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Sami people persuade Norway pension fund to divest from Dakota Access
The Sami parliament, representing indigenous people also known as Lapps, has convinced Norway’s second largest pension fund to ditch the oil pipeline project

In an act of international solidarity between indigenous peoples, the Sami parliament in Norway has persuaded the country’s second largest pension fund to withdraw its money from companies linked to a controversial oil project backed by Donald Trump.

The project to build the 1,900km Dakota Access oil pipeline across six US states has prompted massive protests from Native American activists at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

This week, after lobbying by the Sami parliament, Norway’s local authority pension fund KLP announced it would sell of shares worth $58m in companies building the pipeline.

Vibeke Larsen, president of the Sami parliament, said the pension fund announced the move when she arrived at a meeting in Oslo to discuss Dakota Access.

“We feel a strong solidarity with other indigenous people in other parts of the world, so we are doing our part in Norway by putting pressure on the pension funds,” she told the Guardian.

The Sami – sometimes called Lapps in English – are an indigenous people living in the Arctic area of Sápmi in the far north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia’s Kola peninsula.

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  • *camera zooms in on Theresa May's face as circus music starts playing*
  • *montage of disabled people getting their pensions cut, school kids having their lunches taken away, angry junior doctors protesting her, people being denied visas, muslims being harassed on the street*
  • Theresa May: running through wheat fields
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Anarchists attack the riot police outside the greek parliament


(Athens, Greece – General Strike, 17 May 2017)

“We won’t live like slaves - The only lost battles are the ones that they have not been given”.

On Wednesday 17 May 2017 thousands of people joined the general strike protests all over Greece, against the new harsh financial measures of 4.9 billion euros incorporated in the 4th Memorandum signed by the greek government, aimed once again against the lower income classes rather, than the banks and the wealthy.

The self proclaimed left government of SYRIZA in co-operation with the right wing party of ANEL have unleashed a new class war, this time specifically aimed against people with disability and pensioners that have worked all their lives and paid their share under the false notion -as it seems- that during the time when they will be most vulnerable, they would have free public health services and subsidies that would help them get by. On the contrary after 23(!) severe cuts in pensions and allowances during the 8 years of the financial crisis in Greece (amounting to more than 50 billion euros in pension and allowances cuts during the last 7 years), that has forced people to live like beggars, a further 18% cut will be imposed on pensions under the 4th Memorandum being voted in the greek parliament these days and a “freezing” of even the slightest raise in pensions until 2022.

Ans as if a life with no future wasn’t enough, the streets of Athens have been filled with thousands of riot policemen to impose fear on people daring to protest during the general strike of 17 May 2017. Thus, during the protest in Athens anarchists attacked the riot police brigades in Syntagma Square around the greek parliament, whilst inside politicians were discussing the new harsh financial measures to be imposed on the people, without the people. More protests will take place tomorrow 18 May during the voting of the measures in the greek parliament.

“To say that ‘socialism doesn’t work’ is to overlook the fact that it did. In Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Mongolia, North Korea, and Cuba, revolutionary communism created a life for the mass of people that was far better than the wretched existence they had endured under feudal lords, military bosses, foreign colonizers, and Western capitalists. The end result was a dramatic improvement in living conditions for hundreds of millions of people on a scale never before or since witnessed in history.

"State socialism transformed desperately poor countries into modernized societies in which everyone had enough food, clothing, and shelter; where elderly people had secure pensions; and where all children (and many adults) went to school and no one was denied medical attention. Some of us from poor families who carry around the hidden injuries of class are much impressed by these achievements and are unwilling to dismiss them as merely 'economistic’.”

—  Michael Parenti
To All Our UK Followers

I know this isnt ace related but I felt it was important to point out.

Here is the thing…nobody really knows what will happen in this election. For starters this is an election that Theresa May claimed was about Brexit, but because Labour conceded about article 50, there has basically been no talk about Brexit at all…

Labour are doing ‘well’ in the polls because of young voters (under 45s), infact there really hasn’t been an election where there has been such a clear generational divide. However as young people historically don’t have a large voter turn out, it is very hard for polls to figure out how much weight they should put on young people saying that they will vote. Labour’s private polls actually have them much further behind the tories than other polls.

