corporal major

What a lot of people don’t understand is that the prison industrial complex goes far beyond just the fact that prisons exists.

It’s every single major corporation in the world benefitting from paying slave wages for prison labor

It’s private prisons enforcing quotas to incentivize the state to arrest and convict at higher rates

It’s the war on drugs treating (mostly black and latino) non-violent drug users as hardened criminals

It’s the school to prison pipeline

It’s a country where homelessness is criminalized

It’s mandatory minimum prison sentences

It’s imprisoning civilians for years without bail Before they get a trial

It’s prisoners leaving prison in debt because the slave wages they were forced to work for didn’t cover the cost of food and a bed

It’s former prisoners losing the right to vote

It’s employers discriminating against former prisoners

It’s abuse and substandard living conditions.

It’s a corrupt police state that falsifies evidence and unfairly targets minorities.

The problem is that a lot of y'all still just think of prison as a place where bad people go. It’s not. Most of the bad people are in board rooms, on the golf course, at the bank, in the white house. The truth is, prisons in America are just a business. The lie that they keep you safe is just an ad they can run.

Abolish the prison industrial complex

The Kendall Jenner x Pepsi Ad Made Me Want To Vomit

Before you do anything else watch this if you haven’t seen it already: 

Did you watch it? I hard a hard time making it through the entire spot myself without a few grimaces, “wtf were they thinking” faces and a “i can’t believe this shit” to a coworker. 

Let’s look at a few scenes to examine why this isn’t just the worst ad of all time but an ad that is insensitive, offensive and completely thoughtless. 

1.) Co-opting a movement 

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Join the conversation

Peace

These are all very nice sentiments and shit we should strive for every single day but they aren’t the typical signs you see at real protests. The protests where people are putting their safety in danger because they’re afraid they might walk outside with a hoody on and get shot, or that their family won’t be able to return to America if they board a plane to see their family in their native country are the images of protest people actually experience. The protestors certainly not as happy as the perfectly casted multi-racial group of actors walking down this very well lit street with no menacing or threatening police officers present any step of the way. Hell, they even found time to place pretty people to eat next to the protests while it was happening. The police aren’t in riot gear, apparently seeing no threat from this massive group of protesters singing and dancing their way towards them. 

Now look, I work in advertising for big brands™.  I know major corporations are risk averse and don’t want to alienate potential consumers who don’t share in what should be non-controversial views like equality and freedom of expression. But they are. But that’s why no one has ever asked a corporation to make a fucking resistance commercial. If you aren’t going to be on the ground with organizers and protesters, or helping to pay legal funds for those wrongly incarcerated or even at the very fucking least, providing food and beverages to people who are taking hours at a time out to speak out on something they believe in, then don’t use a movement for your own commercial gain. 

2- Tropes, (Un)intentional Racism, More Tropes 

All black people are good for in commercials are for hip hoppity dancing, tattoos, giving dap and staring lustfully at white women. 

All the people of color in this ad are mostly used to check boxes provide accent color to what is an otherwise whitewashed scene. 

This is an especially embarrassing lack of effort in representation when one considers the context in which the subjects are being portrayed. 

3- Our White Savior 

Ohhhh boy what in the actual fuck?!!?!

Another white woman swoops in to save the day. I wish Pepsi had Melania Trump’s number so that I can get past a few of the issues currently concerning me. 

I would’ve had a problem with this closing scene if it was from just about anyone but we’ll get to the actual ending in a bit. The fact that it’s a fucking Kardashian Jenner – the physical embodiment of wealth, entitlement and privilege in America – shifts this ad from just terrible advertising toward the realm of parody, absurdity and offensiveness. 

Do you remember the protests in Baton Rouge after Alton Sterling was gunned down by police officers? 

This is the lasting image of those protests. Ieshia Evans is walking up to a group of white police officers dressed like they’re ready to confront ground troops in Northern Iraq, and able at a moment’s notice to gun her down. 

The ending of this thing is even more absurd. Once Jenner hands the very peaceful policeman the can of Pepsi, the crowd goes crazy, like they were all Tyrone Biggums and it was time for the free crack giveaway. 

