Intro: Never Mind*= about looking forward and working even harder if you feel like falling down
Run*= about not letting anything stop you from pursuing your passions
Butterfly= comments on the insecurities of youth & the fears of feeling dependent on someone
Whalien 52= about loneliness & feeling like no one is listening/understanding
Ma City= comments on being aware/proud of your hometown’s history (& also calls out a Korean online terrorist group that targets minorities and leftists, especially people from Jeolla province, were J-Hope was born)
뱁새 (Baepsae/Silver Spoon)= comments on the concept of social status/privilege and the growing gap between the upper and lower class
고엽 (Dead Leaves)= comments on the difficulty of giving up something good for the better
The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Young Forever (2016)
불타오르네 (FIRE)*= about how one should live however one wants to without labels & that it’s okay to lose
Save ME*= comments on the duality of youth (happiness and sadness) and thanks ARMYs for accepting who they (BTS) are and letting them be who they are
Epilogue: Young Forever*= comments on the difficulty, but importance, of facing reality, moving forward, and following one’s dreams
House of Cards= comments on how ignorance can be bliss but that reality will always catch up eventually
Good Day = comments on brotherhood and the importance of lifting each other up to create a brighter tomorrow
Wishing On A Star = about not being afraid to have big dreams because the more you hope, the more likely it will come true
Think of a major technology company. There’s a decent chance that whichever one you thought of was among the 97 firms filing an amicus brief on Sunday — against Trump’s travel ban.
The brief, which has since been widely shared online, argues that
the 90-day ban is illegal and that it will
discourage foreign workers from seeking employment in the U.S.
“The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of
fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of
the United States for more than fifty years,” the brief reads, and
“inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth.”
Companies listed on the suit include Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, among others. Read more
When you’re creating a race of people for your new world, you need a culture to give those people and their way of life some context. The culture helps determine how the characters act, dress, eat, solve problems, among so many other things. You can (and sometimes, should) have multiple cultures in your world, depending on how large your focus area is. Cultures affect each other, but also serve in a narrative sense to draw contrast in-world and to draw parallels to the reader’s world.
So here are some thoughts, big and small, that are meant to help inspire you as you create amazing cultures. (And remember that you’re thinking about the following questions in the context of the general population, not your main character(s).) You can simply answer these questions in short-answer form, or you can write a short story to flesh out one or two or three questions at once. If you do that, submit them to me! I’d love to feature them on the blog.
How old do people believe their race is? How old are they really?
How prevalent are religions to the common person?
What is/are the origin stories of the main religion(s)?
What do most people think should be the highest priority:
How do culturally shared priorities shape interactions?
What is the common greeting? Does it vary by age, class, rank, or sect?
How is gender viewed by the majority? Why?
What are common myths/legends of your people and how heavily do they influence the modern day?
How trustful are people of outsiders?
How welcoming are people, in general, of strangers into their homes?
How well do people of various factions (class, race, religion, etc.) get along in society?
How far has technology advanced, and how has it been implemented into their daily lives?
If magic exists, what do they believe is its origin? Its source?
If there is division between magic/non-magic, how do the two treat each other and why? How long has it been that way?
What sort of relationship do they have with their ruler?
How content is the average person?
How do people make their living and how big a part of their life is their career (if applicable)?
Do they have “weekends” and if so, what sets them apart from “weekdays”?
How do they treat their close friends?
How do they treat their enemies?
How do they handle small conflict, between individuals or small groups?
How do they handle larger conflicts?
How are they prepared for any potential war? Do they have some sort of military or militia in place?
How many wars have they, as a society, fought over the course of their lives/history? How much of an impact does that have on their cultural identity? (i.e. WW2′s impact on patriotism in America, and how it’s yet to go away.)
What virtues do they value in individuals? What virtues do they say they value? If those are different, why?
How do they dress? Does it vary greatly by gender, or not? Is their focus on clothing very practical, religious, sentimental, or simply driven by the latest arbitrary fashion? How do the above answers reflect on the culture on a deeper level?
