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College!AU Jungkook
  • major: computer science 
  • minor: digital art 
  • sports: on-campus dance crew, track & field 
  • clubs: e-sports club LOL 
  • is basically considered the “computed genius” of his year and all the professors in the computer science major just adore him 
  • halfway through his freshman year he was offered an internship at TWELVE different companies that had all heard about him because of the software projects he had perfected and also the fact that he apparently holds the record on campus for writing a code up in approximately 3.5 minutes
  • he thinks algorithms are fun and didn’t have to take the core for Calc 1 because when he was in High School he was past Calc 3
  • can take apart and rebuild a computer faster than most of the professors themselves
  • the cute thing is that as much as he knows about the inner workings of computers and all that, he’s also crazy about computer games and is super competitive. plays everything from World of Warcraft & League of Legends to Minecraft and Garry’s Mod.
  • is part of the universities e-sports club and plays in local tournaments for like cash and he has been scouted to join pro LOL or Starcraft teams but he’s like meh not interested but thanks
  • digital art is his minor and it kind of confuses the computer science department heads because they’re like!!! jungkook!!! you could do so much better how about?? mathematics oR economics as a minor and he’s like sketching his favorite playable character from mortal kombat like “nope. drawing is fun. drawing on the computer is even better.”
  • he kinda has this secret dream of being able to be a game software designer but he keeps it quiet from most people because everyones always on his case about the gREat things he can do with his mind like write software for the government or huge corporations and he’s like yeah yeah but in his head he’s got all these cool designs and plots for characters and adventures 
  • and the fact that he’s so good at like ?? everything kind of makes him the target for mean jealous peoples hatred and so his only real friends are like this small group of people that he meet through jimin, a friend of his on the dance team
  • other than them jungkook doesn’t really warm up to people the way jimin and taehyung do,,,,he kinda tends to be shy and closed up
  • oh and he does track & field because the coach like begged him to join after he saw jungkook doing a dash across the campus to get away from jimin who just wanted to give his best buddy a kiss on the cheek
  • and actually you meet jungkook because see you’re sitting in study hall with your laptop and you’re finishing up this essay. it took you like 10 hours to write and you’ve got like one billion sources and you’re on your last sentence when BAM your computer just freezes and dies on the spot
  • and you’re sitting there looking at your screen like what. the. fuck.
  • and jungkook is like two seats away with his headphones in watching some walk-through on his phone and laughing at all the mistakes of the streamer when he hears you let out the tiniest little yell and like almost slip onto the floor of your chair
  • and usually jungkook isn’t the type to put his nose into other peoples business but seeing as though you look like you’re about to start sobbing and the fact that your laptop is threatening to fall of your lap and break he’s like
  • “excuse me- your laptop-”
  • and you’re like” itS DEAD B ro  IT JUSt D I E D it RIPPED On me I wanNA sCream THAT PAPER is DUE BY 3 o’clock tHIS is the bittersweet end”
  • and jungkook is like 
  • well firstly he bursts into laughter because ‘the bittersweet end’ thats funny but also he’s like “hand me your laptop”
  • and you’re like what no how do i know you’re not gonna take it and run and jungkook’s like “because i have a macbook at home i don’t need your little pc notebook laptop” and you’re like Excuse me don’t trash talk my laptop and jungkooks like “fine fine but i can fix it hand it over”
  • and you’re a little suspicious because jungkook doesn’t look like he can fix it not when he’s wearing ripped up denim jeans, a white t-shirt three sizes too big and timberlands that look like they’ve seen hell and back but you’re like well…….it’s worth a shot
  • so you hand it over to him and jungkook like flips it over, checks the bottom of your laptop touches some stuff presses some buttons listen im not a computer science major jungkook is here
  • and when he presses the power button WALLA the screen turns on and there’s your saved word document with your essay and you’re like
  • staring at it and then looking back at jungkook with your mouth open and he’s like “told you” and you’re like 
  • “dude. dude you are GOD” and jungkook’s like “maybe not god but like yes im really really good.” and you’re like “i owe you one!!” and jungkook’s like nah forget about it bUT THEN
  • he hears it
  • the voice
  • that voice
  • PARK JIMIN 
  • and jungkook’s like oh nO and you’re like??? what oh look it’s jimin i know him he’s nice-
  • and jungkook is like hide me. please don’t tell him im here let me get behind yo-
  • and he like tries to get over you to the seat that’s like beside you but jimin is like jUNGKOOK!!! ive been looking for you - oh well hello there
  • jimin like smiles and waves to you and you like awkwardly wave back and jimin’s like “i didn’t know you knew jungkook, am i……….interrupting something (——:” 
  • and you’re about to be like “what?? no!” but jungkook sits up and is like “yes. jimin this is my significant other. we were just talking about where we were going to go on our DATE so if you could give us some time…..”
  • and jimin (being a sucker for all things romantic) gets a little red in the ears and is like OH OH I SEE WELL I WILL BE ON MY WAY 
  • and like winks and does a little finger gun @ jungkook
  • and you’re sitting there in stunned silence and jungkook is like umm uhhh umm 
  • and his face is getting redder by the minute and his eyes are wide like a lost bunny and he’s like “REmember how you said you owed me, yeah that was the favor I’m sorry-”
  • and you put your hands up like it’s fine it’s fine but why are you avoiding jimin?
  • and jungkook kind of sighs and he’s like dont get me wrong i love my hyung but he’s always saying i should go out and do things like date or whatever and im just like,,,,,,,id rather stay home and stream overwatch or something
  • and you’re like i know that Feel but you’re also like jimin is kinda right like isn’t that what college is about having fun and doing stuff but you shrug because it’s not your business and jungkook did fix your laptop and he is pretty cute you wouldn’t mind actually going on a date w/ him but since he’s obviously not interested you two like part ways and you thank him again for fixing your laptop and you’re like that’s that
  • BUT ITS NOT DUN DUN DUN
  • ok im being dramatic but yeah you notice jimin at smoothie place near campus and you’re like oh no i better hide so he doesn’t ask me about jungkook
  • but jimin sees and he’s like HEY and you’re like fRICK but you smile and wave and he like jogs over to you and he’s like “listen this is going to sound so imposing and what not but im so happy you’re dating jungkook because he needs to get out of his shell and i never thought he’d find someone that he’d willing let do that and im just so thankful for taking care of him” 
  • jimin like grabs both your hands and does a little bow and you’re like oh my god what did i get myself into
  • and you have to search the whole campus until you find jungkook in one of the empty computer labs of the lab buildings and you’re like hEY WE HAVE A PROBLEM 
  • and jungkook takes his headphones off and he’s like ???? what problem wait one sec let me finish this -
  • and you’re like jungkook stop playing your online game and listen to me-