Labour has mobilsed young people really well which is great but also an issue because this means that if people are right about young people turnout, older people will be the ones swinging votes.

Political indifference is a privilege, in times of austerity, the most marginalised groups will suffer and have been suffering, pensioners, disabled people, LGBT+ folks, low income families, the homeless etc. Additionally there have been cuts to the NHS (The Red cross said that the NHS is in a 'humanitarian crisis’) and to the police.

I don’t know how many times to iterate the importance of voting; whatever party you do end up voting for. Your vote matters. Your vote can change this election. So please just vote.

-Mod moyo

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“We won’t live like slaves - The only lost battles are the ones that they have not been given”.

On Thursday 18 May 2017 thousands of people joined a 2nd day of protests following a general strike all over Greece on the day before, against the new harsh austerity measures of 4.9 billion euros incorporated in the 4th Memorandum signed by the greek government, aimed once again against the lower income classes rather, than the banks and the wealthy.

The self-proclaimed left government of SYRIZA in co-operation with the right wing party of ANEL have unleashed a new class war, this time specifically aimed against people with disability and pensioners that have worked all their lives and paid their share under the false notion -as it seems- that during the time when they will be most vulnerable, they would have free public health services and subsidies that would help them get by. On the contrary after 23(!) severe cuts in pensions and allowances during the 8 years of the financial crisis in Greece (amounting to more than 50 billion euros in pension and allowances cuts during the last 7 years), that has forced people to live like beggars, a further 18% cut will be imposed on pensions under the 4th Memorandum voted in the greek parliament on Thursday 18 May 2017 and a “freezing” of even the slightest raise in pensions until 2022.

And as if a life with no future wasn’t enough, the streets of Athens were filled with thousands of riot policemen to impose fear on people daring to protest. During the protest in Athens anarchists trying to storm the greek parliament and attacked the riot police brigades on the stairs leading to the front yard of the building -that once was purported to be the royal palace in Syntagma Square- whilst inside politicians were voting on the new harsh financial measures to be imposed on the people, without the people.

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“If we’re right, people lose homes. People lose jobs. People lose retirement savings, people lose pensions. You know what I hate about fucking banking? It reduces people to numbers. Here’s a number - every 1% unemployment goes up, 40,000 people die, did you know that?”

Movies Watched in 2015 | The Big Short (2015)

anonymous asked:

Hey Kat you're a New Yorker right? Hope you remember to vote NO to constitutional change Nov 7! We need all the ppl we can get. Otherwise so many people could lose their pensions and safety from the unions like Jersey did.

Um. Somehow I doubt the vote is open to foreigners, so that probably won’t work, sorry. I still have my German citizenship, I just work in the States. 

CONSERVATIVE (Koch) GAME PLAN


The first thing to understand is that the Republicans plan on using the threat of a shutdown to blackmail America!

The Conservatives want to end Education and to let Corporate America be the government. The Republicans wish to destroy public education so that only rich kids get an education and poor children end up in the workhouse(Victorian Era).

The Republicans now talk about shutting the Government DOWN again and then plan to use this as Blackmail to achieve “Austerity” to harm millions of Americans while handing billions to the Millionaires in this country so they can do more damage to this Country

Let us talk about Social Security!!!!!!
The GOP has begun working on this. Remember they control the budgets, and they control the Federal Departments such as Social Security.

Just before the recess, the GOP made massive cuts to the Social Security budget closing as many as 1000 offices around the country and making it more difficult for people to apply for benefits. Now the Republicans have total control.

They will continue to CUT the Budgets to SS to the point that the Department cannot function. Then they will hit the SUNDAY shows and of Course use FOX and RUSH 24 by 7 telling people that the SS Department is not operating (of course they slashed all the Budgets) and it is time to Privatize.

This game will be done at the local and state level ( such as Parks, Police, Roads, Schools) as the Conservatives continue to work to make America a Third World country.

THEY LIE TO GET ELECTED

Prime example, the 2010 election when they talked about JOBS JOBS JOBS – this helped get them elected, and they have been obstructing Jobs Growth since day one; 2010 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of  America, as the Republicans took over many Blue States using the LIE of Jobs. They have since then gerrymandered so many parts of the states under their control that we may never get rid of these Fascists. They rig elections and install voting machines that have no Paper trails.

