path to the presidency


My beloved mom, dad, hyung, Gureumie
I should work harder but it seems like I can’t do it (for you), I’m sorry. I’m always grateful to you guys and I love you.

Bang Shihyuk PD-nim
Thank you for let me have the chance to say my thanks like this every time. The songs this time are really good too.

Vice President Choi Yoojung, the Vice President who guide us to the right path, I’m always grateful to you.

Director Seokjoon, every time we have a meeting together I can’t be excited like that, but thank you for making me feel excited.

Director Shinkyu, I have so much fun every time we have a meal together. Hope there’ll be more days when we eat together in the future too!

Director Chaeeun, thank you for letting us moving forward on the right path too. You give us a lot of strength!

Hobeomie-hyung, Sejinie-hyung, Jungilie-hyung, Sunhakie-hyung, Kwangtaekie-hyung, Sungseokie-hyung, Yoonjae-hyung, all of our manager hyungs who always work beside us or from behind because of us, you worked really hard. Thank you so much and we’ll do better!

Woojung-noona, Surin-noona, Hyunji-noona, Bunhong-noona, Nayeob-noona, thank you for making wonderful stuffs that ARMYs love and make us and ARMYs inseparable. I’ll work harder and do better in the future! You’ve all worked really hard!

Hayan-noona, Jinah-noona, Hyeyoung-nim, those who have to work harder than anyone else whenever we have tours, fanmeetings or concerts! Thank you so much.

Heesunie-hyung, Kyungjinie-noona, Sungho-hyung, Hyojin-nim, I couldn’t see you around much but I know you all worked really hard. Thank you so much!

Sunghyunie-hyung, Hyunjoo-noona, Sunkyung-noona, Gabriel-hyung, you have all worked really hard so we can wear cool outfits, please make even cooler outfits in the future too. Thank you!

Pdogg PD-nim, Dohyungie-hyung, Joonsangie-hyung
You’re so awesome for making us cool pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pak songs, I respect you a lot. You’re the best. I’ll soon write a song too. You have worked really hard. The songs are so good!

Jooyoungie-hyung, hyungnim, you’re always laughing whenever I see you even though you’re tired ㅋㅋ It’s been really tired for you working from behind. Thank you.

Hyukki-hyung, Eunjung-nim, Eunsangie-hyung, Junho-hyung
Thanks to you helping us and giving us strength ever since we debuted, my worries seem to disappear little by little. Thank you!

Teacher Sungdeok, Gahunie-hyung who have to work hard physically, who are more exhausted and pained than anyone else, thank you for consistently working hard. Sincerely thank you so much!

Changwonie-hyung, Wooyoungie-hyung, the hyungs who make our songs shine, thank you and hwaiting!

Joowon-nim, Jooyeon-nim, even though I can’t see you much, thank you for helping us! Hwaiting!

Seolhee-noona, you have worked really hard and I hope your days will be filled with good things in the future too. Great job!

Seuli-noona, Yoori-noona, Joy-nim, Onnuri-nim
Thank you for doing things to deliver our love to ARMYs. You’re the best!

Sunjung-noona, Yeonhee-nim, Miryung-nim, Mijung-noona, Seungwoo-nim, Hyewon-nim, Yeji-nim
You have been working really hard to raise our successors! Hwaiting!

Jaedong-nim, Jungwook-nim, Junsu-nim, I can’t see you much but I know you always work really hard. Fire!

Hyunmin-nim haha, I can’t see you a lot but I know you work harder than anyone else. Hwaiting!

Head of Department Hajung, Hyesoo-noona, Seoyeon-noona, Jieun-nim
It’s really tired and cold having to go outside to find outfits but you still bring them and come on time, you’re all really awesome and worked really hard. I’m really grateful.

Head of Department Dareum, Hyunah-noona, Seolji-noona, Sojung-noona, you’ve worked really hard to do the makeup for me. I’ll get better skin ㅎㅎ You’re the best!

Head of Department Naejoo, Head of Department Jihye, Jinyoungie-hyung, Songhee-noona, Sekyungie-hyung, Sohee-noona, thank you for making my hair become cooler. Please take care of me in the future as well!

Director Lumpens’ crew and Director Hyunwoo’s crew, thank you for creating beautiful works for us this time too. Let’s continue to work together in the future ㅎㅎ!!

97line friends, Yugyeomie, Dokyeomie, Mingyu, Bamie, Myungho, Jaehyun, I want to meet you guys soon and have fun.
Jinwoo-hyung, ah I should quickly meet Jinwoo-hyung ㅜㅜ Let’s meet soon and go to eat spicy rice cakes ㅋㅋ
I should go eat together with Minmi-noona too ㅜ

Thank you so much to those who created the path for me to become Bangtan.

