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Long-Lost Photos Reveal Life of Mexican Migrant Workers in 1950s America

1.  Portrait of Mexican farm laborer, Rafael Tamayo, employed in the United States under the Bracero Program to harvest crops on Californian farms, 1957. 

2.  Mexican farm workers, on a farm in California, 1957.

3.  Mexican laborers show their ‘permission to work’ papers in California, 1957.

4.  Mexican laborers in line at a reception depot for processing and assignment in El Centro, Calif., 1957.

5.  After the various medical examinations, the men are dusted with DDT.

6.  A Mexican farm laborer climbs a ladder under a date palm tree, California, 1957.

7.  Tamayo and his fellow workers take a break for food during their work day on a ranch in California, 1957.

8.  Tamayo relaxes with a fellow worker inside the temporary living quarters, California, 1957.

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On the Coastal Tip of Jamaica, actress Candice Patton stands barefoot in a sheer yellow dress before settling turquoise waters. Her arms sway back and forth as the Caribbean air billows through the thigh-high slit. She gives the camera a small smile as the sun radiates off her skin and the tide tiptoes towards the shore. The Instagram boomerang I’m glancing at has now been viewed over 200,000 times by her 1.2 million-user following.

It’s mid-June; a median between two milestones in Candice’s life - two weeks before her 29th birthday, and two weeks after the Season 3 finale of The Flash aired in homes nationwide. The superhero fiction show, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, stars Candice as Iris West, opposite Grant Gustin as the titular hero, Barry Allen. In the last three years, The Flash has garnered over 15 awards, with Candice herself most recently winning a Saturn Award for “Best Supporting Actress on Television”. It makes sense that CBS Watch! Magazine would send her over to the Caribbean for a photoshoot. 

The CW star calls me from her residence in Los Angeles on a Friday afternoon, after her trip in Jamaica. I expect her to sound exhausted from her jet setting, but she’s not. To my astoundment, there’s a lot on her mind. I come to realize that, unlike Iris West, Candice Patton is equipped with a power of her own.

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Could have had Yale Law graduate, lawyer, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, two-time New York Senator, and Secretary of State.

2016 is proof a less qualified man can still beat the most qualified woman (even if she is the most qualified person –man or woman– to ever run for the Presidency). A woman has to play the game at so many levels to even be considered a capable candidate. Trump is a 4-times bankrupt propaganda artist that inherited his wealth from his Father.

But instead Middle America stole the election from the 3 million majority through the use of an archaic system known as the electoral college. Both of the last two Republican Presidents lost the popular vote. On the contrary, Obama won both the electoral college *AND* the popular vote.

Now we are stuck with a man far more dangerous than George W. Bush. Instead of opting for the most qualified candidate in history, we got the biggest con-man of all-time. Trump is in over his head and admits it: “I thought being President would be much easier.” – what a joke!

Hillary saw how hard the job was up close and personal twice – first with her husband and then with Obama. And yet she still wanted the job.

Elections have consequences. Buckle up!

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           The Temple Of American Empire (New York Public Library)

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States (behind the Library of Congress), and fourth largest in the world.[3] It is a private, non-governmental, independently managed, nonprofit corporation operating with both private and public financing.[4] The library has branches in the boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island, and affiliations with academic and professional libraries in the metropolitan area of New York State. The City of New York’s other two boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens, are served by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library, respectively. The branch libraries are open to the general public and consist of circulating libraries. The New York Public Library also has four research libraries which are open to the general public as well.

The library, officially chartered as The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, was developed in the 19th century, founded from an amalgamation of grass-roots libraries, and social libraries of bibliophiles and the wealthy, aided by the philanthropy of the wealthiest Americans of their age.he New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States (behind the Library of Congress), and fourth largest in the world.[3] It is a private, non-governmental, independently managed, nonprofit corporation operating with both private and public financing.[4] The library has branches in the boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island, and affiliations with academic and professional libraries in the metropolitan area of New York State. The City of New York’s other two boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens, are served by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library, respectively. The branch libraries are open to the general public and consist of circulating libraries. The New York Public Library also has four research libraries which are open to the general public as well.The library, officially chartered as The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, was developed in the 19th century, founded from an amalgamation of grass-roots libraries, and social libraries of bibliophiles and the wealthy, aided by the philanthropy of the wealthiest Americans of their age.

An Orgy of Unnecessary Cruelty

The theme that unites all of Trump’s initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty.

