Imagine Steve in an AU where he adopts the Maximoff twins!
“So Friday tells me if you
want to stay, we have to get started, like yesterday
on your alphabet soup visa type applications because it can take a while and
like—Friday, can you explain it?” Tony
flashed a quick smile. “Pepper usually handles this sort of thing. Sorry.”
“Sure, boss. Their B
visas expire in approximately 4 months.
They’ll need to apply for an H1-B if they want to stay. Though, it’ll be a stretch. I’m not sure if the government will consider
what they do as ‘skilled labor’. Worth a
shot, and they’re familiar with Stark Industries sponsoring visas. We just have to hope they make it through the
Pietro quirked an
eyebrow. “And if we don’t?”
“-We can find a way. Right?”
Tony glanced towards the ceiling.
“We might be able to get you back on an L visa, if we can set you up in
our Sokovia branch. It’s mostly a
foundation, but it’d be just about all we have left as an option. A green card would be an option, too, but
it’d take some time. More than we have.”
After Sokovia, with the twins joining the Avengers in a not-so-low-profile move to the Tower, the government was asking a lot of questions about their allegiances and intent. Tony had lawyers for that, but they were still working on the best way to legally keep the Maximoffs in the country. They kept coming up short. Tony dropped heavily onto
a couch with a groan. “Uggghhh. This is why Pepper does all this. What the hell.”
“Or” Steve had come out of nowhere, dropping a folder onto the glass
table. “We do an adult adoption.”
“Can you do that?” Tony sat up straighter.
“I’ll have to look into it, boss.
But without any living parents, provided they consent, Captain Rogers
should be able to.”
Wanda smiled slyly. “Is that why you give Vision side-eye? Do you
disapprove of the relationship we may or may not have?”
Pietro laughed. “You do a great Disappointed Dad face. I will not call you Dad, though.”
Steve grinned. “I don’t expect you would.”
Wanda glanced over the
paperwork Steve had brought. “Ok. Yes.
But,” she pointed a finger at Steve, “only if you promise to stop
looking so suspicious of Viz.”
Steve held up his
hands. “Sorry, ok.”
Tony clapped his hands
together. “This is great. I’ve gotta go organize a party. Adoption shower. Something.
There’ll be cake. It’s gonna be
great. Friday! Friday, take care of Steve’s paperwork.”
My dear, you keep conveniently forgetting the single most important obstacle to the rise of a fascist dictator: a stable, peaceful, prosperous democracy. You can have every element listed in those fearmongering checkoff lists about fascism, but with that ginormous obstacle in play, fascism will never come to these shores. Not only that, our 2nd Amd rights and our professional military will ensure that our people will never be subjugated by force, whether by foreign threats or from within.
Ok, you now sound like an NRA nut…and that’s being nice about it. “Yeah! Civil war! Guns. Rah rah! American is infallible and untouchable! Pew Pew Pew!”. Just for the record, you know who owns the vast majority of guns in this country? His insane supporters. That’s going to work out great for anyone going against them.
Anyway, Second Amendment Armed Resistance lunacy aside, a “stable, peaceful, prosperous democracy?” you say. Ok. Let’s break down that fallacy with a few facts.
Today Democrats decided to boycott the vote on Price and Mnuchin. Rules say you can’t vote on nominees without at least one person from each party present so Democrats just didn’t show up. The Senate committee went ahead and approved Trump Treasury and Health nominees without Democrats present after GOP unilaterally changed panel’s rules. I’m going to quote this: “The GOP just broke major committee’s rules to push through the nominations of Price/Mnuchin. This is an unprecedented break in Senate decorum. This means the Senate GOP are turning the Senate committee’s procedures into House committee’s procedures. This is dangerous because the Senate is the only institution where the minority party has the institutional rules to stop the majority & make itself heard. Madison warned us greatly about the tyranny of the majority. That’s why our democratic system is by design an anti-majoritarian system. That anti-majoritarianism is embedded in the Senate & its rule. This is a clear signal coming from Senate GOP that they are willing to kill the filibuster. Institutionally, American democracy is in a dangerous path where majority means unconstrained & unlimited exercise of power.”
Jeff Sessions, who thinks church/state separation is an “extraconstitutional doctrine” even when the prohibition against the government respecting the establishment of religion is literally the first thing in the Bill of Rights, has been approved as Attorney General by the Senate Committee. This is the same man who praised a law that singled out Jews and Asians, and made it harder for them to immigrate to the US.
His sons, who supposedly handle the businesses he promised to divest from but hasn’t, are directly involved in government even after he promised they wouldn’t be. This is against the law yet where were they last night? Front row at the SCOTUS pick announcement.
