sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.
Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on:
Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%.
Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.
If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe.
There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand.
They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better).
In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.
They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology.
29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M, and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:
This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.
In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU.
Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.
People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP.
But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract.
one of my favorite things is how people talk to themselves in tumblr tags, taking this space designed for metadata classification and using it as a form of parenthetical speech. those grey little tags feel so cozy, a whispered dimension to the flat communication of the net
my cousin had a baby yesterday and i’m so excited for her! to be honest, i had actually forgotten she was pregnant at all, but now i keep checking back on facebook to see more photos that they’ve posted. it’s really cute because her husband keeps posting more, he’s already obsessed with her and i love it. and my other cousin is so excited to be an aunt! ahhh i wanna meet this baby!!!!!
I'm a little confused (I haven't slept in over 24hrs - I might just be too tired) the grand jury has until January to decide if they will CHARGE Darren Wilson, not CONVICT? Or they have until January to convict? Please tell me it's convict. Because regardless of your 'views' on his guilt, he needs to be charged and then a jury should decide on his guilt if he doesn't take a plea deal. Charging is a no brainer, he killed someone and it needs a criminal investigation.
The grand jury now has until January 7, 2015 to decide whether or not to charge Darren Wilson with the murder of Mike Brown. They can make a decision soon than that though.
A look at Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. McCulloch has presented 4 cases of a fatal police shooting to a grand jury. 0 indictments. McCulloch’s office also doesn’t keep detailed records. He also defended calling 2 black men shot by cops in 2000 “bums”.
Okay! so for the past 5 cons ive gone to, this guy has been following me and my friends around in the creepy stalker way! I tried to tell staff about it, but they brushed me off saying that Im exaggerating! It got so bad that he even tried to lie to the hotel staff about "Being [my] roommate and that [he] has lost his card key"! I've tried calling the cops and reporting him for harassment, both sexual and not, but they brushed me off! do you have any advice about this?
Holy fuck. Ok I have my own stalkers but never ones this bad. You have every right to feel uncomfortable as hell and I am sorry to hear about your staff issues, but staff have a huge limitation on how much can be done either way.
Alright so here is a quick list for you to hopefully protect yourself better:
When you check into the hotel, tell hotel staff to put on a note on the room that says only YOU with YOUR ID is able to get copies of the room key. Yes, it might be an issue with anyone you room with, but if this guy has a habit of doing so then it’s better to play it safe. If hotel staff asks why, inform them that you have a stalker and he has tried to play this before and you’d rather just enjoy your stay without having to worry about that.
Keep your friends with you. Don’t be alone. I hate having to resort to pack mentality but you’re always much safer in pairs than alone at a con in those cases.
Don’t rely on con staff to help with this issue. Sadly con security has their own limits and their key job is to keep chaos to a minimum and keep organization. If the guy is stalking you around within viewing distance and you are disturbed, you can approach a Security Member (be sure to see if their badge says Security) and inform them that the guy within seeing distance has been following you for a while and he is disturbing the hell out of you both. Security will most likely attempt to talk to him and if he runs it’ll put a bad connection to his face and his badge. If enough strikes happen, they could revoke his badge- but they cannot kick him out unless they make an actual scene. Again- this cannot be premeditated it has to be live where they can see him.
Also, unless this guy actually touches you or attempts to take you somewhere, the police cannot actually do anything. ‘Stalking laws’ are very finicky in certain states, if they exist at all. But the MOMENT he touches you against your will, that is assault. And when that happens? Scream. Get attention about you. More likely than not, he wont hang around.
Hopefully when you’ve pointed out enough you do not want to be bothered with, he’ll move on. Sadly, it’ll probably be to another target, but there is only so much legally a person can do against a stalker :(
Wish you the best of luck honey. I hope this person doesn’t ruin your con experience.