It happened so slowly, most didn’t even realise it was
The disappearance of the Fairy Godmothers.
Nobody knows where they went, but then again nobody bothered
to ask. It seemed as though they’d always been there, so it wasn’t
much of a surprise that no-one asked where they went until it was too late to
get an answer.
After all, the world was a big place and growing bigger every year. There were so many people. More than when the Fairy Godmother’s had
More people than they ever hope could help.
Magic could only do so much
when they were so vastly outnumbered.
What was once commonplace became a lottery of sorts. Who
would be amongst those lucky enough to meet a Fairy Godmother? To have all
their dreams come true? Their problems solved? Who were the haves and who were
It didn’t matter how good a person was, all that mattered
was being in the right place at the right time, crying the right amount of
Really, it was inevitable that the backlash against Fairy
Godmothers would rise over time, as the world grew bigger and fewer people got
a chance at a magical happily ever after.
People always want a quick fix for their problems.
Yet, in the midst of the uproar, the anger, the envy, people
forgot that Fairy Godmothers were people too. Of course, they weren’t entirely
human, so it was easy to strip them of said humanity, to see them as these
beacons of fate, handing out happily-ever-afters on a whim and leaving the rest
of the population to rot.
It was easy to forget the fairies who had raised their
children in secret.
Easy to forget the ones who loved and watched over the
orphaned ones, as though they were their own.
Easy to forget the ones who protected them against the
darker forces in the world, as well as those who wielded them.
Until, one day, people began to notice that it had been weeks
since they’d spotted the familiar flutters of sparkling wings. There were no
whispers of magical happenings at peoples’ doors, no rumours to spread. Cries for help
went unanswered for everyone. It seemed at last that the world was equal- at
least in terms of those hated magical shortcuts.
Some celebrated a return to fairness, others felt stabs of
guilt at having pushed an entire group of beings into hiding. A few hoped they’d
come back if only to help those less fortunate- who now seemed to be suffering
more than ever in the fairies absence.
(There were certain murmurs among the younger folk, those
who had been too small to ever be graced by fairies power, about how vocal those in
positions of power had been in their hatred for the Fairy Godmothers. But
those criticisms were quickly squashed by those who were louder, older,
Weeks turned into months, months turned into years, and soon
Fairy Godmothers were a distant memory. They became nothing more than stories
to tell dazzled children, all with the understanding that Fairy Godmothers weren’t
real- that if their children wanted a happily ever after, they would have to
earn it like their forefathers before them.
Fairy Godmothers didn’t exist.
And their children would just have to accept that and move
Previous researchers had theorized that tax evasion was likely much more common at the top of the wealth spectrum. Not only can the superwealthy afford expensive offshore services that help them hide their earnings, they are also less likely to have to disclose to the government in the first place.
Top earners are more likely to be self-employed, and thus have the burden of reporting their own income. In contrast, lower-income people typically earn wages, which in the United States are reported directly to the government by an employer in the form of W-2s. Among wage earners, rates of tax evasion are almost zero, Zucman says.
In addition to providing new insight into the nature of tax evasion, the researchers say their findings probably mean that economists have significantly underestimated inequality. If the top 0.01 percent have 30 percent more wealth than their tax returns indicate, that puts far more distance in the yawning wealth gap between the haves and have-nots.
“It increases measured inequality quite substantially,” said Zucman.
For Zucman, the findings imply that governments are missing out on a lot of revenue that is being hidden by the super wealthy.
I have iron in my forearms which makes my blood shine to those who draw it and you have magnetic poles; sterling bars all across your quite covetous treasures.
I have porcelain shards jangling inside of my shoes because this bluntly forceful, traumatic world unsettles me so vastly, I’d burn myself at both ends just to light a fire in you and feel some semblance of warmth.
I want to have this whole but
I have to be more slip of slide instead of teeter of totter, not a teether or a bother, and a lot more of lever and too little of lover. I cannot pretend forever.
I would hold on too tightly to your bone shoulder blades, cut my fleshy hands, and have deep lacerations from all love’s fractures and all life’s faultlines.
