30 3 / 2014

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This idea that we somehow have to be “fair” about everything is how we wind up having Bill Nye getting into public discussions about climate change, a spectacle my colleague Daniel D’Addario recently noted mistakenly gives the whole fiasco attention and credibility “as an entertaining, wacky debate between two personalities.” It’s how we wind up continuing on in a nation in which three out of ten people take the Bible literally, and an alarming nearly 40% believe in intelligent design. Roughly 18% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth Should we have a debate about it? Should we hear out the “sun revolves around the earth” faction?

In our zeal for balance, we have allowed ignorance to be perpetuated. We send our kids to schools where the “Christian Perspective” is given weight as historical fact. We talk about the “debate” over climate change as if it’s a “debate” and not a scientifically supported serious warning. We let other people’s ignorant arrogance run roughshod over our own misguided attempts at open-mindedness.

“Cosmos” isn’t trying to pick a fight. It’s a love letter to the triumph of investigation over superstition. It’s not perpetuating an agenda, other than maybe Neil deGrasse Tyson’s perfectly sane advice that you “don’t try to use the Bible as a textbook.” Or as Carl Sagan once said, “It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

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25 2 / 2014

thescentofsouls:

I’ll respect your opinion as long as your opinion doesn’t disrespect my existence.

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25 2 / 2014

Some days I worry that no matter how much weight I lose or how well in shape I get, that I’ll be denied GRS because of the weight restrictions on the standards of care. Now, logical me knows that that’s not true, however, sometimes a girl needs comfort. So, in my darker moments, I take comfort in the words that a great individual once imparted to me, “I may never be skinny, but I’ll also never require breast augmentation.”

21 2 / 2014

katara:

plebcomics:

im appropriating internet culture by posting online

shady

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16 2 / 2014

kenobi-wan-obi:

sancophaleague:

Darren Baptiste is a Professional App Developer from Canada and recently he decided to help bring awareness to the very serious issue of Police Brutality. The relationship between the police and the Black Community has never been good. The Police enforce laws of a system that aids the agenda of White supremacy and a country founded on racism and murder. 

Darren has experienced countless cases of Police Brutality in his lifetime and ever since the emergence of the internet anyone can see the atrocious cases of brutality on YouTube. Darren is wise enough to know that the Police cause a lot of the issues and use their badge, gun and law as protection when they brutalize people in the Black Community. A Black Person’s word means nothing against a Cops word in court.

The “Cop Watch” app begins shooting automatically once it’s opened, and as soon as recording is stopped, instantly uploads to YouTube. At the same time, an email is sent to a community-based Network for the Elimination of Police Violence , with the videographer’s location and a URL for the video. This app provides evidence in the favor of our people to help combat a serious issue. Baptiste designed the app to feature the “Eye of Horus” as a symbol of protection. Salute to Darren for taking a stand against Police Brutality.


Written By: @Champion_Us


This is amazing!

kenobi-wan-obi:

sancophaleague:

Darren Baptiste is a Professional App Developer from Canada and recently he decided to help bring awareness to the very serious issue of Police Brutality. The relationship between the police and the Black Community has never been good. The Police enforce laws of a system that aids the agenda of White supremacy and a country founded on racism and murder. 

Darren has experienced countless cases of Police Brutality in his lifetime and ever since the emergence of the internet anyone can see the atrocious cases of brutality on YouTube. Darren is wise enough to know that the Police cause a lot of the issues and use their badge, gun and law as protection when they brutalize people in the Black Community. A Black Person’s word means nothing against a Cops word in court.
The “Cop Watch” app begins shooting automatically once it’s opened, and as soon as recording is stopped, instantly uploads to YouTube. At the same time, an email is sent to a community-based Network for the Elimination of Police Violence , with the videographer’s location and a URL for the video. This app provides evidence in the favor of our people to help combat a serious issue. Baptiste designed the app to feature the “Eye of Horus” as a symbol of protection. Salute to Darren for taking a stand against Police Brutality.
Written By: @Champion_Us

This is amazing!

