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Fandometrics In Depth: Feminism Edition

Tumblr has always been a place where feminists could connect and speak freely. And as Tumblr has grown, so have the allied communities and the size of the conversation. From 2013 to 2015, year-over-year growth in the number of original posts tagged #feminism increased at an average rate of 4.22%.

That changed in 2016. As Tumblr discussed the US presidential election and its impact on women’s rights, access to healthcare and the importance of consent, the rate of original posts tagged #feminism grew 20%, five times the growth of the previous three years. Looking at the entire ecosystem of Tumblr tags, original posts and reblogs about #feminism accounted for triple the amount of conversation it did in 2015.

Originally posted by somethingincrediblyright

2016 also saw a change in Tumblr’s understanding of what feminism means.

The term intersectionality describes the overlapping systems of oppression at play in society—it’s the idea that gender inequality, racism, class status, and other injustices are inseparable from one another and can’t be studied in isolation.

Between 2014 and 2016 there was a modest increase in engagement around #intersectionality. Original posts increased 13%, while searches increased 44%. But then came the Women’s March. On January 20th, 2017, engagements around #intersectionality spiked 5191% from just two days before. Since then, the whole tone of the #feminism conversation on Tumblr has changed.

In 2017 so far, people are talking about intersectional systems of oppression 21% more than they have in the last four years combined.

Originally posted by micdotcom

How does that change in tone manifest itself? Here’s a sampling of posts that have gone viral since the March:

Continuing the conversation

If you’re interested in joining the feminist conversation on Tumblr, there are tons of places to start. In addition to the #feminism and #intersectionality tags, you can head to tags like #wage gap and #pro choice to learn more about specific issues. There are also dozens of Tumblrs that dive deep into the conversation:

  • Feminist Frequency (@femfreq), a place to talk about feminism in gaming
  • Celebrating Amazing Women (@celebratingamazingwomen), which highlights women who have changed history on their birthdays
  • Whovian Feminism (@whovianfeminism), which looks at inequality through a fannish lens
  • Empower. Volunteer. Unite. (@ucf-now), the official Tumblr of the University of Central Florida’s National Organization for Women chapter, and
  • Action (@action), our hub to help connect you to the resources you need to become an agent of change.

Internet. You know what to do. DRAAAGG them #unitedairlines #Repost @balleralert with @repostapp
United Airlines Forcibly Drags Man Off Flight After He Didn’t Volunteer To Give Up His Seat - blogged by: @eleven8 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s not uncommon for airlines to overbook flights, but often times, when they do so, they offer incentives in the form of flight vouchers to persuade volunteers. However, what happens when no one wants to give up their seat? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#UnitedAirlines is back in the hot seat after a passenger caught the airline forcibly removing another passenger who did not volunteer to leave his seat on his own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Jayse D. Anspach, a witness, took to Twitter to voice his complaint. According to Anspach, the incident occurred on United Flight 3411, which was going from Chicago to Louisville. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“#United overbooked and wanted 4 of us to volunteer to give up our seats for personnel that needed to be at work the next day,” tweeted Anspach. “No one volunteered, so United decided to choose for us. They chose an Asian doctor and his wife.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to the witness, the doctor refused to volunteer because he had to work at the hospital the next day. When he declined to leave, United called security to force him off. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“A couple airport security men forcefully pulled the doctor out of his chair and to the floor of the aisle. In so doing, the doctor’s face was slammed against an armrest, causing serious bleeding from his mouth. It looked like he was knocked out, because he went limp and quiet and they dragged him out of the plane like a rag doll..” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
United Airlines’ social media team gave a brief …..to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile) #logon #readmore (at Nashville, Tennessee)

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The Pepsi blunder and the United debacle can’t really even be compared. All Pepsi did was stupidly try to cash in on the millennial protest craze. It was an embarrassing amount of pandering but nothing more. At least they didn’t physically assault their customers to the point of bleeding and disorientation and then release a halfass non-apology statement full of political vaguespeak about “re-accommodating volunteers”.

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Name: Meredith
Age: 16
Country: England

Hey, I’m a small girl from a small town in the north west. My personality type is INTP-T. I go to army cadets. I like to read and nap sometimes and I volunteer at a library. I’m pretty good at maths and don’t mind a good rant about anything.
I’ll be starting college soon. I like animals and Supernatural and some Netflix shows.

