Occupy London – the movement for social and economic justice – calls concerned citizens to meet at Piccadilly Circus at 3pm.
Further information will be advised at the meeting point at that time.
Share this message far and wide!” —Occupy the London Stock Exchange
If your favorite The Mountain Goats album is The Sunset Tree then you’re probably a piece of shit human being.
Uh… what the fuck? This isn’t cool. I looked on your blog and you further explained it with this:
The only thing that can be considered superior about The Sunset Tree compared to, say, Sweden, Tallahassee or All Hail West Texas, is production, so, if it is your favorite The Mountain Goats album, you either:
a. value quality of production above quality of songwriting
b. have never heard another The Mountain Goats album
While choosing The Sunset Tree as your favorite in and or itself isn’t awful, both of the possibilities that would lead to it are. I suppose there is a rare third option in which you genuinely believe the songwriting on The Sunset Tree is superior and, in that case, you’re not awful, just wrong.
[tw: abuse, suicide]
Oh, wait.. what about option c? The Sunset Tree is an extremely personal album, an album about the pain of being a victim of abuse (J.D. himself, Lion’s Teeth), the fantasies of enacting revenge on the abuser (Up The Wolves), the appreciation of the very tiny things in life that bring you away from the pain that is your life (This Year, Broom People), and finally.. surviving that shit and realizing that there can be life after the terrible, horrible, destructive life living in an abusive situation (Pale Green Things). As a survivor of abuse, that fucking album saved my life. If I didn’t have it, if I didn’t have these songs, I wouldn’t be here. I would have committed suicide because my abuser was so terrible to me.
So don’t you DARE say that it being my favorite album can be wrong. It’s my personal anthem for that time in my life and knowing that someone else actually understands every feeling that goes along with it. And I know for a fact it resonates in this same way for many other abuse victims as well.
So tl;dr fuck you The Sunset Tree is the best.
God, I know, right? For me it was The Sunset Tree and The King is Dead.
Reblogging a post about albums/artists I’ve never heard of to appreciate that:
1. Musical elitism sucks, saying your preferences are universal is just fucked up
2. I love any music that gets people through difficulty and the stories attached to them, especially since I have similar music of my own
Ron Paul wants to define life as starting at conception, build a fence along the US-Mexico border, prevent the Supreme Court from hearing cases on the Establishment Clause or the right to privacy, permitting the return of sodomy laws and the like (a bill which he has repeatedly re-introduced), pull out of the UN, disband NATO, end birthright citizenship, deny federal funding to any organisation which “which presents male or female homosexuality as an acceptable alternative life style or which suggest that it can be an acceptable life style” along with destroying public education and social security, and abolish the Federal Reserve in order to put America back on the gold standard. He was also the sole vote against divesting US federal government investments in corporations doing business with the genocidal government of the Sudan.
Oh, and he believes that the Left is waging a war on religion and Christmas, he’s against gay marriage, is against the popular vote, opposes the Civil Rights Act of 1964, wants the estate tax repealed, is STILL making racist remarks, believes that the Panama Canal should be the property of the United States, and believes in New World Order conspiracy theories, not to mention his belief that the International Baccalaureate program is UN mind control.
THIS BLOG ISN’T EITHER!
For the past several years, the great Cheryl Lynn, a.k.a. Digital Femme, has been talking extensively about black female characters and creators in comics. She comes at the issue from a place that is both just and informed, and she makes devastatingly good points on those occasions where she talks on the subject.
To that end, she formed the Ormes Society, named after the first known African American female cartoonist. I’ve been following Cheryl for years, she was one of the influences of Thomasina Lindo, the lead character in my Welcome to Tranquility series, for her honesty and willingness to state the truth plainly despite the usual crap that people always feel the need to hurl at anyone who does so.
In short, she’s f***ing awesome.
Here’s an interview with her. You should read it.
As I went through my teens the tabloids increased their interest in me and whether it was smoking, going out, or putting on weight, their scrutiny was intense. One particularly distasteful feature was on The Sun website which featured a countdown clock to me turning 16, carrying with it sexually charged and predatory innuendo of a young girl passing the age of consent.
—Charlotte Church to the Leveson Inquiry
On one occasion my manager found that a reporter had cut holes in a shrub on my property and installed a secret camera near to the enlrance to my home so as to track and document my movements. I’ve been repeatedly been chased in my car and had photographers force open doors to try and photograph me, When attending public events I had to suffer the indignity of paparazzi trying to take photographs up my skirt and down my top.
So apparently there is a proposal afoot to change the name of OccupyOakland to Decolonize/Liberate Oakland:
Proposal of name change recognition from “Occupy Oakland” to “Decolonize/Liberate Oakland”
Recognizing that Oakland is already “occupied territories” of the Chochenyo Ohlone since time immemorial
We recognize that the “Occupy” movement has shut out the engagement of indigenous activists by using a term that lacks self-awareness of a settler mentality.
