policies and programs

Q&A, LOS spoilers, Ty

ti-bae-rius said:Hey! First, thank you for Ty, because he’s the first character I’ve ever had like me. But I wondered whether people like him would be in the dregs program of the Academy? He seems to be able to hold his own in a battle, but the Clave aren’t exactly the most understanding. What’s the policy on the dregs program? Who goes in and who gets to stay in the Shadowhunters stream?

In Ty’s case, he’s never gone to the Academy, so we don’t know for sure where they’d want to put him. Julian worries Ty would end up in with the dregs, but then Julian’s a worrier, and he’s very protective of his family. For all we know, the higher-ups at the academy might see Ty as a great candidate for the Shadowhunter track. But even if they did, Ty might find himself in conflict with the authoritarian rules of the academy, and his teachers might not be understanding of the ways his mind works (such as the usefulness of pipe-cleaner toys to fiddle with, etc). So it’s hard to guess how it would all shake out.

There isn’t a hard and fast rule about where Shadowhunters who are similar to Ty (in the sense of being neuroatypical) would end up. That’s because the Clave doesn’t really believe in or acknowledge autism or anything like it (Julian mentions as things the Clave doesn’t acknowledge, without naming them because he doesn’t have the words, ADHD and dyslexia). Students would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some of them might end up on the “dregs” track. Others might end up on the Shadowhunter track. It would vary from person to person, based on the specifics of their situation. 

asillymango said:I have a weird hunch that the faerie boy Dru saw in the cavern, when she touched the magical faerie thing in Jaime’s bag, will play an important role in TQoAaD. Is he possibly a descendant of the Lost First Heir, or the heir himself? I also remember the crest of the Unseelie King being present in that scene if that could be a possible hint. Another question: could he be what tied the Rosales family to the world of the Fae? If these are spoilers I understand if you choose not to answer them :)

Ash is important to the ongoing story. I can’t tell you much about him, but he appears in QoAD in some unexpected places, making some unexpected alliances. He isn’t related to what ties the Rosaleses to Faerie, though.

wreckofourhearts said:Hi! I finished LoS last week & it left me with one huge question: will Clary’s vision be explained? I can’t see you just bringing up Clary having visions of her dying & leave that idea unsolved, but I’m dying to know if you can tell us anything about how much Clary and Jace will be in QoAD or if you’ll go into detail a little about her visions. I would love to know anything you can spill about this idea in general because I don’t know if I could stand Clary dying outside of her main book series!

There’s not too much I can tell you aside from the fact that the visions will be addressed again and you’ll find out what happens to Clary in QuAD. It’s true TMI is over, but there are climactic huge battles to come in the Shadowhunter world, so the TMI characters will never truly be totally out of potential danger until all the books are over …

ronaanpynch said:Hi Cassie! :) I finished LoS two days ago and I LOVED IT! Also I was surprised that you mentioned the Rome Institute! Now I have a question: the Herondale we see in the memory held in the aletheia crystal was Tobias and William Herondale’s father? 

That Herondale was indeed Tobias and William’s father. The scene from the aletheia crystal illustrates how he was not a particularly compassionate person, even when his children were small. (William and Tobias would have been about four and two years old at the time.)

animalcr0ssings said:Hello! At this point do you know how many deaths there are going to be in QoAaD? 

Yes,  but this time around I’m not going to name a number. :)

Watch The Speech That Should End The Confederate Monuments Debate For Good
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's address makes it even harder to defend statues honoring the "cult of the Lost Cause."

It is a lot of work trying to stay on top of the pace of the news cycle: horrific attacks, like explosion that murdered 22 people and injured 59 in Manchester; the “Great Unraveling” of Trump’s scandal-ridden administration; the dismantling of progressive and beneficial programs, policies, and institutions while malicious and regressive legislation is being passed; and on and on… All of it important, all of it pressing. But if you can make the time, I recommend watching, listening to, or reading the powerful speech by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in the link above.

And to compare and contrast, check out Mississippi state representative Karl Oliver’s now-deleted response to the removal of these Confederate monuments here, calling for the—emphasis his, in all caps—“LYNCHING” of the Black city council members who voted to back the removal. That is a very specific word in a very specific context, meant to spread terror and violence with the goal of submission in the name of racial supremacy. The kicker is that, as a friend of mine stated, “We’ve officially reached the point where you can literally say anything and face no repercussions at election time. This guy is probably in zero danger of losing his job.”

There are many false narratives and historical fantasies that the majority of us Americans live under, arguably more than we open our eyes to—or educate kids on—the ugly truths of how and why we got to this place in history. As I’ve written on this blog before, I wish I had received more education on this huge and crucial swath of American history as I attended public school in the South, but most of it was glossed over… Kudos to the New Orleans City Council, Mayor Landrieu, and everyone else who worked to unveil this truth and stamp out oppression. Sadly, it will continue to thrive despite these efforts, but efforts like these must continue, including holding people like Karl Oliver accountable.

What’s going on in Brazil? #09

Sooooo  in spite of a popular saying here being that the year in Brazil only starts after Carnival, a fuckton of stuff has happened since January. I’m gonna try to cover them all quickly, but brace yourselves. Written at 11/02/2017.

