So! Just a reminder to those interested, but today I will be streaming the start of Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru at the usual time, no earlier than 12:30 PM EST/5:30 PM GMT, starting no more than a half hour after that! I’m pretty excited to get into the core arcs, and I hope to see folks there. :D
Well, I have missed the deadline, but not by much! After this, there’s but two more dossiers to go, and both should go quite quickly. So, now we recount the events of part 7 of Alliance of the Golden Witch!
This bill, passed late last night in a 93-7 vote, declares the entire USA to be a ”battleground” upon which U.S. military forces can operate with impunity, overriding Posse Comitatus and granting the military the unchecked power to arrest, detain, interrogate and even assassinate U.S. citizens with impunity.
Even WIRED magazine was outraged at this bill, reporting:
Senate Wants the Military to Lock You Up Without Trial …the detention mandate to use indefinite military detention in terrorism cases isn’t limited to foreigners. It’s confusing, because two different sections of the bill seem to contradict each other, but in the judgment of the University of Texas’ Robert Chesney — a nonpartisan authority on military detention — “U.S. citizens are included in the grant of detention authority.” Source
The passage of this law is nothing less than an outright declaration of WAR against the American People by the military-connected power elite. If this is signed into law, it will shred the remaining tenants of the Bill of Rights and unleash upon America a total military dictatorship, complete with secret arrests, secret prisons, unlawful interrogations, indefinite detainment without ever being charged with a crime, the torture of Americans and even the ”legitimate assassination” of U.S. citizens on right here on American soil!
If you have not yet woken up to the reality of the police state we’ve been warning you about, I hope you realize we are fast running out of time. Once this becomes law, you have no rights whatsoever in America — no due process, no First Amendment speech rights, no right to remain silent, nothing.
Fuck fuck fuck fuck mother fuck fuck fuck
The president can still veto it right?
Please for the love of God tell me that Obama can still veto this
If Obama can’t veto this I’m going to seriously be pissed.
Remember when America was free? Guess that’s Canada now. Hi guys. Hey. We have lots of land if you’re up for building????
JEN WHAT DID I FUCKING TELL YOU
AND HOW I WAS LOOKING IT UP AND FREAKING OUT
WELL IT’S STARTING
People should look up the legal definition of: person, citizen, cooperation, statute, and must. oh and “strongman illusion” “legal fiction” and “maritime admiralty law”
and maybe look up martial law
The White House has already promised to veto this bill. Plus, the Defense Department, the FBI, the head of the intelligence community and the Attorney General all don’t want this.
It’s the Senate being a bunch of paranoid twits and getting too involved in affairs their branch of the government shouldn’t meddle in. This is all Executive Branch stuff and they don’t want it.
Plus, this would be challenged as soon as it hit the ground and certainly wouldn’t survive the Supreme Court.
You all know the best way to deal with this? Get out and vote this coming November and don’t try to feed yourself or anyone else that bullshit of “your vote doesn’t matter” - that’s only true if you don’t use it and you let people that support idiotic bills like the one above vote unopposed.
The Nice Guy thing feels like a product of a person who plays dating sims and thinks that is how real life works
Women are not vaults of sex locked with a password required They’re not WoW raid bosses with a specific strategy of “stack on this spot, let off the DPS at 2:30, then go full on at 3:00” They’re not pets that you feed food to earn their trust then teach tricks to
If that’s how they’re leading raids it’s no wonder they can’t get a woman.
Proof that the Tumblr staff are the most backwards fucking people on Earth.
Under what circumstances would you EVER post 250 times in one day? If you take 5 hours out of your day, for some minimal amount of sleep or non-tumblr plans, that is about 12 posts an hour, or a post every five minutes, sustained for the entire day.
Call me fascist but that is entirely reasonable for Tumblr to say that someone making that many posts in one day is probably a spambot or someone else abusing the platform.
