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Top 9 Most Fight-Able Characters in Mystic Messenger

(ranked by the likelihood of winning from least to most likely)

9. “Mary” Vanderwood, Secret Agent Murdermonster

Result: A swift and painful death

Are you shitting me? You’ll be goddamn eviscerated on the spot. Not to mention nobody will ever find your body. This is completely fucking unadvisable. DO NOT DO THIS unless you have a DEATH WISH and want to disappear from the world completely. Vanderwood is not to be messed with. They’ve killed many a worthy foe, and you will not be one of them. There’s not much else to say here. I don’t care who you are, you should not challenge Vanderwood. Say your prayers, fucker

8. Unknown/Saeran Choi, Total Edgelord

Result: Utter defeat, probably followed by torture + imprisonment

I don’t think you need me to tell you that this kid is fucking off his rocker. Let’s be real, he’s probably killed a few people, and he enjoyed every minute of it. You can bet your ass he’ll likely torture you after defeating you, too. And you know, some of you sick fucks will probably enjoy the whole damn ordeal. You’re probably the only ones who’d WANT to fight him just to have him fucking step on you. Well congratu-fucking-lations, you got what you wanted. He still beats your ass. The only reason Vanderwood beats him in this ranking is because it’s possible he’d keep you alive for fun, and some of you would enjoy that, so at least it’s a fuckin victory for somebody. Fuck.

7. Jaehee Kang, Smarter than the CEO

Result: Total annihilation + jail time

Do you see this face? This is the face of someone who has been repressing violent urges for fucking years for the sake of keeping her job. If she could snap Jumin’s neck, she would in a heartbeat. You do not want to give her a justifiable reason to unleash that utter fucking rage on your sorry ass. Did you forget she has a black belt in judo? She could beat my ass. She could beat your ass. She could beat anyone’s ass. I don’t care WHO you think you are. And after the fight? She’ll report you to the proper authorities, pick up a cup of coffee, and finish her daily tasks like nothing fucking happened. What a wild bitch. I fucking love her to death, tbh. And you know what? How dare you challenge her. She deals with enough shit in her life. I hope she beats your ass with a righteous fucking fury. Have fun in jail, dipshit.

6. God 707, Meme Lord Supreme

Result: Depends on your approach, but probably a failure

Honestly Seven’s about as fucking predictable as a lunch box full of wasps. What am I even supposed to say here? He’d probably imitate that shitty ass vine meme the first time you punch him and say “I can’t believe you’ve done this”, complete with a British accent, but when you keep hitting, it’ll confuse him. The element of surprise is probably your best bet, but you also have no fucking clue what he’ll do. He might beat the shit out of you. He might scamper away on his scrawny ass legs and proceed to hack into everything you once loved or held dear. He might lay down on the ground and let you kick the shit out of him. In the end, it depends on his mood. Is that reliable at all? Absolutely fucking not. So go for it, but I literally have no idea how it’s gonna turn out for you.

5. Zen/Hyun Ryu, A God Among Men

Result: You have a good chance of winning, but at what cost?

OK BEFORE YOU LOSE YOUR MIND LISTEN THE FUCK UP. Why is Zen higher up on the list, Nani??? you ask me, pouting, clutching your Zen body pillow(s) in agony. Zen had a bad past!! He’s not easy to fight, he was such a bad boy!! v//w//v He’s so tough and strong and he’s our knight in shining armor! Hey!! Good for you! But GUESS FUCKING WHAT!! If you’re female, he’ll probably forfeit to you immediately, unlike the barbarians before him on this list, so technically he’s easier to fight! He’d probably LET you beat the shit out of him if it made you feel better. It’s not even a fucking question of who would win if a woman challenged him, so we’re gonna move on.
Now, if you’re a GUY, he’d be more willing to square up, and my advice is go for his face. Pretty boy doesn’t like messing up his pretty mug, and if you play dirty, he’ll get scared real quick. His ponytail is a disadvantage for him, so yank it real hard. You have a better chance of beating him with perseverance, but if you let him get the upper hand, you’re deceased because he’s probably a heavy hitter. Also, you will incur the wrath of all his fangirls, and probably the angels above, and you will spend the rest of your life MISERABLE AND CURSED, so proceed with caution. If you can get away with it without anyone knowing your identity, you’re golden. Good luck, but also, why? do you even want to??

4. Jumin Han, Mistah Trussfund Kid (The CEO)

Result: Instant win, but your life will be RUINED

Honestly, I think certain RFA members would actually be very glad if someone handed Jumin’s ass to him, but good fucking luck accomplishing that without having your entire life destroyed. On a purely physical level, Jumin is no competition. He may be the tallest motherfucker around, but he’s never fought anyone before in his LIFE. You’d probably only have an issue here if you were short as shit, and even then, go for the knees, amirite? He’ll fall like a fucking oak tree, and then you can rip him a new one while he’s down. Easy peasy, right? WRONG. He’s got a horde of like 50 bodyguards that you have to sneak past or defeat first or something. And if you somehow make it to Jumin first, they’ll swarm your ass after you first start swinging and have you incapacitated in a few seconds. Are those first few swings worth it? Maybe. But he’s gonna sue your ass for everything you own. The whole world will know your name. If you don’t get jail time, you’ll wish you had. It will be an easier life than trying to live in the public. Zen and Jaehee might love you forever, though, so maybe they can pull a few favors for ya. You better pray they do. Good fuckin luck out there, champ.

