Apr. 15th, 2017

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Some have asked me to make a post regarding gay men being rounded up in Chechnya. Now, let me just clarify that details are very slim because the government is denying this (obviously) and there are a lot of posts on tumblr with misinformation. So I’ll do as best I can here:

An independent Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, and human rights activists have been providing this information. “In Chechnya, the command was given for a ‘prophylactic sweep’ and it went as far as real murders,” the Novaya Gazeta reported. 

According to the newspaper, dozens of men between the ages of 16 and 50 have mysteriously disappeared off the streets. Reports say that authorities aided in these roundups by posing as men looking for dates online. They also say that some of these men are well known religious leaders and/or popular faces on local television.

The Russian LGBT Network has set up a hotline for those seeking help and evacuation from the region. They told the media that they have received reports of what’s been happening in these prisons. “Gay people have been detained and rounded up and we are working to evacuate people from the camps and some have now left the region. Those who have escaped said they are detained in the same room and people are kept altogether, around 30 or 40. They are tortured with electric currents and heavily beaten, sometimes to death,” Svetlana Zakharova from the Russian LGBT network said.

A spokesman for Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s leader, is claiming that the reports are “absolute lies and disinformation,” and said that “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic. If there were such people in Chechnya, the law-enforcement organs wouldn’t need to have anything to do with them because their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning.” They are even claiming that these reports were nothing more than an April Fools joke because the Novaya Gazeta article was published on April 1st. The Kremlin is also denying any knowledge of these reports. 

The Human Rights Watch in Moscow told the media that they’ve gained information regarding these attacks that include torture, humiliation, and at least three reports of murder.

Note that it’s very difficult to get much information on this because almost no independent journalists or rights activists are able to work in the region due to restrictions. A journalist from the Novaya Gazeta has spoken out against Kadyrov before and was murdered only days later.

A Chechen activist who claims to work on human rights in the republic (and works on Kadyrov’s human rights council) has denied the claims. She told a Russian radio station “In our Chechen society, any person who respects our traditions and culture will hunt down this kind of person without any help from authorities, and do everything to make sure that this kind of person does not exist in our society.” 

Novaya Gazeta said they have been able to confirm their information with an “unprecedented large number of sources in the Interior Ministry of the Chechen Republic, in the administration of the head of the republic, the FSB Department for Chechnya, the Chechen prosecutor’s office finally local LGBT activists.” They are also saying that a former military headquarters is the site of the camp. 

source. source. source. souce. source. and here’s the original Novaya Gazeta article. It is in Russian but it may be of interest to you if you can read it or your computer translates. 

Adding some info I should have initially included:

The Russian LGBT Network is the group that has set up a hotline and offered to get LGBT people out of the region. I don’t know much of their specifics like I would on organizations here in America but they do provide information on their website to what they do. They also have the option to view their website in English and take the American dollar and the pound on their donations page.

As far as I can see there is no way to support the independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, that broke this news. However, you can follow Tanya Lokshina, who is the Russia program director and a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch based in Moscow. She has also been working to get this news exposed and their Moscow-based Human Rights Watch is has been one of the groups to confirm reports and talk to sources. You can donate to Human Rights Watch, however I don’t think you can specify where this money goes country-wise.
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New Coco poster! And a new trailer is coming next week.

Lmao anyway fuck disney for refusing to do the book of life because of racism and then doing a movie exactly like it

And fuck them, an American company, for having the audacity to try and copyright Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican cultural holiday. It’s sickening.

The plot of Coco is literally the plot of The Book of Life with some minor changes so the plagiarism isn’t that blatantly obvious.

Boycot this movie. Disney didn’t want to make The Book of Life because it would not interest USAmerican (ahem gringo ahem) audiences. And now they are basically plagiarising TBL.

Disney made it abundantly clear they only care about using Latin American cultures, Mexican in this case, for money, but actually don’t care about Latinxs/Latin Americans and respectful and authentic rep. If not, look at The Emperor’s New Groove and that wtf thing they did with Elena of Avalor.

Ah yes, boycotting a racially and culturally diverse film will really show Disney that they should……… stick to…….. white movies? That doing anything besides a ‘safe’ film will end in boycotts and rage on the internet? 

Also like….

“The day John Lasseter gave the thumbs up for this movie, I immediately felt this huge weight drop onto my shoulders because I knew that we were doing something different than we had ever made at the studio and that for the first time, we were going to have this enormous responsibility to do right by this culture and not lapse into stereotype or cliché,”


The result is that Unkrich secured an all-Latino voice cast (including Gael Garcia Bernal as a skeleton named Hector who helps Miguel on his journey in the Land of the Dead) and sought authenticity via numerous story consultants, key crew members and filmmakers (like co-director Adrian Molina), and musical talent culled from artists down in Mexico. Unkrich, Molina, and producer Darla K. Anderson made frequent trips south of the border (in fact, Lasseter approved the film just three weeks before one Dia de Muertos fell, spurring a first-time scramble to not miss out) and soon sent his story artists, production designers, and even sound crew down to take the aesthetic pulse of villages.

