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"The other day, when YouGov first reported a Yes lead, I was on the cusp of texting a Unionist pal telling him to “chin up” before realising how misplaced and odd that sentiment would be. The text went unset.  Yes, the idea of Britain isn’t exhausted by our shared political institutions, but nor is it entirely separable in the way some advocates of independence have suggested. The concept of the social union expresses an important and credible sense of how much we have in common with the other nations of Britain, and how little that is imperilled by independence.

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But we need to reckon with the loss some of our citizens will feel. Nothing in that loss inhibits me for a moment, from urging folk to support independence for a better kind of democracy, winning the powers to tack our own course and set our own priorities, a responsible state and a politics capable of reflecting our ideals. The people will speak on that question, and have ample opportunity, if they wish, to strike a different compromise between their competing values. 
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I never thought we would win this referendum. In my gloomier moments, I wondered if we’d even come close. Now and then, there have been flashes of optimism, as the No campaign let golden opportunities fly by, neglected critical lines of argument, even when the first clutch of Yes posters sprouted in windows across the south side of Glasgow. Silly, I know, but that visible sense of political comeradeship affords a wee lift. My pessimism throughout the campaign has been pretty overwhelming. To burst into the final, fretful week more or less eeksy-peaksy always struck me as improbable, yet here we are. We can do it. That’s thrilling, and it is anxiety-pinching.”
- A great piece on the Scottish Independence referendum from a yes voter who cares about the no voters too.

geminiio:

i need ferguson to go down in history books. i need school children in the year 2074 to learn about michael brown being shot on august 9th, 2014 by officer darren wilson. i need this to spark a movement. this can not lose the focus of society a mere month after it happened. 

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Oh dear. Indyref conversation at work. With my boss. Who was asking questions buut he also used the word ‘separatists’ to describe yes voters. He talked about some segments of the no vote might turn violent (as if that’s a good reason to vote no?! I did not say this. I was stringently polite and moderate.

An hour long conversation, eating into class time.

Good thing I’m a willful woman. I was shaking like a leaf by the end of it. But I made my points well. Yes to Independence opens a long road of hard work but it will also permanently rid us of nuclear weapons, which I have always been against.

D pointed out my boss should not be having conversations like this in the workplace. Think he’s probably right.

dynamicafrica:

"Black man, you are on your own" - Steve Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977).

September 12th, marks the day South Africa anti-Apartheid activist and Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko was killed in police custody in Pretoria. Biko had been arrested a month earlier in Port Elizabeth where he had been detained and tortured, resulting in him falling into a coma.

Nearly dead and suffering a serious and untreated head injury, Biko was transported to Pretoria by car and died shortly after his arrival at the prison there. Police at the time would claim and broadcast to the world that Biko died due to a hunger strike but an autopsy and photographs taken of Biko postmortem, exposed with the help of journalists Donald Woods and Helen Zille, revealed that he had died as a result of the injuries he sustained whilst in police custody.

Today, nearly 40 years after his death at age 30, we remember a man that fought for an end to the brutality he and countless others suffered and still do today. The fight is far from over.

A luta continua!

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My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

The Truth

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chelseahodson:

Inventory #621: A Picture and a Poem, 2013
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REGARDING MAGIC WOMEN
They live indoors but dream of extremes, they fall in love with the idea of snow, they throw themselves at maps until they know which way is north. Seeing them outdoors is similar to the pleasure of blood returning to a limb. Wake up, I whisper to them, asleep in the garden again. Their bad habits are forgivable but smell like dirt. I lead them inside and make them clean.

chelseahodson:

Inventory #621: A Picture and a Poem, 2013

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REGARDING MAGIC WOMEN

They live indoors but dream of extremes, they fall in love with the idea of snow, they throw themselves at maps until they know which way is north. Seeing them outdoors is similar to the pleasure of blood returning to a limb. Wake up, I whisper to them, asleep in the garden again. Their bad habits are forgivable but smell like dirt. I lead them inside and make them clean.