JAY- Z + BEYONCÉ - ON THE RUN TOUR PART 1
Queen Bey. King Jay. Paris. ‘nough said
JAY- Z + BEYONCÉ - ON THE RUN TOUR PART 1
Queen Bey. King Jay. Paris. ‘nough said
Every country that has declared independence from the U.K./Great Britain
Never dawned on me that USA is one of only two countries to get its independence before the 20th century. None of the rest of these are even a century old in terms of independence
I hope Scotland joins this club today.
I love you wetravelfast00 but completely disagree with you on this one.
I’d be curious to know as to why, belindapendragon. I’ve lived here for over 10 years, so have developed a rather extensive understanding of the social (esp health and education), economic, political, legal, domestic, and foreign policy points that form the schism between Holyrood and Westminster - which lead to the referendum finally being agreed to two years ago. The hypothetical data on the monetary and economic issues on both sides almost cancel each other out, so what’s left on the “no” side is some romantic notion of nostalgia which is not a material basis on which Scotland should continue as part of the union.
The way Scotland functions as a country and its general political climate is more akin to a Scandinavian country and very much less like England (or other countries in the UK for that matter.) They would be better of with self-determination.
Awesome wetravelfast00, you know I love a good dialogue/debate. Please give me your perspective re: the things I just mentioned in another post…
"On an emotional level I am totally for independence. But I am concerned for Scotland and its future if it goes it alone, (look at the unemployment and economic woes of Ireland, especially after joining the EU). I’ve talked to a few Brit friends and we talked of all of the expense of becoming an independent nation, what resources will back up the Scottish pound, what natural resources are there in Scotland, who has the equipment or technology to excavate those materials, I hear the Scottish pound is so weak that it’s not accepted in England, most of the young people go to uni in London/England as Brits but as a separate nation they’ll have to pay for uni like a regular foreign students, they will not be allowed to emigrate to and work in England as readily and the world is a dangerous place, what national defenses are in place, army, navy etc, what happens when the Bank of England calls in monies due and owing. I could go on but I see Scotland coming to England (and the U.S.) with it’s hand out when things don’t go so smoothly and will then be operating from a position of weakness. I argue for staying in the fold and negotiate for the things you want from a position of strength. Just my humble opinion as an American Anglophile."
(Ugh, belindapendragon - my browser crashed so I’m going to try to remember what I’d typed before. Grrr.)
*One key thing to note is that the rest of the UK was not paying attention to, reporting, or discussing the referendum campaign - which started TWO years ago - until 10 days ago when the polls suddenly showed the “yes” campaign pull ahead. Literally no one cared, so all this emotiona and nostalgia and “better together”? So fake. The PM hadn’t said a word on it until then either, nor set foot in Scotland to mention staying together. I don’t think people outside of the UK appreciate how disconnected from, and apathetic towards, the rest of the union the government is. The focus is on the South of England and London where the money is.
On education: Scots and European students don’t pay for university in Scotland - it’s free (and I don’t know if they even have to pay outside of Scotland). English students have to pay any and everywhere (can’t remember if students from the other UK countries have to pay in Scotland as well). If Scots want to avoid paying for university after separation, they can just stay in Scotland and go to their own. Granted, that may change if they separate, but that’s not really a massive issue for the initial or long-term.
On jobs: I don’t think people outside of the UK realise how bad an employment and economic divide there is in the north vs south of England, and London vs the rest of the UK. Successive governments (starting with Thatcher) systematically gutted and privatised or shut down the manufacturing and natural resources industries, which left the north vastly poorer than the south. The UK has moved towards a services-based (especially banking) economy, which means that the entire stability of the union is on the backs of the banks (and we see how that turned out for the US and UK over the last few years). So, whatever concerns there are about “brain drain” to London already happens all over the UK because unemployment is so very high outside of London/the South. If Scotland went it alone, they can revive and continue their non-service based sectors because they won’t be under restrictive EU or UK policies.
On defense: Scotland will no longer be under the trigger-happy Westminster government, so won’t really need a robust army. They already have troops because the UK army is made up of regiments from across the UK countries. Besides, it’s only really the US, Russia, and UK that see the world through danger eyes. (US and Russia = political ideology issues, UK = a diminished power still trying to keep a seat at the big boys’ table.)
On natural resources: the short answer = if Scotland goes, they take the North Sea oil with them.
On economics: The UK has an almost dead manufacturing sector since most of everything has been off-shored or reclassified to another country via EU policies, so Scotland will have a cleaner slate from which to control its own manufacturing sector (such as shipbuilding) and go from there.
Emigration, monetary and fiscal policy, etc: Westminster is not going to shoot itself in the foot by making burdensome policies for the Scottish and Scotland. First, the Bank of England is not the IMF, and if Scotland sinks, it’ll drag the UK with it, so they will do whatever they need to for that not to happen. Scotland will be their nearest trading partner as well. And, let’s not forget - there are hordes of Scottish people in England in various positions (government, entertainment, sports, most of the medal winners on the GB Olympic team, etc), so they won’t shut the door on their free movement or make onerous policies against them.
