Food for Thought

Are gender roles harmful?

What would a society without gender roles look like?

Would people be happier? Would we be closer to treating one another as equals? Would it be a better society?

Would transgender (+agender/genderfluid) people still exist if gender roles weren’t present?

Would they feel any different from the way they feel now?

http://lindblut.tumblr.com/post/95189687784/theres-plenty-evidence-witnesses-robbery

tinyfishbowl:

lindblut:

stalhjelm:

lindblut:

>There’s plenty evidence (witnesses, robbery footage) suggesting that Brown was not such a gentle giant. We don’t know that he didn’t threaten the cop (who was injured). We don’t even know the full story, but everyone already decided it’s “racism”.

Can you provide me with trustworthy…

(Reaganlodge here, this is just my reblog/written tumblr)


The robbery probably is unrelated to Brown getting shot, like you said. Reason I bring it up is because there was footage of him robbing and physically terrorizing/threatening a storekeeper half his size shortly before the shooting. This doesn’t paint a picture of someone who would do everything in his power to respectfully avoid escalating an encounter with a police officer.

Let’s also take a glimpse at his SoundCloud page, where he raps about killing, robbing, “putting whites at the bottom”, and getting bitches/ho’s (the only woman he seems to talk positively about is his grandma). This was probably just lyrical fantasy of his (much like metalheads who sing about violence and mayhem while still living with their parents and painting Warhammer figurines), but it also doesn’t paint a picture of someone who’s respectful or reluctant to use violence.

Think of it this way, if a 6’4 290lb man was willing to commit a robbery and physically terrorizing people in a camera-filled convenience store, do you think he’s also the kind of person to peacefully comply and not potentially escalate when a cop stops him?

I do not have any reason to believe the people spreading things from their pov any less versus what the media and official bodies decide is share-worthy.

Fair enough. Take a look at this footage of witnesses to the shooting moments after it happened. Listen carefully. In short, one of them describes Brown as having gotten violent with the cop, a shot going off inside/around the car, Brown running, cop yelling “FREEZE”, Brown stopping and taunting, then charging at the cop and THEN being shot.

Obviously we don’t know if that’s how it really happened. I don’t have any reason to believe or doubt the neighbor’s story, but, after seeing Brown’s previous love of theft and violence, it doesn’t sound wholly unreasonable. On the other hand the preliminary autopsy (apparently there’s going to be more) didn’t immediately notice signs of a struggle, like you said. In any case there’s enough conflicting stories that to immediately declare RACIST MURDER on one hand, or VIOLENT THUG, HEROIC COP on the other, is basically just playing into the media game to get people hypervigilant, angry, and WE MUST DO SOMETHING’d over something not even they know the truth about.

Before I go further, let me emphasize: I do not trust cops. If you have a certain type of pistol that their rich bosses don’t want you to have, or own a certain harmless plant that gives you the giggles, it is their job to ruin your life and chances for future employment by arresting you and putting you in prison. I think it’s fucked up that some police departments are getting better vehicles and armor than I had in Afghanistan. The prison-for-profit system in the US is horrific and evil, and police departments have to make arrests to feed it, so all of my interactions with cops are “Be respectful and polite, but always assume they’re out to make you a number in their quota”. I’ve worked with them enough to know that they’re basically a gang that happens to be legal, which can be a good or bad thing depending how much they like you. I would not be surprised one bit if this cop was needlessly disrespectful/harassing in his initial encounter with Brown or if he used excessive force in the ensuing struggle that we still don’t know the full picture on.

So I absolutely agree with you that law enforcement in America is on a frightening power trip. Couple that with military equipment and improved spying, and you’ve got a lot to worry about. But despite all my grievances with domestic LEO, the FOX/BreitBart/Limbaugh pro-police vs MSNBC/Sharpton/NAACP social justice agendas latching on to this event and making a morality crusade out of their desired outcome, before anybody knows all the facts, is grotesque, and I have absolutely nothing worthwhile to gain by picking either of those sides… Who are all funded by Big Money in the first place. It’s a circus. It’s better for funding and viewership to get people riled up and angry about what MIGHT have happened, rather than bore them with “well here’s what do know, but it’s too early to tell what really happened.

I’m going to reblog this here also for other people to read.

I think it’s important to look at this issue from all sides before making up your mind, which is why I’m reluctant to reblog anything regarding Ferguson at all.

A few days ago there was a post going around about the officer who supposely shot Mike Brown, but turns out it wasn’t him and the guy who was posted there was harassed and hiw family was frightened for their and their son’s well being. People are too quick to jump the gun (no pun intended, also obviously from previous reblogs regarding other matters, I am no exception to that)

As for the riots;
There has been an astonishing number of videos showing black people dying or getting beaten by the hands of policemen this year that have surfaced the internet, so the shooting, unjust or not, might have been just the last straw that broke the camel’s back.

