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Yes. You're not in Kansas anymore.
Notice how Lady "Manifest Destiny" trolls across the land leaving telephone lines and railroad tracks in her wake. Not only is she bringing the white man, but she "illuminates" the West. The indigenous people are all covered in darkness if you notice- almost scuttling into the darkness like cockroaches with the animals of the land.
Can I get an, "oi vay!?"
It's on this day of days kids all across this McNation get a day off school to frolic- enjoy the fall, reflect on this nation's founding father, Christopher Columbus!
"Happy Genocide Day!" Is what I have to say to that, comrades.
Over 90% of the indigenous population was exterminated when Christopher Columbus came cruising over to this hunk of land on that shiny new ship of his. His legacy is great. He has a city named after him, a national holiday in his honor and even one of our most prestigious universities named after him! Heck, we're on a roll! Germany should take our example and dedicate a holiday to that fragile, artistic, herbivore, Adolf. Hell- he could have taken notes from Columbus!
"I certify to you, that with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter your country, and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall take you, and your wives, and your children, and make slaves of them, and as such sell and dispose of them as their highness may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do mischief and damage that we can, as to vassals who do not obey their lord, and resist and contradict him; and we protest that the deaths and losses which shall accrue from this are your fault, and not that of their highness, or ours, nor of those cavaliers who come with us."
- Christopher Columbus: El Requerimiento, 1513
So fascinating that there is no attempt, whatsoever to hide the pure malice in this decree. And the worse thing is that it was said to a people who didn't understand a word that was being said to them.
"Hey, we're going to take your land, scorch the Earth, rape your women, decimate your people and erase your culture. Sound good? Because if not, we'll just give you smallpox."
This weekend marked Chrix and I's second anniversary. We ditched the city and hung out in Julian. It's an adorable little mountain town East of San Diego. Famous for their apple pies (as there are orchards everywhere), horse drawn carriage rides, and the three blocks that contains the entire town- with only one stop sign. I still have photos that I want to upload, so the details will be in an entry to follow.
One of the souvenirs I walked away with from the experience was this tattoo, "Nosce Teipsum;" a Socratic parable, thereafter adopted by Plato. It translates to "know thyself." There is some debate as to whether or not it was originally written in Latin or Greek. I got it done in a Typewriter font- as I Iove to write and am enamored with typewriters. I own a 1920s, fully functional machine that's one of my only prized possessions.
Better photos will follow
In other news, this is the first piece I have made for my line of trinkets, babbles, lotions, and potions! It was inspired by the fall, naturally. I will be continuing with creating more until there are enough to me to comfortably open up my Etsy shop. If there are any requests in the meantime for custom orders- feel free to contact me.
Here is my plan for the products I will be offering:
- Handmade, organic, paraben-free lotions with essential oils, aloe, vitamin E, and various other modifications, depending on your skin type/disposition.
- Hair accessories. Ranging from cute and whimsy edging over to darker and a touch more morbid.
- Jewelry. Pieces of copper and silver wire twisted into random shapes with found objects, beads, etc hanging from them.
- Prints of some of my photos. Just to see what happens.