Joseph Stiglitz: It’s not broken don’t break it oh god why would you you’re getting it right god bless your social democracy don’t touch it don’t I LOVE YOU
Tony Jones: do you think Joseph would notice if I licked his face I’ve never licked a Nobel Prize winner before.
JFC. What an asshole.
I just woke up. Happy Saturday to me, I guess!
1. Lots of very important POC, and they have key roles. Don’t be fooled by the white male hero, it’s not what you think it is.
2. A teenage asian girl who is not over sexualized. Not a single woman is over sexualized actually, even those who could have been due to circumstances.
YES! TO ALL OF THESE POINTS. YES.
Also? Fat actors that aren’t the butt of jokes! And COMPLEX treatment of issues like Classism and Ethics and Power Structures and Revolution!
also, duct tape on your arms, a few layers, but not too tight. basically it’ll stop a zombie taking a chunk out of your arm if you’re reloading or your blade gets jammed in a zombie
wearing a wetsuit underneath your clothing would also be useful. remember; they were human once, humans have blunt teeth! you try biting through duct tape AND a wet suit
never duct tape joints, your movements will be limited, and you want to be fast and danger (gotta go fast)
don’t hole up in small houses either that’s a recipe for disaster, you want somewhere with a secure upstairs, and a way down from the upstairs that is zombie free or can easily be cleared of zombies (avoid fire exits with steps leading up to them though, unless they have gates at the bottom)
sound = attraction, so if you do have guns, use them only in emergencies or for the sake of popping one head you’ll be greeted with many many more
raid your local medical shops, and get there first, nobody is going to stop and share it out equally while they’re panicking. don’t hit out at somebody unless they hit out at you, though, you already have unintelligent corpses pitted against you, you don’t want sentient humans on your case as well (zombies don’t do the revenge thing, humans do!)
try not to piss people off, because as stated before, yes, humans like revenge
don’t try and be clever and use yourself as live bait; yes playing the hero is glorious in movies, but it doesn’t work so glamorously in real life
large numbers isn’t a good idea. you want small groups, even if you just branch out from being in a larger group, because if there’s a lot of you you are a bigger target, but don’t then go off and decide to be in groups that are too small in case you get surrounded (in which case, the duct tape and wet suits will come in handy)
food shouldn’t be that hard to come by, most people would have attempted to flee the area straight from their houses and packed what they had, raiding local shops could still be worth it. but remember, know your way in, your way out, and double check there’s nothing in the shop ready to sneak up behind you while you’re reaching up for that tin of beans
half balaclava masks or something similar to cover your lower face while fighting zombies could also be useful, you don;t want to accidentally ingest flying zombie fluids and end up one of them, that’d be a nasty surprise for your group to wake up to (since going solo possibly isn’t a good idea)
and always, ALWAYS, have a way to start a fire on you
I love my followers so you need to protect yourselves.
My only real problems with this post are that:
A) they assume zombies will be mindless feeding monsters. What if they retain intelligence? The horror scenario would be zombies that are actually both smart, and fast. Like, imagine going to a class and sitting down beside a sociopath zombie who fools you into thinking they are totally normal? When said zombie offers to give you a ride home, you’re not going to know anything is wrong. What is Phil at work gets infected on the weekend and comes to work on Monday. What if Phil asks if you’re busy for lunch? He’s just ducking in to Croissant Express. Why not go with him? Their BLTs are delicious. But now, you’re fucked. All because you wanted to avoid the bus from class or get a BLT.
B) they assume the zombie virus will be communicated solely through saliva and blood. What if it’s airborne? Or water borne? Or in our beef? Or is sexually transmitted? Sex Ed in schools is fucking deplorable. I hope you are all happy when our kids start giving each other zombie. Worldwide Zombiefication. All for want of a condom.
Dear OPs, I would prefer a zombie survival guide that accounts for all the variables. Don’t mislead me. Thank you.
Jocular non-appreciation of how serious a confrontation is, followed by a joke, followed by a shit eating grin, followed by violence.
Accurate depiction of the behaviour of Australians in bars all over the world.
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A loaf of bread made in the first century AD, which was discovered at Pompeii, preserved for centuries in the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius. The markings visible on the top are made from a Roman bread stamp, which bakeries were required to use in order to mark the source of the loaves, and to prevent fraud. (via Ridiculously Interesting)
(sigh) I’ve seen these before, but this one’s particularly beautiful.
I feel like I’m supposed to be marveling over the fact that this is a loaf of bread that’s been preserved for thousands of years, and don’t get me wrong, that’s hella cool. But honestly, I’m mostly struck by the unexpected news that “bread fraud” was apparently once a serious concern.
Bread Fraud was a huge thing, Bread was provided to the Roman people by the government - bakers were given grain to make the free bread, but some of them stole the government grain to use in other baked goods and would add various substitutes, like sawdust or even worse things, to the bread instead. So if people complained that their free bread was not proper bread, the stamp told them exactly whose bakery they ought to burn down.