And despite all of that,
I have a lighthouse vantage point in constant search for you through thickets of filth and fog and you have house light eyes that yield me when of blackened state and welcome me with your warm glow.
The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive—but real—allies of the Haves. They are the ones Jacques Maritain referred to in his statement, “The fear of soiling ourselves by entering the context of history is not virtue, but a way of escaping virtue.” These non-doers were the ones who chose not to fight the Nazis in the only way they could have been fought; they were the ones who drew their window blinds to shut out the shameful spectacle of Jews and political prisoners being dragged through the streets; they were the ones who privately deplored the horror of it all—and did nothing. This is the nadir of immorality. The most unethical of all means is the nonuse of any means. It is this species of man who so vehemently and militantly participated in that classically idealistic debate at the old League of Nations on the ethical differences between defensive and offensive weapons. Their fears of action drive them to refuge in an ethics so divorced from the politics of life that it can apply only to angels, not to men. The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be.
Saul Alinsky, “Of Means and Ends,” from Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals (1971).
Now I have
seen the light
Broken in two
through and through
a hopeless fight
Full of pain
and wanting more
‘What are you
rebelling against? ’
not for ourselves
but for every broken soul
The haves keep taking
our hearts keep
We are the have-nots
in the sky
Eyes and hearts open
Punk has to do with Robert Merton’s Strain theory.
Back in the 1950s as criminologists began to more seriously explore the sociological causes behind crime, Robert K. Merton put forth his perspective through strain theory. Merton argued that mainstream society holds certain culturally defined goals that are dominant across society. In a capitalist society, the dominant goal that most people aim for is accumulating wealth. Merton further argued that this goal of becoming financially wealthy was so powerful that the goal of getting rich itself had become more important than the means by which one attained wealth. In other words, whether you got rich via conventional/legal means, or via unconventional/illegal means, it didn’t matter, as long as you got your coin. For Merton then, there was anomie (normlessness) regarding the means.
Merton furthered this perspective by providing a framework by which sociologists could typologise criminals and non-criminals – strain theory. Strain theory argues that one must consider if an individual rejects or accepts (1) society’s cultural goals (wanting to make money), as well as (2) the institutional means by which to attain those goals.
To this end, five typologies were established:
Conformists, who accept the culturally defined goal of financial success, as well as the institutional means society defines as appropriate to reach that goal (e.g., advancing one’s education, steadily working, saving money). Conformists follow rules and believe doing so will pay off financially.
Innovators, who also accept the culturally defined goal of financial success, but do not follow society’s rules (i.e., laws) in their pursuit of attaining wealth. Innovators may not have the means to attain financial wealth (e.g., not enough money to further advance education), and/or simply not believe in the law. Hence, innovators turn to crime.
Ritualists are those individuals who do not believe they can attain the culturally defined goal of accumulating financial wealth or who do not value this, but who continue to do so through society’s acceptable cultural pathways simply because they are supposed to (e.g., going to work and school, despite feeling such actions will never pay off).
Retreatists are people who reject the goal of financial wealth, as well as the means society deems acceptable to get rich. Hence people in this group escape, or retreat from society, often times through substance use.
Rebels are the last group who redefine society’s goals and create new institutional means of pursuing their unique goals. Rebels work outside of the established system.
Punks are either Innovators, Retreatists, or Rebels.
if you extrapolate the theory to be not just about financial wealth, but about any kind of currency (social, spiritual, etc), then this is doubly so, how ever cyber punk still tends to center around finance as its microcosm for all the societal issues that it explores using these five roles or strains.
in ghost in the shill, you could argue that Motoko and the rest of section 9 are Ritualists dealing with innovators and rebels.
they don’t really buy into the values that are thrust on to them by society, but they go through the motions anyways, because they feel like they have to, because its all they know, they can’t think of any worthwhile alternative.
this is thing that is funny about cyber punk, the main charectors don’t need to be the punks, so long as the punks (the innovators, rebels, and retreatists, are what the story is about, what you are supposed to contemplate)
a common motif in cyber punk, is to show the divide between the haves and the have nots expanding as corporatism expands through the use of society, as sky scrapers get taller, slums get wider.
