the japanese government has approved the revision of ALL jp textbooks scheduled to be released starting next year (2022) that state dokdo is japanese territory illegally* claimed by koreans. furthermore, they've outright eradicated any prominent mention of comfort women.
they are even utilizing the tokyo olympics for their propaganda, including dokdo under the japanese map for their promotions. the ioc is letting this pass due to the massive amounts of funding they receive from the jp government.
we cannot let this pass. the japanese government's aim is to erase their crimes without a single word of apology. they have already half achieved this through global soft power and covering the ears of the new generation. fighting against this NOW**, and for generations afterwards is the way to hold our rightful place.
*you dense bitch, how can it be illegal when dokdo has always belonged to korea? it is closest to OUR peninsula. furthermore, if japan claims dokdo, they will also gain control of the waters close to korea, which is another political can of worms I will not discuss here.
**activists of previous generations have already been up against right wing jp propaganda bs for literal DECADES.
explicitly deciding to romanticize fat body features the way we romanticize being able to see someone’s ribs or the crests of their hips by emphasizing the softness of someone’s double chin or the way their belly moves when they laugh really hard. deliberately choosing to write these things and make sure no one can forget about them not just existing but being beautiful and attractive and the little thing you find yourself thinking about when you’re trying to get to sleep but they keep popping into your mind and making you smile too much to get tired.
I had this genius idea for several moments in this chapter to doodle but I'd been waiting for months to draw one of the first scenes I imagined and plotted when putting together a potential sequel for The Storm. That ate my entire brain and I decided to illustrate just one scene... as multiple "panels". Which I organized into a 3-page "comic" because what the actual fuck. None of these things were part of the plan when I first had the harebrained idea to illustrate my own story, and ye t here I fucking am at 3 in the morning on a Monday, posting a huge-ass illustration for just 1 scene.
I'm gonna go crawl in a ditch, excuse me. Also, chapter 5 of The Suns is now live.
not to be dramatic but adam this season was the embodiment of ‘’all the things I did just so I could call you mine’’ and of course ‘‘I hope you know how proud I am you were created with the courage to unlearn all of their hatred’’
"What I believe is true about power is that power always reveals. When you have enough power to do what you always wanted to do, then you see what the guy always wanted to do." -Robert Caro
These words have been in my mind for quite some time, introduced to me in one of Lindsay Ellis' videos on Game of Thrones. And whenever the dsmp fandom discusses the notion of "absolute power corrupts absolutely," it kind of. Looms over all of my thoughts. Specifically in regards to c!Wilbur and c!Dream. Because, despite what I've seen fandom say about them, I do not think they are characters in which "absolute ppwer corrupts absolutely" can ba applied.
Wilbur is most notable for his actions when he felt he lacked power. When he was fearful and trying to grasp power and the safety he thought it would bring. And perhaps that is an aspect of "power corrupting," but it's not what is traditionally implied. What I'm getting at is:
What did Wilbur do with his power?
He sat on his ass. He cried into his pillow. He lived in fear and insecurity and tried to bury those feelings in public. His worst action taken while in power was... trying and failing to hold a one-party election. And he failed that by. Allowing other parties to run against him when pressed (a very low bar, to be sure, but an important one). So what did power reveal about him? That he is a man that lives in fear? That he is slow to take action and yet is ultimately driven by that fear? That the steps he takes to rectify that fear can be immoral, but he does not have the spine to easily commit to them? That he often backs out and hesitates to use any power he does hold?
Wilbur's actions as a man in power reveal him to be flawed, yes. Certainly. But do they reveal his desires as truly corrupt? Evil? Malicious? No.
And then we have Dream. Who, for the most part, always had power. Was the most powerful at any point prior to imprisonment. And what did Dream do with his power? He violated Tommy's privacy and sense of safety to take his discs. He used force to try to regain them as power over him, even when Tommy tried to properly negotiate. He met any and all dissent and rebellion with excessive violence. He burnt forests, blew up homes and the land they stood on, used a traitor to demoralize his foes and make an opportunity to kill them when they were unaware. He encouraged others to act as traitors, fanned the flames of violence between political parties, feigned amicability but was more than willing to exploit a man's spiral for his own gain, promoted again the destruction of land and violence against its inhabitants. He dethroned, threatened, and rethroned a king on his own whims. He tried to frame a child in order to make an opportunity to punish him to an extreme degree. And when he did find an opportunity, he used his position and abilities to push it to his advantage. He used it to isolate and abuse a teenager. He used it to commission a prison for the sole purpose of holding others, and one person specifically, captive in isolation. He again destroyed a nation to its foundations for his own amusement, and he attempted to kill a teenager and again isolate and abuse another before he was stopped.
Dream did... quite a lot with his power. And I don't think I have to tell you what his usage of that power reveals about his character and his character's desires.
Power did not corrupt either Wilbur or Dream. Power revealed. Power revealed just exactly what kind of people they had always been, who they were at their core. Power revealed that what Wilbur wanted was security, attention, alleviation of his fears. Power revealed that yes, he was a morally grey dirty crime boy, but not one who could commit to dictatorship. A man with limits. While power revealed that what Dream had always wanted was control, punishment of his opponents, pleasure derived from sadism.
So I think it unfair to paint these two with the same unfitting brush of "power corrupts."
As with last week, there really is something wonderfully appropriate in who is affected by what Somnovem eye beam, and specifically I've been thinking about Essek and the slow effect from Luctus.
Specifically how Luctus evokes intense feelings of grief, not guilt (that's Culpasi) which would also have been appropriate given his arc, and how that grief I feel is honestly even better than guilt in some ways.
Guilt can be, and generally is, based around regret of your own actions, feeling bad for something you specifically did. Guilt is more singular, more individual. And we know Essek does feel guilt for his actions now, or at least something close to it.
But grief? In a lot of ways I think grief necessitates connection to others. It's about missing the connections with and between others, about what was, or what could been. Grief comes from caring for or about others, and for Essek, who did not find it within himself to really care for others before the Nein? That's pretty huge.
And sure, the intense, action and movement slowing grief was caused by the eye, but his utter grief and despair at the end when they failed to rez Molly? His repetition of "It's not fair"? Essek cares so so much, about someone he has never met, doesn't know at all, but still cares for because his friends, the people he cares for, care about Molly, so he can care by extension too.
Idk I'm just full of feelings about Essek and how he's grown so much from the selfish creature he once only knew himself as.
the Ameraucana lady responded - the pullet is ILT vaccinated, and could be picked up this Saturday. I just have to email back & it’s a go!
ahhhhh I hope this is a good idea, I always have so much anxiety about these sorts of decisions. what if the chicken turns out to be bonkers loud & all my neighbours stone me to death, what if Anzu and Tallgeese bully it, what if the vaccine fails for some reason, what if
In the end, RL got me and I am just mad exhausted from work and class, but I'm really happy with how these illustrations turned out. At least, I'm happier with them than with the previous set. Idk, my brain is weird and dumb and always makes bad decisions. I hope these doodlebobbers get across the weight of the words they are illustrating because boy was this a real heavy chapter.