you may take this as a political post

uk ge2017 voting incentive?

Uk followers i’m actually begging you, please vote in the general election on thursday!!! the tories are counting on young people like you staying home. if u message me that you voted or take a pic of yourself at your polling station and tag me in it, i’ll follow you, add you to a shout out post i’ll put up on friday of all my politically woke uk peeps and reblog your latest selfie, i’m 100% on this, literally anything to get as many people as possible out tomorrow!!! if you’re not sure who to vote for this site: tactical2017.com/ will tell you what to vote in your constituency to prevent a tory majority. it’s really important we stop them leading us in to another 5 years of cuts to education, welfare and healthcare, down the hard brexit route, and legitimising closet ableists, racists, homo/transphobes and misogynists.

Friendly reminder to register to vote if you live in British Columbia. The BC election takes place May 9th, 2017. 

This was taken at my university this morning. I’m sure other registration booths will be showing up at other universities.

You can register online here very easily. See this post for more details on how to do that.

The deadline to register is April 11th, 2017.

Fat activism is not body posi.

Fat activism started as a legitimately radical offshoot of queer and feminist activism and not as a modeling campaign.

FAT activism is NOT body posi. It is not a way to make individual people feel slightly better about their oppression while not challenging it at all.

Body posi is what happens when capitalism co-opts a radical movement, specifically radical fat activism. 

I do not and never will care about body posi because body posi only cares about making the world safe for medium sized women, while pushing out the FAT people who did the work in the first place.


Fat activism is a systemic critique of the ways that fat people are discriminated against and harmed by systems of fatphobic oppression.

Within that critique, diet culture is the name of the system of oppression against us.

Within this system, a decision to engage in dieting is framed as an individual choice, when the ability to make free choices within the system is largely an illusion. 

You may think you are “choosing” dieting, but when the punishment for not choosing it is so great, are you really making a free and non-coerced choice? Clearly the answer is no.

But within a system of punishment and coercion, you may not be completely free to make a choice, but you can decide to stop making fucking blog posts about how much you love the coercion. B/c at that point- you have become another cog in the punish & coerce machine.

There are frequently people involved in plus size blogging who decide to not only lose weight, but to take a sponsorship from a weight loss company and then they get upset when people are unhappy with that. 

B/c plus size blogging has decided to no longer be a political community and that is a shame b/c it used to be. 

And it’s a double shame b/c that’s how people get into being FA adjacent from looking for clothes, and now they’re just getting some weak sauce co-opted body posi instead of real liberation politics.

Radical political fatshion can change lives. Plus size blogging as it has been constituted lately is just another lifestyle brand.

LONG POST BUT GOOD I THINK

Hello tumblr! I would like to take the time to explain some of this British/Irish politics stuff that is happening right now. I’m not an expert, but apparently neither is anyone else (including Theresa May), so I’m going to run down what I know, so that everyone who wants to understand can get up to speed (as much as I’m able to get you there). If anyone who is an expert wants to correct me or add anything then please, please do.

(Quick note: Remember that the UK is a country, but it also made of other countries including Northern Ireland.)

First, some history: Britain has had a very tumultuous relationship with Ireland basically forever. There’s a LOT to go over, so I’ll just kind of massively over-simplify and say that Ireland became a British colony and fought its way out until only 6 counties were undecided about being part of the UK.* Conflict known as The Troubles started in the ‘60s.

The Troubles: The counties of Northern Ireland consisted (and still consist) of a mixture of two key ideologies; those who considered themselves British (unionists), and those who considered themselves Irish (republicans).** The former, wanted Northern Ireland to stay as part of the UK, but the latter wanted Northern Ireland to rejoin the rest of Ireland as one sovereign state - they arguably settled into a kind of a ‘draw’*** in the 1920s. When the fighting began in the ‘60s, the republicans were, rightly, pissed that they were being discriminated against by the unionist authorities - they wanted to be treated fairly, and asking and then demanding it clearly wasn’t working, so they resorted to force. This kicked off thirty years of fighting, involving a variety of paramilitary groups, activists, Northern Irish police, politicians, and the British army. Thousands of people died (mostly civilians), and there was bombing throughout the UK. Eventually, after a lot of work, a peace-deal was brokered: The Good Friday Agreement (GFA).

The Good Friday Agreement: In order to bring an end to the both the fighting, but also the state-sponsored discrimination that started it, a contract was brought up between the republicans and the unionists. It’s pretty complex, but some key points are these: 

  • A forced coalition of republicans and unionists must run the country 
  • The majority of people want to stay in the United Kingdom but there are loooads who want to be part of Ireland: If there is ever a time when this switches, and the majority wants to unite with the Republic of Ireland, then the UK is bound to allow it.
    • (A reason this is so groundbreaking is because Britain had never before recognised that both these ideas were totally legitimate)

Key to this contract is the concept of ‘impartiality’. To properly manage a country with such distinct and opposing viewpoints, you have to be emphatically impartial between the two (and the legitimacy of both viewpoints therefore implicit). This is why the forced coalition is so important. 