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10 2 / 2014

juicyjacqulyn:

disruptedoriginal:

macpye:

thatpointlessidiot:

mysteryegg:

veggiecoldcuts:

the-more-u-know:

The milkshake:  This is not limited to fast food nor to milkshakes.  That ‘concoction’ is the industry standard artificial strawberry flavoring found in everything strawberry flavored that isn’t naturally flavored.

Chicken nuggets: Total lies.  My sister works at the Tyson plant that provides KFC and McDonalds their nuggets.  There’s no ‘pink paste’ stage.  ’Reflavoring’ is an injection of mostly salt into the meat in order to give it some taste because modern day chicken is nearly flavorless.  If you want to disgust people, show them the conditions of the processing plants that dismantle the chickens.

The pubic hair one: You eat more of your family’s pubic hairs cooking in your own home.  You think you don’t shed once you walk in your own door?

Peanut butter: This is a cold hard truth of food mass production.  There will be insects.  You can never get rid of them or take them out of the process.  The FDA places limits on how much can be allowed into specific foods so that food manufactories don’t get lazy and just say ‘Well we can’t keep it out.’  The FDA limit helps immensely because it makes these places try to keep the insect population down through keeping things clean.

Shellac: Oh my god this is so stupid.  ’Shellac’ is an INGREDIENT.  It’s a NATURAL PRODUCT produced by INSECTS.  It is then PROCESSED into food-grade glaze or colorants, OR into wood and furniture polish.  They don’t just take wood polish and dump it on your jawbreakers.  Grow up.

Bacteriophages: The ‘phages of which you speak are used to kill Listeria.  Listeria is a bacteria that attacks the immune system and has a one in five mortality rate.  Bacteriophages?  They’ve been used as an alternative to antibiotic medications in Russia and France for 90 years.  That’s really disgusting and dangerous!

Coke: This is total and complete bunk.  It would have been far more effective to point out that colas and carbonated drinks have been linked to weakened bones in those who overconsume them, but this is complete lies here.  Again.

Salads: I think you mean propylene glycol.  And again, this is bullshit.  PG only causes reactions in those allergic to it.  It has a very low toxicity and can only negatively affect human health if very large amounts are ingested very quickly and over a very short period of time.  By which I mean ‘Find a vat of it and start drinking it and nothing else.’  Again you go for the lie instead of pointing out that fast food salads are processed and contain as much fat and cholesterol as most of the other foods offered by a fast food place.

Beef additives: This has nothing to do with fast food.  This is common in MOST meats in the US.  This is because the US has become so obsessed with the fat content of meat and making it ‘healthy’ that we have literally bred almost all the flavor out of every food animal breed we currently use.  Flavorants are almost ALWAYS injected during processing or most of our meat would be bland and tasteless.   ‘Flavorants’ typically being concentrated broth and/or salt and seasoning.

Cheese: Lies again.  Only those cheeses labelled as ‘Pasteurized process cheese food’ and ‘Pasteurized process cheese spread’ match these stats.  Pasteurized process cheese is simply a blended cheese made to have a sharp taste and be easily melted.  Your lie here is that the 47% is referring to the cheese’s fat content, not cheese content.

This image is full of lies and misrepresented half-truths and anyone spreading this as truthful should rethink their approach.

TL;DR: just because it’s in a pretty image, doesn’t mean it’s true.

Oh man, I saw the image scrolling down and was like ‘I sure hope there’s someone underneath this saying how bullshit this infographic is’ and there was

^for the last comment.. I thought the same thing

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08 2 / 2014

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02 2 / 2014

pastelsecret:

apersnicketylemon:

deum-de-mortem:

faerieincombatboots:

theuppitynegras:

geejayeff:

jellyroll22:

marsofbrooklyn:

blessedbeyoundmeasure15:

geejayeff:

He told the Tribune that throwing away the students’ lunches could have been easily prevented, but did not say it was a mistake.

"If students were humiliated and upset," Olsen said. "that’s very unfortunate and not what we wanted to happen." (link)

What the hell is wrong with people??? You are going to deny a child food…really???

That Louise gif is appropriate.

People out there seriously do not care about others. No one with any sort of heart or conscience can look at a child and literally take food out of their mouths. WTF? Who does that? You’re gonna see a child go hungry over a few dollars? Dude, if they can’t afford to pay you, likely they’re having trouble feeding those same kids. The school lunch might be the only meal they get.