From x

Also looks like this was in pre production in 2013 so thats probably part of why they didnt want to pick up BoL? It could have been for any reason tbh

Anyways like, if you dont wanna support it don’t but y’all are always clamoring for more varied representation in dinsey and pixar so maybe don’t boycott a film they are using to test to waters? Like if they make another Scandinavian fantasy film after this and you all rage Im gonna remember this, put your money where your mouth is :/

Also like, am I crazy or has Disney not been actively including latin@ representation? Or is Elena Princess of Avalore a fever dream Ive been having

Remember don’t get on the hate bandwagon with no proof; you claim that the story is a rip-off but you don’t go into any detail about either plot. We’re supposed to just believe your interpretation? I’d definitely need to know a lot more about Coco before casting judgment. 

And Book of Life came out in 2014, if Coco was in pre-production at 2013 it could easily have been passed over for the fact that they already had an in house story to represent that market, and we all know full well that Disney likes to go through a different cultural story/background for each feature film as part of their longstanding tradition. 

Even if you want to assume the worst and that their motives were bad and that they’re some evil megacorporation, which you can surely be entitled to think I’m not going to say Disney is amazing and doesn’t have a horrible history- at the very least they are finally making non-white movies. Boycotting the very content we have been begging for for ages isn’t going to get us anywhere, it’s just going to make that content that we asked for unable to turn a profit and therefore impossible to create and sustain a business with. We can’t expect people to make content and not support themselves on it as well, they need to make money to be viable sources of income to sustain the business. If this film doesn’t make money all Disney is going to know is that they can’t make feature films about Latino stories/cultures/etc because it won’t sell.
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Me: I'm a plot device to show you the meaning of Christmas, brenda, God bless us, every fucking one
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i made a guide for ppl

my friend has a congenital condition which means he has no fingers past the first knuckle on his left hand. 

The most common story he comes up with when people ask is “I punched a shark wrong”. 

Also, “I played the knife game and lost.”

“I wrestled alligators for money on my gap year”  
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Octopus changes colour outside the water

It looks like it’s dying


Waaaaait whoa. Guys. He’s also changing the texture of his skin, along with attempting to match the tone of the ship’s(?) floor.




We literally have a shape shifting animal with the best camouflage mechanism in nature and nobody thinks that’s the coolest shit like what the fuck we could learn so much from it’s biology everyone needs to get outta my face cause this creature is metal as fuck

There’s one better than this. It’s the cuttlefish. (I watch a lot of animal documentaries, okay?)

No but you have to post a gif of the cuttlefish now. Animal shows are the best shows because nature

the ninjas of the sea

y’all see this motherfucker right here?

this is the Indonesian Mimic Octopus.

This cool little guy can mimic a crab, lionfish, sea snake, flatfish, and jellyfish. He uses these amazing disguise techniques to avoid and deter predators, and also to attract possible meals.

he is the sneakiest ninja of the sea

what the fuck is happening underwater to create these fucking things

Time and space is happening.

Animals lived on ground for only 550,000,000 years, while underwater life existed for billions of years. Also the ground is only 30% of the Earth and height wise it’s only as tall as some tall trees unless you’re flying. Also many places on the ground are deserts and thus don’t have water to support much life.

The ocean on the other hand is 70% of the Earth’s surface, has depths of down to 10+ kms, and most of those depths can support life, so there’s a lot more variety in the types of animals you can see while on the ground most animals stick to 20-30 different basic survival strategies.

Octopuses are the shit

Years ago I made the personal decision to stop eating octopus and squid at sushi restaurants. I honestly and truthfully believe them to be as intelligent as we are, just in different *directions*. 

My mom and her wife volunteer as docents at the Hatfield Marine Center in Newport, OR. The Center catches, studies, and releases great Pacific octopuses every 6-8 weeks. Longer than that is considered cruel. Male octopuses don’t live very long - females live longer, but only until they lay a clutch of eggs. Then they starve to death protecting their hatchlings.

Depriving them of too much time is like solitary for DECADES for a human.

And the Hatfield treats them as close to people-in-different-shapes as possible. Octopuses learn individuals. Docents they like, they hug (since they taste through the sensors in their suction pads). Docents they don’t like they squirt with jets of water - and everyone knows that’s valid, and that docent is reassigned.

When the time period is up, the Hatfield takes the octopus in question out to the bay and releases him/her back to the sea. It’s a testament to their treatment that the animals tend to hug everyone goodbye, then swim away slowly. They form attachments. 

I think they’re smart. I think their smarts involve their lives underwater, and not our technological world in the air - so they don’t LOOK smart to US.

I want to be kind and gentle with them. I wish I could talk to them and hear what they say to each other. I wish I could understand how they perceive and conceptualize the world - because it has to be SOMEWHAT similar to the way we do - look how their camouflage looks like how WE perceive the animals they’re pretending to be.


I love the ocean.

Cuttlefish and octopuses are badass.  They’re incredibly intelligent and emotional creatures. I highly, HIGHLY recommend reading Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus (a National Book Award Finalist BTW).  It is an astounding read, a look into the people who work with and study octopuses along with the emotional behavior of these amazing animals.

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The answer is ‘Yes’.
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