A collection of things. Thoughts, images, and everything else. Serious or comedic, intellectual or trivial.
Likely to be mostly history, Russian literature, stuff about Central/Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, various fandoms as they happen to strike me (Les Mis, Tolkien, Doctor Who, at this point a bit of Supernatural, too...), dogs (behavior, training, genetics), nature, cool buildings, animal behavior, and... anything else that happens to appeal to me.
About me... I'm 22. I have a degree in Russian studies. I work as a book scanner--a vast improvement over cashiering in a hardware store! I'm from Michigan. I'm studying for a masters in historic preservation. I identify as a Polish-American. I have a slight love affair with the city of Kiev after spending a summer there. I had a Finnish Lapphund for 12 years. Someday I will have a Kai Ken. This seems to cover most of what I've been asked, but feel free to ask me anything else you want to know!
Spent all day traipsing around a somewhat dilapidated building at Cranbrook today (it’s been out of use since the ’80s, and… it shows. The biggest issue is the lack of gutters and the water damage that has resulted from this lack of maintenance). Fun work (though we were just looking at the electrical/plumbing/mechanical systems), but it’s sad that this is something that has to be done.
The original structure was designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1908, just like the main Cranbrook House. The style is similar. Later additions were made, connecting the house to the water tower, and the structure was divided into five apartments.
But now it’s totally empty, water damaged, and they finally realized the critical danger it’s in if they don’t start doing something with it now. With the amount of money at Cranbrook, it’s a shame that they’ve let it sit and rot for so long.
what actually goes through white dudes’ minds when they decide to major in poc/women’s studies
"im one of the good ones ~fartz~"
I suspect there’s a split between that kind of political, douchey decision-making (see also: “There are always a lot of girls in the women’s studies classes! So much better than when I was a chem major!”) and the perception that these should be easy A classes, and then the people who really do want to study it seriously. Or who take a class as a prereq or to fill their schedules and end up really liking it and wanting to take more from that professor.
The latter group may be rarer, I don’t know. I kind of doubt it, but I tend give people the benefit of the doubt. But I wouldn’t discount the existence of white men who really do want to study the impact of colonialism and take up African Studies to do that. As I’m assuming it’s those kinds of programs you’re referring to as “poc studies.” Most programs of that ilk are more just an interdisciplinary approach to a specific culture or region, at least at the university where I was, if I’m understanding how you’re describing them correctly (Middle East Studies was the thing to do if you wanted a background in Arabic AND regional history, current political systems, classical and modern literature, etc; East Asian Studies was the thing to do if you were studying Chinese, Japanese, and Korean and wanted to learn something beyond just the language).
I never actually metanyone Women’s & Gender Studies, so I have no idea what the composition of that program was.
I regularly refer to my cat as a kitten.
She is 15 years old.
Still a kitten to me.
How did I ever manage to do homework without a cat butt on it.
The world may never know.
My view is that the institution is very deeply flawed, and there are lots of bad cops and people who get power trips from it—but at the same time, most cops are working class people, once their symbolism is removed. If that makes any sense.
As an institution it exists to protect bourgeoisie property and enforces capitalism through white supremacy and patriarchy, moving past an individual analysis is imperative to truly understand. It is not an issue of good cop bad cop, it is looking at why and what the police do and have always done, and recognizing their inherently abusive nature, while also taking notice, and action against the thousands of daily abuses they commit against every community of minority. Police give up their working class status when they join entirely.
See, I dunno. I’m not speaking from any particular political movement here, so this is just random musings.
The police certainly exist to protect the status quo (which is basically what you describe). They’re certainly an abusive institution. And it’s really sad, because a lot of people are taught that the police are there to protect them. And it would be great if they were really there just to protect people.
But I don’t think that individual policemen are necessarily anything more than tools. That’s not to say they’re not responsible for their actions—of course they are. But at the time they join, it seems like most new policemen are young, working class, raised to view the police in a positive light, and either think it’s a way to be a hero or else just don’t have a better idea.
It’s not good cop vs. bad cop. It’s an institution and what it represents vs. the people it uses as tools, and whether or not those people were misled, deceived, indoctrinated, or just plain desperate. And that doesn’t mean they lack responsibility for their own actions—they absolutely do carry their own responsibility for what they do—but I prefer not to condemn the individuals as a category.
Especially considering how many of them end up getting abused by the system they serve. My stepmom’s former sister-in-law is married to a Detroit cop named Mario who badly injured his back in a car accident at work. But he doesn’t get paid enough nor receive sufficient benefits to ever really get it treated, and at about 50 years old, will likely never be able to retire. But his health is so poor that he’s not sure how much longer he can work. I’d say he’s being abused by the system himself…
But I also understand where you’re coming from and you do have a valid point.
That “Polish remover” post that goes around. I know it’s supposed to just be funny, and that’s fine, but it kind of weirds me out.
Like okay nobody tries to erase the actual land, but historically, getting rid of Poland has been a thing that other countries have tried to make happen.
Basically a joke post weirds me out because Partitions. Among other things (things like Katyn and also like Nazi targeting of Polish intellectuals).