3. Yoosung Kim, Small Child

Result: Victory, but with a catch

Look into this child’s eyes. Look me in the eyes. Tell me that Yoosung isn’t a fucking pansy. You can’t, can you? It’s because Yoosung is a fucking pansy. This kid would be down for the count after exactly one (1) punch. He might enjoy it a little too, which’ll be awkward as shit for both of you. HOWEVER. If you trigger his Yandere side, which is bullshit but whatever, he might put up more of a fight. How do you do this, you may ask? Insult Rika. or MC. (Probably Rika tho). Something inside him will snap, and then he’ll be trickier to handle. He’ll probably play dirty when he’s like this, so expect to get shanked or bitten or something. It doesn’t change the fact that his scrawny ass can’t fight for shit, so you’ll still probably win, but not without a few injuries yourself. Hurting Yoosung is probably the moral equivalent to kicking a puppy. If you can be ok with yourself after that, then I mean, go for it.

2. Rika, the Antichrist

Result: Certain victory, but extremely dangerous

Look, maybe I should’ve put her lower on the list considering she’s got an entire cult following her every order. But, honest to God, you would be morally obligated to fight her. Please beat the shit out of her. Physically, her scrawny ass could do nothing to stop you. She’s ruined the lives of her friends, as well as countless other people, because of her deranged and, quite frankly, selfish desires. Basically, she’s a little bitch. I don’t know how you’ll do it, but god damn, you’ll be everyone’s hero. The downside to this is that she might sick Saeran on you, which is gonna be a pain in your ass, and Yoosung might hate you forever, but I think you can live with that, right? Do us all a favor. Fight Rika.

1. Jihyun Kim/V, aka Flower Angel Sunshine Man

Result: Total Victory, but you’re basically Satan

BEFORE YOU SEND ME ANON HATE, REMEMBER: this is a list based on how likely you are to win. And V? V would let anyone beat him. He probably thinks he deserves it. He might defend himself a little, but he couldn’t bring himself to hurt you. Your victory would be almost immediate. There is no catch to V. You’d just win. But you’re a fucking monster for it. And you know what? I’ll beat the shit out of you if you hurt this man. So don’t even think about it, asshole.

Emma Goldman (June 27, 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

Born in Kovno, Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania), Goldman emigrated to the United States in 1885. Attracted to anarchism after the Haymarket affair, Goldman became a writer and a renowned lecturer on anarchist philosophy, women’s rights, and social issues, attracting crowds of thousands. She and anarchist writer Alexander Berkman, her lover and lifelong friend, planned to assassinate industrialist and financier Henry Clay Frick as an act of propaganda of the deed. Frick survived the attempt on his life in 1892 and Berkman was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Goldman was imprisoned several times in the years that followed, for “inciting to riot” and illegally distributing information about birth control. In 1906, Goldman founded the anarchist journal Mother Earth.

In 1917, Goldman and Berkman were sentenced to two years in jail for conspiring to “induce persons not to register” for the newly instated draft. After their release from prison, they were arrested—along with hundreds of others—and deported to her native Russia. Initially supportive of that country’s Bolshevik revolution, Goldman reversed her opinion in the wake of the Kronstadt rebellion and denounced the Soviet Union for its violent repression of independent voices. In 1923, she published a book about her experiences, My Disillusionment in Russia. While living in England, Canada, and France, she wrote an autobiography called Living My Life. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, she traveled to Spain to support the anarchist revolution there. She died in Toronto on May 14, 1940, aged 70.

During her life, Goldman was lionized as a free-thinking “rebel woman” by admirers, and denounced by detractors as an advocate of politically motivated murder and violent revolution. Her writing and lectures spanned a wide variety of issues, including prisons, atheism, freedom of speech, militarism, capitalism, marriage, free love, and homosexuality. Although she distanced herself from first-wave feminism and its efforts toward women’s suffrage, she developed new ways of incorporating gender politics into anarchism. After decades of obscurity, Goldman’s iconic status was revived in the 1970s, when feminist and anarchist scholars rekindled popular interest in her life.

