without trial


[Note: the kiss has been confirmed! Or confirmed-ish…? I’ll link the post as I get home I’m currently on mobile T.T]

oK sorry I got Angery™ and it got the better of me.

But like here’s the deal. If you’re homophobic, homosexual relationships make you uncomfortable or just don’t ship it: .


y u watch show

No but in all seriousness the show still gives the viewer an option to interpret it as a very very vERY intimate friendship between the two. It’s like you have a free trial without ads, but instead without gay. But that trial is goin out soon and you have to face the gay, sorry dude.

But if you’re just a person that wants to destroy the like first gay canon kiss of our lives, fuck you man?!

If you’ve suffered from the trauma of those party poopers (comme moi), here’s proof that it was a real kiss delivered to you by a tired fangirl who is crying at 1.am after the episode and needs to write this to be able to sleep tonight.

exhibit A

This fucking line, foreshadowing the kiss at the end of the episode, showing that the idea is already planted in Viktor’s head and he’s now planting it in ours. Even if the kiss doesn’t happen exactly at this scene.

exhibit B

Their lips being highlighted, intended to be the focus of the shot, perfectly aligned to kiss. Yuuri  has not had the time to react.

exhibit fuck you it’s canon

This shot gives us a very familiar romance trope, the surprised receiver of the kiss, Yuuri that is, widen their eyes in awe. Also, his face is not on the side! It’s directly in front of him! There is no way Viktor’s head is on the side! I don’t make the rules sweaty :)

exhibitttttttttttttt 69

Further proof that they’re in front of each other and that Viktor’s head is nOT ON THE SIDE WTF HOW COULD ANYONE COME TO THAT CONCLUSION?!  You see the faces getting closer and yet another romance trope, Viktor’s eyes shut close as their lips start to press against eachother.

exhibit okay Jules we get ittttt

But like no, you don’t?! Yuuri is surprised, shocked, but like Viktor is so fucking touchy and another hug wouldn’t leave the poor man wide eyed like a boy that just had his first kiss…-ohhhhhhhhhhh… You see where I’m getting at? One more thing to note, if they were just hugging, Viktor’s hand pulling Yuuri closer should cause Yuuri’s face to be pressed against Viktor’s shoulder, according to physics. But no it stops at Viktor’s face ;) Also the arm, I know chill I’ll get there in a bit

exhibit ffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

FUCKEN SHOCKED. It’s not like she never seen them hug, like y she be like that? Because it was a kiss.

Same here, y they so shocked?  Because it was a kiss.

And y he be so shocked? This ain’t the first time hugging?  Because wasn’t a hug it was a first kiss.

Ya know, just two bros bein bros looking at eachother lovingly in the middle of an ice rink after just making out. nO BIGGIE.

But I hear your pleads.


His head was on the side.

But like no?!? Look at exhibit fuck you it’s canon and exhibit 69 above (w8 why did i call em that?). His head must have ya know just swooshed to the side when it cut to his family looking absolutely stunned. There was time so even if in that one shot with Viktor’s head on the side, the kiss still happened.

But about his arm, you may ask. We don’t see ‘em lips and tongues entangled with each other you may say .WHAT IS THIS SCHRÖDINGER’S KISS YOU SCREAM?! But are you aware of the culture and controversy of homosexuality in Japan? This is a just a censor of a canon kiss! Like in a sex scene in a movie you don’t ask, but I don’t see em genitals making sweet love so it didn’t happen?!

Yeah thought so.  It was a kiss

Conclusion: It was a kiss, victuuri is real, love wins, now I can sleep in peace

Tumblr hates fascists
  • Tumblr: *posts Brad Pitt memes about killing Nazis* The only good fascist is a dead fascist! I can't wait to smash'em!
  • Tumblr: *posts maudlin photosets of Obama's last days in the White House* Sniff... I miss how he strengthened the surveillance state, and expanded oversightless and illegal military action across the world, and how he protected rich oligarchs at the expense of the poor, used his bully pulpit to shame activists, imprisoned journalists and whistleblowers, and mandated that all Americans had to buy insurance from specific private corporations. He had US citizens murdered without trial based on his personal judgment too. He was so fucking classy! Where will we find a president like that again?!