1. His new budget comes down especially hard on the poor – imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural communities, nutrition for new mothers and their infants, funds to keep poor families warm, even “meals on wheels.”

These cuts come at a time when more American families are in poverty than ever before, including 1 in 5 children. 

Why is Trump doing this? To pay for the biggest hike in military spending since the 1980s. Yet the U.S. already spends more on its military than the next 7 biggest military budgets put together.

2. His plan to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act will cause 14 million Americans to lose their health insurance next year, and 24 million by 2026.

Why is Trump doing this? To bestow $600 billion in tax breaks over the decade to wealthy Americans. This windfall comes at a time when the rich have accumulated more wealth than at any time in the nation’s history. 

The plan reduces the federal budget deficit by only $337 billion over the next ten years – a small fraction of the national debt, in exchange for an enormous amount of human hardship.

3. His ban on Syrian refugees and reduction by half in the total number of refugees admitted to the United States comes just when the world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Why is Trump doing this? The ban does little or nothing to protect Americans from terrorism. No terrorist act in the United States has been perpetrated by a Syrian or by anyone from the six nations whose citizens are now banned from traveling to the United States. You have higher odds of being struck by lightening than dying from an immigrant terrorist attack.  

4. His dragnet roundup of undocumented immigrants is helter-skelter – including people who have been productive members of our society for decades, and young people who have been here since they were toddlers.

Why is Trump doing this? He has no compelling justification. Unemployment is down, crime is down, and we have fewer undocumented workers in the U.S. today than we did five years ago. 

Trump is embarking on an orgy of cruelty for absolutely no reason. This is morally repugnant. It violates every ideal this nation has ever cherished. We have a moral responsibility to stop it.

Top military budgets in the world.

1 United States 596 billion
2 China 215 billion 
3 Saudi Arabia 87.2 billion 
4 Russia 66.4 billion 


Imagine. If we only spent as much as China did, maybe a little more. Still be #1, but without the ridiculous margin. 

We could instantly add 380 BILLION dollars to our budget without even touching taxes. 

That’s $1,190 per person in the US instantly. 

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  • #1 Argentina
  • #1 Belarus
  • #1 Brazil
  • #1 Egypt
  • #1 Estonia
  • #1 Finland
  • #1 Hungary
  • #1 Jordan 
  • #1 Latvia
  • #1 Lithuania
  • #1 Netherlands
  • #1 Nicaragua 
  • #1 Panama
  • #1 Peru
  • #1 Poland 
  • #1 Romania
  • #1 Saudi Arabia
  • #1 Singapore 
  • #1 Slovenia 
  • #1 Sweden

  • #2 Costa Rica
  • #2 Hungary
  • #2 Italy
  • #2 United States
  • #2 Mexico
  • #3 Norway
  • #3 Denmark
  • #3 Cyprus
  • #4 Malta 
  • #4 Portugal
  • #4 Spain
  • #4 United Arab Emirates
  • #5 France
  • #5 Greece
  • #5 Philippines
  • #5 Turkey
  • #6 Austria
  • #6 Canada
  • #6 Chile
  • #8 Israel
  • #8 Russia
  • #10 Ireland
  • #11 Lebanon
  • #11 Slovakia
  • #14 India
  • #15 United Kingdom
  • #16 Bolivia
  • #16 Switzerland
  • #17 Moldova 
  • #19 Czech Republic
  • #19 South Africa
  • #21 Germany
  • #21 Ukraine
  • #22 New Zealand
  • #25 Luxembourg
  • #26 Belgium
  • #30 Malaysia
  • #31 Indonesia
  • #38 Colombia
  • #57 Australia
  • #79 Thailand
  • #105 Hong Kong
  • #114 Singapore

Norway overtakes Denmark to be crowned world's 'happiest country'

Norway has unseated Denmark as happiest country in the world. The Scandinavian nation beat the three-time winner of the title, having previously been ranked fourth.

Denmark dropped to second place as Norway was named the winner for the first time since the United Nations launched the global initiative in 2012.

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The World Happiness Report 2017 ranked countries on six criteria measuring happiness: GDP per capita, life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and an absence of corruption in government or the business sector.

“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,"Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that published the report, told Reuters.

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"What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good,” Meik Wiking, chief executive of the Happiness Institute in Copenhagen, said.