Preferences: Preferably around the same age (15-19). No racists, sexists etc.

The “Flying Tigers" was a volunteer unit of American ex-military and civilian pilots who flew to help the Chinese Air Force from the 21st of December in 1941– to late 1942. At a time when America was only getting bad news from the battle in the Pacific these airmen were flying, fighting and beating the formerly all-conquering Japanese air forces These men were an interesting and rather irregular group of individuals that made one of the best fighting units of the war. They flew their colourful shark nosed P-40’s that became synonymous with that aircraft (and many other imitators) as well as being feared by the Japanese.

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Previously: Part 1, Part 2

The Pharmacist: Yoo Youngjae

Neon lights flickered on as the sun starts to set. Youngjae had four hours to go before he could properly close the pharmacy. With the sky turning orange, and about 24 customers served today, his legs starts to ache and his phone rang in the nick of time.

“Hello, mom. No, there’s not a lot of customers today, just a few diarrhea cases and motion sickness. Nothing serious. I have to get the stocks from the company later on, but I don’t think I can make it on time…” He pouts, dropping his head. It suddenly started raining, and heavily. “I know, I should get a driver for the truck soon, but, I don’t have time to interview people and the post is still underneath the table. Not a lot of people pass through here so I’ll have to ask around in person.” He sighed again.

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#repost United Airlines Forcibly Drags Man Off Flight After He Didn’t Volunteer To Give Up His Seat - blogged by: @eleven8 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s not uncommon for airlines to overbook flights, but often times, when they do so, they offer incentives in the form of flight vouchers to persuade volunteers. However, what happens when no one wants to give up their seat? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#UnitedAirlines is back in the hot seat after a passenger caught the airline forcibly removing another passenger who did not volunteer to leave his seat on his own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Jayse D. Anspach, a witness, took to Twitter to voice his complaint. According to Anspach, the incident occurred on United Flight 3411, which was going from Chicago to Louisville. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“#United overbooked and wanted 4 of us to volunteer to give up our seats for personnel that needed to be at work the next day,” tweeted Anspach. “No one volunteered, so United decided to choose for us. They chose an Asian doctor and his wife.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to the witness, the doctor refused to volunteer because he had to work at the hospital the next day. When he declined to leave, United called security to force him off. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“A couple airport security men forcefully pulled the doctor out of his chair and to the floor of the aisle. In so doing, the doctor’s face was slammed against an armrest, causing serious bleeding from his mouth. It looked like he was knocked out, because he went limp and quiet and they dragged him out of the plane like a rag doll..” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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anonymous asked:

Do ambulance drivers need any sort of specific training or certification?

Okay. We’re going to talk about this. I apologize in advance if my tone comes off poorly, but this is a misconception that I really, really want to slaughter.

There is no such thing as an “ambulance driver” and the term is downright disrespectful.

As in, I had to take a good couple hours and vent to somebody before I could even approach this ask. That term makes my blood boil.

Ambulances are staffed differently in different parts of the US, but there are 3 main levels of certifications that EMS workers have:

EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) are trained to the level of Basic Life Support. They can splint, bandage, do CPR with defibrillators, give artificial breaths with a bag-valve-mask (AKA Ambu bag). In some areas they can give some life-saving meds, like EpiPens for anaphylaxis, and albuterol for asthma, and aspirin for a suspected heart attack. An EMT has about 3 months of training if they took a certificate course, which is common.

Paramedics are trained to an Advanced Life Support standard. We’re the ones who do IVs, EKGs, give drugs, shock patients, We intubate–put tubes down people’s throats. We make field diagnoses. Many paramedics use ventilators, give infusions. We use needles to reinflate lungs that have collapsed. Paramedics MUST be EMTs first. If they take a certificate course, this is 9 months to a year of training in addition to their EMT schooling. However, it is much better to simply get this as an Associate’s degree, with a solid A&P, microbio, and health sciences background.

Critical Care Paramedics are trained even beyond the paramedic level. We work with technologies like isolettes (AKA portable incubators) for neonates, work with Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) and ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, essentially a lung bypass) and medications that are reserved for the Intensive Care Units. We get a lot of clinical latitude to treat our patients.

