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7 DAYS OF FRARY // DAY 7: Free choice

Francis/Mary/Catherine OT3 (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ 

Jory Mormont ♛ Thirty-Seven ♛ Member of the Kingsguard

Unable to Marry ♛ OPEN ♛ Gerard Butler

Jory Mormont is the first son and child of Lyra Mormont and her husband; he has one sister, Lady Maege Mormont, currently the Lady of Bear Island. Jory was originally the heir to Bear Island, but he set that all aside to join the Kingsguard.

He wanted to be like his ancestor Jorah, in a sense, to protect the noble and powerful family that had ruled the Seven Kingdoms for hundreds of years. However despite his noble intentions behind joining the elite group, Jory does not have the same credit nor good name as the other members of the Kingsguard. While he is a capable warrior and keeps to his oaths, he has yet to do anything great of note, certainly in comparison to his brothers in white.

Many say that he only obtained his rank out of the symbolism House Mormont has established, but Jory would like to disprove that. He hopes to prove himself a man as great as his fellow-guards; after all, he proved himself worthy of being in such an elite team. Now he must simply prove that he deserves to be in it.

Truthdig:

Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the [Seattle] City Council, is up for re-election this year. Since joining the council in January of 2014 she has helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Seattle. She has expanded funding for social services and blocked, along with housing advocates, an attempt by the Seattle Housing Authority to allow a rent increase of up to 400 percent. She has successfully lobbied for city money to support tent encampments and is fighting for an excise tax on millionaires. And for this she has become the bête noire of the Establishment, especially the Democratic Party. The corporate powers, from Seattle’s mayor to the Chamber of Commerce and the area’s Democratic Party, are determined she be defeated, and these local corporate elites have the national elites behind them.

Behind Their Lines pt.3

Course there were others. Wasn’t surprising that he hadn’t been the only one in this pit. Guy said he could move. Didn’t look like it though. Didn’t look like he’d go as far as the door before bleeding out.

Couldn’t…couldn’t leave him.

Geoffrey wanted to, wanted to so bad. Could just get to his feet and run, could get as far away from this hell as possible and never look back. His eyes burned as he thought about it, as he tried to convince himself to just go, to go and breath and live.

"Y-yeah," he managed, blood getting in his eyes when he wiped his arm against them, "yeah, I got you." He crawled closer, didn’t know where to grab, where to even look. They didn’t have time to be gentle about this though, everything was going to hurt until they saw daylight. "Keep loose, if you can." He got under an arm, tried to keep quiet as his torn back flexed and stretched under the strain.

He wasn’t very successful, was almost crying by the time he was upright, everything so hurt and terrible.

 axton

He’s desperate at this point, trembling and ready to trust anyone in his sights if it meant a chance of survival. He couldn’t help but let out a sob as the other man agreed to help; he’d expected him to leave him behind for dead and go on without him. “Thank you,” he tried, only a whisper as he failed to find his voice.


“I’m so sorry,” both of his arms moved to wrap around the other mans neck, wobbling as a wave of lightheadedness washing over him as he was pulled upright due to blood loss.


“Thank you, thank you…” He was so sure this place would be his grave, and now this man, someone he would consider a saviour from this second on, especially if they made it out of here alive, decided his life was worth something. It was such a relief and so different from how he’d been treated for the last…. god, he’d lost count at this point.


“A- Axton.. my name is Axton..”.

Arsenal crash again, so now what?

Arsenal crash again, so now what?

Another year, another disappointing exit from the Champions League.

For all the improvements that have been made throughout the season, there still remains the sense that Arsenal are playing catch-up behind Europe’s elite.

Whilst being third in the league, a point behind second, and another Wembley jaunt or two to come, is far from an unsuccessful season, as Lewis wrote earlierit’s hard to ignore…

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Chris Hedges: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Chris Hedges: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

 The corporate powers, from Seattle’s mayor to the Chamber of Commerce and the area’s Democratic Party, are determined she be defeated, and these local corporate elites have the national elites behind them. This will be one of the most important elections in the country this year.

By

Chris Hedges

 

truthdig.com

 March 15, 2015

  Kshama Sawant outside Seattle City Council chambers shortly…

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steven universe is a shitty show.

bronies are bad, but at least they aren’t totally fucking pathetic like SU fans.

bronies wear their flaws upon their sleeves and make no apologies, while the SU fan hides behind his cartoon elitism and totally contradicts himself.