Some people have no souls.

And to throw good food away when there are hungry kids right in front of you!!! How do you even stand there talking about “it’s not a mistake.” Like he doesn’t even fathom the fuckery of the situation. It’s absolutely a mistake, asshole. A mistake that you were born without an ounce of compassion or decency.

YOU THREW IT AWAY! WHY NOT LET THEM KEEP IT! WHAT THE FUCK!

I am so fucking disgusted with these people. Are you fucking kidding me?

THEY DIDNT EVEN GIVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE OR USE IT OR TAKE IT BACK

THEY JUST THREW IT AWAY

IF YOU HAD LET THEM KEEP IT YOU WOULD HAVE NOT LOST ANY LESS MONEY THAN YOU WOULD HAVE BY THROWING IT AWAY

WHAT THE FUCK

The level of disgust I have for the people behind this is enormous.

What kind of disgusting person purposely humiliates poor kids like that? You know how hard it is to be poor in school on a normal day? How nothing you have is as nice as everyone else’s, and how you would never throw around your supplies, because those are the only ones you’ll get that year? How if you rip the strap on your backpack, you better damn well staple it and keep going? How stressed your parents get when you have to ask for field trip money, or supplies for a special project?

Poor kids do NOT need more humiliation in their lives. These people are sick.

02 2 / 2014

koschei-the-ginger:

beardedboggan:

allthingshyper:

afternoonsnoozebutton:

A pastor in Seoul, South Korea has created a “baby box” for people so that people who would otherwise abandon or kill their newborns can leave them somewhere safe instead. The box has a light, a towel lining, and a bell rings as soon as a baby is placed in it so the pastor, his wife, or one of his staff can come and get it right away.

Lee Jong-rak started the box in 2009, and has welcomed all babies, often disabled or the children of single mothers, that have been placed in the box since. The babies are given a loving home, food, and shelter in his orphanage. Currently, an average of 17-18 babies are placed in the box every month. 

One mother who had considered poisoning her baby before she heard about the Baby Box left her baby in the box with a letter pinned to his clothing that read: 

‘My baby! Mom is so sorry.
I am so sorry to make this decision.
My son! I hope you to meet great parents,
And I am very very sorry.
I don’t deserve to say a word.
sorry, sorry, and I love you my son.
Mom loves you more than anything else.
I leave you here because I don’t know who your father is.
I used to think about something bad but I guess this box is safer for you.
That’s why I decided to leave you here.
My son, Please forgive me.’

- ‘A single mother’s tearful letter’

Lee Jong-rak is the subject of a documentary called “The Drop Box”, which I haven’t seen - but I can recommend this 13 minute Dateline video. You can find the Facebook page for the BabyBox here.

GIVE THIS MAN A FUCKING AWARD

Or even better than an award: more funding.

I’m so fucking glad we have these in our country

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02 2 / 2014

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02 2 / 2014

02 2 / 2014

muslim-latina:

mylifeasafeminista:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

fortheloversmusic:

Please #HELP - let’s find this little #muslimah - May Allah bring her back to her parents safely! #allahakbar

Boost!!

"Twelve-year-old mina Ladson was last seen at her residence in the 800 block of N 42nd Street on Tuesday, Jan. 21st.
Mina is prescribed medication that, if not taken, could affect her well being.
Police say it’s possible Ladson is staying with family friends or relatives, but the amount of time she’s been missing without her medication puts her at risk.
Mina is described as 5’2” and 129 lbs with a dark complexion and eyes and black straight hair in braids. She was last seen wearing khaki pants, a navy shirt, a pink jacket with a gray stripe, a black and gray scarf and black boots.”
- From the article

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muslim-latina:

mylifeasafeminista:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

fortheloversmusic:

Please #HELP - let’s find this little #muslimah - May Allah bring her back to her parents safely! #allahakbar

Boost!!

"Twelve-year-old mina Ladson was last seen at her residence in the 800 block of N 42nd Street on Tuesday, Jan. 21st.

Mina is prescribed medication that, if not taken, could affect her well being.

