So I wrote this as a continuous post on hangoverwatch’s post, but I then decided to just rewrite this as my own text so the general public can read it.

Although I enjoy and appreciate the characterization that Jesse Mccree can be a bumbling goof at times (cause I mean, have you seen his outfit?) And how people portray him as a down-to-earth kind of guy that can and will sweep anyone off their feet with his Southern cowboy charm is great all, but I feel like we as a fandom forget that he is an extremely dangerous man.

In canon terms, his bounty is worth a hell of a lot more than Roadhog and Junkrat’s combined. “But Jess, JR and RH’s bounty are in pesos blah blah blah.”  Look, I already did my math, and when RH and JR’s bounties are converted to American currency their amount comes up to $1,371,704.48 each (A total of $2,743,408.96 USD combined) Compare that to Jesse’s whopping $60,000,000 USD bounty, their crimes pale in comparison to Jesse’s. Also, I (for those who need a little more convincing) went ahead and converted Jesse’s bounty to pesos and his came up to a total of $1,093,530,000.00! That’s 2x more than JR and RH’S combined and then some. This guy is a more wanted criminal than them, and they’re known for robbing, bombing, and even killing innocent people. And even if their bounties weren’t in pesos, Jesse’s bounty is still 10,000,000 more than theirs combined.

How he got his reputation to be so notorious is up in the air and will most likely be open to our opinion until we get more history between him, Gabriel, Deadlock, and Blackwatch. (Obviously Deadlock is more of a threat than we may perceive due to them [in the process of] hijacking a government train, and Jack’s voiceline in game saying that Gabriel should have ended Deadlock a long time ago. He of all people should bring up red flags when in comes to gangs considering how he views Los Muertos.)

So knowing that Jesse was part of this group at a young age (in my headcanon he was 15 going on 16) is really terrifying. That gives him a brief time period of a year to get him recruited into Deadlock, figure out his role, steal a lot of government items (successfully might I add), hone his skills as a marksman, and all while making a name for himself. Now, a lot of these things are easy to accomplish at an early age(honing skills, filling a role in a community, and making a name for oneself is all based on dedication.) The thing that’s scary is the fact that more than likely Jesse went on these assault missions and lived while doing the other 3 to the point that he was the only one considered to be taken into OW. Again we don’t know if he was threatened to join or he was offered a spot in OW peacefully. On his bio, it’s said that due to his resourcefulness and expert marksmanship Jesse was given a choice to join or not. So obviously, the person who recruited him (more than likely it was Gabriel) knew about Jesse McCree enough to want him on their team. And as posted by hangoverwatch, OW only has eyes and ears for the best. 

So let’s look at the facts:

Like from earlier in this post, Jesse McCree is a highly skilled man. Skilled enough to:

  • Sit on a train moving at the rate of 640 kpm/h (which is equivalent to 397.678 mp/h. Basically hella fast) with no signs of bodily distress.
  • Able to jump off said moving train with no struggle against wind and gravity while holding himself long enough to break a window.
  • Slaughter an entire Talon operative team BY HIMSELF without killing civilians with pinpoint accuracy even in the dark.
  • Knows he’s capable enough to kill Gabriel–a war hero, super soldier, and the Blackwatch figurehead (his voiceline proves that he feels like he’s the one that should kill Gabriel.)
  • Was able to survive long enough to earn himself a $60,000,000 bounty while still able to somewhat stay in public without being recognized (the event at Hanamura shows that he’s resourceful enough to cover his tracks to where people still don’t know who saved the shop even with his bounty.)

But that’s not it. He’s also the down-to-earth, snarky man that everyone writes/draws him to be

  • While a lethal killing machine can be quite the gentleman (stated by Ana who recalls him being “quite the charmer.”)
  • Has a competitive side (The new summer game line: “I don’t like much losing.”)
  • He’s a cheeky little shithead (ALL of his interactions with Reaper.)
  • He’s a cowboy fanboy (Upon closer examination, Jesse did not get his full cowboy get up until AFTER he left OW. Hinted by the voiceline between him and Reaper. R:You look ridiculous. J:Looked in a mirror lately?) He only had his hat and belt buckle throughout the Golden years. Serape, boots, and spurs came later.