The year started with the total meltdown of  our prison system. Basically, gang fights lead to the massacre of some 60 people in a prison in Amazon, then another governor from another state asked for federal help cause they thought they were gonna face the same issue, then our Minister of Justice said “nah” then SURPRISE shit happened and some other 40 people died and more prisons were taken by organized crime and long story shot some couple hundred prisoners were killed by other prisoners in a bunch of different prisons (and by killed I mean decapitated and their heads thrown over the prison walls). Government says situation is under control now but tbh we don’t really know that and we don’t even know how many people died or who’s really in charge in a few prisons, so. 

Then, a few days later, the judge (Teori Zavascki) who was in charge of the investigations of that famous corruption case, Lava Jato, died in a plane crash just when he was going back to the capital to approve on some quite dangerous papers. So our president had to name someone else to fill in the vacancy for the Supreme Court, right? He named Alexandre de Moraes last week… Our former Minister of Justice. Yes. The dude that did nothing on the thing above. And a man who has been linked to organized crime before. Waiting now to be confirmed as the next name to the Supreme Court. Yeah. Great. Also, speaking of the corruption investigations, a bunch of people got named, then the president decided “out of nowhere” to create another cabinet and name one of the accused guys to that position cause then he can’t be investigated by regular police, supreme court only, then a judge decided that that wasn’t legal, then the government appealed and it was overthrown, then another judge decided it was illegal, then the government appealed again and again and again and so on and they’re still fighting on it. 

 And if thought that was enough disaster for a year, there’s more. The entirety of the State of Espirito Santo was left without police for a week and, well, exactly what you think happened happened. Like in those distopia movies, people didn’t leave their homes, and the ones that did probably got mugged or killed. Hundreds of stored were sacked, cars robbed, etc. About a hundred people died, mostly murdered. This happened because police officers found a way to strike cause they happened to be the most underpaid officers in the whole country and their salaries haven’t been readjusted for seven years (and the state government still didn’t concede the increases after this). Federal government sent in the army, didn’t really solve the situation. Troops in other states, especially Rio, threaten to do the same thing now.

Coming back to policies, the High School Program reform was approved by the congress this week and every single teacher I know is pissed off which is probably not a good sign for a High School reform. What it does is making some subjects a mandatory base, like maths and portuguese, and others become optional… Like History, or Geography, or Chemistry, or Physics (they were all previously mandatory before). And now you kinda don’t need to have graduated in the subject you’re gonna teach to be able to teach, just prove you know the thing. And more hours of school for everybody, also. If it all sounds like a shitty idea, it’s because it is. 

On minor news, the new Mayors of Rio and São Paulo have been busy proving me they’re just the assholes I thought they were with the first naming his kid for a thing and the second embarking on a crusade against street art in general. Also, the Yellow Fever is back. Probably due the death of most mosquito predators like a year and a half ago in an area due to the biggest environmental disaster of the history of this country for which no one has been prosecuted yet. And our ex-first lady (wife of Lula) died and people became really mean and shitty about in online. 

I think this about covers it. Not an easy month, not an easy month at all.


TSOCG presents day two of Black History Month 2014: “The Divine Nine”

These are the nine historically Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) that together comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The NPHC was created in an era when racial segregation and disenfranchisement plagued African Americans. The establishment of each of these organizations bore witness to the fact that despite hardships African Americans refused to accept a status of inferiority.

The organization’s stated purpose and mission in 1930:

“Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.”

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.: Founded December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Its founders are known as the “Seven Jewels” and its principles are “manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind.” Its motto is First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All.

Alpha Phi Alpha evolved into a primarily service-oriented organization and provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, both World Wars, and during the Civil Rights Movement. The organization addressed (and still addresses) social issues such as apartheid, AIDS, urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues of interest to people of color. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and World Policy Council are programs of Alpha Phi Alpha. It also conducts philanthropic programming initiatives with March of Dimes, Head Start, Boy Scouts of America, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Notable members of Alpha Phi Alpha: Jamaican Prime Minister Norman Manley, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Olympian Jesse Owens, Justice Thurgood Marshall, United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, singer Lionel Richie and Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.:Founded January 15, 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by a group of twenty students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle.  Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated on January 29, 1913.

After the organization’s establishment over a century ago, Alpha Kappa Alpha has helped to improve social and economic conditions through community service programs. Members have improved education through independent initiatives, contributed to community-building by creating programs and associations, such as the Mississippi Health Clinic, and influenced federal legislation by Congressional lobbying through the National Non-Partisan Lobby on Civil and Democratic Rights. The sorority works with communities through service initiatives and progressive programs relating to education, family, health, and business.

Notable members of Alpha Kappa Alpha: actress Loretta Devine, actress Phylicia Rashad, author Toni Morrison,  and vocalist Cassandra Wilson.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.: Founded as Kappa Alpha Nu on the night of January 5, 1911 by ten African-American college students at Indiana University Bloomington.

The motto of the fraternity is, “Achievement in every field of human endeavor”. During this time there were very few African-American students at the majority white campus at Bloomington, Indiana and they were a small minority due to the era of the Jim Crow laws. Many African-American students rarely saw each other on campus and were discouraged or prohibited from attending student functions and extracurricular activities by white college administrators and fellow students. African-American students were denied membership on athletic teams with the exception of track and field. The racial prejudice and discrimination encountered by the founders strengthened their bond of friendship and growing interest in starting a social group.

