failure-indeed

Here is a lil list of things that I love in Bloodborne because why not:

  • Valtr in general, just the whole man is a good
  • the fact that Gehrman looks ridiculously offended whenever you whack him in the Hunter’s Dream
  • Henryk’s coat doing the thing when he’s waiting to cross the fog to fight Rom with you at Moonside Lake
  • friendly Amygdalae all around Yahar’gul
  • except Mr Laser Eyes, he’s cranky
  • Laurence sounding totally bored when Willem accuses him of betraying him that one time
  • Gatling Gun Dad of Old Yharnam
  • local intelligent man Micolash unable to tie he got dang shoes
  • Lady Maria getting gay with lady hunters during her fight
  • “ooOOOOhhHHHhhh very good, very good indeed!”
  • Living Failures’ theme being way more dramatic than necessary
  • the way Valtr calls you “my confederate” in that low sad voice of his at the end of his quest
  • where are Micolash’s eyebrows??? and Damien’s????????
  • cute lil augur space slug
  • the fact that Edgar looks like Peter Norton of Norton AntiVirus, they are literally the same person
  • Gascoigne’s voice
  • Yamamura being extremely relatable as I too wish to be doing a head bash repeatedly
  • everything ragdolls when it dies
Nobody (Part 7)

Originally posted by alejandraacasasc

Plot:  Reader has been held prisoner by Hydra and is discovered by Nat and Bucky.  Post CA:CW (Bucky’s on the team, no one hates each other) Slight AU

Warnings: Mentions of torture, detailed injuries/deaths, cursing, some pics might be slight disturbing

Words: 1567

A/N: I finally had some inspiration.  I hope you like this part.  I try to put out only what I think is good for where I want to take my work so I apologise for the delays, I just want to put my best work out there.  Thank you for sticking around for more of Nobody.

*italics = flashback/memory *bold italics = report writing


18 hours later

Bucky’s POV

As Bucky sat in the stiff armchair in the hospital room and gazed down at X-25493’s unconscious form. Banner and Cho had spent the last 14 hours in surgery and X looked somehow even worse for wear.  He ran his hands through his hair for probably the thousandth time causing it to stand up at odd angles.  He had a hard time coming to terms with the information that had been dumped on him. This girl—this girl—had done…that.  Memories of the photos Natasha had shown him, Steve, and later Tony several hours before flashed across his minds’ eye: bodies—horribly mangled bodies strewn about in red snow.  Dead faces frozen in agony and terror.  And a campsite torn to shreds as if a demonic wolf pack had descended upon it.

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Beyond Politics, Towards Insurrection: Why Anarchists Need to Outgrow the Left

“The anarchist role is negative, the aim is the destruction of allexploitative and repressive false hopes.”     - Monsieur Dupont

 

               At the risk (and pleasure) of sounding overly inflammatory, the Left as we know it is obsolete.  The legacy of Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Mao and Hoxha has proven too much of a burden and its suggested praxis of selling newspapers and “building the party” is outdated. You know it, I know it, and even the party bosses – too far down to ever acknowledge it - know it. Even the syndicalist-approved methods of revolutionary unionism is swiftly growing irrelevant in the throes of neoliberalism – in a workforce mostly composed of temporary workers, the ease that a boss can simply swap out any angry workers with new, more compliant ones renders unions impotent. Even the IWW, the greatest example of American revolutionary syndicalism, fails to give its members anything but a social circle and bragging rights (in addition to a virulent and constant covering-up of abusers in its ranks).

               The left has failed. The USSR has dissolved. The ISO-SWP-PSL-AFL-CIO-RCP (etc. etc. etc.) has degenerated into opportunism and newspaper sales (if they were ever anything else). So where do we go from here?

               It’s not as if we anarchists have ever comfortably been leftists. The association of anarchists with the left (or ultra-left) has always been uneasy. How can we as anti-state and anti-authority revolutionaries agree with or condone the ideologies of Leninism, Soviet nationalism or state socialism or be okay with being relegated to the role of “conscience of the left”? The contradictions show in our history as the darkest moments after the highest-water marks of anarchism. 1921, the Kronstadt rebellion in Russia – Trotsky’s Red Army slaughters the same revolutionaries that helped overthrow the Tsar and executes anarchist civilians for daring to ask for freedom of speech. 1936, the provinces of Aragon and Catalonia in Spain – the CNT, growing more bureaucratic, orders the revolutionary communes to cease expropriation, executes individualist anarchists, and the Stalinist PSUC attacks any commune that refuses to dissolve, sealing the fate of the revolution and civil war.