  • and he’s like one SEC i promise it’s for a good cause and you’re like what good cause it’s some online battle but then you see the screen flash the word ‘victory’ and you’re like jungkook this is serious-
  • and he’s like yeah yeah i know i just needed to beat that game it’s like a charity thing im doing that if i beat like twenty straight rounds this company will donate 20,000,000 won to a childrens hospital so
  • and you’re like hold up back it up you’re playing games for,,,,,,charity
  • and he kinda scratches his neck like well yeah i mean im good at it so i might as well put my skills toward helping people
  • and you’re @ you’re own heart don’t you dare skip a beat
  • but then jungkook also adds in the info that he fixes up old computers at poor schools so kids will be able to use the internet even if schools can’t afford newer models of computers and you’re like
  • well damn there my heart goes skipping TEN beats
  • and jungkook’s like so what’s up is it your laptop- but you’re like no no it’s park jimin he basically thanked me for being your significant other and was very genuine and passionate about this “relationship” of ours jungkook how are you ever going to tell him you lied
  • and jungkook’s like oh no,,,,,and you two are like standing there looking at each other like we done messed up until jungkook like clears his throat and he’s like
  • “wELL there is a way we could get away with it”
  • and you perk up like how??? tell me!!! and jungkooks like “well-ah-um-ah d-d–da-date–w-w- we could g-go on a date and see- see if mayb-maybe….”
  • and you’re like date? see? and you’re like oh he means see where it goes and you like instantly feel your own cheeks heat up and you’re like 
  • “actually,,,,id love to but,,,but,,,wait jungkook-”
  • and he’s like swallowing like yes??? 
  • and you’re like “did you think i was cute when you saw me in study hall with my laptop?” and he looks like he’s been caught red handed and he’s like wHAT No and you’re like oh my god you did 
  • and jungkook admits it (after you two bicker cutely about it for like half an hour) that yes he actually did think you were cute and honestly he would never have asked you out if it weren’t for this Twist of Events
  • and you two like laugh a little at each other because honestly you two were too scared to see if the other person would actually go on a date that when you pretended to date in front of jimin you both were like but this could never be real!!!?!!?!?!?
  • until you two are finally at a movie together, probably a movie based of a comic or something or like a kids animated movie lol, and you’re laughing sharing popcorn and then jungkook is like there’s a ferris wheel near here!! and you’re like fRICK yES take me and you two literally are like five year olds laughing and joking with each other on that date
  • and jungkook finally sees why the hell jimin is so into romance and love and all that jazz
  • because as much as he’s having fun and doing things he likes he’s doing them with someone as stunning and breathtaking as you
  • and sure when jimin comes around you guys have to amp up skinship or whatever but the second he leaves jungkook is like 10 feet away apologizing and you’re like jungkook it’s ok,,,because tbh his arms around your shoulder is so nice and warm
  • and you guys go on a couple more dates on the DL and it’s so cute and finally jungkook walks you to your dorm and is like hey,,,,,,hey,,,,,,,,and you’re like hmmm and he’s looking at your lips but he can’t bring himself to do it so you like roll your eyes and lean up to kiss him and he’s like !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
  • and you’re like also !!!! but you like cover your mouth and look down and this would be so innocent and soft if it weren’t like the next second jungkooks like 
  • “you wanted to kiss me for a long time right? you were holding back RIGHT?” 
  • and you’re like JUNGKOOK SHUT IT 
  • and you’re chasing him down the street and his laughter is loud
  • and jungkook would totally call you up just so you two can sit in the park near the campus at night and push each other on the swings and it’s like
  • childish but you kids are so pure and so excited about everything
  • jungkook like rants a lot about all the games he’s played and his favorite characters and he like tries to help you get better at the games you’re interested in
  • and also he’s always there to fix anything that goes wrong with your laptop or phone
  • and like jimin thinks you two have been together for a super long time and you and jungkook are like actually jimin,,,,,,,,,,,
  • and when you finally tell him how you actually got together you expect jimin to like be super mad but no it’s the opposite jimin is like 
  • WAIT SO IN THE END I DID HELP JUNGKOOK FIND LOVE
  • and you’re like well kinda and jungkook is burying his face in his hands like oh my god jimin …..is the reason i was able to fall in love….and jimin is like YES IM CUPID I KnEW IT
  • you going to jungkook’s dance competitions and like jimin is always pointing you out and jungkook waves shyly and you’re like he’s so adorable how and jimin’s like JunGKOOK lOVES YOU and the entire bleacher of girls is like casting glances at you and you’re like ,,,,,,oh god and jungkook’s like covering jimin’s mouth his hand like hYUng CHill
  • jungkook showing off his math skills by calculating tip and total prices when you go out to eat or shopping and you’re like “im dating a human calculator”
  • jungkook purposely ignoring you to play on his nintendo 3ds and you’re like jungkook kiss me and he’s like wait im playing fire emblem - and you’re like jungkook i will turn off your 3ds right now and he’s like ok ok ok 
  • (but in reality he was playing on purpose to see if you’d get pouty w him)
  • you meet the rest of his friends and they’re all equally as surprised to see jungkook dating and being so happy especially taehyung and yoongi who’re like “is this really jungkook? the jungkook who only knows romance through side plots in games?” 
  • it’s jungkooks birthday when you’re all over at his dorm together because jin baked a cake and jungkook was forced into a silly party hat by hoseok and jimin and like
  • everyone’s slowly leaving and jungkook is like “hey, can you stay?” and you’re like sure and idk it’s romantic the only light in the whole dorm is the candles still on the cake and jungkook asks you to close your eyes as he kisses down your neck
  • and like,,,,,you know he leads you toward his bed and like ,,,,, you mumble his name against his neck,,,,,and then-
  • AND THEN JIN COMES BACK through the dorm door like jUNGKOOK i forgot mY ID ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER JungKOOK WHERE ARE YOU
  • and you and jungkook are like two flustered messes coming out of the bedroom and jin is like 
  • oh…….OH YOU TWO CHILDREn- and basically you get lectured by him and it’s hilarious jungkook is like jin please and you’re like so embarrassed you can barely speak up
  • jungkook creates a code so that every time you open up your laptop a little bubble with his face in it appears and there’s a message like “you’re lucky you have such a cute boyfriend” and you always like do a little ‘pfft’ but it’s adorable and you keep it 
  • you love watching jungkook sketch instead of just do digital art like sometimes you’ll see him sitting on the windowsill in one of the campus building looking out of the window and just drawing and he looks so serene with the light hugging him
  • and also jungkook in his big oversized clothes waiting for you after class so you two can literally just go to his dorm and cuddle 
  • jin: “take them out on a nice date jungkook, hear ill give you some money-” you and jungkook: “is buying 5 bags of cheetos with this money you’re gonna give us count as ‘doing something nice’?” jin: “………you are both children. Children.” 