This is going to put me on the other side of a lot of people on this site but as the son of a Cuban immigrant whose father remains actively involved trying to help the people of Cuba start their own businesses and join the 21st century (and has been detained for this by Castro’s secret police) - Fidel’s record is…checkered, at best, repressive for the people liberated by his ‘Revolution’ in more cynical terms, and tyrannical when viewed uncharitably, and that cannot be just chalked up to the effects of the embargo, as the left likes to do. Sure, he fought imperialism during the Cold War. He also oversaw decades of human rights abuses, a society that was not remotely egalitarian, and a country that in many ways remains frozen in time. In the 21st century, when Raul follows his brother, Cuba will be better off.

He frankly does not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Nelson Mandela. He had Cuban Nelson Mandela’s jailed without fair trial.

Cuba might have enviable and free healthcare. It also has a chronic shortage of basic medicine - cough syrup, laxatives, pain killers - for its working classes in the capital city of Havana, which I visited in 2012. It was a remarkable experience in which I met many strong-willed and hardworking but underserved people. It was neither a socialist paradise nor a communist hellhole. But it was also a decaying city, lacking in public investment and afflicted by severe poverty.

Frankly, don’t assume you know better than those celebrating in Little Havana, a not inconsiderable number of whom know what it was like to live under his regime, and risked their lives to escape it.

I leave you with an insightful quote by Yoani Sanchez:

“The best thing that Fidel Castro left us is the lesson that we don’t want any more Fidel Castros in Cuba. The lesson is that a man like that ends up absorbing the whole nation, ends up seeing himself as the embodiment of the homeland, and ends up simply taking away our nationality. The lesson of Fidel Castro is no more Fidel Castros. Some people admire him, but they admire him for what they think he was, not for who he really was. Staying in power that long is no merit.”

Lynching didn’t start in the old West or during Reconstruction, but during the American Revolution. A justice of the peace and farmer in Virginia before the war, one Colonel Charles Lynch, led a band of vigilantes to “bring to justice” British supporters and outlaws. Hanging someone without a trial became known as “lynching” after this particularly enthusiastic patriot.

To Trump supporters, who think now we feel what you felt under Obama:

We are not afraid of the same things.

I am afraid that my Muslim friends will be put in camps, because Trump has threatened to make Muslims “register,” which is how the Holocaust began. And, because similar things have happened in America, in the not distant past. Because my grandfather, a second generation Japanese-American, was put into a camp, because Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Even though, he was born in America. Because Japanese-Americans were all put in camps, in spite of most of them having never even visited Japan.

They were incarcerated without trial, because people were afraid.

Now, I am afraid that Muslims, nearly all who are moderate and kind, will be treated like that or worse, even though 99% of them have no connection to Taliban.

Black Americans, Latino Americans, even Asian Americans have already been attacked or called slurs, being told to “go back to their country,” when we have lived here our entire lives. When we were born here, and even our parents were born here. Women have been attacked, called “liberal bitches,” for walking down the street. LGBTQIA+, have already suffered shootings this year, and with this new man in power, we are afraid that people are only going to feel more justified their attacks. Disabled people already have faced horrible injustices, and now, that a man has been elected, who has openly mocked them, we are afraid that they will face even more.

I understand that you were afraid of not being able to buy guns. Afraid that women and people of color would take away your jobs.

I am now afraid of being attacked, because I am a woman. Afraid of being attacked because I am Asian. Being hated, because some people think I am Latina. Afraid that any time one of my LGBTQIA+ friends go out, I may never see them again.

You were afraid that the system would not hear your voice, and I suppose in that way, I understand. Because the electoral system is literally how Trump has come to power, when Clinton won the popular vote.

You may be happy for this new regime, and if that’s your feeling, I wish I could convince you how hurtful that is. But, this doesn’t seem to be what you were afraid of over the last eight years.