If I knew all I had to do to avoid being shot by the police while black was carry a Pepsi around with me, I would’ve been doing it this entire time. 

remember when mcdonalds debuted a horrifying minion-derivative mascot that looked like if focus testing and out-of-touch old white men in suits barfed in to a bucket and the bucket somehow gained horrifying sentience? and then when everyone said that it was godawful and terrifying mcdonalds official response was this:

like imagine working in marketing for a major corporation and being told by your superior to produce a clapback image for people calling your terrifying mascot a horrific demon. instead of like, just getting rid of it. 

of course, they couldn’t get rid of it. millions of dollars were spent in market research designing that godawful thing so they couldn’t just get rid of it over night. 

anyway that’s what’s wrong with capitalism or something. i lost interest in writing this post.

remember when we used to argue about stuff like toplock vs bottomlock instead of theorizing about whether we should be hacking a website or not to advance in the fucked up russian roulette game we’re playing with a major british corporation 

Why I'm voting Labour this June.

These are just a few of the policies from the Labour manifesto, they are also my favourites.

  • £10 minimum wage for every person over the age of 18. 
  • Banning zero hour contracts. This means first time workers wont get exploited with unfair hours and unstable salaries.
  • Rented accommodation to be suitably fit for habitation.
  • Renationalise the NHS. The conservative government has widdled away portions of our NHS to be privatised meaning that less funds go into the national parts of it leaving poor people unfairly vulnerable and those who can afford private healthcare prioritised. Labour will reverse this.
  • Free school meals for every child!!
  • National education service. Takes a viewpoint of education being a right, not a commodity.
  • Scrap tuition fees. Students in the UK typically leave university with £50,000 of debt, this needs to stop.
  • Restore NHS bursaries. Last year the Conservative party cut bursaries for student nurses resulting in a 10,000 applicant drop, Corbyn will give that back.
  • Disabling major corporations for ripping off their supplier.
  • Reverse the Conservative corporation tax cuts. 
  • Defending human rights better than ever. 
  • Rekindle the free market.
  • Housebuilding. With a total immigration count over 500,000 annually and only 2% of land prioritised for housing we certainly need more. 
  • Tackling inequalities within the workplace, within the household, everywhere.( Focuses on class inequalities, wage gaps, the reform/eradication of racial and homophobic stigmatic ideals, name blind applications to be introduced within the work place, more help for romani travellers to find work etc etc )
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.

so about the bi spiderman post.

this one.

so this thing… blew up way, way beyond anything i ever would have expected. and i became aware tonight that people in the publishing industry are sharing info and links from it on twitter, to the tune of thousands of RTs. and in the event that this reaches a point where sony or andrew garfield or stan lee actually have to respond, i want to say a couple of things.

first off, i fully stand by everything i said. this is not a backpedal; it’s a clarification. there’s very little editorializing in my original post - for the most part, i’m just presenting quotes, with full context, to support the conclusion that andrew garfield and marc webb made some effort to give peter parker a male love interest, and that this ultimately was a factor in the dissolution of the franchise. i made the post out of irritation after seeing marvel championing the diversity of spiderman: homecoming in promotional materials. it feels deeply wrong to me to see a major corporation patting themselves on the back for tolerance when a licensing agreement remains in place contractually obligating peter parker to be white and heterosexual, and when andrew garfield’s campaign for a bi spiderman and a black, male MJ were met with such total and unequivocal refusal.

that said: the variety article i linked in my post was published in june of 2015. i initially mistook this to mean that the “legal licensing agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment” the article refers to was the february 2015 agreement in which sony gave marvel the rights to use spiderman in the MCU. as i was writing the lengthy addition to the original post, i realized that the licensing agreement in question had been signed in september of 2011 and predated the andrew garfield movies, and i made a correction in that addition. 

the licensing agreement wasn’t a direct reaction to andrew garfield’s campaigning for a bi spiderman. it was in place prior to the release of the amazing spider-man, and it dictated important character decisions, and it was almost certainly deployed to discipline andrew garfield and marc webb when they began to publicly discuss the possibility of giving peter parker a boyfriend. incidentally, it was also almost certainly instituted in response to the widespread 2010 campaign to cast donald glover as spiderman in the marc webb films, lending an additional layer of racist bigotry to this whole mess.

