Random stuff I see and find ammusing.

 

I woke up this morning with an extreme case of dja vu after reading an article that popped up on my Facebook and Twitter feeds 

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/hamas-didnt-kidnap-the-israeli-teens-after-all.html

The three Israeli teens’ kidnapping lead to Operation Brother’s Keeper -a largely overlooked Israeli excursion into the West Bank to find the perpetrators of the kidnapping and bring the teens back home (Operation Brother’s Keeper)- the revenge kidnapping and murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir and Operation Protective Edge - the most recent invasion of the Gaza Strip that has cost more than 1,000 Palestinian lives (Operation Protective Edge). 

Operation Brother’s Keeper, was based on the Israeli Government’s claims that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens and thus Israel had the right to search for the teens. The operation lead to retaliatory violence on both sides and culminated in Operation Protective Edge. However it turns out that Hamas WAS NOT responsible for the initial kidnapping. Rather It was a lone cell, acting independently, who committed the crime. 

Now you ask where does the deja vu come in? Well let me answer that question with another question: remember this

While only history can judge the true effects of these wars, we can never reclaim the lives that were lost due to our mistakes. I can only hope that the world can honor not only the deaths of the innocent Palestinians who have suffered and died to a large extent due to this mistake, but also those who have suffered oppression for decades by using this crisis to creating a ceasefire agreement that is accepted by Palestinians as well as Israelis; that ends the blockade of the Gaza Strip;;that finally allows Palestine to enjoy the full benefits of nationhood. 

Names and ages of all killed in Gaza till Thursday morning!

brownriot:

Tuesday, July 8:
1. Mohammed Sha’aban, 24, was killed in a bombing of his car in Gaza City.
2. Ahmad Sha’aban, 30, died in the same bombing.
3. Khadir al-Bashiliki, 45, died in the same bombing.
4. Rashad Yaseen, 27, was killed in a bombing of the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.
5….

#4 Privet Drive: The Relationship between the US, Israel, and Palestine

Today I saw an interesting article in the Huffington Post about US media bias in regards to the Israel-Palestine conflict. It was informative, reasonably accurate, and extremely hard to find if you weren’t looking for it. Thus I have been prompted to write what is probably my first original tumblr post in at least a year.

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First of all let it be known that I am reasonably well read on this particular topic. If you have problems with the post feel free to inbox me with your arguments. However I will only accept arguments from people with legitimate, unbiased sources.

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The relationship between the United States and Israel seems akin to that of a parent and the proverbial “problem child”. You all know who I’m talking about: the bratty little kid who acts all sweet and innocent when his parents are around but proceeds to kick, bite, and scream as soon as their backs are turned. And no matter how many times someone comes to the parents with a complaint like, “your child just pushed little Harry into the pool” or “your child bit little Harry” or “your child started crying because he only received 36 birthday presents (which is two fewer than last year” the parents either turn a blind eye or explain away the actions with a comment like “kids will be kids” or “my child would never hurt a fly, except in self-defense.”

If you didn’t catch the reference yes I did just insinuate that the relationship between the US and Israel is shockingly similar to that between Dudley Dursley and his parents with poor Palestine (er I mean little Harry Potter) caught up in the middle. However this isn’t the version where Harry gets whisked away to wizard school by the most magnificent man to ever wield a giant pink umbrella. It’s the real life version where Harry suffers from severe malnutrition, trust issues, and eventually leads a life of violent crime dating back to the abuse he suffered as a young boy (I’m honestly surprised it didn’t happen in the wizard version). Worse still whenever Harry tries to defend himself in a manner as pathetic and misguided as his malnourished body will allow Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley all turn a finger on Harry as the culprit of some kind of heinous crime and further justify their punishment of a boy who has lived most of his life in a state of solitary confinement and abuse that would break even the most hardened of adults, and turn many to even more desperate measures. 

I condemn launching rockets at civilian targets, but I also condemn locking almost two million people in an “open air prison” with very little access to the outside world. (I further condemn locking 11 year old boys in closets for unwittingly performing magic in self defense, but I think everyone has had enough of the metaphor).

maarnayeri:

noor3amoor:

If these font sizes don’t speak to the relative value of Palestinian life, I don’t know what does.

