the governance of time

anonymous asked:

What would be your perfect gintama ending?

Everyone achieving peace, happiness, and good health – all that jazz.

I haven’t thought too deeply on their futures except for what I use in fan fic. I know everyone’s scared to death of it ending like Bleach and Naruto, but I doubt Sorachi will go that route. If anything, he’ll poke fun at such endings through jokes and gags, as usual.

I mainly want to see everything go back to relative normalcy. The Amanto aren’t going to go away and the government is shifting in new directions all the time. Considering how the timeline of Gintama mirrors (but not exactly) real history in different ways, we know there will be some significant changes in certain characters’ lives. Nevertheless, with life changing as it inevitably does, I hope that everyone will be able to find a purpose in life, whether it’s fighting for social and political change, protecting the people, doing odd jobs, or simply living with a true smile on their face in spite of past hardships.

I’m sure Sorachi will come up with a great ending. I also hope that the Yorozuya will be on the last page – to end, more or less, as they began.

This week is insanely busy with school stuff

Monday: grad class

Tuesday: math observation, STEMnight meeting, then PD (which is a repeat of something I’ve done three times already)

Wednesday: cancelled special, MCAS practice test, early release, PD after the kids leave

Thursday: mentor observation, mentor workshop after school

Friday: reading lesson observation (1.25 hours!)

Somewhere in that time I also need to: BAS 9 kids, finish end of term grading, do all my report cards (with 52 grades per student), watch a video and write a reflection, do a math activity with kids and write it up for class, get student government stuff in order, plan a field trip, walk 3 times, eat, sleep, and breathe.

Oh and also plan and teach regular daily lessons.


   just saying but if you’re adopted by mama rouge you will get

  • love from mama rouge and papa roger
  • child of pirates - no one will touch you
  • hardcore siblings who are strong af and will even defy the world government to guarantee your happiness
  • flower crowns time!!!!
  • a very big strong marine grandpa / uncle too!
  • explore the seas !!!!


  • watch out for the food on your plate. it might get stolen if you’re not fast enough
  • narcoleptic brother  who might fall asleep on you randomly
  • reckless papa and brother doing shit 




Wondering what a call to your elected official actually sounds like? We got you.

If you’re on this website (or a human alive today) there’s a really good chance you’re afraid to call your Congressional Representative because you don’t know how the phone call will go. We’re trying to remove some of the mystery around calling elected officials to show you a few different examples of first time callers leaving a comment with a government official. It’s so easy!

In this call we see Lyric calling her Congressman, Brad Sherman, about Steve Bannon. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be confusing at first figuring out exactly who to call. As Lyric learned, you have to be especially careful that you’re calling somebody from the United States Congress, not your state’s Congress (unless you’re calling about a local issue). But don’t worry, this problem is easy to solve. If you have this post in front of you, you can shortcut the lookup process by using this handy website

If you don’t have this post in front of you, just google who your congressional representatives are, making sure you get the answer from a federal and not state website:

To find out who represents you in the Senate, just google “[your state] Senator.” Make sure you’ve found US Congress Senators, not state Senators. Google should also autopopulate with your state’s two Senators if you use that search query. There will be only two, no matter what. You can call either or both of them.To find who represents you in the House, google “Who is my representative.” The first google result should be a website that prompts you for your zip code. Enter it in and you’re good to go. You will only have one Congressional Representative no matter what. Once you get the name of your congressperson, google “[your representative] phone number” to get the phone number you need.

Read more about how to call your congressional representative here.

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” 

- President Theodore Roosevelt

 “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.“ 

- George Orwell

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it." 

- Mark Twain

The Will of the People choose Trump to be President in 2016 and I, as an individual, can’t do much about that.

But as an individual, there are things I can do.