I hope the protests stay peaceful from the protester’s side, it’s sad that the police feels the need to show up in riot gear and get other branches of enforcement envolved when all they face are people who want to be heard out.

Which brings us back to the cops; them being like a gang makes sense, and I can confirm that with first hand experience of a co-worker who’s been with the police for a while. The problem with them is that they tend to have ‘each other’s back’, meaning they’ll help each other getting the law out of their hair and trying to cover shit up when they did wrong; it’s awful.

I think having cameras installed in their gear that records their doings and let the footage be controlled by another institution that otherwise has no ties to the police would be a good solution. Appearently just having cameras on their gear is already enough to cut down abuse by more than 50%.

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As for the cockiness of the american police….
I remember when I first watched this video and got really mad;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTvtkUPjgXk

I mean yeah that german dude was speeding, but wow, way to be an elitist dick about.

And the threatening with buttsex rape is just disrespectful and tasteless. Also no one’s going to jail for speeding ONCE, by 30mph too much - what a prick.

P.S.: we have speed limits on the autobahn, too. If you wanna be a smartass at least make sure you know what the fuck you’re babbling about.

Whether he struggled or not YOU DO NOT FUCKING SHOOT SOMEONE FOR RESISTING ARREST ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE UNARMED

Police officers are trained to physically subdue, mace, and/or taze people resisting arrest, NOT GUN THEM DOWN.

You can look at it however you want, but whether or not Brown was doing something wrong does not matter when he was a victim of EXCESSIVE FORCE.

If you for one second think stealing or resisting arrest justifies being KILLED then you deserve a hard slap to the face.

^^^this

Additionally:

Speaking of subdueing someone during arrest; there have been 2 cases recently where two overweight (black) guys died as a result of multiple (white) officers subduing/keeping them down even though they REPEATELY said that they can’t breathe and were not putting up a struggle aside from, you know, the NECESSITY TO BREATHE.

I saw the video footage of both of them, they were disturbing.

IF YOU SIT YOUR ASS ON SOMEONE AND THEY SAY THEY CAN’T BREATHE, YOU GET THE FUCK OFF THEM even at the risk of them trying to run away or leap at you or whatever.

It’s not rocket science but appearently the police is too stupid to realize when they bring a life threatening situation upon someone - AND TOO STUPID TO REACT ACCORDINGLY TO PREVENT DEATH.

http://lindblut.tumblr.com/post/95189687784/theres-plenty-evidence-witnesses-robbery

stalhjelm:

lindblut:

>There’s plenty evidence (witnesses, robbery footage) suggesting that Brown was not such a gentle giant. We don’t know that he didn’t threaten the cop (who was injured). We don’t even know the full story, but everyone already decided it’s “racism”.

Can you provide me with trustworthy…

(Reaganlodge here, this is just my reblog/written tumblr)


The robbery probably is unrelated to Brown getting shot, like you said. Reason I bring it up is because there was footage of him robbing and physically terrorizing/threatening a storekeeper half his size shortly before the shooting. This doesn’t paint a picture of someone who would do everything in his power to respectfully avoid escalating an encounter with a police officer.

Let’s also take a glimpse at his SoundCloud page, where he raps about killing, robbing, “putting whites at the bottom”, and getting bitches/ho’s (the only woman he seems to talk positively about is his grandma). This was probably just lyrical fantasy of his (much like metalheads who sing about violence and mayhem while still living with their parents and painting Warhammer figurines), but it also doesn’t paint a picture of someone who’s respectful or reluctant to use violence.

Think of it this way, if a 6’4 290lb man was willing to commit a robbery and physically terrorizing people in a camera-filled convenience store, do you think he’s also the kind of person to peacefully comply and not potentially escalate when a cop stops him?

I do not have any reason to believe the people spreading things from their pov any less versus what the media and official bodies decide is share-worthy.

Fair enough. Take a look at this footage of witnesses to the shooting moments after it happened. Listen carefully. In short, one of them describes Brown as having gotten violent with the cop, a shot going off inside/around the car, Brown running, cop yelling “FREEZE”, Brown stopping and taunting, then charging at the cop and THEN being shot.

Obviously we don’t know if that’s how it really happened. I don’t have any reason to believe or doubt the neighbor’s story, but, after seeing Brown’s previous love of theft and violence, it doesn’t sound wholly unreasonable. On the other hand the preliminary autopsy (apparently there’s going to be more) didn’t immediately notice signs of a struggle, like you said. In any case there’s enough conflicting stories that to immediately declare RACIST MURDER on one hand, or VIOLENT THUG, HEROIC COP on the other, is basically just playing into the media game to get people hypervigilant, angry, and WE MUST DO SOMETHING’d over something not even they know the truth about.

