the decision 2011

What year is it?:  A guide for the One Direction Fandom
  • 2010: Bad clothing, bad hair, bad decisions
  • 2011: Twink!Louis, fluffy Harry, crooked teeth Niall
  • 2012: Zayn had that blond streak and Liam had no hair, lots of coordinated outfits and more bad decisions
  • 2013: They all had quiffs
  • 2014: Zayn had like 20 hair styles and Harry looked like Mick Jagger
  • 2015: YSL, Gucci, Topman, long hair don't care, the skinniest of skinny jeans and Zayn still has 20 different hair styles what the fuck
So when you think of Ferguson, don’t just think of black resentment at a criminal justice system that allows a white police officer to put six bullets into an unarmed black teen. Consider the economic dislocation of black America. Remember a Florida judge instructing a jury to focus only on the moment when George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin interacted, thus transforming a 17-year-old, unarmed kid into a big, scary black guy, while the grown man who stalked him through the neighborhood with a loaded gun becomes a victim. Remember the assault on the Voting Rights Act. Look at Connick v. Thompson, a partisan 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2011 that ruled it was legal for a city prosecutor’s staff to hide evidence that exonerated a black man who was rotting on death row for 14 years. And think of a recent study by Stanford University psychology researchers concluding that, when white people were told that black Americans are incarcerated in numbers far beyond their proportion of the population, “they reported being more afraid of crime and more likely to support the kinds of punitive policies that exacerbate the racial disparities,” such as three-strikes or stop-and-frisk laws.

Only then does Ferguson make sense. It’s about white rage.

First ever Polish transgender MP considers running for president

Poland’s first-ever transsexual member of parliament Anna Grodzka might run for president later this year. Grodzka would be nominated by the Green Party. […]

Grodzka confirmed that she had received Green Party’s invitation to participate in their version of the “primaries,” but she has not made a final decision yet. […]

In 2011, Grodzka was elected to Sejm (the equivalent of a parliament in Poland) as a candidate from the left-wing Palikot’s Movement. Sejm is a liberal and anti-clerical political party in Poland.

Mao: "Mama, how’d I do?"

A repayment that reached the heavens.

Asada Mao (23, Chukyo University) received a total of 198.22 points, resulting in 6th place. From her 16th place short program, she came back with her best ever performance. Landing her first successful triple axel of the season, she cleared her personal best with a score of 142.71 points and shone on the grand stage. It’s been four years since she shed those vexing tears over her silver medal finish at the Vancouver Olympics. She lost her mother, Kyoko-san, and the promise she fought for concluded with tears of happiness.

“Mama, how did I do?”

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can we collectively stop giving nh media so much shit?

real talk, okay? i’m gonna say some things you might not like. 

nhm actually doesn’t suck as hard as you probably think it does. 

they are just a small company without much power. have they made mistakes? yes…but everyone does. 

BUT don’t forget about the one thing they did right: they didn’t disband u-kiss. we are all incredibly lucky that they didn’t just dissolve u-kiss altogether after the shut up promotions in 2011.

i’m gonna say something…and it’s a very controversial and touchy thing in this fandom, but i’m going to say it anyway. i think that nhm made the right decision in 2011. i think that if the member change had not occurred, u-kiss would have been dissolved completely. before you chew my head off, just know that i think alexander and kibum were both really great personalities and i was especially fond of alexander in particular, but their musical talents (at that point in time anyway) couldn’t hold a candle to hoon and aj. the addition of hoon and aj made u-kiss a stronger group and the changes that they made as a result (adding soohyun as leader and just acting a bit more…idol-y) helped them to be more cohesive as a group. i think the music got better too. i’m sorry if you disagree with me, but that’s my opinion. 

nh made a lot of mistakes in the beginning, kind of throwing the group together and just flying by the seat of their pants. that rocky debut is what still hurts u-kiss now. it’s much less about the decisions that nhm is making now, but the bad choices they made almost 5 & 6 years ago. you can fault them a little bit for that, sure, but…i just feel like it’s time to let that hostility go.

something else that nhm did right? they let dongho go. they didn’t force him into filing a lawsuit to nullify his contract. they actually cared enough about his personal well-being and happiness to let him go. i’m sure the discussions were heated and difficult and probably not pleasant for either party, but at the end of the day they treated him with at least an ounce of humanity and let him leave without having to cause a scene. they work u-kiss hard…maybe harder that you and i would like, but they are at least treated like human beings…which is not something you can say about every company in the industry.