How do they treat their elderly?
How do they treat their children?
At what age does a baby become a child, a child a young adult, a young adult an adult, an adult an elder?
How much regulation does the day-to-day life of the average citizen entail? Or, how involved is the government in micro affairs?
How are these people seen throughout their known world? How do other cultures view this culture?
Your movement of anti fascism will fail. Do you know why? Because fascism doesn't exist. We killed it after world war 2. Honestly if you did even a little research into fascist Italy Japan or Germany you'd see you're just like them. Black uniforms, masks with skulls, attacking people to instill total fear into the hearts of people who don't agree with you. Fighting fascism with fascism doesn't make you the good guys, it makes you a slightly different version of fascist.
Sigh. The sad thing is that we get messages just like this from clear, well-informed experts on fascism like ask-changeling-eight all the time.
Because fascism doesn’t exist. We killed it after world war 2
Oh, that’ll be a huge surprise to Francoist Spain or the Estado Novo regime in Portugal or the people suffering under the fascists of Daesh/ISIS/ISIL or the 200+ fascist cults, political parties, and terrorist groups that have existed since WW2. You should tell them.
you’d see you’re just like them. Black uniforms, masks with skulls,
Of course, because fascism (which we’ll remind you no longer exists according to yourself) is defined by the clothes people wear. That’s in the dictionary-definition of fascism, right?
fascism [fash-iz-uh m] noun1.(sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.2.(sometimes initial capital letter) the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism.3.(initial capital letter) a political movement that employs the principles and methods of fascism, especially the one established by Mussolini in Italy 1922–43.
fascism noun fas·cism \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\
1often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge
attacking people to instill total fear into the hearts of people who don’t agree with you.
Right. Because advocating for apartheid and genocide = just another, perfectly normal opinion that we may not agree with and should just have a polite debate about over tea.
hooligan-nova “Fighting fascists makes you a fascist” makes no sense. The defining feature of fascism is not violence.
If I fight a mugger I’m not a mugger. If I fight a bear it doesn’t make me a bear. Fascism is about control and antifascism is about refusal of that control.
Let’s leave the last word for Holocaust survivor Frank Frison, shall we?
“If fascism could be defeated in debate, I assure you that it would never have happened, neither in Germany, nor in Italy, nor anywhere else. Those who recognised its threat at the time and tried to stop it were, I assume, also called “a mob”. Regrettably too many “fair-minded” people didn’t either try, or want to stop it, and, as I witnessed myself during the war, accommodated themselves when it took over … People who witnessed fascism at its height are dying out, but the ideology is still here, and its apologists are working hard at a comeback. Past experience should teach us that fascism must be stopped before it takes hold again of too many minds, and becomes useful once again to some powerful interests.”
ask-changeling-eight, if you’d like to actually learn about what fascism is and how it developed so you don’t look like such an ill-informed jackass the next time you decide to opine on the topic, we’d recommend having an adult read & explain this book to you.
They stood up to police brutality and fed poor kids. They were hated by the FBI.
They were unfairly demonized by our “democratic” government and preyed on by law “enforcement”, and sent to jail for trumped up (no pun intended) charges.
2017 and we are still fighting the same fight!
Not much has changed. They still stand watch over their communities. A person might not know it. But they are there and strong. They have passed the torch on to their children and grandchildren and I am grateful they are there.
The hardest thing I have to deal with on a daily fucking basis is the double standard in this fandom. Let’s just imagine:
if it had been Tony Stark who said Fuck You the entire UN governing system?
If it had been Tony Stark who’d kept, say, the information about Bucky becoming the winter soldier from steve?
If steve had done everything, got into multiple fights and battles with the UN and flown across the whole world, just to keep Tony out of jail, and then have him run off anyway and make everything 10× worse for him?
If Steve had been the one manipulated by Wanda?
If Steve had been the one to bring Peter into the fight, under the assumption there would be no actual conflict and just wanted more manpower, and then Tony had been the one to drop an aircraft on him?