On the example of Ireland: it’s always had a problematic economy. Scotland has oil and manufacturing.
On healthcare: far more coverage and quality in Scotland than in England/rest of UK. Who knows how long they can keep it free, but I’m sure they will manage - their have a pretty small population.
As to things going wrong, who knows? They could end up thriving, too.
Very good points, wetravelfast00. And you’re right about the “Yes campaign”. The activist have done a great work over the last 2 years. I remember when I went to the Radical Independence Conference in 2012, which launched their “Yes campaign”, it was very interesting to learn about the situation there, and although they weren’t sure they could pull it, they were full of energy and very inspiring. Whatever happens tonight, they have nothing to be ashamed of.
Social network joke about the Scottish referendum. That’s a good one.
A great piece by two great WOC activists (and very nice women) in France.
Ferguson, keep strong, we stand with you ! #dontforget
The French press has been quick to condemn police actions in Ferguson, but it’s missing in action when it comes to addressing police violence in France.
Police violence, like the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., also happens routinely in France, but the political and media treatment that these incidents receive isn’t the same. The French press is willing to see the injustice in Ferguson but rarely acknowledges that injustice in its own country.
Le Monde decried “the persistence of the American racial divide” represented by Ferguson. Le Figaro points out the political consequences of racial profiling. And Paris Match covered Missouri state Police Capt. Ron Johnson, who is black, for his role in trying to bridge the divide between police and Ferguson’s black citizens.
But there’s no such coverage of “the persistence of the racial divide” in France.
Two days before Brown was killed, a 42-year-old man was found dead in a police precinct in Le Havre. On Aug. 21, 51-year-old Abdelhak Goradia died in “unexplained circumstances” while in police custody in Roissy. Five days later, 23-year-old detainee Houcine Bouras was shot while handcuffed inside a police van.
But in France, it’s the same recurring scenario: A police intervention goes bad; a man is killed—frequently young and of color; the police plead self-defense or unexplained causes; the media reports only the “official” version of events; the neighborhood revolts; the revolt is crushed; the victim’s family brings a civil suit; and the officers involved are rarely held accountable.
Brown’s case calls to mind the 2005 case of Bouna Traoré, the teenager who was electrocuted in Clichy-sous-Bois after running from police who were searching for suspects after an alleged break-in. His death left an entire community in mourning.
From one side of the ocean to the other, even if the circumstances of these dramas are not identical, their causes and consequences are the same. Even though Traoré wasn’t killed by six bullets at close range, his death can be tied to police pressure directed at the residents of working-class neighborhoods. Unfortunately, hundreds like him, before him and after him, have been riddled with the same state bullets.
When we talk, though, about covering up police misconduct in the U.S., the racial prism seems obvious for France’s national commentators: A white police officer kills a black citizen and that falls within the context of American structural and historic racism. But even though France has its own long history of slavery and colonialism, our media, usually fond of highlighting this type of detail, omits mentioning it when discussing homegrown police violence.
On the contrary, in France, when an Arab or black citizen dies at the hands of white policemen, seldom is the skin color of the victim or the alleged killer mentioned. And while the French notion of “universality” is a big deal when it comes to seeing “colorless” French citizens, as opposed to the American “multiculturalism” that we love to put down, France is actually colorblind only when to it is to our advantage.
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That the French firmly condemn the events in Ferguson is a good thing, of course. But let no one be fooled: In the mirror that Ferguson holds in front of us, France should recognize its own troubled image. France should feel the pain of its own citizens who, because of their identity, are racially profiled and brutalized.
French President François Hollande promised to improve relations between citizens and police by adopting a fair and objective procedure during police ID stops. He once seemed to grasp that police stops, as practiced, were the reason for much of the abuse of black and Arab citizens, as well as for the resulting “riots” that these incidents have generated. But Hollande has regressed toward support for the pro-police policies favored by Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
The back-to-school season arrives amid raw tension in the U.S. as protests in Ferguson continue to demand justice for Brown, with a backdrop of debate about police and in the absence of the political will to stem police violence. And, as in Ferguson, tensions will remain in France.
the relationship between Ojoke is revealed instantly (aka they are together which is why I think there will be a sex scene in the premiere) and Olitz will always have a “connection” but Fitz is a…
Thank you for posting this. Also this is what the folks get for confusing their love for a couple with the crappy writing of Olitz. There is no reason to watch Scandal anymore. So stop fooling yourselves into believing just because Olivia may be front and center ( according to some) the show will automatically be good again. Don’t Watch The Show Live!
There is nothing they can do to make the Olivia Pope character good again. She was made a mute and whore and left with an abusive man in s3. Isn’t it interesting how we are discussing this NFL issue and Scandal is promoting an abusive situation? Oh but its ok, its just tv. Gtfoh with that crap ABC/SR.
The thing is, Scandal isn’t promoting an abusive situation. What they’re doing is actually much worse. By not addressing the violence against Olivia in any way, shape, or form - not with words, deeds or expressions by Olivia, Jake, or anyone else - they have essentially declared nothing that happened was worthy of
That’s why the writers , ABC and SR are all bastards to me.
