Just found out that France receives 500 billion dollars a year from this thing called colonial tax. Which states that any country that could have made France a lot of money (usually colonies but Haiti was never enslaved and is required to pay) under France better pay for the difference they would’ve made if they were still under French rule.
Any elected leader who has tried to refute this has been assassinated. Not only that but France continues this to this day. Leaders who don’t try to fight against this are rewarded in luxury, while their people suffer. This is only one of the things that continues to keep African countries in poverty.
Black panther could’ve been a reality, had Europe left us alone but they won’t. They’re really dependent on the natural resources the continent has to offer.
In Iran, the presidential campaign has come to an end. Election rules require a day of quiet before the May 19 vote - but supporters of candidates spent the last nights before the pause making noise in the streets. Electioneering becomes a loud, boisterous, all-night party. People walk in traffic, hand out flyers, stop cars in their tracks, blow air horns, and try anything else they can to attract attention to their side. One photo here shows a woman in Tehran, one of many people passing out flyers on Tuesday evening in support of President Hassan Rouhani. (Nearby, a crowd favoring his main rival, Ebrahim Raisi, passed by us chanting “Rouhani bye bye, Rouhani bye bye.”) Another photo shows a man favoring a local council candidate in the city of Qazvin on Wednesday night. There, horn honks, shouts and celebrations continued until at least 3:30am. Iranians take a risk when they engage in political speech - but for some, restrictions loosen up at election time.
“A crime is not a crime if in the name of the economy while those who stand against this in the name of self-autonomy fall to protest based on doggery in the hands of demagoguery. Now our choice is packaged in this ready-made philosophy: Elect your aristocracy or replace it with ochlocracy!” - Howie Abel
Now the greatest punishment, if one isn’t willing to rule, is to be ruled by someone worse than oneself. And I think that it’s fear of this that makes decent people rule when they do. They approach ruling not as something good or something to be enjoyed, but as something necessary, since it can’t be entrusted to anyone better than themselves.
Ontologically, however, a photograph is never a finished product of whomever has been established as its owner and wishes to impose sovereign control over it.Whatever is inscribed in the photograph always exceeds what its owner wished to put in it. In other words, the photograph is not a document belonging to a photographer, to a ruling power, or to any governmental or nongovernmental body. Its identification as any of these things undermines its civil potential. Instead, it is open at all times to additional participants who will not only interpret what is seeing in it as a given, but will also reshape the seen that is to be read.
The photograph, then, is a very special kind of document. Even when it bears its creator’s unique “handwriting,” it is always drawn out of the relationship within which and from which it is produced. Furthermore, it is equally so, whether we talk about the relationship within which it was produced—between photographers, the photographed, and others who took direct or indirect part in its design—or about the relationship in which it is viewed at present, in which the viewers, too, take part in its constitution as a document.
The photograph is a shared political document, but not one agreed upon by the various sides involved in its production and seeking to influence—sometimes in opposite ways—what is shown in it. While a ruling power can use photography among other means of shaping its public image, what is inscribed in a photograph is never merely what the ruling power wishes to inscribe in it or the way in which that power aspires to represent the regime in which it is elected to rule. On the contrary, the photograph is a preferred place in which to read the image of the regime not as it is represented on the paper that defines its institutions and their interrelations, but in the forms of relations layered between governmental power and the governed, including not only those who took part in the act of photography, but also those who take part in the act of viewing.
Understanding a photograph from a disaster area as a document bearing the seal of the regime, one comprehends the limited nature of common categories such as “compassion,” “pity,” “empathy,” “rage,” “concern,” “empowerment,” and “victimization,” which in fact describe only a single axis of relations between the photographer and the photographed while erasing all other relationships that were inscribed in the photograph
hello this is a cute little highschool!AU for otayuri it’s my second fic ever don’t judge me
anyways this was supposed to be a funny little crack fic based on some starter but here we are with 3486 words and a whole lot of regret
The last thing Yuri Plisetsky expected to be doing with his day was searching for a certain handwriting, collecting samples to compare with a scribbled graffiti on a bathroom stall.
But hey, c'est la vie.
For people wondering how to take action post-election of a racist demagogue (pulled from Twitter and cleaned up):
Make a spreadsheet or a file for your representatives with names, addresses to their offices, phone numbers, and contact forms. Put everyone there. Make a note in your calendar app to check in on issues once a month.
Pay attention to news. If you get angry, upset, or worried, seek support from friends but ALSO shoot these reps an email, too. Be courteous but firm and blunt. It’s a numbers game. Often we remain invisible because we don’t go to events and rallies and can’t be physically present. But we can attach our names to emails, we can write letters, we can be vocal. We don’t have to be invisible.
You can do this with your national reps, state reps, and local reps. If someone reps you anywhere, note them. Open a line and revisit it. It’s hard work and slow. One email at a time. One letter at a time. One call at a time. Emails are easy these days, so splurge every few months on a stamp and send a letter if you can. Put your humanity in front of these people. Flout it. Some won’t care, but others will. Change ONE mind and results can cascade.
