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2017 Manchester Arena bombing

On 22 May 2017, a suicide bombing was carried out at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande. The attacker was identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old British Muslim who detonated a shrapnel-laden improvised explosive device at the exit of the arena after the event. Twenty-three adults and children, including Abedi, were killed and 116 were injured, some critically.

Abedi was suspected of working within a terrorist network, and 14 people were arrested in connection with the incident, two of whom were released without charge.

Attack: On 22 May 2017, at around 22:30, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device, packed with nuts and bolts to act as shrapnel, in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena. The attack took place after an Ariana Grande concert that was part of her 2017 Dangerous Woman Tour. The concert was sold out, and up to 21,000 people attended. Many exiting concert-goers and waiting parents were in the foyer at the time of the explosion.

Greater Manchester Police declared the incident a terrorist attack and suicide bombing. It was the deadliest attack in the United Kingdom since the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

Aftermath: About three hours after the bombing, police conducted a controlled explosion on a suspicious item of clothing in Cathedral Gardens. This was later confirmed to have been abandoned clothing and not dangerous.

Residents and taxi companies in Manchester offered free transport or accommodation via Twitter to those left stranded at the concert. Parents of children attending the concert were separated in the aftermath of the explosion. A nearby hotel served as a shelter for children displaced by the bombing, with officials directing their parents there. Manchester’s Sikh temples (gurdwaras) along with local homeowners, hotels and venues offered shelter to victims of the attack.

Manchester Victoria railway station, which is partly underneath the arena, was evacuated and closed, and services were cancelled. The explosion caused structural damage to the station, which will remain closed until the damage has been assessed and repaired, resulting in significant disruption to train and tram services.

The Arndale shopping centre was evacuated for a time during an unrelated arrest on the day following the attack. A second brief evacuation of a University of Salford building occurred at about 4:00 pm.

After a COBRA meeting with Greater Manchester’s Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins, on 23 May, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the UK’s terror threat level was raised to “critical”, its highest level. The threat level remained critical until 27 May, when it was reduced to its previous level of severe. In the aftermath of the attack Operation Temperer was activated for the first time, allowing up to 5,000 soldiers to reinforce armed police in protecting parts of the country. Tours of the Houses of Parliament and the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace were cancelled on 24 May, and troops were deployed to guard government buildings in London.

On 23 May, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, via the Nashir Telegram channel, claimed the attack was carried out by “a soldier of the Khilafah”. The message called the attack “an endeavor to terrorize the mushrikin and in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims.” Abedi’s sister speculated that he was motivated by revenge for Muslim children killed by American airstrikes in Syria.

Casualties: The blast killed the attacker, and 22 concert-goers and parents who were in the entrance waiting to pick up their children following the show; 116 people were injured. As of 26 May 2017, 75 people remained in hospital, 23 of them, including five children, in critical care. The dead included ten people under 20, the youngest an eight-year-old girl.

North West Ambulance Service reported that 60 of its ambulances attended the scene, carried 59 people to local hospitals, and treated a number of walking wounded on site. Of those hospitalized, 12 were children under the age of 16.

Attacker: The bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi, was a 22-year-old British Muslim of Libyan ancestry. He was born in Manchester on 31 December 1994 to a family of Libyan-born refugees who had settled in south Manchester after fleeing to the UK to escape the government of Muammar Gaddafi. He grew up in the Whalley Range area and lived in Fallowfield. According to The Times, Abedi had been among a group of students who had accused a teacher of Islamophobia for criticizing suicide bombing. Neighbors described the Abedi family as very traditional and “super religious”. Abedi, his elder brother, and, prior to 2011, his father attended Didsbury Mosque. An imam at the mosque recalled that Abedi looked at him “with hate” after he preached against ISIS and Ansar al-Sharia in 2015.

He was known to British security services but was not regarded as a high risk. A community worker told the BBC he had called a hotline five years before the bombing to warn police about Abedi’s views and members of Britain’s Libyan diaspora said they had “warned authorities for years” about Manchester’s Islamist radicalization. Abedi was allegedly reported to authorities about his extremism, by as many as five people, including community leaders and possibly family members. On 29 May, MI5 launched an internal inquiry into its handling of the warnings it had received about Abedi.

