It is currently trendy to hate Julian Assange. It is currently correct - even among, in fact especially among 'free-thinking liberals' - to say that speaking ugly truths about political figures is a form of unacceptable political discourse, that to risk changing minds by using facts is bad, that citizens should just believe what they're told.
Thank-goodness not everyone thinks so.
Assange's Wikileaks has released countless secret documents about the powerful in our world, and revealed terrible things. Things we needed to know. Without him, many things now brought to light would still be in the dark.
He has been 'wanted' for years. Many have talked about just killing him. Hillary Clinton wanted to drone strike him. All for the terrible crime of revealing crime.
He hasn't been seen in over a month.
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The Art Spot is a monthly art review associated with The-Artshop, which features the month’s new prints from the group and a variety of artwork from around Deviantart.
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Mass Effect Chronicles
A monthly feature celebrating Bioware’s beloved space epic. Intended to be enjoyable to all, gamer or no.
We burst on vista of lavendar light.
The great Serpent Nebula's glowing alight
With the blazing of stars in their infancy
Young starlets and white, old vapours and bright
Radiant purple transparency.
Wreathed in the mists of this wavering cloud
Floats a vast silver structure, ancient and proud.
From a huge central ring, five wings fly out
Long, smooth, and curved, revolving about.
We skim through the billows, plunge through the veils
Towards this, the Citadel, rich of old tales...
Next Month: The Search in Artemis Tau
In the bright and often garish and trivial world of Mass Effect fanart, Shalizeh's beautiful painting both stands out ... and sticks around, long after others are forgotten. Here is no climactic moment, no, nor moment of passion or triumph. It is a quiet moment. The type of moment which could be easily forgotten in an hour's time by some, but treasured forever by others. It's very quietness is part of its beauty. Amidst the great deeds and high passions of the futuristic epic, the beauty and glory of the story world itself is sometimes overlooked - not by the story, to be sure, but by those who experience it. But artwork like this pierces deeper into it, draws us further into that glory, than the story initially did itself, not only for it's own beauty, but that it reminds us (or at any rate, reminds me) to do the same myself. Paintings like this Explore the wonders of the story itself, just as the characters within it explore world.And simply as a portrayal of the theme 'exploration' it is magnificent. It is very wisely that Shalizeh has laced the bright world in mist, now revealing, now concealing in brightness the unknown world before them, now dropping it away into the shadow entirely. Yet far from being a meaningless haze, the bright glimpses are sharp and clear behind their veils. The closer one looks, the more real the distant hillsides seem to be. A harsh world, true. Not a world of men. The living creatures hide behind their life-saving masks, not exposing their faces to the hostile wind which drifts the sand across their boots. And yet a bright and glorious world all the same. They do not stand huddled together, nor facing onward with dogged displeasure. Wrex stares out across the valley. Tali meanders almost dreamily towards the rising sun (for rising it looks as though it must be). We cannot see what Shepard is looking at, but she gazes forward with her head held high, looking out on the vistas beyond out view. It is not a world of men, but it doesn't have to be. Most of the universe is not. For how many millennia have the sands drifted across that slope and never once been touched by a living foot till now? How many times has that sun risen, and never once been seen by living eyes?As one looks out into the valley and across the rugged foothills beyond, tracing their ridges and gullies up to the peaks and the bright sky beyond (and indeed, one could do this for a while) one notices numerous small imperfections almost, across the land and sky. Is that a twin planet? Or a moon? Or is it much nearer, between us and the sky? I don't know whether it was intended or not - but when I gaze at the picture long enough I seem to be looking through a mask, as though I too were standing there on that alien hillside with them. And I wonder whose eyes I looking through.Though I don't know whether this was meant or not, I find it a most pleasing way to look into the picture. The only difficulty is that one then feels one should be able to turn one's head. And of course, one can't.In the blaze of the light one scarcely sees them at first, but above are the stars from which they came, still visible though the thin atmosphere in the low morning light. Even in the brightness of the sunlight the vast cold heights of space seem very near. And so they are. In a short time, these explorers will be gone again, back into space. And this distant valley will be as it was before.In all, this is one of the richest and subtlest Mass Effect works it has been my pleasure to see. Thank-you, Shalizeh, for sharing it with us.Here are some other beautiful works by this artist:
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