The Normans - A Timeline
  • 911: According to later writer Dudo of Saint-Quentin, in this year the king of the Franks, Charles the Simple, grants land around the city of Rouen to Rollo, or Rolf, leader of the Vikings who have settled the region: the duchy of Normandy is founded. In return Rollo undertakes to protect the area and to receive baptism, taking the Christian name Robert.
  • 1002: Emma, sister of Duke Richard II of Normandy, marries Æthelred (‘the Unready’), king of England. Their son, the future Edward the Confessor, flees to Normandy 14 years later when England is conquered by King Cnut, and remains there for the next quarter of a century. This dynastic link is later used as one of the justifications for the Norman conquest.
  • 1016: A group of Norman pilgrims en route to Jerusalem are ‘invited’ to help liberate southern Italy from Byzantine (Greek) control. Norman knights have already been operating as mercenaries here since the turn of the first millennium, selling their military services to rival Lombard, Greek and Muslim rulers.
  • 1035: Having ruled Normandy for eight years, Duke Robert I falls ill on his return from
  • a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and dies at Nicaea. By prior agreement, Robert is succeeded by his illegitimate son William, the future Conqueror of England, then aged just seven or eight. A decade of violence follows as Norman nobles fight each other for control of the young duke and his duchy.
  • 1051: Duke William visits England. His rule in Normandy now established, and newly married to Matilda of Flanders, William crosses the Channel to speak with his second cousin, King Edward the Confessor of England. The subject of their conference is unknown, but later chroniclers assert that at this time Edward promises William the English succession.
  • 1059: Pope Nicholas II invests the Norman Robert Guiscard with the dukedoms of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily. The popes had opposed the ambitions of the Normans in Italy, but defeat in battle at Civitate in southern Italy in 1053 had caused them to reconsider. In 1060 Robert and his brother Roger embark on the conquest of Sicily, and Roger subsequently rules the island as its great count.
  • 1066: Edward the Confessor dies on 5 January, and the throne is immediately taken by his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, the most powerful earl in England, with strong popular backing. Harold defeats his Norwegian namesake at Stamford Bridge in September. But on 14 October William’s Norman forces defeat Harold’s army at Hastings. William is crowned as England’s king on Christmas Day.
  • 1069: The initial years of William’s reign in England are marked by almost constant English rebellion, matched by violent Norman repression. In autumn 1069 a fresh English revolt is triggered by a Danish invasion. William responds by laying waste to the country north of the Humber, destroying crops and cattle in a campaign that becomes known as the Harrying of the North, leading to widespread famine and death.
  • 1086: Worried by the threat of Danish invasion, at Christmas 1085 William decides to survey his kingdom – partly to assess its wealth, and partly to settle arguments about landownership created by 20 years of conquest. The results, later redacted and compiled as Domesday Book, are probably brought to him in August 1086 at Old Sarum (near Salisbury), where all landowners swear an oath to him.
  • 1087: William retaliates against a French invasion of Normandy. While attacking Mantes he is taken ill or injured – possibly damaging his intestines on the pommel of his saddle – and retires to Rouen, where he dies on 9 September. Taken to Caen for burial, his body proves too fat for its stone sarcophagus, and bursts when monks try to force it in. His eldest surviving son, Robert Curthose, becomes duke of Normandy, while England passes to his second son, William Rufus.
  • 1096: Following a call to arms by Pope Urban II in 1095, many Normans set out towards the Holy Land on the First Crusade, determined to recover Jerusalem. Among them are Robert Curthose, who mortgages Normandy to his younger brother, William Rufus, and William the Conqueror’s notorious half-brother, Bishop Odo of Bayeux. Odo dies en route and is buried in Palermo, but Robert goes on to win victories in Palestine and is present when Jerusalem falls.
  • 1100: Having succeeded his father in 1087 and defeated Robert Curthose’s attempts to unseat him, the rule of William II (‘Rufus’, depicted below) seems secure. But on 2 August 1100, while hunting in the New Forest with some of his barons, William is struck by a stray arrow and killed. His body is carted to Winchester for burial, and the English throne passes to his younger brother, Henry, who is crowned in Westminster Abbey just three days later.
  • 1101: Roger I of Sicily dies. By the end of his long rule, Count Roger has gained control over the whole of Sicily – the central Muslim town of Enna submitted in 1087, and the last emirs in the southeast surrendered in 1091. He is briefly succeeded by his eldest son, Simon, but the new count dies in 1105 and is succeeded by his younger brother, Roger II.
  • 1120: On 25 November Henry I sets out across the Channel from Normandy to England. One of the vessels in his fleet, the White Ship, strikes a rock soon after its departure, with the loss of all but one of its passengers. One of the drowned is the king’s only legitimate son, William Ætheling. Henry responds by fixing the succession on his daughter, Matilda, and marrying her to Geoffrey Plantagenet, count of Anjou.
  • 1130: Roger II is crowned king of Sicily, having pushed for royal status in order to assert his authority over the barons of southern Italy. A disputed papal succession in 1130 has provided an opportunity and, in return for support against a papal rival, Pope Anacletus II confers the kingship on Roger in September. He is crowned in Palermo Cathedral on Christmas Day.
  • 1135: Henry I dies in Normandy on 1 December, reportedly after ignoring doctor’s orders and eating his favourite dish - lampreys. His body is shipped back to England for burial at the abbey he founded in Reading. Many of his barons reject the rule of his daughter, Matilda, instead backing his nephew, Stephen, who is crowned as England’s new king on 22 December.
  • 1154: King Stephen, the last Norman king of England, dies. His death ends the vicious civil war between him and his cousin Matilda that lasted for most of his reign. As a result of the Treaty of Wallingford, which Stephen was pressured to sign in 1153, he is succeeded by Matilda’s son Henry of Anjou, who takes the throne as Henry II.
  • 1174: King William II of Sicily begins the construction of the great church at Monreale (‘Mount Royal’), nine miles from his capital at Palermo. The building is a fusion of Byzantine, Latin and Muslim architectural styles, and is decorated throughout with gold mosaics, including the earliest depiction of Thomas Becket, martyred in 1170.
  • 1194: Norman rule on Sicily ends. Tancred of Lecce, son of Roger III, Duke of Apulia, seizes the throne on William’s death in 1189; on his death in 1194 he is succeeded by his young son, William III. Eight months later, Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, husband of Roger II’s daughter Constance, invades Sicily and is crowned in Palermo on Christmas Day. The following day, Constance gives birth to their son, the future Frederick II.
  • 1204: King John loses Normandy to the French. The youngest son of Henry II, John had succeeded to England, Normandy, Anjou and Aquitaine after the death of his elder brother, Richard the Lionheart, in 1199. But in just five years he lost almost all of his continental lands to his rival King Philip Augustus of France – the end of England’s link with Normandy.

The thing that makes me so sad about how we see Peggy grieve for Steve versus how she grieves for Colleen is that while I think the grief is the same, the way Peggy expresses it is so radically different, which is heavily influenced by where she is at the time.

Peggy is grieving for Steve while technically in public. She’s got other people around her, and they are fellow agents. If she weeps openly for her romantic partner, people are going to paint her as a hysteric, her emotions making her unfit for her work. She can’t grieve for Steve any more than through a tight pursing of her lips and a shake of her head.Her grief is focused more on the larger tragedy of the supposed death of Captain America, not necessarily someone she is close with and regards with love and fondness. She is sad but restrained, refusing to break down in front of her peers.

