good and bad government

I think it’s really important to remember that Steve’s perspective, coming in to Civil War, is still very heavily influenced by WWII. The movie calls back to this significantly in a few instances, and for good reason; WWII was a global clusterfuck. Governments made bad choices, some worse than others, and a lot of people died before alliances of nations bothered to get involved. Even the ‘good guys’ made the call to drop atomic weapons, which would be a recent discovery for Steve. He was shit at taking orders then, same as now, because Steve has always done what he personally saw as right, knowing that governments and councils might not make the moral call, or might wait too long to make it. 

We see this when Tony busts out FDR’s fountain pens, apparently in some attempt to appeal to Steve’s nostalgia. But Steve has lived through the war those pens brought his country in to, and seen the far-reaching consequences of one man signing a document – it’s not something he can take lightly. 

He’s still almost on board though, until Wanda being held in the compound comes up. And the word Steve uses then is very important:

Internment.

The internment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry is not a distant memory to Steve; for him, it happened only a few years ago, and his friend and comrade-in-arms, Jim Morita, would probably have had family in internment camps. All supposedly for the greater good and safety of the nation. Steve balking and balking hard makes a lot of sense; even if Wanda is technically in a cushy situation, what happens when more enhanced people turn up? Ones Tony doesn’t have room for? What precedent is set for imprisoning them if he agrees to this? 

Steve has always been about the individual right to choose what is moral. The kid who didn’t want to kill anybody, just stop the bullies, is the same guy who doesn’t want to sign over his will and his shield to others, to step in and follow orders given to him, regardless of what they are.

(Steve remembers all too clearly the acts of men just following orders.)

Short but accurate summaries of popular books/series
  • Red Rising: *George RR Martin approved*
  • Lux: Main love interest is the child of Jace Herondale and Number Four.
  • Raven Cycle: Fun with Dick and Jane. Except instead of fun there's dead people.
  • Ruby Red: Homework is a more appealing option than time travel.
  • Endgame: The 39 Clues, rated R. Also everything you know is wrong.
  • Shadowhunter Chronicles: Racist and oppressive society keeps blatantly ignoring that its racism and oppression is why the oppressed keep trying to kill them.
  • School For Good and Evil: Two girls are the first in +200 years to call BS on heavy prejudices that have made their school an incredibly toxic environment.
  • Vicious: If you relate/agree with either main character, PLEASE seek professional help.
  • The Young Elites: Kindly check your moral compass and whatever sense of morality you may have left at the door, thank you and try not to die.
  • Throne of Glass: Protagonist will love you if you give her a gorgeous dress, a puppy, chocolate cake, or an assortment of deadly weapons (and preferably a reason to use them).
  • Coldest Girl In Coldtown: Vampires go viral. This is basically a quote.
  • Steelheart: Nice try, Brandon Sanderson, I still want superpowers.
  • Gates of Thread and Stone: "ALL RIGHT, WHO STARTED THE APOCALYPSE?" *magic and science point at each other accusingly*
  • Red Queen: Superpowers+racism=a whole lot of dead people.
  • The Darkest Minds: Good news, you survived a deadly plague. Bad news, the government officials who now dictate your life REALLY wish you hadn't.
  • Penryn and the End of Days: Angels and Humans differ in every conceivable aspect...except sarcasm. That's universal.
Protecting Us

Pairing: Yoongi x Reader

Genre: Mafia au, angst, slight smut at the end

Warnings: Strong powerthankyou language

Word Count: 1.8k


“Stay here” Yoongi unbuckled his seatbelt and was about to open the car door when he turned to you. “I know you can take care of yourself but if something happens to you I won’t be able to get through it, ok? So please don’t do anything stupid” He sounded loving. He cared about you, and you knew that.

