Derry ~ Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Then and Now
11:53 pm • 15 April 2014 • 609 notes
Derry ~ Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Then and Now
Scarves donated by football fans from around the world hang on 96 empty seats for the 25th Hillsborough Anniversary Memorial Service, at Anfield on April 15, 2014.
The photos you’re looking at aren’t from a movie. They’re images of the Hillsborough Disaster.
23 years ago a lot of people went to a football match. Too many people. Hundreds without tickets turned up for the game, and the police decided there would be less violence if they just let everyone in. Back then football stands had standing sections, and all the ticketless fans flooded into these stands.
Within seconds the only way for people to breathe was for them to push forward; I’m sure you’ve been to concerts and know that feeling. You might know what it’s like to be at the front, slammed against the barrier and struggling to breathe. Now imagine the barrier’s an eight foot tall fence where the only exit is a gate the size of a regular door - which only opens inwards. The crush was immense. 766 people were injured. 96 people died; the youngest was 10.
But worse was to come. In their official report the police blamed the fans themselves, saying it was due to drunkeness. They claimed that even the children were drunk, that they were hooligans and at fault for their own deaths. A national newspaper, The Sun, ran a headline reading ‘The Truth’, which claimed fans pickpocketed the dying, pissed on ‘brave’ policemen trying to help, and savagely attacked one copper giving the kiss of life. EVERY LAST WORD WAS A LIE. The Sun has been boycotted in the city of Liverpool ever since; you’ll never find a copy there again.
For 23 years the victims were blamed for their own deaths. Until today, when a deep public investigation discovered perhaps the greatest case of police corruption in our country’s history; finding an extensive cover-up by the emergency services.
The South Yorkshire Emergency Services did all they could to place the blame on the fans. 164 witness statements were amended; 116 removing sections in which the police were mentioned in an unfavorable light. Blood alcohol readings were also carried out on the dead - even the children - and each name was ran through the criminal database in order to cast the fans as bloodthirsty hooligans.
The investigation has concluded that not a single fan was responsible for their death, the safety of the fans was ‘compromised at every level’, the local Government representative (MP) conspired with the police to spread their lies to the press, and that 41 of those who died could have been saved had the emergency services got their act together.
Team rivalries are cast aside and every single football fan stands in solidarity with Liverpool FC. We look to our law makers and demand that every last conspirator will be punished by a court of law. We demand justice for the 96.
Who really benefits from the pink ribbon campaigns: the cause or the company? In showing the real story of breast cancer and the lives of those who fight it, this film reveals the co-opting of what marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause.”
Everyone should take the time to watch the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc.
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In memory of the 96 men, women, and children who tragically died and the countless people whose lives were changed forever. FA Cup semi-final Liverpool v Nottingham Forest. 15 April 1989. “You’ll never walk alone.”
Apis mellifera,the Western Honeybee:
Many entomologists consider this little cutie to be the most important insect in the world. In the United States, its annual honey production has been estimated to be worth about $300 million, and its value as a pollinator many times beyond that.
In the photo above (courtesy of Cornell University), it’s possible to see the tiny pollen basket that the bee will use to take back to the hive and feed the young. After it’s been thoroughly processed and partially digested in its crop, it will form the succulent delicacy we know as honey.
The adults themselves feed on the nectar of the plants, using their elongated glossa (tongue) to reach deep into the flowers and retrieve it.
In addition to honey and pollination services, there are many other products of bees of which we make use, including: propolis, beeswax, and royal jelly.
Without bees, many of our favorite plants would start to disappear—particularly those we depend on for food.
au/crossover meme: star trek + cabin pressure quotes
This makes me genuinely angry. Look, I know first hand how important representation is. Fuck, as a queer person, I wish we had MUCH better representation for queer character, women, and people who aren’t typical white straight men. I fucking THIRST for more shows I can watch without them dropping a “tr*nny” joke, making bi/pansexual people out to be sexy sex objects for male consumption, and reducing queer people and non-white/Western people to ridiculous stereotypes.
BUT AT THE SAME TIME, COMPARING ART AND MEDIA TO A GOODS AND SERVICE IS THE MOST ENTITLED THING I’VE EVER HEARD IN MY ENTIRE DAMN LIFE.
Art and media creators do not owe their audience anything. Yes, creators SHOULD put in more representation. They SHOULD think before writing something hurtful and offensive that upholds harmful stereotypes, and they SHOULD own up and apologize when they cross the line. But they are not obligated to tailor their creation to you.
I don’t think concerns should be dismissed offhand with “go make one yourself,” but at the same time, I do heavily encourage people with liberal views to make their own art because as I said earlier, I want to see more good solid representation of what this kaleidoscope world of sexuality, gender, and real people actually looks like. Hell, it’s half the reason why I’m getting into a media field.
But art - and film and media is art, damn it - is fundamentally different from selling couches. A lot of art is personal expression - a writer sits down to plot a story, a painter sits down to paint. Yes, sometimes that personal expression is going to be really shitty, and if it’s something you really care about that sucks, but it’s entitled as hell to think that an artist should tailor their personal expression down to something that checks all the boxes of what you find acceptable, or worth watching. Especially since everyone has a bunch of boxes of their own.
NO PIECE OF ART IS GOING TO BE EXACTLY PERFECT FOR YOU. This is why creating your own is often what creators say, I’m sure with the best of intentions, to people with multiple concerns. Clearly you have a good solid vision of what you want if you’re able to write essays on why such and such a plot point was offensive and hurtful to you, so build from there. If you don’t feel you have the drive to do it on your own, find a partner. Talk about it. Create.
And I hope people do, you know. I hope to see many more shows and books that I can pick up and feel satisfied reading.
But guess what? There are always going to be people who aren’t satisfied with what I think is satisfying and wonderful. And it would break my heart if a piece of media I’ve fallen in love with changes to suit someone else’s vision in an effort to please everyone. And I bet it would break yours, too.
So unless you think you have the absolute most perfect handle on what makes a show or book or movie worth consuming, that EVERYONE is going to find unproblematic and wonderful and enjoyable, then please park your ego and accept that the world is not going to change itself to suit how you think it should look. And maybe think about how it’s a little scary that you think it should.
Snow: Bam, thank you.
so my family went to the tulip fields and my little sister didn’t have a good time at all
it must be the main character in the anime
It got funnier when I realized just how many tulips are in this picture.
she wanted the tulips red
don’t save as jpeg
as a former yearbook editor and designer, let me explain this further
if youre only planning on posting your art online, them please save it as .png ;this is also better for transparencies as well
please, if youre planning of printing your art, NEVER use png. it makes the quality of the image pretty shitty. use jpeg or pdf instead. and always set your work at 300dpi to get a better printing quality - this means, the images are crisper and sharper and theres no slight blurriness. i had a talk with my friend who is currently taking design, and pdf is much better to use when youre working with a bigger publishing company because it still has the layers intact, but if youre only planning on printing your stuff at staples or at some small publishing store, the jpeg is the way to go.
this has been a public service announcement