Jun. 6th, 2017

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summer is here which obviously means most public schools are out. unfortunately, summer isn’t the best time for students who depend on school lunches as their main source of food. by texting “FOOD” to 877877 and entering your zip code, it will find the nearest location that provides free meals.

please share this around bc it really can help students get through summer without depending on school lunch.

for Spanish speakers you can text “COMIDA” to the same number (877877)
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With things looking so grim all over, I need to really stress this point: this is the most important positive thing that could happen in politics right now. It is monumentally significant that this happened now, before Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court could be confirmed. Here’s why:

I don’t know how many people know this, but as many people should learn about it as possible. Donald Trump did not get elected last year because America voted for him, and Barack Obama did not accomplish so little of his agenda because his ideas were bad or because they didn’t work. All of these things happened because after Obama was elected in 2008, Republican strategists, backed by the Koch brothers and the white nationalist movement, executed a conspiracy - and I mean an actual, real conspiracy - in which they blitzed key elections in a huge number of states with excessive donations and took control of the state legislatures. There were able to do this because Obama was elected in 2008. 2010 came shortly after, and in the US, years ending in 0 are when the census is taken, which is when the legislative districts (aka how states are divided up into administrative units) are revised. Said Republicans took control of these state governments and then, in top secret conditions, redrew the districts to make it effectively impossible for Democratic candidates (or indeed any candidates) to win against them in fair elections in those states. This is why in Virginia, for example, the Democrats (who retook control in that state after 2010) control most of the state government positions as well as the governorship, but almost all of the Virginian Congressmen are still Republicans. If you want to learn more about this horrible, amoral act, get your hands on this book, or look up “Ratf**ked” (yes, really) on Google. NPR did an excellent, eye-opening interview with the author here. Send this link to your friends and family. As many people need to know about this as possible, I didn’t know about it until a few months ago!

This tactic put the Tea Party into power and is responsible for the 6 years of government paralysis that foiled most of Obama’s time in office - which in my estimation, at least, was also the biggest contributor to Trump being elected, because so many people were fed up with what they viewed as an incompetent, impotent federal government, leading them either to not vote (because they had lost faith in the institution) or to vote for Trump (because they thought he would change things). It is very unlikely that the upcoming 2018 Congressional elections will really change this; the Republican numbers advantage in Congress is too large, and too many states have been rigged in this way for the Democrats to make a meaningful difference, barring a political miracle in 2018.

Said miracle is not impossible! Many leftists, including Micheal Moore, have noted that the liberal outrage and energy against Trump is unprecedented, and a Democratic wave election may ensue. But we definitely cannot count on this.

Here’s the thing: This was going to stop.

Multiple investigations by Obama’s Justice Department were underway in several states before the 2016 election. The most significant of these was probably in Texas, where multiple courts had already found the altered legislative maps to be unconstitutional and racially motivated. A full investigation was about to be set in motion that would have finally shed light on this tactic and most likely led to the federal government initating lawsuits to put a stop to it.

And then Trump got elected. And his new attorney general, who is definitely a racist if not an actual white nationalist, shut the investigation down.

This is the true tragedy and loss of Trump’s election. Hillary Clinton, whatever her faults or virtues, would have appointed a progressive attorney general, who would have continued these investigations, setting in motion what I imagine would have a been long, bitter four years of vicious lawsuits against the various state governments that participated in this conspiracy, and most likely by the end of her term in 2020 (when the next census is taken) the country would have been in a position to return the maps to reasonable configurations, and we could go into the next decade having actual fair elections again.

As things are now, that will not happen, at least not so directly. But the fact that this investigation is still ongoing means that there is still hope. My understanding is that a similar investigation is still happening in North Carolina, where the Republican stranglehold is particularly bad - but that state now has a Democratic governor, which means that it has very limited power to oppose the investigation, so it’s entirely possible that something will happen there.

Donald Trump is not the king, despite what he and his hardcore base seem to think. He does not control everything. There are still people of great conscience and moral fiber in positions of power in this country, as demonstrated by the courts in their resistance to his travel ban. He cannot dismantle everything that is attempting to shed light on the immoral policies that put him in office.

I can’t say what will happen in the next four years. Next year is absolutely important, the Republicans must be prevented as much as possible from gaining even more seats and doing even more damage. But the year that truly matters is 2020, the year of the next census. The side that controls more state governments in that year is the side that will decide the future of the United States. That is when the wave election needs to happen. That is when we must unleash all of our energy and take back our country. It’s also very possible that there will be a political shift - four years is a long time, and when Trump’s promised aid to poor Republican voters fails to materialize, the energy he has stirred up may run out of control, at which point the GOP’s redrawing of electoral maps could have unpredictable results. A lot can happen in politics in four years. Look how fast Trump exploded onto the scene, and hell, look at how fast Obama appeared eight years ago!

Things are bad. They may get worse. But there is a way to fix this, and the Democratic Party, whatever their faults, are absolutely aware of it. Support them and keep fighting, because we have no alternative. Resist!
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With a screenplay by Rhianna Pratchett, daughter of Terry Pratchett, we’re finally going to see an adaptation of The Wee Free Men.

The Wee Free Men introduced Tiffany Aching, the young witch who starred in several of Pratchett’s last Discworld books. It also features a group of Discworld characters who seem absolutely perfect for a Jim Henson movie: the Nac Mac Feegle, a community of foul-mouthed and gleefully violent gnomes.



i hope this is glorious

@thebibliosphere have you seen this?

