systemic corruption

It’s November 8 2016. Election Day. And you didn’t vote. You knew that trump is evil “but Hillary is just as bad”, you said. You hate both of them, so you refused to vote. “Neither deserves to win”, you said and by the way, it’s rigged anyway, right? You refuse to play that game and you feel quite good about it. You’re a rebel. It’s your kind of protest against the corrupt system!  

You come home from work, with a smile on your face. It looks like your protest works: Some of your friends also didn’t vote or wrote in the name of a third candidate. You feel really good. Maybe you and your friends are enough to change the system! And if not, well, you’ve seen presidents change before and it never had too many consequences in your life. 

You sit down in front of your tv, reach for the remote and your phone buzzes. It’s a text from one of your friends, the weird one who begged you to vote for Hillary - and your smile falls off your face “It looks like Trump will probably win. I’m so scared. My sister is crying.” 

You suddenly remember that your friend’s sister is trans. 

You turn on the tv and you can’t believe your eyes. The third candidate one of your other friends voted for is at 4%! That’s great, isn’t it? But wait.. Hillary is currently behind Trump? By 6%? Oh. You didn’t expect that. 

 Another text. A co-worker. “Two people called in sick. I think it’s because they’re scared to go outside in case Trump wins..” 

One of your co-workers is black, one is Muslim. 

You stare at the tv and you can’t believe what you hear. “Trump won.” It was a head-at-head race and Hillary almost won - but only almost. You can’t believe it. None of your friends were going to vote for him! 

You want to go outside to think about something else - but you stop as you hear your neighbor crying on the phone. “I’m so scared i’ll lose the custody right when our marriage gets annulled”. 

You suddenly remember that your neighbors are a gay couple with a cute little daughter. 

But Hillary would’ve been just as bad, right? 

Let it be known

that Meryl Streep was given possibly the greatest honor an actor can receive, and she used her speech not to thank the corrupt system of Hollywood, but to address social issues and bring awareness and truth to the millions of people watching. Don’t wash over this. This is big. This woman made an impact tonight.

  • person: heres a list of all the terrible shit trump is doing
  • liberal: wow if only countless people warned you how terrible a trump presidency would be maybe then you wouldve voted differently. oh wait

All joking and personal hype aside, A Series of Unfortunate Events is going to be a fascinating thing to monitor, even outside of watching it one’s self.

  • The storytelling is a deconstruction and parody of normal story structure, including things deliberately meant to undermine what people expect from a work of fiction. This includes an excessive number of red herrings and series-long mysteries that receive no satisfying answer.
  • The messages and themes of the story get more controversial and subversive until it starts outright talking about corrupt legal systems, dishonest media, and even instilling a distrust of organized religion that borders on antagonistic to the idea.
  • The tale itself, even divorced from these things, is told with extreme eccentricity and bizarreness, often relying on an absolutely ludicrous nature.
  • It’s Netflix’s biggest budget project
  • It’s Netflix’s first original show meant to appeal to ALL viewers rather than specific demographics

In a lot of ways, if this actually DOES work and get the audience it’s expecting, it’s going to impact quite a bit of storytelling. From new ideas about demographics to introducing new methods of storytelling to the mainstream, it will be VERY influential.

As much as I am looking forward to enjoying something very dear to me, I am chomping at the bit to see how this effects television storytelling going forward.

What does it mean to be radical, to tell radical stories in our time, to win the battle of the story? The North American tradition seems to focus its activity on the exposé, the telling of the grim underside of what we know: the food is poison, the system is corrupt, the leaders are lying, the war is failing. There is a place for this, but you cannot base a revolution on the bad things the status quo forgot to mention. You need to tell the stories they are not telling, to learn to see where they are blind, to look at how the great changes of the world come from the shadows and the margins, not center stage, to see where we’re winning and that we can win something that matters, if not everything all the time.
—  Rebecca Solnit

anonymous asked:

Re: "I made you now obey me" Peridot may not have gotten from the Diamonds per say, but from other authorities within homeworld's structure? At the very least there is a manager that serves as an intermediary: Yellow Diamond doesn't normally receive reports directly (noted in Message Receive), and even for what should be a high-profile mission given Earth's history, she has to call up the file, and is surprised to hear she's on earth. Large bureaucracies can bread counterproductive prejudices.

