strawberreli
iflovingyouwerewrong:

tamorapierce:

profeminist:

Finally, Nigeria’s Kidnapped Schoolgirls Are Coming Home
Photo: Some of the schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped in mid-April. 
"On Friday, Nigeria’s government announced it had reached a deal with Boko Haram to release the approximately 200 schoolgirls held captive by the Islamist terror group since April.
The agreement, announced by the country’s defense minister, also involves a cease fire between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military. The government expects the terror group will not back out on the deal. “Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine,” an official with Nigeria’s security forces told Reuters Friday. “It is worth taking seriously.”
Boko Haram militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls from Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in mid-April, sparking a worldwide outcry and propelling the group onto to the international stage for the first time. Over fifty of the girls escaped early on. The rest have remained in captivity ever since.”
As reported by Mother Jones 
AWESOME NEWS - this has been such a nightmare to follow, it is so great to hear the girls are being released!

Finally.

Wooo!!!!

iflovingyouwerewrong:

tamorapierce:

profeminist:

Finally, Nigeria’s Kidnapped Schoolgirls Are Coming Home

Photo: Some of the schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped in mid-April. 

"On Friday, Nigeria’s government announced it had reached a deal with Boko Haram to release the approximately 200 schoolgirls held captive by the Islamist terror group since April.

The agreement, announced by the country’s defense minister, also involves a cease fire between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military. The government expects the terror group will not back out on the deal. “Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine,” an official with Nigeria’s security forces told Reuters Friday. “It is worth taking seriously.”

Boko Haram militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls from Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in mid-April, sparking a worldwide outcry and propelling the group onto to the international stage for the first time. Over fifty of the girls escaped early on. The rest have remained in captivity ever since.”

As reported by Mother Jones 

AWESOME NEWS - this has been such a nightmare to follow, it is so great to hear the girls are being released!

Finally.

Wooo!!!!

carolinaborn

thepoliticalfreakshow:

LOS ANGELES, CA – Around the block from where Ezell Ford was killed by LAPD, officers from the Newton Division stopped, Brandon Dawson, 26, on Sunday evening. Dawson had just finished his shift as a dental assistant and was picking up his seven-month-old daughter from his grandmother’s house. He was strapping the baby’s carrier into the car when officers stopped Brandon asking why Brandon had parked in the private driveway. Brandon explained that there were no other spaces available and he had just pulled up to pick up his daughter. Photo via Linda WashingtonThe police asked for no papers, and told Brandon to put his hands up as they snatched the father’s baby. Soon after, Brandon would be tazered, beaten, and arrested by police on suspicion of assaulting a gang officer from LAPD’s Newton Division, according to Officer Lilliana Preciado. However, Officer Preciado claims not to have any details regarding what led to Dawson’s arrest.

An eyewitness on the scene that asked not to be identified or recorded due to police terrorizing members of low income communities that call for police accountability, watches the confrontation between Daawson and LAPD. A witness who says that after LAPD snatched the baby from Brandon’s arms, an officer began violently shaking the seven-month-old back and forth as if they were intentionally trying to make the baby fly out of the carrier.

“My baby! My baby!” screamed Brandon. LAPD then put the infant on the sidewalk. Alone.

//

A concerned woman tried to grab the baby, and a police officer slammed the door on her. Upset, Brandon’s grandmother came and took her grandchild from the sidewalk. Ten cop cars soon pulled up. Police officers piled on top of Brandon, tazering and beating him. A beating that was recorded on video that has yet to be released. Witnesses and angry community members surrounded the officers recording the police. Police told witnesses to stop recording, but community members continued to film the police anyway.  Police responded to by taking photos of those recording them. A tactic that police use to intimidate community members with threats of arrest and deportation according to the witness.

Upset, community members gathered calling police out, “He did nothing to nobody.” “They (police) threw his baby.”

The community response was caught on tape by Ceebo Tha Rapper. Ceebo has been organizing the neighborhood and recording music about police brutality ever since the same police department killed his cousin, Ezell Ford. However, as the community filmed, police swiftly formed a line. With hands resting on their guns, officers aggressively push the crowd back in the video as community members remind police, “We’re unarmed.” This incident which began as a traffic stop between 7-8 pm, had 65th & Broadway sealed off and occupied by a small army of LAPD until midnight.

photo by Nash Baker from A Million Hits on YouTube

photo by Nash Baker from A Million Hits on YouTube

Following Brandon’s arrest, his mother, Linda Washington, was shocked when she received a call from her sister. She had just gotten off the phone with her son. He had called to say goodnight and ask how her day was. “(My) sister called saying I needed to come down because something happened with Brandon and the police.” Mrs. Washington didn’t believe her at first. After all, it was only minutes ago that Brandon was fine and now suddenly, her family was thrust into an emergency.