Iceland, Switzerland and Finland were also ranked in the top five. The US was 14th on the list, while the UK came in 19th place. Sachs said the US had dropped one place due to rising inequality, distrust and corruption. He said that President Trump’s economic measures were “all aimed at increasing inequality – tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the healthcare rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction.”

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Syria, Yemen, Tanzania and Burundi are the least happy of the 155 countries listed in the fifth annual report by the SDSN.

The aim of the report is to provide governments with a tool to improve overall well-being in their country. “I want governments to measure this, discuss it, analyse it and understand when they have been off on the wrong direction,” Sachs said.

World Happiness Report 2017 rankings:

1. Norway
2. Denmark
3. Iceland
4. Switzerland
5. Finland
6. Netherlands
7. Canada
8. New Zealand
9. Australia
10. Sweden
11. Israel
12. Costa Rica
13. Austria
14. United States
15. Ireland
16. Germany
17. Belgium
18. Luxembourg
19. United Kingdom
20. Chile

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The “Pray for Betty White” movement is cute and all, but I think the person who really needs our prayers right now is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a liberal member of the United States Supreme Court. Being a Jewish woman and a big advocate for women’s rights, her presence on the Supreme Court has really helped American law move towards equality. For example, Ginsburg is the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same sex-wedding, is a big advocate for equal voting rights, and as a feminist, her voice and vote in the Supreme Court has helped protect women’s reproductive rights for years

The problem is, Ginsburg is 83 years old (the oldest member) and a cancer survivor. If she passes away, Trump will be in charge of replacing her presence on the United States Supreme Court, and you can be sure that he’ll replace her with somebody who is against everything she stands for.

At the moment, the Supreme Court consists of 4 liberal members, 3 conservative members, and Justice Kennedy, who is a conservative swing (a conservative member that occasionally sides with the liberals). The confirmation of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch would give conservatives a potential edge of 5 to 4, which means conservatives could control what cases enter the Supreme Court for a vote, as well as the results. It only takes a simple majority of 5 votes to overturn a case. Nevertheless, we have fared well in a 4 liberal, 4 conservative, and 1 conservative swing court before. It’s not good, but not the end of the world. 

HOWEVER

Ginsburg’s passing would give the conservatives a concrete 5 votes, and a potential 6 votes, which would give conservatives the ability to overturn any major court case, including Roe v. Wade (abortion rights) and Obergefell v. Hodges (gay marriage).

On top of that, Supreme Court justices serve life terms, so you can bet Trump will elect a YOUNG conservative, meaning conservatives have the potential to completely control the Supreme Court for GENERATIONS to come. 

So pray for Ruth Bader Ginsburg y’all.

COINTELPRO

They won’t teach you this is school, but if you want to be a “woke” ally, one thing you should always read up on is the United State’s COINTELPRO program. 

Last night the PBS The Black Panther: Vanguard of the Revolution documentary touched on it and I thought it was important to talk about. Outside there being a general ignorance about the Black Panther Party, it is also important to know the things the government and police did to WARRANT the creation of The Black Panther Party. 

You should be very angry but very awake once you’re done. Because I want you to WANT to learn about it, I’ll only give you a blurb and a link.

COINTELPRO (a portmanteau derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram) was a series of covert, and at times illegal,[1][2] projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations.[3]

FBI records show that COINTELPRO resources targeted groups and individuals that the FBI deemed “subversive”,[4] including anti-Vietnam War organizers, members of black civil rights and nationalist liberation organizations (e.g. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Black Panther Party), feminist organizations, anti-colonial movements (such as Puerto Rican independence groups), and a variety of organizations that were part of the broader “New Left”.

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover issued directives governing COINTELPRO, ordering FBI agents to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, neutralize or otherwise eliminate” the activities of these movements and their leaders.[5][6] Under Hoover, the agent in charge of COINTELPRO was William C. Sullivan.[7] Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy personally authorized some of these programs.[8] Kennedy would later learn that he also had been a target of FBI surveillance.[citation needed]

Groups that were known to be targets of COINTELPRO operations includec

]The COINTELPRO documents show numerous cases of the FBI’s intentions to prevent and disrupt protests against the Vietnam War. Many techniques were used to accomplish this task. “These included promoting splits among antiwar forces, encouraging red-baiting of socialists, and pushing violent confrontations as an alternative to massive, peaceful demonstrations.” One 1966 COINTELPRO operation tried to redirect the Socialist Workers Party from their pledge of support for the antiwar movement.[37]

