The artless dodger

coelasquid:

Basically, the temptation to say a character is super rich is appealing because it seems like it makes things easier if your character never has to worry about finances. Like, you can just wave your hand and say “and we never had to worry about how they afford this nice house/education/collection…

oatmeal:

Read the rest of the comic here:  Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not)  

Not the hugest fan of The Oatmeal always, but this.

oatmeal:

Read the rest of the comic here:  Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not)  

Not the hugest fan of The Oatmeal always, but this.

Don’t forget

misslissalindsey:

Ferguson is still happening.

Hong Kong is still trying.

Our world is crying out and we cannot contribute to its silence.

medievalpoc:

medievalpoc:

source

It’s become somewhat apparent by the notes on this post that some people aren’t getting that the point is, “These racial categories didn’t exist yet, but these figures from history have still been assigned modern racial labels. Maybe we should question these racial labels and assumptions we make about history.”

Which is kind of incidentally also the point of medievalpoc, in part.

itswalky:

Shortpacked!: Slime
helpful additional reading
lb-lee:

lakidaa:

baroncaveyeti:

snarkbender:

jamsradio:

 

anyone know what this is from?

"Judgement Day" by EC Comics. From wikipedia:

The story depicted a human astronaut, a representative of the Galactic Republic, visiting the planet Cybrinia inhabited by robots. He finds the robots divided into functionally identical orange and blue races, one of which has fewer rights and privileges than the other. The astronaut decides that due to the robots’ bigotry, the Galactic Republic should not admit the planet. In the final panel, he removes his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.

Apparently the Comics Code Authority tried to prevent the author from making the main character black.

Boy did they! It took the writer (and the company) threatening the CCA with a lawsuit and telling the guy to fuck off (literally) to get this thing printed: 
Comic Historian Digby Diehl recounted in Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives:

This really made ‘em go bananas in the Code czar’s office. ‘Judge Murphy was off his nut. He was really out to get us’, recalls [EC editor] Feldstein. ‘I went in there with this story and Murphy says, “It can’t be a Black man”. But … but that’s the whole point of the story!’ Feldstein sputtered. When Murphy continued to insist that the Black man had to go, Feldstein put it on the line. ‘Listen’, he told Murphy, ‘you’ve been riding us and making it impossible to put out anything at all because you guys just want us out of business’. [Feldstein] reported the results of his audience with the czar to Gaines, who was furious [and] immediately picked up the phone and called Murphy. ‘This is ridiculous!’ he bellowed. ‘I’m going to call a press conference on this. You have no grounds, no basis, to do this. I’ll sue you’. Murphy made what he surely thought was a gracious concession. ‘All right. Just take off the beads of sweat’. At that, Gaines and Feldstein both went ballistic. ‘Fuck you!’ they shouted into the telephone in unison. Murphy hung up on them, but the story ran in its original form.[18]


You know, it’s times like this that I am deeply comforted, knowing that history isn’t just everyone being nice and polite and better than the current generation.  Sometimes it really is just people bellowing swear words over the phone to get shit done.

lb-lee:

lakidaa:

baroncaveyeti:

snarkbender:

jamsradio:

 

anyone know what this is from?

"Judgement Day" by EC Comics. From wikipedia:

The story depicted a human astronaut, a representative of the Galactic Republic, visiting the planet Cybrinia inhabited by robots. He finds the robots divided into functionally identical orange and blue races, one of which has fewer rights and privileges than the other. The astronaut decides that due to the robots’ bigotry, the Galactic Republic should not admit the planet. In the final panel, he removes his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.

Apparently the Comics Code Authority tried to prevent the author from making the main character black.

Boy did they! It took the writer (and the company) threatening the CCA with a lawsuit and telling the guy to fuck off (literally) to get this thing printed: 

Comic Historian Digby Diehl recounted in Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives:

This really made ‘em go bananas in the Code czar’s office. ‘Judge Murphy was off his nut. He was really out to get us’, recalls [EC editor] Feldstein. ‘I went in there with this story and Murphy says, “It can’t be a Black man”. But … but that’s the whole point of the story!’ Feldstein sputtered. When Murphy continued to insist that the Black man had to go, Feldstein put it on the line. ‘Listen’, he told Murphy, ‘you’ve been riding us and making it impossible to put out anything at all because you guys just want us out of business’. [Feldstein] reported the results of his audience with the czar to Gaines, who was furious [and] immediately picked up the phone and called Murphy. ‘This is ridiculous!’ he bellowed. ‘I’m going to call a press conference on this. You have no grounds, no basis, to do this. I’ll sue you’. Murphy made what he surely thought was a gracious concession. ‘All right. Just take off the beads of sweat’. At that, Gaines and Feldstein both went ballistic. ‘Fuck you!’ they shouted into the telephone in unison. Murphy hung up on them, but the story ran in its original form.[18]

You know, it’s times like this that I am deeply comforted, knowing that history isn’t just everyone being nice and polite and better than the current generation.  Sometimes it really is just people bellowing swear words over the phone to get shit done.

