And here’s another story that goes into the “Amazing 101″ file. A 19-year-old Chicago teenager may very well be on his way to curing colon cancer! Keven Stonewall, who works at in a Rush University lab while still in high school, revealed a critical age-related drawback in an experimental vaccine aimed at preventing colon cancer […]
[Image: A simple, hand drawn comic with six panels.
The first panel shows a person with short hair looking sad and someone off panel saying “you ok”.
The second panel shows the person replying: “Not really”
The third panel shows two arms reaching up to touch the person’s face with a bubble that says, “Hey man”
The fourth panel shows that the arms belong to a dog who is reaching up and saying “hey”
The fifth panel shows a paw putting a small bone into a hand and the text, “Take this”
The last panel shows a hand holding a small bone that says “treat”.]
So, I see this kind of thing a lot:
- Wow, I can’t believe I used to like that
- I was such a loser when I was 13
- What was WRONG with me
- I just found some of my writing from the 90s. How embarrassing.
And here’s what I always want to say when people say things like that: You didn’t suck then. Your old writing is nothing to be ashamed of. Your youth is nothing to be ashamed of.
You were a person, and you were younger and knew less than you do now. That’s a good thing. It means you’re still learning.
But your younger self was worthy. Good. Deserves respect. And so do other young people who are similarly young and inexperienced, and who similarly have a lot to learn.
"Girl Scouts promote lesbianism and abortion!"
Yes why do you think I bought 15 boxes of thin mints.
Yes, but Girl Scout shouldn’t be a thing, it should just be Scouting of America!!
Girls Scouts became a thing because guys could not and still cannot handle women in their troops defend the girl scouts to the fucking death because we aren’t equal and taking away safe spaces for young girls won’t achieve that either
[Image: A clear plastic bowl with multi-colored candies in it with a large bag of M&M’s, a large bag of Skittles, and a large bag of Reese’s pieces by it, showing that all three have been mixed together.]
I won’t ever trust anyone again..
y’all motherfuckers need jesus
This is almost as evil as the wasabi avocado. Almost.
While this is funny, be VERY careful doing this because while the other two are relatively safe, Reese’s contains peanut butter, which is peanuts/nuts and that’s a really common allergy (one of the big eight) that can really cause a nasty reaction in people.
So just…make sure the person you’re doing this to doesn’t have that allergy.
But if you’re sure no allergies are involved, well. Enjoy your evil.
[Image: A tweet from Weird Al Yankovic that reads; “If you thought I didn’t know that “spastic” is considered a highly offensive slur by some people…you’re right, I didn’t. Deeply sorry.”]
Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.
And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.
And on this day, I respected Weird Al even more. Why is it the guy who supposedly takes nothing seriously is the one person who seriously apologizes when he made a mistake?
I used to think
I was overreacting.
now I realize
it was just a
to an abnormal
amount of— (via delaniekae)
This country is such a fucking joke. Did you know that if we were to divide the income in this country fairly it would be about 300,000 per person. That’s annually. You could give each person in this country 100,000 and still have enough to invest in infrastructure and research. Instead we have people who don’t have water, don’t have their basic human rights fulfilled, because they don’t have enough to pay a bill.Capitalism is inhumane.
i literally always favor threesomes/polyamory over love triangles
God this. I have written many of these but am always too scared to put them out there.
I think the reason we don’t see more is because we’ve gotten (as a culture) so fixated on the idea of a triangle being a competition to see who can possess the desired person but a threesome/polyamory posits that there need not be competition because when a person is a person who is loved and not an object to be won, competition is just forced and absurd and even a bit scary and icky.
A motion for a second “stand your ground” hearing for Marissa Alexander has been denied, in a ruling made Friday by Judge James Daniel.
Marissa Alexander has been denied a new Stand Your Ground hearing. Yet again, Florida refuses to free this survivor of domestic violence, fails to support women’s right to self defense, and continues to support anti-black racism in the judicial system. Her new trial is still scheduled to begin Dec 8th.
Marissa needs your voices and support more than ever!
Standing Our Ground Week of Action is still on!
July 25-Aug 1: LET’S TAKE ACTION!
This is so fucked up.
