anonymous asked:

What is something the average American, with no legal or social clout, can do to help with campaigning against mass incarceration rates, and campaigning for prisoner rights?

Although it’s easy to feel like individually we might not have much clout or that one person’s opinion won’t make much difference, when ordinary people unite around a particular issue, it becomes the most powerful force in the world.  The key is to organize – when you organize people and organize resources, you get power.  It’s what has propelled major policy changes like banning the criminal history question on job and college applications, limiting the use of solitary confinement, and recent commitments to close Rikers Island.  If you are someone with no direct experience with the criminal justice system, the best thing you can do is identify groups and campaigns near you that are led by or centering people who have been locked up themselves (and their families).  Those closest to the problem are usually closest to the solution, but furthest from resources and power.  Follow their lead and join them in marching, advocating, and meeting with public officials.  Invest in them financially if you are able – while social movements often appear organic and spontaneous, it costs money to organize them.  Finally, don’t underestimate the power of social media.  While action in the streets and the offices of public officials is still the most effective way to generate change, there are plenty of ways to support those activities from a distance by participating in social media campaigns.


word count: 1793

summary: Luke is touching you in a restaurant then y’all have sex lol 

A/N: THIS IS MY SMUT OR WHATEVER SO IF IT’S BAD I APOLOGIZE BUT I THINK IT’S ALRIGHT TO BE HONEST. Also if people like me and want to make requests for blurbs or fluff whatever you wanna see go right ahead I have ideas I’m kinda lazy though that’s why this one took so long but yeah! So if you want to give feedback and stuff go for it no pressure at all.

disclaimer: i’m focusing my writing for black girls/women of color so if that offends you then don’t read this please i make it pretty obvious that the reader is black. anyone can read this though i’m in no way trying to offend anyone! 

“Y/N, we’re going to be late because of you, again!” You ignored Luke as you strapped up your black heels. The bedroom door opened as Luke glared at you annoyed. Although you’re sure he appreciated how the red mini dress hugged your curves. You glared over, admiring how the black button up he decided to wear tonight was only halfway fixed.

“Did I ever tell you how amazing you look in that color?” Luke murmured, nibbling on his slightly chapped lip. “Only every time I wear red,” you chuckled back, looking in the mirror one last time, making sure your coils were just the way I liked.  As you strolled over to him, he intertwined his fingers with yours as the two of you left the apartment and got into the Uber he called.

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Still Star-Crossed...

Benvolio out here acting like he don’t know who Rosaline is.  Acting.  Had the nerve to call her a servant like he didn’t know who she was, a Capulet.

Ninja you knew damn good and well who she was.  She was at all the parties back in the day when her name had clout.  You were in the corner in the back watchin’ from a distance!  Tell me I’m lying!

He came up in that church running and didn’t show one sign of thirst from being out of breath… Now all of a sudden your lips are dry so you lick them in front of Rosaline.

You ain’t slick Benvo.  Trying to make small talk and put your foot in your mouth.  All these years at the brothel and no practice in conversation man for when the day came.  Her Mama and Daddy dead… her man Escalus gone out the country and you ruin this chance.

You should have gotten some pointers from my man Romeo before he died.  He killin’ it being a smooth operator.  You couldn’t even say bye to Rosaline outside the church, you just gone stare like a puppy.  I seen’t you… Lookin’!  I know she sparkles like the stars in the sky so I understand…

But you got work to do man cause Escalus is in the game already.  I don’t even know if he’s deserving but he on 3rd base.  Arranged marriage or not, Imma need you to “hoe” up, to catch up…  Next week bring your charm, your wit, all of what yah working with.

Win Rosaline over and pull at my heart strings.  You can’t pull if Escalus got them all.  I feel so much better… The stress.

On The Cost Of Housing

I saw on social media today Yet Another Handwringing Op-Ed on how housing is very expensive and how this is screwing over the millennials.

These posts always frustrate me. They always follow the same format:

  • Housing costs are really high relative to historical prices
  • Millennials are now fucked
  • Why is this happening?
  • Grasping at straws attempt to explain this using authors favourite pet policy issue; OR
  • Tortured attempt to lay all blame on singular object level event
  • High-visibility-low-impact solution that does not address root cause

Guys, what would you say if I told you that the reason why housing is so expensive now is trivial and obvious? Would you believe me? Here, let’s try:

The reason housing is so expensive is because we’ve spent the last 50 years aggressively and intentionally pursuing policies designed to make housing more expensive.

