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This is exactly what Coretta Scott King warned congress about in 1986.

Jeff Sessions will fear-monger and stoke anti-Blackness by using everything from casual racism to deeply racist stereotypes, to justify the mass incarceration of Black people for non-violent, victimless “crimes” like marijuana usage.

The Trump Administration is in full White Supremacy mode.


Cocktail collection by Manual

To bring the classic and out dated liquor decanters back into our lives, the designers couple of Manual created this straight and modern shaped, frosted glass collection of cocktail items. The collection is consisting of two different liquor decanters, a wine/water carafe, a mixing glass an a cocktail glass. The decanter lids also work as a measuring jigger. To bring this beautiful set to life it is currently being funded at Kickstarter.


What a complete shit show. It’s like a scene stolen from Get Out.

NOW can we finally drop kick the Clintons, the DLC and neoliberalism out of the Democratic Party? Can we at least stop pretending that they’re progressives, instead of neoliberals with a “benevolent” plantation owner mentality?

If you haven’t already seen it, now is probably a very very good time to watch 13th, a documentary about how prison labor is legalized slavery.

Bill Clinton was bad enough for Black people: Think about all the harmful anti-Black legislation he actively supported, like the Crime Bill of 1994 (mass incarceration), TANF (gutted welfare), how he signed legislation that blocked Pell Grants from going to prisoners seeking education, to how he blocked parents with drug arrest records from receiving food and housing assistance.

And now remember Hillary’s racist super predators speech (who needed to be “brought to heel” like animals), and how it took her 20 years to give a tepid non-apology, and how she literally had to be BEGGED to stop taking money from the private prison industry. The Clintons are foul.

YES, we still need to get rid of Donald Trump. No one is losing sight of that. But we can chew gum and walk at the same time. To beat Trump by wide margins we need actual progressives in 2018 and 2020. Not Third Way “moderates”. Not centrists. We need—we demand—progressives. By now it should be painfully clear that we can do better than Bill or Hillary Clinton. They are a political gift to Republicans and a liability to progressives. Any political influence that the Clintons hold over the Democratic Party needs to be completely rejected and eliminated. And that includes revamping or eliminating the rigged Super Delegate system.


Judge Accepts Class Action Lawsuit Against Use of Slave Labor in Private Detention Centers

millienery  asked:

Hey marcia:) sorry to bother but I needed to ask...How do you establish commission prices?Lately I've been thinking of opening them myself but I don't really know how much it is okay to charge? I know it's supposed to be according to the amount of time taken per drawing,among other things. I'm not sure anyone would be interested, so I'm afraid it won't work, but at the same time I feel like I should just go for it(?)Like, I dont have the courage to start.. Thanks for reading this♡have a nice day

Hi! I’ll be happy to help :)

Honestly, this topic is one of the hardest and the most subjective things in the semi-private sector of art industry. Basically, you’re forced to ask yourself “how much is my work actually worth in the terms of money?” and this can be tricky. Obviously, no one wants to underprice their art and bring themselves down but overpricing will discourage the potential clients - achieving equilibrium is necessary. And difficult.

Here are some things to consider:

  • How long have you been drawing?
    If you’re rather an inexperienced artist/commisionee, you shouldn’t go for relatively high prices. One of the functions of price is informing the client of the quality of the service they can expect from you and the brand value. A new shop selling shoes cannot charge as much as Nike, you get the idea.

  • What is the service you can provide?
    In other words, what can you really draw? People will come to you demanding different things: their  OCs, favourite ships, fursonas etc. and you gotta know what you are able to draw. If someone wanted a dragon in a forest, you can’t just not announce that “you don’t know how to draw trees in perspective” by the end of the commission process! This goes back to experience - the less confident you are about your skills the less you should charge.

  • How long does it take you to make one piece?
    Usually, the longer you draw the more you can charge for a picture, but! Remember that time taking accidents such as “I cant get this hand right, I drew it 5 times and it still does not look ok” don’t count! That would be the effect of your lack of experience rather than you making the piece more detailed. We’re talking about a theoretically smooth process here.