So to everyone that thinks that Jesse McCree is an idiot let me be the one to say that you have never been more wrong. This man is a conniving, calculating, murderous, son-of-a-bitch with a cowboy/vigilante complex. He wouldn’t hesitate to put a bullet in your head if you stood on the wrong end of justice, and the problem is, is that it’s his code of justice. It’s whatever he deems is good or evil. This guy is seriously not a force to be reckoned with. Although he may not be as book smart as Winston, Mei, and Satya, and even Blizzard stated he can be a bit of an irresponsible adult (not being able to schedule appointments on his own) He can and will outsmart you in a game of wits effortlessly while also make you question your own intelligence. Long story short: Jesse McCree is a goofy, knowledgable, badass that won’t hesitate to kick your butt if you pushed the wrong buttons. So basically don’t get on his bad side and we’re all golden.

Let’s dispense with the “Democrats are just as bad” defense. First, I don’t much care; we collectively face a party in charge of virtually the entire federal government and the vast majority of statehouses and governorships. It’s that party’s inner moral rot that must concern us for now. Second, it’s simply not true, and saying so reveals the origin of the problem — a “woe is me” sense of victimhood that grossly exaggerates the opposition’s ills and in turn justifies its own egregious political judgments and rhetoric. If the GOP had not become unhinged about the Clintons, would it have rationalized Trump as the lesser of two evils? Only in the crazed bubble of right-wing hysteria does an ethically challenged, moderate Democrat become a threat to Western civilization and Trump the salvation of America.
Indeed, for decades now, demonization — of gays, immigrants, Democrats, the media, feminists, etc. — has been the animating spirit behind much of the right. It has distorted its assessment of reality, giving us anti-immigrant hysteria, promulgating disrespect for the law (how many “respectable” conservatives suggested disregarding the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage?), elevating Fox News hosts’ blatantly false propaganda as the counterweight to liberal media bias and preventing serious policy debate. For seven years, the party vilified Obamacare without an accurate assessment of its faults and feasible alternative plans. “Obama bad” or “Clinton bad” became the only credo — leaving the party, as Brooks said of the Trump clan, with “no attachment to any external moral truth or ethical code” — and no coherent policies for governing.
We have always had in our political culture narcissists, ideologues and flimflammers, but it took the 21st-century GOP to put one in the White House.

The GOP’s moral rot is the problem, not Donald Trump Jr.

This was written by Jennifer Rubin, a life-long Republican who I have disagreed with on just about everything in the history of life. If there were more Republicans like her, we likely would not have a congress that has utterly abdicated its co-equal role in government to put a check on an unhinged president like this one.

She has principles, at least, unlike far too many tribal Republicans who exist on a steady diet of right wing talk radio, Fox News, and Glenn Beck peddled bullshit.

The rhetoric that demonizes anti-Latino and anti-Asian immigrants is disturbing not only for what it says, but more so for what it does not say. By portraying immigration to the United States as a matter of desperate individuals seeking opportunities, it completely disregards the aggressive roles that the U.S. government and U.S. corporations have played— through colonialism, imperialist wars and occupations, capital investment and material extraction in Third World countries and through active recruitment of racialized and gendered immigrant labor— in generating out-migration from key sending countries. As Joe Feagin reminds us, “recent immigrants have mostly come from countries that have been substantially influenced by imperialistic efforts by U.S. corporations and by the U.S. government around the globe.” This portrayal of immigration stigmatizes the immigrants as desperate, undeserving, and even threatening, and delinks contemporary immigration from past U.S. corporate, military, or governmental actions abroad.

As I watched this spectacle of border making, I was reminded of my own bordercrossing experience. In 1975, when tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees, including my own family, arrived in the United States, the majority of Americans did not welcome us. A Harris poll taken in May 1975 indicated that more than 50 percent of the American public felt that Southeast Asian refugees should be excluded; only 26 percent favored their entry. Many seemed to share Congressman Burt Talcott’s conclusion that, “Damn it, we have too many Orientals.” Five years later, public opinion toward the refugees had not changed. A 1980 poll of American attitudes in nine cities revealed that nearly half of those surveyed believed that the Southeast Asian refugees should have settled in other Asian countries. This poll also found that more than 77 percent of the respondents would disapprove of the marriage of a Southeast Asian refugee into their family and 65 percent would not be willing to have a refugee as a guest in their home. Anti-Southeast Asian sentiment also took violent turns. Refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in many parts of the United States have been attacked and even killed; and their properties have been vandalized, firebombed, or burned. The antirefugee rhetoric was similar to that directed against Latino immigrants: Southeast Asians were morally, culturally, and economically deficient— an invading multitude, unwanted and undeserving.

- Yen Le Espiritu, “Homes, Borders, and Possibilities,” in Asian American Studies Now (2010) 

Here are my current personal views.