Some believe the Greek letters Kappa Alpha Nu were chosen as a tribute to Alpha Kappa Nu, but the name became an ethnic slur among racist factions. Founder Elder Watson Diggs, while observing a young initiate compete in a track meet, overheard fans referring to the member as a “kappa alpha nig”, and a campaign to rename the fraternity ensued. The resolution to rename the group was adopted in December 1914, and the fraternity states, “the name acquired a distinctive Greek letter symbol and KAPPA ALPHA PSI thereby became a Greek letter fraternity in every sense of the designation.” Kappa Alpha Psi has been the official name since April 15, 1915.

Notable Members of Kappa Alpha Psi: Gospel musician Byron Cage, comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles, and Civil Rights leader Ralph D. Abernathy.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.:  Founded on November 17, 1911 by three Howard University juniors, Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman, and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Omega Psi Phi is the first predominantly African-American fraternity to be founded at a historically black university.

Since its founding, Omega Psi Phi’s stated purpose has been to attract and build a strong and effective force of men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift.

In 1924, at the urging of fraternity member Carter G. Woodson, the fraternity launched Negro History and Literature Week in an effort to publicize the growing body of scholarship on African-American history. Encouraged by public interest, the event was renamed “Negro Achievement Week” in 1925 and given an expanded national presence in 1926 by Woodson’s Association for the Study of Negro Life as “Negro History Week.” Expanded to the full month of February from 1976, this event continues today as Black History Month.

Since 1945, the fraternity has undertaken a National Social Action Program to meet the needs of African Americans in the areas of health, housing, civil rights, and education. Omega Psi Phi has been a patron of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) since 1955, providing an annual gift of $350,000 to the program.

Notable members of Omega Psi Phi: poet Langston Hughes, comedians Rickey Smiley, Steve Harvey, and Bill Cosby.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: Founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act of Delta Sigma Theta was the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C., March 3, 1913. Delta Sigma Theta was incorporated as a perpetual body in 1930. Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is the largest African-American Greek-lettered organization.

Since its founding, Delta Sigma Theta has been at the forefront of creating programming to improve political, education, and social and economic conditions. Delta Sigma Theta has been pivotal in assisting the African American and International communities through education, lobbying, and economic initiatives, including Delta Days at the State and Nation’s Capitol, Delta Days at the United Nations, Summits and various conferences which focus on pertinent issues of the day. In addition to establishing independent programming, The Sorority consistently collaborates with community and corporate organizations Such as Chase (bank), Habitat for Humanity, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, Lawry’s, and General Electric to further its programming goals.

Notable members of Delta Sigma Theta: actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, singers Natalie Cole and Roberta Flack, and athlete Wilma Rudolph.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students with nine other Howard students as charter members. The fraternity’s founders (A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown) wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would exemplify the ideals of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service while taking an inclusive perspective to serving the community as opposed to having an exclusive purpose.

The fraternity exceeded the prevailing models of Black Greek-Letter fraternal organizations by being the first to establish alumni chapters, youth mentoring clubs, a federal credit union, chapters in Africa, and a collegiate chapter outside of the United States, and is the only fraternity to hold a constitutional bond with a predominantly African-American sorority, Zeta Phi Beta (ΖΦΒ), which was founded on January 16, 1920, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., through the efforts of members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Notable members of Phi Beta Sigma: George Washington Carver, James Weldon Johnson, Kwame Nkrumah, and activist Hosea Williams.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.:  Founded on January 16, 1920 by five collegiate women (Arizona Cleaver Stemmons, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, Fannie Pettie Watts, and Pearl Anna Neal) at Howard University. The organization was founded “on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations – to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day.”

In 1948, Zeta Phi Beta became the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (in Monrovia, Liberia). It was also the first organization to establish adult and youth auxiliary groups and centralize its operations in a national headquarters. Today, there are also chapters in U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Bahamas, Japan, Korea, Barbados, and Haiti.

Zeta Phi Beta is the only NPHC sorority that is constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma. The sorority also maintains connections to several organizations including the NPHC, American Diabetes Association, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, National Council of Negro Women, and the United Negro College Fund.

The sorority also holdsZeta Day on the Hill, which provides an opportunity for Zetas to exercise another level of civic responsibility by learning the protocols for interacting with and the knowledge needed to maximize engagement with congressional representatives. As members of a “Community Conscious-Action Oriented” organization, Zetas schedule meetings with their representative or their representative’s designee to discuss, during brief sessions, issues of interest to the local, state and national Zeta membership.

On January 25, 2001, Zeta Phi Beta was granted Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the United Nations.

Notable members of Zeta Phi Beta: author Zora Neale Hurston, singer Sarah Vaughan, comedienne Sheryl Underwood, singers Minnie Riperton and Towanda Braxton.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.:  Founded on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven young educators. It was incorporated within the state of Indiana in December 1922 and became a national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted and the Alpha chapter was established.

The sorority is a non-profit whose aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and the education of youth are the hallmark of the organization’s programs and activities.

Founded in the midst of segregation, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is the only sorority of the four historically African-American sororities in the NPHC that was established on a predominantly white campus.

