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anonymous asked:

Is there any real reason why we shouldn't deport illegal immigrants? All I've heard is moral arguments, most of which aren't very convincing.

I mean there are several reasons, both moral, ethical, legal and economic. 

Moral: these are people who have come into our country seeking a better life. 

Ethical: these are people who have been exploited.

Legal: there is no actual law in the criminal code that says being here without proper documentation is a crime. There are laws on the books saying that you may not enter the country without the proper paperwork, a misdemeanor charge for Illegal Entry, which is punishable by $250 fine and up to 6 months in prison. 

While it is not criminal is to be here in the US without proper documentation it is against the immigration law. These are not criminal statutes, all punishments are civil with a maximum penalty of deportation.

Additionally, there are already visa statuses for those that are victims of crimes. U Visas allow those that are victims of specific crimes to be allowed to stay in the country. T Visas are for those that are victims of human trafficking. While the U visas are for those that have been through physical or mental abuse, a simple expansion could include abuse by employers, including monetary. Additionally, many migrant communities have already been physically and/or mentally abused by employers. 

Economic: Undocumented Workers provided almost $12 billion in tax revenues in 2015. They have paid approximately 10% of the social security trust fund, to which they will not be eligible for benefits from. Due to Undocumented Immigrants, the average American has seen an improvement in their personal wealth by about 1%. Even the state of Texas, not exactly a bastion of progressive politics, has said that their economy would shrink 2.1% without the work of Undocumented Workers

These are points that have been made over and over again by many people. If you are only hearing moral arguments, you aren’t really listening. 

- @theliberaltony

oh my fucking god. in my ask about anti-asian discrimination in college apps I had a whole section about the effects on the community and I didn’t even mention the xenophobia 

idk about other east asians but a lot of the Sino parents here fucking hate new Chinese immigrants for 3 main reasons:

1. They have an edge in admissions. A college would rather admit an international Asian than an american-born one because the international kid will count towards the diversity stats that schools love to plaster all over their websites. So schools fill their Asian slots with international students.

2. They’re seen as “ruining” what little trust and honor that the diaspora community has built with admissions officers. Things like massive cheating rings and parents who abandon their kids in the US for college apps and mainlanders who nearly killed people because they assumed they could just bribe the campus police aren’t helping.

it’s so fucking wild like the pressure of affirmative action has created enough anxiety to take a bunch of yellow immigrants from a country that’s widely blamed for the White Working Class’s suffering and entice them to enthusiastically support fascism on the off chance it’ll reduce the amount of chinese weirdos in the college admissions pool and give their kids a better shot at Harvard

(I encourage non-asians to reblog this)

anonymous asked:

Reminder: Even before Trump won in 2016 and before he called news "Fake News", Journalists were already barely more respected then Lawyers. (Link 1: salon 2013 07 13 poll journalists only slightly more respected than lawyers partner. Link 2: news gallup poll 185927 americans-trust-media-remains-historical-low). So just solely blaming Trump (though he is a fault for a lot of things) for people jumping on the "Fake News" train is ignoring the bigger problem of overall lack of faith in news.

The lack of faith in news jumped 1,000% the day news media dedicated to propaganda (like Fox News or Breitbart News, these are not the first ones but the ones we live with) were created for the sole purpose of misinforming the public, but I don’t blame the news, I blame the people that refuse to try to understand what is going on beyond the tribal divisions and clickbait headlines. There is nothing the NYT or CNN can do to try to improve their image because the news have become rn are considered opinion instead of the reporting of fact.

Originally posted by blue-staple

Our first Justice Democrat: Cori Bush – Justice Democrats – Medium
By Justice Democrats

Not too long ago, we introduced you to Cori Bush, a registered nurse and Ferguson activist. We asked you to join us in asking her to run for Congress. You, from every corner of the nation, answered the call and told Cori you would back her.

Today, we are incredibly proud to announce Cori is running to represent MO-1 in Congress!

Cori embodies the kind of leadership St. Louis needs.

She knows the pain of working families because she has lived it. She understands the needs of society’s most downtrodden, because she serves them every day as a nurse. When Ferguson burned, she answered the call and stood tall on the front lines against police violence. She’s the perfect person to represent St. Louis because she is St. Louis.

She’s yours.

But Cori isn’t just our first official candidate. She’s yours. At the start of our nomination drive, you recommended Cori in droves. Over and over again during our vetting process, we were impressed with the passion people have for Cori; and after getting to know her, we firmly agree that it’s a passion well-placed.

While Cori’s just the first of the many candidates we will be running in the 2018 midterm elections, she’s a strong representation of what’s to come:

She puts people first — As a nurse, she’s been a first-hand witness to community health struggles: “We have patients who don’t even realize they are getting better because they are so stressed about how they will be able to get the resources in the future.“

She believes in her community — Cori believes in fighting to create thousands of jobs in St. Louis, not fighting to save 1 job in DC. That’s why she’s committed to bringing renewable energy jobs to St. Louis, even if the refining and fossil fuel industry attacks her for it.

She’s not afraid to speak the truth — Cori believes the role of government is to support, not control. That’s why she wants to break the school-to-prison pipeline, create educational standards on-par with other nations, pass Medicare For All and make the federal income tax fairer for the middle-class.

She’s struggled and lived the real American experience — While taking care of two young children, working and going to nursing school, she lived out of her car. You won’t find a DC politician of any part who’s faced the stigma of homelessness. Because she knows first-hand how expensive being poor is, you can trust Cori to protect social support programs, remove barriers to housing and increase funding for job training.

Cori, like all of our candidates, will challenge the status quo of American politics. They’ll be attacked as unprepared by Establishment Democrats and soft by Republicans — but so what? We will be defined by ourselves, our actions and our commitment to the people.


anonymous asked:

Initially I was hesitant about Sh!ro wearing eyeliner hc because on one hand finally an Asian with obvious monolids that's not exaggerated in a cartoon but on the other yeah screw the gender binary until I remembered that the west has a problem with feminizing Asian men little did I know antis would erase that worry for me by calling Sh1ro white passing or she1th yaoi or brog@nes

Most people in this fandom claim to advocate for POC but then they go and call Asian characters “pale”… A+ Activism.

