fourth in the nation

July 3rd, 11:59 P.M.: This country is a festering cesspool of corruption, ignorance, and violence. Every achievement is built on the backs of millions of dead. The Founding Fathers-

July 4th, 12:00 A.M.:

July 5th, 12:00 A.M.: -would shake their heads in shame if they could see the state of this nation.

Why Won’t the Handmaid’s Tale Cast Call It Feminist?

But when the cast sat down for a panel discussion and were asked whether they consider the series a “feminist” work, and whether they wanted that to be a part of the discussion when they signed on, their answers were much less in tune with the audience than the episode itself had been.

[…]

“Well, they’re both human beings. They’re the same height,” she quipped, adding later, “For me, [The Handmaid’s Tale is] not a feminist story. It’s a human story because women’s rights are human rights. So, for me it’s, I never intended to play Peggy as a feminist. I never intended to play Offred as a feminist. They’re women, and they’re humans. Offred’s a wife, a mother, a best friend. You know, she has a job. And she is a person who’s not supposed to be a hero, and she falls into it. And she kind of does what she has to do to survive, to find her daughter. It’s about love, honestly, so much of this story. So for me, you know, I never approach anything with any sort of, like, political agenda. I approach it from a very human place, I hope.”

The irony is that Moss’s declaration that “women’s rights are human rights” has been a feminist talking point for decades. It is most strongly associated with Hillary Clinton, who uttered the words during her 1995 speech to at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. It’s impossible to fully know and understand the casts’ beliefs based on quick answers during a film festival panel. But it is striking and somewhat baffling that the cast behind a series that delivered such a strong—and yes, feminist—message was apparently reluctant to associate with the movement itself.

- Laura Bradley

White Nationalism, Take Four
  • Racist: All your scientific nonsense about genetic markers and objective measurements won't stop our white nation!
  • Antifa: So for the fourth time: how are you deciding who is and who isn't "white?"
  • Racist: Simple - if your ancestors are European, then you're white! Ta-dah! LONG LIVE THE WHITE RACE!
  • Antifa: So when you say "Europe," are you including countries that were part of the Ottoman Empire? You know like Serbia, Romania...
  • Racist: Sure
  • Antifa: ...Turkey...
  • Racist: Uh, ok
  • Antifa: ...Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia...
  • Racist: Whoa whoa whoa! Now hold on there!
  • Antifa: What's the matter? The Ottoman Empire extended over all these areas at one point or another, so if you're going to include Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey in your "European ancestry" definition, then you're going to have to include these as well.
  • Racist: OK, we don't mean historical Europe. Just the parts of the Ottoman Empire that were in continental Europe are where white people are from.
  • Antifa: Oh, of course! Continental Europe! So we're still including Turkey, and all the Mediterranean as "white," right?
  • Racist: Yes.
  • German racist: Fuck no!
  • Antifa: Then there's Russia. It's split between Europe and Asia. So what do you want to do with Russians? Are they all "white," all "non-white," or does it depend on what side of the Ural Mountains one's ancestors come from, in which case two-thirds of Russia would be "non-white?"
  • Racist: They're white. No wait, some of them are white and some of them aren't.
  • Antifa: what if a person's Russian ancestors traveled from east to west 100 years ago, or 500 years ago, or 1000 years ago? Does that mean that the person today is "white" or "non-white?"
  • Antifa: And if we're going with "continental Europe" as the origin of all white people, what race have we decided the people of England, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are, given that none of those countries are part of continental Europe? And are people with origins in Kazakhstan "white?"
  • RACIST: COME ON!!! YOU'RE KILLING ME HERE!!!
  • Antifa: And what do you mean by "ancestors?" Geneticists have demonstrated that humans first existed in Africa and then migrated from there - so what specific generation are you using to determine if someone's ancestors are European and what is your objective, scientifically-valid rationale for declaring that all non-European ancestors prior to the European ones don't count?
  • Racist: Oh look, it's getting dark out and my mom told me I had to come home by now for supper so bye-bye!

rebelcaptain au || the cutting edge

Cassian Andor is a world-class figure skater representing the United States. Trained since he was a child by his foster father, Davitz Draven, to be a pairs skater, his rigid ways have made him almost impossible to work with–no one meets his standards. At the 2016 Sochi Olympics, his partner, Monica Mothma, falls during the long program, ruining their chances for gold. He breaks up with her even before the national anthem at the medal ceremony finishes playing.

