a penguin of very little brain

black-australia:

**Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that the following article contains the name of the deceased 22-year-old woman.**

The chances of this woman being Aboriginal were very high, and sadly, it turns out that she was Aboriginal. 

I won’t say, “I can’t believe this is happening in Australia!” because this is reality. This is the reality of Blackfellas here. We live in a nation where our lives are not valued, where we are the problem. 

An end must be put to Black deaths in custody. 

socialjusticekoolaid:

Love “Da Man Wit the Chips” but Jameila White is the new “Protest MVP.” #staywoke #trill 

questionabletastetheatre:

The cover for Catwoman #36, art by Jae Lee. on sale in November! (Yes, that’s Selina fighting Catwoman and losing. Yes, Catwoman looks a little different. Yes, I’m counting down the days until I can stop playing coy like this.)

questionabletastetheatre:

The cover for Catwoman #36, art by Jae Lee. on sale in November! (Yes, that’s Selina fighting Catwoman and losing. Yes, Catwoman looks a little different. Yes, I’m counting down the days until I can stop playing coy like this.)

chescaleigh:


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WOW.

went into the ferguson tag and there’s so much deploring narrative in there like “why protest at night, the day protests aren’t ending in violence” and “why take kids to a protest when you know it’s gonna get violent” like jesus fuck humanity. 
framing the story exists. 

chescaleigh:

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WOW.

went into the ferguson tag and there’s so much deploring narrative in there like “why protest at night, the day protests aren’t ending in violence” and “why take kids to a protest when you know it’s gonna get violent” like jesus fuck humanity. 

framing the story exists. 

thatwetshirt:

Melbourne transitions 1914-2014: Digital montages from a pre-war city to a 21st century metropolis (x)

bankuei:

No tea? = PIRATES!!!!

My people.

Those are the Hansens – Chuck and Herc. Australian Aboriginal pilots, a father and son team. They’ve got Striker Eureka, the fastest jaeger in the world, first and last of the Mark V’s.

with Rowan McNamara as Chuck & Aaron Pedersen as Herc

yes i accept your fancasting with love for everything because the hansens should have been indigenous australians and aaron pedersen should 100% have been one of them. 

 - Ancient Australian Worship Song
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agrippina-minor:

princessofcumberland:

This Song was not heard for almost a hundred years until a team of remodelers found a music sheet stuck under the paneling of a wall in one of Australia’s oldest churches, it is now being released for the first time since 1914. Listen to the sound of a choir of over 300 people attempt to capture this beautiful song one last time.

I think this is of particular interest to
yiduiqie
,
cutselvage
, etc.

I just took this opportunity to revisit the website. It truly remains a glorious piece of our history.

fredisstairs:

agrippina-minor:

theroyaltenenblarghs:

piercingsandink:

STEPHANIE HAS EDITED OUT original and super wrong capaign: you can read it here

As well as denying these people their basic needs, I’d like to remind people that 
IT IS NOT LEGAL OR OKAY TO DETAIN A CHILD OR TEENAGER
Life for these children and teens is hard enough, some grow up in the detention centres. I have met a few of them and they are the most lovely people you will ever meet.
Although they haven’t committed any crimes, they are locked up indefinitely for “processing” and treated worse than Australian criminals who actually have committed crimes.
The government has already tried to cover up reports of mental health problems among asylum seekers being held in detention centres. The UN have also told Australia that what their doing is not allowed.
I also read a report a few months ago that women in detention centres are rationed tampons and pads. When they want more, they have to line up for as long as 2 hours to ask a male detention officer for more, that request can be denied. That is complete bullshit.
Let Scott Morrison know that he’s a piece of shit and things need to change.