I’ve seen someone call the crew racist because “not all Asians have monolids” even though it was established in the first episode of Season 1 that Shiro is Japanese.

OP then replied by saying “Well the team is full of white ppl what did you expect” (the post is here: x)

So let’s take a closer look at this. Here we have the producers:

And this is the animation team for V/ld (here’s Studio Mir’s official website: x)

You’d think you can trust east-Asian people to draw east-Asian characters. But of course the White American Teenagers™ in this fandom are experts on racism and everyone else has to adopt their views… smh

Because two Asian characters who know each other well just have to be related.

And them calling romantic Sheith “Yaoi” just proves that they do, in fact, think that mlm relationships between Asian men are a fetish, and then accuse others of having that mindset. Like they don’t even entertain the idea that some people just aren’t fucking racist.

Steve’s Reasons

In Captain America Civil War I have issues with how Steve Rogers position was framed.

There’s two different framing’s for his motivation in the movie. 

Framing 1 a moral good (Aka the Bullshit framing)

Steve Rogers, national icon, and American hero is willing to fight 117 governments for the sake of individual rights, and his right to protect people. He does not trust corrupt politicians like the WSC to control his actions, and believes it is his right to operate internationally without oversight. 

Framing 2 a personal need (Aka the only framing I accept)

Steve Rogers, the man out of time, has just lost the last connection to a world that died while he was asleep. He is completely lost in the new century, and is clinging to a newly discovered James ‘Bucky’ Barnes as the only link to his past. 

Due to his mental state, Steve prioritizes Bucky’s needs over the needs of the world, and worked to save his best friend, out of a desperate desire to hang onto his own past. In order to do this he opposed the Accords.

This is understandable, however it is not a good defense for his actions, what Steve did in fighting 117 countries was wrong. His reasons are understandable, but ultimately irrelevant in the face of the consequences of his actions. 

Advice for Studying Abroad in France

This is mostly targeted towards Americans (as I’m an American who studied abroad in France though much of this advice can be universal)

Two years ago, I had the best semester of my life studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, Fr. I’ve compiled a list of things I learned throughout the whole trip and hopefully they will help you out, whether you’ll be there for a week or a year. Hold on tight because this post is a long one.

Preparing for your trip

Prescriptions: Call your health insurance company and get approved for an advance of a 90 day supply of whatever prescriptions you’re on. Odds are you will not be able to easily refill abroad so it’s best to take a long-term supply with you. 

Banking: Now that the days of travelers checks are over, you’ll need to figure out how you will be handling your money while abroad. Swiping a credit or debit card in another currency will result in a currency exchange fee for every swipe and every ATM withdrawal will not only have the exchange fee, but also the fee for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank. Certain banks have international locations/affiliates, find out who has locations in the area you will be in and talk to a bank representative about setting up a simple account so you can avoid losing money unnecessarily. 
Bank of America has an agreement with BNP and Barclays, HSBC say’s it’s “banking globally” but it’s mostly business banking and not for individual accounts. 

Applying for your visa: If you’re in a position like me, the closest consulate is 9 and a half hours away so getting everything right is critical. Bring a ridiculous number of copies of all the documents they require, the consulate will not print or photocopy anything for you but they will recycle extras so better to be on the safe side. Paperclip all you papers together and put them in a manila envelope so nothing falls out. Double, no triple check you have everything because the consulate gets busy in the summer as people prepare for trips and it’s hard to get a second chance. 

Process Documents ASAP: If your trip is anything like mine, you will have to be accepted into your study abroad school, present the acceptance and a processing fee to Campus France so that you can be allowed to pay for your visa. It’s dumb and annoying and I’m sorry but there’s no way around it. Because there’s so much document processing, start the process immediately. If you don’t even have a passport, the whole thing will take two to three months to get the passport, CampusFrance and visa. 

Course Credit Approval: If you are responsible for the choice of courses and their transfer credit equivalents, do this before you go abroad instead of after. Getting transcripts is a hassle, don’t make it worse by risking the chance that your school won’t even accept some of the credits. 

Choosing your classes: Keep in mind that when studying abroad, the emphasis is on the abroad. Don’t try to give yourself the same courseload you would back at home. Employers and Universities are fully aware that studying abroad is less about the studying and they don’t care. Give yourself a schedule that will allow you plenty of free time to explore and travel because that’s what this is all about anyway, being able to live in a totally new environment and not being scared to step out of your comfort zone.

Packing your bags

Pack light and leave room: Fashion in France is way different than in the United States in the sense that they have the tendency to own a few good items that can be worn different ways rather than having many lower quality items. Pack a bag that’s too large, that way you’ll have room for the things you buy abroad and won’t have to face a midnight purge the night before your flight home. Bring a few staple items, enough for about 10 days. Leave the t-shirts and leggings behind. A chef who moved from San Francisco to Paris said it best when it comes to Parisian clothing 

“I knew I was Parisian not when I arrived in Paris, or when I got annoyed with tourists, no, it was when I changed out of my pyjamas into ironed, creased pants and a shirt just so I could take my trash out”

 Here are some things you should make sure to include in your luggage:

  • 1-2 active outfits for days when you get the chance to hike, play sports or even long travel days
  • 1 nice outfit:  a good dress/shirt and slacks if you’re a dude. This is in the event that a nice dinner or event is organized for you
  • 1 pair of nice shoes to go with that nice outfit you brought
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 2-3 pairs of jeans. Shorts aren’t too common in France, bring a couple pairs of jeans, you’ll notice people wear them even in the summer as it doesn’t get nearly as hot in France as it does in some parts of the USA. 
  • A few shirts/blouses
  • A scarf or two-the French love scarves, even the boys
  • 1-2 cardigans/jackets
  • 1 pair of crappy flip flops for the beach if you’re near one and for walking around a hostel/showering in a hostel
  • 1 pair of boots if you’ll be there in the winter/rainy season

This isn’t a complete list, but I think it’s a good start. Obviously you tweak it as much as you need depending on your style. 