Anyone would say he was cold and hateful, a killer. But what they didn’t know is that he wasn’t like that on the inside. Obviously, you will let them believe that, as being cold hearted was his job, but still. He was the most loving person you have ever met. He was there when you were down, even if your problems were stupid, he never judge you. He wasn’t like that at all.

“Yoongi, I work from this too” You said, trying to calm him down. You have killed just as much people as he had, that’s how you met each other.

Many people would think you were the bad ones, when there is actually not a good or bad side. The government was fucked up and Yoongi and you worked for the people trying to stop this shit. You were the “good” ones, at least until you talked with one of the guys on the other side, and then the story iwas completely different.

“I know, I know, babe.” He shuffled his hair as his eyes went to the floor and up to you again. “Just promise me you won’t risk your life, ok?” Yoongi seemed really serious right now, and, if you had to be honest, that scared you.

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Really astoundingly obvious answer to the “but what if the robots steal our jobs” that people bring up whenever they’re arguing against artificial intelligence technologies for whatever reason;

  • We don’t need to have jobs
  • Like seriously you’re assuming that modern capitalism is a given for a future technologically-advanced society
  • You don’t even need to go full socialist literally just tax companies for the money that they used to be paying employees (and then some because be real tax on wealthy individuals and corporations is always too low) and pay that back to the population as guaranteed basic income
  • The whole point of building machines that can do jobs for us is that we now don’t have to do those jobs ourselves, that’s literally the point, and it’s a good thing. It’s only a bad thing when governments refuse to adapt, which is why you need to lobby like hell

anonymous asked:

So my boyfriend and I are talking about the military, trump, the government, rebellions and he says "The world would be much better if we just had a world government." Me: "What, like having a united people? There would still be rebellions." "No there wouldn't." Me: "HAVE YOU NOT WATCHED ONE PIECE HOLY SHIT"

BAD IDEA NO WORLD GOVERNMENT PLEASE GOD NO if that happens im gonna pull a luffy and declare war on the world government

“Fiction isn’t reality! / It’s just fiction”

Buddy, pal… Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged is considered the 2nd most influential book in American History after the Bible itself, which makes it the Most influential Fiction book. Every fiscally Conservative politician has read it and lives by Rand’s objectivism. But it’s ~just fiction~ which is why Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s entire ethos is based almost entirely in Ayn Rand’s philosophy

For context, Ayn Rand believed that Selfishness was a virtue and Empathy was by extension a vice and a form of parasitism. Putting the needs of others above your own needs was the highest form of evil her philosophy. She once described a serial killer as a “Superman” because “other people do not exist to him, nor should they.”

Now back to Paul Ryan, the man behind the gutting of the ACA, he, a conservative, says that the conservative morality is laid out in Atlas Shrugged, and he’s not the only one who believes this. Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Bachmann, Ron and Rand Paul, and basically every major Libertarian politician all cite Ayn Rand as an influence (and it’s probably why Ron Paul named his son Randall).

The entire objectivist morality is that the government is an anathema to the Individual, which is sacred.

Individuals, especially rich, selfish individuals = good
Government = bad

Sound familiar?

But sure,,,,,, fiction is fiction so it doesn’t affect the way people think,,,,,,, people can tell the difference,,,,,,,, ,,, fiction and reality are totally separate and one doesn’t influence the other,,,,,,,,,,,, obvi

00qad headcanons: baby boomer!james and his three millennials

so @10kiaoi and i were having one of our 4am conversations when the topic of juicers came up, and a whole slew of 00qad headcanons were born…

- alex juices every morning and makes power smoothies. he’s that guy. the whirring can be heard every morning as soon as he returns from his run at 6:15am sharp 

- while james is very much interested in health and fitness, he does not rise at 5am unless it’s for a mission, and prefers animal protein to alex’s offerings of crispy tempeh 

- “WHERE IS MY STEAK YOU BLOODY MILLENNIAL”

- james is literally from another generation. he has 19 years on alex, and certainly double-digits on the mischief twins

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That guy running for governor on Lovett Or Leave it was so unbearably politiciany that I had to fast forward. I can’t listen to one more rehearsed monologue about how people are hurting and we shouldn’t talk about Trump. People are hurting specifically because of the Republican parry. You can’t talk about low minimum wage while not talking about who fights tooth and nail to keep it low.