Law is force.

When you make something illegal you are saying that the government may fine, imprison or even kill a person for participating in that action.

Do you believe that if a person is watching pornography in the privacy of their home that the police should be able to come into their home, arrest them, and if they resist then kill them?

You can frame it a different way that makes it even more poignant:

Government is made up of individuals. Therefore, the government can only legitimately possess powers that the individual himself possesses.

As an individual in our society, would you feel morally justified holding a gun (threat of force) to the head of a person engaging in consensual sex for money?

If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, then don’t pass the work onto a militarized government and call it morality.

The 12th House and the path to feeling good deep down inside.

One of the greatest Mysteries of the 12th house is what it represents in actuality. An alternate “new age” interpretation I have come to consider is that the 12th House represents karmically what gives us satisfaction for giving back to the collective.  This is done through teaching and acknowledging the greater collector outside of ourselves. 

It is what we offer to the greater good of life and expect nothing in return except bettering the lives of everyone.  In a sense it can be like living a legacy ; one which provides soulful rewards you can see during your current lifetime.  The 12th House is classically ruled by Jupiter for a reason; It is the house of your ultimate soulful expression to teach others.  

The reason why this part of a person’s life can be so difficult to tap into is because giving away one’s karmic “compassion” to teach does not necessarily lead to profit, paying the bills or ego gains.  Some of us are more ready (born with) emphasis on this matter because we have planets already in that house. Some of us need a transit planet, progressed planet, or someone else’s planet to wake up our 12th house on the way to enlightenment.

Here are some examples in the chart how this can be seen.  Examples are done in “word slam” :

Aries on the 12th House Cusp / Mars in the 12th House

Being proactive in Helping Others, Helping others get motivated, Helping others be independent, Finding what motivates others and realizing self motivation skills, Leading those who need help, Fighting to protect the weak, Bringing pioneering concepts to the World, Teaching the Importance of Passion, Using Sexuality as a Way to heal others, Bringing sports to a culture or group of people as a way to enrich their lives

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Leslie’s list of reasons attempting to explain her falling out with Ron

  • Had conversations with Postmaster General about getting your face on a stamp
  • I sent you a birthday card through the U.S. mail
  • Taught the triplets about the dangers of minimizing the role of government in an increasingly complicated society
  • I submitted to the New Yorker cartoon caption contest under your name
  • Invited you to my LinkedIn professional circle
  • That I had Food and Stuff shut down temporarily for a health code violation
  • Started using the word “scrumptious “ too much
  • (unreadable) Once offered you an apple (shouldn’t count, I was super drunk)
  • I bought a chair from Ikea
After the Raven Cycle

So I know a lot of people have been collectively screaming/crying after the end of Maggie Stiefvater’s incredible quartet. But the biggest question seems to be: What to read next?  A lot of recommendations have been floating around tumblr, so I decided to compile them here for everybody.

The Foxhole Court: Chances are, you’ve already read this series. But if you haven’t, you should. Neil Josten transfers to a new college to play a pretty rough sport called exy (sort of like rugby). While he’s there, he gets wrapped up in the relationships and drama of his new teammates, and the dynamic is pretty interesting. It’s heavily character-based, with a lot of “found family” trope and beautiful writing. The first book is free on iTunes!

The Secret History: This book by Donna Tartt has been compared a lot to The Raven Cycle, and with good reason. The writing style and themes are very similar, as well as the enigmatic but intriguing cast of characters. Richard is a struggling college student who enrolls in the Latin program at a private college. His classmates - only 5 of them - drag him into their obsession with Greek and Roman culture, which involves a lot of drugs, alcohol, hookups, and murder. It’s more of the “found family” trope with a lot more mystery on the side. While it’s an internationally recognized and loved novel, it’s a lot more adult than most of the books on the list, just be aware.

Aristotle and Dante Discovery the Secrets of the Universe: This is another popular. It explores the relationship and lifestyles of two Hispanic 15-year-olds as they come to learn about the world, themselves, and the people around them. While a more somber novel, Aristotle and Dante’s friendship is amazing. The book also deals with the problems of discovering one’s identity, especially considering race and sexuality.

The Captive Prince: Lots of courtly politics in this one! In the fictional land of Vere, Damen has been denied his role in government by his half-brother. He is thrown together with the deadly and suspicious Prince Laurent in his grapple for power. More LGBT romance here, but again, there’s a lot of adult themes, especially concerning sex. Very good writing, very character-driven.