I don’t think that yiduiqie ever got around to making a post about why sending tampons in support of asylum seekers is classic feel-good white feminism in its most annoying form, so I’m just going to lay it out here.
Sending tampons or underwear to Scott Morrison’s office doesn’t do a goddamn thing except make more work for his staff.  Well, the staff might get to use the products, which is nice for them, but he’s probably not even going to hear about it.  And if he does, he won’t care.  Religious groups are having pray-ins in his office, and all that happens is that they get arrested.
Additionally, many refugee-producing countries have taboos against using tampons, so the Destroy the Joint action isn’t even relevant to their needs.  
The best way to address is through letters.  Letters to Morrison, letters to your MP, your state’s senators, the media.  I haven’t been able to find any organisations that take care packages to offshore detention centres, but the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, among many other groups, takes donations in cash and material.  A list of items they accept is here.  (Note that it includes pads but not tampons.)

Support Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. 

Liz has accurately represented why this form of protest is classic white lady useless protest. This doesn’t help the people it’s allegedly supposed to help. It’s feelgood, expensive timewasting. Use of tampons isn’t taboo but it is considered super foreign by a lot of Asian women especially (I can’t talk for other ethnicities), and the tampons would never be forwarded on to them anyway. Good job, everybody!
NOTE INDEED that the list from the ASRC says pads but not tampons! Good work Liz doing the research. Unlike Destroy the Joint…?
Please also look at RISE, the Refugee Council (who handily has a link to many other bodies), Asetts (based in WA), and RRAN. 
Please always remember to work with actual organisations (not that Destroy the Joint isn’t useful or actual!) who are involved in situations, and to always question the actions being taken and who is impacted. 

fredisstairs:

agrippina-minor:

theroyaltenenblarghs:

piercingsandink:

STEPHANIE HAS EDITED OUT original and super wrong capaign: you can read it here

As well as denying these people their basic needs, I’d like to remind people that 

IT IS NOT LEGAL OR OKAY TO DETAIN A CHILD OR TEENAGER

Life for these children and teens is hard enough, some grow up in the detention centres. I have met a few of them and they are the most lovely people you will ever meet.

Although they haven’t committed any crimes, they are locked up indefinitely for “processing” and treated worse than Australian criminals who actually have committed crimes.

The government has already tried to cover up reports of mental health problems among asylum seekers being held in detention centres. The UN have also told Australia that what their doing is not allowed.

I also read a report a few months ago that women in detention centres are rationed tampons and pads. When they want more, they have to line up for as long as 2 hours to ask a male detention officer for more, that request can be denied. That is complete bullshit.

Let Scott Morrison know that he’s a piece of shit and things need to change.

I don’t think that yiduiqie ever got around to making a post about why sending tampons in support of asylum seekers is classic feel-good white feminism in its most annoying form, so I’m just going to lay it out here.

Sending tampons or underwear to Scott Morrison’s office doesn’t do a goddamn thing except make more work for his staff.  Well, the staff might get to use the products, which is nice for them, but he’s probably not even going to hear about it.  And if he does, he won’t care.  Religious groups are having pray-ins in his office, and all that happens is that they get arrested.

Additionally, many refugee-producing countries have taboos against using tampons, so the Destroy the Joint action isn’t even relevant to their needs.  

The best way to address is through letters.  Letters to Morrison, letters to your MP, your state’s senators, the media.  I haven’t been able to find any organisations that take care packages to offshore detention centres, but the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, among many other groups, takes donations in cash and material.  A list of items they accept is here.  (Note that it includes pads but not tampons.)

Support Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. 

Liz has accurately represented why this form of protest is classic white lady useless protest. This doesn’t help the people it’s allegedly supposed to help. It’s feelgood, expensive timewasting. Use of tampons isn’t taboo but it is considered super foreign by a lot of Asian women especially (I can’t talk for other ethnicities), and the tampons would never be forwarded on to them anyway. Good job, everybody!

NOTE INDEED that the list from the ASRC says pads but not tampons! Good work Liz doing the research. Unlike Destroy the Joint…?

