I retconned Jor-El and Lara into putting baby Kal-El in a helicopter. I made the Justice League fight Flash's Rogues and after there was a flock of magical doves everywhere, and I didn't even summon any magical doves. I had to chop down some trees, so I summoned 'George Washington' and 'axe', and the game basically said, "Correct, PLAYER. Let's go watch some goddamned chopping."
The comic book sequel was also surprisingly fun. A lot of great references in these next four pages, but I've listed the best ones after the cut:
A few months ago my sons were playing with each other and had a fight. My younger son, the six year old, sat himself down at the kitchen table with some paper, scissors and pencils. Got busy.
"Craft!" I thought. "Good for him." And went back to whatever I was doing - scrolling my phone listlessly, or watching some mind-numbing TV show. I was vaguely aware of some rustling under a bedroom door then my older son shouting out "WHY WOULD YOU WRITE THAT?"
Upon investigation, I found Exhibit A.
I sent the youngest on a timeout to think about what he had written. Then Instagrammed it immediately. Quickly struck by some of the comments. My friend Bianca wrote "My favourite note from my eldest girl is a drawing of my husband and I with a big heart around us. She ripped it in half and gave it to us. Only people who love hard, can feel such anger."
And my gorgeous number one boyfriend Steve Murphy wrote: "Kinda adorable. A note means he cares a lot."
And I remembered one day many years ago when my younger brother Cam was about five and I was twelve and we had a fight over something stupid. He stuffed a series of notes under my bedroom door, each increasingly menacing. I remember laughing so hard. There were four notes, in total.
I kept them for years! All throughout my twenties, in all the stupid houses I was living in, doing stupid things, I kept those notes from my brother and would show people often. They were so cute. One day I didn't have the notes anymore, finally lost. I wish I had those notes, my heart aches for those notes. So I hatched a plan, and emailed the woman who should be in charge of this country, Cate Bolt. She has lived a life. She made an orphanage in Indonesia, Foundation 18. She's a humanitarian and a conservationist. She has lots of kids, she's suffered a few serious health problems in the last few years. Currently on a road trip in a big-arse van travelling around Australia, Cates main source of income is her etsy store called Pretty Fkn Embroidery. (Oh, and Cate swears a lot we are friends 4 lyfe.)
I email her.
"Ok so, I'd really like to commission a piece. An embroidery thing - do you actually do the embroidering? Because I don't think I have the fortitude right now. And what I want done ... I guess I could just type it up and print it out but it's not the same. I'd like it carefully crafted because it's special. Ready? When me and Cam were young we had a silly fight. Which was very rare. He got so mad at me - I was in my bedroom and the door was shut but I could hear this rustling and he'd posted me a note underneath my door, written in kid-scrawl in a black marker, it simply said:
"I hat you."
Fucking hilarious. Soon enough, there was more rustling with another note.
"I menit." (As in, "I mean it.")
Followed by: "I RILI menit."
Omg. I was beside myself with cute and love. There was one more note he pushed through the door, consisting of a very rudimentary skull and crossbones. Cate I kept those notes for years, well into my twenties. Me and Cam would laugh so hard at them, and when we'd talk to each other we'd often drop them into our conversations "Yeah, I menit." "Smoked salmon? I HAT IT."
I lost the notes! I'd do anything to have them back. Any pieces of him I treasure. I sleep with his wallet in my bedside table. His used T-shirt in a drawer. His aftershave. The pen he used for his suicide note. All stupid fucking mementos and the WORST one of all is his eggflip. I use his eggflip all the time, it makes me so gut wrenchingly sad I fucking double over in the kitchen from pain sometimes but I cannot part with it, it was his! He touched it! AND IT FLIPS SO WELL. So, I'd love a recreation of his notes to me in embroidery form. All in black stitching (of course!)"
Cate replied straight away, clarifying certain things, she was ONTO IT. Couldn't wait. She even has her own computer-generated thingo that does the embroidery for her! She asked me about the skull and crossbones picture - so I asked Rocco to draw me one and I sent it to her.
From memory, Cams skull was more menacing. But I love, LOVE that now my own child has re-created something my brother wrote to me all those years ago.
Cate finished it and posted it to me last week. It arrived at my front door an hour ago and man, I just thought, I can't open this today. Yesterday my Timehop told me it was EXACTLY one year to the day since I saw my brother for the last, the very last time. I purposely did not want to know the date of that because there's already too many sad dates but now I know - the first day of spring was the last day. Spring is supposed to be a renewal. I've always loved the first day of spring. Stupid dates. I always hated the 1st of December because it's the date my stepdad killed himself but when I fell pregnant for the very first time, when people around me looked on in horror I was filled with so much joy. I was going to have a baby and the due date was 1st of December! IT'S A SIGN!
