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Calling liberal democracy the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie is neither a metaphor nor exaggeration. “Free speech” and “universal suffrage” are not automatically signs of an actually free society. It’s a symptom of a more highly advanced dictatorship in this case. the reason, for example, the US affords so many “rights” is because the American ruling class is confident in their control.

But the moment these “rights” are used in a way that could lead to liberation, they fall over like the cardboard falsehoods they really are. And the only right that stands up on a foundation afterwards is the same Right claimed by the feudal kings and Roman patricians: the right for the strong to subject the weak to their will.

Look at what happened to the Paris Commune, the Black Power and anti-Vietnam War movements, and countless other popular organizations. When the status quo is threatened, bourgeois democracy reveals its true nature.

anonymous asked:

But the sirebond happened because Elena had feelings for Damon when she was human, right? Then thats a huge fact that supports DE as canon.

I’m not really sure what the point of this comment is. I never once said that Elena didn’t have feelings for Damon. Sure, she had feelings:

But her feelings were just abstract feelings and it’s repeated: “I don’t know what I feel” “Stefan thinks I have feelings for you?” “Do you?” “I don’t know…” They weren’t enough to eclipse the love she had for Stefan and she knows she loves Stefan, it’s definitive and it’s there throughout season 3:

She was in love with Stefan and it never went away so just because she had feelings for Damon and that created the sirebond, it shouldn’t have erased all of these aforementioned moments because they had JUST happened.

In Julie Plec’s words: “The bottom line is that Elena as a human made a very, very, very clear choice that she would love Stefan always and forever,” she says. “But then her entire life turned upside down, and any feelings she originally had for Damon were still there, and of course magnified. There was always going to be a little bit of a confusion there for her — but not enough confusion for her to be over Stefan. It would take a lot to rip Elena away from loving Stefan. It would take years and seasons. We’d be eighty, if we followed the natural progression of that relationship.”

So the show manufactured a way to pull Elena away from Stefan and it shows because there are plot holes with this. If the natural progression of the relationship would’ve taken years and seasons for Elena to be over Stefan then her vampirism should’ve heightened that, it should’ve heightened the above sentiments and if anything that heightened love and her sirebonded attraction to Damon should’ve basically just driven her crazy but in the end, really, her love for Stefan would’ve/should’ve won out.

I never once said that Elena didn’t have feelings for Damon, I did say that those feelings were superficial and that DE is a relationship that is built to end because it doesn’t stand up against the foundation of Stelena or the actions of Stelena and it didn’t do its purpose in bringing out Elena’s darker aspects save for one episode and there really isn’t anything TO the *actual* relationship except sex and telling each other they’re in love for a reason I still don’t know.

PSA.

You don’t “hate Selena Gomez”, you hate how the media has been portraying her. She’s not the “Snobby bitch slut that used JB for fame.”

She’s a beautiful, talented, and sweet woman. She spreads love everywhere she goes and is genuine.

Children look up to her, teenagers do, and even adults. She’s a hero. She’s the youngest ambassador of UNCIEF.

Here’s some of her charity work:
10x10
A Day Made Better
Alliance For Children Rights
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Elton John AIDS Foundation
ENOUGH Project
Free The Children
Malala Fund
Rosie’s Theater Kids
Ryan Seacrest Foundation
Stand Up To Cancer
St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital
Teen Cancer America
UNICEF

Selena has been through so much, from the media, haters, and heartbreak. She lost all her confidence and became insecure. But one day, she woke up and felt brand new. And she accepted and loved herself.

My point is, if Selena can love herself even through all the things she’s been through, you can love Selena Gomez.

beautifulxruins  asked:

Do you have a list of charities and charitable events Beyonce and Jay Z have been involved in over the years. Even ones that media might not have highlighted, Just so I can have something to pull out next time someone tries to say they don't give back.

I have a few, maybe I missing some, but this would be enough for you to go HAM..

Beyoncé Charity Work, Events and Causes

She is not only one of the great survivors of the music industry, but also someone who cares deeply about people.

The Survivor Foundation, an organization she founded with fellow Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The foundation’s accomplishments are many, including the Music World Cares Christmas Carnival that enabled over 300 low-income households to enjoy a fun-filled day of food, entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus and free toys from the toy giveaway. The singer also held a series of food drives before her concerts in 2006 to collect the food that was so desperately needed by victims.

Beyoncé was also an Ambassador for the 2005 World Children’s Day, and released “Stand Up For Love,” the anthem for the event which takes place annually around the world on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children’s causes.

In 2007, Beyoncé partnered with a variety of anti-hunger organizations, including Feeding America, The Houston Food Bank and The Global Food Banking Network, in conjunction with her Beyoncé Experience tour.

Beyoncé and her mom Tina, joined forces to give back to the community, they opened the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at the Phoenix House Career Academy, located in Brooklyn, N.Y.
She first came to know the Phoenix House, the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of substance abuse and prevention services, when she was preparing for the role of Etta James in the 2008 film, Cadillac Records. She donated her entire salary from the production.
The Beyoncé Cosmetology Center, was founded to help people addled by drug and alcohol addiction, offers a seven-month cosmetology training course for adult men and women, teaching the theory and practical skills that the recovering addicts need to pass the New York State cosmetology licensure exam.
They pledged to donate $100,000 annually.

Beyoncé is a co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE, a platform designed to empower women and girls through education, health and justice.

Last year at the one-year anniversary of The Sound Of Change Live, she donate $500,000 to fund Chime projects for girls and women in the areas of Education, Health and Justice, as follows:
EDUCATION:
$125,000 to support 100 school girls at Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) schools in Kenya for one year.