Given the wrong information several times by police, Mrs. Washington says she had to do a lot of running around just to locate Brandon and his impounded vehicle. Out on $50,000 bail, Brandon is being treated at the hospital. He has injuries and scars on his neck, forehead, and wrist from being beaten by LAPD. To make matters worse, Brandon’s wallet containing $1200 for his rent, was inside his car. Both the wallet and his rent money are now gone. According to witnesses, Brandon’s vehicle was driven away by a police officer, not a tow truck.

//

This seems to be about more than a traffic stop, according to Mrs. Washington. One of the officer’s recognized Brandon from two years ago when they had stopped and arrested him in the very same place destroying his pending opportunity to join the marines as an officer on Monday night reminded Brandon: “You thought you were going to the Marines last time.”

This is a young boy with a baby in the car. And it’s obvious, he’s got on work clothes. What harm is he doing?

Washington asked regarding LAPD immediately using force on her son. Residents of Dawson’s grandmother’s building and his Mom all say Dawson is a sweet and hardworking young father. He has nothing to do with gangs or drugs. In fact, the only other problem Brandon has ever had with police, was in the very same place by 65th and Broadway two years ago with the very same notorious Shootin’ Newton Department.

Concerned about the psychological affects police targeting may have, Mrs. Washington remains determined to support her son.

What happens if every time you take two steps forward someone pushes you two steps backward? Once the police come at you, you’re almost tagged… It’s almost as if they intentionally want to get him to the point to get him locked up.

Brandon Dawson & Mother Linda Washington Photo via Linda Washington

Brandon Dawson & Linda Washington

The eyewitness expressed similar sentiments about local police targeting the community:

They’re racist against the black and latino community. They insult us. They humiliate us. They belittle us.

Statistics back up their sentiments regarding police targeting and racist policing.

According to the NAACP:

  • African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
  • African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
  • Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population

Save Black Boys SignThe Newton Police Department has been under fire from community members since August when officers from the department killed unarmed Ezell Ford nine days after they killed unarmed Omar Abrego. Regular demonstrations demanding justice for Ford and Abrego and an end to police brutality have been ongoing, but have yet to be met with any response other than force from the Newton Police Department. All of this of course occurring while those rallying for #FergusonOctober are making it look like there will either be justice against racist killer cops or revolution in America. One more family may be joining the efforts to stop killer cops and end police brutality. Mrs. Washington said her family hopes to attend the October 22nd day of national action against police brutality in Los Angeles.

metapianycist
paleopyrope:

teal-deer:

vaultedthewall:

dragonageconfessions:

Confession: I confess I worry I am a bigot. I know making love interests “playersexual” is intended to be inclusive and maximize options, that RPGs are largely about fantasy wish-fulfillment, and that my playthrough is not affected by anyone else’s. But knowing every potential love interest could go either way decreases my immersion because I know this is statistically uncommon. I preferred my party having a mix of orientations: it felt more real.
 

Repeat after me, OP: Four bisexual people in the same city is not less realistic than:
Dragons 
Magic that you can use to cause flame or ice or lightning fly from your fingertips 
Literal Demons
Literal Spirits that take possession of people
Elves that run around barefooted literally everywhere.
A culture that worships dogs using “bitch” as an insult
(seriously did NO ONE in the writer’s room raise their hand and go “Wait a second here maybe we should rethink this…”?)
An ancient order that uses the blood of corrupted monsters of an unknown sinister origin to allow them to fight said monsters better.
USING LAVA AS A LIGHT SOURCE WHERE YOU ARE IN AN ENCLOSED CAVE STANDING FIVE FEET AWAY FROM IT AND DOING JUST FINE.
GIANT FUCKING SPIDERS SERIOUSLY I AM TALKING HUMMER SIZED
Cutting people apart and stitching them back together frankenstein style and having that actually work.
Giant gray-skinned horned people.
So, yes, OP. If you’re going “The fact that four bisexuals are in the same city and also hang out together, THAT’S what breaks my immersion” you might want to rethink your priorities. Sorry, but them’s the breaks. 

