Russian legislators vote unanimously to approve use of military force in Ukraine.
UPDATE: Russian parliament wants to recall ambassador in DC over Obama comment.
UPDATE: UN Security Council to meet on Ukraine at 2 p.m. Saturday
UPDATE: Russian minister: Parliament’s authorization of troops in Ukraine doesn’t mean immediate deployment.
UPDATE: Ukraine military bases have been sealed off by Russian forces in Crimea.
UPDATE: Sen. Corker: Congress To Consider Targeted Sanctions On Russia.
UPDATE: Ukraine’s Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says military is on ‘highest alert’
UPDATE: Donetsk calls for referendum, votes to restore Russian’s official status.
UPDATE: Ukraine puts its forces on combat alert and warns Russia that any military intervention would lead to war.
UPDATE: Top officials at White House meeting on Ukraine.
UPDATE: Obama warns Russia on Ukraine.
UPDATE: Ran into Podesta leaving WH Asked whether Ukraine is a test for US Russian relations, he responded “that goes without saying.” -Jim Acosta CNN
UPDATE: Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN asks Security Council to “do everything possible” to stop Russian “aggression”.
UPDATE: Sec. of State Kerry calls Russia’s movements an “invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory” - AliABCNews
UPDATE: Kremlin statement~> “Russia reserves right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers living in Ukraine.”
UPDATE: White House Confirms Obama Chose Not To Attend National Security Briefing On Ukraine/Russia Crisis.
UPDATE: In 90-Minute Phone Call, Obama Expresses ‘His Deep Concern’ over Violation of Ukrainian Sovereignty.
UPDATE: Barack Obama remarks on Ukraine…
UPDATE: Obama is using the OSCE to give Russia an exit strategy …if it wants one.
UPDATE: Canada pulls ambassador from Russia and pulls out of upcoming Group of Eight preparations.
UPDATE: David Cameron calls Putin over Ukraine.
UPDATE: US ‘Suspends’ Role in Russia G8 Summit After Obama, Putin Speak.
UPDATE: Pro-Russia protesters in Kharkiv, Ukraine beat supporters of the interim government.
UPDATE: Putin’s Crimea aim is to make the West look weak.
UPDATE: Russian Embassy to UK: “Russia remains open to cooperation with all partners … to seek a political solution to the crisis” in Ukraine.
UPDATE: Russian servicemen take weapons from Ukrainian radar and navy training facilities in Crimea region, Interfax says.
UPDATE: WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action.
UPDATE: A convoy of Russian troops is heading toward Crimea’s capital, Simferopol.
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UPDATE: Ukraine calls up reserves as Russian troops advance in Crimea.
Yeah. I will say this – I’d like to start with the defense first. If you change Wonder Woman’s costume, the blog sites blow up. There are some individuals who look at graphic novels as “canon,” and they cannot change in any way, shape or form, and that’s what makes them in some ways good fans.
I think we have to come to understand that core fans – and God bless ‘em, because they are core fans – they’re not enough to be drivers, in every sense. These worlds are bigger than just that core of fans. And at some point, if you want to remain relevant, whether it’s just comic books or moving into the TV space or the film space, you have to be cognizant of the world around you.
You know, you see that in plenty of films – the filmmakers go, ‘We’re living in a multicultural society, and if we want to survive, we have to start acknowledging that.’ Certainly as a kid, I grew up with Batman, Superman, whoever – they didn’t need to be black for me to relate to them.
But when a character like Cyborg came along, I got excited, because he looked a little bit more like me, his experiences were a little bit more like mine.
I still have my first Black Lightning that I got way back in the day, and my first Steel. And I proudly display those comics, by the way. I have a lot of comics, but those are among the ones that mean the most to me.
I look at my kids, and how they respond to films, and yeah, if there’s a Michael B. Jordan in the film, they’re going to respond differently – not just in terms of whether or not they want to see the movie, but in terms of seeing someone like them being heroic, someone like them with powers and abilities.
