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A YEAR WITHOUT A PRESIDENT

It seems like forever, but it was just one year ago that Donald Trump was elected president. So what have we learned about the presidency and who is running the country? 

1. The first big thing we’ve learned is that Trump is not really the president of the United States – because he’s not governing.

A president who’s governing doesn’t blast his Attorney General for doing his duty and recusing himself from an FBI investigation of the president.

A president who’s governing doesn’t leave the top echelons of departments and agencies empty for almost a year.

He doesn’t publicly tell his Secretary of State he’s wasting time trying to open relations with North Korea. Any president with the slightest interest in governing would already know and approve of what his Secretary of State was doing.

He doesn’t fire half his key White House staff in the first nine months, creating utter chaos.

A president who is governing works with his cabinet and staff to develop policy. He doesn’t just tweet new public policy out of the blue – for example, that transgender people can’t serve in the military. His Secretary of Defense is likely to have some thoughts on the matter – and if not consulted might decide to ignore the tweet.

He doesn’t just decide to withdraw from the Paris Accord without any reason or analysis.

A president who is governing works with Congress. He doesn’t just punt to Congress hard decisions – as he did with DACA, the Iran nuclear deal, insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, and details of his tax plan.

He doesn’t tell a crowd of supporters that he’s ended the Clean Power Plan – “Did you see what I did to that? Boom, gone” – when any such repeal requires a legal process, and must then withstand court challenges.

Instead of governing, Donald Trump has been insulting, throwing tantrums, and getting even:

Equating white supremacists with people who protest against them. Questioning the patriotism of NFL players who are peacefully protesting police violence and racism.

Making nasty remarks about journalists, about his predecessor as president, his political opponent in the last election, national heroes like Congressman John Lewis and Senator John McCain, even the mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico.

Or he’s busy lying and then covering up the lies. Claiming he would have won the popular vote if millions hadn’t voted fraudulently for his opponent – without a shred of evidence to support his claim, and then setting up a fraudulent commission to find the evidence.

Or firing the head of the FBI who wouldn’t promise to be more loyal to him than to the American public.

A president’s job is to govern. Trump doesn’t know how to govern, or apparently doesn’t care. So, logically, he’s not President.

2. The second thing we’ve learned is that Trump’s influence is waning.  

Since he lost the popular vote, his approval ratings have dropped even further. One year in, Trump is the least popular president in history with only 37 percent of Americans behind him.

Most Republicans still approve of him, but that may not be for long.

He couldn’t get his pick elected to a Senate primary in Alabama, a state bulging with Trump voters.

Republican senators refused to go along with his repeal of the Affordable Care Act. And they’re taking increased interest in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Business leaders deserted him over his remarks over Charlottesville. They vacated his business advisory councils.

NFL owners have turned on him over his remarks about players. Tom Brady, who once called Trump “a good friend,” now calls him “divisive” and “wrong.”

There’s no question he’s violated the Constitution. There are at least three grounds for impeachment – his violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution by raking in money from foreign governments, his obstruction of justice by firing the head of the FBI, and his failure to faithfully execute the law by not implementing the Affordable Care Act. And a fourth if he or his aides colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.

But both houses of Congress would have to vote for his removal, which won’t happen unless Democrats win control in 2018 or Republicans in Congress decide Trump is a political liability.

3. The third big thing we’ve learned is where the governing of the country is actually occurring.

Much is being done by lobbyists for big business, who now swarm over the Trump administration like honey bees over a hedgerow of hollyhocks.

But the real leadership of America is coming from outside the Trump administration.

Leadership on the environment is now coming from California – whose rules every automaker and many other corporations have to meet in order to sell in a state that’s home to one out of eight Americans.

Leadership on civil rights is coming from the federal courts, which have struck down three different versions of Trump’s travel ban, told states their voter ID laws are unconstitutional, and pushed police departments to stop profiling and harassing minorities.