Please also look at RISE, the Refugee Council (who handily has a link to many other bodies), Asetts (based in WA), and RRAN

Please always remember to work with actual organisations (not that Destroy the Joint isn’t useful or actual!) who are involved in situations, and to always question the actions being taken and who is impacted. 

stvitussdance:

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I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this gloriousness. 

feminesque:

calico-kat:

oddman11:

remember when the internet immortalized the picture of the couple kissing in the vancouver riots?

forget white people kissing in inappropriate places the only picture that belongs in the louvre is the picture of the man in the american flag shirt hurling a tear gas canister back while holding a chip bag in his other hand.

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The picture of the kissing couple is the aftermath of police violence. The guy in the photograph was kissing his girlfriend to calm her after they were both knocked to the ground by charging riot police who left them to lie there while the young woman sobbed. (x,x)

The fact that the couple had been assaulted — even in those two articles mentioning they were assaulted — is almost entirely brushed aside. Easy mistake to make.

Important thing for me is that’s a photograph of police violence that media spin got you to think was white people kissing in inappropriate places. They used a photo of victims of violence to gloss over the actual violence.

Speaks to Ferguson as just one of many, many examples that we can no longer trust a terrifyingly large chunk of our media. Also a warning if you feel safe in your home that violence resulting from the militarization of police doesn’t respect race, or borders. ‘cause Canada.

Divide and conquer is an old and effective tactic used by the minority of the powerful to maintain divisions amongst the majority of the powerless.

writingfail:

saxas:

People love watching and reading about dystopias and rebellions, but when it happens in real life suddenly those people are demonizing the resistance and championing the oppressors as the protectors of society. 

It’s only a legitimate rebellion when white people are doing it

Hey so, I updated one of the posts about 90s Australian music to co-credit Kev Carmody for From Little Things Big Things Grow, which he co-wrote with Paul Kelly, and remains an important song about indigenous Australian protest. (Thanks to ironedorchid for mentioning the oversight)

This song has been illustrated as a picture book by Gurindji kids (Gurindji are the mob who feature in this song and in this land rights issue) and if you’re interested in purchasing an adorable picture book whose proceeds go towards arts and cultural education for those same indigenous kids, then you should consider clicking on that link and doing that. 

When minor characters who are also ethnic minorities start talking among themselves in their native tongues, they sometimes take advantage of their invisibility to say things. Sometimes they break the Fourth Wall and start ranting about the movie director. Sometimes, they spout random obscenities or natter about their lousy lunch. It’s all in not-English, so whatever they say doesn’t matter! And the actual translations of their lines can be a secret source of hilarity in films where actors are instructed to use a Gratuitous Foreign Language (GFL) in order to make a scene sound more authentic. When some Native Americans cast in Westerns were told to speak their own language to add some authenticity, these actors took the opportunity to crudely editorialize about their director, which allegedly resulted in Native American audiences (in)explicably cracking up laughing during scenes that were meant to be dramatic.

Minorities can be marginalized in film, but not silenced. (via salon)

Bonus “so that’s what was going on” from Snowpiercer:

Snowpiercer,” 2014. The native language of this dystopian thriller is French, as it’s based on a graphic novel, “Le Transpercerneige,” 1982, released last year as 설국열차 in South Korea. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, it features Chris Evans as its lead. Despite its French and South Korean origins, the film’s dialogue is mostly English. Writer Emily Yoon saw this film when it was first released in Korea last year, and explains there’s a terrific joke that goes untranslated on two levels: When Curtis (played by Chris Evans) first encounters Namgung Minsu (남궁민수, played by Song Kang-ho), Evans keeps calling him ‘Nam,’ to which Song responds:  “‘남궁’까지가 성이고 ‘민수’ 가 이름이다 이 무식한 새끼야.” (“‘Namgung’ is my surname and ‘Minsu’ is the name, you ignorant bastard.”) Because there are many languages being spoken in the closed universe of the train, the people riding it use an interpreter/translator device. However, the device is stumped because he has a rare two-syllable family name — he should be called either ‘Namgung’ or ‘Minsu,’ but never just ‘Nam.’ The translator machine can’t make sense of this, and so as Song rants, the machine remains silent. So the entire insult goes untranslated for the movie audience as well.

(via seasquared)