It’s that simple. Like, politicians openly brag about doing this. It is the single biggest political issue in most city governments.

I’m not trying to be clever. I’m not spinning something in a way that supports my story. I’m not saying “we did this” in the same way, say, church people say “The state brags about murder” because of abortion or whatever.

The single biggest issue I can think of in city politics, generally, is when existing residents demand policy to “maintain or increase property values”. THIS LITERALLY MEANS MAKING HOUSING MORE EXPENSIVE. That is all that means. If a piece of property costs $100,000, and you propose policies that increase its property value to $200,000, you have literally and by definition doubled the cost of housing.

In US & Canada, policies to “increase property values” have been aggressively pushed. Hell, people love this so much that it’s used to dubiously justify all sorts of things with only tangential relationship to property values at all. We’ve been doing this ever since we started viewing homeownership as an investment.

We stimulate investment demand in homes, through subsidized loans and tax incentives. Demand goes up, price goes up. Then we have people sinking a large majority of their life savings into that property. Nobody wants to risk their life savings, so a social expectation that this number always goes up, never goes down sets in. Then, given that homeowners comprise a majority of the electorate, they have the political clout to push for policies that continue this trend.

We’ve spent the last 50 years aggressively pushing for property values to rise, promoting political policies that support this while torpedoing ones with the opposite effect. And now we’re confused that property prices are too high? Come on. What did you think would happen?

Nazis weren’t socialists.  Just Stop.

Look, I get why you think that.  “National Socialism!  It’s right in the name!”  It’s easy to think that, but I’m here to tell you exactly why you’re wrong.

And it’s a matter of stipulative definitions.  If you don’t know what they are:

If you want a clear example of how they’re used, one such example is the social justice definition of racism, dissected in the link.

They’re definitions that only apply to one very specific context, and Hitler’s usage of the term Socialism was clearly shown to be a stipulative one in a speech on November 16th, 1928.

“We have to strip the terms ‘Nationalism’ and ‘Socialism’ of their previous meaning. Only that man is a nationalist who stands by his people, and only that man is a socialist who stands up for the rights of his people both internally and externally.”

Standing up for the rights of Aryan Germans was, in Nazi Germany, the definition of a socialist in the phrase “National Socialist”.  This was in connection to what he pushed as the “National Community” which was the Aryan version of American Exceptionalism (”we’re better than everyone, we have a right to expand and take what we need, etc.”).  It wasn’t “Nationalism + Socialist”, a mixing of two ideologies.  It was an entirely new ideology.

He would go on to explicitly say that National Socialism “did not lie in socialism as a universal panacea nor was it a nationalist variant of that idea.”

“But what about the economics of Germany?”

He explained the over-arching philosophy of Nazi Germany’s economy as well in a meeting in 1930 with Strauss in Munich.  He was asked in reference to major German corporations like Krupp, ver-batim  

“Would everything remain unchanged in terms of ownership, profits and management?” 

Hitler’s reply?

“But of course.  Do you think I’m mad enough to destroy the economy?”

He would only step in and seize control of corporations when they worked against what he determined to be “the national interest”.

Which is why, when you rub two brain cells together, Schindler had enough money to save all those Jewish people.  He had political clout and wealth not from being a Party Member (like in soviet russia) but from being a rich businessman who didn’t work against the “national interest”.

Another thing to keep in mind was that Hitler didn’t call socialists “Socialists”.  He labeled them and their movement as “simply marxist(m)”.

He even used socialists and communists as scapegoats and persecuted them.  The Reichstag fire was famously blamed on communists.  He had Goebbels actively prevent socialists from running articles and speeches promoting their ideas.  Socialists were regularly arrested and sent to labor camps. The Night of Long Knives explicitly targeted Socialists and Communists for execution.


Pairing: Taehyung x Reader

Genre: Smut, Fluff

Word Count: 9,812

Description: In the midst of your loneliness due to Taehyung’s absence, you decide that you need a distraction, which somehow manifests itself as going over to his apartment and stealing a t-shirt or two… or three… 

Anonymous Requested: Being in a relationship with Taehyung, and stealing all of his t-shirts while he’s busy with bts’ latest comeback + smut


You watched with a prominent downward quirk of your lips as Taehyung ran around the apartment, quickly stuffing clothes into a duffel bag as he scurried in every direction to gather his things before he had to head off to the dorms. It was time for a comeback, and all of the members agreed that it would be much easier on everyone to just stay at the dorms together during the busy hype of the first couple of weeks. This cut down the annoyances of people showing up to schedules at different times, or getting caught in traffic, so you completely understood the point of it… You just wished it didn’t mean having to stay back at your apartment all alone.