this is where the confusion comes with “The Last Night”, it is absolutely a cyber punk story, but people are confused, because rather then relying on corporatism’s interaction with capitalism to show case the values that culture puts forth and its flaws (as to be punk is to be counter culture, and to be counter culture is to criticism mainstream culture), it uses corporatism’s interactions with socialism facilitated by technology. people think that the fundamental component of cyber punk is capitalism, because they confuse capitalism with corporatism, and because capitalism and corporatism are so regularly used in cyber punk. but its really just about societal critique of mainstream culture using cybernetic technology to exaggerate the societal factors that are present in the modern day to a lesser extent that you are criticizing.
The Last Night isn’t necessarily saying that working for wealth and to survive is the only noble or worthwhile method to have meaning in your life, or even that it is noble or worthwhile at all, it is merely suggesting that perhaps, even if you didn’t have to work to survive or to have wealth, that if you could instead just consume what ever you want, and live life like a game, that perhaps that isn’t so noble or worthwhile either. that there would be punks even in this world, who would resist and reject the mainstream gamification and consumption prevalent in society, and search for something else, that Innovators, Retreatists, and Rebels would still exist.
thats why wild wild west is not “steampunk”, its just steam tech fiction. because there are no punks. innovation in this context doesn’t mean inventing things, it means not following societies rules, but the maincharectors do follow societies rules, and they believe in them, and they believe in the values that society puts forth, and the movie doesn’t put forth things intended to provoke you to question this.
anything with “punk” in it is about Robert Merton’s strain theory, if it isn’t, then its not punk. cyberpunk without questioning societies value system and rules, is just cybertech fiction.
so The Last Night is cyberpunk, just not in a capitalist framework.
In every society, people who covet another
man’s property exist, but in most cases people learn not to act on this desire
or even feel ashamed for entertaining it. In an anarcho-capitalist society in
particular, anyone acting on such a desire is considered a criminal and is
suppressed by physical violence. Under monarchical rule, by contrast, only one
person— the king—can act on his desire for another man’s property, and it is this
that makes him a potential threat. However, because only he can expropriate
while everyone else is forbidden to do likewise, a king’s every action will be
regarded with utmost suspicion. Moreover, the selection of a king is by
accident of his noble birth. His only characteristic qualification is his
upbringing as a future king and preserver of the dynasty and its possessions.
This does not assure that he will not be evil, of course. However, at the same
time it does not preclude that a king might actually be a harmless dilettante
or even a decent person.
In distinct contrast, by freeing up entry into
government, the Constitution permitted anyone to openly express his desire for
other men’s property; indeed, owing to the constitutional guarantee of
“freedom of speech,” everyone is protected in so doing. Moreover,
everyone is permitted to act on this desire, provided that he gains entry into
government; hence, under the Constitution everyone becomes a potential threat.
To be sure, there are people who are unaffected
by the desire to enrich themselves at the expense of others and to lord it over
them; that is, there are people who wish only to work, produce, and enjoy the
fruits of their labor. However, if politics—the acquisition of goods by
political means (taxation and legislation)—is permitted, even these harmless
people will be profoundly affected. In order to defend themselves against
attacks on their liberty and property by those who have fewer moral scruples,
even these honest, hardworking people must become “political animals”
and spend more and more time and energy developing their political skills. Given
that the characteristics and talents required for political success— of good
looks, sociability, oratorical power, charisma, etc.—are distributed unequally
among men, then those with these particular characteristics and skills
will have a sound advantage in the competition for scarce resources (economic
success) as compared to those without them.
Worse still, given that in every society more
“have-nots” of everything worth having exist than “haves,”
the politically talented who have little or no inhibition against taking property
and lording it over others will have a clear advantage over those with such
scruples. That is, open political competition favors aggressive (hence
dangerous) rather than defensive (hence harmless) political talents and will
thus lead to the cultivation and perfection of the peculiar skills of
demagoguery, deception, lying, opportunism, corruption, and bribery. Therefore,
entrance into and success within government will become increasingly impossible
for anyone hampered by moral scruples against lying and stealing. Unlike kings
then, congressmen, presidents, and Supreme Court judges do not and cannot
acquire their positions accidentally. Rather, they reach their position because
of their proficiency as morally uninhibited demagogues.