I want to hear just one candidate show a shred of party pride. Just one person to say “you know what, Democrats have made both good and bad policies, but everything good the government has done in the past 100 years, or hell, in the past 10'years, has been the work of Democratic politicians. If there’s some part of the government helping you, it’s because people at some point in the past century voted for a Democrat. And that means something.” Enough with the ritual self-flagellation already.

anonymous asked:

Anon worried about a Tory win here. Thanks for your breakdown of the situation - it's very clear! (: Yes I'm worried about a nationwide Tory win, but honestly I'm not sure if anything can really be done now to stop them from winning, other than non-voters from the previous election actually voting this time round.

Do you know what you can do?

Vote.

Tell your friends and family to vote. Take them to the polls if you have to.

Do you know who always votes? Fascists, old people, and Tories (some people say that these are all of the same things). Who are less likely to vote? Young people, the disenfranchised, the left.

The EU referendum was decided by at 72.2% turnout.

There were 46, 501, 241 eligible voters. The Leave vote won with 17,410,742 of those votes. They won by 1.3m votes. What difference would it have made had those people abstaining decided to vote? You’ll notice the largest abstentions came from the younger demographics.

Compare the 2010 and 2015 general elections.

Voter turnout in Scotland was 63.8%. Five years and one indyref later, it was 71.1%. Compared with England 65.5% to 65.8% and Wales 64.7% to 65.7%. An extra 7.3% of the population voting was enough to cause a huge political change in Scotland. 

Don’t waste your vote by not voting. Bad governments are caused by good people not voting.

For anyone that hasn’t registered to vote yet, you can do so here @ REGISTER TO VOTE.

The bad news is if you’re under 18, you can’t vote in the general election. You can thank/blame the vote that took place in Westminster in June 2015 for restricting the votes of 16 & 17 year olds.

HOWEVER, if you turn 18 before or on the deadline of May 22nd 2017, you can register to vote.

Thanks.

God, Schrodinger's Cat, and Me

Have you ever heard of a quantum superposition?

Even if you haven’t, I guarantee you have. Schrodinger’s cat. It’s the thing everyone tries to reference to make them seem smart when they don’t actually get it.

See, here’s how most people see it:

       -Cat in box with some ornate trap

       -The box is closed

       -The cat is both alive and dead at the same time.

That’s not it. That’s nothing. That’s not science. That’s just idiotic silliness. Anyone can make that up.

Well, it’s kind of right but it misses the point entirely.

The reality of Schrodinger’s cat and quantum superpositions, though, that’s where it gets interesting.

See, to start with, most people assume as soon as the cat goes into the box, it’s both alive and dead, because you don’t know. It sounds silly because it is. But the Superposition takes time to occur, it’s not instant. (Otherwise, those mystery box shows on TV would all be quantum superpositions just because “you don’t know how much money is in each case.” Obviously that isn’t true; a box with $1 cannot contain $1,000 just because you don’t have X-Ray vision or psychic powers.)

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The More You Know

Here’s a fun fact.

In Mexican Pro-Wrestling there are good guy and bad guy referees. It’s a metaphor for how the government in Mexico is sometimes good, but can also be blatantly corrupt and evil.

In American Pro-Wrestling the ref is always supposed to be a good guy and do what’s right, but terrible things always happens behind their back. Which is a metaphor for how American is supposed to be the authority of the world, but behind closed doors, nothing but evil happens.

Also tons of American Wrestlers have died due to having poor healthcare. 

anonymous asked:

Agree or disagree: it's ok for Americans to cheat on their taxes because the government won't do anything good with it anyway.

