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Devil's Knob

"His eyes were as red as the devil's dick"

projections of the mind

datingdisastersofaqueergirl:

I want to talk about why the Animorphs may be my first exposure to anarchy and militancy and how it might be my “root”.

  1. The books are about a group of children fighting an incredibly powerful, well-organized, hierarchical group of genocidal slave owners. 
  2. Their grasp of security culture is better than 90% of anarchists I know right now. They don’t tell you where they live. They don’t tell you their real names. They don’t talk about animorphary on the phones or on the computer. 
  3. Remember the 90s when books and shows had actual people of color as MAIN CHARACTERS? I do. The Animorphs are a super diverse group of kids and their varied identities include poor, black, latino, femme, women, foster kid, middle class, white, and frankly I always read Tobias as a person of color but I can’t remember if I were eventually proven correct.
  4. They wage a GUERILLA WAR ON GENOCIDAL SLAVE OWNERS. 
  5. They don’t trust cops. Or politicians. Or principals. Or grown ups at all. 
  6. Rachel is one of the best female characters ever. She’s pretty and popular and people read her as ditzy which she ALLOWS AND ENCOURAGES because she’s actually the toughest bitch ever. Many times the male characters describe her as scary, as the toughest and strongest one of them all, and I’ll always remember how one character (Jake) says something to the effect of how becoming an Animorph was the best thing to ever happen to her because truly she is a warrior. But she still loves fashion and dating and that’s presented as completely fine. 

So in conclusion, the Animorphs books are about a small affinity group with magic powers to change into animals so they can kill genocidal slave owners in a secret guerilla war. 

The best, man. The best. 

Entrapment and the Richmond Police Department

tyler-resistance:

Today I ran into a Richmond City Police officer with two bikes, a converted Kent single speed bike and a blue Iron Horse mountain bike. I asked him where he got the bikes from because someone had claimed they thought he stole them off a pole, but he claimed that he was taking them to get appraised so that they can be turned into bait bikes. 

Essentially the Richmond City Police department is going to be placing at least two bikes from what I have seen out on the streets of Richmond, more than likely a lower-income community, to be used as bait in order to catch people in the act of stealing the bike. 

Why? To charge them with larceny - grand larceny to be exact.

So rather than working with the City of Richmond to make public transportation more affordable or to develop more initiatives for folks to get to and from work and appointments, they are just fishing for crime.

Don’t worry, we can all deal with bike thieves ourselves. The City needs to be on the forefront of making transportation more accessible to all members of our communities rather than just planting them into the criminal justice system. Encourage more people to use greener public transportation, buy and repair used bikes, donate old bikes, invest in co-ops, and drive COMMUNITY rather than this neo-liberal individualistic bullshit of everyone for themselves. 

Yes, fuck bike thieves - but fuck the systems that create bike thieves and fuck the institutions that are built to destroy the fabric of our communities. 

Fuck cops. Fuck the Richmond Police Department.

(Source: kuinexs, via seitan-says)

I am struck occasionally, usually while snuggling the cat, with our faith in domestication.

The cat is a small, ferocious predator, twelve pounds of…well, flab and fur, frankly, in Athena’s case, but what muscle there is is strong all out of proportion to her size. I have watched three 150+ primates try and fail to subdue a ten pound cat, and consider it not at all unusual. The cat is as flexible as a snake and as strong as an ox. She has quite dainty looking teeth and claws, but there’s nothing dainty about their ability to flay flesh from bone.

If the cat and I were in a duel to the death, I would almost certainly win. I am 15+ times larger than she is, after all, and while my teeth and claws are pathetic, I have prehensile hands capable of doing terrible things. But if I had to go in naked, as the cat does, (and assuming the cat was aware that she was going to have to kill me, and not taking a nap in the corner) I can pretty much guarantee it would be a Pyhrric victory. I’d look like I’d gone ten rounds with a wolverine. I would need stitches. A lot of stitches. Possibly a glass eye. And antibiotics by the truckload. It’d be a mess, and there would even be a chance of an upset if the cat managed to go face-hugger on me.

And yet, despite the knowledge of the shocking amount of damage my small predator could inflict, it never occurs to me to worry. I pick the cat up and she tucks her head under my chin and purrs, canine teeth centimeters from my jugular, and despite the fact that I am carrying a ruthless carnivore in a position where she could, with great ease, remove me from the gene pool, I am thoroughly content with the world. Even knowing full well that cats are not even a truly domesticated animal, that Athena’s kin might best be described as “consistently tamed,” my greatest concern is that my black tank top is now coated in white cat hairs.

We have such faith in the process of domestication, despite the sheer unnaturalness of what’s happening. Small predators do not curl up on the chests of large primates and purr in the wild. And yet, every now and again, generally when my small predator is purring on the chest of this particular primate, I think How strange, how strange… that we’re doing this, and even stranger, that we both take it completely for granted, and find nothing unusual in such a completely unlikely alliance.

Ursula Vernon (via aliothturtle)

This is what I’m talking about whenever I stop abruptly and go “… Do you ever just realize that we have wild animals in our house?!”

(via unicornempire)

(Source: fuckyeahursulavernon, via milk-puke)

(Source: porn4ladies, via bodyheat)

More concretely: It may well be true that markets for, say, mortgage-backed securities are more likely to behave erratically when interest rates are very low. But in a world of low interest rates, what function do those markets serve? Their supposed purpose is to make it easier for people to get home loans. But in a world of very low interest rates, loans are, by definition, easy to get. Again, with abundant liquidity, stocks may get bubbly. But in a world of abundant liquidity, what problem is the existence of stock markets solving? If anyone with a calling to run a business can readily start one with a loan, why support a special group of business owners? Yes, in a world where bearing risk is cheap, specialist risk-bearers are likely to go a bit nuts. But if risk is already cheap, why are we employing all these specialists?

The problem is, the liquidity specialists don’t want to go away. From finance’s point of view, permanently low interest rates are removing their economic reason for being — which they know eventually is likely to remove their power and privileges too. So we get all these arguments that boil down to: Money must be kept scarce so that the private money-sellers can stay in business.

—J. W. Mason, "The Rentier Would Prefer Not to Be Euthanized" (via wendfarm)

dichotomized:

A federal judge ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.The decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a legal victory for those who want to abolish the death penalty in California and follows a similar ruling that has suspended executions in the state for eight years.

dichotomized:

A federal judge ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.The decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a legal victory for those who want to abolish the death penalty in California and follows a similar ruling that has suspended executions in the state for eight years.

(via macabre-nymphet)

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

—Patanjali (via cosmic-rebirth)

(via dryadi)

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