Moreover, even outside the orbit of
government, within civil society, individuals will increasingly rise to the top
of economic and financial success not on account of their productive or
entrepreneurial talents or even their superior defensive political talents, but
rather because of their superior skills as unscrupulous political entrepreneurs
and lobbyists. Thus, the Constitution virtually assures that exclusively dangerous
men will rise to the pinnacle of government power and that moral behavior and
ethical standards will tend to decline and deteriorate all-around. Moreover,
the constitutionally provided “separation of powers” makes no
difference in this regard. Two or even three wrongs do not make a right. To the
contrary, they lead to the proliferation, accumulation, reinforcement, and
aggravation of error. Legislators cannot impose their will on their hapless
subjects without the cooperation of the president as the head of the executive
branch of government, and the president in turn will use his position and the
resources at his disposal to influence legislators and legislation. And
although the Supreme Court may disagree with particular acts of Congress or the
president, Supreme Court judges are nominated by the president and confirmed by
the Senate and remain dependent on them for funding. As an integral part of the
institution of government, they have no interest in limiting but every interest
in expanding the government’s, and hence their own, power.
-Hans-Hermann Hoppe, “On the Impossibility of Limited Government and the Prospect for Revolution”, Democracy: The God that Failed, 2001
I need you guys to understand, when I got to this part, I wanted to just post the first two paragraphs as a quote, but then each paragraph after it proved better than the last, and I had to stop myself from copypasting the whole chapter.
This is the same little spiel as before. There’s been a recent increase of wanting to use older fc’s around the rpc so I bring you my list of Black Females 29+ These women are all in their 29/30′s ‘cause I’m starting there and then slowly going up. This list will have under resourced fc’s mostly. Anyway this is part one of what I hope I’ll remember to add to. Also these are fc’s you should remember when wanting to gif!
Meagan Good:Thirty five years old actress. She is of African american, Afro-Barbadian, Cherokee, and Puerto Rican descent. She has appeared in Think Like A Man, Code Black, My Wife and Kids, Stop the Yard, You Got Served and played Lara Vega and Minority Report. So yeah, she has a long filmography.
Sonequa Martin-Green: Thirty two years old actress and producer. She is of African-American descent. You may know her from her role as Sasha Williams in The Walking Dead and Tamara in Once Upon a Time. She was also in Star Trek: Discovery.
Teyonah Parris: Thirty one years old actress. She is of African-American descent. Making her debut in Mad Men as Dawn Chambers, one of her noticeable roles came as Colandrea ‘Coco’ Conners in Dear White People followed by a stunning performance in Chi-Raq. She currently plays Missy Vaughn in Survivor’s Remorse
Tika Sumpter: Thirty six years old actress, model, producer, and television host. She is of African-American descent. She started her regular role on One Life to Live as Layla Williamson in 2005. She appeared as Raina Thorpe in Gossip Girl. She currently plays Candace Young in The Have and the Have Nots. Sumpter also played Michelle Robinson Obama in Southside With You.
Yaya Dacosta:Thirty four years old Brizilian American actress, producer, trained dancer, and model. She is of Brazilian and African-American descent, and multilingual (girl can speak Portuguese, French, Spanish, and conversational Japanese). She first appeared on our screens in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top model where she was named runner-up. She appeared in Ugly Betty as Nico Slater. She is most known for her role as April Sexton in the Chicago P.D., Fire, and Med series.
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thats it this phone made me sad
But the chasm between the haves and the have-nots is creating tension within the feminist movement.A half-century ago, women were uniformly shut out of many careers. The decades since have seen widening inequality between educated women who have benefited from new career opportunities and a growing class of low-wage workers who have not.
Among the goals of the new wave of feminist activism is the expansion of worker protections that many professional women already have, including a living wage, paid family leave and fair schedules.
On Twitter, some said they plan to strike for those who can’t.
“#IStrikeFor my grandmother who can’t be there . . . she was a maid for many years who didn’t get the benefit of promotions and raises” one person tweeted.
