war profits

one major reason why we don’t have free/affordable higher education in the united states:

1) the military industrial complex requires wars to profit off of

2) wars require people to fight in them

3) many underprivileged people join the military in order to escape the cycle of poverty and/or go to college; for a lot of americans it’s the only feasible way out

4) if higher education was affordable, poor and working class people would not need to join the military to go to school

5) military enlistment rates would drop and that is bad for the system because…(see #2)

woops

anonymous asked:

Here's a problem with the Tony haters. Tony is bad for wanting revenge, yet you people are fine with T'Challa, who was reacting violently to Bucky as a HEAD OF STATE, putting on a suit and turning into a vigilante thug. At least Tony tried to compromise. T'Challa just started attacking people for a really flimsy reason.

really, dude? you come into my inbox to defend a white war profiteer and to call a black person a thug? god, you people are really that transparent.

flimsy reason??!! honestly, what the fuck. t’challa held his father’s dead body in his arms. tony’s parents died almost 30 years ago and t’challa watched his father die in front of him like the day before and for some reason you think that tony’s violent outburst is justified but t’challa isn’t allowed to grieve without you reducing him to the racist “aggressive black man” stereotype.

t’challa went after bucky because he believed him to be completely guilty. he had evidence of “bucky” planting the bomb at the building. tony knew bucky was innocent and he still tried to kill him. i’m sorry, but that’s unforgivable. once t’challa realized that he’d made a mistake and bucky had been set up, he tried his best to fix it. he didn’t even let zemo die (you know, t’chaka’s actual killer who, unlike bucky, was guilty) because he wasn’t going to let vengeance consume him anymore. tony let his anger get the best of him.

anyway if you’re a tony stan, you’re not allowed to talk about t’challa. you can’t even think about him. you can’t even look at him. sorry, i don’t make the rules. stick to worshiping your trashy fave and don’t touch other characters.

anonymous asked:

Who are your favorite minor characters from all the four nations?

Good question!

Water

Hama. What a powerful character this was for someone we only got to see in one episode! We get to see her rise and fall, from a powerful and dignified waterbending master, to a corrupted and hateful old crone who tortures her own tribeswoman in order to “teach” her. She invented her own technique and is a deadly force to be reckoned with. Hama also gave more depth to the Southern Water Tribe, presenting a dark side to waterbending that had been hitherto unknown, as well as harkening back to a time when the tribe was strong and waterbenders were numerous. Both her strength and her hatred left a permanent mark on Katara—and a reminder for us that water is everywhere.

Earth

Avatar Kyoshi. This Avatar literally left some big shoes to fill, as she is the longest-lived of any known Avatar and cemented a legacy that is still carried on in her island and her warriors. She saved her people by breaking off a piece of the mainland Earth Kingdom, a tectonic (and titanic) feat that was as awe-inspiring as it was deadly.

One of the things that I like about how she is remembered and presented is that she is a tough lady who does not deride femininity. Her technique, for example, is about using an opponent’s force against them, a skill tailored for female use. Toph, while a tremendous earthbender, prefers her part being played by a big, strong man, teases Aang about his delicate footsteps and “feminine side”, and takes a long time to appreciate the value of doing chores and being a team mom. Kyoshi has big feet AND wears makeup, fights in a dress with fans AND stops tyranny in its tracks, and doesn’t disparage traditionally female attributes while showing off her strength.

Like most earthbenders, Kyoshi doesn’t beat around the bush with regards to her business; when Aang tries to tell her that she didn’t really kill Chin the Conqueror, Kyoshi replies:

Personally, I don’t really see the difference. But I assure you, I would have done whatever it took to stop Chin.

I would have taken that advice to heart, Aang. Just sayin’.

