the war on drugs is a war on us

for the many of you who have been asking about my vietnam war era hamlet ideas: i finally typed up a little something to share with y’all about my future directorial plans. i plan to keep shakespeare’s original text in the production, with minor changes and/or cuts as needed. (the only major cut would be gertrude’s death, i think it’s important for her to be alive at the end, and you’ll see why.)

this production focuses on the conflicts between younger and older generations, american hyper-praise of masculinity and what it means within the concept of war, and what happens when people put trust into political institutions blindly. this production also exploration of sexual identity and queerness, drug use, and how war affects all aspects of life.

(sidebar: these are all original ideas of mine, so if you end up using them, citation/credit is necessary. if you end up doing a vietnam war era interpretation of hamlet after reading this, please tell me, i want to hear all about it!)

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In the time of war, it is necessary to ask ourselves whose lives are considered valuable, whose lives are mourned, and whose lives are considered ungrievable. We might think of war as dividing  populations into those who are grievable and those who are not. In the initial years of the AIDS crisis in the US, the public vigils and “the Names Project” broke through the public shame associated with dying from AIDS - a shame associated sometimes with homosexuality, especially anal sex, and sometimes with drugs and promiscuity. It meant something to state and show the name, to put together some remnants of a life, to publicly display and avow the loss. What would happen if those killed in the current wars were to be grieved in just such an open way? Why is it that we are not given the names of all the war dead, including those the US has killed, of whom we will never have the image, the name, the story, never a testimonial shard of their life - something to see, to touch, to know?
—  Judith Butler: Survivability, Vulnerability, Affect 
Fic Rec #272

High by MotherofBulls

Hermione x Draco Malfoy

He started out as an outlet for her. Somewhere along the way he became something more. But being the Brightest Witch of Her Age, she knows there’s something lurking beneath the surface.

COMPLETE: Chapters: 32 - Words: 61,900

(this is an utterly fantastic, hilarious fic. the characterization of draco is honestly one of my faves of all time. there’s a fair bit of recreational drug use, so if that doesn’t float your boat, i would give this a pass, but otherwise, a must-read!)

How to make America Great in 16 easy steps

1. I M P E A C H. T R U M P. self explanatory

2. Stop 👏🏾letting 👏🏾billionaires 👏🏾rig 👏🏾elections


Overturn Citizens United, ban campaign contributions and let one voice equal one vote


3. Stop spending 50% of all our tax money on war.

Stop killing civilians in the Middle East, and use the extra trillion dollars to reinvest in the Arab world, America’s urban and rural schools, and make college free.

4. LET REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS IN!

Refugees and immigrants are usually skilled, open businesses, create innovation and grow the economy. They are also HUMAN BEINGS fleeing war and death and need us to be there for them.

5. Stop putting (black and Latino) kids in prison for nonviolent drug offenses.

Start weakening gangs by legalizing drugs and offering addiction and job training programs.

*bonus: this also greatly reduces gun violence everywhere, especially in large cities*

6. don't👏🏾let👏🏾cops👏🏾get👏🏾away👏🏾with👏🏾shit👏🏾

Put murderers in jail, whether they have a badge or not. Demilitarize police forces, and train officers deescalation tactics. Make sure officers come from the communities they serve. Rebuild trust through human contact with police.

7. end the mass shooting™ Era.

Castrate the NRA. Create an Australia style gun buyback program. Stop letting 14 year olds buy AKs at guns shows. Mandate “safe gun” tech.

*hidden bonus: kindergarteners, churchgoers and the general public will no longer be murdered en masse on a monthly basis. How wacky is that?!?*

8. stop allowing people to go bankrupt because they got sick or hurt

Create a single payer health care system like those in Norway, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K.,
Kuwait, Sweden, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, the Netherlands, Austria, The UAE, Finland, Slovenia, Denamark, Luxembourg, France, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Spain, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

9. pay👏🏾women👏🏾the👏🏾same👏🏾amount👏🏾of👏🏾money👏🏾as👏🏾men👏🏾 yea like wtf? It’s 2017. 10. LET WOMEN HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN BODIES. Again, wtf?!?

11. Don’t let oil and gas companies destroy the Earth for profit.

Implement a carbon tax, and use the money to invest in renewables, and climate change research.

12. Create 25 million jobs, and revive the American Dream.

Spur a National WWII style mobilization to build renewable energy, manufacture electric cars, invest in organic vertical farming, and clean up our polluted oceans, Lakes and rivers.

*secret bonus: this also keeps our kids from having to live in a dystopian hellscape lol*

13. PAY REPARATIONS to African and Native Americans, just like you did to settlers and slaveowners before/after the Civil War.