That was in 1998, and Northern Ireland has pretty much been peaceful ever since (there is the odd bombing every now and then) but obviously it’s kind of part of the whole deal that the two sides will never see eye-to-eye completely. Unfortunately…

Recent UK political history: I won’t go into too much detail, but basically the Conservative party were having a bit of a power struggle and David Cameron (the Prime Minister at the time) decided to sort it out by saying he’d hold a referendum about whether the UK should be part of the EU. And in 2016, he kind of had to follow through with that. It was a dumb decision with no forethought whatsoever, and the discussions around it were of the same ilk. Anyway, as we all know, without any idea what would happen once the decision was made, the UK slightly voted to Leave more than to Remain (this is known as Brexit because of course it is a dumb name like that). David Cameron resigned because whoops, and we got Theresa May - we didn’t get to vote for her or anything, we just got her. 

This year, she decided she wanted a more firm support to go into Brexit negotiations with Europe, so she called a snap election. Elections are typically every 5 years and our last one was only in 2015, so it was early. LITTLE DID SHE KNOW, good old Jeremy Corbyn (who I could talk about at length as well but I won’t) and his Labour crew brought their A-Game, and destroyed the Tories as much as they could without actually winning the election.

Basically, Britain has a dumb system called ‘first-past-the-post’. The gist of it is as follows: Each political party has their own leader, and that leader becomes the prime minister if their party wins. When you go to vote, you vote for a local MP for your constituency (or local area) representing his or her party and that counts towards the national wins - or seats - of that party. For example, you might vote for a local Labour candidate and, if that Labour candidate wins, their seats are added to the Labour party seats to see whether or not the country wants them doing a good rule of the whole place. To have a strong mandate, i.e. to be large-and-in-chaaarge, a political party has to get a ‘majority government’ - this is defined as winning 326 seats. If they don’t get that, they must form a coalition with another party to pick up the seats that they’re missing - this tends to be the biggest party teaming up with one of the much smaller ones. In 2010 nobody got enough seats****, and the Tories took over from the Labour party by getting the Lib Dems into a coalition with them; then they somehow got even more control in the 2015 election by getting a majority government on their own little leggies (no Lib Dems required).

In this election, again, no party got enough seats - so the Tories had to try and get a coalition going. But there was a problem! All the other parties they could turn to, had said they would absolutely not form a coalition with them. WHAT TO DO? Well, remember we were talking about Northern Ireland earlier…

I KEEP THINKING I’M NEAR THE END AND THEN MORE INFORMATION IS HAPPENING: Northern Ireland has for a while been run by a coalition between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. The former is unionist (obviously); the latter is republican. This had been going pretty well, till something called the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This was a system to help businesses move towards renewable energy sources, thereby reducing UK carbon emissions. Essentially, businesses were given subsidies to change their heating methods over from non-renewable sources. But it was done in a shambolic way - people were basically being paid to just have their heat on aaaall the time, and there was no cap on subsidies so they could just heat their way to an unethical, but apparently perfectly legal, fortune. SCANDAL HAPPENED when it was revealed that this whole thing was going to cost Northern Ireland huuuundreds of millions of pounds and also look what a hash job everyone has done. Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP was asked to stand down while an enquiry happened but she refused and, in protest, the leader of Sinn Féin (Martin McGuinness) resigned from his post (and then subsequently resigned from the party and then died). Sinn Féin refused to put someone else forward to lead their half of the coalition, so Arlene Foster couldn’t lead either! Northern Ireland, therefore, had to have an election even though they had JUST HAD ONE in 2016. So they had another in March and the unionists headed into shaky ground - they lost a whole lot of seats, so only had one more than Sinn Féin. Sinn Féin continued to demand that Arlene Foster step down, and Arlene Foster continued to refuse, meaning they still couldn’t form a government. They were given a deadline to form one, or they would be put under Direct Rule (this means Westminster taking over running Northern Ireland), which is NOT IDEAL considering. (Also Brexit is happening!!! Ireland is part of Europe!!! The Northern Irish border with Ireland is a sensitive thing!!! Nobody talked about this during Brexit and they’re all fucking idiots!!!) The deadline passed, so they extended the deadline… And then Theresa May called a national election! WHAT A CLEVER CLOGS. This fucking idiot called an election in the most unstable time in Northern Ireland since the fucking ‘90s. Northern Ireland now has to go back to the polls once again! So they push back the deadline some more and then the election happens and GUESS FUCKING WHAT…

CLUSTERFUCK: Theresa May, a monumental shitshower of idiocy, doesn’t have enough seats to run the country, and nobody wants to team up with her horrible party, and now she’s fucked! But WAIT, what about the party that is embroiled in a corruption scandal and is currently unable to run its own country? That’s a good idea. Let’s get them involved. Theresa May and the DUP decide to join up. 

Now. Remember a little thing from nearer the beginning of this stupidly long post: The Good Friday Agreement? The culmination of years of peace-process discussions after and through decades of war and terror? The thing the relies on an impartial government? How impartial is the Tories getting in bed with the DUP - the unionists? Not very impartial, if you don’t mind me saying. So now not only is Northern Ireland in a mess over the Cash for Ash scandal, and unable to run itself, but ALSO Theresa May is shitting all over the only real thing that’s kept the peace for nearly 20 years. And we still don’t know what’s happening with the Ireland/NI border! And we still have a deadline for a NI government to be sorted out! And the official plan for when that doesn’t happen is Direct Rule! And you can’t possibly run Direct Rule with one of the coalition parties that is refusing to run the fucking country! And Direct Rule is kind of kryptonite for GFA anyway! IT’S A FUCKING LUDICROUS, ILLEGAL, DANGEROUS MESS. 