Clothes aren’t the only thing you’ll bring, make sure you also have these items in your luggage

  • a journal, even if you don’t journal, start. It’s so much fun to read through old travel journals and relive some of those fun memories
  • adaptors for your electronics. You probably won’t need more than 2
  • travel-size toiletries for traveling while you’re abroad-or if you have a 6 hour layover in Munich and you’ve already been flying for 15 hours and desperately want to brush your teeth.
  • 1 box of compact tampons-the variety kind or whatever size you need. Most tampons in France are non-applicator and idk about you but that’s just uncomfortable. Just take them out of the box and put them in a bag or scatter them around your luggage to save space. Better yet, if you’re on birth control, certain types allow you to skip your period so if that’s a route you want to take, contact your doctor and see if that’s a safe option for you.
  • deodorant: Most deodorant in Europe is the spray on kind and is usually just deodorant and not antiperspirant, this is one of the few toiletries that I would advise bringing. You can buy toothpaste, shampoo, soap etc while you’re there so don’t worry about packing those.
  • a planner. It will safe your life when organizing trips.
  • A scan-proof wallet/purse. This is for protection against pickpockets with scanners. They don’t need to steal your card anymore, they can discreetly hold up a device that takes your information through your wallet or purse unless you have one that prevents this. 
  • A luggage scale. On your way home you’re going to be tired and distressed from packing and leaving all these cool places and people behind. Don’t add to your stress by having an overweight bag, have a scale and use it to keep your weights under 50 lbs. 
  • A gift for your host family. It should be somewhat representative of your hometown/region. I’m from Kansas so I brought my host mom a wine glass and tea towel that had sunflowers on it (little did I know Provence was also known for sunflowers but w/e). 
  • One book or magazine in your native language. If you are doing the trip as a means of learning/improving a foreign language you will be exhausted by the end of the day. It’s insane how tiring immersion is for the first few weeks. One treat you can give yourself is having one book or magazine in your native language. I can’t tell you how many times I read about Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress but I can tell you it was nice to have just a moment of English at the end of a long day.

Once you are abroad…

Prepare to be treated unfairly. You’re the American, to them, you represent all of America which means you represent a country where a candidate named “Deez nutz” pulled and Donald Trump is a presidential nominee. Always be polite, and take everything with a grain of salt. 

Stay away from Americans: It is so easy to stick with other Americans during your trip. It’s comforting and familiar but that’s not what you’re there for. Challenge yourself to be totally immersed by associating with French people. 

It’s hard to make Friends in France: They have different views about friendship. In the United States, we make friends quickly but they can be dropped quickly too. In France, friendship takes a long time to form but once it is formed, it lasts forever. Don’t be discouraged if it seems like people you thought were good friends seem distant from you. It’s not being rude, it’s just how they treat friendship.

Don’t buy water at a restaurant. It’s not free. Be French, drink wine. 

Public restrooms don’t exist. Sure, there are some little box things in tourist areas where you can pay a euro to pee but those are weird and gross. Just learn to hold it because you can’t just walk into a grocery store or restaurant and expect to find a restroom. If it’s an emergency, American fast food restaurants are your best bet though you may have to pay like 10 cents to use those. 

Save money for experiences. Sure going out is fun but I promise it’s not the end of the world if you skip a night or two of clubbing so you can save money for a nice meal. A nice, expensive meal is way more memorable than a night where you don’t remember what happened from 1:00 AM-4:00 AM.

Going out abroad

Go out with a group of people. I repeat, GO OUT WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE. Never go out alone. You are vulnerable, you are the friendly, trusting American. People will take advantage of that. Stick with your group the entire night. If you’re a boy, make sure you see any girls you were with go into their apartments before you leave for yours. 

French men are fiends. The general idea is that American girls are easy. They will hound you in a club, another reason why you need to always be with a group.

No doesn’t really mean no. That whole “fiend” thing? I’m serious about that. No doesn’t mean no to French men, it just means try again. The chase is what they’re about. They’ll follow you around the bar all night unless someone else steps in. I’m being serious, one time, a guy followed me out of a bar, down a street that was packed full of people and to my group of friends. He didn’t believe that I had a boyfriend/probs didn’t care until one of the guys I was with lied to him and told him he was my boyfriend, and that wasn’t even enough. I had to make out with this friend in front of my French admirer and even then, it took him about 5 more minutes to leave. The lesson here is, don’t even respond to them. They’ll tell you you’re beautiful, they’ll start a seemingly innocent conversation but there’s always a motive and they’re very determined. 

Don’t be the loud, drunk American. We have a very drunk friendly culture here in America. If someone has had too much, we’ll help them out, we’ll call an uber or set them up on the couch to sleep it off. Be sure to be responsible while you drink and don’t expect strangers to help you out. They’ll leave you in a bush across the street (this happened to one of my classmates). 

Be SUPER careful about drugs. Maybe you like to smoke, maybe you’re a fan of clubbing with your friend Molly. Before you get crazy, be aware of the laws. Some places are insanely strict about drugs while others are more lax. The last thing you want is to get caught and face a judge that hates Americans. Also, if you’re buying from anyone, don’t. Not unless you know them extremely well and have no reason not to trust them. While I was visiting Amsterdam there was a problem with dealers giving people heroin and saying it was Molly. 

Traveling while abroad

Take buses and trains. Sure flights are quicker but they’re more expensive. Trains and buses are great ways to travel in Europe and they’re way cheap. 

Hit up the grocery stores. Don’t put yourself in a position to have to eat out for every meal, that really adds up. Pick a night or two during your little excursion to eat out and use grocery stores for the rest.

Ask locals where to eat. TripAdvisor is good but it’s heavily influenced by American reviews and tourist locations. Ask people in the bus/train stations, people working at your hostel or even someone on the street where to go to get a good meal. People love showing off their country and will be happy to recommend a bomb place. 

