billionaire no more

The thing about the rich of this country is that billionaires have more money than is humanly possible to spend. So like, I really do not give any amount of a shit if increasing their taxes is “faaair” because I care more about no one starving to death or going without medical care in fucking 2015 than I do about the great grandson of the guy who invented some crappy toy being able to buy his 17th yacht. We can fucking print out organs and we have people dying of the flu because they are too poor to go to the er. Like??? Tax the shit outta the rich. Take half their money. Idgaf.

Update for Trump Voters


1. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. Then he bombed Syria.

2. He said he’d build a wall along the border with Mexico. You bought it. Now his secretary of homeland security says “It’s unlikely that we will build a wall.”

3. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. Then he brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses.

4. He said he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “wonderful.” You bought it. Then he didn’t.

5. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. Then he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, in which no one is in charge.

6. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually. You bought it. He hasn’t, and says he never will.

7. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. You bought it. He remains heavily involved in his businesses, makes money off of foreign dignitaries staying at his Washington hotel, gets China to give the Trump brand trademark and copyright rights, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.

8. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said. You bought it. Then he put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.

9. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people. You bought it. Then he put Betsy DeVos, opponent of public education, in charge of education; Jeff Sessions, opponent of the Voting Rights Act, in charge of voting rights; Ben Carson, opponent of the Fair Housing Act, in charge of fair housing; Scott Pruitt, climate change denier, in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Russian quisling Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

10. He said he’d faithfully execute the law. You bought it. Then he said his predecessor, Barack Obama, spied on him, without any evidence of Obama ever doing so, in order to divert attention from the FBI’s investigation into collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives to win the election.

11. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the generals did. You bought it. Then he green lighted a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though  his generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained

12. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. He has by now spent more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama did in the first 3 years of his presidency. Not to mention all the money taxpayers are spending protecting his family, including his two sons who travel all over the world on Trump business.

13. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. Now he gets his information from Fox News, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.

More to come.

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6-Month Update for Trump Voters

So after six months, has he delivered what he promised you?

1. He told you he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “beautiful.” You bought it. But he didn’t repeal and he didn’t replace. (Just as well: His plan would have knocked at least 22 million off health insurance, including many of you.)

2. He told you he’d cut your taxes. You bought it. But tax “reform” is stalled. And if it ever moves, the only ones whose taxes will be cut are the wealthy.

3. He told you he’d invest $1 trillion in our nation’ crumbling infrastructure. You bought it. But his infrastructure plan, which was really a giveaway to rich investors, is also stalled.

4. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. But he’s brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses, along with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are crafting new policies for the same industries they recently worked for.

5. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. But he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, in which no one is in charge.

6. He said he’d close “special interest loopholes that have been so good for Wall Street investors but unfair to American workers.“ You bought it. But he picked a Wall Street financier Stephen Schwarzman to run his strategic and policy forum, who compares closing those loopholes to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

7. He told you he’d “bring down drug prices” by making deals with drug companies. You bought it. But now the White House says that promise is “inoperative.”

8. He said that on Day One he’d label China a “currency manipulator.” You bought it. But then he met with China’s president and declared "China is not a currency manipulator.”

9. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. But then he bombed Syria.

10. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. But in his first 6 months he has spent more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama did in the first 3 years of his presidency. Not to mention all the money taxpayers are spending protecting his family, including his two sons who travel all over the world on Trump business.

11. He said he’d force companies to keep jobs in America. You believed him. But despite their promises, Carrier, Ford, GM, and the rest are shipping jobs to Mexico and China.

12. He said he’d create coal jobs. You believe him. He hasn’t. But here’s what he has done: Since 1965 a federal program called the Appalachian Regional Commission has spent $23 billion helping communities in coal states fund job retraining, reclaim land, and provide desperately needed social services. A.R.C. helped cut poverty rates almost in half, double the percentage of high-school graduates, and reduce infant mortality by two-thirds. Trump’s first proposed budget eliminates A.R.C.

When you think about the fact that the UN says it would take around $30 billion a year to end world hunger, I hope in addition to the US’s $500+ billion/year military budget you also remember that there are five men in this world who together own over $400 billion just in reported personal wealth.

Not even including their secret accounts or corporations/holdings they control but don’t ‘own’ via technicalities. Just the amounts of their own private money that they’re willing to admit to having.

That’s over eight million years of a middle-class income (50k a year) in the US. Five guys have that, and they’re not sharing.

Not only are they not sharing, they’re demanding that people work to make them profit- for longer hours in worse and worse conditions - or die. Then they return less and less of what those workers create for them in profit, quietly hoarding rapidly growing accounts full of the results of your hard work.

