Someone mentioned this and I realized just how true (and infuriating, and frustrating, and pathetic) it is:
Whenever some news of the persecution in the Middle East against the Christians and other minorities is shared, only a few people, mostly very dedicated Catholics, will respond to it. Bring it up in conversation, and no one has any clue what is going on.
(There was a brief blip of attention after the execution of James Wright Foley, but his memory was nearly instantly replaced by new hashtags about movie stars and new shows.)
Excuse me for comparing tragedies, but the Israel-Gaza conflict was and is being discussed EVERYWHERE, everyone has formed opinions, tags like #prayforpalestine trended, and people seemed to be genuinely upset by the deaths of the Gazans. All very good. Normal human reactions to injustice.
Same with Ferguson.
However, mention what IS is doing in Iraq, Syria, and other countries to people who are completely 100% innocent and non-aggressive, who were simply trying to live out their faith in a hostile environment…and everything goes quite. Crickets.
More people have died, been forced from their homes, raped, robbed, beaten, exiled in Iraq than have been similarly wronged in either Ferguson or Gaza. For no reason. For the sake of hate.
What the hell is it about this particular issue that makes everyone so timid? It has religious implications. My English professor actually said we couldn’t discuss the issue or mention it in our essays because it was “a faith-based topic.” Excuse me, but isn’t justice a natural virtue? Isn’t this a violation of every. single. human. right. for those people? This isn’t something for just Christians to protest. This is evil, pure and simple.
Beheadings of children? Ethnic cleansing? How can you not speak? These people are almost defenseless.
We still see new movies and books and talks about Nazi Germany, telling us how awful the Holocaust was. Why can’t people see this *is* the Holocaust, but for Christians?
This exact same thing has happened for countless other genocides….the Armenians are a notable example. I just cannot fathom why. Why are some genocides more worthy of notice and horror than others? It shouldn’t matter whether ethnic cleansing targeted the blacks in Germany or the Yazidis in Iraq, whether religious persecution was staged against the Jewish people or the Assyrian Christians. Speak up people.
No one deserves to die in such awful ways, deprived of everything, forced to deny their deepest beliefs. Much less to do so in silence and isolation. Organizations that give humanitarian aid are trying, but so few are donating.
One more thing: its great that we all dumped water on our heads and raised money for people with Lou Gehrig’s, but research was already being conducted. It was not some urgent need, but just a charitable outreach. Right now, people in the Middle East NEED your money, your prayers, your knowledge, your voice.
Its a travesty the media is so quiet about this, that apparently the marriage of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is more newsworthy than the lives, livelihoods, pain, and fear of so many people.
Just because it involves religion, doesn’t mean you can’t speak up, dammit.
(pardon the rant. Also, you don’t know the self-control it took to keep this relatively profanity-free.)
My son and I watch ‘Return to Oz’ all the time! <3
I was studying in the library at school a couple of weeks ago, and all of a sudden I hear my librarian go psst from behind the counter so I go over to see what’s up and she goes, “hey, we got a new shipment of books in today. You want first pick?” and she had all of the new arrivals sitting out on her desk and she just put post-its on whichever ones I wanted and then told me not to tell anybody and that’s how I found out my librarian makes black market deals with the heavy readers at my school.
when i was a child i used to think teens were grown ups and when i was a teen i thought college students were grown ups and now that im a college student im just like what the hell is a grown up anymore
Now that I’m older than college age I’ve concluded that grown ups are a myth.
how to ao3 savior, an updated tutorial
Frustrated or triggered because of that one tag/ship/fic/author that keeps showing up while you browse ao3? Here’s step-by-step guide to blacklisting à la tumblr savior on Archive of our Own.
Liz Climo on Tumblr.
this really cheered me up
Leverage Meme: 4/10 Dynamics: The Team
Being good to each other is so important, guys.
Save Your Computer
I have the worst luck. I’ve broken five computers and four laptops but I’ve finally learnt my lesson. After losing my work so many times, I have been great at rewriting because I’d never backed anything up.
Take it from me:
- Even if you backup your work in one external source from your computer, back it up online or in as many places as you can
- Back up according to how much valuable work you have so if you save work/programs frequently, back up once every week
- If you have a Windows computer, go onto Control Panel and search “back up”. Click on the first link and follow through from there
- Do not wait until it’s too late
I may add more information on if I can think of any, but here are some useful links on some other ways to back up your computer:
Windows help to backing up files
How to Back Up a Computer (among other devices)
How to Back up Data
The absurdly simple guide to backing up your PC
Three Best Ways to Back Up Your Files
6 cheap ways to back up your files
8 Ways to Back up Your Computer Files
How to back up your data
Done a Computer Backup Lately?
Google Drive is a great resource to use for backing things up.
Wooden pocketwatch made by Valerii Danevych (x) and bone pocketwatch from the Bronnikov family workshop (x)
The only parts not carved from wood or bone are the spring mechanisms used to drive the timepiece.