YES I AM AWARE THAT THE PRONON “THEY” WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO BE STRICTLY PLURAL. I HAVE AN ENGLISH DEGREE.
However, considering the fact that the English language lacks a gender/neutral pronoun in the third person (which is just plain silly, since the first person “I” and the second person “you” are gender neutral, why all of a sudden in the third person do we get “he” and “she”, huh, English?)
…and since, colloquially, most people use the word “they” to mean either the plural or a gender-neutral singular, and everyone can understand this clearly because we all say it when we’re speaking casually,
…then why is it necessary for people to be such fucking sticklers that in formal writing, we write “him/her” or “his/hers” or “he/she” (because all that does is just spark debates and arguments over whether the male or female pronoun should come first *rips out hair in frustration*)?
LANGUAGE IS A LIVING THING, PEOPLE, IT’S ALLOWED TO CHANGE *screams*
Wow I was going to write this rant one of these days and look you did it for me.
… And hasn’t ‘they’ been around as a singular pronoun as well for like… more than five hundred years? Prescriptivists are fighting a losing snob battle.
Prescriptivists have always, always been fighting losing snob battles. They always lose in the end, though. I mean, it was just about 150 years ago that English grammarians were outraged at the shift from the passival (he was telling by his teacher to be quiet) to the progressive passive (he was being told by his teacher to be quiet).
The stream for Umineko theorycrafting will begin in 30 minutes, as usual! Remember, today there will not be a stream of the game, but rather just a discussion on theories about the first four episodes. Still, I hope to see folks there anyway! :D
Most of the episode is through now, with only three dossiers left after this one. I should also say now, for those that would be otherwise showing up: this week, we will not be moving on to Episode 5, I’m afraid. Instead, as last time, this week’s Sunday stream will be a theorycrafting day, much as it was between seasons when I streamed Higurashi. We’ll chat about what’s happened so far, see what we can untangle. With any luck, unlock some of the game’s mysteries. There’ll be some show streamed at some point, I’m sure, but for the most part it’ll be for the sake of theorizing.
Anyway, that announcement out of the way, let us continue on with another dossier for Alliance of the Golden Witch!
Almost forgot the stream announcement! It’ll be happening as usual today, no earlier than 12:30 PM EST/5:30 PM GMT, no later than 12:50/5:50 PM. I’ll be getting the pre-show started shortly, so feel free to pop in any time!
This is a map of the world, showing all the nuclear explosions from 1945 onwards. It is color-coded, to scale, and differentiates between atmospheric and underground/underwater detonations. Honestly, I don’t know how the world still exists, but hey, I’m glad it is.
jesus fuck, look how small the circles for Hiroshima and Nagasaki are compared to what we’ve come up with since then
It wasn’t so much a good idea, as it was scientists in Britain and the US going “Oh god, the Germans may be working on this. Let’s show our leaders how this would work so we can work on it before the Axis builds their own bomb.”
Honestly, I think nuclear weapons had to be used so humans would realize how dangerous they were and prevent the use of nuclear weapons during the Cold War. and conflicts like Korea and Vietnam (where various generals wanted to use nukes but were stopped by civilian authorities), the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, India and China’s border wars (that thankfully never went nuclear), the skirmishes between the Soviet Union and China, the Falklands War (where apparently the Thatcher government was considering using nukes against Buenos Aires) and so on.
I…tentatively agree with most of this (though what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was still unconscionable). But the main reason I’m commenting:
Maggie Thatcher was considering the use of nukes on Buenos Aires.
Over the Falklands.
…Whenever I think my opinion of someone like her sort can’t fall any further.
An incomplete list of why that argument is flawed:
Art can be racist. We wouldn’t have a western canon, or any art canon for that matter, if we hadn’t already acknowledged that years ago. Racism doesn’t negate something from being art and art doesn’t negate something from being racist. This is not a platform worth arguing on.
Art has the power and scope to affect society in a way that nothing else does. Nothing is ever ‘just a book’ or ‘just a music video’ or ‘just a song.’ If it’s not important enough to think about, then it wasn’t important enough to be made.
