Let me start this by saying I don’t have any experience with our current President and compassionate calls to surviving family members. I do, however, have several experiences with both Presidents Bush and Obama in this area. I was severely injured in June of 2006, and spent the better part of the rest of the year in hospitals. I lost a total of three soldiers from my company during that deployment, and thank God, they haven’t lost any more since then. While I was in Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) both President Bush, and vice-President Cheney came to visit. At both hospitals. Not only that, but they actually remembered me enough to ask intelligent follow up questions on the second visits. Hell, Mr. Cheney invited me out for lunch a year later! My mom got to tag along, and she became friends with Lynn Cheney as a result. They still stay in touch. I can speak intelligently about two of the guys that we lost. One was from Texas, so I’ve been to visit his grave a number of times. I know for a fact that President Bush visited there AFTER he left office, and has been in contact with his family during the last eight years. I also know for a fact that President Obama never made any contact with either of the families in question. One of my other guys is from New Hampshire, and the same applies to his family. President Bush has sent both families condolence cards on the anniversary of their deaths, every year since. He even helped one of the Gold Star mothers get a job at her local VA medical center. The only contact I, or anyone else that I know personally, had with President Obama, was indirect. My retirement certificate has his signature on it, but I don’t know if it’s his actual signature or an auto pen. I’m trying not to make any judgements based on rumor or innuendo, so I’ll stick to my personal experience and the experiences of my friends. So, with that as my criteria, I firmly believe that President Bush had a much, much closer relationship with his military than his successor. I’ve never seen more love for a CINC, and it crossed all boundaries- political, class, race, sex etc. There was a lot of love for President Obama from the black soldiers I knew, at first. By the end of his first term, that had pretty much disappeared. Especially from combat arms soldiers. I get the distinct impression from the guys I know that are still on active duty that they really love President Trump, and that’s not going to change any time soon.
I love this thread because Trump is obviously a shining example of white male privilege and mediocrity, but his Presidency also flies in the face of the American Dream that’s shoveled down our throats from the time we start school.
Study. Work Hard. Be Great. And You Will Succeed.
The fact that Trump is wholly unqualified for the job he got, the fact that he’s completely unsuited for it, contradicts that. It’s an uncomfortable looking glass for a lot of mediocre white people who’ve been given things they don’t deserve. It’s hard for them to admit that Trump is a lying fraud who has no business being President and only got there because he’s white and put on a good show because that means privilege is real. It’s right there in his orange face.
Plus, the myth of moving up the economic ladder becomes harder to believe if you admit that someone who is not qualified and does not deserve the position they hold is sitting in the chair through no efforts of their own. That would then mean the inverse is true, that you can in fact work hard and want it just as badly as the next guy and still fail.
Americans have a problem admitting that a huge component of success is luck and circumstance because we’ve been taught to believe that anyone can succeed if they work hard enough. Admitting that someone in the highest position in the land most certainly did not work for it and is clearly unqualified for it shoots a big hole through the bootstraps mentality. They can’t accept that. Accepting that would mean recognizing the necessity of welfare and free education and a higher minimum wage, so they just go along with the farce and continue to pretend that Trump is strategically disruptive as opposed to a walking disaster crashing his way through global stability.
When hyung look at you, uh, my heart hurts so so much.
I said you just need to trust and follow hyung right?
Why don’t you know that ㅋㅋㅋ Be obedient ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Wanna gang up and fight off Suga-hyung? Deal?” - Jimin
What’s your next hair color?
I’m curious too.” - Suga
“V, speak to the point and precisely.” - J-hope
You’re the kind of kid that makes people love and hate at the same time.
You’re similar to me in many things but sometimes I can’t understand you… Be more obedient.
P.S. Am I weird too?” - Rap Monster
“Be a human.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk
I don’t mind you resting in my room when I’m not at the dorm but clean up after you go~ Let’s live cleanly at the dorm! You’re No.1 on my blacklist ㅋㅋ” - Manager
Hyung ㅋㅋㅋ I demand a duel with you and Suga-hyung ㅋㅋ Right now you guys think I’m cute but the day this table is turned will come soon. Wait a little bit more.” - Jimin
These days your variety sense is getting better.