Bread stamps continued to be used at least until the Medieval period in Europe. Any commercially sold bread had to be stamped with an official seal to identify the baker to show that it complied with all rules and regulations about size, price, and quality. This way, rotten or undersized loaves could be traced back to the baker. Bakers could be pilloried, sent down the streets in a hurdle cart with the offending loaf tied around their neck, fined, or forbidden to engage in baking commercially ever again in that city. There are records of a baker in London being sent on a hurdle cart because he used an iron rod to increase the weight of his loaves, and another who wrapped rotten dough with fresh who was pilloried. Any baker hurdled three times had to move to a new city if they wanted to continue baking.
If you have made bread, you are probably familiar with a molding board. It’s a flat board used to shape the bread. Clever fraudsters came up with a molding board that had a little hole drilled into it that wasn’t easily noticed. A customer would buy his dough by weight, and then the baker would force some of that dough through the hole, so they could sell and underweight loaf and use the stolen dough to bake new loafs to sell. Molding boards ended up being banned in London after nine different bakers were caught doing this. There were also instances of grain sellers withholding grain to create an artificial scarcity drive up the price of that, and things like bread.
Bread, being one of the main things that literally everyone ate in many parts of the world, ended up with a plethora of rules and regulations. Bakers were probably no more likely to commit fraud than anyone else, but there were so many of them, that we ended up with lots and lots of rules and records of people being shifty.
Check out Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and Ceremony by Madeleine Pelner Cosman for a whole chapter on food laws as they existed in about 1400. Plus the color plates are fantastic.
I could be wrong, but there might be places that still practice this.
If it’s possible the stamps can be on the bottom of the bread then this is definitely still a thing in some places in Italy and Greece!
So… this is an advertisement for a local coffee shop.
Yeah. You read that right.
As if “A mouthful of my beans will leave you in ecstasy” isn’t pure enough marketing genius, they included a text caption for the image on facebook and it’s even better!
"… we promise we’ll be gentle."
HAHA! I mean, how unexpected! And fresh! And witty and clever! These guys and the people who worked on selling the salient talking points for the recent budget should get together and go bowling!
But this is actually just the tip of the iceberg for this veritable Brain Trust.
Because nothing gets the taste of early-morning objectification out of your mouth like coffee, amiright ladies? I know nothing cleanses MY palate after giving a blowjob in a public fucking toilet like an overpriced cup of coffee.
How do I like it? Preferably without blatantly sexist objectification and a possible yeast infection, thanks!
And this is not it, folks. There are more. WAY MORE.
Of course, people started commenting on the advertising, expressing their concerns about the depiction of women and wondering what any of this bait advertising had to do with coffee at all and querying as to whether or not the company was aware what they were doing was NOT OK. And the company had an opportunity to take a good look at themselves, realise what they were doing was wrong as shit and take down their advertising before issuing an apology.
What did they ACTUALLY DO, though? What did these princes of towering intellect, these kings of wisdom REALLY think was the best course of action?
Uhh… Pretty much exactly what you’d expect, actually!
In keeping with their previously mentioned “We can make a good thing even better with words!” ethos, they published a post attempting to explain their advertising… and then they started insulting customers individually.
Personal growth is overrated, guys. Holding on to your ignorance is the new black of business models.
Their explanation post swings between patronising, erroneous, and downright hilarious, so to save you the effort, I have picked out the best bits:
"The Fresh One is about an approach to life, its about living to 100%, challenging the status quo! "
Yeah! We challenge the status quo! Patriarchy is revolutionary! Sex in advertising has never been done before! The objectification of women to sell shit does not, in any way, contribute to stuff like rape culture. That belongs to the icky mainstream, and we are all about challenging that stuff! Getting tonnes of blowjobs and women taking off their clothes as much as possible before posing as sex objects for you is how we show our opinion of what it is to live every day 100%!
"It is important to note that it has not been at any time nor will be in the future the intention of Fresh One to degrade, sexualize or objectify any person, gender or cultural group."
And that’s totally NOT what we do here. Like, at all. How are you even GETTING that from these ads? Seriously. And if we happen to do something that looks like that, that maybe APPEARS as if we have thrown our principles and those marginalised groups under a bus for the chance at a bit of promotional profit, well… We can’t be responsible for the perceptions of others.
"The Fresh One team embraces this ebb and flow and also accept that as a commercial entity we will not be appreciated by 100% of the market. And we’re okay with that."
Basically, Fuck off.
Seriously. Any feminist who has an issue with the way we choose to violently and wilfully depict women as objects can just fuck off. You’re nothing. Your opinions mean nothing. You do not matter to us. Just fuck off.
"Whilst we can appreciate a person’s right to express their ultra conservative views…"
"…we vehemently defend our right to promote our brand in the evocative and gregarious way we do."
