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In reality, there were huge numbers of colonists who didn’t support the American Revolution. After the initial fervor died down, just getting people to enlist proved tough. The patriots had to offer large bounties to get people to sign up for the war, and when that didn’t work, most colonies resorted to conscripting men, sending the conflicting message, “Cast off the chains of oppression or we’ll throw your ass in jail.”

On top of Americans being far more divided than the movies would have you believe, even historians forget about the opinions of a huge population, one that the fledgling U.S. government also conveniently overlooked: the slaves. It’s easy to see why many American slaves would have been on the side of the British: They didn’t like being fucking slaves. And as a slave, that’s probably your number one political issue.

Slavery was already outlawed in the United Kingdom and its island territories, which meant that it would likely be on its way out in the Colonies if the British prevailed. In fact, Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia during the revolution, announced that any slave who joined the British against the rebellion would be granted freedom. “Tyranny” under the British monarchy meant freedom for the slaves.

As a result, many slaves fled – or attempted to flee – including Harry Washington (three guesses as to who his master was). Henry Washington joined the British army in Lord Dunmore’s regiment, who wore uniforms embroidered with “Liberty to Slaves.” Unfortunately for Henry and thousands of other slaves on the run, the British surrendered to the colonists fighting for “freedom” – including the freedom to keep slaves.

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Is it just me or do you see this video in a whole different light knowing how recoupment works in record deals…? They are not exaggerating or joking when they say “we are literally more broke than we were before”. Look at Camila mutter to herself after she says that they are bankrupt - she’s like “but really”. This was filmed just over half a year after the release of better together. At this point they may not have received their first lot of royalties, and if they had, it’s highly likely that they hadn’t earned enough to pay back the label’s advance. So they LITERALLY would have been in debt to their label and would not have seen a single dollar because of this. Yes the label would have paid for things for the girls, but it’s not really their money.

At this point it would have been almost 2 years since the beginning of X-factor. 

So for TWO YEARS businesspeople were earning money off of the FREE labour of people *CHILDREN*.

Just let that sink in. This is all legal and is just part of the economic set-up of the music industry. And of course the label will take care of their artists financially (even if they eventually ask for the money back…). But when you take away all the jargon, what this essentially comes down is a kind of patronage system where someone powerful promises someone vulnerable that they’ll ‘take care of them’ in return for their free labour. Apart from the fact that the girl’s “agreed” to this (*got scammed*) when they signed their contract, this sounds an awful lot like another form of exploitation that has been outlawed in the United States since 1865…

I’m sure they were happy with their deal at first when they were just having the time of their lives and not aware of how screwed over they were… But then what about when the novelty wore off and they grew up and started having to think about their future and their families?


Again, the music industry is fucked up and desperately needs to be brought into the twenty-first fucking century.

Beyond Bernie

Allegedly fun fact: I took this picture in Wisconsin last year. 

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to volunteer for Bernie Sanders last year, to canvas in rural Iowa on his behalf before the caucuses, to canvas in Madison for him, to attend his rallies, to call strangers in far-flung states to get the word out about his campaign, to wear a Bernie pin on my black winter coat and to wear my Bernie Sanders is Magical unicorn shirt wherever I could.  I think Bernie is rad, and I like many of his policy positions.

But Bernie’s not going to be around forever.  What happens after Bernie dies?  Who will we take our cues from?  Many people will try to take up the Bernie Sanders mantle when he’s gone.  How will we differentiate between progressives and those who pretend to be progressive?  Who will we follow?  Or, more importantly, should we really follow or take our queues from a politician?  Politicians do not have strong track records of trustworthiness.

We also run the risk, and I would argue that some have already done this, of deifying Bernie Sanders.  Bernie is not perfect.  Barrack Obama was not perfect.  Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton were not perfect.   Franklin Delano Roosevelt was not perfect.  We cannot simply agree with everything he says and does just like we shouldn’t agree with Hillary Clinton’s push to bomb Libya and overthrow the Libyan government as Secretary of State or FDR’s decision to set up internment camps for American citizens.  It’s like Bernie has said: Not Me, Us.