We then cut to Peggy grieving in her apartment after Colleen’s death. There’s no one else around and she is alone.

Her grieving is immediately more visceral in that she herself is physically haggard in a way she is not during Cap’s ‘death.’ Her hair is a mess, her dress is wrinkled, and she’s coming back after a long, hard night. She looks like she is primed for misery, and her expression matches that tangled hair and tattered dress perfectly. It isn’t a somber frown and a shake of the head; her head is tilted upward and her face is contorted in a terrible mask of grief, keening and weeping for Colleen in the privacy of her own home.

This doesn’t mean necessarily that she cared for one more than the other, but it speaks volumes to what Peggy feels comfortable expressing in public among her peers. She is constantly an iron wall of strength and fortitude, for fear of being immediately stereotyped as a weak willed hysterical wreck. When she grieves in public, she does it selectively and solemnly. But when she is left alone to weep, Peggy gives her all into her grief and allows herself the luxury of emotions she can comfortably express. Even if they’re painful. 

Things that will never stop irking me about some DAI characters that makes me side eye the writers really bad

  • Sera being all Robin Hood-y and standing up for minorities but somehow not liking dalish elves like????’’ what the fuck is that crap.
  • Vivienne somehow believing that her experience as a privileged member of a particularly liberal and pleasant Circle overrides and invalidates the fact that Circles have been oppressive prisons for mages and violently repressing rebellions instead of using said her newfound privilege to actually change the conditions in which her fellow mages live
  • Dorian Pavus, the kindest and wisest man in Thedas, saying that slavery in Tevinter is optional (when the other option being literally fucking dying in the streets) and defending it while simultaneously being perfectly aware of how fucked up the entirety of the Tevinter society (and of which slavery is a pretty big part) is 
  • Solas being straight

So this excellent post got me thinking about some things re: canon era and Grantaire’s place in the Amis that I think is easy to miss either through the musical or just through the fog of history?

First: that the Amis are in fact working in a violently repressive dictatorship. There’s sometimes an attitude that them being students means they enjoy a level of social privilege equal to modern students in democratic countries and that’s…really not true. Any. At all. Pretty much no one has that level of privilege in their society. They are living with strict, government-enforced limits on freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of religion (Charles X, the king in 1828,  brought back laws making sacrilege punishable by death),on and on. They sure can’t vote; that was for people who weren’t just wealthy but fantastically wealthy, we’re talking 1 percenters all the way. If Enjolras or Prouvaire were THAT rich we’d know about it; they’re not (and if they were they’d still be too young until at least 25!) . 

Hugo doesn’t have to get more specific about this social reality in Les Mis because his immediate audience–France under Napoleon III– was STILL living with that reality. Les Mis was banned and had to be smuggled in, while Hugo himself was in exile, having left Paris literally to save his life as an elected official in opposition to the new dictator. The new dictator had been murdering elected officials as he left; that’s the background Hugo’s assuming the reader has.

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anonymous asked:

I saw this prompt that was three great words "THE JEFFERSON PAMPHLET" which makes a great AU, but I LOVE fics where Jefferson cheats on Hamilton... so like, a Hemmings Pamphlet (where he cheats on A.Ham with Sally Hemmings)?!?! That'd great k thx bye

There was no happy way to end this I’m sorry. Also, I wrote the Wayles Pamphlet (as in Martha Jefferson’s maiden name) instead. I have a lot of issues with Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings and I feel like using her would be abusing her life/legacy.

Send me a prompt if you want me to write something for you! If you use a list please specify old list or new list.

Have you read this?

That’s all anybody wanted to know. Not if Alexander was okay, not if he had known beforehand, not if he had talked to him yet. Just:

Have you read this?

Of course he had read it. Of course he wasn’t okay, of course he hadn’t known, and, well, he was about to talk to him.

The Wayles Pamphlet.

He was sitting on the edge of the couch clutching the pamphlet in his hands when Thomas came home. The Virginian stopped in the doorway, not daring to come any closer to his husband, who wouldn’t look at him.

A tense silence fell over the room until Thomas said quietly, “You’ve read it.”

Alexander crushed the paper in his fists. “Yes.”

“Alexander—”

“Don’t speak.” The harshness in Alexander’s voice struck Thomas like whip. “How could you do this?” Thomas tried to respond but Alexander cut him off again. “I’m not done. I’m upset that it happened. I’m upset that you—”

Had a torrid affair. Alexander couldn’t bring himself to say it.

“But I am…furious that you didn’t tell me. We could’ve talked it out like adults, like husbands, but instead I had to find out after the rest of the world, through a pamphlet.

“Alexander, I’m so sorry.”

Alex let out a sharp, hurt-filled laugh. “Damn right you’re sorry.”

“Can we please talk about this?”

“What is there to talk about?” Alexander waved the crushed paper in his face. “I already read all about it.”

“Alexander, I didn’t mean to hurt you. I never meant to hurt you.”

“Was it worth it?” Alexander asked. “Was she worth it?”

“No,” Thomas whispered. “No. No one is worth it but you.”

Alexander looked away from him. “Don’t lie to me, Thomas. Don’t just tell me what I want to hear.” There was a beat of silence and Alex asked quietly, “Do you love her?”

Thomas crossed the room and tried to take Alexander’s hands, but the smaller man pulled away violently. Thomas tried to repress his hurt as he spoke.

“I love you, Alexander.”

“Then why did you do it?”

Thomas reached out again to put his hand on Alexander’s arm, and Alexander finally shattered

“Don’t touch me!” he shrieked, bursting into sobs, shedding the first tears since he had found out. He dropped his face and wept into his hands. “Don’t touch me,” he repeated, weaker this time.