Abedi’s parents, both born in Tripoli, returned to Libya in 2011 following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, while Abedi stayed in the United Kingdom. Abedi attended Burnage Academy for Boys in Manchester between 2009 and 2011, before going to the Manchester College until 2013 and then in 2014 enrolled at the University of Salford, where he studied business management. Abedi later dropped out to work in a bakery. According to an acquaintance, Abedi was “outgoing” and consumed alcohol until 2012. Another acquaintance said Abedi was a “regular kid who went out and drank” until about 2016. According to the BBC, “Friends remember him as a good footballer, a keen supporter of Manchester United and a user of cannabis. He had a sister and two brothers.” Manchester police believe Abedi used student loans to finance the plot, including travel overseas to learn bomb-making. The Guardian reported he may have received loan funding as recently as April.

Investigation: The property in Fallowfield where Abedi lived was raided on 23 May. Armed police breached the house with a controlled explosion and searched it. Abedi’s 23-year-old brother was arrested in Chorlton-cum-Hardy in south Manchester in relation to the attack. Police carried out raids in two other areas of south Manchester and another address in the Whalley Range area. Three other men were arrested, and police spoke of a likely “network” supporting the bomber.

According to German intelligence, Abedi had returned to the UK from Turkey four days prior to the attack. French interior minister Gérard Collomb told a French TV channel that Abedi may have been to Syria, and had “proven” links with ISIS. Abedi’s younger brother and father were arrested by Libyan security forces on 23 and 24 May respectively. The brother was suspected of planning an attack in Libya, and was said to be in regular touch with Salman, and aware of the plan to bomb the Manchester Arena, but not the date. According to a Libyan official, the brothers spoke on the phone about 15 minutes before the attack was carried out.

Photographs of the remains of the IED published by The New York Times indicated that it had comprised an explosive charge inside a lightweight metal container which was carried within a black vest or a blue Karrimor backpack. Most of the fatalities occurred in a ring around the bomber. His torso was propelled by the blast through the doors to the arena, possibly indicating that the explosive charge was held in the backpack and blew him forward on detonation. A small device thought to have possibly been a hand-held detonator was also found. US Congressman Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, indicated that the bomb contained the explosive TATP, which has been used in previous bombings. According to Manchester police, the explosive device used by Abedi was the design of a skilled bomb-maker and had a back-up means of detonation.

Police released images showing Abedi on the night of the bombing, taken from CCTV footage. According to US intelligence sources, he was identified by the bank card that he had with him using facial recognition technology.

As of 28 May 2017, fourteen people had been arrested, of whom twelve remained in police custody.

News leaks: Within hours of the attack, Abedi’s name and other information given confidentially to security services in the United States and France were leaked to the news media, leading to condemnation from Home Secretary Amber Rudd. The BBC reported that the UK government and police reacted with “fury” following the publication of crime scene photographs of the backpack bomb used in the attack, which appeared in the 24 May edition of The New York Times, saying that the release of the material was detrimental to the investigation.

On 25 May, Greater Manchester Police said that it had stopped sharing information on the attack with the US intelligence services. Prime Minister Theresa May said she would make clear to President Trump that “intelligence that has been shared must be made secure.” Trump described the leaks to the news media as “deeply troubling”, and pledged to carry out a full investigation. British officials blamed the leaks on “the breakdown of normal discipline at the White House and in the US security services”. The New York Times editor Dean Baquet declined to apologize for publishing the backpack bomb photographs, saying “We live in different press worlds” and that the material was not classified at the highest level.

idol-shouko-champion-of-hoenn  asked:

OK but, Vanderwood and Saeran reacting to MC's period cramps? Like PANICKING bc she's in pain!

