crustaceanblog asked:

Hiya I feel like a lot of political fantasy stories are more on the fantasy side and it doesn't really include a lot of politics. I'm trying really hard to avoid that issue and include it. The problem is, is that I don't know too much about politics and I'm not very good at war tactics/strategies. Could you give me some advice?

Military Tactics/Strategies on Wikipedia - (A lot of this sounds more complicated than it actually is, so take a deep breath and don’t feel too overwhelmed as you go in). 

Political strategies will largely depend on the political system that you’ve developed. A “democratic” society that holds elections is going to call for different politics and strategies amongst those who desire power than a feudal society with a king/queen with a “divine right”. 

Political Strategies on Wikipedia

I would strongly suggest you read about some of the strategies employed by some of history’s more famous politicians in order to gain/hold power. Wu Zetian, Julius Caesar, Richard III (sorry, my Bardolatry is showing), Queen Elizabeth Woodville, etc. 

Most importantly, just keep in mind that politics and strategy throughout history have NEVER hinged solely on the word and will of the individual in power. Sometimes being an influencer - a wife or an advisor - grants an individual a stronger hold on power than wearing the crown. 

What Willis and Gillen expose is that too often we talk about “education” as if students were faceless automatons and the body of knowledge were a single thing, a set of settled truths, a desirable accomplishment that promises an end to poverty and a happy life. The truth is that such an unchallenged framing of education has only led to decades of reproduction — reproduction of the same class and colonial hierarchies that the country was founded on.

But as Gillen says, “Imagining that the purposes of schools are settled is a way of hiding the political world of young people. Imagining that all that remains to do is simply the implementation of proven technologies for the production of accepted social purposes misrepresents the sociological and political problem. The problem is that the social and political purposes of the country are contested and young people are participating in working toward a settlement of the contest, even while their political role remains unacknowledged.”



- School has always reminded me of a sociological factory farm. A strange political institution with the illusion of being devoid of politics.

The ad was in a women’s magazine and if I remember correctly, was for a perfume. It featured a white woman lying in bed with a black man. The man’s shirtless back was to the viewer, making only his taut, muscular form and powerful-looking arms and shoulders visible. He was faceless, unidentified. The woman looked sultrily at us from over his mysterious form, satisfaction writ large over her features. She had partaken of whatever delights this man had to offer and was smugly, luxuriantly basking in the afterglow.

The ad copy was, “Take a walk on the wild side.”

My teacher used the ad as an example of how marketers can use certain words and images to convey large amounts of information subtly and effectively. A white woman having sex with a black man? How risqué. The implication: be a little like that woman. Spray on that perfume and feel like the kind of girl who has sex with faceless, muscular black men in ritzy hotel rooms because it’s an adventure, a thrill, a risk, something illicitly pleasurable.

These are the semiotics of race. This is why columnists will trip over themselves not to call Lupita Nyong’o or Angela Basset “beautiful”, choosing instead to use terms that call to mind a kind of savage, animalistic magnetism: fierce, striking, edgy, eye-catching. Words like “pretty” and “beautiful” and “cute” are for white women whose bodies and sexualities are not seen as wild, animal, or untamed. Black men are hulking, threatening, thuggish; white men are charming, sexy heartthrobs with hearts of gold. Brown women are exotic, with their “honey-coloured” skin and their “mystical”, “enchanting” beauty, unlike their white counterparts, who are held up as not only ideal, but knowable and safe. White people are beautiful; non-white people are dangerous.


Political themes in the Avatar Universe

I should mention this wasn’t my idea but rather an updated version of some other post I saw a while back.

Edit: t1gerlillyYou’re right, Capitalism shouldn’t be put under systems of government so I changed it a bit.

Edit: dakma99 - I added in Ozai thanks to your suggestion. Was originally just a LoK post, but one addition wont hurt.


My sis Rell (Twitter: Awkward_Duck, Tumblr: swearimnotangry), did some investigative work today and found that Donald Sterling has ties to private prison investments, which led the two of us to an excellent discussion about the private prison industry.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. With contract mandates specifying 90% occupancy rates, private prisons feed directly into our problem with mass incarceration.

The private prison industry has become a lucrative business with some of our financial institutions heavily investing in them (Not to mention the music industry invests in them also, but I wont go there today). 

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) & GEO are the nations leading providers of correctional services. CCA has flourished as a business and has done so well ensuring that states maintain that 90% occupancy rate, that last year their Board of Directors authorized a $675 MILLION dividend to its shareholders. -_____-

I don’t even need to tell you who these prison beds are occupied by as I’m sure you all know the stats and demographics, but feel free to check out the links below.

Financial institutions that invest in private prisons: http://bit.ly/14rfwu9

CCA authorizes $675 million dividend to shareholders: http://yhoo.it/1ml7V4u

CCA being sued for widespread abuse in prisons: http://bit.ly/18uso3n

For centuries, nothing has so stirred up American fury like the escape of a slave. That ain’t just distant history. For daring to slip her bonds and escape from brutal and unjust bondage, the Empire now labels her a terrorist. That’s because to them, nothing is more terrifying than resistance to their imperial will. As for terrorists, if they really wanna find some, it shouldn’t be too hard to find them. Just check the White House.
—  Mumia Abu-Jamal on Assata Shakur

Like the rest of you, we’re incredibly excited to binge watch the second season of “Orange Is the New Black” this weekend. Who knew a show that shines an important spotlight on the hardships and indignities of prison life could be so fun.

But if you think OITNB shows it all, you’re about to find out a disgusting truth. While the women in OITNB face miserable conditions and abuse, it’s nothing compared to what real people experience in the jail where they film as well as other jails in Suffolk County, New York.

Riverhead jail in Long Island – just a hop, skip, and a jump from the white sands and posh life of the Hamptons – is notorious for its inhumane conditions. Raw sewage bubbles from the floor, toilets explode, rodents and roaches infest the kitchens, black mold covers the walls, and drinking and bathing water runs brown and stinks of sewage.

The “ping-pong” toilets at Riverhead are NSFTV (Not Suitable for TV) because they are too wildly disgusting. Let a former prisoner, 23-year-old Paul Alver, explain why:

Because the plumbing doesn’t work, when someone flushed his toilet in the cell next to mine, the human waste would bubble up in my own toilet, feet from where I slept. Sometimes we woke up with sewage flooding our cell floors.

These stories are just two of hundreds shared by people housed in Suffolk County’s jails. And there’s precious little they can do about it. Prisoners who try to file grievances often face retaliation. One formerly incarcerated person said officers cut off heat until he agreed to abandon his request for grievance forms.

Before OITNB became a hit show, the New York Civil Liberties Union and Shearman & Sterling LLP filed a class-action lawsuit in 2012 on behalf of current and future prisoners in Suffolk County jails. The suit demanded that the county clean up its jails for violating people’s constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment and for showing deliberate indifference to the harms incarcerated people are suffering.

But more than two years later, Suffolk County has refused to make even basic fixes to its jails – even now that Riverhead is in the spotlight.

Join the New York Civil Liberties Union’s call to tell Suffolk County that instead of wooing Hollywood, it should stop violating the law and clean up its jails.

There’s something seriously wrong when Hollywood can film a show at a jail, but actors can’t drink the water that real people living there are forced to drink.

Fans of Orange is the New Black and people who believe in basic human rights are standing up against the outrageous conditions at the real OITNB jail by posting photos in orange to demand that Suffolk County fix its jails. They are flooding county officials with emails demanding the protection of basic human rights. And former prisoners are speaking out about what they’ve had to endure.