The Song of Achilles: A different take on the relationship between the famous Trojan characters Achilles and Patroclus, Madeline Miller portrays their relationship through the Trojan War as romantic rather than platonic, and has been praised for doing so. While the writing is more simplistic than most people expect, the relationship between the two protagonists is portrayed beautifully. Even Rick Riordan is a huge fan.

If anyone has any other recommendations for this list, I’d love to hear them. Additionally, if anyone has any questions (or just wants to yell about books), I’d love to talk!

Pondering: Why isn’t there a city elf mafia?

As historical entities, mafias and organized mobs tend to pop up in locations (usually cities) where there is a sub-population whose needs are not being met by the official government. They fill the role of a sub-government, providing food, medical care, and security to communities in exchange for the support of those communities; eventually they grow to claiming relevant slices of territory as their own miniature countries, enforcing borders and regulating trade (usually trade of items that are not being regulated by the official government.)

We even see this behavior a bit in DA2, as with the Dog Lords filling this role for the Ferelden refugee population in Kirkwall.

The city elves certainly meet all these criteria. So, why is there no City Elf Mafia?

anonymous asked:

How can Bernie Sanders still win?

What are you talking about, Bernie Sanders DID Win

He may not have won the nomination or the presidency, but he is winning the cultural war. He even told us what he wanted during the campaign, “I’m asking people to be part of a movement - a political revolution - to transform our country, economically, politically, socially and environmentally.

If you are measuring Bernie Sanders success by what he told us his goal was, he has won. Millions of people who have never participated in politics are taking an active role in our Government. They are demanding that their interests are represented. In the words of Bernie Sanders:

Congratulations, whether you know it or not, you are now part of the political revolution.

- @theliberaltony

anonymous asked:

Socialism question: what role exactly does government play under socialism? From what I understand the idea is that workers would control the means of production rather than private ownership, but I keep seeing definitions which state that the government owns and controls all production and resources. Total government control over these things doesn't sound good to me, but I'm really new at leftist ideology. Can you help me understand how production would work under socialism?

hey! theres a big misconception about socialism meaning the government owns everything and its not a definition that most leftists agree with, maybe some hardcore stalinists or something but i wouldnt consider them real socialists anyways. socialism means communal workers control of the means of production, not through the state and not thru any bureaucracy. and anticommunists love to obscure this and pretend socialism = govt control of everything and will point to the ussr as an example, but the ussr was basically state capitalism, not socialism or communism. 

also, leftists disagree a lot on the specifics of what role govt would play under socialism, im a libertarian communist but im not opposed to some form of government apparatus, or like decentralized workers councils or something under socialism. so the exact role govt plays depends on what kind of leftist youre talking to (anarchist, marxist leninist, trotskyist, libsoc, maoist, marxist, etc) but i think most of us can agree that the means of production shouldnt be controlled thru the state completely. u should look into different tendencies view on the role of the state, if youre new to leftism. i havent been able to find decent intros for everything but this is a good thing on council communism  and heres some resources on anarcho communism. actually, you can look up leninism on the dictionary of marxist thought, which has a lot of other useful definitions

anonymous asked:

Im sorry, but The Major's cyborg body being Asian would work against the meaning of Ghost in the Shell, the idea of having your identity ripped away from you is lessened when your fake body looks like your real body. I can understand being angry at a movie like Death Note when an entire cast of obvious Japanese characters are turned American, but The Major's body is manufactured to the will of someone else, she had no freedom of choice.

Because a Japanese woman is representative of all Asians right?

Let’s look at some source material:

  • In the philosophy section, it says, “What exactly is the definition of human in a society where a mind can be copied and the body replaced with a fully synthetic body? What, exactly, is the ‘ghost’ – the essence – in the cybernetic ‘shell’? Where is the boundary between human and machine when the differences between the two become more philosophical than physical?”

Nowhere does it state in its philosophy that it’s about “the idea of having your identity ripped away from you is lessened when your fake body looks like your real body.” BUT if we decide to go by your argument, we actually don’t know what Motoko’s “real” body looks like therefore, ANY Japanese woman can play as her and it would not lesson the theme of having one’s mind being copied and/or body replaced. As long as the body itself is fully synthetic that’s all that matters, which does NOT rule out the idea that any Japanese woman can play as her.

  • In the humanity section, it says, “Throughout the story the cyborg characters, being more or less a human brain with a manufactured body, contemplate individually and together what being human really is, and how a soul or ghost is truly defined.”