Also bisexuals huddle together for warmth and travel in packs. So. Yeah.

Unless your city has less than 16 people that’s statistically accurate anyway.

paleopyrope:

teal-deer:

vaultedthewall:

dragonageconfessions:

Confession: I confess I worry I am a bigot. I know making love interests “playersexual” is intended to be inclusive and maximize options, that RPGs are largely about fantasy wish-fulfillment, and that my playthrough is not affected by anyone else’s. But knowing every potential love interest could go either way decreases my immersion because I know this is statistically uncommon. I preferred my party having a mix of orientations: it felt more real.

 

Repeat after me, OP: Four bisexual people in the same city is not less realistic than:

  1. Dragons 
  2. Magic that you can use to cause flame or ice or lightning fly from your fingertips 
  3. Literal Demons
  4. Literal Spirits that take possession of people
  5. Elves that run around barefooted literally everywhere.
  6. A culture that worships dogs using “bitch” as an insult
  7. (seriously did NO ONE in the writer’s room raise their hand and go “Wait a second here maybe we should rethink this…”?)
  8. An ancient order that uses the blood of corrupted monsters of an unknown sinister origin to allow them to fight said monsters better.
  9. USING LAVA AS A LIGHT SOURCE WHERE YOU ARE IN AN ENCLOSED CAVE STANDING FIVE FEET AWAY FROM IT AND DOING JUST FINE.
  10. GIANT FUCKING SPIDERS SERIOUSLY I AM TALKING HUMMER SIZED
  11. Cutting people apart and stitching them back together frankenstein style and having that actually work.
  12. Giant gray-skinned horned people.

So, yes, OP. If you’re going “The fact that four bisexuals are in the same city and also hang out together, THAT’S what breaks my immersion” you might want to rethink your priorities. Sorry, but them’s the breaks. 

Also bisexuals huddle together for warmth and travel in packs. So. Yeah.

Unless your city has less than 16 people that’s statistically accurate anyway.

fabulousfati
cosmicocks:

seti-fan:

offendedfunyarinpa:

standbyfortitanfall:

losed:

A CROW TRIED TO GO IN OUR CLASSROOM AND HE HAD A PEN

You’ve all just like, completely skipped over the possibility that this crow has seen people using pens in this room, found one, and is trying to return it. There’s been videos of crows picking up sweet wrappers and stuff and placing them in bins after seeing humans put their litter in bins. I really do believe that this crow is trying to return the pen and that is ADORABLE AS HELL. 

Another cool crow deal: Once, when trying to assess if crows could reason and use tools, scientists had two crows who didn’t know each other each take a wire from a table (one was hooked, one was straight) and try to grab meat from a bottle with it. The crows could see each other, though they had separate bottles. Only the straight wire worked for this, so they hypothesized that if crows could reason, the second trial would have the two crows fighting over the straight wire. The second trial started and, to the surprise of the scientists, the two crows both went for the bent wire, one held it down and the other unbent it. They both got meat out of their bottles. They came to a peaceful solution without verbal communication. Crows are probably smarter than we are.

I love crows. Bird behavior in general interests me and corvids especially have shown really high levels of intelligence.

There’s a video on youtube somewhere where a thirsty little crow is at an amusement park, and he finds some humans with a water bottle. He starts pecking at the cap and at first the people didn’t catch on, but he kept persisting, trying to get at the cap.It took a little bit for the humans to get it but they unscrewed the cap for him, and filled it with water and he drank from it.The crow was so used to seeing people drinking out of these magical liquid containers and he knew exactly where it came out of and was able to communicate what exactly he wanted.

cosmicocks:

seti-fan:

offendedfunyarinpa:

standbyfortitanfall:

losed:

A CROW TRIED TO GO IN OUR CLASSROOM AND HE HAD A PEN

You’ve all just like, completely skipped over the possibility that this crow has seen people using pens in this room, found one, and is trying to return it. There’s been videos of crows picking up sweet wrappers and stuff and placing them in bins after seeing humans put their litter in bins. I really do believe that this crow is trying to return the pen and that is ADORABLE AS HELL. 

