the social secretary

She had something to say about Betsy DeVos. So she sent her senator a pizza — with a message.

The special instructions section reads:

Please deliver to Orrin Hatch’s office, #8402 and attach the following note: “From a Salt Lake constituent in 84105. Please vote NO on Betsy Devos. She is an inappropriate choice to lead our public schools.

Julia Silge tried repeatedly to get in touch with her senator about the upcoming confirmation vote, but she was only able to leave one message before the answering machine had apparently been filled. It was then that she resorted to an unconventional way of reaching out.

Ultimately, the pizza was unable to be delivered as it could not make it past security, but this just goes to show the great lengths people are going through in order to have their voices be heard!
Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker announced as 13th Doctor
Actor who rose to fame in Broadchurch is first woman to play the Time Lord
By Sarah Marsh

The next star of Doctor Who has been announced after intense speculation – and the person stepping into the role of Time Lord is Jodie Whittaker.

She is the first woman to take on the role, playing the 13th Doctor. Whittaker, who rose to fame in ITV’s crime drama Broadchurch, had been touted as one of the contenders.

Debate has been whirring over who would play the Doctor ever since Peter Capaldi announced in January that he was leaving the programme.

Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who’s new head writer and executive producer, said: “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.

“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away.

“Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The 13th Doctor is on her way.”

Whittaker said: “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

On 4 July, BBC2’s current affairs programme Newsnight appeared to reveal the identity of the new Doctor. Presenter Evan Davis said: “Bookies’ favourite Phoebe Waller-Bridge has denied claims that she’s going to be the first female Doctor. But then, Joanna Lumley has already played the role for Comic Relief, so that would technically be true.”

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Emily Cook, editorial assistant at Doctor Who magazine, said: “I am very excited about this. As soon as I saw Jodie Whittaker appear on the video in the BBC clip announcing her, it just felt right – she just felt like the Doctor. Having a female Doctor is really exciting and significant. I cannot wait to see what she does with the role and where she takes the show.

“She will bring a freshness. She is younger than Peter Capaldi and, being a woman, she will have a different approach to the role. It’s completely new territory for the show and that is very exciting. Whittaker has worked with David Tennant on Broadchurch and St Trinian’s so there is a strong Doctor Who connection there.”

Erica Lear, the social secretary at the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, said: “I think it’s very brave but she is a brilliant actress. I did not expect it but I think it’s brilliant. My only wish was that we have a good actor and that is what we have.”

But Lear noted that the appointment might divide opinion. “It will spark debate and split fandom; there will be lots of people not happy with the decision but it’s up to the new series to change their mind.”

Capaldi said: “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

When we National Socialists speak of a belief in God, we do not mean what naive Christians and their clerical exploiters have in mind. …The power of nature’s law is what we call the omnipotent force or God. …We National Socialists demand of ourselves that we live as naturally as possible, that is to say in accord with the laws of life.  The more precisely we understand and observe the laws of nature and of life and the more we keep to them, the more we correspond to the will of this omnipotent force.
—  Martin Bormann, NSDAP Party Secretary

Hey! Gikiniji Yurei! You, mean guy with no shirt ever…

You are supposed to be annoyed at Stygnar! You summoned him to come over to discuss his brother’s st00pid invasive candy plants.

You  also*may* have eaten one of his social secretaries. *ahem*

WHY are you pillow fighting with him?

The toothy plant there, peeking thru the window, looks to be enjoying the show.

Edith Roosevelt (1861-1948)

Art by Mattie Hinkley (tumblr, instagram)

Edith Roosevelt was the first First Lady to employ a full-time, salaried social secretary.  Although Edith was not an activist First Lady, the addition of paid staff dedicated to the First Lady elevated the position and paved the way for First Ladies like Edith’s niece Eleanor.  

Although Edith was not an activist, she did serve as a go-between and convey information about the Russo-Japanese War to Teddy.  Teddy won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for negotiating the end of the Russo-Japanese War.  

With a family of six children, Edith and Teddy needed more space than most First Families.  Edith hired architects and petitioned Congress for funds to separate the living quarters from the offices.  The result was the creation of the West Wing.

Past Cool Chicks from History posts about First Ladies can be found here.

Went out with a girl. Eight, social secretary for a celebrity. Pretty. We wandered around the nearby university campus and talked about policy (she has a brother who clerks at the Voan embassy) and compared notes about child timelines and saving habits - not even in a ‘sizing each other up to get married’ way, really, just because when you think about something that much it’s the natural topic of conversation. We hooked up at her place and I was kind of hoping there’d be clues about which celebrity but I remain as ignorant as before. (Not one who pays well.)