Instead of one man, we need something more to guide us in reforming our political system.  We need to look beyond one person.  We need to look beyond Bernie.  Instead, we need values and policy proposals, like these:

  • The $15 minimum wage, a living wage
  • End citizens united and outlaw 501c4 organizations
  • Ensure that the rich pay their taxes
  • Universal healthcare
  • Universal housing and clean water
  • Support clean energy and honor international agreements to reduce pollution
  • Expand maternity and paternity leave
  • Make higher post-secondary education affordable
  • Facilitate workers’ ability to organize
  • Ramp down the war on terror
  • Cut military spending
  • End regime change wars
  • Protect social security
  • Investing in voter access and solving gerrymandering
  • Ending the war on drugs and legalizing cannabis use
  • Investing in public health and mental health programs
  • Consider reparations and embrace opportunities to end racial conflict
  • Rebuild infrastructure through high speed rail and other projects
  • Cease the privatization of common supported programmes like space and atmospheric research and exploration, transportation, and the military
  • Reduce the power of the national security state
  • Fight corruption and monopolization
  • Encourage involvement in the political process beyond voting
  • Much, much more

And you may not agree with my list of policy proposals and goals, which is okay.  We don’t have to agree on literally every policy proposal.  That’s an unreasonable expectation.  But we do need to agree to policies that are backed by shared values like anti-corruption, equality for all, intersectionality, environmentalism, workers’ empowerment, anti-warmongering, anti-corporatism, social security, and the like.  If we do not, then values like greed, corruption, corporatism, and privatization will continue to dominate American policy.

I saw someone pose the question the other day: can Bernie Sanders save America?  The truth is: only we can save America.  We, the hundreds of millions, the 99%, the downtrodden, the unemployed, the middle class, the poor, the black and brown and red and yellow, the disabled, the social justice warriors, the millennials, and everyone else who shares our values and stands to gain from a more just and fair America.

Peace and love,
Tom

In the United States, outlaw motorcycle clubs like the Hells Angels are, well, outlaws. It’s all right there in the name, really. In Russia, outlaw motorcycle clubs like the Hells Angels are the law. 

 That’s a photo of totally democratically elected Russian President Vladimir Putin, proudly riding his trike (that’s like a motorcycle for people who pretend to know how to ride motorcycles) alongside a man called the Surgeon. One-time dental surgeon Alexander Zaldostanov is the president of Russia’s answer to the aforementioned Hells Angels, the Night Wolves – often referred to as “Putin’s Angels” thanks to their full backing by the Kremlin.

In addition to giving Russia’s leather industry a much-needed shot in the arm, the Night Wolves have a platform of eliminating “unnatural” and “Satanic” gay folk and restoring Russia to its full, pre-USSR-collapse glory.

Toward this end, they hold elaborate, government funded stage shows that look like Iron Maiden joined the cast of Hamilton.

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U.S. judge blocks transgender, abortion-related Obamacare protections
A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a court order barring enforcement of an Obama administration policy seeking to extend anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act to transgender health and abortion-related services.

The decision sides with Texas, seven other states and three Christian-affiliated healthcare groups challenging a rule that, according to the judge, defines sex bias to include “discrimination on the basis of gender identity and termination of pregnancy.”

In granting an injunction one day before the new policy was to take effect, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor held that it violates the Administrative Procedure Act, a federal law governing rule-making practices.

The judge also ruled that plaintiffs were likely to prevail in court on their claim that the new policy infringes on the rights of private healthcare providers under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

As explained in O'Connor’s 46-page opinion, the plaintiffs argued that the new regulation would “require them to perform and provide insurance coverage for gender transitions and abortions, regardless of their contrary religious beliefs or medical judgment.”

The same judge issued a similar court order in August blocking a separate Obama administration policy that would have required public schools, over the objections of 13 states, to allow transgender students to use restrooms of their choice.

It was not immediately clear whether the Obama administration, which has just 20 days left in office, would seek to appeal the latest injunction.

In 21 days your right to choose will begin the path to being completely outlawed.