Bangtan hyungnims
I think we will slowly be more awesome. Let’s improve and grow everyday, and let’s go down in history. Bangtan Bangtan Bangbangtan.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ ARMY ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

ARMY! We have come to find and see you again!
I hope you would like our songs… You like it right?!
Again, we have put in a lot of effort for this album!
Thank you for consistently waiting for us, we’ll continue to grow, improve and put in our strength as well as get bigger so you won’t get bored.
ARMY I love you!

Jin | Suga | J-hope | Rap Monster | Jimin | V | Jungkook
Galaxy's Aguilar unsure of his place on the team — and in the country
Miguel Aguilar never wanted to leave Mexico.
By Kevin Baxter

The LA Galaxy’s Miguel Aguilar, believed to be the first of 861,000 DACA recipients to become a professional athlete, could also become MLS’s first player to be deported. 

Aguilar is among the more than 861,000 undocumented immigrants who received protection from deportation under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The executive order provides work permits for people brought to the U.S. as children, provided they meet certain conditions.

What it doesn’t provide is a path to lawful, permanent status in the U.S. And with President Trump aggressively expanding immigration enforcement policies, Aguilar is now apprehensive about his future.

“He’s targeting people like myself,” Aguilar said. “I think that’s grounds to be concerned.”

A first-round pick of D.C. United in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Aguilar is believed to be the first DACA recipient to become a professional athlete. And though that temporary status allowed him to work, get a driver’s license and graduate from the University of San Francisco with a finance degree and a 3.7 grade-point average, if the new administration rescinds DACA, Aguilar could find himself the first MLS player to be deported.

“The field, for me, is a bit of a sanctuary,” he said. “Definitely at times watching the news and reading different stories and articles, it is something that gets me thinking.I get angry sometimes. There’s no empathy there, especially for kids.”

Of the four Aguilars who came across the border together in 2004, Miguel was the only one young enough to qualify for protection, even temporarily, from deportation. As a result he won’t speak publicly about the others, saying only that they remain in this country without legal status.But it’s clear the difficulties his single mother endured, first rescuing her children from blood-soaked Juarez, then trying to provide for them in a new country where she wasn’t welcome, has colored Aguilar’s world view.

“You’re telling me just because she was born on the wrong side of this border, that doesn’t make her a human anymore? That pisses me off,”  said Aguilar, who hasn’t been able to see his father since he left Mexico. “The fact that a piece of paper is more important than humility and helping each other? I can go on and on about it.“Just that fear of separation of families again. That’s my biggest issue with this whole immigration stuff.”

The Way My #TeamPetty Is Set Up... :Hopes, Dreams and Shade for Penessa and Fauxlake in 605

A/N: This post is dedicated to #TeamPetty. You know who you are. Also= Peter + Vanessa (h/t @jarmstrong05)

It’s time for one of my favourite pastimes: shading Jake  and Fauxlake (past works cited at the end).  A few stills from #Scandal’s next episode, “They All Bow Down” (605), have emerged:

There are more, but you can find them yourself. The  photos have some in the fandom all aflutter with fantastical assumptions, about which I feel shady enough to address:

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I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do. I was forty years old, and I’d invested a lot of time and effort into something that didn’t seem to be working. But the thing that got me through that moment, and any other time that I’ve felt stuck, is to remind myself that it’s about the work. Because if you’re worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: ‘Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?’ – then you’re going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.
—  Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America.
Berlin mayor to Donald Trump: 'Don't build this wall'
Michael Mueller says the long-divided city ‘cannot look on without comment when a country plans to build a wall’.

The mayor of Germany’s once-divided capital, Berlin, Michael Mueller, offered some advice to Donald Trump on Friday: “Don’t build this wall!”

The US president, holding true to his campaign promise, this week ordered US officials to begin to design and construct a wall along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometre) US-Mexico border.

While the White House has also threatened to tax Mexican imports to cover its cost, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a planned Washington protest.

Berlin’s mayor said his city – which was split by the Berlin Wall during the cold war from 1961-89 – “cannot look on without comment when a country plans to build a new wall”.

“We Berliners know best how much suffering was caused by the division of an entire continent with barbed wire and concrete,” he said in a statement, referring to Europe’s “Iron Curtain” division.

In the early 21st century, he said, “We can’t just accept it if our historical experience is disregarded by those to whom we largely owe our freedom, the Americans.”

Pointing to the continuing division of the Korean peninsula and the island of Cyprus, the Social Democrat urged Trump “not to go down this wrong path of isolation and exclusion”.