Print two copies of tickets if you can. This means any bus/train tickets you order online or even museum/sightseeing tickets. Don’t be like me and leave your Parc Guel ticket in the hostel and have to sit on a bench for an hour while your friends see an amazing work of art. 

Only bring a backpack when traveling. Wheeling luggage through metros is a hassle and makes you a target for pickpocketing. 

Don’t think you have to go where everyone else is going. If you’re comfortable traveling alone, do it. Some of my best times abroad were the days I just said “fuck it“ and hopped on a bus to another city. Be extra careful though and only do this if you feel comfortable.

If anyone looks sketchy, they are. Hindsight is 20/20 and you don’t want to find out too late that the shady looking girl on the metro just swiped your wallet. We’re not used to pickpockets in the US so you have to be extra careful while abroad. Don’t cause a scene-speaking loudly in English on the metro, carry a fanny pack and wear socks+berks. We know what tourists look like, don’t bring attention to yourself by looking/acting like one because you will be targeted. 

Keep your important things in a place where pick pockets can’t get them. That means also separating things. Spread the important things out so that if a pick pocket does get something, they won’t get everything.

Make an effort to know how to say a few things in the language of the country you are going to (if you don’t already speak that language). People from the Czech Republic know that not everyone speaks Czech but it’s a nice gesture if you give them a little dobry den before you ask for help, they’ll probably be even more helpful to you if you do!

Coming Home

That luggage scale I told you to pack will save your life.

Put all your heavy items in your carry-on since it does not have weight restrictions. That way you can fit more things in your checked luggage and keep it under weight.

Wrap breakable things up in clothes and make sure they are tightly packed in your suitcase. If you’re extra worried they’ll break and they are things you can bring onto the plane (i.e. not liquids) then put them in your carry-on if you can. 

Leave behind anything you don’t care about to make room for the stuff you bought abroad. You can give them to your school if they’re things you bought just for the trip and now some other future student can use them. If you have a terrible host mom like I did, just leave them in her house so she can deal with them.

American customs takes forever, I know you’re ready to be home but just anticipate standing in line and rechecking your bag.

Once you’re home, people will want to hear all about your trip and I know you’re excited to tell the stories. You have about a month or so to just word-vomit on people. After that, no one cares and would actually prefer it if you kept your mouth shut. Stories beginning with “Well, when I was in France…” Get really old for people who haven’t been able to study abroad. If you can’t keep your mouth shut, find other people who are recently back from abroad because you’ll understand each others pain in just wanting to word vomit every single story.

That’s all I can think of for now. Add on any of your own and message me any questions you might have! I’m happy to help :)

prettypunkprincess  asked:

""we thought no one would yell at us for using them" is basically what you just said" NO, what was said was, "These people thought they were in a safe place to joke around with friends and people that they could trust until you immature, hateful, snarky, condescending children showed up" I'm multiracial (mainly black and Native American) and a lesbian, and I say faggot and nigga a whole helluva lot. What antis don't seem to understand is that people who are friends wish some one who... (1/2)

is, (i.e: disabled in any way, or is of a certain ethnicity) or ID’s with something (i.e: a lesbian or gay man or just in general Queer) KNOWS the boundaries of said person. My non-black friends know they can’t say nigga around me, but they know they can call me lesbo, fag, etc. because by ALL FUCKING MEANS! I’M GAY, PLEASE ADRESS ME AS SUCH! And I know to some people that’s offensive, but people are aware of the places they can say certain things freely (i.e: the KS server) (2/?) there’s more..
If you have a problem with something, and it’s in your power to avoid it, what do you do? You AVOID it. There is NO reason what so ever ANYONE should be attacking ANYONE that was on that server, now I don’t agree with the Lolicon that was there, it kind of creeped me out, but at the same time, It’s not Illegal. You know what I’m going to do? I’m not going to go to the rooms with the Lolicon pictures. Why? Because it makes me uncomfortable. Makes sense right? RIGHT! (3/?) 
The phrase “The more intense the show is, the more mellow the fandom is” really is true in some cases. Most of the people who like KS, not the teenage girls and women who fetishize gay men and abuse, the people who have been abused in some way shape or form. Those people, from what I’ve seen, and how I feel about KS myself, don’t like it because “It’s the hot new yaoi manga that has a really hot possessive gay guy in it.” (3?/?)
No, it’s a very well written piece of fiction that depicts physical, emotional and psychological abuse. It’s something that isn’t real, something that someone who’s gone through these things can relate to without knowing someone whos been through the same thing because I can tell you, I absolutely HATE the idea of someone going through what I went through as a child, and it took me so long to realize that befriending people who have been through what I have is good for both of us… (4/?)
But, that doesn’t apply to everyone. There are plenty of people who don’t want to make friends, they want to work it out themselves, maybe with a professional, and you know what that’s okay. I didn’t want friends who had as much pain as I did up until a year ago. I found solace in the pain and struggles of fictitious characters, I felt like someone knew what I was going through, without having to actually having to experience it, and for someone as empathetic as me,… (5/?)
it was amazing. “Someone” understood me, but no one I knew had to suffer for me to feel understood. That was a much healthier comparison than insinuating that someone who may have been raped or molested as a child is the same thing as an animated girl based off of a culture (the culture it was derived from) where the term “Loli” means cute. You saying that “Loli” is CP is you calling the rape of a child cute,…(5/6)
it’s you totally disregarding the fact that it’s original and proper use is when referring to fashion, and close mindedly sticking to the improper judgment that Loli= CP, which it does not. And honestly, if you actually do some research, the anime characters you classify as children are usually characters that are simply undeveloped women that are 18 and older. Which, by the way, is a thing in Japan. Have you seen some of their women?

Phew! Hope it felt good to get that all out!