Wicca, Neo-Paganism and Cultural Appropriation

I’ve been seeing more and more posts slamming what Wiccans and Pagans practice as “cultural appropriation.” This, frankly, is harmful bullshit, and needs to stop. 

First of all, many people who adhere to ancient religions (or modern interpretations thereof) are escaping from toxic versions of Christianity, Islam, and other religions. Finding joy in the “Old Ways” brings them peace, healing, and community without having to completely give up faith. And fuck you if you don’t give a damn about them. If you think that only “white” people practice Wicca or are Pagans, you’re ignorant.

Second, many Pagans and Wiccans come from cultures whose practices were destroyed by Christianity just as surely as Native American practices were once trampled and outlawed in the United States (and in some cases, Native Americans are STILL fighting for the right to their traditions). Trying to turn back to the ways their ancestors understood the world before Christianity smothered everything is an act of reclamation. And a lot of European Americans have mixed cultural ancestry, and as Pagans may honor deities from different areas of their heritage without it being appropriative.

Finally, Christianity and other mainstream religions, even as practiced by the kindest and sincerest of people, have historically been incredibly toxic for the planet and global culture: all that “subdue the Earth” shit. Wiccans and other Neo-Pagans are most often looking for ways to live more lightly on the planet, to “do no harm”, to live sustainably and responsibly, with reverence for the land. We need more of that, not less. 

A letter to Brallie shippers

It’s not easy being a part of this ship. Believe me, I know. We all do. All we have wanted since the beginning when Callie walks down the stairs before the quinceanera and Brandon saw her and like died, or when he told her that he didn’t want her dating ANYBODY. Or maybe it was that time that he tucked a strand of her hair behind her ear. Or the time when Callie stormed through the halls of the hospital to tell Brandon how she felt. And then there was the kiss. Cue Stef and Lena’s picture perfect wedding, everything is white, everyone looks beautiful and handsome, and it’s just a really happy time because Stef and Lena are finally getting married, and then Callie has to talk to Brandon and we all know how that turned out. (You’re amazing, kind, smart, beautiful, and you deserve to be happy, you deserve to have everything you want, don’t you?) And then cue Jude, and then Talya…I think the moment we knew that this ship was going to ruin us was the moment Wyatt decided to give Callie a ride to Indiana. And guess what? We could have quit then (Hahaha no we couldn’t have) But we stuck with this ship through every single amazingly beautiful time, and every single horrendously awful time. (Hug at girls united, Outlaws followed by making out on the floor, the field trip, the breakup, the kiss in 2x10 that brought so much hope and then crushed our dreams, the pinky promise, ETC.) I know that for a long time, this ship is going to break us, that it is going to hurt, that is is going to be hard. But I also know that it is the most real ship I have ever been a part of. Callie and Brandon may be kind of siblings, but more than that, they love each other. They love each other. And that is the simple fact, that is all it will ever come down to. And like Brandon said, that kind of love only comes along once in a lifetime. Their chemistry is undeniable and they can date as many people as they need (Wyatt, Talya, Lou, AJ?) before they realize that nothing is ever going to be right because they are the only thing that is right. But that moment of realization is going to take a while. I’m prepared to wait. I would wait decades for this relationship. I will wait forever because I know that however long it will take, it is going to happen because nothing can kill true love. As Brandon put it, “We’re in love. And keeping us apart isn’t going to change that.” Never have truer words been spoken. SO Brallie shippers, stay strong, stay true, and know that we may not be getting a happy ending, but a happy ending is what we will get. Stay cool, stay Brallie. And never give up on true love.

beystiality  asked:

I saw your post about developing education. can you do something similar about military?

Official or unofficial. An official military is one that represents the head of a nation. The soldiers are usually paid for their service and the government supplies most of their material needs. An unofficial military is one that serves a cause. The soldiers may be paid, but not as well as their counterparts, and they don’t have the strength or funding to get big ticket items like professionally trained soldiers or aircraft carriers. An official military (think the US) has the benefit of funding. An unofficial military (think the Vietcong) has the benefit of spirit.