Flight Paramedics are a specialized type of critical care paramedic who have training that specifically relates to performing medicine in tight spaces at altitude. We study the way altitude affects everything from head injuries to vent settings. We learn about survival and a few more other tidbits specific to working in the aeromedical environment. Most flight programs pair a flight medic with a flight nurse, which is a whole other debate, though in other parts of the world it’s typically doctors with flight medics.

(For any EMT-Is or EMT-CCs or MVOs I left out: I feel you, I see you, you’re important, but I’m keeping it to these 4 just to keep things simple for writers.)

Unless they’re very special, ground ambulances are staffed either with two EMTs, one EMT and one paramedic, or two paramedics, depending on their service. (Volunteer units sometimes roll with a lot of people, but vollies are…. unique, sometimes.) One person drives, the other “techs”–attends to the patient. But while they’re on the scene, it’s a team effort. So the person driving the ambulance is not a “driver”. They are a medical professional. (Of course, in flight services pilots are dedicated to being pilots, because of course they are.)

Overall, I have over 100 college credits to my name; about half are medical, and half are liberal arts. My critical care course and flight medic certification–which is a board certification, by the way–aren’t even factored in to that number. And I’m starting a fellowship in February that’s intended for physicians.

So you have to understand, anon, when you say “ambulance driver” what you’re basically calling us are “medical taxi drivers”. And I know that, somewhere in our history, my predecessors were just that: they drove the ambulance. But EMTs and paramedics have existed as certification levels since the 1970s.

No other first responder gets called by their vehicle. No one points to a firefighter and says “The firetruck is here!”, or points to a police officer and says “the squad car is here!”. But people point to us routinely and say “the ambulance is here!”. I’ve had critically ill patients complain that we weren’t driving them to their hospital–not the closest hospital, but their hospital–while I’m doing interventions to actively save their lives.

There’s a whole set of issues as to how we are portrayed in media, and frankly I don’t want to bore you all with it. The bottom line is that I’m highly skilled clinician with a decade of experience. It hurts

If you have to refer to an EMS worker, and you don’t know our level of skill, just call us that: EMS workers. We’ll be okay with it. And we tend to write REALLY BIG on some part of our uniform what we are, so no one gets confused.

But also try to remember… we have names. Ask. I swear we’ll tell you. We’re people. Really-truly. We have feelings and everything. Call us “sir” or “ma’am”, or “Jim” or “Tara” or “Aunt Scripty”. Call us “Hey EMS”.

Just please don’t call us “ambulance drivers”.

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


Enrico Toti lost his left leg while working for Italian railways, at the age of 24. After his injury he became a cyclist. In 1911, riding on a bicycle with one leg, he cycled to Paris and then through Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark, up to Finland and Lapland. From there, via Russia and Poland, he returned to Italy in June 1912.
When war broke out between Italy and the Austrian Empire, Toti tried to volunteer for the Italian army but was not accepted due to his injury. Undaunted, he reached the frontline with his bicycle and managed to serve as an unpaid, unregistered, fully non-regulation “civilian volunteer” attached to several units. Forced to leave the combat zone and return home by the Carabinieri (Military Police), Toti stubbornly returned to the front and finally managed to join (still unofficially) the 3rd Bersaglieri Bicycle Battalion. He was killed in the Sixth Battle of the Isonzo. Fatally wounded in a clash, he hurled his crutch at the enemy. He was posthumously awarded the Gold Medal for Military Valour (Italy’s highest award for valour), one of the relatively few civilians to have this honour bestowed on them.

Reconquista conference report (First Paneuropa conference) in Kyiv: Prehistory

From the military solidarity to the political

April 28, 2017, under the aegis of the all-European Reconquista movement, in Kyiv was held the 1st Paneuropa conference which united nationalists, and, at the same time, pan-Europeanists from across all Europe: France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Ukraine, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Belarus, as well as Russia.

For the followers of the Reconquista tumblr blog and affiliated resources, such a conference was natural and long-anticipated, if not belated. After all, it was a materialization of the ongoing synergy between Western and Eastern European patriots who, driven by similar problems, have met in Kyiv in search for the stronghold or the headquarters of the all-European Reconquista which should sequentially be carried out in both directions.

Undoubtedly, it was not the first practical manifestation of the European solidarity within the Reconquista project. The first wave was inspired by the outbreak of the Winter revolution of 2013/14 in Kyiv and the subsequent annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and war in the Donbas with the Kremlin-backed neo-Soviets. Fairly perceived by foreign volunteers as an attack on the European culture from the East, it revived the tradition of the all-European anti-communist resistance in times of both world wars, first and foremost, the Freikorps movement which stopped the Bolshevik threat spreading over the Baltics and Eastern Europe.

