the horns and leap the fire.
Farewell from this world, but not from the Circle.
That place that is between the worlds
Shall hold return in due time. Nothing is lost.
The half of a fruit from the tree of Avalon
Shall be our reminder, among the fallen leaves
This life treads underfoot. Let the rain weep.
Waken in sunlight from the Realms of Sleep.
“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’
‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.
‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’
‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’
‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” ― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
The Republican platform committee met this week to draft the document
that defines the party’s official principles and policies. Along with
provisions on pornography and LGBT “conversion therapy” is an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands.
The inclusion of this provision in the Republican Party’s platform
reflects the growing influence of and ideological alliance between
several anti-park members
of the GOP and anti-government extremists, led by Cliven Bundy, who
dispute the federal government’s authority over national public lands.
“Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing a
timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey
certain federally controlled public lands to the states,” reads the
adopted language. “We call upon all national and state leaders and
representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the
transfer of those lands identified.”
The provision calls for an immediate full-scale disposal of “certain”
public lands, without defining which lands it would apply to, leaving
national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and national forests
apparently up for grabs and vulnerable to development, privatization,
or transfer to state ownership.
You do realize that “certain” federally controlled public lands would also include Native American reservations. Here’s an excerpt from the Department of the Interior about this:
In the United States there are three types of reserved federal lands: military, public, and Indian. A federal Indian reservation is an area of land reserved for a tribe or tribes under treaty or other agreement with the United States, executive order, or federal statute or administrative action as permanent tribal homelands, and where the federal government holds title to the land in trust on behalf of the tribe.
Approximately 56.2 million acres are held in trust by the United States for various Indian tribes and individuals. There are approximately 326 Indian land areas in the U.S. administered as federal Indian reservations (i.e., reservations, pueblos, rancherias, missions, villages, communities, etc.). The largest is the 16 million-acre Navajo Nation Reservation located in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The smallest is a 1.32-acre parcel in California where the Pit River Tribe’s cemetery is located. Many of the smaller reservations are less than 1,000 acres.
Some reservations are the remnants of a tribe’s original land base. Others were created by the federal government for the resettling of Indian people forcibly relocated from their homelands. Not every federally recognized tribe has a reservation. Federal Indian reservations are generally exempt from state jurisdiction, including taxation, except when Congress specifically authorizes such jurisdiction.
It’s all well and good to claim that the GOP are trying to destroy the environment. But they are also after the few lands left in control of the Native American peoples. This would give them the authority to put oil pipelines through sacred tribal sites and continue the systematic desecration of the native cultures. And we KNOW this is what they want to do. And not just in the midwest, all over the country through a bunch of different reservations. Have some links about that (x, x, x)
This isn’t just about the environment. This is racism and greed and the continued destruction of the native peoples’ lives and cultures.
This is straight up retaliation for Natives block highly destructive oil pipelines across sacred and important lands. This is fucking Republicans sucking the infected rod of the oil companies that line their wallets.
It takes some sort of privilege to sit back and not vote in November just because Bernie can’t run. Get that ‘Bernie or Bust’ foolishness out of my face. Your silence is a vote for Trump. Your silence is hurting people. Unify the Party. Vote Hillary.
Voting for anyone other than Hillary Clinton in this years presidential election is the decision of a FOOL
Hillary is the ONLY correct choice for anyone with half a brain in there head to cast their vote for this year she is literally the ONLY candidate who stands a chance of becoming president who would actually be a decent president
Do not choose not to vote
And do not vote for a third party
VOTE FOR HILLARY
And keep Trump OUT of the White House
Not voting for
Hillary Clinton isn’t a sign of privilege. It isn’t betraying the party. It
isn’t hurting the people.
And arguments like
that are the voice of authoritarianism and group think, an appeal to fear that
paints Trump as the boogeyman so that you can ignore the voices of those of us
pointing out that Hillary might be similarly bad as a president. Authoritarian
traits are really common in politics but the only side that feels comfortable
embracing them are the Republicans, so please bear in mind that the liberal
side of the discussion is just as vulnerable to them. Only Democrats don’t want
to admit that because reasons.
