23 6.10

The Adele Scheme

Adele and Harry are on the same label blah blah blah Rob Stringer helped release ‘25′ blah blah blah D*n W**tt*n is a bitter fuckface blah blah blah let’s skip to the facts (I’m writing this out because texting about it is getting exhausting)


Adele Releasing 25:

Day 1 - 10/18/15 - ‘Hello’ teaser airs during the X Factor

Day 4 - 10/21/15 - Adele releases letter to fans announcing the album title ‘25′

Day 5 - 10/22/15 - Adele announces album release and cover, ‘Hello’ release date

Day 6 - 10/23/15 - Adele releases ‘Hello’ on Radio 1 Breakfast Show + music video

Day 10 - 10/27/15 - Adele announced BBC special with Graham Norton for album release day (11/20), SNL appearance (11/21)

Day 16 - 11/2/15 - Adele records BBC special

Day 31 - 11/17/15 - Adele record Christmas Special in NY; Releases ‘When We Were Young’ live version on YouTube

Day 34 - 11/20/15 - ‘25′ released, BBC Special airs

Day 35 - 11/21/15 - Adele performs on SNL

Day 38 - 11/24/15 - Adele appears on Jimmy Fallon

Throughout this time and after, Adele has a number of other appearances and interviews. But these were the biggest dates according to…. Wikipedia.


Harry Releasing ‘Sign of the Times’ & ________:

Day 1 - 3/25/17 - ‘April 7th’ teaser airs during The Voice, social media blanked out

Day 4 - 3/28/17 - Website and social profiles launched, SNL announced 

Day 7 - 3/31/17 - Single title and artwork released

Day 10 - 4/3/17 - Spotify profile set up

Day 11 - 4/4/17 - Interview on Radio 1 Breakfast for SOTT release day

Day 14 - 4/7/17 - Sign of the Times release date

Day 22 - 4/15/17 - SNL performance

Start to release, Adele’s album schedule was 34 days. 35 days would put Harry on Friday, April 28th. (Just as an FYI, obviously who knows what the date will be.)


There are a number of things to note. The release specials like the BBC and NBC Christmas ones are more unique to Adele IMO. From what I can tell, Adele focused on London and NY, and at one point Europe, during album release. She did West Coast promo before the 2016 Grammy’s (technically including the Carpool Karaoke even though it was filmed prior etc. etc.). She began touring on Feb 29, 4.5 months after the announcement, 3 months after release.

I’m out of the prediction business. But Harry is more mobile than Adele, so it’s possible he’ll do a London to NY to LA sweep for promo. Additionally, there’s an extra week between announcement and single release, but given the SNL performance date (and the necessity of a second song), I don’t think a 5 week timeframe is that ridiculous. Given that he’ll be running into Dunkirk promo, it could even be shorter. (I’m stressed just saying it)

youtube

Hello guys! Here is the much anticipated, but most likely not at all awaited, Question Time video. I’d like to give a round of applause to iMovie, with which this would not have been possible, and to my beloved iPhone who came through in a pinch to make this movie what it is (my camera and laptop decided not to show up to work that day). Regardless, I hope you enjoy!

Index:

00:00-1:38   Intro/Origin Story/ AMA’s 2013

1:39-3:18      Babygate/ Brett/ How I’d End It

3:19-3:57      Dream collabs for Harry and Louis

3:58-4:22      Message from Lexi- @idareyoutotakealook

4:23-6:09     RBB/SBB

6:10-8:05      Twitter/SM Control

8:06-9:11      What’s gonna happen next?

9:12-10:21    Little Mix/5H

10:22-10:47  Tattoos

10:48-11:10  Birthday Travels

11:11-11:37  Do they do drugs?

11:38-12:11  Coming out?

12:12-12:35  Larry and Promo Season

12:36-14:58  Favorite Fics

14:59-17:37  5 Least Favorite Popular Fic Tropes

17:38-18:05  What shows am I currently watching?

18:06-18:38  Favorite music

18:39-19:39  My thoughts on Fool’s Gold

19:40-21:15  Cass’ Questions- @larryappreciation

20:22-22:33  Zoe’s Q’s (1D in Hogwarts Houses)- @oiiiioiiii

22:34-23:00  What does IDK My BFF Jill mean?

23:01-23:45  Why do you love Niall so much?

23:46-24:57 Just Hold On Promo thoughts

24:58-End    What are your 1D tattoos?/Coming up/ The End

Setlist of 25th L’Anniversary

01. 虹 (Niji)
02. Caress of Venus
03. The Fourth Avenue Cafe
04. Flower (1st Day)   /  Vivid Colors (2nd Day)
05. Lies and Truth
06. Fate  (1st Day)  /  Shinjitsu to Gensou to (2nd Day)
07. Forbidden Lover
08. Shout At the Devil
09. REVELATION
10. Voice (1st Day) / Kaze no Yukue (2nd Day)
11. XXX
12. 葬 葬 (Kasou)
13. 食 食 ~ lose control~ (Shinsoku ~ lose control ~)
14. HONEY
15. MY HEART DRAWS TO DREAM
16. NEO UNIVERSE
17. STAY AWAY
18. Driver’s High
19. READY STEADY GO
-Encore-
20. Do not be Afraid
21. Blurry Eyes
22. Link
23. な た た (Anata) (1st Day) /  Hitomi no Jyuunin (2nd Day)


20th L’Anniversary has a far more superior setlist than yesterday’s and today’s, eh?  It appears to me that the band was much prepared for the 20th- there were more songs played than the 25th (day 1 & 2 has practically the same setlist except for songs # 4, 6, 10 & 23).  Plus, on the 20th, they played  As if In a Dream and Garasu Dama, 2 songs that they have not performed live with Yukihiro (the last time was way back in the mid ‘90s, when Sakura was still the drummer). Though I’m pleasantly surprised that they played  Shinjitsu to Gensou to and Hitomi no Jyuunin as the final song on Day 2, as a fan, I was expecting more from the setlist. After all, this is quite an important milestone- L’Arc~en~Ciel’s SILVER ANNIVERSARY. I get it if they won’t play those obscure songs (Anata no Tame Ni/ Shutting from the Sky, anyone?), but at least have different setlists for the 2 days- like what they did in the 20th wherein they played songs from Dune to Heart (Day 1), and songs from Ark/Ray to Kiss + New Singles (Day 2).

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18-3-10    23-10-20      17-23-11-19-5      23-6-19       17-6-19-23-4
             20-15-5-4-6-23-21-4-15-9-10-5,
                    22-3-4   5-11-23-12-12   4-16-15-10-17-5    21-23-10  16-23-2-19
   21-16-23-15-10         6-19-23-21-4-15-9-10-5.

Alien: Covenant
R 2017 ‧ Science fiction film/Thriller ‧ 2h 3m

Great movie visually. That’s what you can expect from Ridley Scott. He knows how to make shit look good. After all he started with commercials. He knows how to sell a product. I was a great fan of practical xenomorph setup in the previous films, but this time around I can say that CGI won me over. (I know there was CGI in aliens 3 but that sucked!)It’s because you can really see the fluid motion of the creature. I wish there was a hybrid of both tbh. Story wise predictable as hell. Basic story structure. Nothing new or innovative. Over all, if you like H.R. Giger’s over sexualized surreal art come to life. Then this is for you.

Subjective: 7.23 /10
Objective: 6.7 / 10

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DAY 20, Entry #1 "Not What He Seems" ✂ - busket
"Ah. This is what Saturdays are for. 
Doing dumb things forever."
DAY 20, Entry #2 ✂ - cherryviolets
"What...? Who is that?"
"The author of the journals... my brother."
“4-16-15-6-4-25 25-19-23-6-5 23-10-20 10-9-1 16-19'5 22-23-21-13. 4-16-19 11-25-54-19-6-25 15-10 4-16-19 11-25-5-4-19-6-25 5-16-23-21-13.”

shadoedseptmbr  asked:

6, 10, 23?

