latent view

ok but hear me out. an fma/psycho pass au where roy is an inspector for the division 1 unit and team mustang are his enforcers and latent criminals, including riza, who was his former partner until her hue got clouded during a horrific case where many people were killed and she sacrificed herself to take out the bad guy so that roy wouldn’t get labeled a latent criminal and could stay being an inspector. meanwhile, ed comes fresh out of the academy, the youngest to do so and with the highest scores since roy, and becomes roy’s rookie inspector partner. ed has all these typical views about latent criminals and enforcers because of something that happened in his childhood (aka his dad may or may not be a latent criminal on the run but ed doesn’t know why) and is especially aggravated by roy’s casual treatment and behavior with them until he gets to know the team and they’re super protective of him.

while ed is capable of keeping his hue clear and his psycho pass score despite nearly anything, roy is remarkable and unusual for the fact that his pyscho pass score is able to rise but then also drop. riza, of course, constantly gets onto him about monitoring his psycho pass and throwing himself into situations where he can get in trouble with it, but he just grins and says shit like, “as long as you’re with me, my hue will always return clear again.” and she rolls her eyes and ed is like, “wtf are you flirting with an enforcer???” when he finds out that riza was a former inspector he’s shocked because she’s always so calm and she has the lowest psycho pass score possible for a latent criminal. especially because everyone always assumes she’s an inspector first.

hughes is also an inspector for division 3. he’s known for being excitable and everyone worries about his psycho pass because of it and everyone kind of dismisses him until they’re in a bind and he turns out to be a pro inspector. still he does call division 1 a lot to tell roy about his wife and daughter and everyone notes that roy’s pyscho pass always raises a few points after.

shit starts getting real when they come across a group of individuals (hello homunculus) who are able to bypass the laws of society and…someone dies. they’re able to commit crimes and even kill people without their psycho pass scores rising or their hue getting clouded so that means the inspectors and enforcers can’t apprehend them since their dominator guns won’t work on them. so roy and his team have to find out how they’re able to beat the system and who is running the operation (father ofc) while dealing with chief bradley who is a piece of work that continuously harasses roy and causes problems for him because it shouldn’t be possible for roy’s psycho pass score to fluctuate so fluidly.

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Happy Boxing Day Comrades

An overview of Italy’s anti-fascist gyms and boxing clubs

Politics has never been far from the surface in the world of combat sports. Whether we think of the boxer Primo Carnera, an icon of fascism in the 1930s, or Muhammad Ali, an icon of black power in the 1960s. Or of the predominance of Jews in East London’s boxing clubs before and immediately after World War 2, often using their training against Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.


The “Palestra Popolare AntiFa Boxe,” the first of its kind, opened in October 2001 in Turin, in the Askatasuna squatted social centre, when one of the centre’s activists suggested occupying and using the empty spaces of a commercial gym. Completely run by activists, the school is open to everyone and doesn’t charge expensive fees, unlike many commercial gyms. As their website proudly claims, “in terms of training and equipment we have nothing to envy in the capitalist gyms: our training is non-competitive simply because of the nature of what we do.”

Similar sentiments are held by the “Palestra Popolare San Pietrino”, the boxing, aikido and tai-chi gym attached to the nEXt Emerson social centre in Florence:

A working class gym doesn’t require a membership card, a monthly fee or an enrollment. No money changes hands, not from athletes nor for coaches: we all contribute to the building up, maintenance and cleaning of our place. […] We have a coach but, as the years have gone by, older boxers or tai-chi practitioners have become coaches too and started teaching younger athletes, in line with the principles of autogestione (self-management) and horizontal organization. On Wednesdays we fight against each other, not with rage, but willing to improve. We know that in the opposite corner of the ring there’s a friend who’s trained, shared the maintenance tasks and will later eat a pizza with us.

