this is grEAT MAN

That’s not to say that it wouldn’t be relevant if Trump or Bannon or any incoming member of the Republican administration were actual neo-Nazis (though one suspects at this point that few Trump supporters would actually care). But the efforts to divine the darkest thoughts of their souls and then compare them to various Nazi leaders miss the point in an extraordinarily American way.

The Nazis gained power in Germany through democratic elections and maintained it through maintaining the support of a plurality, if not a true majority, of Germans well into the 1940s. Thus, the question isn’t whether Trump and his ilk are Nazis; it’s whether Americans are, or would be willing to accept it if they were.

On one level, Americans’ obsession with whether various leaders are more or less like actual Nazi leaders speaks volumes about the failures of the American educational system: our approach to history, for better and mostly for worse, stems from the nineteenth century Great Man philosophy of history. Under this view of things, all historical change is a project reserved for our leaders; the rest of us are just drawn along in their wake with little agency or responsibility.

The “with little agency or responsibility” disclaimer ought to ring a few bells here. That’s the underlying philosophy that allows white Americans to evade responsibility for the institution of slavery and the long-term harm it has created for African Americans by saying that their ancestors never enslaved anyone. If we conceive of our leaders as the only (or primary) agents of history or change, then the rest of us need to own up to the systemic injustices that our actions uphold—or, indeed, to any of the changes our chosen leaders impose and we accept.

On the 406th anniversary of John Milton’s birth, we should remember him as a great poet, freedom fighter, and England’s own Renaissance man. The influence of his political writings extends through the English civil wars, the American and French revolutions, and on into the present day, but he is perhaps best remembered for writing Paradise Lost, which is widely regarded as the greatest epic poem in English.  

Milton published Paradise Lost in 1667 in 10 volumes. At the time of writing, Milton was completely blind and had his daughter transcribe the entire epic. The free-verse poem tells the story of how Satan tempted Adam and Eve and their banishment from the Garden of Eden. Many have spent a lifetime considering the nature of its composition, dissecting Milton’s original school of religious thought, noting the originality of his language, and reveling in the subtle brilliance of his verse.

We wish a very warm happy birthday to one of the pioneers of English language and thought—John Milton!

Image credit: Portrait of John Milton in National Portrait Gallery, London. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Help! I have recently started accepting myself as genderfluid and I have the most understanding partner, they never use she/her pronouns anymore and they even started a cute thing that instead of saying gender they call me a “big frog” when I feel like a man “great frog” when I feel like a woman and a “nerd frog” when I’m non-binary. Its makes me feel so loved and accepted ❤️

anonymous asked:

Scott Pruitt will be great at the EPA!! He's absolutely right about man made global warming. Why did they change global warming to climate change? Because the planet is not warming so they changed the narrative.

They changed it from “global warming” to “climate change” because of morons going “hurrrrr it’s snowing! what happened to global warming??” or “durrrr it was cloudy for three weeks in july! where’s global warming?” as if the earth’s climate were like, a pizza pan that you can put in an oven and turn up the heat and it will get uniformly more hot and that’s the only effect, instead of a massive, super complicated, intertwined network of various systems that are going to react in many different ways and create varying effects in different parts of the world depending on about 10000000 other contributing factors.

But, in America now, if something is too complicated to be made easily understandable in a tweet to people who are half-reading while also watching TV and eating a sandwich, it’s an elitist conspiracy. So they changed it to something that didn’t have “warming” in the title so people would stop thinking it’s that simple. Instead they go, “Haha, the earth isn’t really warming! You were lying, I knew it!”

You really got one over on those snooty scientists though. Congrats. 

anonymous asked:

because I hate myself and enjoy crying...5 times mike stopped outside of his dad's house and the one time he actually went in?

Oh no…Anon.

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anonymous asked:

I want Hinata to die in a fire.

W-What? Why..?

How dare you wish for something so horrible?! I won’t let you touch one hair of his head ! Go away!

Hinata is our friend and he is a great man, are you crazy to want such a thing?!

Can I beat them up?

I will help.

Why don’t we set them in fire? See if they like it?

Now, now, violence isn’t the answer. *threatening aura*

Ibuki is really angry at you !

As a superior spell caster, I can’t allow such a thing to happen to my followers!

anonymous asked:

Are you okay today because I had a rough day and I want to know if you had a good day so it can lighten my mood a little and because you're a great person and deserve a gr8 day my man

i’ve been working nonstop on videos since 9am and its now 6pm

so. YES. a very good day!!! doing my best haha. hope ur day gets better and/or the rest of your week is better! 

Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

Author Agatha Christie

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Pages 251

Format Hardback

My Rating ★★★★

It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. But when Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the village with a friend for Christmas, offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man…’

My thoughts:

This great little murder mystery from Agatha Christie is a seasonal Golden Age treat. The story closely follows the Christie formula for some of her other Poirot novels, where the solution never lies in pieces of forensic evidence, or in unravelling the mechanics of the crime, but is instead found in the human relationships that surround even the most gruesome deaths. However, I definitely feel that this book is very different from most of her other Poirot stories. Most notably, the murder itself is much darker and more disturbing.  

Poirot goes to work investigating after the murder takes place amidst a family Christmas gathering. He first studies the psychology of the victim, Simeon Lee, who he is and how he relates to those around him, always hunting for clues along the way.  

It soon emerges that the entire Lee family had good motive and plenty of opportunity to kill the unpleasant Simeon Lee, and as the reader, it is a tough task to guess the true identity of the murderer. This one really does keep you guessing throughout. There are several very clever twists to the plot and a classic revelation at the end. Once again, Christie provides another excellent murder mystery straight from her own dark imagination.  

If you’ve not read Christie before, I highly recommend doing so. For me, she is a reliable, enjoyable and fun read. Most of her stories are also fairly short and easy to finish in one or two sittings. Perfect cosy crime to read by firelight over Christmas. 

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