(’Back to Believing’ - Bryde)

6. Eos: Was your first settlement scientific, or military? Reasoning on your choice?

Sara was honestly not sure which one to choose so deferred to the advice of her teammates who both suggested a scientific outpost despite the heavy kett presence in the area. First impressions counted after all

(In actual fact this is one of those little niggling things that BioWare did that annoyed me - I was under the impression that we’d get to choose which outpost would do what and SAM made a good point when he pointed out the first outpost would have important implications so I went for a scientific outpost with a military one to follow. Sufficed to say I was extremely annoyed I couldn’t place such a base on Kadara, despite the obvious benefits it would bring

10. Kadara: Did Ryder side with Sloane Kelley, or the Charlatan? Why?

Sara sided with the Charlatan but it was a choice made for her because she uncharacteristically took too long to decide on a course of action - the shot fired and the choice was made for her. The indecisiveness came about because the Charlatan had lied to her, but Sloane had been nothing but antagonistic since the Tempest arrived

(In actual fact I had already spoiled both the end of the mission as well as the plot of Nexus Uprising. Without spoiling anything, neither side comes out looking particularly sympathetic, but then both sides had legitimate reasons for what they did and who they were. In the end, it came to a single thing - who’d let the Initiative put down an outpost with the fewest strings attached - that’d be the Collective

23. Does Ryder agree with Suvi’s spiritual perspective on the universe?

It wasn’t a subject that Ryder had given much thought to so ‘agreeing’ would be a moot point - If pressed Sara would plumb for ‘probably exists’, but that it was also totally irrelevant whether one believes or not. What matters is how you treat your fellow sentients

Day 70 (23 May 2017)

10.6 miles to Pearisburg, VA for resupply. They have an AYCE Chinese Buffet here. That’s music to my ears. I’m not a big fan of buffets, but it’s hard to pass up unlimited food. After a good resupply we decided to stay in a cheap motel in town. The rain was pouring at the time. That influenced our decision.

CNB

GRAVITY FALLS CODE MASTER POST:

ive spent the past few days using four cipher codes to solve most of the gravity falls codes at the end of episodes or during

Theme Song       

VWDQ LV QRW ZKDW KH VHHPV            

STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS   

EPISODES:

Tourist Trapped               

ZHOFRPH WR JUDYLWB IDOOV

WELCOME TO GRAVITY FALLS.

The Legend of the Gobblewonker          

QHAW ZHHN: UHWXUQ WR EXWW LVODQG.   

NEXT WEEK: RETURN TO BUTT ISLAND.

Headhunters    

KH'V VWLOO LQ WKH YHQWV. 

HE’S STILL IN THE VENTS.

The Hand That Rocks the Mabel               

FDUOD, ZKB ZRO'W BRY FDOO PH?         

CARLA, WHY WON’T YOU CALL ME?

The Inconveniencing

RQZDUGV DRVKLPD!    

ONWARDS AOSHIMA!

Dipper vs. Manliness     

PV. FDHVDULDQ ZLOO EH RXW QHAW ZHHN. PV. DWEDVK ZLOO VXEVWLWXWH.          

MS. CAESARIAN WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK. MS. ATBASH WILL SUBSTITUTE.

( THE CHANGE OF CIPHER CODES THROUGHOUT THE SEIRES )

Double Dipper  

KZKVI QZN WRKKVI HZBH: “ZFFTSDCJSTZWHZWFS!”

PAPER JAM DIPPER SAYS: “AUUGHWXQHGADSADUH!”

Irrational Treasure          

V. KOFIRYFH GIVNYOVB.             

E. PLURIBUS TREMBLEY.

The Time Traveler’s Pig 

MLG S.T. DVOOH ZKKILEVW.     

NOT H.G. WELLS APPROVED.

Fight Fighters    

HLIIB, WRKKVI, YFG BLFI DVMWB RH RM ZMLGSVI XZHGOV.     

SORRY, DIPPER, BUT YOUR WENDY IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE.

Little Dipper      

GSV RMERHRYOV DRAZIW RH DZGXSRMT.         

THE INVISIBLE WIZARD IS WATCHING.

Summerween

YILFTSG GL BLF YB SLNVDLIP: GSV XZMWB.        

BROUGHT TO YOU BY HOMEWORK: THE CANDY.

Boss Mabel        

SVZEB RH GSV SVZW GSZG DVZIH GSV UVA.      

HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE FEZ.

Bottomless Pit!

14-5-24-20 21-16: “6-15-15-20-2-15-20 20-23-15: 7-18-21-14-11-12-5'19 7-18-5-22-5-14-7-5.”

NEXT UP: “FOOTBOT TWO: GRUNKLE’S GREVENGE."      

The Deep End   

22-9-22-1-14 12-15-19 16-1-20-15-19 4-5 12-1 16-9-19-3-9-14-1.  

VIVAN LOS PATOS DE LA PISCINA.

Carpet Diem      

SXEHUWB LV WKH JUHDWHVW PBVWHUB RI DOO DOVR: JR RXWVLGH DQG PDNH IULHQGV. 

PUBERTY IS THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL ALSO: GO OUTSIDE AND MAKE FRIENDS.           

2-21-20 23-8-15 19-20-15-12-5 20-8-5 3-1-16-5-18-19?     

BUT WHO STOLE THE CAPERS?  

Boyz Crazy         

8-1-16-16-25 14-15-23, 1-18-9-5-12?        

HAPPY NOW, ARIEL?

Land Before Swine         

OLHV

LIES

9-20 23-15-18-11-19 6-15-18 16-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-19!  

IT WORKS FOR PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGS!

Dreamscaperers

PBVWHUB VKDFN          

MYSTERY SHACK              

SLWW

PITT

OAUVG

MYSTE 

EWTUG AQW OCTKNAP               

CURSE YOU MARILYN

20-15 2-5 3-15-14-20-9-14-21-5-4…          

TO BE CONTINUED…

Gideon Rises     

ELOO LV ZDWFKLQJ       

BILL IS WATCHING          

18-5-22-5-18-19-5 20-8-5 3-9-16-8-5-18-19           

REVERSE THE CIPHERS   

DON’T EAT HIM.

THE PORTAL WHEN COMPLETED WILL OPEN A GATEWAY TO INFINITE NEW WORLDS AND HERALD A NEW ERA IN MANKIND’S UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNIVERSE. PLUS, IT WILL PROBABLY GET GIRLS TO START TALKING TO ME FINALLY.

5-19-23-6-21-16 18-9-6 4-16-19 22-12-15-10-20-19-25-19

SEARCH FOR THE BLINDEYE         

Season 2

Scary-oke           

5-19-23-6-21-16 18-9-6 4-16-19...

SEARCH FOR THE…         

6-12-1-7

FLAG

TEV FP TBKAV PL MBOCBZQ

WHY IS WENDY SO PERFECT       

ZDWFK RXW

WATCH OUT

NLOO PH SOHDVH

KILL ME PLEASE

SMOFZQA JDFV               

WELCOME BACK              

4-16-19 11-23-10 20-9-1-10-5-4-23-15-6-5 15-5 2-19-6-25 21-12-19-2-19-6               

THE MAN DOWNSTAIRS IS VERY CLEVER               

21-23-10 16-19 16-15-20-19 16-15-5 8-12-23-10-5 18-9-6-19-2-19-6?          

CAN HE HIDE HIS PLANS FOREVER?

Into the Bunker

01010000010101010101010000100000010000010100110001001100001000000101001101001001010110000010000001010000010010010100010101000011010001010101001100100000010101000100111101000111010001010101010001001000010001010101001000100001

PUT ALL SIX PIECES TOGETHER!

ICE ICE BABY      

AM I ME? IS HE ME?