Not only Western Europeans took up arms to stand side by side with Ukrainians against the neo-Soviet occupiers: there is a considerable percentage of Russian and Belorussian volunteers in the Ukrainian armed forces. For them, especially Russians, this is the struggle for their own homeland stolen by Bolsheviks in 1917 and a chance to reconcile with Europe under conditions of the novel unprecedented challenge to the very existence of the European culture and peoples. That is how the first slogan of the Reconquista, “Today Ukraine, tomorrow Rus’ and the whole Europe!”, was born. Communication with Russian nationalists, whose arrival in Ukraine was a one-way ticket, in turn, helped Western European volunteers to get disillusioned with Putin’s regime as “a lesser evil” and an alternative of the West for Europe.

The military unit which deserves the name of their second homeland, above all, has become AZOV, first the battalion, then the regiment (in fact, the brigade) of the National Guard of Ukraine. The only Ukrainian volunteer battalion which was expanded into the regiment, it occupies a unique place in the novel European history as the patriotic volunteer unit having at its disposal reconnaissance, infantry, artillery, a tank company, and more. That is why initial pages of the Reconquista movement largely performed the role of civil platforms in support of the front and wounded soldiers. However, since the conflict in East Ukraine has been artificially frozen to comply with the Minsk agreements, the political constituent of the Ukrainian liberation struggle grew more and more important, too. Consequently, veterans of the AZOV regiment, having joined forces with civil supporters, launched the National Corps party headed by the founder and the first commander of AZOV, deputy head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, MP Andriy Biletsky. Not incidentally, its title bears resemblance to the military affairs (“corps”). The establishment of Ukrainian Foreign Legion was expectedly incorporated into the party programme of National Corps. Its founding congress took place Oct. 14, 2016 and was attended by a number of foreign supporters and partners.

Why Intermarium?

Thus, the conference, likewise, was second. As many of you remember, Dec. 17, 2016, on the eve of the longest and darkest night of the year, in Kyiv was held a remarkable cultural event – Asgardsrei V pre-festival conference, “Pact of Steel” (meaning between East and West Europe). It was comprised of two parts: open talk with French and Russian Black Metal legends, Peste Noire and M8L8TH, and speeches by guest lecturers. Audience from Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and Canada, united by its passion for Black Metal and stemming from it longing for a cultural change, listened to the speeches on philosophy of Black Metal, horizons of the Heathen revival, and the prospects of first regional, then the pan-European unity and “the Great Reconquista” based on the new pan-European nobility and elitism. This concluding part, having summarized key points of the conversation with Peste Noire and M8L8TH as the voices of West Europe and Russia respectively, may also be considered the 1st Paneuropa conference or the introduction to this project today.

One of the main messages of the “Pact of Steel” conference to the Western audience was a rapidly changing geopolitical status of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) followed by the encouragement to use this potential for the purposes of the all-European revival. The 1st conference of the Intermarium (Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea Union) Development Assistance Group held in Kyiv July 2, 2016 at the initiative of Andriy Biletsky served a double goal: to secure a geopolitical alternative for Ukraine, which is being weakened by the pro-EU government, and to create a center of another European integration. In this respect, IDAG favors autonomist tendencies of the Visegrad Four (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic), which renounced the mandatory distribution of the migrant quotas across the EU member states and was accused by the Brussels mouthpieces of erecting a new “iron curtain” against the open doors policies of the unspoken EU leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Indeed, leaders of these states are well-known for their “politically incorrect” statements about the refugee influx represented in the liberal media as a mere humanitarian issue. Just to mention a few examples: Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Justice against the EU over the quota plan; Czech President Milos Zeman described the wave of refugees to Europe as “an organised invasion”; the face of “illiberal democracy,” Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban initiated a referendum against the refugee quotas; Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s ruling party “Law and Justice” (PiS), repeatedly vows that Poland will not take any refugees due to security reasons, predictable aggression of asylum seekers towards Polish women in particular. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who established the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea Group comprised of 12 EU member states, having come up with this idea at approximately the same time as Polish President Andrzej Duda, also believes that the solution of the refugee problem lies beyond Europe. Thanks to her activities, Croatia is often considered the informal fifth, and even leading member of V4 that tends to grow. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz also called for the opening of refugee centers outside the borders of the EU, thus connecting Western Europe with an alternative vector of European integration through Austria.