Notable members of Sigma Gamma Rho: singer Kelly Price, rapper MC Lyte, and actress Victoria Rowell.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.: Founded on September 19, 1963 at Morgan State University (then Morgan State College) in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The fraternity was founded in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement even though there were already four other prominent historically Black fraternities at the time. Influences included organizations such as the Black Panthers, SNCC, and figures such as Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. The Iota founders were distinguished from their peers as they were all non-traditional students. Being anywhere from three to five years older than their peers, many had served in the military, worked full-time while attending classes full-time, and had families with small children. These elements gave the Founders a different perspective than the typical fraternity member.

A key appeal of Iota Phi Theta is that, as an organization, it refuses to have its members bind themselves to a defined fraternal image but celebrates the individuality of its members.

Notable members of Iota Phi Theta: actor T.C. Carson and athlete Calvin Murphy.

The importance of the “Divine Nine”: During the time in which the first BGLO was established, African Americans across the country were faced with the harsh realities of race-related discrimination. As a result of the various situations that stemmed from these discriminatory practices, various organizations established by the African American community began to surface and some of them were Black Greek Letter Organizations. Since 1906—the founding year of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.—nine fraternities and sororities (affectionately known as the Divine Nine) have had the privilege of developing and establishing chapters throughout the United States and the world. The establishment of these brotherhoods and sisterhoods brought together men and women who were passionate about the goals and ideals of their organization and made a commitment to work together to make a difference in the world in which they lived.

More than this, they gave networking opportunities and all of the other benefits of being a member of a Greek-Letter Organization to people who were barred entry from the historically White Greek-Letter Organizations. The NPHC organizations stand apart from all others in that at their core stand scholarship and service to the community.

I am a proud and active member of an NPHC sorority myself, the lovely, alluring, remarkable, and oh SOOOOOO SWEET Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I love my organization, and I love my fellow black greeks…the history of all of our organizations shine brightly in all of our missions.


NYT: Opinion | Republicans Can’t Pass Bills
The G.O.P. used to be willing to govern. Not now.
By David Brooks

I like David Brooks’s distinction between Republican philosophy as either “freedom as capacity” and “freedom as detachment”.

Despite what you think of the details of his essay (I would argue that the 1996 welfare reform law did more harm than good), the overall distinction he makes is important. “Freedom as capacity” means giving people the liberty of choice through a small boost. Give people with disabilities some assistance so they have the liberty to choose what work they would like to do. Give people in high school some assistance so they can choose what college they’d like. I may not agree wholeheartedly with it, but it’s a strong philosophy and one that does create results.

“Freedom as detachment”, on the other hand, is just cutting government programs and calling it a day. That doesn’t work. With all of the pressures placed on Americans today, David Brooks argues that such a philosophy will only leave these people to struggle. It’s a philosophy that hasn’t achieved any substantial policy achievements. This health care bill, which may still go through, is an enormous governing failure. It’s a garbage pile of a bill because it doesn’t solve any problems. It just takes away a government program that helps people and tells them “you’re on your own.” Nobody wants that.

So until the Republican Party shifts its mode of thought, it’s going to continue failing over and over again until the voters say enough.

We have general elections every year in the US. VOTE THIS YEAR.

Among other things it’s doing, the federal government is looking to devolve more power back to the states.  VOTE THIS YEAR, and help to swing your state’s government.   Off-year elections have the smallest turnouts and so they are EASY TO SWAY by getting out there to vote.

VOTE THIS YEAR. Off-year elections can affect Congress and they affect local and regional offices whose policies can hold people accountable in their bases of operations if the federal government refuses to. For 2017 we have:

  • 1 US Senate seat (Alabama)
  • 6 US House of Representatives (California 34th District, Georgia 6th District, Kansas 4th District, Montana At-Large District, South Carolina 5th District, Utah 3rd District)
  • 2 State Governors (New Jersey, Virginia)
  • New Jersey General Assembly and Senate, Virginia House, North Carolina General Assembly (a special re-vote with the de-gerrymandered district lines!)
  • Lots of mayoral and local elections that will MATTER IN COMING YEARS because city mayors can carry a lot of influence in elections and also act as leaders and innovators to model policies and programs (see: sanctuary cities)


July 24: As President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, Anakbayan joins the Filipino people in massive protest actions expressing indignation against the extension of martial law in Mindanao, his long list of broken promises, and his regime’s triple wars of death and destruction. We are one with the Filipino people in strongly condemning Duterte’s genocidal “war on drugs” that has killed an estimated 12,000 people. We strongly oppose his regime’s disastrous “anti-terror war” that has led to the destruction of Marawi. We denounce his “all-out war” against the revolutionary movement.

After a year of unfulfilled promises, it has become clear that no fundamental change is forthcoming under Duterte. Inspired by the ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos and fixated with bloody killings and the iron-fist as his only solution to all the country’s problems, Duterte has stepped up increasingly virulent fascist attacks against the populace. Duterte has stacked up his cabinet with military men like Lorenzana, Año, and Esperon who are notorious human rights violators. He now threatens to expand martial law nationwide, using the revolutionary forces as scapegoat to justify open military rule.

Duterte has proven himself to have no real interest in making the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) a success by discussing socio-economic reforms that will solve the roots of armed conflict. Instead, Duterte insists on finalizing a bilateral ceasefire before tackling reform measures like genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization. He has used political prisoners as hostages to force the surrender of the revolutionary movement and carried on the implementation of US-designed counterinsurgency doctrine Oplan Kapayapaan.