“I’m sorry,” Thomas whispered, fighting back his own tears at seeing his brave little lion looking so…broken. Alexander was broken and it was all Thomas’s fault.

“Get out,” Alexander said, cursing the shake in his voice.

“Please, Alexander, just let me explain.”

“I said get out.”

Thomas sighed and stood up. He went back across the room and paused in the front doorway, turning back to Alexander.

“I’m sorry,” he said quietly. “I love you.”

Alexander didn’t respond.

anonymous asked:

Hey doc, something I've been curious about. Since Mayuyu has a pretty distinct break between her older image and current, I tend to see a lot of people who will favor one or the other. As a Mayuyu oshi, how do you personally rank her "eras" so to speak?

Interesting question. Just so we’re on the same page, I’m just going to explain my definition of what I think we’re referring to when we talk about the different stages in Mayu’s metamorphosis over the years.

We had the “Cyborg” stage, which was when she first started out up to roughly around the release of “UZA” in late 2012. This was defined by her character as a textbook idol, someone who lived, ate and breathed the aura of a ‘perfect’ idol. Her youth and position in comparison to many other AKB48 members at the time meant she also had a bit of a spoiled-brat side to herself, that further reinforced her icy, solitary, lone-wolf status.

Then we had a short “Transitional” stage that lasted between early-2013′s “So Long!” and “Kokoro no Placard” in mid-2014. With the setback of being dropped from UZA’s center position in favour of Jurina when she proved incapable of handling the heat, she appeared to realize that she was starting to stagnate, and as such she needed to improve into a more mature individual. Starting with the infamous Kato Koji kick in the head, she experimented heavily with variety TV, attempting to create what I call a “Gap Factor”. By showcasing a wilder, more unrestrained (some would say violent and repressed) side alongside her regular prim, proper image, she constructed a personality that was almost bipolar in nature, making for some pretty hilarious situations as she worked towards becoming a more competitive, viable character within 48G.

Her current “Adulthood” stage kicked off with her appointment as “Kibouteki Refrain”’s senior half of the dual-Center position, as she started to assume the duties of a senior 48G member. Providing professional advice to juniors, keeping watch over the growth of AKB48, and leading 48G’s frontliners in the PR battles we had to fight. All the while, she was also further refining her character into a more mature, multifaceted personality that seeks to establish a more holistic portfolio within the industry, with dramas, hosting gigs, stage-musical training and wider variety TV appearances.

Personally, while I thought Mayu’s “Cyborg” stage did well in establishing strong professional foundations in her work ethic, and her “Transitional” stage opened her up to a wider audience, in my opinion, the current “Adulthood” stage is Mayu at her best. It draws upon the best parts of her past - a wholesome, prim, proper and professional working character, with a weirdly eccentric side to that works perfectly in establishing hilarious situations when called upon.

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So by now you’ve probably seen the clip of white supremacist and noted shithead Richard Spencer getting punched in the face. If you haven’t, here’s what all the fuss is about.

God, that’s satisfying to watch, isn’t it? One moment he’s talking about his goddamn Pepe the Frog pin, and the next he’s getting smacked around like a ripe pinata. This is a man who thinks non-whites are predisposed to low intelligence and criminal behavior, who refuses to denounce the KKK, and who’s been caught using the Nazi salute. If there were a list of Americans who deserve to be punched, Spencer would be right near the top. No wonder there’s already a site dedicated to cataloging all the wacky musical remixes of him taking one to the cheek.

There’s just one problem – getting punched is exactly what Spencer and his ilk want. And it’s not even a sex thing. 

The alt-right – the neo-Nazis – get to present themselves as the rational, wronged party. Meanwhile, the mainstream media that they constantly decry as biased are treating a crime (moral debate aside, it is illegal to just punch a dude in the face) as hilarious. Remember, the alt-right presents themselves as rational defenders of civilization bravely taking a stand against violent, repressive hordes who are trying to tear down the modern culture that white men worked so hard to build. Celebrating one of them getting punched in the face and then debating what music makes it funnier is the best propaganda they could ask for. And don’t take my word for it – they’re literally telling us that.

The Creepy Neo Nazi PR Strategy They Don’t Want You To Know

anonymous asked:

My favorite thing about Haru is how random dialogue during Mementos reveals the PT are slowly realizing that she's homicidally crazy

makoto and haru remain in a tense dynamic of friendship supported by underlying terror, because each knows that the other is a shaken-up soda bottle of repressed violent urges

The Situation in Venezuela

I take this moment to tell what is happening in Venezuela.

This country has been suffering almost 20 years in a political regime that at the beginning promised a lot to its people, but that in fact did not fulfill anything.

Since the 4th of this month students from all over the country and political leaders have taken to the streets demanding their rights as Venezuelan citizens.

The regime of President Maduro is not far from becoming a dictatorship, this regime has taken what was once a prosperous country to the bottom of the abyss, has turned it into a country with one of the largest inflations that exists, its capital ( Caracas) is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, you can not go out without being robbed, the media show nothing of the reality of what is happening, it is an oppressive government regime, have committed violations to The human rights of its citizens in the last days, its constitution has been violated, police officers violently repress the demonstrations.

Unfortunately, on March 5, police forces raided the premises of a state university, which had students inside, of that confrontation left 14 wounded: 3 by bullets and 11 by pellets. At the end of the day the number of injured was 21 students from the university.

But not only that, it is dawn confirms the death of a student of 19 years of age, by a shot to the heart, that was manifesting.