find namjoon’s ver (here)  // jimin’s ver (here) // taehyung’s ver (here
college!au vixx (here)

please look forward to the rest of college!bts coming soon~

A world where consent and bodily autonomy take a back seat to the lives of others would be one where people can be compelled to donate blood, organs and tissues whenever needed.

People’s bodies would effectively be owned by the state, as I assume that that is who would be in charge of ensuring that dying people in need got what they needed from others to survive.

No more voluntary blood donations. Blood shortages wouldn’t exist because everyone would be compelled to give their blood whenever it was needed. Organ donor registries wouldn’t be a thing because people wouldn’t really own their own nonessential organs anymore. They could be compelled to donate to whoever might need them at any time, having no say in whether or not this happened to them.

People with unique blood types would be especially affected as people would be needing their blood all the time. Can you even imagine knowing that you could at any time be called in by the government and forced to give your blood with no concern for your wishes as an individual?

I mean, fuck. Most anti-choicers are pro-small government, but this would require a huge government to achieve. Say bye the individual liberties, we’d all be nothing more than walking blood bags. As soon as antis throw consent and bodily autonomy out the window in favour of a “right to life”, this dystopian future is all I can think of.
-V

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We’re coming to a tipping point—I know you know that. There’s going to be a huge conversation. Is government an instrument of good or is it every man for himself? Is there something bigger we want to reach for or is self-interest our basic resting pulse? You and I have a chance to be among the few people who can frame that debate.

Nonna

I love him too much to not write about him (sorry not sorry)

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Originally posted by sorry-mrs-jacobs

  • Title: Nonna
  • Fandom: Newsies
  • Pairing: Spot Conlon x reader
  • Warnings: language, overuse of commas as per usual. Is this canon era or modern au? No one will ever know.
  • Description: While walking around New York, (Y/N)- a Manhattan newsie- runs into a sweet old lady struggling with her groceries. They offer to help her carry the bags home, and are invited to stay for dinner. The two become fast friends despite the age difference, but (Y/N) never would have guessed who the lady’s grandson is
  • A/N: This is based on my Spot headcanon that he has a super Italian grandmother who owns an apartment in Brooklyn. He lives at the Brooklyn lodging house to maintain his reputation, and also so she doesn’t have to pay higher rent for a two-bedroom apartment, but he visits her every so often without the other newsies knowing. That idea just came to me one day and I loved it so much you can pry it from my cold dead hands. Also, I am a slut for the idea that Spot is tough and badass around everyone but he lets that go around the reader so yee that’s in here. That is all. (Ps: I don’t write for old people very often so I just based Nonna off of what memories I have of my own grandmother and my step-grandma. I’m sorry if you don’t think it’s very accurate)

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Haven’t made GIFs for a while, so I decided to focus on the very last episode, that one that fans either or love or hate (I love it, for the record.)

I want to focus on Treville’s funeral, which contrasts so strongly with the one shown for Richelieu at the start of the second season. In this scene we really get a sense that everyone is mourning, not just the king as was the case with Richelieu. Treville was a good and faithful servant to the crown, but he was also a good and faithful man, and we are allowed to see the pain his loss has caused.

This is where it gets interesting. One might expect Athos and Aramis to lead, but no, it’s d’Artagnan in some fairly obvious foreshadowing of events at the end of the episode. 

Note - not only does the camera immediately follow d’Artagnan, not Athos who disappears off the side, but we can’t even see his face, hidden behind his hat

That shot ends solidly on d’Artagnan, and, as it is in later in the garrison, his grief—not his Captain’s, a man who’s known Treville many more years— is meant to represent the grief of all the Musketeers. 

Then we move to left of the screen. Athos is in front, but out of focus (still managing to express extreme sorrow.) The one sharply in focus is Aramis. Why? Again, later, it’s Athos off to the side, not speaking at all during the wake, and it’s Aramis and the others who do the narration and the speeches.

Then to Porthos (again with the effective use of another comrade out of focus in front, but still showing that comrade’s pain). Howard Charles does this perfectly, his stoic features managing to convey, by a rigid lack of expression, how upset he is. Porthos is noisy when he’s angry. He goes quiet when he’s really, truly grieving.

Porthos is also not wearing his hat, unlike the other two older Musketeers. I think this is because his hat is flamboyant, buccaneer-like, worn when he is happy and doing his job, and it does not suit this solemn occasion.

And only after all this do we see Athos, still half hidden. All the boys really do a subtle, wonderful job in this scene, but Tom has the hardest task because he has to show Athos hiding his anguish while making us realise that’s what he’s doing.

And then as so many times before in this show, cinematography worthy of a film. We see the boys in perfect lockstep with the coffin, emerging as if being born from this vagina shaped portal. Another cinematographer might have shot this with them entering the church, or started at ground level to once again show the mourners.  But James Friend starts out at the wider level, symbolising Treville’s huge role in the government, and his death as the start of something new (new beginnings being the theme all through the episode), before drawing down to show the queen, Constance, Brujon and others following the coffin.  

Treville is first a Musketeer, then minister, but above all, friend. The sequence of the funeral photography shows this visually. In an episode with much high drama and emotion, the funeral scene is a masterpiece of understated grief and ceremonial symbolism.

More when I have time. All edits mine, please take what you like

I’m finally reading Mazzucato’s book about the importance of the public sector in driving technological innovation (“The Entreprenuerial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths”) and although it’s very professionally done, it’s so much fun to see her snap at neoliberal tech dudes:

“75 percent of the [new molecular entities (drugs) approved by the FDA from 1993 to 2004] trace their research not to private companies but to publicly funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) labs in the US (Angell 2004)…

All a far cry, for example, from the recent quote by UK-based GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty: ‘The pharmaceutical industry is hugely innovative… If governments work to support, not stifle innovation, the industry will deliver the next era of revolutionary medicene’ (Economist 2010b). It is the ‘revolutionary’ spirit of State labs, producing 75 percent of radical new drugs, that is allowing Witty and his fellow CEOs to spend most of their time focusing on how to boost their stock prices (e.g. through stock repurchase programmes). Whether this parasitic relationship is sustainable or not is discussed further in Chapters 8 and 9.”

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NEWSPRINTS - A girl disguised as a newsboy uncovers a huge government secret! Blue’s world is one transitioning between steampunk and dieselpunk in a time of war, and what’s printed in the news is more important ever.

HEADLINES - An 88-page artbook containing the visual development, character designs, environmental art, and evolution of the project that eventually became the graphic novel NewsPrints. 

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APPEAL! - A young werewolf lawyer falls in love with a single dad vampire. A collection of illustrations and drawings of their life together while raising a tiny sorceress daughter.

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Now that Trump’s General Services Administration has decided Trump isn’t violating its lease–even though he is obviously an “elected official of the Government of the United States,” which the lease expressly prohibits from having “any share or part of this Lease” or “any benefit that may arise therefrom”–he and his kids can rake in the profits.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I have a question that might span over a few different Script specialities, so I’m hoping this is the appropriate place to ask. Sorry ahead of time, because it’s a long ask! So in my story, there is a phenomenon of the human condition was discovered: when people are pushed beyond their extremes in a life-or-death situation, sometimes their soul ‘fractures’ into two pieces. One stays inside the ‘original’ body, but the other manifests as an exterior physical self. (1/9)

This second body takes on superhuman qualities, such as extreme strength, flight, elemental abilities, etc. and fulfills a role akin to a guardian. Usually the ability is relevant to whatever life-or-death situation is at hand. Ex: If someone is at risk of burning to death, the second body might have water-related powers to save them. (2/9)

So, the first documented case appeared during the World Wars where a soldier’s guardian manifested to save him from a crumbling building. Initially, people didn’t know how this was happening, but over the next few years, a lot of similar cases were cropping up. Consequently, speculation linked the appearance of the second half with violence. (3/9)

