I would like to show you music, art, Japanese culture and language, and the world, through my eyes.

jelenawoehr:

This is what racism looks like.
Racism is the utter lack of compassion it takes to see a mother grieving for a boy and afraid for her own sons, and think, “Wow, that would be really easy to tweak in Photoshop to make her look stupid. Wouldn’t that be funny?” 
Racism is dehumanizing. Racism robs this woman of her individuality, her humanity, and her gender. “And ain’t I a woman?” This mother ain’t a woman to “The Patriot Nation.” She’s an object to be ridiculed for mistakes she never made; mistakes, in fact, that someone intentionally added to a photo of her for the purpose of mocking her grief and fear.
Racism is someone in front of his computer whose face twists into the same mask of disgust we see in grainy old black and white films of the KKK burning schoolhouses and churches, and instead of a racial slur spilling from his curled-back lips, he sneers, “Sheeple,” or “Socialists,” or “Obamanation,” and he clicks “like” and “share” on this photo because there’s no little switch in his brain to say: “Is this right to do to a human being?” No. The filter turns off when his hate is triggered by this image. And the really scary thing is, that missing filter means he’s also missing the ability to honestly ask himself, “Am I responding this way because of this woman’s race?” 
This is also what courage looks like, over there on the left.
Courage is a woman who knows damn good and well that there are people in the world who will use and abuse anything she does in the public eye to slander her, her community, and the sons on whose behalf she’s protesting.
Courage is a woman with her head held high holding a protest sign of her own making in front of a news camera. She is old enough to have three sons. Surely, she has experienced racism before. Surely, she was raised to “never ever forget [she] was born on parole,” and surely she knows that speaking for her sons means taking risks with her own image, her own safety, and her own reputation. 
The cost of courage in nonviolent protest has changed. Those who march peacefully may no longer risk firehoses and police dogs’ bites (though they do risk being attacked with chemical weapons), but they now risk digital slander as impossible to remove from the Internet as unflattering photos of Beyonce.
One acute injury, one arrest, or a lifetime of being “the stupid woman with the misspelled sign” online when you KNOW damn well you can spell “sons” (and so can all of your sons, for that matter)? Dog bite, or teenage niece who gets on Facebook for the first time calling to ask why auntie doesn’t know how to spell? 
I think I’d take the dog bite, personally. 
 
Showing my work: The racist photoshopped image was found on Facebook. Use of FotoForensics validated my assumption (based on jpeg artifacts) it had been resaved repeatedly. A Google reverse image search using the photoshopped image revealed the original. I used SnagIt to create the side by side comparison here. To his credit, the friend who first shared the fake version retracted it and declared it “despicable” after being shown the original photo. 
I obviously do not own the original, but I grant any and all permission to use the above comparison image for purposes related to rescuing this anonymous woman’s reputation from racist attempts to depict her in unflattering and false ways via sharing of a “meme” anywhere, in perpetuity. As an additional sidenote, if anyone knows the woman depicted, please give her a hug from me. 

jelenawoehr:

This is what racism looks like.

Racism is the utter lack of compassion it takes to see a mother grieving for a boy and afraid for her own sons, and think, “Wow, that would be really easy to tweak in Photoshop to make her look stupid. Wouldn’t that be funny?” 

Racism is dehumanizing. Racism robs this woman of her individuality, her humanity, and her gender. “And ain’t I a woman?” This mother ain’t a woman to “The Patriot Nation.” She’s an object to be ridiculed for mistakes she never made; mistakes, in fact, that someone intentionally added to a photo of her for the purpose of mocking her grief and fear.

Racism is someone in front of his computer whose face twists into the same mask of disgust we see in grainy old black and white films of the KKK burning schoolhouses and churches, and instead of a racial slur spilling from his curled-back lips, he sneers, “Sheeple,” or “Socialists,” or “Obamanation,” and he clicks “like” and “share” on this photo because there’s no little switch in his brain to say: “Is this right to do to a human being?” No. The filter turns off when his hate is triggered by this image. And the really scary thing is, that missing filter means he’s also missing the ability to honestly ask himself, “Am I responding this way because of this woman’s race?” 

This is also what courage looks like, over there on the left.

Courage is a woman who knows damn good and well that there are people in the world who will use and abuse anything she does in the public eye to slander her, her community, and the sons on whose behalf she’s protesting.

Courage is a woman with her head held high holding a protest sign of her own making in front of a news camera. She is old enough to have three sons. Surely, she has experienced racism before. Surely, she was raised to “never ever forget [she] was born on parole,” and surely she knows that speaking for her sons means taking risks with her own image, her own safety, and her own reputation. 

