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bigben25007  asked:

You're a special kind of stupid. U should check facts before posting fake shit. Fyi obama ran this country for the last 8 years. And ran it into the ground. Yet u wanna say hes so great and blame a man who just got in office.

  Ran it into the ground? Seriously?! You’re the one who should check his facts.
  Here’s a little comparison of when Barack Obama took office vs when he left office:
  The Dow Jones was at 6,626 when he started. It was at 19,875 a week before he left.
  Unemployment was at 10% when he started. 4.6% when he left.
  Uninsured adults made up 18% of Americans. This dropped to 11.9%
  Sales of American cars went from 10.4 million to 17.5 million.
  He reduced the deficit (as a percentage of GDP) from 9.8% to 2.8%.

  And blame the man who just got into office? How about this? In just seven weeks in office, ManChildTrump has gone on vacation to Florida (vacations paid for by the American taxpayer) at least four times.
  During the time he can be bothered to stay in the Oval Office, he’s been trying to destroy the Department of Education – apparently in an attempt to make everyone as ignorant as you.
  He’s trying to defund the EPA – that would be the department that tries to ensure we have clean air to breathe, and clean water to drink.
  He’s been at the forefront of dismantling the Affordable Care Act, taking medical coverage away from millions of Americans. And, at the same time, giving more tax breaks to the rich.
  He wants to cut funding for the Coast Guard and the TSA in order to pay for a wall the majority of Americans do not want, and which many experts say will not work. So, take money away from organizations that are currently keeping us safe, for a wall that won’t.
  Oh, and he wants to increase defense spending by $54 billion dollars – when we already outspend the next 13 largest military spenders COMBINED! And, 8 of those 13 are close allies with the US!

  I’d suggest you turn off Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, come up out of your militia bunker, and take a look around.

anonymous asked:

Hey Naf! I've been thinking a lot about bi vs pan. There's a lot of discussions how bi is bad because it "is" transphobic (I'm even trans, and I don't agree with this), but I can't put the difference between bi and pan into words without making it sound like I imply that bi is transphobic. I'm asking you how you define the difference between the two, as you're a very aware and educated person, maybe you can shine some light on how to go about this.

Pure semantics-wise, Bisexual is usually defined as “attracted to two or more genders” while Pansexual is defined as “attracted to all genders.”
I’m also trans-spec and don’t think either is inherently exclusive or transphobic.

So I’m just gonna start with a disclaimer that I could always be wrong BUT I usually explain it with historical context: Bisexual is simply an older term.

We have to understand that gender and sexuality are theories and human inventions. The same way money is a Theory and Human Invention, but when people invented the coin thousands of years ago, did they think we’d have things like the Dow Jones and Stock Market and Interest Growth? No, probably not. But these things obviously effect our lives NOW and continue to grow and change.

Our perception of gender has changed. From the ignorance and mistreatment of intersex conditions as well as the oppression of dyadic gender-non-conforming people, when the early LGBT culture was forming in the US, most people still saw everyone was “male” and “female”. Even LGBT founding figures like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera only recently re-identified as trans women rather than just drag queens. The world changed, so identities changed.
This obviously effects Bisexuality, which was coined during a time gender theories weren’t as developed or accessible.

But Bisexuality has evolved too! Generally any bi person you ask will say “two OR MORE genders,” but because bi- (the prefix meaning 2) is IN the name, a lot of people without historical context find problem with it, thinking it still adheres strictly to the gender binary.

Pansexual theory came out of Bisexual theory. They ultimately point towards a similar experience, but you’ll notice a lot more pansexuals are younger. Again, this is because they don’t know the historical context, they don’t know bisexuality has evolved in meaning. Pansexuality is very well-intentioned and I’m not saying it’s not a legitimate identity, but I often see pans giving bis a really hard time, and I think the lack of understanding is getting out of hand.

Honestly when it comes down to it, I really think people should identify with what makes them the most comfortable. Both identities have their own merits and historical significance.


