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  • rambozus:


    She said she wanted to be a pilot, and when I asked why, she spoke two words. My translator said: “She says, something like: ‘I want to be able to control myself in the air.’”
    "But what exactly did she say?" I asked.
    “‘Kuar Nhial,’ he answered. ‘It means: ‘I’ll be the leader of the air.’”

    (Tongping Internally Displaced Persons Site, Juba, South Sudan)

    kellysue, humansofnewyork found a Carol Corps member in the Sudan.

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  • Anonymous asked : Am I racist if (from a general perspective) I'm not attractive to women from African descent? There are certainly exceptions, but not many. I don't dislike them personally or mentally, but I'm hardly ever physically turned on by them. Is this considered racism, or simply preference?


    Racists always write in thinking that this fake-ass dichotomy is somehow going to make it OK for them to spout their racist ideas about who they’re attracted to (short answer, uh, your preference is racist, you fucking idiot).

    I’ve seriously answered this literally 100 times, but, one thing that’s always fascinating is to think about what kind of special brand of asshole is so full of themselves, so sure that their own whims, desires and preferences are somehow innate, unchangeable and uninfluenced by culture, that their mere existence somehow means that they’re automatically correct. Like, how little do you have to examine yourself and the world around you that this could even be a question you might pose, you piece of garbage.


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  • questionall:

    While internet users in the US struggle with expensive and slow connections provided by cable corporations, Chattanooga, Tennessee’s fiber-optic network, “The Gig”, is a taxpayer-owned public utility that boasts internet speeds 50 times faster than the rest of the country. SHARE this if the FCC should dump their plans to end net neutrality and classify the internet as a public utility. LIKE our page US Uncut!

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  • Today in Solidarity: Incredible Women (and Girls) of Ferguson

    (Source: socialjusticekoolaid, via i-am-a-child-of-time)

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  • mediamattersforamerica:

    NRA News shamelessly promotes viewer-submitted pictures of children with firearms, some engaged in unsafe gun practices

    Meanwhile, these accidental shootings by children in the U.S. happened within just one month: August 2nd - September 2nd, 2014. 

    A 7-year-old boy shot himself at his family’s homemade shooting range in California:  

    The boy was reportedly firing a single-shot, .22 bolt action youth rifle under his father’s supervision. When the boy cried out, his father noticed there was a small hole in his shirt, then blood.

    A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi in Arizona: 

    "(The mother) was visibly upset and shaken," the report reads. She said "the gun went off and saw (her daughter) drop the gun. (The girl) turned to her and told her the gun was too much for her and it hurt her shoulder. (The mother) said no one knew Vacca was shot until the other instructor ran over."

    A 4-year-old boy in Texas was injured after he found his parents’ handgun: 

    The boy climbed into his parents’ bedroom closet in their home on the 600 block of Destin Drive and found their .38-caliber gun on the top shelf, Fort Worth police said. The gun was loaded and unlocked when the boy pulled the trigger.

    A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by his 14-year-old friend while they were handling a rifle in Oklahoma:

    Police say initially the other teens said the victim shot himself with the gun, but after questioning them separately, police say the 14-year-old accidentally fired the gun … Police say the rifle used was stolen from a home in Midwest City in 2011. Right now investigators don’t know how the gun ended up in the teens hands. 

    A 9-year-old girl died after shooting herself with her father’s gun:

    "The young lady was searching or looking around, found the weapon, was pulling it out of the drawer an the gun discharged as he was pulling it out of the drawer," said Police Chief Rex Brown. Brown said the bullet hit her in the head.

    A 7-year-old boy in Tennessee shot and killed himself with his grandfather’s pistol: 

    Hills’ grandfather, Dana Buck, said he was in the living room watching TV when he heard a shot. He ran to the bedroom and found Hills, who had accidentally shot himself with a pistol.

    A 3-year-old boy in Chicago, IL was critically injured after finding his father’s handgun and accidentally shooting himself in the head:

    Police said the boy was in a closet with at least one other child and playing with the gun when it discharged, hitting the boy in the head and leaving him in critical condition. Police said the boy’s father took the gun, the remaining rounds and fled the scene. 

    In Tennessee, a 10-year-old boy shot himself in the foot while hunting:

    According to TWRA, the 10-year-old was dove hunting at the Buffalo Springs Wildlife Management Area in Grainger County when he accidentally shot himself in the foot. He was taken by medical helicopter to UT Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

    A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the face in Atlanta: 

    The 3-year-old was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to police. The newspaper spoke with a neighbor, Ivey McMullen, who said she “heard people screaming that ‘the baby shot himself.’”

    A 7-year-old boy in Ohio shot himself while playing in his grandparents’ backyard: 

    Police said the boy was in his back yard on Impala Dr. with his brother. They found a gun, and began playing with it … Colerain police said that the boys live with their grandparents, and there does not seem to be a lot of supervision. Officers will also look into how the boys were able to get a gun so easily.

    A 15-year-old boy shot himself in the face after he found a hidden key to his parent’s gun safe while they were at work: 

    [He] found a hidden key to the gun safe and was able to get to a handgun inside. The 15-year-old told police that the gun went off as he was putting it back in the gun safe … Police said the parents told them they didn’t think their children knew where the gun safe key was hidden.

    So how’s our country handling this pattern of violence resulting from children handling firearms? A child can still legally own a rifle or shotgun in 30 states. 

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  • (Source: keyofnik, via wilwheaton)

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  • Justice Department to investigate entire Ferguson police force


    NBC News: The Justice Department intends to launch a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, officials said Wednesday.

    The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has been investigating the fatal shooting of Michael Brown for the last month, but the new investigation would look into the conduct of the entire department.

    Follow updates on

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  • gentlemanbones:







    Please add more unwarranted explosions to gifs. It’s my favorite.











    I like all of these and would like so much more of them to exist.


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  • fenrislorsrai:


    Wonder Woman, “Skateboard Wiz”

    I love how the last shot goes from her being about to pick them up by their butts to flinging them by shoulders.  she may be kicking their ass, but she’s not gonna touch it.

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  • whitepeoplemadatthings:




    V I T A L

    Oh my god this is astonishing. 

    This needs to be front page of every newspaper.

    The original can be found here:

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  • malbell:


    Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
    September 2, 2014

    While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.

    “I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”

    Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She also filed a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.

    So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”

    Read more

    As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves. 

    So much respect for her. I hope he gets what he fucking deserves.

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  • I’m from Mattel. Well, I’m not really from Mattel, I’m actually from a smaller company that was purchased by Mattel in a leveraged buyout.

    (Source: waltdisneysdaily, via anightmarefantasmic)

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  • journolist:

    When #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Happens in Print: 

    Section from the Rolling Stone profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers who committed the Boston Marathon bombings vs section from the New York Times profile of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. 

    H/T to @daviddtss 

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