“bronies, keep your porn away from SU, you sick freaks!” yet there’s still 11 pages of rule 34 dedicated to SU.

“bronies, you cum on dolls you freaks!” you fedora-wearing fucks probably cum on gem dolls.

shut the fuck up.

easily the worst thing i saw on tv in singapore. including teen titans go!.

The Most Dangerous Woman in America

By Chris Hedges - March 16, 2015 “ICH” - “Truthdig” -

SEATTLE—Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the City Council, is up for re-election this year. Since joining the council in January of 2014 she has helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Seattle.

She has expanded funding for social services and blocked, along with housing advocates, an attempt by the Seattle Housing Authority to allow a rent increase of up to 400 percent.

She has successfully lobbied for city money to support tent encampments and is fighting for an excise tax on millionaires.

And for this she has become the bête noire of the Establishment, especially the Democratic Party.

The corporate powers, from Seattle’s mayor to the Chamber of Commerce and the area’s Democratic Party, are determined she be defeated, and these local corporate elites have the national elites behind them.

This will be one of the most important elections in the country this year.

It will pit a socialist, who refuses all corporate donations—not that she would get many—and who has fearlessly championed the rights of workingmen and workingwomen, rights that are being eviscerated by the corporate machine.

The elites cannot let the Sawants of the world proliferate. Corporate power is throwing everything at its disposal—including sponsorship of a rival woman candidate of color—into this election in the city’s 3rd District.

Sawant’s fight is our own.

I met Sawant in a restaurant a block from City Hall in Seattle.

She is as intense as she is articulate.

Sawant, born in India, is a leader of the Socialist Alternative Party.

She holds a doctorate in economics from North Carolina State University and before her election to the City Council was a professor at a community college.

She knows that there will be no genuine reforms, let alone systemic change, without the building of radical mass movements and a viable third party.

She is as familiar at Seattle street demonstrations, where she has been arrested, as she is in City Council hearings.

If there is any hope left for the absurdist political theater that characterizes election campaigns it is in renegades such as Sawant.

“The idea that things have to get a lot worse to have some sort of awakening and bring about an alternative to this corrupt and defunct corporate political system is inaccurate,” she said to me.

“What we need is a big surge for an independent working-class political alternative while people are experiencing a sense of confidence, after decades of bitter defeat.

The $15-an-hour victory in Seattle is going nationwide.

And while unions are under massive attack, as you see in Wisconsin with Scott Walker, there are also successful labor initiatives getting onto the ballot.

Four states—two of them Republican states—increased the minimum wage last year. Occupy and the Black Lives Matter movement have radically shaken U.S. consciousness.

Now is the time for us to strike.”

Sawant said it is incumbent upon socialists and the entire U.S. left to swiftly begin the task of building working-class political campaigns independent of the Democratic Party in order to create the space for a viable national party.

Efforts to reform the Democratic Party, whose leaders are in the service of the corporate oligarchy, amount to pouring energy into “a black hole,” she said.

The Democratic elite dominate Seattle government, and the Democratic elite, as they did with Ralph Nader, have declared war against Sawant.

As long as she remains in office she will expose the leaders in the Democratic Party for who they are—corporate puppets.

Sawant believes that because of the presidency of Barack Obama—who has served corporate power, expanded imperial wars, carried out a massive assault on civil liberties and failed to address the needs of the mounting numbers who are unemployed or underemployed—many people, especially young people, are hungry for political alternatives to “the two big business parties.”

Poll after poll, she pointed out, shows the American majority to be disgusted with the Congress.

And she cited the problems of Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel in seeking re-election as evidence that even the very beginnings of movements by working people and communities of color can shake and weaken the Democratic Party establishment.

“He was considered undefeatable,” she said of Emanuel.

“But look now at his vulnerability.

Look at the campaign ad he just put out saying, yes, I made mistakes, but I am a human being.

Who could have imagined that kind of false humility from him?

Even spending $15 million on a mayoral race and having President Obama come and campaign wasn’t enough to buy him an easy victory.

This demonstrates the wide opening for the U.S. left to present a principled working-class alternative.

This is why we need to begin that project now.

It won’t be easy.

But this moment is qualitatively different from the period when Ralph Nader ran.

The consciousness of the American people has changed. Uprising is in the air.”

Sawant emphasized that the process of building a radical alternative will be long and difficult.

The obstacles the Establishment will throw up to prevent such a movement will be numerous, costly and unscrupulous.

“We cannot have illusions,” Sawant said.

“We want to win.