And that’s all I have to say about that.


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*That’s not exactly what happened. Ireland was colonised, fought for home rule (which is like being in charge of their area, while still be a British colony), and was partitioned in the 1920s because lots of people in these few Northern counties wanted to be ruled by the British government. The Irish Free State was created soon after, and Northern Ireland had the option to be part of that as well, but their government decided nah.

**This divide invariably fell along Protestant vs Catholic lines which lots of wilfully ill-informed British people will tell you is all the fighting was about. Actually there is a very long history related to this divide, which involved purposeful subjugation of Catholics in Ireland, to the point that the Irish Potato Famine could be considered attempted genocide of Irish Catholics by the British (protestants).

***Northern Ireland has since had the right to leave the UK if that’s what its people want, but that hasn’t happened and… Well, read on.

****This is known as a ‘hung parliament’. Hung parliaments do not happen a lot. there was one in 2010, as detailed above, and I think the one last before that was way back in the ‘70s. 

I wasn’t taught how to get a job
but I can remember dissecting a frog
I wasn’t taught how to pay tax
but I know loads about Shakespeare’s classics

I was never taught how to vote
they devoted that time to defining isotopes
I wasn’t taught how to look after my health
but mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

Never spent a lesson on current events
instead I studied The Old American West
I was never taught what laws there are.
I was never taught what laws there are.

Let me repeat - I was not taught the laws for the country I live in,
but I know how Henry the VIII killed his women.
Divorced beheaded died, divorced beheaded survived
glad that’s in my head instead of financial advice

I was shown the wavelengths of different hues of light
but I was never taught my human rights
Apparently there’s 30, do you know them? I don’t
Why the hell can’t we both recite them by rote?!

I know igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks
Yet I don’t know squat about trading stocks
Or how money works at all - where does it come from?
Who controls it? How does the thing that motivates the world function?

not taught how to budget and disburse my earnings
I was too busy rehearsing cursive.
Didn’t learn how much it costs to raise a kid or what an affidavit is
but I spent days on what the quadratic equation is

negative b plus or minus the square root of b squared
minus 4ac over 2a
That’s insane, that’s absolutely insane.
They made me learn that over basic first aid

How to recognise the most deadly Mental disorders // or
diseases with preventable causes // How to buy a
house with a mortgage // if I could afford it
‘cause abstract maths was deemed more important

than advice that would literally save thousands of lives
but it’s cool, ‘cause now I could tell you if the number of unnecessary deaths caused by that choice was prime.

Never taught present day practical medicines,
but I was told what the ancient hippocratic method is
“I’ve got a headache, the pain is ceaseless
what should I take?” umm… maybe try some leeches?

“Could we discuss domestic abuse and get the facts
or how to help my depressed friend with their mental state?”
Ummm… no but learn mental maths
because “you won’t have a calculator with you every day!”

They say it’s not the kids, the parents are the problem
Then if you taught the kids to parent that’s the problem solved then!
All this advice about using a condom
but none for when you actually have a kid when you want one

I’m only fluent in this language, for serious?
The rest of the world speaks two, do you think I’m an idiot?
They chose the solar over the political system
So like a typical citizen now I don’t know what I’m voting on

which policies exist, or how to make them change
mais oui, je parle un peu de Francais
So at 18, I was expected to elect a representative
For a system I had never ever ever ever been presented with

But I won’t take it
I’ll tell everyone my childhood was wasted
I’ll share it everywhere how I was “educated”
And insist these pointless things
#DontStayInSchool

This is important. If you’re in the UK and have the right to vote, please use it. I know a lot of people think their votes can’t change anything but it’s not true. People thought Brexit still wouldn’t happen if they didn’t vote in the referendum, but it happenned. How the next government negotiates Brexit, what it does with the NHS, how it will deal with migration will literally impact your entire life. Voting only takes minutes, but the implications of this election will span decades.

Take your parents with you, take your friends, go and vote. And if you don’t, don’t you dare complain later. I know there are practically no politicians who represent many of your views’ but you can still prevent the worst apples from a bad bunch from gaining power.

I hate Labour and I hate Corbyn, but May is even worse and will make Brexit a complete fiasco. Let’s stop her, let’s save our jobs, our universities, our NHS, our less well-off neighbours, and our international friends. If everyone under 30 voted, the Tories would stand no chance of re-gaining a strong majority.

I’m not even going to apologise for my first post in a while being about politics, because this is genuinely so, so important. If you don’t believe me, take it from Tom ;)

Today is my day off. It might be yours too.

AKA- the 2/3rd’s method of staying safe and sane while fighting against facism. 

This is a long post. If you don’t want to read it all, just look at the pictures and the bold print. Thanks & Please Share!


If you’ve been awake at all the past week, you know that we are not alone. 

[Image: Womens March DC, thousands of people in pink hats wait to being marching on the National Mall]

[Image: No Ban No Wall, Protesters hold up signs welcoming immigrants and protesting the Muslim ban]

[Image: Let Them in, Protesters fill the terminal walkways of JFK airport protesting the detainment of refugees]


I know you may feel alone and powerless sitting at your computer screen, but even online we are not alone. 