               It’s time to look ahead and, to quote Wolfi Landstreicher, “rid anarchy of the leftist millstone”.

               What does this look like? In “From Politics to Life”, the work quoted above, Landstreicher points out that “for the left, social struggle against oppression is essentially a political program to be realized by whatever means are expedient…the leftist conception of social struggle is precisely one of influences, taking over or creating alternative versions of these institutions. In other words, it is a struggle to change, not to destroy institutionalized power relationships.” To paraphrase, the leftist obsession with political answers and reforms makes their goals and tactics completely incompatible with the anarchist idea: complete and total liberation.

               Indeed, the left is unable to look beyond mass organizations and their desire for a homogenized rank and file to carry out the desires of the leadership. To gain more activists and misguided theorists, leftist groups create and perpetuate a bevy of canned, formulaic moral outrages in the hopes of appealing to the masses and achieving some semblance of relevance. However, especially today, the failings of this strategy has never been more apparent, only serving to further reduce their legitimacy as revolutionary entities. This is obvious to anybody outside of the party.

               Left anarchists, including syndicalists, push the need for working class consciousness and direct-action unionism. However, even this is a reaction to an outdated construct of Capitalism, which makes the entire union structure of struggle anachronistic. After neoliberalism demolished the union model (and indeed, caused the collapse of the old Working Class), trade unions have withered as most workers realize that they have nothing to gain from joining. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing, only a shifting of the playing field. Alfredo Bonanno writes in “The Insurrectional Project” that “The end of the great trades union organizations’ function of resistance and defense – corresponding with the collapse of the working class – has allowed us to see another possibility for the organization of the struggle. This could start from the real capacity of the excluded [(what Marx called the lumpenproletariat)].”

               Although parties, federations, unions etc. have lost their relevance in today’s Capitalism, there’s no need for despair. Indeed, the failure of the old forms of leftist reconciliation and cooperation with the bosses has left the road ahead open to us for grand experiments in affinity-based modes of change. The options open to us are endless. Clandestine actions, vandalism, industrial sabotage, community struggle and rioting are all tools to be used to seize time and space to experiment with new and liberatory social relations. But of course, the old Left, convinced of its necessity and hellbent on opportunistically inserting itself wherever it can speak over the rank and file of struggle, will prove – as it has proven numerous times in the past – to be the very first obstacle on the road to freedom, co-opting tragedies in order to further their agendas and forcing obsolete praxis down our throats.

               It’s time for anarchists to move beyond the outdated false binary of left and right. It’s time for us to critique not only industrialization but indeed the foundations of civilization as a whole. Forget the politics of ballot referendums, building the party, studying and quoting the correct theorists - the seeds of a creative, dynamic insurrection have already been sown. It’s time to strike back at everything that destroys us - politicians and recuperators be damned!

Because I care deeply about this topic and would like curious people to know more, I’ll attach a small reading list of essential post-left works.

“The Insurrectional Project”, “Armed Joy” and “The Anarchist Tension” by Alfredo Bonanno.

“From Politics to Life” by Wolfi Landstreicher.

“At Daggers Drawn” by Anonymous.

“Against History! Against Leviathan!” by Fredy Perlman.

All of these works can be found for free online. Happy reading!

-          With love, Anonymous

When I know that Christ is the one real sacrifice for my sins, that His work on my behalf has been accepted by God, that He is my heavenly Intercessor - then His blood is the antidote to the poison in the voices that echo in my conscience, condemning me for my many failures. Indeed, Christ’s shed blood chokes them into silence!
— 

Sinclair B. Ferguson

reikenobi  asked:

dear archy, im an archi student and i just want to know how to deal with failure, like bad grade and stuffs

The article from Forbes Five Ways To Make Peace With Failure describes it better than I could:

  1. Don’t make it personal.  Separate the failure from your identity. Just because you haven’t found a successful way of doing something (yet) doesn’t mean you are a failure. 