Everything divaspoet said!!! I got frustrated/annoyed by Scandal starting season 2b and was done with the show by mid season 3. I could care less now, if not for the fuckery that is being called out here : I. JUST. CAN’T with normalizing/romanticizing DV or VAW. That’s why I was so upset against Kerry when she talked about that awful pairing/relationship as if it was “normal” or ok. Still like her ok, but, woman, I’ve been mad side-eying her about that since…And SR, the writers and ABC : FUCK. YOU !
While many cheered the NFL’s move to (finally) punish Rice’s vicious behavior, too many media outlets immediately fell into a tired pattern of victim blaming.
Writer Beverly Gooden had heard enough. “I was watching the responses to the TMZ on my timeline, and I noticed a trend. People were asking ‘why did she marry him?’ and ‘why didn’t she leave him,’” Gooden told Mic. “When I saw those tweets, my first reaction was shame. The same shame that I felt back when I was in a violent marriage. It’s a sort of guilt that would make me crawl into a shell and remain silent. But today, for a reason I can’t explain, I’d had enough. I knew I had an answer to everyone’s question of why victims of violence stay. I can’t speak for Janay Rice, I can only speak for me.”
Excuuuuse me — Nicole Beharie was on The Good Wife too? Season 3, Episode 4: “Feeding the Rat”.
Oh my God, how did I miss this? I guess she wasn’t on my radar then. Was she that special prosecutor they had for like one episode?
Yup, and she was really good.
I know, I remember hoping that she would become a regular or something, but she didn’t come back.
Strange. Maybe she had to go work on another gig, because it did seem like her character would be recurring. Oh well.
It was a strange character with some potential, it’s like the writers didn’t know what to do with her. Same thing happened with Michael Ealy’s character.
Michael Ealy’s character made a little more sense to me. He was there for an entire season as a friend turned foe. Nicole’s character just popped up and disappeared. Lol.
I think that happens occasionally on the good wife. They book people as guest stars with the potential for a recurring arc, but they don’t lock them into a contract. So if the person gets called to do something else, then the plot gets shifted around. That happened with Kalinda’s FBI girlfriend in the Second season too. I think Anika Noni Rose’s character kind of fulfills the function of what Nichole’s character was supposed to be. But I also saw a potential of Nichole’s character getting together with Cary that never happened.
THE. BOLDED. Something was going to happen between those two for sure (and I would, as usual, have been SO HERE FOR IT!!!). But I’m regarding Nicole and Anika Noni’s characters, I don’t think they fulfilled the same function in any way. Anika Noni’s character was there to antagonize from day one. We don’t know who Nicole’s character would have turned out to be. For all you know, she could have been an ally to the Lockhart-Gardner group.
I agree with that Nichole’s character wasn’t as antagonistic, but didn’t they both start out looking into how Peter’s office handled racial disparities in prosecution? Or maybe I’m misremembering it.
Anika Noni’s character was an opposing lawyer in a Lockhart-Gardner case in one single episode, if I recall correctly. I’m not sure she was with the State Attorney. Then later it emerged she was running for office and had leaked some stuff from a deposition. I don’t think she was there to mediate racial issues. At least not specifically like Nicole’s character.
I remember the character, didn’t do much for me. Also I found her background (granddaughter of some Selma civil right activist) a bit cliché. But yeah, the way she disappeared was weird. Anina Noni’s character was way better handled and had a better arc. She made a good villain. The thing with TGW is that they have had a fair amount of black/POC “guest”/tertiary characters, but don’t use them very well nor long, IMO. Like I never understood why we never got to know more about Geneva Pine, who has been a recurring character since season 1. We know more about Elsbeth Tascioni, who I really enjoyed, than about Geneva. Same for that Julius who up and disappeared too. Kalida is great, but they really did a shitty job with her in season 4 and that terrible creepy husband’s arc, and she’s never really “recovered” from that…That “POC characters problem” is the main reason that prevents TGW to be on my top best tv show list. Also I fell out of love and stopped watching since ***spoiler, SPOILER*** they killed my beloved Will…But that’s a different story…And I still think TGW is one of the finest tv show around. That is how good the writing/directing/acting, all together, is.
get to know me meme : [3/5] favorite tv shows → Friday Night Lights
"Gentlemen, the time has come for me to move on. I will always remember the feeling of that hot breeze slapping my face as I walked onto the field on a hot Friday night in Texas… The sizzle of the hot dogs grilling up the concession stand… The smell of the grass… The vibrations from the bleachers as the crowd first roars… And all of your hopeful eyes shining out from underneath those helmets. And you will always be part of me. In my heart and my soul, you are my family. I ask only this of you: Wherever you go, whatever you do, remember this time. Remember this time, when together, we accomplished the impossible. I know wherever I go, whatever I do, I will take these memories with me. I will cherish these memories. Always."
Friday Night Lights, without question is one of my favorite tv series of all time…
Such a great show!
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!
Fuck yeah, Friday Night Lights ! Top 5 favourite show ever !
This kiss is sweet and hot as fuck!!! And the kids giggling are the cutest !