This is what brings me to my point. I see so many posts both online and off emphasizing the things that you alone can do, which is GREAT! These are good and solid posts and it’s nice to get ideas from them, but if we are all trying to tackle this monster alone, we will all burn out. 

The key to success is taking control of our numbers. Organize!

This sounds big and scary, but here’s my method for staying safe, sane, and most importantly, spirited for the fight ahead. This works both online and off, this works in any capacity you can get it to work. This works in small and huge numbers. This works if you’re a high school kid or a retiree. Just stick to it. 

Step 1: Find (at least) two friends

You will need to find at least two other people who are in the same lane as you. They want to fight for the same things in the same capacity. They have their own abilities and strengths and weaknesses. Get to know each other, know what you all can or cannot do together. 

Offline- Get each other’s phone numbers, go out for coffee, talk about politics and also about fun things like cats. Become buddies

Online- Get each other’s usernames, private message each other, start a group or blog, talk about politics and other fun things like cats. Become buddies

Step 2: Rotate & Rest

OFFLINE VER: Pick causes in your local area (yes! this is online as well!). Draft an easy schedule. Add fun things like parties to make protest posters or post-protest relax/regroup days. 

Here’s where the 2/3 method comes in: 

[Image: The 2/3 rotation method illustrated with smiling shapes in a Venn Diagram. “Find Friends. Do Two, Rest One. REPEAT!”]

Two of your group will attend the event while the 3rd person stays away and takes an off day to rest and relax. They may be on call in even of an emergency to pick you up.

At the next event, rotate so that a different person sits out.Continue repeating this. Two go, one stays. As bigger groups go, try to keep the same ratio. Get organized. Start saving money for travel, food, lawyers, whatever you may need! Young kids you can use this method to organize rides if you’re dependent on family/friends. 

ONLINE VER: Handle issues like they’re events. Write/Call/Post to your local representatives for two out of three events or for two out of three days. Take an off day where you know your battle buddies have the fort held down. Ignore politics-related media for your off day. Practice some self care. 

This achieves all of the goals:

Safe: you are not at a protest/cause alone, you have at least 1 other person who is close to you with you. They are your quiet support online or off

Sane: You are not alone and do not feel abandoned after the even ends. If trouble occurs, there’s a backup who you can contact to pick you up! Keep your battle buddy close!

Spirited: You have a day to regroup, chill, and treat yourself as a human being before going back into the fight. Even boxers take breaks every round!

There are other things you can do to increase safety, especially if you have a group of 6 or larger:

  • Cherry pick attendees to events (White women to go to a BLM march, large intimidating masculine types to escort people to & from Pride)
  • Start a pool for bail/lawyers/transportation
  • Have an honorary team-mom who keeps the snacks/first aid/emergency equipment that’s provided by the squad
  • Run shifts at long term protests
  • Bring food to shift protestors
  • Meetup when there aren’t events to share life experiences and maybe a pizza? Mani-Pedis? Crossfit?
  • Practice Nazi-punching techniques
  • Team T-shirts.

This method is pretty easy to scale up to big organization style events. I’ve been using it recently and it really helps not only morally, but safety-wise. It’s a method I thought up and only recently put into practice. It’s not perfect, but if more people do it, it will get better and more refined. Share this! Spread this! Please be there for each other!

tl;dr: YOU AREN’T ALONE, THIS IS NOT ON JUST YOUR SHOULDERS. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR THE CAUSE IS TO LINK ARMS WITH OTHERS AND CHARGE IN TOGETHER!

     bunny’s back at it yet again with a new blog for NU MIKITAKAZO NSHI ( or as he’s known on earth, MIKITAKA HAZEKURA ) from Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure!!

     miki’s a strange indvidual who claims he’s from space ( though no one really knows if that’s true or not. we think he is. probably). he’s not familiar with human culture, && one time he ate an entire packet of tissues without fear. no one really knows who or what he is. he’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma, but at least he comes in peace ( HAH ). generally respectful, polite, and extremely friendly, he’s a very soft person. he’s just a little bit lost. 

     so if you guys don’t mind interacting with a curious shape-shifting alien that would pet every animal in existence ( and may or may not just have a Stand, who the FOOK knows ), then do us a real solid && LIKE or REBLOG this post so we can take a Leisurely Spaceship Cruise™ to your place and check you out !! 

Naughty French Part 2 - relationships

Telling someone that they are hot:

Tu es…

Adorable/mignon/canon/sexy/à tomber - these are nicer

These are not so nice- 

Tu es… un bon coup (a good lay)/bonne (good in bed)/chaude (also means good in bed)

If people say that to you, you’ll probably want to refuse and run for the hills, here’s what you can say:

Casse-toi ! - go away (not very polite, but very direct about what you want)

Merci, mais j’attends quelqu’un - sorry but I’m waiting for someone

Tu t’es pas regardé ? - Take a good look at yourself! Basically you are not in my league.

In the Mood for l’Amour ?

Attraction/Flirting-

Il est beau gosse ! - He’s really hot

Cette fille je la kiffe - I like that girl

je lui ai roulé un patin - I french-kissed him!