Before I go further, let me emphasize: I do not trust cops. If you have a certain type of pistol that their rich bosses don’t want you to have, or own a certain harmless plant that gives you the giggles, it is their job to ruin your life and chances for future employment by arresting you and putting you in prison. I think it’s fucked up that some police departments are getting better vehicles and armor than I had in Afghanistan. The prison-for-profit system in the US is horrific and evil, and police departments have to make arrests to feed it, so all of my interactions with cops are “Be respectful and polite, but always assume they’re out to make you a number in their quota”. I’ve worked with them enough to know that they’re basically a gang that happens to be legal, which can be a good or bad thing depending how much they like you. I would not be surprised one bit if this cop was needlessly disrespectful/harassing in his initial encounter with Brown or if he used excessive force in the ensuing struggle that we still don’t know the full picture on.

So I absolutely agree with you that law enforcement in America is on a frightening power trip. Couple that with military equipment and improved spying, and you’ve got a lot to worry about. But despite all my grievances with domestic LEO, the FOX/BreitBart/Limbaugh pro-police vs MSNBC/Sharpton/NAACP social justice agendas latching on to this event and making a morality crusade out of their desired outcome, before anybody knows all the facts, is grotesque, and I have absolutely nothing worthwhile to gain by picking either of those sides… Who are all funded by Big Money in the first place. It’s a circus. It’s better for funding and viewership to get people riled up and angry about what MIGHT have happened, rather than bore them with “well here’s what do know, but it’s too early to tell what really happened.

I’m going to reblog this here also for other people to read.

I think it’s important to look at this issue from all sides before making up your mind, which is why I’m reluctant to reblog anything regarding Ferguson at all.

A few days ago there was a post going around about the officer who supposely shot Mike Brown, but turns out it wasn’t him and the guy who was posted there was harassed and hiw family was frightened for their and their son’s well being. People are too quick to jump the gun (no pun intended, also obviously from previous reblogs regarding other matters, I am no exception to that)

As for the riots;
There has been an astonishing number of videos showing black people dying or getting beaten by the hands of policemen this year that have surfaced the internet, so the shooting, unjust or not, might have been just the last straw that broke the camel’s back.

I hope the protests stay peaceful from the protester’s side, it’s sad that the police feels the need to show up in riot gear and get other branches of enforcement envolved when all they face are people who want to be heard out.

Which brings us back to the cops; them being like a gang makes sense, and I can confirm that with first hand experience of a co-worker who’s been with the police for a while. The problem with them is that they tend to have ‘each other’s back’, meaning they’ll help each other getting the law out of their hair and trying to cover shit up when they did wrong; it’s awful.

I think having cameras installed in their gear that records their doings and let the footage be controlled by another institution that otherwise has no ties to the police would be a good solution. Appearently just having cameras on their gear is already enough to cut down abuse by more than 50%.

———————————————————————

As for the cockiness of the american police….
I remember when I first watched this video and got really mad;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTvtkUPjgXk

I mean yeah that german dude was speeding, but wow, way to be an elitist dick about.

And the threatening with buttsex rape is just disrespectful and tasteless. Also no one’s going to jail for speeding ONCE, by 30mph too much - what a prick.

P.S.: we have speed limits on the autobahn, too. If you wanna be a smartass at least make sure you know what the fuck you’re babbling about.

>There’s plenty evidence (witnesses, robbery footage) suggesting that Brown was not such a gentle giant. We don’t know that he didn’t threaten the cop (who was injured). We don’t even know the full story, but everyone already decided it’s “racism”.

Can you provide me with trustworthy links to read up on that?
Because I’ve also read reports that the robbery was completely unrelated to Mike Brown getting shot;

After releasing images from a gas station robbery to the press Friday morning with the suggestion Mike Brown was pictured in them, the Ferguson police department is now backtracking. In a second press conference hours later, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson admitted that Brown’s shooting was unrelated to the incident.

from: http://newsone.com/3045219/ferguson-police-chief-admits-mike-brown-shooting-not-related-to-robbery/

While I do not know how the officer got his injuries, according to the autopsy report, there was no struggle from Mike Brown.

“There weren’t any signs of a struggle,” said Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner.

