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why cant i just plug myself into a charger

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what’s the point in criticizing settler colonial states if you don’t think the entire apparatus needs to be demolished? Israel isn’t a problematic entity that needs to be tweaked. it, along with illegitimate territories like the US, Australia and Canada are rotten to the core. their formation is rotten, their politics are rotten and their influence/perpetuation/enablement of international terror is rotten. israel is the top manufacturer of drones. israel has helped develop colonialistic projects, bankroll violent coups, genocides and dictatorships (yes, your only democracy in the middle east funds dictators, wow shocker!!) and dissuade revolutions all over latin america and africa.

does it come at any astonishment that settler colonial states all form intimate bonds with one another, cover for each other politically and go from initiating violence towards the indigenous to instigating violence abroad? who would that serve as a surprise to? only to people who don’t recognize their violent conceptions and how that reflects on their structure and relationship with other regions.

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I keep trying to summarise the last six months in Australian border politics for people outside Australia but all I can come up with is: I feel an intense sense of panic that something is happening that will be looked back on by almost everyone, once enough time has passed, as shocking passive acceptance of great evil. And the same people who do this now will try and smooth it over and create a narrative of inexorable progress that exonerates them from reflection, will say then, like they say now, “well, they didn’t know any better at the time” or “nobody knew what was really happening” and there won’t even be anything to point to to say we did, we did, we knew, or at least we knew there was something to know and chose not to investigate… People are being handed back to their torturers, people are being murdered, killing themselves, people are being disappeared by the Government before they can testify about these things. Please find out about what is happening to asylum seekers coming to Australia, please talk about it, please protest your local Australian embassy, please boycott Australia, please hassle Australians you meet about it, p l e a s e

Thank you for writing this. Would you be willing to recommend articles/books/websites/etc for someone who is mostly ignorant about Australian politics but wants to know more?

Most of the links in this post at least make reference to torture, murder, suicide, self-harm, sexual violence, genocide, every other terrible thing you can imagine, because this is what our policy does to people. 

Obviously Australian politics is extremely multifaceted so I’m going to focus on the specific issue I was talking about, which is asylum seekers. I always recommend that people support and get their news from refugee-led organisations such as riserefugee. I also recommend following Tamil Fightback. The XBorder Operational Matters blog is primarily maintained by non-refugee academics in Sydney, but contains a lot of really informative analysis and commentary. Relatively reliable news and commentary on this issue can be found at New Matilda, Overland Journal, the ABC, and SBS.

Key events in the last six months include the murder of an Iranian man named Reza Berati in Australian offshore immigration detention in Papua New Guinea and the handover of Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities.  I’m not aware of any simple material giving a potted history of what has lead up to this point in Australian border history but we are working on it. There’s an NYT article that covers some of it for an American audience. 

Basically, Australia refuses to accept the claims to asylum of anyone who arrives by boat.  For many years the norm was indefinite human warehousing of people in detention centres, without being charged with any crime or hearing anything about their claims, for years on end.  You can read a very good comic about it here. The government has opened up more and more of these detention centres offshore, in external Australian territories like Christmas Island, or in other countries like Nauru or Papua New Guinea that have few options but to do as Australia says.  All offshore detention is carried out by secretive private operators.  The effect of this is to reduce people’s access to legal and community support, make everything less transparent, and make the government appear less responsible for what goes on there.  (You can read more about this in Antony Loewenstein’s book Profits of Doom.)  Earlier this year, asylum seekers on Manus Island detention centre, off the coast of PNG, were attacked by angry locals. One man, Reza Berati, was killed and many others were seriously injured.  There’s no way the Department of Immigration didn’t have warning, but they did nothing.  After this, a number of staffers resigned in disgust. One, Liz Thompson, used to work as a migration agent, but said “I would not go back because there is no process, nothing for me to do, no process to assist people with - it’s fake. …It’s not designed as a processing facility, it’s designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place.”

The situation has now escalated to the government refusing to properly process any claims at all or even allow boats to land. Most recently, a number of Tamil refugees have been handed back to the military responsible for torturing them.  This is called refoulment and it’s illegal under international law.  They are now facing criminal prosecution for leaving the country without a permit. 150 others are currently being held under the deck of a boat with no natural light while their future is debated in the courts

There is also a Border Crossing Observatory report on deaths at the Australian border since the year 2000.  The bulk of them are from ships sinking and being actively ignored by the Australian Navy, people being killed once they were deported, and suicide. There is a very, very high rate of suicide among people who fear they may be deported.  Recently a group of mothers in Christmas Island immigration detention attempted suicide because they felt their children would have a better chance at life without them.  Prime Minister Tony Abbott labeled this “emotional blackmail”.  Earlier this year, a Tamil man who had been waiting on the outcome of his claim, Leo Seemanpillai, committed suicide by self-immolationHis family was not allowed to attend the funeral because the Department feared they might want to stay.    

