Australians, listen up.
In light of the recent rise in racist attacks on Muslims (particularly Muslim women) in Australia since the new Terror laws were created and the killing of Abdul Numan Haider, I would just like the make one thing very, very clear.
Australia is using (forms of) terror tactics domestically, in response to terrorism that is not happening in Australia or to Australia, to try and quash any potential ISIL-related terrorism that might be happening within our borders.
After the 'terror-raids' in Sydney the other week, in which 800 “anti-terror” police officers stormed the houses of Muslims suspected of being involved in terrorism, only two men were arrested, and only one was actually charged. (The link above is to a live blog from ABC news detailing how the 900 police in both Sydney and Brisbane have so far arrested 15 people suspected of terror offences. More raids were carried out today in Melbourne, Victoria, and so far one man has been taken into custody.)
Just let that sink in though. 800 police officers to charge 1 man who may not have even committed a crime. In a country where we haven’t had a single terror attack related to ISIL and no terror attacks domestically since the year 2000 (the Australian embassy in Jakarta was bombed in 2004, but that killed 11 Indonesians, not Australians). In fact, the most significant terror attacks post-2000 that have killed Australians were the Bali Bombings of 2002 and 2005, which were not targeted at Australia.
If you see ANY Muslim being racially targeted, you have a responsibility to get help or be help to stop it. If you hear ANYONE, including your family or friends, praising the actions of the Australian Police or the Australian Government, you educate them.
What we are doing is blatantly racist, and far more like terrorism than anything ISIL is doing in Australian territory.
i need more tony stark facing his anxiety
more clint barton with his hearing aid
more bruce banner growing and dealing
more natasha romanoff accepting her new family
more sam wilson dealing with his own past
more bucky barnes becoming bucky again
Basically we want Avengers: The Therapy Sessions
Rest stops on highways are liminal spaces where the veil is thin and nobody can tell me differently
The explanation is that liminal spaces are in between places that bridge Here with There, so in fairy tales we often have the Fairy Ring, the Forest Clearing, the Sudden Misty Foggy Forest, the Bridge, the River, graveyards, in some cases
We also have a ton of american urban mythology around famous roadways and sites off the sides of roads
Archetypes like these occur to mark the places in the world where the veil goes thin and humans can have extra-worldly experiences, out of the ordinary way of living
So why wouldn’t transient spaces like rest stops where everyone is just passing through from one place to the next, never stopping for too long, not be a liminal space where spirits frequent, too
Especially since nobody would know if they were real or not
This is how I feel about airports. I hate going through security, but once I’m in, I’m nowhere and everywhere. Neither here nor there.
i’ve always felt this way about airports.
like all the airports were one place that was unrelated to the cities or countries they’re inside of.
i guess now i’d think of it as like being in the vortex or something.
I don’t understand if you think this is funny, Obama has contracted a very serious illness, which just shows its effects slowly during a long period of time. I’m surprised that most of the Tumblr hasn’t heard of it, since you guys are SO WELL EDUCATED on anything and everything.
Obama suffers from Congress-will-not-let-him-serve-the-people-itis, good news is, it’s a temporary disease and only lasts, a maximum, of 8 years.
It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…
That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.
"The data’s in! Women were lying about online harassment!”
"Aha! We knew it!"
“Yeah, they’ve been severely underreporting how bad things are for them, turns out.”
“Fetishizing ‘power’ in women characters – having them kicking ass and always being ready with a putdown - isn’t the same as writing them as human beings.”— Jack Graham, in Stephen Moffat - A Case For The Prosecution, a guest post on Philip Sandifer’s blog (via packbrat)
Sports Editor at The Nation, Dave Zirin