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Sep 29 '14

iwriteaboutfeminism:

The overwhelming injustice of John Crawford’s murder. 

Sep 29 '14

s-k-apegoat:

My city is in chaos.
This is what’s happening to Hong Kong right this minute.


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It is difficult for me to put into words, but simply put, University students started a class boycott movement demanding democracy and universal suffrage from the Hong Kong and Chinese Government this week, and the movement has escalated into citizens occupying Government Square and now, a main road leading into Hong Kong’s central hub.

Most protesters are younger generation Hong Kongers, including university students and even secondary school students. The leader of the student movement himself is barely even old enough to drive a car. 
The movement began peacefully with citizens merely sitting quietly and occupying a public space in a silent protest on Friday night. 

Then at 7:00 in the morning the next day, policemen stormed into the public square and began clearing out the area by force, dragging youngsters out violently, injuring many of them. Policemen have also been witnessed to beating youngsters without reason, and using high-concentration, anti-riot pepperspray on civilians who are merely attempting to protect themselves. No civilian put up any sort of fight or attempt at assaulting the police as far as i know,
(Police justified clearing out the area with the reason that protesters are holding illegal meetings in a public space.)

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(Protesting civilians who remained on the streets overnight are wearing plastic wraps and raincoats under 30 degree weather in an attempt to protect themselves should the police utilize peppersprays again.)

The movement escalated again tonight when the protesters (now 4 times the size of the student movement the previous week) occupied a main road leading to the central hub of Hong Kong.
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The police barricaded the roads and attempted to stop more people from joining the crowd this whole afternoon, but the peaceful crowd remained persistent and would not leave the area even after the police issued verbal warnings. (I emphasize “peaceful”, because protesters continued to be orderly and did not display any forms of aggression. They even cleared out a path for cars to pass the area, something the police didn’t even bother to do.)

At around 6:00, the police began using peppersprays on civilians again, this time high-powered ones that came in tanks instead of in bottles. Our people continued to shield themselves with umbrellas, but the umbrellas were also soon snatched away by the police. Live feed videos have also confirmed that police have been misusing peppersprays by firing them at close proximity, and also not giving any sort of verbal warnings before firing.

Video of a policeman firing at an elderly man at point-blank range:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0r4jKkcDA7E

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Yet again, protesters remained, and at 7:00, armed forces were sent into the crowd. They began firing tear gas capsules INTO the crowds and even INTO First-aid stations. The rounds came every few minutes and i counted at least 5 capsules being fired in a 10-minute period according to the live feeds. 
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at least 30,000 people continue to stand their ground right this second, more armed policemen are being sent in, and news is that these police are ordered to use guns (loaded with plastic bullets) on civilians if protesters continue to remain. 

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I fear for the people because policemen are not what they used to be anymore. These “police” who should be protecting us are now private armies for the government. I am watching my city die. It’s a terrifying feeling. If the police feel they are justified to use force on innocent civilians, tonight could end up in another massacre just like that of the Tian An Men June Fourth Massacre in 1989. 


And at this point I am too emotional to say anything else except that we need your prayers and your support. Please spread this out, people all over the world need to see what is happening right now. 

LIVE FEED OF THE CURRENT SITUATION:
http://sonoapp.net/stream/u/MeeJTV

Sep 28 '14
marcopollobodt:

destroyedforcomfort:

blackfootbeauty:

oliasis:

notyour-sidekick:

kleenexwoman:

did-you-kno:

Source

I have a few copies of “Playboy” from the 1970s stashed away somewhere. One of them has a letter where a guy writes in saying, “I met this really gorgeous, sweet woman, and we were planning to get married, but she sat me down yesterday and told me that she had a sex change before she met me. Mr. Hefner, should I marry someone who used to be a man?” and the response was, “So she had a sex change, big whoop. Would you be asking this question if she’d made any other change in her life before she met you? You love the woman she is now, and that’s all that should matter. If you want kids you can adopt or something.”