It is ill-advised to cheat on your taxes; you can get in a lot of trouble and if you’re doing it to redirect money to something good you can end up being very bad PR for that thing. The government does both good things and evil things with your money, and does enough evil things that I do not begrudge anyone unwillingness to give them a cent more than they absolutely have to. I think it’s okay to exploit the fuck out of all the stupid loopholes put into the tax code for the benefit of rich people who wanted to exploit them, unless you’re wealthy enough to be creating significant demand in the ‘lawyer who helps rich people legally evade taxes’ industry or to be creating pressure to keep those loopholes around. 

I think I’d feel differently in a country that didn’t keep invading other countries with my tax money. (That said, it’s not clear how much tax revenue actually affects our likelihood of invading other countries.)

Things to ask people you care about (because you might actually want to know)

Sometimes when I have writers block I like to list questions. Questions are one of the best ways to develop a story or a character or just to get thoughts moving in my mind. Here is a list of questions that help me get to know a character:

Things to talk about and possibly ask yourself (Part One)

  1. NAMES what is your middle name? what does your name mean? what origin is your last name? how far back can you trace your family tree? if you could change your name what would it be? did you ever have a nickname? what is the worst thing you have been called? do you use the word faggot or cunt? how do you feel about cussing? do you use the N word? do you ever get annoyed when people mispronounce your name? where were you born? if you had been the opposite sex what would you have been named?
  2. FEARS what are you afraid of most? what animal or thing scares you? do you have any phobias? why are you afraid of what you are afraid of (did you have a bad experience)? what is an irrational fear you have? do you fear death, why or why not? do you let your fears drive your decisions? what are some fears you have conquered? are you afraid of natural disasters? have you ever had a panic attack? what stresses you out?
  3. LOVE do you believe in soul mates? what do you think about divorce as a concept? what are your thoughts on marriage? who was your first kiss? how do you feel about same sex marriages/ relationships? do you think it’s a good idea to have sex on a first date? what is your stance on one night stands? are you more confident sexually when you are intoxicated? sobriety? sex before marriage? is there someone in your life that you are willing to die for? do you think soul mates could be a best friend? who is your best friend? are friends important to you? are you afraid of being alone? how do you know you love someone?
  4. DRUGS have you don’t drugs? what do you consider an addiction? what drugs would you do if you knew there would be no consequences? how do you feel about marijuana being legal? do you think drugs enhance creativity? do you think drugs are okay if they are prescription drugs? have you ever felt addicted to something? do you smoke cigarettes?
  5. RELIGION do you have a religion? are you a strict believer? do you believe in God? do you believe in an afterlife? do you believe in ghosts? do you believe in satan? do you believe in evil? do you believe in science and evolution? do you believe in reincarnation? do you believe we have souls/spirits? would you convert to a religion for your spouse? how do you feel about church? do you pray? do you believe in angels? demons? do you believe in magic, spells, potions, herbal healing?
  6. CHILDREN do you want children? do you want a girl or a boy? how many? twins? what age do you want kids? if you don’t want kids, why not? do you support a woman’s right to choose abortion? if you became pregnant or got someone pregnant would you stay with them/ get married? what eye color is your favorite?
  7. MUSIC who is your favorite artist? your favorite song? your favorite song? what music has changed your life? do you like to sing? what can you sing? will you sing for me? do you like to dance to music? do you like to go clubbing? what do you listen to when your falling asleep? what do you listen to when you work out? would you have sex to music? what helps you get the anger out? can you write lyrics? what lyrics do you connect with? Have you been to a concert? who would you like to see live?
  8. ART what kind of art do you like? what’s your favorite medium? do you paint, take photos, make collages, etc? who is a favorite artist? why do you like or not like art? are you a museum person? would you want your art to be sold or put in a museum if you made it yourself? do you get abstract art? what’s your favorite color(s)? how much would you pay for art if you had all the money in the world? are you a visual art person or a sculpture art person?