furthermore: i recognize that the 2015 marvel/sony deal was a complex one. i recognize that there were many factors at play here, and that the companies ultimately felt it would be lucrative to reboot the series with a younger actor, as opposed to integrating andrew garfield into the MCU. i’m not suggesting that andrew garfield said “spiderman should have a boyfriend” and was fired the next day solely for making that comment. but i absolutely, positively believe that his advocacy for a bisexual spiderman played an integral role in the dissolution of the franchise. when andrew garfield talks about his disappointment surrounding the fate of the amazing spiderman films, he doesn’t talk about the films not making enough money or not being received well; he explicitly talks about the studio’s unwillingness to “deliver medicine” to “millions and millions of young people who are hungry for someone to say, ‘you’re seen.’” stan lee had no complaints about the quality or profitability of the amazing spiderman 2, but he had a lot to say about the notion that peter parker might date a boy.

ultimately, marvel and sony signed an agreement dictating that peter parker be depicted as heterosexual and white. their lead actor and director publicly and vocally challenged this, and they were both subsequently dismissed. marvel is now running a commitment to diversity as part of the promotional plank for spiderman: homecoming - while evidently holding fast to the contractual agreement to portray peter parker as straight and white. that doesn’t sit right with me. lgbt kids and kids of colour deserve better. 

B.A.P Debut Story

Yongguk

“I was born in a hospital in Incheon on March 31st, 1990. I’m the youngest out of two sons and one daughter in our family. My brother and I are twins.”

“I learned how to speak really late. I couldn’t speak till I was 5 so my family thought I was mute.”

“In kindergarten , I received a lot of awards in competitions like children’s arts or math competitions. My older brother always placed 1st and I was always 2nd though.”

“I used to really like sports when I entered elementary school. I liked all types of sports. In third grade, I was recommended by my coach to sign up for little league baseball since I liked sports and in 6th grade, I started soccer but because I caught the eyes of a recruiter from a different elementary, I even went to practice at a different soccer team in another school.
Also, I entered a basketball team without my parents knowing, in which I even advanced to the National Sports Festival. Back then, the anticipation of my surroundings were high and some even believed I’d become an amazing athlete. However, I wasn’t able to achieve that due to my parents being against it.” 

“Because both of my parents were working in Seoul to provide income for our family, I spent majority of my adolescent days at my grandfather’s house. Even for school arts festivals, my parents never came and at the time, I was upset since I was younger but my grandmother always did.” 

When he entered junior high, Yongguk rejoined his parents living in Seoul.

“I started gaining interest in music from junior high and on. One day, I just thought how hip hop music seemed cool. It was also because my older sister liked American music so when I’d turn on the computer in our house, there were only songs in that genre. Because of that, I naturally began listening to hip hop music and gained interest, which led me to start looking for related videos myself.”

“I think after seeing videos with rapping in it, I realized then for the first time that I wanted to rap myself.”

“In my second year of junior high I wrote lyrics for the first time. After composing lyrics, coincidentally I found an online forum that comprised of people who were interested in hip hop and rap just like me and it was a whole new world. I posted my lyrics for the first time on an online forum and the responses were really good.
At the time, I saw lots of responses like, “Your rap is unique” and “It’s refreshing.”

How did I feel? Of course I felt so happy that I felt like I was going to fly. Many people listened to my music and I even received a question that asked, “Do you live outside of the country?” I think my motive back then was to not be swayed by the trend and prove “I only do my kind of music” to others.”

In high school, Bang Yongguk was really a quiet student. Despite moving onto the same high school as his friends that he was with in his junior high years, he was known to be the kid who never really talked.

“I didn’t really talk in high school and I would just go to school and come back home to do music:  that was all I did.”

In his second year of high school, Bang Yongguk started meeting up with his hyungs (who are label-mates with him currently) that were promoting at the time and began studying on composing. He said he started gaining more knowledge about music from professionals who were around this time.

“In meeting up with the hyungs of our label back then, I composed by myself. My spectrum in music began expanding and seeing them produce music, I learnt a lot from it. Even when writing lyrics, I used to just write what came to mind before but, then, I think I started thinking a little more before jotting down lyrics.”

However, Bang Yongguk’s parents were very against him doing music.  

“Because my parents didn’t like me doing music, I even rebelled for the first time. I used to sneak out to produce music alone. The storage room we had, I remodeled it into a producing room and I used to stay there. That was the place where the life of rapper Bang Yongguk began.”

However, the bigger his dreams got, his parents’ disapproval grew stronger as well, but both parties eventually found a compromise:

“My parents told me, “Be studious first and then do what you like,” so I opened my eyes to studying as well. Having them tell me that they wouldn’t say anything afterwards once I would achieve something first, I went to the library by myself and began studying. My test scores? I eventually ranked first in the entire school. Even after that, I maintained my status in our school’s top rankings (smiles).”