OOIY DMEV VN IBWRKAMW BRUWLL   

WHAT KIND OF DISASTER INDEED            

15-11-8-6-9-8-19-6 3-5-19 9-18 11-23-21-16-15-10-19-6-25 21-9-3-12-20  

IMPROPER USE OF MACHINERY COULD

12-19-23-20 4-9 3-4-4-19-6 21-23-4-23-5-4-6-9-8-16-19   

LEAD TO UTTER CATASTROPHE

The Golf War

NLMXQWWN IIZ LZFNF

REMEMBER BIG HENRY

9-12-20 11-23-10 5-12-19-19-8-15-10-17 9-10 4-6-19 17-6-19-19-10            

OLD MAN SLEEPING ON THE GREEN       

21-23-10'4 16-19-12-8 22-3-4 1-9-10-20-19-6 1-16-23-4 16-19'5 5-19-19-10              

CAN’T HELP BUT WONDER WHAT HE’S SEEN

Sock Opera

KFIV VMVITB, MLG HPRM ZMW YLMV  

PURE ENERGY, NOT SKIN AND BONE      

IRHRMT ORPV GSV HSVKZIW GLMV       

RISING LIKE THE SHEPARD TONE

ZLGGOH              

WIDDLE               

VKLIWHU           

SHIFTER

ZKDWHYV          

WHATEVS

EHDUR 

BEARO

YM’KL ECN PPK WFOM UBR KQVXNLK, DCI SIK’U VDA JFTOTA AYQ BWL VVCT "EBTGGB BHWKGZH” HVV: TMEASZFA LOS YCDT PRWKTIYEKGL DBV XQDTYRDGVI 

WE’VE ALL HAD SOME FUN TONIGHT, BUT LET’S NOT FORGET WHO THE REAL “PUPPET MASTERS” ARE: REPTOIDS WHO HAVE INFILTRATED OUR GOVERNMENT               

10-9 8-3-8-8-19-4 5-4-6-15-10-17-5 21-23-10 16-9-12-20 11-19 20-9-1-10

NO PUPPET STRINGS CAN HOLD ME DOWN        

5-9 8-23-4-15-19-10-4-12-25 15 1-23-4-21-16 4-16-15-5 4-9-1-10  

SO PATIENTLY I WATCH THIS TOWN

23-22-10-9-6-11-23-12 5-9-9-10 1-15-12-12 22-19 4-16-19 10-9-6-11           

ABNORMAL SOON WILL BE THE NORM

19-10-14-9-25 4-16-19 21-23-12-11 22-19-18-9-6-19 4-16-19 5-4-9-6-11    

ENJOY THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Soos and the Real Girl

01010011010100000100000101000011010001010100

10100100000101001101010101000101011101001111        

SPACEJAMTWO

BRTYMEMNX QBR HRRQPEE      

ANTHYDING CAN HADPLEN        

1-15-10-10-15-10-17 16-19-23-6-4-5 22-25 20-23-25-12-15-17-16-4             

WINNING HEARTS BY DAYLIGHT

8-9-5-5-19-5-5-15-10-17 6-9-22-9-4-5 22-25 11-9-9-10-12-15-17-16-4        

POSSESSING ROBOTS BY MOONLIGHT

16-19-6 19-11-9-4-15-9-10-23-12 22-23-17-17-23-17-19 15-5 23 6-19-23-12 18-6-15-17-16-4             

HER EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE IS A REAL FRIGHT

5-16-19 16-23-5 4-16-19 9-10-19 10-23-11-19 17-15-18-18-23-10-25            

SHE HAS THE ONE NAME GIFFANY

Little Gift Shop of Horrors

PVREK BIG QF. JCDQZRF’ ZNVEFH OBCX: “C BEWRS VVUTBFL BT BKNX CVAY BKNX CVAY BKNX

"CHECK OUT DR. WADDLES’ LATEST BOOK: "A BRIEF HISTORY OF OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK"  

23-12-12 23-10-15-11-23-4-15-9-10          

ALL ANIMATION              

15-5 22-12-23-21-13 11-23-17-15-21        

IS BLACK MAGIC

 

Animated Shorts

Candy Monster

[13) 8,9,10] [14,17,22      THE DAR             

IURP WKH ILUVW XQWLO WKH ODVW VHDUFK WKH   

FROM THE FIRST UNTIL THE LAST SEARCH THE  

LEFTY:

[17)6,12 20) 3,4]                NEAR   

WKHP DOO ZHOFRPH WR JUDYLWB IDOOV        

THEM ALL WELCOME TO GRAVITY FALLS              

TOOTH:               

14)21,30,32 15)13,20][22 16)20  

KNESS IS

FRGHV RI FUHGLWV SDVW RQH PHDQV RQH VR VHDUFK           

CODES OF CREDITS PAST ONE MEANS ONE SO SEARCH  

THE HIDE BEHIND:             

11)4,12,13] [12)8,9][17,13]          

IED TO ME          

STANS TATTOO:
[1)14] [2)5,24 3)3] [5)7,9]             

I WAS SO

MAILBOX:

[6)33,40,46 9)1,18] [10)32,33][39             

 BLIND HE L        

THESE TWO CODES PUT TOGETHER, MEAN:

"FROM THE FIRST UNTIL THE LAST SEARCH THE CODES OF CREDITS PAST ONE MEANS ONE SO SEARCH THEM ALL WELCOME TO GRAVITY FALLS.”

AND:

“I WAS SO BLIND. HE LIED TO ME. THE DARKNESS IS NEAR.“

What are the Imprecatory Psalms?
Imprecatory Psalms, located (naturally) within the Book Of Psalms, are psalms which express harmful intent towards either the enemies of the psalmist, or to people who in any sense defy God. For witches, words packed with the intention to harm are no unfamiliar concept- the Imprecatory Psalms basically serve as the biblical equivalent of a curse. The word “imprecation” itself means “spoken curse”.

Which psalms are “imprecatory”?
There are quite a few Imprecatory Psalms, but the major ones are Psalm 109 and Psalm 69. Psalms 5, 6, 11, 12, 35, 37, 40, 52, 54, 56, 58, 69, 79, 83, 137, 139 and 143 are also imprecatory in nature. These psalms are not the only cases of imprecation in the Bible- the New Testament also includes imprecations: Matthew 26:23-24 and Revelation 6:10 are examples of this. Even Jesus used the occasional imprecation…!

How can I use these in my craft?
Imprecatory Psalms can be used the same way you would use any other curses. This curse, taken from Psalm 58, serves as an example.

6 / 10

23 pages. please read it from LEFT to RIGHT.

OMG finally i can finish this doujin in time. gosh.. i’m so pessimist at first since college stuff is never end. but the miracle is happen in the end.. ヽ(;▽;)ノ

super-super thanks for kuroneko3132. she helping me in translating the dialog into english. ahahahaha my english is suck.. i’m not gomen. o)–(

sorry for the sketchy quality, to be honest.., i will do the inking, toning, and put more BG later… and i will print this doujin and sell it in comifuro event on this september. the print edition will include omake R-18, coloring pages, 4 koma, and some guest art. so stay tuned for further information. (⊙ω⊙)b

ah and also i’m so sooorry for my ugly handwriting and small text. hahaha i’m in a rush and i don’t have a time to use photoshop (and too lazy lol). please click full view when you read it. ^^;

enjoy. 

Happy MidoTaka day. ❤⃛

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Who has never wondered why is it that such bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to such bad people?

First, we need to rethink our definitions of “good” and “bad.” According to the Bible, there are no truly “good” people. Remember that “good” does not refer to the nice guy who walks his dog daily, helps old ladies across the street, and serves at the local homeless shelter. When we are talking about “good” in this context, we are referring to righteousness. To be righteous means that you are blameless before God. Strictly speaking, instead of saying, “that person is good,” it actually would be more accurate to say, “that person is less bad.”

The Bible is incredibly clear in that there is no one who is righteous before God because we are all tainted by sin from birth. We are completely unable to rid ourselves of that sin without accepting Christ as our Savior. Sin is what He is saving us from:

Romans 3:10-18
There is none righteous not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside together they have become useless; There is none who does good, there is not even one. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

You can also look up Ecclesiastes 7:20Romans 3:23, and 1 John 1:8 to see more passages that clearly express how there is no one who is naturally righteous or good. That includes you and me.