For all his anti-US posturing, Duterte has had no concrete steps to remove US military forces from the country. Instead, he now coyly seeks US support for martial law in the guise of fighting terrorism. His economic team continues neoliberal policies that keeps the economy dependent on foreign investments and loans, favor rich oligarchs, and hit the poor the hardest. He has not junked contractualization, failed to freely distribute land to farmers, and now wishes to impose new and harsher taxes. Meanwhile, particular concessions like conditional free tuition for students of state universities and colleges giving free homes to homeless Kadamay members, among others, were achieved not because of the benevolence of Duterte but were the results of hard-won mass struggles by different sectors for their democratic rights.

The US-Duterte regime is no friend of the Filipino people. As we march today in angry protest, we hold no more illusions that Duterte is fundamentally any different from past regimes that have been subservient mainly to the interests of US imperialism and the oligarchic ruling classes. The Filipino youth and people has no other recourse but to intensify our mass struggles against Duterte’s fascist, anti-national, and anti-people policies and programs. We must assert our democratic rights and interests and advance the national democratic struggle against a rotting ruling system which now has at its apex the ruling militarist US-Duterte clique.

Oppose martial law and fascism of the US-Duterte regime!
Down with US imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism!
Forward the struggle for national democracy with a socialist perspective!

Via Anakbayan

anonymous asked:

PLEASE stop posting the white devil emma Watson. PLEASE. I will pay u. I will give u my first born child. Watson has made men a priority in feminism and rewards men for doing the bare minimum. Which is insulting to every gender. She's got some REAL messed up stuff going on.

Look, I’m all for calling out White Feminism at every turn, and I have, but SJblur nitpicking on every white feminist they see and when you start calling them the White Devil coz you don’t fully agree with or misunderstand them, you already lost the argument. She didn’t kill nobody, nor advocated violence on anyone, so take it down several notches. 

first of, she’s a UN Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Her main job is to use her popularity to give speeches actual experts and professionals on gender equality wrote for her, because if these experts give the same speech, no one will pay attention; but if she does, people will. Same thing that other celebrities do who are tapped to be UN Ambassadors: Angelina Jolie on refugees, George Clooney on South Sudan, Leonardo di Caprio on Climate Change, etc. 

No celebrity chosen as UN Goodwill Ambassador are chosen for their expertise in the field, they are chosen because when they speak people pay attention. Those truly invested in the cause will sit on meetings or go on the field when they’re not making a movie, but their role as spokeperson remains. Their words are not their words, most of the time they are basically the executive summaries of UN reports. 

Emma Watson’s UN speech was criticized as feminism 101, and it was, but to expect she gives a graduate seminar on feminism with her limited speaking time is imo ludicrous. She’s paid very well but that’s still above her pay grade. The main purpose of her speech was to get attention from the public, generate political will from lawmakers, and fundraise a shit ton of money for the cause. 

And via the HeForShe Campaign, she was able to do that very successfully. She got powerful men from President Barack Obama to the President of Seira Leonne to not just make a commitment to gender equality but have their governments actually invest in gender equality programs in their own countries and/or give more foreign aid to women’s empowerment programs.

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Hillary Clinton declared in her historic speech on the world stage: “Gay rights are Human rights.”

In this speech, Hillary outlines what she did for LGBTQ people around the world. Her implementations as Secretary of State has made it safer to be LGBTQ in a world of so much hate.

Hillary has also worked with the Human Rights Campaign on hate crime laws and HIV/AIDS as New York Senator. Hillary was the first First Lady to march in a gay pride parade.

Curious why Hillary was asked to speak at the Human Rights Campaign and not Bernie? Watch her speech:

Hillary has known the Human Rights Campaign President since her days as First Lady of Arkansas. Hillary has been building coalitions for decades.

As New York Senator, Hillary fought for stronger hate crime laws and anti-discrimination laws. As Secretary of State, Hillary enacted lifesaving policies and programs that saved LGBTQ people around the globe.

Kiichiro Higuchi 1888-1970

As a major general and the commander of the Harbin Special Branch in 1938, he, with the help of Yosuke Matsuoka, allowed many Jewish refugees who had fled Nazi Germany to cross the border from Otpor, USSR to Manchouli (a city in the Japanese puppet state Manchukuo), in an event which later became known as the Otpor Incident. Higuchi’s subordinates were responsible for feeding the refugees, settling them in Harbin or Shanghai, and arranging for exit visas. General Hideki Tojo, then Chief of staff of the Kwantung Army, assented to Higuchi’s view that the German policy against the Jews was a serious humanitarian concern. Higuchi’s lieutenant Norihiro Yasue advocated for the protection of Jewish refugees to General Seishiro Itagaki, which led to the establishment of the Japanese Jewish Policy Program in 1938.

anonymous asked:

Hi where can ı read catbat comics ?


Thanks to technology you can read them virtually anywhere. I know that buying comic books is an expensive luxury that not everyone can afford so I will give my best advice on where to buy comics as well as where to find batcat related comics.

First things first the two best eras for romantic batcat are the 1980s (pre crisis) and 2000s (pre flashpoint). For Pre Crisis stories look for Len Wein and Doug Moench in particular. Most of Len Wein’s batcat stories are collected in Tales of the Batman: Len Wein (it’s a godsend). 90s batcat was more of a flirtation, but things really took off around ~2003, so anything from Batman: Hush up until the reboot (2011-) is a pretty safe bet. thebatandthecat.tumblr.com compiled a really thorough list of batcat stories so I recommend giving it a look.