Because of the chaos of the World Wars, more people were being placed in life-or-death situations and therefore being more likely to spawn that soul fracture. It was still unclear as to how this was happening (was it because of genetics or some higher spiritual power, etc.), so governments secretly began experimenting where they took people and placed them under inhumane conditions to try and trigger the transformation. (4/9)

However, a huge majority did not actually transform (maybe only 1% were able to fracture) and this resulted in a lot of deaths. When the public discovered this, there was a lot of uproar and fury, and the UN banned any experiments that tried to trigger fracturing. The only research allowed would be things like interviews or non-invasive medical procedures on people with existing guardians. (5/9)

But because for the most part the soul fracturing remained unknown, many legal, ethical, social, and religious issues arose. There were questions like if the ‘other’ halves were considered humans. Were the “originals” any more human than their secondary counterparts? Did they deserve distinct rights and privileges as citizens of the state? Because they had superpowers, should they be classified as weapons? (6/9)

Should they be regulated, and if so, how? Were the “originals” still fully human? Is it medically ethical/legal to try and trigger the transformation for a patient who has a fatal disease/condition? Are the soul-fracturing a result of genetics or because of some unknown deity? Etc. There was some discourse about the issues like the politically correct terminology to refer to the ‘others’ and the ‘originals’ but legislation remains a grey area still. It’s a popular topic among politicians. (7/9)

After the war, there were fewer cases of soul-fracturing, so those who had other halves were regarded with some fear and suspicion. Right now, I’m tentatively saying that about 3-5% of the world population currently have other halves. So basically, my questions are 1) is the government and UN’s reaction to the phenomenon realistic and feasible, (8/9)

2) how do you think the government would currently handle the existence of these super-souls (in terms of politics, military, medicine, etc.) and 3) are there any social/logistical problems that I haven’t covered but you think would be relevant to explore? Again, I’m sorry this ask was so long, but I am apparently very bad at condensing my explanations. (9/9)

I apologize for taking so long to get around to posting this, but I hope you find our commentary useful! -Werew


constablewrites: For the first question: It’s a reasonable response, but I’m not sure the UN necessarily has that sort of power. Those sorts of things are usually managed by treaties, which I believe the UN can help facilitate, but it can’t just make decrees and expect them to be followed. If you’re concerned about that angle, do some research into real-life analogues where the international community decided to set certain ethical standards. There’s plenty of precedent for that.

For the second and third… I don’t think this is really something anyone else can answer for you. Taking a twist on reality and exploring the ramifications of it is what speculative fiction is. There are a million different directions it could be taken, and deciding which aspects are most interesting to you and ring most true is how you find your story. You can find your way in by reading/watching/playing other media where they’ve explored similar questions, or by doing research into relevant areas of law and policy so you have a better understanding of how they work and where your concept might fit in.
If you have specific questions about a particular detail you’ve worked out or get stuck on, you’ll have better luck getting specific answers, but nobody else can build your world for you.

MareeB: This is such a sweeping ask, it’s hard to nail down anything. Something like this would change so much. But this concept does remind me rather a lot of Bleach, and the relationship between Shinigami and Zanpakuto. The asker might find it useful to check the show out, to see how it plays with this concept. The story arc in episodes 230-265 deals with the zanpakuto specifically

Bina: (rubs hands together) Alrighty, here’s my immediate impression of what some more social/logistical problems that you might not have considered yet (Question 3, and maybe some of 2)

Would high-profile hospitals or governments offer huge amounts of money to buy someone’s second half from them? For the sake of testing medical advancements and such. That way, it’s more of a legal acquisition, although it really does raise the question of “are the fractured halves (I’ll call them FHs) independent entities, or are they ‘owned’ by the original half (OH)?

Would insurance companies try to raise rates on OHs? Would governments demand  that OHs get insurance to cover for any potential damages their FH causes?

Would landlords try to unfairly raise the rent on someone they knew had an FH? Seeing as how it’s an extra physical body. Or would they kick them out, seeing as how those crazy superpowers might destroy their building or harm other residents?

Has an FH ever "gone rogue”? Has an FH ever failed to protect their OH?

Can FHs accurately predict the harm that might come to their OH (like foresight or some kind of “Spider sense”), or do they have to guess?

What happens if an OH is the one harming themselves? Or deliberately putting themselves in harm’s way? Would an FH interfere, or are they unable to lay a finger on their OH?

What happens if the OH dies? Does the FH exist independently? Or do they die as well? What happens to the mental state of an FH if their OH dies?

If a young child gets an FH, does the FH’s appearance grow up along with the child? Or will the grown-up OH have an FH who still looks like a child? OR, is the FH’s appearance completely independent of their OH? Can the FH be a different gender than their OH? (This might relate to transgender/genderqueer people, and give that portion of the LGBT+ community a reason to be on the side of FH rights.)

Do FHs acknowledge each other’s presence? Can they communicate with each other? Do they have a special language or means of communication amongst themselves?

What kind of social justice organizations exist for the sake of FH rights? What kind of progress have they made? How seriously are they taken? What 'allies’ do they have in terms of other organizations? Any religious groups on their side? Environmentalists? Weird, niche cultists? Teacher’s unions?

Would a nation that’s very humanitarian towards FHs get into fights with other nations who treat them cruelly?

Is there a nation who’s the lead example in FH having equal rights? A nation who treats them the worst?

Have opinions on FH rights caused existing international relations to deteriorate or fall apart entirely? Have they forged new ones between unexpected nations?

[These are questions I’d need answered to add further points/refine existing points:

Do FHs have their own innate independence? Free will? Or are they sort of an Artificial Intelligence deal, where they have a Purpose and the means to fulfill that Purpose, but aren’t immediately inclined to question their lot in life nor value their own thoughts and feelings?

Can FHs speak? Do they only speak to their OH? Or are they taciturn in general?

Are FHs willing to be physically separated from their OH? Or do they take that guardian role super seriously and would fight if someone/something tried separating them?

Do FHs listen to orders by their OH? Can they be trained and commanded like dogs? Or do they have to be argued with to make them do things outside of guarding?

If you cut them open, what are they made of? Blood and bone? Sand and ash? Stardust? Nothing at all? (This might hint to the 'was there some higher power who was responsible for this)]

Synth: Well, I don’t think there is much to add to Bina’s commentary other than I agree that nailing down exactly what the FHs are will help narrow down answers for the other questions. Them being completely separate individuals capable of independent thought and with their own hopes and fears will make for a much different story than if they are in some way bound to their OH, like how the dæmons in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novels are physically separate from yet spiritually still connected to their humans.

Werew: Oooh I didn’t even make that connection, His Dark Materials is a great series to look at. Even though dæmons are a normal part of society and have been basically forever, those books get into ALL KINDS of ethics about them. I imagine that, in your situation, there would be MUCH more in the way of ethics and controversy because FHs are not extremely prevalent, have not been around forever, and the degree to which they are necessary to their OH is not entirely known.

The New Jedi Order Massacre

So, given some new information I’ve discovered, I didn’t really want to make a big video about the whole thing, I just wanted to write some thoughts I had about the “Massacre” and why I hope it’s not what it seems.  


This is what we ‘know’ about the New Jedi Order.   