Leadership on the economy is coming from the Federal Reserve Board, whose decisions on interest rates are more important than ever now that the country lacks a fiscal policy guided by the White House.

Most of the rest of leadership in America is now coming from the grassroots – from people all over the country who are determined to reclaim our democracy and make the economy work for the many rather than the few.

They stopped Congress from repealing the Affordable Care Act.

They’re fighting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s plan to spend taxpayer money on for-profit schools and colleges that cheat their students.

They’re fighting EPA director Scott Pruitt’s crusade against climate science.

And Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s attempts to tear down the wall between church and state.

They’re fighting against the biggest tax cut for the wealthy in American history – that will be paid for by draconian cuts in services and dangerous levels of federal debt.

They’re fighting against the bigotry, racism, and xenophobia that Trump has unleashed.

And they’re fighting for a Congress that, starting with next year’s midterm elections, will reverse everything Trump is doing to America.

But their most important effort – your effort, our effort – is not just resisting Trump. It’s laying the groundwork for a new politics in America, a new era of decency and social justice, a reassertion of the common good.

Millions are already mobilizing and organizing. It’s the one good thing that’s happened since Election Day last year – the silver lining on the dark Trump cloud.

If you’re not yet part of it, join up.

anonymous asked:

so i was reading an old interview of when season 1 first came out and when the writers talked about lance and they said " You will see him take steps to real leadership material" and idk if feel that that's either hinting to black paladin lance or just that he will be have a bigger part in future seasons nerdist(.)com(/)voltron-legendary-defender-netflix-cast-release-date-showrunner-interview-dreamworks-animation/

YEAH I REMEMBER THIS INTERVIEW, I FORGOT ABOUT THAT PART THEY MENTIONED AT THE END THOUGH

i would love to point out the fact that Lance is the only person they said anything about “taking steps to real leadership material”.

listen……even if he doesn’t become the black paladin after all, it is still literally confirmed that he’s going to develop his leadership traits anyways so. somethings gonna happen. i’m very excited to see him develop.

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hey lance, i know a certain red paladin that moves 👀👀👀

ALRIGHT Y’ALL BUCKLE UP BECAUSE, THANKS TO THIS POST ABOUT LANCE, I JUST FOUND THE GREATEST PARALLEL OF ALL TIME

The post ends with the line “it takes a lot of courage to stand up to your friend and your hero like that.”

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Keith and Lance are Harry and Neville

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Uber is a mess — the “bad boy” ethos shattered, a nervous breakdown in its place. This week, the CEO announced he is taking a sudden leave of absence. A former U.S. attorney general released a brutal audit of the startup’s culture. It’s a terrifying moment for many investors who want that $70 billion unicorn to make them rich or richer — not implode.

But there is one Uber investor who stands out for how she decided to speak up. It was not very Silicon Valley-like of her, but Freada Kapor Klein wanted to turn the crisis into a teachable moment. And while this week’s events could lead her to say “I told you so,” she has a different takeaway.

Let’s rewind a few months. Kapor Klein decided to write an open letter to Uber — which she published with her husband — after a young woman shared an explosive account of sexual harassment at Uber headquarters.

Kapor Klein is a venture capitalist, or a VC. That means she makes money by betting on technology startups. Uber is one of those startups. She has committed to “impact investment” — businesses that can turn a profit while also making the world a better place. For too many years, she says, critics would question her on Uber, and she stayed silent. She tried to influence the company from the inside, though she didn’t see a real will among leadership to change. While “Silicon Valley prides itself on pattern recognition,” the letter said, Uber had “toxic patterns” that needed to stop.

Kapor Klein thought she was just saying what insiders knew: This is not a one-off. Turns out, her peers didn’t like that and wanted her to pay for it.

The Investor Who Took On Uber, And Silicon Valley

Photos: Talia Herman for NPR

mebkohu  asked:

Who are the typical members of a Megatron's inner circle?