  9. BOOKS what’s your favorite word? do you have a favorite book? favorite author? do you get poetry? what is a book you’ve read that has changed your mindset? what book has frustrated you? what book can’t you get through? what book puts you to sleep? what genre do you enjoy most? are you a graphic novel person? how about erotic fiction? or are you a bibliography person? favorite children’s book? favorite nursery rhyme? favorite character? J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Lewis Carroll, or Jane Austin? what do you consider good humor? what makes you laugh? do you have any good jokes? comics?
  10. MOVIES celebrity crush? best movie? best childhood movie? favorite animated movie? indie films? short films? foreign films? favorite scary movie? are you romance or sic-fi? worst chick flick? worst movie ever? longest movie? titanic or avatar? J.J. Abrams, Quenton Tarantino, or Tim Burton (or all three)? Have you seen the Princess Bride and can you recite the lines? Harry potter? Lord of the Rings? what are you favorite T.V. shows? favorite tv genre? do you like crime/cop shows? what about medical shows? do you like soap operas? if you could play a movie character who would it be? if a celebrity were to star in your life story who would you chose to play you? Woody Allen? are you a superhero fan? if you had a superpower what would it be? Is netflix not the most amazing thing ever? favorite cartoons? black and white movies?
  11. DREAMS what do you want to be “when you grow up”? do you have any regrets from childhood, high school, college, early life etc? do you think money is required to be happy? what is your definition of happiness? what makes you smile? do you daydream? what do you fantasize about? do you have nightmares? do you ever have reoccurring dreams? have you ever sleep walked? do you talk in your sleep? snore? how many hours of sleep do you need to function? are you a night owl or morning person? what’s your favorite breakfast food? do you like to have lazy days in bed? do you like to sleep with a lot of covers? are you a pillow holder? do you move in your sleep? do you use caffeine to stay awake on those rough days? caffein junkie?
  12. MONEY what small jobs did you work as a kid? what is your dream job? do you think money is a good or bad thing in any level- government, social, personal, universally etc? do you donate your money? where would you donate if you had all the money in the world? what would you do with a million dollars? if you got three wishes from a gene what would they be, would one wish be for money? are you a hard worker? do you believe in the american dream? do you think money solves the most important problems? how do you feel about begin in debt? loans? how do you feel about having to pay for higher education? how would you like your tax dollars to be spent? do you support paying for the military? have you ever volunteered for a non profit organization? have you ever discovered money you didn’t know you had? do you get jealous of people who are rich? can you see yourself being a modern day version of robin hood? is money evil? have you ever thought about the fact that the money you usually deal with is really just green paper? if you bought or wanted to have an engagement ring, how big would your rock be? how much do you spend on groceries for yourself for a week? what is your favorite thing to spend money on? what are the guilty pleasures you spend on? what do you spend unnecessary amounts of money on? do you like to buy things for others?
  13. BEAUTY what do you think is beautiful? what are some weird things you like about people? do you have any fetishes? what is your favorite part about your body? what is your least favorite part about your body? what features do you like in yourself and others? what types of personality traits do you like? do you dress well? do you like specific smells? do you like hair, facial hair etc.? heels or no heels on yourself or your spouse? would you rather have someone make you laugh or make you think (or both)? what are your pet peeves? what are some annoying habits you or someone you know has? flowers or diamonds? how do you feel about birth marks? how do you feel about stretch marks? how do you feel about dimples? how do you feel about scars?
  14. TRAVEL if you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why? where did you grow up? how do you like your neighborhood? what languages do you speak? do you want to learn another language? if you could own three houses anywhere in the world where would you choose to have them? What kind of house do you want/have? are you a city person? do you like camping? what is your favorite exotic animal? do you want pets? do you like swimming? hiking? have you ever considered jumping out of a plane? do you like flying? how do you feel about airplane bathrooms? travel by train, boat, car, or plane? if you could time travel what time period would you want to live in? what age is your favorite style? 