  • How much time are you willing to spend on a particular commission?
    This is a little bit different from the previous point. The questions asks: how much time are you willing to spend to satisfy your client fully? Are you willing to make several value sketches? Colour compositions? How many times will you go back and redraw something because the client informed you they didn’t like it?
    The more you’re ready to do for your client the more you can charge. However, remember!! Each sketch/idea has to be of the same quality!! You can’t suddenly stop caring halfway through or decide that “this composition sucks, the client won’t choose it anyway, so I can half-ass it”
    You don’t get to decide that, the client does.

  • How much would you spend on your own art?
    Be honest and do not be greedy. You’re only starting and since art is surely your hobby, low prices will not hurt at the time being. First, you have to dip your toe in the water and decide if it’s okay, then make changes and eventually rise prices.

  • Check prices of other artists! 
    You gotta know what your competition is serving :) This should be your starting point, but!! Take as a reference several people with relatively similar art styles/experience to yours, and again, be honest with yourself. Adjust these prices to the criteria I mentioned above.

Additional commission related tips:

  • be as informative and neutral as you can be during the commission process; you can throw in suggestions but never any uncomfortable opinions
  • remember that it is you who has to put effort into pleasing the client,
  • it is not the client’s obligation to jump around you,
  • you can refuse to draw something, moreover, you can refuse the whole service if the client is eg. acting shady,
  • in your commission info state your contact, price info, way of paying and when it happens (before/middle/after work), how the commissioning process looks, how much time it takes, your preferences/info about your abilities (not necessary) and what you expect from the client,
  • the more information you provide the more confident the client will feel, it rises the chances of them commissioning you
  • be professional, be serious; surprise surprise - it is your job! :)

I think that’s all, hope I covered the topic fully and it helped! Now go rock the art industry <3

  • 2016: Trump wins both Republican primary and general election.
  • 2017: In a few months, tensions with China escalate because of Trump's fierce anti-China rhetoric. Trade relations between the two countries deteriorate. Trump uses this to push his popular mercantilistic schemes on the public. The American populace loves it.
  • 2020: Trump consolidates all power by turning the GOP into a centrist party that both the Republicans and Democrats have a hard running against. He wins a second term.
  • 2022: Our relationship with China deteriorates to the point where the US is again in a cold war. Trump, starts his own project called 'Trump Shelters' which he promises, will keep the American populace safe.
  • 2023: Trumpite GOP senators control both the senate and the house. They vote to expand the Presidential term limit.
  • 2024: Trump wins a third election against the Democratic and Republican remnant parties.
  • 2025: With tensions between China and the U.S increasing, Trump elects a new 'cultural policy', to bolster American moral. Architecture, style and culture will be returned to the style of the American 50's. While there are protests, the American populace largely accepts the new measures.
  • 2027: Chinese are considered enemies of the state and Chinese Americans are taken and put into internment camps.
  • 2027: Under the Trump administration, genetic experimentation goes further. The Chinese largely focus their efforts on stealth technology
  • 2028: President Trump tries running for a fourth term, but dies of natural causes in office.
  • 2029: A large private industry called 'Vault Technologies' buys up Trump shelters.
  • 2032: Trump's cultural incentive has been taken up by the vast majority of people and becomes the foundation of culture for the era. The entire world looks like something straight out of 'Leave it to Beaver'.
  • 2040: Europe, which has also been affected by Trump style leadership, starts persecuting the growing Muslim population.
  • 2044: Under the pressures of the times, Coca-Cola changes its name to 'Nuka-Cola'.
  • 2050: European economies collapse causing Europe to invade the Middle East for resources.
  • 2070: China invades Alaska.
  • 2072: US annexes Canada.
  • 2074: US reclaims Anchorage.
  • 2077: Total Nuclear war breaks out between the US and China, destroying civilization as we know it. The only people who survive do so in great underground vaults. Fallout is real.

if you’re interested in seeing what private police in the gate looks like do some research about the private security industry in south africa it’s a lot like that, except the police aren’t underfunded and incompetent, they’re non existent. they install alarms, they act as armed first response, guard commercial premises and often even have their own foot patrols in neighbourhoods that can afford it.


Since it began, the space industry has generally been the realm of large organizations, governments and militaries. That all looks about to change. In this video: explore the history of the space industry, its current state and its future!