But thanks to that it’s twice noisier too…” - Suga
You’re always hopeful and cheerful but I think you must go through hard times too. If you do, you can look for me and talk. I can listen to your stories. […]” - Jungkook
I heard you saved my contact as ‘Kim Seokjin-hyung’.
I saved yours as ‘Bighit Jung Hoseok’.” - Jin
“You pervert… ㅡ ㅡ
For example when I’m playing games, don’t turn off the outlet.” - V
Sometimes you’re earnest, sometimes you’re the laziest. Show the world more of your abilities.” - Rap Monster
“Chief Jung who always work hard and look after BTS. Wait, now that you’re promoted, you became team leader Jung right? ㅎ I believe there’s no doubt you’ll get good reward and result with how hard you’ve worked. Let’s get promoted to President Jung!” - Bang Shihyuk PD
“Team leader Jung who’s always very helpful! Thanks~” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk
“Hey Rapmon, shower cleanly.” - J-hope
“If you borrow something you have to return it back.” - V
These days you’re not snoring…
Thanks to that I’m sleeping peacefully.
Thank you…” - Suga
I don’t know if I adapted myself to your snoring or if your snoring got quieter, but I got used to it. It’s fine, it’s all good.” - Jin
You must be tired from going through a lot for the 6 of us right. I’m sorry I can’t do anything for you. I’ll work harder so you’ll have less hard times.” - Jungkook
You’ll stand by our side right?
You will right? I like you a lot but nah, I think you’ll betray us ㅋㅋㅋ I’ll leave you out. It’s a coup d'état!! Kakakaka.” - Jimin
“Go to the bathroom before we start practicing.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk
“Suga-hyungnim, thank you for thinking I’m cute ㅎㅎ I’ll fight you off some day. I’m gathering the team for it. Just wait. From the coolest guy in BTS.” - Jimin
Please be more obedient.
I know your childish inner self better than anyone else ^*^!” - Rap Monster
I like your lazinism. Really.
I feel at ease when I see you lying down.
Really.” - Jin
“You only need to show a little bit of your lethargy.” - V
You must be tired from working and composing until late at night. You don’t seem to gain any weight so please eat a lot. When […] I’ll buy it for you.” - Jungkook
“SUGA fighting!!” - J-hope
Rebel. Old soul. Genius artist? Thanks to you BTS can be BTS. I hope you can keep being that way and become a great artist!!
When will you write a title song? ㅋ” - Bang Shihyuk PD
“Take care of your health when you’re still young.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk
You’re doing great.
Please show us the ✨eldest hyung✨ side of youㅡ
P.S. Thanks for your cooking! ^*^” - Rap Monster
“Jin-hyung, please shave.” - J-hope
“It’s too much if you know you’re handsome yourself.” - V
Must be tired doing all the assignments for college right…?
You just need to avoid getting academic probation…
I’ll always support you.” - Suga
Hyungnim T_T~ I’m going to fight off Syubsyubie-hyung and Hope-hyung but I need your help! If you’re there those people will ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ㅋㅋㅋ So you have to help me!!!
The most handsome cook in BTS, Jin-hyung.” - Jimin
Thank you for making us many delicious dishes.” - Jungkook
You always stay behind quietly but I know you are their mediator and their shoulder to lean on.
Maybe the day when you’re called Korea’s best actor will come soon too?^^” - Bang Shihyuk PD
Thanks to your ability to cook tasty dishes from limited ingredients, I always get to eat deliciously~ Take care of me in the future too~” - Manager
“Hoot…” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk
Why do we stop growing so soon…” - Suga
You’re having a hard time these days because of me right.
I’ll be more obedient.
Let’s work out together 3 years later ㅋ” - Jungkook
You know I love you right?
It’s no joke~” - J-hope
“Don’t touch your thighs you pervert.” - V
Hardworker, in charge of charm, Jiminie!! ♡
From someone who joined BTS the latest, you have now become an irreplaceable part of the team! Keeping working hard in the future too!! […] the saying that heaven will help hardworkers.” - Bang Shihyuk PD
“Go to the bathroom early. Don’t go when we start.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk
Stop working out…
Let’s not work out with me…” - Suga
You listen to me well so you’re good.
Good. But refrain from working out…” - Jin
Jungkook, I’m not pressuring you!
I’m planning to kick out Suga-hyung and Hobi-hyung but I won’t pressure you to stand by my side.