  • I can be kinder to those around me, infusing goodness back into the country one person at a time.
  • I can vote to support local government initiatives to make small but important changes where possible in my own community.
  • I can volunteer and donate to charities, to promote acts of goodness and human decency.
  • I can help educate people so that ignorance and fear does not take future elections.
  • I can give my strength to those around me when they need it.
  • I can work with fellow citizens to protest laws and actions that do not and should not define our country.
  • I can encourage tolerance and acceptance in those around me.
  • I can write my government representatives to tell them what I want from them as my stewards in government.

But most importantly, I can get up tomorrow and know that Trump and his flunkies cannot take Hope for the future from me.

They can’t take Hope from anyone not willing to give it up. That’s one victory you can deny them.

Join us for a Tumblr #AnswerTime on the Electoral College!

On Thursday, January 5, at 11 am ET / 8 am PT Oliver Potts and Amy Bunk from the Office of the Federal Register will be answering your questions about the Electoral College here on @usnatarchives​:

  • Who selects the Electors?
  • How is it possible for the electoral vote to produce a different result than the nationwide popular vote?
  • What is the difference between the winner-takes-all rule and proportional voting, and which states follow which rule?
  • Can electoral votes be contested when Congress counts the votes in January?

The Electoral College:

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The Founding Fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens. This process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.

The Federal Register:

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) is a part of the National Archives. The OFR coordinates the functions of the Electoral College on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, the States, the Congress, and the American People. The OFR operates as an intermediary between the governors and secretaries of state of the States and the Congress. It also acts as a trusted agent of the Congress in the sense that it is responsible for reviewing the legal sufficiency of the certificates before the House and Senate accept them as evidence of official State action.

About Oliver & Amy:

Oliver Potts became the Director of the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) in 2015. His 15-year career in federal government included serving as Deputy Executive Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. Potts holds a BA in Government and Politics from George Mason University and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Amy Bunk is the Director of Legal Affairs and Policy for the Office of the Federal Register, where she provides legal support to staff who review documents submitted for publication in the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations. She received her JD cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law.

Ask Oliver and Amy about the Electoral College!


Biden just revealed his post-VP plans in the most Joe Biden way possible, by talking into a hot mic

The Vice President in the past has been famed for profanely praising healthcare reform and now makes headlines for spilling the secret of his post-government plans. Those plans, which do include some time around Washington, D.C., revolve around working with UPenn on the Cancer Moonshot.

Gifs: C-SPAN


About the historical importance of Nazi punching

The above pictures show the most famous Nazi-punching in German history. On the 7th of November 1968 Beate Klarsfeld, a French-German journalist and professional Nazi hunter, punched (well, slapped, rather) a disgusting Nazi right on the eye.

And this particular Nazi was no other than Kurt Georg Kiesinger, the federal chancellor of Germany at the time (which is the German head of government). Kiesinger joined the Nazi party NSDAP in 1933 and from 1940 on was deputy director of the department of broadcast politics in the Nazi State Department / Foreign Office.

After 1945 he managed to cover up his Nazi career and was elected as the third federal chancellor of Germany in 1966. Naturally, he tried to enforce reactionary and elitist policies, proceeding violently against the many protests at that time.

With the help of a forged press card Beate Klarsfeld gained entry to the party convention of the CDU (German conservative party) in 1968 and, in front of hundreds of politicians and journalists, punched the chancellor on the eye while yelling: “Nazi Kiesinger, abtreten!” (Nazi Kiesinger, resign!). She had to be forcibly removed from the building.

Because of this incident Kiesinger’s Nazi past became widely known among the German citizens, which prevented his re-election in 1969. Instead the social democrat Willy Brandt was elected new chancellor of Germany, who until this day is known as Germany’s most progressive chancellor, and who - as a member of the social democratic party  - had been persecuted by the Nazis, had to flee 1933 from the Nazi regime and had lived in exile until 1945.

tl;dr: Try to be as bad-ass as Beate Klarsfeld and punch Nazis on the eye, always, even especially if they’re high ranking politicians!