For some of us,
Hillary Clinton is also a terrible choice, and it doesn’t matter how much
Clinton supporters stamp their feet and ask me to be afraid of Trump, it
doesn’t change Clinton’s record and the harm she’s done already. She’s a danger
to some of the most vulnerable populations and the only argument I ever hear
about supporting her is about how we need to fear Trump so much that we should
ignore what she’s done in the past.
Please don’t engage
in bullying and fearmongering if you’re going to support Clinton.
don’t let anyone tell you that it’s a bad thing to feel things deeply. a full heart is a strong heart and being soft doesn’t make you weak. being soft and loving makes you radiant. you deserve all of the love in the world and so many good things.
Mick Jagger, 72, is having a kid, his 8th, with his 29 year old girlfriend, who is 16 years younger than his oldest child, which is 45. But two moms or two dads is too difficult to explain to a seven year old.
“Well, when I was nine years old, Star Trek came on, I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, ‘Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!’ I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.”
Okay I’m only gonna say this once and preface this with the fact that I am Eyak and I probably do not want to hear your opinion on the Pharah skins Raindancer/Thunderbird. This is a really soul baring post so I’m not so sure about people reblogging it, if you do just try to be respective and remember this isn’t a go-ahead to go and appropriate all native cultures.
They’re pretty damn clearly based on Pacific Northwest tribal cultures. The ones I can pick out being Eyak/Tlingit/Haida/Tsimshian, but we often get grouped together so that doesn’t surprise me. There are many more, but I don’t claim familiarity with all tribes and I can’t say if their art styles and myths were used.
For your comparison a little sample of the tribe’s artistic styles just to get the point across:
And I really have to get something off my chest people. I don’t have a problem with these skins, in fact I adore them. Please just chill with me for a second while I explain.
The biggest issue I see here is people (who usually arn’t ndn, let alone from pac nw tribes) yelling about cultural appropriation. Which good! I’m glad people are on guard for it! But it’s entirely possible that Pharah’s father was Eyak/Tlingit/Haida/Tsimshian or from another closely related Pacific Northwest tribe, so we can’t really call that yet. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was.
Most importantly, speaking as an Eyak. Which is all I can do despite Tlingit/Haida/Tsimshian being so closely related, our tribe’s relationship with cultural appropriation is uh, not exactly the norm.
The last Eyak fluent speaker died in 2008, her name was Chief Marie Smith Jones and she was also the last full-blooded Eyak on Earth. The very last. Please appropriate Eyak culture. It’s the only way it’s going to survive. There’s less than 500 of us remaining, and we’re scattered more and more every year. Families I grew up with in Alaska converted to Catholicism. The military took my family across the globe and left us an entire continent away. The language I learned at the dinner table in 1998 now almost exclusively exists on those cassette tapes my white father recorded that night and in reconstructive attempts from a French academic that studied our language from halfway across the globe.
It sucks shit guys, it really does.
When I first saw the Thunderbird skin I cried, I cried for an hour. Because Overwatch is huge. It will live on for years if not decades. And there’s Pharah with her hair in braids I haven’t seen my mother wear in over a decade. Wearing the colors that remind me of a home I no longer have. Embodying a mythic figure that I trusted to protect me during Y2K and sought out constellations in the sky for.
So before you spew vitriol about how racist it is that they did that. Just kind of chill out and think about different perspectives for a moment. If you really want to help us? Consider taking a poke about http://www.eyakpeople.com/ and taking a look at our language revitalization project! It’s pretty fun and you could even learn a language out of it.
At the risk of taking Gingrich’s nonsense seriously, just imagine for a moment what translating his proposal into action would mean. The government would round up 3.3 million American Muslims, then “test” them to see “if they believe in Sharia,” a notion about which Gingrich doesn’t have the remotest clue. Sharia is the Arabic word for “law”; there’s no guidebook of official Sharia, and Islamic scholars have a multitude of ideas about how Koranic ideas could or should be translated into civil rules. But even if there were, Gingrich is literally proposing to prosecute thought crimes, as well as jettisoning the First Amendment to throw people in jail for visiting certain web sites. And where is he going to “deport” the Americans whom he decides believe in Sharia to?