But I’m treating you really well!!!
Right? Our kind and pretty Kookie…” - Jimin
“Jungkook, you’re so good even at practicing. I think I need to learn more because of you too. But be more obedient~” - V
Golden maknae!! Is there any word that can describe better than this? ㅎ
I believe that if you are not settled with your natural talents, not hate doing repeated things and work with passion, there’s no doubt one day you’ll become the best singer in Korea!
Hope you will never forget your passion and effort!!” - Bang Shihyuk PD
“My manager. Once a manager, forever a manager.” - Choreographer Son Sungdeuk
Wake up when I wake you in the morning! Sometimes I’m scared when no matter what I do, you still remain motionless like a stone stature. And sleep on your bed~! Don’t sleep in weird position on the floor too~!” - Manager
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Dear💗Alexander📜👨: I am slow to anger💢😠, but I toe👞the line📏as I reckon with the effects of your📜👨life on mine👤I look👀back on where I failed😞❌and in every place I checked🔍🕵️the only common thread📝has been your disrespect😤😡Now you call me “amoral,”😑🙄a “dangerous disgrace,”😠😤if you’ve got something💢💭to say🗣️💬name a time🕰️📅and place.🌄🌲Face👤👥to face👤👥 I have the honor to be Your Obedient Servant🙇🏿♂️ A dot Burr👨🏿
Mr. Vice President🏛️👨🏿: I am not the reason no one❌👥trusts you👨🏿No one❌👥knows💭what you believe👨🏿🗯️I will not equivocate🗣️💬on my opinion💭I👨🏽have always worn it on my sleeve👔 Even if I👨🏽said🗣️💬what you think👨🏿💭I said👨🏽💬you would need to cite👉a more specific🔍grievance😠😤Here’s an itemized list📜📜of thirty years of disagreements💢😡
Hey, I have not❌been shy😳I am just a guy👨🏽in the public👥👤eye👀tryin’ to do my👨🏽best🏆for our👥republic🗺️I don’t wanna❌fight👊🔫but I won’t❌apologize💬🙇🏽♂️for doing what’s right✔️ I have the honor to be Your Obedient Servant🙇🏽♂️ A dot Ham👨🏽
Careful how you proceed, good man🙂👨🏽Intemperate indeed😠😩, good man🙂👨🏽Answer🗣️💬for the accusations💢📜I lay at your feet👞👞 or prepare to bleed🔫💉, good man🙃🙃
Burr👨🏿, your grievance💢😤is legitimate✔️I stand by what I said👨🏽💬, every bit of it🔍✔️You👨🏿stand only for yourself👨🏿 It’s what you do🤔 I can’t❌apologize🙇🏿♂️😔 because it’s true📜✔️
Then stand, Alexander😤😡Weehawken🗺️Dawn🌅🌄Guns drawn🔫😠
I have the honor to be Your Obedient Servant 🙇🏽♂️🙇🏿♂️
I just listened to Louis’ interview with Matt Edmonson (x) after reading about Louis’ story about Simon apparently flying him out to Los Angeles to give him a telling off for having a couple of beers before a show.
Aside from the fact that a story about a grown man flying an eighteen year-old boy across the world to have a one on one meeting is so incomprehensibly disturbing, there are a couple things that lead me to believe that while I don’t doubt that Simon called Louis into a private meeting in this manner, that there were many things about this story that weren’t true. This is purely my speculation based on having worked for a psychopath like Simon Cowell as well as having dated someone who was on the X-Factor with One Direction in 2010 and who told me a very similar story, so I’ll start with that.
During Bootcamp, immediately prior to One Direction being formed, Louis and another guy from the boys category at Bootcamp bought a bunch of alcohol and threw a party. Because the boys category had multiple boys under 18, when they got caught both Louis and this other guy were in a lot of trouble and the other guy was told that they were both being kicked off of the show. This guy was not only kicked off the show and sent home immediately, but none of the footage of his auditions was included in the final cuts and you can only see him vaguely in the background. Louis, on the other hand, was probably given a very stern talking to, but they kept him for the taping of the end of bootcamp which he was apparently being cut from anyways until Simon Cowell “made a quick decision” and put One Direction together. This is one of the reasons I will never believe that the forming of this band was impromptu. So you’re telling me that Simon Cowell decided to put a boyband together that consisted of four 16-17 year-olds and then thought, “Oh I’ll add that 18 year old kid who gave all of them booze last night as well.” I don’t think so.