Mueller also recalled former US president Ronald Reagan’s famous 1987 challenge to then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”, and said in his message to Trump: “Dear Mr President, don’t build this wall!”

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Gallier Hall address, 19 May 2017

Immediately before New Orleans removed a statue of Robert E Lee – the fourth Confederate monument to be removed in recent weeks – Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a remarkable speech, one that will have, I hope, a major impact on the US going forward. And, presages what I expect will be a national presence for Mayor Landrieu in the future.

Thank you for coming.

The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together every step of the way – for both good and for ill.

It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans: the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. Of Hernando de Soto, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, the Acadians, the Islenos, the enslaved people from Senegambia, Free People of Color, the Haitians, the Germans, both the empires of Francexii and Spain. The Italians, the Irish, the Cubans, the south and central Americans, the Vietnamese and so many more.

You see: New Orleans is truly a city of many nations, a melting pot, a bubbling cauldron of many cultures.

There is no other place quite like it in the world that so eloquently exemplifies the uniquely American motto: e pluribus unum — out of many we are one.

But there are also other truths about our city that we must confront. New Orleans was America’s largest slave market: a port where hundreds of thousands of souls were brought, sold and shipped up the Mississippi River to lives of forced labor of misery of rape, of torture.

America was the place where nearly 4,000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined ‘separate but equal’; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were beaten to a bloody pulp.

So when people say to me that the monuments in question are history, well what I just described is real history as well, and it is the searing truth.

And it immediately begs the questions: why there are no slave ship monuments, no prominent markers on public land to remember the lynchings or the slave blocks; nothing to remember this long chapter of our lives; the pain, the sacrifice, the shame … all of it happening on the soil of New Orleans.

So for those self-appointed defenders of history and the monuments, they are eerily silent on what amounts to this historical malfeasance, a lie by omission.

There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence of it. For America and New Orleans, it has been a long, winding road, marked by great tragedy and great triumph. But we cannot be afraid of our truth.

As President George W. Bush said at the dedication ceremony for the National Museum of African American History & Culture, “A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws and corrects them.”

So today I want to speak about why we chose to remove these four monuments to the Lost Cause of the Confederacy, but also how and why this process can move us towards healing and understanding of each other.

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“May the angry women return home the day after the march to lead us toward a women-led hybrid movement-party in every state that is disciplined enough to govern, militantly local and single-mindedly devoted to actualizing a force capable of seizing control of city councils and mayorships during midterm elections across America in preparation for an electoral coup against the presidency in 2020.” — Micah White, Without a path from protest to power, the Women’s March will end up like Occupy

crying a bit so sorry for incoherence and major errors you'll get the point

I’m so sorry if this is the 1st election for you. hope it turns u into an activist

i feel so sick about those we let down the most, those who needed it the most. the ones who will be most affected and were least heard.

93% of black women. love

i feel so inspired by the people who spoke out.

i want to talk about being at the javits center last night. the scene and feeling when things weren’t looking good is something i will carry with me always. the lighting, the mass amounts of people, hope — i was so proud to be there with thousands of hillary supporters who wanted to live in a better and less racist angry country.

note on javits center. typically i hate being in a room with many famous people but it was beautiful to be there with the people who have put their money, popularity and safety second to standing up and doing their part. I’m talking about amy schumer, america ferrera, gaga, LD etc etc. all of us have to remember what speaking out means. if its hard and has consequences then it must be pretty fucking important. dinner table with friends and family or an arena full of people, do your part to avoid days like today in the future. theres inevitably going to be a lot of this type coming up now ——

the failure of the press. have an opinion. take a stand and say something to the people that has weight and matters. don’t get played by trump over the next four years. stop being an aggregate of what famous people tweet and post. that culture is directly linked to trump being able to make this work. the most clicked item is sometimes the most disgusting. don’t legitimize it. please contribute to the notion that people are smart and interested, stop keeping us obsessed with what is so shockingly graceless. after all that is how we helped create trump.

today I’m no good, tomorrow ill be better

don’t accept things just because they happen slowly.

all trauma that I’ve i had in my life feels connected to what i felt at 10pm last night when there was a panic in me that i haven’t felt since 9/11 and losses in my family. i believe many of us are connecting this massive loss to personal losses as well. awful

grief and loss

i love this country

time and money. we must continue the conversation on how voting discriminates. voting takes time. signing up, printing, mailing, planning, going to polls, waiting on line for an hour or more… etc ect. people who’s votes matter most DONT HAVE TIME. time is money for people as well. yes its a law in many places to get 2 hours off of work to go vote….. but I’m sure thats not so smooth for minimum wage workers to announce to their boss. people who have time and money are heard and those people are voting with the interests of people with TIME AND MONEY and those are the very people in the least danger of government. why is so hard for those who need to heard and counted to make it happen in this day and age?

she won the popular vote.

look at who voted which way. 18 - 24 wanted hilllary. black women did. black men. latinos. jews. immigrants of all places etc etc. this says that this election is the last stand of old white men trying to keep this country from moving forward. we see it in the UK and all over the world — this last ditch effort to pull things back. I’m sorry we fell into it but never again.

sorry obama. love you

love you too hillay. thank you for making a path. can’t wait for the first female president. maybe she’ll be latino as well?


