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    <>Do I think people should wear masks: yes

    <>Would it be better if people wore masks and also we reverted back to quarantine measures in places with huge corona spikes: also yes

    but instead we’re just going to call americans stupid and selfish and incapable of love or whatever else you wanna throw on it for being forced to go to work and serve the upper class, huh?

    like, you know what prevents the spread of corona even better than telling everyone to wear a mask but then shoving them back to work at places like applebees?

    <>not opening fucking applebees.

    7 out of the 10 biggest COVID clusters in the United States are related to prisons, and 2 of the 10 are meat processing factories. Sort of like with our environmental pollution, we can shame people for plastic straws and cheap environmentally-unsound cars, but individually <>we don’t cause a DENT compared to the government’s own complicitness in spread.

    The government wants us to shift the blame to each other so we dont unite and (rightfully) blame them ❤️

    So as a continuation of this post I made in frustration about how anglo-centric most “must-read” book lists are, I went and found a few lists with a focus on non-English speaking authors (sorted by number of books listed):

  • 8 Must-Read Foreign Books Translated Into English (Babbel)
  • The non-western books that every student should read (The Guardian)
  • 10 best translated fiction (Independent - has suggestions regarding editions + prices)
  • 49 Incredible Books From 49 Different Countries (Huffpost - has amazon links to all the books, which is great to find the editions but please please please support your local bookstores!!!!)
  • 100 Must-Read Classics in Translation (BookRead - Amazon links again. Most bookstores will offer to order books for you if they don’t have them, please utilise their services and support local shops whenever possible!)
  • All these lists have reviews and feature books from a wide range of countries. I haven’t read every single review but I browsed the lists to make sure they wouldn’t all just name the same books and they don’t!!

    I hope you’ll find inspiring new reads on those lists! :)

    anonymous

    Do you ship MSR? If so, I would like to know your MSR headcanons (if you're comfortable sharing ofc!)

    First of all, I’d like to say I feel like I’ve finally arrived in txf fandom now that I’ve gotten and anon ask.

    Second of all, the only thing I do all day every day is ship MSR and here are my hcs.

    * Idk why I picture Mulder and Maggie Scully being close. I feel like when Maggie calls her kids on Sunday she calls Mulder too. He might even call her mom affectionately. I’d like to think Scully finds out on accident, like he slips and calls her mom in front of her or he ends up at a Sunday dinner and Scully is just like, “Excuse me?” and finds out her mother has adopted an unofficial fifth child months or maybe even years ago.

    * Mulder’s favorite silent show of possessiveness is very pointedly drinking out of Scully’s cup while making eye contact with whoever is bothering him. It’s such a regular thing between them that Scully doesn’t notice what he’s doing but it definitely makes other agents roll their eyes.

    * They’re 100% each other’s designated wedding date and wear matching outfits.

    * Mulder is bratty sub vibes to me. They’re not into BDSM he’s just a brat for fun.

    * Not really at all a hc I guess but if I were in charge, they’d get to keep Emily, they’d adopt Gibson Praise, and have William and just have the cutest little alien psychic family anyone could ever ask for.

    anonymous

    What're your favorite xf headcanons?

    - Mulder doesn't really believe in God. He used to, when he was younger. He didn't pray or attend mass regularly but he definitely, believed and cared. ...until Samantha went missing. Then, he prayed every night for months, until he finally realized that God wasn't going to help him. But every now and then, when he's desperate... he'll pray. Not that he thinks it will help. 

     also not a head canon but the fact that Scully says her favorite book is Moby Dick because her father read it to her as a child is so fucking telling and not just because of the obvious parallel between Captain Ahab and Mulder--but also because of: 

     1) the dynamic between queequeg and ishamel also mirrors the one that Mulder and Scully share--respect, understanding and care. 

     1a) in the book, ishamel is literally given a room that is already occupied by someone else, just like scully is assigned to the basement where mulder already was. 

     1b) ishamel barely understands queequeg like on a human level and quite literally but he *tries* to. at first, scully feels she can't quite relate to this spooky boy but she tries to! 

     1c) oh and they also share a bed literally on the first night... and we have scully coming to mulder's room butt ass naked (remember they cant show that on TV) and dropping her shit so mulder can check out those "bites".

     2) the whole story (yes, the entire book) is very boring, actually because there's a lot of tangents that have little to do with the plot and so you could say that her picking such a boring book is... typical scully. 

     3) and the fact that in the end, ishmael is the only one left... like how scully was after mulder gets abducted. anyways, i know that's not really all that new or important, but I always thought it was funny that she says quite proudly that MD is her favorite. what else?