Donald Trump likes to describe himself as a dealmaker, but by now most people have figured out that he has no clue what that actually means. For him, it means forcing people to do what he wants, and if you look into his so-called business career, it has always meant that. This concept of deals mirrors that of the Republican Party and American conservatives in general: if it’s good for me, then by definition it has to be bad for you. No deal is win-win. There must always be losers in order for there to be winners.

That’s not how most successful businesses work. In order to maintain and build company relationships, good dealmakers look for ways that their deal partners can also win. They want the best for themselves but they typically aren’t trying to destroy the group’s they work with. The people who continually misunderstand this tend to have either started at the top, have a monopoly, or have only won in life by bullying.

When a smart business leader reaches out to make a deal, their future partners are excited about the potential, and eager to work with them and build their own future prospects. They typically aren’t looking to file for bankruptcy. Donald Trump has never understood this, and Republicans adopted a more extreme version of his approach before he even joined their Party. Today, for a bill to be considered successful, it only has to hurt or offend liberals, or undo an Obama priority. Under this outlook, where creating losers equals a win, there is not even a need for a gain as long if opponents have a loss.

This you-lose-I-win philosophy also applies to overall economic policy: today’s conservatives do not see how an entire country’s people can thrive–to them, any safety net leads to overall failure. Under this belief, if exploitation is not possible, then neither is growth or wealth. This is not only the political basis of minimum wage and safety net opposition, but the worship of, say, Walmart as a blueprint for American success.

So when the GOP argues against minimum wage or universal healthcare, they truly believe it will destroy the economy because workers’ lives will improve. Winners need losers. When workers have options, employers must shift from being exploitive/extractive to being cooperative. Trump and his Party don’t understand how that model can be employed at a national level, and are uninterested in finding out.

In a way, they’re right. Or at least they’re right that exploitation and extraction can work. The South’s economy was ruined in the 1860’s, for example. Never mind that the North’s less exploitive economy was long outpacing it, and was building a much more humane society.

This is a basic cultural division that has existed since before the founding of this country. Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a sadistic madman? If someone says the latter, odds are high that they’re no conservative, or that Columbus’s brutal methods went too far for their comfort.

Columbus, like today’s conservatives, understood exploitation & extraction. The idea that he would ever cooperate for the benefit of all is ludicrous. The point of distinction among conservatives, where that particular slaver went too far, is much like those of the few republicans who vote against ACA repeal. It is causing more loss, more cruelly, than they are comfortable with, even while disagreeing with the underlying principle of improving all lives.

This applies to addressing climate change, to improving healthcare access, to industry privatization, to providing hurricane relief, to Black Lives Matter. When people fundamentally believe that creating loss is essential for creating wins, they will reflexively oppose anything that does not directly lead to their own personal gain.

So when Democrats criticize Republicans for not caring about people or the planet, they are correct but they miss the point. The GOP cares about our country, but exploitability, or picking who loses, is central to their vision of its success. Any vision that builds a cooperative society, or even a mutually-beneficial business model, is feared as authoritarian communism.

If we don’t understand basic conservative
economic beliefs, & imagine that American conservatives share liberal goals of improving average Americans’ lives, we cannot even debate them. Our argument with the right must be staged to convince them that a cooperative economy is even possible, and not simply to have minimal sympathy for the “losers” they are willfully creating.

While building that minimal sympathy may work to pick up two or three GOP senators to oppose ACA repeal, it is placing the argument on their terms. The forward and productive argument is that universally available and affordable healthcare creates a healthier and wealthier society for all of us. Yes we must appeal to common decency in emergency situations like this one, but ultimately we have to bridge the philosophical divide over what makes a nation great.

In the meantime, remember that there is no GOP/Trump deal where everyone wins–they were elected specifically to pick winners & losers. That is how they see their job, that is how they ran their campaigns, and that is why nationwide redistricting and voter suppression are more important to them than governance. They understand fully well that they have picked you to be the loser, and they believe you must lose for them to win.

They will hurt this country and its people as a matter of course, because they truly believe it is the only path available.


Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and First Nations viewers are warned that this video may contain images of deceased persons.

