165 days!

The first person I lost was my lover… I cried for 165 days in a row and the first day I didn’t, I felt guilty; as if suffering somehow equated to love and the fact that I hadn’t cried meant I didn’t miss them enough and I never deserved them in the first place…
The next person I lost was my friend… Things happened… things went wrong… It felt like my whole life was falling apart and when all I wanted to do was turn to my best friend… I realized they were gone…
After that I lost my soulmate because I honestly think I lost a part of my soul. I’m not the same person anymore, a part of me is missing and I know I’ll never get it back…
And one day when I’m ready… I will lose one more person to the distant past… One day… I will lose the ghost of those three people. The spectre I see sitting across from me at empty café tables, the one I turn to face at the punchline of every joke, and one I reach for in the within vast emptiness inside myself. One day that ever present shadow will fade away forever like the rest… but not yet. I ‘m not ready to let that last echo fade… I’m still trying to reconcile the loss of the other three because they were all so much to lose…
And I lost them all within a single person.
In honour of Speak Your Language Day : 165 insults and other obscenities “à la française”

Abrutis
Analphabète
Andouille
Âne baté
Archéodendrite 
Arrière-faix de truie ladre !
Avorton
Baltringue
Barjot
Bécasse
Bélître
Blaireau
Bon sang (de bonsoir)
Bordel
Bougre d’âne / d’imbécile / de congre
Branleur
Branquignol / Branquignole
Brise-burnes
Butor
Canaille / Canaillou
Cancrelat
Casse-pieds / couilles / bonbons
Catin
Charogne
Cinglé
Clampin
Con / Conne  
Con comme un balai / un manche / une chaise / la lune / ses pieds…
Conchieur
Connard/ Connasse
Coquebert  ! 
Cornegidouille 
Couillon
Crasspouillard
Crétin (des Alpes)
Crevard 
Crevure
Croupion
Cuistre
Cul-terreux
Décérébré
Dépravé
Diantre
Don Juan de pissotière / en herbe / de pacotille
Ducon
Ecervelé
Ecornifleur
Ectoplasme (purulent)
Emmanché
Emmerdeur
Emplâtre
Enculé
Enculeur de mouches
Enflure
Enfoiré
Engeance débauchée
Face de pet / de rat
Faquin
Félon
Flagorneur 
Flute
Fourbe
Foutre Dieu
Fripouille
Fumier
Garce
Géménée de godinette
Géopyge 
Gibier de potence
Glandeur
Gourde
Gredin
Grigou
Grippeminaud 
Gueux
Guignol
Hérétique
Hurluberlu
Ironie de la création
Ivrogne
Je te conchie !
Jean-foutre
Jocrisse
Malandrin
Malapris
Malotru
Manant
Maquerelle
Maraud
Maroufle
Mauviette
Mécréant
Merdeux
Minable
Mince
Morbleu
Mordious
Mortecouille
Mouton de Panurge
Nodocéphale 
Nom de Dieu / d'un chien
Oiseau de mauvaise augure
Olibrius
Orchidoclaste
Ordure
Ostréipyge 
Palsambleu
Paltoquet
Panoufle
Parbleu
Peau de vache
Pendard 
Péquenaud
Pervers
Pétasse
Philistin
Pignouf
Pimbêche
Piqueniquedouille
Pleutre
Poivrot
Pouf
Poufiasse
Putain (de bordel de merde) !
Pute
Puterelle 
Raclure
Rastaquouère
Rat
Résidu de basse fosse !
Ribaude
Roi des cons
Roublard
Sac à vin / à foutre / à puce
Sacrebleu
Sagouin
Salaud
Sale trogne
Salopiaud
Saperlipopette
Scélérat
Schnok
Sinoque
Sous-merde
Suppôt de Satan 
Ta gueule !
Tartempion
Tartignole
Tas de fumier / de merde
Tocard
Tonnerre de Brest
Triple buse
Triste sire
Trou du cul / de balle
Troufion
Truand
Va nu pieds
Vaurien
Ventre saint-gris
Ventrebleu
Vermine
Vieille baderne / carne
Vieux fossile
Vipère
Zélateur


J’ai un jour de retard je sais, mais j’y ai pensé que ce matin après coup (en même temps c’est French Friday aujourd’hui …). J’ai ce fichier qui traîne dans mon bazar depuis un bout de temps déjà et ce n’est que maintenant que je me dis que c’est une occasion rêvée de le partager et d’en faire profiter tout le monde. Amis francophones de tous les horizons, vous avez naturellement la permission d’ajouter votre contribution à cette liste. 