All of this boils down to one terrifying truth: we deserve Hell. That is the harsh truth of life. There is no sin, no fib, and no bad attitude so small that does not sentence you to that fate. God is a righteous, holy God who cannot tolerate even what we feel is the smallest sin. And this is why the gospel is called the Good News. Christ was the only One who could pay the price for our sin. And He did. And then freely offers us our salvation from what we deserve. All we have to do is receive Him as our Lord and Savior (John 3:16Romans 6:23Romans 10:9Romans 5:8) and follow Him.

Now, let’s go back to the original question and tweak it slightly: “Why does God allow bad things to happen?” In the same way that “good” isn’t the same to us as it is to God, what seems “bad” to us is not necessarily what is “bad” to God. His perspective is so much bigger than ours, and He knows a lot more about the big picture than we do.

We cannot know everything that is inside the mind of God, but what we do know is that God is good (in the definition established above) though our minds cannot fully grasp Him. We live in a fallen world, all of which is touched by sin. But we can rest assured that nothing is outside of God’s control. And He knows the whole story from beginning to end and what will happen after the smoke has cleared. We do not know how the Lord will use certain events to shape the future.

Follow the instructions in Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Being angry (and staying angry) with God will get us nowhere fast. So we must trust in the Lord, know He is in control, and know that no matter how bleak things may seem, nothing can change His goodness, or tear His children away from His gift of salvation and eternal life.

We live in a fallen world ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. The word fallen is used in the Bible to describe someone or something spiritually and morally degraded. Israel is described as “fallen” (Amos 5:2), as are angels (Isaiah 14:12Revelation 12:4) and the glory of mankind (1 Peter 1:24). Each of these has fallen away from the heights of God’s good will for them, fallen into sin, and therefore fallen under the just wrath of God. Those in a fallen state suffer the degrading and deadly spiritual, moral, and social consequences of sinfulness.

Several Bible passages speak of this kind of downfall: 1 Corinthians 10:12 warns Christ’s followers, “Be careful that you do not fall.” Falling into sin is the opposite of growing up in righteousness. In Revelation 2:5, Jesus speaks to the church of Ephesus, which had left its first love: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.”

The whole world of mankind has fallen:

  • from friendship with God into proud estrangement from Him and enmity with Him; this leaves us diseased and dying in every part of our personalities and bodies (Genesis 2:16; 3:2–9; Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 30:15–20)
  • from our full reflection of His likeness into shattered, distorted images, suffering the results of our brokenness (Genesis 6:5; Matthew 15:19; Romans 1:14-2:16; Romans 3:9–20)
  • from joyful obedience to God’s rules so as to fulfill His superlative design for our lives into lawless rebellion and constant frustration and warfare at every level of society (Genesis 3:14–16; James 4:1–10)
  • from the beauty, tranquility, and vitality of godly family life into a cesspool of sexual-identity confusion, domestic strife, and aimlessness (Genesis 3:16; Romans 1:14-2:16; Galatians 5:19–21)
  • from dominion as trustees of God’s world into a selfish exploitation of the land and the resulting ecological disaster (Genesis 3:17–19; Ecclesiastes 5:8–17; Haggai 1:6)
  • from knowledge of God’s enlightening truth into the darkness of ignorance and the confusion of depraved minds (Genesis 2:17; Proverbs 1-31; Judges 1-21; Romans 1:28)

To live in a fallen world means we struggle with sin on a daily basis. We experience heartache and pain. We witness natural disasters and staggering loss. Injustice, inhumanity, and falsehood seem to hold sway. Discord and trouble are commonplace. None of this was God’s original plan for humanity. We fell from our original position in the Garden of Eden. We now live in a fallen world, and all creation “groans” under the consequences of our sin (Romans 8:22).

The good news is that God does not intend His world to forever groan. Through Jesus Christ, God is repairing His creation:

  • restoring friendship with Himself in Jesus Christ, giving us eternal life (John 10:10; 15:15; Romans 3:21–31; 5:1–11; 6:1–14; 8:1–4; 8:22–23; 1 Corinthians 15:26; Ephesians 1:3-2:22; Colossians 1:15-22)
  • restoring the reflection of God’s likeness in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28–32; 1 Corinthians 6:11)
  • restoring His rules for a fulfilling life in Jesus Christ, resulting in true peace and prosperity (Matthew 5-7; Ephesians 5:15–21; James 2:8)
  • restoring His design for the family through Jesus Christ (Luke 1:17; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:21-6:4; Colossians 3:18–21)
  • restoring man’s proper dominion in caring for God’s world (Romans 8:18–21)

Jesus Christ has promised to return, and when He comes back, He will finish setting everything right forever (Isaiah 2:2–425:6–965:17–25Revelation 20-22). Don’t miss God’s final invitation to all fallen people: “Come!” (Revelation 22:17). All who come to God by faith in Jesus Christ will be restored.

As a pastor once said: “Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once, and He volunteered.” The only good person to have ever lived was Christ. None of us are “good”, yet God so loves us, His creation, that He allowed Christ to die for us so we can be saved if we choose to be.

Also, please read Psalm 73 and see the futility of being successful and having all these “good” things happen to us without faith. See how the author expresses his doubts and discontentment only to come figure out that success in this life means absolutely nothing without God. Be like him who can proudly say to God: “I desire nothing on earth but You.

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hopelesshoemantic  asked:

Excuse my ignorance, but why do you not think president Obama is doing an okay job? It's my understanding that he tried to do everything he set out to do but he kept being voted against by the house and Senate.

You should definitely check out my Obama tag, but here are a few reasons why Obama is no friend to the working class or oppressed peoples, not here and not anywhere: 

On Immigration

  • ICE has deported over a million people since 2009. Deportation rates are rising every year, and are currently approaching 400,000. (ACLU 8/18/11) Despite the fact that unauthorized immigration rates are sinking (Pew 9/1/10), Border Patrol has more agents than it’s ever had before (White House 5/2011) and ICE’s budget has risen to nearly $6 billion. Despite a stated policy of targeting high-level criminals, the majority of those deported under ICE’s “Secure Communities” program have only misdemeanor convictions or no conviction at all. (Deportation Nation 5/25/11)
  • The Department of Homeland Security’s has rescinded the Secure Communities agreement memos with various jurisdictions and announced that compliance with the program is mandatory, despite legislation to the contrary. (IPC 11/29/11Restore Fairness 8/8/11)
  • The vast majority of ICE detainees have no access to counsel. (ABA 2/2010) Half of ICE detainees are kept in private prisons (ACLU 11/1/11); detainees in both private and public detention centers are subject to sexual abuse (ACLU), physical abuse and lack of medical care (ACLU 10/24/11), lack of access to counsel (ACLU 11/17/11ABA 2/2010)
  • DHS has denied people entry into the United States due to mental illness; one Canadian was turned away at the border due to a suicide attempt five years prior. (CBC 9/9/11)
  • At least 5,100 children are in foster care in the United States because their parents were deported. If current deportation trends continue, this number could rise to 15,000 in the next five years. (ARC 11/2011Frontline 11/3/11)

On Israel/Palestine

  • Despite his stated support for a two-state solution, Obama has opposed Palestine’s UN bid for statehood, and has declared that, if the issue is brought to the UN Security Council, the United States will veto it. (Guardian 9/21/11). When Palestine was given membership in UNESCO, the United States canceled UNESCO funding. (Reuters 11/2/11) Similarly, though Obama makes public statements deriding the continued advance of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, the US vetoed a UN resolution (sponsored by 130 nations, including all other members of the Security Council) opposing the settlements. (Christian Science Monitor 2/18/11)
  • The Obama administration dropped its attempts to persuade Israel to halt construction of settlements in Palestinian territory and allowed the moratorium on construction to expire, a serious problem not just morally but diplomatically, as Palestinian authorities have refused to engage in direct talks as long as Israel was building on lands seized from Palestine in 1967. (Reuters via MSNBCAP via Huffington Post, both 12/7/10)

On Military and Foreign Policy (Imperialism)