Frankly, I think we need to ask just how Newt Gingrich got radicalized, and what caused him to reject the values of the country that gave him so much. Was it some radical cleric who did this to him? Is there a church somewhere in Georgia we need to be monitoring?
There’s a very old graveyard next to my uncle’s house that happens to have (apparently rare?) Pokémon. As caretaker of the lot, which has a LOT of cool texas history associated with it, he doesn’t see a ton of people come visit because it’s out in the middle of nowhere.
But recently, there’s been truckloads of college kids, teens, families, and grandparents all coming by to catch Pokémon. Some just pass through, but many accept his offer of a Coke and a lawn chair to sit and talk for a while. Once pokémon have been successfully acquired, he starts to tell them the cool history of the area, and the visitors are fascinated.
People have sent him emails and called him later, asking for more details and doing their own research on the battles fought there and the people who died. There’s now a Facebook page about it? It’s a thing-catch pokémon but more importantly ask the caretaker about Texas blood feuds.
And like, you see so much negativity about how games distract and people are mindless drones because of them. But a video game brought dozens and dozens of people to my uncle’s plot and gave him an audience of interested listeners who are taking that knowledge back to their own communities and spreading the word to come visit.
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://happyds.tumblr.com/post/147367596154/if-amethyst-wasnt-over-cooked-do-you-think">happyds</a>:</p>
Something in between, Id imagine full sized amethysts having a sort of ‘strongman’ body type like this I guess ? (a random homeworld amethyst ?)
<br/></p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="664" data-orig-width="635"><span data-src="http://67.media.tumblr.com/2272ec84dc473aa7d44a87e89e2acab0/tumblr_inline_oaa2lgheCI1qhjoau_540.png" class="image-deferred"></span></figure></blockquote><p><p>Bearing in mind the size of every other Gem we’ve seen I wonder if Amethyst is less ‘over cooked’ and folks like Rose and Jasper are simply ‘undercooked’. Because, if you’ll remember, the only other tall member of the Crystal Gems is Pearl, and *technically* she isn’t a gem at all by by Homeworld standards.</p></p>
Well, there is a matter of shading and such, as well as what filter you put on your drawing and what the lighting is like in the scene you’re drawing, what kinda mood you’re trying to get across, if you’re using a restrained palette.
Here to illustrate my point is Connie Maheswaran from Steven Universe
Lightening a skin tone in art is more complicated than just writing down the hex code for what a person’s skin color should be. I’d imagine a lot of artists don’t even realize they’re doing it when they lighten a skin tone past what is acceptable.
A good rule of thumb (that I need to follow more) is not to eyeball a character’s skin tone but make a starter palette than adjust it to the lighting as necessary. If you’re doing a piece that’s artsy fartsy, or has a three color palette or something, make sure the contrast of the skin is still intact. Dark skin shouldn’t pop as much as light skin against dark hair.
Also, while this is a lesson that applies just as much to amateur artists as it does to professional artists, remember, a lot of artists on Tumblr are still new and learning. Depictions of characters that might seem fatphobic or racist at a first glance might be the result of someone still struggling to break past fatphobic or racist caricatures in their art that were picked up from other mainstream sources.
We’re all here to improve and get better, so let’s do our best to help each other make art that is inclusive and celebrates diversity.
Thank you for giving this post some semblance of logic. I hate to see artists who make these completely unintentional mistakes get slammed for trying to do lighting and palette colors correctly. Everyone has to start somewhere. Please consider your words before you go off on someone.
There‘s an extension you can download for it that allows you to blacklist certain words that’s simply called, “blacklist”. You can use the alt+b shortcut to add a new word. Doing that will also open your bookmarks dropdown menu, but either way, it still opens your blacklist word entry window.
It’s not infallible, and it does miss some instances of a blacklisted word occasionally, but it’s still better to see one post here and there than to have to wade through a sea of them to get to the things you like, yeah?