Yates is the first AG to be fired since Elliot Richardson was fired by Nixon in 1973. This isn’t something that happens every day. That should tell you everything you need to know, but since you clearly don’t want to listen to reason then maybe listen to what the former DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller has to say about this mess: “This kind of assault on DOJ’s independence has not happened since the Saturday night massacre. The president thinks he is above the law. In our democracy, the president is not supposed to dictate to the AG how to interpret the law. This is a major breakdown in the rule of law. A president who fires an AG over this will think he can fire an AG over, say, a probe into whether his campaign coordinated w/ Russia. Also, the next U.S. atty in line of succession was not Boente, but Zach Fardon. Did Trump go forum shopping for one who would follow orders? No matter what you think about the EO, the independence of DOJ is a principle that everything else in our democracy depends on. Sessions simply can’t be confirmed in this environment. At the minimum, he needs a whole new hearing to answer q’s about DOJ independence. But in reality, we now need an AG who is entirely independent from Trump, not one who was a member of his campaign.”
This statement by brilliant political journalist Sarah Kendzior who has spent her life covering authoritarian regimes and has basically predicted the Trump administration down to every detail for months now: “You should not be surprised at pace of admin’s destruction. You should be thinking many steps ahead, which means thinking fast, acting now. Speed of changes happening for two reasons: temperament and ideology. Trump spent 40 years making fast decisions, having others bail him out. Trump has always surrounded himself with actors to mitigate his damage quickly and often illegally, from Cohn to mafia to, now, Bannon. Difference with Bannon is that speed itself is an ideology. He is a sociopathic accelerationist who has said he will destroy US + will try. Those in power need to act quickly to preserve what institutions can check them before those institutions are destroyed, esp judiciary […] You will need to predict moves far in advance – and act with far more moral conviction and far less blind faith – to preserve this nation.”
Trump is signing shit without even consulting the departments the EOs affect: “As President Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Friday, shutting the borders to refugees and others from seven largely Muslim countries, the secretary of homeland security was on a White House conference call getting his first full briefing on the global shift in policy.Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, had dialed in from a Coast Guard plane as he headed back to Washington from Miami. Along with other top officials, he needed guidance from the White House, which had not asked his department for a legal review of the order.Halfway into the briefing, someone on the call looked up at a television in his office. “The president is signing the executive order that we’re discussing,” the official said, stunned.”
I’ve only mostly covered the last three days worth of news and I already hit two dozen points. I think I’m going to stop there but trust me I got a treasure trove more where that came from. I read policy news all day, every day. I am very well educated on what’s happening and I’m telling you, you’re dead wrong.
Click on all the links and read this one too. When you’re done come back to me and tell me how great this “democracy” is working out for you.
Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
Do you have any suggestions on what we can do as men to resist Trump and help protect others and ourselves? I feel so powerless and afraid and the women around me are afraid too and afraid of US.
it seems like you and the people around you have been taken over by the mass hysteria created by the media and others. What you and the people around you can do is:
1.) Calm down, and write down everything you are afraid of that you believe trump has the power to actually do. Then look those things up, research, and find out if trump can actually do it (if it’s within his authority), and/or if it’s something he actually said he was going to do, or is it something you heard from somewhere he was going to do.
2.) Research how the U.S government works and exactly how much power you as “the people” have compared to trump as “the government” . Research non-biased, (direct and quoted) promises trump has said/made. try to look find something that tells you direct quotes from trump and the others that are now in office, and do not look at what other people has to say about those quotes. Research Trump’s platform and do the same thing.
3.) Think about how you feel after reading those things trump has promised to do/ his platform. try and decipher them into your own words (and incorporate the limits of the power you now know trump has, as well as the power you know the people have, as you logically comprehend/paraphrase his platform/promises.)
4.) Avoid media and sensationalized outlets for information about your government. Don’t look to other people’s paraphrased words or other people’s understanding of what your government has promised to do. Look at it yourself, directly, and make your own judgement.
5.) Educate yourself and others on the power you have over your government, and also the limits your government has. Try and stop the spread of fear and the hysteria. This will reduce violence on the streets as well as the many many many false hate and discrimination stoires going around (that has only added fuel to the fire.)
6.) Accept different views, and be open-minded to others as long as they aren’t hurting another person/people.
Keep being the lovely person you are, and encourage others to keep being the lovely people they are.
America = power to the people.Don’t panic. Don’t worry. He’s just another president.
Stay calm, and keep up with the politics as directly as you can.
**other mods and followers can add to the list.
****PLEASE AVOID CHERRY PICKED RESOURCES. IF YOU CARE TO KNOW WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS PROMISED TO DO AND THE CURRENT SITUATION OF THE UNITED STATES, PLEASE READ FULL SPEECHES, PLATFORMS, AND SCRIPTS (it’s long, but if you care, you’ll read it). ****
March 20, 1917 - Russian Provisional Government Vows to Stay in the War
Pictured - A double-headed eagles holds a scroll reading “Enlightenment,” while the banner at the bottom is the founding date of the Provisional Government. Inside the shield reads “This is what makes Russia strong.”
Russia’s new democratic government immediately set to work ending the worst abuses of the Tsarist regime, releasing prisoners from the gulags and curbing Russia’s aristocracy. But even these reforms could not placate many die-hard revolutionaries, especially when the government promised to remain in the war against Germany, honoring Russia’s commitments and debts to the Allies.