The small nature of the ‘84 toyline meant the Soundwave and Starscream floated to the top and have pretty much stayed there! Their original Tech Specs are a little more complicated to decipher than our recent look at the Autobot high command’s. Megatron was a 10, of course, while Soundwave was an 8. Starscream, if you simply read what was printed on his package, was only a 5 - but his Tech Specs were actually swapped with Skywarp’s by mistake, and Skywarp had a rank of 9, meaning that the cartoon wasn’t wrong its depiction of Starscream as Megatron’s second.

Whether it was because they were using the incorrect Tech Specs to go off or not, the Marvel comic didn’t give Starscream a position of any import in the early days, to the point that he was ushered out in a mass-killing-off of ‘cons about two years into the series. Shockwave was the real threat to Megatron’s leadership in the comic, but at best, they were “co-leaders” who tolerated and/or submitted to one another. Soundwave was definitely their second-in-command - over in the UK, when both Shockers and Megs were out of commission for a while, Soundwave became leader, while Starscream pissed and moaned about it.

Still, the cartoon prevails in memory, and together Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream were definitely the “Big Three” of the ‘cons, much, much moreso than Optimus, Jazz, and Prowl ever were for the ‘bots. This has meant they tend to emerge the ‘con inner circle in modern media in a recurring pattern you don’t see with the Autobots. But we do mean modern - you never saw all three of them on a team working together for the decade-plus between Beast Wars and Animated! We saw them together again in the Prime cartoon (with Shockwave joining the party later), and even the movieverse!

anonymous asked:

help i need help!!! i'm on season 2 ep 5 rn, and i really want to like lance but i can't :(( i just find him annoying and obnoxious and i don't know how to like him. please help?

Don’t worry, but I am so sorry this is probably going to be long…

Lance has many qualities that I endear, he’s funny, intelligent, selfless, and quite frankly he is the heart of the team. “The blue lion is… it seems to be the lion that I most associate with like, holding the team together. There’s something about teamwork with the blue lion. Like […] about providing what’s needed at the time, and being flexible, which I think is kind of a little bit of the water element of the blue lion. It ties into being a leg, too, you know. Legs are all about support.” [x]

Lance is honestly one of my favorite characters ever…

Lance is incredibly selfless even in the littlest of ways. In S1EP4 He is able to figure out quite fast that Rover was not the actual Rover thus throwing himself and shielding Coran causing himself to be badly injured then later during the fight despite almost nearly dying, when his teammates are in trouble he emerges from his coma and is able to make an amazing shot at the enemy before passing back out. Another time this happens is in S1EP9, Lance out right believes the castle in haunted and is scared yet when a voice that sounds like Coran cries out for help, Lance immediately straightens up, forgetting all fear to rescue Coran and runs to the source of the voice. Another display of this is when He doesn’t want to worry the rest of his teammates (He excuses himself from the party so he doesn’t sour the mood because he was feeling homesick in S1EP4) which I think is why he rather be known as the person who can lighten the mood/class clown of the team, making it easier for him to bottle up his emotions and not cause unnecessary trouble to everyone.

Lance is actually humble. Lance wants to be seen as a hero, but in reality that’s not who he thinks he actually is. He may want the parades, glory, and to be seen as the best but when it comes down to it, does he think he actually is worthy of it? Not really and that shows in S2EP2 when he is captured by the mermaids and they call him their savior. You can see it in his face, the worry and question because woah why me? You think I’m your savior? I’m just Lance. Then when the mermaids say “We believe you can stop her”, his face shifts into an uneasy expression probably because he doesn’t believe he could actually stop her. “He’s kind of cool, but he’s kind of a goof,” continued Montgomery. “I like Lance because he feels the most human. He’s got those insecurities, but he tries so hard to cover them up. That’s what’s kind of fun about him. He wants to be the cool guy. He wants it so bad, but not exactly…” [x]
In S2EP10, He thinks so highly of all his teammates, complimenting each of them and bragging about them to a complete stranger, but when he gets to himself he pauses and thinks perhaps he’s not as great as how he sees the rest of his fellow paladins. But my gosh, Lance is much more than meets the eye. 