I’m sorry if the amount that I post about it is more than you like, but hopefully this will help you out. I’ll try to remember to tag Pokemon GO posts accordingly so that your blacklist filter catches it!
anyway something I hate about video games is when they make some assertion about the fictional society not being homophobic and yet the society is still heteronormative like. that’s not how things work
example: skyrim sexual orientation isn’t really talked about at all afaik and every person who can be married can be married with either character gender but like: everything is straight. I haven’t played skyrim in a while but like it’s all straight I feel like also there’s things people say in it that are heteronormative and are in there bc the people creating it didn’t see it as a problem or at odds with their apparent homophobia free society and like how can you create a fictional homophobia free society when you ain’t free of your real life assumptions. Anyway
I’ve noticed this with misogyny too, like when you go to pick your character’s gender in dragon age it says something about how men and women are considered equal and there are equal numbers of men and women in the army and in leadership positions etc.
and then you go to actually play the game and the overwhelming majority of the soldiers are male, soldiers are constantly referred to as “men,” there are characters who will say blatantly misogynistic or sexually aggressive things to you (like, blatant enough that it must be misogynistic on purpose)
and it makes me die
Some of this has to be because the people who made these games are almost exclusively straight white dudes - and while they may have had the intention of being inclusive, they literally cannot imagine what a world without heteronormativity and misogyny would look like. They give us the game mechanics to be a woman warrior or to marry a character of the same gender, but they didn’t extend this train of thought to imagine how a society where this was normal would be different from ours.
In Dragon Age, for example, the major world religion is centered on a woman, lead by women, with all-female priestesses. AND YET in everyday life characters still interact as though men are naturally in charge and express surprise at a woman issuing commands. This is directly contradictory and frankly lazy world building to suggest that people raised in a system lead exclusively by women would still somehow end up expecting male leadership, as though sexism was a sort of natural law that would happen in any society. It’s not. Also, the founding myth of their religion has the original sin as sexual jealousy rather than punishing female sexuality, which would suggest totally different social norms around monogamy, sexual orientation, and the whole idea of promiscuity. Instead they’re… More or less exactly the same as our society, slut-shaming included. This makes no sense!
It’s a complete failure of imagination, not to mention frustrating and sad.
when did kit/bun/etc pronouns ever hurt a trans person ever
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://theduckofawkward.tumblr.com/post/146802515891">theduckofawkward</a>:</p>
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://blue-author.tumblr.com/post/85200407650">blue-author</a>:</p>
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://snowflakeself.tumblr.com/post/80625475504">snowflakeself</a>:</p>
<blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://deadblog98.tumblr.com/post/80611705518/when-did-kitbunetc-pronouns-ever-hurt-a-trans">deadblog98</a>:</p>
<blockquote><p>Have you not read the stories of people trying to come out, explaining to their parents what being trans is, the parents google ‘transgender’ and find this ridiculous bullshit? Because it’s happened.</p></blockquote><p>this. i’ve been out for 5 years but my mom was doing more research on what being trans is a little while ago so she could understand me better and unfortunately came across a link with the pronouns and countless gender labels <br/>it was embarrassing as fuck and i had to explain to her that i wasn’t going to end up identifying as a poly genderqueer demigirl or ask her to call me bun or fae and that wanting to transition is solely for my wellbeing and she said it was going to be hard to take me seriously for a long time because of what she saw</p></blockquote>
<p>Blaming other trans people for a cis person’s refusal to take you seriously is not only not fair to those other trans people, it’s not fair to you.</p>
<p>Don’t you deserve more accountability from the people in your life? Don’t you deserve more than allowing them to fob off their (hopefully temporary) unwillingness to take in what you’re telling them about yourself and your life onto someone else?</p>
<p>Because that is their choice. Their reaction. Blame them and no one else. As long as your mother can blame her refusal to deal with you on whatever wacky thing she saw on the internet… well, if it wasn’t the internet, maybe it would be day time TV. Maybe it would be Silence of the Lambs.</p>
<p>It would be something, though. I guarantee you that.</p>
<p>A cis person saying that they can’t take a trans person seriously because people with weird pronouns exist is the equivalent of a straight person saying they can’t take gay people seriously because of what they saw at the Folsom Street Fair.</p>
<p>What they really mean is they <em>choose</em> not to take us seriously, and this is the most handy excuse at the moment.</p>
<p>If we could get rid of the most “extreme” or “ridiculous” example of trans-identified people on the internet, the person who <em>doesn’t want to </em>take us seriously would just use the next most extreme example remaining as their alibi.</p>
<p>Get rid of everyone who’s more “out there” than you are, and you will be the excuse. If there was no one whose gender expression was sillier or more incomprehensible to your mother than yours, she’d be stuck with the truth, which is that taking you seriously makes her uncomfortable.</p>
<p>The “fringe culture” of any marginalized group will always be the alibi used to ignore or attack the mainstream, but here’s the thing we all need to realize: it’s not<em> a</em> particular fringe that’s the target, just whatever is the most outre layer at the moment. The idea that sacrificing the fringe is a successful defensive tactic is like the idea that when an army is camped out on your borders, you can protect yourself by giving up your borders.</p>
<p>The army’s still there on your <em>new </em>borders. Its goals are still the same. All you’ve done is let them get that much closer to your heartland.</p>
“Get rid of everyone who’s more “out there” than you are, and you will be the excuse.”</b><br/></p>
Why is it someone else’s job to make you a better you? Isn’t that your own responsibility?