I recommend people reading this, it’s a great rant, and really shows how not all individuals think alike despite being parts of certain groups, and they are all valid.
Also they make super great points like, girl,

Originally posted by stupjam

anonymous asked:

About Fake News: Even before Trump won in 2016 and before he called news Fake News, Journalists were already barely more respected then Lawyers. (Link 1: salon 2013 07 13 poll journalists only slightly more respected than lawyers partner. Link 2: news gallup poll 185927 americans-trust-media-remains-historical-low). So just solely blaming Trump (though he is a fault for a lot of things) for people jumping on the "Fake News" train is ignoring the bigger problem of overall lack of faith in news.

first off: 

Link One and Link Two

Both are solid articles, though I try not to link to Salon lately because it’s seen as swinging pretty hard left. However, still a good article, and thank you for sending sources. 

Now then: I entirely agree. 

We have been making fun of CNN for years for their excessive banners and countdowns and grandstanding. Jon Stewart mocked them through his entire run of The Daily Show. He also mocked the hell out of Fox News for the rampant lying. Really, Jon Stewart just mocked the hell out of MSM in general.

Because clickbait is such a marketing strategy, even AP and TIME and Reuters will post things that are inflammatory just to get attention.  However, this isn’t new. Back when there were homeless kids selling newspapers on the streets, they would use the same tricks, hyperbolizing the stories to get sales. 

Humans like stories, and we are weak for anything that grabs our interest. (If you want to see a history of Fake News, all the way back to the 1400s, Politico has got you covered.) We always like the sensationalist headlines, and teaching people to think critically about what they read/see/retweet is a huge problem. It should start early, elementary school, and kids should be taught how to identify when something is lying to them. 

So yes, Fake news has a long and storied history. 

Here’s why I consider Trump on another level:

He won’t admit it isn’t real. 

Fox News will release very quiet corrections. CNN fired the reporters that got something wrong. Buzzfeed will tag corrections on articles. Even your high school buddy might post a thing saying ‘whoops, turns out raving vampiric millennials didn’t slaughter an entire town like I was saying yesterday, my bad.’

Trump doesn’t do that. He gets called out on a lie, and sidesteps. The closest he gets to it is ‘people are saying’ or ‘people have told me’ or ‘that’s what I’ve heard’. That isn’t admitting the lie. That’s letting people hear what they want to hear. 

Everyone falls for fake news from time to time. It happens. 

Donald Trump uses it maliciously. He does it in a way that makes Fox News seem trustworthy. He is either unaware of the lies, or unbothered by them. Either one is horrifying. He is the President of the United States and he revels in the kind of stories that show up on supermarket tabloids.

anonymous asked:

About Fake News: Even before Trump won in 2016 and before he called news Fake News, Journalists were already barely more respected then Lawyers. (Link 1: salon 2013 07 13 poll journalists only slightly more respected than lawyers partner. Link 2: news gallup poll 185927 americans-trust-media-remains-historical-low). So just solely blaming Trump (though he is a fault for a lot of things) for people jumping on the "Fake News" train is ignoring the bigger problem of overall lack of faith in news.

I agree.

Captain America vol 1 (start date 1968), issue #181 (published 1975)

Art by Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott

Nomad November Day 4, Nomad # 1: Steve Rogers

Almost immediately, ordinary people decided to step in and fill the gap as Captain America, either to prove that they could or to continue in Steve’s honor. None could sustain the Cap identity for long.

When Steve’s trust in the American government was profoundly broken, he walked away from being Captain America. It was the first time in comics history that a hero rejected his previous identity and reinvented himself.


Pairing: Alexander Hamilton x Reader (Modern AU because I want to)

Word Count: 1,004.

Writing Prompts: #3 “I wish you never trusted me.” #13 “Do you think I liked hurting you?” #14 “I hurt people. It’s all I’m good at.”

Warnings: Hateful and degrading terms towards a woman and like, 4 bad words?

A/N: Uhhhhhhh, this took forever to get out? I’m so so so sorry, I’ve been crazy busy :(. JUst tell me if you’d like to be tagged in my fics! Feel free to leave fic requests in my inbox, it’s always open! xx

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           As the rain poured down your windows, the tears poured down your face. There you were, slumped in the corner of the home you once shared with your true love. No, who you thought was your true love. Turns out he was just someone who broke your heart with barely a wisp of an apology. Was it because of you? Was it your fault? Were you not good enough? Those thoughts swirled through your head over and over again, not giving you any escape.

           You gave him everything you had. Your time. Your compassion. Your love. Your secrets. Your trust. Your heart. You gave it all to him. Now all you had was a bottle of gin and soaking-wet clothes, courtesy of the thunderstorm outside. There you sat, shivering. Crying. Blaming yourself for what went wrong, though deep inside you couldn’t decipher whose fault it was.

           “I can’t believe it”, you mumbled to no one but yourself. You stumbled to your feet, never letting go of your bottle, the only thing you had left. “I gave him months of my life. YEARS! I wasted YEARS on him!” you yelled aloud, while wildly swinging your other hand in the air. “I gave him all of me for him to what? Throw it all away on some-some slut? Some skank that was just begging to open her up legs for him? He threw away my love for a damn whore!” 

           You stopped your rampage for a moment, letting your words sink in. “It’s all his fault. Not hers.” You slid your back down the wall again, then took a large gulp from your bottle. Sighing, you stared off into space and recalled the day your heart shattered.

           You two were cuddled up in bed together. This was a day you could only dream of, your boyfriend of 2 years was always so busy. He had finally taken a short break from his “Debt Plan from Hell”, as he called it. As he was running his hands through your hair, he complained about that “macaroni-eating-idiot Jefferson”.

           “Mhmm. He’s a real jerk and we both know it.” You said, as you scrolled through Twitter. You were scrolling through your timeline when you saw that lots of your followers were tagging you in a tweet Maria Reynolds had posted. Not bothering to check it yet, you told your boyfriend, “huh, a girl named Maria Reynolds posted something and everyone is tagging me.” 