Petrograd’s rival center of power, the Petrograd Soviet, immediately decried the decision. So too did Lenin when he heard, still in his Swiss exile. A new slogan emerged in the capital city: “All Power to the Soviets!” The government’s Foreign Minister, Paul Miliukov, ignored their protests and vowed Russia’s commitment to the Allies. “She will fight by their side against a common enemy until the end, without cessation and without faltering.” The former Tsar too went to military headquarters at Mogilev and told the troops there to be loyal to the Provisional Government and the prosecution of the war. Their commitments were huge relief to the British and French, who feared a Russian withdrawal that would allow the Central Powers to turn all their might against the Western Front.
Look at this rad book I found in my apartment complex’s basement!
It’s called “UFO” by Milt Machlin with Tim Beckley. It promises: “Government and private sources report on fascinating phenomena of UFOs with facts, interviews, explanations and evaluations of sightings from biblical times to the present.”
Summary: Logan cares for Charles in the silo. Did I already write this setting? Too bad, have another one. I don’t even know if it’s heartbreaking or just worn out anymore.
WARNING: a rather graphic quote from x-men is used, regarding Auschwitz. It’s marked with a (5), and is that entire paragraph. It can be skipped
Logan walked into the fallen silo and slammed the door closed, making sure Charles wouldn’t be startled by his sudden appearance. It had taken him several months to realize the professor wasn’t always home anymore, and the times when he wasn’t were coming more and more frequently. Especially as Logan found the necessary medicines harder and harder to come by. It wasn’t that Chuck was becoming senile. He would just lose himself in his powers more often.
It hadn’t been so bad when Magneto had been around to help draw out the younger man. Logan had always admired Erik for his ability to remind Charles of just who and where he was. But the first of the seizures had taken that option out of the equation rather soundly.
International Relationships Profile: the AWC and Russia (Imperial, IBS, and RMM)
The history of relations between the magical community of Russia and the AWC is a long and turbulent one. As one of the earliest nations to recognize the independence of the USA and AWC from its British forebears, Russia was, for a long period of time, one of the American Wizarding Confederation’s closest allies from its founding until the 20th century. Though largely removed geographically, Russia entertained trade both mundane and sorcerous with the colonies, and when the dust had settled and the AWC established itself as an independent power, embassies were established in both Moscow and the muddy swamp that would grow into the nation’s capitol.
The Civil War marked the first break between Russia’s Muggle aristocracy and its magical population when it came to its sentiments towards the AWC. While the Russian throne and its Muggle governance tacitly supported the Union, the noble rulers of Russia’s wizards and witches were quietly cheering on the South, feeling a strong connection to their Purist peers. Since the enactment of the Statute of Secrecy in Russia, Purism had become the political doctrine dujour of the magical elite. Given its immense size and the troubles of governance, certain noble and well established Pureblood families had been given more or less absolute authority in small regions to oversee the magical population, leading to extensive discrimination and abuses against Muggleborns, Half-Bloods, and non-human magical beings.
These changes were the kindling that would lead to the next great strain in AWC and Russian relations. Even as Muggle stormed the halls of power in 1917, and cast down the Emperor Nicholas II and his family, the muggleborn and half-blooded wizards and witches rose up to tear down the Pureblooded families that had long reigned over them. The conflict took nearly five years to settle, and even as Red Russians fought White Russians in the streets of Moscow, red-robed wizards assaulted the hidden manses and palace of ancient and noble aristocrats. Though better trained and better armed (many poor wizards and witches had been denied wands, while others were not even given more than the most remedial schooling) the Pureblooded families eventually caved to the growing power of the Bolshevik and Soviet sorcerers. By 1925 the Brotherhood of Soviet Sorcerers was the new national power out of Russia, and began making overtures towards spreading its influence in eastern Europe.
The AWC was immediately suspicious of this new world power, and after the defeat of Nazi Germany and Grindelwald (the Nazi’s secret, magical patron) the BSS proved its intentions to the AWC by annexing much of eastern Europe under the cover of the USSR. The BSS officially became the IBS, the International Brotherhood of Sorcery. By this point, AWC officials claim, the revolutionary and almost admirable goals of the original revolution had been forgotten as corruption sank into the leadership of the IBS. Already the magical government of Russia had enforced a strict standardization of magic, a forced compact of government and military service on its magical populace, and, according to rumor, had started an forced-breeding program to promote a larger magical population. The whispers of dark experiments being done on political dissidents in sorcerous, Siberian gulags put the international community on edge.
The Cold War between the AWC and IBS was just as frigid and vicious as the conflict between the USA and USSR. Undercover operations put into place by a joint taskforce of the DSO, Auror’s Board, and Department of National Defense ran numerous secret missions trying to destabilize the IBS internally. Special agents (including the Allegiance Academy’s current headmaster, Jonas Hill) rallied dissidents within the nation, working with parties many within the AWC found…distasteful: criminal syndicates, rebel werewolf packs, hag covens, vampire hives, and those few remaining Pureblood families who resented the communist philosophies of the new ruling class. Meanwhile, Russian spies worked, with minimal success, to use racial tensions in the AWC to weaken the nation’s resolve, and attempted, with slightly more success, to influence members of the government with promises of wealth and power.
