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in what way were the IRA religious terrorists??

First of all I should make a note and disclaimer that there was so many splits in the IRA that not all of them were purely religiously motivated.  So your question is quite valid.  At the same time I was not intending to say in my post that the IRA had purely religious roots, but however, that a signficant chunk of the root cause of their existence is rooted in religious discrimination.

For the rest of the answer I am going to present this wikipedia article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troubles

I think you’re going to be surprised by how far back this goes.

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Reading tumblr lately reminds me of all the horrible things St Patricks day represents.   I still wear green on that day for my own sense of racial pride, but to reiterate points of my last post, Celebrating St. Patrick is akin to … a conquered race celebrating its oppressors.

I’d like to cite specific examples but to do so would probably cause half my followers to leave, and the rest of Tumblr to hate on me.  The fact is I’ve become afraid to speak on Tumblr for the most part, but today, since i’m feeling so fearful and disheartened about this, i’ll speak just to get it out.

I’ve heard the quote “The Irish were oppressed and they don’t complain about it” alot lately, particularly along my dash.  But I think the main reason we don’t complain about it is because noone gives a shit.  We would receive nothing but derision and ridicule for doing so, because we’re considered “white” now.

People say “How come I didn’t hear about the potato blight in school, or about how the British came and took all the rest of the food during the famine?” or about the culture that existed before St. Patrick?  This is because of systematic erasure of the things that happened to the Irish, mostly conducted by Catholicism in the early part and by the British later on.  But it was also overshadowed by arguably worse things happening to other races later on.

The fact is, that we had a culture that was systematically erased, we were once Celtic, but St. Patrick and the Catholic church came in with food and stuff during our hard times (there were famines all through Europe between 400-800 AD and Ireland has always had it hard growing things) and honestly bought their way into converting the populace… this would lead later on to wars between Catholics and Protestants, and then more recently, to terrorism, most of which is over now, but none which would have happened if we stayed with the Old Gods to begin with.   It was partially our fault, too.  We should have died with our culture intact rather than submit to St. Patrick and the Catholics.   But it’s far too late to change that now..

I don’t know what it is I want to say here.  I had alot more to say but I’m afraid of offending folks by saying it.  I just, it makes me frightened to see how attitudes have evolved here, where it has somehow become OK to hate someone, even to say they should die, because they are considered to be part of a privileged social group.   I’m even afraid to name specifics.  We can’t talk about the oppression and abuse a race suffered because they are now considered privileged.  I know where that road leads.   Actually I don’t think this post is going to help me feel any better about what is happening.   I think i’ll end this post now.

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mightyhealthyquest:

21/02/2018

When your hobby is unconventional. ;_; 

I want to be in this LARP

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airyairyquitecontrary:

world-cat:

vegan-vulcan:

starlight-lilith:

I really cannot get over this cats fucking face it’s so round and conveying an emotion that I simply am not equipped to understand

I WAS AT THIS MEETING, I MET THIS CAT. I forget his name but he was soooo sweet, I think it was Councilman Clark who brought him in! This was at the very first meeting in Denver to decide whether to ban declawing (the ban succeeded!)

Update: I emailed this post to councilman Clark, subject line “your kitty is famous”

Update 2: Councilman Clark responded, he thinks this is awesome and his cat’s name is Kit Kat

Thank you Kit Kat for protecting the cats of Denver!

I think the emotion on Kit Kat’s face is democratic engagement.

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echomiko:

chase-o-rama:

tooiconic:

lafayettelabaguette:

beasti:

clarenecessities:

sapphic-matriarchy:

system-fail-ure:

karinanotcinerina:

retro-geek:

ultrafacts:

gatochick:

ultrafacts:

pizzaismylifepizzaisking:

majikkant:

ultrafacts:

Source

Video of Tama

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The picture in the background of the second one

Tama is boss

THE TRAINS HAVE CARTOON TAMAS ON THEM

Sad update everyone, Tama recently passed away… An estimated 3,000 people, including railway officials, attended Tama the cat’s funeral on Sunday, days after she died of heart failure aged 16. [x]

For those who haven’t read articles about it, the local shrine elevated her to a god. She’s now the Eternal Stationmaster and patron god of the station.

Beautiful.

Now I’m crying thanks

and a new cat was hired right?

yep! her name is Nitama (essentially ”second tama” or “tama II”) and she served under Tama as an apprentice before being appointed her deputy

she works very hard

Everytime this crosses my dash, I reblog. It is the law.