Fire

Piandao. Just because you’re a nonbender doesn’t mean you are any less a member of your nation, and Master Piandao exemplifies this at a time when firebending is the most prized ability in the Fire Nation. Piandao is coveted as a teacher and easily could have gotten filthy rich on war profits, considering how highly militarized the Fire Nation becomes during the war. Instead, he will only accept students that can be taught, not only how to fight, but how to achieve their potential as human beings. He prizes humility in an era of arrogance and combines the artistry of the sword with the strokes of calligraphy. He encourages creativity and bravery, as we can see in Sokka’s training. As a White Lotus member, he is instrumental in freeing Ba Sing Se from the Fire Nation’s yoke, and is a role model for personal as well as professional achievement.

Air

Guru Pathik. Yes, technically he is not an airbender, but this guru embodies all of the best qualities of the Air Nomads: friendliness toward living things, a carefree nature, sense of humor, and a high level of spirituality. Monk Gyatso would have been a more conventional choice, but I’m putting Guru Pathik first, not only because we see more of him, but because through him we learn about the tenets of interconnectedness and enlightenment that underpin the Avatar world. He teaches Aang, but doesn’t coddle him, and lets him know in no uncertain terms what will happen if Aang interrupts his training. Aang has had masters of air, water, earth, and fire, but Guru Pathik is the only one who helps Aang master the Avatar State—the most powerful technique he has apart from energybending.

Words vs. Actions

I’ve noticed a trend with anti’s, they don’t look at things Tony has done, but instead accept other characters statements about him as fact. 

example:

Tony agrees, but the fact is the evidence doesn’t line up. Tony Stark is not depicted as having any of the diagnostic criteria for Textbook Narcissism (Evidence here)

Well what about other things other characters have said about Tony.

That’s funny, that was disproved within the same movie when Sam “He won’t believe us” Wilson told Tony

Well what about other people, less favored characters what happens when they make random statements. 

“I call that war profiteering” And the Fandom accepts it as fact, Tony Stark is a war profiteer. Except that he’s not. Yes Stark Industries was the guy selling the sticks, but War Profiteering is considered treason in the USA. If Tony’s company had artificially inflated their prices beyond the worth of their designs and labor, with no alternative option, that would have been war profiteering. If SI had sold sub par equipment for a high price, that would have been war profiteering. SI did not do those things. 

I think it’s also worth noting that this might be where the War Criminal thing comes from, and once again Tony Stark has never commited a war crime. (Although Obidiah Stane did)

What about this one?

I’ve seen multiple posts pointing out how untrue this is, but honestly he calls Steve Boss within the first movie, and let’s him make calls in the field. He lays down on the wire. He regularly destroys the negative expectations SHIELD has for him. 

It’s not the anti’s fault though, characters in canon are liable to listen to what other people say about Tony rather than judge him based on his actions. 

I’ve seen the footage, I know what the media says about you, and I get to decide your worth as a person.

The class which benefited most from fascist rule was the layer of big industrialists. They gained from the privatisation of the insurance sector, the telephone service, the match monopoly and the municipal power companies. The capital tax was abolished, as was inheritance tax, the tax on war profits and the taxes on managers and directors. The government intervened time and again to save failing companies, especially the commercial banks, many of whom were threatened with collapse in 1929–31. Between 1934 and 1938, war industries benefited from 36 billion lire of extraordinary expenses. Meanwhile, the Confederation of Industry was left intact in all its power. Even the department stores, which had been one of the chief targets of the rhetorical anti-capitalism of the fascists before 1922, were allowed to prosper with state encouragement. As Mussolini told the Senate in 1934, ‘The corporative economy respects the principles of private property. Private property completes the human personality.‘11
—  Fascism: Theory and Practice by Dave Renton
Soundtrack (Song 1 of 5)

Word Count: 4089

Summary: Steve is still human. He makes mistakes. When one of these mistakes causes problems in your marriage, he takes the time to think back over your relationship.