(Unknown) Saeran

  • what the fuck he is not prepared to this
  • every parental figure in Saeran’s life has failed him in some form or another and religious cults have famously bad sex education. this child probably doesn’t even know what girls are, much less periods.
  • Okay, I jest, but seriously he’s so far out of his element that, like, if he was on the periodic table, he’d be in the no man’s land with shit like Neodymium and Promethium. what does he do??? it hurts and you are bleeding from strange places, ahh?
  • He keeps pretending that he he’s fine and that he is a Woman’s Health expert, but he is just comically misinformed. like. US Congressman misinformed.
  • “but it’s not the full moon, why are you on your period.”
  • “do you have to be worried about bears when it’s happening”
  • “bears like blood, right”
  • (he faints when he’s told what tampons are and how they work.)
  • You tell him that heat helps, so he makes you the little spoon and puts his hands where it hurts. While you have him captive, you give this boy a proper education, because oh lordie, this is a normal thing that happens, and he’s going to be knowledgeable about it.

Vanderwood

  • okay hun what do you need from the store.
  • vanderwood is a fairly capable person when they need to be, but the feminine hygiene aisle is a bit overwhelming. they’ve got you on the phone, describing exactly what your preferences are.
  • “do you want… large? extra large? medium? ultra th- no, ok.”
  • “uh… what brand.”
  • “i - i don’t think “fuck me in the ass and make it stop hurting” is an actual brand”
  • “yes, you’re right darling, we should capitalize on that market gap.”
  • “there’s a package with clouds on it. do you like clouds? i’ll buy the clouds.”
  • “alright, candy aisle, what kind of chocolate do y–”
  • you don’t want chocolate???”
  • “what’s WRONG with you.”
  • “…aside from the obvious. okay, you want sour gummies, fine, but I’m buying some chocolate.”
  • They are very nice and cuddly, and don’t complain when you whine to them at length about how much pain you’re in.
  • they give you little head smooches, too. best datemate.

Debbie Wasserman Schult hired an IT consultant who was not a US citizen. This consultant, Imran Awan, and his associates are now under investigation by US Capitol Police for massive cybersecurity breaches involving the funneling sensitive congressional data offsite.

Schultz’s laptop was confiscated as part of the investigation. Schultz, a member of the House subcommittee that sets the budget for the US Capitol Police, has threatened US Capitol Police that “there will be consequences” if they don’t return her laptop to her.

The Awan gang—all Pakistani citizens—had access to House networks through both their legal and illegal activities. These activities gave them full access to every congressional email account and every email that every US congressman sent or received.

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Today children, you are going to learn about MOTHERFUCKING DAN SICKLES, one of the weirdest American Civil War Veterans EVER!

^ This man spent most of his life partying and sleeping around, but he needs to have his crazy life mentioned!

THIS ASSHOLE was a lawyer and a “political machine” he did dirty deals, messed with votes, and was into highly illegal stuff. You know what happened? Went to trial, never jail, marries a 16 year old when he’s 33, becomes a  CONGRESSMAN! 

His wife cheats on him (he’d done the same for years), He CHASES DOWN the man add shoots him 5 TIMES (2 ended up as misfires). The man dies. He goes to trial. FIRST MAN EVER declared NOT GUILTY due to TEMPORARY INSANITY!

CIVIL WAR occurs. They make him a GENERAL. He knows NOTHING about military tactics. They leave him on the sidelines until the Battle of GETTEYSBURG, one of the bloodiest battles EVER in the US. Where they put him in the middle of EVERYTHING!

So this MORON breaks the line and risks the UNION ARMY for this tiny bitty piece of land that is slightly higher than where he was, because somewhere someone told him it was better to have the high ground.

What happens?

His men get their ASSES KCKED, and he gets his MOTHERFUCKING LEG blow off by a canon! And while he was getting carried off the battlefield HE LIGHTS A CIGAR AND HAS THEM GO BACK FOR HIS LEG! Afterwards none of his men even blamed him for the deaths because they all liked him so much! GETS THE MEDAL OF HONOR! and DONATES HIS LEG for medical science.

After the war? He becomes MINSTER OF SPAIN, his wife dies, and he DATES QUEEN ISABELLA II in France!

Remarries someone else, moves back to the US and becomes a congressman AGAIN!