Five guys with over 8 million years’ worth of wages. And when you go down the list, there are more of them, more billionaires racing to see how much they can hoard. As of right now there are about 2,000 of them (0.000026% of the population) who together claim $7.7 trillion, or 154 million years worth of wages. Hoarded by a group of people smaller than my high school.

They’re using some of that profit to push for fewer and fewer legal protections for you so they can skim off even more of your work and give you less time, fewer options, and less of the money you’ve earned for them.

They’re the ones lobbying for that monstrously massive military to grow and commit more and more atrocities to increase their stashes of wealth. They’re ripping apart rainforests, enslaving children, literally burning the planet to win bigger and bigger stashes of wealth they can’t even use.

Capitalism is a system designed specifically to hoard resources among fewer and fewer people as time goes on. We have enough resources to meet the needs of everyone on the planet, but what we all create as a society is being funnelled rapidly into the pockets of a few capitalists who already have more than they could ever need.

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My type? Tall, fairly muscular actor with brown hair (most of the time with an accent) that plays a dorky loveable badass who care for the safety of others.

Oh.

That awkward moment when you realize Redwall Abbey is the richest place in the entire Redwallverse.

Things The Abbey Has That Blow Vermins’ Minds:

  • Stained glass windows. Windows that aren’t just a hole in your wall.
  • Fruit trees. All in one place. With several varieties available.
  • Really big well-built stone walls.
  • Fireplaces constructed so the room doesn’t fill with smoke.
  • Actual beds. No seriously. Think about it.
  • A hand-woven tapestry that decorates an entire wall.
  • Multiple ovens.
  • A fish pond. And it’s not just for decoration. But it kind of is.
  • A deep cellar that keeps drinks cool. (That’s like the future.)
  • Stone floors, not dirt floors.
  • An apiary. Just… just go in your backyard and grab some honey. Do it.
  • Wall sconces.
  • Random assorted objects made of metal and not wood. Whoa.
  • Books. Parchment. Quill pens. Ink. More than one of these items each.
  • A well-stocked food and beverage collection.
  • Abbess Germaine’s spectacles. Like, glasses.
  • Legitimate stonework. Decorative gargoyles, statues, etc.
  • Martin’s sword.
  • Furniture. Chairs that are at least mildly comfortable. Cabinets.
  • Two ridiculously huge, shiny metal bells.
  • Soap.

Watching episode 7 again and again made me think how wrong the word “billionaire” feels when applied to Scrooge

I mean

COME ON SCROOGE, DON’T YOU USE SUCH AN INSIGNIFICANT WORD LIKE “BILLIONAIRE”

YOU HAVE FIVE MULTIPLUJILLION, NINE IMPOSSIBIDILLION, SEVEN FANTASTICATRILLION DOLLARS AND SIXTEEN CENTS

WHERE’S YOUR SELF-RESPECT, DUDE??

Republicans want your grandparents and your mom and dad to suffer.

As boomers are getting to retirement age, Republicans are telling them to live on less, have the least amount of dignity possible. All so billionaires can have more unnecessary advantages.

Shorter GOP: enjoy the cat food.