(Referring to this)

Yes! This is what I wanted to shift the discussion to.

It’s easy to use the Diamonds as straw people for “why everything on Homeworld is bad and Homeworld is irredeemably evil” argument. The thing is, though, Homeworld has an entire oppressive social structure form which the Diamonds are not exempted. 

Bismuth did exactly that. She pointed fingers at the “upper crust.” But every single gem who either willingly or indifferently goes along with the social stratification on Homeworld is implicit in perpetuating its harmful outlook on individuals. 

Take Yellow Pearl. She took Peridot’s call, and her demeanour towards the latter was very different from YD’s. She wasn’t taking Peridot’s call seriously at first, dismissing her while she was relaying her concerns, and openly making faces at Peri later on, even when YD was already addressing Peridot. It does show that at least for YP, there is room for some individuality and responsibility, even for a Pearl. But it also shows there are harmful attitudes that need not be espoused by the Diamonds themselves for them to still exist on Homeworld. 

Nowhere until YD’s sorest spot was hit did she begin to use her authority as a shutdown tool. Before that, she was calmly listening to everything Peridot had to say. 

Homeworld is a big place. The Diamonds are trying to be on top of everything but that’s clearly impossible. Somewhere along the line, there will be corruption and abuses of power; there will be inflated senses of authority and power. 

And these things will happen no matter what kind of system is in place. Even democracies are imperfect. The goal is to establish a system in which there are more checks and balances, and one that prioritises transparency so that these instances can be minimised and monitored. 

Standing up to defend the only place we have as a home will depend on us by voting out corrupt politicians who represents the greedy class. All corrupt politicians need to be voted out. Regardless if it’s Republicans or Democrats.

Will it take an environmental disaster or a tragedy to vote out corrupt politicians? It seems that we’re heading in the direction to wake people up in which its no longer worth voting for the same corrupt parties who are going make our problems a lot worse. By the time all corrupt politicians are voted out of office then it maybe too late.

It’s up to us to avoid environmental catastrophe.

To those who mock

How dare you dismiss these protesters in the wake of Trump’s election. How dare you mock those who fear for their safety, their health, their careers, their families, their lives. I will never support physical violence nor do I condone any destructive actions that have been taken in the wake of the election. But I will ALWAYS support peaceful demonstrators.

How dare you mock those who are exercising their first amendment rights to freedom of speech and assembly. You are hypocrites for doing so.
We don’t protest because we are “sore losers,” unable to accept what our electoral process has given us. We don’t protest because Trump isn’t who we wanted.

We are protesting because we are in a dire need for change in our country in the next coming years. Trump’s hateful rhetoric has threatened the lives of anybody who doesn’t conform to his demographic, his twisted ideologies, his corrupt belief system. We protest because we believe that, in our supposed democracy, the voices of the people are of highest value in consideration of policy. We protest because we will not let a fascist tyrant destroy our will to fight against what we believe is truly wrong. 

I will protest peacefully but loudly, as my constitutional rights allow me to do so.
This is not me being a sore loser; this is me being a concerned citizen with too much at stake.

We are legitimate, our voices matter. Don’t you dare try to tell us otherwise.

  • Starting to play borderlands: Wow this game is so campy and fun. It's so uncomplicated, it's just like a playable bad action movie, it's amazing.
  • After playing borderlands, borderlands 2, borderlands the pre-sequel, and tales from the borderlands:
  • Life is a hopeless cause. Every soul in life is either corrupt or trapped within a corrupt system. Heroes don't exist because in the end everyone is seeking to serve themselves. Death is inevitable and the afterlife is a myth.

In short:

I think ASOIAF is not about “there are no true knights,” it’s about how hard it is to be a true knight, and doing so anyway. It’s about earning tropes more then just ripping them up. It’s about reconnecting with the values behind those tropes, remembering why those tropes appealed to us in the first place. It’s about declaring that while The System may corrupt those values, or fail to reward them, the values themselves are still worth upholding, and they can be the spark for the reformation of said System. It’s about our choices in the face of the abyss, from Will internally complimenting Waymar Royce’s stand against the Others forward. 