UKRAINE. Kiev. February 2016. Pro-EU protesters during the Euromaidan Revolution. [Part 1]

The Ukrainian Revolution took place in Ukraine in February 2014, when a series of violent events involving protesters, riot police, and unknown shooters in the capital, Kiev, culminated in the ousting of Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych.

Protests originally erupted in November 2013 after Yanukovych refused to sign a political association and free trade agreement with the European Union, choosing closer ties with Russia instead. The rallies were initially peaceful but became violent in January 2014 after the Parliament, dominated by Yanukovych’s supporters, passed laws intended to repress the protests. 

Thus, this period of relative calm in the anti-government demonstrations in Kiev ended abruptly on 18 February 2014, when protesters and police began to clash. Some 20,000 Euromaidan protesters advanced on Ukraine’s parliament in support of restoring the Constitution of Ukraine to its 2004 form, which had been repealed by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine shortly after Yanukovych was elected president in 2010. The police blocked their path. The confrontation turned violent; the BBC reported that each side blamed the other. The police fired guns with both rubber bullets and, later, live ammunition (including automatic weapons and sniper rifles), while also using tear gas and flash grenades in an attempt to repel thousands of demonstrators. The protesters fought back with crude weapons, firearms, and improvised explosives. At least 82 people were killed over the next few days and more than 1,100 people were injured.

On 20 February, Internal Affairs Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko announced that he had signed a decree authorising the use of live ammunition against protesters. Central Kiev saw the worst violence yet, and the death toll in 48 hours of clashes rose to at least 77. In response, the chairman of the Ukrainian parliament, Volodymyr Rybak, announced the next day that he had signed a parliamentary decree condemning the use of force and urging all institutions (the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Cabinet of Ministers, etc.) to cease immediately all military actions against protesters. Parliament also suspended Zakharchenko from his duties. 

On 22 February, the protesters were reported to be in control of Kiev, and Yanukovych was said to have fled the capital for eastern Ukraine. The parliament voted 328–0 in favour of impeaching Yanukovych and scheduled new presidential elections for 25 May.

On 23 February, Parliament deputy Oleh Lyashko claimed that Yanukovych had been seen at the Russian naval base in Sevastopol, preparing to flee the country on board a Russian military vessel.

On 24 February, acting Interior Minister Avakov announced that Yanukovych had been placed on the country’s most wanted list and that “a criminal case on mass killings of civilians has been opened” for him and other officials.

On 25 February, Parliament asked the International Criminal Court to “establish and bring to justice” senior Ukrainian officials, including Yanukovych, for crimes against humanity committed during “peaceful protests of citizens” from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014. On the same day, Yanukovych and Zakharchenko were declared internationally wanted. Criminal proceedings were launched in the 20 February killings of Euromaidan demonstrators.

Following the Ukrainian revolution, a secession crisis began in the Russian-leaning Crimean Peninsula. On 1 March 2014, Yanukovych put into writing his request that President Putin of Russia send military forces “to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order, stability and defending the people of Ukraine”. On the same day, Putin requested and received authorization from the Russian Parliament to deploy troops to Ukraine in response to the crisis. Russian troops accordingly mobilized throughout Crimea and the southeast of Ukraine. By 2 March, Russian troops had complete control over Crimea. The territory was annexed by the Russian Federation on 18 March 2014. The crisis is still ongoing.


Six from 2016: Nonfiction for Youth About Resistance, Struggle, and Survival

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, Russell Freedman

“In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in.”

March: Book 3, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

“Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.”

The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero, Patricia McCormick

“Perfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction such as books by Steve Sheinkin, this is a page-turning narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World War II and took part in a plot to kill Hitler.”

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, Albert Marrin

“A close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation’s most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together.”

Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger, Anita Silvey

“Pete Seeger was an internationally honored folk musician and political radical who devoted his life to furthering humanitarian causes and getting people to sing. This biography traces his musical career, including the period when he was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and the growth of his conviction that freedom and justice had to be defended and that the power of song could be used to fight back when these ideals were threatened.”