I feel so conflicted right now



That awkward moment when Hugh Hefner is more trans-positive than most feminists of the same era. 

omg

Truly a man ahead of his time

marcopollobodt:

destroyedforcomfort:

blackfootbeauty:

oliasis:

notyour-sidekick:

kleenexwoman:

did-you-kno:

Source

I have a few copies of “Playboy” from the 1970s stashed away somewhere. One of them has a letter where a guy writes in saying, “I met this really gorgeous, sweet woman, and we were planning to get married, but she sat me down yesterday and told me that she had a sex change before she met me. Mr. Hefner, should I marry someone who used to be a man?” and the response was, “So she had a sex change, big whoop. Would you be asking this question if she’d made any other change in her life before she met you? You love the woman she is now, and that’s all that should matter. If you want kids you can adopt or something.”

I feel so conflicted right now

That awkward moment when Hugh Hefner is more trans-positive than most feminists of the same era. 

omg

Truly a man ahead of his time

Sep 28 '14

(Source: katara)

Sep 26 '14
changetheratio:

NY Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, giving an incredibly eloquent rationale for Gay Marriage on NY1. 
"It seems very quick to you folks in the media but for me it’s been a long struggle - and [now] a great sense of elation and joy.  I think it’s the right thing to do, the majority of New Yorkers think it’s the right thing to do and it’s about time that we treat gay and lesbian couples the same way we treat everyone else. 
The first time I debated this bill on the floor I pointed out that two drunk people can get on a plane, fly to Las Vegas, stand in front of an Elvis impersonator and they get to have something that I cannot get from my government. This is not about a seat in your synagogue, it’s not about a pew in your church - this is about a document that the state issues to people, and it issues it every day. And many of my straight colleagues in state government have had this license two or three times. It’s about time that I have the right to have it once.” 
He said they have the 32nd vote, and anticipates having a same-sex marriage bill by dawn. Fingers crossed. Change the Ratio! 
UPDATE: Now with video! 

changetheratio:

NY Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, giving an incredibly eloquent rationale for Gay Marriage on NY1. 

"It seems very quick to you folks in the media but for me it’s been a long struggle - and [now] a great sense of elation and joy.  I think it’s the right thing to do, the majority of New Yorkers think it’s the right thing to do and it’s about time that we treat gay and lesbian couples the same way we treat everyone else. 

The first time I debated this bill on the floor I pointed out that two drunk people can get on a plane, fly to Las Vegas, stand in front of an Elvis impersonator and they get to have something that I cannot get from my government. This is not about a seat in your synagogue, it’s not about a pew in your church - this is about a document that the state issues to people, and it issues it every day. And many of my straight colleagues in state government have had this license two or three times. It’s about time that I have the right to have it once.” 

He said they have the 32nd vote, and anticipates having a same-sex marriage bill by dawn. Fingers crossed. Change the Ratio! 

UPDATE: Now with video

Sep 26 '14
beatonna:

Ahh, more of the Miserable Father images from suffragette times. It’s a favourite old meme because imagine caring for your children?  noooooo not my childreeennnn

beatonna:

Ahh, more of the Miserable Father images from suffragette times. It’s a favourite old meme because imagine caring for your children?  noooooo not my childreeennnn

Sep 26 '14

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

mrjynntastic:

one of my fav scenes to be honest, cause lawd knws if they allowed black folks in the league maaaaaaan listen, alot of what ifs possiblities 

This film, “A League of Their Own” dedicates so many scenes to issues like sexism.

Yet, blink too fast and you’ll miss this short scene…the one that shows how Black women were barred from the league.

The Black woman is supposed to represent Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (who actually did try out for the league). She wasn’t allowed to play and went on to be one of the few women to play with men in the Negro League. 

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A FILM ABOUT JOHNSON AND THE OTHER WOMEN WHO PLAYED FOR THE NEGRO LEAGUE! But Hollywood …

(Source: jopolniaczek)

Sep 25 '14

comedycentral:

Click here for more of Jon Stewart’s coverage of the recent House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing.