14. Close Guantanamo bay, and amend the constitution to ban torture

15. Get Involved(cliche but immensely important) protest, call your representatives, and get involved with organizations like moveleft, Indivisible, and Justice Democrats that push for real and radical improvements to our country.

16. Don’t let cynicism and pessimism cloud your judgement.

If you’re reading this right now and thinking; “okay but nahhhhhhh, none of this can happen in America”, your brain is tricking you. Human evolutionary psychology makes it hard for people to envision a future that is radically different from the past or present, but change can happen fast and is often more radical than you expect. Don’t sit on the sidelines and let the future be decided by the likes of Trump, Bannon, and oil companies. speak up. ACT.

and most importantly,

VOTE

statuesihaveknown  asked:

Like everyone else, I’m enjoying the heck out of your ‘Dead Fandoms’ post. Please keep them coming. I was fascinated to read about the declining interest in Star Wars between 1986 and 1991. With that in mind, why do you think interest in Star Wars started to re-emerge in the early 90s (given that the Special Editions weren’t released until 1997)?

Thank you for reading! Although I’m a bit concerned you’re asking…I sincerely hope the Star Wars supplemental materials and novel-sequels aren’t starting to be forgotten, now that we have true film sequels. For a long time, the books were where you had to go if you wanted continuing Star Wars adventures. 

1991 was the year Heir to the Empire was published by Timothy Zahn. This was an absolute game changer that was a New York Times bestseller and created a flood of Star Wars novels that 90s kids spent their childhood/teen years reading. It basically brought Star Wars back from the dead. There was never a time, after this, a Star Wars novel wasn’t in the New York Times bestseller list.

There were always Star Wars novels, and most of them were very good, like the amazing Brian Daley’s Han Solo at Star’s End, or the under-read and also very good Lando Calrissian novels, which were basically Lando as a travelling card player like Maverick, only he ran into a starfish robot from outside the galaxy and fought an actual sorcerer. 

These books were good, but Heir to the Empire had several things that took it to another level, that changed everything. 

1) it was an official sequel, and since it looked like there weren’t going to be any more Star Wars movies ever, this was where you would have to go if you wanted to read about the further adventures of Han Solo,   Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and the rest. 

2) Heir to the Empire totally, absolutely, and perfectly captured something as elusive as “voice.” This is hard to define and subjective, but if you read the book, you can practically hear Harrison Ford’s voice delivering the dialogue. It never felt off, it never felt that “this wouldn’t happen” or “Han wouldn’t do that.” It had an authenticity that transcended the charge many people give to tie in novels, that they are glorified fanfic. 

I always heard that the reason Timothy Zahn was so good at voice was that, to amuse his kids on long car rides, he tape recorded the audio of the Star Wars movies for the kid to listen to, so he just listened to Star Wars on audio for dozens of hours on family car rides.

3)  It’s so hard walking a thin line between things that are familiar and things that are new, but the new characters and concepts were wonderful additions. The novels were both authentically Star Wars but also had their own identity. If I have a critique of the very good Marvel Star Wars comics, it’s that it sticks so close to the “original formula” that it’s easy to be bored. Zahn, though, gave us a totally new kind of villain and a totally new situation - Grand Admiral Thrawn, who in looks and brains was just like Helmuth, Speaker for Boskone, the blue-skinned genius strategist villain in the Lensman novels, but in personality, was like an evil Sherlock Holmes, who could figure everything out based on one clue that was out of place. People are still crying over the movies leaving out Thrawn, Talon Carrde, blue haired, spacy computer hacker Ghent, and so on. 

Now, if you asked us scifi novel guys about Zahn’s work, none of us would be surprised the Zahn books were as good as they were. He’s a top tier writer long before he was tapped to do Star Wars, and it’s somewhat unfortunate that his Star Wars work has overshadowed his other output. I personally love his Blackcollar books, which is set in a future where earth is conquered by aliens, and a young man wants to join the Blackcollars, special forces agents who use low-tech weapons like nunchaku (since advanced ones can instantly be detected) and a drug that slows down time to give them superb reflexes. Good stuff and definitely worth reading too. 

Stop trying to individualize blame for acts of imperialism and military aggression on the part of the US military. Lots of folks get suckered in to joining the military culture from a young age; many people live in towns that have no viable career prospects and the military actively preys on these folks. Military recruiters actively start trying to recruit kids as young as 14 years old and I’ve even heard of the military being allowed to recruit in middle schools. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t exactly have a strong anti-imperialist critique of the US military at 14 years old, or even 18 years old. Some states also allow you to join the military instead of going to prison (or getting a reduced sentence) for a crime you committed. Military recruitment and culture is not a clear-cut, black and white thing. Not everyone goes into the military with the enthusiasm of your racist cousin who wears American Sniper t-shirts and has a crew cut.