If I were to guess, and this is purely a guess, I would say that Simon Cowell himself probably gave Louis an off-screen and completely unfriendly version of what he did to Zayn on-camera when he refused to dance at the auditions. Simon Cowell is not a nice man. He isn’t empathetic, and he doesn’t give a shit about anyone. So WHY would he put a kid who got busted for getting everyone drunk and another kid with aggressive stage fright into a band if he hadn’t already formed this band prior to bootcamp even starting?
That being said, this story that Louis told is prefaced with him saying, “I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about it before…just thinking if I can…” which to me sounds like, “Give me a second to figure out a way to tell this horrible story about Simon Cowell in a way that doesn’t break my contract that says I can never in my life say a bad word about him anywhere in this universe.”
Louis has mentioned that as the oldest member of One Direction he was the one who stood up to the label the most when they were just starting. As previously mentioned, I worked for someone like Simon Cowell and he refused to talk to groups of people about serious issues or problems. If he knew that a few of us were upset he’d corner us individually or take one of us out to dinner so that he could gaslight you into thinking that he wasn’t the problem, that the others were just influencing you because they were jealous or he’d give you a raise or a promotion. Simon Cowell is exactly the type of man to divide and conquer groups of people who are mad at him. Look at his circulating panel of judges. He has a few loyal minions like Cheryl Cole, but it’s not surprising that Nick Grimshaw who takes a couple jabs at Simon here and there didn’t last longer than a season. Simon is not the kind of person who likes strong-minded people and Louis “can’t bite me tongue” Tomlinson was probably as big of a thorn in his side as Dan Wootton made him out to be. I think the only hint of truth that Dan has ever written was that Louis was difficult for Sony to deal with. However, I don’t think this band would have had the success they had if it weren’t for them completely breaking the mould of a typical boyband and eventually demanding that they write their own music.
What is so unsettling about this story is that it sounds like a classic story from a victim of emotional abuse. Like, “Oh I did something wrong and then I was punished in this kind of weird, but totally okay way.” The man I worked with who was the president of the company and used similar tactics made me believe that I was the problem in every situation to the point that when he eventually got violent the first thing I thought when he hit me in the face was, “Oh my god, I’ve made him so mad. How am I going to apologise?” I was 25. Louis was 18 when this story apparently happened. 18 when Simon Cowell began these little one-on-one meetings that lead to the visible transformation of a loud and flamboyant boy to (relatively) quiet skater boy Louis circa 2014.
Simon was not One Direction’s manager. There was absolutely no reason for him to be talking to Louis alone like that. Not to mention that, legally speaking, I’m quite sure that a minor would have to have a guardian present for any such kind of meeting (pretty sure, but not positive), but Louis being the only adult would be the only one Simon could manipulate this particular way during the early days of One Direction.
There is just something inherently sketchy and unsettling about this entire dynamic, and this story seems like a very sugar-coated version of something much darker.
김민석 // Minseok Kim ° Xiumin ¤ its been four years but people still call him minSOK ¤ he was born a year before all the seniors so he’s older than all of them ¤ “I have two part time jobs so shut the fuck up” ¤ doesn’t have any really close friends but still has some ¤ wears ear buds EVERYDAY, can’t live w/o them
김준면 // Junmyeon Kim ° Suho ¤ is the class president even though nobody knows who he is ¤ took every AP and Honors class possible from freshman year till now ¤ was on the national honors society every year and got the Summa Cum Laude award (4.0+ gpa ofc)
¤ very nice!! ¤ father friend but not a pushover
张艺兴 // Yixing Zhang ° Lay ¤ he always looks high but has never smoked in his life ¤ nobody knows he can dance hella good but he’s always doing dance moves in the air ¤ “bro , I don’t smoke weed stop asking” ¤ he laughs at people crying ¤ asks dumb questions in class “so is math related to science?” (everyone sighs)
변백현 // Baekhyun Byun ° Baekhyun ¤ a THOT ¤ wears tight pants so he can “enhance his curves” ¤ loud everyday for no reason!
