“i wrote 360 in a period of my life where i felt pretty vulnerable. there were a bunch of people being nice to my face, but behind my back things were different. i think everyone experiences it, but it didn’t actually stop for me until i learned to draw the line. and essentially, i think that’s what this song is about; being able to have the confidence to stick up for yourself and.. be yourself.”
— George Shelley, 360 Introduction
Tons of lessons for us to learn here as we rebuild. Listening to local and state party chairs. Focusing more on policy and retail politics over algorithms. Galvanizing union support so more union workers stop defecting to Trump while also saving the unions from decimation.
These are all solvable problems we can implement to save our future!
They're bringing Union Jack back! I don't care about anyone else, I just need him so I can ship him with Loki!
Yeah I’m glad that they are bringing back previous characters. I missed out on Union Jack because I found the British Invasion mini event to be too much of RNG so I didn’t even bother with it, but I’m glad I will get a chance to get him again.
The Walton family is one of the largest financial supporters of Trump and Congressional Republicans. The Walton family and the Koch brothers have literally written the Republican agenda. Boycott this billionaire family retail giant that pays minimum wage and does not allow unions!
In this moment of loss and deep sorrow, we, presidents of the Brazilian clubs publishing this note, would like to express our most sincere regret and solidarity with the Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, their fans and, especially, the families and friends of players, technical comission and executives involved in the tragedy that occurred this Tuesday morning.
Being aware of the irreparable damages caused by this terrible accident, the clubs understand that this is a moment of union, support and help for Chapecoense.
In this sense, the clubs announce solidarity measures for Chapecoense, which will consist, among other things, of:
i. Free loan of players for the 2017 season. ii. Formal request to the Brazilian Football Confederation to exclude Chapecoense of a possible relegation to Serie B of the Brazilian Championship for the next three seasons. In case Chapecoense ends up among the last four places, the 16th club would be relegated instead.
This is the minimal gesture of solidarity within our reach for the time being, however, charged with the most sincere goal of the reconstruction of this institution, part of Brazilian football, which we lost today.
Why would it be incorrect to argue that Cuba was unsuccessful because of International isolation as opposed to Socialism?
“It’s not socialism, it’s the lack of capitalism”.
That’s what that argument boils down to.
By in large the Soviet Union supported Cuba. It was in the 1990’s that Cubans really began to suffer when the USSR collapsed from the same pitfalls of socialism.
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The 3rd one I didn’t send her is a bit more obscure and personal. It’s about my grandparents’ life during the Communist Government’s Economic Subsidy period in 1976 - 1986 Vietnam. Despite her Science PHd, my grandmom had to smuggle soap, jeans and a myriad of other commodities in the Soviet Union to support the family back in Vietnam. That hunger and poverty unknown to the entire world was the worst kind of silence.
Between 1947 and 1989, the United States tried to change other nations’ governments 72 times
That’s a remarkable number. It includes 66 covert operations and six overt ones.
Of course, that doesn’t excuse Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. These 72 U.S. operations were during the Cold War — meaning that, in most cases, the Soviet Union was covertly supporting anti-U.S. forces on the other side. However, a look at these U.S. actions allows us to survey the covert activities of a major power, so we can glean insight into such interventions’ causes and consequences.
Most covert efforts to replace another country’s government failed
During the Cold War, for instance, 26 of the United States’ covert operations successfully brought a U.S.-backed government to power; the remaining 40 failed.
Success depended in large part on the choice of covert tactics. Not a single U.S.-backed assassination plot during this time actually killed their intended target, although two foreign leaders — South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem and the Dominican Republic’s Rafael Trujillo — were killed by foreign intermediaries without Washington’s blessing during U.S.-backed coups.
Similarly, covert actions to support militant groups trying to topple a foreign regime nearly always failed. Of 36 attempts, only five overthrew their targets. Sponsoring coups was more successful: nine out of 14 attempted coups put the U.S.-backed leaders in power.