When the Second Amendment speaks of militias and speaks also of guns, they’re expressing a fear of slave revolts. The Second Amendment did not apply to enslaved Africans. The Second Amendment did not apply to the indigenous population. In fact, it could be considered a capital offense to sell weapons to the Native American population since the European settlers were seeking to take their land.
Pokemon Go is here, and it’s wildly successful … and also has some problems that could have been easily avoided.
Pokemon Go turning into a huge hit has meant that the next few years will see a rise of augmented reality games. It’s going to be the next app gold rush. Some will be amazing; the majority will be cheap junk shoveled onto the app stores. It’s the next big thing, a brand new venture capital black hole.
But in building Pokemon Go, the developers made some serious unforced errors. The biggest was re-using the map data from their previous game, Ingress. Ingress had much smaller in audience than Pokemon Go, so it didn’t raise as much attention. Now the locations that attracted a handful of people every few days are bringing in much greater foot traffic.
Did the developers think to ask if it would be okay to use these locations in their games? Did they reach out to property owners? Did they consider adding a mechanism to allow both businesses and private individuals to opt-out of their game, or better still make locations an “opt-in” proposition?
The answer is that if they did consider any of the above, they didn’t act on it. The result is a number of businesses having to post signs informing people that “Pokemon is for paying customers only,” and one person discovering his home was a gym. And that’s not even considering the problems involved with the fact that the White House and the Pentagon both contain gyms, and other game locations being placed in museums and even a Holocaust memorial.
AR is the next big thing in the wake of Pokemon Go’s success. But it also means game developers will need to consider that co-opting the real world for profit will require consideration of the people already inhabiting it. Pokemon Go was the test run for that and it’s proven to be a failure, albeit a relatively innocuous one.
However, when the AR explosion hits there are going to be hundreds of developers competing for dollars. If the previous app rush taught us anything, it’s that developers don’t take the long view; they build quick, push to market, capture the cash and move on to the next tech fad. Stopping to consider implications is a low priority that takes time, and time is money.
Apply the vast wasteland of app development to the coming AR gaming explosion. Before, the impact was limited to the internal space of a phone. Now the lack of consideration and the idea of “move fast and break stuff” will spread to the real world where people live and work. Those people will find these games encroaching on their privacy, their livelihoods, and potentially their safety.
There’s a big mess coming, and developers are going to find that it’s not in fact better to ask forgiveness than permission.
Like most apps that work with the GPS in your smartphone, Pokemon Go can tell a lot of things about you based on your movement as you play: Where you go, when you went there, how you got there, how long you stayed, and who else was there. And, like many developers who build those apps, Niantic keeps that information.
“The person who wrote this has no understanding of metrics work
Literally every web service to ever exist NEEDS your IP address to function,
email addresses are used to log in,
and they use “previous site tracking” to determine where they’re getting the most traffic from so they can better advertise there
Bullshit clickbait fear shit like this pisses me off so much
because it freaks people out unnecessarily while spreading misinformation for profit
Like they claim they have R/W authority over your email address, but
Google API literally just exists to use one-login functions and doesn’t authorize that sort of use”
TL/DR: Buzzfeed is fear mongering for profit Like usual.