¤ friends with all the janitors ¤ if you see him around chanyeol you know shit is going down (not in a good way) ¤ throws parties but gets drunk ; hooked up with Chanyeol (who follows him like a dog)
김종대 // Jongdae Kim ° Chen ¤ the sensible friend ¤ whines for e v e r y t h i n g, but its cute so cant get mad ¤ can’t never do nothing by himself (people always ruin it for him) ¤ short but strong ¤ has a car and people only want rides (“youre all SNAKES” he whines)
박찬열 // Chanyeol Park ° Chanyeol ¤ ANNOYING ASF ¤ and tall for no reason!! ¤ hangs off of his shorter friends because he “gets tired of walking” ¤ doesn’t know when to stop playing!! ¤ tries to turn in assignments at the last minute ¤ a part of the drumline in marching band ¤ in LOVE with baekhyun, doesn’t care what Baek does to him (“hes my cinnamon apple” he screams)
도경수 // Kyungsoo Do ° D.O (literally me!!!) ¤ very very average student ¤ grades are good, test scores are qualifying ¤ everybody thinks he’s smart asf when he literally does nothing ¤ pretty asexual (but literally wants to hold jongin) ¤ only in the psychology club ¤ took cooking twice in a row (when he got to put in his schedule) ¤ “why are you looking at me, stop”
김종인 // Jongin Kim ° Kai ¤ “wheres this class again?” ¤ laughs at anything and everything because “its just funny” (with tears in his eyes) ¤ sleeps in class and super grumpy for the rest of the day ¤ acts condescending sometimes ¤ takes 47809678 snaps before sending them to kyungsoo (“omg I look so ugly 😥”)
오세훈 // Sehun Oh ° Sehun ¤ immune to people saying “Oh, its Sehun” ¤ has a sugar daddy, he calls him Lulu (“we wont even meet, he lives in China”) ¤ always absent for some reason too ¤ copies people’s homework and acts surprised when he gets caught
¤ VERY sassy , rolls his eyes 24/7
¤ “oh my GOSH , JUST SEND THE SNAP” (he yells at jongin)
Could have had Yale Law graduate, lawyer, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, two-time New York Senator, and Secretary of State.
2016 is proof a less qualified man can still beat the most qualified woman (even if she is the most qualified person –man or woman– to ever run for the Presidency). A woman has to play the game at so many levels to even be considered a capable candidate. Trump is a 4-times bankrupt propaganda artist that inherited his wealth from his Father.
But instead Middle America stole the election from the 3 million majority through the use of an archaic system known as the electoral college. Both of the last two Republican Presidents lost the popular vote. On the contrary, Obama won both the electoral college *AND* the popular vote.
Now we are stuck with a man far more dangerous than George W. Bush. Instead of opting for the most qualified candidate in history, we got the biggest con-man of all-time. Trump is in over his head and admits it: “I thought being President would be much easier.” – what a joke!
Hillary saw how hard the job was up close and personal twice – first with her husband and then with Obama. And yet she still wanted the job.
Trump: I need to say something about Black History. Names! I NEED NAMES!
Aides: Harriet Tubman
Trump: That’s the woman on the $20? Yes. More!
Aides: Rosa Parks!
Trump: I need to balance it out. Two Black women, one Black man. We can’t use Martin Luther King again, he’s got a whole damn day.
Aides: Fredrick Douglass!
Trump: TRAFFIC! I heard that name a lot with Republicans!
[Graphic from New York Times - Headline: Trump: That Frederick Douglass “has done an amazing job.”
Yes, that Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist and statesman who died in 1895.
Meeting with African-American supporters at the White House on Wednesday, the president let it be known that Mr. Douglass, an important figure in American history, had come to his attention.
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” Mr. Trump said. “Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. A big impact.”
Look, I appreciate that progressives are compassionate and empathetic people, who aren’t content to cheer on “winning,” but want to make sure they’re acting ethically and towards worthwhile goals. If we didn’t have these qualities, maybe we really wouldn’t be much better than the opposition.
But for God’s sake don’t let people hijack your empathy entirely towards a Nazi or a Klansman going “oh no you’re making me feel intimidated,” and away from the people he’d murder if he got half a chance.
This isn’t theoretical. The far right murdered most of my family in the 1930s and 40s. And now they’re trying to stage a comeback, with the approval of the fucking President. In the face of that, I think it’s justifiable to be a wee bit impolite.