Jyn Erso is captain of the U.S. Women’s hockey team and its star forward. Know for her bruising and aggressive play, Jyn literally runs into Cassian Andor at the arena, and their meeting, although brief, is one of immediate dislike. During the gold medal game against Sweden, Jyn suffers a head injury that damages her peripheral vision and makes her unable to finish the game. The U.S. still wins gold, but for Jyn the victory is bittersweet.

Forced to retire from hockey, Jyn becomes even more wild, reckless, and undisciplined than she was before. Getting into bar fights, getting drunk, and spending what’s left of the money she had earned as an athlete, she’s depressed and directionless and nearly broke. And then there’s Cassian who has gone through partner after partner since Sochi, with no one staying more than a few months. Frustrated, Draven begins to look outside the box for a partner and settles on who else? Jyn Erso, who as a child as a figure skating prodigy who gave up that sport for one that better fit her temperament.

A little broke and desperate for another chance for Olympic glory–one that she can be part of–Jyn agrees to the plan. But as he did two years before, Cassian rubs her the wrong way immediately, and she does the same to him. But despite their outward differences and the way they initially clash, they discover through their training that they are actually quite similar, and their passion to win is on top of that list. As they advance to U.S. Nationals they place fourth and out of contention to be on the U.S. Olympic team, but end up lucking their way into the 2018 Seoul Olympics as alternates after the third-place pairs team falls victim to injury.

And everything is going great until it dawns on them that something in their dynamic has changed: namely, they’ve fallen in love with each other and they don’t know how to admit it. Can they win the gold? And can they tell each other how they feel without ruining everything?

Okay brief YOI timeline for self-

Victor Nikiforov:

  • 1987: Born December 25
  • 2004: Wins junior worlds at sixteen. Also wins first Russian nationals at the senior level.  
  • 2005: First European championship at seventeen 
  • 2006: First Olympics (Torino) at eighteen (did he medal? undecided I’m putting him down as no or bronze because he’s not World Champion level until after Vancouver)
  • 2006-2010: He’s near the top of the skating world but not at the very top. Lots of silvers and bronzes, but he’s not the world champion. Someone or a couple dominant skaters here. I’m guessing after Vancouver a couple skaters retire.
  • 2010: Second Olympics (Vancouver) at 22 (silver medal).
  • 2010-2014: Five consecutive GPF titles go here. This spans from ages 22-26. 
  • 2014: Third Olympics (Sochi) at twenty-six, Victor wins Olympic gold. 
  • 2011-2015: Five consecutive world titles go here. This spans from ages 23-27 
  • 2015: Leaves skating to coach Yuuri Katsuki for the 2015-2016 season at age 27
  • 2016: Returns to skating, while still coaching Yuuri Katsuki, at age 28
  • 2016: After skating a ‘full round of competitions’ (nationals- gold, Europeans- gold, Worlds- silver, Grand Prix Series, and Grand Prix Final- silver), retires from competitive skating to full time coach Yuuri Katsuki at 29. Does a lot of show skating still. 
  • He retires with five grand prix golds, five world titles, an Olympic gold medal, and an Olympic silver medal. Maybe a bronze medal too! I’m guessing he also has a medal in the team event from Sochi. If it follows our reality, he has a gold. :) 