With him being motivated to focus on his studies so that he would be able to make music in the future, he earned a scholarship, of course, but was also offered a job in a major corporation that is one of the top nationwide.

“I received an excellence award in studies for the first time in my entire life and received a scholarship as well.
Once I graduated high school, I was even offered a job in the S Corporation (Samsung). However, I wasn’t interested in any of those and I only had one thing in mind which was music.”

“I showed my parents my all in terms of being studious and it was my turn to do what I wanted which was to pursue in music. Eventually, I was able to convince my mother and she began to have an optimistic outlook on me pursuing music as well.”

“When I was 20, all I had to me was music really. When I promoted underground, I promoted with a quite popular crew and we released a compilation album, even so as to holding a nationwide tour and I stood on stage without any worries.”

However, Bang Yongguk never knew what satisfaction was. He even left the crew for the purpose of finding his own color in music and was on the constant search for finding his own kind of music.

“Even when I was a part of the crew, I still had dreams of going through my own challenges and when I left the crew, I still did music by myself underground. It was a difficult period of time in my life but with music, I was able to hold strong.”

With him being stubborn about music constantly, the opportunity of a major debut was given to him by fate.

“In 2010, the Untouchable hyungs that I’ve always known and was close with told a representative of our current label about me and when I was contacted by them for the first time, they said they wanted to make a hip hop idol group. I was shocked in hearing the term “idol.”

“I hesitated a lot at the time and I thought that if I was classified under an idol group, it would mean that the spectrum of music I was able to put out was limited. However, they told me, “If you come into this group, you’ll be able to live out your dreams” and that’s how they convinced me. After hearing about the members, I thought, “If I just work harder, it can be a good group.”
So I told them I’d do it.”

And that was how Yongguk took his first step into the TS Entertainment company.

Throw a bottle of petroleum jelly at me and tell me to "take care of business, and come back when I feel better?" Yes, sir!

The setting is 2008 in Fallujah, Iraq, part of 1st Radio Bn, rocking a cush desk job in operations.  By now the violence has dramatically slowed down, so I’m resigned to a desk.  I was the lowest ranking in my specific office at Lance Corporal.  We had a Major, Master Gunnery Sergeant, 1st Lieutenant, the entire spectrum of high ranking people (we were in charge of an entire Battalion’s operations), everyone was way above my pay-grade.

We also had a hilarious Chief Warrant Officer in charge of all the Battalion’s distribution of systems and equipment (his job title acronym was SIMO, but I’ve forgotten what it stands for).  He once told me that under different circumstances, had we met during his enlisted days “We would have made great drinking buddies.”  One day, he threw a bottle of petroleum jelly he got in a gag care package at me in front of everyone after I got done ranting about something I’ve long since forgotten. Told me to go “take care of business, and come back when I feel better.”  

During his routine afternoon siesta I spent an hour covering everything on his desk with it in the most inconspicuous spots (e.g. inside the handle of a coffee mug, underneath the handle of the Keurig pod loader, behind the canister holding Keurig coffee pods, anywhere he could grab and not see it without first inspecting it).  My advantage: Everyone was gone either on lunch or also on siesta.  No one to tell me to stop, not that they would have, they loved these pranks I pulled.

He came back and proceeded to curse at a rate never witnessed before as he had to continuously wipe all the jelly off his hands every minute. He did catch the jelly on the inside rims of his over-the-ear headphones before he rimmed his ears with it.  He thought he had me when he exclaimed “Aha!  Got ya there!” as though he had defeated me.  Yet, the best came after 10 minutes when he thought it had ended, that he had reached the extent of my creativity.  I let him calm down and get back to work.

Everyone else in the office at this point was cackling and laughing at CWO’s misfortune as they silently watched me reach for my phone, wondering what was coming next.  I picked up my phone on my desk, slowly and quietly dialing the number at his desk while he’s getting all cozy thinking it can’t get any worse. It rings, everyone turns to look at him, he’s on the computer, picks up the phone, slaps it to his ear as was his normal shtick when answering the phone, “Radio Battalion SIMOSONOFABITCH!!!” Turns his head, ear was caked full of petroleum jelly I had dumped all around the ear piece of the phone.

