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Who keeps the world safe when the Doctor’s not there? Find out when Class, a new series from the Doctor Who universe, premieres on BBC America, April 15 at 10:10pm ET.

These four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence.

Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. All the time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.

Trump “Ending the war on coal” pisses me off so much. It’s an obsolete technology and it gives people asthma from pollution, especially in majority PoC areas, another facet of environmental racism. Republicans don’t like coal because it’s efficient, they like it because it happens to punish the people they don’t like and also because coal companies bankroll them.

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GOP Votes to End Rule Stopping Coal Debris From Being Dumped in Streams
It's the first in a series of actions to reverse environmental regulations
By Matthew Daly and Kevin Freking / AP

Moving to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams.

Lawmakers also voted to rescind a separate rule requiring companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments relating to mining and drilling.

Republicans said the votes were first in a series of actions to reverse years of what they see as excessive government regulation during Obama’s presidency. Rules on fracking, guns and federal contracting also are in the cross-hairs as the GOP moves to void a host of regulations finalized during Obama’s last months in office…

On This Day: March 19
  • 1742: Birth of Túpac Amaru II who lead an indigenous uprising in 1780 against the Spanish in Peru.
  • 1885: Louis Riel declares a Provisional Gov in Saskatchewan, starting North-West Rebellion by the Métis people against Canadian government.
  • 1930: During Great Depression, 1,100 men in a breadline in New York seize 2 truckloads of bread as they were delivered to a hotel.
  • 1969: The Chicago Eight were indicted.
  • 1971: The 110 day long US Bituminous Coal Strike ends.
Melted(TaeKook). Hot Coals AU.

Pairing: Taekook

Warnings: Smut (+19)
Word counting: 4.604

Sumary: It keeps a story between Taehyung and Jungkook after the end of Hot Coals but is readable without the main story. Taehyung goes throught an existencial crisis with kinky shit all the way.

A/N: It’s under a “read more” tab, if you are in your phone and it doesn’t work try to open it on the navegator. 

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I just heard a West Virginia man say coal is being taken away. I do not know if he means someone is deliberately taking coal-related jobs away. Even when one discounts regulations perceived to be anti-coal mining, the trend lines are clear. While renewable energy is growing as an industry, coal mining is on the decline. Outside of the United States, in Europe in particular, one sees this is in a rather stark fashion. In the United States, according to Bloomberg, jobs in solar energy alone surpassed those in oil and gas extraction, and also surpassed those in coal mining. And that is of course just solar, and not the other areas of renewable energy. Donald Trump making a carnival and spectacle of signing an Executive Order rolling back Obama-era regulations, and declaring that the roll-back will bring a growth in coal mining is nearly akin to a man announcing that the stage-coach will live on while railroads are being extended. I do not call for an abrupt end to the coal industry, for the simple reason that livelihoods are still dependent upon it; not to mention that its sudden total collapse tomorrow would in fact harm the economy. But one ought to be able to see its end coming, and be visionary enough to begin laying down the foundations for a renewable energy industry and job market. Instead, Trump is playing the politically cheap and small game of temporarily making happy a few thousand people in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

This is strategic blindness even if it ends up being of tactical advantage for the next 6 months; as I suspect that is the longest such a move can be of any advantage. I wonder who the investors even are these days in coal mining. No man worth his salt is spending a lot of money on that industry. The miners themselves have long had their bodies and internal organs wrecked by ailments such as black lung disease, for instance. And then there was the added beauty of Trump, in wanting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, denying the widows of coal miners who succumbed to that disease, their promised benefits. The wise ones in West Virginia already know he is a fraud. He may also think global warming is a hoax, but serious and sober people who have seen the undeniable evidence recognize the urgency in humankind moving on to better sources of energy. Even Trump’s defense secretary realizes the repercussions of cataclysmic climate change on national security and global peace and order, but we can already conclude that Trump has no use for him on this issue because he has no use for experts when their conclusions run counter to his own mere suspicions and guesses. So I suppose he did well for his popularity in coal country today, but that will prove itself to be fleeting. The trend lines are clear. The verdict is in. While the rest board steam trains, the president of the United States is whipping horses. 

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Last night you said Boyd would hit the cash on the road, and then today we go through all the trouble putting together a bait truck so he has something to hit, Duffy tells us he’s planning to hit it, we’re watching one of his guys appear to be waiting for it to move so he can hit it, all which leads you to conclude that that is in fact not his plan.

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I suppose if I allow myself to be sentimental,
despite all that has occurred, there is one thing I wander back to.
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Coalville, Iowa
Population: 610

“Coalville takes its name from the coal mines of the area. It began as one of the northernmost coal mining towns in Iowa. Early settlers were mining coal from outcrops along the Des Moines River by 1860, and in 1870, a mine was opened on Holiday Creek, about a mile east of Coalville, with a 3-mile tramway to the Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad (later the Illinois Central). Later in 1870, a shaft was sunk at Coalville. The Fort Dodge Coal company took over these mines and opened several more in the Coalville area. By 1880, manual labor was being augmented with machinery in these mines. In 1883, the Fort Dodge Coal company employed 350 miners to produce 30 carloads of coal daily.The Pleasant Valley Coal Company sank a 105-foot shaft in Coalville in 1895, employing 100 men to mine a 6-foot coal bed. This was mined out in the early 20th century. 

The Gleason Coal Company sank a shaft in 1899 that operated until 1907, producing 200,000 tons of coal over its lifetime. Gleason sunk a new shaft in 1908. United Mine Workers local 392 was organized in Coalville in 1899; by 1907, it had 133 members. Mine wages varied from $1.91 to $2.56 per day.”

Do you ever think that the “I’m Okay You’re Okay” pop psychology that encourages selfish impulse and focus on the “self” was a derailing tactic?  The ‘60′s and ‘70′s saw activism that included class based analysis.  Acknowledging that women and black people were disadvantaged as a class gave birth to modern feminism and the civil rights movement.  Pop psychology that suggested focusing on yourself was widely adopted by those baby boomer activists, who seemed to trade in collective activism to believing “expanding their minds” through use of LSD was a legitimate form of activism.  Of course that applies more towards white middle class baby boomers than anyone else.  The slogan changed from “destroy the system” to “change the system” to “be the change.”  As if my recycling my plastics is a more significant action against global climate change than a widespread end to the coal industry and focusing government  energy policy on truly clean energy instead of this clean burning coal doublespeak.  

It also seems to me like the focus on the self is integral in the distortion of 2nd wave feminism into liberal feminism.  Feminism that says if I choose it then it’s feminist.  Feminism that allows for one person saying “if I want to have sex with a camera in the room and have it go viral on the internet then that’s my choice” without any consideration for the far greater number of women for whom this is not a choice or for how the acts you portray may affect young women and how sex is addressed in their lives, ie class analysis.  

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR BBC AMERICA’S DOCTOR WHO SPIN-OFF – CLASS

Announced today, the stars of BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who spin-off series Class - exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

These four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow - and possibly the end of existence.

Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. All the time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.

Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming. (x)