At this point in your relationship with Taehyung, you probably should have been used to the notion of him having to leave for a few weeks, or sometimes even a few months, every once in a while… but just because you were used to it, didn’t mean you had to like it.

You fell back against the mattress, your mind heavy with thoughts, and you weren’t exactly trying your hardest to mask the disdain you had for him leaving, so it wasn’t surprising when you felt the slight sink of someone taking the spot next to you on the bed. You opened your eyes, a concerned looking Taehyung coming into view.

“Please don’t pout. You know I don’t want to leave.” He reached forward, lightly pinching at your bottom lip that was sticking out.

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Free speech isn’t given, it’s taken. That’s why liberals have the totally wrong idea of it.

They imagine that, under liberal democracy and capitalism, the public realm is a horizontal playing field where all parties have equal power to speak and be heard. The reality is an uneven playing field made up of hills and holes in the ground. Some groups – because of money, political clout, societal status – are up on hills, with disproportionate access to the channels of speech. Others, because of societal and institutional exclusion, are down in the holes.

Liberals and right-wingers maintain the mystique that the hills and holes don’t exist however. And this enables many up on the hills to use their platform to push others further down into the holes.

So no, don’t ask the state to ban or regulate speech. That sets a dangerous precedent and enables state censorship to be used again us.

But, at the same time, don’t entertain the fantasy that free speech is actually possible under liberal democracy and capitalism.

That means using every opportunity we can – other than asking the state to ban things – in order to knock down some of those hills and drag ourselves and others out of those holes.

—  Eoin O'Connor

It’s 230 am, if you know where this alley is in downtown phoenix and want to bear witness to the spectacle that is the savage wrath of Chaos Vortex and fully understand why Im known in over 30 countries as The Dragon Of Devastation in the streets and in both official and underground martial arts fight circuits worldwide, then get here by 3 cuz shit is about to go the fuck down. 2 squads are bringing their 10 strongest warriors to finally settle a decade long rivalry with no weapons… And i set it all up by going to the enemy stronghold by myself to put an end to the fued through one final battle. Why did i approach both sides with this plan? Because unifying warriors, expanding my network of underworld connections, and restoring peace on the streets through the use of honorable combat is what i have always done everywhere I’ve been to in the world. Your either born a fuckin leader like myself or a follower. If you’re a leader, that’s what you should do. But If you decide to lead and others choose follow, then it’s your responsibility to use your clout to enrich their lives regardless of whether it puts you in danger or not because it’s the right thing to do. I exist to empower and assist my fellow humans. That is why i do things like this. On the surface, it may seem to many like im just a crazy adrenaline junkie and do so much dangerous shit cuz i have a reckless disregard for my own life, and to an extent they’re right, but really drives me is my passion to hone my talents. We all have our own unique talents for many reasons, but to me, the main reason we have them is because there are so many way that they can be used to help others. Tonight is another example of how i utilize my inborn talent for hurting people to help them. Open your third eye and im sure you can you feel the energy of my bloodlust emanating through the screen when you look at my pix. As the time for war draws closer my soul grows colder and the ability to grant mercy is now devoid within me. Mother nature always thirsts for blood in her soil, and Tonight we will give it to her.

Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Showtime’s ‘Melrose’ miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch is expanding his literary excursion into television.

The British actor will portray a playboy in Melrose, a limited five-episode Showtime series adapted from the Edward St. Aubyn novels, the pay-cable network announced Tuesday.  No airdate has been set.

That comes after Cumberbatch, who has gained a big TV following playing Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, signed on to play a children’s book writer in the PBS movie, The Child in Time, based on Ian McEwan’s novel.

In Melrose, Cumberbatch will play Patrick Melrose, “an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior,” Showtime says.

Melrose, a series of semi-autobiographical novels, will jump from the south of France in the 1960s to New York in the 1980s to Great Britain in the early 2000s. David Nicholls is adapting the books for TV; Cumberbatch is among the executive producers.

The series, which will devote an hour to each of the five novels, “hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery,” Showtime says.

Cumberbatch, who also starred on the big screen in The Imitation Game and 12 Years a Slave, had previously expressed interest in Patrick Melrose, telling participants in a Reddit Q&A that if he could play any literary character, he would choose him.