  15. TRADITIONS what are some family traditions you have? what holidays do you celebrate? what special activities or traditions do you have with each of your parents? with your grandparents? with your aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.? do you have a favorite meal? how do you usually celebrate your birthday? are you a introvert or extrovert? are you a party person? what type of drunk are you? what’s your favorite snack? do you like chocolate? milk shake or smoothie? juice or milk? cake or pie? what cultural foods do you like? can you bake? can you cook? did you like vegetables as a child? favorite fruit? best cookie? do you have a morning or evening routine? what is a typical day like?
  16. EDUCATION where have you gone to school? favorite class? favorite subject? who was your favorite teacher? do you have any role models? why do you look up to them? what was difficult for you in school, socially, academically, mentally, etc.? were you bullied? were you a bully? what is the worst thing someone has said to you? how did you respond? have you gotten into any fights? did you win? are you sassy? do you have good comebacks? do you ever thing of something brilliant that you should have said way after an incident has occurred? who were you friends with? did you have a crowd? what did you do for fun? did you have to wear a uniform? public or private school? did you hang more with girls or guys? did you party? were you a cool kid? did you stereotype? what was the most valuable thing you had to learn on your own that was never explicitly taught to you by a teacher? when did you start listening to your parents? how did you choose a college? what was your major? did you have an affair with any of your teachers? did you have a crush on any of your teachers? don’t lie. did you ever loose a friendship? did you know someone who died? 
  17. HOBBIES how do you spend your free time? what is your favorite thing to do by yourself? do you collect anything? do you have any projects you are working on? have you ever been in a club? do you like sports? have you ever been on a team? are you good at hide and go seek? do you have a favorite game? are you good at uno? card games or board games? mind games? favorite sports team? favorite sport? is physical exercise an important part of your routine? would you rather run or walk? rock climbing or fishing?
  18.  DINNING are you a vegetarian? vegan? gluten free? crazy carnivore? do you hunt? do you fish? what is your favorite local restaurant? do you eat fast food? favorite chain restaurant? favorite brand of ice cream? what is the most expensive meal you have ever had? pizza? favorite toppings? have you ever been to a food festival? do you have allergies? 
  19. ADVICE what is the best piece of advice you’ve been given? who is the wisest person you know? what advice would you give yourself? what advice would you give a stranger? what would you tell a suicidal person? what would you tell someone who was being bullied? what do you say at funerals? how would you explain death to a child? what age do you think it’s inappropriate to loose virginity? do you think losing the v card is important before college? what do you say to someone who is depressed? what do you do to make yourself feel better? if you raised children what are five things you would want to teach your children? what are two things your parents taught you how to do separately? 
  20. MEDICAL have you broken any bones? who was the first person to die in your lifetime? how do you say goodbye to people? were you ever really sick? have you had chicken pox? do you like doctors? have you had braces? how tall are you? do you wear glasses? does your family have a history of mental illness? how old do you want to live? do you have a bucket list?

“capitalism good, government bad” is a complete idiot position to have because corporate power is no more democratic than state power. corporate power mandatorily enforces the class interests of the wealthy, land-owning, or capitalist, class. liberal capitalist democracies are undemocratic shams, but corporations are essentially feudal.

anonymous asked:

has mobius ever killed anyone with an unlucky or badly aimed punch/staff strike, if so, how did it affect them?

oh yeah, they’ve been responsible for a few deaths. the first one was a total accident and shook them to the core, but they were young and only just starting out as a super hero.

they were told it was better that way and that if a criminal can’t be stopped they may as well be put down, and that sometimes sacrifices have to be made for the greater good

… bad advice tbh, but when you’re raised to be a government super soldier, it helps.

it sort of stuck with them, although they really do try to do avoid killing/hurting anyone too badly, it’s happened a few times and they can’t really change that.