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One of my favorite things about Maggie is that she is an excellent communicator AND listener. Regardless the situation, she will always try to make sure things are okay and/or that the person she is talking to has an open channel to communicate further, if they want to.  If they don’t want to talk about it, she never presses further. You can tell it’s important to her that the people she cares about are okay. That they feel that they are being cared about. That they feel they are being heard. 

Maggie is excellent at detecting changes in verbal and non-verbal cues and understands the communication atmosphere on another level. She is always gentle when questioning further and doesn’t seek to just get answers; she questions to understand. 

This is such a wonderful characteristic because you can see just how much Maggie cares for those around her. She wants to make sure there isn’t conflict in her relationships and that those she cares about are emotionally healthy. While we don’t know her backstory, we can gather that Maggie values healthy communication in her relationships and prioritizes others’ emotional well-being, even over her own. Protecting those she loves is of high priority

Maggie really cares about those she surrounds herself with and she values clear and open communication. Maggie Sawyer is a model communicator and a wonderful girlfriend/friend. 

anonymous asked:

saw your post on americawakiewakie ----> fullpraxis now and 1. i'm really disappointed to hear/see this but 2. can you recommend better, more reliable blogs?

Any blog whose main focus is leftism/communism/marxism/antifascism/anarchism will inherently overlook or diminish the lived experience and material conditions of People of Colour, especially Black/Indigenous peoples, by which almost all other oppressions are perpetrated or predicated.

  • Reggie [after being injected with 'truth serum']: I love butt stuff. I hate spiders. I stole a pen from the bank. I cried during ‘About a Boy’…the soundtrack! I can see why women find Clive Owen attractive to the point where I might just as well be attracted to him. I use comparisons to Hitler to win arguments on the internet at the drop of a hat. I know nothing about wine. I’m more turned on by women in pajamas than lingerie. I just wanna know that they’re comfortable. [starts sobbing] I didn’t get Inception. I didn’t get Inception! There’s so many layers.

I suppose it’s important to acknowledge that there are many right-wing libertarians who aren’t raging ultra-nationalists underneath a thin veneer of liberty rhetoric. I remember back several years ago, when I fell into the right-lib camp, I considered myself a “cosmotarian” – Reason Magazine’s term for someone who was “culturally-liberal and fiscally-conservative”. I suppose these “cosmotarian” types, alongside other “might-as-well-be-a-liberal” types, probably don’t have a hyper-reactionary bootlicker lurking just beneath the surface, and I’m willing to give them that benefit of the doubt. However, I still think “cosmotarians” and other Propertarian-Lite™ types (”socially-liberal, fiscally-conservative”) are intensely naive to the ramifications of their ideology. 

The preferred economic setup will usually have the biggest sway in the social makeup of a society. Top-down economic arrangements are often “socially libertarian” when the dominant class’s power isn’t threatened. Smoke some weed, have a gender-neutral marriage, carry a gun, allow for a nominally censorship-free press, etc – as long as these all take place on the terms set by the dominant class, they can be “peacefully” reconciled into the capitalist status quo. Once dominant class interests are materially threatened by strikes, occupations, direct action, mutual aid, dual power, and cross-racial solidarity, however….then the libertarian pretense goes out the window. A militarized police state and partially-legitimized right-wing militias are the agents who will “restore law and order” when the “degenerate leftists” push for “chaos and depravity”. The right-libertarians who recognize this and openly embrace it are the ones who start dabbling in ultra-nationalism and fascism, the ones who see the class privileges of property and whiteness slipping out of their fingers. Anti-capitalist, anti-racist movements challenge the class structure’s legitimacy and therefore “require” a swift reaction from the powers that be. 