Sex-

I WILL DO A SEPARATE POST FOR THIS

Oops I’m pregnant-

Etre en cloque - to be knocked up

Mettre en cloque - to knock (somebody) up

Etre enceinte - to be pregnant

Tomber enceinte - to fall pregnant


Breaking up :

Ça va pas être possible - It’s not working out

(Je t’aime plus) c’est fini - (I don’t love you anymore) it’s over

Va te faire foutre, t’es une vraie ordure - fuck off, you are a real piece of shit

Soyons amis - let’s just be friends

Je romps avec toi - I’m breaking up with you

Je la jette/le largue - I am dumping her/him

What’s that, you ask? “Where is the latest Paulitics & Footpaul blog post?” Boom.

What just happened!? Like. WHUUUUT!? What a night!!! Raaaaaa so many feels. This will surely go down as a seminal moment in our political history. It always takes me a beat to collect my thoughts and try and assemble them into some sort of coherent ramble for this blog (to follow)… But luckily there are others out there who are much more on the ball and are ready to try and explain what just happened! (WOOOOO!) So here’s my fave, from over on Medium: Paulitics and Footpaul; ready to blow your mind with the story of last night, along with one hell of a shout out to our main main: Mr Jeremy Corbyn!! 


Jeremy Corbyn is the Absolute Boy.

“On April 18th, at just seven weeks’ notice and with a 21-point lead in the polls, Theresa May called a General Election. She did so to increase her majority in Parliament, as she sought an improved mandate for a Tory Hard-Brexit. Rough estimates had the Tory’s aiming for at least a 200‑seat majority, in a landslide which Party insiders had hoped would go down in history as the election which destroyed the Labour Party and consigned them to the opposition benches for good.

Instead, the UK electorate turned out in the biggest numbers seen for 25 years, to provide a result which leaves us with a hung Parliament. This was the culmination of a campaign in which May hid from opposition debate, controlled media scrutiny of her policies, performed U-turn after U-turn on her own manifesto, and uttered the words “Strong and Stable” 1,785,694 times. For Labour, their excellent campaigning resulted in the biggest increase in vote share of any Party since 1945. In the context of a snap election, called in the Conservative Party’s own self-interest, this is an incredible victory for Labour.

But, they still fall short of being the largest party, and, with the DUP seemingly intent on supporting a Tory government, can Labour really view this as a victory?

Although this is to be an informal agreement, I would be gobsmacked if a Tory/DUP alliance could prop up a minority government for much longer than a year. Even with enough votes to pass through a Queen’s Speech, there would be more than enough Tory rebels to prevent any UK-wide Manifesto promises being enacted. This is in part due to May’s weak leadership. We’ve finally seen the real Theresa May during this campaign, and she’s useless. Absolutely useless. She is now being found out by both the electorate and the media, and, as interest in politics from a larger, younger electorate grows, scrutiny of these ‘coalition partners’ will increase with each passing day. Similarly, the simple fact that Corbyn is now seen as an electable figure will itself make a potential Labour government more palatable to the public, which could lead to more favourable reports in the mainstream media. Once the would-be-heirs to Theresa May’s crown are finished with their manoeuvrings, we could see a Corbyn-led Labour heading this time into a prolonged election campaign, with favourable poll ratings, a united PLP and at least some sections of the press on their side.

This is where the issue of vote‑share comes into play. These results have led to a complete redrawing of our electoral map. In 2015, not only did Labour lose badly, but they were left with very few marginals to target in subsequent elections. Following last night’s events, aside from the actual gains and obviously promising swings, Labour now have a footing in seats they could previously only have dreamed of competing in as marginals, such as Chingford and Woodford Green, where Iain Duncan Smith could only return a thin majority. The idea too, that UKIP voters would flood to the Tories and remain solid for them also looks a bit strained. Not only did the UKIP-Tory swing fail to manifest itself into many seat-gains, Labour’s Brexit position, and subsequently strong Brexit team, leaves the Tories vulnerable in holding on to these largely working-class voters in upcoming elections. Similarly, looking at Scotland, it is much more likely that the SNP-Tory swing is coming from a position of protest, or nationalist fatigue, whereas Labour would be much more confident of taking these gains forward into another election, on an anti-austerity platform, should the Scottish appetite for independence continue to crumble. Labour have also regained a hold in Wales, the North-East, and the West-Midlands, while tightening their grip on London, with some astonishing shifts (shouts Battersea).

So, with everything crossed, despite failing to form a government this time around, the Labour Party could be in a position by as early as next year, to lead a Progressive Alliance, or even an outright majority of their own into government.

And for this to have become a legitimate possibility so soon, enormous praise must go to Jeremy Corbyn. Swimming against the tide of a hostile press, and without the backing of his own Parliamentary Party; Corbyn has stayed true to his beliefs, maintained a statesmanlike calmness and composure, drawn massive crowds at rallies, enfranchised huge amounts of the voters, and remained steadfast in his pursuit of a campaign that could deliver hope to the many. He has, at the shortest of short notice, led his team in producing one of the most popular and meticulously costed manifestos of all time. He has not hidden from debates, he has not shied away from scrutiny, and despite several personal attacks, he has refused to engage in mudslinging. His approach should be applauded and his unnerving commitment to the Labour cause commended.

He has proven himself to be a true leader and an incredible man. We are lucky to have him.

