political tragedy

Biden facts:

  • First marriage had to overcome fiancees parent’s unhappiness with their daughter marrying a Roman Catholic (which they did)
  • His wife and baby daughter died, and both sons were injured in a crash just weeks after he was elected senator - an election in which he was the underdog, and his campaign was mostly managed by his family with little funding (1972)
  • Wanted to resign in order to care for his sons
  • For his boys’ sake he commuted an hour and a half each morning and evening to Washington DC  so he could see them everyday
  • Hosted barbecues and christmas dinner annually for Amtrak crews
  • Amtrak crews would sometimes hold the last train for a few minutes so he could catch it
  • Never works on December 18th, the day his wife and daughter died
  • after his first election as U.S. senator for Delaware he was re-elected 6 times - usually with around 60% of the vote
  • May 1999 he set the mark for the youngest senator to cast 10,000 votes
  • Ranked as one of the least wealthy members of the senate
  • Was banned in 2008 from receiving Holy Communion by the bishop of his original hometown, Scranton, because of his support for abortion rights
  • Was caught on microphone telling Obama that signing the ACA was “a big fucking deal” during live broadcasts
  • Obama’s daughter Sasha and Biden’s granddaughter Maisy attended the same school together, which helped form the obama-biden friendship
  • Biden’s friendships on the senate floor were often instrumental in passing major legislation
  • In 2015 he reduced his schedule to spend more time with his son Beau, who was fighting and later died from brain cancer  
  • One of only 4 recipients from the last 4 presidents to receive the presidential medal of freedom with distinction 
  • Dr Jill Biden, his wife, is one of only 2 second ladies to continue her day job - teaching at Northern Virginia Community College - and is founder of the Biden Breast Health Initiative (an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer with young women in Delaware) 
  • just a fucking decent dude

It’s really sad that Markiplier and other big time PewDiePie defenders seem genuinely more upset at Felix being labeled anti-Semitic than basically anything else going on in the past like three years.

Like where the fuck was Mark with his respect video when Anita Sarkeesian got thousands of death threats for simply saying video games had sexist content in it? Where was it when Zoe Quinn got doxxed and her family threatened for simply wanting video games to be a more welcoming environment for women? This is just stuff that was going down in the YouTube/Gaming community too, not even going to mention the grander sociopolitical issues. Even sadder is Felix has endorsed a dude who was very active in harassing both these women.

Markiplier and others don’t need to comment on every single global tragedy or political event but when they only do to express grief over an immensely privileged individual being accused of racism that’s pushing an extremely dangerous narrative that accusation of bigotry are more harmful of actual bigotry.

They also seem to maintain the ideology that as long as they intend for their videos to be pure entertainment and apolitical then that’s what it is. This isn’t true at all, everything we say is a reflection of our core political ideology, Socrates knew this thousands of years ago. Nothing exist outside of our social superstructures and we always have to be conscious of how we operate in it, this goes double for people with a following like Mark and Felix.

“Economic freedom” vs “economic regulation” is a bourgeois false dichotomy that ignores history and class analysis – this ought to be the main reason to dislike political compass charts. Since the charts are overwhelmingly made by liberals or ancap types, they always presume that capitalist private property acquisition and maintenance is “freedom” in its purest form, while democratic operation and accountability is “regulation” in its purest form. No attention paid to primitive accumulation, enclosures, the class nature of private property that subordinates the many to the few, etc.

It’s like….freedom for whom? Regulation for whom? It’s obvious who is kept in mind when they write up these charts: capitalists. If a capitalist is allowed to exercise power in society, it’s beautiful economic freedom; if workers are able to exercise power in society, it’s gross economic regulation. Objectively, most people experience a greater breadth of freedom (freedom from hunger, freedom to help determine the course of society, etc.) under leftist economic democracy – it’s only “regulation” and “unfreedom” for the capitalists who hope to close off the commons and profit off the backs of workers and communities.

The Strilondes as Youtubers

Roxy: fashion vlogger but none of her fashion is in line with actual fashion and there are random videos about her screeching over video games that she never explains. Does girlfriend does my makeup challenges at least once a month with different girls and no one knows if she’s a serial dater or means girlfriend in a friend way

Dirk: theorist videos that somehow manage to connect children’s entertainment to real life politics or tragedies. Has a second channel where he reviews things. There is no rhyme or reason to what he reviews.

Dave: music channel. Does everything from nightcore to vaporwave. The more esoteric the better. Once a month releases a vent vlog that’s five hours. Topics range from dead things to pop culture.