ONCE ELECTED, THEY FOCUS ON WHAT TO PRIVATIZE

There are many they desire but let’s talk about the Post Office. In 2006 they put a Poison Pill into a bill that does nothing but destroys the union and eventually privatizes the Post Office. For those who do not know,  the Post Office has to pay pensions for people over the next 75 years, and it has to be done in 10 years; this would bankrupt any private company. The Republicans have filibustered all attempts to fix this.

THEY CUT FUNDING SO THAT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CANNOT FUNCTION

There are many examples, but right now I am not too happy about what the HOUSE is trying to pull off. They control the budgets and the Departments because they control the HOUSE. They are cutting budgets for Social Security and closing offices all to make the Department dysfunctional. They will go on a Media Blitz about how wonderful this would be if they privatized it and hand it to Wall Street.
Some things that the GOP have targeted to make funding cuts are Consumer Protection, FDA, EPA and all Departments that Protect Americans from Corporations.
Republicans plan on gutting the CBO and installing their Puppets to tell the Country how great the RYAN BUDGET is, no matter that the CBO  has been saying Austerity does not work and would harm millions of Americans. (The GOP really hates the Truth, so they eliminate it).
There are much more such as Education.
Right Wing Ideology “Profits before People and who cares about the Future.”

THEY HOLD MEDIA EVENTS TO EXPLAIN HOW THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT WORKING AND HOW PRIVATIZING CAN MAKE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FUNCTION

For those that have no clue, the media is owned and operated by those on the Right. The Media could care less about America; they are in the business of making money. Note that this is very sad because the Founding Fathers had hoped that the Media would be the congressional oversight.


ONCE THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE SOLD TO CORPORATIONS, ALL REGULATORY CONTROL IS GONE

We are losing much of what was called the Commons. So much of this was built and paid for by the people of this Country. Many deals made by Conservatives, to sell off much of what was “we the people” and have been sold in many cases for 10 cents on the dollar.

WELCOME TO AMERICAN FASCISM

There are four facets to this fascist takeover: Corporations, Religion, Media, and Control of the Courts.

These are all in place for a complete takeover of America, all without a shot being fired. Americans will wake up one day and asked HOW DID this HAPPEN.

15 April 1719 - Death of Madame de Maintenon

After her husband Louis XIV died in 1715, Madame de Maintenon retired to Saint-Cyr to spent her last years in quietude at the school/convent she herself founded. Though her marriage to the King was supposed to be secret, after Louis died she received condolences from many royalty in Europe and the Pope. Her greatest recognition as uncrowned Queen of France was that Peter the Great of Russia visited her at Saint-Cyr, when he was making his tour through Europe.

Gradually Madame de Maintenons health began to decline. At the beginning of April 1719 she told her secretary Jeanne d'Aumale:

“ While my head is clear and I am alone with you, let us do business once more. Send my poor people their pensions in advance. I wish to do them a little good once more before I die.”

Even at her own deathbed the only things she thought about were the sufferings of the poor and how she could help them, like she had done all her life.        

To the Duc de Noailles she said on her deathbed:

“Adieu, my dear Duke. A few hours hence I shall  understand many things.”

Madame de Maintenon died at five in the afternoon while listening to the hymns sung by the pupils of Saint-Cyr. She was 83 years old and had survived Le Grand Monarque for 4 years.

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SALMA YAQOOB confronts Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith on poverty, austerity & and the government’s labelling of those on benefits as “scroungers” | BBC Question Time, 12 June 2014

“My full-time job is actually mental health. I have seen myself, how people have become suicidal. I have had to counsel people who have lost their loved ones who said they did not want to be a burden on their own families because the support has been taken away. These are very, very real issues. And it’s [cuts to benefits] being done in the name of austerity. We’ve had this drive of people being called scroungers when actually half of the people on benefits are pensioners, our pensioners in this country are not scroungers. 60% of people on benefits are in work, but the wages are not paying enough to feed their families.