All those things I said to you in that earlier question about wish fulfillment – why should that be limited to a certain space and time? With comic books, Batman has remained the same age forever, Superman has remained the same age – yeah, he gets rebooted and this and that, but if you are writing in a space that is magical, and it is at the whim of the creators, and these stories change as they need to change way back from the early days of the ‘30s and ‘40s all the way up to the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today, my Batman is not the Batman I understood when I was a kid.
They change. Their stories change. And if they can change to the reality that they do change, why can’t they make that change (of race) as well? You know, there are people who are against people of color getting involved in politics, or there was a time when people were against their getting involved with sports.
The real world has changed and moved on. If we can make that change in the real world, we can make it in this fanciful world that exists beyond us.
And if people don’t like it – we’re not waiting for permission any longer to make these changes in real life, and we’re certainly not going to wait for them in storytelling. I never asked for permission.
So for those who are against it – I get it to a degree, but as a society, we’re moving on, and we’re not asking for permission.
John Ridely, screenwriter of 12 Years A Slave (via fyeahlilbit3point0)
"… and we’re not asking for permission."
Why is it accepted that some people who eat a ton of food can stay thin, but not accepted that some people who eat a small amount of food can be fat?
Since thin people get diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, why is becoming thin suggested as a cure?
Why bother using BMI as a substitute for metabolic health measures when we can easily test metabolic health measures?
Doctors treat thin people for joint pain with options other than weight loss, why don’t they give fat people those same treatments?
Why do we believe that doing unhealthy things (liquid diet, smoking, urine injections coupled with starvation, stomach amputation) will lead to a healthy body?
If the diet industry’s product actually “cured fatness”, wouldn’t their profits be going down instead of up as more and more people were permanently thin?
Isn’t it medically unethical to prescribe something without telling your patients that it works less than 5% of the time with a much greater chance at leaving you heavier and less healthy than when you started?
Why do people continue to think that shaming people will lead them to health?
Why do we accept wide variations in things like foot and hand size, nose and lip shape etc. but expect every body to fit into a very narrow proportion of height and weight?
If weight gain isn’t proven to cause diabetes, high blood pressure etc., why would weight loss be recommended as a cure?
Since weight loss ads have to carry a “results not typical” warning, shouldn’t doctors have to give patients a similar warning?
Why do people take the time to come to my blog and make death threats?
Does anyone really succeed at hating themselves healthy? If so is it worth it?
If we’ve been prescribing dieting since the 1800s and still can’t prove that it works, shouldn’t we be trying something else?
How is it possible that suggesting that healthy habits are the best chance for a healthy body is controversial?
These are my extremely quick “fan” made designs for the upcoming Disney movie “Moana”.
Stop. There is a reason why “fan” is in quotations.
I am not a fan. I am full of dread. Disney is about to tackle a Polynesian princess and that terrifies me.
For one, I am so angry at all of the fanmade designs I have seen. The sexy stereotyped Polynesian designs that somehow condenses hundreds of different cultures into a tube top and a a ti-leaf skirt.
Do you have any idea how offensive that is. That would be like making Mulan and saying “Hey she’s Asian, let’s throw her in a yukata”. Do you know how offensive it is that people think that Polynesian is a singular race? Hint: Massively.
I picked four cultures out of the vastness of Polynesia and each design is clearly different from the next. Each design is 100% endemic to the culture it is from, and it’s not even the tip of the iceberg.
We are not a homogenized area of the world. We have different languages, traditions, and ways of life. We are not all the same. We are not coconut bras and grass skirts. We never needed compasses. We are celestial navigators - it hasn’t died out. We journeyed across the Pacific using the stars and waves to guide us. We perfected aquaculture and sustainable living. Our heritages are rich and varied and beautiful.
We are not a tube top and a ti-leaf skirt. We are not an indistinguishable fabric swathed on brown bodies with random flowers in our hair. Stop fetishizing us! You have the internet at your discretion, and this is the best you can come up with?
Secondly, the fact that Moana will be dealing with mythology in Polynesia makes me want to crumple up and cry. It angers me to no end that people keep playing fast and loose with things they think are obsolete. Most of us still believe in our Gods (myself included). My family has a heiau, as recent as one generation ago my family has stories of conversing with Gods. Yet, people act like it’s fair game. Last I checked if anyone made retcons to the undead carpenter millions threw a shitfit, but because we are a marginalized people our beliefs are not allowed some respect?