And on today’s edition of The German government reacts to Donald Trump, this time with German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel:

Regarding Trump’s complains that rich Americans drive German cars and German’s don’t drive American cars:

Regarding Trump’s comments about Germany’s refugee policy:

Gabriel out.


Okay, can someone explain to me what the democrats in government are doing? Like... I've never seen people NOT fight this hard in a long time.

The conservatives fucking shut down the government when Obama was president and you can’t fucking get together to put Trump and his goons at bay?

Now what the hell. WHAT THE HELL.

Trump White House wants to sell arms to Saudi Arabia

  • The Trump administration is reportedly preparing a big arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was notably excluded from Trump’s controversial immigration ban.
  • The White House has been tightlipped about the alleged arms deal, but unnamed government officials involved directly in the reported deal told the Washington Times Tuesday that a major sale was imminent.
  • Saudi Arabia is reportedly set to buy a $300 million precision-guided missile technology package from the United States — a deal confirmed by anonymous Congressional sources. Read more (2/10/17 2:53 PM)

alton brown: contestants, you have precisely one hour to assemble a dish using only one ingredient (he takes the cover off of the sliver platter to reveal a sad looking bag of pepperoni)

bald chef jeff: ok, so right away i’m thinkin pepperoni pizza. so i go to the pantry to get myself some bread, but there was a rabid dog waiting for me within, so i instantly closed the door before i was mauled and killed by this rabid dog. so my second idea was to assemble a favorite of mine: a pepperoni geyser. now in order to make a pepperoni geyser, you need a floating point unit and a pepperoni propulsion device, which can easily be assembled by [REDACTED BY US GOVERNMENT] so right away i grab the ice cream machine and [REDACTED BY US GOVERNMENT] and that should do it.

alton brown: 3, 2, 1! time’s up, chefs! chef dianne, what have you prepared for us today?

chef dianne: well today, i have prepared for you a dish we always used to make back home in louisana. it’s called “stacks”

(it’s just a stack of pepperoni)

alton brown: revered food columnist Vito Scaletta, what do you think of the “stacks” chef dianne cheyenne has prepared for you today?

revered food columnist vito scaletta, without taking a bite of his stack: i like it. it brings me back to my poker days, makes me feel like i’m winnin’ big!


“In my time working for the state government, my job sent me to 46 cities in 11 years. I lived in villages with eight people, rural farming communities, college towns. I was sent to every corner of Indiana. And then I came here, and I realized that this whole time I was just wandering around everywhere, just looking for you.”


Ben: In my time working for the State Government, my job sent me to 46 cities in 11 years. I lived in villages with eight people, rural farming communities, college towns. I was sent to every corner in Indiana. And then I came here. And I realised that, this whole time, I was just wondering around, everywhere, just looking for you.

Leslie: The things that you have done for me, to help me, support me, surprise me, to make me happy go above and beyond what any person deserves. You’re all I need. I love you and I like you.

Ben: I love you and I like you.

Graffitied walls can be repainted
Broken windows can be replaced
Lampposts can be fixed

The lives of the vulnerable can’t

In no time in history has a right wing government with unlimited access to power decided to not act upon it. Just ask the leftists under Franco, journalists and feminists under the Perónist regime, pro- choice activists under Mussolini, black protesters under Nixon, or the LGBT community under Reagan. Not everyone has the luxury of waiting things out and hoping for the best just because you don’t want to upset suburban white america

Hundreds of dwellings - all painted in a vibrant red color - make up Larung Gar, the world’s largest Buddhist institute. The settlement is located in a remote valley in Tibet and contains a population that has grown to approximately 20,000 people since its founding in 1980. In recent years, the Chinese government has started to systemically demolish homes and force thousands of occupants out of Larung Gar, claiming the settlement is too crowded and unsafe. They have also closed off the area to all foreigners. Many Tibetans fear the erosion of their language, traditions, and ways of worship in the midst of these incursions by the Chinese government.

32.1356°N 100.4565°E

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