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? 

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Ok this blog is not about politics, but somehow it’s about my life.
So here I am, living in Russia, the country with beautiful people: talented musicians, artists, dancers, amazing doctors, teachers and all the other professionals who know how to be a good person and how to do things right.

But the rest of the world judge us just by one politician. Radical, homophobic, aggressive. The world says - that’s their leader as a representation of the nation. So let me show you what our nation is.

Today, on March 26, we had meeting protests against the government throughout the country in 99 (!) cities and towns. People were clamoring against the system and corruption with slogans ‘Russia shall be free’, ‘Russia without Putin’, ‘The criminal has to go to the prison’. In Brazil or South Korea that would end for the government in a fair law court…  But what we got as a feedback? When thousands of unarmed russians went to the street to shout out for justice, thousands of policeman and soldiers started to arrest them. There was no exception for women, children or oldman. I was there, in the heart of Moscow, protesting with others. 

And here I want to say that it literally hurts me when I see in social networks like tumblr all the hatred adressed to Russia. When you are afraid of russians, when you think of us as rude homophobic savages who barely know what civilization and human rights is.

Please
, try to look deeper on what happens here.
We are people. And we need your support. 

As a bonus, photos from another date in St. Petersburg

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Runner AU

I’m so excited to finally get to share this AU with you guys!!

This au all happens in a world where the governtment is super corrupted. Everything is controlled by the most powerful corporations and the richest of people. Got money, then you have the power. 

Technology is rather advanced and nearly all info is stored as data. However, it’s nearly impossible for rebels to hack into the systems and gather information and proof to fight the system. That’s why there is runners. Runners use parkour to get all over the city, fast and unnoticed, and break into corporations to personally get to the data and information that can help the rebellion. 

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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
  • me banging on pots and pans: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DIDNT VOTE FOR TRUMP. THEY DIDNT. THEY VOTED FOR HILLARY. THIS IS OUT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLES HANDS. STOP FUCKING BLAMING PEOPLE FOR A CORRUPT SYSTEM THEY HAD NO HAND IN.

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

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. 

I just can’t take ppl who try and start Real Junker Discourse seriously because they’re objectively the most absurd characters in the game, the whole reason they exist is a mad max reference, one references snoop dog and the other references katy perry, they’ve canonically robbed an arcade and an ice cream truck

and people write meta about how, like………..Murder is Bad so You Should Hate Them

it feels like someone writing an essay about how you should hate bowser because a monarchy is an inherently corrupt system like I just can’t take it seriously

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.