I want to clarify that you are peaceful demonstrations, these students and leaders opposed to the regime have been victims of violence by the police, these people are not armed, they have nothing to defend themselves with.

The reason I tell this is because the international community does not know or know very little about the real situation that Venezuela is living, we ask for support so that the world knows what happens because the media do not tell it, we tell its citizens By means of the networks.

The Venezuelan people are already tired of queues, inflation, scarcity, insecurity. The Venezuelan people want peace, they want their country to return to being what it was, it wants the tyrannical resignation and its cabinet, it wants a change, it wants a true democracy, but above all it wants support.

A New Storm Against Imperialism” by Chairman Mao Tse-tung (April 16, 1968)

Some days ago, Martin Luther King, the Afro-American clergyman, was suddenly assassinated by the U.S. imperialists. Martin Luther King was an exponent of nonviolence. Nevertheless, the U.S. imperialists did not on that account show any tolerance toward him, but used counter-revolutionary violence and killed him in cold blood. This has taught the broad masses of the Black people in the United States a profound lesson. It has touched off a new storm in their struggle against violent repression sweeping well over a hundred cities in the United States, a storm such as has never taken place before in the history of that country. It shows that an extremely powerful revolutionary force is latent in the more than twenty million Black Americans.

The storm of Afro-American struggle taking place within the United States is a striking manifestation of the comprehensive political and economic crisis now gripping U.S. imperialism. It is dealing a telling blow to U.S. imperialism, which is beset with difficulties at home and abroad.

The Afro-American struggle is not only a struggle waged by the exploited and oppressed Black people for freedom and emancipation, it is also a new clarion call to all the exploited and oppressed people of the United States to fight against the barbarous rule of the monopoly capitalist class. It is a tremendous aid and inspiration to the struggle of the people throughout the world against U.S. imperialism and to the struggle of the Vietnamese people against U.S. imperialism. On behalf of the Chinese people, I hereby express resolute support for the just struggle of the Black people in the United States.

Racial discrimination in the United States is a product of the colonialist and imperialist system. The contradiction between the Black masses in the United States and the U.S. ruling circles is a class contradiction. Only by overthrowing the reactionary rule of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class and destroying the colonialist and imperialist system can the Black people in the United States win complete emancipation. The Black masses and the masses of white working people in the United States have common interests and common objectives to struggle for. Therefore, the Afro-American struggle is winning sympathy and support from increasing numbers of white working people and progessives in the United States. The struggle of the Black people in the United States is bound to merge with the American workers’ movement, and this will eventually end the criminal rule of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class.

In 1963, in the “Statement Supporting the Afro-Americans in Their Just Struggle Against Racial Discrimination by U.S. Imperialism,” I said that the “the evil system of colonialism and imperialism arose and throve with the enslavement of Negroes and the trade in Negroes, and it will surely come to its end with the complete emancipation of the Black people.” I still maintain this view.

At present, the world revolution has entered a great new era. The struggle of the Black people in the United States for emancipation is a component part of the general struggle of al the people of the world against U.S. imperialism, a component part of the contemporary world revolution. I call on the workers, peasants, and revolutionary intellectuals of all countries and all who are willing to fight against U.S. imperialism to take action and extend strong support to the struggle of the Black people in the United States! People of the whole world, unite still more closely and launch a sustained and vigorous offensive against our common enemy, U.S. imperialism, and its accomplices! It can be said with certainty that the complete collapse of colonialism, imperialism, and all systems of exploitation, and the complete emancipation of all the oppressed peoples and nations of the world are not far off.

We All Fall Down (Part 2)

Characters: Danny Fenton, Vlad Masters, Jack Fenton, and Maddie Fenton.

Summary: “I’m not a thing,” he protested, growing angry. “I’m a thinking, feeling, humanoid being about to undergo a procedure most wouldn’t perform on a damned monkey! And do you know why?” His lips pulled back in a snarl. “Because it’s barbaric to subject a living creature to pointless pain! I’m sure most wouldn’t even do this to a dog!”

Warnings: Disturbing descriptions of gore.

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“who, the director? he’s given us everything.”

Wash, who was on the wrong side of what was basically a court martial for making a decision that saved countless lives, who was being penalized for being a good person instead of a good soldier, got pulled into PFL by virtue of he had no where else to go. 

“He disobeyed direct orders. He has a history of a violent temper, repressed anger, a long—”
“And we have shown him mercy. He’ll be loyal to us for that. we’ll give him everything that everyone else took away.”

He really thinks that the director is giving him everything instead of keeping them all in the dark and using them and then it all falls apart. when epsilon proves what happened, when wash watches it all go down and then his team—his friends, his family—leave him behind with these people who lied and manipulated him and he has all these memories that aren’t his coursing through his brain, he gets mad and he decides to get even. 

after all, it’s like his mom used to say, right?

“that boy can hold a grudge better than any gossip I’ve ever known. He’s got such a long memory” and memory has always been the key.

I have a lot of feelings about Kathy Griffin???

Here’s where we are:

We have liberals arguing to let actual Nazis promote their ideas on television and college campuses. We have some of those same people saying it’s inappropriate to have a photo shoot depicting the president dead.

We have a president who is committing the same outrages as Louis XVI (colluding with enemy foreign governments, pissing on the poor, propping up oligarchies, violent repression of dissent). We are not in the streets with our pitchforks. Instead, we’re arguing it’s a bridge too far to say “off with their heads.”