I’m a day late I know, but it was an afterthought. I had this file somewhere for a while now. It was only this morning that I saw the opportunity to share it. Feel free to contribute to this list.

(◡‿◡✿)

Wonder Woman; 12 days

Spider-Man: Homecoming; 47 days

Thor: Ragnarok; 165 days

Justice League; 180 days

Black Panther; 271 days

New Mutants; 327 days

Avengers: Infinity War; 348 days

Deadpool 2; 376 days

Ant-Man and the Wasp; 411 days

Venom; 502 days

X-Men: Dark Phoenix; 530 days

Aquaman; 579 days

Untitled Fox/Marvel movie; 634 days

Captain Marvel; 656 days

Shazam; 684 days

Untitled Avengers movie; 712 days

Justice League 2; 754 days

Untitled Spider-Man sequel; 774 days

Untitled DC movie; 894 days

Cyborg; 1048 days

Untitled Marvel movie; 1076 days

Green Lantern Corps; 1160 days

Untitled Marvel movie; 1174 days

Untitled Marvel movie; 1265 days

Resident Evil 7 Logic
  • Eveline : If you don't want to be my daddy, then DIE!
  • Ethan : Lol bish look here
  • Eveline : NO NOT THE SYRUM
  • Ethan : No it's math lol
  • Ethan : Three years ago you were about 10 years old. Now you're like 70. So that means you aged 20 years per year.
  • Ethan : 20÷365 and you age about 0.0547945205 years per day
  • Ethan : The average life span of a human is 79 years old so 79-70 and you have 9 "Years" left this current year.
  • Ethan : So that roughly means that within 165 days you would have reached 9.0410958825 "years" .
  • Ethan : Which means that you will pass away on the 14th of June .
  • Ethan : And although Resident Evil 7 : Bioharzard came out in 2016 the events takes place midway 2017.
  • Ethan : So you will die within the next 2 months at most.
  • Eveline : DAMNIT I should have sent that email out earlier
  • Ethan : No bish you should have requested home schooling
There aren’t any more P.S I love yous,
or those overly drawn out voicemails asking if I wanted Chinese food or sushi.
The only reminders I have of you are couch stains from lo mein,
And cavities in my bed where our bodies would be.
We were always intertwined
And now I can’t occupy the space,
The crater that was our collaboration.
All I have left of you,
The only factor that’s growing,
infinitely,
Is the space in between us-
The gap of time between where we once were,
And where we are now.
—  J.DeLissio, Day 165, The Space in Between Us
The 100 S3 Hiatus Diary

Once again, let me present to you a chronicle of our fandom’s most glorious hiatus moments. In truest hyperbole fashion we did not scale back after last year’s already impressive BS recordings. Here’s all the drama we managed to fit into the 257 days between the Season 3 finale on May 19, 2016 and the Season 4 premiere on February 1, 2017:

FYI: Entries are mostly focused on the Twitter fandom unless otherwise noted. Also beware, this diary deliberately generalises from the loud few to the many. 

Day 2: Emma Caulfield of EW writes a *love letter* bashing Bellamy into a verb and adjective. Half of the fandom cackles, other half is ready to “bellamy” her. 

Day 3: Ongoing belittling of Jasper’s PTSD in tandem with outrage from same people that show didn’t depict enough PTSD victims.

Day 6: #GiveBellamyBlakeABoyfriend circulates and is amusingly shared by lovers and haters.

Day 7: Kass Morgan is confronted with fandom members defacing and even burning her books. Because we are classy.

Day 10: Tumblr heats up when Johnny Depp beating Amber Heard gets compared to how Bellamy treats Clarke. Because bisexuality. Oh yes.

Day 11: Devon zings Harry Styles - and popstars in general - for trying to act. Somewhere Shawn Mendes cries a tear. 

Day 12: The Fandom-is-Broken article hits. Outrage everywhere, while our fandom is like “yup, sounds about right”. 

Day 15: Bob at Phoenix con says Bellamy wouldn’t have sided with Pike had Clarke returned earlier. Somehow he gets hate for that. Still unclear why. Most likely for no reason at all. 

Day 16: More Phoenix con: Bob utters word “YET”, causes avalanche. Emma Caulfield tweets her and Bob’s are besties now. Fandom responds in typical forgiving ways. 

Day 18: Tumblr has Brollexa gaining traction among BCers, the polyamorous turn it into Clexamy. Not appreciated by the CL fandom. Devon tweet-deletes, shits on cast members for making money off cons instead of donating to charity.

Day 21: Eliza and Bob get nominated for Teenchoice TV Chemistry. Disgust in CL fandom as entertaining as surprise in BC fandom. 