Police say it’s possible Ladson is staying with family friends or relatives, but the amount of time she’s been missing without her medication puts her at risk.

Mina is described as 5’2” and 129 lbs with a dark complexion and eyes and black straight hair in braids. She was last seen wearing khaki pants, a navy shirt, a pink jacket with a gray stripe, a black and gray scarf and black boots.”

From the article

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02 2 / 2014

trickstersgambit:

dreamychocolateprincess:

fauxboy:

copaceticclam:

bombsfall:

In response to CookieCott, which is a lame idea and a shitty portmanteau.
Support Girl Scouts. Feel good about eating hella cookies.

I just sent this to my mom, along with:
“Do we know any girl scouts? I really want to buy a bunch of cookies because there are people boycotting them. Fuck those boycotters, gimme cookies.”

HOW THO? GS COOKIES ARE THE SHIIIIIIT

buy the fuck out of girl scout cookies now

Here’s the dumb thing about that. The cookie monies raised from the sales goes into day trips, educational seminars, uniforms, badges, prizes, paying for the troops’ meeting areas upkeep, and snacks for the troop?
Did you know that some scout leaders actually get their troops sex education when the schools provide exactly nothing the kids will be able to effectively use later on? My scout troop had a one month obligation with a hospital, where we went in on a saturday, and trained health administrators would talk to us about puberty, what happened to xx bodies, what happened to xy bodies, how to handle periods, tampons, peer pressure, condoms, saying ‘no’, and even the effects of saying ‘yes’ and what to expect when you’re expecting on through to options you had if you found out you were pregnant and didn’t want it.
Did you know that while all of us kids in the troop were growing up in shit houses, the troop leaders made sure we all made enough, and got sponsors if we needed them, to go to summer camp?
You can boycott the girlscouts, but I’d give my last dime to them.
Jokes on you.
The troop in my area’s going to have a good year.

trickstersgambit:

dreamychocolateprincess:

fauxboy:

copaceticclam:

bombsfall:

In response to CookieCott, which is a lame idea and a shitty portmanteau.

Support Girl Scouts. Feel good about eating hella cookies.

I just sent this to my mom, along with:

Do we know any girl scouts? I really want to buy a bunch of cookies because there are people boycotting them. Fuck those boycotters, gimme cookies.”

HOW THO? GS COOKIES ARE THE SHIIIIIIT

buy the fuck out of girl scout cookies now

Here’s the dumb thing about that. The cookie monies raised from the sales goes into day trips, educational seminars, uniforms, badges, prizes, paying for the troops’ meeting areas upkeep, and snacks for the troop?

Did you know that some scout leaders actually get their troops sex education when the schools provide exactly nothing the kids will be able to effectively use later on? My scout troop had a one month obligation with a hospital, where we went in on a saturday, and trained health administrators would talk to us about puberty, what happened to xx bodies, what happened to xy bodies, how to handle periods, tampons, peer pressure, condoms, saying ‘no’, and even the effects of saying ‘yes’ and what to expect when you’re expecting on through to options you had if you found out you were pregnant and didn’t want it.

Did you know that while all of us kids in the troop were growing up in shit houses, the troop leaders made sure we all made enough, and got sponsors if we needed them, to go to summer camp?

You can boycott the girlscouts, but I’d give my last dime to them.

Jokes on you.

The troop in my area’s going to have a good year.

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02 2 / 2014

"The perpetuation of the mythology that trans women deserve violence because we “deceive” straight men needs to be debunked and put to rest once and for all."

Laverne Cox, in a Huffington Post essay for Transgender Day of Remembrance (via janetmock)

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02 2 / 2014

gwendolynfaker:

theblackamericanprincess:

niggaimdeadass:

babybutta:

monsterousgirl:

 

The fucking tears in my eyes right now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_Village

http://projects.ilt.columbia.edu/seneca/start.html

See; Africville.

Sad sigh… I mean, a lot of those pretty, city parks that came about in the Gilded Age (if I remember correctly) were developed for the leisure of the upper-middle to upper classes, and, consistently, monied folks have a really sketchy relationship with the ambitions of marginalized or less monied folks… Sad sighs once more… 

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