The Chochenyo Ohlone people – the people indigenous to what is now Oakland – and several of their indigenous brothers and sisters throughout the State of California and the United States – have experienced such relentless colonial and imperial efforts that they now have no collective territory of their own. No recognized legal status or rights as indigenous. No means to self-government and self-sufficiency on the lands and in the waters that once sustained them.
The Chochenyo Ohlone people, like so many indigenous peoples in California and the United States, live with the historical and real consequences of a post-colonial, post-imperial stress disorder: displaced, defrauded, targeted, objectified, degraded, depressed.
Genuine solidarity with indigenous peoples assumes a basic understanding of how histories of colonization and imperialism have produced and still produce the legal and economic possibility for Oakland. For San Francisco. For San Jose. For all of the colonies-now-municipalities of the San Francisco bay area, northern California, and the west coast of the United States.
In solidarity we propose to officially change “Occupy Oakland” to “Decolonize/Liberate Oakland”.
Sounds straight forward, right? And there’s been a tremendous amount of discussion about problems in the use of the term “occupy” by native people, as rounded up here by Native Appropriations blogger.
There’s obviously plenty of point for and against, right? You’d think this could be discussed without a whole lot of privilege popping off, right? Right?
Of course not.
So of course people are losing their entire minds about this. In a way which makes all of the problems that poc have had with the occupy movement really, really, really, obvious.
Queer Black Feminist sums it all up in her post Solidarity, White (Male) Privilege and Occupation:
See, here’s the thing that I love about people of color and white women: we’re hopeful every time a new protest or movement comes along that, like Occupy, speaks to us. We get involved. We organize. We take on leadership. We fight. We stick around, even when racism, sexism, and homophobia become explicit. In other words—when white male dominance is challenged and subsequently, (and staunchly) defended—we hang in there.
Because it always happens.
I might add some more links but. Wow.
(this post also inspired by someone trying to school me about the unfairness of silencing white folks.)
David Graeber, PhD
Professor of Anthropology, Yale University
(via Deep Green Resistance)
BUT HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT THE BLOG IS CALLED
-Peter Gelderloos, Why Nonviolence Protects the State- Nonviolence is Racist (via rosadefuego)
Very good point- while I’m honestly too terrified and easily upset to even civilly disobey at this point (I’m working on it), and really don’t plan on ever using violent tactics, I have the privilege to do so and am really in no place to demonize those who choose otherwise for their own, equally valid (if not more so) reasons.
word, and this isn’t to say that you HAVE to use violence. I believe that there are certain people we are perfect, down and ready to utilize it as a tactic. I just personally think that if people decide to use it, to support them and not denounce them like so many pacifistic folks do. A diversity of tactics is important to any movement and so if you yourself can not participate in violent/militant tactics, find ways in which you can nonviolently support those whom are using those tactics. It’s by supporting the range of tactics being used that we can build a strong momentum and get some real change going and not just reform or crumbs from cookies being passed down to pacify the masses.
this is going to be an unpopular opinion but….
So I’ve noticed a LOT of har-dee-har-hars on Twitter and Tumblr concerning the egregious spelling errors of the young and/or black set on the social scene.
Now, more than ever before, you can see through these websites that most people use a word correctly in speech but never have written it down and usually write it phonetically.
Go on. Get all your laughs out now.
Why is it so funny? Why do spelling/grammar errors annoy you so much? It says that we definitely need MORE writing/literature in our schools but this mocking is endless and needs to stop.
And you know what? It’s not usually the doctors/lawyers/English teachers by profession on my timeline/dashboard doing all the hee-hawing. People who know the ins and outs of the English language and communication are not constantly whining about grammatical errors.
I certainly don’t. I have done at least 1,000 to 2,000 hours of study on the English language (from phonetics and theoretical linguistics to composition and literature) in my career so far. I’m a member of the English Honor Society. I’ve taught English and Creative Writing in junior high and high schools. I have dozens of published works. I’m proud of my accomplishments, but really I’m saying all of that to say: I LOVE THIS LANGUAGE AND ITS USE. But I do NOT get online to mock people or DRAG anyone who is not a good speller. I definitely know more than a little bit about how to write but we ALL make errors. Especially me.
There is not hierarchy in my mind that depends on education. A lot of smart people do not have (and/or do not want) a Bachelor’s and a lot of stupid people have multiple degrees. But this incessant praise of CLEVERNESS is getting on my nerves. Humor has become too mean for my taste and I find my social circle online getting smaller and smaller. It’s a smug privilege and it’s sickening.
Is it too much to ask for people to not be assholes ALL of the time? Where is the humility?
I just need this on my blog.
**Trigger warning for cissexism, trans* erasure**
Nowadays we are all likely to meet people who think they are women, have women’s names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody, though it isn’t polite to say so. We pretend that all the people passing for female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man’s delusion that he is female
For those who might not know Greer or where my “issues” with her come from, the quote above is what she wrote for The Guardian a couple of years ago.
Also, an excellent illustration of Second Wave Feminism’s ingrained transphobia. And this woman will lecture an audience on “diversity”.