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, Caren Stelson

“This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui’s survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson chronicles Sachiko’s trauma and loss as well as her long journey to find peace.”

Laughing over the fact that the “Akatsuki Company” was a legitimate thing from Naruto merchandise. 

Nagato: (Too hard for my poor Japanese, but I think…) Something like a behind-the-scenes Company President or something.
Pein/Pain: Vice President of Company/Director of the 6 paths of Pain
Konan: Secretary of Company President 
Kakuzu: Chief Accountant/Paymaster
Hidan: PR manager
Deidara: Planning manager
Sasori: Director of Personnel Department
Kisame: Field Observer/Site Foreman
Itachi: Manager of the Uchiha Branch

I’ve covered Obamacare since day one. I’ve never seen lying and obstruction like this.
Republicans do not want the country to know what is in their health care bill. This has become more evident each day, as the Senate plots out a secretive path toward Obamacare repeal — and top White House officials (including the president) consistently lie about what the House bill actually does. There was even a brief moment Tuesday where Senate Republicans flirted with the idea of banning on-camera interviews in congressional hallways, a plan quickly reversed after outcry from the press. Read more
Trump is going back on a big Israel campaign promise

(US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake during then visit to the Israel museum in Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
President Donald Trump is going back on a campaign promise by deciding to not move the US embassy in Israel, the White House confirmed Thursday.

In accordance with a 1995 law passed by Congress, the president is required to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

All of Trump’s predecessors impacted by this law have signed six-month waivers to delay the move, the last of which expired June 1. It appears Trump is also going down this path, as the New York Times reports the president signed a new waiver Thursday.

White House officials cautioned that this is a postponement and Trump still intends to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump made this decision to better negotiate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to a White House statement.

“The question is not if that move happens, but only when.”

Trump promised during the campaign to move the embassy to Jerusalem if elected president. This rhetoric has tempered since he took office, though, and Trump did not give Israelis a public endorsement of the move during his recent trip overseas.

Moving the embassy would likely indicate a change in US policy toward recognizing Israel’s claim to a united Jerusalem. Current US policy is that the city’s status should be determined by Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Although Trump signed a waiver, he could still move the embassy after six months, or issue an executive order overriding the waiver before it expires.

Here’s the full White House statement:

While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance. President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when.

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…Once every four years the individual American is allowed, nay exhorted, to troop to the polls, where he may pull down a lever beside the name of one out of two indistinguishable Personalities. After the winner is duly chosen by about one-fourth of the eligible electorate, the mantle of the Popular Mandate settles about his regal shoulders, and he is then to do as he pleases with us all until the hour of the next quadrennial extravaganza. The Liberals have been in the forefront of the advancement and glorification of this despotic process: anyone who dared to question or grumble at the burgeoning of unchecked power in the President was damned as an obstructionist, a reactionary, and Neanderthal, heartlessly and willfully attempting to block America’s divinely-appointed path to her future destiny…
—  Murray N. Rothbard. “The Power of the President.” Left and Right: A Journal of Libertarian Thought, Volume 2, Number 2. Spring 1966.

The Aether foundation, Lillie’s Secret, and Type: Null: A Pokemon Theory

September Sixth is coming to its end here in America, and today will likely go down as the biggest news drop in pokemon history. Of course it is debatable whether the information was more or less than previous announcements, but what is totally clear is that this trailer has given us so much insight into Pokemon Sun and Moon, and yet left us puzzled with how this information “all comes together”, and what it means for the future. This post is sure to be long so read it only if you dare.

Now I will start out by saying that I don’t mean to tread out the standard speculation that the Aether foundation is the real evil team, I mean to go deeper, if I can. So let’s begin

Three trailers were released today, and all of them had different new footage, with the Japanese trailer being (arguably) the most enigmatic and intriguing trailer ever created for a pokemon game.  This intrigue centers around the Ultra Beast known as UB-01 that was featured briefly at the end of the trailer, and left the audience with their jaws dropped much like the characters in the game who were witnessing it. I must admit that on looking at this further the concept of Ultra Beast (what little we know about them and what the implications are) scares me. It seems fundamentally alien to pokemon, and I believe that was the intention. However, on first glance, it was so intriguing that even if it fundamentally changes how we define pokemon, I want to know about it. Now just on the off chance that this is a reference to Lilo and Stitch, I will leave the reference here to the experiments created by Jumba Jookiba, one of which was Stitch (#626) similar to how these Ultra Beast are known only by number (ex. UB-01).