But we also know that in one year we are not going to vanquish the money machine of the Democratic establishment.

The goal of this campaign should be to launch a massive grass-roots effort nationwide, and to build on it after the election, something that Ralph Nader failed to do.

We have to provide a place for people looking for something different, especially the younger generation.

Any presidential campaign cannot be run as an end in itself.

That will dishearten people.

People know what is going to happen in 2016.

It is going to be Hillary Clinton or some Republican.

Our campaign needs to be a launching pad for something bigger.

It needs to be about building a mass movement, a viable radical alternative.

This is what is happening in Greece and Spain.”

Sawant proposed that the left prepare the ground for a new party that will be “broad-based, organized around democratic principles and have as its fundamental goal the mission of working with the labor movement, nonunionized workers and young activists of color.”

“It has to be 100 percent grass roots,” she said. It must be willing to “use the platform of the presidential campaign and other electoral campaigns to push the message of mass movements.”

And, she stressed, it must never accept corporate money.

This last condition, she said, “has to be non-negotiable.”

The party, she added, “must not bow down to the pressure to endorse Democratic candidates against Republicans, which would completely undermine its independence and ultimately relegate it to the role of an enforcer for the Democrats, as the Working Families Party has become.”

Might there be a role for the Green Party in such a change? Sawant offered this assessment:

The Green Party and its activists need to be part of the effort towards a nationwide party for the working class.

The Green Party has made some important contributions to the struggle against the Democrats’ lesser-evil politics.

It has raised demands in the interests of workers, against corporate domination, against the war, and against climate change.

One outstanding example is Gayle McLaughlin, who as Green Party mayor of the California city of Richmond, invited the fury of Wall Street banks with her valiant fight on behalf of ‘underwater’ homeowners.

But the party for the left, for the American working class, needs to go beyond the electoral arena and lead struggles and movements of low-wage workers, people of color and women.

The Green Party has not often sought to do that.

The problem is that if a party does not do that, it leaves the various social movements open to misleaders who channel the energy back towards the Democratic Party.

“In Socialist Alternative,” Sawant said, “any elected representative who runs has to pledge to only take the average worker’s wage.

The City Council pays me nearly $120,000.

I take home $40,000 after taxes.

The rest goes into a solidarity fund.

This idea should also be taken up in some form by the new party.”

“A campaign cannot be an end in itself,” she said.

“If you take office you have to be accountable to the members of the party.

You have to have actual meetings.

People say they are Democrats, but when was the last time they were invited to a meeting and asked to vote on the policies to be taken up by the Democratic Party?

The Democratic Party is utterly undemocratic—the party members and activists have essentially zero say over what their elected officials do once in power.”

A new party, she said, is essential if the corporate coup is to be reversed.

And it needs to be formed soon.

“While young radicals correctly see the need for mass action, some have not yet made the vital link between mass movements and the need for alternative political structures,” she said.

“We cannot get rid of capitalism without building a mass political organization as a tool to do that.”

“If a genuine alternative is not built,” Sawant said, “the Democratic establishment will continue to co-opt generation after generation of young people who are concerned about the need to fight the Republicans. Even the most radical youths end up implicitly defending capitalism when they accept the parameters of lesser evilism, as so many did with supporting Obama in 2008 and 2012.”

She contends that the end of the Cold War has left younger generations freer to explore and hear radical alternatives.

“Something important has changed,” she said.

“The hostility to socialist ideas is not present now because we have a majority of young Americans who are experiencing the deep failures of capitalism.

Red-baiting does not work on them.

As a socialist, I have never experienced any hostility, except from the Establishment.

This does not necessarily mean all those people who support us are socialist.

But it means people are infuriated about income inequality, about the pillaging by the big banks.

They are burning at the entrenched racial injustice in America.

They want a solution to climate change.

They are looking for something radically different.”

The call for a national party is, in the end, a call to educate.

It is a call to put forth a program that offers an alternative to global capitalism.

And it is a call to empower the citizenry to break the corporate stranglehold to make this alternative possible.

“We must convince people that we need an alternative and we must convince them about what that alternative is,” Sawant said.

“We need to stand up for the hundreds of millions of lives devastated by global capitalism.

The abuses we saw in 2008 will happen over and over again as long as capitalism survives.

And it is our job to break the cycle of capitalist exploitation of people and the ecosystem and save ourselves.

This will only come about if we organize mass movements, if we build a radical political party and if we refuse to accept a system designed to subject the immense majority to misery so that a minority can pile up untold wealth.”

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