Jezza, you are the absolute fucking boy mate.”

Paulitics and Footpaul

The last one

I’m sorry guys, you were very supporting about this blog, but I decided to quit. it didn’t last long, but it was fun. I finish with tumblr because I can’t take the hate anymore. Maybe some of my followers are from Europe and know that tonight was the Eurovision night and my country received so much hate for being in the second place. Every single post was dedicated to hate for Russia.
It’s not only tonight, I kept reading it lately more and more and wondering why people speaking like this about someone’s else motherland, about the place you’ve never been, about the nation you never saw.
It may surprise you, but I’m a political journalist and everyday I write about international politics. It’s all very complicated and you always need to do a lot of research before making some statements. However 99% of tumblr users are not following this advice and prefer to hate on other countries and it’s citizens.
I love The simpsons, I love international connection, foreign people, and I was always nice to everyone, but I can’t be a part of Tumblr anymore, because here is too much judging despite all the calls to stop racism or inequality.
Please remember: politics are not the people of the country.
Some rules or bills don’t identify the people and country.
And the last thing I’m telling you as a journalist: never listen to what media tells you, never believe it truly, because you are taught to hate so it will be more easy to start the war later and to give your life for fighting foreigners who were taught to hate you.
This blog made me to feel powerful and helpful, but tonight, reading all the posts about my country, I felt powerless and shamed for who I am. But in fact I’m not. I’m proud of who I am, but I don’t want to stay in the place where people are so intolerant to other nation so they say all the bad things as they trying to be tolerant with lgbt community. We are not homophobes, just majority of my nation are Christian orthodox, and because of this the bill against gay propaganda was pushed by one of the Parlament members who is crazy about church. People here mostly don’t mind gay and I never heard of Putin saying something bad about them.
About Ukraine and Crimea - if you think we invaded it - did anybody said that people there wanted to separate because new Ukraine government are pro-nazi? They are. That’s the reason there is the citizen war now. And yesterday Kiev accepted the law that stops the work of convention of rights in the east part of Ukraine, so basically Kiev can kill their own people now legally and EU doesn’t show it in the news, don’t they? Half of the country don’t want to be under nazi power. Yes there are Russian army but there are usa contract soldiers too fighting.
I know this talk is not supposed to be here. But it’s 2 biggest things for a hate base, and it’s 2 things people don’t know proper information about.
And I don’t have nowhere else to say it out loud.
Never hate before doing research from more than 1 point of you.

Good bye and kiss you all, sweethearts. I hope your life will be filled with thinking and love for other people.

Two Truths and a Lie {Part 1}: Tadashi Hamada x Reader

Oh goodness, I got a request for a really sad Tadashi fic, and I’m working on it right now and it’s making my want to freaking cry!  I’ve written the beginning intro-ish part and that’s what I’m posting now.  It’s not sad yet, but it gets really sad in the next part.


“Hey, is anyone sitting here?” you ask the cute Asian boy, indicating to the empty seat at the lab table.

 He looks up at you and smiles politely, “No, it’s all yours.”

 You find yourself smiling back, “Thanks,” you say as you set your backpack on the ground and take a seat.

 The professor soon walks into the room and promptly begins class.  “Alright, everyone, welcome to the lab portion of Biology 240.  You may want to start getting to know the person sitting next to you, as they are going to be your lab partner for the rest on the semester.   Instructions for the first lab are on the table, you may begin.”

 “He’s not one for introductions, is he?” you say in a slightly joking manner.

 The boy laughs, “I guess not.  I’m Tadashi, by the way,” he tells you offering his hand.

 You take it and shake in greeting, “(Name), it’s nice to meet you.”

 “You too.  I read through the lab yesterday, on the online class forum, it’s pretty straight forward,” he says, grabbing the paper from the middle of the table.

 “Oh no, you’re one of those over achievers, aren’t you?” you groan out, jokingly again.

 He chuckles, “Why is that a bad thing?”

 You smile, “It’s not, I’m just going to have to do some more work to be able to keep up with you.” You grab the other provided paper and read through it quickly.

 Tadashi grins, “You’ll be thanking me later.”

 “I probably will,” you agree.  “But it’ll still suck.”

 He laughs, “Well, if we’re going to be stuck with each other for the rest of the semester, maybe we should get to know each other a little more.”

 You nod, “Okay.  To make it more interesting, we should play two truths and a lie, and you have to try to guess which one is the lie.”

 “Alright.  My full name is Tadashi Hamada, I have a younger brother and I drive a car.”

 “Well, your notebook has your name written up at the top, so that one’s definitely true.  You do kind of look like the older brother type, so I’m gonna say the car thing is a lie.”

 He laughs, “Older brother is a type?  And yes, I don’t drive a car, I’ve got a moped.”

 You laugh as well, “I guess it is now.  And that’s pretty cool, I’ve never met anyone that drives one of those.  Okay, um… I love to read, I still watch Disney movies and I’ve been to Hawaii.”

 “You do look like the bookworm type that watches Disney movies, so I’m guessing you’ve never been to Hawaii?”

 You laugh at his explanation, “Wow, is it really that obvious?”

 He chuckles, “Only a little.”

