Manifesto of perpetual futility

dirtyatheist:

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Sikh turban, but I didn’t make the picture. I just like the reference.

When talking to Muslims, the issue of pedophilia and child rape comes up frequently — possibly more frequently than when speaking to Catholics — because the Muslim prophet, Mohammed (I’ll call him Mo from here on out)…

mc-xc:

Women have no rights and slaves are okay, this god of yours sounds like a real great guy. I can’t wait for a christian/catholic girl to repost this adding on her own caption trying to teach me something, because then she’ll be sinning and go to hell 

ADDITION: To all those theists who reblogged this with anger claiming these quotes are taken out of context, let me be the first to welcome you with what Black people have had to deal with since the slave trade days, what homosexuals are currently dealing with today, and what anyone who does not believe in the bible have had to deal with since its creation. You yourself might NEEEEVER quote the bible out of context (hard to believe that) but a majority of the followers in your religion do, constantly, daily, almost as if it is their duty to use the bible to promote hate, bigotry and discrimination and ignore its teachings of compassion. I’m very glad I could be the one to show you all what us non-christian and non-catholics have had to deal with since the dawn of your religions.

spitzenprodukte:

“THEY TALK ABOUT VIOLENCE” I collected a whole bunch of leaflets, propaganda and flyers during the 2010 student protests. I think I got this flyer at the second or third demo after Millbank, produced by one of the anarchist affinity groups which operated at the time.

minimal-impact:

Racism row over Blyton festival: Residents in town where author lived clash over plaque to honour writer

  • Organisers are planning activities in Beaconsfield where Enid Blyton lived
  • Event would mark 75 years since she moved to the Buckinghamshire village
  • But locals are fighting against the plans on the grounds that her work was ‘racist and offensive’

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Offensive: People in Beaconsfield are fighting against plans for a festival to honour Enid Blyton

Offensive: People in Beaconsfield are fighting against plans for a festival to honour Enid Blyton

Many of her books depict an idyllic vision of rural England.

But the pretty market town where Enid Blyton lived is now divided – over a festival celebrating her life.

Organisers are planning a week of activities in honour of the writer, who died in 1968 aged 71, and want to install a plaque to mark the spot where her home once stood.

However, other locals are fighting to block the event on the grounds that much of the author’s work was ‘racist and offensive’. 

Many of Blyton’s 600 stories have been updated since her death to remove inappropriate content – with, for example, the golliwog owner of the Toytown garage in her Noddy books being replaced by a ‘Mr Sparks’.

The festival is due to be held in June in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, to mark 75 years since she moved to the town.

Anthony Mealing, 63, who is  trying to stop the event going ahead, said: ‘My grandmother, Annie Grigg, taught at a school near here where they had rather racist Enid Blyton stories issued free by the author to all the pupils in the 1950s.

‘The moral of one of the stories is: Don’t leave any money around if there are any black children about as they will steal it.

‘She was anti-Semitic and very racist. People don’t believe me because she is too high an icon, but she was.’

Mr Mealing, from High Wycombe, said he did not want to see a plaque put up.

 

He urged residents: ‘Research the subject as you might find things you did not expect.’

Mr Mealing’s view was criticised on the internet, with one resident writing : ‘Enid Blyton was a fantastic story writer who deserves her place in history. She should be celebrated.’

The festival is due to be held in June in Beaconsfield (pictured) to mark 75 years since Enid Blyton moved to the village

The festival is due to be held in June in Beaconsfield (pictured) to mark 75 years since Enid Blyton moved to the village

But a supporter of Mr Mealing wrote: ‘For years there have been persistent rumours, based on recollections by some now elderly folk, that Enid B wasn’t a very nice lady. 

The golliwog owner of the Toytown garage in her Noddy books has been replaced by a Mr Sparks

The golliwog owner of the Toytown garage in her Noddy books has been replaced by a Mr Sparks

‘One of her daughters also had a lot to say, criticising her too. Two TV documentaries about her also cast doubt about her character.’

Former librarian Kari Dorme, the coordinator of the festival being organised by the Beaconsfield Society, says Blyton’s original works should be accepted for the time in which they were written.

She said: ‘In the early 1990s, some of her publishers made certain text changes - mostly to bring her stories into line with modern thought and sensitivities, particularly with regard to what some construed as snobbish, racist or sexist attitudes. 

‘Even names were modernised. You have to accept them in the time in which they were written, which was at least 60 years ago. 

‘Her books still sell at the rate of six to seven million copies a year, in more than 40 languages. Enid Blyton is a marvellous story teller - a real page turner. 

‘I feel that recognition should be given to the great contribution that she has made to children’s literacy.’

Blyton first moved to a house in the town called Green Hedges with her husband, Major Hugh Pollock. 