The already worrying “is it okay to punch a Nazi” discourse is sliding into “is it okay to make a Nazi feel bad?” discourse, and FUCK YES IT IS. IT IS ENTIRELY OKAY TO DO THAT.
will: this boy has TOO MUCH heart he cares about everyone so much i cannot believe a str8 white male character can give me so little grief everyone take notes. cheekbone game is also still strong, but with too much time covered in stubble imo
sun: SUN FUCKIN BAK i cannot believe how far my soft baby bird kickass diamond of a character has come she’s so GOOD, but she can also break your neck i love her so much. in more important news however she got reunited with her dog. heckin yes 11/10.
lito: continues being the absolute Most™ and we all love him for it. ”i’m practicing””for what?””for my future as a homeless, unemployable failure”. i mean what a fuckin Leo- also relatable as all hell. my beautiful proud gay son. what a gem.
riley: sweetest bean in the entire universe, most unrealistic part of s2 is that no one would trust her. she loves a dopey police officer from chicago so much and most importantly she really likes boning him. also shout out for her immense knowledge of graffitied hovels, v impressive.
capheus: my newest kid hit it out of the park. he doesn’t have a clue how he got here but he’s still the best person i know and if he doesn’t end up as the president of the world by the end of the series then what are we even doing here?????? also hell yeah my boy got some proud of u bud.
nomi: what the hell is this radiant angel and how is she making money. i can’t believe she’s responsible for all of the sensates not being in prison, mvp of the whole fucking show. she’s basically r2d2 if it was a hot, genius woman who fuckin OWNS it. 10/10 five stars would watch again.
wolfgang: “he doesn’t really talk” except when he does he BREAKS MY HEART. still the most problematic of all my children but i don’t care i just want him and kala to be happy god fuckin damnit. also i can appreciate the commitment to both his Look and his woman. good one dude.
kala: the rambliest and also the smartest, god bless her. honey thinks too much about good and bad when it’s so obvious that she’s a Hoe for the bad boys- specifically German bad boys with unresolved anger issues. also shot a gun and it was pretty fuckin hot tbh.
other thoughts on other characters:
whispers: hey man FUCK YOU and also FUCK OFF
jonas: what is the point of u doesn’t naveen andrews have better things to do honestly.
daniela & hernando: sometimes a family is two gay dudes and their drama queen best friend and that is beautiful..
amanita: QUEEN of supportive spouses also she loves nomi so much, can relate.
diego: i found myself whispering “no diego no” to myself and it made me laugh so there u go.
Boyz N Da Hood
Menace II Society
Do The Right Thing
Love & Basketball
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Coming To America
Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood
Set It Off
Lean On Me
What’s Love Got To Do With It
Lady Sings The Blues
Waiting To Exhale
The underrated but actually better than all the previously mentioned Black classics in cinema:
Why Did I Get Married
The Five Heartbeats
Above The Rim
House Party 3
In Too Deep
Akeelah & The Bee
New Jersey Drive
He Got Game
Thin Line Between Love And Hate
The hilariously overrated Black classics in cinema:
EVERY OTHER TYLER PERRY MOVIE
You Got Stomped On The Drumline
Vampire In Brooklyn
Tales From the Hood
Get Rich Or Die Tryin
Hustle & Flow
Feel free to categorize and add any I missed…
…and I’m blocking anybody that mentions Big Mama’s House and/or Soul Plane
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will introduce legislation on Wednesday that would expand Medicare into a universal health insurance program with the backing of at least 15 Democratic senators — a record level of support for an idea that had been relegated to the fringes during the last Democratic presidency.
“This is where the country has got to go,” Sanders said in an interview at his Senate office. “Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational health-care system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is Medicare for All.”
Sanders’s bill, the Medicare for All Act of 2017, has no chance of passage in a Republican-run Congress. But after months of behind-the-scenes meetings and a public pressure campaign, the bill is already backed by most of the senators seen as likely 2020 Democratic candidates — if not by most senators facing tough reelection battles in 2018.