 The two of you continue to play the game as you work on your lab.  You have a lot of fun getting to know each other, and you both agree to sit with each other in the big lecture hall for class later in the week.

 Your two truths and a lie game becomes a sort of ritual between the two of you.  The semester passes and you both manage to get into the robotics lab, Tadashi for his proposal on Baymax, and you for your water adapted circuitry system.

 You walk down the hallway in the morning, seeing that Tadashi’s door is already open.  You knock against the glass of his door as you enter.  “Morning, Tadashi,” you greet.

 He looks up from his seated position at his desk and smiles, “Good morning (Name).”

 “So, I had an awesome dream last night, I ate cereal for breakfast and I saw a unicorn on the way to school today,” you tell him leaning your hip against his desk as you stand next to him.

 He rolls his eyes with a smile, “Well obviously the unicorn thing is a lie.”

 “Wrong!” you laugh. “I saw a billboard for that new Unicorn Princess movie thing that’s coming out next month.  I actually had a bagel for breakfast,” you smile cheekily down at him.

 He chuckles and shakes his head at you, “What was your dream about?”

 “There was a talking goldfish.  His name was Toby.”

 He gives you an amused look before turning back to his circuit board.

 You nudge his knee with your leg, “It’s your turn.”

 “I know, I’m thinking…” he stalls.  “I had a cup of coffee this morning, Hiro snored last night and…” he pauses and seems to think about his choice of words for a moment before he looks up at you, a cautious, yet hopeful look in his eyes, “I want you to go on a date with me this Friday.”

 Your eyes widen in shock and you feel your cheeks burn, not expecting him to say that.  “Oh…” your heart begins to pound.  “Well, I hope that last one isn’t the lie, or else I’m going to sound like an idiot, because I want to go on a date with you too.”

 Tadashi smiles in relief, “It wasn’t, I had tea this morning.”

 And just like that, the two of you started dating.

metaphoricalpluto  asked:

I'm sorry, I really do love your work but I shouldn't be here if you don't want me to be, I shall take my leave(I may have been he anon who was talking to you about why I ship frans sometimes), it was nice reading your posts tho, just keep up your good work here, I'm sure people will enjoy it and even if it seems tough, don't let peolle get through to you, you are an amazing person and what you do is amazing :) I shall say good bye, so bye then it's sorry about this....

this is really polite! thank you! i hope you have a nice life and you realise why fr/ns is bad ❤️❤️❤️

“The Theater must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!” — Donald J. Trump


I’m not sure what kind of “safe and special” theater the president-elect is alluding to in his tweet on Saturday, following the imbroglio involving Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the Friday night performance of Broadway’s “Hamilton.” Maybe by “safe and special” he means the theater is supposed to be docile, an innocuous landscape filled exclusively with chorus girls and holiday pageants.


But let’s be clear: “Safe” theater is dead theater. Conflict is what drives drama, and sometimes, emotions in that public space become intense and things get messy. Some of that exuberance spilled over into the peanut galleries Friday night: As he returned to his orchestra seat after intermission, Pence was greeted with applause — and boos.


Broadway protocol would dictate that an incoming vice president go backstage after a performance and greet the cast. In this case, though, Pence reportedly was being ushered out of the theater as Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor portraying Aaron Burr in the acclaimed musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton, began his curtain-call remarks. According to media reports, Pence stood just outside the auditorium door, listening to the full speech. It is rare indeed for a company of actors — and especially those in what amounts to one of the biggest hits in Broadway history — to address a single public official at the end of a performance.


“Vice President-elect Pence, welcome,” Dixon said, on behalf of the production. “Thank you for joining us at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us. Thank you.”


Some observers on social media see Trump’s tweet as an attempt to grab hold of a minor culture-war issue and deflect attention from objections being lodged against several of his initial appointments. Indeed, he seems to be trying to make the case here that it’s not the incoming administration that poses the greatest threat; it’s the dissenters who are threatening him. Still, the challenging words by the “Hamilton” cast and the contretemps surrounding them portend a contentious relationship between the Republican-led government and an arts community that may be preparing to take it on publicly.


In the context of a musical about a revolution, the events of Friday night look like life imitating art.

anonymous asked:

Hi Lydia, I messaged you a few weeks ago about how I felt uncertain about converting due to the church's attitude towards women. I've given a lot of thought to what you said and spoken to a few other Christians who agreed that Paul corrupted Jesus' teachings. I feel like I'm almost there, and ready to take the next step in my spiritual journey, but I'm just... so scared. The only churches I've ever attended have been highly conservative and hateful. Please pray that I find my way.

When looking for churches, go on their website and look for their position on things. Most churches will post their politics online, however it may take some digging. “Open and Affirming” congregations tend to be more progressive. 