Yet I’m sitting next to Iain Duncan Smith, who quite happily labels poor people as scroungers, when you claim £39 for a breakfast, like you can’t afford your own breakfast, when you live on your wife’s estate, and have taken £1.5 million of taxpayers money. That’s what I call scroungers, that’s what I call shirkers.”

So glad that Yaqoob said this. Like so many, I’ve been disgusted by the vilification of poor people under the current British government, and the political impunity the Lib/Cons have enjoyed as they wage their war on the British welfare system and the people it used to assist. Lord knows, back in 2012 that was basically all my tumblr was about

I’m elated that Yaqoob says what she came to say despite being interrupted by three different white men in under two minutes. See how they flail about trying to shut her down? Trying, and failing to close ranks. Their language intends to belittle her intelligence, accuracy and question her political maturity. “What a lot of nonsense” says Iain Duncan Smith again and again, as she backs him into a corner. The dimwit David Dimbleby, whose sole public function is to maintain the status quo, (in a very gentlemanly fashion) orders Yaqoob to answer the question. Surely a person with his journalistic experience knows that politicians reframe the question they’re asked and give the answer they came to give? It’s alright when white men with party backing/influence/money do this very thing, but apparently not when Yaqoob does. I’m sure the question was boring anyway. 

But she doesn’t let them to dismiss her! I cannot count the number of times I’ve been talked over and talked down to by white British men. My statements informed by education, research or experience are interrogated, picked apart, evengoogled when similar statements by a white man would be accepted as truths. Apparently, women of colour’s speech is always awaiting verification. I love that Yaqoob refused to succumb to all those familiar silencing tactics, and so quickly articulated a powerful case against austerity.  

Cant - Key (Part One)

WELCOME TO ONE HALF OF THE SURPRISE WHICH IS PROBABLY LESS SURPRISING THAN EMMA’S HALF BUT STILL~

You’re probably thinking, “why is this a surprise?”

Well, it’s because this story, right here? It’s Key’s version of Emma’s story Bosh. You see, Emma and I decided we’d be doing a story swap, and while I gladly gave her “Excuse Me, Miss,” I went right to Bosh and was like, “I have to do the thing.” So, I asked her if I could do something from this universe, and she gave me Key and Taemin~ 

So, without further ado, Key’s Bosh. By the way - this story is actually pre-Onew’s Bosh, so yeah, there aren’t any references to his story. But I collaborated with Emma on this, so there are details in it that may be mentioned in Jonghyun or Minho’s to come. 

part one - part two - part three - part four - part five

UPDATED 6/6/15

He’s got 99 problems, and you don’t plan on becoming one.

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In small college towns, especially those in which the main attraction is the massive amount of shoreline, there seem to be three types of people that anyone can easy pick out of the blue.

The first class of people is the student body of the town’s little university. This would, of course, include you and most of the people around your age that stay longer than a week. These are the types of people that really tried to get into somewhere more impressive, but didn’t exactly have anything else to fall back on when that shiny, gleaming rejection letter came in the mail. 

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here’s to all the physically disabled people who can’t work.

to all the physically disabled people who want to work, but can only work in a limited capacity.

to all the co-morbid phyically/mentally disabled people who can work, want to work but employers pass them over for bullshit reasons.

to all the disabled people who get told they aren’t trying hard enough; you are. The fact you are up and reading this proves it.

To all the disabled people on pensions or assistance because employment isn’t an option; You need it. You aren’t a scammer or a welfare cheat. 

here’s to all the disabled people who can’t recover. to whom recovery is not the end goal. 

to all the disabled people who battle with the voice that tells them that they are a burden? you aren’t. Everyone helps everyone carry their weight. No person is an island. Its ok to need help and to ask for it. You are brave to place trust in people. If people abuse that trust, it is not your fault.

shout out to my vets and ex-military, like me who suffered in silence and got no help or assistance from the very institution that crippled them. And get told it was our fault for choosing that career. It’s not. No one should go what we went through.

All my spoonies; do what you need to to get through the day and be damned social expectations. We live in agony, it consumes energy, it can consume ones thinking. We all need different coping mechanisms.

All my disabled people in mobility aids, you need them, don’t let anyone convince you are lazy for using them.

we aren’t here to make other people grateful they aren’t sick or disabled, we are here to exist, be happy, thrive and be people.