Art is a decent enough gauge of what some members of society were thinking at any given time. We study art to study culture and history. Visual art in particular is not simply a presentation of one’s inner-most feelings and beliefs but a reproduction of the culture the artist lived in and, often, a reproduction of that culture’s historical viewpoints; shorthand that the artist may not have even realize they internalized.
Also, a bonus tip! This one’s on symbolism but tune in next week for the next dumb racist thing fandom does for the next installment:
Having darkness represent evil is lazy and trite, but generally acceptable. Having a dark person represent evil is lazy and trite but also racist. Having a non-black person dress up in blackface to represent evil is not only lazy, trite, and racist but also a direct continuation of the same destructive shorthand that cost people their lives and livelihood. The time in-between has not allowed for it to be less offensive or more ironic.
In fact, let’s take this opportunity to segue into a preemptive offense of my least favorite literary device: Irony. In order for irony to work, there must be two layers involved: the implied, often traditional, meaning and the literal one.
Society at the time of blackface was casually and institutionally racist. The white population had unparalleled privilege over everyone else and were the ones who found any entertainment value in blackface. Society at the time of Florence + the Machine’s video is casually and institutionally racist. The white population has unparalleled privilege over everyone else and she, as a member of that population, is the one who sees any entertainment value in blackface. The only thing that is ironic about this scenario is attempting to use irony in the first place.
As for edginess, using blackface, an old racist visual tradition, in a music video in 2011 is about as edgy as pulling out the clothes that were worn during blackface’s heyday and wearing them in a music video.
You want to get into a discussion about how edgy or culturally appropriate something is? Try Annie Leibovitz’s 1998 photos of African American comedian Chris Rock in whiteface. Using the shorthand of blackface, which exploited blackness as a source of comedy for white people, and flipping it so a black comedian was put in whiteface as a commentary on modern day comedy actually is edgy and interesting. Or, if you prefer discussions and debates about symbolism, how about Annie Leibovitz’s 1984 shot of African American comedian Whoopi Goldberg simultaneously submerged and emerging from a tub of milk (which Leibovitz specifically stated was meant to symbolize her coming out from all the whiteness in comedy)? Here, the racial overtones of color are being used intentionally and smartly. In 1984!
Annie Leibovitz is, for anyone who might not be aware, white.
…But oh, wait, those examples actually give the visual power to the POCs! They legitimately challenge, or document the challenging of, the status quo! I guess something is only considered edgy if it’s someone doing, or defending their right to do, the exact same thing as their ancestors!
I know I already posted on this, but I just have to clear it up, because it’s stupid in an entirely different way than how people keep saying it is stupid.
Congress did not rule that pizza was now classified as a vegetable. What happened was the Republican block, under pressure from ConAgra and Schwan - both frozen food manufacturers - fought the Democrats’ attempts at reforming nutritional requirements for school lunches (including cutting maximum sodium in half and restricting starchy vegetables to twice a week because they basically just avoid the whole point of required vegetable servings). Instead, they put into place new regulation that says that tomato sauce in quantities of at least 2 tbsp qualifies as a vegetable serving with respect to school lunch nutritional guidelines.
This applies only to school lunch programs, mind, not any general classification of food. There is no sense in which you can say Congress reclassified pizza as a vegetable, and putting it that way makes it easy to dismiss, and actually diminishes how awful what just happened really is.
They also have bravely fought off the Obama Administration’s horrible efforts to make the School Lunch Program in the US healthier for students.
No, it’s the tomato sauce that was classified as a vegetable, not the pizza; the Republicans under lobbyist pressure managed to get 2 tbsp or more of tomato paste or sauce classified as a vegetable, which happens to include the usual school lunch pizza. But the pizza itself isn’t classified as a vegetable, it’s the tomato sauce on it that is. Also (as far as I know) this is purely with reference to school lunch programs, it doesn’t have any effect on general classifications (which would include tariffs for import and other similar things).