All jokes aside, the question need be raised, what is UB-01? It looks like a Jellyfish. Jellyfish have no brain and yet function autonomously. It looks like Lillie. Lillie is a girl. Ultra Beasts are not pokemon….

Stating the facts doesn’t really seem to get us closer to an answer, but we shall start with these and see what we can expound out of it.

“In the Alola region, rumors are flying about mysterious creatures known as Ultra Beasts. Ultra Beasts possess mighty powers and could pose a threat to humans and Pokémon, so they are feared.

It appears that the Aether Foundation is also conducting research on these Ultra Beasts.

According to rumor, multiple Ultra Beasts exist, each of them called by a code name.”

“UB-01’s body is composed of a glass-like substance. However, it’s constantly changing shapes, never settling on one.

While evidence of something like a survival instinct can be observed in UB-01, no one knows whether it has a will of its own or any emotions. It’s said that, for some reason, its movements resemble those of a young girl.”

So after looking at the facts as they stand, what can we come away with? Again, that it is Cnidarian-esque is fairly apparent, “no one knows if it has a will of it’s own” Similarly the debate as to whether Jellyfish are just moving stomachs or conscious organisms is ongoing. Jellyfish have proven to be a subject of much interest to science as they have yielded not only achievements in our understanding of the ocean, but also innovation in many fields, such as medicine and technology. This would explain why the Aether foundation is studying them. We might say that UB-01 represents unlimited potential. But that still leaves open a few questions. 1.) The official description clearly references the blatant similarity in the appearance of UB-01 and Lillie, our main character who has a mysterious secret and is working with Kukui for unknown reasons, but what is their connection? I mean for god’s sake, at the bottom of this picture where the two are compared side by side you can see that the lower arms of Ub-01 look exactly like Lillie’s legs, and the hat and the color are just further indications that they are related. 2.)“Creatures called Ultra Beasts” This description suggests that UB-01 is not the only Ultra Beast, so what are the others, and how do they fit into our understanding of anything we thought we knew about pokemon sun and moon or pokemon in general?

I shall start by saying that I do not believe that this Ultra Beast is Lillie. It is true that in the clip where the players marvel at UB-01’s arrival, Lillie, who is supposed to be one of your traveling companions, is noticeably absent. Before we jump to conclusions and say that this necessarily means that she is UB-01, let’s look at the other information we have.

That Lillie is a human seems fairly apparent. From the many lines of dialogue we’ve seen her say, to the fact that she literally walks around with the player, battles them, and carries a purse, I think it is clear that she is a human being. I think it would be a stretch to have one of your rivals who receives the other starter (in fact the one the main rival chooses) being an unknown alien entity.  But why does it look like her then? I am not quite sure, but I will tell you the inferences that I think we can draw from this trailer.

It seems very clear that Lusamine, Lillie, and Gladion are related to each other. If I had to guess I would say they are all siblings, with Lillie being the youngest and Lusamine being the oldest. Perhaps these three siblings are all inheritors of the Aether Foundation and it’s legacy, and each of them chose separate paths. Lusamine chose to be the president of the foundation and work to gather pokemon from all over the world in their paradise (that doesn’t sound fishy at all). Gladion chose to pursue strength and joined up with team skull. Not because he believes in what they stand for, but because his sole ideal is strength. Lillie chose not to associate herself with either the foundation or Team skull, and what she is pursuing is not exactly clear, although we can say for certain that she wants pokemon to be happy and not get hurt.  Perhaps these three siblings represent three ends of a spectrum; the want to control pokemon, the want to make them strong, and the want to be friends with them. Three siblings, three ideals, three games (RBG), and three starters; It all comes together. But that may be jumping ahead too far, let me explain my thought processes further.

“The Aether Foundation works in the Alola region. The foundation’s goal is to care for Pokémon that have been hurt.

The Aether Foundation has constructed an artificial island called Aether Paradise. There, they not only provide shelter for Pokémon, but also conduct various research projects. It seems that the main character will also be able to visit Aether Paradise during the adventure.”

The Aether foundation wants to bring pokemon from all over the world to their paradise where they will be treated well (at least in theory). They also take a heavy interest in science  conducting various research experiments on the pokemon, or at least that seems to be the implication. Lillie, perhaps the most open minded individual of the three saw that the Aether foundation is a fraud, that they claim to want to help injured pokemon and give them a paradise to live in, but in reality want to conduct experiments on them for their own ambition’s glorification. This leads to another revelation in the trailer, and that is Type: Null. Perhaps the most peculiar pokemon I’ve ever seen, it is said to have been artificially created.

“This Pokémon wearing a mask has been dubbed “Null,” meaning nothing.

