I had a dream last night that Jesus finally resurrected and when white people found out he wasn’t white they arrested him for 2000 something years of tax evasion
Moscow, Russia: ‘USA, CIA, hands off Ukraine!’ Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) protest at the U.S. Embassy, April 17, 2014.
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He left an incredible linguistic legacy.
Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who died Thursday at the age of 87, wrote some of the most beautiful words ever put to paper. If you studied Spanish, if you studied English, if you studied literature of any kind, you likely read some of them.
Two of his greatest literary achievements were Love in the Time of Choleraand One Hundred Years of Solitude — a novel that some argue contains the mostbeautiful opening sentence of all time: “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”
Those beautiful words are only one example of the incredible linguistic and literary legacy García Márquez leaves behind. Considered the father of magical realism and the most important Spanish-language author since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, García Márquez’ powerful impact on the literary world will not be soon forgotten.
Enjoyed by readers of all generations, García Márquez’ words and language often offer the best advice for young people. Here are some of his greatest insights to carry with you, on life and love.
1. On existence
"It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment." — One Hundred Years of Solitude
2. On inspiration
"If I had to give a young writer some advice I would say to write about something that has happened to him; it’s always easy to tell whether a writer is writing about something that has happened to him or something he has read or been told." — The Art of Fiction
3. On children
"She discovered with great delight that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but because of the friendship formed while raising them." — Love in the Time of Cholera
4. On happiness
"No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
5. On aging
"It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
6. On marriage
"The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast." — Love in the Time of Cholera
7. On memory
"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
8. On regret
"Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no." — Love in the Time of Cholera
9. On memories
"No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had." — Memories of My Melancholy Whores
10. On death
"A person doesn’t die when he should but when he can." — One Hundred Years of Solitude
11. On wisdom
"Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good." — Love in the Time of Cholera
12. On poetry
"He repeated until his dying day that there was no one with more common sense, no stonecutter more obstinate, no manager more lucid or dangerous, that a poet." — Love in the Time of Cholera
13. On love
"There is always something left to love." —One Hundred Years of Solitude
Source: Elena Sheppard for Policy Mic
Prince of Egypt (1998)"Many nights we’ve prayed with no proof anyone could hear. In our hearts a hopeful song we barely understood. Now we are not afraid, although we know there’s much to fear. We were moving mountains long before we knew we could."
Today in history: April 18, 1980 – In a victory for African liberation and self-determination, the people of Zimbabwe win independence after being ruled by British colonialism as “Southern Rhodesia” since 1888 and then by white minority rule as “Rhodesia” after 1965.
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bizarre how quick the media is to defend neo-nazis in whatever ways they can, bar outright support
"only a tiny minority of them are fascists and neo-nazis…"
"well they’re not really fascists and neo-nazis…”
"well all the evidence that they are neo-nazis is just russian propaganda…"
they’re such a tiny minority that they’re now in charge of like three ministries, one of the deputy prime ministers and the office of prosecutor general
Fascism should not be given a public platform yet the BBC fall over themselves to give a voice to the far right. As if it’s not bad enough that Farage is never off the BBC, Le Pen from the French far right was on Newsnight last night.
They’ll legitimise the fascists before they give a voice to a communist or an anarchist.
the platform they believe they give to the “far left” is owen jones lol
Sweet dreams are made of
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
Worst part- they had to do an actual fucking study to realize this.
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shocking update from updated satellite images reveal missouri does, in fact, not exist
i fucking knew it