[The following is courtesy of a friend of mine who would like to remain anonymous, but wished for this list to be shared widely & publicly. Please reblog, tweet, & post on yer facebook. Thank you. xo.]
WHAT TO DO ABOUT GAZA
I have seen a lot of people in my life, myself included, going through hard times right now with the extreme escalation of colonial violence in Palestine. People are sad, angry, and praying. Many people are overwhelmed. Worried for our families. Many people in our communities are learning more about Palestine for the first time, and want to know ways to connect. It’s hard to know what to do from so far away, and easy to feel helpless when you don’t know what to do.
This list is for all of us, to recommit to the work we’ve been doing, to get grounded when this massacre has knocked us off our feet, and to get connected where we haven’t been before.
Please share with your communities!
1. BDS – BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTIONS
Boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) is a movement that was called for by Palestinian civil society. It is a grassroots, nonviolent form of resistance that there are so many ways to participate in.
Get involved with (or start) a campaign for your university, workplace, union, etc. to pull out its investments in companies that are connected to Israeli human rights offenses.
- Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has led many successful divestment campaigns at universities across the country.
- We Divest is a project of Jewish Voice for Peace, which has successfully pressured TIAA-CREF around its occupation investments.
- Consumer boycott is about individually deciding not to buy these products, but it’s also about popular education.
- Flyering to educate people about what’s behind this stuff. Encouraging local shops not to sell these products.
- There are ongoing successful consumer boycott campaigns against SodaStream and Sabra Hummus, for example.
Cultural and Academic Boycott:
As artists and academics, it’s very important that we decolonize the way we produce our work, and don’t let it be used to normalize violent structures. There is a set of guidelines for cultural and academic boycott from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) that artists and academics can sign on to.
- Academic boycott guidelines
- Cultural boycott guidelines
- If you are an Israeli citizen, you can also sign the Boycott from Within statement, and get involved with their work
An excellent resource, which can help you find information for whichever kind of BDS campaign you decide to get involved with, is the Who Profits? database.
Donating money is not an action that everyone can afford to get involved with, but if you have even a small amount to spare, here are some great places to donate to:
- Middle East Children’s Alliance
- Palestinian Center for Human Rights
- American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)
- United Palestinian Appeal
3. PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL PROTESTS & VIGILS
- Protests and vigils are a great way to make the Palestinian struggle visible in your city, and also to build community with other people who are feeling the same way you are.
- If you go to a protest, come through with good friends that you can trust, and have a plan for what to do if police or counterprotestors escalate.
Palestinian liberation is connected so intricately with all of our liberation. Reach out to members of other oppressed communities and build coalitions, feature their voices at your demonstration (for example, African, Latin@, and Indigenous activists). Keep racial, gender, and disability justice as the foundations of your work.
4. MAKE ART! & SUPPORT ARTISTS
This is giving us a whole lot of feelings, right?! Write/draw/paint/act/sing/print/dance it out!
- Bring attention to Gaza and Palestine within your artistic communities.
- Endorse the USACBI statement, commit to its principles. Educate other artists you know about it, and encourage them to sign as well.
- Tell your story and tell it true. Be ethical and accountable in the way you handle the stories of others.
If you are not an artist:
Help support Palestinian artists, and artists from other communities in struggle against Israeli apartheid.
Donate, purchase work, host events, for example.
5. CHECK YOURSELF
Make sure that the information you have is accurate. Behind every single news story is a human being with a life as full as your own, and you owe it to them to get the facts straight. Do not re-post gory images of dead children on social media with no context—this is extremely disrespectful.
Below are a few (but not the only) reliable English-language news sources:
- Al Jazeera English
- Ma’an News Agency
- The Electronic Intifada
- Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Read and understand the BDS call, and its demands and guidelines, and do not present false information about it. This is very important, because oftentimes even people who are part of the Palestine solidarity movement can misunderstand the guidelines, and fall for Zionist misinformation about them. Read the calls for yourself and figure out how you can plug in. (see above for the guidelines)
Think about what your role is in this movement. Ask yourself some questions before you take action:
- What is your relationship to Israeli apartheid historically, and the recent colonial violence?
- What are you directly complicit in and what can you do to address that?
- Who are you being accountable to?
*Amplify the voices of, and support people who are more directly impacted than you. Step back when you need to and when you are told to.