As between the USA and USSR, there were few direct conflicts between AWC forces and the IBS, but a number of close calls. In 1976, AWC Aurors and IBS Boyekolds (battle sorcerers) came close to open conflict in Transylvania, when the AWC supported the magical nation’s bid for independence from the IBS and the Soviet Sorcerers sent forces to prevent just such an occurrence. Other times nation-states were used as pawns in their struggle for dominance. Magical conflicts in Korea, China, the Middle East, and Poland were supported by both sides, leading to long lasting international conflicts.
Eventually a combination of internal dissension, external pressure, and the crumbling of the USSR’s supportive government infrastructure led to the dissolution of the IBS. The final IBS Premier, Antonia Utkin, headed the arrangements for free elections, and in 1993 she handed off the reigns of power to the first Russian Minister of Magic, Aleksie Balandin.
Relations between The Russian Ministry of Magic (RMM) and the AWC have been politely formal since the fall of the IBS. Despite attempts at democratization, however, the RMM is not without its problems. Not only have some of those corrupt leaders from the IBS managed to hold onto a great deal of wealth and influence within society, some of the AWC’s best allies in its attempts to destabilize the IBC have become their worst enemies since its collapse. Organized criminal syndicates, rebel werewolf packs, vampire hives, and, of course, the old and ever puissant Pureblood lineages have frightening amounts of control in certain parts of the country, and would like nothing more than to see the destruction of their erstwhile allies.
They were murdered for being in love… they were murdered for being themselves.
This is not the way they wanted to end up their lives. The government promised them they are free now to marry, to live their lives happily… But all this is some kind of solid deception… People are still not free to express themselves, because this is life threatening…
Imagine:Steve Rogers finally tells Tony about his feelings toward him
“…so, yea, Steve. I’m fucking serious” Tony was leaning his forearm against a large window, in his office, at one of the highest floors of S.H.I.E.L.D. base.
Steve was still walking around the room, looking for any clues or ideas to end a conflict between him and Mr Stark. Again, they were arguing about Sokovia Protocol. “You know my statement in the case” Steve finally shrugged, taking a seat on a leather couch and crossing his legs nicely. “I won’t change my mind. You know that Avengers are yet devided by this” his voice sounded more firmly than he was planning to.
Tony growled, turning around to face Steve. “Liar!” he snorted. “We’re not divided by THIS. We’re divided only by YOUR sick visions, Rogers” Tony briefly ran his fingers through his black hair. “If you wouldn’t start to give them arguments to not do it, all of them would sign it a long time ago!” Steve only rolled his eyes, looking at the ceiling. “Shame on you, Stark. Your fucking decision about even give it a chance! It changed everything. If you wouldn’t promise government that you’ll take a look at that, everything will be as it was” Steve slowly was getting frustrated. He was still trying to explain his point of view, but Tony seemed to screw it all.
Stark sighed, clinching hands in fists as he turned with his back to Steve once again that day. “You think you’re a Mr know-it-all, don’t you, Steve?” the simple question hung between two men like a sharp knife. Rogers stayed silent, however deep inside in his soul he was fighting with himself. He just wanted to get up, walk to Tony and just punch him straight in the face. But…
It was impossible to him to do it. Because he felt something to that guy. He didn’t want to admit it even in front of himself, but it was a true. He fell for Tony long time ago. When there was good. Notwithstanding, he never found a courage to tell his friend about that feeling…
Suddenly something, a little cheeky voice, which was coming from back of Steve’s head, said: “Do it now or you’ll lose him, you fucking coward!”
Steve cleared his throat and still trying to stay calm, he got up and walked to Tony. He placed his large palm at Stark’s shoulder before he spoke. “Okay. You won. Maybe it’s exactly like you said it. But, please..” Steve’s voice got weaker immediately when Tony turned his face to him. Only one look into those beautiful hazel eyes of Tony made Captain vulnerable.
The awkward silence prevailing between them has been interrupted by Stark’s strong voice. “Finally, Steve. What happend, that you finally understood it?”
But Steve wasn’t definelty listening to Tony’s words. He found a courage to take Tony’s face in his palms, to pull black-haired man closer and finally to kiss his friend.
Steve felt that Stark was more than surprised by that action, Tony’s muscles stiffened in a second. But he didn’t push Steve away. No. He did it not.
After a few seconds Stark broke the kiss to look deeply into Rogers’ blue eyes. “Fuck, Steve… what the fuck..” Captain let out a quiet whimper. “I had to. I just.. I can’t explain that. It just happend. I think I fell for you. Months ago. Just… I just couldn’t tell you earlier.”
Steve was the most scared of a rejection. But at the moment blonde man was happy that finally he managed to tell Tony the truth about hia feelings.
