What do you call the security guards outside Samsung shops?
Guardians of the Galaxy
I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.
You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.
Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.
A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.
On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.
So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.
As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.
Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.
First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.
Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.
You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.
What do you call the security guards outside Samsung shops?
Guardians of the Galaxy
So today as a prank I made a sheet music print out of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball but replaced the name with “Christmas Time Meditation” and deleted the words and I’m going to put it in the with church music and see if the pianist notices.
He noticed and I can now add “Yelled at by two priests at once” to my list of accomplishments
I’d be very thankful and gracious!
At this point, as long as it’s somewhere in Southern California. I’m not picky.
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Hi, lovely! I was wondering if you could explain to me the (I don't know how it's called) "skeleton in a burnt suit" scene in TEH. I mean, I don't see the point of that scene o_0 ,so I guess it must be for a subtextual meaning? Would mind opening my eyes? Thank you ♥♥♥
Hey there, you wonderful person! You always ask such interesting questions <3 <3 <3
Such a fascinating scene! It makes almost no sense plot-wise, it’s stylistically a bit inconsistent—it feels much more dreamy than the rest of the episode—and there would have been much simpler ways to show Sherlock missing John and trying out working with Molly. Off the top of my head, there’s definitely a lot of dream symbolism:
The skeleton is a really interesting choice for a set piece—skeletons themselves are common symbolic representations of exhaustion, death and secrets, and this skeleton is missing teeth. Having your teeth fall out/already missing is one of the most common nightmare subjects, and in Freudian analysis it means fear of losing something/one important, big life changes, feelings that you’ve hidden from your conscious mind, and sexual repression. It can also indicate times of rebirth (in Jungian thought). Skeletons can also mean skeletons in the closet—very personal secrets that are being covered up for the sake of safety (emotional or otherwise) and/or to preserve a public persona.
Sherlock smells cedar and old mothballs on the skeleton. Cedar can be a symbol of cleansing and protection (interesting, since Sherlock is trying to start over/cleanse himself of his memories of cases with John to protect himself emotionally.) Mothballs are generally considered an unpleasant smell, and are used to repel insects that eat fabric. Old mothballs could indicate an old strategy of protection that’s become unpleasant.
We see Sherlock leaning over this skeleton as he says that he’s “trying something new”—which is an immediately ironic image that visually tells us that while trying this new thing, the old (his time working with John, his relationship with John in general) is constantly in the back of Sherlock’s mind.
The train going by also causes dust to rain down on Sherlock from overhead, which gives the image an ominous feeling—like something may shift or collapse any moment. It reminds us that there is, quite literally, something big above Sherlock’s head (heavy thoughts, sword of damocles etc). The fact that the corpse was burned carries similar metaphorical meaning—fire is volatile, it changes the environment instantaneously. It also is connected to trial by fire—testing someone’s guilt or innocence by subjecting them to a painful task.
So what does it all add up to? A very scared (and emotionally and sexually repressed) Sherlock, in a period of emotional upheaval, whose old patterns and secrets are all being (or about to be) shaken up and exposed. It tells us that he’s going to go through some serious pain in the process…And that John is constantly in the back of his mind.
We’ve officially reached that annoying time of year where it’s sweater weather in the morning, but by midday you die from a heatstroke.
HAPPENING NOW (9.24.14): The situation in Ferguson is escalating quickly. Protests continue, following this morning’s burning of a Mike Brown memorial, and another frustrating Ferguson City Council meeting.Looks like the same “antagonize over de-escalate” tactics are back online. Prayers to all those out in the street of Ferguson right now fighting for their right to exist. #staywoke #farfromover (PT I, PT II, PT III)
Bringing back the dogs, choppers, charging the crowd, attempting to bottleneck protesters into an area, AND live shots possible fired into the crowd… what the ever-living fuck is Ferguson PD trying to do?! We’re a month and a half into this saga, and they still don’t know how to de-escalate a situation. Pray y’all. That might be all we got right now.
You know what, for all I care, the comment may well have been describing the Hong Kong police (with exceptions to some bits) and I wouldn’t know.
My dearest followers,
At this time I must ask you all to bear with me for not posting funny tumblr funny things and consider standing with Hong Kong.
At the end of August, China’s legislature announced their plans for Hong Kong’s future elections of Chief Executive (the local top leader, consider it something like your mayor or sth like that). It is NOT a real election; the candidates are literally handpicked by China, and then voted by Hong Kong people.
On 22 September, Hong Kong students launched a week-long class boycott campaign. Last night, the Hong Kong police fired tear gas at unarmed students and citizens.
While most of the protests are taking place in Admiralty, HK, outside of the government HQ, many other HKers are occupying main roads and stations in other parts of Hong Kong.
You have stood with people fighting for freedom and democracy all over the world. You have stood with the Jasmine Revolution in North Africa. You have stood with Ukraine’s bid for freedom from Russia. You have stood with Taiwan’s students. You have stood with racial/sexual/gender equality fighters all over the world. Don’t let Hong Kong fight alone.
We are but a tiny island. We need your help. If you use Twitter, please track #SaveHongKong, #theumbrellarevolution, #hk926 and related tags for more information. If you live in the UK, please consider signing the petition below, urging the House of Commons to look into whether China has violated the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984. The UK has made Hong Kong an international legend, left it in the hand of China, and China has ruined us. Please help us. You can help us.
Petition link: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66256
28 Sept in Edmonton, AB, Canada
(29 September 2014, 1:17am) Rounds and rounds of tear gas and pepper spray failed to stop thousands of protesters from gathering at Hong Kong’s financial district to show their determination for real democracy in Hong Kong.
Stand-offs between protesters and full-geared riot police armed with M16 rifles, believed loaded with rubber bullets, are taking place in Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok, eyes witnesses reported.
Riot police keeps flying tear gas and using pepper spray to disperse the crowd. It is impossible to confirm how many rounds of tea gas were fired so far.
Protesters are responding to calls from the Federation of Student Unions and Occupy Central on launching a large-scale civil disobedience campaign after the Beijing government announced a restrictive framework on how Hong Kong should elect its Chief Executive. The framework, set out by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on August 31, only allows those trusted by Beijing to stand for election.
Live camera (Apple Daily)
Live update (South China Morning Post)
We are HongKongers ! We are peaceful! We fight for freedom and democracy!
This is what happening in Hong Kong. Please watch this video and think whether these students need batons, pepper spray, tear gas and guns to disperse and clash.
Since when the police, or the government, turn their back on their own citizens and abuse their power?
Please help us to spread the words.