Law

I’m crying at 11pm over train cats

Thats just, really neat

@pumpulm

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swimmiesofdoom:

genderoftheblacklagoon:

la-femme-beansidhe:

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by quietly remembering that Native Americans sent more aid to Ireland during the famine than Britain or the US.

specifically, it was the Choctaw nation that sent aid to the Irish during the famine

1.  “more aid to ireland during the famine than britain” okay let’s clear this up, again– there was no famine, it was a genocide, commited specifically by the british.  ireland was literally packed with food.  the only crop that failed was the potato crop.  the british had no problem with ships FULL OF FOOD leaving british ports on british ships from ireland to other places to make money.  IT.  WAS.  NOT.  A.  FAMINE.  IT.  WAS.  A.  GENOCIDE.   and that probably explains why britain didn’t “send aid”.  britain was literally using the “famine” they manufactured to clear the land of indigenous irish people.

2.  which lends poignancy and power to the attempt by the choctaw nation to send food to starving irish people. 

3.  there was much fanfair about this in the british press at the time, because of course the british government was lying to its own people about what they were doing.  it’s convenient to blame natural disasters like “famine” when in fact it is mass murder– kinda like what’s going on in yemen right now.  but to conclude, what didn’t receive a lot of fanfair in the british press is the fact that much of the corn and other food the choctaw nation attempted to send did not go to starving irish people, it was essentially hijacked and went to feed british pigs and livestock.

4.  which is why every saint patrick’s day we remember the genocide (one of many the british attempted in ireland) of black ‘47.  and we always remember the native americans who responded in such good will and with such generosity to starving people an ocean away from them.

As full blooded Irish person (and fae folk) i’m going to just put this out there.

There is absolutely nothing for the Irish to celebrate on Saint Patricks day.  St Patrick’s work was more about erasing our native culture (what you might call Celtic or even Pagan these days) and replacing it with British Christianity.

St Patrick’s “work” eventually lead to religious terrorism that proceeded well into last century and the IRA was still bombing people over it in my lifetime.

+1 agree with the above post too, Irish people were abused by many groups in so many different ways, and noone gives a crap because we’re white.  If I dare try to talk about it though, I will be shouted at and beaten down here on tumblr, so i’m going to take the gutless option and not do so.

Still I have this for my fellow Irish, go ahead and wear green and drink hardy in pride of our people, but not one bit for St. Patrick.  He’s not part of our culture, never was.  He was the beginning of the end of our culture.  If you want to know who we really are, you have to look well before him.

Also a shout-out to the Native Americans who helped us when noone else gave a shit.

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I have been hearing and reading about the school shootings today, and as usual the same thing comes up, what can we do to stop school shootings in the US?   Well, I have bad news.

Noone can do anything about school shootings in America.  And this is around the time I wish I could talk to minors, because I feel truly sorry for them.

You can say “more gun control”, it won’t work.  You can say “more guards in schools”, it won’t work.  You know why? Because these are attempts to put a bandaid over a stab wound and call it good.   The problem isn’t guns, its not a lack of protection, its because the education system in America stresses our students to the point where this becomes an option for them.

You have kids who are picked on every day for their differences, beat up on a semi-regular basis, not part of the ‘in crowd", etc, and these are just the stressors the other students place on them.  When i read tumblr and listen to teens speak, I can only conclude its worse today than in the 90s.

Then you have teachers with unrealistic expecations, principals who will blame both sides in a fight, people will do nothing to stop the bullying of a student.  You have homework, so the kid doesn’t even get a break from school when they get home..  Then you have the parents who will ground their kids if they don’t get straight As, and punish them.   From all sides there is nothing about being in school that is a positive experience for them unless they are in the “in crowd”, or considered “cool” or whatever it is today.   The majority of today’s kids and teens will find school to be a constant source of stress.

And these are the factors that I can recall from the 90s.   I am sure what todays kids face today is worse, because now they can be bullied by other students on social media.

To be honest, we should be thankful we have as few school shootings as we do.   One must ask, how many students think about shooting up their school, just to find a resolution to bullying, to constant stress to achieve and to do, to simply find a way out of the misery of going there every day?  It’s probably more than we’d like to admit.  And the trend of school shootings is cyclical, the more it happens, the more other students will see it as an option.

The fact that we go around saying “more gun control”, “more guards in schools”, “checkpoints at the doors”, “more ways to report dangerous students”, it shows me that noone cares about the root issue, that going to school in America is regularly traumatic for a sizable portion of its students.  We’ve made getting an education a form of hell for kids and teens just starting to learn how to deal with stressors.

And preparing them for the “world of work” is no excuse.   As an adult, most of us can expect a ‘work-life balance’, but in school, there’s no way for a teen to have a ‘school-life’ balance, as school is thrust upon every day of their pre-adult lives.  Even weekends aren’t really free because there’s certain to be extracurricular activities, or homework, assigned then too.