Day 23: Fan at Oz Comic Con asks Eliza about Chemistry nomination and gets booed. Bob speaks slloooowwwhhhuuurr to the iddiiiooootttss on twitter. Most likely entirely unrelated. 

Day 24: Eliza gets called fake/lost/drunk by BC fandom for voicing opinions about Bellarke. Beware of having opinions about ships.

Day 25: Bob replies to hate tweet. Backfires into him getting criticised for passive aggressively focusing on negativity only. 

Day 26: First hiatus hack! Eliza’s instagram. Leads to Alycia unfollowing her. Fandom entertained for a while. Plus the gem of someone comparing Lexa’s death to the Orlando shooting.

Day 28: Alycia cancels Brazil con. In a roundabout way it’s Bob’s fault.

Day 31: On the shipping front Bob  & Shampoo compete against Lexa & Bullet. Because why not. 

Day 33: Somehow BC fandom hits jackpot by criticising both Adina and Mike on same day. For not being pro-BC enough. Adina! Mike! 

Day 35: Layne Morgan attacks Ben Batemen for elevating himself to lgbt+ spokesperson. Fanbase first stunned, then divided. 

Day 37: Second hiatus hack! Layne’s phone. Apparently private numbers get leaked, some idiots message Jason’s wife.

Day 41: Third hiatus hack! (@)emiliascara hacks into Marcus Catsaras’ (Alycia’s boyfriend) icloud, finds footage of him cheating. Catsaras deletes his twitter/fb accounts. Because hell has no fury like a riled-up CL fandom.

Day 42: Lindsey jumps in to fight hackers, (@)morleydebnam jokes about hacking Lindsey.

Day 44: Hacker exposed as guy from Toronto (Michael Brand/Bahramian). 

Day 46: CL fandom overruns and impressively wins 9 of 11 E!Online polls. Still peeved over other fandoms bonding and voting against them. 

Day 48: Jarod speaks up after Alton Sterling shooting. Ends with him getting attacked over *representation* issues. 

Day 52: Eliza vs Alycia in Radiotimes quarter finals. Which fosters minor drama.

Day 56: Layne officially disinvited from clexacon. 

Day 57: Some panelists boycott clexacon after Layne’s exit. Meanwhile the gullible have a clickbait-freakout over O killing Bellamy. 

Day 58: Ben Bateman steps back from clexacon allies panel. (@)riserellamy makes it their mission to get all Arryn-haters blocked by Bob. 

Day 59: Eliza talks freely and excessively about Lexa and Clexa at Brazil Con. BC fandom really wishes she wouldn’t. 

Day 60: From the fanfic policing front: Author gets such harsh attacks for writing Lexamy they pull the fic. 

Day 61: S3 DVD is out! Deleted scenes reheat old rage. While Ricky retweets shade about him not being in the bloopers.

Day 62: #OlicityMafiaExposedClexaParty happens. CL fandom first fandom ever to cheat in a poll. 

Day 64: She said “ship”.

Day 65: Whole fandom aflame over the shit/ship debacle. Shit memes everywhere. Aaron doesn’t give a SHIT. Eliza probably avoids her mentions. Tumblr births Bellarke Drags. The best of days.

Day 66: clexasources promotes WB survey asking people to criticise show. Eliza shall be saved by cancellation. 

Day 67: ELSchaaf claims Eliza speaks condescendingly of Bellarke because she’s threatened by Bob’s popularity. Fandom appalled. In conjunction CLs figure out ELSchaaf is involved with Unity Days. 

Day 68: ELSchaaf on tumblr rampage, invites haters to call her names at con in person. Unity Days reacts swiftly and removes ELSchaaf. 

Day 70: Bellarke Shit necklace sparks controversy. 

Day 73: Wizard Con: Marie says Clarke has *nappy* hair which Eliza laughs at. Racism outrage in some fandom corners. 

Day 75: Jason’s SDCC talk about bi-Clarke getting “with everyone” resurfaces. Not the most well received. clexasources deactivates after Bob+Eliza photo post leads to attacks by followers.  

Day 78: Supposed insider troll Jason Blue stirs up rumour drama of Octavia dying. 

Day 82: Bellarke fanart repurposed as Braven fanart. Bob-birthday charity criticised for being organised by a BC shipper. 

Day 84: Pedowitz stands behind show at TCAs, does neither criticise nor cancel it on the spot, as some had hoped. 

Day 103: Fanfic policing, part 2: Bellamy goes down on Clarke in the commander’s throne. People - ignorant of the concept of *fanfiction* - are mad. 

Day 106: Eliza posts candid pic with guy-boy-friend. Apparently this makes her a lesser lgbt+ ally. 

