council of 300

📣📣📣 this is a public service announcement for those following the grenfell tower story abroad 📣📣📣

a lot of the foreign press seems to ignore the main tenets of the story so if you may here is a brief breakdown of why it’s shaping up to be a defining national moment in the uk:

***the housing tower is located in north kensington. it is social housing for poor and working class londoners of which a huge number are BME. the borough of kensington and chelsea is the richest in london and marked by devastating inequality and gentrification that some poorer residents describe as social cleansing. non-luxury housing in london is generally a huge issue that has gone unaddressed for decades now, and privatisation of social housing provision has meant that profit motive and cost cutting have been strongly featured in poor people’s housing. race, housing and poverty are also tightly linked in london; this was a poor and ethnically diverse community as you can see if you watch videos from the scene. first victims we knew that sadly perished were a black british female photographer and her mum, and and a syrian refugee.

***the council is tory and they have done less and less for the housing of its poorer residents and more to accommodate wealthy people. for example, the council is sitting on 300 million in cash reserves yet somehow didn’t find cash to install basic fire sprinklers that the residents asked for? not only that but the 8 billion refurbishment that included the now notorious cladding was partly done for insulation but partly also to make the ugly 1970s council estate look more aesthetically pleasing for the swanky neighbourhoods nearby. the more flammable material used in the cladding saved the building contractor a whopping £5000

***government has been tory for the past 7 years and the order of the day has been austerity. public services have been cut to the bone and so has local authority funding. social housing managers who often work for subcontracted private providers paid by the council have a huge case load. they are encouraged to spend less and less time on health and safety (including fire safety) and more on asking intrusive questions about people’s jobs and incomes because of the tory culture of dividing people into the “deserving and undeserving poor” ie those who work and those who don’t. people on benefits are not prioritised when it comes to housing despite individual circumstances, which is why in grenfell you had 70 year olds with limited mobility living on the 22nd floor.

***uk has probably the most entrenched class system in the world and trashing of the working classes and the poor is almost a national hobby for some people. right-wing tabloid media is extremely powerful and they paint a picture of benefit cheats and non-working immigrants even though most poor people in britain work (they are the new working poor who have terrible wages and live in squalid and unaffordable housing) and most BME people were born here, they’re not immigrants

***if you are poor you are largely voiceless and meaningless to this neoliberal tory government. the tenants had written letters raising concerns about fire safety and in response were threatened with legal action. of course they couldn’t respond because tories have cut legal aid because of… yes, austerity. meanwhile tory ministers have been sitting on reports about fire safety in council flats including one from a coroner of a case where six people died in a housing block in south london in 2009. the prime minister didn’t meet the people affected at the scene and the response has generally been very poor. local council has been nowhere to be seen and the donations have come from ordinary people – proper working class solidarity in the face of state that treats them with utter contempt.

TL;DR: austerity kills, gentrification kills, indifference kills. people want justice, they are angry. why did up to 150 people die? this was preventable – it’s scandalous, horrific. it’s like poor people’s lives don’t matter in britain – a hurricane katrina moment for the uk. so please watch videos of THE PEOPLE, poor and working class londoners, who are suffering and expressing anger. don’t listen to theresa may, tories and the bbc trying to sanitise the story. this has everything to do with inequality, poverty, race and most of all CLASS. make those people visible again and help us change things because honestly this is the breaking point and we don’t need people spreading a false narrative abroad. cheers, peace out

anonymous asked:

Maester Steven, if you have a liddle look-see on JoannaLannister's tumblr page at the art she has depicting charging Lannister knights, could you please explain to the untrained peasant (mwha) what, if ever, would a banner carrier be doing in the front lines of a charge? If this is unrealistic, how did a normal banner carrier function if his "unit" was ingaged with the enemy? Also, how many household knights, not guardsmen would a typical Lord Lannister employ? Thanks a million for everything!

I did see that art on @joannalannister‘s page, it was very cool. 

The standard bearer is there to make sure that everyone else knows/sees where to head towards in the chaos of battle, and to motivate them to keep going, because it was considered a huge shame to allow your standard to be captured in battle. 