It makes me angry and I won’t apologize for it. It makes me angry that when I call out other minorities for falsely portraying or marginalizing my culture (and the cultures of my fellow Polynesians) I get the “well I’m a minority too so I’m excused”. That is the worst offense, when people who should know better still treat you like an obsolete toy to be bandied about as characters.
We are indigenous people and we deserve respect. We deserve for people to care about our culture. For people to be afraid that the nightmare which created whitewashed Pocahontas might happen to us. If you call yourself an ally, or self-aware, I demand that you fear for us. I beg that you question what may happen in the wake of what Disney has been spewing out. Don’t be part of the base that turns Moana into nothing more than a token.
We were too young to stop Pocahontas from being made. We are not too young to afflict a change and prevent it from happening again. Signal boost my words, or write your own. Do something. Don’t let a movie go out across the world that could damage those that have already taken heavy hits. Don’t be compliant, don’t be silent. Don’t DO that I beg you. I am begging you on my knees, I grovel to you.
Don’t condense our cultures to an easy stereotype. Don’t let our stories become distorted for entertainment. Fight for good writing, fight for good designs. Fight for a movie you would be proud to watch. Give us something more than a rebellious teen who is Polynesian simply because they say she is.
Please. Please. With all my heart, a’ohe hana nui ka alu’ia. No task is too big when done together.
I can’t say I’m not super, super excited to see another not-white Disney princess. Because damn it, I’m tired of the monochromatic color scheme.
But at the same time, I hope they actually do justice to the material that they’re diving into and it doesn’t become a clusterfuck.
This is why cultural consultants are soooo important. ._.;
oMFG I just came downstairs and I found my sister with a lighter and I told her she can’t use fire and that it could catch the house on fire. She said that she was doing something important so I asked “what the hell is so important that you need fire for!?” and she told me with serious face ” I am using black magic to summon demons to get the mean girls at my school.” i can’t fucking breathe. I sat and watched her ritual hahahahaha shes fucking 10 years old
This should be a wake-up call to her parents.
She obviously needs help.
Her parents should to talk to her about those mean girls,
and teach her that she can’t summon demons with just candles.
You need at least a pentagram drawn in a perfect circle
with goat or lamb blood,
and a proper incantation from a book of dark magick.
This is great way to to teach your child early on
about geometry and foreign languages.
Good art lesson too. Drawing perfect circles is hard
dOES NO ONE ELSE FIND THIS EXTREMELY DISTURBING
Actually I find this girl fantastic. Ending bullying one curse at a time.
She might want to hold off on summoning demons until she’s a bit more mature but yes curse those fuckers you go, girl
Now hang on, just hang on a moment there. Let’s make one thing clear right now:
There is not a goddamned thing wrong with calling on someone bigger and stronger then you for help if need be.
If that stronger someone just happens to have tentacles and two-foot-long fangs, well, that’s more the problem of certain mean girls, I’d say.
Here kid, i drew you a new pal. You summoned a demon, you got one. Sorry i couldn’t put more time into this sketch but his name is Bill.
I love everything about this post
Roxane Gay, “When No One Said Anything: How Racism Goes Unquestioned” (via digital-femme)
"No one is helped when cultural critics use their voices irresponsibly." & "Most of us do not want to have these exhausting, infuriating conversations about race with audiences who are unwilling or unable to truly understand where we are coming from." are valuable insights. If the shoe fits, either kick rocks or shut up and listen for once.
The library is motherfucking closed.
Perhaps history’s most scathingly polite and definitive mic drop.
Actor Danny Glover told the press during a stay in Paris for a seminar on film. “I couldn’t get the money here, I couldn’t get the money in Britain. I went to everybody. You wouldn’t believe the number of producers based in Europe, and in the States, that I went to,” he said. Glover’s first project as film director, is about Toussaint L’ouverture and the Haitian rebellion. The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez approved nearly $30 million toward the movie. Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett all agreed to do the film…if it can ever be made………………….
So can we kickstarter this or something? Seriously someone just tell me where to send money to.