Tl;dr- Even if you completely reversed their actions, somehow, magically, Steve Rogers would still be the hero, And tony stark would still be villainized.
First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency
Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his
first 100 days shouldn’t blind us to the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time to our system of government, especially
his degradation of the presidency.
From early in the Republic,
we have looked at the office of the president as a focal point for the
nation’s values. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and the two Roosevelts exemplified for generations of Americans the
moral authority of the highest office in the land. It is not merely what these men
accomplished, but how they did it; not just their policies but their positive effects on the institutions of democratic governance.
True, many of our presidents
have fallen short of those ideals. But our disappointments in those individuals reflected the high expectations we have had for those who hold that office.
Yet under Trump, the moral authority of the presidency has all but disappeared.
I’m old enough to recall when John F. Kennedy invited the world’s great
artists, writers, and philosophers to dine at the White House. The
nation felt ennobled.
Donald Trump invites Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent,
who once called President Obama a “mongrel,” and we feel sullied.
But it has not just been Trump’s vulgarity.
There have also been Trump’s lies – blatant, continuous,
and unsubstantiated even after the lack of evidence has been pointed out
They are not just any lies, but lies that deepen Americans’ suspicion of one
another and undermine our confidence in our system of government – such
as his repeated contention that “three to five million” people voted
illegally in the last election, or that Obama spied on him during the
Prior presidents have embellished the truth and on occasion have lied about a particular important thing, such as the
existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But never before Trump have we had a president who chronically lies, whose lies have become an
integral part of his presidency even in the first 100 days.
There is also Trump’s vast family business, from which he
continues to benefit even though the decisions he makes in office
affect what he earns, and the almost certain decisions by foreign governments to curry favor with him by bestowing benefits on his business.
Trump shrugs off such conflicts – even
refusing to release his tax returns, even inviting his daughter and
son-in-law, each with their own businesses and conflicts of interest, to
join him at the highest reaches of the White House.
presidents have profited from their presidencies after they leave
office through large speaking fees and book contracts. But never before Trump have we had a
president for whom conflicts of financial interest during his
presidency are so flagrant yet ignored.
The first 100 days has
also been marked by Trump’s divisiveness – turning Americans against
each other, legitimizing hatefulness toward Mexican-Americans and
Muslim-Americans and African-Americans, fueling violence between his
supporters and his opponents.
We have had divisive elections
before. But after them, other presidents have sought to heal the wounds. Even after the horrors of the Civil War, Lincoln famously
asked us to come together without malice.
Trump, by contrast, has fomented the warring camps – calling his opponents “enemies,” suggesting they are plotting against his administration,
and staging rallies to encourage and fuel his bedrock supporters.
We have also seen Trump’s cruelty – toward refugees, undocumented
immigrants, and the poor among us. He has issued a budget that would
deeply harm the least advantaged Americans, and supported a repeal of
the Affordable Care Act that would also hurt those most in need.
has refused asylum to refugees at a time when the world faces the
largest refugee crisis since World War II, and unleashed immigration
enforcers on 11 million residents of the United States, many of whom have been productive members of their communities for
years. He has even deported people who have been here since childhood
and know know no other nation.
Other presidents have on occasion
been cruel. But Trump’s cruelty has defied reason. It is utterly unnecessary.
There has also been Trump’s affect on the rest of the world – legitimizing
crude nationalism and hateful xenophobia. He has promoted France’s Marine
Le Pen and encouraged authoritarians such as Turkey’s
Tayyip Erdogan, while at the same time confusing our democratic allies and friends.
is Donald Trump himself – who in the first 100 days as president has
shown himself to be narcissistic, xenophobic, paranoid,
vindictive, and thin-skinned; who takes credit for the work of others
and blames others for his own failings; who lashes out at the press and
journalists when they criticize him, and who demonizes judges who
disagree with him.