Meddling in foreign elections is the most successful covert tactic (as Russia may not be surprised to learn).
I found 16 cases in which Washington sought to influence foreign elections by covertly funding, advising and spreading propaganda for its preferred candidates, often doing so beyond a single election cycle. Of these, the U.S.-backed parties won their elections 75 percent of the time.
Of course, it is impossible to say whether the U.S.-supported candidates would have won their elections without the covert assistance; many were leading in the polls before the U.S. intervention. However, as the CIA’s head of the Directorate of Intelligence, Ray S. Cline once put it, the key to a successful covert regime change is “supplying just the right bit of marginal assistance in the right way at the right time.”
In an election where Clinton won the popular vote by 2.86 million but lost the electoral college, thanks to 77,744 voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, did Russia’s covert campaign give “just the right bit of marginal assistance,” thus tipping the scales to Trump by suppressing Democratic turnout?
It’s impossible to say for sure, but the numbers were certainly close. If Clinton had replicated Obama’s 2012 turnout in those three swing states, she would have won them by more than half a million votes. Even if she had been able to convert just 1 percent of these states’ Trump voters, she would have won by a combined 55,000 votes. The Clinton campaign undoubtedly had many strikes against it: high unfavorability ratings, inaccurate polling, FBI Director James B. Comey’s letter and strategic mishaps. Still, Russia’s covert campaign probably compounded these problems. Thanks to WikiLeaks’s slow trickle of hacked emails, the news cycle throughout October was flooded with embarrassing anti-Clinton stories, preventing her from building momentum after the debates.
Regime changes rarely work out as the intervening states expect.
A Trump presidency might not be as much of a boon for Russia as hoped or feared. Clinton warned in the third presidential debate that Putin “would rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”
However, as I show in a recent International Security article with Alexander Downes, leaders installed via regime change generally don’t act as puppets for long. Once in power, the new leaders find that acting at their foreign backers’ behest brings significant domestic opposition. They therefore tend to moderate their policies or turn against the foreign backer completely. In fact, there are already reports that the Kremlin is feeling “buyer’s remorse” over Trump’s victory, given his unpredictability.
Covert regime change can devastate the target countries
My research found that after a nation’s government was toppled, it was less democratic and more likely to suffer civil war, domestic instability and mass killing. At the very least, citizens lost faith in their governments.
Even if Russia didn’t make the difference in electing Trump, it successfully undermined confidence in U.S. political institutions and news media.
As historian Timothy Snyder pointed out in September, “If democratic procedures start to seem shambolic, then democratic ideas will seem questionable as well. And so America would become more like Russia, which is the general idea. If Mr. Trump wins, Russia wins. But if Mr. Trump loses and people doubt the outcome, Russia also wins.”
The best antidote to subterfuge is transparency.
States intervene covertly so that they don’t have to be held accountable for their actions. Amid reports that Russian hackers have been emboldened by the success of the DNC hack, exposing Moscow’s hand is the first step toward deterring future attacks against the United States and upcoming elections in Germany, France and the Netherlands. It may also be the best way to dispel disinformation and restore faith in U.S. democratic institutions at a time when 55 percent of Americans say they are troubled by Russian interference into the election,
The United States is beginning this effort. Congress has announced bipartisan investigations and Obama ordered a comprehensive report on covert foreign interference into U.S. presidential elections going back to the 2008 election.
Given how serious these allegations are, and especially considering that President-elect Trump rejects the intelligence community’s consensus conclusion, releasing these reports publicly before the inauguration could help set U.S. democracy right.
Like, a big reason I’m going to keep supporting union vo actors despite being non union is because it sets a standard for how we should be treated. I’ve had to deal with the lack of transparency, cast in a game that is unnamed, as a codenamed character, and not told about release either. I’ve had to google bits of my script only to find “hey I’m in this animation” or “shit that was for an MMO??!” It’s ridiculous.