The train line from mainland Kobe is a marvel of urban transportation. Opened in 1981, Japan’s first driverless, fully automated train pulls out of Sannomiya station, guided smoothly along elevated tracks that stand precariously over the bustling city streets below, across the bay to the Port Island.
The island, and much of the city, was razed to the ground in the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 – which killed more than 5,000 people and destroyed more than 100,000 of Kobe’s buildings – and built anew in subsequent years. As the train proceeds, the landscape fills with skyscrapers. The Rokkō mountains come into view, looming menacingly over the city, peppered with smoke billowing from the dozens of narrow chimneys of the electronics, steel and shipbuilding factories.
Today, as well as housing the Port of Kobe, the man-made island contains hotels, medical centres, universities, a large convention centre and an Ikea store. There are also three government-funded RIKEN research institutions: the Advanced Institute of Computational Science (which is home to what was, until 2011, the world’s fastest supercomputer), the Center for Life Science Technologies, and the Centre for Developmental Biology (CDB).
At the entrance to one of the labs, a faded poster in a thin plastic frame shows the crew of the Starship Enterprise, a young Captain Kirk sitting proudly at the helm. Underneath is the famous Star Trek slogan: “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”
“When you meet someone who tries their hardest to stick by you regardless of how difficult you are, keep them. Keep them at all costs because finding someone who cares enough to look past your flaws isn’t something that happens every day.”—Midnight Thoughts (I got lucky with you)
“Peter Nunn retweeted “menacing” posts threatening to rape the Walthamstow MP and called her a witch. He launched his “campaign of hatred” after she backed Caroline Criado-Perez’s campaign to keep a woman on a British banknote.”—
A man in the UK was caught sending rape threats to a Minister of Parliament (warning: graphic language in the full story) and he followed the Misogyny 101 playbook To The Letter, using identical tactics to all the dudes who’ve been harassing Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn for months.
1: Get livid about a non-issue, in his case putting Jane Austin on the 10-pound note
2: Harass a woman publicly using gendered threats using twitter and youtube
3: Justify the threats because the target is well known, “If you can’t threaten to rape a celebrity, what is the point in having them?” as he put it
4: Accuse the target of restricting “free speech,” quote: “They are probably working with the government, the government wants to restrict freedom.”
5: Accuse the target of faking their own abuse: “Feminists are using it (Twitter) to push their own agenda, I think it might be a hoax”
6: When confronted, claim it’s all “a joke” or “satire” or worse yet: “Peter Nunn told police he had retweeted violent messages to further debate" (emphasis added)
I hope the punks read this. I hope everyone reads this and sees that these tactics to silence women are well-established.
"It’s not about gender!" they always say. So why do women face so much abuse over and over again? You can set your watch to these stages by now.
Rape threats are not debate. They are not satire. They are not funny. You are not championing free speech if your words are chosen to frighten and intimidate.
An honest friendship is one in which even after weeks of not speaking, things are still the same whenever you choose to speak. I don’t see the obsession with talking to people every single day online or over text just to call yourselves friends. If you don’t talk to me for a while, I’m not going to assume you don’t want to be friends.
the truest friends are the ones who know what a piece of shit you were like three years ago and say “yeah god DAMN you were a piece of fucking trash we will not let you be that shitty again” thank u friends
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he…
“WHY DO THEY ALWAYS SLICE THEIR PALM TO GET BLOOD. do you know how many nerve endings are in your hand?!?! why don’t they ever cut the back of their arm or their leg or something omfg”—
me everytime a character in a movie has to get a few drops of their blood for some ritual bullshit (via jtoday)
WHILE WE’RE AT IT, why do people try to cross those skinny bridges over lava/chasms/whatever by walking upright. IT’S CALLED CENTER OF GRAVITY. get on your hands and knees and crawl across that thing. HUG IT. SCOOT YOUR BUTT ACROSS. “but i look stupid!” lalalala but we’ll avoid that ~dramatic moment~ where you almost fall over and die because your damn fucking self wanted to look COOL
yes, mr. action hero, I am aware that running dramatically from the baddies at breakneck speed is important, but know what else is important? NOT GETTING SHOT. RUN IN A FUCKING ZIGZAG PATTERN ON THE OFF CHANCE THAT THE MOOKS WERE NOT COACHED IN MARKSMANSHIP BY THE IMPERIAL STORMTROOPERS.
Oh, hey, you there, sneaky hero-type breaking into any place for any reason? WEAR SOME FUCKING GLOVES. They’re called fingerprints, dumbass. You have them and you’re putting them all over the fucking place.