Stark cleared his throat and with pale face took a little step back. “Steve.. for fuck’s sake.. what I’m supposed to do now.. what are you expecting from me? It’s… I need time to think of it..” Captain’s eyes sparkled with kind of a hope. “Just promise me… that even if… if you won’t feel the same.. that we’ll stay friends. I just can’t think of a day when you’ll go away..” Steve’s voice shivered a bit as he was speaking. Tony rubbed his chin, nodding slowly. “Okay. That I can guarantee you for sure.”
Steve smiled gently, then he quickly left Stark’s office, leaving Tony with an vortex of a thoughts.
I distrust the
extremes. Scratch a conservative and you find someone who prefers the
past over any future. Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat.
It’s true! Liberal governments always develop into aristocracies. The
bureaucracies betray the true intent of people who form such
governments. Right from the first the little people who formed
the governments which promised to equalize the social burdens found
themselves suddenly in the hands of bureaucratic aristocracies. Of
course, all bureaucracies follow this pattern, but what a hypocrisy to
find this even under a communized banner.
4 years after the great nuclear war that devastated Japan and its surrounding countries, Emperor Ushijima ascends the chrysanthemum throne. The country is thrown into messy politics, shady deals, drug cartels and the underworld.
14 years later, their former military instructors; Takeda itetsu and Ukai Keishin are executed for treason.
Daichi and Sugawara decide to continue the rebellion to overthrow the oppressive government.
They recruit promising assassins Tobio Kageyama and Hinata Shoyō in hopes of turning the tide of war in their favor.
already in a relationship in this fic
• Kyouhaba (both of them are detectives)
• Bokuaka *
• kuroken *
• tsukkiyama* (long distance relationship actually)
• Ennotana (?)
• matsuhana *
• Bokuto & Hinata
• Kenma & Hinata
• no wait…basically everyone and hinata.
• Noya & Tanaka
• Sugawara & oikawa
• Seijou third years
• Scary Sugawara
• characters with dark pasts
• death of ocs
Here’s a funny thing about being Jewish:
Even our straight, white, cis men know what it is like to be afraid. Even they know what it is like to be told you’re going to hell for the fact of your belief, to be afraid of expressing yourself in public because you might get jumped.
Here’s another funny thing about being Jewish:
We are a nation of survivors. Our history is replete with other nations trying to stamp us out. People think of anti-Semitism and they think of the Holocaust and Nazis and that’s it, but that’s not it. The Holocaust was just the latest attempt to wipe Jews off the map.
And now it is starting again.
Every time somebody tries to kill us, they fail. And for a while, things get quiet. The anti-Semitism is still there, of course, it never goes away, but for a while, for a few decades, people stop trying.
But then the survivors grow old, they die, and their children grow up, grow old, and start to die as well. And people start to forget.
They forget that they tried to kill us before, and failed.
They forget that there is no evidence or possibility of us actually being at fault for the things they blame us.
The goyim forget.
And the grandchildren of the survivors of the last attempt to kill us have to go through it all over again, no matter that they promised us we wouldn’t, that the governments and nations promised them it would never happen again.
They keep trying.
And they keep failing.
They never learn. Hundreds, thousands, millions of Jews die in each one of these cycles. The cycle can continue until the sun expands or Mashaich comes, whichever happens first, but they will never succeed in wiping us out.
We will make it through. And we will add another fast day, another day of mourning, of remembrance in honor of those who died, to the dozen already on our calendar, and we will pack our bags, move somewhere else, and we will survive.
We always do.
September 16, 1810: Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”)
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, launches the Mexican War of Independence with the issuing of his Grito de Dolores, or “Cry of Dolores,” The revolutionary tract, so-named because it was publicly read by Hidalgo in the town of Dolores, called for the end of 300 years of Spanish rule in Mexico, redistribution of land, and racial equality. Thousands of Indians and mestizos flocked to Hidalgo’s banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and soon the peasant army was on the march to Mexico City. Since October 1825, the anniversary of the event is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.
In the early 19th century, Napoleon’s occupation of Spain led to the outbreak of revolts all across Spanish America. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla–“the father of Mexican independence”–launched the Mexican rebellion with his “Cry of Delores,” and his populist army came close to capturing the Mexican capital. Defeated at Calderón in January 1811, he fled north but was captured and executed. He was followed by other peasant leaders, however, such as José María Morelos y Pavón, Mariano Matamoros, and Vicente Guerrero, who all led armies of native and racially mixed revolutionaries against the Spanish and the Royalists.
Ironically, it was the Royalists–made up of Mexicans of Spanish descent and other conservatives–who ultimately brought about independence. In 1820, liberals took power in Spain, and the new government promised reforms to appease the Mexican revolutionaries. In response, Mexican conservatives called for independence as a means of maintaining their privileged position in Mexican society.
In early 1821, Agustín de Iturbide, the leader of the Royalist forces, negotiated the Plan of Iguala with Vicente Guerrero. Under the plan, Mexico would be established as an independent constitutional monarchy, the privileged position of the Catholic Church would be maintained, and Mexicans of Spanish descent would be regarded as equal to pure Spaniards. Mexicans of mixed or pure Indian blood would have lesser rights.