Not so long ago, Polish and Croatian Presidents launched the Three Seas Initiative aimed at the full-scale macroregional integration in all strategic fields (economy, energy autarky, infrastructure, etc.) and enlarging the geopolitical weight of CEE thus capable of opposing the EU’s political dictate, its refugee policies in particular. Furthermore, Andrzej Duda invited Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to join the resistance of Ukraine’s natural regional allies, although the suggestion was unsurprisingly rejected by this loyal Merkel’s vassal. However, the division becomes ever sharper: it is enough to remind of new French President Emmanuel Macron’s bid to impose sanctions on Poland for violating the EU’s refugee policies and refusing to accept their asylum seekers’ share.

Criticism of the EU’s economic policies by the Intermarium countries is also quite understandable given its intrinsic relation to the cultural values and demographic dynamics. Another bright example of this problem’s importance is the initiative of Wage Union established by 8 countries of CEE (Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Romania) in order to balance the salaries across the European continent and prevent young educated citizens of CEE from irrevocable emigration. It is easy to guess that the population aging is not the only negative outcome of this ongoing sad statistics: a growing lack of young labor force is meant to be replaced by non-European immigrants according to the infamous plan of the UN.

So, what looks like separatist aspirations of CEE with regard to Western Europe, in reality serves the purpose of the deeper integration on the all-European scale on a new axiological basis. Moreover, and this is the difference between the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea Group as the autonomy within the EU and the ideal of sovereign Intermarium advocated by National Corps, the region’s destination is to restore the European security system and to become a “springboard” for the alternative union of European nations – Paneuropa. Taking into account that Putin’s regime is still quite strong and continues imprisoning last public Russian nationalists who have not escaped abroad yet, this is how the second Reconquista slogan came to life: “Today Ukraine, tomorrow Intermarium and Paneuropa!” Therefore, it comes as no surprise that many participants of the Reconquista conference also took part in the 2nd conference of the Intermarium Development Assistance Group held in Kyiv a day before, on the 27th of April.

Paneuropa vs. “Paneuropa”

Yet the difference between the sovereign and merely autonomous Intermarium is not as striking as between the Pan-European confederation of sovereign nations suggested at the 1st Paneuropa conference in Kyiv and the historical Pan-European movement founded by Austrian-Japanese diplomat Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi in Vienna three years after the publication of his book “Pan-Europa” in 1923. 

At a glance, both the title and the symbol of the established by Kalergi movement combining traditional mythological (a solar cross) and royal (blue and golden colors) elements, are fully trustworthy. After a superficial search, one may find his claims in favor of politically united and militarily protected Europe that would be able to escape the fate of being divided “into a Soviet colony and an American protectorate” foreseen by Kalergi in 1923. Likewise, one may be misled by discovering such names among his intellectual authorities as Oswald Spengler, Rudolf Kjellen, Friedrich Nietzsche and Giuseppe Mazzini, as well as by the fact that Austrian Archduke Otto von Habsburg was the Pan-European movement’s co-founder and second leader. 

However, it should be stated without a shade of doubt that precisely Kalergi’s principles were adopted by the modern EU and underlie its suicidal refugee policy. Should he be alive, Count Coudenhove-Kalergi who back in 1925 welcomed “the Eurasian-Negroid race of the future, similar in its outward appearance to the Ancient Egyptians” that “will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals” would not feel any distress regarding the EU’s cultural policies and would hardly connect the latest Manchester tragedy with its basic values and priorities.

Thus the restoration of the original meaning of symbols used by the Pan-European movement of the former century by efforts of contemporary nationalists and, simultaneously, pan-Europeanists, should be viewed as an act of historical justice. Habsburgs as a living embodiment of a bygone European traditional unity could welcome the identitarian turn towards the true Paneuropa, too. The growing popularity of pan-European discussions in the modern third positionist milieu, combined with disintegration processes in the EU, promises many positive changes ahead.

Conference Part report is to follow, stay tuned.

Ruhy Patel, 17, lives in Doylestown, Pa. When she was 15 she was planning to run for student council office. “All the other people running were boys,” she says, “and people were like, ‘Well, you’re not going to win.’ You feel intimidated because you’re the only girl in the room. It makes you question if you’d be OK in the field of politics.”