- It existed.  I was one of those people who long believed it didn’t. (Due to PH statements saying to be careful calling it a ‘massacre’ or an ‘academy’ and that the forceback was NOT with Luke’s students)  I had hoped that, perhaps, the force had been dormant since Ben’s birth. (A new generation of Jedi could have been singular, and the destruction could have been the acolytes and the Church) But given recent rumors and the Visual dictionary, there were force sensitive students training with Luke. (I would have loved it though if Rey’s awakening was the first since Ben’s birth.   That the force was dormant for a long time (Rather than a few years))

- Kylo’s “Deadly Light Saber Skills” stopped the New Jedi Order from rising to power.   This is stated in the visual dictionary, we can beat around the bush, but to me, we can’t deny what this implies.   Kylo is responsible for the death of Luke’s students or that is what the Galaxy is lead to believe.  


Let’s talk about Claudia Gray’s Bloodline for a moment:

When it is discovered that Vader is the biological father of the Skywalker Twins this turns the Galaxy against Leia.  While she does have some loyalists, even her closest confidants for a short time begin to fear her, or think she’s a traitor/liar.  

Luke is mentioned very briefly by a concerned politician.  ( Luke is known to be force sensitive, he’s public about it. But it is stated that Leia has kept her abilities hidden, and it’s implied that Ben’s are hidden as well.)  This politician has their concerns about Luke and brings them to light in a very public fashion.  How are we to trust a force sensitive like Luke, who is born from the ultimate evil?  How can we let him run free in the Galaxy? This infuriates Leia and it’s dropped pretty quickly, she refuses for Luke (and her son) to be involved in her scandal.  Especially because Luke wanted to tell people earlier (specifically Ben).  Leia was the one who wanted nothing to do with that information.  

What this does though, is makes it known that there are people out there, most of the political world, uneasy of the Skywalkers.  The New Republic is already in shambles, and war is brewing again.   There are people desperate to prove that the Skywalkers cannot be trusted for the sake of political gain.  They need to prove that Vader has influenced them and they are not the beacon of light the Galaxy has thought. 

Kylo Ren is a political tool.  He stops being a person, and he’s now just a pawn in the war.   Or rather, a knight if you will.   This isn’t about Ben at all, it’s about destroying Luke and Leia (and Han).

(But destroying Han is one step closer to destroying Leia)

We have the Republic, the Centrists and the Populists.  Both parties have people who are adamantly against Leia.  Who want Leia out of power for good, for she can’t be trusted.   The Centrists ousted Leia in the first place for being Vader’s daughter, but that was just the beginning.  Luke and Leia had enough in the war efforts and good merits to make some believe that Vader’s influence hadn’t been passed down the familial line.  But we have the son.  The son who has remained out of the limelight because even his family knows, he is the perfect candidate.   

I have little doubt in my mind that we are going to learn that the New Republic was/is it’s own kind of horrible and corrupted.   It’s been outlined in Bloodline and that was a direct request from Rian Johnson himself, making me think that it may play a prominent role in the movies.  

So we have the coaxing of Ben from Snoke.  The subtle pull to the darkside is there.  The anger and fear are already inside of him.   We have an untrusting government who fears the fact that Son of Vader is training a new Force Sensitive army.   A superhuman Army.   We have politicians desperate to prove that Vader lives on in his familial line.  We also have potential Padawan students, who have just learned that their Jedi master is the direct descendant of the most terrifying man in recent history.  

So what does this mean for the New Jedi Order?  Not good things. 

1) Could Kylo Ren have been framed or set up?

Maybe.  It’s something I would love, and I do really believe that Kylo thinks he is doing the right thing for the Galaxy.  We have heard Rumors that Rey begins finding sympathy for Kylo, so that leads me to believe there is more to THIS story in particular.  Had the corrupted state of the New Republic ordered this “massacre”?  Had they framed it on the cherished Son to prove to the Galaxy that those Skywalker’s had the potential to be just as bad.  Had that betrayal (from the Republic and his own Family) pushed Ben over the edge? If Vader is who they were so afraid of,  Vader is who they would get.   A constant theme of Star Wars is that we create the villains we see, but we can also create heroes.   Had the Republic created the monster by wanting to prove that there was one? 

2) Could there have been a Padawan Uprising?

In a Galaxy where people are still so afraid of the return of the Empire, this also may be logical.   Had the students turned against the master out of fear?Had they turned to fear?  It’s possible to me that Ben turned against his fellow students because they had turned against him.  Not only had his apprentice turned to the darkside, but his other students had as well.  

3) Could the Jedi Knights be the Knights of Ren?

Now, I would love this, but it seems unlikely (especially given that the Knights have been around for much longer than Ben’s involvement).   But to me, Ren is no doubt short for Renaissance.  Perhaps Rebirthed Jedi Knights.  Maybe a few went alongside Ren, the one’s who sided with him if the other Padawans turned against him.   Interesting, but unlikely. 

Or we have a black and white, that’s the day Kylo turned, without much explanation.  It just happened. 

Either way, I have a huge feeling that the Government did everything in their power to make sure this happened.  This is coming from the Centrists (First Order) and the Populists.   The First Order needs their ‘Vader’ and the Populists need to make sure ‘Vader’ doesn’t return.   (Even if that means taking out the threat before it exists)

Why do I think there is more to this story?  

For one, that they didn’t discuss it much at all in the movie when it seems like a huge turning point for Ben’s character if it really was so Black and White.  Another reason is because Leia still see’s this light, and blames Snoke and not necessarily her Son for what happened.  But it is mostly because of his offer to teach Rey.  He doesn’t want to kill her.  He isn’t necessarily threatened by her existence, more awestruck, so I’m lead to believe that he isn’t desperate to eliminate force users in general.  There must have been a reason.

 Luke’s disappearance, to me, seems very sudden.   I’m not entirely convinced he had even spoken to Han or Leia since the incident.  He truly disappeared.  I think after the event, Luke sent away R2, then left himself without a word.   So how do Leia and Han know the details of this event?  Why is Leia not entirely convinced her son has completely turned?   There are a lot of questions to this story half told, and I hope they have taken the opportunity to explore it. 

anonymous asked:

This is dumb probably but I'm young and idk things and you're always talking about politics ... could you explain the difference between socialism and capitalsim? People in the US are always saying socialism is so bad but i don't really understand why like doesn't it just mean equality?

(this is so long I’m so sorry, no one should ever ask me to explain anything)

Okay so … first a disclaimer; I am a social/cultural historian and not an economic historian so I come at this issue through a social lens rather than a purely economic one. That being said …. socialism and capitalism of course are economic systems, but they are far more importantly social systems. They’re both, but they are social systems first, and the economic aspect builds itself around the social. When you boil both systems down to their basic, fundamental principles, their main difference is a discrepancy in how they view what it means to be human.

Simply put: capitalism is a system that runs on the basic principle that being alive is not something that all humans deserve. The very basic things that humans need to survive – food, water, shelter, healthcare, etc. – are not things that are provided for everyone in a capitalist system. This is because capitalists quite literally do not believe that every human has the intrinsic right to be alive. A capitalist system instead operates on the belief that the right to be alive is something that humans have to earn. Capitalists believe that the worth of a human life is entirely contingent on that human’s ability to accumulate capital (whether that’s through the production of goods, or labor, or a marketable skill, etc.) In a capitalist system, a billionaire who works 60 hours a week and earns lots of money, has far more of a right to be alive than a homeless person who doesn’t work and earns no money.