gotham panel nycc 2017

take two because i messed it up last time oops

•the whole cast is very large holy shit
•next week includes anubis!!
•ben mckenzie was working on the script for next weeks episode for months, including on his honeymoon with morena!!
•walls are closing in a little for jim, he doesn’t have a lot of allies left
•crystal says sofia definitely HAS feelings for jim, but we’re not quite sure how it’ll play out. crystal wants to know why it’s never acknowledged that him killed her brother
•david LOVES playing the billionaire brat, says there’s more of that to come!! there’s a scene in episode seven we should be looking forward to!! (includes him dancing)
•bruce/selina is in tatters, but a batcat connection could be in the future
•ben: GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT
•camren says selina is fed up and wants to focus on herself, she couldn’t care less about bruce right now
•sean pertwee is officially “hot alfred”
•we’re going to learn more about alfred’s backstory this year, we’ll see a new side of him and understand why he became a butler
•ben: sean is really pretty
•bullock has lost a lot, he doesn’t know how the new underworld works since he lost all the people he was used to (fish, falcone, maroni). he’s making the safest bets he can because he’s in uncertain waters, but it puts him and harvey on a collision course
•more penguin/trump jokes (per usual). robin says it’s fun playing “the second most crazy politician in america”
•jim gordon is his main adversary this season, almost full circle because that’s where they both started. jim and penguin both don’t want chaos but they both want to control gotham differently
•robin and david love working together, they’ve had more scenes together this season than in the whole show!! oswald is going to quickly figure out that bruce is going to be a thorn in his side
•david says a major theme in gotham this year is CONTROL, and everyone has a different opinion on how to protect the gothamited (bruce’s is the best obviously bc he wins)
•we’ll be seeing lee in episode five, but we won’t recognize her at first glance. she’s changed a lot, and she hasn’t been the same since the virus, but she couldn’t stay away from gotham. she’s going to be a part of the narrows to help people who were hurt during the virus and she’s in a fight club!
•lucius is officially the most sane character in gotham, chris is very excited to help keep thomas wayne’s son safe. he’ll continue to stay involved in helping bruce develop tech
•cory thinks oswald hated ed because he loves him so much. he misses working with robin a lot, but he loved the scene where robin flipped out after he escaped.
•erin says barbara will always be a bit insane, but she came back from the lazarus pit so she’s a little different (a lot more zen, knows martial arts) and ras has her back. she’s still got bits of the barbara in her, but she’s more of a business woman now and she knows she needs her family (tabitha and selina) and she still wants to be on top.
•jessica says that tabitha doesn’t really want to forgive barbara but she understands that she’s stronger with barbara and she needs allies.
•even though barbara and tabitha are the parents of this family, selina’s the one who’s able to calm down a situation.
•solomon grundy arrives this thursday!! drew says it’s butch in there somewhere but he doesn’t remember anything (hence his team up with butch). drew says solomon/ed/lee is the dream team you didn’t know you needed it.
•ben didn’t know that morena’s mom played magenta in a production of rocky horror picture show
•donal used to be an altar boy in rome
•david had an 102 fever when he auditioned for gotham
•robin’s been to the north pole, which cory doesn’t think exists
•sean’s dad knew the real christopher robin (of winnie the pooh fame). they used to play pooh sticks together!!
•camren was legally blind as a child, and she used to have to wear an eyepatch
•erin has a camel tattooed in her toe (camel toe!!) she was drunk when agreeing to it, but it’s small. it’s named falafel!
•drew’s first audition was for days of our lives, he didn’t get the part :(
•chris chalk has seen titanic fifteen times
•ben has NEVER seen titanic. morena says it’s gonna be their next date night.
•cory used to breed gerbils as a child. it was his first experience with pets. his first gerbil was named perdita because he loved 101 dalmations
•chris once pooped his pants when his teacher wouldn’t let him leave during a standardized test. (camren had heard the story before). he got a 98
•crystal wanted to be a race car driver as a kid
•alexander played chief stout in wind in the willows once
•robin says penguins defining scene was the pier with jim gordon, camren says selina’s was when she pushed reggie out a window, sean says when alfred let bruce kill him bc he loved him so much, drew says getting shot in the head
•cory is taking notes from ben on how to be a more mature actor, ben doesn’t know how he did it (he does fewer shirtless scenes!) ben loves the creative experience on the show, says that they’re all a family, he says that it’s unnatural how much they all like each other
•erin’s favorite line is “i’m not crazy i’m free”, camren’s is “the best liars already tell the truth”, morena likes “it’s gotham you should have checked for a pulse”
•morena says lee and barbara have some scenes together, she FINALLY gets to deck barbara. lee doesn’t know about sofia yet!!
•david’s biggest batman influence is the writers!! he also loved the comics and the old series with adam west
•robin says that in gotham anything could happen, and ed and oswald come back into each other’s lives next episode!! oswald has absolutely no idea what’s coming, and there’s a change he never would have expected
•danny immediately knew robin was perfect for the role of the penguin, robin really brought the role to life
•robin says killing someone in gotham is a compliment, it shows someone cares
•sofia and oswald’s relationship will evolve, they finally meet and it’s very cat and mouse, they’re both very strong willed, sofia wants to befriend him for suspicious reasons, and he IDOLIZES her father to figure out if she’s with him or against him
•ivy wills eventually stop taking penguin’s abuse, she won’t stand still and she’s going through a really dark change. there will be a whole new ivy by episode twelve!
•ben says villains are allowed to walk into the gcpd bc the security office is taking a nap
•robin says the penguin gets his time statistics from mr. pen, he’ll know
•penguin knows nothing about ras al ghul, he needs to stop always thinking that he’s on top!! he’s gotta learn about looking at the bigger picture and not to underestimate his enemies!!
•i almost got the front of the line to ask a question but i didn’t :(((
•but i did get really cute photos with david and drew, camren told me i looked nice, and cory waved at me from his car!!

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[grabs popcorn] oh gosh does he get what’s coming to him??

Oh yes.

I mean, that was the plan even before. Orn Free Taa is a fairly important antagonist in the second half of Anabasis, but he’s also an antagonist to people who have already beaten and survived Palpatine, so…he doesn’t stand a chance, really.

But once I realized he’s literally just Trump as a Twi’lek, his inevitable comeuppance became that much sweeter.