Today Australia was stunned to learn of a horrific plan by extremists to kidnap and behead a random person here. I’m seeing a lot of fear, shock and anger on social media.
It’s perfectly understandable to be anxious. And fearful. And even angry. I think most of us share these emotions. But let’s not let the emotions make our decisions. Tolerance is our way of life and if we change that - even if it is to respond to those who seek to enforce a radical change on us - then we have lost no matter the outcome.
Let’s respond to those that threaten us but ONLY those few. Don’t let our emotions stir generalisations and fuel xenophobia and racism.
The teachers are looking at me funny after show and tell last week. The letter of the week was W and Gypsy took a Wonder Woman figure in. But it was her spiel that saw a few eyebrows go up. "This is Wonder Woman. She is an awesome hero. Her real name is Diana and she is princess like Cinderella and Anna except Diana is a princess of the Amazons. Her mummy Hippo-eater made her out of magic clay."
I can’t actually remember ever telling her about Hippolyta (not Hippo-eater) and most of what I have said about Wonder Woman has been in passing but I am kind of proud at how much she’s somehow picked up.
Not bad for a five-year-old.
(Art by Cliff Chiang) EDIT: Art is actually by David Finch.
so i watched scott pilgrim vs the world again last night and the fact that im still picking up on things that i never saw before astounds me, like in this bus scene after the fight with matthew patel there’s a fucking bokeh filter on the front of the camera so when ramona is on screen all the out of focus bits are rendered as little “x”s and scott’s bits are little love hearts but when scott asks ramona if they’re dating now there’s a little ding from the bus as ramona’s turn to hearts like omg
the amount of attention to detail edgar wright puts into his films is absolutely baffling to me
During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.
Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids. Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.
Another time, Jack took a call. A voice on the other end said, ‘There are three of us down here in the lobby. We want to see the guy who does this disgusting comic book and show him what real Nazis would do to his Captain America’. To the horror of others in the office, Kirby rolled up his sleeves and headed downstairs. The callers, however, were gone by the time he arrived.
Mark Evanier, Kirby: King of Comics (via dawgriguez)