Sep 25 '14
blackblobyellowcone:

Urban Outfitters Features “Vintage” Red-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt
Urban Outfitters: Come For The Bloody Kent State Gear, Stay For Master Class In Terrible Apologies
At first glance, one could argue that this came out of a massively misguided attempt to capitalize the youth culture zeitgeist of the moment (which every savvy youth fashion line must do in order to stay ahead of trends)—-kent state is very relevant now as today’s youth grow up under the heel of a militarized police force. OBVIOUSLY UO completely failed to draw that parallel in a way that isn’t just utterly fucking horrifying. But I can’t ignore the bigger picture here. The victims of the Kent State Massacre were liberal hippies and the core consumer base of UO are liberal hipsters—-even if one can make an argument that hipsters aren’t exact parallels of hippies, UO has spent a lot of time and effort to sell the boho racist hippie aesthetic to hipsters (ponchos, war bonnets, crystals and “vintage” everything). Now consider that the founder of UO poured $13,000 dollars into Rick Santorum’s election campaign, and has demonstrated his personal views and business practices align strongly with the GOP—-the racist, misogynist, classist party that to my mind has everything to gain from an event where police mow down liberal youth with high powered military grade assault rifles. So when UO tries to sell me a bloodied Kent State sweatshirt, all I hear is “pay us to clothe you in the violent oppression we will use your money to engineer.” Tl;dr: PAY US TO KILL YOU

blackblobyellowcone:

Urban Outfitters Features “Vintage” Red-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt

Urban Outfitters: Come For The Bloody Kent State Gear, Stay For Master Class In Terrible Apologies

At first glance, one could argue that this came out of a massively misguided attempt to capitalize the youth culture zeitgeist of the moment (which every savvy youth fashion line must do in order to stay ahead of trends)—-kent state is very relevant now as today’s youth grow up under the heel of a militarized police force. OBVIOUSLY UO completely failed to draw that parallel in a way that isn’t just utterly fucking horrifying. But I can’t ignore the bigger picture here. The victims of the Kent State Massacre were liberal hippies and the core consumer base of UO are liberal hipsters—-even if one can make an argument that hipsters aren’t exact parallels of hippies, UO has spent a lot of time and effort to sell the boho racist hippie aesthetic to hipsters (ponchos, war bonnets, crystals and “vintage” everything). Now consider that the founder of UO poured $13,000 dollars into Rick Santorum’s election campaign, and has demonstrated his personal views and business practices align strongly with the GOP—-the racist, misogynist, classist party that to my mind has everything to gain from an event where police mow down liberal youth with high powered military grade assault rifles. So when UO tries to sell me a bloodied Kent State sweatshirt, all I hear is “pay us to clothe you in the violent oppression we will use your money to engineer.” Tl;dr: PAY US TO KILL YOU

Sep 25 '14

Mexico City: Sex workers gather to commemorate their colleagues who were violently murdered, two days before the Day of the Dead festival.

Mexico CitySex workers gather to commemorate their colleagues who were violently murdered, two days before the Day of the Dead festival.

(Source: kateoplis)

Sep 24 '14
unconsumption:

Some more nice press for our friends over at TerraCycle:

According to New Jersey-based Terracycle, a business that makes consumer products from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste, 99% of the total material flow in the US becomes garbage within six months. Founder Tom Szaky says it is important to note that from a strictly material or scientific standpoint, everything can be recycled. The only barrier to something being considered “recyclable” in our society is economics. “For-profit waste management companies are allowed to define what is recyclable based on what is profitable for them to collect. That is why our recycling system is broken,” says Szaky.
Cigarettes, baby diapers, cheese wrappers and more find a second life through TerraCycle by people simply taking the time to get rid of waste they create on a regular basis. Enlisting in-house teams to separate cigarette waste into its most basic components, the organic waste (ash, tobacco and paper) can be used in tobacco-specific compost, while the plastic (the filter) can be re-heated, extruded, and turned back into plastic pellets. Recycled plastic pellets like these mitigate the need for virgin plastics, and can be used to make ashtrays or industrial products such as shipping pallets.

(via Chicken feathers and cigarette butts put to use in circular economy | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional)

unconsumption:

Some more nice press for our friends over at TerraCycle:

According to New Jersey-based Terracycle, a business that makes consumer products from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste, 99% of the total material flow in the US becomes garbage within six months. Founder Tom Szaky says it is important to note that from a strictly material or scientific standpoint, everything can be recycled. The only barrier to something being considered “recyclable” in our society is economics. “For-profit waste management companies are allowed to define what is recyclable based on what is profitable for them to collect. That is why our recycling system is broken,” says Szaky.