We are not afraid of not having jobs, or not owning things, or even of not having the system hear our voice.

We are afraid for our lives.

A/N: I wrote this on Facebook recently, and figured it might be something people here might like to read/reblog/etc. If you are part of the marginalized groups, I am part of many as well. I support you. Be strong.

Everything wrong with Sirius and Dumbledore's relationship

1. Sirius is put in Azkaban without a trial.

2. Dumbledore is the head of the fucking Wizengamot. He could have given him a trial.

3. I don’t care how obviously guilty he looked, everybody has the right to a fair trial because it is a fundamental civil right.

4. Sirius escapes from Azkaban. He’s later revealed to be innocent.

5. Dumbledore knows this and is still the head of the Wizengamot. He still doesn’t give him a trial and instead encourages him to run away in a dangerous escape plan involving a dangerous magical creature.

6. He lets him live in a cave for a year eating rats and doesn’t even send him any food. Or give him a trial.

7. He sends him back to alert the Order to Voldemort’s return. Like, why would you believe Sirius is the right man for the job? Everyone still thinks he’s a mass-murdering Death Eater. At least that spawned 'lie low at Lupin’s’

8. He keeps him confined to the home where he was abused as a child. Who cares about the fact that Sirius is clearly suffering from depression and PTSD? Who cares that he’s constantly triggered by his mother’s portrait and a house elf who hates him? Who cares that he’s merely exchanged one prison for another?

9. Sirius snaps. Don’t tell me Dumbledore didn’t see that coming.

10. Sirius dies. Dumbledore deals with Harry’s grief in the worst fucking way possible. He doesn’t even attempt to clear Sirius’ name or have him posthumously exonerated. He doesn’t tell people about what a hero he really was. Hell, he doesn’t even give the man a funeral.

can we just talk about the fact that today is sirius’ birthday and 3 days ago was the day his two best friends in the whole wide world got murdered and how he spent his 22nd birthday in Azkaban where he was sent, without trial, for the murder of his brother and the love of his brother’s life and the parents of his godson. sirius black spent his 22nd birthday alone, with no one to love him, because he had lost everyone

actually, let’s not talk about this

All the powerful surveillance tools President Trump will have at his disposal

National Security Agency

The National Security Agency is far from transparent in how it runs surveillance and gathers data on U.S. citizens, and the intelligence agency does not need Congressional approval to make changes. Even though President Obama implemented new restrictions on surveillance last year, the NSA still has the power to ask companies for data, and by law the companies have to follow through. The growing concern with NSA surveillance under a Trump presidency is largely rooted in Americans’ civil rights.

Drone Program

The president has the right to order a drone strike to kill suspected terrorists without charges or a trial. Earlier this year, in a New York Times op-ed, two ACLU lawyers warned that “whoever prevails in November will inherit a sweeping power to use lethal force against suspected terrorists and militants, including Americans.”

PRISM Program

The NSA’s PRISM program gathers data — email, instant-message chats and videos — from major tech companies like Google and Facebook.  According to the Washington Post, that data is shared by the NSA with the FBI and CIA. Existence of this surveillance tool was brought to light when documents from 2013 were leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

And then there’s net neutrality.

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What to expect with Trump

When I was 20 and a sophomore in college, a war criminal was reelected as president. This was after 9/11 which happened when I was a high school senior and I watched the world I thought I knew fall apart. Maybe you’re not old enough to know about the fear that held us hostage after 9/11 or how willingly people gave up our rights. Maybe you don’t remember how the 2000 election was stolen from the popular vote, and that it had all came down to Florida. 

In 2004, we had another chance. This was after we knew that the wars were built on lies and ego, but we were too stuck to escape. This was after we knew he was an idiot who built a base on dynastic and rich white male conservationism. This was after thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Middle East died.  We arrested Americans without trials, we tapped lines without warrants, we disappeared innocent people and we tortured them. We signed away our freedoms in the Patriot Act. Our lives were governed by what color threat the day would be.