Lance is so smart. Lance in canon is good at reading people and the situation, he has an awareness of others and is able to make pretty good calls. We see a lot of it in the very first episode and more of it whenever Shiro is absent. Without most of us fully realizing, Lance is able to step up his leadership game and is able to give out orders to the rest of the team, and make calm, collected decisions. Lance is able to put one and two together and come up with plans quickly. In S1EP7, He stops Keith from being reckless and hurting the Balmera, coming up with a great alternative plan that is successful, not once, but twice during that episode. “But also, he does evolve. There’s aspects to his character that will start coming more into the forefront as the series goes on. You’ll see him take steps to real leadership material.” [x] And this is only the beginning of the show, we have to remember we only have two seasons released out of the planned six. We still have so much more to look forward to in regards of Lance’s growth.

I love Lance’s dynamic because yes he is a goof ball and he probably doesn’t pick the best times to crack a joke, but he’s exceedingly a talented marksman, and not only the heart of Team Voltron, but the heart of the show itself. I love Lance, not because he’s perfect but because he isn’t. Which is why I think many people project onto him. He’s so human. He is flawed but is constantly growing, adapting, and learning from his mistakes.

pixel-is-perfect  asked:

How well did you think the North and South comics treated the themes of progress? And Katara's character.

I think this time, they honestly tried to do justice to both those things. You can see the effort to restrain Aαng’s impact on the main plot so that Katara can take center stage. Her moral dilemma is about her people, instead of her boyfriend, and she is the focal point of the debate on whether the South should progress and industrialize, as well as whether she can accept a new mother figure into her life.

But the talent just isn’t there.

Let me preface this by saying, for a comic book geared toward the 9-12 age bracket, this is definitely above average. As far as quality in relation to the A:TLA canon, it’s about on par with “The Great Divide”. And I don’t say that as an insult, because “The Great Divide” is still better in animation, music, and execution than most of the kids’ fare out there. It just doesn’t make that leap to full complexity that the original show usually took. Let’s take a peek.

·         Simplification. OK, no cheating. Please recall the names of the main antagonist, Hakoda’s love interest, and her brother from “North and South”. Having trouble? My guess is you had much better luck with Joo Dee and Long Feng when they were introduced. OK, step two: please name as many character traits for each of these people as you can. Not physical traits or occupations: personality traits that stood out to you. My guess is that you can’t name more than one per character. OK, step three: please name your favorites lines that these characters spoke. I’d be very surprised if you could even name one! And remember, these are characters that have been with us through three entire comics.  

What’s the problem here? The problem is that these characters are not complex or memorable, and the dialogue is uninspired. Honestly, the two waterbending girls are more compelling than any of the adult characters. You can say the same thing in “The Great Divide” about the Gan Jin and Zhang leaders: they are restricted to one major character trait, and one motivation.

The nearest we get to a well-rounded character is Malina, but even she’s a wash. Tell me: does anyone feel so inspired by these characters that they want to write fanfic about them? Will there be an outpouring of fanart because they are so beloved? Will people be cosplaying them and looking up to them as role models, or creating intricate backstories for them on tumblr? Will people say, “Oh, I identify so deeply with this character’s struggles because …” ? Compare these characters to Jet, Hama, Koh, Jin … any minor character from the original series. They just don’t have that spark.

·         Plot-centric characterization. In “The Great Divide”, Sokka is on one side of the struggle; Katara is on the other. There is no middle ground. The episode just sticks the characters with the label “Zhang” and “Gan Jin” and every action they take is defined from there. Likewise, in “North and South” Katara is stuck with the “past” label, and Sokka is stuck with the “future” label, with no nuance at all until the very end. And please note that this is the same exact thing that happened to Toph and Aαng already in “The Rift”, where Aαng wanted to return to tradition while Toph wanted to forge ahead into the future. So not only are the themes incredibly binary; they are also redundant within the comics universe.