Rose: how to summon a demon with common household items

Diary of a Wimpy Kid isn’t about the gay love between Greg Heffley and Rawley. It’s about philosophy, life and death, growing up, anxiety and depression, family politics, meta-tragedy deconstruction, zoo wee mama, eternity, politics, etc. I don’t want to come off condescending, but I get a little frustrated that the tumblr Jeff Kinney fandom consistently reduces the grand wimp’s work to be simply a collection of secret queer relationships.

btw gajah in malay means elephant, and elephant in korean is 코끼리 (kkokkiri), and if we consider some homophones 길 (kir/gil) means path/way, while 길이 (kiri) means long, and gajah is spelt as 가자 in korean. which means let’s go. i’ll let that sink in a bit :)

now let’s a look at the bridge,

you too, shouldn’t hesitate either
just.. whatever you want to do, do (it)
cos you know, right now in a person’s day
i’m saying tomorrow too (in person’s day)
you can never tell what’s going to happen, so just
kkokkiri step kkiri kkiri step
we should go ahead with kkiri step
kkokkiri step kkiri kkiri step
we should go ahead with kkiri step

i thought this a brilliant play on words while at the same time the message is clear: do what your heart desires cos life is short, cos your life is yours♡

but did you know that elephants, besides being one of the most peaceful and intelligent animals in the world, are also known for possessing self-awareness and show empathy for dying or dead individuals of their kind? elephants are one of the sweetest animals on earth and the hook really imo conveys a rather subtle message, in addition,

that whatever you want to do, go ahead with it but be kind in however you roll ^^ and take one slow step at time if you must, but make it deadly positive impact, one that ppl will remember and talk about, take an elephant step to get it out of the room, you know? ;)

there’s so many ways you can go about with the song tbh what with the sewol tragedy the political state of their country and the society but with the psychedelic visual of the mv, i can almost feel the exhaustion in gaeko’s lyrics. guy’s prob tired.. of everything going on his lifeㅜㅜ and sweet namjoon’s like, i know hyung but

life is just (life just) comes thru (like that)
we ain’t never want to
(we’re) all players that have been forcibly selected (in this world)
you don’t choose life chose you
life that is (full) of color is just a pretense, it really is mono
cuz everything so grey
even the night is longer than the nile river
our grief is vague
in this complicated world there’s one thing that is clear
the situation of you and i that is shoved in this existence
destiny, that bastard, paints a value for us (puts a price on us) and
for a life time, forces us to buy loneliness
if there is a lot of discord in the world
we’re kind of like the black keyboard
for sure in that case, you’re too a part of the piano
(just) stay still, take a seat (and) take a shot at the the black keys
think about it,
are you going to be a star, or are you going to be a starfish?
no disrespect for starfish but
if you want a fish be selfish
today in the morning (this morning) if you had looked in the mirror
try think carefully of what you had thought about
and then try to look (at teh mirror) again and say (to yourself)
you fight for yourself
you sharpen your blade for yourself

now how’s that for motivation? ;)

Sincerity

Here’s a dose of optimism:
if the president’s suicidal on our behalf
it saves the rest of us the trouble of making a plan!

The subtext of destruction:

Let’s admit this is the end, so I can hold your hand,
that we are like comedy and tragedy: pointless
without each other.

You already know, love (don’t you?)
that your observations are written in the margins of my own.
Even when we thought our planet would outlive us
I heard you talk about the lazy drooping darkness
when I stopped in awe, for the shadow of a willow.

On the real though Donald Trump. How is it 'interesting' that these shootings happened in a country that's tough on guns? Tell us Don? Because it sounds like that vacuous observation was about giving your NRA-loving constituency a handjob and spinning a tragedy for political gain and I'm thinking maybe using a situation where dozens of innocents have just been murdered in the streets isn't the best time. No?
OAXACA, MEXICO

Federal police and military force is massacring activists and professors who were protesting against the laboral/educative reform. I repeat, they’re massacring them. They’re are killing them and burning them outside Nochixtlán. 

On another news, right now in the main plaza, the center of Oaxaca, federal police have cut the lights to make “cleaning” which means dragging and killing all the protesters they can. Ambulances and military jeeps were advising people for NOT helping the protesters or take refugees, or they will be “cleaned” too. 

  6 protesters were confirmed killed due to the use of large weapons by the police. More protesters are disappeared and some are confirmed (just by the survivors) death or burned. In Hacienda Blanca they were killed too.