Day 111: Fanfic’s blowjobgate! Briller&Harper fic on kinkmemes ignites long and nasty Bellarke fanfic community wars. Who gets to and with whom and with how many is not the author’s choice alone. 

Day 125: Tumblr aflame over Bellamy hating Aurora Blake, with usual shades of misogyny and racism. 

Day 130: HYPE article about ADC at Copenhagen Con calls out fans for slightly inappropriate fan behavior. More inappropriate fan behavior in reaction leads to article edits. 

Day 132: Kim retweets Fa Panini’s cute Becho fanart. BC fandom takes that as confirmation of things to come. Mild panic. 

Day 135: A clearly mangled and misrepresented SDCC comment about Clarke and love interest in S4 causes freakout. Because fandom will forever step into all clickbait traps willingly. 

Day 144: The usual bi-monthly kerfuffle about Clarke being forgotten as bi-rep in article. 

Day 145: Layne Morgan sick of TV bi girls ending up with men. Not that stats have discredited this stereotype at all. 

Day 155: Supposed insider troll Jason Blue claims insider cancellation knowledge. Insider arguments quickly debunked. 

Day 159: Photoshopped Variety tweet circulates, claiming show cancellation. Mo Ryan refutes it. 

Day 165: Lindsey stumbles into sexypilgrim drama. Apologises later for wishing people would get involved in causes beyond online outrage. 

Day 166: Press day! Drama day! Fandom-uneducated Nadia voices “Luna is stronger than Lexa”. She may forever feel the consequences. 

Day 167: Nadia tweets “Fiction”, deletes account. #NadiaDeactivatedParty follows. Eliza and later Arryn claim account is fake. Fandom thinks Eliza would rather lie than defend Nadia and her anti-Lexa statement. 

Day 170: Meanwhile in the fanfic warzone: “Bellamy rapes Lexa” gets countered with “Lexa castrates Bellamy”. 

Day 190: Bob reaches annual patience-for-twitter threshold, carries out annual twitter deactivation. States he was made to join. Fandom: lol, ok, see you in a bit. 

Day 199: Bellarke and Clexa both in same Hottest-Ships-of-the-Year list. But fandom can’t share nice things. 

Day 201: Guess who’s back on twitter, guys?

Day 216: BC-shipping jewellery artist called out for making money off Clexa art. Not allowed in the age of receipts. 

Day 219: In spirit of Christmas, Aaron issues Lexa apology. Fandom - less spirited - counters it’s 9 months too late, and never enough. 

Day 221: Katie affirms in slightly too bitter way that show is more than just Clexa. Bad move, girl.

Day 222: (@)bellamysbriller - whom Katie retweeted the day before - is exposed for catfishing and bullying. 

Day 228: More jewellery controversies, as jewellery donations to charities can only come from people who’ve never made controversial statements. 

Day 233: clexaspoilers surfaces, claims access to screeners, reveals Clexa parts. Fandom calls it baiting to make them watch, even though account claims now they DON’T have to watch. 

Day 238: BC fandom gets high on SHE HAS BELLAMY, and actually manages to trend for once. Stunning friends and foes alike.

Day 241: Unity Days report of Lindsey supposedly saying Bellarke is boring. Lindsey gets attacked and goes on twitter detox. BC fandom to blame.

Day 243: Fourth hiatus hack! Ricky’s phone. Beware of Ricky nudes. 

Day 245: Alycia’s management removes The 100 from “known for” section on IMDB. BCers shocked, CLs shrug. 

Day 248: BCers think 600 cookies might be helpful for show renewal. Laughs and eyerolls all around.

Day 249: S4 poster arrives. Cast, writers and fans partake in a who’s-who guessing game with silhouettes. Body shaming leads to #titsoutforeliza, someone leaks S4 callsheets and Funko whitewashes Raven and Bellamy. A busy day.

Day 252: CLs set up White House petition to get Jason fired. A single signature last we checked. 

Day 257: Final hiatus day: (@)the100leaked pops up to generously leak part of the Season 4 finale script and cause mass hysteria. Tadaaaaa! 


And that’s it! See you all next hiatus! Just kidding. I accept more entries, if you can link me to the evidence.

I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
My Chemical Romance
I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

Day 165/365: A song that you loved as a kid & continue to now even though it might not be considered “mature”

This song - this band - helped me through some shit growing up. Bands like MCR, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, FOB, 3DG… idk man, they kept me grounded. They were relatable for what I was feeling at that time and seemed to have a grasp or at least understand that typical teenage angst I was feeling along with the beginnings of my depression. A lot of people may look at this sort of stuff as somewhat immature and whiny, but honestly? It was exactly what I needed when I needed it.