  • Obama’s State Department secretly directed its diplomats to spy on the United Nations, directing them to uncover computer passwords, credit card numbers, and biometric data. Similar directives ordered embassy staff in oil-rich African countries to conduct military surveillance and embassy staff in the Middle East to seek out travel plans of leaders in the Palestinian Authority. (Guardian 11/28/10)
  • Under the Obama administration, use of unmanned drones in military raids has severely increased—of the 309 known strikes, all but 52 took place after Obama took office. The exact number of people killed is not known (publicly at least), but the Bureau of Investigative Journalism places estimates between 2,373 and 2,997; at least 391 and possibly as many as 780 were civilians, including 175 children. These figures are based largely on media reports; in most cases, the actual identities of the victims are unknown, and as such there is the real possibility that a large number of “alleged militants” are actually civilians. (BIJ 8/10/11) The bulk of drone attacks have been in Pakistan, but the U.S. has also used the weapons in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, and Somalia. (Independent 7/1/11) A State Department legal adviser said it was “the considered view of this administration” that American drone attacks abroad constitute “self-defense”. (Wired 3/26/10)
  • In September, Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, was killed in a targeted assassination on Barack Obama’s explicit orders due to alleged al-Qaeda ties. (NYT 10/1/11) Obama’s Justice Department argued in court, after Awlaki was placed on the list but long before he was killed, that the President has the authority to order the assassination of American citizens deemed a threat without a trial or even charges, and that this authority is not subject to judicial review. (ACLU 11/8/10)
  • After the scheduled military pullout from Iraq at the end of the year, the State Department will continue to employ 5,000 private security contractors in the country. (ABC 10/21/11), including the controversial company DynCorp (NPR 12/27/11)
  • During the “limited humanitarian intervention” (Yahoo 3/23/11) in Libya, the U.S. dropped dozens of bombs on the nation, even after the rebels succeeded in taking the capital. (Wired 10/20/11) American-backed anti-Gaddafi forces have been implicated in numerous human rights abuses, including indiscriminate arrests of sub-Saharan African nationals, torture and sexual assault of detainees (Amnesty International 10/2011), and a mass execution of Gadaffi loyalists at a hotel in Sirte (Human Rights Watch 10/23/11); there are reports that black Libyans are being lynched by rebel forces. (Liberation 8/30/11) The National Transitional Council’s interim leader announced a desire to return to traditional law and repeal the nation’s divorce laws. (Radio Netherlands 10/24/11)
  • Obama has resumed the war in Somalia. In addition to the aforementioned drone strikes, the U.S. is giving millions of dollars to Somali troops described by reporters as “ineffective”. The U.S. is also giving support to Ugandan, Kenyan, and Ethiopian military troops to fight in Somalia. (Washington Post 11/24/11)
  • In 2009, the United States used a cluster bomb against an alleged al-Qaeda training camp; the attack is estimated to have killed 41 civilians. (Amnesty International 6/4/10) The United States is one of few industrialized nations not to have signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions. (CCM) The Obama administration has continued Bush’s refusal to sign the Mine Ban Treaty. (AP via MSNBC 11/24/09)
  • The Obama administration shipped arms to Saudi Arabia to quell a rebellion in North Yemen, while publicly claiming to be uninvolved. (Salon 12/9/10) When larger masses of Yemenis began protesting the long-standing rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Obama administration supported Saleh; after it became clear that the movement against Saleh was too broad, the White House became involved in the negotiations to remove Saleh peacefully (Reuters 4/4/11), all while continuing its drone war against alleged Yemeni terrorists. (NYT 6/9/11) When Saleh finally stepped down, Obama praised the transfer of power as “a new beginning” (White House 11/23/11), despite continued protests in the country against the immunity from prosecution Saleh received in the power transfer agreement. (Guardian 11/23/11)
  • The Obama administration revived a Rumsfeld plan to equip ICBMs with conventional warheads—a plan that even the Bush administration eventually scrapped because it was too dangerous. (NYTWired, 4/23/10)
  • In 2010, the State Department hired Xe services, better known as Blackwater, to provide security at new U.S. consulates in Afghanistan. (Washington Post 6/21/10) Nearly simultaneously, Xe was given a contract to provide security at CIA bases in Afghanistan and other undisclosed countries. (Washington Post 6/23/10)
  • The Department of Defense sold $60 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia in 2010, including 84 F-15s, 190 helicopters, and massive amounts of bombs and missiles. (Washington Times 11/19/10)
  • The United States has expanded its clandestine presence in Middle East and nearby countries, friend and foe, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia. This new order makes it clear that such operations are intended to be long-term. (NYT 5/24/10)
  • The Obama administration worked out an agreement with Afghanistan that would keep U.S. troops in the country until 2024. (Telegraph 8/19/11)
  • According to a CIA lawyer involved in the Bush-Obama transition, the incoming administration sought to do away with the torture program but keep virtually every other aspect of Bush’s CIA programs. (Frontline via Raw Story 9/1/11)

On Domestic Spying, Black Site Prisons, and Civil Liberties

  • In an interview on America’s Most Wanted, President Obama expressed support for a national database of DNA samples taken from arrestees, regardless of whether they are convicted, equivocating the practice with taking mugshots. (LA Times 4/9/10)
  • In a statement coinciding with the release of Bush-era memos from the Office of Legal Counsel regarding torture programs, Obama promised that agents who had been involved in torture would not be prosecuted, saying “This is a time for reflection, not retribution.” (White House 4/16/09) The administration has also declined to prosecute CIA officials who destroyed dozens of videos of agents torturing suspected terrorists. (NYT 11/9/10) When a Spanish human rights group called for Spain’s National Court to prosecute several Bush officials including Alberto Gonzales and John Yoo, Obama joined with Republican officials in secretly pressuring Spain to circumvent the Spanish legal system and drop the charges. (Mother Jones 12/1/10)
  • Despite campaign promises to end the Bush administration’s “extraordinary rendition” program, whereby individuals were kidnapped without charges, taken to secret locations on foreign soil, and tortured, the Obama administration has largely kept the program in place, turning prisoners over to foreign countries and relying on “assurances” from those nations that the prisoners will not be tortured. (LA Times 2/1/09NYT 8/24/09Pro Publica 9/6/11) The administration has consistently invoked “state secrets” privileges and national security concerns to deny rendition survivors any hope of legal justice. (ACLU 11/15/11)
  • Similarly, Obama’s DOJ has sought to block litigation against the NSA over warrantless wiretapping, continuing the Bush administration’s invoking of “state secrets” (a practice which Obama himself opposed on the campaign trail). Obama’s administration, however, has gone beyond Bush’s argument to a disturbing new level, with the unprecedented claim that the federal government is categorically immune from litigation regarding illegal spying. (Salon 4/6/09EFF 4/7/09)
  • Obama’s DOJ has also argued to the Supreme Court that the government should be able to attach GPS devices to suspects’ cars without warrants. (Wired 6/27/11)
  • The Obama administration denied UN investigators access to Guantanamo prisoners and information on secret prisons. (Washington Post 7/23/09)
  • A terrorism strategy released by the White House recommends increasing the monitoring of “extremism” on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. (CNET 8/3/11) The Justice Department is seeking to require ISP’s and cell phone companies to hold on to records for significant periods of time to aid law enforcement. (Raw Story 1/25/11)
  • Obama’s Department of Justice has issued new guidelines on the use of Miranda warnings in interrogation of terrorism suspects, but has refused to make these guidelines public, further clouding an already murky subject. (Salon 1/19/11)
  • The Department of Defense released a list of names of prisoners at the Bagram prison, where allegations of torture and abuse have been raised for years. However, the list did not contain such important information as length of detention, location of capture, or national origin (BBC 1/16/10), information which the Obama administration has fought hard to keep secret. (TPR 10/26/10) The administration has opened a second prison at Bagram, referred to by former inmates as “Tor Jail” or “Black Jail”; the DoD refuses to acknowledge that this prison even exists. (BBC 4/15/105/11/10)
  • The Pentagon has stated that it has the right to react to hackers with military force “when warranted.” (Reuters 11/15/11)
  • In a memo to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama personally waived portions of a Bush-era law that forbade providing military assistance to countries known to recruit child soldiers, in order to provide military aid to Chad, Sudan, Yemen, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Foreign Policy 10/26/10White House 10/25/10)
  • Obama’s FBI has raided homes and offices of anti-war activists and labor organizers on pretexts of connections to “foreign terrorist organizations.” (Democracy Now 9/27/10Washington Post 6/13/11)
  • President Obama refused to release photos depicting abuse against detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan in violation of a Freedom of Information Act request, claiming that doing so would inflame terrorists against the United States. (ABC 5/13/09)
  • Obama declared that some Guantanamo detainees would be held indefinitely without trial, claiming that such prisoners “cannot be prosecuted for past crimes, but … nonetheless pose a threat to the security of the United States.” (Washington Post 5/22/09) The following year, his Justice Department argued in court that a ruling requiring the government to give Guantanamo prisoners their habeas corpus rights did not apply to prisoners at Bagram; a District Court judge rejected this argument, but an appeals court reversed the ruling, essentially granting the DOD power to imprison people indefinitely so long as the prison is in a war zone. (Salon 5/21/10)
  • Part of Obama’s campaign was focused on curtailing the more egregious portions of the PATRIOT Act, but he signed a one-year extension of the act in 2010 and a four-year extension in 2011, neither with any changes. (Christian Science Monitor 3/1/10Huffington Post 5/27/11)
  • An FBI policy made public after an FOIA request reveals that the agency keeps people on a terrorism watch list even if they have been cleared of any charges. (NYT 9/27/11)
  • TSA is performing unannounced security screenings, including pat-downs, not just at airports but train stations, ferries, and bus terminals. They have begun working in tandem with ICE, predictably targeting people of color, through the “VIPR” program (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response). (Mother Jones 6/20/11) In San Diego, a joint TSA-ICE Trolley raid led to 21 arrests, including the deportation of three teenagers on their way to school. (Union-Tribune 5/23/09)