In addition to the font size, its also the language surrounding the deaths. Not only do we know of the two Israelis, but also their occupation (they were soldiers sent to kill) and where they were killed. Over 300 Palestinians are just referred to as deaths. Anything that was once alive could die. Animals, foliage, etc. They couldn’t even say Palestinians. Even acknowledging the identity of the colonized and allotting them basic humanity is too provocative. No location, no root of cause (because then it’d have to be understood that Israeli aggression is indeed at fault). Just 330 deaths. It all exists in a detached vacuum.But it does refer back to Hamas. No matter what happens to Palestinians, its implicitly suggested that Hamas is to blame. Everything Israel does is reactionary under the normalization of Zionist brutality. To someone who doesn’t understand the nature of Israeli settler colonialist violence, this could very well be understood as Hamas killing Palestinians. The only mention of Israel is through a victim narrative.

maarnayeri:

noor3amoor:

If these font sizes don’t speak to the relative value of Palestinian life, I don’t know what does.

In addition to the font size, its also the language surrounding the deaths.

Not only do we know of the two Israelis, but also their occupation (they were soldiers sent to kill) and where they were killed.

Over 300 Palestinians are just referred to as deaths. Anything that was once alive could die. Animals, foliage, etc. They couldn’t even say Palestinians. Even acknowledging the identity of the colonized and allotting them basic humanity is too provocative. No location, no root of cause (because then it’d have to be understood that Israeli aggression is indeed at fault). Just 330 deaths. It all exists in a detached vacuum.

But it does refer back to Hamas. No matter what happens to Palestinians, its implicitly suggested that Hamas is to blame. Everything Israel does is reactionary under the normalization of Zionist brutality. To someone who doesn’t understand the nature of Israeli settler colonialist violence, this could very well be understood as Hamas killing Palestinians. The only mention of Israel is through a victim narrative.

lovemeena:

Genocide is going on and the world is ignoring it and making lies.

#PrayforGaza #FreePalestine

worldiary:

domics:

I’ve heard Earworm’s and Danthology but I think I enjoy Isosine’s the most so far!

Can we get a list of songs? I will start…

1. Don’t Wake Me Up - Aviicii

2. Burn - Ellie Goulding

3. Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake

4. If I Lose Myself - One Republic

5. Safe and Sound - Capitol Cities

6. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke (thankfully only for a second)

7. Roar - Katy Perry

8. Clarity - Zedd ft. Foxes

9.

10. I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift

11. Applause - Lady Gaga 

12. What does the fox say

13. I don’t care - Icona Pop (i think)

People have not heard Mashup Germany’s “Top of the Pop 2013” I guess. I’ve listened to Earworm and Danthology, but i like this one the best. https://soundcloud.com/mashupgermany/mashup-germany-top-of-the-1?in=lagartoblanco%2Fsets%2Fmashups

elsajeni:

gunslingerannie:

justtkeepcalmm:

dean-and-his-pie:

fororchestra:

musicalmelody:

Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it” 
Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect. 

To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.
On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.

I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…

Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.
The lengths we go for music.

Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.

One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”
And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:
[stifled giggling]
[reeeeeeally deep breath]
[COLOSSAL FOGHORN NOISE]
The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.
In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”
FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of God why would you put it in a tuba part.

Oh this takes me back to the days of bari sax in concert band. I always felt like my parts were literally adapted from the bassoon, so they would always be ridiculously quiet compared to what the bari sax is meant to sound like. 

elsajeni:

gunslingerannie:

justtkeepcalmm:

dean-and-his-pie:

fororchestra:

musicalmelody:

Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it” 

Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect. 

To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.

On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.

I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…

Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.

The lengths we go for music.

Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.

One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”

And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:

[stifled giggling]

[reeeeeeally deep breath]

[COLOSSAL FOGHORN NOISE]

The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.

In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”

FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of God why would you put it in a tuba part.

Oh this takes me back to the days of bari sax in concert band. I always felt like my parts were literally adapted from the bassoon, so they would always be ridiculously quiet compared to what the bari sax is meant to sound like. 

(Source: housecatincarnate)

thewantedfacts:

Glad You Came - With Violin 

SPEECHLESS

Rarely do you see someone having this much fun playing the violin.

(Source: werelovesewn)