Then your IT expert GF needs to study up because Niantic themselves have said “We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account. However, Pokémon GO only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon GO or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon GO’s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.”
those ao3 “kudos” emails where someone has gone through and read pretty much all of your stories, one after the other: blessings upon you and your household
don’t authors find that weird though? i don’t do that, just because i always figured it might seem stalkery, going story by story through people’s older work (which of course i do ~all the time~ because awesome fic is addictive)
if people are happy to have the kudos, i will totally start leaving them as i read
I mean, I can only speak for myself here, but no, I don’t find it creepy. Someone I’ve never met going through my old instagram selfies and systematically liking them - creepy. Someone I’ve never met obsessively reading my old fics and liking them - my favorite person of the day. Just MHO.
seeing the same person’s name on a string of kudos for your fics because they’ve obviously read through your back catalogue is one of life’s great joys
xcziel, there’s nothing I like more as a writer than someone who is obviously reading everything.
Well, maybe comments. Yes, on old fic too.
I once (back on lj) had someone comment on every single chapter of a fic I wrote in one evening. It was the most thrilling night of my fanfic career. I didn’t feel creepy in the least.
COMMENT. I don’t care how old it is or how many chapters a reader comments on.
The only thing that might possibly be more flattering is the “I stayed up all night because I couldn’t stop reading” comment.
YES ALL OF THIS
all of this
Reblogging because readers somehow still have this idea that too many comments/kudos are seen as creepy or stalkery. IT’S NOT. Seriously. Every comment, all of the kudos, they’re greatly, GREATLY appreciated. And knowing that someone liked your work enough to click on your name and go through your other fics and liked those too, even the old stuff you’re kind of self-conscious about, is the greatest feeling a writer can have. So if you like a fic, say something/leave kudos, no matter if it’s the first or fifth fanfic you’ve read in one night from that author.
I LOVE when I get an email where it’s the same name, like a dozen or more times because they went through and read like, /everything I ever wrote/ apparently. It makes me so happy! :D
Multiple kudos and/or lots of comments are the best thing ever
Not at all creepy. It’s like, they are reading, get to the end, said they liked it, and Prove they liked it because they read another and liked that…
And yes, it’s just as fun to see this with old stories. Maybe even more?
The other thing that is super nice? When someone comments and says, hey, I tried to kudos but I had already kudos’d so I’m commenting to kudos again because I do that ALL THE TIME. I either forgot I’d read this lovely thing and want to kudos again, or I’m doing a re-read of something and I *want* to kudos again. When it happens to me it’s seriously lovely - someone enjoying your stuff enough that they re-read.
Like most apps that work with the GPS in your smartphone, Pokemon Go can tell a lot of things about you based on your movement as you play: Where you go, when you went there, how you got there, how long you stayed, and who else was there. And, like many developers who build those apps, Niantic keeps that information.
Well, that was short lived. App: deleted, access: revoked.
This is why I said Pokemon Go was a privacy and data mining disaster.
It’s **really** important to understand that, even if you believe that you can trust Niantic to no abuse your data, we live in an era of data breaches. If a bad person somehow accesses the information this company has collected about you (information that is totally not necessary to play the game. I mean, Google Drive? Really? Your docs? Your email?), you could be in a world of shit.
Pokemon Go has added billions of dollars of value to the companies involved in the game, which is fair because it’s apparently a LOT of fun to play. That said, it’s profoundly irresponsible that they are collecting this information, and they need to be pressured to stop that practice.
at what point in history do you think americans stopped having british accents
Actually, Americans still have the original British accent. We kept it over time and Britain didn’t. What we currently coin as a British accent developed in England during the 19th century among the upper class as a symbol of status. Historians often claim that Shakespeare sounds better in an American accent.
sorry but same gender couples kissing or holding hands in public continues to be a radical statement especially because every time we do it we are putting ourselves in danger so excuse me if I don’t want to hear your bullshit homophobic opinion about how much pda upsets you
you know what upsets me? that my wife and i can’t kiss to say goodbye in public or at all but a man can slap his gf’s ass or slobber on her
and that we can’t hold hands without getting looks at the least and harassment at worst, but again straight couples can dry hump on public transit