Noone even sees the root issue.  They think everything is OK with how we try to educate our populace, it isn’t, and hasn’t been for DECADES.   Until America is willing to go from asking “how do we prevent this from happening” to “Why did this happen in the first place”, we’re always going to have kids and teens driven to the brink, and driven to act out in the most horrific ways.   Unfortunately, as an adult with no children, I really have no way of changing this, so to that I say I am truly sorry to, and for, our students, because things probably aren’t going to change.   This is a system primarily driven by parents’ ideas and desires, and those of the politicians they elect, who only know the ways that they were educated and their school experiences.

However I don’t want anyone to say I didn’t have any ideas to try to stop school violence and shootings, so here are some.   These aren’t the typical ones.  Some may even seem crazy because they are outside the talking points that we typically cycle around these times.  Lets look at root issues instead.

1) Eliminate homework.   Almost no job an adult has expects their employees to ‘bring some work home to do’, and the ones that do, we think those employers are completely cray-cray.  When a student goes home, they should be able to expect complete freedom from the stressors of school life.   Teachers, if you are unable to teach your subject in the time alloted for your classes, that’s actually on YOU, not the student.

2) Deal with bullying in a fair and intelligent way.   This means not blaming the victim of bullying for being equally culpable for their situation.  End tolerance for bullying as part of the “growing up” experience.   When you do this, your enabling the bully.   What do you think kids who bully grow up to be, when they are not shown this isn’t ok?   I mean other than President of the US.   Undesirables, who have learned that they can violence their way through situations.

3) For both parents and school administration, treat all fights as school problems, even if they happen off school grounds.  Its not difficult to find out when some kid is about to be beaten up, because news about it is likely to be spread.   Don’t try to put an end to it when you hear it, that won’t work.  Just have some adult show up to it when it happens, to interrupt it, and deal with the parties involved, identifying the bully and victim.

4) Identify and discourage cliques, and the division of students between “cool kids” and “uncool ones”.  Most of us can remember the social ladder and the pressure to climb it and the way you were looked at and treated if you chose not to, or couldn’t succeed.   Countless dramas have resulted from this social ladder and it is a huge distraction from learning and an even greater cause of stress.  Worse, many young ones base their entire self-worth on their position on the ladder/ I don’t know how society implements this, as it goes against human natural tendencies, but society would probably be better off in general without it.

5) I don’t believe in the elimination of grades, as a student needs to have a way to measure their own progress, but pressure to get grades above C just doesn’t help at all.   This is for parents and teachers.  I sucked at Spanish.  I still don’t know Spanish.  Expecting kids and teens to be ‘great at everything’ is an unreasonable expectation that just makes school worse for them.

6) Apply less pressure to engage in extracurricular activities and let kids figure out what they like.  Offer options but don’t apply pressure to take an option.  Some students NEED their free time.   There will be less violence and more learning if students actually enjoy school.

7) Mostly for parents, don’t suggest that “fighting back” as a solution to a bully problem.   Take the issue directly to the school, and teachers/administrators, take it seriously.   The students that do not want to resort to violence to solve a problem, are your future peacemakers, and your bulllies, are your future warmongers.   It is not “weak” to seek an end to violence without reciprocating violence.  People talk about the desire for “world peace” but the inclination for violence is instilled at such an early age in the name of ‘strength’.   Stop it.

TL;DR: If school is a personal hell for the students involved, you can always expect violence.   It just stands to reason, and all the preventative measures in the world won’t help, if you don’t help the students who are being pushed to the breaking point.  I’m not making excuses for school shooters, but I am saying, do you really believe that people are born to inevitably enact school violence, or perhaps it is a product of the things that happen to them?  Consider it.

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skepticalotherkin:

siryouarebeingmocked:

drama-conflama-buffoonery:

@http://archive.is/crJQb (for first)

Teamemperor is a big trashy cut, he has tried to acuse people of being pedophiles/predator or just really act like a idiot simply for challenge his bullshit, so if you are sensitive person just block them and his partner or whatever because they clearly love to be messy, disgusting and trifling.

@lethal-cuddles @takashi0 @celticpyro @rainbowloliofjustice could yall spread this please? Be it so people can block them or just some can stand up to them and tell that this shit is not acceptable.

> he has tried to acuse people of being pedophiles/predator […] simply for challenge his bullshit, 

 Oh, so it’s basically the kimibellini method.

“Asexual inclusionist” cracked me up. I hate to pull the same card as the “SJW is a complement tho” idiots but seriously, how the fuck is that even an insult. I can’t see it as anything other than a complement.

Adolescents who use child predation as a weapon in arguments are the primary
reason my Discord chats are hard 18+ only.

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redpandabobana:

i like to think she watches more than just anime

o/~ Bill Nye the Science guy o/~

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