The first person I lost was my lover…
I cried for 165 days in a row and the first day I didn’t, I felt guilty; as if suffering somehow equated to love and the fact that I hadn’t cried meant I didn’t miss them enough and I never deserved them in the first place…
The next person I lost was my friend… Things happened… things went wrong… It felt like my whole life was falling apart and when all I wanted to do was turn to my best friend… I realized they were gone…
After that I lost my soulmate because I honestly think I lost a part of my soul. I’m not the same person anymore, a part of me is missing and I know I’ll never get it back…
And one day when I’m ready… I will lose one more person to the distant past… One day… I will lose the ghost of those three people.
The spectre I see sitting across from me at empty café tables, the one I turn to face at the punchline of every joke, and one I reach for in the within vast emptiness inside myself. One day that ever present shadow will fade away forever like the rest… but not yet. I‘m not ready to let that last echo fade… I’m still trying to reconcile the loss of the other three because they were all so much to lose…
And I lost them all within a single person.
—  Ranata Suzuki   “All the people I’ve lost”
Defiant rallies for worker rights mark May Day around world

ISTANBUL (AP) – Workers and activists marked May Day around the world Monday with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions.

Police detained 70 people in Istanbul as they tried to march. Garment workers in Cambodia defied a government ban to demand higher wages, and businesses in Puerto Rico were boarded up as the U.S. territory braced for a huge strike over austerity measures. In Paris, police fired tear gas and used clubs on rowdy protesters at a march that included calls to defeat far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Some May Day events around the world:

FRANCE

A May Day march in Paris turned violent less than a week before the runoff French presidential election as police clashed with a small group of protesters who threw Molotov cocktails at officers.

A few hundred protesters started throwing gasoline bombs and other objects at police at the front end of what started as a peaceful union march in the French capital on Monday.

Police responded with tear gas and truncheons. Riot police clubbed some protesters who were pushed up against a wall on a tree-lined avenue. One police officer was seen spraying a troublemaker in the face.

Four police officers were injured, one seriously burned in the face, Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said, denouncing the “intolerable violence.”

His statement said all would be done to identify and arrest those responsible.

The annual march to celebrate workers’ rights this year included calls to block far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen from winning the presidency during a runoff election on Sunday.

Some of the violent protesters at the May Day event had signs referring to the presidential election and expressing dissatisfaction with both candidates in Sunday’s runoff election.

“Not one or the other; instead it’s the people’s self-defense” read one sign. “Macron=Louis XVI, Le Pen=Le Pen,” read another.

Video showed riot police surrounding the protesters disrupting the march after isolating most of them from the rest of the crowd near the Place de la Bastille. However, some continued to lob firebombs that exploded into flames in the street.

The union activists continued to march separately, although police are interrupting to check bags for gasoline bombs.

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PUERTO RICO

Protesters blocked roads and marched in Puerto Rico’s capital to vent their anger over a decade-long economic crisis and looming austerity measures.

Demonstrators denounced the leaders of the U.S. Caribbean territory, blamed their economic troubles on a federal control board overseeing the Puerto Rican government’s finances and demanded an audit to identify those responsible for running up a $70 billion public debt.

The protests affected services at Puerto Rico’s largest public hospital, paralyzed the bus system and forced many businesses to close. Demonstrators also briefly blocked traffic near San Juan’s international airport, prompting some travelers to walk along the highway dragging suitcases.

While the protests began peacefully, toward the end police fired tear gas and smoke bombs and used pepper spray against a small group of protesters who broke several windows of a bank using a pipe and a skateboard. Some in the crowd burned U.S. flags.

A measure that has protected the territory’s public agencies from creditor lawsuits was expiring at midnight as the government struggled to reach a deal with bondholders to restructure part of the debt.

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TURKEY

Police in Istanbul detained 165 people during May Day events around the city, most of them demonstrators trying to march to a symbolic square in defiance of a ban.

A security department statement said 18 other people suspected of planning illegal demonstrations and possible acts of violence Monday were detained in separate police operations.

Turkey declared Taksim Square off-limits to May Day demonstrations for the third year in a row. Police blocked points of entry, allowing only small groups of labor union representatives to lay wreaths at a monument there.

Major trade unions marked the day with rallies at government-designated areas in Istanbul and Ankara. Still, small groups tried to reach the square, leading to scuffles with police.

Taksim holds a symbolic value for Turkey’s labor movement. In 1977, 34 people were killed there during a May Day event when shots were fired into the crowd from a nearby building.