I was so certain that in 2004 with everything we knew, it was finally going to change. It was my very first election and I was so proud to be a part of it. We were going to make a real difference! Bush ran on a platform of fear and anti-LGBTQ rights, but we were going to win.

And I remember staying up all night watching the states tick red one by one.

I’m betting that most of you don’t remember what it was like to live through those days and the crushing failure afterwards. The next four years were a hard, terrible slog that left us exhausted, bitter, and begging for something more. There were huge protests all over the country for years, people struggling to hold on to their rights. A republican president with a republican congress, able to do anything he wanted to do with no one to stop him.

Our people were dying overseas, our people were being threatened and held hostage by surveillance at home, and everyone in the world hated us. In 2004, the United States’ torture prisons were exposed in Abu Ghraib where we treated prisoners like animals, humiliated, and killed them.

Less than one year after George W Bush’s reelection in 2005, he bungled the Hurricane Katrina response. Maybe you’re too young to remember the pictures of bodies left rotting in the streets or the poor rounded up like cattle, trying to survive in the Superdome.

High powered political positions went to unqualified cronies as gifts. The head of FEMA, Mike Brown, had never worked in a Federal government position in his life. That decision led to delayed assistance after Katrina, and people dying.

In 2006, the Republicans fired 11 US federal attorneys. Some were fired because they were involved in corruption cases that investigated Republicans, others refused to bow to political pressure when they were ordered by Republicans to target Democrats.

In 2007, the federal trial of Valarie Plame vs the US began. Valarie Plame was a US spy who had questioned the lies used to draw us into war. In retaliation, the President’s men exposed her identity to the world, publically outing a US covert agent in political revenge, ending her career and putting her life in danger.

In 2008, George W Bush’s reckless, idiotic dictatorship and collusion with Wall Street led to the worst economic collapse in our country since the Great Depression. We lost 8.7 million jobs, unemployment rose from 4.1% to 10% of the population. It was only 8 years ago, but maybe you’re too young to remember entire neighborhoods and entire towns wiped out by foreclosures. Banks would kick families out of their homes, sometimes not even the right home, and homelessness spiked. To this day, our economy is still trying to recover.

So what does this tell us now? Things are going to get bad. They are, that’s just the reality. We are going to have to fight for the rights that many of you grew up and took for granted. We can expect to see women’s reproductive rights under attack on every front. We can expect to see LGBTQ people targeted, the decisions passed down to the states where they’re free to enact laws that discriminate against us. We can expect a spike in hate crimes and civil unrest as violence against African Americans, Latinxs, and other groups soar. We have to brace for our economy to start crumbling again, for our relations with other countries to come apart, and for the damage of Trump’s picks on the Supreme Court to set us back decades.

What it means from someone who has lived through this before is that the next four years are going to be a fight. We are going to struggle and we are going to hurt. It’s not going to be right, but we’ve survived it once and we can do it again. I am not going to sugar coat this for anyone because we are not going to be okay, but we are going to make it through. This is not the end.

I guess, at the end of the day, I just want to say we can make it through. I know we can, I’ve seen it happen before. There are millions of Americans who don’t recognize this version of America and it will get bad, but we fought this once and we can do it again. Brace yourselves, take care of each other, and stay angry. We can do this. There’s hope at the end of it, we just have to get there.

And we sure as hell aren’t going to let him get eight years.

On Civil Asset Forfeiture

So, forgive the faculty person in me for a moment, but it occurs to me that lots of people are probably responding to Donald Trump’s ridiculous “joke” about destroying the career of a Texas legislator who opposes civil asset forfeiture without actually knowing what civil asset forfeiture (CAF, from here on) is, and how pervasive it is.

In brief. the simple fact is that it is legal for the government to seize property that is suspected to have been used while committing a crime. That’s CAF. Notably, CAF can happen – and happens all the time – even if the person from whom the property is seized is never convicted of a crime. Government usually sells the asset, and pockets the earnings … leaving perfectly innocent people without homes, or cars, or much else.

