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white Americans being against immigration is still and always will be the greatest irony of all time
*cough* Israelis committing genocide *cough*
"Yes, but that’s still a minority! If more women played video games, there would be more reason to have female protagonists!"
Also, given the choice, many of the male gamers I know choose female avatars for MMOs & games like Skyrim & Fallout, so it’s not that male gamers genuinely object to female protagonists - it’s a perceived, possible objection, perceived by game company execs. I would LOVE for there to be a female protagonist option for the new Assassin’s Creed game. I don’t believe it’s that hard to create a female model & animations for it - the execs say it would mean re-writing most of the game but I’m sorry: Skyrim *modders* created different female models & animations for that game in their spare time. Software these days is done in a modular way that stresses separation of concerns. Your physics engine is separate from your models, which are often created in a 3rd party package like Maya. The game rules - quests & so forth are another thing again. Unless Ubisoft genuinely write the shittiest design of software going where everything’s a Big Ball Of Mud anti-pattern, (and after many bad experiences trying to get their PC games to actually run on a PC, I have my doubts) it would probably take a couple of weeks to sort at the most. It’s just a lack of will.
I have recently noticed that one of Kato's young models, A. Nomaly, seems to have adopted Kato's ethics. She is currently posting a link on her fan page asking her followers for money so that she can pay off her debts and move to Seattle. Some of her followers have donated as much as $250! I am not sure which is more disheartening, A. Nomaly's online panhandling or those that cater to it. Saddening to think that Kato's peers are beginning to exhibit Kato's behaviour. Pathetic really...
Yeah I saw that too. Fate recently posted a similar campaign looking for donations. The difference, however, is that for their donations, they are sending out product to the person donating, so in a way, it’s like they’re selling what they always sell, and just sharing the fact that the money they make in return is going towards a certain cause. I don’t really think there is anything wrong with that, if you really think about it, because models make their living by being pretty and selling prints or sharing time online with someone, so if the money they make allows them to relocate or get out of a rut, good for them.
I think that’s even better than the notorious “wish list”. It’s not like they’re saying “give me money for no reason”.
I will say that when I was dating Kate, I had heard that a. nomaly was going through a really rough time, and that was years ago, so if this is an opportunity for her to heal, I hope it works. These women have feelings too. Fate was unfortunately quite passive-aggressive with me when I had my relationship with Kate, (who herself remarked how immature that was), so we aren’t really on good terms, but I wish her the best too.
It’s when you lie and deceive others for money and attention that I get pretty pissed off. Like saying you’re single and want a boyfriend/girlfriend, and ask for gifts and money to enjoy with your husband at home. That probably doesn’t feel very good to the people sending it, I reckon.
Do no harm :)
How much land was actually "given" to the Israelis by the UN, as Israelis claim?
I take it you mean the 1947 partition plan. Alright, this might be a tad bit long, but let’s talk about that, shall we?
The 1947 partition plan, was a framework proposed by the UN in an attempt to divide historical Palestine into 2 states for 2 peoples. This was to be implemented at the end of the British Mandate of Palestine. There would be as they named it one “Arab state”, and one “Jewish state”. Jerusalem would remain an international city open for all.
Unsurprisingly, the Palestinians and the rest of the Arabs, refused this. Why? Let’s go over the basics. And I mean the very bare basics, you could write a book on this, so I’m just sticking to the essentials.
A common argument I see from a lot of pro-Israelis, is that Palestinians had the chance to have peace, and have a state of their own if they had just accepted this plan. The state we could have gotten, would have been much larger and all of this fighting would have been unnecessary.
As you know, historical Palestine has always had a Jewish community. This was never contested, there never were issues with the indigenous Jewish Palestinians.
No, the root of the matter truly began with Zionism. Zionism was an ideology developed by Theodor Herzl (and others) that promoted the creation of a Jewish state. This ideology in practice is basically very heavy on the settler colonialism. If you read any of Herzl’s books you will find them chock full of “White man’s burden” mimicry, and other examples that would make any colonial proud.
There were many candidates for the location of this Jewish state, including Argentina, but in the end they chose Palestine, despite the fact that Palestine was already inhabited.
The first significant waves of European Zionist migration began at the end of the 19th century. So in the 1880s upward. The partition plan was proposed in 1947. So by the time this plan came along, the vast majority of the Zionist population in Palestine had barely been on the land for a few decades, at most.
Despite this massive immigration to Palestine, the Zionist population was still a minority. The most generous of estimates are that they made up only a third of the population, and owned land no more than 6-7% of historical Palestine.
So what exactly were the specifics of the partition plan?
The “Arab” state, despite the Arab Palestinians being the vast majority, would receive ~43% of the land of historical Palestine, relegating them to the mountainous regions, a third of the coast, and losing any access to the red sea.
The “Jewish” state, despite the Zionists being a minority with not a single district outside of Yaffa having a Jewish population majority (port city, most immigrants off the boat ended there), were given around ~56% of the land of historical Palestine. With the majority of the coastline and fertile agricultural lands.
Btw, just to show how small the Zionist population was, even the “Jewish” state would have only had a 55% Jewish population.
So, answer me this: Why should the indigenous population give up more than half of their historical homeland? What sense would that make? And not only that, they’d be giving it up for a minority of newcomers fresh off the boat. Who in their right mind would not resist this?
This is not a question of living together peacefully, the only way Zionists could have their self determination in this context was to deny Palestinians their self determination. The only way they could have a Jewish state with a vast Jewish majority (A Zionist goal), was if the Palestinians were removed from the picture. And we were.
Just so you understand what I mean by this, here is but one example of a quote from David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel in 1948:
"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."
So when people ask me why we didn’t accept the 1947 partition plan..the only thing I can think of is this line by Ghassan Kanafani:
“They rob you of your bread, but leave you a small chunk, they then command you to thank them for their generosity. Oh their audacity.”
Long but worth the read.
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