Title: Cold Comfort
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Summary: "Nerdanel, early in the Second Age, ponders the wisdom of her choices."
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Recorded and posted for Tolkien Femslash Week 2017, for the prompt Sappho 56 (trans. Anne Carson):
not one girl I think
who looks on the light of the sun
Because is this not the most Nerdanel quote there has ever been?
There are slight sound effects here, but I don't think they should be triggering for listeners with auditory epilepsy, and there is no dramatic reverb/echo for those with auditory processing issues. The biggest difference is in "distance" and a slight volume drop.
An Arizona court is now hearing a case that could roll back a 2010 law that banned Mexican-American studies in the state. In a 2013 paper, Brandy Jensen explained how the law came about to begin with. Jensen begins her story about multiculturalism, race, and education with NAFTA. The trade agreement eliminated protections for Mexican industries, including corn subsidies, leading many farmworkers to leave the countryside and illegally cross the U.S. border to seek work. In their new country, these workers’ legal status (or lack thereof) left them vulnerable to economic exploitation.
“Widespread anti-immigration discourse in Arizona designates those oppressed by this historical system of commodification, Mexican people, as perpetrators who take what is not theirs to have,” Jensen writes.
Foreshadowing Donald Trump’s rhetoric, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and other state officials fueled public hostility toward immigrants with rhetoric contrasting “illegal aliens” with innocent, vulnerable Americans. That hostility extended to Latinos generally, not just those without documents.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne authored the ban on ethnic studies, HB 2281, following a controversy over the Chicano, or Mexican-American, studies program in the Tuscon public schools. Speaking at Tuscon High in 2007, legendary activist Dolores Huerta said that Republicans hate Latinos. When Horne brought his Latina deputy, Margaret Garcia Dugan, to offer a rebuttal at the school, students turned their backs to her and put their fists in the air.
Horne, who had previously been part of a push to eliminate bilingual education, posted an open letter on the Department of Education website charging that ethnic studies programs “teach kids that they are oppressed, that the United States is dominated by a white, racist, imperialist power structure that wants to oppress them.”
Advocates for the programs countered that, in the face of a standard curriculum focused on European and white American history and culture, ethnic studies programs “are designed to be culturally relevant—to help students see themselves in the curriculum and make them see why education is important for them.”
Jensen notes that Horne’s rhetoric focused on treating children as individuals rather than “dividing” them by race—language that falls into a tradition of assuming a post-racial society. Of course, many Mexican-American students, facing the racialized political conversation about “illegal aliens” happening around them, didn’t share that assumption.
Jensen explains that Chicano studies courses teaching the history of U.S.-Mexican relations can offer useful context for understanding contemporary issues in Arizona. “Unfortunately,” she writes, “the occlusions of historical and contemporary racial realities are viewed as neither racist nor violent in America, but teaching about them is.”
The legislature passed the law in May of 2010, and Brewer signed it immediately. Today, as the Arizona court case unfolds in the context of a Trump presidency, the issues it raises may be even more pressing than they were in 2010.
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Sign-ups: July 22 through August 18, 2017
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Assignments due: October 20, 2017
Madness/prompt claiming time: October 20 through 31 - as soon as all assignments are in, all unwritten prompts will be revealed for everyone to write fic of any length. You don't have to sign up as a Stage of Fools participant to participate in Madness.
Go-live: November 1, 2017
Author reveal: November 5, 2017
So I was sitting on a muddy path in a wooded area because of reasons (ok, exhausted after climbing) when I saw movement and a tiny thing scurrying past me. I figured that glimpse was all I'd see, but I turned round to see where it'd gone and it was on the path on the other side of me, and with great caution so as not to startle it I managed to dig my phone out of my coat pocket:
(There's nothing to give a sense of scale, but the shrew is a few centimetres long. It makes mice look big.)
( Cut for blurry close-ups and blurry worm death )
A record 51 Tasmanian Devil joeys were born this season at Devil Ark, a free-range breeding facility aimed at saving this iconic Australian marsupial from extinction.
This brings the total number of joeys born at Devil Ark to more than 250 since it was founded in 2010 to establish an insurance population for the now-endangered Tasmanian Devil.
More than 90% of the wild Tasmanian Devil population has disappeared in the past 20 years due to an aggressive, transmissible cancer called Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD). The Australian island state of Tasmania is the only wild home of these unique creatures.
Tasmanian Devils are marsupials, so like all marsupials, the jellybean-sized babies are born in a very underdeveloped state. About 30-50 are born, and they must crawl from the birth canal into their mother’s pouch immediately - a distance of about three inches. But female Devils have only four teats, so only the first four to attach to a teat will survive. The babies remain attached to a teat constantly for about three months. When they emerge from the pouch, they will ride on mom’s back.
The Devils at Devil Ark are one of dozens insurance populations in Australia and at zoos around the world. DFTD is a fatal condition and has spread rapidly across Tasmania, driving the need for disease-free, genetically diverse populations as possibly the only way to save Devils from extinction.
DFTD is one of only four known naturally occurring transmissible cancers. It is transmitted like a contagious disease through biting and close contact, which occurs when wild Tasmanian Devils feed in groups, battling for access to a carcass. Devils develop large facial tumors which make eating difficult. Affected animals die from starvation.
Tasmania Devils play a vital role in Tasmania’s ecosystems by scavenging on dead animals. They are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Researchers are working to better understand DFTD, which was only identified in 1996.
For our fourth challenge:
One Object, Two Perspectives
Choose any object or artefact, and draw it from two different perspectives.
The object you choose to draw can be either fandom or non-fandom-related. It can be drawn from different angles. eg. front, top, side view, etc.
(Thanks to mific for the prompt ideas for this week's challenge)
A round-up post for submissions to this challenge will be done on Friday 28th July, 2017.
Happy drawing, everyone! :D
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While we're at this, check out the remaining initial pinch hits!! As of this post we need these three claimed:
PH #2 - Mass Effect Trilogy, Dragon Age, Mass Effect: Andromeda, World of Warcraft, Warcraft (2016), Naruto
PH #4 - Prince of Tennis, Tiger & Bunny, Attack on Titan
PH #5 - Mass Effect: Andromeda, Mass Effect Trilogy, Dragon Age
-planning or outlining
-sending to beta
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about
I'll be honest, I have been embarrassingly distracted today. Which distractions do you have the most trouble staying away from?