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  • "The taser isn’t being used for defense. It’s being used to punish somebody for being uncooperative. At this point it’s basically an instrument of torture."
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  • majiinboo:

    • Do not forget Michael Brown
    • Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
    • Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
    • Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
    • Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $200,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
    • Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
    • Do not forget Ferguson 

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  • planetmoney:

    When is the best time to see the judge?


    After the judge has had something to eat.

    "…Kahneman discusses how external factors can affect our tendency to fall back on easy “default” decisions instead of taking a few minutes to think the decision through. To drive his point home, he provides one disturbing example from a research article published in PNAS a few years ago.”

    (H/T to Randal Olsen for the cool post)

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  • gothiccharmschool:


    Someone please stop me from blowing my budget on Potter Barn’s Halloween stuff

    [more on my blog]

    I do not need those wine glasses I do not need those wine glasses I do not need those wine glasses 


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  • plansfornigel:



    MARCH 12, 2014

    What follows is a response to a popular list of claims and arguments made by men’s rights activists.

    1. SUICIDE: Men’s suicide rate is 4.6 times higher than that of women’s….

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  • stopwhitewashing:



    Leading Men Age, Leading Women Don’t | Vulture

    There are more charts if you click through.

    I’m so glad this info graphic is going around, because so many people don’t realize how ageism and misogyny play hand in hand and how the sexualization of young girls play into this.

    Santoine: This is an important graph I felt you all should see and understand

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    Luke Cage was created in 1972.

    Four years earlier, in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.

    Five years before that, in 1963, Medgar Evers was shot and killed.

    Eight years before that, in 1955, a young Black man named Emmett Till was tortured, then shot and killed.

    These events, and numerous others with frightening similarity, happened in a line, and in the early years of the first decade to reap the social benefits of the Civil Rights Movement, Marvel Comics gives the fans (and the world) a Black male superhero whose primary superhuman aspect… is that he’s bulletproof.

    Not flight, or super speed, or a power ring.

    The superhuman ability of being impervious to bullets.

    Superheroes. Action heroes. Fantasy heroes.

    Power fantasies.

    Is there any doubt the power fantasy of the Black man in the years following multiple assassinations of his leaders and children by way of the gun would be superhuman resistance to bullets?

    In American society, the Black man has come a long way from the terrors of the past handful of centuries, only to crash right into the terrors of the 21st century. Some of those terrors being the same exact ones their grandparents had to face and survive — or not.

    There are Black men who are wealthy, powerful, formidable and/or dangerous. They can affect change undreamt of by their parents, and their parents’ parents. Their children will be able to change the world in ways we can intuit and others we can barely begin to try and predict.

    But a bullet can rip through their flesh and their future with no effort whatsoever.

    And so we look at Luke Cage, a man who gets shot on a regular basis, whose body language is such that he is expecting to be shot at, prepared for the impact — because he knows he can take it.

    And maybe, in the subconscious of the uni-mind of Marvel Comics, is the understanding that Luke Cage may unfortunately always be a relevant fantasy idea for the Black man.

    2012 – Trayvon Martin is shot and killed.

    2013 – Jonathan Ferrell is shot and killed.

    2014 – Michael Brown is shot and killed.

    2015/2016 – Luke Cage premieres on Netflix.

    I look forward to seeing if the Luke Cage of that show will have a true understanding of his power and what he symbolizes.

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  • medievalpoc:



    —Marie Antoinette (2006)

     Just so everyone is clear, the handsome Black man tutoring Marie Antoinette is Joseph Boulogne, classical musician extraordinaire whose work influenced Mozart’s. This has been your Western music history tidbit of the day. Adieu! 

    *just leaves this here*

    Chevalier Joseph Boulogne de Saint-Georges

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  • liberalsarecool:

    Wal-mart is built on exploiting workers. The workers’ wages are supplemented by government programs.

    The Walton family are multi-billionaires based on YOU subsidizing their workers.

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  • crooksandliars:

    Yes, Richard Nixon Was A Traitor

    It drives me crazy when people try to rehabilitate this crook:

    The new release of extended versions of Nixon’s papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

    Nixon’s newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them to refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.

    Nixon’s interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams’s 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation.

    Published as the 40th Anniversary of Nixon’s resignation approaches, Will’s column confirms that Nixon feared public disclosure of his role in sabotaging the 1968 Vietnam peace talks. Will says Nixon established a “plumbers unit” to stop potential leaks of information that might damage him, including documentation he believed was held by the Brookings Institute, a liberal think tank. The Plumbers’ later break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the Watergate scandal that brought Nixon down.

    read more

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  • quickhits:

    (TPM) The Obama administration rolled out a plan on Friday to protect access to copay-free birth control for women in response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling.

    A new “proposed rule” by the Department of Health and Human Services lets female employees of for-profit businesses, like Hobby Lobby, obtain birth control directly from their insurer, at no extra cost, if their boss opts out of covering the service in the company’s insurance plan for religious reasons.

    The move extends an accommodation that already exists for non-profit organizations, which are allowed to refuse to cover for birth control. In short, the religious owners can pass the cost on to the insurer so that they’re no longer complicit in what they view as sin.

    "Women across the country deserve access to recommended preventive services that are important to their health, no matter where they work,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. "Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by non-profit organizations and closely held for-profit companies."

    A little bit of good news for once.

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  • comicbookcovers:

    Crimes By Women #14, August 1950

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  • postracialcomments:

    The parents of a toddler who was severely injured when a SWAT team’s grenade exploded in his face may be on the hook for all of his medical expenses.

    Georgia will not pick up the tab for the more than $500,000 worth of medical treatment Bounkham Phonesavanh received after he was injured during a botched drug raid in May.

    "It leaves me heartbroken to know that they really don’t have any compassion or remorse for what they’ve done to my family," Phonesavanh’s mom, Alecia, told The Huffington Post. "

    I read all these articles about how bad they feel and how traumatized they are, but I don’t see it. I don’t see it in their words or their actions at all.”

    A SWAT officer threw a flash grenade that landed in the toddler’s crib, badly burning him. The blast left holes in Phonesavanh’s face and tore away at his chest, exposing his ribs.

    He was put into a medically induced coma for days and, at one point, had only a 50 percent chance of survival, his family said.

    Authorities said that they previously purchased drugs from the house and that there was no evidence to indicate a child would be present.

    The suspect, wanted on federal drug charges, was not there. The American Civil Liberties Union has challenged the assertion that there was no sign a child could be present, saying that there were toys in the front lawn.

    Phonesavanh said there were no drugs found in the house and that it was “not a drug house.” Now, the county says it’s not legally allowed to pay the child’s medical bills.

    "The question before the board was whether it is legally permitted to pay these expenses," the county said in a statement sent to the station. "

    After consideration of this question following advice of counsel, the board of commissioners has concluded that it would be in violation of the law for it to do so.


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