To quote an ancient Dwarven proverb that Violet just came up with: "Any party you can walk away from with a bucket over your head and a squirming piglet under your arm, bare feet schlepping through fetid puddles of partially digested grain alcohol, is a good one."
“The phrase “rubber bullets” is often used to describe what are more accurately termed “rubber-coated metal bullets”, heavy steel projectiles with a minimal coating of 1mm or 2mm of rubber, that are regularly used to lethal effect alongside — not instead of — live ammunition. Rubber-coated metal bullets are fired from metal tubes placed on the end of high-velocity rifles such as the M-16s commonly used by Israeli troops. Tubes contain around 8 rubber-coated, cylindrical, steel projectiles, which are powered by blank rounds fired from the gun’s magazine. [….] Writing in the medical journal, The Lancet, [doctors] said firing the bullets at civilians made it “impossible to avoid severe injuries to vulnerable body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso, leading to substantial mortality, morbidity and disability.” They added: “We reported a substantial number of severe injuries and fatalities inflicted by use of rubber bullets when vulnerable upper-body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso were struck. “This type of ammunition should therefore not be considered a safe method of crowd control.””
The reason I have not been reblogging much about the whole Ferguson thing is that I went to high school with a girl who was shot in the eye with a “nonlethal bullet” when the Red Sox made the series in 2004. So yeah, the pictures of people with their rubber bullet injuries have been kinda rough. Which yes, of course they should be, but man… I do think this is all very important, but I’ve also been avoiding tumblr a bit for the aforementioned reasons.
"‘It is, it’s one of the greatest parts you’ll ever play as an actress. Except it’s the reverse of Hamlet because he spends three hours worrying and does nothing, whereas Medea takes an hour and 15, massacres the whole fucking stage and walks off. But it’s great because she uses every shred of femininity that she has to do it, and she also has the complexity of guilt.’"