As you can see, it’s not about how one’s manufactured body looks like, it’s about finding out what being human is and how their ghost (consciousness) is defined, during a time where minds and bodies can be copied and replaced. So for the second time, Motoko can be played by a Japanese woman and it would not take away from these themes.

Now, let’s go into some background setting to see if Motoko should be white:

  • In the setting section, it says, “The series focuses on Japan, but several other nations figure prominently in some stories. The world of Ghost in the Shell features significant advances in technology. …  Japan is a major world power, having gained equal footing with the descendant countries of the former United States. This status is very much the result of its scientific and technological prowess…”

So we can confirm the entire story takes place in future Japan and is based on its scientific and technological advances. NOT in America, NOT in any country in Europe, and NOT in any other predominately white country.

  • It later says, “The demographics of Japan have been shaken by the post-war influx of Asian refugees…and leads to ethnic tensions. Their presence and status constitute a major national political issue.”

So not only is the Americanized movie wrong with all those white people, but it should be full of mostly Asian people, especially of other ethnic groups in addition to Japanese.

  • The setting also says that, “The American Empire is the only successor state to play a major role in world politics. Its government seems driven by a desire to restore its diminished power and prestige, towards which end it adopts a policy of militarist aggression and open imperialism, directed primarily against Latin America. …  Due to war damage inflicted on its economy and its weakened political position, the American Empire enters into a security pact with Japan.”

From this, we can conclude that America is somewhat “weaker” than Japan in terms of political and economical power (and technology) and is directing its military aggression and imperialism primarily on Latin America.

  • There is NO mention of Europe “except” for the Russo-American Alliance and the Ameri-Soviet Union, both of which were originally part of the US. There is NO mention of any other predominately white country either.

So overall, it’s difficult to logically comprehend and assume that Motoko should be white, both in the source material and in the Americanized movie. If we are going by a logical assumption, it would be safer to assume Motoko is Japanese. I mean come on, how many white “Motoko Kusanagis” do you know?

Now, let’s talk about the Americanized movie *SPOILERS*:

That is literally the textbook definition of whitewashing. I know you’re probably angry now but sorry. Welcome to my world by the way.

Angry Asian Guy

For the past 20 years, I have had a fascination with the British monarchy. And by “fascination,” I mean an obsession that more than one person has expressed serious concern about, and which should probably keep me from being allowed in that country ever again.

One of the first things people ask me when they find out about my hobby / discover the secret altar where I perform blood sacrifices while chanting “God save the Queen” (hey, how do you think she’s made it to 90?) is what the point is of having a royal family anymore. After all, this is the 21st century, and we don’t need some stupid, unqualified person to automatically lead us just because they were born into wealth and power. We elect those people now. I usually answer by explaining the role of the monarchy in government, the importance of having a living connection to history, and their extensive charitable work.

But that’s all just an excuse. I want the royal family to stick around because their drama puts every soap opera to shame. No, seriously, it’s nuts …

How The British Royal Family Has More Drama Than Any CW Show


I drew a thing to illustrate a headcanon (and nyeh why did the first image turn out so much better than the second!!!!!) concerning Ivan and his identity. I got the idea while researching for a seminar I was in where my topic had been the soviet approach to nationality politics.
These headcanons are subject to change of course as I continue to learn about this time period.


The Soviet government was very critical of nationalism as a whole but decided that minority nationalities should be promoted within the socialist system, in order to bind these groups tighter to the idea of socialism and to curb nationalistic movements. “Great Russian Chauvinism” on the other hand was condemned and Great Russian Chauvinists were denounced as oppressors.
Ivan during this time would still be only known as Russia, as the Soviet Union was from its very conception a multiethnic, multinational state. He’d be unsure of where he stands with the government, feeling underappreciated and discarded. He would often travel to remote areas in his country and the union or to countries he has political interest in (like Poland or Germany).


The Soviet Union got a new constitution in this year and Ivan would take up the mantel of Soviet Union - not because that is now a nationality he represents but because Russian nationalism had been rehabilitated over the course of the last few years and the Russian culture/language was to become another unifying link between the people next to socialism. Russia would still be his nation and his secondary title.
Ivan’s role in the government would be redefined and given a lot more importance and respect than it was previously, flattering Ivan and making him feel useful and appreciated once again. This would eventually get a little to his head.

The 12th House and The Path To Feeling Good Deep Down Inside.

One of the greatest Mysteries of the 12th house is what it represents in actuality. An alternate “new age” interpretation I have come to consider is that the 12th House represents karmically what gives us satisfaction for giving back to the collective.  This is done through teaching and acknowledging the greater collector outside of ourselves. 