These days I'm not receiving too many signs. Maybe they're there, I'm just too clouded to notice. My brother ignored all of his signs. Do we all even get signs? Who's in charge here? When he was little my brother would have the ULTIMATE tantrums. Sometimes I wonder if his final act of suicide was an act of anger, his one last tantrum. Fuck you, world. My brain, my heart, my spirit are all trying real hard, real hard to work it all out. All I know is, for most of this year I have been googling Hawaii holidays, determined to take my family on a huge trip to Waikiki during September and October. I didn't want to be here, for the Hard Dates. But Dave had to suddenly move offices and work and money and stress and kids and grief and we're all still here, not in Hawaii. I'm hoping to get there maybe in November. December. January. I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHEN BUT GODDAMMIT I AM TAKING MY FAMILY TO HAWAII FOR MY REWARD.
So. Here's the parcel I received today.
Oh yes she did.
I cried. A sad cry, but when Cate posted them off she she wrote to me "they're on their way to you so you'll have something to hold."
Which is why us grievers are so sad, really. The people we love are not here to hold, and that's that. Accept or die.
I will put my new embroidery masterpieces up on a wall, somewhere in this house. Then I'll have to explain them to my kids and husband when they get home. I'm looking forward to moving out of this house into our new house that Dave will build, because this house has been housing me at my most painful, with its grassy patch in the backyard when I got the phone call from Cams beautiful friend telling me Cam had died.
You should go to Pretty Fkn Embroidery and check it out - because you know who's going to Hawaii and who has booked her ticket? CATE LIGHTENING BOLT, THAT'S WHO. But she hasn't booked her hotel room yet, told me she doesn't care if she's homeless in Hawaii she will BE in Hawaii. She felt sick when she pressed "purchase" on the airfares because this woman NEVER buys things for herself. But she deserves this so, so much. I'm glad one of us can go - she's a big Lost fan so she'll do all the tours, probably. I can't wait to see her Insta feed of her photos. She won't be showing off she will just be incredibly humbled and having an amazing time.
(Cate, thank you. Thank you so much and um, did you know Wil Wheaton mentioned Pretty Fkn Emroidery on his Tumblr?)
So. In his last ever note to me, Cam told me he loved me. TWICE. I have that knowledge. That is very, very soothing knowledge. He loved me. I loved him. Life is fleeting. In the beginning. The end.
If I ever see him again, in whatever incarnation, there won't need to be any words. There'll just be love.
Peter Goodwin Heltzel, “Cross the Sea and Cleanse the Temple”
Naming the idols of colonization and whiteness is the beginning of transforming Christian theology in the Americas today. Through the long, hard work of dismantling these idols, Christian theology can begin the process of living into a new prophetic, intercultural future. As [Willie James] Jennings reminds us in his final chapter, “Those Near Belonging,” in order to push ahead, we must recover a lost wisdom — the liberating reality of Israel, the covenant people of God. Since Jennings sees supersessionism as one of the primary problems with western colonialism, a theology of Israel becomes vital for the realization of a more prophetic Christian theology today.
Mary McClintock Fulkerson, “The Colorblindness of a Diseased Social Imagination”
Willie Jennings puts this huge problem right up front in his book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race with an opening story illustrating obliviousness akin to my own, as he describes white Christian male missionaries coming to his house to invite his African American family to their church. The missionaries’ ostensibly “kind” sharing of the gospel illustrates a deeply troubling racism typically performed as ignorance of and the inability to respect the worlds of persons of color such as Jennings’ family, who were already deeply involved in another church. The missionaries illustrate, as Jennings says, “a wider and deeper order of not knowing, of not sensing, of not imagining,” found in whites and Christianity per se. Indeed, regardless of the ostensibly “nice” missionary intent, the behavior is an example of a “diseased social imagination.”
The gap between ostensible non-racist beliefs and actual practices is clearly ongoing, as sociologists such as Edgardo Bonilla-Silva’s work on “color-blindness as the new racism” illustrates. Most Americans define racism as an individual, malicious act against a person of color and define “race” as something only persons of color have. Since whites typically do not want to be designated as racist, this gets many of us (ostensibly) off the hook. However such color-blindness ignores the ongoing effects of social/institutional racism by reducing racism to an individual intentional act. And it clearly ignores the notion that “whiteness” is a race that comes with privilege, something very few whites even acknowledge, much less do something about.
Sarah Stillman, “Get Out of Jail, Inc.”