Honestly the best batcat stories after the reboot are from Injustice: Gods Among Us Years 1-3 (which isn’t canon) and Earth 2.

  • Batman/Superman #2
  • Batman/Superman #4
  • Worlds’ Finest (starring batkitten Helena Wayne) Annual #1
  • Worlds’ Finest #0
  • Worlds’ Finest #8
  • Worlds’ Finest #29
  • Secret Origins #7- Huntress
  • Earth-2 Annual #2 (but just a glimpse)

I’m not going to lie I have very, very strong feelings about the status of their relationship since the reboot (since the ship has essentially been obliterated) but it isn’t for me to decide for others what they will or will not like, so if you’re interested in Nu52 batcat they can be found in:

  • Catwoman (v4) #1
  • Catwoman (v4) #2
  • Catwoman (v4) #18
  • Catwoman (v4) #29
  • Detective Comics (v2) #27-29 “Gothtopia”
  • Forever Evil #4
  • Batman and Robin #22
  • Young Romance: A Valentine’s Day Special

Where to read/buy comics

Local Comic Book Store: Chances are you have a comic book store somewhere near where you live. If your are able to get there it’s important to support your LCS as much as possible. Get to know the staff and familiarize yourself with their sales and frequent buyer policies. My LCS has a program where for every $10 you spend you get a sticker and 10 stickers= $5 off. It’s not much but it adds up.

Digital Comic Stores: a la Comixology and Google Play. If you aren’t partial to buying print series than buying digital is the way to go. It’s a lot cheaper than buying print and comics cost on average $1.99-2.99. You can even find virtually every issue of almost any comic, even the really old stuff. As a bonus digital first series get published digitally before they go to print and you won’t have to worry about avoiding spoilers. Digitals also helped to save the comic book industry and made comic books more accessible. For iPad, tablet, and e-reader users comics can be downloaded directly to your device (I believe most devices use Amazon, but don’t quote me).

Online Warehouses: Mycomicshop.com is great for buying back issues at reasonable prices and they have flat rate shipping (warning shipping is pretty slow and on average takes about 6 days). Things From Another World and Midtown Comics are both good for finding newly released comics. Discount Comic Book Service has good rates on trades.

Ebay and Amazon: I’m pretty sure every single Pre Crisis comic I have I bought on ebay. A lot of sellers sell full collections too. Heads up though I would say on average you’ll pay $7-10 for every comic including shipping, sometimes more. Some advice for ebay buying: check out the seller before you buy and make sure you know what kind of condition the comic is in. Get to know the comic book grade scale.

Library: More than likely your local library has a graphic novel section, but their collections vary of course. Still it’s worth looking into and a lot of libraries have digital copies as well.

Cons: If you find yourself at a con I would be shocked and appalled if there weren’t dozens of vendors selling cheap ass comics and trades.

Youtube: A lot of youtubers have published motion comics on youtube. If you just want to read a story it gets the job done.

Advice for buying comics:

  1. Take your time. Buying comics can be a very addicting hobby and sometimes it feels very urgent that you need to get every comic and trade all at once. You don’t. They aren’t going anywhere, trust me.
  2. Set a budget and stick to it. I admit I am very bad at sticking to my budget but again the comics aren’t going anywhere and there will always be a way for you find them. Please don’t spend all of your rent money on comic books.
  3. Don’t be a snob about buying used. You can find a lot of used trades in near perfect condition. Don’t let DC trick you into thinking you need to buy the more expensive newer editions; it’s the same story on lamenated paper.
  4. Borrow from your friends. If you have any comic book reading friends ask to read their comics.

That’s what I’ve got. I hope it was helpful. If you were looking for something more specific just drop me an ask.

djsonic94  asked:

What's your honest opinion of Nintendo's strict YouTube policies in the creators program in general?

Nintendo likes to make money. Even before they got in to the video game market, Nintendo was always about low production budgets and high profits. And when I say that, like, all companies are technically about low budgets/high profits, but Nintendo aims for the extreme end of both spectrums.

I’ve mentioned it before, about the story Jeremy Parish told about Gunpey Yokoi and a race car toy Nintendo created: instead of making a remote controled race car that could turn left or right, they made one that could only turn left. They saved money by having a cheaper turning mechanism, and as a result could sell the toy at a lower price, and in turn reaped massive profits far in excess of their competition.

Nintendo has always looked for esoteric ways to get big, easy money like that.

Undoubtedly, Nintendo saw the literal billions of dollars passing through Youtube every month and somebody at the company said “Nobody can stop us from enforcing legal ownership of this content and we’ll make a lot of easy money.”

I doubt there was even any hesitation. That dude probably got promoted to be the head of whatever department he was working in. With a single email suddenly Nintendo’s pockets are being filled with hundreds of thousands, if not multiple millions of dollars every month because they’re claiming ownership of video content they personally did not spend any resources creating.

I can see things from Nintendo’s perspective. A lot of money is changing hands while their products are in the background. It’s like owning a famous location that often gets used as a movie set. Places like that charge fees to let you film there. Nintendo’s doing the same thing with their games.

It’s also an emerging market. Nintendo wants to set a standard now while they still can.

