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A Year of Free Zines!

antiquatedfuture:

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Want a zine in your mailbox every month for the next year? For free? Then reblog this and enter to win! We’re giving away two year-long memberships to our Fan Club at the end of this month (just because we can).

Some Simple Rules:

-Each reblog counts as one entry. Two winners will be chosen at random.

-You must be following us on Tumblr.

-Three winners will be chosen on August 30th, 2014. Please have your ask box open so we can contact you.

Xo,

Antiquated Future

(via mappingthemoon)

Trying to take a photo that effectively indicated my ‘hell yes I earned it’ attitude. New job in two weeks; one year contract.

Trying to take a photo that effectively indicated my ‘hell yes I earned it’ attitude. New job in two weeks; one year contract.

So tired. Long day.

So tired. Long day.

Wellington Weekend

We escaped the snow in Dunedin for a surprisingly not windy weekend in Wellington. I’m terrible with wanting to share all of the changes that are going on in my life but some things are not meant to be shared immediately on the internet! I’m learning to mostly let go of the internet. I deleted everything but Instagram from my phone, and unliked everything on Facebook not directly linked to a friend or family member. It made me feel slightly righteous and then I realised Facebook was boring now that I wasn’t being marketed to every other minute. Oh well.

diasporadash:

"Healing is a challenge in life. It’s a victim’s sole obligation. By healing, you resist oppression."

-from 5 Broken Cameras

(streaming on NetFlix ya’ll) 

This film was screened last week at the Dunedin Film Society. The film is also available on Youtube in it’s entirety and I highly recommend.

(Source: diasporadash, via calyx)

First post-MA writing deadline. 1000 words. Have I forgotten how to write?
This month has been a big one. I applied for two jobs on the 8th. One closed the same day, and I was called in for skills testing last week and an interview yesterday. The other closed on Monday and received over 500 applicants in the first week alone. Can you guess which one I’m holding out for? My current contract was renewed until the Christmas holidays, so I’ll be employed either way, but I’m yearning for some job security.

The little stress furrow between my brows is slowly fading, so I can tell things are getting better. Things are getting better.

First post-MA writing deadline. 1000 words. Have I forgotten how to write?

This month has been a big one. I applied for two jobs on the 8th. One closed the same day, and I was called in for skills testing last week and an interview yesterday. The other closed on Monday and received over 500 applicants in the first week alone. Can you guess which one I’m holding out for? My current contract was renewed until the Christmas holidays, so I’ll be employed either way, but I’m yearning for some job security.

The little stress furrow between my brows is slowly fading, so I can tell things are getting better. Things are getting better.

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.
The “Support Officer Wilson” page url: http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson
This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:
Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.

The “Support Officer Wilson” page url: http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson

This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:

Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

mappingthemoon:

galesofnovember:

neoliberalismkills:

neoliberalismkills:

if you’re interested, this person is trying to organize a food/meal drive for elementery school kids in Ferguson

schools in Ferguson have been closed since Monday and that’s where a LOT of the kids in Ferguson get their food from, to explain how important this is.

Can I ask how/why a random white person on twitter from Raleigh N.C.  is in a position to organize a food drive for a city 1000 miles away from her?  Which she hasn’t done yet (this link is just to her twitter) ? And yet this has several thousand notes?   And it seems to contain wrong information about schools being closed since St. Louis public schools doesn’t even open for another two weeks. 

The St. Louis Food Bank would probably be a good place to contact if you were interested in figuring out ways to help though, I”m not from that area so it’s likely that people who know the community may be better informed about places to reach out to.  Or better informed about whether this is a real pressing community need.  

I MEAN, according to the Ferguson-Florissant School District Student calendar, the first day of school wasn’t even supposed to be until Thursday 8/14 anyway. They announced via their website yesterday that the first day of school will be pushed back to 8/18. So maybe I am being a party-pooper but I just find it somewhat dubious to have some vague, overgeneralized, incorrect information on a fundraiser page when it took me all of 30 seconds to “fact-check.” Like, probably this fundraiser person has good intentions, but WHO KNOWS, also it is very easy for something like this to get thousands of notes and thousands of dollars since it’s a quick feel-good thing for people to do if they feel like they can’t do much to help.

Anyway, I agree with Gales, contacting the St. Louis Food Bank and then donating to them directly, if they really are in need of extra donations right now, would probably be a better method of charitable giving in this case. Fundraiser lady said she’s “partnering with the St Louis Foodbank” anyway so why not cut out all the middle-people and just send a (tax-deductible) donation to the Food Bank directly? You can donate any amount, it is a legitimate organization and not just some person you’ve never met, so presumably there would be more ~accountability~ for what happens to the money? I dunno, I was trying to find stuff on Fundly about what measures are in place to ensure donations get spent on what they say they’re going to, and I couldn’t find much of anything. Fundly itself is a business anyway; they take a 4.9% “platform fee” and a 3% credit card processing fee, sooooo like, just sayin’.

sunvapor asked: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

clehmentine:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

The Kim game

emilygould:

I spent the weekend with my parents in suburban MD in advance of the DC Politics and Prose reading tonight, and I made Ruth come too though she had to go back to NY today for work. We had a fun weekend exploring DC’s cultural riches. Jk, we didn’t, instead we ate excellent free food, drank a lot of ice water with crushed ice made by the door of the refrigerator (luxury), did laundry (more luxury), and made my parents buy an Apple TV then downloaded half a season of Orphan Black to it. It’s been amazing and part of me will be sad to go home and confront the reality that I am 32, not 15.

My parents live in a high-rise apartment building. People interact more in elevators here than they do in New York, and also just in general. To be perfectly honest I’m against this, but I’m sure if I lived here I’d get used to it and grow to like it. Coming home on Saturday night from a dinner of delicious sushi, we boarded the elevator with a nicely dressed older couple, a man and a woman. I got on before them so I only saw them from the back.  Ruth and I were continuing a conversation we’d been having in the car about Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. I’d started playing it again earlier that day taking a hiatus after I outed myself for having actually spent money on it. I got Ruth to start playing it too because I’m a bad influence and an enabler.  I was saying something possibly incoherent about how “being famous for being famous” is not inherently a bad thing and I don’t remember the next part clearly but the nicely dressed older woman said something, unprompted, about Kim and the other Kardashians. Like, that they were “disgusting” or “shameful” or “a shame.”

We were all like “ha ha, okay, good night!” and got off the elevator and everyone else forgot about it immediately but I (obviously) did not and I still feel somewhat enraged.

Leaving aside everything to do with the specifics of Kim Kardashian, The Kardashians, the game, etc, there’s a thing that woman was doing that I have seen happen over and over again and I’ve never known quite what to call it. It’s when there’s a received idea about someone or something, usually a woman or a woman-specific cultural phenomenon, and that received idea is so pervasive and somehow so convincing that most people adopt it as their own opinion without ever stopping to examine either the idea or the person or phenomenon  for themselves. In this case the received idea is something along the lines of “The success of Kim and the Kardashians is representative of something very bad and I am against it.”  Conveniently, holding this kind of opinion doesn’t conflict with being interested in the woman/phenomenon in question and in consuming media related to her, or even created by her. (“Ugh, it was so horrible. I watched every episode/read the whole thing in a day.”) 

Whenever a lot of people think a woman is disgusting or shameful and for some reason feel incentivized to espouse that opinion loudly, something interesting is going on. What I realized in the elevator is that I’m on the side of every girl who people jump to conclusions about. I always want to know more about what’s going on with that girl, because the elevator people are boring and wrong. And really, they are missing out on a lot of fun stuff.