It is what we offer to th greater good of life and expect nothing in return except bettering the lives of everyone.  In a sense it can be like living a legacy ; one which provides soulful rewards you can see during your current lifetime.  The 12th House is classically ruled by Jupiter for a reason; It is the house of your ultimate soulful expression to teach others.  

The reason why this part f a person’s life can be so difficult to tap into is because giving away one’s karmic “compassion” to teach does not necessarily lead to profit, paying the bills or ego gains.  Some of us are more ready (born with) emphasis on this matter because we have planets already in that house. Some of us need a transit planet, progressed planet, or someone else’s planet to wake up our 12th house on the way to enlightenment.

Here are some exaples in the chart how this can be seen.  Examples are done in “word slam” :

Aries on the 12th House Cusp / Mars in the 12th House

Being proactive in Helping Others, Helping others get motivated, Helping others be independent, Finding what motivates others and realizing self motivation skills, Leading those who need help, Fighting to protect the weak, Bringing pioneering concepts to the World, Teaching the Importance of Passion, Using Sexuality as a Way to heal others, Bringing sports to a culture or group of people as a way to enrich their lives

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The Death of Tiberius, by Jean Paul Laurens

Upon the death of Augustus, Tiberius Claudius Nero stood as the last logical choice in a long and tumultuous line of potential heirs. In 14 AD, at the age of 56, Tiberius ascended to Imperial power as a somewhat uncertain figure. The continuation and success of the newly created Principate rested squarely on the shoulders of a man who seemingly had only a partial interest in his own personal participation.

For the first time the transfer of power from the greatness of Augustus was to be tested. The passing of this test would prove to be more a culmination of Augustus’ long reign and establishment of precedent than the ability of Tiberius to fill the enormous sandals of his step-father.

While Augustus was the perfect political tactician with powerful personality yet approachable demeanor, Tiberius was a direct contrast. He was a dark figure, keenly intelligent, sometimes terribly cunning and ruthless, yet pre-disposed to a more Republican ideal than any emperor that followed him. Tiberius’ failures, however seem to have been his inability to define his own role within the Principate and the roles of those around him, including the Senate. While he professed a desire for the Senate to play a more active role in Imperial government, he did little to illustrate what these roles should be. To an aristocratic body that had been cowed into general subservience through the sheer will and force of Augustus, defining a new role required more definitive action than the simple desire of Tiberius for change.

He was inconsistent in policy and behavior, sometimes dictating his own idea of order from the position of ultimate power, sometimes withdrawing completely in favor of any who might dictate the appearance of command. Mood swings and depression plagued him, perhaps resulting from a life spent as an uncertain member of the ‘Julio-Claudian’ family. Until his final ascension, and only after the deaths of several favored ‘heirs’, did Tiberius probably know for sure that the ultimate power would actually belong to him. His own withdrawal from public life in the midst of Augustus’ search for permanent familial hierarchy (12 BC - 2 AD), certainly indicates a detachment from desire for ultimate power. His second withdrawal from public life, later in his actual reign, would prove to be the ultimate undoing of his own legacy. His susceptibility to the scheming of those around him, while possibly hoping for someone to emerge to allow his own escape, made Tiberius, and Rome itself, vulnerable to tyranny and uncertainty.

From the very beginning of his reign, Tiberius was shrouded with uncertainty. When the Senate convened to confirm him, the procedure was completely unknown. Augustus had assumed power over a period of years through a systematic assembling of various Republican powers, while Tiberius was to be handed the entire thing, all at once, on a platter. Like Augustus’ before him, he seemingly made an attempt to refuse the ultimate power of the state, instead preferring a more limited role. But his desires were apparently unclear, and the Senate too was certainly unsure of what action to take. After some consternation, Tiberius eventually accepted the highest order of power. Still, Tiberius left evidence of his own desire to be rid of the mantle of authority, being the only emperor to refuse the title 'Pater Patriae’ (father of the country).

Tiberius’ behavior in governing matters, especially in interaction with the Senate was confusing at best. Despite efforts to get them to return to at least a semblance of Republican rule, his view of them, 'men fit to be slaves’ coupled with his own liberal use of the treason laws, certainly left the Senate frightened and confused. This relationship would never improve, and in fact would worsen, thanks to the rise of men like Sejanus. Tiberius’ would be blasted by later Roman historians, all of whom would have ties to the Senatorial elite, and therefore, despite a generally solid rule (especially in terms of provincial administration), his legacy was permanently stained. However, Tiberius was faced with more trouble than that caused by political uncertainty between he and the Senate.