Originally posted by walkertkl

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The Signs as Albus Dumbledore Quotes
  • ARIES: "Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness"
  • TAURUS: "Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth"
  • GEMINI: "To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure"
  • CANCER: "Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself"
  • LEO: "It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities"
  • VIRGO: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also"
  • LIBRA: "Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike"
  • SCORPIO: “The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution”
  • SAGITTARIUS: "Time is making fools of us again”
  • CAPRICORN: "It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be"
  • AQUARIUS: "The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed"
  • PISCES: "Clever as I am, I remain just as big a fool as anyone else"
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“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)

Hamilton’s greatest disillusionment, however, was with the American people. Prior to his military service, Hamilton had waxed rhapsodic about the great republican virtue of the American people and the “enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself.” Years of suffering and privation in the field had taught him otherwise. Although the ineffectual policies of Congress and the states exacerbated the army’s critical lack of supplies, overshadowing these failures was, in the words of one historian, “the speculative practices of countless farmers.” They hoarded their crops, sold them at inflated prices to merchants rather than to army quartermasters, and as a last resort distilled their grains into alcohol for more profitable sale to half-starved soldiers. Civilian theft of army supplies was rampant both in camp and throughout the countryside.

Magistrates and residents routinely found ways to avoid meeting their quotas of supplies and conscripts. Indeed, the failure of the states to supply the Continental Army was itself the result of their citizens’ utter unwillingness to pay higher taxes to support the war effort, a lesson not lost on Hamilton and his fellow soldiers. This was particularly evident after France entered the war on the American side. As Hamilton correctly noted, Americans expected the French to secure their independence without having to sacrifice themselves. “Our countrymen have all the folly of the ass,” wrote a disgusted Hamilton in 1780, “and all the passiveness of the sheep.”

Perhaps most discouraging of all, just as the southern colonies faced British conquest, South Carolina rejected John Laurens’s plan to raise several regiments of black soldiers, a scheme that had the backing of the Continental Congress. Laurens’s plan would have immeasurably aided the American war effort. Additionally, it would have at least made a dent in one of the gravest injustices that all Americans recognized as a blight on the nation’s moral and republican character. Even before the legislature had rejected Laurens’s proposal, Hamilton confessed that, although it was “the best resource the situation of your country will admit,” his hopes were “very feeble.” “Prejudice and private interest,” he predicted, “will be antagonists too powerful for public spirit and the public good.”The plan went down to defeat in South Carolina. Several years later Hamilton confessed to George Washington that “I have an indifferent opinion of the honesty of this country.” To his friend Laurens he was far more direct: “there is no virtue in America.”

—  Darren Staloff, Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson: The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding
  • From the final Victorian scene
  • SHERLOCK: Have you written up your account of the case?
  • JOHN: Yes.
  • SHERLOCK: Modified to put it down as one of my rare failures, of course?
  • JOHN: Of course.
  • John has agreed to pretend the case was a failure when Sherlock's indeed solved it. A case about an Abominable Bride who turned out to be living murderers, using the name of a dead woman, to shoot the men in their life whom have wronged them. But that wasn't the only case he'd solved. The matter of Moriarty suddenly coming back from the dead. The matter of the Watson's own unhappy marriage. And yet, Mary wasn't a disguised bride using the name of a dead woman to veil her plans for murder- oh wait.
  • We must stick to our prepared words, Watson.
  • For now.

anonymous asked:

I've to say that Bree is the character I hate the most of all your characters, not because of her personality, but because of the 'ideals' you impose on her. The idea that because people like Vivienne and Solas speak with 'academic language' makes them more intelligent than her is absurd at best, and ableist at worst. Why did you decided to make her so 'dumb'? Is she supossed to be a joke? Not to mention the... basic ideas you have about emotions and rationality.

Hi there! I’m sorry about the delay in answering your ask. I’ve been visiting friends for the holidays and I’ve been away from my computer. Now that I’ve returned, I feel able to answer your concerns properly. I’ve included my full answer underneath the cut.

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