whenever i see these post-apocalyptic films set in the USA where everyone is pretty much just killing each other with no mention of other nations i always just assume that the rest of the world is fine and has learnt how to resume life as normal
To all the Tumblr users who tend to use tags very liberally:
Let’s play a game.
Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.
you, also, what, when, why, how, look, because, never
being a carefree black girl has nothing to do with actually having no cares. to me it literally just means being alive and carving out tiny pockets of happiness and freedom in this shitty ass society that is trying to mentally destroy you for existing.
The Japanese cherry blossom, known as the Sakura in Japanese, is the flower of a cherry tree that is cultivated for its decorative features rather than for cherries (it doesn’t bear fruit). The overwhelming beauty of the cherry blossom bloom has been known and adored for ages. The blooming period is associated with Japanese traditions, culture, aesthetics, and is a bittersweet metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life itself.
The blooming cherry blossoms herald the beginning of the centuries-old Hanami festival – the traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under trees rich with flowering Sakura branches and enjoying this short but striking first breath of spring. The blossoming wave usually starts in Okinawa in January or February and progresses through all of Japan until April or May. The cherry blossom front (Sakura zensen) can be conveniently tracked every year using this calendar.
“Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.” [x]
On Wednesday April 16th, the MS Sewol, a South Korean ferry was capsized on its way to Jeju Island. This ship was carrying 476 people, many of whom were students from Danwon High School (Ansan City), who were travelling from Incheon to Jeju Island for their holiday trip.
Although the cause of the accident is still unclear, the prosecutor on the case has informed reporters that the third mate was steering the ship on the morning of the accident, one who has had merely six months of experience and had never steered in the area before. It appears that the vessel made an unusually sharp turn that may have caused it to tilt. The tilting of the 6,825-ton vessel in dangerous water conditions occurred rapidly which in turn did not allow the passengers on board to evacuate in time. However, prosecutors are continuing to search for other causes that may have caused the ferry to sink.
Currently, three vessels with cranes are at the accident site to prepare to salvage the ferry, but they will not hoist the ship before getting approval from family members of those still believed inside. The lifting could endanger any possible survivors believed to be on-board and result in further casualties.
As of right now, 174 people have been rescued, the death toll has reached 59, and 243 people are still missing.
In the meantime let us all keep South Korea in our thoughts.
The NYTimes had a really heartbreaking article about the human error involved in this accident: [x]