In modern society most of us don’t want to be in touch with ourselves; we want to be in touch with other things like religion, sports, politics, a book - we want to forget ourselves. Anytime we have leisure, we want to invite something else to enter us, opening ourselves to the television and telling the television to come and colonize us.
In Mexican lucha libre — professional wrestling known for its masked fighters and cartoonish style — the bad guys rule. They’re known simply as rudos.
“Mexican lucha libre is for rudos. We welcome any rudo who wants to come in here and be badder than the others,” says Marco Espinosa, a fan, from beneath his souvenir lucha libre mask.
So it made sense for Sam Polinsky, a 27-year-old wrestler from Pittsburgh, to try his luck south of the border. He came to Mexico about nine months ago and branded himself as Sam Adonis, “El Rudo de las Chicas” or the “Ladies’ Bad Guy.”
When Donald Trump won the presidency after a campaign that regularly scapegoated and insulted the Mexican people, Polinsky saw an opportunity to turn up the heat on his bad-guy character.
“I had a perfect idea: Why not come to the arena with [an American] flag, but I’m gonna take this to a whole other level,” he says, unfurling a flag and grinning. “I have a 4-ft. flag with the face of Donald Trump on it.”
With this prop, he became the surrogate of Donald Trump in Mexican lucha libre.
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When you want something, think about it, envision how it would feel to
have what you want, then release that desire to the universe, this
will set your intention and bring your desire to you.“ - Jasmeine
Midheaven or tenth house cusp is the highest point in the sky and in the
natal chart. A trusty astrologer I once confided in referred to the
Midheaven sign as ‘where you want to be’. The Midheaven refers to
one’s desires career wise, the approach to one’s profession, dreams,
and the public image. In many ways it is like a hologram of the face we
want to become, and can become, like a swirling energy we emit to the
world. Because the tenth house is an angular house, it pertains to a
major focus of the chart. The MC is like a blueprint of the future we
dream of, and have the capability of achieving if only we reign in on
our Capricorn (ruler of the tenth house) spirit. We are elevated through
the Midheaven and develop our single consciousness whilst retaining our
understanding of the oneness we all share. It’s the kind of impact we
want to have on the world, but through an authentic self expression. .
Midheaven in Aries: I want to be where the action, light, and noise is The
image here is bright, sparkling, and stimulating. The individual may
appear more reckless and perilous than he truly is. He dreams of
pioneering into new territory and rarely tolerates professions that are
repetitive or mundane. He dreams of one day becoming more adventurous,
self assured, and confident. The public loves him for his childlike
spirit and enthusiasm. The associated careers could be childcare,
engineering, sports, politics. He is at his most radiant when in the
midst of their work or passions. He may streak through many new jobs and
Midheaven in Taurus: I want to be encased in luxury A gentle,
moving, and secure public image. The individual has a soothing and
earthy effect on others and feels one with nature when working his dream
career. The Midheaven in Taurus could relate to creative industries,
beauty therapy, finance, accounting, agriculture, wildlife, landscaping,
midwifery, and retail. He will likely be drawn to careers that promise
him security financially and job wise. Also those that pay a worthy
income - he wants to be at comfort and ease. The public are receptive of
his peaceful nature. He may also be very private
Midheaven in Gemini: I want to get lost in conversation There
will be a spiraling ,erratic energy seeming to radiate from the Gemini
Midheaven person. He will likely have good public speaking skills and
excel at broadcasting to a large audience. He seems to know what people
are thinking. Many careers and educational courses will fascinate him,
especially teaching, journalism, writing, media, blogging, although he
really is a jack of all trades. He will have trouble pinning down his
true hopes and dreams. A profession that provides him the opportunity
for communication is imperative, and he may remain a permanent student.
He is an inquisitive, and clever spirit at work, and he knows how to
mold himself into any archetype the role requires. He will enjoy jobs
that provide him the chance to learn.
