Pic of the Day for October 21st!
Right now. Right this moment. Even casually. I want to see how many people will be here for the upd8.
Hell, even if you just plan on reading it.
What is happening in Mexico?
- How it began
On September 26, students our age (~19-22) were attacked by the local police and gangs in Iguala, Guerrero in Mexico. They were studying to become teachers at Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa. I have read many articles about how the students were in the town to ask for money to help pay tuition, to protest discrimination of rural school teachers, to travel to commemorate another student massacre of 1986, etc., so I am unsure of what is what here. But the students were on the buses and police blocked their way to get the students out. When they did, they opened fire on the students at once. Some students threw rocks back in self-defense, but the students were unarmed. Six people died and 17 were injured. Three students died, a taxi driver, a woman in a taxi, and a football player that was just 15 years old (x). The injured were taken away by an ambulance, local journalists came, etc but it was not over as more men came in plain clothes and rifles (x). These men are apart of Guerreros Unidos and work for the Beltran Leyva cartel. The students were forced into police vans and have since disappeared. 43 students are missing.
Some of the students escaped by hiding in nearby houses. One terrified student tried running away, but he was found later yet with his eyes gouged out and his face completely sliced away to the bone. A YOUNG MAN only 19 years old suffered through this. (As a warning, be aware that there are photos online and that while searching deep through articles and tags, they are present.) A survivor of the attack says this is “symbol of the cartel assassins” (x).
- The Mass Graves
~ More than a week later, on Saturday, authorities found mass graves nearby that has 28 burned remains with the tips (x). We fear that this may be some of the students. We won’t have DNA analysis to confirm anything for another two weeks, if not longer.
MORE mass graves were found yesterday, but it is still unknown about how many remains these graves have (x).
Keep in mind that the CITY MAYOR AND HIS WIFE are on the RUN. No one knows where they are.
We still don’t understand the reason behind this violence. Why kidnap and kill these young men? There are several explanations online, but how do you explain something like this? One story is that the mayer’s wife was giving a speech that day and did not want to be disrupted by the students. Keep in mind that the wife is the head of the city’s family welfare department and also has family connections to cartels (x). There are other alternatives online, but I don’t know. I just don’t.
- You cannot be silent about what is happening in Mexico
You can’t. You just can’t. Social media has a big impact and this story has to spread. In the last 24 hours I have seen an incredible boost in coverage about Ayotzinapa.
On Wednesday, thousands protested the disappearance of the students in Mexico.
Amounting pressure is being put on the Mexican government to find the missing students. There is also added outrage and demand ‘to punish politicians linked to organized crime’. It is no shock when considering the police corruption and brutality in Mexico. As Mexico bleeds, we all bleed.
Americans cannot ignore the violence of drug cartels and place it as just a problem in Mexico. There is too much innocent bloodshed. And because BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of dollars are collected in the United States by Mexican drug cartels, it is a shared responsibility (x). CHILDREN ARE DYING. Do not skim over these articles, do not just read them and do nothing, you have to act and spread the information. Do not be silent. Please, please, please help and pay attention.
- Mexico missing students: Nationwide protests held | BBC
- Mexico relatives search for students in Guerrero | BBC
- Mexico missing students: New mass graves found in Iguala | BBC
- There’s little mystery to this mass grave: Mexico’s drug war is killing children | The Guardian
- Are missing students in mass graves found near Iguala, Mexico? | CNN
- Mexico Drug War Fast Facts | CNN
- Iguala, Guerrero, tiene un viernes violento con ataques y muertes | CNN (Español)
- Survivor of Mexico Student Massacre: ‘It Was Terrifying’ | NBC
- Anatomy of a Mexican Student Massacre | The Daily Beast
- The Apparent Massacre of Dozens of Students Exposes the Corruption at the Heart of Mexico | TIME
- 43 Missing Students, 1 Missing Mayor: Of Crime And Collusion In Mexico | NPR
TUMBLR TEXT POSTS (these have better information than I can explain)
- free-clementine | Nobody even cares what’s happening in Mexico.
- thinkmexican | Mexico Takes to the Streets for Students of Ayotzinapa
- animalsandtrees | In Mexico
- riseandshinecourage | Please, stop to read this.
- there are more and more if you just search
If there any corrections that need to be included, please just add them in.
This may be the best thing I see all day.
fool me once green nigga fool me once
THOR WAS READY FOR IT
I stubbed my toe so hard I nearly passed out. That was a new experience.
Band-aids don’t really work well on toes, but I applied one the best I could. Then I attached a cotton-swab using painter’s tape. I look completely ridiculous.
Underneath the cotton and plastic, my toe is not pretty, but I don’t think it’s broken. I can bend it without severe discomfort. But I’m not looking forward to shoes tomorrow.
J-Stars Victory Vs characters part 3: Yu Yu Hakusho&Hunter x Hunter
I would play the SHIT out of this.
I finally finished it, I’m so proud of me.
Happy 413, everyone ! )o)
Following this blog is possibly the best decision I have ever made.
Nicki Minaj is also a real person who makes real decisions for herself and made a video and song that celebrated her own body and her own sexuality while outright critiquing the Male Gaze through visual metaphor
Jessica Drew is not a real person and was drawn by a man in a submissive position who visually objectifies her (spandex doesn’t work on asses like that come on) and every female superhero he’s drawn. And he can’t even draw a background right.
repeat it with me now everybody: made up women drawn for gross men to jerk off to are NOT equivalent to real life women expressing their sexuality for their own benefit
BLESS THIS POST
I was just talking about this with my intern today! Characters never really make choices. They only ever do what their creator makes them do. You cannot ever separate a character with their creator.
RE: Characters cannot make choices
That’s not exactly how I would say that. It’s true that characters do what the author “makes them do,” but only in the least abstract terms possible. The author pushes the pen, and the words (or in the case of comics, words and images) describe the character. But ultimately what readers are interested in is the context of the character’s action, and what it means for the story’s evolving mythology. In that context, characters must have agency, divorced from their authors, or you’re just sitting in a room watching a grown man or woman play with shadow puppets, flat and insubstantial. Something has to suspend your disbelief.
In fact, sometimes it’s the LACK of story context, compared to the preponderance of real world context, that exposes authorial intent to be sort of gross and unpleasant. There’s no reason to pose a character with her ass in the air, improbably covered in spandex body paint, that could possible serve the story. It’s so blatantly directed towards the audience’s libido that it breaks character, shatters the illusion of immersion, and reduces a character (who COULD, in a story context, exhibit her own sexuality in a healthy, agentic way) to a centerfold.
It’s not bad for a fictional woman to be sexual, any more than a real woman. It is, however, not good when a woman’s sexuality is reduced to being an object for the pleasure of others, whether she is real or fictional.