·         Sokka, what Sokka? In “Jet”, Sokka got his first real taste of leadership and being taken seriously by the narrative. He grew from comic buffoon to full-fledged secondary character. But in “The Great Divide”, he regresses to nothing more than a cardboard cutout whose characterization is left to the whims of the plot. He has no impact on the overall story.

In “North and South”, while Sokka does take part in the action and helps inform Katara’s character development, this isn’t his story at all. Because the narrative has decided that he is “right” and that the South should move forward into the future, he never has a moment where his worldview gets challenged. He tells Katara that the idyllic Southern Water Tribe she remembers might not have actually existed—which is a good point! But why didn’t Katara point out that the future Sokka envisions might not exist either? Again, we had three whole comics, and not one of them focused on Sokka as the protagonist. This isn’t to say that Katara should have less screentime, figuratively speaking; it’s that Katara and Sokka should never have had to fight for the spotlight in the comics in the first place! The whole A:TLA saga began with them. Having a comic centered on Katara and Sokka helps, but does not make up for, their lack of characterization and agency elsewhere in the series. And the worst part is that since Katara’s only chance to shine comes when she’s away from Aαng, this confirms everything anti-shippers have ever told us about the Kαtααng pairing. Aαng’s presence in Katara’s storyline is detrimental to her characterization and development, consistently, and this comic does nothing to change that.

All in black, he was a shadow among shadows, dark of hair, long of face, grey of eye.

this happened because @dreamofspring poked me and because i have no self control.


“He has an ally,” Lady Selyse said. “R'hllor, the Lord of Light, the Heart of Fire, the God of Flame and Shadow.” (Prologue, ACOK)

one of martin’s build-ups over the course of a clash of kings through a dance with dragons is the confusion surrounding who azor ahai reborn is on the part of the players within the series. from the moment that stannis’ entourage is introduced in the begninning of a clash of kings, it’s made clear both that selyse and melisandre believe that he is indeed the lord of light reborn, but also that there’s no proof beyond melisandre’s visions that he is.  when melisandre is at the wall in a dance with dragons, she is shown a different vision, one that lines up much more with what the reader knows to be true:

Yet now she could not even seem to find her king. I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R'hllor shows me only Snow. (Melisandre, ADWD)

that jon snow is likely that great hero that she envisioned, and that he, not stannis, will be the one to save the world from whatever apocalypse the winds of winter and a dream of spring have in store is hardly a surprising turn for the reader, however shocking it may be to the red priestess. jon snow, whose narrative traces the rise of a hero, has taken vows to wear the black for the remainder of his life, and to be “the watcher on the walls…the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.”  he has all the makeup of a shining hero, and yet one whose very birth is shrouded in mystery, in shadows.

shadows comprise one of the strongest visual themes in a song of ice and fire.  they visually encapsulate those “shades of grey” that martin so enjoys examining in his thematic and character work.  the imagery conflicts itself.  do the shadows represent the light or the dark? r’hllor or the old gods of the north? jon’s bastardy or the potential for him to wield intense political power?  or, perhaps, it is all of this, mixed together, for lines get blurred in the shadows.

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anonymous asked:

What i think is that Lance acting hyper in epiaode 10 was because he was trying to calm his nerves, this was the first time he entered an enemy territory and he was probably trying to get himself losen up so as to not fuck up the mission, also when he yelled "dibs on the closer one" i guess one way to look at it was just Lance being Lance, but i think he was also making sure the mission gets done quickly and smoothly so no one ends up hurt. (sorry i am just rambling now lol)

mmmm, i can kinda see that?

but like, that wasn’t the first time he’s been in enemy territory. back on the Balmera arc was when he first set foot in enemy territory, because the Balmera was under the control of the Galra and during that mission, he was super level headed the whole time. he wasn’t getting over excited or nervous or anything, he was actually directing Keith on what to do and coming up with plans of action and replied to Shiro when he said they needed to head to the core and Lance was like “we’re on our way!”


see… the way i see Lance is he wants to impress and gain approval from Shiro who is his role model and hero, but overthinks it too much when Shiro is there and tries to act cool and useful and like he knows what he’s talking about, but it kinda backfires on him because he’s not letting his leadership traits shine naturally. he’s more focused on winning the approval of Shiro rather than the task at hand.

but when he isn’t distracted by the need for approval, that’s when his real leadership traits shine. that’s why whenever Shiro isn’t there, Lance is the one that usually takes charge of the situation among his teammates.