Rural areas are bubbles full of bigotry and now it’s newly revealed. But we white people who live here have the clout and power! We can speak up when our reps say terrible things, and do terrible things, and vote terrible ways. We can go “I am disappointed in you.” It’s work, but as we’ve seen the last six months, it’s time for us to do that work. If someone goes “who are your reps” you gotta know. If you don’t know and you’re mad about this election, it’s time to create that file and keep it with you and use it.
The time for social media rants only is over. Or, do those, but maybe pull those threads out into a paragraph and send them to your reps. And don’t ONLY email or contact when things go badly. Also reach out when things go right. Even if they voted AGAINST something. Treat them like you would want to be treated if you were wrong or mistaken. But we’ve gotta reach out and let them know we’re here.
Anyway, I know this is hard work. If you need help collecting your reps, give me a ping via DM and I’ll help you get started.
Father John Misty’s album Pure Comedy will be released April 7th, 2017,
in Europe through Bella Union and the rest of the world from Sub Pop.
LYRICS: The comedy of man starts like this: Our brains are way too big for our mother’s hips So, nature, she devised this alternative: We emerge half-formed and hope whoever greets us on the other end Is kind enough To fill us in And, babies, that’s pretty much how it’s been ever since
Now the miracle of birth leaves a few issues to address Like say that half of us are periodically iron deficient So somebody’s gotta go kill something while I look after the kids I’d do it myself, but what, are you gonna get this thing his milk? He says as soon as he gets back from the hunt we can switch It’s hard not to fall in love with something so helpless Ladies, I hope we don’t end up regretting this
Comedy Now that’s what I call pure comedy Just wait until the part where they start to believe They’re at the center of everything And some all powerful being Endowed this horror show with meaning
Their religions are the best They worship themselves but they’re totally obsessed With risen zombies, celestial virgins, magic tricks In these unbelievable outfits And they get terribly upset If you question their sacred texts Written by woman-hating epileptics
Their languages just tend to confuse them Their confusion somehow makes them more sure Now they’re much too bright for the old superstitions But they’re yet to find a new one they won’t serve
Where did they find these clowns they elected to rule them They recline in outrage at the These mammals are hell-bent on fashioning new gods So they can go on being godless animals
Comedy Their illusions that are all that they can see Their horizons that just forever recede How’s this for irony: Their idea of being free Is a prison of beliefs They’ve every right to never leave
Comedy It’s like something that a madman would conceive The only thing that seems to makes them feel alive Is the struggle to survive But the only thing that they request Is something to numb the pain with Until there’s nothing human left
Just random matter suspended in the dark Hate to say it, but each other’s all we’ve got
Beware the vicar’s daughter and her, privileged supporters, Beware police dogs in the streets, her jack-booted enforcers, Beware the steely gaze of Cameron’s chief deporter Beware connections with the banks, probably already bought her.
The campaign of the French presidential frontrunner, Emmanuel Macron, has said it has been the target of a massive leak of emails less than two days before Sunday’s final round of voting.
About nine gigabytes of data was posted by a user called EMLEAKS to a document-sharing site called Pastebin that allows anonymous posting. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for posting the data.
Macron’s political movement, En Marche!, confirmed it had been hacked, saying it had been the “victim of a massive and co-ordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information”.
The statement added that the data consisted of “diverse documents such as emails, accounts and contracts” hacked before 24 April from the personal and professional accounts of some of the movement’s staffers.
“Coming in the final hours of the campaign, this operation clearly amounts to democratic destabilisation as was seen in the United States,” it said, adding that En Marche! had “consistently been targeted by such initiatives” throughout the campaign.
The hack was “clearly intended to harm the movement”, it said. The documents posted online were all lawful and “reflected the normal functioning of an election campaign”, the statement said, and their publication “does not alarm us as to any questions being raised about their legality”.
A French interior ministry official declined to comment, citing French rules which bar any commentary liable to influence an election. The rules took effect at midnight local time on Friday (2300 GMT) and will remain in place until all polling stations have closed at 8pm on Sunday.
Five new opinion polls published on Friday forecast that Macron would win the election with a share of 62-63%, comfortably defeating his rival, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, in France’s most turbulent and potentially significant presidential race in decades.
The #EMLeaks story is a Russian plot to try to throw the French election to far-right extremist Marine Le Pen. Hopefully Emmanuel Macron wins it Sunday.
Have you seen the latest yougov polls?! Astonishing stuff
there was a yougov poll released some time back that was something like ‘who do you trust more to deliver a fair and equal society’ and may lead corbyn in it and i commented on twitter at the time that the uk public, thanks to the media, thinks that may is the person corbyn is and vice versa. the general election was a god send for exposing who they both actually are to the public. i can only see those trends continuing.
what makes this poll even more astounding is that it’s just with the general election impartiality rules being brought into play with the bbc and sky news etc- the print media is still massively anti-corbyn and pro-may. makes you wonder where we’d be if our media was even 25% less shit.