Birthday - EF - Kashmira Nikhilesh Mehta … Thu, February 2 .. and all our greetings to you for this very special day .. love from the Ef ..
I am fascinated by the art work of my Ef .. and wish to not just compliment them that create them, but also to be given some guidance in learning this craft .. will I be able to ..? would someone teach me on the net ..? Do you think it would be too extenuating for me to derive any kind of artistic pleasure or capability if I were to ..?
SO answer me ..
And for them that send up their prayers for Vasant Panchami, or Basant Panchami, my greetings and wishes to all .. may the Goddess of Learning and Education, Saraswati give us all the acumen to learn to pass on what we do, to educate them that shall never have access to the basics of an education ..
the flowers that we find on the floor of the pathway are those that drop at the drive way of Janak .. and the image of Saraswati is the one that is established at the ‘mandir’ of the office .. tastefully done, and with the prayers the hope of peace and prosperity for this Basant Panchami .. also the birthday of Abhishek according to the Hindu calendar .. but the day to be celebrated is the 5th ..
Is there a superstition on outcomes of events or victories at a game, or the success of a project, or just about every moment of our lives ..? Many believe in it and follow regularly with amazing zeal and belief, its unfolding in various forms ..
The Indian Cricket team sits at a place at a game, and if matters are going well, are guided and cajoled into continue sitting at their place else bear the consequences of a loss of the game in progress .. or so I heard from Sachin, and a few others as well .. Viru Sehwag who was the commentator for the Hindi version, when interviewed on the field before the start of the game, disclosed that England would win the game and hence the series .. and quick to counter that was the colleague commentator, who informed us on Tv that whenever Viru guesses outcome of a game in the favour of a particular team, the opposite happens .. so rightfully in true national and patriotic allegiance he predicted that England would win tonight and leave the Indian shores with a series win for the T20 format .. happened did it not .. we won and superstition or whatever it may be called, proved correct ..
Cross your legs in a particular fashion, a wicket falls .. of the opposition .. keep that position you dumb-nutted idiot AB .. if you change that, we may have a selection crisis in choosing the next .. !! Left over the right thigh and runs coming in the droves .. a break, a shift in the position .. and we lost a wicket .. never mind another one coming .. and so on ..
BUT .. with so many onlookers and viewers wishing and expressing mentally the success of our team, does the vibration of so many millions not proceed to give relevance to what we have been discussing .. the sheer deliverance of energy, psychic or any other to the other ..? would it not be distinguished enough to enable, I would presume, a competent enough devise, a method, to form another group, another party another conclave ..?
Strength of a will or a pulse or a hidden energy is often spoken of, and often provoked in cases of want .. why, pray, does this thought even enter our minds and systems .. will it, and it shall be they say .. many have done so and faced success, or countered rejection …
There must be an explanation to internal energy - one that gets hidden by nature .. deliberately. Deliberately ! yes indeed for it is required to be made protective and unknown. Harnessing it though would be such a delight to those that have lived through it .. and a disaster for the others that do not ..
The world of ‘do nots’ .. and the world of the ‘have nots’ .. the world of the haves and the world of the have nots .. of the world of the will, and will to be not .. how do they ever get to access all this scientific clarification.. there is a science is there not ..??
Gosh .. from cricket to Saraswati .. !!
The Gods must be turning in their respective heavens .. !!
Amitabh Bachchan , and thank you all for the gorgeous art work, even though its printing here does sound a bit narcissistic .. but I do believe that the sooth sayers and the astro scientists of the East particularly have designated the flower ‘ narcissus ‘ to the astrological sign of the LIBRA .. the NARCISSUS being of such dimensions :
via Latin from Greek narkissos, perhaps from narkē ‘numbness’, with reference to its narcotic effects.
Narcissus |nɑːˈsɪsəs| Greek Mythology
a beautiful youth who rejected the nymph Echo and fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. He pined away and was changed into the flower that bears his name.
(grateful thanks to Mr Google .. not pronounced as the English Goo_ gle .. but the Marathi ‘Goog_le’)