           Suddenly you felt Alexander’s hand being yanked out of your hair. “It’s probably just a fan post, there’s no need to check it.” He said, as he attempted to snatch your phone away from you. You skillfully yanked it away from his grasp. “Nonsense. If it’s a fan post, even better! I love those ones people do of us togeth…” you stopped mid-sentence, as all you could see on your screen was “@mariareyyy: another fun night with @alexisalwaysright! 😋😘💘😌💘🙈😏💋💏😉💘🔥👌😊💋😻🙌

           You were stunned. “WHAT-WHAT IS THIS?” you yelled, your temper increasing faster than your voice did. “It’s nothing baby, I swear!” Alexander said, as he attempted to grab your arm to comfort you. You ripped your arm away before he even could grab it. “It sure looks like something to me!” you exclaimed, your adrenaline pumping. “Were you cheating on me? Answer me!” There was utter silence between the two of you, quiet enough to hear your heart shatter. “Yes.” Was all Alex mumbled. The coward couldn’t even look you in the eyes.

           “I trusted you! I trusted you and you go and cheat on me with some side chick?! Is that all I’m worth to you? Huh? Alexander Hamilton! Look at me when I’m talking to you!” He slowly looked at you, guilt written all over his face. “I wish you never trusted me.” “Really? That’s all you have to say? Some angsty crap? No apology?” by this point, the tears you had tried so hard to hide were pouring down your face. 

           “I TRUSTED YOU! I LOVED YOU! I GAVE YOU EVERYTHING I COULD AND YOU GO AND THROW IT ALL AWAY! …you’ve broken me, Alexander. You’ve shattered my heart and hurt me to my core. How dare you.” Alexander finally spoke. “Do you think I liked hurting you? Huh? Do you think I wanted this? I hurt people. It’s all I’m good at. It’s all I’ve ever done. It’s all I’ll ever do. I’m sorry, Y/N.” At this point, you were both just staring at each other, your eyes boring into his. After what felt like a lifetime, you spat “go to hell, Alexander. And take Maria with you. Get out of my house, now.”

           That night, you got drunker than you even had before. You did it the night after that. And the night after that. That’s how you ended up sobbing up against your wall, the same thing you’d been doing for the past few days.

           You started softly singing to yourself, the only thing you knew to do to silence the loud voices in your head. “I saved every letter you wrote me, from the minute I read them, I knew you were mine. You said you were mine. I thought you were… mine. Do you know what my all of my friends said when they saw your first letter arrive? They said, ‘be careful, Y/N. He will do what it takes to survive’.” You couldn’t continue. You finished your bottle. “You were my true love, Alexander,” you whispered to yourself. “I hope that you burn.”

anonymous asked:

There are these "activists" boasting about how like 1 in 5 American transpeople served/ will have served in the military at one point in their lives and these are people that say we shouldn't label the group as violent. I don't trust anything with a dick that has been in the military. In my mind it is best I assume the are like Manning and want to beat up Dykes. Military boosts male violence. Like what the fuck. Don't brag about 20% being military.

You’d think someone would want to do a study about why so many men coming out of the military are unstable and wanting a new identity… 

hello -

if you decide to read on you’ll encounter racism, sexism, misogyny, poverty, and injustice. if you do not decided to read on, i will never judge you or hate you for it. we each have to decide how much we can bear.

there are sure to be a lot of triggering things in here, but i don’t know how best to tag them. if anyone has any suggestions, i’d welcome them.

thank you!

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Reminder: Even before Trump won in 2016 and before he called news "Fake News", Journalists were already barely more respected then Lawyers. (Link 1: salon 2013 07 13 poll journalists only slightly more respected than lawyers partner. Link 2: news gallup poll 185927 americans-trust-media-remains-historical-low). So just solely blaming Trump (though he is a fault for a lot of things) for people jumping on the "Fake News" train is ignoring the bigger problem of overall lack of faith in news.

Yes, people didn’t trust the media, but Trump capitalized on that distrust and fear and validated it, and put it into words. The fear was there, but Trump weaponized it and used it against the truth to create this environment that we are in now, where facts don’t matter and reality is in the eye of the beholder.

anonymous asked:

About Fake News: Even before Trump won in 2016 and before he called news Fake News, Journalists were already barely more respected then Lawyers. (Link 1: salon 2013 07 13 poll journalists only slightly more respected than lawyers partner. Link 2: news gallup poll 185927 americans-trust-media-remains-historical-low). So just solely blaming Trump (though he is a fault for a lot of things) for people jumping on the "Fake News" train is ignoring the bigger problem of overall lack of faith in news.

Oh yes. Without a doubt. And for good reason. 

Journalists lean heavily liberal; have for quite some time. It’s why we see so many outlets like NYT, CNN, WaPo, MSNBC and their ilk act the way they do. They’re just regurgitating their own deeply held Marxist beliefs. I know. I rubbed elbows with plenty of their types back in college in the 80s. Every journalist I knew was a lefty if not an anarchist at heart. Very anti-Establishment, the lot of them. 

Also remember that journalism has been infested with CIA for a long time, too, here in the U.S. and around the world. See: https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-cia-and-the-media-50-facts-the-world-needs-to-know/5471956

Related posts in The Catalog:

See all posts with tag “advocacy journalism”: http://catalogingthedeclineofthewest.tumblr.com/tagged/advocacy-journalism

anonymous asked:

About Fake News: Even before Trump won in 2016 and before he called news Fake News, Journalists were already barely more respected then Lawyers. (Link 1: salon 2013 07 13 poll journalists only slightly more respected than lawyers partner. Link 2: news gallup poll 185927 americans-trust-media-remains-historical-low). So just solely blaming Trump (though he is a fault for a lot of things) for people jumping on the "Fake News" train is ignoring the bigger problem of overall lack of faith in news.