Brown appears to have been shot at least six times from a distance, and all but one shot to the top of his head were most likely survivable, Baden said. That shot pierced his skull at an angle that suggests Brown was bending over, he said. “He did not suffer,” Baden said.

from: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/missouri-governor-deploys-national-guard-ferguson-night-clashes-article-1.1906990

I understand it’s hard to weed through what’s true and what isn’t, but generaly I do not have any reason to believe the people spreading things from their pov any less versus what the media and official bodies decide is share-worthy.

Maybe it’s too early to make up my mind, but I do believe that Mike Brown’s death was unnessecary, and that the police officer who killed him should be charged with murderer. Being a policeman does not except you from the law; if you make mistakes, you have to pay for them just as much as any other person.

I however get the feeling that the police is powertripping really hard in America; they somehow seem to believe that they are above the people, even though technically, their job is to protect and SERVE them, not rule and oppress them.

Another thing I find extremily unsettling is that appearently the police officers have stripped off their number tags from their uniforms. This immediately raises suspicion that they do not want to be track-able as individuals for the wrong-doings they are doing or are about to do. That aside, aren’t police officers required by law to wear their numbers?

Re: Ferguson

I’ve decided to not toss political and social messages into my art blog anymore, but I want to make a quick statement that the whole situation in Ferguson is both shocking and sad.

If you are among the people who believe that racism is a thing of the past; please open your eyes and realize that it is not. It’s still existing, it’s still present, and the cold-blooded murder of Mike Brown as well the the following ridicolous support and help his murderer recieved and still receives (accompanied by the whole ‘covering up’ and spreading false truth in his favour) is a case in point.

I’m hoping this all ends well for the citizens of Ferguson who did nothing wrong aside from making use of their right to peacefully protest, and I’m hoping that the killer will get sentenced accordingly to his deeds and not by his skin color, and that justice can and will prevail.

I saw other people doing this so I’m gonna do it too;

I’m selling these dragons @ Flight Rising

10k each

Jera is ready to breed, Lassa is 5 days away from being able to breed again.

The hatchlings all need 24 days.

Write me an ask with your FR name and I’ll send you a dragon trade request.

Jera - taken!

Lassa -  taken!

Striped Hatchling - free

Grey Hatchling - free

Grey Hatchling with blue wings - free

I’m going to delete this when all are gone!

From a few days ago.

Probably gonna make this a character.

I still haven’t figured out their anatomy.

A doodle from last week when I wasn’t feeling so well. I’m feeling great this week though :)

A bunch of life drawing from last Friday.

5-10 minutes were spent on each.

I think the last ones turned out better overall, but I used smaller formated sheets of paper with oil pastels, so the other ones seem more detailed.

Bottom left with 5 minutes if my personal favourite. The graphite one is really kind of shitty haha. I haven’t done life drawings in a while so I was pretty uh, ‘rusty’ with the first few ones.

I’m being naughty and taking a quick break from commission work.

Now back to said commission work…

Themesong

A rather unpolished vent art sketch thingi.

Today was a mixed bag kind of day. Some was good, some was bad. Trashing out the bad feels stuff now.

WIP character concepts
I just wanted to post this here to show that I’m actually still doing the art thing when I find time to.

I just am always pretty much worn out when I come home and then need to take care of my dog, make dinner, socialize with roommates and watch all the new GassyMexican and SeaNanners videos on youtube. Yepp.

lindblut:

I want to go and play Yakuza really bad, but I’d veen watching this bird trying to hatch from it’s egg for the past 8 hours

One does not simply stop watching Pip hatch.

All this training of steming the eggshells, he’s gonna be a super sayan by the time he breaks out of it.



Anyway, I tried to make a funny.

(by the way, I googled ostrich chicks and found they’re incredible evil looking sdkhjfskdf. Cute and fluffy, but also evil)

Anyone remembers this?

(via bronyshawn)

Two doodles; top one: Mimi, gift for Jennadelle

Bottom: from a response to Murcifer over twitter, basically making fun of (white) people who claim being oppressed because someone poked fun at them on the internet.

Unrelated to that, I wanted to draw this weekend, but had to reset my computer to  it’s embryotic (read: out of factory) state since it took forever to shut down. And I’m not some IT guy and couldn’t be arsed to look up what the problem could possibly be.

Windows told me there would be no touching my files and personal things, but little did I know that it was gonna get rid of all the programs, including Photoshop.

I’ll have to get the license key from work tomorrow, so no art this weekend.

I’m also sorry if anyone feels bothered by the signal boosts I do, my account is predominatnly for my own art, but I will share offered commissions and news I deem very very important and something people shoud know about.

If you want to weed this stuff out, get tumblr saviour and blacklist the tags ‘important’ and ‘signal boost’

When you wanna resize the image and then accidentially save the psd in the smaller size dkfjhdkf

Anyway, quick n crappe evening doodle