Yuuri Katsuki

  • 1991: Born November 29
  • 2008: Wins Junior Grand Prix Final at seventeen 
  • 2009: Places second at junior worlds at seventeen 
  • 2010: After advancing to senior level, moves to Detroit to train with Celestino.
  • 2011-2014: A few placements on the Grand Prix circuit, a couple of medals at Four Continents. All in all Yuuri is a top skater who never manages to break through to the very highest tier, as we know. 
  • 2011: At age 20 Yuuri wins Japanese nationals for the first time. 
  • 2014: At age 22 Yuuri represents Japan in the Sochi Olympics. He places a respectable eighth. 
  • 2014: Bronze at Skate America and silver at NHK Trophy net 22 year old Yuuri a spot in the Grand Prix final. 
  • 2014: Yuuri, having just turned 23, bombs the Grand Prix final, then subsequently Japanese Nationals. 
  • 2015: Yuuri leaves Detroit, comes home, the series happens.
  • 2015: At 24, Yuuri takes silver at the Grand Prix final with Victor Nikiforov as his coach and promises to stay in skating for at least five more years. 
  • 2015: Yuuri takes his Japanese national title back. It is his fourth Japanese national championship. He moves to St. Petersburg to train with Victor Nikiforov. 
  • 2016: At 24, Yuuri Katsuki wins his first world title. Victor Nikiforov takes silver. 
  • 2016: At 25, Yuuri Katsuki wins his first Grand Prix Final. Victor Nikiforov takes silver and retires to be his coach full time. 
  • 2017: 25 year old Yuuri wins his second world title. Victor and Yuuri get married that summer. They’ve both never been happier. Now that Victor has retired, the pair move back to Hasetsu and buy a house together. They train at Ice Castle. 
  • 2017: Yuuri, along with a couple other skaters, take off the Grand Prix events to focus on preparing for the Olympics. Instead he participates in just Japanese nationals and another more lowkey test event. 
  • 2018: At 26 Yuuri wins Olympic gold in Pyeongchang. He follows that up with his third world title. 
  • 2019: An injury causes Yuuri to miss the 2018 GP series, and many wonder if he’s over. He is 27 now after all. But no one is more stubborn than him. He has to miss nationals due to the injury but is given a bye to worlds. He comes back and wins his fourth world title, and also Four Continents to put a cherry on top. 
  • 2019: Yuuri knows retirement is looming, but he’s not done a GP series for a couple of years, so he decides go for it. He takes the GP final, although it is a close one this year. He’s just turned 28 when he wins the GP final.
  • 2020: Fifth world title at 28. He’s tied with Victor Nikiforov. He still loves skating, and no one can doubt he’s Japan’s living legend (though Yuuri has A LOT of trouble admitting that to himself), but he knows he’s winding down. 
  • 2021: This season will be his last, and he knows it. It’s his swan song. He’s 29. He’s old for this sport. He’s skipped the Grand Prix, electing to do just Japanese Nationals and World Championships. If he doesn’t win, that’s okay, but damn if he isn’t going to try. Yuuri wins his sixth world title. Victor cries for like 10 hours. 
  • He retires with six world titles, an Olympic gold medal, eight national titles, and two Grand Prix final titles. 

Not mentioned: European championships: Probably like, a ton (something like 10 lol), especially considering he won at seventeen. That means there’s a good chance those dominant skaters from 2005-2010 were from North America or Asia?? Grand Prix events. Probably ten or eleven Russian national titles, considering the longevity of his career! 

Not mentioned for Yuuri: Four Continent titles. I’m not sure how many! Sometimes top skaters also don’t participate in this event. Grand Prix events. 

WHY 2015?: Because during the Cup of China, the banner in the background specifically identifies it as the ‘2015 Cup of China’ which sets the series during the 2015-2016 Skating Season. 

Meet Stephen Bannon

(I would place a picture of him here, but I don’t want to get sued.)


Bannon is basically Trump’s right-hand man. Hell, he may even be the shadow dictator.

Because I want people to be aware of this dangerous man, I entered Bannon’s name into Tumblr’s search engine. Ultimately, I didn’t see any articles that were comprehensive enough, so I compiled a list of quotes that show what we’re up against. 


This is probably the most important quote:

“Lenin…  wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Bannon was employing Lenin’s strategy for Tea Party populist goals. He included in that group the Republican and Democratic Parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.

Source: Steve Bannon, Trump’s Top Guy, Told Me He Was ‘A Leninist’ Who Wants To ‘Destroy the State’. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/22/steve-bannon-trump-s-top-guy-told-me-he-was-a-leninist.html


He is also obsessed with a book called  "The Fourth Turning: What Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny.“

According to the book, the last two Fourth Turnings that America experienced were the Civil War and the Reconstruction, and then the Great Depression and World War II. Before that, it was the Revolutionary War.

All these were marked by periods of dread and decay in which the American people were forced to unite to rebuild a new future, but only after a massive conflict in which many lives were lost. It all starts with a catalyst event, then there’s a period of regeneracy, after that there is a defining climax in which a war for the old order is fought, and then finally there is a resolution in which a new world order is stabilized.