On Law Enforcement

  • In 2009, the ATF began a secret program called “Operation Fast and Furious” in which illegal firearms were deliberately allowed to fall into the hands of drug cartel members in Mexico in an attempt to reach the higher members of the cartels. The program was kept secret from both the American public and the Mexican government. A gun purchased in the program killed a Border Patrol officer in late 2010. U.S. attorneys denied the rumors of the program in the announcement of a series of arrests, but it was eventually made public by a disgruntled ATF officer who went to Congress. (Washington Post 7/25/11) Attorney General Eric Holder denied knowledge of the program, but had been receiving regular briefings on the subject since at least July of 2010. (CBS 10/3/11)
  • The DEA is involved in laundering millions of dollars in drug cartel money to further their investigation of cartel leaders; the practice is understandably controversial, and has seen little apparent success. (NYT 12/3/11)

On Wall Street and Labor (Class Struggle)

  • Obama has claimed that he “understand[s] the frustration” fueling the Occupy Wall Street movement (ABC 10/10/11), and the Democratic Party has made advances toward appropriating the movement. (NYT 10/10/11) Obama’s tepid statements of not-quite-support are understandable considering that his campaign in both 2008 (Open Secret) and 2012 (LA Times 7/22/11Washington Post 10/19/11) have received massive funding from Wall Street firms; he has received more donations from the securities and investment industry than any other candidate in the past 20 years. (Influence Explorer through Q2 2011) Any hope that he might support the movement were dashed when his Department of Homeland Security aided local governments in suppressing and evicting protesters. (Guardian 11/25/11)
  • Obama’s first appointed director to the National Economic Council, Larry Summers, has had a long-standing close relationship with Wall Street. In 2008 alone, Summers was paid $5.7 million for working one day a week at the hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and receivied $2.7 million in speaking fees from companies such as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch. (Washington Post 4/6/09) In 2000, when California Governor Gray Davis contacted the federal authorities with concerns that Enron was manipulating the market, Summers (who at that time was Treasury Secretary under President Clinton) joined Alan Greespan and, in one meeting, Enron CEO Ken Lay to urge Davis to deregulate California energy companies, remove caps on consumer prices, and relax environmental regulations. (The Daily Beast 11/12/08) Obama initially considered nominating Summers for Treasury Secretary, but ultimately decided to appoint him head of the NEC, which would not require Senate confirmation. (Salon 4/4/09)
  • When Summers stepped down from his post, Obama replaced him with Gene Sperling, who had already held the position for several years under Clinton. During this previous term as NEC director, Sperling was a chief negotiator on the Financial Modernization Act (NARA 1999), more commonly known as Gramm-Leach-Bliley. GLB repealed portions of the Glass-Steagall Act that had forbidden an institution from operating as any combination of investment bank, commercial bank, and insurance company. (LOC 11/2/99) On the campaign trail, Obama placed a great deal of the blame for the current recession on this repeal, but this rhetoric has all but disappeared from his public statements (NYT 11/12/09), and his appointment of the very negotiator responsible as his top economic adviser paints a grim picture for those who seek to have Glass-Steagall restored.
  • Obama’s Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has his own host of controversies. The issues range from failure to pay $35,000 in taxes between 2001 and 2004 (Washington Times 1/14/09) to his role in the AIG bonus scandal in 2009. That year, Geithner and Larry Summers lobbied then-Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd to alter an amendment in the stimulus bill. The original amendment limited bonuses and so-called “golden parachutes” at companies receiving federal bailout money; at the request of Summers and Geithner, Dodd added a loophole exempting previously-existing bonus contracts from being affected. (CNN 3/19/09) AIG, a recipient of over $170 billion in bailout money, soon announced a plan to pay $165 million in executive bonuses. (NYT 3/14/09) Geithner himself was involved in AIG’s bailout while he was president of the New York Federal Reserve, as well as the bailout of Citigroup, both in 2008. (NYT 11/24/08)
  • While president of the New York Fed, Geithner discouraged the New York Attorney General from pursuing criminal action against AIG executives involved in the company’s collapse (NYT 4/14/11); that same attitude characterizes the Obama administration’s approach to prosecution. The Justice Department has declined to prosecute executives at several companies; they dropped their investigation against the former CEO of Countrywide Financial, one of the country’s biggest mortgage lenders (NYT 2/19/11), and have decided not to prosecute Washington Mutual executives for their part in the biggest bank failure in American history.(Bloomberg 8/5/11) Federal prosecution for financial institution fraud is at a 20-year low. (Huffington Post 11/15/11)
  • When Wisconsin governor Scott Walker attacked public sector unions in the state, seeking to strip them of their right to collective bargaining, Obama spoke out against the attacks, but made no action to help the workers, refusing to even visit Wisconsin (in contradiction to a campaign promise to “walk on that picket line” when bargaining rights came under fire). (Huffington Post 2/24/11) When the Democratic Party begin mobilizing to support the Wisconsin workers, Obama’s White House staff reined them in. (NYT 3/3/11)
  • Obama and the Department of Labor sat on a review of child farm labor laws for several months, well past the February 2011 deadline for review and public comment; the rules were finally made public in September. In that time, two 17-year-old boys were critically injured on a farm in Oklahoma, and two 14-year-old girls were electrocuted and killed on a Monsanto farm in Illinois. (Huffington Post 8/15/11DOL 10/31/11)
  • The Obama White House was closely involved in a deal awarding solar panel manufacturer Solyndra LLC a half-billion-dollar federal loan (ABC 9/13/11), and Obama praised the company as an example of the success of his economic policies; the company filed for bankruptcy in August and laid off over a thousand workers. (AP via Syracuse Post-Standard 8/31/11) It was later revealed that Solyndra had run out of money and defaulted; the Department of Energy restructured the loan in an attempt to keep the company solvent. (Wall Street Journal 9/28/11) A decades-long Treasury official testified that he has “never seen” a loan agreement be restructured like Solyndra’s. (Washington Examiner 10/14/11) When another company given a loan under the same program received negative press, the Department of Energy altered old press releases to remove that company’s name. (CNBC 10/19/11) When it became clear in 2010 that Solyndra would lay off workers, the Obama administration asked the company to delay the announcement until after the midterm elections on November 2; the company agreed, and made the announcement on November 3. (Washington Post 11/15/11)
  • The administration has boasted of its foreclosure prevention program, but the foreclosure rate is still increasing. (AP via NPR 11/10/11) The foreclosure program has had little oversight and no transparency. Mortgage companies are being paid millions of dollars in taxpayer money, but audit results are not being made public, and there is evidence that the mortgage companies are performing the same abuses as always without any consequences. (Pro Publica 10/4/11) Obama’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) was based on an industry plan, and deliberately crafter its language to exlude millions of homeowners who were seen as undeserving. The administration was dismissive of proposals to allow bankruptcy judges to lower mortgage payments on primary residences a prohibition not applied to any other type of debt and which Obama himself opposed on the campaign trail. (Pro Publica 2/4/11)
  • Shortly after the mortgage audits were made public, the Obama administration rolled out a new plan to lower mortgage payments for homeowners in need. But the new plan would make the taxpayer liable for refinanced loans; banks would be immune to liability. Furthermore, the plan does nothing to address the fact that most of these mortgages are for significantly more money than the homes are actually worth, which experts say is the core problem in the housing crisis. (Huffington Post 10/24/11)
  • When some states notified the Treasury of their intention to use money from the Hardest Hit Fund (a program under TARP intended to help homeowners in the states hit worst by unemployment and the housing market crisis) on legal aid groups that help individual homeowners, the Treasury told these states that doing so would violate TARP rules—a decision they reached after consulting with a law firm that represents several large banks and lending institutions. (The Nation 12/9/10)
  • A 2011 audit has revealed that the Federal Reserve is “riddled” with serious conflicts of interest. A number of high-ranking Fed officials have strong ties to the financial industry, and have used the Fed to award their companies emergency loans. The Fed’s conflict of interest rules have been kept secret, as well as waivers to the rules; the information was only brought to light under a GAO audit. (Senate 10/19/11)
  • Wall Street is making more money under Obama than it ever did under Bush. (Washington Post 11/6/11) The government has invested with banks to the tune of billions of taxpayer dollars, while U.S. poverty rates are higher than ever. (CBS 9/13/11)
  • Obama signed an executive order announcing his commitment to “review” regulations on business, characterizing the current regulatory framework as “redundant” and “excessively burdensome” on businesses. (NYTWhite House, both 1/18/11) Within days, OSHA began withdrawing a number of proposed rules, including a strengthening of workplace noise regulations and a rule to provide a space on employer injury and illness forms to record musculoskeletal disorders. (The Hill 1/30/11)
  • Obama publicly espoused rhetoric that seemed to endorse made-in-America manufacturing policies, but opposed Congressional attempts at including such policies in legislation, and worked in active opposition by pushing trade deals with South Korea, which would deal a significant blow to the American auto industry and provide material support to Korean firms with serious labor rights problems. (Alternet 8/26/10)