I’m sort of both thrilled about being, having played, a kind of iconic character, but I wish it weren’t such a lonely feeling. Because I do feel that women are so incredible. It seems to be hard for Hollywood to come up with good just sort of straightaway – straight, true women characters that they don’t try to make, you know, ‘sympathetic’ or something. That’s always the kiss of death,” [Weaver] said. “When a person will try to write you to make people feel something for you instead of just letting you get on with it, it can be a kiss of death. It takes talented people in all these different fields to come up with good men and women characters. There’s so many great examples in the world of powerful, interesting personalities that I hope it’s more – perhaps if more women choose to enter this field of creating games, that will happen. I just think that, as someone who doesn’t know that much about games but thinks they’re great, I just feel like there should be games for everybody, for everybody’s taste. I am sure it will happen.

fujoshifeminism:

roachpatrol:

videodante:

Read them all here, I felt like this should be remembered somewhere because it’s really good.

YOO. 

If you try to tell me the Hunger Games isn’t good enough to go toe-to-toe with shit like 1984, Lord of the Flies, and Farenheit 451 then we are gonna have to throw the fuck down

This. All of this. It applies to shoujo manga and anime as well.

bad-ronald:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Protesters are angry about these strange negotiations to release protesters. What kind of practice is this?

September 28th

it’s cool the u.s. military just made up a bunch of fake threats of terrorism to justify starting another war. and yet the real terrorists are roaming at night kidnapping people

arte-mysia:

shelderon:

arte-mysia:

Ignore the “declining moral values” bit.  That was added by the Christian scholars much later.  However, a lack of political civility and the decision to go to war practically everywhere to keep people in a patriotic fervor helped a lot to destroy not only the Roman Republic, but the Roman Empire.

The Christian backlash against the Roman life style resulted in a taboo on regular bathing. Hello Black Plague. How are those moral values looking now?

I wasn’t even referring to that, but that’s a good point.  During the 17th Century, the historians who looked at the fall of Rome often blamed moral failings for why Rome fell.  Their view was that by not accepting Christianity right off the bat, Rome essentially was an immoral place what with its sex, its cults, its drugs, etc.
Most of why Rome fell is because it failed to put enough resources back into its populous, the rich got far too rich, the poor got far too poor, the central authority became localized in the aristocracy and oligarchy (which spent inordinant amounts of time making sure their power stayed there), they focused too much on military campaigns to the point that they ran out of resources in the center of the empire, and the disruptive influence of Christianity took away the Divine Right of Kings which had turned the Emperors into Gods and in so doing, weakened the authority of the central government.
It’s actually a fairly typical pattern.  Almost every empire has fallen due to a combination of poor resource management, over-militarization, and lack of faith in the governmental structures.
I’ve spent most of my life researching history :)

arte-mysia:

shelderon:

arte-mysia:

Ignore the “declining moral values” bit.  That was added by the Christian scholars much later.  However, a lack of political civility and the decision to go to war practically everywhere to keep people in a patriotic fervor helped a lot to destroy not only the Roman Republic, but the Roman Empire.

The Christian backlash against the Roman life style resulted in a taboo on regular bathing. Hello Black Plague. How are those moral values looking now?

I wasn’t even referring to that, but that’s a good point.  During the 17th Century, the historians who looked at the fall of Rome often blamed moral failings for why Rome fell.  Their view was that by not accepting Christianity right off the bat, Rome essentially was an immoral place what with its sex, its cults, its drugs, etc.

Most of why Rome fell is because it failed to put enough resources back into its populous, the rich got far too rich, the poor got far too poor, the central authority became localized in the aristocracy and oligarchy (which spent inordinant amounts of time making sure their power stayed there), they focused too much on military campaigns to the point that they ran out of resources in the center of the empire, and the disruptive influence of Christianity took away the Divine Right of Kings which had turned the Emperors into Gods and in so doing, weakened the authority of the central government.

It’s actually a fairly typical pattern.  Almost every empire has fallen due to a combination of poor resource management, over-militarization, and lack of faith in the governmental structures.

I’ve spent most of my life researching history :)