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Loch Lomond by Doug Collinson
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looking north from the south shores of loch lomond. A sprinkle of snow and a touch of light for the magic touch :-)

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“There are a number of reasons why city governments are particularly well-placed to lead resistance to Trumpism. Most obviously, much of the popular opposition to Trump is physically located in cities. With their younger, more ethnically diverse demographics, urban voters swung heavily against Trump… Not only did Clinton win 31 of the nation’s 35 largest cities, but she beat Trump by 59% to 35% in all cities with populations of over 50,000. In most of urban America, then, there are progressive majorities that can be harnessed to challenge Trump’s toxic discourse and policy agenda.

But alternative policies will not be enough to create an effective challenge to Trump; different ways of doing politics will also be needed, and local politics has great potential in this regard. As the level of government closest to the people, municipalities are uniquely able to generate new, citizen-led and participatory models of politics that return a sense of agency and belonging to people’s lives. This new process must have feminism at its heart; it must recognize that the personal and the political are intimately connected, something that is clearer at the local level than at any other. 

It’s for this reason that the municipalist movement need not be limited to the largest cities… Bringing the political conversation back to the local level also has a particular advantage in the current context; the city provides a frame with which to challenge the rise of xenophobic nationalism. Cities are spaces in which we can talk about reclaiming popular sovereignty for a demos other than the nation, where we can reimagine identity and belonging based on participation in civic life rather than the passport we hold.”

– America needs a network of rebel cities to stand up to Trump

There are a number of reasons why city governments are particularly well-placed to lead resistance to Trumpism. Most obviously, much of the popular opposition to Trump is physically located in cities. With their younger, more ethnically diverse demographics, urban voters swung heavily against Trump and, in fact, played a large role in handing Hillary Clinton the majority of the national popular vote. Not only did Clinton win 31 of the nation’s 35 largest cities, but she beat Trump by 59% to 35% in all cities with populations of over 50,000. In most of urban America, then, there are progressive majorities that can be harnessed to challenge Trump’s toxic discourse and policy agenda.

But alternative policies will not be enough to create an effective challenge to Trump; different ways of doing politics will also be needed, and local politics has great potential in this regard. As the level of government closest to the people, municipalities are uniquely able to generate new, citizen-led and participatory models of politics that return a sense of agency and belonging to people’s lives. This new process must have feminism at its heart; it must recognize that the personal and the political are intimately connected, something that is clearer at the local level than at any other.
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Biography
  • Basic:

Real Name: Statilio Riva

Date of Activation: 10 September 2045

Place of Activation: Rome, Italy

Age: 35

Sign: Virgo

Nationality: Italian

Current Occupation: Wanderer

Affiliation: Blackwatch (formerly)

Language: Italian, English

Speech Patterns: Italian accent

  • Appearance

Height: 2 m (6'5’’)

Weight: 150Kg (330 Ibs)

Race: Omnic

Distinguishing Marks: Scrapes on the metal exoskeleton, Cloth tied around his left arm.

Holographic Head Appearance:

Skin color: Light

Eye Color: Brown and Green (Heterochromia)

Hair Color: Light brown

Face Shape: Long and slim

Distinguishing features: Cross scars on the left side of the face

  • Personality

Alignment: Lawful Neutral

Strengths: Trustworthy, Logical, Adaptable, Gentle

Weaknesses: Cynical, Detached, Harsh, Moody

  • Background:


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