HEALTH:
$125,000 to provide 320 Embrace infant warmers to 100 rural health facilities in 11 Millennium Village sites across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Mali, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, and Ethiopia). The Embrace infant warmers will help more than 1,900 at-risk newborns survive and thrive.

JUSTICE:
$125,000 to provide 600 Sisters in Strength Youth Leaders and Alumni in New York City with the critical educational and mentoring support, job training, counseling services, and resources they need to successfully navigate and graduate from high school and college through Girls for Gender Equity.

JUSTICE:
$125,000 to provide 25 human trafficking survivors in Los Angeles with counseling, medical care, legal services, and individual recovery treatment to rebuild their lives through the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST).

Beyoncé donated a handbag to an auction benefitting Women’s Fund for Scotland. But her concern for people is sometimes more discreet, as was shown when she visited two people who were injured during a fireworks accident at one of her concerts, arriving at the hospital shortly after the concert ended. Head nurse Darryl Williams said, “She was just very concerned about the people injured in the audience. It was unannounced and we kept it very low-key so that she could spend time with them.”

Charities & foundations supported 

46664 American Foundation for AIDS Research Artists for Peace and Justice Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes Boys & Girls Clubs of America Candie’s Foundation CHIME FOR CHANGE Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Clothes Off Our Back Entertainment Industry Foundation Feeding America Food Bank For New York City GEMS Global Poverty Project Kids Wish Network Love Our Children USA Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation MusiCares Music Rising Oxfam Phoenix House Prince’s Trust Save The Music Foundation Small Steps Project Stand Up To Cancer Survivor Foundation The Lunchbox Fund The Samburu Project Women’s Fund for Scotlan

Causes supported

AbuseAddictionAIDS & HIVAnimalsAt-Risk/Disadvantaged YouthsBullyingCancerChildrenCreative Arts,DiabetesDisaster ReliefEducationFamily/Parent SupportGrief SupportHealthHuman RightsHunger,MiscellaneousPovertyRape/Sexual AbuseUnemployment/Career SupportWaterWomen

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And there is BeyGOOD  Launched in 2013, inspires people everywhere to be kind, be charitable and get involved in their local communities. To date, over 2 million fans have joined in to raise awareness and resources for causes important to them. 

Jay-Z Charity Work, Events and Causes

Jay-Z sent more than $2,500 worth of designer street wear to the Spring Hill Campaign for Adolescent and University Student Empowerment (CAUSE) in appreciation of their community efforts.

His November 2006 concert in New York city raised over $250,000 for PlayPumps International.

On August 9, 2006, he met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the organization’s headquarters in New York. The rapper pledged to use his upcoming world tour to raise awareness of–and combat–global water shortage.

Also in 2006, he visited Africa and produced a documentary entitled Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life.

He pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross’ relief effort after Hurricane Katrina.

Shawn Carter Foundation, the mission of the Shawn Carter Foundation is to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning. Students served by the Shawn Carter Foundation represent diverse backgrounds, and face significant barriers to success such as teen pregnancy, homelessness, poverty, former incarceration, sexual and domestic abuse, and gang membership. The Foundation supports these students on the run to greatness through its scholarship fund, annual college tours, study abroad experiences, counseling initiatives, and holiday toy and meal drives

Jay Z set up an educational trust for Sean Bell’s kids. They lost their father at the hands of the NYPD (Jay has paid and is still paying for the tuition of the children)

Charities & foundations supported  

Artists for Peace and Justice Boys & Girls Clubs of America Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Global Poverty Project GRAMMY Foundation Music for Relief PlayPumps Red Cross Robin HoodCauses supportedAIDS & HIVAt-Risk/Disadvantaged YouthsChildrenCreative ArtsDisaster ReliefEconomic/Business Support,EducationEnvironmentHealthHuman RightsMiscellaneousPovertyWatersrc I made a  little post before, this may help you (Just because you don’t know about it doesn’t mean Jay Z isn’t ultra conscious and charitable by Shaun King) by the way, they joined forces

Beyonce And Jay Z On The Run For Charity
“On The Run: Beyonce and JAY Z,” in partnership with #BeyGOOD, donated $1 from every ticket purchased to the Shawn Carter Foundation to support students. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from each Chase Lounge VIP Ticket Package also was donated to The Shawn Carter Foundation.

The greatest form of giving is anonymous to anonymous. So here y’all go, I promise this. Jay Z (Nickels and Dimes)

Hope this help you! :D

Here's a Trailer for Stand Up Planet That Explores Comedy In Some of the Most Unlikely Places

On May 14th, LinkTV, KCET, and Pivot will all be airing the stand-up documentary series Stand Up Planet that has host and great comedian Hasan Minhaj delving into how comedy finds its way into every corner of the world and how it opens up discussion on issues in places that most of us would think it would be near impossible to do so. 

It features international comedy acts and comedians that you probably know and love from here in the U.S. such as Aditi Mattal, Mpho Popps, Loyiso Gola, Kagiso Lediga, Tanmay Bhat, James Adomian, Nate Bargatze, Michelle Buteau, and John Vlismas as well as the likes of legends Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, and Bill Cosby.

Watch the trailer here.

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The UK launch of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation (by RugbyMedia)

Gotta appreciate the allies!

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After a busy year, Rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen finally launches the StandUp Foundation in central London in partnership with Wicked, The Musical and Lynne Featherstone, the Equalities Minister.

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The Scissor Sisters return to London and support the Ben Cohen Foundation (by RugbyMedia)

International superstars The Scissor Sisters arrived in London this week following the launch of the Ben Cohen Foundation.