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Don’t be an Activist

Don’t be that dirty A word: Activist
Like a viral disease
It always starts in college
took that sociology or ethnic studies class
joined that outreach recruitment center for
underrepresented youth of color
you wanted to hold it down for the struggle
at the rally for undocumented student rights
and then it happens
you become an activist
the symptoms will kick in fast and heavy

Your parents will tell you to get a real job
Fox news will tell you you’re unpatriotic
Your friends will call you too sensitive
Your family will call you too liberal
Your community will call you too communist

You’ll work at a non-profit organization
cause you said you want to make a difference
cause you certainly aren’t making any money
even though your official job title is just program coordinator
You’re really also the organization’s social media director
youth outreach manager
office technician
staff personnel therapist
grant writer
program assessment evaluator
and in-house cultural competency trainer
You’ll wonder how many top ramen will it take before you give up
on your close to impoverished 50hrs a week
$800 Americorps monthly living stipend
You will buy extra lip balm for all the future ass kissing 
you will do to potential grantees and funders
all in the name of community
…and to keep you job
…cause your grant contract ends by the 2017 fiscal cycle
way to stick to the man

You’ll feel guilty for listening main stream hip-hop
and that your favorite song is Tyga’s Rack City
even though that song represents everything that you stand against
misogyny, male patriarchy
the commodification
and dehumanization of womyn
that beat is still so DAMN good
rack city, rack rack city
I mean Sac City, Sac City…ssstitch

Don’t be an activist because you’ll just be angry
angry because you learned that everything evil in this world is rooted
from colonialism, white patriarchy and capitalism

Paulo Friere called it
when they made the matrix
once become conscious, you can never go back
and with liberation comes burden
that burden sits heavy like asthma

Ignorance must really be bliss
because it’s exhausting
looking through Facebook newsfeed
without saying “gooddammit this shit is fucked up”
without seeing white people throw peace signs and make squinty eyes in pictures with the #asianpose
without having another “conversation” with your
well-intentioned but racist ass friend
who commented on your scholarly post on
“microaggressions in the classrooms”
without seeing another fraternity throw another
cinco de drinko “cross the border” party
without seeing another newscaster blame the victim
and defend the rapist
without another black body being shot
by another gunman named officer

and feeling
like you can never do anything
ironically enough
you try to brush it off
so you can procrastinate on your 8 page sociology paper
on institutionalized racism in the California prison system

It will hurt
it will hurt because
it will come from your own people
they tell you, you too cocky
that you’re an opportunistic
that left South Sacramento for a job at UC Davis
and that you a sell out
and so you buy into their thinking
and they said you were never REALLY down
and so you tell yourself that you were never REALLy down
and they called you out for saying something problematic
so you think of yourself as a problem
you didn’t get enough petition signatures
you didn’t stay long enough at the town hall meetings
you didn’t mentor enough youth
you weren’t there for your community when they needed it most
and so you questions everything that you are
everything that you stand for
you hit this point of confusion
of what it all means
and you succumb to self-doubt
and burn out
you get tired
of being tired
and you tell yourself
“I just want to be normal
just like everyone else”

That heavy anxiety sitting on your shoulders
makes you want to scratch your skin off
but then you realize
normal is that bystrander effect
that MNC chokehold that stops you from raising your voice
and forces you to turn you head away from injustice
and face down at iphones screens
Normal is making it easier for you
to keep up with the Kardashians
than to keep up with the sake of humanity
Normal is that basic shit!
Normal is that stuff that makes people cynical
cause being cynical is always easier than critical
Normal is making society a status quota
number of soldiers pulled out
the dowe jones down
unemployment up
climate change doesn’t exist
Racist republicans still do
and so we confuse normal
for this substance that cynicism made ugly
validation, acceptance, love

and you finally realize that it was never about you
and it wasn’t about them
but it was about everybody
It was about humanness - Ubuntu
a justice that institutions are incapable of achieving
so you’ve been forced to dream
you check your privilege for low paychecks
to implement your social justice
be the monkey wrench in the machine

activism is not a sprint
it is a lifelong marathon
and your most crucial asset in your run
is the not the power in your legs
but the strength of your heart
so you must protect it
You must pace to it to give it resiliency
you will be your biggest critic
but the minute you look far too much
in your own steps
you will lose vision
so you must keep your head upright
never lose sight of your finish line

this world does not need normal
it needs relentless unafraid pursuit of compassion
every action or inaction
disrupts or perpetuates that power of oppression
but you choose
to upset the set up
disrupt the corrupt
stand against the standardization
hunger strike for the hungry

you were meant to be different
you are greater than Normal
you are more than an activist
you are deeply and truly necessary

We’re at the beginning of a cultural revolution. Our present system is ecologically unsustainable and psychologically corrosive. It screws our planet, and it screws our mind. Corporations have taken over the media systems, which bombard us with consumerist messages. At least 75 per cent of the population is caught in a consumer trance. One day, all of a sudden, people will wake up after the Dow Jones has gone down by 7,000 points, and say: “What the hell is going on?
—  Kalle Lasn

If anyone wants it, here’s the chronological list of women nominated for Best Score at the Tony Awards.