I’ve been indisposed for most of the day but yes! I saw it on Facebook and promptly lost my shit for a good few minutes. I am very excited to see how this turns out :)

Excite! Also:

“The Discworld series offers a wide range of genres and characters, and the Ankh Morpork City Watch books (a series of law enforcement adventure stories) are probably the most obvious choice for a Hollywood adaptation. Unfortunately, the humor and absurdity of the Discworld series just doesn’t fit with the expectation that adult fantasy stories should be dark and gritty, likeLord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Warcraft.” 

…Who’s gonna tell them?

It’s my honest opinion that Hollywood couldn’t handle Discworld at it’s darkest.

It would want to take Sam Vimes and either make him into their kind of Good Hero (who are generally neither), or it would make him into the Villain, because they wouldn’t know what to do with a character like him. They wouldn’t know what to do with a man who is cynical and dark and terrified of his own thoughts and so filled with rage he becomes a beacon of light and hope instead.

They wouldn’t know what to do with Lady Sybil other than make her into a jolly fat woman who dotes on her “barely-tolerating-husband” and has an eccentric hobby in breeding dragons. They wouldn’t make her tall and fat and so sure of herself you could bounce a nuclear missile off her self confidence. They most certainly wouldn’t allow Sam and her to have a sex life, or if they did they’d kill her in childbirth because that’s “Realistic™”, right?

They wouldn’t know what to do with a woman like Granny Weatherwax without making her lament her spinsterhood, or twisting her magic into something dark and fueled by loneliness. They wouldn’t know what to do with an old baggage like Nanny Ogg without turning her into pure comedic relief for Granny’s darkness, when what she actually is is incredibly complex and powerful in her own right because Nanny’s power is not having to use magic at all.

They’d take Tiffany Aching and make her “spunky” and a rebel, when in fact all Tiffany wanted to do was make sure no one ever got hurt for being different ever again.

Brother Brutha would become a fated prophet when all he was was a simple man who believed in being kind and changed an entire religion and culture simply by being so.

Vetinari would become a monster, an evil man who controlled the city with an iron grip, not because he loved it, but because he can, when Vetinari never wants power, not really. He’s a tyrant yes, but only because the world is so profoundly messed up that it needed someone to get to the top and say “No, no more…” and sometimes the world needs good men to do bad things, because as much as Hollywood might want to make us believe, bad men rarely do good.

Death would either become cold and uncaring or tragic, when he is in fact neither. Death is not justice and he knows this, Death is just death, so he tries to be kind and do his job as efficiently as possible because at the end of the day, that’s what is required of him. Susan would become this hard nosed bitter “don’t talk to me” bitch with the powers of Death and would constantly suffer the urge to use it on “bad people” because that’s what Hollywood does to women with any kind of power, when Susan is actually the Goth version of Mary Poppins and also considerably kinder because she takes the fear of children and teaches them how to make it into a weapon against the thing that frightens them. She knows they don’t need to be told there are no monsters under the bed because there are, what she does instead, is show them that monsters can be beaten. She empowers them in a way children rarely are, and she does it without a spoonful of sugar because that shit will rot your teeth.

Carrot would become the fallen King, banished from his realm and forever longing for a throne he can never have when in fact he chose, he chose to carry a lantern and walk the streets at night because the night might well be dark and full of terrors, but it doesn’t have to be.

Hollywood wouldn’t know how to handle Discworld at it’s darkest, because at its darkest Discworld is so overwhelmingly human in its need for hope it hurts. And Hollywood doesn’t deal with human, it deals with tropes, and that’s what is wrong with the majority of mainstream media at the moment. People are not tropes. 

As for the whole idea of “the world is dark and terrible so we all must be grim faced and stoic”, like have you been to a funeral? Do you know how many people laugh at funerals? Do you know how many people smile, and hug and kiss and cling to each other with such profound love because that’s what humans do? We look at the darkness and we follow the sunrise. Grief might be the price we pay for love, but that doesn’t make love a weakness.

And Jim Henson understood that. His family, understands that. And it makes me happy that it’s them who are involved in this adaptation of The Wee Free Men.

Is this some kind of Sales/Marketing ploy? If so, its incredibly effective because I have just ordered myself some Terry Pratchett

You know those people that go door to door asking if you’ve found Jesus yet? I’m that person but with Terry Pratchett and enthusiastic leaflets about dragons and a t-shirt that says “Ask Me About Discworld” except I don’t knock on your door, I just scream relentlessly into the void and hope someone else gets to experience my joy.

@thebibliosphere Don’t lie we know you’re really Constable Visit-The-Discworld-Unknowing-With-Explanatory-Charts.

Oh wow, this post is going around again. And you got me. Would anyone like to see my notes *unfurls parchment that hits the ground and never stops rolling*
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tumblr friendships are hard to maintain like im sorry i know i havent talked to you in 5 months but you’re still super rad and i still consider us friends im just dumb

#if you’re wondering if this is for you #it’s probably for you

If I have ever messaged you or messaged me and never heard from me again, I still consider us friends. I just suck

I’m like this with everyone… I speak to my best friend like.. 1-3 times a year… 
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How beautiful is it that we’ve lived long enough to see our childhood princess become generals? And best of all, little girls will always see them as both
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“Whut’s the plan, Rob?“ said one of them.
“Okay, lads, this is what we’ll do. As soon as we see somethin’, we’ll attack it. Right?”
This caused a cheer.
“Ach, ‘tis a good plan,” said Daft Wullie.”
- Terry Pratchett - The Wee Free Men (via terrypratchettparadise)
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“Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willnae be fooled again!”
- traditional Nac Mac Feegle battle cry (via eka-mark)
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Enough with waily waily!!! Our dear old gonnagal Terry has just gone back to the last world ye ken. We’ll see the scunner again!!! Tis not the time for wailing!!! Tis time for the flappin o the kilts and the raising of the knees!!! And fightin!! And drinking!! And snaffling coo beasties!!! CRIVENS!!!!


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