Iturbide defeated the Royalist forces still opposed to independence, and the new Spanish viceroy, lacking money, provisions, and troops, was forced to accept Mexican independence. On August 24, 1821, Spanish Viceroy Juan de O’Donojú signed the Treaty of Córdoba, which approves a plan to make Mexico an independent constitutional monarchy. In 1822, as no Bourbon monarch to rule Mexico had been found, Iturbide was proclaimed the emperor of Mexico. However, his empire was short-lived, and in 1823 republican leaders Santa Anna and Guadalupe Victoria deposed Iturbide and set up a republic, with Guadalupe Victoria as its first president.
: “Mexican War of Independence Begins.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2015.
There's a way to invest in a cleaner environment, and the market is booming
(Environmentalists demonstrate at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference near Paris.Thomson Reuters)
An increasing percentage of people today are not solely concerned about outsized returns when they invest their money — they also care about the social impact of their investments.
That increased interest has partly spurred the growth of socially responsible investment products and “impact investing” on Wall Street.
The growth of so-called green bonds is a part of this trend.
“Investor appetite for environmental solutions has increased sharply in recent years, with $21.4 trillion in global assets incorporating socially responsible investing, and up to 93% of US millennials showing a high preference for impact investing,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a recent report.
Issuers of such bonds, such as governments and companies, promise to put proceeds toward environmentally friendly projects. Those investors can use the money from those bonds to finance renewable-energy projects, clean auto technology, and several other green initiatives.
Earlier this year, the green bond market passed a milestone, with $200 billion in total issuance since the market’s inception. There could be an additional $150 billion worth of issuance in 2017, according to a note sent Tuesday by a group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch equity strategists led by Beijia Ma.
Ma wrote that the recent swell in the market was driven by a sharp increase in the number of bonds issued by national governments.
A boom in green bonds
According to the bank, the boom in 2016 is directly linked to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the nations’ targets for curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Many countries viewed — and continue to view — green bonds as a means to hit those targets and lower their carbon footprints to comply with new standards.
The bank said:
“2016 was a transformational year in global policy for green bond development, with China’s remarkable rise a clear illustration of the impact of supportive legislation. Countries crystalize their climate commitments in 2017, with Poland (first mover) and France ($7 billion note, largest ever) issuing their inaugural sovereign green bonds in the past quarter.”
The bank believes five to 10 more nations will jump on the green bond bandwagon later this year, further contributing to the growth of the market. The bank predicts that China will lead the way in issuance next year. According to the note, China, a nation responsible for over 30% of the world’s CO2 emissions, could see its green bond market grow by up to 50%.
“We project $90 [billion] to $130 billion of issuances in 2017 … which assumes 30%-50% growth from China, and 15% growth from the rest of the world,” the note said.
(Bank of America) That estimate is also contingent upon high growth in other emerging markets, such as those in Latin America and Africa.
Currently, the US has the largest number of outstanding green bonds.
What’s next for green bonds?
Nigeria is the next country in line to issue green bonds because it has already completed “intensive work” and is aiming for a March or April launch, according to the note.
Bank of America also thinks the green bond market could further diversify. According to the bank, the mortgage industry could soon see a pop in “green mortgage-backed securities.”
“Fannie Mae believes these types of green renovations could lower credit risk, increase property value, create higher quality and more durable housing while lowering energy and water use,” the bank said.
“The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!” – Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) Economist and social philosopher
In Defense of The Reboot - What the new generation of Trek movies brings to the canon
When Star Trek: Into Darkness came out last year, it was met with plenty of mixed reviews, but one fan’s question stuck with me: “What does this movie even add to the canon?” Many Trekkies hasten to agree – isn’t the reboot nothing more than a flashy, sleek, bastardization of our beloved science fiction show? Has Star Trek been stripped of all it’s original glory of Boldly Going and reduced to explosions, epic battles, and uninspiring plots of revenge?
There are plenty of things wrong with the rebooted Star Trek movies. One need only spend 5 minutes on any Trekkie-filled website to be inundated with the lists… However, with all its faults, I would argue that the reboot adds something very interesting to the canon – something that directly ties in with the very nature of the original show.
WARNING: Hella long.
[This essay is centered on American sociopolitical culture but does not intend to imply that said culture is, in any way, more important/normative/influential than any other.]
When people think about the word “slavery” in the United States of America, they automatically think about Africans who were brought to the Americas by Europeans, and then were enslaved, simply because in every school if/when they teach about U.S. History, they skim through the slavery-epoch and only mention African slaves, but never do you read and/or are told by teachers that indigenous people of the Americas were already being enslaved by Europeans before the first slave-ship filled with Africans arrived to the shores of the Americas. And just as African-descendants who would later be known as African-Americans were stripped from their identity, African languages & African cultures, the Natives of the Americas were too affected the exact same way.
The goal of Europeans was to confuse their slaves, and detach them from their root as far as possible until finally the slaves would not know who they are, which allowed the European slavers to then label and/or give their slaves a new identity, which resulted in the misplacement, ethnic cleansing, and acculturation of both Africans & Native Americans.