Boris is not a ‘buffoon’. He is not an ‘idiot’. He’s not 'stupid’. He’s a cunning and dangerous politician whose skill and ruthlessness stands head and shoulders above all of the lightweights in his party, whose carefully managed PR persona plays into entertainingly harmless stereotypes encouraged by the British aristocracy to disguise their incipient tendency toward fascism. Don’t give him the benefit of a handy camouflage; expose his rabid anti-worker politics without mercy.

hello i have a movie rec for u all, i just watched miss pettigrew lives for a day and it was so sweet & good. an older woman works for a younger woman for a day in (just) pre-ww2 england as a ‘social secretary’ (sort of). they love each other & grow. uplifting. its all v straight & i rolled my eyes for a bit but u kno what i even rooted for a het or two in the end. good movie would recommend

nothing good comes from kissing cousins you guys

The Randy Roosevelts

Ah, the Roosevelts. They’re like a less hot, slightly less fucked up version of the Kennedys, which really speaks to exactly how fucked up the Kennedys were (and probably are). Theodore Roosevelt, God of Teddy Bears, has kind of become this emblem of manliness, what with the fact that Cracked writes about five articles on him a day and also there was this one time where he punched a bear while riding a moose or something. I don’t know. His descendant, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has become known for that scene in Pearl Harbor where he magically stops needing a wheelchair because he’s Angelina Jolie’s dad or something. (I don’t know.) And Eleanor—oh, Eleanor. Wasn’t she, like, our first gay first lady or something?

I’m going to focus a little more on the latter two in this entry, and let me tell you. A) Eleanor’s sexuality is definitely not something you should bring up with your conservative great-grandma and B) for our often-infantalized “first??? disabled president”, FDR got a lot of ass. Like, a lot a lot.

“Hey Eleanor–”  "Shut the fuck up.“

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A vegan is appointed as a secretary for environment, food and rural affairs in U.K.

Kerry McCarthy, the new shadow secretary for environment, food and rural affairs, is one of just a handful of vegans among the 650 MPs in the House of Commons.

But if she gets her way and succeeds in persuading the population to follow her in refusing to eat meat, fish or poultry - as well as avoiding other animal products such as eggs, dairy, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool and cosmetics - she will be harming the farming industry that she is there to represent.

The Bristol East MP backed Andy Burnham in the party’s leadership race, but Mr Corbyn has had to reach out across the party as he set about appointing his frontbench team, with only 20 MPs having actually voted for him in his landslide victory on Saturday.

Ms McCarthy was first elected to the Commons in 2005. She becomes one of 16 women in the shadow cabinet, which for the first time in history is made up of more women than men.

Ms McCarthy became the first MP to set out the case for converting to veganism in Parliament on World Vegan Day four years ago.  

She has also campaigned against the Government’s badger cull and fox hunting in her role as vice-president of the League Against Cruel Sports.

She caused controversy in 2012 after branding a fellow train passenger a “lager drinking oaf” and suggesting he should “have been killed before he could breed” after being irritated by a man playing loud techno music on a train and wearing a T-shirt bearing an obscene message.

She later admitted the comments about breeding were “obviously flippant” but it was a strange outburst from someone who used to serve as Labour’s social media tsar.

Avoiding Cliches in Writing (by request)

So I got a message from no-social-interaction asking me this:

Hey, I was wondering if you could help me out. I have an idea for a story and, while I don’t know the whole just of it yet, I do know that I don’t want the characters to turn out to be overused, cliche pieces of crap. I was hoping that you could give me some advice as to how to avoid that, be it in appearances, personalities, etc, etc. I hope you can help!!

And for some reason I can’t reply on tumblr messaging. So I’m posting my advice here.

I wish all my followers luck in their writing and I do like helping in anyway I can! 