Warnings: Language, angst, fluff, more angst, marriage problems

A/N: This is my new series Soundtrack, where each part will be based around a different song. Please note that this series will get pretty angsty, but I promise to make everything okay at the end, deal? The song of this chapter is “I Go To The Barn Because I Like The” by Band of Horses. Weird name, lovely song. Lyrics are in italics.

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Well, I’d like to think I’m the mess you’d wear with pride

When Steve stumbled out of the jet that night, he could think only of you. He needed to talk to you, hear your voice, see your face, touch you, hold you. You had to be awake by now, had to have realized that he had left. Normally you would have woken up immediately. The way you slept tangled up together did not exactly lend itself to graceful exits, but tonight had been different, with Nyquil holding you in blissful sleep even when Steve’s phone rang, when he answered it, when he pulled himself away from you and crept out of the house.

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Prequel: Azriel-Centric Stories Set Before ACOTAR (ch. 4)

This is a collection of interconnected short stories about Azriel’s life before any of the events of ACOTAR through ACOWAR. 

Read Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3 

CHAPTER 4: LENA 

Time frame: 5 years after the War ended / 6 years before Rhys’s family was killed. 

Summary: Rhys’s father sends Azriel to a village on the outskirts of the Night Court to investigate why three children have gone missing. Azriel normally does these kinds of missions alone, but this time he has some help. 

(Note: This is a VERY important chapter concerning the overarching narrative… very… important… chapter… Enjoy!) (Also, this is SO LONG. ALMOST 10K WORDS. PREPARE YOURSELF.)

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Giant: Ch. 4

When you know I don’t have nowhere else to go
Does it feel good to leave me on my own?

Previously on Giant

Though it was summer, too much happened after the funeral. Lena stayed at her apartment in the city for the summer. Work kept her busy, preparing for grad school kept her exhausted, keeping an eye on her father and brother kept her borderline crazy. Long ago, her duty washed away any artifact of herself, and of that she was damn near certain. 

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Tony “who says yay when he finds a secret door” Stark

Tony “elevators not worthy” Stark

Tony “hopeful that all the avengers will stay for the party” Stark

Tony “getting really attached to the team” Stark

Tony “do I get to rule Asgard?” Stark

Tony “pretend flirting but totally meaning it with Rhodey” Stark

Tony “I’m not the boss, I just pay for everything, make everyone look cooler, etc which he totally does because he cares” Stark

Tony “bragging about how boss Pepper is” Stark

Tony “is making medical advances” Stark

Tony “calling himself old man” Stark

Tony “don’t take from my pile” Stark

Tony “willingly going to fix Clint’s tractor” Stark

Tony “caring for friends so much he’d build something to keep them safe” Stark

Tony “making jokes in horrible times to ease the tension” Stark

Tony “giving up JARVIS because he thinks that’ll save the world” Stark

Tony “has anxiety, PTSD, and he’s still in the game” Stark

Tony “telling Bruce to take a stand not to be rude but because Bruce doesn’t have to bow down to anybody” Stark

Tony “I’m not the same man as before” Stark

Tony “going from war profit to saving the world because he thinks it’s what he was destined to do, even though he’s just a civilian, no super powers, just because he damn wants to, he’s gotten so far and become such a better person but no one really sees that over his mistakes” Stark

Tony “isn’t the same man as before, because he’s so much better” Stark

Tony fucking Stark

anonymous asked:

In your headspace writing of him in the FoodieVerse, do you think Tony is a picky eater or has had to deal with people telling him he is? Just wondering, I've been told it a lot and it has led to a few issues. TOBRU Tony seems to have some teeny food issues but as TOBRU Tony's creator I wanted to check with you.

Well, on the one hand, I don’t particularly headcanon Foodieverse Tony as a picky eater (I’ll get to why in a second) but on the other hand I have ZERO problems with you headcanoning him or interpreting him in that fashion, Anon. If you read him as a picky eater I am a-ok with that :D And in some ways it makes sense, since he’s much more concerned about what tastes good than what is good for you, and Tony in every universe is a sensualist, so he’s pretty focused on flavor over all other considerations. Plus, I mean, I was a picky eater as a kid, so I’m sure my own attitudes carry over somewhat even to people I’m not deliberately writing as picky.