“We are delighted to be part of this incredible series,” Cumberbatch and fellow executive producer Adam Ackland said in a statement. “We have been huge fans of these books for many years and David Nicholls adaptations are extraordinary.”

anonymous asked:

soz if you have already answered this, but why do you hate bernie so much?

man shows up 15 minutes late with starbucks to the democratic party because he wouldn’t have had the $, name recognition or clout if he ran as an independent. campaign ran as a ‘revolution’ which was just an easy way for white men to feel like they were doing something w/o challenging internalized prejudices. dismissed racism and sexism to appeal to a broader base of white voters. claimed the primary was rigged when hrc won the pop vote by nearly 3.7 million more votes. literally didn’t drop the fuck out until the last possible second and finally conceded when it was mathematically impossible for him to win. didn’t get his supporters enthusiastic about clinton and half-assed his stumping for her. then when she lost claimed it was because people were tired of being pc. this geriatric ass hijacks the dem party for his own personal benefit. buh-bye bernie rip. 


First Look: The Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari has selected the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show for the world premiere of the new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history.

This new car not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but is also particularly significant as the V12 series marked the official start of the glorious Prancing Horse story in 1947, 70 years ago this year.

The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. It is aimed at clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range: an uncompromising sports car that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be comfortable enough to allow its owners to enjoy it as an all-round experience.

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First they came for the Muslims, and Jared Kushner said nothing

Dear Jared,

We don’t know each other well, but we’ve met a few times so I figured I’d give this a go. I’m writing to implore you, as President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, to oppose his immigration executive order. You are one of the few people who has the president’s ear and the power to stop him, or at least register your opposition.

Given your family’s history, part of you must be uncomfortable with this policy.

You’re the grandson of Holocaust survivors. You’ve defended President Trump against charges of anti-Semitism. Your own grandmother warned in an 1982 interview of the dangers of another leader like Hitler rising to power. “For the Jews, the doors were closed,” she said. “Even our good president, Roosevelt — how come he kept the doors so closed for us for such a long time?”

I’m asking you to show leadership at this dangerous moment when history threatens to repeat itself. Trump’s decision to restrict immigration from seven Muslims countries, including all refugees, is an affront to the U.S. Constitution. It goes against who we are as Jews.

As a journalist, I’ve traveled to war-torn Syria, where more than 450,000 Syrians have been killed and over 12 million displaced in the deadliest conflict of this century. I’ve visited refugee camps in Jordan, where 1.3 million refugees have resettled since the start of the civil war in 2011.

I’ve seen the toll of the refugee crisis first hand in countries like Greece. If you step onto the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, you’ll never look at a refugee the same way again. I still see the haunting images of shivering children piling out of overcrowded dinghies, screaming mothers cradling newborns in their ams, innocent teenagers suffering in agony because they’ve lost their siblings in a bomb attack in Syria and elderly men and women with tears streaming down their faces because they know they will never return home again.

What I learned from being in these places is just how inaccurate media depictions of refugees are. It’s easy — and politically convenient — to paint them as dangerous ISIS sympathizers. But they are fleeing the very same terrorists that America is fighting. Look into their eyes and you’ll see people desperate to escape war and who will do anything to protect their families. They’re charming, funny, witty. They have big dreams of falling in love and making it big in America and Europe. Banning these refugees does not keep America safe. Despite all the blustery rhetoric, no refugee has carried out a major fatal terrorist attack in the United States.

If that doesn’t move you, then consider how similar Syrian refugees’ plight is to what Jewish people faced during the Holocaust. Then, as now, the majority of Americans were opposed to admitting a vulnerable population into the country over fears they posed a national security threat. Anti-Semitism was prevalent, just as Islamophobia is today; polls conducted from August 1940 to June 1945 show that Jews were regarded as the greatest “menace to this country.” Sound familiar?

In 1939, at the height of World War II, 61% of Americans said they opposed legislation that would have admitted 20,000 Jewish refugee children from Germany into the United States. Congress rejected the legislation and cut refugee migration by 75 percent. In one incident that has become emblematic of U.S. policy at the time, 900 Jewish refugees on the MS St. Louis were turned away from the United States because of immigration restrictions. More than 250 of those passengers were later killed after they were sent back to Nazi Germany.

That moment was a major stain on our history. No one would say today that turning away Jews was the right policy.

Yet today, a new Rasmussen poll shows that 57% of voters favor President Trump’s ban on immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Since 2011, slightly more than 18,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the U.S, but that’s nowhere close to many of our allies; Germany, for example, took in over 1 million asylum seekers in 2015 alone. Trump has placed a temporary ban on any Syrian refugees coming in and pledged to cut the total number who can be resettled in the future by more than half. Once again today, human lives are at stake. For them, this is a matter of life and death.