Another cool crow deal: Once, when trying to assess if crows could reason and use tools, scientists had two crows who didn’t know each other each take a wire from a table (one was hooked, one was straight) and try to grab meat from a bottle with it. The crows could see each other, though they had separate bottles. Only the straight wire worked for this, so they hypothesized that if crows could reason, the second trial would have the two crows fighting over the straight wire. The second trial started and, to the surprise of the scientists, the two crows both went for the bent wire, one held it down and the other unbent it. They both got meat out of their bottles. They came to a peaceful solution without verbal communication. Crows are probably smarter than we are.

I love crows. Bird behavior in general interests me and corvids especially have shown really high levels of intelligence.

There’s a video on youtube somewhere where a thirsty little crow is at an amusement park, and he finds some humans with a water bottle. He starts pecking at the cap and at first the people didn’t catch on, but he kept persisting, trying to get at the cap.

It took a little bit for the humans to get it but they unscrewed the cap for him, and filled it with water and he drank from it.

The crow was so used to seeing people drinking out of these magical liquid containers and he knew exactly where it came out of and was able to communicate what exactly he wanted.

vulcan-wolf

davidtennantgasm:

theblackeagleofthenorth:

It’s performances like this which make me disappointed when I hear people say the don’t like Eccelston or skip over that whole season just to get to Tennant. Tennant was fantastic and a brilliant Doctor, but there wouldn’t be a Tennant Doctor without Eccleston’s Doctor. The way Tennant’s Doctor was portrayed was the effect that Rose had on Nine. In the beginning, Nine was harsh and unforgiving having come back from the Time War, his time with Rose softened that harsh attitude and it’s really shown in this episode.

“Just this once, everybody lives!” Has to be my absolute favourite line in all the history of Doctor who because in that episode everyone did.

I cry in almost all of Nine’s episodes. But not happy or sad tears. Just fucking intense emotion tears. He was fantastic.

strawberreli
permguerrero:

maghrabiyya:

raw-r-evolution:

chocolatefitspo:

ayeeeeeeeeeeebohp:

Take 5 minutes out of your morning/night to educate yourself on this young man LL. The brother was LYNCHED. “Crackertown”, North Carolina. Been gone since the morning of Aug. 29th. Day of his first football game of his senior year. All that hard work in the summer for nothin’. #JusticeForLennonLacy

This needs more light..

racism needs to hurry up and DIE

http://globalgrind.com/2014/10/14/lennon-lacys-death-hanging-killed-about-list
So he was found hanging, the morning of his first big game that he had been preparing for all year, wearing somebody else’s shoes, with his brand new shoes missing. he had a white girlfriend, openly racist neighbours, confederate flags everywhere, marks on his face indicating he was in a fight just minutes before..
This was not a suicide, no way in hell. This was a modern day lynching.
I hope they get answers soon. Poor boy.

This is a fucking shame.

permguerrero:

maghrabiyya:

raw-r-evolution:

chocolatefitspo:

ayeeeeeeeeeeebohp:

Take 5 minutes out of your morning/night to educate yourself on this young man LL. The brother was LYNCHED. “Crackertown”, North Carolina. Been gone since the morning of Aug. 29th. Day of his first football game of his senior year. All that hard work in the summer for nothin’. #JusticeForLennonLacy

This needs more light..

racism needs to hurry up and DIE

http://globalgrind.com/2014/10/14/lennon-lacys-death-hanging-killed-about-list

So he was found hanging, the morning of his first big game that he had been preparing for all year, wearing somebody else’s shoes, with his brand new shoes missing. he had a white girlfriend, openly racist neighbours, confederate flags everywhere, marks on his face indicating he was in a fight just minutes before..

This was not a suicide, no way in hell. This was a modern day lynching.

I hope they get answers soon. Poor boy.

This is a fucking shame.

strawberreli

rydenarmani:

calvinrosemusic:

naughtylemonwhore:

ryden-gg:

bankruptspermbank:

ryden-gg:

some helpful reminders about sex workers ♥

If sex workers aren’t selling their bodies, what are they selling?

their time, the sexual experience that they’re having/creating, and the products that they create.

sex workers sell a service. Unless they’re selling their own kidneys on the black market, saying that sex workers sell their bodies makes no sense at all.

But…aren’t ppl paying sex workers for…sex..? I don’t understand your logic

if you think having sex with someone automatically means you own their body, i feel so bad for anyone you’ve ever slept with.