Because “cosmotarians” lack a class analysis of any sort, their perspective is limited to celebrations of “personal freedoms” – a convenience store is allowed to sell gallon-sized jugs of soda, a sales tax is lowered by 4%, an increased minimum wage proposal is struck down, regulations on cars are cut back, etc. At no point does it occur to them that there are dominant class interests at play and that the state manifests itself mostly in accordance with these interests. Thrust the moral dilemma of right-libertarianism-turned-fascism onto them and I do believe many of them might be receptive to some class struggle outlook, but just as many of them will find some circular justification for the rising police state they’re witnessing – ultimately similar to other liberals. 

TLDR: Not all right-libertarian types are secretly fascists, but most of those who aren’t secretly fascists are also intensely naive to the ramifications of their ideology and the natural functioning of the capitalist class system.

Acting Hasty: some thoughts on Tarot's Magician

After the extremely positive response I got to my mini essay on the Devil, I have been mulling on doing another like that. Because although I do approach Tarot with a lot of classical meanings, I often pick up on certain keywords or phrasing more than others.

So, the Magician is often treated as a sign of all the elements coming together (literally and figuratively) to get things done. He’s thought of as transformative, and I do agree with that- technically.

Where my view of the magician differs is that I see him as more dualistic to the High Priestess. Where she is the feminine and she opts to revel in the mystery of the mystical, he is the masculine who dives in and wants to reach the end immediately. There’s a reason he’s right there beside the Fool, and it’s not because he’s a genius.

He is the Fool with some book smarts. He is still rash and still makes rushed dangerous choices that will destroy him if he isn’t careful. As much as I see the Magician as a sign that everything is in place, I also take him as a warning not to overstep myself.

The revolution which began in Aleppo in 2011 has come full circle - the Assad regime is drowning the democratic aspirations of his people in blood, whilst the world watches on.

We must set it amongst the great crimes of history: the Versailles government’s Bloody Week in Paris, 1871; the Stalinist Red Army’s crushing of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956; the indiscriminate shock-doctrine death squads in Chilé, 1973.

And like every one of those historical mass murderers - Thiers, Stalin, Pinochet - Assad has been aided and abetted by incompetent capitalist elites’ myopic attempts to play politics with unleashed social forces beyond their control.

  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she means: You know that episode of SpongeBob where Plankton opens the Chum Bucket 23 hours a day to force Mr. Krabs into having the Krusty Krab opened 24 hours a day? not only is this indicative of horrible treatment of his employees, but why didn't Krabs solve this problem of overwork by hiring new employees? It seems completely illogical that he would require SpongeBob and Squidward to work literally forever, when he could simply hire a night and a day shift. Is this reflective of the dangers of American capitalism I don't understand please let me sleep
The cost-benefit analysis in a LDR

I think this is something that a lot of LDR couples really struggle with and I just wanted to rant about it quickly in a really informal, messy way. 

When you are in a long distance relationship, it’s going to cost you money to see each other. You’re pretty darn lucky if this is a $3.25 fare on a bus or subway but once you get beyond this, things start getting a little expensive.

A train ticket can range from about $30 to over $1000, depending on the length of the journey.

A plane ticket can range from $100 to $3000 depending on the journey and time of year. 

Another cost to keep in mind is the days you miss at work. Every day you do not work, you may lose your entire days salary, so lump that into the cost of your trip. 

A lot of people ask me “Tammy, why don’t you see Gerald at least once a month? Even just for a weekend?”

As much as I would love to do such a thing, it isn’t logical. I don’t make enough money to justify spending 600-1000 dollars every month to visit my boyfriend for 3-4 days. The benefit does not justify the cost when I could just wait 3-6 months and spend 2-6 weeks with him at a time instead, moreso justifying that $1000. 

This is the cost-benefit analysis every LDR couple has to consider and admittedly, it kind of sucks.

1) Ok?….And….? So….?…….How’s the weather?
2) Yes? Like idk if that’s supposed to sound like some absurd thing about psychic powers but “reading intentions” is part of the concepts of like.. interpretation, analysis, communication with people. E.g.; you interpreted my intentions with that post