The author, who later divorced and remarried, spent most of her life there until she moved into a London nursing home, where she died.

The house was demolished in the early 1970s and the site is now called Blyton Close



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I understand the sentiment, but I think its a bit late to retreospectively say she was a ‘bit off’. Almost everyone was racist as shit in the 50’s. Still, I remember reading ‘Secret Seven’ or whatever - it was the gypsies what dun it. Always. Or slanty eyed foreign folk.

cailyn-toomey:

Happy Year of the Snake~

Went to the festivities in Chinatown today for the year of the snake, they were tons of fun!

In particular, the dragon dance was beautiful. The dancers were elegant and the dragon was gorgeous~  I’m much chagrined that I couldn’t get any closer shots, but there’s something about the chance to see a dragon that people flock to, can hardly blame them :3

The lion was very cute too, his little ears flapped and his eyes blinked x3 if you look close at the shot where he reared , you can even see his little shoes~

Major brownie points if anyone can tell me what the scroll in the little guys mouth says, I’m super curious even if its totally mundane

Aw this was today D: - I would’ve loved to see this

upworthy:

It’s One Of The Craziest Internet Rumors About Guns. And As It Turns Out, It’s True.
It’s a fact so jaw-dropping it’s unbelievable — people thought it was a crazy Internet rumor until Politifact verified it. But it’s true: More Americans have died just since 1960 from gun incidents — suicides, accidents, and homicides — than died in every war in U.S. history. The deadliest war the U.S. has ever had is the war we waged against ourselves. 

upworthy:

It’s One Of The Craziest Internet Rumors About Guns. And As It Turns Out, It’s True.

It’s a fact so jaw-dropping it’s unbelievable — people thought it was a crazy Internet rumor until Politifact verified it. But it’s true: More Americans have died just since 1960 from gun incidents — suicides, accidents, and homicides — than died in every war in U.S. history. The deadliest war the U.S. has ever had is the war we waged against ourselves. 

LED Bike Project

The idea here was to make an LED covered bike that when viewed in the dark made the complete outline of the bike - it was inspired by the green cycle symbols on certain traffic lights.imageimage

The whole frame was covered in LED strip, which you can pick up pretty easy and cheaply online. This project alone used 12metres of the stuff and I’ve had used more for the wheels if I had it. The whole thing will run off a 12v battery, -shown here during an early test,- which will sit underneath the saddle.

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Now the wheels couldn’t share the same power source as the frame, as it was too complex to start building some sort of transfer - instead batteries would be mounted around the centre hub. I used switched 9V battery holders - at this point I was running low on LED strip, a single 9V battery powers a 1m length fine as you can see. If and when I get enough to do the whole rim as one continuous run I’ll probably upgrade to two or more 9v in series, or whatever the beefiest battery I can wedge in there without ruining my ability to ride it is!

I initially tried using tape to waterproof the wire on the rim, but abandoned this in favour of a combination of weaving the wires inbetween the spokes, glue gunning the soldered ends to cover them and cable ties to keep it all neat.
  The LED strip is covered in a plastic coating on the bottom and a rubberised one on top, with a copper core. Aluminium being a worse conductor than copper helps you out, but you still have to avoid soldering to the rim at any point - do it too many times and like me you end up finding a short at the worst point.
  I will say this to anyone wanting to try this: soldering LED strip is a giant pain in the ass - the plastic coating has to be carefully scraped off - not too much as you go straight through the copper and end up soldering to the rim, not to little as you cant get a solid join as the coating melts into your join and screws everything up.

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Couple of test shots - you do get a ‘continuous wheel of light’ effect even at relatively low speeds, but it doesn’t really show on photographs. Still, the wheels are something I’ll come back to if I ever get more LED strip.

As I didn’t get my girlfriend anything for Christmas day, my main present being to buy her a dress in the sales (and because I’m skint), I made these little plush dolls of me, her and the cat. They were inspired by kokeshi dolls, and are weighted at the bottom - originally they were going to have magnets in the hands so they could hold hands or pick things up, but the ones I had weren’t strong enough. She loved them though.

WHAT’S SAMWELL TARLY DOING IN MERLIN???

forever-a-hufflepuff:

OMG! CROSSOVERINESS!

I caught that when the girlfriend was watching it. Samwell Tarly though, I was so glad his whiny, useless character was about to die in the books when he finally came face to face with a white walker, then your like… wait… what… he didn’t… (I wont spoil it for you)

basedlibido:

Kill your boss.

basedlibido:

Kill your boss.

class-struggle-anarchism:

from the TUC march
fuckin brilliant banner

THIS

class-struggle-anarchism:

from the TUC march

fuckin brilliant banner

THIS