The “fake news” term was created by the establishment, Trump didn’t create the term, he just rubbed their faces in it. :) folks in alternative media were pleased that such a hypocritical move backfired on the MSM so deliciously.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Reminder: Even before Trump won in 2016 and before he called news "Fake News", Journalists were already barely more respected then Lawyers. (Link 1: salon 2013 07 13 poll journalists only slightly more respected than lawyers partner. Link 2: news gallup poll 185927 americans-trust-media-remains-historical-low). So just solely blaming Trump (though he is a fault for a lot of things) for people jumping on the "Fake News" train is ignoring the bigger problem of overall lack of faith in news.

Well pal, seeing as this blog is almost entirely quotes from a book published in 1949, I think it’s fairly obvious that I agree these dynamics have been in place for a long time???

But, much as it pains me, Trump is president now. So we can talk about him if it’s relevant.

Also, it’s really not about the news or the trust in the news, and to focus on that is to miss the point. The rewriting of the news is nowhere near the most dystopian part of 1984. The thing that is really scary—the thing that Orwell captures so well—is the way we eventually say “2+2=5″ or “I love Big Brother.”

anonymous asked:

Reminder: Even before Trump won in 2016 and before he called news "Fake News", Journalists were already barely more respected then Lawyers. (Link 1: salon 2013 07 13 poll journalists only slightly more respected than lawyers partner. Link 2: news gallup poll 185927 americans-trust-media-remains-historical-low). So just solely blaming Trump (though he is a fault for a lot of things) for people jumping on the "Fake News" train is ignoring the bigger problem of overall lack of faith in news.


What is Wrong with Who Watches the Watchers?

I love Star Trek, I really do, but I think this episode really shows that the interpretation of the whole Prime Directive is off. Whether it’s by the characters or the writers, it just goes past the good intentions into offensive imperialistic ideas. The Next Generation’s season 3 episode Who Watches the Watchers is the best example of this. 

So let me break it down for you. Why is this episode so frustrating to me? Mostly it revolves around this right here.

This is the duck blind that the “anthropologists” use to study the Mintakans. Thing is, apparently, this is a common anthropological method in the Federation. This is implied from what Geordi says in like, the fourth line in the entire episode.

“A hologram generator. Oh, a duck blind. Right. They’re anthropologists.”

And that’s troubling. Why? Because most modern cultural anthropologists prefer other methods of data collection, particularly participant observation. Participant observation is when the anthropologist goes and lives with the group of people, noting their experiences with them. This is such an effective method because it allows for hands-on work with the people. You can talk to them, ask them questions, but also work, eat, and sleep like they do. The point is to understand their perspective of the world in order to get a sense of why they do the things they do. If you’re just watching from afar, you get none of that intimate experience. These anthropologists seem to want to avoid contact at all costs. It baffles me! There is so much information that you’re missing out on! Why are they hiding themselves away from the Mintakans? 

I would almost forgive them if their reason was to avoid the natural interviewee bias (not sure of the exact term at the moment if there even is one). Basically when you interview someone, you can’t actually be 100% confident that what they tell you is the exact truth. They could either be intentionally deceiving you and telling you what they think you want to hear, or be doing so subconsciously by giving you an idealized version of the truth. But as an anthropologist, you are supposed to take this into account. By spending time with the people, you minimize the first as you gain their trust. As for the second, it’s actually an interesting area of study in itself to compare what they say and what you see. It gives a good look into what their values as a society are.

But I know that’s not what these anthropologists are avoiding. They want to avoid violating the Prime Directive. What exactly is the Prime Directive?

You know? That’s a damn good question.

As Archer put it, there needed to be a directive to spell out how you can and can’t interact with alien species (clearly meaning the Prime Directive), but until that was made “I’m going to have to remind myself every day that we didn’t come out here to play God.“ 

For a directive that is so often used and referred to and held to so high a reverence, I haven’t actually seen much of actual text of it in canon. However, I was able to dig up something said in TAS episode The Magicks of Megas-Tu as far as official phrasing goes: “No starship may interfere with the normal development of any alien life or society.” Sounds simple, but apparently it’s actually pretty complicated as well because as of Voyager, it has at least 47 sub-orders. As far as I’m aware, these aren’t then listed, but they would assuredly follow the same philosophy, one that is derived from an anthropological perspective.

The anthropological perspective means that every culture, now matter how different it is from your own, is just as valid as your own. This means that other cultures may have different values and customs that are neither better nor worse than yours, just different. This is also the basis for the Prime Directive. As the Federation is its own collection of cultures, it has no right to just impose its set of values on new ones they encounter. It is for this reason it is often referred to as the Non-Interference Directive

But it is often misused. Not by the characters exactly, but by the writers. Moral dilemmas are often an intriguing and engrossing way of creating conflict in a story. However, it can be really hard to pull off because the writers know the solution already. It may not be the right or wrong choice, but for the character(s) to make it, it must be right for them to make it. Usually this also means we as the audience are supposed to believe they made the right choice because they writers want us to root for the character unless this is something the character(s) involved are going to learn a lesson on. That exception however, can’t happen every single time. It just isn’t sustainable in a long series or franchise like Star Trek is. But when you have a lot of potential moral dilemmas, how can you be sure to pick the “correct” choice as a writer that your audience will be on board with?

You instead create a false moral dilemma. This is when a situation is presented and treated as a moral dilemma, but really isn’t. That way you get all of the tension of the debate and discussion, but little risk of doing the wrong thing because there really wasn’t a big issue. This is how the Prime Directive is used most of the time. The formula is that something bad happens on a planet. Perhaps some crisis involving a natural disaster or something. Then Starfleet gets wind of it then goes through this whole debate of whether or not they should keep these people from dying because by interfering, they are violating the Prime Directive. Then they usually decide to help anyway.

As an anthropologist, you’re not supposed to interfere. But what it means in that context is that you’re not supposed to just go running around telling people of different cultures that they’re ass-backwards and are doing things wrong and while your way is best way. It doesn’t mean that you just sit there and watch people die because doing so will ruin some abstract sense of purity of culture

That’s playing God.

