Chemistry meets astronomy in today’s post, with a graphical guide to the atmospheres of our Solar System.
Read more about them here (there’s also a link to download the graphic, or to purchase it as a large poster): http://wp.me/p4aPLT-nV
Press pictures from one of the charges.
ETA: A protester being run over.
Well he shouldn’t have been standing in the way with his arms raised like a “what are you gonna do?” gesture.
He was standing at the side and the driver swerves to the left and hits him straight on. The video footage is crystal clear. This also happens immediately after the first shocks with horses. This is the place of utter chaos as they do this. This van was a meter from hitting MY HUSBAND right before this happened. Don’t you dare insinuating this was the protesters fault, because this is the police using overly much violence and a deadly tactic for no good reason at all. It was calm until the police started attacking, attacks that began even before the representatives for SvP entered the square. The reports of ammonia and paving stones being used has been revealed as lies coming from a press spokes person spreading this to a site supporting Sverigedemokraterna. Interesting, don’t you think?
It was calm even if there were lots of people protesting against the neo-Nazi group Svenskarnas Parti, former Nationalsocialistisk Front. The very group which members stabbed and assaulted people I know in March. The man stabbing a friend of mine is on the run in Ukraine, wanted for attempted murder and is financially supported by SvP. And you think people are just going to shrug about it? No they won’t. But they didn’t attack the police. The police attacked the protesters. Again and again. We were fortunate no one died. But hey, they didn’t pull their guns. That’s something, isn’t it? No one is disputing the reasons for the police to be where they are, but this is not why they were there. They are not there to create battle field simulations but to ensure people’s safety. They did the opposite. The police is an official authority and we have the right to demand a high standard of professionalism from them and to act appropriately and not escalate situations to a point where people are injured, in particular since they have the monopoly on the use of violence in the name of the state.
I’ve been politically active the past 30 years. This comes and goes in cycles, but every time the escalation of violence is driven by the police. We even have laws today stipulating Nazi propaganda, symbols and views are forbidden, put in place in the 1990s and the escalated violence from Nazi groups then. You are not allowed to spread them in the public space. Yet SvP are given permission by the police to do this. And when the police is using this kind of cavalry shock methods - that are deadly; it’s why they where introduced in the 18th century on battlefields - it sends a message to people. Not only are Nazis allowed to spread their opinions openly with police protection despite it actually being forbidden by law, but it frightens people to join protests when they have to fear being trodden down and beaten by the police. It scares people off from using the democratic right they have. The ones left standing are those angry enough to arm themselves - and suddenly we have a situation spiralling out of hand. This happens as we’re going to elections. Think for a moment what this means for our society on a greater scale. People are ranting about cakes being a huge democratic problem. This, right here, is a much greater problem. This is a repressive strategy, unasked for and completely unnecessary.
We have no problem seeing it for what it is when it happens in Ferguson in the US, but it’s apparently very difficult to accept it’s the same mechanisms behind what happens right now in Sweden.
Every time somebody asks Lokeans how they can worship somebody who brings chaos, my thoughts go a little something like this:
Same way Odinsfolk can worship an oathbreaker with a dark sense of humor and little regard for others. Same way Thorsfolk can worship someone with a temper so foul he drop-kicked somebody into a fire. It goes on. The gods are not always good or kind or caring or wise. It’s okay not to include Loki in your personal practice, but if your argument against Loki is that he’s done bad things, you can’t then turn a blind eye to the horrid things other gods have done.
Different deities resonate with different people. Trying to pick apart somebody’s worship because they honor a deity you dislike makes no sense. Plenty of people dislike Odin and want nothing to do with him, but no one has ever tried to call me a bad person for worshiping him. Personally, I don’t get along with Baldr at all, but I have never once tried to harass one of his devotees, and why would I? Their practice has nothing to do with me.
And it goes beyond the Loki arguments, which are really quite old by now. Trying to tell anyone they worship the wrong deity or are somehow bad people though their practice hurts no one is not only a waste of time, it makes no sense. If you are so insecure in your own practice that you feel the need to rip apart someone else’s, the problem does not lie with the person you’re harassing.