Master Guns and Major told me these antics and pranks made that deployment. Master Guns told me the next day that after I left, CWO went through everything in a fit of paranoia to check and see if it had petroleum jelly on it.  Over my enlistment, I earned everything from NAMs to CARs over three deployments in four years, this was by far my proudest accomplishment.  CWO Ryan, if you’re reading this: You fucking deserved it you glorious bastard.

This isn’t as light hearted as the majority of my three posts, but I desperately feel like this needs to be addressed. I am seventeen years old, and my dream career is to work as a historical consultant for television and film, similar to Outlander. A large part of that relies on costume, and as such, I’ve become extremely devoted to Terry Dresbach’s designs and her informative blog and twitter account. In many ways, it is what inspired me to attempt to see historical costume and pursue a career in the industry. Recently, a sewing pattern producer by the name of Simplicity released a pattern inspired by Claire’s Red Dress. In truth, it is less of an inspiration and more of a clear copy of Terry’s design. There is no official connection to Outlander, and no credit given to Terry for her work. Perhaps most astonishing is that other major corporations, such as Marvel, are granted royalty and licensing deals with Simplicity for their costumes. The result of this clear manipulation and corporate greed is that Terry has decided to remove her extremely informative costume blog, and refrain from posting costume images on her twitter account. While this is unfortunate for many fans, I feel particularly heartbroken as I learned essential techniques and design strategies from Terry’s work. I’m posting his because I feel like this is an issue that needs to be addressed and as fans of Outlander, we have the power to demand justice and allow Terry to receive the credit she deserves. Thank you for reading this, and if you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Originally posted by nordic-sassenach

The layers of miscommunication between the Mishima’s is so damn frustrating. It’s sparked an endless tirade of vengeance that goes on in circles and it’s really heartbreaking because I’m certain if Heihachi had explained to Kazuya exactly the reasons for his mother’s death, why he had to kill her– that it wasn’t in cold blood; he’d be much less inclined to destroy everything.

And if Heihachi had simply tried to be a good father, give his child a chance to instill goodness in his heart, maybe he’d have ended up like Jin. With his issues but not fully consumed by the devil in his blood. Maybe he’d have a not so strenuous relationship with his son. Heihachi just did what he​ thought he had to (And don’t mind me, I’m still crying over the old man’s death T~T) That end had me SHOOK.

To ensure the safety of others so another devil wouldn’t terrorize anyone as Kazumi had done to him. In a sadly ironic twist of fate, he survives and does just that. It’s hard to say if things would have happened the same way if Kazuya had never taken that fall from the cliff. Indeed, it all leads back.

Kazuya feels so vindicated in his motives if only because Heihachi took everything from him to make him suffer in his eyes. That his mother, Kazumi, was the only person who ever cared about him and now she’s gone. That it’s a eat or be eaten kind of world where violence is the answer and only the strongest survive. Heihachi taught him that the day he was thrown away.

Now, he’s so caught up and in too deep that trying to change or start over now would be too difficult. It’s too late for him. All of this has to mean something. He has to see it through. For his mother’s sake, he’s would end Heihachi. The rest of the world can go to hell for all he cares– and you can see this in the cutscene where it is revealed to Kazuya that Kazumi wanted him dead.

He shurgs it off with uproarious and mocking laughter of course but, not before he quietly ponders the thought with sadness in his eyes, lament showing through on his face. Could his mother truly think so lowly of him…? No, he has to believe that someone is on his side. Surely, his own mother wouldn’t also betray him. All the destruction and chaos… It can’t be for nothing. Otherwise, it might utterly break him.

Kazuya was abandoned, made to feel unwanted. His very existence an abomination and “curse” needing to be snuffed out. He wants to prove to the world, to Heihachi, and especially himself that he is not only good enough but, better. That it’s you who should grovel at my feet. He never wants to be that powerless again.

Kazuya can be overly egotistical but, perhaps it’s compensation– a substitution. A coping mechanism in that he needs to be defiantly confident when no one else will be proud of him. I’m not attempting to make excuses or justifications for his actions, it’s just that Tekken 7 has brought a lot to light, showing no one is 100% responsible. It’s far more convoluted.

The “devil” isn’t spiked wings, red skin and laser beams. It was the evil that was allowed to foster in the absence of love inside the heart of an innocent boy. From that void then grew rage and hatred, and the painful events leading up till now have fed those demons.

Tl;dr love your angery son and don’t throw him from cliffsides