It’s difficult for me to think of Nelson Mandela as anything but a universally-respected, wise, kind, and thoughtful asset to humanity. But he also organized attacks that would today be unconditionally condemned as terrorism. His government fought peaceful demonstrations with violence, and so he brought violence to his government. He was a fighter…once the fight got started. And he never stopped fighting, and the world is so much better because of that escalation to violence. That is the rarest sort of change, and it is a testament to his care as a diplomat, a politician, a human, and a warrior that it did not merely end in perpetual turmoil and bloodshed. To go from terrorist to president in only thirty years, with most of those thirty years spent in a cell, is an achievement I would never accept if I read it in fiction.
My video tomorrow is about inequality, and it doesn’t mention Mandela because I finished it yesterday and I had to fight the urge to remake it. But he is in my thoughts tonight, I hope he is in yours as well. If you’d like to learn a little more about his life, this short documentary is lovely.
I was a kid, and obviously very far removed from South Africa, and I want to be clear that I’m certainly no expert. But I overheard a lot of discussions about Apartheid in my childhood, because my parents and their church were involved with organizations linked to Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s anti-Apartheid work. And at the time, it was very controversial. As a kid, I remember hearing that my parents were naive, that Mandela was a terrorist, that one-person-one-vote could never work in South Africa, that it would immediately become a communist dictatorship, that all the white people would be massacred, etc. And had things gone differently in South Africa—had Mandela been a less brilliant leader—the transition could indeed have been catastrophic. To me, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is one of the great human accomplishments of the past hundred years.
The world is now mourning the loss of a great man, as well it should. But let’s not forget that Mandela (and South Africa) might’ve been free decades earlier had it not been for the fear and discomfort of white people not just in South Africa but around the world.
NOOOOOOOOOOOO, my period has started, it’s like three days too early, come on now! I am too scared to put in my cup since I was scared I almost developed cystitis last time, although I was feeling quite run down that last period so it might not have been that. I have been fine wearing it the other times.
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. I finally got my laptop to play DVDs, I downloaded VLC but nothing worked and it turned out my CD/DVD drive thingy was fucked and I was like “oh great, that means I’ll never get to watch films/TV series on my laptop ever again, thanks Windows 8 for being a dick.” Turns out I had to upgrade to Windows 8.1 (wow the difference, oooooh, I can’t take it in *sarcasm*) and the DVD drive is no longer broken, praise the Lord for VLC, I hope it actually plays blu-rays like it says!
It’s really bad, every time I get a request for someone to follow me on Twitter, I deny it because a part of me thinks it’s either my dad trying to sneak his way in or he’s got someone he knows to request a follow. It’s more than likely neither but I’ve become so paranoid since the last incident!!!
I'm not being sexist or anything, I myself am a girl it's just it's different for boys to sleep around rather than girls. My friend told me this once to help me understand 'a key that can unlock any lock is a pretty good key, but a lock that can be unlocked by any key is not a very good lock'. Plus I genuinely don't think people call lori and Andrea sluts because they had sex on the show I think it's because people don't like them and that's how they express it. Like where I live if people are
I'm sorry, but this is literally the opposite of "not being sexist or anything". It's actually not different for girls and guys to sleep around, at all. The only difference is ones perspective, and in my opinion the lock analogy you used is very askew and should not be used when referring to sex. Regarding the last part of your message, if people are using the term slut as a general insult unrelated to sex, they really need to expand their vocabularies. - Jenn
FYI to everyone: We will NOT be addressing this topic again.
And for the record, while opinions are always welcome, character/cast/crew hate is not. Ever. At all.