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Police continue to make arrests at Ferguson protest.

Part 4.

Take note: The moment people stopped reblogging and tweeting and writing news articles and calling attention to Ferguson, they brought back the armored cars. It is not over. They were waiting for the world to lose interest and knew it would.


Columbia University visual arts student Emma Sulkowicz has recently gained a lot of media attention for her senior art performance Carry That Weight. Part activism, part peformance art, Sulkowicz will carry a mattress, like the one on which she was sexually assaulted, around campus until her…


the third doctor is too cool for you.


the third doctor is too cool for you.

Who really knew what evil lurked in the heart of men?
Who knew what sane men were capable of?
Vimes glanced at the door of the last room. No, he wasn’t going in there again. No wonder it stank here.
YOU CAN’T HEAR ME, CAN YOU? OH. I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT, said Death, and waited.

Terry Pratchett

"Night Watch"

(via bookgirl91)


"Average fictional cop has used dragon as weapon .0001 times" factoid actually statistical error. Average fictional cop has used dragon as weapon 0 times. Sam Vimes, the only fictional cop to ever use dragon as weapon, is an outlier and should not have been counted.

Vimes had never got on with any game more complex than darts. Chess in particular had always annoyed him. It was the dumb way the pawns went off and slaughtered their fellow pawns while the kings lounged about doing nothing that always got to him; if only the pawns united, maybe talked the rooks around, the whole board could’ve been a republic in a dozen moves.
Terry Pratchett, Thud (via still-intrepid)


"A watchman is a civilian, you inbred streak of piss!”

- Sam Vimes in Jingo, with strong opinions on the difference between police and soldiers.

'You took an oath to uphold the law and defend the citizens without fear or favor,' said Vimes. 'And to protect the innocent. That's all they put in. Maybe they thought those were the important things. Nothing in there about orders, even from me. You're an officer of the law, not a soldier of the government.'
Sam Vimes in Night Watch by Terry Pratchett (via fallenwithstyle)
In the Annotated Pratchett, the entry for Night Watch outlines parallels with Les Miserables, and a point is brought up which states:

“Javert, the policeman in LM, is concerned only with justice, which he defines as the punishment of the guilty. Vimes, the policeman in NW, is equally obsessed by justice, but he defines it as the protection of the innocent.”, which I think is an interesting distinction and which seems to be relevant now.