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Short video in English explaining what’s been happening in Catalonia these past few weeks.

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Paul McCartney pointing out the hypocrisy of the press and their ‘Moral Crusades’.

On 17 June 1967, Life Magazine ran an interview with Paul McCartney in which the Beatle admitted to having taken LSD. The UK press immediately seized upon it, and two days later McCartney gave a statement to Independent Television News (ITN).

What’s going on in Catalonia?

A few days ago, the Parliament of Catalonia voted in favour of holding a unilateral referedum asking its citizens if they wanted Catalonia to be an independent state. This was without the consent of the central government, which is basically repressing freedom of speech in the region.

 Several people have been identified by the police when they were doing public acts in favour of the referendum, and the police has seized all the posters that support voting “Yes” to independence. The national post service has stopped delivering magazines that support the referendum. The police also entered the headquarters of newspapers, threatening them if they publish anything in support of the referendum (it seems that in a democracy journalists cannot talk about what’s going on)

Today, things got worse. 14 people have been arrested, which has led to a spontaneous protest (video). The headquarters of la CUP, one of the pro-independence parties, has been surrounded by the police (there have been protests and the protestos have literally thrown the police away). The police has also registered some offices of la Generalitat, the government of Catalonia.


The university deans of all the public universities of Catalonia have condemned these acts for attacking freedom of speech, and even el Barça, the football team, has condemned what has happened today. The central government has taken control (financially) of all the public institutions and the police claim to have seized around 10 million ballots for the referendum.

The president of the Balearic Islands, from the Socialist Party (anti-independence) has condemned these acts, while some other socialist politicians, like Susana Díaz, have asked the government to take control of the region ( = no autonomy for Catalonia). 

The president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, says that the central government has declared the state of emergency “de facto” in the region.

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Finding out their S/O has a ruptured appendix

REQUEST FROM: @fuckrealityihaveablog (Sorry it took so long, hope you’re feeling better, if not I have 7 angels for you)

Namjoon:

Namjoon has been by your side every step of the way, his constant presence a reminder of his love. “Baby, how are you feeling? Is there anything I can get you?” If there was anything that you wanted or needed he would be right onto it - even if it didn’t always quite work out… 

Originally posted by rapmunstar

Seokjin:

“I know that you’re not particularly hungry, but I brought your favourite” Seokjin says walking into your room holding three small tupperware containers. He would be very supportive and affectionate (even more so) during your time of unease.

Originally posted by sugasuite

Yoongi:

“Baby what happened?! Are you ok??” Yoongi said rushing into your hospital room. Seeing your boyfriend look so worried and concerned about your wellbeing was sadly reassuring. “Yeah I’ll be ok, thanks for being here” you say trying to calm him down. 

Originally posted by jimiyoong

Hoseok:

It hurt Hoseok seeing the one he loved in such pain. He tried to keep the spirits high and make you laugh, but it was clear that he was suffering with you when his smile never quite reached his eyes. “I think I just saw somebody walking a pony outside.. like on a leash.. with a collar… wait now that I think about it, it might’ve been a really big dog…”

Originally posted by junghoshikie

Jimin:

If there’s anything you can trust, it’s that Jimin will do anything to see you smile. Every time he came around to visit he came bearing new flowers for the vase beside your bed, big balloons, or a box of chocolates. “Ah my eyes! You are even more beautiful than the last time I saw you! How is that possible?”

Originally posted by bangtan

Taehyung:

“Baby don’t hate me, but what does that mean?” “Is it serious?” Taehyung was super worried, not knowing what was happening to you. You could see Tae watching the nurses every time they come in and out of your room, waiting for them to tell him what he can do to help ease your pain.

Originally posted by cutae-hyungie

Jungkook:

Like Namjoon, Jungkook wouldn’t want to leave your side, always wanting to be there to support and cheer you up when needed. Most of the either cuddling and talking about anything and everything, or on your independent phones scrolling through news feeds with him showing you all the memes he finds “You have to see this, it’s great!”

Originally posted by theking-or-thekid

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