He died, in debt, at 95 but still manages to have a BIGASS FUNERAL!

DAN SICKLES!!!!

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Hundreds protest at Philadelphia International Airport following an emergency call to action by Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym.  Several families are being detained at the airport as a result of Trump’s executive order.

PA Governor Tom Wolf, US Senator Bob Casey, US Congressman Bob Brady, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney were all present and addressed the protestors with an update on the legal fight.

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Scalise critical after baseball shooting

US congressman and senior Republican Steve Scalise remains in a critical condition after he and three others were shot as they practised for a charity baseball game.

The gunman, who had posted angry messages against President Donald Trump and other Republicans on social media, opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers and colleagues on Wednesday at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington.

He was wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police at the scene and later died.

Scalise was shot in the left hip, suffering broken bones, injuries to internal organs and severe bleeding.

He underwent surgery but would need further operations, the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said.

“Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!” Trump said on Twitter after visiting the hospital on Wednesday night.

The gunman, named by police as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from the St Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, fired repeatedly at the men playing on the baseball field on Wednesday morning.

Congressmen at the ballpark described hearing loud noises like the sound of firecrackers and 15 to 20 people lying on the ground and realising they had only baseball bats to defend themselves against bullets.

“When he started shooting, he was shooting to kill people. And thank God he wasn’t a very good shot,” said Representative Joe Barton, the Republican team’s manager.

Also wounded were a congressional aide and one former aide who now works as a lobbyist, officials said.

One Capitol Hill police officer suffered a gunshot wound and another officer twisted an ankle and was released from a hospital, police said.

FBI special agent Tim Slater said the gunman was believed to have been in the Alexandria area since March.

Investigators believe he had been living out of his car.

Hodgkinson had raged against Trump on social media and was a member of anti-Republican groups on Facebook, including “The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans”, “Terminate The Republican Party” and “Donald Trump is not my President”.

Trump, who announced the gunman’s death, called for unity: “We are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the floor of the House: “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

The shooting has revived debate about gun rights in America.

Justice League: Apart from Aquaman, another superhero's love interest to feature in DCEU movie

Reshoots of many crucial scenes of Justice League are currently in progress. New behind the scene pictures hinted at a few possible spoilers. While important details such as Superman Henry Cavill’s role in Justice League and reshoot information are kept under cover, a new cast update teases JL spoilers.

The new cast confirmation from the Warner Bros/DC studios indicate Justice League will see a number of parallel storylines. Apart from Aquaman’s Amber Heard, who plays the love interest of Jason Momoa, The Flash’s girlfriend will also make an appearance in the Justice League movie.

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Playing the role of Iris West, The Flash aka Barry Allen’s girlfriend, actress Kiersey Clemons has confirmed her cameo in the upcoming DCEU release, before a full-fledged role in The Flash standalone movie.

The actress’s role as West was confirmed by Warner Bros last year. It was after the announcement that rumours of her appearing in Justice League began doing the rounds. Putting the rumours to rest, Clemons confirmed her appearance in the DC movie to Modeliste Magazine.

She also confirmed that her cameo has already been filmed and the shooting took place in London.

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“This November, I’m making a cameo in Justice League as Iris West and it’s the first time that you meet her before we get to see her in The Flash with Ezra Miller. It was my first time doing something so extravagant like that. We filmed in London and that’s one of my favorite places,” she told the magazine.

This means that apart from the action-packed presentation, Justice League will set a platform for individual storylines for the upcoming DCEU standalone movies. While it was known that Aquaman’s back story will be touched upon in Justice League, it now appears that Wonder Woman’s back story featuring the old gods will also be explored. Superman’s epic return will be a highlight and the battle between the League’s superheroes and Steppenwolf will make for many memorable moments.

West’s confirmation adds to an extravagant list of crucial supporting stars including General Antiope star Robin Wright, Mera actress Amber Heard, James Gordon played by JK Simmons, Superman’s mother Martha Kent actress Diane Lane, Billy Crudup, who will be seen as Barry’s father, Henry Allen, in Justice League.