The problem with avoiding cliches in writing is that language, and by proxy, storytelling is built on cliches.  We learn by repetition, and we are led to copy others in the way we structure our words and writing.  It is hard avoid the cliches because our whole experience is inundated with them.  However, when you get to characters you are given a gift.  (From this point on I’m going to talk as if every character is human, if they aren’t the same advice works. I’m also assuming you are developing new characters, not adjusting previously existing characters, like you would for fan fiction. ) What makes us human is our differences. No matter how much society may try to mold us all the same way, that just isn’t how people work. Normally when I’m developing a character I start with a visual image in my head. You need to ask yourself what this person looks like.  Start with Skin tone and body shape and work your way down a checklist. (Pick a gender here too but DO NOT pick a name until later. I’ll explain in a bit.)  Skin Body Shape Body Size Hair Colour Eye Colour Preferred Clothing Styles Accessories (Glasses, jewelry, bags, canes, walkers, wheelchairs) Body Modifications Now the best part about determining what your character looks like is that you get to figure out the personality after.  If you partake in the mainstream media, you’ll realize that certain images are connected to certain personality traits.  The small blonde woman is helpless and ditzy,  right? The tall lanky guy with glasses is a nerd and doesn’t do anything fun.  Well guess what? That small blonde woman? She is a geneticist who was nominated for a nobel prize and does roller derby on the weekends. The guy with glasses?  He’s was a sharpshooter in the military before he joined the circus.  No one says you have to go crazy on the details, but you have to know how your character developed.  The best way to avoid cliches is to actively notice them; acknowledge their existence and crush them.  Notice the stereotypes you automatically fall prey too and actively write over them.  Even better, have your characters acknowledge the stereotypes that they fall under in your writing. You have an Irish fellow? Have him make a joke about the drunken stereotype all Irish people fall under.  I’ve listed some very common stereotypes you might want to try and avoid below: Gay male=Effeminate Blondes=Dumb Gay Female= Masculine Bisexuals = Whores Asians= Smart; musically gifted; good in the sciences, math. Also worth noting that not all Asians are from China. White & Rich Males=  Mean, lazy, dumb, only doing well because Daddy pays for everything. White & Rich Females= Spiteful, bitchy, dumb, lazy, concerned about apperances.  Addicts= Not all addicts are stupid or from “the lower classes”. Not all addicts had an unhappy home life.   Smart people= Antisocial Now, that you have a both looks and personality going for you, pick a name.  Names are another area where cliches come into play. There will always be one name you connect with a certain type of person.  Examples of names and the types of people I connect them with below (No offense intended obviously)  Joe= Common white male, works a 9-5 job, and grills steaks on the weekend. Married with two kids. Karen= A social worker or a secretary. Married young, has kids, still lives in the town she grew up in.  Candy= Any girl named Candy is immediately a blonde bubbly person and is a cheerleader. I can’t help myself.  Bianca= Chubby girl, likely black, very average, slightly boring. Phil= Either gay or a plumber. Possibly both. All these names immediately remind me of someone or some trait I’ve accidentally stereotyped. Even the spelling of a name can affect this or the age of the person affects the way you think. For example spelling Candy with a “K” gives off a slutty vibe. Or an older person named Candy reminds me of a cool grandmother, fluffy and fun to hug. Probably the grandmother that used to be a hippie and does shrooms at Christmas.  My point is that the best way to avoid your characters becoming cliched, overused, and shallow is to write them, and then re-write them. Go over and over your characters and ask them what they want. Pretend you’re having a conversation about them with them.    I hope this helps! 

Women have been doing some serious glass-ceiling cracking since the 1960’s. Young women are increasingly working in fields traditionally dominated by men.

Today, female college graduates ages 30 to 34 are just as likely to be employed as doctors, dentists, lawyers, professors, managers and scientists as they are to be employed as teachers, nurses, librarians, secretaries or social workers.

This is a big deal, and reflects the closing of a substantial gap. Women in the 1960’s were 7 times more likely to work in traditionally female occupations. Studies estimate that 15% to 20% of wage growth in the last 50 years was due to a decline in barriers to occupational choice.

So we’ve made a lot of progress, but clearly there’s more work to be done to get more women into predominately male-dominated fields and more men into female-dominated fields. For example, less than 20% of graduates in computer science and engineering are women, down from 37% in 1985. Reducing barriers to female occupational choice, including gender discrimination, would not only raise women’s earnings, but would also increase overall productivity by better matching workers’ skills to jobs.
Eleanor Roosevelt Is Leading the Race to Be on the $10 Bill
By Mic

Back in June Secretary Jack Lew announced that the Treasure will feature a woman’s face on the $10 bill. Now that the dilemma of “if” a woman can be featured has been solved, the major question remaining is “who?” A recent poll revealed who Americans want: Eleanor Roosevelt. According to the McClatchy-Marist poll released Wednesday, the former first lady holds down 27% of the votes. Though two women of color follow close behind.


i love the he died jeremy meme, it may be my favourite meme in the world because who would have ever guessed that this throwaway line in 2010, four years ago now, between the labour leadership candidates in an otherwise forgettable debate, would withstand the test of time? who would have thought that anthony crosland’s name would echo throughout history once more, not only as the author of the future of socialism and former foreign secretary, but as david miliband’s ultimate mancrush? who would have thought that dmil would take such profound offence to the mere thought of jeremy paxman having to explain to the audience who crosland was, then shake his head sadly and mourn his loss (no doubt not the first time he has done so)? and who would have thought that, as it so happened, somebody would manage to rip this clip from the debate - as opposed to just making a joke about it and moving on - and post it on youtube, where it would stay, eternally, forever? who would have thought? who?

and that’s why it’s so tragic, jeremy. he tragically died

The problem of humanity and the world is well known: it is capitalism. The solution is quite simple and clear too: it is socialism. The real challenge, however, is to mobilise humanity to win the war to destroy capitalism and for socialism.
—  Irwin Jim, General Secretary of The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)