  1. Carolyn Leigh - nominated lyricist for Little Me (1963) and How Now, Dow Jones (1968)
  2. Dorothy Fields - nominated lyricist for Sweet Charity (1966) and Seesaw (1974)
  3. Betty Comden - three-time winning lyricist for Hallelujah, Baby! (1968), On the Twentieth Century (1978), and The Will Rogers Follies (1991), nominated for A Doll’s Life (1983).
  4. Micki Grant - nominated composer/lyricist for Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope (1973) and Working (1978)
  5. Nitra Scharfman - nominated composer/lyricist for The Lieuteannt (1975)
  6. Elizabeth Swados - nominated composer/lyricist for Runaways (1978)
  7. Mary Rodgers - nominated composer for Working (1978)
  8. Susan Birkenhead - nominated lyricist for Working (1978) and Jelly’s Last Jam (1992)
  9. Ellen Fitzhugh - nominated lyricist for Grind (1985)
  10. Barbara Damashek - nominated composer/lyricist for Quilters (1985)
  11. Lynn Ahrens - winning lyricist for Ragtime (1998), nominated for Once on This Island (1991)
  12. Lucy Simon - nominated composer for The Secret Garden (1991)
  13. Marsha Norman - nominated lyricist for The Secret Garden (1991)
  14. Agata Miklaszewska - nominated lyricist for Metro (1992)
  15. Maryna Miklaszewska - nominated lyricist for Metro (1992)
  16. Mary Bracken Phillips - nominated lyricist for Metro (1992)
  17. Ann Duquesnay - nominated composer/lyricist for Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk (1996)
  18. Julie Taymor - nominated lyricist for The Lion King (1998)
  19. Jeanine Tesori - winning composer for Fun Home (2015), nominated for Twelfth Night (1999), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002), Caroline, or Change (2004), and Shrek (2009). 
  20. Sara Light - nominated composer/lyricist for Urban Cowboy (2003)
  21. Martie Maguire - nominated composer/lyricist for Urban Cowboy (2003)
  22. Lauren Lucas - nominated composer/lyricist for Urban Cowboy (2003)
  23. Wanda Mallette - nominated composer/lyricist for Urban Cowboy (2003)
  24. Patti Ryan - nominated composer/lyricist for Urban Cowboy (2003)
  25. Lisa Lambert - winning composer/lyricist for The Drowsy Chaperone (2006)
  26. Brenda Russell - nominated composer/lyricist for The Color Purple (2006)
  27. Allee Willis - nominated composer/lyricist for The Color Purple (2006)
  28. Nell Benjamin - nominated composer/lyricist for Legally Blonde (2007)
  29. Heidi Rodewald - nominated composer for Passing Strange (2008)
  30. Dolly Parton - nominated composer/lyricist for 9 to 5 (2009)
  31. Lucy Prebble - nominated lyricist for Enron (2010)
  32. Cyndi Lauper - winning composer/lyricist for Kinky Boots (2013)
  33. Amanda Green - nominted composer/lyricist for Hands on a Hardbody (2013)
  34. Lisa Kron - winning lyricist for Fun Home (2015)
  35. Edie Brickell - nominated composer/lyricist for Bright Star (2016)
  36. Sara Bareilles - nominated composer/lyricist for Waitress (2016)
Wall Street sells off as investors fret about Trump

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 on Wednesday suffered its biggest one-day fall since September as hopes for tax cuts and other pro-business policies faded after reports that President Donald Trump tried to interfere with a federal investigation.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) fell 370.12 points, or 1.76 percent, to 20,609.63, the S&P 500 (.SPX) lost 43.35 points, or 1.81 percent, to 2,357.32 and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) dropped 158.63 points, or 2.57 percent, to 6,011.24.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Nick Zieminski)


[Millennial Gospel: Matthew] for an ongoing project co-created by shakespeareandpunk and sarahtaylorgibson]

Matthew’s got a family name that weighs more than all the gold in Swiss holdings, a secured spot in an investment empire that stretches from Hong Kong to Park Avenue, and the keen eye for finance to back up the pedigree of one of the world’s wealthiest families. He learned to decipher the Dow Jones chart when he was six, has been in charge of his own investments since twelve, and negotiated his first multi-corporate merger at eighteen.There’s little in the world he couldn’t have at his fingertips with a few phone calls, but by his twentieth birthday Matthew feels a hollowness in his bones that he can’t stave off, a pit in his stomach that grows heavier with every homeless person he passes on his walk from parking garage to penthouse.