The aftermath of these episodes that lasted many centuries is today seen everywhere in the Americas; Natives & African-descendants accepting and/or labeling themselves after the terminologies given by their once slavers, conquerors, and colonizers.
A large percentage of Native Americans, more so the ones in Central & South America do not know they are indigenous Americans, but instead are confused, labeling themselves Latinos (Italians), and Hispanics (descendants of Spain).
By the 1800s, after most Natives of North America had surrendered to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Government/Army promised them their own “reservations”, which was truly to toss the surviving Natives in wasteland regions, where the Natives would be forced to become farmers. The agenda was meant to keep the Natives starving & barely surviving, but somehow the Natives survived, and out of wasteland, they created a living environment, which was not part of the U.S. Government’s plan. So when the Government saw that many of these regions that were considered to be wasteland, were now places where even White people could live, then a new plans emerged!
In the late 1800s, Abraham Lincoln had broken the promise of allowing Natives to have White people’s leftovers (AKA reservations) to themselves, and then he signed a new law titled the “Homestead Bill”, in the year 1862, which was to open up the reservations, and allow masses of White population to enter, and settle in the reservations, which resulted in pushing Natives to the side once again.
Lincoln could not see Natives as humans, and he believed that allowing Natives to live amongst Whites would “dirty” the Whiteman’s lifestyle, which is why the idea of “reservations” came about; to keep the Natives in an area where they would be controlled & policed by Whites, and also away from Whites. Lincoln justified the injustice and the murder of Natives by Whites, simply by claiming that Natives could no way be human.
Lincoln gave the order to the U.S. Army to hang any Native who refused to surrender to the army, which in one instance he signed/approved the largest mass execution in U.S. History, year 1862.
Many protect Abraham Lincoln’s image, naively and ignorantly believing he was a man who believed in equality, due to “setting the slaves free”. But fact is, he was very racist, and he actually idolized people like Henry Clay.
“During my whole political life, I have loved and revered Henry Clay as a teacher and leader.” Lincoln delivered the eulogy at the funeral for Clay.
Henry Clay once made this statement; “The Indians’ disappearance from the human family will be no great loss to the world. I do not think them, as a race, worth preserving.”
Who was Henry Clay? He was responsible for the “Trail of Tears”: in 1838, under Clay’s command, 20,000 Cherokees were dragged out of their homes, which were plundered & burned, and afterwards forced them all to walk barefoot for thousands of miles, causing thousands of them to freeze & starve to death.
Another one of Lincoln’s idol, was General William T. Sherman, who in 1862 wrote to his wife, "My goal is to exterminate, not of soldiers alone, that is the least of the trouble, but the people of the South.”
Shortly before dying, Sherman lamented to his son, “I was unable to kill all of them red sons-of-bitches.”
Lincoln even asked for the Pope of Rome’s advice, as to how to treat Natives. The Pope had this to say: "It is my purpose utterly to exterminate the Sioux if I have the power to do so! They are to be treated as maniacs and wild beasts, and by no means as people with whom treaties or compromise can be made.”
After European-settlers’ constant attempts to eradicate the indigenous Americans, (more so the leadership, elders, teachers, and only leave the women and children alive to become slaves & maids) the Europeans realized that Natives kept resisting, and still managed to practice their cultures and speak their Native languages.
See, the problem for Europeans was not the fact that Native Americans survived the holocaust (A genocide which wiped out over 100 million Natives in North America, and over 150 million in South America) that Europeans committed against the Natives, but the fact that the Native identity, culture, tongue & lifestyle had survived.
Europeans didn’t want to erase every Native from the land, no! They needed slaves, servants, maids, and eventually people to exploit, so they wanted plenty of Natives alive, otherwise if they truly wanted to erase all Natives, they would have!
So the problem wasn’t the fact that there were still millions of Natives alive by the 1800s, but the problem was simply the fact that Natives still managed to hold on to their culture, their tongues, their traditions, and identities. Europeans didn’t want the Natives to have a single trace of what their root was, and it angered them to see that although they had wiped out every single Native Elder, teacher, and even burned every trace of codex/book containing Native-guidelines, science, ceremony, astronomy, math, architecture, etc., Natives still managed to pass it down to their youth verbally, which then lead the Europeans to come up with a new plan to eradicate the Native-root. This plan is today known as (quoting Richard H. Pratt) “Kill the Indian, Save the man”, meaning, “Let’s kill the Native identity, and then after they no longer know who they are, then we will convert them into what we say they are, and they’ll have no choice but to accept it!”, the genocide of a culture.
In the year 1890, the 1st Indian Boarding School was finally built in the region of the Lakota people of South Dakota. The Schools were run/founded by Christian/Catholic Organizations and funded by the Federal Government.
In that region alone, as many as 30,000 Native children were forcefully snatched away from their Native mothers, often resulting in brutally murdering the Native parents in the attempts to take the children away from them.