Cigarettes, baby diapers, cheese wrappers and more find a second life through TerraCycle by people simply taking the time to get rid of waste they create on a regular basis. Enlisting in-house teams to separate cigarette waste into its most basic components, the organic waste (ash, tobacco and paper) can be used in tobacco-specific compost, while the plastic (the filter) can be re-heated, extruded, and turned back into plastic pellets. Recycled plastic pellets like these mitigate the need for virgin plastics, and can be used to make ashtrays or industrial products such as shipping pallets.

(via Chicken feathers and cigarette butts put to use in circular economy | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional)

Sep 22 '14
anarcho-queer:

Kudo’s to this brave activist^^
During today’s ‘Flood Wall Street’ protest, he climbed a phone booth and led some anti-capitalist chants. 
He gave a small speech about being a member of the IWW and demanded that the working class organize to take total control over the means of production. Soon after, the NYPD pointed him out to be arrested.
Over 20 officers piled on top of him and brutalized the activist in front of a dozen news camera’s. It was the first official arrest of the day.
His arrest led protesters to chant anti-police slogans and to remove the barricades that surrounded us.

anarcho-queer:

Kudo’s to this brave activist^^

During today’s ‘Flood Wall Street’ protest, he climbed a phone booth and led some anti-capitalist chants. 

He gave a small speech about being a member of the IWW and demanded that the working class organize to take total control over the means of production. Soon after, the NYPD pointed him out to be arrested.

Over 20 officers piled on top of him and brutalized the activist in front of a dozen news camera’s. It was the first official arrest of the day.

His arrest led protesters to chant anti-police slogans and to remove the barricades that surrounded us.

Sep 22 '14
unconsumption:


No cardboard, no cellophane, no throwaway plastic trays, and no brands: Berlin’s newest supermarket is certainly a step away from the usual neighborhood grocery store.
Opened last Saturday, Original Unverpackt (the name translates to “Original Unpackaged”) is a novel shop in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood that has dispensed entirely with disposable packaging. Granted, the term “supermarket” might be a little grandiose for this small but tightly packed store, but the concept’s legs are as long as the store’s frontage is narrow.
Not only is a minimum-waste grocery store a canny business idea in a country that’s packed with green-conscious consumers, it’s also an interesting pilot project relevant to any city trying to cut their landfill and recycling burden.

 (via The Supermarket of the Future Has No Packaging - CityLab)

unconsumption:

No cardboard, no cellophane, no throwaway plastic trays, and no brands: Berlin’s newest supermarket is certainly a step away from the usual neighborhood grocery store.

Opened last Saturday, Original Unverpackt (the name translates to “Original Unpackaged”) is a novel shop in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood that has dispensed entirely with disposable packaging. Granted, the term “supermarket” might be a little grandiose for this small but tightly packed store, but the concept’s legs are as long as the store’s frontage is narrow.

Not only is a minimum-waste grocery store a canny business idea in a country that’s packed with green-conscious consumers, it’s also an interesting pilot project relevant to any city trying to cut their landfill and recycling burden.

 (via The Supermarket of the Future Has No Packaging - CityLab)

Sep 20 '14

toroskose:

84000 // Words of the Buddha from Giant Ant on Vimeo.

The non-profit, 84000, has an enormous task ahead of them: tackling the 95% of Buddhist texts that have never been translated into modern languages. We helped them create a video that would spread their message and gain support, voiced by the ever-exuberant Russell Brand.

Client: 84000
Agency: Giant Ant
Directed by Giant Ant
Producer: Teresa Toews
Script: Leah Nelson (in collaboration with 84000)
Creative Direction: Leah Nelson, Jay Grandin
Art Direction & Design: Lucas Brooking
Animation Team: Henrique Barone, Matt James, Lucas Brooking, Jay Grandin
Music & Sound FX: Ryland Haggis
Voiceover: Russell Brand

Sep 20 '14

oldmanstephanie:

"Fuck You, Old People" — Group Piece at CUPSI 2014

"By the way, you can’t actually pick yourself up by your own bootstraps. That’s now how physics works."