Also, hospitals, doctors and medicine students aren’t allowed to help or receive the protester, all of this are orders coming from president Enrique Peña Nieto, and the public education secretary Aurelio Nuño Mayer.

Forsythia breaking through the gate to the graveyard,
the crude yellow of cartoon smiles,
I invaded your solitude this way, playfully, which is how
a glob of ketchup ruins an old man’s new suit,
how a decision is made
with respect to bombs and the lives of others,
by a man who remembers the chocolate cake he ate
when he ordered the airstrike– where? Laughter is the joke
we laugh at with curses.
But when birds alight, forsythia boughs bounce up and down
and I love this silly beauty– though still more I love fixed stars,
your eyes, and shadows that swell with the light.

You can’t make legendary songs even better by changing one word. I did it!
((If y'all take me seriously and get offended, just know I’m only half kidding and I will personally fight you if needed.))

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It makes me sick that young, scared, pregnant women will now have to fear for their lives when they get abortions (on top of everything else they are dealing with). Without legal, widely available abortions, we are all one accident away from being trapped in a life we don’t want.
—  A Reddit user’s post concerning the planned parenthood shooting and abortions,

BOOK OF THE DAY:

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

  • Amazon: 4.8
  • Goodreads: 4.26

The civil war. A beautiful woman at the height of selfishness. The love and death of home and land. Society wound up so tight an improper wink could undo you. Destruction, tragedy, political corruption, truth, lies, life, death, love, loss, big changes, new beginnings, intermingled with never ending cycles. All of this helps make Gone with the wind what it is: an epic novel that will never be forgotten, that will forever be loved, cherished, and discovered with delight by new readers for ages.

Scarlett O’Hara is far from the typical heroine. She’s easier to hate than to enjoy, her thought processes are understandable but leave the reader cold. Her motivations are for the sake of survival, but her climb toward the top still leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Even before she does what she has to because she ‘has to’, she’s not likable.

Margaret Mitchell did a unique thing by taking an unlikeable woman and making it her story. It’s sort of a destructive, moral lesson tale that you can’t look away from, a literary train wreck impossible to ignore.

Gone with the Wind is over 1000 pages, and inside those pages the author manages to somehow cram an amazing amount of events while expertly shuffling intriguing inner dialogue and emotional moments that soared without growing boring, dull, or lagging the tale. Her writing style is easily absorbed, she had a natural knack with dialogue, and the scenes merged together flawlessly.

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I’m literally so proud of bts right now. I’m not sure if I already said this before but,

bts has talked about the corruption in the educational system, the treatment of youth, the unfairness in society, has made political references in their music (especially pre-debut), and have been really open about mental health ever since their debuted.

But now, here they are, literally being used by a major broadcasting system to make a statement on this crazy situation with the president Park Geun Hye with a song that attacks society and politics (the sewol ferry tragedy and what the minister of education had said). And not only that, but they even changed the choreography to make this attack even stronger, aiming a portion of it at the people who are ignoring this and pretending that everything is fine (hint hint: those celebrating Halloween despite the country literally on the verge of a mass political uprising)

“Am I Wrong” may look cute and happy and an easy song to listen to, but the meaning behind it is strong. And not only that, but it’s a meaning that our own members had helped to create themselves. It’s a song that our own Rap Monster had written the lyrics for.

Like isn’t that just so amazing?

bts’s music and performances are literally being used to make a statement in perhaps one of Korea’s largest political event since it’s birth.

And not only “am I wrong”, but rap monster’s pre-debut track “vote or just shut up” is also stirring something up in the younger generation. Like after reading the lyrics of this track, many k-netz have become determined to vote at the elections as soon as they are allowed to (some even already having the power) so that a situation like the one at hand can be avoided.

bts is having a huge part in this historical moment in time, they are using their music to influence the younger generations and persuading them to make a change. I won’t be surprised if you see this song in a Korean textbook for some sort twenty years from now. Sort of like how you see hip hop mentioned in US History textbooks.

And just, isn’t that something to be proud of?

They aren’t scared to let their voice be heard, they (most likely) could’ve denied to have that second stage of “am I wrong” on music core- but no. They didn’t.

And I am just so so so so so proud of them for that. They’re using their celebrity status to bring awareness to something that is important.

(ps: them performing “am I wrong” was definitely not a coincidence. Bts performed it on the day of one of Korea’s largest protests, and they changed the choreography to specifically fit the current scandal. Not to mention that again, the song itself literally attacks politics. Not a coincidence. Literally everybody in Korea knows and acknowledges this)