  • communist and socialist organizations
  • organizations and individuals associated with the Civil Rights Movement, including Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others associated with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Congress of Racial Equality, and other civil rights organizations
  • black nationalist groups
  • the Young Lords
  • the American Indian Movement
  • the white supremacist groups
  • the Ku Klux Klan (an ACTUAL terrorist group they should have been focusing on)
  • the National States’ Rights Party (an white nationalist group they should have been focusing on)
  • a broad range of organizations labeled “New Left”, including Students for a Democratic Society and the Weathermen
  • almost all groups protesting the Vietnam War, as well as individual student demonstrators with no group affiliation
  • the National Lawyers Guild
  • organizations and individuals associated with the women’s rights movement
  • nationalist groups such as those seeking independence for Puerto Rico, United Ireland, and Cuban exile movements including Orlando Bosch’s Cuban Power and the Cuban Nationalist Movement;
  • and additional notable Americans.[36]

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Trump’s Unconstitutional Assault on the Judiciary

One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation’s courts. Donald Trump is doing just this. 

Connect the following dots:

1. In January, Trump blasted a federal judge for staying his travel ban. “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” he tweeted.

2. In February, after the judge made the stay permanent, Trump issued a veiled threat: “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!”

3. Last week, after another federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking Trump’s travel ban, Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, said “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”

4. On Tuesday, after another federal judge blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a threat to take away funds from sanctuary cities, the White House issued a statement condemning the judge as “unelected.” The statement charged “this San Francisco judge’s erroneous ruling is a gift to the criminal gang and cartel element in our country, empowering the worst kind of human trafficking and sex trafficking, and putting thousands of innocent lives at risk. This case is yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge.”

5. On Wednesday, Trump said he was considering breaking up the court of appeals for the 9th Circuit, in which these three federal judges hear and decide cases. "There are many people who want to break up the 9th Circuit,” he said. “It’s outrageous.” The 9th Circuit Court covers Arizona, California, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington and Hawaii, as well as Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Eighteen of the court’s 25 judges were appointed by Democratic presidents.

It is the job of the Justice Department to provide a reasoned case for overruling a federal judge’s decision. In condemning individual judges and threatening to break up the court of appeals instead, Trump is attacking the foundations of the separation of powers in the Constitution. 

This assault on the federal judiciary is an abuse of Trump’s constitutional authority – yet another ground for impeachment.

Debunking The Myths of Serial Killers

There are many myths that surround these morbidly fascinating people. Here are a few of the stereotypes explained to better know how these killers operate:

Myth 1: All Serial Killers Are Men 
On the contrary, about 17 percent of all serial homicides in the United States are committed by women. Women, however, have a completely different motive than men. Male serial killers are usually motivated by sex, whereas most female serial killers are motivated by monetary gain or revenge.

Myth 2: All Serial Killers Are White
This may seem to be true because white serial killers make up the majority of the morbid icons of popular culture, but there are plenty of African American, Hispanic, and Asian American serial killers. In fact, African Americans represent about 20 percent of serial killers.

Myth 3: All Serial Killers Are Dysfunctional Loners
Many like Ted Bundy, Dennis Rader, and Gary Ridgway lead seemingly normal lives and have healthy social bonds with other people.

Myth 4: All Serial Killers Travel Widely
Although there are a number of drifter killers in the United States, a lot of them stalk and kill within their comfort zones, which is often defined by an anchor point, such as a place of residence or place of employment. Crime statistics reveal that serial killers are most likely to commit their first murder very close to their residence.

Myth 5: All Serial Killers Are Mentally Ill 
Psychopathy doesn’t mean psychosis. A very small number of serial killers have or ever will win the NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity) plea. Ed Gein is one of the very few who was actually found to be insane.

Myth 6: All Serial Killers Want To Be Caught 
Serial Killers love the act of killing, so why would they want to be caught? Many take satisfaction in their success and even go so far as to taunt the police like the Zodiac Killer, BTK, and the Son of Sam did.

Myth 7: All Serial Killer Victims Are Female
Just like not all serial killers are male, not all serial killer victims are female. In reality, men comprise about 30 percent of serial killer victims.

Source: Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Monsters by Scott Bonn

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Ambrose Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) 

An American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer.

Bierce’s book The Devil’s Dictionary was named as one of “The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature” by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration;. His story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge has been described as “one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature”; and his book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (also published as In the Midst of Life) was named by the Grolier Club as one of the 100 most influential American books printed before 1900. 