Chain of Command. I prefer starting at the top and bottom and working my way to the middle. So, Who controls the entire military? and Who controls the smallest unit of soldiers? Then you can build ranks in between. For a long time, only the nobility of wherever could become officers and all advancement was through who knew who. Today, most armies run on the merit system: whoever shows the most promise on a personal level gets the promoted. At the top of the chain will be a strong political leader, like the president or the king, who will use the military to carry out what the people want/what they see fit. A disconnect between who nominally commands the army and who actually rules the army will lead to a junta if opinion turns against the nominal leader. Generally speaking, the time spent in battle decreases as you go up the chain. In ancient times, you were a coward if you didn’t set an example by leading your own men into battle.

Soldiers.

  1. Who are they? Think about gender, economic status, political affiliation, societal rank, hometown, and race.
  2. Who trained them? It could be that no one trained them and they have arrived to fight for The Cause. Your soldiers don’t need to be trained. It doesn’t take skill to pull a trigger. However, it is in the Cause’s best interest to train them so they don’t suffer horrific casualties. This can be group lessons around the campfire or boot camp. Your pick.
  3. Who called them? Soldiering could be their job, either because it’s lawful employment or because most of the army is made up of mercenaries. Soldiering could be an obligation, like the draft or requirement that serfs had to fight for their lord. And then you could have a mixed bag of anyone who fights for the Cause, like the South did during the Civil War. 
  4. How many types? There are many foot soldiers. Hooray. You need many, many more types to keep the army running. You need cooks, livestock managers (if applicable), engineers, weapons repairers, communications operators, specialist squads, spies and/or scouts, a mobile contingent (be it spaceships, trucks, or dragons), and some shock troopers. I probably missed a few.

Tactics

The military has several branches. Today, it’s land, air, and sea. For most of history it was land and sea, or just land. In the future, cyberspace and space could make up other branches. Each branch has different tactics because they cover different battlegrounds. 

That being said, there are two main kinds of tactic:

  1. Conventional. Conventional armies get to use conventional tactics, which are the straightforward ones that rely more or as much on brute strength than on intelligence. The most extreme version of conventional tactics was the 1700s, when the armies would stand in neat lines before they shot at each other. The cavalry charges of the Middle Ages was also a form of conventional warfare: muscle over intelligence.
  2. Guerrilla. Guerrilla tactics are the work of armies who don’t have the resources or the manpower to execute conventional battlefields. They are all about intelligence and very little about brute strength. Guerrilla tactics rely on the element of surprise (hit and runs, ambushes, etc.). The ultimate advocate of guerrilla warfare is Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War.

Logistics, Logistics, Logistics. This is literally the most important part … and also the part most authors choose to neglect. Consider the following questions:

  1. How does the military move around? How fast does it move? The average walking page of a human is about 3 mph, which covers about 16 miles a day, assuming the march stops at night. If the enemy strikes a position 900 miles away, there’s no way the army can respond within days, unless the commander pushes them brutally hard. Mobility on a battlefield is crucial for retreating and advancing. You also need to weigh costs and benefits. A smaller army is easier to move but a big army will probably win a stand-up fight. 
  2. Where does their food come from? An army marches on its stomach, people. Any army will have a baggage train that it will jealously guard, and for good reason: destroying the baggage train cuts off the food. The army starves, riots, deserts, and so on. The army could forage, meaning they strip the land bare of any food they come across. The enemy can stop foraging by following a scorched earth policy.
  3. Where do their weapons/ammo come from? The state could supply them, the soldiers could pay for them, the higher officers could pay for them, or the soldiers could just pick up whatever is handy. If the weapons need ammo, the government is likely to supply it. Ammo and weapon shortages could prove fatal to a modern army. A blades-only battle would be much less dire, as blades could be picked up during battle or made from common items like scythes or butcher knives.
  4. How do they communicate? Firstly, how does the army communicate when it’s not fighting. There could be runners or messengers, or they could rely on systems like the telegraph or the Internet. The heads will need to speak with the lower ranks, and the superior commander (who is not likely to be on the field) must speak with the people on the ground. In battle, the foot soldiers might only be able to follow flags or drums, or they could have telephones, radios, and so on.

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