Strilondes & gender roles

The way all the Strilondes parallel and reflect each other is so interesting to me, but particularly the similarities between Dave and Roxy, and between Rose and Dirk. People talk a lot about “Striders” and “Lalondes” as if they’re logically distinct character categories, but really the similarities between the actual dancestor pairs are mostly superficial ones. Rose and Roxy have similar physical appearances, similar interests (in wizards and creative writing) and similar life circumstances (their struggles with alcoholism), but their deeper characters and temperaments are almost the complete opposite of each other. Meanwhile Dave’s and Dirk’s surface attitudes of cool, stoic badassitude are virtually identical because they’ve both spent their lives obsessed with conforming to the same heroic masculine ideal; yet behind these projected personas their actual personalities are very different.

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anonymous asked:

What were Stalin's biggest flaws and mistakes?

From a Maoist (MLM) point of view, there is a common set of criticisms with regards to Stalin:

  1. An erroneous stance on class struggle within the Soviet Union.
  2. Poor assessment on the contradictions among the people, and the contradictions between the people and the enemy.
  3. A paternalist leadership with little connection to the masses.
  4. The overemphasis on heavy industry at cost of agriculture.
  5. The primacy of developing the productive forces as opposed to relations of production and class struggle.

Some of these criticisms are more “legitimate” than others, and do expose errors in Stalin’s line of thought, errors which were born out of inexperience and flaws in the Bolshevik line. But to understand these criticisms, we have to put them into context:

  • The socialist period of the U.S.S.R. was marked by an intense class struggle, as the first socialist society in the world fought to consolidate its victory, bulwark itself against imperialist powers, and provide support and aid to other socialist and national liberation revolutions.

[1] Stalin, as general secretary of the CPSU (b), struggled against the bourgeoisie and its representatives such as (Bukharin, Kamenev, Trotsky, Voznesensky, Varga, etc). The problem here lies in that he [Stalin], held an erroneous stance on how class struggle intensified under socialism:

The feature that distinguishes Soviet society today from any capitalist society is that it no longer contains antagonistic, hostile classes… Soviet society, liberated from the yoke of exploitation, knows no such contradictions, is free of class conflicts, and presents a picture of friendly collaboration between workers, peasants and intellectuals.”  

(Report to the Eighteenth Party Congress in 1939)

Stalin’s chief error here is that for him the U.S.S.R. did not feature internal contradictions or class conflict (Enver Hoxha would make a similar mistake), whereas Mao Tse-tung wrote quite a lot on this matter (revolutions within revolutions).

From the 1930′s onwards, class struggle in the Soviet Union adopted the form of opposing foreign espionage, saboteurs, etcetera – a legitimate struggle. Based on past events, there was an obvious fear that a counter-revolution could happen through foreign invasion, and it became clear that there elements within the Soviet leadership trying to weaken the Soviet government and creating dissent among the masses (Yezhov, among many other characters) in favour of the interests of capitalist nations.

From what we have learned from the revolutions in China, Albania, or the U.S.S.R., today we are fully aware that the danger of counter-revolution by bourgeois elements (Khrushchev Clique, Deng Xiaoping Clique), is just as possible due to internal struggles, mainly because class contradictions do not cease, but rather intensify and become more acute during socialism.


[2] We do not agree with this criticism, and the main point often cited to back this is the Great Purge – seen as evidence of Stalin’s error in practice. The general argument is that Stalin could not distinguish between contradictions that should have been dealt with peacefully and those that should have been dealt with violently, therefore the bloodshed during the Great Purge.

Initially Stalin was very much opposed to the idea of violent mass repression as an effective means of protecting the integrity of the party. In the February-March Central Committee Plenum in 1937, Stalin argued for an individual approach through political education programs as the main corrective method. He remained firmly against suggestions of using force against any Trotskyist elements, pointing out they were numerically insignificant within the party to warrant such measures. When the Purge reached its conclusion, Stalin established that the excesses were made, and they were highly condemnable, and that violence should have not been used so commonly.

At the 18th Party Congress in March 1939, the events of the previous   three years were criticized by Stalin, Molotov and Zhdanov as having   been accompanied by ‘grave mistakes’ and pathological suspicion that had   most adversely affected the Party’s work. Zhdanov, who gave one of the main political reports at the Congress, reprimanded the local Party organizations for ‘stupid excess of zeal’, citing instance after instance of faked evidence and presumption of guilt by association. The resolution voted by the Congress summed up the purges as both unjust  and  ineffective. Party rules adopted at this Congress made new provisions for members’ rights of appeal against expulsion, as well as banning the practice of mass purges of membership.
(Albert Szymanski. Human Rights in the Soviet Union. London: Zed Books Ltd. 1984. p. 240.)

As the statistics on Old Bolshevik victims show, the vast majority of those executed were associated with Bukharin, Rykov, Tomsky, et al., rather than with Trotsky or Zinoviev… all the 1934 Central Committee members re-elected to the 1939 Central Committee were from the [pro-Stalin wing] of the Party, and none were from the right.
(Ibid. p. 249.)

In June 1936, Stalin interrupted Ezhov at a Central Committee Plenum to complain about so many party members being expelled:

EZHOV: Comrades, as a result of the verification of party documents, we expelled more than 200,000 members of the party.
STALIN: [interrupts] Very many.
EZHOV: Yes, very many. I will speak about this…
STALIN: [interrupts] If we expelled 30,000… [inaudible remark], and 600 former Trotskyists and Zinovievists, it would be a bigger victory.
EZHOV: More than 200,000 members were expelled. Part of this number of party members, as you know, have been arrested.

At about this time, Stalin wrote a letter to regional party secretaries complaining about their excessive 'repression’ of the rank and file. This led to a national movement to reinstate expelled party members, on the eve of the Great Terror.

(J. Arch Getty & Roberta T. Manning (ed). Stalinist Terror: New Perspectives. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. 1993. pp. 50-51.)