ALSO i would like to point out this moment:

Keith turned to Lance and was like “we gotta do something!” as if he was expecting Lance to know what to do (which, he was expecting Lance to know what to do because Lance has been telling Keith what to do the whole time they were on this mission)

(cough cough keith is following lance’s lead cough cough)

Talia Al Ghul - The First Lady Supervillain on Arrow

Last night I asked @slowcookedvig about her opinion of Talia Al Ghul about her thoughts on Oliver and Talia; specifically about a speculation she made earlier about how Oliver might sleep with Talia in the early shirtless scene (5.11/12) she had made prior to 5.11.  This was her reply:

Talia seemed dangerous, mysteriously knowledgeable, and… powerful? I’m having trouble putting the description into words. But she didn’t seemed sexualized, in the way that powerful women often are portrayed. She seemed dangerous like a male Bond villain can be. So although I think she could plausibly have a secret son with Robert Queen (or actually be Shado’s mother), she seems like her motives are more than sex or procreation. What her motives are… I don’t know. I think she’s left the League, maybe long long ago; she doesn’t give the feel of loyalty like Nyssa did when we first met her.

She goes on to explain in her post about TV and the sexualisation of women; which is very insightful and a recommended read.

10 hours later I decide to follow that trail of brilliant thought.  What if Talia is Shado’s mother? What does that mean for Oliver Queen?  How was Talia possibly effected by the sinking of the Gambit and the presence of Oliver Queen on Lian Yu.

Season One:  We know Yao Fai was her student; so why not extend that thought and take it further that she could be Shado’s mother. In season one Fryers captures Oliver and company; Yao Fei slips Oliver a knife but Oliver was only able to free himself, Shado and Slade; leaving Yao Fei shot in the head by Fryers after recording a video confession.

Talia loss: 1 her student and possible father of her daughters

Season Two: Flashbacks: Shado is shot in the head by Ivo but we know that Slade has always blamed Oliver for choosing Sara.  End of Season two, we know Sara is left on the island by with Anatoly and others.  We also know that some time during season 3 Nyssa travels to Lian Yu and rescues a dying Sara from there.  Sara tells Nyssa her story of Shado and Ivo.  Nyssa realises that this was her niece and her father and sends message to Talia.

Talia Loss: 2 Yao Fei, Shado

Season Three: Flashbacks: Oliver meets Mei, Shado’s twin in Hong Kong while on the run from Argus.  She helps him and we never see her again.  Oliver  later in a fight drops the vial containing the Alpha-Omega virus and many people die expect for him; Tatsu, Maseo and Sherive and his men because they were inoculate with a vaccine that didn’t work on Akio and he died.  Lets extend that thought; Akios babysitter died in her apartment by virus that day.  What if Mei died too?  Option one: Talia comes to claim her daughters body to find Maseo taking care of the remains of his son Akio; and he tells her the story of his loss.  Later Talia suggests he join the LOA. Option two: Maseo finds the LOA on his own and tells Ras the story of why he is here when he brings him the Alpha-Omega vile; and Talia finds out:  In real time, Oliver is declared heir to the demon; so for a while he becomes untouchable, later he marries Nyssa and kills Ras Al Ghoul; Talia’s father and hands the ring to MM

Talia Loss: 4 Yao Fei, Shado, Mei, Ra’s. Her LOA Legacy

Season Four: In real time Oliver hands leadership of LOA back to Nyssa; who disbands the LOA

Talia Loss: The entire LOA legacy.