This is where Bannon’s obsession with this book should cause concern. He believes that, for the new world order to rise, there must be a massive reckoning. That we will soon reach our climax conflict. In the White House, he has shown that he is willing to advise Trump to enact policies that will disrupt our current order to bring about what he perceives as a necessary new one. He encourages breaking down political and economic alliances and turning away from traditional American principles to cause chaos.

In that way, Bannon seems to be trying to bring about the Fourth Turning.

Source: Steve Bannon’s obsession with a dark theory of history should be worrisome. http://www.businessinsider.com/book-steve-bannon-is-obsessed-with-the-fourth-turning-2017-2. 


Trump also put him on the National Security Council. This is illegal. As a Slate article reads:

According to Title 50 of the U.S. Code, Section 3021, which established the National Security Council, it “shall be composed of” the president; the vice president; the secretaries of state, defense, and energy; and “the secretaries and undersecretaries of other executive departments and of the military departments, when appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to serve at his pleasure.”

As the president’s chief political strategist, Bannon is not a secretary or undersecretary of any department. Nor, as a member of the White House staff, has he been confirmed by the Senate. So he is not eligible to serve on the NSC, and if that’s the case, he is doubly ineligible to sit on its Principals Committee—the assembly of Cabinet secretaries and department heads (sometimes including the president) that discusses and makes decisions on high-level U.S. foreign and military policy.

Source: Steve Bannon’s Presence on the National Security Council Is Not Just Terrible. It’s Illegal. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2017/02/steve_bannon_doesn_t_belong_on_the_nsc_that_s_what_the_law_says.html

Fortunately, though, Congress can remove him.


And, here’s one, last thing: Bannon said we’ll be going to war with China in the next 5-10 years.

Source: Steve Bannon: ‘We’re going to war in the South China Sea … no doubt.’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/02/steve-bannon-donald-trump-war-south-china-sea-no-doubt

This worries me, because, unless the next Presidential election is fraudulent, I can’t see Trump winning a second term, no less a third (the USA only allows Presidents to serve two terms). How will these idiots be in power ten years from now? 


We Americans need to find a way to stop Trump and Bannon. Otherwise, we may be beyond hope.

anonymous asked:

There is nothing that says a president who had two terms can't be the vice president. I've seen studies that prove you're incorrect about that.

It’s pretty difficult to see in the original text, but the very last sentence of the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says:

“But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.”

So, I mean, the United States Constitution literally says that nobody can be Vice President is they aren’t eligible to be President. And anybody who has served two terms as President is definitely ineligible to be President again. I’m not sure which studies you’re suggesting that prove me wrong, but I’m going to go with the Twelfth Amendment, ratified by three-fourths of the states of the nation back in 1804, instead of trusting your “studies”.

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May 4th is always an interesting day for me.  I usually wake up on a spring morning and hear the birds, think about my day and head off to work.  But, eventually, the thought that it is May 4th creeps into my mind. 

I was a young boy in NE Ohio when the shootings occurred.  I remember being sent home from Edgefield Elementary (the radicals, after all, were coming) in the middle of the day.  I remember how quiet it was in the house.  I remember the whispers between my parents.  My mom was a Kent State grad and she had a sister at the school at the time of the shootings.  It was a somber and long day. 

The scenes on the evening news and in the local paper were shocking, even to a young boy.  And, the realization that the National Guard fired into unarmed students was upsetting even to me.  I still shake my head about that to this day and it is probably one of the reasons I’ve been a pacifist for my entire life.  The violence served no purpose but to end the lives of people with hopes and dreams. 

To this day there is a candlelight vigil to honor the victims.  There are speeches.  There are memories.  There are throats that tighten as people get choked-up. 

*Interesting note - of the four fatally shot students, only two of them were actually attending the anti-war rally (which was in protest to Nixon’s bombing of neutral Cambodia).  The other two just happened to get in the way of a stray bullet. 

Introduction Post: Yuzuru Hanyu

I am a bit confused as to why I was asked to do this since I thought there are quite a lot of posts out there already, but… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So sit down, grab a blanket, and have some popcorn; this is going to be long.

‘Cause we’ll be talking about this nerd:

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