Sherlolly Appreciation Week, Day 5- The Abominable Bride

Hello again! I was kind of excited to try this theme because I actually never wrote anything at all to do with TAB since it aired over a year ago. Tbh, I wasn’t terribly inspired by it at the time. But that’s another story lol. Now I was happy to try! So although this isn’t technically canon, it also doesn’t conflict with the canon of that episode. It could certainly fit if you’d like it to…I know I would. :)) 

A War He Must Lose

“Going somewhere?”

The deep echo of Sherlock’s voice in the back alley caused the small woman to halt and slowly turn. Once she was facing him, he could see the fear in her eyes. It occurred to him that she was afraid of him and that cut him deeply.

“Suppose I’m not anymore,” she said bitterly. “You’ve come to stop me, I assume?”

“I have,” Sherlock admitted.

She nodded. “And is the whole of Scotland Yard out front then? Waiting to take me away?” she asked through grit teeth.

Sherlock approached her slowly, again noting her trepidation. “No, Molly.”

Her lips parted in momentary shock. “Y-you know…you remember.”

“Of course I remember, yes. Do you really expect that I wouldn’t recognize a childhood schoolmate who happened to have the same last name and unmistakable eyes as a rather short and slight, but supposedly male, doctor at Bart’s hospital?” He raised a brow.

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In der DDR hat man von mir eine Weltanschauung verlangt, ohne dass ich die Welt anschauen durfte.
—  Manfred Krug (1937-2016) was a German actor, singer & author. Born in Duisburg/West Germany, he moved to East Germany (DDR) at age 13. By the late 1950s he had had several film roles; in 1976 the DDR government forbade him to work as an actor and singer because he participated in protests against the expulsion and stripping of DDR citizenship of Wolf Biermann. Krug requested to leave the DDR. As soon as he got the approval, he left for Schöneberg in West Berlin. He soon got new roles as an actor but very rarely sang in public for a long time. In 1978, he appeared as a male lead in the action-drama tv series “Auf Achse”, and continued the show until it ended in 1995. He also starred in the popular “Tatort” tv crime series, and other shows. He died on 21 Oct 2016 in (now reunited) Berlin.
Our first Justice Democrat: Cori Bush – Justice Democrats – Medium
By Justice Democrats

Not too long ago, we introduced you to Cori Bush, a registered nurse and Ferguson activist. We asked you to join us in asking her to run for Congress. You, from every corner of the nation, answered the call and told Cori you would back her.

Today, we are incredibly proud to announce Cori is running to represent MO-1 in Congress!

Cori embodies the kind of leadership St. Louis needs.

She knows the pain of working families because she has lived it. She understands the needs of society’s most downtrodden, because she serves them every day as a nurse. When Ferguson burned, she answered the call and stood tall on the front lines against police violence. She’s the perfect person to represent St. Louis because she is St. Louis.

She’s yours.

But Cori isn’t just our first official candidate. She’s yours. At the start of our nomination drive, you recommended Cori in droves. Over and over again during our vetting process, we were impressed with the passion people have for Cori; and after getting to know her, we firmly agree that it’s a passion well-placed.

While Cori’s just the first of the many candidates we will be running in the 2018 midterm elections, she’s a strong representation of what’s to come:

She puts people first — As a nurse, she’s been a first-hand witness to community health struggles: “We have patients who don’t even realize they are getting better because they are so stressed about how they will be able to get the resources in the future.“

She believes in her community — Cori believes in fighting to create thousands of jobs in St. Louis, not fighting to save 1 job in DC. That’s why she’s committed to bringing renewable energy jobs to St. Louis, even if the refining and fossil fuel industry attacks her for it.

She’s not afraid to speak the truth — Cori believes the role of government is to support, not control. That’s why she wants to break the school-to-prison pipeline, create educational standards on-par with other nations, pass Medicare For All and make the federal income tax fairer for the middle-class.

She’s struggled and lived the real American experience — While taking care of two young children, working and going to nursing school, she lived out of her car. You won’t find a DC politician of any part who’s faced the stigma of homelessness. Because she knows first-hand how expensive being poor is, you can trust Cori to protect social support programs, remove barriers to housing and increase funding for job training.

Cori, like all of our candidates, will challenge the status quo of American politics. They’ll be attacked as unprepared by Establishment Democrats and soft by Republicans — but so what? We will be defined by ourselves, our actions and our commitment to the people.