Midheaven in Cancer: I want to be someone’s protector There
is a warm, comforting soul music that seems to shine from the Cancer
Midheaven. A great need to protect, guard, and look after others
associates with this placement, and being a parent could be the dream.
The careers that could resonate here include childcare, midwifery,
nursing, teaching, cooking, business, finance, psychology, real estate,
and photography. The public feel very warmed and cradled by the
individual, and he may find people naturally open up to him and share
their deepest fears and worries. He has a psychic gauge on what the
public wants and needs on very emotional and subconscious levels. The
individual may try to comfort others through humor. There is a great
need to provide for others.
Midheaven in Leo: I want to be on top of the world The Leo
Midheaven person seems to have a radiant, revitalizing, and seductive
mist to others. Whether he likes it or not, he may find himself in the
spotlight or in the middle of situations just for being himself. Careers
that can be associated here include politics, justice, childcare and
child protection, creative industries, theatre, management, music,
writing, teaching, aged care, disability care, social work, and nursing.
He will likely be very cheerful in his job and know how to make people
happy. Something urges him to preserve his youthful appearance in some
way. He has a lot of ambition when it comes to the imprint he leaves on
Midheaven in Virgo: I want to serve others Something about the Virgo
Midheaven person is his ability to make others feel they can depend on
him. There seems to be a very soothing connection with others, like a
comforting and wise motherly understanding. This placement suggests the
individual will be involved in a subordinate position and one of
service. Careers that could resonate here include technology and IT
support, nursing, pharmacy, technical skills, machinery, communications,
teaching, nature work, accounting, and physiotherapy. There will be a
great need to provide for others and show he is worthy of his role. He
will appreciate job stability and a chaos free work environment.
Midheaven in Libra: I want to create a world of tranquility There
seems to be a very peaceful and serene mist diffusing from the Libra
Midheaven person. People feel instantly at ease and in the company of an
old friend upon meeting him. The individual has a very receptive gauge
on social undercurrents and a disarming, welcoming, and gentle
expression to others. People that have never met him may feel that they
already know him. Careers that could associate here include law,
psychology, criminal psychology, police work, politics, design, social
work, relationship counselling and divorce law, mediation. He will
require a high level of tranquility at work and need to restore chaos to
calm when conflict ensues. His more temperamental, justice seeking, and
debating side may emerge when in the workplace. He needs a good
Midheaven in Scorpio: I want to be engulfed in mystery You can forgive
people for feeling a little intimidated, a little seduced, and a little
perplexed when contemplating a Scorpio Midheaven. He has a psychic
awareness on how to soothe the public and likes to keep very private in
his affairs. The individual leaves a very thick, resonant energy on his
surroundings and seems to remain long after his body vanishes. Careers
that could relate to this placement include pharmacy, medicine,
psychology, science, nursing, research, law and justice, criminology,
biology and marine biology, midwifery, radiography, and politics. He may
appear more self assured and guarded than he really is. He just moves
people - and doesn’t know how or why. In many ways, he is unforgettable.
Midheaven in Sagittarius: I want to run through unknown lands Something like a big bubble
of delight pops from the Sagittarius Midheaven person. The individual
seems to have an authentic, congenial, and carefree image that is
natural and genuine. He easily relates to others and enjoys the
opportunities he has to learn. Careers that could be associated here
include psychology, medicine, animals and wildlife, flying, teaching,
academics, research, sports, motoring, pharmacy, philosophy, writing,
air and land travel, and jobs overseas. He may feel he can truly achieve
his dream when he relocates and enjoy jobs that are on the move and
offer constant change. He likes to become a master of his field. The
individual wants to know what the public are thinking. People are very
warmed by his humorous, honest, and happy distant spirit. Success is a
succession of successes.
Midheaven in Capricorn: I want the day I am successful You
feel like you instantly want to impress the Capricorn Midheaven person.
