I’ve lost track of how many hours of my life have been wasted walking aimlessly around crowded, well-lit areas waiting for the guy who won’t quit following me and trying to talk to me to go away.
I really hate to be exclusionary, but if you haven’t seen at least all of River Song’s arc, then:
It is literally impossible.
First time I skype my mother since ~surviving a trip to the Middle East~ and all she wants to do is scold me for taking risks and being irresponsible by staying with strange Palestinians
not here for this, bye
I just have zero use for all these male actors whose whole shtick is “Hey! I’m a conventionally unattractive schlubby middle-aged male and that’s why I’m amusing/lovable!”
So hey wow can we talk about the fact that there was going to be a TV show about magic written by the creator of Battlestar Galactica and starring three of BSG’s lead actors, but NBC passed on it so they could make Grimm instead???
“As for Deacon, I find him greatly lacking in several aspects. In a sense, he started this whole Jolene business, but then it’s like he doesn’t want to be involved in it and he hasn’t been. He’s too busy looking for love in all the wrong places, to quote a hack song. He becomes part of things, but then withdraws. He stands back and then passes judgment. In the end, he doesn’t really help, and that’s what the Jolene situation illustrates. And it is also the same with his role in Juliette’s tour. When he only half-way involves himself, then it’s like he is not really there. I can understand Juliette’s frustrations with him.”
“I really don’t understand why Deacon insisted Juliette cancel her show. They’re not a duo act, Juliette and Rayna are separate concerts touring together. If Rayna’s sick that means Juliette can’t perform either when she’s perfectly fine? That’s ridiculous and if I was a ticket holder Deacon’s suggestion would have pissed me off.
Why should the fans be punished? They bought tickets for a show, Juliette gave them that show. Rayna’s no family to Juliette that Juliette needs to cancel her show and go home to hold Rayna’s hand. That’s what DEACON wanted to do, so he used that on Juliette. In this situation he was not a good friend to her.”
Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy to Somalia, tells me: “Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead, and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury – you name it.” Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to “dispose” of cheaply. When I asked Mr Ould-Abdallah what European governments were doing about it, he said with a sigh: “Nothing. There has been no clean-up, no compensation, and no prevention.”
At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia’s seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by overexploitation – and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m-worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are being stolen every year by illegal trawlers. The local fishermen are now starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: “If nothing is done, there soon won’t be much fish left in our coastal waters.”
This is the context in which the “pirates” have emerged. Somalian fishermen took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least levy a “tax” on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia – and ordinary Somalis agree. The independent Somalian news site WardheerNews found 70 per cent “strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defence”.
No, this doesn’t make hostage-taking justifiable, and yes, some are clearly just gangsters – especially those who have held up World Food Programme supplies. But in a telephone interview, one of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali: “We don’t consider ourselves sea bandits. We consider sea bandits [to be] those who illegally fish and dump in our seas.” William Scott would understand.
Did we expect starving Somalis to stand passively on their beaches, paddling in our toxic waste, and watch us snatch their fish to eat in restaurants in London and Paris and Rome? We won’t act on those crimes – the only sane solution to this problem – but when some of the fishermen responded by disrupting the transit-corridor for 20 per cent of the world’s oil supply, we swiftly send in the gunboats.
The story of the 2009 war on piracy was best summarised by another pirate, who lived and died in the fourth century BC. He was captured and brought to Alexander the Great, who demanded to know “what he meant by keeping possession of the sea.” The pirate smiled, and responded: “What you mean by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, while you, who do it with a great fleet, are called emperor.” Once again, our great imperial fleets sail – but who is the robber?
“You are being lied to about pirates” by Johann Hari
this is from 2009, i think, but the issues brought up are still relevant even though it’s 2013. instead of attacking imperialism & neocolonialism it is easier to attack somali ~pirates~. no one talks about resistance vis-a-vis piracy, or millitancy as survival. let’s talk about the exploitation and plundering of our resources in pursuit of and in defense of empire. (via nomadmanifesto)