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CUBA

A protester briefly disrupted the start of Cuba’s largest annual political event, sprinting in front of May Day marchers with a U.S. flag before being tackled and dragged away.

President Raul Castro watched along with other military and civilian leaders and foreign dignitaries as the man broke through security and ran ahead of the tens of thousands in the pro-government march.

Plainclothes officers struggled to control the man but eventually lifted him off the ground and hauled him away in front of foreign and Cuban journalists covering the parade.

The protest was a surprising breach of security at a government-organized event where agents line the route.

Castro has said he will step down as president in February, making this his last May Day parade as head of state.

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RUSSIA

Two May Day marches were held in Moscow, both drawing from nostalgia for Soviet times.

First, a crowd that police estimated at about 130,000 people paraded across the cobblestones of Red Square, the site of Soviet-era May Day celebrations. The tradition was revived in 2014 after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and is seen as part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to stoke patriotic feelings.

Marchers, organized by official trade unions, waved the Russian tricolor flag and carried white, blue and red balloons.

The second march was led by the Communists, who over the years have tried to keep the May Day tradition alive. Their march, which skirted Red Square, drew several thousand people.

Many carried red flags with the Soviet hammer and sickle, but there was little honoring of Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin compared to previous years.

The Communist Party still has a faction in the Russian parliament but rarely poses any opposition to the Kremlin.

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SOUTH AFRICA

South African President Jacob Zuma was jeered by labor unionists and his May Day speech was cancelled after scuffles broke out between his supporters and workers chanting for him to step down.

Zuma, who is facing calls to resign after a string of scandals, was expected to call for unity between his ruling party, the African National Congress, and labor unions at the rally in Bloemfontein.

Groups in the crowd booed the president and clashed with his supporters before he could speak.

All speeches scheduled for the event then were cancelled by the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the country’s largest body of unions.

The organization has called for the 75-year-old Zuma to resign.

Zuma once a popular figure among South Africa’s workers, was eventually ushered away by his bodyguards.

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CYPRUS

Greek and Turkish Cypriots marked May Day with a “Rock for Peace” concert in support of talks aimed at reunifying their ethnically divided island.

Monday’s celebrations kicked off with a gathering of hundreds of Greek Cypriot left-wing trade unionists in front of Cyprus’ Finance Ministry to affirm their support for a peace deal that would bring about a united country.

The ambassadors of Palestine and Cuba, as well as the charge d'affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy, were also in attendance.

To the beat of marching bands, union members then marched to the capital’s Ledra Palace checkpoint, where they joined Turkish Cypriot counterparts. The checkpoint connects the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and the island’s internationally recognized south.

In unison, they entered a soccer field inside the United Nations-controlled buffer zone where Greek and Turkish Cypriot rock acts took to the stage.

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SPAIN

Spain’s two major unions called marches in over 70 cities under the slogan “No More Excuses.” The UGT and CC.OO unions demanded that Spain’s conservative government roll back its labor reforms that made it cheaper to fire workers and increase wages and pensions.

CC.OO general secretary Ignacio Fernandez Toxo said that “Spain has been growing for two years and now it is time for the economy to align itself with the needs of the people.”

He spoke at a march of several thousand people in Madrid, which he led alongside UGT leader Josep Maria Alvarez. Thousands more marched in Barcelona, while other rallies were held in Seville, Valencia and other cities.

Under conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s economy has rebounded and unemployment has dropped from 27 percent in 2013 to 19 percent, but that is still the second-highest unemployment rate in the 28-nation European Union behind Greece.

Rajoy thanked Spain’s workers on Twitter: “I appreciate your contribution to the economic recovery. The government is working to create more and better jobs.”

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POLAND

Labor union and left-wing activists appealed for unity in order to oppose Poland’s current conservative government as they marked May Day with a parade in Warsaw.

The rally and a march was by the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions and by the Democratic Left Alliance, which lost all parliament seats in the 2015 election that brought the conservative populist Law and Justice party to power.

Sebastian Wierzbicki of the SLD said the left wing needs to protect workers’ rights but also focus on civic rights and human dignity.

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CAMBODIA

Riot police watched carefully as more than 1,000 garment workers defied a government ban on marching to deliver a petition to the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, demanding a higher minimum wage and more freedom of assembly.

The marchers, holding a forest of banners, filled a street a short distance from the parliament complex and advanced noisily until they were stopped by a barricade and lines of police, holding batons, shields and guns capable of firing gas canisters. A standoff of several hours was resolved when a representative from the Assembly came out and accepted the petition.

The workers were from the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union. Among their demands was increasing the minimum wage from $153 to $208 per month. The clothing and footwear industry is Cambodia’s biggest export earner.

