why you no understand government

THE POINTLESS LETTERS TOP THIRTY-ONE “TERRIFYING PHRASES TO SEE SOMEONE ACTUALLY USE WHEN WRITING IN TO A NEWSPAPER TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING”

31. “I’d abolish all rights and rename them privileges.”

30. “Human rights law should be suspended when dealing with the nation’s security.”

29. “Those who think their privacy is more important than the safety of all of us worry me and I’m glad the government doesn’t listen to them.”

28. “When does free speech become sedition?”

27. “If you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide.”

26. “Unless action is taken to root out these fifth columnists the problem can only get worse.”

25. “I would want the state to employ numerous torture techniques, working shifts around the clock.”

24. “If a few terrorist suspects have to be held without trial, deprived of sleep and yes, even water-boarded, to protect the rest of us then so be it.”

23. “We should put armed soldiers on our streets.”

22. “It’s time we ended all this ‘civil liberties’ nonsense.”

21. “Torture is OK.”

20. “If you aren’t doing wrong then you haven’t got anything to worry about.”

19. “Anyone with nothing to hide should have their DNA taken.”

18. “Everyone who lives in our country should give a DNA sample.”

17. “Forget about civil rights, we are at war.”

16. “This country needs a military presence on its streets.”

15. “Anyone who opposes this has something to hide.”

14. “Perhaps Western Christendom needs to declare its very own holy crusade.”

13. “Why not allow the Government total access to all electronic communications? I have nothing to hide.”

12. “If accessing my phone means stronger and greater security for the country, I’m more than happy.”

11. “If, like me, you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about.”

10. “I would have no objection to carrying proof that I am entitled to live in our country.”

9.“I am happy for MI5 or MI6 to know when I am on the train…if that means they are free to gather information about someone who plans to blow me up.”

8. “We have to be less tolerant.”

7.“Torture these terror nuts until they tell us wot we need 2 know and when they’ve told us torture them more just 4 the hell of it.”

6.“…make sure that everyone in the UK has an identification card…anyone at any time can be requested to show this card to prove that they are in the country legally.”

5. “…the time has come for the normal procedures with regard to evidence to be suspended for the duration of the war on terror for the protection of the public.”

4.“Shouldn’t we be on a war footing with everyone carrying an ID card at all times and state security being empowered to stop and search at will?”

3. “In this day and age, if you don’t do what a policeman tells you to do, then expect a world of hurt.”

2. “…surely it is time to re-introduce internment.”

1. “I don’t understand why people are against internment.”

Wonder Woman Wank

If I see one more person saying they’re going to boycott DC and Wonder Woman over one theater having a special women only screening, I’m going to scream.

Jerks like this already ruined Ghostbusters, which was not a bad remake. I’m so tired of this nonsense.

I was inclined to listen. But here’s the thing: 90% of films made feature a male hero as the lead character. If one theater somewhere wants to have a lady’s night to celebrate the opening of what’s probably going to be the first female heroine blockbuster ever, is it that big of a deal?

I could see it being called misandry if the Avengers came out, and a theater banned men on the night of the premier. That wouldn’t be a special event because it would have no historical or gender-related relevance for a female audience. But one or two screenings at one theater, in celebration of a female icon finally getting a titular role?

If you’re so worried about these two small movie screenings, because of perceived gender inequality, then I don’t understand why more of you aren’t upset about the recent government panel voting on women’s health care issues in the US. A panel that was 100% comprised of men. Why aren’t you screaming about that inequality all over the internet?

Why are you not protesting Congress being primarily male?

Why don’t you care that 45 out of 45 presidents have been male?

Why don’t you care that the vast majority of CEOs are still male?

Because you don’t actually care one bit about gender inequality unless it’s perceived as not being fair toward you.

You’re mad because we’ve got two movie theaters in a random cinema somewhere for a women’s only screening of Wonder Woman? When you’re more than capable of renting an auditorium for any movie you want, and inviting your male friends to fill it up? But a female special event? Totally unacceptable!

So where in the hell were you when your raised voices were needed to tell people how unfair it is that entirely male panels are dictating women’s healthcare policy?

Bad healthcare policies kill women.

You still think a few screenings of a movie, outside your home state, is the more important thing to go to bat for?

You wonder why feminists think you’re full of shit.

anonymous asked:

Hi! So, I'm currently trying to plot a dystopian, and one of the major plot points was going to be my character and a large group of others setting up a rebellion against the government... but I'm unsure of how to go about writing this? Like, how would a group of people go about fighting the government? Roughly what would happen, and how would it end? (Sorry if this is kind of a weird question, but any help you have would be appreciated.) Thanks!

How characters mount a rebellion really depends on the nature of the dystopia you’ve created. Katniss Everdeen started a rebellion by forcing the Capital to declare two winners of the Hunger Games. That specific event can’t exactly be replicated across many dystopian stories. The principle of it, however, can certainly be applied to many stories.

When it comes to your characters taking action, think of things they can do that puts their government in a sticky situation, like Katniss did to the Capital. She forced them to choose between 2 winners or 0 winners, neither situation being ideal for them. When she showed that they could be controlled, that gave others enough confidence to start protesting - an early sign of rebellion.

Most fictional governments in dystopian stories center around oppression of some kind, so I suspect yours does as well. You have to understand where this oppression comes from - why has the government put certain policies and practices into place? What’s the point? There should be some strategic gain apart from simply being cruel. Once you understand their motives, it becomes easier to figure out how your characters can rise up against them.

I’m going to link a couple posts that I think you might find helpful.

Create a Strategic Plan for Your Antagonist

Writing About War

The first is a response I wrote to a question about a government doing nasty things and my detailed suggestions to help understand your antagonists’ motives. The second is a masterpost thoughtfully done by Sarah, and it includes a heading for rebellion. Some of those sources might be of use to you.

If you’re interested in drawing comparisons to real world rebellions in history, read up on the topics Sarah linked and do some Googling on recent political rebellions to get a brief overview on current affairs.

Otherwise, it’s your dystopia so you get to make the rules. You get to decide protocol when someone wants to palaver with a government official. You get to decide punishment for holding a public protest or petitioning for certain rights. You get to decide how violent riots become. You created the world, so you get to play the game however you want.

I hope this was helpful to you. Good luck with your story!

-Rebekah