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JeanMarco Week Day 3: Hand to Hold

I could’ve made a comic out of it but there wasn’t enough time orz (maybe some other time ;v;) In which Jean can’t take a fREAKING HINT

qz.com
A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency
Vote in local and state elections while you can. Notice the swastikas and the other signs of hate—do not look away and do not get used to them.

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today:

1. Do not obey in advance.

Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked. You’ve already done this, haven’t you? Stop. Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.

2. Defend an institution.

Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.

3. Recall professional ethics.

When the leaders of state set a negative example, professional commitments to just practice become much more important. It is hard to break a rule-of-law state without lawyers, and it is hard to have show trials without judges.

4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words.

Look out for the expansive use of “terrorism” and “extremism.” Be alive to the fatal notions of “exception” and “emergency.” Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.

5. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives.

When the terrorist attack comes, remember that all authoritarians at all times either await or plan such events in order to consolidate power. Think of the Reichstag fire. The sudden disaster that requires the end of the balance of power, the end of opposition parties, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Don’t fall for it.

6. Be kind to our language.

Avoid pronouncing the phrases everyone else does. Think up your own way of speaking, even if only to convey that thing you think everyone is saying. (Don’t use the internet before bed. Charge your gadgets away from your bedroom, and read.) What to read? Perhaps The Power of the Powerless by Václav Havel, 1984 by George Orwell, The Captive Mind by Czesław Milosz, The Rebel by Albert Camus, The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, or Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev.

7. Stand out.

Someone has to. It is easy, in words and deeds, to follow along. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But without that unease, there is no freedom. And the moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.

8. Believe in truth.

To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.

9. Investigate.

Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you. Bookmark PropOrNot or other sites that investigate foreign propaganda pushes.

10. Practice corporeal politics.

Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Make new friends and march with them.

11. Make eye contact and small talk.

This is not just polite. It is a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, break down unnecessary social barriers, and come to understand whom you should and should not trust. If we enter a culture of denunciation, you will want to know the psychological landscape of your daily life.

12. Take responsibility for the face of the world.

Notice the swastikas and the other signs of hate. Do not look away and do not get used to them. Remove them yourself and set an example for others to do so.

13. Hinder the one-party state.

The parties that took over states were once something else. They exploited a historical moment to make political life impossible for their rivals. Vote in local and state elections while you can.

14. Give regularly to good causes, if you can.

Pick a charity and set up autopay. Then you will know that you have made a free choice that is supporting civil society helping others doing something good.

15. Establish a private life.

Nastier rulers will use what they know about you to push you around. Scrub your computer of malware. Remember that email is skywriting. Consider using alternative forms of the internet, or simply using it less. Have personal exchanges in person. For the same reason, resolve any legal trouble. Authoritarianism works as a blackmail state, looking for the hook on which to hang you. Try not to have too many hooks.

16. Learn from others in other countries.

Keep up your friendships abroad, or make new friends abroad. The present difficulties here are an element of a general trend. And no country is going to find a solution by itself. Make sure you and your family have passports.

17. Watch out for the paramilitaries.

When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-Leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the game is over.

18. Be reflective if you must be armed.

If you carry a weapon in public service, God bless you and keep you. But know that evils of the past involved policemen and soldiers finding themselves, one day, doing irregular things. Be ready to say no. (If you do not know what this means, contact the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and ask about training in professional ethics.)

19. Be as courageous as you can.

If none of us is prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die in unfreedom.

20. Be a patriot.

The incoming president is not. Set a good example of what America means for the generations to come. They will need it.

Capricorn And Communication

- You can be very shy and reserved when first entering into a new (and sometimes even old) environment, making you cautious about who you talk to and what you say. But in general, you’re a cautious speaker because you don’t like anything being held against you. You have a vast mentality, so you can speak about different things all the time. But like the other Earth signs in particular (Taurus & Virgo), you hate long and drawn out conversations. Keep it to the point so we can move on to the next thing…is your motto.

- Giving others an idea of who you are is almost always done by speaking. You, being one to divulge very little at times, makes it hard for others to really know you. When a person doesn’t really know you, they don’t know the best methods to communicate (or deal) with you. It’s fair to say, that doesn’t stop you from having a lot of friends and meaningful relationships…but it can cause a disconnect. 

- You’re an emotional person, but you like to keep it under control. When you are very emotional, however, and can’t control it…that’s when most people find out what they’ve been waiting for from you. That’s when you’re vulnerable and expose more of who you are. As fun and down to earth as you can be, people actually relate more to you when they see emotion.

Vocaloid psa

I think people need to keep in mind that, although Miku is often credited with things that aren’t true (like being the first Vocaloid), she has done more for the success of Vocaloid than any of the others; her popularity helps fund a lot of other things. I mean, people get annoyed that MikuExpo is centered around Miku, but if it wasn’t for her you might not see Rin, Len, Luka, Meiko or Kaito in concerts at all because those things requite a lot of money, and Miku is the one that makes the most money. Fans decided that, not Crypton.

I just think it’s important to keep that in mind. Not liking Miku is completely fine (because obviously an opinion can’t be ‘wrong’), but you really shouldn’t hate Miku just for being popular.

And no, this isn’t aimed at anyone or anything in particular. I just see people say Miku doesn’t deserve her popularity sometimes and it kind of annoys me.

78. The pain you feel after drinking too much the night before is a male cat for Germans. The pain you feel after working out is a muscle male cat. #tohellwithmalecats

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If anyone I follow feels uncomfortable around me because of age difference, I won’t hold anything against you for asking me to stay away from you. I won’t resent you or ask for an explanation or expose you so if you’ve been holding off on asking me something like that, go ahead.

If you’re not okay with this post or don’t like it, then sorry but I do support all kinds of love, I don’t have anything against you if you do not support this. People have no right to intervene in someone else’s relationships and what makes them happy. And if you’re fine with this, then please share to show people your support :-) 

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after the last thing i draw Jamie’s immediate response was “AU where instead of captain america for a retainer Elise has batman” 

so here’s five million doodles of Gerome doing very important retainer duties for the little Nohrian princess, he takes his job increDIBLY seriously, thank you. Unlike the other royal sibs and their Awakening!retainers he is definitely the babysitter here, I bet he’d probably be like Jakob except not a butler and five times more straight-faced. 

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HK: We were performing ‘Orange Sky’ and it has a really high note. It even goes up to the 4th octave so we lowered it by half a key. We all promised to lower the key, and we thought the keyboard was set up like that too. When Jonghun started playing, Minhwan and I were like, wait……I just went along with it until I got to the first chorus. It was too high! I stopped and told everyone to start over…

Imagine going to a party with gilinsky and he’s high af and you can tell so you pull him aside and before you can say anything he pins you against the wall and starts kissing your neck and your pulling on his hair and moaning his name and he whispers “if you think this is good you should see what’s yet to come.” hoLY SHIT IM SCREAMING IN 700 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES WHY DID I DO THAT

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make me choose

anonymous said: gx or arc-v?