The major Cambodian labor unions traditionally have been loosely allied with opposition parties, posing a potential political threat to longtime authoritarian leader Hun Sen.

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GREECE

Several thousand protesters gathered outside Greece’s parliament as unions braced for more austerity measures imposed by bailout lenders.

Two large union-organized rallies were called in Athens on the holiday, with employees at many public services nominally on strike.

As the marches began, government officials prepared for more talks at a central Athens hotel with representatives of bailout creditors as the two sides were near an agreement to maintain draconian spending controls beyond the current rescue program.

The talks had been expected to end Sunday. Future spending cuts will include additional pension cuts and tax increases for Greeks, already hit by seven years of harsh cuts.

Greece’s largest labor union, the GSEE, has called a general strike for May 17 to protest the latest austerity package.

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PHILIPPINES

A few thousand left-wing activists and laborers marched and held noisy rallies to press for higher wages and an end to temporary contractual jobs that deprive workers of many benefits. In sweltering summer heat, the crowds in Manila also protested alleged extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug crackdown.

The activists carried murals of Duterte and President Donald Trump, asking the Philippine leader to stay away from the U.S. president, who has invited Duterte for a U.S. visit. Protest leader Venzer Crisostomo fears an “America First” policy would be disadvantageous to poorer countries like the Philippines. “We would not want Duterte to be in cahoots with Donald Trump in oppressing the country and in implementing policies.”

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TAIWAN

In Taipei, thousands of Taiwanese workers hoisted cardboard signs and banners in a march protesting what they said were unfairly low wages and deteriorating work conditions. A number of them staged a fake funeral procession, carrying a coffin with the words “basic annual pension” written on it, while others waved black flags.

Huang Yu-kai, president of the labor union of the Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corp. and a train conductor, said low wages in Taiwan are “the root of all problems.”

“This is why we take part in this march every year,” Huang said.

President Tsai Ing-wen said in a post on her Facebook page that improvements are being made even if major changes would take time. “Although reform would not be completed in one step, the progress we have made is not small.”

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BANGLADESH

Thousands of garment industry workers in the impoverished South Asian nation gathered to demand better wages and legal protection.

About 4 million people are employed in the country’s garment industry, the second largest in the world. The industry, with about 4,000 factories, earns $25 billion a year from exports, mainly to the United States and Europe, but working conditions often are grim.

Lovely Yesmin, president of the Readymade Garments Workers Federation, one of several unions representing factory workers, said just increasing salaries is not enough.

She said workers must be provided better living quarters and health benefits, and factories must make provisions so the children of factory workers can be educated.

“These are our demands on the great May Day of 2017,” she said.

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GERMANY

Thousands of people celebrated May Day peacefully in Germany’s capital, but police clashed with far-right demonstrators in the eastern town of Apolda, taking 100 people into custody before declaring the situation under control.

Police told the dpa news agency that about 150 demonstrators who had attended a protest elsewhere started causing problems in Apolda’s town center after getting off a train. Authorities said they ignored police warnings and started throwing stones and firecrackers at officers.

Meanwhile, several thousand far-left demonstrators marched through Berlin, setting off smoke bombs and firecrackers along their route. The “Revolutionary May 1 Demonstration” was not registered with authorities as required, but police decided to tolerate the evening march.

Primarily dressed in black, the demonstrators chanted slogans like “flood the G20” — referring to the summit of the Group of 20 major economic powers being held in Hamburg this summer.

Some 5,400 police officers, called in from across the country, were on hand.

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PORTUGAL

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Lisbon under the slogan “Value Work and Workers.”

The CGTP-IN union that helped organize the May Day march said in a manifesto that workers must push for “a renegotiation of the (national) debt,” the second-highest in the European Union after Greece despite an improving economy.

Portugal’s national statistics agency reported Friday that the unemployment rate had hit an 8-year low of 9.9 percent under the current center-left government. That’s down from the high of 16.2 in 2013.

“I wish Portugal could serve as example,” government worker Jose Goncalves, 42, said while marching in Lisbon. “I have my doubts, but yes, there may be an alternative to the rise of the far right in France, to a state of almost dictatorship in Turkey, or such a dubious situation in Brazil. Workers are still here and willing to fight.”

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VENEZUELA

Venezuelan police and anti-government demonstrators clashed in the streets of the capital as an intensifying protest movement opposing socialist President Nicolas Maduro entered its second month.

Opposition supporters sought to march on government buildings in downtown Caracas, but police blocked their path, as they have done more than a dozen times in four weeks of near-daily protests. Officers launched tear gas and chased people away from main thoroughfares as the peaceful march turned into chaos.