On Healthcare

  • The Obama administration lauds the healthcare plan as a major success, but it was compromised from the start. Obama made back-room deals with the private medical industry to block the public option he claimed to support. (HuffPo 3/16/10NYT 8/13/09)
  • When the anti-choice Stupak amendment was removed from the final version of the bill that was passed in 2010, President Obama effectively reinstated it, banning women covered under the high-risk insurance pool program from using that insurance to access abortion services. (ACLU 7/15/10)
  • An analysis by the Physicians for a National Health Program concluded that the healthcare bill as passed will leave 23 million people uninsured while hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars will be shoveled to private health insurance companies. (PNHP 3/22/10)
  • Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services granted waivers to thirty large, mostly private, employers, including McDonald’s and Jack in the Box, exempting them from requirements to provide coverage to their employees; the waivers leave nearly a million workers uninsured. (USA Today 10/7/10)
  • The Obama administration refused to release a list of health industry executives visiting the White House during negotiations over the healthcare bill, using an argument originated by George W. Bush that such documents were exempt from public disclosure laws, and contradicting campaign promises for transparency in healthcare negotiations. (LA Times 7/22/09)
  • During the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations, President Obama offered to inrease the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 in exchange for Republican agreement to raise certain taxes. (Huffington Post 7/11/11) In addition to the obvious threat to public health this poses, it would lead to an increase in total health spending. (CBPP 8/23/11)
  • Obama sought to slash $300 to $500 billion in “entitlement spending”, including massive cuts to Medicare; he has said that “healthcare cuts” are required in any budget deal. (NYT 9/13/11)
  • The Obama administration has fought aggressively to buy a controversial smallpox drug from a company called Siga (owned by a longtime donor to the Democratic Party), despite concerns over both its necessity and its effectiveness. When Department of Health and Human Services officials balked at the company’s asking price, the government replaced the lead negotiator. When Siga was in danger of losing the contract, the government blocked other companies from bidding. The final agreement pays Siga significantly more than what government specialists considered a reasonable price. (LA Times 11/13/11)
  • Part of the healthcare bill required that employer-provided health insurance cover birth control. The Obama administration is seeking to allow a wide range of exemptions to this rule, allowing any religiously-affiliated employer to opt out. This would include a number of universities, hospitals, and clinics, and potentially leaving millions of women without access to birth control. (NYT 11/19/11)
  • Obama is joining House Republicans in seeking to modify a formula in the healthcare plan to count Social Security benefits as income, pushing a potential million Americans out of the Medicaid eligibility bracket each year. (Washington Times 11/24/11)
  • The Obama administration argued to the Supreme Court that hospitals and clinics cannot sue drug companies for discounts they are entitled to under federal law or for recompense after being overcharged. (NYT 1/9/11)
  • The administration rewrote the rules of the healthcare bill, removing coverage for end-of-life planning, apparently due to fears that an incoming Republican majority on Congress would use such language as political ammunition. (NYT ¼/11)
  • The Obama administration hired a former executive from WellPoint, the largest private insurance company in America, to “help implement” the new healthcare law. (Open Left 7/14/10)
  • Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services overruled the FDA and rejected a move to allow the morning-after pill to be sold without an age restriction. (Washington Post 12/7/11) Obama claims not to have been involved in the decision, but publicly supports it nonetheless. (NYT 12/8/11)