These policies, with slight tweaks, are basically supported by both major parties in Australia so we can’t rely on voting out the party that supports them. One of the things those of us who oppose this are trying is a BDS style campaign, drawing inspiration from the Palestinian BDS campaign against Israeli occupation.  We would really appreciate it if you could spread this information as much as possible.  It will take a concerted global effort to end the Australian government’s inhumane actions. 

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#australia  #borders  #ourcatstrophe 


country music, or as I like to call it, “farm emo”

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There is a new Sailor Moon series out and lots of people are excited about it! I don’t actually know heaps about Sailor Moon except that it has a) lots of astrology and b) this canon butch/femme couple. I know a little, of course, because I couldn’t escape it on the playground in the 90s.  (I got to be Sailor Neptune.)  Creater Naoko Takeuchi professes a belief in astrology and obviously knows a lot about it.  This post seems like it gives a pretty good outline of how the character traits of each Sailor Scout line up with the traits associated with their planet. There’s also a good archived Geocities page here. Takehuchi’s talked a fair amount about how Sailor Uranus (Haruka, on the right) is in fact a masculine woman whose romantic partner (BFF gal pal kissing cousin, if you believe the English dub) is a more feminine woman (Sailor Neptune, Michiru, on the left).  In astrology, Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius (Haruka’s own star sign), a masculine sign that’s associated with utopianism, revolution, science and technology, people in groups, communities based on shared ideals, disruption, and the weird or unusual.  

What I haven’t seen addressed extensively is that Uranus is also historically associated with gender-transgressive queer, trans, and intersex people. In the mid 19th century, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs wrote that men attracted to men were members of a third gender, with women’s souls in men’s bodies. He later extended this analysis to female-assigned people attracted to women.  He called these people “Urnings” or “Uranians”, identifed himself among them, and actively fought for their rights.  This was all some years before the term “homosexual” was coined.  The term comes from Plato’s Symposium — it refers to Aphrodite Urania, the aspect of Aphrodite born from the god Uranus’ testicles when they were cut off and flung into the sea (Neptune!) (i.e. love from the heavens, transcendent love) as opposed to Aphrodite Dionea, born from sexual intercourse (i.e. earthly, heterosexual love).  (Ulrichs wasn’t the only person to make this association and I should note here that Plato and a number of his 19th-century neoclassical followers specifically lauded man-boy sexual relations as Uranian. I don’t believe Ulrichs was among them but I’m not 100% sure. These were obviously relationships we’d now see as in many cases child sexual abuse, and always as predicated on a highly unequal power relationship.) Ulrichs also published a journal devoted to Urning issues called, simply, Uranus.  (It only had the one issue, but, you know.) A similar concept, coined by 19th-century sexologist Krafft-Ebing, was the “sexual invert” — a gender non-conforming same-sex-attracted person considered as a person with a soul of the opposite sex to their body. 

These ideas obviously had a really profound impact on lesbian history and culture in the West.  They’re most famously dealt with in Radclyffe Hall’s 1928 novel The Well Of Loneliness, a story of invert Stephen Gordon — assigned female, named for the boy her father wanted, attracted to feminine women, and essentially happy in a male role but barred from inhabiting it.  Stephen eventually dumps her feminine girlfriend for her own good so she, the non-invert, can have a real life with a man — a very sad narrative many femmes have also found pretty annoying given that Hall’s real-life femme partner, Una Troubridge, encouraged her to write the (explosively controversial) book and stood by her until her death. Hall was herself a self-described invert.  While today we might read Stephen Gordon as a trans man, I think it’s important not to project contemporary understandings of sex and gender onto people from a different time. Sexuality and gender weren’t treated as distinct aspects of identity by scholars or activists of this time, nor indeed are they in every culture today.

I don’t set much store by horoscopes, but any astrological system is a rich network of semiotic associations with resonance in unexpected settings, and potentially worth pursuing a deeper knowledge of for that reason. 

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#horoscopes  #queer  #magic  #love  #stars  #sailor moon  #sailor uranus  #galpals  #geocities  #astrology  #90s childhood  #ourcatastrophe  #femme  #butch 



Putting on pants without using hands

this was wild from start to finish

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Around the late ’70s is when hip hop culture started in the New York area. The rest of the world took notice as black and latino New Yorkers opened their eyes to a new types of art, knowledge, dance and most importantly- music. Rap music. Music that uses a MC’s rhyming prose over a DJ/producer’s instrumental of samples and beats. So, who better to introduce you to then Junglepussy, Dai Burger, Princess Nokia and Cakes Da Killa? Our four MCs that are making waves in the rap scene with their gritty, sexy and clever lyrics bringing all eyes back to the New York area.

 The Bus: Our Four Radical Rappers from the Origin  

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