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Justice League will release on November 17.

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Ex-US Congressman Weiner Pleads Guilty in Teen 'Sexting' Case

NEW YORK: Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner on Friday pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, ending an investigation into a “sexting” scandal that played a role in last year’s U.S. presidential election.

Appearing before U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York, Weiner, 52, agreed not to appeal any prison sentence of 27 months or less as part of his plea deal with federal prosecutors.

The former Democratic congressman saw his political career implode after a series of scandals involving his inappropriate sexual exchanges with women online. U.S. authorities have been investigating reports that Weiner, 52, sent explicit messages last year to a teenage girl in North Carolina.

Federal agents seized Weiner’s laptop during the probe and discovered a batch of emails from his wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

As a result, James Comey, then the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced in late October that the agency was reviewing the messages to determine whether to reopen its investigation into Clinton’s handling of official correspondence.

Clinton has blamed her loss to Republican Donald Trump in part on Comey’s announcement, even though Comey said two days before the election in November that the review had uncovered no new evidence.

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November 18th 1978: Jonestown Massacre

On this day in 1978, 918 people died in a mass murder-suicide led by Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. The self-ordained Christian minister Jones founded the Peoples Temple in Indiana in the 1950s and relocated to California in the 1960s. Here the Temple gained a reputation for charitable works and egalitarianism, and the group’s membership expanded to almost 20,000 by some reports. However concern began to mount as accounts surfaced of how Jones forced his followers out of their belongings and about violence in the community; the group increasingly came to be seen as a cult. In 1977, following this negative media attention, the paranoid Jones relocated with over 1,000 members of the group to the Guyanese jungle in South America to establish a utopian community. However the Jonestown settlement proved far from utopian, with gruelling work regimes and their movements and activities being monitored by armed guards. Jones himself became increasingly unstable and megalomaniacal, comparing himself to Jesus Christ and sitting on a throne. On November 18th some of Jones’s gunmen murdered US Congressman Leo Ryan and several reporters, who had gone to the community to investigate allegations of abuse and people being held against their will. Faced with retribution for the murders, Jones told his followers they would be tortured by soldiers, and ordered them to drink poison-laced punch. The murder-suicide led to the deaths of over 900 people, including almost 300 children who were the first to be fed the deadly concoction. The next day the authorities found hundreds of dead bodies, including Jones who had seemingly shot himself. Until the 9/11 attacks, the Jonestown Massacre marked the single largest loss of American civilian lives in a non-natural disaster.

The Trump phenomenon is a logical and unavoidable continuation of America's racial politics

In order to better understand the Trump phenomenon, it’s helpful to look back at our history in the past 150 years, much further than is normally done.

To take but one example (others will work too, but this one is handy), Mississippi was one of two states that had more black residents at the time of the Civil War than white, the other being South Carolina. It’s an instructive case because this had a statewide effect, whereas the results were more varied in other places.

For decades after that war, because the ruling white class literally became an immediate minority, Reconstruction was desperately opposed there. Mississippi had a racially diverse government for decades, and even elected the first black US Congressman at that time, but that change created tremendous fear, anxiety and dread among much of the white population.

Don’t be mistaken, this was not a government overrun by uneducated slaves bent on revenge. It was a progressive new majority. Abolitionists and liberals of the time (and “carpetbaggers” from the North–which is why that’s now a pejorative term) were a part of it as well. No doubt quite a few supporters of the old guard also held office, but they had to work with the new majority.

But the former ruling class clawed its way back into power literally through terror and intimidation, until national support for a federal presence ended, Reconstruction was abandoned, and they were able to pass a series of laws that would keep them in a bare majority. This is precisely why the state flag was changed to incorporate the confederate flag at around the turn of the century. The new flag announced the new era–that the confederate powers were back in control, that Federal troops had finally given up, and that no one else, especially black Republicans, would be welcome or even tolerated in the statehouse.

This happened all over the South of course, where many local governments were violently overthrown by local whites, who could not accept the idea that society would not be fully white-controlled. We have documentation and even photos of burned-out courthouses and black neighborhoods after electoral victories, where the ensuing anarchy and deaths were used as an excuse to nullify results. Violence was instigated to justify extreme measures, measures that were needed to rein in the same violence.