Mathew hadn’t meant to listen as he was striding past the grungy throng of protesters outside of his father’s firm, but after a week of pushing past them to get into the building and shutting his windows against their cries, some things started to sink in. When he finally let the storm-eyed boy from Brooklyn press the shape of charity into the hands along with a parable about camels and needles, something breaks inside him. His father thinks his new interests in philanthropy and poverty relief are just a phase, but starts to take things a little more seriously when Matthew gets symbols of faith tattooed on his body. 

“Why the hands?” Bartholomew asks, tracing the dove of peace soaring across Matthew’s left hand. They have been learning to be friends for some time now, with Matthew showing his love by buying Bartholomew useful, clever items that never seem condescending and Bartholomew reciprocating by sharing wild tales of life as a train-hopper. 

Matthew grins, black eyes lit up with the sheen of cunning put to holy use.

“It’s the only skin you can see when I’m wearing a suit.”

Gold is surging

(Shailesh Andrade/Reuters)
The price of gold is surging after political uncertainty appears to have pushed investors into safe-haven assets on Wednesday.

The precious metal was trading at $1,258.50 an ounce as of 11:25 a.m. ET, a $22.10, or 1.79%, jump on the day.

This is the largest move for gold since March 16, when the metal leapt as much as 2.77% intraday.

The jump comes as traders have shifted into risk-off mode after a New York Times report on Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey kept records of meetings in which President Donald Trump asked Comey to ease up on his investigation of ties between Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russian officials.

The political uncertainty over the fallout seemed to drive markets lower. The Dow Jones industrial average was down roughly 1.3% and the S&P 500 down 1.2%. The US dollar index also slipped to its lowest level since Trump’s election in November.

Gold is often thought of as a safe haven asset in times of uncertainty.

(Markets Insider)

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How to Get a Job in the Anime Industry According to Crunchyroll

For many anime fans, a job in the industry they love so much is the ultimate fantasy. But while many fans dream about such a career, few pursue it as an actual goal.

During “Crunchyroll Presents - Working in the Anime Industry,” Crunchyroll brand managers Baker McDonald and Victoria Holden dispelled a few misconceptions people have about the industry, and suggested tips launching your own career in anime.

It’s not all anime all the time. Brand managers work long days managing social media, interacting with customers, working with Japanese publishers and providing detailed metrics to them on a weekly basis, and much, much more. “There are a lot of reasons we need to watch anime for work, but it’s far from the only thing we do,” Holden said.

“But I’m not qualified to work in anime.” Holden got her job after cosplaying as Tsunade from Naruto on a Web show. McDonald got his job after a degree in photography, a degree in culinary arts, and experience at Dow Jones. Neither are fluent in Japanese. But they both love what they do. “Passion about the position and the product is huge,” said McDonald.

Get to know people in the industry. Just like in other occupations, people like to work with people they already know and like. “The toughest part of the anime industry is hands down getting in,” said Holden. “But once you know someone, it’s much easier.”

Conventions are a lot of work. Did you know the Crunchyroll booth weighs 2,000 pounds? Brand management was responsible for figuring out how to ship it from headquarters in San Francisco to Boston. And once they got it there, they were on their feet 10 hours a day interacting with convention attendees. “It takes six of us to put out the booth and pack it up. Then we do it all over again a weekend later,” said McDonald.

Actually, everything’s a lot of work. “Because my job is also my hobby, I never turn off. I don’t think I’m ever not working,” said Holden, as McDonald agreed. Both spend long hours at the office each day, and since they attend multiple conventions each month, they obviously don’t always get weekends off.

But the fans make it worth it. Holden and McDonald both have jobs that let them interact with fans every day. You may have seen Holden’s silly tweets from the Crunchyroll Twitter account, or McDonald’s contests. “The best part of my job is telling somebody they won something like a laptop and seeing them flip out,” he said. “It feels really good.”

Pumped to get a job in anime? Why not try starting on the Crunchyroll Jobs Page? The managers concluded their panel by letting fans know they’re hiring now. “We’re looking for talented individuals passionate about anime and manga,” said Holden.

—Lauren, AB Staff Blogger