There’s a few reasons why:

1. It’s highly colonialist thinking. If you see a group of people and decide that you know what’s best for them because you are from a “more advanced” society, that’s colonialist. You are treating this other culture like children who can’t be trusted to make decisions for themselves and that it is up to you to be the adult in the situation and solve it for them without their input or consent. Why are you more qualified to make that choice for them? What gives you the right? That you’re from the Federation? That’s like the USA trying to “civilize” the Native Americans. It’s an extreme example and not like the situations we see in Star Trek, but it is the SAME LINE OF THINKING. 

2. It assumes that culture progresses linearly, a very outdated anthropological idea. You may have heard according to sociocultural evolution that cultures progress from band, tribe, chiefdom, state. These are now only the names of organization sizes/relationships, not stages that go one to another. Sociocultural evolution now refers to a broader sense of how cultures change over time, not necessarily in any particular direction. There are many different theories now on how or why cultures change, but they can all agree that they are always in a state of flux. They might also stay more or less the same for long periods of time, changing in ways we can’t quite recognize. Some might see these people as being “behind the times” or in need of help in some way because they are not “civilized” in the way that we are. No. Again, just because we are different, doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with how or what or why they do things the way they do. To assume that they will follow the same path that Western civilizations took also assumes that we are a goal worth pursuing, that we are at the top right now. Can you see why that can be a major problem despite good intentions? Like, yeah. That alien species might never reach the point of space travel. They might be perfectly fine with that. Is there anything wrong with that? They might have been the way they are for thousands of years and advanced in other ways. Why is that arbitrary criteria something that makes them ineligible for being considered equal to you?

3. It assumes that any interaction will ruin the cultural purity or natural progression of their culture. Goes with the last one. It assumes that your culture is soooo awesome that they will abandon your own just to emulate yours. Thing is it assumes that these people would be willing to just abandon their own cultural norms because you (purposefully or accidentally) shown them the light and error of their ways. Which is really just silly and unrealistic. Yes, they might indeed change parts of their culture. That does happen when two cultures collide. It happens a lot. But is that a bad thing? Can you imagine how much technology and knowledge and other ideas the West has borrowed from other cultures? We literally wouldn’t be where we are today without that cultural diffusion. Yet each of the countries that make up The West are all culturally unique and complex not only between each other, but also the rest of the world. If everyone copied whole-cloth from a single culture that had any good ideas, then the entire Earth would be one damn culture. But it’s not. The reason is that we borrow what we want, and don’t borrow what we don’t like. It’s that goddamn easy. Other cultures made up of sentient beings can do just the same. The only reason they might borrow things they don’t want is if they are forced to. This also goes for things they want to borrow that you, for some reason, don’t want them to. That’s wrong for the reasons I have gone over already. Taking away people’s choice in their own lives for arbitrary reasons is wrong.

4. What do the people want? That’s the main issue. You can hee and haw back and forth all you want about whether it is ethical to intervene, but taking action (or specific inaction) without input at all from the people whose lives you’re affecting, is making a choice on their behalf. You are taking away their autonomy. Their ability to make choices about their own lives. When you do that, you are in fact playing God. If they ask for your help (even if it’s just spit out into the cosmos, distress signal style), that’s all the permission you need. They are explicitly asking for intervention. Plain and simple. If they don’t know if there’s a problem, the moment you notice, it’s your responsibility to figure out if they want your help. If there isn’t time to figure that out, you should assume that they want you to try. It’s a general assumption that might end up being problematic, but most things want to live. However, there is also a flip-side. If they don’t want your help, then you must honor that. Failing to honor that is then breaking the Prime Directive because you are overriding their wishes because you think you know better than they do. That’s hard, but you have to let it go.

So where does that put us in terms of how the Prime Directive is used in Star Trek? Well most of these moral dilemmas come when the main characters are forced to choose whether or not to save the aliens or follow the Prime Directive. In other words, the choice is to save the lives of a sentient race of creatures, or to preserve the purity of their culture, however short lived it now may be. Do you see what the easy choice is now? The writers present this as an extremely difficult debate. They save the aliens if they want their main characters to be shown as heroes, or let them die if they want to give their characters easy drama and sadness or mope about how hard the job is sometimes. 

Bringing it back to the main point, here’s how all of this applies to Who Watches the Watchers. The anthropologists are observing the Mintakans from a duck blind (wrong). The duck blind’s camouflage then fails, allowing for a pair of natives to see the high tech (nothing wrong with that). One of these Mintakans is then injured and has to be saved by the Enterprise which is a big problem (not it isn’t). He is healed, given a memory wipe, and returned to the village (okay but Crusher had to defend her decision to save him). The memory wipe isn’t 100% apparently because he remembers Picard and tells everyone about his experience (nice going). The village interprets Picard as a god (okay this is a problem because you never should want this power dynamic). Also one of the anthropologists is still down there (not a big deal like everyone is making it out to be). After great debate (where the actual phrase “cultural contamination” is used for fuck’s sake), he sends Riker and Troi in disguise to pretend to be from over the mountain to rescue the anthropologist. The villagers debate among themselves about what “The Picard” wants them to do with the anthropologist and now these newcomers (really Riker and Troi did not do a great job). Stuff happens and eventually, after refusing to send a sign to make his wishes known to the Mintakans, Picard beams one of them aboard to show her he isn’t a magical god figure (the one time the Prime Directive is used reasonably albeit in probably not the best way). After he shows her that he cannot prevent people from dying sometimes, she understands that he and his people are just that, people (because she is capable of basic understanding like an actual sentient being who is an adult and not just a large child). Meanwhile, the other Mintakans are about to sacrifice Troi (because sure why not) when he returns the one he beamed aboard AND IS THERE IN PERSON HIMSELF (?????). He convinces them to stop (only after proving he’s mortal by being hit with an arrow because ugh), collects Troi, and fucks off. With the anthropologists. Because apparently now that the Mintakans have been “culturally contaminated” there’s no reason to stay and research them any more despite it being the perfect opportunity to do good ethnographic research. 

Sorry that last paragraph turned into an unorganized rant. I might post that discussion of the Prime Directive in its own post though.