Did she drop out? No.

Did she win. “I did!”

“I feel like it kind of makes you want to try harder when people say no,” says Patel.

That could be the motto for the activists of Girl Up. There are nearly 5,000 teenage girls in 66 countries who volunteer for the U.N. Foundation group. They speak out and raise money so every girl can go to school — there are an estimated 62 million who don’t — and can receive official government identification papers, can get proper health care and gain the skills to pursue her dreams.

Haters Gonna Hate. Teen Girl Activists Shake It Off And Try Again

Photo credit: John W. Poole/NPR


   This is James Monroe Trotter, a Civil War hero who lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was also a writer, educator, activist, and scholar.

    Born in Missisippi in 1842, James was the son of a slave. His father was her owner, who freed James’s mother when he married in the 1850s. James and his mother then moved to Ohio, where he attended a school for freed slaves. He became a teacher himself, moving to Chillicothe to teach in schools for students of color.

     While living in Chillicothe, he met Viginia Isaacs. Her mother had been born into slavery on Monticello, the plantation belonging to Thomas Jefferson. Her father was a grandson of Elizabeth Hemmings. Her father was one of the slaves freed by Jefferson’s will, but her mother was not. She was sold on the auction block in 1827. Her father saved money to buy the freedom of his wife and children. When the whole family was freed, they traveled to Chillicothe.

    During the Civil War, James Trotter traveled to Boston so he could enlist in the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (United States Colored Troops), Company K. He was the second man of color to reach the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He was wounded in battle at Honey Hill, but recovered.

    In camp, he continued his teaching, tutoring soldiers in reading and writing. He fought for the black troops to receive the same pay as their white counterparts.

   After the war, James Trotter married Virginia Isaacs. The couple moved to Boston, where he became the first African-American to be employed by the Post Office. However, he eventually resigned the position in protest when his race kept him from being promoted like other employees.

    He had an interest in music and wrote a comprehensive study of it in a book entitled Music and Some Highly Musical People, still used by music students today.

    James Trotter was appointed Recorder of Deeds in Washington DC by Grover Cleveland, the second African-American man to hold that post. (The first being Fredrick Douglass.)

    He died in 1892 of tuberculosis.


The Grand Trunk Railway was a train system established in the 1850s to link various parts of Lower and Upper Canada as well as some of the North Eastern United States. During the American Civil War, British colonial authorities were concerned that the North might try to attack the railway, and so in 1862 they created the Grand Trunk Railway Regiment composed of rifle volunteers and artillery units. The regiment saw action a few years later fighting in the Fenian Raids.

This sabre belonged to an officer of this regiment, and is thus built as an 1845 rifle regiment sabre with its signature steel hilt. The blade is in very good shape, with a nice patina showing the wonderful etchings, and is very sturdy with no rattle or movement of any kind. It comes as is with the original leather washer, but no scabbard; although a matching one could easily be acquired. The sword likely dates from the beginning of the regiment, and is marked to Maitland & Co. as well as to the Regiment itself.

Over the last 5 years, Monster High has grown a huge fan base all around the world. Because of this, it’s really hard to organize a convention for us (especially if you collect the dolls).

Fright Con is going to be a Monster High convention for the fans, made by the fans. There will be panels, contests, vendors, and much more. And it wouldn’t be much of a Con if the sister series, Ever After High, wasn’t included in the fray.

Here’s the catch: it’s going to be an online convention. Now before you clicked/scroll away, I want to add that just because it’s not being held in a physical place doesn’t mean it would run like an actual Con. It will be held for ONE WEEKEND [Well, technically from Thursday- Sunday] during the summer of 2016 via Internet.  That way, everyone can join in regardless of where you live!

Running a Con is hard work, even with it  being online; way too much for one person to handle alone.  Volunteers would be greatly appreciated, especially to help shape out some of these ideas.  If you would like to help, please send me a message.

The Full Job List and [Current] Master- list of Activities will be listed by the end of this weekend. 

Thank You,


P.S- To answer some questions:

      1. No, this is not a thing that’s going to be “happening in ten years”. It’s going to happen next summer. Even if I’m mortally ill, there will be someone in my place to lead.
      2. This is a real event that a fan is hoping will go well.