Much of the violence carried out during the Great Purge was the work of saboteurs (Yezhov) and overzealous secretaries (Khrushchev, Postyshev). Many of them went to great lengths to conceal the atrocities they had committed but for most part when Lavrentiy Beria took over Yezhov’s former position, the number of executions and expulsions from the party severely dropped, while the number of prison releases increased substantially.


[3] During the 1920′s and 1930′s, worker based movements in the U.S.S.R. (Shock Workers, “Counter-Planning”, the Stakhanovites) peaked in number. After the thirties, and in great part due to the Great Patriotic War, these worker based movements diminished. It is paramount for the integrity of a socialist society that masses be called upon to engage in the administration of state affairs so as to prevent a polarization between the party and the masses. However, we do not believe the criticism of “paternalist” to be of Stalin’s fault or the lack of faith in the masses. He would say to Enver Hoxha in 1947:

“To be able to lead, you must know the masses, and in order to know them, you must go down among the masses.”
(J.V. Stalin, quoted in Enver Hoxha. With Stalin: Memoirs. Tirana: 8 Nëntori Publishing House. 1981. p. 86.)

And in his last essay, “Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR“:

“It therefore cannot be denied that the abolition of the essential distinction between mental and physical labour by raising the cultural and technical level of the workers to that of the technical personnel cannot but be of paramount importance for us.”

Perhaps the more evident circumstance here is that from the late 1940′s until his death, Stalin’s influence over CPSU (b) and the Soviet government was severely limited.


[4] No doubt that the Soviet Union placed more emphasis on heavy industry, but the criticism itself come across as disingenuous, or outright ignorant of history itself. The U.S.S.R. was forced to industrialise in a record time in face of a looming danger: Nazi Germany.

Stalin correctly stated that that the uninterrupted production of the means of production is key to the development of a socialist economy. Mao Tse-tung would elaborate on the need for a more balanced economy in order to eventually do away with the contradiction between town and country.

In Mao’s critique of “Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR”, Mao stated that although Stalin understood the importance of facilitating the evolution of collective farms to state farms (a process which would eventually lead to the end of commodity production), Stalin never actually explained how this would be done. Both Mao and Hoxha would come to work on developing “higher-level cooperatives” which were intermediate stages between collective farms and state farms which would eventually lead to the former becoming the latter.

It’s worth pointing out that after the GPW (Great Patriotic War), Stalin proposed the “Great Plan for the Transformation of Nature“ to further develop agriculture and to answer the problems caused by the post-war famine (as consequence of the war damage left by Nazi Germany). However, it was not implemented in its fullest and outright abandoned after Stalin’s death during the period of De-Stalinisation.


[5] From Stalin’s “Dialectical and Historical Materialism“:

“the productive forces are not only the most mobile and revolutionary element in production, but are also the determining element of production.“

While Stalin noted the importance of relations of production, we agree with the criticism itself and it returns to the first criticism of this list – that Stalin did not devote sufficient attention to continuing class struggle.


Luidzhia

the fact that there are more gay bars than gay coffee shops or whatever is not a problem with gay bars or their patrons. it’s not a zero-sum game; the former do not prevent the latter. and people act like lgbt people collectively got together and decided bars were more important than any other kind of space because they didn’t care about minors or something, as opposed to you know, bars historically being one of very few places lgbt social life could exist, largely in secret, in relative safety from massive violent repression

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Photo documentation from NDN Wars are Alive And… Well? (2010)

Performance by Aiyyana Maracle, 64 year old Haudenosaunee trans dyke performance artist. Site-specific performance in Sarnia, Ontario.

Artist statement:

The ndn wars: Canada’s Indigenous people remain resistant to the perpetuation of an unjust colonial relationship with ‘the Crown,’ and within Canadian society. The Crown, by its own actions and inactions more so than its words, continues to show its resistance to entering into a new era of an equitable, respectful, peaceful relationship between our cultures and peoples. Canada the meek; Canada, the world’s peacekeeper. Can there be peace in this world while this country remains so willing to, yet again, engage in violent repression of the Indigenous people of this land?

The invisibility of homosexuality in Soviet Russia combined with the absence of research data on sexuality in general, let alone homosexuality, and the silence of scholars, which, the historian Dan Healey asserts, “has been a productive taboo in domestic and western historical writing, reinforcing myths of a natural, elemental, and unchanging heterosexuality” have made this enormous, culturally complex country into a virtual blank slate for the projection of Western sexual fears and fantasies. In the late Soviet period, the militant anti-communist Simon Karlinsky (1976) presented the last two decades of tsarist Russia as a ‘kind of golden age’ of homosexuality, which was brutally cut short with the rise of communism. The leftist historians John Lauritsen and David Thorstad (1974), on the other hand, located that golden age in the first decade of Soviet rule, when the Soviet criminal code made no mention of homosexuality.



There is little doubt that these outsiders’ representations of sexuality, which emerged from what Healey refers to as a “problematic source base”, were to a greater or lesser extent shaped by “a complex and evolving tradition by which an ‘Eastern’ Europe was constructed as only just within the Christian orbit, yet at the same time as Other to a 'civilized’ West”. Within the modern psychoanalytic discourse of sexual liberation, the long-standing contest between East and West has been construed either in terms of a puritanical, repressed West and an uninhibited, sensual East, or of a well-adjusted, democratic West and a violent, repressive East. Reich, in fact, switches from the former interpretive opposition to the latter in the fourth edition of Sexual Revolution. As we shall see, this imagined geography haunts recent attempts to apply ‘queer’ to the Russian context.

—  Brian James Baer, “Queer in Russia: Othering the Other of the West”