Talia Al Ghul is the woman behind the puppet that is Prometheus.  If it was not physically unmatchable and the height difference I would say Talia is Prometheus.  They may yet reveal her to be.

Season Five: Flashbacks, Talia searches for Oliver because she wants her revenge; through Sara and Maseo she knows everything about Oliver. As soon as he appears on her radar in Russia, she comes in to set her game in play. She didn’t do her homework; she had very specific intel. She had a plan to train Oliver; to help him embrace his monster; to set him up on a journey of blood and tears.  She doesn’t want simple revenge.  She want him to experience deep loss like she did.

Team Talia:

Now how does this relate to Claybourn’s son?  You know my theory: Adrian Chase is Claybourn’s son.  Doris Chase is his mother.  Claybourn had denied his son his legacy; Oliver had killed Claybourn.  Adrian seeks revenge.  His mother or wife introduces him to her friend Talia because he is seeking to be trained. Or Talia seeks Adrian out because he is a man with a vendetta against Oliver Queen and trains him to later become Prometheus.  Yet in this case Prometheus is only a pawn in the chess game Talia is playing.

Team Evil has two players so far: Talia and Adrian

@oliverfel4 had speculated early on that Oliver maybe facing several enemies this year. I think she is right. 

Sledgehammer: the Felicity fan girl who knew about her Ghost Fox Goddess hack name; presenting her with Pandoras files; might have some relation to Cooper; OR could just be Evil Tech support.  But I do think she knows so much; that she is Felicity’s nemesis or the sister of Brie Larvan; who was sent to prison by Felicity twice (once in season 3 of Arrow/season 1 of Flash and  a second time in season 4 on Arrow).  Last we knew Brie wanted the chip that Felicity had in her back because she was dying of spinal cancer.  So Sledgehammer has a grudge to grind with Felicity and Oliver especially if Brie died.

Team Evil has three members now: Talia, Adrian; Brie’s sister.

Team Evil might grow; there could be an old enemy of John Diggle in there; we don’t know; still 12 episodes to go. 

But that is my theory.  You read  it here folks.  You are welcome to use it; quote it refer to it.  But please do honor and credit the thought. Plagiarism is not just word for word.  One does not have to be a professional member of a society to recognise originality of thought and credit people for their ideas. I am not naming names or shouting accusations.  You know who you are. 

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Fuck coworkers.

So I recently got a promotion at MalWart to Department Manager. I have previous supervisory experience and have worked my butt off since I started, even coming in on my days off to help the store get ready for an upcoming inspection. Sometimes I’ve been hitting 50 hours a week. It’s been crazy, and i’m so tired. I’m really happy that management sees that I can do this.

At the moment, I work in the photolab, and the assistant manager of photo, electronics, toys and some other departments often has us do tasks for other departments in the store that we can do behind the counter. So I get a call on the phone asking me to box up some toys that need to go in the back room. I say yes and wait for (let’s call him Leonard) to bring me the cart of stuff that needs boxed.

Leonard brings me a buggy and some boxes. I say thank you and start to do the task. We talk a little bit, laughing and joking as we normally do, and then he suddenly gets quiet. I look up and he has this weird look on his face. I ask him if everything is ok and he congratulates me on the promotion. I say thank you and go back to boxing up the toys. And then he tells me that he should have gotten it instead since he’s been here longer. Says he deserves it, and that I don’t at all because i’m so young. That he should get it because he’s older. Bitch, i’m 24. You’re 27. It’s not that big a difference. That I should tell them to give it to him instead because that would show real leadership. Yeah, ok. Sure, dude.

And i’m like, no, Lenny. I’m not doing that. We both applied for the same thing, and they asked me for an interview and hired me. Clearly they saw something they liked. Maybe if you didn’t complain about how much you hate your job ALL THE TIME, even to customers and managers, and didn’t talk about how you hate working with people, they would have given you a chance too.

