Marsha P Johnson by Andy Warhol
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from Science Alert
FUCK YEAH ‘STRALIA
A one-line summary of the last seventy-five years of the Batman franchise.
Nina Simone, “I Put A Spell On You”
Sometimes you’ve just gotta turn the fan towards your window, chain smoke and write, casually spraying some dollar store air freshener that your smoking indoors wont become known to the roommates. A few decent lines were jumbled out of my drunken fingers this evening. yay
It’s no secret that European colonialism was a vast, and often devastating, project that over several centuries put nearly the entire world under control of one European power or another. But just how vast can be difficult to fully appreciate.
Here, to give you a small sense of European colonialism’s massive scale, is a map showing every country put under partial or total European control during the colonial era, which ran roughly from the 1500s to the 1960s. Only five countries, in orange, were spared.
As you can see, just about every corner of the globe was colonized outright or was dominated under various designations like “protectorate” or “mandate,” all of which are indicated in green. This includes the entirety of the Americas (French Guiana is incorrectly labeled as part of Europe due a technical issue, but make no mistake, it was colonized) and all of Africa save for little Liberia. More on Liberia later. The Middle East and Asia were divided up as well.
Some countries instead fell under “spheres of influence,” marked in yellow, in which a European power would declare that country or some part of it subject to their influence, which was a step removed from but in practice not all that distinct from conquering it outright. Iran, for example, was divided between British and Russian sphere of influence, which meant that the European powers owned exclusive rights to Iranian oil and gas in their areas, among other things.
Most of the areas under spheres of influence on this map were politically dominated by the British, who ruled through proxies: Afghanistan (which also endured Russian influence), Bhutan, and Nepal. Mongolia was effectively a proxy state of the Soviet Union for much of the Cold War.
There are only four countries that escaped European colonialism completely. Japan and Korea successfully staved off European domination, in part due to their strength and diplomacy, their isolationist policies, and perhaps their distance. Thailand was spared when the British and French Empires decided to let it remained independent as a buffer between British-controlled Burma and French Indochina. Japan, however, colonized both Korea and Thailand itself during its early-20th-century imperial period.
Then there is Liberia, which European powers spared because the United States backed the Liberian state, which was established in the early 1800s by freed American slaves who had decided to move to Africa. The Liberian project was fraught — the Americans who moved there ruled as a privileged minority, and the US and European powers shipped former slaves there rather than actually account for their enslavement — but it escaped European domination.
The colonial period began its end after World War Two, when the devastated nations of Western Europe could no longer afford to exert such global influence and as global norms shifted against them. The turning point is sometimes considered the 1956 Suez Crisis, in which the US and Soviet Union pressured British and French troops to withdraw after invading Egypt to seize the Suez Canal with Israeli help. But it took a couple of decades for the European colonialism to fully collapse; France was fighting for Algeria until 1962 and Portugal did not abandon its African colonies until 1974. So this map, of a European-dominated world, is not as distant as it may feel for many Americans.
Phil Lynott of THIN LIZZY with his dog Gnasher.
My mum’s ex landlord is trying to pin $1700 in damages and repairs on her almost two months after she moved out. I know exactly when she moved out because I orchestrated the entire thing. I found her a new pad, I conned a slew of people I know into helping her move everything out of the old pad and into the new. I spent every weekend for the month of June cleaning her old apartment as per her lease agreement. It was all done to the letter of that assholes contract.
He didn’t even bother to give the place a look over till almost the end of June. It’s almost the end of July and he’s trying to pin all of this shit on her aka me if you read the snarky little emails he sends her. Fuckers hated me since I was a teenager, and probably rightfully so because he’s a slumlord and I was an angry teen who had a great disdain towards bullshit authority which he revelled in because he owned the damn joint.
Anyhoo, Got her a new pad, moved her into it in one weekend, spent three more weekends after that cleaning and painting and doing all the little bullshit things he required in her lease. So now he’s trying to come at her for a bunch of money he had to blow to fix things that are his obligation to fix given he’s the landlord. Presumably do to the fact that the person he’s got moving in is on housing so HUD made him fix a bunch of shit if he wants them to give him money.
Her calling me up crying was not how I wanted my evening to go. But here we are now. What I have and he doesn’t know are a slew of friends who are in real estate and rent out multiple properties, and thus far what little I’ve told them about this situation they’ve been siding with us as far as the legal side of things goes.
Saturday when I drag my ass down to Provo I’ve a whole mess of a situation to resolve and hopefully pin this bastard to the wall.
No one gets to make my mum cry other than me!
Game on motherfucker!
Pay close attention to how many children are from the same family.
Please keep in mind that the name, age, sex and location of only 132 of the 155 Palestinian children killed (correct as of 22 July 2014) was able to be gathered (collected by Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights).
What’s even more heartbreaking is that the speed of which Israel continues its ethnic cleansing of Palestine means death toll figures become outdated every hour.