As soldiers, they’re tossed into a meat grinder and when they get out they’re forgotten and denied the benefits promised to them. Have you ever seen a homeless person? Chances are they’re a war veteran, I’ve read somewhere that somewhere around 10-15% of homeless people are veterans, and a majority of those homeless veterans are black. There’s definitely a class aspect to how the military functions and in my own family it’s clear. All of my relatives who were deployed and faced combat up close are all vehemently anti-war and anti-government [not to mention drug and alcohol addicts, undoubtedly a side effect of being forced to kill people and not having adequate post-war mental health facilities] to some degree, meanwhile my one relative that was fortunate enough to be in the military bureaucracy/command is still extremely pro-war. 

I’m not saying you have to respect soldiers and deify them for their sacrifice but let’s also not lay all the fault and blame of imperialism on people who might be potential comrades and accomplices. We can use class analysis to show them how fucked up capitalism is, they’ve seen it first-hand, from being taken advantage of by military recruiters and the military itself, to coming home and being treated like dirt by the US government after they’ve taken basically everything from these soldiers. We could talk to them about how patriarchy has treated them as expendable objects to die in warzones for private profit, told them they can’t talk about their feelings and experiences and have to “suck it up” because they’re men. The reason veterans often turn to substance abuse is BECAUSE of gender norms.

There’s a lot that can be done to bring veterans to our side, but it’s wrong-headed to treat every soldier as if they’re the literal embodiment of Henry Kissinger is probably not the best idea. Idk about you, but I’d like to see you pull off a revolution without veterans, without the aid of people in the military now, etc.

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US admits DEA lied about Honduras 'massacre' that killed four villagers
The US Drug Enforcement Administration lied about its role in a bungled anti-narcotics operation in Honduras that left four innocent villagers dead, then misled Congress, the justice department and the public as it tried to cover its tracks
By Nina Lakhani

Honduran officers under the command of DEA agents fired at unarmed passengers traveling by taxi boat in May 2012, killing four people – including two pregnant women and a schoolboy – and seriously injuring three others. The operation, which left several children orphaned, was part of a militarized DEA programme that led to a series of deadly confrontations and has now been abandoned.

The shooting took place after a passenger boat with 16 people on board collided with a disabled vessel carrying American and Honduran agents and large quantities of cocaine that had been seized. The ground troops were escorted by four state department helicopters equipped with mounted door guns.

The DEA said two Honduran officers on the disabled boat had fired at the river taxi in self-defense after they came under gun attack. There is no evidence to suggest any shots were fired from the taxi boat, or that the passengers were involved in drug trafficking

In fact, the officers – who included a DEA agent – shot first, and even aimed at passengers who had jumped or fallen into the river. Then at least one DEA agent in a circling helicopter ordered a Honduran door gunner to fire his machine gun at the passengers from above.

The self-defense motive claimed by the DEA was based, at least in part, on fabricated testimony from a confidential DEA informant who later admitted she had lied.

Tom is reuniting with Warrior director Gavin O'Connor for a new project! So many people have wished for a continuation of Warrior. This is something close. Read on ~

Tom Hardy to Star in Bosnian War Movie ‘My War Gone By, I Miss It So’ 

Tom Hardy will produce and star in the Bosnian War movie “My War Gone By, I Miss It So,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. Gavin O’Connor is attached to direct and produce, along with Scott LaStaiti, who launched Palantir Group as an entertainment fund last year.

“My War Gone By, I Miss It So” is Lloyd’s personal account of the Bosnian War, and alternates between his experiences in Bosnia and personal reflections of his time in the British army, his parents’ divorce, his estrangement from his father, and his heroin addiction.’

“‘My War Gone By’ is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war,” Hardy said. “I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important book.”

Lloyd was born into a distinguished family steeped in military tradition, raised on stories of wartime and ancestral heroes. He longed to experience war from the front lines, so he left England at age 26 to document the conflict in Bosnia, where he witnessed a lethal struggle among the Serbs, Croatians, and Bosnian Muslims. Addicted to the adrenaline of armed combat, he returned home to wage a personal battle against substance abuse.

Hardy is currently starring in “Dunkirk” as a Royal Air Force pilot. O’Connor’s credits include “The Accountant,” “Jane Got a Gun,” “Warrior,” and “Pride and Glory.”