Bully - John Butler Trio

The John Butler Trio is an Australian band, so much of this is Australian-centric, but it also looks at particularly land rights / water is life etc as a whole. If you want any of the Aussie references explained, feel free to ask me, but for now here’s JB’s intro, taken from their FB (posted 25th Aug 2017):

“In the wake of the recent deplorable and gut wrenching event in Charlottesville, Virginia - USA and Australia’s impending bullshit plebiscite on gay marriage, it’s hard to write this without a heavy heart. Nevertheless, I want to explain where this song comes from.

Over the years of campaigning to protect pristine and sacred parts of our globe, I’ve witnessed two archetypes over and over again; The Bully and the Power of community. It’s always been the injustice inflicted by the Bully that’s incited me to stand up, and the strength of community that’s kept my faith in humanity.

BULLY is about the abuse of power. It’s about Governments, corporations and organisations who think they have the right to use violence and their powers of state against their own community; telling us how we should live, who we’re allowed to marry, whose lives matter and whose do not, how much racism is tolerable, what industries and private enterprises should be allowed on our land and how contaminated our water is allowed to be.

It’s about a BULLY mindset that is so greedy for more control, power and dominance that it’s willing to use violence against innocent citizens and in the process, killing the planet and life upon it, just to feed its voracious appetite.
This song is about good people all over the world, who believe in a fair, just and sustainable future, who are willing to stand together to protect what is most precious to them.

John Butler.”

The struggles of a black nerd

So as a long time consumer of nerd culture, let me tell you that it was hard to get into shit and still just roll your eyes at some pseudo racist shit. If you don’t know, my favorite superhero is Spider-man. Do you how much it sucked every time Spider-man beat up stereotypical black robbers and gangsters? And yeah it wasn’t common, but it definitely happened a fair enough of times when Peter would just beat the shit of these guys and yeah, they were wrong, but outside of Randy Robertson and his son, that was the closest representation that I got in a Spider-man comic. 

And then going back and learning the history of Spider-man and learning that Randy Robertson’s son was becoming sympathetic to the Black Panthers and Peter went on a full Ayn Rand tirade about how useless protesting was…and we were supposed to sympathize with Peter and hate the protesters. That is the kind of shit that kills me about white centered media. Your non-white culture and struggle is portrayed as deviant at the least and an annoyance at the most.

And now, black creators and writers in Marvel are putting their movement in the forefront. Yes,Sam Wilson, Luke Cage, Misty Knight, and etc have to deal with Black Lives Matters and it would be dishonest of them to say they are against it. Back then, if you wanted a social movement alluded to, you had to do it by proxy of the X-Men, which I why I fucking hate the X-Men.

But people are complaining that every black hero has to speak on Black Lives Matter as if what Black Lives Matter deal with do not have effect on every black person in America. And even then, black characters are limited because they cannot outright be against the police(unless you are Nighthawk) and realities of the private prison industrial complex are rarely if ever, portrayed as anything less than a necessary evil. And that sucks.

And I imagine it is an issue with other Nerds of color as well. They have to go PC about their individual struggles instead of even entertaining what is perceived too radical. A Native American hero cannot just simply go full on one man army on the corporations raiding their land. A LatinX hero cannot just go off on ICE. A Middle Eastern Hero cannot just go HAM on the US Government that fostered the Arab Spring.

Our villain has always been the establishment in the sense and Marvel and DC cannot have someone who is anti-establishment in a way that he would be “heroic” to people of color. And that sucks.

anonymous asked:

i broke my nationstates country awhile back. i'm running a state with no government, which is totalitarian because "all commies are soviet union uwu" BUT i am also liberal, with 0% private industry and i am a one, two and multi party states all at once. good game


i’ve made the following nations:

- one where people were ruled by corporations and everyone was dying except CEOs.

- one super environmentally friendly one where everyone generally earned the same amount of money and lived comfortably. this one also had no prisons yet no crime. it was originally based on anarcho communism, to the point the game would allow.

- one ultra authoritarian one controlled by a military

good times

July 15, 1917 - Kadet Ministers Resign from Provisional Government over Recognition of Ukrainian Autonomy

Pictured - A Kadet party poster. For all the red flags, the Kadets were moderate liberals who favored constitutional monarchy and a British-style political system.