Some demonstrators threw stones and gasoline bombs and dragged trash into the streets to make barricades.

A separate government-sponsored march celebrating May Day went off without incident.

anonymous asked:

Your post on vice presidents made me curious about who was the oldest vp was it also Ford?

Gerald Ford is in third place on the list of longest-living Vice Presidents in American history:

LONGEST-LIVING VICE PRESIDENTS
Age at Death: VP (POTUS served under)
•98 years, 351 days: John Nance Garner (FDR’s 1st VP)
•96 years, 0 days: Levi P. Morton (B. Harrison)
•93 years, 165 days: Gerald Ford (Nixon’s 2nd)
•92 years+: George H.W. Bush (Reagan) [Still living]
•90 years, 247 days: John Adams (Washington)
•89 years+: Walter Mondale (Carter) [Still living]
•88 years, 232 days: Harry S. Truman (FDR’s 3rd)
•85 years, 239 days: Charles G. Dawes (Coolidge)
•83 years, 82 days: Thomas Jefferson (John Adams)
•81 years, 311 days: Hannibal Hamlin (Lincoln’s 1st)
•81 years, 104 days: Richard Nixon (Eisenhower)
•80 years, 220 days: Aaron Burr (Jefferson’s 1st)
•79 years, 231 days: Martin Van Buren (Jackson’s 2nd)
•78 years, 234 days: Adlai E. Stevenson (Cleveland’s 2nd)
•78 years, 157 days: Alben W. Barkley (Truman)
•77 years, 261 days: Spiro Agnew (Nixon’s 1st)
•77 years, 42 days: Henry A. Wallace (FDR’s 2nd)
•76 years+: Dick Cheney (G.W. Bush) [Still living]
•76 years, 14 days: Charles Curtis (Hoover)
•74 years+: Joe Biden (Obama) [Still living]
•74 years, 60 days: Millard Fillmore (Taylor)
•72 years, 268 days: George Clinton (Jefferson’s 2nd/Madison’s 1st)
•72 years, 174 days: George M. Dallas (Polk)
•71 years, 295 days: John Tyler (W.H. Harrison)
•71 years, 79 days: Thomas Riley Marshall (Wilson)
•70 years+: Dan Quayle (G.H.W. Bush) [Still living]
•70 years, 202 days: Nelson Rockefeller (Ford)
•70 years, 129 days: Elbridge Gerry (Madison’s 2nd)
•70 years, 33 days: Richard M. Johnson (Van Buren)
•69 years+: Al Gore (Clinton) [Still living]
•68 years, 13 days: John C. Calhoun (J.Q. Adams/Jackson’s 1st)
•67 years, 339 days: William A. Wheeler (Hayes)
•67 years, 11 days: William R. D. King (Pierce)
•66 years, 231 days: Hubert H. Humphrey (LBJ)
•66 years, 214 days: Andrew Johnson (Lincoln’s 2nd)
•66 years, 79 days: Thomas A. Hendricks (Cleveland’s 1st)
•66 years, 24 days: Charles W. Fairbanks (T. Roosevelt)
•64 years, 148 days: Lyndon B. Johnson (JFK)
•63 years, 279 days: Henry Wilson (Grant’s 2nd)
•61 years, 296 days: Schuyler Colfax (Grant’s 1st)
•60 years, 185 days: Calvin Coolidge (Harding)
•60 years, 71 days: Theodore Roosevelt (McKinley’s 2nd)
•57 years+: Mike Pence (Trump) [Still living]
•57 years, 44 days: Chester A. Arthur (Garfield)
•57 years, 6 days: James S. Sherman (Taft)
•55 years, 171 days: Garret A. Hobart (McKinley’s 1st)
•54 years, 116 days: John C. Breckinridge (Buchanan)
•50 years, 355 days: Daniel D. Tompkins (Monroe)

Goals: Labrada Lean Body

Current weight (day 9)t: 188 lbs

Day 21: 184 lbs

Day 42: 176

Day 63: 168

Final Weight, Day 84: 165 lbs

23 pounds in the following 75 days. I’m 5'5 so my goal is to be a very solid 165 pounds. I’m not a fan of sub 8% body fat because its difficult to maintain and a bit unhealthy in most cases. My goal is to be somewhere between 10-12%. Labrada’s pairing of weight training, cardio, and nutrition will surely drive fat loss and lean muscle growth. I’ll have a better grasp of what my body composition will be after day 63.

Shattered bones and broken homes,
Silence like sugar, finely-grained and sweet.
—  what you find at the bottom of potholes // abby, day 165 // prompt for @gabrielgadfly