I know standing up to Trump is not easy, but doing the right thing takes courage. It’s far easier to score cheap points by demagoguing against Muslims. But being president is not about doing what’s popular or good for business. It’s about showing leadership, and doing what’s moral and just.

Just like you, I grew up hearing the oft-repeated mantra “never again” in my synagogue. Well, it’s happening again. So, I’m asking you to condemn this executive order. Think of your grandmother’s words and what would make her proud. Then use the clout you have to persuade Trump to repeal it.

The country needs you.


The Return Of The Shannara Chronicles: Here’s What’s Going To Happen In Season 2

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water to The Four Lands…

MTV has started production on the long-awaited second season of The Shannara Chronicles, the network announced today, even revealing some majestic plotlines in the process. So what’s going on now that the dreaded Dagda Mor was defeated and the Ellcrys saved in the Season 1 finale? A whole lotta havoc.

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anonymous asked:

Do you think big movie stars like Matt Damon and Brad Pitt should be held accountable for not working with female directors?


I posted an article from Cosmo awhile back that looked at leading men in Hollywood and how often they had worked with women directors if at all. Some people responded to it by saying that maybe women directors just weren’t that good (which never stopped male directors from making movies) but some said that we shouldn’t blame poor actors who are subject to the whims of casting directors for this which is just hopelessly naive. Not only do Damon, Pitt etc no longer have to audition for anything, they’ve now reached a stage in their careers where they are producers meaning they are the ones who can go out and court directors to work on the scripts THEY like. This also means that they can dismiss directors they don’t like. Catherine Hardwicke and Lexi Alexander both said that they lobbied really hard to direct The Fighter and they were both told that one of the producers refused to even meet with them because they didn’t want a woman to direct.  

I remember Brad Pitt saying with total astonishment when he did By the Sea that his wife was the first female director he had ever worked for, like he isn’t a producer and couldn’t have hired any of the many talented women out there any time he wanted. Looking at his imdb page I see he has 44 producing credits and from what I can tell only 3 of those projects were directed by women. One of them includes Selma, but the fact that Ava DuVernay directed that is often credited to David Oyelowo who said that the film pretty much wasn’t going to happen and then he begged them to consider DuVernay who he had worked with on Middle of Nowhere.

Actually Oyelowo is the perfect example of a man who is an ally.  Unlike most of his peers the second he got enough clout to get into producing he didn’t forget about the indie directors (many of them women) who cast him when he wasn’t famous. He only has seven producing credits but four of those are for films directed by women. And he loudly and proudly talks about the women directors who helped form his career. Can you imagine where we would be if Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Tom Cruise, men who are now lucky enough to be able to make hiring decisions, would make even 25% of the directors they hired women??? 

puppetmaster55  asked:

my new favorite thing about paranatural, as of today's update, is how much clout Max is gonna have once Student Council/Faculty realize that he is the son of a Local Business Owner. like, say bye-bye to that Do Not Want thing you got going on with the student body gov't, Max.

Oh man I hadn’t even thought about that!!

Wait but can we recap how many people Max has clout with/knows secrets about or who want something from him? Because

  1. He’s the son of a local business owner, which apparently gives him clout with the student council
  2. But at the the same time he’s being sort-of blackmailed into joining SC because they know he’s the bus jumper
  3. He’s being ACTUALLY blackmailed by Suzy, who has PROOF he’s the bus jumper, in order to get dirt on the Activity Club
  4. He has some level of loyalty to the Activity Club since he’s in it and he and Isabel have literally saved each other’s lives at this point
  5. Isaac has shared the secret of Doorman with him and feels owed Max’s friendship
  6. He saw Mr. Garcia floating in the creek, and Mr. Garcia has bribed him with a Starchman Star to keep quiet about it
  7. Boss Leader tried to recruit him to help Agent Day spy on Spender
  8. He knows Agent Day, somehow
  9. Whatever this was

and then, of course, I haven’t even mentioned that little problem where he’s apparently a medium and no one knows except Doorman

Poor boy’s being pulled in so many different directions he’s going to come apart at the seams

God, I hate that post soooo much because literally NOT ONE person who makes Blackout Day compilations, for casual or media use, will everrrrrr take the extra moment to go “huh. Maybe we should look for people who could use the extra visibility and not just feature the same people over and over”. No one ever will.