In June 1917, Prince Lvov resigned as Russian Prime Minister, to be replaced by Alexander Kerensky. Kerensky, a moderate socialist, was left to hold together the Provisional Government and try and garner legitimacy. Unfortunately, many Russians put little faith in their new government.

Since February, soviets had formed in most Russian cities, including Petrograds, where a Bolshevik-dominated council challenged the Provisional Government’s rule. It was said that the Bolsheviks had “power without authority,” and Kerensky “authority without power.” But Kerensky’s authority was also challenged even within the Provisional Government’s Duma. On July 15, a number of politicians from the Constitutional Democratic Party resigned. The “Kadets,” as the party-members were called, were angry that Kerensky had given autonomous powers to Ukraine. Paul Milyukov, one of the most important Kadets, had resigned earlier.

The resignation of the Kadets foreshadowed the turmoil that would soon sink the Provisional Government. The Kadets were liberals who favored a British-style government. Most came from the middle class, and many had taken part in Russia’s Zemstvos, the private industrial councils that began running the war when the inept Tsarist administration failed to do so. By July, however, many Kadets like Milyukov were sliding closer to the political right, hoping to roll back some revolutionary reforms, such as the democratization of the army, and maintain the integrity of the Russian empire.

Their withdraw signaled the polarization of Russian politics. Lenin wrote in a letter that day, referring to the Kadets, that “Either you are in alliance with the imperialist capital… or you are against imperialist capital…” The middle ground was ceasing to exist in Petrograd.

Ad Astra, John Glenn (1921-2016)

An astronaut. 

A pilot. 

A husband. 

A father. 

A United States Senator.

An American hero. 

An original.

John Glenn (1921-2016) was all those things and more. When he rocketed into space on Feb. 20, 1962, to become the first American to orbit Earth, the flight set the nation on course to meet ever-more ambitious goals.

The life and career of Senator Glenn eclipses those of many. In spite of his accomplishments, he was a humble and gracious man (and 4-term U.S. senator).

During Glenn’s first flight, a scheduled 30-minute test to determine whether Glenn could fly the capsule manually became a matter of life and death when the automatic system malfunctioned after the first orbit.

“I went to manual control and continued in that mode during the second and third orbits, and during re-entry,” Glenn recalled later. 

“The malfunction just forced me to prove very rapidly what had been planned over a longer period of time.”

Another problem seemed even more serious – telemetry indicated the spacecraft’s heat shield was loose. It seemed possible that Glenn and the spacecraft would be incinerated on re-entry. 

Glenn left the retrorocket pack in place to steady the heat shield during re-entry. “It made for a very spectacular re-entry from where I was sitting,” he said. Big chunks of the burning material came flying by the window.

He wasn’t sure whether the flaming debris was the rocket pack or the heat shield breaking up. “Fortunately,” he told an interviewer,“ it was the rocket pack – or I wouldn’t be answering these questions.”

In the words of President Obama, who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012: “When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation. And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there’s no limit to the heights we can reach together. With John’s passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend. John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record … The last of America’s first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens.  On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn.”

Glenn left the Astronaut Corps in 1964 and resigned from the Marine Corps in 1965. And, after some time in private industry ran for and was elected ti the U.S. Senate in 1974, carrying all 88 counties of Ohio. He was re-elected in 1980 with the largest margin in Ohio history. Ohio returned him to the Senate for a third term in 1986. In 1992 he was elected again, becoming the first popularly elected senator from his state to win four consecutive terms.

During his last term he was the ranking member of both the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Air/Land Forces in the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also served on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Special Committee on Aging. He was considered one of the Senate’s leading experts on technical and scientific matters, and won wide respect for his work to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

In 1998, Glenn flew on the STS-95 Discovery shuttle flight, a 9-day mission during which the crew supported a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, and Glenn’s investigations on space flight and the aging process.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden remembers, “Senator Glenn’s legacy is one of risk and accomplishment, of history created and duty to country carried out under great pressure with the whole world watching.”

Today, we honor him for all that he stood for and continues to stand for – grace under pressure, humility, ability, strength. 

Godspeed, John Glenn.