It’s dumb, horrid, and worthy of whatever scorn you want to pile on it, but “pizza is a vegetable according to Congress” isn’t an accurate presentation of what went down.
some people are pointing out that everyone should calm down and not worry about it, and that realistically it probably won’t actually pass
while I do agree that the chances of it actually passing are not likely
I think most of us can agree that overreacting over this bill and having nothing happen is far better than not acting and then having it pass
please stop being dicks to people who actually care about this bill, no matter how valid or invalid their concerns over it may be. supporting a cause against censorship (even if said censorship not as big of a threat as it seems) shouldn’t be something that’s looked down upon
this is what i’ve wanted to say all day but have been unable to put into words
I’m one of the people who have said that people need to calm down over the bill.
It’s great that people are concerned. Be concerned. Don’t stop being aware what your government is doing. This doesn’t just go for national government. Pay close attention to your state and local governments as well for they have a much bigger impact on you compared to the national government.
I’m also going to be a bit rude about this, but signing an online petition and passing around the link(s) and articles isn’t doing much to actually being involved in the government and making your voice matter. For those of you who can vote in the US, take participation and actually vote. Vote for anything. Everything. Whenever you’re asked to do a survey, actually take the survey. Read/Watch the news and keep up with what the politicians, especially those within your own city and/or state, are planning. Be an active participant in local politics. Signing an online petition and passing around links is only going to go so far. If you want your voice to be heard, then vote if you can actually vote.
In all honesty do you want to know who actually votes? Our older generations because we of the younger generation have a lackadaisical view of the government up until they do something that we feel legitimately passionate about.
Now I’m going to go on this last little bit where I’m going to be even more rude, but what pisses me off about this whole thing is that people only show actual concern if the bill in question is relating to human rights or censorship. Yes these are both legitimate issues, but there are so many more things that people should be concerned about that most just casually ignore. Did you know that there was a vote for ten constitutional amendments to the state constitution for Texas? Did you know that one of those amendments was about making the costs for college more manageable for students? I actually didn’t know that until my teacher told our class. I didn’t vote because I’m not registered, and I need to be a registered voter before hand. However, the people who vote on these amendments tend to be older folk who generally don’t give a fuck about college students.
I honestly don’t care if someone calls me out for this. I’m a very lackadaisical person, but I know that I have to do more than just sign a petition and past posts around on tumblr to actually get my voice heard.
Reblogging because this is a great point.
Signing petitions and taking part of protests is all good, but unless you actually get out and vote - it will matter for jack shit.
So it’s been a while for these, but my workload’s cleared up some, so I’m going to try burning through my backlog before Sunday. I’ve got 7 episodes’-worth to get posted - Ep4 certainly seems longer than the previous ones, but at least I didn’t wrap up before I could get through these as promised! So let’s continue on into part 2 of Alliance of the Golden Witch!
Congratulations to Ohio for getting rid of that Union-busting law.
Congrats to Maine for allowing same-day voter registration.
From the looks of it, Mississippi may be sensible and reject the Personhood Amendment but less than 20% of the precincts are reporting in so far. Also, the Democrat is currently ahead in the Governor’s race.
Re-allowing, it should be specified; it’s rejecting a change in the state law that disallowed same-day voter registration. So even more yay.
“If a person eats a doughnut, they are aware of the implications, yet can also enjoy it. Same with eating fruits and vegetables. The difference is unlike art, food has a tangible influence and rating. We want to know what our food is made of and how it has or will impact us. We see its effects on our health, and to remain ignorant is to become unhealthy, another thing we can see. To be ignorant of the art we consume, means to be ignorant of its effects on society and ourselves, something that we cannot easily see or understand.”—
A great summation of why it’s important to think critically about all the media we consume. And of course, for my money, why it’s important to encourage a variety of creators— the farmland and cooks of art.