Credit: Palestra Popolare San Pietrino

Popular and antifascist boxing is also meant as a response to the heavily politicized climate of many traditional combat training centres, where young men who are initially interested in fighting often meet right-wing groups and their neo-fascist ideologies. Which is why being anti-fascist is the only requirement in order to become a member.

Several such centres are also open in Milan, in squats and self-organised centres such as Palestra Baraonda, Area Grizzly, and Sottoterra (apologies if we missed someone!). TPO, a long-standing squat in Bologna, also has a popular sports centre, where traditional martial arts (Muay Thai) and contemporary dance are offered to citizens and activists. Boxing training at the Palestra Antirazzista Red Rose is also organized by Crash, a more recent squat mainly run by students. Palermo also has a prominent antifascist boxing centre, the Antifa Boxe; Rome has at least two, the “Pallestra” at the Forte Prenestino and one at the Corto Circuito squat. In Cosenza the “ASD Boxe Popolare” has a longtime connection with the football ultras. These are only the oldest examples: sports centres also exist in Ancona, Naples, and many other cities across the nation.

When, in January 2012, the first popular sports network meeting was held in Ancona, about 20 centres answered the call. While these centres do not constitute a common political front, they have promoted joint political action on some occasions. For instance, popular sport played a big role in the 10-year commemorations of Dax’s murder; members of different centres marched behind a common banner in the March 23 (2013) No-TAV demo.

In addition to being extremely affordable and self-organised, these centres are also open to everyone, regardless of legal status – something that is not common in official sports networks.

Popular and self-organised sport provides a radical alternative to the culture of commercial training and fighting. These centres promote a different view of the body, fighting gender discrimination, ageism, ableism and homophobia; they support a natural view of the body, promoting diversity against the artificial standards of fitness imposed by the market. They reject commercialization and commodification of sport, with its pricey and branded equipment and its exclusive premium memberships. Consequently, they empower the individual to be in charge of their own training and socialization — which also involves taking care of their own spaces, from management assemblies to cleaning facilities, painting walls, hanging bags and all the hard, sweaty labour of renovation. Finally, they strive to counter the male-chauvinist philosophy underlying some training philosophies, and any latent view of supremacy. It surely is a major shift of perspective, and one of the most interesting innovations of the glorious season of the Italian “centri sociali”.

It may look like this model works only for boxing, rugby or soccer but TPO in Bologna has contemporary dance and nEXt Emerson hosts TangoSognato. Begun in 2008, this course of self-managed Tango now has more than 100 students at four different levels, so many that it was necessary (and possible) to build a parquet dance-floor of 100 sq metres inside one of the Squat’s big warehouses. Every month it hosts free “milonghe” (dance nights open to the public).

VIDEOS:

Italy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VecsTn-gu0g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_wrukRdyV8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkawe-0HzZI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz63I2Rf82A

Spain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zthp9q3SG2E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fqspg84zpQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2euYL_J _uDc

Russia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNRazWuSlzQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv8JxRWn-VY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsB-boYMaQ4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQqjvPf0Rfg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf-dNLXLKkI

Greece
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USJCgKTLlrA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFPuV3sp9Fw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GX9bECejHw

Ukraine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4EEx9gJf9I

Poland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMsHklBZ_S0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEuPnCVOSas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcDXwMgRvN0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnrtqTnGR9Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg6ZvOd79hI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6eTK-lLH7U

Chile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP9PIrbMclc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWMHcsQZMUc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IPSmi4u3bE

Consider how threatening Natalie is to women.  Then imagine what a threat Natalie would be to women if she still had both legs.  Women’s negative reaction to seeing an amputee woman is instinctive.  The disabled woman is considered unfit for reproduction, and is marginalized for social purposes.  Sex is all about the species’ instinct for reproduction.  Human civilization and cultures have warped that instinct into being a pleasurable intimate activity connected to “love.”  But the basic instinct remains latent, hidden from view.  

Photo courtesy of Natalie’s Palace