The bill would revolutionize America’s health-care system, replacing it with a public system that would be paid for by higher taxes. Everything from emergency surgery to prescription drugs, from mental health to eye care, would be covered, with no co-payments. Americans under 18 would immediately obtain “universal Medicare cards,” while Americans not currently eligible for Medicare would be phased into the program over four years. Employer-provided health care would be replaced, with the employers paying higher taxes but no longer on the hook for insurance.
Private insurers would remain, with fewer customers, to pay for elective treatments such as plastic surgery — a system similar to Australia, which President Trump has praised for having a “much better” insurance regime than the United States.
But the market-based changes of the Affordable Care Act would be replaced as Medicare becomes the country’s universal insurer. Doctors would be reimbursed by the government; providers would sign a yearly participation agreement with Medicare to remain with the system.
“When you have co-payments — when you say that health care is not a right for everybody, whether you’re poor or whether you’re a billionaire — the evidence suggests that it becomes a disincentive for people to get the health care they need,” Sanders said. “Depending on the level of the copayment, it may cost more to figure out how you collect it than to not have the copayment at all.”
As he described his legislation, Sanders focused on its simplicity, suggesting that Americans would be happy to pay higher taxes if it meant the end of wrangling with health-care companies. The size of the tax increase, he said, would be determined in a separate bill.
Last night we watched the interview of Laurence Fishburne on The Daily Show. He never said the name of the current President. He just kept saying 45.
I really like that.
I have this UPG that 45 is an evil magic user and every time his name is said it gives him power. He just strikes me as an abusive ass who lives, not just believes, lives that all press is good press. Like, he’s got bins somewhere that fill up when you say or type his name.
I can’t say it. It leaves a terrible unsettling feeling in me. Ian B and I have been struggling with ideas for resistance buttons at Portland Button Works. We dont want to use his image or his name so I really enjoyed Laurence Fishburne using 45.
45 is now. 45 is one in a series of Presidents. 45 is one in a series of numbers. There will be a 46. I am just going to say 45 from now on.
And I’m totally going to abuse my platform here to do it so TUCK IN
-She’s the female character we’ve all been asking for. Has no one else noticed that? She’s big, she’s powerful, she doesn’t have a male presence presiding over her. She runs a country, she takes what she wants because she wants it. Yeah, she’s the villain of this arc. And? She’s a bomb ass villain. She’s got her plans on LOCK.
-She isn’t this hourglass goddess we’ve been conditioned to expect from Oda. Obviously he hasn’t abandoned his common female shape principle (Pudding, Smoothie), but she’s still a step away from that. AND, even better, despite her size she wears low cut dresses and pink and print. And none of that stops her from being a Yonko and obviously no one thinks less of her for it. Or else. That’s! So!! Cool!
-She runs a matriarchy. Her kingdom functions as a Capitalist nation, but she herself is a matriarch, and her words are law. And she obviously has no intention of letting Pudding become a Vinsmoke or be controlled by them, which suggests she likely would hand power to her daughters before her sons.
-Speaking of her daughters, they all seem to be pretty VERY headstrong. Lola running off to find her own destiny, Chiffon becoming her own person and still being a mother and wife, Smoothie with nearly a 1 Billion Beri bounty, Pudding the manipulative shithead we’re gonna love to hate forever.
-ALSO have we thought about how many kids she’s had??? Think about how long ago she must have started having kids. Her first kids could have been born on ships, been there for battles, watched her climb to the top, and learning how to be viscous little monsters. Can you imagine being pregnant AND being a pirate?
I’m totally here for Big Mom right now. Yeah she’s evil, but wow what a character. For real, a strong, huge, vivacious woman with terrifying power and an army at the tip of her manicured finger? Sign me up for more of this please. It’s about time.
Quit my job at a bank and got my branch manager to resign.
So until August 16th of this year I was a teller at a local bank in my town. Our branch was small and rarely busy and I had 4 coworkers. There was my branch manager, my assistant branch manager, a personal banker / sometimes teller, another teller, and then me. Occasionally Brenda from marketing worked there. So we had very few customers coming in and we all just kinda sat around all day. All of us are females and so basically this place was Total Drama Fucking Island. But my branch manager, she was actually very cold and kind of an unpleasant and mean person.