Socialism is basically the opposite. Socialists believe that a human’s right to be alive is contingent only on the fact that they are a human. They believe that the billionaire who works has no more or less right to be alive than the homeless person, because they believe life itself is a human right and shouldn’t depend on whether you can earn money and contribute to the larger economy. They believe the things required by humans to stay alive (food, water, shelter, healthcare, etc.) are not things that a person should have to earn, but are basic human rights that everyone should have no matter who they are or how much money they have.

Socialism is not the boogeyman that conservative capitalists make it out to be. When these types of (usually corrupt and morally repugnant) individuals describe socialism, they describe a system where every penny that is earned by every citizen in a country is automatically funneled into a huge government bank account, and then the government divides that amount equally among all the citizens, so that the person who works 60+ hours a week is given the same amount on a government cheque as the homeless person who works 0 hours. This is not socialism. Tbh, this is not anything at all. Right-wing capitalists have made this up. This system has never existed, and probably never would exist because it makes no sense. Look to Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Finland for examples of good socialism: there are still rich and poor people in these countries. Not every single person in these countries makes the exact same amount of money. The gross domestic product (GDP) is not divided up among the citizens and distributed by weekly salaries from the government. But every person is taken care of (more or less), when it comes to basic human necessities.

There is no perfect economic system. Socialism would not solve every single problem. Capitalism as an ideology does have positives – such as the idea of healthy competition in the free market (in reality the market is not free and never has been, but as an abstract idea, it’s a nice thought.) But when conservatives treat hypothetical socialism as if it is a big scary monster that will just make everyone poor, just know that they do this disingenuously. They are lying to you. They want to continue the status quo because they’re earning tons of money from it. Socialism is not a monster. The fact that certain counties have tried it and fucked it up, is not evidence that the ideology itself is fucked up. It’s extremely easy to argue that America’s version of capitalism is fucked up, and you don’t see any American politicians going after capitalism in the same way they go after socialism. It is entirely possible to have a flourishing domestic economy where people can get rich, but that also takes basic care of all citizens. It just requires a dramatic departure from the Western cult of individualism that has plagued our world for the last several decades.

One final thing to note, is that capitalism is currently in crisis. It’s a huge part of the reason things have been so shitty for the last number of years. A capitalist system requires the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer. This is not like an unfortunate consequence of the system, this IS this system. And the system isn’t sustainable. Those two things can’t continue in opposite directions into infinity. The poor can’t keep getting poorer forever. There comes a breaking point where they get so poor that they can’t afford to keep themselves alive anymore and they all die, which fucks up the rich too because then billionaires have no minimum-wage laborers to exploit for profit. The wider that wealth gap gets, the closer capitalism gets to collapsing in on itself. And when capitalism is in crisis, historically, the people in power (aka the people with money) blame vulnerable minority groups (racial minorities, religious minorities, immigrants, refugees, etc.) This is done very purposely. It serves to direct the anger of the uneducated masses at each other, causing all this in-fighting, so that those people don’t direct their anger at the people in power whose fault it really is. If there’s anyone reading this who has believed the Western (largely American) line that capitalism is freedom and socialism is communist Russia, you have been lied to. You have been lied to by a small percentage of people with money and power, who profit off of you believing their lies and furthering a corrupt, fundamentally unsustainable system.

Title: The 7th Recruit

Title: The 7th Recruit
Type: Smuttish (???) Agent!Ten AU
Characters: Reader X Ten
Warning(s): mild language, MENTION OF VIOLENCE!
Word Count: 3, 417 (wow i got carried away)

A/N: I had so much fun writing this one 😄 I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Summary: There’s only one spot left. Are you gonna get it or is this dangerously handsome man gonna destroy you?


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My thoughts on this mess:

I feel like even if it is repealed and put into action, thered be too much backlash for it to stay that way. Many people may not be fighting back now, but once it finally does happen it will FORCE people to do something about it. When it actually happens, it will affect every person in america, maybe more, and once all those people realize that this is happening, only then will they decide to do something about it, because then EVERYONE will know about it, and see how terrible it really is. We can ALWAYS continue to fight, even if it is repealed.

Also im pretty sure tomorrow isnt going to be the last day, idk. Arent there like, things that need to be set in place after its passed? That ya know, will take more than a day? Again idk. Ive had to retake every history class in high school. If i sound like i dont know what im talking about, thats why.

Tove Jansson was only in her 20s when Finland entered Word War II. Her letters from this time reveal deep despair over war but also some of the normal worries many young women live with. Young Tove was worried about competition in art field and troubles in her love life, plans for the future and also abstract ideas like meaning of her life. But war was a dark shadow in her mind and often almost prevented her from painting.

“War everywhere, the whole world is at war. … Sometimes I feel that the entire bent up anxiety of the world is pushing me and could almost blow me to pieces. Never has compassion been so mixed with bitterness, love with hate and will to live - meaning to live right despite it all and with dignity been so mixed with will to just crawl away and let go.”

Tove lost many young men she knew to the war. Family friends’ lost their sons and her lover lost his brother. She also spent the entire time worrying about her brother Per Olov who was also fighting. Tove participated in forbidden wild parties during the war and described the going in them as desperate.

Young woman also had to live with the pressure of having babies. New blood was needed to replace the fallen soldiers and government promoted huge families with six children. When she was out painting, Tove was literally approached and told to go home and breed. Tove rejected all these demands and only participated in war-time work efforts pointed for her.

During Word War II, whole Finland was overtaken by enthusiasm to defend their country and propaganda fired people up. Despite all this, Tove remained her pacifist ideals and was strongly opposed to war. 

“Sometimes I’m overtaken with such endless despair over all those young people that get killed at the front lines. Doesn’t everybody, Finnish, Russian, German, have the same right to live and do something with their life… Can you hope, create new life in this hell that will only come again…”

Even though it has been almost a life time since Tove Jansson lived her youth in the middle of war, her worries about the world and insecurity of the future are something that likely resonate with many young women even today.

koosei  asked:

I'm curious, how would they make that "no repayments until you make over 50k" even happen? I've been out of school and in the job force for almost 10 years and still haven't even broken 35k. Considering the sheer amount of people I know in the same boat, wouldn't it lose the govt a lot of income?

The policy is about having to pay at that income. If you’re making less than that you can still pay off your loans (and I’m sure many will do that).

The difference is that you will not be forced to pay loans until you’re making $50K. So I don’t think it will be such a huge shock to the government. Covering all student loans in Canada would cost less than $5 billion dollars a year anyways (which is less than 2% of Canada’s annual budgets). Once free tuition is a reality, it will only be a matter of time before everyones student loans are paid and all that money is returned to the government.

anonymous asked:

Personally, I agree with the accords (the way a congress would agree with a bill. Like make certain adjustments and it's brilliant but I guess its okay) and Cap kinda started the debate that led to the fight, but on principle of what Tony did throughout the movie to get his way makes me team nobody ur both wrong. Like personally, I just wanted Bucky happy the whole movie.