The shapes of its front and hind legs are clearly different. The reason is that Type: Null was constructed to synthesize the strengths of various Pokémon, enabling it to adapt to any situation.

The mask fitted to Type: Null’s head is a piece of equipment designed to control its latent powers. It’s extremely heavy, so it also serves to hinder Type: Null’s agility.

To complete a certain mission, there was need of a Pokémon powerful enough to rival those Pokémon often spoken of in mythology.”

My prediction is of course that the Aether foundation created Type: Null through experimenting on the pokemon in their care. Now the mask is another point of interest. This pokemon was meant to utilize the strengths of all pokemon, and to aid in a mission where it would rival the mythical pokemon (we can assume here that we’re talking about Solgaleo and Lunala). At some point in the past the Aether foundation created Type: Null to beat Solgaleo or Lunala, and control them. They failed at this for unknown reasons, and then Type: Null was just sitting around. But this incredibly powerful pokemon, that most likely harbored animosity towards its creators was too powerful, and so in much the same way as Giovanni built the armor to control Mewtwo’s power, so too did Aether build the mask for Type: Null. But where does Gladion come into this? Gladion is concerned only with power and strength, so it is conceivable that being an inheritor of the Aether foundation he knew about Type: Null and stole it to train it and explore its true strength and potential (which will eventually culminate in him removing the mask).

Lillie, believing that both her siblings were wrong in what they pursued ran away. The Aether foundation spent fortunes trying to find her but never could, and she was presumed to be dead (perhaps Kukui heard her story and hid her (at her request) from the Aether investigators.)
The president of the Aether Foundation, whether it be Lillie’s father, or Lusamine decided to try and create Lillie anew, (similar to how the team rocket scientist was trying to recreate his daughter as a clone after she died) using genetic experiments on pokemon. Unfortunately, what is created is not a clone of Lillie, but a monstrosity known as an Ultra Beast, it being the first attempt and closest equivalent to Lillie, the others, presumably housed on Aether paradise are of like monster qualities. In a sense this is what pokemon has always been about; humans and pokemon living side by side as equals, and the desire of some humans to step beyond the bound of nature and cooperation to control pokemon that they themselves have created. From Giovanni, Team Rocket and Mewtwo, to Ghetsis, Team Plasma, and Genesect. The funamental question is what it means to be a pokemon, and what these artificial creations really are.

That is a theory, am I right?
Let me know, what you think. But before I go I want to leave you with just a few more thoughts…
Team Skull are not the good guys, they steal pokemon and money, however, this does not mean that the Aether foundation are not the bad guys. It struck everyone as odd that Guzma and his gangsters would be after Solgaleo and Lunala, because why would they. They don’t show any ambition or need or want to do such a thing. The Aether foundation on the other hand, seems a prime candidate. As I see it, Type: Null was created to take down Solgaleo or Lunala, it was either created by team skull or the Aether foundation, now ask yourself which seems more likely. Then there is a similarity I noticed between the logo of the Delta Episode and the logo of the Aether foundation, but that’s enough about that. Finally, I will say that I am truly happy that Zygarde is going to feature prominently in these games, and my theory as to how he will fit in is this: The player will collect all the cores and cells, and by the end of the game have a zygarde, and this will be the only pokemon capable of taking down the mythological pokemon Solgaleo or Lunala once the Aether Foundation foolishly summons it. After all Zygarde is the order pokemon, and order over life and death certainly makes it a worthy opponent of Solgaleo or Lunala.


The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

Posted: 12/13/2014 4:26 am EST Updated: 12/13/2014 11:59 am EST 


Early Friday evening Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and gave a plain-spoken, barn-burning speech that could make history and put her into serious contention to be the next President of the United States.

There are only a handful of political speeches that have such historic impact. 

Barack Obama’s keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention comes readily to mind.

It’s what catapulted an obscure Illinois state Senator into the national limelight and put him on the path to becoming President.

Warren’s Senate speech was different, but just as electrifying.

Obama’s rhetoric was lofty, high-minded, and general, with a feel-good unifying message that there’s no blue America or red America but only the United States of America.

Warren’s rhetoric is more down to earth, substantive, and frankly, angrier, unafraid of calling out by name the institutions–the big banks and Citigroup in particular–which tanked the economy, cost millions of Americans their jobs and homes, were bailed out with half a trillion dollars of taxpayer money, and then used their fortunes to buy Congress and make it more likely they’ll be bailed out again. 

Moreover, she was unafraid to take on the President of her own party, and the numerous members of his administration drawn from Citigroup and other big banks through the endless revolving door between Washington and Wall Street.

Here’s the heart of Warren’s speech:

“Democrats don’t like Wall Street bailouts.