Working in a bank is all about being super friendly to everyone all the time, and she was not. A lot of our customers straight up hated her, some would even close their accounts and go elsewhere because of the bank branch manager!! And she was not very pleasant to her employees. Before I arrived, she was so mean to two tellers that worked there that they both quit in the same week. She almost got fired and so by the time I started she had developed this weird fake nice / sweet personality but it just made you uncomfortable. She also put most of her work onto our assistant branch manager’s desk and didn’t know half of the information she should. So my ABM was basically running the entire branch, helping us out, doing twice the work (mortgages, HELOCS, other accts, etc.) and keeping the customers happy while the BM didn’t do jack shit. So everyone in the branch really had beef with the branch manager. And then she really went over the line and I fucked her day up.
Let me first say that my assistant branch manager has a very tough & stressful life. Her son is a heroin addict and all of her money goes to supporting him. She is a very sweet and caring person to other people but just gets shit on in life. She also did NOT make enough money at all for the work she was doing 40 hrs a week.
I had put my two weeks in so that I’d be done August 18th. Right after I did this we got news that my ABM was being demoted not only down to personal banker, but to HEAD TELLER. This is dropping back down to the bottom of the ladder basically. The reasoning was she did not submit her loan documents on time. What the upper level people made the decision, they couldn’t see how at the branch level the ABM was so overwhelmed by doing the BM’s responsibilities that she didn’t always have time to meet her own deadlines. The BM apologized profusely to the ABM and said it wasn’t her call, it was the higher ups, and that she tried to stop it from happening.
A few days after we found this out, the ABM personally spoke to the higher ups about it and they said that they didn’t write the write up, the BM did. That means after pushing all of her work onto the ABM and relying on her to keep the branch running, she tried to get her demoted that far down the ladder. We have no idea why, but all of us are aware of the ABM’s unfortunate life situation, and it was just such a cruel act.
So on August 16th, about a week after this happened, my branch manager was being unnecessarily bitchy to me and I basically said fuck this this is my last day I’m out. But at the end of the day, as we were closing, I quickly sent an e-mail to one of the higher ups in charge of this stuff. In the e-mail was a 3 page letter, basically an essay, thoroughly explaining all of the fucked up details about what was occurring at the branch level and how fucked up it was that the ABM was getting demoted. It did not make my branch manager look good, and I’m the fourth employee in the last year (basically all of them) to complain about her to HR. Where I work talking to HR is uncommon and serious. I sent it last minute so I didn’t have to stick around for anything that happened. My goal was to keep my assistant branch manager from being demoted.
I found out the next day that my branch manager immediately fucking RESIGNED. I quit on a Wednesday, Thursday morning she was cleaning out her office. She technically retired, she had the ability to but wanted to wait a couple more years so she could say she was the branch’s manager for 10 yrs. But HR read that letter and got rid of her THAT quickly. If she refused to resign she would have been fired. She has a high position, our bank only has like 9 branches and all the branch managers are considered assistant vice presidents. My letter dissing her literally immediately cost her her job.
It was kinda heavy at first to hear that because I wasn’t expecting to make THAT big of an impact and wasn’t sure how I felt about costing her her job. But she truly was a negative and cruel person that wasn’t deserving of her job for various reasons and I improved the lives of my coworkers whom I do care about sooo much.
I went into the bank that Friday and they were literally all thanking me and were so happy one even hugged me. I felt like a hero for a sec it was awesome. The bank even wanted me to come back and keep working but I dipped outta there. Still way to much girl drama for me.
Soooo yeah. I got my branch manager fired like that because of my sick essay writing skills and I got a real ego boost from it.
EDIT / UPDATE ON ABM: As of 8/30 she is “on probation.” Basically she is
still working as the assistant branch manager but needs to be extra
careful because she’s proving she is capable of doing her job to the
higher ups. I guess things are looking positively though and no one is
really worried. If they demoted her the branch would essentially have no
one in charge so I think things will work out for her. :)
“Idris is the Shadowhunter home country located between Germany and France. Wardings have been put up over all its borders so that if mundanes try to cross into it, they are instantly transported from one border to the next and therefore few mundanes know about it. Alicante is the only city—indeed, the only major settled area—in the country. Idris is, nonetheless, very beautiful country: low Alpine, stacked with sheaves of pine trees, among which meander countless rivulets and brooks. Angelic enchantment appears in each leaf, each river stone, each dwelling. The land stands presided over by the soaring figures of adamas that form the towers protecting its capital.”