Uncle Rudy

So, what do we know about the mysterious Uncle Rudy?

“The siren call of old habits. How very like Uncle Rudy – though, in many ways, cross-dressing would have been a wiser path for you.” (Mycroft, HLV).

We know UR was in the Intelligence/British security business as it was he who ‘managed’ the Eurus situation after she torched Musgrave Hall. That UR had both knowledge of and access to a place such as Sherrinford, suggests that not only was he deep within British Intelligence at the time (and remember, this is going back some 30-odd years), but that he also held a very senior post.

Was UR Mycroft’s predecessor? Did Mycroft inherit the mantle of British Government Omniscient from UR’s shoulders? If this was, in fact, a family inheritance, then I feel UR is related on the paternal side - the line of 'Holmes’ rather than a maternal uncle, though there is no evidence one way or the other (is there?). For some reason, I see UR as the elder brother of the Holmes father. Having slightly odd names would have gone in the family, so a 'Rudolph’ would have been entirely normal by family standards. Assuming Daddy Holmes is about 77-ish in the series (Timothy Carlton was born in 1939), then an older brother would have been at least a year or so senior and probably a bit more. This would most likely make UR’s birthdate between 1933-1937. Let’s say 1935.

We also know that UR was most likely a transvestite. Given the timeframe - this would have been around the mid-seventies, bang in the middle of the Cold War - then UR’s personal preferences would have been kept very well hidden; one did not publicly acknowledge such leanings and remain in high office in the Intelligence services at that time.

Mycroft also says “The siren call of old habits…” which further suggests that cross-dressing had been something UR had done and then given up, only to return to the practice (the 'siren’ call) at some point later on, most likely when he felt sufficiently secure in his professional position to handle the risk of discovery without undue concern. This further suggests that during the time of Eurus’ incarceration at Sherrinford, UR had become even more powerful than he had been when he shut her away.

Assuming Mycroft Holmes was born in the mid-sixties, then he wouldn’t have been more than 10 or 11 when Musgrave Hall was destroyed. It would be at least another seven or eight years before he’d be old enough to join the Civil Service (because that’s what British Intelligence officers are, Civil Servants). This means Mycroft would be about 18 or so in the late seventies. Naturally, he would have gone to university first. By his patronising and somewhat superior demeanour, I’d imagine him attending one of the older Oxford colleges or perhaps even London’s Imperial College. For some reason, Mycroft doesn’t feel like a Cambridge man. Cambridge would have been far too liberal for his tastes. UR would now be in his mid-forties, the same age that Mycroft is in the series.

At university, Mycroft would probably take PPE and languages given his inherent linguistic skills. He would almost certainly knock off his undergraduate studies in record time and possibly spend an additional year polishing things off with an M Phil. This would make him around 22-23 by the time he’d finished with his studies and was ready to find productive employment. At this point, in the early1980s, Margaret Thatcher was PM and there was significant growth in British Intelligence, not only to deal with the fallout of the Falkland Islands war, but also the risk posed by Soviet interference due to the rise of rampant unionism in the UK at the time. UR is now around 50 and at the height of his power (most senior Civil Servants retire between 55-60 years of age).

It would have been at this point that UR had the perfect opportunity to recruit his nephew, the young and fiercely clever Mycroft Holmes into the Intelligence services, probably as a junior analyst to begin with, until he was able to demonstrate his incredible intellectual prowess. This brings the timeline to around 1985 or so. It would take a few years for Mycroft to begin to rise (despite all fantasies, the British Civil Service has some of the strictest employment and promotion policies in the Western world). Therefore, Mycroft would be in his mid-to-late 20s (25? 26?) before he’d be in any position to share secrets with UR. At this point, I think UR would have been in the top seat himself and thus able to expedite Mycroft’s upward movement.

These (admittedly huge) assumptions being even remotely accurate, then at some point in the 20-year period between 1990 and 2010, UR dies and Mycroft is promoted into his uncle’s shoes. He takes his uncle’s government role, his responsibilities (Eurus’ ongoing captivity is only one minor issue) and his wedding ring (this begs another question about UR’s wife. Whom did he marry? What happened to Lady Holmes? (I see UR as being knighted by this time)). That the ring belonged to UR also explains why nobody ever asks Mycroft about it or why he’s wearing it - they all know that UR was his mentor and naturally, there would have been a closeness of sorts. This then postulates that Mycroft would have been in his current role for at least fifteen-years before the series starts in 2010, which feels about right.

Can anyone add further detail to my surmising?