The cost of courage in nonviolent protest has changed. Those who march peacefully may no longer risk firehoses and police dogs’ bites (though they do risk being attacked with chemical weapons), but they now risk digital slander as impossible to remove from the Internet as unflattering photos of Beyonce.

One acute injury, one arrest, or a lifetime of being “the stupid woman with the misspelled sign” online when you KNOW damn well you can spell “sons” (and so can all of your sons, for that matter)? Dog bite, or teenage niece who gets on Facebook for the first time calling to ask why auntie doesn’t know how to spell?

I think I’d take the dog bite, personally. 

 

Showing my work: The racist photoshopped image was found on Facebook. Use of FotoForensics validated my assumption (based on jpeg artifacts) it had been resaved repeatedly. A Google reverse image search using the photoshopped image revealed the original. I used SnagIt to create the side by side comparison here. To his credit, the friend who first shared the fake version retracted it and declared it “despicable” after being shown the original photo.

I obviously do not own the original, but I grant any and all permission to use the above comparison image for purposes related to rescuing this anonymous woman’s reputation from racist attempts to depict her in unflattering and false ways via sharing of a “meme” anywhere, in perpetuity. As an additional sidenote, if anyone knows the woman depicted, please give her a hug from me. 

(via skepticalavenger)

geisha-licious:

Tomitsuyu’s debut as a maiko, part II

Tomitsuyu is leaving her okiya for the first time as a maiko and she dives into a swarm of photographers. She’s saying "Ittekimasu okasan otanomoushimasu!" = "I’m leaving Mother, please give me your favor”. Then, she is taking a round in Gion Higashi, visiting shops, tea houses and other okiyas to ask for their favor and care.

After that, Tomitsuyu practises Gion Kouta dance with her “sister”, Tomitae and eats a supper with her and the okasan. She is also helping with everyday shopping and cleaning i.e. tabi (Japanese socks for kimono). At the end of the day, Tomitsuyu takes a dance class with Tsunekazu san - one of the greatest dancer in Gion Higashi who is also Tomitsuyu's big “sister”.

(Source: geisha-kai, via kanoyumisan)

sawadas-cocksucker:

transdrmo:

widdershinsgirl:

nezua:

zuky:

faboomama:

welshelf:

This would so fantastic!

I kind of feel bad for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming & the Dakotas. I’d visit those places if I could take the train there.

Sadly, not gonna happen. High speed trains (especially mag-lev trains) like they have in China, Japan, and Europe would be incredibly healthy for the US, create hundreds of thousands of jobs and be a tremendous boost to the economy in countless ways; but US society just isn’t about stuff like this anymore. What was the last truly ambitious public infrastructure project the US undertook? The Hoover Dam? All the talk in Washington is about cutting back on public costs, not investing in public space or infrastructure. Bridges are crumbing, healthcare is a mass of corruption, highways are full of potholes, schools are being defunded, iconic buildings are from the art deco period. The only thing that US society is willing to invest in lavishly these days is the machinery of killing. Nothing else makes the cut.

now i am become death, destroyer of nations

The last truly massive infrastructure project we did was the interstate highway system - which was comparable in scope to the Manhattan Project.

As far as I know, Amtrak still wants to do this, and estimated completion was around 2040. With everything being defunded though, who knows what will happen. Wikipedia says the high speed system in california (Light rail?) will still probably be completed.

this is all i’ve ever wanted
and also ain’t nobody got time to wait until 2040

sawadas-cocksucker:

transdrmo:

widdershinsgirl:

nezua:

zuky:

faboomama:

welshelf:

This would so fantastic!

I kind of feel bad for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming & the Dakotas. I’d visit those places if I could take the train there.

Sadly, not gonna happen. High speed trains (especially mag-lev trains) like they have in China, Japan, and Europe would be incredibly healthy for the US, create hundreds of thousands of jobs and be a tremendous boost to the economy in countless ways; but US society just isn’t about stuff like this anymore. What was the last truly ambitious public infrastructure project the US undertook? The Hoover Dam? All the talk in Washington is about cutting back on public costs, not investing in public space or infrastructure. Bridges are crumbing, healthcare is a mass of corruption, highways are full of potholes, schools are being defunded, iconic buildings are from the art deco period. The only thing that US society is willing to invest in lavishly these days is the machinery of killing. Nothing else makes the cut.

now i am become death, destroyer of nations

The last truly massive infrastructure project we did was the interstate highway system - which was comparable in scope to the Manhattan Project.

As far as I know, Amtrak still wants to do this, and estimated completion was around 2040. With everything being defunded though, who knows what will happen. Wikipedia says the high speed system in california (Light rail?) will still probably be completed.

this is all i’ve ever wanted

and also ain’t nobody got time to wait until 2040

(via the-skyhunter)