The main reason I’ve never written him that way intentionally is that Steve fills that role in the Foodieverse – especially when he was very young he was harassed a lot for being picky, even a little bit by Bucky. Steve and Bucky arguing about his picky eating is what drew Erskine’s attention to Steve and got him on the path to culinary school; the central fight they were having was that Bucky said “You should eat this more, it tastes fine” and Steve said “No it doesn’t, and no I won’t”. 

The remnant of that, as an adult, is Steve’s habit of licking food before taking a bite, so that if it’s not something he’ll enjoy, he’s ready for it. Steve does not eat as selectively as he did as a kid, because he was trained to ignore his personal reaction in favor of how flavors might combine or conflict, but his pickiness informed his entire philosophy about food, which is that people have the right to enjoy what they eat without judgement about what they aren’t eating, and his job is just to make that delicious food as nourishing as possible. 

I love Steve and Tony both, but Steve is the one usually cast in peoples’ minds as more traditionally heroic, more visibly a superhero, because Tony has more visible issues (workaholic, alcoholic, moral relativist, former war profiteer). So to me making the Big Hero Steve the one with pickiness issues was a way of saying hey look, this isn’t a problem or a personality flaw, it’s just an aspect of who a person is. 

So I have put Steve out there as the designated picky eater of the group – but if you see Tony as a picky eater, get down with yourself, I support you!  

like listen, i dont care if you love tony stark, that’s honestly beside the point, but when you assert that war profiteering only happens when one party knowingly sells weapons to terrorists you are putting dangerous propaganda out into the world. you’re making a statement that at its core absolves the united states of decades of human rights violations and war crimes IN THE REAL WORLD.

war profiteering is a real thing that drives US imperialism. building weapons for a government at war is war profiteering. real estate obtained bc the previous owners died in a war or were displaced is war profiteering. trading in resources stolen from occupied land is war profiteering. literally anytime you make money by taking advantage of an armed conflict it is war profiteering no matter how far removed that industry is from the actual process of war.

this is not about fandom its about the very real consequences of war that the united states has wrought in the world. its about children saying they fear sunny days and look forward to stormy days bc the cloud cover prevents the drones from seeing them. its about people having the land stolen from them by war and occupation used to build factories for us corporations, its companies like ibm running cutesy pr campaign on social media sites like their little “hidden portraits” series while having military contracts. this shit kills people in real life and to have it brushed off bc someone was mean about your fave fictional character is so incredibly self centered its horrifying.

So someone just responded to me and probably @alethiaii as well, and then made it so I couldn’t respond back, so I’m going to reply to their post here.

oh. im sorry. my bad. tony was just the head of a company involved in war profiteering. wow. thats so much better. he just owned this company and made his money on the deaths of people of colour in war-torn countries. what an iNNoCenT BaBY

Okay, did you even read what I wrote? Tony’s company did not War Profiteer and I’m fairly sure you don’t know what that word means. For more imformation on what War Profiteering actually looks like (note: it does not look like offering to sell body armor for less than the cost to make it) read This post or google the Brooklyn brothers during the civil war.

Also the company did not make money off of the weapons Obidiah sold, or it would have been very obvious and the government would have caught him years ago. Obidiah made money off of those weapons and the people he personally bank rolled.

