bevsi:

modern au gaang doodles + bonus dangerous ladies

on one hand i’m fond of seeing trans written with an asterisk because it looks like a little twinkle. on the other hand trans is inclusionary of anyone who identifies outside the gender they were assigned at birth so what’s the point ???? like it’s cute af just super unnecessary idk

idec that a cis dude came up with it i just do not get the point. it seems like it’s kinda calling people ‘trans-ish’ ? like ‘thank you for signing up for a free membership asterisk would you like to upgrade to transPro ?’ idgi and it seems kind’ve exclusionary/insulting which as far as i know is the opposite of its intended purpose so why

How I imagine it went down
C.S. Lewis: I made you a character in my book!
J.R.R. Tolkien: OMG me too!
Lewis: You're the man who created the wardrobe that leads to Narnia!
Tolkien: ...
Lewis: Who am I?
Tolkien: A tree
Lewis: ............
Tolkien: But, like, a cool tree

as i start to get more shit to wear my closet is steadily shaping itself into three distinct categories:

  • cute naval shit
  • sportsy hiking junk
  • ancalagon inspo blog 2014

pictures for sad children || john campbell

john campbell remains someone i’d like to hug in some sort of empty gesture of empathy for a stranger, or barring his desire for physical affection, it’d be nice just to give the dude a thumbs-up. if you’re not familiar with pictures for sad children, it was a webcomic that debuted in 2007 with a fairly dark sense of humor, strong anti-capitalist messages, and overtones involving the struggles of living with depression and related mental illness. the comic encountered sporadic, unannounced points of hiatus, largely attributed to those factors in john’s personal life.

in 2014, john began a kickstarter in order to publish the comic in print, and during the time of the kickstarter, stated that his depression had been elaborate performance piece and he was of healthy mind. while the statement was a pointed joke toward those who believe mental illness is entirely a performance as an excuse for erratic social behavior, those unfamiliar with john’s method of statement-making assumed it a statement of fact. hate erupted toward him from many sides at what was presumably a rather fragile point in his life, but nonetheless the kickstarted ended successfully.

when the smoke cleared, john continued his work, albeit with more frequent and extended hiatuses than before between strips. in 2014, after the majority of kickstarter rewards had shipped, john began receiving a great deal of complaints on books that had yet to be delivered. upon receiving the last shipment of books, he posted an image of 100+ of them set aflame, with the statement that for every additional complaint he received, he would burn another.

it was revealed at this point that at $25 as the low tier donation price for each book, he had underpriced them, with those donating larger amounts to the kickstarter essentially funding the printing of books for the lower reward tiers. despite the larger backers, he was still operating at a loss, and went as far as to show photos of his bank accounts with near $0.

at this point he also took down pictures for sad childrenand its accompanying blog, only to be heard from in scarce interviews or through friends. in may he announced that he would send out books to those who had yet to receive them at a cost to himself. while john’s website is still active, the majority of links lead to blank pages, and all of his social media has been cleared.

pictures for sad children spoke to me a great deal before i even had the understanding of where a great deal of the comic came from, as i started reading when i was 14. it was nothing short of brilliant. i like to assume that john’s doing well enough for himself in whatever field he’s currently occupied, and still goes around throwing anti-capitalist stickers on road signs and buildings. if i’m lucky someday i’ll get to see the guy and give him an empty little thumbs up

'you're too dainty to pull off the spiky aesthetic' i s2g i'll learn to breathe fire just so i can bathe you in it

The phrase “rubber bullets” is often used to describe what are more accurately termed “rubber-coated metal bullets”, heavy steel projectiles with a minimal coating of 1mm or 2mm of rubber, that are regularly used to lethal effect alongside — not instead of — live ammunition.

Rubber-coated metal bullets are fired from metal tubes placed on the end of high-velocity rifles such as the M-16s commonly used by Israeli troops. Tubes contain around 8 rubber-coated, cylindrical, steel projectiles, which are powered by blank rounds fired from the gun’s magazine.

[….]

Writing in the medical journal, The Lancet, [doctors] said firing the bullets at civilians made it “impossible to avoid severe injuries to vulnerable body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso, leading to substantial mortality, morbidity and disability.”

They added: “We reported a substantial number of severe injuries and fatalities inflicted by use of rubber bullets when vulnerable upper-body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso were struck.

“This type of ammunition should therefore not be considered a safe method of crowd control.”

catbuttcat:

And in the nature of keeping everyone in the loop, please reblog this link if you’re going to spread word about it. It’s just a list, impartial, a great way to know everything from start to current events.

sugaryumyum:

Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans rights.

The new law, which was passed by 55-0 and is expected to be signed by president Cristina Fernandez, grants trans people the right to legally change their gender identity without having to get approval from doctors or judges–and, importantly, without having to change their bodies at all first. Not having a valid ID that matches your gender identity is a huge barrier to access to education, employment, health care, you name it. As Kalym Sori, an Argentinian trans man said, “This is why the law of identity is so important. It opens the door to the rest of our rights.”