Republicans don’t like Wall Street bailouts. 

The American people are disgusted by Wall Street bailouts.

And yet here we are, five years after Dodd-Frank with Congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for the middle class, do nothing for community banks, do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again…

So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi[group]. I agree with you Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect.

It should have broken you into pieces!

If this Congress is going to open up Dodd-Frank in the months ahead, then let’s open it up to get tougher, not to create more bailout opportunities. 

If we’re going to open up Dodd-Frank, let’s open it up so that once and for all we end too big to fail and I mean really end it, not just say that we did.

Instead of passing laws that create new bailout opportunities for too big to fail banks, let’s pass…something…that would help break up these giant banks.

A century ago Teddy Roosevelt was America’s Trust-Buster. 

He went after the giant trusts and monopolies in this country, and a lot of people talk about how those trust deserved to be broken up because they had too much economic power. 

But Teddy Roosevelt said we should break them up because they had too much political power. 

Teddy Roosevelt said break them up because all that concentrated power threatens the very foundations up our democratic system.

And now we’re watching as Congress passes yet another provision that was written by lobbyists for the biggest recipient of bailout money in the history of this country. 

And its attached to a bill that needs to pass or else we entire federal government will grind to a halt.

Think about that kind of power. 

If a financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage, that alone is reason enough to break them up.

Enough is enough.

Enough is enough with Wall Street insiders getting key position after key position and the kind of cronyism that we have seen in the executive branch. 

Enough is enough with Citigroup passing 11th hour deregulatory provisions that nobody takes ownership over but everybody will come to regret. 

Enough is enough.

Washington already works really well for the billionaires and the big corporations and the lawyers and the lobbyists.

But what about the families who lost their homes or their jobs or their retirement savings the last time Citigroup bet big on derivatives and lost? 

What about the families who are living paycheck to paycheck and saw their tax dollars go to bail out Citi just 6 years ago?

We were sent here to fight for those families. 

It is time, it is past time, for Washington to start working for them!”…

Please take less than 10 minutes of your time to watch the speech below. 

Like Obama’s 2004 Convention speech, it was an historic speech, a potentially game changing speech. 

It catapulted Warren from a potential nuisance to Hillary Clinton’s coronation as the Democratic nominee to someone who could foreseeably win the nomination and even the Presidency.

It transformed the conventional wisdom about American politics that the main divide is between left, right, and center, when it is really between pro-corporate and anti-corporate. 

Her declaration that neither Democrats nor Republicans (meaning the voters, not the Washington politicians) don’t like bank bailouts rings loud and true. 

Tea party supporters don’t like bailouts and crony capitalism any more that progressives do.

The conventional wisdom is that to win white working and middle class voters, politicians need to move towards the center, meaning towards a more corporate approach. 

But in a world of growing inequality, stagnating wages, and a fading belief that with hard work your children can have a better life than you had, that may no longer be true.

Hillary Clinton represents the old politics of the status quo and accommodation to Wall Street’s power. 

Her husband’s Treasury Secretary was former Goldman Sachs exec Robert Rubin. 

After leading Pres. Clinton’s effort to dismantle the half-century old Glass-Steagel prohibition on government-insured commercial banks engaging in risky speculative bets which enabled the creation of financial megaliths like Citigroup, he went on to earn $126 million as a senior executive for Citigroup and brokered Citigroup’s ½ Trillion Dollar bailout. 

His protégé, Timothy Geithner became Barack Obama’s Treasury Secretary where he opposed breaking up the big banks who had cratered the economy.

Elizabeth Warren represents a new politics in which, by challenging the power of the oligarchy, she has the potential of reclaiming the white working class for Democrats and uniting them with the coalition of professionals, single women, gays and minorities who elected Obama. 

She is the first major national politician in decades who is willing to openly challenge the power of the Wall Street oligarchy, in the manner of Franklin Delano Roosevelt who declared, “They are unanimous in their hate for me – and I welcome their hatred.”

With the increasingly dominant power of big money in politics, could Warren defeat Clinton, Inc. and then go on to defeat what is likely to be the near unanimous support of the Wall Street and corporate elite for her Republican opponent? 

It’s hard to say. 

But the nation is in too much trouble to settle for a Democratic or Republican candidate of the corporatist status quo. 

If there’s any hope, it’s that once in a while the power of organized people can defeat the power of organized money. 

Elizabeth Warren represents that hope and it’s the only thing worth hoping for.

Watch Warren’s 9:43 second speech below. 

If you’re fed up with the power of Wall Street and the big banks, it will inspire you. 

And even if you aren’t, watch it for its importance as a model of historically transformative political rhetoric.