A prolific and versatile writer, Bierce was regarded as one of the most influential journalists in the United States. For his horror writing, Michael Dirda ranked him alongside Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft as a pioneering writer of realist fiction. His war stories influenced Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, and others, and he was considered an influential and feared literary critic. In recent decades Bierce has gained wider respect as a fabulist and for his poetry. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1.-3. Spine detail, cover detail and excerpt from The Devil’s Dictionary. Ambrose Bierce. Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1911.  4. Title page detail from The Shadow on the Dial and Other Essays By Ambrose Bierce. San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1909.  5.-6. Cover detail and title page from Write It Right; A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults By Ambrose Bierce. New York: Walter Neale, 1909.

anonymous asked:

So I've never really understood why people complain so much about Obamacare anyway other than rising premiums for some.

WHELP

1. Honestly? I think a lot of people flat-out didn’t understand what it was. President Orange is wrong about almost all things, but genuinely—healthcare really is very complicated. Health insurance is a huge and incredibly complex sector of the economy, governed by a whole slew of laws, regulations, and entities, which differ from state to state and insurance plan to insurance plan and also how CMS is feeling that day. I don’t blame people for not really knowing how this massive shift in health insurance affected them, and latching onto what the media was saying (see #3)..

2. the ACA was passed in 2010, but some of its provisions weren’t rolled out until last year. Other parts have been rewritten, after Supreme Court cases found them unconstitutional. Still others haven’t been enforced. The full PPACA is a sprawling bill, that does a lot of things all Americans like—prohibit denials for preexisting conditions, remove lifetime caps, limit deductibles, allow adult children to stay on parents’ plans, etc. But the ACA also had the individual insurance exchanges that people don’t understand and don’t like, insufficient funding for states that needed exchange development and staff training. The website crashed multiple times. People’s insurance plans shifted around such that they couldn’t necessarily see their regular doctor. Taxes were raised. And fair or not, when you create a significant health insurance shift, and afterwards medical costs rise, you get blamed for that too.

People don’t like change, especially when it’s little things like ‘I have to fill out an extra piece of paper with my taxes.’ (That stuff drives people nuts way more than actual substantive changes.) Combined with the misunderstanding of why these things were necessary, and general rising medical costs, and people hated it.

3. Not only were there structural and rollout problems, but there were messaging problems. The Democrats were much more lukewarm about a bill that was clearly a compromise with moderate Republicans. (The ACA is actually based on a similar Heritage Foundation plan.) This allowed the….not moderate Republicans, who were pissed, to take hold of the ACA news cycle early and use it to their advantage. There’s a reason that significant numbers of people didn’t realize “Obamacare” and “the Affordable Care Act” are the same law—I’ve never heard it referred to as the ACA outside of the healthcare field until recently. When I’m talking to friends or family even I refer to it as “Obamacare” just because it’s easier, everybody knows that that is.

It’s why everyone is so shocked the Republicans didn’t have an actual plan until last month—they’ve been complaining about the Democrats’ for over 7 years, it isn’t as though they haven’t had the time.

4. In combination with #3……the hatred for Obama has faded a little, swallowed up by lame duck nostalgia and the sheer horror of Trump. But it really cannot be overstated, how much a certain chunk of the Republican party hated Obama. He was so….he was Kennedy born again, Camelot part II, but even more threatening because well jesus, he was black

This was the era of “socialist medicine” and “born in Kenya” (which was a real thing, this was something that the President of the United States had to address!) Slapping ‘Obamacare’ onto the ACA tainted it with the same politics, the same kneejerk ‘NEVER’ from those who genuinely believed Obama was a socialist radical African in disguise. Even now, if you browse through twitter, you can see various bottom feeders crowing about “undoing Obama’s work” and “striking back against Obama”

So you’ve got structural issues, messaging issues, racism, misunderstanding, and the sheer burgeoning costs of medical treatment.


…………………….just to start

Alicia is P.O.T.U.S

Based off of this tumblr prompt  

Some people had really good head canons for this but I’ve changed things around a bit.  Hope no one minds.

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Alicia Zimmermann is President of the United States.  Jack Zimmermann is a Hockey player for the Washington Capitals.  He has just finished his rookie year when the story starts.

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Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7

“I want to run for re-election.”