The goal was to simply detach the Native children from their root, cut the boys’ long hair, forbid them from speaking the Lakota language, and only speak English, forcing them to forget their Native beliefs, and begin to adopt Catholicism/Christianity.
Many children refused to stop speaking the Lakota language and as punishment, many children were handcuffed, tossed in cold rooms where they would be molested, raped, tortured, and if they continued to speak their Native language, their tongues would be cut out, and often times the children who resisted were beaten to death, thousands of them, including the boys were tortured, mutilated, and raped to death. Many of the children who attempted to escape, but were captured, they were thrown in a room with no windows, and then left to freeze or/and starve to death.
Many of the Native children who resisted, they were tortured, and beaten by the nuns & priests in front of the other children, making examples out of them, to strike fear in the minds of the other children, resulting in many becoming obedient to the nuns & priests’ rules.
Native girls, as young as preschoolers were raped to death by the priests, and many of the boys were forced to perform oral sex on both nuns & priests. Many times the children were also forced to perform oral sex, and to penetrate each other.
Most deaths faced by young Natives was due to rape, torture, starvation, and some even froze to death in the winter. The conditions these children were placed under, was as if they were all meant to die.
By the end of the “Indian Boarding School” epoch, over 100,000 Natives were already assimilated (no longer speaking their Native language, but only English) due to the Indian Boarding School program, in South Dakota alone.
The misconception of the “Indian Boarding School” is that if/when taught, it is said that these programs were only pushed in North America, specifically parts of Canada, and South Dakota, but the truth is that these School programs were pushed in every region of the Americas, from Canada, to United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Chile, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Argentina, and every other part of the Americas, and every one of these programs attempted the same exact agenda against the indigenous people of the regions: “Kill the Indian, Save the man”; detach the Natives from their cultures, original identities, languages, and then leave them confused, lost, and permanently without a sense of root, because a tree without a root is a dead tree!
The result of these episodes of forced assimilation still affects the indigenous people today, and not just in being detached & confused about who they are, but the psychological traumas of being raped & tortured still haunts them, and has lead many to become depressed drug addicts, and alcoholics, and often times committing suicide.
In every single region/country of the Americas, the high percentage of Native population do not know they are Natives, due to not speaking their Natives tongues, and also due to being assimilated, which obviously was a result of their parents or grandparents facing the “Indian Boarding School” epoch.
There are Natives today who do have a sense of identity, all thanks to their parents/grandparents who held on tight to their identity, culture, and language, despite the fact that nuns & priests tried to beat it out of them. But unfortunately a very large percentage of Native people do not speak their Native tongue, neither have a sense of identity, nor culture, due to their parents/grandparents not being able to hold to it, while nuns & priests beat it out of them.
How does this affect the Native people of the Americas, and how is this piece of history relevant today? Due to the traumas of being tortured, molested & beaten, those who survived these episodes eventually had a family of their own, and unfortunately unleashed all of the anger, frustration unto their own children, and even mistreated their own children in the same ways that nuns & priests mistreated them while in Indian Boarding Schools. Many children who were raised by parents/grandparents who survived “Indian Boarding Schools” also experienced similar mistreatment in their own household, which lead the children to grow up self-destructive, turning to drugs & alcohol, being hopeless, and ending up in prison, and also having children of their own, and the cycle repeats. The psychological traumas never ended, and the horrors faced in Indian Boarding Schools are now horrors faced by the youth today, passed down by their own parents.
Aside from these horrors, the way it affects Natives today is in the form of misplacement. Many Natives today claim the identities that belong to Europeans, such as Latinos & Hispanics. And even if you tell Natives that they aren’t European-descendnats, but rather indigenous Americans, they will refuse to accept and/or acquire their true root, simply because part of the “Kill the Indian, save the man” agenda was to teach the Natives that they are “inferior”, meanwhile the Europeans “superior", which results in Natives being ashamed to have descended from such “ugly" & “primitive” people, and instead take-on the identities that belong to the “beautiful” & “superior" Europeans. Even in households of assimilated Natives, you’ll heard them say to each other in Spanish, “Indio ignorante, feo mugroso!”.
Even after 1970s, in public U.S. schools, White teachers had the “right” to beat & punish the students if they didn’t speak English.
Internalized racism, self-hatred, and assimilation is the outcome of these episodes of being taught to hate yourself, hate your reflection, and also having your root beaten out of you century after century. And also having the same people who hate you to also be the ones who teach you about your worth, value & your place in society.- credit to Ricardo Ignacio
Since I’m fully aware that people will leave me messages like, “Get over it!”, “Stop living in the past!”, well, it’s NOT about living in the past, but about getting to the root of where today’s internalized racism & self-hatred is found. There is NO WAY that a problem can ever be solved if you do NOT know where the root of this problem is.
In order for a people to begin to “get over it”, is simply by starting over AFTER the episodes of what they’re supposed to “get over” are actually over, but colonialism isn’t over, so we’re actually still trying to solve the problem, so that AFTERWARDS we can start over, or as you love to chant: “GET OVER IT”.