Some great indigenous Tumblrs:
Spotted Horse - Oklah Falaya Chahta
Svnoyi - Qualla band of Cherokee
The True Diary of a Part Time Indian - Paiute
Custer Died for Your Sins - Paiute
Reality Check Indian Images - They post articles for you to download and read.
Oh Que Oui Indiens - Atikamekw
Veronica Whitebear - Anishinaabe Kwe, Ojibwe/Potawatomi
Tsigili - Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Chantal Rondeau - Northern Tutchone
A Daily Riot - Choctaw, Lakota
Native Voices - Blackfeet
Sherlock in the Tardis - Blackfeet
Saskgirly - Cree, Sioux, Salteaux
Rez Rocketeer - Apache
Killanois - Haudenosaunee, Potawatomi
Miss Grey Day - Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux from the Standing Rock Nation
lakalenyu - Oneida
Young and So Mischievous - Oglala Lakota !!!
Corona Graminea - Chamorro
Jillian Maris - Lenape
The Walking Riot - Chihene Apache
Swoonn - Kootenai
I Have Chortles - Métis
Roses for Stalin - Totonac/Mestizo/Chicano
Jimilapointe - Oglala Lakota
Do You Mister Jones - Oglala Lakota
Nishka - Apache, Cherokee !!!
Kiaayo - Blackfoot !!!
Cassket - Métis
Neighborhood Tragedy - Métis
Oddone - Juaneño
Nijireiki - Osage, Mestizo, Afro-Latina
Indigenous Revelations - Diné
Highway Sunset - Lakota
Lakotawicoiye - Lakota Sioux from Pine Ridge. This tumblr is all about the Lakȟóta language.
Queer Indigenology - Tlingit
Kahsennanoron - Kanienkeha’ka (Mohawk) and Mi’kmaq !!!
Moniquill - Seaconke Wampanoag
I-thaphithin - Ponca
RPM.fm - Indigenous Music Culture
Pizza Drive Faster - Qualla (Eastern) Band Cherokee, Siksika
Moon On Waters - Klamath
Animal Salvaje - Maya, Mestiza
Rosa de Fuego - Maya, Mestiza
Venus on Fire - Yaqui, Navajo, Pueblo
NA Sublime - Blackfoot - Kainai
Badlands Polaroid - Oglala Lakota
Hyphy Wifey - Cherokee (Oklahoma), Mi’kmaq !!!
Skin Like Autumn Leaves - Osage
Weaver Babyy - Menominee, Ojibwe and Lakota Oglala
Oh No It’s Batman - Coast Salish
Michie Cerami - Cherokee, Ojibwe
Escape from Crete - Tamazight/Amazigh from Tamazgha (North Africa)
Making Strange - Inuk from the Northwest Territories, Canada
AfroNDNchick - Ponca, Seminole, Choctaw
Hunkpapa 21 - Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux from Standing Rock
Ohlone - Ohlone
Yarr Métis - Métis
Velocicrafter - Huastec & (probable) Karankawa
Lumos Avis - Cree and Métis !!!
The North American - Mohave
Lost My Mojo - Rocky Cree
Kelsey What Did You Say - Oneida
Jaws Was Never My Scene - Osage, Guajiro (Wayuu), Venezuelan-Mestizo, Afro-Carribean, Afro-Latina, African-American
Lezzbfriends - Sik sika
Your Mom Makes the Best Frybread - Hualapai
Tzoc Che - K’iche’ Maya
He’s a Buster Anyway - Ojibwe
Facing the Fallacies - Eastern Band Cherokee
Wings of Ash and Eyes of Fire - Oglala Lakota
Vernicq - Métis
Madame Yam - Seminole
Intercontinental Cry - Tumblr dedicated to indigenous struggles around the world
First Nation - Ojibway
Liquor n Spice - Chickasaw and Afro-Indigenous
Helen Helen Watermelon - Mestiza
Indian Vaudeville - Ojibway/Metis comedian - Ryan McMahon
Cranky Indian - Anishinaabe, Potawatomi, Shawnee
MemeWeweni - AnishinaabeKwe
ASAY York - Aboriginal students at York University
Ayiman - Métis, Cree
Afro Native Pride 3p - African American/West African Moorish and Cherokee
Moosedeevita - Oglala Lakota
Talia It’s Cold Outside - Tongva
Sofriel - Métis
Daily Michif - a Tumblr written in Michif
Nakkyy - Standing Rock Dakȟóta/Lakȟóta
Christinaaaah - Otoe-Missouria/Iowa
Aztc Karla - P’urhépecha
Autoreboto - Oglala Lakota, Ojibwe
Selchie Productions - Swedish South Saami, Scottish Gael
Living With Endo - Lakota from the Cheyenne River Reservation
Beats That Are Funky - Mohawk/Cree/Jamaican/Colombian/Irish/Portuguese/MegaMixed Freedom Fighter
Free Saponi - Haliwa Saponi
Message me if you want to be added, removed, or have your info changed.