I mean I disagree with the accords massively. Like….hugely.
Governments being in control of deciding who deserves help and who doesn’t and where help can be applied is a…terrible idea. I know it’s a terrible idea bc we live in a world where that’s the system in place and refugees are being banned from entering safe countries, Flint have been without clean water since 2014, America is slowly turning into a replica of Nazi Germany and the rest of the world isn’t questioning it. Like government being the final say in who gets help is a terrible idea bc politicians have power and they have that power as a direct result of money and money comes to them through war and disaster and that always comes at the cost of human life. Steve was right, they’re people with agendas and agendas change. And their agendas do not put people first, they put finance first.

The very point of the Avengers was that they were outside of that mindset. They weren’t getting paid, they weren’t profiting, they were just people with the ability to help, and so help is what they did. And that was their choice to make. They weren’t bound to anyone telling them they had to go somewhere or that they couldn’t go somewhere. They made their choice and the choice was their own. Which meant the consequences were too.

Tony wanted to pass those consequences onto someone else. Which is a thing a lot of people that have grown up with privilege do. They want to get the glory when things go right, without taking the responsibility when things go wrong. He’s feeling guilty about things that went wrong bc of choices he made so he’s saying “Give them the final decision as to whether we help or not, and that way when things go right, people see us saving the day, but when things go wrong, it wasn’t our decision to be there”.

Also, the fight in Lagos that led to the accords, had Wanda not done what she did, significantly more people would have died from Rumlow’s bomb blast, she minimised the casualties. When you’re dealing with threats like they deal with obviously people are going to get hurt, like Steve said you try to save as many people as you can. Which is what Wanda did. So the instigator for the accords was ridiculous bc would they have rather Wanda not done anything and that whole market place been dead?

As for the actual fight, Steve and Tony aren’t even fighting about the same thing??? The actual fight in this movie has Tony refusing to budge from his stance of “We have to sign the accords, you have to hand Barnes over, that’s what is going to happen” but Steve is like, not even talking about the accords at that point. Steve’s like, trying to do his job as an Avenger. He literally says to Tony that Zemo has access to 5 other soldiers capable of doing more damage than Bucky and they need to go and stop that. Like it’s not even about the accords at that point, and Steve isn’t being shady and hiding that fact, he straight up tells them that there’s a serious threat that needs to be taken care of.

Basically I disagree with every single choice made by Tony in this whole movie and I agree with every single choice made by Steve in this whole movie bc Steve was being practical and Tony was being egotistical.

But none of this even matters bc Bucky didn’t get hugged at all in this movie so what was even the point.

The Trump Doctrine

Thomas L. Friedman OCT. 17, 2017

Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the “Trump Doctrine.” It’s very simple. And, as you’d expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, President Trump’s position is: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it.”

And that cuts right to the core of what is the most frightening thing about the Trump presidency. It’s not the president’s juvenile tweeting or all the aides who’ve been pushed out of his clown car at high speed or his industrial-strength lying.

It’s Trump’s willingness to unravel so many longstanding policies and institutions at once — from Nafta to Obamacare to the global climate accord to the domestic clean power initiative to the Pacific trade deal to the Iran nuclear deal — without any real preparation either on the day before or for the morning after.

Indeed, Trump has made most of his climate, health, energy and economic decisions without consulting any scientists, without inviting into the White House a broad range of experts, without putting forth his own clear-cut alternatives to the systems he’s unraveling, without having at the ready a team of aides or a political coalition able to implement any alternatives and without a strategic framework that connects all of his dots.

In short, we’re simply supposed to take the president’s word that this or that deal “is the worst deal ever” — backed up by no serious argument or plan about how he will produce a better one.

I’m open to improving any of these accords or institutions. I’m even open to the possibility that by just tipping over all these accords at once, and throwing away his steering wheel, Trump will get people to improve the Iran deal or Obamacare out of sheer panic at the chaos that might ensue if they don’t.

But I am equally open to the possibility that unraveling all of these big systems at once — health, energy, geopolitics — without a clear plan or a capable team will set in motion chain reactions, some of them long term, that Trump has not thought through in the least. Moreover, when you break big systems, which, albeit imperfectly, have stabilized regions, environments or industries for decades, it can be very difficult to restore them.

Question: We’re told by our secretary of state that he’s been engaged in some secret contacts with North Korea, exploring the possibility of a diplomatic solution that might dramatically reduce North Korea’s nuclear arsenal in return for U.S. promises of regime security. If, at the same time, Trump unilaterally pulls out of the deal we’ve already signed with Iran to prevent it from developing nukes — and Trump moves to reimpose sanctions — how does that not send only one message to the North Koreans: No deal with the U.S. is worth the paper it’s written on, so you’d be wise to hold on to all your nukes?

Question: Iran controls tens of thousands of Shiite militiamen in Iraq and Syria who were our tacit allies in defeating ISIS. Tehran also has huge influence over Iraq’s government and over certain regions of Afghanistan as well. Can we stabilize Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan — post-ISIS — and keep our troop presence low and safe, without Iran’s help — and will that help be coming after Trump rips up the nuclear deal? If you think so, please raise your hand.

And since our European allies as well as Russia and China have indicated that they will not follow us in backing out of the Iran deal or reimposing sanctions, Iran would have all the moral high ground and money it needs, and the U.S. would be isolated. Are we going to sanction E.U. banks if they deal with Iran?

Trump came into office vowing to end the trade imbalance with China — a worthy goal. And what was his first move? To tear up the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal that would have put the U.S. at the helm of a 12-nation trading bloc built around U.S. interests and values, potentially eliminating some 18,000 tariffs on U.S. goods and controlling 40 percent of global G.D.P. And China was not in the group. That’s called leverage.

Trump just ripped up the TPP to “satisfy the base” and is now left begging China for trade crumbs, with little leverage. And because he needs China’s help in dealing with North Korea, he has even less leverage on trade.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord and, at the same time, restricted U.S. government funding for birth control both at home and abroad. Question: What is driving so many immigrants and refugees in Africa, the Middle East and Central America to try to get out of their world of disorder and into America and Europe and the world order?

Answer: It is a cocktail of climate change, environmental degradation, population explosions and misgovernance in these countries. So Trump’s policy is to throw away every tool we have to mitigate climate change and population growth and try to build a wall instead, while also trying to bully Mexico’s unpopular president into trade concessions, which could help elect a radical populist in next year’s Mexican election — a successor who would be anti-American — and destabilize its economy as well.

At a time when China has decided to go full-bore into clean tech and electric cars, at a time when all of the tech giants are building data centers that they want powered by clean energy, at a time when solar and wind power are growing increasingly competitive with fossil fuels (and America still has a technological lead in many of these areas), at a time when climate change may be stimulating bigger hurricanes and forest fires that are costing us hundreds of billions of dollars, Trump’s central energy initiative is to reverse Obama’s and bring back coal-fired power.

None of these dots connect. And we will pay for that. “Whiplash” was a great movie. But it’s a terrible organizing principle for our foreign or domestic policy.