The way his father doesn’t flinch tells Jack he knew before they all sat at the breakfast table. Before Jack said good morning, before he grabbed the milk jug and poured himself a tall glass, before he accepted his egg white omelette with a thanks for Trudy who smiled back and said good morning when he said it to her.

His mother told him, when he’d been curious and feeling grown up enough to ask what made a lasting relationship, that the key was communication.  “Constant communication – you can never over-do it like you can under do it.” She said.  So of course his father knew.

He should have expected this really, not the announcement, though of course that should have been a no brainer.  His father knowing might not have been a show of relationship solidarity so much as a token gesture to prove that she might be President of the United States but she was also his wife Alicia Zimmermann and she still believed in the things she did when they were first married.  Never mind all the times she didn’t on the journey to get here.

“Jack?” He looks at his father who looks like he’s trying not to be disproportionally concerned. He doesn’t think it’s a good idea either.  He knows what’s happening to Jack right now.  He can feel the vibrations in the earth beneath them too.  “Thoughts?”

Jack has no thoughts. He has a high pitched ringing in his head that makes him afraid to open his mouth in case he lets it loose.  He has no words, no words they want to hear, no words he wants to say while there are people outside not even pretending not to eavesdrop.  Besides, she’s already made up her mind.  His mother’s asking him what he thinks hoping she’ll say it’s fine but already knowing it doesn’t matter.  It’s always been like this.  She’s always letting people know about her decisions out of courtesy, not because she cares what people think.

“Does it matter?” He manages to croak out.

“What? Of course it does.” Her voice is gentle like she’s trying to soothe the anxious child he used to be.

He’s not a child anymore. A humourless laugh spills free, “Does it though? You said one term.  Ater-“ he breaks off and the air takes on the weight of what he’s referring to, “after it happened you said that it would be one term. That I was more important to you.” He hates the way his voice breaks, “You promised.”

“But you’re doing so well now.” She winds an arm around his shoulder but any comfort he ever derived from her soft embrace, from the way the vanilla of her perfume would wrap around him, has gone.  This isn’t the first time he’s noticed it but it’s the first time he’s noticed how long it’s been since he remembers the first time it happened.  “You’ve played phenomenally all through the finals.  I was, I am, proud of how far you’ve come.  How confident you are now.”

Jack swallowed, “So because I’m not in danger of overdosing now you think another term is on the table? That that’s not going to change anything?”

His mother’s squeeze of his shoulders feels like she’s trying to force him not console him and he has to wiggle free, to gain some space around him so his ribs can move to breathe.  “Jack calm down.”

“Calm down?” He hiccups trying to remember his calming count.  “No.” He blurts.  “No to this second term.  If you’re asking me, it’s a no.”

“Jack sit down son.” Bob has a hand on his shoulder but he needs space.  This room is too small.  He feels crowded and hot.  He crosses to the window and throws it open.  A small red light goes off on the security lock at the base.  It reminds him of how trapped he really is and he loses count again.  “Jack you need to breathe.”

“I’m trying!” He shouts.

“Ma’am is everything okay?” A distant unfamiliar voice asks from across the room.

Jack hears his mother speak but her words don’t register.  He’s retreated into himself, far within where all he has to worry about is what’s happening to his body.  It’s not until she’s standing behind him at the window, her hand cool on the back of his neck that he feels himself expand and fill his body up again. He grips the curtain cord.  “In for three out for four remember?”

He shakes her touch off again, “I remember.” He snaps.

Bob leans back and his chair creaks.  “I know you’re not happy about this.”

What gave it away? Jack wants to snap but instead he retorts, “But it doesn’t matter.”

“Of course it matters.” Bob argues.  It almost sounds like Jack can believe him.  “It matters.  If you’re worried that to go through another election race will make you backslide then it matters.”

Make him backslide. Like he’s just an addict who needs to try harder not to fall off the wagon.  “What happens if I say no?”

Alicia straightens at the look Bob shoots her.  “Then we don’t run again.  Right?”

She hesitates.

“Right?”

“I’m not asking you to give up hockey-” She says.

“Alicia!” Bob growls.

“I’m just asking you to trust me.  To trust yourself.  You’re stronger than you think you are.”

Jack turns back to the window surveying the methodical maintenance going on on the south lawn. Mowers ride up and down the grounds cutting uniform lines across the grass, the gardeners trim at the flower beds creating an impressively neat line between the soil and the freshly mowed grass. “And if I’m not?”

“You are.” She insists.