That power structure is still in place all around the nation, even after the parties have changed places, and even though Federal troops have been brought back in on rare occasions. Gerrymandering and voter suppression continue today to make sure of it, and in Mississippi the remaining state flag is a visual proof. In other states, (like Georgia, where the flag was changed in opposition to integration) such obvious symbols are finally coming down, but not without a fight.

Over a century later, however, control is shifting inevitably nationwide. We’ve seen this start to happen many times, and every time there has been violence and backtracking, and more recently even an attempt at nullifying Clinton’s second election through impeachment, and desperate searching for an impeachable offense for President Obama for seven straight years. The reason southerners called Hillary a carpetbagger in the 1990’s was due to her politics, not her birthplace, and Bill was called the “first black president” because of how he was treated, NOT because of any actual blackness or even a rapport with African-Americans. These are critical points, because they are an enduring part of our basic political dialogue.

Obama is no radical. We’ve known that since he first ran for office. Yet to a solid third of this country, he represents a radical and terrifying change and a loss of power that has been in the making since before 1860. Hence the absolute freakout on the far right that was nonsensical to everyone else.

With the election of Obama in 2008, the visual impact of the changing country was ultimately too much for a lot of whites to stomach. As a result, we were immediately inundated with racist photoshop work, essays on Americas decline, and a “hates America” theme that made no sense to those of us who see Barack Obama as a quintessentially American figure, which he is. But then, we don’t see America as a battle against change, the way Confederates in 1890’s Mississippi did, and many people–tea partiers, for example–still do.

This is not an exclusively Southern thing, and it never has been. Even before the Civil War there were strong and violent disagreements over white power on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. Don’t forget that at the dedication of the racist confederate monument and symbolic home of the reinvented Ku Klux Klan at Stone Mountain, Georgia, the keynote speaker was the mayor of New York City. That’s only one example, but it’s a part of how the North effectively embraced Southern white supremacy as a method of nation-building in the early 20th century.

This constant and unceasing nature of American race-based politics has been almost invisible to “moderate” Americans in the past half-century, resulting in odd debates such as last year, when millions of whites were introduced to the fact that the confederate flag was displayed as an intimidation tactic. This racist aspect of the conservative/progressive divide has been subtly implied and reinforced since the 1960s, when the violent backlash against the Civil Rights movement turned reasonable people away from the idea of a segregated society. But it has never left our political discourse because it forms the backbone of it.

In fact, almost every single conversation about entitlements, taxes, spending, crime, schools, minimum wage, job creation, food assistance, housing, healthcare, and especially disaster relief, all boil down to attitudes on race. For decades, conservatives have put race behind their policy on every single one of these issues, but have carefully pretended it wasn’t there. The hard right conservative base (as well as the activist left), saw it and took it for granted, so much so that many even assume that it’s part of the public dialogue. Pointing it out as problematic is honestly seen by the far right as anti-white because it they honestly see political progress as anti-white, because it is anti-white supremacy.

Trump’s supporters have spent their entire lives understanding this, and surrounded by people who clearly hear every racist dogwhistle the rest of the country misses. They are so accustomed to it that they have no need to be subtle about it and expect that the rest of us hear these things the same way. It’s a fact of their politics. It’s why wealthy Republicans will say, in complete seriousness, that John McCain’s defeat was “worse than 9/11,” or that whites are liberal only because they “like to be around low-class people.” The class being referenced is literally a fixed class of outsiders with whom lifelong conservatives cannot fathom social contact.

Trump knows this, and he’s embracing it. More likely, he’s a part of it and feels the same way. Either way, it’s shocking but it’s not surprising.

Mostly, it’s terrifying. People are going to be hurt and some are likely to get killed. To Trump’s supporters, this election is life and death, because is not about policy, just as EVERY election for them has not been about policy. It is about the invasion of a foreign culture, the same “foreign” culture that most of us simply see as American. They may call it elitist, urban, politically correct and other things, but it’s simply an integrated American culture. Policy is always a constant extension of that culture war. This is why, despite his obvious lifelong lack of interest in religion and his pro-choice comments, fundamentalists support Trump so strongly.

