Dec. 3 2013
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
How hard is it to learn Icelandic?
I mean, somehow, this country has free universal healthcare, one of the best school systems on earth, and their police force has killed exactly one man since they were established as a country. How the hell can’t we do this?
Boys’ Night by Max Landis and AP Quatch
what the fuck this was so good
This is a really great comic, please read it.
THIS IS SO FUCKING GOOD.
I already plugged this over at my art tumblr, but seriously, if you haven’t read this, it’s amazing. It’s like 28 pages and has more characterization and subtext and implied backstory than I can imagine cramming into a comic twice this length.
I read “Boys’ Night” about a month ago and still can’t stop thinking about it, especially the last 6 or so pages.
Mickey and co. need to be in the public domain now.
I don’t know what I thought this was going to be but whatever I thought I was wrong and I’m glad
Aaaaaaall right, so, HERE is my take on what could have been an alternate concept for Disney’s upcoming Frozen movie. All the usual disclaimers about how I have no problem with Disney itself, I just think there are places other than Europe to set an animated movie, and the This Could Have Been Frozen project is a nice way to stretch the design muscles and give a little love where it is well past due.
I know lots of people count Kuzco as a South American princess, but, well, I don’t, so I thought putting something set in the Andes (specifically the Argentina stretch) would be something fun, and different, and give lots of opportunities for bright colors and impressive, snowy expanses.
Yessss, the “This Could Have Been Frozen” blog is giving me so much life rn.
(Well, aside from the pressed white ppl sending them asks. But so much pretty art!)
i am down for this.
THIS IS CUTE AS HELL
I hope someone at Disney is seeing this because they need to make it happen.
Please don’t tell me you’re buying into all this idiotic pre-hate…
The Snow Queen is a Scandinavian tale. Scandinavians (such as Danish and Swedes) are supposed to look white with blonde hair, which is what Disney’s designs are. I’m not trying to be racist here, but I don’t want the designs changed just for the sake of having non-white characters in a story that originates from a country of white-skinned people.
Seriously, political correctness and white people shaming have gotten out of hand…
meet the Sami, the indigenous people of Scandinavia, genetically connected to Inuit people:
and btw, it’s a fairy tail all on it’s own that majority of people who live there are blonde blue eyed, etc. most people have brown hair, surprise. Oh and also? at this point in reality, dark people live in those countries too. You do realize that those countries are not somehow exempt from dark people, right? I can only imagine how alienating it must be for a not-blonde, blue-eyed ~aryan dream~ that’s Swedish/Danish/Norwegian/Finnish to hear all this shit thrown around about how people from their country are SUPPOSED to look. Just like how gross it is when people assume I can’t be American because I’m not white.
Again: Disney has a history of transplanting stories from one culture into another and into animals (Oliver and Company for example). I have a feeling that if these were animals, you wouldn’t be so quick to defend how the animals weren’t staying true to its “Scandinavian” roots.
look inside yourself simba. figure out why you’re upset about dark people in your “white” fairy tale. and not the lions in your hamlet.
you just got schooled
As a scandinavian person I wholehearteadly agree. If this is a story that takes place in the kind of icy and snowy scenery that we’ve seen in the promotional stills it should be about the Sami people. Because believe it or not, not all of Sweden is a snowy fucking fairytale landscape. The cold is only that thick up north. Where I live on the westcoast we only have snow for about a month, then a lot of rain that turns the snow into ice and then everyone falls on the ice and old people break their legs. Yes. The winter in most parts of scandinavia is not as glamorous as people who haven’t been here think.
And even if this story were to take place in for example the midlands of Sweden, where it’s decently cold but the majority of people are still white, the way the characters are designed are still stereotypical and boring. “Scandinavians (such as Danish and Swedes) are supposed to look white with blonde hair”. Don’t tell me what people of my country are suppoused to look like. I don’t look like that. Most people aren’t blonde. We may have a higher percentage of blonde people compared to other places in the world but it doesn’t make up the majority of Sweden. And the main reason this is boring is because we’ve seen this before. I would love to see a story about the Sami because it’s a part of my country that I know sadly little about and seeing them represented in media would be interesting. And even if you want to make this story about a white scandinavian girl then at least make her interesting. Make her something we haven’t seen a thousand times.
What gif best represents the rebuttals to tlrledbetter…
This is fantastic!
Frozen fans please sit yah asses down.
I’m also going to reblog without all the bullshit.
“I’m not trying to be racist here”
“but I don’t want the designs changed just for the sake of having non-white characters in a story”
”white people shaming”
I’m a super strong cyborg mermaid :D
I’m incredibly talented and sexually attractive
A am a 4 month old baby still in the womb that plays some type if sport
Dicks. Bloodbending. Tis all friends.
I remind people of the vestiges of Paganism and co-option of Pagan symbolism inherent in Abrahamic faiths.
You so should see my costume.
(I tried to find the Mary Prankster song that’s responsible for my spelling of it as “Magdolene” rather than “Magdalen” but no luck on YouTube.)
repeat after me:
- virginity is a social construct
- you don’t lose your virginity
- there’s nothing valuable or precious about virginity, it’s an imaginary concept
- virginity is inherently heterocentric
- your worth is not defined by whether or not you’ve had a dick inside you
- what you define as sex is up to you, you get to decide how many people you’ve had sex with
- the end
repeating with caveats:
• if your virginity matters/mattered to you, that’s okay because you are not a robot that can always decide what to care about
• also even if you were a robot, you would still be allowed to care about it because “my self concept changed when i had sex’ is not always the same thing as buying into all of the purity-centric, hetero-centric, dictating-other-people’s-sexuality, devaluing-your-own-sexuality stuff• just make sure you’re not doing that stuff and it’s cool basically
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