Something about them spells a very proud, ambitious, mature, and wise
language. There is a mystery about them and the secrets to success that
radiate from their fingertips. The individual has very pronounced dreams
and desires. Careers that can associate here include teaching,
medicine, law and justice, politics, architecture, town planning,
business, police work, management, wildlife preservation. He will likely
have a great need to provide for others and a very paternal impact over
others. He wants to protect and ensure and knows how to consolidate his
talents. Many people have the urgency to naturally rely on him because
he makes them feel that everything will be okay. He is the CEO of the
Midheaven in Aquarius: I want to be in the future Nothing zaps and lights
up others like Aquarius Midheaven person. From afar he is jolting,
energetic, intelligent, mentally lively, and quirky. Others may view him
as more radical, detached, and outlandish than he really is. He will
likely desire jobs that provide him a certain amount of stability with a
large variety of opportunities and objectives. Careers we could
associate with Aquarius Midheaven include science, music, exploration,
conservation, animal work, politics, technology, blogging, psychiatry,
gaming, social work, and anything that involves the mind. He has a
tremendous humanitarian streak and you seem to feel a very maternal and
compassionate embrace stirring out of them. There is a need to be
protective, make others feel safe, and guide them wisely. He has an
acute aptitude for gauging the thoughts of the public, like radio
Midheaven in Pisces: I want to go back to heaven There is an enigmatic,
mystic, and puzzling aura filtering from the Pisces Midheaven person.
The individual seems timeless, untouchable, and as if he has walked
straight from another world. The career path here undergoes many
confusing changes and may be hard to pin down. It likely represents an
ideal and involves the opportunity to help others. Professions that
could resonate here include spiritual work, drug and alcohol nursing and
counselling, rehabilitation work, prison work, creative industries,
art, theatre, music, writing, and opportunities surrounding the ocean.
The public may perceive him to be quite profound, enchanting, and
somewhat of a guru. His hands and spirit are encased with healing honey.
milo is the product of a society where rebellion has been almost completely commodified and transformed into a purely spectacular activity. spectacular in the sense that it turns rebellion into something passively consumed rather than acted out in one’s own life. milo’s fans are acting vicariously through him through the consumption of his own acts within mass media (the most glaring manifestation of the spectacle). it’s a rebellious energy funneled into reactionary ends because of the lack of any real alternative.
it’s an inversion of the equally spectacular SJW discourse, where individuals live through mass media figures, with equally crafted and marketed personas, performing rituals (call outs, apologies, “checking one’s privilege”), and ultimately doing nothing off of their computer. it’s politics as a spectator sport, where one’s side is constantly scoring victories over the other through social media. it’s pseudo-politics, where one’s affiliation is more important than any ideals, principles, or common material interest.
“The spectator’s consciousness, imprisoned in a
flattened universe, bound by the screen of the spectacle behind which
his life has been deported, knows only the fictional speakers who
unilaterally surround him with their commodities and the politics of
OK BUT WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS HOW IS IT LITERALLY EVERYONE ON THE TEAM NOTICED THAT SUGIMOTO HAD SHITTY TECHNIQUE AND NOBODY STOPPED TO BE LIKE, HEY BUDDY LET ME HELP???? THEY’RE ALL LICKING ONODA’S BUTTCRACK AND GIVING HIM FREE SHIT AND THEN THEY’RE LIKE, WOW SUGIMOTO SUCKS, WHY IS HIS TECHNIQUE SO BAD?? WHAT KIND OF SCHOOL SPORT IS THIS? WHY DID THIS CHILD HAVE TO BEG SOMEONE TO TEACH HIM NOT TO BE TERRIBLE? I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS FOR DAYS.