As to how the standard carrier fought, they had a sidearm, but sometimes they would use the lance the standard was attached to. 

In terms of household knights, Tywin’s 500 was seen as a surprise, but a younger brother like Kevan has 200 under his command and pretty much everything baout Kevan is conventional. So for a Lord of Casterly Rock, somewhere in between there is more typical; Tymond Lannister arrived at the Great Council of 101 AC with 300 bannermen plus men at arms, so take that as you will. 

anonymous asked:

Hi! Is supporting homosexuality a sin? Im a Catholic and straight and i support gay people and i really wanted to know if supporting it is considered a sin? Thank you and i love your blog!

Oh my God! I’ve always wanted to be able to help someone like this. I can’t believe you chose me to help you understand it. Thank you for this opportunity!

I come from a religious background myself, Anon, so I understand. I had this idea that not being straight was something wrong and shameful, and that’s why it took me a while to be ok with shipping or being bi.

I won’t lie to you. Christian religions say it’s wrong, but bear with me, because the reason for that is so old and stupid you laugh about it.

Remember the Roman Empire? Well, Jews (and Christ) were against it, because well… they were an Empire. They were awful to people, you know? Human rights wasn’t exactly a thing back then.

And the Romans were also ok with men being with other men. Like, really ok. So when that separation happened and people had to stand up against them, they ended up being taught that anything the Romans did was wrong, and homosexuality got stuck in the middle of the insanity.

So fast-forward to when the bible was put together officially at the Council of Nicaea, around 300 AD. They had to choose what to include and what to exclude, they had to come up with the whole concept of Christian religions, to unify different nations that believed in many Gods.

One of the things that they kept, because it was important to them at the time, was the idea that a lot of things that could “destroy families” was a sin (like sex before marriage, homosexuality, divorce). 

But they left only a couple mentions about those things and it’s even debatable, because one is in the Old Testament, and that was before Christ, when a lot of crazy shit was also a sin (like touching a woman during her period, for example!).

The ones in the New Testament were all written by Apostle Paul. He was a troubled man, who was incredibly severe about anything and everything Roman. He condemned their customs a lot, and you can see in his writing that it’s more about his opinions on the matter (and think about how old that is) than about it being wrong on principle:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Romans 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”

Romans 1:32, “…and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”

He had this whole idea that homosexuality would destroy families and all that, but that was 2000 years ago. And Paul also thought divorce was a sin, for the same reason. So his problem wasn’t with homosexuality, but with the idea that sex could mean more than reproduction and that marriages might not last forever.

The reality is: the Catholic Church (and all other Christian religions) are still using what Paul wrote about the subject as an absolute rule, but they stopped condemning divorce, so it makes no sense at all.

It took literally ages for the Church to realise that “Wait a minute! Paul was just a man of his time, so maybe, just maybe, that doesn’t mean God Himself spends a lot of time worrying about people getting divorced!”

So to me it’s just a matter of time until they get to the same conclusion about homosexuality. The Pope already said some cool stuff, right?

And let’s be honest: do you want to share heaven with straight people who scream at gay people for loving who they love? Or do you want to share it with people who are good, independently of sexual orientation? I choose to believe God knows what’s in our hearts and that that’s what matters, and sexuality has absolutely nothing to do with it.

(And by the way, thanks Apostle Paul, for writing 3 stupid sentences that made people hate gays for millenniums now. Maybe sit in the corner and think about your actions!)

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Blue bloods: Prince Charles joins campaign to save Transylvania’s forests - because of his family connections to ‘Count Dracula’


by Damien Gayle

Prince Charles is campaigning to save the forests of Transylvania, inspired by his ancestral links to Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century nobleman better known by his patronym, Dracula.

Rapid economic growth in Romania - which is now part of the EU - means that the forests of the Carpathian Mountains are under threat from development and logging.

The Prince is calling for the forests, some of the last untouched wilderness areas in Europe, to be protected before they are lost, like the woodland that once covered Britain.

-The Daily Mail

The British monarchy’s real name is Saxe Coburg-Gotha.  It was changed to Windsor after WWII to disconnect from German affiliation.