[Source]

Phroyd

thecomicsnixlegacy  asked:

Friendly reminder Trump has signed anti-LGBT laws, denied Pride Month, is about to consort with anti-LGBT politicians AND stayed silent on the Chechnyan genocide. You deserve to be torn apart and killed for being a conservative vermin in the first place, but actually being outraged that people ban his supporters is laughable and disgusting.

The only “anti-LGBT” laws that Trump has signed are undoing Obama’s executive orders forcing schools to let trans people use the bathroom they want and I think some law saying that Christian bakeries don’t have to bake gay wedding cakes. It’s not the end of the world. Also, sexuality isn’t on par with race, so it’s not like he undid legislation from the Civil Rights Movement.

You know, society seemed fine just 10 years ago before those 2 things came into effect, but progressives act like American society 10 years ago was Hell on Earth, which means that these “causes” aren’t a big deal and are trivial, and the people who say they are are being overly dramatic and showing just how far to the left the left has moved since just 10 years ago.

As for the trans bathroom thing, you do realize that that’s disgusting to most people, right, and that most women do not want this? Trans people are .3% of the population, so why is the left trying to force the wishes of .3% of the population on 99.7% of the population? A tiny societal group should have to be considerate of a large societal group, not the other way around. And Trump said trans people can use whatever of his bathrooms they want, so he’s not even against them; he just understands that most people don’t want this and feels it should be up to the property owner.

As for the gay cake thing, if someone doesn’t want to bake you a wedding cake, you know what you do? Don’t give them your business anymore. Why should you be forced to be a part of someone else’s ceremony? You can just drive to a different cake store, so it’s not like you’re even being horribly inconvenienced by this. It’s not like it’s based on race, which would be far worse and actually bad. And again, Trump isn’t against gays getting wedding cakes; he’s against people being forced to make them. Muslim bakeries won’t bake them, but you don’t see the left getting outraged and trying to ruin them. Same with Jewish bakeries. And the left discriminates against people all the time. The film industry is overwhelmingly liberal, and if they find out you’re a republican, most of them won’t hire you. Same with other areas. Fucking hypocrites.

“Denied Pride Month?” What does that even mean? Did he stop other places from having it?

“about to consort with anti-LGBT politicians”

You know, since these politicians make up a huge percentage of the government, he can’t not work with them. What is he supposed to do, not talk to them at all and get nothing done? You know, there are so many far more important and actually gigantic problems that exist outside your LGBT bubble, right? That’s a problem in the LGBT community. They tend to be single issue voters. LGBT legislation is the only thing that seems to matter to them since it directly effects them to the point of being out of touch with the rest of society, and they put it above things like ending the reckless, unnecessary wars overseas, fixing healthcare, making the economy thrive again. Those are the things that are on the minds of most people. But as long as you can get your gay wedding cakes and trans bathrooms, right? But something tells me you’re not actually LGBT and are just one of the progressive moral busybodies who goes around getting offended for other people.

And don’t democrats also consort with anti-LGBT politicians and stay silent on human rights abuses? Obama and the rest of the democratic politicians have worked with human rights abusing countries in the Middle East (so the Middle East) and given them arms and money and have armed and funded Muslim terrorists. How do you think those groups treat LGBT people? But even the progressive electorate won’t criticize them. Progressives tolerate the illiberal for the sake of multiculturalism. The worst you’ll get from a large percentage of republicans is being against gay marriage, not wanting to have to bake gay wedding cakes, and not wanting trans bathrooms, but in the Middle East, they jail, torture, and kill gays, and it’s enshrined in law, but yet you won’t hear progressives say anything about it, and they treat republicans way worse, because progressives are racists who treat minorities like children and give them preferential treatment because of their race and refuse to criticize them because criticizing brown people makes them uncomfortable and constantly spout anti-white hatred. Your principles have to be universal, applied to all groups, all people equally, and they aren’t. That’s what would make you a true progressive, espousing your values no matter what, being against violations of these values you supposedly hold so dear wherever they are. Progressives don’t care about LGBT people. If they did, they’d be condemning the Middle East nonstop instead of silence and condemning the people who condemn the Middle East and defending it. When the Orlando nightclub massacre happened, the left’s focus was completely off the LGBT community and completely on making sure people don’t say bad things about Islam.

Again, American politicians need to work with the world, which means they kinda have to work with unsavory governments and can’t just cut them off and kinda have to stay silent on their transgressions, but republican politicians will at least criticize the human rights abuses of POC-majority countries we’re not trying to work with, but the democratic politicians and even the democratic electorate won’t even do that.

“actually being outraged that people ban his supporters is laughable and disgusting”

The left regularly works with theocratic Muslims who support Sharia law and have far stronger anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-Jew, anti-lots of things sentiments than your average republican. I guess it’s true what they say; if the left didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have standards at all.

“You deserve to be torn apart and killed”

Typical liberal tolerance. This shows how far the left has fallen since the 90s that they now hate the right when they used to view their opinions as just opinions and not human rights abuses, and a large section of them are for political violence to advance their views. It also tells me you’re a communist because communists take their political views so seriously that they’re for committing any atrocity to advance them and only care about people in the abstract and not individually. If conservatives deserve to be torn apart and killed, do you think Middle Easterners should be torn apart and killed when they’re way worse?

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Repressions against Casapound Italia

CasaPound Italia, as a social movement, emerged after the occupation of the building in the centre of Rome - the very epitome of their militant approach to implementing the cornerstone of their social policy: “A roof over the head for every Italian family!” Today, Sep. 29, CPI proved once again that they are ready to walk once chosen path till the end and fight for the advocated values even at the expense of their own freedom.

Several families were evicted from the house in the center of Rome, Via del Colosseo 73, in which they have been leaving for over 30 years: a sixty-year-old diabetic lady and a family of four, including a son with disabilities, along with a dog. Moreover, the lady was relocated by the authorities to the gypsy neighborhood, and the family to the suburbs without the real possibility of accomodation. CasaPound decisively occupied the house and resettled there again this family and the elderly lady.

Afterwards CasaPound have come to an agreement with the government that it will find a decent accomodation for these inhabitants, but the promise, of course, was not fulfilled. As a result, the activists of CasaPound, headed by its Vice President Simone di Stefano, occupied the building again. Today in the morning, however, arrived the police along of firefighters, deconstructed the door and entered the building. Militants of CPI barricaded from inside, but the law enforcement made their way through the obstacles and arrested 16 activists, including Simone di Stefano and CPI’s International Secretary, Sébastien de Boëldieu, as well as the father of the family.

CasaPound activists entered one of the City Council’s terraces on the Capitoline Hill to protest against the illegal detainment and find out the destiny of the evicted families.

In the evening 12 activists were released; however, Simone di Stefano and 3 others will spend in prison the entire tomorrow’s day and the Friday night.

CasaPound is sure: the government assigning huge sums of money for the accomodation of the refugees, treats Italian families as aliens in their own hometowns (injustice that was fairly obvious during the recent disastrous earthquake in Italy when CasaPound, in fact, did the job of the government and the emergency services). All healthy social and national forces stand in solidarity with CasaPound against the anti-people governments reigning all over the modern world.