Tsar Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias (1868 - 1918)
“What am I going to do? What is going to happen to me, to you, to Alix, to Mother, to all Russia?“
Nikolai Aleksandrovich Romanov was born on May 6, 1868, in the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, south of St. Petersburg. He was the eldest son of his parents, Alexander Alexandrovich, the heir to the Russian throne, and Princess Dagmar of Denmark. Nicolas’s grandfather was the Tsar, Alexander II, known as the Liberator for emancipating Russia’s serfs in 1863. Their family, the Romanov dynasty, had ruled Russia for three hundred years. Nicholas would be the last emperor.
Unlike his soft-hearted, liberal grandfather, Nicholas’s father was a reactionary, whose conservative and religious values strongly influenced Nicholas’s beliefs. In 1891, Nicholas’s father acceded to the throne when Alexander II was murdered by an anarchist revolutionary. This murder convinced both Alexander III, and his son, against offering further reforms. Yet Nicholas’s education did not prepare him at all for his future role as Russian emperor.
Although he had a close relationship with his mother, Nicholas’s father believed his son to be silly and weak. Tsar Alexander III was a very strong ruler and saw no need to share a job with his uninterested heir. He refused to let him participate in any affairs of state; once, when Nicholas was twenty-five, a minister suggested that he be allowed to head a committee to supervise the completion of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Alexander III was incredulous. “Have you ever tried to discuss anything of consequence with him?” asked the Tsar about his son and heir. “He is still absolutely a child; he has only infantile judgements. How would he be able to become president of a committee?”
The Romanov family in 1893. From left to right: Tsarevich Nicholas, Grand Duke George, Empress Maria
Feodorovna (Princess Dagmar of Denmark), Grand Duchess Olga, Grand Duchess Xenia, Grand Duke
Michael, Tsar Alexander III seated.
In neither his education nor his temperament did Nicholas show much aptitude to be emperor. He enjoyed foreign languages and history, but struggled with economics and politics. In general he preferred sport to books, when older he delighted in the military and served for a year when he was nine-teen. In 1894 he married Princess Alexandra of Hesse-Darmstadt, a German noble, with whom he had four daughters and a son, Alexei. Alexandra was an assertive woman whose personality dominated the weaker Nicholas, and she strongly reinforced his belief in autocratic rule and his resistance to democratic reforms. In contrast to his political life, Nicholas’s home life was serene. He was a wonderful family man, a devout Orthodox Christian, and devoted to his wife and children.
The same year that he married, Nicholas became the Tsar when his father died of kidney disease. The newly-crowned emperor had not expected to be thrust into the role so soon, and he panicked about running the vast Russian empire all by himself. It was the moment, he wrote, that he “had dreaded all his life.” He confessed his fears to a cousin: “Sandro, what am I going to do? What is going to happen to me, to you, to Alix, to Mother, to all Russia? I am not prepared to be Tsar. I never wanted to become one. I know nothing of the business of ruling. I have no idea of even how to talk to ministers.”
Nicholas determined to uphold the status quo as Tsar, but unfortunately evens abroad and at home forced his hand. Hoping not to be left out of the imperial scramble, Russia grew its industry in the Far East, and forced concessions from China in Manchuria. Yet Russian’s expansion provoked the Japanese, who attacked Russia’s eastern border in 1904, beginning the Russo-Japanese War. Europeans were convinced that the white Russians would easily triumph over the “yellow” Japanese, but the Japanese embarked on a series of victories ending in the total destruction of the Russian fleet at the Battle of Tshushima in 1905.
Nicholas and Alix’s engagement photo, 1894.
The defeat was a stunning humiliation for Russian prestige. At home it sparked outrage and crisis that turned to strikes and riots. In January 1905, Russian troops opened fire on demonstrators in front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, killing many. Outrage turned to outright revolution, and eventually the Tsar was forced to grant concessions in a constitution, as well as establish an elected parliament, the Duma.
Despite some elements of democratic reform, Nicholas tightened his autocratic rule. Secret police crushed revolutionary elements in the cities, and voting laws prevented the election of radicals. A travel guide for foreigners published in 1914 warned against taking photos in rail stations - offenders would be arrested.