“Anthony’s memoir was love at first page — a portrait of war like I’d never read before,” O’Connor said. “An up-close-and-personal account of a heroin junkie reporting from the front lines of Bosnia — the bloodiest conflict Europe has witnessed since the Second World War — who uses the high of war to kick his drug habit. It’s a book written with both fists. It’s Anthony’s ‘Apocalypse Now.’ I feel privileged and honored for the opportunity to bring the book to the movies.”
Read more at variety.com

📷 behind the scenes of Warrior with Gavin O'Connor, while filming in Pittsburg in 2009

anonymous asked:

What makes life worth living between lies, fake people, racism, war, pain? What makes it worth living to you?

Life is still beautiful..

1. Someone who lies to me once, doesn’t get the opportunity to lie to me again. Once we recognise that people don’t deserve to stay in our lives by default, protecting our energy becomes easier.
2. I don’t stay around people who’s energy doesn’t seem genuine to me.
3. Racism isn’t going anywhere - until we unite and concur it together, in the mean while, stay safe, stay vigilant.
4. War like racism isn’t going anywhere. As long as we live in a world that is governed by greed and power. There are many wars, wars between countries, wars between communities, war in the food industry, war with drugs, war between families, war between love, war within ourselves. Meditation is the beginning to world peace.
5. We have the strength and power to heal ourselves through any pain that is inflicted. It’s the hardest journey but the most rewarding. It takes bravery to admit that you are in hurting and it takes strength to fix the problem. Both super powers are embedded in us! We just need to find the courage to search within.

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(Words in the Heart) Cannot Be Taken - Fialleril - Star Wars - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Anakin Skywalker & KD-7, Palpatine & Darth Vader
Characters: Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader, Original Droid Character, KD-7, Palpatine
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Double Agent Vader, Spies & Secret Agents, Tatooine Slave Culture, Small Acts of Resistance, memory wiping, Implied/Referenced Drug Addiction, Non-Consensual Drug Use, Drug Withdrawal, Reference to Past Suicide Attempts, Slavery
Series: Part 3 of Double Agent Vader
Summary:

For the first time since everything changed on Tatooine, KD-7, the droid officially known as XF-53, must make a report to Emperor Palpatine. And then receive the standard memory wipe.

Or, Kadee and Anakin are faced with the first terrifying test of their secret new freedom.

Finally posted this to AO3! I’ve added a section, and made several edits, after some very helpful advice from @recklessprudence. If you liked the fic I posted on tumblr, please check out the final version here!

“There is no war on drugs because you cannot have a war against inanimate objects. There is only war on drug addicts. Which means we are warring on the most abused and vulnerable segments of the population.”

 – Dr Gabor Maté | Capitalism Makes us Crazy

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THE US-DUTERTE REGIME IS NO FRIEND OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE

July 24: As President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, Anakbayan joins the Filipino people in massive protest actions expressing indignation against the extension of martial law in Mindanao, his long list of broken promises, and his regime’s triple wars of death and destruction. We are one with the Filipino people in strongly condemning Duterte’s genocidal “war on drugs” that has killed an estimated 12,000 people. We strongly oppose his regime’s disastrous “anti-terror war” that has led to the destruction of Marawi. We denounce his “all-out war” against the revolutionary movement.

After a year of unfulfilled promises, it has become clear that no fundamental change is forthcoming under Duterte. Inspired by the ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos and fixated with bloody killings and the iron-fist as his only solution to all the country’s problems, Duterte has stepped up increasingly virulent fascist attacks against the populace. Duterte has stacked up his cabinet with military men like Lorenzana, Año, and Esperon who are notorious human rights violators. He now threatens to expand martial law nationwide, using the revolutionary forces as scapegoat to justify open military rule.

Duterte has proven himself to have no real interest in making the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) a success by discussing socio-economic reforms that will solve the roots of armed conflict. Instead, Duterte insists on finalizing a bilateral ceasefire before tackling reform measures like genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization. He has used political prisoners as hostages to force the surrender of the revolutionary movement and carried on the implementation of US-designed counterinsurgency doctrine Oplan Kapayapaan.

For all his anti-US posturing, Duterte has had no concrete steps to remove US military forces from the country. Instead, he now coyly seeks US support for martial law in the guise of fighting terrorism. His economic team continues neoliberal policies that keeps the economy dependent on foreign investments and loans, favor rich oligarchs, and hit the poor the hardest. He has not junked contractualization, failed to freely distribute land to farmers, and now wishes to impose new and harsher taxes. Meanwhile, particular concessions like conditional free tuition for students of state universities and colleges giving free homes to homeless Kadamay members, among others, were achieved not because of the benevolence of Duterte but were the results of hard-won mass struggles by different sectors for their democratic rights.