The industry aims to shift the financial burden of probation directly onto probationers. Often, this means charging petty offenders — such as those with traffic debts — for a government service that was once provided for free. These probationers aren’t just paying a court-ordered fine; they’re typically paying an ever-growing share of the court’s administrative expenses, as well as a separate fee to the for-profit company that supervises their probation and enforces a payment schedule — a consolidated weekly or monthly set of charges divided between the court and the company. The system is known as “offender-funded” justice. But legal challenges to it are mounting, amid concerns about abuse, corruption, and the use of state penalties to collect private profits. In a wide range of cases, offender-funded justice may not result in justice at all.
[Pat] Buchanan “connected Catholics with Evangelicals,” who had “never worked together like this, partly because there’d been strong animosity between the two groups,” said Sally Steenland, director of the faith and progressive policy initiative at the Center for American Progress (CAP). “It was very organized, it was well funded. This was not unprompted, spontaneous grassroots action; it was the religious right leading the charge.”
Those groups played on anxieties being kicked up by women’s changing roles. “It was the end of the era of a one-income family,” Steenland said. “Women from all ranks were going into jobs who had never been in jobs before. … In some cases the religious right exploited it, but in other cases it was just a genuine anxiety.”
“Without good workers, the ‘job creators’ can’t make it.”
“[Unions are] an international phenomenon that has flourished almost everywhere that capitalism has flourished. And that’s because they’ve played a critical role in making capitalism work for the people who make capitalism work.”
“If union standards for pay, benefits, safety and health didn’t exist, there would be no pressure on non-union employers to, at least, try to approach them.”
“I’m amazed at how petty and abusive some of these practices are. … Cutting corners is increasingly seen as a sign of libertarianism rather than the theft that it really is.” (New York Times)
“There’s no reason that we should be paying for food stamps and Medicaid for employees of either company, though I’m sure we do, simply because those companies are able to get away with having a mostly part-time work force that has to bring their own equipment to the job.”
“Anybody who looks at CEO pay, even if it was reasonably based, they would say that person is paid way too much.”
“The average U.S. household experienced a real wealth decline of more than one-third over the 10 years ending in 2013.”
“People working for tips are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty.”
“The number of Social Security recipients losing part of their checks to pay back old student loans is likely to keep swelling.”
“This is an illustration of why a large portion of the American work force will never achieve economic independence no matter how hard they try.”
“Nobody needs to bring back the shame of being poor and using assistance; it never went away.”
“That’s the funny thing about being poor. Everyone has an opinion on it, and everyone feels entitled to share.”
“I hope all the citizens of Alabama will be in prayer that the right thing will be done.”
“All three have been associated with the so-called prosperity gospel, which stresses God will reward the faithful with health and wealth, and all three have led ministries that have made them rich.”
“Religious people who neglect God’s summons to care for the poor are not the people of God at all. God rejects their worship.”
“Here are Kansas and California, moving in opposite directions after pursuing tax policies that suggest the right’s orthodoxy is simply wrong.”
“States with higher minimum wages saw faster job growth in the first six months of 2014 than states that have not raised their wages.”
“Tuesday’s action is the latest in a series of CFPB victories for consumers wronged by lenders, several of which have involved members of the armed forces.”
“Taking all existing coverage expansions together, we estimate that 20 million Americans have gained coverage as of May 1 under the ACA.”
“The growth of federal spending on health care will continue to decline as a proportion of the overall economy in the coming decades, in part because of cost controls mandated by President Obama’s health care law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said.”
“Consumers in the developed world should be smarter than that. The producers in the developing world — the folks enabling our lifestyles – certainly are.”
Time for another cracktastic Fantomah: Mystery Woman of the Jungle adventure by Fletcher Hanks (as Barclay Flagg). This story is from Jungle Comics #6 (Fiction House, June 1940), which is in the public domain (scans courtesy of ComicBookPlus.com).
Trigger warning for the racist depiction of African indigenous people.
( Just Say No to drug berries of the Unexplored Red Region, kids! )
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Ladies' Bingo Round 2014-2015 (Round 2) Sign-ups
Event Description: ladiesbingo is a bingo challenge for creative works about the relationships between women. It runs for seven months (from September until March).
The motivation behind the community is to encourage people to make creative works focused on female characters and their relationships.
Round 2 (2014-2015) is now open.
genprompt_bingo is a low commitment multi-fandom, multi-media bingo challenge.
Its aim is to provide bingo cards of gen-style prompts to be used as inspiration in creating fic, images, meta, fanmixes, vids or any other kind of fannish activities. Although the prompts themselves are "Gen" (i.e., no prompts are specifically about romance or sex) fills may be of any genre, style or rating.
Prompt lists are renewed once a quarter (1st March, 1st June, 1st September, 1st December). New cards can be claimed then even if a previous card has not been completed.
Round 4 is open