Police departments and prosecutors LOVE CAF: they get resources without even bothering with trials, regardless of whether there are convictions. More, in those cases when someone is actually guilty but is unlikely to be convicted (which can happen), CAF is an informal, indirect form of punishment. And since Americans automatically assume someone is guilty just because they are arrested, we don’t care that lots of innocent people lose their property through CAF: we assume they must have been guilty of something, and so deserved it.

So here’s hoping a friend never accidentally leaves a joint in the back seat of your car, or a numbnuts cousin doesn’t leave his stash at your grandmother’s house. That’s a quick trip to walking street and homeless town … all in the name of American justice.

Quite the joking matter, huh?



I hope anyone who didn’t vote in a swing state already feels bad about themselves and continues to feel worse every day. We have an incoming Presidential administration talking openly about genetic superiority, eugenics, watch lists, suspending habeas corpus, indefinite detention of “terrorist sympathizers” without trial over internet comments, internment camps, ethnoreligious immigration and asylum bans, ending public education in favor of private religious schools getting federal funding, nationwide stop-and-frisk, the expansion of private prison use, more draconian drug laws, ending marriage equality, allowing businesses to discriminate against various groups, forming a new HUAC, ending Medicare for our senior citizens, gutting or eliminating the ACA and kicking millions off health insurance, ending federal subsidies for public housing, and using nuclear weapons in war. This is less than a month after the election.

If you can watch what’s happening and still say you honestly think both sides are remotely the same, you are so far beyond stupid that I don’t know how you manage to remember to breathe.

Valentines Day Brawl

Reinhardt: “It began… with a proposal…”

*Silhouette stage play of Hanzo and Mccree. Mccree is kneeling and holding out a box.*

Mccree: “Partner, this may be a bit sudden, an’ ah know we’ve only been doin’ this a short time but-”

Hanzo: “Jessie. It is alright. I know what you are asking, and I accept. I will marry you.”

Reinhardt: “For a time, things were happy. The great big Overwatch family was delighted by the prospect of a wedding.”

*Cut to Lucio, Tracer, and Soldier76 setting up decorations*

Reinhardt: “But life does not give us joy without trial.”

*Stage and silhouettes drop back, cut to shadowy, evil looking base set up.*

*Lightning flashes, briefly revealing Widowmaker, Sombra, and Reaper*

Reinhardt: “Talon, and evil organization opposing Overwatch, would stop at nothing to ruin such a happy occasion, for it could not allow our brave heroes any spark of happiness.”

*Shift to scene of Mercy, Symmetra, Zenyatta, and Mei in front of a wedding chapel.*

Reinhardt: “Overwatch would not so easily allowed Talon to have it’s way with the happy day, and sent forth heroes to halt their advance.”

 @goodluckdetective, @secretlystephaniebrown

Make it happen, you two.

We were forced at first to live in a horse stable at a local race track while the government finished the prison camps where 120,000 Japanese Americans would spend the next four years in some of the most desolate places in the country. After several months of surviving together in a single horse stall, my family was sent to the swamps of Arkansas, arriving at Rohwer War Relocation Center — a nondescript name for the barbed wire-enclosed space that confined us.

The grotesquely abnormal became our normality. Uniformed guards, sentry towers, and searchlights became our normality. Lining up for meals and for the public latrine in a prison camp became our normality.

On Wednesday night, a top surrogate of President-elect Trump suggested that these prison camps serve as precedent to justify a Muslim registry.

But the interning of Japanese Americans in 1942 is not a “historical, factual precedent” to follow. In America, we do not imprison someone without trial. We do not imprison someone for their race or religion. Congress and the White House recognized this, when after many decades the nation issued an apology and modest reparations to the survivors. We had thought a national consensus had at last been achieved, and that we would never go back to those times, nor to the thinking that brought them about.

That thinking was steeped in fear and racism, pure and simple. This is just as a Muslim registry, a Muslim ban, or Muslim camps would be. And we cannot permit it.