Like, you don’t have to love every second of your work day, but for the love of God. Don’t answer the customer’s question about how your day is with “I hate my job and coworkers” and then tell me I should step down from my promotion so you can have it and hate your job and coworkers, just with more money.

But I get to go to a different department and I am so excited!!

Sara is such an amazing Captain. Look how in control she is the entire time, how she effortlessly leads the legends. How even when she is near death she knows what to do. How she trusts in Jax and encourages him . How even after everything that happened she dragged herself from her literal death bed to save both Jax and Rip

I don’t think we have ever seen such a charismatic and effective leader in the DC universe. They keep trying to push Oliver down our throats but the man is a trainwreck. Barry doesn’t have the confidence and experience to take a real leadership role. He always prefers to work more alongside others. And I don’t think Supegirl wants to lead. I don’t think she likes the idea of bossing her friends around

But Sara? Holy shit. She is just such an amazing leader. I love her so much

I’m not entirely sure what occupy-democrats is doing here.  Setting aside whether Clinton and Obama demonstrated “real leadership,” why tout George W. Bush’s leadership?  The man led illegal warfare in the Middle East under false pretenses and his administration instituted an illegal torture program.  Also, as far as natural disasters go, did you forget about Katrina?

We should not praise Bush just because it makes Trump look bad.

Moreover, all of the pictures of the non-Trump presidents are great public relations photos and not necessarily representative of how they viewed the value of human life.  I’m sure there are pictures out there that make Trump look like a decent human being, too.

Barack Obama Shares His Lessons Learned on Leadership and Power

The power and responsibilities of the U.S. presidency are unique and unmatched—only 44 people have ever had the job. On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama offered a glimpse inside the world’s most powerful office. Obama was discussing food policy and climate change at Seeds&Chips, a global food and innovation summit in Milan, but he also offered up some of the lessons he learned inside the White House on leadership, power, and effecting change. It was his first speech to an international audience since his term ended.

Failing publicly can be liberating. Obama said that the people who know him say he did not change much during his presidency, and “I’m happy about that.” Obama said that rather than starting to believe his own hype, “I actually found I became more humble the longer I was in office.” He also became less fearful. He said that as president of the United States, you make a mistake every day, everyone has seen you fail, and “large portions of the country think you’re an idiot.” But he said it was “a liberating feeling” when you realize it’s okay, you’re still here, and you have the chance to do some good. As time went on, he said he got rid some of those anxieties.

Empower others. So often we think of leadership “as someone at the top who is ordering other people around,” Obama said. He learned that leadership was teaching people who thought they didn’t have a voice to speak up about the things impacting their lives.

Power is isolating. Obama said that one of the hardest things about being the U.S. president is the way the job is “unique in its isolation.” While the burdens of leadership are real in any country, he said because of the security apparatus around the U.S. president, you live in a bubble—“a very nice prison.” You don’t have the freedom to take a walk or sit at a café, he said. “I don’t miss that. Now I’m only captive to selfies, which is almost as bad. I can walk anywhere as long as I’m willing to take a selfie every two steps.”

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It’s not enough to be the squeaky wheel. Obama said that politicians and governments respond to people making noise and demands. But the biggest mistake made by activists “is one you’ve gotten the attention of people in power then you have to engage them and have sensible ideas.” Obama added that you have to do you homework, have your facts straight, and be willing to compromise. He is addressing this issue head on with the Obama Presidential Center, which is designed to help the next generation of activist leadership.

Know how to shape public opinion in the internet age. Obama said that his campaign’s use of social media was advanced at the time, but technology moves so quickly that today it already seems outdated. Shaping public opinion in the internet age means finding and keeping up with ways to speak to young people who are getting all of their information off their phone, he said, and won’t read a lengthy report. He paraphrased Abraham Lincoln, saying, “With public opinion there’s nothing I cannot do, and without public opinion there’s nothing I can get done,” adding: “I learned that firsthand myself,”