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If Steve Rogers knew the meaning of the phrase “social media”, you can imagine that his account would read something like Evans’. There have been tweets about his opposition to Donald Trump. A running battle with David Duke, the controversial former Imperial Wizard of the KKK in the United States. And when a young white supremacist named Nathan Damigo was recently caught on camera punching a woman, Evans simply tweeted, ‘I hope I run into Nathan.’ For years, we all assumed that Robert Downey Jr. was the Avengers star closest to his super-powered alter ego. Looks like it was Evans all along.
The Top Ten 90′s Teen Comedy Movies As Chosen By Me:

1. Clueless (1995)
2. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
4. Election (1999)
5. Never Been Kissed (1999)
6. Bring it On (2000)
7. Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
8. Jawbreaker (1999)
9. American Pie (1999)
10. She’s All That (1999)

Honorable Mentions: Drive Me Crazy, Idle Hands, Empire Records

The Last Aztec Emperor

Cuauhtémoc was the son of Emperor Ahuizotl of the Aztec Empire. He was born around 1495. Bad, bad timing. In 1502 his uncle (or possibly cousin) Moctezuma II became ruler of the empire. Cuauhtémoc was busy going to a school for elite boys, then being a warrior. After a period of fighting Aztec enemies and capturing some for sacrificing, he was named ruler of Tlatelolco, with the title cuauhtlatoani (“eagle ruler”) in 1515.

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american jews must rid our communities of the so-called progressive except palestine ideology that has embedded itself among our community. behind black americans, we are the second left-most voting bloc in this country. we have stood against the robber baron for exploiting working classes, against the marine for serving american empire, against the riot cop for enforcing white supremacy, and yet—somehow we decided the robber baron is fine if he has a jewish name? the marine is fine if she is in jerusalem? the riot cop is fine if he has hebrew script on his riot shield?

when the israeli state was founded, we became k'chol ha'goyim, like all other nations, equipped with a repressive police-state apparatus and an imperialist army and a national bourgeoisie. [we in diaspora didn’t, but it appears some of us still haven’t realized they don’t care about galutim.]
while being unlike all other nations made [and in diaspora, makes] us dependent on the goodwill of goyim for safety, who subjected us to pogrom after pogrom and expulsion after expulsion, it is morally repugnant to support violent institutions we have always opposed, whether they were run by president harding or tsar nicholas or emperor titus, just because they are staffed by jews there

it is an ineffable embarrassment to our people to see stone-wielding children teargassed by tanks with loshn koydesh written on them

it is an ineffable embarrassment to our people to make gaza into a ghetto after hundreds of years of our own ghettoization

it is an ineffable embarrassment to our people to call jews who care about universal human rights antisemites or self-haters while likud hosts front national and freiheitliche partei österreichs, both founded by nazis and collaborators, in jerusalem

the desire to be k'chol ha'goyim and wield force to defend ourselves is strong and i think clearly understandable, but can we hold ourselves to a better standard than becoming our oppressors?

Spanish Regiment of Louisiana 1781, Battle of Pensacola by Jose Ferre Clauzel.

Bernardo de Gálvez had under his command 7,800 men of the most veteran soldiers of Spain like the fixed battalion of Luisiana, the regiments of the King, the Crown and the Prince, the Real Corps of Artillery, the regiments Spain, Soria, Navarro, Guadalajara , Majorca, Navarre, Aragon, volunteers from Catalonia and Toledo, the fixed battalion of Havana, and the three regiments of red coats of the famous Irish brigade of Spain, the regiments Hibernia, Ireland and Ultonia plus a small group of American patriots.

The truth about Gifted is I wanted to direct it. I’d been on the hunt for something else to direct. I like human stories- movies like Kramer Vs. Kramer, with relationships where adults speak to children as peers- and I think Gifted is really charming. When they said, ‘Marc Webb got it’, I didn’t hear about it for a couple of months. Then I got a call from my team and they said, 'Remember Gifted? Would you be interested in acting in it?’ It was exciting. I hadn’t done a movie that felt like that in a long time.

February 12th 1818: Chilean Declaration of Independence

On this day in 1818, Chile officially issued its Declaration of Independence from Spanish rule, following the initial declaration of September 1810. Desire for independence had been on the rise in Chile for a number of years, fueled by international independence movements, disaffection with the corrupt Spanish-appointed governor, and the political turmoil following Napoleon’s invasion of Spain and the capture of the Spanish king. Following Argentina’s declaration of independence in May 1810, the governor arrested patriots including the Chilean Bernardo de Vera Pintado, prompting outrage in Chile. Citizens demanded a say in their future, and 300 leading Chileans gathered for a meeting. Many of the attendees were Spaniards living in Chile, and disagreements over the question of independence divided the meeting. It was finally resolved that Chile, like Argentina, would establish an independent government, but remain nominally loyal to the exiled King Fernando VII. Count Mateo de Toro y Zambrano was named President, and the new junta set about establishing a national Congress and military. However, royalists vociferously opposed the declaration - which put Chile resolutely on the path to total independence - and the next decade saw bloody warfare between those who advocated full independence, and those who wanted to remain within the Spanish Empire. In 1814, Spanish troops reconquered Chile, but the oppressive rule of Spanish loyalists reinvigorated the independence movement. The tide turned in favour of the patriots, who retook Chile in 1818, when they defeated the last large Spanish force in the Battle of Maipú, and issued a formal declaration of independence on February 12th. The wars came to a close with the expulsion of royalists in 1821, and the surrender of the last Spanish troops in 1826. Chilean independence was therefore secured, though not formally recognised by Spain until 1844.


January 17th 1893: Overthrow of Hawaii

On this day in 1893, the Hawaiian monarchy of Queen Lilioukalani was overthrown with the support of the United States. Throughout the nineteenth century, a number of American sugar planters moved to the Hawaiian kingdom. Determined to secure more power for themselves, these planters pushed through measures to drastically reduce the monarch’s role and limit non-whites’ voting power. Queen Liliuokalani, who ascended to the throne in 1891, sought to reassert Hawaiian sovereignty. Concerned about their financial prospects, a group of American businessmen planned to depose the monarch. On January 17th 1893, the conspirators gathered their supporters in Honolulu to launch a coup d’etat, which had the tacit support of the U.S. government. The next day, conspirators captured the government building and declared a provisional government, which was immediately recognised by the U.S. Queen Liliuokalani stepped aside in the hope of avoiding bloodshed, and American troops raided Honolulu. The new President, Grover Cleveland, opposed annexation and supported reinstating the monarchy, but the provisional government refused. Hawaii was eventually annexed by the U.S. in 1898, as the strategic base at Pearl Harbor proved useful during the Spanish-American War. Hawaii was officially designated the fiftieth U.S. state in 1959, despite enduring concerns about the legality of the overthrow. Many indigenous Hawaiians continue to object to American rule and call for a return to sovereignty; the U.S. government officially apologised for the overthrow of Hawaii in 1993.

“The Hawaiian pear is now fully ripe and this is the golden hour for the United States to pluck it.”
- U.S. minister to Hawaii, John L. Stevens, in a letter to the Secretary of State after the coup