Evocative and gregarious. Yuh-huh. I think someone in your marketing department needs to a) Delete his stock photo membership, and b) spend his newly found free time finding a fucking dictionary. Because that’s not how you spell MISOGYNISTIC and DAMAGING.
“This is not a forum for negativity so whilst we are happy to engage in debate and accept minority groups commentary we will not tolerate ongoing degradation of our site.”
So… you’re quite happy to engage in debate as long as it doesn’t result in pushback against your shitty branding and behaviour? Is that what constitutes “degradation’ of your site? Dissent? Like, the full-scale, blatant appropriation of women’s bodies for your own selfish purposes doesn’t do it?
Also, way to refer to 52% of the population as a minority, you pieces of absolute shit.
“If a person cannot accept that others may have a different perspective to them in life then please direct your attention elsewhere.”
Like when a woman rejects a man’s advances and he takes no notice of her agency because advertising like this has led him to believe that women’s bodies are a blank canvas upon which to pin his desires, she should probably just get over it and direct her attention elsewhere.
Sounds perfectly fucking reasonable.
Predictably, this didn’t go over well, and customer after customer started commenting on their non-apology with protest.
In staying with their theme of “We totally respect women, would never aim to degrade anybody, and we love women!” some bright little turd at the company posted the following under one of the comments:
"I do hope that is still allowed"
Oh my god. Oh. MY FUCKING. GOD.
In addition to the company’s stance on women (and any customer or potential customer who might take issue with their brand), a sterling member of the public stepped forward to provide even MORE reasons I need feminism:
But, finally, someone addressed the troll. And, yea verily, it was glorious:
In related news, Facebook has reviewed all the images, and has advised that they will not be removed because they do not counter their ‘Community Standards’. I can only imagine how an image of a naked woman with spread legs covered in misogynistic sexual text manages to UPHOLD anything that could be labelled a ‘Community Standard’. Unless you were a dedicated MRA community, I guess.
Says it all, really.
why would u
#firefly #SHUT YOUR ENTIRE FACE THE ACTUAL FUCK UP #mal and jayne answering pretend phones and wearing tiaras at tea parties #mal looking slightly hunted when he’s caught in the act #jayne being totally unembarrassed #because when a toddler gives you a pretend phone you answer that shit #inara teaching him the Correct Way to Pour (Imaginary) Tea #and then pretending to be a dinosaur for 2 hours #river is the best at dinosaurs #simon is terrible so he is a herbivore #and river and the kid chase and eat him #it ends this way every single time
This controversial documentary film by acclaimed filmmaker John Pilger draws on his long association with Indigenous Australians. Utopia is Pilger’s investigation into Australia’s colonial past and wealthy present. It sets out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. Pilger travels to Darwin, then to Western Australia and to the outback of New South Wales, where he explores the high rate of Indigenous people imprisoned, the low average life expectancy, and the prevalence of preventable diseases and malnutrition among indigenous communities. Utopia is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not. (An Australian Production) (Documentary) M(A,L) CC
Watch this while it’s till available on SBS on demand. VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION about the lies, hypocrisy, deceit & CRUELTY that Australia was founded on. The DVD is available from John Pilger’s website, $30 inc shipping within Australia.
I can’t stress enough how important this film is. These are atrocities that are happening now. It is absolutely essential viewing.
I caught this on Saturday night and it was so, so, SO brilliant. If you haven’t seen it yet, make it a priority. I can’t stress how important it is, particularly right now.
On this whole #notallmen bullshit: Instead of stroking the brotherhood like people have been doing, coming up with clever and witty analogies to explain why women must assume it IS all men to increase their chances of survival, I just feel like saying “Yes, all men. YES.”
Because if you are a male who is not dominant and violent? If you do not agree with male rule and privilege and female subjugation and subordination? If you are a male who does not view women as passive receptors to your will, suggestions, and advances? You are NOT a ‘man’ under the patriarchal paradigm we live under.
You are, and will continue to be, excluded from all discussions involving the behaviour and beliefs of “men” until we move to a feminist world view. When feminists say “Patriarchy hurts men, too”, the men feminists are referring to ARE YOU. You are anathema to the patriarchy. It doesn’t WANT you. You don’t fit into their rigid requirements for manhood. You are NOT MEN under our current social system.
Sorry. That’s how patriarchy works.
I feel like a massive opportunity to discuss the sick system that is patriarchy with people it affects, often unrealised and unseen, has passed us by. And I despair.
gay marriage is legal in the sims god damn it real world sort your shit out
lets talk about sims for a minute
in sims, your appearance doesn’t matter. you can pursue what career you want and not get paid less for being a certain gender. you can change your sim’s gender or life at any time. what other sims care about is if you’re nice or if you kick over their gnome.
also men in sims 2 can get pregnant by aliens
And if you don’t like the way those alien spawn turn out, in the Sims you can just put them in the pool and remove all the ladders.
When I told my mother that, she just looked at me and shook her head and said “Life is so much easier in The Sims”.