failing indeed

When privileged leftists say that maybe the new right wing politicians (Trump etc) should win the elections to show that they actually don’t know how to govern

No, one thing is talking about some fatalist political theory that wants everything to die first to get a new beginning and the other thing is real politics and putting people’s livelihood at risk.

No, we can’t let the right wing win just to have a laugh at their absurd politics and agendas and to write more critical think pieces on how the world is going to ruins.

No, when right wing extremists have power they will use that power to shut things down: social institutions and policies for social welfare, equality and inclusion and they will spark more hate and violence against minorities.

No, the fact that they mostly don’t have too much experience in many political areas doesn’t mean that they and the majority of the voters will eventually agree that the experiment has failed and they should indeed step down.

No, they will screw things up for many people, potentially for whole countries. So no, this is not the time to be edgy and just lay back and see and wait until you can say, I told you so. No, everybody has to go out and vote against the rising new right wing forces in Europe and in the US and everywhere else.

Not voting or voting for the right wing extremists out of protest is irresponsible and selfish. Vote against hate! Vote Vote Vote everytime you get the chance.

Ladies and gentlesaurs and variations thereupon, it is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the 2015 Golden Muffasaurus for Worst Palaeofail! This year wasn’t as obvious as in previous years, as this year’s posts didn’t receive as many notes as in previous years, but the winner is quite a fail indeed! Thanks everyone, and have a happy new year!

Smart | A Pansy/Hermione Drabble
for @claraxbarton

The thing about Pansy, Hermione said to anyone who would listen, was that she was smart.  People asked her constantly why she’d ended up with the woman who had tried to turn Harry - your best friend, Hermione, people would say - over to Voldemort.  It’s that she’s smart, Hermione would say.  And pretty.  If she’d had too much to drink and Ron was being particularly obnoxious she might add that Pansy also had impeccable manners.

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In recent years the Revolution has been much criticized for having failed, indeed refused, to give rights of citizenship to women. It should be noted that this important question of political rights was still not resolved in our own period, even in a country such as France which, we should remember, only gave women, the right to vote in 1946. But as far as the Revolution is concerned, we know that the question was posed as early as 1789, for example, in the Fraternal Society of Both Sexes, and later in the women’s societies like that of the Revolutionary Republican Women. That the question should have been posed is remarkable. As far as the practices of citizenship are concerned, we must distinguish between the right to vote and the right to be elected to positions of responsibility. We have already seen that women took part and voted in the primary assemblies and general assemblies of the village communes and of urban assemblies made up of the common people. For it is well established that what was decisive here was which class one belonged to; women of the common people took part in the primary assemblies, but not women of the upper classes. Is this a class distinction? Did the domestication of women go along with this distinction on the basis of class? That is what popular traditions seem to point to.

The exclusion of women took place on the level of the right to be elected to positions of responsibility. The question to be examined here is that of the consciousness of women themselves, for we have no example of a woman elected to a post of responsibility, even as chair of a session in the general assembly of an electoral division. Only women’s societies tried out such functions among themselves. But it is important to note that the Revolutionary Republican Women did not demand the right of women to be elected to functions of responsibility, but first of all demanded the right of women to bear arms like citizens, as a first expression of their participation in the sovereignty of the people, and they took part in military training exercises.

The French Revolution: Revolution of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (Florence Gauthier)

Do You Truly Love Christ?

You say you love Christ, but you don’t even have the desire or the hunger to know Him through Scriptures. Something is wrong. You can’t have the former without the latter. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Cor. 13:5).


“That is a failing indeed!” cried Elizabeth. “Implacable resentment is a shade in a character. But you have chosen your fault well. I really cannot laugh at it. You are safe from me.”

“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil — a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”

“And your defect is to hate everybody.”

“And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is willfully to misunderstand them.”

- Pride and Prejudice (images BBC 1980, 2005 and 1995)

[The] path of self-purification is hard and steep. [One] has to become absolutely passion-free in thought, speech and action to rise above the opposing currents of love and hatred, attachment and repulsion. I know that I have not in me as yet that triple purity in spite of constant ceaseless striving for it. That is why the world’s praise fails to move me, indeed it very often stings me. To conquer the subtle passions seems to me to be harder far than the physical conquest of the world by the force of arms.
—  Gandhi
Love like you’re never going to run out. Love when you don’t know what else to do. Love even when your heart is utterly breaking. The scriptures say that love never fails… indeed it’s you and I who sometimes fail to love.
—  Unka Glen

The Situation as of Summer 1915: The Central Powers Ascendant 

As the summer sun reached its meridian, so too did the fortunes of Germany and her allies. Imperial German power stretched from France to Russia.  In the West, the French and British armies sat locked in a muddy stalemate, and no Allied general had yet worked out a way to break the deadlock, and their cannier counterparts, who had proposed to whittle away at the Central Powers by attacking Turkey, had failed as well.  Indeed, the Ottomans, thought to be the weak link of the triple coalition, had stunned the world with an inspired defense of their capital.  Allied troops on Gallipoli faced an impasse no less than their comrades in France and Belgium.

If anything, the title of “Sick Man of Europe” had passed to a different dying autocracy - the Tsarist Empire of the Romanovs.  Russia had lost almost every inch of the massive gains it made in 1914.  For the first time since Napoleon invaded in 1812, Russian troops were fighting on the defensive in Poland, their backs to Moscow once again.  There was to be no more wishful thinking of a “Russian Steamroller” paving its way to Berlin.  Instead the Russians pleaded for help as Austro-German armies smashed their way towards Warsaw.

In the south, stubborn little Serbia stuck to her guns, but now she held her breath and nervously watched neighboring Bulgaria, whose Tsar looked at German success in admiration.  The entry of Italy into the war had changed almost nothing.  Italian soldiers failed to break through at the Isonzo River, and they would fail at it another ten times in the next three years until the government finally replaced the army’s incompetent chief of staff. 

At the end of 1914 it became apparent to all powers that a quick victory was no longer possible.  But for all their advantages, it was the Entente that was in danger of collapse in 1915, not its enemies.  The Kaiser’s great gamble, his throw of the dice to make Germany a world power, was paying off.  Hand-in-hand the Central Powers marched towards victory.