For them, this election is literally about our civilization, and keeping their tenuous control of the nation, even though they lost it years ago. The Republican Party has used this subtle and consistent racism so effectively over the past fifty years that Republican white tribalism is now the only thing that holds the Party together. Their base will fight over it, and violently so, even if lazily “moderate” republicans are horrified by it.

There is no other issue of any importance in this election for Trump’s fans, and no other candidate directly addressing it. This isn’t about how to pay for college, who will raise minimum wage the most, or any other minuscule differences the Democratic candidates have between them. That’s extremely minor stuff by comparison. Much like with George W Bush in 2000, they think Trump is their savior, and they’re going to treat him like one.

Only this time they are feeling way more desperate.

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“The internet is full of men who hate feminism. Here’s what they’re like in person.”

“I spent 2 years cleaning houses. What I saw makes me never want to be rich.”

“7 ways living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture”

“How Medicaid forces families like mine to stay poor”

“I had a miscarriage, and it forced me to rethink everything I believed about abortion”

“I’m Latino. I’m Hispanic. And they’re different, so I drew a comic to explain.”

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September 1st 1983: Korean Air Lines Flight 007 shot down

On this day in 1983 the Korean Air Lines Flight 007 from New York City to Seoul was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter over the Sea of Japan. All 269 passengers and crew aboard the flight were killed, leaving no survivors; the majority of the victims were South Koreans. Flight 007 was off course and strayed into Soviet airspace, which was on high alert due to the presence of a US reconnaissance plane that resembled a Boeing 747 aircraft. Soviet pilot Major Gennadi Osipovich was responsible for the attack, and despite privately suspecting it might be a civilian jet, fired a heat-seeking missile at the plane which caused it to crash into the ocean. Occurring in the middle of the Cold War, the incident increased tensions between the world’s two leading superpowers - the United States and the Soviet Union. In what US President Ronald Reagan called a “massacre”, among the 269 victims was a US Congressman from Georgia. This incident has been much discussed recently due to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine on July 17th 2014.

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BREAKING: Nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress will break ranks with leaders of their party on Thursday, and call for action against climate change.
At least 10 House Republicans sign on to resolution in mini-rebellion seemingly designed to put pressure on presidential candidates and party leaders
By Suzanne Goldenberg

Nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress will break ranks with leaders of their party on Thursday, and call for action against climate change.

The mini-rebellion a week before the pope visits Congress appears timed to ratchet up the pressure on Republican presidential candidates and congressional leaders to soften a party line of casting doubt – or simply denying – the existence of climate change.

So far, at least 10 House Republicans have signed on to the resolution acknowledging that human activity contributes to climate change, and calling for actions to respond to the threat of climate change.

The res­ol­u­tion was drafted by Chris Gibson, a former US army colonel and congressman from New York who is not seeking re-election.

The resolution, calling for “conservative environment stewardship” was endorsed by representatives Ileana Ros-Le­htin­en and Car­los Cur­belo of Flor­ida, Robert Dold of Illinois, Dave Reich­ert of Wash­ing­ton, Pat Mee­han, Ry­an Cos­tello, and Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Richard Hanna and Elise Stefanik of New York, according to the National Journal.

A number of those representatives are also not seeking re-election or are from moderate districts.

Campaigners who have been working for months to break Republicans’ blanket climate denial said they were hoping for more converts.

Catholic climate activists said on Wednesday they were planning to deliver copies of the pope’s encyclical on climate change – a sweeping denunciation of environmental degradation and global inequality – to each of the 166 Republican members of Congress.

Church leaders were also pushing Congress to support Barack Obama’s climate change plan and fund climate aid for developing countries.

“It gives us a more dynamic entry to treat the issue,” Oscar Cantu, the bishop of Las Cruces, told a news conference in Washington.