It’s existentialist genre fiction. It’s about why the heroes save the world: because that’s who they want to be, not because the prophecies say so. Not that the prophecies are inaccurate or pure hokum (they’re not), but GRRM wants to emphasize that it’s your choices that matter most, not your abilities. As I’ve said before, there’s a reason the final book is named not after the battle for the dawn (as vital and urgent as that will be), but the dream of what will follow. 

Translation: Wall Street not only regulates the the Democratic Party with corrupt politicians. But also pulls strings through overpaid lobbyists to get what Wall Street wants.

We’re not stupid when the Democratic Party tells us that they represent working families. But in reality, they represent Wall Street interests.


This man were fighting for Black people when many of us wasn’t even born. He was betrayed by the corrupted system and the rotten party. Thank you for being ride or die for the revolution. He spoke against the core problems of America and tried to change rules. He was FOR PEOPLE.

Happy Birthday, Bernie. You are my hero.


i hugged my mom and told her i was sorry

i was angry and scared and blaming the results on third party voters, when they wouldn’t have made a difference. the real demon is the corrupt system, the voter suppression, the loss of the voter’s rights,  the hateful and bigoted people who voted for him. and if i’m going to survive im going to stick close to the people i love, even if they voted third party. 

For the sake of Naruto and Sasuke's bond

Here’s a thing about Uchiha Sasuke. His whole world revolves around his brother, it always had, and it will probably will (well he died, but you can believe that Sasuke chases him for half of his life, no matter mentally or physically speaking). He is obsessive, and utterly jealous. While he can seem like your local smart kid, and behind his antisocial behavior, he is actually a boy who need attention, and love above all else. A broken boy with a broken bond, if I speak in a literal way. We can see throughout the series that he changes constantly his goal (while a part of it is because kishi made so many plot twists), and makes him become a boy who thinks about avenging (or protect, for that matter) not only his pride and his family, but also chooses to look at the deepest secrets and seek justice for the corrupt system. In fact, I believe he is the only one who saw/ or realizes that the system was the problem, not only a individual who covers it. His willingness to ask questions and his actions proves that he is not only able to understand, but also to make actions for a change (which is why the revolution had been placed). Unfortunately, or fortunately, his plan hadn’t been achieve. Due to his lack of knowledge to real politic and leadership, I would predict that his plan wouldn’t work. But this idea, and this will for a change, and this consciousness of something should be changed, makes Uchiha Sasuke shines and makes him a character exceptional yet realistic.

And then here’s a thing about Uzumaki Naruto. His whole being is dragged by a sort of instinct, an nearly animositylike brain. He is energetic, stubborn and is often being called stupid. But in the end, Naruto is smart to the only point that matters, he knows what he want and doesn’t look back. His outspoken voice and crazy behavior only proves his want of attention, and love. I can recalled a moment in part one that he honestly says that ‘he acts all tough because he thinks he is a failure’. This indeed proves his insecurities and his weaknesses: being left behind and stay a failure for his whole life. For that, he works hard and tries his best. At the beginning, his dream almost seem like a joke, but in the end, he does not only prove himself capable, but gaining everyone’s respect all along the way (especially from his generation). He is a hero with a capital H and all, because Naruto is truly a story of the underdog. Gaining strength and getting acknowledgement seem like the only thing that matters, simple yet doesn’t seem too bad. His nature drags almost naturally people surrounded him, not only because he is a main character, but also because of his simplicity, this animosity said that is inside him that makes him shine his own way. Nothing really depress Naruto. ….well nothing expect Uchiha Sasuke, that’s it.

(While I love Naruto with all my poor little heart, I have to admit that he is a problematic fave. To say the least, Kishi also destroyed his character at 700, but I have to say that he destroyed him little by little, actually. Being the child of prophecy was hardly his idea, but it become like a cruse that keep saying that he was supposed to win everything because he IS destined by the some lucky charm that contradicts everything the manga had state earlier. He is also the one that supports the Konoha so unfortunately the system as well. He seems pretty oblivious and kind of ignorant to it. Of course, his role of being a protagonist and as a typical shonen manga he needs to be in the so said good side of the whole. So he is limited for his actions, to be honest. And I am personally pissed off that Naruto forgives the villagers from being ‘we hate you because you are kyubbi’ to 'yes you are our hero we all love you let’s never apologize and forget about all that crap we said to you hahaha family now" but that’s another thing.)