On the Environment

  • In 2010, President Obama appointed Islam Siddiqui as Chief Agriculture Negotiator. Prior to his appointment, Siddiqui was a vice president of CropLife America, a bioindustry organization representing, among others, DuPont, Monsanto, and Dow. (Huffington Post 3/18/10CLA) Siddiqui is a staunch supporter of GMO food; during an earlier stint in the Department of Agriculture, he pushed to allow GMO products to be labeled “organic”, and has lobbied for weaking international regulations on pesticide. (GMO Journal 5/6/10)
  • Obama’s USDA and FDA have released a position paper opposing labeling for genetically modified foods. The paper claims that such labels are “false, misleading, or deceptive,” saying that food labels should not “suggest or imply that GM/GE foods are in any way different from other foods.” (The Atlantic 4/26/10)
  • The Minerals Management Service (later reorganized into the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement) allowed dozens of oil companies, including BP, to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without permits or environmental assessments, and frequently overruled its own staff scientists who raised objections regarding the safety of offshore drilling both in the Gulf of Mexico and in Alaska. These fast-tracked approvals included the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded in 2010 and caused the largest oil spill in history. (NYT 5/14/10) The Department of the Interior was warned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that it was dramatically underestimating the frequency of oil spills and the risk of a major spill, but the warnings were ignored and Obama announced plans to expand offshore oil drilling. (Huffington Post 7/3/10)
  • Charles Monnett, a high-ranking scientist with the OEMRE, published a 2006 paper documented the severe effects of climate change on Arctic polar bears and has raised awareness of the issue worldwide. When oil firms seeking to drill in the Arctic complained of environmental reviews causing delays in the permitting process, Monnett was put on suspension, silenced with a gag order, and forbidden from talking with his colleagues; Obama soon signed an order demanding that Arctic drilling permits be expedited. (Guardian 7/28/11)
  • This stifling of scientists’ concerns about environmental effects of government policies is wide-reaching: scientists in the Pacific Northwest were pressured to downplay the effects dams have on salmon populations, water quality experts were interfered with when studying the effects of development projects on the Everglades, biologists throughout the West have reported being pressures to ignore the effects of overgrazing, and calls for further study were ignored when the government decided to treat the Gulf oil spill with massive amounts of potentially toxic chemicals. (LA Times 7/10/10)
  • Obama’s Interior Department upheld a Bush-era rule that forbids use of the Endangered Species Act to combat greenhouse gas emissions. (Time 5/8/09)
  • The Obama administration argued in court to uphold a rule that lifted a restriction on the amount of public land a private company can use. Environmental groups had sued, saying it gave companies unlimited access to dump toxic waste on public land. (CBS 4/2/10)
  • When New York City and eight different states filed suit against a group of coal-burning utility companies to try to force them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Obama’s Justice Department argued to the Supreme Court against the lawsuit, siding with the utility companies. (WSJ 8/26/10)
  • Obama overruled the EPA and a unanimous panel of scientific advisers and canceled a proposed EPA regulation that sought to curb smog by restricting the production of ground-level ozone. (AP via Yahoo 9/2/11)
  • Obama’s Department of State has worked with Trans-Canada oil lobbyists to build an environmentally questionable pipeline from Alberta to Texas. Rather than providing oversight, the State Department has given the company support, even after Trans-Canada suggested dropping their request to pump oil at higher pressures than allowed, then reapplying for a waiver after the project is approved. (NYT 10/3/11) In October, Obama hired a former Trans-Canada lobbyist as a senior advisor to his re-election campaign. (Tar Sands Action 10/24/11)
  • The Obama administration has continued—and stepped up—Bush’s abuse of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, turning what is supposed to be a regulatory research office into a tool for industries to lobby for looser environmental and safety rules. The Obama administration has changed 76% of rules submitted through OIRA, including a staggering 85% of EPA-related rules, for the benefit of industry. (Guardian 11/28/11)
  • The Obama administration is supporting genetically engineered agriculture in fifty wildlife refuges in violation of a lawsuit settlement with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Peer calls the program a “joint effort with Monsanto … part of a White House pledge to double exports.” (Truthout 7/25/11)
  • Obama’s Department of the Interior has approved scores of seismic surveys and drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico without permits required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. (Center for Biological Diversity 5/14/10)

On Education

  • Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition for school grants continues the policies of No Child Left Behind, judging performance on test scores, pushing school closures as a viable reform method, and promoting charter schools at the expense of the public school system. (Democracy Now 3/5/10) The changes made by state school systems to compete in the program led 746 school principals in New York to sign a letter of protest against testing. (NYT 11/27/11)

On Taxes, Budget, and Social Services

  • Obama extended the Bush tax cuts as part of a deal with Congressional Republicans in 2010. In addition to tax cuts or freezes across the board, the deal includes a tax cut for the top 2% of earners, an estimated $120 billion over two years; and an estate tax exemption for property less than $10 million. (ABC 12/17/10)
  • The deal brokered by Obama and Boehner during the manufactured debt ceiling “crisis” is estimated to reduce the United States GDP by $241 billion and cost nearly two million jobs—and these estimates are for 2012 alone. (EPI 8/1/11) The President has argued that the crisis, in particular the meaningless S&P downgrade of the U.S. credit score, makes it necessary to cut funding to social security and Medicare—but not the defense budget. (Politico 8/9/11)
  • Obama revived a failed Bush commission on debt and packed it with officials who have made careers of trying to attack and dismantle social security. (AlterNet 3/28/10)
  • The White House is seeking to cut funding from a program that trains occupational nurses, doctors, and safety professionals, and researches ways to decrease job-related fatalities in the agriculture, logging, and fishing industries, where death rates range from 5 to 58 times the national average. (CPI 8/4/11)
  • Obama supported passage of a House bill drafted by Republicans that would eliminate a tax compliance rule for governmnent contractors and pay for it by reducing Medicaid eligibility. (TPM 10/25/11) He also supported a budget that would cut funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in half, leaving millions without winter heat. (Christian Science Monitor 2/10/11)
  • The Obama administration supported a bill that would encourage public housing authorities to rely on private funding, and would decrease public funding with a goal of, as a National Housing Institute analysis put it, “getting the federal government out of the low-income affordable housing business.” (Washington Post 7/14/10NHI summer 2010)

On LGBTQIA rights

  • President Obama spent two years in opposition to the right of same-sex couples to marry before finally stepping back its policy and declaring it would not defend DOMA challenges in court. (ACLU 2/23/11) A spokesman for Obama said in 2010 that the president “does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples” and that same-sex marriage is “an issue for the states.” (The Hill 8/5/10) Despite its declaration that it would no longer defend DOMA, it used the act later that year to deny immigration benefits to a married gay couple, deporting a man who was the primary caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted husband. (SF Gate 8/9/11)

On Transparency

  • One of Barack Obama’s major campaign issues was transparency; it is also turning out to be one of his major betrayals. Federal agencies denied more than 70,000 Freedom of Information Act requests under the “deliberative process” exemption (which Obama claimed to oppose) during the 2009 fiscal year alone; denials under all exemptions in the same time frame approached 500,000. These numbers represent a marked increase in both number and rate of denial from previous years, even though the number of FOIA requests actuallydecreased. (Huffington Post 3/16/10)
  • Despite campaign promises that he would protect and strengthen whistleblowers’ rights (Change.gov), Obama’s administration prosecuted more whistleblowers and alleged leaks in his first 18 months than any other president did in their entire administration. (NYT 6/11/10) His Justice Department reissued a Bush-era subpoena demanding aNew York Timeswriter reveal his source in an article on a bungled CIA job. This revival of the Bush administration’s prosecution stands in marked contrast to Obama’s “forward-looking” hands-off approach to prosecuting Bush officials for their wrongdoing. (Salon 4/29/10)
  • Breanna Manning, accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and documents to WikiLeaks, has been held in captivity since May of 2010; for almost a year of that time (AP via NYT 4/28/11), she was kept in solitary confinement and forced to sleep in the nude. President Obama defended her treatment (NYT 3/11/11), and the Department of Defense did not so much as set a hearing date until November, a full 18 months after Manning’s arrest. (NYT 11/21/11)[Private Manning was arrested under the name Bradley Manning; since the news reports linked here were published, however, it became known that Manning identifies as female and prefers the name Breanna.]
  • During his campaign, Obama promised that lobbyists and former lobbyists would not be allowed to work for the administration, and once in office he set up rules to that effect. However, his administration has repeatedly given waivers to lobbyists, allowing them to circumvent the rule; in many cases, not even a waiver has been issued. (Obameter) At least 15 high-power fundraisers for Obama’s 2012 campaign are unregistered lobbyists, including executives from Pfizer and Comcast. (NYT 10/27/11)
  • Obama’s Department of Justice is pushing to allow government agencies to outright lie about the existence of sensitive records. Instead of saying it can neither confirm nor deny whether it has a given record, the new rules would give the government the ability to say the record doesn’t exist. (Pro Publica 10/24/11)
  • When he took office, Obama announced he would publicly release White House visitor logs in the interests of transparency, but the actual logs released have serious gaps and omissions. (CPI 4/13/11) Furthermore, the administration has taken to simply meeting with lobbyists at a coffee shop across the street from the White House in order to avoid having records of the visits. (NYT 6/24/10)

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Obama’s Crimes by themindislimitless:

These things are really not hard to find. Situate them in the context of the struggle against white supremacist heteropatriarchal imperialist capitalism and it’s really not hard to arrive at the conclusion that Obama is firmly acting on behalf of, as part of, the oppressor class. 

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