I understand where they’re coming from. But that’s from the perspective of a corporation who has the goal of making money. From the perspective of somebody who either produces videos or watches videos, it’s stubborn, shrewd, and harmful. Nothing about their policy is helpful to anyone but Nintendo. People do the work of spreading information, generating buzz and marketing Nintendo’s games for them, and not only does Nintendo get money from product sales, they also now get paid just for trying to sell us something. They don’t even have to put anything in our hands, they just have to say something that’s buzz worthy and watch Youtube wheel in truck loads of other people’s cash. To a guy like Reggie Fils-Aimé, I’m sure that’s just about as close to literal, actual heaven as it gets for him.

What about for everyone else? Well, now people who run Youtube channels are skittish about Nintendo products. No matter which way they turn, they’re getting a raw deal. Either Nintendo gets most of their revenue, or all of their revenue. It’s like paying the Mafia for protection – you’re paying a protection fee to be protected from the guys you’re paying. Give Nintendo 40% of your adshare or they’ll smash all your stuff.

So the solution is to do less videos on Nintendo products. There’s no money to be made there. Less videos on Nintendo products means less free marketing for Nintendo. Less marketing means less consumer awareness. Less consumer awareness means in the long run Nintendo has to work harder than their competitors, because they’re losing ground on Youtube word-of-mouth. So, in a round-about way, is that really worth it? Only Nintendo can answer that question, but it’s definitely not making them look very friendly to a community that wants to support them but is actually just being antagonized.

In the fledgling primordial soup of “Youtube Gaming” it is probably one of the most frustrating things to me right now. It is selfish on a level that’s actually sort of mind boggling.

“Damn professional” - h.s. Part 5

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4



There was no need for sleeves anymore. Harry heard her knock on his door a couple times, and eau time he couldn’t help but ignore her. He saw her through the view hole in his door as he sat there, brooding to himself. She didn’t say anything either. She didn’t beg or plead to come in because she knew just as much as he did that this was completely messed up. 

It was late by the time Harry finally meandered over to his kitchen, slowly and lazily looking through his fridge for something to drink. A gust of wind caught him off guard and when he looked up there she was. She had come in through his window, closing it behind her as she stood in the opening before his kitchen. 

“We really should talk, Harry.”

The scotch in his glass swished around as he shrugged, watching her carefully as she retracted the wire on a contraption on her wrist. He could see the marks up and down her arms - especially the bullet wound he’d been there to see personally. 

“Where’s the lipstick?” Harry asked, “That was a good detail. You put that on rather quickly. Is the wig easy to put on too?”

Y/N remained silent, scratching around a scab on her elbow. “The thing I can’t figure out though,” Harry laughed sarcastically, moving around the kitchen so he was standing in front of her, “Is how you’re apparently an assassin but decided to be a party planner in your spare time.”

“Harry -”

“I should have seen it,” Harry shook his head, “It was ridiculous really, considering there were so many signs that I just completely ignored. I think I had my assumptions, and I know that secretly deep down I always knew but I just kept telling myself that no, Y/N isn’t that stupid to go out and play superhero.”

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Aren’t HRs supposed to be helpful?

I understand I don’t have paid maternity leave and that I’m considered part time despite working full time hours. Ok, I knew that from the start.

But when I ask a specific question pertaining to my state’s policies and available programs, arent they supposed to know or have the resources of finding out? The vast majority of your employees are female, I would think this would’ve been a common question. 

I’m just frustrated because I can’t find anything on the web, but have read in multiple places now about my state having short term disability for maternity leave for “low income families” which I qualify for, and the one person I should be able to rely on for information is about as useless as a bag of wilted asparagus. 

Hi, I hope it’s okay to say this, but I was looking in your disability tag (because I am a disabled author writing disabled characters and I also want to include other forms of representation) and I saw your post that gave the example of the Black lesbian politician and I agree with it mostly but something that bothered me was that you gave examples of different disabilities and then got to “and one of them has a kid on the spectrum” and this bothered me because of lots of stereotypes and tropes about autistic and other developmentally disabled people that are kind of implied by that.

First of all, you’re listing adults and when you get to mentioning autism you bring up a child, and since autism and developmental disability are constantly infantilized and linked to children, either by pretending autistic/DD people over the age of 18 don’t exist, or continuing to describe us as children through retirement age.

Second of all, treating representing an autistic kid’s mother as an example of autistic representation ties into narratives like “They don’t realize how hard their disability is on me,” (as if the kid is disabled on purpose to bother their parents), “Our family has autism,” (as if the autistic person is an object or concept that exists in other people’s lives but not their own), and others that are often tied to the dehumanization and abuse of autistic children and adults.

Third, particularly to having an example of the above in a political context, parents and families of autistic people are often treated as the “voice” of their family members in political and other contexts, implying or stating that autistic people cannot participate in politics, have ideas or opinions, or know what’s best for ourselves. This means that the autistic community gets ignored and spoken over, and policies and programs get put into place ostensibly “for” us that are often useless at best and dangerous at worst. So describing a political situation and having the one autistic person be the one non-participant could feed into that.

I know you didn’t mean all of these things, but these are issues that you might not have been aware of or paying attention to when you wrote that. I’m sorry if I did this wrong or if there was a better way to address this, but I just hope you’ll understand why that part of that post bothered me and could be harmful. Thanks for your time.