We have before had presidents whose personality defects harmed
their presidencies and tainted the office of the president, such as Richard Nixon. But Donald
Trump is in a different league altogether. He exhibits the opposite of
every civic virtue ever encouraged in our school rooms, town halls, and
The first 100 days is an artificial landmark for
presidents. But it does offer an opportunity to pause and assess what they have done. Too often, though, we think in the narrow gauge of
policies and legislation.
With Trump, it’s important to think
more broadly. Among the most significant legacies of his first 100 days is his
degrading of the moral authority of the office of the president, and,
thereby, of America.
Bellamy: the ice nation brutally killed my girlfriend and we’re at war, I have to protect my people.
Bellamy: *grabs gun*
Lexa: the ice nation brutally killed my girlfriend and we’re at war, I have to protect my people.
Lexa: *establishes an unprecedented coalition of previously warring clans, establishes a representative system of government with a democratic method of the removal of religiously ordained leaders, creates a weapons-free neutral zone with a flourishing local economy, ignores her personal desire for revenge to allow the Ice Nation into this coalition in order to prevent more war, becomes a popular leader responsible for the first period of peace and unity since a nuclear apocalypse*
Questions for developing the biology of a new species or race
Something to remember when developing your new species or races: always remember that your unique race/alien race should not distract from the narrative. It is always fun to experience new and different peoples that can be so similar to humanity while being so different. But you don’t want to create a main species that is so utterly alien that it distracts from your narrative. The details of your race should enhance your story, not needlessly complicate it.
So! With that in mind…
Starting from scratch:
What about them says “other”?
How are their environmental conditions reflected in their biology?
What texture/color is their skin or outer layer? Why?
Do they have hair? If so, where and what color(s)? What texture(s)?
How many biological sexes are there? How many genders?
How many cones do their eyes have?
How many limbs do they have? How are they used?
How many fingers/toes do they have? How has this altered their number system?
Were they the only race on their home planet that evolved to “intelligent?”
For further development:
How would it describe its setting?
Do they have physical traits specific to their class or caste?
What traits do others of their species find attractive? Why?
Do they use special tools to enhance or repair damaged/failing physical traits or senses (glasses/contacts, prosthetics, wheelchairs)?
What unifying characteristics set them apart from humans? What do they have in common?
What dietary needs do they have?
Do they use special ornamentation (clothing, jewelry, tattoos) to show rank, occupation, heritage, etc.?
How do they relate to temperature or climate?
Do they have joints or tendons that move in a way that would seem unnatural to humans?
What is their sexual biology like? Is it analogous to ours, or something entirely different?
What recreational activities are healthy/positive for their biology?
How does their body respond to various types of excitement or emotion?
Creative exercises for species/racial development:
If someone were write a wanted poster for a criminal of this race, what features would the notice highlight? Why?
What are (or hypothetically would be) the most popular plastic surgeries among people of this species?
What is their average morning routine? How do their care for themselves, physically, on a daily basis?
Write a short story in which someone of your new species/race attempts to put on a set of human clothes or visa versa.
What is the most popular sport and how is it played? How do the species’ unique traits play into the game, if at all?
Lets say there is a raging fire behind all the Trump/Russia news. What would be the outcome. Would they just impeach him and Pence would become president. Which would be as scary if not more then Trump remaining in office. Is it possible to have a special election if it does turn out Trump and his team worked with Russia to rig the election.
I’ve answered this before. The super short version is that Pence is a goddamn monster, too, and a complete theocrat who will be a fucking disaster, just like Paul Ryan and Orrin Hatch who are also in the line of succession.
But none of those pieces of shit will start a war because they want to feel tough. None of those pieces of shit will ruin relationships with America’s allies, because they want to show off. None of those assholes will embarrass the nation every single time they speak in public.
Trump is a clear and present danger to the world, because he is so destabilizing, but he’s also a direct and serious threat to the entire foundation of America, and our constitutional system of government. He needs to go, and he needs to be held accountable, and he needs to go to prison (and I think Pence is likely guilty, as well) for the good of the country.