It’s okay if you are tentative; take gentle steps into Christianity. Question the church, question the bible, and question God. I will be praying for you <3 

The New APUSH Curriculum

This new curriculum has dealt changes in the essay rubrics and expectations, the multiple choice layouts, the new short answer section, and the thematic learning objectives.
The Essays: There is now only one long essay and one document-based question. You will have 95 minutes to complete them (a 15 minute reading time for the DBQ and 40 suggested minutes for each essay).
DBQ- One of the changes that has shocked teachers and students alike is the requirement of the use of all or all but one of the documents. Furthermore, you must analyze each of the sources used. (For more information on analysis, feel free to send Avery an ask pansexualnotmansexual) One other factor (not sure if new) is pulling in outside information. Next, you must provide context for each of the documents. You also must demonstrate “historical thinking skills.” Roughly, this means to apply one of the following: Continuity and Change Over Time, Comparison, Causation, or Periodization. You may request for a separate post on those.
Long Essay- A major change this year is the application of thematic learning to the long essay (and even the DBQ). The themes (which will have their own post) include Identity; Work, Exchange, Technology; Peopling; Politics and Power; America in the World; Environment and Geography; and Ideas, Beliefs, Culture. Like the DBQ, you should also apply your “historical thinking skills.” Lastly, is the “synthesis”– which is just a fancy word for building on your thesis’s argument, analysis, and context. 

The Short Answer: This will be 20% of your score and takes up 45 minutes. There are 4 set questions (normally based on a prompt or document) with 3 sub-questions (titled a, b, and c). That is roughly 11 minutes per question, with 3-4 minutes a sub-question. I like to leave my leftover time proofreading my answers. As I have mentioned before, the short answer is roughly one paragraph: 4-6 sentences a sub-question. It should not model after an essay.

The Multiple Choice: This will now be based on a document. By document, I mean a cartoon, speech, diary entry, table, graph, etc. The first question following the document will most likely be to analyze the author/source. The next is probably asking for context. Following that, you can probably expect a question focusing on who would agree/disagree with this standpoint. The question(s) after that will be more narrow questions focused on the situation (somewhat off topic). 

-Avery

political figures as dril tweets
  • anthony weiner: (trying to apologize for sending dick to 900 girls) you see the phones have a front & back camera. so taking pictures is really complicated,
  • barack obama: (band plays me on stage, wearing tux)
  • The constitution grants me the right to eliminate those I deem disloyal to our nation
  • (light laughter)
  • theresa may: thinking i might be able to get the blue check mark if i post a 40 page manifesto and spray piss all over the fresh produce at krogers
  • steve king, representative of iowa: my fuckin opinion of politics? heres my fuckin opinion of politics. not a single senator in the history of the united states, has been white
  • jane o'meara sanders: several bernie Sander Bros, in High Levels of govt, have told me they think its good that DJT keeps ivanka feet pics in the nuclear football

All you have to do is read a fraction of the comments from this post to see he has already won, no matter the outcome of the election. He has the hearts of the people and that is what’s going to change the world. I’ve never seen such fire in the eyes of the younger generation actually taking an interest, doing their research and campaigning. It’s started the movement.

I haven’t seen anything about May inspiring anyone in the slightest. It’s all just the rich, the bigoted and the stubborn. That’s not leadership and if you build on weak foundations, shit’s going to crumble.

It’s time for the older generation to acknowledge their mess ups, to give up on their stubborn views. The world is changing, and it’s for the better. We want peace, equality and diversity and more and more people are standing up about it.

I am far from being a proud Brit. I am incredibly disgusted with the country compared to some of the more modern, progressive models we’re seeing in other parts. Norway, Finland etc. However, I can say I’m proud to stand side by side with some of the people in it.

anonymous asked:

I'm loving these terrible answers for The Royal Romance! It's so funny to see the reactions-- thanks for posting them!

Oh wow, my first message!  Thank you for being so nice! 

Some of them aren’t actually that terrible because the people around you just politely put out your conversational trash fires, or they were just pretty small in the first place. I’m not sure whether to even post those - does anyone care about what the Prince says if you tell him you miss New York? But some of it is actually hilarious. Bertrand is clearly gonna take up day drinking, Maxwell has been thinking like this all along and these facts may be related 

I think I love the writers of this book a bit.

anonymous asked:

Interesting read: you may enjoy after your holiday/'discourse break' --> //www (.) cer (.) org (.) uk/publications/archive/bulletin-article/2017/europes-forgotten-refugee-crisis

idk if I enjoy it because like it doesn’t say generally bad things but AGAIN it doesn’t take into account that:

  • a) the amount of refugees arriving in europe is 6% of the world’s total and we can definitely handle that shit, and we would if we ditched the dublin treaty and came up with an equal system that would require for everyone to chime in
  • b) sending people back costs a bunch of money and like… er………. idk how it works in other countries, but here people who have spent three years crossing the desert and went through abuse of every horrible kind you can assume in lybia for last and throughout the trip first aren’t given asylum because the commission doesn’t believe them or doesn’t think that their situation is THAT bad (???) or since there isn’t the war in their country anymore then it’s safe to go back there (???). or idk if you’ve seen the last aki kaurismaki movie which was about a syrian refugee being denied asylum in finland when he had an entirely acceptable story to require it (according to me anyway) but anyway, it’s not a given that the people who are refused asylum or refugee status don’t actually need it or wouldn’t die if they go back to their country. like. one thing is sending back irregular immigrants who commit crimes, one thing is actually refusing people who need it because their story may not fit the protocol. or for one here the regional commission in rome denies everyone from pakistan, then they appeal the sentence and they’re told yes because at the regional tribunal they agree that pakistan fits the requirements while in the regional commission they don’t, and with that system this guy says we need to go harder on throwing people out? and possibly sending them back into isis recruiting grounds?

like, fuck’s sake guys, no.