You’re right–that was inexcusable of me and I apologize. And I can’t even believe I did that because as the wife of an adult on the spectrum I’m usually very irritated at the way neurotypical parents of autistic children take over autism discourse and center themselves (in all the way you described) rather than letting autistic adults spearhead any discussion. Shame on me.

Folks, read this post and don’t do what I did! And see, this is a perfect example of how just being married to someone/dating someone in a marginalized group you’re not in doesn’t mean your representation of that group is perfect. “My spouse is X” doesn’t mean you’ve lived their experiences; check with them before you write the thing.


P.S. This was extra dense of me in the context of a political campaign to elect local officials, because my spouse often gets involved in things like that around here personally, themselves. Face. Palm.


Thank you very much for the correction.

Autistic PoC representation is tricky, because PoC tend to get misdiagnosed fairly often and racism is a documented issue in diagnosis bias. This is what happens when the only symptoms studied are cis white boys, when autism appears across the globe in all different ethnicities. I personally display atypical autism, which is sometimes called “girls’ autism” because people assume typical autism only appears in cis white boys (I shall withhold my rant on that topic, but safe to say I disagree with the “girls’ autism” label).

If followers want to include autism representation in their PoC characters, they’ll have to consider how autism and race intersect. In the wake of Ferguson, many people expressed concern black autistics would be unfairly targeted by police. That’s just one example and one race. Considering how holding eye contact is rude in a few cultures, this so-called “problematic trait” that Western therapy tries to get rid of is basically not a problem.

Intersectionality is going to be a giant consideration when dealing with autistic representation, since autism falls fairly firmly in the social model of disability (the idea that you are more disabled by society’s expectations and norms than your actual mind— for example conversations for autistics would be much less stressful if eye contact wasn’t considered mandatory in the West). Different ethnicities will have different challenges and pressure points, depending on cultural expectations— not to mention the aforementioned misdiagnosis issue.

Either way, writing to help your research exists. The autism community is fairly large and diverse, with people around the world and from all ethnicities speaking. We’ve written about basically every topic under the sun, often for non-autistic people. Just listen, learn, and adjust accordingly. Everybody starts from ignorance, and everybody has room to learn.

That being said, avoid Autism Speaks like the plague while researching. There are much better communities out there, actually run by autistic individuals, who will give better sources.

~Mod Lesya

mattykinsel  asked:

Is there any proof that corporations and businesses (sic?) Paying less taxes helps them perform better which benefits consumers and puts more money in their pockets, or consumers paying less taxes keeps more money in the local economy and it lifts everyone up? Basically like the two big Tory orthodoxies.

No. Trickle down economics is a myth. Capitalism and the logic that it uses to uphold itself is all bullshit, but even by its own logic, it doesn’t make any sense. The only driving force behind economic growth is demand - if consumers have more disposable income, they are going to spend it on more stuff, which will create greater economic growth. Raising the minimum wage, offering solid social programs, and allowing and encouraging unions all give more disposable income to workers, who are also far and away the largest bulk of consumers. Social democratic policies are way better programs for the maintenance and sustainability of capitalism than anything the Neoliberals or Tories come up with. The only thing lowering taxes on the wealthy and corporations does is put more money in their pocket - which they then store in offshore bank accounts and never put back into the economy. The assumption behind supply-side economics is that, by giving wealthy people more money, they will use that money to “invest” in the stock market. But this has never proven to be the case, and besides, the stock market isn’t a very good indicator of actual economic growth and sustainability. Companies can’t do well without a large consumer base that is spending their disposable income on their shit. Only social democratic policies actually put more money in the pocket of consumers.

(but we should really just drop the whole charade and build full communism)

Whelp, my app for Management of Community Organizations application is in with Tufts, which bleeds into their Urban Planning and Policy program (food security, community organizations, etc). Like I can get most of the way through the UPP graduate track part-time and then wipe out the rest in a year off (try and minimize the amount of life-altering debt I accrue). It’d be really neat if I got in.

Trump’s Arts and Humanities Committee Members Resign to Protest His Charlottesville Response
WASHINGTON — Members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest on Friday over President Donald Trump’s response to the Charlottesville unrest…
By Ted Johnson

Dear Mr. President:

Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville. The false equivalencies you push cannot stand. The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill. We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions. We are members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The Committee was created in 1982 under President Reagan to advise the White House on cultural issues. We were hopeful that continuing to serve in the PCAH would allow us to focus on the important work the committee does with your federal partners and the private sector to address, initiate, and support key policies and programs in the arts and humanities for all Americans. Effective immediately, please accept our resignation from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity is un-American. We have fought slavery, segregation, and internment. We must learn from our rich and often painful history. The unified fabric of America is made by patriotic individuals from backgrounds as vast as the nation is strong. In our service to the American people, we have experienced this first-hand as we traveled and built the Turnaround Arts education program, now in many urban and rural schools across the country from Florida to Wisconsin.

Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. You released a budget which eliminates arts and culture agencies. You have threatened nuclear war while gutting diplomacy funding. The Administration pulled out of the Paris agreement, filed an amicus brief undermining the Civil Rights Act, and attacked our brave trans service members. You have subverted equal protections, and are committed to banning Muslims and refugee women & children from our great country. This does not unify the nation we all love. We know the importance of open and free dialogue through our work in the cultural diplomacy realm, most recently with the first-ever US Government arts and culture delegation to Cuba, a country without the same First Amendment protections we enjoy here. Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.

Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.

Thank you.