Bob sighs her name again and again she ignores him.  “I have so much work left to do Jack.” She sounds scared about it, like the moment she steps down everything she worked for will be erased.

She’s probably right.

Jack pushes off from the windowsill and stalks across the room.

“Where are you going?” Alicia follows him with her eyes but her feet stay glued to the carpet.

“I have to get out of here.”

“You can’t-“

He whirls around, “Is that a presidential order?” He growls.

Alicia rears back wide eyed, “Of course not.”

Jack’s chest heaves in the thick oppressive air between them.  “I need to think about it.” Like that’s going to make a damn bit of difference.

She dares a small smile, probably hoping it looks more sad than triumphant.  It doesn’t.

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry, but I don't quite understand the context of your my/your kink argument, esp. the examples you are using. While I do obviously agree that writing about something is not the same as condoning it, is that where the statement ends? I mean, if someone were to write exclusively about rape/pedophilia/sexual abuse and portray it in a positive light, I wouldn't merely regard it as a kink (afaik kink implies practice, implies consent) and morally I would condemn it. Could you elaborate?

I have (at least) five answers.

1.  The vast majority of the moral meaning lies in both the consumer’s and creator’s contexts.  Martha writes a fic in which two sixteen-year-olds explore one another’s bodies.  Pedophilia?  Which country are you living in? What about the characters? What’s the time period and context?  José writes a fic in which one character sexually abuses another but they both come to a better place.  Endorsement of abuse?  Darkfic?  Hurt/comfort?  Akane writes a senpai/kohai fic that mirrors material in the original manga.  Is writing drawn from  a culpable (see point 3) source automatically culpable itself? In specific, there’s an ancient tradition of rape-as-seduction fiction, and an enormous body of documentation showing that it’s a common female fantasy. Rape-as-seduction is rape culture, sure, but we’re embedded in it: see my point in the original post about ids. You cannot responsibly make a moral judgment unless you consider all of these, as well as the context of your own reaction.

2. Consider the creator’s point of view.  You don’t know what the creator was thinking, and you don’t have the right to ask.  The creator may be working through a painful experience and getting catharsis through fiction.  The creator may be trying to convey as subtext that a particular situation is wrong and bad.  (With or without success.) The creator may be fantasizing a situation without any intention of putting it into practice – see the very relevant quotations in my post.  And, of course, the creator may be deliberately getting off on something that the vast majority of people in the creator’s culture consider morally wrong. (To whom is the creator accountable? Transformative media is created and consumed worldwide now.)  You can’t know which of these is going on.  Intent is not 100% of an immoral act, but when it comes to writing fiction, it’s a very, very high percentage.

3.  Consider the consumer’s point of view.   All of the possibilities in 2 apply, plus “I’m reading/viewing this to avoid doing it in real life.”

4.  Consider the likely consequences of consuming the transformative work.   There is no evidence that a person not already disposed to commit rape/incest/pedophilia/abuse is likely to be moved by fiction to commit those acts.  There just isn’t.   The evidence that people who are so disposed are more likely to commit those acts after viewing supportive media is, at best, mixed; there’s a lot of “post hoc versus propter hoc” going on there.  

5. Finally we come to “What are you going to do with your moral condemnation”?  You have carefully considered 1, 2, 3, and 4, and have determined that “applying contemporary community standards, the dominant theme of the material taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest.”  ( Roth v. United States, and you bet your booty I’m being ironic.)   Are you going to draw a conclusion and move on?  Are you going to speak privately to your friends about why the fic offended you?  Or are you going to drop the wrath of Tumblr on the head of the offending creator?   

If your answer is “unleash the hounds of Hell”, I think you’re the one who’s morally wrong.  Period.   Your moral act also has a context, and part of the context is  the expected result.  You are not going to change what the writer thinks about morality.   You are going to create a mob of haters, most of whom are not going to present a reasoned argument based on evidence, but instead are going to tell the creator, and the world, that the creator is a terrible person. Not that the creator makes terrible works, but that they are a terrible person, and there is an ENORMOUS difference.  The experience of the last (at least) fifteen years demonstrates that hate mobs are emotionally satisfying to the haters, are not a force for any moral good, and routinely drive their victims out of fandom and even off the internet.

tl;dr:  It all depends.   I lived through the fallout of 1970s feminist consciousness-raising groups, and I don’t need to watch the hi-def remake.  I am sick beyond words of callout culture.

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