Even before the beginning as we are seeing them enter in scene, they were dancing around each other for whenever reasons such as being too proud or too shy (or both xD). They have an interest in each other since the very start, mostly because of their shared pain, directly or un directly. And such as a person that don’t believe fate, the latter content in the manga proves that their encounter was destined. If you are feeling melancholic, you can indeed call it destiny. Even call them star crossed lovers. But honestly, it’s just Sasuke and Naruto. So when they do missions and snarls in the heart of team seven, it’s nothing romantic in it. Behind the sometime deathly battle on a hospital rooftop and the constant yelling and bitter rivalry, there is still something special that blossom in a way that no one find out. What is special in this so called typical local shonen manga and the often clashed rivalries, is that they don’t fight over a girl, a prize nor some world fate that needs to be solved by fighting. They fight because they want to. They fight because they need to. Behind those bloody punches and called names, they have somewhat a friendship that sidegrow along the way. Behind all of these, understanding and acknowledging each other becomes seemingly more easy when you punches your friend in the face.

While Sasuke respects Sakura at times (we makes a fuss about how Sasuke is willing to give his life for Naruto, but Sasuke was ready to kill for Sakura at the valley of the end. However, respect was not constant, it’s either showed rarely. He thought she was too weak to be ever considered an equal) and listen to Kakashi sometimes, Naruto was the only one he actually considered as an equal and have truly respect for. The whole team balance was fragilely keep by the thought that only he is the strongest one in the team. Itachi’s sudden came of course affect him, but the thing that makes him go to the path of hate is Naruto’s rapid grow of strength. We often say that the series are about Sasuke and Naruto but the fact is Sasuke and Naruto are about this series. The thing is Sasuke chooses loneliness and Naruto is shaved upon them and that Sasuke chooses hate and Naruto chooses forgiveness is the crucifix of their relationship, and is in fact, the crucifix of the series.

You can say that Sasuke and Naruto’s bond started with a kiss and end with one (the falling rain and all that makes me believe that yes, Sasuke actually kissed him). But the fact is this bond keeps getting stronger by the time it passed. While Naruto seems to be the one holding it so desperately, but we forget that Sasuke is actually the one who never be able to cut this bond. In fact, after part one, Naruto is the only one who he seems to listen and wanting to understand.

Because actually giving a term in their relationship is offending, since all terms can be used on this ship, but I am a hopeless romantic when it comes to them, I would call them soulmates. Because no one, and I mean it, no one could understand Uchiha Sasuke better than Uzumaki Naruto, and no one will love him more than Sasuke himself, and vice-versa.

Because I believed that saving your hatred and die together is true.

Because I believed that because we are friends is the most romantic sentence I have ever heard.

Because I believed in Sasuke and Naruto, I believed that no matter this bond being platonic nor romantic, I will always believe that this is the story of two boys, living in a cold world, and find each other. And they think this is what home must feels like.

Because I believed that no words would be able to say how much Naruto loved Sasuke and how much Sasuke loved Naruto.

(I don’t denied that their relationship is abusive and I have plenty arguments regarding this, but that’s another thing that I won’t start here)

third party voters didn’t make our voting system corrupt lmao. third party voters didn’t invent the electoral college. third party voters aren’t the reason why popular vote doesn’t pick the candidate. 

that already fucking existed yall, how about stop looking at fucking bandaid ass bullshit and blaming individuals for a system that was already fucked up in the first place. 

hillary winning wouldn’t fix this fucking problem lmao. the voting system has always been corrupt. 

meanwhile all anyone wants to do is blame average people for voting a way they disagree with instead of the fucking system that is objectively against the people and ALWAYS has been.

There’s no appropriate words for corrupt politicians who instead of voting what’s best for people in support of affordable medication. But decided it was more important to protect Big Pharma’s profits. Now time put pressure on them and insure they get kicked out of office in the next mid-term primaries.

Confession: This might sound stupid, but now more than ever I could really use a non-straight hero. I want a character who I can take comfort in. I also feel that characters like Lucio– characters who fight against corrupt systems for the good of all– are more important than ever.

- Submitted by anonymous.