And yeah his company made money off of the deaths of anybody in countries the US was fighting in, and you could argue that that is his fault, but the fact is if the US is going to war people are dying, they’d take Hammer Weapons if Stark weapons weren’t available and American soldiers would have died, which Tony was raised to believe was unacceptable. 

also one line “ultron, my fault”? that is not accountability. if a mass murderer says “oh i killed those people”, but doesnt get punished, that is not accountability l m a o

Except Tony didn’t kill those people, Ultron did, and yeah he blames himself, but it was also Bruce and Wanda’s fault, and most importantly it’s the mind gem’s fault. “We were nowhere close to an interface” Yeah Ultron was horrible, but if he had been made the way Tony intended, if he hadn’t been spooked by Wanda, there wouldn’t have been an evil Ultron, and if Wanda and Pietro hadn’t helped him he may have never gotten far enough to actually life part of Sokovias capitol. 

like tony should be in jail and that’s facts

one black woman told him her son died in sokovia and he tried to guilt trip the avengers into signing the accords (when all they were doing was fucking damage control and cleaning up tonys mess) because ~we all fuck up sometimes~

You literally spent the first half of this talking about how Tony is never held accountable for his actions, and then spew this bullshit. The point of the Accords is to hold the Avengers. and Tony accountable for their actions. Tony supported them because he felt responsible for deaths during Ultron. 

You want accountability that’s what the Accords offer for all of the Avengers. Also the reason the Avengers needed to sign the Accords are the events of Lagos, they’ve been entering countries without government permission and causing massive amounts of property damage and death. There needs to be a system of accountability.

Oh wait that’s the accords.

YOU FUCK UP AND YOU NEVER ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

LIKE OKAY PEOPLE SCREW UP BUT MOST PEOPLE DONT LEAD TO KILLER MACHINE AIS WIPING OUT ENTIRE COUNTRIES

like if you cared you would go to jail and repent

you would come out the other side and dedicate your life to righting wrongs e.g. volunteering in sokovia, starting scholarships in the name of the children who died, rehabilitating PTSD victims who were affected by your weapons

Tony literally does all of those things, he grants scholarships to kids at MIT so they can make the world a better place, he spends billions helping to clean up the city, and while he isn’t personally there cleaning up, he is working to prevent another tragedy from occuring, (see the infinity wars sneak peek thing)

and like he was a grown man “he didn’t know stark industries produced weapons” isn’t a good enough excuse lmao

like we get you’re an ignorant privileged white man but like all those poor people of colour still died under your watch

so i’m sure saying “i didn’t know” is great consolation to them lol

I never said he didn’t know SI produced weapons, I said he thought those weapons were only being sold to the US military. And when he found out they were in the hands of people harming innocents he immediately dedicated himself to stopping them. Yes people died, and the man who was responsible for a lot of that, Tony killed him. Someone broke his trust, and stole from him for years, and you blame Tony. It’s clearly Obidiahs fault. If I designed a gun, and someone stole the design, built the gun, and shot someone with it, then they are a murderer, and I am a person who was stolen from. Not a murderer.  

also like shutting down weapons manufacturing was a good first step but like…it doesn’t help the lives already ruined?? it stops the carnage sure but like…how did that help the past victims of war?

What can Tony do for those who have already died? Nothing. What does he do for those still living in war torn countries? Well after shutting down Weapons he works in the civilian Market, phones etc, and he also focuses the company on humanitarian aid, medical equipment, water purifiers, etc, etc, etc. 

So maybe that’s what he’s doing to help the victims of his past. 

Working on thank-you gift-fic for people! This one is for @rozf, who requested Cherik Regency AU…

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The River Thames had not been designed, precisely, for leisure swimming. This was true even along a pleasure-garden tributary, and true even on a summer-soaked day, and true even for the passengers aboard the Prince Regent’s flower-bedecked yacht, though they were learning this fact to some dismay.

Erik Lehnsherr had not been aboard the yacht. In fact he’d been swimming stealthily behind it and plotting to sneak aboard and violently dismember one of said passengers, Lord Shaw. He treaded water, and contemplated the sudden arrival of fashionable aristocrats in his river of vengeance.

He contemplated in particular the one beside him, who’d not fallen in drunkenly laughing, nor jumped from the tipsy party to save a lady who’d already saved herself by swimming to shore. No, the boy next to him, treading water and gazing right back, had seen him.

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