The US-Duterte regime is no friend of the Filipino people. As we march today in angry protest, we hold no more illusions that Duterte is fundamentally any different from past regimes that have been subservient mainly to the interests of US imperialism and the oligarchic ruling classes. The Filipino youth and people has no other recourse but to intensify our mass struggles against Duterte’s fascist, anti-national, and anti-people policies and programs. We must assert our democratic rights and interests and advance the national democratic struggle against a rotting ruling system which now has at its apex the ruling militarist US-Duterte clique.

Oppose martial law and fascism of the US-Duterte regime!
Down with US imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism!
Forward the struggle for national democracy with a socialist perspective!

Via Anakbayan

Reylo: Right in Front of Me

[8tracks]

I Found Amber Run//The River Behaving//Between the Bars Elliott Smith//Strange & Beautiful (I’ll Put a Spell On You) Aqualung//Slip Elliot Moss//Crazy In Love (2014 Remix) Beyoncé//Big Dark Love Murder By Death//505 Arctic Monkeys//Different Creatures Circa Waves//Close (feat. Tove Lo) Nick Jonas//Cardiac Arrest Bad Suns//Oh Devil Electric Guest//Touched Vast//Dark Side of Me Coheed and Cambria//My Demons Starset//Love Love Love Of Monsters And Men//Ghost Coheed and Cambria//What Makes A Man? City And Colour//2 - 1 Imogen Heap//Bullet Train (feat. Joni Fatora) Stephen Swartz//Claritycraft Isosine//drugs EDEN

Cover art was done by winter of her discontent [x] and is used with permission.  The original post is [here] go check out her amazing artwork!! It was hard to choose which to use as cover art because they are all so beautiful!

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The cultivation of opium in Afghanistan reached its peak in 1999, when 350 square miles (910 km2) of poppies were sown . The following year the Taliban banned poppy cultivation, a move which cut production by 94 percent. By 2001 only 30 square miles (78 km2) of land were in use for growing opium poppies.

A year later, after American and British troops had removed the Taliban and installed the interim government, the land under cultivation leapt back to 285 square miles (740 km2), with Afghanistan supplanting Burma to become the world’s largest opium producer once more.

Prison Song
System of a Down
Prison Song

System Of A Down - Prison Song

They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
Following the rights movement
You clamped on with your iron fists
Drugs became conveniently
Available for all the kids
Following the rights movement
You clamped on with your iron fists
Drugs became conveniently
Available for all the kids
I buy my crack, I smack my bitch
Right here in hollywood
(nearly 2 million americans are
incarcerated in the prison system
prison system of the US)
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
(for you and me to live in)
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system
(for you and me to live in)
Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
you don’t even flinch
all our taxes paying for your wars
against the new non-rich
Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
you don’t even flinch
all our taxes paying for your wars
against the new non-rich
I buy my crack, I smack my bitch
right here in hollywood
The percentage of americans in the prison system
prison system, has doubled since 1985
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
(for you and me to live in)
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system
For you and I, For you and I, For you and I.
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
For you and me
Oh baby, you and me.
All research and successful drug policy show
that treatment should be increased
And law enforcement decreased
While abolishing mandatory minimun sentences
All research and successful drug policy show
that treatment should be increased
And law enforcement decreased
While abolishing mandatory minimun sentences
Utilising drugs to pay for secret wars around the world
drugs are now your global policy now you police the globe
I buy my crack, I smack my bitch
right here in hollywood
Drug money is used to rig elections
and train brutal corporate sponsored dictators
around the world
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
(for you and me to live in)
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system
(for you and me to live in)
For you and I, for you and I, for you and I
For you and I
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
They’re trying to build a prison
for you and me
oh baby, you and me

just-another-bi  asked:

I thought I would like your blog but your anti-cop sentiment leaves a bad taste in my mouth and is sad to see and hear that you think such brave men and women are horrible

Sorry to disappoint.  But I’ll make a deal.  When the police start refusing to enforce immoral and unjust made up “crimes” that have no victim that were written by corrupt and self-serving politicians,  when they begin to hold each other to the same standards they do the public they ostensibly serve and will arrest other police who break the law, violate the rights of citizens, and use abusive tactics and force on people who’s only crime is “contempt of cop,” and when they have the courage to end their participation in the misnamed “war on drugs,” which is really a war on personal liberty, I’ll begin to change my opinions about them.