It is unclear how the Republican leadership will respond. The party has vowed to defeat Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants, the pillar of his plan to fight climate change.

The House speaker, John Boehner, has sidestepped the issue of climate change, saying: “I am not a scientist.” A number of Republican presidential candidates including Senator Ted Cruz of Texas deny the existence of climate change. Others, such as former senator Rick Santorum and former governor Jeb Bush have called on the pope to steer clear of the issue – although Bush later softened his language.

Democrats and campaigners had been quietly cultivating moderate house Republicans for months to try to neutralise the highly partisan profile of energy and climate change issues.

The pope, and his framing of climate change as a moral issue – rather than an economic or scientific concern – provided the perfect opportunity, according to Alan Lowenthal, a Democratic member of the House from California and a leader of the Safe Climate Caucus.

“Behind the scenes there are Republicans who understand they cannot be in denial and we are being supportive of them,” he said in an interview last June around the time of the pope’s pastoral letter on climate change. “They care what the future is. They just find it difficult to be out there all alone, and maybe this will give them the courage to move forward.”

By any standards outside of those of Republicans in Congress – where a majority denies the human contribution to climate change, or opposes action on climate change – the resolution would be seen as exceedingly timid.

It calls on the house to “study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates”.

The formulation is bound to outrage some because there is no doubt that climate change is caused by rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The resolution also limits the potential scope of any action, saying efforts to deal with climate change should not impose any costs on the economy.

But after five years in which Republicans have blocked all efforts to deal with climate change, it’s a start.

The government taxes you when you bring home a paycheck. It taxes you when you make a phone call. It taxes you when you turn on a light. It taxes you when you sell a stock. It taxes you when you fill your car with gas. It taxes you when you ride a plane. It taxes you when you get married. Then it taxes you when you die. This is taxual insanity and it must end.
—  J.C. Watts (1957- ) US Congressman

Summary of the RNC day 1:

-Colbert crashed the stage at the beginning to declare the opening of the first RNC Hunger For Power Games and, when ushered off stage, commented “I know I shouldn’t be up here but let’s be honest, neither should Donald Trump”

-No really let’s just take a moment to appreciate that, even if it was a pre-approved stunt

-The convention also kicked off with Never Trump delegates trying to force a roll call vote that would free delegates to vote according to their consciences rather than having to vote for Trump. This was shut down, resulting in chaos, and several swing state delegates promptly walked out. PARTY UNITY WOOOO

-Trump’s wife gave a speech in which she plagiarized a speech Michelle Obama gave less than a month ago. EDIT: in 2008. The section she plagiarized was about values. Um.

-Speaking of which, Michelle’s head speechwriter used to be Hillary’s. Which means the Trump campaign stole material from a Hillary speechwriter. Awkward.

-Believe it or not the speech also contained a stealth Rickroll

-One of the speakers accused the current POTUS of being Muslim (yes, again)

-BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI

-One of the news outlets had to shut down their comments section on the RNC coverage because it devolved into an anti-Semitic hatefest

-A sitting US Congressman spouted off literal white supremacist rhetoric on national television, saying that nobody had contributed more over the course of history than Western civilization, meaning Europe and other Christian nations, i.e. white people

-They closed out the first night by playing “We Are The Champions” aka a song written by a queer man who died from AIDS (Queen has already stated that they did NOT give permission for this song to be used). Keep in mind that in addition to all the other shit the GOP has pulled regarding LBGT rights, VP pick Mike Pence enacted legislation to specifically allow people/businesses to discriminate against LGBT folks in IN (yes he’s the governor of my state, I’m so sorry, he was elected before I moved here)

-So basically the whole thing is a rolling dumpster fire and it’s only been one day

-Also fuck the GOP

(edited to correct a detail regarding the speech)

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Theory: Bill Cypher is a US congressman.

Evidence:

  • He’s got a top hat.
  • Quentin Trembley gave Mabel a top hat when he made her a US congressman.
  • Quentin Trembley has made a twelve year old girl and several babies US congressman.
  • It’s definitely within the realm of possibility.
  • Just an incidental design choice? Impossible.