maybe you don’t like how nhm deals with u-kiss’ korean promotions, but at the end of the day you have to realize that they are in the business of making money and where u-kiss is concerned, the money is in japan. even though u-kiss is under avex in japan, i’m sure that nhm is getting plenty of kickbacks from the stuff they do there as well. they would be completely stupid if they didn’t focus their efforts in japan. korea is probably a lost cause for u-kiss, unless there is some miracle turn around (like perhaps a new member?) i love korean promotions. i love them a lot and i feel saddened that k-kiss mes don’t get as much attention as they deserve, but…k-pop is a business. if you’re a business and you have a limited amount of a product…you’re gonna stock it where it sells, not where it’s gonna sit on a shelf and be passed up for different products.  

and guess what else? it’s damn smart that nhm is adding jun. this new member is gonna draw interest and it’s gonna add a new facet to the group. u-kiss could survive as six without dongho, but with jaeseop being away at school it’s just kind of sad. the u-kiss dynamic was set up with 2 to 3 rappers and having only eli is just a bit…depressing. like i’m an eli bias and i love me some eli, but the single-rapper dynamic just doesn’t work well. plus that’s a hell of a lot to expect from one person and i’m glad there’s gonna be someone to supplement. 

i understand that you love u-kiss and you want them to feel love and success in their home country. i do. i understand that because i’ve wanted that too…for years. but…life ain’t a wish-granting factory. just because you work hard and are a good person doesn’t mean that you’re gonna get everything you want (this refers to both fans and to the boys). you’ve gotta deal with the cards you’ve been dealt…and these are the cards that u-kiss has been dealt. it’s a miracle that u-kiss hasn’t abandoned korea altogether considering how disproportionately more successful they are in japan. they keep persisting. 

you just gotta trust that nh is doing the best that it can. u-kiss is their “product” and they want it to do well. a lot of ya’ll fans are teenagers and young adults (like me) and you’re on the verge of getting your life started and you’re like WHAT THE FUCK DO I DO TO BE SUCCESSFUL. I WILL TRY ALL THE THINGS AND MAKE ALL THE MISTAKES. that’s how nhm basically was in the beginning. and they haven’t done anything insane in a while (i don’t consider adding a new member now as insane) and i think that you just have to trust that they’re doing the best they can with what they have. no one wants u-kiss to succeed more than nhm. i’m sure that they would take some things back if they could. i’m sure they would do things differently in order to have had a more successful debut for u-kiss in korea and perhaps have gone down a different path but…there’s nothing they can do about it now. and…perhaps if u-kiss had been met with immediate success, they wouldn’t be as humble and wonderful and accessible as they are now. everything happens for a reason. 

you gotta be open-minded and kind of go with the flow when it comes to being a kiss me. otherwise, you’re going to make yourself miserable all the time (which you’re totally entitled to do, but i just think fandom is a lot more fun when you..don’t.). so just like…some food for thought: not everything is nhm’s fault.

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VICTORY! Florida Law on Drug Testing for Welfare Is Struck Down

KEY WEST — A federal judge in Orlando struck down a Florida law on Tuesday that required welfare recipients to undergo mandatory drug testing.

Judge Mary S. Scriven of United States District Court wrote in her decision that the state’s testing requirement was unconstitutional. “The court finds there is no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied,” she wrote. The ruling made permanent an earlier, temporary ban by the judge.

[…]

The decision stems from a 2011 suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Justice Institute on behalf of a Central Florida resident, Luis W. Lebron, a Navy veteran who had filed for public assistance. Mr. Lebron, the single father of a 5-year-old who also provided care for his disabled mother, argued that it was unfair to require drug testing when no suspicion of drug abuse existed.

Judge Scriven agreed.

Howard Simon, executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Florida, said that “the courts are now signaling to politicians that they are not going to treat poor people as if they were exempt from constitutional rights.”

Yet another reason why drug testing welfare recipients is a not sound policy idea, and it’s an Unconstitutional and costly idea to boot. But that won’t stop many brainwashed right-wing zombies from promoting it as “good policy”.

h/t: The New York Times

Lady Gaga

As of 01/10/14, Lady Gaga is once again officially gay.

The gay community’s love-hate relationship with this high-powered appropriation elemental has become well-known even to outsiders, and came to a head with the 2011 decision that, due to her increasing visibility as a corrupt ally of homonationalism and the security state, her ongoing project to strangle gay voices wherever she finds them and replace them with her own, and her LP Born This Way being boring, Lady Gaga would be officially delisted.

However, in consideration of her redoubled dedication to reducing gay people to an edifying moral spectacle for a straight audience, her increasingly obvious attempts to apply her outdated personal brand to the struggles of gay youth, and her earnest intent to hold a concert to promote space tourism, Lady Gaga has been relisted as gay on a provisional basis, and is expected to remain gay until her effrontery crosses the line into tediousness.