The Tsar’s most pressing crisis, however, was at home. His son and heir, the Tsarevich Alexei, had hemophilia, the scourge of interbred European royal families. Nicholas and Alexandra despaired for their child and sought any means to help him. They turned to an unlikely source, a disheveled mysticfrom Siberia named Grigori Rasputin. Rasputin’s monasticism belied his true character, that of a debauched womanizer and con-man. Russian noble society despised him, but Alexandra especially confided in him, and Rasputin strengthened her belief in Nicholas’s divine right to rule. His influence steadily eroded the trust Russian people felt for their Tsar.
Nicholas (left) with his cousin King George V of England. They are wearing German military uniforms while on a visit to Berlin. Despite their likeness, George refused to help Nicholas or offer him asylum during the Russian Revolution, fearing that he might be toppled as well.
Nicholas’s failing popularity received a boost in 1914, when Russia went to war against Germany and Austria. Although Nicholas was close to his cousin, the Kaiser (they wrote to each other as “Nicky” and “Willy”), Russians enlisted en masse and displayed loyalty and love for their royal family. Yet endless failures at the front burst newfound support for the Tsar, especially when Nicholas took over from his cousin as supreme commander in 1915, a position in which he demonstrated no talent. The unending string of military disaster was now firmly pinned on him. Worse, economic deprivations at home soon turned into crisis. Russia was deeply in debt and many were starving. Approval of the royal family soured; they were thought to be living in luxury while ordinary Russians died at the front or starved at home.
In March 1917 (February of the old Russian calendar), demonstrations in St. Petersburg (now Petrograd) again turned to revolution. This time, Nicholas had no army to turn to - the military was in a state of collapse, with many soldiers deserting to go back home and take part in the revolution. Helpless, Nicholas abdicated on March 15, 1917. He hoped to go to England for asylum, but the British government (fearing he might provoke the British left) refused his request. Five hundred years of Russian Tsardom ended with NIcholas.
A shaky liberal-socialist Provisional Government was set up to replace the monarchy, but the war continued to go badly. Nicholas went into house arrest in the Urals with his family. His situation worsened in the fall of 1917, when a radical communist party, the Bolsheviks, ousted the Provisional Government. Civil war began in Russia between the Bolshevik “Reds” and the “Whites”, a complex mix of warlords and political parties who opposed the Bolsheviks.
The Russian royals played no role in the Civil War, but the Bolsheviks feared that the Tsar and his family could become a symbol for the White armies to rally around. Nicholas, Alexandra, and their children were transported to a house in Yekaterinburg for safe-keeping, but in the summer of 1918 the war was going poorly for the Reds and the Czech Legion, a unit of the White army, was rapidly advancing towards Yekaterinburg.
Nicholas in captivity at Tsarskoye Selo. This is one of the last photos taken in his life.
On the night of July 16-17, as the Czechs neared, Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin ordered the execution of the royal family. What actually happened is still shrouded in some state secrecy, but what is known is that a truckload of local Bolsheviks and foreign soldiers entered the house and ordered the ex-Tsar and his family to the basement. The Empress asked for chairs for her and thirteen-year-old Alexei to sit upon. The Red commander brought in two chairs, and then informed the stunned Tsar that he had been condemned to death. “What? What?” asked the Tsar. The executioners brought out revolvers and began shooting the family. The four daughters, between twenty-two and seven-teen years old, had been hiding some of their jewels in their clothes which deflected the bullets. The Bolshevik shooters stabbed them with bayonets and shot them in their heads, and stabbed to death their maid, who had shielded herself with a pillow full of jewels.
The executioners burnt, dismembered, and buried the bodies. In 1976 a team of investigators found their grave, but did not release the information until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Rumors had long abounded that one of the daughters, seven-teen year-old Anastasia, had survived and escaped the massacre, which were put to rest. In 2000 the Russian Orthodox Church canonized the family as saints; today the place where they were buried is the site of a church.