*Avoid false and oppressive binaries, like Arab/Jew. Remember that Israeli apartheid is a multi-layered system, and bring that understanding to your work.
*Think about your social position in the country where you’re doing this work, and consistently check yourself on this, too. Again, keep racial, gender, and disability justice as the foundations of your work.
*Don’t judge people for not being able to take part in the same forms of resistance as you.
6. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF & EACH OTHER
Mourn the dead. Speak their names. Publicly and privately.
Do rituals if this helps you.
Read/watch/listen to/share poems/music/film/art by Palestinian artists.
Make art. (even if you are not “an artist.”)
Write it out. (even if you are not “a writer.”)
Cook Palestinian food. Share it with your loved ones.
Take time and space to feel.
Lean on your friends and let them lean on you.
Tune out the news if you need to. (Keep the news on, if you need to be reassured by the steady flow of information.)
Don’t go to protests/demos/events alone.
Take alone time if you need it.
Turn to your faith if that helps you.
Stay committed to healing, and recognize healing as part of the work.
If you are close with them, stay in touch with your family and friends in Palestine.
Remember, it is not your responsibility to educate your oppressors!
Keep checking yourself.
Affirm life. Affirm life. Affirm life.
If you say disabled people deserve to get paid less than minimum wage then you are saying disabled people don’t deserve to have a home, or adequate food, water, heat, and medical care, a phone, or assistive devices, or weather appropriate clothing, or to provide all of these things for their children, etc. We can’t even afford all of this to begin with on a minimum wage job (or SSI benefits), and yet they want to pay us even less than that.
[Image: A picture of a small boy with brown skin and black hair, sleeping under an American Red Cross blanket amongst many other people. The text reads: “Right now thousands upon thousands of children are locked up along our southern border in conditions that are meager at best, cruel at worst. They’re locked up in warehouses without legal representation and with no way to contact anyone. They’re children. If we saw this situation in another country, we would call on that country to treat these kids as refugees with compassion and respect. It is time we hold ourselves to the same standards.”]
Don’t Leave your kids in the car.
Spread this like wildfire. This man, Terry Williams, made a PSA to spread the reality of what little children go through when locked in a hot car.
As it says in the USAtoday article:
A child’s body temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult’s. That means only minutes left alone in a car can be fatal for a child.
"I’m sitting in the car with the windows rolled up cause I want to know how it feels to be left in the car,"
"As you can see, I’m sweating, like I can barely breathe out here, but my system is stronger than these little kids systems."
Tumblr I’m counting on to get this going. Spread it like wildfire.
This is a topic that make me sob every time I see reports on the news of children or animals suffering from being left in a hot car. These innocent lives who suffer like this cannot protect themselves.
So, please take the time to spread this message and help people to stop and think before considering to leave precious lives locked in a vehicle.
More information on Terry Williams and his PSA campaign go here:
I find myself objecting to the term ‘fool’. Just earlier this year, a woman got arrested for this, because she was homeless and couldn’t find anywhere to place her kids and needed to get to a job interview in hopes of further supporting her children. And then someone reported her and last I heard she was in jail and her kids got taken away. BW PoC of course. Meanwhile a white woman at the same time, drove around w/ her kid on top of her car and she’s fine.
So no, I just ‘can’t’ with the ‘FOOL’ and the implications of laziness. And questions of ‘How could you do this, you must not love your kids’. And I’m pissed at anyone reblogging w/o any comments to the contrary about how shit like this gets propped up as laziness etc - and not reported as circumstances with no recourse for childcare, several place demanding ‘no kids’ or strongly frowning on it — just…
I can’t even get into how in some circumstances it can be safer for a child in a locked car, than in certain public places their parents may have to go.
Awareness of summer/heat dangers? Yes.
But this fucking; ‘Don’t be a fool’? Is some ignorance. Straight. Up. Ignorance.
There’s more going on here and thus there should be more than blaming a symptom.
Bolded for right on commentary that should be read.
seekingwillow makes a very damn good point, and I wish I’d caught it myself and I full on confess I fucked up and didn’t even think about it and should have. We don’t look at why people need to leave kids in cars. We definitely need to be talking about, as was said, “blaming more than a symptom”. seekingwillow is on the money.