     - Scully doesn't dance. I know, I wrote a story where her and Mulder did but she just Doesn't. Mulder on the other hand knows how. Make that make sense as to why.

     - Mulder took Marita Covvarrubias out to dinner a couple times. why? because he's a nice guy, damn. he would have went to a baseball game with DT if he hadn't died. 

     - Mulder is really good at building things. When they brought the unremarkable house, Mulder actually put a lot of effort into fixing it up. it gave him something to do while Scully was at work all day.

     that's all I can think of now. sorry everything is written wonky, i was juggling a lot at once.

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    I’m about 90% sure the economy is never gonna “improve” 

    this is capitalism in it’s final form

    this is it honey 

    projectivepenteract

    except, you know, those companies that do a charitable thing for every thing they sell

    that’s kinda new and interesting. benevolent capitalism

    projectivepenteract

    Pay attention, class: This is what it looks like when one is unwilling to consider new information.

    It’s not new information, though. It’s misinformation.

    First, it’s not that new.

    Did you know that there was a time in U.S. history—which is by definition recent history—when a corporation was generally intended to have some sort of public interest that they served? I mean, that’s the whole point of allowing corporations to form. Corporations are recognized by the commonwealth or state, and this recognition is not a right but a privilege, in exchange for which the state (representing the people) is allowed to ask, “So what does this do for everyone else?”

    The way the economy is now is a direct result of a shift away from this thinking and to one where a corporation is an entity unto itself whose first, last, and only concern is an ever-increasing stream of profits. What you’re calling “benevolent capitalism” isn’t benevolent at all. It’s a pure profit/loss calculation designed to distract from—not even paper over or stick a band-aid on—the problems capitalism creates. And the fact that you’re here championing it as “benevolent capitalism” is a sign of how ell it’s working.

    Let’s take Toms, as one example. The shoe that’s a cause. Buy a pair of trendy shoes, and a pair of trendy shoes will be given away to someone somewhere in the world who can’t afford them.

    That’s not genuine benevolence. That’s selling you, the consumer, on the idea that you can be benevolent by buying shoes, that the act of purchasing these shoes is an act of charity. The reality is that their model is an inefficient means of addressing the problems on the ground that shoelessness represents, and severely disrupts the local economies of the locations selected for benevolence.

    (Imagine what it does to the local shoemakers, for instance.)

    The supposed act of charity is just a value add to convince you to spend your money on these shoes instead of some other shoes. It’s no different than putting a prize in a box of cereal.

    Heck, you want to see how malevolent this is?

    Go ask a multinational corporation that makes shoes or other garments to double the wages of their workers. They’ll tell you they can’t afford it, that it’s not possible, that consumers won’t stand for it, that you’ll drive them out of business and then no one will have wages.

    But the fact that a company can give away one item for every item sold shows you what a lie this is. A one-for-one giving model represents double the cost of labor andmaterials for each unit that is sold for revenue. Doubling wages would only double the labor.

    So why are companies willing to give their products away (and throw them away, destroy unused industry with bleach and razors to render them unsalvageable, et cetera) but they’re not willing to pay their workers more?

    Because capitalism is the opposite of benevolence.

    “Charity” is by definition exemplary, above and beyond, extraordinary, extra. “Charity” is not something that people are entitled to. You give people a shirt or shoes or some food and call it charity, and you’re setting up an expectation that you can and will control the stream of largesse in the future, and anything and everything you give should be considered a boon from on high.

    On the other hand, once you start paying your workers a higher wage, you’re creating an expectation. You’re admitting that their labor is more valuable to you than you were previously willing to admit, and it’s hard to walk that back.

    Plus, when people have enough money for their basic needs, they’re smarter and stronger and warier and more comfortable with pushing back instead of being steamrolled over. They have time and money to pursue education. They can save money up and maybe move away. They can escape from the system that depends on a steady flow of forced or near-forced labor.

    So companies will do charitable “buy one, give one” and marketing “buy one, get one” even though these things by definition double the overhead per unit, but they won’t do anything that makes a lasting difference in the standard of living for the people.

    <>Capitalism has redefined the world so that the baseline of ethics is “How much money can we make?” and every little good deed over and above that is saintly.

    But there’s nothing benevolent about throwing a scrap of bread to someone who’s starving in a ditch because you ran them out of their home in the first place.

    leftist-daily-reminders

    This is one of the best anti-capitalist posts on the entire site.